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Inspiration to create functional beauty this spring.

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expert insight OUTDOOR LIVING










Seven ways to update your outdoor spaces for spring

Top designer Traci Zeller answers all your need-to-know questions

Exploring minimalism as maximalism How to achieve more space without more square footage

An old-meets-new, mix-and-match approach to design







Opening thoughts from Team BDMS

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Spring-inspired clean living

Three décor styles we currently adore

Enchanting entryways

All the ways to keep connected and inspired

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on the cover As a designer, I’m often asked by clients to make their homes more functional and family-friendly. A great place to start is by finding ways to add extra storage to the home. Mudrooms and small entry nooks are a perfect solution. In the case of this entry, I wanted to curate a space for my clients to have extra seasonal storage as well as a practical everyday place to grab daily items. We turned an old mirrored coat closet into an inviting and functional nook, carrying the home’s craftsman style and casual feel into the cabinetry with shaker style doors that hide shelves for bins of hats and gloves. We added a fresh and durable fabric cushion to the bench to make it feel homey and relaxed. The pop of art above is a welcome change from the typical hooks full of coats. It’s a practical and clutter-free first impression in this home.

—Rebecca Hay of Rebecca Hay Designs


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WELCOME “A simplified life means that what has to get done will get done. And when we pare down life to its simplest, most beautifully basic parts, we’re left with room to enjoy each other, to rest, and to truly savor life with all our hearts, minds, and spirits.” —Emily Ley In every issue, we welcome our readers with a quote that speaks to the theme. We find Emily Ley’s quote particularly significant in that it’s both perfectly suited to our focus—The Spring Cleanup— but also relates to the fabric of Beautiful Design Made Simple. With this issue, we remain true to our purpose of informing and inspiring beautiful spaces in our readers’ homes, but with a new, simplified, and cleaned-up take on what these spaces provide for our readers. In the pages that follow, you’ll gain access to the creative minds of award-winning designers to explore the Beauty of Less, learn how to Create the Illusion of Space, and discover ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Restyle in your home. You’ll receive expert insight from our exclusive Q&A with designer Traci Zeller as she answers all of our must-know questions for the season and beyond. And you’ll explore the outdoors with seven ways to update your home’s outdoor spaces. Additional features include our favorite seasonal palettes, a three-part style spotlight, and an inspiring look at the home’s hardest-working spaces. Plus, get a first look at a few of the Twenty for 2020 top flooring products. Marked by a special seal throughout the magazine, these floors were hand-selected by leading industry experts for their classic characteristics, trending styles, and cuttingedge technologies. This and more await you. Welcome to The Spring Cleanup issue of Beautiful Design Made Simple brought to you by Carpet One Floor & Home.

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A waterproof, natural beauty. The flooring experts at Carpet One Floor & Home have selected twenty products that represent beautiful classics, trending styles, and cutting-edge flooring technology.

Invincible H2O West Barclay in Delightful While providing the utmost in waterproof beauty, this Invincible H2O luxury vinyl floor lets the natural beauty of its realistic wood visuals shine. With a light, natural stain, this floor can brighten a room while still adding the natural warmth of wood.

Each of the Twenty for 2020 products can be found on CarpetOne.com/2020-products and in Carpet One Floor & Home stores.


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A mix of brass and blush tones, the Discus Wall Sconce from Currey & Company is the perfect combination of whimsy and clean modern design.



Just a touch of pink gives this tribal-inspired Trosa throw pillow by Renwil a feminine touch.

Inspired by grand, mountainous landscapes, “Mountain Range” from Minted explores a wide array of colors, tones, textures, and shapes found in nature.

Showcasing natural veining that’s warm in tone, Soci’s Calacutta Baroque Pattern mosaic tile would make a beautiful backdrop in any kitchen or bath.


With modern machining construction mimicking ancestral weaving techniques, this pastel beauty from Momeni’s Anatolia collection presents the softer side of tribal.



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With a beautiful rose tone and basket weave construction, this Nourison throw blanket would make a perfect addition to any couch, chair, or bed.


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This Seagrass and Cotton Belly Basket from The Container Store adds style and order to the home.

With a light, natural stain, Invincible H2O West Barclay in “Delightful” can brighten a room while still adding the natural warmth of wood.

Inspired by traditional African mud cloth patterns, Momeni’s Argan Collection offers a perfectly imperfect look.

DW Candle’s Peony Bloom scent combines peony petals intertwined with pear, apricot, and pink poppies, softened with white woods.

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When I learned I was pregnant with Scarlett, it came as a complete surprise. As a breast cancer survivor, I never thought I would be able to give birth again—let alone nine years after my diagnosis. But thanks to research supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the targeted therapy was there for me. Not only was I able to enter remission, but I was given another chance to be a mom to an incredible little girl. I’m living proof that research saves lives. I want there to be a future free from worry for everyone’s daughters. Research is how we’re going to get there.

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Living Clean

The onset of spring inspires clean spaces and refreshed style in millions of homes. While sparkling clean windows, a reorganized mudroom, and revitalized décor will certainly make our list of to-dos, we’re feeling inspired to take the concept of “clean” a step further. This regal display of naturally colored Easter eggs reminds us to rid our lives of as many chemicals as we can, and impose cleaner practices in all facets of life. Get this look with springs of lavender, heads of red cabbage, and harvested blueberries.


