Podcast, Ep. 45 with designer Paloma Contreras

Designer and blogger Paloma Contreras joins the How to Decorate podcast

Design blogger and interior designer Paloma Contreras stopped by the podcast while in Atlanta to talk about her upcoming book, the ten year anniversary of her blog, and how important it is to enjoy living in your home.


  • We talk about Remodelista’s 2018 trends
  • Paloma tells us about her upcoming book publishing in Fall 2018
  • We talk about the difference between finding inspiration and executing a room design based on that inspiration
  • We ask Paloma about what she’s had to talk clients out of
  • How do we incorporate trends without falling victim to those trends
  • Paloma talks trends and her ‘oops’ moment
  • Why Paloma is so glad classic rooms are having a big moment in design
  • How La Dolce Vita got started and eventually evolved into a full service design business
  • Paloma tells us about her design style and ‘hero fabrics’
  • Why it’s easy for us to incorporate bold patterns and colors into the rooms of the catalog, but how we know most people are going to order something more subdued
  • Paloma talks about the process of writing a book and how important it was to schedule blocks of time to write
  • Why it’s important to know how to live and love in your home
  • The biggest faux pas as a dinner party guest
  • Paloma’s favorite ways to inject personality into your home – travel souvenirs and color
  • Holes in your décor – should you wait to fill a blank space until you find something perfect or do you add in something inexpensive and temporary?
  • Taryn and Karen ask for Paloma’s suggestions to replace their juju hats

Living space from Paloma ContrerasDECORATING DILEMMAS:

Hello ladies!

I love your podcast and am thrilled you opened a store in Charlotte!

My husband and I have lived in our 1948 home for three years and my biggest challenge is the TV wall in our living room. Except for my husbands enormous 65 TV on the media console, it is empty. The console is centered on the sofa on the opposite wall and to the right there is a door to the deck. Normally the holiday tree is replacing with a plant.

Any ideas on how to decorate the TV wall? 



Paloma’s suggestion is to mount the TV on the wall, then treat the space around the TV like a salon wall. Hang a collection of paintings – in a mix a frames and genres.

Consider flanking your media cabinet with either a pair of x benches or side chairs to help widen the console space. It’ll help your TV not feel quite so big.

You might also consider adding some round pieces into the wall. Paloma likes to add small, convex mirrors and hang them above the art on the outer edges. You can create symmetrical arrangements of art and mirrors above the ottomans on the end of console.


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Happy Decorating!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    March 2, 2018

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