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TEXTURES AND TRENDS for Fall Interiors


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.

ann sachs

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


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


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.

gray menswear

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.



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


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.






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

mod bath

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


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.

DESIGN TRENDS for the Bath

Thinking of a new bath? Here are some new ideas to get you started.

Simplistic and modern, this Allure tub fauct is the height of luxury for the bath.  by Grohe

 This geometric wallpaper from Warner would be a great backdrop in any bathroom.

Shower head  from Grohe feels like a rain shower.

Create an airy, modern shower curtain with this sheer linen in blue and green stripes from Etamine.

Warm up the bath floor with  a cotton dhurrie rug from Stark Carpet.

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

HISTORIC RENOVATION- Victorian Before and After-part 2

Before and After-Part 2 of this Late Victorian Historic Renovation project is about the design process. My goal for the interior design of one of the bedrooms and its bath was to restore the feeling of the original period. I accomplished that by using the  colors, types of fabrics, antique furniture, wallpaper and  tile of the era. Combined with the conveniences of the 21st century this suite will be livable as well as authentic.

You can see by the floor plan that this is a small bedroom chopped up by doorways and the angled fireplace wall. The new bath room was carved out of what used to be a closet so there is limited space to work with. The layout must be functional so every inch counts.

I selected silks and velvet in seafoam green and gold, a popular color scheme of the period to bring the room to life. Authentic William Morris wallpaper  will be used in the bathroom above the tile wainscoting, and a swag wallpaper border will be  used in the bedroom to keep the room from feeling too closed in. Late Victorian antique furniture  completes the look.

Design for the custom made vanity in the bathroom incorporates design elements seen in the house.

The actual custom vanity has a bowed front, large lozenge on the top panel and beading.  The delicate spoon feet keep it from looking too heavy.

This antique  Late Victorian “hanky” dresser in the Charles Eastlake style is perfect for the bedroom. All it needed was a bit of clean up and polish to restore it to its natural beauty. Its attached mirror, marble top and tear drop dresser pulls  represent the era to a tea.

Follow my next post to see how the  rooms came together in the “After” phase

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 1

This Late Victorian house was built in 1893 by Cass Gilbert who also designed the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul. It is on the National Registry for Historic Landmarks.I had the oportunity to create the interior design  for one of the guest bedroom suites in this ASID Showcase Home. I wanted to restore it to its original style using colors,  fabrics and furniture of the period. In this post I will show a few of the before shots. Following posts will show work in progress and the final bedroom and bath.  


This small bedroom is short on square footage and is pretty chopped up with doors, windows and angles. But there are lots of possibilities. I love the little fireplace with its original dentil moulding, columns and green glazed tiles. The 2nd and 3rd floors in the Late Victorian style had painted woodwork and walls in pastel colors; a departure from the first floor which had heavy woodwork and mouldings in dark wood stain.

This is a view into what will be a closet.

Pictured here is the build out of what will be the small adjoining bath.

This little antique chandelier was found in another part of the house. I decided to reuse it for this bedroom. It just needed a bit of cleaning up so it could sparkle and shine. Its just the right size as you will see. 

Watch for my next posts on the design process.

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


                                   ECO-FRIENDLY NEW HOME /KITCHEN & BATH

Here’s more on my recently completed client project. See previous post on ”Casually Elegant New Home is Eco-Friendly”. Shown here are the Master Bath and Guest Bath which were part of my Complete Master Plan design for the entire house.


The tan and green color scheme from the Great Room is carried into the Master Bath.  Paint is low VOC Benjamin Moore. Three different sizes of  the same floor tiles are used for variety.

 The porcelain floor tiles are used again in the shower stall and the “invisible” glass enclosure allows the mosaic border to flow from  tub to shower. Water conscious plumbing fixtures

Mosaic stone border by Alyse Edwards, porcelain “stone” floor tiles. Porcelain is a good eco-friendly choice because the manufacturing process uses recycled water among other enviornmentaly conscience practices.

Verde Jade Granite counter top

Casual Guest Bath in tan, rust and slate tones. Floor  and wall tiles are porcelain, which looks like stone at a fraction of the cost, is easy to clean and is sustainable.

Counter top in Tan Brown Chestnut granite

Floor tile is porcelain with tumbled slate border.

For more info on my Design Process and Kitchen and Bath Design go to my website at www.letitialittle.com.      Page Photography.


                                                          CASUALLY ELEGANT NEW HOME IS ECO-FRIENDLY

 I recently completed an interior design project for a client’s newly constructed home. I started working with my client at the blueprint stage of the building process, creating a Complete Master Plan for the entire home. Selecting furniture, fabrics, window coverings, floor coverings, tile, counter tops, finishes, paint, plumbing and lighting fixtures etc. They wanted a casual traditional style that was relaxed and welcoming, with a  bit of cottage flavor. Eco-friendly, sustainable products were selected throughout the home.


 Large open great room and kitchen in tans and pale greens, has a great view of the woods and lake.  The sustainable furniture is made in the U.S. Carpet is by Shaw which is a company devoted to eco-friendly manufacturing practices and the pad is made from recycled materials. The wood flooring came from maple trees on the property that had to be cut down for construction. The wood was then milled here in Minnesota. New maple trees were planted to renew the wooded lot. Great sustainable story for this elegant yet casual home.

Fireplace wall with accessories and custom framed artwork. I always think  the right accessories are essential to any interior..they are the frosting on the cake.

Dining room with custom area rug and sheer linen window coverings. All interior paint in the home is low VOC by Benjamin Moore.

Linen white cabinets with large crown moldings, and sage green center island for contrast. Cottage style pendants and granite counter tops.

Appliances are energy efficient.

These small scale subway tiles in stone caught my eye and I paired them with the mosaic border for a newer look.

Powder room with “slate” porcelain floor tiles and dark faux finished walls creates a romantic feel.

Watch for the next post on bathrooms in this house.    For more info on  my Design Process visit www.letitialittle.com                 Page Photography


GLAZED FLOOR AND WALL TILES are coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains. Can look like real stone, marble and slate without the expense. Suitable on floors and walls.

PORCELAIN TILE COLORBODY™ is the densest of all tile types and has a color-through body. It has <0.50% water absorption. Porcelain can withstand temperature extremes, heavy foot traffic and may be used indoors and out. Has the look of natural stone and is easy to clean. Needs no sealing.

MOSAIC TILE is usually 3×3” or smaller and is available in glazed ceramic, glazed porcelain, unglazed ColorBody ™ porcelain and glass. Provides the use of  two or more colors in a tile design.

NATURAL STONE is beautiful , durable and enduring. Stone naturally lacks uniformity and contains wide variations in shade. These aspects enhance it’s natural appeal.


Field Tile makes up the bulk of a tile application. Generally offered in neutral colors.

Accent Tile provides a color accent to Field tile. Comes in bright , vivid colors.

Decorative Tile is coordinated with field tile featuring colors and relief.

Trim Tile matches field tile and comes in special shapes for special purposes ie: corners, floor and wall transitions.

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

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