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Kitchen appliances-Color is Cool!

One of our Facebook page questions this week asked for ones preference on kitchen appliances-stainless, colored, or paneled fronts. Stainless seemed the front runner with my friends however I hate to break the news: they are about to date their kitchens.

Hello 70s-Colored appliances are trending back into style. I’m not talking about black and white either.

But bright blue from Viking

Viking appliances in blue

and vibrant red from AGA

AGA red refrigerator

and retro cuties like this from Big Chill

Big Chill Orange frig
The Big Chill

No need to play it safe in the kitchen with these choices.

Mr. H says: Bright colors reflect a bright personality-Enjoy!

PS-Speaking of colors-check out these colors of our lovely city last evening-Gorgeous.

Charleston sunset

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Fun with (faux) fur

I know-you must think I’m crazy. The suggestion to add fur to your décor may seem ridiculous when you have furry children. Since we have two dogs and two cats shedding fur in copious amounts, I often think of setting up a loom and knitting some sweaters with the hopes that pet fur apparel may be the next new fashion trend. But seriously….faux fur can be a marvelous decorative accent.

Just look at these wonderful throw pillows

Fabulous Furs Fox Pillows
Fabulous Furs

And who wouldn’t want to cuddle up on a chilly night with this coyote faux fur throw

Fabulous Furs Faux Coyote throw
Fabulous Furs

And don’t forget about an area rug in a faux lamb dark chocolate.

Fabulous Furs lamb rug
Fabulous Furs

Bonus: It’s great camouflage for dog fur!

All the images are from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs

Mr. H says: Having the wrong accessories in a room is like wearing sneakers with a tuxedo-Enjoy!

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Recliners-Beauty or Beast?

Recliner.  One word that sends shivers down the spines of even the most intrepid of designers.  Those big, overstuffed, puffy, micro fibered covered, behemoths that many insist are the ultimate in style and comfort.  Seriously?  You know we can do so much better than that!

If you are like me, not only does the man of the house enjoy his reclining domain but so does the dog of the house.  Fear not!  Furniture makers have heeded the siren’s call and here is a sampling of some real beauties to keep the peace:

From Kravet Furniture

It can be upholstered in any fabric to work with your decor:

Kravet furniture recliner

From Leathercraft

A masculine leather look:

Leathercraft recliner

From La Z Boy

This charmer would be at home in any fun decor:

La Z Boy Riley recliner
La Z Boy

You need not fear the beast with so many beautiful options available.

Mr. H says: When arranging rooms, think more about comfort than symmetry-Enjoy!

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Welcome Fall!

Fall officially starts today at 11:09PM tonight.  With the temp’s still saying summer-why not get in the spirit with a festive new arrangement for the dining table?

Distinctive Design Autumn mix
Distinctive Design

This beauty certainly feels like fall.  It’s from Distinctive Designs

Speaking of dining here is what’s on the supper party menu tonight:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup*

Lime Marinated Broiled Salmon

Squash Casserole

Mesclun greens with tomato vinaigrette

Chocolates and fresh Orange slices

*Roasted Red Pepper Soup Recipe

4 cups beef broth

2 12 oz. jars roasted red peppers, chopped
1 onion thinly sliced
3 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL lemon zest

¼ TSP cinnamon

Shake of cayenne pepper
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

In a 3- to 4-quart pan combine beef broth, peppers, onion, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and cayenne and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes partially covered.

Puree soup in a blender and return to pan.  Add cilantro and reheat.

Mr. H says: Eating is an indoor sport-make sure your table is as pleasant as the game-Enjoy!

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Wallpaper is Hot!

Our Facebook question of the day was paint, wallpaper or faux finish on your walls?  I’m curious to see how many of my friends actually like wallpaper.   As a designer I encourage my clients to use wallpaper especially in baths and laundry rooms.

Check out this powder room on Daniel Island where we used a Seabrook wallpaper.  The subtle design complements the decorative tile.

Daniel Island Designer Wallpaper
J. Rhodes Interior Design

Photo credit: Rod Pasibe

One of my go to wallpaper companies is Thibaut

An elegant living room:

Thibaut wallpaper
A gorgeous bath:
Thibaut wallpaper

Mr. H says: White walls may seem like a relief, however please reconsider-Enjoy!

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Design White Out

It’s hard to imagine spring when we are in the midst of our Charleston summer.   However, New York fashion week wrapped up on Thursday and many of the runways seemed to be in a white out.  I’m sure the designers were thinking cool, soft whites, while the temps soared outside their design studios.  The result a whole lot of marshmallow and iceberg hues to cool us all down.

Photo by Vladimir Tsokalo

So how do you incorporate this hot hue into your home?  If you’re like me, the thought of a white sofa covered in dog fur is not the ultimate in chic.  Back in the day, the charming spring ritual of changing out the rugs and covering the damasks in white cotton duck was a must in the South.  Why not try it for yourself with some washable slip covers to bring on the nostalgia:

If this still seems like a maintenance nightmare you can always go with the white walls and use color in the furnishings like we did on a Folly Beach project:
Folly Beach interior design
Photo by Michael Costa

Regardless of how you use white-it will never go out of style.

Mr. H says (as channeled from the late Elsie De Wolfe):   I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint-Enjoy!

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Designer Dog Beds

Welcome!  Hampton and I our pleased to launch our Black Dog Design Blog.  We want to share our thoughts on interior design, entertaining, food, and general Charleston living. 

What could be more fitting then to kick things off with a feature on designer dog beds!  All dog owmers have them-those dirty, hideous look pillows lying about that we think our dogs should lie on.  Of course, since most dogs consider themselves far superior they would prefer to lounge on the sofa or better yet your bed. 

Why not treat them like the King and Queens they think they are with this fabulous creation:

Glamour Dog Store dog bed
Glamour Dog

Handpainted with paws and dancing dog bones this bed would make a statement in any decor!

Dog bone dog bed
Glamour Dog

I know Mr. H would enjoy snoozing away on this:

Dog day bed
Max Comfort

Mahogany wood with a big fluffy cushion-Dog Heaven!

Mahogany dog bed
Glamour Dog

And this one is certainly fit for a princess:

Princess dog bed
Glamour Dog

But seriously, a comfy floor pillow may be all you need to keep them off the sofa-just don’t forget the monogram!

Monogram dog bed
Pottery Barn
Mr. H says: Tastes change but comfort is always in style-Enjoy!
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