Living Coral -So Long, Millennial Pink

By now most of you have heard Pantone has selected Living Coral, a bright coral shade, as its 2019 Color of the Year. It is said that in a time where digital experiences can be cold and isolating, Living Coral feels optimistic and intimate. I’ve never met a color I didn’t like and shades of coral top my list of favorites. And in March it makes me feel so close to spring. Mother Nature’s best inspiration of course is the Flamingo.


Coral is a great accent or splash of color in a room, as it plays well with others. Looking back at last year’s projects we have used it as our accent color in three family rooms, a breakfast nook, and powder room. Each time mixing it with grays and blues. The result is always fresh and happy. Here are a few examples of how you can use coral to freshen up a room…or two.

Paint is the fastest way to awaken a room. Peachy hues are most flattering to skin tones.


Add a fun pop of coral with throw pillows. They pack a punch and can easily be changed out seasonally so you aren’t making a huge commitment to the color.


Brighten a kitchen instantly with coral dishes, napkins, linens and accessories.

Not ready to color a wall? Make a bold impact with a striking piece of abstract art.


When fashion inspires so many design elements, they truly go hand in hand. Don’t forget about your wardrobe when it comes to coral. An Hermes scarf will always do the trick ;)

New Year, New Inspo

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Since the New Year I can’t stop thinking about champagne, maybe inspired for my love of Veuve. Clink Clink! The color champagne, if you are looking for an elegant timeless neutral, is perfect alone or mixed with others. Color trends come and go, but champagne, in both drink, and design, is classic and here to stay. 

I just returned from the Atlanta market, which is much smaller than High Point market and geared toward accessories, rugs and soft goods.

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This makes it easier to shop, and a great time to catch up with the manufacturer’s reps. Even after 20+ years in the business I am always learning new things and getting new ideas. I was interested to see and hear what was selling now and any overall color trends. Blue is still number one for many showrooms. Especially blue tones for rugs. But my all time favorite is champagne or a pretty shade of beige.


My love for champagne was truly sparked back in my Liz Claiborne days, when every store or shops’ walls were covered in the perfect shade of champagne beige wall covering. The ideal canvas for everything. Here are some of my favorites from market.

Start the day with a smile, and end it with champagne.

I am not sure what I love more about this Uptown Dining chair by Caracole -the silhouette, or the fabric, or how well one compliments the other. For some coastal charm, this Gordon pendant by Gabby is so fresh, it will instantly update a kitchen, dining room, or bedroom by adding some casual elegance. Also from Gabby, the Lindy side table could not be ignored for her enviable hour glass geometry and texture with a stone top. Designer pillows were everywhere of course. By far the easiest way to elevate a solid sofa for a new look. Full disclosure, I think I ordered all of these, plus some solid mohair pillows.

Maybe after all those resolutions to get organized you have room for some new dinnerware.  These from Costa Nova, pattern Lagoa are made in Portugal and look like they belong in an upscale restaurant. I love the unexpected mix of the Champagne and Metal, feels trendy and timeless all at once. The Palladin Buffet from the ever unique duo Twitter Feefer is a classic investment piece you would have forever. A new spin on a mirror. This Coco Magnolia mirror from Palacek, made from bleached coconut shells, hung on a dark wall is a work of art -what a pop! This pair of art by Thom Felicia for Wendover Art Group would be complimented enough by a simple wall, or add some busy wall covering for some added interest. I binged watched his new show “Get a Room” last weekend while putting away the holiday decor. I had the chance to meet Thom in Atlanta and I was relieved to find he is as charismatic in real life as on TV.

Here’s to 2019! Freshen up the old, and bring on the new. We step into the new year with gratitude for our clients and projects that keep us seeking novel inspiration every single day.

Thankful & Grateful

With Thanksgiving here and the holiday season in full bloom, we are taking a moment for gratitude. Our team is very thankful for you, our clients. You are the reason we do what we do. Your expectations are of the highest level, so every day we aim to surpass them in the most beautiful way.

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You let us into your homes and hearts. We enjoy the journey of getting to know each of you and designing a space that reflects you specifically. We love seeing the mood of a room change, but the greatest satisfaction is working with our clients and improving the way you are living in your homes.

We wish you and your families the happiest Thanksgiving -filled with gratitude, love, and beauty. We are ever grateful for you and your trust in what we do.

Design Spotlight: The Reading Nook


Recently we were featured in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC News, and the Washington Post, for our approach to creating cozy reading nooks at home. Today we are sharing some of our favorite tips for how and where to have your perfect nook.

