Introducing Asian Influence to your Interiors!

Is spring almost here? As we all hope that day light savings time is an indication of warm days to come, I started to think about the fresh, organic and calming elements of Asian interior design. Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment and used quite a bit in interior decorating.  You do not need to do a drastic Feng Shui design of your home to accomplish such decorating benefits. Here the designers introduce the Asian influence through wallpapers, ceilings finishes, beds and fabrics to make any visitor feel they have entered a space in Asia.   My client lived in Asia for many years and upon their move back to the US, wanted to recreate the organic and natural atmosphere of this far away land they were leaving. In this kitchen, the most prominent Asian design can be found in the woven wall paper that surrounds the white washed oak cabinets and appliances. Additionally, the handmade Japanese paper chandelier and various pieces brought back from Asia by the homeowners puts the finishes touches to the Asian surroundings. I envisioned the homeowners cooking an authentic Asian meal in this kitchen every night and reminiscing on their days in Asia.   As you can see, there are multiple ways to incorporate Asian influence in your home! It can be established with traditional colors, patterns, and furniture. Hopefully, these have inspired you to being bring Asian influences to you home. For more interior design and decorating ideas, feel free to visit our website here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.   And remember, “It’s All in the Details”!  ...
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Mixing Metals in Interior Design!

As the New Year has begun, so have new interior design trends! The use of mixed metals in a space has been incorporated into many designs over the past several months, and is now really taking off as a predicted interior design trend of 2015. There are so many beautiful metal finishes out there, why limit yourself to designing with just one? By introducing multiple finishes, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities! Accent tables are another great place to feature your mix of metals. In this In-Town Victorian Home, I incorporated gold wall hangings such as the mirror and sconce lighting, with silver table accessories. The wonderful thing about this approach, is that you can change out the silver table accessories whenever you are ready to move on, and can replace them with other metal pieces that are a different finish! Bringing different types of metal finishes into a space adds a sophisticated and glamourous look that can add an edge to the design and decoration of your space. For more interior design and decorating ideas, feel free to visit our website here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. And remember, “It’s All in the Details”!...
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Adding the Finishing Touches in Interior Design to a Kitchen Backsplash

When it comes to selecting a backsplash to complete the interior design & decoration of your Kitchen, there are a million choices to choose from. Not only can you use the traditional look of mosaic tile, but there are now stunning options in metal, wood, and stone. The opportunity to add your own flair to your space is endless! Another aspect to consider when selecting a backsplash for a Kitchen, is where and how far up the wall do you want it to be? I have seen some spectacular examples of backsplashes becoming accent walls, but have also seen elegant Kitchens where the backsplash material is very limited and used strictly as a necessity. The sky is the limit when it comes to making these decisions. An excellent material to consider for a backsplash is hammered sheet metal. This is a more masculine look that can enhance both a modern Kitchen and traditional Kitchen in different ways. Look at how this metal creates a warm hue in the space, by the reflection of its bronze color. If this type of material does not do it for you in a Kitchen, then consider it in a Bar Area! A backsplash like this, will set a romantic mood that is ideal for a bar. This Kitchen features a smaller mosaic backsplash that is turned into an accent wall stretching up to the crown molding. The different grey hues compliment the white, while also creating a pop of excitement. What I also love about this mosaic is that it enhances the beautiful design of the range hood. If this were a white backsplash that matched the rest of the millwork, you would not be able to see the amazing curves on the millwork! If you are not one to throw in a bright color or pattern, there are still so many different attractive tile mosaics that will make your Kitchen feel special, while still blending in with the space. Take this Kitchen I designed in Stamford, Connecticut. I did Carrera Marble throughout the entire Kitchen, and to finish it off, I added a herringbone Carrera Marble mosaic to the backsplash. It created a subtle match to the countertops, while also adding a little bit of sparkle to the room in a discreet pattern. Also, notice the low-key design above the range. It adds an elegant flair without being overpowering. If you love...
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I’m Dreaming of a White…Interior Design!

With the winter weather quickly approaching, I have been inspired to think in terms of white! A white color palette can make the most sophisticated of spaces!  What I love most about it, is that it can be used in any interior design style to reflect and enhance that particular style. You ultimately cannot go wrong with white! Here are some examples of how white is incorporated into the interior design and decoration of spaces, and how it can make your home so special.   At the Governor’s Mansion located in Hartford, Connecticut, I chose to incorporate whites into the interior design and decoration of this transitional space through furniture, millwork, and accents. Look at how much it brightens up this Living Area while mixed with soft hues of greens and blues. It creates a timeless look that will never go out of style! There are so many different ways to include whites into an interior design and decoration of your home. Whether you are trying to achieve a traditional scheme, or a more modern scheme, whites are guaranteed to brighten up your space and lift up your mood. For more interior design and decorating ideas, feel free to visit our website here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. And remember, “It’s All in the Details”!       – Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC 32 Field Point Road Greenwich, CT 06830...
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Your Not-So-Traditional Wood Flooring!

Wood plank flooring is your traditional go-to flooring for a home because it is easy to maintain and clean while looking beautiful all at once. There are a plethora of woods and stains that can be used for flooring that can help complete the interior design and decoration of a space. Though wood plank floors are a league of their own, I have found some unique wood floors that will blow you away! Here is a parquet flooring that I incorporated into my design at the Carlyle in New York, New York. The main goal of the feature floor is to draw guests out of the entryway and down the hall towards the Living/seating area. It is almost as if it acts a runway to make your guests feel special as they walk into your home. It also reflects nicely with the cove lighting above! I hope these floors have opened your eyes to the possibilities in wood flooring! There are so many options out there, and it is just a matter of finding the one that is perfect for you and your space. For more interior design and decorating ideas, feel free to visit our website here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. And remember, “It’s All in the Details”.     – Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC 32 Field Point Road Greenwich, CT 06830...
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Coastal Elements for an Endless Summer!

This is the time of year to be inspired by all things coastal and nautical! These trends seem to have been transformed throughout the years to a style that is both classy and elegant, and can ultimately be used in any home. Here are some great ideas of how to introduce a “beachy” vibe into your interior designs This is a perfect example of how you can add coastal elements to a Kitchen. This Kitchen is beautiful on its own, but is brought to life with a sea glass chandelier and blue accents! I especially love the cerused oak farmhouse table mixed with the rattan dining chairs. It truly gleams nautical in a charming way! The best part about this interior design, is that these accessories can easily be replaced when you are ready for a new look! Blues are very commonly tied to coastal and nautical interior designs. This is because of several different factors including the relation to the ocean, and the serene mood this color can set in a space. I love the nautical element it brings into this Mid-Century Modern Living Room. The different hues of blue throughout the room tie in between the seating, rug, and wall color. The mixes of wood are also a great addition. The coffee table especially reminds me of a boat! While on the subject of boats, there are several features that we can incorporate into interior designs to be reminiscent of boats or the nautical style. Some from this Living Room in particular are the dark woods, nautical stripes, and rounded edges of a boat’s sides. Though some of these factors can look a bit literal, they do not always have to be that way. Introducing maybe one or two of these looks can be a subtle enough hint at a nautical approach. One of the first things that comes to mind in a coastal bedroom is high ceilings. This allows you to open up your doors in the morning to and have the ocean air circulate throughout your entire space! This bedroom has just that, with stunning wood accents throughout the ceiling and the rest of the design. What I love most about this interior design is that it has a cozy club chair and ottoman; an essential item for any bedroom where you can lay back and read one of your favorite books! As you can...
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