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Contributor of “Trend the Magazine”

The Design Lines team is honored to be a contributor of Raleigh’s newest magazine –  “Trend the Magazine.”

We are already preparing for the next issue, so we will keep you posted. Want a copy of the magazine? Let us know and we will send you one in the mail or check out the online version here.

We are on page 14!

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Blogfest 2012: Benjamin Moore’s Color Concepts for 2013

 I LOVE when design inspires us and reaches the highest level of creativity.

While at Blogfest 2012 I heard from John Turner, the Director of Architecture and Design at Benjamin Moore & Co. He had a lot of insight and talked about 5 very specific application “concepts” that we could see with color, which is based off of Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse 2013 report. Here are my notes from his wonderful presentation!

Concept 1. The intersection of color in many creative ways

 Concept 2. The influence by color from the past and how it is “made new” again through various  materials or a term called “up cycling” materials


The designer of this T-shirt chair is Maria Westerberg. Don’t know what to do with your overwelming collection of college t-shirts? Maria created this cool piece of furniture out of old shirts. Maria, thank you for what you do!! You are changing the world.  It is a must – check out her other work.

Concept 3. The use of repurposing materials and rethinking how the material is used.

This house is made out of tires! A company called Earthship is all about creating sustainable design with recycled materials. Now that is AWESOME!  

Or how Paul Cocksedge transforms old records into loud speakers for all of our iphones. They can be purchased for a very reasonable price. 

Concept 4.  The perspective of looking at the world through a child’s eyes

The concept of comic bubbles is growing in popularity, just check out this  China Animation Museum. Designed by a Dutch firm, MVRDV  bubbles are conveyed in a new light. I totally want to visit this place.  Check out more pics of the space.

Concept 5. How we connect with digital technology and our perspective of time


Now husbands can play video games all the time and still help out with household chores at the same time. A video game washer machine by Lee Wei Chen, a Taiwanese graduate student at Kingston University, London. How clever?!! In order to get the clothes clean though you must have pretty good video skills or there goes more coins to continue to load.

Tomorrow we will highlight the specific color trends from John’s presentation. Thank you Kravet and John at Benjamin Moore, I definitely walked away from the talk inspired! Follow John on Twitter – @Colordoc

images: t- shirt chair;  Tire House ; Record;  Laundry Machine ; China Animation Museum

Concept: John Turner – Benjamin Moore

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Spring Inspiration!

Spring is officially here! Break out those Spring colors, dust off the bookshelves, uncover those lounge chairs, and sit back as we bring some beach inspired colors.

Pops of color – especially blue can add dimension and depth to any bookcase. (Top left) These bookcases are perfectly accessorized. When accessorizing your bookcase remember to stack the books horizontally and then put a trinket on them, this gives the eye visual levels and fills up the space within the bookcases.

Need a beach themed iphone case? Be sure to check out these from ShorelyChic. They can be found on Liz’s esty store. (They are are so cute Liz!)

Tight on space this Spring, try hanging our herbs in a door shoe caddy.

Love shells, but do not know how to tastyfull use them throughout the house, accent your fireplace!  


LOVE absolutely love these paints.



Above, our very own color scheme of blues for a project Molly and Brittany are working on at Figure 8.


As designers we are constantly inspired by color. Kravet and Ann Sacks have perfect blue patterns.

Need more inspiration? Follow our beach inspired pictures on our Pinterest page where you will find our “Beach Inspired” board.

images: 1. HGTVvia Pinterest by Emily Henderson  2. ShorelyChic 3. Pinterest 4.  House of Turquoise via Pinterest 5. BHG  6. DLL  8. Ann Sacks  7. 9. 10. Kravet

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DIY: Quick Fixes with Paint that Really Make a Difference!

It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again – paint can completely transform a space!  Take a look at several projects below to see the power of paint.

