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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The contrasting textures of “Patani” paisley wallpaper and old world accessories create a rich tableau that I find so appealing. Thibaut wallpaper.
What could be more textural than this beautifully matched veneer wood table top! Savoy dining table by Century.
These 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unique one- of -a -kind pieces and unusual antiques say “Americana” in this Hamptons boutique owned by designer Anthony Baratta.
Archival 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.
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.
Baby blue matelasse and crisp white cotton set off the blue floral pillow…..so inviting. Designer’s Guild Bedding.
What could be better in the summer than a blue stripe rug underfoot. Wool rug by Davis and Davis.
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.
Iconic American summer on the western plains. Photo by Frederick Joy 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.
Horse blankets, flat weave carpets, well worn leather, native artifacts, reclaimed wood and natural fibers provide inspiration for the ethnic influence in interior design. This genre has been around for a long time but is enjoying a resurgence right now because of our desire for unique, handmade items that add texture and interest to our homes. Let’s take a look at some new “old” elements for traditional and contemporary interiors.
The new Nomad Chic Collection by Kravet showcases upholstery fabrics in ethnic patterns and colors inspired by nomadic cultures of the Far East. These luxurious textures offer warmth and richness to any interior style.
These handsome wood blinds set off the worn leather chairs and washed old wood table with its unique artifacts. By Hartmann and Forbes.
The marvelous texture of this “snakeskin” wallpaper combined with the horsehair bench is perfect for the new lodge look. Luxe Lodge wallpapers from Schumacher.
Love this reclaimed wood mosaic from Ansum and Ash made of 79% recycled material from timbers, wine barrels, old beams and sunken ships. What could be more textural than this.
These tactile fibers beg to be touched. Sustainable fibers are woven into woven shades by Hartmann and Forbes.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. for more info www.letitialittle.com.
Newest Colors in Bold Blues and Elemental Greens
In my 2 previous posts I talked about grays, violets, reds and golds as some new color directions for 2013. Not to be forgotten in the latest color forecast are bold blues and elemental greens.
Bold blues and aquas from Kravet in the Modern Dining Collection.
Fluid Blues color palette from Benjamin Moore with deep water colors.
Poolside cool blues. Teak furniture by Kingsley Bate.
This casual chair shows off New Green in a nubby linen. by Century.
Elemental greens color pallette by Benjamin Moore.
Benjamin Moore Colors are: Jungle Canopy,Summer’s Day, In the Garden, Green Thumb, Lilianna.
For more on 2013 Color Trends visit my 2 previous posts.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info www.letitialittle.com
New Color Directions for Interiors
The new colors for 2013 are simply inspirational. They are complex yet definative with a rich velvety quality. Hues range from deep rich blues and plums to soft creamy golds and yellows to fiery reds and oranges. Sprinkle in some earth tones, many shades of gray and some varied neutrals and you’ve got the whole gambit of the newest colors for interior design. See them in paint, fabrics, and furniture for the most exciting looks from traditional to modern interiors. Here are two color groups in reds, oranges and golds. To see more take a look at my previous post.
Bright fuschia and orange put these luscious fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils front and center for 2013.
The sun filled colors of “Fiery Sunset” are infused with energy and strength. From dynamic fuschia to subtle clay they remind us of warm climates and sunny days. Colors from Benjamin Moore
The paint names alone will stimulate creativity: Peruvian Chili, Egyptian Clay, Hot Tamale, Tomato Tango, and Tropical Fruit by Ben Moore.
These bright, fiery colors really pack a punch in this modern interior by Jonathan Adler.
The nature infused colors of “Golden Fields” from Benjamin Moore are soothing, relaxing and homey.
This lattice print fabric in refreshing greens and golds would liven up any living room or bedroom. by Zimmer + Rohde
Don’t miss my next post on blues and greens.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
New Color Directions from Benjamin Moore
I recently viewed the new Color Stories from Benjamin Moore and decided to share these inspiring new colors with you. There a eight new palettes to choose from. I will highlight most of them in the next 3 posts. I love to use Ben. Moore paints for my design projects because the colors are easy to work with. The paint itself is a quality product that goes on easily and is durable (my painter loves it too). Not to mention the paint has low VOC’s so its good for the environment. So take a look and be inspired.
The soft gray curtains and silver traditional desk exemplify the new gray color palette. Paloma cotton satin by Romo
“Shades of Gray” reflects the understated side of gray with undertones of brown, blue and green.
Color names are intriguing: Burnt Ember, Coachman’s Cape, Espresso Bean & Old Soul, Perspective and Smoke & Mirrors.
Rich deep purple and pale violet Paloma cotton from Romo showcases the new purple/blue color palette.
“Violet Twilight” color group is made up of colors of the evening sky that range from deep amethyst to pale violet.
More inticing colors: Approaching Storm, Faded Violet & Elderberry Wine, Pressed Violet and Purplicious.
Crisp purples combined with soft grays typify the newest colors for 2013 in this modern setting. Furniture by Century
Watch for fiery oranges and earthy gold tones in my next post.
Letitia Little Allied ASID,CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
We are moving along in the design process for the dining room in the ASID Showcase House for May 2012. Sheree Vincent and I have been busy making selections for this traditonal room and are pleased with our choices.
The green and gray linen print is the color source for the room and will cover 2 lounge chairs. Gray silk curtains will grace the windows along with the creamy sheers. The green “lattice” fabric reinforces our garden theme & will cover the 2 host chairs at the dining table. All fabrics from Kravet Inc.
The designers hard at work. Sheree and I have found the perfect chairs for the linen print.
And here it is. I love the elegant, updated take on a wing chair.
This fabulous glass fronted buffet looks handpainted, but that is actually fabric behind the glass. What a find this is and it will be stunning in the dining room. A real conversation piece. By Marge Carson
Here is the floor plan for the dining room showing furniture and lighting placement.
The focal point of the room is this custom designed dining table. It is 54″ wide and will seat 20 people with all three leaves in place. This was a specific request of the clients as they will really use the dining room for entertainment, large parties, family gatherings and board meetings. It had to be elegant yet durable for lots of use, so we added a “bar top” finish and light distressing. The result is a gorgeous “antique” style table. Table by Sterling
For more on the Design Process see my next post.
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Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining, licensed interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
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.