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  • 3 Feminine Apartments Designed For 3 Sizes

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

    Latest Articles
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Sam Shah and his wife Anne Suttles turned a once-dilapidated 1920s bungalow in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood into their dream home. Shah, Suttles, and their daughter, Tesla, use their outdoor space as an extra room.
  • Homes of Distinction Tour 2015

    Long Island Style
    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
  • 5 Luxury Bathrooms In High Detail

    Interior Design Ideas
    HD Staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Most people don’t spend hours at a time in the bathroom. Even a long and luxurious bath doesn’t normally go on that long. But the time we do spend in that sacred space should be comfortable. Whether we’re washing our faces, putting on makeup, or shampooing, a beautiful bathroom is a luxury we can all get behind. Take a look inside these five luxury bathrooms and get inspired for creating your own amazing space. The first bathroom is a visualization of a bathroom carved into rock, giving the space the feeling and appearance of being located in a cave. The craggy walls stand…
  • 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…
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  • In the Swing Of It: Hospitality Trend

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

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

    Ali Morris
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    PearsonLloyd fully customizable Edge table system for Modus can be used across a variety of applications from a canteen table, to an office desk to a meeting room table. Simple, lightweight and refined, Edge embraces the mixed demands of the modern workplace The Edge is designed to span the divide between the independent table and full desking system. Starting with a simple table from which to eat, meet or work, Edge can be scaled up to function as a workbench or touchdown area, from intimate creative studio to large corporate office. Equally suited to a hospitality interior, Edge has an…
  • Zinta Modular Sofa System by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

    Ali Morris
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Graphic, lightweight and fluid, Zinta is a new modular sofa system by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper.  Boasting smooth lines and warm materials, the Zinta’s deep seat perfectly supports the casual recline of the body. A system of variable lengths and gentle angles allows the Zinta sofa to weave through spaces. It can serve as simple, single sofa or large-scale organizing principle in an open space. Its wooden shell -  available in wood veneer in natural, brown and dark oak - can be upholstered with a range of cushion options with diverse materials and fillings.  The aluminum…
  • Metal Mesh: Hospitality Trend

    Ali Morris
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Durable, strong and weather resistant, metal mesh is molded into shape to form lightweight and surprisingly comfortable outdoor/indoor furniture.   Made from expanded steel mesh, Benjamin Hubert’s ‘Net’ tables for Moroso are available in a selection of powder-coated paint colors. The colorful ‘Golf’ chairs by Studio Chiaramonte-Marin forEmu feature a cushioned seat and back made from metal mesh. The ‘Honken’ armchair by Swedish designers Johan Lindau, Stefan Borselius and Thomas Bernstrand for Blå Station pairs an expanded metal…
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  • Houzz Tour: Wool Store-Turned-Apartment Gets a Glamorous Reboot (18 photos)

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    On a hot day, it’s rumored, a faint aroma of lanolin pervades New Farm’s Teneriffe Wharf precinct in Brisbane, Australia. It may linger from the 1900s, when Australia’s wealth and national identity were tied to its primary industries, particularly wool. Vast wool and grain stores sprang up along the...
  • Great Design Plant: Grow Blueberries for Their Fruit and More (6 photos)

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Native to the eastern U.S., highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum) and lowbush (Vaccinium angustifolium) blueberries thrive in our acidic soils and plentiful rainfall, making them one of the easiest of edible plants to grow in home gardens. Highbush blueberry is the taller shrub...
  • My Houzz: Artists Look to the Southwest for Inspiration (13 photos)

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    When artisan woodworker Aleksandra Zee and musician Antom Kury moved in together, they kicked off a new chapter in their life with a purge. As artists who lead busy lives, they wanted to create a calm and peaceful space to come home to. They both tend to gravitate toward a clean, minimalist style, but...
  • Shop Houzz: A Penchant for Penguins (58 photos)

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Penguins, our fine feathered and flightless friends known for their sociability and resilience, are a constant source of amazement for young and old alike. Their natural tuxedo-like coloration is also the inspiration for a chic black and white theme that you can carry throughout your home. Explore...
  • What's Wrong With My Plant? Leaves Often Hold the Clues (9 photos)

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Though it is often said that our eyes are the window to our soul, when it comes to plants, their leaves can be the window to their health. Problems such as nutrient deficiency, overwatering, high levels of salts and too much sun are indicated by changes in the leaves. Let’s look at some of the most...
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  • A Very Special Mother’s Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

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

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

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

  • Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

    Lucy Wang
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Read the rest of Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Aaron Taylor Harvey, Airbnb, Airbnb Customer Experience center, Airbnb CX center, Airbnb office, call center, Customer Experience center Portland, free design, Office, open office, Portland, Rachael Yu
  • PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

    Lidija Grozdanic
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Read the rest of PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: "natural materials", Abyssinia lamps, Ethyopia, green design, hand-made lamp, lamp design, local artisans, Milan Design Week, pendant lamps, Pet Lamp
  • Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

    Lidija Grozdanic
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    Read the rest of Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: green architecture, Green Building, green roof, green roof buildings, green-roofed architecture, Latvia, SAALS Architecture, SAALS Latvia, terrain, Zeimuls Center, Zeimuls center Latvia
  • Devastating 7.8 earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal

    Kristine Lofgren
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal today, killing hundreds and sending a ripple of aftershocks through the country. The shaking caused buildings to crumble in the country’s capital of Katmandu, including a historic 200-foot watchtower that was occupied by tourists when the quake struck. The earthquake also caused avalanches and shifting on Mount Everest, killing hikers on the mountain. Read the rest of Devastating 7.8 earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Dharahara tower, earthquake, India earthquake, Katmandu earthquake,…
  • JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

