Designer Q&A

Here’s a Little Secret: You Can Shop Like A Designer, Too!

Each week, we’re bringing you tips, favorite products, and Q&As with the designers in our Coastal Living Designer Network. Meet designer Ashley Gilbreath of Montgomery, Alabama-based Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design and Parish Shoppe. Here, she shares her favorite design trend, her #1 vacation destination, and her favorite place to shop (it just might surprise you!). CL: How would you describe your style? AG: My style […]

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Mini Makeover: Designer Meg Braff Tackles a Persian Rug Dilemma

Our decorating columnist, designer Meg Braff, is ready to tackle your beach house design dilemmas! This month, reader Lindsay Tyson presented Meg with this question about her Bradenton, Florida, home: “My husband brought home a set of six Persian rugs from a deployment in Iraq. We have a canal-front home and want to set a coastal vibe—how do I incorporate the rugs into our […]

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4 Easy Ways to Decorate a Nature-Inspired Home

Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network. Today, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, designers Joni Vanderslice and Shelley Wilkins of J Banks Design share four easy ways to create a nature-inspired home that brings the outside in. “At J Banks Design, we’re known for delivering […]

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Top Tips from Designer Susan Jamieson

Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network. Richmond, VA designer Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs, Inc. shares her top 5 decorating tips.  Tip #1: Use an unexpected paint color. Punch up the volume with your paint color – go bold! Tip #2: Add dimmers. Nothing […]

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Q&A with Designer Muffie Faith

Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network. Charleston, South Carolina designer Muffie Faith of Elizabeth Stuart Design shares her dream project, the best career advice ever received, and what her clients should splurge on. How would you describe your decorating style? I really don’t have one style. […]

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Meet Meg Braff, Coastal Living’s New Design Pro

We’re so excited to announce that designer Meg Braff is joining the Coastal Living team as a decorating columnist! We have so much in store, so stay tuned next week for more details on her exciting column (Hint: it’s all about YOU!). In the meantime, here’s more about Meg: With projects ranging from homes in the Hamptons down to Sea Island, Georgia, and […]

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What are the essential items for an entryway?

Every month, we ask one of our favorite coastal designers for his or her top decor tips. Newton, MA designer Jennifer Palumbo shared her design tips in our October issue (see them here!), and she had some extras to share.  Coastal Living: What are the essential items for an entryway? Jennifer Palumbo: A bench or some form of seating, a console table, a great rug, and […]

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Top pick for kitchen flooring?

Each month, we interview one of our favorite designers about his or her best decorating tips for you. Award-winning New York kitchen designer Karen Williams spilled her secrets in our July/August issue, and she had a couple of bonus tips. Coastal Living: What’s your top pick for kitchen flooring? Karen Williams: I love a wood floor in the kitchen. It’s a […]

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What’s your home office must-have?

  In our second bonus question with designer Jocelyn Chiappone, she shares her key to a pretty and efficient office space.  Coastal Living: What’s your home office must-have? Jocelyn Chiappone: Everyone needs a pretty place to stick notes and reminders. You can make your own by covering a piece of corkboard in fabric and securing it with a decorative nailhead in a Greek key […]

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Symmetry: Yes or no?

  In our first bonus question with designer Jocelyn Chiappone, she shares a design tip for pulled-together living spaces. Coastal Living: Symmetry: Yes or No? Jocelyn Chiappone: Yes, with a twist: Symmetry creates a sense of peace and balance, as well as a sense of grandeur—but symmetrical doesn’t have to mean exactly the same. For example, select different height lamps and side tables […]

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