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Striking tones, style, and stain resistance. The flooring experts at Carpet One Floor & Home have selected twenty products that represent beautiful classics, trending styles, and cutting-edge flooring technology.

Resista 3.0 Five Points in Duchess With multiple gray and blue tones, striations, and a subtle herringbone pattern, this carpet from Resista 3.0 is a versatile option for many spaces. Made from solution-dyed polyester, this product will maintain its color and resist spills and stains.

Each of the Twenty for 2020 products can be found on CarpetOne.com/2020-products and in Carpet One Floor & Home stores.

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As we make our first seasonal transition of the new decade, we’re feeling more inspired than ever to freshen up our living spaces with new trends and looks that we’re loving. These three styles that we’ve defined as Elevated Earthy, French Antique, and Spanish Revival, stood out in a sea of the latest trends, and we’ve picked out favorite flooring, furniture, and décor items to help you achieve those looks.


Elevated Earthy

Earth tones are taking over as Mother Nature sets the color trend this spring. Explore palettes drawn from natural pigments found in the ground, moss, and clays. Our favorite hues? Moody shades of mauve and sultry browns.









1. Argo 6 Light Chandelier by Savoy House 2. Ocotillo II Art Print by Minted 3. Clearly Twine Throw Pillow by Chloe and Olive 4. Bigelow Prestige Rendezvous in Bordeaux by Carpet One Floor & Home 5. Bandero Table Lamp by Uttermost 6. Fulton Basic Dinnerware Set by Heath Ceramics 7. Boho Patio in Taupe by Kaleen available at Carpet One Floor & Home 8. Dua Vases by Uttermost 9. Davenport Tufted Leather Chair by Howard Elliot 10. Burgundy Throw Blanket by Nourison



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French Influence

This elegant-meets-effortless style is characterized by grand chandeliers, antique mirrors, natural linens, and aged oak finishes. What we love most about French-influenced design is the ease with which you can incorporate a piece or two into a wide range of existing design styles.





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1. Cordoba Chandelier by Hinkley 2. Figure Drawing No.17 by Minted 3. Clearly Fringed Twine Throw Pillow by Chloe and Olive 4. Invincible H2O Highland Springs in Cape Elizabeth 5. Thina Console Cabinet by Uttermost 6. Le Vau Mirror by Uttermost 7. Afshar in Pink by Momeni available at Carpet One Floor & Home 8. Schafer Ottoman by Uttermost 9. Beige Throw Blanket by Nourison 10. Kunja Coffee Table by Uttermost



Spanish Revival

We have fallen for the eye-catching arches, decorative tiles, and intricate ironwork that embodies this old-world, Spanish-inspired style. The bold look exudes drama and character, adding life to any space through distinctive patterns and color.











1. Flanders 8 Light Chandelier by Savoy House 2. Bollington by Renwil 3. Morocco Art Print by Minted 4. Asha Pillow Cover by Chloe and Olive 5. Invincible XT Vail Court in “Vienna” available at Carpet One Floor & Home 6. Floral Imprint Tile in Classic Statuario by Jeffrey Court available at Carpet One Floor & Home 7. Restoration in Paprika by Kaleen available at Carpet One Floor & Home 8. Vasari Arch Mirror by Uttermost 9. Rochelle Pouf by Renwil 10. Branton Coffee Table by Uttermost


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Spring Refresh PLANNING YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE Written by Rachael Baihn There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than by planning for spring. Instead of moping about that carpet of snow, concentrate on that green carpet of grass that will soon cover your lawn. Now’s the perfect time to plan a makeover for your outdoor living space. Carpeting, a new deck, outdoor kitchen, and sculpted landscaping can really improve the look of your outdoor paradise.

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One of the simplest ways to spice up the patio is with lighting. You can string hanging lights or place separate fixtures in open spaces. Outdoor solar lights convert sunlight into electricity, and they’re easy to install and maintain. Solar lights won’t increase your electricity costs. They illuminate gardens, landscapes, lampposts, entryways, and pathways.

Container Gardens Flowers, vegetables, and shrubbery brighten up front and backyard landscaping. Short on space? Try container gardening. Design the garden with hot and pastel colors. For example, petunias grow in all shades—pinks, purples, reds, yellows, whites, and stripes. Cardinal flowers are bright red. Zinnias bloom in single- or double-flowered stems. Hang a few containers on your porch or attach a couple of wicker baskets to an outdoor wall filled with annuals and greenery. Native plants adapt to the climate as they repel pests and disease.






Seating and Decorating Dump those old broken lawn chairs. You can find bargains this time of year at your favorite home improvement store. Chaise lounges, rocking chairs, and swings are comfortable for backyard decks, patios, and front-facing porches. Color things up with standout hues—how about peacock blue or flamingo pink? Buy some new cushions or re-cover the old ones. Drop a runner or two on the picnic table. Dress up the deck with an outdoor carpet and large urns. Hammocks are a great way to relax on a lazy summer day.




These wooden outdoor structures dress up walkways, decks, and patios with their filtered shade. Sizes vary, but many options are available. Some types have attachable panels or canopies to block the sun. Build a pergola over the deck or patio and place hanging flowerpots on the rails. Grow vines and ivy over crossbeams and lattice.

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It’s like getting the best of both worlds: a kitchen on the patio! You’ll no longer have to run back inside during those cookouts. Talk to a contractor about space and structural requirements. One thing to consider: The temperature and humidity inside the house differ from the outside, so your cooking experience will vary.

