White bedroom design with red and orange bedding

Showroom Tips from Ladco Design Center


We took an adventure to the Ladco Design Center and spotted some spectacular pieces! The showroom offers a vast array of hip, urban, and trendy collections.  Ladco displays fully furnished living rooms to dining sets and much more. Since living rooms are often considered the focal point of the home, choose colors that will be welcoming and appealing to guests. When picking living room sets to fit your style, decide the kind of ambiance you want to create. Earthy tones and neutral shades offer relaxing environments, while bold reds and navy blues add attention-grabbing accents.

Since living rooms are often considered the focal point of the home, choose colors that will be welcoming and appealing to guests.

Several elegantly crafted wood, glass and metal tables are offered with complimentary chairs, the chairs feature high-quality upholstery. Rich, deep hues or light, softer colors will adorn each piece in your dining set, all while adding to a modern, contemporary, traditional or casual design scheme. Come see us here at Dream and let's take a trip to Ladco together!

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We love the swirl pattern on these cubed ottomans, along with the unique base!

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This modernized nightstand and lamp uniquely complement the bed frame.

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This bedroom bench tucks away beautifully at the foot of the bed, and the bench is elegant and efficient!

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Love this sideboard’s finishing detail, formal and elegant all in one!

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These faux burled finished nesting tables are a great accent for a living space!

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How fun is this cut velvet, giraffe patterned accent chair!

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This occasional chair has an elaborate rolled backing, very formal and masculine!

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Ladco has the comfiest assortment of sofas, this cream sectional sofa accented with gold pillows creates a sophisticated look and its chaise lounge section adds function.

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Who doesn’t love accessories? These silver polished eclectic bowls reflect the light, creating a bright and airy space.

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Love this deep, comfy, transitional swivel chair!

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In this space, the rug truly seems to compliment all furnishings, the cowhide softens the hard edges of the furniture.

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Ladco is home for beautiful accent chairs, like this blue-green channel upholstered chair!

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Love this displayed living room set up, the design is timeless and transitional!

Love this lattice patterned accent chair, the geometric forms and pop of orange is a great way to spunk up a living room design.

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This houndstooth area rug is vibrant in texture and takes on iconic style in over-scaled proportions!

Contact Dream by MJS Interiors if you are wanting help finding the perfect living room design pieces for your space!

Living room interior design with beige sofa and chaise lounge

2017 Sofa Designs


Sofa designs in 2017 range from chic to some of the most comfortable sitting spaces you’ll ever feel. Sofas should be a perfect companion to share all your tensed moments while also making you feel relaxed. A sofa is a significant investment in your living room design. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors that ultimately serve as statement pieces. The key is finding all the design features in one that suite your needs to create a functional, stylish, and comfortable space. It’s all in the mood!

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The Baldwin Sofa with Down-Blend Cushions by Bernhardt Interiors provides the perfect balance of sophisticated design and unmatched comfort. This sofa features sleek straight arms, unique metal legs, and extra comfy down-blend seat cushions.

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This mid-century modern Abode sofa is upholstered to a curve, featuring a buttoned tight back and seat. This sofa is raised on splayed mahogany feet with brass cappings. The apostrophe arms make a dramatic statement!

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This sofa, designed by Lili Castilla, was envisaged as an asymmetrical sculpture. Through a subtle movement, it rests on a single point, complemented by an integrated wooden tray,  which can be used as additional seating.

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The Rocket loveseat is the perfect update of mid-century modern. The refreshing pops of red hues add a retro touch as the pecan wood finish creates a natural tone.

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This Mambo luxury Italian sofa is sleekly streamlined, with curved, shelter-style arms and a waterfall seat cushion, this elegant sofa recalls the sculptural forms of mid-century Italian design.


The Alice Modern Loveseat is a modern geometric metal frame design. This piece will add a bit of chic sophistication to any room with this beautiful furnishing.

