The Perfect Pantry

Spring is here, so what better time to do a little spring cleaning by organizing your kitchen pantry? We all know they become caches of half-used bags of raw walnuts and a 1/2 cup of quinoa that seemed wasteful to throw out. Time to get rid of the detritus of baking projects past, and start fresh! In honor of pantry spring cleaning, I thought I’d bring you a few images of beautiful pantries to inspire...

Every kitchen needs a pantry, whether a large cupboard, a shelved closet or a true, bona fide butler’s pantry, with counters and a sink for food prep. We all need somewhere to store kitchen items and bulk foods - from the 12 packs we buy at Costco to the mixer we may only use at the holidays, and everything in between! 

 Bell Kitchen and Bath

Bell Kitchen and Bath

For me, the key to the success of a pantry big or small, lies in plenty of open shelving of various heights and depths. Some shelves need to be deep to hold large items, but others need to be shallow, so everything can easily be seen. I recommend the deepest shelves be near the ground or the very top of your space. Since big bulky items are often least used, putting them near the ceiling makes sense, and heavy items can be placed near the ground for easy lifting. 

 Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day

For storage of bulk food, glass containers are a must so the ingredients are instantly identifiable. For the same reason, I prefer open-wire baskets for catchalls - straw baskets merely hide what you're looking for, and that defeats the idea of organizing!

 Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel

I love the idea for lid storage on the back of a pantry door, as I always seem to be missing the lid for some of my favorite pots!

 Cooking World

Cooking World

I particularly love the idea of a walk-in pantry with countertop access for small appliances, as I like to keep my kitchen counters as uncluttered as possible. Even a large kitchen can feel small with too many countertop gadgets!

 Zillow

Zillow

The ultimate walk-in pantry for me, in addition to plenty of storage shelving and countertops, also has a sink for easy clean-ups. Think of it as a kitchen within a kitchen! This vintage butler’s pantry is like a dream. Look at all that storage! And while not a huge fan of glass cupboards in the kitchen because one has to keep them “styled,” in a pantry they make perfect sense to always easily find what you need.

 Homes and Gardens

Homes and Gardens

For more pantry inspiration, please visit my “Organization” Pinterest board!

Warmly,

Beth

April Showers

The best part of the day for me is when I step into my morning shower. I love the time spent showering to plan the day ahead and wash away the cobwebs left from last night’s dreams. Which is why, for me at least, a beautiful and comfortable shower space is tops on my list of home necessities. Today I thought we’d look at the elements needed for the perfect shower.

Of course, of primary importance is the shower head itself. Do you prefer a rain shower from the ceiling? A standard adjustable wall mount? A handheld shower? Multiple heads from ceiling and wall? It’s all personal preference, so no wrong answers here. As for the look of the hardware, I’m always of the mind that bath hardware should either look like it’s been there since indoor plumbing was invented, or so sleek, it looks like it arrived from the future. 

 Early 1900’s inspiration from Drummond’s UK

Early 1900’s inspiration from Drummond’s UK

 Sleek modernism by Gessi

Sleek modernism by Gessi

For years, the standard has been a frameless glass enclosure for a stand alone shower.

 Erin Gates Design/Elements of Style

Erin Gates Design/Elements of Style

Open showers have been gaining in popularity, and can really open up a space.Perfect for a minimalist aesthetic.

 Joanna Laajisto

Joanna Laajisto

And the steel framed shower enclosure is a very hot trend right now.

 Jenny Wolf via Traditional Home

Jenny Wolf via Traditional Home

A bench is a must in the the master bath, or at least a small stool. This shower has both! 

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Last, a storage niche is always a good thing to include. I try (when possible) to make sure the niche is on a side wall, so it’s not the focal point of the shower- no need to showcase your shampoo brand!

 Walker Zanger- Note the nearly invisible niches on both sides of the shower!

Walker Zanger- Note the nearly invisible niches on both sides of the shower!

For more shower inspiration, please visit my “Bath and Beauty” Pinterest board.

