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A Bold New Hue

Interior Design and Inspirational Blog By Owner and Designer, Carissa Henderson


When I was reached out by Carpet One Floor & Home with a challenge of creating a mood board inspired by Retro Futuristic design, using their own carpet samples, I immediately was like, OH HELL YEAH. Retro Futuristic is pretty much my love language, and any chance for me to create an imaginary dream room with unique flooring is always a GO.

In July, I received a big ol' box from Carpet One Floor & Home filled with flooring samples (I didn't know the style samples until I received the box!), extra goodies to help with creating a mood board, and a $50 gift card to add the special touches I needed to bring my own design ideas and style to life in my board, such as wallpaper, paint samples, etc.

Spoiler - I did also use items that I already owned because I'm a maximalist, and a maximalist mood board require LOTS OF STUFF.


I was given two carpet, one hardwood, and one vinyl sample. The blue carpet and the hardwood samples were my immediate favorites, but all were really beautiful!

From left to right:

  1. Rhythm of Life in Blue Wash

  2. Patriot Ridge - Oak Hardwood

  3. Point of Distinction - Sunflower

  4. Ralston Creek- Midtown Luxury Vinyl


Since this mood board was going to be a flat lay with real objects, I wanted to create a rough plan in advance to work out some of my ideas and figure out what extra items I needed! BTW - I always use Canva to create my mood boards, if you ever wanted to know!

To me, Retro Futuristic (which is forecasted by Carpet One Floor & Home to be the next big trend in interiors), is creating a combo of the structural, straight line elements of Modern design with the warmth, softness, and depth of Retro styling. This means pairing a statement, structural, geometric piece of furniture, with curvy furniture pieces, lots of cozy layering, and traditional details such as moulding as well as a blend of organic, natural elements that can be present in BOTH worlds.

Board 1 Concept: Modern Luxe Femme Dining Room

The Rhythm of Life carpet sample really gave me the feeling of luxe glam when I first saw it, so I wanted to capitalize on that vibe while also incorporating the structural and abstract pieces to ground the space in the futuristic modern. Because of the emphasis on natural textures in the retro futuristic trend, I incorporated lots of touches of wood around the room, including in the chandelier, which really helps tone down the luxe glam vibe of the space. I was also incredibly inspired by this fantastic, modern geometric table from CB2 and this soft but abstract modern floral wallpaper by Drop it Modern!

Board 2 Concept: Earthy Abstract Living Room

To me, the sunflower yellow of the Point of Distinction sample really brought me into the world of the 70's, with rich and warm colors, dark woods, and organic prints. I also envisioned this space with extra cane textures to be incorporated in either furniture, accessories, or even as an interesting Japanese partition screen! I fell in love with the colors and large leafy patterns of the Belarte Studio wallpaper, which I felt was important to pair with the small dotted pattern of the carpet, for a nice contrast without feeling too busy! To bring this back in the modern world, I focused on modern terrazzo tile touches, harsh, straight lined chairs, and an abstract, structural chandelier!


Using a neutral background on the floor (as you can see in the picture..pretend you didn't see the awkward foot pic...), we started placing objects, creating a stop motion video along the way for the ol' Instagram. The most important thing for me with the boards was maintaining a sense of balance with textures, colors, and object placement.

Here you can see our beautiful set up with the light kit and tripod right in my living room. We are real fancy here.


Modern Luxe Femme Dining:

- Carpet: Rhythm of Life in Blue Wash

- Wood: Patriot Ridge - Oak Hardwood

- Marble Plate: Amazon

- Tanner Chandelier: Anthropologie

- Tired Woman Painting: Etsy

- Goetz Dining Table: Cb2

- Cabinet Pull: Etsy

- Tempest Wallpaper: Drop it Modern

- Orleans Chocolate Bench: Cb2

- Japandi Dining Chair: Homary

- Candle Stick: Cb2

- Sutton Stripe Swatch: Laurel & Blush

- Paint Swatch Book: Benjamin Moore

- Swatches: West Elm and Joybird

Earthy Abstract Living Room:

