Home Style: Less Is More

A dose of interior design inspiration:

Gideon Mendelson_living room

This living room by designer Gideon Mendelson feels big in style and bold in color. Yet, if you take a moment to examine the elements, the room is really quite spare and simple.  The color palette is limited – black, white, beige, with a calm blue backdrop and pops of chartreuse. Colors weave from one element to the next. Geometry takes center stage  – squares, cylinders, circles – posing a modern contrast against traditional architectural details. Perhaps most important is the weight placed on a few select accessories and overscale (gorgeous!) artwork. Mendelson has proven that a space can feel full and complete without added clutter.

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Photo Credit:  1st Dibs Style Compass

Home Style: White Christmas Tree

A dose of interior design inspiration:

white christmas tree modern rustic house

I’m not usually a fan of white Christmas trees, but this glowing tree with simple silver ornaments is the perfect compliment to the modern-rustic style of this entryway.  The spare wood-and-white space could easily feel stark and cold, but texture and light create an inviting warmth and softness.  Wherever this house may be, I imagine that little girl and her dog will enjoy a happy, cozy white Christmas.

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Photo Credit:  Coastal Living

Home Style: Faux Chalkboard Fireplace

A dose of interior design inspiration:

faux chalkboard fireplace Christmas decor

Christmas is one week away and I’m feeling festive.  That said, my holiday decorations are decidedly less polished than those in the photo above. With my 2.5 year old daughter just dying to pull every ornament off the Christmas tree, we are taking a colorful but casual approach to decorating this year. What actually caught my attention in this photo was not the matchy-matchy decor (a bit TOO perfect for my taste), but rather the fireplace.  The whole chalkboard-paint trend may be overdone, but I love the way they drew logs and flames onto a non-functioning fireplace.  Playful, cute and creative!

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Photo Credit:  Better Homes & Gardens

Monday Mood Board: Light & Feminine Living Room

Soft, cozy textures and curved edges create an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.  A palette of lavender, green, and teal against a neutral backdrop of cream, beige, and white sets a youthful, feminine tone.  This mood board was created for a trio of young women preparing to move into an apartment together.  The existing space was bright, white, modern, and urban, but their personal style tended more towards bohemian eclectic.  Their living room needed to multi-task as a space for relaxing, socializing, and entertaining.  The layout of this mood board differs a bit from my usual style with a linear color palette, more furniture selections, and less text.  Which mood board style do you prefer?

feminine living room mood board

As mentioned in my recent post, The Importance of Mood Boards in E-Design, a Mood Board is a collage of images that represent the interior designer’s vision for a particular space.  Mood boards often combine photos of rooms from design magazines and blogs, abstract images, and photos of furniture or decor that may eventually be used in the design.  The designer’s vision is based upon the client’s initial description of their style, needs, and goals for their room.  By gathering images together in a mood board, a designer can paint a clear picture to convey style, mood, color scheme, and more.  I like to add text to my mood boards to ensure that the client can easily understand the reason I chose each photo.

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Monday Mood Board: Classic Style with Modern Color

The goal for this project was to infuse a classic living room with new energy.  The client’s style preferences straddled the border between classic and modern.  We wanted a bright, colorful, layered space for entertaining guests that was neither stuffy nor minimal.  I took inspiration from a gorgeous floral beach towel and sought to create the same color palette within the room, using a buttery yellow for the walls, pops of bright coral red and textured neutrals for the textiles, and softer accents of blue, brown, yellow, and pink throughout.  Colorful artwork and glass lamps, as well as geometric mirrors and shelves added to the contemporary look of the final design, while rich materials like brass, velvet, and marble imparted sophistication and a hint of glamour.

modern coral living room mood board

As mentioned in my recent post, The Importance of Mood Boards in E-Design, a Mood Board is a collage of images that represent the interior designer’s vision for a particular space.  Mood boards often combine photos of rooms from design magazines and blogs, abstract images, and photos of furniture or decor that may eventually be used in the design.  The designer’s vision is based upon the client’s initial description of their style, needs, and goals for their room.  By gathering images together in a mood board, a designer can paint a clear picture to convey style, mood, color scheme, and more.  I like to add text to my mood boards to ensure that the client can easily understand the reason I chose each photo.

To find out more about E-Interiors by Heather Zerah, visit my website:

http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/E-Interiors_by_Heather_Zerah,_offering_convenient_and_affordable_e-design_to_clients_nationwide.html

Home Style: Retro Bright Living Room

A dose of interior design inspiration:

eclectic pattern and color

The retro vibe and eclectic mix of patterns in this living room may not be for everyone, but there is no denying the striking beauty of designer Kate Schintzius’ colorful living room.  The zig zag rug, floral chair, dripping chandelier, salmon colored drapery, cerulean blue walls, abstract artwork… Each piece could stand alone, but together they are gloriously vibrant.

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Photo Credit: Design Sponge

Monday Mood Board: Traditional Living Room

This E-Design Mood Board was created for a client who wanted to highlight her traditional taste without compromising the practical needs of an active young family, all in a classic Victorian home.  Toddlers (yes, the tiny people, not some architectural detail you’ve never heard of), high ceilings, dropped molding, and a wide, open flow from one room to the next were just a few of the details taken into consideration when developing a concept for this space.

Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah
Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah

As mentioned in my recent post, The Importance of Mood Boards in E-Design, a Mood Board is a collage of images that represent the interior designer’s vision for a particular space.  Mood boards often combine photos of rooms from design magazines and blogs, abstract images, and photos of furniture or decor that may eventually be used in the design.  The designer’s vision is based upon the client’s initial description of their style, needs, and goals for their room.  By gathering images together in a mood board, a designer can paint a clear picture to convey style, mood, color scheme, and more.  I like to add text to my mood boards to ensure that the client can easily understand the reason I chose each photo.

To find out more about E-Interiors by Heather Zerah, visit my website:

http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/E-Interiors_by_Heather_Zerah,_offering_convenient_and_affordable_e-design_to_clients_nationwide.html