Warmly,

Beth

Making a (Back)Splash

When designing a kitchen, the biggest expense by far is kitchen cabinetry. But for dollars spent vs. visual impact, the biggest decision to make is the not-so-humble backsplash. Yes, the backsplash serves a functional purpose as an easily-cleaned surface, but visually it sets the tone for the entire kitchen. It can be simple or as grand as you like, it’s all up to you and your designer, but it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

 Brass backsplash, Kelly Wearstler, Elle Decor

Brass backsplash, Kelly Wearstler, Elle Decor

Most people think of tile when they think of a backsplash, but your choices are not limited to to tile alone. Any hard surface can work - tile, stone, glass, metal, even sealed wood (not recommended near the stove). A rule of thumb is anything you can see being used on the floor can be used on a wall as a backsplash!

 Delft Mural Backsplash, Lori May Interiors

Delft Mural Backsplash, Lori May Interiors

Sometimes, the best decision can be to keep your materials simple, particularly in an open plan kitchen. In a modern farmhouse kitchen I recently completed, I kept things minimal and cohesive but also luxurious by choosing a heavily veined marble for both counters and backsplash and matched the cabinetry paint colors to complement. Pro-tip: there are infinite colors of paint, so select your hard surfaces like backsplash, counters, and floor first, then coordinate paint.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Sometimes you want your backsplash to be the statement, so that’s the time to co crazy with color! 

 Megan Hudacky via Coco & Kelly

Megan Hudacky via Coco & Kelly

Now the next photo has something in common with the jewel-toned kitchen above - can you guess what it is? They both used classic subway tile, but in unexpected ways! The white subway in a vertical running bond pattern below, makes the most inexpensive of tiles looks fresh presented in a brand new way. The blue tiled wall above is a smaller size of subway tile, in delicious matte colors, arranged in a modified basket weave bond. I love the idea of new ways of seeing an old look!

 Lotta Agaton

Lotta Agaton

Another luxurious look with a relatively inexpensive material is to use antique-look mirror for the backsplash. This is a favorite trick of mine in small, galley kitchens as it makes the space seem open and infinite, and looks particularly good with today’s dramatic black kitchen trend.

 Boscolo London

Boscolo London

Last, don’t be afraid to do the unexpected with your backsplash. This modern farmhouse kitchen used square tiles with a delicate decorative pattern that could have easily overwhelmed the space. Randomly interspersing the pattern with plain white squares helps keep the minimal, Scandinavian design aesthetic.

 Lars Bolander

Lars Bolander

For more backsplash inspiration, please visit my “Tile Talk” Pinterest board!

Warmly, 

Beth

Marvelous Mudrooms

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring muddy sneakers, boots, and paws! There's a perfectly named room that takes care of that, as well as backpacks, coats, sports gear, and everything people drop as they come in the door - and that's the mudroom!

I love well-planned and well-designed mudrooms, like this gorgeous space in ever-rainy England. The standouts are the sophisticated dentil molding at the ceiling, and the gorgeous reclaimed stone floors. Very English and very classic. If a mudroom could be described as dreamy, it would be this one.

 Artichoke

Artichoke

Now let’s talk about mudroom reality. For busy and/or growing families, a mudroom where everyone has a cubby for their stuff, is really a necessity. When kids are getting ready for school, or coming home from a game, there is a spot for everything and everyone knows their spot!

 The Whole House

The Whole House

Now, what do you do without a dedicated mudroom at all? Get creative with hooks and shelves and turn a wall behind a door into a mini-mudroom!

 The DIY Mommy

The DIY Mommy

I’m enamored with the idea of a mudroom/laundry room, especially with littles in the house. You can strip them down and throw their adorably grass- and mud-stained clothing right into the wash! 

 OneKinDesign

OneKinDesign

And if there is anywhere that needs a mudroom it’s a ski lodge, so this rustic beauty caught my eye.

 Peace Design

Peace Design

We began with a dreamy mudroom, so we’ll close with an elegant mudroom. This luxurious spot meets all the mudroom needs for storage and functionality, but it’s so beautiful, I feel like I’d want to hang out in it for cocktails. And can we talk about those amazing light fixtures? 

 S.B. Long Interiors

S.B. Long Interiors

Please visit my Organization Pinterest board for more mudroom inspiration! 

Warmly,

Beth

Mirror Magic

Mirrors really are magic. No other home accessory has the ability to visually change a space the way a mirror does. Mirrors brighten a dark room, enlarge a small room, and instantly create a focal point in any room large or small.

