Summertime Inspiration for Your Interior

Summertime Inspiration for Your Interior

Summertime Inspiration for Your Interior

It’s no secret that I love summertime.  There is something so casual and freeing about warm days, watermelon, and lounging by the pool.  This season reminds me that it’s okay to be a kid again.

It seems cruel to keep this season barricaded to the outside when it’s so easy to bring that light, airy feeling inside.  So that brings me to an important question: Is your interior reflecting the casual and free feeling that summertime brings?

If not, no worries.  I have several quick, easy, and inexpensive tips to remedy that very quickly.

Incorporate Light Colors/Bring the Outside In

 

Nothing says summertime like light colors.  Think bright white, shades of blue and purple, soft pastels, yellow… the list goes on and on.  For inspiration, just look at the flowers blooming outside you window and incorporate that natural beauty into your space in the form of pillows, blankets, pictures, accessories, etc.

 

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Throw Pillows, Throw Pillows, Throw Pillows

 

Throw pillows are one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to change up your interior.  With a neutral sofa (think soft grey) you can get away with almost anything.  So why not try some fun, summery pillows?  You’ll be so happy you did.

www.jossandmain.com Astrid Pillow

www.jossandmain.com Astrid Pillow

 

www.jossandmain.com Ilana Pillow

www.jossandmain.com Ilana Pillow

 

www.jossandmain.com Jasper Pillow

www.jossandmain.com Jasper Pillow

 

Add Floral and Citrusy Scents

 

Scent is such a powerful sense.  It can bring back memories, evoke hunger, spur on a certain mood… Incorporate soft, floral and citrusy scents into your space in the summertime and you are certain to bring a touch of the outdoors inside.

www.thymes.com TUPELO LEMONGRASS CANDLE

www.thymes.com TUPELO LEMONGRASS CANDLE

 

www.illumecandles.com NEROLI PETALS CHROMA TIN

www.illumecandles.com NEROLI PETALS CHROMA TIN

 

www.uncommongoods.com

www.uncommongoods.com

 

Incorporate Organic Elements & Textures

 

Fabrics like linen and textures like seagrass automatically exude summer.  They feel light and fresh, so why not incorporate them into your summertime interior design scheme?

www.overstock.com Safavieh Casual Handwoven Sisal Natural / Beige Seagrass Area Rug

www.overstock.com Safavieh Casual Handwoven Sisal Natural / Beige Seagrass Area Rug

 

www.lampsplus.com Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

www.lampsplus.com Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

 

www.westelm.com Stripe Linen Throw

www.westelm.com Stripe Linen Throw

 

Bring in Plants and Fresh Cut Flowers

 

Plants and fresh cut flowers are a great way to bring the outdoors inside year round.  However, the variety available during the summer months is much greater (and usually brighter).  Enjoy all kinds of plants and fresh cut flowers to cheer up your space and bring in some fresh oxygen.

 

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Well there you have it!  My quick, easy, and inexpensive tips on how to bring summertime into your interior.  What do you think?  Will you utilize these tips?  I would love to hear from you.

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

I hope you have a fantastic summer!

5 Bed Frames Fit For Your Master Suite

5 Bed Frames Fit For Your Master Suite

Your master suite should be your sanctuary, oasis, sacred space – that one place you go to escape from the busyness of the world.  There are a variety of ways to achieve this other worldly ambience:

wall color/wall paper

accessories

lighting

artwork

linens

and… furniture.  Specifically, the bed frame.

The bed frame is the equivalent of the main dish in your multi course meal.  With out it, you’ll be left with a pretty empty space, or continuing on with the metaphor in the previous sentence, hungry.  Neither of which signify oasis, sanctuary, sacred space… So, that’s why I’ve compiled a list of 5 bed frames, tailored to 5 very different design styles to help you get started.

 

For the Mid Century Modern Lover:

 

www.bakerfurniture.com PULLMAN BED (KING) by BILL SOFIELD

www.bakerfurniture.com PULLMAN BED (KING)
by BILL SOFIELD

 

Are you a Mad Men lover?  Do you love a good 60’s era throwback?  Then this bed frame is for you.  I love the combination of wood and fabric.  It creates a modern look without being too cold.

