Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Designer Insider: Lindsey Coral Harper

Loving the new issue of House Beautiful this month, especially the cover story.  I have tried to keep our bedroom in neutral colors black & white for about two months, but am dying to add in a kick of color!  I'm a magnet to bright, fun colors so the makeover Interior Designer Lindsey Coral Harper completed for this story was right up my alley.  

My favorite piece of advice from this article was this: 

HB: What else is worth splurging on?

LCH:  Throw pillows.  They instantly finish the look of the room.  The guys don't understand why I want to spend $500 on some pillows.  They always say, 'Why do we need pillows?'  But having a room without pillows is like going to a party without your shoes on.  Shoes make the outfit, right?  Every chair, not just every sofa, must have pillows.

The pattern on the curtains below is so unexpected and fun for a living room.  The details of the blue & red accent at the bottom of the panel is fantastic.  One, for tying in the colors and two, the blue fabric won't show near as much dirt and wear as white would since it drags the floor.

Monogram pillows is next on my list to order for our bedroom.  I just have to decide on a color since I can't take the simple black & white any longer.  Great detail on the hanging light with Greek key pattern shade and Roman shades with the red ribbon.  Designer Lindsey saved the couple from ordering 60 or 70 yards of fabric by using Roman shades to cover windows as opposed to full drapes.  A tip for any future decorators out there on a budget.

Bright kitchens are the best.  Adding a sofa to the eating area?  Looks inviting and comfy.  The graphic chairs were once small tables that the designer just added cushions to for extra seating. 

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Lindsey graduated from the University of Georgia and moved to New York City to pursue a career in interior design.  She worked for Ralph Lauren in London and decorating firm Richard Keith Langham, Inc. in Manhattan.  She began her own residential interior design firm in 2007.

She designs with bold pattern, texture and color as can be seen with the interiors above.  Her philosophy is 'People, put a color on it!' when referring to walls, textiles, and furniture.  She said, "White walls is a talent I don't have."

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