Dissecting the Details: Cathy Kincaid

Hello everyone! Nancy of Marcus Design blog here to share a Dissecting the Details post with you today. I’m excited to be looking at the work of Dallas-based interior designer Cathy Kincaid, and more specifically how she pulls together the most stunning bedroom retreats. These rooms really exude a chic and cozy feel that would have me wanting to stay in bed all day. Let’s dissect four key features that Cathy consistently implements:

There’s no doubt when you begin to look through her portfolio that Cathy is not afraid to use pattern. Walls, drapes, and upholstered pieces are often adorned in the same pattern, and it really works to create a traditional feel. The oversized pattern you see used in the first image of this post keeps the traditional look still feeling fresh and modern.
Artwork, fireplaces, dressing tables, blue & white vintage jars, scalloped bedding, sconces, and (perhaps my favorite) decorative plates on the walls! All of these amazing pieces create a feeling of a bygone era, when more attention was spent on the details.
I love this one! Something I would like to do in my own guest room is create a flexible space with multiple twin or double beds. You never know whose coming to stay, and they may not want to stay in the same bed! I love the look in children’s rooms that Cathy has designed as well.
Is anything more personal than a monogram? A chic addition to any bedroom, Cathy is known for adding this luxurious detail. And I adore every example of pillow mix I see her create!
That’s 4 key finds in Cathy Kincaid’s bedroom, all of which I would want in my own home. Which was your favorite? You can see more of Cathy’s extensive portfolio here. Until next time!

 

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Dissecting the Details: Suzanne Kasler

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design here, and happy to be sharing my latest Dissecting the Details with you. Ever since seeing Suzanne Kasler’s stunning display at High Point this year, I have had her gorgeous living rooms on my mind. So today I thought it would be fun to look into what Suzanne tends to do that makes these rooms as amazing as they are. I’ve come up with 4 key elements that I am attracted to in her spaces. Let’s dissect:

 

 

 

Solid, tape trimmed, or patterned fabric – I adore the use of drapery as a major player in Suzanne’s living room designs. They create such a lush feel and highlight the dramatic windows and french doors so perfectly. These rooms really would not be the same without the window treatments!

 

 

 

This is probably the feature that had me drooling the most when it came to Suzanne’s High Point display. She expertly curates the most amazing art walls, with a mix of metal frames, different matting, and neutral colors overall.

 

 

 

Powder blues, creams, and whites are Suzanne’s signature palette. Many of her spaces, as seen in the one directly above, utilize varying undertones of beige as the perfect backdrop for layering on subtle colors. Her tip is that “using a neutral base allows you to start adding layers of color, like my orange Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and the orange tray on the cowhide ottoman.”

 

 

 

 

This is another favorite element of mine; in a perfect way to create interest in a room, Suzanne displays console and side table vignettes even to the far corners of the room. Beloved objects, collections, and art get special treatment here. These types of groupings are often reserved for the entry way but it’s a lovely treat to have them in a room you spend more time sitting in!

That’s four of the special touches I see Suzanne consistently utilized in her spaces, did you notice any other favorite elements? To see more from her extensive portfolio, hop here to her website, and here to a previous Dissecting the Details focused on Suzanne’s entry ways. Until next time!

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From the Archives | Dissecting the Details: Miles Redd

It feels a little frivolous to spend a lot of time and energy on a design or fashion blog post now as we all process the election. Regardless of who you voted for, I believe this is a time for unity rather than further division. We should all come together and act as instruments of peace, hope, and progress. That being said, from the looks of my social media feeds, it seems a lot of people could use a bright spot in their day, so I thought it only appropriate to pull a blog post from the LDV archives filled with rooms by Miles Redd, the master of bright colors, that are sure to make you smile. Chin up! We are all in this together.
XO, Paloma

Hello fabulous LDV readers, it’s Nancy here from Marcus Design Blog! I’m back to share another installment of Dissecting the Details with you – looking specifically at the stunning portfolio of Miles Redd. He really knows how to create a memorable bedroom, not just as a restful retreat but also a luxe and sophisticated space. Here are 3 key features that Miles utilizes to design the ultimate blissful bedrooms:

 

 

 

 

Saturated jewel tones, bright primary colors, punchy stripes – Miles is the master of color. And yet it never seems overwhelming, each room seems to envelope you in the perfect hue.