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Designer Eleanor, successfully combined both comfortable seatings with exceptional aesthetics into this mid-century modern sofa. The comb, sleek rectangular shapes are represented in the design of both the seat and frame.


The asymmetrical corner sofa in denim creates a sophisticated yet laid back living room. The size and comfort make it the perfect place for the whole family to pile upon on a lazy Sunday morning!

Source: Jonathan Adler

The pared-down geometry in polished brass meets navy velvet on this sofa. A little bit ’70s, and a lot today!

Source: Interlude Home

This chaise is always ready for its close-up in either left or right; a dramatic sofa with organic curves is always stylish! Great for a formal or informal living space.

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This wonderfully tactile linen upholstery complements the sleek mid-century modern lines of this sectional.  The ample cushioning and generous proportions ensure maximum comfort.

Contact Dream by MJS Interiors today to schedule a consultation to design your perfect living room!

In-ground pool and patio design

Illuminating Outdoor Lighting


We believe that outdoor living spaces deserve stylish lighting. With the spring season, just around the corner, you may be wondering how to liven up your home’s exterior spaces with unique outdoor lighting ideas.  To create unique outdoor lighting, you must combine the beauty with the practical to create something merely incredible.  No part of your exterior lighting should serve only one purpose.  Your outdoor lighting should serve as many purposes as physically possible.  You can choose creative outdoor lighting fixtures that perfectly fit the look of your home and your style.

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This mid-century chandelier features a “sputnik” design with adjustable arms allowing you to customize the light for just the right look.

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The Atom Colossus is a large-scale pendant light made from hand-bent, recycled wine barrel rings. It looks striking hanging alone or hang it in a group at varying heights for maximum impact. Great look for a rustic outdoor space!

Source: Y Lighting 

The woven shade surrounds a polyethylene globe, allowing a subtle, diffused glow to pass through. This fixture is a fabulous addition to any tranquil outdoor setting.

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This Divergent outdoor pendant light adds a modern flair to outdoor spaces. The three metal rods descend from a circular canopy and split into six socket sections that create the perfect ambient lighting.

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This chic-rustic outdoor chandelier will bring stylish illumination to any outdoor space. The aged authenticity and two-tone appeal is a fantastic detail. The glass cylinder shades protecting the exposed bulbs add to the romantic charm of this outdoor pendant.

SourceElk Lighting

This beautiful, elegant pendant exhibits slender lines and curved seeded glass to provide a fresh update to outdoor settings. This pendant would look lovely mounted by an elegant outdoor dining space.

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Why not! Bring indoor lighting outdoors with this glamorous crystal chandelier. Its high-impact design laces together bronze powder-coated steel with multi-faceted crystals in a perfect globe shape.

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This handcrafted coil aluminum that surrounds the light source of this Tourbillion piece would look fantastic centered above a wicker sofa on a patio overlooking the pool.

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Both industrial and nautical design inspires this outdoor pendant. This pendant makes a style statement that is equally suited for use indoors or out.

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The Dunbar 5-light chandelier will brighten up your home with its eye-catching industrial style. Ovals of clear glass protect and showcase mesh inner shades.  A two-tone warm brass finish with bronze accents adds depth.

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Why not? Add a glow of fun and festive light to your outdoor space with these pure garden outdoor solar Chinese lanterns.

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How creative is this exterior Mason Jar sconce? The wonderful, unique outdoor lighting design will be a focal point to any outdoor space. The vintage quart mason jar has all its original history and ‘age’ marks, featuring both the original wire-bail and raised lettering.

Orange and gray outdoor patio design

Modern Outdoor Furniture Finds


As spring approaches, we begin thinking of outdoor projects and gatherings that involve the patio. The gentle temperatures of spring draw us outside to plant seeds and pot new plants. Patios come in all shapes and sizes, but the nicest ones are the ones that have been planned for comfort and flow. Knowing how you tend to use the outdoor space will help with furnishing your patio for maximum comfort and style. Well-made, sturdy, stylish patio furniture is the key because fine furnishings really can transform your patio into the best room “in the house.” Here are some of our favorites!!

SourceCastellel Luxury 

This Solaris sling outdoor dining rocker chair is handcrafted with an ultra-modern aesthetic appeal.

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The Eclipse sectional left armchair creates true outdoor luxury from a unique perspective.

This sleek contour design integrates straight lines with unique slopes and curves.  Perfect for an outdoor dining space!

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The superior comfort and remarkable lightness in this design are distinctive, elegant, and pure.

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The versatile and sleek chaise lounge is a clean and comfortable way to enjoy any outdoor setting.

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This aluminum table will impress you with an eye-catching accent of its wood grain finish.

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The upholstered chair addresses the trend in the marketplace of solid shapes and forms created with fabric also, softening the look of an outdoor environment.


The Dedon contemporary “Nestrest” lounger by designers Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety is a suspended sanctuary, rocking to and fro in the cool summer breeze.  The specialized Dedon weave fiber is durable and breathable.

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Wow! Simplicity and elegance in one.  How about this lovely outdoor braided wicker tub back chair! Featuring the loose reversible tufted interior button cushioning.


This orbit love seat by Dedon is a timeless design with generous proportions, easy mobility, and meticulous hand-craftsmanship. It never go out of style.


The Dedon Babylon side table is characterized by its ribbed, asymmetrical, seemingly collapsing forms, a brilliant accessory to pull together an outdoor space.

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This traditional chunky woven wicker armchair and the plush cushion is perfect for large outdoor spaces such as pool areas, restaurants, and even an intimate setting.

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French designer Frida Minet inspires the John Himmel rope collection.  The material used to create the Cap Ferrat Modernist style sofa is palm fronds, which are harvested from Indonesia, and then hand braided.  The versatile design is offered for both indoor and outdoor.


A remarkable outdoor sofa swing from Dedon offering a combination of comfort, quality, and style.  SWINGREST is the ultimate hanging sofa, perfect for suspending on a terrace or veranda, or even indoors.

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The Camano Yachting Lounge Chair is offered in a vast array of powder-coated finishes along with teak finishes.  A perfect piece to sit on the dock as the boats make way!

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Inspired by the great camps of upstate NYC, this outdoor Adirondack chair is rustic, sophisticated, and luxurious all in one.


This outdoor rocker lounge chair wrapped in Dedon fiber placed on a solid teak base is ideal for any poolside occasion. The optional footstool captures the spirit of barefoot luxury.


Who wouldn’t like swaying in the cool breeze on a beautiful summer day in this? Dedons iconic “Swing Me” lounge chair is fantastic! The thick cushions ensure maximum comfort from this minimalist design.

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Love this powder-coated aluminum outdoor chair with the loose cushion, complimented by the teak splats.

Media room design with dark blue sofas and wooden furniture

2017 Home Decor Fabric Trends


Home decor fabric trends in 2017 are in full swing. Cushions and pillows are the best way to add color and personality to your patio set.  Bold prints and patterns with contrasting colors and abstract geometric shapes are in!

  • A. Dedon- Paisley Spice PSP
  • B. Dedon- Paisley Stone PST
  • C. Dedon- Paisley Colibri PCO
  • D. Dedon- Paisley Atlantic PAT

Hello, yellow! A bright, happy color can’t help but bring a smile to your face. To make the color pop even more, pair it with a soft neutral, such as gray or white.

  • A. Perennials 775-208 Pumice
  • B. Perennials 979-224 Chalk
  • C. Perennials 723-220 Pelican
  • D. Windsor Smith for Kravet 31788-40 Lemon Drop
  • E. Groundworks for Kelly Wearstler GWF-3424 18 Smoke
  • F. Clodagh for Perennials 210-245 Fawn
  • G. Perennials 685-296 Nickel
  • H. Groundworks Solarium GWF-3426 116 Shoreline

A vibrant orange fabric will create an instant energizer for an outdoor space.

