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  • How To Decorate Around The Bed In A Small Apartment

    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit
    Simona Ganea
    5 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    This is an article regarding those kinds of homes that have open floor plans which also include the bedroom or sleeping area. So whether you have a studio, an efficiency apartment or a tiny home in general, this will show you how to decorate around the bed and to make this zone inviting.Use sheer curtains to divide spaces in a studio apartment. Although this won’t offer much privacy, it’s a chic way of separating the spaces and offering them individuality.{found on lamaisondannag}.Separating the bedroom from the living space is easy when the bed is placed in the corner. A single…
  • Energy Efficient Lighting Ideas

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    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
  • Food Inspired Rooms

    Six Different Ways
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    I am a self proclaimed foodie. One wouldn’t think so as I really do not eat that much, but when I eat, I EAT. When I’m at work, I’m thinking about dinner. When I’m having dinner, I’m thinking about breakfast. Sometimes I’m coming up with new recipes, other times I’m mimicking chain restaurant’s secret recipes (I have a guilty pleasure for cheddar bay biscuits).  I have been like this for as long as I could remember. When I was younger, it was tipped more to the chocolate/candy/dessert/sweet end of the see-saw that is my diet, now it’s…
  • 50 Eclectic Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

    Ultimate Home Ideas » Ultimate Home 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.
  • Luxury Home Design: 3 Inspirational Projects

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    HD Staff
    1 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Many of us will never have the chance to truly live in the lap of luxury. Indeed, even the services of the architects and designers featured on this blog are out of reach for the majority of people. But that is the beauty of being able to share such images. We can all see what luxury means to different people and get inspired to create our own luxurious – albeit more budget-friendly – spaces. The luxury homes featured in this post each have a unique take on luxury, but overall are charming and stylish spaces that are sure to ignite a design spark inside of you. The first home…
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  • Alight by Pulp Studio

    Alicita Rodriguez
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pulp Studio, the decorative glass company that created Fragmento and Boing, is introducing yet another product that changes the way we view light. Fittingly called Alight, this new wall system provides the glass, the structural steel, and all the other components required to construct custom projects. Glass Wall System Offers Texture and Glow Conceived in collaboration with Brooklyn glass artisans Chris Cosma and Denise Amses, Alight is a bas-relief wall structure that “makes glass come alive through a combination of light and texture.” The surface is reminiscent of the undulating…
  • You’ve been Framed: Hospitality Trend

    Ali Morris
    1 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    Elegant, minimalist metal frames have taken a starring role in recent new furniture and lighting launches. Benjamin Hubert’s new modular ‘Inlay’ sofa features slender die-cast aluminum legs that slot between the seams of the armrests at each corner. Characterized by a weight-bearing frame that supports a series of comfortable cushions and pillows, the Cloud sofa is the first collaboration between Danish brand &tradition and Stockholm-based Italian designer Luca Nichetto. The hand blown glass shade of the Oda lamp by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo is supported by a…
  • Kurage by Luca Nichetto and Nendo for Foscarini

    Ali Morris
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Stockholm-based designer Luca Nichetto paired with Japanese studio Nendo to create a new jellyfish-inspired lamp for Foscarini that was unveiled in Milan this month at the Euroluce lighting show. Elegant and ethereal, Nendo and Nichetto’s delicate ‘Kurage’ lamp blends Japanese and Scandinavian design sensibilities. Called ‘Kurage’ (meaning ‘jellyfish’ in Japanese), the new lamp recalls the graceful form of a jellyfish with its four slim elongated ash legs topped with a lightweight, handmade washi-paper shade. Washi paper is achieved by processing…
  • Tjep. Cubism by Wolf-Gordon

    Alicita Rodriguez
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Wolf-Gordon has teamed up with Tjep. to create an exclusive collection of interior surfacing materials all of which draw inspiration from the cube. Presented in April at the 2015 Salone del Mobile, Tjep. Cubism includes wallcoverings, an upholstery textile, and a sheer drapery textile. The geometric inspiration is “a playful reference to the early 20th century cultural phenomenon, Czech Cubism.” Wallcoverings and Textiles Inspired by Czech Cubism Basis, the sole upholstery textile in Tjep. Cubism, is “the fundamental point of departure for the collection, repeated in a mosaic of colors…
  • 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…
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  • 10 Ways to Lift a White Room With Rainbow Brights (10 photos)

    5 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Introducing bright color into your home can seem intimidating if you’ve chosen a palette of pale shades. But rainbow brights really sing against a plain background and can transform an all-white room into something spectacular. Feeling tempted? Take these 10 baby steps to see how simple it can be to...
  • Houzz Tour: Relaxed Farmhouse Life for a Texas Family (22 photos)

    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I don’t want anything to feel like Dallas.” This was the main direction that interior designer Marci Barnes’ client gave her regarding her family’s new country home, about an hour outside of the Big D. Using soft shades of blue and green, casual textures like burlap and seagrass, a dash of Shabby Chic...
  • Room of the Day: A Colorful Nursery Plays With Pattern (4 photos)

    5 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    This boldly animated nursery, says interior designer Karen B. Wolf, “is not the nursery we grew up with.” Rather, the room is the product of her Livingston, New Jersey, clients’ love of graphic patterns and colors. The couple, pediatric dentists whose offices are equally vivid,...
  • Shop Houzz: A Mother’s Day Makeover From Ashton, With Love (85 photos)

    5 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Interior designer Catherine Renae Thomas was in for an exciting challenge when she was hired by Ashton Kutcher to do a surprise makeover of his mom’s family basement. She blended the Iowa family’s beloved Western, antiques and sports decor to transform a dark basement into a light and inviting space....
  • It’s Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You (15 photos)

    4 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Cue the John Williams music in your head.A long time ago in a galaxy far far … well, actually in California in 1977, George Lucas made the first of three amazing movies without CGI or a fraction of the other special effects available today. Most important, none of the movies in the first Star...
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  • Blog Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

    4 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    I love writing this blog trends column (#20blogtrends) because it forces me to actively seek out what’s hot in our community to examine what’s working for bloggers (and what’s not). I’ve also honed in on how some creatives are crazy good at marketing themselves and others, not so much, which is why I’m spotlighting today’s topic: how bloggers and creatives in general organize their online identities under one umbrella to make it easy for others to find them. Bree Lena Problem: You are a blogger but not just any blogger — you have a…
  • You’ll Love This: Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    Remember how I shared a bunch of inspiring ceramics last week? I have good news! I found yet another to share only this time you can buy everything you see (and more) with absolutely free shipping to anywhere in the world in my pop-up shop until May 31st.  The ceramics of Anna Westerlund are simply amazing. I love how she mixes them with Liberty prints and patterns, too. I want everything in her collection which sounds so selfish but it’s true. These pieces fit the decor8 aesthetic perfectly! In fact, I’ve ordered some pieces that should arrive next week. I can justify my…
  • Maker Spaces: Book Review + Interview

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Hello friends, I hope all is well and that you’re having a lovely week thus far! It’s time for my weekly book review, and yes, I’m trying to go for one each week for the rest of the year because I have so many nice books to share and I also want to continue pushing the printed page because despite the undeniable amazingness of the digital world, there is still nothing quite like a book in one hand, lemonade in the other, while laying on the beach or the patio in the warm sun. Oh yes please! Today’s book, Maker Spaces, is actually from a student of mine who is…
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  • Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

    Ana Lisa
    5 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Read the rest of Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: community centre, japanese architecture, Japanese cedar wood, Kengo Kuma, kid-friendly design, playful design, Towada City Plaza, wooden indoor landscape, zigzag roof
  • Undulating German pavilion brings a “field of ideas” to Milan Expo 2015

    Lidija Grozdanic
    5 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Read the rest of Undulating German pavilion brings a “field of ideas” to Milan Expo 2015 Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Biodiversity, Canopy, food consumption, food production, German Pavilion, Messe Frankfurt, milan expo 2015, nutrition, Schmidhuber, sustainable food, temporary pavilion, World Expo
  • HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    5 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making guacamole or slicing an avocado for a salad, try saving your pits to grow into avocado trees. It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own avocado tree from seed, and it makes a great educational project for home and classrooms. Check out our handy-dandy guide below, complete with photos, to learn how to grow an avocado tree from seed. Read the rest of HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado…
  • Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

    Tafline Laylin
    5 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    ‘Rubbish’ is the name of the adorable sea lion pup captured above in the image from KTVU’s Twitter feed. He was rescued last week after wandering the streets of San Francisco. This is not the first time The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, has rescued the pup. In March, they discovered him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and malnourishment. They nursed him to health and then released him at Point Reyes National Seashore. Last Thursday, the wandering pup made his way to San Francisco’s Marina District and then hid under a car on the corner of…
  • Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt’s price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than the current model

    Marc Carter
    5 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    When Chevy unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevy revealed everything from the Volt’s revamped exterior to its longer EV driving range, but one thing was missing—the price. Chevy has now revealed that the 2016 Volt will start at $33,995 when it arrives later this year, which is almost $1,200 less than the current-generation Volt. Read the rest of Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt’s price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than the current model Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: chevrolet, chevrolet volt, chevy,…
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  • Compact Living Cube Multi-Functional Furniture and Storage 

    Ada Teicu
    5 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Swiss designer Till Konneker of Ill Designs moved into his apartment studio only to discover it lacked storage space. Like a creative artist that he is, Till imagined a storage space large enough to house a library, a bed, a closet and much more  – a multifunctional furniture set for the modern home.“I moved into a apartment studio without storage room. So I made a minimalist cube design with a shelf for my vinyl collection, my TV, Clothes and Shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside the cube is a lot of storage space. Remo from Holzlabor Bern transferred my sketches…
  • Glass Box Extension Upgrading Bungalow-Style Home in New Zealand

    5 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Grosvenor Street Residence by Dorrington Atcheson Architects is a bungalow-style home recently upgraded with a bright extension. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the residence had been updated several times before with a series of dark  lean-tos, that made the spaces seem cluttered. According to the architects, “a modern pavilion now extends from the rear of the dwelling to provide a living, dining and kitchen area that flows easily into the garden. To avoid a clumsy connection between old and new, it is linked to the bungalow by a one-meter-wide (3.28-foot-wide) breezeway.”…
  • How Interior Designers Can Increase Their Incomes

    Shelley Little
    4 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    The creative mind of an interior designer may actually block their income potential. Image Source: CasamokioThis is not some “How to Get Rich Quick” article, rather more of a scientific article that looks inside the creative mind of an interior designer, looking into the way they think and why those very thoughts are blocking them from maximizing their potential and their income. Nor is this talk of “The Secret” and how your thoughts create reality.  Here we will touch upon some hardcore things interior designers can do to boost their income, and discuss the barriers…
  • Original Eichler House in California Gets an Inspiring Upgrade: Appleberry Drive Residence

    4 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Appleberry Drive Residence in Marinwood, California is an original Eichler house, recently upgraded by Building Lab. Despite its powerful character, the building lacked a real connection to the outdoors: “As can be said of most eichlers, this was great house to begin with. By means of the subtle rather than the grand, we strove to re-invigorate the modesty, simplicity and clarity of the original design. At the scale of site our two greatest concerns were the typical eichler austerity to street frontage and this model’s want of an atrium or courtyard”, explained the…
  • Modern Haven for Art Collectors: Central London Penthouse by Fernanda Marques

    4 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    Brazilian designer Fernanda Marques completed the design of a central London penthouse for a young couple of art collectors and their two children. The brief of the project requested a harmonious artistic home, where the entire family could feel relaxed, an oasis in the middle of a bustling city center: “My clients wanted ideal conditions for displaying their extensive art and furniture collection. My greatest challenge was to find the balance between the collection of works of art, prominently sculptural furniture and the everyday of a home“, explained the designer.Communication…
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  • The Formica Corporation and Jonathan Adler Collaborate on a New Line of Vibrant Laminates

    Luke Hopping
    4 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The Formica® Laminate Jonathan Adler Collection consists of nine original designs. The Créme Lacquered Linen recalls the stateliness of midcentury modern furniture.  Image courtesy of the Formica Corporation.
  • Photo of the Week: Angled Wood Bedroom

    Allie Weiss
    4 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    "Fong Renovation Master Bedroom. Photo by @capturedaesthetic." This week, we were intrigued by this wood-paneled bedroom with an angled ceiling posted by @contentarchitecture. Follow @dwellmagazine on Instagram for more design and architecture inspiration.
  • House of the Week: Modern Cabin in Tennessee

    Allie Weiss
    4 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Rocks that were unearthed while digging the foundation make up the hardscape in the rear, beyond the open porch. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the house,” says resident Laura Sohn. Sanders Pace Architecture finished the exterior in western red cedar treated with Sikkens Cetol. This week, our Pinterest fans were enamored by this clean-lined house in East Tennessee. The 2,500-square-foot house—a modern rendition of a dogtrot, spliced into a Y shape and clad in black metal—was designed by Sanders Pace Architecture for Laura Sohn and Carlos Anderson.
  • How Does a Passive House Work?

    Luke Hopping
    4 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Find out how Passive House standards are being integrated into affordable housing projects in the United States. The basic building block of a certified Passive House is a virtually airtight, superinsulated envelope that prevents the infiltration of outside air and the loss of conditioned air. Because joints and cracks aren’t a sufficient source of fresh air, Passive Houses are equipped with a ventilator that takes heat from the stale exhaust air and transfers it to the air that is being drawn in from the outside. (In summer, the process reverses, with the cool inside air pretreating the…
  • 5 Modern Houses in the Carolinas

    Diana Budds
    4 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Clad in black, white, and gray stucco, with stained cypress sheathing, this 4,200-square-foot home near Raleigh, North Carolina, is heated and cooled by three geothermal wells. All functional lighting is LED, and a combination of spray foam and sustainable insulation forms a tight envelope. Careful with its orientation to the sun, the architects also utilized passive ventilation and overhangs.
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  • Ora Teapot and Tea Cup Set

    4 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    The same guy responsible for the x3 Watering Can, Paul Loebach, designed this double-walled glass teapot. There’s no need for a handle, as the insulating outer glass wall never gets too hot to handle. Hold, carry, and pour your tea with ease. To complete the set, add the Ora Tea Cups to the mix. (Note: the teapot and cup set would make a nice gift for certain upcoming events.) Designer: Paul Loebach Ora Teapot, $45.00 Ora Tea Cup Set, $30.00
  • Shadowplay Galaxy Scarves

    4 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    We’ve featured Slow Factory’s silk/cotton Scarves before, but just in case you’d like a lower price point, the NYC based company Shadowplay has a nice selection of galaxy print scarves as well. However, don’t go thinking it’s an easy Mother’s Day gift option, as some of the designs won’t ship until the beginning of June. Designers/Makers: Shadowplay / Ali Bennaim and Ximena Chouza Dimensions: 56 by 56 inches (142cm by 142cm) 100% Polyester. Hubble Galaxy Scarf (also shown above in main image), $65.00 Thor Galaxy Scarf, $65.00 Hubble Telescope Milky…
  • x3 Watering Can

    4 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Yeah, it’s just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you’ll finally take decent care of your plants; with a watering can like this, who wouldn’t? Just don’t over water your plants accidentally while admiring the water can. Designed by Paul Loebach. Dimensions: 14” x 7” x 6” Blue, Green, Red, White: $67.00 Brass:…
  • Friday Links

    1 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    “A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes and infrastructure. Some 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance…” -UNICEF. I made a donation, will you? (photo via TIME) dezeen: Brick bungalows provide social housing for elderly residents in east London Watch a Japanese Craftsman Lovingly Bring a Tattered Old Book Back to Near Mint Condition Wired’s Absurd Creature of the Week: the Disco Clam Peter Schlesinger Reflects on Some of His…
  • Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch

    1 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Celebrate handcrafted noise with this Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch. No, there’s no fanciness involved, it’s just a box with a voice recorder in it. However, the fun to be had is in the playback button and the control knob where you adjust the speed and pitch. Maybe think about filling up break time with a little bit of silly sound business? Or, better yet, it might be a good Mother’s Day gift if you record a heartfelt-yet-funny message? Available from the MoMA Store or directly from Richard Upchurch’s Etsy site brandnewnoise. See the demo on vimeo. From our…
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  • Mini Size, Max Style: Mid-Century Architecture-Inspired Shelves