A circular mirror over a mantel is a classic treatment, and always makes a room feel polished and elegant. 

 Claiborne Swanson Franck

Claiborne Swanson Franck

A round mirror doesn’t always need to be the center focal point. Here I used a round mirror to visually open up a tight corner. Instead of a more traditional frame, the faceted mirrored edge helps to keep the space open as well, so I was able to use the largest mirror possible on a short stub of a wall.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Speaking of faceted mirrors, I’m crazy for these dramatic, sculptural works of art by Mathias Kiss. What a truly unique use of this common, yet magical material. 

 AD France: Yves Marchand et Romain Meffre

AD France: Yves Marchand et Romain Meffre

Nothing opens up a space like a wall of mirrors, and I love the idea of antiqued mirror to soften the hard gleam of the mirror. In the trade, we call the loss of the silver backing of a mirror “foxing”, and the the right amount of foxing can vastly increase the value of an antique mirror. 

 Mirror Grid, Milan, by Michael Eastman

Mirror Grid, Milan, by Michael Eastman

Of course, antiqued mirror is also manufactured new, and can be ordered with as little or as much foxing as you like. Not only did designer, Drew McGukin use mirror in an incredibly clever solution to a truly awkward window and wall situation below, he also used custom antiqued mirror in a very practical way as well. Pro tip - skip the windex and use a “glass wax” product instead to clean your mirrors. It’s streak free, and leaves a coating to protect the shine many times longer than traditional blue ammonia cleaners. 

 Drew McGukin via Instagram

Drew McGukin via Instagram

Of course, few things make my heart beat faster than a gorgeous carved and gilt mirror, like this chinoiserie mirror used by Miles Redd. It’s used in a very traditional setting here, but I also love to mix an ornate mirror in with modern pieces- they are perfect counterpoints to one another.

 Miles Redd

Miles Redd

And I’ll close this post with the one room of the house that must always have a mirror, and no matter what, the mirror is also always the focal point, so the more spectacular, the better, and that’s the powder room. This dramatic blue-framed arabesque mirror in a tiny jewel box of a bath is truly magical, no?

 Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

For more “Mirror Magic” inspiration, please visit my Mirrors pinterest board.

Warmly, 

Beth

Gorgeous Garden Gates

I have to admit, I’m mildly obsessed with garden gates. I’m drawn to them when ever I pass by on my walks, and curiosity always get the best of me. How could anyone pass by this weathered stone fence and wooden gate and not wonder what lies inside? It’s that magical...

 What A Way to Garden

What A Way to Garden

I particularly love a half-gate, as it says “this is private property, but you are welcome to enjoy the view of our beatiful home and garden.”

 Southern Hi-Life

Southern Hi-Life

These imposing (but styiish) black gates say “Keep out”, which of course makes me want to see inside them even more!

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This gate is giving me serious lantern envy...

 Larry E. Boerder Architects

Larry E. Boerder Architects

This modern gate is so simple and serene. 

 Peter A. Kirsch-Korff

Peter A. Kirsch-Korff

And what could possibly be prettier than a traditional vine-covered arbor over a white picket-fence  gate?

 Atlanta Homes

Atlanta Homes

For more outdoor inspiration, please visit my Pinterest page.

Warmly, 

Beth

Everything and the Kitchen Sink

It's incredible how important one element of your new kitchen can be - and that's the sink! You wouldn't think one small basin could mean so much, but it can really impact the functionality of your kitchen! Let's look at some sink styles and how you may want to use them in your home: 

 The Fox Group

The Fox Group

First up is the ever-popular farmhouse (or apron) sink. These sinks aren't meant to fade into the background - so if you don't want your sink to be the standout feature, you might not like this type. Now that you can find double-sink versions more often, these are a really great selection. And I love how deep they are. 

 Brian Paquette

Brian Paquette

A really unique choice is a soapstone sink like the one above. It has a glamour that just can't be beat. Soapstone really holds up well to heat and to any sort of liquids - it won't let any dampness get past it. But it does have to be oiled, just like soapstone counters, and it can scratch easily, so keep that in mind.

 Mandi Johnson

Mandi Johnson

The sky is the limit these days on what color your sink has to be! An acrylic sink like this one has beauty of porcelain and the strength of cast iron but it's lighter weight. Just remember that you're making a commitment with color. 