 

For the Glamorous, Hollywood Regency style Lover:

 

www.bernhardt.com Soho Luxe Upholstered Bed

www.bernhardt.com Soho Luxe Upholstered Bed

 

Are you a lover of the finer things in life?  Obsessed with film and the glamour of Hollywood?  Then this bed frame is for you!  It exudes luxury and is so big that it’s a force to be reckoned with – just like a classic Hollywood star.

 

For the Downtown Loft Lover:

 

www.hickorypark.com Legacy Classic 5610-5006 Metalworks Metal Bed King

www.hickorypark.com Legacy Classic 5610-5006 Metalworks Metal Bed King

 

Are you a city slicker?  A lover of industrial elements?  Then this bed frame is calling your name.  Its masculine and edgy and perfect for a bachelor pad or downtown loft with exposed brick.  Bonus: because its metal, it will last forever!

 

For the Transitional/Traditional with a Twist Lover:

 

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www.stanleyfurniture.com Coastal Living Retreat-Breach Inlet Bed in Heron Grey Honeycomb

 

Are you a traditionalist who wants to branch out?  A book lover who spends every evening with your nose between pages?  This bed frame is beckoning you.  It’s soft and comfortable.  While it’s shape is fairly traditional, the fabric and color make it feel contemporary.  This inlet bed reminds me of a Diane Keaton movie with a perfectly decorated interior set design.

 

For the Contemporary Style Lover:

 

www.mgbwhome.com SLOCOM PLATFORM BED

www.mgbwhome.com SLOCOM PLATFORM BED

 

Are you a lover of luxury?  Contemporary styles and shapes?  If yes, then this bed frame has your name all over it. It will elevate any master suite to a 5-star-hotel-penthouse-level.  It’s that good!  Its simple, yet interesting.  To me, the epitome of great style.


Congratulations! You are now one step closer to creating the sanctuary-oasis-sacred-space of your dreams.  You deserve to have a space in your home that you absolutely love – invest in the pieces that excite you until you have achieved that level of satisfaction.  It is totally worth it.

Have interior design questions?  Please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Spring is All Around Us: Modern Artwork to Liven Up Your Space

Spring is All Around Us- Modern Artwork to Liven Up Your Space

The cold weather is lifting, we’re starting to trade our winter boots for sandals, and we can almost taste the freshly cut watermelon at a summer barbecue with friends.

Are you ready to usher in the warm weather?  I know I am.  I also know that as the seasons change, I tend to change my interior, as well.  Switching it up can be a really good thing.  It’s so fun to come home after a day of work to a fresh space that feels in tune with the season surrounding it.

New throw pillows?  New throw blankets?  Maybe a change of dish ware to something a little more lively?  Yes, yes, and YES.  But today, I’m going to be sharing some inspiring artwork that reminds me of the lovely months between April and September.

Here are some of my favorite modern artwork finds to liven up your space:

 

1.

Papier-Mache Wall Art from West Elm

 

www.westelm.com Papier-Mache Wall Art - Geo Panel

www.westelm.com Papier-Mache Wall Art – Geo Panel

 

Bright and clean.  Textural.  This geometric artwork is perfectly on trend and so fresh.  It would go with virtually any color palette and it provides a very interesting focal point for your space.  I picture this in a downtown, bachelor pad loft.

2.

The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek on iCanvas.com

 

www.icanvas.com The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek

www.icanvas.com The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek

 

This piece feels very stark and simple to me while still being feminine.  It could go seamlessly in multiple spaces: a single family home, a female executive’s office, a single guy’s dining room…  This art is the perfect example of less is more.

3.

Hush by Vinn Wong on iCanvas.com

 

www.icanvas.com Hush by Vinn Wong

www.icanvas.com Hush by
Vinn Wong

 

This abstract piece would fit perfectly with a black, white, and gray color palette.  It would add the perfect punch of color.  I picture this in the contemporary living room of a single family home.  It provides just enough visual interest without being over powering.

4.

Deep Water Current – Glass Coat at Z Gallerie

 

www.zgallerie.com Deep Water Current - Glass Coat

www.zgallerie.com Deep Water Current – Glass Coat

 

I love the color variation in this piece – different shades of blue against a white background.  The glass coating also makes it really shiny and reflective.  This art work would easily brighten up any space.  It’s incredibly versatile and I could picture it pretty much anywhere, though I would love to see it in a fairly monotone space.  Maybe white walls and a white sofa with this centered above…

5.

WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS at Pottery Barn

 

www.potterybarn.com WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS

www.potterybarn.com WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS

 

What exemplifies freedom (the summer months) better than an unbridled horse?  I love the simplicity and depth of this photo.  It’s another piece so versatile it could fit virtually anywhere.  I would love to see this in a modern master suite on a feature wall.


 

As coffee is to cream, so is artwork to your space – an essential pairing.  I hope you enjoyed viewing the pieces above as much as I enjoyed finding them for you.

What do you think?  Do you like this modern artwork?  I would love to hear from you!

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

Happy Spring!

Spring Has Sprung: The Best Plants for Your Interior

Spring Has Sprung- The Best Plants for Your Interior

 

Spring has sprung, and summer is around the corner.  What better way to enjoy the weather and bring a touch of the outdoors inside than with indoor plants?

These five, easy maintenance indoor plants will bring a little green (and oxygen) into your interior.

One.

The Pothos

 

www.homedepot.com Golden Pothos

www.homedepot.com Golden Pothos

 

Today.com has this to say about this easy plant:

“Why you want it: First of all, this indoor plant has an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet. How neat is that? It has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it.

How to care for it: This indoor house plant can produce stems that trail eight feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy. It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves’ variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.”

Air purifying?  Absorbs and strips toxins?  Easy to take care of? … Where do I sign?

Two.

The Peace Lily

 

www.amazon.com Hirt's Peace Lily Plant

www.amazon.com Hirt’s Peace Lily Plant

 

HousePlantExperts.com provides this information about the Peace Lily:

“Removing pollutants: A study performed by NASA and Dr Wolverton  to determine how plants can remove pollutants was conducted. As you can see, the list here tells us the peace lily removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethane, and others. I’m not an expert on pollutants, however, something tells me these don’t sound like something I want to be inhaling, so if a few plants can help, I’m in.

Flowering: The white lily flowers (known as a spathe) begin blooming with a twist at first before flourishing and revealing it’s yellow or white spadix in the center. The right light conditions are required for the flowers to bloom which can last a couple of months.

I had one that produced one flower the first spring and then three the year later.. so it seems as they mature the more they can produce, with enough light. They usually bloom springtime, sometimes later.

Foliage: The lance shaped (long..wide in the middle) dark green glossy leaves grow outwards and droop, and grow to around 6 inches long. Cleaning them gently with a soft sponge will keep them looking healthy and attractive.

Where they like to reside: Because the peace lily is a fairly small plant in height and width they are suitable to place where you see fit. It’s important to make sure the place has plenty of light, but not direct sunlight to prevent damaging the leaves. The best environment they prefer is light and shade throughout a day.”

Another beautiful, easy plant that removes pollutants from the air?  Yes, please.

Three.

The Moth Orchid

 

www.whiteflowerfarm.com White Moth Orchid

www.whiteflowerfarm.com White Moth Orchid

 

SouthernLiving.com says that:

“Moth orchids are great year-round, but they’re especially well-suited for cold days when you’re spending a lot of time indoors. Their elegant flowers will brighten tables and windowsills in your home for months at a time. Don’t be intimidated by their exotic appearance. They need very little to thrive inside.

Kate Santos loves moth orchids. “Dr. Kate,” as her coworkers call her, is director of research and development for Costa Farms near Miami. It’s the largest grower of indoor plants in the South. “Moth orchids are perfect for new gardeners because they are some of the easiest orchids to grow,” Kate explains. “They also do not require a lot of attention, which makes them great for people who don’t have a lot of extra time.” Even experienced gardeners enjoy these easy flowers, she says, because new variations in flower color, size, and bloom become available each year, so gardeners can add to their existing collections.”

Intimidated by orchids?  Start with the Moth Orchid.  As you can see above, it’s a low maintenance, beautiful plant for the busy working American who still desires a little organic material inside.

Four.

The Lemon Tree

 

www.fast-growing-trees.com Meyer Lemon Tree

www.fast-growing-trees.com Meyer Lemon Tree

 

According to GoingHometoRoost.com, the Lemon Tree:

“Serve two purposes: to supply beautiful fragrant blooms and to provide delicious lemons for much of the year! They are hardy plants that can be moved to a patio for the summer and inside for the winter. These trees are always either flowering or blooming!

grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 8 feet tall.”

