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The 10 Best Bar Carts for Every Occasion and How to Style Them Like a Designer

 One of our favorite furniture pieces that always adds a little luxe to any space is a well-styled bar cart! They're chic and functional and indicate to guests that you’re ready to party! Here’s a compilation of the 10 Best bar carts for every occasion, price point, and style with some pro tips about how to style them like a designer: 10. Best Value Bar Cart The bar carts from amazon are gorgeous and glam and aren’t going to break the bank, but your guests won’t know that 😉 This one from North Avenue Craftsman, takes the prize for best value, though! Shop North Ave Bar Cart Style Tip: Splurge on Something Update a bargain-bought bar cart with an elegant, sculptural decanter and glassware set. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "109c6c52ca8647daaaa5f04bbc49b357"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0781K7SC8,B01L2EMQ2W,B0035WSJQW,B077NPLDJV"; 9. Best Luxury Bar Cart If you’re looking to splurge, a statement piece like a bar cart that showcases a beautiful wine and decanter collection is a good place to do it. This bar cart from Tommy Bahama for Lexington Home Brands, which you can shop from Wayfair.com is our pick for the best luxury bar cart to update your space. Click to Shop Style Tip: Fresh Flowers We love a bar cart with some fresh flowers in a ginger jar vase. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "109c6c52ca8647daaaa5f04bbc49b357"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00KFTLCVC,B0737X3QQK,B0195HQTOO,B0731YQ7RY"; 8. Best Indoor-Outdoor Bar Cart If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you’ll know we spend a lot of time entertaining outdoors and you need a great entertainer’s bar cart that can seamlessly function indoors and when you move the party outside! This one from Janus et Cie is our pick for best indoor-outdoor bar cart: Style Tip: Clean Often Keep a mini glass and/or wood cleaner and towel inside a decorative box, bowl, or high-brimmed tray on your bar cart for easy access to keep it clean. 7. Most Glamorous Bar Cart A little Hollywood Regency style goes a long way and makes quite the statement! This bar cart from Wayfair is the perfect piece to add a little shine. Click to Shop Style Tip: Something old? Then add something new. Accessorize a traditional bar cart with modern accessories (or vice versa). 6. Best Versatile Bar Cart Who doesn’t love a piece you can dress up or down. A great way to do that is with this bar cart from Lexington Home Brands which we can see utilized as much in a formal dining room as we do in a casual game room or parlour. Style Tip: Display Books Bar carts can be a great place to display a few coffee table books that express the personality of your home! amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "109c6c52ca8647daaaa5f04bbc49b357"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1581157452,1419720899,0789332698,1524732052"; 5. Best Midcentury Modern Bar Cart Midcentury modern is one design trend that's here to stay! We love this Midcentury bar cart from West Elm. It'd look great next to your vintage phone seat 😉 4. Best Bar Cart for Small Spaces Bar carts might seem like the kind of piece you can only include in a larger home, but that’s just not the case. Look for a small-scale bar cart, and one on wheels, like this one from West Elm that can be moved around and utilized as a side table as well as a display piece for your booze. Style Tip: Soften hard Surfaces  Runners, placemats, or linen napkins aren’t just for formal table settings: include something to soften the hard lines and surfaces of your bar cart. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "3e0e46097af05084624a1277ad3fba72"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B07871MT4N,B0721NR4FK,B01IFT8U4K,B0735DTP48"; 3. Trendiest Bar Cart Millennials are fast replacing boomers as the demographic with the largest overall spending power thus the trends they set are still holding strong: They’re partial to modern, color block, pieces with an element of personalization. We love this ultra-trendy bar cart from Fermob which takes the prize for trendiest bar cart! Style Tip: Rule of Three’s-- It may seem played out, but it still holds up and it’s worth shouting from the rafters. Think in layers and in sets of three. A set of three candles at varying heights is a classic, simple way to accessorize a bar cart. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "109c6c52ca8647daaaa5f04bbc49b357"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01G2KSQLQ,B003XT04ME,B0716SPFQD,B071XDK488"; 2. Best Sustainable Bar Cart Sustainability is incredibly important in all aspects of our lives, but especially in design. We place a huge emphasis on utilizing sustainable materials for building and in the furniture we select. This bar cart from Selamat Design's Florence Broadhurst collection  is made from ethically sourced, sustainable materials which makes it our pick for best sustainable bar cart! Want some quick tips to make your home more sustainable this Earth Day? Click here. Click to Shop Style Tip: Think about asymmetry and contrast. When you’re accessorizing a flat surface, think about contrasting elements (colors, materials, shapes, heights), to create visual interest.   1. Best Bar Cart with Built-In Storage This is what we really want out of a bar cart, isn’t it? We love this bar cart from Four Hands for its great built-in wine rack. Style Tip: Dare to DIY? If you’re inclined to take on a DIY Pinterest craft, consider repurposing empty, but beautiful liquor bottles by turning them into candle holders or terrariums.


