Beautiful Interior Spaces: Unexpected Elements

An unexpected element, something that’s delightfully surprising can work decorating magic, amping up the excitement and fun in any interior space. A color, a decorative accessory or perhaps an accent wall covered in an awesome wallpaper–all these elements and many others can add your own personality to a room. See what we mean below:

Unexpected Element

Wallpaper with a tropical motif is fabulous and a nice surprise behind a mirrored credenza topped with a lovely mix of found objects.

Unexpected Element

Unexpected color sizzles in this amazing living space with a subdued color palette. Who knew deep blue and golden yellow wall art could have such massive visual impact?

Unexpected Element

The unusual shape of this kitchen island extension brings an amazing design element to this lovely dining space.

Unexpected Element

Lighting fixtures of all sorts can provide an unexpected element in any living space. Here, two amazing contemporary chandeliers bring light and surprise to this open dining room.

Unexpected Element

Vibrant color sings in this neutral home office. An upholstered settee is unexpected seating at the desk.

Unexpected Element

Tile with a bold pattern brings surprise and eye candy to this open living area.

Unexpected Element

Both the stunning contemporary hanging light fixture and the covered stools are unexpected in this black and white kitchen.

Unexpected Element

This modern farmhouse bedroom surprises with its “bird in flight.” Don’t you love the mix of new and old, chic and rustic?

 

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Grays Work Well With Many Interior Styles

Recently gray has been called the new neutral. Before that, many considered it to be bland and perhaps boring. Now, gray color palettes have been embraced as chic and stylish and the perfect shade of gray is much sought after–perhaps obsessed over. And no wonder, there are enough shades of gray to boggle the mind and make design decisions even more difficult. What’s your favorite? Gray knows no style barriers. It’s perfect for any style from traditional to contemporary.

Shades of Gray

Pale gray is great in an open living space. It’s also an ideal background color that shows off lovely pattern and color–either soft or bold.

Shades of Gray

Layers of gray, from pale to charcoal, can add dimension and a comfortable, cozy look you’ll love, no matter your style aesthetic.

Gray Palette

Dark gray walls can be perfect for hanging wall art or create a gallery wall as you can see in this stylish dining room. Gray walls and white woodwork–what could be better than that?

Gray Palette

A vintage bedroom with gray walls and gray bedding with accents of orange and turquoise can be a charming combination. What do you think?

Gray Palette

This gray bath is one of our favorites. We’re especially fond of the oversize botanical pattern on the bench cushion. Aren’t the colors perfect with the gray painted wood?

Grey Palette

Great grays and sweet sandy tones sing in this luxurious shower + enclosed tub. Stunning, don’t you think?

Gray Palette

Gray is a fantastic background color for baby’s first room. Here, it’s use with white to create a graphic pattern on the wall on a nursery wall.

Grey Palette

Of course gray is perfect in traditional rooms and furniture. Here, it’s a lovely background color for this de Gournay wallpaper. What a beauty!

 

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Polka Dots & Splashes of Spots in Home Decor

Dots of all sorts can be used to add  fresh eye appeal to interior spaces from the living room to the bath. Need just a pop of pattern on the sofa? Try a jaunty polk dot pillow. Want to add a splash of color and pattern on the bedroom floor? A chic new rug with irregular watercolor spots may be just the thing to bring your space to life. For your decor inspiration, check out these rooms with polka dots and splashes of spots:

Dots in Decor

This contemporary living room takes advantage of the visual appeal of pillows with dots. Small doses of dots are just right. Especially if they’re made of soft velvet–a touch of glam.

Dots in Decor

On the other hand, walls with wild splashes of random blue dots give this powder room a bold design that feels powerful and free. Red accents keep the design chic and stylish.

Dots in Decor

These pillows illustrate the range of size and color combinations for polka dots. The sky’s the limit. Which dots will you choose?

Dots in Decor

Now, let’s explores one of the trending looks right now. Gold polka dots can be chic and elegant or whimsical with a vintage look. This sweet bedroom is as colorful as colorful can be.

Dots in Decor

Here the gold dots are used to enhance the white on white frame and matting. What a clever idea!

