10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms

Inspiration for design and decor can be found all around you, but some of my personal favorite sources are restaurant and shops. Designers for commercial retail spaces spend a lot of time and effort creating environments that will draw specific reactions from their guests. They want it to be an experience for them, because when you feel good in your environment, you’re much more likely to embrace their product and feel inspired to spend money.

You can take advantage of this by going to some of your favorite shops and restaurants and asking yourself what it is about those places that makes you feel so good. Is it the color? Lighting? Use of texture and pattern? Look around and really make it a point to notice the details of your favorite store design. Take photos of  certain aspects in the design that inspire you the most.

Here are 10 inspiring examples of store design that really nailed the concept of bringing you into their story and making you feel like you are someplace special.

Store Design Inspiration

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA stunning mirrored chandelier bounces the light in the Dash boutique on Melrose for a glamorous effect.
Source: My Domaine

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comBig floral wallpaper at the Alannah Hill Emporium makes a bold, feminine statement.
Source: Travis Walton Architecture

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe Dior boutique in Paris shows how you can mix industrial, metal elements with softer florals to create a dynamic contrast.
Source: Marie Claire

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comHow charming are the clothing racks made from branches in this adorable, rustic shop called Beautiful Dreamers?
Source: Refinery29

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comKate Spade in New York City mixes vibrant colors like pink and orange with classic black and white stripes.
Source: Made By Girl

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comJo Malone London goes for a classic look of black and white with clean lines and dark floors.
Source: The Beauty Shortlist

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comSHUGAA, a dessert bar in Bangkok, Thailand, does pastels perfectly. Check out that incredible staircase surrounded by glass block.
Source: The Contemporist

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comChristies Boutique in Poland mixes cottage-style, whitewashed wood with the more contemporary tiled accent wall in floral shapes.
Source: Retail Design Blog

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comHow incredible is the wood ceiling in KwaZulu-Natal’s Kloof? It contrasts beautifully with the polished floor.
Source: Visi

10 Inspiring Store Interiors and Showrooms | HomeandEventStyling.comWeddington Way in San Francisco is feminine, yet cozy. The wood floors bring the warmth while delicate curtains and a glass bubble chandelier are more whimsical and soft.
Source: My Domaine

What are some of your favorite store interiors and showrooms?

Warm regards,
Megan

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating

There are so many ways to decorate an outdoor space. You can get just as creative with it as an interior space and work with nature to create something truly spectacular. One of my favorite looks that has been gaining popularity lately is sunken outdoor seating.

Sunken seating is when a seating area is built into the ground and requires you to step down into it to reach it. This arrangement is great for a variety of reasons:

  1. It gives you extra privacy because you’ll be sitting below ground level, creating a more intimate and cozy atmosphere.
  2. It doesn’t disrupt the view from the house. While regular, ground-level furniture will get in the way of the view from the house windows, sunken seating will allow you to see right over it.
  3. It is harmonious with the landscape and can be made to look like it is a part of it.

Besides all of these practical advantages, sunken outdoor seating can also look beautiful and stylish depending on the materials and shapes that you choose. It’s very versatile, suiting everything from a rustic landscape to a more modern, minimalist one.

Here are some great examples to inspire you.

Sunken Outdoor Seating Ideas

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThis beautiful sunken seating area looks like it is floating in the pool.
Source: Jonn Coolidge Interiors

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comA small but cozy sunken seating area features a modern firepit and fits right into the landscape.
Source: AD Design File

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken nature of this seating area creates more privacy in this urban garden.
Source: Disc Interiors via Decor Pad

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe charcoal seating and accent wall create a dynamic contrast with the green hedges.
Source: HGTV

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can climb right into this sunken seating area after a dip in the infinity pool.
Source: Conrad Hotels

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThere is something so cozy about stepping down into this firepit area after enjoying dinner on the patio.
Source: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe curvature and landscaping made this sunken seating area look so natural.
Source: Luxe

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe back part of this sunken seating area serves as the outdoor kitchen and bar area for serving, making the most of the space.
Souce: Sunset

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken set-up is perfect for a modern and minimalist space.
Source: Casa Sugar

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can even do a budget-friendly sunken seating area with stacked stone, hedges, gravel and your choice of movable seating.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Would you ever consider this for your outdoor space?

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Magical Disney-Inspired Decor Ideas

As residents of Orlando, my family and I are fortunate to live near one of the most inspiring places in the world: Disney World. It is full of magic for both kids and adults alike and never ceases to inspire new ideas for me as a mother, artist, event planner, and decorator. I can think of no other place that is quite as masterful at telling a story through an environment quite like Disney World.

For the biggest Disney fanatics, it’s fun to bring these touches to your home so you can have a piece of Disney with you every day. Whether it’s in the main areas of the house or just in a kid’s bedroom, there are so many creative ways to incorporate a touch of the magic into your home. Some of them are major and others are a bit more subtle.

Here are 10 adorable Disney-inspired decor ideas I found around the internet that are chic and creative.

