Monday, February 29, 2016

A chic and youthful Dallas home with a classic, traditional flair!

This beautiful Greenway Parks home in Dallas is designed by Carrie Hartfield for her sister and family. The sisters are very close and share a similar aesthetic so it was a fun project for everyone. Let's check out the results of this family collaboration, shall we?

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

Isn't this home gorgeous? I really like how youthful this home feels while maintaining a classic traditional flair! The juxtaposition of eclectic furnishings with modern touches feels fresh and unexpectedly delightful! My favorite room is the bright, beautiful and cozy breakfast nook with the custom tufted banquette. Such a chic, thoughtful and swoon-worthy home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Home tour- Amanda Nisbet's chic and beautiful Manhattan home!

Be inspired by A-list decorator, Amanda Nisbet's beautiful Manhattan's Upper East Side apartment that she shares with her family!

Photo credit: Tony Vu

Isn't her home gorgeous? She always has a brilliant way of using colors and her own home is no exception. Her unconventional use of color palette especially in her living room and dining room is absolutely refreshing and delightful! I am also drawn to her stunning bedroom particularly the pretty bed and the lovely custom bed canopy! Beautifully layered, thoughtfully edited and surprisingly livable, how can one not fall in love with this chic and vibrant home? Your thoughts?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

A collaboration between Atlanta top design firms Michael Morris, director of interior design at Monte Hewett Homes and designer Melissa Nagle of Bell Kitchen & Bath Studios, this timeless kitchen with a glamorous twist is surely a head turner! The beautiful charcoal-colored backsplash, charming custom hood and those gorgeous brass bar stools make my heart go pitter-patter. I am also drawn to the lovely monochromatic color palette and the delightful suspended open shelving! Such a well-designed and stunning space, what's not to be inspired by? Your thoughts? 

Photo credit: Emily Followill

8 Popular Home Design Trends to Look for in 2016!

Home design trends are more than just individual details and fads. They represent changes in lifestyle and the desire to create a home that better fits your needs. In 2016, many home builders have noticed home design trends are being driven by three main themes - functionality, personalizaton, and entertaining. In this article, we will explore how these three themes manifest themselves in the design choices made by 2016 new home buyers.


Home buyers who are building a new home in 2016 want to maximize their space by using every square inch and making the home as functional as possible. This desire for functionality has produced the following trends:

- 100% functional design: This means we are seeing fewer hallways and tiny rooms, single staircases because having two takes up too much space, and a decrease in requests for separate, closed off foyers or entrances.

- Smart home technology: Home builders can pre-wire the space with cables so Wi-Fi can be extended throughout the house. This allows the homeowner to conveniently control things like security systems, lights, and thermostats from their smartphone.

- Double islands in the kitchen: Since the kitchen is a key area for entertaining, having two islands allows the homeowner to have one dedicated space for cooking and prep work and a separate space for eating and socializing.

- Landscaping with native plants: Many areas of the country are experiencing drought. By landscaping with native plants, home owners will use less water because these plants are accustomed to the environment but still create an impressive display that adds curb appeal.


The main reason why people choose to buy a new home over purchasing a resale home is that it allows them to customize and personalize the space to their needs. This means you can choose your own layout, materials, colors, decorations and more to show off your unique personality. 

Of course personalization is different for everyone, but some of the key personalization trends that home builders are seeing in 2016 include:

- Get away rooms: Homeowners are choosing the open concept layout (which we will discuss in the next section), but they still want a place where they can get away to a more private space. Get away rooms can take the form of wine rooms, libraries, family rooms, recreation rooms, media rooms and more.

- Master suite: Another area where home builders see personalization come to the forefront is in the master suite. Homeowners want to design their perfect bedroom and connected bathroom that let them escape from the hectic world outside. Once again, personalization depends on the homeowner, but spa-like bathrooms that include either a walk-in shower or a stand-alone tub (or both) are particularly popular.


A final theme that is driving 2016 home trends is the desire to create a home that is ideal for at-home entertaining. Some more specific trends that fall into this category include:

- Open concept layout: Home buyers are taking down the walls on the main level of their home to create a space where the kitchen, dining, and living areas can all flow together. This provides a larger area where people have room to mix and mingle yet remain in the same space.

- Indoor-outdoor space: With a main floor that is perfectly set up for entertaining, 2016 new home buyers are going a step further to ensure their outdoor space is set up for entertaining too and that these indoor and outdoor areas flow well together. Many are choosing double or even triple pane sliding glass doors to connect the inside with the outside. They are also making the outdoors an entertaining hotspot by adding features like patios, pools, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms, fire pits, fireplaces, pizza ovens and more.

This article has featured 8 of the most popular home design trends for 2016, and you hopefully now have a deeper-level view of what to expect in 2016.  These trends are becoming popular because they serve the greater needs of homebuyers in 2016 – needs for functionality, personalization, and entertaining. 

As you plan out your ideas for your own new home, take some time to think about your lifestyle and your needs. A good local home builder will then be able to work with you to design a home that perfectly meets those needs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Home tour- Inside a sophisticated and elegant boathouse in Connecticut!

This beautiful 1,000-square-foot boathouse that's built into the surrounding rock wall in Connecticut's Long Island Sound received an elegant transformation, thanks to New York interior designer Frank de Biasi. Using the building's original tile floor as a starting point, a restrained palette of neutrals, crisp white and vibrant green was created to jazz up the interiors. Let's check out the results of this fabulous makeover, shall we?

Photo credit: Stephen Kent Johnson

How gorgeous is this boathouse? European-inspired, sophisticated and elegant, this boathouse feels fresh and effortlessly chic. I am swooning over the delightful geometric floor tiles, the lovely curtains and those awesome leather director's chairs! I really love this small yet inspirational space, what about you? Thoughts?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cool design firm alert- Decor Aid!

Introducing Decor Aid, a New York-based firm founded by Sean Juneja & Markus Weber. Their signature style is creating an elegant, contemporary environment with an effortlessly chic vibe! Let's check out their gorgeous portfolio, shall we?

The founders: Sean Juneja & Markus Weber

The design team.


Such fabulous rooms, don't you think? This team of talented designers definitely has a knack for bringing style, something unexpected and visually interesting moments in any room! I really like how fresh, inviting and stylish each space looks. What do you think?

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