Interior Design Decorating Trends 2024

Interior design decorating trends 2024 predictions differ from one interior designer-decorator-decorista to the next.

As for the formula I use I take into account various predictions, conduct a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hits and misses, factor in personal taste preferences, and suggest accordingly.


Interior design and decorating rules aside, I study at the what works in your home is what appeals to your personal style school of thought.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a sampling of Interior Design Decorating Trends 2024.

Table Lamps

Lighting is relevant to the feel you want the space to convey, and the trend toward table lamps flips the style switch to focal point fabulous in both the on and off position.

Walden Floral Jade Marble Table Lamp

Walden Floral Jade Marble Table Lamp 1

Walden Floral Jade Marble Table Lamp


Mike Karlsson Lundgren


Flower Magazine – Photography by Emily Followill


Camille Styles – Claire Zinnecker Design

Sage Green


Lauren Lothrop Caron

Sage green is the color to embrace in 2024.

French Gray No.18

French Gray No.18

Some say sage green is a neutral while others say sage green is an inspired gray-green shade extraordinaire.


Versatile as a color choice for walls and/ or trim detail, this versatile shade of verdant green takes to the space it graces in simple yet elegant tone and taste.


Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Laurey W. Glenn


Elle Decor – Photography by Jennifer Hughes

Metals Beyond Brass

metals-mix (1)John B. Murray Architect

In almost every what’s hot for the new year forecast of the past few years metals have made the list.


Jean Stoffer Design

Warm tones invite a sense of cozy comfort to the metals mix with decoristas continuing to show a preference to home decor accents and accessories which convey and invite cozy to hearth and home.


Kelley McNamara Design

This two for one photo showcasing mixed metals and brown furniture illustrates the reason why both are primed to be on trend in 2024.


Veranda Magazine – Photography by Zeke Ruelas

Brown Furniture


Flower Magazine

Brown furniture is primed to be in the furnishings focal point spotlight in 2024.

Excuse me, did brown furniture every really fade from the spotlight?

brass-gold-bath-tub-Borgo Santo Pietro

Borgo Santo Pietro

Rich in tone and hue, the intensity of brown furniture exudes depth and warmth.


Corey Damen Jenkins and Associates LLC

Although not formally on the 2024 trend radar, antique pieces continue to find a top spot on the Places In The Home interior design and decorating hit list and with good reason.

Antique pieces play the room in house to home harmony to influence, balance, and complement other design styles resulting in a space enveloped in personality.


Carlos David – Photography by Douglas Friedman

Timeless in presence and provenance, antique pieces lend a quality to most design styles as a lone focal point accent or anchor style of the space.

Provenance tells the story of premier craftmanship and sustainability while finishes and details create visual interest.


Cathedral Giving by Design – Photography by Emily Followill


Schumacher Romantic Bosphorus

Schumacher Romantic Bosphorus

Murals set a scene replete in classic elegance brought to life through subtle colors used to depict serene scenes.

Rural painting wall mural

Rural Painting Wall Mural

Perhaps not initially the intended purpose, it is almost impossible for a wall mural not to become the focal point of the space it covers.

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Susan Harter Muralpapers

Dramatic Color

azure-blue- bold-monochrome-living-room

Homes & Gardens – Photography by James Merrell


Charlotte Moss

Small touches of color will be replaced in favor of spaces color drenched in dramatic color encouraging tone and hue to absorb light and distribute it  throughout a space.


Veranda Magazine – Photography by Mali Azima

Pantone 2024 Color of Year Peach Fuzz inspires the wall of this lounge corner.


Veranda Magazine – Photography by Kelly Marshall

Stand Out Stone


Elle Decor – Photography by Tim Lenz


Jessica Helgerson Interior Design


Sans Soucis chinoiserie wallpaper

de Gournay


 Widell and Boschetti

Central to form and function, stand out stone makes a commanding presence.

Calacatta Bettogli marble

Luxe Interiors + Design – Photography by  Stephen  brad ramsey interiors 

Beautiful as a floor to ceiling option, stand out stone remains a timeless material of choice in interior design and decorating.


