Interior Design

Arts & Crafts


If you love watercolors, florals and abstract patterns created in shade of blues, turquoises and pink then you will love Bluebellgray.  Fiona Douglas started the company on her kitchen table back in 2009 and has expanded to a full range of homeware including bedding, fabric, wallpaper, rugs and tableware.  Everything is originally created in the studio in Scotland.  Staying true to the original vision – Fiona still paints all the signature designs that have become synonymous with the brand. The watercolor paintings are digitized and printed onto fabric.  For more information go to  The line is available in the U.S. at Macy’s and Bloomingdales.


Interior Design

Spark of Color

Olive Green

While I am in a fall state of mind, I turn my attention to one of this year’s trend colors – Olive Green.  Nothing speaks to tranquility like this shade of green and yet it also lends a sophistication that could work well with traditional décor, a cottage-style bathroom or a more contemporary design – all pictured below:


Here are some other ways to add olive green to your home décor:

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  1. Branch with leaves art print,
  2. Feizy Nizhoni collection olive green area rug,
  3. Orla Kiely print collection two color stem curtain fabric,
  4. Coach small green olive tote,
  5. Block print stripe wallpaper,
  6. Hand blown solid color glass vase,


Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

The 5th Wall

This is not a science fiction movie… it is, actually, the ceiling.  How you treat the ceiling can make a big difference on how the room is perceived.  If you have a low ceiling that you want to make appear higher, then paint it a lighter color than the walls.  The lighter the ceiling color, the more “airy” the room will look.  If you have a high ceiling and you want the room to look cozier, then paint it a darker color than the walls or add something structural like beams.  These are the basics as it relates to the treatment of ceilings.  That said, designers are looking beyond pure perspective and treating the ceiling with the same respect as the walls.  This effect is called a “statement ceiling” and includes a number of options such as:

  • Bold Paint (eclectic or modern)
  • Wood (rustic or modern depending on the wood, adds warmth)
  • Shiplap (farmhouse)
  • Coffered (traditional, sophisticated, adds depth to the room)
  • Beams (rustic)
  • Wallpaper (eclectic or modern)
  • Metal (industrial)
  • Black or Navy Blue (adds drama)

Take a look at these examples and tell us your ideas for your statement ceiling.


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Interior Design

Trends from the Nest


This trend has been around awhile but it appears to be catching fire in 2018.  Some of our favorite Spark & Sparrow home interior brands such as Magnolia Home, Serena & Lily, Annie Selke along with retail chains such as Pottery Barn, Arhaus and Crate & Barrel are all getting in the act.  All that said, this is not your great-grandmother’s wallpaper.  Some of the hottest trends include botanicals, florals, geometrics, brick & stone effects, metallics, marble, fabric and much more.


Beyond the amazing variety of styles, Wallpapers are much easier to apply if you prefer to DIY.  Vinyl and or vinyl coated wallpaper makes it possible to use wallpapers in kitchens and bathrooms since they are easy to clean.


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Wallpaper can be used in many ways whether it be an entire room, single wall or backing for a bookshelf.


Share some the ways you have used wallpaper in your home.