Dining (Room) On a Dime

Designer Tips for an Elegant Dining Room that Won’t Break the Bank

 Dining rooms are some of the most rewarding rooms to design, but they are often underutilized rooms in the home. When we design a dining room for a client, we’re generally working with sizable budgets to create ornate spaces--we want encourage homeowners to invest in their dining room design and create a space everyone actually wants to dine in all the time the way we see people investing in their kitchen remodels and making it the heart of their home. But you don’t need a celebrity budget to customize your dining room and make it the entertaining epicenter of your home. Here are the 5 essential elements of an entertainer’s dining room and how you can get the look for less: 5. Custom Table Linens A custom tablecloth, runner, or linen napkins can be a great way to get a one-of-a-kind look for less. When you hear the word custom, you might assume it’s going to cost a lot, but that’s just not so-- you just need to know the right place to look! This tablecloth we had fabricated for a client using Calico Corners Dwell Studio Winter Cranes fabric available at CalicoCorners.com.   4. Comfy and Varied Seating A great set of dining chairs are one of the reasons dining rooms can be so expensive to design, but this is where you can get a little creative: Maybe you want to try bench seating on one side and a mad hatter’s tea party variety of seating on the other. (Designer Tip: try an array of the same simple chairs in different colors for an eclectic aesthetic) Another great way to customize is with seat covers that you can change seasonally (this also makes for easy laundering if anything spills) or choose a less expensive fabric for the chair seat and a more expensive, bespoke option for the chair backs-- Custom and Thrifty! These dining chairs are covered in Sarah Richardson's Waves Peacock fabric from Calico Corners available at CalicoCorners.com. 3. Great Artwork and Mirrors Dining rooms, especially those that tend to be formal, are great spaces to showcase an art collection. There are more ways to start building your art collection than ever before, no matter what your price point is. One of our favorite resources is Minted.com, which has an incredible selection of art and photography prints from emerging artists all over the world. Check out our curated selection of Minted art here. 2. Paint or Wallpaper Take a risk with a bold color or print. An economical way to add a luxe, designer element is to choose a bold print for a ceiling--it may be the toughest wall to wallpaper, but at least it’s only one! 1. Lighting Shopping for lighting can be overwhelming, but finding a stellar chandelier to serve as a dining room’s centerpiece is often a great starting off point to designing a dining room. Lamps Plus has some gorgeous options at a variety of price points and their Mid-century-inspired, Color Plus collection is an effective way to add a simple pop of color to a space. For more dining room design inspiration, check out some of our favorite dining rooms completed for past clients here.


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Hip Hacienda: The Spanish Design Trend Everyone is Loving

Hip Hacienda: The Spanish Design Trend Everyone is Loving A Spanish Revival Home Full of History! I had a blast designing this Spanish Revival home on Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. It was full of historical treasures, having been built at the turn of the Century. We revived the home, modeling it after a boutique hotel, while maintaining its architectural integrity. Watch the video below to learn more:   Yeah, Baby, Yeah! The theme for this project was “Austin Powers Goes to Spain.” And we accomplished that by infusing theme into every minute detail: Can you say throwback? We utilized some Beaded trim on the tassels, and the detailed ceilings are among our favorite architectural details.  Spanish, Shag, and Shimmer! But you can still get the look in your home without the custom design details. Add a little shag and don’t be afraid of bright, bold colors! Shop our favorite hip hacienda products below:  1. Shag Rug 2. Modern Green Crystal Chandelier 3. Ethnic Pillow Cover 4. Spanish Revival Arm Chair  5. Hobnail Glass Candle  6. Wicker Basket 7. Frida Kahlo's Garden Book 8. Charging Bull Decanter 9. Marble & Gold Side Table 10. Pendleton Cotton Throw Blanket 


10 Essentials for the Perfect Outdoor Lounge

From Blah Backyard to Outdoor Oasis

10 Essentials for the Perfect Outdoor Lounge One of the best parts of designing in Southern lilifornia and Florida is the backyards! These days, especially in SoCal, our clients want their outdoor spaces to be as luxe as the interiors and with improvements in outdoor kitchen and living room textiles and building materials, that is completely possible! Here are our favorite outdoor spaces to inspire your patio design and some design tips you can implement this Spring and Summer! Plants & Ponds Plants, landscaping, and water features help define the space you have to design your outdoor lounge around. Creating Peaceful Moments In a garden or small outdoor space, you’ll want to focus on creating quiet, peaceful moments so you can pause and bask in the great outdoors. Lamps Plus Griffith Loveseat, Mina Victory Pillows Fire Pits Fire pits help transition from day to night so you can keep the party going strong! A Little Life Personally, I love my backyard chickens --all the hipsters are doing it! But creating a space for any outdoor pets to roam is a must. Calico Sunbrella Midori Fabric Available At CalicoCorners.com Outdoor Living Rooms We work on some incredible indoor-outdoor living spaces and in order to seamlessly transition from indoor to out, we utilize durable fabrics and materials that could just as easily be included inside! Fine Dining We love experimenting with bringing our indoor chairs outside for a special meal and covering with the impeccably constructed custom dining chair slipcovers from Calico Corners available at CalicoCorners.com. Calico Sarah Richardson Fabric Bars An entertainer’s home isn’t complete without a well-designed and well-stocked bar! Kickin’ It Poolside: Cabanas and Loungers If the swimming pool is the centerpiece of your backyard, a cabana and some traditional chaise lounges are the way to go! Fabrics from CALICO SUNBRELLA FABRICS available at CalicoCorners.com Designing for Small Spaces Outdoors Making the most of small patio or balcony with modular and low furnishings and an outdoor rug to tie it all together!  


