Keeping with the natural color palette of the desert environment, this corner of the main salon hides a wet bar featuring hand carved wood. Turning what could be an ordinary and purely functional part of the room into a design feature is a selection of art and accessories that ranges from black and white photographs to charcoal drawings, along with a selection of bones, statues and jewelry. Together they help to accent the desert motif and the world-traveling vibe of the space.
Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
You can turn virtually any traditional entryway into a makeshift mudroom by utilizing your DIY skills. First, take an old dresser and dress it up with a fresh coat of paint. Then, use picture frames and chalkboard paint and add them to the center of each drawer front; these will serve as name plates, so each family member will have a designated place to properly store their winter gear and accessories. The case good itself will serve as an attractive piece of furniture in the foyer and take up minimal space.
By using neutral colors for walls and fixtures, bathrooms can change colors with their towel and accessory choices. The bright orange here, however, is stupendous against the gray-green and white wall tile and mosaic tile flooring by Ann Sacks. The bathroom by Kathy Geissler Best of KGB Interior Design is designed as a user-friendly bath with access to both the home's pool and main house. It is divided into distinct zones including a separate shower and changing area.
The back of this built-in bookcase is lined with Novogratz Constellation removable wallpaper. The off-white peel-and-stick paper with gold foil design creates striking contrast against the deep green walls and dark wood shelves and can easily be removed or replaced. Accessories like a "hello" sign made from wire, astronaut artwork, a moon LED night light and a brontosaurus tillandsia planter add to the whimsy of the display.
To create a clean, balanced look with a touch of eclectic flair, symmetry is key. Jamie Laubhan-Oliver of D Home suggests buying bedside lamps, nightstands and coordinating accessories in pairs. "Since I tend to decorate in a very eclectic style, duplicates of items help to keep it from looking chaotic," she says regarding her master bedroom style. In her antique-inspired retreat, Jamie uses a matching pair of metallic table lamps and an elegant crystal chandelier as the room's primary light sources. "Chandeliers are the jewelry of your home; whether small or large, they add drama to any room."
Yes, give your closet the royal treatment by combining drawers, shelves, clothing racks, a storage island and a hutch for the ultimate in walk-in closet luxury. Not only will your walk-in look like it came straight from a boutique, but you'll have an unlimited amount of storage space to work with, making the word "clutter" unutterable. In this suite system, the shelves are designed for those on-display items, whereas drawers are perfect for underwear, accessories and any other items ideal for concealment. With clothing racks separated, you can even organize your clothes according to function: casual, work, dressy.
This contemporary bedroom was designed around a passion for the color purple and old Hollywood nostalgia. A wrapped accent wall was plastered with a deep eggplant color and smooth velvet-like finish. The flooring (cut pile carpet) is also a deep eggplant with touches of silver-grey. The bright white furniture and a luxurious upholstered headboard add high color contrast and bold graphic accents. Glamorous accessories, such as mirrored tabletops, a black velvet Lucite bench, black lampshades and a zebra area rug punctuate and anchor the bold color combinations.
Founded by three longtime friends from Washington State, Krochet Kids empowers women in Northern Uganda and Peru by teaching a simple skill: crochet. By providing a job, education and mentorship, the company seeks to break the cycle of poverty. Look to them for warm, colorful headwear and accessories for the whole family.
In a home located directly opposite the stunning white sand beaches of the western Australian coastline, designer Kristie Hill took a slightly surprising design approach. “Instead of the typical range of blues, we used a warmer pink palette, with pink bedding and accessories in the master bedroom. It helps counteract the dominant timber cladding behind the bed, for a look that is neither feminine nor masculine,” she says. Tip from the designer: “Don’t use too much of the same hue of pink. Change it up a little, Blush pink works beautifully with mustard yellow and emerald green, too.”
By keeping the accessories of this bathroom simple and straightforward, Pure Interiors Design could amplify the room's elegance with dramatic toile wallpaper and a fanciful gold-framed mirror. The brushed metal widespread faucet in a brushed silver tone complements the light gray marble countertop and white subway tile on the wall for a unified look. And the simple green-hued roses in the glass vase are simply divine!
Colorful accessories highlight this side table. Pops of pale pink reminiscent of the living room come from the small radio and flower arrangement. For even more relaxation, a funny book of cat poems to share with M is the perfect coffee table book. “The thing that I love most about coming home is my funny little kitty,” says Nikia. “It’s his castle and I just live in it.”
As seen on HGTV's Flipping the Block, sisters Anicka Marshall and Shauna Williams created a mid-century modern theme in the master bedroom of Unit A on the Block in Glendale, California. The team had subcontracted out all of the construction work and focused their time and energy on the design of the room. A neutral beige/taupe wall color created a clean background for warm-toned furnishings and accessories, with orange, gold, and bronze used as accent colors. Classic baseboard finished the walls and made the room feel crisp and fresh.
You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
“Keep your details simple and clean and use the trendy stuff in accessories that are easier to change out,” says Christina Fluegge, owner of Greige Design. “I like to combine neutral materials so that spaces have contrast and texture without too much going on, so there’s room for variety.” In this bathroom, Fluegge used beadboard on the walls in colors that contrast slightly with the white marble countertops and sinks below. Underfoot, she chose a porcelain tile that mimics vein-cut limestone, but has more texture so that it doesn’t get slippery when wet.
Designer Clinton Rice hunts at estate sales for Asian-inspired accessories and ceramic pieces, along with old books. He offers this advice for saving money: Go the first day — typically Thursday — but if you see something you like, wait for the weekend. That's when items are marked down by 25 percent or more. If it's meant to be, the item is meant for your mantel.