To keep a wedding design cohesive, Kim Lettier, of Lettier Event Planning Studio, carries some elements of the focal point (here, it's a floral centerpiece) into other areas. "Accent pieces such as candles should complement the focal point but not compete with it," she adds. “The design of the vessel itself should also fit in with the overall look. In this case I wrapped moss around the vessels because its traditional look interfered with the organic and vintage feel of the design.” Florist: The Green Flamingo.
For a project that called for a sleek luxurious look — on a tight budget — designer Shirley Meisels shopped carefully. “You can create a great look without going custom,” says the designer, who turned to major retailers and online sources, choosing a bed, table, and linens from West Elm, a rug from Dwell Studio, and a lamp from Restoration Hardware. Of course, designer know-how is what pulls it all together: “To create warmth in such a spare and simple setting it’s important to add texture. That’s where the fur rug and fur cushion come into play.”
Featuring hand-screened Chiyogami wallpaper in deep lapis and gold, this eclectic blue foyer shines even in low lighting. Down below, ruby-red sconces and benches add dramatic pops of color to the black and white floor.
This hidden door bookcase leads from an office to the guest quarters in a private home in Alameda, Calif. Designed by Mark Dutka of InHouse Design Studio, it’s made of rift oak with a natural finish, and is just one part of a highly complex design which covers every inch of the room’s walls. It was quite the challenge, but Dutka's specialty is the design of custom cabinetry solutions for specialized residential environments. Our question is, what’s the secret password?
This hallway is nothing short of intriguing. Rich blue cabinetry extend up the walls and border intricate mirror paneling. Red sconces and maroon chairs bring in a surprise color and contrast with the striped flooring. Above, unique lighting fixtures brighten the way.
“To create a warm, soft and romantic glow, I used pillar candles in a few spots on this front porch. The candlelight offers just the right amount of lighting, not to take away from the breathtaking view of the sunset over the hillside vineyard,” says designer Miyuki Yamaguchi. “Use battery-operated pillar candles — they’re a much safer option to enjoy from dusk till dawn,” she adds. The natural flame look is a perfect fit for the bohemian style of the decor.
This residential kitchen boasts commercial flair. Functionally, the room was laid out to maximize prep space for cooking; visually, the sense of immense space was heightened by using three different types of engineered stone for the backsplash, the countertop and the island topper. The neutral background is broken with a dash of bright orange in the light fixtures — an easily changeable feature when you're in the mood for a different color. This impressive kitchen with was designed by Poggenpohl team Tedd McKee and Rosemary Porto in collaboration with architecture firm CUBE 3 Studio.
Make your storage do double duty as decor. While the vanity cabinet in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning powder room is custom made, a standard vanity without doors on either side can add decorative storage to any small bathroom, says designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design. Bruntz says the diagonal slats in her custom cabinet are one of the more expensive elements, so adding a horizontal shelf or no shelf at all would be much cheaper. She adds that a stylish pendant can also create a designer look without breaking the bank. You can buy frosted mini glass pendants at Home Depot for under $20, while regular sizes range from $80-$100.
A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace separates the living room from the entryway, making the two spaces feel extra cozy. Meanwhile, a neutral sectional and two chevron-patterned armchairs ensure that there are enough seats for guests.
Now here's a powder room that's not afraid to make a statement! Patterned wallpaper in gray adds interest and intrigue to the space, while glass pendants, a metallic mirror and a marble-topped vanity pull in some shimmer.
From the hallway, guests can enjoy a glimpse of the living room and -- just beyond that -- the gorgeous lake views. Reclaimed wood beams and a stone accent wall bring in some natural texture and speak to the lake house's rustic location.
In a compact kitchen, a narrow, wheeled cart can be a space-savvy alternative to a traditional built-in island. “This custom-made walnut and stainless steel kitchen island was designed to save space and provide flexibility in the kitchen,” say designers Roy and Jen Leone. “The countertop is character-grade walnut butcher block ordered online, while the stainless steel base was fabricated by a local shop in Brooklyn. The island design allows stools to tuck under and out of the way when not in use or during a party. Also, the entire island can be rolled and then locked into place with locking casters.”
Stepping into the living room reveals soaring ceilings accentuated by reclaimed wood beams. An oversized rug anchors the sitting area below, with a large neutral sofa and two chevron-patterned armchairs layered on top. A piano invites the whole family to sing carols at Christmas time.
Simple and serene, this master bedroom features an elegant platform bed with an upholstered headboard and gray pillows. Two wooden nightstands sit on either side, both complementing the ceiling beams and keeping evening essentials within easy reach.
This cozy den simply wouldn't be complete without a fireplace. Notice how the designers used wood beams and a wood entertainment center to complement the rustic feature and make it feel like a natural part of the room.