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Outdoor Carpeting and Area Rugs


Outdoor living has gotten high tech. Smartphone apps control lighting, heaters, security, and even the barbecue. “Alexa, turn on the grill!” With these upgrades, you’ll now have another “living room” to entertain guests.

Hidden Storage Because you never seem to have enough room to store things, utilizing every spare inch is a plus! Build an accessible cabinet or pullout drawer underneath a raised deck to hold barbecue tools, mosquito repellants, and lawn toys. Benches with lift-up seats make great storage places, too.


Indoor/outdoor area rug by Couristan: Palmette in “Navy/Ivory

Outdoor carpeting is resilient for the patio all year long, but you can place area rugs here and there to protect bare feet. If you really want to be creative, paint a few patterns on the deck that surround strategically placed rugs. Check out weather-resistant outdoor rugs.




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Authentic hardwood, waterproof technology. The flooring experts at Carpet One Floor & Home have selected twenty products that represent beautiful classics, trending styles, and cutting-edge flooring technology.

Hydrotek H2O Shelby Lane Walnut in Buried Treasure Rich and warm with varying shades of caramel, tan, coffee, and cocoa, this waterproof hardwood floor features 7-1/2� planks of varying colors. Multiple stains lend interest and character for a floor that will complement and enhance many design styles.

Each of the Twenty for 2020 products can be found on CarpetOne.com/2020-products and in Carpet One Floor & Home stores.

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A “catch-all� space to leave shoes, keys, jackets, and other necessary items, the ideal entryway helps to organize your space in a way that also presents your home as your carefully crafted sanctuary. The seven entryways presented deliver dazzling designs that inspire warmth, comfort, and effortless grace.

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CHIC SOPHISTICATION Demonstrating clean lines and layered patterns in one design, this bright entryway fuses trendy features with colors like black and white to merge two styles. The addition of a mirror, shoe rack, and floating hooks makes it a fashionably, functional space. Design by CYNTHIA SODA Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI



LIGHT AND AIRY Bright white and blue, the colors in this entryway make it feel both warm and welcoming. The contrast of the gray tile with the light hardwood floors and the addition of cozy, neutral pillows embellishes the entryway to make it even more comfortable. Design by REBECCA HAY Photography by JASON HARTOG

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The texture of the brick-look flooring along with the smooth feel of the countertops in this entryway will evoke a feeling of tradition while elevating the design to a polished, proper feel. From the striped cloth seat to the gold cicada wallpaper and the flowers, vases, and cabinet knobs, the textures work to freshen the space by brightening otherwise basic features of this entryway. Design by DVIRA OVADIA Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN 32

MASCULINE MASTERPIECE A bold, striking space, this entryway leaves plenty of room for storage with its large built-in black cabinets and gray bench. The oversized door emphasizes the brightness of the space, allowing the matte black door handles to accentuate the richness of every dark shade in the room. Design by KATE DAVIDSON Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN

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Statement double doors finished in a beautiful satin black certainly stand out amongst the crowd, but surrounding elements make equal impacts to this entryway design. The marble mosaic floor not only offers visual contrast to surrounding hardwood floors, but also easy-to-clean durability for heavily trafficked areas. The ceiling, covered in a deep navy textured wallpaper, offers balance against the adjacent stand-out doors. Design by REBECCA HAY Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI


MODERN SIMPLICITY A small yet refined space, the deep blue hue of this built-in entryway offers a pop of color while the clean gold accents elevate the detail of the overall design. The curves in the handles on the side of the bench are subtle but sophisticated, attracting your eye to every element of this entryway piece. Design by REBECCA HAY Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN Beautiful Design Made Simple | 35



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Clutter is neither beautiful nor functional. No matter how neatly you try to arrange everything, too much of anything never says well-designed.

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Nothing transforms a space quite like a fresh coat of paint. What is your go-to color(s) for creating a refreshed look and feel within a room?


I can’t say that I have go-to paint colors simply because choosing the right paint color is specific to each space based on fixed elements of the room (such as countertops in a kitchen or bathroom), the light that the room receives, and the fabrics and furnishings going into the space. For a fresh neutral that goes with just about everything, however, I love a pale greige like Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Sherwin-Williams Shoji White. Although they aren’t quite as versatile as a neutral choice would be, I am totally in love with SherwinWilliams Naval, Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper, and Benjamin Moore Guacamole. I’ve used each of these colors on either cabinetry or trim, and it’s such a fabulous look!





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It’s probably more accurate to say that I incorporate seasonal textures into my home, but all within the context of the existing color scheme. For example, I love to drape a sumptuous cashmere or wool throw over the arm of my sofa the moment the first frost hits. For spring, I’ll swap out my gray mohair pillows for pale-pink linen.

I also rarely use “traditional” colors in my holiday décor. Last year, I used various shades of pinks, ranging from blush to a deep berry. One great way to pull your holiday color scheme throughout your home is to buy lots of ribbon in one of your colors and tie it on a frontdoor wreath, onto the backs of dining room chairs, and around lamp bases. You can also bring one or more of your colors to your holiday table by layering colorful chargers under plain white plates or your regular china.



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When it comes to rooms that are highly lived in and loved on by all ages, how do you approach the design differently?


