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FOR A<br />

SPRING<br />

refresh<br />

5<br />

to simplify<br />

DECÓR<br />

ways<br />



YOUR<br />

SPACE<br />

Tips and ideas for<br />

stunning spaces<br />

Behind THE<br />

DESIGN<br />

Take a tour of the<br />

design of this stunning<br />

<strong>home</strong> on page 48

Beautiful<br />

flooring<br />

Gre<strong>at</strong><br />

for your<br />

Indoors<br />

There’s a new, wild world out there. It’s called your Gre<strong>at</strong> Indoors. And it’s filled with b<strong>at</strong>hroom floor floods.<br />

Living room stampedes. Unrelenting feeding frenzies, and more. How to survive this new world? The very<br />

best kid-proof, pet-proof, and w<strong>at</strong>erproof flooring, <strong>at</strong> the low prices you need. Survival of the fittest floors.<br />

It’s yet another reason friends send friends to Flooring America and Flooring Canada.

Floors th<strong>at</strong> help you brave the elements.<br />

Yet another reason we’re the place friends send friends.


Four Big R<br />

1.<br />


We didn’t become the most recommended<br />

flooring store by doing the bare minimum.<br />

We earn our star reviews by listening to wh<strong>at</strong><br />

you need, inspiring you with wh<strong>at</strong>’s possible,<br />

and swe<strong>at</strong>ing every detail along the way. Our<br />

goal is for you to gush to your friends and<br />

family about your experience with us.<br />

2.<br />


We’re proud to be locally owned and oper<strong>at</strong>ed.<br />

As part of this community, we’re always there<br />

to greet you with a smile. And as part of North<br />

America’s largest flooring cooper<strong>at</strong>ive, we can<br />

provide you with outstanding products, service,<br />

and value.<br />



Reasons<br />

3.<br />


We believe progress is made by always giving<br />

back. We’re passion<strong>at</strong>e about don<strong>at</strong>ing to<br />

those in need, through our Gold Star Families<br />

initi<strong>at</strong>ive and other local causes. We’re sure<br />

you’ll agree—doing good always feels good.<br />

4.<br />


Choose our star-r<strong>at</strong>ed products, and you’ll<br />

have three months to make sure you love<br />

them. If for some reason you’re not completely<br />

s<strong>at</strong>isfied, we’ll replace them for free. It’s about<br />

the pride we have in our craft, and knowing<br />

th<strong>at</strong> happy customers are repe<strong>at</strong> customers.*<br />

*Learn more on our website.


SPRING 2021<br />

expert insight<br />


Finding joy through the process<br />


Colorful, function-filled reno<br />


Inspired spaces for children<br />


Simplifying your <strong>home</strong> décor<br />

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48<br />

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39<br />

staples<br />


Opening thoughts from Team DAH<br />


N<strong>at</strong>ural teal<br />


Spring blooms<br />


Three on-trend styles we’re loving<br />


Multifunctional spaces<br />


Get to know the design experts<br />


How to keep connected and stay inspired<br />

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SPRING 2021<br />

on the cover<br />

“How you use your <strong>home</strong> is so important to consider when<br />

making “any alter<strong>at</strong>ions. As a designer, I believe form and<br />

function must come first. Gre<strong>at</strong> design means the interior<br />

enhances how you live.”<br />

~ Michelle Berwick<br />

See more from Michelle Berwick in our cover fe<strong>at</strong>ure article on page 48<br />

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all things floors<br />


Taking it to the next level<br />

STYLE 2021 WATCH<br />

The l<strong>at</strong>est in flooring style and technology<br />

FLOORING 101<br />

Find out which floor is right for you<br />

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FLOOR<br />

STYLE<br />


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“Life is about perspective and how you look <strong>at</strong><br />

something . . . ultim<strong>at</strong>ely, you have to zoom out.”<br />

—Whitney Wolfe Herd<br />

The sound of birds chirping, the smell of crisp air,<br />

and the warmth of the sun—all simple, beautiful<br />

nuances th<strong>at</strong> spring brings to our lives. As we<br />

welcome the new spring season and continue to<br />

adjust to wh<strong>at</strong> some call, the “new normal,” we<br />

invite you to take one simple step toward a happier,<br />

healthier <strong>home</strong>—to focus more on wh<strong>at</strong> <strong>home</strong> (and<br />

the things inside it) means to you. After all, wh<strong>at</strong><br />

good does a beautiful <strong>home</strong> design do if it doesn’t<br />

make you feel fuzzy inside?<br />

As we focus more on our <strong>home</strong>’s meaning, a fresh<br />

perspective, and design elements th<strong>at</strong> make us feel<br />

whole, we are excited to share our first issue of <strong>Design</strong><br />

<strong>at</strong> Home, where we dive into a variety of trending<br />

design topics, tips, and styles th<strong>at</strong> will help you bring<br />

your <strong>home</strong> to life.<br />

In this issue, we’re fe<strong>at</strong>uring an exclusive look <strong>at</strong><br />

how you can learn more about wh<strong>at</strong> functionality<br />

and purpose mean to you with designer Louis<br />

Duncan-He in Finding Joy by <strong>Design</strong>ing with Purpose.<br />

We’re also highlighting ten pages of multifunctional<br />

spaces, including a chic way to get more closet space,<br />

an organized entryway, a desk in a living room nook,<br />

and more. Plus, don’t miss our Behind the <strong>Design</strong><br />

article, where designer Michelle Berwick shares how<br />

design and functionality work hand in hand in any<br />

<strong>home</strong>’s interior, and where color is a hot topic.<br />

You’ll want to jump into spring after you see our<br />

trendy Coveted Color article, where we’re giving you<br />

a sneak peek into some of our favorite items like<br />

art, linens, and backsplash tile in a trendy color you<br />

won’t want to miss. Additionally, don’t miss the top<br />

flooring trends in our Style W<strong>at</strong>ch, where we reveal a<br />

few of our top flooring picks for 2021 th<strong>at</strong> are sure to<br />

suit nearly any <strong>home</strong>. This and so much more await<br />

in the pages th<strong>at</strong> follow.<br />

Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of <strong>Design</strong> <strong>at</strong> Home<br />

magazine, brought to you by Flooring America and<br />

Flooring Canada.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> At Home | 7

COLOR<br />


N<strong>at</strong>ural Teal<br />


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1. Amun Border in Juniper by Linen + Cloth on Etsy<br />

2. Madaket Cotton Throw in Seafoam from Cailini Coastal<br />

3. Currey & Company Quorum Chandelier available <strong>at</strong> Lighting One<br />

4. Aegean Teal 2136-40 by Benjamin Moore<br />

5. Soci Ironworks Mosaic Tile available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

6. Lined Ceramic Vase from McGee & Co.<br />

7. Day Dream Print by Brian Sostrom from Minted<br />

8. Kaleen Palladian Area Rug in Blue available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

9. Giada Desk Chair by Burke Décor<br />

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COLOR<br />

INSPIRED BY...<br />

Spring Blooms<br />

With spring come blooms. This we know. Yet, as we embark upon the first post-<br />

2020 spring, the inaugur<strong>at</strong>ion of the season seems to hold new meaning. The<br />

blooms of spring are a reminder of n<strong>at</strong>ure’s steadfastness, beauty, and unwavering<br />

ability to elev<strong>at</strong>e the human spirit. This spring, we encourage you to feed off of<br />

n<strong>at</strong>ure’s floral bounty—plant your own, take more time to appreci<strong>at</strong>e those you<br />

come across in passing, or make it a point to incorpor<strong>at</strong>e a floral arrangement or<br />

two throughout your <strong>home</strong> this year. We promise you won’t regret it.<br />


PINK CORSAGE 1349<br />


LOVE STORY 1213<br />


GEORGIA PINK 2092-60<br />

ABALONE 2108-60<br />


GRECIAN GOLD 224<br />

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benjaminmoore.com<br />


LOOKS<br />

LIKE WOOD.<br />




If you’re looking for unrivaled beauty and performance, look no further than our<br />

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of real wood with a strong core and extraordinary Durablock wear layer th<strong>at</strong><br />

can handle anything th<strong>at</strong>’s thrown <strong>at</strong> it. W<strong>at</strong>erproof? Check. Kid-proof? Check.<br />

Pet-proof? Woof. And with eight styles to choose from, there’s a perfect option<br />

for every <strong>home</strong>. Find your m<strong>at</strong>ch today.

