A Charming Beach House Bungalow

Re-imagining a space is one of my favorite challenges to take on in design. I recently did a project for a client who has a home on Wrightsville Beach and wanted it transformed into a bungalow that the whole family could enjoy year-round. Complete makeovers require a ton of attention, communication and collective creative juice, …

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A Nursery That Tells a Story

The right color on a wall always helps a space come into its own. I love the sight of natural light shining on rich creams, strong blues or warm grays. A good paint choice can quickly make walls go from chilly and empty to approachable and inspired. That being said, I recently went for a …

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Setting Your Holiday Table

Holiday Glam Setting The holidays are just around the corner. It’s hard to believe, but soon homes will be filled with friends, family and all the magic of the season. Each year, I design beautiful holiday tables for my clients, creating an inviting and memorable place to gather and give thanks. Every home is different; …

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Paint Your Space

Whether you’re a recent grad moving into your first place, an empty nester trying to decide what to do with that extra room or a design lover ready for a makeover, the question “What color to paint the walls” will probably come into play. Paint color is a big decision when reworking a space and …

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Unique Wedding Gifts

Unique Wedding Gifts

May and June are wonderful and busy months of the year, often filled with special occasions – including weddings. June is the most popular month for a wedding, so this month we’ve got some great ideas about the perfect gift for the happy couple. Most couples register for gifts – china, linens, even garden tools! …

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High Point Market Trends

Last week’s market showcased some exciting new interpretations of recent trends that have already taken hold, but are now “pushing the envelope” to a whole new level. Instead of just seeing hair on hide on accent chairs or interesting accents, we’re seeing manufacturers really embrace it. This Spring, designers are making a bigger statement using …

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Dwell with Dignity

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to work with designers, volunteers and the amazing founders of Dwell With Dignity, a truly amazing organization dedicated to “bringing good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in.” As a designer, I believe everyone …

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Fashioning Interiors: Oscars 2014

I love how the Oscars have turned into another reason to get together with your friends and family and have a fabulous party! It is entertaining to exchange movie and celebrity knowledge. And it’s always fun to enjoy a little celebrity gossip, like “I can’t believe she wore that?” “I thought they broke up?!” “She …

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Top 10 Beds

Selecting the perfect bed for your space and your lifestyle can be tough. It’s a very personal decision, but there are some things to keep in mind when choosing the perfect bed. When hand selecting beds to carry on demiryan.com, it was important to me to find something for everyone. Whether you’re drawn to an upholstered, …

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Blank Slate: Bedroom Art

We’re introducing a new feature on the blog this week – Blank Slate. Every few weeks, I will ask for your help to finish off a room. We’ll give you the opportunity to chime in and let us know which piece of art, furniture, lighting, or accessory you’d use to finish off the room. Sometimes the …

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How to Style your Nightstand

After years of designing residences, I’ve learned the importance of styling. Most people want that “wow” moment when they walk into a finished space, and sometimes even a room full of new furniture isn’t enough to elicit the response I want my clients to have. The little details like flowers, artwork, picture frames, and lamps …

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Breakfast in Bed

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many men and women are trying to decide how to make it special for the one they love. In truth, what many women (and men) really want is pretty simple – breakfast in bed, some quiet time and snuggling with the ones we love. Having a beautifully arranged breakfast, served …

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