 

 

The ultimate chinoiserie wallcovering pops up in several of Miles’ projects: de Gournay’s hand-painted wallpaper – truly artwork! Notice how he seamlessly pairs the wallcoverings with patterned carpet, bedding, and furnisnings? A perfect mix.

 

 

 

The key feature in a luxurious bedroom? A canopy bed. This is definitely a trademark in so many of Miles’ designs. You can’t go wrong with this classic investment piece.
And there you have it, 3 main features that Miles Redd uses in his bedroom retreats. Which is your favorite detail?

 

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Dissecting the Details: Summer Thornton

Hello everyone, Nancy of Marcus Design blog here for an installment of Dissecting the Details today. Chicago-based Summer Thornton is a designer I have long admired, and her work exudes bold color and luxurious finishes to create a very ‘New Trad’ style. I’m examining living rooms Summer has designed to find out exactly what makes them tick. Here are 4 key elements I find Summer commonly implements to achieve this look.
There is no fabric that says luxury more than velvet! The texture is divine and the pastel and jewel tones Summer tends to stick to add such depth. Through sofas, chairs, and pillows, velvet is a major player in these spaces.
 (believe it or not, though this one ‘looks’ like the dream living room, it’s actually a dental office in Chicago!)
Summer is definitely not all about white on white with neutrals. She implements color in all of her work in a very expertly layered way. I love that the above rooms ‘read’ as green or blue, but when you start to look closely there is 1 dominant color in several shades, and many complementing colors mixed in as well. Your eye might still see ‘one’ main color, but the rooms appear much more sophisticated because of the layering of many tones, shades, and hues.
I noticed this one in almost every space! What a fabulous idea, a nook created with a pair of occasional chairs and a table. It is so inductive of creating comfortable entertaining spaces, where friends and family can more easily have multiple conversations going on in one space. I personally wish I had the space for this design scheme in my living room!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – a room should have at least 1 antique piece. I read a quote a while back that said, ‘One should never be the oldest thing in one’s house.’ I love that it creates so much more interest in the living rooms above – I particularly love all the old fireplaces you see in the rooms Summer has designed.There you have it! Four main details that the talented Summer Thornton uses to create such memorable spaces. Which was your favorite? See more from her extensive portfolio here.
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Dissecting the Details: Kirsten Kelli

Hello everyone! Nancy of Marcus Design here for my latest installment of Dissecting the Details. New York based design duo Kirsten Kelli have such a lovely and extensive portfolio, and I’m sharing four of the key features that they utilize in their living room designs. They have a beautiful take on neo-traditionalism, let’s dissect:
I’ve always loved the idea of a living room large enough to house multiple separate groupings of furniture. It seems so conducive to having family & friends over and naturally forming many conversations around the room. The layout also becomes a lot more interesting in the way that all the furniture it’s lined up against 4 the walls!
Just a tiny touch of leopard seems to be a go-to for Kirsten Kelli. Through throw pillows, stools, or even stunning chairs – they prove that leopard really is a neutral!
We all love a good blue & white or black and white space, and even when Kirsten Kelli adds a dose of color it’s in a very restrained way. A classic palette will never go out of style.

When you look closely, you’ll find you can count about 10-12 patterns in each of these spaces above! The ladies expertly layer multiple fabrics and patterns for a mix that never looks too busy despite all that is going on in the room. Throw pillows are a wonderful opportunity to do this, and of course elements like a rug, drapery, and the furnishings add to the luxe mix.

These 4 features help create the beautiful spaces above, and I’m going to be adding them to my wishlist for my own living room. To see more from Kirsten Kelli, head to their website here. See you next time!

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