Covid 19 Statement

Interior Design Can Heal. Fully Vaccinated and Scheduling in Person Appointments. Precautions for Well-being are being followed. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Lisa Stewart Interior Design Blog Receives Award

Named Top 50 North Carolina Blog. What an honor to be named TOP BLOG on Feedspot Home Blog. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Internationally Inspired Interiors

New build, remodel and decorating clients in the North Carolina Triangle Area benefit from my lifelong worldwide design experience. Having been at the forefront of cutting-edge design in some of the world’s largest cities I have seen some remarkably interesting homes. My Internationally Inspired Interiors will give you a new viewpoint! Did you know I met my husband in Paris in the 70’s? Eventually we moved to Hong Kong in the 80’s and then Singapore in the 90’s. Living and […]

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Working with an Interior Designer Part I

 Thinking of hiring an interior designer? Are you thinking of hiring an interior designer but don’t know where to start and what to expect? Here are a few things to look for as you search for an interior designer. Good interior designers create plans for clients and not for their own portfolios. A good practitioner will have a portfolio of projects that represents a variety of styles. Good interior designers avoid having a signature style. They ensure the outcome of […]

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Working with an Interior Designer Part II

Helpful Hints for preparing to work with an Interior Designer. Now that you’ve hired an interior designer to make magic in your home, here are a few things you can do to prepare for your meetings. Consider the consultation fee as an investment: You gain equity in your home when it’s designed and implemented correctly. Have a budget: Tell the truth about what you want to spend. Designers know how to save and when to splurge to create your desired […]

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Homes of Heart

What Does Home Feel Like to You? As the sun rose on a new day in Hong Kong shortly after we moved there, I remember walking hand in hand with my husband down the crazy streets. Having met in France we were excited about this next adventure. Our hearts told us the move to Hong Kong was the right thing to do, but I questioned everything my overwhelmed senses were telling me. As we continued down the frenetic sidewalks, I […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2022

Pantone created a new color for the first time this year. It reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place. The PANTONE Color of this year is 17-3938 Very Peri. Helping us to embrace our altered landscape of possibilities, it opens us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. We are emerging from an intense period of isolation. Our notions and standards are changing. Our physical and digital lives have merged in new ways. We recognize color […]

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Fall 2021 High Point Market: Best in Show

HURTADO Furniture introduces its superb SOHO Collection at its US headquarters in High Point, NC. Founded in 1940 and managed by third generation family, HURTADO’s design philosophy is “What the eye sees influences a person, body and soul”. Every piece of HURTADO furniture is considered an exquisite work of handcrafted art and is manufactured in Valencia, Spain by the Mediterranean Sea. All the HURTADO collections are inspired by different cultures and time periods. The new SOHO Collection is fun and […]

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Paris Design Week – Maison & Objet

Twice a year Paris welcomes those with a passion for design. This year Maison & Objet decided to extend the energy of its exhibition aisles into the entire city and Paris Design Week was born. It became a festival, showcasing the art of living and creatives within Paris. International designers, architects, decorators, fashion designers, and chefs also answered the design call. For two weeks the players in the world of home design offered the best in trends, innovations, decoration and […]

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Delightful Day with Donna Moss

Lisa spent some time with Donna Moss, HGTV host of Donna Decorates Dallas and Julia Molloy from the Business of Luxury Design. Together the three interior design dynamos shared inspiring ideas and laughed about becoming shoe designers too. Here Donna is showing off her book called Best in Show. Lately she’s been busy launching Home Design TV (HDTV), an incredible new platform for Design Professionals and DIY Experts to share their content online. Viewers can watch their favorite designers, discuss […]

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Spring 2021 High Point Market: Best in Show

This Maitland-Smith Closs Cocktail Table made of polished brass and inlaid abalone shell caught my eye in the Hancock & Moore Showroom. Maitland-Smith is well-known for many hand-crafted specialties, including the use of exotic seashells. Abalone shells have a strong visual appeal and can be cut and polished easily. The durable shells work well on tabletops like the one shown here and other veneered surfaces. For over four decades, Maitland-Smith has been creating exquisite and unique decorative accessories, lighting, elegant […]

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The Luxury African Design Trend is Everywhere

Luxury Ardmore Ceramic Art is a thriving studio of predominantly Zulu artists established in 1985 in South Africa by Fée Halsted. Every piece of Ardmore is a one-of-a-kind creation. The sale of these wonderful works of art uplifts the Ardmore community and provides vital economic assistance for their families. Now more than 70 artists strong, Ardmore Art is flourishing in the United States with the enthusiastic support of Ed Pascoe, founder of Pascoe Gallery located in the trendy art and […]

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LEDs Lighting Your Home

Update your Lighting with the Latest LEDs. Are you ready to make the switch to the far more cost-efficient, long lasting and environmentally friendly LED bulbs? The above photo shows some great looking options to light up your life. Your home will shine with these helpful hints for replacing your old incandescent and fluorescents with LED luminaries. Here’s what you need to know before purchasing them. Cost: Prices are coming down, but for durability and quality stick with the big-name lighting […]

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Homes of GREEN Health

Green Home Benefits for All. If you’re planning on building a new home, remodeling or just purchasing furniture here are a few ways Going Green can benefit your life and benefit the environment at the same time. Green Homes offer superior air quality because builders use safer construction products that do not emit harmful chemicals like those used in conventional homes. They avoid finishes and paints that emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Green Homes save you money by using […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2021

A sunny color story with the promise of something profound and uplifting. The PANTONE Colors of this year are 13-0647 Illuminating and 17-5104 Ultimate Gray. This bold combination is rock solid as gray but at the same time playful and uplifting as yellow. As people look for hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty these spirited shades satisfy our quest for steadiness and vitality. The traditional style dining room above is encapsulated in the gray hues of weathered beach pebbles while […]

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Giving Thanks for this Kitchen Remodel in 2020!

