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A lot of work:

The Christmas Tree signifies the extra work for this room. Also the small vignette of Christmas trees on the night stand. Small, thoughtful details make for good design. Changing the bed linens and hanging the wreath make a complete Holiday Picture. A lot of this decor depends on how much storage you have. How ready you are to have an assortment of different bed linens depending on the season or the holiday. Are your Christmas trees fresh or are they stored? Are the pillow covers changed out, now that would be an awesome way to creatively change the room without using up a lot of space. Wayfair has a ton of pillow covers. Holiday Pillows @ Wayfair

A little work:

Now for another minimally decorated bedroom. (below) This canopy bed has draped green foliage and hanging stars and that’s all that is needed to make this a decorated bedroom. It’s a rustic styled bedroom and it has stayed that way with the casual greens draped over the canopy. The stars are easy to hang with fishing line. See more @ Great Christmas Bedrooms

This really gets the wheels turning doesn’t it?  Which room that you don’t usually decorate can use one of these decor ideas? Wouldn’t it be fun to do at least the guest bedroom, especially if you are having guests for the holiday! Have a very merry Holiday!

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Trends – Classics – Do What You Love

In conclusion, the lovely trends we have enjoyed for several years (3) are still with us. Millennial Pink I’m sure is still vogue. Mixing metals is still popular. Some say copper is waning, and then I see beautiful copper quoted as the best. Today’s cryptoquote, okay it wasn’t today’s it was the one I did today, was by Billy Baldwin, ” Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.’ Now that is something to adhere to. Nevermind trends. When you do buy ‘off the rack’ though, mind you, you will only find what is popular that year, that season. Pillows, carpet, chatzke. If you are willing to go custom, you can do anything you want. But there may be a year or more where you will not find copper pendant lighting to save your life. You can’t find that certain shade of blue in a bedspread anywhere. So trends are to be monitored just to show accessibility.

New Styles: Japandi & Scandi Bo-Ho

It is kind of fabulous to learn about Wabi-Sabi and Japandi. I also heard about Scandi Bo-Ho. (BELOW) The white palette. The soft colors. The extremely casual look which takes over to the Bo-Ho side. Hat’s off to Trends 2018. I love it all! Remember you don’t have to an entire room. You can add one piece that is Wabi- Sabi, you can add a bo-ho collection of pillows. Adding greens to your room will always make it more beautiful, (BOTTOM #3 pic). Notice how simple this bedroom is. How carefully curated designer, Tina Heldberg orchestrated this Japandi bedroom. The wall treatment might be a paint finish, it might be the latest and greatest in wallpaper. There is a so much beautiful product.

Scandi Bo Ho posted by ItalianBark


Japandi Style by Tina Heldberg


Wabi Sabi by Canadian House & Home

Design Trends 2018:
Researching, reading and investigation does yield a surprising amount of data. As I mentioned in Thursday’s Newsletter, many of the 2018 Trends are classics. BI # 285 A Glimpse into 2018 Interiors  The same beautiful things we have loved forever. Black & White Color Schemes. Geometric patterns. Patterns, and lots of them. Colors for the New Year are intense, gorgeous Blues and Reds.

Wabi-Sabi did figure into the pretty picture:

Here are some fantastic suggestions regarding wabi-sabi (ing) a room.
* Add real art (above)
* Use Hand Made Objects
* Natural Items
* Vintage (wrinkled linens – above)
* Clear the Clutter

This is from Gracie Sense and Sensibility.  Please visit.  Delightful page.

Another great find and totally unexpected is Japandi (below). A beautiful blend of Japanese and Scandinavian design styles. They do share the same aesthetics. Usually a minimalist affair, low-key but obvious appreciation of what is truly beautiful, humble and thoughtful. Emphasis on the simple and a no-clutter approach to living.

