Design Inspiration: Wonderful Wallpapers

Foyer Wallpaper

Wallpapers just keep giving us stunning reasons to use them to bring our rooms to life. From a sunny yellow graphic pattern in the foyer to a glam metallic paper in the powder room, there seems to be no end to the fabulous possibilities presented by today’s wallpaper designs. There’s something for every style and every interior space. See what we mean:

Foyer Wallpaper

In a country home, the foyer is dressed up in a swath of pink trees giving it a soft pastel glow.

Living Space Wallpaper

With a playful vibe, this open living space takes a walk on the wild side. It’s a fun colorful look.

Living Room Wallpaper

If a whimsical look is what you’re going for, you’ll find lots of fascinating wallpaper designs like this pink and blue domestic pets meet decorative accessories and have a party pattern that’s fresh and fun.

Dining Room Wallpaper

A more traditional botanical pattern gives this dining room magical feel–like having lunch in a flower garden.

Kitchen Wallpaper

A smashing blue and white wallpaper is beautiful on the walls of this lovely white kitchen. What a happy vibe!

Laundry Room Wallpaper

A vibrant blue and white trellis pattern is stunning in this contemporary laundry room. This a great example how wallpaper can bring chic style normally uninspiring spaces.

Bedroom Wallpaper

Turquoise wallpaper and woodwork create a vibrant background for a lovely array of pinks is this appealing bedroom.

Powder Room Wallpaper

Metallic wallpapers can bring a glam look to the powder room or back. This one is an updated take on the venerable Greek key pattern.

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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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Serene Pied-A-Terre by Niche Interiors

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Niche Interiors focuses on contemporary, eco-friendly design. From the firm’s profile, “We create distinctive and welcoming homes that reflect our clients’ personalities. We are committed to making as small an environmental footprint as possible.”

Today’s blog post is shining the spotlight on an eco-friendly pied-a-terre created by the talented designers of Niche Interiors. We’re sure you will be captivated by this great example of their work. We love these serene spaces.

Chic and Serene Entry

From the front door, throughout the open living spaces and into the bedroom, the warm color palette creates a serene and inviting look. The slightly tilted orientation of the oval mirror adds a subtle whimsical touch.

Chic and Serene Living Room

Light fills the chic and serene living room. This space feels like a Goldilocks design moment–not to sparse and not overdone, it’s just right.

Chic and Serene Living Space

With carefully chosen light fixtures, the living room, breakfast bar and kitchen are pulled together nicely into a unified whole. We love the little glimpse of the bedroom’s golden glow.

Chic and Serene Living Space

Metal, glass and  wood merge beautifully in this little vignette in the living room. The swirling pattern on the rug adds rhythm and movement to the space.

Chic and Serene Dining Room

Just off the living room and near the kitchen, the stylish dining area with round table and a bundled pendant light seems the perfect spot for good food and interesting conversation.

Chic and Serene Living Room

From any point of view, the curved sofa beckons and offers a place to rest and relax–a balance of beauty and comfort.

Chic and Serene Bedroom

Warm and wonderful simplicity. the bedroom is a lovely mix of muted color and pattern. Somehow this space seems just right with a feeling that everything belongs.

Chic and Serene Bedroom

A close-up of the dark wood bedside table shows careful attention to detail with each decorative object fitting perfectly into the mix.

We’re so glad Niche Interiors shared these serene and eco-friendly spaces with Design Shuffle readers.

Love this beautiful home? Want to see more? Check out Niche Interiors’ portfolio.

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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Great Design: At the Foot of the Bed

Foot of the Bed

What’s at the foot of your bed? A bench? A pair of stools? We love those in the guest room shown above. Perhaps you have room for a love seat or chaise lounge? Interior designers know that the space at the foot of the bed can be used successfully to add visual interest and lots of comfort and functionality to bedrooms in all styles. Today, we’re delighted to share some great foot of the bed ideas from designers here on Design Shuffle. Enjoy!

Foot of the Bed

With lots of space to work with, the designer of this chic contemporary bedroom adds a pair of chairs, ottoman and a long upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. 

Foot of the Bed

A slightly rustic daybed with comfy cushions is a beautiful option for comfort and functionality at the foot of the bed.

Foot of the Bed

A long narrow upholstered bench works well in a not so spacious bedroom. Cover it in a matching neutral or a lively contrasting hue.

Foot of the Bed

This chic upholstered bench has hidden storage for pillows and extra blankets and throws. It’s a clever idea that would work especially well in guest rooms of just about any style, especially coastal chic or modern farmhouse.

Foot of the Bed

A stylish little love seat and matching side tables look stunning at the foot of this gorgeous upholstered bed. What a great place for relaxing with a good book or napping in the afternoon.

