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I was  recently selecting  bath faucets and sinks for a client project of mine and discovered some exciting new products from Kohler. The following caught my eye.


Wow! what a way to show off the tub…do it in Orchid.


Briolette faceted glass bath sink is so beautiful it’s like jewlery for the bathroom.


I love the elegance of the column design in this updated Artifacts sink spout. Perfect for any traditional master bath.


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Pretty in Pink. This Portrait sink is all dressed up with a feminine mirror and pink wall. Benjamin Moore paint.

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Leaf sink by Kohler has a tranquil Zen quality to it. Very crisp and modern.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.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.

TEXTURAL TOPICS for Fall Interiors

                                                               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!

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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.

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What could be more textural than this beautifully matched veneer wood table top! Savoy dining table by Century.

Osb LittThese 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.

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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.



INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS- Traditional Bathrooms

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These beautifully updated products are perfect for today’s master bath.

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This free standing, cast iron tub with solid base is a beautiful example of the newest trend in traditional style bathrooms. “Vintage” by Kohler.


These  handmade tiles by Adex have a special glaze that gives them a unique, yet timeless look.

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I love the slender lines of this graceful faucet  set. The polished nickel gives a crisp updated look to the tradtional  feel. by Moen


Any one of these beautiful patterned fabrics by Mary McDonald for Schumacher would make elegant window coverings in a master bath; or anywhere else in the home for that matter.


This graceful rendition of the beaded chandelier would bring any master bath up to date. By Hudson Valley.  Would look fabulous in almost any room.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more 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.


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.





Design is in the details and all manner of trims and fringes are part of  the multi layered look so essential for today’s interiors from modern to traditional styles. Trims are one of my favorite ways to complete a design project and add a touch of individuality.Tapes and beaded fringe highlight bold patterns and solids in the Urban Loft Collection by Kravet. And yes you can use fringe in modern interiors.

These yummy beaded trims were inspired by haute couture fashion houses from the 50′s and 60′s. The rich jewel tones will enhance the most luxurious fabrics and textures. by KravetThese bold tapes from the Hamptons Collection by Bargia, can  add colorful detailing to pillows and bedding.The subtle nuances of menswear tailoring are brought to life by the use of raffia and suede in these wonderfully textured trims by Joseph Abboud for Kravet.

For a change of pace try multi shaped  glass beads combined with velvet and metals for some Vintage Romance. Colorways  come in Opera, Castle, and Venetian. Just the names evoke luxury and riches. by Kravet.

More luxury is seen in these richly detailed trims by Bargia.  Covered beads combined with jewels and silken bows in deep rich colors make these little goodies irresistable.

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

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