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150 Pioneer Trail PMB 119, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-226-6420
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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.

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.

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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for more info go to www.mspmag.com/hometour.

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

 

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION- Vintage Kitchen Part 4

               ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013 KITCHEN/PANTRY-CONSTRUCTION & COMPLETION

We are nearing completion of the interior design for the  Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry of this historic Victorian home in St. Paul. Sheree and I are excited to see our design come to life.IMG_2167 - CopyThe wainscoting has been installed and walls and trim have been painted. Now the cabinets are being installed in the kitchen.

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Its time to discuss the design of the faux finish detail on the ceiling with the custom painter/artist, Crista.

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Bob is installing the custom valances for us. And the polished nickel pendants are in over the island.

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Quartz counter tops by Cambria have been installed and so have the appliances. Gas range is by Capital, fridge is by Sub Zero. Cabinetry is outfitted with bin pulls and bracket feet for charm. Center island has been stained in gray for a soft finish. Original  wood flooring has been cleaned up and polished. Wow!

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The arabesque tile “picture” over the sink enhances the vintage cabinetry so perfectly.  We love it all!

designall[7] - CopyNow we are going to add a touch of color to the gray and white color scheme of the kitchen and butler’s pantry (see more of it in the next post). The peacock is a perfect compliment not only because of its vibrant greens, blues, and teals, but because it was an important symbol of wealth and prestige during the Victorian era. So we have a bit of history to add to our vintage kitchen.

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This dinnerware by Edie Rose from Macy’s was too perfect to pass up, so it will have a prominent place in the new kitchen. Watch for the finished design of both spaces in my  next post.

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For more info and to purchase tickets go to www.mspmag.com/hometour.

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

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 3

                                 ASID  SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013-KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS cont.

The design process continues for the interior design of the kitchen and butler’s pantry  in this historic home in St. Paul.

See below for more design selections for both spaces.

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Elevation rendering of the kitchen wall showing the arabesque tile medallion above the sink.

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This elegant cut glass pendant with glass crystals is the perfect statement for the small butler’s pantry.  It fits the period with out being gawdy.  We love it! Celia by Crystorama.

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The  Cambria counter tops in the butler’s pantry and kitchen are Devon, a deep gray solid which will look beautiful with the Cloud White cabinets.

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The gray wash finish of this delightful counter stool will be the perfect compliment to the gray and white color scheme.Vivian Counter Stool by Gabby.

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I love glass knobs in a tradtional kitchen and this one by Emtek will look fabulous with the glass pendant in the butler’s pantry.

Watch for the next post as we progress thru the installation stage of our project.

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

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 2

                                                ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013 KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS cont.

 

In designing the kitchen and butler’s pantry for this year’s ASID Showcase House on historic Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, Sheree and I want to honor the architectural style of the Victorian mansion yet create a design that functions for a busy young family.  We start the interior design process with some inspiration from a gray color palette and a linen print fabric.

 

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The soft grays and whites of this color palette are soothing yet sophisticated and because they are neutrals they are timeless and versatile. We chose Coventry Gray, Chelsea Gray and Cloud White for our color scheme. Paints are from Benjamin Moore, a Showcase House sponsor.

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I love the arabesque design of this  new linen print by Kravet. Its open trellis pattern lends itself to traditional or modern interiors. It will look fabulous as tailored valances for the kitchen and butler’s pantry windows.

 

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This traditional style faucet by Rohl makes the perfect historic staetment for the kitchen.

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We were so excited to find these tiles in the arabesque design which repeats the valance fabric. They have a wonderful “old world” crackle finish and will be used as a medallion feature on the backsplash. By Pratt and Larson Ceramics

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The traditional detail on this polished nickel Emory pendant by Quoizel makes it a perfect  choice over the center island.

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The design for kitchen and butler’s pantry is coming together.Top subway tile is Arabescato Carrara marble for the butler’s pantry and the plain white one is by ADEX for the kitchen backsplash.

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For more info on the ASID Showcase Home Tour  www.mspmag.com/hometour

Watch for my next post

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

 

 

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS- Traditional Bathrooms

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TRADITIONAL DESIGN ELEMENTS 

These beautifully updated products are perfect for today’s master bath.

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This free standing, cast iron tub with solid base is a beautiful example of the newest trend in traditional style bathrooms. “Vintage” by Kohler.

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These  handmade tiles by Adex have a special glaze that gives them a unique, yet timeless look.

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I love the slender lines of this graceful faucet  set. The polished nickel gives a crisp updated look to the tradtional  feel. by Moen

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Any one of these beautiful patterned fabrics by Mary McDonald for Schumacher would make elegant window coverings in a master bath; or anywhere else in the home for that matter.

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This graceful rendition of the beaded chandelier would bring any master bath up to date. By Hudson Valley.  Would look fabulous in almost any room.

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

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS- Modern Bathrooms

 

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENTS

Here are some exciting new features in modern styling that take bathroom design to a whole new level.

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What could be more modern than this fabulous,  solid surface tub by Kohler? Love the soft angular lines.

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This crisp Black and White design is shown in wallpaper and matching fabric for a well defined modern look. Mojito by Thibaut.s6700[1]

“90 Degree” faucet by Moen is sleek, functional and fun to use. Makes a great style statement!adex tile

Embossed tiles called Geo are so very “mod”. by Adexberkley

Stunning and sleek, this wall sconce in polished nickel with parchment shades is  perfect for any modern interior. by Hudson Valley.

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

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