Hex Appeal

Hey there!

I know we went awol again, but we’ve been pretty busy around here. We were at market setting up showrooms and shopping for clients and our store, but we’ve also been working with a fantastic local builder in the area.

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 3.26.03 PMSusan and Paul Mowery (a husband and wife team) at BDI asked us to come on board to review blueprints, suggest finishes, fixtures and even furniture, and of course we said, “Heck yeah!”

IMG_9659We started with a beautiful set of plans and developed Hex Appeal House. We knew that we wanted to incorporate very classic design details. When we went to visit the site lot, we noticed that most of the surrounding houses were various shades of brick. Brown brick, brown red brick, red brown brick, brick red brick, brick brown brick, sandstone brick…. We wanted this house to stand out and Susan agreed. We are perpetually drawn to painted brick, and we definitely have a sweet spot for white brick.  White brick, paired with a dark gray/black roof shingle, black wrought iron XXX railing on the balcony upstairs and on the front double doors; the perfect recipe for a beautiful, stately, classic-inspired new build.

IMG_1893We chose a hexagonal tile for the kitchen backsplash that set the tone (and the name) for the general look and feel inside. We wanted to space to feel fresh, airy and warm. We missed white cabinets with a beautiful warm wood island, quartz countertops, champagne gold finishes and stunning lighting.

IMG_1766IMG_1757IMG_1737We repeated the hexagon several more times in hex tiles in the guest bathroom and upstairs baths, and a fun hex pattern in the laundry room. We also inserted a hex detail on the ceiling in the foyer and custom cut hexagons in the glass cabinets of the wet bar.

IMG_1839 IMG_1821 IMG_1841We also injected a few x’s throughout the space.

We came up with some funny names for this house and some of the contenders were:

What the Hex, I’m too Hexy for my Hizzy, All my exes live in Hexes, just to name a few, but ultimately Hex Appeal won out, rightfully so, right?IMG_1697






Intern Spotlight (Katie Hutchinson)

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Tell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.

My name is Katie Hutchinson, I’m a junior Graphic Design Technology student at NC A&T State University, and I’m from Raleigh,  NC.

What made you interested in interior design/graphic design?

I’ve always liked creating visual art, and music. So I figured, if not go to college for music then why not for art? After switching my major a few times, I finally realized how much better it’d be for me to choose a subject that I’ve always loved.

Who are some of your design icons?

Some of my favorites are Paul Rand, Paula Scher, Varnette Honeywood, and Kerry James Marshall.

Describe your design aesthetic.

I’m just discovering my design style is finding the perfect mix of black and whites, bold primary colors, and pastels. I’m also really into typography and illustration, so anything that incorporates an interesting font or cartoons is always fun for me.

What do you do at Vivid Interiors?

As an intern, I’ll be helping revamp Vivid Interiors website, and even make flyers for events like First Friday!

What do you like best about interning at Vivid?

Friendly bosses! A beautiful work space that always has nice music and flexible hours. Also, the opportunity to learn about a different channel of design!

Who are your favorite musicians?

Lianne La Havas, Thundercat, Earth Wind & Fire, Mos Def, Bobby Caldwell, Stevie Wonder and Little Dragon.      

Favorite drink?

I just turned 21, so I’m still experimenting! But for right now, I just tried a beer called Boulevard Lemon Ginger Radler that was amazing.

What is your sign?


If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

I’d love to go to dinner with Prince, just to talk to him about music. I’m sure he’d have some crazy insights on the ins and outs of the industry.

Tell us three words that describe you.

Goofy, expressive, and romantic.

What are your plans after graduation?

In a perfect world, I’d like to get a job in a bigger city, somewhere in the boroughs of New York or Chicago. Work for a design company or a magazine, while in the meantime working on my music.


Intern Spotlight (Maria Salvador)

Intern Spotlight!

Maria_salvadorTell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.)

My name is Maria Evelyn Salvador. By the way I use Maria for work, school, and other official stuff. My family and close friends call me Eva for short. I am attending Salem College and I am majoring in Design with a concentration on residential design. I was born in Mexico, but I was raised in Salem, OR. I moved to North Carolina when I was fifteen years old.

What made you interested in interior design?

I knew I wanted to do something in the art field, but I wasn’t sure what. I became interested in Interior Design watching HGTV. I read and informed myself more about the field and I knew I wanted to do this. My favorite part is the final, where you see your vision come to life!  

Who are some of your design icons?

My design icons are Frank Lloyd Wright and Vanessa Deleon. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture is beautiful. My favorite would have to be Falling Water because it is a beautiful design. The house incorporated with nature around is amazing! Vanessa is a very sure of herself designer and her style is a combination of glam with minimalistic elements. 

Describe your design aesthetic.

My design aesthetic is modern contemporary. I like nice clean lines with some pop of color, whether it is a wall, carpet, decorative pillows, accessories, and lighting. Though while interning here at Vivid Interiors, it has changed a little. As far as using more color, pattered fabrics, fun light fixtures, and art work. I am glad that Gina and Laura have helped me to look at the bigger picture when it comes to putting a space together. 

