Design Secrets Revealed from Anna Rosemann of AR Interiors!

If classic design with a creative twist and California cool appeals, you’ll admire the work of AR Interiors founder Anna Rosemann. After a highly successful career staging dream homes, she now demystifies the design process for clients presenting a range of requests. Sometimes it’s simply rearranging furniture and choosing finishes in a residence, and sometimes it’s designing a 12-foot high dollhouse inside the headquarters of a luxury fashion brand (for the children of lucky humans who work there!). But for today, she’s all ours. Spilling the tea and sharing lovely Design Secrets.

Neutral, Modern French style staircase and entry with bench and potted tree - design by AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann).
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Design Secrets from Anna Rosemann of AR Interiors

About that showroom/headquarters she designed with Grayson in LA…

Two rattan hanging chair swings with black stripes and white brick wall at Grayson headquarters in LA - design by AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #hangingchair #modernrustic #chairswings
Hanging chairs in the headquarters of Grayson (founder Audrey Mcloghlin built Grayson to do more than just create the perfect button-up. As a female-led, female-run company, Audrey shaped Grayson to use her superpowers to lift women up.)

I mean, inside, the shiplap is THE SHIP, and even though it’s for the littles…

Black and white industrial chic style inside Grayson headquarters in LA - white brick, black trim, lofty ceilings, shiplap, and design with AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann).
Design: Anna Rosemann of AR Interiors

I’d love to spend time in the thoughtfully designed, functional, living dollhouse inside.

12 foot playhouse inside Grayson headquarters in LA complete with fireplace and upper floor for naps - design by AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann).

Right!?! Bravo, you superpowerful creatives blurring the line between work and play.

Audrey Hepburn life quote on Hello Lovely. #audreyhepburn #lifequotes #lovequotes

Let’s get to dishing with Anna Rosemann. And let’s start with the most popular question asked of Hello Lovely:

What are the Best White Paint Colors You Return to Again & Again for Interiors?

Which White Paint Color? AR Interiors Favorite Whites include Benjamin Moore White Dove, Simply White and Chantilly Lace. #whitepaintcolors
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Benjamin Moore White Dove, Chantilly Lace, and Simply White.

To see these beautiful colors in a range of interiors – GO HERE.

California cool family room with Belgian linen modern European country style furniture - AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #familyrooms #europeancountry #belgianlinen

Have a Favorite White Paint Color for Kitchen Cabinets?

Same whites as mentioned above.

If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on white for your own kitchen, take a gander at how the mood changes dramatically in these before/after spaces by AR Interiors:

Before and after white kitchen by Anna Rosemann of ARInteriors. #beforeandafter
Before and after bar area after white paint - AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #beforeandafter #remodel

Is Staging a Home Different in Post-Pandemic Times?

The process is the same, but there are more staging companies in the game now than when I first started. 15 years ago, there were two companies, and today, there are ten. Even with more competition, only three to five offer high-end, luxury furniture.

Rosemann isn’t just speculating about staging. She mastered her technique at the high-end staging company, DTM Interiors, where she worked for years on multi-million dollar projects.

California cool bedroom with pink accents, bohemian accessories, and organic style and white walls - AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann)

When she launched AR Interiors, her mission was to make high-end interiors accessible to a variety of markets. For example, this dining room’s “before” looks like a lot of dull dining rooms one sees:

Before & After Chic Dining room with teal walls and modern leather chairs - AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #diningrooms #beforeandafter #tealwalls

Wow! And to see the effect of removing dark furniture and rugs to make a space appear light and lofty:

Before and after California cool family room with Belgian linen furniture - AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #familyrooms #modernfrench

Sometimes it’s all about geometry, grace, and mirrors…which are what Rosemann brought to this Modern French dining room makeover:

Before and After Modern French Dining Room by AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #beforeandafter #interiordesign #diningrooms

Three Favorite Low-End Sources You Love?

1. CB2’s Peekaboo Acrylic Coffee Table

2. Ikea LOMMARP Cabinet

Ikea cream LOMMARP Cabinet, light beige, 40 1/8x39 3/4 "
Lommarp Cabinet, Ikea

3. Rigo Chunky Loop Jute Off-White 9 ft. x 12 ft. Area Rug

Favorite Finds from Serena & Lily and Scout & Nimble?

Dip-Dyed Stools

Dip-dyed stool next to soaker tub in luxurious white marble bath - Serena & Lily.
Dip-Dyed Stools, Serena & Lily

Bogolani Cream Lumbar Pillow

Hanging Chair

White rattan hanging chair swing on a screen porch - Serena & Lily.
Hanging Chair, Serena & Lily

Copen Vase

Copen vase from Scout & Nimb.e
Copen Vase, Scout & Nimble
Breakfast nook with window seat and oval Saarinen dining table - AR Interiors (Anna Rosemann). #breakfastnook #modernFrench

Have a Favorite White Quartz for Kitchens and Baths?

1141 Pure White by Caesarstone

See Caesarstone Pure White up close in a kitchen right here:

and on a vanity in a whimsical play room bathroom by designer Whittney Parkinson right here:

Trends You See in Kitchen Design?

White oak cabinets with textured ceramic tile.

Can’t decide between stained wood cabinets or white? This designer would tell us we don’t have to!

Wait. What?

If you watch HGTV’s Forever Home (Property Brothers), you may have seen Anna’s work in episode 504. A memorable Scandi-style kitchen with both wood grain and white cabinets transformed this young family’s home.

Two tone kitchen (white and wood) in Jen and Alex's Property Brothers Forever Home renovation with ARInteriors (Anna Rosemann). Episode 504. #scandikitchen #twotonekitchen
Scandi style kitchen for Episode 504 with Property Brothers Forever Home on HGTV.

Is “Modern Farmhouse” as a Style Trend Going Away?

I do think people are going about 80% modern and 20% farmhouse these days. It’s a style that has clean lines but still has small bits of farmhouse. Whereas, when the trend first started, it leaned way more toward farmhouse and less modern.

YES! I agree and am happy that one-note interiors, way too heavy on the rustic, are evolving into more pleasingly layered and balanced spaces.

Thank you so much for sharing the inside scoop with us today, Anna. Would love to welcome you back since we have so many more questions for you…like what’s your creative process like? What fuels it, and does this quote ring true?

Creativity and artist quote by Julia Cameron on Hello Lovely. #juliacameron #artistquotes #creativityquotes

Get in touch with AR Interiors RIGHT HERE for help with your home.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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2 Comments

  1. Amy
    September 28, 2021 / 10:17 am

    Enjoyed your interview w Anna! Love hearing straight from the mouth of cool interior designers …like yourself! 🤗

    • Michele
      Author
      September 28, 2021 / 10:10 pm

      She’s so awesome – thanks, lovely one. I need to pow wow with you about Edgecomb Gray soon. 🙂

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing