Monthly Archives: February 2011

Interior Design: Beauty in Black

 Ever wondered how a bathroom dressed in black would look?  Now you know!   

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Karen Mills' blog

Karen Mills' blog

Karen Mills' blog

Karen Mills blog

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Black can add an edgy look or simply envelope you in a mysterious shroud that often speaks of luxury.   Notice how the black on the walls make them disappear while the red wall seems to jump out at you?  That’s because cool colors and dark colors recede while warm colors like red, orange or yellow advance towards you.

Just remember as you’re starting to design your own bathroom to begin with how you want the space to function for you and then have fun with styles, color or themes.   

For more bathroom ideas, don’t miss Living Large Sunday at 10am on News Radio 980 KMBZ (streams live on kmbz.com) as I interview nationally known interior designer Timothy Corrigan about the bathrooms he’s designing for a castle along with Matt Muenster from DIY Network, plus Byron Dougherty and Jeff West from Bedrock International.

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Timothy Corrigan

And if you’re looking for ideas to personalize your room’s design then tune into Living Largeat 10:30am on Classical 1660 KXTR (streams live on kxtr.com) in Kansas City as nationally known designer Alexa Hampton shares her ideas on the topic. 

Or join us on our Facebook fan page at Living Large.

Interior Design: Furniture That’s Fabulous

 Looking for a fabulous piece of furniture?  Then check out the  furniture that’s available 

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Magnetic floating sofa

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online or in stores.  And don’t forget about vintage or antique because often those pieces are the best.  As an interior designer I know because I’ve found some great vintage and antique furniture right here in Kansas City!

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Karen Mills' blog post on furniture

The Aviator chair inspired by WWII fighter planes

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Aviator desk

 Don’t you just love the look of these aviator pieces by Restoration Hardware?   They’re a great example of the new protection trend. 

 
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Campion Platt book

For more great information on furniture, don’t miss Living Large this Sunday at 10am on News Radio 980 KMBZ (streams live on kmbz.com) as I air an interview with celebritydesigner and architect Campion Platt along with other experts about furniture and trends.

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Campion Platt

Or if you would like to know how to create a personalized look in your home, then tune into Living Large at 10:30am on Classical 1660 KXTR (streams live on kxtr.com) as I speak with celebrity designer Alexa Hampton about how to personalize your space.

If you can’t tune in to listen live, then check out our podcasts at the top of our blog where you can listen anytime or become a fan of our Facebook fan page for Living Large.

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Accessory Trends 2012 in Interior Design by interior designer Karen Mills of Kansas City

Want to know the latest accessory trends for 2012 according to Benjamin Moore? How about spikes, caging, netting and padding or anything to do with protection or preservation? I’ve already seen examples of these hot new looks not only in home decor but also in fashion, so keep your eyes open for more to come!

Interior Design & Accessorizing: The Jewelry of Your Home

 You just bought new furniture and had it delivered.  Now what?!  Sound familiar?   I can help.  The secret lies in

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thinking of your room as an outfit  and the lamps, rugs, pillows and other decor as accessories (jewelry, shoes, scarves or wraps) that complete your look.    Its what I call Design A La Mode, the merging of fashion and interior design together as I shared with you in last year’s national award winning Symphony Designers’ Showhouse where I was design chair.

To successfully complete the design of a room, add layers in texture, color and light on your walls, floors, ceilings and windows where you have the most impact.    Some ways to add layers of texture and color to your space include area rugs, unusual furniture pieces, window treatments, lamps, pillows/throws, artwork or other accessories for example.

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Showtime Poltrona chair

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Normally I start with a piece or artwork, area rug or fabric that my client loves as inspiration for the room, while also keeping in mind the architecture/style of the space and views outside.  Then I layer in accessories in those colors and varying textures until the room feels complete.  

As an interior designer that’s been in hundreds of client’s homes, I’ve found that the biggest mistake that homeowners make with their interior design is either stopping before they add layers in texture and color or just not grouping together their collections to create interesting stories.  When grouping your accessories in collections, just remember to consider partnering items of the same color, style or category for more impact, but be open to bending the rules for the right look..

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Besides paintings, sculptures and other artwork, some of my favorite accessories include family heirlooms, antiques or vintage pieces in urns, vases, candelbras, candlesticks, old books, glass, wrought iron, dishes or collectibles that can be moved around to different spaces and utilized in different ways.

For more great tips on accessorizing, don’t miss Living Large this coming Sunday at 10am CST on News Radio 980 KMBZ (streams live on kmbz.com) as I talk with one of my favorite people on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show, designer Tracy Hutson who reveals her must have accessory along with secrets to successfully accessorizing.   

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ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designer Tracy Hutson

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Or if you’re looking for ideas for flooring, then tune into Living Large at 10:30am this Saturday on Classical 1660 KXTR as I talk with DIY Network host and former sports pro Bill Goldberg about the latest in flooring plus how to create a mancave in your garage. 

And if you can’t tune in Sunday catch our podcast later by just clicking on the link at the top of our blog to hear the show.  Plus don’t forget to become a fan of Living Large on Facebook or join us on twitter!

Remodeling Trends in Interior Design: What’s Hot?

According to CBS MoneyWatch the top 12 remodeling trends for 2011 are …

Karen Mills' blog on remodeling trends 2011

Karen Mills' blog on remodeling trends

1. Remodeling bathrooms because they are less expensive than kitchens.   And if you don’t have money for a complete remodel you can still repaint or wallpaper, replace hardware faucets and knobs plus light fixtures to update your space.  

Don’t you just love this Sanibel CoastalReef tile with shelves for candles pictured above? 

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2. Must Do Remodeling Projects

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3. Warming Up The House  by picking warmer inviting colors in earthy organic styles with a little contemporary flair.

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Other top trends for 2011 I always recommend as an interior designer include opening up rooms in an existing house,  creating a place to relax plus planning ahead for our needs (Universal Design) as we age. 

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Before you begin, though, don’t forget one of the other top trends this year of selecting a great contractor.  And NARI (National Association of  The Remodeling Industry) offers a  brochure you can download on on selecting a great contractor click here to go to their website.

http://www.nari.org/   

To read about the rest of the Top Remodeling Trends for 2011, click here.

http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/home-equity/12-top-remodeling-trends-for-2011/3380/

For more great remodeling trends and tips, don’t miss Living Large with Karen Mills this Sunday at 10am CST on News Radio 980 KMBZ (streams live on kmbz.com) as I talk with celebrity designer and former HGTV host Michael Payne along with DIY host Josh Temple, plus Jack Rediger from Malibu Sunrooms. 

Or if you just want to start with the basics, then tune into Living Large with Karen Mills this Saturday at 10:30am CST on Classical 1660 KXTR (streams live on kxtr.com) in Kansas City as I talk with New York celebrity design team of White/Webb about where to start with the design of your space.

Plus don’t forget to become a fan of Living Large on Facebook or follow us on twitter at livinglargeshow!