5 Bold Bathroom Tile Floors



I am obsessed with remodeling baths! I think it is because I love seeing great tile and stone installed and the notion that those surfaces are quite permanent.

Today, though…the focus is bold bathroom tile floors. These bold floors make a marvelous design statement. Bold color, bold pattern, bold texture…no holding back on the floors in these rooms. Cement tiles, mosaic marble basketweave tiles, hexagon ceramic tiles and so much more.

Tip: Notice…if you decide to go extremely bold on the floors…make sure to go minimal on the walls…I would suggest white tile walls or painted walls for bold bathroom floor.

Look 1: Subway tile and bold pattern flooring.

Look 2: Black and white can be used in many ways but here, it is modern traditional.

Look 3: Not sure which one is better, the tile or the shower layout?

Look 4: A interesting spin on black and white.

Look 5: Hexagons are a great shape to use to add interest!

Bold floor print patterns are a great way for designers to add interest to a room. It keeps the eyes wondering throughout the room, which can be great in commercial use. I always try to add either floor or ceiling details into my design because it adds so much more detail.

What do you think about bold bath floors?

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

7 Ways to Decorate With House Plants


A friend of mine recently said they were not a fan of plants inside the house. I highly disagree! I love the idea of using a plant to enhance a room’s decor. Houseplants can add great visual texture to a room and they help purify the air. Studies have shown that plants can have a destressing effect too.

From a tall fiddle leaf fig or palm tree, to some creeping English Ivy, to some low maintenance Aloe Vera, a rubber plant, some bamboo…all good options for inside the house…

Today I show you some ways to style plants in your home! 


A little bit of potted greenery in a plant stand is the perfect accent.

A snake plant is low maintenance with a modern look.

Love a fiddle leaf fig in a basket. Definitely on trend.

Palm trees. Need I say more?

An arrangement of small potted plants brightens up this fire place mantel. 

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

7 Ways to Use 2017 Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Fashion & Shopping:

Just a few months ago, the people who decide all things color trends came out with a trend color forecast for 2018.

The 2017 Color of the Year was announced back in December.  I know.  I am behind on this blog post.  I am getting to it now. So I need to beg the color trend people to hold the roll out of 2018. For me, I am just warming up to 2017 and I need time.  Time to savor in it all including the color du jour.

“The color”  as most of you know, is a shade of green, Pantone is calling Greenery (15-0343).  Today I bring you 7 ways I would use the color of the year in home decor.  Take a look and let me know if you have any other ideas…


Here are my 7 ways to use green in home decor as illustrated through these photos.

  • Dining chairs – upholster the seat of a cute dinging chair in green.
  • Feature wall wallpaper – find a wonderful wallpaper with bold leafy print for a powder room or hallway
  • Plants – decorate with plants!
  • Green sofa – timeless if in hunter green or a shade of emerald
  • Kitchen island – Paint lower cabinets or a kitchen island a fabulous jade green
  • Bench or stool – Take a small stool or bench into be covered with green fabric from your local fabric shop
  • Pillows – Add a few green pillows to your living room sofa or the chair in the den.

Here is how the Pantone folks describe this almost chartreuse shade of green:

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

Looking forward to finding out what is in store for 2018.  As you an see by these swatches above…we are looking at a lot of color!!!

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student


Commercial Designs: The Women’s Center

Commerical Designs

The Women’s Center is a women’s clinic based in Texas. It’s a large company with a nurse station staff of about 11 led by head Doctor Megan Phillips and Doctor Lauren Tucker. Ms. Phillips and Ms. Tucker treat women in the Pearland, Texas area.
The main purpose of the center is to provide a high rate of return of patients and most importantly, make sure that their patients are taken care of. The Women’s Center takes great pride in the architectural projects that they finance for their patient and staff. The Women’s Center wants the projects to be of superior quality, setting new standards for nurse’s stations in the transitional hospital where The Women’s Center is located. They are inspired by the high-end design that Dr.Tucker sees in visits to luxury day spas in the East Coast.
This particular project is called the Women’s Center. It is a concrete hospital from the 1960s, located in the city south of Texas Street. This is a transitional inner-city neighborhood; it has experienced resurgence in recent years, as some former industrial buildings are being converted to retail, and commercial uses.
The completed project will contain a nurse’s station, and six exam rooms.

