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DESIGN TRENDS-New Fabrics for Summer


Want to update your interiors with a fresh summer look? Here are some wonderful new fabrics in some of my favorite colors.

symphony collectionWhat says “summer” better than airy, soft blue linen curtains. Symphony Collection by Anna French.

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More from Anna French. I love yellow and blue together. New, light hearted  casual rugs!

blue checksAlways a favorite: fresh cotton gingham checks and plaids in blue. Calypso from Schumacher.

Dash and Albert rugs

More rugs: perfect for the summer cottage. by Dash and Albert

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



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.


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.



Here’s an exciting new look for  a Chinese lantern: emerald green. Just pure whimsy! by Charles Edwards.


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.


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.



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.


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.

Mid Century Modern Interiors-1950′s Inspired fabrics

I was in one of my favorite interior design showrooms the other day and was  so enthralled by these new 1950′s inspired fabrics and wallpapers, I just had to do a new  post about them.

These linen prints are so playful. I love the 50′s dresses and the colors. . .  just the thing for pillows, window coverings and furniture in any mid century modern interior.

Wonderful Retro chair in gray and yellow, a favorite color scheme of mine. And the wallpaper captures the era to a tee!

The curtain fabric and  sleek, minimalist sofa reiterate the 50′s theme so perfectly, you just want to sit right down and enjoy!

Crisp, clean  wallpapers and fabrics enhance the spare style of these interiors. What could be more relaxing? High Society Collection by Villa Romo.

This post is for you, Linds!

Letitia Little  Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award winning interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info visit www.letitialittle.com.


The newest designer fabrics for the home are done up in bold, refreshing patterns with vibrant, strong colors.Here are a few examples in hot pinks and cool blues that I find inspirational. Hot pink and lime green,  give this linen Ikat a fresh new look. Ikats are very popular this year for interior applications.  The Ikat is a near universal weaving style common to many world cultures including Central and South America, Central and Southeast Asia and Japan just to name a few and has been around for centuries. The pattern in the fabric is created by using a resist dyeing tehnique similar to tie-dye.  ”Bansuri” from Kravet.

The  crisp, lime green floral shown on the top has a toile like feel because it is two toned. The hot pink and raspberry print on white cotton  is so detailed it looks  hand painted. More two toned fabrics in lime and raspberry complete the color grouping so popular right now. Fabrics from Pindler and Pindler.

Another Ikat in bright blue and turquoise, one of my favorites. In linen from Thom Filicia for Kravet.

More cool blues and turquoise in crisp cotton and linen from Kravet. The lower fabric is a damask pattern, another popular choice for interiors.

These beautiful, casual fabrics are suitable for curtains, bed coverings and pillows and would refresh any interior for spring and summer!


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.



I am always inspired by Barclay Butera fabrics and these richly layered reds are no exception. From Kravet.

The red family from deep merlot and rose red to azalea and raspberry, is representaed here in these exciting new fabrics fromKravet.

Bold red is dynamic shown here  on the walls and in this tufted leather chair from Century.

Modern console in white lacquer is the newest trend in furniture. Loft Collection from Somerset Bay.

This fabulous bouquet of roses represents the full range of reds and pinks for 2012.  Inspirational!

The soft sheen of the silver leaf finish gives this three drawer chest  from Emerson et Cie  a real updated look.

For more on Color watch for my next Post on “How to Choose a Paint Color.”

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


COLOR, COLOR, COLOR! We are drawn to it and intriqued by it. It is the strongest element of interior design. Color can change your mood or change your perception of the size of an object or room. Color can soothe or excite. It’s POWERFUL. The newest colors for 2012 are pure hues with lots of depth. Blue, always a favorite is now in saturated tones like midnight, indigo and navy. Turquoise is full of life, definately not pastel. Green makes a real statement in shamrock, bottle, lime or chartreuse. These colors are covered in this post. Watch for reds in Part II.

The vibrant blues and greens in these fabrics by Diamond & Baratta from Lee Jofa  are refreshing examples of the newest colors.   The white lacquer cocktail table is an exciting new direction in furniture.


We always love blues and greens because they are nature’s colors. These fabulous fabrics in indigo, turquoise and lime have so much energy. Shown in rich velvet, shiny satin, nubby chenille and crisp cotton, their possibilities are endless. From Kravet


This Chinese inspired credenza from Oscar de la Renta, by Century looks so now in lime green. The metal accents add real interest.

The new blue and mocha color scheme looks great on this updated wing chair. Long  tapered legs with casters give it a contemporary twist. From Century

 Love the lime green in this traditional setting. Its so fresh and unexpected with the dark tables and camel back setee. Very NOW. From Century.

Turquoise, one of my favorites, looks great paired with polished chrome on this Modern ottoman from Kravet.

Watch for my next post COLOR FORECAST PART II on Reds.

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


Give any one  of these dreamy design elements to your home for the  holidays and it will love you forever.

Bubble tiles from Ceramiche Keope.

Elegant Queen Anne arm chair in red velvet from Artistic Frame.

Garnet channel velvet and silk circles from Kravet. Gray cotton  paisley from Pindler and Pindler. Woven metalic from Kravet.

Wilshire wing chair from Schumacher in white leather with silver nail head trim. Voila!

Warm and fuzzy wool rugs in reds and garnet from Lee Jofa. Your toes will love these.

The grand finale! Show stopping elegance in hand- cut crystals and warm silver frames.  “Cascades” chandelier from Fine Art Lamps. Happy Holidays from Letitia Little Interior Design!

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

DESIGNER’S TIP on Holiday Decorating part II

Here are a few quick and easy ways to decorate for the Holidays using things you already have around the house.

Silver and red are so pretty together this time of year. These mint julep cups look great with red ball ornaments. Add a sprig of  greenery and some red berries and you have a simple but  festive table top decoration. These cups look great in the summer with flower bouquets. I have used them in the spring as well, with green moss.

I love hydrangeas and these white silk ones with a touch of green are so elegant with the red berry branches. I put them in a simple glass vase and added green moss.  The little fat red cardinals  add just the right amount of red. This arrangement would be perfect  on a table all winter long.

These colorful red and green throw pillows add holiday color to a chair or sofa. Pillows are a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of a room for the season. They’ll add cheer through the long winter months too.  

Red and green floral print in cotton chintz makes a great pillow to pair with the red silk stripe. 

This antique desk looks festive for the holidays with red santas  and holiday greenery. The old silver pitcher comes out of the cupboard to hold greens.

I hope this post gives you some food for thought as you decorate your home for the season. Happy Holidays.

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

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