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  • 6 Inventive Bathroom Sinks

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    Allie Weiss
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    In a renovated Pennsylvania farmhouse, the bathroom features a salvaged 1920s schoolhouse sink from Olde Good Things. The faucet mixers are by Jado; the original single tap openings were enlarged to fit them, and the entire sink was re-glazed. Photo by Christopher Testani.
  • Silicon Valley Style

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
      Like all aspects of high tech companies in Silicon Valley, perks for employees in these offices are striving towards the future, making the prototypical office into some sort of adult playground that adheres to the motto, “Work hard, play hard.” In the quest to get the top software engineers and have the next leading app or program developed, these companies need to offer exciting fun activities and amenities at the office. Here are some of the luxurious perks that are beginning to become quite common in such offices, at least in the Silicon Valley area… 1. CXC Motion Pro II…
  • Shop Houzz: Design an Outdoor Living Room (55 photos)

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is the season for outdoor living: alfresco dinner parties, impromptu poolside lunches, cocktail hours under the stars and, of course, naps on spa-style lounge chairs set beneath an accommodating umbrella. This Houzz Shop collection can help you create an inviting outdoor room that suits your taste....
  • A Potter Creates an Inspiring Room of Her Own (13 photos)

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    When Janene Waudby and her husband bought their home in southeast London in 2013, they were immediately drawn to its long garden. Waudby, a ceramicist, saw the possibility of carving out a space for herself at the far end of the garden. “There was no room in our old house for a shed,” she says, but the...
  • 10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    I’ve always loved ceramics and have fond memories of working at a potter’s wheel quite regularly in my various art classes growing up. I can still feel the clay in my hands and remember pressing my thumbs and palms into it – that wet sloppy slurping, the smell, the anticipation of seeing the piece after it was sculpted, then placed to bake in the kiln, praying in silence that it wouldn’t crack or break altogether. Then the painting and glazing, waiting again, and finally your finished piece. It’s a process that requires so much patience that you can say the…
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  • ReTree by Philipp Käfer

    Ali Morris
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    German designer Philipp Käfer creates his ‘ReTree’ furniture by mixing colored wood chips with a binding agent before pressing them into a metal mold. Philipp Käfer’s ‘ReTree’ series sees the German designer press chipboard into 3D forms that resemble tree trunks Designed as an alternative to using century-old trees to make furniture, Käfer has used the molding technique to create a series of coffee tables shaped like sliced 100-year-old tree trunks, and an angular shell seat with the same texture imprinted onto its surface. About the designer: Philipp Käfer was…
  • Roi, Fou, and Mat by Christophe Delcourt for Avenue Road

    Alicita Rodriguez
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Meet three new pieces by French designer Christophe Delcourt, Roi, Mat, and Fou. The stools for Avenue Road, the Toronto-based furniture brand, showcase French walnut and leather. Each of the styles features a different shape, executed beautifully in varnished wood, topped with a curved leather seat. The result is luxurious and whimsical. French Walnut Stools with Sumptuous Leather Roi, meaning king, has the most ornate base, which resembles a chess piece. Fou, which translates as crazy, features a mushroom-shaped base with a cutout. Its negative space creates a sense of mystery. Finally, Mat…
  • In the Swing Of It: Hospitality Trend

    Ali Morris
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    The playful swing seat was reimagined in various different guises at this month’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. We take a look at some of our favorite interpretations. Lee Broom’s new collection included this minimalist ‘Hanging Hoop’ chair constructed from two brass-plated rings that support a seat upholstered in Kvadrat wool. Launched in January of this year, the egg-shaped ‘Maia’ swing chair by Patricia Urquiola for Spanish outdoor brand Kettal is part of a wider collection of  furniture made from knotted nautical rope and teak. One of the most…
  • Coastal Ranch by Enduratex

    Alicita Rodriguez
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Enduratex™ is introducing Coastal Ranch, a performance upholstery with Forbid, a special agent that prevents blue jean transfer. Available in a suite of contemporary colors “artfully conceived by renowned colorist, Denise Turner of Color Turners,” Coastal Ranch marries durability and style. Contract Upholstery with Forbid Agent Prevents Blue Jean Transfer With a sumptuous hand and soft grain, Coastal Ranch adds luxury to any contract setting. Ideal for hospitality and healthcare, this upholstery product “is the definitive antidote to the age-old industry dilemma of blue jean dye…
  • Edge by PearsonLloyd for Modus

    Ali Morris
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    PearsonLloyd fully customizable Edge table system for Modus can be used across a variety of applications from a canteen table, to an office desk to a meeting room table. Simple, lightweight and refined, Edge embraces the mixed demands of the modern workplace The Edge is designed to span the divide between the independent table and full desking system. Starting with a simple table from which to eat, meet or work, Edge can be scaled up to function as a workbench or touchdown area, from intimate creative studio to large corporate office. Equally suited to a hospitality interior, Edge has an…
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  • My Houzz: Gentlemen’s Club-Meets-Treehouse Style in Brooklyn (16 photos)

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    It wasn’t until Antoni Porowski moved into Joey Krietemeyer’s Brooklyn, New York, studio apartment that everything began to change in the creative couple’s perspective on home design. Each had a growing interest in interior design thanks to their professions — Krietemeyer is...
  • Great Design Plant: Larix Decidua ‘Pendula’ (4 photos)

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    As a gardener who was raised in the South, I can think of only a handful of reasons I would ever consider moving north. At the top of the list would be the ability to grow weeping European larch (Larix decidua ‘Pendula’). This conifer is one of the few that is deciduous, so it brings something...
  • Shop Houzz: Design an Outdoor Living Room (55 photos)

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is the season for outdoor living: alfresco dinner parties, impromptu poolside lunches, cocktail hours under the stars and, of course, naps on spa-style lounge chairs set beneath an accommodating umbrella. This Houzz Shop collection can help you create an inviting outdoor room that suits your taste....
  • 4 Japanese Homes Proudly Speak to Their Surroundings (11 photos)

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    It’s no secret that key elements of Japanese interior design and architecture have been influencing homes around the world for decades, and with the launch of Houzz Japan this month, that point has been made very clear. Take these four uniquely Japanese homes, for instance. Not only are they representative...
  • A Potter Creates an Inspiring Room of Her Own (13 photos)

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    When Janene Waudby and her husband bought their home in southeast London in 2013, they were immediately drawn to its long garden. Waudby, a ceramicist, saw the possibility of carving out a space for herself at the far end of the garden. “There was no room in our old house for a shed,” she says, but the...
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  • A Very Special Mother’s Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Are you looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift with style and heart? You’ll love what I’m about to share from Artifact Uprising, a company specializing in turning your photos into tangible products that truly delivers on all points from quality and price to service, delivery, beauty and truly thoughtful things like photo books, prints, and gifts for your digital photos. Founded in 2012, Artifact Uprising was launched by sisters and professional photographers, Katie Thurmes and Jenna Walker, who spent nearly a decade shooting before deciding it was time to explore the…
  • 10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    I’ve always loved ceramics and have fond memories of working at a potter’s wheel quite regularly in my various art classes growing up. I can still feel the clay in my hands and remember pressing my thumbs and palms into it – that wet sloppy slurping, the smell, the anticipation of seeing the piece after it was sculpted, then placed to bake in the kiln, praying in silence that it wouldn’t crack or break altogether. Then the painting and glazing, waiting again, and finally your finished piece. It’s a process that requires so much patience that you can say the…
  • Blog Trends: Should You Redesign + Rebrand Your Blog?

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Have you ever wanted to totally change your blog, right down to the name? A trend I’ve noticed is that bloggers are really taking themselves more seriously, seeing themselves more as a brand than ever before, which has sparked lots of blog redesigns and rebrands. Some bloggers that I’ve personally mentored through my Skype small biz sessions have changed their entire outlook on blogging and have grown their blog from being a bit no-name to one that everyone is buzzing about. It’s thrilling to see! With the amazing blog templates available in addition to platforms like…
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  • Texas A&M students design much-needed new hospital for Roatán Island, Honduras

    Charley Cameron
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Roatán Island lies around 35 miles off the coast of Honduras, and is home to a population of some 100,000 people—yet its outdated hospital has only 38 beds. According to Dr. Raymond Cherrington, a family physician at the hospital, this means that there are sometimes three patients in a single bed, creating a situation that is not only uncomfortable but hazardous as close proximity heightens the risk of infection. But, with support from non-profit Global Healing and architecture firm HKS, 27 environmental design students at Texas A&M have created seven proposals for a new, larger…
  • This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

    Charley Cameron
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows, but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that idea. Created by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, the window generates an electrical current by harvesting the energy created when sunlight hits a colored pigment—much like photosynthesis in a plant—and sends that power to a USB port in the window ledge. Read the rest of This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: biomimicry, current window,…
  • Life-size hot rod made entirely from LEGO bricks runs on air!

    Kristine Lofgren
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    LEGO savants Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida have constructed a life-sized car made almost entirely out of LEGO bricks – and it runs entirely on air! The pair put out a message on Twitter asking for support to fund the Super Awesome Micro Project (SAMP), and supporters quickly stepped up to the plate. The hot rod required over 500,000 pieces to build and, apart from a few load bearing elements, everything – including the air-powered engine – is made out of LEGO. Read the rest of Life-size hot rod made entirely from LEGO bricks runs on air! Permalink | Add to |…
  • Can drones plant one billion trees?

    Steve Daly
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion trees are replanted annually worldwide. It does not take an advanced math expert to see that an annual deficit of 11 billion trees is not a sustainable trajectory. We need trees. Enter drones. Best known in recent years for their military applications, and as a potential means of parcel delivery, remote-controlled drones used to plant trees could begin to equalize rates of reforestation with the current level of deforestation. That is the…
  • Ancient Graeco-Roman papyrus offers a curious natural hangover remedy

    Charley Cameron
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    At some point, many of us have found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being willing to try just about anything to rid oneself of the morning-after curses of a night of excessive inebriation. So here’s an option to consider for the future: an ancient Egyptian hangover cure found on a recently translated Graeco-Roman papyrus. The only tricky part? You’ve got to be able to lay your hands on an Alexandrian laurel shrub, and be in such as state that you can twist its twigs together. Read the rest of Ancient Graeco-Roman papyrus offers a curious natural hangover remedy…
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  • Timeless Copper Corner Residence Blending Traditional Detailing with Modern Simplicity

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    On a heavily wooded corner lot in an established neighborhood of Mississauga, Ontario, sits Copper Corner Residence, a timeless home envisioned by David Small Designs. Dark painted wood emphasizes the bold roof-lines, while light-colored stone adds warmth to the façade. And the most outstanding feature, the leaded copper roof, creates character and architectural interest. The leaded copper not only adds aesthetic intrigue to the home, bringing out the charcoal colour of the stone, but plays a functional role as well. It is a highly durable material with an incredible lifespan. As the home…
  • Playful Gift for an Architect: “Fantastic Cities” Coloring Book by Steve McDonald

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Once in a while, we love to find something “worthy” enough to catch an architect’s attention if offered to him or her as a gift. Canadian artist Steve McDonald created Fantastic Cities, an eye-catching coloring book filled with intricate illustrations. The project has a distinctive large square-format and features 60 cities from around the world, including Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, Guadalajara, New York and many more. We think of this book as one of those rare things that you come across and pause for a moment: it is captivating, provocative and possibly addictive for…
  • Designed to Boost Creativity: Contemporary Madison Residence in Kansas City, USA

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    When designing Madison Residence in Kansas City, Missouri, the architects at KEM Studio decided to put aside functionality (as a starting point for the design) and create something inspired by the owners’ lifestyle. Three main directions were identified during the research process: “The first was for the new house to be modern, minimal and sustainable: focus on the experience with volume, light and interactions more than square footage. Second was to emphasize the interaction of the house with the site and hillside: draw from the owner’s rural background and her unconventional,…
  • How To Balance Comfort and Style In Your Home

    Tara Mastroeni
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    The best spaces give equal consideration to comfort and style. Image Via: Linda McDougald DesignAs regular readers of design sites like Freshome, it should come as no surprise that many of us consider pleasing aesthetics to a be an essential component of interior design. But, there should be no shortage of people who also agree that the rooms in our home should be comforting, an oasis of sorts from the stress of the outside world.While many products that are both stylish and comfortable are available, when designing an entire room it’s common to find a little give and take between the…
  • Ingenious Addition to Small Victorian House in Dublin: The “Scale of PLY” Project

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    By employing plywood in a creative manner, the team at NOJI Architects remodeled Scale of PLY, a Victorian two-level building in Dublin, Ireland. Dark and uncomfortably small, the construction was cleverly upgraded: “The redesign of the ground floor knocked the ground floor walls in the return to open out the kitchen into a new extended kitchen/ dining space. The layout maximizes the South West orientation and allows both internal window seat and external covered areas to relate to the garden.” This new addition displays a series of triangular plains, interconnected for a powerful…
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  • 8 Luminous, Light-Filled Homes

    Diana Budds
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Because the residents of this San Francisco renovation wanted lighting “to fade away,” the home makes the most of natural light and minimizes fixtures. Each room has two sources of daylight, usually in the form of floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. Fluorescent lights integrate into the surface of the skylights so they don’t protrude into the space. 
  • 7 Budget-Friendly DIY Gifts for Mother's Day

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Terrariumsare not only a wonderfully green gift to give to Mom, but they're also fun to make. Starting with a clean glass container, add a light layer of rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the planter for drainage. Next, add crushed charcoal for a fresh-scent mixture, followed by a healthy fill of soil. Add succulents, and you've created a terrarium. Get even more creative with decorative trinkets and a top layer of colorful pebbles or moss. For more detailed instructions, read our step-by-step guide on Glass Jar Terrariums.
  • 6 Inventive Bathroom Sinks

    Allie Weiss
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    In a renovated Pennsylvania farmhouse, the bathroom features a salvaged 1920s schoolhouse sink from Olde Good Things. The faucet mixers are by Jado; the original single tap openings were enlarged to fit them, and the entire sink was re-glazed. Photo by Christopher Testani.
  • Things of the Past: 8 Converted Homes

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    When faced with a derelict former cattle-fodder factory colonized by pigeons, not many people would immediately embrace it as their future family home. Yet interior architects Renaud de Poorter and Femke Holdrinet saw the potential of the unloved building immediately and recast this old Belgian factory as a playful family home.  Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.
  • House of the Week: Refined Renovation in San Francisco

    Allie Weiss
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Bernstein reconfigured the entryway to the street level; guests ascend to the main living space. Ironspot clay tile and FSC-certified cedar clads the facade.  Readers fell in love with this amazing renovation story in San Francisco. Architect Cary Bernstein worked with resident Scott Croyle to transform a 1930s fixer-upper into this luminous, storage-savvy home.
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    Better Living Through Design

  • Farmhouse Modern Cupboard

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    The beauty of a walnut armoire/cabinet done in a minimal, modern design is just plain hard to resist, no matter the cost. Chadhaus (a favorite of ours here at BLTD) has released this new design and it has the same quality marks we’ve come to know and expect (and love) from their previous pieces. The hand-built nature of the solid wood case and custom-veneered doors guarantees that it will last for generations to come, and the adjustable shelving and a pullout drawer makes it suitable for storage in any room. Picture it in your dining room, living area, office, or bedroom, with its…
  • Coin Mirror by 45 Kilo

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    What’s the big deal about a piece of polished copper? For starters, it’s hand-polished to a mirror shine, so you can see your face in it every day (you’ll have a rosy glow, which will do wonders for your self-confidence). The copper will take on a warm patina over time, giving it an ageless appeal and character- perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to say the same about your face? Designed by 45 Kilo and Steve Liem Material: Solid, Hand-Polished Copper Design Date: 2014 Dimensions: 0.25 cm
  • Keyway Ruler

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    You probably won’t care much about this ruler unless you spend time with papers and pencils, but for those of us that still rely on old school tools most of the time or occasionally, it’s definitely worth a look. The Keyway Ruler has metric units on one side and imperial units on the other, with a rolled edge that allows you to flip between the two systems. And, if you abhor a smudge, rest assured that this rolling of the ruler will decrease the likelihood of any errant marks or blemishes on your work. Each Keyway Ruler is handmade in England with an ash dowel and walnut blade.
  • Beoplay A2 Bluetooth Speaker

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Take a look at the size of the BeoPlay A2 Speaker. Compared to other bluetooth speakers, that’s a reassuring thing because, as some experts will cry from the rooftops, it’s just not easy to pack a great sound into a very small box. The look of it doesn’t hurt either, as green, black, and grey are right up our sartorial alleyways. The leather strap makes it easy to carry or hang anywhere, and a 24 hour battery life will ensure a non-stop playlist for a very long listening session. -Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless streaming -1 x line-in for MP3 player or mobile device -1 x USB…
  • Brick Poufs

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Poufs! They’re just the thing to rest your tired and sore feet on after a long day’s work. Thankfully this collection of Brick Poufs are super simple and very affordable, and they’re available in seven somewhat muted colors, one of which is bound to work with your interior’s overall color story. Choose between the Cube, the Round, and the Large. The larger sized poufs are obviously well suited for coffee/cocktail table territory, and will work as excellent extra seating for your friends when you throw your next get-together. Materials: Fabric cover (50% cotton, 50%…
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  • Flexible Office Furniture: Desk, Couch and Lounge in One

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Three functions in one compact piece of furniture turn even the smallest room into a comfortable home office with ‘One Series’ by designer David Adjaye. Created for Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni, this multifunctional all-in-one piece brings a desk, couch and lounge chair together into an island that packs a lot of punch for the amount of floor space it requires. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Flip-Open Sofa Shelves: Combined Couch & Desk Design Combo Couch: All-in-One Lounger, Love Seat + Sofa Bed = Mobile Foam Office:…
  • America’s Largest Design Event, Dwell on Design LA, May 29-31

    Trevor Coulson
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Dwell on Design LA, America’s Largest Design Event, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 29-31, celebrating its 10th year. Join 30,000+ attendees at this magnificent 3-day wonderland of modern design that will be sure to amaze, delight and inspire. See thousands of the best modern products across five design zones including Furniture & Accessories, Kitchen & Bath, Design Materials, Dwell Outdoor and more. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: DIY Seed Bottle Idea: Plant an Instant Indoor…
  • Camper Kit: Convert Any Van with the Buddy Box System

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    What additional elements would you need to transform an ordinary van into a comfortable camper, tailored to your own specifications? For a quick weekend trip, you might just want access to a sink, toilet and compact grill, while longer getaways might also require refrigerators and toilets. The BuddyBox system lets you kit out your van however you like with lightweight, mix-and-match modular fiberglass units. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Grilling to Go: Flat-Folding, Ultra-Portable Outdoor BBQ Grill Sculptural Portable BBQ Grill Folds Up Like an…
  • Blooming House: Angular Facades Conceal Park-Like Courtyards

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Unfolding like an origami flower, this house located near the Bukhansun National Park in Seoul, South Korea was designed to incorporate multiple outdoor spaces while taking advantage of every square inch of the available space. The polyhedral structure is built to the very borders of the lot, the facade angled for maximum privacy while maintaining views and lots of room for greenery. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Stacked Hillside House Balances Beach Views with Privacy Two Hulls House: Seaside Residence Inspired by Ships House Cast in Liquid…
  • It’s Pizza o’Clock: Smart Gadget Automates Delivery

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    This clock doesn’t just tell you what time it is - it automatically orders pizza when you tell it to. The world’s first smart clock that will feed you, too, PizzaTime by Artefact Group uses the Edison platform to connect to the Domino’s Pizza Tracker API so all you have to do is press down on the button, twist it to your pizza choice and press down again to order. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Fully-Functioning LEGO Keyboard Reclaims Discarded PC DIY Sound System: Grow Your Own Stereo Speakers Digital Sundial Shines Time on Walls with…
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  • Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E12 "The Laird Returns" aka Lallybroch

    Linda Merrill
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    At long last, Lallybroch! In the books and television show, we hear Jamie wax rhapsodic about his home and estate Lallybroch. He hasn't been home in four years and at long last, bedraggled and anxious, he returns with his bride Claire (who was just on trial for witchcraft). The book describes the house as such:"It was larger than I had expected; a handsome three-story manor of harled white stone, windows outlined in the natural grey stone, a high slate roof with multiple chimneys, and several smaller whitewashed buildings clustered about it, like chicks about a hen."Gabaldon, Diana…
  • How flexible is too flexible in design?

    Linda Merrill
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I went to a business networking event last night and got into a very interesting conversation with someone who is not in the home/building or interiors industries. She was asking me who I worked with on projects and I mentioned that I bring in people as needed - builders, contractors, architects, trades,etc - as the project required. Surprisingly (to me), she didn't seem to think this was the right approach - that it would somehow limit my client prospects. Her issue was that if a homeowner had their own trades - an electrician, for instance - they would be put off that I would expect them to…
  • Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E10 "By The Pricking of My Thumbs"

    Linda Merrill
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    At long last "Droutlander" is over. Starz network's production of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" book 1 took a very long mid-season break (5+ months) and finally returned last week. (hence the term "Droughtlander" to those missing their fix of the tales of Claire Randall Fraser (20th century English nurse) and Jamie Fraser (18th century Scottish warrior).  It all makes sense, really!  You can read my posts from the first part of the season here.Up until now, the set design has been a wee bit brown and work-a-day. Set in the Scottish Highlands of the mid-18th century, Castle Leoch…
  • Book Review: The World of Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell

    Linda Merrill
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    I just received a press copy of Rachel Ashwell's new book The World of Shabby Chic published by Rizzoli. The book is, of course, filled with beautiful images of the soft and romantic Shabby Chic  style that propelled a huge movement in the interiors world. In the book, Ms. Ashwell talks of her childhood in England and California and of her parents - Dad an antique books dealer and Mom an antique doll restorer.  The book also gets into the meteoric rise of her brand and the terrible loss and bankruptcy that ended the business in 2008/9. The book also covers her rebirth as a…
  • One Man's (or Woman's) Treasure - When Generations Collide

    Linda Merrill
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Unstyled scouting shot of my bedroom by Michael J LeeThere have been several articles recently in the newspaper about the generational divide when it comes to passing down furniture.The Washington Post's: Stuff It: Millenials nix their parent's treasures and from The New York Times: Treasures: But Only to You?  Both are interesting reads about the passing on of furnishings and personal mementos from one generation to the next. The articles are themselves interesting, but the comments are truly enlightening.As the Baby Boomers are hitting retirement, many are downsizing after a…
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  • 2015 Home Fashion Trends Reflect Edgy Runway Style

    Carmen Natschke
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Furniture and decor manufacturer Marge Carson’s 2015 spring High Point Furniture and Design Market introductions included several sophisticated fashion-inspired pieces that translate high style inspiration from the world’s runways into home fashion that marries cosmopolitan style with traditional heritage. While skillfully balancing refined, luxurious elegance alongside an edgy, industrial vibe that exudes fashion references to Rock, Punk and Heavy Metal,  Marge Carson offers a ... Read MoreThe post 2015 Home Fashion Trends Reflect Edgy Runway Style appeared first on…
  • Creative Cafe // Design & Architecture Photographer Ken Hayden

    Carmen Natschke
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I’m inspired by shadows and light, nature, abstract form and the work of my two idols, Julius Shulman and Horst P. Horst. Design and Architecture photography attracts me because I’ve always loved architecture but after spending a decade in a relationship with a successful London designer, I became obsessed with interior design as well.  When I decided to pursue photography to ... Read MoreThe post Creative Cafe // Design & Architecture Photographer Ken Hayden appeared first on Decorating Diva Interior Inspiration Blog and Style Magazine.
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  • Bling, Copper, and Fur…When in Germany!

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Who doesn’t need a furry sheep stool in their lives? I rounded up this lil guy while at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year. I’m still anxiously awaiting his arrival to my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago…it’s a long trek from Germany! He’s also got a fleecy suede friend tagging along for the ride too:) I was so fortunate to be a part of the 1st ever Blogtour for Modenus visiting the biggest consumer trade fair in the world. I saw so many amazing new introductions in the world of gift and table top decor. One of my faves,…
  • Playing with

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I’ve been using as a source for specifying art for client projects and using on client concept boards to convey how art selections will fit into a room setting. I recently had the opportunity to experience a new app from the SwitchArt app. A fun app that allows you to upload images (your pictures) to the app, select to be printed, & easily switch out with a magnetic backing for an ever changing art look. The SwitchArt app from Art.comSwitchArt is the simplest way to change out prints, often and easily, in the same frame. Watch a tutorial here to see how it works.
  • A Visit & Experience At Bosch

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an event with Bosch Appliances at their headquarters in my (native) Orange County, CA. The two day event included a handful of designers and bloggers to experience, learn, and interact hands-on with the Bosch line up of products. (One thing I can say is we were very well fed over the course of just a few days!) Our first evening began with cocktails and this view, from Laguna Beach, CA at The Deck restaurant. The evening progressed to a sunset dinner hosted by Bosch at The Deck restaurant where we met and talked with many of the a Bosch team…
  • My “Pinch Me” Moment

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    A snapshot of the just some of the beautiful flowers on our photoshoot last week for a national magazine – so exciting!  I can’t wait to share this feature, a real “pinch me” moment.  Lauren Haskett Fine Design has been blessed with so many amazing clients over the past almost five years.  We are wrapping up some great projects and are now accepting clients for Spring/Summer 2015.  Please email me at to inquire about working with us!  We take on all types of projects – single room, renovations, but I have to say my passion is new…
  • Mirasol by Matouk

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
        {my nightstand via instagram}  I finally splurged and treated myself to “Mirasol” Euro Shams by Matouk and I could not love them more.  Scallops are just one of my favorite details and making my bed isn’t as much of a chore anymore.  I just had to share my favorite bedding with you. {Lindsey Lane Design} {Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful} Matouk + Hermes – the pefect combo by Kirsten Kelli!
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  • 13 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave

    Julie Carlson
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    When I embarked on a kitchen remodel a few years ago, one of my main obsessions was to hide the microwave (Jerome, remember?). My kitchen is tiny, and it proved a challenge to find an unoccupied niche. But we prevailed, and I'm happy to say I haven't had to come face to face with my microwave for the past decade. Here are 10 spaces where the microwave is tucked away from aesthetically appraising eyes. Above: A Dumbo loft designed by Marco Pasanella and Rebecca Robertson features a microwave tucked inside the kitchen island; see the whole project at A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn.
  • Devol's New Kitchen Showroom in London

    Julie Carlson
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Founded by two Loughborough University grads in 1989 as a humble handmade furniture shop, Devol has grown into a sizable bespoke kitchen maker. So much so that the company, based in Cotes Mill just outside Loughborough, recently opened a London showroom. "We are getting some top clients, really famous customers, seeing what we have here and placing big orders. Half our customers are based in London, typically places like Shoreditch, Dalston, and Kew," founder Paul O'Leary told the Leicester Mercury.  Above: The new shop is located in a wedge-shaped brick building opposite Exmouth Market…
  • Young Turks: Barber Osgerby for Royal Doulton

    Julie Carlson
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Currently coveting: Barber & Osgerby's new tabletop line for Royal Doulton. Consisting of 40 pieces (including a flatware set), the Olio line is meant to be mixed and matched. "The range is built from a combination of materials, including ceramic, wood, and stainless steel, as well as a range of surface finishes: glazed, unglazed, matte, shiny," according to the designers. "It's an idiosyncratic mix of shapes and materials and is not meant to be a 'set'; it's a collection, and because of that, the pieces will sit happily alongside other objects in the home." The line will be…
  • Steal This Look: A Stainless Kitchen Made from Ikea Components

    Izabella Simmons
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    We've been eyeing this industrial stainless steel kitchen in Stockholm for a while now. Here's a guide to replicating the kitchen using components from Ikea's recently released Sektion kitchen line, which includes stainless steel drawers and cabinets.  Above: An industrial kitchen in Stockholm featuring stainless steel drawers and sink. The kitchen has unconventional storage in the form of a hanging pot rack and vintage wooden crates. Photograph via Interior Stockholm. Above: One wall is clad in large subway tiles; an industrial pendant lamp as well as a vintage glass chandelier provide…
  • 15 Storage Ideas to Steal from High-End Kitchen Systems

    Julie Carlson
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We scoured our favorite high-end fitted kitchen makers (from Boffi to Bulthaup to Henrybuilt) for ideals to steal at home.    Above: The masterfully organized Kitchen Workshop from Bulthaup. Above: Garage door hinges for upper cabinets allow for easy access in a kitchen by San Francisco–based Nilus Designs for DWR. (Unfortunately, they are no longer available.) Above: A custom dish drainer via Italian company Riva 1920. Above: A deep drawer with pegs for plate storage from German company Bulthaup. Above: A Piero Lissoni–designed kitchen from Boffi has a clever…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • IKEA Hacks that Look Like a Million Bucks

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of our favorite things about IKEA is the ingenious upgrades these simple designs inspire. You might never guess, if you saw them in person, that the bookshelves above began their life humbly flatpacked into a cardboard box. But they did! Here are seven different DIY projects that began with basics from that Swedish retailer, and ended with pieces that would be at home in the poshest of interiors. READ MORE »
  • Into the Woods: 10 Stylish and Rustic Cabins from Our Tours

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    When you hear the word "cabin," what does it conjure? Wood, trees, taxidermy, leather? Going through our tour archives, I noticed that we've featured many a cabin here on Apartment Therapy, and while some of them adhere to the usual expectations for a cabin, many of them offer unexpected takes on rustic decor. READ MORE »
  • Jessica's West Village Life — House Tour

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Name: Jessica Bowers - founder of West Village Life Location: West Village, NYC Size: 1 Bedroom/1 Bath Years lived in: Under 1 year; Rent Nestled on a charming street in the West Village, lives Jessica, founder and author of the popular Instagram @WestVillageLife, an account that shares the many charms of this historic neighborhood with its nearly 30K followers. It's no surprise that her eye for detail and style extends into her personal space as well as her photography. Open Slideshow READ MORE »
  • Here's How a Family of 4 Lives in 640 Square Feet — Dwell

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    A while back we showed you a Brooklyn apartment where a family of three lives in 675 square feet. Today we're taking it to the next level, with a family of four who lives in an even smaller 640 square foot home. Here's how they do it. Hint: there are lots and lots of built ins. READ MORE »
  • How to Use IKEA KVARTAL Track Curtains In Every Room

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    IKEA products have proven their value time and time again — useful not just in the way they were originally designed, but in the endless ways people have adapted them in multiple contexts. IKEA's KVARTAL ceiling mounted curtain tracks pop up everywhere, and give us plenty of ideas for installing them throughout the home. READ MORE »
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

  • iittala on Sale at Design Public

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Some of the most iconic and beautiful modern items available today, both old and new, are available through the wonderful folks at iittala. Items include classic Aalto vase or other glassware, gorgeous and durable cookware and a special limited edition birds by Oiva Toikka. Now through April 7, 2015, save 20% on all iittala at Design Public. This is just one of the lovely Toikka bird friends currently on sale. If you’re looking to add to your collection or to start one, now is the time to scoop up this beautiful piece of art and save.     If you’re a serious chef…
  • Last Day to Save Big at Design Public!
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    One last temptation for you — here are just a few of our favorite things you can buy on sale through the end of the day today (March 19, 2015). The OFFI Perch Lounge Chair. A modern-day classic, this super cool chair is one you’ll pass down through generations. Shop all OFFI Louis Poulsen PH50 Pendant. A Danish modern classic, this beauty delivers big light without any glare.  Shop all Louis Poulsen mater Bar Height Stool — Dark Stained Hardwood. Graceful subtle curves and beautiful materials compose this simple, sleek and sustainably manufactured stool. Also available in other…
  • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
        Top o’the afternoon to you all and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today’s got me feeling very green. Not with envy, just happy with all things kelly, chartreuse, lime, apple and pine. Today’s a great day to give yourself a St. Patty’s break and enjoy some Irish eye candy. It’s also causing a craving to see the beautiful green hills of Ireland. Today on our Facebook page, we joked that you should not visit this sublime spot in County Kerry if you’ve been drinking green beer (do people in Ireland even do that, or is that just a crazy American…
  • Highlights From Our Artek Sale — Get Your Aalto On!
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Our current sales are so big, it’s hard to keep track. Don’t let any pieces you’ve been saving up for slip through the cracks. Artek is an modern furnishing brand established by the legendary husband and wife team of Alvar and Aino Aalto, along with art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl in 1935. They were way ahead of their time, leading the design pack and creating beautiful modern pieces destined to become icons. Here are some of the modern icons by Artek, currently 15% off at Design Public.  Artek 60 Stool. Designed in 1933 by the great…
  • Sale Spotlight: Save 15% on Vitra
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
      Hey all! March is a great time to shake up your interior design, and we’re having a slew of sales to help. In fact, there are so many sales going on at Design Public right now that it’s almost hard to keep track! We’ll be featuring some of the highlights throughout the month to help you navigate. Today we’re focusing on the Vitra sale, which begins today and will end on March 19, 2015. Save 15% on mid-century modern and modern-day classics from iconic designers like Alexander Girard, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Jasper Morrison and more! Vitra Cork Stools. Add…
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    Home Design Find

  • Design Dilemma: The Modern Farmhouse Sink

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Transitional Kitchen by Austin Architects & Building Designers hatch + ulland owen architects Have you always admired the look of farmhouse sinks but wondered if they would fit into a modern setting? Certainly there is an allure to the oversized sinks of yesteryear. The sinks are well beyond the size of most modern sinks today. They were built in a time before running water, when it was necessary to bring in well water from outside. The sinks were made extra large, to reduce the amount of running back and forth between sink and well. Not only that, but these large sized sinks are extra…
  • Delicious Symmetry in Mirrored Pair of Australian Townhouses