The first order of business when creating a space the whole family can enjoy is to balance style with durability by choosing beautiful fabrics that will stand up to the challenge of daily life. Look for performance upholstery fabrics; they’re the Holy Grail for homes with children and pets. Thankfully, over the last few years, manufacturers have come out with a bevy of colors and styles that look and feel amazing, so there are plenty of great options to choose from. Incorporating areas for different activities in to the living room’s layout is a great way to ensure family members of all ages will gather there. A seating area encourages conversation, a chair with a side table and a lamp will invite curling up with a book, and a quartet of chairs surrounding a small table is perfect for enjoying a snack and playing games. One thing I don’t do any differently in spaces for active families than I would in any other space is to add beautiful artwork, original or otherwise. There’s just something about art on the walls that makes a room feel more personal and complete.


Everything gets a bit lighter as we transition from winter to spring. Fewer layers, lighter fabrics. Do you have any favorite fabrics and textures to introduce in the spring?


A perfect way to lighten up your home for spring involves one of my favorite tricks for cozying up your home in winter. I love to layer wool rugs over seagrass rugs in the cooler months to add a little extra softness and warmth underfoot. Then come spring, remove the wool rugs to unveil the natural texture and cool feel of the seagrass rugs. It’s a simple action that transforms the entire room. I also love to swap out heavier quilts and accent pillows in cozy fabrics on the beds for ones made from lightweight, cooling fabrics that feel fresh and breezy. There’s nothing better than laying your head on a crisp cotton or linen pillowcase. Of course, spring in my home always means more fresh flowers than ever (I’ve never met a peony I didn’t like). Put them in every room for a home that looks and smells like a springtime garden.




Just as seasonal blooms give life to exterior landscapes, artwork gives life to interiors. What advice can you offer someone looking to do a complete art overhaul in their home?


That sounds like a fun undertaking! While I recommend always keeping an eye out for new pieces you’ll love, I think most art lovers remain sentimental about their favorites. I have certain pieces I know I’ll keep forever. I’d say the first thing to do would be to take an inventory of any existing pieces you own. Which ones do you still love? Are there any you love but that could use a frame update? That’s a great way to freshen up pieces you aren’t quite ready to part with, but that don’t fully work with the look and feel you’re going for in your space. Then take an inventory of the wall space you have available. Make careful notes about the height and width of each space. I even recommend snapping a photo so you can quickly recall what’s in that area of the room when you’re shopping. In terms of where to find great art, you might want to start by looking online or at local galleries. If original pieces are what you’re after, follow and search #originalart on Instagram. You’re bound to find artists, if not specific pieces, you’ll love. From there, you can contact the artist directly to commission a piece, or discover which galleries represent them. If you’re looking for reproductions, there are a lot of good manufacturers, but I particularly love Wendover Art Group’s collections (they sell to the trades only so you’ll need to get in touch with a designer or other dealer to purchase pieces).



From a functional standpoint, what is the secret to making the most out of built-in bookcases and shelving?


I think there are three keys to using built-ins and other open shelving as functional storage that looks beautiful: 1.



Clutter is neither beautiful nor functional. No matter how neatly you try to arrange everything, too much of anything never says “well-designed.” A cohesive color story really matters here. We’ve all seen shelves with books of every color in the rainbow, and it usually looks chaotic. The same is true for dishes. If you have items in a wide array of colors, that can absolutely work. Simply group similar colors together and, if possible, separate the different color groups on different shelves. Or create delineation on the same shelf with separate stacks. For nondecorative items you want close at hand (kids’ art supplies, media remotes, etc.), employ beautiful covered storage boxes and baskets that fit neatly on your shelves.


We adore ALL of your kids’ room designs. For a space that’s bound to get messy, how do you combat the chaos through design? Favorite fabrics and textures to introduce in the spring?


First of all, I’m not a minimalist in my design style, but I am with respect to just about everything else, including kids’ toys and clothing. Simply put, the less you have, the less there is to mess up! That said, I do try to incorporate simple, beautiful organizing solutions into my own home and the spaces I design for my clients. For example, covered bins or baskets work great for kiddos to quickly stow toys away at the end of a play session, as well as for collecting loose items like shoes and sports equipment in foyers and mudrooms. For the more public areas of the house where kids’ messes tend to collect, like living rooms and kitchens, I turn to closed storage, whether in the form of cabinetry and built-ins or beautiful consoles and other storage pieces.

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For each of the following rooms, name one must-have design element (or expert tip) to ensure a highly-functional space:


Kitchen: Great cabinet design is vital. There’s nothing less functional than a kitchen that doesn’t have storage configured to suit what you have and what you use regularly. Small appliances often clutter the countertops simply due to the lack of easy-to-reach storage. Living Room: Having sufficient seating to accommodate everyone in your home, and providing each seat with a place to put a drink and a book, makes a world of difference in how you’ll use and enjoy your living room. Bathroom: Including a linen closet (or large cabinet) in the bathroom itself is a must. It’s never fun to realize midshower that you forgot to grab a towel—and that the linen closet is down the hall! No room for that? Maybe there’s a spot for an extra towel bar or hook! Office: Every office needs certain items to be functional, and we traditionally rely on our desk drawers to stow many of those items. But if space is at a premium, opt for a smaller desk with no drawers instead and add a console or credenza with larger cabinets for your closed storage. That way, you can hide away bulky items like the printer and router as well as the little items that would have gone in your drawers, like a stapler, tape dispenser, envelopes, etc.

