Design Trends 2015 :: Blue

It’s a flurry of activity over here at Casa B. the bathroom remodel has begun. It’s been two years in the works, and quite frankly I wish that we had negotiated a two-week stay at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead, or better yet Lake Oconee. Let’s face it there is nothing more painful than a bathroom or kitchen remodel, except maybe a root canal. Or finding out that my favorite pair of Tory Burch boots were sold out in my size. (That was painful). But, seriously nothing comes close to living under a shroud of drywall dust for three weeks. The final result will be fabulous, complete with some up-to-date fixtures. Not trendy, but timeless. Which brings up the point of trends, and more specifically what design trends we can expect moving forward into 2015. A few I already predicted like Olive Green paired with Orange, which is featured in this post- Muddy colors are making a resurgence in palettes reminiscent of the muted tones in a Renaissance painting. Then there are metals, but don’t mix them because in 2015 mixing gold and silver is going to be a “no-no.” Which is fine with me, because I think metals in the same tone seem like they belong together (like wine and chocolate) rather than mixing that seems just a tad contrived. Colours, like blue, greens and grey’s are going to be diluted and understated in nuanced neutrals. What about white kitchens? They’re out like factory carts as coffee tables (who didn’t see that coming?). Someday, I’ll devote an entire post to those products that should never have happened, why? Because once the trend is over you may find yourself with a 3-4K investment that you sell for pennies on the dollar…(sadly) at a garage sale. I usually tap dance around a trend, unless it has serious “legs.”

What about color? I used to think I was the only one in the northern hemisphere that had a blue sofa, until I saw that blue was going to be hot next year. Now I feel like I’m going to be a part of the “it crowd.” This makes me feel very happy, and also I feel like somewhat of a trend-setter. I have always loved blue. So knowing it’s going to be the year of “blue” in 2015 makes me want to sit back and enjoy the ride from the comfort of my beloved sky-blue sofa. What are some sure bets for 2015? Well..over the next five posts, I’ll be covering the trends that I think having staying power. Hopefully, they won’t end up a sad reminder of mis-spent dollars…but for now I’m sharing the “muy caliente” color for 2015.


 Photos/ Via Eclectic Trends


Image credit/ Kirsten Kelli Interior Designs

This interior leaves me breathless from the walls panels painted in azure tones to the gold accents, and what room wouldn’t be complete without a little leopard?


Image credit/ Cynthia Mason Interiors

Yes, this is an office. Classic, timeless & blue. Stunning…


Image credit/ Mecox Gardens-Dallas

Totally turquoise.  Let’s simply enjoy the view…


Image credit/ Kelly Werstler

Red, white & oh-so-stunning blue.


Image Credit/ Betsy Burnham Design

Layers, upon layers of beautiful blues…I don’t think that Ms. Burnham has ever designed anything that I wasn’t positively infatuated with…


Image Credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Finally, my sofa colour is going to be hot, hot, hot in 2015. This is where I curl up at the end of a long day…


Photo Credit/ Michele James

This room wrapped in blue is in the home of Lighting Designer, Michele James and it’s one of the most creative spaces ever designed for a seven year old..


Photo Credit/ Port 68

The wall colour reminds me of the Aegean sea….and I’m happy to say we’ll be seeing alot of it in 2015.

Over the next week, I’ll be covering the rest of my “Trend Picks” for 2015. For more inspiration and design happenings follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

As always,


Interior Treats :: Me, Oh, Mama

After a week in Greenville, S.C. as part of my US of A tour, I decided to luxuriate in a bath full of bubbles bubbly or both…with my I-Pad charged and several hours of quiet, it was the perfect time to catch up. As a visual warrior in search of all things beautiful, I decided to start on Instagram. If you follow Instagram then you know the first images you are hit with are recommendations based on “People You Follow.” Uh-oh. Of course, I may have posted a few, and if I share one more sunset I think my followers are going to think I’m a nature photographer and not a Design Blogger. I watch the sky so much for the perfect moment that I tripped twice last week, once spilling out everything in my purse (it’s actually a large tote) to the stares of everyone passing by, yes I felt that people were being a little “judgy.” Why wouldn’t I have 2 cameras, 20 tubes of lipstick (A girl has to have choices right?) an extra pair of Kate Spade flats, numerous notebooks, pens from just about every hotel I’ve ever stayed at, a DVD player (don’t ask), the Frozen CD, a deck of Old Maid (I have an eight year old), a crossword puzzle book, and the latest copy of W Magazine & Veranda (for a coffee break if  I ever have time to take one), a hospital sized first-aid kit (perfect for small operations), and 7 pairs of sunglasses…and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong I did have several men stop and help, one of whom mentioned that he hoped my husband “Cut up the credit card.” Why would Mr. B. do that? He wants to stay married right? I was going to post the sidewalk spillage on Instagram, but frankly the sunset might be a little more interesting, but certainly not as amusing.

