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Decorating Trend Alert: Stripes + A Special Ralph Lauren Sale

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:15

Photo via Pierre Frey

Stripes are getting an unconventional makeover this year! Thrilling effects, strong color combinations and abstract deconstructions bring a new look to the original straight-and-narrow style.

Photo via Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren’s comprehensive striped wallpaper collection calls upon a wide range of colors, materials and scale. Gorgeous textures and sheens, including flocked velvets and glittering sparkles, take these classic patterns to a whole new level!

Photo via York Wallcoverings

York’s Ashford Stripes collection of wallpapers offers a wide range of neat, versatile and refined stripes. From bold and colorful to simple and neutral, these patterns can either make a major or understated statement in your space.

Photo by Thomas Loof for House Beautiful

There’s something about faded stripes on a linen fabric that carries us away to a simpler locale like a country cottage or cabin in the woods. Recreate this feeling by using the pattern on a few pieces of furniture or as casual drapery.

    

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2015 Decorating Trends that Have Carried Over from Last Year

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:27

Trends come and go, but some have staying power. Check out these four trends from last year that are still going strong for 2015.

Grey really hit the scene in the summer of 2014. We were seeing the color in hazy, monochromatic styles featuring casual, solid materials.

Update for 2015: Cooler greys with blue undertones will reign this year and will be a combination of both solids and striking patterns.

Photo via Greg Natale

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As we predicted, ethnic prints and themes are still going strong.

Update for 2015: This year, the ethnic look leans toward décor inspired by African culture with elements like kuba textiles, zebra stripes, and rattan furniture. We suggest balancing a motif like this with modern, streamlined pieces.

Windsor Smith designed by Max Kim-Bee

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Trompe l’oeil architectural features and faux finishes became increasingly popular last year in both fashion and décor.

Update for 2015: This year’s big trompe l’oeil trend will be the faux gallery wall wallpaper. There is a wide variety of styles out there from ornate and historical to modern and customizable. We like the idea of filling in empty-framed versions with your own artwork.

Photo by Paul Massey via House to Home

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A deep combination of blue and violet, indigo’s rich color brought a regal sense to homes in 2014.

Update for 2015: Raw, interesting textures will usher indigo into 2015. We like it in grasscloth wallpapers and fabrics that mimic basket weave patterns.

 

Photo by Jonny Valiant for HouseBeautiful

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4 Ways to Incorporate Cute Creature-Themed Prints into Your Home

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:25

Fun critter-themed prints like butterflies, birds and turtles are a fun way to liven up a room! Check out these ways to incorporate them into your home in a refined, grown-up way.

Mixing contrasting styles is a major décor trend that we see sticking around. Give playful prints of wild things a dose of sophistication by pairing it with elegant pieces. Here, artist Hunt Slonem’s tortoise-themed fabric (his personal favorite from his new collection) is upholstered onto ornate 19th century chairs.

 

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In a similar way, cheerful animal prints can add a sense of whimsy to spaces with modern architectural features. This adds softness and warmth to features that can otherwise feel a bit sterile. Style editor Chassie Post’s home is a prime example of this—we especially love how the butterfly wallpaper looks in the kitchen.

Photo by Matthew Williams via House to Home

 

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Instead of using an animal-themed print all over your walls, try incorporating a pattern on one piece of furniture. Here, designer Nick Olsen used a fabric fit with colorful parrots on the sofa of this bedroom. Olsen’s look incorporates a lot of color and pattern, but you can use the bird print as the single pop of color in the space, too.

 Photo via Lee Jofa

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Prints with animals in them can be subtle, too! Just choose a version that is neutral in color. This bedroom showcases a large Cole & Son Flamingo wall covering in a grey/taupe color way, which tones down the large scale of the pattern, making it soothing enough for a bedroom.

Photo via Designsponge.com, Design by Gabriel Valdivieso

 

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Introducing New Small Print Fabric & Wallpaper Collections!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:37

Photo via Fabricut

Fabricut’s new fabrics-by-color series features over 200 modern large and small prints that created to be combined with each other. Five color palettes—Blue Wave, Grey, Citron Green, Lacquer, and Neutral—make it easy to mix & match the contemporary geometrics, jacquards, embroideries and ethnic designs in this collection.

