Interior Design

Chunky Textures are Trending in Homes

In this month’s trend letter, we’re talking all about layered, chunky textures. After years of grey, sleek minimalism, maximalism is making a comeback, and it feels cozy. People spent a lot of time at home during the pandemic, and those homes needed to offer a sense of safety and security, as well as comfort. Many types of spaces had to adapt during the pandemic, such as colleges and restaurants. Just as some of those changes became long-term solutions, the same...

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5 Emerging Trends in Restaurant Design

In 2020, the pandemic through a massive wrench into the hospitality industry. Many restaurants had to pivot quickly just to keep their doors open and their staff employed. Restauranteurs adapted to the demands of outdoor dining, social distancing, and increased take-out. For many, the changes they made as a way to survive have become permanent and popular features. As a result, interior designers who specialize in restaurant design are designing with these trends in mind.   Restauranteurs know a space's interior...

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Living room scene with couch and pillows. All props are printed with Design Pool patterns and available through Domanda Design.

What is Japandi?

When discussing the hottest trends in outdoor living, Japandi kept popping up. Japandi isn't brand new. It's a trend that has been gaining popularity inside for the last couple of years. Recently, it's starting to migrate outside into our outdoor spaces. So, what exactly is it?   Japandi is a cross between Scandinavian and Japanese design.   Japandi is a blend between the Scandinavian concept of hygge and the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.   Hygge is a Danish word that describes a quality...

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Aga Artka on Designing a Historical Space

Aga Artka is an interior designer who believes every business has a story to tell. Her passion for branding mixes with her work as an interior designer in her projects. The result is interiors that fully tell her client’s story. Recently, she completed a large-scale project designing Badger State Lofts in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their goal was to turn the site into an apartment community, balancing history with a modern feel. This historical preservation site was previously a tannery campus and...

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The Arts and Crafts of Cranbrook

I recently attended a reunion for graduates of Cranbrook Academy of Arts who studied under Gerhardt Knodel in the fiber program. I graduated in the class of 1993 and attended the reunion with one of my classmates and good friend, Paula Stebbins Becker. Paula and I decided to use the reunion as an excuse to have a road trip and drove to Detroit together from New England. We enjoyed seeing a bit of the country from the road while swapping...

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5 Things Learned at HCD Expo + Conference

Last month we exhibited at the HCD Expo + Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This event was a great opportunity to meet with lots of people working in the healthcare design market. We were excited to introduce them to Design Pool and our new R&R Collection. While exhibiting, we also spent time walking the Expo Hall to spot trends in healthcare design. In addition, we also attended conference sessions to learn about the industry from experts in the field. In...

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The Rabbit Hole Where Interior & Textile Designers Intersect

Designers Today is a digital and print magazine that promotes itself as the link between interior designers and the home furnishings industry. As part of their goal in pushing the envelope to make the interior design profession stronger and more transparent, they are hosting a yearlong webinar series that interviews experts on their business practices. I urge everyone to check out their upcoming editions. I was lucky to come across their April 21st webinar entitled “Soft Focus: How to Create a...

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Four Tips for Combining Neutrals in Home Decor

Recently, I interviewed Lisa Lev, of Lisa Lev Design based in Toronto. I asked her, "What is your most challenging, yet satisfying, project to date?" She replied, "the Clarendon job." This modern rehab of a heritage home for a repeat customer, was challenging for her. This client has a bad reaction to color and Lisa loves starting from the color scheme. But as you can see, Lisa embraced the challenge by combining neutrals to great effect. Photo credit: Alex Lukey Here is...

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Denyne Designs Opens Up About Process

Denyne Sanville is the founder and luxury design specialist at Denyne Designs, a full-service, residential, interior architectural design firm. Founded in 2003, Denyne Designs is located in Dunstable, Massachusetts. An award-winning design firm, they specialize in kitchen and bath design and remodeling. Yet their service offerings don’t stop there. With over 40 years of combined experience in construction and design, they also provide solutions for any home renovation project. From creating the design concept and building plans, to specifying and...

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Decorator Kelly Murphy Shares Her Process

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with an interior decorator? We have, so we found one to talk to about the process. New Hampshire interior decorator Kelly Murphy of Décor&You has been practicing interior decorating in the Granite State for over a decade. She gave us the scoop her turnkey process to making over a room. But first, what’s the difference between a designer & a decorator? It’s important to know the two designations are not interchangeable. An interior...

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