    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    There are so many challenges to face when you're trying to keep your home clean, sleek, and free of clutter. Throwing our daily items - wallet, keys, phone, sunglasses - on a table when we get home is a bad habit that just adds to a home's visual clutter. Furniture designer Judson Beaumont (Straight Line Design) has created a cheeky new way to store those little items without sullying your home's interior landscape. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Modular Wall Storage System is Totally Flapping Unique Rotating Wooden Shelf Spins to Make Custom…
  • Entry Reinvented: 7 Fascinating Functional Door Designs

    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The humble door is essential to every home as its only divider from the outside world or the portal between two rooms. But when you think about it, all of them are basically the same. They may come in different sizes, shapes, materials, and colors, but most can hardly be described as fascinating. These seven innovative doors from Japanese designers Nendo bring heaps of personality to the front door. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Space-Saving Double-Swing Doors Pivot on Hidden Hinges See-Through Walls: 4 Clever Modern Sliding Door Designs Private…
  • Black Diamond: Angular Forest Retreat with Minimalist Flair

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The word ‘cabin’ is no longer quite so inextricably tied to visions of rustic discomfort, little more than wooden shacks dotting the woods, haphazardly thrown together with whatever materials were available. Contemporary architects reinterpret the forest retreat with cleaner aesthetics, modern materials and an eye for detail as well as craftsmanship. This geometric black cabin by industrial design student Tomek Michalski provides a haven in a lush wooded setting, with a wood-lined interior that still has a cabin feel without being dark or overly rustic. Read more… Keep Going -…
  • Warehouse to Modern Loft: Cozy Conversion in Brussels

    2 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Converting a warehouse to a residence that actually feel like a home can be a tricky endeavor, requiring just the right balance of warmth and coziness while preserving the character of the space. Sometimes it’s just a matter of renovating a disused industrial or retail space to make it livable, while historic structures need a studied approach to keep from literally whitewashing right over the characteristics that make the space special. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Light Industrial: Bright Modern Home in a Boxy Gray Garage Rural Modern…
  • IKEA Hacka: Modular System for Ultimate Kitchen Hack-ability

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    How much more usable would your kitchen be if you could design it yourself, inserting countertops, appliances and storage space exactly where it’s needed? Not everyone has the budget for a custom renovation, but imaginative homeowners are getting creative with affordable components, especially through the ‘hacking’ of Ikea products. A new DIY kitchen system builds on the idea of Ikea hacks with simple metal connectors and wooden beams that come together into a highly customizable framework. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: FLOAT: Minimalist…
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  • Get That Look: The Laird's Bedchamber

    Linda Merrill
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    I thought it would be fun to put together a "Get That Look" based on the Laird's Bedchamber from the Outlander Series.First, some modern looks that have a similar color palette and feel:design by Hackett Holland. photo by Simon Uptondesign by Alex Papachristidis - his own bedroom from his Instagram account. Love, love, love this. And some ideas on how you too can get the look!If you're looking to create the home of your dreams, contact me to discuss the possibilities!
  • 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…
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  • Creative Cafe // Architecture Photographer Paul Clemence

    Carmen Natschke
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    I’m inspired by light and space, both are intrinsic to the others appreciation. Whether you are capturing a texture, a pattern, an interior or a detail, it’s all about the inter-play of both light and space. Light informs space, space embraces light. Design and Architecture photography attracts me because they offer infinite possibilities of exploration of space. Which is also true of Nature, ... Read MoreThe post Creative Cafe // Architecture Photographer Paul Clemence appeared first on Decorating Diva Interior Inspiration Blog and Style Magazine.
  • 2015 Outdoor Home Fashion Inspired by Runway Style

    Carmen Natschke
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Drew and Jonathan Scott, the designing and real estate selling  twin-brother team known for their hit Home and Garden Television (HGTV) show “Property Brothers,” can now add outdoor furniture and decor designers to their impressive resumes. According to Jonathan Scott, the inspiration for creating the Scott Living collection was “to mirror our personal design philosophies. That style, luxury and function may ... Read MoreThe post 2015 Outdoor Home Fashion Inspired by Runway Style appeared first on Decorating Diva Interior Inspiration Blog and Style Magazine.
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  • Legends Is Coming!

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The annual Legends of La Cienega event is taking place next week and I am looking forward to a few days of parties and events and seeing many friends in town! This year the Legends Abassadors include not only a nation wide team but an international blogger too, my favorite UK friend and blogger, Will of Bright Bazaar!   I am also looking forward to the event at Woven Accents with a panel led by my friends Ginna Christensen and Mat Sanders of MyDomaine and with actress Jessica Alba!   Be sure to follow along @LCDQLA #LCDQLA
  • Madeline Weinrib Sample Sale!

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I’ve long been a fan of Madeline Weinrib area rugs and graphic designs. The collections of pillows and fabrics are fun additions – and now they are all coming to LA for a sample sale! Previous celebrated events took place only in NYC but for the first time a west coast sale will be taking place at HD Buttercup from May 7th-10th. A range of products including: Carpets, Pillows, Furniture, Fashion, Fabric by the Yard and Accessories will be included in the sale from 40%-70% off. Additional items included are: one of a kind samples, inspiration materials, off-dye lots merchandise,…
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    28 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Legends Is Coming!Los Angeles Design Blog | Material Girls | LA Interior Design - Published on April 29, 2015 by Jill-LAPlaying with Art.comLos Angeles Design Blog | Material Girls | LA Interior Design - Published on April 8, 2015 by Jill-LAMadeline Weinrib Sample Sale!Los Angeles Design Blog | Material Girls | LA Interior Design - Published on April 28, 2015 by Jill-LABling, Copper, and Fur...When in Germany!Chicago Design Blog | Material Girls | Chicago Interior Design - Published on April 16, 2015 by Julia-ChicagoMy "Pinch Me" Moment Houston Design Blog | Material Girls | Houston Interior…
  • 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…
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  • Bath Accessories from Magazin in Germany

    Julie Carlson
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bath accessories, German style. Practical, minimalist, no frills, from Magazin in Germany (home shop we'd most like to come to the US). Above: The Toothbrush Holder is €22 ($24.50). Above: The Rollenhalter Toilet Roll Holder is €22 ($24.50). Above: The Porzellanablage Plateau (porcelain soap dish) is €16 ($17.82). Above: The Product Toilet Paper Holder is available in black and white; €70 ($77.94). Above: Toilettenburste Badserie Lunar toilet brush is €32.50 ($36.19). Browse all our favorite bath accessories here.  More Stories from Remodelista…
  • Insider's Guide: 14 Don't-Miss Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and Cocktail Bars in Berlin

    Julie Carlson
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our friends at Freund von Freunden, the Berlin-based online style mag, heard we were coming to town and shared their favorite places to eat, drink, and be merry. Here they are in their words, and in no particular order. Top 5 Coffee Bars Above: Just-opened Ora, in Oranienplatz, is located in a gorgeous former pharmacy with original antique cabinets and wood work. Photograph via Stil in Berlin. Above: Coffee is a big thing in Berlin and choosing one place is hard; Nano is definitely in our top five. Above: The Barn Coffee Roasters is a favorite with local coffee connoisseurs.
  • Berlin's Secret to a Good Night's Sleep: The Horsehair Mattress

    Sarah Lonsdale
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    A few days ago I found myself lying on a horsehair mattress on the floor of an 1840s unfurnished apartment in Berlin deciding whether I preferred horsehair from the mane or the tail. Both were exceedingly comfortable, but being a fan of firm support, I settled on the latter. It was Gallery Weekend in Berlin, a large, annual contemporary art event, and fourth-generation mattress maker Daniel Heer of Manufaktur Heer was using the occasion to announce his new studio, Werkstatt Schoneberg. I had spotted his work a few weeks earlier when I had just arrived in Berlin—I was walking down a street…
  • Steal This Look: Soho House Berlin Bathroom

    Julie Carlson
    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Soho House is situated in a Bauhaus structure that was once a department store. After WWII, it was used for various purposes by the Communist party (Joseph Stalin gave a speech on one of the balconies). Our favorite spaces? The rough-luxe baths, featuring the perfect balance of distress and polish. Get the look with the following elements. Above: Weathered, white-washed brick meets subway tile, towel warmer and corner tub included. Photograph via Soho House Berlin. Above: Full-metal details in a view from the bedroom into the bath. Photograph via Yatzer. Above: For a similar tile,…
  • Trend Alert: Black Flatware, 9 Noirish Styles

    Justine Hand
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recently, while having lunch at a friend's house, I admired her striking flatware in matte black. Now I'm seeing it everywhere along with its summery counterpart: white enamel camp-style cutlery. Above: Made by a third-generation, family-run business in Portugal, Almoco Flatware's Five-Piece Setting in Black is crafted from stainless steel; $53 from DWR.  Above: Another family-run business from Portugal, Cupitol makes a number of black flatware collections that we admire. Sleek and modern, Moon Cutlery in Brushed Black is available at Horne; $89 for a five-piece set. Above: A…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • Savannah's Eclectic Emotional Home — House Tour

    5 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Name: Savannah Farris-Gilbert Location: Los Angeles, CA Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; rent Interior Designer Savannah Farris-Gilbert grew up in Los Angeles, raised by designers and artists. She believes there is an ease about growing up in LA and in the way in which people here interact with space. "Shoes were always kicked off my the door, there were always rugs underfoot, sun streaming through windows, the outside was very much a part of the indoors. It has a manner that doesn't take itself so seriously. There is always a celebration of high/low." Her home is a prime example…
  • Brittany's Breeze to Clean — Small Cool

    5 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Brittany Location: Tustin, CA Square Feet: 470 Division: Tiny What I Love About My Small Home: It's a breeze to clean! READ MORE »
  • What to Do the First 24 Hours in a New Place

    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Alison, Trevor and a Baby in 600 Square Feet The first 24 hours in a new place are vital — they can make a difference on how the first few months go and set the tone for the rest of the time you live there. So how should you spend the first 24 hours in a new place? Consider this list as your guide for those precious first hours. READ MORE »
  • Best Outdoor Hurricanes & Lanterns: Dotted Porcelain, Teak, Glass & Metal — Maxwell's Daily Find 05.05.15

    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tantallon Lantern • From $8 • Anthropologie Post Currently Under Construction! As the warm weather hits the East Coast for the first time since the cold and snow descended last fall, my mind is drifting to lazy late summer night dinners out of doors. For this you need nice candle light that won't BLOW out. There are many different kinds of "hurricane" candle holders and "lanterns" and most of them are lovely, but this list is curated around the hardest working, most useful, most affordable and most beautiful. It's a long one, but I welcome you to add your own in the comments. The one up…
  • Lighting DIYs That Look Like a Million Bucks

    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve all seen DIY projects that go awry and look wonky and unpolished. And then there are those times when the end result turns out so much better than you imagined. Here are some of those times.... READ MORE »
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

  • Brand Spotlight: Nambé
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We have added several new brands to our site that we are very excited to share with you! Today we’re introducing Nambé. Nambé is a company that has been combining art and function since 1951. They design their pieces with timelessness in mind. If you’re ever looking for a housewarming, wedding, holiday or birthday gift for a modernist, you don’t have to look any further than Namba. From sculptural metal-plated frames to flatware, platters to wine chillers, and nativities to menorahs, there’s a beautifully handcrafted gift for every modern fan on your list. Of course,…
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Have you figured out what you’re doing for Mom this year? Here are just a few of our favorites for a wide range of busy modern Moms. Mom deserves  fashionable tote. Whether she’s out running errands or needs a sturdy bag to tote her laptop to work, the Flowie Lily Tote with black pecan trees and a leather bottom will chic up her outfit. Planting with Mom is a fun way to spend some time together, and she’ll love having plants like basil, lavender, rosemary or whatever she chooses at her fingertips, artfully held by this modern…
  • 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…
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    Home Design Find

  • Contemporay Intrigue in Mercer Island Courtyard House

    Susan Kraemer
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    An eerie cool light comes in from the courtyard dug out of the hillside around this house on Mercer Island in Washington. An inverted version features at the center of the house; a ‘courtyard” that contains and conceals the stairs. Within, a beautiful fireplace clad in black contrasts with the warmth of the flame. Black steel, concrete and glass also form the courtyard that is the central concept of this beautiful contemporary holiday home by Hutchison and Maul. Like many holiday houses, the contemporary beauty overlooks a watery view. The Courtyard House is clad in…
  • 50 Years Later – a Home for an Artist

    Susan Kraemer
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Gary Gladwish Architecture designed this sustainable home for an artist in Orcas Island, Washington. 54 years ago she visited the island and decided that one day she would live there. All her life, the artist had been working with rocks, nature and landscape. Populated with madrone trees, firs, beech, thistle, moss and rocks with magnificent views to the west, the site of her future dream home had remained un-built over 40 years. The architects selected a material palette to incorporate some of her favorite materials like rusty steel siding and moss and rocks from the building site. The entry…
  • 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…
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  • Craft Inspiration: Heju

    4 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Every Tuesday on Bloesem kids we share a kids craft contributed by our lovely team of crafters. They have a craft for every occasion, like Mother's Day this Sunday for instance! We think it's a fun way to start off the week. So we thought it would do the same on Bloesem living as well. If you haven't already seen some of Heju's craft projects floating around on the internet, then you need to get on that right now. We know many people who prefer to just buy something rather then make it for fear of making a mess or things going wrong.  Heju crafts are simple enough to…
  • Rush & Crush tent sale at DREAM

    3 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Let's start off the week with something to look forward to this weekend - The Rush & Crush tent sale organised by DREAM interiors at its showroom and the car park space in front of it. Make a day out of it and head down for food, drinks, local designers and also a huge sale on DREAM's designer furniture and accessories. Event details: Date: 9 – 10 May 2015, Sat & SunTime: 11am – 7pmVenue: 456 River Valley Road, Singapore 248342 Admission is free, just click here to RSVP. You may recognise some of the vendors who will be there at the event.. many of our local favourites!
  • Link love + Mother's day sale

    30 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Enjoy everything you see here at a very special rate just because we are celebrating that special someone. Mother's day gifting made yummy with this 20% off Bloesem storewide (online only!) with 'WeLoveOurMom'. Teatowels inspired by the beauty of nature. Pretty packaging changes everything. Unexpected colour blocking in interior spaces.. Mmm.. rose, geranium and chamomile.. 10 things to get rid of now A hair studio like no other.. Spotted in Thailand: An adorable store we visited this week, more pictures to be shared on the blog soon of course! Last week to get a spot in our tapestry weaving…
  • Restored

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Pre-visiting the store, we were the happy recipients of many of Restored's amazingly tempting newsletters and with a web-store full of eyecandy, how can you pass up a chance to see the actual store in person. So while we were in Amsterdam in March, we made our way over to see whether it was everything we imagined. It very much was.. and we hope the following images do it justice though we recommend visiting in person if you are ever in the area. Find in the store a beautifully curated selection from many of  your favourite designers, from clothing to jewelry, ceramics to magazines.. and…
  • Treat your Mom

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    { Daytripper bag in Sienna } It's that time of the year again to shower one of the most important loved ones in our lives with a little something something. We know it's the thought that counts but with a nifty gift guide like this, shopping for mom should be a breeze. Of course top it off with with a heart felt note or card and we're sure mom would be pleased as punch! ..  Bloesem Shop Online { 1. Grey watch ; 2. Leather wallet ; 3. Lotus-pattern ceramic bowl ; 4. Tealight candle holder ; 5. Canvas tote in Honey ; 6. Bloesem Quartz stone necklace ; 7. Checked Pot mat ; 8.
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    2Modern Blog

