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I thought I would join the crowd and put in my two cents about Pantone’s Color of the year, Radiant Orchid! Instead of raving about how great Radiant Orchid is, however, I want to talk about a few color co-stars that can make this hue shine even brighter. Here are four of my personal favorite combinations:

1. Orchid & Mint/Aqua:

There’s something so fresh and lush about live orchids in a green or clear vase of sparkling water, which is what this combination brings to mind.

orchid_mint

orchids in watermint & orchid room

aqua & orchid room

aqua & orchid dining room

This room combines a bluer aqua, which is just as beautiful!

2. Orchid / Cobalt:

What does this combination bring to mind? Be still my beating heart—freshly picked blueberries! I used to spend hours as a little girl picking blueberries to my heart’s content. What I ended up with was bowls full of ripe and almost-ripe berries, which look like this:

purple blueberries

What a luscious combination! How about these visual treats:

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cobalt & orchid necklace

cobalt & orchid room

cobalt & orchid feathers

 

3. Orchid / Green:

This duo is all about thriving, beautiful flowers and lush greenery. What a natural combination! If it works in nature, it will surely work in your room.

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orchid & green

orchid & green

orchid & green

orchid & green

orchid & green

orchid door

 

4. Orchid / Orange:

Finally, I wanted to highlight this combination, because it is such a lovely, complementary pair. Though each share red in their color makeup, they look so different and unexpectedly brilliant together.

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orchid & orange

orchid & orange

orchid & orange kitchen

orchid & orange city

 

 

Color Conundrums | By Cara McBroom

Colors can be deceiving! They can take on many personalities, and play all sorts of tricks on the eye.  Here are just a few quick interesting facts and lessons about color that I’ve learned throughout the years:

Everything is Relative:

In my profession, I often come across situations where people can get caught up on whether a teal potato is actually a peacock blue po-TAH-to, or whether red tomato is actually a crimson to-MAH-to.  It brings to mind my elementary school art teacher, who always insisted that “there is no purple—it’s called violet!” (Ironically, her name was Mrs. Brown). Don’t get me wrong; knowing the difference is our job!  Patronizing clients and correcting them is not a good idea, however, which is why we all usually keep a fan deck of paint colors readily on hand, for reference, at new client appointments.

It is easy to deduce that, because people are all different, they are likely to name things differently—More importantly, however, people can SEE things differently! It could be that Mother Nature made some people slightly color blind, or it could just be that everything is relative.

palladian and seafoam green

Here is a color (on the left) that I use all the time.  Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue.  Next to Seafoam Green, it probably looks blue to most people.  In the color story below, however, you can see that Palladian Blue looks decidedly green next to Fantasy Blue, Paradiso & Ocean City Blue.

palladian comparison

Palladian Blue actually lends itself either way, which is why I use it a lot!  I actually would call it a gray-green, as I tend to think that blue is blue, and if it has a perceivable amount of green, then it’s in the green family.  SEE?  We all have our own perceptions, and trying to label them can be just semantics.  That’s why it’s best to not rely on semantics and rely on that paint deck for reference!

Light-changing experiences:

Sometimes, in our profession, we also find ourselves trying to solve color mysteries for clients.  Maybe they chose what they thought was the perfect basket beige color, but when they painted their walls, it looked pink! It could be that it’s time to change out their bulbs from incandescent to L.E.D.

Here you can see how certain light bulbs give off different colors.  Fluorescents give off cool, or blue light; Incandescents give off a golden, or warm light; and L.E.D. bulbs give off a cool white light.

Here you can see how certain light bulbs give off different colors. Fluorescents give off cool, or blue light; Incandescents give off a golden, or warm light; and L.E.D. bulbs give off a cool white light.

The pink walls in the above analogy could also mean, for instance, that they have a red vase in the window, or a red accent wall that’s casting off a pink glow.  Sometimes it’s the little things. Here’s a common illustration that shows how a SETTING can change our perception of a color:

In this diagram created by Edward H. Adelson, the two yellow dots are actually the same color.  The gray squares they are centered in are also the same value! Because the surroundings are different, they are perceived differently.

In this diagram created by Edward H. Adelson, the two yellow dots are actually the same color. The gray squares they are centered in are also the same value! Because the surroundings are different, they are perceived differently.

The lesson to be learned from this category is to always pick out paint colors IN the room you will be painting, so that all lighting and environmental factors come into play.  If you are still skeptical, try painting color patches onto the wall (preferably a white one—remember the lesson we just learned!), and always remember to use a good primer!

Follow the Yellow-Bright rule:

(Ok, so I was “reaching” for a clever title for this category). “Yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum”  The last thing you want, however, is a room that is SOOO happy, that you need a mental nap every time you leave the room.  The color yellow, for some reason, gets brighter and brighter, the more you use it.  So, what looks like a subtle, pastel yellow on a small sample, can turn into a Bananarama “Cruel Summer” very fast. There are other colors that can have this effect, too, such as primary red and electric green.  I am picking on yellow, because you would think that yellow is mellow, so its effect can be unexpected.  Stick to yellows that have been tamed down with some gray, or only use it in small amounts. If a bold statement is what you want, then plan it very carefully, so that the brightness is balanced by enough white, gray or other neutral.  Here are some examples of what I think are tasteful uses of yellow:

Via Ligne Roset USA

Via Ligne Roset USA

Via Marcus Design

Via Marcus Design

Via Evermotion

Via Evermotion

I like this use of yellow, because of the way they balanced it with a lot of white, and shortened the wall with wainscoting.