    Susan Kraemer
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Australian architecture studio Martin Friedrich Architects has designed a pair of very chic urban townhouses. The mirrored floorplans results in an intriguing and symmetrical facade. Each has a fully glazed floating effect living room that flows out to a pool. Connecting the floors, from the basement garage to the bedrooms is a spiral stair. Each has an underground cinema at the bottom of the circular stairwell, next to the drive-under garage which can house five cars each. And each have identical mirrored upper floors that could house either 3 couples or a family with 2 to 4 children.
  • A Villa in Merida that Embraces Old and New

    Susan Kraemer
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Casa CP 78 was designed by Taller Estilo Arquitectura in the old colonial city of Merida, on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The house brings just the right amount of the old world charm of Merida’s colonial Spanish architecture to a modern home. A pool sits within the typical small site of urban Merida, but we find that it’s exactly sufficient. Contrasting strongly against the white stucco are floor to ceiling black framed windows – departing decisively from the old world. These black accents against white stucco define the exterior as  well. A marble floor cools the…
  • The Tiny and Clever Casa Quebrada

    Susan Kraemer
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    What you see is what you get in the charming little Casa Quebrada by UNarquitectura by a creek in the forest near Curacavi, Chile. The tiny cabin supplies very livable sleeping and eating in a tiny space. The tiny space doubles up on the views so the raised bedroom and the living room share the same long views out. Accessed through the living room, the house is raised up above the forest floor. Holes were left in the walkway to allow trees to continue their growth. The posts holding the walkway are set at odd angles, echoing the random angles of nature. The siding and the deck were painted…
  • An Open Central Pavilion for the Sultry Brazilian Climate

    Susan Kraemer
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    We’ve seen clerestories before but what an extraordinary soaring space! The secret is that this is not a glazed window at all, but an open pavilion space under a separate suspended roof. The house by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados is located on a vast stretch of land in Avaré, 250 kilometers from São Paulo, Brazil. Overlooking the shoreline of the Avaré reservoir, 250 km from Sao Paulo, the house frames its views in various ways. The central pavilion space is the focal center of the home. The architects, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados say that the vastness of the…
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  • We've met our Matcha

    28 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    High on our list of places to visit is Japan. With all the amazing designs and just the culture you see online, the allure of Japan is undeniable. We already love Japanese food so we need no convincing to hop on the next plane out of Singapore and head over. Fortunately for us, we have contributors and friends who are generous enough to share bits of their journey with us! Recently, Adinda from Wolves Table headed to Japan and here is a little slice of her trip. It's been two weeks since I came back from a 3 week trip to Japan. And Japan still has its powers over me. During my stay in…
  • Studio Roex

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:43 pm
    "Immediate acceptance of the presented objects is not the purpose of our work." Studio Roex presents to us pieces that make our minds work. Using familiar materials and objects and presenting them in a new and unconventional way. " We want to increase people's awareness of what they see, heightening their ability (and desire) to understand it." A furniture and product design studio based in Amsterdam, Studio Roex's projects will definitely make you rethink the way you view the objects you see and use on a daily basis. Can this spoon I use to eat my cereal be just…
  • Link love

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Today is a pastel kind of day.  Copper lamp, simply beautiful. Spotted at Salone del Mobile: Fou de Feu Great packaging is half the battle won. Great collaborations create great rugs. For all that japanese-inspired illustration goodness.. Ethically-made pajamas for a good night's sleep. A Happy geometric print. Xo, The Bloesem Team
  • Colour study: Cognac

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    One way to keep a consistent instagram feed is choosing a theme or colour to tie all the photos together. Mariina's feed is a beautiful colour study of cognac and brown hues, rich and warm. #BinstaGood .. Follow Mariina on instagram.. Bloesem and Zara S.  on instagram
  • More from Salon de Mobile '15

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    On recommendation of Anouk van der El of Make History who was in Milan for Salone del Mobile 2015, we had to check out the following designers who showcased their works at the Design Week, including Studio WM and Roberto Sironi. We also added on a few that caught our eye while we searched the internet for more news on Salone del Mobile and the exhibitors this year. Next year, we'll definitely try our best to be there and be your live update for the design event of the year! Studio WM really caught Anouk's attention with their range of lighting in a great range of pastel colours…
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    2Modern Blog

  • Street Artist JR Creates New York Times Magazine Cover (2Modern)
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine devoted its entire issue to the subject of walking the streets of the ultimate walking city. But it was the magazine’s cover—not so much what was inside it—that had everyone agog, thanks mostly to the French street artist and Ted Prize winner, JR. Famous for his mammoth-sized, black-and-white portraits of people, typically pasted inside urban landscapes, and often visible only from afar, JR also happened to be lately preoccupied with the subject of immigrants and the issue of transience. For the Times cover, JR photographed…
  • Moooi Introduces New Models of Raimond & Heracleum Contemporary Lamps (2Modern)
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Dutch design studio Moooi unveiled two beguiling new versions of the brand’s best selling Raimond and Heracleum lamps at this year’s Salone del Mobile. The Raimond Tensegrity Floor Lamp adds a floor model to the Raimond modern pendant range—named for its designer Raimond Puts—a spherical design comprised of delicate stainless steel bands and studded with tiny LED lights. In the floor version, Raimond’s sparkling globe rests gingerly on a stand made from slender oak sticks, appearing to hover just above it, rather than resting on it. Bertjan Pot and Marcel…
  • Exclusive 2Modern Sale: Save 20% on Modloft, April 22 – May 6 (2Modern)
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Our collection of modern furniture by Modloft is on sale exclusively at 2Modern, and it includes a 20% savings on contemporary beds, nightstands, dining chairs, tables, and modern accent pieces. Modloft’s range of well-priced Mid Century-inspired furnishings are distinct for their clean lines and minimal ornamentation, but remain accessibly priced for the serious design enthusiast. This exclusive sale continues through May 6th only, so shop the MODLOFT modern furniture sale here >
  • Varaluz Eco-friendly Contemporary Lighting Sale (2Modern)
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    ‘Design With a Conscience’ has always been the motto of American modern lighting brand Varaluz—a philosophy that’s yielded a collection of imaginatively crafted lamps made primarily from recycled materials. Discarded and repurposed materials, including glass, steel, shells, and fibers comprise the contemporary designs that define the Varaluz range. In time for Earth Day, and beyond, our Varaluz lighting sale offers a generous 15% reduction on all eco-conscious lighting models. The sale lasts through April 30th, so shop the Varaluz sale here >
  • Milan 2015: Hardware With a Twist from Droog (2Modern)
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Dutch design collective Droog, which knows a thing or two about making a big splash, kept things small and humble at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Focusing on the rudimentary (and mostly overlooked) elements in furniture construction, Droog introduced Construct Me!, a suite of hardware—nails, screws, hinges, nuts, brackets—designed to inject both fun and panache into ordinary workhorse details. Screws with emoticon faces, nails that, when hammered, flatten out into ornamentation, and colored hinges with decorative cut-out patterns may sound showy enough, but…
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    Landfair on Furniture

  • Ooh and Aah Over Granite Countertops.

    Michael Landfair
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    For years when we've watched House Hunters International, the couple searching for a house ooh and aah over granite countertops. Those days are over says Ben Keough. "EuroCucina 2014, there was a huge variety of granite alternatives on display. Fromstainless steel to tempered glass, from ceramic to wood... we’ve seen the future of your kitchen, and it’s not granite." Now we have: TEMPERED GLASS - The thick, translucent material is tough and has a pleasant tactility, while still remaining easy to clean. According to company reps, it’s also available in a huge variety of colors.
  • 5 Questions to Ask When Organizing Your Kitchen

    Michael Landfair
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The kitchen is most likely the most-used and least-loved room in your home. When you're working all day, running around after children, and basically leading a busy life, it's easy to let the kitchen become disorganized and unwelcoming. However, with a little bit of love and elbow grease, you can transform your kitchen back into the heart of your home.Source: Do I Start With Organizing the Kitchen?When faced with the mammoth task of putting your kitchen back into order, it can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? Many recommend first of all going…

    Michael Landfair
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    "The Artwork Factory is dedicated to making great art accessible to everyone." – The Artwork Factory®The Artwork Factory® specializes in making great art accessible to everyone through a variety of art inspired goods. Partnerships with leading international retailers and a wonderful online e-gallery makes their products extremely accessible. Their in-house design team transforms spectacular art into fantastic and affordable consumer products. The Artwork Factory® features the work of emerging contemporary artists including Erik DeAndre, Loui Jover, Sven Pfrommer, Annie Terazzo, Anne…
  • The 16th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes

    Michael Landfair
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
     The 16th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes in Portland, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville and Tigard will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. Tickets, $22 for both days, are available at; 503-684-1880).One home on display will be one In Gabriel Park.Janet Eastman explains the history and lets us know that "JB Construction and Deb Seeley Designs'  client was 6 years old in 1940 when her parents built this Southwest Portland house in dairy pasture, now known as Gabriel Park.Over the years, the…
  • Easy Tips to Decorate Apartments

    Michael Landfair
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    by Amelie William Other than noisy neighbors and almost zero outdoor space, you are dealing with relatively tight indoor space when you opt to live in an apartment. Inspite of crammed living spaces, you can create a pleasing space with a few practical tips. 1.     Transform With DrapesWhen used in the right way, drapes can transform the size of your room. Even if your windows are small, consider using long drapes to create an illusion of spaciousness. Using extended drapes for smaller windows will only give the window an airy feeling.Photo credit:…
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    Things That Inspire

  • Five Beautiful Houses: Brookwood Hills Redefined–2015 Home Tour

    Things That Inspire
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    There is a wonderful tour of homes this Saturday (April 18, 2015), taking place in one of Atlanta's most charming neighborhoods, Brookwood Hills.  The theme of this year's tour is “Redefined”, and here is information on the tour and sneak peek of the houses! The Home Tour takes place this Saturday, April 18, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Tickets are $35 each in advance, $40 at the door, and proceeds
  • On the market: a Suzanne Kasler house featured in Architectural Digest

    Things That Inspire
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:04 am
    Several years ago, I noticed a house come on the market that was truly exceptional. The architecture, landscape, and interior design were all exquisitely done, and had a very special quality. I was eager to post on this house, which had been designed by residential designer Bill Baker, interior designer Suzanne Kasler, and landscape architect Land Plus. However, I soon learned that it had been
  • Merry Christmas!

    Things That Inspire
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    The tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung, the gifts are wrapped, the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals are planned, the table is set.  Today is full of joyous anticipation, the excitement of children, the tradition of the Christmas Eve candlelit service to celebrate the Holy Night that ushers in Christmas Day. Our Christmas tree, 2014. Somewhat of a lopped off top, but the
  • New post

    Things That Inspire
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Every fall, I research the latest and greatest book offerings in the décor, landscape, and art world and think about which ones I would like to add to my personal library.  I must admit, I have not bought many books this year – I haven’t even heard much buzz about the new books published this year– so I had to do some in-depth research. I am intrigued with all of these books, and I would love
  • Books for my Christmas List: 2014

    Things That Inspire
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Every fall, I research the latest and greatest book offerings in the décor, landscape, and art world and think about which ones I would like to add to my personal library.  I must admit, I have not bought many books this year – I haven’t even heard much buzz about the new books published this year– so I had to do some in-depth research. I am intrigued with all of these books, and I would
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  • Shopping Trip To Paris With Huff Harrington!

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:19 am
      Today, I would like to introduce a new sponsor and a long-time friend of Cote de Texas - HUFF HARRINGTON!   Huff Harrington recently launched a new web site which features just about everything under the sun:  fine art (their specialty) antiques, furniture, jewelry, accessories, and trips to France!  To celebrate this event, Huff Harrington is offering all Cote de Texas readers a 20% percent discount this week only on all items (fine art excepted.)   So, be sure to look around their virtual shop to take advantage of this generous discount (more details at the…
  • Mother & Daughter, Second Verse

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
      I think everyone knows how much I adore the work of Suzanne Rheinstein.  I really don’t think she’s ever made a mistake or a misstep.  A gracious Southern woman from New Orleans, she now lives in Los Angeles and has a beautiful apartment in New York City – three of the best cities  there are.    Her L.A. house is a classic – through the years she has updated it and enlarged it – but each change is just a bit better on the already perfect interiors.    Her spaces are filled with delicate and feminine antiques.  Rheinstein’s…
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  • Backyard Shed Crazy

    Jane F
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    The lowly backyard shed goes by many names but having a small, quirky out building is a plus for any home. Small backyard sheds are trending. These may be called she-sheds, bar sheds, she-caves, he-caves, or a writing cabin like the one at the edge of an Ontario, Canada cornfield where author and blogger Ann Voskamp [top] types out her best selling books. Furnished with rugs, a sofa, and a desk, the cabin allows Mrs. Voskamp, who describes herself as a “farmer’s wife,” to work at a remove from her six children. Sheds are may be art studios, potting sheds, garden sheds, cabin…
  • Pullman Beds

    Jane F
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Most of us know about Pullman beds from old movies where trains had sleeper cars for overnight travel. One year, I took an overnight train trip from Paris to Nice. That was my first experience with Pullman cars, the famous French wagons lits — sleeping compartments outfitted with curtained beds. Since traveling companions were often strangers, curtains added privacy and helped block out light. Today, the Pullman beds concept has steamed into guest rooms and kids rooms where they are often elaborately built in — sometimes singly and sometimes doubled up. Also called nooks and alcoves,…
  • Laundry Room Baskets

    Jane F
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    I’m envious when I see great set ups of laundry room baskets in specially designed spaces. My laundry room is too compact for an array of laundry room baskets either on shelves or wheels. So my wash day routine produces piles clothes on the floor. Then, clean, folded clothes end up in bunches on the counter to be transported upstairs. Before and after baskets would be far more handy. The airy white laundry room with a charming Dutch door [top] illustrates why! Everyone sees storage differently but I would use the top row of baskets for sorting and the bottom ones for carrying laundry to its…
  • Modern Outdoor Showers

    Jane F
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Flat and square with an emphasis on their shapes and surfaces, modern outdoor showers are just a bit showy. There’s something wonderfully elemental about showering outdoors on a hot, sunny day whether you’ve just taken a swim in a friend’s pool, or you’ve stripped down in the privacy of your own yard after working up a sweat in the garden. But this collection of modern outdoor showers suggests something a bit more formal — a level of luxury geared to impress and be used by guests. That’s not to say they are elaborate. Quite the opposite. On an elaborately planked and planted…
  • Strategies for Hanging Draperies

    Jane F
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    I’m always interested in methods for hanging draperies which may not be as obvious as they look. By strategies, I mean how hanging draperies relates to the windows and ceiling in any room. Additionally, I take an interest in the choice of rods used for hanging draperies because rods are the supporting actors. One thing most people don’t realize is that draperies are deceptively heavy. Additionally, drapery hardware may add to the weight. For draperies to look great, it’s essential to get hardware properly placed and securely installed. That’s why I like to spend a time looking at…
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    go hamptons

  • Nick & Toni’s Brunch

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    My little family treated ourselves last week to a lovely brunch at this East Hampton destination. I have to say, it was so good that I can’t wait to go back. I hadn’t been in years because we had the most banal but epically expensive dinner there about a decade ago and never bothered again. So I’m thrilled that we did!
  • To QR Code or Not To QR Code (And How To Make One)

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    So where do these squiggly designed cubes come from? They were originally designed for the automotive industry in Japan so that consumers could easily get more information beyond what the marketing people were trying to convey through packaging. It was a form of the barcode so that if a consumer sees the QR code, it would be super easy for them  to whip out their mobile phone and scan the code to gain access to that info. It comes in handy for coupons, downloadable info and lots of other marketing tools. Some of the big QR code generators are Kaywa,, Visualead, and QR…
  • The Great Blizzard of 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    So it seems that here on the East End, we got hammered much more than the epic over-reactions of what NYC expected. I have to admit, I loathe the winter months. I hate everything about being cold, and the shoveling – don’t get me started. I had gotten worried that my car, which we dug out yesterday during our snow-day, was going to be buried this morning. And it was. Literally. The plows which finally showed up some time in the night after midnight (when I went to bed), had made it to our street in Springs. They had never taken so long, but I realize it’s a difficult job and…
  • Social Media and The East End

    23 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    As the holidays have more than crept up on us, I wanted to bring up social media. You see, social media is not so much about selling a product or promoting a service, it’s more about engagement, getting to know your community. And in doing so, you may pick up a prospect along the way. I don’t really believe in the 10% business/90% social commentary on venues like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. It’s more like: just be yourself. If you want to sell, then sell. If you want to post kitten videos, go for it. But one thing that can’t be ignored. It boosts your…
  • Download Our Brochure — And Other Marketing Tips

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    So we have found a need to market ourselves outside of our precious-yet-robust community in the Hamptons, and in response we created a downloadable digital brochure that anyone can peruse, then share or download right from the page. View/Download I find that a lot of our clients see it as useful when their prospects can share their work with those that pull the purse-strings. For example, when a local builder is looking to be invited to bid on a construction job, the architect is forced to pull together all the information about the construction companies that he feels would be a good fit for…
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    The Finishing Touch

  • What are Faux Wood Shutters Made Of?

    Abigail Sawyer
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    Plantation shutters last a lifetime and do amazing things for your home’s retail value. However, there’s something you should consider before you put shutters in every room in your home. Kitchens and bathrooms have changing temperatures and humidity that can make them a dangerous place for all-wood window treatments. But don’t worry, you can still get a matching look for your home with Faux Wood Shutters. What are Faux Wood Shutters Made Of? The big question is, “What are Faux Wood Shutters made of?” and what is this magical substance that makes them…
  • Blinds for Odd Shaped Windows: Circle, Oval, Octagon + Triangles

    Abigail Sawyer
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Specialty shape windows like circles, ovals and octagons can often be found in upper floors and attics as a decorative element in the roof’s gable. Triangle windows are found in similar spaces and often get their shape by following a slanted roof line. These odd shaped windows can be intimidating to cover, but it is possible! We’ll walk you through the options for covering these non-standard window shapes. Please Note: Odd shaped shades or shutters cannot be ordered without the help of a designer. Give us a call at 800-505-1905 and we’ll help you measure your windows…
  • Blinds for Trapezoid Windows

    Abigail Sawyer
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Trapezoid windows, also called angle-bottom or angle-top windows are often found along the roofline above traditional rectangular windows. Because of their odd shape, they can be a particular challenge to cover, but there are a few options we recommend. Please Note: Odd shaped shades or shutters cannot be ordered online without the help of a designer. Give us a call at 800-505-1905 and we’ll help you measure your windows and place your order. Plantation Shutters for Trapezoid Windows Plantation Shutters are the best option for odd shaped windows because they can be custom…
  • The Woven Wood Shade Feature You’ll Wish You Had

    Abigail Sawyer
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Designers and homeowners alike are in love with the texture and dimension that bamboo shades bring to windows. Not to mention the gorgeous filtered light. However, there’s something important you should know before you try to replicate the look you see on HGTV. In magazines and design shows, shades are rarely shown with any kind of privacy liner. With no liner you’ll get beautiful filtered light during the day, but at night your neighbors will be able to see right in. This is great for photographs, but in the real world this is something you’ll really regret. Watch this…
  • What are Faux Wood Blinds Made Of?

    Abigail Sawyer
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    Faux Wood Blinds (pronounced like “throw”) are’s most popular window treatments. Our customers love them because they’re cost efficient, easy to clean and durable. The manmade materials make these blinds safe for areas like the kitchen and bathroom which have high humidity and changing temperatures. In these tough environments wood blinds could warp or crack, but faux wood blinds stand strong. But you may be wondering – What are faux wood blinds made of? We’ve got an answer for you. Faux Wood Blinds can be made with three material types that…
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    The Office Stylist

  • Pulp Design Studios Urban Chic Seattle Space {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Describe your office space to us: We are an interior design studio with offices in Dallas and Seattle, called Pulp Design Studios. Our Seattle studio is nestled in the historic Ballard neighborhood in Seattle. We’re surrounded by tons of great shops, hip bars, and amazing food. We have a small open studio that’s perfect for our boutique approach to design. It bright and warm with lots of dynamic details! Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from? It’s really about function for us. We prefer to have a neutral clean palette as a backdrop that doesn’t complete with…
  • How to Create an Instagram-Worthy Office Display

    Rima Butto
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    via my instagram @officestylist I’m addicted to my Instagram, and at any time of day you can probably find me scrolling through my feed and drooling over someone’s jaw-dropping office. As pleased as I am with my space, there are always times when I see a photo that just makes me think, “why can’t my desk look like that?” Yes, even The Office Stylist can get a severe case of office envy! But I’ve realized that almost every killer workspace Instagram has a few things in common (and no, it’s not designer office supplies). They follow simple rules that…
  • The Office Stylist: Coming to a Screen Near you!

    Rima Butto
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    I knew that when I created The Office Stylist, I wanted to share my knowledge, love of offices and expertise to help real people with their work + office space problems. Unfortunately, I can’t transport myself into each and every one of your office spaces (if only!), but I am constantly trying to come up with ways that I can help my readers with more than just a blog post. So here’s some exciting news: I’m going to start creating weekly how-to, DIY, and design dilemma videos! And the best part is, I’ll be answering YOUR questions so that you can get as close to a…
  • Black, White and Chic All Over: Candy Black’s Sleek Space {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Describe your office space to us: Our office space was originally an Old Bakery that got covered up and fitted out with carpets and low office ceilings in the 90’s which we stripped back completely to its original form when we took over the space in 2010. The office has 2 levels, with the entry at ground floor and the main space in the basement, down our black industrial stairs. The flooring is all white tiles and the wall are the original tiles that span from floor to ceiling. The color scheme for the office is black and white with a hint of dark brown in the vintage leather sofas. We…
  • Transform your Garage into a Home Office Haven

    Rima Butto
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    If you lust over a plushy office while sitting at your makeshift desk-in-kitchen situation, listen up! What if I told you that you could have a chic, isolated home office without adding something new to your home? Ever thought about your garage? It may seem hard to believe, but some people don’t get much functional use out of their garage aside from it being a storage unit. However, garages can actually make for perfect home office spaces since they tend to be mildly spacious and at least a little secluded from the rest of your house, so you can have enough room for all your desired…
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  • Silicon Valley Style

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
      Like all aspects of high tech companies in Silicon Valley, perks for employees in these offices are striving towards the future, making the prototypical office into some sort of adult playground that adheres to the motto, “Work hard, play hard.” In the quest to get the top software engineers and have the next leading app or program developed, these companies need to offer exciting fun activities and amenities at the office. Here are some of the luxurious perks that are beginning to become quite common in such offices, at least in the Silicon Valley area… 1. CXC Motion Pro II…
  • What to See at BDWest 2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The BD West (Boutique Design) industry show has grown tremendously in its short existence, bringing wide ranging boutique design companies together for both networking and business. As in its previous years, 2015 is on track to again draw a large crowd, eager to see new products and connect with like-minded individuals and companies. We think these products are poised to become important trends in hospitality décor. From left to right: Amora Royale, Avila, Canyon and Cody by Hardware Renaissance Hardware Renaissance (Booth 723) – Hand crafted and hand finished hardware designs are the goal…
  • Bringing Vintage Back

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Despite all the advancements in modern technology (or perhaps because of this), many of today’s homeowners clamor for the days of old, when we perhaps rolled our wheelbarrow off to the local blacksmith to outfit us with a new chest of drawers or table for our modest country home. Such handcrafted products remind us that we are real, of the Earth, and not just ants milling around in the contemporary anthill that has enveloped the entire world. We hearken to the past, when our homes were constructed by friends and family, and modeled our furnishings to fit our precise needs. Many people pine…
  • What’s Hot From Dallas Market 2015

    11 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The Dallas International Lighting Market is renowned as the largest lighting show in the country. During the event this past January, we returned to one of our favorite lighting manufacturer showrooms: Littman Brands. They launched more than 400 new products collectively for 2015. Hudson Valley Lighting introduced more than 175 designs across a variety of aesthetics while Troy Lighting and Corbett Lighting introduced more than 50 new collections. To break down the best from the best, let’s take a look at some of these trending new designs straight from Dallas. Lewis by Hudson Valley…
  • Made In Italy

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Italian writer and critic Umberto Eco once said, “If other countries had a theory of design, Italy had a philosophy, maybe even an ideology of design.” During the mid-twentieth century, most of Europe shifted their design concept to focus on functionality; on the contrary, Italian brands decided not to jump on the bandwagon, instead incorporating modern life and contemporary designs in addition to functionality . S-Chair by Tom Dixon A perfect example would be the iconic S-Chair by Tom Dixon – designed for renowned Italian furniture brand Cappellini in 1991, the S-shaped chair is…
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    Long Island Style

  • Homes of Distinction Tour 2015

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    Spring is in the air and showhouses, house tours, and other beautiful events abound! One that is near and dear to my heart this year is the Homes of Distinction house tour that benefits the children of 9/11 through a charity called Tuesday's Children.  The tour is a one day event that invites you to view five beautiful homes in Manhasset and East Hills here on Long Island, and ends the day with a
  • Design Showhouse Guggenheim Estate 2014

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Call me a sucker for a good cause.  I swore I wasn't going to participate in this years design showhouse at the Guggenheim Castle at Sands Point Preserve.  It is a project that consumes a tremendous amount of time, energy and money.  But, when the executive director called a few weeks before the opening date, I caved and couldn't resist the draw of this historic estate that I love to drive to
  • WARNING: Life is Not a Vignette

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Warning. These pictures are not staged. There are no props, no books stacked with things the reader finds so annoying that it deters them, no vignettes that are magazine ready. Life is not a vignette. I design for people, for families, for those who live in their spaces; not merely those who want a showroom for display. I want life to occur in every nook and cranny. I want wear and tear, I want 
  • A Likeable Home

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A 1908 Victorian was the last place I thought I'd spend the past several months. But when you find the perfect client, with a family whom you bond with immediately, it's a dream to good to pass up. Carrie and Dave are the CEOs of a growing social media firm in NYC; Likeable Media. A very young, very hip and very savvy company that promises to "create, curate, and promote content that gets you
  • Crushing on Scully and Scully

    24 Feb 2014 | 6:30 am
    Loving these new items from Scully and Scully in NYC. While they may seem uber traditional, think super classical and easily mixed with more contemporary pieces for a great collected look. Don't you just love those Leopard firescreens? And, that lacquered Regency Tea Trolley?!? Perfection! And you must appreciate the slender lines of the Pembroke Table with the inlay and beautiful drawer pull,
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  • 切手を売るなら高く買ってくれる業者を選ぼう

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
  • この着物、いつか着るはもう着ない!着物買取に出しましょう

    11 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    「いつか使うから処分しないでおこう」こう思って無駄に保管している物はありませんか? 例えば「いつか飲もう」と思って買った日本酒。「いつか着よう」と思って買ったり譲ってもらった高価な着物。これらの物って、買ってそのままにして眠らせておく人が多いんですよね。長年放置して、倉庫を整理していたら出てきた…というくらい、忘れている人が多い!これは倉庫の保管スペースの無駄です!…
  • 高価買取のポイント、着物にも作家がある!

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
  • 古銭買取を出張買取で依頼しよう

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
  • 切手は買取業者に買ってもらうのが楽

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
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    Bridget Beari Design Chat

  • Bridget Beari Flagship Store in Mexico?

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:14 pm
    I've been asked to think about creating a Bridget Beari store in Tulum Mexico. Not only is it a budding area but the clients I have there need furniture and accessories that they can't find in the stores. We end up shipping everything over in containers and now that we are designing more houses it seems like a good idea. The property is very narrow piece of land next to a hotel. I can design the building from the ground up so I am looking at easy, green and unique structures. These are a few I found: Love the wood and the glass A unique triangular designOpen doors and shed…
  • Bridget Beari Goes Prime Time NBC

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    It's been a busy month here at Bridget Beari. Maybe you've seen us on NBC? Not once but 3 times since February. If you missed it they are already repeating! We were chosen to be the design team for 3 different contractors on the show - Fit It and Finish It starring our favorite - Antonio Sabato Jr. (Calvin Klein ads, Janet Jackson video, General Hospital, Dancing with the Stars ……)The production team came to the RVA for 1 week in December to remodel 10 homes. Each project only lasting 12 hours ( give or take )Our first project was a family room with Leo Lantz. In one day we…
  • Anatomy of a Room - David Collin's Massimo Restaurant London

    12 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    In this episode of Anatomy of a room we look at a commercial space in London called Massimo's in the Corinthia Hotel. This space was design by the famed David Collins, who died in 2013 of cancer. He was an architect know for his brilliant designs. To me restaurants are all about the experience of the atmosphere and the food. What makes this design so brilliant? 1. scaleThe height of the ceiling and the oversized lanterns give that sense of drama to the room2. The attention to detailBeautifully crafted custom mosaics on the walls and floor Notice how they are juxtaposed to the…
  • Anatomy of A Room - Part II

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    This mix of styles, textures and patterns in the Ham Yard Hotel in London completely intrigued me. No one can ever say that anything matches or is even in the same style. Brilliantly done.       Front Desk and Foyerbold upholstery, moroccan beaded vases, French limestone mantelThe Library off the Entrypatterned lampshades, wallpaper and upholster - all different The wallpaper and the wing chair upholstery are repeatedMultiple hanging woven baskets made into lanternsIn the main dining room - egg shade pendants hanging in various heights as well as the roman shade…
  • Dreaming of Italy

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Here are some quick photos of my trip to Italy. We flew into Milan and drove to Canale, Alba, Barbaresco, Lucca, Monforte then to Firenze, Orvieto, Montecino, and finally to Roma. It was beautiful and not too many tourists. Bridget Beari "Snapshots of My Trip to Italy" from Bridget Beari Designs on Vimeo.
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  • Old Farmhouse Renovation – Modern Italian Interior Design

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    I do not know why I love the idea of remodeling an old farm or an old barn.  There is some romance and elegance to updating a farm building.  A barn renovation I posted years ago is one of my...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Small Apartment Decorating Ideas – Living Room Style

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    More great small apartment decorating ideas today - this time for the living room. Love this well appointed small West Village New York City apartment decorated by Australian design firm Arent &... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apartment Decorating Ideas – Small Bedroom Headboard

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    In a small apartment, I think you have to pick and choose your “design” opportunities. Too much color, pattern, print, clutter in a small space is overwhelming. Today I bring you a sweet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 19 Modern Dining Room Tables – Metal & Wood

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Dining room tables have been on our mind lately as my boyfriend TE and I work on remodeling the house we found in Malibu over a year ago.  Although our move should be just a few months away,  we have...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Tour Demi Moore’s New York Apartment – $75 Million Listing

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    During my daily chat with best of friend AM today, as we were talking about jobs, life, family and friends she blurted out,  “Demi Moore is selling her New York apartment for $75 million.  You... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business

  • Are Designers ‘Worthy’ Of Being Compensated Well?

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    By Maria Bayer DSU’s Authentic Sales Coach Do you fall into the trap of comparing your profession’s worth to that of doctors, lawyers or scientists, and think that you have to charge less because you’re not doing something as ‘worthy’? That’s just a limiting belief – something that doesn’t support your goal of having a successful business. And limiting beliefs can crush your [...] The post Are Designers ‘Worthy’ Of Being Compensated Well? appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
  • Have You Ever Wished You Could Read Your Client’s Mind?