Lemons are beautiful and fragrant, and lemon juice makes for a delicious addition to many drinks and dishes.  I have a feeling the lemon tree will be making an appearance in my home very soon.

Five.

The Pachira Aquatica

 

www.ebay.com EDIBLE NUT EXOTIC PACHIRA AQUATICA TROPICAL BONSAI

www.ebay.com EDIBLE NUT EXOTIC PACHIRA AQUATICA TROPICAL BONSAI

 

ApartmentTherapy.com shares that:

“The Pachira aquatica is also known as the money tree, guiana chestnut or the saba nut. Because this tropical tree thrives near wetlands and swamps, it loves soil that is moist at all times. Hence, the kill-proof factor. It also thrives in indirect light so growing it indoors is no problem. Just position it in the brightest area of your home. (Wiki)

How to care for the Pachira aquatica:
• This plant loves moisture but you should never let it stand in water. Good drainage is essential.
• Position this plant in bright indirect light indoors, turning it everytime you water it for even growth and leafing.
• Water this plant consistently. 1 – 2 times per week depending on humidity. Make sure you water all the topsoil, just until the water starts leaking out the drain holes.
• For optimal longevity, lightly fertilize the Pachira 3 – 4 times a year with a water-soluble fertilizer. (I use an easy one that you scatter on the topsoil that gradually dissolves with each watering.)”

While money may not actually grow on this tree, it will save you some dinero as it is very hard to kill.  I love the braided trunk!


Well there you have it!  Five indoor plants that will liven up your space, and in some cases, even purify it.  Plants are essential accessories and any of the above would make a great addition to your home.

Will you be purchasing any of these?  Better yet, do you have one or more in your home?  We would love to hear from you!

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

Happy Spring!

A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

I’ve said it before, and I’ll certainly say it again: Lighting is everything.

 

EVERYTHING.  It sets the tone for your space while adding the ever important element of, wait for it… function.

We need to be able to see in our homes, right?

Beyond setting the tone and adding light to our spaces though, can chandeliers double as a focal point?  A piece of visual interest?  Even a work of art?

The answer is YES, and because your home is your sanctuary, why wouldn’t you invest in chandeliers that are stunningly beautiful while being equally functional?

Before showing off some of my favorite chandeliers in the homes I’ve decorated, I’d like to chat briefly about size and scale.  You can have an incredibly gorgeous crystal chandelier – hand crafted in Italy – but if it’s too small for your space, it may look like a single pea on a dinner plate.  Or conversely, say you have this stunning Jonathan Adler modern chandelier, but because you forgot to measure your ceiling height, it looks like a Goliath in your more David sized dining room.

Before spending your hard earned dollars, do the work no one wants to do: measure your space thoroughly (or hire me).

Figure out the square footage and ceiling height of the room in which you are looking to place this chandelier.  Also, what is the intention for the space?  Is it a kitchen?  A dining room?  A powder room?  A living room?  A bedroom?  Each of these spaces will most likely be a different size and will require different functionality.  In a dining room, a lower hanging chandelier is acceptable over your dinner table.  You won’t be hitting it with your head all the time.  Conversely, a low hanging chandelier in your living room may obstruct views and deter conversation.

You get the idea.  You can have the most beautiful chandelier on the planet, but if the size and scale of it are wrong for your space, it will be a distraction.

For more on size, scale, and calculating the ideal chandelier for your space, take a look at Wayfair.com‘s Chandelier Size and Placement Guide.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Here are several of my projects that highlight chandeliers.  Not only do they provide abundant light, but they double as focal points & stunning works of art.

One.

 

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

The chandelier in this photo reminds me of a 1920’s flapper dress.  It glows and shimmers ever so subtly.  Its beautiful in this photo, but even more stunning in real life.

Two.

 

Photographer: Mali Azima, Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy

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

The modern chandelier in this downtown Atlanta bachelor pad resembles floating bubbles.  It is so unique, and when its turned on, each glass bubble reflects on the others making it glow throughout the space.

Here is a close up:

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

Three.

 

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

This glass chandelier has been one of the most talked about in my work.  While it is indeed stunning, it’s not overpowering in the space.  It fits just right – adding a slightly modern twist on a traditional design.

