Sink and vanity by Zucchetti. Love the sleek lines, easy touch open and close drawers and the integral bowl. Even the drain is made of Corian.


relaxed. elegant. on the floor.

rug, Warp and Weft, contemporary, interior design

In love with new area rug, Yuki, in slate from Warp and Weft. Yuki is made of Himalayan wool and silk.

Three of Warp and Weft’s cool grey modern area rugs were used in the interior for the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”.

I love to hear from you. Do you prefer modern or traditional area rugs?

Think Pink: Interior Design Inspiration from Jeanine Lobell

It’s October and while our children’s thoughts turn to ghosts and goblins and orange pumpkins, their moms are keenly aware of another important October color: Pink!

As in Think Pink.

Throughout the month, I will be providing posts with a pink theme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have more than one girlfriend who is a survivor of breast cancer. Though I will maintain their privacy, this post goes out to you gutsy gals. Hope wherever you are, you are celebrating survival with a glass of pink champagne in hand.

Recently, in Elle Decor, Jeanine Lobell’s stunning interiors were featured. She is an avid user of pink whether as accent color as seen above in her serene living room or as…

a full wall treatment in the Foyer. A foyer can be a great place to use a dramatic color.

Ethereal pink in her girls’ room. Doesn’t it feel like angels’ wings?

I love the masculine contrast of the dramatic black headboard against all of the feminine color.

Here the pink is a dramatic accent color on the chairs – fabric by Designer’s Guild – and in the artwork. I love the cheeky twist on the theme of branches and leaves.

I love to hear from you. What do you love about color?

Do you find choosing color overwhelming? Start in your closet. What are your favorite colors to wear?

Still baffled? I am just a phone call away and will be happy to provide you with a full home color consultation.

You can contact me at Avery Design Interiors.

Interior Design: Farmhouse Fireplace

I met with a new client today. She is lovely as are her gorgeous two young children and super nice down to earth husband. They have an underused front living room, which is in need of some warmth and light. Their first priority is to add a fireplace. They have the chimney so the construction won’t be nearly so traumatic.

Their style is relaxed, comfortable, leaning towards the warmth and feel of a farmhouse. Everything must be kid-friendly. They love their pale peach room and taupe sofas but are asking for an all white fireplace to match the existing trim. The room is small as is the fireplace wall, so the scale of the fireplace will need to be small as well.

Here are some of my initial inspiration fireplaces – not necessarily at the correct scale. Of course, I will be providing the clients with an original design. After I draw it and get the clients’ approval, I will post it for you.

Cococozy, fireplace, brick, traditional, accessories

This may be a bit too traditional for the client but she likes the idea of an arch in the brick pattern. I like how the mantel is not over cluttered.

raised hearth, candles, fireplace, white brick

I love this arch and the way the bricks go to the ceiling, but this raised hearth would be a tripping hazard for her young children. The candles would be fine, lit at night while the kiddos are sleeping. After a long day, it would be very romantic to be curled up on the sofa with a good book, warm glow of the candles and a glass of wine.

white brick, fireplace, flush hearth, starburst mirror, christmas,

I am all about the stark contrast of the black brick/black flat hearth and the simple stained wood mantel with the super white fireplace surround. This design feels a bit farmhouse with a modern twist. My favorite piece here is the starburst mirror above.

white brick, traditional, contemporary, accessories, mirror, garden stools

The accessories and their asymmetrical placement make this traditional fireplace more ‘now’.The great mirror and the use of polished chrome add to the wow factor. And I am all about the family-friendly glass fire screen and nearly flush hearth.

drama, grey, white, accessories, fireplace, sconces

Again this is a bit too traditional, elegant and fussy for the client’s taste. What’s drawing me here is the grey. I can see grey being used with the peach room. But how?

fireplace, grey, stone, brick, modern

I think using gray stone in a brick pattern could work, though I would want to warm it up with accessories. Now to draw and present the grey concept and two white brick options to the clients…

Thursday’s Treasure in Interior Design: Black Crow Studios

Black Crow, Graphic, black and white, interior design, Tracy Hiner, wallpaper

What’s not to love about Black Crow Studios’ wallpaper?

First a little social media history. Tracy Hiner (@tracyhiner) and I met through friends in the interior design Twitterverse: Wanda Horton (@WandaSHorton) and Maybelline Te (@maybellinete) amongst them. Then I had the great privilege of meeting two of these talented designers at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this past Spring. Tracy’s wallpapers adorned Maybelline Te’s Snug Furniture booth. They were a perfect match! Meeting social media friends IRL is the best!

modern, wallpaper, color, Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios, interior design

Why now? Because Tracy’s wallpaper was just featured on The Today Show and I am so psyched for her I just had to celebrate on my blog!

watercolor, Black Crow Studios, modern, traditional, interior design

I love this oh so modern graphic wallpaper against the ultra-traditional stark white moldings. Can you imagine this in your dining room?

