Category: bedroom

Modern interior design before and after

An interior design transformation

Everybody loves a good before-and-after home makeover story and as an interior designer it’s rewarding to look back at pre-design photos to see how the transformations took place

With this particular project, my clients were dissatisfied with the function of their really cool home even after years of living there. I was called in after their frustration reached a boiling point and it became time to rethink their most used spaces. Our focus was to bring warmth and comfort into their home with new layouts and furnishings that suited their lifestyle.

In the underused living room we ditched the sofa and wing chair arrangement opting for a modern grouping of four swivel chairs. By moving the furniture away from the walls and closer to the fireplace we created a cozy, conversational spot that the clients enjoy on a regular basis.

Modern living room interior design Before and after

The function of the dining room was fine, being located directly off the kitchen, however the furnishings felt stuck in a 1980s time warp. While working with the existing dining table table, we swapped out the Queen Anne chairs for fully upholstered chairs in a light fabric and tied the space together with a contemporary style rug from Jaunty.

Modern dining room interior design.  Before and after

The transformation in the master bedroom was a game changer for my clients. For years, they struggled with bed placement since the room had an abundance of windows. By creating a “wall” with stationary custom drapery we were able to move the bed out of the corner and off the angle allowing the clients to finally have functional nightstands. The bedroom has become a restful oasis that feels like a luxury hotel thanks to the cohesive design that even makes the task of making the bed in the morning so much easier.

Modern master bedroom interior design Before and After

The bar and office space was plagued by an assortment of furniture that didn’t mesh well in this dual purpose room. Wanting a place to entertain within a work space that was long and narrow was challenge. The style upgrade started with the relocation of the living room sofa and area rug then adding in comfortable leather swivel chairs. An iconic Noguchi coffee table strikes that balance between art and furniture.

Modern interior design Before and After

The clients had lived with the same furniture for many years, much of which they inherited from various family members. The directive throughout the home became how to update the aesthetic while integrating some of the more desirable heirlooms. In the library, we chose to keep the much loved sofa, giving it a cushion make over and repurposing the living room wing chairs with a modern fabric. The result is a cheerful space that the clients now love to relax in.

Modern library interior design Before and After

Mr. H says: Change is inevitable, Transformation is by conscious choice-Enjoy!

6 Proven paint colors for every room

There our countless scientific studies on the impacts of color on human beings. The color of a room affects our mood, blood pressure and even digestion to name just a few . It makes sense that the right shades of paint can enhance your quality of life. So before you head to the paint store, check out the research!

Kitchens-Butter Yellow

For the non morning person, this hue boosts your appetite while enhancing your energy levels. Eating breakfast in a yellow kitchen may motivate you to seize the day.

Sherwin Williams Butter Up
Sherwin Williams Butter Up

Dining Room-Citrus Orange

Orange radiates warmth and happiness. It is invigorating, interactive color that encourages spontaneity and a positive outlook. Perfect for you next dinner party.

Benjamin Moore Orange Appeal
Benjamin Moore Orange Appeal

Bedroom-Deep Blue

Dark blue walls provide a sense of inner security, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It slows the metabolism, prompting feelings of calmness and order, components we need to induce deep sleep.

PPG Silent Night
PPG Silent Night

Bathrooms-Light Pink

The color pink has been used, for over forty years, in detention center to keep inmates calm. Since bathrooms tend to be busy spaces, this soothing hue reminds us to breath and slow down. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. Bonus: soft pink is flattering to all skin tones and everyone wants to look good in the mirror.

Sherwin Williams Intimate White

Home Gym-Bold Red

Red is the color that can boost physical performance, making it the perfect choice for a home gym. The color red is energizing, excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

Behr No More Drama

Creative Spaces-Lavender

The color lavender encourages creative pursuits and assists those who seek spiritual awareness. Artists, writers, musicians and even crafty people can find inspiration in this unexpected color that promotes the harmony of the mind and emotions, contributing to mental balance.

Benjamin Moore Iced Lavender
Benjamin Moore Iced Lavender

Mr. H says: Color has a dramatic effect on your well being so choose carefully-Enjoy!

History of the Bed

These days most everyone in developed countries sleep on beds and mattresses.  Thanks to our innovative ancestors we enjoy a comfortable night’s (or day’s) rest.

During the Neolithic period some 10,000 years ago, primitive man began to alter their nomadic ways and set up permanent housing.  These early humans developed primitive beds for sleeping by piling up leaves, palm fronds or animal skins for comfort.

Neolithic bed

In the Early Dynastic period around 3100 B.C.,  ancient Egyptians crafted simple wooden platforms to lift the bed several inches to avoid dirt and drafts, as well as pests like insects, snakes, mice, and rats. These beds frames would have had woven reeds across the bed frame to support a soft cushion made of wool.

Ancient Egyptian Bed
Gift of The Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1912

Rich Greeks and Egyptians had elaborate beds carved in wood often embellished with gold, ebony, and jewels.  These beds also symbolized the owners social status since the more elite you were, the higher your bed.

Egyptian bed

During the 13th and 14th centuries, bed became very elaborate in wealthy homes Canopies were often suspended from the ceiling above the bed or built onto or around the bed on a frame called a tester. Fabric curtains were hung around the bed to provide additional warmth, privacy, and to protect sleepers from insects and unhealthy drafts.

Great Bed of Ware
Victoria & Albert Museum

While the poor would still have slept on straw mattresses on the floor, it became common for the rising middle class to sleep on mattresses made of feathers during the Renaissance period. These mattresses were placed on top of basic wooden structures with leather or rope lattices built into the frames to.  These strips of leather or rope stretched and sagged over time and had to be tightened periodically, thus coining the phrase “sleep tight.”

Rope bed

During the Renaissance, a style of bed which only had the tester and curtains at the head of the bed became popularized in France.   Owners tended to have either an elaborately carved bed frame or a light frame with elaborate hangings.

Catherine de' Medici's Rennaissance Bedroom
Château de Chenonceau

For the not so wealthy, important advances in the 1700’s began with the creation of iron bed frames with cotton-filled mattresses.  Disease was common and wooden beds often harbored bugs and insects.

Wrought Iron Bed

Although the modern innerspring mattresses was invented in 1871, it became mass produced and more affordable during the 1930’s.  Below is a typical scene at the Newberry County Mattress Project Center.

Newberry County Mattress
National Archives at College Park

Today one can choose to sleep on a myriad of options from water, air, space age foam to luxurious traditional mattresses.  Bed frames choices are virtually unlimited with a wide selection to fit every design style.

Swaim F1100 modern bed

Our fur friends have seen their own sleeping comfort expand through the years too!

Wicker Dog Bed

Mr. H says: Never take tomorrow to bed with you-Enjoy!

Glorious Guest Room Tips

Whether they are family or friends, create a retreat for your visitors with these guest bedroom tips.

Buy the best slightly firm mattress you can afford with an assortment of sleeping pillows of varying firmness.   Be sure that any feather pillows are zipped into in a hypo allergenic cover.  Sheets and blankets should be 100% cotton.  High thread count sateen sheets provide a cooler temperature in bed.

Yves Delorme bed linens
Yves Delorme

Create a pleasant, relaxing color scheme such as a soft blue or green

Keep dirty bags off the bed covering by supplying at least one luggage rack.  Make sure there is space in the closet for guests to hang a few items


Nightstands and lighting on BOTH sides of the bed are a must along with a good wireless connection.

Include a clock, some current magazines or books and a water carafe on the nightstand

Window treatments should close completely allowing for privacy and light control

Hunter Douglas

Mr. H says: People are either born hosts or born guests-Enjoy!