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    By Gail Doby, ASID I know I have! I actually love trying to understand people’s motivations and style of making decisions. In fact, I’ve probably taken a minimum of ten or twelve psychological assessments trying to understand my own style as well as understanding other people. What about you? One of our amazing Interior Design Summit speakers, Yasmine Bijan, will be talking [...] The post Have You Ever Wished You Could Read Your Client’s Mind? appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
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    Simplified Bee

  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    May = Mother’s Day. Sunday, May 10th marks the day we honor our mothers, grandmothers and motherhood. One way to show your love and appreciation for all your mom has done, is to give a thoughtful gift. I’ve rounded up a few I think my own mom would love. mother’s day gift guide product links: 1 // personalized turkish cotton towel 2 // monogrammed bamboo handbag 3 // hexagon vase (extra 40% off spring sale styles & 30% off everything else. code SALETHERAPY) 4 // fresh pink peonies (free shipping with MOMSDAY code) 5 // hanging planter 6 // gardening tools (free shipping…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The striking formal dining room in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase was created by Cecile Starin. In addition to being trained as a fine art painter, graphic illustrator and interior designer, Cecile was a fashion designer for over twenty years. Her extensive experience is most evident in her design projects and most recently in the creation of the showcase’s formal dining space. For the room’s design, Cecile brings a raw, modern twist to the controlled, classical architectural details by incorporating street art into the setting. The noted San Francisco street…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 :: Sneak Peek

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a beautiful Elizabethan-style home designed by iconic architect Julia Morgan (notable works include the legendary Hearst Castle and became the first woman to be awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal). The residence located on Jackson street in the prestigious Presidio Heights neighborhood, was completed in 1917 for $20,000 for Abraham Rosenberg, the “Dried Fruit King” and his wife, Alice. In the last few months, thirty-eight Bay Area interior designers have transformed the six bedroom, eight bath home…
  • California Traditional Home Tour

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    A few weeks ago, a traditional style home designed by Chloe Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design caught my eye. Domaine featured the transformation of the beautiful Hillsborough, California home. Warner’s client, a Williams Sonoma Executive knew what she wanted – a happy, colorful and youthful space. As you will see, the result is just that. Using playful fabrics, chic wallpaper and elegant furnishings, Warner created a fresh and inviting home – just what her client dreamed of.   happy decorating, cristin *photos via Domaine   The post California Traditional Home Tour…
  • Friday Find :: Chic Credenzas

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. The credenza. Love them because of the many uses they can hold. Typically housed in dining spaces, this versatile storage piece can also work well in living rooms, bedrooms and entryways. Our credenza is used as a media cabinet in our family room. Looking for a credenza? Here are a few super chic credenzas I’ve round-up up that may just catch your eye too. product links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 happy friday, cristin *photo via lonny The post Friday Find…
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    lookslikewhite Blog

  • pastel edwardian

    Trudy Crane
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
    This pastel beauty is a renovated Edwardian brought to a new life with a sleek and modern look. The light added through skylights and tall windows and the simple decor are so gorgeous! Don't you love the tones of pastel on the walls and through the accessories! With a touch of black to anchor the room it all feels so calm and peaceful . Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Light Locations
  • Steely Blue Decor

    Trudy Crane
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Any shade of blue as an accent is always good for me but this steel blue is the perfect shade. Not grey, not blue but a wonderful mix that is great whether it is a touch of colour or a whole room. Mixed with white and black and it really comes alive. Hope you are all having a good week! Friday is almost here......Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life Lonny Lonny Domino Found on Found on bloglovin.comEnjoy!Trudyxx
  • Dare to Compare: Boho Home and Fashion

    Trudy Crane
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
    I am having so much fun with this series I am making it a weekly feature! Love finding comparable fashion and home or food and home. There are so many great pics that work together. Let me know if you are enjoying the series as much as I am and what would you like to compare?Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life                                                   …
  • All The Right Stuff

    Trudy Crane
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    There are so many things I like in this apartment...the square tile (that almost looks like subway tile) with dark grout. The white Smeg fridge...hello lovely....and the gorgeous sink in the kitchen. The rest of the apartment is as  perfect as the kitchen with warm neutrals in the living room and a pop of blue in the bedroom.....Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Fantastic Frank
  • Converted Barn

    Trudy Crane
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Love the light feeling in this barn style home…so bright and open. Any place with these high ceilings really does it for me. Concrete floors and white furniture…now really what could be better!! That little touch of orangey/yellow in the kitchen is pretty good too don't you think?Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: My Scandinavian Home from Purple Area
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    Franki Durbin

  • From the Window Seat: My On-the-Go Luxuries...

    franki durbin
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    I had the pleasure of being featured in the spring/summer issue of Ligné Magazine showcasing all manner of jet set chic features and luxurious travel stories. They asked me to share the products I can't live without when I head out on a trip, a topic I'm clearly passionate about (8 years of blog posts can confirm this!) and hold many tips I'm eager to share.  Below are what I shared with the lifestyle magazine as my jet set all-stars. The reality is that most of these products are winners at home, too. I hope you'll discover a few gems to add to your private arsenal for journeys…
  • Current Obsession: The Ultra-Chic Bucket Backpack...

    franki durbin
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I haven't had this much Tory Burch love in a long, long time. It's been maybe 7 years since I was swooning over her every move. I'm not sure what her designers are sipping in the studio, but it must be some mighty fine espresso because these new handbags are completely on point. Witness the ultimate backpack. It looks like a Chanel (no shame in their copycat game as they model their leather-entwined gold chains in a style identical to Coco's signature bags. I've turned my nose up at their other attempts to mimic iconic flap bags (after all, originality is to be prized and…
  • Feeling Bookish: Windsor Smith Drops Serious Design Knowledge in Homefront...

    franki durbin
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    I'll admit it. I went into reading this book believing I "knew" who Windsor Smith was and was familiar with the success of her brand, her products and her firm. I've been a fan of her for many years. From her high profile projects to her successful Design in a Box offering to her products and product collaborations. Yet I write this review today feeling humbled and truly inspired - not just from what she's achieved professionally, but from what she is capable of achieving as a human being.Windsor is a serious powerhouse of ideas, innovation and - most importantly - a deep…
  • Tot Fashion: Our Garden Party with Kate Mack...

    franki durbin
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    It's no secret I love dressing these two little girls. A four year gap in their ages lends them a distinctly big sister / little sister dynamic. It's much easier to get a toddler dressed (and keep her clothes on) if she's inspired to look like her cooler sister. Our saving grace is a handful of brands that they both enjoy equally and that allow matching or coordinating outfits. While many of their "playground" clothes are from J. Crew and Tea Collection, no outfits are favored more than their Kate Mack / Biscotti pieces. These are always the most feminine, the most…
  • Current Obsession: The Slouchy Pink Satchel I Simply Must Own...

    franki durbin
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    This lovely rose pink bag is my very next acquisition. Yes, I need a black tote, but I love everything about this delicate rose-hued satchel. A mere 13" x 10" x 6" means it fits my petite frame without being overbearing, but that inside capacity is a thing of beauty. It has only one flaw: no feet, but I suspect that's why it comes with a convenient cross-body strap. Those occasions that call for me to be hands-free are still achievable while keeping this pretty bag safe from harm. Wondering just how much it holds? This handy image above shows the storage capacity of the Tory Burch…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • How To Use Dark Walls in Every Room of the House

    Grace Lynne Fleming
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dark, bold colors may seem a bit scary to dive into and dress your home in. But we’re here to show you how to use those deeper tones on any wall of the house in any room of the house without becoming too overwhelmed or harsh on the eyes. From plum to navy blue, there are so many gorgeous and vibrant shades that you can use to adorn and accent all kinds of spaces throughout your special place. Let’s have a look at how to use dark walls and grab some ideas on how to style them too!1. Black in the Living Room.This black accent wall works beautifully in this living room for two major…
  • Corner Shower Configurations That Make Use Of Dead Spaces

    Simona Ganea
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    In the larger areas of the house such as the living room, space is not usually a big problem and, as a result, corners are often left empty. The occasional bookshelf or potted plant are sometimes introduced here to fill the empty spaces. But smaller areas such as the kitchen and the bathroom require you to carefully plan the design and to use every little bit of space. As a result, corners become more than just extra niches you can explore only when needed. A corner shower, for example, would be quite the space-saver.Corner shower niches take advantage of often unused space and thus allow you…
  • Attic Loft Reconstruction Full Of Surprises – an OOOOX project

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    When the OOOOX architects assessed the state of this attic apartment back in 2012, at first it seemed like a simple redesign project with only minor changes that needed to be executed. But, as the project progressed, numerous other issues became visible, such as the crooked floors or leaking windows.In 2013 the apartment reconstruction was complete. One of the most important modifications were those related to the layout. The architects increased the functionality of the apartment though a number of changes. The design changed as well. In terms of colors, the team chose a palette based on…
  • How To Always Make The Most Of Your Herringbone Floors

    Simona Ganea
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    The herringbone pattern is a classic and we all know how appreciated herringbone floors are. Although there are variations of this pattern, it’s always easy to identify it. It’s usually the older, traditional homes that feature this type of flooring but this doesn’t necessarily mean that modern homes can’t take advantage of this feature as well. Installing the herringbone floor is actually pretty easy.{found on thisoldhouse}.A modern or a contemporary home can take advantage of herringbone flooring to feel more inviting. In spaces such as the kitchen this would be a…
  • 15 Modern Couches With Diverse And Versatile Designs

    Simona Ganea
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    The terms couch and sofa are basically synonyms these days as they are often used interchangeably. Although each has its own defining characteristics, few can really tell the difference between a couch and a sofa. At the end of the day, call it however you want, the important thing is that you feel comfortable on it and that it looks great in your home. Today we’ll examine some modern couches to better understand the term.The Reversi ’14 may not look very bold or eye-catching, but it’s definitely the type of couch you want in your living room. It has a backrest that can sit…
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  • CP Hart bathrooms

    Andrew Dunning
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    One thing guaranteed to help a project succeed? – good suppliers! Recently we’ve changed our bathroom supplier in our design practice and now use CP Hart to supply all our bathroom fittings. We have already completed projects in Highgate and Whitstable and have been very pleased with both the service in the showrooms and their after sales services. To see more of their products CP Hart invited me to stay in a hotel where they had recently designed all the bathrooms. So around 2 weeks ago we spent a delightful weekend at The Wheatsheaf Inn in the Cotswolds – and roadtested…
  • Finlayson Tom of Finland

    Andrew Dunning
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Finlayson is a Finnish textile company you might know for the cute Moomin towels they produce and the large graphic patterns in their range, the Aalto pattern has been produced for nearly 40 years. The company is named after James Finlayson, a Scottish machine engineer who went to Tampere in Finland in 1820 and founded a cotton mill. Although he sold the mill after 16 years the company wanted to retain his name. In the early days Finlayson & Compagnie was founded on the same principles as Bourneville did in England and provided homes for workers, and the company looked after the workers…
  • Room of the Week

    Andrew Dunning
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This morning I’m returning to the office after a glorious week away in the sun. After spending the majority of my time outside I can’t wait to spend spring and summer in my garden. Now is the time to start preparing for more time outside so today our Room of the Week is going poolside! Good quality outdoor furniture will last you a lifetime if you look after it. If you want some of the best made and most stylish furniture I recommend Gloster for their extensive range. After discovering their furniture at a very sunny Clerkenwell Design Festival a few years ago several clients…
  • Such & Such

    Andrew Dunning
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As I’m often telling clients lighting is such an important element of interior design and decoration for your home. It can really make the difference between a bland interior and achieving that ‘wow’ look everyone wants. After planning the position of your lights early in your renovation you then need to choose fittings – and thankfully we’ve now moved on from ceilings full of downlights. Such & Such stock a cool selection of lighting on their website to allow you to ensure the lighting on your home isn’t boring. Many of the fittings include new on…
  • Zinc Textile new collection

    Andrew Dunning
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Last week was Design Week at Chelsea Harbour in London when many of the major design houses launch their latest fabric collections. I always enjoy visiting Zinc Textile, their fabric ranges hit the perfect combination of great quality, stylish design and affordability. We often specify fabric from Zinc, or the other Romo companies, for interior design projects in our practice. The new collection from Zinc includes a collection called Nightclubbing that celebrates many of the world’s great nightclubs where the elite partied. This is the company’s first stand-alone print…
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  • Inspired by Cuba

    Jon Peters
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M One of my greatest passions in life is to go out and see the world by traveling to different places with unique cultures and distinctive landmarks. I’ve traveled around most of the United States and Europe, as well as some parts of South America and islands of the Caribbean. Up until recently, Cuba has been a “no go” for Americans dating all the way back to 1962 when JFK enacted an embargo with the island nation after they signed a trade agreement with the Soviet Union. These days, however, it seems as though the travel ban will soon be lifted and Americans will be able to once…
  • Brilliant Backyard Pool Designs

    Richard Torres
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Studio M Summer is just around the corner and pools are the perfect places to spend the sunny and hot days around. Sometimes limited spacing for ideas may hinder some of the ideas that you could have with decor around the backyard. These unique and brilliant pool designs leverage the small space they surround to make it a truly outstanding summer. These designs vary from modern, country, ranch, contemporary, and magical. Lightning is also an important part of the decor process when taking into account the space available to work with. The wrong lightning could make a space look even smaller…
  • Natural + Unique Furniture

    Richard Torres
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Studio M With Earth Day having just passed by, I can’t help but marvel and reflect at the impression it leaves in any room. These pieces of furniture are more of a work of art inspired by the beauty of nature from materials found in forests to caves. The blend of wood and aluminum gives a touch of modern elegance while serving as the foundation to the rest of the materials and arrangement. Like the picnic table that has a countertop of short grass that mesmerizes the gaze of any eye and also lightens the mood of a drop or two of wine if it gets on the table. The wood and copper table in the…
  • Glam Chicago Style

    Jon Peters
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M If we’re being totally honest with each other, I’ve got to admit that one thing that makes me super uncomfortable thinking about is living in the suburbs in a Stepford-style neighborhood on a cul-de-sac street with a bunch of kids running around. Even if having a family were to be an option in the future, I just don’t think that I’d be able to live anywhere else other than a metropolitan area and be happy. Sure, vacation homes should be secluded and peaceful and worthy of being a retreat to get away from it all, but I’m definitely opposed to leading a cookie-cutter life in…
  • Vision in White

    Jon Peters
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M Perhaps the most neutral color option one could decide on when decorating their home would have to be white. I’ve heard people say that white isn’t actually a color but for all intents and purposes of this particular blog post, let’s just go ahead and not be overly hung up on the exact definition of “color”. In fact, most people utilize white throughout the home, whether it’s for the ceiling, walls, trim or paneling, because it acts as such a great base for adding splashes of color without going “color crazy”. However, there are quite a few gorgeously stunning…
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  • My New Kitchen Plan

    5 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Well, I am barely surviving this winter. Of course as soon as I returned from Boca Raton I got very sick with a .... WTF crazy virus, cold, stomach bug. And now David ( new husband) has it too.(at least he knows I wasn't faking it)We are in the process of ripping the back of this tiny cottage's ass off.The back of the cottage consist of a frighteningly disgusting kitchen, a tiny back bedroom behind the wall of the kitchen, and another tiny room to the side of the kitchen.I am blowing out all walls to make one small great room.'GREAT' room sounds nutty considering the size of…
  • GENIUS FLOR - Flooring Tiles

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Since I am living in a Maine cottage....there is mud, and salt etc in the winter months.There is not much pavement here.Need I say more.It is a 3rd world!!!!Trust me on this-it is in every way.No shopping, The contractors / handy men are working with an IQ of 72 ....if that.SoYOU BETTER KNOW HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF.Now where I work they sell carpet tiles.But these are GLUE down.This is not for me ,I have a beautiful wood floor.The above example is what i will use in my family room,the TV room off the kitchen.You can design your own floor on their very friendly planner as shown aboveThe…
  • Follow your bliss which does not include Maine .......

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    I just came back from Boca Raton ( my old home of 30 yrs.)to THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!I haven't been posting because other than  5 or 6 months a year here in Rockland Maine-it is HORRIBLE.I hate it.It has been pure torture in ALL the remaining months.There is no place better to be for those summer months & fall.....butthe rest of the time....OMG, it's the worst.And I haven't posted because I have prided myself on being honest in all my post.I have had nothing nice to say, so I didn't want to post because I would sound so NEGATIVE.My mother reads my posts,and I didn't want her to…
  • It's Time To Get Married

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    And pick up my daughter (Andi) & her sweetheart (Antoine)in Portland Maine and drive them back to Rockland Maine.I haven't seen her in 2 years.We were never apart more than 2 months until my move to Maine.My dear, dear and beautiful Mom!Has been the most loving and supportive....I don't know what I would have ever done without her.The older I get, the smarter she gets!!This is the church we will Marry in -St. John Baptist Episcopal Church.Father Peter Jenks will marry us. He has been great support and encouragement to me since I arrived on the scene.I consider him my friend…
  • Window Boxes & Faux Balconies

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    window boxes, faux balconiesI adore window boxes and false balconies!!!Adding window boxes filled with flowers can radically change the facade of a building.Beacon Hill in Bostonwindow boxes, faux balconiesI think the window boxes mounted on the second story adds charm to this already pretty home.There is no limit to what you can use.Just fill with flowering plants and mount to a wall, door , or a window.window boxes, faux balconiesThis really says "NYC SPRING"window boxes, faux balconiesFaux BalconyWhat could do more for a structure than a faux balcony? Faux BalconyI have found a…
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  • So Pretty Treasury

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Treasury from: Modern Art So Pretty Bright Book Throw Pillow From: DSG $32.66 Arm Chair with Buttons in Linen French Yellow From: DSG $269.02 Dreaming Tree Red From: Art $37.99 Hand Painted Porcelain One Light Table Lamp From: DSG $329.00 Oriental Poppies From: Art $34.99 Pearlized Gold Bottle From: DSG $85.00 Classic Leather Club Chair From: DSG $287.99 12×12 Metal Block Mount w/print From: F2images $75.00 Tripode Floor Lamp From: DSG $1,050.00 Cube Storage Ottoman From: DSG $45.87 Retro-classic White Accent Chairs From: Overstock $150.02 Swirl Square Indoor/Outdoor Pillow From: DSG…
  • Top 5 Reasons Why Replacing Windows and Doors Is A Wise Decision To Make

    Interior Design Style
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Are you tired of the creaking sound of your wooden entry door? Do you find it impossible to cope any longer with the drafts that enter your home through your windows? Have you considered replacing your patio door with a sliding glass door but can’t make the decision yet? If you have nodded at each of these questions, then replacing the windows and doors at your property is the next step to take. However, if you are still a bit doubtful, this article will help you move forward. You’ll find below the top 5 reasons why replacing your doors and windows is one of the wisest home…
  • Adding Some Homey Touches to Your Rental Apartment

    Interior Design Style
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Corporate apartment rentals can be a godsend for the roving business traveler; the consultant, the technical expert or the sales representative who has to relocate to a new place for extended periods of time. There is no need to settle for the monotony of a cramped and expensive hotel room and neither is there any need to set up a home base from scratch. Corporate apartments are roll in ready options that are fully furnished, equipped with all the mod cons and attractively decorated. However, in spite of the high quality of accommodation offered by corporate apartments rentals , one may…
  • Spring Colors Treasury

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Treasury from: DSG Spring Colors OrchidFrom: The Creators Palette – Art by Melanie $69.00 Coiled basket large green contemporary danishFrom: SewDanish – Scandinavian Textile Art $47.00 Hand-Painted Glass Vase Featuring Pansy FlowersFrom: DSG $44.16 Bottle – Sky Blue Set of 6From: dinnerware $60.00 Sofa SlipcoverFrom: DSG $34.99 Almond Branches in BloomFrom: Art $24.99 Blue 16-Piece Dinnerware SetFrom: DSG $65.99 Flower Garden Decorative Throw PillowFrom: DSG $22.99 5×5 FadingFrom: F2images $10.00 White Metal Rectangular Umbrella StandFrom: DSG $79.00 Flames –…
  • Furnished Apartment Rentals for Business Travelers

    Interior Design Style
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    If you’re a business traveler who needs accommodation for several months at a location away from home, you may wonder about the choices available to you: should you put up in a hotel or should you lease an apartment for the duration of your stay? Or should you opt for furnished apartment rentals; an option that is tailored specifically to the needs of business travelers? Whether you’re looking for accommodation for yourself, a colleague, a client or a business associate, this option can make a lot of sense; here’s why: The concept of furnished corporate apartment rentals A…
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  • The Bartholomew Condos & Townhomes – The Ultimate Guide

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    The Bartholomew Condos & Townhomes: Project Details The Best Information on The Bartholomew Condos and Townhomes from TheRedPin Project Intersection: Dundas Street East and Regent Street Developer: The Daniels Corporation Building Type: Condominium and Townhomes Architects: Quadrangle Architects Ltd. Storeys: 13 City: Toronto Get Updated Floor Plans & Pricing The Bartholomew Condos & Townhomes Neighbourhood Stats Resale Condos Apartments in Regent Park & Neighbouring Areas around The Bartholomew *Stats are based on TREB’s Condo Market Report for Q1 2015 Average Condo…
  • Tea Garden Condos in Bayview Village – The Ultimate Guide

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Tea Garden Condos: Project Details The Best Information on Tea Garden Condos from TheRedPin Project Intersection: Bayview and Sheppard Address: 2 Teagarden Court, North York, ON M2N 5Z9 Developer: Phantom Developments Building Type: Condominium Storeys: 11 City: Toronto Get Updated Floor Plans & Pricing Tea Garden Condos Neighbourhood Stats Resale Condos in Bayview Village & Neighbouring Areas around Tea Garden Condos *Stats are based on TREB’s Condo Market Report for Q1 2015 Average Condo Rentals Prices in Bayview Village & Neighbouring Areas around Tea Garden Condos *Stats are…
  • Real Estate Mistakes: What NOT to do when selling your home

    TheRedPin Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    If you’re making moves towards selling your home, scroll down to discover the real estate mistakes you should take notice of, before listing your property on the market. Pricing too high You want to avoid underselling your home – that’s a given. But don’t let that drive you to overshoot and price your home above what the market dictates. By pricing too high, fewer buyers will bite and your home can linger on the market, leaving you eager for any buyer and prone to accepting an even lower deal. Why? House hunters in today’s market are savvy. It’s fair to…
  • Featured Home: $550,000 semi-detached home in Markham

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Address: 21 Fimco Crescent Major Intersection: 9th Line & Major Mackenzie Neighbourhood: Niagara, Toronto Price: $550,000 | TheRedPin Rebate: $2,063 Bedrooms: 3 | Baths: 3 Lot Size: 88 x 24 Square Feet: ~1500 Book a Tour of this propertyThis semi detached home is located within an ethnically rich population, with plans to be a major player in the 2015 PanAm Games, it’s easy to see why Markham has quickly become one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities. A mix of urban and suburban life, Markham is also notable for its rich heritage. Shopaholics and savvy bargain hunters have hit gold…
  • Hot MLS Listings: April 20 – April 24

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal our Hot MLS listings in the Greater Toronto Area that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! 134 River Rock Heart Lake, Halton Hills Contact Shaan Shaikh to Book a Tour Asking Price: $429,900TheRedPin Rebate: $1,612| Details: 3 Beds, 3 Baths 21 Fimco Greensborough, Markham Contact Joy Mann to Book a Tour Asking Price: $550,000TheRedPin Rebate: $2,063| Details:…
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  • The Trousse, luxury wine gift box, recycled oak wine barrel by StilNovoDesign

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    99.99 USDThis handcrafted wine gift box is perfect to adequately accompany any 750 ml. bottle of exclusive vintage for a very glamorous and striking presentation. The Trousse is one of our three gift boxes original designs. Perfect wine box for wedding ceremonies, it can also be adapted to accommodate multiple bottles, Champagne bottles or custom sizes. Please contact us for details on additional costs.As the rest of our items, The Trousse is entirely made with recycled solid oak from discarded French wine barrels, every stave is individually sanded back to its original wood and creatively…
  • Twister, swivel stool recycled oak wine barrel staves, ergonomic seat, limited edition by StilNovoDesign

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    495.00 USDStil Novo Design's swivel stool is entirely made of recycled oak wine barrel staves from discarded French barrels. Twister can be easily integrated in any room of the house as a unique and practical piece of home decor. Twister's swiveling top makes it a perfect combination of sturdiness, functionality and inimitable style.By using the natural arch of the barrel's staves we are able to create this particularly attractive silhouette that can be combined with any style of interior décor, from the more rustic, to the modern and contemporary or even the oriental.Top and…
  • Rialto, medium size bench, recycled oak wine barrel staves from French wine barrels by StilNovoDesign

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    345.00 USDThis is Stil Novo Design’s medium size bench entirely made with recycled oak wine barrel staves from French wine barrels.Our Rialto can easily be integrated in any room of the house as a unique and handy piece of home decor. Rialto is the larger version of our well recognized ‘Emperor Seat’ and, as every other Stil Novo Design’s exclusive creation, it’s a perfect combination of sturdiness, functionality and inimitable style.By using the natural arch of a barrel stave, we are able to create this particularly attractive silhouette, reminiscent of oriental flavor.The top and…
  • The Pagoda, Finest Oak Wine Barrel Stave Candle Holder 5 or 7 candles, elegantly recycled wood, choose your color by StilNovoDesign

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    69.99 USDOur finely handcrafted candleholders are made from oak wine barrel staves from France.The solid wood of an oak wine barrel has a very distinctive element of charm that is conveyed into every object we create.The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the silhouette of each of our designs.Our Pagoda design adds an element of exotic charm to this elegant piece.Every individual barrel carries the signs of its unique history in every stave. As no barrel stave or band is the same, each piece might show natural imperfections, slight variations in color, grain &…
  • Cello, small bench recycled oak wine fermentation tank and barrel by StilNovoDesign

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    495.00 USDCello bench is made with recycled oak staves from large wine fermentation barrels and from regular wine barrels.Our solid bench is a perfect combination of practicality, comfort, originality and sophistication; it can be integrated in any room of the house and will blend with any style of interior décor, from rustic to modern. This stunning bench makes a truly unique and practical piece of home décor.The hefty staves recycled from a fermentation cask are used for the top and legs, while smaller wine barrel staves are used for the 5 bars at the bottom portion. The bench can be…
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  • Easy Peasy Mid-Century Modern Ranch Kitchen Remodel

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some kitchens require a total makeover, but sometimes, working with what you've already got is all you need to do.That was the case with this little Mid-Century Modern ranch kitchen, where taking down the top half of a wall between the kitchen and casual dining area made all the difference.Most of the existing custom cabinets were kept; a few were moved; and a little bit of good carpentry filled in the gaps.The half-wall in the foreground was once a full-height wall, with just a doorway separating it from the casual dining area. Taking the wall down to half-height was the biggest change we…
  • What Is Quality Construction?

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    First published on Zillow Blog A friend of mine put me on the spot a few years ago when she asked me over to take a look at the new home she’d just purchased.“What do you think?” she asked, “It’s good quality construction, isn’t it?”For what she paid, sure, it was decent quality; it wasn’t in danger of collapse, the doorknobs weren’t falling off, and water wasn’t dripping through a leaky roof – but it wasn’t a showcase of construction skill either. So I pointed out a few easily-fixed problems; missing bandboard insulation, some loose interior trim, bad grading at the…
  • Take A Seat On These Comfy Home Built-Ins

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You probably have a special piece of furniture that you sit in at your house - a chair, couch, sofa, recliner, rocker, or bench - maybe it's a chair so comfortable that it moves with you from house to house, until it's worn to threads.You might also have a special place to sit in your home - a chair by a sunny window, a recliner with a perfect view of the TV, or a front porch where you can chat with neighbors.Or maybe your house combines both, like the built-in seating in these homes.Here's a room full of built-ins - the thick walls create space for wine bottles, and the banquette…
  • 9 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Home

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    Conventional wisdom, as it relates to houses, is often too much convention and not enough wisdom.Every year, somebody publishes a list of which conventional home improvements will give you the best (or the worst) return on your remodeling investment.Remodel a bathroom. Replace your siding. Don’t build a swimming pool. Paint everything neutral colors.Sit up straight. Get a haircut. Call your mother.If “return on investment” (ROI) is why you bought a home, or why you’re remodeling one, you can stop reading now. Because the rest of this article isn’t for you.Three, two, one…still…
  • 6 Custom Built-in Ideas That Might Fit Into Your 2015 Home Design Plans

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most of the homes and most of the remodeling projects we design include some sort of “built-in” somewhere in the house.Built-ins are custom-designed, made-from-scratch parts of the house that are designed for very specific purposes. Sometimes they’re bookshelves; sometimes they’re built as seating, and sometimes they hold wine bottles – built-ins can be designed to do whatever you need them to do.A built-in is almost always a much better use of space than furniture you might buy to do the same thing because it can be tucked into a wall, or under a stair, or between two rooms.With…
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  • Arteriors Spring 2015 Design Trends

    Mikala Ewald
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Trend: noun 1. tendency, inclination, current, direction, leaning 2. fashion, craze, fad, mode, style, rage Please view our Spring 2015 “trends”…or more accurately the recurring themes and common threads we see in our new introductions. Use them as inspiration for your next creative project.  We are not predicting that the trends we have identified will be the next hot thing, but we […] The post Arteriors Spring 2015 Design Trends appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • Arteriors Spring 2015 Trend: Concentric Circles

    Mikala Ewald
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Trend: noun 1. tendency, inclination, current, direction, leaning 2. fashion, craze, fad, mode, style, rage “Today, the idea of a bunch people sitting in a room and deciding what the colors are going to be in two years’ time or what materials are going to be used in three years’ time is a complete nonsense,” […] The post Arteriors Spring 2015 Trend: Concentric Circles appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • Arteriors Spring 2015 Trend: Copper

    Mikala Ewald
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Trend: noun 1. tendency, inclination, current, direction, leaning 2. fashion, craze, fad, mode, style, rage “We don’t forecast, we don’t predict. We provide inspirations for creatives to create trends; we track trends as they evolve, but we’re not forecasters in the traditional sense,” said Marc Worth founder of Worth Global Style Network (WGSN). With its rich […] The post Arteriors Spring 2015 Trend: Copper appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • Arteriors Spring 2015 Trend: Art Deco

    Mikala Ewald
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Trend: noun 1. tendency, inclination, current, direction, leaning 2. fashion, craze, fad, mode, style, rage “The word ‘trend’ is a little bit like the word ‘luxury’ — nobody really knows what it is anymore, where it starts, where it ends,” said Pierre-François Le Louët, president of Paris-based trend forecasting agency NellyRodi. Some of the 240 […] The post Arteriors Spring 2015 Trend: Art Deco appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • Arteriors Dallas Grand Opening Party

    Mikala Ewald
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    After months of plans, drawings, and construction followed by weeks of visual merchandising, we could hardly wait to finally unveil the Arteriors flagship store in our hometown of Dallas, Texas. To celebrate the opening of our brand new 5,000 square foot store, we partnered with Modern Luxury Magazine to host a FABULOUS grand opening party. Wish you could […] The post Arteriors Dallas Grand Opening Party appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
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  • Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour NYC to ICFF

    Florence von Pelet
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    We are thrilled to announce BlogTour NYC and the amazing team that has decided to join us! Follow along as we host a wonderful group from the UK, Canada and the United States touring NYC with trip highlights from ICFF, Wanted Design, Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, Frieze Art Fair and several exclusive events. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram at #BlogTourNYC but please also follow the individual bloggers by clicking the links below. At Couture Chateau LLC, design is about your legacy. Founder Ann McDonald has assembled a skilled team with listening ears. From…
  • I’ts Back! Design Find Instagram Contest at AD Home Show

    Veronika Miller
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Back by very popular demand, we will once again host the Modenus “Design Find” Instagram contest at AD Home Design Show next week. It’s a great way to share your favorite finds with the world and you may find yourself packing for the amazing London Design Festival AND there are some serious additional prizes to boot. Check it out: What to do: Visit the AD Home Design Show on trade day, March 19 from 11 am to 6pm  Stop at each of the five exhibitor booths below and take a selfie with your favorite product Take one more selfie with your favorite product from anywhere on the…
  • Modenus Talks Las Vegas: The Impact of Great Design

    Veronika Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    The first day of BlogTour Vegas was spent amidst knowledgable industry pros, brainstorming designers, and leaders of some of the most innovative brands of 2015. We asked designers what “The Power of Design” truly means and what gives them value as a designer. We knew that the designer is much more than a selector of pretty things, but we wanted to learn about how a designer can impact the emotional and physical wellbeing of a client. How does the designer impact a life? Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID, was our keynote speaker of the day and opened with our main topic of The Power of…
  • BlogTour Vegas Sponsor Highlights: Wilsonart

    Veronika Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    BlogTour Vegas took on KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, for day 2 of its five day tour, and we visited our friends at Wilsonart at their fantastic booth to see what’s new in the world of surface patterns, finishes and design options. What surface trends did we see at KBIS? Surfaces that are non-porous, sustainable, and made with natural stone. Wilsonart was displaying a wall of rotating slabs of quartz, as they are part of their new collections that are becoming increasingly popular in kitchen and bath design.           Wilsonart’s current quartz…
  • #BlogTourVegas: Blanco and Poggenpohl at Mandarin Oriental

    Veronika Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    BlogTour sponsors Blanco and Poggenpohl hosted a magical night in Las Vegas. Up, up, up went each member of BlogTour Vegas to the penthouse suites on the 47th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Residences for an unforgettable evening of design, cocktails, acrobatics and, of course, mingling with old friends and new. Our two sponsors welcomed us to an evening of superlatives in these breathtaking homes in the sky. The paint had quite literally dried just hours before we walked through the doors, and we felt lucky to have been among the first to see all three new suites that featured Blanco and…
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  • Birthday party – 1 year old!