  • Special Spoons by Ineke Hans (2Modern)
    4 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    From our ‘non-essential, but irresistible’ files come these sturdy plastic Special Spoons, created by Dutch designer Ineke Hans. Designed for the Dutch kitchen brand RoyalVKB, the set of 5 contemporary utensils comes in a flat kit, to be disassembled as needed, having been created specifically with ‘tapas and pickles problems’ in mind. Need a tiny implement for extracting horseradish from a jar? A pointy fork for spearing that bottled pickle? They’re both here, along with two spoons and a scoop—each given a handle designed to balance on jar rims,…
  • Exclusive Sale: Save 25% on Parvez Taj Contemporary Art, April 30 – May 14 (2Modern)
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    All contemporary art pieces by California artist Parvez Taj are now on sale at a substantial 25% off. The prolific Canadian-born painter and printmaker creates multi-media compositions using graphic motifs from his extensive travels, the natural world, and popular culture—and applies them to a variety of surfaces, including stretched canvas, aluminum, and distressed reclaimed wood. This exclusive 2Modern sale begins today, and lasts through May 14. Shop the 2Modern Parvez Taj Exclusive Sale here >
  • Exuberant Studio Job Archives Wallpaper Display in Angola (2Modern)
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Imagine working in this office! For a design project in the southern African nation of Angola, the interior designers smartly merged floor treatment, wall treatment, and ceiling treatment into a seamless interior with a strong Mid Century bent—thanks to Archives, a highly illustrative modern wallpaper pattern by Antwerp’s Studio Job (see our previous editorial on Studio Job’s Archives wallpaper here) By opting to use Archives’ densely packed ornamentation in an all-over application, the designers turned a simple box of an office into an exuberant extravaganza of…
  • Artful Lighting by Arturo Alvarez (2Modern)
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Contemporary lamps by Spanish artist and designer Arturo Alvarez are recognizable for their highly original, playful shapes—just try not to smile upon encountering the flirty Bety Pendant Light (below) and cascading Tina Pendant Light (above)—and sculptural inventiveness. Alvarez founded his modern design company on the principles of hand crafted design, inventive material applications, and eco-friendly practices—and 2Modern is pleased to include a wide selection of Arturo Alvarez pendant lights, floor lamps, and contemporary chandeliers in our modern lighting offerings. View the…
  • 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…
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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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  • Scottish Tales: Part One

    4 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
      If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that I have finally retired my love of the book series/movies “Twilight.”  It’s about time -  I can hear you say!  A six year obsession is never a good thing for anyone – but I will always have great memories of the many online friends I made who shared my interest in all things Twilight.    Highlands of Scotland. When I moved on – I thought I would never go through that adulation again.  No more fandoms, fangirling, or fanfics for me.  No more following movie productions and movie sets and red…
  • 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…
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  • Lake Camp Bunkhouse Shed

    Jane F
    3 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    A 1950s lake house tool shed was converted by the owners into an adorable bunkhouse shed for family and friends. This adorable brown-painted shed is different from the fanciful themed sheds in my Backyard Shed Crazy post primarily because it’s electrified and beds are built in. Strictly speaking this one falls into the category of a guest cabin — as opposed to a folly — at least by my definition. But the fun of having a shed of any kind is fixing it up and finding a way to use it. At our pal Marsha’s Lake Camp in Maine, the bunkhouse was converted for use by her grandsons, family and…
  • Mixed Prints Bedroom

    Jane F
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Fresh and fun, a mixed prints guest bedroom blends reds, pinks and oranges with skillful abandon. In a Michigan family vacation home, designer Elizabeth Schmidt loaded up the color and pattern to please an owner with a passion for vibrant home décor à la Lilly Pulitzer. What interests me here is the way four different mixed prints are used in an analogous color scheme plus white. Analogous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel — as red and orange are. Layering it on, Ms. Scmidt went for a variety of motifs as well. And while this bedroom looks effortless, it takes enormous…
  • 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…
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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

  • How to Decorate a Plain Office Space-Design Dilemma Solved

    Rima Butto
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    This week, I’m answering Mirna’s question who is struggling with creating a unique office space. Mira asks: “I just opened a tax office, but my space is so plain. I need some ideas to make it pop and different but neat. I like to recycle and make good use of things other people wouldn’t think of. Can you help?” Like the perils of trying to decorate a boring cubicle, attempting to design an otherwise ordinary office can be especially difficult. Fortunately, there are a ton of out-of-the-box ways to update a plain space that repurpose other objects…
  • A Vintage Splendor’s “Modage” Space {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    4 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Describe your office space to us: I am one of those people who thrives in the space she works in so creating a space that I love is an important criterion when envisioning my home office. My favorite color is blue and I hoard a lot of vintage items. My office makeover allowed me to have a moody blue backdrop and use all of my vintage finds in a meaningful way. Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from? I love spaces that mix vintage with modern, new with old – I like to call it modage! I’m always inspired by Woodson & Rummerfield; although my…
  • Win a Complete Office Makeover-($600 Value) from Shoplet!

    Rima Butto
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Great news! If your office space is in need of a major facelift, you’re in luck. Our friends at (the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies, who also plant a tree for every order placed on their site) are sponsoring an amazing giveaway where 1lucky winner will receive a complete office makeover valued at $600!  The winner will get to choose from an Executive Chic (perfect for the powerhouse professional), Space Saver (ideal for the put-together apartment dweller), or Pretty in Pink office (great for the style-conscious multi-tasker) set that includes a desk, chair,…
  • 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…
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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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    5 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    The Met Gala – a May New York tradition which started in 1948 as a way to raise money for the Metropolitan museums Costume Institute.  The tickets for last nights Met Gala 2015 ran about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inside a Well Edited Toronto Townhouse

    4 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    Love this 900 squarefoot rowhouse in Toronto.  A small space was transformed to look large by Canadian design firm Mazen Studio. The post Inside a Well Edited Toronto Townhouse appeared first on...<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=""/>

    1 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Happy Friday.  Just a few home decor and fashion finds inspired by this pretty picture of the ocean from photographer Stacey Van Berkel.  Love the shades of blue! Happy shopping too!    ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small Open Kitchen Remodel – Before & After

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Love a good kitchen renovation. This kitchen remodel one comes from the home of Norwegian blogger Nina of Stylizimo. Nina took her traditional medium toned wood kitchen and transformed it into a...<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 Designer Max Azria’s Bel Air Mansion – $85 Million Dollar Listing

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    What costs $85 million in the heart of Los Angeles?  Answer: The BCBG designer Max Azria house.  Located at 10250 W. Sunset Blvd in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, this mansion is on the market...<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=""/>
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    Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business

  • DE | CIDE

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    By Gail Doby, ASID Decide = Choose Sides. A common challenge that designers face is rethinking decisions. On the surface, that might not sound like much of a problem, but what if your “re-decisions” or lack of decisions costs you a lot of money and creates stress? Every time you make a decision and then go back and second guess yourself, you’re probably [...] The post DE | CIDE appeared first on 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.
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    Simplified Bee

  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Powder Room

    4 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Sometimes it’s the smallest spaces that have such a big impact. That was the case with the Powder Room by Julie Rootes Interiors located just off the foyer in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Julie lined the walls in Jim Thompson’s “Tibetan Sun” silk fabric – rich in earthy color and chic honeycomb pattern (personal fave). The warm gold and chocolate brown wallcovering is paired with luxe 24-karat gold and onyx mosaic glass tile and a fabulous hexagon niche in gilded metal. The raw edged calacatta marble…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen & Family Room

    1 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    The first thing to catch my eye in the kitchen of this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase by Navarra Design was the traditional La Cornue range and hood in glossy chocolate with brass detailing. (swoon) It was coupled with a contemporary verre églomisé backsplash (gilded glass) featuring dandelions. It’s a magical combo. Navarra keeps the inset cabinetry clean in a crisp white, yet adds a contrasting cerused oak island. The kitchen space is unified with striking calacatta marble countertops. The metal and wood bar counter is an unexpected element placed perpendicular to…
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. 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.
  • 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…
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    lookslikewhite Blog

  • Colour Meets Rustic...and a Disco Ball!

    Trudy Crane
    4 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    This month Vogue Living features this amazing Manhattan apartment. I am not always a fan of lots of bright colours but the way this apartment comes together is so well done. A great mix of modern, classic and rustic that makes this feel new and approachable....and really. How can you not love a place that has a vintage disco ball in the bathroom! There are many mores pictures here on Vogue Living....Photos: Ngoc Ninh Ngo Enjoy!Trudyxx
  • Friday Inspiration

    Trudy Crane
    1 May 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Such cute tents in all of these kids rooms from bright white to a pop of colour! What a great addition to any kids room....a secret spot to play and hide. I wish I had one!Happy weekend all! xx Domaine Home Found on Found on Found on The Style Files Found on vanmariel.nlEnjoy!Trudyxx
  • Neutral Territory

    Trudy Crane
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    This is such a great little apartment in black and white and grey. Small and simple it proves you do not need to spend a ton of money or a big space to have super style. The wonderful wallpaper in the bedroom is the perfect backdrop to the neutral bed and accessories. Can you spot all of the Ikea pieces in the room?  Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Daily Dream Decor by Stadshem
  • 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 .Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life 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
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    Franki Durbin

  • Personal Style: Shifting into Pre-Summer Style...

    franki durbin
    5 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    You'll either kiss me or want to kill me for the fashion secret I'm about to share. I love (L-O-V-E) the Nordstrom juniors section for finding fab summer dresses for next to nothing. Let's face it: spring & summer dressing is all about easy "toss 'em on and go" frocks. May weather means those questionably cool days are a thing of the past and it's time to take summer style seriously. Meaning shop now or see your sizes go buh-bye before you've nailed down your essentials. So... why the juniors section love, you ask? Aside from the lighthearted nature of the looks I also love the…
  • Feeling Bookish: Following Charlotte Moss into the Garden...

    franki durbin
    4 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Charlotte Moss is an uncommon talent. Successful in a variety of professional arenas, she commands a rich design portfolio, successful retail stores, several best-selling books, fabric and trim lines, upholstery collections and a host of other accolades and accomplishments in her wake. Known for her ability to embrace natural beauty in her spaces, it is only fitting that her newest book Garden Inspirations takes us on a very personal tour of her own gardens, her journeys around the world taking in both public and private gardens and offering us many lessons from the legend…
  • Buon Weekend: Take it Outside...

    franki durbin
    1 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    This week marked a small but subtle change in my life. I moved my yoga practice outside. The first evening I was serenaded by the moon up high in blue cloudy sky while it was still daylight. As I moved through my poses I'd see it and smile. The next morning it was quite possibly the most perfect outdoor morning ever. Picture perfect blue skies, puffy white clouds and perfect temps: Not too coo, not too sunny. Although I find yoga to be excellent for clearing my head, I realized I need more greenery outside. Let's just say I'm all about improving my "yoga studio" this year…
  • For Mom: Garden-Inspired Gifts Blooming with Love...

    franki durbin
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    If I didn't "get it" before, now I am officially in the club. Believe me when I tell you that your mom deserves the sun, moon and stars this Mother's Day. Truly, she does. Giving your all to your children everyday is a selfless act that requires considerable personal compromise, patience and effort. My children are the two small humans I love more than anything else on Earth. But they also require the most from me. It's a lesson in giving and growing. It's the growth aspect of motherhood that makes those pretty gardening gifts such a natural fit for gift giving. Like a garden, your…
  • Wanderlusting: Why the Best Time to Go is Now...

    franki durbin
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Let's face it: you're not getting any younger and they still haven't invented a way to stop time. Both are disappointing to say the least. What isn't a let down, however, is this amazing spinning ball we live on. It. Is. Amazing. There are islands to be visited, galleries to be discovered, infinity pools to be enjoyed and culinary-meets-cultural experiences to be had all over it's watery surface. Your job - scratch that - our job is to go exploring and enjoy every bit of this incredible planet while we're here. Yes, I actually believe it's something we should all feel compelled to…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • How To Decorate Around The Bed In A Small Apartment

    Simona Ganea
    5 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    This is an article regarding those kinds of homes that have open floor plans which also include the bedroom or sleeping area. So whether you have a studio, an efficiency apartment or a tiny home in general, this will show you how to decorate around the bed and to make this zone inviting.Use sheer curtains to divide spaces in a studio apartment. Although this won’t offer much privacy, it’s a chic way of separating the spaces and offering them individuality.{found on lamaisondannag}.Separating the bedroom from the living space is easy when the bed is placed in the corner. A single…
  • Top 12 Table Settings for Your Mother’s Day Table

    Casey Watkins
    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I will admit, Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Our mothers do so much for us from the time we are born to the time we are separated by death. They raise us, teach us, nurture us as children and when we become adults, they continue to be a constant source of advice and comfort. They’re pretty much the best. Which is why going all out for Mother’s Day seems more than appropriate. For those who are hosting your own Mother’s Day meal, take a look at these 12 gorgeous tablescapes that will inspire you to pull all the stops on your celebration.There’s…
  • Blue Lit Residence With Black And White Flair

    Simona Ganea
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Villa Peppinella is a modern, private residence perfect for entertaining guests. It’s the type of home that can change its appearance drastically without requiring any effort from the owner. Located in Puglia, Italy, the house was designed by Domenico De Palo and was completed in 2011.A short description for this structure would a white box with a black interior. But the dramatic contrasts of light and dark shades is not the defining characteristic of the villa. The most interesting aspect is the fact that the interior is illuminated with blue light and, at night, the ambiance changes…
  • Industrial And Rustic Designs Resurfaced By The New LOFT Kitchen

    Simona Ganea
    4 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    The new LOFT kitchen by Snadeiro proposes an interesting concept. Inspired by an old look, the kitchen is nevertheless contemporary. The furniture was designed with raw, natural materials and worn finishes and, as such, has a strong industrial personality.Elements such as metal accents oxidized by time, big shelves and rustic wood features are resurfaced here in a design with urban appeal and with an overall look that’s rough but elegant. The LOFT kitchen only includes the essentials and this makes it really practical and space-efficient.The industrial-contemporary kitchen is also…
  • Minimalist DIY Projects Packed With Beauty

    4 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    All the latest trends point towards simplicity and minimalism and things are not any different in the field of interior design where designers try to simplify everything as much as possible in order to only include the essentials but without sacrificing function or comfort. You can take on the role of a designer and come up with your own beautiful creations. These minimalist DIY projects will offer you a few really great ideas.We’ll start with a lovely bud vase. Easy to make and really chic, this is the type of accent decoration you can display anywhere in the house. To make it you need…
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    Design blog from APD Interiors

  • 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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  • Pheromone x Christopher Marley

    Jon Peters
    4 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M While exploring High Point Market earlier last month, Pheromone really captured my attention with its bright colors and geometric patterns. Once I realized that the artwork’s colorful symmetry was accomplished by incorporating actual specimens I was kind of grossed out, but I’m really impressed by the beauty of the world’s most unique and colorful beetles, butterflies and insects. Christopher Marley brings together these amazing creatures and preserves their beauty for both art and nature lovers, alike. The result is something that’s so captivating, it almost feels like being…
  • Contemporary Architecture

    Richard Torres
    3 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Studio M Some of this year’s best designs in architecture have some similarities. They show the modern lines, curves, and blend into the environment they encompass. Architizer’s annual A+ Awards is an event that allows the internet to chime in on their favorite building designs. These three buildings are just some of the ones that won awards for their architecture. Unlike most other award ceremonies, these buildings were favorited by everyday people as opposed to specialized critics of the field and trade. The first three pictures are of an apartment. The cutout curves within the walls…
  • Spring Market Trends

    Jon Peters
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M There are many parallels between fashion and home furnishings, and just like the fashion industry, various home furnishing manufacturers will debut lines with similar motifs at around the same time and causing a trend. Also similar to the fashion industry, new collections typically debut either in the spring or fall and our team got to get a first-hand glimpse of what’s to come. Trends that you can expect to see in the fall and even through to next year are what I’d call  Luxe Neutrals, Moody Blues, and More Metallics. Luxe Neutrals Thanks to clean and modern Scandinavian…
  • Stanley’s Villa Couture

