Design Defined: Tray Ceiling

Design Defined: Tray Ceiling

Tray Ceiling

 

Tray Ceiling

A tray ceiling is a recessed or inverted section of a ceiling that adds depth and architectural interest to a space.

Tray ceilings are a great way to incorporate focal points into your home.  They can be built in any space but are most popular in living rooms and bedrooms.

Here is an example of a tray ceiling:

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima)

What do you think?  Do you like tray ceilings?  Do you have one in your home or office?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a smart, stylish day!

Color Trends 2016: Bold Green & How to Make it Work for You

Color Trends 2016- Bold Green & How to Make it Work for You

2016 is bringing with it all kinds of color trends.  Pantone, for the first time in history, picked two colors of the year (rose quartz and serenity – you can check out my blog post about them here).  So, needless to say, unexpected things are happening in the realm of interior design and color.  I have to say, it’s very exciting.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about a 2016 color trend I have been researching: bold green.  Rich, exciting, full of life, bold green works in both contemporary and traditional spaces – transcending barriers that most interior designers would deem clear cut.  Like a lovely plant, it breaths life into a space and adds a depth and vibrancy that really only bold green can do.

Below are 5 ways to add this gorgeous trending color into your space:

1. Paint your walls.

Bold green is a fabulous color to waken up a room.  Whether you paint the entire room, or just a feature wall, this color is sure to bring a renewed energy into your space.  However, because it is bold, make certain you really love the color before covering your walls with it.  Your space can certainly be repainted but bold colors are harder to cover up.

Here are a few hues I really like:

www.benjaminmoore.com Deep Green

www.benjaminmoore.com Deep Green

 

www.sherwin-williams.com SW 6755 Starboard

www.sherwin-williams.com SW 6755
Starboard

 

2. Purchase a lovely piece of furniture in bold green.

As with anything else in life, moderation is key.  If you paint your walls bold green, do not buy bold green furniture.  If you purchase bold green furniture, do not buy a bold green rug.  This color is powerful, so you don’t want to overdo it.  However, done in a considerate way, it will make your space stand out from the rest.  I love the idea of mixing a jewel tone like bold green with neutral walls – specifically white walls.  White makes the bold green really pop!

Here are a couple of furniture suggestions along with a great white paint to contrast them:

www.bakerfurniture.com PARIS CHAISE LOUNGE THOMAS PHEASANT No. 6369-85 in Green Velvet Fabric

www.bakerfurniture.com PARIS CHAISE LOUNGE
THOMAS PHEASANT
No. 6369-85 in Green Velvet Fabric

 

www.benjaminrugsandfurniture.com Worlds Away Lacquer Tray with Greek Key Base CONRAD GRG

www.benjaminrugsandfurniture.com Worlds Away Lacquer Tray with Greek Key Base CONRAD GRG

 

www.houzz.com Tansu 3 Drawer Side Table By Bungalow 5, Green

www.houzz.com Tansu 3 Drawer Side Table By Bungalow 5, Green

 

www.benjaminmoore.com Simply White OC-117

www.benjaminmoore.com Simply White
OC-117

3. Buy a rug that incorporates a shade of deep green.

Rugs are incredibly important when it comes to smart, stylish living.  They complete a room in my eyes, and bold green incorporates itself flawlessly in a great rug.  Again, moderation is key when decorating with bold colors.  My suggestion would be that if you use a bold green rug, let it be the show stopper, and then purchase green accessories to tie the space together.

Here are a few options from the one and only, Surya:

www.surya.com Bombay BST-530 wool rug

www.surya.com Bombay BST-530 wool rug

 

www.surya.com Houseman HSM-4069 hand crafted rug

www.surya.com Houseman HSM-4069 hand crafted rug

 

www.surya.com Mamba MBA-9061 hand tufted rug

www.surya.com Mamba MBA-9061 hand tufted rug

 

4. Invest in throw pillows and blankets in bold green.

Throw pillows and blankets are a great, inexpensive way to incorporate color trends.  To do so effectively and to make sure they do not clash with what you have already, make sure your walls and furniture are neutral in color.  I liken it to a blank canvas.  When you have a blank canvas, you can play with all sorts of different colors and get away with it.

