Sometimes the simplest changes have a bold, noticeable impact. And, as summer prepares to fold over into autumn, many of us are thinking of subtle upgrades we can make to our living space to refresh and invigorate them. To help guide us on our way, we turned to interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper, of LCH Designs. She may be based in New York (with stints at prestigious firm Richard Keith Langham and freelance work for Savannah College of Art & Design in Lacoste, France and Dorothy Draper & Co., Inc.), but the Cartersville, Georgia-born designer regularly takes on projects in the South, creating inviting home spaces in Charlotte, Palm Beach and Savannah.
For Lindsey, the magic of any room can be in the smallest elements. “I really try to finish each and every room down to the last detail,” she says. “This means I am always on the hunt for fun, interesting art and quirky accessories. For me it’s all in the details.” Here, she shares some of her best – simple – tips to upgrade two of your most-used rooms: your living room and dining room.
Warm Up. Add a beautifully hued cashmere or sumptuous wool throw over the back of your sofa or club chairs.
Soften. Incorporate fresh pattern and texture by having some new pillows made for your sofa and chairs. You will be amazed how different your living room sofa will look with new pillows.
Accessorize. Update your accessories. Reposition the items on your cocktail and side tables. Restyle your shelves by editing, re-arranging, and incorporating new items. Edit, get rid of anything that is an eyesore or that just doesn’t look great anymore.
Greenery. The simplest seasonal tip is to bring the outdoors in. Bring in fresh seasonal flowers and or potted plants.
Layer. Treat yourself to some new linens. Layer printed fabric napkins with solid napkins. This is a very easy, yet very noticeable update.
Technicolor. Spruce up your table setting with colored glass. Mix them with your clear glasses for a fun and festive dinner party.
Charge Ahead. Add new chargers that would work beautifully with your existing china. Woven dark rattan chargers are great for the fall. Wicker is great for the spring/summer. For the holidays try a beautiful colored-banded edge.