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Living Room Style | Modern-Traditional

This living room design came together as such a beautiful fusion of modern and traditional style, we couldn’t wait to share all the details with you. Although we work with clients all over the Eastern US, our studio and home base is in the heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and we love it when […]

Dining Room Design: Sip and Savor with Style

It’s a BRAND-NEW project, and we are so excited to share it with you! The dining room was only part of this gorgeous home design, but as the holidays approach, there’s no better time to share this beautiful gathering place. Whether you are having a small gather or hosting this year, there’s plenty to be […]

Falling for Orange: Design Color Crush

Fall color is all around, and today we wanted to give some much-deserved love to orange-inspired design. While we don’t always think of this hue as a traditional staple of the home design color palette, orange can be so much more than just an October one-off. When placed with creativity, art and skill, it’s a design bombshell that can bring glamour and glow to any space.

Designing Wall Color: Why We Love the Paint Consultation

Y’all, we are excited! (all the jazz hands emojis over here!). It’s no secret that we love color in design especially wall color. And in this time of year that is all about change and transition to new autumn hues all around, we get even more dazzled by the way color can transform a room, a vision, and an entire home. The science and theory behind the perfect color choice for each space is something that we never stop exploring, and continues to be one of the most requested interior design services in our studio year after year. So this month seemed like the perfect time to post it up about all things colorful design, and how we can help you find the perfect hues that you will love for a lifetime.

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Designing Your Home Office: Cat’s Pro Tips

Whether working from home is your normal routine or something you’ve been adapting to over the last few months, creating the right space makes a big difference. Especially when many of us are also navigating the tall task of converting our home into a makeshift schoolhouse, our own home work area may have taken a […]

Design Sessions- Spaghetti Day at the Studio!

Today we’re giving an insider-look at something we’ve never shared before- the infamous “Spaghetti Day” at the studio. Our clients tell us over and over how much they love this part of the process, and it’s one of our favorite ways to open the door to deep creativity and true personalization on each custom project. […]

La Vita Dolce Part 3 – The Final Reveal

YES, the final reveal is here, and it’s love at first sip for this gorgeous Chapel Hill coffee house design. We’re so glad you’ve been enjoying these posts, and if you’re catching up on this series, we’ve been taking a tour of the one and only La Vita Dolce Cafe at Southern Village (see Part 1 and Part 2 here!). This beautiful complete interior redesign was a collaboration of CFD and amazing local entrepreneur Annie Johnston. Along with a team of superhero industry pros, we brought vision, life, and all the chic vibes to this beloved Chapel Hill spot. Today we’re going to dig into more behind-the-design challenges and solutions, design strategy, and all the details that made it picture perfect. So let’s clink those cappuccinos and make our way to the final design finish.

La Vita Dolce! Cafe Redesign

All projects are one-of-a-kind here in our studio, but every so often we get the opportunity to do something truly dynamic- and La Vita Dolce is exactly that. This local cafe and coffee house redesign is one that we can’t WAIT to share with you. There’s so much to talk about with this project that […]

Cat’s Pro Tips: Throw Pillow Throwdown

It’s time for a throw pillow throwdown! When it comes to design versatility, it’s pretty hard to beat the classic throw pillow. It’s a design staple that’s been around so long it can sometimes be taken for granted, but a great throw pillow is such a workhorse for bringing together a space. There’s every option under the sun for shape, color, texture, pattern, and more. It’s also one of the most budget and time-friendly ways to dress up nearly any seating area. It seems like it would be super simple to just grab a few and literally throw them around (it’s right there in the name!) But, like so many aspects of design, getting the combination and arrangement just right can be a little trickier than we may first assume. Often clients are surprised how in-depth the selection process can be, especially when we’re looking at complete rooms or full house designs. Bringing in pillows and changing them up is one of our favorite ways to bring life, color, and flow to custom rooms, and today we’re dropping some of Cat’s favorite pillow strategies to know-before-you-throw.