A Dark myth:

Want to know a cool trick for making your room feel taller and more spacious? Try painting your ceilings a darker color—Yes, I said dark!  Fellow interior designer, and dear friend, Joey LaSalle says, “…you may have heard that painting a ceiling a dark color will make the ceiling feel much lower. That is actually a myth. In fact, dark colors recede. Therefore a darker ceiling would actually give the illusion that the ceiling is receded or higher than it actually is. On the other hand, bright colors jump forward, which would give the perception that the intensely painted wall or ceiling is closer than it actually is.”  I have also found that painting your crown the same color as your walls help to extend the length of your walls, which aids in the perception of height.

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gray ceiling kitchen

boys room

There are many more points I could go over, but I will save you from a lesson on color theory, and leave my color wheel in my pocket for now. I will leave you with this: even though colors can be tricky, I still urge everyone to not be afraid of color! Embrace it smartly, and use it to your advantage!

Making a Fashion Statement | by Cara McBroom

What does your interior style say about you?  Or better yet, how can your sense of fashion guide the interior design of your house?  Those of you who find yourself pondering what “look” to go for in your homes, may want to begin by taking a look in your own closets! This method may not be exact, but it sure is fun to think about! Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!  What style would you be?

La Femme  Bohemme

La Femme Boheme can take on several different personalities! She could be a self-professed flower child, who is drawn to all things light, feminine and ethereal. She may like a “Shabby Chic” design.

La Femme Boheme can take on several different personalities! She could be a self-professed flower child, who is drawn to all things light, feminine and ethereal. She may like a “Shabby Chic” design.

La Femme Bohemme

She might simply be drawn to all things classic and feminine, with a French flair and neutral color palette.

She might simply be drawn to all things classic and feminine, with a French flair and neutral color palette.

La Femme Bohemme

Or, our bohemian princess may prefer a more vibrant, whimsical and charming environment with eclectic colors that are inspired by nature and spring! (She probably likes to shop at Anthropologie, and hunt for flea market treasures!)

Or, our bohemian princess may prefer a more vibrant, whimsical and charming environment with eclectic colors that are inspired by nature and spring! (She probably likes to shop at Anthropologie, and hunt for flea market treasures!)

La Femme Bohemme

GLAMOUR Goddess (a.k.a. GG)

The Glamour Goddess has an affinity for drama!  She feels most at home in full makeup, and dressed to the nines in her couture and high heels.  She prefers a more dramatic interior that reflects her flair for fancy!

GG may want to try going for high contrast black and white!

GG may want to try going for high contrast black and white!

Or more of a Hollywood glamorous look, with traditional lines and unexpected color pops.

Or more of a Hollywood glamorous look, with traditional lines and unexpected color pops.

Classic glamour may be more her speed, too. She might try a more neutral palette, darker and warmer color accents and textural white bases.  She can mix old and new, like above, with antique chairs and a contemporary upholstered bed, but she shouldn’t forget her mink coat!! (or bed scarf in this case)

Classic glamour may be more her speed, too. She might try a more neutral palette, darker and warmer color accents and textural white bases. She can mix old and new, like above, with antique chairs and a contemporary upholstered bed, but she shouldn’t forget her mink coat!! (or bed scarf in this case)

If “bling” is her thing, our GG may want to try a palette of whites, grays and  creams that allows her jewelry to make a statement!  Try using silks and soft velvets, (like the lining of a jewelry box), then add dramatic gold light fixtures and accessories that sparkle!

If “bling” is her thing, our GG may want to try a palette of whites, grays and creams that allows her jewelry to make a statement! Try using silks and soft velvets, (like the lining of a jewelry box), then add dramatic gold light fixtures and accessories that sparkle!

Lastly, our GG may prefer a more stately, traditional look, with masculine colors, but still with her gilded accents.  She may want to try wall paneling, ebony woods, marble and gilded gold frames, with a darker, handsome color palette!

Lastly, our GG may prefer a more stately, traditional look, with masculine colors, but still with her gilded accents. She may want to try wall paneling, ebony woods, marble and gilded gold frames, with a darker, handsome color palette!

Mod Goth:

This creative and introspective gal is not into bright colors or mainstream interests.  She much prefers black and aged white finishes, and furniture with decorative details that emulate architectural details of the Middle Ages (let’s face it, modern day architecture has no use for flying buttresses).  We can, however, give homage to this style by celebrating pointed arches, sculpture, and wheel windows. While this style was first brought about to build churches that could be super tall, with spires that reached for God and pointed arches that let in light in a way that seemed spiritual, we seem to translate Gothic style as dark and moody.  Either way, our MG would probably love a room like the one below:

Modern Goth

Beach Goddess (a.k.a. BG):

La Femme Boheme may have to move aside for this nature-loving beach dweller! BG can take on many different aesthetics, as it’s easy to infuse a little “beachy” into anything and it still look great! One thing all BG’s have in common is affection for the coast, whether it be the color palette, the natural fibers or the simple way of living! I live near the beach, so I went a little crazy on this one:

Here we have white sand, blue skies and bright yellow sunshine!

Here we have white sand, blue skies and bright yellow sunshine!

BG loves natural finishes, mixed wood tones, textural fibers and colorful painted accents.

BG loves natural finishes, mixed wood tones, textural fibers and colorful painted accents.

While some BG’s like to keep a white background, and use color accents, others may want to immerse themselves in an underwater atmosphere, with an explosion of saturated color.

While some BG’s like to keep a white background, and use color accents, others may want to immerse themselves in an underwater atmosphere, with an explosion of saturated color.

 Because BG draws her colors from the surrounding environment, she may want to recreate the colors of the sunset!

