Thanksgiving Tablescape

by Lindsay Wakeman

I can hardly believe that we are approaching the end of this year, where does the time go?! This means that the holidays are approaching, so I wanted to show you all a couple of my favorite tablescapes. I hope these ideas will serve as an inspiration for you! 

If you are going to use any type of florals or greenery, I suggest using the realest looking faux foliage that you can find. This will take away any worry of your beautiful decor wilting before the Thanksgiving meal! You can also use your table display before and after the holiday if you go the faux foliage route. I also like to use my decor for more than one occasion, so try to purchase pieces that can be used for multiple occasions. However, if you want to use real florals on the table, by all means, do so! You cannot quite beat the smell of fresh flowers. You can also add real flowers to the table the day of if you are wanting that fresh flower smell. 

My last piece of advice would be to avoid using pieces that are going to block your view across the table. I personally do not enjoy trying to talk through or around an object while talking to someone! One exception may be a taller candlestick as long as the candle is not too wide. I hope that you all have fun with your decorating and Happy Thanksgiving season!

Randi Garrett Design

Taryn Whiteaker

Rooms for Rent

Kitchen Decor

By Lindsay Wakeman

I don’t know about you all, but I just love kitchens! I could look through kitchen designs all day everyday (if time allowed of course!) because they are my favorite spaces. Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite styling tips when it comes to kitchens.

Magnolia Home

Mixing wood tones is something that I love, so leave your cutting boards and trays out on the counter. You can lean the boards up against your backsplash and stagger/layer them. I think this provides a clean look, while also providing function! If you need your cutting boards, you can easily access them. They come in many different styles, shapes, and materials so have fun with them! 

Sequins and Stripes

Next, I would advise using neutral ceramics and vases. You may have a very bright and colorful kitchen, or a soft and neutral kitchen. If you stick with neutral colors in your ceramics and vases, they will compliment your kitchen. I like white ceramics and glass vases of different shapes and sizes. Not only will this be visually appealing to the eye, it is also functional. The ceramics can hold lots of different utensils, fresh fruit, vegetables, you name it! If you love fresh flowers and plants like myself, then you can use your glass vases for just that. 

Found Rentals

Style Curators

Lastly, using your fresh fruit can be a great design element in any kitchen. Fruit comes in many different colors, so there are many options to display. If you are wanting to add a pop of color, leave it out in a pretty ceramic bowl like I mentioned before. Of course there are plenty of other decor ideas for kitchens, these are just my favorites. Have fun and let your kitchen fit your style while also remaining functional. See you next time!

The Every Girl

East Coast Inspiration

By Lindsay Wakeman

We all have different affiliations with the word “summer” because of our experiences. When I think about summer, I think about Rhode Island. I grew up spending lots of time in Rhode Island during my summers, and let me tell you - it is a beautiful state! The majority of the homes fall under Shingle Style Design, not just in Rhode Island, but in the New England area. This style is my absolute favorite when it comes to exteriors. I think that it is timeless! Now, if you have absolutely no idea what style I am talking about, take a look at the photo below.

Home Design & Layout Ideas

The homes have walls, roofs, and other details that are covered in shingles, hence the style name. As you can see in the photos, the majority of the homes are covered in shingles. This style also favors asymmetry, irregularity, verticality, and simplicity. What do these words mean? Let me break it down for you! With the asymmetry and irregularity of the home, you typically will not see a mirrored image if you were to cut the home in half. You will see different architectural elements on most areas of the home. Verticality refers to the height of these homes, they are usually at least two stories tall. When it comes to simplicity, there is really not any major ornamentation on the exterior. The exterior color is consistent, and simple - usually a combination of white trim with the color of the shingles. 

Donald Lococo Architects

This style also includes gables, towers, bay windows, porches, and multiple roofs. In all of the photos you can see the multiple roofs and gables, contributing to the asymmetry that I mentioned. A gable is a triangular section that is formed by the two sides of a sloping roof. Bay windows are my favorite type of window, I think they give homes a beautiful dimension. These windows extend outward from the frame of the house (see the photo below). Are you ready for my favorite aspect of Shingle Style design? It is the porches! I adore front and wrap around porches. So many of the homes in Rhode Island have gorgeous wrap around porches. They provide lots of patio space, perfect for relaxing in the sun. I hope you learned a little something today about this style, until next time! 