- Carpet: Point of Distinction - Sunflower - Ralston Creek- Midtown Luxury Vinyl

- Terrazzo Blush Tile: Riad Tile

- Rattan Tray: Amazon

- Surreal Woman Art: BIG wall Decor

- Structural Candle Stick: Amazon

- Vermilion Paint: Behr

- Diamond Weave Paint: Valspar

- Petals Chandelier: Anthropologie

- Eclectic Art Wallpaper: BelarteSTUDIO

- Vivienne Sofa: Soho Home

- Pottery Wall Inspo: Arch Digest

- The JMF Chair: Forsyth

- Half Moon Pulls: Amazon

- Fabric Swatches: Joybird and West Elm

- Made for Living Book: Amber Lewis

- Sand & Fog Candle

Watch the full stop motion video below to see these come to life from opening the box to the final boards!

I've definitely been inspired by carpet recently, and the trend is only getting stronger!

Carpet is going back to its glory days of being a statement piece in the home. It adds so much more interest to a space, and truly makes it feel special, interesting, and DESIGNED.

Would you incorporate this trend into your own home??

Check out more of Carpet One Floor & Home's stellar carpet and other flooring options HERE!

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Are you itching to give your home a fresh new look without breaking the bank? Look no further! In this blog post we will explore 4 budget-friendly do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that are not only affordable but also deliver eye-catching results. From transforming pieces with paint to creating your own headboard, these DIYs are worth the effort and will leave your home looking fabulous without emptying your wallet!

  1. Upgrade old hardware with spray paint!

This is probably one of my favorite hacks that I incorporate in almost every project. Whether you have old hardware that you want to update, or if you find cheap hardware that you love but it isn't the right color, spray paint will be a GAME CHANGER!

As long as you do a nice sanding, priming (when needed) and buy spray paint that works for the material that you are spraying, the world is at your finger tips! Change your kitchen hardware to look like a modern brass or black, or even spray paint an old light fixture to be hot pink! Here are couple of examples from my OWN projects:

Spray painted piping:

Spray painted drawer pulls:

Spray Painted trash can coffee table legs:

Spray Painted Ikea Light Fixtures:

2. Paint your own headboard!

Statement headboards are all the rage, especially ones that are geometric shape cut outs! But sometimes, even DIY'ing a real upholstered headboard can be more expensive than what you are wanting to spend. So what is the solution? PAINT IT ON THE WALL. It will still create such a statement and you can get really creative with the style and size! Plus, if you get tired of it and want something new, just simply paint over it!

Make an arch:

Check out this DIY from June Motel to make a simple painted arch headboard!

Make a squiggle:

The squiggle headboard is going to be EVERYWHERE, and can easily be painted instead of upholstered! Use this tutorial from Boho Frisco to help with painting squiggles

Go dimensional:

Use some crafty color blocking to create a dimensional, geometric headboard back drop!

Paint scallops:

Use the same method for painting arches and squiggles to make your dream scalloped headboard! Stack them like below for a more deco vibe, or make a straight line of scallops for a more simple, playful and modern vibe!

3. Create a modern fluted wall with painted Corrugated PVC or Metal Panel Sheets!

Fluted walls are amazing, but doing large walls with half round wood panels can add up REAL fast. Using corrugated plastic panels can be SO much more cost effective, and give a really cool effect. Plus, it takes way less time to install! Typically this is used for roofing, but as you can see, it can be used on the wall as well! Use this tutorial for sheeting to help guide you in the process! (Remember you can always paint these sheets to remove that rustic vibe and make it modern and fun like below!

Create a painted statement wall:

Add texture to a kitchen island:

4. Update a bookshelf with Hardboard sheets to create arched face plates!

One of the biggest trends right now is arched built-in bookcases. This look is SO luxe, but can be surprisingly affordable with the right materials. Check out this video tutorial to see how this couple transformed their Billy Bookcases into Arch built-ins!

Create your own arch built-ins with Ikea bookcases:

Make a creative Isobel shelf dupe with just a faceplate:

Inspired Yet?

Embarking on affordable DIY projects doesn't mean compromising on quality or style. With a little time, effort, and creativity, you can transform your home into a beautiful and personalized space without draining your bank account. Whether it's repurposing old furniture, adding a splash of paint, or thinking outside of the box, these budget-friendly DIY projects will truly make your space SING and will make your home feel like a brand-new haven. So roll up your sleeves, grab your tools, and start transforming your space today!

