Super Size Me!

 Want elegant simplicity with a touch of retro style?

Try supersized tiles! Check out a few of our favorite examples of this hot trend for baths.



Look at the size of those tiles! Gorgeous tiles find a beautiful home in this modern bathroom, complete with a rectangular tub and square windows. These extra-large tiles have a reflective quality to them, which helps the space appear larger. Custom tiles were used around the door, giving this room an even more high-end look.


For something a little more glam, try these larger bathroom tiles with incredibly useful pull out drawers! The drawers have sparkly handles that invite an aura of opulence into the space, and beautiful size that pairs well with the oversized decorative mirror and chandelier.


Topps Tiles 

These subway tiles from Topps Tiles make this bathroom look so smooth and fresh with such a beautiful pop of color! The pearly white grout plays well with the porcelain tub, and the aqua blue tiles make the room appear fun, yet classic!



Luminous tiles line the floor of this ultra-posh home, complete with a view that’s to die for. Gorgeous tiles offer smoothness and serenity to the space, and the sheer size of the tiles are right on trend. A perfect choice for a wide open living room.



Not so subway, these tiles are for the artistically inclined. Sea green with a touch of mauve, these tiles add dimension and beauty to the space. The enormous size really makes a statement, while the color keeps them from appearing too overstated. The gold mirrors really bring out the accents of the tile and pull the entire room together.  I especially like that they were placed vertically rather than the expected horizontal installation. 



This space with oversized tile walls and floor just scream classy! Our first matte finish, these tiles have quite a different look without the shine, but with plenty of elegance. The colors compliment each other perfectly and the matte finish pairs so well with the mod artwork. Just another unique example of how chic the large tile look can be! 


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Beautiful Bedrooms!

 Who doesn’t want a beautiful bedroom? The room you spend quite some time in, the room you love. Make a sensual space for a most enjoyable sleep. Check out a few of our favorite picks, and enjoy some beautiful bedrooms full of light and character.


Transport yourself to another world with this amazingly dramatic bedroom. Gold accents play up a royal purple bedspread and couch, while far-reaching bedposts add drama and height to the room. Candles and fruit add a vanitas feel, and the detail of the wall gives an artistic edge to the space. A beautiful area rug pairs well with hard wood floors, creating more visual interest. Tall windows give the space an edge and let so much light in. The dramatic mouldings give history to the space and balance the newness of the bright gold garden stools.  Finally, the dark pillows add a slightly gothic feel without stealing the femininity from the space.


Meghan Blum

Now for something lighter! This room makes white feel fresh and fun without making it sterile and devoid of feeling. The large piece of art with two feathers anchors the space. This pop of color adds a grounding influence to all the white, and helps give character. It’s amazing what color can do; even the dark blue blanket feels completely necessary here. The headboard is busy but not distracting, adding a decorative element with a pattern that beautifully compliments that of the wallpaper.   The wallpaper draws the eye up making the room feel more grand.  The tall bed and tall lamp looks perfect here.


This beautiful room showcases the power of decorative pillows added to a neutral base! The pillows play up the beautiful contrast created by a powerful black bed in a lighter room. Tall ceilings makes the room feel expansive, and give that added edge of luxury. The three pieces of art above the headboard work wonders to create balance and the simple, classic roman shades add a touch of timeless chic appeal. The room brings together surprising elements that all work so well together.


Time for more drama! The velour bed just screams comfort! There is a beautiful presence to the bed, with a masculine feel because of the size and shape. The manliness of the bed is juxtaposed with a dark, yet feminine chandelier. The tea-stained area rug creates a beautiful softness to the room, and it’s pale blue and neutral hues really draw out the color of the bed. Beautiful sculptural art lives in the hallway and entices us to enjoy the space even further!


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Fabulous Front Doors!

Make a great first impression with a fabulous front door! The front door can set the tone for the entire home and even act as a decorative piece in the overall entryway design.

Here we see a custom piece that adds depth and character to the space. The beautiful door has a rustic finish and a custom transom that fits the unique size of the entryway. The deep brown grounds the space, adding earthiness to the peach walls and the vibrant rug, while creating a sense of continuity with the armoire. The intensity of the door also brings out the darker tones of the painting as well.

For a simpler look, add a pop of color! This door and transom adds a bit of whimsy to an otherwise white brick wall and the bright orange tone works wonders with the green plant pots. A beautiful example of how the right hue can uplift the curb appeal of the home.