The dog days of summer are fading, where lounging anywhere outdoors with a book and a glass of Rose were so simple. With the arrival of fall, busier mornings, and back-to-school chaos, it is important to maintain that downtime. We believe a well designed reading nook is not only a beautiful opportunity to add character to your home, but good for the soul.


We decorate our homes in order to enjoy them. For book lovers, adding a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be the perfect finishing touch. Most homes, of course, don't have a spare room for use as a library. We often carve out one section of a living room, sunroom or master bedroom as a dedicated reading area.

Where you put a reading space depends on your habits. I ask my clients, are you seeking a spot that's private and silent, or would you rather have an open, airy reading space to share with family members?

Drink tables next to chairs (swap Rose for Red or PSLs?), throw pillows and cozy blankets add style and comfort. Consider adding a small rolling bar cart or even a wet bar if your budget and space permit.


You'll want to build in the flexibility to have different levels of light in your reading space. I always suggest a mix of table lamps, floor lamps, and small reading lamps. Task lamps also work really well! Along with plenty of spots to plug in all this lighting, don't forget to have enough outlets for chargers if you'll be reading on a digital device.

Trend is the New Classic: Kitchen & Bath Design

Kitchen and bath remodels tend to be a big investment for our clients. Balancing timeless, quality design with home trends is the key to a successful project. With the growth of social media over the last decade, it is overwhelming for our clients to make sense of their Houzz look-books, Pinterest pins, and never-ending Instagram feed. They rely on our expertise to help them visualize the big picture, while incorporating design trends they are gravitating towards. Today's Kitchens and Baths are focused on combining interesting materials -giving a fresh take on transitional style. Below are our favorite elements playing into that theme.

design by @pamelaharveyinteriors

design by @pamelaharveyinteriors

PAINTED AND COMBINATION CABINETRY:  Homeowners have been told for years that one of the easiest ways to freshen a room is to paint the walls.  Now we are seeing this tried and true concept flowing over into cabinetry.  We are choosing strong and bold paint colors in addition to the classic white, and even combining multiples throughout the space. Behr has caught on, with their color of the year: Blueprint.

design by @havendesignandconstruction

design by @havendesignandconstruction

STATEMENT LIGHTING: A smart way to keep a transitional space timeless but still have fun with trend is lighting. Lighting is becoming bigger and more impactful. Above, these oversized kitchen pendants pack a huge punch! The theme overall is transitional and classic. The homeowners aren't committed to this lighting trend forever. The result is a kitchen that feels classic yet on trend and so fresh. #kitchenenvy

design by @the_brothers_stonington

design by @the_brothers_stonington

QUARTZ COUNTERS & WOOD ACCENTS: We're saying goodbye to busy patterns of granite and ushering in the more solid looks of marble and quartz countertops.  We are seeing wood accents being incorporated throughout spaces on more than just floors. Butcher block countertops, reclaimed wood walls, and open wood shelving are having a major moment that is due to stick around for a while.

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design by @jaclynpetersdesign

TILE PATTERNS, CEMENT TILE & RUGS: Talk about a wow factor!  Even simple tweaks like laying subway tile in herringbone patterns elevates interest. Bold geometrics are emerging everywhere. We're installing tiles as accent walls in bathrooms, kitchens, and bars. If a homeowner isn't ready to commit to tile, another impactful option is choosing a bold rug -bonus, this is also very on trend! (Same concept as adding playful patterned pillows to a solid sofa).

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design by @pamelaharveyinteriors

GOLD, BRONZE, & MIXED METALS:  There is no longer one right answer when it comes to choosing a hardware finish. The dated "only one metal" rule is gone, opening the ultimate opportunity to mix and match within a space. Its been as freeing as when we moved past the "no white jeans after Labor day" rule. Layering a space with metals that work together in harmony, but add the interest of juxtaposition to a space is our goal. Gold hardware and plumbing now combine with stainless appliances with ease. This trend is actually becoming the new classic.

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design by @sophieburkedesign

SHIPLAP, OPEN SHELVING, WALLPAPER: Whether adding texture with shiplap or pattern with crisp wallpaper, we're finding the walls a prime opportunity to add interest to any space. Elements like open shelving offer an even bigger opportunity to layer in design elements through functional and decorative accessory displays. We love to add fun wall coverings especially to a powder room, letting your personality shine for your guests, while you aren't staring at the pattern all day.

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design by @pamelaharveyinteriors

design by @beckiowens

design by @beckiowens

New & Noteworthy From High Point Market: Spring 2018

Every spring I try to make the journey to High Point, North Carolina for the industry's biggest event of the season. It is a great way for me to discover the latest trends, as well as see what my preferred vendors have to offer that is new. It is an inspiring trip that turns into a great resource when updating my clients' homes.

