ALICE | Going Contemporary

Ready to make some design changes in your HOME?

Big things are happening in the world of interior HOME design, as we can see with the ever-increasing move from “Transitional” to “Contemporary” design. Updating your entire HOME all at once may sound enticing, but that can come with big costs. Alice talks about a few small, cost-effective things you can do now to start making BIG changes in your HOME. 

You'll find the video transcription available below the delicious recipe.


Enjoy another delicious recipe from HOMEoklahoma!

Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary Butter

A real crowd-pleaser and a great accompaniment for the holidays or anytime!


  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add rosemary and set aside.
  3. Place russet potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water and add salt.
  4. Boil over medium-high heat until tender, for about 15 minutes.
  5. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  6. Add milk and mash with a potato masher.
  7. Add Parmesan cheese and rosemary butter.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4 to 6 people



4 T. unsalted BUTTER

1 T. chopped fresh ROSEMARY

1-3/4 lbs. RUSSET POTATOES, peeled and cut into cubes

1 teaspoon SALT

1/2 C. warm MILK

2 oz. (1/2 C.) PARMESAN CHEESE

SALT and freshly ground PEPPER

Video: Full Transcription

Over the past few years we have seen a trend moving through “Transitional” to “Contemporary” styling.  That’s a big move from “Traditional” to “Old World”.  

Take a walk through a furniture store to grasp what’s happening.  I do enjoy change, but this change comes at a really big cost.  I think starting with paint is the most cost-effective way to begin.  The trend for painting walls white is a fresh beginning.  

It might be easier to make early changes in the kitchen.  We tend to spend a lot of time there.  We have recently seen kitchen woodwork painted white, but in more recent months we have seen the woodwork stained.  It’s your preference, of course.  Hardware can make a huge difference, and area rugs are a small way to make a big change.  We’ll talk about countertops in an upcoming discussion later.  Of course, they are expensive, but what an impact on the design!

I think re-covering furniture with a more current fabric color and design does wonders for a room.  Ask a designer to help.  It’s well worth their professional advice.  You can make these changes as your budget permits and as you are ready to embrace change.  I see this trend to remain for a few years.  You’ll enjoy living in a more “streamlined” home.  As we have said earlier… collections of things sitting around are no longer desired in this new look. 

See you next time!