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

Fall Colors: Gorgeous Orange

I love the fall palette with gorgeous and rich orange, gold, red, and brown! It’s a bright color group, but also makes you feel cozy and warm. Now that we’re into our first autumn month, I’ll take a look at each of those colors throughout September, to give you ideas of how to use them in your decor.

Orange is probably the trickiest color for most people – but it’s a rich and happy color that is perfect for the home.

Taylor Howes

Taylor Howes

Orange is the perfect supporting color for a room, especially when paired with darker tones like black.

Design Stiles

Design Stiles

It can even be used as the central character in a room, but because it’s so vibrant you may want to try this in a smaller space like a powder room. It definitely adds ZING!

Thibaut

Thibaut

Mixing it with a lot of white tones down the power of orange, while still keeping that happy and bright hue.

Karen Coughlin Interiors

Karen Coughlin Interiors

If working with such a bold color makes you nervous, try bringing in a few touches in your accessories, like pillows, throws, and window treatments.

Joe Lucas

Joe Lucas

And remember – no other color can give your guests as warm a welcome as orange can!

What do you think about this gorgeous color? Are you bold enough to try it? You can find more ideas for using orange in your home on my pinboard here.

Warmly,

Beth

Floor It!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I like to think differently about design and to create sophisticated spaces for my clients. A unique way to do that is by designing the floor.

If the ceiling is the “fifth wall,” the floor is the sixth. It’s a great place to create drama, rather than just going for the usual carpet or hardwood.

Inspired Home

Inspired Home

If you do love hardwood, try mixing up the finishes to create a gorgeous pattern that’s all your own.

Tabarka Studio

Tabarka Studio

You may drive your installer crazy, but imagine this gorgeous interlocking look on your floors.

Marazzi Design

Marazzi Design

Mixing wood, stone, and metal can give you amazing results, too, like the concrete and wood floor above.

Design by Melian Randolph

Design by Melian Randolph

To add more color, consider gorgeous tiles in a herringbone pattern.

Design by Joseph Dirand

Design by Joseph Dirand

No matter what material you choose, dare to make a statement on your floors. Check out my Floor It pinboard for more of my favorites!

Warmly,

Beth

Look Up!

In well-designed spaces, looking up sometimes brings a surprise, especially when the ceiling gets the attention it deserves. Treating it like a "fifth wall" in the room can yield high impact.

Versailles

Versailles

When you travel in Europe and Asia, stately homes and palaces always have stunning ceilings that are carved, painted, and inlaid. It was a sign of wealth and status. But today, a little paint can give you a stunning ceiling, too!

At Bar Central in Stockholm, above, bold green and white make a zig-zag pattern that keep diners staring up.

Design by Marks & Frantz

Design by Marks & Frantz

I also love wallpaper on a ceiling – it makes a bold statement in this bedroom.

Design by Bill Ingram

Design by Bill Ingram

For a super-glam look, tented fabric can be pleated and draped across the ceiling, creating a cozy feeling.

Design by Richard Mishaan

Design by Richard Mishaan

And a lacquered color helps bounce light throughout the space, like in the art-filled home above.

For more examples of statement-making ceilings, visit my pinboard!

Warmly,

Beth

Luxe Libraries

Earlier this month I told you about the design books I’m most anticipating in the coming months – but all those books need a home. I love to design luxurious libraries for my clients, a place to curl up and read for hours! Let’s look at some of my favorite reading rooms:

Design by Katie Ridder

Design by Katie Ridder

Bold color envelopes the room above, lending an unexpected coziness to an otherwise bright room.

Design by Jane Pendry

Design by Jane Pendry

The sky’s the limit in this fabulous Parisian living space, offering ample space for the owner’s collection.

Tilton Fenwick

Tilton Fenwick

Suysel dePedro Cunningham’s apartment offers a gorgeous view of art and books, and plenty of comfortable seating for reading away the hours.

Meg Lonergan

Meg Lonergan

Comfort is key to this quiet nook, with plenty of light to ready by.

Where do you like to read? You can find more of my library inspirations on my pinboard here!

Warmly,

Beth

Top 10 Design Books for Fall

Every spring and fall I look forward to the newest slate of design books, and next month will kick off an amazing line-up of titles to choose from! There are literally dozens and dozens that I want, but for the sake of my budget, I’ll have to narrow it down to my top 10 selections (in order by release date):

 

 

One of my favorite designers looks at a classic combination of blue and white, but with every variation possible of both colors. Can’t wait for this one! Available Sept. 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This handbook from House Beautiful gives handy guides and tips to homeowners, showcasing what is truly essential for gorgeous interiors. Available Sept. 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From one of my favorite shelter magazines, comes this gorgeous feature of 30 homes that use color in thoughtful, bold, or eye-catching ways. Available Oct. 3.