    Kristine Lofgren
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    JetBlue is partnering with bag-makers Manhattan Portage to turn decommissioned uniforms into trendy bags. The airliner is taking its its unused flight gear and turning it into a collection of carryalls. “When we launched our new uniforms, it was important to us to keep the fabric from the old and unworn uniforms out of landfills by putting them to good use,” says Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability at JetBlue. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Architecture reuse, ecouterre, JetBlue, Recycled Materials, recycling, reuse
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  • Adapted to the Modern Worker On-the-Go: Creative Shortcut Stool and Chair

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    With the modern worker is on-the-go, moving from meeting to meeting and from quiet to collaborative environments, Steelcase brand turnstone created the Shortcut stool and chair for short-term sits that keep pace in today’s office. Shortcut is ideal for conference room meetings or impromptu brainstorms around the kitchen. According to the project developers, the fully customizable project is ergonomically designed to support the modern worker. The chair features a pneumatic handle on the left side, allowing multiple uses and height adjustments.Other features of the design include a special…
  • How To Avoid Mistakes When Renovating

    Shelley Little
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    This master bathroom proves to be a unique and successful remodel. Image Source: JRP Design and Remodel Renovating. The word alone conjures images of messy, dust-filled rooms. Think of kitchen renovations where the stove, fridge and dishwasher have been pulled out and placed in the middle of the TV room—optimal for entertaining guests, right?  Even worse, bathroom renovations where your entire family of five is forced to share ONE bathroom while the work is being done.Yes, renovating can definitely induce high-levels of stress. Renovating can be especially stressful when we encounter…
  • Visually Striking Applecross House Showcasing Large Roof and Balcony Overhangs

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:28 am
    Applecross House by Brian Burke Homes is an original looking two-level residence located in Perth, Australia, close to the Canning River foreshore. The aim of the architects was to maintain the essence of a traditional home, while planning an unconventional luxury retreat. Due to extensive use of glass and large terraces adjoining both levels, the retreat perfectly balances open and enclosed spaces. The swimming pool mirrors the construction during the day and completes the image of an opulent lifestyle.Local weather conditions had a powerful influence on the overall design and layout:…
  • “Passage of Landscape” Residence in Japan Honoring Interconnected Spaces

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Passage of Landscape in Toyota, Japan is a private home designed by Achitect ihrmk near a terraced paddy field. The clients wanted a home that would allow them to wake up to the peaceful sounds of nature. Functionally, the brief required plenty of storage space to fulfill their daily needs: “I did not want to design unsociable utopia nor a symbol of the scenery; I wanted to create the house which can participate to the flow of natural its environment. Accordingly, I decided to make passages from south to north on the first floor and from east to west on the second floor“,…
  • Visually Provoking Modern Retreat in Bulgaria: Slight Slope Long House

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Located in Targovishte, Bulgaria, Slight Slope Long House is a modern residence envisioned by I/O Architects as a massive horizontal volume. According to the project developers, the topography of the site resembles a cavea of an antic theater: “The long structure is facing the favorable sun orientation and the view in slight opposition of the slope. This way entering diagonally into the house the height of the spaces changes in relation to their grade of privacy. In the opposite direction and apart from the main progression are the guest rooms over the compressed space of the entrance…
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  • Playful Materials Refresh a Dated Hollywood Home

    Luke Hopping
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The main level of the two-bedroom house is elegant and contemporary, with whitewash hickory floors and gray and white tones mixed with warm walnut. This way, the designers let the furniture and accent materials produce all the fun.  Image courtesy of Andrea Putman. When JAC Interiors was commissioned to revive an old 1,200-square-foot Hollywood home, the clients—a young couple who the designers call “fun and quirky”—requested the firm find a way to transform the space with as little construction as possible. They wanted a place with a modern edge, but not a scheme so outlandish…
  • Finally, Office Furniture for the Laptop Workforce

    Luke Hopping
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    In lieu of regimented cubicles, Airbnb’s Portland, Oregon, call center features furniture tailor-made for laptop-based work. When Spencer Staley started GoodMod—now a multidisciplinary design and fabrication studio, furniture repair outfit, and retailer—in 2002, he was operating from an antique mall, selling midcentury furniture he handpicked from garage sales. Today Staley, an entirely self-taught designer, and his team of nearly a dozen makers have developed a novel concept for office furniture in tandem with Airbnb’s Environments division.  The challenge involved building a call…
  • Behind the Scenes with Ellen's Design Challenge Winners Katie Stout and Karl Champley

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Brooklyn furniture designer Katie Stout took home the top prize of $100,000 when she won Ellen's Design Challenge with the help of her appointed carpenter, HGTV veteran Karl Champley. Image courtesy of Ellen's Design Challenge. Take a look at any of the bold furniture pieces Katie Stout created on Ellen’s Design Challenge with the help of her partnered carpenter, Karl Champley, and it’s clear why the pair stuck around until the final episode of the HGTV design show. Aside from a slightly dramatic twist at the end of the competition, which began with a less-than-desirable finale…
  • Why Two Chairs Are Better Than One

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    There are times when all a room needs is seating enough for two people to share a nice conversation. Such is the case in this rural Texas home. Photo by Jack Thompson.
  • 8 Cool Aboveground Pools

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Sam Shah and his wife Anne Suttles turned a once-dilapidated 1920s bungalow in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood into their dream home. Shah, Suttles, and their daughter, Tesla, use their outdoor space as an extra room.
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    Better Living Through Design

  • Friday Links

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Tom’s hut (Photo: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel) Art/Sculpture: Günter Haese Could Japanese Design Be the Cure for Your Tech Addiction? The Ockham Razor- a minimalist, modern razor. Self Portraits: Harry Woodrow plants envelop dossofiorito’s hanging epiphytes pots with their roots “What I Wish I’d Known Before Building My Shipping Container Home” Cute tiny house: Tiny house is almost passive, clad in shou-sugi-ban Six Lessons in Restoration   Have an excellent weekend.
  • Waterworks Bulb