This kitchen is accessible so the homeowner can easily reach things as she ages in place. The Universal Design enables my client to reach everything in easy to roll out drawers with soft close features. It will also accommodate a wheelchair if that is needed in the future. She loves to cook and entertain so we took the time to analyze her needs. Every detail was planned for her to function effectively and to fully enjoy the space. We eliminated […]

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Award Winning Romantic Bedroom

This classic traditional main bedroom I designed in 2010 continues to be a favorite on all Social Media sites. Here are a couple tips for you to create your own romantic looking bedroom. ~The entry should be clear, free of clutter and open. This bedroom suite has French doors. ~The bed should be spectacular. Find a bed you LOVE so every time you walk into the room you feel LOVE! My clients went to extraordinary efforts to purchase this English […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Classic Blue Instills Calm, Confidence, and Connection. The PANTONE Color this year is 19-4052 Classic Blue. As we cross the threshold into a new era this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for stability. Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit. Worldwide we gravitate to colors that bring clarity and help us re-center our thoughts. This universal favorite is easily embraced and is always my favorite! Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle […]

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Kitchen Remodel with Southern Charm

This fantastic kitchen completed a traditional home makeover started a couple years earlier. The homeowners’ collections of family treasures were overwhelming, so they called me to get them started. First, we cleared out and updated all the rooms except the kitchen. We carefully selected each item to keep and display. Soon the home was telling a wonderful story of their lives. Later, when they were ready to tackle the kitchen, they called me too. We created a larger opening into […]

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Fall 2019 High Point Market: Best in Show

Interior Designer Sasha Bikoff shows at Currey & Company. This exhibition wins Best in Show and stopped me in my tracks because it evoked such a feeling of beauty. Thanks to Sasha and Currey & Company for lightening everyone’s mood. The fun ethereal design was inspired by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. Walls, ceilings, and floors were painted in these rich tones. Garden green foliage and painted metal furniture added whimsy while rich fabrics tented overhead. It felt modern but […]

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Fireplace Wall Artist

This beautiful wall is plastered with an intricate vine pattern and then hand painted with multiple layers and metallic glaze. As the lighting changes throughout the day one can see subtle changes in the artwork’s textures and reflections. The homeowner of this classic modern mansion loves the simple and yet elegant look of her updated fireplace. Before calling me, she was so bored with this wall. She tried to fill those three arched niches with all manner of decorative items, […]

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News & Observer: Timeless Elegance

This spa-like master bath retreat is part of a very large home addition. The gorgeous tub is the focal point! A house on a hill and heartwarming childhood nostalgia combine to make this master bath design a beautiful project from the inside out. Download my newspaper article here. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Homes of Service

Home for our Military? Leaving home can be hard and no one knows that more than our military personal deployed around the world. We were privileged to watch our nephew’s deployment ceremony at Fort Bragg when he left the country to serve as a helicopter pilot. As he left the hanger that day with all his personal belongings, he knew his dangerous destination but could not tell us where he was going. We wished him God Speed and wondered what […]

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Hickory Chair University and Factory Tour Part 2

(See part 1 of this 2-part series) Once again I was invited to attend two days of classes at the Hickory Chair Furniture Factory. What a privilege! In 2019 sixty-two pieces of Hickory Chair furniture made in America were delivered to the international showroom I designed. This dream job was the culmination and crowning achievement of 10 years of work with an International Architecture Firm. We selected Hickory Chair after an extensive search of American owned and operated furniture manufacturers. […]

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Spring 2019 High Point Market: Emerald Green Everywhere

This spring we are seeing green inside too! Interior designers are finding shades of emerald, malachite, and moss green are appealing to our clients, especially those craving chroma and tired of the saturated shades of gray. But adding bold verdigris to your home can be tricky. First decide if you want it to be the predominant focal point color like the chairs in this photo. If not, perhaps a couple throw pillows may be enough. Either way, adding this happy […]

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Explore Contemporary Interior Design

Combine what’s currently trending in design with the tried-and-true classics and you end up with Contemporary Interior Design. The main floor of this stylish town house highlights decorating trends top to bottom. Notice the bold up-to-date color scheme with warm wood floor and walls. Black focal points carry your eye around the room, as gold, gray and white accents repeat throughout. The eclectic mix of traditional & modern and old & new is very current. Decorating the ceiling is in […]

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Hearst Castle Architecture and Interior Design History

Lifetime of design and decorating inspiration. The unbelievable architecture and interior design collection of the Hearst Castle recently blew me away again! I first visited the Hearst Castle as an 8-year-old, and it was clearly a defining moment in my life. My memories of the astounding grandeur and beauty remained and influenced my own design style. Hearst Castle is an Art Museum, National and California Historic Landmark and California State Park located on the Central Coast near San Simeon. It […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

This lighthearted blush color decorates the world. The PANTONE Color of this year is 16-1546 Living Coral. From flower beds to beaches and sunsets this warm natural tone encourages optimism and joyful pursuits. It provides buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. Anchored at the center of the chromatic wheel it engages the spirit and energizes the body. Get on board. Make a lively impression with this comfortable yet playful sofa. Accent with any array of colors you like! Brette Sofa […]

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Historic Interior Design in Churches

Ornately painted designs lift the spirit. The inspirational designs covering the interiors of this House of God were created by German immigrants seeking solace during the late 1800s. The immigrants fled persecution and survived hardships and sorrows, but persevered because of their faith. The Painted Churches of Texas were constructed with the same beauty and craftsmanship as the old-world German churches. After their pilgrimages, the churches became peaceful anchors in the immigrants’ new world and reminders of their homeland. People […]

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American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe Inspires Women

North Carolina Museum of Art Exhibit Highlights Georgia O’Keeffe, photographed in New Mexico by Bruce Weber, in 1984. Georgia O’Keeffe, Petunias © 2018 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Georgia O’Keeffe was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. Recognized as the “Mother of American modernism” her famous painting style is well-known all over the world. A woman with a very distinct eye and way of living, she is now inspiring another generation of artists […]

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2018 Fall High Point Market: COLOR Returns

Decorate with bold, bright colors to chase the gray away. Interior designers know that gray is here to stay because it has established itself as a “go-to” neutral everyone loves. But the dominance of gray over the last several years has left many craving colors. And so, the fall furniture market revealed intense hues blooming everywhere in fabrics and on walls. What a relief to have color again! The beautiful red jacquard fabric below inspired the Ambella showroom designed by […]

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PE Guerin Hardware is Handmade in America

Intricate detailed designs with classic opulence. Looking for American-made kitchen, bath, cabinet, door and window hardware? P. E. Guerin, is the quintessential artisan metal foundry for luxury fixtures. The graceful swan faucet shown above is my all-time favorite. They also present lovely lighting and furniture lines. Each stunning piece comes alive in the hands of their craftsmen trained through generations. Founded in 1857 by French immigrant Pierre Emmanuel Guerin, it has been at its current location in Greenwich Village since […]

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Hand-Made Modern Furniture

Local artists can build your dream furniture piece. This long, lean chest of drawers shown here, which incorporates a branch from a dead oak tree, is the first major collaboration for furniture designer Chris Lehrecke and his wife, jewelry designer Gabriella Kiss. Featured at Ralph Pucci International in New York City, the price tag on this gorgeous piece was $22,000. That is not an option for most people here in the Triangle. But fear not, you can find custom wood […]

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The Log Cabin Chic Interior Decorating Trend

From humble historic homestead to grand glam hangout. Coming from humble beginnings the National Register of Historic Homes includes many log cabins from the 1600’s. The interiors have just the bare necessities of that era and decorating flourishes are scarce. Log cabin homes today are still being built using the same type of structure, but the interiors have changed dramatically. Now when cabins and castles collide, you end up with a captivating look that’s also comfortable. Reinventing rustic is easy to […]

