The offices at Jordan Iverson Signature Homes combines contemporary and industrial styles for a look that's fitting for a design company. Simple wood furnishings with black metal accents keep the space clean and organized.
Incorporate succulents, such as Haworthia minima (left), a small evergreen plant with hard, fleshy blue-green leaves that are covered in white tubercles. It produces white flowers with pink tips. Blumz by JRDesigns, a floral and event design company, has placed it beside a potted cactus.
"I found an old paned window at a salvage yard and cut it down to fit the opening between this home's entry and dining room. It not only looks cool, but it cuts down on drafts," says Emily Jones, graphic designer and owner of Jones Design Company, Seattle, Washington.
An upholstered headboard adds plush comfort, and bright throw pillows tie yellow and red into the bedding in this Dwell with Dignity install. Designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company recommend picking pieces of furniture that go together but don’t match perfectly to get a designer look for any budget.
Using gray grout with white subway tiles accentuates the tiles and provides contrast if your cabinets are white, says Minneapolis homeowner Patti Wagner, a senior product designer for Target. Plus, they easily hide food splatters, she says. David Heide Design Studio, a design company also in Minneapolis, won a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award for this kitchen.
This room was a completely blank canvas before designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company worked their magic. Using cool colors with pops of red throughout the room, Turner and Wallace were able to create a welcoming space for residents of Dwell with Dignity, a organization that helps families who have struggled with homelessness and poverty.
Take a corner of your patio and put it to use as an entertaining space. A bar is built in under the kitchen window in this outdoor space with a fire pit by DesignFix, a California interior design company. The bar, which has a red acrylic top, is supported by decorative wood roofing brackets. Rope lighting underneath makes the bar look cool at night, says designer Amanda Giles.
Don’t shy away from consignment and resale stores. Designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company repurposed a vintage dresser from a consignment store for less than $500, a huge discount from the price of a new dresser of that size. Paired with a mirror, it created a good vanity space. The red lamp and the gold bedside lamps were donated to this Dwell with Dignity makeover room by Currey & Company.
A bar table can provide a cool space to have a drink without taking up too much room in a small space. This DIY outdoor bar table is made of 2-by-4s that are cut into same-size blocks and glued together, then attached to a stand made of metal pipes and fittings, says Amanda Giles with DesignFix, a California interior design company. The metal stools cost under $85 for a pair.
Don’t be afraid to add color. The resident in this Dwell with Dignity makeover loves red, but designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company know that red would be too much as the main color in a bedroom. They managed to keep the space calm and bring the favorite red into the room as a brilliant accent, starting with this art that they found at a consignment shop.
"We sold our big house with a bonus room 15 years ago so that we could afford to start over and do what we love for a living," says designer Christina Britt Lewis of The Redesign Company. "This is a choice we never regret, but we make big boys and they have big friends. When they needed more space, we redesigned our garage. We used what we already had—a ping pong table we bartered for, the twin beds our teenage boys had outgrown for seating—and saved by considering it a three-season space and not installing heat or air conditioning. We hung trail maps of mountains we have conquered and set lists from concerts we loved in cheap frames for 'art' that brings back fun family memories."
Pale wood accents and colorful accessories give the family room a decidedly contemporary feel. An oversized sectional outfitted with throw pillows and a striped throw create a cozy spot for movie nights.
Bold, inset stripes follow the lines of the ceiling in this fun and functional transitional home office. Walls painted in Sherwin Williams’ Ocean Side give a nod to the home’s coastal setting, as does the colorful artwork. In this cheerful corner, a small chest provides extra storage, and a slim lamp adds accent lighting and ambiance.
A shagreen leather desk with snappy nail-head trim blends style with function in this cozy transitional home office. The fabric of a painterly pillow inspired the room’s colorful palette, including the gold-banded draperies and ocean-hued walls. A Chippendale chair gets new life with white paint and fun animal-print upholstery.