Foot of the Bed

In this coastal chic bedroom, a pair of comfortable armchairs and a chic glass top side table offer beauty and comfort at the foot of the bed.

Foot of the Bed

What a great idea for those who like a television in the bedroom. This built-in at the foot of the bed actually rotates for viewing from the bed or the chaise lounge.

Foot of the Bed

And then there are those special bedrooms that need nothing at all at the foot of the bed. Like this fabulous blue and white one that stands beautifully on its own–a bench or chair would only be a distraction.

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Double Gable Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

Founded in 2001, Klopf Architecture brings to its new construction and remodels a sense of openness, with natural light and natural materials and views of nature whenever possible. This San Francisco firm has become known for mid-century modern remodels, especially its stunning work with Eichler homes.

Eichler and mid-century modern home owners who work with Klopf Architecture love the architecture, the openness, and the lifestyle that these houses embody.” — KlopfArchitecture.com

We are captivated by this  double gable Eichler remodel that brought to life a forever home for its owners. At every turn the outdoors is brought inside, creating interior spaces that are open and light-filled while maintaining the modern essence that is an Eichler home.

Eichler Remodel

Centered around an open court yard, this modern home has access to the outdoors from almost every room.

Eichler Remodel

Low-slung furnishings, floor to ceiling windows and wide sliding glass doors ensure an unrestricted view of the central outdoor living space.

Eichler Remodel

Offering true open living, the kitchen, dining room and living room flow easily from one to the other.

Eichler Remodel

Graphic rugs in neutral tones define the living and dining areas while the eye is able to wander unimpeded throughout the open interior and outdoor living spaces.

Eichler Remodel

Stainless steel appliances, contemporary lighting fixtures and stylish piston counter stools bring a fresh look to the modern white kitchen.

Eichler Remodel

A little girl’s room offers a warm colorful take on a distinctly retro look. No modern child’s bedroom is complete without the requisite elephant–this one is gray with pink-lined ears and resides happily on the top bunk.

Eichler Remodel

This small bedroom feels spacious with an up close and personal view of the interior courtyard and easy access through a sliding glass door.

Eichler Remodel

Even after dark, the courtyard feels cozy and safe, making it a favorite spot for relaxing and entertaining.

 

All Photos Credit: Mariko Reed

Want to see more from Eichler remodels? Check out Klopf Architecture’s portfolio.

 

Cool Elegance from DCI

New York interior designer Phyllis Harbinger is the principle designer and founder of DCI, Design Concepts/Interior, LLC. Based in Cortlandt Manor, NY, DCI is known for its exquisite luxury interiors. While delivering completed projects that exceed client expectations, the boutique firm adheres to the concepts of its stated 6 Building Blocks of Design–dedication, experience, sustainability, integrity, gratitude and noteworthy (work.)

We are impressed by this designer’s commitment to her clients. She says, “We plan to be your Designers for Life:  We are known for building great relationships with our clients.  There is never a time you will stop thinking about your next design project. It is a constant domino effect.  The good news is, we will be here whenever your next project arises.”

For your design inspiration, here are images from three of DCI’s projects:

Cool Elegance

At once delicate and dynamic, the living room of this Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment is awash in woods from beautifully pale to lacquered dark.

Cool Elegance

The beauty of wood grain is once again featured in the kitchen where it merges seamlessly with stainless steel appliances.

Cool Elegance

The cool elegance of Art Deco style abounds in the master bedroom with fabulous textiles and glamorous furnishings that include a tall upholstered headboard and patent leather bench.

Cool Elegance

Appealing artwork, sleek lighting and a metal vanity come together to create a master bath with both elegant style and excellent functionality.

Cool Elegance

The powder room is all about elegance in black and white. with an intriguing touch of planetary beauty on the lacquered wall.

Cool Elegance

As the focal point of this contemporary dining room, a long low buffet adds color, cool elegant style and lots of storage.

Cool Elegance

Soothing blues envelope this yoga and massage therapy retreat. Etched pendant lights are enchanting in this irresistible space.

Cool Elegance

Across the room, form and function come together in one gorgeous cabinet. A stunning sunburst mirror and delicate botanical wallpaper create a captivating backdrop for the piece.

Want to see more cool elegant designs from the DCI Studio team and Phyllis Harbinger? Check out DCI’s portfolio here on Design Shuffle.

Interior Design Ideas: The Versatile Ghost Chair

Whether it’s a coveted original Louis Ghost Chair designed in 2002 by Philippe Starck or one of the more budget-friendly acrylic versions, see-through chairs work beautifully in just about any space. Just like a television or movie ghost moving from room to room in an eerie mansion, see-through chairs can move easily from style to style. Definitely nothing eerie about that–only other worldly beauty in a crystal clear form.