    Studio M
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M As a design firm that makes it a mission to visit High Point Market each spring and fall to spot new trends and view the latest furniture introductions, it’s always great to have a core group of must-see favorite showrooms throughout the week. One such favorite is Stanley Furniture, who not only has one of the most hospitable showrooms in High Point but they also consistently unveil some of the most stylish home furnishings that our team will continue to talk about even after market is over. Stanley’s latest collection called Villa Couture is another instant classic that everyone…
  • Classic Sputnik Style

    Chelsea Lyle
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M Nothing ruins an atmosphere for me more than horrendous overhead lighting. It has the power to wash you out, create awkward shadows, and downplay the rest of the room’s aesthetics. That being said, bad lighting makes me appreciate spaces so much more when I finally do get to see successful light fixtures nestled by the ceiling. I’m a huge fan of the Mid Century style, and one of my favorite fixtures that I’ve come across is the Sputnik Chandelier, or at least tweaked and modified versions of it… This classic design was created by an engineer, Gino Sarfatti, during the…
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  • Top 5 OTT interiors

    Interior Design Style
    5 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    It is hard to believe that you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to interior design, but if you’ve ever taken a trip to Aunty Edith’s house of replica plates, you’ll know that it does in fact exist. It can be difficult, walking that fine line between bold and garish and often we see things that have gone a little too far in interior design. However sometimes it can really work in your favour, but it can be difficult to get the right balance. We’ll have a look at five of our favourite design styles that have either managed to really nail it, or may have fallen a…
  • Ways to lighten up a bathroom without windows

    Interior Design Style
    5 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    It can be difficult to light a bathroom space when you have limited light to begin with, however all is not lost as intelligent and innovative design techniques can be used to maximise the light levels you already have. A lot of interior design is about working with the existing space, so it might be hard to imagine lighting up a room with no exterior source of light. It is not impossible! Using a combination of space saving techniques and design ideas, we have a look at some simple ways you can alter your bathroom design to give it a more open and light feel, without having to flood the…
  • What to Consider When Cleaning Up Industrial Buildings

    Interior Design Style
    5 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Whether you are operating as a business or an individual, the correct methods and techniques must always be utilised when undertaking industrial building and facility cleaning jobs. Businesses will require their industrial cleaning skills to improve the cleanliness of any industrial or commercial building so as to improve a company’s ability to attract clients, thus enhancing their own reputation. First impressions are fundamental as far as attracting new clients or customers is concerned. It’s also important to manage the industrial cleaning job properly and effectively…
  • Features of a custom work top design

    Interior Design Style
    5 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Louise Burton works closely with stone worktop specialist to share their news and tricks of the trade online. In this article, the topic of a custom worktop design is explained by one of the fitters themselves – covering the worktop itself and also the surrounding features. When choosing your new kitchen design, an important part of the design process is to make sure that your kitchen worktops provide you with everything you need. Workshops are used so frequently in the kitchen and often we don’t even realise how much we rely on a good, high…
  • The 7 Safety Signs You’re Likely to Come Across in the Workplace

    Interior Design Style
    5 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Safety Legislation is what governs all commercial properties throughout the UK and for this reason you will likely see a vast array of safety signs throughout the workplace, depending on the working environment. Safety signs are cost effective and efficient so as to inform, warn and educate employees and workers about the potential hazards and risk associated with their workplace. There are some safety signs you will likely see in many places other than a non-domestic premises, while there are also many others that are specific to certain situations. A full risk assessment is required to…
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  • TheRedPin Round Up: April’s top 5 posts!

    1 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    TheRedPin is here to bring you the inside scoop and latest happenings in the Toronto housing market. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 blog posts for the month of April, just in case you missed it! 1.) [Infographic] When is the best time to sell a house in Toronto? With the peak real estate season of spring now officially underway, we decided to take a deeper look into the Toronto housing market to identify the single best month to sell a home. Our infographic created quite the buzz, making headlines on The Huffington Post, CBC and garnering a mention on The Globe and Mail.
  • Making an offer on a house? Avoid these 4 real estate mistakes

    1 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    After searching through countless listings online and attending numerous open houses and private showings, you’ve finally found it – a new place you can truly call home. The hardest part is over, right? Not exactly. Many home buyers face unexpected hiccups when nearing the finish line and either have their dream home slip through their fingers or end up with buyer’s remorse because they made a mistake back when making an offer on a house. What are the biggest mistakes from buyers when making an offer on a house? 1.) Not doing their due diligence Home buying is as exciting as…
  • Featured Home: $1.68 million townhouse in Bayview Village, Toronto

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Address: 399 Hillcrest Avenue Neighbourhood: Bayview Village, Toronto Price: $1,688,000 | TheRedPin Rebate: $6,330 Bedrooms: 4| Baths: 4 Square Feet: 3,300 Parking Spots: 2 With its sleek, ultra-modern design, custom interior finishes and ideal location in the heart of Bayview Village, this freehold townhouse has all the makings of a dream home. Winner of the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Merit Award, the house is nestled along a residential tree-lined street that’s just a ten minute walk from the upscale Bayview Village shopping centre and Bayview Station (a 30 minute subway ride…
  • 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…
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  • The Sunrise, Finest Oak Wine Barrel Stave Candle Holder 5 or 7 candles, elegantly recycled wood, choose your color by StilNovoDesign

    1 May 2015 | 4:40 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.The Sunrise design reminds us of the sun making its appearance over the hills of Tuscany.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,…
  • Red Armadillo recycled oak wine barrel sauce or appetizers serving tray, Seder plate. Wrought iron legs by StilNovoDesign

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    179.99 USDRed Armadillo is made with a recycled oak wine barrel head, reinvented into this unique sauce and/or appetizers serving tray, perfect to be used as Seder plate. The tray accommodates six small white ceramic bowls, each placed in its own groove; the wine barrel board sits on two wrought iron legs, hand-forged by a local californian artist.Red Armadillo can make a great serving presentation and will look exquisite when placed as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Red Armadillo is a very unique and elegant housewarming gift, holiday or birthday present.Red Armadillo’s underside is…
  • Armadillo recycled oak wine barrel sauce, appetizers serving tray, Seder plate. Wrought iron legs by StilNovoDesign

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    179.99 USDArmadillo is made with a recycled oak wine barrel head, reinvented into this unique sauce and/or appetizers serving tray, perfect to be used as Seder plate. The tray accommodates six small white ceramic bowls, each placed in its own groove; the wine barrel board sits on two wrought iron legs, hand-forged by a local californian artist.Armadillo can make a great serving presentation and will look exquisite when placed as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Armadillo is a very unique and elegant housewarming gift, holiday or birthday present.Armadillo’s top is finished in a warm…
  • Sancho Mini wine barrel Chandelier recycled oak staves and hoop pendant light, ceiling lamp, 3 lights by StilNovoDesign

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    799.00 USDThe lovely Sancho mini chandelier is made with reclaimed oak wine barrel staves and metal hoop recycled from discarded French barrels, reinvented into this elegant and unique pendant ceiling light.Sancho is a smaller version of our Cervantes Chandelier ; the smaller size allows it to be used in smaller spaces or to accent cornersSancho's oak staves are stained with a rich golden color on the inside, while the outside shows the rich reddish color left by the wine previously held in the barrel, creating a striking two tones effect. The staves’ ends are smoothened to add softness…
  • 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…
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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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  • The Pop Pavilion by Robert Passal at Design on a Dime 2015

    Mikala Ewald
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Robert Passal, one of 60 designers asked to participate in Design on a Dime, was intrigued with a recent trip he took to MoMA, and more specifically, the “Interior Series” by Roy Lichtenstein. Robert took those visual inspirations and created a pop up shop for Arteriors called The Pop Pavilion. He even designed a Lichtenstein-like poster specifically for […] The post The Pop Pavilion by Robert Passal at Design on a Dime 2015 appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • 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.
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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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  • 10 favorites on a Monday

    Nina Holst
    4 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    1  I  2  I  3  I  4  I  5  I  6  I  7  I  8  I  9  I  10   Sharing 10 favorites from all the lovely news you´ll find in Stylizimo Shop these days…. I hope you will find something you like!   Collage: Nina Holst  
  • Curtains or roller blinds?

    Nina Holst
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Because of all the sun that is shining through our windows, I decided to hang some white curtains in front of the sliding doors that leads out to our terrace, so we can protect the furniture inside. But as you can see, I still haven´t ironed the curtains or cut them in the right length, as I´m not sure if this is the right solution for these windows… At first I liked the “hotel-feeling look” they gave to the living room, but I don´t like shutting the view out, so I´m thinking maybe transparent roller blinds ( like this ) would be a better idea? That way I can take them…
  • 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  
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  • Two Homes for Stylish Young Families Who Love the Industrial Look

    HD Staff
    5 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Bringing a child into your life is probably the biggest decision anyone could make. But that doesn’t mean that it has to dictate where you live and how you decorate. These two urban chic homes are set up to accommodate the tastes of the parents as well as the needs of a new child. With industrial elements such as concrete walls and reclaimed wood coffee tables, these homes are definitely trendy. But nestled inside their hip walls are also colorful, whimsical rooms perfectly suited – and perfectly safe – for a child. Have a look. The first home comes from the team at Zooi…
  • Classy Studios with Subtle, Stylish Accents

    HD Staff
    4 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Creating a stylish studio is never a simple task. When nearly everything is out in the open, the challenge is to find comfort and privacy without the traditional options of walls and doors. The studios featured here have managed to do just that. Each is sophisticated and certainly stylish but in a subtle way that should be much appreciated by the design-minded with an eye towards small spaces. The first studio comes from visualizer Maxim Lipovtsev and makes no apologies for its minimalism. The visualizer here focused on the linear form and all the myriad ways that could apply to the design of…
  • Luxury Home Design: 3 Inspirational Projects

    HD Staff
    1 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Many of us will never have the chance to truly live in the lap of luxury. Indeed, even the services of the architects and designers featured on this blog are out of reach for the majority of people. But that is the beauty of being able to share such images. We can all see what luxury means to different people and get inspired to create our own luxurious – albeit more budget-friendly – spaces. The luxury homes featured in this post each have a unique take on luxury, but overall are charming and stylish spaces that are sure to ignite a design spark inside of you. The first home…
  • Converted Industrial Space Becomes a Pretty, Sunny Apartment

    HD Staff
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    If you enjoyed the our feature on industrial spaces converted to modern apartments yesterday, here is more of the same but with a different vibe. The industrial space featured here, converted with the help of UK interior design firm Cloud, is anything but dark and dreary. Instead, light colors, clean lines, and plenty of sunlight have created an enviable and welcoming space that has left only a few hints of the apartment’s past. The large space was converted into two private bedrooms and wide open living space that encompasses the living room, kitchen, and dining area. White walls allow…
  • Converted Industrial Spaces Becomes Gorgeous and Spacious Apartments

    HD Staff
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    It is one thing to create a home from scratch, placing every wall and window exactly where you want it to be. But when a designer is tasked with creating a beautiful home from what was once a desolate industrial warehouse it is quite another thing. More and more as we realize that the space on our earth is finite and that it does not always make sense to tear down a perfectly good building, we are seeing these types of warm industrial conversions or at least imaginings of them. In this post, we are features four industrial-inspired apartments that take some harsh elements like exposed brick…
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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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  • Mothers Day Gifts: 5 Last-Minute Super Easy Gift Ideas

    Rehana Akter
    4 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Perhaps, most of us have already planned about how to give mom a surprise in the upcoming Mother’s Day. Nonetheless, some of us may have still been planning or feeling confused over what could be the best gift. Don’t worry! We have rounded up some easiest and no-skill-needed Mothers Day gifts for you. Mothers Day Gifts: 5 Last-Minute Super Easy Gift Ideas A cute ‘love’ mason jar. Image via: Pinterest A ‘Love’ Jar Have you watched the rom-com ’10 Things I Hate about You’? Well, do a spinoff of the movie but in a reversed way. Write 10 things you love about your mom in…
  • Wellness: Therapeutic Colors For Your Home’s Interiors

    Simran Chhibber
    4 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Colors are an intrinsic part of our life. If everything were to be colorless and dull imagine how boring and uninteresting our lives would be. But it is wrong to think that colors are limited to adding a factor of fun and dynamism in our lives. Colors have a therapeutic role too. When used correctly, each color in coherence with its innate nature, will result is a home full of positivity. Therapeutic colors alone cannot achieve results though! The kind of lighting that goes with them plays an important role. Hence, it is the color and lighting together that generate a mood or an ambience in a…
  • Spring Dessert: Apricot and Pear Cake Recipe

    Anchal Bhatia
    3 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    If you are looking for some interesting yet easy spring dessert idea, try this Apricot and Pear cake recipe. Made with in-season pears, this moist cake will make any occasion or everyday meal shine. Serve with caramel or dollop of Greek yogurt and be sure to please everyone around. Spring Dessert: Apricot and Pear Cake Apricot and Pear Cake Recipe Image via: Prima Total time: 30 minutes preparation +1 hour cooking Yields: 10 servings Ingredients 2 juiced oranges 1 cup whole dried apricots, roughly chopped 1 cup caster sugar 1 cup olive oil 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla…
  • Spring Weddings: Table Layout Ideas

    Simran Chhibber
    2 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Is your spring wedding just around the corner? I am sure you must be winding up on the big things by now. However a few details keep changing to the last minute, table layouts  surely being one of them. There are ideas pouring in from everywhere, be it family, friends, media or your hired help. The thing to remember is that it is you, who is going to make the final choice. What you should be open to are inspirations that can ignite refreshing new table layout ideas. Here are a few table layout inspirations that are especially apt for spring weddings. I am sure these would spark some bright…
  • Spring Home: Window Treatments For Spring

    Simran Chhibber
    1 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    Every season resonates to a particular style of home decor. There is variation in terms of colors used, patterns incorporated, fabrics used etc. The idea is to bring forth the best home decor in coherence with the season and nature. You will find that if your decor is harmonious with what is going on outside, it brings a degree of comfort and harmony to the insides of your home. Today we shall throw light upon window treatments suitable for your spring home. Spring Home: Window Treatments For Spring Image Via: Katie Emmons Designs Floral Fabrics Spring ushers in a whole new variety of…
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  • Contemporary Embroidery Exhibit

    4 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I often find artistic vision in everyday life close to home. Even so, I believe it’s essential to hit the road, dive into the culture of cities near and far, and soak in inspiration . Plus it helps to get away from your own work, and gain a fresh perspective. Museum exhibits enthrall me, especially those related to art, design and, of course, textiles. So a couple years back, I was thrilled to discover a little gem of a place just down the road in the heart of Sharks country (oops I mean San Jose—my passionate hockey fan persona sometimes can’t help itself). (Click on images…
  • 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).
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  • That ‘70s style

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    The Flora Play Tent by Layla Grayce Farrah Fawcett’s hair, disco fever, and leather everything. Our wistfulness for ‘70s style has us rallying for the revival of the grooviest of vibes. This far-out trend was recently featured in Elle Decor, showcasing one of our favorite spring items: the Flora Play Tent. With a hippie floral print and room for fun, this space effortlessly delivers playful panache! Photo Credits: Better Homes and Garden, Aimee Wilder The ‘60s and ‘70s are back! We’re totally nostalgic for this endlessly cool era and the return of hip colors and bold…
  • Host the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering, Plus a Giveaway!

