Trending now: Black and White

TRENDING: Black and white color scheme is on the rise. This however is a timeless classic way to design within your space especially for those color phobic’s out there, or if your like me and live in the crayon box and can never get enough of color! By keeping a black and white theme you are basically sticking to neutral base and then you can bring in your favorite pops of color. What is nice about this is the flexibility. It gives you the option to change things up every once in a while by just changing out a few accessories from season to season. I found this video from one of my most favorite designers Sarah Richardson and Tommy Symthe talking about how to work for your space. I hope you enjoy!


The fool-proof way to hang pictures

In the last few years I have had some clients ask me about the best way to hang art work. Heck, I’ve even had one client hire to go over her house and do exactly what I am about to tell you.

I have noticed that some of the television shows make it seem so easy by telling you to lay out your composition on the floor first, and then put up on the wall. But, what they don’t tell you is that you will lose you spacing by moving the frame from one place to another and wind up with a mess.

What I have found that works best is using templates. While this can be a bit time-consuming it is a fool-proof way of getting the look you want without having a few unwanted holes and pencil everywhere by trying to “eyeball it”.

Note: the example images are from my personal clients who I have helped with on-line guidance from me Pink Door Designs

1. First, use wrapping paper (be use to use the non-print side so you can visualize you concept better) or butcher paper is best.

2. Trace and cut out the frames and be sure that you number them so they don’t get mixed up. At this point you should mark approximately how far down the nail should be on the front of the template.

3. Now, begin to lay out your arrangement directly on the wall the way you would like. This is the benefit of doing it this way because, now you can rearrange the composition as much as you like before making any holes in the wall. Also, since you have them numbered you can consider which one is which and place them by content. Think of arranging them by color complements or relation.

4. Once you have your final lay out you can hammer the nails through the paper. Remove the paper and begin to place the art work where they belong and admire how PERFECT they look once your done.

Optional:  Add bumpers to the bottom corners of the frame. These will “grab” the wall, eliminating any skid or scratch marks, while keeping the frame itself level — side to side and top to bottom.

Need some more inspiration? Here are some of my favorite arrangements from various sources via the web

Lastly does this seem like to much trouble for you? You can actually buy them as a kit here are a few links


The Perfect Picture Wall Company:

Arron Brothers:

What is Hollywood Regency?

I just recently realized a design style that I have been drawn to for some time now, but never really could define it until recently. Until a few months ago I stumbled upon the book In the Pink the story of Dorothy Draper” the designer of The Greenbrier Hotel and many other projects.

That’s when a light bulb went on in my head! (DING DING, I’m a winner!) It’s the ultra glam/neoclassic infused style called Hollywood Regency; which is no new concept for those on the West Coast of California, but this Texas native is few decades late to the party, oppsie’s .

It was after attending interior design school on the sunny gold coast that I noticed I had been drawn to its artful, avant-garde, classic design element for a long time. For those of you who are new to the style let me just recap it’s origin.

This style got it’s start in 1930’s when Hollywood was at its utmost peak of perfection. Everything was focused on entertaining, conversation, charming wit and high style.  It’s no secret that the sets of Hollywood have been setting the trends for decades. But, this one in particular has since become a new traditional classic in my book.

First, it gets the attention of editors of all the magazines, and then they find their way into commercial interiors such as retail shops, restaurants and hotels. Finally, the style trickles down to us regular folks and influences the way we dress and style our homes. In order for you to get a good understanding of what I’m talking about let go back a bit and talk about the who’s who of this time period.

In Front of the Camera:

Hollywood Starlets of the day: Jean Harlow  &  Joan Crawford


The Magic Behind the Scene:

The front-runners who pioneered this style are designer like Dorothy Draper, Elsie de Wolfe and William (Billy) Haines who actually designed the sets back in the golden age of films in the 1930’s.

The style is really is East (Orient) meets West (Gold Cost) with hits of vibrant color, neoclassic details with a whimsical mix of scale.

For example, the use of large over the top baroque architectural cast details to really make an impact that leaves you saying “wow”!

Dorothy Draper:

William (Billy) Haines:

Sound overwhelming? I am going to show you what I think are the “stand out” design elements, so that you can pick and choose which ones you would like to bring into your space.

First, COLOR think Chinese Red, Canary Yellow, Apple Greens, Turquoises, Aqua, Pinks (of course) and general dose’s of Black and White

Then: The Greenbrier Hotel by Dorothy Draper


Now: Viceroy Hotels by Kelly Wearstler



Try mixing these “today” colors into your palette:

Patterns: Geometric shapes, squares, rectangles, ovals, oh my…! Chevron and Escher (the artist) patterns scaled down to its barest form.


Works of Escher


By Mary McDonald

Chinoiserie: A French term, signifying “Chinese-esque”, a recurring theme in European   artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences.

It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration. Other “Chinese-esque” elements are Chinese guardian lions aka Fu Dogs here in the states, fret work, and the use of bamboo materials


Scale: Go big or go home have fun and mix it up!

Lonny Magazine:

By Windsor Smith

Whimsical Details: Large pop art type pieces, high glamour photography and maybe a few feathers. Don’t take things to seriously

By Jonathan Adler 

Furniture & Finishes: Clean, modern, small-scale, streamlined tailored piece mixed with European antiques or materials like lacquer, mirror and velvets.

By Miles Redd

Uhh, did ya notice the lacquered walls?!!! WOW

Fabrics: Moroccan Trellis, foliage, floral, geometric shapes, and damask pattered fabrics. As for solids think texture; velvet, chenille, high gloss and paten leathers.

Now, let’s see it in action shall we?

Image below, designer is unknown sorry.

By : Carleton Varney’s “Mr. Color”

When doing this in your own home start with a color and pattern. When mixing patterns try to have a large, medium and small-scale pattern. Color should be a common tread  in all of them or at least be complementary (opposite each other on the color wheel) to each other in order to bring harmony into the room. Just don’t be afraid to mix things up and have fun you can do a little or a lot.