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6 Design Resolutions You Should Make in 2019

blue island kitchen

Wow! We’re halfway through the first month of the new year. How are you doing with your resolutions? Did you make any? To be clear, I’m not talking about exercise goals or healthy diets (although those resolutions are amazing, and I highly recommend them). I’m talking about resolving to make your home even more beautiful and functional in 2019.

January is a blank slate for the new year ahead. It’s the perfect time for fresh starts and fresh interiors. In fact, updating your home can literally change your life. I mean it. And I’m not getting all melodramatic here. Making positive changes to your living environment can bring you happiness, peace and serenity. After all, isn’t that what interior design really is all about? Making the spaces that surround us work for our benefit and for our enjoyment? Thing is you never realize just how powerful great design can be until you have it.

That’s why I’d like you to consider making a few New Year’s resolutions, such as these, for your home.

Stop Ignoring Your Master Bedroom

Come on people, it’s time! Time to give your master bedroom, your retreat from the world, your haven from the busyness of life, the love it deserves. Whether your style is more neutral and calming or if your idea of getting away from it all is surrounding yourself in happy hues – at the end of the day, your master bedroom should be all about you.

Here are three master bedrooms that we designed for very different clients with very different styles.



An artful blend of tropical hues, West-Indies-inspired furnishings and beachy accents, this master features a stunning bed as the focal point. We added punches of Caribbean color and custom touches throughout. Don’t you love those bedside lamps? They were handcrafted from a driftwood mold. The perfect finishing touch.

cream bedroom
Design by Marcia Moore
Photo by Michael Jacob



The design of this master bedroom is part Hollywood glam and part Art Deco with a little bit of Moroccan thrown in through the wallpaper pattern. Warm chocolate brown, creamy lush ivory and touches of gold take this room over the top. Opulence like this works well with a more monochromatic, simple color scheme. To add interest, we mixed a variety of textures and materials, including grass cloth, leather, faux crocodile, velvet, marble, satin, metal and crystal.

grey bedroom
Design by Marcia Moore
Photo by Michael Jacob



This master bedroom needed to marry both the glamorous style of the wife and the more tailored tastes of her husband. The common ground between feminine and masculine was geometrics. The superb geometric wallpaper hit the mark. Colors that both liked, with a little silver glitz, set the stage perfectly. The dark wood dresser and nightstands spoke to him, while striking lamps and a stunning padded headboard spoke to her.

blue accent bedroom

Buy Art You Love

The best art is art that speaks to you, that makes you happy every time you look at it. So buy that crazy painting; make room for that unusual sculpture; hang that traditional piece in your contemporary home, or vice versa. There really are no rules when it comes to buying art. If you love it, it will always “go.” Here is a variety of artwork in several different mediums that speak to me.

Example of Expressionism – “Future City”



Example of the Old Masters – “Girl with a Pearl Earring”
Artist: Johannes Vermeer
Fine Art America


Example of Multi-Media Art – “Beneath the Blossom Tree”
Artist: Louise O’Hara


Cups stacked on saucers
Example of Realism – “Checks and Balances”
Artist: Daryl Gortner
Skidmore Contemporary Art


Did You Know?

Expressionism refers to art in which the image of reality is distorted in order to make it expressive of the artist’s inner feelings or ideas.

The Old Masters refers to any painter of skill who worked in Europe before about 1800 (think Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo or Rembrandt), or a painting by such an artist.

Mixed-Media Art refers to art that uses a variety of media in a single artwork.

Realism is broadly considered the beginning of modern art and portrays everyday life in a natural, realistic way.


Invest in Good Lighting

I’m about to shed a little light on the subject of light… it’s super important to the success of your interior spaces. The right lighting can make or break the mood or aesthetic of a room. And, although it must be functional, it certainly doesn’t need to be boring.

Here are few examples of some cool lighting that I think are pretty hot.


All you need to do is look up to see how the right chandelier or lighting fixture can make a huge style statement in a space.

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Unique and fabulous table lamps are like exclamation points in a room.

unique lamp
Majestic Midcentury Z Lamp
Photo by Greg Tykal


bird lamp
Ibis Lamp
Design by Marcia Moore Design
Photo by Michael Jacob


To unify two adjacent spaces in our client’s home, we ditched the can lights in favor of this awesome gold trio that look more like art than lighting fixtures.

large open living space

How cool is this lighting that just peeks from behind the wall!

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Love these larger than life sconces and this awesome contemporary chandelier that designer Brown Davis used on his reno of the house used on the TV show Miami Vice.

When you need to illuminate what’s important 😉

light up toilet paper dispenser
Design by Danny Venlet


Start that Kitchen or Bath Reno NOW!

If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen or bath, now is the time to stop dreaming and start doing. Getting started in January, you can be sure your new project will be complete way before those guests start arriving for the holidays next fall.

Need some inspiration? Here are seven of our favorite kitchen and bath remodels from 2018:


These powder rooms got an extra does of panache with striking black and white tile and a beautiful, rich green and gold wallpaper.

Sleek and contemporary, this light, bright master bath has some really cool features, such as that awesome glass tile backsplash set on the vertical to resemble a city skyline!

white bathroom

We took this kitchen from dated to drop dead gorgeous. Glamorous, sophisticated and sparkling.

white kitchen

In this kitchen, an interesting grain on the cabinet wood looks very rich, while tile in geometric shapes adds unique interest.

grey geometric walls

Our client wanted a swanky, sophisticated and moody kitchen reminiscent of the 1920s. Got it!

black and gold kitchen

A bright blue island knocks this custom kitchen out of the park.

blue kitchen island

Mix Patterns, Colors and Metals

It’s all in the mix, not the match these days. So be brave and go for it. Here are some rooms that do the blend beautifully in my opinion. Amazing mashups of color, pattern and metals. The key here is to have fun, and remember, if YOU like it, that’s all that really matters.

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modern living space
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Embrace Color

Color is making a big comeback in 2019, so now is a perfect time to embrace bold bright shades or at least take a chance with a color that you just can’t get out of your head. Remember, paint is just paint. It can always be redone. But if you’re a little gun shy about a color splash on your walls, why not try adding some colorful pillows, accessories, even a special accent piece of furniture. Don’t be afraid to color your world with happy hues. You’ll never know till you try!

Here are a few spaces I love that either go all out with color or just use it as a pop.

modern kitchen
pink living space
pink accent bedroom
Pink curtains

So what do you think? Are you ready to make some design resolutions this year? Have any of these spaces inspired you to start your dream project? Let us know what you think in the comments below. And, as always, we’d love to help you make your design dreams and resolutions a reality. Give us a call today at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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