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Traditional Floral Prints are Making a Comeback

Featured photos above left to right: Caitlin Wilson Design, Michelle Adams, Erin Gates Design Floral motifs are always classic and timeless. Below the left photo of Nancy Pyne by Jonathan Becker was featured in Town and Country Magazine in 1987. The right photo by Melanie Acevedo shows Nancy Pyne at her current home. The fetching floral chintz pattern on the left was famously used by distinguished designer Albert Hadley for his client, legendary socialite tastemaker Nancy Pyne in the 1960’s. […]

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Interior Design Inspiration from The Past at Tryon Palace

Historic New Bern North Carolina has colonial design roots. Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, North Carolina, is a replica of the mansion built in the late 1760s. Royal Governor William Tryon brought architect John Hawks from London to design and build the Georgian-style structure to serve as the first Colonial capitol of North Carolina and home to the Tryon family. Following the revolution, the site held the general assembly for the State of North Carolina and housed the state […]

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Barry Dixon and Lisa Stewart Chat Interior Design

Blending global decorating styles. “A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.” Barry Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia, and South Africa. With projects spanning the world, Dixon imagines interiors that infuse artifacts and antiques with present-day motifs – all preserving the history and personality of the homeowners and their treasures. What fun to connect with Barry […]

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Lavish Bath Remodels to Love

Luxury interior design bath tile for less in Raleigh. This stunning marble bath remodel features Marvel Calacatta Extra Bath Porcelain Tile from the Mosaic Showroom in Raleigh. It’s reasonably priced and installs beautifully. Shown here, the largest tiles are 18 x 36 when installed with grout. The luxurious look of imported Italian marble is astounding and can be yours for less than you might think! Below, these 4 x 8 Mirage Privilege porcelain tile wall slabs create an upscale statement […]

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Interior Designers in the Triangle Love Local Artists

Decorate with Artists from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Local Artist, Dan Campbell of Morrisville, proudly stands by his wonderful tryptic masterpiece. Dan and I collaborated to recreate on canvas the family’s treasured beach memories. This neutral art piece has delightful hints of the metallic gold and silver found in their beloved sandy beaches.  The feel of the ocean and beach is perfectly completed by the nearby rug with its touches of ocean blue-greens. This contemporary chic home absolutely sprung […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Decorating with purple accents add intrigue and sophistication. PANTONE Color of the Year is 18-3838 Ultra Violet. The color of the vast night sky is symbolic of limitless possibilities. It communicates originality, ingenuity, and creative thinking. Inventive and imaginative, this thought-provoking shade of purple lights the way to what is yet to come. Purple has always been my favorite color. This model home in China has touches of purple with warm creams and silver. Designed in 2016, it was ahead […]

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5 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer Before You Build or Remodel

Working with an experienced interior designer teamed with your contractor can help control costs while upgrading creativity so you end up with a distinctive home that flows beautifully throughout. Why hire an interior designer? 1. Couples don’t always agree. Designers can reconcile conflicting styles and make unlike things work together in surprising ways. 2. Designers keep up with the latest trends and techniques in building construction. We come up with beautiful creative ideas and solutions that you would never think […]

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Tips for Hiring a Contractor

An interior designer’s advice for remodeling or building. Are you considering working with a contractor for remodeling or building a new home? Here are some things to consider. Get at least three estimates that include everything from repairs, warranties to clean-up. The unforeseen things can get you, and you don’t want to be gotten! Don’t be too quick to jump at the lowest bid. A Consumer Reports survey showed that people who used the lowest bidder got poorer quality work. […]

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2017 Fall High Point Market: Magic with Mary McDonald

Blushing pink interior design inspiration from furniture market. This beautiful setting designed by Mary McDonald for the Chaddock showroom blends black, white, blossom, large geometric shapes, and a touch of gold. The award-winning Los Angeles interior designer is one of the stars featured on the Bravo TV series “Million Dollar Decorators” and “Property Envy”. Mary has influenced my design signature for years. What a treat to finally meet her! Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of […]

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News & Observer: Pro Tips When Designing a New Home

Plus Lisa’s “must haves” for building and remodeling your Raleigh home. And why should you hire an interior designer? Hiring an interior designer can give you that divine dwelling you’ve dreamed of and provide more value for your money. And there’s no need to stress about cost: consulting fees are typically 1 to 1.5 percent of the total project cost. By engaging an interior designer before construction starts, as my client did in this project, you’ll end up with a […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: A Lighting Expert

Design your home with lighting to brighten your life! When building or remodeling a home take time to learn the latest in lighting from lighting expert, Deb Dorn of Capitol Lighting Gallery. She always keeps me up to date on the innovative and high-tech options available in the market today! Together we can design lighting plans for you that will add comfort and luster to your life.   Here are just a few radiant ideas. Light stairways for safety. Place […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Kitchen Countertop Continues as the Backsplash

Design a clutter free look by continuing the countertop material right up the wall. This kitchen feels open and airy because the granite countertop and backsplash visually enlarges the space. Notice also how the backsplash has no unsightly outlets and switches. They are hidden by using products that install under the upper cabinets. There are also USB ports and device holders for the homeowners’ phones, tablets and other devices. For more information on these products read more here. Lisa Stewart is […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: A Beautiful Sink

Move over stainless. There’s a new sink in town! The heart and soul of the kitchen belongs to the kitchen sink and I’m drawn to the beautiful, granite-like composite sinks that come in many neutral colors. They are rock-hard durable and heat, scratch, and stain-resistant. Being made of porous natural stone, they do require a little regular maintenance: cleaning with a mild cleanser and protecting them with mineral oil keeps them looking like new. Whether you’re preparing food, cleaning up […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Kitchen Drawers Designs are Making Life Easier!