    Nina Holst
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Yesterday we held a birthday party for our adorable little nephew who turned 1 year old, and it was such a wonderful day with lots of people in the house. His parents took care of the food and most of the cakes, and I was the lucky one who took care of the decorating and table setting for 18 people. I had so much fun playing around with the blue and green theme… Here is the little birthday boy, checking out his aunts design/fashion books *smile* Baking is not really “my thing”, but I made some chocolate muffins with cute windmills on for the party… Decorated with the…
  • Global Homes

    Nina Holst
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:54 pm
    //Sponsored post There is something about the furniture from Danish designers and manufactures that I have loved for as long as I can remember. They have that little extra that it is hard to put the finger on. Maybe it is the attention to detail and quality, or maybe it is simply because it is beautiful to look at. One thing is for sure; it will look good in any home. So when one of these Danish manufactures, Carl Hansen & Søn, reached out to me regarding what they call “Global Homes” I was happy to take part of it as I am also curious how these furniture look in homes all over the…
  • 10 favorites – Stylizimo Shop

    Nina Holst
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:44 am
    1  I  2  I  3  I  4  I  5  I  6  I  7  I  8  I  9  I  10   There are so many lovely products to find in Stylizimo Shop these days, and I have picked out 10 favorites that I want to share with you… You can find even more goodies from the shop here.   Collage: Nina Holst  
  • Paintings for sale

    Nina Holst
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    In case you are in need of something new for the wall, I have a few new paintings for sale in my gallery Personally I think they look much better in real life, so if you want to see them, you can always stop by and have a look. Find more info about the paintings here and here. More up for green? Maybe you like this painting? ( Shipping to Norway only ) Images: Nina Holst
  • Planning the outdoor area

    Nina Holst
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    The outdoor area to our new house needs an upgrade too, and we have a lot of projects ahead of us. First we are going to paint the house  – which I´m very excited about, and hopefully we have a budget for a new terrace as well, as the old one isn´t looking so good. Besides that, we have an overgrown unloved garden we have to give a makeover. As we sold our outdoor furniture to the ones that bought our previous house, we need new furniture as well, and after seeing the outdoor furniture by Norwegian Garden, I knew right away what would look perfect in our new outdoor area. I just love…
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  • Funky Rooms That Creative Teens Would Love

    HD Staff
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    A teenager’s room should be more than a place they can retreat when they don’t want to talk to their parents. It should be a reflection of their personality and a space where they can feel comfortable, safe, and inspired. The rooms in this post are particularly creative in their use of color and other design elements, ultimately creating vibrant spaces where even the most finicky and fickle teenagers would love to hole up. While not all the spaces are bedrooms, they would all be ideal rooms for teens to call their own. The first room from visualizer Pavel Vetrov uses contrasting…
  • 4 Small Studio Apartments Decorated in 4 Different Styles (All Under 50 Square Meters With Floor Plans)

    HD Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    The size of an apartment might dictate how many people can comfortably live there, or how big a sofa can be, but it does not have to dictate the interior style. The four apartments in this post definitely show that, with each firmly situated in its own style while still making full use of its area – each of which measures under 50 square meters (538 square feet). From a Scandinavian style industrial loft to a wild and wonderful clock themed studio, these apartments take beautiful risks with the area they have, resulting in unique and comfortable homes. The first space is just 49.8…
  • Sophisticated Kiev Home Makes Creative Use of Natural Materials

    HD Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    170 square meters (1829 square feet) is more than enough for a stylish and sophisticated home. This particular space, brought to us by visualizers at BIM Group, goes above and beyond in proving just that. Of special note in this home is the preference for a variety of natural materials that, while of course shaped and molded for use, are largely allowed to shine through in their basic state. From wood to marble to actual plants, the natural highlights in this home are beautiful and interesting. In the living room, we are immediately struck by the accent wall where the television hangs. It is…
  • 3 Feminine Apartments Designed For 3 Sizes

    HD Staff
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The first space comes from visualizer Polina Kazakova. The light colors and airy textures, plus plenty of natural light make for a sweet and feminine atmosphere throughout. A cozy living room offers seating for a few special guests while vaulted bedroom ceilings and large windows create a space where anyone – man or woman – would be lucky to wake up. Patterns are also essential in this apartment, from the intricate tiled floor in the bedroom to the creative wood accent wall in the enviable bathroom. The second apartment was designed by Izumoff Design Studio and measures in at 48.3…
  • 3 Open Studio Apartment Designs

    HD Staff
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is something beautiful about living in a studio apartment. It is a space you have all to yourself, everything just as you want it. There is never too much to clean and it’s nearly impossible to accumulate too much clutter since there just isn’t room for it. The three studio apartments featured in this post are clearly slices of quiet, beautiful heaven for the people who live in them. Each features a modern, open floorplan, private sleeping nooks, and space for minimal entertaining. But each, on its own, is ultimately personal and perfect. The first studio comes from…
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  • Key West Curb Appeal

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Are you a peeker? When you are on vacation, do you find yourself peeking at homes and wishing you could bring them (or at least their inspiration) home with you? After a quick spring break at the lovely Florida Keys last week, I thought it would be fun to bring back some eye candy for us all to covet together! Hope you enjoy, and find some ideas for your own home. To see how I brought my vacation home with me in a new family room refresh, see the HomeGoods Design Happy blog post “How to Bring Your Coastal Vacation Home.” The post Key West Curb Appeal appeared first on Your home,…
  • Turning Old Pallets into New Patio Furniture

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I’m a lucky girl – I got to attend the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden show last month in Seattle. While much of the displays were all about the plants (understandably) much of it was about outdoor decor as well. I was particularly interested to learn more from James Taylor (no, not the singer) from Ballard Reuse about how to turn old pallets into unique and amazing patio furniture during his presentation at the DIY stage. James is the lead designer with the new Ballard Reuse, and prior to that he was Lead Designer, ReVision Division, of the Seattle ReStore for four years. He…
  • My Real Life Home Office Decor Tour

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    I work hard like everyone else. I have a day job that I enjoy, and a blog that I love! Like many in my line of business, work environment is a huge part of my creative process.  Home office decor has fewer traditional design rules – it’s fun to do! I enjoy mixing old pieces with new and throwing in a few unexpected twists for a nice blend of functional happy! So come along and I’ll share my corner of the world with you! Please note that I didn’t hide power cords, messy storage bins, and heck, I didn’t even empty the trash. Just keeping it real! Susan’s…
  • 4 Ways to Relax, Unwind and Renew

    31 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    As we storm in to year-end holiday frenzies, take a little time for yourself! On the eve of a new year, it’s important to chill so you can hit the new year renewed and running! Here are 4 ideas to get you started! 1. Renewal vs. Resolutions While I’m not a proponent of making new years resolutions, I do find it helpful to find renewal inspiration to set the tone for my new year attitude! 2. Meditate Carve out a place in your home where you can meditate, do yoga, or just be alone. I designed a meditation corner in my basement laundry area. 3. Treat every day like your birthday…
  • Date Night? Try an Italian Night In!

    24 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Feeling over-busy? Why not serve a romantic Italian dinner at home, and skip the driving, parking, babysitting and expense of going out! I surprised my husband with an impromptu fireside dinner (in the basement, no less) on a random Thursday night. I was inspired by a challenge from Michael Angelo’s to prepare their frozen entrees in a fun way. And fun it was! In addition to providing the dinners, they threw in some chocolates, wine charms, bottle opener, Italian game Scopa and the movie ‘Roman Holiday.’ I’ll show you how I put it together, and one lucky reader will…
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  • Spring Decor: Accessories to Update Your Spring Home

    Anchal Bhatia
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Want to update the color palette or personality of your house but don’t want to redecorate every corner? Why not revive your home with accessories instead? Not only will it help to instantly perk up your interiors, it will also keep your budget in check. Here are some spring decor ideas to accessorize your home and bring the wonderful season into your space. Spring Decor: Accessories to Update Your Spring Home Dinnerware Set Whether it’s for a Sunday brunch or Mother’s Day dinner, put your formal, expensive China away and bring out some fresh, colorful spring dinnerware. Switching…
  • Spring Dessert: Lemon Yogurt Cake With Syrup Recipe

    Simran Chhibber
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Oh how I love tea time! The little preceding nap freshens up ones mind and little hunger pangs ask for sweet nothings. Tea is the perfect time to catch up with your family, make plans and share stories. Conversation however, somehow needs some munching to progress on a thriving note. I love to accessorize my tea with light and sweet cakes and find in them-perfect conversation catalysts. So here is sharing with you the recipe for one such baked spring dessert. Spring Dessert: Lemon Yogurt Cake With Syrup Spring tea-time lemon yogurt cake  Image Via: Levana Cooks Ingredients For The Cake 1…
  • Kids Mothers Day Craft: Wool Bead Bracelet

    Rehana Akter
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    Mother’s Day is an excellent occasion to celebrate the love of your mother. We guess most of you have already planned for what to give to the most important woman in your life. Those who are still hanging in the air can try this easy, cute kids Mothers Day craft – a wool bead bracelet. Kids Mothers Day Craft: Wool Bead Bracelet You can use multicolored beads. Image via: Rose Cortina Whether it is for your wife or for your mom, your kids will love helping you making this craft for their mom or grandmother. Check out what you will need and how to string everything together to make the…
  • Spring Dessert: Orange Cupcakes Recipe

    Anchal Bhatia
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    When it comes to spring dessert, it’s all about showing off those beautiful colors and bright flavors. That’s why we bring to you this amazingly sweet and gorgeous cupcake idea for you to try. Made from zest and fresh orange juice, these cupcakes are buttery and tender, and the topping is pure orangey goodness! Spring Dessert: Orange Cupcakes Orange Cupcakes Recipe Image via: Betty Crocker Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Line 2 dozen muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, beat together the orange cake mix, whipped topping mix, creamy salad dressing, ¾ cup orange…
  • Outdoor Spring Home Projects That Appeal to Buyers

    Joy M
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Spring symbolizes a new beginning and is an important time for home sellers. You can capture the spirit of this season to attract impress potential buyers. There are a number of simple steps you can take that could make a big impact and turn prospects into buyers. Here are a few spring home projects that are simple and affordable. Outdoor Spring Home Projects That Appeal to Buyers Work on your curb appeal and keep your outdoor home in good condition Image via: Home Ideas Enhance Curb Appeal Potential buyers will either, consciously or subconsciously, use the curb appeal to make their first…
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  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Ready to immerse yourself in Design Deliciousness? In a home overlooking the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge? And did I mention said home was designed by architect Julia Morgan, of Hearst Castle Fame? Well, hop the BART and the 38R, and stroll over to 3630 Jackson Street for the 38th Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase! A fundraiser for San Francisco University High School, the Showcase opens tomorrow, Saturday, April 25. Details below, and now for a sneak peek of the 29 artistic and beautiful spaces. (Click on the photos to see greater detail.) Drink in the rich color palette of Will Wick…
  • Designers Coffeehouse — Interior Color Schemes

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    The virtual café is back! So sit with me a spell, and drink in some tips from our expert, interior-designer friends. Today we chat with: Peggy Berk, of Area Aesthetics in New York, NY DeAnna Mackensen, of REDesign Interiors in Yuba City, California Toni Sabatino, of Toni Sabatino Style in the Greater New York Area HomeWorkshop: When creating a color scheme for a space, do you aim to match OR coordinate colors for the various elements? What if some colors are close, but not a perfect match? Peggy Berk: Color is such a powerful tool in interior design, affecting every element of design,…
  • Hacking Textiles

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Over the past week I augmented my design quiver with some seriously geeky techniques. Neighboring Silicon Valley, and having my share of nerdy tendencies, this was inevitable. First off—take cover people—I’m workin’ a laser! Wednesday night, I headed up river to the best little maker lab I could find, and got schooled in using the laser cutter! Design considerations, software, safety, all culminating in controlling the machine and cutting a design. I admit it—it’s a rush to draw something out, then see a nearly parallel, nearly monochromatic, and coherent…
  • Want Color or Life Inspiration? Take a Walk

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    It is mind-blowing the color palettes you’ll find in nature. Think that’s a daring combo in the fabric you just found? Go outside and I bet you’ll see something even more fearless. I regularly hike the hills surrounding our local reservoir, with camera (or at least iPhone) in my pack. (Okay and some pepper spray in case the local coyotes get too friendly.) A bird nerd like Dad was, I’m always snapping photos of the pelicans, ducks, vibrant bluebirds, and that great blue heron’s luminous plumage (he’s still convinced he is hiding from me in the cattails).
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

    27 Apr 2012 | 2:02 pm
    Salivating for a feast of design? The tables are set and the pillows are plumped for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012, opening this weekend. More than 30 talented West Coast designers have breathtakingly transformed the historic and stately mansion at 2020 Jackson Street, for this 35th annual Showcase—a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. I was privy to a peek the other day, and I came away impressed and filled with inspiration. Many spaces are memorable, but I found myself reflecting on the creative and cozy eating areas. (It was…
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  • Country Living Fair, Nashville TN

    Amanda Gates
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Country Living Fair, Nashville TN | The Country Living Fair officially kicked off in Nashville, this past weekend, April 24-26 for the first time ever! The CL fair offered unique shopping booths featuring more than 150 vendors selling antiques, gifts, home décor, jewelry, clothing, food and more. Mike Wolfe, Star of HISTORY’s “American Pickers” and Brent Ridge… Read more The post Country Living Fair, Nashville TN appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • 15 ways to feng shui yourself to sleep and out of insomnia

    Amanda Gates
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:12 pm
    If you battle with insomnia you know how frustrating it can be to get a good nights sleep. I was recently called out to a new client who was struggling to help her 16-year-old daughter who has severe insomnia. She can’t sleep at night and during the day she can barely stay awake – which… Read more The post 15 ways to feng shui yourself to sleep and out of insomnia appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • Sharita Star – Design 101 Podcast

    Amanda Gates
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Sharita Star’s mission is to guide people to better understand the tools of Astrology, Numerology and Lexigrams into a simple, yet powerful road map, so that they can achieve life success. As she puts it, “You already hold the keys to your success. Your name, and birthday simply unlock the door. Sharita Star – Design 101 Podcast Our astrology charts give… Read more The post Sharita Star – Design 101 Podcast appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • The 5 pieces every dining room needs

    Amanda Gates
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Ever wonder what simple things you can add to your dining room to zhush it up? I am approached with this question all the time: “How can I get an incredible new look, without breaking the bank?” Well that is a loaded question. No two people have the same goals, or the same budget. I… Read more The post The 5 pieces every dining room needs appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • 15 Easy Ways To Ease Into Zero-Waste Living

    Amanda Gates
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Sustainability is not for the faint-of-heart because it takes dedication. Staying motivated, especially on those hectic days when you just really want to be lazy, can make life challenging. Trust me I’ve been there and know that it seems like ignoring it all would be easier, but I’m also here to tell you, I did… Read more The post 15 Easy Ways To Ease Into Zero-Waste Living appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
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  • Country Living Fair Round-Up in Nashville, Y’all!

    Kristie Barnett
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Despite the threat of storms, this weekend ended up being warm and dry for the Country Living Fair in Nashville! yee-haw, y’all I was included in a meet-up of Nashville influencers in the home/garden industry sponsored by Forest Home Media, so I had a bunch of fun people to hang out with! the Nashville Influencers […]
  • I’m Hooking You Up to Save More Money on Unique Home Decor!

    Kristie Barnett
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    I just got an exciting email from my contact at Everything But the House (EBTH) online auction company: to celebrate expanding into several new markets, EBTH is offering FREE SHIPPING on their current auction in Boston. That means that even if you are on the west coast, you can bid on items in the sale […]
  • Love It or List It? or The Reason Why I’m Allergic to Paint The Color of Peanut Butter

    Kristie Barnett
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    I met Gary and Lynda Young a couple of years ago, when they were considering putting it on the market to sell within the year and decided to do some updating. During the course of working with me, they decided to “love it” rather than “list it” – at least for a while longer. Although […]
  • Kitchen Tile Backsplash – Taking It Up to the Ceiling

    Kristie Barnett
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:46 pm
    If you have kitchen cabinets that go to the ceiling, I’m going to show you why I think your kitchen backsplash tile should go to the ceiling as well.   This is a kitchen in a new home on which I consulted during the building process. My client wanted a neutral greige color scheme with […]
  • The Best Dining Room Paint Color

    Kristie Barnett
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    What do you think most people would say is the best color to paint a dining room? Ten years ago you might have heard most people answer “red.” Actually if you polled a bunch of random people today, many would still say “red,” then quote something about how red stimulates appetite. I’ve never really understood […]
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  • Fab Events: Design on a Dime Gratitude

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Fabulistas, if you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that my team and I have been working OVER TIME making this year’s #DOAD2015 the best of all the three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Design Insider: How to Upgrade a Kitchen Without Demolition

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Fabulistas, nothing beats a good kitchen remodel. I mean truly — it’s the hearth of the home. It’s where we congregate to snack, discuss our days and have a cup of tea when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Media: Traditional Home Magazine

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Fabulistas, I’m happy to share that my commentary is gracing the pages May 2015 issue of Traditional Home magazine. Here’s the text of my comment: “Grenadines by Pierre Frey I love... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fab Events: #DOAD2015 Selfies with Ryan for Everyone!

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Fabulistas, guess who just agreed to take selfies with anyone who purchases a ticket and stops by my #DOAD2015 design space? Ryan Serhant, that’s who! Remember, the event is at Metropolitan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sneak Peek @ Ryan Serhant’s New Space

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Fabulistas, the creative work continues on Ryan Serhant’s penthouse space. But, just because my team and I are hard at work, doesn’t mean you can’t see a few sneak peeks —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • You Can Be More Connected to You Home Appliances with Google’s Nest

    Ann Porter, CKD
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Google-owned Nest Labs can keep you more connected with your home thanks to the many new third-party devices added to its “Works with Nest”  Program. The  Works with Nest program originally launched with consumer brands including Whirlpool, Jawbone and LED bulb-maker LIFX. According to Nest Labs senior product manager Greg Hu, the company’s goal is to keep the interactions between his company’s products and those in the Works with Nest program simple. Works with Nest is more than just an on/off switch. It’s about making your house a more thoughtful and…
  • Happy Earth Day 2015!

    Ann Porter, CKD
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Earth Day turns 45 this year. Many activities celebrating Earth Day started this past weekend. Don’t worry, if you missed them, there are still things you can do today. Earth Day Reuse and Recycling Round-up Event Donated clothing, electronics, shoes, books, household items and cell phones go to Goodwill Industries. While you’re there, get free document shredding from Goodwill Secure Shred. Give your medicine cabinets a thorough cleaning and bring any unused or expired medicines to Operation Medicine Cabinet. Next go through your garage and collect any hazardous household…
  • Tile Trends 2015

    Ann Porter, CKD
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I recently attended the Coverings trade show in Orlando. It was a terrific show with so much to see. Exhibitors come from all over the world to display the latest in colors, trends, manufacturing and technology. There were a few stand-outs in design trends this year. Here’s the rundown. Shape: Hexagon Once considered more “retro” in design, hexagonal tiles are making a huge comeback; adding a unique element in designs modern to traditional. These tiles come in all sizes from small to large. 11″ tiles in porcelain seemed most popular at the show followed by 6-8″…
  • Upcycled Glass Bottle Chandeliers

    Ann Porter, CKD
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Always on the search for great lighting, I can’t believe I didn’t discover this beautiful chandelier made from recycled bottles by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden sooner. The lovely cascading shape was inspired by the simple scales of a pine cone. Beauty really is everywhere. We collected pine cones from different trees and started looking at how the scales make beautiful shapes. We realized we could use the same technique, but with very long slices of the bottles.” The couple began making vases and drinking vessels in their London studio in 1997 out of recycled wine and…
  • TechTop: Qi Inductive Charging

    Ann Porter, CKD
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    Inductive charging (also known as “wireless charging”) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects.  Typically this is accomplished using an induction coil to create an alternating electromagnetic field from within a charging base station, and a second induction coil in the portable device takes power from the electromagnetic field and converts it back into electrical current to charge the battery. The nitty-gritty of all of this isn’t really that important for you to understand. If you want to know more you can always look it up on Wikipedia. What…
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    Six Different Ways

  • All Hail The Queen!

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Today we tip our hats to the Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her 89th birthday. She is iconic not only because she is one of the longest reigning monarchs in British History, but she has also long contributed to the word of style and design through her wardrobe. Here are some fun facts about Her Royal Highness’s style: 1. She always wears pearls- rarely ever wears diamonds, unless required by tradition (i.e., tiaras, necklaces, etc). 2. Don’t let the original coronation photograph from 1953 fool you! HRH is anything but black and white, as you could see by her “style…
  • Not your Grandma’s Crochet

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    So, when I was a little girl, my grandmother used to teach my sisters and I how to crochet. She crocheted everything – blankets, doilies, and some quite embarrassing sweaters. It was definitely a fun past time for us, but after a while we did get bored with it, (there are only a certain amount of doilies on can have) but it was something definitely worth learning -as is anything really. While crotchet wasn’t so fashion forward back then, it’s surprisingly coming back – and in ways I had never expected. This spring has introduced some really different ways of incorporating crochet…
  • Foodie Friday

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    For as long as I could remember, we have had “Pizza Fridays” at my family home. Whether it is delivery, or homemade, there’s always a few pies on the table come Friday night. Having this time together is really special as we all get to reflect over the day and the work week, exchange stories and lots of laughs. In our home, it’s imperative to be at dinner on Friday. While I love my family, and I love pizza – sometimes you need to mix it up a bit! Recently I’ve become quite the Pinterest connoisseur, and I have found a few variations on our traditional pizza…
  • Color de-Coded

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Did you know that color can indicate a lot about personality, emotion, and thought processes? There is psychology behind almost everything, color is no exception. Take a look around your home, see what colors and shades you use most frequently and take note. Then consult to the list below and see if the descriptions match up to you and how you interpret things around you, and react to them. You might also want to use this chart as a guide to redecorate your home or office space to give off a different effect!  Decode your color conscious now:
  • Brilliant Bookcases

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I have always had a fascination with libraries. Aside from being an avid reader, I think there is something aesthetically pleasing about walking into a room filled with so many different works of literature, bound in beautiful canvases and sitting beautifully on well organized shelves. Over the years I have come to acquire a vast collection of books, and I have always purchased run of the mill, plain MDF bookcases. So as I am always looking for DIY projects, and fun pastimes, I found a few bookcases that really intrigued my interest, and I am currently narrowing down the list of my top picks…
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  • 4 Things You Need For the Perfect Outdoor Home Bar By Stephanie Bertha

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    You might have a place to sit outside and sip drinks with your friends, but do you have a true  outdoor home bar?    The outdoor bar is a second living room, and when it’s done right, it’s the place where  everyone wants to be. Here are the four things you need to create the perfect outdoor bar at  your home: The bar, of course  Ideally, you’ll have a bar with electricity and a sink. Unless you really know what you’re doing, …
  • All You Need To Know About Contemporary Kitchen Design

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    It goes without a saying that the kitchen has a central place in every household. When moving house and have the possibility to design your favourite cooking area, you want to make the most of it. Easy cleaning, proper location and functionality are just some of the things you need to consider. Creating both practical and beautiful space is not an easy job. Not to mention that the cooking area should align with the rest of your interior. Contemporary design is not a strict philosophy, but it has some basic elements that will serve as a guideline. From the storage solutions to the appliances,…
  • Wicked Wardrobes From SKON Design

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Company Information, History and Experience SKON Design builds and installs custom sliding wardrobes for both businesses and private homes. A 100% Irish owned company, SKON supplies its customers with loyal service and is dedicated to meeting their unique needs with innovative modern creations. With over 20 years’ experience in sliding wardrobe design, experienced cabinet maker, Damien Phelan, founded the company in 2006. Although he utilised Ireland’s finest materials, adding a team of the finest and most qualified professionals was essential in order to guarantee the quality of the…
  • Make Any Room Pop with Feature Tiles

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Decorating a room does not just happen by adding drapes and an area carpet, there are many different ways to make a room look great! One of those ways is to use decorative tiles on walls as well as the floor. Add depth, colour and sophistication to any room with the use of feature tiles. What are Decorative Titles? These tiles are met to serve two purposes.  First, decorative tiles bring spice and life to an otherwise boring room with colour and texture. Second, these tiles are functional and easy to clean and sanitise. Decorative tiles are not just for the bathroom any either. They can be…
  • 4 Home Improvement Ideas That Make It Feel Like New

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Are you considering to live in a new home? An easy home renovation project can transform the entire look of your home. Moreover, it can augment the appeal and value of your home, make it feel like new. Home development projects do not require a lot of time or money, but needs a properly planned strategy. Below are four simple ideas to develop your home and add to the value at the same time:- Home Improvement Idea – Kitchen A simple kitchen home improvement idea that can appeal to everybody is to repaint the kitchen cabinets. A poor and dull kitchen can be restored back to life by an…
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  • simple no-cost home office update

    Kelly Anderson
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In my small condo I've created a work space in the main living area, as I showed you in this post. Now that Spring has finally arrived, I wanted a quick update to make it feel a little warmer and colourful. Enter a Spring office refresh - with no budget.Spring refreshWinter work spaceI simply moved out the textured white cushion and sheepskin rugs and replaced them with a colourful cushion and natural jute mat. I added a colourful vase of willows and an antique jug with fresh flowers - move from other parts of my home. Vintage jars and canisters, along with some green plants add…
  • choosing a kitchen backsplash

    Kelly Anderson
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Wow, don't you just love the options for amazing kitchen backsplashes these days? All manner of materials, colours and patterns are accessible and pretty easy to install as well. So, with such a wide array of choice, how do you select the best one for your kitchen?source1. Complement your countertop and cabinets. It's highly debated whether to choose backsplash or countertop first, but for sustainability reasons, I always say choose neutral, classic, hard working and long last countertops and cabinets first, then select a backsplash that will augment them. A backsplash can always be changed…
  • maximize the space above the fridge

    Kelly Anderson
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I hate that awkward space above the fridge. It either has a cabinet that seems to obtrude into the room and is too deep to find anything in, or there is a small useless gap between the top of the refrigerator and the ceiling trim or base of that useless cabinet. Either way, it's an annoying waste of good space and pretty darn ugly.Here are some stylish ways to better use that area to get organized and fit with the rest of the kitchen design. Most seem pretty easy to DIY using either new boards for a "custom" look, or by removing the doors on existing cabinets and making use of baskets or…
  • simple Easter table setting

    Kelly Anderson
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In an ever-continuing effort to simplify, my Easter table is pared down to a hydrangea and white dishes, with a linen tablecloth to give add a little bit of a rustic feel. It complements the vintage server but contrasts with the modern flatware and plates to make a simple but interesting table.Quick tip: I simply wrapped the plastic pot the the hydrangea came in with kraft paper and secured with jute rope. Easy peesy.Happy Easter weekend everyone. May we all take this time to slow down and be grateful for our blessings. 
  • 5 tips to make Spring cleaning easy

    Kelly Anderson
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Happy first week of Spring! I'm so sorry to my family and friends on the East Coast who are still neck-deep in snow, but it's been beautiful here in southern Ontario and it feels like it's time for Spring cleaning. Your Spring cleaning is more likely with a shovel than a broom? Well, perhaps a little de-cluttering and refreshing indoors will help you feel a little cheerier!I started my Spring refresh this weekend by organizing and cleaning out some closets, and thought I'd pass along my top 5 tips to make Spring cleaning easier. If you do just these 5 things over one or two weekends, it will…
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    Inmod Modern Furniture Blog

  • All That Glitters…

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Shakespeare was onto something when he said, “All that glisters, is not gold”. Over time, this phrase became “All that glitters, is not gold” – while they mean one in the same, the latter is used more frequently. When we think of glitter, we think of glamour, decadence, flash and the sheen of something glossy and new. Shakespeare insinuated that we should not be hypnotized by the glitter of people and things, because there is always more that meets the eye. We could not agree more. All that glitters at Inmod is not only gold, but also, silver, copper and brass!
  • Shop Sustainable This Earth Day !

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Happy Earth Day to all! Here at Inmod we carry a plethora of eco-friendly products manufactured by sustainable methods to keep our planet green!  Shop these items and more by searching “sustainable” or “eco-friendly” on!
  • Mirror Mirror, On The Wall…

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Mirror , Mirror, on the wall, Who is the most modern of them all? Inmod is, in all the land You can be too, with a click of your hand! Featured Mirrors: Winfield, $238.00 Como, $599.00 Austin, $482.00 Amir, $549.00 Couture, $495.00
  • Passport to the Mediterranean

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    The Mediterranean is known and adored for many reasons, but in the heart of these magical places, island living boasts beautiful earthy, open designs. The usage of natural light and resources are only a dash of what makes the islands so appealing. The white sandy beaches with beautiful mystical blue waters, the fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and home-made wines make for a very unparalleled experience to anywhere in the world.  In Spain, Greece, Sicily and many other places, earth tones and nature, and hand crafted items are placed on the forefront of design. Hand carved wood, mosaic…
  • Flashback Friday: The Roaring 20’s

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The 1920’s were a time where everything was extravagant. During the time of Prohibition, those who didn’t venture off into a local Speak-easy found their new homes in the the theater. Hollywood was an enormous inspiration in the world of art, fashion home design, and décor. Glamour and opulence dripped from every movie screen and into the homes and businesses occupied by everyday people. Every one wanted to have that magical air of sophistication they saw on the films brought on by young Hollywood surrounding them, and for the post part, many did. Unfortunately this period of…
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    Modenus Interior Design Blog

  • Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour NYC to ICFF

    Florence von Pelet
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    We are thrilled to announce BlogTour NYC and the amazing team that has decided to join us! Follow along as we host a wonderful group from the UK, Canada and the United States touring NYC with trip highlights from ICFF, Wanted Design, Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, Frieze Art Fair and several exclusive events. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram at #BlogTourNYC but please also follow the individual bloggers by clicking the links below. At Couture Chateau LLC, design is about your legacy. Founder Ann McDonald has assembled a skilled team with listening ears. From…
  • I’ts Back! Design Find Instagram Contest at AD Home Show

    Veronika Miller
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Back by very popular demand, we will once again host the Modenus “Design Find” Instagram contest at AD Home Design Show next week. It’s a great way to share your favorite finds with the world and you may find yourself packing for the amazing London Design Festival AND there are some serious additional prizes to boot. Check it out: What to do: Visit the AD Home Design Show on trade day, March 19 from 11 am to 6pm  Stop at each of the five exhibitor booths below and take a selfie with your favorite product Take one more selfie with your favorite product from anywhere on the…
  • Modenus Talks Las Vegas: The Impact of Great Design

    Veronika Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    The first day of BlogTour Vegas was spent amidst knowledgable industry pros, brainstorming designers, and leaders of some of the most innovative brands of 2015. We asked designers what “The Power of Design” truly means and what gives them value as a designer. We knew that the designer is much more than a selector of pretty things, but we wanted to learn about how a designer can impact the emotional and physical wellbeing of a client. How does the designer impact a life? Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID, was our keynote speaker of the day and opened with our main topic of The Power of…
  • BlogTour Vegas Sponsor Highlights: Wilsonart

    Veronika Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    BlogTour Vegas took on KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, for day 2 of its five day tour, and we visited our friends at Wilsonart at their fantastic booth to see what’s new in the world of surface patterns, finishes and design options. What surface trends did we see at KBIS? Surfaces that are non-porous, sustainable, and made with natural stone. Wilsonart was displaying a wall of rotating slabs of quartz, as they are part of their new collections that are becoming increasingly popular in kitchen and bath design.           Wilsonart’s current quartz…
  • #BlogTourVegas: Blanco and Poggenpohl at Mandarin Oriental

    Veronika Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    BlogTour sponsors Blanco and Poggenpohl hosted a magical night in Las Vegas. Up, up, up went each member of BlogTour Vegas to the penthouse suites on the 47th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Residences for an unforgettable evening of design, cocktails, acrobatics and, of course, mingling with old friends and new. Our two sponsors welcomed us to an evening of superlatives in these breathtaking homes in the sky. The paint had quite literally dried just hours before we walked through the doors, and we felt lucky to have been among the first to see all three new suites that featured Blanco and…
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  • Reading and Watching List For Italy (+ A Wee Little Bit Of Travel Advice)

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Before traveling to another country, I always like to learn about the history of whatever location(s) I’ll be visiting, get some insights into the culture and brush up on current events. Not like I’m getting a Ph.D. or anything but just enough to help me appreciate the culture more. And for me, the most enjoyable way to do this is through books and films (as well as browsing local websites and magazines). I’ve always done this out of sheer interest but I’ve come to see that this kind of preparation really enhances the travel experience. It also heightens the…
  • A Few Little Updates In the Living and Family Rooms

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Coffee table got a little spring refresh. I’ve been getting a lot of little projects knocked out around the house and it feels great! And it seems like a lot of them involve painting in some form or another. After painting the butler’s pantry I took a paintbrush to the coffee table in the living room. You may remember I painted it a dark gold/bronze a while back. That worked fine in the family room but ever since I moved the table into the living room, I felt like it needed to be a little lighter. And I already had the gold metallic Ralph Lauren paint left over from…
  • Orange Cabinet Update and a (Sort of) DIY Lighting for the Kitchen Office

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    As you may have seen on Facebook or Instagram (@FromTheRightBank), the wet bar/butler’s pantry makeover  is coming right along. The wallpaper has come off and the orange paint has gone on….. I LOVE IT – especially how the orange looks with the brass hardware….. Once I figure out what I want to do with the walls, I’ll post the entire space. In the meantime, on to the light. I titled this post Sort Of DIY because if you’re familiar with my DIY track record, you know I don’t really DIY…. (If you receive my posts via email, you received a draft…
  • New York Journal

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hi there right bankers, how have you been? I made two trips to New York the past month for some business and fun so I’m back with a ton of inspiration to share with you…. Greeted by blizzards on both trips. On both trips we stayed at the Standard (High Line) and had a great stay both times. Great views, nice design and good service…. In love with these lights. (I apparently had lighting on the brain as you will see.) More lighting I love. There was a lot of other great design inspiration like at the Apartment by the Line, a loft apartment where everything (furniture,…
  • New Glossy Plans for the “Marbleized” Wet Bar

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s been a good run for what I called my boldest project to date AKA the wet bar….. This was a really fun one and it got a lot of love in the form of blog posts, pins and similar projects inspired by it. So thank you all for that! Some time last year, I ended up turning this into a coffee/beverage station because it wasn’t really getting used as a wet bar. I store all the glasses, cups and mugs in the top cabinets and teas, coffee capsules, etc. in the drawers and it’s been such a better use of the space. I think that may be one of the reasons I started thinking…
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    Interior Design Tips for the Busy Professional

  • Why Headboards Matter

    Linnore Gonzales
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    When decorating the bedroom, much time and effort is put into selecting a suitable bedframe, the most comfortable mattress, complementing bedside tables and of course the perfect colors and patterns for the bedding. But it is imperative to not neglect the headboard during the design process. The headboard has proven to be a pivotal piece of the bedroom both functionally and visually. Let’s explore why headboards matter. The Headboard Is Your Bedroom’s Anchor The headboard anchors your bedroom’s design. In fact, if you are having a hard time getting motivated to decorate your space, try…
  • Together, but Separate: Decor Tips for His-n-Hers Bedrooms

    Linnore Gonzales
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    During the I Love Lucy era, television viewers were exposed to the marital bedroom – and it included separate twin beds in the same room. Eventually, TV loosened up and couples from Darrin and Samantha Stephens on Bewitched to Mike and Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch bunked side by side in one bed. After this pop culture switch, sleeping apart in real life was seen as an indication of trouble in a relationship, but more modern couples are adopting separate rooms for the good of their union. In fact, some research has shown that one in four couples in the United States have separate bedrooms,…
  • Shopping for Coffee Tables

    Linnore Gonzales
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Completing your living room space requires selecting the perfect coffee table. A coffee table must functionally do many jobs while also visually balancing the room. It’s a home for every day remotes and magazines. Then, it turns into a surface for an evening of games. The next night it may become your entertaining headquarters. And it does it all while sitting right in the middle of your living room. Browse our tips for finding your perfect coffee table to fit your space, function and style. Selecting a Height A great rule of thumb when selecting the height of your coffee table is to…
  • Combatting the Boring Foyer

    Linnore Gonzales
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The foyer serves several functions for your home and yet is often considered last when progressing through the decorating process. We suggest moving the entryway to the top of your to-do list as it is your first impression space as guests enter your home. It should be strategically planned to set a tone, send a message and serve a purpose. Consider these 3 décor strategies as you take your foyer from boring and bland to inspired and functional. Traditional Décor Meets Relative Scale When you think of an entryway what comes to mind? Traditional foyer décor often includes a table, a rug, a…
  • Impressionistic Palettes for Your Home

    Linnore Gonzales
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Spring is the perfect time to reevaluate your home’s color giving it the makeover it deserves. As you browse this year’s color palettes to make your decision, you may discover that a radiating impressionistic style is all the rage. Here are 7 color palettes to consider from highly esteemed companies that know their hues. 1. Pantone’s “En Plein Air” Pantone’s 2015 fashion color report "En Plein Air" refers to the outdoors captured on canvas as it relates to a sense of well-being. Look to the color spectrum’s cool side embracing natural neutrals, restrained brights and soft…
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  • Energy Efficient Lighting Ideas

    Holly La Porte
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    On this Earth Day and every day, we love energy efficient lighting.  On our Pinterest page, we share a few ideas of eco-friendly ways to spread the light! Looking for lights that save energy and are most cost effective?!?  LED lighting
  • Spring Inspiration

    Holly La Porte
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    There’s still a bit of snow on the ground in Philadelphia, so imagine how excited we are to see green grass, buds, snow drops and crocuses!  Spring’s here! We’re brimming with inspiration for the season and it just so happens
  • Lighting Trends That Dazzle

    Holly La Porte
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    With the wintry days of grey and chill in Philadelphia, we anxiously await the arrival of spring.  So while you’re planning to spring clean and refresh your space, we wanted to offer some tips on bringing warmth and light into
  • Rock away the winter blues

    Holly La Porte
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Got the winter blues?  We have the perfect invigorating hues to wash those blues away.  Just one piece can freshen up your abode!  Whether it’s the blue rhythm of this Schonbek pendant or a more industrial approach of this Brendlen
  • One to glow on!

