Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cole Barnett Interiors films new show "Scrubbing In" on MTV- Living Room & Dining Room Remodel

 'Scrubbing In' follows a group of travel nurses assigned to work at an Orange County, CA hospital for 12 weeks. Relocating from across the country, these nurses have left their hometowns and lives behind for short-term hospital contracts, with the added benefit of exploring a new city. For Tyrice, Chris and Fernando, this isn't their first tour and they're considered experts of the program. For first-timers Adrian, Chelsey, Michelle, Crystal, Nikki and Heather, this is a new journey they're embarking on together, looking for a change from their previous nursing jobs. (from MTV.com)

So how does an Orange County interior designer end up on a show about nurses?  One of the caste members, Nikki, has recently graduated from interior design school.  After years as a nurse, she's contemplating making the jump into a career as an interior designer.  Her reasons for this are something that I'm sure will be explored on the MTV show.  Ultimately she would like to focus on healthcare design but, being so new to the industry, she's open to any and all design related experiences.

Nikki came to intern for Cole Barnett Interiors for the day and help with an install I was working on in south Orange County.  I thought it was a perfect day for her to see the real-world side of design that is never taught in a classroom.  The fun stuff that some interns call the grunt work...like placing furniture, building furniture, cleaning floors and windows, and cutting off tags.  I can always use an extra set of hands so I was thrilled to have Nikki along for the day.

Many of the items we used in the home are sold through my online store.  In honor of the premiere of Scrubbing In, I have curated a temporary sale through my site.  Shop while the sale is on and while supplies last!


Click here to shop the flash sale. 


Click here to shop featured artwork.

Photo:  Cole Barnett and Nikki filming install day for Scrubbing In

 Photo: Install filmed by MTV for Scrubbing In.  Shop for pillows and rugs here


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Watch the Scrubbing In | Trailer

Meet The Cast: The cast of 'Scrubbing In' introduces themselves and talks about how they got into travel nursing and what to expect from the all new series premiering October 24, 10/9c! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to Determine Your Interior Design Style- Different Bed Syles and Perfecting a Master Bedroom Remodel

There are many different styles of headboards and beds that a client can choose from.  It is important to figure out which style best suits your style AND your needs.  A bed is important for the obvious reasons.... providing a dreamy night's sleep.  However, the bed is also an important focal point in the room that can provide interest, fun, drama, and personality.  

Here are some of my favorite types of beds. 


Upholstered beds can come in different shapes and sizes.  My personal favorites are headboards that are custom designed specifically for the client.  We choose the shape, size, and fabric along with details such as nail-head trim, button tufting, welts (a fancy word for trim), foot-board, bed frame, etc.  The possibilities are endless.   

A bright, solid -colored fabric makes these rooms pop.  The bed on the left features buttons and light colored welting.  The bed on the right has a white border with nail-head details.   

Curved with fabric upholstery and wood trim.
Curved with nail-heads
Rectangular straight nail-head upholstered headboard and base board with exposed wooden legs.  
 Upholstered wing-back headboard with upholstered base board. 


 Curved with nail-heads
Curved graphic upholstered headboard

Wing-back headboards. The bed on the right features an upholstered foot board, whereas the bed on the left features an upholstered baseboard.


Four poster beds can, often times, also function as canopy beds.  They can be tall or short, dark or light, embellished or streamline.  They are a great way to add architectural interest to a simple room.

 Painted four poster beds add fun and personality to the space. 


A simple wood frame four poster bed is simple but packs a big punch.  Fabric can be added to the frame to create a more luxurious and softer feeling.


Wood framed beds are simple but classic.  They can be rustic or contemporary.  Clean- lined or ethnic.  The beauty of a wood framed bed is that it can easily adapt to any space.  

These beds transform a room into a shabby chic retreat.  They also look great paired with laid back coastal colors and fabrics.  


In small spaces, a bed is the perfect place to add hidden storage. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Legends of La Cienega 2013 at the La Cienega Design Quarter- Cole Barnett Interiors Will be Attending!

I am signed up and ready to go!  I will be attending the Wednesday night Gala as well as the keynote speakers, lunches, and cocktail hours on both Thursday and Friday.

This will be my first year going and I can. not. wait.

Want to register?  Here is a link to the website.  Hope to see you there! :)

Here is some information that I took off of the event website.


May 9 - May 10, 2013
with a gala on Wednesday, May 8

Mark your calendars for the 5th anniversary of LEGENDS, a three-day design event that has drawn more than 10,000 designers, media and design enthusiasts from around the world. Today, LEGENDS is a prominent fixture on the national design event calendar. A fusion of art, fashion, design and culture, LEGENDS provides unique combination of education and entertainment for those who appreciate design.

I will be taking lots of photographs and blogging about the event!  Anything you want me to scope out?  Leave me a comment below.