Here is a close up:

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

Four.

 

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

This particular dining room chandelier is a modern take on a candle lit medieval classic.  It fits perfectly in this contemporary space.

Five.

 

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

This colorful, mid century modern living room was one of my favorite projects.  The chandelier almost has a personality of its own.  Its interesting, lively, and definitely worth talking about.

Here is a close up:

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

The End (for now).

 

Can you see now how easily a chandelier can double as a work of art?  In my experience, they are worth every penny of investment as they will provide much needed light and beauty to your space for years and years to come.

Oh, and don’t forget to install dimmer switches.  You will want the ability to control the level of light emanating from your chandelier.

What do you think?  Do you like chandeliers?  Have questions about incorporating them into your space?  We would love to hear from you.

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

May your day be filled with light and beauty!

5 Side Tables You Do Not Want to Miss

5 Side Tables You Do Not Want to Miss

 

Side tables/end tables are necessary in every space.  They provide a surface for beverages, lamps, books, and anything else you might want elevated off the ground.  Not only are they incredibly functional, but as is evidenced below, they can be incredibly chic and fashionable.

I have scoured the internet in search of some of my absolute favorite side and end tables.  They are contemporary, visually appealing, and practical – must haves in any space.

Without further adieu, here they are!

5 Side Tables You Do Not Want to Miss:

 

1. Crate and Barrel Entu Side Table

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Entu Side Table

www.crateandbarrel.com Entu Side Table

 

I love the design of this table.  It’s interesting from every angle – which means you can angle it any way you want.  The wood provides warmth while the shape of the table makes it very contemporary.  It is the perfect marriage of old and new.

 

2. Sunpan Union Modern End Table

 

www.overstock.com Sunpan Union Modern End Table

www.overstock.com Sunpan Union Modern End Table

 

This polished concrete table shouts masculine design.  I absolutely love it!  Its shape makes it contemporary and visually interesting, while its composition makes it super solid and functional.  I picture this piece in a downtown loft.

3. Jacques 2-Tier Side Table by Jonathan Adler

 

www.jonathanadler.com JACQUES 2-TIER SIDE TABLE

www.jonathanadler.com JACQUES 2-TIER SIDE TABLE

 

This side table is simply stunning.  Its Hollywood Regency meets modern-day-contemporary-glamorous design. It will elevate any space it inhabits.

 

4. Lucida Side Table by Crate & Barrel

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Lucida Side Table

www.crateandbarrel.com Lucida Side Table

 

Its no secret that I love metallic accents.  Mixing metals into your space creates depth and this table is an example of that.  The shape is playful and fun, yet still functional, and the coppery color provides warmth.  I would love to see two of these on either side of a grey velvet chesterfield sofa.

5. BOND END TABLE by Jonathan Adler

 

www.jonathanadler.com BOND END TABLE

www.jonathanadler.com BOND END TABLE

 

This table is perfectly named.  It does seem like its straight out of a James Bond movie.  The lucite base provides the illusion that the burled mappa top is floating – giving it a dangerous, yet intriguing feel.  It comes complete with a fully finished drawer and a hidden pull (see… this is right out of a Bond film).  Love it!

What do you think of these side tables?  Would you purchase any of them for your space?  I would love to hear from you!

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

Happy side table hunting!

Color Trends 2016: Clean White & How to Make it Work for You

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Let’s continue our series on colors that are trending in 2016.  Clean white stands out amongst the rest as a color that has truly stood the test of time, while maintaining a contemporary edge.

Clean white is chameleon like in its ability to both blend in and totally stand out depending on the space.  Layering clean white in slightly differing shades can create a gorgeous monotone room, while using clean white as a backdrop for bold colors also makes a big statement.  Clean white is one of those unusual colors that knows how to pack a punch no matter where you find it.

Are you ready to dive in and find out how to make clean white work for you?

Let’s begin!