    Holly La Porte
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Cheers to the new year!  There’s nothing like starting the year off fresh and clean, and pendant lighting is an easy way to brighten your space! Warm metallic colors are a continuing trend into 2015, so here we round up
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    Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design

  • Wednesday Wishlist: Lovely Vintage Art Nouveau Rug by Wilton 48330

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist: Vintage Art Nouveau Rug by Wilton Vintage Art Nouveau Rug by Wilton — Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, Read More... The post Wednesday Wishlist: Lovely Vintage Art Nouveau Rug by Wilton 48330 appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
  • Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug 48342

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Malayer Runner Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug– Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Read More... The post Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug 48342 appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
  • Creating the Home of Tomorrow: The History of Mid-Century Modern Design

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Mid-Century Modern Design: The Future is Now Mid-Century Modern Design — When interior designers refer to “Mid Century Modern” design, they are referring to an aesthetic style based around the idea of streamlining everyday life using technology that was immensely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the United States and Europe. After World War II, Read More... The post Creating the Home of Tomorrow: The History of Mid-Century Modern Design appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
  • Persian Art: Monir Farmanfarmaian Celebrates Her First Solo Exhibition in New York, at Guggenheim Museum

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    “I was a pretty Persian rug, an exotic find, so people invited me to things”  – Farmanfarmaian on her popularity in post-war American artists’ circles. Persian Art Exhibit at Guggenheim Museum – Persian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, now over 90 years old, is celebrating a milestone in her life and artistic career: Her work is on view Read More... The post Persian Art: Monir Farmanfarmaian Celebrates Her First Solo Exhibition in New York, at Guggenheim Museum appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
  • Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Heriz Rug with Garden Design 48376

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a Beautiful Antique Persian Heriz Rug. Antique Persian Heriz Rug– Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out Read More... The post Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Heriz Rug with Garden Design 48376 appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
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    Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore » Blog | Leading Architects Bangalore

  • How to Manage Homes with Open Floor Plans?

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Gone are the days of box like rooms! Open floor plans or flowing house plan designs have become the trend of present day modern homes. Open floor house plan design consists of large spaces to move about without any visual obstacles. It also calls for clever utilization of available spaces. Although there are many ways to design and decorate Continue Reading The post How to Manage Homes with Open Floor Plans? appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • Observations On A Decade Old Home

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore A few months back, I had been to a close friend’s home for dinner. He had this chic new duplex house design under planning and was discussing concepts incorporated by this architect. And till last week, I used to believe that all those “contemporary amenities” were mere extra overheads. But since I attended his house warming ceremony, and spent some time Continue Reading The post Observations On A Decade Old Home appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • 3 Trendy Luxurious Villa Design Options

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore A grand home, a luxurious bungalow, a beautiful villa or castle of one’s dreams is a desire of every home aspirant. And such lavish living can only be achieved with proper planning, chiseled as per the individual’s luxury house plan ideas. Get your perfect, show stopper villa with top class features. Get trendy. Ashwin Architects are among the leading Continue Reading The post 3 Trendy Luxurious Villa Design Options appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • Merits | De-Merits Of Ceramic Tiles

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Flooring plays a very vital role in elevating the look of your interiors and overall house design. And though human civilization has known to be Ceramic Tiles since long, today the beauty and virtues of such tiles have made their way into our rooms too. Ceramic flooring has become an integral part of the overall decor. You may be Continue Reading The post Merits | De-Merits Of Ceramic Tiles appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • Landscape Garden Architecture For Exteriors

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Are you looking for contemporary exteriors? Good paints, wonderful combinations are great; and how about beautifying your exteriors with a natural look? Why not enrich your building exteriors with landscape architecture. Bring Freshness with Garden Landscape Now, just imagine a long, tiresome, stressful day…  Need to go back home and relax. No energy to get up and get going with Continue Reading The post Landscape Garden Architecture For Exteriors appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
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    Interior Design And Happy Home Living

  • Nice Decorating Ideas for holiday homes

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Having a summer holiday homes is certainly a privilege that many can not tell. Although it is an extra expense each month for bills that causes although not alive anyone during the year inside, there are many people who are lucky enough to afford it, something that will enable them to enjoy the summer months in a quiet and a great relax. Normally holiday homes are often located in remote areas of the city, in the mountains, on the beach in areas where people go to seek tranquility to disconnect from the stress of everyday life in the city. To forget some of the year and enjoy the summer…
  • Stylish Floating Bed Design Ideas

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    A few days ago I wrote an article on rollaway beds, and today I want to focus on floating beds, one of the most important trends in recent years as far as decor in the bedroom is concerned. As you can tell by its name, they are floating beds, not by magic but because they are anchored to the wall instead of relying on legs to the ground. Lie on a floating bed is wonderful, as it gives you an incredible feeling of floating in the air. Once the evidence is difficult to find one in which you feel better, it’s indescribable. Well, today I would like to tell you about this type of bed in…
  • Decorate spaces with high ceilings

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    High ceilings can have great advantages, but many people do not like the increased feeling of coldness that give shelter and because it makes them more “empty” as well as for logistical reasons, such as when changing a bulb. However, with proper decoration and patterns in composition, a house with high ceilings may result in a neat, spacious and beautiful space, with great potential. If this is the case in your home, start by painting the walls a light color, for example, cakes or beige, but you can bet on reserve to a single wall a darker tone. It is essential that the paint is…
  • Zara Home Kids Catalog Spring-Summer 2015

    4 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Believe it or not, the spring has come into our lives, so it is high time we started to notice this season in the interiors of our home, including children’s bedrooms. The smallest of the house are also entitled to enjoy this season of life in the shelter! Of course it is not necessary to change the decoration of your child’s bedroom. With spring or summer introduce some elements will suffice. To help you out with this task, Zara Home Kids offers plenty of suggestions for decorating children’s rooms and other areas of the home during the spring-summer 2015. Do you want to…
  • How to decorate the terrace with low budget

    4 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Do not be fooled rain and cold! We are already in spring and this year seems to be that it will be warmer than at other times! Therefore, you should keep you going when decorating outdoor spaces of your home so you can enjoy the most when the proper time comes. As we know that in these times of crisis we all have to tighten our belts a little, today we propose some good ideas to decorate your terrace with little money. And, as you will find yourself then you will be able to achieve pleasant and practical spaces with very little budget . Would you like to join us? We promise you will not…
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    Coastal Decor, Beach, Nautical Decor, DIY Decorating, Crafts, Shopping | Completely Coastal Blog

  • Bright White Coastal Style Home with Blue Accents & Shell Decor

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The owner of this bright white coastal style home likes to hit Antique Fairs, Flea Markets and Consignment Stores to find things with character and always tries to infuse a little whimsy when designing. You find beachy blue accents throughout the home and plenty of Shell Decor. The coastal foyer area includes Shell Wall Art, a Coral on a Stand and Starfish. A colorful mix of Pillows,
  • Simple Sea Shell Napkin Rings | Summer Crafts

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer time is beach time -and it's just around the corner! And no table setting should be without a beachy touch, be it a party table or a romantic table set for two! So I'm starting a series of Coastal & Nautical Summer Crafts for Tabletop Decorating and Entertaining, beginning with simple sea shell napkin rings. Use shells from your Sea Shell Collection for these napkin rings! Sea shell
  • Paint It Bright Blue! Home Decor Ideas from Bottles to Floors

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bright blue represents the sea and the sky. It's a color with a wide open feel. It's the color most used in beach, coastal and nautical decor. So take out the brush and paint it bright blue! Here are some of my favorite blue painted home decor ideas! Blue painted bottles by Flea Market Trixie. Three colors of spray paint where use to create this graduating look. Bring the summer sea to your
  • Nautical Home Accessories for Inside & Out | A Salute to the Classic Nautical Colors of Blue, White & Red

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add a salty touch to your home with colorful nautical home accessories! The classic Nautical Colors of blue, white and red are also Patriotic colors which makes these nautical home accessories perfect for your Memorial Day and 4th of July celebration! Painted Replica Wood Buoys that you can hang on the coat rack, by the door, or anywhere else you want a bright pop of nautical colors. Check
  • The Relaxed Nautical Style Home of Designer Tara Dennis

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Australian designer and TV presenter Tara Dennis showed us how to create a gorgeous abstract sea painting here, now take a peek inside her relaxed nautical style home! Tara likes second-hand furniture, things with character that have a story. Her Nautical Style home reflects that. It is elegant, charming, warm, and filled with "vintage goodness", as Sally of Coastal Vintage puts it (where
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    BLOG - DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston

  • BEFORE & AFTER: A 100-Year Old Scottish Flat Receives An Edgy Remodel!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm so excited and so privileged to be the first to share this breathtaking before and after done by my blog friend, Deborah Peterson Milne.Deb and her husband live in Scotland and recently renovated their dull, drab, ordinary flat into a space that's now...Dark, moody, eclectic, personal, homey, edgy, and risky...all at once! The flat’s bold statements brilliantly complement their equally bold tastes in style, as well as...The tastes of everyone who recently toured it—because, you see, they're selling it. That's right, they've recently been hosting countless…
  • Today's 10 On-Trend Interior Design Links You'll Love! | #DESIGNREFRESH

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello Design Lovers!Today, I’m sharing a post about some of our beautiful interior design storyboards that are becoming so important in the way work. If you hire us, you’ll likely get one of these for your project — that is if we’re specifying products like furniture and lighting.And, because I’m a fan of bringing personality into your home, my pantry door post will offer up a unique way to do just that.Then there's a how-to post about updating a room's color scheme. It just might inspire you to freshen things up around the house a bit. Also, there’s my new project…
  • How To Make A Room's Tired Color Palette Look Fresh & Modern!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Does your room’s color palette look look dated, tired, drab? Yeah, well, I bet I know why you haven’t updated it yet:You’re concerned that, if you do, you’ll have to throw out everything you already have in your room and redesign from scratch.That’s a valid concern—a valid concern, indeed.Fortunately though, it’s an unnecessary concern. Here’s why:You can bring new life to your room’s color palette, making it feel fresh with modern style. All you need to do is…Add white.That’s right—just add white! And today isnt’ the first time I’ve mentioned the magic of…
  • Digital Storyboards: Why They're An Essential Part of an Interior Designer's Toolkit

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    While I haven't grasped everything tech in this new age of design (I still do hand drawings), there is one tool we use at my studio that we all enjoy:The digital storyboard.Now that we’ve mastered our process, we've come to love making these digital storyboards for clients. They go a long way in showing a client the style of the space. While it may take me a long time to do these boards (I don’t get to touch photoshop in my office because that’s a sinkhole of time for me that I can’t afford), my staff has excelled at putting them together. I’ll even make selections and…
  • BEFORE & AFTER: Once Dated & Drab, This Bedroom Now Feels Like A Boutique Hotel Room!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m excited to share yet another project with you today!This one: a lovely master bedroom; one that went from dated and drab to light, clean, and uplifting! This homeowner wanted her bedroom to feel like a boutique hotel. She wanted clean lines, a more transitional feel, and a complete look that felt restful and calm.Here's the before: Here's what we did:My client was very specific about how she wanted a screen, or a paneled look, for her headboard. All furnishings would be needed to complete the room.Most of her house is full of warm tones: warm wood floors; warm colored stone…
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    the modern sybarite

  • dutch old master paintings at sothebys

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Henry and June “Jimmy” Weldon amassed a fascinating collection of Flemish and Dutch old master paintings over 60 years of passionate collecting. Around 2002 I had the good fortune to meet Jimmy and was invited to her apartment to look … Continue reading →This post dutch old master paintings at sothebys first appeared on
  • a new bloom in modern japanese ceramics

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hitomi Hosono is breathing new life into the world of modern Japanese ceramics with her magnificently textured porcelain creations. Drawing on her impeccable ability to remember every detail from the delicate petals of a flower to the intricate webbing of … Continue reading →This post a new bloom in modern japanese ceramics first appeared on
  • comfortable recliners with style

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are there elegant comfortable recliners out there? Just last week I was faced with this question when a new client called me to say that her husband was insistent that I include a recliner of some sort in my proposal … Continue reading →This post comfortable recliners with style first appeared on
  • ceramic drum stools from italy

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I came across these fantastic ceramic drum stools and I just had to share. Doubling as small occasional tables or stools, these color saturated enamel stoneware and buttery-rich vegetable-dyed leather pieces are made in the studio of Italian leather maestro … Continue reading →This post ceramic drum stools from italy first appeared on
  • abstract art + the works of susannah phillips

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Boston-born Susannah Phillips might just be my new “go to” for contemporary abstract art. Trained in London and from a family with artistic sensibilities, Phillips’ moody landscapes and still lifes serve as a great entry into contemporary art for my … Continue reading →This post abstract art + the works of susannah phillips first appeared on
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    Apartment Geeks

  • Clever ways to make extra cash on AirBnB

    Leo B
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    AirBnB does not need an introduction – it’s one of top 10 startups in the world, and is well-known. But many people who live in an apartment (own or rent) can make some extra money, and don’t even know it. Here are some clever ways you can make money with your apartment, while still living there full-time. Although I’ve used AirBnB (link gives you $25 travel credit) for a couple of years now (to rent a place when we traveled) I never thought of renting out our place – it just never crossed my mind. Enlightenment came recently, when my neighbor rented his…
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of your First Apartment

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    Finding your very first apartment is a momentous occasion. It’s a rite of passage that proves that you really are an adult now. You have your own space. You don’t have to sneak friends and “more-than-friends” in and out. The place is yours to do with as you please (as long as your lease allows it!) Getting caught up the excitement, though, causes many to get themselves in a mess. There are some very important factors to consider before and immediately after you sign your name on the lease. Be sure to avoid these common pitfalls in your first apartment. Documents,…
  • Energy Audits Can Help You Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Photo credit: My husband and I had recently purchased a new home. Though we debated for a long time over whether to purchase a newly renovated home, or an older home, I eventually won the fight and we went with an older home purchase. What can I say; I\’m a sucker for crown moldings, hardwood floors, and the overall aesthetics of an older home. Anyway, we\’ve been slowly transitioning into our new home. As I become more aware of my personal finances and carbon footprint we leave on the earth, I’ve been trying to be more conscious of ways to save money and help the…
  • Top 10 reasons why you should invest in a property in London SE1

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    One of London’s hot property spots, London SE1 has seen some spectacular luxury homes coming on the market in recent months. One such stunning example is the 4,600 sq ft of accommodation which is the Penthouse at Benbow House. The largest of its type in the area, the apartment currently graces three floors and is available to view through Pastor Real Estate. Apart from the fact you happen to be in the heart of one of the most exciting and culturally-significant cities in the world, why else would you look to invest in some classy bricks and mortar in this area of London which stretches…
  • Keeping Your Stuff and Yourself Safe When You Live in an Apartment

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    Photo credit: As a homeowner, your home security is totally up to you. You can install security systems, put up flood and motion detecting lights, set up video surveillance, anything you want! You can do as much or as little as feels comfortable. When you live in an apartment, though…not so much. Apartment dwellers, you can\’t rip out their windows and install security glass. You can\’t wire in alarms or change the lighting (much). You definitely can\’t set up video surveillance in the hallway. It can often feel like you are totally at the mercy of your…
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  • 3084A, 3084B, 3084C, 3084D, 3085, and 3085A vases | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1969

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    I have seen boxes for the reissue of this vase but never an original.  Here is an original box for some of the vacuum formed PVC vases by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy. On the side panel, it shows the vase models 3084A, 3084B, 3084C, 3084D, 3085, and 3085A.  eBay item 281631608044 ended March 21, 2015 at 11:17AM (United Kingdom) and sold for  £430.00 ($647.32).  Three bidders placed 3 bids on the vase. The vase that was sold was a model 3084C in the straw color, in like new condition.  
  • Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with Lily cup tray | The American Thermos Bottle Company, Norwich, Connecticut, United States

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Here is a Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray.  The Thermos and tray combination was made by The American Thermos Bottle Company of Norwich, Connecticut.  The thermos features white bottom trim and a white hinged top.  Measures 9” tall for the Thermos carafe, and 12” wide for the tray. eBay item 390806891601, no bids at $49.99 (United States). Pink Thermos Carafe and tray set. Thermos cup tray. Thermos carafe. Thermos hinged top. The Thermos base is marked “THE AMERICAN THERMOS BOTTLE CO.” and “MADE IN NORWICH, CONN.
  • MK Tresmer Oy model 194 and 294 owl bank | Palaset | Finland

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Here is the large size MK Tresmer Oy of Finland plastic coin bank.  The coin banks are spherical with a flat bottom so they don’t roll away.  There is a slot toward the top so that coins can be inserted in the bank.  They come in the highly stylized form of an owl.   These banks are not common. eBay item 181674164671 sold Mar 24, 2015 at 11:20AM (United States) for $65.00 plus shipping. On the Palaset website, the money box is described as not easy to ignore. It is available in two sizes, a smaller 194mm diameter disposable version and a larger 294mm diameter…
  • Quadrat soap-dish | Hammarplast | Sweden

    11 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Here is a Quadrat soap-dish made by Hammarplast, Sweden.  While it was sold as a soap dish, pictures in the literature that accompany the dish show other possibilities. You might expect the focus of this product to be the bathroom, but it seems in fact that the target focus is the kitchen!  The dish itself is large, at 6” by 6” square.  It features a ring and a bowl shaped protrusion for storage in which fits a chrome plated holder. One picture in the accompanying literature shows a more traditional, side by side use with the caption, “White looks clean and fresh.”…
  • 6906 Brown Rabbit | Don Featherstone | Union Products, Inc. | Leominster, Massachusetts, United States | 1993

    4 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Spring is springing, and it’s time for Easter.  Here is the model 6906 Brown Rabbit (although I like chocolate bunny better) by Union Products.  It looks sweet enough to take a bite out of! Union is well known for its blow molded plastic designs, and Don Featherstone for his design creation.  Image source: eBay.  This like new pair sold for $195 on March 16. The decoration is 31” in height.  A small light bulb fixture attached to a cord can be inserted through a hole in the bottom, but the plastic is so dark, not much could possibly shine through.  The…
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    New York Interior Design Blog

  • First Class Cabins

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The weather is getting warmer and people are busy booking their summer vacations.  While the destination is always important, some people would rather have the full experience from the get-go and the flight can be the beginning of the experience and just as luxurious.  We would like to share with you a few of our favorite first class cabins!  They truly are first class in design! If you are lucky enough to book a private suite on Singapore Air, you can choose a suite with two beds, a single bed, or just a cozy arm chair and all come fully loaded with your own entertainment console.  This…
  • From Trash to Treasure!

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    My dear high school friend, Megan Karlen, sent me a note last week with an idea for this post.  She has a friend with a loft in SOHO filled with mid-century modern chairs and other vintage pieces that are tired and in need of repair.  The couple is at odds with what to do with these pieces.  To save or to toss? There are so many treasures on this earth and many people don’t even realize what they have.  Vintage pieces just screaming out for attention, a much needed facelift or an antique that needs to come back to life in a new way!  We love the idea of updating vintage pieces of…
  • Home Offices to Drool Over

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    With the number of people around the world who work from home on the rise, home offices should be at the top of your design list!  Most of you spend more than half of your day in the office, so the home office should be front of mind when it comes to design!  We wanted to share some of our favorite Home Offices with you today. First up is this bright office with an incredible view.  Designed by Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team, the owner requested that the desk face away from the view, because who could get any work done looking out that window?!    At least they added these…
  • Black Walls

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Black is back and is truly an underutilized shade in Interior Design, especially on walls.  Black walls can be beautiful!! We love this stunning living room below.  Designed by Kelly Hoppen Interiors, black walls, trim and cabinetry are tempered in contrast with a white ceiling and white stair balusters.  This room is dramatic and sophisticated.  What a classic and timeless space.  We are in love! Black Living Room Designed by Kelly Hoppen Interiors Why not try using black in the dining room for some serious drama at dinner time!  We love this glossy black wallcovering!  The subtle…
  • Painted Floors!

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Floors are such an important element in the design solution.  General categories include carpeting, tile or wood flooring. Sometimes, you need to play outside the lines and do something different.  While many hardwood floors can be refinished in beautiful stains, why not try a painted floor?!  We have gathered a series of images of our favorite painted floors to share with you.  We hope you enjoy them! First up is this really fun dining room designed by my friend, Tobi Fairley.  The striped blue and white painted floor adds an unexpected punch of color and pattern in the space and…
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    Inhabit Blog

  • The Most Frequently Worn and Replaced Parts of Your Home

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    No matter how new or rehabbed your home may be, it’s only a matter of time before parts of it start to break, crack, and crumble on your watch. It’s important to have an idea ahead of time where... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bring Floral Scents into Your Home

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    There are few other things that can instantly freshen up your home (and your mood!) quite like the rich, uplifting aroma of a flower bouquet. Nowadays you can achieve this miraculous effect even in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beautiful and Efficient Kitchen Design and Layout Ideas

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Whether you are looking for easy access to whatever you may need in your kitchen or you just like the freedom that a large kitchen allows you, modern kitchen spaces offer simple and efficient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Conservatories to Sigh for in Scotland

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Conservatories come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they represent a golden opportunity to create a little slice of paradise in your own home. Here are some of the very best to be found in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unique and Beautiful Coffee Tables

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    If you are looking for a very exclusive home décor then it is a must for you to get hold of the unique and beautiful coffee tables. Beautiful and unique coffee tables help in boosting the look of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Magnificent Chalet Faithful to the Traditional Savoyard Style

    Melina Divani
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Rebuilt as a hamlet of ancient wood faithful to the traditional Savoyard style, this magnificent Chalet is located on the Chaudanne slopes. True ode to idleness, the terraces and balcony, oriented to the South, offer a unique and unobstructed panorama on the valley slopes. Step through the door of the SHL Lodge and let yourself go into the voluptuousness of the place and the kind gestures of your hosts. Our Butler will make the Chalet your home for the duration of your stay: room arrangement, daily cleaning, skiing equipment and lift passes booking, planning and organization of…
  • Beach Home Decor Ideas

    Melina Divani
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    THE BEACH CREATE THIS LOOK OR JUST SIMPLY BE INSPIRED… The beauty of OKA‘s pieces lies within their versatility, and this is always a key consideration when hand-picking a new collection. People often move and they want their furniture to travel with them. The furniture in their beach house will look equally good in a city just by changing the accessories; here, we’ve used colours of sand, sea and driftwood to reflect the coastal location. LIVING ROOM A combination of natural wood furniture and neutral sofas keeps things simple and speak to the coastal location. We…
  • An Old Farm In The French Countryside Turned Into A Fresh Paradise

    Melina Divani
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Isabel Lopez-Quesada’s beautifully renovated old farm in n the French countryside, near Biarritz, boasts high ceilings, crisp white walls and wide open spaces which are perfect for entertaining guests. From the outside, the house, which offers free levels of living space, offers a variety of charming features such as barn style windows, picturesque balconies, large wooden doors and exposed brick work, the latter of which visible on the corners of the property. The main lounge, feels light and airy as it’s decorated in neutral tones such as beige, brown and white. However in tying…
  • Interior Design by Sumin Chaplin

    Melina Divani
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:18 am
    The New Zealand based architects Sumin Chaplin have a great portofolio. Barn House An exterior use in the form of the traditional Barn. Materials used are weatherboard, shingles stone and corrugated iron. The interior focuses around the use of re-cycled beams found from old railway bridges. Complimenting the re-cycled timber is a sensitive mixture of timber boarding, polished terrazzo and stone. Central Otago House This mountain house is situated in a stunning and remote location, facing up to the Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring. Due to the sensitive zoning and location of the land, a large…
  • Corian Countertops Pros and Cons

    Melina Divani
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Corian countertops are so called because they are made of Corian, a solid surface material developed by DuPont. It is made of a material that is derived from a blend of bauxite and acrylic polymer. It comes in different colors and patterns. However, the color and particulate matter occur consistently throughout giving the appearance of a solid surface. Image: Marie-Laure Helmkampf Corian Colors Though the first colors tended toward earthen shades having a dappled pattern, modern designs are built with a wide variety of hues from pure black or white to yellows, gold, purple and blues. The…
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    Brabbu | Design Forces

  • 2015 Housing Awards: Meet the 10 Best projects

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    The American Institute of Architects has selected its top 10 housing projects of the last year which include a rusting steel residence in rural Washington, a series of musicians’ cottages in Vermont and a student housing tower in Boston. The AIA’s 2015 Housing Awards recognizes the most outstanding residential projects of the last year, from one-off properties to large-scale complexes and specialist housing, as chosen by a panel of architects and industry figures. The 10 selected projects also include 27 affordable apartments above restaurants in San Diego, housing for formerly…
  • ICFF New York 2015: Luxe Interiors + Design Pavilion

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    ICFF New York 2015 will happen from May 16-19. It will be the 27 edition of the design show and it will continue to expand with the additon of the Luxe Interiors + Design pavilion, which will showcase a carefully curated mix of transitional and classic contemporary brands, hosting a mix of exhibitor space and programing. SEE ALSO: MAISON ET OBJET AMERICAS PREVIEW “We are pleased to be collaborating with Luxe Interiors + Design magazine on this new pavilion,” said Kevin O’Keefe, SVP and ICFF Event Director. “Long identified as the event in which the latest contemporary designs are…
  • M&Objet Americas: 7 Rising American Design Talents

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    BRABBU team already show you who was the winner of the Design of the Year Award for Maison & Objet Americas. Now, it’s time to bring you the 7 Rising American Design Talents chosen by the board of M&O Americas. Every Maison & Objet fair provides an opportunity for seven up-and-coming names in the world of design, to present their work to professionals from around the world. Below, you will find the 7 Rising American Design Talents of M&O Americas. SEE ALSO: M&O AMERICAS – DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2015 MAX GUNAWAN / LUMIO, USA. An architect before becoming a…

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer, as well as a sculptor and painter. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. Alvar Alto is one of the best designers of the 20th century whose work we will be presenting you today. Aalto’s early career ran in parallel with the rapid economic growth and industrialization of Finland during the first half of the twentieth century and many of his clients were industrialists. SEE ALSO: 20TH CENTURY BEST DESIGNERS: ARNE JACOBSEN The span of his career, from the 1920s to the 1970s, is reflected in the…
  • 5 living room lamps must haves in the most popular 2015 Interior design trends

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    2015 interior design trends are all about modern and contemporary looks. So, if you are decorating your living room, you may want to adopt a modern living room set or a contemporary living room set. And altough the luxury look will be a hit too, the confort will be as much important as the aesthetics. About living room  lamps 2015 trends there are two major ones, the pendant lamps and the chandeliers. We selected the best 5 living room lamps for 2015 popular interior design trends. SEE ALSO: 2015 INTERIOR TREND, 5 SIDE TABLE LAMPS FOR A MODERN LIVING ROOM Take a look at the kind of 5 living…
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    Home Decor + Home Lighting Blog

  • Use Gallery Walls to Create Visual Interest

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Want to bring a blank wall to life? Try creating visual interest with a gallery wall infused with your own personal style. Favorite photographs, botanical prints, colorful and whimsical artwork–you choose what makes you happy and hang a perfect and totally unique gallery wall. Here are some ideas to get you started: Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes. Here, botanical prints in identical frames with white matting are hung in an three rows of four above a foyer console table. Did you take note of the unexpected blue velvet pumpkins? This gallery wall is hung in an intriguing…
  • New Lights: Dazzling Chandeliers

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Sparkling globes. Elegant shaded beauties. Dazzling crystal encrusted drums. These are just a few of the fabulous new chandelier looks we’re excited to share with you today. Perfect for the dining room, foyer and beyond, these lights will delight from morning to night. We hope you enjoy exploring their beauty as much as we did. Elk Lighting Zebula Crystal Chandelier is a stunner in polished gold with steel wires and crystal beads–artfully twisted and swirled to delight the eye. With a drum shade in silk and sweeping clear crystal dangles, the Fredrick Ramond Camilla Chandelier is…
  • Elegant Dining Rooms with Fabulous Chandeliers

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Take your dining room from pretty to perfect with a fabulous chandelier. No matter the size, any dining room in most any style can be made more striking with a chandelier over the table. From minuscule to massive, chandeliers always seem to be the focal points of the dining rooms that capture the eye and feed the soul. Here are some of our favorites: Elegant and spacious, this stylish dining room is made warm and inviting with a myriad of textiles and a bit glam with a traditional chandelier. Completely captivating, we love everything about this contemporary dining room with its lovely brass…
  • Home Accents with a Touch of Typography

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
      In a recent post we talked about decorating with letters and words. Today we’re sharing some of the beautiful and interesting home decor accessories Arcadian Home offers that include a touch of typography. From wall art that celebrates iconic roadways to wooden articulating hands covered with engraved quotes, there’s something for every decor style. Have fun!     Colorful and nostalgic, this Ventura Freeway wall art would enhance the walls of any game room or other space that needs a splash of roadway or vintage auto color. We’re still going with the vintage…
  • Decorating with Letters & Words

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    From single letters arranged in a visually pleasing way to inspirational sayings, typography remains a popular way to add visual interest to the interior (and exterior) of today’s homes. Typography crosses all style lines, from appealing vintage to chic and stylish contemporary. For your inspiration, here are eight charming ways to use letters and words in home decor: Welcome guests with an organic monogram. Here, one of today’s trending hues makes a vibrant design statement. Colorful succulents coralled  inside a massive “k” are fabulous at the front door. Whether by…
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  • Protect Your Garden Furniture with These Ideas

    28 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    Summer is coming and many of use take the patio furniture in the outdoor areas around the house. But what should we have in mind when it comes to bad weather? We’d better be prepared with patio furniture covers. Why? Go on and read our tips. So, why should one need patio furniture covers for his garden chairs, tables, sofas and other types of furniture? The answer is very simple! Because the covers can keep the items safe from water and other bad conditions that can harm the structure or surface of the furniture. Of course, there are some pieces made of solid wood with polished top that…
  • Modern Outdoor Sheds with New Purpose

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:14 am
    In the image collection below you will find some amazing and charming ideas for garden sheds. What’s the main point we want to outline today? Well, our professional interior designers gave us a clue that garden sheds can not only be used as storage construction placed in our front garden or backyard. They can also find another great application – to be used as a retreat or additional small house where you can place your furniture, construct a pool in front of it, or separate a small room for your garden tools. Now, let’s have a quick look at the main purposes that you can…
  • Amazing 3D Rendered Interiors You Won’t Believe Aren’t Real

