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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: Furniture

MID CENTURY MODERN INTERIORS

 

Mid Century Modern is defined by the creative, original style of furniture and architecture so popular in the 50′s 60′s and 70′s. Much of the furniture was designed in the 1920′s by greats like Marcel Breuer and  Mies van der Rohe. Designers like Charles and Ray Eames and Aero Saarinen designed in the 50′s. What follows are some examples of this ever popular interior design style.

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Here’s the perfect 50′s look: low slung sofa, bent wood chair, tall shapely lamp and medium wood tones not to mention the gorgeous sheers on the windows.  Momentum by Harlequin

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What is more iconic than the Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe designed in 1929 and still perfect in the new milleneum. Graceful, georgeous, functional. By  Design Within Reach

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Another must have for the mid- century modern home, the sputnik light. This one  is by Jonathan Adler in satin nickel.

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The pattern and color of this wallpaper is such a great look with the skinny legged table and sofa. By Harlequin

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Another iconic symbol of the 50′s is this the Womb chair designed  by Aero Saarinen. This one in gray is very restful. By  Knoll

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID,  is an award winning interior designer inMinneapolis,MN.

 

 

 

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.

 

DESIGN ELEMENTS for the HOLIDAYS

                                                                                  ALL THINGS RED AND GREEN

Bring home some cheer for the Holidays and beyond with the following one- of- a- kind furnishings for modern interiors.

 

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Brighten up a winter room with a Mid Century Modern sofa in red from Design Within Reach.red green pillow

This cozy chair is all dressed up in red and green “peppermint stripes”. Fun  “Medley Spot” pillow is the perfect finishing  touch. Fabrics by Jane Churchill.

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Add some whimsy with a rustic red leather chair in Cowboy style! Handcrafted heirloom furniture by Old Hickory.

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Let’s switch it up with an elegant emerald green chest in painted burl. Wow! Consulate collection by Century.

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Humorous “March Hare” wallpaper in red and white by Jane Churchill. What could be more fun?

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Add some real pizzaz to your kitchen for the Holidays with this red quartz countertop in Cardigan Red. by Cambria.

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

COLOR TRENDS For Fall Interiors 2013

                                                                                      FABULOUS FUCHSIA

Trends in interior design just like in fashion fluctuate from year to year. It’s what keeps things interesting and exciting. This fall strong rich colors are everywhere in paint, fabrics and wallpaper, with fuchsia leading the pack. It has exploded onto the design scene with purpose and panache. Take a look at some eye opening examples.

 

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WOW modern sofa in fuchsia and white with deep orange pillows by Manuel Canovas. I love it against the soft gray wall. This is totally on trend.

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Now this is a diva! Need I say more?  Maharani chandelier in wrought iron, wood and glass. By Currey & Co.

velvetsRich velvets in tantalizing hues by Manuel Canovas, can be used for any interior element like pillows, furniture or bed coverings. Delicious!

pink chairOversized floral wallpaper and fuchsia/white French chair are a perfect pair to give flair to a traditional look. Louisiane fabrics and wallpaper by Lorca.

verv ainThis rich textural upholstry fabric in fuchsia, blue, red and gold makes a bold statement. Put it on a chair and add a pillow in one of the  velvet fabrics listed above and you’ve got a winning combo. By Vervain.

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.

 

 

TEXTURAL TOPICS for Fall Interiors

                                                               THE LATEST TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Fall has arrived and along with it are new trends in interior design. Here are a few examples  of what’s new in fabrics, tile, lighting and furniture.

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Loaded with texture, this room has it all, from the bleached wood chest to the painted wood mirror to the toile patterned curtains. And in orange no less. So Dramatic!

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I love the texture and rust tones of the these mixed stone mosaic tiles. What a great backsplash these would make. Modern Mythology by Crossville.

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The light shining through this drum chandelier creates a shimmering texture  all its own. The capiz shell circles and wrought iron frame are an unexpected combination that creates whimsy. “Peggy” by Currey & Company.

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The contrasting textures of “Patani” paisley wallpaper and old world accessories create a rich tableau that I find so appealing. Thibaut wallpaper.

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What could be more textural than this beautifully matched veneer wood table top! Savoy dining table by Century.

Osb LittThese Native American inspired tapestry fabrics are colorful and rich in texture and part of a growing trend of ethnic influences. Amerinda Collection by Osborne & Little.

For more on Texture and Trends see my next post.

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

CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR by Letitia

                                                            RED, WHITE AND BLUE for HOME INTERIORS

What could be more American that red, white and blue. It’s a timeless color scheme that is both nostalgic and brand new. Great for any season or any interior design style.

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The Ikat print on pillows and chair is the perfect color source for the strong navy walls and true red accents. Great updated look for red, white and blue.By Century Furniture.

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Oversized aspen leaf wallpaper is perfectly complimented by this streamlined Mid Century Modern sofa in white. Top it all off with a  red  striped area rug for a bold new look for modern interiors. Furnishings by Harlquin.

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Unique  one- of -a -kind pieces and unusual antiques  say “Americana” in this Hamptons boutique owned by designer Anthony Baratta.

Baker chairArchival print from the 1930′s was originally wallpaper designed by Sidney Haward in London. Chinese flowering branch and butterfly combined with Persian nightingale and banded stems make for a glorious fabric fit for any traditional interior. By GP & J Baker.

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

 

 

CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR by Letitia

                                                           SUMMERTIME BLUES FOR THE HOME

It’s still summer and I am loving the the long days and soft nights of this season.  Bright vibrant colors energize and soft pastels soothe. Here are some examples of my favorite blues and whites that refresh and revitalize interiors.

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Baby blue matelasse and crisp white cotton set off the blue floral pillow…..so inviting. Designer’s Guild Bedding.

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What could be better in the summer than a blue stripe rug underfoot. Wool rug by Davis and Davis.blue chair - Copy

What a perfect spot for a cold glass of lemonade and homemade sugar cookies. Leaf Cascade fabric first produced as a hand-block print in 1903 by GP &J Baker.

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Iconic American summer on the western plains. Photo by Frederick Joyschumacher blues - Copy Turquoise brightens up everything it touches. Outdoor fabric by Schumacher.

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

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION- Vintage Kitchen Part 5

                ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013- KITCHEN/PANTRY- DESIGN COMPLETION

The design vision for this historic renovation kitchen and butler’s pantry has come to life and the clients love it. It has a vintage feel so it fits right in to the old Victorian home, yet it has updated elements which make  it functional and fresh.IMG_3347 - Copy

The kitchen island is set for 3 but it will seat 4 comfortably. The range with its warming shelves is ready to work hard.

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The  custom made valances with their light and airy arabesque pattern  are elegantly casual, and the vibrant peacock prints add just the right amount of color to the gray and white color scheme.

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Another view of the completed kitchen with door into the storage pantry.

IMG_3384 - CopyWhat could be more enticing than the glass front, custom vintage cabinets and arabesque tile “picture”. The original wood floor cleaned up beautifully and looks fabulous in a dark furniture stain.

Photos by Page Photography.

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

 

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