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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Our New Newsletter has been Published!!!

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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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Hope at the Lake is tonight!!!!

We have been fortunate to be the designers for the Hope at the Lake event. The event is being held at The Dale Earnhardt facility in Mooresville and most importantly it benefits the families with children who are battling cancer at Levine Children’s Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Still setting up, but here is a sneak peak..

The inspiration for the event came from the waters of Monaco with a Retro Riviera feel….

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We are blessed! 2012 Magazine Features!

Here are a few of the fantanstic places that featured our work this year!

December 2012

December 2012 – And this is our cover shot!

April 2012

March 2012 – Hey, that’s me!



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Oooooo Santa Baby, I want this under my tree, for me!


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Press Release – Starr Miller Interior Design

Starr Miller of the Lake Norman based firm, StarrMiller Interior Design wins the prestigious ASID Carolina’s Best Large Scale Home Interior Design Award


October 9, 2012 
Charlotte, NC

Starr Miller of the Lake Norman based firm, StarrMiller Interior Design has won the 1st Place Award for Residential Design of a Home over 3,500 square feet at the annual ASID Carolina’s Excellence in Design Awards in Charleston, South Carolina.  The awards are open to all 650 ASID (American Society of Interior Design) member designers throughout both North and South Carolina.

"I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the winner of this award. I am especially proud of our design team who works in collaboration with our clients to produce truly one of a kind designs that are not only visually stunning, but functional.   In the end we have captured the essence of our client.  I think that collaboration is what sets us apart."

Starr Miller is an award winning Interior Designer and Columnist based in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area of North Carolina.  She is a graduate of the renowned Parsons School of Design and her work has been featured nationally on,, and HGTV’s series Save My Bath. 

In 2012 Starr was also awarded two National DotY (Designer of the Year) awards by the Interior Design Society.  Starr has also won numerous other interior design awards such as Lake Norman Home Builder’s Best of the Lake, NARI Team Award for Interiors and the Charlotte Home Builder’s Excellence in Remodeling Award. 

Her work has been featured in Lake Norman Magazine, Lake Norman Woman Magazine, Lake Norman Currents Magazine and the Charlotte Observer.

StarrMiller Interior Design is a collaborative design studio that is known for adding their Playful Contemporary Twist to Classic Traditional Southern Style.  The firm is based in Cornelius, NC.

For more information, please visit


Starr Miller

President and Principal Designer

StarrMiller Interior Design

19732 One Norman Blvd., Ste #350

Cornelius, NC 28031


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