Because BG draws her colors from the surrounding environment, she may want to recreate the colors of the sunset!

Or, she may want to evoke the feeling of frothy waves, clean air and bright sand.  In this case, she will like white washed woods, driftwood accents, pastel cool colors and crusty white corals and shells!

Or, she may want to evoke the feeling of frothy waves, clean air and bright sand. In this case, she will like white washed woods, driftwood accents, pastel cool colors and crusty white corals and shells!

At the same time, BG may love the above feel, but want to inject a little contemporary flair, with bold geometric patterns, white lacquer and modern acrylic accent pieces.

At the same time, BG may love the above feel, but want to inject a little contemporary flair, with bold geometric patterns, white lacquer and modern acrylic accent pieces.

Beach Goddess

A traditional BG may lean towards a classic blue and white color palette that evokes a nautical feel.  The room below has a light, French Provençal feel, with nods to the coast in its use of color and jute/seagrass.

A traditional BG may lean towards a classic blue and white color palette that evokes a nautical feel. The room above has a light, French Provençal feel, with nods to the coast in its use of color and jute/seagrass.

Not all BG’s have to have color in their interiors!  Those that are lucky enough to live right on the water may want to leave everything neutral and natural, and let the coastal views do the talking!

Not all BG’s have to have color in their interiors! Those that are lucky enough to live right on the water may want to leave everything neutral and natural, and let the coastal views do the talking!

Equestrian Enthusiast (aka EE)

The Equestrian Enthusiast draws inspiration from none other than, yes, horses! Handsome tailored upholstery, well-worn leather accents, and a mostly neutral (horse-inspired) color palette is what this gal will need to feel at home.

The “humble abode” here (owned by Ellen Degeneres) reflects a more simple, purist interpretation. This room is the perfect place for EE to kick her boots off and relax!

The “humble abode” here (owned by Ellen Degeneres) reflects a more simple, purist interpretation. This room is the perfect place for EE to kick her boots off and relax!

Other EE’s may wear Gucci boots and prefer a more modern atmosphere, but she is a horse enthusiast nonetheless!

Other EE’s may wear Gucci boots and prefer a more modern atmosphere, but she is a horse enthusiast nonetheless!

Sometimes, all EE needs is an equestrian-inspired color palette to whet her appetite.  Here is a kitchen that does just this!  The handsome jockey blue contrasts beautifully with the warm, horse and saddle-colored wood tones.

Sometimes, all EE needs is an equestrian-inspired color palette to whet her appetite. Here is a kitchen that does just this! The handsome jockey blue contrasts beautifully with the warm, horse and saddle-colored wood tones.

Retro Modern Chic:

This cool chic believes that the architects and designers had a great thing going 60 years ago, with the invention of “modern” style.  She adds to it some current contemporary, for a clean, retro, but hip result!

Retro Modern

Retro Modern Chic

Pop Princess:

The Pop Princess may have been a product of the “MTV generation”—she reads all the latest magazines (fashion and popular culture magazines, like People), is up on all the latest trends, loves music and movies and may even have an affection for retro.  This open-minded diva may have a more eclectic décor, with accents from the 50’s, a variety of bright color accents, and maybe even a collection of pop art prints, from artists such as Andy Warhol.

Pop Princess

Traditional Gal:

Do you love fall colors, hand-me-down furniture, and curling up with a book in your favorite oversized sweater?  Does your idea of dressing up include throwing a sport coat over whatever you happen to be wearing?  Try being the Traditional Gal:

Traditional Gal

Are you a college Professor? Try this look!

Are you a college Professor? Try this look!

Or maybe you are worldly and well-traveled.  Maybe you like traditional furniture, highlighted with all the colors, art and found objects that remind you of your travels! This girl is dressed for vacation, but looks like she’d live in this room!

Or maybe you are worldly and well-traveled. Maybe you like traditional furniture, highlighted with all the colors, art and found objects that remind you of your travels! This girl is dressed for vacation, but looks like she’d live in this room!

Urban Chic:

This super busy, on-the-go, “plugged in” city gal wants to come home to a very clean, less-is-more environment!  The less clutter and complication when she’s unplugged, the better! She wants a modern, open concept with masculine colors and sleek luxury.

Urban Chic

These are just a few ideas! I could indulge myself and keep going, but I will stop here and say that if you are still confused about how to decorate, call a designer and ask for their help!  We are like fashion stylists for the home!  We can come up with something uniquely “you”!

‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in  the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ -  Coco Chanel

Testimonials

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“After purchasing a new high rise home in Panama City Beach, my husband and I wanted a designer who knew the area and could appreciate our beach setting but with a unique twist. We wanted a clean, elegant look that would be timeless but current. After interviewing several designers in the area, I chose Cara McBroom.
From the very start, I felt comfortable with Cara. Her pleasant attitude and sense of responsibility are only exceeded by her skill and talents. I’ve worked with numerous designers and without hesitation I would say she is, by far, the very best I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is an engineer, and he’s amazed at the documentation, attention to detail, and organization she shows with every job.
Cara taught me what having a vision for a design plan actually means. She took each of my desires, my picky details, my weird requests and knit them into a whole cloth, using her own sense of flair. Even when I wasn’t convinced something would work, I learned to trust her, and each time, the result was far better than I could have imagined. This wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t had that vision that ‘wholeness’—firmly established.
As wonderful as Cara is, what she doesn’t have is even better. She isn’t a diva; my visions are her visions, only much, much better. She doesn’t consider the sky the limit; my budget is always respected. She isn’t stuffy; we have code words now for everything, including things-we-can’t-do-without and things-we-would-never-consider! Most importantly, she isn’t inflexible; when I want to display my own bad taste, she lets me and still, miraculously, manages to make it look good…
Out of all of this information, however, the bottom line is the most telling. Cara has done three residences for us, one of which was a year-long total remodel of a high rise apartment six hundred miles away from her office. She made one on-site visit and did the rest by phone, text or email. And I absolutely could not be more pleased. It’s the most wonderful home we’ve ever lived in. I only have one regret; it may be a awhile before I get to work with her once more. Then again, my real estate agent is begging me to let her sell the unit because it’s so fabulous. Cara, are you up for number four?”