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    The Waterworks Bulb looks so much better than a wine bottle Plant Nanny, don’t you think? It’s suitably sized for smaller houseplants, and blends in more with its surroundings thanks to its clear glass bulb. You can also choose which sort of terra-cotta cone you’d like based on the amount of water a specific plant needs, thus ensuring ideal water flow and happier, healthier plants. Brand: House of Thol (also available from their webshop) Material: Glass bulb and terra-cotta cone Glass bulb: Ø 11 cm and cone: 11 cm. Here’s House of Thol’s original crowd-funding…
  • BFGF Woven Blankets

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    If you’re shivering alone at night, wondering where all the other weird and wonderful people are, you need a BFGF blanket to keep you company. With simple sketches of banal objects, the blankets give a casual cartoon perspective that is both familiar and funny. The Worldwide Aura Blanket (above) is my favorite, but the others will be just as warm and will perhaps suit you and your décor just as well. BFGF also have mouse pads, bags, and apparel, if you’re in a shopping mood. Digitally woven 100% cotton blanket. Dimensions: 71″ x 53″ $25 shipping for orders in the USA,…
  • Fabric Keyrings by Craig Damrauer

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Third Drawer Down Studio has collaborated with artist Craig Damrauer to create this set of fabric keyrings. They all feature a blend of science and art in word equations (“Modern Art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t”). You’ve got to be tempted, for there’s at least one that fits your realm of interests. Artist: Craig Damrauer Woven fabric keyrings, size: 120mm x 25mm (4.75″ x 1″)
  • Bounce Shade by Karl Zahn

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    This light bears its name for obvious reasons. The adjustable light projects a beam onto a folded aluminum shade, which then bounces the light back towards its source. The large, sail-like shade seems to float in mid air, yet reality shows a thin chain that hangs from a single point in the ceiling. This complete separation of light source and shade allows for various placements- do have some fun with moving it around to figure out the best effect. The light source can be placed on the floor, a table, or mounted to a wall. Designed by Karl Zahn Available in Small or Large.
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  • Flexible Office Furniture: Desk, Couch and Lounge in One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Linda Merrill
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    I received an offer from the American Blanket Company, located in Fall River, Massachusetts, to test out one of their soft fleecy blankets. Well, I am a girl who loves a blankie (I'll admit it!) and I have a dog who REALLY loves a soft blankie!American Blanket Company stems from a line of family owned businesses with a long history in the textile trade right here in Massachusetts. They make top quality fleece blankets, throws, baby blankets and a new pet line.They invited me to try out one of their Luster Loft™ throws which come in either 50"x70" ($49) or 50"x80" ($59).All of their…
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  • Bling, Copper, and Fur…When in Germany!

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

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

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

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

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

    Remodelista Team
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Take a look at a few things that grabbed our attention this week.  Above: In anticipation of our upcoming Organized Kitchens issue, we ran into an L-shaped kitchen in Victoria, Australia, where every mug has its place. Photograph by Eve Wilson.  500 years of New York's skyline. Trailer turned tiny retreat.  Above: British designer Max Lamb displayed 42 seat designs in an abandoned Milan garage.  A bohemian alternative to Airbnb.   On our wish list: durable kraft paper backpacks and tote bags.  Above: We're admiring an LA family home designed by DISC…
  • The Architect Is In: Daniel Piechota Talks Kitchen Overhaul

    Meredith Swinehart
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The story of a recently completed San Francisco remodel by San Francisco firm Sagan Piechota starts out like that of many others. A sturdy but uninspired house—this one built in the 1930s as part of a large San Francisco housing development—needs an update. The owners want to respect what's already there but want to insert modernity "in a tasteful and elegant way," as architect Daniel Piechota says, "while keeping an eye on costs." But different people have different priorities. Piechota's clients, former professional chef Randy Windham (of now-closed Monk in SF) and entrepreneur and tech…
  • Trending on Gardenista: Zero-Waste Gardening, Aussie-Style

    Remodelista Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are countless approaches to green gardening, but few are as inventive and inviting as what Michelle and team discovered this week in their ventures Down Under. Motto to remember: No plant is too weird. Above: At Home with Eco Garden Entrepreneur Joost Bakker. Above: DIY: Joost Bakker's Flowerpot Pendant Light. Above: Ikea Hack: DIY Midcentury Planters on a Budget. Above: Designer Visit: A Courtyard to Covet in a Modern Melbourne Garden. Above: Etsy Find: Hanging Cloud Planter from Australia. Above: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Australia. Above: Escape to Tasmania: An Obsolete…
  • Mother's Day Gift Guide: Picks from the Remodelista Market on May 9

    Remodelista Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We're hosting our first Remodelista & Gardenista Market of the year on May 9—the day before Mother's Day—at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Landing, California, just 30 minutes from San Francisco. (It's a lovely drive over the Golden Gate Bridge.) More than 40 favorite local designers and creators will be there, and we've rounded up gifts from them that we have in mind for our moms. (For pricier items, we say go in with your siblings.) See our Markets page for details, including a full list of vendors. Hope to see you there!  Above: Furniture designer Alice Tacheny's Flax…
  • 12 Boutique Paint Companies from Around the World

    Margot Guralnick
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Just as colors evoke places, paints from around the world speak in irresistible foreign accents. At least we think so—which explains why admiring the offerings from stylish, far-away paint companies is a favorite pastime around here. True, we're unlikely to be able to bring a quart home, but we love looking. Join the club: Here are some of our favorites from the Remodelista greatest-hits archive (and several have US vendors). England Above: Konig Colours: A New Line of Eco Paints from England's First Family of Design. Above: 5 Favorites: British Boutique Paint Companies. Above: Back to…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • A Colorful "Big Girl Room" for Violette — My Room

