“It seems counterintuitive, but color and pattern chaos in my office motivates me,” says Sonal, who designs textiles. That explains the eclectic combination of woven baskets on the wall and layered rugs on the floor. The desk, with pyramid legs and a sleek glass top, has big-time presence. Adding to the glam mishmash: orange poufs from Surya, a blue-and-white ikat chair from Anthropologie, and curtains made with indigo-dyed fabric by Lewis & Sheron Textiles.
This traditional bedroom has a timeless look about it. The intricate headboard and footboard bring the feeling of the Victorian era to the space; however, the harshness of the Victorian style is softened by the wispy white linens that adorn the bed. A window to the left of the space allows tons of natural light to flow into the room, further softening the look of the space and reflecting off the white walls and antique silver picture frames and traditional gold lamp. The more contemporary additions of the canvas curtains and chair help to blend the Victorian style with one that is more updated, giving this space a timeless quality.
This lovely girls bedroom is a soothing space perfect for any little girl. Blue and pink pillows and bed linens compliment the light blue wall and blue and white patterned floor. A pink floral glass chandelier highlights the pink ceiling, providing a lovely contrast to the rest of the space. Oversized windows with simple lace curtains allow plenty of natural light. A yellow nightstand brings in a pop of color and serves as an excellent space for a unique sculptured figurine bed lamp.
This urban beach-accented living room is perfect for those that like to dress up sea accessories without appearing too theme-oriented or formal. The casual shabby-white sofas and linen draperies help to keep things laid-back for everyday comfort. One of the best places to display your sea finds is the mantel. Even if the setup is only around during the summer months, it can still bring that casual warm-weather feel into your home. And for a more formal piece that looks like it belongs all year long, try a stunning light fixture, like this white coral chandelier.
To create a focal point in the space, designers started with white walls to reflect light and make this small master bedroom feel open and bright. Then, they decided to hang a woven tapestry that adds warmth to the space, while adding reminiscence of the couple's globe trotting days. Finally, French doors were installed, helping natural light to flow into the space brighten it, but gray curtains were hung to help control the light and add privacy in the room.
This pristine pair of swivel chairs was passed down from Micah’s grandmother. They’re a perfect way to inject a little generational history into a young family’s home. Family heirlooms are always a good idea. You’ll notice that below the white painted crown molding is a white picture rail. In many older homes, the walls are plaster as opposed to drywall. Plaster is much harder and more difficult to repair; therefore, a piece of molding/rail is used as a surface to attach hardware and wire, and then your artwork to. Preservation is key in caring for older homes. The Stansells cleverly repeated the teal color on the drapery panels, but used white sheers on the window’s interior for semi-privacy while still allowing light in.
The reclaimed wood accent wall in this master bedroom creates a focal point for the space, while setting the tone. To add style and design, the wall sconces, which are on a pulley system to allow the homeowners to adjust the lamps to their desired height, and overhead chandelier break the traditional approach of bedside lamps and a ceiling fan, providing a romantic, yet functional, feel to the space, while the white bedding, airy curtains, microfiber rug and earth tones infuse the room with softness.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
This neutral, modern nursery is the perfect space for these homeowners. Inspired by the simple elegance of nature, this space has been outfitted with classic necessities to make this nursery home for the couple's second child. The changing table, trimmed with natural wood, brings in the beauty of the outdoors and is complemented by its simple, white drawers. The modern chandelier brings light to the space and adds a unique, yet classy, touch. The simple gray curtains add texture, while providing a way to block sunlight from the room for nap time.
This pink and yellow bedroom is a sweet escape for any girl. The pink and white patterned bedspread is accented by the elegant, quilted pink and yellow shams. The yellow in the shams ties in to the pink vase and chair that bring more color into the space. At the end of the bed, is a green bench that complements the pillows on the bed as well as the throw pillow in the chair. The curtains framing the French doors help to tie the space together.