    5 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Brenna N.! Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes…
  • Custom Deliveries! Shop, Win & Save On Personalized Gifts

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    These giveaways have now ended. Congratulations to Lindsay E., Susannah A., Robbie T., and Darcie S. This year, it’s all about making it personal! The gift-giving season has officially arrived, and if you ask us, the most thoughtful gifts are always those that represent a personalized touch. To get your holiday shopping up and running (they’ll be here before you know it!), we curated our favorite custom keepsakes, featuring everything from monogram mugs to initial necklaces. Reminder: put a bustle in your holiday hustle by checking product pages for estimated ship dates. It takes Layla…
  • Naturally Elegant Holiday Table Inspiration

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Carolyn C. Photography and styling by Kate Landers Pom Pom at Home Olivier Napkin Set, Pom Pom at Home Lily Table Cloth, Pom Pom at Home Crown White Plate Set, Stemless Basic Glass Set of 4, Personalized Eclectic Place Setting Set of 5 Kate Landers here again, excited to share with you a lovely rustic and elegant holiday tablescape. As so many of us are planning gatherings with family and friends this time of year, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to provide you with inspiration for your holiday entertaining! Styling this table…
  • Fiona Walker England Collection + Giveaway

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Alicia B. and Penny B. Photography by Paige French Playful and unique, the Fiona Walker England collection of animal-themed wall designs transforms kids rooms into a stylish safari. To share the glee of these furry friends, we’re giving away Zebra and Tiger head wall décor to two lucky winners! Each winner will receive either the Tiger or the Zebra wall head, which make delightful holiday gifts or lively additions to spruce up the playroom or nursery of your home. Follow the instructions below to enter our giveaway! Then, scroll down to…
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    Gates Interior Design

  • 4 paint colors every home needs but often get overlooked

    Amanda Gates
    4 May 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Paint is an elusive thing. Everyone who is not a professional fears it but color heals and can change your life. Unfortunately the fear may hold you back from reaping the full benefits. As my client Debra say: “What if I choose the wrong colors? What if they don’t work together? How on earth do you… Read more The post 4 paint colors every home needs but often get overlooked appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • How to boost your creativity with Feng Shui

    Amanda Gates
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    In the traditional practice of feng shui, Creativity is located in the right middle of your home. See the diagram below for better clarity on what I am talking about. This is based from the tool better known as the Bagua Map. It is a tool that practitioners use to help you get clear on your intentions,… Read more The post How to boost your creativity with Feng Shui appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • 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.
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    The Decorologist

  • The Right Pillows for a Leather Sofa

    Kristie Barnett
    4 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Leather sofas are low maintenance and a favorite of those with young children, pets, and singles who enjoy eating pizza and whatnot in front of the television every night. Many of my clients have dark leather sofas in their homes but express frustration at the boring and bachelor-pad look of such a sofa.   The […]
  • The 2015 Floral Trend and What’s Blooming at My House

    Kristie Barnett
    1 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    It has been raining like CRAZY in the south this spring, and the results include some gorgeous lawns and blooming flowers here in Nashville! I realize that may not be the case where you are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of one of the big design trends of 2015 – floral is […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Fab Events: Building Your Brand with ASID

    4 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    As the President-Elect of the ASID NY Metro Chapter, I know just how important it is to make sure you’re getting the most out of your membership. That’s why I’m so enthused about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fab Events: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Gratitude

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Fabulistas, not only have I been nose-to-the-grindstone busy with my third-year participation in Housing Works’ Design on the Dime, but I’ve also had the honor of designing a FABULOUS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bravo Family Love!

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    Fabulistas, this year, Design on Dime was filled with BRAVO Family love! Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis were there and took selfies with everyone who stopped by (how generous and cool of them!)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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  • Tesla Motors Announces Home Battery Energy Storage

    Ann Porter, CKD
    3 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Tesla Motors is moving into the home energy battery market officially unveiling a strategy that would enable it to sell batteries for home and grid storage applications. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the system could be a boon to those living off the electric grid. But what does it mean for the average household? Last March investment bank Morgan Stanley reported it had been overwhelmed by the response to its recent analysis which suggested that the falling costs of both solar modules and battery storage presented a potential tipping point that would encourage huge numbers of homeowners and…
  • 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…
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  • Food Inspired Rooms

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    I am a self proclaimed foodie. One wouldn’t think so as I really do not eat that much, but when I eat, I EAT. When I’m at work, I’m thinking about dinner. When I’m having dinner, I’m thinking about breakfast. Sometimes I’m coming up with new recipes, other times I’m mimicking chain restaurant’s secret recipes (I have a guilty pleasure for cheddar bay biscuits).  I have been like this for as long as I could remember. When I was younger, it was tipped more to the chocolate/candy/dessert/sweet end of the see-saw that is my diet, now it’s…
  • April Showers bring May Flowers!

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    If you’re a spring bride who had a shower in April – you’re probably anticipating the big day within the next couple of weeks during the beautiful month of May! Flowers are an essential part of the big event – and you more than likely have your floral arrangements picked, and ready to go for the big day. While I know that tons of preparation goes into wedding planning, I wanted to offer a few last minute ideas to help spruce up your spring bouquet! These ideas will really add something special to your already special day. Check out six different ways to put a twist on…
  • Put Up The Partition Please!

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Catchy huh? Well I have always loved Partitions, even before the song became a hit! Partitions, or folding screens have been used for centuries believe it or not. Originating in China, these were decorated with all different types of art and utilized as a way to prevent one from getting ill from the cool drafts that came through the home. Over the years, the popular folding screens made their way around the world, are used for multiple purposes including serving as dressing screens, room dividers and interior decor in all rooms of the home. Nowadays, they have several names – but have…
  • 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…
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  • What puts the ‘Chesterfield’ in a Chesterfield Sofa?

    4 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Those who know them, love them. Those who try them, love them! If you have done neither, you’re missing out. Still, as a skeptic, you may ask just what puts the ‘Chesterfield’ in Chesterfield sofa? Well that’s a great question and the answer, though simple, is actually so much more. What puts the ‘Chesterfield’ in Chesterfield sofa? As a matter of fact, the definition of just what makes a Chesterfield sofa that way is rather simple. The Chesterfield sofa has got two characteristics which set it apart: a tufted back and rolled arms. That’s it really. You will know what the…
  • Bare Naked: Tile Removal in Perth

    4 May 2015 | 2:26 am
    Many would enjoy beautiful wood flooring if it weren’t for the time and effort it takes to remove tile. Start and it may be the last straw for do-it-yourself home renovations. Besides being loud and messy business, tile removal is extremely labor intensive without the right tools. Fortunately, Perth’s own tile removal companies are equipped to quickly dispose of every type of tile. The following article outlines the work and preparation involved in tile removal. The Works Because tile removal seems uncomplicated, many attempt to strip a room themselves. However, when they lack the…
  • An Inspirational Touch – Your Favorite Quotes and Sayings on Contemporary Decorative Pillows

    4 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    People express themselves in a variety of ways. Authors and singers, in particular, do it through their writing styles and song lyrics, and people in general, use their dressing style and way of living to convey who they are. If you’re out of options and require a distinguished manner of doing so, here’s an idea – use your home decor as a form of expression by adding contemporary decorative pillows with sayings and quotations in your homes. Brighten your mood, get motivated, and stay happy with a few ideas mentioned below: Sayings for All Ages No matter what gender or age group you…
  • Professional Floor Sanding done Right

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    Not everybody appreciates a beautiful wood floor, but for those who do, covering it up with carpeting is not a viable option when a floor needs some tender loving care. There is something very intriguing about the variations in colour, the unique patterns of the grain, and the shape, length, and placement of each board of any wood floor. Pulling the carpet back in an older home will often reveal a long forgotten treasure that will shine again when restored. Restoring Old Floors Buying an older home can be a bit of an adventure; there will be a fair share of good and bad discoveries.
  • Meet Leano A simple, small and easy-to-use chair

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Leano – Highlights: Simple and easy to use Light, small and portable Strong frame made from wood Durable and water-repellent fabrics Parks, travel, festivals, camping, beach Be spontaneous Take time and relax Important information Launch is on 5th of May Goal is 5000$ Campaign duration is 31 days Leano – the story behind the story: It all began when Nik was chilling in the park one Saturday afternoon. He was trying to read a book, so he started looking for something he could lean on. He found a perfect root from an old tree and while he was reading his book, he suddenly had a thought…
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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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  • Get This Eclectic Look

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  • Flashback Friday: The 1900’s

    1 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The 1900’s were significant for many reasons – one of the main reasons was the building of industries. This was a period of dreamers, thinkers and doers. These development of auto-mobiles, planes, and other types of machinery created a demand for manufacturing plants and factories. Large buildings rose up in cities across the country, demanding for expansion for mass production. This was a booming time for the United States, and the first decade saw through a lot of successful communication inventions – the radio, the telephone the typewriter, which made it easier for people…

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  • Dining Like a Deity

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Although the twelve god of Mt. Olympus were said to have very different personalities and duties, they all sat down to eat together for a meeting of the minds. Kind of sounds like one big happy family right? Well, they were on to something there. Gather around the Olympus Table and have a family feast! For this style, I chose rustic, antique looking items, also golden tones and silver hues to represent regality, and shades of white to represent divinity. On Olympus – Hephaestus was in charge of building, welding, and creating material things. We might not have him, but we do have the…
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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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  • Sneak Peek of Project Laundry Room

    28 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
      I sat down to write a post for this week and realized I never updated you on Project Laundry Room! Because I post snapshots of the house on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) I sometimes think I blogged them when I haven’t. #scatterbrained While I still can’t fully reveal all the house projects, I can give you a few peeks so let’s go….. To recap, the Brazilliance wallpaper was ordered and delivered. But before it could get installed, I had to take care of the other thing I wanted in the room: a striped ceiling. If I had planned better, I could have had my…
  • 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,…
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    Interior Design Tips for the Busy Professional

  • Creating a Television-Less Living Room

    Linnore Gonzales
    5 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Multipurpose spaces are the norm in today’s modern homes, especially in regards to living rooms. Decorators strategically find ways to hide televisions to accommodate more than just TV-related activities. But a new trend is surfacing as households are deciding to ditch the television altogether creating a space with a traditional living room concept that embraces conversation over entertainment. There are several reasons why people are tuning out televisions: When a TV is present it is nearly impossible not to focus on it. Even when it is off, it calls out for attention. Households want to…
  • 5 Interior Design Rules Worth Breaking

    Linnore Gonzales
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s admirable to be concerned about getting things “right” with your interior design. There are certainly rules of design that can enhance and make a space look complete. But, as we all know, rules are made to be broken. And you don’t have to have an eclectic aesthetic to appreciate the results of ignoring a few tried-and-true interior design laws. 1. Symmetry Symmetry has long been touted as the element that makes a room truly appealing. Most people hear “symmetry” and envision, say, a matching set of candlesticks on the fireplace mantel. But symmetry doesn’t mean a room’s…
  • The Kitchen Backsplash: A Blend In or Standout Element?

    Linnore Gonzales
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    The backsplash - a kitchen design element comparable to an outfit’s well-planned accessories. Blend it seamlessly with the rest of your look or ramp up its impact with a bold color or unique material. Whether you decide to make your backsplash blend in or standout, one thing is certain, it ties your kitchen’s look together helping it reach its design potential. Let’s take a look at some ways you can use your backsplash to create eye-catching looks to fit your style, cleaning needs and budget. Materials Set your backsplash apart. Simple, traditional, unusual or bold materials can all…
  • Iron is Having Its Moment: How to Incorporate this Décor Trend

    Linnore Gonzales
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    There is more room for wrought iron in your home’s décor than just patio furniture and stair railings. Iron is popping up in all rooms in all ways. And it’s easy to incorporate this décor trend into your home, whether you go big or accent subtly. The Age of Iron Iron is often considered a vintage décor element. It’s certainly possible to find antique iron work to complement your existing home design, but iron décor is also available in so many modern options. The heavy, shining nature of the current incarnations of iron can give a home a look that’s sedate, serene, and luxurious.
  • 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…
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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: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340 Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet — 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: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340 appeared first on 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.
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    Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore » Blog | Leading Architects Bangalore

  • 5 Hottest Fresh Architecture Trends in 2014

    4 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Do you know why some of the architectural trends like – Passive homes, prefabricated buildings, flex homes, Health Conscious Designs may rule the future? Here are some reasons (including Infographic) why incorporating them in your house construction plan can be rewarding… Card Embed A Peek at New Architectural Trends 1. Passive Homes: Passive Homes result in amplified savings of Continue Reading The post 5 Hottest Fresh Architecture Trends in 2014 appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • House Construction Costs: Parameters

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    27#ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Are you thinking of constructing a new home? Would you like to know about the parameters that contribute to decide the budget of your house? Then here are some factors to consider while determining the cost of your home.   Factors Deciding House Cost 1. Number of corners: The first parameter that determines your house construction cost is the Continue Reading The post House Construction Costs: Parameters appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In 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.
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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

  • Tropical Florida Cottage Garden with Mermaid Art, Shells & Buoys

    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This South Florida cottage garden is a whimsical tropical paradise, filled with plants, mermaid art, shells and buoys! The Home's Name is Mermaid Cottage and the color scheme is pink and green. Penny, the owner, decided about 8 years ago to kick off her shoes and live a life filled with all the wonderful things she loves. She chose to go with a 1950's cottage, just down the road from the
  • DIY Coastal & Nautical Coasters | Summer Crafts

    1 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    DIY coastal and nautical coasters are a great way to bring beach fun to your summer table! They are simple to make and will personalize your decor. Bright and beachy Nautical Coasters made with cork and stencils. Nautical cork coasters by Reveiller, inspired by the colors and design of Nautical Signal Flags. And another nifty cork idea! Coasters made from Mason Jar lids with adhesive
  • Coastal Summer Table Accessories -Lovely Little Things for Outdoors

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As promised here, I'm showing you more inspirational ideas and decor accessories for a coastal outdoor summer table. Lovely things that celebrate the sea for an outdoor coffee table or side table. This is a beautiful set up on a Tray. A large Bowl of Sea Treasures, small starfish dishes and a shell bottle coaster. Get the look: Blue Glass Starfish Dishes, White Starfish Dip Bowls from Sur La
  • 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
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  • 3 Factors To Consider Before Installing A Ceiling Treatment

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many people really love the idea of beams or coffers on the ceiling. And I don’t blame them! Who doesn’t love a ceiling that reflects some style or pattern, or a ceiling that dances with the rest of the room!Unfortunately, it’s not always feasible. And these are the factors you need to consider when exploring this type of ceiling treatment: By Dresser Homes 1. Beams and coffers need heightSome years ago, I had a new home construction project where the homeowners wanted such a ceiling. However, they had only planned 9’ ceiling heights in all the downstairs. So, to get…
  • Details Unveiled In Story Of 100-Year Old Apartment's Edgy Remodel

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve got a few more wonderful images to share with you today from my friend Deborah Peterson Milne’s Scottish flat remodel. ;-)Deborah and her husband got everything right with this renovation, leaving no detail undesigned and without purpose. You can so read "Scotland" in it's bones and details, with a little youthful artistic edginess of their youthful personalities and some sage wisdom from their years combining to create a unique home. CATCH UP! For the inside scoop on Deb’s design process,as well as all of the remarkable before & after shots, click here!Viewed…
  • REVEALED: How A Dull 100-Year Old Apartment Was Remodeled w/a Modern Edge

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Such a cute couple! ;-) So, I promised you the backstory behind this incredible DIY remodel, didn’t I?Once I saw Deborah Peterson Milne's before and after pics (she and her husband did the remodel), I had to find out more about how they pulled off such a remarkable transformation. I bet you wondered the same when you saw them, too.So, as someone who never skips an opportunity to pick a fellow remodeler's brain... I questioned Deborah about all the hows and whys, and...She revealed her thoughts on all of them!Enjoy ;-) My Interview w/ Designer Deborah Peterson…
  • 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…
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  • 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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  • rocket cocktail shaker | Sterilite Corporation, United Plastics Corporation

    2 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Here is a vintage, space age (obviously!) cocktail shaker marked Steri-lite and United Plastics Corporation.  The rocket has a yellow top, a red body, and yellow base.  The rocket base features four fins and is free standing.  The shaker measures 9” in height and has a hinged cap at its capsule top that is used to pour out your drinks. eBay item 191487719506 sold January 26, 2015 at 3:07PM (United States).  Six bidders placed 15 bids on the cocktail shaker.  The shaker sold for $67.66 plus $6.00 shipping. The rocket is marked on the bottom: Steri-lite (in script),…
  • 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.”…
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    New York Interior Design Blog

  • Vanity Lights

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    We are currently working on a powder room for our client and exploring the myriad of lighting options available to illuminate the vanity zone.  The client suggested using two mini pendants in lieu of sconces above the vanity for a truly unique look.  We are inspired and excited to execute this plan and wanted to share with you a few images to spark you to be more creative when it comes to lighting your bathroom vanity in your next reno.  We hope you enjoy! First up we see artisan-crafted iron sconces resembling the branches of a tree in this bathroom designed by Hunter and Company…
  • Wallcoverings to be Wild About!