Elegant and Dramatic. This front door screams of drama with its intricacy and detail. The door maintains its high-end appeal through the complexity of the design, yet the black and white color palette allow it to avoid looking gaudy and overdone. With a door this fancy, you’d think we were on our way to meet the Queen of England!

For drama of a different flavor, try this door from Prague. Old and obscure, the matched patterning of the door and wall create astounding impact. The small window in the middle of the door gives a gothic feel, and the handle adds even more character. When you’re ready to return to old world Europe, try a style as influential as this one.

Back to the suburbs! Take a break from all the drama with simple elegance. This front door would look great on just about any home, yet the three square windows add just enough flair and personality to make it look anything but cookie cutter. The balance created by the three squares offers a safe and inviting entry to a warm home.

Again we find some drama – this time in the form of plants! The large cacti create drama and visual interest, yet paired with the two lanterns, we find balance. The door itself is a beautiful pink daisy color, which works so well with the cacti and the white walls surrounding the doors. The Avant-garde opening of the door lets visitors know they are entering a space entirely new to their design sensibilities.

The carvings in this front door are incredibly beautiful, and add a new dimension to what can be done with a door. The front door above is warm in tone and the decorative carvings let you know you are embarking on a home you won’t forget.

Fenstermann, LLC

The carvings in this front door are incredibly beautiful, and add a new dimension to what can be done with a door. The front door above is warm in tone and the decorative carvings let you know you are embarking on a home you won’t forget.

For one last take on the front door, try a glass one! This is a modern version of the front door, with a slim trim and great height. Perfect for a summer home, this door invites guests in from the heat and offers a perfect entry point to a fabulously modern home!

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Wow Them with Wallpaper!

Want to add a little drama to your space? Wow guests with wallpaper that packs a punch!
Here are a few of our favorite selections of wallpaper that add a distinct flair to any room. 


Create visual interest and contrast with a gorgeous wallpaper that adds shine to the space. Here we see a silver patterned paper that increases provocation in a gothic-inspired dining area. Adding the wallpaper allows the silver mirror to truly pop, and gives an artistic feel to the overall space. Placed between white borders and dark walls only serves to add greater visual appeal to the paper!

Walls aren’t the only way to be creative with decorative wallpaper. For an even more inventive twist on traditional wallpaper, try papering your ceiling. Purple walls coupled with a graphic ceiling create a dramatic effect in this modern living space. The pattern of the ceiling paper creates an art deco vibe that really enhances the space in a way only this paper could. The color of the pattern plays against the fun red chinoiserie of the chair and brings out accent elements in the artwork hanging on the wall. The geometric design of the paper also includes the circles that play well with the circular bases of the lamps and the Zen circles on the silver-leaf buffet. Here we see how ceiling wallpaper can completely enhance the space and further support the themes established in the fabrics and furniture.

Designed by: Belle Maison Inc.

Lastly, we get worldly with wallpaper in a powder room. This dramatic wallpaper offers respite from the mundane by taking us on a trip around the world as we enter the space. A beautiful map detail transforms the room and provides a high-end accent to otherwise chrome surroundings. The curvature of the map compliments the serpentine design of the vanity while the silver in the map marries well with its burnished silver finish. Yet another beautiful example of how wallpaper can truly enhance a space!

Thinking about making a change to your space?

Contact StarrMiller Interior Design for one of a kind design with fun and sensibility. 

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Creating a Safe Haven with Safe Alliance

StarrMiller Interior Design is known for quality design work, creative style, and for always giving a helping hand to the local community. Here at StarrMiller, we are committed to empowering women and improving the lives of those in need throughout Lake Norman. In an effort to stay active and involved in our community, we recently worked on behalf of the Executive Women of Lake Norman to assist Safe Alliance in improving their offices as to create a more healing atmosphere for clients.

The leading group of women business owners and leaders in the Lake Norman community, the Executive Women of Lake Norman worked with Safe Alliance as part of their commitment to community outreach. With a focus on aiding women and children in crisis, Safe Alliance provides hope and healing to those victimized by sexual abuse, child abuse and domestic violence, offering such vital services as a 24-hour crisis line, a shelter, a children’s advocacy center, safety planning services, trauma-informed counseling services, hospital accompaniment, case management, systems advocacy, and support groups.

When Safe Alliance needed to remodel their offices to create a sacred space for health and healing, we knew we had to become intimately involved with such an important project.

We definitely wanted to create a place that was distinctly tranquil. We took inspiration from the Safe Alliance logo, softened their established color palette and added fabrics with circular, floral patterns that spoke to the embrace of hope and healing.  Most importantly, we wanted the space to remind Safe Alliance clients that they had a comfortable, beautiful haven to come to when they needed healing and counseling. 

