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Let There Be Light!

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Do I have your attention? I can’t think of any example better to stress the importance of lighting than the iconic Lobmeyer crystal chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. I think when the subject of lighting is brought up, our minds naturally tend to think of chandeliers, after all they are the center of attention in any room!

 David Flint Wood

David Flint Wood

In both the above and below photos, the chandeliers probably caught your eye first, but I’d like to also point out that in each dining room there are a pair of lamps on the sideboards, because the best lighting practice in any room is a layered lighting plan. Rooms should have a variety of light sources, some overhead, and some at eye level or just below eye level, like sconces or table lamps. This is important because having light only overhead is not only unflattering lighting for the human face, it’s also hard on our eyes, so ambient lighting at eye level helps to “fill” a room out, and make the light soothing and more flattering.  Be sure the overhead and the ambient lighting are on dimmers as well. Always better to have multiple low-level light sources rather than one bright light!

 Benjamin Johnston

Benjamin Johnston

Rooms also need task lighting, ie, lights that have a job to specifically light a surface.  Task lighting generally refers to lamps that illuminate a work area, like a desk lamp, but can also refer to a bedside reading lamp or as in the below photo, library sconces used to illuminate the spines of books (or anything, really).

 Urban Electric Co. 

Urban Electric Co. 

In bedrooms particularly, it’s important to include multiple lighting sources. I prefer not to overly rely in overhead lighting, and instead have table lamps, floor lamps, and sconces placed anywhere someone might read a book, like at the sides of the bed and next to a chair. And, yes, even in the age of  illuminated screens on phones and tablets, reading or task lighting to write a note or read a book is still a rule that must be followed!  

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

There are so many creative and important ways to use lighting within a specific room, that I’ll have to revisit the subject in another post, maybe one devoted specifically to kitchens and baths, but in the meantime, I’ll leave you with this incredibly cool staircase and stair rail lighting combo. So dramatic! 

 Massimo Iosa Ghini

Massimo Iosa Ghini

For more lighting inspiration, please visit my “Light It Up” Pinterest board. 

Warmly, 

Beth

A Real Life Fairytale

A show of hands, please - who was up with me in the wee-early hours of Saturday morning, crying tears of joy viewing the fairytale-come-true wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry? 

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Who would have thought that a picture perfect American girl of humble lineage would grow up to fall madly in love with a real life Prince Charming? If I watched a movie with the same story, I wouldn’t have believed the plot for one second, but there I was, watching with the rest of the world, as the fairytale was made real in front of our eyes. The emotions between the newlyweds made the reality of the event sink in - this was two real people, in very real love, and sharing their joy with the rest of the world.

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So what does this have to do with design? Everything was just perfection - her Givenchy gown, his dress uniform, the florals, the chapel! There was so much inspiration from the fabrics to the architecture.

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And when I thought I couldn’t be more overwhelmed by it all, they changed outfits, and went from old-fashioned fairytale, to modern, gorgeous, glamour. I adored her sleek Stella McCartney look for the reception.

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To cap things off, they hopped into my all-time favorite classic car, a Jaguar E-type convertible to speed to the reception. I didn’t expect that when I saw the images later in the day, and it certainly brought a smile to my face.

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I’m so happy for the new couple, and so glad they shared their day with the rest of us. A bit of fun and romance is always welcome, isn’t it? Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness, Meghan and Harry! And thanks for the inspiration!

Warmly, 

Beth

Commercial Design

Few things have shaken up the world of residential design as much as the advent of “experience design” in the world of commercial design. When I started in the business, no one came to me and said, “I want my home to feel like the Four Seasons, or the Plaza Hotel,” but since the rise of the boutique hotel and the destination restaurant, there has been a huge crossover between residential and commercial design, and that’s good thing!

I don’t think most of my clients want their homes to look like the last hotel they stayed in, with a reception desk and valet, but it does give them a wider vocabulary to express what they do and don’t like, which wasn’t available 20 years ago, except in magazines. A client can now say: "I had lunch at Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco, and it was like eating in the jungle! Could we do something similar in my breakfast room?"

 Leo’s Oyster Bar

Leo’s Oyster Bar

I can definitely hear a client say “I stayed at a hotel in LA where the sitting room was really graphic and modern. I didn’t think I’d like something like that, but I did. Think we could do something similar in my media room?”

