Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Cole Barnett
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 'Scrubbing In' follows a group of travel nurses assigned to work at an Orange County, CA hospital for 12 weeks. Relocating from across the country, these nurses have left their hometowns and lives behind for short-term hospital contracts, with the added benefit of exploring a new city. For Tyrice, Chris and Fernando, this isn't their first tour and they're considered experts of the program. For first-timers Adrian, Chelsey, Michelle, Crystal, Nikki and Heather, this is a new journey they're embarking on together, looking for a change from their previous nursing jobs. (from

So how does an Orange County interior designer end up on a show about nurses?  One of the caste members, Nikki, has recently graduated from interior design school.  After years as a nurse, she's contemplating making the jump into a career as an interior designer.  Her reasons for this are something that I'm sure will be explored on the MTV show.  Ultimately she would like to focus on healthcare design but, being so new to the industry, she's open to any and all design related experiences.

Nikki came to intern for Cole Barnett Interiors for the day and help with an install I was working on in south Orange County.  I thought it was a perfect day for her to see the real-world side of design that is never taught in a classroom.  The fun stuff that some interns call the grunt placing furniture, building furniture, cleaning floors and windows, and cutting off tags.  I can always use an extra set of hands so I was thrilled to have Nikki along for the day.

Many of the items we used in the home are sold through my online store.  In honor of the premiere of Scrubbing In, I have curated a temporary sale through my site.  Shop while the sale is on and while supplies last! 


Shop for pillows and rugs here.   


Shop for featured artwork here


Photo:  Cole Barnett and Nikki filming install day for Scrubbing In  

Photo: Install filmed by MTV for Scrubbing In.  Shop for pillows and rugs here.






























Some shots from our day together!


 Watch the Scrubbing In | Trailer


Meet The Cast: The cast of 'Scrubbing In' introduces themselves and talks about how they got into travel nursing and what to expect from the all new series premiering October 24, 10/9c! 

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
By Cole Barnett
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A soothing gray paint replaces the tan color and a cool palette creates a luxurious, elegant, tranquil, and romantic master bedroom.  The navy blue bedding and gray upholstered headboard are a dreamy place to end the day.  Gray window coverings add warmth and texture and a white chandelier gives an extra dose of elegance.  The striped upholstered bench at the foot of the bed plays beautifully off of the striped shades on the urn shaped table lamps.  White mirrored bedside tables complete the look. 


A warm gray paint was used on the walls and a large painting adds a dose of blues, greens, and turquoise to the room.  A round mirror above a gray buffet balances the space and adds symmetrical harmony to a wall with awkwardly placed windows.  The wood coffee table can be pulled apart and used as side tables.  A long sofa table is the perfect height behind the l-shaped gray upholstered sofa.  A soft sweater rug grounds the space and striped and floral throw pillows in cool tones tie the room together.  The blue stools at the fireplace provide extra seating for when the client entertains. 


The benches below the window are the perfect height for the low apron.  They are light and can easily be moved into the space for entertaining. 

A round glass table and chevron patterned slipper chair sit on a geometric black and brown rug.  The dresser has inlaid details that bring in the browns and grays from the rest of the room.  Sheer white curtains with brown stripes mimic the stripes on the bench and lamps. 






A navy blue wall is the perfect backdrop for black and white artwork.  The gray sofa is a perfect place to unwind and read a book after a long day.






Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Cole Barnett
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Design challenge! The client moved into the home on Tuesday, called me on Thursday, we met on Friday, I space planned on Saturday, shopped Sunday, and installed on Monday and Tuesday. We have three gorgeous chandeliers that will be hung in the dining room and entry living room and we didn't have time to hang the curtains. The client was clearly on a tight timeline but they were also on a tight budget.  Even though we are waiting to photograph the finished space, I am loving the improvements! 

Friday, August 17, 2012
By Cole Barnett
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This salon is located on the border of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.  We wanted to incorporate California casual into the design but with a fun ecclectic vibe.  To do this we used natural materials, different textures, and bright pops of color for warmth.  One of my favorite features of the space is the rope wall divider.  It was custom-made and so easy to hang!  It is the perfect room divider in this open plan space because it mentally divides the space without physically or visually taking away the open and airy feel. 





Vintage dryer stations were re-upholstered with gorgeous black leather and button-tufting. 


I absolutly fell in love with this wallpaper from Kismet tile. 


The owner of the salon had an old mannequin in his garage.  A coat of white paint, a globe pendant, and some twin turned her into a unique chandlier. 

The salon also serves as an art gallery for local up and coming artists.  All of the artwork was done by local artists and can be purchased at the salon. 


The owner, whose grandmother was also a hair stylist, had this old vintage hair dryer.  Personal objects that have stories behind them are a great way to make your space one-of-a-kind and they offer tons of visual interest as well. 



Work with what you have in your space.  With product as beautiful as this, it's best to keep the display simple and let the colors and packaging of the item act as artwork. 


Rugs always add a level of warmth and comfort to a space.