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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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Decorating your bedroom for Christmas might seem like an unnecessary evil. But I looked this up and was amazed at the marvelous ways this can be accomplished. We will start with bedroom decorating with a lot of fuss and then move to minimal fuss.

Add the tree:
To get these astounding results, with this bedroom (above) takes a bit of time and creativity. The wallpaper is perfection. The Christmas tree is fun we know, but time consuming. The room is at heart neutral, so were the red accents, the chair, table, pillows, quilts and bedding already there or switched out for the Holiday? What an absolutely charming room. Beautifully embellished. Enjoyed tremendously. OMG! I just realized the presents under the tree. More work, more treasures, more surprises, more JOY.

Minimal Christmas Decor for your Bedroom:
This bedroom decor (below) is like night and day for holiday decor contrast. The Holiday items are minimal, maybe half a box marked Christmas from the attic/closet. The wreath, the bow and small tree comprise the total accoutrements that say Merry Christmas! Just a little bit of detail making a big impression.

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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

 

 

 

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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

Welcome to our Blog! Our appendix to our Newsletter, LLI Beautiful Interiors. Or MORE wonderful information regarding topics of interest for all those who love their home, for all those who want to make their home a sanctuary, a refuge, a place safe from all the hurdles of life. Except the big one, What’s for dinner?

I did find quite a bit of ‘new’ design. But it’s not really new. Just old stuff on it’s way around again.
Like shag carpets, and polyester dresses. I’m not complaining, but mind you it’s my high expectations. And not much is startling new. Unless you are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for custom design or the leading edge of design which usually takes years if not an eon to filter down where it is affordable to the everyday Jane & John Doe.

Take a look at these fabulous pillows. The huge pull and bear of the afghan. Isn’t that just scrumptious? The red tassel on the cranberry pillow. (That is a monochromatic design for the pillow only. The same color, reds only.) This settee vignette is a marvel compilation of textures. The rattan settee, the matte carpet, the grid patterned wall. The modern art against the traditional/casual seating, the bold contrast of dark colors and light.

Another trend which I’m truly excited about is Wabi-Sabi. Which is the ancient Japanese Art of honoring what is old. What it time worn. I have Newsletters on this subject, but if I’ve blogged I’m not sure. Realizing the beauty of age, cracks, rust, and wrinkles. These linens (below) don’t need to be pristine to be beautiful or comfortable. Here is my newsletter – that does manifest my excitement, my fervor with this design concept. Enjoy! BI #181 Wabi-Sabi  Look for More Trends 2018! right here! Blogs, Thursday, Saturday & Tuesday.

Linens by Etsy

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.