Category Archives: Black and White Design

Lonni Paul Design


I am completely obsessed with this home designed by Lonni Paul for Giuliana and Bill Rancic. The photos do not do it justice compared to the episode of Giuliana and Bill that revealed a walk through of the home. Soft, neutral and a bit feminine, just like I like it.

And their baby’s name is Duke… so good.









Nancy Pearson – colorful pillows can easily be substituted with neutral tones for a totally different look

Design can be so subjective and scrutinized to the point that I am sometimes afraid to declare I love something for fear that others will wonder what in the world is wrong with me. Because of my love of creative and colorful design, this happens occasionally but usually it’s just my parents telling me I’m crazy and that my love for a headboard like this won’t last forever.

And while maybe I won’t love that headboard ten years down the road, if it makes me happy now, why shouldn’t I have it? I am a strong believer that when it comes to your home, HAVE FUN with the design. Because everything can be changed and nothing is permanent, especially when it comes to pillows and window treatments, an easy way to add color and pattern to your home.

House Beautiful – this headboard caught my eye

Veranda – that yellow chair.

Annsley Interiors – a genius at having fun with design

Celerie Kemble – sophisticated but youthful, that headboard has my name written all over it

Caitlin Wilson – sometimes the rug takes center stage

David Kleinberg – gutsy.

Traditional Home – go neutral if you like, but make sure the accessories are unique

Blog Giveaway: Stylish Furniture and Decor

Want to win a piece of history?

As I mentioned before (see here and here), Stylish Furniture and Decor is the place to go for iconic designs, at affordable prices. Up to win is the Siren Chair, a derivative of the iconic Swan chair. The Swan chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958. Much like the Egg chair Jacobsen also designed, these two pieces have become symbolic of mid-century design.

This chair will be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “High-Low Project” this fall and the winner will receive the exact chair used in the filming! I wonder who’s famous tush will have sat in that chair by the time it gets to you..

See how I designed around it here:

To qualify for the giveaway, you must: Follow Stylish Furniture and Decor blog and like them on Facebook. Then, write a comment on this post below on how YOU would use this chair!

The winner will be announced on June 1st so all entries must be made before May 31st!
Note: The winner will receive the chair via FedEx or UPS.  The ship-to address
for the chair must be in the continental US.  There is no charge for

Other items shown: Desk, Mirror, Lamp

Another Amy Morris Classic

Amy Morris (along with my idol, Suzanne Kasler), is one of those designers who can do no wrong. I’ll be browsing through images, stop to stare wide eyed at an interior project, only to find out it’s by Amy Morris. The Atlanta designer has made an appearance on this blog before and this home is another perfect post.

Architecture by Bradley Hepner. This house makes me feel like I should be studying it in my design principles class along with the Vanna Venturi House. And Amy Morris as the interior designer? Her look tends to gravitate toward the more traditional, so to see that she can work in multiple styles was both a relief and somewhat expected when you’re as talented as she.

Stylish Furniture and Decor: 10% Off

I’m at a stage in my life when I’m considering what furniture purchases are necessary and which can wait. I’m also at a stage in my life when I’m surrounded by beautiful pieces every day but I can’t always afford what I want. That’s why I was beyond thrilled by the introduction of Stylish Furniture and Decor. Think Bungalow 5 meets West Elm. Everything is cute, youth friendly, and budget friendly. From white bar carts to geometric bookcases, Stylish Furniture and Decor has it. Take a look around and as my readers, you can enter the code INSPIRE to get 10% off your purchase! Expires 5/31/12.

Luis Bustamante

Art is at the forefront of Luis Bustamante‘s designs. But what follows close behind is his attention to detail in places such as trimming, hardware, lighting and flooring. In one project, painted Greek Key trim along the doorways and cornices connect one room to the next. These spaces are large and they require big pieces art to fill them. Luis’s use of sculptures to fill space yet his skill to enlargen the space at the same time by using large vertical art, tall curtains and large furniture create a sense of might and magesty to these residences. As a sculptor and artist, Luis brings a great sense of knowledge and skill to his projects.

Current Obsession: 9 by Design

Sixx Design

I have a new obsession: 9 by Design. Not only does this designing duo build  architecturally fascinating homes out of nothing as well as decorate the interiors with unique and personal finds, but they have 7 beautiful kids with crazy names like Major, Hollander, and Breaker (making my favorite name, Tennessee, not look so bad). But what makes this design team so unique is that they can find an opportunity in an old gun shop or in an empty parking lot and build six stories up with spectacular views in order to make a home for nine people in Manhattan, one of the hardest cities in which to find a decent amount of property.

While I’m a little late in the viewing, seeing as the premiere aired April, 2010, I couldn’t help but share this series as it is incredibly fun to watch and the designs they come up with are jaw droppingly exciting. Season 1 is available on iTunes.