House & Garden Magazine – Photography by Simon Upton

Awake Polished Ultra Compact Surface Off-white


 Brad Ramsey Interiors

Diversity in colors, textures, and patterns along with durable materials known to natural stone choices such as limestone, travertine, marble, quartz, onyx, and slate offer long-lasting durability while achieving the goal of stunning interior design and decorating features-a unique visual result.




Canet Gris 17 in. x 17 in. Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile

Essential Travertine Gray 23.50 in. x 47.08 in. Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile

Arctic Gray 12 in. x 12 in. Natural Polished Stone Floor and Wall Tile

Michella Marbella 24 in. x 48 in. Polished Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile

Eat In Kitchens


House & Garden Magazine – Photography by Simon Brown

Gathering together in the heart of the home aka the kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a concept easier implemented in the eat-in kitchen.

Island time.

Centrally located dining table.


Corner banquette.


Tori Rubinson Interiors

Changing tastes and reimagined uses for the spaces and places in the home give rise to the multipurpose concept, and the all-in-one attraction of the  eat-in kitchen exemplifies why this feature is appealing to more and more interior designers, decorators and decoristas alike.


House & Garden Magazine – Photography by Lucas Allen

1970s Style


Jeffrey Bilhuber LLC

Particularly fun and in the spirit of decades past, 1970s style is captivating the eye of interior designers and decorators for 2024.

Everything old is new again to some extent, so why not approach the warm earthy colors, textures, and patterns of this trend with whimsical fancy through shapes, fabrics, and get down get funky accents.


1stDibs – Photography Shared by Galerie Glustin

Butler’s Pantry


Whittney Parkinson Design

Regarded as an extension of the main kitchen, a butler’s pantry allows the flow from kitchen to supporting space giving exactly that, more space.


Veranda Magazine – Photography by Mali Azima

Additional kitchen appliances easily find space and home as well as serving and hosting wares or a niched wet bar area.


 Tori Rubinson Design

Personal Style

Personal style trends as a Places In The Home perennial favorite-the consummate design aesthetic.

“If you love something, it will work.
That’s the only real rule.”

— Bunny Williams


Fetching Friday: Distinctive Style and Taste

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on distinctive style and taste.











master-bath-mosaic-tile-Studio Peregalli

Studio Peregalli – Architectural Digest


Miles Redd – Veranda

Mark D. Sikes – Veranda

Shrimp Malacca with Rice photo by Paul-Costello

Julia Reed – Southern Living Magazine- Photo by Paul Costello


Bunny Williams – Photo by Reid Rolls


Tara Shaw -Photography by Peter Vitale

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

I hope you have enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring the distinctive style and taste of an impressive array of designs and designers.

Enjoy your weekend!

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A Fetching Friday: Pinterest Pretties

Today’s Fetching Friday features images of currently catching my eye as I peruse around the boards and pins in search of Pinterest pretties.


Mountain chic in CashiersFlower Magazine- Pinterest

Being Covid-19 stay-at-home compliant is not without its moments of monotony.

Pinterest pretties

Masion & Travaux – Pinterest

Pinterest is not new to the social media platform world, and yet it continues to be a relevant source of fresh information.

The Sonata by Irving Ramsey Wiles, 1889

New York in the Spring – Pinterest

A picture is worth a thousand words.

marble-swirl-countertops-kitchen-islandRue Magazine- Pinterest

antique-dresser-drawer-frontTraditional Home – Pinterest

Pinterest is a form of escapism if only for the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

castellini-best-french-gardens-home-verandaVeranda- Pinterest

Christine-Flynn-Prince-Edward-Home-DominoDomino- Pinterest

Project, recipe, travel, decor and garden inspiration is gifted and gleaned through the world of captivating images.

FARRAGOZ gold artFARRAGOZ – Pinterest


House & Garden Magazine UK – Pinterest

Bored turns to boards pinned and shared with several thousand fellow admirers of common Pinterest interest.


