Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Warm Up

 via J. Crew

 via Domino

 via The Zhush

 Derek Lam via Moda Operandi

It's going to be a long, hot summer, people. Maybe the heat has gone straight to my brain but I am really loving warm, woodsy colors and textures these days. Playing them as accents among an otherwise light and neutral color palette is what keeps these tones tones fresh. 

I recently worked on a project where we worked to warm up a cool toned space. I pulled natural textures like sisal, raffia and linen in and layered them with warm Southwestern-style accents. Here's a little peek at what we discussed. PS- the pair of lamps on the sofa table have a COWHIDE lamp shade. What will they think of next...

Stay cool!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cozy Cottage Guest Room

Happy Heat Wave, readers! It's a scorcher down here in Southeastern NC. If you can't keep your toes dipped in the water, then you might as well hunker down in the a.c! Propping up on the couch is about all I've been up for as I've been a little under the weather since Saturday. And, unfortunately for me, the only bed I want to crawl into isn't mine! Last week, this cozy cottage guest bedroom got a quick face lift. Creating the space's playful personality was so much fun! Friends and clients ask me about the design process quite often so I thought I'd share the steps of this project here with you. 

First: The Starting Point 
This sweet guest bedroom had the appearance of a mere afterthought. The homeowners admittedly hadn't paid it much attention, which isn't all together uncommon for guest bedrooms. A few of the furnishings had enough glimmer of personality to stay but the rest had to go. My clients' top priorities were replacing the headboard and bedding while adding a rug to warm up the space.  

Second: The Design Scheme
Client Cozy Cottage loves mixing patterns and coastal vibes. She also gave me a clear cut budget, which truly helps an interior designer do her best work. I had been anxious to use the China Seas periwinkle wallpaper you see below and based my color palette on that. Unfortunately, once the essentials were all in place, we had no room in the budget for wallpaper. Luckily, so many excellent patterns were already mixing in the room that we didn't need wallpaper! And adding mirrors on that wall opened up the entire room better so much better than patterned wallpaper would have! 

Three: The Decision
After presenting a few options to the Cozy Cottagers, they selected their preferences and we forged ahead! In the concept art below, you'll notice that a jute rug is on the floor. The Cozy Cottagers swapped it for the patterned rug in an alternative concept and I loved their decision! We both love the navy and white rug so much. It's an indoor/outdoor floor covering from Land of Nod and so soft that you'd never know it! The mother of pearl mirrors were major scores from Pier 1 and the lamps are from Wayfair.

We also discussed replacing the boob light ceiling fixture with a gorgeous chandelier. In the end, the distance between the bed and ceiling was too short to successfully hang a new chandy. But we did add the full length mirror to add depth to the far corner as well as the hamper from Furbish so that guests know where to leave towels at the end of their weekend.

I forgot to get a shot from this angle in the bedroom but the swirled planter is on the desk! It is so cute in there and houseplants keep the oxygen recirculating, which is key in a small space. We did not hang the black and white art or add the two lamps as the outlet situation was awkward. But the queen doth reign and the bamboo chair is available to catch guests' bags, purses, shoes, etc. We also had extra fabric left over from the boudoir sham so we opted out of the Jonathan Adler Capri pillow and had another small pillow made from the matching Thibaut pattern. At the last minute, I found the citron tray table. It was not part of my original plan but suited the room perfectly! We all loved the punch it packed and its scale was ideal for the slanted ceiling wall.

Four: The Final Result
 I have to tell you the Sferra sheets feel like BUTTER! They are incredibly soft and crisp. Embroidery doesn't come cheap but I love how the embroidery color scheme on the sheets is reversed on the Euro shams. The coverlet is also Sferra and matches the custom Pottery Barn headboard perfectly. The cherry on top is the Thibaut Mahal fabric that ties everything together.

Last but not least, the entire room is painted in Benjamin Moore Airway but we cut the color in half with white. The final paint color blends perfectly with the rest of the home and makes the room feel relaxing and calm among the fun patterns and pops of color. 

This project was a total blast and I hope the homeowners (and their guests) enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working on it! As for the design process, I hope you found this breakdown helpful. My own personal goal is to tailor the process to my clients' needs. In some upcoming posts, you'll see where we didn't redesign a full room but zhushed up what was already there. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me at lsuggsinteriors@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lunch In The Garden

Welcome to the unofficial start of summer! Here in North Carolina, we saw an absolutely gorgeous Memorial Day weekend. The Great Outdoors beckoned each and every day and while this ginger kid has to take it easy in the sun, lunch al fresco under the shade of magnolia trees is always the perfect compromise. 