Styles<br />

WE<br />

Love<br />

There’s no better time to step into new interior design trends than<br />

spring. We’ve cur<strong>at</strong>ed three styles— each with its own unique<br />

personality—and all our favorite décor and interior pieces to bring<br />

these looks into your <strong>home</strong>. Will you prefer Spanish Inspired, Comfort<br />

Chic, or Muted Gem Tones?<br />

<strong>Design</strong> At Home | 13


Spanish<br />

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Artisan crafted furniture and décor rich in tones of terracotta,<br />

wood, and le<strong>at</strong>her shape this trending Spanish-inspired style.<br />

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1. Currey & Company Saxon Black Chandelier available <strong>at</strong> Lighting One<br />

2. Fruit Trees Print by Museum Quality Art<br />

3. Safari Le<strong>at</strong>her Chair by Arhaus<br />

4. Cherry Chelsea Mirror by Renwil<br />

5. Bixby Dining Table from Scout & Nimble<br />

6. Downs H2O “Millbourne” in Greymoor by Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

7. Nourison Soray in Blue Multi available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

8. Curry & Company Mesoma Table Lamp available <strong>at</strong> Lighting One<br />

9. House No. 23 Dulce Bed Cover by Lula and Georgia<br />

10. Soci Terra Cotta Porcelain available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

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1<br />

Chic<br />

Plush fabrics, soft curves, and a calming color palette<br />

exude comfort and grace in this interior design style<br />

th<strong>at</strong> will have you never wanting to leave <strong>home</strong>.<br />

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1. Currey & Company Antibes Chandelier available <strong>at</strong> Lighting One<br />

2. Whittier Fire Pit from Frontg<strong>at</strong>e<br />

3. Nexus Chair in Blanc Boucle from Kardiel<br />

4. Rohl Palladian Freestanding Tub Filler available <strong>at</strong> select Flooring America/Flooring Canada loc<strong>at</strong>ions<br />

5. Paramount Plank in Scree by Galvanite available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

6. Holas Concrete B<strong>at</strong>htub in Earth from Pottery Barn<br />

7. Industrial Fireplace Log Holder from Pottery Barn<br />

8. Soci Manchester P<strong>at</strong>tern Tile available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

9. Overlook Throw by CB2<br />

10. Pavo Sectional by Arhaus<br />

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Tones<br />


1<br />

All white interiors are taking a backse<strong>at</strong> to subdued hues of emerald,<br />

sapphire, amber, and jade for an underst<strong>at</strong>ed regal look and feel.<br />

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1. Savoy House Pulaski Chandelier available <strong>at</strong> Lighting One<br />

2. Serafina Sideboard by Frontg<strong>at</strong>e<br />

3. Girl in Pink by Museum Quality Art<br />

4. Downs “Amur Hickory” in Crest by Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

5. Hayde Chair by Arhaus<br />

6. Loma Threads Pillow from Havenly<br />

7. Nautine Throw from Lula and Georgia<br />

8. Lillihan by Momeni available <strong>at</strong> Flooring America/Flooring Canada<br />

9. Axel Caramel Dinnerware from CB2<br />

10. Leisure Pillow in Dusty Orchid by CB2<br />

11. Elsa Ottoman by Arhaus<br />

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Xtreme Clean Hedon Plus carpet is the epitome of luxury carpeting.<br />

And with over 40 hues to choose from, there are more than enough<br />

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Dottie by STANTON<br />

Carpet<br />

TAKING<br />

TO THE<br />

Next Level<br />

<strong>Design</strong> At Home | 21


As you plan a refresh of your <strong>home</strong> décor<br />

(because who isn’t these days?), choosing<br />

a flooring type th<strong>at</strong> will fulfill your design<br />

dreams can be overwhelming. If style is a top<br />

priority, you may feel limited to a hardwood<br />

look throughout your <strong>home</strong>. While a beautiful<br />

hardwood or luxury vinyl floor isn’t a bad<br />

choice, if you desire something a little warmer,<br />

softer, and more comfortable underfoot, then<br />

we’re here to tell you th<strong>at</strong> you can still achieve<br />

th<strong>at</strong> beautiful, polished look with carpet.<br />

You might think th<strong>at</strong> carpet is just a more<br />

casual flooring option, but it’s time to explore<br />

some of the trendier carpet styles th<strong>at</strong> will not<br />

only make your space more comfortable but<br />

also elev<strong>at</strong>e your design.<br />

PASSAGES BY TIGRESSÁ Passage to Serenity in Reflection<br />


Style<br />

Ready to explore the best of both worlds—comfort<br />

Choosing<br />

an Elev<strong>at</strong>ed<br />

Carpet Style<br />

and style? Let’s start with color.<br />

For many of us, <strong>home</strong> became a central hub as we<br />

shifted our work, school, and entertainment to our<br />

<strong>home</strong> base. Taking the time to make our kitchens,<br />

living areas, playrooms, spare bedrooms—any<br />

space we can find—into functional places is now<br />

key. Home has become the place where we relax<br />

with family, have a virtual night out with friends,<br />

cook our meals, work in our <strong>home</strong> office, teach our<br />

children, and enjoy a good movie or game night. As<br />

we adjust to this new way of living—and dare we<br />

say, even enjoy our slightly smaller world—calm<br />

colors th<strong>at</strong> reflect n<strong>at</strong>ure are going to be vital for<br />

keeping a healthy work–life balance.<br />

PASSAGES BY TIGRESSÁ Passage to Wanderlust<br />

in Caribbean Blue<br />


<strong>Design</strong> At Home | 23

n<strong>at</strong>ural<br />


Solid colors will give way to tonal ones this season as we<br />

delve into the comfort of soft grays, wooden beiges, black<br />

stones, and other earth tones. All these blended hues can<br />

work to tie a bit of n<strong>at</strong>ure into our interior design.<br />

Focus on N<strong>at</strong>ural Elements<br />

this year, people are reaching to their past for security.<br />

You will see a lot of incorpor<strong>at</strong>ing things of the past and<br />

heirlooms into <strong>home</strong> design to add a nod of nostalgia th<strong>at</strong><br />

makes everyone and everything feel safe.<br />

These n<strong>at</strong>ural styles cre<strong>at</strong>e the feel of a comfortable sanctuary<br />

and soothing environment to live and work in, which<br />

transl<strong>at</strong>es into a more earthy and subdued color palette.<br />

Unlike previous years where we’ve seen a pop of bold colors,<br />

Following this rule of thumb, carpet manufacturers are<br />

shifting to a pleasantly serene palette of beiges, soft pinks,<br />

and ocean blues.<br />

INNOVIA Grimsby<br />


STANTON Belladonna<br />

STANTON Serengeti<br />

P<strong>at</strong>tern<br />

Functional Focus<br />

STANTON Dottie<br />

Perhaps one of the most important themes in carpet<br />

styles this year is the idea of functional focus. Your<br />

carpet should not only be stylishly you but also serve<br />

a bigger purpose: providing comfortable and durable<br />

living underfoot. Doing almost everything <strong>at</strong> <strong>home</strong>, from<br />

workouts to office work, means th<strong>at</strong> your flooring needs<br />

to be able to support your active lifestyle.<br />

St<strong>at</strong>ement-Making<br />

P<strong>at</strong>terns<br />

One way to elev<strong>at</strong>e your carpet style is to choose<br />

a p<strong>at</strong>tern. For the more daring, this could be<br />

a boldly contrasting polka-dot like Stanton’s<br />

Dottie. For a stunning look th<strong>at</strong>’s a little more<br />

subtle, there are many p<strong>at</strong>terns available in tonal<br />

shades. These options provide beautiful style<br />

but also fade appropri<strong>at</strong>ely into the background<br />

to allow other décor items to shine. For a<br />

more organic vibe, we love the deconstructed<br />

p<strong>at</strong>terns of Passage to Stillness in Frost from the<br />

Passages by Tigressá collection. These p<strong>at</strong>terns<br />

are reminiscent of a favorite well-worn rug and<br />

add a cozy-chic element to your space. When<br />

a little more formality is in order, a structured<br />

p<strong>at</strong>tern like passage to Serenity or Passage to<br />

Wanderlust, also from the Passages by Tigressá<br />

collection, makes a perfectly poised st<strong>at</strong>ement.<br />

function<br />

The good news is th<strong>at</strong> durability is in! Along with the<br />

focus on n<strong>at</strong>ural elements this season, easy-to-clean<br />

carpets th<strong>at</strong> are made of nonporous m<strong>at</strong>erials are making<br />