~Carla Luan–Houston, TX

“Gosh Cara, I wake up every day pinching myself in my beautiful home—your ideas and project direction were nothing short of amazing and totally transformative! I still cannot believe what you accomplished in a single month on our most recent project… on time and on budget!
Working with you has been a pleasure from start to finish– you are such a great listener! Somehow you really understood the feeling we wanted for our interiors and took our initial input and ran with it. The end result was not only what we love, but more beautiful than we could have ever envisioned! (Guess that’s why people hire great designers like you!)
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the options and great ideas you presented and your attention to the fine details! You came up with so many creative solutions for all the architecturally challenging issues in our condominium…they are now dim memories!
Cara, we’ve really put some miles on together…from rugs to paint to kitchens, bars, bedding, furniture, accessories, window treatments…and I can honestly say, there is nothing I would change. It has truly been a pleasure working with you…and I look forward to our next project!”
~Tammy Pierce– Scottsdale, AZ

“Harry and I were beyond pleased with your remarkable talent. You made our home sparkle and your ability to listen to our choice of color palette and our desire for beach contemporary was beyond measure.
You, young lady, have put a tremendous smile on our faces and we were both so delighted with your choices. Your professionalism clearly was demonstrated in our home.
Thank you again for bringing the joy to our home.”

~Harry and Nina Avant–Shreveport, LA

Exterior Facade

Exterior Facade

When I first laid eyes inside this home, I was so excited for how beautiful the home is, and for how I could imagine it looking after I got my hands on it! I knew my clients loved contemporary and rustic, as well as ice blue! All the wood on the floors, walls and ceiling set the tone for a dark, rustic, natural environment. I aimed to lighten this up and add a modern, sophisticated flair through the use of light fabrics, modern furnishings, reflective finishes and well-placed unique accent lighting. Except for the occasional organic or sculptural wood piece, the main furnishings are light, clean and modern to contrast nicely with all the dark wood. I added some lightening sparkle through the use of glass, and chrome and silver leaf accent pieces. Shimmering, plush area rugs provide a light, inviting anchor for each furniture arrangement, and also provides a dramatic contrast from the dark pine floors. I used mostly natural grays and creams in my color scheme, with splashes of cool, ice blue that complement all the wood so nicely, as well as bring the coast to mind.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room Wet Bar

The reflective shag rug provides a plush base for the clean-lined furnishings and ice blue vinyl ottoman.

The reflective shag rug provides a plush base for the clean-lined furnishings and ice blue vinyl ottoman.

In the corner, I added a unique murano glass leaf floor lamp by Global Views for ethereal light and a sculptural element.

In the corner, I added a unique murano glass leaf floor lamp by Global Views for ethereal light and a sculptural element.

The organic root console table added a rustic element, and some visual interest that helps separate the two seating areas.

The organic root console table added a rustic element, and some visual interest that helps separate the two seating areas.

With Afternoon Light

With Afternoon Light

With Sunset Light

With Sunset Light

Secondary Seating Area

Secondary Seating Area

The long layout of this room called for a second seating area--one that enjoys the fireplace, and promotes conversation. The modern gray leather club chairs are centered around a round, Century Furniture mother of pearl table.  The floor lamp has an exaggerated arch that allows the light to be centered over the arrangement, while not taking away from the view, or the lines of the room.

The long layout of this room called for a second seating area–one that enjoys the fireplace, and promotes conversation. The modern gray leather club chairs are centered around a round, Century Furniture mother of pearl table. The floor lamp has an exaggerated arch that allows the light to be centered over the arrangement, while not taking away from the view, or the lines of the room.

Living Area

Club Chair Kitchen

Here you can see how beautifully the lighting around the wet bar glows and complements the blue accents.

Here you can see how beautifully the lighting around the wet bar glows and complements the blue accents.

I used some contemporary Vanguard counter stools, covered in a blue vinyl, to bring some color to the kitchen area.

I used some contemporary Vanguard counter stools, covered in a blue vinyl, to bring some color to the kitchen area.

Kitchen

I decided that the shape of the room called for a square Dining table.  It seemed to fit the space nicely.  I counteracted all the square shapes and straight lines with some curvilinear klismos chairs, covered in an off-white linen, with white raffia outbacks.

I decided that the shape of the room called for a square Dining table. It seemed to fit the space nicely. I counteracted all the square shapes and straight lines with some curvilinear klismos chairs, covered in an off-white linen, with white raffia outbacks.

The resin pedestal base was molded to resemble a tree root,  and painted white. I thought this would look wonderful contrasted against the dark floors.

The resin pedestal base was molded to resemble a tree root, and painted white. I thought this would look wonderful contrasted against the dark floors.

I love how the light upholstery just glows against all the dark floors, when the natural light hits it.

I love how the light upholstery just glows against all the dark floors, when the natural light hits it.

The original builder left me a few stunning, unique pieces of furniture. made from beautiful slabs of pecky cypress and other woods.  This table made a great cocktail table on the balcony!!  The color complements all the greiges and neutral colors.

