As the seasons change, so do the desires of travelers seeking the perfect getaway. This comes with the opportunity to transform your vacation rental into a welcoming and relaxing retreat that guests will cherish. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of spring, the sun-soaked days of summer, the comfortable embrace of autumn, or the frosty charm […]
We are a little partial in our view of the Virgin Islands, but many would agree that the island’s beauty, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, beckons visitors with its one-of-a-kind views and untamed allure. Yet, in this realm of paradise, where nature’s elements are captivating and challenging, the pursuit of luxury in interior design takes […]
Who is Lagnappe Custom Interiors In the picturesque embrace of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where blue skies merge with refreshing waters, a tropical realm exists where design dreams are woven into reality. For over two decades, Lagnappe Custom Interiors has stood as the epitome of luxury interior design, a force of creativity, sophistication, and boundless […]
In the world of interior design, there is a common misconception that hiring a designer is costly and restrictive in terms of choices. However, we firmly believe everyone deserves access to design services and the joy of creating beautiful spaces. That’s why Lagnappe offers a variety of solutions and services that are customizable to your […]
Have you ever flipped through a magazine or browsed an interior designer’s portfolio and wondered, “What is that color?” It’s a question we often receive from our clients seeking to recreate the stunning hues they see on those glossy pages. We’re excited to share our free mini-magazine that unveils the secrets behind those never-fail colors […]
Here in the USVI, our biggest and best product is vacation (OK, yes, there’s also rum) but really, what we manufacture is fun! Living on an island in the Caribbean is a unique experience to be sure. As soon as the weather turns cool up north, the vacationers flock to the little latitudes for some […]
Great Design Is In The Details – Elevate Your Guest Experience With Great Planning The great Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” I really could not agree more. I would go a little further to say that you cannot get the details right unless you plan them […]
After spending five days at Highpoint, I feel invigorated with fresh ideas. This trip was longer than my typical three-day stay, allowing me to connect and explore even more. During the first two days, I attended the Vacation Rental Design Summit, where I spoke on two panels. The summit was created in response to the […]
Grasscloth wallpaper is popular for those looking to add an organic vibe and create warmth in their home. We love layering grasscloth alongside various tactile finishes and colors available to suit all decor styles. It’s one of my favorites and provides any space with a beautiful, textured, and timeless look. As much as we adore […]
For those unfamiliar with the Kips Bay event, it started in Kips Bay, New York, and was so popular that it has now expanded to Palm Beach. This is one of the most significant charity events in the design industry annually. Even the home is donated. All proceeds go to the local Boys and Girls […]
When my daughter was younger, every time we dropped her off at a camp, sailing regatta, or even the first day of school, we always said to have fun, make new friends, and learn something new. Those are our family’s markers of a successful experience. So by those standards, the trip to KBIS with the […]
In just a few days, I’m heading to kitchen and bath show in Las Vegas, and I can’t wait to see what’s new this year. Las Vegas is a LONG flight from the STT Airport, and the trip is a real-time commitment, not to mention the expense. So, it needs to be worth it–and let me […]
I love the new year’s peace, the quiet reflection of New Year’s Day, and the break we all get in our usual hustle and bustle of a work week. If you haven’t already, be sure to find the time to sit down and think about your goals and resolutions for this year. Every new year […]
This Fall, I had the opportunity to assist one of my favorite furniture vendors in styling a photo shoot for their 2023 catalog. It was an incredible experience! I’ve done many in-home photoshoots and have learned so much over the years about styling, camera angles, different perspectives, and more from the amazing Don Hebert, but […]
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good before and after transformation. The big reveal days keep me coming back for more in this job! When I first met this client, he had just purchased this home and contacted us because it wasn’t exactly his style. He wanted to update the furnishings and add […]
Last Spring, I had the pleasure of being part of a panel discussion at High Point Market with other well-respected designers who work in the luxury home space. The topic was working with the luxury buyer. After about an hour of lively discussion, an audience member asked a question of the panelists, “Why is this […]
At High Point Market 2022, I was honored to be part of Universal Furniture’s panel of expert designers to discuss all things vacation rentals. I am excited to share with you the top tips we discussed in hopes that each will provide you with clear insights into the different perspectives and ways to design a successful […]
I was so honored to be a speaker for not one, but TWO presentations at the October 2022 High Point Furniture Market! This season’s market was built around the topic of vacation rental design in the talks, item sourcing, and showrooms. My presentation at the Gabby Showroom was all about vacation rental design. I talked […]
It takes a village to win Designer of the Year! Who would’ve thought? We’ve been selected as the People’s Pick for HGTV’s Designer of the Year! I’m so humbled by the sheer number of votes and support. We truly couldn’t have done this alone. From those of you who voted (and voted and voted again!) […]
Will you be purchasing goods through your designer? The two most frightening words to an interior design client are markup and custom! So let’s talk about how designers buy for you and why you might actually really want custom items in your home, and how that markup – scary word that it is – can […]
Flat Rate Billing The first thing to note about this form of billing is that in order to do this effectively, the designer has to have been in business long enough to collect data from numerous projects that inform their rates. This gives them the ability to estimate how many hours they spend on average […]
