Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
This bright and cheery master bedroom features soft yellow walls and lime green accents. The green headboard and skirt on the bed match the striped area rug, leading over to the office nook with a sturdy wooden desk and chair. White curtains with teal and green patterns complete the overall look and give the teal leather armchair in the corner a spotlight.
Carved bed posts give a custom, textured look to the bed frame centered in the design of this room. Mauve and white bed linens create a soft and polished finish to the bed. Shaded chandelier-like pendant lights cast arch light shapes on the soft peach walls. A dark wood dresser adds depth to the color scheme and compliments the textured posts.
The living room is the area that homeowner Richard Long considers the introverted area of the house: This is where the family goes for quiet moments: listening to or playing music, reading or pausing for a minute of reflection. It adjoins the dining room, which is painted a dark gray for a cozy feel. “Our goal is to have an art collection,” says Richard, “so we wanted a color that would fade into the background and let the art stand out.” Simple but glossy moldings and creamy walls are set off by the rich textures of leather, jute and wood in the living room.
A collection of decorative patterned tiles covers this countertop creating a colorful and exciting look. A single row of green tiles extend up the wall to transition the countertop to the wood framed mirror above and create a bold border. A traditional white sink allows the countertop design to be the star of the space.
This bedroom, as seen on HGTV Design Star, has a colorful personality with bright tangerine walls. Multicolor bed linens peek out from below white comforters to add more color and contrast to the space. Two modern rocking chairs provide relaxing seating by the fireplace. One of Bret Ritter's contributions to the room is a graphic wall hanging that says "Relax" above the fireplace. While the piece ties in the wooden shelves around the room, the judges are not impressed with the unfinished artwork.
This hallway continues the modern design of this apartment. The floor length mirror helps to reflect the white walls and ambient lighting that makes the space look clean and bright, while wood accents in the space add color and warmth. The patterned rug on the floor helps to give the area texture and dimension, while maintaining a sleek, modern look.
An unusual T-shaped kitchen island, which allows those perched on the stools to face each other, anchors this cottage-style kitchen. Deep blue subway tiles contrast with the cabinetry, a take on the classic nautical pairing of white and navy. A muted yellow wall color and warm-toned wood floors create an inviting charm throughout the space.
Careful arranging creates the perfect use of space in this very narrow white master bath. A double vanity of dark wood and a freestanding bathtub give the space a luxurious master bath feel. Unique materials and finishes such as a custom chevron marble wall, brass wall faucets, and the mixed metals of matte black mirrors and polished chrome sconces provide a trendy touch -- proof that even a small bathroom can be luxurious and have a huge style impact.
Jackson Paige Interiors worked their magic on this Brentwood remodel by incorporating built-ins for a clean, structured backdrop. Consequently, accent colors and accessories drive the decor and give the room its unique design. Shown here, the eggplant, light blue and orchid colors on the daybed give the space a punch of color while coordinating with the teal paint on the wall. The white backdrop also allows accessories to reign.
To suit her clients' love of eclectic interiors and all things vintage, designer Meg Caswell created this kitchen that has a decidedly whimsical, retro vibe. Fused glass tiles in shades of blue, green and white create a funky backspash while the wall cabinets receive a coat of soft powder blue paint. Meg tops the island with a glass countertop with just a hint of green, reminiscent of the jadeite pieces collected by the homeowners.
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.
The warm wood of the island and an antique cabinet stand out against the all-white palette of this transitional California kitchen. An upholstered accent wall features a bold pattern that's almost reversed on the kitchen rug, adding graphic interest to the space. An eat-in area is used instead as a cozy sitting room, making the space feel not only stylish, but livable and comfortable.
Contemporary-style sofas, upholstered in durable Sunbrella fabric, feature aluminum frames and synthetic wicker bases — both recyclable. Two cube-shaped, industrial-style coffee tables were handcrafted from sustainable wood by carpenter David Brown. The yellow chairs provide a nice contrast against the black and white patterned pillows and add pops of color against the brick floor and accent landscaping wall.
A black and white chair blends styles in much the same way as the house around it. The design team went for an Arts & Crafts feel in the space to embrace the homeowners' desire to maintain the warm wood trim throughout the house. This armchair in the media room features a traditional black and white checked fabric on a chair form with mid-century lines and legs. A wall of built-ins features white cabinetry with crisp, clean lines.
This apartment is in a beautiful landmarked building in the Wall Street area. During its renovation, the designers strived for a modern feel but also wanted to pay homage to the Old World charm of the original building elements: massive windows, ornate ironwork furnaces and dark wood floors. The previously enclosed kitchen was opened up and the materials chosen to highlight the feel of old New York: reclaimed brick on the walls, steel countertops and backsplash, even the pendants have the look of gas lights. Paint: Benjamin Moore Dove Wing, Pendants: Remains Lighting Eugene, Brick: Brick It Used NY.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”
This modern home's exterior exposes tons of unique elements. The bottom half of the house is covered in wood siding, while the upper area is a bright white stucco. The rear half of the home has a curved wall and ceiling reminiscent of a barn, softening the lines of the cube-like front.