The original builder left me a few stunning, unique pieces of furniture. made from beautiful slabs of pecky cypress and other woods. This table made a great cocktail table on the balcony!! The color complements all the greiges and neutral colors.

I placed a low, modern sectional by Brown Jordan against the railing.  This arrangement utilizes the space the best, without blocking the view of all the gorgeous pines, and western lake.    In front of the sofa, is another table made by the builder that I happily utilized!

I placed a low, modern sectional by Brown Jordan against the railing. This arrangement utilizes the space the best, without blocking the view of all the gorgeous pines, and western lake. In front of the sofa, is another table made by the builder that I happily utilized!

The slipcovered swivel chairs, with large contrast welt, make great versatile seating around the glass top Lane Venture dining table.

The slipcovered swivel chairs, with large contrast welt, make great versatile seating around the glass top Lane Venture dining table.

Master Bedroom: On the third floor, the Master bedroom is furnished with a king mirrored Century bed, with a glass bead fabric on the headboard.  I kept the colors cream and neutral, with powder blue accents.  The three convex mirrors take advantage of the high celings, and draw the eye upward to the rustic ceiling details.

Master Bedroom:
On the third floor, the Master bedroom is furnished with a king mirrored Century bed, with a glass bead fabric on the headboard. I kept the colors cream and neutral, with powder blue accents. The three convex mirrors take advantage of the high celings, and draw the eye upward to the rustic ceiling details.

Master Bedroom

This linen-covered dresser kept the feel of the room light, and helps to counteract the dark floors.  Since taking these photos, we have added a gorgeous silk area rug that reflects the light even more.

This linen-covered dresser kept the feel of the room light, and helps to counteract the dark floors. Since taking these photos, we have added a gorgeous silk area rug that reflects the light even more.

Master Bathroom:

Master Bathroom:

This is a stunning bathroom, with its marble floors and walls, the large open windows and recessed ceiling detail.

This is a stunning bathroom, with its marble floors and walls, the large open windows and recessed ceiling detail.

I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to design us some beautiful eye-popping artwork in this room.  These are acrylic panels, to which she added glass and dye, then a finishing resin.

I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to design us some beautiful eye-popping artwork in this room. These are acrylic panels, to which she added glass and dye, then a finishing resin.

Master Vanity

Master Bathroom

Through this arched entrance, you are looking at our Master Sitting Room.  This may be my favorite room in the house!

Through this arched entrance, you are looking at our Master Sitting Room. This may be my favorite room in the house!

I furnished the main part of this room with a pair of gray chenille chair-and-a-halfs, and round, reflective shag rug and a unique root cocktail table.

I furnished the main part of this room with a pair of gray chenille chair-and-a-halfs, and round, reflective shag rug and a unique root cocktail table.

Over the two chairs, is a piece of art I commissioned local artist Allison Wickey to paint. This art is flanked by some fabulous nickel twig sconces by Global Views.

Over the two chairs, is a piece of art I commissioned local artist Allison Wickey to paint. This art is flanked by some fabulous nickel twig sconces by Global Views.

Master Sitting Room

This desk used to be a counter-height dining table on the second floor.  I had the legs shortened to desk height, and then silver leafed and sealed to protect against rusting.    Placed against these windows, this desk provided an ideal area to work!

This desk used to be a counter-height dining table on the second floor. I had the legs shortened to desk height, and then silver leafed and sealed to protect against rusting. Placed against these windows, this desk provided an ideal area to work!

Master Sitting Room Desk

Master Sitting Room Desk Area

Master Sitting Room

This is a rare cocktail made from tree root that I had stained dark like the floors, and then painted ice blue on the insides of the roots.  This acted as an artistic sculpture, as well as a cocktail table.

This is a rare cocktail made from tree root that I had stained dark like the floors, and then painted ice blue on the insides of the roots. This acted as an artistic sculpture, as well as a cocktail table.

Sitting Room Fireplace

When the sun sets, this room is transformed!  What a great place to sit and enjoy the view.

When the sun sets, this room is transformed! What a great place to sit and enjoy the view.

Auxillary Master Bathroom:

Auxillary Master Bathroom:

Guest Bedroom, First Floor: I furnished this room with a tall custom bed in off-white leather, and long ice blue linen drapes.

Guest Bedroom, First Floor:
I furnished this room with a tall custom bed in off-white leather, and long ice blue linen drapes.

Guest Bedroom

Second Guest Bedroom: I lightened this room with a white mirrored bed, a cream silk area rug, some cream drapes, green glass nightstands and some reflective glass and mirrors!

Second Guest Bedroom:
I lightened this room with a white mirrored bed, a cream silk area rug, some cream drapes, green glass nightstands and some reflective glass and mirrors!

I designed this custom art glass installation above the bed to add color to the room, and take advantage of the high ceilings.

I designed this custom art glass installation above the bed to add color to the room, and take advantage of the high ceilings.

I chose this drape fabric, because it has small rhinestone accents that subtly glint and sparkle when the lights are on!

I chose this drape fabric, because it has small rhinestone accents that subtly glint and sparkle when the lights are on!

I brought some color and life to this room with custom bedding and vibrant art.  I fell in love with the plaid fabric first, made coverlets, then designed the other fabrics around that.

I brought some color and life to this room with custom bedding and vibrant art. I fell in love with the plaid fabric first, made coverlets, then designed the other fabrics around that.