Red valances on top of red walls just weren’t cutting it in this dining room!  When this family moved into their new home in Cary, I advised them to adjust the wall color to make the room their own.  We selected Benjamin Moore’s Mocha Brown #2107-20 for the walls and removed the valances.  While we kept a dark color on the walls, the room’s wainscotting and the rug’s light background add contrast.

Before, the brick surround was painted, but the hearth was ignored.  And with everything a shade of white, the details disappeared.  Although the ultimate idea is to tile the surround and hearth, for now we painted the brick Sherwin Williams’ Quiver Tan #6157.  The walls also needed depth, and we wanted to highlight the best features of the room.  By going with a deeper color on the walls (Sherwin Williams’ Nomadic Desert #6107) and painting the built-ins white, the fireplace really pops!

Here’s one of my favorite paint transformations.  With their second child on the way, this family needed to turn their guest bedroom into a room for their growing toddler.  Who would have thought that the furniture could look so different!  The red color takes the classic paneled bed and makes it perfect for a young boy.  For a similar look, try Benjamin Moore’s Million Dollar Red #2003-10. 

The nightstands got a paint treatment as well – but going red would have been too much.  A nice coat of white keeps things bright, and changing the hardware really set the tone!  The new knobs are from Anthropologie and can be seen here.  (You can find pictures of the completed space here.)

And his old nursery needed to make way for a new baby brother.  A few changes brought a whole new feel – the bead board and trim were painted blue instead of the walls.  And a bright pop of orange was introduced, see below.

Childs cubby storage painted orange

Paint can be used in many ways.  It can cover a dated finish and make a piece trendy again, add a pop of color, and even determine the mood of a space.  With so many applications, the hardest part is knowing what color to choose.  Let us know if we can help!

– Lauren

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Stark Carpet Introduces Stark Paint

Stark Paint Color Walls

Today Stark Carpet’s Tim Cohen  from the Charlotte Showroom, presented the latest products from Stark at a lunch and learn. Thanks Tim for the lunch! Our favorite new product was Stark’s new paint collection. The palette is full of luscious colors fit for any area of the house!


Stark Paint Ad

Recent buzz about the paint has been in Elle Decor, New York Times and Home & Garden Magazine.

David Oliver Elle Decor

“Colorist David Oliver, designer, author and renowned colors specialist, brings an artistic, aesthetic expertise to designers through his knowledge of historic colors and their application to modern interiors.” Another plus?  The paint is non-toxic with no VOC’s. This paint is perfect for homes with children and pets.

Design Line’s favorites include “Squid Ink,” “Fog,” “Deep Water Garden,” “Foundation,” “Elizabethan Red,” and “Diva.”   

Stark Paint Cans

Images: Stark Facebook Page & Stark Paint

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Father’s Day Series: Colors Men Love

In preparation for this series, this edition inspired by House Beautiful’s feature,  I polled a few of my male friends; “what are your favorite colors? What interior colors do you feel most comfortable in?” I asked.

My Daddy’s favorite has always been a deep green- hunter green. However, Neutral colors were the resounding answer, browns, & warm greys especially.  Think the colors you may find in an old map or portrait- like Picasso’s Portrait of Dora Maar


 CML-White & Black

We have found that men feel comfortable in interiors with schemes featuring the following hues:

Charcoal mixed with Classic Black (even better with stripes)

Design Lines, Ltd. Colors Men Love

Design Lines, Ltd. Colors Men Love 3





Cowboy Boot Brown

Design Lines Game Room

Burnt Orange- this also translates into Copper tones & marries well with medium to dark green tones

CML-Orange & Green

CML-Green & Orange 


Slate Blue


CML-Slate Blue



The other colors men love could happen to do with their local sports team loyalties, as we’ve seen our fair share of requests for NC State/Carolina Hurricanes Red (shown in the “man cave” below)  

 Design Lines, Ltd. Men Media Room

or Carolina Blue

Design Lines Raleigh interior design Boys Bedroom 

What colors do the men in your life, love?