Architectural Digest, Photo by: William Abranowicz

Architectural Digest, Photo by: Durston Saylor

Bernhardt Furniture

by Lindsay Wakeman

This week on the blog, it is all about Bernhardt! We just got our new Bernhardt upholstery here at the store, and absolutely love it. The Keenan Sofa and Theo Chair are both adorable, and make us feel like summertime is here! 

Keenan Sofa & Keenan Chair- Bernhardt Furniture

To give you a little bit of Bernhardt history, this family-owned company has been around since 1989! They have provided quality furniture for many years. The company is currently being led by the fourth generation of Bernhardt family members. Their headquarters and eight manufacturing facilities are in North Carolina, and they have six overseas offices.

Clarendon Collection & Kitty Settee- Bernhardt

I find myself loving just about every upholstery and casegood piece of theirs. I would say that a lot of Bernhardt frames fall under transitional design which is a combination of traditional and contemporary design styles. Bernhardt provides furniture that can be used in spaces such as living and dining rooms, home offices, and bedrooms. Most of the collections in the line have pieces for all of these different spaces. However, I have found that a lot of the collections blend really well together, so it is fun to mix and match their furniture! 

Savoy Place- Bernhardt

Outdoor Living Space

By Lindsay Wakeman

Do you ever forget about the entire category of outdoor furniture? I know I do! So this week on the blog, I wanted to take some time to share some of my favorite outdoor spaces and ideas. We also just got our new Paula Deen Outdoor furniture here at the store, and we love it! You can make your outdoor space a reflection of you in the same way that you can with the interior. As sprucing up outdoor living spaces has become more popular, I have seen more outdoor and weather resistant products hit the market! 


If you enjoy hosting and entertaining in your outdoor space, there are some really neat bar carts and consoles that can be used outdoors. This is a great alternative to an outdoor bar patio! Even if you have an bar area, you can definitely add an outdoor bar cart to enhance the visual appeal. The Spanish Colonial patio design by Mullin Lanscape (see below) is one of my favorite outdoor spaces. Can you say dreamy? I know I would never leave this patio! 

Mullin Landscape

Mullin Landscape

HGTV (Rustic White Photography)

As for the outdoor furniture that we just got at the store, it is gorgeous! We ordered in pieces from each of the 3 collections: Bungalow, Dogwood, and River House. All of the furniture is extremely comfortable, and versatile. These pieces have an awesome warranty as well, which is always something to look for when purchasing furniture. 

Bungalow Paula Deen Outdoor

Dogwood Paula Deen Outdoor

River House Paula Deen Outdoor

Letting in the Light

By Lindsay Wakeman 

Choosing a lamp can be a difficult decision; there are so many styles, sizes, colors, and shapes! This week on the blog, I want to take some time to show you a few of my favorite lamps from a company called Uttermost. I also want to share a few things to keep in mind when deciding on your lamps!


It is no fun to look directly into a light, so you have to keep height in mind here. Not only do you need to think about the height of the lamp itself, but you need to consider the height of the surface. If you are placing a lamp on an end table, you don’t want to see the lightbulb from above or below. The same concept goes for a bedroom lamp on a nightstand. It is important to take the heights into consideration before purchasing. It might feel like a tedious task to measure these items, but it really is worth it!


Lamps can also change the feel of any room. I say this due to personal experience. Adding a little extra soft light always makes me feel warm and cozy, even in warmer months! Another great purpose for a lamp is to add a pop of color. The color can be more muted or bold, so really you can’t go wrong! Check out some of my favorite lamps below from Uttermost!

Malad- Uttermost

Aspen- Uttermost

Revello- Uttermost

Entryway Inspiration

By Lindsay Wakeman

Who doesn’t love a warm and welcoming entryway? I think an entryway is an important area in any home, small medium or large! I feel that this space can really set the tone for the rest of the home. When I walk into a home, I want to feel welcomed, so I want to show you a few of my favorite entryways in all types of spaces. 