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    We all know that professional interior designers work with 3D rendering programs like 3ds Max, for example, in order to create virtual reality and visualise their projects in front of their customers. Well, today we have collected some of the most amazing 3D renderings and 3D visualisations that we believe are far beyond the ordinary skills of humans used for developing virtual realities. You will find top-quality classic designs with all the details typical for the centuries where these type of interiors were used. This little accents tell us that the designer is not only a person with…
  • Professional Bathroom Ideas and Modern Furniture

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
    One of the essentials elements in the modern bathroom is the drawers and storage shelves under the sink or the so called bathroom vanities. But what is a bathroom vanity? Usually, these are pieces of bathroom furniture which provide storage options for towels and other bathroom stuff. On the top of the vanity, there is a bathroom sink which follows the design of the vanity – modern, contemporary, traditional, classic, etc. And above the bathroom cabinets – there is a mirror so that every occupant can comfortably use the private room. Well, this is the most common configuration…
  • Biggest Home Design Pet-Peeves

    Ella Andrews
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:56 am
    Pet – peeves are a matter of personal view and taste. It can be anything from the overly accessorized room to the furniture arrangement or even the lack of house cleaning. Sometimes there is a pretty obvious and legit reason to detest a certain interior. In other cases pet – peeves may derive from a completely inexplicable and irrational source. There are some standard design elements that can ruin the otherwise well – decorated space. What are the ultimate design crimes that should be avoided? Too Matched or Mixed There is nothing worse than a monochromatic room, filled with objects…
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    Home Decor Tips

  • Tips For Picking Ideal Paint Colours For Your Home

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    For many people, choosing a paint colour for a single room can be a challenge – how on earth do you go about choosing a palette for your entire house? To help the process go a little smoother, we have compiled some of our favourite tips and hints for choosing the ideal colours. In no
  • 5 Tips To Decorate Your Outdoor Space

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    Many homeowners are choosing to take advantage of the warmer weather by enjoying their outdoor areas, from the swimming pool to the patio. A dull or overgrown outdoor space, however, is not going to appear very inviting to your guests. We have shared 5 of our favourite tips to help you decorate your space and
  • Thinking Of Replacing Your Kitchen Tiles? Try Subway Tiles

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Do you find cracks and worn out tiles in your kitchen? Are you looking for better tiles for your kitchen that will help in easy cleaning of backsplashes? If you are looking for the above, then you have landed on the right page. Just like many of the areas in your kitchen today, the backsplash
  • What To Avoid In Your Home Décor For 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Decorating your home successfully is an incredibly challenging task and it takes a lot of effort, especially if this is your first time. If you don’t tackle the project correctly, your great ideas could end up being one gigantic disaster. Here are the things that you should avoid when creating a new home décor for
  • 5 Winter Interior Design Tips

    2 Mar 2014 | 9:57 pm
    As the cold winter months draw ever closer, we will probably find ourselves spending more time indoors and less time out. Many people like to update their décor around this time of the year in preparation, so we have compiled these tips to help you achieve just this without breaking the bank: Invite Nature In
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • Granite Transformations Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    Happy Arbor Day, everyone! We know…we know…this holiday isn’t as famous as Halloween or Thanksgiving – but all of us at Granite Transformations consider this a holiday that deserves more celebration than it has received. Read on, please, to our “Arbor Day 2015” blog. Who knows? You may find yourself calling out “Happy Arbor Day” with the same fervor as you yell “Happy New Year” once you have finished reading. Let us begin with a brief history lesson. Arbor Day, many may presume, began in America. Not so. The idea was born in a Spanish village called Villanueva de la…
  • The Benefits of Quartz Countertops: Secrets Revealed

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Quartz counters are man-made materials, created from quartz and other stones (including granite or glass), along with resins to bind it together. Additionally, there are pigments added for color. All of these ingredients create an extremely durable surface that naturally resists scratches, stains, abrasions and dents (not to mention being nontoxic, nonporous and nonallergenic). While quartz is virtually indestructible, its natural counterparts (such as granite, marble or soapstone) can crack or chip easily. Most quartz products come with lifetime warranties. Check out the lifetime warranty…
  • The Demand for Green Home Remodeling Products is on the Rise

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    As Earth Day will be here soon, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make your home and life greener and more sustainable. We have some interesting facts and figures about how green building and remodeling have become increasingly important factors for homeowners and builders. Homeowners today are becoming increasingly aware of their ecological footprint when it comes to upgrading and remodeling their homes. According to a recent study by McGraw-Hill Construction, “Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market one-third of those who are building new…
  • How to Bring Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report into Your Home

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Pantone’s “Fashion Color Report: Spring 2015” is finally here – and this year, it is leaning toward a cooler, softer side of the color spectrum, with pale pastels and nature-like neutrals. We have picked a few of our favorite colors, and demonstrated how you can seamlessly integrate them in your home décor. All of the mosaic tile designs and countertops are available through Granite Transformations and/or Trend. Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052) Classic Blue is a strong, thoughtful color that contrasts nicely with yellows, golds and oranges. Below the Classic Blue tone is shown as the…
  • Fun and Easy DIY Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Home

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Are you hosting Easter this year, or simply looking to bring your Easter décor to the next level? Well, you’ve come to right place! We have some super easy DIY Easter decorating ideas that you can create with your family, right in the comfort of your own home.   Easter Egg Garland This is a simple way to add a dash of spring color and cheer to your banister, mantel, or hallway opening. Buy three dozen eggs and poke a hole on either ends of each egg (with a needle). Then blow out the contents, leaving them empty inside. Dip the eggs in the food coloring(s) of your choice and let them…
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  • Decorating A Ceiling

    Vidya Sudarsan
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    Share on Tumblr What’s on your ceiling? My ceiling is white, plain, and quite boring! One of my design goals is to transform it into one that makes a statement, but for now, I’ll just enjoy looking at these amazing rooms. I hope these amazing rooms inspire you to start thinking about your ceiling as a part of your [...] The post Decorating A Ceiling appeared first on Related posts: Modern Ceiling Fans Decorating with Houseplants Ceilings – Your 5th Wall! Decorating a Studio Apartment
  • Ozeri’s Wine Bottle Opener Reveiw

    Vidya Sudarsan
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Share on Tumblr I’m excited to say that I was recently invited to review Ozeri’s “Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter”. I took the opportunity to do so right away, and here’s what I have to say about this wine bottle opener. Ozeri’s automatic opener makes opening wine bottles a snap. And, as one [...] The post Ozeri’s Wine Bottle Opener Reveiw appeared first on Related posts: EverKitchen – 2 in 1 Lemon Squeezer & Cap Opener Review Beautiful Memories via Distinctive Wine Frames Ready to…
  • Kitchen Sets Review

    Vidya Sudarsan
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    Share on Tumblr I just finished reviewing a few items that you would typically use when you cook.  A good set of mixing bowls, bamboo cutting boards, and silicone utensils can totally make cooking more enjoyable. I call these the kitchen sets that can make a cook very happy! I put these products to test, and here’s my feedback. [...] The post Kitchen Sets Review appeared first on Related posts: Kitchen Tools Review Accessorize your Kitchen! Colorful Kitchen! Kitchen bar stools
  • Emmi’s Essentials Aromatherapy Diffuser Review + Giveaway

    Vidya Sudarsan
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Share on Tumblr Mother’s day is approaching fast. I’ve a gift idea to help this special woman in your life relax and unwind. It is a small oil diffuser called as Emmi’s Essentials Aromatherapy Diffuser. Essential oils have several benefits apart from the pleasant smell. It’s aroma can help improve your overall health. Every one that comes home [...] The post Emmi’s Essentials Aromatherapy Diffuser Review + Giveaway appeared first on Related posts: Travel Essentials And A Giveaway Essio – Personal Spa Review Dream Essentials Nite…
  • FramedArt Review

    Vidya Sudarsan
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    Share on Tumblr Our tiny den got a facelift as soon as I filled a blank wall with the ‘Solar System Art’ frame! FramedArt stumbled upon my blog and approached me if I could review one of their art frames. I hopped on to their site to see what they had to offer, and spent a [...] The post FramedArt Review appeared first on Related posts: Instantly Framed iPhone App Review Francois et Mimi Stacking Mug Set Review
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    Modern Interior Design & Furniture - Decoist

  • Kreola: Exclusive Italian Kitchen with Modern Comfort and Vintage Elegance

    Sherry Nothingam
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Looking for a truly exquisite and distinctive kitchen that combines evocative memories of simpler times with modern ergonomics and textural beauty? Then you search ends with the beautiful Kreola from the house of Marchi, which puts vintage and modern styles next to one another in a seamless fashion. Designed to suit the changing needs of an urban lifestyle even while incorporating more rustic and unexpected finishes, this amazing Italian kitchen relies on wood, stone and metal to craft a memorable setting. A lovely light color palette along with a cozy, inviting ambiance also turn each custom…
  • Hot Interior Design Trends to Watch Out for in Summer 2015

    Sherry Nothingam
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    While we are still enjoying the sights and sounds of spring, now is also the time to think about prepping our home for the hotter months ahead. If you haven’t really revamped your interior since the holiday season, then it probably is still stuck firmly in the winter mood and needs an urgent makeover. And just like we always do, we bring you some of the hottest decorating trends that will rule the interior design world in the next few months so that you can plan in advance and make the right choices for your seasonal decor and design revamp.Lovely living room captures the breezy summer…
  • 8 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make Yourself

    Yuka Yoneda
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    Sure, rose bouquets and lotion sets are perfectly fine Mother’s Day gifts, but if you want to give your mama something truly one-of-a-kind, nothing beats a homemade present. We’ve rounded up plenty of make-it-yourself gift ideas that your mum will adore – from soothing tea soaks to unique string art. So without further ado, here are 8 DIY creations for the woman who created you!It’s Tea Time!Light up your mum’s life by presenting her with some darling teacup candles. They can be made using inexpensive flea market finds, and we recommend experimenting with…
  • A DIY Cinder Block Retaining Wall Project

    Kate Simmons
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Do you remember when Decoist featured the tiny house of Andy Pluta? Built as a guest house/artist’s studio and completed in 2014, this modern dwelling rests on Pluta’s lot, to the right of his one-story home. After some time passed and he finished his first project of 2015, a retaining wall built from cinder blocks, I knew I had to snap some photos and share the process. Plus, he’s always willing to answer my questions since I’m his sister! Since Pluta did all of the labor himself, he was able to keep the overall cost of the wall at around $250 (plus an additional $200…
  • Ingenious Cottage de Bordeaux Blends Textural Beauty with Quirky Decor

    Sherry Nothingam
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Combining the timeless with the trendy contemporary style with a world of contrasting textures, Cottage de Bordeaux in Montreal is truly a one-of-a-kind modern residence. But having previously come across some lovely Canadian homes by Boom Town, it is barely surprising to see such an array of almost ‘rustic’ materials being used so elegantly to shape the unique interiors of this home. Even though the color palette used to create the backdrop in each room is largely neutral, bright pops of color jump out to add a fun element of surprise. The result is a living space that steals the show…
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    Leovan Design

  • Spring Gardening Tips

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Spring garden maintenance prepares your garden for the spring and the summer growing seasons. Spring is the perfect time to complete gardening tasks such as cleaning your yard, preparing your lawn for summer, and planting your new flowers, vegetable plants, trees, and shrubs. Here is a checklist to follow when you are preparing your garden for the spring and the summer growing
  • Spring Home Maintenance Tips

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Spring maintenance protects your investment in your home, keeps your property well maintained, and helps prevent potential problems before they occur if you are trying to sell your home in the near future.  Here is a spring maintenance checklist to prepare your home for the summer season: Interior Spring Maintenance: Test your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide
  • Formal Interior Design Style

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Formal interior design style is intended to attract attention and to be impressive. It has a few similar characteristics with the traditional interior design style but opposite characteristics with the casual interior design style. Formal interior design style is found in commercial establishments, residential homes, elegant hotels, and historical buildings such as Buckingham Palace and
  • Master Bedroom Feng Shui

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Feng shui master bedroom interior design promotes a harmonious flow of physical and healthful energy. Good feng shui in the master bedroom helps you get a relaxing night’s sleep, feel in control, escape from the stress of everyday life, and make passionate love. Follow these feng shui tips to promote rest, relaxation, sensuality, and harmony in your master bedroom: Create a calm master
  • Casual Interior Design Style

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Casual interior design style makes a room feel warm, comfortable, and inviting. It contains simple details, relaxing horizontal lines instead of vertical lines, and layouts which are not symmetrical.  Casual design style can be easily mixed with other design styles such as country and rustic. Many home owners prefer it because it is visually appealing, functional, comfortable, and easy to
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    Decor Girl

  • Not Funny: 7 Wall Color Mistakes To Avoid

    Decor Girl
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Here's a list of the seven common wall color mistakes to avoid. Unfortunately the funny photos are real and from homes currently offered for sale, yikes! Read More
  • Top 5 Budget Saving DIY Home Decor Items

    Decor Girl
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Here are five home decor items where you can easily get away with saving money and it doesn't look like you cheaped out. Read More
  • Dazzling Sea Glass Mosaics From New Ravenna

    Decor Girl
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    The new Sea Glass™ collection of mosaic tile designs from New Ravenna Mosaics incorporates blues from the sea to the sky, perfect for home interiors. Read More
  • Refresh Your Table With A #NoPaperNapkin Policy

    Decor Girl
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Make this the year you refresh your dining tables with a #NoPaperNapkins policy. Easy colorful cotton napkins from Hen House Linens are #swoonworthy! Read More
  • Yummy Pancake Balls With An Easter Brunch Twist

    Decor Girl
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Spring means brunch-time so here is one of our breakfast favorites which can be dressed up for Easter with a sweet or savory twist. Read More
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    The Grey Home

  • Rectangular or rounded tubs ?

    Soufiane Nab
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Hello,When the decision of having a tub in your bathroom is taken, you have to pick then a form for this tub : the two most popular forms in the markets are :Rounded tubs and rectangular.Some people find rectangular tubs bigger and would take too much space in their bathrooms while others believe rectangular tubs are more original and practical offering large space for having great showers.Others prefer rounded ones for their beautiful form and being easy to install how much the space of the bathroom is.The first thing you may notice browsing models and design ideas for your future tub is the…
  • Carpets in kitchens : Yay or Nay ?

    Soufiane Nab
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Good afternoon/evening/morning World!Are you one of those who find the idea of putting a carpet in kitchen is a good idea or the ones who do not. If you still didn't choose your side, or maybe you have no idea of the result of this idea.. we will find out today..: )I believe that making carpets is an Art. Why ? A carpet is not just a piece of tissue or fabric.. A carpet is more than that: It's a complicated process of production ( i'm talking here about the hand made ones )Finding this great combination of colors and mixing them into a piece of Art is a way of creativity and ingenuity.Ok.. We…
  • 5 essential clever gadgets for your bathroom ( Part I )

    Soufiane Nab
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    As mentioned before, the thing i love about gadgets is the creativity and the utiliy they offer. We have daily tasks that can be more easier and less time consuming with using some gadgets. Today, in this blog entry, i'm listing some of the gadgets i came across browsing internet and page web or amazon products and i'm planning to get.1- Tapi by dreamfarm.This one, i can't find a name for. well, the image speaks of itself and the utility of the gadget. as you can see, squeezing this object will create a water fountain for better cleaning of mouth after putting fluor in it. buy on amazon2…
  • 15 Essential kitchen gadgets for easier tasks

    Soufiane Nab
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hello,The main thing i like about creativity is to create the need: create a new product that does not exist before and that one is simply a time saver, helpful in daily tasks or simply just important for avoiding complicated tasks.I decided to post this blog entry for listing great and important gadgets everyone will need or would like to have. Every gadget below is a best seller or at least 4/5 stars item based on customer reviews on Amazon, in other words, we won't be worrying about the efficiency or reliability of the item.The Strawberry Huller(4.5 star based on 935 customer reviews )The…
  • Room corners : Best place to place a workstation and save space

    Soufiane Nab
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Hello everyone,Yes! It's been a while since i have updated The Grey Home. Been busy with life, new job; so i had to manage my time cleverly. now that i have more free time i'll post some entries. Hope everyone is doing great today.The kitchen organization ideas post is one of the most visited entries of this blog. if that's has one meaning is people are looking for ideas for managing small or big space.For achieving or at least helping you with some inspirational ideas on the web. i'm writing this blog entry about work places. choosing a place for working at home is not always a easy choice.
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    The Interior Design Advocate

  • Design Giggles: Furniture Delivery Woes

    Donna Hoffman
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Now I know why it takes so long to finally get the furniture I’ve ordered! About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so you can get fabulous results when decorating your own home, or hiring the…
  • Facelift Your Home with Flowers

    Donna Hoffman
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Need help giving your room an easy quick facelift? Use flowers!   About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so you can get fabulous results when decorating your own home, or hiring the right…
  • Furniture Facelifts: Re-Upholstering Magic!

    Donna Hoffman
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Want to see proof that re-upholstering something has a HUGE impact on it’s “fab” looking factor? Take a look at the power of a fabric to change the total vibe of a piece: This round ottoman went from dated to divinely chic: Here we reupholstered ONLY the back of this dining chair to give it a whole new life, and in it’s new form and in multiples, it truly makes the room! This chaise had seen better days, but notice the fresh facelift that happens when you add a banded accent at the bottom and re-stuff the cushions. With a good eye and a good re-upholstery workroom…
  • Celebrity Homes – Who Lives Here?

    Donna Hoffman
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Donna Hoffman on... OK – so think given the over-the-top fashion choices of this celebrity, you may expect over-the-top interior design by way of lots of ornamentation.  But instead, this gal (first hint) opts for restraint but quirky in her NY apartment (2nd hint). Minimalist with interesting juxtaposition of the rough and organic pottery next to an abstract oil painting and atop an ornate neo-baroque fireplace surround. Not into window treatments and has time to dust her dinner wear. Likes very sleek, strong lines. Not into color. A theme she “carries” (3rd hint) throughout…
  • Design Giggles – Design Detox

    Donna Hoffman
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Step away from the tv/computer/smartphone/tablet!!!! Do you need a design detox? Enjoy today’s Design Giggle!   About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so you can get fabulous results…
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    Chic California

  • Easy Guide To Using Milk Paint

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Easy Guide to Using Milk Paint You all know that I love Milk Paint by now right? I’ve feel like I’ve done so many tutorials on painting furniture with it but I’ve never really put anything together all in one place. Until now……Here is your Easy Guide to Using Milk Paint.   I wanted you {Read More...} The post Easy Guide To Using Milk Paint appeared first on Chic California.
  • Mother’s Day Craft in a SNAP

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Mother’s Day Craft in a SNAP Today I’m SO excited to be at SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City surrounded by 500 other talented crafty bloggers learning, creating, and celebrating the friendships we’ve made because of blogging! And to celebrate with you, I teamed up with Abbey from The Cards We Drew and a large {Read More...} The post Mother’s Day Craft in a SNAP appeared first on Chic California.
  • 25 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Vintage Home & Garden Lover

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    25 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Vintage Home & Garden Lover I know we still have a few weeks until Mother’s Day but I’m feeling extra Mom-sy lately. I put together 25 gifts for the Mom that loves Vintage Style. I know that includes me and I’m pretty sure that includes you too! I tried {Read More...} The post 25 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Vintage Home & Garden Lover appeared first on Chic California.
  • Fresh in the Market

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fresh in the Market You know when you have something on your to-do list and it finally gets done? It feels so good! Updating my Market Page has been on my to do list for weeks now and I finally got to it. Hurray for me! And you too! Sweet Pickins Milk Paint now comes {Read More...} The post Fresh in the Market appeared first on Chic California.
  • Vintage Sign Tutorial From an Old Dresser Top

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Vintage Sign From an Old Dresser Top A funny thing happens when you move to a place like California. People start to visit. And they don’t just stay for the weekend. A typical stay in our guest room seems to last between 7 and 14 days. I’d like to think that our guests stay because {Read More...} The post Vintage Sign Tutorial From an Old Dresser Top appeared first on Chic California.
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  • Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects

    28 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    Elizabeth Street is a stylish contemporary home located in Auckland, New Zealand. It was designed by Dorrington Atcheson Architects in 2013. Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects: “This new build in the heritage suburb of Freeman’s Bay is a composition of concrete, steel and glass that gives a handshake to the past. Horizontal texture on the precast concrete walls echoes the linearity of weatherboards. The roof, styled as a Dutch..More...
  • Casa Mororó by Studiomk27

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    Casa Mororó is a private residence located in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The 7,858-square-foot home was designed by Studiomk27 in 2015. Casa Mororó by Studiomk27: “The Mororó House is in a mountainous region, 180 km (112 mi) from the city of São Paulo, known for its low temperatures. The architecture sought to create generous internal spaces for the cold days, such as, for example, a cozy living room and an..More...
  • Tower House by Andrew Maynard Architects

    28 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    Tower House is a private residence designed by Andrew Maynard Architects. Located in Alphington, Australia, the home was completed in 2014.More...
  • Wooden Cottage by Elena Sherbakova

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Wooden Cottage is a private residence designed by Elena Sherbakova. Located near Moscow, Russia, the cozy home is surrounded by lush forests. Photos by: Nadya SerebryakovaMore...
  • Bentley Bay’s Essential Miami Beach Penthouse

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Bentley Bay’s Essential Miami Beach Penthouse is a private residence located in Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, Florida, USA. The home has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and covers an area of 6,000 square feet. It is currently for sale for $18.9 million. Buy it now! Bentley Bay’s Essential Miami Beach Penthouse: “It’s a two-story 6,000 s.f. penthouse located in the Bentley Bay South condominium overlooking Biscayne Bay on Miami Beach...More...
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  • Innovative Leather Coverings by Lapelle at ICFF New York

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    The Lapelle innovative leather coverings collections represent an absolute novelty in the market for technology and ease of installation obtained through an exclusive patented system that allows you to install, remove and replace each leather tile easily and without structural work. Italian company Lapelle Design will present to the next ICFF New York -May 16th to 19th | Boot 2725. Read the rest of Innovative Leather Coverings by Lapelle at ICFF New York originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Concrete House With Wood Louvered Panel System

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    It may be very interesting, intriguing even to see the homes of well-renowned architects and designers and the way they resolved their living arrangements. Creating a contemporary home that fits sensibly with its surroundings in the suburbs of Tel Aviv the famous Israeli architects Pitsou Kedem achieves timeless and relevant construct that charms with its artistry instead of empty fashion. The house arrangement has a certain mystics – thanks to its close connection with its natural surrounding – old trees and garden plants, the play of light and shadow through the panoramic…
  • River and Stream – New Seating Furniture for Indoor and Outdoor by Kreoo

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    “River” and “Stream” will be revealed at ICFF New York (May 16th to 19th – Booth 0832) and represents Kreoo’s official brand offering for the American market. On the anniversary of Kreoo’s debut at Salone del Mobile in Milan 2010, designer Enzo Berti re-interprets and re-designs Pavè, the seating system for indoor and outdoor that has become the brand’s icon. Read the rest of River and Stream – New Seating Furniture for Indoor and Outdoor by Kreoo originally posted on © - 2015.
  • N Hasselt House with Dynamic Modern Atmosphere

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    This rare seventies revitalized architectural jewel is located in Hasselt, Belgium and has the open, light emanation of free-floating space where the play of white and shadows creates dynamic modern atmosphere. The owner and the architects from MASSARCHITECTS had renewed and redesigned the spaces so that the impact to the original structure and spirit of the house is minimal and yet still introducing contemporary approach towards furniture, space arrangement and dynamic of light into the premises. Read the rest of N Hasselt House with Dynamic Modern Atmosphere originally posted on…
  • Photographer’s Loft

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Ester Bruzkus and Patrick Batek have designed a concise and clear-cut residential loft for an internationally active photographer and his partner in a former hat factory in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Read the rest of Photographer’s Loft originally posted on © - 2015.
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  • Outdoor living

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    lorilangille.blogspot.comDid you start planning your outdoor room? Look at some of my suggestions for cmfortable living outdoors this summer: Harmonia Living Acapulco Lounge Chair Harmonia... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A lot of marble and copper

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Designers are more and more working with traditional old materials. We saw that at Milan last week, too. Contour Dining Table by Bower -  Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2015  Marta... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unusual designs at Milan Design Week 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    I like these artistic and unexpected design solutions presented at Salone 2015: Kenneth Cobonpue for Hive (source)Inspiring and inviting, making you think of the endless possibilities... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Тrendy material

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Which is one of the most trendy materials in current interior design? I will tell you which is the second most trendy one (for the 1st most trendy one my regular readers will  know :) or can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beautifully designed and useful

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    A selection of good designs for every day that can also serve you well:Copper Mint Julep Cup Just Mobile Xtand ProDenon Envaya Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Interchangeable Grilles ECOXBT... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Howkapow Blog

  • Our Spring 2015 Howkapow Photoshoots!

    Rog How
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    2015 has seen us bring you beautiful new products every week! With so many lovely pieces to choose from it can sometimes be difficult to work out what sort of scroller we are after, but we generally try to get a good mix of products from across the shop – a little homeware, a little kitchenware and a little jewellery. The scrollers below are a perfect example of this. We have started to include more hand-drawn elements into the scrollers to add interest and depth, often picking up on key design features in the products themselves. We try to keep things simple but strong and stylish and…
  • Yo! Statement Buggy!

    Cat How
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    A few weeks back, kids company Cosatto got in touch to see if we wanted to try out their new Yo All Star Pushchair. At 10 months, our baby son Rolo was in need of a good, lightweight buggy so we thought we’d give it a whirl. The cheerful, starry design and bold colour palette really appealed to us, and we weren’t disappointed when the pushchair arrived. Neat and compact, the bowed red frame makes it sturdy – as well as quirky. We haven’t seen many buggy’s with this feature as well as the rock’n'roll pattern, and got a lot of compliments on it whilst…
  • Reytan Jewellery

    Cat How
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Denise J. Reytan is a Berlin-based jewellery designer and artist with a great love for bright colours, found objects and fascinating materials. Her work is: wow. For the past 12 years she has been using jewellery to explore various themes in her practice – among them the question of conventionality; the concept of precious versus non-precious and how we attribute intrinsic value to objects and their importance. This all sounds nice and intellectual, but possibly you – like me – don’t really give a monkey’s unless the work is up to it. And my word, her work is up…
  • Colour Palette Edit: 004

    Cat How
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 004 appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Colour Palette Edit: 003

    Cat How
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 003 appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
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  • Exclusive restaurant in Antwerp

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Exclusive, magical and unique – these are the words that perfectly describe a restaurant located in Antwerp, Belgium. The restaurant is named The Jane Antwerp and founded in a mythical location – the chapel of a former military hospital. The Piet Boon Studio architects were responsible for the interior design of the Jane and managed to transform the chapel’s unique space into an exclusively designed contemporary restaurant. Based on their belief in authenticity, functionality and materials that ‘age beautifully’ the architects chose to restore only the highly necessary…
  • Warm and Lively Australian Home

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    Today is the day I’ve waited for a long time, the day, when you can enjoy sun and warmth and the spring outdoor activities! It just feels so great to not need any outerwear at last. So at this wonderful occasion, we’re sharing a lovely, award-winning project which shows that there are plenty of design advantages and day-to-day benefits of buying the house next door. Grab your lunch, and enjoy our todays post with this beautiful house. Who lives here: Architect Andrew Benn; wife Alice Penna, an interior designer, and their dog Nellie. Andrew’s mother, Professor Suzanne Benn…
  • 6T7 Espei Cafe by MSB Estudi Taller

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    In small towns like Olot in Catalonia, a bar is a place where people of all ages and occupations meet. But 6T7 Espai Cafe is not just a regular cafeteria, it’s a place where people meet art. It is located in an alley in the old town of the city. For a long time, the proprietor ran a bar in a dilapidated older building that was finally demolished as part of an urban renewal scheme and replaced by a new structure. Here, in the same location, the owner moved into her new premises and modern surroundings. The clientele is largely the same, but in his design, the architect adopted a language…
  • Choosing Iron Railing

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Welcome to our idea book, dearest adventurous searchers of  great interiors and beautiful homes. Right now I’m working on a semi-detached house interior and in that comparatively little space, there is two stories and stairs that take up quite a bit of space. Therefore I had to solve, what to do about those stairs. There was two ideas: one was to cover understair area with veneered chipboard and create a storage space/wardrobe and the other was to use the stair area as an accent detail and create a graphic looking custom made metal railings.  The client and I decided to stick…
  • Hostel Golly±Bossy By Studio Up

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    For the frequent hostel client, it must be extremely exciting to see an accommodation that looks as clean and contemporary as the Golly & Bossy Hostel. This unusual hostel is located in Split, Croatia. The old building called “Savo” has been changed two times from a warehouse to a hostel. At the beginning of this century it was transformed into three storey department store/shopping mall. In 2010, a major change happened to remodel the department store into a hostel called Golly & Bossy within 100 days. Designed by Studio Up, building has had its facade restored,…
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  • 10 Charming Purple Bathroom Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Purple is the most charming and soulful color that most likely reflects loose, perky and relaxing ambiance. Purple color is also great for boosting the classy, splendid and luxurious mood in the interior. If you want to apply a charming and classy setting in the bathroom, think about this beautiful and serene color shade. Purple The post 10 Charming Purple Bathroom Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 10 Yellow Bathroom Ideas For Cozy and Refreshing Interior 7 Charming Farmhouse Bathroom Design Ideas 10 Fresh Beach Inspired Bathroom Interior Design Ideas
  • 11 Dramatic Gold and Black Interior Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Dark and dramatic color scheme is not a first choice for everyone, but is surely a main choice for everyone who strive to create totally bold and unique ambiance in their home. Gold and black work perfectly together in creating a dramatic, opulent and classy ambiance in the interior. Black creates fierce and sensual mood The post 11 Dramatic Gold and Black Interior Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 15 Amazing Black and White Interior Design Ideas 10 Bold Black Bathroom Interior Design Ideas 10 Dramatic Industrial Dining Room Interior Design Ideas
  • 10 Modern Sofa Design Ideas For Contemporary Living Room

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    The sofa is the heart and brain of the living room, its design, style and appearance can directly affect in creating a specific setting and ambiance of the interior. The trends in the furniture design, especially  in the sofa sector are changing from season to season and come in more daring, bolder and inventive style The post 10 Modern Sofa Design Ideas For Contemporary Living Room appeared first on Related posts: 8 Space Saving Sectional Sofa Design Ideas 10 Modern Grey Living Room Interior Design Ideas 13 Yellow Sofa Design Ideas for a Vibrant and Soothing Charm
  • 8 Mirrored Furnishing Ideas For Classy Touch In Your Home

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Mirrored furniture has its popularity since the 1920’s and 1930s; aristocrats picked mirrored furnishing to accent the luxurious and splendid of the interior. Nowadays, in the contemporary interior design the mirrored furnishing has its revival and works as a uprising trend. The mirrored accent in the interior can surely bring luxurious and splendid charm in The post 8 Mirrored Furnishing Ideas For Classy Touch In Your Home appeared first on Related posts: 8 Fabulous Bar Carts Design For Classy Touch 8 Home Decor Ideas with Exposed Pipes for a Superb Industrial Touch 13…
  • 8 Accent Wall Ideas For The Home Office

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    The best Thing about having a home office is the fact that you can create an ambiance that inspires you and that revolves around your personal taste of style. To boost up the aesthetics and charming ambiance in the home office accent wall is essential. Choose one wall in the home office and transform it The post 8 Accent Wall Ideas For The Home Office appeared first on Related posts: 13 Accent Wall Ideas In Stylish and Cool Kid’s Bedrooms Top 9 Industrial Home Office Design Ideas 9 Bedroom Design Ideas with Striped Walls
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    Lights Online Blog

  • Zen Bathroom Lighting Ideas and Advice

    Emma Harger
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    If you want to find your very own serene, relaxing space within your very own home, you might want to consider creating that space in the bathroom. Why? Because you can close it off from the rest of the world! For an extra boost of serenity, look to Zen style for inspiration. I participated in a discussion of this very topic for #kbtribechat on Twitter, with–of course–a special focus on Zen bathroom lighting ideas. Houzz provides wonderful photos of Zen baths in action and I’ll talk about ways to get the lighting looks in your home! Now breathe in deep…aaaaaand exhale.
  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – April 24

    Emma Harger
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    This week, we celebrated Earth Day with lots of content about energy efficiency and LED lighting. We showed how LED lighting can be artful, talked about the organic Quoizel Naturals collection and shared some Hinkley LED outdoor lighting since it’s getting to be outdoors season. In addition to this collection of 10 design inspirations, there are some great new fixtures to check out on our Stunning Lighting pinboard, too! 2H House from Contemporist This cool contemporary house in Vietnam features windows made of translucent colored block glass, a windowsill with a little jut so you can…
  • Hinkley LED Outdoor Lighting for Your Great Outdoors

    Emma Harger
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to look at your outdoor living spaces and think about any improvements you might want to make. One great change to make, one that will pay off in many ways, is to get outdoor lighting that uses LED–whether by buying entirely new fixtures or replacing old ones. Hinkley is one brand that is well-known for their outdoor LED lighting selection. They offer fixtures to fit any need and decor style! Plus, because Earth Day is in April, you can save 10 percent on all Hinkley LED outdoor lighting just by using the promo code HINKLEY10. I picked out…
  • Quoizel Naturals for Earth Day and Every Day