Gracious Farmhouse -Pinterest

Lars-Bolander-auction-the-Scout-GuideThe Scout Guide – Pinterest

I hope this collection of Pinterest pretties puts a little lovely in your fetching Friday.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe, dear friends.

love your style


Oscars Inspired Home Décor

Oscars inspired home décor naturally intrigues decoristas and cinephiles alike as the motion picture award season is upon us, coming to a glorious golden crescendo Sunday, March 12th with the broadcast of the 95th Academy Awards.

Oscars statuesTown & Country Magazine – Getty Images

Hollywood glitz and glamour arrives in regal manner on Oscars Sunday to celebrate Hollywood artistry.

The Dolby Theater The Dolby Theater

Actors, artists, producers, directors, set designers and their memorable movie sets, locations, sound, and scores that produce legendary moments in film will capture the evening.

“I live for old movies. You can learn all about decorating, table manners, chic dressing, and stylish living from old black-and-white films!”

— Hutton Wilkinson

I love the design and décor aspects and intrigue of the Hollywood motion picture, and the glamour of Oscars stage décor.

Oscars 95 stage is designed by Alana Billingsley and Misty Buckley, making history as the first Oscars set designed by women. Inspiration from the regal movie theaters of Hollywood’s Golden Age guides their design aesthetic.

Architectural Digest highlights the best Oscars stage décor of all time.

Town & Country Magazine takes us back to what the Oscars looked like through the years.

On the Monday morning after the Oscars night before, the buzz will build around talented fashion and décor designers who will translate Oscars best to accessories, accents, and Oscars inspired home décor.

Salutes to the splendor of classic Hollywood, today’s pop culture, red carpet (champagne carpet for Oscar 95, the first time since 1961)  fashions, costume design, and visually impressive cinematic color palettes serve as an artist’s muse in the design concept of Oscars inspired home décor.

Oscars inspired home décor

Suzan Fellman LLC

Classic elegance walks toward Hollywood in gaited glamour and glitz, intersecting with modern chic and timeless sophistication.

conversation sofa

Amour Tufted Party Ottoman

Light My Fire Jim Morrison Painting

Light My Fire Painting by Paul Lovering

Avant-guard style with give them something to talk about overtones leaves a striking impression.


Reine Sconce by Ebanista

There is a distinct correlation between the allure of the beauty created on the silver screen and home furnishings and décor inspired by the opulence associated with the Oscars red carpet arrivals, fashions, and Academy Awards ceremony.

Global Views Katherine Acrylic ArmchairGlobal Views Katherine Acrylic Armchair


Lori Morris


Gold Metal Chandelier With Clear Crystals

Gold Metal Chandelier With Clear Crystals

Oscars inspired home décor

Hand-Tufted Tropical Beige Rug

Jack Nicholson Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt – Jack Nicholson – Oscars 1998

Hutton Wilkinson

Hutton Wilkinson – One Kings Lane

Avery Home Lighting Soleia Chrome 12-light Chandelier

Avery Home Lighting Soleia Chrome 12-light Chandelier

Layer in regal red chain cover accoutrements.


Dining Room by Ken Fulk2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dining Room by Ken Fulk

Coming to a fabulous DIY dining room curtains project board near you…


Dripping in Oscar gold-

Gold Porcelain Glam Sculpture Leopard (Set of 2)

Gold Porcelain Glam Sculpture Leopard (Set of 2)

Gold Leopard Glam Table Lamp - (Set of 2 )

Gold Leopard Glam Table Lamp – (Set of 2 )

Who can forget Angelina Jolie’s gorgeous fashion statement emerald earrings from the 81st Academy Awards?

emerald green drop earrings

Hollywood excels in the art of color with its influence emulated in design and decorating through a technicolor infused palette divine.


Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design – Photography by Karyn Millet


Climbing Leopard Rug

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), 1967 (pale pink)

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), 1967 (pale pink)

Uttermost Karis Emerald Green Boxes (Set of 2)

Uttermost Karis Emerald Green Boxes (Set of 2)

Court French Vintage Performance Velvet Dining Side Chair - Natural Emerald

Court French Vintage Performance Velvet Dining Side Chair – Natural Emerald

Hand-tufted Wool Black Contemporary Abstract Paisley Rug

Hand-tufted Wool Black Contemporary Abstract Paisley Rug

Emerald green received a rave review, and hit the fashion runway and design world with a vengeance.


