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Now Trending: Electric Hues

February 10, 2016

With spring just around the corner, be sure to add some punch to your pad. Bright and bold shades are all the rage to add life to spaces both big and small. Whether it’s a subtle hint using accessories and lighting or an entire sofa, be on the lookout for high-powered hues. I’ve pulled pieces from some of our favorite manufactures including, Kravet, Surya, Currey & Co, Lexington and Uttermost to show what you can use to create your own unique Spring look that’s sure to draw attention.

Throw pillows are a quick and easy way to spice up your space that allow for change throughout the year. Below are some great solid or patterned options from Curated Kravet and Surya.


Available in several other prominent colors, this upbeat table lamp from Currey & Company is a perfect way to brighten up any room in more ways than one!


A definite go-to for accessories, Uttermost doesn’t disappoint with this three tone geometric art piece is sure to be the focal point of any space.

A great install shot from Lexington for inspiration. In addition to bold color statements, notice the mixture of pattern and textures used throughout to give the room a multidimensional feel. Adding various wood tones helps downplay the bright and vivid hues to provide a sense of balance throughout. lexington

This cozy gold chair is the perfect accent piece for this room’s neutral backdrop displaying how well powerful and more demure colors can coordinate. chair

Saving my personal favorite for last, this electrifying area rug from Surya is the definition of daring. Available in various sizes, this piece is sure to tie your room together and have everyone gawking in a good way! rug

However you decide to update your space, make sure to have fun taking advantage of these hot new trends. Even if it’s just one new statement piece, it can still breath new life into an existing space and freshen your spirit. One thing’s for sure this spring season. These bold colors will be popping up everywhere just like the flowers. Hue knew?

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When Renovation Means Revolution – Sleek & Modern Meets Beachfront

November 9, 2015

While browsing through the Interior Design website I stumbled upon this article that reminded me of one of our own projects. It is all about restoring a home to its former glory after being vacant for some time. Although our project was not as intensive as this one, they still had their similarities.

We recently had the pleasure of renovating an ocean front condo on Wrightsville Beach, NC to fit the clean and cool taste of its stylish new owner. We transformed the originally traditional space into a brighter, younger, and more modern home. With a small collection of furniture from his New York City apartment in tow, our client already had a great foundation for us to build from. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath residence with a large open kitchen, dining and living room had great bones and views already in place. It was then a matter of introducing just the right colors, textures and lighting to complete the look.
master bed Custom Drapery Panels using Kravet Fabric

We opted to refinish the existing hardwood floors since they were still in pretty good shape and they cleaned up just beautifully! A fresh, new coat of paint on all the walls in cooler grays and blues supported the clean, fluid feel throughout the home.

breakfast nook

The kitchen was our perfect opportunity to introduce some new materials. We painted the cabinets a soft gray and added some new upper doors with frosted glass. We also swapped out the cabinet knobs for new sleek, brushed stainless pulls. The new backsplash was just enough to add interest and texture the small space without looking overdone. With the final touches of glass pendant lights above the bar and 3 new barstools, the kitchen looked brand new.



With our client’s super modern style, a bit of a different spin on a beach home, we really still wanted to incorporate the feeling of being at the beach. The guestrooms were completely blank slates for us to work with and implement this idea. We selected new beds, bedding, window treatments and artwork that worked together. We pulled from a variety of our designer resources- Surya, Precedent, and Schoolhouse Electric to name a few to help us achieve our desired look.

guestroom 2


guest room Artwork from Chris Frick Photography

The end result is a polished, sophisticated and a very welcoming place to live- Just look at those ocean views!
living room

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Lessons of the Past Important to the Future

November 2, 2015

Part of what I love about practicing Interior Design are the resources that are at our fingertips. Years of archived artistic details still exist and are used again by design houses producing wallpaper, fabrics and furnishings. Referencing the past reminds us today of the importance to be surrounded by artistic details.