So off I went to explore, and see what some of my favorite IG’ers had to offer. Then I stumbled onto O&D Interiors, a recommendation from Instagram. Hat tip to the genius’s over there. It was a feast for my eyes, because this dynamic duo can design. My mission is to share the latest and greatest with my followers. So share I will, in fact I have a feeling that some people will thank me. Alot. I really don’t know much about Nicole Davis & Becki Owens (yet), but their work certainly speaks for itself. They also have a blog They were kind enough to give me permission this morning to share the photos off IG. P.S. Jeanne Chung (Cozy. Stylish. Chic) you wondered why I was up until 3AM…well this is why. I think you’ll agree that it was so worth it. On a side note: I do want to mention that we have our next “Tastemaker” in the pipeline, Jane Goetz, this talented “Tastemaker” hails from Atlanta, and had a project being photographed that she wanted to include. I have little doubt that it’s going to be worth the wait…after that several of my favorites from Greenville, S.C.


Photo/ Ashlee Raubach-Designers/ O & D Interiors

These stunning doors give a little hint of the graphic drama to follow in the dining room…


Photo/ Ashlee Raubach- Designers/ O & D Interiors

The marbled fabric on the drapes and shade are simply stunning…


 Designers/ O & D Interiors

The vaulted ceiling & the soothing colour palette give impact to this stylish space…


 Photo/ Ashlee Raubach- Designers/ O & D Interiors

 This bathroom is proof that white is still hot…


 Designers/ O & D Interiors

 Encased in Carrera …


 Designers/ O & D Interiors

I love the graphic play of the wallpaper with the veining on the counter-top.


Designers/ O & D Interiors

The design on the wrought iron staircase adds architectural detail…

As always don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook for more design inspiration. P.S. I did want to clarify something from my last post. Although, I will be Design Blogger first and foremost, I will still have my hand in the design pie, we are the in process of setting up a unique service that offers remote design only. We will no longer be working with clients in person. Also, we are setting up a store that will offer art pieces to complete gallery walls from some of my favorite artists…More information about all that later. I hope you enjoyed this Interior Treat™.

Until next time,

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.


The Artful Home :: Paint Spatters

This week I finally said it, out loud. I am a Design Blogger who used to be a Designer. There are no more blurred lines. I’ve always been a big supporter of people following their dreams, only I never took my own advice. So today, I found myself clarifying what I really do for a living. I was asked by a brand that I’ve been dying to work with, (a dream come true moment when they reached out to me)…then the question came- the ONE that I’ve always dreaded. “We’d love to work with you, but we wondered are you a blogger or a designer?”  Honestly, I was hesitant to let go of what I put my heart and soul into for the past 12 years. But, it was time to say it out loud. I AM A DESIGN BLOGGER. Because this is what I love to do. Let’s face it, as we get older following your dreams becomes really, really important, and so I am. Tick tock.

I’m also a writer. It keeps me up at night, putting together blog posts and finishing touches on the book that is in the pipeline. I am  a career blogger, a road warrior of the written word. I get to write about what I love-which is design, 24/7, my dream.

I decided to celebrate my revelation by going to one of my favorite eatery’s in Greenville, S. C. (where I am this week). While I was contemplating the menu choices (seriously is everything in the South, smothered, covered, country-fried, or sugar coated?) and wondering if I should get the field green salad with a country fried pie on the side, patrons of this well-heeled establishment were headed over to Anthropologie across the street. Visiting this “purveyor of the fabulous” wasn’t in the cards for me because a quick look around becomes an extended visit that usually ends with a few bags full of housewares, and maybe a top or two. Combine that with the knowledge that Mr. B. is going to question me about spending a few hundred dollars just window shopping (he has perfected the art of interrogation), and the risk may not be worth the reward (seriously I do go to Anthro to window shop). Who doesn’t get positively giddy looking at the store vignettes? Yes, I gave into my Anthro cravings, and it was worth the trip.

This lifestyle store puts a fair share of creative muscle into their displays, rivaling that of my beloved ABC Home in NYC. The former is an emporium that leaves you with the feeling that you just went through an attic full of great estate finds. I walked out with tons of pics, a bag full of goodies, and a little inspiration sparked by a paint splattered chair. So if a Jackson Pollock original isn’t a possibility you can still introduce this artistic aesthetic into your home through affordable paint splattered furniture, walls or accessories adding visual appeal from high-end to rustic interiors. Some of my favourite paint spatter pieces have been rugs and walls…but some of the furniture offerings are positively mind-blowing, and if you are a proficient DIY’er  get a bucket of paint, and let the creative juices flow.



The chair that has inspired so many ideas found in Anthropologie.


 via Yazy Jo

This has to be one of my favorite chairs of all time, it can be dressed up or dressed down…


 via Lonny Magazine

The fabric on this slip-covered console is actually manufactured…but oh the possibilities…



Spattered in blue, a wall-covering from Hinson & Co.


via Elle Decor

This splattered or spattered mural is in the home of the artist couple Lili Nalovi & Jesko Willert…


 Photo/ Angie Hranowsky

This paint spattered shade is from an interior designed by last weeks “Tastemaker,” the fabulous Angie Hranowsky…



Or just a little bit…take your pick.


 via Elle Decor

I’m not sure what I love more the walls or the drool-worthy console…


 Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Who doesn’t love the eclectic glamour of Kelly’s spaces? And that rug…


via Elle Decor

This is the home of Sarah Jessica Parker, the paint spattered fabric from Hinson & Co. adds to the fresh, eclectic vibe of this room in her Hampton’s home…

I hope you are inspired to think outside the proverbial box!

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Be Inspired. Be Amazing.