Make your outdoor entertaining trousseau just as fabulous as your indoor options! So many brands have started producing top notch melamine dinnerware and serving pieces, allowing endless possibilities for your next outdoor party. But don't forget that your indoor entertaining pieces can pull double duty. Take the indoors outside with items like this tablecloth, the placemats, napkins and flatware. Use what you have! But know that you can fill in the gaps with dinnerware that is not only beautiful but also practical.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish in Your Living Room


There's a reason why velvet upholstery has made a major comeback lately. Generally speaking, velvet is quite durable, looks polished and feels cozy all the while offering undeniable glamor. While the thought may initially seem counter intuitive, anchoring your room with a green velvet sofa is actually one of the most classic decor styles around. You can let the green pop by decorating your room with rich neutrals or you can play up color by running with the rainbow. So in honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are my favorite uses of green sofas plus a few shopable options. Happy decorating with green!



via Ikea

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tennesse Livin'

One of my best friends lives in Tennessee- about eight hours away from here. (Sad!) But she recently bought a new ottoman for its great size and good bones...although not so much for the fabric. With a new baby and inside pets, she- like many people- was hesitant to get too invested in fabric but she- like many people- wanted to enjoy her home! The ottoman fabric had to coordinate with her scrolly blue/grey rug and newly upholstered cozy couch. Her family also inherited two chairs that were going to need some updating, although the ottoman definitely took priority.

Some design projects come together so effortlessly and this happened to be one of them! Knowing this globetrotting, adventurous family, I knew this room had to be cool. I chose the Jiri stripe in birch for the ottoman and made that the room's statement piece. The woven, dark neutral chair fabric would contrast and still coordinate with the ivory couch all while hiding any messiness from pets and kids. The rest of the upholstery would be perked up with patterns and color found in the three different throw pillows- the new color introduced being a seafoam green.

I created the e-design board, hit send and held my breath. Luckily, my friend flipped for it! Even her husband was immediately on board- that's how you really know a design concept is a success! Now the family is motivated to get this project going and make their living room family friendly and fresh. Hopefully I'll get to see this sweet space in person sometime. Anyone recommend the summertime in Tennessee??

Monday, February 23, 2015

Red Carpet Round Up: The 87th Annual Academy Awards

I am 100% a diamonds girl so you know that if my Best Dressed from the Oscars is an actress wearing a gown entirely made of pearls, it MUST be good! Presenter Lupita Nyong'o stole the show once again this year when she arrived last night in this custom Calvin Klein Collection column. Her look was head to toe perfection! The dress was made of 6000 pearls and every single one was in the exact right place. A huge round of applause to Francisco Costa and his CK team! 

Unfortunately, there were very few other Red Carpet moments as striking as hers. I didn't feel that any other looks really knocked it out of the park although there were certainly some fabulous frocks on display. Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston and Julianne Moore got the beaded nude hues memo although each of their interpretations were very different. Washington brought a dose of the unexpected with a Miu Miu peplum paired with a straight, beaded skirt. Nominee Aniston got it right when it counted with her slit-up-to-there Versace number. The tailoring on her gown was perfection. And Moore, also a nominee, went all out glam in custom sequined Chanel. Had the second row of embellishments not played up the dress's drop waist, I would have chosen her for Best Dressed of the night. (I mean, hellooooo, it's Chanel!)


We also saw beading from the darker side of the spectrum. Naomi Watts rocked fashion's current cut-out trend with this Armani Prive  gunmetal gray and black beaded dress. Nominee Laura Dern very nearly achieved medieval goddess status in Alberta Ferretti. Her stylist should have simplified her look by removing the necklace and leaving the bag with her publicist though.

 And I PROMISE I looked for color on the Red Carpet!! Presenter Dakota Johnson looked lovely in this red Saint Laurent. The one silver beaded strap saved this dress from snoozeville...and I might have a soft spot for a ponytail during a formal event. 

Who were your favorites of the night? Now I'm going to go do 50 sit-ups and push-ups. These ladies obviously aren't hibernating beneath the frigidity of the East Coast's polar vortex!

all images via Instyle.com and WhoWhatWear.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Pinch of Spice

In the shadow of today's cool celadon greens, neutral "greiges" and stark white walls hides the warm, welcoming shades of your spice rack. They are unassuming and under appreciated and yet provide those in your household the biggest hug and most hospitality. Call them coral, paprika, brick or terra cotta, they work in a variety of situations and seasons. In the summer, they feel fresh and vibrant. In the winter, they instantly heat up your tabletop or windows. And as far as your own clothing goes, earrings with a coral burst give you an instant glow or a clutch in a burnt orange livens up the dullest day. But spice can be strong so a little goes a long way. Keep your spices in check by toning it down with pale blushes, sandy creams or, yes, even pool blues...bordering on celadon.