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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

2011 Decorating Trend: Tradition With A Twist

House Beautiful recently named several influences that will shape interior design in 2011. I have seen an emergence of three of these trends in my design business—one of them being the ‘Accessorator,’ as named by House Beautiful.

Lily Pulitzer's bedding by Garnet Hill

House Beautiful’s Accessorator influence (which I have renamed, ‘Tradition with a Twist’) is where flirty colorful colors come to life with a keen eye toward what is going on in the fashion industry. This style is always looking backward for inspiration, but adding a more modern twist.

This is where the PANTONE color of the year, Honeysuckle, will really shine as Lilly Pulitzer and others like her, who are famous for preppy clothing and brightly colored attire, start to finalize their crossover into the home interiors market. To the left is one of Lilly Pulitzer’s bedding lines by Garnet Hill that are taking off as we head into a new year and adopt a new attitude of renewal and hope.

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