Photos and quote: House Beautiful
Despite its rustic aura, the dining room in our Fall Fashion Stylebook set a beautiful stage for this formal Alice + Olivia look from B. Barnett in Little Rock. The elongated table lends an elegant feel that made the room a perfect space for this shot.
The table in this dining room (below) has the same effect. The long shape adds a bit of formality, but the rough wood texture keeps it from feeling too stuffy or precious.
These benches (below) are a more casual alternative to tall-back leather seating, and we love the stripped wood chest at the far end of the space.
A foyer should set the stage for the rest of your decor. In this home, nothing could be a better indicator of the fun, rustic rooms to follow than a worn red bench with Southwest-style patterned pillows (below). The wood wall hanging and stucco walls frame the Armenta jewelry from Roberson’s Fine Jewelry in Little Rock beautifully.
Here’s another entryway with a punch of color and pattern, on the pillows, seat cushion and the rug. The painted wood wall hanging has impact but doesn’t go overboard.
In this space, wood wraps the ceiling, walls and the staircase for a more dramatic effect, so that not much color is needed, except, perhaps, for a patterned rug.
Everyone needs a soft chair to cozy up in. The casual vibe of this turquoise and gold jewelry from Wilkerson Jewelers in Stuttgart (below) fits right in with this comfy print armchair.
The fashionista who owns this jewelry would no doubt also love a cowgirl-chic bedroom (below), with its gorgeous animal-hide upholstered chaise and warm red and brown tones.
And, of course, who could turn down a fireplace in the bedroom?
Executing color palettes with pinks or reds might be intimidating, but the designers who choreographed these spaces weren’t phased a bit. Let’s have a little tour, shall we?
First up: a trio of dining spaces, from formal to vintage to casual. The combination of pink checkered Robert Allen silk draperies with Benjamin Moore’s Golden Honey on the walls gives this space a look that’s formal but not stodgy. In fact, we think it’s quite, well, happy.
Jerusalem Greer (aka Jolly Goode Gal) gave her cottage-style home vintage appeal with red walls, contrasted with white molding and wainscoting (love!), and aqua blue accents. Distressed white mismatched chairs give it a relaxed feel. We surmise a lot of crafting happens at this dining room table.
Coral red is the main attraction in this breakfast room designed by Tobi Fairley. Just a swipe of paint on the chairs, nowhere else, and look at the impact the color has. Without looking twice, you’d think the whole room had been painted red. So effective!
We couldn’t pass up mentioning this little kitchen we first saw in House Beautiful. What we wouldn’t do for that pink fridge. Seriously.
Windsor Smith is the mastermind behind this bubblegum pink room. The thick white molding andÂ coffered ceilings offset the pink walls, and we love that Windsor didn’t shy away from using pink in the fabric and accessories. The various textures keep it this side of “too sweet.”
This homeowner’s favorite color is red, so the trick was to incorporate it into a peaceful bedroom. The solution: Benjamin Moore’s Burnt Red on the walls enhances floral Bergamo fabric on the chairs and headboard, while everything else is neutral and clean-lined.
Sherwin-Williams’ Loveable was the color of choice for this Conway homeowner, who worked with Becky Charton of Tablesetters Inc. to give her master closet a feminine, fun vibe.
And what little girl wouldn’t die to have her very own attic hideaway/playroom? Instead of going with a theme, designer Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors opted for stronger colors and and a mix of classic and modern furnishings (French daybed, meet lucite side table).
This bedroom and the above playroom belong to the same little girl! Matching fabric and wallpaper by Thibaut cued the pops of pink of both spaces. The trick to tying everything together was pulling colors from that pattern.
Go big or go home! Pink stripes, pink houndstooth, pink paisley, oh my! But, it all just works somehow.
Once again, leave it to Tobi Fairley to up the color ante (have you checked out her tip-filled blog series, Color Confidential?). Cole & Son wallpaper sets the tone for a mauve and pink palette, which energizes tried-and-true furniture styles and accessories in this darling little girl’s space.