It takes a certain mind set to like the nicked and dinged. But the very successful and popular French designers have always put something rough next to something pristine. This combination allows each to sparkle. The perfect matte finish of the bench against the oft used clay pots (below).  The softly wrinkled or patterned Haori coat against the matte wall and the delicate coat hanging on the strong wrought iron. A beautiful composition.

Japandi Milan Furniture Festival

by Yellowstone Traditions

Bedroom Hygge

Now isn’t this bedroom C-O-Z-Y? This bedroom is so many things. I love it! Yellowstone Traditions is an Architectural Firm out of Montana. Yellowstone Traditions It’s hard to say cozy once you are inside the room. Cozy always brings a more humble picture to mind. But comfort is key. And this room is soooo comfortable.

So this is not quite Danish Style even though it is hygge!

The amount of texture is incredible. The stone fireplace and stone daybed! Contrast with the soft pillows. The furry throw on the bed. The smushy cushion on the rock solid day bed! I’m sure the view is exquisite! Let’s not forget the beamed ceiling. The short pile carpet provides softness underfoot.

Dining Hygee

This is just as much hygee as the bedroom above (below). But the casual has been heaped on every square inch! The pillows, the candles, the variety in texture are all on the same page if a different hygge paragraph. The coming together is so emphasized with the gathering around the coffee table. The cozy has become extended with the gorgeous view, one is under the stars and cozy. Just awesome. Congratulations.


Dining Life Styled – pinterest

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Uncluttered Kitchen:

Danish Design and the now hugely popular Hygee Lifeystyle tends to be a clean (above) and uncluttered way of life.  Our Beautiful Interiors Newsletter BI # 284 Embrace Hygge Style! shows rooms with lots of pillows and extra throws. Remember Denmark winters are brutal and long. The nights are even longer. Warming up the house, your home with these creature comforts does a lot to dispel seasonal affective disorder.

Check out this beautiful hygee Living Room complete with Candles!

Cozy Living Room:

With all the discomforts of cold, snow and long nights, making home the place to be dispels the idea that their is someplace better you should be. The mindset of contentment seems to be a huge factor. Being content with hot chocolate and a movie is a far cry from dancing at the club all night. Doing all of this home stuff with friends and family is just as important as the cozy fire.



by Ikea and Country Living

One of our guestrooms is also our office so this (above) demonstrates another way to handle a multi-purpose room. We have a sofa that becomes a bed, a futon. In this room, the bed is the bed but you have a semblance of privacy with the curtain. Of course, when you have guests using your office, I would definitley take what I need for the time, so that the guest has ‘their own room.’ If they were to bring their own work with them, they have a lovely space. Or if they just want to read the newspaper with a cup of coffee it’s a perfect space.

There is a lot to be said for having a chair in your guest room. (below) This way, alone time, is more doable. Reading, doing a puzzle, knitting, are more comfortable when you have something with good back support.

These chairs were upholstered in Pendleton Blankets. Isn’t that a great way to ‘use what you have’? Another great example of putting your bed on the window wall. The open closet is another great idea! No doors that will take-up valuable floor space. Keeping the same pretty color everywhere makes everyone included and therefore happy.

Every case is different and every case is doable. Talk with someone. Make a list. Go for it! Ready for guests!

by Kreis Beall & Thomas Paul

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Putting up three or more guests:

Hasn’t someone put on their thinking cap for this guestroom design? College friends, Cousins, Sisters, an entire family can be put up very comfortably in this perfectly outfitted guestroom.

Everyone has what they need. Private lighting, Private storage, Their own bed. A place to put their cup of coffee or glass of water. What a difference personal art, or a collage of art makes doesn’t it? A hotel room plants a great big something on the wall and I usually love it – but when something like this is so personal – so individual it feels more thoughtful doesn’t it?

Teeny Tiny Guest Room

This small room (below) used to be the kitchen pantry. So we have a good idea of how small it is. What does size matter? If the room is clean, comfortable and pretty. Keeping the walls white and decorating with light colors is smart. It gives the impression of light and airy despite the closet- size of the room. Having a room of your own, is a great blessing, considering you might be on the living room sofa. I always sleep really good on the sofa!