Kitchens often function better with drawers instead of doors. Making decisions about kitchen cabinetry is one of the biggest investments a homeowner makes when it comes to designing or renovating their kitchen. The “drawers versus door” debate continues. But I’m sold on drawers; here’s why! 1. Ease of use: Access to your kitchen supplies is one of the great benefits of designing with drawers. No more items hidden in the very back. Drawers make everything easily accessible without reaching, stretching, […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Barrier Free Showers with No Threshold

Luxury Universal Design showers are the trend! Luxury design walk-in showers with NO cumbersome curbs to step over are becoming popular because they are safe and easy to use. Sometimes the shower doors can be eliminated too. Beautiful additions like boutique tiles, versatile shower sprays, glamorous grab bars, and benches for reclining are touches that everyone loves. The movement is catching on! The latest Universal Design bathrooms work for everyone, regardless of age, size, and ability. Your new shower will […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Decorative Ceiling Molding and Trim

Design decorative ceiling details for maximum impact! When building or remodeling a home, interior designers will tell you to remember to look up! Ceilings are reaching new heights. I designed these stunning overhead canopies for a new home using standard 1-inch-by-6-inch lumber. It’s a great money-saving alternative to coffered ceilings. These details can be added aloft to any home and even used on walls. So start gazing upward! The possibilities are as endless as the sky. Lisa Stewart is an […]

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Questions for Your Kitchen and Bath Remodeler

Now that we’ve designed your dream kitchen and bath, you need answers from the contractor before you remodel. This interior designer wants you to ask these questions before the construction starts. Is the contractor licensed to complete a project of your scope? Ask for the license number and confirm it is in good standing with the NC Licensing Board of General Contractors. Does that contractor carry general liability insurance? Request that a certificate of insurance be issued for your address […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017

Ideas to Decorate with the Color of the Year! PANTONE Color of the Year is 15-0343 Greenery, a life-affirming shade that 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! […]

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Plans for Underground Chapel in Raleigh

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 […]

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Homes of Hospitality

Stress-free entertaining tips. Do you love to entertain and host cozy dinner parties? Do you have the gift of hospitality that allows family and friends to relax, linger, and laugh in your home? Or does the thought of entertaining stress you out? Have you given up trying to host the perfect party? If so, here are a few pointers to get you moving again. Clean just enough. Remember your guests are coming to see YOU, not your home. Relax and […]

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The Baker Furniture Showroom Experience

Design dreams come to life with the Baker signature style. For three generations Baker has set the standard for fine furniture with superb design and workmanship. The individually handcrafted pieces have come to define quality. They’re designed to be passed from one generation to the next because true elegance spans across centuries. The collections are created by the world’s most prominent and talented designers, including Michael S. Smith, Thomas Pheasant, Barbara Barry and Jean-Louis Denoit, to name a few. Each […]

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North Carolina Designers Love the Biltmore Estate

The grand architecture and interesting interior decorating will awe and inspire you too! Schedule your trip now to see George Vanderbilt’s bedroom and relax in the gorgeous gardens of this mountain estate. Only a few hours drive from Raleigh, the Biltmore Estate is a large tourist destination near Asheville, North Carolina and one of my favorite places to visit. Biltmore House was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 is still owned by Vanderbilt’s descendants. The Châteauesque-style […]

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Color’s Affect on Us

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 […]

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The Bright White Decorating Trend

Interior Designers In Raleigh are Seeing White All Over. The all-white decorating trend is in full force among my Raleigh, NC clients who love the clean and fresh feeling. And for my northern China clients who feel the all-white look might be too cold, during my last trip there I reminded them that this light look is popular in Scandinavia where the winters are long and dark. I first embraced the swing to all-white several years ago as I worked […]

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Easy Ways to Green Your Lifestyle

Ways to Decorate and Live Green. 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 […]

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Decorating Homes in Raleigh and the World

Comfort is key to good interior design in North Carolina and beyond. Interior designers in North Carolina or Shanghai want your dream home to suite YOU. This apartment was created on my last trip to China. Would this home be comfortable for you? Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Spring 2016 High Point Market: Decorate with Artists from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Interior Designers in the Triangle love local artists Tommy Mitchell and Louise Gaskill. I’ve found the perfect finishing touches to decorate your home. Consider purchasing these original works of art locally in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Above artist Tommy Mitchell’s nature-inspired metal sculptures are alluring combinations of copper, brass and steel. His floral furniture, lighting, wall décor and accessories have lifelike painted and glam gold leaf finishes. These hand-made signed pieces of art will captivate you. My favorite ones are […]

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Women’s Edge Magazine: East Meets West

East Meets West or is it West Meets East? 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. Photo courtesy of Heidi Pribell. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Homes of Healing

Is Your Home a Healing Refuge? 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? […]

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2016

Interior Designers Embrace the Return of Pastels! 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 […]

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Facets Magazine: Living Well in the Triangle

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.” Download the article. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.  

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Homes of Harvest

Fall brings pumpkin and apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides, and harvest festivals. We take time to connect with family, relax, and have some fun. I love heading to the farm in the fall. As a kid, we headed to the farm where my mother was born. My sister married a sheep rancher and my kids loved visiting their country cousins. And now my mother-in-law is living on a farm near her childhood home. Farmers work hard for the bounty they […]

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Fall 2015 High Point Market – Bold Black Decorating

Black is finally at the forefront of decorating fashion. I’m talking about a new feminine glamorous vibe with black as a major dramatic character. Not the weird 1990’s all black. These photos were snapped in High Point during market. Notice the black walls are balanced by other strong elements. The table and headboard stand up to the black on their own. The metallic gold and silver accents help avoid the black hole effect and the dark brown woods add warmth. […]

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Little Girl, Big Dreams

Designing model homes in China may not be every American child’s dream but for me, it feels perfectly normal. Why? For one, as a little girl, I adored visiting my dad at his commercial painting and decorating business where I first picked up my love for design. For another, I delighted in our family vacations, where our road trips across the USA and Mexico included destinations with endless fascinating things to explore. After our trips I would often go to […]

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Historic Design Star Enid Marx (1902-1998)

She failed at design school yet succeeded during the Second World War, while England was under threat from bombing. She thrived during a time dominated by male designers. She created striking, distinctive, and timeless work like this whimsical print with dogs. During her 70 year career, she was an author and illustrator of children’s books, a book designer, a printmaker, a textile designer, and a painter. She brought good design to the common man for the first time by designing […]

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News & Observer: Red, White & New

This dramatic dining room catches your eye instantly at the front door. That’s exactly what this Cary couple wanted. Before, this boring beige room was never used. Now, everyone is drawn to this special space because it feels warm and inviting, like a classic steakhouse. Download the article here. News & Observer Design Master Class: Bold colors transform a blah room Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Preserving Inspirational History in Minneapolis

As a child in Minneapolis, I was awed by a beautiful art deco Manhattan-style building across the street from the Swedish Institute on Park Avenue. The six-story structure, designed by Martin Lindquist, was state of the art when its construction began in the late Roaring Twenties. Dedicated developers persevered during the Great Depression to see the tower completed. Thankfully, the homeowners living there today are committed to preserving the quality, character, and history of this unique cooperative complex. In a […]

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Artisan Lighting Design

These chandeliers are functional pieces of art! Exquisitely hand crafted, each piece is unique. Fashioned with natural quartz crystals, brass, and LED lights, these sculptures are whimsical, earthy, and modern. The artist, Christopher Boots, is driven by the love of nature and light. Trained as an industrial designer he is based in Melbourne, Australia. Above the intriguing Prometheus pendant lights by Boots is crafted from bronze and quartz crystals. Below the Quadrix by Boots creates slices of light that emanate from […]

