I love to see a room with some fun, unexpected elements. Bold, unique art is a good way to make a space pop.
Interesting color combinations and light fixtures help to differentiate a space. I have written about grey + yellow before (yellow with grey or gray). The yellow stools help to accentuate the kitchen and connect to light fixture.
Nothing quite like a sputnik light fixture to give an energetic hello.
Sometimes it’s fun to look at spaces that are completely different and offbeat…
The Queen + the hand chair + the coffee table + a dispersion of hot pink.
I hope your Monday has some fun to it!
Eddie Ross is a talented style editor who has worked for Martha Stewart, House Beautiful magazine and currently is at Better Homes and Gardens. He has recently published a great book called Modern Mix, which shows how to mix high and low furniture pieces and incorporate vintage tableware and accessories.
Eddie will be signing copies of his new book Modern Mix at Mrs. Howard in Charlotte this coming Thursday, March 31st between 6-8 pm. On Friday, April 1st he will be shopping with a group at Metrolina. It’s fun and interesting to learn what Eddie knows about antiques, linens, vintage books and china. If you are interested in attending either go to his website by clicking here to sign up.
Hope to see you there!
This week I am a guest blog writer for Brika. Brika is an online community which helps connect talented artisans and consumers. They offer high-quality, beautiful, and unique goods. As an interior designer, I’m constantly looking for well-crafted products for my clients, and Brika has a great selection.
5 foolproof ways to maximize a small living space
1 – Color
Color can be used to transform the feeling of a space. Psychologically, darker colors evoke compression while lighter colors make a room feel open and airy. I often opt for light neutrals when picking a color scheme for a smaller space, like in this powder room I designed for a client.
2 – Scale
Choosing an appropriate scale for furniture, lighting, artwork and accessories is extremely important. I prefer table lamps, which are not overbearing. If a table lamp is too big for the space, it makes everything else in the room feel smaller in comparison. I suggest keeping table lamps under 30” high, unless you are decorating a great room big enough to handle a larger scale. I love the scale of the table lamp in the room I designed below.
3 – Mirrors
Another really good trick to making a space feel more expansive is to use mirrors to trick the eye. Incorporate mirrors in an unexpected ways in your design, like in this family room I designed for a client. I used antiqued mirror inlays instead of a traditional back splash for the bar.
4 – Storage
What is one way to make a space feel instantly smaller? Clutter. Eliminate clutter and you make a room feel more spacious and organized. I love these white and blue Scandanavian Barent Boxes available through BRIKA. They’re perfect for storing miscellaneous items and are cute enough to be displayed, but small enough that they could fit underneath a bed if need be.
5 – Multi-use Design
Get creative with the functionality of your furniture. I designed this couch/murphy bed hybrid for a client that wanted to get the most out of an extra room in their basement. Custom furniture can helps you utilize every square inch of space.
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Photography: Chris Edwards for Laura Casey Interiors
My family recently went skiing in Colorado, the mountains were beautiful and the snow was great. I was able to capture a gorgeous sunrise early one morning.
Although I love the look of a more traditional mountain house, Aerin Lauder’s house in Aspen takes a chic, modern approach.
Colors such as dark green, brown and red are often incorporated into mountain homes.
The use of stone, wood and natural materials are also important to give it a rustic feel.
Wooden beams in the ceiling are also another key characteristic.
I love feeling a connection to nature, these homes certainly do the trick!
When designing for clients, I emphasize the importance of a well thought-out floor plan and color scheme. While color can transform a room, this space was designed with a more neutral palette. Even single decisions, like selecting a rug color, can have an impact on the overall feeling of a space. The first set of drawings showcase an elegant, light, neutral rug, which allows for the space to seem more open and airy.
The second set showcases a rich, dark brown rug, which makes the room more grounded and dynamic.
What do you think? Do you have a preference?
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing a few of my favorite pink interiors. Its many shades are effortlessly chic and doesn’t have to be overly feminine. Depending on its use, it can add playfulness or drama to a space.
After all, “pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude”.
Today I am wishing a happy 40th wedding anniversary to my parents.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Charlotte has the turquoise and black color streak going this week as the Carolina Panthers head to the Super Bowl.
If you don’t know it click here to learn the story behind Sam Mills and the origin of KEEP POUNDING.
Good luck Panthers!