Former Manhattanite and now Charleston-based jewelry designer Janet Gregg is a vivacious, engaging woman-about-town whose beautiful home perfectly encapsulates her personal style: bold, colorful and globe-trotting meets preppy. Her living room feature an array of colorful artwork, much of it purchased on trips abroad.
Designers agree that moss is one of the biggest bang-for-the-buck accessories. You can mix long-lasting moss balls with other items, like a metal sphere or balls, on a coffee table. "It infuses with any style and color palette," says Donna Mathis, owner of Atlanta-based Haven Design Works.
Keep it simple. By using a modest color palette with just a pop of color from the red chair, this bathroom demonstrates simple elegance in a small area. If possible, avoid buying window treatments to create an illusion of more space. “A minimalist look eases the budget,” says Stephanie Andrews of Atlanta-based Balance Design.
This renovated ranch home by Atlanta-based Renewal Design Build sports a modern take on the conventional fireplace mantel. The mantel, custom built by Timberland Cabinets, is a splurge, but the white accessories stand out and can be copied for any budget. A single sprig in a pretty vase saves money over a full bouquet of fresh flowers.
Don’t hide your collection of decorative plates. If you have a collection of cookware, pull the pieces out and let everyone see and enjoy them. Stephanie Andrews of Atlanta-based Balance Design showcased her client’s collection in this designer kitchen. “The blue and white pottery is not expensive, but it made an impact when there is a collection of it,” Andrews says.
BASEMENT, AFTER: Designer Hilary Farr utilized every inch of space in this tight basement to turn it into a home office and spare bedroom, as seen on HGTV's Love It or List It. Up to three people can sleep comfortably in the space as the desk can be raised to reveal a stowaway bed hidden in the wall, and the couch transforms into bunk beds with ease.
Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are the founders of AphroChic (www.aphrochic.com), a New York-based interior design firm. With the company’s motto of modern, soulful style, it’s no surprise that their home, located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, is an ode to global culture at home. Their live-work space, part home, part design studio, is infused with a cultural aesthetic that is unmistakably AphroChic.
When you’re trying to create a restful bedroom space, go with a neutral base. Atlanta designer Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs suggests using accessories to add color. The blues and greens in this room’s bedding, lamps and houseplants give the Dwell with Dignity makeover a zen vibe. The bedside tables were originally in the room, but DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them and replaced the hardware to create an all-new look.
You can replicate this coffee table, seen in an Atlanta model home. Take six storage cubes or square ottomans, or even six crates, and place them next to each other, three to a row. Then screw them together from the underside and turn them over, says Donna Mathis, owner of Atlanta-based Haven Design Works. For an extra touch, you could add metal strapping around the places where the cubes or crates connect.
“Undress your kitchen,” suggests Donna Mathis of Atlanta-based Haven Design Works. “Then thoughtfully put the accessories back in place -- maybe not all of them can truly make a huge difference in how your kitchen looks.” Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon of Florida's In Detail Interiors thoughtfully picked a color pattern that went with the vibe she was creating for this coastal kitchen. With its unique tile, window shades and just a few accessories carefully chosen to complement the color scheme, this kitchen won a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award.
Having virtually no natural light to work with is one of the biggest design challenges when creating a basement bathroom. Add dramatic elements with texture that make the space feel less like a basement or more like a spa-like bathroom.