I’m an interior designer and there’s one trend you need to avoid at all costs

INTERIOR designer Sophie Robinson shared the one home design trend that she hates, and why you should steer clear of this lighting trend.

Robinson is the new host of Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson, where she admitted that recessed ceiling spotlights are her “biggest bugbears” when it comes to home design trends.

An interior designer says to avoid the recessed ceiling spotlights trend


An interior designer says to avoid the recessed ceiling spotlights trendCredit: Getty
Sophie Robinson is the host of Dream Home Makeovers


Sophie Robinson is the host of Dream Home MakeoversCredit: Instagram/sophierobinsoninteriors

Robinson, who has been in the design industry for over 20 years, said that recessed spotlights in the ceiling look like “developer’s acne,” but still noted that most people use this kind of lighting in their home.

She explained that developers put hundreds of these in a grid, making your room “feel like a fast food takeaway.”

Many people get recessed spotlights in their ceilings to make their home look and

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Home Office Overlooking Northport Bay Earns Interior Design Society Award

A home office for an architect in his new waterfront home on Northport Bay in Asharoken earned an Interior Design Society’s first place “Designer of the Year” award in the home office category for Christine Conte, of Christine Conte Interiors of Huntington.

Part of a complete home design and build project, the 15-by-25-foot office was positioned at the far end of the home, away from the kitchen and family room, to ensure that noise would be kept to a minimum. 

“Flow and entertaining were prominent in designing this home and the rooms attach as a series with both a common hallway and open pass-throughs, so that you can see the whole house from one room to the other,” Conte says.

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Gulfshore Homes adds Interior Design Division

Steven Watt, President of the highly respected luxury home builder, Gulfshore Homes, is excited to announce it recently added another branch to its deeply rooted corporate tree – an Interior Design division.

 “We have always been the liaison between our homeowners and the interior design team we partnered with. Over the years we have taken a more active role in consulting with our clients on their interior design choices,” stated Matthew Shull, executive vice president of Gulfshore Homes. “Adding an Interior Design division to the company was a natural evolution of our business model and makes it substantially more convenient for the client.”

Watt also announced that Brooke Meyer has been selected as the division’s Principal Interior Designer.

The Boca Raton, Florida, native has a Master of Science Degree from Florida State University in Interior Design. For nearly four years she was a design assistant with an award-winning residential firm

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Romanza Interior Design brings customized collaboration to life at luxury 4th Avenue North estate

Within a private residence recently completed by London Bay Homes on 4th Avenue North in Naples, Romanza Interior Design’s Senior Design Director Jennifer Stevens collaborated with the client to create a dream home designed with entertaining in mind, full of thoughtful details.

Inspired by London Bay Homes’ Director of Design Michael Faulhaber’s architectural approach, Stevens’ interior design blends the homeowner’s preferences of contemporary furnishings with transitional backgrounds, throughout the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home.

“We blended the two styles in harmony to create elegant spaces and beautiful moments throughout the home,” said Stevens.

Linen white walls serve as a beautifully neutral backdrop for rich materials, such as the straight laid, wide plank European oak flooring in a warm grayed tone and the handmade wallcoverings used throughout.

Contributing to the home’s comfortable sense and contemporary style, a two-story fireplace creates a dramatic architectural feature in the great room complimented by generously scaled,

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