First Blog Post of 2018

IMG_3603Hi Followers and fellow Designers! It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. The last few months of 2017 were busy but very effective. Today I just wanted to share some of my goals with you for the new year, specifically related to interior design and my work for this blog. 2017 was a great year for me, I felt the most fulfilled in my work that I ever had and worked so hard. It was a lot of fun and it feels so good to look back and see all my hard work in various projects. It’s always interesting looking back at the year behind you. It’s not often that we take the time to truly reflect, to take a step back and reevaluate before moving forward. We’re always thinking so much about the future that it’s nice to take a moment and think back on your year.

So, without further ado, here are my 2018 goals for my design career and personal life:


This is a big one. It’s easy to define success by your income or professional accomplishments. But it also drives me crazzzyyyyyy. I’m never satisfied with my success when I define it this way. I am always pushing myself to the limit when it comes to my hustle (currently working four jobs and taking on 16 credit hours for my LAST semester of design school! #GIRLBOSS). Remember, success is never owned, its rented. And the rent is due everyday. I’m always reaching for more and forgetting about all the other important things in my life. So, first of all, I plan to celebrate more of my “small” successes throughout the year, whether that be in business or my personal life, and to truly appreciate them. I also hope to redefine my definition of the word “success” so that I can truly think of other things besides my career when I hear the words “success” or “successful”!


2017 was definitely defined by all the traveling that I did. I met so many amazing people on my trips and networked with people that I would have never guessed I would simply because I decided to go on road trips and weekend getaways to some of my travel wish list spots. Jetting out to Beverly Hills and walking down Rodeo DR., staying at the iconic Beverly Hilton, wandering historic Downtown Knoxville and viewing all the fine detail, and sitting on Carolina beaches while envisioning coastal designs REALLY gave me a lot of inspiration for my design concepts during 2017.  I’d really love to plan a trip to Texas or Colorado. There is something that is pulling me there and I would love to see what all the hype is about. That’s one trip that I definitely want to plan for late summer or late fall. I will say it once and I will say it again, traveling is the best way to expand your style and design(s).  I also have my eyes on Chicago for Neocon!

This year will already include a ton of traveling because I need to decide where I want to spend the next 4-6 years to finish my Interior Design/ Architecture degree and establish my designs. January through March will be spotted with quick trips to some of my favorite places across the East coast. I am excited for the chance to pick my new location. Wish me luck because I’m horrible at making timely decisions.


Man, oh man. I can already tell you, 2018 is going to be busy. 2018 will be a year filled with: new branding, new jobs and projects, graduation and degree, healthier lifestyle, new school and enrollment, and most importantly, new opportunities. I didn’t realize just how fast two years of school goes by. The past two years while in Design school have been challenging and critical for my growth, especially 2017. I started my last semester of Design school last Monday and I have to say, its already going by super fast. This Spring 2018 semester, I am employed at two internships which include Showroom Design at Asian Loft in High Point Market Square Suites (come see me at Spring 2018 High Point Furniture Market y’all!) along with commercial furniture and interior design at Carolina Furnishing and Designs. They are wonderful networking opportunities that I am excited to be apart of.  As the days grow shorter, I am closer to graduating and moving forward with my degree. I will be enrolling at a new university (Applications are being filled out and submitted to my top University choices. Wonder where I’ll end up?) and complete my degree. Reflecting back on the last year, I never saw myself where I am now. I have gained so much knowledge, independence, recognition, and strength. I am rolling with the punches and smiling at whatever life may throw at me in 2018 versus 2017. Words can’t express how impatient I am to continue my education at a fresh, new school with inspiring inspirations surrounding me! 2018 will be my selfish year. Focusing solely on myself, for myself. A year dedicated to personal growth. How to be the best daughter, friend, designer, sister, employee, student, fur-mama, and companion all in one. When I can support myself and be kind to myself, I notice a world of difference. It’s easier to make decisions, to listen to that inner voice inside, and to create the life that I want. In the end, you really only have yourself to lean on, so why not be a cheerleader instead of a critic? So, I promise in 2018 to make an effort to improve my compassion for myself.


Things that I plan on implementing more in 2018 that will help me reach these goals: listening to more podcast, more gym time (preferably yoga), no more weekend work, more time with friends and family, and more walks with my goldendoodle.

I can honestly say that after two years of design I am loving it more than ever … maybe even a lot more than ever. I believe that the secret to our staying power is continuing to change and evolve each year while following our passion and goals.

