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

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


It’s not surprising that what makes the top ten list are those places considered safest! So hat’s off to Australia. Here are some reasons why: 59 Reasons Why Australia Best Place On Earth

Lots of good weather and they love the outdoors. So the interiors have to work hard. All surfaces. Floors and upholstery. Indoor/Outdoor fabric is very popular, leather and vinyl.  And tile or concrete floors. There is a certain minimalist style to what I have seen so far. They are a young country and aren’t tied to Europe the same way we were. Perhaps that is why I’m not finding much in the way of classical design. It might be they design spaces like their country, open and spacious. Young and unfettered. Housing is difficult. It’s at a premium. Australia does have the highest minimum wage, but it’s still difficult to find a home you can afford. They don’t expect this problem to go away anytime soon. More Aussie Design Inf coming your way! Blog Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday. Usually. Thank you for visiting. Please comment – enjoy your input.

Pru Roscoe Australian Design

by Lillian August for Hickory White


Talk about color! Blue is the dominant color. But there is orange and green and yellow. Lillian August Her Webpage for More Great Stuff  This is a great lesson, how-to for accessorizing a room. Blue is the basic, the foundation. Splashes of bright color keep the dark blue from becoming too much. The two white sofas also balance the blue chairs and blue walls. Accessorizing 101: Vases with flowers, the usual books on the cocktail table, pillows, animal prints, different tables of wood, glass and marble.

Carpet anyone! There is so much out there! It’s incredible. Any color you want. Any price range you want.
You can shop anywhere for inspiration and then go for what you can afford! Carpet can be confusing.
Here is a nice page. Learn More About Carpet

Carpet World at High Point Market


LR Moscow by ARCH.625 interiorzine

Modern Minimal Furniture

This room is designed so spectacularly and that from someone who adores pattern. It’s so white and immaculate, I worry that it can’t be lived in by anyone other an extremely anal individual,  careful and with meticulous living habits. So what design here is new? It is certainly inspirational. The sofas look like covered boxes which are opposite the sofa’s in New Design Ideas 2, which looked like velvet covered balloons. Design Ideas 2  The stone walls might be something you want to think about. The Lucite chairs, the natural wood dining table and bookcase.

There really is minimal texture in this room. Why does it work design wise? First we have to take our tolerances to a small and beautiful spot. There just isn’t any nubby, plump or soft furniture in this room. Oh yeah, the pillows. Thank god. Now look at the differences in the materials given these design constraints. Stone walls, Lucite chairs, warm wood grained table and bookcase, the abundant cotton seating, the soft linear drape. And let’s not forget the shiny floor. It looks like BM Bright White. This is probably part of the IMM Cologne Showroom. And no one does live here! But it’s full of great ideas!

Comfortable Furniture

We have a bit more of the velvet covered balloon sofa’s for our next Design Idea. This is the Plumy Collection from Lignet Roset, the same as the pink and blue sofas from Design Ideas 2. Click for more Lignet Roset Collection. Beautiful webpage and you get to meet the designers. 🙂 Depending on  where you are, this furniture is exciting or impossible. But that’s what we are talking about – something new. It can’t be a new idea if it’s always what we have known. And the benefits of trying something new? Shall we talk about the changes in fashion, the flapper, the midi, the peasant skirt, pointy shoes, platforms, mini-skirt, Nehru jackets? What if we were still wearing pantaloons and a bustle? Trying something new is fun, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding. We thrive on change! New Restaurant in town, New baby, New Movie, New Book, New Design!

Plumy Collection IMM Cologne interiorzine

Philippe Nigro Ligne Rose

This gorgeous furniture for your living room is by Italian Design House Lignet Roset. Ligne Roset Showroom Locator The room is by Designer Philippe Nigro.  These Ideas for your home are brand new ideas from the IMM Design Show in Cologne Germany. It certainly is a bit different. I would love to sit in it and I suppose I could have had I been there! Notice the modern twist to the seating but the classic wall treatment. We are reminded daily aren’t we of how tiny the world has become with knowledge, pictures and how-to available at the touch of a button.

This room works for so  many good design reasons.

1. The simple lines of the sofa are balanced with the architectural wall detailing and the parquet floor.

2.There is a high level of interest, of energy because of the contrast of the classic and modern elements.

3. The same with the contrasting color, the bright blue and the neutral walls.  Color Blocking. Still cutting edge design.

4. The wall mirror has captured a geometric ceiling pattern!  A beautiful design trick!


Our second room is Millennial Pink and the Designer is Maureen Stevens Design posted by Dering Hall. This soft pink was the color of the year a little bit back, but things come and go, taking their time. More About the Steadfastness of Millenial Pink

Why This Room Works:

1. The small repeat in the wallpaper allows for the great big pop of the mirror.

2. The repetition (mirror, chair band, table legs). of the gold make the room sing the same song.

3. The same with the touches of black again in three, the drapery, the sculptured mirror, and the hand art on the cocktail  table.