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For those not looking to break the bank, what are three inexpensive ways one can refresh their home dĂŠcor this spring? 1. 2.



Fresh flowers. Buy a new book or two in colors that fit with your room’s decor. You can never have enough beautiful books for stacking on coffee tables and shelves! Throw pillows are always a good way to change up the style of your home. Opt for down-filled options in highquality fabrics. One great trick is to get a slightly larger pillow insert than you need to fit the cover because fuller pillows always look more luxe.


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A true classic never goes out of style. While interior design trends come and go, timeless design elements will always be a sound investment. Hardwood flooring has proven to be a permanent surface in our homes and continues to be emulated in other flooring options. No matter what shade or species of wood flooring you prefer, nothing will showcase the true character of wood like rustic flooring varieties. Here are a few of our favorite reasons why rustic floors are an undeniable hit with homeowners.

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NATURAL BEAUTY: The word “rustic� itself refers to rural and rugged. When it comes to rustic flooring, the finished floors and rooms will indeed connect you to the countryside, farms, and even the forests themselves. Rustic wood styles are engineered to showcase the grain, knots, rings, wormholes, and other markings that are found in natural wood.

CONNECTION TO THE PAST: In addition to showcasing the gorgeous age of the actual hardwood, many rustic flooring styles have a reclaimed quality that highlights markings from the old buildings or structures they originate from. Just like rustic wood character reminds us of the majestic trees that produced it, reclaimed styles recall the barns, farmhouses, and old factories that once stood tall in decades past. As technology and innovation continue to shape our daily lives and interior design, this nostalgic element represents a soothing connection to simpler times that many homeowners cherish.

PERFECT PATINA: Patina is the natural aging process of solid hardwood that creates a luster from the combined result of aging, wear, sun exposure, and oxidization. Rustic wood options capture this brilliant phenomenon, and timeworn patina is highly prized by hardwood lovers. In the same way that fine wine is aged to perfection, wood with beautiful patina is achieved with time and cherished appropriately.

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FANTASTIC FINISHES: In the world of rustic hardwood flooring, distinct finishes are the name of the game. There is no limit to the distressing, hand-scraping, stains, or color washes that can be applied to wood flooring. Some will prefer a washed-out, weathered, or matte tone, while others will prefer a warmer feel that comes from oiling and waxing. Any finish that gives the wood added character and creates an antique quality will be received affectionately by rustic wood enthusiasts.

TREMENDOUS TEXTURE: With the unique ability to turn imperfections into perfect beauty marks, rustic flooring options also provide homeowners with engaging textures. You don’t have to fear the scratches and dents that can result over time; they will actually blend in and add to the one-of-a-kind floor. As incredible luxury vinyl and laminate styles are produced to mimic real wood, manufacturers have given special consideration to enhanced rigid texture and patterns that don’t repeat. The distinctive texture of rustic flooring cements its truly authentic appeal.


No matter what the design world champions as the hottest look on the market, investing in a timeless style is always a solid choice. Hardwood will never go out of style, and rustic varieties only get better as the years roll by. If genuine wood will exceed your budget, explore the many additional hard surface flooring options that capture vintage beauty faithfully.

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THE BEAUTY OF LESS: EXPLORING MINIMALISM AS A MAXIMALIST Written by Annie Fair | Interior design by Annie Fair Design

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My husband often finds it necessary to declare himself a minimalist. In so doing, he is contrasting himself against my, apparent, maximalism. I don’t self-describe as a maximalist. I do love the layers of life and character that populate the faded chintz curtains and upholstery of English country houses. I do want to display all the gorgeous art books I own. I am driven to find the needle in the estate sale haystack. And I absolutely want to go to the red apartment Billy Baldwin created for Diana Vreeland just to breathe it all in over cocktails. Dare I even mention Tony Duquette? Or Doris Duke’s Shangri La? OK, OK. Perhaps I have a penchant for more. For the sake of a happy marriage and a spring refresh, I have agreed to explore the art of minimalism. After all, I love the simplicity and beauty of Japanese ceramics. I love a Zen hotel as much as the next person. I admire how one can live a spare industrial artist loft. How hard could it be? As I look out over my stacks of art and design books held up by a variety of bookends and my carefully curated collection of African cowbells that offset the Memphis-inspired candle sticks with their towering candles, where do I start? We start as we always do, of course, with a list. Here are my top ways for a maximalist to explore the art of minimalism.

For the sake of a happy marriage and a spring refresh, I have agreed to explore the art of minimalism.


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Clean Slate For this exercise to work, we need to start with a clean slate. Let’s say you want to refresh your dining room. As much as possible, empty the room of all unnecessary accessories, décor, and furniture. Keep only what is absolutely required for the room to function. For a typical dining room, that would be your table and chairs. If you want to go a step further, consider if you can abandon your chairs and opt for floor cushions and a low table. Once you’ve determined how you want to dine, then you may invite some of your other pieces back to the party. However, before we go from stark to stacked, consider the value added by an item versus the amount of space it takes up. Bring back as little as possible. Be strict. I think you can have an elegant dining room by just bringing in three more things. On my list , those three things would be a modernist console table, an antique candelabra, and a plant or vase for flowers. Done.