Looking back in time, these important decorative details incorporated in public spaces and homes were not lost on budgetary sheets, evaluating cost of necessary structural components versus add-ons of decorative elements – they were integral with each project. Even the simplest of structures showed the basic desires of human creativity at work, making them special in their day and serve as reminders now. Not lost are the fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, and yes, even wallpaper and fabrics in these historic projects. Seeing them today reinforces that artistic details are important in the design of interior spaces, and what we are doing now helps to ensure that this tradition lives on.


This past summer I visited my Grandmother’s church in Truro Massachusetts. It was a community center back when it was constructed serving as a meeting house, a Congregational Church and sitting high on the hill even served as a beacon to passing ships. It is largely unchanged, and a recent renovation that is being done carefully to restore it to it’s original condition celebrates it’s uniqueness and important design features that are being retained. You can see the Paul Revere bell is a treasured element, the original handmade pews in the balcony remain as they were, and my favorite – the geometric wallpaper was researched and remade so that the same wallpaper could be replaced in areas that needed repairs. As an interior designer, I love that the visual details that were important then to craftsmen and people using the church are celebrated today, and brought back to life.



We are using a similar design strategy in a current project at The Davis Community in Porter’s Neck NC. Celebrating the history of Champ Davis, an entrepreneur who donated part of his wealth to establish a center where people could be well cared for as they age, we are going back in time to incorporate decorative details that would have been present in his life time, into the campus of his legacy. We do this so that residents and visitors today can know what a special and giving person established this community, and that this care and compassion lives on by the administration and Board of the facility today in effort to provide the best care and surroundings to the people who will live there.

Here are some of the resources we will be drawing from during this process:

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

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Combination of Historic & Contemporary

August 25, 2015

In a collide of architectural history and contemporary furnishings, the studio of Giraldi Associati Architetti is a piece of art all it’s own. Modern day design fills the walls of this palazzo located in Florence Italy.

The owner of the practice Fulvio Giraldi was faced with the challenge of making the space his own only by adding furniture and not interfering with the original architecture that dates back to the Italian renaissance. He transformed the space to what it is today the only way he could, saying “We played with what we could.” Adding contemporary style accessories and furniture throughout the building created a juxtaposition of old and new, elegant and edgy.



From the moment you enter reception you are greeted with an intricately carved archway and a custom steel lacquered pendant.


Above the custom shared desks, two oil paintings from the 1600’s are set in the plaster ceiling. The original art that spans the entire studio often draws in a crowd, “we are always opening our doors to art historians” says Giraldi.


In another shared office lives an original Murano glass chandelier that illuminates the custom wallpaper added to this room.


Original and added decorative elements are found throughout the entirety of the palazzo. And interesting combination of history and modern accents that make this firm what it is today.

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Projects Are Like Salad

May 18, 2015

“I often compare these projects to salads, we’re tossing together a mix of ingredients that don’t need to be totally reconciled, and the shingles are like the dressing that brings all these things together- they contextualize everything else as part of one style, one tradition.” –Barkley, Co-Author of The New Shingled House

Photo by Architectural Digest

This beautiful 19th century shingle style inspired mansion is located in South Hampton, New York. The mastermind behind this home was Architect, Joel Barkley. He wanted to design a home that would be the perfect summer beach retreat for his clients, a Manhattan couple with four children. In the home “there is a theme of shipshape woodwork throughout, whether in the mitered angles that recall a boat’s tapered prow or the prevalent bald-cypress shiplap paneling.” One of the main directives Joel was given by the couple was that they wanted everything to be very open and airy. Below is a photo that demonstrates the open and airy concept as the image of the kitchen opens up to the terrace and pool.

Photo by Architectural Digest

Photo by Architectural Digest

The designer, Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors, magnified the architectural elements through her careful placement of “personality and pale colors.” The Manhattan couple and children spend as much time together as possible in the summer in this wonderful oasis.

