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A Fashion Forecast for Walls

This interior decor piece originally appeared in the Summer 2017 print issue of Paprika Southern. This issue is now sold out, but for more features on interior decor, fashion, natural beauty, southern artists, and much more, order our current issue or become a subscriber.

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A Fashion Forecast for Walls

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Homes featured: Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Showhouse 2017 / Home of Jessica O’Neill / Home of Julie Harelson / Home of Tracy Rose

Interior design is akin to fashion in that sometimes you feel you have it all figured out, then the trends shift a little, and you’re standing looking at your wardrobe, or your living room, thinking that you may need a change to keep it fresh. When this happens, updating just a few elements can give rooms new energy. If you are considering revising your interiors this summer, begin with your walls! Good looks in paint and wallpaper that are sure to make your home’s style au courant are easy to incorporate.

So much in our world pushes color and design trends one way or another. Our mood created by global events, reactions to previously fashionable looks, the popularity of the hue of a starlet’s awards show gown, and the predications made by forecasting organizations in the design world can all play into what we collectively feel to be in style. In the end, one should create interiors to reflect their own sense of chic. Figuring out how to incorporate design trends so they are still true to one’s authentic style is a task worth completing. 

Since walls are inclined to be the largest surface area of all of a room’s design elements, changing them can produce maximum impact to the mood of a room. Wallpaper can be more of an investment and may require professional installation, while paint is inexpensive and ranks as the easiest do-it-yourself project around. Both paint and wallpaper can help accomplish different objectives, so each should be considered according to a project’s design needs. Researching available products and testing colors and patterns out in their space before making a decision is key.  Current looks are fresh and clean, as well as bold and commanding. Summer is the perfect time to recharge your home with a few of the following wall trends.

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White Out

In recent years, more and more spaces have been painted all white. Once considered an unimaginative, go-to color for rentals and spec homes, white is now a backdrop for clean and sophisticated interiors. Decorators are using single shades of the brightest white, barely-there pastels and the lightest neutrals throughout entire homes. All of these colors allow for an interior’s contents and decorative elements to take center stage, usually with some eye-catching contrast. Unlike murky, mid-tone colors of ten years ago, white walls lend a crispness that allows furniture, textiles and artwork to pop. 

And, of course, not all white is white. The quest for the perfect white paint color begins in remembering that a paint can seem pure white, but there are colorants present that will drive its appearance. Being surprised (pleasantly or unpleasantly) by a pink, blue or yellow undertone to your white color can lead to mistakes in other décor purchases. Be sure to buy a sample of the paint and apply it either to the wall or to a piece of poster board to tape to the wall. It is important to observe the color at all times of day and in different light, for several days before making a final selection. 

In addition to pure whites, paint with only a tinge of a pastel color are popular. These can allow for a specific color to be present while retaining the distinction between a room’s decorative elements and wall color. One of the darlings of pastel paint colors recently has been blush pink, along with lightly hued aqua and soft orchid purple. Neutral colors nowadays bend towards taupe and gray, but there are warm versions of both, so don’t abandon an existing warm palette just to update a space. People are finding that living with a white, light pastel or a pale neutral throughout all or most of their rooms offers a cohesive simplicity. This is a streamlined approach to the wall color of an entire home and makes for visual ease and flexibility in décor. 

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Into the Dark

In an about-face from white paint, it has also been popular lately to shake things up with a moody, dark hue. Deep navy, evergreen, chestnut, eggplant and even black have become popular wall color choices for creating rooms that are both dramatic and cozy. Just like with white paint, contrast between décor and the walls makes for an appealing energy with dark paint. However, dark paint colors often are kept to one or two spaces in a home. While the consideration of dark paint may cause worry for it becoming a dreary space, remember that dark rooms can enrobe and even feel cozy. In some homes many of the spaces share an open plan, so a single, lighter paint can be better there, but in isolated dens, bedrooms or bathrooms, a dark wall color can feel rich, like the interior of a jewel box.

Dark putty browns and taupes lend a natural warmth to a room. Purple charcoals and navy blues create a feeling of opulent infinity, recalling a night sky. And, black walls can provide pure drama and definition in a room’s design. All of these colors let architectural elements such as white painted moldings stand out. When selecting colors in the darkest range, there are a few things to remember. Dark paint is a commitment. It takes many coats to achieve the richness and saturation of the paint chip, so know that it’s a longer painting process. Test the color on a wall or poster board in your space and research online how it looks in a room. Pinterest offers a wealth of images for paint color research. 