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Start with an Investment Piece Our firm always mixes furniture and accessories from vendors high and low. Working like this allows clients to invest as they can, but still be able to live in their homes and be comfortable. Following our minimalist doctrine, let your investment piece be the star of the room. It does not want to share the spotlight with clutter and distraction. Give space for your special item to be special. If it is a credenza, for example, keep the surface clear of dĂŠcor and accessories and allow it to float freely on a wall without overcrowding it with other furniture. This will draw your eye as well as help the special something be center stage in your room. Drama.

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Shop Your Own Collection Rather than purchasing something new and acquiring more stuff, consider refreshing your living room by redecorating it using items you already have—perhaps you can swap lamps and throw pillows from another space to mix it up a little. Try putting one of your bedside table lamps in your living room, and move that floor lamp into that dark corner of your bedroom! Bring the art from your dining room into the entryway. Roll up those rugs and move them around! This exercise will also help you to see your items differently. After the relocation, you may have some leftover pieces that don’t work anymore. If you don’t love them, donate them. Release.

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Tighten Up Consider how many dishes or glasses or towels you have versus how many people live in your home. How many of these items can your family use in a given day? How many sets of sheets can you use on your bed at once? Rather than having four sets of sheets when you really only love one of them, donate those that are no longer your favorites, and treat yourself to another set of the best! That way, you are always sleeping your best sleep, and there is less clutter in your linen closet. For me, this provides a good reason to invest in a brand I love rather than have second-rate bedding. I am also more likely to make my bed if I want to show off those gorgeous sheets! Clean and fresh.

Eliminate the Negative Even as maximalists, we can understand how too many pillows may not be the best use of our sofa space. Rather than storing all the things you can’t currently use, consider donating them. Keep only the items you must use or that you feel you aren’t ready to release. Clinging on to things you don’t need will hold you back. Having less stuff allows you to consider the architecture and lines of your home.

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Know When to Indulge Allow yourself one cheat day. Or cheat room. The powder room is always a fun place to really turn up the volume. And after all this minimalism, a little maximalism will surely come as a welcome relief! Have fun!

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You’ve Done It, You’re A Minimalist. OK, maybe not, but these exercises have been helpful to determine what is really working in our homes and what is just taking up space. Recognize that more is not always better. Invest in quality and not quantity. Allow that investment piece space to truly shine. Do not feel obligated to cover every surface. Let the architecture and finishes of your home speak without embellishment. Remember what Coco Chanel said: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror, and take one thing off.” Less is more. 60

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Flipping through the pages of design and dĂŠcor magazines today is an excellent source of inspiration for homeowners and dreamers alike. The featured rooms are big and bright, with tons of natural light and an airy feel. Some of the appeal comes from wonderful architecture, high ceilings, and large-scale windows. The rest comes

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from strategic planning and a sleek designer touch. We are often asked to create a sense of greater space for our clients, and short of a renovation, there are easier ways to achieve that. Here are some of our tried-and-true tricks for making a home feel larger, brighter, and more open.


Probably the simplest shortcut to creating a bigger and brighter home is to declutter it. Granted, this won’t actually get you any more square footage, but you’ll be amazed at your newfound perceived sense of space. We suggest to minimize and remove items from tabletops and countertops. Minimally adorned shelves and surfaces will help accentuate your home’s architecture, furniture, and artwork by not competing for your attention. This trick is more about achieving a visual sense of space, and it works every time! If you’re renovating your home and have carte blanche (within reason, of course), now would be a very convenient time to build “visual space” right into the design from the ground up. Starting with your floors, opt for a flooring product, dimensions, and design that elongate the space in your mind’s eye. Think “long and lean,” like grainy hardwood floors and rectangular tiles. The way flooring is installed also has a huge visual impact on your space. Parallel or diagonal flooring is commonly known to achieve the illusion of space. Be sure to continue the same flooring material and pattern through connecting rooms to create a greater sense of continuity. Before any work starts, advise your designer or flooring professional of your aesthetic goals for the space. Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI

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Wall color is another easy way to create the illusion of more overall space in your home. Lighter colors can make your walls visually recede, while deeper shades tend to bring them forward and create coziness. To bring a greater sense of light and air into your home, choose a neutral color palette consisting of white, beige, or light gray. This is because neutral colors reflect more light and make a room feel larger. Avoid dark paint or overly bold wallpaper, which can

make a room (particularly a small one!) feel even more cramped and cluttered than it may already be. Paint the room and all adjoining areas in the same hue to create continuity and blur the breaks from one living area to the next. Along the same lines, keep contrasts to a minimum. A monochromatic color palette from the ground up will achieve an overall cohesive, seamless look.



While we’re talking walls, have you taken stock of your windows yet? Windows are worth their weight in gold, in my professional opinion, flooding a room with tons of natural light, fresh air, and lively, vibrant views. Maximize the natural light in your home to make the space look and feel larger. Replace your heavy window drapes with simple white sheers, which offer the benefit of privacy without impeding the flow of sunlight. If privacy is not an issue, omit the window coverings altogether for a more modern, minimal look.

