Candice's Tips: Glass House Challenge

Design Star judge Candice Olson shares decorating tips for mixing design styles and using the right-sized accessories in your home.

michael moellers glass house design is quirky

Create a Multifunctional Space

Michael does a brilliant job here with space planning, creating a multizoned, multifunctional room that stylistically is right in tune with his show concept.

michael moellers glass house includes murphy bed

Mix the Scale of Patterns

Contrast is lacking when it comes to the scale of the patterns with the argyle, check and plaid being so similar that they fight rather than complement each other.

michael moellers glass house includes murphy bed

Plan Out Your Accessories

With the map hung so high above the desk, it seems to be clearing the way for the desk to be accessorized with taller items: stacks of books, an intriguing desk lamp, even a retro or kitschy bar set.

michael moellers glass house design floor view

Combine Design Styles

I love the play of contrast at work here: old or antique elements like the desk against modern pieces like the sofa, the textured shag carpet against smooth or polished surfaces like chrome and glass, and the solid mass of the bed against the openness of shelves and the string art light fixture.

emily henderson has eclectic look in glass house

Add Personality With Eclectic Style

I really love this room; it is chock-a-block full of character, personality and intriguing combinations of collections. As much as this room is eclectic it's not eccentric due largely to common visual links that Emily has established throughout the space.

emily henderson mixes styles in couch and rugs

Bring Different Style Eras Together

Those shelves speak the same language as the rustic stumps that so beautifully contrast the elegance of the brass table. And although they are years apart historically and stylistically speaking, the Louis and mid-century modern chairs are united through a common color.

emily henderson mixed style of shelf and couch

Know the Design Principles

From pattern, scale and color to texture, contrast and proportion, Emily has done a masterful job of assembling these design principles into an engaging and beautiful room presentation — she may not be able to articulate why it works, but the most important thing here is that it does!

emily henderson eclectic style includes couch

Repeat Patterns to Create Cohesive Design

The delicate, lacey quality of the wallpaper is mirrored in the hanging pendant and in ceramics on the rustic shelves.

close up of couch and red wall in casey noble room

Use a Bold Color for a Focal Wall

Red is a magical color that commands attention and here, as both backdrop and subject matter for Casey's minimalist art gallery, it does just that — elevating the impact of the neutral elements in front of it.

full view of casey noble glass house design

Find the Right Size for Light Fixtures

The function of the pendant is to anchor and punctuate elements under it — a large round drum table, three times the diameter of the pendant, would have been the perfect companion to the light fixture and provided a strong focus for furniture to gather around.

casey noble chose vintage mirror and yellow chair

Anchor Furniture With a Large Area Rug

A much larger area carpet with furniture placed on it, rather than around it, is an obvious but effective way of creating and anchoring furniture into a conversation grouping.

view of couch and red wall in casey noble room

Make Sure the Design Elements Work Together

I love the intimacy that the draped ceiling creates in the glass box and Casey's exaggerated use of scale with the pendant fixture and floor mirror. However, I feel this room reads as a series of vignettes pushed up against the perimeter rather than being one cohesive room.

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