Here are some fun throw pillows and blankets in bold green:

society6.com THROW PILLOW/ INDOOR COVER (16" X 16")

society6.com THROW PILLOW / INDOOR COVER (16″ X 16″)

 

www.rugstudio.com Surya Velvet Poms Pillow Vp-006

www.rugstudio.com Surya Velvet Poms Pillow Vp-006

 

www.houzz.com Signature Blend Emerald Throw

www.houzz.com Signature Blend Emerald Throw

 

www.wayfair.com Baldwin Throw Blanket by Three Posts

www.wayfair.com Baldwin Throw Blanket by Three Posts

 

5. Have fun with green accessories and artwork.

Accessories and artwork are another great way of incorporating trending colors into your space.  They add a great pop of color, but are also easily removed and stored when you want to switch the color palette up in your home.

Here are several lively, bold green accessories and pieces of artwork:

www.target.com Abbyson Living Delmore Glass Table Lamp (Set of 2) - Jade

www.target.com Abbyson Living Delmore Glass Table Lamp (Set of 2) – Jade

 

www.shadesoflight.com Tall Chrome and Lacquered Modern Table Lamp

www.shadesoflight.com Tall Chrome and Lacquered Modern Table Lamp

 

www.icanvas.com Green Skull by Heather Chontos

www.icanvas.com Green Skull by Heather Chontos

 

www.icanvas.com Cornet Green Patent Blueprint by Aged Pixel

www.icanvas.com Cornet Green Patent Blueprint
by Aged Pixel

 

www.houzz.com Jade Coin on Iron Stand

www.houzz.com Jade Coin on Iron Stand

 

www.houzz.com Murano Glass Emerald And Amber Mandoline Vase

www.houzz.com Murano Glass Emerald And Amber Mandoline Vase

 

Bold green is a beautiful color and it is sure to breath new life and energy into your space.  What do you think?  Do you like the 2016 bold green trend?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a wonderful day!

Design Defined: Drop-Leaf Table

Drop-Leaf Table

Drop-Leaf Table:

A drop-leaf table is a table that includes panels, or leafs, on the sides of the main fixed section that can be propped up for use, or let down when not in use.  This type of table is very efficient for small spaces.

Drop-leaf tables provide great function in tight quarters.  As the tiny home movement continues to gain steam, versatile pieces like the drop-leaf table are becoming even more popular.  Fortunately, the design of drop-leaf tables has come a long way.  They can now be purchased in a variety of styles – from traditional to contemporary, there is sure to be one that fits your taste.

Here are a few examples of drop-leaf tables:

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Origami Drop Leaf Dining Table

www.crateandbarrel.com Origami Drop Leaf Dining Table

 

www.worldmarket.com Weathered Gray Jozy Drop Leaf Dining Table

www.worldmarket.com Weathered Gray Jozy Drop Leaf Dining Table

 

www.westelm.com Box Frame Drop Leaf Dining Table, Raw Mango

www.westelm.com Box Frame Drop Leaf Dining Table, Raw Mango

 

Drop-leaf tables provide versatility and function in all spaces, but especially in homes short on square footage.

What do you think?  Do you have a drop-leaf table?  If not, would you purchase one?

For interior design questions and inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Thanks for “dropping” by!

What Women Want (In a Bachelor Pad)

What Women Want (In a Bachelor Pad)

Does your space reflect who you are now?  Or is it a time capsule that launches your guests back to your fraternity filled, craigslist futon with clashing throw blanket, mom-still-does-my-laundry days?

If you’ve said goodbye to that carefree time, then you probably don’t need to read on.  However, if the good ‘ol days still linger in your new bachelor pad, then this post is for you.

Your home is a big part of who you are.  People can tell a lot about you by the way you live and where you spend large portions of your time.  That is why when inviting people, specifically women, into the intimate space you call home, it’s very important you make a good impression.  You want your space to be an extension of you and your lifestyle.  It should be functional for you, thought out, and sprinkled with heavy inflections of your personality.

Inviting a special lady into your home is more than just a first step – its an invitation to get to know you more intimately.

Below are 6 ways to make a fantastic bachelor pad first impression:

1. Clear the Clutter.

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

No one, and especially no woman, wants to see piles of mail, sweaty gym clothes, or towels splayed on your floor.  Invest in a file cabinet, covered laundry basket, and towel rack (bonus points: purchase a heated towel rack… you can thank me later).  Make sure your kitchen counter space is clean and usable, and that your shoes are in the closet, or placed neatly by the door.

