Reservation for Inspiration

I’m often asked where I get my inspiration for the interiors I design. Everything can inspire me, from art to fashion to fabrics. But I love getting inspiration from commercial design too, like restaurants and hotels. There are amazing designs that range from over-the-top to super-glam all around the world! Here are some of my favorites:

This scenic restaurant La Foret Noire was designed by Claude Cartier to remind the viewer of a dark forest. I love the wallpaper, the deep banquette, and the shape of the chair backs. Magnifique!

On the other end of the light spectrum is the light and bright Chez Gaston with stunning marbleized walls and pale wood.

Yellow and black are definitely trending as a color pair right now, so I love the Le Flandrin Restaurant redesigned by Joseph Dirand.

And another restaurant with an amazing floor is the Hispania Restaurant in London designed by Lorenzo Castillo. Love the pops of turquoise!

Speaking of floors, how could you not be inspired by the brass lines that start at the bar and continue across the marble floor? This stunning design is by Build for the Herzog bar in Munich.

Aren’t these spaces incredible? For more inspirational looks at commercial spaces, see my pinboard by clicking here.

Warmly,

Beth

Animal Attraction

I love a touch of leopard – whether it’s in a room, or an accessory for a fabulous outfit! It’s a perfect touch of the wild side that can amp up your personal style. Let’s take a look!

Kelly Wearstler brings the glam with a leopard carpet on the sweeping staircase, featured in Elle Decor.

A little leopard goes a long way, as in this street style scene from Vogue.

Side chairs are the perfect vehicle for leopard print, like this pair designed by From The Right Bank.

Love this little touch of leopard on a chest from Moissonnier Frères.

This tabletop design by Ralph Lauren Home really brings the “cattitude!”

So what do you think of leopard? See more of my favorite catty designs on the pinboard here.

Warmly,

Beth

Designing the Perfect Garden Party

It’s the perfect time of year for dining al fresco or hosting backyard BBQs. But there is a method to designing a great outdoor event, so here are my top tips for making the most of summer weather!

Ballard Design

Ballard Design

1. Be sure you have plenty of comfy seats. Guests want to mix and mingle, but they also will want to sit down and enjoy themselves, so be sure there are enough seats for all.

El Mueble

El Mueble

2. There should be enough tables for plates and drinks, too. Although most outdoor events are casual, you still want to entertain as you would indoors.

PK Colorado

PK Colorado

3. For an extra-special event, consider bringing the indoors out, with lamps, rugs, upholstery and more! It’s a bit more work, but creates an amazing venue.

Foo Dog

Foo Dog

4. Remember the color – you can go bright and bold outside! So be sure to add in a great hue that makes people feel festive!

Al Fresco

Al Fresco

5. Mix high and low! Use mismatched chairs and an old piece of wood for a table, but then bring out your china, crystal, and flatware. It’s a great celebratory look!

See how a little thought and some interior design ideas can give you an outdoor party to remember? Let me know what your favorite al fresco gatherings are!

Warmly,


Beth

Rooms Mom Will Love

This weekend we’re celebrating moms with flowers, dinners out, and candy. But do you know what moms really want? An oasis! A place that’s all her own where she can get away and unwind. I love peaceful rooms that allow you to recharge, so here are some rooms that I know mom will love!

1. A spa-like retreat. What mom wouldn’t love to soak away her cares in a deep and luxurious tub? Add a few spa details like warm towels and stress-free design, and you’ve got the perfect present, like this room from Sabon.

2. Inviting linens, a soothing palette, fresh flowers, and a scented candle – now that’s the recipe for the perfect mom-retreat, like this bedroom by Judy Elliott & Jess Bandiera

3. How about an outdoor getaway right in the backyard? There’s a new trend for “she sheds” to give mom a home away from home, and this one from Country Living is calling my name.

4. Or if a full shed is too much, maybe consider a place all her own on the porch. A daybed is would make the great outdoors even greater!

5. Finally, for the moms who are readers, what about a library all her own? All that’s required is a comfy seat, lots of books, and plenty of time alone.

To all the moms out there, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day this weekend!