Your Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide

10 Easy Home Refreshes for Spring

Your Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide 10 Easy Home Refreshes for Spring As the weather gets warmer, it’s the best time to open those windows and doors and tackle projects that might otherwise make your home stuffy in the winter time. And when it comes to decor swaps: It’s time for an overhaul of color and textures. In the post below, I'm going over 10 quick fixes for revitalizing your home this Spring, but if the perfectionist in you is craving a more thorough, comprehensive Spring Cleaning checklist, you can find that here! Refresh Your Home Fragrances Candles, incense, and diffusers are a quick and easy way to transition from one season to another. Swap out musky, winter fragrances for lighter floral scents. My current obsession is Cochine Saigon’s Tuberose & Wild Fig, a ‘citrus noir’ scent, perfect for transitioning from winter to Spring! And that brings us to our announcement of the winners of our Cochine Saigon lotion giveaway: Congratulations @KaizenFashion and @Hilary_Benedict! You’ll be receiving full-sized bottles of my favorite Cochine Saigon fragranced lotion, Tuberose & Wild Fig. Refresh Your Walls Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls is always a good idea and now’s the time to do it. It can even be a meditative weekend activity. Here are the seasons’ most popular color trends. Try one out for size: Go Crazy With that All-Purpose Spray From countertops to cabinets and inside trash cans, now’s the time to do a deep dive and detail-clean your space. Be sure to use a safe, green all-purpose cleaning product, or DIY your own with a little lemon, warm water, and vinegar for things like grease stains on grout. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "ce336eeee5ccc251912f204fe1431009"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00NIYV78O,B01G7L70TE,B002AFK8QY,B06XB3SF6Q";   Refresh Hardware An often overlooked but sure quick and inexpensive home refresher is to update your hardware. It’s a quick-fix that has the capacity to completely transform a space. Refresh Your Linens Give bathrooms and bedrooms a quick update with a fresh set of towels and a pack away the down comforter for a lighter, brighter quilt. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "ce336eeee5ccc251912f204fe1431009"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B011J4D8R2,B074NCRD8Q,B06Y1PYW1L,B01B9X2PAO";   Refresh Your Rugs Spring is the optimal time to swap out tired rugs. Rugs ground your space and given how much square footage they take up, they can define the entire vibe of the room. Now is the time for modern, brighter colors and patterns:   Refresh Your Dishware Who doesn’t love a great tablescape? Update your dishware for Spring entertaining with lighter, colorful selections. Refresh Your Bookshelves Books are beautiful but they’re also horrible dust collectors! Spend some time taking them out one by one and dust the books and shelves themselves. (Your allergies will thank you!) Refresh Your Bar Cart Plan on entertaining a lot this Spring? Give your bar cart the update it needs -- swap out warmer liquors for lighter sprites and heavier bar accessories for brighter ones. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "ce336eeee5ccc251912f204fe1431009"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01MSIO632,B00JTLJCCI,B01MXRSMZP,B00N1EQI5I";   Refresh Your Tabletops Accessories Catch-alls, trays, and a fresh vase full of spring flowers or succulents have the ability to make your space feel brand new in a cinch!


Get the Look: Coastal Farmhouse Bathroom

We love a modern farmhouse and recently we were able to partner with the wonderful team at White Sands Coastal and complete a gorgeous modern farmhouse by the beach! One of the best parts of designing a coastal farmhouse are all the little design details that go into the bathrooms. Here’s how to get the look yourself: Farmhouse Vanity Your vanity may take up the most square footage in your coastal farmhouse bathroom and serve as the primary focal point, so choosing the right one is so important both for functionality and for defining the right style! Make sure you measure correctly and customize to your particular needs: standard vanity depth is generally 21 inches. But if you’re prioritizing more floor space in a small bath you can certainly trim. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "b6daa8641fa5b45eadfefbbe8f79e778"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B000MZQQNS,B004JUSVR6,B0793F632V,B072JV7PRF"; Patterned Ceramic Tile If you’ve been reading the Lori Dennis Green Blog for very long, you know we’re suckers for a ceramic tile that makes a statement! They’re durable, stylish, and perfect for the flooring or backsplash of your modern coastal farmhouse. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "b6daa8641fa5b45eadfefbbe8f79e778"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B074WJNM5M,B074WJ2DSC,B074WJ7QL6,B078WHRG4W"; Clean-Beauty Soap & Lotion What you (and any houseguests) put on and in your body is so important. We’re big believers in healthy, sustainable living and are always on the prowl for new, luxurious bath products that fulfill these requirements and look good on a countertop. Here are some of our favorites: amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "b6daa8641fa5b45eadfefbbe8f79e778"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0055EPHLS,B00HZSJ7WM,B00EOB5QWS,B005X9TOWS"; Reclaimed Wooden Mirror One of the tenets of the modern farmhouse design is including some casual, exposed, industrial features. A great way to introduce this style into your coastal farmhouse bathroom is in the form of an oversized vanity mirror. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "b6daa8641fa5b45eadfefbbe8f79e778"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01641ROKM,B074VTH7PS,B01N2WPAN8,B015G7L7AS"; Turkish Towels Perfect for the beach because they can double as both beach and bath towels, Turkish foutas are an elegant, casual design (all of our favorite things) and a must for your coastal farmhouse bath! amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "b6daa8641fa5b45eadfefbbe8f79e778"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B011J4D8O0,B00AFYE8DQ,B00SNN1BJK,B01B9X2PAO"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; Industrial Sconces One of the biggest mistakes made when people try to DIY their bathroom design is getting the lighting wrong -- rather than harsh overhead lighting, you’re going to want to op’t for more flattering front lighting in the form of a couple of stylish wall sconces on either side of your vanity mirror. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "b6daa8641fa5b45eadfefbbe8f79e778"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B07173RK3X,B06Y5R9L92,B06Y5M4GH5,B01CYU1REG"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; To See more of this home, click here. 


Elevate Everything: 5 Things You Need at Your Designer Party

The Rockin’ Guest List Design Bloggers from all across the country gathered at the Beverly Hilton this past weekend to attend the Design Bloggers Conference. https://www.instagram.com/p/BgAU-IwHJHq/?taken-by=designbloggersconference   When a venue was needed for the closing night gala, I volunteered my Los Angeles home and got to work with Monogram Appliances to throw the ultimate designer bash! The Food Chef Nick Liberato is known for his beauty cuisine at his killer restaurant The Venice Whaler and he was serving up custom pizzas for our guests in Monogram’s Two-Minute pizza oven. Hey #DesignBloggers! Who’s getting excited to party with me @MonogramAppl and @Calidelphia pic.twitter.com/lp4xyxlCw3 — Lori Dennis (@loridennisinc) March 6, 2018 His food is so incredible we wouldn’t have minded waiting in line all night, but Monogram Appliances Elevated Everything with their chic cutting edge kitchen appliances for all of our design-centric friends to swoon over! The Signature Drink Champagne Spritzers were the drink of the night! I always recommend having one signature drink for an event that keeps things aesthetically cohesive and keeps the bar line short! The Ambiance It’s the details that truly make the ambience. Cochine Saigon provided us with the most refreshing scented candles and hand & body lotion. It contributed to the event’s relaxing, spa-like atmosphere and all of the designers LOVED them.     We networked the night away under twinkling string lights in the garden. And these awesome lantern sculptures were a super fun DIY project that added a designer touch! Love us some stringed lights in the garden! #dardenparty #dbcla #elevateeverything pic.twitter.com/iMAxQxsn3U — Lori Dennis (@loridennisinc) March 8, 2018     A Little Something Extra Just for the event, we figured why not build a new deck that we could design a super cool lounge on? The theme of the party, after all, was Elevate Everything, so we did just that in more ways than one!   The new deck platform was completed in less than a day and the lounge design included chaise lounges and fire features. What says designer more than a new add-on? 😉