Please let us know what you think of these ideas! Perhaps you have ones you would like to share!


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Guest Room Necessities:

Having guests is a lot of work, but also great fun. Like Christmas and Halloween and Back to School.This ‘makeshift’ guest bedroom is where we left off in Thursday’s, Beautiful Interiors. (BI 9.28.2017) This bed (above) might be an air mattress or foam.

1. The art on the side wall is a home project and darling.

2. Having greens, live foliage in your rooms always add so much to any room.

The Florida season starts in October and goes through May. June through September we are left to swelter on our own! Whether you have a big house with three guest rooms or you have one guest room that doubles as an office you want your guests to be comfortable and happy.

That means the room needs to be pretty and supplied with necessary supplies. I remembered one thing I didn’t put on the ‘have to’ list in BI!

3. A bouquet of flowers! Yes.

4. I also like to leave a note giving some information that might not be obvious, like where the towels are, where the hamper is, what time morning coffee is ready.

5. A basket with essential vanity items is nice as well, toothpaste, a toothbrush, comb, shampoo, soap. Bottled soap is much better than bar soap.

Designated Guest Room:

Here we have a guest room that is THE  guest room. Do you see what attention is given to both guest rooms regarding prettiness and this both times despite the budget? Whether a minimal budget or a generous budget we can always do pretty.

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by Domino. photo by Francesco Lagnese

Unclutter first:

This is a beautiful after bedroom design. (above) So much needs to be done when you work to renovate a room, a home. Whether you are redefining your lifestyle or you have moved into this scenario, it’s a ton of work. For this huge housekeeping job (below) remember you need a good supply of large bags labeled toss, donate, sell. If you need help with sorting, try many of the great unclutter books by experts – Donna Smallin or Francine Jay. You can get a unclutter coach if you prefer!

Focal Point: View

BR Before by Domino. Photo by Lucy Danzinger

Remember to highlight the good points of your existing room. Without any question, the view takes the number one spot. And the designer did a great job of making the view the outstanding feature. The fabulous view over the bed and the patio doors on the side wall, make you feel as if you are a part of the outdoors. Making the indoor/outdoor line blurry like this is very effective to make your room more beautiful and spacious. There isn’t a lot of fuss in the room, nothing to distract you from the view.


The blue carpet and the blue art are smart because they mimic the blue sky and successfully blur the indoor and outdoor. Working with a designer is the best way successfully decorate your home. You can do all the head work and ask for a consultation with your questions, problems and get a confirmation that your ideas are great or where there might be some adjustments. You can work with a designer from the beginning, let her do all the head work. It can be done any number of ways. Pick one! Better to make the transformation don’t you think?

After by Avenue Lifestyle

Getting Started:

A lot looks wrong with this bedroom. (below)
Everything looks
wrong when a color you don’t like is on the walls.
A dark paint may need a primer and two coats of paint to
prevent ‘bleeding’. Always talk with your experts as you
put your before and after project budget together.

before Avenue Lifestyle


White on White Color Scheme:

Going  white on white is always successful.
(above) Remember to add lots of texture.
The shiny table, the matte finish floor
and walls, the nubby bedclothes,
the picture glass of the mini salon art gallery.
The charcoal gray pillows are doing a lot
to add contrast as well. But remember the walls,
floor and bedding are all white. And it’s a great scheme.

Mind you, this is a very successful, low-budget renovation.


We don’t know if the furniture, bedding and accessories were existing, thrift shopped or garage sale finds. Our resources are limitless. Could have been a mix and one new something added!

There is always a way to improve a room. I’m sure I don’t know anything about the blue closet door – but it must be modified. Make a list of what you don’t like. Make a list of the rooms best points. What do you want this room to do for you? Figure out your budget. Ask for estimates. Ask questions. You learn as you go, but the results are always worth it. Scary at points, but definitely worth it!