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Mid Century Modern is defined by the creative, original style of furniture and architecture so popular in the 50′s 60′s and 70′s. Much of the furniture was designed in the 1920′s by greats like Marcel Breuer and  Mies van der Rohe. Designers like Charles and Ray Eames and Aero Saarinen designed in the 50′s. What follows are some examples of this ever popular interior design style.


Here’s the perfect 50′s look: low slung sofa, bent wood chair, tall shapely lamp and medium wood tones not to mention the gorgeous sheers on the windows.  Momentum by Harlequin


What is more iconic than the Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe designed in 1929 and still perfect in the new milleneum. Graceful, georgeous, functional. By  Design Within Reach


Another must have for the mid- century modern home, the sputnik light. This one  is by Jonathan Adler in satin nickel.


The pattern and color of this wallpaper is such a great look with the skinny legged table and sofa. By Harlequin


Another iconic symbol of the 50′s is this the Womb chair designed  by Aero Saarinen. This one in gray is very restful. By  Knoll

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID,  is an award winning interior designer inMinneapolis,MN.





                                                                                  ALL THINGS RED AND GREEN

Bring home some cheer for the Holidays and beyond with the following one- of- a- kind furnishings for modern interiors.


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Brighten up a winter room with a Mid Century Modern sofa in red from Design Within Reach.red green pillow

This cozy chair is all dressed up in red and green “peppermint stripes”. Fun  “Medley Spot” pillow is the perfect finishing  touch. Fabrics by Jane Churchill.

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Add some whimsy with a rustic red leather chair in Cowboy style! Handcrafted heirloom furniture by Old Hickory.

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Let’s switch it up with an elegant emerald green chest in painted burl. Wow! Consulate collection by Century.

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Humorous “March Hare” wallpaper in red and white by Jane Churchill. What could be more fun?


Add some real pizzaz to your kitchen for the Holidays with this red quartz countertop in Cardigan Red. by Cambria.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. go to 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.

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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.

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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.

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Unique  one- of -a -kind pieces and unusual antiques  say “Americana” in this Hamptons boutique owned by designer Anthony Baratta.

Baker chairArchival 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.




Unusual Textures

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.artisan fab. - Copy

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.

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These handsome wood blinds set off the worn leather chairs and washed old wood table with its unique artifacts. By Hartmann  and Forbes.

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The marvelous texture of this “snakeskin” wallpaper combined with the horsehair bench is perfect for the new lodge look. Luxe Lodge wallpapers from Schumacher.

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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.

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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.

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This casual chair shows off New Green in a  nubby linen.  by Century.

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Elemental greens color pallette by Benjamin Moore.

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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.

brunswig - CopyBright fuschia and orange put these luscious fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils front and center for 2013.

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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

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The paint names alone will stimulate creativity: Peruvian Chili, Egyptian Clay, Hot Tamale, Tomato Tango, and Tropical Fruit by Ben Moore.

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These bright, fiery colors really pack a punch in this modern interior by Jonathan Adler.

golden p[allette - Copy The  nature infused colors of “Golden Fields” from Benjamin Moore are soothing, relaxing and homey.

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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.



MORE TEXTURAL TOPICS in Fabulous Fall Colors



Here are more exciting textures and colors that inspire me as I design interiors for clients. I see alot of interior product so I am always drawn to the new and unusual in fabrics, furniture and accessories. 

This richly textured chenille fabric has the visual warmth of a hand knit sweater. Looks great on the modern arm chair. By Romo

Thick strands of seagrass are loosely woven into the drum shape of the Nina chandelier by Made Goods. It’s perfect for Mid Century Modern interiors.

Textured, small scale weaves with a luxurious hand add tactile dimension to chairs and sofas. Fabrics by Romo

Is it mineral or furniture? This chunky stool in gold crackle ceramic can be used outdoors or indoors. Talk about unique! by Made Goods

Wool area rugs from the Middle East are  in a special category of textures all their own and  are always in demand and in style.

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

TEXTURAL TOPICS in Fabulous Fall Colors


One of my favorite seasons is almost here. There is something about the fall colors of rust, orange, gold, and red that make us feel ready to come inside. Add some interesting textures and you’ve got an  interior design  that feels all warm and cozy.

 Silk stripe in “hot” orange gives this classic sofa a fresh feel. Pair it with the linen print pillows for a wonderful contrast of textures. Suzanne Kasler for Lee Jofa. To me this look is the perfect marriage of “modern” and traditional. I love it.

Want to mix things up a bit? Add this funky stool in teak and amber mirror squares. Talk about texture! by Made Goods

Color updates a crewel fabric by Lee Jofa.This centuries old  type of woven fabric was traditionally done in cream or off white. These vibrant colors add richness while the wool embroidery provides the texture. Stunning!

This fabulous textural wallpaper by Zimmer Rohde begs you to touch it. Love it in rust and gray-an updated color combination.This wood frame mirror is covered in silver then hammered and etched to create marvelous texture. Tiny round mirrors complete the ethnic style. by Made Goods in gold finish.

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


Bold, geometric shapes are everywhere in interior design this year. They make strong statements in fabric, wallpaper, furniture design and even lighting in modern and traditional styles. Here are a few examples that caught my eye.

This glass front console with the white fretwork is so crisp and modern and the orange geometric fabric on these classic Chinese chairs gives them a fabulous update.Chin Hua by Century Furniture. Wonderful, bold colors!

This chic,  modern wall sconce is like a piece of jewelry all done up in silver circles and blue silk shade. by Vaughan Lighting. 

Love this little loveseat in the blue, white and black  pagoda print with its shaped back. This new Chin Hua collection by Century is so exciting and creative!

 The linear quality  of this nickel chandelier is softened by the flower petals. And there’s that blue again.(can you tell I like blue?) Very lighthearted! by Vaughan

This gray and white geometric fabric is very popular right now. Looks great on this chair by Century and would work for curtains or bed coverings too.

The red, white and blue color scheme works with the Chinese furniture to create a  new twist to an old style. How American! Chin Hua by Century. 

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


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