Here are a 5 ways you can incorporate clean white into your life & space:

 

1. Paint Your Walls

Clean white is a totally blank canvas.  It feels bold and bright in a contemporary space, and it feels warm and inviting in a traditional space.  It is probably the most versatile color on the planet.  You can play it up or play it down – the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few shades of clean white I really like:

 

www.sherwin-williams.com Ceiling Bright White

www.sherwin-williams.com Ceiling Bright White

 

www.sherwin-williams.com Pure White

www.sherwin-williams.com Pure White

 

www.sherwin-williams.com High Reflective White

www.sherwin-williams.com High Reflective White

 

2. Purchase a piece (or several pieces) of furniture in clean white.

Clean white furniture can be gorgeous and oh-so-versatile in your space.  Linen, velvet, leather – pretty much every fabric looks fabulous in white.

Here are a few examples of clean white colored furniture:

 

www.potterybarn.com CHESTERFIELD UPHOLSTERED SOFA in Twill, White

www.potterybarn.com CHESTERFIELD UPHOLSTERED SOFA in Twill, White

 

www.potterybarn.com HARPER UPHOLSTERED TUFTED TALL BED & HEADBOARD in Twill, White

www.potterybarn.com HARPER UPHOLSTERED TUFTED TALL BED & HEADBOARD in Twill, White

 

www.potterybarn.com PB COMFORT ROLL ARM SLIPCOVERED ARMCHAIR in Performance Canvas, Warm White

www.potterybarn.com PB COMFORT ROLL ARM SLIPCOVERED ARMCHAIR in Performance Canvas, Warm White

3. Incorporate a clean white rug.

A clean white rug is the epitome of high style.  My only suggestion is before purchasing a white rug to make sure it has been treated with stain protector.

Here are a few examples of rugs that highlight clean white:

 

surya.com Amadeo

surya.com Amadeo

 

surya.com Anchorage

surya.com Anchorage

 

surya.com Ashton

surya.com Ashton

 

4. Buy some fun throw pillows and blankets in clean white.

Simplicity is a good thing and nothing says simplicity like clean white pillows and blankets.

Here are some fun, clean white pillows and throws:

 

www.westelm.com Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover - Stone White

www.westelm.com Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover – Stone White

 

www.westelm.com Belgian Flax Linen Pillow Cover - White

www.westelm.com Belgian Flax Linen Pillow Cover – White

 

www.westelm.com Velvet Arabesque Pillow Cover - Ivory

www.westelm.com Velvet Arabesque Pillow Cover – Ivory

 

www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw in Ivory

www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw in Ivory

 

www.zgallerie.com Oslo Throw

www.zgallerie.com Oslo Throw

5. Incorporate clean white accessories and artwork.

Accessories and artwork are another great way to include trending colors in your space.  They add beautiful pops of color, but are much easier to switch out than the paint on your walls.

Here are several home decor accessories and pieces of artwork that include clean white:

 

www.zgallerie.com Mango Wood Slice

www.zgallerie.com Mango Wood Slice

 

www.zgallerie.com Boot Umbrella Stand

www.zgallerie.com Boot Umbrella Stand

 

www.zgallerie.com Gabrielle Table Lamp

www.zgallerie.com Gabrielle Table Lamp

 

www.zgallerie.com Smoldering Tracks 2

www.zgallerie.com Smoldering Tracks 2

 

www.zgallerie.com Caballo Blanco

www.zgallerie.com Caballo Blanco

 

As you can gather, clean white can be used anywhere.  It’s the perfect color for a fresh start AND the perfect color to add a finishing touch.  Your walls, your furniture, your accessories and artwork – everything looks good in clean white!

What do you think?  Do you like clean white?  Have you used it or will you use it in your space?  I would love to hear from you!

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

Have a fabulous day!

Colors Trends 2016: Milky Blue & How to Make it Work for You

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Let’s continue our series on colors that are trending in 2016.  Today we will be going over milky blue and how to make it work in your space.

Traditionally, in the United States, milky blue was relegated to male infant nurseries.  While it fits perfectly in this type of setting, milky blue is now breaking away from its previous parameters and bursting onto the walls and into accessories and decor across the country.  Its becoming so popular in fact, that Pantone made it one of the two colors it chose for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity (here is the blog post I did about these colors).  I don’t think its any accident that the shade of milky blue they chose is called “Serenity,” as it brings with it a sense of peace and calm.  – Two feelings that any homeowner would welcome in as treasured guests.

I love that milky blue is busting out of the nursery and into other predominant spaces in our lives.  I think of this color as being highly versatile and wherever it goes, it brings a little piece of peace with it.  Seriously, what’s not to love about milky blue?

