How To Create Exquisite Design Details


Today’s house tour is all about designing with details, creating a home where the design decisions make all of the difference. These ideas can be applied to any size home and are carried through into the interior that boasts a peaceful monochromatic palette.


The choice of materials and how they relate to each-other can impact your curb appeal greatly. Field stone is combined with bricks, board and batten wood shutters relating to architectural wood details in the peaks and a small section of copper roofing draws your eye to the entryway and covered porch.


The entrance foyer with arched ceiling mirrors the shape of the door and incorporates a wood ceiling with a rustic lantern adding just the right amount of character. Simple, classic furnishings with just a touch of shimmer complement the rich wood hue.


The palette throughout the home consists of cool neutrals, when the palette is subtle the design details need to pop. The coffered ceiling is the perfect example of how to create a design detail “pop” in a monochromatic palette, spectacular. In the dining room a mix of texture and bold scale furniture pieces carry out the theme.


The kitchen is rustic and welcoming, the perfect place to gather. Wood beams, custom built-ins, a mix of cabinet colors combined with fabulous lighting choices seamlessly blend with the rest of the home.


The family room combines rustic architectural details with luxurious velvet sofas and woven wood shades adding texture. A bold mantel, brick floor and field stone give the feel of an eighteenth century cottage in a modern home.



The master bedroom continues the monochromatic color palette boasting a dramatic ceiling and hanging crystal chandelier with a stunning upholstered bed.


The outdoor living space is equally as exceptional with a built in kitchen, screened porches and water feature creating a picture perfect outdoor oasis incorporating natural materials and continuous design details.


See more fabulous interior design from Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home here and photographs by Rachael Boling Photography. Linda has built a full scope design experience incorporating retail showrooms, an on-line boutique and design centre where she brings exquisite design detail to life daily. One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is that design details and concepts can be incorporated into any size home. Collect design details from homes that you love or places that you have traveled to create a space that reflects your style.


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A Poolside Pretty: Amagansett, NY


What do you do when you are unable to expand your home because of wetlands? The only possible course was to renovate their treasured family home calling in talented architect Darren Helgesen to transform their 1490 sq. ft. home and creating an outdoor oasis in the process.


The cottage inspired interior is so welcoming and fresh, feels like a vacation but they are fortunate enough to call this their family home.



The bathroom incorporates mosaic tiles and a favorite design feature I often re-create, removing the tub and replacing it with a shower and transom window. Built in beds are as aesthetically pleasing as they are great space savers. The pop of turquoise is just delightful and a personal favorite.

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Re-thinking a move or a large addition can be challenging but you can see here how thinking “inside the box” really paid off for the homeowners. Happy Friday friends!


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Can I Put My Bed In Front Of the Windows?


Q. Can I put my bed in front of my windows in my bedroom even if you see it from outside? Elaine


A. The answer is absolutely, you need to space-plan the room the most effective way possible taking advantage of all locations the bed could be and not feeling constricted by the window location. I know this can be difficult to comprehend but trust me, you will enjoy your well designed room far more than the view from the street. Above, an iron bed is a nice choice because it allows the natural light to flow into the room and not be entirely blocked. Left, is an example for my clients/readers that just cannot grasp this concept, replace existing windows with a transom or windows that are less high so only a small portion of the window is blocked. I also love the idea of plantation shutters above the headboard adding to the design aesthetic of the room.


It also does not matter if your window is centered in the middle of the bed or the windows are separated. Adding interesting window treatments or creating a layered effect helps the location look purposeful, above woven shades and soft sheers are just lovely in this space.


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Five Ways To Design A Lodge


Introducing Great Point Lodge designed by the Miller Architects, my all time favorite mountain lodge. Massive enough for all of your guests at 18,000 sq. ft. boasting seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms but the feel of a cozy cabin nestled in the breath taking Gallatin Mountains. Lets take the tour and talk about ways to design a lodge.


Use Natural Materials– The most important way to achieve a rustic feel is to use natural materials from the surrounding areas incorporated with reclaimed lumber and natural stone.


Dramatic Lighting- The scale is paramount in homes like this where massive ceiling heights and wide open spaces make up the interior.


Create Cozy Spaces- Reading nooks and window seats provide quiet areas for guests to retreat and making the lodge feel like a cozy cabin.

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Fireplaces- This goes without saying in a lodge home and the use of natural stone with reclaimed lumber mantels completes the look.


Bunk Beds- Incorporating built in beds and utilizing the height of the lodge is aesthetically pleasing and functional. What kid doesn’t love bunk beds??


A Screened In Porch- A lovely place to relax and enjoy nature and the beautiful surroundings of the Gallatin Mountains.


There you have it, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lodge homes ever designed. A home that will inspire generations of lodge homes and memories for families and friends to gather. If you have a lodge home or log cabin we would love for you to share it with us.


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