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 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



posted by digsdigs

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 William Perugini

Simple pleasures like bike riding are inherent in Hygge. Don’t you love the wagon with four children?

Hygge is a close knit configuration, so it might be difficult if you aren’t native. But put out good food and light the fire and I’m sure you’ll do okay. Making others comfortable and being able to relax yourself is a huge part of hygge. There is no hostess that does everything. Everybody gets involved.  Hygge emphasis is on people and ‘hugging’ which leads to high doses of oxytocin. It’s a win/win/win. Good food, warmth, friends = good time (oxytocin/hygge)

These events don’t have to happen only at home. You can have the same good time with friends and candles anywhere (below). You can make your office cubical hype with socks in your drawer or leaving chocolate for your cubby neighbors. Have a potluck Friday lunch – what a grand idea!

I’m getting these tips from Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge. I must add that Hygge is very often a conglomerate. Compound words like Hyggekrog is a Hygge nook. Pastries are hyggelige. Anything that takes a long time to prepare is hyggelige. The longer the more hygge. Surprise. Surprise. Kaffehygge  – guess? Coffee is everywhere. “Live life today like there is no coffee tomorrow”. I’m so there!

Summer or Florida Patio by Getty




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

by chamber-furniture

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.