PS Floorplan for tagging

Rendered floor plan of The Women’s Center.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign

Enlightenment through the Women’s Center is refined by an environment that is unified, holistic, organic, and ordered. The Louts Flower, a metaphorical symbol of both enlightenment and the geometrical principles of nature will be replicated in the design through sequencing, corresponding hospital colors, and curvilinear architectural. The welcoming nurses station is conveyed as a curvilinear state with flower texture paneling, dimly-lit overhead lighting, and custom flower murals that enhances the room. Designed with females in mind, the space will resonate with those who seek women’s healthcare, but also to those who share a work space. Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through collaborative spaces.

Poduim PS Rednering

Rendered Perspective of The Women’s Center.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign

I look forward to sharing more designs with you. For any questions about this perspective or design please email me at: maeleea24@gmail.com

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

Commercial Design: West Hampton’s Elementary School

Commerical Designs

An environment that is unified, holistic, and organic refines equality throughout the West Hampton Elementary School. The Stingray, a metaphorical symbol of both deep thinking and leadership uses the geometrical principles of nature and will be replicated in the design through sequencing, school colors, curvilinear architectural, and art focused classrooms. The entrance of geometrical shapes in the spaces will provide an interchanging look and highlight visually textured surfaces. Designed with the “Stingray Nation” in mind, the space will resonate with those who appreciate art and design, but also to those who share a scholastic sense of pride. Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through collaborative spaces.

Maelee Arnold Interior’s was contracted to design the third grade class room and activity space of the West Hampton’s Elementary School. The design must be harmonious and functional for children.



Maelee Arnold Interior’s took the time to research the needs of third grade class rooms before picking out any furniture, finishes, and equipment (FFE). After researching, it was apparent that third grade is the grade year where children transition from single desk to group tables. It was also apparent that third grade scholars spend a lot of time focusing on science and math. To help incorporate third grade standards I found single movable desk that can be pushed-together to create a “table space” or “group space” for all the students. On top of mobility in the classroom, I also added THREE group areas that would give students a place to work on Science, Math or Reading; independently, in a group, or with the teacher.

desk for class room

Smith and System Silhouette Desk

I focused on a blue, orange and grey color palette that mimics West Hampton’s beaches for the classroom. Too much color can cause a “wondering eye”, which is not ideal in a school space. Not only was color an important element of our design but texture and shape was as well. I decided to carry a hexagon/ “honey comb” shape through out the third grade class rooms and activity space. Adding different shapes brought interest to the human eye


Rendered Floor Plan of Third Grade Classroom

Classroom Rendering

Rendered Perspective of Third Grade Class Room.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign

The activity space was by far the funnest space to design! I was given an empty room with curved walls. During my design process I had to consider ALL children. A design that would accommodate every one of the Third Grade. I decided to turn one wall into a “storage” / “slot” wall. The wall thickness has been taken from the standard 6″ to a solid 16″! The extra space allowed me to place the seating IN the wall. The idea of this came from children in wheelchairs. Disabled children should never feel secluded due to their mobility. When you add-on the extra width to the wall it allows children and teachers to GRAB the seating down and place it around wheelchairs.

I also added in PLINKO board, hexagon wall seating and a book nook for the Third Graders!


Rendered Floor Plan of Third Grade Activity Room

activity room prespective

Rendered Perspective of Third Grade Activity Room.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign

I look forward to sharing more designs with you. For any questions about this perspective or design please email me at: maeleea24@gmail.com

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student


My Nordstrom 2017 Mothers Day Gift Guide:

Fashion & Shopping:

mothers day dress

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th. Time to start thinking about what you will buy the mothers in your life and what you might wear if it’s your special day. Nordstrom has you covered for both with lots of beautiful dresses and Mother’s Day gifts. The free shipping and returns makes shopping at Nordstrom extremely easy. You can even buy online and pick up your purchase in store if you are lucky enough to live near a Nordstrom.

