Material Crush: VELVET

If you’ve been following trends in interior design recently, you’ve probably noticed that we are loving furnishings and fixtures that are a bit more luxe. One of the trends we’ve been falling for lately is velvet.

Are you crushing as much as we are?

Velvet Throw Pillows

Pillows – Ok, maybe you’re just starting small. Layering in velvet throw pillows is the perfect way to introduce this texture to your home. Consider the luster velvet options from West Elm.

Velvet Arm Chairs

Accent Chair – Maybe you’re feeling a bit more daring. You can make a big impact with a deliciously deep teal or a pretty pink accent chair.

Velvet Window Treatments

Velvet Curtains – Would you dress your windows in sumptuousness? You’re getting closer to crushing on velvet as much as we are.

Velvet Sofas

Sofa – If you’re at this level, you’re pretty solidly in love with velvet. You can take the look more traditional by using a curved form with tufting or go modern with a sleeker shape.

Velvet Headboards

Velvet Headboard – Nothing says “Hollywood glam” – or, “I absolutely love velvet” – like a full-on, upholstered bed. At this point, you are head over heels with this trend.

Whether you’re throwing it into the mix of other decor items within your home or letting it stand out as a statement piece, velvet furnishings and decor are great for adding richness to any space.


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 North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.

Autumn is the Prettiest Color

Well, here we are again. Look up and before you know it, the humidity has left. The days of feeling like you could almost swim through the Summer air are a distant memory. Things are starting to get all bristly.

Each season brings with it an opportunity for inspiration, and there’s really nothing more beautiful than watching the color palette slowly shift around us. Autumn, in my opinion, has always been the prettiest color.

Because we love thinking of new ways to evoke seasonal motifs in the home, we’ve put together a few color combinations that bring out the best of this season’s tones.

Autumn Color Palette - Yellow and Green

Yellows and Greens – Think Autumn, and aside from cider, state fairs, and all things pumpkin, you usually have orange in mind. But take a closer look at what nature offers and you’ll find a mix of fun, saturated golds and deep, rich greens.

Purples - Autumn Color Palette

Purples – Neutrals abound during Fall, but you may not have considered shifting it a bit to introduce purple. Fall foliage often shows off an enchanting mix of deep, eggplant hues with pops of marigold. Think of creating a meditative space by playing in purples.

Blue and Orange - Autumn Color PaletteOranges and Blues – Alas, we have to talk about orange, don’t we? Take a long, Autumn walk this season and look up. Light passing through rust-toned leaves. A cool, wispy, blue sky. These complementary tones vibrate off of one another and create contrast.

So, how do you update a space to match the season? Simple. You can quickly introduce these themes with accent pieces. Think: pillows, throws, artwork. If you’re feeling really inspired, paint a wall! Why not?

Interested in a color consult? It’s one of our favorite things. Shoot us an email at and let’s see how we can color your space.


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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 North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.

Boston Glam

Hello, my design lovelies! It’s been awhile since we had a long, juicy project recap post. Probably because this summer has been bananas – in all the right ways. We’ve been growing (see our Meet the Team updates!) and traveling, and generally just getting our design on. If you follow all of our behind-the-scenes action on Instagram, you probably saw some of the pics and videos from our Boston Glam installation. And if you missed it? You’re in luck, because today is all about how we designed and installed a full-service interior design project in the heart of Boston. Can I get a yaaaaas?


Downtown Boston, Client mood board, packing the truck

Like all projects, we started with a floor plan and a mood board to nail down style and all the pieces that create not only the form and function of the space, but the details that make it personalized. In the middle picture, you can see our client after our final design session where we nailed down all the final key pieces we needed to incorporate: rugs? check. sofa? check. industrial bar cart? check. Once we nailed down all the items, everything was ordered, and then placed on the truck by our local moving team.

Before Installation View - Boston Glam Project


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Here at CFD, we want to advocate for change. For far too long, wallpaper has gotten a really bad rap. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. It’s time for a discussion.

Also, it’s Tuesday and we think you deserve some pretty images. Let’s start.

Gold Geometric symmetrical wallpaper

1. It’s time that we start accepting the beauty and importance of gold geometrics.


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We Just Can’t Quit You, Millennial Pink

Blush. Rose Quartz. Millennial Pink. Tumblr Pink. Scandi Pink. Call it what you may – what we can all agree on is that this color will Not. Go. Away.

Despite murmurs that we may have hit peak pink, it looks like this delightful, lighthearted yet edgy hue continues to demand our attention. In recent years, we’ve seen it show up in fashion, branding materials, and musical artists’ album covers (hello Beyoncé and Drake).

We’ve especially seen it in our world of interiors. And let’s be honest – we don’t know how to quit.

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas - Pink

Pink Kitchens – I mean, why not paint all of your kitchen cabinets in happiness? With circle hole drawer pulls, green diamond tile flooring, and even a pretty chandelier, this is the Barbie kitchen of all of our dreams.

Wallpaper and Wainscoting Ideas - Pink

Pink Flamingo Wallpaper Bathroom – I mean, if you’re gonna go pink, go all in. Pink flamingos it is. This bathroom highlights its wainscoting with the color and then punches it up with a blue and pink wallpaper. I would bathe here.

Tufted Headboard - Pink

Pink Bedroom – Look at how grown up this pink bedroom is. This lady has decided that she works very hard in her professional life and deserves a princess bed. And I don’t disagree. A tall, luxurious upholstered headboard is elevated even more by gold framing and elegant sconces.

Flooring Ideas - Pink

Put the Pink on the Floor – People have just lost it. We’re doing our floors in blush now. Come on. Okay, I love it. Something about the textural quality of concrete – along with furnishings that have a sculptural feel – gives this pink space a surprising seriousness.

As you all know, these are just a few examples of the absolute madness that has descended upon us in our current time. One day, we’re all going to look back on our skinny jeans, undercut hairstyles, Apple products, 0mbré everything, and yes, our addiction to pink and say… “I don’t regret a single. Second.” We just can’t quit you, Millennial Pink.


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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 North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.

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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