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Interior Design: 3 Ways to Successfully Mix n Match Your Existing Furnishings

 

As an interior designer who’s designed or decorated over 1100 homes, I understand how overwhelming it can be for a homeowner to bring together their disparate furnishings to create a beautifully designed interior.  Read on for 3 steps you can take today to created a more finished look.

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Photo courtesy of Horst by Hickory White

1. Repetition – To coordinate mismatched furniture or accessories I recommend tying them together by repeating a color from one piece to onto another like the pillow, rug, and art in this photo that helps unify the furnishings to create a beautiful interior design.  The branches, rug, artwork, and cloth fabrics also provide a welcome contrast to the hard surfaces of the floor, windows, walls, and table.

 

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Photo courtesy of Marge Carson

2. Opposites Attract –  One great way to combine furnishings is by juxtaposing shiny finishes with dull, textural with smooth or formal with casual to give your room life and keep it interesting.   The upholstery, branches, stone formation, and rug contrast beautifully against the hard surface of the tables while the brown pillow on the sofa marries the sofa to the chair.

3. Size (and shape) Matters –  When creating vignettes of accessories in your space whether its for a tabletop or shelves, try to place objects of various heights, sizes, texture, and shapes together to create a cohesive whole like this photo, while keeping taller items at the back for a graduated look.   Pillows, artwork, and blue accessories bring together the color palette, while the yellow vases provide an unexpected pop of color.

Click here to watch one of my recent TV interviews with Gina Bullard on Better Kansas City on KCTV5 about how to create rooms with staying power

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Interior Design: Clever Ways to Disguise Your Flat Screen TV

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan Charles furniture

Let’s face it.  Even though we often love the convenience of a large flat screen TV, we don’t always want to showcase them because they can detract from our spaces.  As an interior designer, I rarely put TVs on display in living rooms, because they compete with the beautiful interiors we design.  So if you’re looking for a way to hide your television in the living room or family room, here is a link to a recent article I wrote on 7 Clever Ways to Conceal Your Flat Screen TV for Houzz.

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/84546202/list/7-clever-ways-to-conceal-your-tv-in-the-living-or-family-room

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Interior Design: Lucite (clear acrylic) Furniture Finds

 

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Raleigh bed by Bernhardt Furniture

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know.  When an interior design trend reaches the retail market it’s usually a good sign to interior designers that the trend is on its way out.   But that’s not been true with lucite furnishings, an acrylic almost transparent material.

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Iconic Ghost chair by Phillip Starck for Kartell

In fact as an interior designer, I just suggested this lucite sink base pictured below for a bathroom.

 

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Acrylic sink legs by Palmer Industries

And I specified a lucite coffee table for another interior design project recently.  One of the big reasons I love lucite is because it virtually disappears in a room helping create a lighter feel.  But lucite was popular in the 70s too which has made a huge comeback in the U.S.

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Lipstick chair courtesy of Sand Birch

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Lucite coffee table featured by 1st Dibs

If you’re a fan of lucite furnishings and want to add one to your collection you need to understand that not all lucite furnishings are high quality.

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Lucite scroll table featured by 1st Dibs

One way to tell if you’re looking at a quality piece is to ensure the joints or connected areas are transparent.  Then you can purchase a piece that will be more likely to hold up and maybe even become valuable later.

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Lucite bar stools featured by 1st Dibs

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Interior Decorating: Fabulous New Finds in Chairs

 

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Courtesy of Lee Industries

Ready to see what’s new or fun in chairs from the interior design industry?  Here are some of my favorites that are starting to make an appearance or already have.

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Courtesy of Lexington furniture

Love how the embossed leather is juxtaposed against the shiny metallic arms to create a “wow” look.

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Elka chair by Bernhardt furniture

This Elka chair looks so inviting and could fit in a wide range of design styles, making it a popular choice for interior designers.

Alexandra chair by Hickory furniture

Alexandra chair by Hickory furniture

When I saw this Alexandra chair I just made me smile because its so feminine and light.  Plus I love the quatrofoil design in the back that’s commonly described as Moroccan style.

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Dixon arm chair by Century furniture

How beautiful are the lines in this Dixon chair with arms that almost feel like they’re trying to hug you?

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Barrington chair by Dunn

Love how much style is in the Barrington chair by Dunn.  Amazing how a simple wood chair can have such a feminine edge to it by introducing sexy slim legs and a thin profile seat.

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