Want to transform your space but don't know how to make it happen on your own? Check out my design services HERE to see how I can help create your dream home in 2023!

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Are you tired of staring at the same old drab decor in your home? Ready to spice things up and create a space that's as fun and vibrant as you are? Then buckle up, because I've got the inside scoop on the hottest home design trends taking over in 2023!

From bold colors and patterns to structural statement pieces and multi-functional spaces, this year's design trends are all about breaking the mold and embracing your unique style.

In this post, we'll take a closer look at the top 5 home design trends for 2023 that are sure to make your space stand out from the crowd. So grab your favorite design magazine and get ready to take notes, because you won't want to miss these exciting new trends!

Need help bringing these trends to life in your own home transformation? Check out my design services HERE and see how I can create your inspiring dream home NOW!

1. Multi-Functional Spaces:

With more people working from home and the increase in housing prices, multi-functional spaces are becoming a must. From home offices that double as guest rooms to living rooms that convert into home theaters, an emphasis getting creative with maximizing your space is taking a strong hold on the industry!

Convert recessed walls into a built-in desk or storage seating area, like in my 70's Barbie Dream House Makeover:

Convert an open room into a multi-use living space by simply adding ceiling mounted curtain dividers, like in my colorful Airbnb Makeover:

Keep your room open, but have privacy when needed! Plus drapery offers really gorgeous opportunities for texture and color pops!

Create an office AND guest bedroom by using a concealed Murphy bed like this genius home office by Lisa & Leroy

2. Sculptural Statement Pieces

Maximalism is having a moment, and with that, adding more daring statement pieces into your home is going to be huge! Sculptural lighting fixtures like chandeliers and and wall sconces are becoming increasingly popular, as well as abstract shaped rugs, unique seating, and abstract statues! They add a focal point to any room and make for a great conversation starter.

Incorporate abstract molded tables to ground the room:

Seating with tubular and structural elements will instantly upgrade your room for 2023:

Take more daring risks with oversized and structural lighting, even in smaller spaces:

3. Traditional Meets Modern

With the rise of the "Millennial Grandma" aesthetic over the last couple of years, design is leaning towards cozy textures and warm traditional vintage pieces mixed with more modern and current trends. The look is absolutely stunning, and creates a much cozier and lived in environment compared to the stale MCM or minimalist trend that we saw in times past.

Incorporate modern furniture with traditional or vintage accessories:

Incorporate interesting traditional or vintage furniture pieces with modern prints:

Luxe and traditional printed flooring with warm, modern furniture (texture, texture texture!):

4. Warm, Dark, Bold Color Palettes

With the rise of maximalism and incorporating warmth into the design aesthetic, more intense color palettes, featuring darker and saturated tones are going to be on the rise! Think warm red or berry tones, moody sages, copper, and pops of more intense colors, like cobalt!

Incorporate bold color pops with darker walls:

Bring warmth into your ceilings:

Drench your walls in an elevated brown:

5. Pattern on Pattern on Pattern

2023 is all about being expressive and daring in your design choices. This means that busy is back, and basic is out. Don't be afraid to mix a whole collage of patterns together, busier might just be better this time! This aesthetic isn't for everyone, but it is definitely going to continue to make an impact as we go forward this year, especially with the rise of designers like Dani Dazey who have made this a staple of their design aesthetic.

Mix patterned tile with colorful wallpaper:

Contrast a ceiling wallpaper with wallpaper on your walls:

Match pillows to patterned furniture:

Inspired Yet?

From bold and colorful patterns to unique and unconventional furniture choices, the top trends of this year have truly been a feast for the eyes. But let's not forget the most important thing of all: interior design is supposed to be fun and what YOU love!

So, as you embark on your own interior design journey, don't be afraid to let loose and have a little fun with your choices. Maybe you want to experiment with neon lights, or cover your walls in polka dots. Whatever your personal style may be, there's always room for a little bit of whimsy and imagination in the world of interior design.

So, go ahead and let your creativity run wild!

Want to transform your space but don't know how to make it happen on your own? Check out my design services HERE to see how I can help create your dream home in 2023!

Want more colorful design inspiration? Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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