designer's guide | Jul 13, 2020 |
Amanda Reynal designs a year-round escape in a sea of blue and white

A season of missed industry shows spurred our editors to reimagine Business of Home’s guide to High Point Market, focusing on the inspiration journey that design professionals need now. In addition to revealing the latest product introductions, trade shows are often an essential source of inspiration. We asked eight designers to dream up a room featuring pieces they would have discovered at High Point this spring. Here is the next in the series.


Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass-paned French doors fill this sunroom with the sound of rustling leaves and a gentle breeze. Des Moines, Iowa–based designer Amanda Reynal freshens the room’s classical underpinnings with pale blue walls, while a striped ceiling nods to outdoor pursuits under the shelter of a jaunty awning. Amid the deft pairings of pattern and eye-catching wicker furnishings, the only thing missing is an iced tea.

Amanda Reynal designs a year-round escape in a sea of blue and white
Amanda ReynalCourtesy of Amanda Reynal Interiors

What was your starting point for this space?
I was inspired by the arrival of summer and breezy all-American country houses that invite us to relax with a good book and a refreshing drink.

What’s the story behind the room?
Sunrooms and conservatories feel fresh and alive year-round. The inlaid wood floor eliminated the need for a rug, and this light-filled space with classical architecture elements became the ideal setting for comfortable wicker furniture and blue-and-white fabrics.

For more from Amanda Reynal, check out her interview in our 50 States Project, where she tells BOH how travel fuels her design process and talks about the relaunch of her blog and the strategy behind opening a brick-and-mortar shop.

Amanda Reynal designs a year-round escape in a sea of blue and white
How she did it: Working with her team, Reynal created this room using Photoshop.
Courtesy of Amanda Reynal Interiors

1. Asian-inspired lotus swirls decorate the ceramic bases of the Miriam table lamps from Made Goods, which are topped with simple linen shades.

2. A trellis pattern adorns the back and sides of the Preserve lounge chairs from Castelle, versatile indoor-outdoor seating inspired by decorative Gilded Age motifs from George W. Vanderbilt’s North Carolina castle, the Biltmore Estate.

3. Braided wicker gently curves to meet the floor in the Chatham lounge sofa, a design from Sarah Bartholomew’s Cape collection for Mainly Baskets Home.

4. Do You Know, an original abstract work by the artist Linwood for South + English, features a dramatic burst of red on a neutral background, rounded out with touches of ochre and rose.

5. A deep blue background is adorned by large-scale medallions in Stonington, a printed cotton from Thibaut’s new Ceylon collection.

6. The Gerard pendant from Cyan Design’s spring collection features four candlelike bulbs poised inside an elegant glass and metal lantern that’s suspended by gold-toned chains.

7. The Braided Square wicker urns from Mainly Baskets Home—available in 19 beguiling colorways—feature a fluted upper lip and sit atop tall and stately bases.

8. In summertime, wide stripes sing of beach towels, sun umbrellas and inflated balls. From Tempaper’s Cabana collection comes the Striped removable wallpaper—a seafoam tribute to the season of sun.

This article originally appeared in Summer 2020 issue of Business of Home, Issue 16. Subscribe or become a BOH Insider for more.

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