  • A. Windsor Smith for Kravet 31724-1 Kelp
  • B. Duralee 15710 36 Orange
  • C. Lulu Dk 32201LD Bailey LD 6 Salmon
  • D. Pindler 4291 Isola Firecracker
  • E. Duralee 15430 36 Orange
  • F. Groundwork Solarium GWF-3321 24 Avignon Chevron Spice

Nautical Navy is one of the hottest “new neutrals.”

  • A. Ralph Lauren LCF64785F Surf Break Stripe Pacific
  • B. Ralph Lauren LCF64765F Boaters Oxford Pacific
  • C. Perennials 770-501 Blue Jean
  • D. Ralph Lauren LFY66683F Pierre Ottoman Navy/White
  • E. Kravet 31818-101 Sea Salt

Just like the sky itself, these shades of blue-greens have a serene, calming presence, perfect for an outdoor living space.

  • A. Perennials 835-272 Herb Garden
  • B. Groundworks Solarium for Kelly Wearstler GWF-3419 15 Breakwater Robins Egg
  • C. Kravet Soleil 33378-15
  • D. Lee Jofa Solarium 2013105 13 Seaglass
  • E. Lee Jofa Solarium 2013107 13 Sultans Tracery Pool
  • F. Perennials 778-123 Sea Foam
  • G. Perennials 974-324 Eggshell
  • H. Perennials 600-249 Sprout

These refreshing blue tones call to mind a change of outdoor scenery!

  • A. Perennials 942-09 Poolside
  • B. Duralee DW16052 152 Wheat
  • C. Perennials 675-212 Dragonfly
  • D. Kravet 28046-415 Riviera

These neutrals are timeless and beachy!

  • A. Perennials 955-294 Bronze
  • B. Clodagh for Perennials 210-224 Chalk
  • C. Perennials 745-264 Olive
  • D. Barclay Butera for Kravet 31801-1 Oyster
  • E. Kravet 33385-106
  • F. Thibaut W80263 Juno
  • G. Kravet 28047-1116 Dune
  • H. Perennials 915-102 Dove
  • I. Duralee 15713 Brown 10

A perfect mixture of vitality and relaxation for the great outdoors!

  • A. Perennials 974-102 Dove
  • B. Pindler 5648 Luann Lemon
  • C. Pindler 5565 Carver Cornsilk
  • D. Perennials 977-28 Blanca
  • E. Perennials 955-255 Topaz

The crisp assorted shades of dark grey are soothing and comfy!

  • A. Perennials 865-07 Platinum
  • B. Pindler 5834 Trezza Charcoal
  • C. Lulu DK 65008-02 Stone
  • D. Perennials 670-317 Grey Hills
  • E. Pindler 5832 Adesso Dove
  • F. Perennials 950-296 Nickel
  • G. Pindler 5833 Sarto Smoke

Love that so many other colors work perfectly with gray and how it can go cool or warm, another stellar representation of home decor fabric trends in 2017.

  • A. Perennials 974-296 Nickel
  • B. Pindler 4953 Barnhart Grey
  • C. Lulu DK 65004LD Lucia LD 2 Soft Grey
  • D. Pindler 5834 Trezza Silver
  • E. Thibaut W80369 Zephyr
  • F. Pindler 5832 Adesso Oyster

White patio design with in-ground pool and orange accent pillows

2017 Outdoor Pool & Kitchen Design Trends


Source: Kalamazoo Gourmet

This year-round fully functional outdoor gourmet kitchen features Kalamazoo appliances and products. The kitchen is outfitted with a pizza oven and a gas grill that cooks with both charcoal and wood. Perfect space for informal family cookouts and dinner parties, right in line with outdoor pool and kitchen trends for 2017!

Source: Viking Professional

The Viking Professional outdoor products offer everything you’d expect to find in an outdoor kitchen, except the walls. Every product works together in form and function with the same level of excellence. The choices are virtually limitless to ensure you find the exact look you’re aiming for.

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Allow your imagination to run wild with this outdoor pool design! These remotely powered gas fire pits are crafted from a vast and exciting array of materials in an ever-expanding palette of colors, shapes, textures, and finishes.

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An outdoor fire pit by the pool is the perfect solution for those that love to entertain, the perfect centerpiece for this relaxing space. The space is complemented with functional furniture for added convenience.

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Divulge the freedom to create an outdoor kitchen in any configuration with unique layouts, colors, and wood grain finishes.

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The gorgeous mix of fire and water is making a big statement this year. Fire features like fire bowls, fire orbs, and fireplaces built right into pools create a wonderful play on the elements.

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The grillworks 42 is a star wood firing grill for any backyard.  The cast aluminum crank wheels allow the chef to adjust the height of the cooking surface with the rise and fall of the flames.

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This outstanding, dual-purpose wood-fired brick oven and smoker is top of the line for a stunning outdoor gourmet setup by Alfresco Home and is among the sleekest of the outdoor pool and kitchen design trends in 2017.

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The masculine, vertically designed free-standing outdoor kitchen setup delivers mouthwatering meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables as well as authentic baked pizzas, bread, and desserts. The heated excitement gets intense!

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What could be better than a year-round outdoor kitchen? The beautiful wood-beam overhang keeps the direct sunlight out of your cooking arena.  Featuring a classic wood-burning oven along with a neighboring gas grill.

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Fire effects and lighting provide a dramatic flair to this traditional pool, great for evening entertainment! LEDs are environmentally friendly and can be incorporated as an economical way to add spotlights, highlights, and color features to your pool area.

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A fire pit with corner round seating decorated with cushions and pillows to add color and personality to the space.  Bold prints and patterns with contrasting colors and abstract geometric shapes are in!

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The wet-edged pool is excellent for a level changing backyard.  The aquatic glass tile makes a dramatic statement to the pool. Wet-edge pools are easy to clean; any leaf litter that accumulates runs straight off the edge and into the lower reservoir.

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Travertine stone is taking over as the preferred decking material for outdoor pool design.  This beautiful natural stone provides a non-slip, durable surface and stays cool under the blazing hot sun.

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Tanning ledges are in! They allow you to stay cool during the hot summer days by providing just enough water to still “lay out” without completely submerging yourself in the water. Grass around the pool is never a good thing, but this well-manicured grass between the pavers is brilliant!

Large seating area with bright lighting and big glass windows

Our Favorite Outdoor Spaces


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Get your table right, and the rest of the furniture should fall into place. This whitewashed trunk makes for a wonderful coffee table. Elegant white drapery formalizes the space, just a bit to off-set the casual, relaxed vibe of the area. The sliced in half wine barrels make the perfect rustic end tables.

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This creative, airy, eclectic outdoor space is covered with bamboo stalks creating the inside/outside vibe. The organic, inspired, woven pendant light creates a sense of balance.  The mix of resin wicker and cool blue tones makes for a beautiful space with a multitude of textures and colors.

Source: Ciao Newport Beach

There are many ways to add texture and pattern without going overboard on colors. The horizontal patterning on the brick offers a basis for furniture selections, as simple as the wooden table centered with wrought iron high-armed chairs.  The mirror is the perfect complement to the rustic brick fireplace. Such a gorgeous outdoor room!

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Fun patio with a u-shaped wooden sectional topped with a variety of striped and solid pillows.  Strung with a cluster of low hanging string lights.  Centered with an oversize solid ottoman prepared with candlelit glass lanterns, and a hint of nature accented by the potted plant. This is an example of an outdoor interior design that is a perfect setting for socializing!

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Brick, wood, and metal form geometric shapes, adding hard edges to the space. The outdoor fireplace offers an organizing focal point, but the low-slung proportions of the furniture supply a unique profile. Can you imagine sitting under the aluminum roof during a thunderstorm? How relaxing!

