THIS STUNNING, MODERN FAMILY ROOM WILL HAVE YOU RETHINKING THE HUMBLE SITTING ROOM

Sitting rooms—the most superfluous room in the house or an necessity every household needs? At this year’s SF Decorator’s Showcase, San Francisco-based designer Heather Hilliard made a compelling case for the latter by introducing a new kind of sitting room. Filled with a mix of antiques and contemporary finds; new and storied art, Hilliard’s room proves that sitting rooms aren’t a bygone artifact, but rather they can be compelling and dynamic spaces worthy of any floorplan’s extra square footage. Ahead, Hilliard shares her inspiration for her modern sitting room and reveals ideas for creating your own contemporary sitting room that feels nothing like the musty dens of yesteryear.

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GET IN GEAR FOR SUMMER WITH THESE 5 STUNNING BACKYARD SPACES

Long gone are the days of dropping a pair of chairs and a habachi grill on the back deck and calling it an outdoor space. These days interior designers approach backyards the same way as they do interiors, paying high mind to furniture layout, color schemes, and top-notch amenities. Whereas interiors often call for restraint, exteriors provide interior designers a chance to shuck the rule book and let their imaginations lead the way. If you’re looking to kickstart a renovation of your own backyard space (or are simply aiming to do little Midsummer daydreaming), we’ve rounded up five designer backyards that transform well-known and loved interior styles into dramatic and charming exterior spaces. Ahead, discover the elements that makes these unique outdoor spaces work.

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LEE STANTON’S EXPERT GUIDE TO ANTIQUES

In antique dealer Lee Stanton’s L.A. home you’ll find the most unusual of pairings. An industrial factory desk with a Neoclassical marble plinth lamp, for instance. Or a Brutalist chandelier, reminiscent of Paul Evan’s Cityscape series, paired with a classical cane chair. In theory, the sync-ups shouldn’t work, but in Stanton’s hands the items feel like perfect, puzzle-piece-style fits. Stanton credits his family tree, rife with collectors and antique dealers, for his scrupulous eye. “I grew up with antiques,” he says. “My mother and father collected them. My grandfather restored them. My sister was a designer and sold them. I guess you can say antiques are a part of my DNA!”

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7 INTERIOR TRENDS THAT WILL DISRUPT DECOR IN 2019

Ringing in 2019 means being on the cusp of a new decade and bracing for the wave of innovation that follows. If 2018 was any indication; however, the tides are already churning in the design world. To shine a light on what we can expect design-wise in 2019, we quizzed DECASO president Kendra Frisbie about what hot-button trends she’s loving for the months ahead. From a renewed focus on serene shapes and tactile fabrics to a focus on all things female, these are the trends that will be shaking things up in 2019.

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