 The Chamberlain

The Chamberlain

I can’t tell you how excited I get when a client says things like that to me, mostly because being exposed to fabulous restaurants and hotels makes them eager to try new things, and not just want a cookie-cutter home like their neighbors. I recently featured a photo of a day spa I designed in a post on ceilings, but I would be tickled pink if one of my clients saw the spa, and said “That chandelier, that ceiling! Can we do something similar in my dining room?” 

 Beth Lindsay Interior Design

Beth Lindsay Interior Design

We designers also get excited about cool restaurants and hotels, because these establishments really showcase our fellow designers pulling out all the stops, sort of like how you might not wear a couture outfit from a Dior fashion show, but when you see the same beading detail on a simpler dress, it speaks to you because you are reminded of the spectacular couture creation.

Now would I hang 4 dozen mismatched baskets in somebody’s home? Probably not. But 3 or 4 mismatched baskets hung over sweetly patterned tufted chairs in a beach retreat eating area? Sign me up!

 The Ham Yard

The Ham Yard

Now if you come home from vacation, and decide you want a 3-story lobby/atrium as your living room, I can’t do that for you without an architect and a year-and-a-half of your life for construction, but I can give you elements of what you loved - a light and airy color palette and a stunning screen to divide your living room and dining room.

 St. Regis, Doha. 

St. Regis, Doha. 

So be sure to look around when you travel, and take lots of pictures. Inspiration is everywhere!For more commercial space inspiration, please visit my “Commercial Endeavors” Pinterest Board. 

Warmly,

Beth

Deceiving the Eye with Beauty

Tromp l’oeil is a french term for “deceive the eye”, and is a term used in both art and decor for 2D paintings that look as if they are 3D objects, like grapes in a Dutch Old Master painting that look so real you want to reach out and pluck one to eat.

In decor, it’s one of the oldest concepts we have. Thousands of years ago, both the Greeks and the Romans employed trompe l’oeil techniques to make their homes lighter, more colorful, and more lavish than they really were.

 Trompe l’oeil mural, from Pompeii

Trompe l’oeil mural, from Pompeii

In the elaborately carved and ornamented Chateau de Versailles, it’s hard to tell where the real carving and gilding stops and the trompe l’oeil illusions take over. 

 Chateau de Versailles  

Chateau de Versailles  

Of course, though in use for centuries, the popularity of trompe l’oeil in decor is still popular today. In the 1950s, Piero Fornasetti popularized the form on furniture, on everything from cabinets, to wastebaskets, to trays. They were, and still, are highly sought-after! 

 Piero Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti

Modern artists still practice the form for interiors as well. Can you believe this laurel wreath isn’t actually carved from stone?

 Ian Cairnie

Ian Cairnie

This years Kip’s Bay showhouse featured a room by Alexa Hampton swathed in hand-painted trompe l’oeil fabric wallpaper by de Gournay.

 Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton

And as technology moves on, we will be seeing even more trompe l’oeil in our homes and commercial spaces, like this dimensional wallpaper by Kelly Hoppen and Dynamo.

 Kelly Hoppen and Dynamo.

Kelly Hoppen and Dynamo.

Warmly,

Beth

Dynamic Duos: Lucite and Brass

I’m a Texas gal, and that makes loving all things shiny part of my DNA. So today, I’m going to double down on the shine, and discuss not one, but two of my favorite shimmery, reflective materials, lucite and brass.

I just looked up brass on wikipedia because I knew it was an alloy of two metals, but I couldn’t remember which ones (copper and zinc), but I also discovered something I didn’t know, brass has been around for so long it actually predates recorded history! Lucite I knew was a much more modern invention, a clear plastic dating to the 1930’s. Lucite is actually a trade name for the material. Generically, it’s acrylic plastic, but here in the US, the term lucite is pretty interchangeable, like kleenex. The Brits and Aussies do the same, but their trade name is Perspex. 

 Early use of lucite in a curvaceous lucite and brass chair, circa 1930’s.

Early use of lucite in a curvaceous lucite and brass chair, circa 1930’s.

The marriage of old and new materials is appealing, but I like them together because they are just pretty, and add a touch of glam to any room, modern or traditional.