Kate Landers of Kate Landers Events created an underwater wonderland any girl would adore. She used a white ruffle shower curtain as a backdrop for the dessert table, which "adds a perfect shabby chic element and looks like white ruffled waves — perfect for an under-the-sea celebration," she says. She believes repurposing items is a must when it comes to decorating your child's birthday party. In this case, she used a chandelier from the bedroom to hang over the dessert table. The addition has a sparkling appearance without any extra cost. Photo by Open Shade Studios
In the living room, designers reupholstered and repurposed the the sectional sofa to add plenty of seating in the space, while a plush, black and white rug adds a touch of softness and comfort. Like in the bedroom, wispy curtains help to diffuse the afternoon sun, creating an airier feel in the space. Finally, a funky, gold end table adds a bit of functionality as well as a splash of color that helps to connect the living room space to the kitchen and dining areas, giving all of the common spaces a more cohesive design.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this mid-century home's boring dining room into a fresh and bright entertaining space. To make the room appear larger, she hung yellow floor-to-ceiling curtains along the length of one wall and painted the wall and ceiling a bright white. Neutral grasscloth wallpaper lines two walls and complements the soft yellow hue of the vintage dining chairs. A chrome and glass dining table and custom orb light fixture add contemporary flair to this otherwise vintage-style space.
How to freshen up classic board-and-batten paneling: Paint all of it, as well as the window casings, dark gray (Porpoise by Sherwin-Williams). The rich blue of the chairs—scored at a vintage store—go beautifully with the color. “They seem grand but not stuffy or formal,” says Sonal. “We use one as the special birthday chair when cutting cake with family.” They’re paired with white plastic molded chairs from Overstock and an industrial table from RH. Instead of traditional fabric curtains, Lisa hung fringy macramé ones from RH Teen for an unexpected hit of texture. The rug is from Nourison.
My practical approach to dining room design is to choose amazing chairs with an understated table or just the opposite so that they aren’t competing to be the focal point. Here we selected a classic double pedestal table to compliment ten plush chairs with metallic woven interiors and soft white leather backs. The drapery is as clean as the chair’s design and the bar cabinet is intentionally white to allow the 72”x72” abstract painting to become the star of the show. It was one of the pieces from our client’s existing collection that I insisted we keep. This room is also an example of how well classics and contemporary marry. The chandelier, inspired by the painting, mimics the repetition in the panels and is shaped like the table to which it’s perpendicular. Harmony is a key ingredient to successfully designed rooms.
A designer's work is never actually done. For most designers there is always a little something extra that could be done to take our designs to the next level. However, the only thing I could find to do in the Blehm's master sitting area was to adjust the lampshade because the room and its views were flawlessly picturesque. In this space, Angela used one of my favorite hospitality-inspired design tricks. She concealed the drapery hardware behind the crown moulding, thereby creating a clean and elevated look. The moulding becomes the cornice and the pleated linen drapery opens to expose the outdoors like a movie screen. How's that for drama?! My number one pick in this image is the upholstered bench. It manages to be retro, mod, and current all at the same time. Angela's is fearless in her use of white furniture and rugs throughout the family home. She's proof that it can be done, not to mention, done with her three young children and pets!
A sloped shower floor and linear drain system eliminates the need for a shower door, creating universal access and a feeling of openness. The plank tile is continued vertically up the rear shower wall, while the other walls are tiled in iridescent white porcelain for maximum reflection of natural light. Because the window offers spectacular city skyline views, a curtain of beaded crystal is hung to create a permeable layer of privacy and to represent falling beads of water. Living orchids decorate the shower wall to complete the serene, spa-like design.
This stunning vintage white sofa is the one thing I might have tried to run out the door with. The woven upholstery fabric immediately adds an air of sophistication to a wall color that might otherwise come across as juvenile. The sleek curve of the arm that transitions into a fully upholstered leg, housing a floating bench cushion is a work of art with a clear mid-century reference. The only way to address a piece this special is to accent it with sleek black floor lamps, a classic black and white marble coffee table, and graphic drapery fabric by the talented Kelly Wearstler. I really enjoy seeing a successful relationship between the primary colors in the artwork and the tertiary wall color. Angela definitely took risks, but her artistic eye served her well.