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Spring 2015 High Point Market – Historic & Handcrafted

Best in Show for Spring 2015 High Point Market goes to the Taracea showroom in the historic eight-story Radio Building that has been at the heart of High Point’s business since 1923. The former ground floor bank sets an interesting Art Deco background for the Taracea furniture made of solid woods harvested from trees in forests they own and manage. Taracea rightfully boasts about the artistic craftsmanship coming from their upholstery factory and hand-forged iron foundry. The original bank vault […]

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Buying Original Art

If you’re tired of filling your walls with mass marketed prints and ho-hum copies, then you might be ready to invest in original art.  Good news!  It’s easier today than it’s ever been and I’ll show you how. Find what you love. Art is meant to move you and evoke emotions. Perhaps look for artwork that reminds you of something special in your past. Educate yourself, try to move beyond what you know, and broaden the scope of art that […]

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News & Observer: Meet the Designer Lisa Stewart

My, Lisa Stewart Design, signature style is highlighted in this article along with photos of my own home.  While answering 10 questions I share my dreams, secret sources, best free advice and more. Download the article here. News & Observer: Decorating Secrets from the N&O Design Team “An eclectic mix with global flair” Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2015

Much like a fortified wine, the color of the year for 2015 is PANTONE® 18-1483 Marsala. This tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. It’s hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, home furnishings, and interiors. Marsala is shown here at Hotel Santo Mauro in Madrid, Spain. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel […]

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Homes of Beauty

Find inspiration for your home in the beauty of nature. Surrounded by the artistry of nature I walk in the woods. The trees are giant works of art to me. Each leafless branch has been sculpted by the wind over time.  The trickle of the stream draws me to the water’s edge. Once a rushing river, the water has receded after the storm. Like a grand art show opening, the creek bed now reveals its latest masterpieces of glistening quartz […]

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American Made Furniture in High Demand in Asia

The above photo was taken in the Hickory Chair Showroom. The rising middle class in Asia is clamoring to purchase American made furniture and considers it a status symbol for several reasons. They increasingly appreciate the quality, workmanship, and creativity coming out of US factories. Becoming more health conscience, they also want their home furnishings to be free of toxins and know that US factories maintain strict health standards for their products and employees too. For those of us in […]

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Fall 2014 High Point Market – Log and Lucite

I’m in love with the Log and Lucite home furnishing trend! The natural wood and modern plastic combine to create a beautiful mix of warm and cool elements. This Ambrosia side chair has a colorful printed hide cushion that adds more warmth, texture, and intrigue. For the second year in a row, Bea’s showroom has caught my eye. She has greeted me with a smile and shared her new designs. That’s why my choice for “Best in Show” at the […]

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News & Observer: Hotel Chic Master Bath Remodel

News & Observer Design Master Class: Tips and Tricks from the N&O Design Team “Bathroom redo yields space worthy of a luxury hotel” Take a look at the story I wrote about my favorite bath remodel this year. Collaborating with the homeowners and contractor to create this hotel chic master bath was a pleasure! Download the article here. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Lisa Stewart with Barclay Butera

My thanks goes out to Barclay Butera for spending time with me after he spoke to a group of interior designers in Raleigh, NC. This quintessential all-American designer has been on my radar since the late 90’s when I noticed we had many things in common.  Known for his unique yet assertive taste, he stands by his mantra: “In interior design there are no rules.” His style is influenced by traditional American, European, and Far East influences. He is inspired […]

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Tropical Island Feel at Home

View from our favorite Caribbean beach. British aisle décor is in high demand after last year’s horrible weather. You can beat the winter blues by adding tropical island temperatures to your home decorating. These design boards created specifically for an island retreat will help you heat up your look. Here’s how to get you started. -Bamboo floors with ivory-colored shutters, trim and moldings warm up the overall space. -Deep golden walls radiate sunset tones all day long. -Rugs and fabrics […]

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Tips from a Home Decorating Shopaholic

I’m a home decorating shopaholic. Call it retail therapy, a shopping spree excites me. My day is brightened by the possibility of what I may find. I feel uplifted by the allure of beautiful things waiting to be MINE. So I hit the shops where soon enough, there IT is. I see IT. I love IT. IT’s perfect. I need IT. I have to have IT. This is a problem because my home is full and I need nothing! Don’t […]

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Architectural Antique Archaeology

This beautiful fireplace mantel was salvaged, restored and reused. Filling an empty bedroom alcove with warmth and character the repurposed mantel appears to be a fireplace. But look again. We created this look without the expense of adding a real fireplace by placing a big sheet mirror and some candles inside the mantel. The vintage screen, framed mirror and sconces above complete the look. Below I’m pictured at my favorite place in Minneapolis for archaeological digs. It’s an ever-changing universe […]

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Spring 2014 High Point Market – Simply Elegant

This French inspired bedroom is full of old-world glamour. It captures the essence of days gone by and reinterprets it for the twenty-first century. The furniture pieces are classic. For a traditional flare, they would look amazing draped in colorful Pierre Frey toile fabric. But it’s the neutral color palette that gives this room a fresh look styled for today’s living. Designed by Eloquence this bedroom is my choice for “Best in Show” at the Spring 2014 High Point Market. […]

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Home Decorating BLING!

Innovative interior designers are looking for BLING in everything. And bejeweled home furnishings can be found everywhere. I’m seeing radiant light-reflecting crystals embedded in lighting, flooring, appliances, furniture, dinnerware, accessories, and even artwork. Why should jewelry and fashion have all the fun? When visiting the Michigan Design Center, I found these bedazzled broadloom samples. Now you can bring the brilliant midnight stars overhead home and underfoot in this carpeting. Capturing light and reflecting color is bound to add some glamour […]

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The Perfect Pendant Light

Call it traditional, vintage, retro, or industrial, but I’ve found the perfect classic contemporary pendant light fixtures. They can be hung solo or in clusters to create enchanting light effects. Inspired by the delicate craftsmanship of hand-cut crystal, they can illuminate any room of the house. Repurposing this antiquated art form into functional, fresh, and hip light fixtures is brilliant! This is not grandma’s old decanter. Shown here are the Decanterlight and Crystal Bulb, signature designs of Lee Broom. Each […]

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2014

A captivating, magical, enigmatic purple is the color of the year for 2014. PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones inspires confidence and sparks the imagination. Orchid encourages expanded creativity, joy, love and health. Intriguing the eye, this vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces. One of […]

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Homes of Comfort

What makes a comfortable home? I love watching HGTV shows that help people decorate, renovate or completely redesign their homes. Having a COMFORTABLE new place is always at the forefront of the lucky homeowner’s mind. Their wish list for the project includes words like comfy, cozy, cushy, easy, soft, and snug as if their home was a bathrobe. They want a stress free environment that will give them contentment and security. That’s why in show after show we hear homeowners […]