Rooms designed by Candace Cavanaugh; Photos via dlccorp.com

Creating a cohesive look throughout your home is simple with Kravet’s quietly glamorous Wild Kingdom collection. Showcasing a wide variety of animal prints in coordinating colors, the line offers a chic way to use patterns that tie together several rooms of your abode.

Photo via Schumacher

Schumacher’s Simply Charming collection adds special detail to walls without competing with decor that already has a lot going on. Each of the subtle prints in this line are ideal complements to more striking elements.

Photos via Stroheim

Transport yourself to a dreamlike state with Stroheim’s new collection of delicate and sophisticated small prints, jacquards, sheers and velvets. The hazy pastel and neutral color palettes create a sense of softness that melts away the stress of everyday life.

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How to Expertly Mix Patterns: Exclusive Tips from Interior Designers

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:25

Looking to add some drama to your home’s decor with print? Learn to mix patterns like a pro with these exclusive tips from top interior designers.


This family room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn has just the right amount of playfulness. The red, white and blue color scheme tastefully riffs on the patriotic vibe while the pop art hanging over the hearth featuring LEGO® people offsets the motif.

Brian’s Tip: “Mixing patterns is one of the more complex elements of interior design. To pull it off, you’ll need a mix of prints ranging in scale–small, medium and large–and different types of prints. When different scale is used, you’ll avoid anything from becoming too busy or cluttered, and by diversifying shapes, you’ll strike the perfect balance of different lines. Here I used a medium plaid on the windows, a large scale houndstooth on the ottoman and a pinstripe on the chair upholstery.”

 

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Björn Björnsson’s design in this bedroom proves that combining patterns can be subtle and soothing enough for a bedroom. The floral medallion print on the pillows counterbalance the stripes of the bench & Greek key-esque design on the window treatments.

Björn’s Tip: “Mixing prints can be difficult especially if you would like to maintain the elegance of a room.  Make it easy by choosing one dominant color, like the soft blue I used in this bedroom, and add small black accents. I did this on the window’s shades, the chaise & the floor to give the space that sophisticated master bedroom quality.”

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We love how fresh and dynamic this room feels. “The space was actually in a lower level room that has no windows, so the object was to create color, interest and light by using patterns that enabled the space to feel bright,” explains designer Greg McKenzie.

Greg’s Tip: “Mixing patterns based on similar color values is a great way to create excitement. Use a common theme in the main colors to create a continuity that flows beautifully. Here, both the chevron striped pillows and the diamond pattern wallpaper contain orange and white while the pop of the turquoise adds balance.”

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The bedroom by Sam Allen is the epitome of teenage fun. The bold and colorful geometric and animal prints are youthful and the simple black trim on the bedding ties the whole look together.

Sam’s Tip: “You always want patterns to play off of, rather than compete with, each other. For example, the brown and white grosgrain ribbon applied in a diamond pattern relates to the orange and pink wool British flag pillow in this bedroom.  Most importantly, always remember to have fun with it in the end!”
Photo Courtesy of Sam Allen

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Masculine Decor from Top Interior Designers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:52

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, so we rounded up some manly rooms by top interior designers who have created spaces that are perfect for that special guy (or little guy) in your life.

This den designed by Thom Filicia incorporates masculine elements like herringbone, clean industrialized sconces and antler wall art. The room’s color scheme is mainly (gender) neutral with pops of muted reds and blues.

 Photo by Eric Piasecki

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If you’ve got a little boy in the family, this fun bedroom by Keith Baltimore is great for imaginary safari adventures. Baltimore has hung panels of fabric from the ceiling to one wall, which makes the space feel like a tent. Remember that boys will be boys, so we recommend choosing indoor/outdoor fabrics for children’s rooms because they can be washed.

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John Douglas Eason creates an updated version of Don Draper’s Midcentury-style pad. Nubby grey textures in varying shades and a hint of plaid make this space feel both masculine and modern.

Photo by Jody Kivort

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Nina Magon’s design in this home office juxtaposes the ornate, feminine architectural elements with hardy components like black leather, wool drapes and an animal hide rug.


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Introducing New Wallpaper Collections for 2015!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:05
 Photo via Elle Decor

Schumacher’s Print Happy wallpaper collection is bursting with sophisticated and exuberant patterns to suit any style. Revitalize your home with these dynamic papers which include popular prints in exciting new colors.

Photo via York Wallcoverings

Renowned designer Candice Olson brings the beauty of Mother Earth into the home with a new breathtaking collection inspired by the great outdoors. Unique floral, cork and marble motifs will make you feel at one with nature.