Joni Modern Chic Trays – Green – Set of Two

Color, pattern and texture deliver a stellar performance on both the big screen and in an intimate space.

dramatic closetTraditional Home


Modern Glam Crystal Chandelier Candlestick Geometrical Pendant Lights

Pair of Vintage Grotto Style Armchairs

Pair of Vintage Grotto Style Armchairs

Garson Glam and Luxe Velvet and Gold Metal Finished Accent Chair

Garson Glam and Luxe Velvet and Gold Metal Finished Accent Chair

"Extreme Romance" Limited Edition of 20“Extreme Romance” Limited Edition of 20 – Rimi Yang

Hollywood films, much like design styles, are categorized by genre.

studio CAKstudio CAK

Brass Hildebrandt Palm 12-Light Unique / Statement Tiered Chandelier


Joanne Woodward – 1958 Best Actress Oscar for The Three Faces of Eve


Wolff Architects

Strick & Bolton Estes 25-light Satin Gold Chandelier

Strick & Bolton Estes 25-light Satin Gold Chandelier

Spheres Dining Table

Spheres Dining Table

Meridian Furniture Carousel Cream Velvet Dining Chair (Set of 2)

Meridian Furniture Carousel Cream Velvet Dining Chair (Set of 2)

Transparent Side Chair with Arms and Gold Base - Accent & Side Chair

Transparent Side Chair with Arms and Gold Base – Accent & Side Chair

Calais Chandelier, Burnished Silver Leaf

Calais Chandelier, Burnished Silver Leaf


Nourison Versailles Palace Hand-tufted Area Rug

3 tier clear glass leaf brass painted art deco chandelier

Clear Painted Art Deco Chandelier

Best Quality Furniture Accent Chairs with Gold Base

Best Quality Furniture Accent Chairs with Gold Base

Alex Papachristidis dining room



Venation Natural Wallpaper

 Cynthia Rowley Bird Watching Dove Grey Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Cynthia Rowley Bird Watching Dove Grey Wallpaper

French Regency 12 Light Dark Bronze Finish Crystal Chandelier

French Regency 12 Light Dark Bronze Finish Crystal Chandelier

Best Quality Furniture Gold Glass Dining Table, Acrylic Feet w/Trestle

Best Quality Furniture Gold Glass Dining Table, Acrylic Feet w/Trestle

The Thinker Contemporary 16-inch Table Sculpture Decor

The Thinker Contemporary 16-inch Table Sculpture Décor

Antiques mix and mingle beautifully with modern pieces, presenting the room with an award-winning result.

19th Century French Gilt Ornate Figurine Mantel Clock

19th Century French Gilt Ornate Figurine Mantel Clock

gold Oro dining chair

Oro Gold Dining Chair

Cavendish Gold and White Iron Chair

Where drama, suspense, horror or mystery is the favored choice of one, romance, adventure, musical, and documentary is the favored choice of another.


Old House Online

Tastes vary from genre to decade to design style, making it necessary to produce pieces that broaden audience appeal. Design Studio

Tiara Silver Granello Chandelier

Tiara Silver Granello Chandelier

Furniture of America Benham Glam Pearl White Padded Bedroom Bench

Furniture of America Benham Glam Pearl White Padded Bedroom Bench

Meyer Stainless Steel Champagne/Wine Cooler

Meyer Stainless Steel Champagne/Wine Cooler

Silver Orchid Olivia Chrome Mirrored Sofa Console Table

Silver Orchid Olivia Chrome Mirrored Sofa/ Console Table

A modern take on the designs of classic Hollywood style and crystal wall sconces in gold gilt glitz both capture the essence of Hollywood opulence.


