Pantone Color of the Year for 2017

by Lisa Stewart 16 Sep 2017

Decorate with a new interior wall color!

PANTONE Color of the Year is 15-0343 Greenery, a life-affirming shade which emblemizes the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens awaken again. The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to renew on a regular basis. 

Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature. It pairs nicely with all the colors in the rainbow! This color will pop when you add it to your home. One of my clients added Greenery bar stools to a modern, neutral kitchen imparting a sense of vibrancy, self-assurance and even whimsy.

Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath and be bold about living life on our own terms. Go for it!

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Easy Ways to Green Your Lifestyle

by Lisa Stewart 18 Jun 2016

-The greenest piece of furniture is one that already exists. Most vintage furniture uses solid wood and has much better quality and craftsmanship than today’s mass-produced furniture churned out by factories.

-Carry your own bags into the stores. When purchasing small items ask the cashier for NO bag. Buy in bulk- food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.

-Carry a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, when traveling or at work. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

-Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.

-Download to view favorite movies and TV shows instead of purchasing DVDs. Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books. This saves money and eliminates storage hassles too.

-Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

-Recycle your electronics and batteries. Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Color's Effect on Us

by Lisa Stewart 14 May 2016

Our behavior and mood can change as the world of color changes around us. Colors in our environment affect us physically and emotionally. Why?

Color is light. When light strikes any colored object, the object will absorb only the wavelengths that exactly match its own atomic structure. The reflected wavelengths are the color we see and feel. The important point here is that the light bulbs you use will affect the color.

Color is energy. The fact that the energy of light physically effects our bodies has been proven time and again. Therefore, our reactions can be strong at times. Do you have a color you HATE? Be aware color physically hits us.

Color is Nature's own powerful non-verbal signaling system. It is the first thing we unconsciously register when we see things. When yellow daffodils, bluebells and colorful crocuses appear, we immediately begin to feel livelier. On the other hand, the sight of a yellow and black bumble bee sends off alarm signals and we react differently. Colors of the interior environment where we live or work affect us in the same way those in the natural world do. 

Color is subjective but when the study of color harmony is combined with the science of psychology, reactions can be predicted with startling accuracy. That’s why I developed a Color Questionnaire for my clients. We combine your questionnaire answers and my expertise to make sure that the colors we paint in your home will be perfect for YOU. Ready? Let me come, see your space, the lighting and everything in the room. Analyzing what color is best for your life can be very fun!

Learn more here.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Plans for Underground Chapel in Raleigh

by Lisa Stewart 16 Apr 2016

TED Fellow and world renowned Spanish architect Xavier Vilalta has created plans for an underground chapel on Ebenezer Church Road adjacent to Umstead Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The idea came to my friend Mark Boone 10 years ago while sitting there next to the natural spring. The initial concept was simple: create a place for people to come and find peace, hope and healing.

The vision is to carve a chapel from the underground granite that will last for centuries to come. Mark and Xavier have assembled a worldwide team of experts to design a completely safe structure which will serve people as a sacred refuge for generations to come. Using the latest technology, the Chapel will be 45 feet underground and will need no heat, electricity or even a sound system. A landmark tower will stand high above to hold chapel bells and to bring light and ventilation to the interior.

The Chapel will be a place of quiet contemplation and give its visitors a deep sense of connectedness. I’ve walked this peaceful land many times and I share Mark’s and Xavier’s dream to see the chapel completed. I invite you to visit the Ebenezer Chapel’s website and donate if you can: go to

When we seek to understand the lives of those who walked before us, we look at what they left behind. What will we leave behind and how will we be understood?

Interior Designer, Lisa Stewart, with Lead Architect, Xavier Vilalta,
at the Boone home in Raleigh NC.

Women’s Edge Magazine: East Meets West

by Lisa Stewart 12 Mar 2016

I wrote this article with photos contributed by others. Creating that perfect East-meets-West blend in your home can also be about creating the perfect balance of the past and present, the traditional and modern, and the seemingly simple (East) and complex (West).

Download the article here.

East Meets West or is it West Meets East?

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Homes of Healing

by Lisa Stewart 20 Feb 2016

Rainy days are a fact of life. When a bad day leaves you soaking wet do you have a place to dry off? When unexpected accidents, injuries or illnesses get you down, does your home leave you out in the cold or high and dry? Or does your dwelling envelop you with the comfort you need and well-being you seek? 

When LIFE gets the better of you can your domain really help you cope? Be a sanctuary of calm during the storms of life? Help you find the inner strength to overcome? Bring healing, inspiration and hope?

I’d like to think your residence can be a haven of rest, repose and renewal. I’ve personally experienced this while overcoming a traumatic injury. I’m so thankful my home feels like a ray of sunshine all the time but especially on the rainy days. Can you say this about your abode?

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Pantone Color of the Year for 2016

by Lisa Stewart 16 Jan 2016

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. 

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte to glossy, the engaging combo looks stunning with all neutrals and even hot bright colors. Paired with mid-tones greens and purples is my favorite. Add any metallic for more splash and sparkle.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Facets Magazine: Living Well in the Triangle

by Lisa Stewart 12 Dec 2015

This Designer Show House charity event was held to benefit Duke Children’s Hospital. I was featured here and quoted saying, “It is a matter of playing up the best architectural features of a home – enhancing the strongest points.”

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Setting the Stage

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.