Dots in Decor

Baby’s first room gets golden dots with a random playful feel. We love this look for a nursery. How about you?

Dots in Decor

A contemporary rug covered in flowing watercolor spots in lovely joyful colors brings color and pattern underfoot, while artwork at the head of the bead reinforces the lovely look of colorful spots in this room’s decor.

Dots in Decor

Totally irresistible, this Longhorn portrait in whimsical colors brings fanciful dots to the wall above the fireplace.

 

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Living Room Updates: Tables, Tables, Tables

If you’re one of those adventurous souls who love change in their interior spaces, but don’t want to spend hours and hours making updates, we have a tip for you. Bring a new look and feel to the living room by changing out your tables or simply rearranging them. Then, of course, it’s fun to create new and interesting tabletop vignettes. For living room inspiration, check out the tables and tabletop accessories chosen by Design Shuffle designers.

Living Room Design

An open and airy white contemporary living room deserves tables with a light touch like these. Oversized white vases and a barely there tall clear glass lamp are “just right” accessories.

Living Room Design

Pale wood tables with sleek lines work well in tropical style rooms. Here, decorative accessories pick up the pale blues from the woven sofa, upholstered chairs and tiled fireplace.

Living Room Design

Variety is the spice of life when it comes to living room tables. This elegant space shows how a lovely mix of tables can be used successfully. Variation in shapes, sizes and materials can add lots of visual interest.

Living Room Design

An entirely updated look can be easily created by flanking a long narrow coffee table with upholstered ottomans or footstools.

Living Room Design

For a lighter look in the living room, consider going from solid wood tables to wrought iron and other metal designs.

Living Room Design

This pretty living room shows off lots of tables. Each one is a different size and shape–no matched sets here.

Living Room Design

From a tiny round side table to a large rectangular coffee table and more, this comfortable living room benefits visually and functionally from the addition of wood tables.

Living Room Design

Several tables enhance this inviting space, but there’s no coffee table to be seen. Instead, blue and white ceramic garden stools sit sans accessories in front of the sofa, proving sometimes living room tables are not tables at all.

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2014 Trends: Do Plaids Work for You?

Question is, “How are you feeling about plaids in your wardrobe and in your home?” Remember back in February of this year when plaids hit the runway and everyone thought rooms were next? We’re reminiscing today. You’ll see that some of our favorite plaid decorating ideas come from interior designers quite awhile before the launch of Fall 2014 runway collections. Here is our take on plaid and a touch of old fashioned checks. Have you become a fan of this predicted trend?

Plaid

Harper’s Bazaar called it Mad for Plaid. From Delpozo Fall 2014, this fabulous coat took plaid to the maximum–just about as big as plaid can be.

Plaid

Still mad for plaid, this slightly toned down version (by comparison to the pink coat above) is from Thakoon Fall 2014.

Plaid

Perhaps the ultimate eat-in kitchen, this brilliant look includes slightly retro plaid dinette chairs paired with a chunky metal table that’s all sleek contemporary.

Plaid

Proving the versatility of plaid, this Pennsylvania Dutch Colonial sitting room is a stunning mix of contemporary and traditional.

Plaid

Bold plaid is not just for the runway. Thibaut brings it into interior spaces with Winslow Plaid from their Menswear Resource Collection of wallpapers.

Plaid

Think plaids are not right for your style? Add a touch of plaid’s close relative, gingham check. Checks look great in all sorts of rooms, from farmhouse to vintage.

Plaid

A big blue and white plaid cotton looks just right on this traditional bedroom chair. You’ll notice the meticulous details of the upholstery techniques. Plaids require extra care.

Trending Plaid

As shown in this tiny New York studio apartment, plaids and checks can work well even in small spaces. Balancing pattern with neutral solids can assure plaids and checks are beautiful not overwhelming.

Are you using plaids and/or checks in your interior spaces? 

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Living the Good Life: Bohemian Chic

Bohemian Chic Foyer

Out of the ordinary, with color, pattern and a whimsical persona, today’s Bohemian chic interiors are stylish and so charming. Today, we are excited to share rooms meant for living the good life–in beautiful and interesting eclectic spaces with a slightly Bohemian flair.

