Chalet Style

For me, the ultimate winter luxury is sitting under a warm throw in front of the fire while snow falls down outside, an oasis, not away from the season, but in celebration of it! A visit to a mountain chalet means days of fun and frolic in the snow, and nights of quiet calm, reading a book or playing cards with a warm drink in hand. Pure winter joy.

Peter Beard for Vogue, 1964 

Peter Beard for Vogue, 1964 

Chalets can run the gamut from stark, modern interiors and architecture, to old world retreats from another time, but all generally have elements in common: lots of exposed natural woods, rich, hard-wearing fabrics, plenty of animal touches like antlers or fur throws (real or faux), and of course, the centerpiece of any winter retreat, a fireplace for all to gather around.

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

At night in the mountains, I like to keep the lighting dim, so the firelight and candles dancing around the room make one feel cozy and warm, yet don’t interfere with my enjoyment of nighttime views of the winter wonderland outside. I also like make sure there is plenty of space at the dining table, as there are always extra ski-hungry mouths to feed!

Robert van der Linde

Robert van der Linde

At the end of the evening, retiring to a layered nest of a bed is a must - never too many throws, blankets and pillows!

Dan Joseph Architects

Dan Joseph Architects

Just thinking about chalet time has me counting the days until winter break!

classic 1970's chalet via google

classic 1970's chalet via google

For more ski chalet architecture and interior design inspiration, please visit my “Ski Chalet” Pinterest page.

Warmly, 

Beth

A Fashionable Holiday

I find so much inspiration in fashion, so this time of year is an amazing burst of color and creativity! It's a fun and festive time when people dress up for cocktails and parties in a froth of silk and satin. Here are some of the designs I'm eyeing for my holiday events:

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I don't know if I'm daring enough for the sheer bodice, but this Alexander McQueen look is blooming with gorgeous red roses that are perfect for a holiday soiree.

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I love a tailored look, so this sweater-and-sequins combination from Blumarine is perfect for me! And that can't-miss navy is so on-trend.

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The LBD is a classic for a reason, and I adore this version from Oscar de la Renta with the looping silver swirls - reminds me of the lights on a tree!

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For those nights when it's too cold for a skirt, I'd love to try something as bold as this Dolce and Gabbana striped suit in holiday red!

What are your favorite festive looks for the holiday season? Let me know!

Warmly,

Beth

Trims and Tassels

I love the holidays and all the traditions - like trimming the tree. I've always been a fan of trims, whether they are banded, beaded, tasseled, or tied. Let's take a look at some fabulous trimmings you can use all year long!

Fabricut

Fabricut

Fabricut’s Ashbee trim is looping cord that's been stitched together to create an elegant open structured border on the drapery.

Samuel and Sons

Samuel and Sons

French grosgrain trim from Samuel and Sons is pleated into a tailored trim for this gorgeous pillow.

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

These beautiful baubles from Robert Allen take an everyday pillow to a fashionable new level! I love to use beaded trims to add a touch of glamour to a room.

Zimmer & Rohde

Zimmer & Rohde

Travers Passementerie by Zimmer & Rohde adds a lovely fringe to neutral pillows.

Trims can give you a custom look all your own on upholstery, pillows, lampshades, and drapery. So think about trimming more than the tree this holiday season!

Warmly,

Beth

Colors of Christmas

I love the holidays and the decor - but I also like to see colors other than red and green during the holiday season. There is no hard-and-fast rule that says you have to stick to that color palette.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

In fact, imagine the color clash if designer Mary McDonald had used red in her project above. The orange and blue colors gave her a definite inspiration for decor that's out-of-the-box but still very festive for the holidays.

Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley

In her new house that just debuted in Traditional Home, my friend Tobi Fairley used the palette of each room to decide her holiday colors. I love the blue and turquoise in her daughter's room above!

Anne Love

Anne Love

And if you're feeling in the pink, then that's the right holiday color palette for you! Make your selections based on your room's decor and the colors you love.

Happy Holidays!

Beth

Winter White

White is a clean and pristine color that feels crisp and edited, and it's perfect for interiors. To keep white rooms from feeling too cold in the winter, I like to add wood tones, texture, or a pop of color to keep things cozy.