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Painting Tips from a Pro

Bold Black Transforms This Wall! I had a vision for dramatically transforming a room through bold and unconventional use of wall color. But applying the color would be challenging and I knew it could only be done by an experienced professional painter. Thinking of painting your walls? Here’s some advice straight from painter Keith Williams of Southpoint Painting in Greensboro, NC: “First do the prep work. – Prepare the walls by patching holes and sanding rough spots. – Protect the […]

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Fall 2013 High Point Market – Mad for Modern

This living room in Shenzhen, China has modern sofas that contrast the classic Chinese fretwork. Accentuated by the use of light and dark colors, the furnishings seem somewhat understated compared to the commanding views. The sofa designer, Kelvin Giormani, lives in Hong Kong and manages the daily operations of his family’s manufacturing business. I enjoyed reminiscing with him in High Point. The modern desk below reminds me of classic Coco Chanel with its captivating curves, wonderful warm wood, and golden […]

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Choosing Wall Color

Considerations When Choosing Wall Color. If choosing a wall color gives you heart palpitations then here’s my prescription. Relax!  Take it slow and easy. Then consider a few basic things. Consider the function of the room. What are you going to do in it? Work, play, sleep, rest, relax, cook, or eat? Whatever you do in this room will direct the wall color production. Think about the feel of the room. Emotions play a big role when it comes to […]

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Universal Design for All

Universal Design really means ‘design for all.’ The buzz in the industry is just amazing, as Universal Design goes mainstream and effectively becomes the new Green. Baby boomers caught in the middle caring for their parents and grandchildren are realizing it’s just better design for everyone. U.D. is becoming cutting edge, even trendy. This is NOT your grandmother’s institutional-looking nursing home anymore! Manufacturers have introduced luxury lines all geared for the baby boomers’ tastes. Industry experts say the best time […]

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Green Design Essentials

“Green” is becoming more and more hip as we become increasingly aware of the environmental consequences of our choices. Following your eco-conscience when purchasing home furnishings is easier than you might think. Important elements of sustainability to look for in your purchases include: – Non-toxic products in carpets, cabinets, drywall, paint. – Natural products in mattresses, fabrics, and many other items. – Recycled products in countertops, furniture, and accessories. – Reclaimed products in flooring, architectural details, and tile. – “Sustainable” […]

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Outdoor Kitchens Are Sizzling

Considered a luxury a few years ago, outdoor kitchens are now becoming a standard feature in moderate to high-end remodels and new construction. It’s not just about the barbecue anymore. It’s about our ongoing love affair with nature, expanding our living space and alfresco entertaining with ease and elegance. Blurring lines between inside and outside, a well-designed and outfitted outdoor kitchen can seal the deal on a property. I see developers using them to set their product apart. Using covered […]

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Making Memories with Carleton Varney

“Decorating is about making memories,” claimed Carleton Varney. “What is your first memory? Can you remember where you were and what the place looked like?”  “Yes, I can remember,” I replied, “As a 2-year-old, I was in the hospital having my tonsils out!”  After the laughter subsided he encouraged me to pick a different and more pleasant memory. How exactly am I supposed to reboot my old brain with a “new” first memory? And how exactly does decorating make memories? […]

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Dress Your Home For Success

Can we affect positive change in our lives by redecorating our home? My answer is yes, of course! In my article “Where Are You From?” I posed the question, should we decorate our home for our hopes and dreams? In other words, should we dress our home for success? Most of us can answer the question, “Where are you from?” Not all can answer, “Where are you going?” Sometimes the future is uncertain and the path unclear. Stuck in a rut, […]

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News & Observer: Lisa Stewart’s Decorating Secrets

As an interior designer, I love sharing my secrets for creating a home that reflects its owner’s personality. So when asked to answer 10 Questions by the Raleigh News & Observer, I jumped at the chance to offer some helpful advice to the papers’ readers. Some of the questions were very thought-provoking and included: -Describe your design philosophy. -Money’s no limit but you can only buy one thing for your home, what is it and why? -What’s your best tip […]

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Where Are You From?

Where you’ve lived and places you’ve visited have influenced who you are and therefore your home’s décor. We tend to surround ourselves with environments that are familiar to us and remind us of places we hold dear. I am often asked, “Where are you from?” I feel a bit strange answering this because I’ve moved so many times and have called a number of places home. Consequently, I like change. Lately, the contents in my home seem to be in […]

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2013

No other color conveys regeneration more than green and this year PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a vivid, verdant green is the color of the year. To arrive at the Color of the Year selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences from the entertainment industry, art collections and popular travel destinations. Capturing worldwide attention the Color of the Year impacts product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries. Here at home enhance your sense of well-being by adding Emerald paint, […]

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News & Observer: What’s IN? What’s OUT?

What’s hot in home décor and what’s on the way out? We all want to know WHAT’S IN? and WHAT’S OUT? As a member of the News & Observer Design Team I was asked to share an insight into emerging home furnishing trends. Chock full of hints, this article features “up and coming” favorites from 12 other team members too. My advice on the lower half of the page is about customizing to add personality. Download the article here. The […]

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Fall 2012 High Point Market – Juxtaposed & Intriguing

This is not your Grandmother’s Queen Anne coffee table! Bless her heart. Take a look at this cool one introduced by the Phillips Collection Showroom. Their “Split the Difference” coffee table caught my eye as “Best in Show” at the Fall 2012 High Point Furniture Market With its striking combination of unexpected materials, this coffee table is a conversation piece. Looking like a still reflecting pool the flat top is crafted with hand-cut stainless steel in a chrome finish. It […]

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Decorating with Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets, Part 1

(See part 2 of this 2-part series) I fell in love with this painting as a teenager. My curiosity was piqued by the beautiful carpets crumpled on the sidewalk waiting to be unfurled on the wall for auction. I imagined each one as a flower bud waiting to open in full bloom, a masterpiece of its own. Purchasing carpets is much easier today, nevertheless, there are a few things you should know before you invest: – Rugs are more affordable […]

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Decorating with Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets, Part 2

(See part 1 of this 2-part series) This Persian carpet sets the mood for this suburban New York living room. Its color palette brings balance to the mix of antiques and modern furniture. While the iron coffee table and the screen create fun and a certain edginess, the rug adds needed punch and warmth. If you’re thinking of buying a carpet you might find helpful these words of wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years: – If possible purchase your carpet […]