Bohemian Chic

What a gorgeous contrast of color and fabulous pattern can be enjoyed in this captivating living room.

Bohemian Chic

With a glimpse into the kitchen and a view down the hallway to the living room, this intriguing vignette has a mysterious dark blue back drop with fanciful mirror.

Bohemian Chic

With a lovely Bohemian vibe, this inviting kitchen also boasts sleek modern appliances–fully functional and beautiful too.

Bohemian Chic

Irresistible color and a lovely mix of pattern make this guest bedroom a delightful getaway. Overnight guests may be tempted to request an extended stay.

Bohemian Chic Study

With so many interesting objects to explore, this magical den is a Bohemian style lover’s delight. We’ve fallen for the intriguing mix of fabrics.

Bohemian Chic

From the chic painted floor to the patterned ceiling, this dining room is a delightfully dizzying mix of color and pattern. This eclectic mix is irresistible.

Bohemian Chic

Vines and flowers of all sorts capture the eye in this fabulous Bohemian bedroom. What’s your favorite pattern?

Bohemian Chic Bath

Captivating and exquisitely Bohemian, this amazing bath is a wonderful mix of jungle, Egyptian ruins and Victorian style. We love it.

Don’t forget you can click on the images above to explore each designer’s portfolio.

In the mood for more today’s Bohemian style? Check our earlier blog post “Bohemian Country by Christopher Burns Interiors.”

Color Inspiration: Gorgeous Grays

Whether you spell it gray or grey, this neutral color family is gorgeous in all its many shades. From the palest whisper of color to a dark and handsome charcoal, grays of all sorts are versatile and intriguing, serene or dramatic. No matter the look you’re going for, there’s that one perfect gorgeous gray just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the hunt!

Grey and Blue

Gray and white work beautifully together. Add blue accents and you can create a peaceful and serene retreat-like atmostphere.

Gray Interior

Pale gray walls are the perfect background for an elegant and stylish dining room.

Gray Interior

Art can tie together all the grays used in a room like this. From pale to stormy, these gray shades blend beautifully and look great with a touch of black and orange.

Gray Interior

Chalky grays work well with greige and brown. Isn’t this small living room at once stylish and cozy? So inviting!

Gray Interior

Darker shades of gray on the wall can create a stunning backdrop for a glamorous modern dining room. This is the ultimate gray to show off that glam mirror and pendant light.

Gray Interior

We love the multitude of grays used in this open living space. They work quietly together without distracting from the panoramic view beyond. Texture is key here.

Gray Furnishings

With pale walls and wood flooring, this stunning space shows just how beautifully beige and gray can work together. A contemporary rug adds black to the room’s lovely mix of neutrals.

Gray Furnishings

Lastly, here’s an example of gray as the accent color in a room filled with bold color. The low gray wall and seating work very successfully with the rusty red and dark coral.

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Quogue New Modern by Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Today, we’re excited to share a new modern summer house from the stunning portfolio of Austin Patterson Disston Architects. Located in Quogue, New York, with a view of the bay from its rooftop terrace, this modern home offers secluded outdoor spaces and interiors that are at once crisp, light-filled and completely captivating.

“I would not say that the firm has a particular ‘cookie cutter’ style,” explains Mr. Disston. “I can tell you what others have said: our work has an intimate scale — our larger residences do not seem imposing, our interiors work well together and are exceptionally tailored in their material detail.”

We think you’ll agree that this home is the embodiment of Mr. Disston’s statement above.

New Modern Home

Blue and white set against natural wood brings a chic coastal look to the home’s living room.

New Modern Home

Meanwhile, the dining room offers lots of room at the long trestle table and an intimate sitting room complete with fireplace–a most appealing combination.

New Modern Kitchen

Nearby, modern white cabinetry meets warm wood and historic elements to create a highly functional, but totally irresistible heart of the home.

Modern Dining Room Fireplace

A closer look at the dining room fireplace reveals historic design that is quite unexpected but works brilliantly in this modern home.