Leah Balderson

Leah Balderson

In the room above, that brushed gold lamp is the perfect accent to warm up this fabulous white bedroom.

Laura Burleson

Laura Burleson

Pops of color, like the hot pink above, work even better against an all-white backdrop. And there's no color that says "clean" in kitchens and bathrooms better than a bright white.

Aarhov Frick

Aarhov Frick

Remember that whites can change color, depending on undertones and the amount of light that a room receives. You can see how the white walls above start to go grayer as the light becomes dimmer.

If you're planning a white room, paint sample shades on the wall and observe the light for at least 24 hours to ensure you're getting the color you want. 

Warmly,

Beth

3 Ways to Create a Welcoming Guest Room

Around the holidays, decorations go up, the home becomes festive, and guests arrive. Now, before the holiday rush starts, is the perfect time to rethink your guest accommodations. Here are a few tips on how to welcome guests at the holidays, and throughout year.

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

1. Make relaxation inevitable. Give your guests plenty of places to relax. A chair and ottoman provide a perfect place to read, and make guests feel right at home. A warm blanket and super-soft sheets will also send them off to dreamland right away!

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

2. Provide the right light. To make things cozy and relaxing, offer plenty of lamps in the room. But guests will want to darken the room for the perfect sleep, so be sure your draperies will block the light. Finally, bedside lamps are crucial for those who love to read in bed, so be sure they’re within reach.

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

3. Accessorize with guests in mind. Keep the colors calm and neutral. Be sure to include a selection of great reads along with fresh flowers and a warm throw or two at the end of the bed. Those extra touches make the room inviting!

Use this tips to make your guests feel right at home!

Warmly,

Beth

Always Underfoot

Rugs do not get their due - often they are a last-minute addition for people who try to design their own rooms. But they really should be one of the key components in a room's decor. 

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Yes, of course rugs are first utilitarian. They add warmth to bare floors and they are also a great sound barrier. But the right rug is also gorgeous.

Laura Umansky

Laura Umansky

Rugs can also make a bold statement, defining the room's vibe and color palette.

Kapito Muller Interiors

Kapito Muller Interiors

I also love rugs that play a supporting role, adding complementary colors and patterns to support the overall design.

Meredith Heron

Meredith Heron

In rooms that I design, I also like to use rugs to define a space - almost like setting boundaries.

Will you think differently about rugs in your rooms now? I hope so!

Warmly,

Beth

Cozy Rooms

It's the perfect time of year for warm fires, soft textiles, and cozy rooms. I love curling up with a book in the fall and winter, especially when the room sets the mood. So what do you need to make a room feel even cozier? Let's take a look!

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Beth Lindsey Interiors

The most welcoming rooms have to have great upholstery - and the deeper the seat, the better! Leather upholstery is one of my go-to selections because the seats only become more comfortable over time.

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

The right color palette definitely sets the tone. The warm gold and soft grey/black in the room above creates an almost cocoon-like atmosphere.

Lukas Machnik

Lukas Machnik

Of course a fabulous fireplace goes a long way to creating that cozy space.

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Even small touches like soft throws and layers of pillows can help you make a cozy nook that's all your own.

Do you love a cozy space, too? Tell me how you create them in your home!

Warmly,

Beth

Dinner Is Served

It's 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and I'm already plotting how to set up my dining room to accommodate all our guests. I love designing a room that makes people want to linger and visit just a little longer, so here are some of my best tips!

Beth Lindsey for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV

Beth Lindsey for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV

You don't have to use the usual fall colors - mix things up with your own palette! It's all about friends, family, and delicious food after all.

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Comfortable seating is key - be sure to offer upholstered seats so your guests will want to stay seated for a nice long visit.

Martin Sosa

Martin Sosa

I think round tables work best for conversation and fun events, so try this shape in your dining room!

I hope you have amazing plans for a fabulous holiday with your friends and family! Send me photos of your gorgeous Thanksgiving tables and I may feature them on my blog.

Warmly,

Beth

Our Concept of Home

There's an amazing exhibit opening Nov. 17 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston that looks intriguing. Titled "Home - So Different, So Appealing," it looks at the idea of home as seen through the eyes of Latino artists in the U.S. and Latin America.