 Kohler

Kohler

Even the old standby stainless sink has moved into the modern era - now offering farmhouse styling, triple bowls, prep sink additions, and smart details like strainers and cutting boards that fit right into the basin. I used one of the cutting board sinks from Kohler in my Brother vs. Brother project, too (see below)!

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

See more of my favorite sinks and kitchens on my pinboard here!

Warmly,

Beth

The 4 Best Colors for the Master Bedroom

Your master bedroom is the calm center in your home - the place to rest and recharge. So the color of that room is critical for serenity and quiet. I have four can't-fail colors that I know will make your master bedroom cozy and peaceful. Let's take a look!

1. Greyed Purple. Purple can be intense, but this hue with a muted tone is dreamy!

 Jan Showers

Jan Showers

2. Greige. It's a bit brown, and a bit grey, but a whole lot of lovely and serene.

 Susan Ferrier

Susan Ferrier

3. Soft aqua. This watery color will help you sail right into your dreams.

 Rose Ferguson

Rose Ferguson

4. Sand. A neutral camel color sets a quiet tone, perfect for an oasis.

 Meg Braff

Meg Braff

What are your favorite colors for the master bedroom? You can find more ideas for your room on my Sweet Dreams pinboard

Warmly,

Beth

Rugs that Rock

I'm a bit obsessed with rugs - they're like art for the floor. And whether they are the center of attention, or a more subtle supporting player, the right rug can make all the difference in your home decor!

 Kelly Wearstler Tracery Rug

Kelly Wearstler Tracery Rug

The most important thing when you're buying a rug is to ensure you buy one that's large enough for your space. If it's too small, it can throw off the balance of the entire room. 

 Carrie Hatfield Interior Design and Seabrook Rug

Carrie Hatfield Interior Design and Seabrook Rug

In a more neutral space, I love to use a rug that really pops and grabs your eye, whether that's through pattern, color, or both!

 Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

And in a room that already has a lot of color, a rug with a neutral tone keeps the vibe less intense. 

 Kapito Muller Interiors l

Kapito Muller Interiors l

And a fully monochrome look can let other accessories - like art - take the spotlight. 

So how do you rock a rug in your home? Let me know! And find more great rug ideas on my pinboard here.

Warmly,

Beth

The Perfect Escape

There is always one room and one piece of furniture that is the most talked-about when I'm working with clients - the bed and the bedroom. Everyone loves to have an oasis of calm in that space, and they all want a comfortable and cozy bed. Really, there's nothing more welcoming at the end of the day than a well-dressed bed.

 Joe Human

Joe Human

To create that perfect escape, I always encourage my clients to invest in the very best mattress they can. After all, you're going to spend at least 1/3 of your life in that bed! Once you have that basic taken care of, my next must-have for your getaway is an upholstered headboard.

 Nathan Turner

Nathan Turner

An upholstered bed allows you to be comfortable while reading or watching TV in bed. And studies show that we love to hang out in our beds as much as we do on our sofas!

 Beth Ervin

Beth Ervin

Dressing the bed is the real key. You want soft and luxe linens that wrap you in comfort, along with a few blanket and comforter options for those hot-now-cold evenings.

 Kelli Ford & Kirsten Fitzgibbons

Kelli Ford & Kirsten Fitzgibbons

The number of pillows on the bed is entirely up to you, but I always suggest a variety of sizes for comfort. Having a good selection isn't only practical - it also makes the bed more inviting.

 Beth Lindsey for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV

Beth Lindsey for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV

The key is to create your own oasis - the perfect escape from your everyday stress! Sweet dreams!

Warmly,

Beth

A Bit of Bright Sun

So many parts of the country are ready for a bit of spring sunshine! I know some friends who are still dealing with snow and ice that just won't stop. If the sun won’t naturally come out for you, then it's time for the next best thing, to bring a little sunshine into your life by adding a dose of yellow to your decor!

 Verandah House

Verandah House

Psychologists say that yellow simply makes people happy. It’s the color of sunshine, daffodils, forsythia, lemon bars and baby chicks, all of which make me smile. It’s the color most likely to lift spirits and to motivate people - the perfect color for the home!