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Wallpaper for the Win

Over the past decade or so, it was difficult to find much wallpaper product on the market. When it became unfashionable to use busy papers and kitschy borders, painted walls were favored for decorating fashionable homes. But now wallpaper is back in a big way. Images of walls covered in eye-catching patterns are everywhere in shelter magazines and on social media. Unlike wall-covering application of years past, the current tend is mostly limited to just a few rooms of a home or only accent walls and ceilings. 

Fresh patterns range from hip geometrics, marbled designs, overscale florals, tie-dyed and ombré looks, juicy tropicals, as well as printed grasscloths. Recently, accent applications have been noted in powder baths, the backs of bookshelves, ceilings and accent walls. For sourcing nowadays, the world is your oyster. Online and brick and mortar retailers, as well as interior designers, can help you procure your perfect wallpaper. Also, print-on-demand services have emerged online, which allows people to design and print their own wall-coverings.

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The Fifth Wall

Lastly, a wall trend that has everyone looking up is ceilings that are anything but plain. The departure from the standard white painted ceiling to a tinted paint color or wallpaper design has opened up a huge design opportunity. Lowcountry residents achieve a regional look often by incorporating their own version of “haint blue” on porch ceilings and even on the ceilings of their interior spaces. Pale blue is always refreshing and evokes the feeling of a wide-open sky. 

Other options for popular ceiling considerations are a pale color that repeats something used in a room already (top left, as seen in the CSOL 2017 Designer Showhouse). This could be a pale salmon pink ceiling to pick up the color of coral pillows on a sofa. Often when a neutral is chosen for walls, a slightly lighter version of that neutral can be mixed and applied to the ceilings. Consider that ceiling paint will have a cast down on the room. Color on ceilings is a very powerful way to establish a specific style.

If a single color on a ceiling seems intriguing, wallpaper can take it to the next level (as seen bottom left in the CSOL 2017 Designer Showhouse). This method of injecting pattern in a room has been in style intermittently; now it’s a hot trend again. Here, the ceiling can be considered an accent “wall” to drive the design of the room towards a desired look. This is an ambitious project, but one with impactful results. Be aware that this project will take extensive planning. Be sure to have all correlating design features worked out before embarking on your wallpapered ceiling installation. (An installation, by the way, that may best be left up to a professional!)

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Get the Look: Southern Spring Interiors

In the Spring 2019 issue of Paprika Southern, contributor Stephanie Tallevast shared strategies for injecting color into interiors after a long winter. To help you re-create some of the interiors looks we shared, Stephanie has compiled some home accessories to get you started. If you’re dreaming of colorful home decor this season, just choose a look, and away we go!

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Get the Look

Southern Spring Interiors

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Emily McCarthy’s Convivial Porch

Focus on neutral big-ticket items in black and white, add natural materials such as sisal and bamboo and finish with a flourish of brights such as emerald green and sunny yellow to entertain with style.

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Deco Palm Green Throw Pillow / Palm Beach Tray / Olin Black Striped Dhurrie Rug / Seagrass Wrapped Pitcher

Susan Mason’s Vivid Drawing Room

High drama will follow when complimentary colors of plum and goldenrod are layered with metallic gold. Collected items look rich against deep walls and striking textiles with strong color contrast.

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Metallic Gold Lampshade / Benjamin Moore Blackberry Wine / Gold Vintage Persian Rug / 19th Century Minton Majolica Garden Stool

Tressa & Steve Kelly’s Charming Guest Room

Nothing says “welcome” like a bright and cheerful guest quarters decked in bright colors. Try deep peacock blue along with accents of its complimentary color, orange, and highlights of apple green.

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Crestview Collection Raleigh Owl Orange Table Lamp / Original Painting by Bellamy Murphy / Stacy Ellis Design Mexican Blanket Pillow Cover

Becky Prescott’s Mid-Century Kitchen

Dish out a daily offering of made-from-scratch delights and some fun-loving spirit with mid-century colors of lemon yellow, aqua, and poodle pink.

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Mary Sunshine Diner Chair / Alice & Pearl Oven Mitt / Glidden Powder Pink / Wilsonart Countertop Laminate in Retro Mint

Tim Woods’ Art-Focused Home

Let natural materials such as wood and leather set the stage for spotlighting colorful artwork and collections.

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Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair / Women of Abstract Expressionism Coffee Table Book / Modern Nature Cork Wallpaper, White and Gold

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The Spring 2019 issue of Paprika Southern is an explosion of seasonal inspiration. We’re sharing an in-depth interview with photographic artist Ansley West Rivers, whimsical and colorful spring fashion, farm fresh recipe inspiration, a photo story on the ASI Tea Company featuring the Southeastern yaupon tree, our guide on incorporating spring color into your interiors, and much more.