 Photo via York Wallcoverings

York’s Weathered Finishes collection proves that true beauty comes with age. The line of trompe l’oeil papers done in realistic textures create the look of worn wood, field stones, tin tiles, burlap, cement blocks & more!

 Photos via Kravet, lynnegolodner.com & aniika.com

Inspired by India’s rich history of color and textiles, Echo Design’s collection for Kravet is abundant in both soft & vibrant handblock prints. From paisley and ikat to small geometric patterns, this line is a modern interpretation of the ethnic trend that is still going strong this year.

    

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How to Decorate with a Bold Statement Wallpaper

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:15

Have you ever come across a breath taking wallpaper pattern that you absolutely love, yet you’re not sure how you would ever decorate with it? Let us make it easy for you with these ideas on how to decorate with a statement wall covering.


When you’re covering a whole room in bold wallpaper, a good rule of thumb is to use similar colors in the rest of the space. You can still vary the prints, but using the same color keeps them from competing with the walls.

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A strong print can be toned down by breaking it up into framed panels. This allows for more white space, which softens the look. You can run the panels across the entire room or do them on a single wall.

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Neutrals always look good together, so a strong wallpaper print in those hues works wonderfully with (surprise!) variations of black and white! Add in some pops of metallic for a little more dimension, like this room does with the circular mirror and gold end table.

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Take those drab sliding closet doors to new levels by covering them in a special wallpaper like designer  Melissa Warner did in her apartment. It’s a great way to add just the right amount of color to a bedroom!

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How to Incorporate Distressed & Unfinished Elements into Your Home’s Decor

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:34

Distressed elements like crumbling brick and worn wood bring a casual, textured look to a space and definitely fit in with the ‘outdoor-meets-indoor’ décor trend that’s happening right now. Check out these ways to incorporate antiqued & unfinished features into your home:

A wall covered in raw wood, which can be recreated with a faux bois wallpaper, works beautifully with a combination of other textures in a room, creating the “soft/hard” juxtaposition. This living room designed by Denise McGaha uses a thick grey wool on the sofa and a cork lampshade. We also love how the designer made art from a trompe l’oeil wallpaper pattern that looks like stacked books near the dining area.

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Channel the shabby-chic look by putting a wallpaper that looks like tarnished metal or peeling paint on the ceiling. Here the designer has created a full-on distressed look with a venetian plaster finish on the walls and stylishly-worn antique furniture.

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Most of us long for exposed brick in our home at some point–it’s the epitome of NYC loft coolness. Thanks to great printing technology, we can have our cake and eat it too with wallpapers that look just like the real deal. Go for the eclectic look with distressed leather furniture and a variety of colorful prints.

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Mountain lodges often have rustic touches like stone walls and peeling wood planks. Create the lodge look in your home by mixing these two elements and topping it off with an ethnic area rug & antler chandelier.

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Chinoiserie: The Asian-Inspired Decorating Trend for 2015

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:56
Designed by Miles Redd; Photo via HouseBeautiful

Chinoiserie has been given a new spin this year. It’s being done in bold colors, distressed finishes and abstract versions. Mimic the striking look of this living room by Miles Redd by combining the pattern with rich jewel tones.

Photo via cotedetexas.blogspot.com

Bring a touch of chinoiserie to your home by accenting a pattern-free room with it. Here, Lee Radziwill’s home exemplifies this with chairs and sofa in a matching print.

Photo via Architectural Digest

Another design style that’s gaining in popularity is mixed cultures. Try pairing Asian-influenced chinoiserie with other ethnic prints. This bedroom at the home of Jorge Elias combines it with French characteristics.

Photo via Proper Hunt

Green is associated with health, prosperity and harmony in Chinese culture. Bring some good vibes into your space with the color like Million Dollar Decorator Mary McDonald, who is known for using chinoiserie, did in this glamorous dining room.

    

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Exclusive Design Tips from Mary McDonald, Star of Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Decorators’

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:39

Mary McDonald, one of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators, certainly knows a thing or two about making a room look great. The award-winning interior designer gave us some exclusive tips on how to make your home beautiful. Check them out:

McDonald manages to make a very large room feel intimate by creating different sections of seating. She ties it together with the same shade of red throughout the entire space.

