Blue is the New Black

You know what time it is… TREND ALERT TIME. Color is probably one of the most impactful ways of affecting the overall feeling of an interior space. Whether you’re going for a sense of airiness, edge, energy, or calm, the hues you use can get you there. We’ve noticed a trend this year towards, you guessed it, navy blue. Pushing black out of the way, navy has taken on the role of being the dark neutral we all need. Blue is the new black.

Navy Blue Tufted headboard with navy duvet and sheets

In the bedroom, navy brings the drama in dark walls, bedding, and upholstered headboards. Restoration Hardware takes the color to new heights with an over-the-top tufted bed.

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Trend Alert: ACRYLIC

Oh hey. Here’s an interior element you might not have seen coming.  Sure, blending modern and traditional styles has been happening for some time now, but with a recent uptick we’ve noticed something in particular. People are polishing off their spaces with… ACRYLIC ACCENTS.

Here’s what we’re seeing.

…or NOT seeing? 

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Discovering Your Bathroom Vanity Spirit Animal

If you were a bathroom vanity, what would you be? Really think about that.

There’s a lot of ways to be a bathroom vanity and honestly, you want to be one of a kind. At least that’s what I’m assuming. I mean, I don’t know your life.

But if you had the choice, what would be the best representation of your style? What I’m trying to say is… what’s your bathroom vanity spirit animal? For instance…

Art Deco Inspired Powder Bath Vanity

1. Art Deco Inspired – Would you be a cute, leggy bathroom vanity that incorporates recent trends? Brass, navy, Art Deco. Vessel sinks are great statement pieces, but do know this: they will splash water on people!

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Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Let’s face it – we rarely have enough room for our stuff. Despite our great intentions each year to pair down and live more presently and somehow BE OUR BETTER SELVES, the fact of the matter is that life, for better or worse, involves stuff. This is complicated further if you find yourself drawn to funky downtown areas and historic properties – what you gain in character, you’re probably losing in coat closets, counter space, and other general stuff-holding surfaces. But don’t worry. Space might be limited, but that doesn’t mean your mind has to be. Here are some creative ideas for sneaking in a little extra storage into your small spaces.

Built-in storage over doorway

1. Over-door Built-ins – I mean, duh? But have you ever thought of doing this before? Even if you’ve just got six inches around a kitchen door frame, some slim built-ins can maximize space for your dishes and cutting boards.

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Design Inspiration: Watercolor

There’s a hot new trend we’re following – STRIKE THAT… COOL NEW TREND.  Just in time for a vacation we haven’t taken yet, watercolor accents are flooding the market in home decor. Our cups really runneth over with these watercolor accents. Watercolor decor is making us feel all misty. Ok, I will stop now.

Here are 5 quick ways to introduce this look into your home.

1. Pillows – Mixed in with other patterns and textures or left to shine by itself, a decorative pillow quench your couch’s thirst.

2. Bedding – Transform your bedroom into a desert oasis. Is it a mirage? No! It’s a watercolor-inspired duvet cover.

3. Rugs – You don’t have to go to the pool this Summer – just dip your toes into your watercolor rug. I. can’t. stop.

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Queen Bee Needs a Summer Vacation

Cat, you’re cranky. #1, it’s Monday. #2, you are in desperate need of a Summer vacation. I dedicate this post to you.

Flying away to somewhere tropical

Imagine you are getting on a plane. You have the window seat. There are no babies and there is plenty of leg room and finding a space for your carry-on is 100% easy. Actually, it’s a private plane. Let’s imagine that instead.

Summer time beaches

After a just-long-enough flight to be relaxing but not dreadful, you arrive at your coastal destination. There are just enough people, and the umbrellas are yellow, which makes you happy.

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Baker + Justin = GOLD-INN

OMG OMG OMG! I have just met the most a-mah-zing two people to come out of Houston since Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Who is this dynamic duo? Its Baker and Justin, founders of Gold-Inn Hospitality, duh!Gold-Inn Hospitality Found

Let me set the scene for you. Its a sweltering hot June day in Winston Salem, there’s no parking at the downtown coffee spot I picked for us to meet, and I’m running late. All of this results in your boy sweating profusely during our initial hello. Thankfully, the Gold-Inn boys were beyond gracious, even when I had to excuse myself to wipe off my face in the bathroom. Once my pores finally closed I was able to sit back and get my chat on with these brilliant, sweet, and totes ADORBS guys.

MS Welcomes the Gold-Inn Boys
Pandora's Manor at Sundown
Porch of Pandora's Manor

Not only are Baker and Justin business partners, but they have also been married for just over two years – having met while studying hospitality at the University of Houston. These guys have worked in the tip top hotels of New York. Can you say LUXURY!? It was during a quick vacation in Natchez, Mississippi where the idea for Gold-Inn Hospitality was first sparked. Baker and Justin explained that in the hospitality industry you are either 100% on or 100% off, and it is super difficult for owners and operators of inns to take extended periods of time off. Hence, INTERIM INN KEEPING!!!!!

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Boston Glam- Installation Vacation

YAAAAASSSSS Girl! Queen Bee and me are on our way to Bean Town for a fab and fun installation weekend. Its the big day for our project we call BOSTON GLAM. We’re gonna be styling til our little fingers fall off! Curious about what goes into a full scale install? Make sure to follow along on Instagram (@catfrenchdesign) as Mrs. Thang posts adorable pictures of me from Boston. See y’all there!

Catherine French Design is a team of interior design consultants based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have provided residential and commercial services in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham, Wake Forest, and beyond.

6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Powder Bath

We feel that when you are designing a powder bath bathroom, you not only want to create a space that is inviting, you’ve got to have a sense of humor. Along with touches of luxury, we love to incorporate elements of quirk. Got a guest coming over? Here are 6 ways to spruce up your powder bath RIGHT NOW. LET’S DO THIS.

Powder Bathroom Candles1. A Candle – It never hurts to have something that smells good in the bathroom. Plus, your guests will think you’re rich if you have this Ralph Lauren candle. It’s all about showing that you don’t skip on luxe.


Interior design fun bathroom art


2. Offbeat Artwork – Show that you don’t take yourself too seriously by throwing in some eccentric art, like this framed piece we found on Etsy.

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Summer Hues: PART TWO

As promised, we’re back with more Summer color inspiration. This time, we’re feeling juicy. Let’s take a look at color combinations based on ripe, seasonal fruits.


Peach Hues Inspiration

Just peachy.  Take your color cue from stone fruits like sweet Summer peaches.

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