Watercolor Bunk Room

If you need any help furnishing your home, please contact me:
cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

This is a 2000sf 3-bedroom condominium in Silver Shell’s St. Barth tower. This unit had some great bones to work with! The application of stone everywhere, including all Carrera marble bathrooms, along with interesting ceiling details and a great view, of course, made this unit fun to work with. The first thing I wanted to get my hands on was the colors! The client loved gold, but the yellow-gold color that was on the walls everywhere was just not current, bright, or chic. In fact, all of the inspiration photos the client gave me consisted of NO color–taupes, creams, browns and golds! Very neutral, very rich, sophisticated and elegant. This is what I strived for in redesigning this unit.

BEFORE

BEFORE

When the walls were gold, everything in the room will had a yellow tint.  The new gray walls neutralized that effect, and allowed my gold accents to have more impact.

When the walls were gold, everything in the room will had a yellow tint. The new gray walls neutralized that effect, and allowed my gold accents to have more impact.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Sometimes you don't realize how small a space really is until you start putting furniture in.  One way to counteract this is to use large leaning mirrors that reflect the room and make it appear larger.  These ostrich leather, studded greek key mirrors reflect the ocean and light, while adding some graphic pizazz!

Sometimes you don’t realize how small a space really is until you start putting furniture in. One way to counteract this is to us large leaning mirrors that reflect the room and make it appear larger. These ostrich leather, studded greek key mirrors reflect the ocean and light, while adding some graphic pizazz!

Living, Wet Bar, Kitchen

BEFORE

BEFORE

The cabinets were finished in a unique pinkish taupe before.  Once the gold walls were not there anymore to reflect off of them, the pink hue stood out even more, so we fauxed them an antique white, with a more neutral base.  The rust marble counters were replaced with a beautiful White Ice granite, with shimmering graphite pieces in it.  The backsplash was replaced with a gold basket weave glass tile.  Instead of doing mirror on the wet bar backsplash, I updated it by adding tile, but installing mirrors behind the cabinet doors.

The cabinets were finished in a unique pinkish taupe before. Once the gold walls were not there anymore to reflect off of them, the pink hue stood out even more, so we fauxed them an antique white, with a more neutral base. The rust marble counters were replaced with a beautiful White Ice granite, with shimmering graphite pieces in it. The backsplash was replaced with a gold basket weave glass tile. Instead of doing mirror on the wet bar backsplash, I updated it by adding tile, but installing mirrors behind the cabinet doors.

I replaced the chandelier with a larger, more elegant gold wood chandelier, with brown silk shades.  The glass front of the t.v. console has a gold hue of its own, that blends nicely with all the colors.

I replaced the chandelier with a larger, more elegant gold wood chandelier, with brown silk shades. The glass front of the t.v. console has a gold hue of its own, that blends nicely with all the colors.

The corner of the room was best furnished with a luxurious Century chaise lounge, covered in velvet! The fretwork pillows tie in the greek key pattern in the mirrors.  To help balance the gold of the wool Oushak rug and accents, I covered the sofa in a plush, matte gray velvet. Behind the sofa, I chose to use a glass and acrylic sofa table that added a modern touch, while remaining simple enough to not take away from the lines of the sofa.

The corner of the room was best furnished with a luxurious Century chaise lounge, covered in velvet! The fretwork pillows tie in the greek key pattern in the mirrors. To help balance the gold of the wool Oushak rug and accents, I covered the sofa in a plush, matte gray velvet. Behind the sofa, I chose to use a glass and acrylic sofa table that added a modern touch, while remaining simple enough to not take away from the lines of the sofa.

I furnished the dining area with an industrial pedestal table by Drexel Heritage, then added some side chairs with wood inlay.  The large, gold Murano glass chandelier added some drama that helped provide weight to this area.

I furnished the dining area with an industrial pedestal table by Drexel Heritage, then added some side chairs with wood inlay. The large, gold Murano glass chandelier added some drama that helped provide weight to this area.

This table top is all set up for elegant entertaining, with its gold and white "bling."  The pearl and stud chargers anchor the white Waterford dinner plates and gold-rimmed ruffle Annie Glass dessert plates.  In the center, the mercury glass Moroccan vase is just waiting for some fresh flowers!

This table top is all set up for elegant entertaining, with its gold and white “bling.” The pearl and stud chargers anchor the white Waterford dinner plates and gold-rimmed ruffle Annie Glass dessert plates. In the center, the mercury glass Moroccan vase is just waiting for some fresh flowers!

BEFORE

BEFORE

Here you can see the dramatic change in the kitchen! In the upper cabinets, the glass shelves and mirrored backs help open them up and add depth.  The strange placement of gold paint on the inside of the ceiling tray was replaced with an extension of the new ceiling color.  The crown was painted off-white, and I added a gold shimmering grasscloth to the ceiling, inside the recessed tray.  This provided drama and emphasis to this ceiling treatment, but in a more natural, aesthetically-pleasing way.

Here you can see the dramatic change in the kitchen! In the upper cabinets, the glass shelves and mirrored backs help open them up and add depth. The strange placement of gold paint on the inside of the ceiling tray was replaced with an extension of the new ceiling color. The crown was painted off-white, and I added a gold shimmering grasscloth to the ceiling, inside the recessed tray. This provided drama and emphasis to this ceiling treatment, but in a more natural, aesthetically-pleasing way.

Kitchen After

BEFORE

BEFORE

I brightened this hallway up with a new paint color and some plush seating!  The sconces were hung at an odd height, so I lowered them to a more balanced position.  I gold-leafed the inside of the wall niche for some added glowing warmth, then hung a light, but rich canvas painting on the wall to the right.  This painting kept the feeling light, but still rich.  The owner of this unit is a lamp and lighting designer, so I thought this brown and gold lamp fabric was just perfect!!

