Author Archives: Carol Maryott

Gettting Out of Your Color Comfort Zone

Whatever exciting color scheme you chose, put something black in every room- a black lampshade, a black box on a table or a black picture frame, etc. Black clarifies all the rest of the colors in the room. Continue reading

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The Klismos Chair…we are seeing it everywhere !

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Designing with Asian Influence

Asian style home décor is a style that reflects the interior design of China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and other Easter cultures. The most recognizable design styles are Chinese and Japanese. Many Asian themed rooms are a combination of two or … Continue reading

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Mixing It Up- Pairing The Old And The New

A mix of antique furnishings with contemporary art or furniture gives a room a distinct layered and interesting look. Old and new pieces need to be paired thoughtfully in order to avoid a cluttered, disjointed,  uncomfortable room. A room of antiques can be … Continue reading

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Mid Century Modern Design

What is it about the postwar era that keeps pulling us back? The 1950’s hold a special place in America’s collective imagination. The things that are attractive are not particularly stylistic but have more to do with values. It’s a … Continue reading

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It’s Transitional

Transitional style is emerging as a strong force in furniture and interior design. It is a clean, look that references the past but looks a bit traditional with a modern twist or a bridge between traditional and contemporary. In the … Continue reading

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Wabi Sabi – The Art of Everyday Life

Wabi Sabi first appeared as poetic references in Japanese literature and is defined in English as the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete…a beauty of things  modest and humble and unconventional. This concept has now been incorporated into the international world of … Continue reading

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Books As Accessories

In spite of the many news reports that books will soon  become obsolete and face tough competition from e-readers and the web,  books will always play an important role as design elements for the home. The use of beautiful books as accessories and  personal treasures for the home … Continue reading

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Hollywood Regency Design

This high glamour and glitz style originated in Southern California in 1930 and remained popular through the 1960’s. The signature look was pioneered by the work of  William Haines, and consequently also emerged through the work of  Dorothy Draper and Elsie de Wolfe who decorated … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Revival

Gone are the flowers and borders that were popular in the past. What we now see as emerging wallcovering trends are sophisticated designs such as tone on tones, subtle metals,  pearlized finishes and  softer geometric designs with an edge.  Texture has also … Continue reading

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