Rising Atlanta-Based Design Firm, Chic Abode Interiors, Debuts Boutique Hotel Style at Home, Awarded “Best of Houzz” 2014

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CNN Headline News (HLN) Selects and Features Chic Abode’s Claire Bell to Showcase How to Achieve Increasingly Popular Style

"I am thrilled that both CNN HLN and Houzz have recognized my unique design focus and work,” said Claire Bell, founder and designer of Chic Abode Interiors.

Catering to a growing homeowner interest in boutique hotel design and comfort, Chic Abode Interiors, an innovative Atlanta-based interior design firm, today announced its focus on delivering “Boutique Hotel at Home” style for clients and that it has been awarded “Best of Houzz 2014” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. CNN HLN recently recognized the talent and approach of Chic Abode founder and designer, Claire Bell, in the edition of Project Home entitled, “Accessorizing a Great Room”. To view the room makeover and complete segments online, visit CNN HLN’s Project Home at http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/10/22/accessorizing-great-room.

"I am thrilled that both CNN HLN and Houzz have recognized my unique design focus and work,” said Claire Bell, founder and designer of Chic Abode Interiors. “Achieving a boutique hotel level of style greatly modernizes and adds a glam edge to a space while remaining true to many homes’ traditional bones."

Helping clients transform traditional spaces without alienating their roots and explaining the design rationales behind why spaces look beautiful and function well have always been extremely important to Claire Bell. Through her recent work with residential clients, Claire pinpointed the market's overwhelming need to identify a new style direction that is both timeless and departs from the overly saturated Old World or Tuscany trend of recent years. Responding, additionally, to the lifestyle of her clientele, who routinely stay in high-end boutique hotels whether for business or personal travel, she noted that they yearned to equal the comfort and sophistication of those venues in their own homes. In response, Ms. Bell began steering her clients toward the niche that has now come to define her work.

Bell infuses each project with accents of her own eclectic and impeccable taste that embrace the old and the new, the lustrous and the organic, the glamorous and the classic. Bell implements her boutique hotel look while respecting and paying tribute not only to her clients’ tastes and lifestyle needs but to the architectural demands of the space.

Seven major components of Boutique Hotel Style at Home include:
o    Play of light and reflective surfaces against a monochromatic or near-monochromatic palette
o    Trend-forward furniture and accent pieces and clean, modern lines
o    Mix of luxurious fabrics in varying sheens and shades
o    Use of sculptural objects such as shaped lamps and candlesticks made of mercury glass, mirrored elements, or crystal
o    Soft and shimmery area rugs
o    High-contrast vignettes using one or two strong colors in combination with each other, often neutrals such as white and espresso/black, frequently expressed through the use of modern, graphic art; and
o    Sophisticated detailing such as nickel nail head transmitting a feeling of high-end tailoring.

Chic Me: Free Online Design Opinions and What’s Your Style Quiz

For a limited time, Chic Abode is offering two complimentary online tools. The first gives consumers the opportunity to tap into a designer mindset and boost their own creative process at home by enabling them to upload a photo of a potential item for purchase and the space it is intended for. Chic Abode then responds with an opinion of how well the item can work in the space based on the company’s design rationales. The second tool is a design quiz where homeowners can identify the right style for them, all online. To access these free tools, take the quiz and see the results, visit Chic Abode Interiors at http://www.chicabodeinteriors.com/take-our-design-questionaire/.

About Chic Abode Interiors

Established in 2008, Chic Abode Interiors offers residential design solutions that emphasize beauty, functionality, and represent an inviting retreat away from the world. Leveraging her more than one decade of experience in high-end design including several years at Architectural Digest Top 100 Firm, Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Claire Bell has a specialized focus on achieving Boutique Hotel Style at Home. Claire Bell stops nothing short of impeccable results and complete client satisfaction while inspiring her clients to achieve their design dreams. Bell has earned prestigious awards and industry accolades including: Best of Houzz 2014, Best 2013 Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine Bath Remodel, Best of the Best 2012 Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine Dining Room, and Feature Article "Hotel at Home" in Design Bureau's Special Issue, Inspiring Interiors --"A Collection of the Best Interior Design Around the World--Where You Live, Where You Work, Where You Play". Bell is also currently working on a Tastemaker Collection for ArcadianHome.com. To learn more, visit http://www.chicabodeinteriors.com or view recent projects and follow Chic Abode on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chic-Abode/108539435889646), Twitter (@chicabodeclaire) or Houzz (http://www.houzz.com/pro/chicabode).


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