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Fall Forward: Mid-Century Inspired Home Styling

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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature in print, plus fashion inspired by academia, a fall dessert buffet, dark and moody wedding inspiration, and much more, order your copy of the Fall 2017 issue of Paprika Southern today.

Fall Forward

Mid-Century Inspired Home Styling

Written and Styled by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Furniture and Accessories provided by Clutter, West Elm / Special Thanks: Cohen's Retreat

Autumn calls for a shift in mood for our interiors, even if the Lowcountry is fickle to exhibit the crisp and cool weather ideal to the season.  Including some cozy elements and fun mid-century touches, as well as accentuating existing items, can poise a home for all the activity to come. 

The fall season fosters entertaining at home. Adding simple and functional furnishings to spaces can make time hosting friends and family relaxed. Search out vintage items such as a Danish modern cabinet to double as storage for bar items and as a display surface for food and beverage presentation. A couple of vintage metal frame accent chairs add chic to a room, and also provide easy-to-move seating when needed. Other mid-century touches can lend not only a clean and functional element to interiors, but also a sophisticated vibe. Geometric shaped vases and accessories, woven throws, textural pillows and sculptural-looking plants can help to inject a fun and streamlined vibe. Incorporating abstract paintings, (which happen to be very popular and accessible at the moment), with texture such as drips or palette-knife work help to energize a space.

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Styling fall entertaining presentations with a selection of familiar serving items, merged with a few purchased pieces that reflect the present mood, will welcome guests with an appreciated ease. An honest tablescape of well-worn serveware and linens makes entertaining heartfelt. The punctuation brought by a few contemporary items adds interest. Natural, autumnal elements such as apples  or fall herbs are inexpensive and take literally minutes to arrange, but lend glorious fall color to any tablescape. 

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Hors d'oeuvres created from vintage cookbook recipes are thoughtful conversation-starters and the cookbooks themselves make lovely decorative elements in the kitchen. When short on time, a few cheeses placed on vintage serving pieces are a wonderful presentation. Offering a batch of martinis, served in vintage stemware such as cordial glasses, is an easy way to bring some mid-century glam to any game night or football viewing party this fall. 

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Put function first when tweaking interior spaces for the season! A foyer or back entry can display the style of an entire home and can provide ease in everyday use. As the weather changes, a free standing coat rack can stow jackets and scarves. Locating a bench by the door to change out of wet boots is always appreciated. Reading on cool nights is even better in a comfortable chair situated fire-side. None of these furnishings need be ho-hum or predictable. Home decor retailers have created affordable and modern forms for such pieces, making it possible to have function and beauty in every corner of a home. 

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Darker colors and richer textures drive home the exciting feeling of autumn in a room. Don’t be afraid to explore unexpected color combinations such as navy against black to get a moody feeling next to warm wood furnishings. Textured fabrics, such as a patterned bouclé, are the perfect pop against a solid background. With the luxurious feel and color saturation of upholstery fabrics such as velvets, colorful accents brought into a room through accessories and art begin to sing. A brightly glazed lamp, a mid-century ceramic piece or even a stack of vintage books looks great alongside rich textiles. With just a few new additions, an interior can reflect a refreshed ambiance, ready for the charm of fall.

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Vintage metal and leather accent chairs, teak Danish modern cabinet, tiered metal accent table, lamp: Clutter

Vintage Persian runner: eBay

Octagonal mirror, throw pillow, wire candle holder, brass-tone vase: Homegoods

Woven throw, throw pillows: TJ Maxx

Mid-century Coat Tree, Celine Bench, Carlo Mid-century Chair: West Elm

Abstract oil painting by Rebecca Brashear: Private collection

Throw pillows: FLOY

Side table: Katy Skelton via West Elm

Landscape painting: Jami Ganem

Still life painting: Artist unknown, Two Women and a Warehouse

A Collection Converges in Savannah: Southern Coastal Apartment Tour

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature, order your copy of our Fall 2016 issue.

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Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

The downtown apartment of Alison Seeger tells the tale of a lady rooted in two cities, and how the current chapter of her story has written Savannah as her home. Her interiors have an inviting atmosphere encompassing qualities of their Savannah Historic District setting, their eclectic décor and their gracious owner. Alison has furnished her home with a fetching blend of collected antiques, textiles, and art. Of course, fresh-feeling slipcovered furnishings, signature to her style and an exemplification of her business, Alison Seeger Slipcovers, make up a significant part of her design point-of-view. 

Alison recently moved from a smaller Savannah apartment, which she occupied part-time, in her building to her current larger space, right down the hall. For a few years, she has lived in both her hometown of Covington, Louisiana and Savannah, Georgia creating custom-tailored slipcovers for clients in both places. So, for a while, the smaller apartment was the perfect fit as a part-time home. But as her business grew in Savannah, and as Alison was more and more drawn in by The Hostess City, she felt that making Savannah a more permanent home base was right for her. And, when the bigger digs became available, she snapped up the space. Savannah became her official full-time address when she sold her house in Louisiana.

