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Letitia Little Interior Design
150 Pioneer Trail PMB 119, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-226-6420
Fax: 952-226-6167
letitialittle@letitialittle.com

TREND SETTING CHAIRS

 Throughout history, chairs have been icons of style for each era of architectural and interior design. The Egyptians developed the first chair. The Greeks designed the Klismos chair, the first to be comfortable as well as graceful. The 18th century in France and England saw the beginning of interior design. Cabinet makers designed beautiful and unique chairs and other pieces of furniture for royalty and aristocrats, defining the style for the reign of a monarch. The French Louis XV chair is characterised by the elegant cabriole leg. The English Queen Anne chair also has a cabriole leg, but it’s heavier.  During the Federal period in America, cabinet makers themselves became famous for their furniture designs. The straight reeded legs and camel back of the Chippendale chair make it easily recognisable.  Whatever the era, chairs have been style setters of interior design.

 This chair is an adaptation of the Greek Klismos chair first created 2500 years ago. Its graceful legs complement the elegant back. A perfect choice for today’s contemporary interiors. What a true classic!

This  French Louis XV canopy chair(from the 18th Century)provides shelter and comfort  for its occupant. The graceful cabriole leg with delicate feet is a typical characteristic of this unique chair. 

 This Martha Washington chair with its straight legs and camel back is  from the American Federal period (late 1700′s) but gets its design direction from the earlier Chippendale period.

This handsome chair typifies the Arts and Crafts style of the early 1900′s. The beauty of the chair is in its carefully crafted simplicity.

 This Art Nouveau chair is distinguished by its delicacy and grace; a truly elegant piece of sculpture. This era followed Arts and Crafts.

 This chair is an adaptation of the Parisian Art Deco style furniture in the 1930′s….a stylish trend setter.

This “Lifesaver” chair from the 1980′s is a fun and whimsical design interpretation of a classic chair. A real show stopper in bright blue!

All chairs from Artistic Frame.One of my favorites.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.

CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR

                                                      TEXTURES FROM NATURE

 Texture is all around us; in its natural state or converted into useful products. It’s part of the “fabric of our lives”. (isn’t that a tag line for Cotton?) Here are some textures that caught my attention.

What could be more awe-inspiring than the sweeping vistas of Monument Valley. One of my favorite spots. I love the textures of the red earth and rock faces. My husband took this photo on one of our trips to the Southwest. 

Massive stone columns add weight and interest to this hallway, bringing nature indoors.

Vibrant green hillsides in Japan grow grasses to be woven into window shades. Such wonderful textural rhythm.

These custom  shades are woven on traditional hand looms. Fibers are hand striped, hand tied and cured right in the village near the hills. A real cottage industry. Hartmann & Forbes shades.

Woven iron drum table from Kolkka is a real conversation piece: sculptural yet  functional.

 

The visual image of this truckload of hand dyed yarns  is so inviting  it makes you want to reach out and touch it. Wonderful example of another cottage industry in India: Surya Rugs.

Eco Friendly Kitchen Design Trends

Environmental concerns are part of most kitchen designs. Energy Star appliances, WaterSense faucets and LED lighting are big considerations. Sustainable counter tops like Cambria and sustainable flooring like cork, wood and bamboo are also good eco friendly choices.

 

This eco friendly counter top by Cambria  in Darlington, is an excellent example of a sustainability.  It is manufactured right here in Minnesota in environmentally conscious ways.

Kalista kitchen faucet by Kohler

Sustainable flooring is prominent in kitchen design. Cork is being considered more and more as is the new linoleum. Porcelain tiles are a favorite choice in kitchens because they look like stone but are less expensive and easier to clean. Wood is still a favorite. “Nature” porcelain floor tile by Greenway.

Kitchen Trends to Watch For

Here are just a few of the newest elements in kitchen design:

A few glass fronted cabinets can break up large banks of wood. Unusual material for backsplashes have gained in popularity like these creative mosaic tiles. Stainless steel range hoods are very popular and have a professional kitchen feel. By Emil Ceramica

Apron front farmhouse sinks have really grown in popularity and are perfect in more traditional kitchen styles but some models are sleek enough for contemporary styling as well. Sink by Kohler

Pull out shelves that retract on their own are big requests and easy on the back.

 Counter top materials are less grained and more even toned than in the past. Think sleek and simple. Cambria counter top in Waverton.

Watch for more kitchen trends in my next post.

MORE NEW TILES

More new designer tile selections: 

How about a wall of Graffiti in your living room? This ceramic tile has the industrial look of “raw cement”. Would look great in a loft.

Stained glass tiles in a brick pattern from Hirsch Glass. What an impact they would make in a kitchen.

Great layout of rectangular shaped porcelain tiles accented by mosaic borders.

Environmentally safe handmade mosaic tile has a rich artistic feel  and is glazed by hand. By Syzygy.

Miles of TILES

Tile amazes me. Every time I go into a tile showroom there is something new and exciting: a new porcelain made to look like natural stone, or glass mosaics, or tile that  looks like a wood floor. Here are just a few examples of unique designer tiles that keep me excited about interior design.

This wall tile looks like travertine but its porcelain, which is strong and easy to clean. Sant’Agostino tile.

Wow what an impact this would make! Use as a partition or shower panel. Architectural  mosaic glass panel by Hirsch Glass Co.  Brilliant!

 W-age ceramic tile byPovenza looks like wood! Great texture.

More glass ceramic tiles by Hirsch Glass inspired by gothic arches.

Watch for more new tile selections  in my next Post.

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