How the Movies Influence Interior Design

A Look at The Production Design in Some of the Year's Oscar-Nominated Films

Film and television’s influence on the design world is too impactful to ignore, especially in Los Angeles, where many of our design projects are in the works. With the Academy Awards this weekend, we thought we’d examine design excellence on film and discuss design trends inspired by this year’s Oscar-nominated movies. And when we say trends-- we mean that many of this year’s Oscar-nominated films share some aesthetic similarities. From Phantom Thread and Call me By your Name, to Shape of Water and Darkest Hour, an obvious trend emerges: traditional, Western European, and post-war styles graced the silver screen this year. Traditional Design in 2018’s Oscar Nominated Movies Phantom Thread From the costumes to the set pieces, Phantom Thread was all about design and specifically exhibiting restraint to showcase a particular design element like a coffered ceiling or detailed moulding. Phantom Thread Production Design by Mark Tildesley The film centers on an eccentric English dressmaker with a particularly tailored aesthetic. Most of the film is spent inside the elegant 1950s post-war home of a character for whom everything has a place. Phantom Thread perfectly demonstrates how clean and minimal isn’t just for modern homes. Grand entry to one of our projects in Newport Beach Shape of Water Set in early 1960s Baltimore, Shape of Water is all about communication. As with all of Del Toro’s films, production design plays an important role in elevating the premise and communicating another layer of the story, arguably more in Shape of Water than in any of his previous films. Vintage, handmade wallpaper, and rich fabrics are stand-out elements in the film. Shape of Water Production Design by Paul D. Austerberry The colorful, hand-painted wallpaper, with its water motif, makes a huge statement in the film and we’re already seeing a resurgence of boldly-printed vintage-style wallcoverings in our design projects. And of course the bathtub in the bathroom plays a prominent role as a centerpiece of the film. Home Office from our Lake Sherwood Project Guest Bedroom from our Modern Farmhouse Bathroom from our West Hollywood project Call Me By Your Name The 17th century Italian villa (which is actually for sale right now!) in Call me By Your Name is all about nostalgia and romance. We see modern characters interact in the romantic Italian countryside, awash in a peachy pastel palette that’s become increasingly popular in furnishings marketed towards millennials. Call Me By Your Name Production Design by Samuel Deshors We’ll likely see Italian country style seeping into modern farmhouses, ranging from high-end custom designed properties to their retail counterparts like Restoration Hardware: a style that says ‘refined...yet, relaxed.’ Study from our Lemon Ranch project Office from our Lemon Ranch project Darkest Hour Darkest Hour follows Winston Churchill in the days leading up to the war. Set in his quiet, mahogany quarters and the loud chambers of arguing politicians. Dark, heavy woods and leather-bound books were the films driving interior aesthetic. Darkest Hour Production Design by Sarah Greenwood (Also, a fun set design fact: If you think the boats in Darkest Hour look familiar, that’s because you might have seen the exact same ones in Dunkirk earlier this year!) Parlour from our Newport Coast project Sitting Room from our Newport Coast Project


