Interior Design

Scenic Inspirations

Coastal Calm

Nothing sets the mood of a room like color.  Cool colors (blues, greens, violet combinations) promote tranquility.  Cool colors recede and are great for making a small room look larger.   Warm colors (orange, red, yellow combinations) advance projecting a feeling of comfort. Warm colors are used to make a big room feel cozier.  When deciding on paint colors and furnishings, consider both the size of the room and the mood that you want to establish.  A good tool is to use an inspirational image, either from a magazine, photograph or other source, that evokes an emotion that would like to translate to a room.

To illustrate this concept, I am using a photograph that I took in Key West.  I call this image “Taking Flight”.  While I love a great variety of design styles, one my favorite is “Coastal”. There is nothing like a beach scene to communicate coastal living.  Below the photograph is a mood board for a living room with paint and furnishings influenced by this image.  Share your inspiration and related mood board for your next project.

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Taking Flight, photographed by Susan Haney

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  1. Vanguard Hart Coastal Teal Coral Rope Back Ivory Armchair, http://www.kathykuohome.com
  2. Safavieh Cape Cod Natural/Blue Area Rug, http://www.rugsdirect.com
  3. Blossom Beguile I Indoor Decorative Pillow, http://www.lauralhome.com
  4. Watery, Behr Marquee Paint
  5. Ava Slipcovered Sofa, http://www.gradinroad.com
  6. Harlow Small Coffee Table: Gunmetal, http://www.parkergwen.com
  7. Palecek Reyna Coastal Grey Stripe Cream Rattan Stool Table, http://www.kathykuohome.com
  8. Carol Benson-Cobb, Mesa’s End No. 2, http://www.onekingslane.com
Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

Embrace the Curves

Say goodbye to boxy, straight lines and hello to curves.  One of the top design trends for 2018 is curved lines and we are seeing it show up in furnishing, accessories and archways.  With a nod to the 1970’s, curved furnishing create a look of luxury, softness and comfort.  These natural and organic shapes really bring out the glamour in your home.  Designers see it as a replacement for the minimalist Mid-Century Modern and Industrial Reclaimed looks that have dominated the scene in the past couple of years.

There are many ways to add this look to home whether it’s a complete curved design or just accent pieces.  Either way it is the perfect way to glam up your home.

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  1. Scoop Stool, http://www.wisteria.com
  2. Luther Swivel Chair, http://www.westelm.com
  3. Cedar & Moss Globe, http://www.rejuvenation.com
  4. Robey Snow Curved Sofa, http://www.cb2.com
  5. Nicholas Marble Round Coffee Table, http://www.restorationhardware.com
  6. Layne Round Wall Mirror, http://www.pottery barn.com
  7. Fine Fixture Pedestal Sink, http://www.wayfair.com

Grayson Chair, http://www.crateandbarrel.co

Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

Boldly Go…with Color!

Bye, bye beige and hello color.  Brightly hued furniture is a big trend this year.  If color scares you but you want to make a statement then try blue or green on a sofa and make it the focal point of the room.  If you love color then this trend is for you and it is okay to mix and match as long as the colors are from complementary color families — then add white to give it crisp clean look.

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  1. CB2: Avec Emerald Green Apartment Sofa with Brass Legs, $1499
  2. One Kings Lane, Splash Armchair – Silver/Bright Red, $99
  3. Wayfair, Everly Quinn Bourn Standard Sofa-Purple, $1299.99
  4. West Elm: Monroe Mid Century Sofa – Lagoon Blue, $1399
  5. Joss & Main, Kittrell Chesterfield Sofa, 959.99
  6. Wisteria: Velvet Settee-Yellow, $1499