Ghost Chairs

Simply perfect with Mid-Century pieces, Ghost chairs seem to float around this tulip table, just as light and airy as the sheer curtain panels that serve as a romantic backdrop beyond.

Ghost Chairs

We love crystal clear chairs in warm eclectic spaces of all sorts. Here they are used to great effect with upholstered chairs around a modern Parsons table. 

Ghost Chairs

Never hesitate to place a Louis Ghost Chair beside an antique table. Aged wood and crystal clear chairs seem to have a great affinity for each other.

Ghost Chairs

This inviting space shows how seamlessly Ghost chairs merge with traditional, Mid-Century and even industrial pieces to create appealing eclectic rooms.

Ghost Chairs

An armless acrylic chair can work well with just about any style desk from traditional to contemporary. 

Ghost Chair

Beyond the iconic Louis Ghost Chair, brilliantly clear chairs appear in many forms. This one mimics the traditional wingback chair. What a great design choice for this glam space.

Ghost Chairs

Stunning contemporary Lucite chairs bring an updated elegance to this open dining room. Brilliantly clear see-through chairs seem perfectly at ease wherever they reside. 

Ghost Chairs

The versatile Ghost chair can also bring its graceful form and beautiful style to outdoor dining spaces with ease and elegance.

We enjoyed searching the designer portfolios here on Design Shuffle to discover just how versatile the Ghost Chair is and some of the beautiful ways in can be used in all sorts of interior designs. We hope you are inspired to bring one or more of these great chairs into your home.

 

 

8 Ways to Add Color to Rooms for Kids

Vibrant color seems to be a natural fit in rooms designed especially for kids. From a single pop of color to an over the top mix of vivid hues, color can bring a lively vibe to nurseries, children’s bedrooms and teen spaces.

Today, we’re sharing eight clever ways interior designers have chosen to add color, visual interest and a happy feel to all sorts of rooms for kids.

Colorful Kids Room

Sophisticated enough to be a guest room, this black and white space with just a few pops of gold would speak to older teens. A single pillow in an eye-catching hue offers an easy way to bring color into a bedroom. The up-close and personal zebra print is irresistible.

Color in Kids Room

Two letters of Jack’s name bring a bit of brilliant color to his somewhat neutral but pattern-filled nursery. A stuffed toy on the chest turned changing table echoes that same bright blue and red.

Color in Kids Room

Even as many hues abound in this boy’s bedroom, white built-ins and a pale rug on the dark wood floor give it a clean modern look. With a neutral background like this, it would be easy to make color palette changes as the child grows and interests change.

Color in Kids Room

What a fun way to add color to a girl’s bedroom. The red and white bedding adds delicate pattern in a bold color. The wall art picks up that bright red and tones it down with a golden hue.

Color in Kids Room

Red brightens up an Old West themed boy’s room. Varied patterns in the pillow covers add visual interest to this quintessential cowboy look.

Color in Kids Room

This child’s bedroom in a great Mid-Century modern home is given a colorful point of view with a multi-hued quilt wall hanging and soft rug, along with a few bright accessories. The designer chose the iconic Eames Elephant as a finishing touch for this happy space.

Color in Kids Room

No need to see the sandy beach and ocean view just outside this girl’s bedroom to get a tropical vibe. Vibrant color and pattern can be seen everywhere you look in this beautiful space.

Color in Kids Room

Outrageously colorful, this girl’s bedroom is filled with exuberant hues and unrestrained joy. Pink and blue never looked so good!  This space adds a big exclamation point at the end of our little tour of kids’ spaces made better with color.

If you love these kids rooms and want to see more of a particular designer’s work, just click on the image to go to their portfolio.

 

New Year, New Home: Thinking Outside the Box

With 2014 fast approaching, we begin to wonder what we have accomplished this year, and even more importantly what great goals we have for the next year.  This year has been a fruitful one for interior design, and with so much inspiration readily at our disposal things are starting to look a little cookie cutter. A new year is a great time to embrace a great change and why not start with our homes. Check out these 6 ways to think outside the box in 2014, and create one awe inspiring home that is far from ordinary.

Floors, we all have them, but we rarely do anything to them. This wood pattern really makes this room really stand out.

You want an old world charm in your living room? Don’t worry this isn’t actual plaster, its just a very awesome, simple to adhere, wallpaper.

If you don’t already 2014 is the year to embrace color, be bold and mix pinks with yellows and oranges.

Sometimes in order to think outside the box we need to create a box. In this case bare wall can turn  into a  beautiful closet space, no furniture needed.

That old dresser you have laying around, use it! There are so many easy DIY videos to guide you through sanding and staining your old furniture, the time is now.

One last outside the box idea that is absolutely simple is painting your door, whether its a fun color like this pink door, or even a black one with white details.

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