Tip: Window covering expert Specialty House Manufacturing recommends hanging your window coverings as close to the ceiling as possible to make the ceiling feel higher than it is and make the window appear larger. When you’re finally ready to furnish the space, remember that especially in a small home, less is more. And always consider the scale of a new piece of furniture in relation to the room and other items in it. A small home that’s outfitted with sleek, streamlined furniture will look more spacious and be more functional. Opt for pieces featuring clean lines, clear glass, and reflective materials, which hold less visual weight than solid pieces do. As you arrange your furniture, steer clear of doorways (for functional and aesthetic reasons), and ensure you keep trafficked areas clear. Finally, and importantly, leave sight lines open to ensure you maintain that great sense of openness. Whenever you shop for an item for your home, ask yourself if it can do double duty. Always opt for pieces that can serve more than one function. Multipurpose pieces are a great way to declutter your space and spend less money on items you don’t really need. Modern designers and manufacturers have mastered the art of storage and space savings, with beautiful pieces that surprise and delight. Many furniture stores offer smallerscale items, but there are condo-specific stores out there that specialize in small-space essentials such as d-leaf kitchen tables, storage ottomans, wall desks, compact chairs, and nesting tables. Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN 68

Furnishings with exposed legs or feet are another trick of the trade. There’s something about the air flowing freely around and underneath these pieces that gives them a lighter appearance. Invest in leggy couches, ottomans, and chairs as well as bed frames, dressers, and other furniture that catches the eye. The final and perhaps most overlooked way to enhance a home’s sense of space is with accessories. No home is complete without these finishing touches, and believe it or not, some strategic pieces can actually make your home appear larger. Mirrors are an essential piece in every home, but I especially love using them in compact spaces. Their aesthetic impact is incredible, and the best part—it’s instant! This interior design tip works for all sizes of rooms and can work almost anywhere in your home, regardless of the size of the mirror. Bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms—anything goes. Think beyond the walls when using mirrors. Play with mirrored finishes and reflective surfaces in your living room, entryway, bedroom, or kitchen décor to add depth and brightness to the space. Lighting is commonly found in reflective finishes like polished chrome and, more recently, trending gold, but don’t stop there. Virtually anything can be found in a reflective finish, such as high-


sheen fabrics, art and photo frames, vases, mirrored side tables; the list goes on. Hint: Placing reflective pieces near windows will subtly bounce more light around the room. The old saying “size is just a number” is only true to a certain degree when it comes to your home’s square footage. Realistically, there’s only so much “visual space” you can get. There are many creative ways to make a small space appear larger, but the true secret to making the most of your home is to use every inch wisely. This doesn’t mean cramming every corner and surface. It means standing back and incorporating empty “white space” into the overall aesthetic. You’d be surprised at how liberating an empty corner or countertop can be. The most beautiful homes aren’t necessarily the biggest ones. Be smart and selective with what you choose to bring into your home. Think light, open, and airy. Simplify. By freeing up visual space in your home, you’ll soon find yourself living larger than you ever thought possible—regardless of your home’s physical restraints.

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As a designer, my objective is to help tell the homeowner’s story through a carefully curated collection of furnishings, art, accessories, and an overall aesthetic that speaks to them. Truth be told, I love antique hunting for my interior projects, and when my clients have their own hand-me-down pieces that they’d like incorporated into the design, even better. There are so many benefits to including older furnishings as part of a new design. First of all, it’s more cost efficient, with some fabulous items either already within your possession or available for purchase at a hefty discount. Repurposing existing furniture is not only greener for your wallet but is also better for the environment—and as we all know, environmentally friendly living starts at home. Last but not least, as you purge your home of unwanted clutter, you’ll notice an elevated aesthetic to properly showcase those pieces that you really love—regardless if they’re old or new.

The “mix-and-match” trend Older furnishings can lend your space a look that is particularly hot right now—it’s cool and contemporary, yet warm with retro character. A lot of this comes by way of the beloved dents, scratches, and time you’ll find covering antiques from top to toe. Aside from those, you’ll also find handcrafted quality, time-honored traditions, and a good story or two. By highlighting a few thoughtfully selected, vintage objects, your space will have a “collected” and very deliberate look that’s evocative of an art gallery.

The big purge Step one to a successful “old-meets-new” interior is to really evaluate every piece you currently have in your space. Start by asking yourself: Do I need it? Do I have room for it? And do I love it? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, then it can stay. Items that are damaged or broken belong on the curb. Most cities have great recycling programs for curbside pick-up. Furnishings, accessories,


small appliances, clothes, and toys that are gently used but no longer loved or needed should go into a “donate” pile. More and more charities and nonprofit organizations are popping up, eager to accept these still-good items for a good cause— and they will even come to collect them from your front door. If you’re even the slightest bit tech-savvy, you can always sell your used items online. As they say, one’s trash is another’s treasure and there’s no shortage of people out there who can take your old items off your hands. Online is a great place to purchase these items as well, but more on that later! Now that you’ve emptied out the space you’ll be redesigning, you’ll have to fill it up again! Now, before you lose your head (and your wallet), remember that in this case, less is more. The objective here is a highly curated aesthetic, so ensure the few items you choose to showcase make the right statement in your space.

The art of “up-cycling” You likely have some solidly built furniture items you can’t quite part with. Perhaps they look dowdy and dated. But really look at them, and you’ll surely find something you love. The quality construction, the unique lines, the comfort. This is where “up-cycling” offers a great option. As designers, my team and I have been doing this much more frequently, and we’re glad to see this trend picking up speed. It’s easy to repurpose old dining chairs, sofas, armchairs, tables, and even lighting by refinishing them. A fresh coat of paint in a trendy color or adding a new fabric can instantly update and bring a tired piece back to life. No one will even suspect that it was ever—dare I say it— once destined for the curb.