For small and medium size areas, there are plenty of options for the entryway. If you enjoy art, photographs, or unique wall decor, you can create a gallery wall in this space! I personally like a variety of frames, sizes, and colors. You can do a monochromatic theme in this area as well - it is completely up to your personal preference! I recommend finding a narrow console to place below the gallery wall. Another combination that I find to be very functional is a narrow console with a mirror hanging above the piece. If you find that you exit your front door to go to your car, a console with drawers might be a good idea so that you can store your keys for functionality! Lastly, I love the use of a small wall shelf in place of a console. This works in smaller spaces, helping to keep everything in scale within the space. In the images below, you can see a few of these ideas!

Industry Standard Design

Jenna Sue Design

If you have a large entryway or foyer, you will have more room to work with. However, I think less is more in this case because you do not want this space to feel cluttered. I would encourage you to keep this space as open as possible, so that traffic can flow through this area. I love seeing benches or accent chairs in these spaces, which adds an element of functionality! Just like a small entryway, you can use a console or two on some of the walls, and finish it off with a mirror or artwork. Regardless of your space, there is plenty that you can do to make your entryway welcoming! 

Home Bunch

Benjamin Moore

Rachel Bernhardt

King Hickory Furniture

By Lindsay Wakeman

Happy New Year, I can hardly believe another year has already passed! This week, I am mixing the blog up a little bit. I want to focus on one of the companies that we carry at the store, King Hickory! This company, based in Hickory, North Carolina, has been around since 1958, and they have continued to manufacture top of the line upholstered products for over 50 years. When you purchase a King Hickory piece, you can trust that you are getting the best quality and craftsmanship. 


King Hickory has a wonderful selection of fabrics, covering all different style preferences. They also have what are called performance fabrics, which are made to incorporate stain resistance, fade resistance, repellency, durability, and easy care. They also offer a multitude of top grain leathers to choose from, continuing to give you the best of the best. Another quality of King Hickory is their use of 8 way hand-tied springs. This is the best type of spring system, where the springs are tied together front to back, side to side, and diagonally.
We love carrying this line in our store, and it is one of our best sellers! They offer many different collection styles in order to appeal to multiple audiences. Most of their sofas can come in a love seat or sectional, offering a variety of options. Below you can see some of my favorite King Hickory pieces, but be sure to look at their website for more images! Have a Happy New Year!

King Hickory: Drake Sofa

King Hickory: Drake Sofa

King Hickory: Marlin Chair

Functional Design

By Lindsay Wakeman

This week I want to talk about functional design, as I think this concept is such an important aspect when designing your space. There are a multitude of ways to bring function into your space, so I want to share a few of my favorites with you. Before I start, I have to say that I think Joanna Gaines does an incredible job at incorporating functional elements throughout her designs, so I have pulled images from some of her work. Her projects are a great resource for functional spaces! 


I have always loved built in seating areas, as they are a great way to incorporate more seating without taking up as much floor space. As you can see in this living room, Joanna Gaines installed two built in benches in front of the far windows. The two areas have sconces as well, so they are also perfect for a small reading nook. In this room specifically, Joanna added the extra space for the two children to have their own play area within the room. If you look below, there is another element of functionality in the storage drawers! The extra storage can be used for a multitude of things: toys, books, electronics, you name it!

Magnolia- Joanna Gaines

Another favorite of mine is built-in shelving and drawers. You can add built-ins in any room, and it is a great way to add extra storage and display space. Personally, I find them most useful in home offices because so much needs to be stored in a home office! I love to draw and paint in my free time, so having the extra storage for all of my supplies is very handy! I like that the space still looks clean, despite having a bunch of colorful art supplies. Like I said, you can use built-ins in any room, so if you have them in the kitchen or living room, they can act as storage and a display cabinet all in one! 

Magnolia- Joanna Gaines

Lastly, I think using a slipcover is extremely functional if you have children and/or pets. You can wash your slipcover whenever you need to, so this is extremely handy when having children. It can be challenging to take on/off the slipcover, but it is worth it if you want to keep your sofa or chairs looking clean! You can see the dining chair slipcovers in the photo below. Also in the photo, you can see a built-in unit by the fireplace that stores wood. I absolutely love this idea because I think the look of natural wood is beautiful. Having the wood exposed while utilizing the wall space is a great idea! The wood contributes to the design in this space as well, as it compliments the wood beams and the doors in the far room. 

