Set in the south eastern region of the United States and surrounded by 300 miles of Adriatic coastline is North Carolina, or the ‘Tar Heel State’. With its moderate climate, rich culture of history and arts and unparalleled scenic beauty, North Carolina offers an abundance of inspiration for its residents, making it a fabulous place to live and work. Within its 10.3 million residents, North Carolina is home to some of the most talented interior designers in the United States. We’ve highlighted our top 10 below and shared their best interior redesign projects…
Our client came to us wanting to re-create her powder room from a dark, crowded room into a light and airy space. With this in mind, we designed a custom, hand-made, matte subway tile to wrap all wet walls, including the area where a modern freestanding tub was paired with a wall-mounted tub filler. A single blade of glass was used for the shower partition to create a clean and seamless design, as well as provide ADA compliant accessibility for the client to age in place. Custom millwork and smart technology, such as heated floors and sleek fixture switches, were specified for a modern and functional finishing touch.
My goal was to create an office space where my team and I could connect, create and share ideas. My intent was for my office to be elegant and yet inviting. I love being in my office…it’s so calming. I chose black lacquered walls as black is the perfect backdrop to display fabrics and wallpapers, all the fabric colors pop! Combining style with liveability is always my goal. With that in mind I chose soft velvets for all my seating.
Working in a beautiful space is so inspiring. It’s different than working in a corporate office, it keeps my creative juices flowing.
In this project we had the opportunity to update a beautiful sunroom for our client. We started by changing out the dated wood floors to a cool brown and gray ceramic tile and warming things up with rustic beams. We kept the windows open to create a seamless transition from indoors out. The clients already owned comfortable chairs they wanted to incorporate into the space so we reupholstered them in a lightweight teal performance fabric for increased durability and light fastness. The addition of a woven rug, lighting, a custom round ottoman and large palms work to pull it all together.
FallingWater Interior design is a Charlotte based practice, specializing in eco-friendly residential designs. Joanie McGrath, is a LEED® accredited professional who takes “green design” seriously.
The vision for this true Franklin Loft penthouse located in Denver Colorado’s Lower Downtown (LODO) with open floor plan, exposed cinderblock and brick walls, timber beam ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and wood flooring was to transform this rustic space into a peaceful, serene escape for my client who bought this penthouse for the family’s urban getaway from their Hotchkiss Ranch.
Our goal was to create a space that was elemental and sophisticated, and accommodate plenty of family without compromising simplicity and serenity. The collaborative effort of client, designer and contractor (UMD Homes, LLC) turned this rustic penthouse into a ethereal oasis imagined by my client. We eliminated the cinderblock walls, retexturing and adding a custom mahogany entertainment center to the main living space. Hunter Douglas automated silhouette blinds were added, giving client maximum flexibility to control lighting and privacy. The sleek contemporary design of this kitchen looks over the main room and out to the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The bamboo dining table easily tucks into the space created in the expansive island. Carrara marble counters and dimensional backsplash complement the intention of simplicity and serenity.
The only structural change needed to this Oak Hill project was to move the master bedroom door 15 feet to the right. Originally, the door was actually in the kitchen, at the end of the cabinetry… great for late-night snacks, but bad for allowing dinner guests to have a view of your possibly unmade bed. The door swing was flipped from left to right to give some much-needed privacy to the bedroom, shielding it from the rest of the house.
Additionally, moving the master bedroom door allowed the kitchen remodel to expand to offer a kitchen twice the size of the original, while also providing room for banquette seating on the back side of the island. This grew from the homeowner’s desire not to have stools for island seating. She preferred to incorporate a family table for homework as well as meals. Her large and gorgeous table is now the gathering hub for family and friends. Now for the floors… because the original 8×8” terracotta tile was surprisingly intact, there was no need to tear it out. Instead, Jayne decided to level the floor by having it skim coated, and then installed Luxury Vinyl Plank in a chevron/herringbone pattern: a stunning backdrop that set the stage for the rest of the remodel.
From dark and dated to bright and fabulous. This kitchen had a good base, so I wanted to leave as much of the foundation as possible to forgo a complete renovation. I added fresh coats of paint to the cabinets, transitioning from creamy yellow to a crisp and clean neautral with bold pops of blue accents. While painting the cabinets, I swapped the outdated hardware with new knobs and pulls. I tend to stray from traditional kitchen lighting and wanted something here that would create a wow factor. I also added lighting under the cabinets and put all lighting on a dimmer to create different moods throughout the day and increase functionality. I picked out new leathered quartzite countertops and had an updated marble backsplash installed with subway tile detailing over the range. My client absolutely loved this makeover and was impressed with what I was able to do without completely tearing the kitchen up an starting over from scratch.
My husband, Ron, and I had recently returned from vacation and I carried with me the aesthetic of the boutique hotel we stayed in, hoping to do my own version soon. As soon as we saw this home, we could instantly see it’s potential. In the past, we have purchased homes to reinvent them and capitalize on the opportunity for me to push what I usually do in my work. “Expect the unexpected” is a design mantra that I constantly exercise during design projects; this stands true for Woodbrook. Gone were the orange cabinets, the dark stone fireplace, obtrusive built-ins and outdated tile. By demolishing the interior, my team and I were able to start fresh. We incorporated our signature color (white!) throughout, added modern tile, new cabinetry and lighting, vintage rugs, fine art by Ron Royals, and for us, it’s all about a great mix of furniture!
Located in Durham, North Carolina, TEW Design Studio was founded by award winning designer, Rima Nasser, who believes that design should be fun, exciting, daring, and visually inspiring. As a full-service Interior Design firm, TEW strives to create functional spaces for residential and commercial clients, and continue to stay current with new design techniques, and the best building practices. The project shown is a dining room renovation at a colonial style residence in Cary, NC. The design team’s goal was to bring out the homeowners’ fun and playful style. The new design revived the space and enhanced functionality thanks to bold patterns and funky, high-contrasting items. Details that helped transform this room into a lush dining space are striped draperies, large-print paisley wallpaper contrasted with black moldings and a porcelain deer wall-hanging accented with red antlers. The pops of red complete the look for a high impact feature.
The Couture Haus is a full-service residential interior design studio. Specializing in creative direction and seamless project implementation, they elevate interior spaces by merging their clients’ visions with their expertise in current design trends. Founded by Sandra Moncada-Mainz, her design aesthetic reflects her international appeal and well-traveled lifestyle. Sandra’s philosophy is to inspire and create distinct, eclectic and elegant interior spaces that cater to her clients’ personal needs and tastes.
We’ve created a home filled with casual elegance; it is infused with color through accents of art. It’s a place where our clients can relax, enjoy family, and open it up for entertaining, as they often love to do.
The extra living room, as we’ve found in many homes, had been underused and without much consideration of how to use it. It’s now an elegant space for guests to continue after-dinner conversations. (Unearthing possibilities is right in my wheelhouse.) It’s also a welcoming spot for this couple to end their day with a glass of wine and a good book, while catching up on each other’s events. There’s a hidden TV for sneaking in a favorite show and a desk for catching up on a few emails or correspondence.