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Lauren’s Favorite Paint Selections for the Summer

As the temperature rises and summer heats up, I like to stay cool indoors! Don’t get me wrong – I love the outdoors, but in this weather, I prefer to surround myself with colors inspired by nature. My favorite colors for the summer are shown below.

I tend to gravitate toward the cool side of the spectrum – particularly the blues and greens. They create environments that are fresh, calming, and relaxing. I used two of my favorite colors in the laundry room at the 2008 ASID Designer Show House. Because the room was so small and featured 10′ ceilings, I used Waterscape on the walls and went one shade darker on the ceiling with Hazel.

My absolute favorite color is green – grass green, apple green, pear green – or Sassy Green, shown below. I used Sherwin William’s Color Selector to visualize my color, which will help you see the personality that the color will bring to your space. I would also recommend buying a quart and painting a test area before doing the whole room.

With colors like these, you will want to balance out the brightness with soothing neutrals like Sherwin Williams’ Accessible Beige or Quiver Tan. I recently painted my powder room in a custom color similar to Quiver Tan, and I love how cozy it makes the small space feel!

Want to see more of our favorite colors? For Brittany’s summer paint selections, click here, and for Ashley’s click here. And if you’d like professional help, we’re here for you.

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Brittany’s Favorite Paint Selections for the Summer of 09

I’ve selected the palette below as my favorite paint colors for this summer’s Color Event


A play on traditional Americana red, white, & blue,
I could see these colors ending up inside or outside of a Loire Valley Chateau,
here perhaps:
Janus Et Cie Bench
bench by Janus et cie
Outside the chateau or your house- I love the idea of eating al fresco with these beautiful table linens or bistro dining chairs (for sale at our studio)
The paint color combination of pale grayish blue, deep red, steamed milk, and a brown so dark its almost black becomes more invigorating when energetic stripes are added in-
Chocolate and Cream Striped beach umbrellas are to me the equivalent of summer on a stick.

Mariette Hines Gomez Photography- Umbrellas

The gorgeous photograph above is from the Mariette Hines Gomez collection for Soicher Marin

What colors make you think of summer?

See Ashley’s summer selections: here

P.S. I’ve selected these paint colors from Sherwin Williams, be sure to check out some of their color resources: like the cool ColorSnap app for your iPhone

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Ashley’s Favorite Paint Selections For The Summer Of 2009

Are you ready to refresh your house with new paint colors?
What should go hand and hand with Spring Cleaning is updating a few of your paint colors in the house.
What a great feeling to have a fresh new kitchen color, or dine with your friends in a new dining room atmosphere!
With a few new window treatments and great accent pillows to go along with the new paint color, you can have a fresh look that will last you through the summer and into the winter.

Here are my favorites that are sure to brighten up your day:

(These are all from Benjamin Moore Paints, http://www.benjaminmoore.com/)

Not only do these colors really appeal to any application they seem to carry a summer, winter, fall, and spring feeling.

I could see the blue’s in an office to create a relax and calming environment. The green’s go great where there is a view out to your yard. They complement the green grass and beautiful flowers in full bloom.

Not only can you fine refreshing paint colors but fabrics that can be used as new window treatments or new throw pillows on your lovely couch.

Fabrics from Cowtan and Tout, http://www.cowtan.com/

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Orange you glad I posted this paint color transformation?

Our clients & friends, the Cummings family, recently painted their dining room a delectable orange color from Benjamin Moore after the installation of some lovely wallpaper we specified from Schumacher. I thought I’d share some before & after photos of the exciting process.



For those of you last minute shoppers out there- consider a paint consultation from Design Lines as a gift for your loved one. A paint color can change your space dramatically & breathe new life for the New Year into your home or office.
Please comment on this post…I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on their
beautifully transformed space. Simply click on the blog’s title or the pencil
below & post comments.

P.S Special thanks to the Cummings
for allowing me to post these images, I especially adore the wreath hanging in
the chandelier above the table.

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