Make sure to follow your passion this New Year.

Until Next Time, 

Maelee Arnold Designs

Interior Design Student 

The Future is BRIGHT – Pantone 2018 Color of The Year


Just a few days ago, the people who decide all things color trends came out with a color forecast for the upcoming year of 2018.

The striking, vivid-yet-not-quite-neon purple hue of the Year was announced early December. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute told the New York Times, “We wanted to pick something that brings hope and an uplifting message.” Now, this is not a color that everyone will be on board with. I’ve noticed that there are those who a passionate about purple and those who absolutely abhor it, with a fairly small middle ground. Time to savor in it all including the color du jour.

“The color”  as most of you know, is a shade of “purple” A.K.A. violet, Pantone is calling Ultra Violet.  I actually love this color – it’s a great color to wear and is flattering to many skin tones. I haven’t ever done an interior design project with the color purple, but perhaps I should.Today I bring you 5 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 5 ways to use violet in home decor as illustrated through these photos.


VIA: House Beautiful


  • Throw Pillows – Upholster your pillows a bright violet pattern for the chair in the den.
  • Feature wall wallpaper – Find a wonderful wallpaper with bold violet bohemian print for a powder room or hallway
  • Violet sofa – Timeless if in dark violet velvet!
  • Side Chairs – Take some bright violet side chairs for your office or living room for a pop of brightness and color
  • Bench or stool – Take a small stool or bench into be covered with violet fabric from your local fabric shop

Liz Carol Interiors


Howe London


Designer unknown, let me know if you know!

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

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

A very vivid color for a very bold year!

Wishing all of my readers a bright 2018!

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student 

Bienenstock Library Lighting Schedule

Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good interior design After all, there is little point in creating luxury surroundings if they cannot then be appreciated properly or if there is insufficient light to be able to carry out even the most basic of tasks. In addition though, lighting is also essential in terms of creating the mood and ambience of a living space, so getting it right from the start is vital.

The lighting in an environment changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with color selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Here is my lighting schedule and key for the Bienenstock Library Competition. Leave feedback in the comment section!

2D space planning done in AutoCad and rendered in Adobe Photoshop.

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

Get To Know: 21c Art Museum Hotel Durham

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Source: 21c Museum Hotel

On our last Commercial II class field trip we visited 21c Art Museum Hotel in Durham.  21c is an upscale boutique hotel in the heart if Durham. It features contemporary art, a swanky bar and probably the coolest bathrooms in town. The staff are courteous and helpful. It’s an excellent venue and welcome addition to the downtown scene. It’s a hotel, art gallery, restaurant and has a beautiful bar that is separated from the dining room.   The hotel is located right in the middle of downtown Durham so that makes it very walkable to all the nearby shops and attractions. It’s a great place to view interesting art in the hotel’s galleries which are free and open 24hrs a day. They have done a really good job integrating the museum into the hotel in a way that doesn’t clog up guest walkways with museum traffic. The art changes out every so often to keep you wanting to come back for more.


Dining Area. Source: 21c Museum Hotel


This is a must see art gallery. What an adventure to be had, a true gem of Durham.


Source: 21c Museum Hotel

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student 

Get To Know: Tiger Leather

On our recent Interior Design school field trip for my Residential II class we got to visit Tiger Leathers warehouse and office. Formerly known as Tiger Imports, Tiger Leather has provided a proven alternative for the interior design industry for over a decade now. Tiger Leather delivers the best patent leather in the industry but has evolved to bring designers and their clients designs to life in every leather category. From beautiful basics to luxurious embossed patterns to glamorous metallic leather, Tiger Leather has it all.

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Tiger Leather Logo Source: Tiger Website

Tiger Leather imports their leather from Italy. Mainly focusing on leather samples, rugs, hospitality, interior design and contract. With the new addition of a women’s leather jacket line that is currently being tested out in Italy. Their partnerships in Italy allow them unique insights to fashion icons such as Chloé, Coach, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton. They have also worked with the Kardashians and well known restaurants, clubs and hotels all around the world. They keep the classics clients love but add exciting new trends to inspire that other leather companies might not have. Such as decorative leather and bright colorful leather that can be so hard to find as designers!


Source: Tiger Leather Website

Time spent at Tiger Leather was very informative, learning about finishes and the leather industry. Check out their website to follow all of their new products.


Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student