Peri Nicole Interiors, Wake Forest
My design signature: My personal style is best described as, “approachable elegance.” I love all things beautiful, combining a mix of classic furniture pieces with modern items and touches. I love creating a room that radiates beauty and elegance; however, I find that comfort and functionality are essential.
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Current trend: Organic and natural element materials – petrified wood, terrariums, ocean shells, turtle shells, dried moss, fresh flowers, crystal rocks and gems—make interesting elements in a room.
Trend I am ready to see end: Battery-operated candles; they are great for some applications, but there is nothing more beautiful than the natural glow of wick-burning candles.
E-bay must-buy: Designer clothing or handbags.
Best last-minute appetizer: Specialty cheeses paired with sesame and rosemary crackers from Southern Season, Fresh Market or Whole Foods. And of course, accompanied with wonderful wine.
My favorite designer and why: Dallas interior designer and author Betty Lou Phillips. Her beautiful designs reflect her travel influences to Italy and France. And I just love saying her name.
My go-to accessory for the bedroom: It is hard to choose: beautiful designer lamps, custom pillows, picture frames and fresh flowers. Treat yourself at the end of the day. You deserve it.
Favorite way to add a personal touch to a space: Cocktail napkins. While preparing for our move from Dallas to Raleigh one year ago, our daughter, Peri, (the “Peri” of Peri Nicole Interiors), discovered I have a cocktail napkin obsession. Cocktail napkins – with a monogram, cute quotes or jokes, themed or decorative – add fun and conversation while entertaining friends and family.
A more practical and lovely way to add a personal touch is coffee-table books of interest to you.
My favorite find: A faux-painted iron bed with bunny finial posts purchased for our daughter’s bedroom when she was a young girl.
What I have learned about design the hard way: Design trends reflect what is going on in our economy, politics, religion and culture. However, what I have found is to stay true to yourself and do not be lured by trends. Design is an investment that you want to enjoy for many years to come. Early in my design career, I was trying to showcase the current trends of the time – dark jewel-tone colors and not my true colors. My husband and I purchased a jewel-tone plaid sofa and oversized chairs for our living room (very Ralph Lauren). In less than six months I wanted to make a change to lighter colors. It was a costly mistake, but I learned a valuable lesson that I have passed along to my clients. Stay true to colors and styles that make you feel good and happy.