 Lucca, Italy via Food & Wine

Lucca, Italy via Food & Wine

Yellow in the home can be traditional and cheery...

 Mary Douglas Drysdale via Traditional Home

Mary Douglas Drysdale via Traditional Home

Or modern, creative and energizing.

 Clive Wilkenson Architects via dezeen

Clive Wilkenson Architects via dezeen

It's the perfect color to start your day off with energy and fun, like in this breakfast nook.

 Lindsay Coral Harper via House Beautiful

Lindsay Coral Harper via House Beautiful

Even just a hint makes a statement, like in this modern, sophisticated dining room.

 MBA Design Group via EST Magazine

MBA Design Group via EST Magazine

This wall of lacquered cabinets is definitely an inspiration for a future project...

 Bestor Architects

Bestor Architects

And what could be more welcoming for a design studio than an cheery yellow dutch door? Filing this one away, too!

 Heather Taylor Home

Heather Taylor Home

For more sunshine inspiration, please visit my “Yellow Mellow” Pinterest Board!

Warmly,  

Beth

The Genius of Givenchy

I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of fashion giant Hubert de Givenchy. He was the last survivor of the post-WWII French couturier geniuses, who transformed fashion from a commodity to an art form, so his absence marks the end of an era.

When I was researching my post last month on vintage fashions I came across so many wonderful portraits of his clothes, but like most American women, I was taken by his 40-year relationship with his ultimate muse, Audrey Hepburn. He described their close friendship as like a marriage, but with no disagreements, just always content to be in one another’s company.

 Vogue

Vogue

From the moment we saw her in her little black dress, pearls, and gloves in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the world fell in love with Ms. Hepburn, and also with the style of Hubert de Givenchy. After another designer claimed credit for Ms. Hepburn’s gowns in different movie, Ms. Hepburn issued a simple statement to the press “Each time I’m in a film, Givenchy dresses me." Their loyalty to one another was deep, he also largely dressed her in life as well, from 1953 to 1995 when Ms. Hepburn passed away from cancer.

 Paramount/Kobal/Rex

Paramount/Kobal/Rex

Hubert de Givenchy was born of French royalty, a count, and by all contemporary assessments was the gentlemen’s gentleman. He also stood 6’ 6” tall, and was dashingly handsome, so he wore his own clothes as elegantly as any of his models.

 Portrait by Robert Doisneau

Portrait by Robert Doisneau

As would be expected of a French royal and emperor of haute couture, Givenchy lived as elegantly as his clothing creations. The green salon of his Paris hotel particulier was nearly as famous as his gowns.

 Via WSJ

Via WSJ

And his estate outside Paris, Manoir du Jonchet where he spent his later years, is off-the-charts chic.

 Via This is Glamorous

Via This is Glamorous

  Via This is Glamorous

 Via This is Glamorous

  Via This is Glamorous

 Via This is Glamorous

Let's take a look at a few more of his amazing couture creations. Au Revoir, Monsieur Givenchy!

 Vogue

Vogue

 Vogue

Vogue

 1967, yet timeless. Via FIDM Museum Library

1967, yet timeless. Via FIDM Museum Library

Warmly,

Beth

Spring Green

Between the coming of spring and St. Patrick’s Day, March is definitely the the month of green! I think more than any other color, green exudes calmness and renewal. Mother nature didn’t go wrong when she chose it to be the predominate color of the land surrounding us. That’s also why it works so well in interiors - it signals to our eyes that our environment has everything we need to thrive, even if that environment is 100% man-made.

Every shade of green is lovely in the home. For example, you might think chartreuse green might be too bright for a bedroom. You’d be wrong! I could wake up happy every morning in this Kelly Wearstler bedroom.

 Kelly Wearstler 

Kelly Wearstler 

Lime lacqueruered walls. Serene yet joyful.

 Julia Hayes via Veranda

Julia Hayes via Veranda

While we are on the subject of green walls, I don’t think they come much prettier than emerald silk hand-embroidered wallpaper by de Gournay.

 Jonathan Rachman via Curbed

Jonathan Rachman via Curbed

I’ll leave you with an image of the very first thing that comes to mind when I think of green and interiors, Dorothy Draper’s infamous “Brazilience” wallpaper designed for the Greenbriar Hotel. Nothing speaks more to the vibrance of nature!