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Schumacher has just launched a new collection that we are just wild about!  These wallcoverings are a part of their Specialty Nest Collection and feature handcrafted works of art using fabulous layered feathers!  Yes, we did say feathers!  They are both visually textural as well as tactile.  Below is an up close and personal look at one of the patterns.  Amazingly beautiful!! Schumacher Nest Collection Check out the peacock feather pattern which provides a lovely textural background for the tablescape below.  We love the way the pattern of the feathers brings natural texture to this…
  • 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…
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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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  • Well-Designed Penthouse With Refined Décor In Muted Tones

    Melina Divani
    4 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    You have probably heard the term “ultimate bachelor pad,” well, with this living space by Staffan Tollgard, you get to view a genuine bachelor pad put together in a penthouse dream version. It’s a quality, sleek, well-designed penthouse with refined décor in muted tones. It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s bohemian but conventional. Each piece of furniture sets stately in its own private space, yet every piece fits together. The combination of styles, shades, and silhouettes complement each other flawlessly. The interesting combination of steel-gray and cobalt-blue creates a depth and…
  • Functional Loft Design

    Melina Divani
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Loft living is a distinctive experience. Lofts provide open floor plans, high ceilings, impressive windows, natural light, and room for creativity when decorating. This extended vertical loft is the perfect example of how one can decorate one space into differing sections with good taste. In keeping with the contemporary, industrial dynamic, this loft has maintained the exposed pipes by painting them white to match the walls and ceiling; thereby, preserving the beautiful flow of the space. The Eurostyle cabinets mixed with chrome seating, numerous textures like leather, neutral colored rugs,…
  • Magnificent Country House

    Melina Divani
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    Bright and open with a cozy atmosphere this home is an artistic dream. Wooden accents bring a level of rustic appeal while white walls leave the clean feel intact. Stone work throughout in eye catching places accentuates the rustic feel while wooden windows frame an appealing landscape that will take your breath away. For warm meals and warmer winters sitting in front of a beautiful stone fire place is just the ticket. Surrounded by an expertly crafted wooden mantel and equally beautiful wooden flooring it has all of the charm that one would expect in such a wonderful home. The exterior of…
  • 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…
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    Brabbu | Design Forces

  • 7 tips to stylish a men’s bedroom

    5 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    “How to stylish a men’s bedroom?” This is the question that will be answered here. No more sterile white paint. No more mile-high mattress on a creaky metal frame. Here’s how to make the most important space in your home into the “batcave” you’ve always wanted. With 7 interior design tips you will find out how to stylish a men’s bedroom in a simple way. RELATED HISTORY: 10 PERFECT BEDROOM COLOR SCHEMES 1. Take Things Down a Notch Your bed is the visual centerpiece of the bedroom. As noted interior decorator Lil Jon once said: Get low. Start…
  • The best dressed from MET Gala 2015

    5 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    MET Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The ostensible theme of MET Gala 2015 was China, but as ever, the gala celebrating it Monday night was really and truly about the extraordinary pull of celebrity and its current symbiotic relationship with the fashion world. Here in BRABBU we’re big fans of world cultures and we’re amazed with some of the dresses which some celebrities used actually reminding the chinese culture. Have a look at the best dressed from MET Gala 2015. RELATED HISTORY:…

    5 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    It’s time to update our list of top 30 famous chairs of the last decades with 10 more chairs. From bold and experimental designs, have a look at the 10 famous chairs that BRABBU team adds today to the list of the top 30 famous chairs. RELATED HISTORY: TOP 30 FAMOUS CHAIRS OF THE LAST DECADES 1 Louis Ghost by Philippe Starck for Kartell (2002) The chair that launched a thousand impersonators – all of them mere phantoms of the original. Like the Juicy Salif, the Louis Ghost is pure Starck. In a year that was great for chairs, the Louis Ghost was the first in a family of popular…
  • TOP UK Interior Designers

    4 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    United Kingdom is the hometown of some of the the absolutely best and famous interior designers in the world, many of them became internationally recognized icons of the industry, mentors and ultimate taste makers. Take a look at our list 10 best interior designers in UK. Staffan Tollgard Brought up in Stockholm, Staffan Tollgard personal style is born out of Asian and Scandinavian functionalism. He uses the Swedish expression of the ‘red thread’ to explain the design narrative that underpins every project.  The thread is the guiding principle of creative endeavour, the core essence that…
  • Maison Et Objet Americas: Top 5 Luxury Brands Exhibitors

    4 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Maison et Objet Americas will debut May 12th in Miami Beach. The acclaimed design show is one of the most awaited of the season and will gatter the biggest stakeholders of the interior design industry. With a lot of brands exhibiting in the first edition of Maison et Objet Americas, BRABBU team brings you today the top 5 luxury brands exhibitors at Miami Beach. RELATED HISTORY: MAISON ET OBJET AMERICAS - AMERICAS SPEECHES, DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS WITH THE BEST OF INTERIOR DESIGN BALDI - Unique pieces for unique people Since the 19th century the Baldi family gives shape to fine interiors…
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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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  • Pallet Furniture for Amazing Home Interiors

    5 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Many young families go after creative interiors these days. They like to bring fresh accents, interesting objects and urban decorations. And pallets are one of those types of objects that are so adorable and so trendy, that they somehow find the perfect place in these people’s homes. Today we are going to featured some splendid examples of pallet shelves. Mostly, the shelves are used for additional storage or for displaying different decorative items. Furthermore, you can use the pallet shelves for books, magazines, candles – if you are placing them at the living room wall, or for…
  • Ideas for Fitted Beds, Wardrobes, Cabinets

    5 May 2015 | 2:22 am
    What is so special about fitted bedrooms? Well, the trick is that “fitted” means one that is particularly designed to fit non-standard areas where only custom made sizes can made it. And because many homeowners these days have their unique areas, like attics, designer bedrooms, oval shaped rooms, etc, we decided that we should definitely show some examples of fitted furniture, particularly these pieces projected for bedroom use. So, what are the most common types of fitted bedroom furniture? These are the beds, wardrobes, cupboards, cabinets, even beds. If you have an area in your sleeping…
  • Top 5 Kitchen Design Mistakes

    Ella Andrews
    5 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Designing a kitchen is easier said than done. Everyone who ever attempted this seemingly breezy task will agree. Even when you get the best fixtures and appliances and you choose a gorgeous colour palette, you feel that something is not quite right with your cooking area. Believe it or not, a lot of things can go wrong if you don’t pay attention to the design basics. Have some kitchen remodelling on your mind? Check these common decor mistakes that you need to avoid or fix right away. 1. Poor Planning If you have rushed into your kitchen decor, without a lot of consideration, you probably…
  • Contemporary Backyard and Garden Pools

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    Hello friends! We are going to featured today a recent talk we’ve made with Steward Cutts – the man show stands behind the most contemporary and trendy designs of swimming pools these days. What is the talk about? Well, it’s about swimming pools and their application in our backyards or front gardens and property lawns. Let’s have a look. Hi there! I am Steward Cutts and I want to tell you this and than about backyard pools and garden swimming pounds. To begin with I would like to say that I love summer. This is the time when I spend many ours in the outdoor areas near…
  • Home or Commercial Office Organizing Ideas

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    Work, work, work. This is the only thing that many of us think during the workdays. And because we spend most of our time in the office, we decided to give you some practical advices how to organize the mess either in your commercial office or in your home working space. So, we are going to talk about file cabinets today! Not surprised? File cabinets are a fantastic way to organize your documents and all the data on paper in an archive. Our professional designer gurus gave us a clue that the best way to cluster all the information is the organize it either by date or in an alphabetical order.
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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 Around A Television

    Vidya Sudarsan
    4 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Share on Tumblr It’s always a challenge to decorate around a television. It’s most likely the largest object that gets quite a bit of attention in any room. A television is really a boring black box that just sits there waiting for you to pick up the remote. It’s not pretty, and also comes with several [...] The post Decorating Around A Television appeared first on Related posts: Decorating Blank Walls Decorating a Bachelor Pad Decorating a Studio Apartment Decorating A Ceiling
  • Silicone Wine Glasses

    Vidya Sudarsan
    2 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Share on Tumblr I’ve an interesting product review for you today. It’s about wine glasses that don’t break! These amazing glasses are made with silicone by a company named Bacchus Break. This company was created by a group of moms from New Hampshire, who wanted parties to go on without worrying about wine glasses making a mess! [...] The post Silicone Wine Glasses appeared first on Related posts: Beautiful Memories via Distinctive Wine Frames Ozeri’s Wine Bottle Opener Reveiw Holman Ranch – Wine and Olive Oil Review GrillFella BBQ Wok…
  • Canvas Print Factory Review And A Giveaway

    Vidya Sudarsan
    1 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    Share on Tumblr Today’s page is about a beautiful canvas created for me by Canvas Print Factory. I throughly enjoyed the whole process and here a few pictures followed by my review. I grew up with a smaller version of the exact photograph in my home. I managed to get a digital print of this “beautiful [...] The post Canvas Print Factory Review And A Giveaway appeared first on Related posts: Instantly Framed iPhone App Review Perfect Lunchbox for Sandwiches – Review & A Giveaway Knife Sharpener For Ceramic/Steel Review & A Giveaway…
  • Gadgets You Will Love – Derma Roller, and Pedi.Cure

    Vidya Sudarsan
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Share on Tumblr I’ve two gadget reviews for you today! I hope you find this information useful. I have to admit, I’ve never used a Derma Roller in my life. Initially, I was skeptical about rolling needles on my skin, but overall it was not a bad experience. I felt the pricking on my skin, but [...] The post Gadgets You Will Love – Derma Roller, and Pedi.Cure appeared first on Related posts: Gadgets You Will Love – Face Brush Set by Beauté La Royale Gadgets You Will Love – PowerSkin Gadgets You Will Love – Liztek Portable Wireless…
  • 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 Ceilings – Your 5th Wall! Decorating with Houseplants Decorating a Studio Apartment
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    Modern Interior Design & Furniture - Decoist

  • 20 Awesome Kids’ Bedroom Ceilings that Innovate and Inspire

    Sherry Nothingam
    5 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    We always talk about how difficult it can be to decorate a kids’ bedroom as the effort is often a best possible compromise between what the little one wants, what you can afford and the possibilities that the bedroom space offers. But get things right and you have dreamy, dashing and inspirational kids’ bedroom that steals the show with its sheer splendor and creativity. While most of us are often consumed by themes, wall color and decor, there is another essential piece of the puzzle that gets lost in the decorating rush – the ceiling. It is time to take another look at your kids’…
  • DIY: How to Make Adorable Recycled Wine Cork Planters for Under $10

    Yuka Yoneda
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to rapidly renewable resources, wine corks are up there at the top of the list – at least in my house. If your corks have been piling up too, here’s a delightful way to reuse them by turning them into cute little planters for succulents. These would make an adorable Mother’s Day gift as well if your mom is a plant lover, and the best part is that this whole DIY project costs less than $10 since the corks are free.DIY Recycled Wine Cork PlantersHere’s what you’ll need to get started…– wine corks (be sure to use real cork wine corks instead of plastic…
  • A DIY Picture Frame with Industrial Style

    Kate Simmons
    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today’s super-easy DIY project involves only a few supplies, and the finished product has a look that’s unique and industrial! I love wandering around Home Depot and searching for items to use in creative endeavors. When I spotted these ceiling collars (used to cover the areas where pipes pass through the ceiling, wall or floor), I knew a new project was brewing! This DIY picture frame celebrates the mixed metal trend that juxtaposes silver and gold tones with modern flair. Keep reading, and I’ll show you how to take this project from the work table to the wall…DIY…
  • 8 Versatile Murphy Beds That Turn Any Room into a Spare Bedroom

    Yuka Yoneda
    4 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    With more and more folks opting to live in cozier urban quarters, murphy beds have been increasing in popularity as a way to fit all of the necessities of life into a studio apartment. Whether they flip down from the wall or out from behind bookshelves, these double-duty furniture pieces come in a bevy of different styles, finishes and configurations. Read on for some of our favorite wall bed picks, from sophisticated top-of-the-line models to affordable DIY versions!Home Office & Guest Bedroom CombosThe Ulisse bed is perfect for offices that double as guest bedrooms – or if…
  • Chic Loft Apartment in London Adds Feminine Beauty to an Industrial Setting

    Sherry Nothingam
    4 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    It has been a season of industrial homes and clever renovations that seem to be creating a wonderful bridge between modern functionality and old world charm. This lovely loft apartment in the Soho neighborhood of West London is another beauty that bowls us over with its unique and elegant blend of a cool industrial backdrop and a sophisticated feminine decor collection. Designed by Olivier Burns, this creative composition of opposite styles shapes a fascinating interior where classy French-style furniture meets exposed brick backdrops and worn-out metal surfaces!It is the tasteful fusion of…
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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

  • Do You Live In The Modern House Of Stuff?

    Decor Girl
    5 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    I'd like to encourage you to move on from a modern house full of stuff and into a modern home of interior beauty and peace. Declutter and downsize to interior bliss. Read More
  • 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
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    Just Wood Flooring Blog

  • Hardwood flooring factsheet: Beech

    5 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    For many people with dreams of homeownership, hardwood flooring is seen as a deal breaker. Some people will look for homes that have pre-existing hardwood flooring, while others will want to replace their current flooring with wooden flooring after buying their home. Hardwood flooring gives your home a touch of class, luxury and classic style, as well as adding considerable value to your property, should you ever wish to sell. Homeowners have more choice than ever before when it comes to choosing the right flooring for their home. Continuing in our series of explaining some of the key…
  • Hardwood flooring factsheet: Oak

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    At Just Wood, we pride ourselves on knowing pretty much everything there is to know about hardwood. We’ve spent many years building this knowledge and having it gives us the confidence to give the best possible advice to our customers when it comes to choosing the right hardwood flooring for them. Understanding the properties of different types of hardwood is a major advantage when it comes to choosing which is best for a specific room or home. To help you in your search for the right hardwood, we’ve put together a hardwood flooring factsheet, looking at some interesting facts…
  • Customising your hardwood floor

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Hardwood floors are often seen as a statement piece for your home – people’s eyes will instantly be drawn towards them. With an ever increasing selection of different types of wood available for your flooring, you can easily find something to suit your specific tastes. Hardwood flooring will add a touch of luxury and classic style to your home, but what about if you want to add a little something extra? Well, luckily there are a few different things you can do to customise your hardwood flooring, helping it to stand out even more.   Add a finish of wax or varnish One of the…
  • Decorating a room with walnut flooring

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Walnut has always been a popular choice for those looking at hardwood flooring, as it is incredibly hard and durable, meaning it will last a lifetime. It is not just its strength that gives it such popularity though, walnut is a beautiful variety of wood. Naturally dark in colour, with natural lines, rings and knots found in the graining, walnut adds a feeling of warmth and character to whatever room you have it fitted in. When it comes to decorating your room, due to the inherent beauty of walnut flooring, many people will opt for a minimalist approach. Minimalism has been a popular interior…
  • Restoring your parquet floor

    11 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    For people who like the appeal of hardwood flooring, but want something a little bit different and truly unique, parquet flooring is a popular choice. Parquet flooring is made by cutting wood into tiles or blocks and then arranging these blocks into various geometric patterns, such as a herringbone or basket weave pattern. You can use just about any type of wood for a parquet floor, which means you can choose something to suit your taste as well as your budget! But like with any type of flooring, over time your parquet floor can become worn or damaged. It could be that you’ve moved into…
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    The Sofa & Chair Company Blog | Interior Design Ideas