    Emma Harger
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Each April, we celebrate Earth Day and Quoizel celebrates by having a special sale on their Quoizel Naturals collection (save 10 percent with promo code QUOIZEL10). Naturals is a wide-ranging line of lighting that includes a lot of fixtures with elements from nature in them (hence the name), such as the use of rattan or stone. This reuse cuts down on waste, gives these natural elements a new lease on life and looks really good, too. I picked out some of my favorite Quoizel Naturals fixtures that will look great every day and bring an organic feel to your home decor. Quoizel Bradbury: This…
  • LED Lighting As Art

    Emma Harger
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Because it’s almost time for Earth Day, I wanted to spotlight some beautiful uses of LED lighting. There’s a lot to love about LED: it saves you energy (and money), it lights your home well and its slender design means that lighting manufacturers can create more artful fixtures that really make you rethink how lights can look. I chose 7 of my favorites, but also built a Houzz ideabook with many other artful LED lighting choices because there is just so much eye candy to see! Corbett Lighting Spellbound Pendant: This gorgeous design has me feeling spellbound! The bold, overlapping…
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    Rug Rats

  • Custom Logo Rugs for Entrances, Walls, Floors and Gifts

    Sandy Henderson
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Custom Logo Mats – Entry & Floor Mats   Pick the ideal custom logo mat, and customize using a business logo […] The post Custom Logo Rugs for Entrances, Walls, Floors and Gifts appeared first on Rug Rats .
  • Guidelines for Creating Custom Logo Mats

    Sandy Henderson
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    Custom Logo Entrance Mats really are an important addition for any workplace.Entrance mats are necessary to keep the entry into […] The post Guidelines for Creating Custom Logo Mats appeared first on Rug Rats .
  • Custom Rugs and Carpets – The Fifth Wall

    Sandy Henderson
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
     There is no better way to tie a rooms creative elements together than with a area rug or custom carpet.Every […] The post Custom Rugs and Carpets – The Fifth Wall appeared first on Rug Rats .
  • NEW Stanton Carpet Artisan Collection by Atelier

    Sandy Henderson
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    New Atelier carpet styles from Stanton is the Artisan Collection.  A Beautiful printed hand carved nylon cut pile carpet.  These […] The post NEW Stanton Carpet Artisan Collection by Atelier appeared first on Rug Rats .
  • Sisal versus Seagrass Area Rugs – Pros & Cons

    Sandy Henderson
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Why seagrass?I get numerous email messages with questions regarding the difference between sisal and seagrass. My answer is always to […] The post Sisal versus Seagrass Area Rugs – Pros & Cons appeared first on Rug Rats .
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    Iron & Magnolia

  • Clever Home Office Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

    Alycia Wicker
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Iron & Magnolia Home Office Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces Idea #1: Utilize Your Walls I feel that if you can find a home for your nick naks, then somehow you will remain sane. There’s nothing like a mountain of clutter to deflate your work flow. So to avoid this as much as possible, I would advise to […] The post Clever Home Office Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • 7 Tips To Demystify Instagram For Interior Designers

    Alycia Wicker
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Iron & Magnolia Article by Misha Hettie Hello, there! I’m Misha from and and I’ve got a LOT to teach you about using Instagram for your interior design biz. If done correctly, Instagram can bring you loyal fans, all sorts of great compliments (hello, designer ego!), and best of all, clients! This is not 101-level “How […] The post 7 Tips To Demystify Instagram For Interior Designers appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Good Reads

    Alycia Wicker
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    Iron & Magnolia Good Reads by ironandmagnolia featuring a top grain leather club chair The post Good Reads appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • What Your Interior Design Credentials Aren’t Telling Your Clients

    Alycia Wicker
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Iron & Magnolia I think I drank the Kool-Aid when I was a brand new interior designer. Think? No, I did. When I started my residential design business I made friends with some designers and they kinda let me know that to be the shiznit designer, I should join ASID. So I checked it out. When I checked […] The post What Your Interior Design Credentials Aren’t Telling Your Clients appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Black Kitchen Ideas

    Alycia Wicker
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Iron & Magnolia Black Kitchen Ideas   Black Kitchen by ironandmagnolia featuring an apilco dinnerware The post Black Kitchen Ideas appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • Granite Transformations Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    Happy Arbor Day, everyone! We know…we know…this holiday isn’t as famous as Halloween or Thanksgiving – but all of us at Granite Transformations consider this a holiday that deserves more celebration than it has received. Read on, please, to our “Arbor Day 2015” blog. Who knows? You may find yourself calling out “Happy Arbor Day” with the same fervor as you yell “Happy New Year” once you have finished reading. Let us begin with a brief history lesson. Arbor Day, many may presume, began in America. Not so. The idea was born in a Spanish village called Villanueva de la…
  • The Benefits of Quartz Countertops: Secrets Revealed

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Quartz counters are man-made materials, created from quartz and other stones (including granite or glass), along with resins to bind it together. Additionally, there are pigments added for color. All of these ingredients create an extremely durable surface that naturally resists scratches, stains, abrasions and dents (not to mention being nontoxic, nonporous and nonallergenic). While quartz is virtually indestructible, its natural counterparts (such as granite, marble or soapstone) can crack or chip easily. Most quartz products come with lifetime warranties. Check out the lifetime warranty…
  • The Demand for Green Home Remodeling Products is on the Rise

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    As Earth Day will be here soon, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make your home and life greener and more sustainable. We have some interesting facts and figures about how green building and remodeling have become increasingly important factors for homeowners and builders. Homeowners today are becoming increasingly aware of their ecological footprint when it comes to upgrading and remodeling their homes. According to a recent study by McGraw-Hill Construction, “Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market one-third of those who are building new…
  • How to Bring Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report into Your Home

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Pantone’s “Fashion Color Report: Spring 2015” is finally here – and this year, it is leaning toward a cooler, softer side of the color spectrum, with pale pastels and nature-like neutrals. We have picked a few of our favorite colors, and demonstrated how you can seamlessly integrate them in your home décor. All of the mosaic tile designs and countertops are available through Granite Transformations and/or Trend. Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052) Classic Blue is a strong, thoughtful color that contrasts nicely with yellows, golds and oranges. Below the Classic Blue tone is shown as the…
  • Fun and Easy DIY Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Home

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Are you hosting Easter this year, or simply looking to bring your Easter décor to the next level? Well, you’ve come to right place! We have some super easy DIY Easter decorating ideas that you can create with your family, right in the comfort of your own home.   Easter Egg Garland This is a simple way to add a dash of spring color and cheer to your banister, mantel, or hallway opening. Buy three dozen eggs and poke a hole on either ends of each egg (with a needle). Then blow out the contents, leaving them empty inside. Dip the eggs in the food coloring(s) of your choice and let them…
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    Barnlight Originals Blog

  • How the Lighting of Your House Directly Affects Your Happiness

    Alexandra C.
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Have you ever found yourself feeling listless and crestfallen and not knowing why? Do the many explanations offered by professionals, associates, and loved ones not seem to relate to you? Here’s one possible cause to your downcast days that maybe you haven’t thought of yet: the lighting in your home. Studies have shown how light has a real impact on our moods and emotions. Huffington Post brings up, “Evidence shows that on sunny days people are more optimistic about the stock market, report higher well-being and are more helpful while extended exposure to dark gloomy days can…
  • 5 Reasons to Put Dock Lights on Your Wishlist

    Alexandra C.
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Have you noticed how nautical has been on the minds, lips, and fingertips of design professionals and enthusiasts lately? Everyone is itching for summer, and nautical interiors and exteriors provide an especially cheerful lift from the darker tones of winter. Houzz has been featuring maritime items they know will sail customers right to the coastline. And Domaine has been gleaning inspiration from ships and bay sides as well. We too recently shared a post on how you can create your own beachside bungalow using sea-worthy design tips and tricks. But we just can’t get enough of the water’s…
  • 3 Ways to Increase Restaurant Sales

    Alexandra C.
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
      Do you own a restaurant and wonder how you can increase sales? Today we outline 3 tips on how you can easily increase revenue at your facility. Learn what simple steps you can take this month to make leaps and bounds on your profits.     Entice your guests with the “extras.” If all you offer on your menu are main courses, you and your guests are missing out big time. It’s the little side dishes, desserts, soups, appetizers, salads, and drinks that really increase each bill. Be sure to market these extras with additional mini menus, flyers, and other mediums of…
  • Rustic Lighting for a Country Home

    BarnLight Originals
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
      Nestled in the Elk Horn Mountains of Jefferson City, Montana lies a handsome country home, arrayed with new rustic lighting fixtures. This featured home, owned by Daniel Horgan, offers an escape from the big cities and towns, putting these Vessel Wall Lights into their rightful habitat.     Loving the rustic lighting look? Barnlight Originals has an expansive selection of countrified lighting fixtures to suit your taste. What’s even better is that our lights come at friendly prices. We guarantee we have what you’re looking for at an affordable cost. The photos…
  • Create Your Own Beachside Bungalow with Nautical Lighting & Decor

    Alexandra C.
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
      Do you need a beach house escape for a week or two? Is spending time at the coast on your bucket list for the upcoming summer? Whatever your seaside dreams may be, you can create your very own coastal getaway without spending hundreds on a plane ticket.  All it takes is some nautical lighting and decor. Light fixtures are often overlooked and their value underestimated when it comes to home design and building. But as I hope to illustrate below coastal nautical lighting is more than just fixtures bringing light to a room; it creates a maritime ambiance, acting as core decorative…
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  • “Hawaiian Vintage Repurposed”

    Kimberly Edwards
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    “A Visual Fun And Cheerful Aloha Greeting From “Muumuu Heaven” Is What Awaits You At The Entrance Of The T Galleria In Waikiki”. “This Says It All, What A Fabulous Statement” “What A Dynamic Color Combination In This Bold Printed Pillow, Looking So Lovely Paired With The Freshness Of The Wicker Chair And Simple Graphic Print Seat” “A Closer Look At The Goodies That “Muumuu Heaven” Had On Display At Their Enchanting Entrance” “One Of The Many Vintage T’s That Muumuu Heaven Had For Sale At Their Pop-up…
  • “Pacific Grove Antiques” Spring Treasures

    Kimberly Edwards
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “Aged To Perfection! Everything Here Is Contrasted Beautifully With The Warm Wood Of This Sweetly Carved Antique Chair With Very Old English Style Fabric On Seat” “Yummy Spring Bouquet At “Pacific Grove Antiques” Making Everything Look More Inviting!” “Gorgeous Vintage Collectables Mixed To Perfection With Their Silver Partners” “I Was So Tempted To Buy This Enchanting Statue, It Really Moved Me Emotionally! This Is Why I Come To This Shop! Exceptional Beauty!” “Who Could Resist This Vintage Wedding Topper? So Timeless and…
  • “Beautifying Your Bookshelves For Spring”

    Kimberly Edwards
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    “This Has All My Favorite Ingredients For Some Springtime Fun! Playfulness Meets Yummy Soft Shades With A Dreamy Watercolor Art Book As A Background” “Blue Meets Botanical Loveliness, With A Delightfully Fresh But Also Classic Feeling, That Is Always Timeless!” “This Display Is In My Treasured “Secretary Desk” That I Have Owned Since I Was 18 Years Old. Youthful Innocence Is Reflected Here In My Beatrix Potter Collection & My Very First Vintage Finds Mixed With A Charming Easter Chick!” “More Treasures Displayed In My Secretary Desk.
  • “Favorite Boutique & Bistro In Noe Valley”

    Kimberly Edwards
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:31 am
    “When Modern Was” Eye Catching Window Display” “Paris Meets Noe Valley At “Le Zinc” A Cozy French Bistro” “Imaginative & Creative Use Of Vintage Yard Sticks, Bring Out The Unique Style In This Very Special Vintage Tea Cart” “Love These Luminescent Yummy Glass Votives With A Vintage Flair” “Love This Mirror! Covered With Vintage Yard Sticks, So Creative!” “There Is So Much To Love At “When Modern Was”! Whimsical Meets Vintage Home Decor” Mirrors With A Vintage Flair, Are Waiting For You To…
  • “Village Houses Of Southern France”

    Kimberly Edwards
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    “Al Fresco Dining With A Chilled Glass Of Chardonnay, Do You Smell The Lavender & Rosemary In The Air?” “Rustic Country French Beauty, So Inviting! “Fabulous French Village House, in Caunes-Minervois. Charming Rustic Patio, Overlooking The Medieval Village” “Lovely, Quite 17th Century Village House In The South Of France” VRBO Listing #354277 “The French Know How To Do The Details, And Give Even The Ordinary, Some Special Touches!” VRBO Listing#354277 “Lovely Stone Terrace Looking Exactly The Way I Would Want In My…
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    MyBedFrames: Blog

  • How to Get More out of Less Sleep

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    It’s been proven that the amount of time we get to spend in bed is decreasing, meaning that we are spending more time awake and less time asleep than ever before. While it’s important to get enough sleep, the quality of our sleep is more important than the number of hours racked up.  In fact, some research suggests that sleeping too much can be as detrimental to your health as not sleeping enough. Oversleeping is linked to depression, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But repeatedly getting less sleep than you need is harmful too. The trick is to find the sweet spot for yourself –…
  • Surprising Facts About How Animals Sleep (Infographic)

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    Humans may rule the Earth, but the world is full of amazing animals of all shapes and sizes, and we're only just starting to learn how truly remarkable they are. When it comes to sleep, scientists still don't fully understand the ins and outs of it. We know that sleep is an essential part of life (total sleep deprivation leads to death), but we're still unsure as to the reasons why sleep is so important. How Animals Sleep Studying the various different sleeping habits of other animals, can help scientists crack the puzzle of sleep.  Did you know that certain marine animals can sleep…
  • 8 Creative Bedroom Ceiling Ideas

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    When it comes to decorating, there’s an area that’s always overlooked – and it’s one of the biggest surface areas in almost every room; the ceiling! The bedroom is one the best rooms where you can experiment with a decorated ceiling. I mean, after all, we do spend a lot of time staring at the ceiling when we’re laying in bed trying to sleep, right? Here’s some simple bedroom ceiling ideas to get your creative juices flowing. If you find some more (or even have your own unique bedroom ceiling) please do share them with us by either commenting below or by sending your snaps to us at…
  • UK Bed Sizes: The Bed & Mattress Size Guide

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    So you’re buying a new bed or mattress, but you’re not sure about what the different bed sizes are. "Is there a standard size?" "Do I have to buy my bed frame and mattress at the same time?" "How big are king size bed dimensions compares to a standard double?" It’s enough to stress anyone out, which is why we thought we’d put together this quick-reference guide to help you out. If we’ve missed anything out or you’d like to know more please do comment below or tweet us at @MyBedFrames and we’ll do our best to answer your questions. In the UK, beds are measured according to the…
  • 15 Reinvigorating Ways to Feel More Awake During the Day

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Defeating the morning grogginess or pushing past that mid-afternoon slump can be challenging some days leading to our productivity to drop drastically. But fear not, here are 15 reinvigorating ways to feel more awake during the day. Workout There is often a misconception between the relationship of exercising and tiredness. Many people believe that working out will make us more tired and less able to function during the day. While this does sound like a fair assumption, there are studies which indicate otherwise. "Too often we believe that a quick workout will leave us worn out - especially…
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    Home Staging Resource Blog - Certification for Home Stagers Training

  • Why “To The Trade” Pricing Matters

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Why “To The Trade” Pricing Matters for Home Stagers As I was adding another 12 “to the trade” vendors to the HSR Member Black Book, I thought it would be good to do a post on why trade pricing even matters for home stagers and their clients.  First off, “to the trade” pricing is discounted pricing given by vendors of all kinds to those people who will do volume shopping due to their professions ie. Professional Home Stagers and Interior Designers.  You have to prove that you are a professional home stager or designer by filling out an application and…
  • Home Stagers Story – Pursuing Her Dream

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I love this email I just got from Sharon Rapp, of Rapizazz a Charlotte, NC home stager…   When I decided to quit my job working for a Fortune 100 company, I knew this could be the opportunity for me to pursue my life-long dream to have my own business. I always loved decorating homes and had successfully staged several homes to sell. I knew it was something I would love to do but didn’t know where to start…   I think Sharon is very common of a lot of people who work in “Corporate America”.  Statistically, most people know they are not doing what they…
  • Model Home Staging

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Secrets to Model Home Staging I’m so excited to announce an advanced training class I’m adding to the HSR Certification program on Successful Model Home Staging.  This class is free to Home Staging Resource members and will cover EVERY aspect of designing and staging a model home. I created this class because I had so many members get calls from new home builders and I wanted to make sure they were well prepared to handle this business! If you are a home builder looking for a stager who is well-trained in handling model home staging, click here to go to our directory Here’s…
  • 2015 NAR Home Staging Statistics

    4 Feb 2015 | 1:32 pm
    2015 Home Staging Statistics Are In!   Finally, the National Association of Realtors has surveyed real estate agents on the merits of home staging!  To see the full report, click here or on the image above.  In the survey, they interviewed over 2,300 real estate agents to get their opinion on the benefits of staging, who pays for the staging and how often they recommend staging to their clients. As a home staging trainer whose sole mission has been to “make home staging an industry standard” for the last 10 years, I’m happy to say that a whopping 34% of the agents…
  • 3 Ugly Truths About Home Staging

    3 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    3 Ugly Truths About Home Staging   I wrote an article recently in the National Association of Realtors, Styled, Staged and Sold blog that got a lot of interesting and conflicting comments from agents and stagers.  In the article, that you can read here,…I talked about the importance of being of honest with sellers in the 2015 real estate market and to tell the ugly truths about staging and selling. The comments came fast and furious.  One of the commenters didn’t like the “angle of the before photos” because it wasn’t EXACT, so she did not think she would…
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    Kitchen Solvers Franchise » Blog

  • Ever Thought About What Type of Kitchen Would Suit Your Needs?

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
  • Painting versus Refacing – Reasons Why Kitchen Solvers Cabinet Refacing Makes Sense

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
      When you simply need to spruce up your kitchen space, giving the cabinets a face-lift is often going to be your first choice. You stare at these practical furnishings every day when you reach for kitchen appliances, pantry items, and cutlery. Furthermore, because they essentially frame your kitchen space, they can make or break its entire aesthetic appeal. Realty agents will encourage home owners to punch-up their cabinetry to add dollars to the final offers made on their homes, and interior design authorities will say that changing your cabinets can dramatically alter the look of your…
  • 3 Advantages the Kitchen Solvers Business System Offers that Independent Start-Ups Don’t Get

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Any successful businessperson will tell you that there is tremendous value in the practices of minimizing risks and saving money. It is almost laughable to bother mentioning it – these are two obvious goals for business owners, after all. And yet, it is still common in the kitchen remodeling and home improvement businesses to see start-up companies fail to achieve either of these fundamental goals. These start-ups quickly end down in the dumps. Though it is a gross oversimplification of the diverse ways being a member of the Kitchen Solvers kitchen remodeling franchise can help you, doing…
  • 3 Reasons Why a Home Improvement Franchise is a Great Business Start-Up Opportunity

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
      Are you the default choice for handy-man help in your social circle? If you are the one your friends and family turn to when cupboards need to be installed, faucets are leaking, or furniture arrives disassembled, you may have a rewarding yet undiscovered calling as a Kitchen Solvers franchise owner. Kitchen Solvers is an award-winning home improvement franchise system that helps people on both sides of the market. Kitchen Solvers helps clients realize their visions for a dream home by transforming old kitchens and bathrooms into stunning property pieces. On the other side of the…
  • 3 Things to Look for in a Handyman Franchise

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
      Starting your own handy man franchise might be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Working for yourself as a franchise owner gives you tremendous flexibility, the chance to build a legacy, and the support of a team of industry veterans. Though the temptation to throw off your boss’s yoke will try to convince you to start off on your own sooner rather than later, a career move of this size calls for some preparation. With many franchise options being offered to prospective self-starters, the research phase can be quite overwhelming. Kitchen Solvers would like to offer some…
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  • Bedroom Furniture: 7 Styles Of Dream Beds

    Shruti Verma
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The bed is the centerpiece of every bedroom design. In most cases the bedroom décor depends on the style of bed frame. To help you decorate your bedroom here are the top seven bed styles.   Four Poster The bed that says drama Image courtesy: furniturebrands Four poster beds add drama to a bedroom design. A four poster bed is named so because of the four vertical columns arising from the four corner of the bed. These beds usually have a classical appeal to them and feature ornate columns that taper towards the top. Four poster beds take up a lot of visual space in a bedroom and hence are…
  • Rajasthan by Decor – Interior Decoration Ideas

    Shruti Verma
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Rajasthan is more than the giant desert it is painted to be. Décor inspired by this north western state of India overflows with vibrant colours and the state’s rich heritage.   Flirty Fabrics Indian window dressing Image courtesy: dormify Bandhej and Leheriya fabrics from Rajasthan are available in a wide variety of colours and ideal materials to dress a den or bedroom. Both bandhej and Leheriya use the age old technique of tie and dye which has inspired a number of designers to create bed linen to give your bedroom decor a subtle Indian touch. Tie and dye is a fairly simple DIY…
  • Murphy Beds: An Introduction and Design Ideas

    Shruti Verma
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    If you want your room to be more than just a mere bedroom, consider investing in a Murphy bed. A Murphy bed is hinged to the wall at one end and can easily be lifted up and stored vertically against the wall when not in use. Just imagine the amount of space you’ll create in an instant. A Murphy Bed isn’t only for a college student or young professional’s studio. If you’re looking for a space saving bedroom design solution to converting your den into a guest bedroom, a Murphy Bed is what you need. For people working from home, if you don’t have a dedicated work room, a Murphy Bed can…
  • Top 5 Space Saving Bedroom Design Ideas

    Shruti Verma
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Most bedroom designs always have a need for more space. While breaking down the walls might seem a little too extreme here are a few ways to make your bedroom feel larger than it actually is.   Free the Floor Use the Bedroom walls Image courtesy: etsy A heavy blockish bedside table can easily be replaced by a simple wall mounted shelf with a drawer. It may seem like the loss of a lot of storage space but isn’t so. A slim wall mounted drawer not only frees up floor space but also makes the room look visually lighter and hence bigger. If your bedroom design is more minimalist you could…
  • Colours And What They Mean To Your Bedroom Design

    Shruti Verma
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Colours have a language of their own and understanding it is the first step to giving your interior design project a harmonious ambience. Pastels are the easiest colours to incorporate into a bedroom colour scheme but when understood and used properly, even bright reds and cool blues can find a place in your bedroom design.   Red For a Bright and Vibrant Bedroom Image courtesy: homedesigndaily Red is associated with energy, passion and love. The intensity of energy given out by red makes it a colour that should be used sparingly in bedrooms. Red pairs well with neutral colours and can be…
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  • Balance in Interior Design: Playful and Chic

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Zebras Wall-covering by Scalamandre Catherine and I have always loved the Zebra wall-covering by Scalamandre.  We’ve always said that when I had a home of my own to decorate, a great place to use it would be in the kid’s bathroom.  So, when my husband and I purchased a home in the seaside town of Swampscott on Boston’s North Shore a year ago, it was our first interior design decision.  With the black and white tile floor already in place, it was the perfect setting for this bold, whimsical wall-paper.  Any of the colorways would have worked but I chose the black, white,…
  • In Interior Design, When It’s Right…It’s Right!

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Here at Catherine & McClure Interiors, we have been busy working on the interior design of a Weston, MA residence.  This has been a substantial project which we are finally close to completing.  We are now seeing the fruits of our labor and we could not be happier with the results.  More importantly, our client could not be happier. As a project near completion, and the final elements come together, we have these exciting moments as decorators when the interior design of a particular room and eventually the whole home is just as we imagined – sometimes better. We had one of those…
  • Contemporary and Sophisticated Cocktail Table

    6 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    Holly Hunt’s Bahia Table The post Contemporary and Sophisticated Cocktail Table appeared first on My Website.
  • For a Coffee Break or a Glass of Wine

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Formations “Scarpa” Table The post For a Coffee Break or a Glass of Wine appeared first on My Website.
  • Not Your Old-Fashioned Wallpaper

    2 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Wallpaper has come a long way since the days of the fruit and floral prints hanging in our grandmother’s kitchen. The prints, patterns, colors, and textures we see today are modernized and inspiring.  At Catherine & McClure Interiors, we love to use wallpaper & coverings in our interior design schemes.  They add depth, interest, and color that cannot always be achieved with paint. When we were decorating our Weston client’s master bedroom, we were in search of a soft pink for her walls. In lieu of paint, we used this silk paper by the French company, Elitis.  The pink…
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  • Fab Web Roundup to Start Your Week!

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    To start off the week I've rounded up a few interesting articles and blog posts from across the web.  You'll definitely want to check these out!  There is a little something for everyone here.  The Ladies Who Brunch feature is especially great, as it features local gems to dine at for brunch along with fabulously styled outfits from chic style bloggers.  In the photo above
  • Dreaming of the Perfect Sunroom Conservatory

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    One of the features in my dream home is an attached conservatory, perfect for a sunroom or greenhouse... or both! There are so many ways to use a conservatory space. I plan to use my conservatory as an additional space to host guests.  I can't wait!  Here's the inspiration I'm saving for my own in-home conservatory.   Image via Impressive Interior Design Image via Impressive
  • Inspired Home Interiors

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    I really enjoy the colorful yet delightfully patterned designs of Lilly Pulitzer, so I was excited to learn about Lilly Pulitzer's new collection for Target, which is on sale now! The Target collection features housewares, a women's clothing collection, and cute kids clothing, too.    I've gathered the best Lilly Pulitzer inspired home interiors from across the internet to give you a taste of
  • Bloggers at Home - The Series

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    Happy Friday!  In celebration of the amazingly creative bloggers out there, I've begun the series Bloggers at Home to showcase the individual style and creativity of bloggers internationally.  Today we're touring Julia Dzafic's master bedroom!  She's the upbeat voice behind Lemon Stripes blog and a style maven too!  Julia's blog Lemon Stripes explores her adventures in style, healthy
  • Artist Spotlight: Laura Tetrault

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just the Beginning, Laura Tetrault, Acrylic painting For today's Artist Spotlight I am pleased to present painter Laura Tetrault!  Take a look at my interview with this talented painter.   Jacquin: What is your favorite thing about creating art? Laura: My favorite thing about creating art, hmm. Is it ok to have more than one favorite? I love mixing the colors and putting them on
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  • Four important statistics that companies/brands in Singapore...

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Four important statistics that companies/brands in Singapore should be aware of when in it comes to the buying behavior of their target audience . Infographic from OOm, a Singapore SEO agency.
  • Why Finding A Niche Can Be The Best Investment For Any Business In Singapore

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    Most companies in Singapore today are misled by the idea that they should exist to cater to the needs of the whole citizenry. This is very untrue since aiming to serve all citizens at the same time will be a sure-fire way of marking the early demise of the company. This is because it is more important to create a small but highly loyal group of customers than relying on the changing preferences of the public. Four more important reasons of developing niche business for entrepreneurs are: Greater chance of evolving. Between fast information relay and business start-ups, existing companies are…
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    24 Feb 2015 | 2:26 am
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  • Finding The Right Property For Work At Home Professionals

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Singapore’s lifestyle, culture and warm weather combine to bringabout a serene living environment from those who want to raise a family to expats, and even freelancers or work from home employees. This makes the city-state ideal for the development of condominiums and that is why new property launches in Singapore are all the rage.New condo launches in Singapore feature executive condominiums, lavish and modern homes built in strategic locations. With the right research or a trusted developer, you can get condos located with the right environment to create the best home for you and your…
  • 5 Interior Design Tips To Bring Outdoor Vibes Indoors

    20 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Interior design has developed so much when it comes to versatility and creativity. One of the notable change is how to use outdoor products to be used indoors. This is a kind of design that Singapore property owners would find useful especially the ones living in non-landed properties, meaning HDB’s and condominiums. Without much land to experience and feel nature or the outdoors, taking the outdoors indoors is quite easy. With so much possibilities, the right outdoor fix can give the indoors much needed substance and added texture. Let’s round up some inspirational ideas from…
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  • The Best Paint Colors for Every Room in the House

    Erin Davis
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Have you ever lost sleep over paint chips? Scrutinized a paint swatch in morning, afternoon, and evening light? Picked a paint color, only to second-guess yourself? Then you know how hard it is to choose paint colors. I wish I could tell you the perfect color for every room. But as color psychologist Angela Wright […]
  • Featured in Good Housekeeping

    Erin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:34 pm
    7 Big Mistakes You Make Lighting Your Home 3. You forget about where shadows might fall. Place a light in the wrong spot, and you could create more of a problem than a solution. “In bathroom, try sconces on either side of the mirror, instead of a single light above.” says Erin Davis, of Mosaik […]
  • How to Organize Your Home Room by Room

    Erin Davis
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Ugh, stuff. No matter how much you clean, tidy, and declutter, it seems to creep back in. Clutter messes with your peace of mind and overall aesthetic. According to the age old design philosophy Feng Shui, our home and therefore clutter is an extension of ourselves. By taking control of the clutter and releasing it […]
  • Home, Kitchen, & Bathroom Design Trends 2015

    Erin Davis
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Here at Mosaik Design & Remodeling, we’re excited it’s 2015. A new year means hope and possibility. Specifically, it’s a fresh start to tackle those areas of your home you’re less than thrilled with. Whether you have plans to remodel or just dabble in design, you’ll want to know what trends are in for this […]
  • Company’s Coming! How to Clean House Fast

    Erin Davis
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Did your in-laws text and say they’re only 15 minutes away? Are your relatives paying you a surprise visit? Breathe. You can do this. The kitchen table may be covered in wrapping paper, and cat fur might blanket the stairs, but all is not lost. These people won’t be doing a white-glove inspection. You just […]
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  • Record covers as wall art

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    If you’re looking for a unique way to decorate your room, that will reflect your personality and taste in music, you can use your old records collection that is collecting dust or the newest vinyl you bought and hang them on the walls in some stylish vinyl record display frames. With the vibrant colors, cool graphics and familiar artist names, it’s no wonder why some people choose to have their vinyl collection to be an important part of their home decor. This method of decorating is perfect for records collectors, music lovers or art enthusiasts. Thanks to the frame’s unique…
  • String Lights

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    Michael Anastassiades’s String Lights, a minimal ceiling lamp looks like a pencil line drawn in the air. The Cypriot designer based in London, describes the principle that inspired the Spring Lights ceiling lamp: a black electric wire that sets up a relationship with the architecture of a space, precisely becoming part of the lines formed by the walls of a room. And stretched out along these lines are two different light sources: one in the shape of an isosceles triangle, the other in the form of a sphere. A system of tensors give volume and three-dimensionality to the form outlined by…
  • Blow – The floating paper shelves

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    YOY, a Japanese design studio created Blow, a wall shelf that looks like a stack of paper blowed up in the wind. It is formed by bending A4 size thin steel plates with molds into five different types of shapes and can be used both upside and downside. Source The post Blow – The floating paper shelves appeared first on Home Tweaks.
  • Small apartment that adapts to the owner’s needs

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
    The Goort design team turned an old printing press building in Mariupol, Ukraine into a versatile, 384 square feet apartment. The minimalist apartment gives to owners many configurations to choose from. Source The post Small apartment that adapts to the owner’s needs appeared first on Home Tweaks.
  • 25 great indoor swing design ideas

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    An indoor swing is the perfect home decor item if you want to add an element of fun to your home. They can be as simple as a piece of wood handing from a rope or more complex design elements hanging in your living room. Here are 25 examples of interior swings to inspire you to turn your living area into a fun playground for all ages. The post 25 great indoor swing design ideas appeared first on Home Tweaks.
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  • 30 Ways The Barcelona Chair can Change Your Home

    Danny Sattar
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Thinking about buying the Barcelona Chair but not sure how it'll look inside your home? The Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe is the original mid century modern furniture classic. Designed in 1929 for the German pavillion in Barcelona, Spain, this beautiful and timeless beauty can completely revamp your decor with its eternal design. If you're still on the fence about getting one for your home, perhaps the images below will inspire you. Enjoy!
  • Choosing Accent Chairs For Your Guest Room

    Danny Sattar
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Redecorating a room can transform it from bland to amazing just by adding a few touches, changing a color scheme or introducing a new fabric or design to the room. Guest rooms should be inviting and comfortable for your visitors. There is no need to redecorate an entire room for your guest. Instead, bringing in a few changes, such as an accent chair, can give the room an entirely different look and feel. Tips on How to Choose Accent Chairs for a Guest Room When choosing guest room accent chairs, you want them to fit into the theme that is already placed in the room. Accent chairs come in all…
  • Selecting Furniture for Your Modern Home

    Danny Sattar
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    When designing your modern style home, you may wonder how to go about selecting furniture to go with it. Be careful that you don't confuse modern with contemporary furniture. Understanding the spirit of the society during a particular style's period is important when it comes to designing with that particular style. In this article, I would like to take a look at the characteristics of both Modern and Mid-Century Modern furniture. A new age began after World War I, when the rise of industry and technology brought about radical changes in society that were reflected in modern design. People…
  • Mid Century Modern design

    Danny Sattar
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Mid Century Modern period is marked by its affection for simple, clean lines, neutral colors, and minimalist characteristics. The designers of the Mid Century Modern period took great pride in designing homes and the contents in a home with an eye away from tradition and a vision of the future. George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Edward Wormley, Charles & Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia and Jens Risom are some of the designers of that period. Today any one of their furniture items can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Modernism is another term associated with Mid Century Modern and…
  • The 10 Chairs That Changed The World

    Danny Sattar
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    Many of the most creative new designs in chairs were products of the mid-century modern school. These chairs, however, remain so popular and we’ve seen them so often that we are unaware of how unusual they really were when they first appeared. The first truly iconic chair, still in production today, was Michael Thonet’s #214 designed in 1859. This classic chair with its bentwood back quickly became a favorite. It’s so common that we forget that Thonet’s patented methods for bending both wood and wood veneers were truly revolutionary in the furniture design business. His techniques…
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  • Have you let your garden insurance go to pot?

