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What is Luxury Interior Design?

Designing a home or space with luxury in mind is a design philosophy that I have always followed.  For me a luxurious interior has a sophisticated feel that can stand the test of time.   A well planned space is the first step and these are my tip tips to craft your own luxury.

Start with good “bones” 

Pay attention to the walls, floors and ceiling as this is the permanent design back drop.

Form follows Function

Luxury design is always about problem solving and crafting solutions for your lifestyle.

Vaishnav Devadas

Proper Lighting

Lighting should be done in layers with general ambient light, task lighting and accent lighting.   Peppering a ceiling with recessed down lighting does not convey luxury or even good design.

Vince Rvd

Natural Materials

Beautiful natural materials such as stone and fine woods are essential to luxury design

Statement Furniture 

While purchasing, high quality furnishings is important in luxury design, adding a few pieces with an interesting finish, detail or shape adds interest to a room.


Textures and Fabrics

A space filled with distinct textures and fabrics, regardless of the colors, feels inviting and luxurious.


Add Sparkle

Add mirrors or other reflective materials for instant luxury and glamour in every room.

Phillip Jeffries

Avoid Clutter

Apply restraint when arranging furniture, artwork and accessories.  You should be able to appreciate every piece that composes the design of your space.

Mr. H says: Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity-Enjoy!

Luminous Lighting

With the economic downturn, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and often the design budget is first on the block.  Do not despair.  Lighting is an ideal makeover candidate since one fabulous fixture can transform a room.

Urban Electric – Nadia Watts Interior Design.

This contemporary metal fixture from Utttermost features a polished nickel finish and a frosted glass shade with crystal accents.

Uttermost Brandon Chandelier

Currey & Company’s delicate chandelier is quite large (48″ round) but its open iron frame and turned wood “crystals” appears so airy.

Currey & Company Christina Chandelier

Quoizel presents a twist on the popular the popular drum shade with a perforated metal  overlay, over the silk drum shade, featuring a leaf design.

Quoizel Utopia Pendant

Any room in the house can benefit with a lighting up fit.

Interior design by Novella Homes. Photography by Patrick Brickman.

Mr. H says: When there is no light, there is no beauty-Enjoy!

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 www.kravet.com

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

Kravet furniture recliner


From Leathercraft www.leather-furniture.com

A masculine leather look:

Leathercraft recliner


From La Z Boy www.la-z-boy.com

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!

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 www.distinctivedeseigns.com

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!

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 www.thibautdesign.com

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!

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!