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Favorite Interior Designers Series – Martha O’Hara Interiors

Martha O’Hara Interiors is a Minneapolis based design firm which was started over 20 years ago by…let’s see if you can guess.¬† Yes, Martha O’Hara. ūüôā

Although Martha still works with each client she also has a team of designers that share her serious knack for putting together beautiful, well-orchestrated spaces.

I first laid eyes on their work a couple of years ago as I perused¬† The picture that caught my eye was of this family room.¬† I saved it to my “ideabook” on Houzz with the caption “I love the color of the room and the use of color and patterns.”



At the time when¬†I first “met” Martha¬†I was very comfortable with my almost all neutral d√©cor palette.¬† Neutral walls, neutral accents, with a little bit of soft blue is what my ideal spaces consisted of (and which I still love).¬† But as I have studied the work of Martha and her team I have come to love the use of a bold color or pattern here and there as well.

Martha O’ Hara Interiors are masters¬†of color and pattern play.¬† Check out these spaces.

They even pulled off a purple room.¬† It’s exquisite!

And this kitchen may look somewhat neutral at first glance until you notice the beadboard on the¬†hutch in the back¬†of the room¬†is painted…

MINT green!

Although the color scheme in this room is uneventful there is a lot of pattern play going on between the drapes, rug, and pillows.

I love this classic black and white kitchen with the shiny tiled backsplash and yellow chairs in the background. Cool rug too!
Black and white kitchen

This craft room totally has a coastal vibe.  I love the fun wallpaper and the woven texture of the chairs and basket.
Craft Room

They also know how to do a neutral room with class and sophistication.  I love those floors and the light fixtures.

This media room has more of a contemporary feel but the color play of blues and oranges is expertly executed.
media room

The architectural details in their design work is above and beyond.  I love the idea of the walls of this archway being  trimmed out in wainscoting and crown molding.
family room

Here is a cozy room to end with that is patterned with stripes in the rug, pillows, and chairs and a color play of earthy browns with a pop of pink.
living room

So why do I love the work of Martha O’Hara Interiors?¬† I love their attention to architectural detail and woodwork.¬†¬† ¬†I love how they are able to bring a room alive with pops of color and pattern play but still achieve a relaxed, inviting space.

I love how they make color seem not so scary after all.:-)¬†¬†I’ve definitely been inspired by their work to make¬†more color¬†“risks” like¬†the kids vanity color and the bold¬†DIY¬†lattice rug.

If you are drawn to their work you can enjoy more of their beautifully decorated spaces at their Project Gallery .  I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!

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