Designer Q&A

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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What’s a great, low-maintenance water fixture option?

  In our third bonus question with Santa Barbara, CA landscape designer Margie Grace, it’s all about keeping things easy. Coastal Living: Are there any low-maintenance options for water fixtures? Margie Grace: Choose a fountain with only running water visible (pondless with a hidden reservoir underneath it). There’s no standing water to keep clean. See the Q&A with Margie that appeared in our April […]

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How can you make a new garden look well-established?

  In our second bonus Q&A with Santa Barbara, CA landscape designer Margie Grace, she shares an expert gardening trick.   Coastal Living: How can you make a new garden quickly look well-established? Margie Grace: If you want multiples of one kind of plant, buy a few that are mature and put those where they’ll have the most impact while you wait for […]

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What’s one of your favorite trends in outdoor living?

  Every month, we ask one of our favorite coastal designers for his or her top decor tips.  Santa Barbara, CA designer Margie Grace shared her advice in our April issue (see it here!), but had some extra tips to share. Here’s the first in our weekly installment. Coastal Living: What’s one of your favorite trends in outdoor living? Margie Grace: Outdoor showers. There are some absolutely […]

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