Disney-Inspired Decor Ideas

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis staircase is full of inspiration on every step, featuring memorable quotes from Disney movies.
Source: House of Turquoise

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s a fun and chic idea for sharing your wifi password with guests.
Source: Etsy

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHow adorable are these Alice In Wonderland-themed apothecary jars? Simply fill it with dirt, flowers and some characters for adorable decor for a child’s bedroom or party.
Source: Catch My Party

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comA “hidden Mickey” was cut-out under these stairs as the entrance for the pup of the house to use.
Source: Inside the Magic

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis detail is small but adorable. Your kids are sure to get a kick out of it!
Source: ABC News

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comWho wouldn’t love to watch a pirate movie in their own pirate-themed home theater?
Source: Technabob

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis amazing restaurant in Japan captures all the whimsy of Alice In Wonderland with a chic twist.
Source: icoSnap

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis is an adorable idea for saving your mouse ears from Disney World or Disneyland.
Source: Disney At Home

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comFill a cute jar with some white sand and label it “pixie dust” for a subtle piece of decor for a kid’s bedroom.
Source: Style Me Pretty

10 Magical Disney Inspired Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comYour little girl can feel like Wendy with her own Peter Pan shadow on her wall.
Source: We Heart It

What are some of your favorite Disney-inspired decor ideas? Share them in the comments!

Warm regards,
Megan

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile

Black can always be counted on to make a chic, timeless impression on a space. It’s a popular accent color to work with in decorating and design, but it’s not often the main focus in a space. That’s why black walls or other large accents ─ such as black subway tile ─ have such a dramatic appeal.

White subway tile is one of the most popular choices for a kitchen or bathroom, especially right now, but black turns this classic look on its head and makes it bold, eye-catching, even a little bit daring. While it’s not the right choice for everyone, the results can be absolutely stunning.

This look can be used in a variety of ways, whether you want a small accent or a large statement, but either way, you can count on creating that “wow” factor with it. The reflective texture of the tile paired with the deep pigment creates a truly glamorous appeal that also happens to be gender neutral.

Here are 10 spaces where black subway tile made a bold and beautiful statement.

Black Subway Tile Ideas

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comStrips of gold subway tile create a stunning accent against the black and tie in the hardware.
Source: My Domaine

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comThe silver freestanding tub really pops against the black tiled accent wall.
Source: Architectural Digest

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comBlack subway tile is dark and dramatic in this small but powerful bathroom.
Source: Vogue Living

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comA tropical blue wallpaper may not be what you expect to see with black subway tile, but it works in this space.
Source: Design Sponge

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comThe black subway tile creates a two-tone look in this kitchen with the white cabinets. Love that pop of red, too!
Source: Yahoo! TV

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comThis small, narrow powder bath was given a “wow” factor by that strip of tile.
Source: Style Caster

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s black subway tile paired with blue again, this time in the form of cabinets. The gold hardware really ties the two together.
Source: Decor Pad

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comThe black peninsula speaks to the dark subway tile, all of which is contrasted with a beautiful white countertop.
Source: Urrutia Design

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comWhen you pair black subway tile with wood, you get a beautiful balance between rustic and modern styles.
Source: House and Garden

Going Bold with Black Subway Tile | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the black in this space is luxurious, dramatic and sexy.
Source: House Beautiful

Would you ever consider decorating a space with black subway tile?

Warm regards,
Megan

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper’s Brazilian Hideaway

For someone with a busy life like reporter Anderson Cooper, having a place to unwind is crucial. He found the perfect spot in the idyllic town of Trancoso, Brazil, in the form of a tropical compound he built from the ground up.

The home is a charming hideaway brimming with character. Though he purchased the property and built it from scratch, the choices he and his partner made with designer Wilbert Das make the home look like it has been a part of the town for centuries. It fits beautifully into the incredible, tropical landscape and feels like a warm, inviting hug.

There is so much charm to be found throughout the four buildings of which the compound is comprised. Each has its own personality but flow together beautifully. Pops of color remind you of the flowers and wildlife, while the main neutrals bring a sense of elegance that balances the rustic touches.

Enjoy this beautiful home tour from Architectural Digest that will have you wanting to take a trip to the heart of Brazil.

Anderson Cooper Home Tour

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe living area is open and breezy, bringing the feeling of the tropics inside.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comA charming desk and chair for a work area looks as though it has many stories to tell.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThis stunning turquoise wall captures the fun, free-spirited nature of Brazil.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe cluster of light fixtures over the outdoor dining table is a fun, charming idea.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe kitchen is modest but full of life thanks to the blue, weathered cabinets.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comPrivacy is certainly something they don’t have to worry about thanks to all the lush greenery surrounding the property.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe master suite has its own structure that looks like a special little hideaway in the middle of the jungle.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe bungalow’s veranda is colorful and relaxing for lazy afternoons.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comMosquito netting drapes over the bed for a dreamy and luxurious effect.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comA hollowed-out tree trunk became a truly unique outdoor shower.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe home is full of special touches, like this vintage washstand and the bare wood trim.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comOne of the guest rooms get a similar treatment with the beautiful, draped mosquito net.

Home Tour: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Hideaway | HomeandEventStyling.comThe indoor shower is still one with the outdoors, making sure you never miss the feeling of being with nature.

Could you envision yourself stealing away to this Brazilian hideaway?

Warm regards,
Megan