a comeback. This calls to mind specific carpets th<strong>at</strong> are<br />

stain-resistant, w<strong>at</strong>erproof, and pet-proof. This practical<br />

trend is due to consumers looking to control wh<strong>at</strong> they<br />

can and striving to make their space as comfortable,<br />

functional, and operable as possible.<br />

Not only can carpeting add an element of function to<br />

your <strong>home</strong> design, but it’s also an affordable altern<strong>at</strong>ive<br />

to the more expensive flooring options like traditional<br />

hardwood, porcelain tile, and luxury vinyl plank.<br />

In past years, hard surface floors like w<strong>at</strong>erproof luxury<br />

vinyl and engineered hardwood have been a staple in<br />

the retail flooring market. This year, many designers are<br />

looking to custom area rugs to tie spaces together and<br />

make them more comfortable to live and work in.<br />

PASSAGES BY TIGRESSÁ Passage to Stillness in Frost<br />

<strong>Design</strong> At Home | 25


If all this carpet style talk has you thinking about an<br />

elev<strong>at</strong>ed style floor, but you’re just not quite ready to<br />

commit to those beautiful wall-to-wall polka dots, there<br />

is another way. Custom area rugs are the perfect way to<br />

take advantage of the beautiful carpet styles available<br />

and upd<strong>at</strong>e any room with some added warmth and<br />

softness, whether it be turning an extra bedroom into a<br />

<strong>home</strong> office or cre<strong>at</strong>ing a study nook in a storage closet<br />

Style<br />

Elev<strong>at</strong>ed Carpet<br />

Style Sans Commitment<br />

for your little ones. Custom area rugs make perfect pieces<br />

to throw under your coffee table or roll out as a runner in<br />

the hallway. Muted color tones are a gre<strong>at</strong> canvas for your<br />

bigger st<strong>at</strong>ement pieces and bolder décor. P<strong>at</strong>terns liven<br />

up more subdued décor. The best part of cre<strong>at</strong>ing a custom<br />

area rug is th<strong>at</strong> you can easily switch up your design and<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>e a whole new look.<br />

STANTON L Belladonna Ocean<br />

Although cut pile p<strong>at</strong>terns used to make up a small<br />

fraction of the flooring installed, <strong>home</strong>owners are now<br />

using more p<strong>at</strong>terns to make smaller areas of their <strong>home</strong><br />

more unique. Many of the new carpet styles available<br />

reflect current <strong>home</strong> décor trends, drawing inspir<strong>at</strong>ion<br />

from the tribal look, color blocking, medallions, and more<br />

traditional, less edgy p<strong>at</strong>terns than before.<br />

As you look to freshen up your décor and maybe even<br />

take on a few renov<strong>at</strong>ion projects this spring, turn to<br />

carpet as the flooring choice for your <strong>home</strong>. Whether<br />

you are searching for a p<strong>at</strong>terned wall-to-wall carpet or a<br />

formal custom-sized area rug, don’t forget to tie in those<br />

beautiful tonal colors to bring a sense of comfortable<br />

tranquility to your <strong>home</strong> design.<br />


THE BOX<br />

Choosing a new floor might be easy.<br />

Choosing a floor th<strong>at</strong> goes with your<br />

countertops, wall colors, and the<br />

new couch you bought last month?<br />

Maybe not so easy.<br />

Well, until now. At Flooring America,<br />

we’ll deliver samples right to your<br />

door so you can see wh<strong>at</strong> inspires,<br />

and wh<strong>at</strong> works. And ordering them<br />

is super simple. Just browse our wide<br />

selection of floors online, order up to<br />

six samples, and we’ll deliver them in<br />

two to three business days. Th<strong>at</strong>’s it.<br />

Try it today.




SPACES<br />


Multifunctional spaces in a <strong>home</strong><br />

are truly the best way to perfect<br />

a specific area and make a room<br />

useful for everyone. From a<br />

bedroom th<strong>at</strong> will sleep two or<br />

more kids to a kitchen th<strong>at</strong> will<br />

constantly be used by a family<br />

of five, there’s simply no better<br />

way to take advantage of all the<br />

possibilities of a <strong>home</strong> than by<br />

designing multiuse spaces.<br />

Our stunning collection of<br />

beautiful <strong>home</strong> interiors<br />

fe<strong>at</strong>ures a variety of design<br />

styles and various rooms th<strong>at</strong><br />

showcase just how easy it is to<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>e multiuse spaces th<strong>at</strong> are<br />

practical, trendy, and beautiful.<br />

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Bedrooms don’t only need to include beds and nightstands. They can also include other elements and be just as practical<br />

and multifunctional as any other room, especially if there are no built-in closets. Providing as much as two closets’ worth<br />

of space, these two armoires make a built-in closet unnecessary. Not only do they offer storage for clothing, including tall<br />

items, but they also fill the empty space in the room and add to the modern design with their glossy finish. And, nestled<br />

between the closet spaces is a conveniently placed desk or vanity space, leaving plenty of room to walk between the bed<br />

and the storage closets.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by RED BARRINUEVO<br />

Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI<br />



There’s no shortage of practicality, comfort, and beauty in this multifunctional bedroom th<strong>at</strong> doubles as a<br />

comfortable se<strong>at</strong>ing area. Symmetric wooden nightstands with metal pulls embellish a tufted headboard th<strong>at</strong><br />

exudes a traditional style, and the chic nailhead accents help unite several styles. Wh<strong>at</strong> truly makes this room<br />

multifunctional and unique, though, are the le<strong>at</strong>her chairs situ<strong>at</strong>ed <strong>at</strong> the end of the bed. A fuzzy throw rests <strong>at</strong>op<br />

one of the le<strong>at</strong>her chairs, adding texture and warmth while also providing a place to relax in peace and quiet.<br />

Traditional but chic, this bedroom is the ideal space to escape to after a busy day.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by KATE DAVIDSON<br />


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Showcasing just how calm and<br />

collected an entryway can be, this<br />

multiuse entryway fe<strong>at</strong>ures enough<br />

storage for a family while keeping<br />

its unique design flair. However,<br />

wh<strong>at</strong>’s truly multifunctional about<br />

this space is how it provides as<br />

much storage as a typical hallway<br />

closet. Tall cabinets next to the<br />

door offer ample space for linens,<br />

summer or winter accessories, and<br />

even last-minute we<strong>at</strong>her items<br />

like umbrellas. Six compartments<br />

bene<strong>at</strong>h a bench se<strong>at</strong> also add to the<br />

substantial storage, and a basket<br />

increases the storage further. Deep<br />

brown cabinetry and beadboard<br />

feel sleek and composed, whereas<br />

hooks and a light fixture add a mix<br />

of metals.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by KATE DAVIDSON<br />

Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI<br />



Using an extra few feet of wall space in the living room to cre<strong>at</strong>e a desk nook makes this traditionally styled space<br />

perfectly multifunctional. A desk lamp, pinboard, and comfortable office chair adorn the desk and make it practical<br />

while adding to the overall appearance of this charming space. From an early morning work session to daily notetaking<br />

and more, this adorable desk space offers just the right amount of productivity, class, and style.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by REBECCA HAY<br />

Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN<br />

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A wine cooler, dining area, coffee nook, and full kitchen make this space a top-notch multifunctional room<br />

th<strong>at</strong> doesn’t disappoint. Fe<strong>at</strong>uring various se<strong>at</strong>ing areas, there’s a place for everyone to enjoy a fresh cup of<br />

coffee, read the morning newspaper, or g<strong>at</strong>her during a dinner party. Not only does this space have room<br />

for everyone, but there’s also a dedic<strong>at</strong>ed area for each task: large countertops for preparing food next to<br />

the stove; wine glass storage in the nook, perfect for quickly opening up a bottle; and plenty of counter<br />

stools for entertaining guests while appetizers are being served.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> and Photography by LOUIS DUNCAN<br />



Full of chic brass accents,<br />

white cabinetry, and<br />

glass shelving, this large<br />

b<strong>at</strong>hroom lends enough<br />

space to cre<strong>at</strong>e a se<strong>at</strong>ing<br />

area for applying makeup<br />

or getting ready for a<br />

night on the town. R<strong>at</strong>her<br />

than going traditional<br />

with a sink and some<br />

countertop space, this<br />

trendy, upscale b<strong>at</strong>hroom<br />

becomes multifunctional,<br />

offering increased storage<br />

by using wall space wisely.<br />

Paired with one-of-a-kind<br />

lighting, including vertical,<br />

horizontal, and chandelier<br />

fixtures, there’s the perfect<br />

amount of chic décor,<br />

elev<strong>at</strong>ed design, and<br />

high-gloss m<strong>at</strong>erials to<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>e a complete,<br />

polished look.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> and Photography<br />