Jessica Lagrange Interiors

Brass and Crystal Sconce With Peacock Motif

Decorative Crafts 5155 Dursley Sconce

Mario BuattaMario Buatta

Torosay Wallpaper in Gold and Taupe by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little

Torosay Wallpaper in Gold and Taupe by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little

1980s Vintage Gold Leaf Fleur De Lis Vanity Chair1980s Vintage Gold Leaf Fleur De Lis Vanity Chair


Gold Metal Stool with Faux Fur

alexandra naranjo designsAlexandra Naranjo Designs


Kim Smith Photo

Art Deco Peacock Maidens Lamp

Art Deco Peacock Maidens Lamp

Naples 11-Light Chandelier in Matte Gold with Clear Crystal

Naples 11-Light Chandelier in Matte Gold with Clear Crystal

Caracole Classic Neutral Cream Gold Bullion Barrel Accent ChairCaracole Classic Neutral Cream Gold Bullion Barrel Accent Chair

Gramercy Gold Croc Velvet Wing Chair

Gramercy Gold Croc Velvet Wing Chair

Oval Antiqued Silver Leaf Finish Mirror

Oval Antiqued Silver Leaf Finish Mirror

Design Toscano Lady of the Lake Art Deco Wall Mirror - Antique Gold

Design Toscano Lady of the Lake Art Deco Wall Mirror – Antique Gold

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

Murano Glass Suspension - 1005 Gold Crystal - Gold Frame (1)

Murano Glass Suspension – 1005 Gold Crystal – Gold Frame

Linen Fold Brass Mirror

Linen Fold Brass Mirror

Zaleski Star-Shaped Champagne Gold 22-inch Mirror

Zaleski Star-Shaped Champagne Gold 22-inch Mirror

Andromeda Starburst Mirror

Andromeda Starburst Mirror

Halle Berry – (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

floral rose pillowRose Throw Pillows

Lorenzo Castillo for The Rug Company

Lorenzo Castillo for The Rug Company

Flower Wall Mirror

Flower Wall Mirror

Taufner Green Beige Area RugLyndhurst Sikira Traditional Oriental Rug


Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga 

tufted red velvet ottoman

Yolanda Tufted Velvet Round Footstool Ottoman- Siren Red 

LeisureMod Milan Red intertwined Design Dining Side Chair

LeisureMod Milan Red intertwined Design Dining Side Chair


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture – PopSugar Fashion

Steilish-Interiors-Architecture-photo-credit-Nickolas-SargentSteilish Interiors & Architecture- Photo Credit: Nickolas Sargent

Carla Velvet Sofa

Carla Velvet Sofa


Silver Orchid Avetisyan Hot Pink Velvet Sofa

Angelina Velvet Scalloped Back Barrel Accent Chair with Metal Legs

Angelina Velvet Scalloped Back Barrel Accent Chair with Metal Legs

HORIZON PINK AND GOLD Area Rug By Alyson McCrink

Horizon Pink and Gold Area Rug By Alyson McCrink

Rosemeade Mirror

Rosemeade Mirror

Oliver Gal 'Cockatoo Deco' Animals Wall Art Canvas Print

Oliver Gal ‘Cockatoo Deco’ Animals Wall Art Canvas Print

SAFAVIEH Handmade Art Nova Sunburst 33-inch Decorative Mirror

SAFAVIEH Handmade Art Nova Sunburst 33-inch Decorative Mirror

Barry Dixon for Arteriors Aramis SconceBarry Dixon for Arteriors Aramis Sconce

FERN PINK & GOLD Outdoor Rug By Marina GutierrezFern Pink and Gold Rug By Marina Gutierrez

Uttermost 5032 Destello Starburst Rounded Mirror


Ashli Mizell 

Glossed and glamorous ebonized walnut walls reflect the light of the center chandelier from Thomas Grant Chandeliers located in Dallas, Texas.

Ebonized wallsPaper City

Inspired by the chandeliers of the Baroque Ca Rezzonico Palace, this Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier is an excellent dupe but alas, it’s discontinued.

Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier, Firenze Clear

Murano Black Rezzonico Chandelier

Murano Black Rezzonico Chandelier

In the style of kinda sorta option-

Maxim Chantilly 6-light Single-tier ChandelierMaxim Chantilly 6-light Chandelier

Marquis Framed Round Mirror

Marquis Framed Round Mirror

Morano Hairhide Ottoman

Morano Hairhide Ottoman


Zebras Wallpaper, Black & Silver

The House of Scalamandre Zebras Wallpaper

gallery-1456426623-gettyimages-140071094Harpers Bazaar

Inspiration is everywhere, and the legendary red carpet showcasing Hollywood on parade style inspires fashion mavens and decoristas alike

Silver Orchid Hayworth 45" Tufted High Back Black Velvet Accent Chair

Silver Orchid Hayworth 45″ Tufted High Back Black Velvet Accent Chair

Interior Decor 12-light Stainless Steel Crystal Firework Chandelier

Interior Decor 12-light Stainless Steel Crystal Firework Chandelier

Nourison Maxell Modern Snake Print Area Rug

Nourison Maxell Modern Snake Print Area Rug

Fashion influences align with interior design, and the result is a smashing  production scripted by icons, legends, and design stars of the industry.

Eva Mendes in Christian DiorEva Mendes in Christian Dior

Coats Homes

Coats Homes


Couture Razia Channel Tufted Tub Chair- Seafoam / Gold

Brage Living Dion 29-inch Square Gold-Finished Metal Table

Brage Living Dion 29-inch Square Gold-Finished Metal Table


Swivel Velvet Upholstered Barrel Chair

One-of-a-Kind Batton Garbo B Hand-Knotted Wool Silk RugOne-of-a-Kind Batton Garbo B Hand-Knotted Wool Silk Rug

The golden era of Hollywood interiors lives on through marquee chandeliers, lavish ceiling medallions and gold leaf ceilings.

gold leaf ceilingGold Leaf by Zuber Inc via Traditional Home 

And the Oscar goes to…

The Art Of The Hang: Instructions For Hanging Art

I received an email suggesting a repost of The Art of the Hang: Instructions for Hanging Art may prove beneficial to new readers and decoristas taking spring updating to heart and wall alike.

In the spirit of seasonal updating, this new, improved and updated version is primed and ready to show and tell you Places In The Home instructions for hanging art.


It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application.

Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.

hang 'em high

Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.

It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.


House & Garden

In many cases and in many spaces, exceptions must be made to the general rule of design and decorating.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

― Pablo Picasso


Lewis Interiors

Balance, scale and proportion partnered with room size, ceiling height, and intention of dramatic effect become the relevant factors to consider when assessing placement of artwork.


Traditional Home


Traditional Home

Over my career as interior decorator, house to home flipper/stager, and antiques shopkeeper, I have hung my fair share of framed artwork, decorative antique plates, pediments, mirrors, ironwork, and sconces.


House & Garden

Some high, some higher and some at the highest point on a wall.


House Beautiful


Interior designer Rita Konig’s West London Flat

Not all spaces, walls, decorating styles, tastes, and intended results are created equal.

Thank goodness!



How boring it would be to exist in a cookie-cutter world of design and decorating.


Decorating Ideas ~  Trend Spotted: Marble Now

Many homes ago we were blessed or cursed depending on how you look at it with sixteen foot ceilings.

The traditional rule of picture hanging did not apply in this case, and decorative interpretation as well as adjustment blurred all standard lines and rules of placement.


Architectural Digest

I’ve come to believe the concept of the gallery wall was born out of tall ceilings and the decorative pursuit to avoid a void of space.

gallery-wallTraditional Home

Hanging the artwork and decorative accouterments at eye level didn’t flow  and would have been visually boring.

Not all eye levels are created equal.

The exception to the traditional rule applies here.



Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale.

A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued.

With  hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.

Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?

Don’t need it.

Let me at least get you the yard stick.

No, we’ve got this.

Is it level?

Good enough.

I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.

macgyverDave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home.

In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner.

He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.

I’m good like that.

From years of hanging art in our homes, homes of clients, and at Hopefully Classic, we have mastered the art of the hang by following the instructions for hanging art.  

instructions for hanging art

Eye level varies from person to person, height to height.

If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.

After deciding the desired height to hang the picture, measure from the ceiling the distance to one hanger on one side of the picture.

Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging.

If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame.

Divide this number in half.

That is your center line.

Mark spot(s) on the wall with a pencil.

Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if  hanging on the hook.

Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire.

Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall).

This is where you put the picture hook.

Two hooks placed 2 inches apart seems to work best for smaller pieces.

If the piece is larger, it is better to use two hooks spaced 8 inches from each side.


Charleston Magazine

Interior design and decorating is a process.

Placing  furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process.

With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room.

It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.


Victoria Magazine

Gallery groupings of different sizes and subjects work to capture the wow effect, deviate from the expected, and create what I call a decorating oxymoron- the off balance balance.

When arranging a grouping of artwork and before hanging, I like to layout the pieces on the floor in front of the wall they will be hung on.

This allows you to get a visual read on the balance and proportion of the layout, and to fine-tune the arrangement.

It also helps to eliminate or at least cut down on putting holes in the wall.

Trick of the Trade Tip:

Plain white toothpaste is as a great alternative to caulk.  Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and wipe off the excess.  

Use a spirit or laser level to ensure artwork is level.

No level, no problem.

I find the best measure is ultimately trusting your eye.


One Kings Lane ~ Photo by Ellen McDermott

Hanging artwork above a fireplace mantel offers the opportunity to layer artwork pieces.

When hanging artwork over a fireplace, aim to leave as little space as possible between the bottom of the art piece and the mantle unless another item will be placed under artwork or decorative accessory.


Architectural Digest


San Francisco Proper ~ Designer Kelly Wearstler   

Hanging artwork and decorative pieces within the panel area of a wall frame molding design element adds dimension to the space.

Patricia_Altschul_07Architectural Digest

Entertain and embrace a different-out of the ordinary-unexpected way of decorating.

This is rule number one to consider in the art of creating a visual focal point.


The lower the placement the better in most cases.

The frame should give the illusion it is connected to the piece it is hanging above.



Hanging artwork 6 to 8 inches above furniture supports sufficient headroom allowance.


Apartment Therapy

Consider hanging a grouping in a bedroom lower than standing eye level.

The result can surprisingly produce the focal point of the space.


Little House of Four

Better Homes & Gardens

The art to hanging artwork, framed treasures, mirrors, architectural pieces and the like is in the scale, placement and arrangement that best suits the space and optimally showcases your personal style.

Love your style!




Two Peas In A Stylish Pod: Art and Interior Design

Art and interior design are like two peas in a stylish pod.


Fresh starts, fresh vegetables, and fresh colors do the body, mind, soul, and home good.

Just ask Sasha Emerson.

The Los Angeles based interior designer is mastering the art of personal downsizing without sacrificing the creature comforts of home through art and interior design.

Del Monte Sweet Peas framed supermarket ad

As explained in “Sasha Emerson’s California Cottage -Funky Decor Ideas”  in Country Living magazine, scaling down from an expansive 4500 square feet home to half that in an English-style cottage signals it’s edit-yard sale-Craigslist-donate-giveaway time.

As they say, you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.

I know.

I’ve tried.

It ain’t happening.

Ikea cabinets

Repurposing from within allowed Sasha’s decorative integrity to remain intact.  She discovered balance and comfort frame a pretty picture through art and interior design.


Paint Brushes in an English Pea Can by Elizabeth Blaylock

I’m forever reminding clients and fellow decoristas the importance of incorporating a sense of you into your design and decorating scheme.

The art of individuality is paramount to personal style, and what better place to express yours than house and home.


Imagine your home as your canvas.

Dip your brush in a palette of personal style and paint a gorgeous scene of individuality throughout.


Art is the manifestation of creative expression rooted in imagination, emotion, and inspiration.

Let me ask you something, what is not art?

Author Unknown


Benjamin Moore Split Pea

Benjamin Moore’s Split Pea makes a made in Palm Beach style color match to the lush purple window coverings in the main room of  Designer Sam Allen’s Connecticut apartment.

IS Architecture

“Color is a creative element, not a trimming.”

– Piet Zwart 


IS Architecture


Peter Rogers Historic Creole Cottage in New Orleans

art and interior design

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.”