Warmly,

Beth

A Chair Affair

I have a not-so-slight obsession with chairs. It’s one piece that can perfectly capture form and function in one gorgeous design! So why chairs, you ask? Well since a picture tells a thousand words, let’s look at some of my faves:

These Horn chairs from Karpen of California may have been created in 1964, but they still look ultra-modern (and comfortable!).

he wing chair is a classic design, but it’s taken to another level with 3D cut-out leather work by Helen Amy Murray.

I love the gate motif on the metal back of this barrel chair called The Bee’s Knees, from Caracole.

Morelato takes utilitarian wood and elevates it to a work of art in the Genny chair.

And for all-out glam, you can’t beat the Masters chair by Philippe Stark, created in gold-coated plastic for Kartell.

So now you see why my chair obsession really is an affair of the heart! To see more gorgeous designs, check out my pinboard here!

Warmly,

Beth

Raising Your Curb Appeal

Warmer weather has us heading outdoors again to enjoy walks and drives in the sun. So what is your home saying to your neighbors as they pass by? Do they stop and sigh, or move along in a hurry? This isn’t just an aesthetics question – more homes are sold in May than in any other month of the year. So your home’s curb appeal could actually make or break that sale. Here are my 5 best tips for raising your curb appeal!

1. Color smart. Choose your exterior colors carefully – you want them to enhance and complement the architecture. But you can still have fun with unexpected color, like on your front door!

2. Make historical references. Play to history by adding in great details that will reference your home’s past. If you have a colonial home, add real working shutters. Or if you own a midcentury gem, give it a space-age door knob. Keep history in mind.

3. Lead the way. Lead the eye to your front door with plantings and flowers. I love big pots of blooms lining a sidewalk – they invite you right up onto the porch!

4. Yes, you can be quirky. Of course you can be whimsical with your home’s exterior – but always keep cost and resale in mind. You don’t want to have to repaint that purple exterior that you loved just so you can sell your house to people who don’t get it. So use your door’s hardware, your mailbox, or another less-expensive option to show your personality!

5. Light it up. Be sure there’s plenty of gorgeous lighting to showcase your home at night, too! Use pendants, sconces, and maybe even a spotlight to highlight your home’s style!

How is your home’s curb appeal? And what do you think about my tips? Let me know below!

Warmly,

Beth

Upon Reflection: Top 5 Mirrors

The days are longer and the sun is out for many more hours in the day. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of all that natural light in your home! One of my favorite ways to do that is to use mirrors. They bounce light through rooms and help light the darkest corners without any electricity required! And if you choose one of my favorite designs, you’ll also have a great piece of art on your wall, too!

The Classic Starburst

The starburst shape is a classic for a reason – it’s rays bring the sun indoors. But I like the offset shape on this one from Refinery 29.

The French Accent

A quatrefoil shape, like on this design from Z Gallerie, is super-traditional, but still has a modern flair, so it fits most décor.

The Natural Look

I love faux bois, which literally means fake wood. This design from Arteriors adds a new twist with blooming branches on top.

The Modern Touch

This will heat up any room with its fired-up red, but I also like the overlapping shapes on the design from Howard Elliott.

The Flight of Fancy

Jamie Young lets tiny gold butterflies flutter around the perimeter of this lovely mirror.

See how mirrors can be utilitarian and gorgeous? You can see more of my favorites my clicking through here to my Pinterest board!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Outdoor Spaces

I’ve enjoyed taking you on a spring house tour of all my favorite rooms this month, and today we’re going to step outdoors to look at a few gorgeous al fresco spaces! It’s the perfect time to start planning outdoor parties and dinners, so it’s a great way to end our tour. Let’s go:

An outdoor living space should live by indoor rules, meaning you should provide plenty of seating, tables, and light. And the space above by Douglas Friedman even has an outdoor TV!

Warm spring nights are perfect for al fresco meals, and I love how Brian Patrick Flynn seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces.

We take porch sitting very seriously in the South, and Amelia Handegan created the perfect spot above with classic white wicker.

Lounging by the pool never looked so cool! Cabana by Kelly Wearstler.

A classic afternoon in the garden with wine and friends – designed by Jacques Grange.

