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Letitia Little Interior Design
150 Pioneer Trail PMB 119, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-226-6420
Fax: 952-226-6167
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ON TREND COLORS FOR INTERIOR DESIGN

REJUVENATING SPRING COLORS

Color, Color, Color. We love it and can’t get enough of it this time of year. Whether we use it in large doses or small punches its essential to a well designed interior. Colors come in and out of favor but some are keepers such as blue and green. And they are trending right now as sea green and sky blue or as gem tones like saphire and emerald. The following examples  inspire  and rejuvenate.Century furniture-spring

This uplifting, traditional style living room is all done up in sky blue and spring green. It’s daring yet soothing at the same time. Green silk taffeta curtains and blue linen sofa contrast beautifully with the iron “branch” cocktail table and leafy print chair.Furniture is by Century, which always provides high style and timeless quality.

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Rich jewel tones infuse this quartz surface with life and energy. Picture this as a counter top in a powder room-Wow! Semi-precious stone surface by Ceasarstone.

p22_Dolphin'sCove[1]Pastel, watery blues and greens are  soothing yet envigorating and very on trend right now, especially the aqua. You can almost feel the sea breezes; one could spend hours in this beautiful traditional dining room.

 

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Here’s an exciting new look for  a Chinese lantern: emerald green. Just pure whimsy! by Charles Edwards.

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The ever popular aqua is paired with orange for lots of energy in this contemporary sun room. Fabrics by Sunbrella are great for outdoor rooms and indoor ones as well. Great wearing and easy clean up.

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Who is more on trend than Jonathan Adler? Unexpected combinations of color and patterns create excitement and fun.  Deep saphire blue sofa combined with softer blue chairs  look great on the black and white rug. Note the touches of brass for a change up in metals.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com.

INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS: How to Display Collections

Take a look around your home. Do you have a collection in the making? Grouping similar items together in one place creates an impact that just placeing things individually around the home does not. Here are a few ideas on how to display collections of meaningful items that will give your home a personal touch.

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This cream colored hutch is the  perfect home for the collection of  raised design pitchers.  Similar shapes, sizes and color  makes grouping them all together the ideal way to show them off.  The added touches of pastel blue in the  plates and platters really compliment the off white and create a genteel, country ambiance, which I love.  From “Interior Transformations”  by Jane Churchill.

 

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Vintage memorabila has common ground on this antique dresser.  Seperate pieces from the same era create a three dimensional collage  on the dresser top with the rose picture as an anchor.  The result is a charming reminder of bygone years.This  grouping is very “hands on” which easily allows for aditions and subtractions. From “American Modern” by Thomas O’Brien

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This collection of  identically framed bird prints hung in a curved stairwell, creates drama and  contrast that would not be achieved on a flat wall. The large bird sculpture at the foot of the stairs adds an unexpected three dimensional aspect to the entire collection. Take note of the way the pictures are arranged to fit the  tricky curved wall. Looks great! From Displaying Pictures and Photographs by Crown Trade Paperbacks

sea shellsA great way to enjoy a collection of small items is to put them in a glass  keepsake table.  They become a part of the table top and can be appreciated without being handled. This example is especially pleasing because the tan velvet lining and neutral finish of the  table set off the white tones of the sea shells. By Thomas O’Brien

IMG_2436 - CopyCustom designed wall unit shows off this extensive vintage/antique collection of memorabilia for a client’s craft room.  Pastel colors and the feminine quality of the pieces are the common thread that holds it all together. Its important to  be selective in choosing pieces to display to avoid overcrowding the shelves. The entire display should have a  balance between groupings and open space.  Interior Design by Letitia Little.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. go to www.letitialittle.com.

 

TEXTURES AND TRENDS for Fall Interiors

METALLICS AND MENSWEAR

Two of the latest trends in interior design are metallics and menswear; perfect examples of that all important element of design, texture. Here are some exciting examples.

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These  stunning textural wall tiles designed by Ann Sachs for Kohler just seem to glow with light.