Bohemian? Parisian chic? Rock ‘n’ roll? This space, designed by Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors, takes on many identities, but one thing’s certain: it’s brought to life by pink, both on the half-canopy and on the pink and metallic wallcovering from Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little. (Don’t you just wish you had a disco ball in your own room?)
It’s a virtual pink paradise! … Made so by a custom-made Charles H. Beckley bed upholstered in Butterfly by Lori Weitzner for Sahco Hesslein and walls with a Muriel Brandolini cotton.
How’s that for a Valentine’s Day-inspired room roundup?
Are you an interior design blogger interested in improving and expanding your blog, building your brand or enhancing your career? The 2013 Design Bloggers Conference, taking place March 3-5, 2013 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, is the only conference specifically for interior design bloggers.
At #DBC2013, meet and learn from fellow design bloggers, new media innovators and leaders of the design industry at this two-day conference produced by At Home in Arkansas‘ parent company, Network Communications, Inc. You’ll have the opportunity to meet potential advertisers as well as icons of the design blogosphere and traditional media.
In addition to learning about exciting new products for 2013, you will have the chance to learn more about building and engaging your audience with information and inspiration on multiple platforms, using a variety of business models and marketing channels. Guest speakers include designers Barbara Barry, Charlotte Moss and Arkansas’ own Tobi Fairley; plus House Beautiful editor-in-chief Newell Turner; Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles editorial director Clinton Smith; Adam Japko, president of DesignSherpa, a revolutionary internet marketing service for the home design and remodeling industry from Network Communications, Inc., and many more. Read about all the speakers here.
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Editor Diane Carroll is entranced with this beautiful French locale. She says, “This wonderful hotel in the Luberon in France looks amazing. I’m getting ready to spend a few days of R&R in the Texas Hill Country, and while it’s not quite France, it’s casually beautiful like this. Gravel courtyards, herb gardens, tables in the shade, and a few local wineries to boot.” (“A Look at the French Countryside” from Beth Davis Interiors via Habitually Chic)
This Jonathan Adler-designed home matches ad coordinator Laura LaRue’s cheery personality. “I am in love with this entire house,” she says. “I love the white floors & all the pops of color. When can I move in?” (“The Look of Jonathan Adler” from Bear-Hill Interiors via House Beautiful)
Associate editor Paulette Pearson is in the mood for extra-special wallpaper. “We’re featuring a gorgeous dining room with hand-painted wallpaper in an upcoming issue,” she says. “It can transform a room into something so special and luxurious.” (“Room Inspiration: Vintage Wallpaper” from This is Glamorous via House Beautiful)
Art director Mandy Keener always finds the funnest Friday Faves! “How unexpected…mug shots of mobsters!” she says. “So quirky and graphic.” (“KC Home” from Parlour)
Marketing coordinator & account exec Lauren Quick Strother has been checking out furniture makeover ideas: “I love a good before and after. What a great way to spice up an old bench!” (“Benchwork” from eddieross.com)
In case you missed it:
What a fun morning! Eddie Ross was in town for a presentation organized by The Fine Arts Club of Arkansas. And At Home in Arkansas had a front-row seat as the lifestyle expert and former Martha Stewart Living editor discussed, “The Art of Entertaining.”
The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock was a lovely setting, with its beautiful gardens, which were designed by P. Allen Smith, visible through the windows.
After being introduced, Eddie talked about his fabulous work with House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living. (That’s Martha’s stable kitchen.)
And his project ideas had everyone ready to run home and plan a party. These pine cone cakes are made using sheet cake and slivered almonds, and those pine needles are chocolate. How creative is that?
Eddie also demonstrated a few projects for us in person. DIY wreaths, fancy floral arrangements, gorgeous gift wrapping… it was hard to believe how simple and budget friendly they are.
Our editor, Diane Carroll, caught up with Eddie, as well as his co-presenter Jaithan Kochar, in the gardens outside the mansion. All in all, a great way to spend the morning and get inspired for the holidays.
PS- If you haven’t, be sure to check out Eddie and Jaithan’s blog! And stay tuned for At Home’s Holiday Guest Blogger Series, when we show you how to create each of the projects Eddie discussed at today’s event!