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The entryway is one area of the <strong>home</strong> th<strong>at</strong> begs for storage, efficiency, and organiz<strong>at</strong>ion but often lacks the<br />

elements necessary to fulfill these needs. In this stunning entryway, however, substantial cabinetry, a large mirror,<br />

and a sconce provide all the components necessary for an entryway th<strong>at</strong> is precisely as it should be—flawlessly<br />

multifunctional. Ideal for storing shoes or cold winter accessories under the cabinets, checking the mirror before<br />

waltzing out the door, and leaving the light on for a well-lit return <strong>home</strong> after a long day, it checks all the important<br />

boxes for a useful entryway.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by SARA BEDERMAN<br />

Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN<br />



Taking up just a small corner of the kitchen nook, this cute desk area makes a kitchen into a<br />

working space for any family member. Using the same white kitchen cabinets above the desk<br />

helps blend this area into the already beautiful kitchen space and cre<strong>at</strong>es additional storage<br />

for office supplies. A wooden chair makes the space feel functional and tucks in nicely when<br />

the kitchen is bustling with friends and family or guests. Taking up just a small corner of the<br />

kitchen nook proves just how easy it is to cre<strong>at</strong>e multifunctional spaces in any <strong>home</strong> while<br />

also staying true to the design vision.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by KATE DAVIDSON<br />

Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI<br />

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Written by LOUIS DUNCAN-HE<br />

<strong>Design</strong> and Photography by LOUIS DUNCAN-HE DESIGNS<br />

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It’s safe to say th<strong>at</strong> 2021 will be<br />

a year th<strong>at</strong> finally brings a little<br />

renewed faith and hope—it’s<br />

th<strong>at</strong> bre<strong>at</strong>h of fresh air and light<br />

<strong>at</strong> the end of the tunnel. As the<br />

world acclim<strong>at</strong>izes to the new<br />

ordinary, I can’t help but feel a<br />

sense of rejuven<strong>at</strong>ion and rebirth<br />

and the yearning to echo a similar<br />

sentiment of meaningful change<br />

and c<strong>at</strong>hartic release in my own<br />

<strong>home</strong>. But before I start to purge<br />

unwanted items, it’s important to<br />

examine the idea of purpose. This<br />

is always the most critical piece<br />

of the puzzle and a starting point<br />

to any project. To design with<br />

purpose, you must understand<br />

intent; wh<strong>at</strong> is the intended use<br />

or desire for the spaces you are<br />

examining? It’s easy to get lost<br />

in m<strong>at</strong>erial selection and picking<br />

out new furniture pieces because,<br />

let’s face it, th<strong>at</strong>’s the fun part, but<br />

it’s also important to understand<br />

the reason why. I have a threepronged<br />

approach when it comes<br />

to reimagining spaces with<br />

purpose: wh<strong>at</strong> it needs to be (the<br />

intent), wh<strong>at</strong> needs to change<br />

(the transform<strong>at</strong>ion), and how to<br />

finesse (the editing).<br />


The thought of approaching all this can seem a little daunting, but it’s more intuitive and inn<strong>at</strong>e than<br />

you think. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and get lost in the details when deciding to make upd<strong>at</strong>es or<br />

renov<strong>at</strong>ions to your <strong>home</strong>. You might ask yourself questions like: Wh<strong>at</strong> room should I start with? Am I<br />

choosing the right color? Will this just be a passing trend? Am I investing in the right pieces? I’ll let you in<br />

on a little designer secret . . . there isn’t a right or wrong answer because design is subjective—as in, the only<br />

thing any of these questions have in common is how each of them rel<strong>at</strong>es to you and your family’s needs.<br />

Wh<strong>at</strong> may work for one family may be a complete waste of time and resources for yours. So, take a bre<strong>at</strong>h,<br />

clear your mind, and let th<strong>at</strong> little voice inside your head take center stage. If you listen carefully, you’ll<br />

realize you already have the answer to how each space needs to function.<br />

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Good design is always led by functionality.<br />

However, trying to hone in on your own<br />

design intent can be trickier than it seems.<br />

A gre<strong>at</strong> starting place is to ask yourself if<br />

the rooms you currently have in your <strong>home</strong><br />

are still serving their initial purpose. Maybe<br />

th<strong>at</strong> beautifully crafted guest bedroom isn’t<br />

getting a lot of use, and perhaps it’s now the<br />

perfect time to turn it into the dream <strong>home</strong><br />

office you’ve always wanted. Another way to<br />

approach function and intention is to identify<br />

problem zones. For example, does a certain<br />

section of the dining table get completely out<br />

of control when it comes time to dinner with<br />

the kids? Or does your living room always end<br />

up turning into a mess by the end of the night,<br />

no m<strong>at</strong>ter how hard you try and keep it under<br />

control? These are all problems th<strong>at</strong> need to be<br />

addressed first and foremost in their function,<br />

not their appearance.<br />

So now th<strong>at</strong> you’ve established a little more<br />

clarity around intent, where exactly do you<br />

start in cre<strong>at</strong>ing a meaningful transform<strong>at</strong>ion?<br />

A design principle th<strong>at</strong> I abide by is to design<br />

for who you actually are.<br />


Wh<strong>at</strong> I mean by this is th<strong>at</strong> you should be honest about<br />

how you actually live versus how you wish you lived.<br />

If you have high aspir<strong>at</strong>ions for a perfectly serene and<br />

minimal living room, but the reality is th<strong>at</strong>, by 7 p.m., it<br />

becomes a dumping ground for your work notebooks,<br />

binders, and laptops, make peace with th<strong>at</strong> and try to<br />

design a solution th<strong>at</strong> will work with your lifestyle.<br />

Perhaps you dedic<strong>at</strong>e half of the living room credenza<br />

to storing your work-from-<strong>home</strong> equipment and cre<strong>at</strong>e<br />

a tangible yet hidden space for things to go. I once had<br />

a client who loved the new kitchen nook I designed for<br />

her so much, but, when it came time to have a meal with<br />

her two-year-old, it simply became a warzone. So r<strong>at</strong>her<br />

than trying to change her family’s e<strong>at</strong>ing routine, we<br />

simply added a laundry basket (disguised as a charming<br />

wicker basket) complete with a lid to store a set of sheets<br />

to place on the floor when it was dinner time. When<br />

everyone was happy and fed, the sheets went back into<br />

their proper <strong>home</strong> (within arm’s reach of the table), and<br />

her nook went back to looking beautiful.<br />

Sometimes all it takes are these subtle tweaks and<br />

additions to completely change how you experience<br />

your space. But wh<strong>at</strong> do you do when the amount of<br />

change needs to be substantially more dram<strong>at</strong>ic? I start<br />

by considering wh<strong>at</strong> upd<strong>at</strong>es in the room can be made<br />

to cre<strong>at</strong>e the biggest impact with minimal investment.<br />

Ninety-nine percent of the time, paint and wallpaper are<br />

your best friends. If your dark and gloomy dining room<br />

isn’t bringing you joy, then a fresh co<strong>at</strong> of sun-drenched<br />

Hawthorne Yellow can be completely transform<strong>at</strong>ive.<br />

Adding a subtle houndstooth-textured wallpaper to<br />

your <strong>home</strong> office can have a profound effect, bringing it<br />

from a drab little room with a desk to a British-inspired<br />

den and library. With so many palettes and p<strong>at</strong>terns, the<br />

options and potential are limitless. Don’t be afraid to try<br />

something new this year. Repainting or wallpapering<br />

a room will be substantially easier on your wallet than<br />

committing to a new set of furniture.<br />

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Something interesting happens in our brains when we use the term “declutter.” Picking out new furniture or drapery<br />

can be fun, but sometimes the very idea of the “decluttering” process is enough to elicit an anxiety <strong>at</strong>tack or complete<br />

mental breakdown. Sifting through sentimental memories and having to make an endless number of decisions can be<br />

stressful, which can ultim<strong>at</strong>ely lead to complete analysis paralysis—a st<strong>at</strong>e where your inability to make a decision<br />

prevents you from moving forward in any way. Influencers like Marie Kondo and the gals from The Home Edit are<br />

leading the charge in decluttering, and a key takeaway is to hone in on wh<strong>at</strong> truly brings you joy. If something doesn’t<br />

serve a function, make your room look beautiful, or have some sense of personal connection to you, then perhaps it’s<br />

time to upcycle and send it to the don<strong>at</strong>ion box. Having a room with a thoughtfully cur<strong>at</strong>ed number of sentimental<br />

items is way more effective than a space filled with items th<strong>at</strong> bring you a mediocre amount of joy.<br />