– Paul Strand


AD France

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 

 – Edgar Degas


Give Peas A Chance Garden Marker

The framed 1960’s supermarket ad for Del Monte Sweet Peas captures the essence of Sasha’s flea-market chic home decor, and fancifully pays homage to Pop Art Icon Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea.


McGaw Graphics Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea, 1968 by Andy Warhol 

When I first saw the pop of art, it immediately evoked thoughts of weekend grocery store excursions to our local  A & P- my mother’s idea of big fun.


Looking back it was.

Thinking about split pea art and interior design brings back memories of shopping at A & P and the display feature for School Days Brand Early June Peas.


Design and color are the cornerstones of visual merchandising.

I vividly remember brand labels rich in color, distinctive font and visual design.

The aforementioned School Days peas and the I remember it as if it were yesterday red tomato-green lettuce leaves- navy blue background Ann Page Mayonnaise label serves memory and a craving for a spring Easter comfort food classic.


This comfort food recipe for pea salad is uncomplicated, styled for a classic taste, and quick to please.

I liken it to the creature comforts of home through art and interior design and memories of the walks down the aisles of A & P hand in hand with my darling Mother.

I’ve learned so much from both.

pea salad recipe

English Pea Salad


2 large hard-boiled eggs

1 yellow bell pepper

2 oz. Cheddar cheese

½  c. mayonnaise

½  c. sour cream

3 tbsp. dried basil

2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion

2 tsp. chopped pimiento

1 tsp. Apple-Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. soul-food seasoning or seasoned salt

1 tsp. granulated garlic

½  tsp. Freshly ground pepper

2 dash Hot sauce

60 oz. early peas (such as Le Sueur)


In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the peas, mixing well. Stir in the peas.  Refrigerate the salad for at least 10 hours or up to overnight.  Serve at room temperature.

Country Living


With spring and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would include this two peas in a pod recipe for Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart from Good Housekeeping.

Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart


Tart Crust

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. salt

5  Tablespoons cold butter

3 Tablespoons trans-fat free vegetable shortening

ice water


2 teaspoons olive oil

1  medium leek, chopped

2  cups fresh or frozen (thawed) peas

1  Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¾  cup ricotta

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼  cup grated Pecorino cheese

½  teaspoon grated lemon zest

½  cup microsprouts or microgreens


Make the Crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, blend flour and salt. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Sprinkle in 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition, until large, moist crumbs just begin to form.  Shape dough into disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll pie crust into a 12″ circle and fit into a 9″ pie plate.  Trim excess dough, leaving 1″ overhang; tuck overhang under and crimp edges.

Line dough with large sheet of parchment paper or foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans.  Bake 15 minutes or until dough is set. Remove parchment with weights and bake until crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; let cool completely on wire rack.

Make Filling:
In a 10″ skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add leek and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Cook until leek is tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.  Add peas and cover; cook until tender, stirring once halfway through, 3 to 5 minutes.  Let mixture cool, then stir in lemon juice.

In a medium bowl, stir ricotta, cream cheese, pecorino, lemon zest, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until well-combined.  Spread in cooled pie shell.  Top with cooled pea mixture and garnish with microsprouts.

~Good Housekeeping


A Most Fetching Friday: Design Details

Today’s fetching Friday focuses on design details and the it’s all in the details beauty that enthralls, captivates, and delights the eye.




Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.

lantern-in-foyerDering Hall


Jenny Wolf Interiors

Monogram_2Monograms and Antique Linens ~ Victoria Magazine

outdoor-settingVogue Living

Beauty on point captured by dancer Kyle Froman as featured in Harper’s BAZAAR.


gold-giltGold Gilt on Pinterest

Have a lovely weekend.

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The Heart And Soul Of Decorating

In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend.  Think electronic gadgets.  About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike.  Does this principle apply to decorating?  Nah!  Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.


The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices.  We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal.  In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader.  “The  _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for.  Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.

comment section


It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a  freshening up.  That’s the heart and soul of decorating.  Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time.  A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.

the heart and soul of decorating

And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…

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