Black Crow, wallpaper, Tracy Hiner, interior design, graphic, urban, bliss

This is Bliss. I can’t choose between Bliss and Pier (below) to liven up my taupe home office. For the record, the color is a little boring because it would be hard to accurately read/compare colors for my interior design clients in a bright orange room! But my accent color is that dreamy blue…

Black Crow, interior design, wallpaper, color, graphic, pier, Tracy Hiner

Hope this Thursday Treasure was wildly inspiring!

I love to hear from you. Do you still love wallpaper? Where would you use it?

Magical Monday: Interior Design Color inspired by House Beautiful

Every once in a while, I find a moment to peruse one of the latest design magazines.  The other day, I opened House Beautiful’s Favorite Paint Colors and could not put it down.  I so enjoyed reading about the reasons behind other interior designers’ choices of colors.

I offer color consulting services and find that color is very personal.  Each client is drawn to very different colors for different reasons – some are bold with a deep wine entry wall, while others are more timid with a soothing creamy white in the  living room.

Here are some of my favorites from House Beautiful’s special edition.

Benjamin Moore Black Satin 2131-10

This look is unbelievably rich.  I love it for a library.  Note how the rug, fireplace and accessories are light-colored or reflective to offset the drama of the black walls and cabinetry.  This room works because the all black reads as a neutral.

Benjamin Moore Overcast C43

Here’s a neutral as we usually think of them.  The pale blue furnishings and rug bring out the bluish undertones of the paint.  I would feel like I am floating in a cloud in this room – so relaxing.

C2 Paint Tangerine 104

I am working with a client now in Fairfield who would love orange in her home office.  I can’t wait to show her this photo tomorrow.  The shelves are made of white Corian – love their sharp linearity.  The orange looks amazing grounded by the white rug, grey chairs, white shelves and white trim.

Benjamin Moore Spring Iris 1402

By now you know, I am not a purple person.  But when I saw this room in the magazine, I was smitten.  Maybe it’s that the rest of the room is that lovely shade of cream with the really dark wood floor to ground it.  I have a client who loves everything Swedish design.  We are talking about renovating her vacation home in Vermont and I think she would love this color.

Benjamin Moore North Creek Brown 1001

I work with quite a few male clients, either still single or recently divorced.  They are always looking for great masculine colors that won’t freak out the future girl friend.  I frequently suggest colors in the brown family.  Rich and warm with the bronze undertones – this brown is a stellar choice!

Hope you enjoyed this quick look at House Beautiful’s Favorite Paint Colors.  To see more, you can purchase on it now on the newsstands or follow this link to housebeautiful.com.

I love color and I love to hear from you!  Which is your favorite room color and why?

Magical Monday: Yacht Interior Design

Wow!  I was browsing through on of my all time favorite interior design magazines, Objekt International, when I came across this stunning yacht by Bannenberg and Rouwell.  Built in 2009 by Baglietto in Italy, the 137 ft. Natori houses not only a grand salon, luxurious master suite and a gym but also five guest suites.

Grand Salon

Where does one start?  I love the stark contrast of the glossy black floors and the reflections of the glass, mirror and polished stainless steel warmed up by the creamy walls with the subtle horizontal detail.  The coppery pillows in that lush velvet add that tiny bit of color to warm up the space and make it feel even more luxurious.  There are more references to art deco (one of my all time favorite design periods) than I can count, but balanced with the contemporary so that it does not feel like a “period” room.

Living Area Detail

Another view of the living area where you can get a close-up view of so sleek and oh so contemporary details like the nailheads on the modern black and white bench, the dark blinds in the background, the polished stainless steel legs of the coffee table, the black and white greek key pillow (another fave design motif!).

Dining Area

It is clear that the interior designers referenced elements from the client’s existing art collection in the design of the interiors.  See how they reflect the beautiful colors found in this jazz piece above the table.  Again the gloss of the table is offset by the soft chairs that beckon you to enjoy a sumptuous five course meal.  I love how if you look very closely there are also occasional jazz references in keeping with the time period of Art Deco – a very subtle detail.


Speaking of detail, it abounds in this staircase.  The circle motif of the staircase repeated everywhere.  And I love the dark wood handrailing against the fabric covered walls in alternating bands of cream and grey.

This is luxury redefined – magic!

Your comments are always welcome.  I would love to hear what your favorite elements are in a room.

(photos from Objekt International)

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