Modern Bedroom

The blue and white color palette continues into the bedroom that also merges a variety of light and dark woods. The large contemporary rug ties the whole room together nicely.

Modern Bathroom

In the bath, light filters down from a large skylight into the spacious bathing area that includes a deep soaking tub and open shower.

Modern Rooftop Terrace

The rooftop terrace is at once secluded and open to the sky, while affording a lovely view of the bay.

Modern Patio and Pool

Floor to ceiling glass walls can be rolled back for seamless access to outdoor living spaces and the pool from the living room, kitchen and dining room.

Ready to see more homes from Austin Patterson Disston Architects? Check out the firm’s portfolio on Design Shuffle.

 

Form Meets Function: Shelves

When the need for storage and the desire for beautiful interior spaces intersect, creative shelving units can be the result. From the living room to the bedroom and everywhere in between, shelves are where form meets function in most appealing ways.

Living Room Shelves

Combining the beauty of open shelving with hide the clutter (and perhaps the television) closed storage, this inviting living room shows off the best of both worlds–form and function.

Shelves

Open wood shelves set in and x-frame base are stylish and super practical as they hold china at the ready for quick table-setting. Folio volumes and bar accessories add visual interest.

Shelves

Color as a bright backdrop is a great decorating idea for shelves in the bedroom. Both paint and wallpaper work well for this application.

Shelves

Shelves on opposite walls in this fabulous living room show the beauty of diversity. Shelving units don’t need to match just because they reside in the same space. Here sleek built-in shelves and a freestanding columned display across the way create visual interest.

Shelves

Beautiful traditional form meets functional storage and display in these wall to wall and floor to ceiling shelves. Perfectly suited to the dining room, open shelves offer a place for china and serving pieces.

Shelves

Not all shelves are rectangular in form. Unexpected shapes like this pyramid can bring visual interest and functional design. What a cool modern look.

Shelves

Creating a home library around a doorway offers the possibility of an entire wall of books inside a minimal footprint.

Shelves

From floor to ceiling, this handsome room is all gorgeous wood pattern–once again showing how form meets function in shelves to create a space that is at once beautiful and livable.

Want to see more rooms by the interior designers who created these spaces? Click on each photo and away you’ll go. Enjoy!

 

Color Inspiration: Pink Perfection

We’re seeing pink! Here. There. Everywhere we look. From the gorgeous cover of the June 2014 issue of Architectural Digest to blogs all around the online world of interior design and home decor. Bette Midler’s “Penthouse Paradise” is AD’s cover story, with a picture of her outdoor dining room all dressed up in deep pink. It’s a beauty and a great excuse (do we really need a reason to explore these beautiful hues?) to take a little tour of some of our favorite pink rooms and one fabulous front door. From bold and bright to the palest of pale pinks, take a look at these eight views of pink perfection. Enjoy!

Perfect Pink

With a bold nod to color visible from the street, can you imagine what might await the fortunate visitor who enters this intriguing home?

Pink Decor

Sleek and sophisticated in fuchsia and as brilliant as pink can be, a chic and stylish daybed is the focal point in this open entryway.

Pink Decor

Isn’t this black and white kitchen captivating? Who expects a tiger on a subway tile wall or a huge splash of brilliant pink spilling from the room beyond? This is one “pink” space that will not be easily forgotten.

Pink Decor

Pink knows no style boundaries. From sleek and contemporary pink perfection above, it’s time to turn to pink in a more traditional setting with a twist. Literally a twist of wood you’ll notice. This dining room goes bold with pink on the walls and on velvet chairs.

Pink Decor

Pink and brown can be a charming color combination. And so it is here in a lovely eclectic living room. Vintage and pink–it doesn’t get any better than that.

Pink Decor

Even a pantry looks pretty in pink. Here a pale hue is perfect as a backdrop for an extensive plate collection. Who knew a pantry could look so good?

Pink Decor

Is there any pink palette more tranquil than the subtle combination of pink and soft beige or tan? Add a touch of glam with mirrored tables and you have pink perfection in a living room.

Pink Decor

Pink and Mid-Century furnishings merge to create an interesting look in this Manhattan bedroom. Perhaps pink is more versatile than some think?

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