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Fashion Forward Interiors

The mix of styles, fabrics and flourishes flowing down the fashion runways are inspiring interior designs and home furnishings more than ever before. Watch the trends as they saunter straight down the catwalk and right into your home. Lately, we’ve seen a resurgence of Art Deco-inspired patterns: one example is shown above in black, white, and cream, both on the runway and in a residence. Geometric prints are popping up on bedding, wallpaper, and even the tile shown below. Metallic […]

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Detecting Outdated Decorating

Keeping your home up-to-date in today’s fast-paced world is a challenge. Your decorating might be outdated if you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions: – Is your room painted a color that’s no longer in the paint fan decks at the home improvement stores? – Is your room overwhelmed with patterned fabrics? – Is your room wallpapered with coordinating borders and matching curtains? – Does your room have oversized, undersized or all matching furniture pieces? – Is […]

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Country Home Anywhere

Everyone feels at home in casual, comfortable, country-style interiors. We want to calm down and linger because they are cozy and warm like long summer days. My daughter and son-in-law are pictured here celebrating their wedding in the relaxed atmosphere of Grandmother’s country home. The new and updated country interiors are filled with elements that work even in fast-paced urban environments. Here’s what you can do to create country contentment in your home. Wrap your front door with a porch […]

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Decorating with Paula Deen?

I met Paula Deen in High Point, NC when she introduced her new line of furniture. Yes, one of the best-known personalities in the world of cooking is now designing dining tables and more. She shared her story of overcoming poverty, self-doubt, and health challenges. To turn her life around Paula reached deep inside her soul and decided to do what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking. Her journey from kitchen to fame started with her first business, a home-based […]

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News & Observer: Coffee Table Concerns

Wondering how to create a charming coffee table that is comfortable for how you live and use the space? No need to sacrifice style for comfort. The new options for coffee tables available today give us both. I contributed to the article, Coffee Tables Enter a ‘Golden Age‘, published in the Raleigh News & Observer April 7th 2012. See my 3 Tablescaping Tips on the lower right side of the page. I added some humor and avoided cliche items. Learn how […]

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Feeling At Home in the Governor’s Mansion

I recently had the great honor of touring the North Carolina’s Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Completed in 1891, this historic house and home remain one of the state’s finest examples of the Queen Anne Cottage style of Victorian architecture. Its many attractive features include a steeply pitched gable, wrap porches, and richly colored textural surfaces. The mansion really begins to shine once inside. With 16 foot ceilings, columns and elaborate turned woodwork it would be easy to feel overwhelmed. I […]

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The Magic of Art Museums

Art museums are magical places because they inspire me. The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota did not disappoint when I visited recently. As Frank Gehry’s first American art museum, the Weisman became known as “Baby Bilbao” because it shows glimpses of the design features — molten Cubism, light-filled interiors, a faceted metal skin — that soon took spectacular shape in Gehry’s best-known building, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. As we entered the museum we were stopped […]

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2012

Dance into the New Year with this vivacious and appealing reddish-orange. PANTONE® announced 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, an energetic, enticing hue, as the color of the year for 2012. Sophisticated but at the same time seductive and dramatic, it is an orange with a lot of depth. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy. […]

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Timeless Decorating, Timeless Memories

This 1940’s living room above shows classic features that never go out of style. It belonged to my in-laws and the photo was taken by my father-in-law shortly after he returned from WWII, where he served in the Navy as a “Seabee” in the Pacific. Money and materials were scarce for them.  But my mother-in-law’s resourcefulness and sewing skills helped her create this beautiful room in their rented apartment in South St. Louis, MO. The second photo below shows today’s […]

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Take It For Granite

No longer a luxury item, granite countertops in kitchens and baths have become standard with builders and the expected norm with homebuyers. In less than a decade, granite went from being opulent to ubiquitous. This sudden shift can be attributed to lower prices due to globalization and new technology. Granite is more affordable because of the easy access to many sources around the world. And granite is easier to work with because of computerized saws and other technology advancements. Are […]

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Fall 2011 High Point Market – Revived & Renewed

My pick for “Best in Show” at the High Point Furniture Market is this beautiful, one of a kind desk. Making the best of a bad situation, the hardworking people of Thailand are salvaging wreckage from the 2004 tsunami and creating art. Crafted from uprooted trees, this organic furniture represents the resourcefulness and artistry of people struggling to recover from a devastating tragedy. Unrefined wood elements like this desk ground a room with a connection to nature. Reused and repurposed […]

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Custom Designed For You

Having trouble finding the perfect fabric, wall covering, or flooring? Did you know you can design your own? New technology has made it possible for you to personalize anything. Now you can put your own stamp on your home by creating custom designed materials of all kinds: from fabrics to wall coverings to floorings and even to countertops. I loved this wall covering inspired by the pooch. It’s just one example of how you can imagine and then create items […]

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Gracious Living with Bob Timberlake

Life is a celebration of love, family and home for this North Carolina artist whose family history dates back to the 1700s and has been recreated in film. As a child, Bob Timberlake experienced “country living” at its best. Now he captures those wonderful experiences for others to enjoy through his signature paintings, log homes and furnishings. The outside world seemed to fade away as he recently spoke before a group of interior designers in High Point, NC. There was […]

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Palace of Versailles – 21st Century Lighting

This famous French 17th century chateau, the brainchild of Louis XIV and a spectacular symbol of his regime, was the first royal palace to introduce lighting in the form of candle-lit chandeliers. This invention set the standard of lighting for all other European dynasties. The famous Hall of Mirrors, where the treaty ending the First World War was signed, has a collection of 17 large reproduction chandeliers. In the 20th century these were lit with unattractive and inefficient incandescent bulbs […]

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Homes of Pride

India is a fascinating and colorful country of contrasts. Take a moment to reflect on these two divergent dwellings. She spent days building this home and clearly has taken great pride in her cow dung creation. Notice the beautiful hand-embossed striped motif on the walls and the meticulously placed roof tiles that create a unique design motif overhead. This home is used for protection from the northern Indian rainy season and rest. In contrast, the Ambani Family spent four years […]

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Interior Design as Art

The Lan Club in Beijing is an artistic masterpiece that took my breath away and left me in awe. Opened in 2006, the interior was designed by French-born Philippe Stark. Man’s endless search for beauty is only matched by his seemingly boundless creativity. People’s ability to creatively express emotions through their art is truly a gift. Great art draws you in, captivates, and awakens feelings from within.  Even if your feelings are negative, the artist has done his or her […]

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Homes of Shelter

Since early man sought protection in caves, humans have needed shelters to escape the elements. And as long as man has built shelters, these shelters/homes have been used to measure one’s wealth, self-esteem and pride. Today we use our modern day “shelters” filled with creature comforts and treasures not only to escape the elements, but to sooth our souls and renew our strength. Last month I was out when I got a call from my daughter who was watching the […]

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Spring 2011 High Point Market – Inspiration & Innovation

