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What’s New in Furniture for 2012

Trends in interior design are always fun for me to follow because they keep me on my toes. Fresh new looks  inspire creativity. One of the strongest  trends in furniture for 2012 is natural, light woods. Oak is back but in bleached, white washed or grayed tones. Think driftwood. These natural tones are an exciting casual look and provide a neutral background for any color scheme. Silver leaf finishes are the new metallic. Their soft sheen is upscale and elegant.  You will see them on tables, chests, mirrors, lamps etc.  Another new trend is lacquered tables, consoles and cabinets. Done in white or lipstick red, the look is very hip. Each one of the following examples can be the inspiration for a whole new room or the perfect finishing touch to an existing room design.

“Bees Knees” chair and occasional table by Caracole

 Pine chandelier from Century. The smooth white shades contrast perfectly with the rough wood for fabulous texture. 

 I love the silver leaf sheen with the black painted legs of these nest of tables from Caracole.

 Red lacquer cocktail table from Somerset Bay in a Greek key design. Fun!

This great little chest is called “Bedrock” from Caracole. Perfect for bedroom or casual living room.

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

COLOR FORECAST 2012 Part I

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.

INTERIOR TEXTURES INSPIRED BY NATURE

 

Texture and color inspire me when I design interiors for clients. The creative possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples.

Wool rugs from Lee Jofa are colorful and loaded with  texture. Can be used  to complement interiors in dining rooms, living rooms, hallways and bedrooms.

 The graceful, hammered iron legs contrast beautifully with the glass top in this cocktail table by Kolkka. 

 

The imaginative play of textures creates loads of drama for this interior.  The smooth wood of this contemporary console contrasts nicely with the fuzzy pillows on the linen sofa and the rock wall. By Harden

The pattern created by the iron “screens” in this Shoji chandelier is very tactile and evokes the Japenese aethetic. By Corbett.

Porcelain floor tiles have the rich, textural look and feel of natural stone. The square tiles are enhanced by the mosaic border, which adds another dimension of interest. By Pietre Travertine

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

ELEGANT DESIGN ELEMENTS For The HOLIDAYS

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.

Mid-Century Modern Style

 

During the middle part of the 20th century, the 1950′s – early 1970′s, architecture and interiors were defined by the simple, sleek lines  of minimalist design. Low slung, small scale furniture and the horizontal line were the norm.  Furniture in basic shapes and unusual materials  broke the mold. What follows are some popular icons of what we call” Mid- Century Modern”

 Stahl House designed by Pierre Koenig in 1960 is the eptiome of reductivist architecture. “With its welded steel frame and roof deck, overhanging eaves and open-air swimming pool it represents the “Contemporary” style of 1950′s California”. from the American House book by Phaidon

 The brick fireplace, redwood wall and low slung furniture are perfect examples of “modernism” from the mid 20th century. From the Naturally Modern book by Ros Byam Shaw.

Danish Modern Credenza designed by Knoll in the early 1960′s.

Executive office designed and furnished for Look magazine in 1958. Cocktail table by Eero Saarinen. Desk and chairs by Florence Knoll.  

“ Naguchi” table with glass top and 2 part movable base  is a popular piece in today’s “modern” interiors.

 Eames chair from the 1950′s in moulded plywood and leather designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames.

Eichler Homes first designed in 1950 by Joseph Eichler, were affordable homes built in the San Francisco Bay Area. Typical features include “open floor pans, high ceilings, exposed  redwood beams and underfloor heating. Bedrooms and bathrooms are often on the street side to reinforce the private nature of the main living space” which overlooks the back yard. There are 11,000 of  these homes being lived in today! Great style. From the American House book by Phaidon.

Visit www.letitialittle.com for a 2009 take on a Mid-Century Modern dining room.

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

TREND SETTING CHAIRS

 Throughout history, chairs have been icons of style for each era of architectural and interior design. The Egyptians developed the first chair. The Greeks designed the Klismos chair, the first to be comfortable as well as graceful. The 18th century in France and England saw the beginning of interior design. Cabinet makers designed beautiful and unique chairs and other pieces of furniture for royalty and aristocrats, defining the style for the reign of a monarch. The French Louis XV chair is characterised by the elegant cabriole leg. The English Queen Anne chair also has a cabriole leg, but it’s heavier.  During the Federal period in America, cabinet makers themselves became famous for their furniture designs. The straight reeded legs and camel back of the Chippendale chair make it easily recognisable.  Whatever the era, chairs have been style setters of interior design.

 This chair is an adaptation of the Greek Klismos chair first created 2500 years ago. Its graceful legs complement the elegant back. A perfect choice for today’s contemporary interiors. What a true classic!

This  French Louis XV canopy chair(from the 18th Century)provides shelter and comfort  for its occupant. The graceful cabriole leg with delicate feet is a typical characteristic of this unique chair. 

 This Martha Washington chair with its straight legs and camel back is  from the American Federal period (late 1700′s) but gets its design direction from the earlier Chippendale period.