If the term “decluttering” strikes fear in your heart, take baby steps by practicing the art of grouping. Instead of<br />

having personal memorabilia peppered throughout the living room, dedic<strong>at</strong>e one entire bookcase to displaying all<br />

your favorite possessions. The act of grouping items and trinkets into one area will cre<strong>at</strong>e a huge impact and reclaim<br />

some bre<strong>at</strong>hing room. Your eye will start to see them as one larger object (e.g., a bookcase) as opposed to broken<br />

decor<strong>at</strong>ive fragments th<strong>at</strong> can cre<strong>at</strong>e extra noise and clutter. Another easy solution is to decrease the amount of open<br />

storage and shelving in the room. Closed storage is your best friend. Simply adding doors to open cabinets will make<br />

a world of difference. Open shelving needs to be art directed . . . as in, not only do items need to be put away, they<br />

also need to be styled and dusted regularly to look visually pleasing. If you have a little bit of extra money to invest,<br />

custom millwork and storage is a surefire way to add depth and Zen to your space with the abundance of colors,<br />

textures, and decor<strong>at</strong>ive paneling available. Any time you can add visual interest to your <strong>home</strong> by moving items off<br />

the floors and onto the walls is a good thing.<br />

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They say, “You are wh<strong>at</strong> you e<strong>at</strong>.” If this is true, then I’m inclined to<br />

argue th<strong>at</strong>, “You’re even more of where you live.” You start and end<br />

every single day of your life in your <strong>home</strong>. It’s where you settle on new<br />

goals, set your intentions for the day, and raise your children. Taking<br />

the time to refocus and examine your most used areas is the first step<br />

to cre<strong>at</strong>ing more functional and beautiful spaces. As you dust off your<br />

cleaning supplies this spring to sweep out the old with a revitalized sense<br />

of renewal, it’s the perfect time to assess whether your <strong>home</strong> is truly<br />

bringing you joy and purpose.<br />


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Colorful<br />

Function-Filled<br />

Renov<strong>at</strong>ion<br />

Written by MICHELLE BERWICK<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by MICHELLE BERWICK DESIGN<br />

Photography by LARRY ARNAL<br />


Today more than ever, our <strong>home</strong>s are the havens we seek <strong>at</strong><br />

the end of a long and stressful day. We <strong>at</strong> Michelle Berwick<br />

<strong>Design</strong> (MBD) see a <strong>home</strong> like a well-oiled machine; all<br />

the parts need to be working simultaneously to oper<strong>at</strong>e <strong>at</strong><br />

optimal capacity—very scientific! When we say all the parts<br />

need to be working together, we are referring not only to<br />

style, color, and all those pretty things, but also about the<br />

floor plan and storage functionality. We want your <strong>home</strong><br />

working for you, not you working for your <strong>home</strong>! There are<br />

so many ways we can achieve gre<strong>at</strong> balance within a space.<br />

Th<strong>at</strong> said, before the hammers start swingin’ and the floors<br />

start coming up, take time to plan out every inch of your<br />

space to make sure you are not underutilizing wh<strong>at</strong> you have<br />

to work with. Even if the budget is creeping up, there are still<br />

many ways to cre<strong>at</strong>e th<strong>at</strong> organized, “everything in its place”<br />

feeling. The project we are going to be sharing involves all of<br />

those elements rolled together to cre<strong>at</strong>e a space th<strong>at</strong> works<br />

perfectly with how our clients live.<br />

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“Gre<strong>at</strong> design is how the<br />

interior works and enhances<br />

how you live.”<br />

Now come on in: this minty <strong>home</strong> refresh will take your bre<strong>at</strong>h away.<br />

In this <strong>home</strong> renov<strong>at</strong>ion, color takes center stage, while form and<br />

function are the Oscar-winning supporting actors. How you use your<br />

<strong>home</strong> is so important to consider when making any alter<strong>at</strong>ions. As a<br />

designer, I believe form and function must come first. Gre<strong>at</strong> design<br />

means the interior enhances how you live. Let me show you wh<strong>at</strong><br />

makes this <strong>home</strong> renov<strong>at</strong>ion magical.<br />


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The kitchen, they say, is the heart of any<br />

<strong>home</strong>, and we pay close <strong>at</strong>tention to it.<br />

We thoughtfully designed this kitchen<br />

to meet the <strong>home</strong>owners’ daily needs.<br />

No cabinet was overlooked. Every item<br />

within the space has a design<strong>at</strong>ed place.<br />

Oh yes, even the wine! Adding productspecific<br />

inserts to your cabinetry is a<br />

simple way to make the space more<br />

functional—not to mention you can store<br />

twice as much in the same amount of<br />

space! No need to make room for a snack<br />

grocery haul.<br />

Large base-cabinet drawers provide<br />

excellent storage for larger appliances,<br />

pots and pans, serving dishes, and even<br />

dinner pl<strong>at</strong>es! Dinner pl<strong>at</strong>es in a drawer?<br />

Yes! It’s a thing. We designed a large<br />

pantry here next to the panel-ready<br />

fridge to keep baking and dry goods<br />

readily available. Because there are no<br />

windows in this town<strong>home</strong> kitchen, we<br />

designed a pl<strong>at</strong>e-rack upper cabinet to sit<br />

above the sink. It’s not only cute but also<br />

super functional, keeping th<strong>at</strong> precious<br />

counter space clear.<br />

The cooktop is flanked with oil and spice<br />

pullouts for the <strong>home</strong> chef’s convenience.<br />

Food tastes so much better when the<br />

ingredients are beautifully organized, am<br />

I right? A mint island drops down into<br />

the <strong>home</strong>owner’s existing table, which<br />

we altered slightly to <strong>at</strong>tach to the island<br />

and cre<strong>at</strong>e an e<strong>at</strong>-in kitchen area. This<br />

lowered table also provides a gre<strong>at</strong> prep<br />

area for the aspiring little chefs in our<br />

lives!<br />


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Media storage in a living room is often overlooked.<br />

Often, unpleasant black boxes end up being the<br />

needed, but unwanted, décor adorning the tops of<br />

our media units. Here we designed custom millwork<br />

for this family’s diverse entertainment needs. A pulldown<br />

door with a gold mesh insert housed all media<br />

accessories, yet the mesh still allows access with a<br />

remote. We met the media necessities, and didn’t<br />

compromise the style <strong>at</strong> all. We <strong>at</strong> MBD call th<strong>at</strong> a win!<br />

Media consoles, 0—Team MBD, 1.<br />

This floor-to-ceiling living room built-in not only<br />

houses the media consoles beautifully but also<br />

minimizes clutter with drawers for game discs and<br />

remotes, as well as other media accessories. Doors<br />

allow the <strong>home</strong>owners to store miscellaneous items<br />

such as b<strong>at</strong>teries and candles because we all know they<br />

need a <strong>home</strong>, too. To add a personal touch to the living<br />

room, we included built-in open shelving to showcase<br />

travel souvenirs and framed family memories.<br />

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In the playroom, it was essential to store craft supplies and<br />

toys behind closed doors. Introducing built-ins with tons of<br />

storage not only kept things tidy but also gave us a chance to<br />

add a touch of pretty through the hardware. A built-in desk<br />

for both children to work <strong>at</strong> will grow with the family. The<br />