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For more spring inspiration, please visit my “Greenery” Pinterest Board.

Warmly,

Beth

Color in the Kitchen

Lately, there has been discussion in interior design about whether or not the all-white kitchen is "dead." I love a gorgeous pristine, bright, white kitchen, but the news of colorful kitchens being back in vogue does make me happy. From the 1920s through the 1970s, kitchens were often a celebration of color from pastel blues and yellows in the early parts of the century, to vibrant primaries in the '60s and '70s. Now, after almost three decades of white kitchens, it’s time to revisit that colorful age.

 Miles Redd

Miles Redd

The hottest trend in kitchens right now is blue, from palest robin’s egg to deepest navy, blue is the designer's new kitchen go-to color! 

 Meg Graff

Meg Graff

Hot on the heels of blue, is green. Again, all greens are trending, from spring to mint to spruce to deep moss, green is everywhere in kitchens today!

 Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

 Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

The wildcard kitchen color making a comeback is yellow, and this is a revival I’d love to get behind. The first client who expresses interest in a yellow kitchen is going to get a very enthusiastic “YES” from me!

 BHG

BHG

 Denise McGaha

Denise McGaha

If you’ve recently remodeled and made your kitchen a beautiful all-white paradise, fear not. You can easily get in on the colorful kitchen trend by adding in accessories of your favorite color, the brighter, the better!

 Le Creuset

Le Creuset

For more colorful kitchen inspiration, please visit my “Yes, Chef!” Pinterest board.

Warmly, 

Beth

Passion for Fashion

The reviews are in, and after perusing photos and articles from February’s 2018 Fall Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan, London, and Paris, clear trends have emerged. I always find the place where my profession and my passion intersect to be so interesting. Fashion cycles so rapidly with styles changing in a matter of months, while decor world trends move at a much slower pace, cycling in years, even decades. But even at such different paces, there is always influence of decor on fashion, and fashion on decor, and those trends tend to make my heart speed up a little. The best of both worlds!

One of the clear trends of Fashion Week was a 1920s vibe, with soft feminine shapes, combined with ruffles and lace, but not a roaring '20s Gatsby style vibe, but more of a prairie, Midwest, take. I can’t help but think the minimalist farmhouse vibe we are seeing everywhere in the design world right now influenced this trend.

 Brock Collection via Forbes

Brock Collection via Forbes

i almost gasped when I saw this collection as I was instantly reminded of this farmhouse/modern DIY doily pendent I’d just run across. I thought it sweet, simple and a little bit country, just like the Fashion Week trend featured at so many houses in NY and Paris.

 The Decoist

The Decoist

The '80s also came on strong, but a very early '80s, end-of-the-'70s kind of way - when Studio 54 was going was strong and New Wave was just emerging as a fashion trend. The shoulder-duster earrings and strong minimalist silhouettes of St. Laurent definitely brought to mind a set of vintage early '80s chandeliers I’ve had my eye on.

 Yves St. Laurent via The Fashionista.

Yves St. Laurent via The Fashionista.

 1stdibs

1stdibs

Another look from the YSL collection reminded me of the chairs in this recently published Beverly Hills Estate. I’m not sure why - maybe the leggy yet curvy, sexy minimalism of both looks is what tied them together in my mind.

 Yves St Laurent via NY Post

Yves St Laurent via NY Post

 Jamie Bush via Elle Decor

Jamie Bush via Elle Decor

Another look all over the runways, especially in New York was plaid, in every technicolor combination possible!

 Michael Kors via The Fashionista

Michael Kors via The Fashionista

In a case of decor inspiring fashion, I can’t help but wonder if Scot Meacham Wood’s tartan mud room from the 2015 Hampton’s showhouse was the inspiration for the collection!

 Scot Meacham Wood

Scot Meacham Wood

Technicolor also made a big splash in in animal prints as well, and you know that makes this animal print loving girl very happy!

 Zadig & Voltaire

Zadig & Voltaire

Completely reminds me of one of my favorite interior fabrics, Le Tigre by Scalamandre. So luxurious and chic.

 Jeffrey Bilhuber via Architechtural Digest

Jeffrey Bilhuber via Architechtural Digest

Please visit my Pinterest page for more fashion and interior design inspiration!

