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

Go Wild

Fall is the perfect time of year to bring in new prints for your home, and there is one perennial favorite that’s also a little wild. Of course I’m talking about animal prints.

Paul Costello

Paul Costello

From the first time an animal print was used for clothing centuries ago, the look was seen as exotic, a symbol of status and wealth. Modern designers know that it’s still a go-to element for chic and sophisticated interiors.

Brittany Ambridge

Brittany Ambridge

The pattern can be straightforward, with the color and design you would definitely see in the wild.

Anne Hepfer

Anne Hepfer

But I also love modern interpretations with new colors and exaggerated patterns.

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

It just proves that a leopard can change its spots, or keep things traditional. Either way, I’m definitely wild about animal prints. How about you?

Warmly,

Beth

Chic Fall Decor

I love this time of year with the brisk weather and falling leaves. But I’m tired of the usual orange pumpkins and leaves that I see in so much fall decorating. Here are some of my tips for keeping things chic and sophisticated in your seasonal decor!

Keep the palette simple, like in the tone-on-tone look above.

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Bring nature indoors, like in the unique framed branch above.

Nina Hendrick

Nina Hendrick

Try something unique, like branches of berries positioned where you wouldn’t expect them.

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Go for texture, like this luxe cable sweater knit on a chair.

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Bring in some plaid – it’s the perfect pattern for fall.

What are your chic ideas for fall decor? You can see more of my favorite looks here!

Warmly,

Beth

Totally Toile

I love for the rooms I design to tell a story, sometimes literally through the use of toile. It’s a printed fabric that usually features a pastoral landscape, animals, or figures.

These fabrics were popular in the 18th century from their first designs in France to Colonial America, but they are finding new popularity today in traditional and transitional interiors.

John Jacobs Interiors

John Jacobs Interiors

Originally, the designs would be featured in red, green, black, and blue, but new color combinations are shaking up the Old School looks.

Pierre Frey

Pierre Frey

And pastoral landscapes of past centuries are giving way for more modern interpretations, like the modern city views of London below.

Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties

How do you like your toile? Check out more looks on my pinboard here!

Warmly,

Beth

Fall Colors: Seeing Red

For a month known for its muted tones, fall still has some bright spots with its oranges, golds, and reds. Red is one of those colors that evokes a strong response from people. Color psychologists say it definitely attracts more attention than any other color on the spectrum.

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Red definitely is a bit of a show-off, but it also has a cozy side to it, like in the library above.

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper

It can also add a punch of emotion that makes a statement in your home.

Brian Doren

Brian Doren

Red plays well with almost any other color, making it a fun choice to experiment with.

Antonio Martins

Antonio Martins

Because psychologists believe that this color can raise blood pressure and keep you awake at night, they say it’s the one hue you shouldn’t use in a bedroom. But rules are made to be broken, right?

So what do you think of using red in your home decor? You can see more of my favorite rouge designs on my pinboard here.

Warmly,

Beth

Fall Color: Velvety Brown

Brown gets a bad rap as a “basic” color, but it deserves a place on any luxe palette. It’s a warm color that isn’t as edgy as black, but still has its own rebellious side, too.

Jorge Elias

Jorge Elias

Just like any other color, brown has undertones that can give it a cool or warm feeling. I love this cooler brown mixed with navy and white.

Carolyn Roehm

Carolyn Roehm

A rich and warmer brown can make even the grandest room seem cozy.

David Hicks

David Hicks

Brown can even play a whimsical role, like in the fun wallpaper above.

Annise Designs

Annise Designs

But of course brown really shines when paired with its perfect match – velvet.

Would you use brown in your home? Create a cozy look with this lovely color today!

Warmly,

Beth

Fall Color: Deep Gold

There is a specific shade of yellow that reveals itself in the autumn. It isn’t the pale lemon that give us spring fever, or the neon bright color of summer, but a deep burnished color that makes you think of fall leaves.

Broward

Broward

Like the tile in this attic bathroom, it’s a golden color and it adds a brightness without being too glaring or over the top.

Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties

I love gold because it has a richness to it – like a color that’s been aged over time.

Kevin McLaughlin 

Kevin McLaughlin 

It says luxury and style in a quieter, more commanding voice than other yellow shades.

Martha Mulholland

Martha Mulholland

But it’s definitely a color that still makes a statement. What do you think of deep gold? You can see more of this shade, and other yellow hues, on my pinboard here.

Warmly,

Beth