Color is a wonderful design tool. But too much of a dark hue can make a room feel closed in. When all of the wood surfaces and furnishings share the same tone, nothing stands out. Lightening up some of the details in these rooms can yield a fresh modern style.           […]

Lighten up… Updating a Traditional Great Room

How do you add warmth and character to a new modern kitchen?  Add a touch of vintage to the mix via the art of salvaged artifacts.  The perfect focal point was created using this ceiling tin as a backsplash.  It offers a trash to treasure or “tossed and found” solution. What an unexpected and refreshing […]

Tossed and Found: Antiqued Ceiling Tile Backsplash

It is easy to recognize how important it is for a front door to make an impression. Interior doors, however, deserve the same quality, thought and appeal. In this example, a set of doors at the end of a hallway serve the purpose of creating a striking and unexpected focal point.     The Design […]

Walk This Way: A Faux Finish Door Remodel

Normally you think of doors as something you shut to create privacy, or something you open to allow entrance into another space. But doors are far more than a functional piece; they create architectural statements inside your home. Sliding doors are popular in home design for their function as well as form. Unlike a standard […]

Open and Shut Case: Doors for Every Interior Design Style

Brick has become one of the most popular elements in design. Unlike generic drywall, brick is cherished because it offers a touch of texture, unique character and a dab of timeless charm that adapts to any décor style. Reminiscent of previous remodeling of this home, the client chose to keep the brick that was once an exterior wall. […]

Yes You Can: Painted Faux Brick

On a recent trip to Tuscany, this client was inspired by the timeless craftsmanship found in the travertine, stone, tiles and plasters. So when it came time to finish out their terrace level, they enlisted the help of Home Expressions Interiors by Laura Bloom, a complete design and remodeling company, to recreate the comfort and elegance of this style but […]

Supporting Role: Aged Plaster Columns

Nestled in a serene country setting, it was the request of the client to have an updated look while honoring a rustic farmhouse origin. Designer Nina Nash of Mathews Furniture + Design knew that one of the challenges would be to create an interesting blend of color, patterns and textures while maintaining the comfortable family friendly atmosphere. It would require sleek furnishings […]

Deja Blue: Faux Finished Sliding Barn Door

Nothing says comfort like your favorite pair of jeans. The older and more faded they get, the better they become. That is why shades of indigo are timeless on both the runway and in the home. This is the feeling that designer Nina Nash of Mathews Home + Design wanted to create in this guest bedroom . . . comfortable, […]

Faded by Love: A Guest Bedroom Remodel

This home’s entrance is fit for royalty. The two story foyer is graced by a curved staircase, elegant hardwood floors, and detailed trim. The custom mahogany doors are the focal point, adding definition to the passageway and welcoming guests. In order to emphasize the architectural elements in this stunning foyer, decorative painting was used to tie it […]

Worth Repeating: Faux Woodgrain Foyer Makeover

The goal for this remodeled keeping room was to create a tasteful blend of rustic style with traditional furnishings. It was apparent that the new white mantel was inconsistent with the cozy ambiance of this space, and being so large, it completely overpowered the room. Instead, it needed to act as a unifying element between […]

Best of Both: Fireplace Surround and Mantel Faux Finishes

Texture, depth and dimension are always the benchmark for a beautiful faux finish.  It doesn’t matter if the application is on a flat surface or even bringing out the details of architecture. Keep in mind that ANY surface can be enhanced with artistic mediums. . . even 3D elements such as this: A change in […]

Get in Gear

We all know how paint can influence the feeling of a space. Did you know that it can also influence the architecture?  This project is a lesson in composition as it refers to paint and interior design. The correct balance of vertical and horizontal lines creates a visual path that will direct the eye to […]

Lines of Distinction