 

 

 

 

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I’m a big fan of architect Bobby McAlpine and I can’t wait to see this new book featuring 20 of his projects, all in romantic locales. Available Oct. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a while since Victoria Hagan’s first book, so I’m really looking forward to this one. I love her restrained elegant style. Available Oct. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fun tome showcases 22 designers at home with their fabulous furry family members – I can’t wait to see this fun book from Susanna Salk and Quintessence’s Stacey Bewkes. Available Oct. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke of Madcap Cottage showcase their gorgeous style of layering patterns, with great tips and how-to’s. Available Oct. 17.

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue features the most fashionable figures in the world and this new book will take us home with them, with inside looks at abodes from people like Tory Burch in Southampton, India Jane Birley in Marrakesh, Aerin Lauder in Aspen, and Stella McCartney in Scotland. Available Oct. 24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original founding editor of Domino joins forces with photographer Melanie Acevedo delve into the lives and homes of inspiring visionaries. Available Oct. 24.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold autumn day, featuring homes that welcome you as an escape from your stressful day. Available Nov. 25.

 

Enjoy!

Beth

Double the Fun

Twin beds fell out of fashion for a while, with people thinking of them as old fashioned, like those iconic beds that Ricky and Lucy “shared” on I Love Lucy. Or they were only thought of for kids’ rooms.

Designer Phoebe Howard

Designer Phoebe Howard

But today, the functionality of twin beds is giving them a comeback story and they are being showcased in guest rooms, teen rooms, and in vacation homes.Furniture designers recognize this, and are creating more modern, grown-up looks using twin beds. Thanks to these designs, twin beds are taking on new life that’s twice the fun.

Designer Michael Maher

Designer Michael Maher

New twin bed designs are no longer “cutesy” or childish. There are fabulous sophisticated styles that offer chic designs for welcoming rooms. Twin beds can also be placed apart or together, giving you even more functionality for guests.

Design by Sarah Richardson

Design by Sarah Richardson

Whether you have a need for a set of twin beds or you just love the look, ideas abound for designing a room around them. I bet your guests will do double takes!For more ideas, check out my pins.

Warmly,

Beth

On with the Show (House)

I was so honored to be selected to design a space in the 2017 ASID-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Designer Show House in Tomball, TX! The house is in Willowcreek Ranch, and is a 10,000-square-foot home with 30 rooms, including an in-law apartment, a children’s suite, and a pool, all on a six acres.

I designed the exercise room and a connected powder bath in the home. We had guidelines about color and a general style, but were able to use our creativity to make it a casual but elegant home.

To keep the owners motivated in the exercise studio, I combined sophisticated technology with beautiful and thoughtfully designed fitness equipment, giving the room a collected feeling. The floors are cork-backed wood-style flooring by Floor that is perfect for the heavy equipment. The exercise equipment was provided by Winston Fitness, the fan by Big Ass Solutions, and the zebra rug by Longoria Collection. And that gorgeous art from Dimmit Contemporary Art adds a bright pop of color.

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On the other side of the room, I custom designed the console table in a faux alligator finish with the help of local artisans Anything But Plain, and Peck and Company created a custom-made bench with a Holly Hunt Velvet.

I designed the attached powder room to be sophisticated and elegant, with hand-painted pearl fresco walls with gilded gold details by Anything But Plain. I designed a custom cabinet in the style of an ornate French commode, topped by honed Misty Bay marble from Thorntree. The hand-hammered gold sink sets an elegant tone that’s highlighted by a chandelier from Circa Lighting and sconces that I custom designed with the help of Peck & Company.

Show homes are a lot of hard work, but they give designers like me a chance to showcase what we can do, and this one was for a good cause, too! Proceeds will help support the Alzheimer’s Association as well as ASID’s own foundation that provides education and research for the design community and scholarships for future trendsetters.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my spaces!

Warmly,

Beth

Have a Happy Holiday

It isn’t even Labor Day, so why in the world would I talk to you about the holidays now?! Because I’m going to let you in on a major designer secret.

Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie

If you want to have the very best holiday season you’ve ever had, it’s time to think about that NOW. Why? Because the window is closing quickly for you to get that perfect dining room table, your dream custom sofa, or a bespoke rug. Furnishings, especially anything custom or high-end, can take weeks or months to be delivered.

Homes & Gardens

Homes & Gardens

Designers always despair of those clients who contact us in October, needing the perfect dining table delivered by Thanksgiving. We really want to make it happen, but often our hands are tied by manufacturer delivery dates.

Design by Craftberry

Design by Craftberry

If you need a major renovation or a lot of furniture, now is the time to talk to your interior designer. If you’re thinking of just some paint and a few extras, you still probably want to talk to a professional before the end of September. The best people are booked early and you want to get on their schedule as soon as possible.

Design by Yellow Bliss Road

Design by Yellow Bliss Road

I want you to have the best and most beautiful holiday season ever – so plan ahead to avoid stress and headaches!

You may now return to your fun-in-the-sun summer!

Warmly,

Beth