What do you do at Vivid Interiors?

I have helped with putting together  digital boards for clients, searched for furniture online, rearranged furniture and accessories around the shop, and helped put together a pricing budget for Vivid.

What do you like best about interning at Vivid?

I like the atmosphere! There is music playing all the time, which helps with coming up with ideas. I like learning about the business of interior design. I took a class on Business Practices in Design, but actually seeing what Laura and Gina do is eye opening. They work hard and make sure that everything is done right. I like that about them, work ethic. They are so much fun as well! They care about their interns and their approach to teaching on how to put a space together is helpful. I have learned from them on areas where I am weak as a designer, which is usage of color and patterns.

Who are your favorite musicians?

My favorite musicians are OneRepublic, Linkin Park, Hands Like Houses, Reik, Jesse and Joy, and Camila

Favorite drink?

My favorite drink is a margarita! I love it!

What is your sign?

I am an Aries

If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

I would invite Frida Kahlo because I really love her strength and how she put that into her paintings. She turned her accident into inspiration for her paintings.

Tell us three words that describe you.

Three words that would describe me would be Shy, Nice, and impatient!

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to hopefully be working for a firm and keep learning about the business.


Intern Spotlight (Hannah Freeman)

Intern Spotlight! 

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  1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.)

My name is Hannah Freeman, and I am from Asheboro, North Carolina. I am currently studying interior design at Randolph Community College, and I will graduate in May.

  1. What made you interested in interior design?

I have always been the girl to want to re-arrange my room, change wall colors, and do DIY projects, but I really knew I wanted to study interior design when I was 16. The only thing I asked for Christmas that year was to “re-do” my entire bedroom, and I did just that! I selected all new flooring, wall color, window treatments, and accessories. I was able to up-cycle my current dresser and night stands, paint them white, and give them brand new knobs. It was SO much fun. I think my favorite part was ripping up the carpet I had and being able to lay down dark engineered hardwood flooring. This entire process made me realize that this was what I wanted to make a career out of.

  1. Who are some of your design icons?

I definitely have to say that my favorite design icon is Joanna Gaines. I absolutely adore her and her classic, clean aesthetic. I have been loving the slight modern turn that her design style has taken lately. I also love the bright, colorful, and bold style of Jamie Drake. I love how he incorporates such bright, vivid colors into all of his spaces. As you can see from reading this paragraph, my style can turn quite transitional.

  1. Describe your design aesthetic.

I think if I had to list four adjectives that describe my design aesthetic those would be: feminine, transitional, vintage, and chic.

  1. What do you do at Vivid Interiors?

At Vivid Interiors I do a variety of different things. I make mood boards for certain projects, work in studio web-ware to check pricing and information on invoices for clients, organize our fabrics, and I also help prepare for installations.

  1.  What do you like best about interning at Vivid?

What I like best about interning at Vivid is being surrounded by a group of wonderful ladies who love interior design, and are willing to teach me more about the industry and how I can run my own design firm one day.

  1. Who are your favorite musicians?

My favorite musicians are Beyoncé, Maren Morris, and Sam Hunt.

  1. Favorite drink?

I LOVE strawberry lemonade.

  1. What is your sign?

My sign is Aries.

  1. If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

If I could invite anyone to dinner I would invite Shay Mitchell. She is one of my favorite actresses in my favorite television show, Pretty Little Liars.

  1. Tell us three words that describe you.

Three words that describe me are observant, determined, and fashionable.

  1. What are your plans after graduation?

My plans after graduation are to begin taking the steps to establish my own interior design firm. I will most likely work a full-time job straight out of graduation, but I will be taking steps to build my firm in the midst of working as well.

Design Trend Wednesday: Gems and Geodes Accents

Gems and Geodes Accents add a little sparkle, pizzazz, and just a touch of magic to bring a space together. They make a wonderful accent piece, statement piece or center piece, which is why they are so easy to place perfectly around your homes. You don’t have to necessarily go with physical crystals but you can even use it as a print like we did with accent pillows.

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Design Trend Wednesday: Large Scale Lighting

Go for over scale light fixtures especially in the dining room. They act as a focal point and ground the space at the same time. Toying with scale is a great way to add visual interest and draw attention away from negative elements, especially in a smaller space. To keep the look from becoming extreme, choose simple forms and designs.

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Design Trend Wednesday: Metallic Accents

The right metallic touch can add warm sophistication and ageless appeal to a space. Metallic Accents are all the rage at the moment, from shiny gold metal shelving to silver floor lamps to eccentric bronze end tables. Metallic accents are a great way to add a bit of glam and spice, and are great attention drawers and conversation starters. Right now we’re really into gold!

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Design Trend Wednesday: Mixing Prints

Mixing Prints is always in, you just have to know how to put it together without it looking too busy; and here at Vivid we have it down to a science. The key to victoriously mixing prints is to vary the scale of the patterns of your prints from small to large and anywhere in between.

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