Natural light always feels healing to me, and it was such a gift to be blessed with a space that had large windows. Windows and the plants seen right outside of them are constant reminders for clients that the world can still be a benevolent place in spite of the hardship they’ve endured. We also brought the outside in by using a floral pattern for the curtains that matched the pillows to create a sense of continuity and add that natural environ to the room.


The artwork is my favorite aspect of the design, it is so gorgeous and really ties the space together. The artwork chosen is of x-rayed flowers that reveal nature’s hidden beauty. 


 Even the waiting room is a happy place! Plum chairs really help to bring out the magic of the artwork and provide a warm space with which to wait for counseling. The artwork grounds the room and adds a sense of beauty and gentleness. 

In addition to making the waiting room feel warm and inviting, we wanted to add a sense of playfulness to the children’s waiting space. We achieved this by using a whimsical butterfly stencil full of bright colors. The free-flying symbolism of the butterflies represents freedom and reminds our little guests they are welcome and wanted at Safe Alliance.

Once again, we incorporated a warm palette and important inspirational art for women. Serving as a reminder of their own strength and capability, the quote “In our darkest moments there is a light within us, waiting for the right time to shine and guide our way,” reassures Safe Alliance clients that the best is yet to come. We wanted the artwork to reflect how important this charitable project was to us.

Working on the Safe Alliance redesign was one of our proudest moments and reminded us why we do what we do. The opportunity to bring beauty and light into a space as important as Safe Alliance was a joy and a privilege!

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Dining in Style

Geometric genius and an earthy palette create a dining room bursting with contemporary style!

This room was such a joy to design. Every design begins with the client and how they see the world and how they want to live.  In this case the clients were in the midst of a renovation and  they were opening up all of the spaces. They were taking a previously transitional/traditional home and making it contemporary.  They called StarrMiller Interior Design in to help with the decisions and take the design to finishing school.

In this dining room we wanted to first warm up the palette by dropping in an earthy grey/brown to add drama to the space.  Then we chose to demonstrate how potent the presence of an area rug can be when paired with furniture of a similar palette. The end product results in a sharp and stunning geometric pattern that really opens up the space and creates a distinct ambiance. 

The double set of five spherical glass light fixtures add a bit of playfulness to the space, and invite the energy of fun into the dining space. They also help fill up the tall room. They provide a great counterbalance to all of the straight lines in all of the other components chosen for this space.

A travertine and cherry table is the focal point of the design and makes for a great center to eat and enjoy one another’s company.  

The chairs are central to the theme in the room for many reasons. Their chestnut cutouts served to continue the repetition of the geometric patterns in the room. They create a gorgeous green set that exudes sensuality and groundedness, and the sueded fabric serves to add softness to the hard lines and corners of the space. Both of these gestures help create a sense of balance that is central to everything we do. 

In creating this space, we wanted to bring the outside in, by creating an ambience of the natural world that mirrored the environment seen from the windows. Even the window treatments were chosen with a contemporary look and see through material to ensure the outside beauty would always be a part of the room. All of these elements play off of the stone fireplace, adding an even more natural feel to the space.


We love making our clients’ dreams a reality. For this dining room, we worked hard to create a space that matched this client’s desire for a beautiful space that felt down to earth and sophisticated all at once.

The finished chairs highlight the incredibly unique area rug, and the completed dining room makes for a warm and inviting space for dining, a welcoming place for guests and a sophisticated, contemporary room that keeps everyone coming back for more.

Speaking of more, we are now working on their master bathroom renovation! 

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Did you see StarrMiller Interior Design in Lake Norman Currents April 2013 Issue???

Thank you to the lovely folks at Lake Norman Currents Magazine!  What a lovely article written by Deb Mitchell with photography by Glenn Roberson!  This article is one of my favorites because it truly captures the relationship we have with our clients.  Each client is unique and special and the fun ecelectic artsy feel of this home really reflects just that!


Here are the pages for you!  If you click on the picture and then also click on the page once it comes up you can read it!


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Where does the time go? Best if 2013

 Wow!  Starr Miller Interior Design has been voted Best of Houzz 2013 in the category of Design!

We are thrilled!!

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Where does the time go? Let’s catch up… Executive Women of Lake Norman

Oh my goodness it is 2013!  Where did the time go?

Some fun news!!!

I was elected to the Board of Directors of The Executive Women of Lake Norman.  This is a great group and I am honored to work with such amazing women!

I am working on all of the Programs and Education for the group for 2013.  Let me know if you have any ideas!!







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