The dining room’s traditional furnishings feel modern and contemporary with a mix of colorful pieces. An IKEA cabinet was painted in a rusty red and hardware was added to upgrade the piece. Pink dining chairs from World Market, a home decor staple in Los Angeles, have a vintage appeal with their fun fan detail. And a tufted settee in white stands out beautifully in the blue dining room.
Hand-painted details inspired by great English country estates brought the once-dark space to life in the foyer at the Madcap Cottage interior design team's North Carolina home. A "tented" ceiling, painted floors and a hand-painted pagoda chandelier purchased at a consignment shop invite guests to linger. The pink, teal and green room is by designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, author of "Prints Charming: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns."
This pretty living room’s neutral color palette offers a clean backdrop for the layers of traditional, modern and vintage elements in the space. Gray walls create contrast with the moulding around the ceiling and entryways. A Restoration Hardware sofa in a soft shade of periwinkle is a perfect complement to the home’s traditional bones. A pale pink rug completes the room’s palette of light pastels. The feminine color palette works in partnership with the vintage details in the room like the coffee table, featuring curved legs that have a feminine feel.
To create this look, search your favorite vintage stores for glassware and dessert plates with pink or gold detailing. Use a basic white dinner plate on the bottom of every place setting. Top it with a geometric napkin (these are made from fabric purchased from Quadrille, Inc.) and the vintage plates. Repurpose the printable invitations as menu cards to top off each place setting.
To create a bright, bold dining room for this twenty-something Nashville musician, designers added vintage details to the table in the brightly colored glass and vintage silver. To make the design pop, gold accents were added in the chandelier above the table and the flatware. A bold pink chevron pattern was added to the chairs to make the table a bit more funky, and the walls were covered with Deer Damask wallpaper. Then, vintage furniture was added to the space, along with modern art to give the space a collected feeling.
Several rooms in the Cashiers Design Showhouse used curtains on walls rather than windows to create a feeling of plush comfort. Says designer Sande Beck of this upstairs dressing room and bath, "we didn't want it to be too precious. We wanted pretty." To that end they used drapery to hide unappealing cabinets and a timeless blend of old and new in the room with a mix of vintage pieces and fresh new details. Soft pink grasscloth on the ceiling creates a finished look and a mix of framed and unframed art does much to keep the precious at bay.
The living room epitomizes the style of this home. Strong architectural details are complemented, not covered, by tastefully understated gallery walls. And once again the white walls and wood floors are the perfect backdrop for the home’s boldest color statement—an inviting velvet sofa in a soft, pink blush. Though small accessories, sculptures and pieces of art accent the room throughout, the biggest pattern statement in the room is made by the wood floor, the repeating diamond geometric blends seamlessly into the room while creating visual interest from the floor up.