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Metallic  threads add shimmer to these textural weaves for Hartmann and Forbes window shades.  Great look.

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This metallic pendant is called “Confetti” and is so aptly named. Metal strips are fused together to  form a primitive looking ball of light. Just pure fun. by Currey & Company.

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Window pane check curtains in wool,  masculain arm chairs in flannel, a wool plaid throw and faux horsehair covered ottoman are just some of the fabrics used to define the new Menswer look. Include houndstooth,  herringbone and paisley and you’ve got the well dressed room. By Schumacher.

 

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More Menswear styling is represented by this rich dark paisley wallcovering. Also by Scumacher. Note the metallic mirror.

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Texture reigns in this vinette. The combination of the rough wood table, string, pods and ceramic vase is tantalizing!

Watch for my next post on Fabulous Fuchsia.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior deigner in Minneapolis MN. www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

DESIGN TRENDS FOR THE HOME

TRIMS, TASSELS AND BEADED FRINGE

Design is in the details and all manner of trims and fringes are part of  the multi layered look so essential for today’s interiors from modern to traditional styles. Trims are one of my favorite ways to complete a design project and add a touch of individuality.Tapes and beaded fringe highlight bold patterns and solids in the Urban Loft Collection by Kravet. And yes you can use fringe in modern interiors.

These yummy beaded trims were inspired by haute couture fashion houses from the 50′s and 60′s. The rich jewel tones will enhance the most luxurious fabrics and textures. by KravetThese bold tapes from the Hamptons Collection by Bargia, can  add colorful detailing to pillows and bedding.The subtle nuances of menswear tailoring are brought to life by the use of raffia and suede in these wonderfully textured trims by Joseph Abboud for Kravet.

For a change of pace try multi shaped  glass beads combined with velvet and metals for some Vintage Romance. Colorways  come in Opera, Castle, and Venetian. Just the names evoke luxury and riches. by Kravet.

More luxury is seen in these richly detailed trims by Bargia.  Covered beads combined with jewels and silken bows in deep rich colors make these little goodies irresistable.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is a  licensed, award wining interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.

 

MORE TEXTURAL TOPICS in Fabulous Fall Colors

 

FABULOUS COLORS FOR FALL INTERIORS cont.

Here are more exciting textures and colors that inspire me as I design interiors for clients. I see alot of interior product so I am always drawn to the new and unusual in fabrics, furniture and accessories. 

This richly textured chenille fabric has the visual warmth of a hand knit sweater. Looks great on the modern arm chair. By Romo

Thick strands of seagrass are loosely woven into the drum shape of the Nina chandelier by Made Goods. It’s perfect for Mid Century Modern interiors.

Textured, small scale weaves with a luxurious hand add tactile dimension to chairs and sofas. Fabrics by Romo

Is it mineral or furniture? This chunky stool in gold crackle ceramic can be used outdoors or indoors. Talk about unique! by Made Goods

Wool area rugs from the Middle East are  in a special category of textures all their own and  are always in demand and in style.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award wining interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.

ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE DINING ROOM- Completed

The 2012 ASID Showcase House is in its third week of the Tour and the Dining room is getting rave reviews. Everyone loves the casual elegance of this room and its soothing green and gray color scheme.

The large window  all dressed up in soft sheers and silk panels is a perfect backdrop for the custom dining table.

The unique  buffet complements the handsome, original wainscoting and the silver mirror and wall sconces add shimmer.

White paper flowers and mercury glass candle sticks add drama.

These bird plates are the perfect finishing touch to the table scape.

The ASID Showcase House Tour is in its 3rd and final week. Don’t miss it.

Be sure to check out the previous posts on this topic: Before and After ASID Showcase House parts 1-6.

2012 ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE-PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART & ACCESSORIES-AUDUBON PRINTS

Spring is here and the birds are back! Their various songs are music to our ears. This time of year reminds me of one of my favorite painters of traditional art, John James Audubon 1785-1851. He was a French-American ornthologist, naturalist and painter, most noted for his expansive studies documenting all types of American birds. His well detailed illustrations depicted birds in their natural habitats. He identified 25 new species of birds. Audubon’s art is well known and loved even today because each piece of art is so authentic and beautiful. I selected just a few.