As an industry, I think designers do a terrible job of conveying to the public how we charge. The differences in the industry are also not helping us to build trust among the general public. Most prospective clients who contact me have no idea what they should expect regarding pricing. In comparison, those who have […]
Introduction: What is Greenaissance? As most of us know, there’s a new sense of urgency to take better care of the planet. People reevaluated their lives during COVID-19, resulting in a shift of priorities. We’re building new routines and habits with a mind toward healthier living in all facets of our lives. More and more, […]
Lagnappe is proud to announce its nomination for HGTV’s Designer of the Year 2022 and we couldn’t be more excited! To compete with some of the best designers in the USA and be featured on HGTV is such a huge honor to celebrate. The honor is a people’s choice award and whether we win or […]
If you’re considering hiring an interior designer after having your home built, you may want to consider hiring us from the start. Whether you have a new build or a full-home remodel, the plans are vital in starting your home design. The building plans are the first directive that your contractor will use to start […]
Today is my first day back in the office after vacation, so please pardon me for the philosophical post. I’m still in the vacation mindset. My daughter and I spent a fun-filled week in Paris with my dad. I admire a few things about my dad’s approach to retirement, one being his habit of traveling […]
I’m excited to share our most recent projects here today. It’s no secret that we love modern design here at Lagnappe, and, of course, we’re always putting our own tropical spin on modern for our clients here in the USVI. When this homeowner called us about a new home she was purchasing, I had an […]
When you think of a vacation home, you think everything will be perfect, like most luxury hotels. In reality, most of the time, it’s not as great as you build it up in your mind. There are always little things you think of that could have made your experience better. Let us help you get […]
So, what exactly is a design plan…? So many of our clients are genuinely surprised to see how much detail, about things they never even thought of, is included in our design plans. The design plan is How we communicate to your construction team exactly what you want your space to look like when it’s […]
If you were inspired by our latest post about yacht interior design or just want to add a nautical touch to your home, welcome! We have gathered our favorite go tos for mirroring the luxury and elegance of the yachting lifestyle without leaving your living room. There are many ways to say “beach” without palm […]
We have long been fascinated with the elegance and complexity of yacht design and wanted to dive deeper into the yachting lifestyle. Yachting is the ultimate expression of luxury and freedom. This exclusive way of life continues to elevate itself by evolving and tailoring personal style into a representation of both ideas ensuring that the […]
Thanks to our Caribbean lifestyle and years of experience working with clients and friends shopping for outdoor living furnishings and accessories, we have been able to identify three primary categories for the different types of outdoor living styles. Depending on your personal tastes and needs, our guide will be able to help you distinguish which […]
The minimalistic white and greige rooms that have become popular on design social media channels certainly have an appealing aesthetic. Still, we love requests for fun Caribbean colors from our clients. Honestly, not using color to us is a missed opportunity, and we’ve got our color schemes down to a science. 1. Make a (Back) […]
Looking at food trend forecasts for the next year, it seems that more Americans are looking for ways to be creative with their food and nutrients for their health from the inside out. As a nation, we’re making more gourmet superfood lattes, healthy smoothies, and growing some of our own key ingredients from the comfort […]
We’ve created many jaw-dropping transformations throughout our company’s history. From renovations to a simple refresh, the results are hard to believe when you see where some of these projects started. Seeing a project brought to life is a reward in and of itself, but for this project, bringing a modern family retreat to a whole […]
When decorating or designing a home in the Caribbean, many choices are informed by the island environment and lifestyle. The factors that drew us to want a home in this location to begin with need to be considered in the design; otherwise, it’s just another stateside home. The climate and the access to water sports […]
The bathroom area is one of the most intimate spaces in a home, and there are a number of factors that go into the bathroom vanity you choose. It is where time is spent winding down and presents an opportunity to create a more luxurious experience for the user through design. We love working in […]
The bathroom is an essential part of everyday life, and often where the day starts and ends. Whether a full or half-bath, working with your space to find a lighting combination that works for your routine can be a game-changer. Bathroom lighting is dynamic and multi-purpose; different areas require different levels of light depending on […]
Remodeling your kitchen can be a dream; however, the process can quickly become overwhelming without taking a few simple steps to ensure your family is as comfortable as possible during a long-term renovation. Staying in your home is completely possible, but taking time to prepare for several weeks or months of disruption in your home […]
Let’s talk about luxury bedding, not just the beauty aspect of it, but what really goes into a well-made bed. It’s all about layers and textures. I love luxury linens, and it’s items like these we like to incorporate when we design a special bedroom retreat for our clients. The biggest focus is what will […]
A few good friends of ours recently went through the process of selecting countertops for their new home and asked for my input. It got me thinking about other homeowners who tackle countertops without a clue on where to start! There are many options outside of the standard granite look that can elevate your home […]
Do you have a lover of design on your nice list this year, or are you stuck on what to get the design connoisseur in your life? We’re here to help you find the perfect holiday gifts to complement their style and personality without needing to hang on to the gift receipt! Join us as we highlight our curated list of 5 Christmas gift ideas for the design lover in your life.
