When it comes to the , patterns are a huge priority for me to create a unique and dynamic space. While I often stick with a sophisticated mix of solid fabrics in in a home, mixing patterns can be challenging and fun, and will elevate the overall aesthetic of a room. Doing this the “right” way can be the hallmark of a professional interior designer or decorator. Here are my top three guidelines that I personally subscribe to when layering pattern on pattern on pattern!
Bringing a richly layered room to life requires each individual element to stand on its own and to blend together with the rest of the space. This is a fun and challenging task and why I love my job as an interior designer! In addition to incorporating color and pattern, multitudes of texture are an integral part of any interior design. From walls and ceilings to creative uses of natural elements, the possibilities to add texture to a room are endless!
I’ve often noted that every piece of an interior plays an integral part in the symphony of the room; side tables are no exception! Although they naturally fall into a supporting role (pun intended), these pieces can make a fabulous statement.
From various heights, shapes, styles and functionality, the options are endless! Don’t let this petite accent get the best of you. Let’s first focus on the proper height of your accent for the next time you’re on the hunt.
We are now halfway through 2016 (so hard to believe!), and as each month passes, the team finds new and interesting styles or pieces that we like to pull from for inspiration in our fabulous, Classically Current designs.
Here are some favorite finds we spotted in June that are sure to elevate our interiors!
Molly Hatch Ceramics
“I love new take on the classic blue and white ginger jar look. Her large art pieces, all done on plates, create a large scale piece of art that is made up of beautiful little pieces. A fabulous twist on the typical china displayed on the dining wall with a wonderful European feel.” – Ohorona24.in.uamansky, President and Creative Director
From the of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona to the in my hometown of Houston, design inspiration is all around us. This is especially true in the eclectic capital of the Lone Star State!
A quick drive from Houston, Austin is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway and a dose of whimsical inspiration. On a recent trip with my husband, Michael, we hit some of our favorite spots and discovered some new places where we are sure to return.
In a city full of unique charm and plenty to see, here are some of the places I was inspired in Austin.
It is no secret that I am a BIG fan of drapery! My clients will tell you that they have had many a creative discussion about their need for window treatments and, specifically, beautiful, flowing, airy, drapery. From major statement drapery to quiet, more supporting elements, window coverings play a major role in the interior design of a room.
I have often had a homeowner say they are not interested in drapes or they fear blocking a beautiful view with fabric. My response: drapes have a powerful impact on the overall design of a room and, depending on the vision for the design, can either be a mere softening element or take center stage. With a handsome tie-back, they will never detract from your view. To use drapes to their full potential, here are a few factors to keep in mind.
Fabulous interior design does not happen overnight. From space planning and furniture procurement to selecting fixtures and finishes, the interior is an artful blending of many different aspects that come together in the end to create a fabulously unique design. While every aspect of the design is important to the overall aesthetic, it always comes down to the last details to really bring a room together.
It’s for this reason, that I take great care to add the perfect finishing touches to my classically current designs, and tabletops and other surfaces make the perfect opportunities to get creative with even the smallest details!
Here are some of my favorite ways to create stylish counters and tabletops with a variety of simple accessorizes.
I began my career designing destination interiors and often draw design inspiration from cities and cultures around the world. Because of my severe case of wanderlust, I am always thrilled when the opportunity comes along to create destination-inspired interiors for my clients.
Blending striking pops of color into interiors and experimenting with fun and unique patterns are staples of my Classically Current design philosophy so I was very excited when I received a request from a client to incorporate a Moroccan-inspired theme throughout the home.
When designing destination-inspired interiors, the first order of business is to gain a general foundation of the culture’s influences and unique characteristics. Once the research is finished, you can then begin to thread these particular influences into the design to create an authentic cultural representation throughout the interior. Not to say liberties aren’t taken- they are!-but it is always good to have an understanding of the cultural vernacular.
For example, Morocco’s bold colors, lantern lighting, and distinctive textures are easily recognizable, and I absolutely loved drawing on inspiration from to create the fun, vibrant designs for my client’s home.
Here are some of the key characteristics to keep in mind when incorporating Moroccan style into a design!
As I create design boards and sketches for my clients, I always strive to use every square inch of a room to its full potential. Sometimes, the design requires more emphasis on smaller details like a unique side table, the perfect floral arrangement or delicate trim along accent pillows. Other times, the design may call for more striking and lavish features like a bold that takes center stage or, in this case, a fab wallcovering to clothe an entire room with stunning visual appeal.
Wallcoverings have become a favorite design tool of mine because of the opportunities they provide to really make an impactful statement in the overall design of a room. Depending on the tone my client wants to achieve, I tend to opt for wallcoverings that bring bold, textured or elegant elements to my classically current interior designs. Whether dressing up a chic bathroom or incorporating a classic design into a master bedroom, I love the opportunities to get creative with the four walls of a room.
Here are some of my favorite ways to think out of the box about wallcoverings!
Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with fabric to create striking showroom designs featuring Beacon Hill’s stunning new spring Animale Fabric collection. I loved that Beacon Hill sought out a local Houston interior designer (me!) to help debut the new collection. I was honored to be included and thrilled at the challenge of designing vignettes to showcase this fashion-forward collection.
Using the new line of fabrics and Robert Allen furniture pieces, I gathered inspiration from various natural elements to design several vignettes that blended with my Classically Current style. Today, I’m excited to show you the finished products!
Robert Allen – Fabric: Abstract Fret Coral; Lumbar Pillow: Mysore Sike/Ashe with Velvet Cord