Warmly,

Beth

Put It in Neutral

In the design industry, we spend a lot of time talking about color, especially bright and bold hues. But interiors can be just as fabulous when they enter neutral territory. In fact, I’m partial to those quieter statements that can be made. Designer Rafael de Cárdenas designed the contemporary room below and he says he loves neutrals because they remind him of the colors that were popular in movies of his childhood.

 Rafael de Cárdenas

Rafael de Cárdenas

There’s no better room for neutrals than in a kitchen, like the one I designed for a modern farmhouse below. The neutral colors give it a fresh and classic look.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Neutrals love to dress up, too, like in this glam room from Amy Morris Interiors for the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. 

 Amy Morris Interiors

Amy Morris Interiors

In the interior design world, the queen of ethereal neutral style is Suzanne Kasler. I love her quiet but impactful interiors!

 Suzanne Kasler for Architectural Digest

Suzanne Kasler for Architectural Digest

So when you're reaching for a new palette, consider the lighter side of things with neutral hues! And see more inspiration on my Neutral Terrritory pinboard.

Warmly,

Beth

Things I Love: Stripes

February, the month of love, is such a short month, so without nearly covering all the “Things I Love”, it’s time to draw the line. This post will be all about line patterns. Stripes can go from mild to wild, depending on width, contrast, and direction, and I love them in all ways! The thinner the stripe, the more of a neutral it becomes, and one of my favorite stripes comes from the very neutral world of menswear, the chalk stripe. 

 Regan Butler

Regan Butler

Another classic stripe is the ticking stripe, originally used for mattresses and pillows to keep the feathers in, today it is much more commonly seen in infinite variations used on bedding we can see on the outside.

 Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Classic repeating stripes of the the same width are referred to as cabana stripes and they are probably what most people think of when they think of stripes used in interiors. Here they are in a pretty pastel combo, used in the sweetest of nurseries.

 Luxe Report Designs

Luxe Report Designs

The wider you go with stripes, the more graphic they can get. This broad cabana stripe is graphic in black and white, yet conversely also open and airy. Stripes are versatile that way.

 Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma

Stripes don’t have to always be vertical, though! On HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother, I flipped them on their side in this Galveston coastal retreat bedroom, designed for my team lead Drew Scott.

 Beth Lindsay Interior Design

Beth Lindsay Interior Design

In the beginning of this post I said that stripes can go from mild to wild, so what do you think about this entry with stripes going in all kinds of directions on both floor and ceiling? Too wild or just wild enough?

 Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

For more striped inspiration, please visit my Walk the Line Pinterest board.

Warmly, 

Beth

Things I Love: Upholstered Headboards

This week’s installment in my month of “Things I Love” is upholstered headboards, because everyone needs a comfortable place to rest their head. I’d say in 90% of my projects I include an upholstered headboard in the master bedroom, because we all have an in-bed, before-sleep routine, whether watching a late night talk show or reading a good thriller, and we all need something soft on which to rest our heads. 

In a traditional bedroom I designed, the frame of the headboard has a stately, old-world elegance, but the soft linen upholstery and pillows speak of comfort and relaxation, top priorities in a bedroom. 

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

The great thing about upholstered headboards is for a piece of furniture with only one function - to comfortably support one’s head against the wall - the variety of shapes, styles and fabrics is virtually infinite. I love the delicate curves of this headboard paired with the slightly rough and primitive texture of the the raffia covering. 

 Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

A similarly curvaceous headboard upholstered in a printed linen, takes on a serene and calming spin in this picture perfect bedroom. I can’t imagine a more soothing space to slumber.

 Shelton, Mindel and Associates

Shelton, Mindel and Associates

Upholstered headboards can also be simple and modern, as this tall four-panel version in a stunning San Francisco Townhome. Light, bright, and simple, but still inviting.

 Heather Hilliard

Heather Hilliard

And if you are going tall, why not go all the way up and channel upholster all the way up the ceiling, as in this grand yet inviting NewYork City apartment? The softness and noise absorbing quality of such a vast expanse of upholstery is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city right outside the window.

 Bruce Bierman

Bruce Bierman

The modernist in me loves the idea of doing the opposite, too, and keeping the headboard long, low and horizontal to match the lines of modern architecture. This oversized headboard, while rigorously modern, still meets the basic job requirements - a soft place to rest your head. 