tall pantry doors enhance the height of the ceilings and make<br />

the room feel larger. To keep the playroom feeling light and<br />

airy, we gave the built-ins a high-gloss white finish.<br />


COLOR<br />

IS KING<br />

Color is a key way to freshen up your<br />

<strong>home</strong>. Whether you decide to paint<br />

your entire <strong>home</strong> or just add a few new<br />

accessories, the impact of introducing<br />

a new color will amaze you. One of<br />

our favorite ways to add personality<br />

to a room is by adding some colorful<br />

elements.<br />

At this client’s <strong>home</strong>, the recurring color<br />

is mint green. This color came from the<br />

front entry tile, which sparked instant<br />

joy in the <strong>home</strong>owners’ hearts. The mint<br />

color carries throughout the main floor<br />

of this town<strong>home</strong> and onto the interior<br />

doors, as well as onto the kitchen<br />

cabinetry. Sometimes all you need is a<br />

jolt of inspir<strong>at</strong>ion, and, bam, you have a<br />

design scheme!<br />

Why stop <strong>at</strong> trim and cabinetry<br />

with color? Yes . . . we even hit the<br />

backsplash grout with mint. Mint<br />

grout? You betcha. It ties everything<br />

together and really makes this beautiful<br />

marble mini-fish-scale backsplash sing.<br />

Using one color throughout the <strong>home</strong><br />

adds cohesiveness and is an easy way to<br />

freshen up your spaces.<br />

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“Bedrooms are spaces<br />

where color can run wild<br />

to reflect more of your<br />

personality.”<br />

Bedrooms are spaces where color can run wild to reflect more<br />

of your personality. For this project, a sweet shared bedroom,<br />

our design inspir<strong>at</strong>ion came from an antique rug. Pink<br />

upholstered beds, complemented by the pink nightstand, and<br />

pink-and-gray drapery bring such joy to this pint-sized space.<br />

Pro-tip: when designing any space with a recurring color,<br />

it is important to add and play with varying shades while<br />

repe<strong>at</strong>ing the color in the room to add extra depth and interest<br />

within the room.<br />

The master bedroom has no lack of color either! Are you<br />

surprised? The trending high-gloss, black-trim wall cre<strong>at</strong>es the<br />

perfect backdrop for the neutral upholstered headboard. To<br />

contrast with the black, a white textured duvet hangs over the<br />

bed topped with white and yellow pillows. The bright yellow<br />

barn door invites you into the en suite. Hannah Banana is the<br />

name of th<strong>at</strong> yellow paint color. Now, if th<strong>at</strong> doesn’t make you<br />

happy, I don’t know wh<strong>at</strong> will.<br />


“Custom millwork can<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>e more function<br />

and less clutter, giving<br />

you a sense of relief.”<br />

Cre<strong>at</strong>ing space in your <strong>home</strong> doesn’t necessarily mean<br />

demolishing walls. We cre<strong>at</strong>ed space in this town<strong>home</strong><br />

by designing custom millwork to ensure every item<br />

has a <strong>home</strong>. Custom millwork can cre<strong>at</strong>e more function<br />

and less clutter, giving you a sense of relief. If custom<br />

millwork is outside your budget, simply cre<strong>at</strong>ing a <strong>home</strong><br />

for your items in your existing millwork is a gre<strong>at</strong> costeffective<br />

option to consider!<br />

Introducing a new color into your <strong>home</strong> can instantly<br />

have you feeling renewed—like adding a red earring and<br />

a red lip to your little black dress. Game changer! Our<br />

team loves adding color in unexpected places and ways,<br />

such as kitchen cabinetry, baseboard trim, and floor tile.<br />

Now consider how you will alter your <strong>home</strong> this spring<br />

to help you feel renewed!<br />

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there for you. Visit us <strong>at</strong> your local Flooring America store or take advantage<br />

of our online tools, like My Floor Style, to help you discover the right floor for<br />

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Inspired Spaces for Children<br />


<strong>Design</strong> by SARA BEDERMAN DESIGN<br />

Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN<br />

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As you can imagine, designing children’s rooms<br />

can be a fun and challenging experience. Kids have<br />

a n<strong>at</strong>ural way of pushing boundaries and testing<br />

limits, which can be refreshing from a design<br />

perspective. We can all take some cues from the next<br />

gen when it comes to life, and we can certainly take<br />

our design approach. When my team received the<br />

task to design four rooms for sisters, th<strong>at</strong>’s exactly<br />

wh<strong>at</strong> we did.<br />

Wh<strong>at</strong> was the goal for<br />

these children’s rooms?<br />

My goal was to cre<strong>at</strong>e inspiring spaces for the young<br />

teenage sisters to enjoy now and to joyfully grow<br />

in l<strong>at</strong>er. It’s a lot tougher than it sounds because the<br />

long-term success of interiors designed for kids is<br />

based on personalities and preferences th<strong>at</strong> don’t<br />

exist yet.<br />


Let’s talk color. Wh<strong>at</strong> was the inspir<strong>at</strong>ion<br />

behind the color palette for this bedroom?<br />

The girls shared a common love of white, which also aligned with myself from<br />

a designer’s perspective and which served as the predominant palette in each<br />

of the four rooms. White is clean and contemporary, and it has “legs,” which<br />

is a key consider<strong>at</strong>ion when designing a room for kids. In the face of quickly<br />

changing trends and tastes, the neutrality and vers<strong>at</strong>ility of white works well on<br />

all levels. It also proved easy to warm up with texture, color, and some whimsical<br />

elements.<br />

Then there’s th<strong>at</strong> obvious theme of pink as the secondary fixture in these rooms,<br />

ranging from a barely-there whisper of pink to an in-your-face hot pink, Pop Artinspired<br />

sitting corner—but more on the duo-toned sequined wall and banana<br />

swing l<strong>at</strong>er!<br />

Pink often gets pigeonholed as the classic color choice for girls—sugar and<br />

spice and everything nice. I wanted to challenge th<strong>at</strong> notion and showcase this<br />

vers<strong>at</strong>ile color’s real personality, as reflected by the preferences and personalities<br />

of each girl. The right pink can be powerful, soothing, or lively, depending on the<br />

shade and tone.<br />

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We love the multifunctional use of this space.<br />

Wh<strong>at</strong> is your best piece of advice when it comes<br />

to making the most out of a cozy room?<br />

“Cozy” spaces require a tailored approach th<strong>at</strong> maximizes their aesthetic possibilities<br />

while balancing their practical demands. When presented with a small floor plan, I start by<br />

deline<strong>at</strong>ing the essential “zones” for the room—in this case, the sleeping, dressing, studying,<br />

and socializing areas. Then I layer in all the rest.<br />


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There are some uniquely<br />

angled ceilings in<br />

this bedroom. Wh<strong>at</strong><br />

are some tips for<br />

maximizing space<br />

when working around<br />

structural elements?<br />

Custom built-in furniture—such as this bed<br />

and dresser/desk concept—offers the best<br />

use of space when dealing with a small room,<br />

awkward dimensions, or restrictions of any<br />

kind, such as the angled ceiling. Yes, custom<br />

work will most definitely cost more (as anything<br />

custom tends to do), but it will also fit your<br />

space like a well-tailored glove and make the<br />

most of every available inch of space.<br />

Going custom also often leads to cre<strong>at</strong>ive shapes<br />

in the furniture, which I love as a unique way of<br />

adding unexpected visual interest to a room.<br />

The layered textures in this<br />

room are so inviting. Wh<strong>at</strong> are<br />

some of your favorite textures<br />

to layer in kids’ rooms?<br />

I love a casual, relaxed vibe for kids’ rooms—and a gre<strong>at</strong><br />

way to amp this up is by layering upholstery and textiles.<br />

Linen is a favorite fabric because it’s not too heavy or<br />

overbearing. I have also gravit<strong>at</strong>ed to large-scale cableknits<br />

and chunky corduroys, which are texturally weighty<br />

and wonderfully comfortable to sink into.<br />


A child’s room can be very<br />

inspiring for young minds.<br />

Wh<strong>at</strong> were some of the<br />

elements th<strong>at</strong> your client<br />

wanted to incorpor<strong>at</strong>e<br />

into your design?<br />

The goal was to give the daughters a lounging<br />

area. We incorpor<strong>at</strong>ed a cozy round swivel chair<br />

for curling up with a good book, as well as a<br />

playful shag rug where the kids can hang out with<br />

their friends.<br />

The banana swing, first seen <strong>at</strong> the Miami<br />

Museum of Ice Cream, was also an absolute must.<br />

They fell in love with the swing and wanted to<br />

incorpor<strong>at</strong>e it into this room, so we had a replica<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>ed just for them. We tucked the swing into a<br />

fe<strong>at</strong>ure bump-out th<strong>at</strong> we wrapped in pink and<br />

gold flip-sequin wall panels, which aptly finish the<br />

room with some essential glam.<br />

We always aim to incorpor<strong>at</strong>e some playful energy<br />

into every kid’s room th<strong>at</strong> we design. Each space<br />

has some amazing design fe<strong>at</strong>ures, such as the<br />

princess theme in one of the rooms, the ballet barre<br />

in another, or the aforementioned and adored<br />

banana swing. But, overall, the rooms’ aesthetics<br />

are timeless and designed with room to grow.<br />

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Wh<strong>at</strong> would you consider are the top<br />