Don’t these rooms have you dreaming about your next outdoor event? You can see more stunning spaces on my pinboard here! Thanks for joining me for this home and garden tour this month!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Chic Kids Spaces

Kids rooms used to be the last space that had a design – unless it was a Disney theme. But today’s rooms for children and teens are just as chic and enticing as the rest of a well-designed home! For my month-long tour of fabulous homes, I wanted to include some kids’ spaces that are fun and fabulous – let’s take a look:

What kid wouldn’t love a built-in slide next to the bed? Andrew Howard designed this gorgeous room – but will the kids ever go to sleep?!

Megan Winters went big and bold in this colorful room for a young girl, showcased in Elle Decor.

Butterflies and zebra prints are expertly mixed in the sophisticated kids room from Delphine Krakoff.

Nick Olson opens the lines of communication in this striped room full of personality!

This boys’ room designed by Traci Zeller is chic and playful!

I love design that’s gorgeous and functional, and these kids rooms are the best of both worlds! What do you think? I hope you’ll join me for the last stop on my spring home tour as we take a look at fabulous outdoor spaces on Thursday!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Working from Home

It’s amazing how many people work from home now! In fact, new studies of homes today show that over 60% of people work in their homes for at least part of the week. So home offices have gone from being a secondary thought, to gorgeously designed spaces that function perfectly for home work.

So for the next stop on my month-long spring home tour, I want to take a look at some of the most stunning – and functional – home offices. Let’s start the tour!

Betsy Burnham adds color and pattern to the home office above, perfect for sparking creative thoughts!

Who says you have to use a boring office chair? I love the bergere in this office by Garrow Kedigian – and check out that blue lacquer!

Want to make a big impact in a small space? Built-ins are perfect for that, like the one here from Jenny Tamplin.

Brian Watford goes to neutral territory with his luxe organic home office with just a hint of teal blue.

Amie Korley makes it a duo in a home office built for two – and with plenty of fabulous storage to boot!

So what do you think of these hardworking home offices? I have even more to show you on my pinboard here! And next week we’ll take a spin through some chic kids spaces!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Bathing Beauties

Did you know that studies show that the #1 room in the house that people love to snoop in is the bathroom? We just want to know what’s in all those cabinets! But I love to see other people’s homes because of the gorgeous designs!

We’re continuing on our spring home tour with a look at some of my top picks for beautiful bathrooms. You won’t be able to see in the cabinets, but I bet you’ll love them all the same!

There’s nothing more luxurious than a freestanding tub, and Jeff Trotter makes it the star of the show in stunning master bath above.

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that every Tuesday is Tile Day for me. This is one of my favorite tiled bathrooms, from the marble tiles on the wall to the cheeky faux-rug designs on the floor – an amazing room by Betty Lou Phillips.

Dual sinks are a must in a master bathroom and I love these separate stations by Mark Henry.

Speaking of sinks, this sophisticated design from Altamarea seamlessly combines the sink with the counter.

And this glam design from Tiffany Leigh makes the most of a gold and lavender color palette.

I’m ready to soak away my stress in this bathing beauties – how about you? You can see more of my favorite bathrooms on my pinboard here. Let me know what you think about my spring house tour so far, and next week we’ll head to the home office!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Divine Dining Rooms

I’m having a blast taking you on a spring home tour of my favorite homes and spaces! Today we’re going to take a peek at some of my favorite dining rooms. They’ll really whet your appetite for gorgeous design! Ready? Let’s go:

The sculptural furniture and the gorgeous modern painting make this an artistic space for a fabulous dining experience. Design by Damien Langlois-Meurinne.

Michael Schaible’s dramatic dining room above reflects his travels around the world, and makes an exotic statement, too.

On the other end of the style spectrum is a more traditional, and lovely, take from Joy Tribout Interiors.

The color combination of French blue and deep plum is the perfect recipe for a gorgeous room, by Eric Piasecki.

Stephen Sills expertly mixes modern and traditional in this Manhattan townhouse’s dining space from AD.

Don’t you just love these delectable dining rooms? I have even more favorite spaces on my pinboard here, so go check them out!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Magical Master Bedrooms

We’re continuing my April virtual home tour of favorite spaces and designs! We’ve seen the kitchen and living room so far, and now we’re moving on to master bedrooms so magical that they’ll send you into a dream state! Let’s go!

The room above by Jan Showers was made for sweet dreams, with a luxe canopy, deep upholstered bed, and sumptuous linens!