 Tocha Project

Tocha Project

For more headboard inspiration, please visit my “Upholstered Headboard” Pinterest page.

Warmly, 

Beth

Things I Love: Metallic Details

Nothing attracts attention like the shine and sparkle of metallic accents in a room - that's why it's one of the things I most love in interior design! You can see an example of that in the powder bath I designed below for the ASID Showhouse in Tomball, TX.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

I custom designed the pattern on the wall, which is hand painted pearl fresco with gilded details by Anything But Plain Decorative Finishes and Plasters! And isn't that sconce gorgeous - I designed it with metalsmiths Peck and Company. Add in that fab hammered sink and metal accents, and this bathroom achieves the gold standard in shimmer.

 Alloy Tile

Alloy Tile

Taking a cooler route in silvery tones, I love the metal tiles above from Alloy. Chic, sophisticated, but also easy to clean.

 Beth Lindsey for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV

Beth Lindsey for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV

In the kitchen I designed above for Team Drew on Brother vs. Brother, we added a more subtle metal look with a rubbed brass band around the range hood. I love that soft glow and how it warms up the cool colors in the room.

 Studio Guild

Studio Guild

If you don't want to make the commitment of having your metallic motifs on the walls or in a permanent band around a hood, try using accessories. I am crazy for the bold shine in the look above, especially in that fabulous gold pillow.

For more glowing inspiration, see my All That Glitters pinboard!

Warmly,

Beth

Things I Love: Chinoiserie

We’re at the mid-point in the month of “Things I Love”, and one of the decor styles I love the most is Chinoiserie (french for “in the Chinese taste”). And do you know what I love about it? Besides the fact that it is a delicious blend of east meets west, it has also been in style for over four hundred years, being all the rage amongst the nobility of Europe in the 17th and 18th century, and still influences modern decor today.

 The Chinese Museum at Chateau de Fontainebleau, established by Empress Eugenie in 1867.

The Chinese Museum at Chateau de Fontainebleau, established by Empress Eugenie in 1867.

Strangely enough, I can prove it’s been in style for centuries because it so easily passes the 10 Year Rule. And now you are probably curious about the 10 Year Rule: Ten years after a project is completed, elements can start start to feel a little dated. Times change and trends change, so 10 years is about the time we designers like to be called in for a refresh. Some of the trends might need to be replaced, but the room should generally just need a freshen, maybe a piece reupholstered that is showing some wear, and new pillows and accessory pieces brought in, but the bones of the room should still look good.

The below photo proves my point. It is from peak Elle Decor, circa 2007 - roughly 10 years ago- but the Chinese Chippendale chairs, which basically have been unchanged for centuries, still mix well with modern furniture, and still look 100% fresh. 

 Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley, photo by William Waldron

Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley, photo by William Waldron

Another hallmark of chinoiserie style is the ubiquitous Chinese Coromandel screen, still looking as good today as when the Chinese originally started carving them for export to Europe centuries ago. Coromandel is the term for carving reliefs in lacquer, but named for the Coromandel Coast of India where the Chinese brought their wares to be shipped to European nobility via the East Indian Trading Company in the 1600s. Amazing that they still look great when paired with our modern tastes.

 David Hicks (AU)

David Hicks (AU)

Demand for Coromandel screens was so high, that a new method of getting the ever-so-hot chinoiserie look was devised by imitating the look of the screens with watercolors on paper, popularizing in the 17th century what is still a interior design staple today: wallpaper!

 de Gournay

de Gournay

 Wendy Labrum/Luxe Magazine

Wendy Labrum/Luxe Magazine

Last, I can’t talk about chinoiserie style, without mentioning the medium which is so popular and so ever-present that people don’t even associate it with the “Chinese taste” anymore, and that’s blue and white porcelain. In the 1600s and 1700s, kings built entire wings of palaces around blue and white porcelain imported from China; it was rare, exotic, and incredibly expensive. In today’s world, we see it everywhere, from the most formal of living rooms to the most comfy-casual of family rooms. 

 Kathryn Greeley

Kathryn Greeley

For more eastern inspiration, please visit my “Chinoiserie” Pinterest Board.

Warmly, 

Beth