three things to keep in mind when<br />

designing rooms for children?<br />

1. Know their tastes will change.<br />

2. Know their functional needs will change, too.<br />

3. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should prepare yourself for<br />

another redesign in a few years—which can prove both mentally and<br />

financially taxing. It just means the room’s design needs to be vers<strong>at</strong>ile<br />

enough to evolve with your child.<br />

My advice is to choose vers<strong>at</strong>ile colors and finishes and items such<br />

as adjustable shelves and customizable organizing systems th<strong>at</strong><br />

can handle a growing child’s ever-changing needs. Multifunctional<br />

furniture is also my go-to whenever it’s an option.<br />


Children have a vast<br />

difference in taste, and we<br />

adore seeing their inner<br />

personalities shine. Can<br />

you tell us more about the<br />

inspir<strong>at</strong>ion behind this fun<br />

wall and banana swing?<br />

The banana swing corner captures the vibe of the<br />

Miami Museum of Ice Cream—a vibrant and trendy<br />

tourist <strong>at</strong>traction and buzz-worthy selfie hotspot<br />

with candy-colored walls and a fun, quirky vibe<br />

reflective of Miami life.<br />

Of course, the kids themselves are the ultim<strong>at</strong>e<br />

sources of inspir<strong>at</strong>ion, both in their current<br />

personalities, and in the hints <strong>at</strong> who they will be a<br />

few years down the road. When designing a kids’<br />

room, we always want the space to have a strong<br />

element of fun and playful energy, regardless of<br />

the child’s age. At the same time, we aim to achieve<br />

a sophistic<strong>at</strong>ed design th<strong>at</strong>’s as long-lasting as<br />

possible.<br />

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We’re honored to pay tribute to our fallen heroes by supporting the Tunnel to<br />

Towers Found<strong>at</strong>ion’s Gold Star Family Home Program, which pledges to provide<br />

mortgage-free <strong>home</strong>s to surviving spouses with young children. Together, we<br />

can give just a little back to those who gave it all.


HOME<br />

DÉCOR<br />

Simple tips for simplifying your <strong>home</strong>’s look and feel this spring<br />

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1.<br />

GET RID OF<br />

WHAT<br />

DOESN’T<br />


The first step to cre<strong>at</strong>ing a more<br />

simplified interior style for your <strong>home</strong><br />

is to get rid of wh<strong>at</strong> no longer serves<br />

you—not only for the sake of visual<br />

clutter but also for the sake of your<br />

soul. Look around. Wh<strong>at</strong> isn’t being<br />

used, doesn’t serve a purpose, or<br />

simply is no longer a good fit for your<br />

<strong>home</strong>? Have you acquired multiples<br />

of certain items over the years? Could<br />

you narrow down your collection<br />

of kitchen appliances? Do you have<br />

shelves full of deserted toys, linens, or<br />

toiletries? Wh<strong>at</strong> about a closet th<strong>at</strong>’s<br />

heavy with clothes you haven’t worn<br />

in years? Or <strong>home</strong> décor pieces th<strong>at</strong><br />

you loved 10 years ago but th<strong>at</strong> no<br />

longer suit your current style? Good<br />

riddance to them! Now, once you’ve<br />

freed yourself from the burden of<br />

clutter, it’s time to redesign your way<br />

to a more simplified style.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by REBECCA HAY DESIGNS<br />

Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI<br />


2.<br />

CREATE<br />


OF SPACE<br />

We’re not all blessed with high ceilings, large<br />

windows, expansive open-concept floor plans, and<br />

spare bedrooms. Sometimes, you have to cre<strong>at</strong>e the<br />

illusion of space, when the reality of actual space<br />

is just not possible. Our favorite tricks of the trade<br />

come from designer Andrea Colman of Fine Finishes<br />

<strong>Design</strong>:<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by ANDREA COLMAN<br />

Photography by NICOLE AUBREY<br />

• Remove items from tabletops and countertops<br />

to help accentu<strong>at</strong>e your <strong>home</strong>’s architecture,<br />

furniture, and artwork<br />

• Choose “long and lean” flooring like extra-long<br />

hardwood planks or rectangular tiles and install<br />

them in a parallel or diagonal fashion<br />

• Pick a wall color th<strong>at</strong>’s light and bright to cre<strong>at</strong>e<br />

a gre<strong>at</strong>er sense of light and airiness into your<br />

<strong>home</strong><br />

• Keep window tre<strong>at</strong>ments minimal or, if possible,<br />

go without for a simple, modern look and feel<br />

• Select furniture with exposed legs, such as<br />

couches, ottomans, chairs, and bedframes, for an<br />

open airy feel<br />

• Add mirrors and reflective finishes, such as<br />

polished chrome hardware or high sheen fabrics,<br />

throughout the <strong>home</strong> for instant added light<br />

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3.<br />

FOLLOW<br />

THE 60-30-10 RULE<br />

Color plays a vital role in achieving a simplified<br />

interior style. A room with too many colors can<br />

feel busy and chaotic, whereas a space with too<br />

few colors can feel stark and lifeless. The 60-30-<br />

10 rule utilizes three colors—a dominant shade,<br />

a secondary shade, and an accent color. Your<br />

dominant shade will take up approxim<strong>at</strong>ely 60<br />

percent of your design. Typically, this leading<br />

color will be neutral or subdued in tone such<br />

th<strong>at</strong> it can be used heavily without feeling<br />

overwhelming. The secondary shade will take up<br />

an additional 30 percent of the room, normally<br />

coming in slightly bolder than its leading<br />

backdrop. Finally, an accent color will make up<br />

the last 10 percent. This is your playful color th<strong>at</strong><br />

can come through in accessories, pillows, and<br />

throws.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by REBECCA HAY DESIGNS<br />

Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI<br />


4.<br />

Installing the same flooring throughout the main<br />

living area cre<strong>at</strong>es instant visual continuity,<br />

blurring the divide from room to room for a<br />

streamlined and simplified feel. Offering both<br />

beauty and function, a w<strong>at</strong>erproof hardwood<br />





product like Aquadura H2O is the perfect<br />

candid<strong>at</strong>e for this tactic because it is suitable for<br />

both design-focused spaces like the formal living<br />

area or dining room and perfectly capable in the<br />

work-heavy areas like the kitchen, family room, or<br />

foyer. Opt for a medium tone style th<strong>at</strong>’s not too<br />

heavy in graining, like Winslow Hill Hickory, Oak,<br />

Maple in Midnight.<br />

Winslow Hill Hickory, Oak, Maple in Midnight by<br />

Aquadura H2O<br />

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5.<br />





Convenience brings comfort. Choose a space<br />

and invest in one or two small upd<strong>at</strong>es th<strong>at</strong><br />

will make a positive difference in your dayto-day<br />

life. In the kitchen, this might mean<br />

investing in a tiered organiz<strong>at</strong>ion system for<br />

your workhorse drawers. Or, it could mean<br />

a new chalkboard wall to keep important<br />

d<strong>at</strong>es, lists, and reminders front and center<br />

for the entire family. When considering wh<strong>at</strong><br />

improvements to tackle, remember th<strong>at</strong> not<br />

all upd<strong>at</strong>es need to be big, expensive, and<br />

overwhelming. Sometimes the simple things<br />

make the biggest difference.<br />

<strong>Design</strong> by CYNTHIA SODA<br />

Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN<br />


At Flooring America and Flooring Canada,we know th<strong>at</strong> an elev<strong>at</strong>ed sense of style in your <strong>home</strong> starts with the<br />

floor. Th<strong>at</strong>’s why our experts have carefully selected 10 of the most beautifully innov<strong>at</strong>ive products the flooring industry<br />

has to offer to include in our 2021 Style W<strong>at</strong>ch. These ten products combine style, technology, and durability<br />

and span multiple c<strong>at</strong>egories of flooring. No m<strong>at</strong>ter where youwant to go with your style, start here.<br />

