Tasteful Neon

I honestly never thought that I would write about this.  Neon has sort of always struck me as one of those tacky color intensities… but I found myself being drawn to more and more interiors with either a little neon, or in some cases even a lot of it.  There are ways to keep it tasteful, though — let’s not get crazy here and paint every wall a neon hue.  You will not learn that from this blog.  😉

Furniture Accents — One Stand-Out Piece

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Think of this piece as the star of your room.  This is a great opportunity to select something both wild in color and in shape.  By going bold with this, tone down the rest of the room to accommodate.

Grounding Black + White

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In most cases black is the grounding factor in a room; but I think that with a small dose of neon, the effect is reversed and the bold color actually grounds the space.  Especially with lots of pattern to be found, like this little kitchen dining area.


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Have fun with your tile and introduce a little neon with your kitchen backsplash and bathroom hard surfaces.  I wouldn’t say that this is a timeless look, but if you’re wanting to showcase personality and whimsy, neon is a great way to go.

Architectural Accents

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Highlight those architectural elements with an accent of neon.  The perfect little pop of color — think shelves, moldings, doors, etc.  Anywhere you can get just that little edge.

Your Fifth Wall

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This is me harpin’ on how I don’t want you to forget your fifth wall!  😉  Your ceiling is the perfect spot for a splash of neon.  Keep other colors much less saturated, but don’t be afraid to still have a mix of color, pattern, and texture.  Accent your neon vibes with a piece of jewelry for your ceiling.


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When in doubt, neon lighting is a safe way to play it.  Table lamps, pendants, sconces, little chandeliers (or big ones!) — this is a very easy way to implement this element without spending a lot of money or making a huge statement with a more or less permanent design fixture.

Distribution of Color

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Color distribution is a topic we’ll talk more about another day, but basically I’m referencing evenly distributing color around a space so that it is pleasing to the eye.  Whether you use different neon colors or the bright yellow we all think of, this is a beautiful way to showcase this trend.

Modern Wine Storage

 I’m not the biggest wine-drinker there ever was.  But that definitely doesn’t mean that I don’t love looking at pretty wine storage!  I think that if there is one room that I would design for myself in my dream house that would be almost entirely unnecessary, it would be a wine room.  Like, I would have it just to have it.  My taste in decorating for myself renders more traditional, but today I thought it would be fun to look at modern wine storage.

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First and foremost — a wine room can be anything.  It can be a room where you sit down and enjoy your glass (or two).  It can be a room just for storing the goods.  Heck, it can be a closet.

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The Wine Room

For a modern wine room, you’re going to want to pay very closet attention to your materials that make up the details of your design.  Think sleek metals, like shiny brass and silver, glass shelving, and large glass doors or encasements.

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Another thing — lighting!  Use spotlights or wall lights to highlight textures, or a great chandelier or pendant light to add a little jewelry to your fifth wall.

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A word about wood — darker wood tones generally lend well to a contemporary-modern style, while textural or colored laminates and woods swing toward the sexy-mod vibe.  It all depends on the look you’re going for.  Darker wood tones can be transitional, too.  Mix and match your materials and finishes — don’t be matchy-matchy.

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Wine Cellar Innovations

Think outside the box — storage for cigars, a flooring design made entirely out of wine corks…  Modern wine storage = a place to have some fun.  It’s a bonus room!  Give it some personality.


As far as my relationship with European design goes, we’re basically BFFs.  There were so many subjects that I loved while I was going to school for interior design; but my most favorite times were when we discussed European design influences.  Enter: Chinoiserie.

The word ‘chinoiserie’ is ridiculously fun to say, and almost as chic as its shortened version, ‘Chinois,’ which means ‘Chinese.’  Yes, we’re talking Europe’s take on the classic elements of Chinese design, architecture, and even literature and performing arts.  It seems the Europeans were intent on copying this style, with their own flair for the drama, of course.

The elements are considered to be feminine, and in my experience people either love or hate the style altogether.  Chances are if you are a fan of French design and especially the Rococo period, you love Chinois (almost) as much as I do. 😉

Ways to Implement Chinoiserie (AKA…now we look at some pretty pictures)


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Obviously not for the faint of heart, this has huge impact and requires a big commitment.  But if you’re Chinoiserie’s Number Two Fan (I’m Number One, heh), then this will not seem scary to you — only the epitome of style!

Repetitive Wall Coverings

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de Gournay

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Using a wallpaper with one consistent pattern is a little bit busier for the eye, but invokes a feeling rather than a story.  The great thing about Chinoiserie is that it is a pretty neutral design element — it can swing from traditional to ultra-contemporary depending on what you pair it with in a space.  It’s a very specific but also very versatile pattern.

Furniture and Soft Goods/Accents

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There’s nothing more beautiful than this secretary.  I’m sorry, there’s just not.  This is literally my DREAM piece of furniture.  Try Chinoiserie on for size with gorgeous statements like this, or with soft goods and accents like pillows or draperies.  Textiles are your friend.

Framed Wallpaper Sections

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If you don’t have the $$ to buy a full wall of paper, just add a little statement by framing a pretty section of Chinois wallpaper.  Erin from Elements of Style has done this expertly in her bedroom.  You still get that feminine feeling for a fraction of the cost.