Photo by Architectural Digest

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May 8, 2015

High Point Market is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the design community. HPMKT happens twice a year once in the fall and then again in the spring. Market offers designers a chance to look at a variety of furnishings; it is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world with over 75,000 people attending the event. After this year’s spring market, HPMKT announced a list of new and trending designs. Here is a list of what was announced:
#1- Petrified Wood

Fusto Coffee Table from All Modern

#2- Linen

Jonathan Alder Malibu Sofa from Wayfair

#3- Earthy Opulence

Caroline Coffee Table from All Modern

#4- Deep Velvet

Knoll Bertoia Diamond Chairfrom All Modern

#5- Nail Head Trim and Tufting

Cooper Sofa from All Modern

All of these different trends can be found from our to-the-trade resources. If any of these new trends catch your eye, then be sure to check out our online shop at or contact us for assistance! Here are a few photos of what our designers found in these trending categories at HPMKT:

Nail Head Trim and Tufting

Petrified Wood

Earthy Opulence

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A Record House

April 20, 2015

Photo by Architectural Record

In Architectural Records magazine we saw a feature that caught our eye. In Dutchess County, New York a “Record House” is not only a very modernized home, but it is also a work of art. On the interior of the home a mural by Franz Ackerman encompasses the walls of the family room.

Photo by Architectural Record

Located in the entry hall is a stack of painted tires situated under the twisting staircase. Dangling from the ceiling is an orange extension cord, coming from a chandelier by Jason Rhoades.

Photo by Architectural Record

The exterior of the home is just as impressive as the interior. Artist, Doug Aitken worked alongside the architects and was able to position 17- custom calibrated projectors around the site. The scenes projected from them onto the home. The scenes projected were shot video from hills, meadows and woods around the home. This Dutchess County home is certainly a work of art inside and out!

Photo by Architectural Record

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Inspiring Design

March 30, 2015

Architectural Record Magazine featured a very innovative design for a new restaurant in
Belgium that caught our eye! The restaurant, The Jane is located in a former 19th century
church. A Dutch design team transformed the whole space into an upscale dining facility.

Photo from Architectural Record

This remarkable chandelier celebrates the room’s height and width encompassing the dining
area underneath. It is the perfect centerpiece for the room.

Photo from Architectural Record

As you can see many aspects of the original church were preserved and incorporated into
this restaurant. We only wish the restaurant was here in Wilmington so we would be able to
dine in all of it’s design glory.

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Spring’s New Trends

March 16, 2015

Spring is quickly approaching and some of the Spring 2015 color trends are already making an appearance! There are going to be a warming of colors springing into play in just a few short weeks.

Van Day Truex wrote,

“Color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure”

After reviewing many different announcements from a variety of organizations, we have decided to incorporate a variety of the top colors to make our own spring color trend list.

Big Sky Designs Spring 2015 Color Trends List

Coral Reef(SW6606)
Color & Photo by Sherwin-Williams

Shades of coral will help to make a room pop this Spring – whether
it is an accent wall or just an accessory touch.

Guilford Green(HC-116)
Color & Photo by Benjamin Moore

Spruce things up (no pun intended) with
adding a shade of green into your home!

Marsala(18-1438) by Pantone

Shades of Marsala are on everyone’s color must list this year after all;
it is Pantone’s color of the year! Don’t forget this color the next time
you are out shopping for accessories.

Blue & Green by Hunter Douglas

Calming shades of blues, grays, & greens bring out
the serenity in homes this season.

"Noir" Photo by All Modern

The “Noir” trend is making an appearance as many manufacturers are
introducing new “Noir” collections into their furniture and accessory lines.

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Artistic Additions!

March 17, 2011

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to search out new and exciting additions to our interior design schemes!  Artwork is an important piece to every environment because it allows the viewer a glimpse of the artists’ generous expression of ideas through manipulation of materials and can inspire us throughout our day.

Albert Einstein wrote

Recently we have had the opportunity to work with two artists, Michael Brown who is an amazing chairmaker from Greensboro and Ralph Berger a wonderful metal sculptor from Asheville otherwise known as “The Alchemist”.

Michael came by our office to drop off three custom barstools made for

ralph and meAllow us to introduce you to these artists by supporting their work!  We would love to show you what other pieces they have to offer.

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