 Rivers Spencer Interiors

Rivers Spencer Interiors

Lucite is also a very dense plastic, and gets very heavy! It’s one of the ways you can tell a quality lucite material from a cheaper acrylic as the more it weighs, the more costly it is. That's why it’s considered a luxury material unlike most plastics. A lucite slab this thick would take a forklift to move. Thankfully, brass is also a dense, strong metal, equal to the challenge of being its partner’s support.

 Fawn Galli

Fawn Galli

Lucite is also known for it’s highly refractive qualities, so light looks pretty when passed through it, so it’s often used as a choice for lighting. The below photo has some pretty lucite and brass bunching tables, which is why I saved it, but that chandelier? I’m 99% certain it’s lucite and brass as well, as circa the 1990s, not murano crystal circa the 1940s or '50s. It looks amazing!

 Ken Fulk

Ken Fulk

Last, I am completely in love with this bedroom by Meg Braff. The chic-ly over-the-top lucite and brass bed is the perfect foil to the other, more traditional elements of the room. I also thought if i ever lived in California, I would want this to be my bed. Lucite and brass are both incredibly strong materials, so this monolithic bed might hold the ceiling up in an earthquake!

 Meg Braff

Meg Braff

For more shiny inspiration, please visit my Dynamic Duos: Lucite and Brass Pinterest board.

Warmly, 

Beth

Hall Monitor

Today I thought I’d talk about one of the overlooked spaces in the home and that's the not-so-humble hallway. This necessary space gets us from place to place, but is often overlooked as a place to bring glamor and beauty to the home, so let’s fix that, shall we? 

Longtime readers of this blog know of my obsession with the great American designer, Dorothy Draper, so I thought I’d start this post with a favorite image from her well-known masterwork, the Greenbriar Hotel. It’s grand, but also happy with all that color, accented by crisp black and white.

 Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper

Halls have the ability to be so much more than a pass-through space. If you study the image below, you’ll see just how long the hallway is, and that could be oppressive in a residential space. But Steven Gambrel made this extra-long hall cozy, with built-in shelving and window seat nooks so it doubles as a impromptu library.

 Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

A long hallway can also be a great spot to house a gallery collection of large artworks, here creatively framed multilples of family portraits. Love this idea.

 Studio McGee

Studio McGee

In this hall, the multiple arches and groin vault ceilings were the stars, so I selected an antique Persian runner, and old world lantern-style chandeliers to complement, not compete, with the architecture, and added a few special pieces of furniture and art at the end as a focal point. 

 Beth Lindsay Interior Design

Beth Lindsay Interior Design

The wall of metal casement windows could have made this hallway feel coldly modern, but the designer warmed things up with a pecky cypress ceiling and sliding door for a modern farmhouse chic feel.

 Decor Provence

Decor Provence

Sometimes, a hall is filled with so many doors and openings it’s difficult to decorate, so the choice of a floor runner is key! The pink door and furry friend don’t hurt to liven things up either.

 Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

For more hallway inspiration, please visit my “Hall Monitor” Pinterest board. 

Warmly, 

Beth

Looking Up

If you find yourself reading this post at home or at work, look up! Chances are most of you will be looking at a plain white ceiling - and there is nothing wrong with that. A plain white ceiling is like a plain white t-shirt, classic and aways in style. Oftentimes though, a bare white ceiling is a missed opportunity to change up the look and feel of a room, so today I thought I’d share some design tips for the "5th wall" of the room.

Because we really do have to *look up* to see them, and thus can’t touch or inspect up close, ceilings provide one of the easiest and cost effective solutions to fool the eye and completely visually change the style of a room. For example, most of us have plain white ceilings for a reason: they reflect light, thus can make a room feel open, light, and airy. But what if we want the opposite? A room to feel cozy and sheltering? Yes, we can simply paint the ceiling a darker color, but that often falls flat. So how about shaking things up a little bit by adding both color and tactile warm by using a grasscloth wallpaper? 

 Lindsay Coral Harper

Lindsay Coral Harper

Tall ceilings are very desirable, yet conversely, also can feel very cold and stark, especially in a small space. So what do you do when you want the best of both worlds? In a recent commercial day spa project, I had this exact issue, so I solved it with a dropped soffit ceiling with a dramatic oval shape, and then painted the original ceiling a deep gray to contrast against the dramatic centerpiece chandelier. Bonus: all sorts of ducting and wiring were cost-effectively hidden behind the dropped soffit, which also pleased my clients!