Mixing style, wellness, art and ecology, this bed rocked my world at High Point Market this spring and won my award for best in show. Its modern, cutting-edge look with its eco-friendly recycled steel and wood illustrates design as therapy for our aching bodies and our earth. Research revealed the bed’s gentle rocking motion promotes relaxation and is used as therapy for kids and individuals with special needs. With its dynamic elliptical shape, rollovers are not possible and seasickness can […]

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Edison Incandescents Inspire New Classics

“I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.” Thomas Edison. Inspired by the genius of Edison, this new lighting design trend has fun and historic artistry written all over it. The luminescence and amber-orange glow of original 1910 Edison-style filament bulbs cast a mood-setting ambient light in either reproduction or modern light fixtures. This is a lighting style worth considering in spite of reports that incandescent light bulbs will someday be replaced by LED’s. My […]

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Imagine This Lighting Your Home

The possibilities for your home are astounding! GE OLEDs – the future of lighting. Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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LEDs Light the Future

It’s been over 125 years since Edison invented the incandescent light bulb and so it’s about time for a major revolution in the lighting industry. Get ready! The revolution is coming in the form of LED’s. Light-emitting diode technology is already widely used in commercial buildings, automobiles and aircraft. And LED technology for all household uses and applications is becoming more and more common at stores everywhere. What are the advantages of LED bulbs? – They save money and energy […]

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Sneak Peek at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® Greenroom

Here’s the Oscar® Buzz. Where will the stars be as they wait to hit the stage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® on Feb. 27? The Architectural Digest Greenroom, of course! Each year Architectural Digest selects a noted designer to transform a raw space into a backstage oasis for presenters and winners alike on Hollywood’s biggest night. This year, interior designer Michael S. Smith—who was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White […]

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Home fashions go retro. What do you think? Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2011

Pantone announced PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a vibrant, energetic hue, as the color of the year for 2011. Energizing honeysuckle lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges. While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage, and spirit to meet the […]

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Larry Laslo and Lisa Stewart

How can you not love a guy who wears shoes like these? Most known for the Larry Laslo Home Show, he designed and sold products for five years on QVC. He rose to fame after being asked to design the famous Bergdorf Department Store in New York. Relying mostly on his instinct, this Pennsylvania boy has gone on to inspire the world with his unique design aesthetic. He was all hugs this day as he celebrated his birthday and launched […]

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My Grandmother’s Collection

For all you collectors out there, I just broke my grandmother’s blue and white Spode dish, one of the very few things I had left of hers. Having had a wonderful relationship with my grandmother, surprisingly I was upset for only a few seconds. The shattered pieces were left on the kitchen counter until my husband got home so he could assist me with the proper burial. I was fortunate to be at my grandmother’s side when she died peacefully […]

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Flea Market Shopping in Beijing China

There are plenty of upscale shopping centers in Beijing, all filled with the finest in home décor from all over the world. But I’m a bargain hunter, so today I’m heading to Panjiayuan Market. This is China’s biggest art and furniture market, boasting over 3,000 stalls.  Anything you can imagine is there. Even Hillary Clinton has shopped at Panjiayuan. The thrill of the search builds as I pass by the tacky trinkets, books, coins, jewelry, statues, silks, porcelains, musical instruments […]

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Proximity Hotel Offers Suite Dreams for Your Home

Most everyone wants a bedroom that reminds them of a luxury hotel suite. So when I had the opportunity to tour this hotel I couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer. Built to use 40% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable hotel, the AAA Four Diamond, locally-owned Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina offers a glimpse of the future while celebrating the past. Sustainable practices, custom-designed furnishings, locally commissioned art and innovative design await the […]

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Your Home and Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Energy saving fluorescent light bulbs present a few challenges for home use. While larger fluorescent lamps have been used in commercial or institutional buildings for some time, the compact fluorescent lamp is now available in the same popular sizes as incandescent and is used as an energy-saving alternative in homes. Here are a few things to know when using them: Aesthetic Challenges: -The color of the light is the biggest challenge when doing interior design. Colored objects are perceived differently […]

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Homes of Security

What do you need to live a life of passion and purpose? Could your home be the key to success? Think about the homes you’ve lived in and the feelings they’ve evoked. What stands out about each one? Having lived under many roofs around the world, I have a unique perspective. I’ve been able to abide quite happily in many different dwellings. The one thing that stands out about all the places I’ve called home whether temporary or permanent is […]

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Hickory Chair University and Factory Tour Part 1

(See part 2 of this 2-part series) I had a great opportunity recently to learn first-hand how furniture is constructed.  It’s pretty hard to feel cool wearing safety glasses and ear protection, but it was a great way to get out of the summer heat! This lean and green furniture manufacturing plant located in Hickory, NC offers a broad selection that ranges from 18th-century mahogany reproductions to fashion-forward designer collections. The Frederica Bench shown here is part of Suzanne Kesler’s […]

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Lighting to Set a Relaxing Mood

When you’re ready to relax, the lighting in your home should reflect the calm atmosphere of a fine dining establishment versus the frenetic energy of a fast food restaurant. Recently my daughter commented about my living room and its many lights: seven lamps and two lighted pieces of artwork.  She thought this was pretty excessive. In defense, I explained how my varied, well-placed lights create the tranquil feeling I want. Here are a few ways you can achieve a relaxing […]

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Spring 2010 High Point Market – Contrasting Color Styles Emerge

Two emerging color trends offer exciting possibilities for your home. Creating a look with either will make a bold statement. One trend is the use of vibrant colors to make a big splash and add cheer. The other trend is defining the new chic by using muted tones. Here are a few photos I snapped at the Spring 2010 High Point Furniture Market to illustrate: Can you combine these two opposite looks in the same home? Yes, definitely! My daughter […]

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“How Should I Decorate My Home?”

Do you struggle with every single decorating decision? Are your design dilemmas taking over your life? Decorating can be difficult and even scary. I’ve seen people stress for weeks, even months, over a decision about fabric for a chair. Some people just can’t visualize their desired outcome and become consumed by indecision. What are you to do? First, put decorating into perspective. For most of us, there are more important questions to worry about than choosing a wall color or […]

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Thom Filicia and Lisa Stewart

Though he’s most widely known for his work with TV clients on Queer Eye, Dress My Nest, and Oprah, Thom Filicia is also an ambitious businessman with some exciting new ventures. This gentle giant of the industry exemplifies classic simplicity with an unexpected modern flair. Mixes of refined details with raw edges, industrial and organic objects create a perfect balance of palettes, textures, and patterns. Here we are chatting about our favorite childhood pastimes of water and snow skiing. Memories […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2010

PANTONE® announced 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. It adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and complements reds and pinks. Perfect for a powder room or bedroom, Turquoise is an evocative, spa-like hue that […]

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