DESIGN GURU: BIG & LITTLE UPDATES FOR EVERY ROOM

 

Just in time for spring and Derby, Leslie Whitehouse, president of Cherry House Furniture, shares quick and easy style upgrades that can transform everything
in an instant.


Updating your home doesn’t require a complete overhaul. “I always tell clients that you can make a huge impact by switching out accent pieces and accessories or by moving them to new locations in your house,” says Leslie Whitehouse, president of Cherry House Furniture in La Grange. “Bringing in touches of turquoise or coral, or replacing tired throw pillows with some with new patterns, can keep your décor from looking like it’s stuck in a time warp.”

We visited her at their spacious showroom surrounded by rolling hills, a pond, bridge and gazebo for some up-to-the-minute inspiration. On these pages, you’ll find her easy-to-incorporate ideas.

"I always tell clients that you can make a huge impact by switching out accent pieces and accessories or by moving them to new locations in your house."

1. Think black and white: “Black and white is huge for spring,” says Whitehouse. Try adding black touches to your white and neutral décor for a crisp, high-contrast look.

2. Mix contemporary and traditional: Here, a modern coffee table, lamps and artwork add a little edge to traditional upholstery

3. Just add wallpaper: Bring in fresh color, pattern and visual “pop” with one wall of paper. Here, a black and white geometric print changes the neutral look of this grouping.

4. Try geometry: Layer in a few geometric fabrics, accessories or art pieces for a modernized mood.


POP COLOR WITH NEUTRALS:

Add brights like yellow, coral or fucshia to neutrals, stark navy or black and white color schemes. “You can do that with floral arrangements, a few accessories or even tableware,” says Whitehouse.

PLAY WITH PALETTE:
Touches of turquoise and color of the year, coral, will brighten and update anything from neutrals to navy. Incorporate them with artwork, accessories, throws and pillows.

BRING IN SPRING:
Leaf placements, leaf-covered throw pillows and fresh greenery can all transition a drab winter space into a spring oasis.

BRING IN BLOOMING FABRICS:
Floral patters are back. Layer them with geometrics for an up-to-the-minute mix.


Posted on 2019-03-04 by Christine Fellingham | Photos by Dick Arnspiger
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