Magnolia- Joanna Gaines

I hope you are able to use some of my favorite functional design elements. There are a lot of ways to bring functionality into your home, so don’t be afraid to start incorporating some of these elements! 

Christmas

By Lindsay Wakeman

It is hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! With that being said, I decided I had no choice but to write a blog about my favorite Christmas decor ideas. There are so many areas that can be decorated for Christmas, I love seeing homes transform with the Christmas spirit! My favorite area to decorate is the mantle, I adore Christmas mantles because they give off a warmth (literally and figuratively) throughout the room. I have seen some beautiful mantles, and I personally love using greenery with cream and silver accents and a few hints of red. If you need help with your mantle decor, Pinterest always has lots of creative and fun ideas. 

Cotton Stem Interiors

Slip covers are another way to transform your home. If the furniture you have does not look “Christmas-like”, you can use a slip cover. They can give you a blank slate to work with, especially white covers. I love the way a white slip cover looks with Christmas decorations, it makes me feel like I am living in a winter wonderland! The lighter grays and creams blend nicely with any color you choose, so I would recommend going with a lighter color slip cover if you go this route. In the image below, you can see how beautiful the green and red look with the white interior. You can also always change out your pillows depending on the season, I talked about this in my fall post. I love a good Christmas toss pillow, you can see some of my favorites below! 

One Kin Design

One Kin Design

Lastly, just have fun with your decorations! There are so many creative minds out there; I have seen a lot of unique ideas when it comes to Christmas decor. If you don’t consider yourself to be creative, don’t worry because we have the gift of Pinterest! As you can see in the image below, they incorporated foliage letters into this space which is a unique twist on foliage. I just adore this beautiful traditional living room; the space looks so classy and timeless to me. Have fun decorating your space this year and Merry (early) Christmas! 

One Kin Design

Rugs Galore!

By Lindsay Wakeman

Have you ever had a hard time choosing your rug? I know I have! Area rugs can really transform your space; they can neutralize or amplify the feel and color of the room. Area rugs are multipurpose, they provide warmth, texture, pattern, and color to a space. I like to start with the floors when I am working on a new project, so choosing my rug helps me lay the foundation for the rest of the room. Now I know a lot of you probably have your furniture, and are wanting to find a rug that works with what you already have. But if you are starting fresh, I encourage you to find rugs that you like first! Just like design styles, there are rug styles as well, so I want to help you choose the best rug for your space! 

First, let’s talk about choosing the right size for your rug - the last thing you want is to have a rug that isn’t to scale with your room. If you want your rug to fill the room, let’s say a living room for example, the rule of thumb is to leave no less than 6 inches and no more than 18 inches between the baseboard and the edge of the rug. If you want to place a rug under your dining table, I like to leave about 2 feet between the wall and the edge of the rug. You want to have enough space to slide your chair out without getting it caught on the edge of the rug…that could make your dinner parties go south! 

Now onto the fun part, the style! If I went into each style, you would be reading for way too long. As I said, there are rugs that work well within the different design styles. Depending on the style that you are going for, you will want to choose your rug with this in mind. You have more flexibility within eclectic design, because this style incorporates all sorts of color, pattern, texture, and variety. I think you could get away with just about any style of rug within eclectic design! (Refer to the 5th image below) When it comes to the other design styles (traditional, modern, contemporary, transitional, and rustic), there are rugs that are typically paired with these styles which can be seen in the images below. Pinterest and Instagram are great resource for seeing more design styles, as most interior designers are on both. Pay attention to the rugs that are used in the styles that you like, this will help you when choosing your own!

As you look through the photos below, you can see the different styles and ways that a rug can really make your space. As I’m sure you can imagine, it would be impossible for me to show an example of every style of rug (you would be scrolling for way too long), so here are some of my favorites. Pay attention to the scale of the rugs as well, these are all fit to scale in order to make the space look the best that it can! 

Loloi Rugs

Loloi Rugs 

Loloi Rugs

Loloi Rugs

Loloi Rugs

Loloi Rugs

Small Space Design

By Lindsay Wakeman

This week is all about designing small spaces! There are many tips and tricks that can be used while working with a small space, so I want to share some with you! I can’t claim any of these ideas as my own, but I have gathered them throughout the years from various sources.

