So I went on the HB website to grab a few pix to show you. Please remember that you don't have to be a fan of the particular style of an interior to get great ideas out of it. Designer Ann Wolf is featured for a home she worked on in Houston. She did a spectacular job and here are some ideas for you to enjoy:
It's the ceiling I want you to notice. Love that blue!
That stone fireplace on the screened porch, with the super simple mantel is fabulous. It's the artwork of the room.
This picture really looks better in the magazine. Look at the ceiling--isn't it a beauty? Why do we ignore ceilings? And this is a great use of gray, my least favorite color, unless you get it really right, which she did. Not cold, not depressing. Soothing, neutral and providing a great backdrop for the daffodils on the nightstands (which, you notice, do NOT MATCH).