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Name: Violette (3) Location: Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom My little girl is turning 3 in April, and it was time for a real big girl bedroom. The room is teeny tiny, so it was definitely a challenge! I wanted the room to be kid-friendly yet elegant and timeless, with plenty of colours. READ MORE »
  • Suna's Dramatically Colored Santa Cruz Dream Home — House Call

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Name: Suna Location: Santa Cruz, California I have lived here for eight years. When my realtor showed me the house my heart stopped. It had fallen out of escrow and was suddenly back on the market. Despite its quite grandiose exterior (Victorian Italianate style) it is actually a very comfortable family home. The rooms have wonderful proportions and 12-foot ceilings. Fortunately, the necessary modernizations have left the house reasonably intact. The integrity of the house has not been compromised. READ MORE »
  • How Much Do You Spend on Your Hobbies Each Month? — Reader Intelligence Request

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    We regularly ask readers to share how much they spent on a given item, service, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay. Today's Question: How Much Do You Spend on Your Hobby Each Month? READ MORE »
  • Preview the Whitney's First Exhibit in Their New Space — Design News

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    The opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art building designed by Renzo Piano has been an awaited event. The inaugural exhibition, "America is Hard to See," includes 600 pieces from 1900 to today. It opens next week on May 1, and runs through September 27. READ MORE »
  • Spring Flowers for Prickly Black Thumbs: 7 Paper Plant & Cacti Projects

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    I love spring, but I am no gardener. Instead of kneeling in the dirt in my backyard, nurturing the earth, you'd probably find me making one of these paper plants or cacti instead. They are fun and colorful, without the care. READ MORE »
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

  • iittala on Sale at Design Public

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

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

  • Delicious Symmetry in Mirrored Pair of Australian Townhouses

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

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

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

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

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Eclectic Bedroom by Hartford Photographers Lanny Nagler Photography Who says a bed has to have a “headboard”? Or, at least, who says it has to be the traditional headboard?  It’s true, bedframes with headboards serve a utilitarian purpose. They give you a place to prop your head while sitting in bed, thus protecting walls and providing a measure of comfort. But just because the traditional way has been the standard bed frame with headboard doesn’t mean you can’t think of more creative ways to provide some interest in your bedroom while protecting the walls.
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  • Link love

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Sheep screen printed teatowel  As an art and design teacher, Unni spends her free time on her label Strand. Using quality textiles, Unni hand prints her own drawings as well as images she has taken onto fabrics such as organic cotton and linen, paying close attention to detail as she goes. Her love for nature and animals runs deep and shines through in all her pieces with her eco-friendly materials and animal prints. { 1. Sheep print linen pillow case ; 2. Feather print linen tea towel ; 3. Linen screenprinted reindeer teatowel } .. Strand
  • Colonel

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Founded in 2012, Colonel started off as a studio by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet. Curating a mixture of their own products and a selection of equally beautiful products from other renowned brands, their website offers many home products which have a running theme of light wood, patterns and fresh colours.  They also have a beautiful store in Paris that is on our list of places to visit as fellow fans of the colour palette and use of patterns. Colonel pieces are sure to bring a bright and cheerful vibe to any room ( we suggest every room). .. Colonel
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    2Modern Blog

  • Moooi Introduces New Models of Raimond & Heracleum Contemporary Lamps (2Modern)
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Dutch design studio Moooi unveiled two beguiling new versions of the brand’s best selling Raimond and Heracleum lamps at this year’s Salone del Mobile. The Raimond Tensegrity Floor Lamp adds a floor model to the Raimond modern pendant range—named for its designer Raimond Puts—a spherical design comprised of delicate stainless steel bands and studded with tiny LED lights. In the floor version, Raimond’s sparkling globe rests gingerly on a stand made from slender oak sticks, appearing to hover just above it, rather than resting on it. Bertjan Pot and Marcel…
  • Exclusive 2Modern Sale: Save 20% on Modloft, April 22 – May 6 (2Modern)
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Our collection of modern furniture by Modloft is on sale exclusively at 2Modern, and it includes a 20% savings on contemporary beds, nightstands, dining chairs, tables, and modern accent pieces. Modloft’s range of well-priced Mid Century-inspired furnishings are distinct for their clean lines and minimal ornamentation, but remain accessibly priced for the serious design enthusiast. This exclusive sale continues through May 6th only, so shop the MODLOFT modern furniture sale here >
  • Varaluz Eco-friendly Contemporary Lighting Sale (2Modern)
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    ‘Design With a Conscience’ has always been the motto of American modern lighting brand Varaluz—a philosophy that’s yielded a collection of imaginatively crafted lamps made primarily from recycled materials. Discarded and repurposed materials, including glass, steel, shells, and fibers comprise the contemporary designs that define the Varaluz range. In time for Earth Day, and beyond, our Varaluz lighting sale offers a generous 15% reduction on all eco-conscious lighting models. The sale lasts through April 30th, so shop the Varaluz sale here >
  • Milan 2015: Hardware With a Twist from Droog (2Modern)
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Dutch design collective Droog, which knows a thing or two about making a big splash, kept things small and humble at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Focusing on the rudimentary (and mostly overlooked) elements in furniture construction, Droog introduced Construct Me!, a suite of hardware—nails, screws, hinges, nuts, brackets—designed to inject both fun and panache into ordinary workhorse details. Screws with emoticon faces, nails that, when hammered, flatten out into ornamentation, and colored hinges with decorative cut-out patterns may sound showy enough, but…
  • Knoll Outdoor Sale: 15% Off + Free White Glove Delivery April 17-28 (2Modern)
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Our Knoll Outdoor Sale has arrived just in time for the sunny season ahead. Save 15% on all modern outdoor furniture by Knoll—including Mid-Century modern design classics by Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen, and more recent contemporary outdoor seating, like the lightweight Olivares and Skeleton outdoor chairs—innovative in both visual and material application. Free white glove delivery is included in this sale, which lasts through April 28th. Shop the Knoll Outdoor Sale here >
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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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  • Mother & Daughter, Second Verse

