February is the month of red. Not only do we celebrate our love on Valentine’s day, but it’s heart health awareness month. We thought, with so much emphasis on red, why not take a look at what it means for your interior design?!

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I find that people have strong feelings about the color red. They either love… Read More

February + Red = LOVE

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’m no expert on love, but I am here to offer a bit of advice…

No more flowers.

No more chocolates.

More romance!

FYI, romance isn’t just for February 14th. In fact, romance is in style all year long!

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What’s more romantic than giving your loved one a dreamy… Read More

Romantic Redesign

Basements get a bad rap. Often the keeper of seldom used junk and a graveyard for bugs and cobwebs, they can lack design appeal. Viewed as large and cavernous. Cold and dark. Overseer of utilities. Neglected and a bit “unloved”. Even kind of creepy.

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On the flipside, I think they are a huge area… Read More

Budget Friendly Basement Makeover Ideas!

With temperatures dipping below zero here in the Northeast this week, I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients are asking for rugs. It makes sense. Rugs warm up a space, absorb sound, and they feel good underfoot! Aside from their utilitarian use, rugs can add a lot more to a room than just function.

Just last week I… Read More

Rugs rule! (especially this time of year)

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Most people don’t give the doors in their home too much thought. I mean, they are a necessity, but how much do they really matter when it comes to your interior (or exterior) design. Surprisingly, they can make a BIG difference!

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This became very clear to me as I was recently working with… Read More

When one door closes, another one opens.

Sadly, that glorious week between Christmas and New Year’s has come to an end. Gone are the days filled with family and friends, quiet mornings luxuriating by the fire with a yummy cup of coffee and a good book. Late night movies, dates, board games, and outdoor fun. Basically doing whatever pleases you. That much needed time away from the… Read More

Back to reality

I was recently asked to offer some design insights for the year to come. Now, typical forecasting projects years into the future. Tricky stuff, at best. Instead I sort of like the ground troops approach, meaning what are my clients doing right now and what are they asking for? What makes sense for them now and years into the future. So, here are a few things we are working on for the coming year and hope to see continue into 2016…

~ We are seeing a trend in unplugging and going back to a Comfort- Style

A good friend who is a designer recently showed me her design boards for her brand new home. I couldn’t hide the look on my face that said, “On purpose? Isn’t this what we are trying to move away from?”

Before I could say anything, thankfully, she chimed in with enthusiasm, “It’s just like my grandmother’s house!”

“You say that like it’s a good thing”, I thought.

And then she did that magic thing that designers do, when they weave a tale that brings it all together.

She was hearkening back to a simpler time. White washed kitchens and warm brass knobs. Bold peonies and lattice on the walls, creamy bowls of white light and not a hand held device in sight

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It really was a brilliant plan. You would always walk in with a sense of belonging. Instant comfort.

Big bold patterns in wallpaper and gentle colors are gracing walls. Hand worn hues of gold are returning to lighting and hardware. Even Formica is in on the movement, but back with a whole new array of colors and styles.

Thibault Wallpaper

~We are seeing continued strength with white kitchens that are not truly white upon closer examination. Ben Moore’s color of the year, Simply White, is a great example of a white hint of something else.

Mandeville Canyon Designs fea. Karen Grant

 

Right now we are installing a new kitchen, with PK Surroundings, in California Paint Crisp Muslin. It’s white with a purpose.

 

It still reads fresh and comforting, but with it’s own personality.

~ Quartz countertops continue to be strong for their ease of use and unending array of mesmerizing palettes. We are using Cambria’s, Brittanicca, on that same white kitchen.

 

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The dramatic ribbons of gray, black and bone allow great range of movement without overwhelming the space. Other great companies include Pental, Caesarstone and Silestone, just to name a few. Alternative materials like IceStone and Richlite, made out of paper are also durable and stylish choices with a great environmental backbone.

~Mixed metals are thankfully on the rise. I love the permission to mix up your metals in a space.

Anthropologie

Gone is the idea that every knob in your house has to be brushed nickel. There are so many fabulous metal finishes out there (the finishes from Brizo are warm and delicious),

Brizo, RSVP

 

 

 

 

 

 

starting with the long awaited rearrival of brass. With so many finishes to choose from, there is bound to be something that delights everyone of us.

Schoolhouse Electric

 

Right now we are using a beautiful collection of lighting from Hubbardton Forge that speaks to this concept perfectly. We are combining the soft gold finish (give us more in 2016, please!) with bronze for the Cosmo and then reinforcing the bronze with the Exos Collection.

 

From the Cosmo Collection, Hubbardton Forge

~Follow that up with another design trend, textured wallpaper, and you have an elegant, grounded and earthy vibe that works in both casual and sophisticated settings.

