by Kirkland


Lots of Accessories:
Here are some great ideas for decorating your foyer for the Holidays. Start with  large Merry Christmas greeting (above) and a garland of greens make this foyer ready for December. Notice the snowflake decorated bike wheel, it’s a beautiful detail. These lovely accessories can be used or placed any number of ways and each time it will be unique, a feast for the eyes. For instance maybe the bike would fit on your front porch or stoop another year, the Merry Christmas Sign could be propped on the floor and the console could hold three of those darling mini trees.

A simple bowl of pinecones is welcome on anyone’s coffee table or counter. Spray the edges with gold if you have a few minutes for a special touch.

Minimal Accessories:
This foyer has only a garland to make it ready for the Holidays.  (below) A bright splash of red with the flower and vase make the Holiday colors pop. These two decorative items make a powerful good cheer statement. There are endless ways to design a very good and very pretty foyer.

by Southern Living

by Designer Timothy Whealon

Small Kitchen Design
This kitchen came up with Trend 2018 as the search word. A small kitchen making a bold statement with its painted floor. The bead board walls and the nice mix of metals make it very contemporary, yet at the same time it is a casual, classic look. That is a mouthful. But mixing metals is an Avant garde methodology.  Painting a wooden floor with such a bold pattern is also a mix of styles and that is how this kitchen so successfully makes a dynamite presentation, despite its modest size and nothing over the top or any bling factor. Working with a savvy designer will get you such great results. Trusting your designer will get you everywhere. The white color scheme is smart in this small space. The use of texture is fabulous, the shiny floor, the matte cabinets, the rustic flower pot, the three patterned plates, the stripe bead board wall treatment. The flowers and the heaping bowl of fresh vegetables are the diamonds for this beautiful room.

Rustic Kitchen Design
Designers can work anywhere. A Florida designer can do a rustic kitchen (below). And my readers are far and wide so I like to keep everyone aware of good design. Your interiors should reflect the architecture of your home and its location. These vintage or well-worn brick walls are such a great backdrop. So much history and time has been absorbed by these vertical, stationary structures. Open storage is still a popular method of keeping your things handy. So again this room while ancient in some respects is modern in others. Of course, open storage is ancient. Kitchens such as this used to be far away from the living quarters of a well-to-do household. Today’s kitchens have long been the center of the home, much like ancient one-room dwellings where life centered around the fireplace, source of heat and a good meal.

by Cameron Schwabenton

by Designer Katie Ridder

Tall Cabinets – Add a Ladder
These ladders are usually reserved for the library. Here they are in the kitchen! Love ladders? – Why not put them wherever they are needed! They add a conversation piece, they are an eye catcher, they add architectural interest. With white everywhere we can afford the handsome dark floor. (above) The floral patterned wheel covers are a gorgeous detail. Soft touches of green and red color and pattern make this kitchen pretty. A woman’s touch. I would say adding a ladder to your kitchen is a kismet production! More About Library Ladders in the Kitchen!

Three Dimensional Wallpaper_Tile
This three dimensional wall paper or tile is still popular. (below) Again we see it acts as an eye grabber, a focal point, an OMG feature. This is not for the faint of heart either. Remember your style is whatever you want it to be. Do you want something pretty, casual, modern, romantic or classic? There are a million ways to design a room properly, why not make it your way? More Great Ideas for 3D Tile!   Lynda Louden Interiors would love to help you find your Design Style!

by Designer Stephen Shubel HB

Handsome Kitchens:

Black & White Kitchens are popular. They are kismet because they are unusual. They take your breath away. They take a very brave heart to want one and live with one. No one is ever going to say, “How Pretty!”. Black is always dramatic. It’s handsome, beautiful, professional and even traditional. Always remember to add a lot of white when working with strong colors. The floor in this kitchen (above) is dark as well, so the walls need to be white. A stark, bright white. The glass doors of the upper cabinets lends itself to a more ‘airy’ look. The white dishware collection was smart. The white pendant lighting, the simple window treatment of white blinds adds to the large volume of white to balance the dark cabinets and floor.

Black is not friendly. It is sophisticated. It is elegant. This kitchen (below) has black appliances with an extraordinary amount of brass trim and black cabinets . The walls are white tile as is the crown molding. This balance of dark and bright and light is vital so the room stays handsome and doesn’t become dark and gloomy.

Black & Brass Bailey-McCarthy HB

by Kara Mann Design

Penthouse Design:
Now we move on to Penthouses. Sorry for the chasm in between garage sale finds and penthouse design, hope you didn’t get injured on the way over. The point is – everyone needs a pretty space. A space that is carefully curated with what you love – that you are happy to come to. It might be you are a billionaire – but you want to surround yourself with vintage everything. It might be you are a billionaire and want to surround youself with bling. Either way is great!

Let’s see what makes this room so fabulous, what makes it comfortable, what makes it doable:
The chairs in front of the fireplace must be heirloom or museum pieces or at the very least totally custom. Are they comfortable? No. Do they have to be? No. The fireplace wall is masterful design. The glass cocktail table merges into the fireplace making it a gorgeous marriage. The black side tables, the black trim on the cocktail table, the charcoal fireplace surround make a beautiful path for your eye.

This is a good example of using dark colors, with a lot of light and bright for balance. To avoid a ‘dark’ look. But we still have dramatic!

Budget Dramatic: Black is still the rage. Black and White. Here is an excellent way to do drama on a budget. (below) Black walls, stark white bedding. Interesting lighting and accessories. We don’t know what makes the black wall such an interesting pattern. Is it wallpaper? The paint technique? Or the imperfect wall surface? The design savvy here is the drama with voluminous use of black and white. The simplicity of a bed, side table, and a window. Add a light, a plant, drapes – ready set go! Great Design.

by Domino


by Lou Marotta

Simple Design:
I write with this theme to speak of an adage passed on to me that I feel didn’t suit me.
Design wise. A hundred years ago, someone said to me, ‘don’t buy anything until you have saved up for what you really want.’The Perfect Thing. Anything you buy that’s not ‘it’ will be for nothing was the supposedly good reasoning. Perfect is a over-rated. Perfect is a misnomer. What is perfect?  Supposedly our human body has serious design flaws; I read this yesterday! That it could have been done better. Where does this put us in the land of contentment? How are we counting our blessings if we don’t love where we are?

Sure we might be hankering for a view and a room like below. But surely what we have right now is to be valued. Ikea is a very good thing. So are Target and Home Goods. Do you think you couldn’t find similar pieces anywhere. OK. Not anywhere, but somewhere. What prevents you from learning that you love a certain color and certain style? Keep it your mental notebook and you will be there one day soon enough.

The pillows in figure one look-like they could be one hundred years old. The drapes look like they were once thin sheets. Do you see how this ties in with our recent postings of Wabi-Sabi? Simplicity. Basics. Value what you have.

Decorating with what you have:
Decorating with what you have and what you can afford is very doable. Keeping a home clean and tidy is a very big step toward prettiness. All you need now is bouquet of flowers, palm fronds or twigs! Here is more. Decorating with Garage Sale Finds

Surrounding yourself with what you love, the colors, the things, the silly things, the serious things will make you happy. Anytime. Anywhere.


Designer Scott Sanders

Room by Ikea