Just after the entry but before we get to the living space, is the heart of the home, our kitchen. No compromises were made in this surprisingly expansive kitchen designed by Randy Jones of Incredible Tiny Homes whose motto is "Choose Tiny, Live Free." Not only is there a stained planked wood ceiling, it also houses a full-size refrigerator, range and farmhouse sink. I’m especially drawn to the way the gray upper cabinets compliment the blue lower cabinets against the wood butcher block counters. Last but not least, the ladder takes us to the tiny home master.
Built-in bookcases often require a large amount of items to fill the shelves and could eat up a part of your budget. Instead, Atlanta designer Devon Garner collected the homeowner's existing hardback books and removed their covers. "We reuse those instead of going out and buying old books. I just repurpose a lot of stuff into bookcases," she says. She's also taken brass candlesticks and painted them gray.
Entertain in elegance with this formal living room, complete with ornate sage and blue sofas, built-in wood bookshelves and hearth, an exquisite oriental rug, custom drapery, and patterned ottoman. "The blue and green work together because they are analogous colors of similar intensity," says designer Cynthia Mason. For a more modern feel, deepen the intensity to kelly green and navy. Image courtesy of Cynthia Mason
With so much going on for this designer, it’s vital to have a place where she can sit, plan and decide what to work on next. And if that place also happens to be a beautiful combination of serenity and style, then so much the better. In a corner of the first floor, Breegan has carved out an office space. In her signature palette of black and white, the office features a modern secretary with plenty of storage.
The designer of this bathroom was tasked with creating a space with plenty of light. She delivered with multiple recessed light fixtures, sconces, toe kick lights and a large window in the tub and shower area. At the vanity, a wall-hung faucet maximizes counter space, while a frosted glass medicine cabinet increases storage space.
When the upholstered king-sized bed came in 5” wider than expected in this bedroom makeover, the matching bedside tables did not fit. For the "her" side of the bed, designer Kerry Fidler decided to use a skirted linen table, introducing pattern into the room.
Interior designer Ami Austin chose a limited color palette that was warm, inviting and worked well with the wood-plank interior, because this helped contribute to the illusion of a larger, warmer space. The grey and rust-colored furnishings and rug were hand-picked to blend well with the livable luxury of this loft.
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
A great spot for adults and kids alike, this stylish dining room includes a table with a high lacquer finish to ward off stains, durable leather on the chairs and acrylic backs to stave off grubby hand prints. To balance out the look, the designer chose a funky but elegant chandelier that could equally be at home in a posh nightclub as it is a formal parlor room.
Chris’ home office is open and peaceful, the perfect space for hosting a friend for a few days. The sea foam green wall and sand-colored curtains and rug evoke a vaguely beach-like atmosphere that feels effortless. It’s interesting then, that Chris singles this space out as the hardest part of his initial redesign. He explains that, “because the room is so compact, I struggled to create a layout that was functional, but still aesthetically pleasing.”
Since this property overlooks the Pacific Ocean, evening breezes can become quite cool and possibly making evening use not as desirable as one would hope for. Therefore, it was important to provide a cozy outdoor gathering space that is out of the wind, and this space between the home and its Casita provides an excellent location for spending time in front of a warm fireplace, while it also provides for an excellent highlight feature when walking to the front door.
The clients thought the fireplace alone would be sufficient as a design feature, but after showing them that by adding the short wall, with several view-ports accented with wrought iron (that matches their Juliet balcony) it not only provided a true connect between the home and Casita, it also created a much more grand feature and a sense of enclosure without losing the planting depth behind the fireplace, which was needed for privacy.
Bring in a retro vibe to the reception with vinyl records for guests to sign. Metallic permanent markers such as gold and silver work best for readability. Enjoy listening to your favorite tunes from your autographed records or display them in a fun way in your home.
Since you can see part of the kitchen when you first walk into the house, the designer wanted to make sure there was a nice visual transition from the entryway to the dining room and on to the kitchen. The white counter top of the island connects the white from the walls in the front of the house.
Don’t be afraid to add sparkle and texture to your bathroom wall. The walls in this first-place National Kitchen + Bath Association powder room are covered in an expensive glass bead wallpaper. But that’s not the only way to make your walls stand out. Designer Lori Carroll in Tucson, Ariz., suggests that a similar sparkle effect, though admittedly without the texture, could be achieved with a copper metallic paint.
Incorporate metallic accents. The wall around the sink in this National Kitchen + Bath Association-winning powder room is covered in metallic tile that looks like silver leaf, a costly update. However, Arizona designer Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, says you could get a similar DIY effect by painting the wall a darker shade, taping off squares and then using a metallic paint.
This contemporary cottage living room is inspired by the homeowner's love for old pieces that tell a story. The wood over the fireplace is from an old barn, the coffee table is an old wagon and the side table is an old military locker. Designer Tip: Mix up the old with the new. Buy a few select pieces that have history and incorporate them into a contemporary space.
In the living room makeover, designer Heather Hogan Roberts incorporated bursts of blue. She also took cues from fashion, such as using African beads that the homeowner purchased previously at a antique market to accessorize a console table, instead of an outfit.