Mario Buatta creates a dreamy escape with fabulous wallpaper, a black-and-white four-poster, and gorgeous seating.

A smaller space can still pack a style punch, like this blooming bedroom from Suellen Gregory and House Beautiful.

Texture and toile tell a luxurious tale in this jewel-toned master bedroom by Melanie Turner.

And Kate Marker creates an oasis in her quietly neutral bedroom.

Aren’t these gorgeous master bedrooms? You can see more of the dreamy bedrooms I love on my pinboard here! And join me later this week as we continue the spring house tour with a stop in the dining room.

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Living Spaces

This month I’m taking you on a virtual home tour of my favorite spaces and designs! Today we’re going to look at living spaces that are not only stunning, but are perfectly designed for gathering and entertaining! Let’s start the tour:

Seating is the key to any good gathering space, like the gorgeous sofas and chairs in Kathy Kuo’s design above. I love the shapes and the beautiful blue.

Visual interest makes a big impact in living space, like the art, gorgeous light fixture, and patterned rugs in this room by Louisa Roeder.

Color and pattern create a cozy spot for reading or music in this home by Tom Scherer.

I added plenty of tables for drinks or books in this living room I designed, above.

Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick creates an inviting library in varying shades of green, perfect for welcoming guests, or settling in for some alone time with a book.

What do you think of these amazing living spaces? For more great living spaces, see my pinboard here. And be sure to join me next week for another stop on our spring home tour!

Warmly,

Beth

House Tour: Kitchens that Cook

One thing I love about spring is all the amazing home and garden tours that spring up in the South. It’s so inspiring to see gorgeous design as I tour homes in my area! So I thought for April I would take you on a little house tour of my own. Each Monday and Thursday this month, we’ll virtually tour some of my favorite rooms.

Today we’re focusing on kitchens are so gorgeous that you can’t wait to dive in and get cooking! And we’ll talk about why each one is so special. Ready to be inspired? Let’s go!

Let there be light! This Christopher Peacock design for a Traditional Home showhouse takes advantage of the gorgeous tall windows in the room. I love the color of the cabinetry and all of the custom storage. This kitchen wins for fashion and function!

Who says you can’t have color in a kitchen? I love the moody blue in this room by Tammy Connor, featured in Luxe. It perfectly complements the marble backsplash and sets the tone for the original art.

This is the most glamorous kitchen I’ve ever seen! Would any of my clients be daring enough to try it? I’m not sure, but I would still include this on any kitchen tour just for its WOW factor! This swoon-worthy gold-leafed kitchen is by Jean Louis Deniot.

There’s nothing more classic than a white kitchen and this is white done right! Designed by Elizabeth Bauer, the kitchen keeps its clean theme with just a pop of green in the gorgeous bar stools.

And then for architecture that is truly inspiring comes this kitchen by Rufty Custom Homes. It has all the space you could possibly want for whipping up culinary creations!

So what do you think of my kitchen tours for spring? Are there kitchens that inspire you? Let me know! And for more kitchens that I love, see my Yes Chef! pinboard here.

Warmly,

Beth

Cool Coastal Looks

Is it too early to start thinking of beach trips? Not if you live in my neck of the woods! And a girl can dream any time of the year, right?

Any mix of navy and white stripes always makes me reach for the sunscreen, ready to hit the surf and sand.

Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren Home

I also love nautical touches that can be used in a home anywhere, not just in a beach house, like this fun porthole window.

Brittney Nielsen

Brittney Nielsen

Sheer white flowing draperies make me dream of warm summer days and ocean breezes.

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson

Shiplap really sends me – evoking images of sailboats, sun, and waves!

Sophie Metz

Sophie Metz

What are you favorite coastal looks? And are you as ready for summer as I am?!

Warmly,

Beth

5 New Design Books to Buy

You know how much I love to curl up with a design book and take note of new ideas and inspiration. I love to pass that inspiration on to you as well. Today I want to share my must-have design books for spring and summer. These titles are full of gorgeous takes on all kinds of spaces so get your hands on them as soon as you can.

1. The Decorated Home by Meg Braff. Meg is a talented friend of mine, and in this book she gives her formula for creating rooms that are livable and gorgeous!

