Friday, January 31, 2014

New Year, New Collections for Cowtan & Tout!

Earlier this week I met with my local Cowtan & Tout rep to get a sneak peak of their new fabric and wallcovering collections!  Cowtan & Tout brands include Colefax & Fowler, Jane Churchill, Larsen, and Manuel Canovas.

Here are some photos I snapped during the meeting:

If you would like to incorporate some of these beautiful new prints into your home or office, contact me at!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday

Happy Wallpaper Wednesday from Rosa Dest Interiors!

This week we are featuring another selection from York Wallcoverings' gorgeous Designer Resource Grasscloth and Natural Wallpaper Collection!

This textured wallpaper, "Burlap, is a fitting choice for the snowy weather we are having in Charlotte today!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Have Fun with your Furniture!

Incorporating hand painted furniture into your home or office is a great way to give any space a custom look.  Hand painted furniture often has an antique or vintage ascetic, so it can add great dimension and detail to your design.
Brighton Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion

Zulim Bowers Designs

If you have a great piece of furniture that needs to be restored, Amy Howard paints can work wonders!  Her easy to use paints and finishing products are easy to use, and always create a beautiful result.

Amy Howard at Home: One Step Paint

Do you need help adding some character to your home or office?  If so, contact me at for a consultation!

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Design Goals for a Great 2014!

Hopefully you all enjoyed Thursday's post about getting organized, and were able to make some progress in your homes and offices!  Simply beginning the organization process really allows you to see the design changes that need to be made to improve your daily life.

Now it's time to determine what you want to accomplish in your home or office in 2014.  Perhaps you would like to be able to host more gatherings or dinner parties in your kitchen/dining room.  Or maybe you need a more professional space to meet with clients in your office.

Change can bring new and exciting opportunities!  If you are ready to make these changes, contact for a consultation.  Whether you are interesting in a renovation, remodel, or simply a redesign within your current space, I can help you make the correct selections for your specific needs.

Here are some tips I share with my clients when collaborating on design decisions and selections:

  1. Have a Plan: Know ahead of time what you are looking for and where you will be placing the pieces.

  2. Have a space plan in hand, that way you will know the size and scale of each piece and where it will be placed.

  3. Select the main piece first; this is usually the piece that will ground your room and dictate the decor.

  4. Buy pieces that are the right proportion for the room and to each other.

  5. Select a paint color or wall covering that will complement the colors you are using in your room.

  6. Remember to layer your window treatments for privacy, sun protection and beauty.

  7. Select the proper window treatment and hardware to bring attention to architectural features or to either accentuate the positives in the room or eliminate the negatives.

  8. Lighting is critical, remember to light each room for function, task and mood.

  9. Art is personal, when you have a piece you love, make sure it is properly framed, displayed and lit.
     10.  Accessories are the jewelry we add to our homes. Of course knowing when and where to stop    
           is key to achieving a beautiful space. By selecting accessories that mean something to you,   
           you will personalize your room. 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday

Happy Wallpaper Wednesday from Rosa Dest Interiors!

This week we are featuring York Wallcoverings for the first time!

This is York Wallcovering's "Metallic Cork" pattern from their Ronald Redding Natural Resources Grasscloth Collection.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Get Organized & Get Going!

In order to assess anything in our lives, we first have to get organized!  The same is true for our homes and offices.  Getting organized will allow us to see what small design changes can be made to improve our everyday lives!

Because the kitchen is often the center of the household, lets start there.  Here are some great tips from HGTV to help you get started:

1.  Go the Distance with Cabinet Space:  This will help you assess the functionality of your current set up, and determine if you have outgrown it.
     Tip:  Stemware glasses can be stored placing every other glass upside down to save room.
     Tip:  Frequently used items should be placed on the bottom shelf of the most convenient cabinet.

2.  Create Zones:  Organize items in your kitchen by their function.  For example, set up a baking zone by devoting a counter space and upper or bottom cabinet shelf to your baking needs.  Creating activity-focused zones is a great organization tip for any room in the home or office.

3.  Purge the Pantry:  Throw out old or expired food.  Donate neglected canned goods and nonperishables.  Next, group foods by category (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc.)
     Tip:  Use a lazy susan for spices and small condiments.
Click here for more kitchen organization tips from HGTV

Have you organized and you are still busting at the seams?  As the years go by, it is very common to outgrow your kitchen due to a growing family, or any changes that increase the need for functionality.  Maybe you are an empty nester with a new-found hobby for cooking!  Or perhaps you find yourself hosting friends and family more often.

Whatever the reason, organizing can open our eyes to our need for design changes.  These changes improve functionality and quality of life in a space.  Think about your needs, and check back Thursday for our post dedicated to determining your design goals and achieving those goals!

Have a great week!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fabric Friday

Happy Fabric Friday from Rosa Dest Interiors!

Featuring: Studio Bon Textiles for Schumacher "Petal Pusher" in Cloud/Ochre

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thankful for Thibaut in 2014!

One of our favorite brands, Thibaut, has launched a new collection of wallcoverings!  I am so excited to use this line with my cleints!  The new Graphic Resource Collection ranges from "bold patterns to fun novelties and graceful geometrics".  This collection is great because it features understated as well as fun, bold prints.  Click here to see the full collection!

Navy is in for 2014! From top to bottom:
Cabrera, Stanbury Trellis, Palazzo, Pierson, and Allison

Widenor Chevron

Bahia in Metallic Gold on Creme

Lafarge in Aqua

Russell Square in Green

Changing or adding wallcoverings is a great way to refresh your home or office for 2014!  If you need help making selections that will bring your home or office to life, contact me at for a consultation!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday!

Happy Wallpaper Wednesday from Rosa Dest Interiors!

Featuring:  Farrow & Ball's "St. Antoine" in BP 947

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Back to Nature for the New Year!

Farrow & Ball has announced their Key Colours for 2014!  This year's theme is "Back to Nature".

According to Farrow & Ball, "The colours we will want to use in our home over the next year reflect our instinctive need to turn our backs on the hard flat surfaces which dominate modern life.  Farrow & Ball's Cooking Apple Green, Stiffkey Blue, Purbeck Stone, and Mole's Breath, bring us back in touch with nature and are our key colours of 2014.  Gathered from either the seashore or the landscape, they are easy to use and create quietly stylish but ultimately comfortable homes".

Stiffkey Blue No. 281

Cooking Apple Green No. 32

Purbeck Stone No. 275

Mole's Breath No. 276

Do you need help coordinating paint colors in your home or office?  If so, contact me at for a consultation!

Have a great week!