Decorate A Dreamhouse In Beverly Hills

Written By: Patricia Lynne

Editor: Sarahjoy Crain

In my current SB Journal entry I'm imagining I'm "Decorating A Dreamhouse" in Beverly Hills, California, like the one above. The home:

* exterior is typical Georgian architectural style: symmetrical and orderly; paneled front door located at the center of the house; decorative crown over the door, with flattened columns on each side of the door
* front and rear yards symmetrically landscaped and the rear yard has a dramatic swimming pool with a guest house, all in Georgian style
* views of the surrounding mountain foothills
* is located in a City who's residents actively participate in entertaining, private and public dinners and philanthropic events
* Beverly Hills enjoys nearly perfect weather with almost year-round sunshine


The guest house shares many elements of the main house and of course is of  traditional style.

Before we go forward, let me share the photo at right which points out a few elements regarding traditional style and informal style, because we're going inside now. The interior decorating of the house is not traditional, not conservative and not symmetrical. It is however dramatic and even flaunts itself a bit.

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Window Treatment Trends

Trends in window treatments
The trend in window treatments is leaning toward:

* a modern look
* clean-lines
* uncluttered drapery panels
* organic materials or natural woven products

Fortunately not only is this the really fresh style right now - its a classic look, never going out of style.

Looking at the photo above, the addition of Roman shades, here natural woven shades, adds nicely to the simple drapery panels design. (Photo Smith + Noble.)

Another fun element to consider as we incorporate natural and eco-friendly looks is adding this to the window hardware - think drapery poles such as bamboo drapery rods from Smith + Noble and also in finials and pulls.

Cindy O'Reilly, product development manager for Smith + Noble says about woven shades, "They let in diffused light, so you can see what's going on outside, but it's not just an open window, so you have some privacy."

Trends In Color For Window Treatments

Blue is becoming the new "red"
in the window treatment industry, with a variety of ocean hues in teal, aquamarine and soft green. At right is a collection of Robert Allen blues.

Soft lavender and gray, dusty hues round out the soothing part of this palette. According to O'Reilly, "We've seen white paired with black or navy. Persimmon, orange and gold will be popular jewel tones, while brown continues to dominate. "[Brown] has been, and continues to be, the new basic." says O'Reilly.

Trends In Luxury Design Treatments:

The key fabrics in the luxury category are the silks, velvets, damasks, fur, leather and suede, according to Grace McNamara Inc. She states firmly, "While the overall design trend leans toward simplicity, the lux trend will remain popular with those who desire an ultimate embellishment look."

Photo at left: Silk never goes out of style. The fuchsia silk drapery treatment at left is by Patrick Sutton Associates for a Baltimore client.

Linda Henry, editor-in-chief of Window Fashions magazine, says the lux trend includes "sparkling crystal, beaded tassels and lavish embellishments on every element of the window — hardware, trimmings and fabric."

If decorating isn't easy for you or if you are in need of some particular interior design assistance, our designers at the Something Beautiful Shoppe will be happy to work with you - working with professional helps assure you get the look you deserve while helping eliminate costly mistakes.

Ceiling Decor

Brass, chrome, copper and paintable white 2' x 4' ceiling panels make up Armstrong's "Metallaire Decorative Ceilings" line, which have intricate detail reminiscent of late 19th century metal ceilings. The ceiling line has been so successful architects and interior designers are pleased to know the line has just been extended so that the ceiling panels are available for backsplash applications.

Ceiling Decor

The ceiling should be considered the fifth wall in a room, and should always be considered when developing an interior design plan.
Paint: Just like the other four walls, the quickest least expensive way to change your ceiling design is by painting it. Even if your walls are white, your ceiling doesn’t have to be. Color on the ceiling will give the room dimension and personality. Soft colors will make the room open up and evoke feelings of the outdoors. Imagine painting your bedroom ceiling a soft blue, sunset peach or mellow yellow. If you have a dark room, you can paint the ceiling in a high-gloss finish that will capitalize on the room’s available light (Caution: high gloss paint will highlight flaws in a surface). If you have high ceilings and you want to ‘bring the ceiling down’, you can paint the ceiling a dark color such as chocolate brown. If your ceilings are low or average height, consider painting the ceiling a lighter shade of the wall color (mix one part of the wall color with two or three parts of pure white).
Paint Pattern Designs: Another option when using paint on the ceiling is not to paint the entire ceiling in a color, but to paint large squares, circles or diamond patterns. The paint colors can be monochromatic, or a mix of different complementary colors. This approach is particularly good for modern/contemporary design plans.
Painted Murals: You can hire a professional artist to paint a mural on your ceiling. It doesn’t need to be a complicated design; it needs to flow with the other design elements in your space.
(By clicking here, you can go to an article by Martha Stewart with practical tips on painting ceilings.)
Other Ceiling Options: As seen at left, there are many options in ceiling decor. You can use wallpaper, tiles, even architectural details such as beams, molding, crown molding for decorative lighting, and often adding beauty to a chandelier, add a medallion.
In summary, ceilings should not be boring or ignored.
Use the ceiling to emphasize and enhance the d├ęcor of a room. Have fun and make your ceilings something pleasant to look at that will compliment your home and give it unique style.

If decorating isn't easy for you or if you are in need of some particular interior design assistance, our designers at the Something Beautiful Shoppe will be happy to work with you - working with professional helps assure you get the look you deserve while helping eliminate costly mistakes.