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The weathered-teak chair and white cushioned bench blend, allowing inter-playing textures of metal, wood, plants, and stone take center stage. Outdoor lights remain a perennial favorite in this outdoor space.  They’re celebratory and fun, with just enough sparkle to keep the light from being distracting.

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Beautiful blue covered wicker armchairs, flanked by matching white ottomans. To gather the space, a carriage lantern is hung from the cladded ceiling alongside a ceiling fan, centered above a weathered teak coffee table.

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The outdoor living space has distinctive purple Moroccan lanterns hung from the wooden pergola, offering a visual variety overhead. The wicker sectional is complemented with purple pillows surrounding a purple skirted ottoman over a striped black, blue and white outdoor rug.

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Symmetry is an oft-used design principle.  It’s pleasing to the eyes, complementary to a variety of styles, and fairly easy to implement.  This traditional covered outdoor patio is complimented with warm beige tones. The hard-working textural rug underfoot supplies both function and beauty.

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The large elm farm table with sleek-lined legs creates an invitation.  The blue tub back chairs in this outdoor interior design bring a fabulous sense of form to the atmosphere.

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This unique industrial, yet classical outdoor space creates a cool, calm, and collective ambiance.

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As the steps lead into the sunken traditional patio, the natural wood, stone, and woven end tables turn up the warmth factor.

Elegant rustic stairway design

Exploring Antiques in New Orleans


We made a recent trip to the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans to capture the spirit and appreciate the culture. The French Quarter is also known as Vieux Carre’, which translates to Old Square. While it does have the age part right, there is certainly nothing “square” about it. The place is alive and has a certain Je Nais Sais Quo that captures your imagination. There really isn’t anything like it in the country.

  • The streets of the French Quarter always alive with activity. A street Jazz quartet provides a backdrop for brunches.
  • The Supreme Court building located in the French Quarter is one of the most beautiful in the area. It is probably the best example of the Beaux-Arts style in all of New Orleans. Look at the detail!
  • The illustrious Cabildo building was formerly a seat of government. It housed the city council and is the site where the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies took place. It is now used as a museum and is considered a national landmark.
  • Ida Manheim Antiques is located at 409 Royal St. It is a world-renowned gallery and an authority in many periods and styles. 3 generations of expertise and knowledge are evident in curation and buying. They have a jaw-dropping inventory, including this monumental 18th Century Flame Grain mahogany cabinet. It is a magnificent piece of Dutch provenance.
  • An elaborately carved giltwood mirror is from the Louis XV period. The level of detail found in some of these 18th Century pieces is mind-blowing. Keeping it company is an English antique of exceptional quality. The mahogany sideboard with satinwood inlays is from the George III period.
  • Circa 1810, a very rare First Empire Period Marble Specimen Table, maintains its original base. 43” of WOW.
  • A beautiful early Victorian Coromandel library table with Palm Cross banding. Very Rare, circa 1845.
  • We also stopped by another French Quarter institution, M.S. Rau Antiques. It is located at 630 Royal St. This gallery has been open for more than 100 years and is considered a landmark and a must-visit for serious collectors. The extensive selection is full of unique and very rare items. This Victorian-era Jockey Scale is a personal favorite. It was crafted by the British firm of W & T Avery of Birmingham, a premier manufacturer of measurement devices of the time. Excellent piece of Horse Racing history for any of you well-heeled equestrians.
  • The intricately carved gilded base of a console table is breathtaking. It was housed in a castle in Scotland belonging to the Earl of Kinnoull. The majestic eagle supports a verde antico and rosso marble top, very much in the manner of William Kent.  It really captures the grand style of the Palladian era.
  • Arnaud's has been open since 1918, and it is a bastion of Creole cuisine. The tin roof, tile floor, and bentwood chairs all contribute to the charming ambiance. Jazz brunch is highly recommended!

