Editor’s note: The Islander News is pleased to welcome Carol Craiglow of Interiors by Studio South, 104 Crandon Boulevard, suite 100, as a regular contributor on interior decorating trends and advice.  As a decorator, Craiglow has a style of design that focuses on helping clients bring their inner style and personality to their home or room. Her philosophy is, “Let me make your house a home,” and in this month’s column, Craiglow describes how she can help do just that.

My motto has always been “Let me make your House a Home.”  I believe everyone has hidden treasures that need to be repurposed and staged in a new location of their home. I love to help bring pieces back to life ones that tell a story about a client’s travels, family history or that one piece that they love. 

As a designer, I always design what works best for my clients and their budget.

The idea that all interior spaces have to match is not true; mixing and matching styles can bring your room together. For instance, taking a piece of furniture and changing the knobs can give a fresh new look.

I enjoy making gallery walls with clients’ framed family photos or artwork. Design doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, it’s about finding the right mix and match.

Here are a few trends that are making a comeback: 

-          Brass is the new copper, especially when incorporated into furniture or accessories.

-          Terra cotta tiles are making a comeback. This classic earthenware adds warmth and character to your home.

-          Woven textures: This can be anything from grasscloth wallpaper to baskets. For instance, hanging baskets on a wall brings depth and a focal point to any room, especially above the sofa.  Put plants in a wicker stand, or swap out a light fixture shade for a basket shade. Any of the rough textures can be offset with soft linen pillows, a velvet throw, or even ceramic accents.

-          Ceilings are usually overlooked, but I believe they should be treated like the fifth wall – you can add anything from a bold paint color, textured wallpaper, tin or embossed ceiling tile, shiplap or even wooden beams. It anchors the room.

Please let me know how I can help make your house a home!

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