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
      And now – to announce a new and very exciting contest – courtesy of a long time sponsor – The Antique Drapery Rod Company!  They are a sponsor because I am a client – and have been for years and years.  Almost every curtain rod I’ve ever used is from their company.   John Fowler – the greatest curtain designer of the 20th century.   He meticulously drew out the details of the swags and jabots of his creations:   Fowler’s sketch and the actual curtain created from it.  Picture courtesy of Little Augury   As you know, in my opinion,…
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  • Pullman Beds

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

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

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

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

    Jane F
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Check out these white mosaic tile shapes — lovely alternatives to the 1-inch white mosaic dot tile that many architects favor. Just this week, while looking for a blue and white tile I’d seen in a magazine, I literally stumbled across a number of shaped white mosaic tile patterns in the Walker Zanger Tilt collection. Five different shapes of these white-on-white stoneware (ceramic) mosaics struck me as stunning, interesting, unique, and different from anything I’d seen. Mosaics are small scale, of course, and I favor mosaics for the richness all the little pieces add to a…
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  • Nick & Toni’s Brunch

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

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

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

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

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

  • What are Faux Wood Shutters Made Of?

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Create an Instagram-Worthy Office Display

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

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

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

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

    Rima Butto
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    I’m a huge fan of IKEA – simple design, great prices, what’s not to love? Though the problem with shopping at super popular furniture stores is just that, they’re popular, meaning that the desk you fell in love with is probably sitting in a thousand other people’s offices. Since I’m all for making things your own while also saving some serious cash, I’ve recently gotten into IKEA Hacks: easy ways to transform your furniture from the beloved Swedish manufacturer to make it look like it isn’t actually from there. Tons of different bloggers,…
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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 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.
  • Anatomy of a Room - Kit Kemp Bedrooms

    14 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Europe, I stayed in some amazing hotels but The Ham Yard Hotel in London captured my attention. Designed by Kit Kemp, it is one of the Firmdale hotels that she owns with her husband.  As my New Years goal is details, this hotel was full of design surprises and curious choices. I loved her layering skills - mixed up, unmatched but not too juvenile or garish. Here is her design philosophy from Lonny Magazine: "My palette is diverse, but my style is about achieving a balance between what’s colorful and what’s neutral and…
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  • Small Apartment Decorating Ideas – Living Room Style

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    During my daily chat with best of friend AM today, as we were talking about jobs, life, family and friends she blurted out,  “Demi Moore is selling her New York apartment for $75 million.  You... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chic Wood Napkin Rings – Shop Monday

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:39 pm
    The answer is: stylish wood napkin rings!   Just yesterday, my boyfriend TE and I were having a conversation about appropriate host or hostess gifts. Why we were chatting about the proper host... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business

  • Are Designers ‘Worthy’ Of Being Compensated Well?

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

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

  • 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…
  • California Traditional Home Tour

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

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

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    I was instantly drawn to the fresh, elegant and traditional minimalism of the interiors showcased in the portfolio of J.K. Kling Associates. With over 25 years of experience, Judy Kling and daughter Wendy Wolcott are transforming interiors from Manhattan to Palm Beach. Rich in pattern, color and comfort, the design duo creates the kind of spaces that make you not want to leave your home. So I’m thrilled to be interviewing Wendy Wolcott of J.K. Kling Associates today! Simplified Bee: I love that you are a mother – daughter team! When did you realize that you wanted to design together?
  • Signature Style with Garnet Hill

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    My signature style in regards to my own home? I was recently asked this question by the folks at Garnet Hill. Simply put, my signature style is traditional with a modern flair. It’s always functional (the organizer in me!). I too am drawn to classical, timeless looks. The design of my own bath showcases my signature style. I’m loving my new Signature Towels by Garnet Hill (now on sale… so don’t delay!). Monogrammed towels are the best and these are timeless. Just what I was trying to achieve. happy decorating, cristin *this post was sponsored by Garnet Hill –…
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    lookslikewhite Blog

  • Steely Blue Decor

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

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

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

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

    Trudy Crane
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Last week I did a post comparing home decor and food styling.....As I said last week I think there is always a link between what we see in fashion, food styling and home decor. Don't you just see these girls strolling into these homes? What do you think? Do you love the look?Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life                                                …
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    Franki Durbin

  • Tot Fashion: Our Garden Party with Kate Mack...

    franki durbin
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    It's no secret I love dressing these two little girls. Our saving grace is a handful of brands that they both enjoy equally and can wear matching or at least coordinating outfits. Why, you ask? It's much easier to get a toddler dressed (and keep her clothes on) if she's inspired to look like her cooler sister. While many of their "playground" clothes are from other brands such as J. Crew and Tea Collection, no outfits are favored more than their Kate Mack / Biscotti pieces. These are always the most feminine, the most fabulous and the most beautiful pieces in the closet. These…
  • Current Obsession: The Slouchy Pink Satchel I Simply Must Own...