Maya Romanoff Weathered Metals II

Phillip Jeffries Rivet

 

We are using Maya Romanoff’s Weathered Metals II collection as well as Philip Jeffries Rivet collection. The trend is toward textural and tactile. The kind that begs you to reach out and touch.

 

 

 

 

And if that’s not enough how about some jewelry for the walls. Maya also offers a stunning collection of beaded wallpaper called Beadazzled.

Maya Romanoff Beadazzled

 

 

 

 

 

And even if you are renting, no worries, there are great new repositionable wallpapers that let everyone get in on the fun.

 

~Color palettes are continuing to mimic nature and also provide hits of high contrast.

Like mixing metals, do be afraid to mix your sheen as well. We are just about to install a grasscloth wallpaper combined with a high gloss chocolate ceiling to help reflect light as well as act as a conversation piece. Nature constantly combines shiny and matte. Why let it have all the fun!

 

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The Forecast Calls for Comfort and Style

It’s winter. It gets dark early. There are fewer hours of daylight. All of these things effect us. Even those who love this time of year (ahem, my Marketing Director!), can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, most commonly in the fall and winter. It saps… Read More

We’re shedding some light!

By now you may have already heard, but they are the Pantone color(s) of the year 2016. It’s unprecedented for Pantone to choose not one, but two colors of the year. And these color choices come to us as a bit of a surprise, especially after the bold colors of years past (think: Marsala and Radiant Orchid).  … Read More

What do Rose Quartz and Serenity have in common?

It’s highly likely that your fireplace is a focal point in a room somewhere in your home. This time of year we tend to focus our attention in that direction a tad more often. Whether you are cozying up to a roaring fire, snuggled on the couch watching a movie or you’ve hung the stockings in hopes for Saint… Read More

Mantel madness

December is such a wonderful month filled with friends, family and festivities. As the countdown to the holidays begins, we hope that you can carve out a little time to join us for two special events happening this week.

Holiday Open House at Mandeville Canyon Designs

28 Front Street

Exeter, NH  03833

Friday, December 4th, 5-8:00 pm

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Join us for two festive events this week!

One of the mantra’s that we live by at Mandeville Canyon Designs is that we aim to provide you with the best in design service and equally important, we always strive to offer the highest level of client service. We listen to what you tell us. We want you to be happy and to feel like your… Read More

Redesign, Restyle & Rejuvenate with Heather

Why is it that the master bedroom is often overlooked when it comes to design and décor? Perhaps it’s because the door can be closed and because it’s often thought of as your private sanctuary. The funny thing is, that’s the exact reason why your master bedroom should not be neglected! It should be your very own private, beautiful space.… Read More

Master your Master Bedroom

It may seem odd to some that Benjamin Moore has selected a “non-color” as it’s 2016 color of the year: Simply White. To others, it may seem that the color white is finally getting it’s day in the spotlight! I think the following quote sums it up perfectly!

“White is transcendent, powerful and polarizing — it is either taken for… Read More

Future Forecast: Bright and White!

Well, we made it through Halloween and time is moving on quickly, right into the holiday season. If you have been out in the stores in the past week or so, you may have already heard Christmas music and have seen the shelves stocked with holiday décor. While that may make some of you cringe, it makes those of us… Read More

Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us!

If your designer suggested you add some jewel tones to your décor, would you run and hide? Or, would you embrace the idea? Not sure what to think about designing with such rich colors? We can ease your worry.

Jewel tones invoke a feeling of nobility and opulence. Perhaps even a touch of glam. Most of us associate them with,… Read More

Jewels Rule

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. The hub. Where meals are made, friends gather, homework gets done and lots more. That’s why it’s so important to love your kitchen.

As an interior designer, I find that while a project may begin in a family room, or some other room in the house, my clients always end up saying,… Read More

Design a kitchen you love.

Have you ever walked into a room and were blown away by the mix of colors and/or patterns? When done correctly, a mix of patterns makes your room look like it’s been designed by a professional. So how do designers mix patterns so well? There are a few tried and true tricks that will help you pull of a well… Read More

Playing with Patterns

I love when I have the opportunity to work on a clients’ landscape design. Partly because I love nature and incorporating as much of the surroundings as I can, but also because it’s amazing to see how it all transforms month after month, year after year.

Seasons are a beautiful thing. There’s nothing like seeing the outdoors come to life… Read More

Don’t let your plants get stuck out in the cold!

It dawned on me recently that fall is a long season of décor. While I love to warm up my home with layers of snuggly blankets, pops of orange, pumpkins and hay bales; after a while I grow tired of it all. After all, I think the stores had the Halloween decorations and candy out some time in August!

So… Read More

Move over pumpkin!