This handsome chair typifies the Arts and Crafts style of the early 1900′s. The beauty of the chair is in its carefully crafted simplicity.

 This Art Nouveau chair is distinguished by its delicacy and grace; a truly elegant piece of sculpture. This era followed Arts and Crafts.

 This chair is an adaptation of the Parisian Art Deco style furniture in the 1930′s….a stylish trend setter.

This “Lifesaver” chair from the 1980′s is a fun and whimsical design interpretation of a classic chair. A real show stopper in bright blue!

All chairs from Artistic Frame.One of my favorites.

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

ACCESSORIES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

Want to change the look of your interiors without re- decorating the whole room? Well chosen accessories can do that. In fact accessories are powerful design elements in any interior. The right ones can be the frosting on the cake and truly finish off a room. The wrong ones can ruin the entire design.

 If you have neutral furnishings you can easily switch out pillows and accessories to create a new look for your room for not too much money. These colorful pillows and natural floral arrangement create great texture for Fall. And they won’t break the bank.

Hand crafted  accessories like these suggest an Artisan feel and provide character to a casual setting. Handwoven African baskets, glazed ceramic pitchers, antique silver stirrups, a crude wooden bench and a Kilim rug work well together to make a rich, ethnic statement. 

Custom made throw pillows in deep rich autumn colors make a bold statement on a white sofa. An off white or tan sofa would work too. 

More textural pillows in rust and turquoise.

 Southwestern basket, ceramic horses from South America and giant silk mums offer yet more possibilites for  variety and change in a great room or living room.

 Wonderful, crude santos from Guatamala look great on an end table. An interior designer to help you select one -of -a -kind items like all of the ones  shown. You might even have some special mementos from your travels. Visit flea markets and fairs for ideas too. 

Here’s another look at the same living room with different pillows and accessories all dressed up for the Holidays. See my post dated December 2010.

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

Before and After

 COZY,INTERIOR DESIGN MAKEOVER FOR A LITTLE USED ROOM

I designed a Gentleman’s Study for this ASID Showcase  House that was built in the early 1900′s. The room  was originally a nanny’s room that adjoined a childrens’ bedroom.  It was pretty chopped up with 2 doors, 2 large windows and a closet. Square footage was at a premium so every inch counted in this redesign. I wanted the interior design for this room to feel like of a turn- of -the- century study to fit the style of this traditional English home. It had loads of charm to start with, being tucked up under the eaves, and had a great view of the front gardens.

 

 I removed the shelves above the windows and the roman shades to help open up the room.

The door to adjoining room, on the right, was no longer necessary so it was closed off.

Keep the white trim and give the walls a fresh coat of Shelburne Buff from Benjamin Moore. 

My inspiration for the colors came from this homey cotton rug in deep red and tan stripes. The balloon shades in vertical cotton ticking stripes have a “club” feeling without being heavy. And they “raise” the ceiling.  The 2 comfortable arm chairs, one in cordovan leather and one in warm red and tan tapestry are perfect for conversation or quiet reading.

The room is more spacious without the extra door and now the fireplace feels more important.

The leather topped desk provides writing surface without taking up alot of space visually and can accomodate a laptop. Botanical prints and the oil painting add old English flavor. Accessories are an important  aspect  to the overall design of the room because they complete the look and provide personal touches. 

The vertical landscape painting with its large scale helps to visually enlarge the room and the beautiful wood frame adds texture. Vintage phone and letter holder add a touch of whimsy.

This project was so much fun to do. Even though its a small room it makes a real design statement. It has been reborn into a quiet retreat with English flair to fit the architecture.

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

CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR, by Letitia

                                                                                                                                                                        BRILLIANT BLUE AND WHITE

What could be more fresh and crisp then a blue and white color scheme  for summer? Its a great combination for any interior style from Contemporary to Traditional.

Here’s a perfect example of a timeless blue and white nautical theme by Ralph Lauren. The fabrics are cotton and linen so they are cool and crisp for summer.  Inspired by ocean breezes and  sandy beaches. A great traditional, casual look.

 More blue and white inspiration: A wonderful whimsical cotton toile from Stroheim called Cathay Pastora. The name says it all! Great as throw pillows, curtains or bed coverings.

Wonderful entry demi lune table in black contrastes perfectly with this soothing white wall. By Caracole.

Try the Cathay toile as pillows on this glamorous sofa by Kravet.

More fabulous blue and white fabrics in traditional silk damask and contemporary linens, from Stroheim, Fabricut and Maxwell. Wood tassels and shell trim from Kravet.

Elegant Neo Classic occasional chair in washed white finish by Schumacher. Try it in the blue and white key design fabric (above) for a real punch!

These fabulous washed linen napkins just say “summer cottage by the beach”. Great for casual dining.  from Pine Cone Hill.

Starburst cocktail table is a good example of transitional styling  in a wonderful weathered look. From Kravet.

Considering a remodel or redecoration for your home? Visit www.letitialittle.com for info on using a professional interior designer to help you accomplish your goals.

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