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An Inside Job

Five local interior designers put the latest trends on display

The exteriors of our homes only let people know so much about us. Sure, you get a feel for our architectural style, landscaping preferences and yard ornaments, but it’s inside the home where our personalities come to life. Bold colors, traditional decor, unexpected artwork or collections on display, the way our homes are decorated is a reflection of what makes us feel stylish and content.

Housetrends has asked five local interior designers to show us their work in motion. They’ve decorated rooms using the latest trends they feel will carry us into 2011, all while providing tips and advice on how to spice up a dull room, how to make a big impact with little change and how to think outside the box when decorating.

AT-95 (formerly American Furnishings)

Designer: Dennis & Denise Blankemeyer

Design concept: Mid-century industrial

Advice: When you feel the need to change, empty the entire room and bring back the one piece that inspires you. Start with that piece and build your design around it.

Eurolife Furniture

Designer: Amanda Medel

Design concept: Modern but fun

Advice: Experimenting with different textures and colors is a great way to see what is possible.

Roche Bobois

Designer: Isabella Grayfer

Design concept: Sophistication

Advice: Remember that less is always more. Try to narrow your focus into using a limited color palette.

Carolyn Rand Interior Design Ltd.

Designer: Carolyn Rand

Design concept: Glamour

Advice: The fact that the homeowner was a former dancer inspired the glitzy, dark escape off the master bedroom.

Lombards Fine Furniture

Designer: Van Shepard and Gloria Gephart

Design concept: Relaxed, with elegance and charm

Advice: A pop of color creates an exciting look using artwork, pillows and throws to set the mood for any room. missing image file

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