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1. GOING GRAY.<br />

Paramount Plank in Scree<br />

by Galvanite<br />

The color gurus <strong>at</strong> Pantone named Ultim<strong>at</strong>e Gray as their<br />

pick for color of the year, and this is true when it comes<br />

to flooring. Wide luxury vinyl planks with the n<strong>at</strong>ural<br />

appearance of authentic hardwood in shades of gray will<br />

be hot this year because of their n<strong>at</strong>ural appearance, durability,<br />

and w<strong>at</strong>erproof qualities, which make these planks<br />

a gre<strong>at</strong> choice for laundry rooms, playrooms, and other<br />

areas of a <strong>home</strong> where accidents are likely to occur.<br />


Farmhouse chic has been a huge trend when it comes to<br />

interiors and furnishings—and now the flooring industry<br />

offers amazing options th<strong>at</strong> combine the distinct antique,<br />

well-worn look with modern technology. Luxury vinyl<br />

flooring (durable and made for high performance) th<strong>at</strong><br />

has a n<strong>at</strong>ural wood appearance with textured planks th<strong>at</strong><br />

look aged and worn will be a top option this year.<br />

Millbourne in Moss<br />

by Downs H2O<br />



White we<strong>at</strong>hering on genuine hickory hardwood<br />

emphasizes the n<strong>at</strong>ural beauty of this wood floor’s mineral<br />

streaks, knots, and n<strong>at</strong>ural character, making distressed a<br />

highly sought option for shoppers who want to cre<strong>at</strong>e a<br />

modern space with a timeless vintage vibe.<br />

Hazelbaker - Sliced Hickory White in S<strong>at</strong>ori<br />

by Florcraft Heritage Hardwood<br />

12x24 Tower White M<strong>at</strong>te RV60<br />

Floorcraft Ceramic Tile<br />


Look for over-sized, rectangular, stone-look ceramic tiles<br />

in light neutrals like gray, white, and cream to be installed<br />

for those looking for flooring th<strong>at</strong> marries style, durability,<br />

and efficiency.<br />


There are so many varieties of lamin<strong>at</strong>e th<strong>at</strong> bring a distinct<br />

wood-look into a room, but in the lamin<strong>at</strong>e c<strong>at</strong>egory,<br />

w<strong>at</strong>ch for ashy browns th<strong>at</strong> include unique graining and<br />

contrasting brown hues to rule.<br />

Ash Grove Oak in Granite<br />

by Floorcraft Maysville Lamin<strong>at</strong>e<br />

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In 2020, the new gener<strong>at</strong>ion of w<strong>at</strong>erproof hardwood<br />

floors was one of the most significant new products in the<br />

industry—and the c<strong>at</strong>egory shows no signs of slowing<br />

in popularity in 2021. Perfect for active <strong>home</strong>s with pets<br />

and kids, designs with unique wire-brushed finishes will<br />

maintain their reign.<br />

Oceana Est<strong>at</strong>e Oak in Upland<br />

by Aquadura<br />

7. SAGE IS THE RAGE.<br />

Hedon Plus in Soft Sage<br />

by Innovia Touch<br />

When it comes to soft surfaces, consumers seek softness,<br />

durability, and stain resistance, and th<strong>at</strong> won’t change this<br />

year. Wh<strong>at</strong> is predicted is a surge in slightly left-of-neutral<br />

nontraditional colors, particularly hues of sage.<br />


Wh<strong>at</strong> else is in the crystal ball when it comes to the carpet<br />

floorcast? Unique, stri<strong>at</strong>ed p<strong>at</strong>terns, highlighted by a<br />

loop-cut carpet, are ideal for <strong>home</strong>s looking for a touch of<br />

modern, contemporary, and industrial design. Shades of<br />

gray will again be prominently seen to complement the<br />

design.<br />

Swagger in Pennicott<br />

by Resista 3.0<br />



Why Me in Wind Swept<br />

by Tigressa Cherish<br />

Hand in hand with the p<strong>at</strong>tern prediction is the “st<strong>at</strong>ement”<br />

carpet. There are striking options in soft surface,<br />

from the beautiful movement of arabesque to distinctive<br />

elev<strong>at</strong>ed p<strong>at</strong>terns th<strong>at</strong> make a design st<strong>at</strong>ement from the<br />

ground up.<br />


Another soft surface trend in 2021 will be mixed texture<br />

in carpets. Loop-cut-loop provides a textured look th<strong>at</strong> is<br />

both modern and masculine but, also delivers durability,<br />

stain, and fade resistance.<br />

For more inform<strong>at</strong>ion on Flooring America/Flooring Canada’s<br />

2021 styles to w<strong>at</strong>ch, including details, product descriptions, and<br />

availability, please visit flooringamerica.com/blog/top-flooringtrends-2021.<br />

Life of the Party in Corpor<strong>at</strong>e<br />

by Resista 3.0<br />

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FLOORING 101<br />

CARPET<br />

Carpet is a gre<strong>at</strong> choice for almost any room in<br />

your <strong>home</strong> because of its qualities of warmth<br />

and comfort. With today’s advanced flooring<br />

technologies, carpet is softer, stronger, and more<br />

stain resistant than ever before. Carpet also comes<br />

in a variety of colors, p<strong>at</strong>terns, and styles and is a<br />

key design element for your room remodel.<br />

Moonlight by Tigressa Cherish<br />


Hardwood flooring has beauty, strength, and<br />

character along with options for every look.<br />

From smooth, glossy, traditional strips to<br />

wide, we<strong>at</strong>hered planks, hardwood cre<strong>at</strong>es<br />

a beautiful backdrop for any room. Today’s<br />

hardwood floors are also milled and finished<br />

using techniques th<strong>at</strong> require much lower<br />

maintenance than in years past.<br />

Lanes Prairie Hickory, Oak, Maple in Beach by Aquadura H2O<br />

VINYL<br />

Vinyl flooring offers an elegant<br />

appearance and enduring value.<br />

Modern, cutting-edge technologies and<br />

digital design make possible n<strong>at</strong>urallooking<br />

textures and gre<strong>at</strong> visual depth.<br />

Luxury vinyl tile is one of the newest<br />

and most popular flooring choices<br />

today, offering trendy finishes th<strong>at</strong><br />

closely resemble wood, tile, and stone.<br />

84<br />

Timber Plus Herringbone by Downs H2O

TILE<br />

Both timeless and trendy, tile can complement<br />

any style, ranging from traditional to<br />

contemporary. Tile is available in a wide<br />

variety of colors, p<strong>at</strong>terns, and sizes, allowing<br />

for cre<strong>at</strong>ivity in design. This flooring also<br />

resists most spills and is a gre<strong>at</strong> option for<br />

moisture-prone areas such as kitchens,<br />

b<strong>at</strong>hrooms, and foyers.<br />

Network by Emser Tile<br />


Lamin<strong>at</strong>e flooring offers the look of hardwood,<br />

tile, or stone <strong>at</strong> a more affordable price point. The<br />

unique construction of lamin<strong>at</strong>e flooring makes<br />

the product highly durable and w<strong>at</strong>er-resistant<br />

and therefore a gre<strong>at</strong> candid<strong>at</strong>e for high-traffic and<br />

moisture-prone areas.<br />

Floorcraft Maysville Ash Grove Oak in Bark<br />


Area rugs make a wonderful addition to hard<br />

surface flooring, adding a level of protection<br />

along with increased warmth and comfort.<br />

Available in a wide variety of colors, designs,<br />

and sizes, area rugs can play a major role in a<br />

room’s décor.<br />

Kendo KDO01-77 Silver by Kaleen<br />

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Louis Duncan-He <strong>Design</strong>s<br />

Louis Duncan, principal of Louis Duncan-He <strong>Design</strong>s, is an<br />

intern<strong>at</strong>ionally published designer with a focus on designing<br />

distinctive and timeless residential spaces. His sign<strong>at</strong>ure West Coast<br />

perspective plays on the inn<strong>at</strong>e tension between the elegant and the<br />

relaxed or the effortlessly refined and the organic. With a unique<br />

client-centered approach, Louis’s interiors are authentic and soulful.<br />

louisdhe.com<br />

@louis.dhe<br />


Michelle Berwick <strong>Design</strong><br />

Award-winning designer Michelle Berwick is the principal and<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>ive founder of Michelle Berwick <strong>Design</strong>—a boutique design<br />

firm with a small but mighty team specializing in residential and<br />

commercial interior design. For almost a decade, this notable firm<br />

has become sought after for providing livable, stylish, and uniquely<br />

personal interiors.<br />

michelleberwickdesign.com<br />

@michelleberwickdesign_<br />


Sara Bederman <strong>Design</strong><br />

Sara Bederman is the principal designer of Sara Bederman <strong>Design</strong>.<br />

For over a decade, her bespoke design firm has become known for<br />

cre<strong>at</strong>ing stylish, thoughtfully cur<strong>at</strong>ed, and livable interiors. The firm<br />

provides residential design services for projects of all sizes, including<br />

city <strong>home</strong>s, lakeside retre<strong>at</strong>s, and country <strong>home</strong>s.<br />

sarabederman.com<br />

@sarabstudio<br />


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