Start by knowing the scale of your room. In a small living room, an oversized sofa and chairs will make your space look crammed. However, if you use smaller furniture, it will look great as it will fit the scale of the room. This eclectic style living room is a great example of using the correct scale! The exposed legs on the accent chairs also make the room feel less cluttered. 

Unique Interior Styles

This next small space is a beautiful, cozy living room that incorporates coastal and rustic design elements. As you can see, the room has built-in shelving on both sides of the television, as well as a built-in bench. The utilization of vertical space on this wall helps to elongate the room, making it seem larger. This is a very functional design for the small space. The built-in bench provides extra seating without taking up the space of two chairs. I love the creativity behind this design! Another element that I wanted to point out in this image is the light walls and furniture. Having a lighter color palette can make your room look larger than it really is as opposed to dark walls and furniture. 

Unique Interior Styles

Below are a few more images of small spaces that I personally love! I hope you enjoy them as well! 

Home Designing

Decor Pad

Home Archite

The Art of Pillows

By Lindsay Wakeman

As some of you may have discovered, there are so many fabric designs out there, sometimes it can be really challenging to choose your toss pillows! However, you do not have to let the number of choices stop you from choosing something that you really love. I won’t be able to cover every single combination of pillows, but I want to show you a few of my favorites.
Your toss pillows can really tie elements in a room together, they can provide color, pattern, and texture in a room. It is shocking to see the transformation that can occur when you switch out your pillows, or add a couple extra to your sofa and accent chairs. I love the combination of pillows on this sofa by Studio McGee, she used multiple colors and patterns, and it really gives the room some character. Don’t be afraid to make a bold color and pattern choice, especially if you want to make a statement! I see these bold colors in the contemporary and transitional design styles quite often. 

Another option is to keep them neutral and subtle, which is opposite of the first image. Erin Kern, founder of Cotton Stem Interiors has a beautiful sectional with neutral toss pillows. You can see that she has used neutral colors, but has a few pillows with different textures. I love this look as well, you will see a lot of this in the farmhouse/rustic style.

This next living room was done by Ashley Whittaker, and as you can see she incorporated in different shades of blue into her pillows, which helps to pick up the blue throughout the room. One element I wanted to point out was that she has the royal blue tufted chair, and she chose a pillow that had a pattern with the same shade of blue. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with pulling the color from your sofa or chair into your toss pillows. This will give you a consistency throughout your room if you choose a color to incorporate into different areas. Ashley did a beautiful job with this in her Southhampton design! 

I hope that you will take some time to play around with your toss pillows if you have been thinking about making a change! You have lots of options, but like I said, don’t let that scare you. Find a color that you want to pull in your room, and incorporate that color into your pillows. The end result will look great! 

Time For Fall

By Lindsay Wakeman

I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite season for many reasons! The beautiful weather, changing leaves, apple cider, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes….and the list goes on! So because we have entered into the fall season, I wanted to talk about a few ways for you to bring the fall feel into your home.
One way to transform your home is to change or add some toss pillows that you may have on your chairs and sofa. I personally think plaid fabric looks beautiful in the fall, and I actually love cool colors in fall plaid patterns! However, you have the freedom to choose your colors here, so pick your favorite color in a plaid. I love blue, so here is an example of a plaid pillow that I would place on my sofa. 

(Wheeler’s Furniture: Rowe sofa & fabric)

Next, you can add or swap out your throws for your furniture. I think adding a throw to a sofa can really transform the look of the piece. If you have a neutral colored sofa, then throw (no pun intended) a patterned throw on it! Same goes for the throw when it comes to the color, you choose whatever color you think looks best in your home! You do not necessarily have to add reds, browns, and oranges to “fall-ify” your home, you can use a darker shade of any color. 

(Studio McGee)

(HGTV: Fixer Upper)

Another trend that I have seen recently is the use of velvet accent chairs in your home. Now if you don’t have the budget or space to go out and purchase a new chair, you can always find a velvet toss pillow to give you a similar effect! I love the hunter green shade, so I would recommend going with a deeper green here to get more of a fall feel. I don’t know about you, but when I see the green and brown tones together, it definitely makes me feel like fall has arrived!

