We asked 3 local designers for their suggestions about ideas to liven up your living spaces.

A Cozy Nook

Having a study is a luxury now in the days of open floor plans. If you can, create a space thats small, cozy and intimate. It will be the place where everyone gravitates!

-Shea Bryars

Tiny Treasure in the Bath

When you have less than 5’ x 8’ to work with, the key is to use special materials and lots of glass. Blue mosaic is it!! My client fell in love with Fan Clue in Blue Ombré by Artistic tile. We designed the whole space around it. Watery, hand-hewn tiles from Pratt & Larson complete the scheme. Since the house is a 1920s Tudor, we repeated an old-fashioned tile wainscot with a fresh interpretation. Removing the old shower walls and replacing it with a simple glass enclosure completely opened up the space.

-Sarah Jernigan

A Bit More Interesting in the Kitchen

We loved the idea of making this all white kitchen a bit more interesting with a custom hood, fabulous range, sculptural faucet and most importantly, beautiful marble. Some may be afraid to use a material with a lot of movement and contrast, but this Calacatta Viola makes a statement and dramatically changes the look of this space.

-AG Design

The Guest Bedroom

The most important thing you can do in a guest bedroom, is to make sure it’s not an after-thought. Give as much attention to it as you would the rest of the bedrooms in your home. After all, these are the people you love enough to let them stay with you.

-Shea Bryars

In the Nursery

For a nursery, I think it’s most important that you can block light so little ones can nap easily during the daylight hours. It’s always fun to celebrate a new life in a beautiful room.

-Shea Bryars