Here are a few ways you can incorporate milky blue into your life & space:

 

1. Paint Your Walls

Milky blue is fabulous for all kinds of spaces in your home.  A home office, a bedroom, a living room, a dining room – you name it as milky blue is adaptable.  I love it paired with other soft blue shades, whites, and lilacs.

If you want a very restful home, the ethereal nature of this color makes it a top contender.

Here are a few shades of milky blue I really like:

 

www.sherwin-williams.com Blissful Blue

www.sherwin-williams.com Blissful Blue

www.sherwin-williams.com Aleutian

www.sherwin-williams.com Aleutian

www.sherwin-williams.com Wondrous Blue

www.sherwin-williams.com Wondrous Blue

www.sherwin-williams.com Celestial

www.sherwin-williams.com Celestial

 

 

2. Purchase a piece (or several pieces) of furniture in milky blue.

Milky blue furniture can be absolutely stunning in your space.  I especially love it in a velvet fabric.  Its restful, peaceful, and if you choose the right piece, oh-so-comfortable.

Here are a few examples of milky blue colored furniture:

 

www.bakerfurniture.com SOCIAL SCENE SOFA BARBARA BARRY in Blue Cotton

www.bakerfurniture.com SOCIAL SCENE SOFA
BARBARA BARRY in Blue Cotton

 

www.houzz.com Jeneve Headboard, Wedgwood Blue

www.houzz.com Jeneve Headboard, Wedgwood Blue

 

www.houzz.com Bastille Cafe Stacking Chairs, Set of 2, Sky Blue

www.houzz.com Bastille Cafe Stacking Chairs, Set of 2, Sky Blue

 

3. Incorporate a milky blue rug.

Milky blue is no longer reserved for the walls or furniture.  Its making its way onto our floors, as well.  This is a great thing as you will see below.

Here are a few examples of rugs that highlight milky blue:

 

www.surya.com Aberdine ABE-8014

www.surya.com Aberdine ABE-8014

 

www.surya.com Amadeo ADO-1003

www.surya.com Amadeo ADO-1003

 

www.surya.com Adeline ADE-6001

www.surya.com Adeline ADE-6001

 

 

4. Buy some fun throw pillows and blankets in milky blue.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, throw pillows and blankets are a great way to incorporate trending colors into your space without breaking the bank.  You can change them out as quickly as you bought them.

Here are some fun, milky blue pillows and throws:

 

www.houzz.com Pom-Pom Trim Linen Pillow Cover, Sky Blue

www.houzz.com Pom-Pom Trim Linen Pillow Cover, Sky Blue

 

www.houzz.com Shades of Blue and Ivory Ikat Pillow, With Insert

www.houzz.com Shades of Blue and Ivory Ikat Pillow, With Insert

 

www.etsy.com Throw Blanket - Serenity Blue Throw Blanket by AldariHome

www.etsy.com Throw Blanket – Serenity Blue Throw Blanket by AldariHome

 

www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw in Shimmer Blue

www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw in Shimmer Blue

 

5. Incorporate milky blue accessories and artwork.

Accessories and artwork are another great way to include trending colors in your space.  They add beautiful pops of color, but are faster to change out than your wall color.

Here are several home decor accessories and pieces of artwork that include milky blue:

 

www.houzz.com 18 x 18 Fallon Slate Blue Pouf

www.houzz.com 18 x 18 Fallon Slate Blue Pouf

 

www.houzz.com Mirage Tray Collection, Blue Finish, Large

www.houzz.com Mirage Tray Collection, Blue Finish, Large

 

www.lampsplus.com Dusk Blue Double Gourd Table Lamp

www.lampsplus.com Dusk Blue Double Gourd Table Lamp

 

www.etsy.com Nautical Posters in Serenity Blue by AdamsAleArtPrints

www.etsy.com Nautical Posters in Serenity Blue by AdamsAleArtPrints

 

www.westelm.com Minted for west elm - Dreams

www.westelm.com Minted for west elm – Dreams

 

Milky blue is beautiful, soft, serene, and with a touch of the unexpected.  It’s a nod to the traditional French countryside while simultaneously being of the moment.  Its a color that truly transcends time.

What do you think?  Do you like milky blue?  Have you used it or will you use it in your space?  I would love to hear from you!

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

Have a great 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!

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.

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