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

    franki durbin
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    The single shoe every fashion editor can agree upon: the nude pump. This leg lengthening, silhouette slimming, go with everything wardrobe staple is a must-have according to every Nina Garcia out there. And yet, "nude" is that elusive shade that varies for every woman. Well, Louboutin is striving to bridge the skin tone gap by expanding their definition of the color. Now in five shades and a variety of style, you too can rock a pump that comes close to matching your unique version flesh, whether that be fair blush or rich chestnut. Did I mention, new nail colors were released as well? A match…
  • Tot Fashion: Samantha's Spring Picks....

    franki durbin
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Samantha's style picks are always a hit. We thought we'd launch into spring and summer dressing with some of her favorite selections from J. Crew. But first... what does my precocious 7-year old pine for in an outfit? I'll allow her to elaborate... Q: Tell us about your style...A: I'm kind of feminine and sporty at the same time. It's important to be girly and fun when you're a little girl. Q: On a typical day, what do you wear? A: Most days I wear leggings and a tunic or dress. I like the idea of having modesty and style at the same time. Q: Your sister is three. Do…
  • Beauty: Facing Forward with Skin Care Infused Makeup...

    franki durbin
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    Those of you following along have seen my recent quest to find the best foundation. I've been migrating from my long-standing favorite to something new and it's been an epic quest that has taken me to beauty counters far and wide. My deep search turned up lots of great experimentation, plenty of gems along the way and a few disappointments as well. Little did I know that my very first stop to the Chanel counter a few months ago would yield what I now deem as the very best of the best. First, a bit of background. I have combo skin that's drier on the cheeks and oilier in the…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • No-Sew Full Reupholster Chair

    Emily Burmeister
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Hello all, Emily here. I did something big, time consuming and somewhat difficult. But I did it! I have been wanting to reupholster a chair for a while. I have dabbled in redoing chairs, but they were simple cushion redo’s. However, this time I tackled the full, big time, full reupholster. I also challenged myself and did this with absolutely no sewing!There is not too many examples of this on the internet, so it was a lot of trial and error for me. I purchased this chair from a second hand store. It was outdated and had a horrible color. But, I liked the bones of the chair.The first…
  • Vintage Nurseries: Colors, Styles & Accents

    Grace Lynne Fleming
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    From Victorian to retro, there are a host of style specifics that fall under the “vintage” genre. And when it comes to the new baby’s room, that specificity comes in handy when deciding on cribs, colors and accessories. Vintage nurseries can have a beautiful aura and funky presence, but you’ve got to find the niche that feels right for you and the little one. Let’s have a look at some gorgeous ideas that will get the wheels turning!Soft Victorian.If you’re simply inspired by some vintage accents but you don’t want to put your entire room into the…
  • Reclaiming Wood For Today’s Modern Homes

    Vera Dordick
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    If the term “reclaimed wood” conjures up images of rustic cabins and country charm it’s time you took another look at this material. Modern designers and architects increasingly turn to reclaimed wood and other components to lend a unique persona to modern homes – both for the exterior as well as for interior spaces.Popular since the 1980’s, reclaimed wood has evolved from a shabby chic element to an ultimate expression of individuality. Because no two pieces are exactly alike, homeowners can be assured that their space is unique. Reclaimed materials are also the optimum recycling…
  • Contemporary Kiev Residence Promotes Harmony With Its Design

    Simona Ganea
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    In 2014, Sergey Makhno architectural workshop completed a stylish two-storey residence in Kiev, Ukraine. It offers a total area of 235 square meters divided into two main zones.The ground floor is a conglomerate of social spaces including the kitchen, dining room, living area and a large library. The same zone also includes a guest bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The first floor is a private zone containing three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a wardrobes.Both the facades and the interior design feature strong contrasts but stay simple. This strategy ensures a harmonious relation between the…
  • Top 10 Tips for Making Your Home Look Like a Cottage

    Casey Watkins
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    There comes a point in everyone’s life when you are so completely ready to get away from it all. You start daydreaming about secluded cottages during work and spending your weekends trolling Airbnb when you should be cleaning. Well, imagine coming home to a cottage every day. Doesn’t that sound lovely? There are certain things that most cottages have which you can easily add to your own home’s exterior. Take a look at these 10 tips for making your home look like the cottage everyone else daydreams about.1. Front DoorBelieve it or not, the front door you choose is important…
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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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  • Natural + Unique Furniture

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

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

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

    Jon Peters
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M It’s crazy to me that in the world of fashion that there can be so many different labels and people behind the scenes, and yet certain models take off in their career is appear to be everywhere at the same time. If you think about today’s supermodels, you might consider today’s top talent to have quite a unique look to them whether it’s Cara Delevigne’s eyebrows, Agyness Deyn’s androgenous style, Kate Upton’s Marilyn-esque look, or Chanel Iman’s fresh face. Coco Rocha, however, seems to be one of the most genuinely happy models around with a new full-time gig:…
  • Geometric Greatness

    Chelsea Lyle
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M I went shopping the other day for some accessories and received a stinging slap in my face. The slap was from life and she was letting me know that there’s a trend becoming so influential it’s literally taking over every visual design industry. I had a date to go on and, of course, looking feminine was on the top of my priorities list. I always wear jeans and steer very far away from accessories. I wanted something soft and organic. What do I find? Triangle rings, square bracelets, and necklaces with janky pendants that looked like how I drew (attempted) hexagons in Kindergarten.
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    Renée Finberg ' TELLS ALL ' in her blog of her Adventures in Design

  • My New Kitchen Plan

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 5 Reasons Why Replacing Windows and Doors Is A Wise Decision To Make

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

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

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

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

    Interior Design Style
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    For businesses and business travelers, dwellings designed specifically as corporate apartments can be a very useful solution for some very specific requirements. After a time, hotels may be inadequate or may not be cost effective for business travelers and employees who have temporary housing needs that require short term, flexible leases. The idea behind corporate apartments is to offer people a feeling of being in home away from home; a dwelling place that is comfortable, well appointed and convenient a place that doesn’t give the impression or living out of a suitcase. Corporate…
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  • Real Estate Mistakes: What NOT to do when selling your home

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

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

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal our Hot MLS listings in the Greater Toronto Area that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! 134 River Rock Heart Lake, Halton Hills Contact Shaan Shaikh to Book a Tour Asking Price: $429,900TheRedPin Rebate: $1,612| Details: 3 Beds, 3 Baths 21 Fimco Greensborough, Markham Contact Joy Mann to Book a Tour Asking Price: $550,000TheRedPin Rebate: $2,063| Details:…
  • Condo vs House: What should a 20-something buy in today’s Toronto housing market?