  • Using Wood, Luxury Sofas and Vintage Appeal to Create a Homely, Rustic Living Room

    Robertas Domarkas
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    The rustic look never seems to lose its appeal. Whilst other trends may come and go, the cosy, rustic style remains perennially popular, regardless of season or era.There’s a reason for this. A rustic living space is the epitome of laid-back comfort. It’s a look that’s all about soft, welcoming fabrics, warm colours and tactile surfaces. It’s about discovering key pieces of furniture, such as a vintage coffee table or luxury sofa, and creating an inviting, homely ambiance.Here’s the really welcome news; capturing rustic appeal in your home is a lot easier than you might think.
  • Update Your Living Room: Key Luxury Sofa Trends for 2015

    Robertas Domarkas
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    If you’re looking for a way to update your living room without repainting, recarpeting and investing in a whole new range of furniture, look to your trusty sofa! Your settee is likely to be the key feature in your lounge; and a dated, tired looking sofa can make the space look far shabbier and unappealing than it actually is.When is it time to invest in a new sofa? Obviously, only you can answer that. However, if it’s ripped, stained beyond rescue, or if it’s an out-of-date design, then replacement may be the answer. If you’re committed to purchasing a stylish new sofa for your home,…
  • Period Living Perfected: How to Create Elegant, Timeless Appeal in Your Living Room

    Robertas Domarkas
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    When it comes to styling your living room, it’s really important to be sympathetic to the original design of the house. Many properties in the UK are period properties; ranging from regency style town houses to Victorian terraces, and it’s a really good idea to embrace the features of the era in which they were built.Blending the Old with the NewThat doesn’t mean that your lounge needs to be filled with authentic, antique pieces of furniture; unless, of course, you want it to be! There are many pieces of modern furniture available that are designed specifically with the intention of…
  • Minimalist Chic: Using Luxury Sofas and Other Furniture to Create a Modern, Uncluttered Living Space

    Robertas Domarkas
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Minimalism in the living room is the ultimate way to create instant impact. Forget comforting, squidgy settees, abandon the clutter and multitudes of scatter cushions; the minimalist look is defined, sleek and all about modernity.The minimalist style works well in any space, though is particularly well suited to large living rooms, or modern apartments. However, irrespective of the room that you have available, it’s possible to inject a bit of modernist impact into your home, by investing in the right items of furniture.Key Furniture Piece No. 1: The Luxury SofaWhen it comes to creating a…
  • Bespoke Sofas: How to Design a Bespoke Sofa that Works With Your Living Room

    Robertas Domarkas
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your living room is one of the most important areas of your home. It’s the room that you and your family spend the most time in throughout the day, and it’s also likely to be the room that you invite guests into, when they come to visit.A living room should be a comfortable, welcoming space; but it’s also important to make it a representation of your style. Your living room provides you with the ideal opportunity to show your creative flair, and as a result, it’s important to ensure that this room has a real sense of ‘personality’. Or, more clearly put; your personality.Bespoke…
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    Home Stratosphere

  • 37 Fantastic L-Shaped Kitchen Designs

    5 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring a selection of fantastic L-shaped kitchen designs of all styles. A typical kitchen layout creates the “Kitchen Triangle”, where the stove, sink, and refrigerator are the vertices. From there, the varieties of layouts of the cabinets and countertop spaces are as varied as the homes themselves. This gallery is part of a series of galleries focusing on kitchen layouts, to include L-shaped kitchens and G-shaped kitchens in addition to our previous gallery: U-shaped kitchens. In an L-shaped kitchen, the cabinets occupy two of the room’s adjacent…
  • Bold Southwestern Home on Circle Drive by Violante & Rochford Interiors

    5 May 2015 | 2:02 am
    Welcome to a special gallery featuring a colorful Santa Fe home on Circle Drive with an interior designed by Violante & Rochford Interiors and photographed by Wendy McEahern Photography. Before signing onto the job, the designers at Violante & Rochford spent a lot of time with their client, learning about their passions and their collections. When they did accept the job, their design took into account the owner’s massive collections and their passion for bold colors and textiles. The home’s design needed to leave space to display new pieces the owners might collect in…
  • Elegant Lo Residence by LCGA Design Team

    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring the elegant, modern Lo Residence, a home designed by LCGA Design Team. The homeowners wanted a space both functionally practical and beautiful, and the team delivered in a simple, direct way. In spite of the long and narrow dimensions of the space, the living room was designed as a high-ceiling space so that natural light can spread throughout the interior. Without any division, the whole interior is distinguished via floors in different materials and height. For example, the public space flooring in the home is made of tiles while the private space…
  • 50 Upscale Backyard Outdoor In-Ground Swimming Pools

    4 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    Welcome to our gallery highlighting some of the best, most luxurious backyard swimming pools from around the world! We’re beyond excited to share this deep collection of sublime water features. For many of the homes shared below, “swimming pool” is an almost too-simple description. These are often architectural feats, gorgeous constructions that enhance and complement a home beyond the basic value of a place to cool off in the summertime. The pools featured here showcase a stratospheric range of stylistic flourishes and conjured moods. With a dizzying array of shapes and…
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    4 May 2015 | 2:01 am
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    The Interior Design Advocate

  • Design Giggles: Furniture Order Hotline

    Donna Hoffman
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on...   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 contractors.” The results are people get that more beautiful home,…
  • How to Get Rid of Home Envy

    Donna Hoffman
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Ever walk into a friend’s or acquaintance’s home and say to yourself, “This house is gorgeous! Why don’t I have that?” Envy no more! Here are some great tips to get the home you want.     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…
  • 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…
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    Chic California

  • Designer Insights With Chic California

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Designer Insights With Chic California I was so excited when I was asked by Terry’s Fabrics to be a part of their Designer Insight Series. First, I was really inspired just reading some of the profiles of other designers/bloggers on their website. And then it was fun to answer their interview questions because it really {Read More...} The post Designer Insights With Chic California appeared first on 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.
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  • H 02 by Azovskiy & Pahomova architects

    5 May 2015 | 3:08 am
    H 02 is a private residence designed by Azovskiy & Pahomova architects in 2015. It is located in Ukraine. Photos courtesy of Azovskiy & Pahomova architectsMore...
  • 353 Degrees North by Jodie Cooper Design

    5 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    353 Degrees North is a luxury villa located in Jungut Batu, Indonesia. It was designed by Jodie Cooper Design and has spectacular views over the surrounding landscape.More...
  • Amwaj Villa by Moriq Interiors and Design Consultants

    5 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    Amwaj Villa is a private residence designed by Moriq Interiors and Design Consultants in 2014. The contemporary home is located in Amwaj, Bahrain, and covers an area of 8,371 square feet. Photos courtesy of Moriq Interiors and Design ConsultantsMore...
  • Family House In Palanga II by UAB Architektu biuras

    4 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Family House In Palanga II is a residential project completed by UAB Architektu biuras in 2013. The home is located in Vanagupės gatvė, Palanga, Lithuania. Family House In Palanga II by UAB Architektu biuras: “This is a four-member family house in a seaside resort town Palanga, Lithuania. The narrow site is located approximately a kilometer of pine forest away from the sea. It features a slope and is framed –..More...
  • House in Birch Forest by Aleksandr Zhidkov

    4 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    House in Birch Forest is a project completed by the Ukrainian firm Aleksandr Zhidkov. The spacious contemporary home is located in Polivanovo, near Moscow, Russia. Photos courtesy of Aleksandr ZhidkovMore...
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  • Greek Island Mansion with Beautiful Stone Walls by Z-level

    5 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Mediterranean luxury, with a contemporary take on interior design and sustainability. Placed among 300 trees of an olive grove this Greek island mansion with its beautiful stone structure, natural material palette and breathtaking views over the sea is a vacation home for two brothers and their families who are trying to reconnect with their roots, heritage and with the land of their ancestors. Read the rest of Greek Island Mansion with Beautiful Stone Walls by Z-level originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Unique and Trendy Guest House Pumphouse Point

    4 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    The amazing location of this unusual guesthouse – the Pumphouse Point requires nothing less that amazing interior decor solutions. Nested inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and originally constructed as part of Tasmania’s hydro-electric scheme but not used for over 20 years the place offered a great challenge for the architects from Cumulus Studio. Read the rest of Unique and Trendy Guest House Pumphouse Point originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Mellow and Mature Ambiance Located in Old Classic Town of Elwood

    4 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Contemporary and artistic this Australian – Elwood restaurant offers a holistic multi-zoned space approach towards architecture, design, venue and dining experience. Inspired by its local sentiment (Elwood town with its rich variety of Victorian, Edwardian and Interwar architecture had become synonymous for classic countenance) the Milton restaurant designed by Biasol Design Studio evokes a sense of intrigue and old world charm with a dash of urban bar experience. Read the rest of Mellow and Mature Ambiance Located in Old Classic Town of Elwood originally posted on…
  • Pineapples Print by Rainer

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Rainer has an art project called “I Print Pineapples”. He produced a number of prints with pineapples. They are trendy and fresh and will bring a lot of emotion at your daily life. It is acrylic, spray paint and screen print on plywood, it is signed, numbered and stamped, limited edition of just 25 pieces. Read the rest of Pineapples Print by Rainer originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Smart Design Studio with Apartment for Easy Going Living

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Designers from Smart Design Studio has finished a project at Heritage building – apartment with contemporary architecture for easy going and functional living. Read the rest of Smart Design Studio with Apartment for Easy Going Living originally posted on © - 2015.
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  • Ideas for alfresco dining

    4 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    A 3-in-1 Cooler Dining Table may be a great choice even if you do not own a pool.  A Fruit Infusion Pitcher is something everyone will love, especially in the coming hot sommer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A flexible furniture system for compact living

    2 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    For me this is a perfect compact solution for a number of daily activities. Especially if you own one room home. image © designboomThis is David Adjaye ’s ‘one series’ flexible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Clever and simple

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    I am always impressed when I see a simple, but very useful design idea that solves successfuly problems - in the end, that is one of the main tasks of design. This one is about a door that is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Howkapow Blog

  • Win A Holiday at The Straw Cottage!

    Rog How
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    We’ve teamed up with fellow Bristolians, Canopy & Stars, to bring you a picture-perfect competition this month: your chance to win a 3-night weekend or 4-night midweek break for four at The Straw Cottage in Powys, Wales. The Straw Cottage sits in its own quiet corner of the 130 acre expanse of Ty Gwyn Farm, sited perfectly to give you peace and tranquility and allow you to wander over and meet the animals if you please. The cottage itself blends right in, with centuries-old building methods including straw bale (hence the name) and lime mortar walls plus sheep’s wool…
  • Colour Palette Edit: 005

    Cat How
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 005 appeared first on 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…
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  • Colourful and Quirky Home

    4 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
     With popularly loved bright colours and modern cozy design, today we’re sharing a post of bright and colourful home. The idea to share a fun and quirky home interior came inspired by the great Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday, which is being celebrated today not only in Mexico and U.S., but all over the world. Today’s residential interior was designed by a group of talented people from an architecture studio in Poland - Widawscy Studio. The interior has an eclectic style with bits of modern, scandinavian and industrial elements and a few colorful and original accent…
  • The Kettle Black Cafe in Melbourne

    2 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    The Kettle Black Cafe in Melbourne is a minimalist spot, tucked away in the last heritage terrace on Albert Road. Set right next to a skyscraper, the welcoming cafe combines the perfect blend of classic and modern touches. It was designed by Studio You Me. The light filled space is elegant and warm, authentic and hand crafted, with a genuine feel-good and friendly vibe. Kettle Black is not an ordinary place. Sitting somewhere in between a cafe and a restaurant, the space almost creates it’s own new genre of venue. The interior palette was carefully curated with warm finishes of soft oak…
  • Le Clos Y By Dai Sugasawa

    1 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    In Paris next to Montparnasse Tower, recently was opened a new restaurant called Le Clos Y. Dai Sugasawa Agency has been commissioned by Japanese chefs Isao Kuroiwa and Yoshitaka Ikeda in order to design their first european venue. Le Clos Y offers a fusion gastronomy that dwells in a traditional and contemporary repertoire, where French and Japanese cuisines overlap. So the main task for the architects was to create a clean and quiet canvas for the chefs’ creations and also integrate Asian tradition to a contemporary environment. By giving the architecture of the restaurant a temporal…
  • 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…
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  • 14 Accent Ceiling Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    4 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    Ceiling is the perfect visual spot in the interior that can be used for making a statement and is usually neglected. Well, if you want to make a difference and create a living room with vaulted ceiling than you are on the right place to be. There are plenty of cool and easy options and The post 14 Accent Ceiling Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 8 Chic Living Rooms With Dazzling Accent Pillows Hot Red Marsala Accent in 10 Living Room Designs 8 Accent Wall Ideas For The Home Office
  • 8 Open Closet Ideas For Neat and Organized Bedroom

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    1 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Naturally, organizing the bedroom closet can be a challenging and though task, since a cluttered closet can be an epicenter for a messy and unorganized bedroom. For that reason, every bedroom should have an organized and functional open display closet that will make things easy for you. Beside the functionality and good organization of the The post 8 Open Closet Ideas For Neat and Organized Bedroom appeared first on Related posts: Open Shelving in 8 Amazing Kitchen Designs 15 Statement Masculine Walk-In Closet Designs 10 Stylish and Chic Walk-In Closet Interior Design Ideas
  • 10 Yellow and Blue Interior Design Ideas for Your Home

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Yellow and blue is a perfect color scheme for creating a balanced, refreshing and cozy ambiance in the interior. These two color shades with contrast nature complements each other perfectly and creates equilibrium in every interior. The blue shade brings freshens and vibrant mood in the interior, while the yellow tone creates a warm and The post 10 Yellow and Blue Interior Design Ideas for Your Home appeared first on Related posts: 10 Refreshing Blue Dining Room Interior Design Ideas 10 Cozy Yellow Bedroom Interior Design Ideas Best 15 Gray and Yellow Living Room Design…
  • Basic Interior Design Tips and Rules To Follow

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Giving an alternate measurement to the dull looking interior  isn’t an extreme JOB gave you have some creative interior design thoughts as a top priority. To take care of this issue there are an assortment of divider shading paints and painting procedures that can make your home emerge. To get a thought of how to give an interior the The post Basic Interior Design Tips and Rules To Follow appeared first on Related posts: 10 Cool Attic Home Office Interior Design Ideas 10 Awe-Inspiring Watercolor Wall Interior Design Ideas 10 Stylish Masculine Home Office Designs To…
  • 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
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    Lights Online Blog

  • New on Lights Online: Allegri Crystal

    Emma Harger
    5 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    We just added the stunning crystal lighting beauty of Allegri Crystal to our lineup at Lights Online. Allegri Crystal is a division of Kalco Lighting, a company with 35 years of industry experience, so you know you can count on them for expertise and quality! Whether you’re seeking a highly traditional design or looking to go contemporary, you can find Allegri collections to fit your needs. The crystal designs are mainly dressed in high-quality, machine cut and polished Firenze crystal, though many collections also offer Swarovski Elements crystals–and the high standards that come…
  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – May 1

    Emma Harger
    1 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    We had a great time collecting Zen bathroom lighting and decor inspirations this week, especially when the article was shared widely during #kbtribechat! Plus, since it’s the dawn of a new month, we have a slew of new sales for you to peruse. But since it’s the end of the week, you know what that means–time to check out a collection of 10 design inspirations that caught my eye, impressed me and made me want to share with you. Enjoy. Wink Space from Curbed Ladies and gentlemen, this is a life-size kaleidoscope. If, like me, you liked the little handheld ones when you were a…
  • 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! I picked out some of my favorites to showcase here, but you can definitely see lots more here! Hinkley Kube wall light: Awesome and angular, this Kube…
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    Rug Rats

  • Prestige Mills Pueblo Diamond Sisal – The Little Black Dress of Sisal!

