A Lake House Retreat

We were so excited when our client approached us about decorating her new vacation home. She was building a beautiful lake house and needed a chic yet relaxed interior that would serve as a family gathering destination. Plus, it had to be durable, since people would be walking directly off the beach and right into the kitchen! Our client wanted an easy place to entertain that was … [Read more...]

A Well-Lit Home

Lighting is an essential part of our design process here at SWI. We find that it is an element that is often overlooked. The perfect lighting creates a well lit space for you and your guests to enjoy. Below we're exploring some of our favorite lighting tips to help you create a "natural glow". Always use more lamps than you think you need! The easiest way to brighten a room is with lamps. … [Read more...]

A Tudor Makeover

Our client came to us asking for an update: “The pink was very old-fashioned and out of date.” She wanted a clean, crisp living room that felt light and fresh. This was achieved using a delicate color palate full of blues and greens mixed with neutrals. Essentials included a casual space to watch TV, reading chairs, and plenty of room to entertain. She believed hiring designers was important … [Read more...]

SWI Goes to the Movies

Every year, on the first Tuesday of May, we love following the Met Gala. As we scroll through pictures of celebrities in their couture gowns we always wonder what the party is like beyond the red carpet. Now we have all the answers! Source The 2016 documentary “The First Monday in May” provides an inside look to not only the planning of the Gala, but the preparation of the exhibit at the … [Read more...]

Makeover Diaries: Green Cabinet Console

One of the things that sets us apart from other interior design firms is our ability to take client's vintage pieces and giving them new life. When we saw this 20-year-old entertainment unit, we were inspired. The piece was functional, but just not exciting in the space. When we laid out our plans for the room, the built-in unit gave us the opportunity to add color and transform it to look like … [Read more...]

Travel Diaries: Home Tour Inspiration

Our travels are always a source of inspiration for us. From European cities to beach towns down south, we are always able to find something that sparks our imagination. This spring, we toured some homes in Palm Springs, CA and Sea Island, GA. Below are some of our favorite pictures of colorful homes across the US. Palm Springs, CA Our first stop was Palm Springs for Modernism Week. A … [Read more...]

All About the Hardware

Making over vintage pieces is always a fun and interesting journey. There are so many ideas to consider. We love to lacquer our pieces in bright colors and upgrade upholstery. However, one of our biggest secrets to updating a piece is to change the hardware. Below we explore easy ways to reinvent your pieces. First up, we swapped out the original hardware for their gold counterparts. Against … [Read more...]

Party Blues (and Whites)!

Here at SWI, we love to entertain our friends and family. More importantly, we want to do it in style. We like to take party design cues from everywhere, including our favorite interior styles. Blue and white is one of our ultimate favorites and this bridal luncheon is equal parts preppy and whimsical. Below we have some inspiration pictures and ideas to make this party scheme your own! Spring … [Read more...]

Elizabeth’s Palm Beach Dream

When Elizabeth described how she wanted her new condo to look, she said, "Palm Beach!" The goal: lots of color, cheer, and a place that “people were pleased to come into and enjoy the space with me”. So we started with her vintage Zuber screen as our inspiration for the color scheme and chose some key pieces from her own to make over for the new space. We took some of her pieces and lacquered … [Read more...]

Decorating with Blue and White

Blue and white is one of the most adored color combinations. Why? Not only is this color duo chic and versatile but it also takes its cues from nature. Think of the many blues in the sky and the many shades that make up water and be inspired to bring those colors inside. Blue hues all mix well together and white is fresh and natural. Chinoiserie Take inspiration from classic ginger jars and … [Read more...]