Design Tips

Read the latest trends and best practices  from our team!

Simple accessory update...it's CLEAR!

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

I never thought a clear block could bring me so much joy but boy was I wrong.

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Simple accessory update...it's CLEAR!

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

I never thought a clear block could bring me so much joy but boy was I wrong.

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Top 10 Interior Trends for 2020

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

  1. Brown Furniture

Gone are the days that everything is painted and washed.  Traditional brown furniture is making a comeback.  Lighter brown tones are popular this year, but also the traditional “brown wood” is a warm touch.

 

  1. Colorful Kitchens

Painted cabinets in bold colors and two-toned with stained and painted cabinets are both what’s cooking this year.  Even colorful stoves are add ing fun to the kitchen.

 

  1. Bold Lighting

Make a statement with lighting.  A colorful metal piece or an interesting shape in a light fixture can totally change the feel of a room.

 

  1. Patterns

From wallpaper to floral fabric, patterns are shaking up what has been a neutral palette.  A bold wallpaper in the dining room and grandmother’s chaise lounge in a large floral are two things I love this year!

 

  1. Warmer Neutrals

Even though color is king in 2020, we all still need and will have neutrals.  In place of very cool greys, warm up the neutral zone with taupes and browns.  Earth tones are a big part of this year’s color palette.

 

  1. TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE

Velvets, cut velvets, chenille, slubby linen…these textures are luscious and inviting.  Textural fabric and tiles are adding interest to furniture and walls.

 

  1. Nod to Nature

Plants have always been great accessories to the home, but now are becoming entire backdrops with growing walls, skylights and large windows letting more of the outside in.  If plants are not your thing, add some green with leaf-patterned bedding, wallpaper, paintings or even solid green decor like a pillow or chair.

 

  1. Black and White

The total contrast of one end of the color spectrum to the other creates an interesting dichotomy in fabric and cabinetry.  Black wall finish creates a bold backdrop for art and color to pop.  Black furniture pieces are also a great way to update.

 

  1. Maximalism

Minimalism has been a trend for the past few years and now add it back on!  The MORE the better.  Gallery picture walls are an example of the more filled space look as well as more furniture in each room.  This trend is designing to look avant guard.  It can easily look cluttered, so make sure to stay in the bold and lively, instead of busy.

 

  1. Mixed Metals

Metals are everywhere in 2020.  Gold, silver, tin and copper.  Mixing metals is totally ok!  The rule of thumb is no more than three metal finishes in one space to not become overwhelming.

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Top 10 Interior Trends for 2020

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

  1. Brown Furniture

Gone are the days that everything is painted and washed.  Traditional brown furniture is making a comeback.  Lighter brown tones are popular this year, but also the traditional “brown wood” is a warm touch.

 

  1. Colorful Kitchens

Painted cabinets in bold colors and two-toned with stained and painted cabinets are both what’s cooking this year.  Even colorful stoves are add ing fun to the kitchen.

 

  1. Bold Lighting

Make a statement with lighting.  A colorful metal piece or an interesting shape in a light fixture can totally change the feel of a room.

 

  1. Patterns

From wallpaper to floral fabric, patterns are shaking up what has been a neutral palette.  A bold wallpaper in the dining room and grandmother’s chaise lounge in a large floral are two things I love this year!

 

  1. Warmer Neutrals

Even though color is king in 2020, we all still need and will have neutrals.  In place of very cool greys, warm up the neutral zone with taupes and browns.  Earth tones are a big part of this year’s color palette.

 

  1. TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE

Velvets, cut velvets, chenille, slubby linen…these textures are luscious and inviting.  Textural fabric and tiles are adding interest to furniture and walls.

 

  1. Nod to Nature

Plants have always been great accessories to the home, but now are becoming entire backdrops with growing walls, skylights and large windows letting more of the outside in.  If plants are not your thing, add some green with leaf-patterned bedding, wallpaper, paintings or even solid green decor like a pillow or chair.

 

  1. Black and White

The total contrast of one end of the color spectrum to the other creates an interesting dichotomy in fabric and cabinetry.  Black wall finish creates a bold backdrop for art and color to pop.  Black furniture pieces are also a great way to update.

 

  1. Maximalism

Minimalism has been a trend for the past few years and now add it back on!  The MORE the better.  Gallery picture walls are an example of the more filled space look as well as more furniture in each room.  This trend is designing to look avant guard.  It can easily look cluttered, so make sure to stay in the bold and lively, instead of busy.

 

  1. Mixed Metals

Metals are everywhere in 2020.  Gold, silver, tin and copper.  Mixing metals is totally ok!  The rule of thumb is no more than three metal finishes in one space to not become overwhelming.

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Cabinet Hardware

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Cabinet hardware can really set the tone for a kitchen or bathroom.  Do you want modern and sleek, old and rustic or traditional. So many questions….  Do you want brass, nickel, chrome, copper, polished, laquered…the list goes on and on.

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Cabinet Hardware

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Cabinet hardware can really set the tone for a kitchen or bathroom.  Do you want modern and sleek, old and rustic or traditional. So many questions….  Do you want brass, nickel, chrome, copper, polished, laquered…the list goes on and on.

Read more


It's Just a Door...or is It?

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

An easy way to update your front entrance is a new front door.  Whether it is changing the color or replacing the door, you can get a lot of bang for your buck here.

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It's Just a Door...or is It?

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

An easy way to update your front entrance is a new front door.  Whether it is changing the color or replacing the door, you can get a lot of bang for your buck here.

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All White Paints are not Created Equal!

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients is “what is your favorite white paint?” 

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All White Paints are not Created Equal!

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients is “what is your favorite white paint?” 

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