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Letitia Little Interior Design
150 Pioneer Trail PMB 119, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-226-6420
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Category: Designer Tips

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.

pitchers

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.

 

vintage

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

hall pictures

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.

 

DESIGN TIPS: How to Choose a Paint Color

Choosing a paint color is not an easy task. It really takes some thought and time. The right color paint in a room can make it. The wrong one can break it. Here are a few pointers on choosing the right color for you.

  1. Consider the type of light that comes into your room. Is it cool or warm?  If a room faces north for instance, you might want to use warm colors like tan, beige, warm whites, reds, rust, instead of grays and blues.
  2. Start with a color source like a painting or printed fabric and pull colors from that. Don’t just pick any color and put it on your wall. There needs to be a reason for it.
  3. When you’ve selected the color you think you will like, choose a couple colors near it in the paint deck that are lighter. Purchase all 3 colors in small amounts and paint swatches on your wall. Then live with them for a few days and decide which one you like. This way you won’t paint an entire room and then decide you don’t like it.
  4. If you want to use a deep color like red or indigo decide if you will be comfortable with it on all four walls. These colors will make a room feel smaller. You can paint just one wall in a strong color and it will still make an impact.
  5.  Make sure the color is one that makes you feel happy. If it’s a popular color but you aren’t drawn to it, don’t use it. Your home should be a comforting, happy place.
  6. Paint Shown is Benjamin Moore, an eco friendly company with low VOC’s. Want to know the numbers of the swatches shown? Just e-mail me at letitialittle@letitialittle.com.

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

DESIGNER’S TIP on Holiday Decorating part II

Here are a few quick and easy ways to decorate for the Holidays using things you already have around the house.

Silver and red are so pretty together this time of year. These mint julep cups look great with red ball ornaments. Add a sprig of  greenery and some red berries and you have a simple but  festive table top decoration. These cups look great in the summer with flower bouquets. I have used them in the spring as well, with green moss.

I love hydrangeas and these white silk ones with a touch of green are so elegant with the red berry branches. I put them in a simple glass vase and added green moss.  The little fat red cardinals  add just the right amount of red. This arrangement would be perfect  on a table all winter long.

These colorful red and green throw pillows add holiday color to a chair or sofa. Pillows are a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of a room for the season. They’ll add cheer through the long winter months too.  

Red and green floral print in cotton chintz makes a great pillow to pair with the red silk stripe. 

This antique desk looks festive for the holidays with red santas  and holiday greenery. The old silver pitcher comes out of the cupboard to hold greens.

I hope this post gives you some food for thought as you decorate your home for the season. Happy Holidays.

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

DESIGNER’S TIPS on Holiday Decorating part I

A great way to spruce up your home for the Holidays is to use things you already have.  Be creative and think of things around the house that you can re use in unexpected ways. Here’s a few things that I do to add color and interest without being trite.

I love lanterns and I use them around the house thruout the year. This one is usually outside on the deck in the summer. I added some greens and red berries for color and topped it all off with a red bow of wired ribbon. 

 Add some bright red apples to a glass cake plate.  Put it on a buffet or use as center piece on a small table. The glass really enhances the color.

 Change the look of a room instantly by adding new pillows to chairs and sofas. The green velvet  and the red toile bring a touch of festivity and elegance to the Holidays.  Custom pillows in velvet and cotton.

Create a table top  still life with glass candlesticks and crystal decanters. Add a few touches of greens and red for pop. Simple yet elegant.

This large basket sits above a cabinet most of the year. I brought it down for the holidays and added evergreeen branches and giant pine cones to create interest on a ledge in my entryway. The texture of the basket works beautifully with the natural elements. For more Holiday Decorating tips watch for my next post.

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