Lagnappe Interiors know a thing or two about window treatments; after all, we have offered custom treatment services to the Virgin Islands for nearly two decades! We’ve collected some of our favorite styles, tips, and tricks for choosing bedroom window treatments to help you find something you’ll love for years to come.
The amount of space and how you make use of it can make the greatest impact on your interiors. At Lagnappe, this is one of the first things we look at when starting a project so we can get a feel of what we’re working with. We were recently featured on Redfin, where we had the opportunity to share a few tips on different ways to expand the feel of your home and we wanted to keep the conversation going!
Our anticipation has been bubbling over, and we are beyond ecstatic to finally be joining our fellow bloggers and designers at High Point Market this fall. Did we mention that we have also been selected for the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour? We consider it an honor and a privilege to be included among this talented group of design professionals.
In some ways, this time last year doesn’t look too different for us. For that, we feel very fortunate. Many of our clients reside off the island during the course of their projects. Because of this, our collaboration with them started and has continued to be done online. Now, everyone who would normally be in the office is logging in from their home office. Thanks to our previous set up we’ve been able to pivot with them seamlessly. The difference we are witnessing now is a significant shift that is driving some new trends in design that we are incredibly excited about.
Summer is a season of relaxation. Creating an outdoor living space that is both practical and luxurious requires finesse. From the planning stage to selecting furniture that will stand the test of time in a coastal climate, I am happy to share what I have learned with you.
I love Caned furniture. Currently, it is having a moment in the world of design and home fashion. Of course, in our part of the world, it’s never gone out of style. The open weave’s flexibility is comfortable to sit on and offers much-needed airflow in our hot climate. The unique look of the square in a square pattern and natural material is a staple in Caribbean homes and has been for centuries.
Caribbean Architecture is known for many things. Like the island’s history, its influences go back centuries when different practices and design trends were utilized to accomplish what some modern-day technology has replaced and climate has impacted. Through it all, we are still able to walk through downtown Charlotte Amalie and see the signature signs of Caribbean Architecture in its most natural forms. I connected with my friend Kevin Qualls from Springline Architects to dig into more information on what architecture is like in the Caribbean.
Designers make references throughout the space, and together they tell a story. What story do we want the home to tell? Many factors influence that answer, from the client’s unique life experiences and lifestyle to the home’s architecture and location.
The perfect color combination can turn an ordinary room into an extraordinary room. Color helps shape the way we perceive a space and there are countless libraries of inspiration. Here is how we find inspiration for coastal island home color palettes.
If you have a coastal vacation home, especially one that you rent out short-term, AIRBNB style, then you know that the choice of furnishings is so important for so many more reasons. You know you need things that are durable, but they should also be stylish, comfortable, and easy to clean.
A client of ours wanted her children to be able to experience living and having their home in Saint Thomas while being able to rent the home out by the week to vacationers on Airbnb to provide extra income for expenses related to upkeep.
Christmas time is a special time all over the world. The twinkle of lights and joyous music in the air make spirits bright and call loved ones together to celebrate. Family traditions take center stage, and the razzle-dazzle of the season makes every day brighter during this festive time.
2020 will forever have its place in the history books as the year that everything changed. Life, as we knew it earlier this year, seems so far away now, and look how far we have come. I don’t think any of us anticipated the magnitude or the lasting impact COVID has had and will continue to have on our society going forward.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of many homes. As you and your families begin to plan and prepare for the holiday season, you may find yourself spending a lot more time in this area of your home if you haven’t already been this year. Because of the kitchen’s larger footprint, we thought it would be best to devote a blog article to include anything and everything in its own entry. If you plan on remodeling or updating aspects of your kitchen, there are quite a few things to consider.
Art comes in many forms. Over the course of history these different forms, genres, media, and styles have blossomed into waves of purpose for creatives to do what they love. Their purpose improves the lives of those who have come to know and discover them in their local communities or their places of travel. We brought our St. Thomas artists straight to you via our Caribbean Artist Series on our Instagram. If you haven’t had a chance to watch our IG LIVE series, here is our mini artist showcase to inspire and delight your day.
For as long as there’s been great design, there’s design that just didn’t age well. I’m sure we all remember popcorn ceilings, shag rugs, glass block—the list goes on. We have put together some of the most famous design faux pas to make sure you avoid these traps yourself.
Has your television intake increased over the past couple of months? It seems like almost every big event is being televised or streamed to ensure everyone is able to still enjoy their experience while staying safe. For some, being in front of the camera can be a little nerve-wracking, especially if you have never done it before.
The Importance of Lighting & Its Effect on Your Living Environment When it comes to transforming a personal retreat or a vacation rental, there’s a secret weapon that often goes overlooked, is regularly underestimated, or misunderstood: lighting. As an interior designer, I’ve had the privilege of working with clients for over two decades, and time […]