I typically arrive with a list of key items I want to source for my clients. Many times I will order fabulous lighting, side tables, rugs, and one of a kind art. It is an energized event that leaves me feeling exhausted, but mostly inspired. With people traveling to High Point from all over the world, it is also a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with other designers and see what they are up to on the other side of the globe.

This year I was happy to see bold colors taking the reigns, from millennial pink, green, peacock blue, to yes, even purple. The overall setting was a little less of the past stark modern, and more a mix of modern and traditional -which I was relieved to see.

A pretty pink custom deGournay wallpaper in Suzanne Kasler's showroom. The space is bold, charming, and the white and pink duo always classic.


One of my favorite furniture collections is by Courtney and Randy Tilinski of Bungalow Classic for Highland House. Such a creative and inspiring space.

A more modern take on classic design was found in Mark D. Sikes' collection for Henredon. 50 shades of green left this space feeling so fresh. I particularly love the sleek and timeless cocktail table.

Beautiful vignettes were to be found all over High Point, like this gorgeous trio from Gabby Home. I love the chic mix of natural fibers with iron. I was pleased to see a heavy presence of wing chairs on the floor, always a classic and timeless go-to of mine.

I always tell my clients the secret to a well collected look is mixing old with the new. I love market  because I'm able to find those one-of-a-kind pieces for my clients to create a truly special space.

Sourcing art for some current projects, these Anglo-Indian botanicals were so full of life and color. What a fabulous way to bring the outdoors in. What drew me in further was to know these were made by the same artist as the botanicals in Lee Radziwill's iconic bedroom!

Last but certainly not least, rugs are among my favorite finds at market. I love being able to touch and feel these unique textiles on behalf of my clients -giving an accurate description of how it will look and feel in their home.


Lighting Round Up

I often get questions about the lighting used on our projects. Clients and design enthusiasts are always wondering what the most appropriate lighting for certain rooms is, and how to make a statement in others. I like to tell my clients to think of lighting as "the jewelry of your home." On today's blog I've rounded up some of my favorite fixtures -er gems and how their location suits the look!

Keep in mind, of all the things I encourage my clients to purchase online, lighting is definitely one of the things you can confidently buy without needing to hold, touch, and feel. Let us know if any of these pieces resonate with you –they too can be yours.



One of the most popular and cost effective ways to upgrade a kitchen is with pendants. Pictured here in our DC project, we updated the kitchen to a more modern-traditional look. The larger pendants are the perfect scale for a larger island. They have a gold underlay and black chain that provide a modern twist on the classic cone shaped pendant. To the right we created a contemporary look with the help of stunning Barbara Barry pendants.


Dining Room

The dining room is the perfect space to let the lighting make a statement. You and your family are not in the dining room everyday (unless you like to eat like a royal). This space is generally reserved for entertaining guests, so give them a show with a fabulous chandelier to ogle over. If dinner wasn't perfection, they'll leave remembering the beauty of the atmosphere. I love the way these chandys make a big pop, even against all the color and pattern play –they play the leading role.



The Foyer is sometimes small and other times mighty. But it is your home's first impression. Hence, your light fixture should make a big impact. This is your chance for a dramatic entrance, or at least something that makes you smile each time you walk in the door.



Chandeliers also have their place in a powder room, but there isn't a setting I love more for a gorgeous wall sconce than a bathroom. A little goes a long way when you adorn the walls with the prettiest jewels.



Here is the optimal room to set the mood. Below we flanked the bed with a pair of Ro Sham Beaux soft pink table lamps. Size and height are important so we used updated shades. The bedroom is the ideal space in your home to create a romantic and serene sitting area. A morning coffee in PJs may be your only chance in a busy day to steal a tender moment with your spouse.


Don't forget to have a little fun in the hallways! Use every possible nook and cranny of your home to create depth and character.

Ultra Violet -Love It Or Hate It

The days of peace and serenity are long gone...according to Pantone! For the second year in a row, they have challenged the design industry with another loud color. Last year it was Greenery, and following suit, the 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet. Designers are either loving it or hating it. One of my favorite aspects of design is its diversity, so before you turn your back on this controversial hue, read on for my tips and creative ways on how to embrace the purple.


“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today” -Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute
The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today
— Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute

An easy way to incorporate this color into your home is with accessories. Adding purple pillows to neutral upholstery is a simple, non-committal way to punch things up. Contact us to purchase this "Modern Channel" pillow. Or relieve your FOMO with this Ro Sham Beaux table lamp.


Looking for a longer lasting relationship with the Ultra Violet palate? Some of my favorite Lilian August fabrics pull off purple right. Reach out to our firm if you're looking to reupholster existing chairs, ottomans, or sofas -making for the perfect spring refresh.


