Pantone Color of the Year for 2015

by Lisa Stewart 14 Jan 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. Its 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 in Raleigh, NC.

Homes of Beauty

by Lisa Stewart 13 Dec 2014

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 rocks. This outdoor setting is one I want to take home with me. 

Through the ages man has tried to capture the beauty of nature in architecture, art and furnishings. We line the walls of our caves with pictures and textiles that tell the story of our lives. We use furniture made of fallen trees still engrained with lines of age. And we use nature’s infinite variety of color on our walls to bring the outdoors inside. WHY?

-Nature is beauty. It's human nature to want to be surrounded by it in our homes.
-We all crave beauty. We will always be drawn to it and never be satisfied.
-Beauty is individual. Our taste is defined by what we perceive is beautiful.
-Like nature our taste is always changing, growing and evolving as long as we live. 

Take a moment to survey your home. Does it reflect nature in any way?  Does it fulfill your craving for beauty? Is it designed specifically for your tastes? Has it changed over the years? Do you desire change? If so, just go take a walk. You’ll find inspiration for your home in the beauty of nature. 

This nature-inspired photo is courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

American Made Furniture in High Demand in China

by Lisa Stewart 15 Nov 2014

The rising middle class in China 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 the design community who might be skeptical and are leary of potential copying, I believe we can take heart. Our American creativity, ingenuity and quality simply cannot be duplicated, and the increasingly affluent Chinese middle class want what only we can provide. This photo was taken in the Hickory Chair Showroom. See my article about the Hickory Chair University and Factory Tour.

My Chinese partners came to High Point specifically looking for furniture made in America to incorporate into our American designs. This photo was taken at a fun restaurant during Market. 

Lisa Stewart in an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Fall 2014 High Point Market - Log and Lucite

by Lisa Stewart 18 Oct 2014

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 2014 Fall High Point Market goes to the Hide & Seek Collection by Bea Pila Interior Design and Fine Furnishings. 

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

News & Observer: Hotel Chic Master Bath Remodel

by Lisa Stewart 14 Sep 2014

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.

News & Observer Design Master Class: Tips and Tricks from the N&O Design Team
"Bathroom redo yields space worthy of a luxury hotel"

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC

Lisa Stewart with Barclay Butera

by Lisa Stewart 13 Aug 2014

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 by everything from fashion to his world travels. 

Butera has always focused on listening to the client, working to balance what they want and what they need. “I’m a huge believer in Client for Life, developing a long term relationship,” he says, “It’s about quality time and service.” 

In the same way and with the same attitude I try to serve my clients by listening to them carefully. I’m not interested in creating “Lisa Stewart Design” signature homes, but instead want to create homes inspired by my clients' dreams. Together we create wonderful homes that make statements about their lives, not mine, and that's why many of my clients call me year after year. My thanks to all of you!

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Tropical Island Feel at Home

by Lisa Stewart 15 Jul 2014

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 bloom with floral color.
-Old world lighting and accessories reflect a bygone era.
-Rattan seating adds comfort.
-Painted accent pieces add more color and personality. 

And when you’re done you may want a place to chill out and might consider adding a bar. This is a sure way to stay warm and relaxed even in the coldest of winters. ENJOY!

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Tips from a Home Decorating Shopaholic

by Lisa Stewart 14 Jun 2014

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 get me wrong: my home is nicely decorated and clutter free. Since I want it to stay that way, before I buy anything new I ask myself some questions.

-What will I have to get rid of in order to make room for this new acquisition? What will I sell at the consignment store? What will I donate to Goodwill?
-Does it fit my décor and overall design vision? Does it fill in a blank spot?  Is it the right color, size and style?
-Can I afford it? Can I do without it? Can I return it? Can I walk away and leave it here? 

There’s no end to the tempting household thingamajigs out there (and on SALE!) and I know impulse purchases can sometimes be mistakes. So sometimes I just have to tell myself, “Get over it! Stop and think about it! Just because I love it doesn’t mean I have to buy it!” 

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer is Raleigh, NC