Are you one who often misplaces your wallet, glasses, and keys?  Buy a decorative tray and place it by your door.  Then, when you arrive home, place those key (pun intended) belongings into the tray for safe keeping.  That way, you will know where they are at all times.  It will save you time and a headache.

Your space doesn’t need to be perfect, but it does need to look as though you take pride in keeping it tidy.

2. Layer your lighting.

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Make sure you have various forms of lighting.  Overhead lighting (no fluorescent fixtures please), lamps, sconces, natural light – when I say lighting is everything, I mean it.  When you layer your lighting, you create a depth in your space and a warm, inviting glow.  Like moths to a flame, people will be drawn to your space.

Layering lighting also allows your space to function cohesively with whatever activities are going on at the time.  Cooking?  Put them all on.  You want to see what you are doing.  Watching the game?  You probably want less light, so your eyes can focus on the TV.  Reading?  A bright lamp will prevent your eyes from straining.  Bedroom fun?  Use adjustable lighting.

Lighting will transform your space.  Trust me.

3. Have a functional kitchen with more than milk and cheese in your refrigerator.

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Nothing says recent college grad and bachelor like a kitchen with nothing in it.  Don’t commit this kitchen fail.

Not only does having a fully functional kitchen (pots, pans, utensils, working appliances) and stocked fridge encourage you to eat well and save your money, it makes you look like an adult that cares about your health and well being.  Women love it when men care for themselves.  It shows maturity and forethought – two qualities, I can attest, women really appreciate.

And if the above doesn’t convince you to have a fully functional kitchen and stocked fridge, then this will: how is your special someone supposed to cook for you if you don’t have any food or cooking utensils?  You don’t want to miss out on a home cooked meal or the bonding that takes place in the kitchen.  Again… trust me on this one.

4. Consider the master suite.

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

You spend a lot of time sleeping.  We all do.  So make this place your sanctuary.  Buy a comfortable mattress, stylish bed frame, nightstands, and lamps.  Invest in high quality bedding.  Not only will you sleep better, but your guest will be more comfortable, too.  You want your master suite to be relaxing, functional, and inviting.

Also, have your considered your bathroom?  An upgraded bathroom is definitely a bonus, but if that’s not in the budget, make sure your lavatory is spick and span.  Clean the counters, shower, and toilet regularly.  Make sure dirty clothing is in a closed laundry basket and towels are hanging neatly.

Women want you to be yourself around them, but putting your best (and neatest) foot forward is a great way to show them you take pride in your surroundings (and pride in yourself).

5. Personalize – don’t be afraid to share what inspires you.

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

A home should reflect the person living in it.  What inspires you and makes you want to wake up everyday?  Do you love biking?  Hang a great bike rack in your entry way.  Not only is it a cool focal point, but it’s also a way for you to neatly store your bike.  Do you love to read?  Buy a cool bookshelf and showcase all of your books.  Is there a bizarre piece of artwork that sends chills up your spine?  Hang it.  Allow your space to be an extension of you.  Don’t be afraid to share what you love in the form interior design – even if it feels a bit vulnerable.  Not only will you fall deeper in love with your space, but it will make the people entering it feel more comfortable and connected to you.

6. A stylish, comfortable sofa with a throw blanket.

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

… for days when you want to cuddle up and watch football all day.  This is pretty self explanatory.  You want a place outside of the master suite to relax and cuddle up with your special someone.  Find a sofa that looks great, but that also allows you to do some deep couch sitting.  Add fluffy pillows for movie watching and make sure to incorporate a matching throw blanket.  You will be more comfortable and your special someone will, too.

Well there you have it!  Did these 6 tips help you?  I would love to hear what you have to say.  Feel free to leave me a comment in the comment section below.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

I wish you happy trails in styling your bachelor pad AND find the perfect partner!

Design Defined: Lowboy

Lowboy

Lowboy:

A lowboy is a low chest or table with drawers and short legs.

According to Wikipedia, “A lowboy is an American collectors term for one type of dressing table, or vanity.[1] It is a small table with one or two rows of drawers, so called in contradistinction to the tallboy or highboy chest of drawers.”

Lowboys make for great dressing tables and provide a touch of extra storage – and who doesn’t need that?