Tip: “First I start with a vibe–A goal ‘look’ we want to attain. Then I look at what the best floor plan is for the needs of the client as well as any construction changes that are necessary to reach our goal. After a floor plan is developed, I populate how to tie the tones, textures and hues together through case goods and textiles. There are lots of other little tangents in between but this is the basic order of things in the broadest form.”

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This bedroom features so many details, and they all work together wonderfully. We like how the cornice on the bed and the window mimic each other, creating a cohesive look.

Tip: “I love a layered bedroom. Start with some sort of bed treatment and always have some sort of slipper chair by the bed for books. Add a bench/settee at the end of beds with pillows and throws and a wall montage of some little moment above the bed.”

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Black is one of those colors that many of us love to use in our wardrobe, but don’t utilize it properly when decorating. Here, McDonald has made a room pop with the color in a variety of patterns.

Tip: “A couple of pieces of black furniture or accessories really go a long way. Black creates tonal punctuation in a room and is best used in a variety of material elements such as a lacquer coffee table, a pair of noir porcelain vases and a black marble box or metal sconces.”

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What an inviting bathroom this is! The hues used in the space exemplfy our prediction that Renaissance-inspired color palettes will be all the rage this year. Here, McDonald accents the functional aspects of the bathroom with an Asian-inspired chair adorned with a chinoiserie print pillow and an ornate tabouret.

Tip: “Using too much chinoiserie in varying ways is busy and unsophisticated. Start by accenting one or two places. Then it will be the magical delight chinoiserie IS!”

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How to Transform a Room with Drapery

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:19

Drapery is one of those decor elements that can really make a difference in a room. Check out these four window treatment ideas that will have your space looking renewed in no time!

For a dramatic, cohesive look, use different curtain panels on the walls of an entire room. This works best for rooms with at least one window on three of the walls. Use sheer curtain panels over the spots on the wall with windows and a solid color for areas without windows. This idea would be perfect for a fabulous room with lots of windows but a bad view or a space that is flooded too strongly with sunlight.

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Reminiscent of circus tents, Miles Redd takes the basic pleated swag to a whole new level by adding “pagoda-esque” peaks at the top of drapery done in an attention-grabbing striped fabric.

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A small window like those often seen in attics can be made to appear large–Install drapery and a cornice that extend well above and outside of the actual window’s dimensions to trick the eye into believing it’s much bigger. Tie in the pattern with throw pillows to complete the look.

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Bathrooms deserve beautiful drapery, too. Large prints look great in this room because they’re generally not competing with other patterns. We like how the designer of this room created symmetry around the window, which is dressed in a fun foliage print.

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How to Decorate with Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:33
Design by & Photo via Laura U Interiors.com

“Marsala definitely lends itself well to texture,” explains Lee Eiseman, the Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute. “Because of the strong undertone of brown, you have all kinds of variation going on within the color, so a textured fabric will play all kinds of wonderful tricks with the eye.” Go for grasscloths, velvets, linens and more for a dimensional look.

Design by Allan Malouf Studio; Photo via Houzz.com

Pantone describes Marsala as a “tasteful hue that embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal,” so the dining room is an obvious spot to use the color. The shade looks gorgeous in candlelight and makes skin look luminous. Mix it with warm golds for a sophisticated space that is a feast for the eyes.

Designed by Alessandra Branca; Photo via branca.com

Marsala’s rich, robust hue lends itself to the French-inspired look. We love the chic toile and stripes featuring the hue in this classic bedroom. Check out Fabricut’s French General collection for more patterns featuring Marsala.

Design by Kathy Best; Photo by Matthew Millman

Marsala’s balance between dramatic and grounded makes it versatile enough for men, too! Acting as a rich neutral, it can be used in masculine settings with the right styling. Try it in houndstooth, herringbone, plaid and paisley.

    

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How to Incorporate Marsala, 2015’s Color of the Year, into Your Home: What Colors Pair Best

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:31

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala! Check out these four color pairings that will help you decorate with the hue like a pro.

 Turquoise lies on the opposite side of the color wheel from Marsala, which makes it a complementary hue to the Color of the Year. The two can be used equally throughout a room. Think turquoise walls with a marsala sofa and area rug, which is done so well in this living room.

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Marsala lends itself well to the monochromatic color palette due to its subdued, rich and warm qualities. Layer different textures like velvet, leather and suede together, and vary solids and prints to break up the look. Switching up the shade of the color brings a little more depth to the space, too.