The Midcentury Moroccan Look Design Trend-Setters are Coveting

10 Tips to Get the Style In Your Home

How to Get the Midcentury Moroccan Look Design Trend-Setters are Coveting It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, a time capsule of California-past. Modernism Week is a time for celebrating the architecture that made this place a Midcentury haven and raise funds to preserve this historical landscape. This year, the featured home tour was that of a Mid-century Moroccan themed estate that had everybody talking! It is the perfect combination of styles (Mid-century Modern, Hollywood Regency, California Cool, Bohemian) that design trend-setters and taste-makers alike can’t shake. This is Modernism Week’s first Showcase Home by Thomboy Properties. This is a one of a kind custom-built home from 1975 by architect Hal Lacy recently renovated to modern luxury. 10 Tips to Get the Mid Century Moroccan Look in Your Home Even if you’re not planning on buying a mid-century fixer upper in Palm Springs to entirely transform, you can still get the Mid-century Moroccan look yourself with a few accessory upgrades and design projects. Read on because we’re breaking down the 3 main ingredients in the Mid Century Moroccan style: Glamour, Modernism, and, of course, Moroccan Accents. Learn more about the property here |  Photography Klaus Moser The Glamorous Elements: 1. Edgy Color Palette For this modern moroccan feel, you’re going to want to select a palette that isn’t as earthy as you might ordinarily see in a midcentury home. Jonathan Adler and Christopher Kennedy’s work are both great references for palette. They both do a great job incorporating unexpected colors into midcentury designs to glam them up. But even if you don’t want to go for as loud a palette, think more along the lines of magenta and matte black (rather than rust and brown as you so often see in these dated, desert properties). This is going to give your home a modern, edgier look.   2. Lighting for Entertaining One of the reasons so many design fans are converting this look right now is not just because it is aesthetically pleasing, but because it’s all about crafting the perfect space for entertaining. One of the best ways to achieve that functionality is to be sure it’s lit correctly: light in layers and emphasize height with glam, statement lighting, in the typical mid-century fashion. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "73d33b914817a280ec56aff24e6949fa"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00BXGUFCI,B007RM4E8S,B00INCL344,B017L22P1G,B0719PGQF8,B076BBML5X,B06XCNJWQL,B01NCSUZMJ"; 3. Sparkle & Shine! True glamour is subtle and lies in the details. Table legs and kitchen details should emphasize shine with some gold accents. And don’t be afraid to mix metals for a layered, designer touch! And rather than leather and tweeds, op’t for suedes and velvets. Rock n’ Roll, baby! amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "73d33b914817a280ec56aff24e6949fa"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B06XTCL9KC,B071KCZ1RS,B06XG1PR2R,B00UT1EC0E,B00DONMF8U"; The Midcentury Desert Elements:     4. Desert Vibes No desert home is complete without some landscaping that plays with scale. Usually we recommend low-maintenance succulents, especially in the desert, but if you truly want to achieve the Mid-century Moroccan aesthetic, go for a mix of larger palms as well! Watch how I made over my own Midcentury Ranch Style Home: 5. Lounge Furniture There is a reason midcentury furnishings are integrated into so many homes in Southern California. There is an inherent lounginess to them that fits in perfectly with a California-cool, indoor-outdoor home and the desert is no exception. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "73d33b914817a280ec56aff24e6949fa"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B075THHKFB,B0783NL6SQ,B015WNB5Y4,B06W9LQKM9,B078MWGJ7M,B072M8QB87,B06WW8SBDB,B075ZWLX64"; 6. Large Scale Art The large scale art in this home draws you through the space, gallery style and helps define the space as a funky, poppy environment. SUNRISE SUNSET by PAPER DAHLIA | Click to Shop Click to Enlarge & Shop A Taste of Morocco 7. Moroccan Accessories This is where you’re going to showcase pattern and geometry and bring in the Moroccan style. An easy way to do this is through patterned throw pillows and blankets and stylish divider screens. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "73d33b914817a280ec56aff24e6949fa"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B003L8MDHQ,B00YB0RUXK,B075SN4BK6,B071VJLFBB,B075ZWLX64,B073YDB9NF,B01DPVEFYM,B0764M1N18"; 8. Geometric Tile You know we love a good geometric statement tile! We can find a way to make them work in just about any style home, but they’re an intrinsic piece in any mid-century Moroccan home. It’s a great way to get creative and custom in your home. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "73d33b914817a280ec56aff24e6949fa"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B074WJNM5M,B074WJ2DSC,B01I2XF3D0,B01MUG25UY,B00VVW2CPM,B0741S5RTG,B074WJ3FB8,B072YD7JLF"; 9. Rugs When you think of Moroccan design, what comes to mind first? Probably the gorgeous rugs! amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "73d33b914817a280ec56aff24e6949fa"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01DW94S3A,B073WWM6HT,B01AIKWYEG,B01DW91UCC,B01LX66NX2,B01AIN2YUM,B00S70BX7Y,B00AW0U76U"; 10. Indoor Outdoor Style We'd be remiss if we didn't revisit the point of indoor-outdoor style: One of the beautiful things about this Estella property is it's large windows that let natural sunlight pour in. Working with what is outside first, and letting that dictate your design choices can help edit your home and keep it fresh and modern.  


5 Tips to Turn Your Bathroom into the Ultimate Wellness Retreat

What you put on your body in the shower is essentially important. You want to be sure it’s clean, and doesn’t include toxins like sulfates and fragrances. But you don’t have to sacrifice luxury when you go green. Here are some great clean beauty options to complete your ultimate wellness retreat.


Valentines Gift Guide: Creative Last Minute Gift Ideas

These gifts are thoughtful and cute, but aren’t too mushy-gushy. They’re also at a price-point that makes them great to buy in multiples for all your friends and coworkers.


Home Decor to Turn Up The Romance in Your Master Bedroom

These home accessories really set the mood

Sexy Bedding for Your Master Bedroom We can all look at a design to determine whether it fits our aesthetic, but a good design is most importantly determined by how it feels when you are in the space. Soft to the touch, this round up of bedding is soft, sexy, and sure to amp up the romance in your master bedroom. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "af3aa3b1b92760b4477a7d619e411b11"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B06X15RY2R,B00VGR4VW4,B06XG1XVTN,B01H1H41R2"; Mirrored Furniture and Accessories Mirrors are a great design detail for so many reasons: They serve so many functions besides helping you determine if your having a bad hair day. They can be gorgeous wall decor, help make you space appear larger, and when installed strategically, they help to bounce light evenly around the room, elevating the ambiance. Modern mirrored furniture is very on-trend right now and mirrored traditional pieces lend their timeless glamour. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "af3aa3b1b92760b4477a7d619e411b11"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B004BSF818,B01J9UINKU,B06XFMC17Z,B00OCUZY14"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; Large-Scale Art for Master Bedrooms Expresses the personality of your master bedroom with a large scale piece of art. Here are some of my favorite finds that can really define and anchor your space. Click Image to Shop Large Scale Art amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "af3aa3b1b92760b4477a7d619e411b11"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B071KHKGLD,B01H2IV3M6,B01BO4AL1S,B014RGUS6S"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; Flower Power What’s more romantic and luxurious than beautiful flowers displayed in a gorgeous vase?  Accessorize with an elegant vase that looks fabulous regardless of whether it’s on its own or full of flowers. Or invest in some low-maintenance plants like small succulents, that only have to be watered every couple of weeks, to improve the air quality of your bedroom and add a little life year-round. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "af3aa3b1b92760b4477a7d619e411b11"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B007ZY4QN6,B001MX2HO6,B01D5QTTLG,B071FH59SD"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; Sensual Scents for Master Bedrooms For such tiny items, scented candles have the potential to really elevate a space by appealing to all of our senses: They are warm and romantic and a sexy light source. Even when unlit, they are still beautiful decorative objects. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "af3aa3b1b92760b4477a7d619e411b11"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B003H4GL7M,B000YBFJQU,B00A5DJVSO,B00429KMH6"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; Organization Systems for Your Master Bedroom Last but not least….For me, nothing is a bigger turn-off than clutter. You can have a beautifully and professionally designed space only to ruin it immediately with too much clutter. But organization can be fun too! Keep your master bedroom looking fine with cute catch-alls and trays on console or side tables, and other organization systems for closets and in drawers that are quick, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "af3aa3b1b92760b4477a7d619e411b11"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01MS6E3SS,B01N134IJW,B01A8MF7RU,B01GVW691O"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_title = "";