Here are a few examples of lowboys:

 

www.pricefalls.com Kardiel Arne Vodder Lowboy Dresser Single Retro Modern Cabinet

www.pricefalls.com Kardiel Arne Vodder Lowboy Dresser Single Retro Modern Cabinet

 

www.flatfair.com ESPRESSO FINISHED WOOD LOWBOY TABLE WITH DRAWERS SHELF F6321

www.flatfair.com ESPRESSO FINISHED WOOD LOWBOY TABLE WITH DRAWERS SHELF F6321

 

www.laylagrayce.com Redford House Swedish Lowboy Dresser

www.laylagrayce.com Redford House Swedish Lowboy Dresser

 

As you can see from the examples above, lowboys are very versatile pieces of furniture.  Use them as nightstands, dressers, side tables, or dressing tables – the options are a plenty!

You probably already have some variation of a lowboy in your space.  Do you?  Did you know it is referred to as a lowboy?

As always, for interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Happy Thursday!

5 Bathroom Essentials for the Contemporary Man

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Having a fully functional bathroom is not as easy as you would think.  It takes some careful consideration, and if you intend on keeping it tidy, some space planning.  As a designer who offers turn-key services, I thought it would be helpful to share a few of the items my years of experience say are absolutely essential for the bachelor pad bathroom.

1. Good Towels

 

Who wants to come home after a long day, have a relaxing, hot shower, and then dry off with a wimpy, threadbare towel?  No one!  You work hard, so invest in some plush towels of many sizes.  Large bath towels for after a shower, face towels for washing your face, and wash cloths for smaller washing purposes.  You will feel so fabulous using a plush towel after ditching your old one, that you will think you are just leaving the day spa.

Recommendation?

www.potterybarn.com HYDROCOTTON BATH TOWELS (Eco-Friendly)

www.potterybarn.com HYDROCOTTON BATH TOWELS
(Eco-Friendly)

2. A Bathroom Tray

 

The key to a tidy bathroom counter?  A bathroom tray.  You know how all of your miscellaneous toiletries pile up all over?  (Its ok to admit as it happens to the best of us).  Well, a bathroom tray is the answer to small item clutter.  For visual purposes, store unsightly supplies in a drawer or cabinet, and then place your everyday essentials in the tray.  For extra credit, purchase a few small glass apothecary containers and organize your essentials in them and then set them on the tray, as well.  This way, everything will be easily accessible, and look tidy on your counter.

Recommendations?

www.bedbathandbeyond.com Camarillo Marble Towel Tray

www.bedbathandbeyond.com Camarillo Marble Towel Tray

www.westelm.com Slate Bath Accessories

www.westelm.com Slate Bath Accessories

www.westelm.com Lacquer Bath Accessories

www.westelm.com Lacquer Bath Accessories

www.potterybarn.com HOLDEN BATH ACCESSORIES

www.potterybarn.com HOLDEN BATH ACCESSORIES

3. A Scented Candle

 

I think a candle is pretty self explanatory.  Not only will it fill your restroom with a lovely aroma, but it will also be a relaxing addition to your space.  There is nothing like the soft glow of a candle to help you unwind.

shoparchipelago.com EUCALYPTUS LARGE SOY CANDLE

shoparchipelago.com EUCALYPTUS LARGE SOY CANDLE

4. A Laundry Basket

 

This is such an easy piece to add to your bathroom, but many people overlook it: the laundry basket.  Where are you putting your dirty clothing right before you hop in the shower?  The floor?  Unless you pick up after yourself everyday, this will leave an unsightly mess in no time.  Opt for a nice laundry basket, and then when it is full, you will know its time to do laundry.  It kills two birds with one stone… removes dirty laundry from your floor, and indicates when its time to run the wash.  Win, win!

Recommendations?

www.crateandbarrel.com Steele ® Square Canvas Bin

www.crateandbarrel.com Steele ® Square Canvas Bin

www.westelm.com Lacquer Bath Hamper

www.westelm.com Lacquer Bath Hamper

5. A Bathmat

 

Stepping onto a cold service with wet feet after a steamy shower is a shock to the system.  Purchase a bathmat to absorb the water running off your body and to protect your feet from such a cold surface.  This will add a luxurious feel to your bathing process and prevent water from getting all over the place.

www.crateandbarrel.com White Bath Mat

www.crateandbarrel.com White Bath Mat

www.restorationhardware.com TURKISH BATH MAT

www.restorationhardware.com TURKISH BATH MAT

Well there you have it!  Some of the essentials for every contemporary male to have in his restroom.  I’m sure if you purchase these items, your bathroom will function well and you will feel organized and tidy.  Its such a great feeling!