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

We all love a rustic wood-beamed ceiling, straight out of farmhouse in Tuscany, or the south of France, but just between you and me, if you see them here in the U.S., 9 times out of 10, those structural wood beams were added on after the structure was built, and are purely decorative, not structural at all. And I take the fifth about ever doing so in one of my own projects.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Speaking of old world, what’s more dramatic than a tented fabric ceiling? The artist I employed to create a trompe l'oeil (trick the eye) tented ceiling did such a fantastic job in this master bedroom, that it’s better than the real thing!

  Beth Lindsey Interior Design

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Old world plaster craftsmen would painstakingly build-up intricate, tracery details in plaster on the ceilings of the great 18th century manor houses in the UK, but today, new world craftsman can do the same with pre-carved wood moldings available at any specialty lumber house. 

 PROjECT Design

PROjECT Design

I’ll close with another favorite designer “trick” that works especially well in light-challenged spaces. Start by embracing the darkness and paint (or paper) a room a deep, moody color, then use a metallic silver or gold leaf wallpaper on the ceiling and turn what light is available in the room into ethereal reflections above, which seem to move with you as inhabit the space. This treatment is particularly affective in entries, powder rooms, and dining rooms. Pure magic.

 Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet

For more 5th wall inspiration, please visit my “Ceilings” Pinterest board. 

Warmly, 

Beth

Dining Al Fresco

There is nothing I love more on a gorgeous spring evening than enjoying our dinner outside. The weather is perfect and it makes the meal more special. I even have quite a few sets of dinnerware specifically for outdoor dining, and I love making the table look just as special as the one inside.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

For example, since the outdoor spaces at the house I worked on with Drew Scott for Brother vs. Brother on HGTV was on the water, I used "water colors" of blues and greens. I also used napkin holders with small turtles to add a little coastal whimsy.

 Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

If you let nature be your guide, you can't go wrong. I love this table designed with magnolia leaves, and individual pots of herbs for the guests.

 The Everyday Hostess

The Everyday Hostess

You can be even more whimsical outside than you can inside your home. I am crazy for this low table with pillows for seats - it creates a fun boho vibe!

 Jessica Capstick

Jessica Capstick

But dining al fresco doesn't have to be so over the top. Think about designing your table around a single color - but always include some form of greenery or florals. After all, you're out in nature!

 I Spy

I Spy

For more fun ideas, see my Tablescapes pinboard!

Warmly,

Beth

Outdoor Spaces

Spring is in full bloom here in Texas, and with our warm climate, that means we can already start to enjoy our backyards and patios, but for much of America, there’s still a window to whip your outdoor spaces into shape before summer is here! So today, I thought I’d do a round up of outdoor living spaces for inspiration.

The key word for any outdoor space is “comfort.” Outdoor living spaces should always say “pull up a chair and make yourself at home.” They should be spaces for afternoon naps, or late night conversations over wine and candlelight... both of which I kept in mind when I designed outdoor living areas for Drew Scott, on HGTV’s Brother vs Brother.

 Beth Lindsay Interior Design

Beth Lindsay Interior Design

I wish I could take a nap on the softly swinging daybed we designed, but we designers rarely get to nap in the spaces we create! And the casual deck living area below was designed with sunset and evening cocktails in mind! You’ll note that the comfort theme is present in both spaces: lots of outdoor fabric pillows and throws, and plenty of candles to keep things enchanting in the warm evenings. 

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Don’t forget to add shade to some of your outdoor living space so it can be enjoyed on warm summer mornings and afternoons.

 Alexander Design

Alexander Design

Your existing landscaping can provide shade as well, and I love the idea of hanging lanterns from a mature tree like on this California terrace. 

 Nickey-Kehoe

Nickey-Kehoe

I honestly don’t know how much outdoor entertaining they did in 1772 when this house was built, but I’m sure the new owners do quite a bit with the modern update of a bluestone paver terrace. Old World meets new.

 Cameron Schwabenton

Cameron Schwabenton

A fireplace, like in this gorgeous loggia, is the ultimate in outdoor comfort, and it extends the life of this chic outdoor living room from early spring to late fall (note the ceiling fans for dead-of-summer heat as well).

 Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

For more outdoor living inspiration, please visit my “Outdoor Spaces” Pinterest page!

Warmly,

Beth

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

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

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

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