4. The icon pattern of the drape is a very repetitive pattern, but it mimics the city high-rise view. Another excellent Design Decision.

Who wouldn’t love this room? It’s Drop Dead Gorgeous!

Designer Maureen Stevens


Cole & Son Wallpaper

New Interior design Ideas from Cologne Germany – IMM:

I have tempted you here with talk of new recipes and new design ideas for your home.
Please enjoy yourself. I have a splendid time researching and writing about interior design just for you.
Please reply, comment and ask questions. The delightfully geometric patterned chair is in honor
of my upcoming recipe, fruit Salsa.

It was recommended to me a hundred years ago the value of trying something new. And I did
and I have never regretted it and have never been disappointed. Just the smallest change
can bring the sweetest find or delight. I will intersperse the recipe(s) with the latest and
greatest in rooms, furniture and wallpaper. Our interiors become fresh the same way when

New Recipe:

Mango’s are the center of attention this time. A gift of mangoes was presented to me. They were not
quite ripe and I was given careful instructions on where to store them and how to check for ripeness.
Store in a dark, cool place. (Not the refrigerator.) Soft to touch like a ripe avocado. And a faint
smell of sweetness at the stem.

by Archiplan Studio, Milan

I did all of the above. And now what to do with them? I knew that I didn’t want to sit and eat a Mango. God forbid! It was absolutely my first time.

Like cooking your first steak or blueberry pie. I went to my Cookbook Bible,  The Joy of Cooking. I knew I wanted to make a salsa or a chutney. This was the sort of sweet and savory concoction and I thought would be appropriate to serve next to the fish I had planned for dinner.

Ingredients: Onions, 1/4 cup lime juice, fruit such as mango, papaya, pineapple or peaches, red pepper cut into thin strips, cilantro, black beans and garlic. 1/4 cup of orange juice and one jalapeno seeded and finely chopped. This is so scrumptious. I served the salsa and fish with a baked sweet potato.

Room Divider or Gallery Wall:

These two rooms are complements of a post by Interiorzine about IMM Cologne. This is an International Interior Design Show in Cologne, Germany.
I love the melon wingback and I love the room divider screen that is a catch all. Is it somewhere between an organizer and a gallery? Of course, it doesn’t have to be decorated with what-not. It could be entirely free of decoration and be beautiful. But think of the opportunity to mix-it-up. Delight and surprise your family. Just like new recipes now and then! Try and Enjoy the Mango Salsa!


by Domino

Storage – Under the Stairs!
This arrangement teaches us a lot. About Storage. About making something pretty out of something that’s just a rubber boot. The value of adding a plant. The power of a mirror. Combining styles. Lamp cords are not awful. Vintage pieces are fabulous.  This under the stair niche is a great place to add storage. It’s optimizing space that is usually left unused. The space under the stairs should not be discounted when space is tight or storage is limited. Or should I say when you have too much to put away? We tend to hoard as a society. It might be good to review what we have – do we really need to keep it? A popular saying is “if you don’t love it – don’t keep it” Good advice.

Storage – Under the Bed!
I’m not a big fan of under the bed storage. Feng Shui believes that an open space is more conducive to a good energy flow. But I believe where space is so limited this is a good space. This bed has built-in drawers, but if this is not available, by all means use plastic containers that are see through or labeled nicely. This might be a rental, and the occupant doesn’t want to put holes in the wall for shelves or what is stored under the bed is not suitable for open storage. Each room, each home has it own unique storage configuration and solutions.

by domino


Steven Sclaroff

Pale Blue and Bright Red Living Room

You would never say this room’s color scheme is red, white and blue. There is so much gray and pale blue. Red is the accent color. The bright red sofa is the focal point. The spectacular red sculpture and the sofa on the window wall is perfection. The neutral drape tones the room a bit. This room is on the fence I think. Between calm and dynamite. Quite a nice feat for designer Schlaroff!

Blue and gray are the dominant colors. Dominant in the space they cover, but not dominant in the power they convey.

Pale Blue and Bright Red Bedroom

Our next room works with pale blue as well. And lots of neutrals. The bright red bunk bed is our focal point. The pale blue chair talks beautifully with the pale blue wall art. The red throw blankets at the end of the beds make a nice contribution. They give the bunk bed someone to talk to, the same as the chair and the art. The bunk bed becomes the accent and the focal point, the same as the red sofa above. Designing a great room is quite a big job.


by Madeleine Stuart