You may remember my South Tampa project, where I fully embraced the purple. Our client envisioned a boutique-style Parisian influence in her bedroom -and that is what we gave her. Perhaps I had a premonition for the 2018 color of the year? In this space we complimented the pale purple walls with luxe purple bedding accents, a bold lavender chair, and a striking purple trim on the window treatments.


One of my favorite examples of "Go Big or Go Home" is interior designer Mary McGee's foyer, featured in House Beautiful. She painted the walls, ceiling, and door in a welcoming shade of lavender. The look is pulled off by very carefully adding complimenting shades of purple as seen in the lighting, bench, and artwork. It starts with picking the right hue, but when you do, big risks often yield beautiful rewards.

Cheers to embracing new colors, adventures, and goals. Happy 2018 to you and yours from our team at Pamela Harvey Interiors!

Light Up The Season


This year I had the honor of participating in the 2017 'Light Up The Season' benefit hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. The event and generosity of its' Christmas tree bidders support children's cancer programs at the Children's National Hospital. I teamed up with my friend and talented designer, Christopher Nutter, for such a vital cause.

Each designer was paired with a child from the hospital to bring their Christmas dreams to fruition. We were blessed to meet the sweetest 9-year-old girl. After spending time with her, we found out she wished Christmas to feel like a winter wonderland, which is why we chose a flocked tree. Her favorite colors are pink and turquoise and she was partial to a traditional tree.


Christopher and I gathered ornaments from multiple stores to give our tree a curated look as though it had evolved over time. Keeping the color palette and design aesthetic in mind we collected ornaments and ribbon from Merrifield Garden Center, online, CB2, and World market. We filled in with simple solid glass ornaments from Walmart. A faux fur white tree skirt and pretty but simple wrapped boxes glistened at the bottom. Designing an entire tree from scratch is very much like decorating an empty room. You need a great color palette, a mix of old and new, and a cross between higher-end pieces filled in with a few bargains. And who doesn’t love a tree topped with a crown!? 


The hottest trends in Christmas tree decor adorned the hotel. In addition to our flocked tree below are a few of my favorites...


On the scene were brilliant shades of blue and silver, especially with a coastal vibe. It's no surprise blue prevailed in the tree decor space given that every shade of blue was so relevant in home decor this past year.

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A chic and neutral tree spruced up with burlap and natural ornaments keep things classic and timeless this holiday season -not to mention kid and family friendly.


A pastel palette is not what typically comes to mind with seasonal decor, but this wreath would have you doing a double take. Pale pinks make for an enchanting and sophisticated backdrop.

Whatever dashing trend you and yours take on this season it's sure to be spectacular. For added inspiration visit the Four Seasons Georgetown through December 20th to see all of the designers' holiday charm on display.

If you wish to make a donation to the Children's National Hospital, click here.

photo credit: Jessica Yurinko


South Tampa Condo Achieves Peace & Serenity

Photography: Emily Conklin

Photography: Emily Conklin

Our clients, hailing from NYC and Boston, purchased their dream home in lively South Tampa on Bayshore Blvd. They reached out to us to turn their condo into a chic, comfortable, livable space, keeping everything light and happy!

Pamela's inspiration came from Lee Radziwell's iconic Paris apartment, in a look we dubbed "a Paris Rendezvous in Tampa!"


Photo: Kasia Wandycz / Getty Images

Photo: Kasia Wandycz / Getty Images

Our homeowner envisioned an airy space filled with light blues and rose quartz (a throwback to the 2016 Pantone colors of the year “Peace & Serenity”). I would say we achieved just that with a pair of Chesterfield tufted rose velvet sofas in the living room, and across the way in the dining room: exquisite soft blue/grey Louis the 16th style dining chairs. The subtle pearl beading on the back of these chairs add such interest, that the space does not need much else to feel special. 

In this "French-country-glam" dining room we adorned the wall with a framed Paule Marrot fabric printed in France (a Jackie O fav!). Above the table, a stunning chandelier is the perfect piece of jewelry. The scene is quite captivating.

Taking things to the master bedroom, our clients’ wish list consisted of soft shades of grey lavenders, Asian accents (inspired from travel to Seoul, Korea!), and a boutique hotel style room as a nod to their NYC roots. 


We flanked the bed with more modern mirrors in gold and acrylic over chests which are topped with our clients’ existing lamps from their travels. The newly upholstered bed anchors the room, covered in stunning Yves Delorme bedding, combining luxurious materials with a contemporary and refined feel. Layers of lavender are carefully threaded throughout the space adding to its Parisian flare.