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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

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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!

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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 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

schumacher

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.

danville

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.

THE NEWEST INTERIOR FURNISHINGS FOR SUMMER

COOL COLORS FOR HOT SUMMER DAYS

New inspirations for interiors range from tile to lighting. Here are just a few selections.

Black and white is a summer favorite. Add lavendar and you’ve got a new color combination that automatically brings the temperture down. Furniture by Century.

 

White stone tiles and mosaics for floors and walls feel cool to the touch and are so “in” now.

What could be more refreshing than this crystal table lamp with Prune silk drum shade by Vaughan Lighting.

Upholstered bed with biscuit tufted headboard in cool white linen by Pearson

The shape of this hanging lamp with its geometric bronze iron overlay is very now. “Toledo” by Vaughan

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

 

 

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.

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.

1980′s Kitchen Remodel- Before and After

                         1980′s KITCHEN REMODEL/SMALL HOUSE TRANSFORMED

This not –so –big house was built in the 1980’s and the interiors needed some updating. The kitchen was small, cramped and lacked importance. The living room furniture layout was awkward and the space was not being utilized to its full potential. The client did not want to add on to the house, so we remodeled using the existing footprint. This interior design project is a good example of what can be done within existing  space to make it more comfortable, functional, and stylish.

 The living room at this point is awkward, but there is lots of potential. The fireplace can be refaced to update it, and a gas insert installed. Let’s add some bookshelves for storage and interest. I really like the leather chairs and sofa in this deep rich color: a good starting point. New carpet in a tan color would add warmth.

To open up this dated kitchen we’ll get rid of the hanging cabinets over the pennisula and remove the soffits.  New, taller cabinets will go to  the  ceiling. New counter tops,  appliances  and tile backsplash will be a big improvement.

We can get more out of this dining area: bigger table and more storage.

New custom cabinets in a rich cherry are installed. Upper cabinets go to the ceiling with a handsome crown molding added.

Dark Cambria counter tops add contrast and richness while the cream colored porcelain floor tiles and the travertine tile backsplash add brightness. Energy saver appliances, Cambria counter tops, porcelain tiles, and low VOC paint are all sustainable, eco-friendly elements of this interior deisgn.

The fireplace has been refaced in natural slate tiles and complemented by the new sleek gas insert. Custom bookshelves and cabinets are done in the same cherry as the kitchen. Now the fireplace wall is the focal point of the living room and provides a much needed anchor to the space. 

The new kitchen is open to the dining room and feels much more spacious.  The dining table seats 6-8 and the buffet provides storage and balance to the space. The black and cherry color scheme is coordinated with kitchen ( and living room) and provides a real sense of flow….great entertaining space.

The completed kitchen feels twice as big.  The different  materials create contrasts in texture and color. The updated pendant lights add the finishing touch to this handsome new kitchen.

These classic subway tiles are travertine.  Their nubby surface contrasts beautifully with the glass and stone mosaic  border tiles and the black and brown colors pull the whole kitchen together. Its a new look in tiles.

The completed living room repeats the traditional interior design style established in the kitchen and dining room. Great for entertaining yet comfortable for evening T.V. watching.  This design project is a good example of the importance of a well thought out design plan. The entire remodel and redesign are one Master Plan. Because no kitchen should be an island, it and the surrounding spaces should be designed all at once in order for the finished interior to be harmonious.

Black and cherry color scheme defined. For more info on kitchen and bath design, or remodeling visit www.letitialittle.com.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN.

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