Top 5 Picks of Inside Stories’ Miranda Cullen

Miranda Cullen of Littleton’s Inside Stories shares her favorite items for updating homes of every persuasion.

Interior designer and decorator Miranda Cullen knows interior design requires a hint of psychology. “Some know what they want, and some don’t, but everyone has a sense of style waiting to emerge,” she says. Cullen suggests taking time to assess and reinvent what you already have, then updating with new window treatments, pillows, dinnerware, light fixtures and lampshades, a coat of paint, or a new key piece of furniture. Here are a few things she loves.

1Top Shelf

Baxter Bar Cart by Ashley Childers for Global Views

“We love us a good bar cart! This one in particular is amazing because of the finish, and the top tray is removable,” Cullen says. The Baxter Bar Cart by Ashley Childers for Global Views is a modern iteration of classic metal and glass bar carts, with a beachy vibe that’s perfect for the cottagecore aesthetic. The cart is constructed of beech, poplar, and ash with a white burl finish and satin brass handles and wheels. A removable top tray and antique mirror shelf add to its elegance and functionality. “Using a sculptural piece of furnishing in a utilitarian manner is a fun way of creating a unique vignette without forgoing function,” Cullen says. “This bar cart used for breakfast in bed or brunch on the patio creates a beautiful moment.”

2In the Running

Ombré motif runner from The Rug Company

Cullen believes “a brilliant stair runner is a way to add character and additional panache to a major architectural detail in a home.” She loves this ombré motif runner from The Rug Company, which is available in 700 poms or yarn colors. Each custom-crafted runner is created from hand-knotted or hand-tufted wool at a 100-knot density with a cut pile. Hand-tufted rugs take around 10 to 12 weeks to make and will last six to seven years with regular wear and tear; hand-knotted rugs require four to five months to create but will last a lifetime.

3Shine On

Kinsley two-tiered chandelier

Cullen believes the right lighting fixtures and forms are transformative. Cleverly placed lighting elements can make a drab room shine by highlighting decor and artwork. “This amazing overhead light fixture from Visual Comfort is the perfect updated play on a more traditional shape,” she says. Reminiscent of mid-century French or Italian modern design, the Kinsley two-tiered chandelier looks like a delicate pendulum accented with angular lamp shades. Designed by Kate Spade, it has stark linen conical shades and comes in either a soft brass or polished nickel finish. The Kinsley is perfect for a dining room, atrium entryway, conservatory, or billiards room. LED bulbs are available.

4Naughty but Nice

A Happy Venice

Every room needs a pop of color to keep things fresh. Cullen suggests Golsa Golchini’s happy art for its mischievous take on the classics. “This artist’s approach to art is simply brilliant,” she says. “I mean, look at those naughty boys.” A Happy Venice is an avant-garde mixed-media diptych of framed canvases and acrylic paint that suggests a real-time interplay between the top photograph and bottom Old World-esque painting. By suggesting the little boys in the upper frame spilled a bucket of paint, sloshing neon fuchsia from the top across the glossy veneer of the Venice cityscape, Golchini asks the viewer to suspend reality for just a moment. “My artworks are creations through different visual art’s languages,” Golchini says. “I truly believe that the highest purpose of art is to be loved. I create art that speaks a language that can be comprehended by everyone.”

5Sleep Sanctuary

Dmitriy & Co.’s Palla bed

“Everyone deserves a sanctuary for their bedroom, and this beauty is at the top of our list,” Cullen says. Dmitriy & Co.’s Palla bed is a nest of cozy comfort. With a plush wrap headboard that flows seamlessly through its ample platform, 27 yards of fabric, and aged or oil-rubbed brass accents, the Palla bed is a minimalist dream. Clients provide their own fabric, so the possibilities are endless—think jewel-toned silk brocades, earthy wool bouclés, breezy linen blends, or fine-grained leather. Add a plump mattress, silk sheets, luxurious pillows, and a cashmere throw for the ultimate sleeping experience.