Posts Tagged ‘design’

September 12th, 2013 No Comments

design and travel come together at

I wanted to share a site that I love to browse for design inspiration and travel called Created by a former publishing editor whose work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, the New York Times etc., Meghan McEwen seeks out compelling places all over the world and shares her insight and great eye for design. Looking for an amazing vacation spot surrounded by lavender fields? This site can also help you find unique places to stay. As well as her travel site Meghan has opened her own bed & breakfast called in Detroit called Honor & Folly. I … Read more

September 5th, 2013 No Comments

a new collection at crate and barrel by designer paola navone coming september 9th

Crate and Barrel has teamed up with Italian designer Paola Navone to create a line of casual pieces for everyday living. It will consist of 140 pieces including tabletop, furniture, textiles and accessories. Paola Navone might be better known in Italy but has quickly been making a splash here in the US with several collaborations including the design of the Como Hotel which is set to open in Miami this December. Paola Navone is known for her passion for travel and a global design aesthetic. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the items. – Lynn Butler Beling … Read more

August 22nd, 2013 No Comments

selecting colors for kitchen cabinetry & islands, my tips for a cohesive design

I’ve been working for several months now on a custom home for a client.  From the beginning it was decided to keep the kitchen light and bright with white cabinets and a marble countertop. But my suggestion has been to have the large island be a dark gray/blue color (similar to the color pictured above) as a beautiful contrast to the white. The overall house color palette will be soft shades of white, gray and pale blue. So this week we are selecting the color for the island. We also are having a custom wet bar designed and need to … Read more

June 27th, 2013 No Comments

kitchen cabinets don’t have to be white, we’re loving this gray kitchen with orange accessories!

They say if you are in the market to sell your home, that to appeal to the most people you should keep your kitchen neutral. Well, that is true, but grays are a great neutral too. If your home has a cohesive color palette and design the overall impact can be emotionally pleasing to a buyer even if it might not be their exact taste. Deciding on kitchen cabinets, which is a big expense, can be stressful. Even though this cabinet color may be a bit unexpected, the designer used a classic marble countertop and a nice simplified door style. … Read more

April 18th, 2013 No Comments

interiors: spotlight on victoria hagan

When I’m talking about design and shopping for furniture, I am surprised that many people still don’t know about a great resource; So if you haven’t heard about, take time to check it out. It’s being able to sit in the comfort of your own home and see what intimate small shops have all around the world. Though since it’s start it’s expanded to vintage jewelry, clothing and even premiere real estate.  Today they have a spotlight on designer Victoria Hagan, here’s the link. I really enjoy reading their spotlights on designers. Above is a room Victoria … Read more

March 25th, 2013 4 Comments

this week’s color palette: seaside blues and white in my farmhouse kitchen by the beach

House Beautiful published my kitchen in their April 2013 issue. I’m honored that they chose it as their “Kitchen of the Month”. I thought I’d share with you the photos from the magazine & link you to the story so you can read it yourself. There are several tips for small spaces- like under-counter refrigeration and a vent for the stove that pops up from behind the range- freeing the space of a giant hood.  I’d also like to share with you the Benjamin Moore paint colors of this kitchen in case you like the blues. … Read more

January 11th, 2013 No Comments

6 emerging trends in kitchen design

Most of the past decade has been filled with images of minimal kitchens with sleek white cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, but over the past several years new trends are slowly emerging into the market of kitchen design. Phrases like “having a soul”, “radiating warmth”, “textural”, “decorative diversity”, and “casual and lived in” may give you a preview of what’s on the horizon.  Here are six emerging trends I’ve pulled out for you. 1. Personalization. Consumers seem to finally want to add a bit of their own personality into their kitchen design and forgo the cookie cutter … Read more