Jars, Vases, Canisters, etc.

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Anna Burke Interiors

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Probably the simplest and most accessible way to add Chinoiserie vibes to your space is with ceramics.  Create a grouping for a collected-over-time look, or just accent with one piece — the effect is classic and beautiful, even to a modern space!

The Globe Chair

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There are a great many furniture pieces that stick out for me as favorites during the industrial design era, but I think that the Globe Chair (or, the Ball Chair) by Eero Aarnio is my most favorite.

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In Aarnio’s own words:

“The idea of the chair was very obvious. We had moved to our first home and I had started my free-lance career in 1962.

We had a home but no proper big chair, so I decided to make one, but some way a really new one. After some drawing I noticed that the shape of the chair had become so simple that it was merely a ball. I pinned the full scale drawing on the wall and sat in the chair to see how my head would move when sitting inside it. Being the taller one of us I sat in the chair and my wife drew the course of my head on the wall. This is how I determined the height of the chair. Since I aimed at a ball shape, the other lines were easy to draw, just remembering that the chair would have to fit through a doorway.

After this I made the first prototype myself using an inside mould, which has been made using the same principle as a glider fuselage or wing. I covered the plywood body mould with wet paper and laminated the surface with fiberglass, rubbed down the outside, removed the mould from inside, had it upholstered and added the leg. In the end I installed the red telephone on the inside wall of the chair. The naming part of the chair was easy, the BALL CHAIR was born.”

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And what an iconic birth it was!

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Pernille Kaalund

It appears that pups love to lounge in these chairs, too!  Big dogs or little dogs — these chairs are equal opportunity.  🙂

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Apartment Therapy

How’s this for a more traditional application?  Pretty awesome juxtaposition.

Lucite Entry Tables

Happy Monday!

I think one of my favorite design mediums is lucite.  I’ve got a pair of ghost chairs that I love and also would love to get a couple of those lucite nesting tables for beside our bed.  But one way that I especially love to see lucite is in an entry!

Taking up literally no visual space at all, lucite is the perfect selection for tight quarters.  Styling these tables with a lamp, a small vase of flowers, some books, and of course a drop zone for keys is really easy because the table is so chic.  Bonus points for an ottoman or two underneath!  🙂

Have a great day!

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The Everygirl

Fifth Wall Friday

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How about this incredible restaurant in China, decorated with acrylic all around — including the incredible ceiling you see here with beige acrylic accents.  Only the best lighting for this magical fifth wall, of course.

This week I felt like I just could not keep up with life.  There are some more personal struggles I have been facing and it makes it difficult to stay motivated and involved with the day to day.  Hoping for a refreshing weekend with family time, a little bit of work, and some “me time,” too.  Hope you have a wonderful one!

Moody-Hued Rooms

When I was in interior design school, my teacher lovingly referred to rooms with overall moody palettes as “murdered-out” spaces.  It sounds pretty hardcore, and it is!  These rooms overwhelm you with their heavy color schemes but are not lacking in style and pizzaz if executed the right way.

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How’s this for the ultimate in retro glam?  Glossy tiles everywhere, glossy door to continue the look on the outside, and tons of brass.  The icing on the cake is the dark green color splashed over every inch.  It keeps the wild in all the right places.

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We see a lot of white interiors being punctuated with black, but this is arguably a black interior punctuated with white!  I love the change of pace.  The crystal-clear arms on all of the light fixtures and of course the glass insert on the door are just the elements of negative space needed to make this foyer perfect!

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This interior utilizes black paint to cover every bit of the walls and ceiling. Furniture is kept dark with bits and pieces of wood here and there.  This is a moody room through and through.  Natural light is your best friend in a room like this!

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A glossy blue hallways has just the right amount of visual interest in this home.  I love that the overall feel is moody because of the darker undertones in the blue that was chosen for this space.  A lighter or pale blue would have a much different vibe.

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The more traditional feel of this office is great — and all of the black just creates a really luxurious appeal.  Accessories and furniture are kept on the lighter side, while the black walls keep the space very grounded.  White ceiling for relief.

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This looks like cerused oak to me!  Crazy about that finish.  That light and bright trussed ceiling is the perfect design decision for an all-black office with an ornate decorative finish.  Your eyes need somewhere to rest!  Interest is kept alive with simple white paneling and jewelry for the ceiling.

Floating Vanities

Good morning!  I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend.

It seems that a brewing trend in bathroom design is the floating vanity.  Welcome to contemporary, traditional, and transitional styles, this is a design that anyone can utilize!  I love when a trend can be spread over varying aesthetics and elements — my favorite!  🙂

Easing into Monday with inspiration.  Enjoy!

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Prestige Homes

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Tracy Hardenburg Designs

Ina Garten’s Barn

Oh, to have a giant “barn” in the Hamptons in my backyard.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  One of my favorite House Beautiful features ever is all about Ina Garten’s barn, and the photos do not disappoint!  A serene color palette and no-fuss decorating scheme create a super comfortable living environment all throughout the home.  Slightly masculine, somewhat light and airy, and occasionally farm-y, I love this barn through and through.

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