I brightened this hallway up with a new paint color and some plush seating! The sconces were hung at an odd height, so I lowered them to a more balanced position. I gold-leafed the inside of the wall niche for some added glowing warmth, then hung a light, but rich canvas painting on the wall to the right. This painting kept the feeling light, but still rich. The owner of this unit is a lamp and lighting designer, so I thought this brown and gold lamp fabric was just perfect!!

BEFORE

BEFORE

Master Bedroom After: Having started with quite the blank slate, I began my design of this room with a subtle printed wallcovering on the bed wall.  I painted the walls taupe, like the background of the wallpaper.  I covered the grand, tall custom headboard in the same taupe taffeta as the drapes.  The gold striped sheers add a subtle gauzy layer of warmth to the room. The lines of the new chandelier emulate the ribbon-work pattern of the wallpaper.

Master Bedroom After:
Having started with quite the blank slate, I begun my design of this room with a subtle printed wallcovering on the bed wall. I painted the walls taupe, like the background of the wallpaper. I covered the grand, tall custom headboard in the same taupe taffeta as the drapes. The gold striped sheers add a subtle gauzy layer of warmth to the room. The lines of the new chandelier emulate the ribbon-work pattern of the wallpaper.

Here you can see how I mixed textures and finishes for an opulent, inviting feel.  Cut velvets and dark taupes counterbalance shimmering silks and taffetas, glittering crystal and reflective mirrored vanity.  The foot blanket shines and reflects light, almost like water!

Here you can see how I mixed textures and finishes for an opulent, inviting feel. Cut velvets and dark taupes counterbalance shimmering silks and taffetas, glittering crystal and reflective mirrored vanity. The foot blanket shines and reflects light, almost like water!

I hung some beautiful cream modern art on the side wall to add some contemporary flair, and to brighten up the walls.

I hung some beautiful cream modern art on the side wall to add some contemporary flair, and to brighten up the walls.

This beautiful Henredon chest added some warm woods to the room. I flanked the t.v. with some gold-leafed Currey and Company sconces to add some needed extra light and provide some extra "jewelry" to the room.

This beautiful Henredon chest added some warm woods to the room. I flanked the t.v. with some gold-leafed Currey and Company sconces to add some needed extra light and provide some extra “jewelry” to the room.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Guest Room After: Again, I got rid of the gold walls, and replaced them with a cream paint, and embroidered cream wallcovering on the bed wall.  The tall upholstered bed by Hooker Furniture provided adequate drama and "curve" appeal. I installed some new sconces, replaced the chandelier, and added some tone-on-tone draperies in cream.  The gold-splattered cowhide at the foot of the bed adds some warmth to the room.

Guest Room After:
Again, I got rid of the gold walls, and replaced them with a cream paint, and embroidered cream wallcovering on the bed wall. The tall upholstered bed by Hooker Furniture provided adequate drama and “curve” appeal. I installed some new sconces, replaced the chandelier, and added some tone-on-tone draperies in cream. The gold-splattered cowhide at the foot of the bed adds some warmth to the room.

Guest Room

I mixed velvet with linen and decorative trims.

I mixed velvet with linen and decorative trims.

BEFORE

BEFORE

I decided to choose a design that is slightly more masculine for this room.  With taupe as the backdrop, I added in layers of gray, peacock blue and brown. The new mirrored sconces highlight the silver flecks in the fabric wall covering.

I decided to choose a design that is slightly more masculine for this room. With taupe as the backdrop, I added in layers of gray, peacock blue and brown. The new mirrored sconces highlight the silver flecks in the fabric wall covering.

The striped fabric is a great faux silk by Maxell Fabrics, and the blue floral and geometric is by Clarke and Clarke Fabrics.

The striped fabric is a great faux silk by Maxell Fabrics, and the blue floral and geometric is by Clarke and Clarke Fabrics.

Please contact me if you need any help furnishing your home!
cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

This condo in Miramar Beach’s Grand Dunes is a model that I had a blast getting to furnish and redesign! I wanted to go for a bright, fun and contemporary design, with some natural elements to ground it. I wanted to use my current favorite color (because this changes often): chartreuse! I love the citrus, or tropical flavor it adds! When paired with aqua and green, then contrasted with white, it creates a refreshingly vibrant color palette. This model is currently on the market and up for grabs, so if you are interested, call one of the numbers I’ve listed at the bottom of this post! SOLD!!!

Living Room:

One great way to decorate a large, intimidating blank wall is to create the illusion of wall panels with simple wood trim pieces.  Then, you can add a contrasting color or pattern to the center-here I painted them a rich aqua color! The panels not only break up the wall; they also frame the driftwood sculptures and help to liven up the focal wall! The glass chandelier adds some bling to the room, and mimics the round cocktail below it.

One great way to decorate a large, intimidating blank wall is to create the illusion of wall panels with simple wood trim pieces. Then, you can add a contrasting color or pattern to the center-here I painted them a rich aqua color! The panels not only break up the wall; they also frame the driftwood sculptures and help to liven up the focal wall! The glass chandelier adds some bling to the room, and mimics the round cocktail below it.”

I accented all the heavier upholstery with these two contemporary wing chairs.  I absolutely love these chairs!  They are so comfortable, too!  I chose a colorful Ikat print that pulls together the blue, green and yellow I've used throughout the unit. You can also see here what a great vantage point a person lounging on the chaise lounge will have, with a view of the beach, the television, the goings-on in the kitchen, and the other living room seating.