10 Tips for Maximizing Profits on Your Vacation Rental Property

The Complete Guide to Buying, Renovating, and Managing Your Vacation Rental Property

A request our firm gets more and more frequently is, “Can you design my vacation rental?” It’s a phone call we’re always excited to get. The truth is designers love working on hospitality spaces. Whimsical and fun, vacation rentals are about escape and pleasure, and owners are usually willing to push boundaries of design a lot further than in their own homes.


Fool-Proof Formulas for the Perfect Styling Side Table

Plus The 5 Basic Rules of Styling a Side Table

 The 5 Basic Rules of Styling a Side Table These are the rules that apply to any surface in your home that you’re looking to accessorize. All of them are meant to make flat surfaces as dynamic and aesthetically interesting as possible. And of course: all rules are meant to be broken, once you understand the function they serve. 1. Rule of Threes When in doubt, revert to the rule of threes: Pick three types of objects to use as your jumping off point. Might we suggest: A plant, a candle, and perhaps some books? Think High/Low levels Work on multiple planes. Think: Tall candlesticks or plants offset by shorter picture frames or catch-all dishes and decorative boxes. Add some Life Tables are both literally and metaphorically flat surfaces. Fix that by adding a little life, including personal photos or plants. Add Contrast to Side Tables High contrast is incredibly pleasing to the eye. Think opposite colors & mixed metals. Pick One Side or Corner of the Surface to Decorate The eye loves some negative space, offset by careful, uncluttered organization and sometimes less is more! How to Style Your Nightstands Emphasize personalization with picture frames containing family photos. Pro Tip: Stagger your picture frames, but keep all frames front facing, rather than displaying them on a slant. This will give your tabletop a much cleaner look. Include an organizer, tray, or cute decorative catch-all for all your personals, and a clock and/or phone & tech docking station to charge up overnight. How to Style Entryway Console Tables Keep this area welcoming and abstract-- we suggest saving any family photos or anything super personal for down the hall. Include fresh flowers, catchalls for keys, coffee table Books to express the personality of your home. Pro Tip: For a super clean look, we suggest organizing everything in one tray. How to Style Fireplace Mantles Emphasize warmth, elegance, and symmetry with obelisks and other architectural art objects. Fireplace mantles are also a great place to display objects collected from worldly travels, as they often add some texture to an otherwise more formal space. This is also a place where we inherently expect symmetry so don’t be afraid to be bold and break from tradition by only decorating one side or the floor underneath.  


Hygge Your Home in 3 Easy Steps

Create the Coziest Spaces this Winter with this Danish Decor Trend

 What is Hygge? Hygge is central to Danish culture and its influences have begun taking the US by storm. Hygge is a Danish term for coziness, particularly as it relates to communal space.  The Danish term hygge, pronounced “hue-gah”, roughly translates to the feeling of coziness, warmth, and simply enjoying the small things in life.     When using hygge to describe design, it is known as the art of creating intimacy within a space. The Danes do a wonderful job of incorporating hygge into every aspect of their lives, including of course, their living space. After discovering the concept of hygge, it is no wonder the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. They are constantly reflecting feelings of togetherness and calmness in everything they do. Here’s how to Hygge your Home in 3 Easy Steps: First, get into the hygge mindset. Think: wearing uggs, sipping chamomile by the fire in an oversized cream knit sweater (like a scene out of a Nancy Meyers film set in a cabin!) Hygge spaces emphasize warmth, naturalness, and community. Some examples of these hygge moments include bundling up on the couch by the fire with a cup of tea, enjoying a hot bath surrounded by candles, or gathering with friends for a home cooked meal.  One of the most important aspects of adding hygge to your home is the presence of candles. Click here to shop hygge home products that won't break the bank. 1. Warmth The first key component to crafting a perfectly hygge home environment is making sure it's warm! When it comes to Materials, be sure to include lots of cozy cushions and layers of drapery and natural linens and wicker baskets filled with alpaca throws or super soft knit blankets. You may even want to include fuzzy socks or slippers for guests to slip on when they're over. While cozying up to the fire, you might want to add some fur pillows. To mix this texture with some others, you can add a velvet pillow and textured throw blanket as well. This allows for more tints and patterns, while maintaining the same soothing shades of colors throughout the room. Lighting + Fire Elements You want dimmable lighting--More tungsten than blue-- so the space has a warmer tint. You should have candles aplenty in warm, rustic scents like vanilla and tobacco or pine. And be sure your fireplace is fully functional and you have plenty of firewood stashed. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "849e2fed9dbc8e3eea4acd984896f44d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01DURSHMW,B01H6MCJC6,B07812VMQW,B0043TSH1S"; 2. Natural Earth Elements The 2nd element of any hygge space is its emphasis on natural, earth elements. Hygge color palettes are warm, inviting, feminine and are often monochromatic, warm, winter whites or pastels or earth tones. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "849e2fed9dbc8e3eea4acd984896f44d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B071FH59SD,B01M6TSN4H,B073SRFHX2,B073GSPBM4"; Natural Textures and Scents Include succulents or some other low-maintenance greenery. And you can never go wrong with sachets of lavender or calming essential oils. Include a set of natural, wooden coasters to continue the rustic theme throughout. And trendy crocheted accessories provide a twist on your grandma's favorite material. 3. Community The third, but perhaps the most important aspect of a hygge space is its emphasis on community. Achieve this through the layout of the space, and accessories that encourage conversation. No hygge space is complete without a little something sweet: a candy dish with dark chocolates or toffee and a tea & espresso or hot cocoa station for a little after dinner pick me up. The Danes will tell you that the cure for anything is tea. So, add a unique teapot to the area for decoration and easy access to a refreshing cup of tea.  Click here to shop this article. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "849e2fed9dbc8e3eea4acd984896f44d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0187UZDW4,B06XCP87JX,B0058ORT98,B000FN69PC"; Layouts for the Perfect Hygge Home Built around warmth and conversation. More seating, less electronics. To create a truly hygge space is not to optimize the layout of a room around the flat screen TV but rather a card table or surface for dining becomes the center.  Include coffee table books that set the mood, a guestbook where visitors can write sweet notes, and board and card games that encourage guests to stay engaged.  Click Image to shop this article. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