(Luxxu Modern Design and Living

(Suburban Bees)

Lastly, you can find LOTS of ideas on Pinterest when it comes to fall decorations, so I’ll let you have fun creating your fall decor boards! I don’t think I could compete with all of the incredible pumpkin ideas on Pinterest, so I’ll leave it to them to fulfill the DIY projects. That is all for now, happy fall ya’ll!

DIY Time

By Lindsay Wakeman

If you enjoy DIY projects, then I hope this blog post inspires you to take on this project or something similar! I like to call this my faux foliage wreath project, I saw it on the Cotton Stem Blog and knew I had to try it myself. If I’m being honest, I do not enjoy taking on as many DIY projects, simply because I don’t feel like I have the time. However, this project only took me about 2 hours to complete, so I was able to do it on a Sunday afternoon. I purchased all of my supplies from Hobby Lobby for under $40, which I made sure to time my purchase during a sale. 

Are you ready to get started? Follow the steps below to complete your project!

1. Purchase/gather your supplies: foliage of your choice, embroidery hoops, twine, wire cutters, nails or push pins, a hammer, and a pencil for marking the wall.

2. Place your hoops in the desired arrangement on the floor. Then, mark the nail spots on the wall in the arrangement that you have chosen, and play around with the hoops on the wall. (Also remember that the hoops will shift a little once the foliage has been added!)

3. Cut your foliage, and tie it onto the hoops with your twine. I tied the foliage onto my hoops in about three different areas, but if there is more foliage, I added a few more ties. 4. Begin placing the hoops on the wall, and play with them to get them how you want them. Like I said, the foliage is going to make them move a little from the original look, so don’t be afraid to readjust!

5. If you want to give off the allusion that the hoops are hanging from the ceiling, you can take the twine and hang it from the top of the wall, down to the hoop. I used clear pushpins to hang the twine from the top of the wall.

6. Take a step back, and enjoy your beautiful new wall!
I think this is a great way to fill wall space, especially if you like having foliage throughout your home. I paired mine with some different rustic wood pieces that I have gathered throughout the years. However, you can pair them with anything you like, or leave them as they are. I hope you are able to take on this DIY project in the near future!

Design Style: Transitional

By Lindsay Wakeman

Welcome back for the final style in the design series: transitional design! This style basically combines elements from the traditional and contemporary designs. The final look is really pretty and classic in my opinion. 

This style uses neutral colors to keep the look clean, and classy. When it comes to the decor in the room, you will typically see the less is better (minimalist) approach so that the decor does not take away from the clean look of the room. Next, there is a really neat use of pattern within this design style. The patterns work because of the neutral palette that is used in the room, so there is not any clashing. You might see the use of leather within this style as well, because the brown leather looks beautiful with the neutral colors used in the rest of the room. Lastly, the furniture will utilize curved and straight lines, which is a combination of traditional and contemporary design. 

Gabby Home

Curbly

Design Indulgences

Z Design at Home

I can hardly believe that this is the last style in this series, I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the different design styles! I have some fun blogs coming up in the future, so be sure to keep reading each Friday. Have a great weekend!

Design Style: Eclectic

By Lindsay Wakeman

Welcome back for another week, and another style in the design style series…Eclectic! Now this is a really fun and funky style if you ask me, I think it can be hard to pull off, but the end result is wonderful! There is a lot of color, pattern, texture, and variety in the pieces used. The eclectic style is basically a mixture of styles and design periods with a combination of colors, textures, patterns, shapes, and finishes. So let’s go ahead and break these aspects down further. 

The colors really do vary, and you can stick with neutral wall colors, or you can go very bold. However, you want to make sure that your walls do not take away from the elements in the furniture and decor. When it comes to the pattern and texture, you will usually find a few different fabrics that are used throughout the room. You might see a neutral color on the sofa, but the pillows, and accent pieces will give the room this major pop of color, texture, and pattern. It is important to have at least a couple neutral colors, this way you can tie all of the other colors together. Like I said, this style can be really difficult to pull off, but if you can tie your brighter colors back to the neutrals, it’ll give the style the balance it needs.