    TheRedPin Team
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    While the family dinner table is no stranger to awkward conversations and heated debates over politics or religion, a new topic of controversy managed to sneak into David’s most recent family gathering. Real estate. David Miller, a 29 year old, marketing manager in downtown Toronto took the opportunity of having the family gathered at dinner to announce he was considering making the leap from renting to becoming a first time homeowner. With no hesitation, his sister Sally made sure to voice her concerns by saying “I hope you’re not thinking about buying a condo downtown.” He nodded,…
  • [Infographic] When is the best time to sell a house in Toronto?

    TheRedPin Team
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    While location has long been the name of the game when it comes to real estate – particularly when throwing convenient subway access into the mix – strategically timing your home sale can make the real difference worth thousands of dollars to your bottom line. When is the best time to sell a house in the Toronto market? After crunching the numbers, we found that homes sold in May fetch higher prices compared to any other time of the year. Right in the heart of the spring seller’s season, May not only sees more homebuyers out on the market, but homebuyers are also willing to pay…
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  • Twister, swivel stool recycled oak wine barrel staves, ergonomic seat, limited edition by StilNovoDesign

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

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

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

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    495.00 USDCello bench is made with recycled oak staves from large wine fermentation barrels and from regular wine barrels.Our solid bench is a perfect combination of practicality, comfort, originality and sophistication; it can be integrated in any room of the house and will blend with any style of interior décor, from rustic to modern. This stunning bench makes a truly unique and practical piece of home décor.The hefty staves recycled from a fermentation cask are used for the top and legs, while smaller wine barrel staves are used for the 5 bars at the bottom portion. The bench can be…
  • The Platter, Recycled Oak Wine Barrel Staves large plate, centerpiece, Cherry Chocolate color by StilNovoDesign

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    185.00 USDOur gorgeous platter makes a magnificent centerpiece, and its versatility allows you to integrate it in your home decor in several creative ways, displaying flowers, crystals, candles, beads, wedding favors, cards or...sushi!This stunning piece can turn into a very elegant and original gift idea as well.All of our finely handcrafted items are made from reclaimed 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…
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    Sense Of Place - An Architect's Blog For Homeowners Who Care About Good Design

  • Easy Peasy Mid-Century Modern Ranch Kitchen Remodel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nina Holst
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    //Annonse Med vår i lufta er det full planlegging av uteområdet til det nye huset vårt, og da passer det perfekt at BONYTT byr på masse inspirasjon til uterommet i deres seneste utgave. Det er så deilig å få litt tips før man setter i gang. “BONYTT” er Norges største interiørmagasin og skriver både om innredning, arkitektur, kunst og kultur og gir deg ideer, tips og kunnskap til å skape et personlig og unikt hjem. De er også alltid tidlig ute med å presentere nyheter innen design, arkitektur og boligtrender. Med andre ord; masse inspirasjon og god lesning! BONYTT tilbyr nå…
  • Birthday girl

    Nina Holst
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:23 am
    The sun is shining and it´s by birthday today – what a great start to a new week! On the table I have fresh flowers that I bought on Saturday and put together myself… I just love the blue thistles for a hint of color. Images: Nina Holst
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  • Sophisticated Kiev Home Makes Creative Use of Natural Materials

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

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

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

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    Modern minimalism is sometimes perceived as cold, serious, or sparse. These beautifully designed spaces by Fertility Design show just the opposite, combining together unique design approaches with plenty of texture, smart storage solutions, and pops of color. At 1424 square feet (132 square meters), this apartment presents a unique solution to a ceiling problem, in which there was a height difference that threw off the interior’s aesthetics. To correct, the ceiling in the living area as given a beveled design, in addition to a sloping ceiling shape. This created a space that looked…
  • 5 Luxury Bathrooms In High Detail

    HD Staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Most people don’t spend hours at a time in the bathroom. Even a long and luxurious bath doesn’t normally go on that long. But the time we do spend in that sacred space should be comfortable. Whether we’re washing our faces, putting on makeup, or shampooing, a beautiful bathroom is a luxury we can all get behind. Take a look inside these five luxury bathrooms and get inspired for creating your own amazing space. The first bathroom is a visualization of a bathroom carved into rock, giving the space the feeling and appearance of being located in a cave. The craggy walls stand…
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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 coming soon). The post Key West Curb Appeal appeared first on Your home, only better..
  • 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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  • Mother’s Day Craft: Customized Photo Flower Pot

    Joy M
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Sometimes, it can be frustrating trying to find a suitable Mother’s Day gift.  However, mothers always appreciate simple gifts that come from the heart. You can make this simple present for your mom. It is affordable, easy to make and specially designed for her. Mother’s Day Craft: Customized Photo Flower Pot The perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Image via: TJ Prod Media What You Need: Flowers (your mom’s favorite) Flowerpot Flowerpot base Quality black and white photos A laser printer Scissors or something to cut paper with Strong glue Ribbon White acrylic paint Directions: If you…
  • Mothers Day Brunch: Italian Garden Frittata Recipe

    Joy M
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Given that Mother’s Day is around the corner, you’re probably wondering what food to prepare on that day. You most likely want something delicious but not too spicy; something easy to prepare but good enough for dinner for the whole family. The Italian Garden Frittata is the best Mother’s Day recipe for dinner or brunch. Make it using these instructions from Mother’s Day Brunch wouldn’t be the same without a tasty beginning! Mothers Day Brunch: Italian Garden Frittata Perfect for breakfast or brunch Image via: Egleg Raziani Ingredients: A cup of chopped mushrooms 3…
  • Weddings: Top 5 Summer Wedding Themes