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Rust and umber colors, both in matte and metallic versions, lend a spiciness to Marsala. “Anything that has the brown, coppery feel is obviously going to be a natural–it’s closely related to Marsala, but different enough.” says Lee Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone Color Institute.

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Thanks to Marsala’s strong brown undertones, it can actually play as a neutral. When used as an accent, it works well with a combination of many colors and prints. Choose a pattern containing all of the colors you’d like to use in your room (including marsala) and then reiterate those hues in other pieces.

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Get the Look of Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Highclere Castle’s Grand Decor

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:01

Downton Abbey is back again, and we couldn’t be happier to watch the glamorous British bunch for another season. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at some of the most stunning rooms featured on the series & how to get the look.

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The saloon is one of the most architecturally grand rooms in Highclere Castle, where most of Downton Abbey is filmed. The gothic style decor is accented by wall covering panels made of leather that date back to 1631, but you can get a more modernized look with a deeply-hued damask wallpaper.

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The study is where we often see Lord Grantham mulling over his estate’s future. The gorgeous wood panels and inset shelving are adorned with a vast collection of leatherbound books. If you want to recreate this look without installing ornate paneling, you can use a trompe l’oeil wallpaper that looks like bookshelves. Rich velvet and silk textures provide a softer contrast to the masculine room.

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We saw the music room last season when the family held events, and we hope we can see more because those walls hung with 16th century Italian embroideries are to die for! The ornate architectural carvings can be recreated with a trompe l’oeil freize wallpaper–some of them are printed to look 3D and others are actually raised and paintable.

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The drawing room is one of our favorite spaces from the show—its pastel color palette brings an airy quality to the castle. We’re loving the combination of mint damask wallpaper,dusty pink chairs in a similar pattern and a quietly elegant area rug.

Photo via dorisleslieblau.com

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Decorating Trends: What’s Hot for 2015

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:29
Get a first look at what will be hot in decor for 2015! Photo by Jonny Valiant for HouseBeautiful

Toile has gone through a modern makeover this year. Once known as a traditional pattern, today we’re seeing done in unusual scenes and fresh new color palettes. It’s also being paired with contemporary elements, which is done beautifully in Robert Passal’s bedroom in Miami.

Photo by James Gardiner via housetohome.co.uk

Faded florals with a provincial vibe are on the horizon for 2015. This look works in so many settings—it’s a must have for a country home and offers a great counterpoint to modern design.

Photos via madeandstate.com

We saw this trompe l’oeil trend emerge last fall, and the design world is still crazy about it! Look for it in both wallpaper and fabric and maybe try a colorful interpretation.

Design by & Photo via atmosphereid.ca

Elaborate and web-like geometrics will trump the oversized versions that were so popular in 2014. We like the sophistication that deep hues lend to the look.

    

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The Best Rooms of 2014 in Interior Design: A Round Up from Our Designer Tips Series

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:50

We’re looking back at our favorite rooms from our Designer Tip Series, which we launched this year. While all of the designers we worked with boasted gorgeous interiors, a few are so stunning that we just can’t stop thinking about them! Scroll down to see our top picks:

Ellie Cullman, Cullman & Kravis

What woman doesn’t want a sexy and glamorous bedroom fit with rose gold walls? We couldn’t help but fall for this gem designed by Ellie Cullman when we visited the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse this year.

Photo Courtesy of Ellie Cullman

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Caleb Anderson, Caleb Anderson Design NYC

When we walked into this bedroom at the Lenox Hill Inaugural Designer Showhouse of New York this May, it was love at first sight. Caleb Anderson utilized the small space with a quietly layered, elegant canopy bed that is set off by a pop of cheerful citrine in the area rug.

Photo Credit: Marco Ricca

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Timothy Corrigan, Timothy Corrigan Inc.

This grand dining room has been the talk of the office since we first laid eyes on it. The magical setting, amplified by a fabric-tented ceiling, speaks volumes to designer Timothy Corrigan’s talent.

Photo Credit: Michael McCreary

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Frank de Biasi, Frank de Biasi Interiors

This eat-in dining room by Frank de Biasi makes us want to dine in the kitchen every day! The space features so many special details, from the vertically striped step arch cornice to the same drapery fabric being run horizontally to echo the rug’s stripes.