Are you ready to see this fun and funky style?! I have never had an issue identifying this specific design, and I think you will see why in the photos!

Elle Decor: Christian Siriano

Fieldstone Hill Design

Black & Spiro Interior Design

Popsugar

Now is this style fun or what?! I think the end result of the eclectic style is really something incredible. I don’t know about you, but when I think about mixing a bunch of colors together, I have a hard time thinking it would look okay. But as you can see in these photos, the combination of color, pattern, and texture is so neat! Join me next week for the final design style, transitional…see you then! 

Design Style: Farmhouse/Rustic

By Lindsay Wakeman

Welcome back for the fourth post in the Design Style series! This week I am going to share a little bit about the farmhouse style, which is really popular right now. Think Chip and Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper, Magnolia Home…that sums up this style! If you don’t know who Chip and Jo are, they have a show on HGTV called Fixer Upper. I love Joanna’s work, so I will share a few of her images on this post in a bit.

So what is this style and how can you point it out? Farmhouse style is identified by a few different aspects. The first is that you will typically find wood floors and light colored walls. A lot of farmhouse style homes will also have furniture that has been painted or refinished to give it a more rustic look. Next, there is a large use of wood furniture whether that be a kitchen table, curio cabinet, or chairs. You will also find a lot of natural textiles, I see a lot of linens used on furniture in this style. The last trait I want to touch on would be the use of signs on the walls. Go ahead and look at the aspects I’ve covered in the photos below!

Magnolia Home

Magnolia Home

Magnolia Home

Cotton Stem Interiors

Cotton Stem Interiors


I have to admit, this style is one of my favorites. I think I am drawn to the use of neutral colors and really using the “raw” materials. I find this style to give off a peaceful feel as well, so it makes me feel more relaxed believe it or not! I hope you have enjoyed the farmhouse design style, I know I do! I will see you next week for the final post about transitional style in the design series!

Design Style: Contemporary

By Lindsay Wakeman

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed learning about modern design last week! This week I am going over the contemporary design style, which is very similar to the modern design. I will explain the differences between the two styles, as a lot of people have a hard time identifying these. 

Contemporary design is typically identified by the use of curved and rounded lines. You will find softer lines here rather than the sharp lines you see in modern design. Another aspect of contemporary design is the use of bold colors. Usually there will be a combination of neutral colors with pops of bright colors added throughout the room. You might find the color on pillows, rugs, or the artwork. Of course the color can be added anywhere, but this is usually where it is seen the most. I think of this style as the “funky one”, I don’t know if this will help you remember, but it definitely helps me! As you look through these images, can you see how this style differs slightly from the modern look? 

Adorable Home

Interiors by Agostino’s

Interiors by Agostino’s

Design Shop Interiors

What are your thoughts on the contemporary style? As I said, it is pretty similar to the modern style, but it contains a bit more color and the softer lines. If you are someone who likes a little color, but a modern feel, then this might be the style for you! I hope you enjoyed learning about contemporary design, I will be back next week with the farmhouse style. See you then!

Design Style: Modern

By Lindsay Wakeman

I hope you enjoyed reading about and viewing the traditional style, I am going to switch gears and tell you about the modern design style this week! These two styles are clearly very different from one another, let me show and tell you why.


The modern designs utilize a minimalist perspective…think less is more here! There is an absence of decoration, and more focus on the architecture of the design. You will notice with modern styles, there are very clean lines and geometric shapes are visible throughout the room. 


Some elements that are seen in modern design typically include shelving that is built into the wall, rather than an actual shelf that protrudes out from the wall. This helps to maintain the geometric shape of the room. Another aspect is a lack of molding along windows, doors, and walls. You saw in the traditional style, that there is intricate molding along most all walls so this is a huge difference! One more element that I wanted to touch on was the use of open floor plans. Below are some images of modern designs in homes, as you look, try to see if you spot the elements I mentioned!

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Photo: Smart Interio

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Photo: Decoist

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Photo: Minimal Architects

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Photo: Design Mag

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Photo: Houzz

What do you think, is the modern style calling your name? I think this style is really cool because of the way architects and designers are able to show off all of the geometric shapes in the room. Next week I will be going over the contemporary design style. It is very similar to the modern style, but I will be breaking down some of the differences. See you then!