10 Home Decor Trends You’re About to See Everywhere in 2018

Style Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Keeping It Cozy Coziness: That is really going to be THE buzz word heard around the globe when it comes to trends in home decor. Hygge, the Danish word that loosely translates to coziness is already a popular design style overseas and has been in design circles for a while, but is just now making its way into mainstream American homes. The palette of a hygge space can go a couple of ways: Think monochrome with hints of millennial pink OR layers of tobacco and other rich earth tones, but ALWAYS layers of blankets and pillows by the fire. (More on 2018 color trends later on!)   Make It Fashion! This year we’re going to see an increasing amount of high fashion and home decor crossover. Gucci Home, Badgeley Mishka, Louis Vitton all launched home decor collections recently, with eclectic, quality furnishings existing at the perfect intersection of European high style and coziness. Even H&M and Zara are getting in on the game. And of course, we’re no strangers to the growing home decor collections of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Color Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Cosmic Explosion: Ultraviolet Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet has a cosmic, futuristic vibe, but is a relative of the popular millennial pink, which, while complimentary, has a more vintage vibe. As more millennials become homeowners, you’ll be seeing more home industry designers and retailers catering to their needs.  We expect to see minimalism to be taking strong hold in modern bedrooms, where you’ll likely see ultraviolet popping up quite a bit. Cabin Fever: Rich Earthy Tones This past year, we had the incredible opportunity to report live from the High Point Design Bloggers Tour, where we really got to see how the sausage is made: We can tell you first hand what retailers will be stocking their shelves and showroom floors with in the upcoming year: Namely warm, rich, earthy colors, paired with jewel tones: think mustard, burgundy, forrest green. Expect to see these tones in cozy communal spaces, small parlour rooms, man caves and she sheds, and home offices. Color In Unexpected Places We’re so excited more homeowners are getting over their fear of color and are starting to request color in unexpected places like kitchen appliances and cabinets, ceilings, and on upholstery like sofas or dining chairs. UPDATE: This funky modern kid's room we designed has been featured on Shutterfly!   Blasts From The Past: Vintage Home Decor Trends Making a Comeback! Vintage Lighting: Updating a room’s lighting is arguably the best way to instantly upgrade a room! Although, this year, we may be going back in time: Antique lighting like aged copper pendants and candlestick sconces add a stylish, warm, lived-in vibe to any room. Double Rachel Wall Sconce from Dunes & Duchess This is one trend we’re particularly excited about, as we love the architectural shapes that lighting features bring to a space. Uplights will also be making a comeback to showcase beautiful landscape architecture and enhance outdoor entertaining spaces at night. Prints & Chintz! Wallpaper is coming back in the big way! The gorgeous patterns from the latest Osborne and Little collections, for example, are the perfect way to make a statement in a powder room or a liven up a stuffy formal, dining room. And we’ve already been placing orders for traditional, detailed, custom bedding and drapery, complete with all the bells and whistles: trims and fringe galore! Design Trends that are Here To Stay! Modern Farmhouse: From industrial lighting, to deep farmhouse sinks, the modern farmhouse design trend has been taking over the past couple years, and has mutated a few times: from the homespun version made famous by Joanna and Chip on HGTV to the industrial chic version you often find in suburbs surrounding cities to the coastal twist on the modern farmhouse. We don’t expect this trend to go anywhere anytime soon, but expect to see a few more versions of it in the upcoming year! Statement Backsplashes: We love tile and are so excited to see homeowners daring to make a bold statement with exciting kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms: The backyard features adding the most value to the home are not pools or built-in golf courses, but *cozy* (there’s that word again!) and frequently used outdoor kitchen, dining, and living room areas complete with full kitchens, stocked bars, gorgeous fireplaces and fire pits, pergolas and cabanas! What home decor trends do you anticipate seeing in 2018? Which are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!