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The art pieces were created over seven decades and include painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film, and video. One of the works is Beatriz González's Full of Grace furniture, below.

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I love the themes of family, connection, and social mores. The exhibit will run through January 2018, so don't miss it if you're in my hometown!

Warmly,

Beth

Is 2018's Color of the Year Muy Caliente?

I love this time of year when color experts and paint companies choose their top color for the upcoming year. Last year, Benjamin Moore selected a moody purple-blue that was fun and fabulous. This year, the paint company is turning things up a notch.

Bruce Bierman

Bruce Bierman

Benjamin Moore's top color choice for 2018 is Caliente, which they say is strong, radiant, and full of energy. 

Sarah Story

Sarah Story

Just a few weeks ago, I talked on this blog about how much I love red for fall - or really any time at all! It's a revved up and versatile color that can wrap around a room, or give you a pop of color with a small dose.

Georges Hobeika

Georges Hobeika

No matter whether you use this red-hot hue in the home, or find a fabulous gown in the color, give Caliente a try in 2018!

Warmly,

Beth

Back in Black

It's amazing how often we'll choose black for our clothing, but we shy away from it for a color in our homes. It is a bold choice, and those who study color psychology says that it makes people think of elegance, mystery, formality and power.

Design & Wonen

Design & Wonen

Using all black in a room is definitely a brave choice, and it calls for lots of light and counterbalancing tones, like the white in the photographs above.

Susan Simonpietri

Susan Simonpietri

But using black doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing commitment. In the room above, black is sandwiched between a bright white ceiling and a gorgeous grey and white rug, giving it just the brightness it needs. 

All Bud Interiors

All Bud Interiors

If that still makes you too nervous, try just a touch of black, like the tiles in the gorgeous bathroom above.

What do you think of black? Would you use it in your home? It's definitely the right color for tomorrow's holiday.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

Setting the Table

It's only one month to Thanksgiving! So do you know how you're going to set your table this year? I love traditional settings, but I also like to experiment with new ideas each year.

Replacements Ltd.

Replacements Ltd.

The setting above mixes a new shape into a traditional look, with swirls of white highlighting the transferware patterns in gorgeous fall colors.

Home Stories

Home Stories

I also love an all-white setting - it's crisp and clean, and it gives you a neutral palette to build from.

Home Talk

Home Talk

Or how about using a traditional pattern in a new way? Blue Willow is timeless, so shake things up by using a new color for Thanksgiving.

Furbish Studio

Furbish Studio

In fact, it's the perfect time to add joyful bright colors to a fun family gathering! 

What do you think of these tables? And do they have you in the mood for Thanksgiving? Start your planning now!

Warmly,

Beth

Riding the Rails

Stair rails are one of those utilitarian things that are used all the time, but rarely thought of in the initial home design. But having a unique bannister and slats can make all the difference.

Dunlin Home

Dunlin Home

I love the handrail above because of its juxtaposition to the stairs. It's angular, dark, and modern, while the stairs are curved, bright white, and classic.

Gilles et Boissier

Gilles et Boissier

In the staircase above, it's all about that sculptural bannister and its light finish. A perfect counterpoint to the dark wood and marble stairs.

John Soane

John Soane

In the example above, I love the unexpected design that appears at regular intervals.

What do you think about these unique designs? You can find more examples on my pinboard here!

Warmly,

Beth

Fresh Greens in the Kitchen

Green is such a fresh and calm color and I love it in a kitchen! The pale celadon shade below works so well with that gorgeous black range.

Tim Barber Ltd.

Tim Barber Ltd.

Deeper green shades are great in a kitchen, too, like the stunning color below. It gleams in the natural light from the windows, and brings out great highlights in the marble.

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts

If a color like dark hunter is too much of a challenge for you, imagine using it just on the lower cabinets, like in the photo below. It really grounds the white in the kitchen.

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

Green tile also adds a bright note to kitchens, and I love the unexpected mix of pink and blue green in the room below.

Devol Kitchens

Devol Kitchens

What do you think of green in the kitchen? Let me know in the comments section!

Warmly,

Beth

Living Oceanside

It's the time of year when color experts start releasing their predictions for trends in 2018. The first to release their selection was Sherwin Williams, who says that Oceanside will be the color of the year.

Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum'

Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum'

Oceanside is an opulent jewel-toned color that most resembles peacock blue or teal.

Kristin Lagerqvist

Kristin Lagerqvist

Sherwin Williams says the color was inspired by wanderlust.

Victoria Hagan

Victoria Hagan

The green-blue shade has been popular in Europe for a while, where the moody-color trend is going strong.

Royal Palm Marrakech

Royal Palm Marrakech

Sherwin Williams says the selected color is meant to echo today’s societal and cultural trends. I love the deep jewel look of the color. What do you think?

Warmly,

Beth

Must-Have Metallics

Sheen has been a hot look on the couture runways, and that hint of brass, gold, silver or bronze can add a luxurious touch to your room’s decor. A little shine goes a long way in design. Adding a silver wall mirror or bronze accent piece can add the right amount of sheen without overwhelming the space.

But sometimes I like to go bold, like this bedroom I designed with wall-to-wall matte metallic that adds a warm glow.

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Beth Lindsey Interiors

I also like the more understated hint of metal in the gingko leaves on the wallpaper in this powder room I designed. Each of the leaves is hand painted!

Beth Lindsey Interiors

Beth Lindsey Interiors

I love using metallic accessories and wall coverings. How do you use metal finishes and fabrics with sheen to glam up your space? Need more ideas? See my pinboard here!

Warmly,

Beth

The Inspiration of Oscar

This weekend was the opening of an incredible new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta showcases inspiring designs from the long career of the creative genius. Running through January 28, the exhibit features over 60 dresses and designs that were part of de la Renta's personal archives, from the archives of his company and French label Pierre Balmain, as well as selections from private lenders and the museum's own collections.

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I love finding new inspirations and ideas in showcases like this one - from the color combinations, to the fabrics and trims, to the exquisite detailing and craftsmanship. Even a sketch for a day dress can give me ideas for new interiors.

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The exhibit has four themes, beginning with Spain, where he launched his career. And the final vignettes showcase gowns worn by fashion icons, dignitaries, and celebrities.

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Run, don't walk, to this exhibit before it leaves Houston! It will leave you breathless.

Warmly,

Beth

Let's Hear It for the Boys

In the same way that interior design and women’s fashion have inspired each other, menswear has a long history of adding a masculine edge to home decor. In fashion, suits have become slimmer and layering has become not only a necessity in the winter, but very fashionable. That sleek, but tailored, look is very big in home design right now, too.

Kathryn Greeley Designs

Kathryn Greeley Designs

Menswear also inspires color palettes and fabric patterns. With tailored fabrics, layered grays with black and brown, and just a hint of color you get a space or that is both fashionable and functional.

Luxe

Luxe

I’ve also found inspiration in the textures used in menswear. A polished tweed or herringbone can make for a refined, edited interior with distinctive masculine character.

Real SImple

Real SImple

Sophisticated menswear inspires me to create livable spaces that showcase neutrals, layered looks and texture – perfect for a bachelor’s pad, or a cozy home for two.

What menswear-inspired look could you use in your home? Check out my pinboard here for more great ideas!

Warmly,

Beth

Fashion Hits Home

I love New York Fashion Week! Twice a year, I find amazing inspiration from the colors, patterns, and trims. And I’m not the only one – furniture, fabric, and wallpaper designers are just a few of the others who will bring their favorite trends from the runways right into your home.

Here are 3 of my favorite looks from last month’s fashion shows that I think will find their way into interior design:

1. Red and Pink
Pink has been hot, hot, hot, but now the trend is to combine it with red for a hot new mix. I love how fresh this is, and you can try this at home by using red and pink accessories like pillows and lamps.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

2. Polka Dots
These sweet circles will find their way onto everything from upholstery to wallpaper in the future. They were the center of a big trend in New York, with patterns large and small.

Rodarte

Rodarte

3. Asymmetry
Looks that aren't totally on the level were seen on almost every runway last month. So look for angles to be introduced on furniture and lighting soon.

Johnathan Simkhai

Johnathan Simkhai

What do you think of these fashionable trends? Watch these haute couture looks as they head into your home!

Warmly,

Beth