The pure white color and delicate tail feathers of the Great Egret are Stunning!

These little dears are the Carolina Turtle Dove. I love the soft colors and minute details. You can almost hear their gentle cooing.

This is the Little Blue Heron. The blues of this bird are amazing. Such depth!

These are members of the Wood Duck family. The intricate colors of this bird are so beautifully captured by this master illustrator!

All prints are from the Oppenheimer Edition of Audubons, Rare Prints.

Watch for more Audubon prints in upcoming posts of the ASID House -Dining Room that I designed.

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

 

INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS: How to Decorate a Bookcase

Bookcases are one of my favorite interior design elements in a room because they reveal the family’s personality. They hold personal collections, mementos, photos of family members, favorite books etc. Bookcases add texture and variety to a room. The items in a bookcase must be arranged in a balanced way to achieve the most pleasing visual effect.

For this bookcase in a client’s family room, I added lots of books and some accessories to the family photos and mementos the family already had. When you decorate your own bookcase, be sure to have a good amount of books and not too many family photos. Mix in some smaller accessories with bigger pieces for a good sense of balance. I added the contemporary art for a colorful touch of interest to the dark wood.

In this great room bookcase the T.V. is hidden behind the far left doors and there aren’t alot of shelves.  I kept it pretty simple with mostly books for texture.  The oil painting and candles on the mantel add warmth and a focal point for the whole wall.

The rock face on this bookcase is strong and masculine so alot of small delicate accessories won’t work. A few large boxes mixed in with the books are all it needs. I added the large candle holders and lantern to provide wonderful contrast to the real stones. The red plaid chairs are part of the overall design in this client’s cosy family room.

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

 

 

INTERIOR DESIGN ELEMENTS- Curtain Rods

These new drapery rod collections from Brimar and Kravet are so stunning they are like Jewelry for the Home! What a way to  add the perfect finishing touch to custom window coverings.

I love the two-tone look of this rod and finial. It comes in finishes like Water Gilded Silver, Bisque with Gilded Gold, Patina and Dark Walnut. Luxurious! Signature Collection from Kravet.

This rod  looks like an exotic animal skin but it is textured, painted wood. Platforms by Brimar

I love the look of this antique silver painted curtain rod. Its sophisticated styling would be right at home in a traditional setting or a transitional one. Metro by Brimar.

Go native with this exotic curtain rod set from Kravet. Its called Bamboo Metals and comes in 3 finishes from light to dark “bamboo”.  Very upscale casual.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info visit www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

HISTORIC RENOVATION-Victorian before and after-part 3

And now we’ve reached the After phase of my interior design for the Victorian guest bedroom suite in this ASID Showcase House Historic Renovation.

The completed space shows off its soothing seafoam green and gold color palette and elegant formal furnishings. Makes you want to step into the past and stay awhile.

I fell in love with the  home owner’s antique brass bed. It’s so perfect for the room all dressed up in its custom silk  bed coverings. The delicate little chandelier adds just the right amount of sparkle. Dramatic swagged valances and tie back curtains in striped silk are perfect examples of  Victorian interior design.

The cozy corner between the two windows is completed by the gold velvet slipper chair. And the restored antique Eastlake dresser feels right at home. Details like the silk and wool area rug, ribbon hung pictures and  antique books add important design  elements.

The elegant custom vanity is the focal point of this small bathroom. Set against the authentic subway wall tiles and William Morris wallpaper it ”says” Victorian. The shower on the right has a full glass door to keep the bathroom “open” yet functional.

The corner toilet was the only solution for this bathroom. Its a  great little space  that fully coordinates with the bedroom.

This  design project won an ASID Honorable Mention Award for Showcase Home Room. I sponsored 3 students from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount , MN to work on the project with me.

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

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