2. How They Decorated: Inspiration from the Great Women of the Twentieth Century offers a beautiful collection of rooms and homes that belonged to iconic women of the last 100 years, including Pauline Trigère, Sybil Connolly, Vita Sackville-West, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

3. The New Chic: French Style from Today’s Leading Interior Designers is a fascinating look at a style that continues to be a favorite for designers and homeowners alike.

4. Don’t miss Modernique, an amazing book by my friend Julia Buckingham. If you love the vintage look, but you want to keep it fresh and modern, this title is an absolute must-have.

5. I have a soft spot for Heart and Home: Rooms that Tell Stories. The most remarkable design is the kind that has a greater depth of meaning behind it. This books pays homage to that philosophy and underscores the idea that rooms have a narrative — a wonderful read! And if you remember the original Metropolitan Home magazine, the author was one of its iconic style setters!

Put these on your reading list for the spring – you won’t be sorry!

Warmly,

Beth

5 Tips for the Perfect Shelfie

Nothing looks more scattered and disorganized than shelves with books and objects shoved in any old way. It’s a look that can ruin and otherwise gorgeous room! Well-styled shelves have become so popular that there’s even a term for photos of them – shelfies.

If you want a great shelfie, too, I have 5 tips that will take your shelves from cluttered to creative!

1. Sort by color. Those book jackets are beautiful, so use them to your advantage! Arrange book jackets by color, and even consider slotting in an objet or two in the same hue.

Naeem Khan for AD

Naeem Khan for AD

2. Mix it up. Use a perfect balance of horizontal and vertical stacks of books, as well as a combo of art, books, and accessories.

Nicole Gibbons

Nicole Gibbons

3. Get the big picture. Take a step back and look at the shelving unit as a whole. You want a balance on each shelf, and as the shelves relate to each other!

Kapito Muller Interiors

Kapito Muller Interiors

4. Let it breathe. It’s fine to have some space in the shelves! It lets each item shine on its own. And I love this neutral palette, too!

Leo Designs

Leo Designs

5. Add color. You can also have some fun with the back wall on your shelves. Add color with a fun paint or even wallpaper!

Jackie Armour via Luxe

Jackie Armour via Luxe

Try these tips to create gorgeous shelfies in your home!

Warmly,

Beth

My Top 4 Spring Colors

I am so excited that today is the first day of spring! As much as I love the bursts of beauty outside, I also love the feeling of spring inside the home. With that in mind, I’m sharing my top 4 spring colors to provide a little inspiration.

The Pantone color “Greenery” is one of my go-tos, especially at this time of year. I love its gorgeous balance of brightness and depth.

Sky blue is another personal favorite. I find it to be very versatile because it works with deep blacks, soft browns, pretty purples, and creams — and most accessories look fantastic with a sky blue backdrop.

Take a look at the ever-romantic blush pink. So soft, creamy and clean with a surprising touch of drama.

White is a longtime favorite of mine as well. The quintessential color of spring and summer, white never gets old and always offers fresh possibilities when putting together a stunning space.

Which is your favorite? Is it on my top 4 list or do you have a list of spring favorites all your own? Enjoy the beautiful days to come!

Warmly,

Beth

5 Looks that Move from Runway to 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 5 of my favorite looks from last month’s fashion shows that I think will find their way into interior design:

1. New Romanticism. When even Ralph Lauren goes all dreamy and sensuous, you know this is going to be a big trend. Look for more feminine detailing, gorgeous silks, and fabulous flowing designs for the home.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

2. Argyle. Menswear looks are timeless, and this preppy pattern is making a comeback in a big way, like in the Thom Browne look below! This could be a trend that you see on fabrics, but also in shapes for wood and other materials.

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

3. Orange really is the new black. It’s the hue to watch for in the home – including paint colors. Don’t be afraid to take a bold step with this color, including the deeper burnt orange like this one from Christian Siriano.

Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano

4. Plaid is everywhere. Look for plaids that aren’t normally seen in menswear, but offer new colors and patterns, like this elegant version from Jenny Packham. Note the romantic flow of the dress, too!

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

5. Skinny bright stripes. A fun and funky look from designers like Jeremy Scott that’s inspired by the ‘80s, this would be a fun look in a powder room or on a great accent chair!

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

Was there a color or trend from New York Fashion Week that caught your eye? Let me know what it was!

Warmly,

Beth