Antique hunting So what if you haven’t inherited any cherished antiques? It might surprise you, but there are high-end and affordable finds right at your doorstep. These unicorns do exist and they are called “consignment stores.” Vintage décor is popular now, and good pieces are easy to find at places like consignment shops, estate sales, and flea markets. These secondhand furniture hot spots are filled with high-end, beautifully made gems that tell a story. An added bonus is that the quality of some older furnishing can be vastly superior to some pieces that are being manufactured today, proving that they sure don’t make ‘em like they used to!


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Strike a balance


Once you find your furniture, accessory, or light fixture, mix it up by selecting some newer, more contemporary items to blend into the space. When creating an “old-meets-new” look at home, remember the design rule of repetition: a single modern element will look out of place in a sea of antiques. Be sure to balance these different styles with an equal ratio of pieces. Up-cycling is a great way to achieve that perfect balance of old and new, with a truly one-of-a-kind, custom piece you’ll never find in any shop.

With the furniture side of things covered, the last area to focus on is the accessories. I love to incorporate old, vintage finds from unexpected places. They become like buried treasures, tucked away on shelves, bookcases, and side tables. I prefer this to any mass-produced piece found in a big-box store. Scour antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales for some real beauties and bargains—it’s worth the effort. Not only will you be doing your part for the planet by minimizing your carbon footprint, but you’ll also be bringing lots of character and interest into the interior space.

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Think “vertical” as a great way to showcase those interesting, vintage decorations and collections. Using a wall to store and showcase your pieces will help liven up the room without creating tabletop clutter or occupying valuable square footage. Dedicated wall storage means you’ll finally have a home for all those unconventional and perhaps unused items that still tell a good story. Consider enhancing your display cases with dimmable integrated lighting. This will highlight your collections and turn them into a focal point in the room while adding illumination and ambience to the overall space.

Think outside the box When it comes to your used pieces, think strategically. Not everything is destined for the trash. Consider finding new uses for old objects. This is a fun way to challenge your creative side. Simple projects, like converting an old suitcase or trunk into a trendy side table or turning a sewing machine table into a vanity, can be an interesting approach to up-cycling that becomes a talking point for visitors and perhaps creates something cherished enough to be handed down. By repurposing pieces you already own, you’ll keep objects you’d otherwise never use out of the basement and better yet, out of the dumpster. This old-meets-new, mix-and-match approach to interiors is much loved, and popular among homeowners and the design industry alike for many reasons. My team and I have certainly made a concerted effort to change our approach to our profession. Old and new can work together in perfect harmony, and they must for us to do our part for the planet. Reusing, recycling, and upcycling takes some know-how, forethought, and a keen eye for style. Working with an unbiased professional designer can help you objectively weed out the trash from the treasure and identify the items that are truly worth keeping.



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When you walk into a home, flooring may not be the first thing you see, but in beautiful design, it most certainly plays a role in the overall flow and functionality of a home. In our exclusive video interview with Kate Davidson of Kate + Co. Design Inc., Davidson shares the importance of flooring in interior design and the key functions it plays. For entryways, Davidson recommends tile for its durability and resistance to water. Depending on the entryway, there are different styles of tile that can be used to complement the design of the home. For example, in the more formal, front entryway, Davidson recommends a polished marble tile. While still durable, it has a more elegant, high-end look. For side entrances or back doors that have a more everyday use, Davidson suggests a porcelain tile and enjoys adding a design element with a pattern.


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With the open concept layouts found in many homes today, choosing one floor that is consistent throughout the main level helps to make a home feel larger and more open. This means choosing a floor that will work in all spaces of the home. In her video interview, Davidson shows off a beautiful oak floor that was used throughout the main level of the home. To define each functional space, Davidson used area rugs that complemented the décor in each room. For a finished basement, Davidson often chooses Luxury

Vinyl Plank for its ability to be installed in areas prone to moisture and its forgiving durability. With realistic visuals of hardwood, it’s difficult to tell that the flooring is not consistent with the rest of the home. Davidson offers some advice when choosing flooring: “Keep the color palette consistent.” She also reiterates that flooring selections set the tone for the entire space and are essential to beautiful designs.

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Hardwood flooring has beauty, strength, and character along with options for every look. From smooth, glossy, traditional strips to wide, weathered planks, hardwood creates a beautiful backdrop for any room. Today’s hardwood floors are also milled and finished using techniques that require much lower maintenance than in years past.


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Principal of Rebecca Hay Designs, Rebecca is known and celebrated for her work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows. With a focus on quality and craftsmanship, Rebecca and her team design beautiful, functional spaces, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary interiors.

Crisp lines, classic sensibilities, and chic palettes are the cornerstones of Traci Zeller’s aesthetic. Founder and principal of Traci Zeller Interiors, Traci’s award-winning work has been featured in national design publications like Better Homes and Gardens and Traditional Home.

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Annie Fair is an interior designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a North Carolina native, a former Los Angeles resident of 17 years, and a graduate of the NYC-based Parsons School of Design, Fair maintains a growing number of projects on both the East and West coasts. Before starting her own namesake firm in 2017, the talented designer honed her skillset under the wings of Kelly Wearstler, Michael Smith, and House of Honey.

Andrea Colman is principal of Fine Finishes Design. With almost two decades of renovation and design experience, her full-service firm services clientele throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The growing boutique design firm is known for creating stylish, harmonious, livable environments.

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