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Jennifer Cohler Mason, J. Cohler Mason Design

Designer Jennifer Cohler Mason proves that one statement color can totally make a room. Her use of a high-shine turquoise lacquer in this dining room made our jaw drop.

Photo Credit:  Brett Beyer

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Campion Platt, Campion Platt

Plum was one of fall’s top hues, and Campion Platt  made the color look stunning in this urban living room by balancing it with fur, silk, metallics and sheers. This dreamy space makes us want to move in right now!

 Photo Credit:  Scott Frances for Campion Platt

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Lisa Staprans, Staprans Design

Designer Lisa Staprans was totally on top of one of next year’s biggest trends–bringing the outdoors inside. Her use of materials and colors that occur in nature make this living area the perfect spot to curl up with a cup of tea and reflect.

Photo Credit:  Bruce Damonte

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Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors

The blue grasscloth and Victorian-inspired seashell console tables in this foyer designed by Barclay Butera made us rethink the elegance of a beach theme. His symmetrical version oozes casual sophistication!

Photo Courtesy of Barclay Butera

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Keith Baltimore, Baltimore Design Center

Another of our favorites was this graphic entryway by Keith Baltimore. Large hand-painted diamonds adorn the walls of the small space, giving guests something to talk about as soon as they walk in the door.

Photo Credit:  Pablo Corradi

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Gail Tarasoff, Anne Tarasoff Interiors

Our Instagram followers loved this room designed by Gail Tarasoff–it garnered the most likes out of any other post for 2014! The punchy pinks and tangerine oranges made this outdoor area at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse a scene stealer.

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How to Incorporate the Leopard Print Trend Into Your Home

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:16

Leopard print is hitting the fashion world by storm this season! Here are some great ways to incorporate the trend into your home right now.

Make your home the cat’s meow by combining different types of leopard prints. The trick is to vary the color and scale of the patterns to keep it interesting, not matchy-matchy, like designer Summer Thornton did here.

Photo via Summer Thornton Design

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Instead of upholstering one large sofa in leopard print, break it up on two matching chairs. The effect still makes a statement, but feels more modern and fresh for today.

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For those of us who don’t walk on the wild side too often, a hidden surprise like leopard print wallpaper-lined drawers are a great way to enjoy a bit of the trend  in a subtle way. Blogger Jen Ramos at Made by Girl covered the inside of her bedroom’s wardrobe drawers in the pattern, and we love how it looks with her zebra print rug.

Photo via Made By Girl

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If you have a vibrant color scheme going already,  you can still bring in some leopard print. Tuck a pillow upholstered in a bright coordinating version of the pattern between two other pillows for a splash of the trend.

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4 Homes that Make Red & Green Look Stylish All Year Long

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:08

Red and green are most often associated with the holiday season, but these four stylish spaces make the color scheme work all year long!

This posh bedroom by Summer Thornton Design balances a room built around red & green by varying solids and prints. The black floral drapery and dark wood floors bring in depth, which grounds the look.

Design by and Photo via Summer Thornton Design

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Red and green takes on a whole new look when paired with exposed brick walls, large statement art & modern furniture. This room has tons of texture, from the leather seating and shag rug to the embroidered and velvet pillows.

Photo via homedesignlover.com

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Designer Sig Bergamin’s Sao Paulo home diversifies the traditional color palette by using burgundy on the sofas & celadon on the walls. A rainbow assortment of vases and ethnic pillows give the room a life of its own.

Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

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This bold dining room employs Citrine, an acidic color combination of green & yellow, which pops against the fire-engine red bamboo chairs and area rug. Understated leopard print seat cushions and simple cream walls complement the bold pieces without overwhelming the space.

Design by & Photo via Jennifer Dengel

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Shimmering Silver & Gold Metallic Decor

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:35
Photo via zgallerie.com

Whether it’s a geometric, floral or abstract print, a striking gold wallpaper makes a glamorous statement in any part of the home.

Photo via designindulgences.com

If you’re someone who likes structure, try a striped gold or silver wallpaper. This works especially well in a foyer or hallway. Check out our styles that range from wide to thin and even diagonal!

Photo via betterdecoratingbible.com

This stairway covered in a textured metallic wallpaper in the home of celebrity Denise Richards dazzles and delights! Patterns like these are great for small, oddly-shaped wall areas that need a little something special.

Photo via rusacc.com

Gold fabrics, when used in several textures, patterns and sheens, look regal and sophisticated in the bedroom.

    

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