I accented all the heavier upholstery with these two contemporary wing chairs. I absolutely love these chairs! They are so comfortable, too! I chose a colorful Ikat print that pulls together the blue, green and yellow I’ve used throughout the unit. You can also see here what a great vantage point a person lounging on the chaise lounge will have, with a view of the beach, the television, the goings-on in the kitchen, and the other living room seating.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room
Kitchen:
This kitchen was given a simple facelift, with a paint job, new hardware, and new lighting.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

I chose these bar pendants, because they resemble jellyfish!

I chose these bar pendants, because they resemble jellyfish!

Painting the cabinets a pale ice blue brightened the kitchen and created pleasing contrast with the black granite countertops.  I replaced all the bronze knobs with stainless contemporary knobs and pulls for a fresher look.

Painting the cabinets a pale ice blue brightened the kitchen and created pleasing contrast with the black granite countertops. I replaced all the bronze knobs with stainless contemporary knobs and pulls for a fresher look.

I believe it is important for connected rooms to maintain visual unity, so that when doors are open, everything flows together.  Here you can see how the colors in my guest bedroom shine right along with my Living and Lounge.

I believe it is important for connected rooms to maintain visual unity, so that when doors are open, everything flows together. Here you can see how the colors in my guest bedroom shine right along with my Living and Lounge.

Dining Room:
I dressed my dining area with more painted wall panels! I hung a large giclee art piece in the center, with silver leaf driftwood sconces on each side. For my finish palette, I mixed white lacquer, with raw teak wood, burlap and bright color pops.
Lounge / Dining Rooms

Lounge / Dining Rooms

My white lacquer parsons table allowed the vibrant colors around it to stand out.  The dining chairs are raw teak, with white patent vinyl seats.  I covered the host chairs by C.R. Laine in an exciting shade of chartreuse, which was supported in the artwork and bowl centerpiece!

My white lacquer parsons table allowed the vibrant colors around it to stand out. The dining chairs are raw teak, with white patent vinyl seats. I covered the host chairs by C.R. Laine in an exciting shade of chartreuse, which was supported in the artwork and bowl centerpiece!

For my centerpiece, like many other details in this condo, I decided to go big or go home!  For a vibrant color pop, I found a lot of antique glass bottles and congregated them on my burlap table runner.  When entertaining, these bottles would look beautiful with the occasional daisy , and the bowl would look great with floating candles!

For my centerpiece, like many other details in this condo, I decided to go big or go home! For a vibrant color pop, I found a lot of antique glass bottles and congregated them on my burlap table runner. When entertaining, these bottles would look beautiful with the occasional daisy , and the bowl would look great with floating candles!

Dining looking into Living Room

Guest Bedroom 1

Guet Bedroom 1

I made this niche special by giving it a refreshing splash of color!  The hombre pattern of the Designers Guild wallpaper looks hand-painted!

I made this niche special by giving it a refreshing splash of color! The hombre pattern of the Designers Guild wallpaper looks hand-painted!

Master Bedroom:
This room is the epitome of sand and sea to me! The walls, bedding, headboard, and wallcovering are all a tone-on-tone soft sand color. Then, I came in with some bright splashes of turquoise with my pillows, foot blanket and pillow trimmings. Finally, I added a rich pool of turquoise to the ceiling for an element of surprise! Because the room is so white, the bright color on the ceiling serves to liven the room up and add some tropical flavor. Sometimes you have to just go for bold color!

Inset into some trimwork, the geometric metallic wallpaper acts almost as contemporary artwork.  I love how the pattern on the pendants plays against the pattern on the walls!

Inset into some trimwork, the geometric metallic wallpaper acts almost as contemporary artwork. I love how the pattern on the pendants plays against the pattern on the walls!

Here you can see how I repeated the metallic geometric wallcovering in the niche across from the bed.

Here you can see how I repeated the metallic geometric wallcovering in the niche across from the bed.

Master Bedroom

This king chrome canopy bed by Bernhardt has the stunning look and importance that I wanted for this room.  It uses the space well, without looking too heavy.  I also loved the simple, uncomplicated lines.

This king chrome canopy bed by Bernhardt has the stunning look and importance that I wanted for this room. It uses the space well, without looking too heavy. I also loved the simple, uncomplicated lines.

Master Bedroom Vignette

Guest Bedroom 2:
This room has a view of the bay and San Destin Marina. I chose a color palette with darker color accents that complements their window view. The star of the show is the Schumacher printed fabric I used on the Queen shams. The accent blue color on the bed wall was pulled directly from this fabric, as well as the varying shades of green and blue used on the striped bolster, wall bowls and accents. The off-white upholstered bed, coverlet and duvet allow these colors to shine!

I painted these walls a pale aqua color, then gave the bed wall a dramatic "punch" of blue that contrasts well with the bed and wall décor.

I painted these walls a pale aqua color, then gave the bed wall a dramatic “punch” of blue that contrasts well with the bed and wall décor.

I decided to go for an asymmetrical layout.  The colorful wall bowls and star mirror are sprinkled in a way that balances the tall beside shelf.

I decided to go for an asymmetrical layout. The colorful wall bowls and star mirror are sprinkled in a way that balances the tall beside shelf.

I jazzed up this small bathroom by papering the walls in this fun, blue and white wallcovering and hanging a chic mirror above the pedestal sink.  I flanked the mirror with two white coral Regina  Andrews sconces.

I jazzed up this small bathroom by papering the walls in this fun, blue and white wallcovering and hanging a chic mirror above the pedestal sink. I flanked the mirror with two white coral Regina
Andrews sconces.

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Please contact me if you are interested in design services: cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

Call Don Williams (850) 688-0444 or Derrick Ballard (850) 585-6068 at Grand Dunes if you are interested in owning this unit for yourself! owning any other Grand Dunes units!

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