Once the larger apartment was hers, Alison went to work layering a graceful mix of the treasures she has collected over the years. In addition to once living in Covington, she also spent time living in downtown New Orleans, and has collected enchanting pieces along the way from both places. In the past few years, she has added to her collection from Savannah sources. She has unearthed special furnishings from local stores such as Clutter and Sherry’s Honeypot Fabrics. Alison notes, “If you buy what you love, it will work with everything you already own.”

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Bringing Home Southern Style

This post was originally published on paprikasouthern.com on November 27, 2017.

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

The Southern Style Now Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home Magazine is alive with inspiration for chic interiors. This project is much like a well-styled, modern, Southern woman: beautifully striking and timeless, without being forced. If you have not had the occasion to take the showhouse in, it is open through December 8 and proceeds benefit The Historic Savannah Foundation (visit traditionalhome.com/SouthernStyleNowShowhouse for ticket information).

The collaborative efforts of top-notch designers, artisans, industry partners and artists yielded a sumptuous and indulgent sampling of what is a most timely reflection of Southern design sensibility and vernacular. With such a heart-skipping display of interior design by a trove of gifted creatives, one may leave their tour inspired, yet bewildered as to the translation of these concepts for their own spaces. 

Follow along below for six concepts spotted at the showhouse that can easily be incorporated into any décor…


Wall Covering

Notable wallcovering throughout the showhouse underscores the wave of wallpaper resurgence. From the unforgettable Gracie scenic panels in the parlor (try Mary McDonald's Chinois Palais for F. Schumacher Co. as an affordable way to get the look), to Sally King Benedict's custom- designed and printed grasscloth adorning the hallway and top floor landing (design and print your own through The Detroit Wallpaper Company), the pattern and texture of wallcovering zings throughout the house. 

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Abstract Art
Art of all genres packs the showhouse, but abstract paintings are especially prevalent. Starting in one end of the spectrum is Savannah’s Jessica O’ Neill, who depicts moss-draped trees in her painting in the parlor-level kitchen, which exhibits bold brush strokes. Other paintings go to complete abstraction, such as the moody, color-drenched canvas by William McLure in the Parlor. Works throughout the showhouse exemplify the abstract art trend in contemporary décor. Discover artists you love on Instagram or on Etsy to incorporate powerful abstract art into your interiors.

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Painted Floors

Designers Meredith Ellis, Betsy Berry, Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas all incorporated painted floors into their Southern Style Now Showhouse room designs. From patterned grid to drip paint designs, these painted floors gave an extraordinary finish to each interior. To seek out how to DIY such a project, research on You Tube or Pinterest for step-by-step project details.

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Three-Dimensional Wall Decor
If you want to capture the moxie of a showhouse designer, try hanging something three dimensional on your walls. Michelle Nussbaumer took her blue and white display one step further in the Entry Foyer by layering wall shelves of porcelain vases against her blue and white floral wall paper. Savannah designer Mary Jo Bochner hung antique wooden vessels and other artifacts on the walls of her bathroom design, giving a well-worn patina to the room. To get the look, shop for well-priced wall display shelves and spray them a bright color before hanging and styling or simply postion something like a ceramic platter on a wall for dramatic effect.

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Outdoor Luxe

Not one, but two, outdoor spaces rounded out the living areas of the Southern Style Now Showhouse, and both were heavy on luxury. Featuring outdoor rugs, pillows and accessories, each space feels like a fully-designed interior room. Linda Eyles took on the Rooftop Garden and Summer Loftin designed the Courtyard. Each space had its own charm and character by the incorporation of unexpected furnishings and accessories for outdoor. One way to achieve a luxurious outdoor space is to collect items from different sources and never buy outdoor furniture all in one suite. Don’t forget to include something unexpected. Summer Loftin added dramatic mirrors to her Courtyard space.

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Painted and Papered Ceilings 

The fifth wall provided a great opportunity for designers to bring in one more pattern or color with wallpaper or paint. Denise McGaha’s Garden Level Living Room is no wallflower with its chic pink and green lily pad pattern wallpaper on the ceiling. Lisa Mende brings her pale blue cabinet color to the ceiling and finishes it off with a flourish of a painted star medallion at the base of the room’s contemporary light fixture. If you are not as bold as Denise as to use a huge pattern on your ceiling, start with a clue from Lisa and pick one element in a room and lift that color, or a form of it, up onto your ceiling.

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