Beige waiting area interior design

David Hicks Design


“If I have been able to influence in some small way an important aspect of everyone’s environment, then it has been worth the hard work that I have put into trying to lead people away from drabness, safeness and conventional solutions” – David Hicks


If you have ever seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, you might remember a particularly arresting Steadicam sequence. The shot basically follows one of the protagonists on his Big Wheel Tricycle going from corridor to corridor. It had an eerie rhythm about it, as the wheels would change from wood floor to carpet. The carpet itself is a copy of British Interior Designer David Hicks most famous pattern, Hicks’ Hexagon. As one of his era’s preeminent tastemakers, David Nightingale Hicks had an extraordinary influence and the prestigious clientele base to prove it.


“I have always had a passion for what some people consider clashing colours. I call them vibrating colours – for instance, vermilion, shocking pink, puce, salmon pink, and blue pink. I like them with aubergine. All reds go together, and I include both pink and orange in the red family.” – David Hicks

David Hicks was able to show very effectively how to use bold color, how to mix new and old together, how to use patterned carpets. This is a beautiful example of a well-lit, strong color environment he was known for creating.


With the exception of the lone table lamp left of the fireplace, all ambient lighting come from up lights. Beige, Black, and white color schemes complement each other very well. Hicks employed the use of graphic Wilton carpets to tie colors often together and dictate the mood.


Not shying from bold colors and ethnic references, Hicks had a remarkable ability to create disciplined spaces with such strong materials. The bravado in the ceiling and walls are from a North African design. Wall St. corporate raiders can channel their inner Gengis Khan.


“Tablescapes” was a term he coined to describe beautifully arranged objects. Hicks was able to take disparate items and encouraged conversations between them by arranging them into themes. This beautiful example of blues comprises of a color-refracting Perspex sculpture by Rory McEwen, lapis lazuli, pottery, enamel, and glass. A lone yellow flower in the mix alludes to yellow and blueprint found on the sofa.


His work at the Hyde Park Hotel in London captures the brand of maximalism he championed throughout his career. Vibrant colors, layering of patterns, and the occasional over the top detail like this canopy bed fixed to the ceiling.

Traditional family room design with large elegant fireplace and red velvet sofas

High Point Market & Showroom Finds


Inspiration comes in many forms. Designers and purveyors of taste have to remain vigilant for the constant search of creative materials. The visual component is very important, but the way something feels is a crucial aspect. Our clients rely on our ability to make informed choices for their space, so you have to do your due diligence with all the amazing products that are out there. Our recent trip to High Point Market in North Carolina gave us a sneak peek at what all the creative minds are doing.

Our clients rely on our ability to make informed choices for their space

  • The Shibori trend is still going strong! Multiple showrooms had various interpretations of indigo on display. Incorporating the traditional Japanese dyeing technique in upholstered pieces is a great way to add character in your space.
  • A retro-inspired silhouette of a sofa compliments the group of mirrors — a swanky 60s vibe.
  • Mauve is experiencing a renaissance as well. Dusty gold and pink tones compliment this pale purple sectional. These were one of our favorites.
  • Your hallway has paparazzi! A homage to wide-angle “fish-eye” lens makes for a great conversation piece.
  • The commanding vibrancy of orange can be employed in various moods and temperatures. It works well as supplementary graphics or as a design focal point.
  • Bernhardt’s Palma canopy bed is a masterpiece in materials. Woven abaca makes up the headboard and footboard, and the cerused white oak makes for quite the statement.
  • Bernhardt’s showroom was a must-see.  Back to back, Linwood sofas and Marcourt banquettes by the bookshelves make for an irreverent but dramatic seating solution.
  • A headboard took our breath away. The majestic chevron detail is very attractive and would add a dramatic focal point in any bedroom.
  • Alfonso Marina’s armoire leaves quite an impression. Obvious Moorish influence with star figures and bone inlay adorning the cabinet doors. This can make quite the heirloom.