    Sandy Henderson
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
     Prestige Mills Pueblo SisalIt’s everywhere! Just pick up a decorating magazine Stark Carpet calls is Natura, but it is the […] The post Prestige Mills Pueblo Diamond Sisal – The Little Black Dress of Sisal! appeared first on 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 .
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    Iron & Magnolia

  • Mad Men Office Decor Peggy Would Love!

    Alycia Wicker
    5 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Iron & Magnolia Article by Kathleen Jennison Mad about “Mad Men?”  How To Get a Home Office that Peggy Olson Would Love! You won’t mind working from home with this stylish mid-century modern office (just don’t expect Don Draper to come strolling in with a cigarette dangling from his lips) because classic never goes out of style. Mad […] The post Mad Men Office Decor Peggy Would Love! appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Soft Pink Home Office

    Alycia Wicker
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Iron & Magnolia Soft Pink Home Office Inspiration   Pink Office Delight by ironandmagnolia featuring set of 2 table lamps The post Soft Pink Home Office appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Home Office Organization Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 4 Tips

    Alycia Wicker
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Iron & Magnolia Article by Sheri Bruneau Having a home office can be a blessing and a curse all wrapped into one! Although it’s great to be at home to work, it can also be a huge distraction! When planning the design of a home office, it is important to think of it’s’ function first, then how you can […] The post Home Office Organization Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 4 Tips appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • How to Decorate a Home Office with Kitchen Cabinets

    Alycia Wicker
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Iron & Magnolia Ready to find out how to decorate a home office with kitchen cabinets? Good! Read on… Design your Dream Desk Almost all lines of cabinetry have an “office line” which includes enough pieces in it at desk height. Many have file drawers and knee drawers and can be created in endless sizes and combinations. Top it […] The post How to Decorate a Home Office with Kitchen Cabinets appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Retro Home Office

    Alycia Wicker
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Iron & Magnolia The Retro Home Office The post Retro Home Office 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

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
  • 3 Reasons Why Kitchen Solvers is a Viable Remodeling Business Opportunity

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
      Have you been considering launching your own kitchen remodeling or cabinet business? Perhaps you have developed a set of handy-man or carpentry skills in your standard 9-to-5 laborer career, or are simply looking to expand your personal skill set and chase down a self-starter dream. Whatever the case, you are losing interest in the idea of working for somebody else, and have begun to look around for self-starter entries into a competitive market. You are not alone – though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing! While some people would consider these people competition, and…
  • 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…
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  • The Ultimate Swimming Pool Must Haves

    Shruti Verma
    4 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Interior designers and architects who have worked on farmhouses in Alibaug know that a swimming pool is an indulgent yet essential part of the project. While the filtering systems, engineering and swimming pool construction can be taken care of by contractors, the aesthetic elements need to be decided before ground is dug up.   Shape Common swimming pool shapes Image courtesy: kandhpools Shape and size are the first aspects that need to be considered when it comes to swimming pool design. The shape of a swimming pool is dependent on the style of architecture, the expanse of space…
  • How to make your Home Earthquake Resistant

    Shruti Verma
    1 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    The first thing you’re told to do in the event of an earthquake is run out. As can be seen from the effects of the recent earthquake in Nepal, this is because very few buildings are built to be earthquake resistant. An earthquake resistant building is one which has been built to withstand the shock of an earthquake. The principle behind designing an earthquake resistant building is to make it ductile and hence soften the impact of the earthquake. Since demolishing and rebuilding a structure isn’t a viable alternative, engineers and architects across the world have developed ways of…
  • 8 Elements of Landscape Design

    Shruti Verma
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Sometimes, just a glimpse of a cool green garden outdoors can counter the burning heat of summer. Landscape design is the process of turning your outdoor space into a practical and aesthetic space that complements your beautiful residential interiors. The basic elements of landscape design such as scale, balance, colour texture etc are all interconnected and give your outdoors the Wow factor.   Unity Patterns and repetition are key ways of binding together a landscape Image courtesy: landscapesofflorida The first step towards landscaping your garden design is to decide a theme for the…
  • 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 type of bedroom furniture 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…
  • 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…
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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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  • At Home with Artist Meghan Jones

    4 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I'm starting the week with a home tour sure to get you to look twice!  Today we're entering the stylish, yet delightfully eccentric world of artist Meghan Jones of Dallas, TX.  Thanks for giving Interiors by Jacquin a look inside your fabulous home, Meghan!  Now without further ado, I present Meghan Jones... Art has always been a huge part
  • Exploring a Timeless Textile: Central Asian Ikat

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I've collaborated with the fantastic Indian retail brand Jaypore to bring you this globally inspired post.  Jaypore curates the best designs from artisans and craftsmen across India, focusing on telling the stories of the people and traditions behind each product.  Today Manika Dhama of Jaypore is sharing the wonderful story behind ikat, a timeless textile that is certainly on trend today.  So
  • Bloggers at Home: Featuring Lindsay Shoemake

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Happy Wednesday!  On deck today is the latest edition of Bloggers at Home featuring Lindsay Shoemake of That Working Girl, an awesome (and useful!) career lifestyle site launched in 2012.  That Working Girl is an online resource and empowerment tool for women in the PR industry, and has grown into a lifestyle brand as one of the top go-to resources for
  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 5 Kitchen Upgrades with the Most Bang for Your Buck

    Erin Davis
    1 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    “Show me the kitchen!” Ever burst into an open house and shouted this? OK, you were probably a bit more restrained, but most of us feel this way. After all, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms to home buyers. If a house looks great but has an outdated kitchen, buyers won’t […]
  • 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 […]
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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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  • Lighting is like an ice-cream cone – enjoy it one lick at a time

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Lighting is like an ice-cream cone – enjoy it one lick at a time How do you think about lighting; do you regard it as simple functionality, lighting up or dimming down? Lighting needs to serve a purpose, or it is simply a waste of electricity. Lighting, like flowers, transforms a home, business or care […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Cool Gifts For Guys – 12 Gift Ideas that any guy will appreciate

    Eric Pangburn
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
      Good Gifts for Guys – A nonsense, cool and practical sopping guide what do we get that perfect guy? There are an abundance of quality gifts available, but why not go for something a little more unique, or unusual. Make the special man in your life feel special, but not just grabbing a random stuffed animal or some generic cologne. Here are 16 Gift ideas that will make any man feel loved:     Bed Fan $99.99 – MORE INFO HERE   Both men and women can be hot blooded, and if overheating during the night is an issue, the Bed Fan is the answer. This useful gift will…
  • 30 Classic, Unique and Baffling Whiskey Cocktails Worth Trying Tonight

    1 May 2015 | 9:24 pm
      The Best Whiskey Cocktails you need to try this Spring   Whiskey is as American as steak, apple pie and denim. It is also, very possibly, more versatile then any of them. We all have a favored way to indulge these woodsy, mossy, better when aged, spirits. However, over the years there have been some unusual new flavor combinations concocted to tempt the average taste bud.   The role of the bartender began to change with the digital age, or in some ways, go back in time. In centuries past, the bar keep would use morter and pestle to grind fresh herbs, adding them to spirits…
  • Best Grill Roundup 2015 – 13 Must Have Grills This Summer

    Eric Pangburn
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
      Best Grills 2015 – Unless you’re planning on moving to the North Pole any time soon, you may as well come to terms with the fact that summer is coming–and fast. This one is bound to be a scorcher, with expected record highs and plenty of humidity to ensure that you stay nice and toasty–not to mention sticky!–all throughout. Thankfully, there’s a lot to look forward to like afternoons at the beach, balmy evening breezes, tall cold drinks, and backyard barbecues! Of course, in order to show off your grill skills to the utmost–or conceal their total lack…
  • 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…
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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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  • Eco Friendly Material for Contemporary Interior Designs

    Nanine Clement
    2 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    A few years ago, geometrical, lacquered, flourishes and shiny furniture are the trend. In the modern living, natural and eco lifestyle are being new trends. Adding natural elements or alike could magically give the touch of nature. Natural interior consist of metal, wooden and stone material. Actually, simplicity is the key of modernity. A radiant color and geometric patterns may add for accent and create special effect. For some inspirations, here are the arrangement and combination of natural material, natural interior design which meets modern style. Metal – Metal material has shiny…
  • 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…
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  • DIY Hack – IKEA PS 2014 Pattern Transfer

    5 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I like the pattern of the IKEA PS 2014 mirror so much that I not only own the same bedding and but I actually transferred it to my bedroom furniture. If you want to try this little DIY hack at home then here is what you’ll need… Budget: £1  Time: 15-20min   Skills level: DIY novice Materials: different coloured electric tape (I used green, red, white and yellow; they came in a 12-pack for £1 from B&M ), a pair of normal stationary scissors, a dry cloth or plastic card, e.g. your driver’s license. Step 1. Prepare your work surface. Wipe any dirt or dust from the…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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  • 50 Modern Round Dining Table Design Ideas

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Dining area is probably the most important and special place in your home for you to spend some quality time with your family there. It is generally dinner times when the entire family is sitting together, joking around, and sharing the affairs of the day. You hence would want to make this area as well [...] The post 50 Modern Round Dining Table Design Ideas appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 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.
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    ProFlowers Blog

  • Mother’s Day: One Place. All Moms.

    1 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    We've got a perfect plan for spending time with all the moms in your life on Mother's Day. The post Mother’s Day: One Place. All Moms. appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • 11 Reasons Mom Totally Rocks

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Mom is pretty cool, any way you look at it. So we have made a list of the top reasons Mom is unlike anyone else. The post 11 Reasons Mom Totally Rocks appeared first on 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.
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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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    SofaSofa Blog

  • 7 Home Regrets You Don't Want to Have in 10 Years

    1 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Do you ever look back on the past few years, and wish you’d taken that job, or gone on that date? When I do that, most of the regrets are about my home. I dream of what it could look like now if I’d started that renovation project when I said I would, and how lovely the garden could be if I’d taken care of it better. With time and knowledge on my side, I want to pass some of my wisdom on to you. These are my top seven regrets that I've either experienced myself, or that close friends have told me about. I'm here to help prevent you from making the mistakes that I did… 1. Not…
  • 18 Minimal Bohemian Living Room Ideas

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    The latest trend to sweep the world of interior design is a rather beautiful one. Minimalist bohemianism is a gorgeous, eclectic mix of stark Scandinavian chic combined with colourful, quirky key pieces to create a modern and stylish look. If you’re hoping to recreate this look in your own living room, we’ve rounded up some great ideas and tips. Now all you need to do is plan your next house party, so you can show off your swanky new space! Neutral background 1. Start with neutral walls For a minimalist bohemian space to work, you’ll really need neutral walls, preferably white, so the…
  • 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…
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    Odds & End Tables

  • Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipe

    City Furniture
    5 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Since Cinco de Mayo and margaritas go together like sofas and loveseats, we thought it was only fitting to celebrate this day with our favorite drink recipe.
  • Plan Your Summer Staycation

    City Furniture
    1 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]As the official start of summer draws near, why not make 2015 the year of the staycation?[/dropcap]
  • 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]
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    Blog - Tammy Randall Wood, ASID - Interior Design Calabasas | Malibu | Encino

  • High Point Furniture Show - Spring 2015

    Tammy Randall Wood
    2 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Here are a few of the highlights from our recent visit:Kelly Wearstler's stunning new collection for EJ Victor.  Stumbled upon during the first day of Spring Market but so far this is my new favorite look.  Elegant, sporty but oh so sophisticated. Yum! Rarified style personified = AERIN Lauder's collection for EJ Victor at their High Point showroom. The new girl in town is dominating! Released in 1956, Charles and Ray Eames made famous their iconic moulded plywood and leather Chair and Ottoman for the Herman Miller furniture company. Today haute hipsters and purists alike can…
  • Balancing Past and Present

    Tammy Randall Wood
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    As we begin to contemplate the furnishings on our latest project, I am drawn back to the pieces that Thom Filicia has designed for Vanguard Furniture. Here's a photo I snapped of his latest collection in High Point. I just love the balance between modern and traditional his pieces strike as well as the unexpected color palettes he uses. Plus, who couldn't fall in love with the buckskin suede that pops up in his scenarios. Pretty wonderful Thom! xo
  • The Open Floor Plan - Calabasas Style Article - March/April 2015

    Tammy Randall Wood
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    How to Create Finished Décor that is Unified, Serene and Interesting Design by Celeste Robbins, AIA of Robbins Architecture  Home buyers love the open floor plan for the comfortable and casual lifestyle it affords, and here in Southern California, a large integrated space is a natural fit with our climate and laid-back culture. However, creating a cohesive décor within these multiple connected spaces can pose some unique challenges as you can't help but take in everything simultaneously. If particular attention is not paid to order, things can feel messy and overwhelming.
  • The Path to Renovation

    Tammy Randall Wood
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    A messy job but oh so worth it!  I love wood paneling and we see a lot of it on many of the remodels we do. Often it feels dated though, with a golden oak stain covered in a thick coat of polyurethane finish. A paint job, done well, can totally reinvent spaces with this kind of detailing. Here is our team hard at work stripping and sanding the woodwork on our latest project. 90% of a good paint job is in the prep work and boy our team is up to their elbows in it! I just can't wait to see how this grand foyer will soon be reborn. During a renovation, you have to make uglier before…
  • Best of Houzz 2015 !

    Tammy Randall Wood
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We are once again honored for the second consecutive year to receive a Best of Houzz award for 2015.  Truly wonderful to receive this high recognition from such an esteemed organization and authority in the interior design field.  And a great thanks to you, our clients for your great partnership, kind comments and ongoing support.  Here is to a great 2015 !
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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

  • Four Colorful Ideas for Painting Your Cottage Style Home

    4 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    In Add Character to Your Home with Cottage Style Decorating, I wrote about the characteristics of the Cottage decorating style. If this style fits your design personality, I have some color palettes that might work for you. If you are tired of all the grays and want to add some subtle color this palette makes a good start with some pinks and taupes. It’s still a little neutral, but with a slight hint of color for those not ready to completely redo everything.   The next home decorating color palette is still neutral, but adds hints of green and blue to bring in nature.   If…
  • 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…
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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

  • Casamanara / 476 Broadway

    5 May 2015 | 1:18 am
    Located in New York, USA and completed in 2014. This loft was designed by Casamanara with colorful and modern taste. Casamanara “Interior Architecture of 2500 sqf loft in an iconic building in Soho. A homy feeling within an industrial shell.” Photography by Evan Joseph
  • Luigi Rosselli Architects / Euraylus Street

    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Located in Mosman, Sydney, Australia. This contemporary house with wood exterior was designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects. Luigi Rosselli Architects “The plan of this house has two distinct wings and a narrow connection between the two. The connection contains the stair and circulation and is washed by abundant light from a skylight above. The larger wing is rectangular and rationally planned, the shorter wing on the west side of the entry is the more irregularly shaped sensually curved section of the house. Inside, light and views are maximized by a transparent stainless steel and…
  • 2B Group / Lipinka

    3 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Located in Kiev, Ukraine. This 90 square meter apartment was designed by 2B Group. The apartment was designed with an open space layout and minimalist structure to make it looks spacious for a 90 square meter. customized handles and knobs for the cabinetry, exposed brick wall, built in dog shelter and the old suitcase-turned wall storage. Photos courtesy of 2B Group.
  • Sono Architects / House M

    3 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Located in Slovenia and completed in 2014. This villa with 290 square meter size was designed by 3 architects from Sono Architects. Sono Architects “One-family villa M is composed out of three elongated elements that shape dynamic floor plans. All three volumes are connected together in the level of the ground floor and form a larger central area where the family spent most of it’s time – kitchen and the dining room. The whole ground floor is open and light, where the carefully placed large glass surfaces lead to to the outdoor terrace, overlooking the surrounding meadows, hills…
  • Elding Oscarson / Molle By The Sea

    2 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Located in Oresound, Sweeden and completed in 2013. This house in molle surrounded by natural stone walls and Elding Oscarson, Design firm from Sweeden designed a building that naturally divides both the interior functions and the site itself. Photography by Åke E:son Lindman.
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