Whether you are the mother being celebrated or you are celebrating a mom, this slimming Lace Fit and Flare Dress would be perfect for the occasion.

mothers day earrings

If your a mom, you should buy yourself these Kendra Scott Earrings, wrap them up, and tell your husband or significant other thank you. They are so pretty, I might have to buy myself a pair.

mothers day shoes

Since the dress is so dark, I would pair it with these bright Hot Pink Suede Sandals.

mothers day purse

Another great present for yourself or the mother in your life is this Gucci Supermini Shoulder Bag. The texture is neutral enough to go with any outfit but especially this black dress.

mothers day bag

Of course, moms sometimes need a roomier bag. In that case, I love this neutral Tory Burch Leather Tote. I had a bag this exact shade and it was the best investment I ever made because it went with everything.

mothers day neck
These Initial Pendant Necklaces are such a great price that you could buy multiple initials to signify all of a mother’s children or you could even spell out a name. Designed by Kate Spade, you are sure to make your mother feel like “one in a million”.

mothers day clutch

You could win favorite child status if you gave your mom this pretty Gucci Travel Clutch with a ticket for a spa weekend or special getaway.

mothers day robe

Speaking of spas, I would book an at home spa treatment for your mom along with a white Nordstrom Terry Robe.

mothers day la mer

If you are the reason your mom has a few wrinkles, so why not treat her to the ultimate pampering kit, La Mer The Moisture Intensive Collection. This could also win you a lot of brownie points with your mother for down the road when you need to hit her up for money.

toru burch mothers day

The best presents for Mother’s Day are those your mom might not buy for herself. Perfume is always a great treat and I love this Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Eau de Parfum Spray but there are plenty of other Tory Burch scent options if she would prefer another fragrance.


Hope this helps you get started on your Mother’s Day Shopping!

Until next mothers day,



Interior Design Student


Commerical Designs

Hello Interior Design Lovers,

I wanted to write to you today about one of my FIRST commercial design projects. For my DES-220 Spring 2017 course we was instructed to design a bakery. I decided to take a personal spin on the project and focus it on my second love – PETS. Before studying interior design I groomed dogs and cats for five years. Which resulted in me having a love for “pet-friendly” commercial interiors. I focused this project theme and logo around my one-year old tea cup Yorkie, Piper. Piper has health issues that require her to be on a strict grain-free diet, so I specialized the bakery to modify her need. By modifying her need I was able to focus on healthier NATURAL treat options for the customers. I focused on making the bakery accessible to both humans and pets. In one corner of the bakery you can find turf-grass and floor seating for easy accessibility. Outside of the bakery there will be an out-door agility area for the pets to exercise and play. The furniture inside of the Bakery is all “dog park” themed. As in you will see custom cafe tables with dog bed built in at the bottom. And to top it off, not only will the bakery sell to pets but of course, the owners too.

I enjoyed working on this design because I was able to focus on Eco-friendly options, one of the main specifics of this project was to make it as LEED certified as possible. To do that, I looked for LEED certified finished and furnishes. One furnishing piece that I found for outdoors, was constructed out of 200 milk jug bottles!

This project was super fun to do. I kept the color scheme very natural with pops of accent complementary colors.

In this Hand Rendering you see the cash wrap wall where the treats and menu boards are placed. I used this wall as an accent wall with the Hygee & West wall covering in Dog Park (Blue). Not only is this wall covering toxic free but also donates all of the sale profits to a San Francisco Dog Shelter. https://www.hyggeandwest.com/products/dog-park-blue

I look forward to sharing more designs with you. For any questions about this perspective or design please email me at: maeleea24@gmail.com

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Studentcash wrap bakery elev final



Welcome to Maelee Arnold Interiors FIRST EVER blog post!

I am a stylish young women currently studying Interior Design at my hometowns local community college.  The purpose of this blog is to write about my knowledge and experience learned in design school and also my professional designs. I have grown up in the furniture industry ever since I was four years old so it was no surprise to my family when I started pursing my career in the industry for myself. I am located twenty minutes North West from Americas “Furniture Capital of the World” also known as High Point, North Carolina. As I graduate college in May 2018, I plan on staying close to home and finding a design job specializing in show room design or furniture design in High Point, N.C. I like all aspects of design but what I love about interior design is the showrooms and the furniture the fills them.

I’m looking forward to continuing my blog and writing to design lovers about the newest, in style interiors and exteriors.

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student