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
    [Marge LED] Have you let your garden insurance go to pot? Have you been splashing the cash on your garden / patio lately or even grand indoor hallways? Then, you’re not alone: it’s said in research that almost a third of British spend more money on their garden than on any other area of their […]
  • Why should we say “thank you?”

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    [Thank You] Why should we say “thank you?” A conversation recently with some teenagers was interesting; when asked, “Why should we say thank you?” the responses were unanimously, “Because we were taught it is the right thing to do.” But telling someone, “Do it because I told you to!” fails to help them understand the […]
  • How do you bring your wall(s) to light?

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    [Moonflower] How do you bring your wall(s) to light? watch the video Imagine you have a wall at home or at work; it needs some attention. You seek to brighten it because currently it may be rather dull, or with out of date decor, or it fails to influence the imagination of customers or friends […]
  • How do you think outside the box?

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    [Plaza] How do you think outside the box? So often we build barriers around ourselves, we build walls to keep others out, and feel safe and protected within. We feel we have to stay within the confines of what others expect of us. And then we wonder why we do not have what it is […]
  • We can’t control nature. Can we control lighting?

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    [LED DMX] We can’t control nature. Can we control lighting? We often take lighting for granted; we have become so used to lavish and high octane stage and television productions with an aurora borealis of multi constantly changing lighting colours and designs that it is mesmerising to stop and think how it all happens. Many […]
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  • Best Man Cave Theme Ideas [ Part 2 ]

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      Top 10 man cave Theme ideas of 2015 When we publsihed out first part of our best man cave theme idea series lots of you sent over some amazing pictures. Join us our our quest to find the best man cave theme that is perfect for your dude living lifestyle. Without further ado here is another top 10 man cave Theme ideas of 2015 Tiki themed man cave     Still have fond memories of those glorious few days you spent on the Pacific islands? A tiki themed man cave could be just the thing! Polynesian-inspired prints may help you tie the look together, but you will of course want to…
  • Stuff Guys Like – Best of the Web Roundup – Earth Day Edition

    Eric Pangburn
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Stuff Guys like, the best around the web – Earth Day Special It was John F. Kennedy who said: “The supreme reality of our time is…the vulnerability of our planet”. These words ring just as true today (especially this past week Earth Day), and we are especially committed to providing you with ideas and information on ways by which we can take care of and celebrate this little rock we call our planet. Here we have found the best Eco-Friendly stuff guys like around the web this week.   Ten Great Eco-Friendly Grooming Products  “If you pay attention to anything at all in…
  • Update Men’s Business Wardrobe for Spring and Summer Time

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How to update your men’s business attire for warmer weather Look around you. There are fewer shirts tucked in, hemlines creeping up and more skin being exposed. Yes, we are approaching the summertime and as warmer weather moves in, a lot of gents are ditching their heavy, formal clothing for more casual or at least business-casual garb. While it is imperative to uphold your standards and men’s dress style for business, formality expectations are usually lowered during hot summer months. In this post, we offer a few tweaks you could potentially make to your office attire over the…
  • Eco-Friendly Gear For The Modern Man

    Eric Pangburn
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
      Eco-Friendly Products for the Modern Man   Nowadays, it isn’t enough for guys to merely be fashionable and elegant. Today’s modern man needs to be closely attuned to the world around him, and a significant aspect of that involves a conscious effort to live a more eco-friendly existence.   We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732Tweet This   Adopting a more environmentally conscious lifestyle isn’t all that difficult, and a number of companies have in fact made it remarkably simple matter to do so. With a…
  • Discover the Path to Recyclart [ Interview ]

    Eric Pangburn
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
        Recyclart is a unique site that offers a wealth of innovative ideas for recycled, repurposed, and upcycled ideas. The brainchild of co-founders Quentin and Dimitri, the site has a combined following of close to 150,000 readers, spread out across various social media platforms. With healthy website traffic, the site is fast becoming one of the most popular and most visible of its kind on the Internet today.   The origins of Recyclart can be traced to the founder’s own eco-friendly store in France, which had a green blog associated with it. During the store’s period of…
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  • Weeks four & five: the end is near

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    Hi, everyone! I'm happy to report that we're almost at the end of the kitchen reno. Ready for some pictures?Here's where we started in February: A perfect blank canvas just waiting for a sledgehammer. Down comes the wall. A fitting end to that weird little passthrough. The new wall shape is elegantly outlined in spray paint :) In the kitchen is my partner in crime, Josef, the project manager.  Demolition is the quick part. The team ripped out the kitchen in less than two days.  Even in this rough state, the space felt so much better without wall. With the walls repaired and the…
  • Week three: from cabinets to countertops

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    Hi guys, it's been so much fun walking you through our awesomely 80s kitchen reno. My last post was all about how we came up with the concept for the new house. And that's pretty fun, but what I really love? All the details and materials that make the idea come alive. Ready for the lowdown? We drew inspiration for the concept from two sources. First, our love of modern design coupled with the classic design elements of our new house. Second, a color palette that bridged the divide between dramatic statement and warm, homey retreat. We loved the idea of mixing white walls and black…
  • Week two: coming up with reno concept

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    When we left off last week, Shawn and I had taken the plunge on a townhouse that had everything but style.  One of the biggest issues was the white on white on white kitchen that was closed off from the rest of the first floor. We are in the midst of a renovation to create a warm, sophisticated kitchen that’s just plain fun to look at and an overall sprucing of the whole place. Here’s how we came up with the concept.We started by looking at the existing design elements. We’ve got classic crown moulding and high baseboards with walnut-stained oak floors throughout the house. …
  • Week one: transforming our awesomely 80s kitchen

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Hi guys, I thought a little change of pace would be fun since we're in the middle of a big renovation at our house. Today: the inside scoop on one of the most exciting parts of the project. Over the next month or two,  I'll share all the tips, design ideas, and lessons I learn as things unfold. Get ready for lots of before, during, and after pictures. Fire away with your reno and design questions and let me know if you'd like more information on the materials we chose.We made a big move from Boston to Santa Monica last spring, found a great rental, and took a deep…
  • Set the mood

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    Married, dating, or single, February 14th pushes you to pay attention to love. But what if you took it a step further?  What if you set the mood at home to make more love year round?Try some mood lighting. Every morning, I open all the blinds in the house. Sure, I’ll just have to lower them again at the end of the day. But flooding the house with sunshine makes me happy. Which makes me friendlier, a little more patient, and kinder. So, whether my husband feels it on his way out the door or I’ve got a big smile for a neighbor I see walking my dog, it adds a little more love to the…
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  • Selection of Matching Furniture for The Masculine Living Room

    Nanine Clement
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Masculine touch tend to decorate with bachelor pads, minimal and futuristic theme. Yet masculine touch is more than that. It needs warmth, elegance and diversity of styles and themes. Its actually easier than feminine touch, this is because of masculine more flexible. Begins from let the outdoors inside and unusual ideas. All about freedom and comfort are masculine. Here are a few inspirations of rooms with masculine touch. Bring the outdoors inside and create the complements. Keep the rooms in dark hues, simple linings and break out the monotony. Simple cutted and multipurpose furnishings…
  • Modern and Exquisite Front Porch Design Ideas

    Nanine Clement
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Front porch is the first area first seen by guests while they approaching home. Its a chance to express the style of home decoration yet show the owner personal tastes. Many design ideas of front porch from path inspired design, door inspired design or seating arrangement design. Below are modern front porch ideas that can be adapted to the outside of your front door area. Path as walkaway from the edge of street to your home has advantages for everyone walk in. Obviously its warmer in the chilly winter and ease to pass through in the icy cold winter or rainy season. People would not slip and…
  • The Sliding Glass Door Inspire Every Room for Modern style

    Nanine Clement
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    A room with a view make it more exclusive and beautiful. Complete your home with sliding glass door to get maximum view of outside, practical use, and modern elegant addition. Available in wide range of style and color frames, sliding glass doors may help you to beautify the decoration. A sliding glass doors could transform a room become stunning. The glass has its own characteristic that modern, sleek, reflective and transparent. This make a reflection of a room in the night and it such a plus of decoration. Sliding glass doors also make room looks wider. Get extension of indoors and…
  • Rustic Chic Dining Room with Textiles

    Nanine Clement
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    A decorative dining room with textiles now become such as a new trend decoration. The performance of the dining room will be warmer and it’s good for the atmosphere of the dining room since we all do know that a dining room is a room where we can gathering with the whole family and get a conversation each other. Now, the function of the dining room is turn to be a place for gathering and socialize so it will be a must to decorate with a harmful and good looking theme. The artistic textile decor ideas that we will see in these following landscape of the dining room is uses the similar…
  • Using Interesting Theme for Designing Kid’s Bathroom

    Nanine Clement
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    A lot of cute kids bathroom designs that we can use as the guide for us before we are going to apply one of it. The performance of the bathroom for our kid should interpret the character of the kid it selves and accommodate their needed when they do bathing activity. All we are do know that kid is a cheerful character and we can use the bright color system out here. The next plans are try to combine the existing bathroom decoration with the recent inspiring kid bathroom. If we do applied contemporary bathroom decoration now, we can try to fulfill the bathroom space with the extra wooden…
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  • My 10 Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    For furniture to tell a story, it has to be old and used. As much as I love new styles, there is something magical about an item which has “lived” elsewhere before. In this post I’ve listed some of my top 10 tips for second hand furniture shopping and things to watch out for.1. Look for tags. Make sure you aren’t being tricked into buying an item that might be a reproduction, or even brand-new and straight from IKEA’s last season’s stock.For instance, G Plan furniture can often be identified by the use of their G logo (first, gold embossed; later, a red…
  • My Top 6 Free Media Apps for iPhone

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Just to manage your expectations, I’m neither a huge app user nor does my iPhone have enough memory to install 100s of apps but there are a few free media apps which I do turn to and have become quite dependent on.YouTube. It’s great to be able to watch videos on the move especially during my lunch break at work, or whilst traveling. The YouTube app helps me stay up to date with my subscriptions and follow content makers I like.Feedly. This RSS feed reader is also available for desktop and offers a good alternative to Bloglovin. In fact, I like quite a bit more than…
  • My favourite magazines (by independent publishers)

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    This isn’t going to be a post about the Marie Claire’s or Cosmopolitan’s of this world. Instead, I would like to share some of my favourite independent magazines with you. Content created by makers of things and publishers who aspire to inspire others, rather than to purely generate profit. Don’t get me wrong, one has to make a bit of cash but these 5 I feel have got genuine values behind them.Ernest Journal.  More like a non-fiction novel than a magazine, Ernest is filled with inspiring content aimed at “curious and adventurous gentlefolk”. It’s…
  • A basic guide on how to manage emails effectively

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dealing with emails has become part of my everyday routine, whether in work or privately. Before improving my email management skills, I would often find myself drowning in a mix of promotional, family, news and “important”, e.g. bank emails. Until one day I decided to put down some ground rules.Flag / pin your email. Your emails are your to-do list and one way to make important tasks stand out is by flagging or pinning it (if you use Google Inbox). Once you’ve finished your task, you tick or sweep it off.Create folders. The easiest way to categorise your emails…
  • 5 Things I’ve Learned From Home Ownership

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Since buying our first home this time last year, I’ve noticed a few things about myself and things I now think about which were never a big deal whilst I was renting.Spending money on maintenance. Oh, it isn’t the most fancy thing to do and neither is it something to get excited about but when you buy a property, you have to budget for maintenance. Whether it’s getting your boiler checked, your windows repaired or shrubs trimmed. Sometimes there is no end to the maintenance I could do around our house. Prioritising tasks definitely helps here. My advice: If you’re in…
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  • 18 Creative Floral Wallpapers For Living Room

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Floral wallpapers have always been in fashion. However, it is only in the recent times that we have seen ourselves getting smitten with these objects of beautification that seem to have taken a rebirth in the 21st century. With a plethora of designs available, we have been given the opportunity to spoil and entice ourselves [...] The post 18 Creative Floral Wallpapers For Living Room appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 45 Cool Bathroom Decorating Ideas

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Home is a sanctuary for every person and is a place where one feels relaxed, and this feeling is accentuated especially in some corners of the home such as your bathrooms. If your bathroom is a place where you relax, you sure want an ambiance that accentuates the feeling of relaxation. Decorating a bathroom with [...] The post 45 Cool Bathroom Decorating Ideas appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 50 Eclectic Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Luxury is one word that you look to when it comes to home. And when it comes to home, you want every corner of it to scream luxury and easy functionality. For women, especially, the one most important corner she asks to include both luxury and easy functionality is her kitchen. I’m sure even you [...] The post 50 Eclectic Outdoor Kitchen Ideas appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 50 Creative DIY Ottoman Ideas

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Ottomans are quite trendy to look at and have more than one use. When you are planning to up do your home décor, ottomans are quite a great option. However, if you are tight on the budget, then there is absolutely no need to back off on your wonderful decorative plan. There are many DIY [...] The post 50 Creative DIY Ottoman Ideas appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • Inspiration: Sophisticated and Stylish Nurseries

    Ultimate Home Ideas
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    They all say that decorating the nursery is one of the most important part of nesting. However, the cute and cuddly isn’t always for every mother. Some might choose for something more sophisticated. Here are some great stylish and sophisticated nurseries full of inspiration that we love. via Houzz Beauty in the details White is [...] The post Inspiration: Sophisticated and Stylish Nurseries appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
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    ProFlowers Blog

  • 3 Unique Wedding Bouquet Ideas

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:56 am
    The bridal bouquet is a time honored wedding custom. Here are some creative and easy ways to make yours unique and stylish. The post 3 Unique Wedding Bouquet Ideas appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide from the Experts

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Make it easy on yourself this Mother's Day with tips from the ProFlowers experts. Here are their top bouquet picks for each Mom in your life. The post Mother’s Day Gift Guide from the Experts appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Bulb Gardening

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Gardening is a great way to show your creativity, especially when bursts of vibrant colors begin to appear in your garden. Bulbs coming in all shapes and sizes can help you create a variety of landscaping solutions. If you are new to planting bulbs, this can be a bit challenging and confusing. When is the right time to plant them? Will the bulb last through a freezing winter? These are some of the most common questions and this infographic has all you need to get you started. The post The Beginner’s Guide to Bulb Gardening appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • The Origin of Birthday Cake and Candles

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    It’s their birthday and that means it’s time for balloons, birthday gifts, and cake! But why? The post The Origin of Birthday Cake and Candles appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • 80 Mother’s Day Quotes to Show Mom You Care

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    We've gathered 80 famous Mother's Day quotes about moms from the greatest minds and wittiest of wordsmiths. The post 80 Mother’s Day Quotes to Show Mom You Care appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
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    Boogie's Boutique

  • The Bust | A Nod to Classical Style

    Boogie's Boutique
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The bust is a distinctive classic element that can fit into any décor and will help your room achieve the look of timeless home design. Although a small decorative object, busts have the power to hold a room. Busts can add romance and elegance to your home’s décor and can bring interest to an otherwise boring vignette. They are perfect as the center of a beautiful dining table, can lend a dignified air on a side table or on a pedestal; or can be the perfect ornamentation to adorn the top of a bookcase. Every room can look better with a beautiful, striking bust! Image Source:…
  • Live Like a Lyon

    Boogie's Boutique
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Empire is an American television series that centers around a music & entertainment company, Empire Entertainment; and the drama among the family members as they fight for control of the company. Season 1 was a hit with huge ratings and plots filled with some serious drama. Image Source: Marc Hom | Entertainment Weekly The luxury backdrop of the show was fierce and the huge mansion of the fictitious music mogul (Lucious Lyon) is no exception in its display of this exquisite home that was used as part of the show’s set design. This Estate was recently put on the market, so let’s take…
  • The Castle in the Fairy Tale

    Boogie's Boutique
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    I came across this stunning Chateau and was impressed with its flamboyant mix of fine furnishings and impressive decorative art. According to its website, the ‘Chateau de la Goujeonnerie’ overlooks 18 acres of land and was built in 1872 by the architect, Arsene Charier. The site noted that the owners (Les Trois Garcons) acquired the Chateau in 2006 in a derelict state and have since restored it with 21st Century comforts. I find the décor to be quite striking yet classical, although some may describe it as eclectic and whimsical. The Chateau can be rented and would be perfect for the…
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  • Summerhouse : Beautiful Old Farmhouse Design Ideas

    Lavernia Aubry
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:12 am
    A lot of inspiring contemporary farmhouse design that we can see as a direct guide. Unfortunately, some of them is going to be a summerhouse so far. It quite reasonable since summerhouse is a simple house and it doesn’t need an extra effort and budget to decorate and protect them. Here, we will be able […]
  • Choosing The Perfect Round Dining Table

    Lavernia Aubry
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:23 am
    Round dining table – The high number of the needed living space makes the price of the living space become higher too. To anticipate that problem, a lot of developer tries to invite the society with the small living space for them. The problem is, the small living space needs small furniture too but, unfortunately […]
  • Simple and Elegant Midcentury Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

    Lavernia Aubry
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    The fabulous midcentury modern kitchen design out here is dedicated for you, as the lover of a mid era. The design is quite similar with contemporary and it is like the turning point of a vintage style into modern style. Yes, it is like such as that great combination. We will see directly the combination […]
  • Adding Some Futuristic Accessories with DIY 3D Designs

    Lavernia Aubry
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:56 am
    Well, imagination is unlimited and every single person has it. The problem is, not everyone want and able to show and realize it. Here, we will be able to see the Creative DIY 3D accessories from someone who luckily can make it happen and inspire us included invite us to have one of their collections. […]
  • Cute and Funny Furniture for Kids Bedroom

    Lavernia Aubry
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Today, we are going to inspire parents and those who want to give their kids something special. Here is the unique ecological kid’s bedroom furniture which is use the unique character of home furniture with the natural material from the nature. Now, we are going to see the cute and functional furniture are blend in […]
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    SofaSofa Blog

  • 15 Things You Should Never Have in Your Flat after University

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    How much of your décor from university is still on display in your current flat? After you’ve graduated, chances are you may still have a few items hanging around, either for nostalgic value or simply due to habit. But let’s face it, some ‘decorative’ items are simply crimes against interior design. Image credit: de4dthrone If you really want to create a home that truly reflects your post-university life, it may be time to let go of a few things. If any of the items below are currently residing in your flat, it’s definitely time for a clear out… 1. Traffic cones Image credit:…
  • 18 Tips to Style Your Sofa Seasonally

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    For many interiors enthusiasts, the changing seasons outside are an ideal opportunity to change décor inside. Come winter, spring, summer, or autumn, decorating your home is a joy when you’re inspired by the beauty of our earth’s natural cycles. Madrid range from SofaSofa With a little forethought, this same logic can be applied to your sofa. In fact, focusing on your sofa is one of the easiest ways to decorate according to the season. And yes – there are more things you can do than simply adding a throw (though they are pretty useful – especially in winter!) Read on to find out how…
  • The Couch Potato's Sofa Workout (Infographic)

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Nobody likes to think of themselves as lazy. But let's face it, sometimes the sofa is a hell of a lot more appealing than the gym. So why not bring the gym to the sofa instead? Our Couch Potato's Sofa Workout contains 10 simple exercises you can complete in 30 minutes or less, for a full-body workout. This is no gimmick routine either - these are proper gym exercises translated from the workout bench to the sofa. So put down that remote and packet of crisps for a second and give it a go - even if it's just during that lame toothpaste commercial you've seen 100 times...  All graphics and…
  • 10 of Our Best Statement Sofas for Large Rooms

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    If you want your new sofa to really stand out from the crowd, have a look at the following selection of our 10 best statement sofas. As well as making a real impact, all our statement sofas are built to last using hardwood frames guaranteed for five years. If you’ve got a large room to work with, then a statement sofa is an ideal choice. Large rooms clearly demand large dramatic pieces that will not get lost or look disproportionate to the space. They can also work well with an eclectic mix of occasional chairs and stools Today’s post is a round-up of 10 statement sofas from the SofaSofa…
  • How to Paint Wooden Cabinets & Furniture: 14 Steps

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Upcycling is all the rage right now and painting wooden furniture is a great way to give an old cabinet or other wooden piece a new lease of life. Image by: Mark Hadley Painting furniture can actually be great fun too, but it’s important to use the right method. If in doubt, start with a small piece of second hand furniture first, before moving on to the built in kitchen-cabinets! Read on for our advice on selecting the right paint, preparation and achieving the perfect finish. If at all possible, enlist a tea maker too - painting is thirsty work. 1. Choose your paint The type of paint you…
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    Odds & End Tables

  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    City Furniture
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]Feeling the pressure to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift? This year, we suggest you trade in the bathrobe and flowers for a unique find from our curated gift guide.[/dropcap]
  • Clean Skies Ahead

    City Furniture
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]City Furniture has a history of firsts—we were the first to offer same day delivery, the first to open a showroom that is certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and, most recently, the first furniture company to make the switch to CNG delivery trucks.[/dropcap]
  • Splurge Worthy: The Landon Bed

    City Furniture
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]When it comes to home design, everyone deserves that one piece that adds luxury and personality to your space.[/dropcap]
  • Design Deal: The Briget Sofa

    City Furniture
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]Offering beautiful furniture at affordable prices is what City Furniture does best, and the Briget sofa by Kevin Charles highlights this dedication with stunning perfection.[/dropcap]
  • April Fools’ Furniture

    City Furniture
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]On the day dedicated to pranks and fun, we’re getting in the spirit with true City Furniture style—by celebrating furniture with tricks.[/dropcap]
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    The France & Søn blog

  • The Memphis Style

    Kaya Phillips
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    There’s the king of Memphis, Memphis style barbecue ribs and Memphis interior design. They’re all big, bold and full of color, texture and flavor. At first, when you look at interior design done Memphis style, you might scratch your head and wonder if you might be looking at a room designed by Alice in Wonderland after she went down rabbit hole. In truth, Memphis style interior design is not for everyone but is certainly for the eclectic at heart. What It Isn’t A Memphis design aesthetic is not at all about flow. You won’t see overstuffed sofas or comfortable love seats with large…
  • Jean Luc Godard’s New Wave

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    French film director, critic and screenwriter Jean Luc Godard is most famous for a film movement in the 1960s called New Wave or La Nouvelle Vague. Early Days Born in 1930, he is the son of a Swiss physician and comes from a wealthy background. Of particular interest is that, when he was young, he didn’t go to the movies very much. What got him involved? He read a lot and that led to him developing a reputation as a film critic after becoming involved with a group of other film critics that began the new wave. Formal Criticism It was in 1950 where Godard found himself congregating to cinema…
  • Hattie Stewart, Master Doodler

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    How many times did you doodle on your mom’s fashion magazines when you were a kid? If you didn’t do that, we’re sure you drew mustaches and beards on other photographs and illustrations just like we did. We found a really interesting British illustrator who calls herself a professional doodler and has drawn illustrations on famous magazines as well as a number of other subjects. What Makes Her Different? Hattie is not afraid to let herself run toward the dark in her humor as well and her comic book-like drawings. And she doesn’t just doodle on magazine covers, she creates stories with…
  • Modern Taxidermy and the Interior Designer

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Does the word taxidermy call up images in your mind of badly stuffed dead animals? We understand that completely. We did find the subject of taxidermy interesting especially as it applies to today’s interior design and how it can be a trendy way to introduce people to your design aesthetic. The first thing we really need to do is define the term as well as look at how taxidermy has emerged as an art form. Definition Taxidermy is the art of preparing, stuffing and mounting the skins of animals for display or study. If you’ve ever been to the natural history museum, all of the animals…
  • Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Just when you thought you had mastered the art of brewing that perfect cup of coffee, here we are to tell you about five other ways you can do it with great results. From French Press to Pour Over Coffee there are as many ways to brew a great cup of coffee as there are coffee varieties. French Press This is a small pot, usually glass or plastic, which relies on a plunger to press coffee grounds to the bottom and leave fresh brewed coffee on top. French Presses are fairly portable so you can take it with you on vacation or a business trip. The downside is the pressure that the coffee grounds…
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    S&A Decor

  • 10 Worst Mistakes in Home Decoration

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    1. You should never buy textiles on-line unless you have  seen exactly this fabric in person. You need to first hold it in your hands, to see how it will look and feel in your interior. And only  then you can order it in the store.2. Budget is always a compromise. You have to understand that you will most likely exceed  the purchase budget by 15-20%, and the construction budget by 30%. That's life. It is impossible to foresee everything. But you definitely will be able to do something  on your own, like painting the walls or applying Wallpaper. I always do this at home…
  • 7 Mistakes in Jane Lockhart's The Peyton Project

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Below I am going to discuss 7 biggest mistakes made by Jane  Lockhart -  one of the leading interior designers in Toronto. The project I'm focusing on in called The Peyton. All the pictures are taken from Jane Lockhart's website. Mistake #1 - CurtainsI have to admit that it is very difficult to decorate an arch window, especially when ceiling has slopes, but unfortunately this project is not the best example of such window treatments. Although they are correctly covering the walls on both sides of the window curtains are too low. It does not look appealing to have curtains that…
  • Classic Furniture in Modern Style

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Classic furniture is quite popular in modern interior, especially among people with exquisite taste. However, strict traditional furnishings don't always combine with modern trends. And yet if you have a burning desire to dilute modern with timeless classics - below you will find out how to combine the incompatible.  1-Loft Style Loft style unlike any other belongs next door to the elegant classic. The rudeness of the bricks combined with exquisite vintage furnishings makes a successful combination. Moreover, you can easily dilute such interior with the modern touches like large…
  • 10 Simple Rules of Feng Shui

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Rule #1 of Feng Shui: No Place for Unnecessary Things at Home Do you want to improve the flow of energy in the home, reduce stress and improve performance? Make general cleaning and repair all broken items. Do an honest audit of unnecessary things and get rid of them - not just put them in another place, but actually get rid of them or give to those who need them and will be happy to use them.It is useful to get rid of the "energy consumers" which include broken items, abandoned work, things that you have not used in 1 year and items that cause you to have bad associations or memories. Thus,…
  • Bedroom Repair: 7 Mistakes You Can Avoid

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    If you have decided to redo the interiors of your bedroom you should be guided mostly by the comfort.Since bedroom is the one room in your home that is responsible for your conform here is a must.  Consider the most common mistakes that can do the opposite and have quite undesirable effect.I SoundproofOften a feeling of privacy is achieved not so much through visual techniques, but many thanks additional soundproof. So you should think about additional protection from outside noise at the stage of repair works.  II Too Much LightWhen deciding on curtains for bedrooms it is advisable…
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    The Diva's Home

  • The Third Thing You Should Do For a Successful Home Office Design

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    If you work from home and your office looks like this:   You may want to rethink your priorities. Setting up a couple of tables and plopping your office equipment on it just doesn’t say successful entrepreneur or executive. What your office looks like has an effect on how you see yourself, how others see you, and your general well-being. I’m not saying that you need to make everything so comfortable that you are constantly yearning for a nap. What I am saying is that you need to make your office look the way you want your business or work-life to be: successful. Before today,…
  • The Second Thing You MUST Do For a Successful Home Office Design

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    On Monday, I told about making a list of everything you will be doing in your office in The First Thing You Should Do For a Successful Home Office Design. Today, we will talk about what tools you will need to perform those tasks. This is another list building exercise. I know, who knew that designing your office would involve so many lists? Trust me, if you plan ahead, you will end up with the perfect office to suit you and your business needs. Your business will run much more smoothly and you can get out at the end of the day for that much needed margarita! So, what do you need in your…
  • The First Thing You Should Do for a Successful Home Office Design

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
      You are an entrepreneur and you need to find space for a home office. It’s critical that your home office fuels your desire for success in your chosen business. One of the biggest problems that stay-at-home-moms who also run a business have is privacy.  A space that is dedicated specifically for business and nothing else might be on your to-do list, but you just haven’t gotten around to setting it up.     Before you even think about where to find this space, here’s the first thing that you need to do: Make a list of what tasks you need to perform in…
  • Nine Neutral but Delicious Backsplash Tiles for Your Kitchen

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Are you having a hard time deciding on tile for your kitchen backsplash? You want something more contemporary, but “everyone” says that it’s best to keep the background surfaces neutral in case you decide to sell your home. Still, you want something with a little more life to it to make things interesting. Refreshing your kitchen backsplash with tile doesn’t take as long as you might think (a weekend). You can use the more expensive tile as a focal point over the stove, but using the same tile around the entire kitchen will make it feel larger. And neutral tile…
  • Staging Your Home on a Budget? Try this!

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Yesterday I went by our new home accessories store At Home (formerly Garden Ridge Pottery). For those of you who don’t know it, it’s a large department store that features anything and everything you could possibly need for decorating your home inexpensively. It’s also a home stager’s dream. You might be able to get everything you need for staging your home on a budget. They have aisles of everything not just a small section. Like this massive display of pillows. Wow! If you can’t find something you like, you just aren’t looking hard enough. Or you’ve passed out from the sheer…
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    Blog - La Chasse | The Hunt

  • Up to snuff

    Alicia Kim
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Snuff box owned by Frederick the Great of Prussia. There are about 3,000 diamonds on this box!  The very first time I visited The Met I saw this jewel encrusted snuff box that kind of changed my life. I mean this is how you live people! Historically, snuff was ground up tobacco leaves that was snorted to get hits of nicotine. Although people of all social classes "snuffed" the wealthy took their passion to another level encrusting them in emeralds, diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems, seriously these guys didn't mess around. Can you imagine having something…
  • Shylights

    Alicia Kim
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    There is something so soothing and mesmerizing about this. These "performative light sculptures" by StudioDRIFT, are called Shylights. Inspired by flowers that close at night, these lights drop and "bloom" its several layers of silk to subsequently retreat upwards again. These lights can also be set to music and choreography from an iPad or iPhone. I can see this being a huge hit in some swanky lounge with the "I love my #selfie" crew, but lets be honest you get a pass with this one. For now you will have to go see them at the Rijkmuseum Amsterdam where they are on…
  • Thunder from down under

    Alicia Kim
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Definition of an Australian kiss: Like a French kiss...but down under. Happy Friday! 
  • Get faded

    Alicia Kim
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    This is an apartment is Paris done by design firm Ramy Fischler. I'm kind of obsessed with the ombré walls, it gives the room this surreal feel like the room is fading away into a cloud of mist almost like there is no ceiling. Lets be honest, I could see myself getting high as shit in this room and feeling classy about it. 
  • #Seduce&Destroy

    Alicia Kim
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Because its all about the thrill of the chase, right? Love this piece by one of my favorite artists Peter Gronquist. I will do another post with some more of my favorite pieces by him, but this gets its own post because it just screams La Chasse. Check back for more posts with several special guest appearances by wine so GET INVOLVED BITCHES. 
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    Home Designator

  • Geometrix Design / Begovaya

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    Located in Russia. This classy apartment with only 95 square meter was designed by Geometrix Design. Geometrix Design “Our client is a young modern girl who are quite energetic and love surprise. The main feature of this design is a glossy surface that inflicted subtle floral pattern , expecting a lot of guests at the entrance to the apartment and lead to the zone recreation. combines a bold interior between black and white to make a perfect classic design.”
  • L. McComber Architecture / Juliette Aux Combles

    28 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
    Located in Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal, Canada and completed in 2013. This house for single family was designed by L. McComber Architecture. L. McComber Architecture “Over five feet high, two distinct sloped structures made with thick layers of tar and gravel formed the roof of this old duplex built in 1880. Replacing this structure with an insulated open-truss roof liberated impressive 13-foot ceilings. The floor is organized around a series of shelves made of recuperated wood that wind around a white utility cube. Divided into two volumes by a sheet of glass, this cube accommodates a…
  • Modscape / Elsternwick

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Located in Victoria, Australia and completed in 2013. This slim house was designed by Modscape. Modscape “A perfect fit for its slim suburban site, this striking family home combines a bold exterior with clean contemporary internal finished to maximize both aesthetics and functionality. Designed using 6 modules for the ground floor and 2 for the first, the home offers a total area of 244sqm. The master bedroom, including WIR and en suite, is located upstairs along with both children’s bedrooms and an additional bathroom. Downstairs, direct access to the home is achieved via both the…
  • Page / 940 Kirby

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:22 am
    Located in Houston, Texas. This contemporary house was designed by Page. Page “Located on the corner of a small, iconic River Oaks neighborhood noted for its important historical and mid-century modern homes, 940 Kirby strikes a balance between contemporary design and historic roots. Neighborhood deed restrictions presented significant design challenges, including the requirement for a two-story, traditional residential design facing Kirby Drive along with setbacks significantly reducing the buildable area. Referring to neighboring mid-century modern houses as precedent, Page utilized a…
  • TA-CHA Design / Baan Yo Yen

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Located in Nonthaburi, Thailand and completed in 2013. This amazing modern house with 4,843 square meter was designed by TA-CHA Design. TA-CHA Design “Our design intent was interpreted as a simple but powerful word in the Thai language: CHAN, which literally means terrace,”. CHAN keeps individuals connected in a culture where three generations can live in the same house. The layout was adapted from traditional Thai residential architecture to suit the modern lifestyle of a growing family and also our client wanted something gentle, subtle and natural. Movement and interaction…
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