On The Shore On The shore — 25 April 2013
Five top designer ideas to try at home

The recent Red Cross Designers’ Show House for the Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region has endured because of top-notch designers and creative ideas. Others have come and gone.

The 37th show house, held in a Key West-style home near the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach, was one of the best. It illustrated a few trends such as the comeback of wallpaper and use of reflective objects as well as lessons on how to mix patterns in the same room.

Here are five of the ideas and concepts worth trying:

1. If you have a closet that you don’t need for storage, remove the doors and convert the area into a bar, like Palm Beach designer Lisa Erdmann did in the second floor sitting room. She added a chest of drawers, barware, black and white photos of friends and celebrities. The area was made to stand out with Ripple, a zebra-like wallpaper that former Palm Beacher Celerie Kemble designed for Schumacher.

2. Erdmann also illustrated the right way to mix prints in a room. Stay in the same color palette as the lead fabric but change the scale of the pattern. In this case, she used Kemble’s Betwixt, a small geometric, as accent pillows with Imperial Trellis on the sofa and Chiang Mai Dragon on the linen draperies and pillows. All are from Schumacher.

3. Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher, Palm Beach designers, designed a portable way to treat windows. White wood screens were custom made in an X pattern and sheer fabric was stapled on the back to filter the light and provide privacy.

4.  Gary McBournie, a Boston designer with offices in Nantucket and Palm Beach, showed how to use a lot of the same print without making it feel overwhelming. Banana Bird from Antilles Design was used on the walls, upholstery and shades. The print was tempered with white furniture and solid green and white bedding. A color coordinating Tangy Stripe was used on an ottoman and bolster pillow.

5. Palm Beach designer Joseph Pubillones illustrated how to make the most of wood samples. He designed two chests, using the different colors of wood in a checkerboard design on the fronts.

—Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub

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