For interior design inquiries and or/turn key service questions, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Design Defined: Teak

Teak

Teak:

Teak is a type of tropical hard and durable timber used for constructing furniture and other goods and accessories.

According to Wikipedia, “Teak’s natural oils make it useful in exposed locations, and make the timber termite and pest resistant. Teak is durable even when not treated with oil or varnish.”  This makes teak wood perfect for outdoor spaces, or conversely, when you want to bring a touch of the outdoors inside.

Here are a few examples of teak wood:

 

www.outdoorfurnitureplus.com Miami Teak Deep Seating Group - 6pc Set

www.outdoorfurnitureplus.com Miami Teak Deep Seating Group – 6pc Set

 

www.signaturehardware.com 60" VENICA TEAK VESSEL SINK VANITY

www.signaturehardware.com 60″ VENICA TEAK VESSEL SINK VANITY

 

www.houzz.com Cullen Modern Classic Brown Teak Cream Linen Bed - King

www.houzz.com Cullen Modern Classic Brown Teak Cream Linen Bed – King

 

Teak has a way of bringing a laid back, outdoor feel into whatever kind of space you place it.  Its great for those who love the outdoors and gravitate toward organic, natural elements and decor.

Do you have any teak in your home?  Do you like it?  I would love to hear from you!

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

4 Interior Trends I Can Stand Behind in 2016

4 Interior Trends I Can Stand Behind in 2016

Last November House Beautiful published an article outlining trends we would be sure to see in 2016.  This included everything from green matcha tea to Guatemalan fabrics.  While some of the trends I could certainly do without, here are four I can really stand behind.

1. The Glamily Room

 

Gone are the days of the boring living room, and in its place is the “glamily” room, or the glamorous living room.  This is a trend I have been abiding by since before it was a trend.  Who says comfortable, frequently lived in rooms have to play it safe?  Certainly not me.

Here are a few of the “glamily” rooms I have designed in recent years:

 

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Eleanor Roper)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Eleanor Roper)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

2. Perky Pedestals

 

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, side tables are a necessity for a functional living space.  There is no reason, however, for your side table to be boring.  Add to the idea of a “glamily” room with a perky pedestal!  It will incorporate detail, visual interest, AND the always coveted element of functionality to your space.

This is also a trend I have been been gravitating toward since before it was a trend.

Here are a couple examples of that in action (zoomed in from the photos above):

 

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3. The Return of the Desk

 

I am an advocate for a space in your home allotted for work.  This helps keep you organized and prevents you from the brain clutter that inevitably follows when you work in a place like your bedroom.  Better to keep work in an area designated for work, and sleep and rest in an area designated for sleep and rest.  However, I am not advocating that this area chosen for work be sallow, rather I argue for the opposite – since you spend a lot of time working over the course of your life, your work space should be one that you love to be in.  That doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune, but it does mean that you should give the space some thought and consideration.  This will make your time spent working all the more enjoyable.

And the process of making your work space one you love, starts with a desk.

Here is an example of an office I designed recently:

 

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Eleanor Roper)

Here are a couple more lust worthy desks:

 

www.westelm.com Parsons Desk - White

www.westelm.com Parsons Desk – White

 

www.horchow.com Bernhardt Anjali Office Furniture

www.horchow.com Bernhardt
Anjali Office Furniture

 

www.horchow.com Gilda Writing Desk

www.horchow.com Gilda Writing Desk

4. Mixed Metals

 

I have been a long time advocate for mixing metals.  This creates a dimension in your space that is hard to replicate using other materials.  Silver and copper, gold and steel – mixing these materials adds so much character.

Here a few examples of what I’m talking about:

 

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Notice the silver perky pedestal and the gold circular accessory on the coffee table.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Notice the dark charcoal colored metal in the lighting versus the silver cabinet knobs and pulls.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Notice the iron colored metal on the chandelier versus the gold accented lamps and coppery accessories on the buffet table.

It comes as no surprise that I am passionate about interior design.  I love transforming spaces and watching my clients light up as they see their dream for a functional, beautiful space come to life.  2016 brings excitement along with it when it comes to interior design and I’m looking forward to seeing what else it brings for my business.

What do you think of these trends?  Are there any you want to try out in your space?

We are at your service at Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!