2017 Year in Review: Top Design & Travel Trends

  2017 Was a Wild Year Full of Travel & Design Inspiration  As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect back on this busy year and think about what exciting adventures 2018 has in store! From the warm Atlantic waters of Miami to the chilly, misty mountain tops of Da-Lat Vietnam, we found inspiration domestically and abroad. My Family and Me Overlooking Da-Lat Vietnam South Beach Estates Some of the funnest homes to design are beautiful South Florida estates, like those on Palm Beach Island. Architectural Marvels Around the World! Vietnamese architecture is varied and fabulous: In the mountains, French influences are abundant and glass structures resembling flowers bring a little bucolic charm to the urban cities. Our partner company wrote in greater detail about the absolutely life-changing experience that was exploring Vietnamese Architecture, which you can check out here. Roy and I in front of the King's Palace, Vietnam French-Inspired Chalet in the Woods The "Crazy House" which operates as a bed and breakfast with 10 rooms Monk’s house at Thien Mu in Hue “Purple City” The emperor’s residence in the Imperial City in Hue Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist Temple in Hue   Hawaiian Churches Similarly, in Hawaii, I found myself drawn to the patchwork quilt of architectural styles: beach shakes next to churches, made to withstand misty spouts of rain and sandy beaches.. Indoor-Outdoor Style in Mexico As a predominantly Southern California and South Florida designer, I cater towards home owners with indoor-outdoor lifestyles, which nowhere has perfected quite like Mexico! Every time I visit I’m sure to get in some morning yoga on the beach! High Point Market: Traveling for Work or Pleasure? I had the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at High Point Market as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour, where I got an exclusive look at what’s to come in the world of home design and furnishings. Playing trend predictor is fun, but it is even more exciting when you get to travel with an awesome group of designers and bloggers and experience how everything is made and designed first-hand. Social Media Design Trends Social media algorithms sometime have a way of making trend predicting so much easier! Our most shared images on Pinterest included photos from our bright, colorful contemporary Lake Sherwood project and from our monochromatic coastal chateau at Lemon Ranch. It would seem that monochromatic spaces with pops of vibrant colors were the crowd favorites! Instagram favored an entirely different design style: Our sleek, ultra modern Bond at the Beach and Hollywood Hills homes were the biggest hits over there. So What’s To Come in 2018… This past year I also had the privilege of working on a couple of exciting new design shows (but can’t reveal much more at this point so stay tuned!) And solidified some incredible new partnerships with some of our firm’s favorite companies like Amazon and Wayfair and Minted, who we’ll be working with to bring YOU exciting new curated art and home decor collections in 2018! Happy New Year Everyone! Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Read About It Here


The Best Gift Wrapping Techniques on the Internet

The Best Gift Wrapping Techniques on the Internet Now that you’d finished all your holiday shopping, it’s time to wrap those puppies up! From Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens to DIY’ers on Pinterest and around the blogosphere: we’ve scoured the internet; mining its best gift wrapping and creative styling techniques. We love a great presentation almost as much as finding the perfect gift for someone special, so we’ve compiled all of our favorites here: If You’re Ambitious... Try out the 1 piece of tape trick, a Japanese Gift Wrapping technique meant for efficiency! (We've yet to perfect it)   If You’re All About Appearance... Try wrapping with double sided tape for a perfectly seamless look. And if you’ve Always Wanted that Perfect Bow check out this incredible tutorial: http://janemeansblog.com/tie-perfect-bow-gift-wrapping/ Image Via Martha Stewart If You’re Lazy, but Still Want Your Packages to Look Chic... Skip ribbon and op’t for decorative tape instead. (This looks super cute, especially on kid's packages!!) Image Via Tumblr If You’re Compulsively Organized... If your a fan of systems and efficiency, consider color coding your packages by who they're for. This makes passing out gifts at holiday gatherings way easier.  Image Via Martha Stewart If You Prioritize a Zero-Waste Wrapping Philosophy... As a designer, I always have leftover scraps of wallpaper or fabric samples, repurposing these into giftwrap is a great way to live true to our sustainable philosophy AND creates a unique gift wrap style. Newspaper or used tablecloths (paper or otherwise) are also great ways to keep with the zero-waste philosophy. Image Via Food52 Image Via Martha Stewart Gift Wrap Style Tips If You Want to Be Personal... Add a monogram to packages or gift tags for an extra personal touch. Making the monogram letter tags the primary focus of the gift wrap (as in the photo below) is another technique that makes it easy for passing out presents at a holiday party. Image Via Pinterest Image Via Minted If You want Your Packages Sturdy, but Still Chic... Plain kraft paper is sturdy and chic. You can customize Kraft paper packages with rubber stamps, doilies, ribbons or other fun package garnishes. Image Via Mr. Kate Image Via Pinterest If You Want an Elegant Designer Touch... Wrapping in linen rather than paper adds an elegant, rustic designer flair! Tie it off with a monochromatic satin ribbon. Image Via Pinterest


It’s Electric! Pantone’s Color Of The Year: Ultraviolet Is THE Trend Of The Future And Here’s Why.

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year   What Is the Pantone Color of The Year? How Is The Color of the Year Selected? amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Ultraviolet Pantone"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "HomeGarden"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "5ce7e8683639ecba681aeab0edeb6e46"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "1055398"; How Is Pantone's Color of the Year, Ultra-Violet Used? We are so excited about pantone’s new Color of the Year selection. And though it may seem unusual, we found we actually use ultra-violet frequently.  It’s Electric: Modern Stylings of Ultra-Violet Pantone's Color of the Year in Film and Television Commonly used as a lighting scheme in highly-stylized, neo-noir action adventure film and television like Jessica Jones on Netflix, Atomic Blonde, or John Wick. Pantone's Color of the Year in Art In modern spaces, we noticed ultra-violet popping up quite a bit in our design portfolio as an accent in abstract paintings. Ultra-Violet’s Softer Side Pantone's Color of the Year in Floral Arrangements Thought our inclination is to associate the color with modern, futuristic spaces, ultra-violet also has a softer, romantic, regal side. In more traditional styling, ultra violet is frequently featured in floral bouquets or in homes as silky and soft textiles: like the rug in our traditional dining room or the lush bedding in a master bedroom.   Common Color Combos  Complimentary Pantone Colors for Ultraviolet The purpose of the Pantone color of the Year is to be used as a jumping off point to create original palettes you may not have ever thought of using previously, rather than just using the color in its purest form. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Ultraviolet Pantone"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "HomeGarden"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "5ce7e8683639ecba681aeab0edeb6e46"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "1055398"; We've utilized violet in combinations with oranges and greens and blues. Where do you expect to see or use Ultra Violet in the upcoming year? Do you love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments below!  


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Lori Dennis is a top Interior Designer, speaker, best selling author, star of HGTV’s The Real Designing Women and co-founder of Design Campus.

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