    Simran Chhibber
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Are you planning a summer wedding and wondering where to start? A good place to begin would be the selection of a wedding theme. A wedding theme, reflects you and your partners personality, choices and likes and hence is a direct reflection of you. With so many options to choose from, how does one shortlist a few? Since, it is going to be a summer wedding, the season itself will help you make a selective list. Summer based themes are likely to make your wedding better received and enjoyed by your guests and you. So we on our part will bring to you a list of top 5 summer wedding themes…
  • Spring Brunch: Spinach and Bacon Quiche Recipe

    Lydia Mathews
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    For this spring how about trying out a brunch recipe that will cause you and your family to have an addiction to it?  This dish carries all of the traditional breakfast favorites and more.  The spinach and bacon quiche is quick and easy to make plus even better for the eating.  Spring is the perfect time for light foods that are delicious and celebrate the season. So let’s not waste anytime and dive right into this recipe. Spring Brunch: Spinach and Bacon Quiche Spinach and Bacon Quiche Slice Image via:  Food Network Ingredients 6 large Eggs, beaten 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Cream Salt…
  • Mother’s Day Brunch: Ham and Cheese Quick Bread

    Lydia Mathews
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    Ready to celebrate Mother’s day like never before?  Then look no further, because here is a recipe that will bring a delicious dish to the table but also a cheerful smile to your mother’s face.  For this year’s Mother’s day how about starting the day with a mother’s day brunch recipe that is sure to become a mother’s day tradition.  With all of the ooey-gooey cheesy goodness plus the baked ham, the ham and cheese quick bread recipe is sure to become a favorite.  So go on and try it out for this year’s Mother’s day. Prep Time:  20 min Cook…
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  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Amanda Gates
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    It’s no secret, every commercial cleaner at the super market geared to help you clean your home, is toxic to your health. Now more than ever people should be taking matters into their own hands, and making their own to keep their families safe. Homemade cleaners help you avoid harmful chemicals found in all commercial… Read more The post How to Feng Shui Your Cleaning Habits appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
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  • I’m Hooking You Up to Save More Money on Unique Home Decor!

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

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

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

    Kristie Barnett
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    What do you think most people would say is the best color to paint a dining room? Ten years ago you might have heard most people answer “red.” Actually if you polled a bunch of random people today, many would still say “red,” then quote something about how red stimulates appetite. I’ve never really understood […]
  • The Country Living Fair is Headed to Nashville and I’m Giving Away Tickets!

    Kristie Barnett
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The Country Living Fair is coming to Nashville for the first time, April 24-26, 2015! source Presented by Country Living Magazine, the event offers visitors the opportunity to fully experience the “Country Living” lifestyle and meet the editors of Country Living just outside of Nashville, TN. A great big show and sale of antiques, vintage, upcycled crafts, art, furniture, home […]
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  • Media: Traditional Home Magazine

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

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

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Fabulistas, the creative work continues on Ryan Serhant’s penthouse space. But, just because my team and I are hard at work, doesn’t mean you can’t see a few sneak peeks —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fab Events: Million Dollar Listing New York Premiere Party

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    Fabulistas, these days I don’t know if I’m coming or going — in a GOOD way! There is so much happening and so much going on from my participation in Design on a Dime to the Lenox... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NEW VIDEO: Design on a Dime — Behind the Scenes with Marks & Tavano

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Meet the brains behind Marks & Tavano — and check out the bright, fun “Pop Art” fabric from JAB Fabrics, I’ll be using to cover the Cliff Young chair I revealed to you in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Happy Earth Day 2015!

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

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

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

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

    Ann Porter, CKD
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wishing your Easter is decorated with love, peace and the joys of spring! I found this lovely photo on Danish website, Kom Med Ud. The pressed flower is so delicate and beautiful. If you want to try your own, there’s a tutorial available here and here.Filed under: Misc., Style Tagged: egg tutorial, Happy Easter, Holiday Wishes, joys of spring
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  • All Hail The Queen!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Are you considering to live in a new home? An easy home renovation project can transform the entire look of your home. Moreover, it can augment the appeal and value of your home, make it feel like new. Home development projects do not require a lot of time or money, but needs a properly planned strategy. Below are four simple ideas to develop your home and add to the value at the same time:- Home Improvement Idea – Kitchen A simple kitchen home improvement idea that can appeal to everybody is to repaint the kitchen cabinets. A poor and dull kitchen can be restored back to life by an…
  • DIY—Fix Your Noisy AC

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Your air conditioner will run with very little noise most of the time. Other times your system may get quite noisy all of a sudden and you’re not sure what has happened. There are a variety of things that can cause a noisy unit and you can try to fix them yourself. Some items may require you to call your air conditioning repair technician. Either way a noisy machine can become quite an annoyance. Check out these few DIY areas where you can fix your noisy air conditioning unit. Always remember if you’re in doubt, call the technician out. Loose Screws When your system is running it…
  • The Wood Galleries Encourages Exploration of the Great Outdoors

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    Like a breath of fresh air, this showcased property by The Wood Galleries uses reclaimed oak hardwood flooring to capture the essence of nature and create a unique space that encourages a more open, free-range application of interior design. This home in Richmond, Surrey sets the stage for comfort and relaxation while surrounded by ambient lighting and a dusky palette that perfectly lends itself to an enchanting evening.     The open floor plan is designed to be both spacious and accommodating, perfectly capturing the lighter hues of a sun-washed morning while providing plenty of…
  • Tips to Get the Pendant Lights Right

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    The pendant fixtures are a popular lighting choice for an array of rooms. Awareness of a few points will prove a great help in selecting the right fixture for a specific location as well as the height they should be hung at. Here are a few ways to start using them: Over a Table: The recommended height to hang pendants above a table is from 28 to 32 feet. However, the fixtures can be hung a little lower or higher depending on personal preferences, size, fixture and the ceiling height. Find out if the fixture is to offer ambient or task light and select a fixture that meets the lighting needs…
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  • 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…
  • green home styling

    Kelly Anderson
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In honour of St. Patrick's day, I thought I'd share a couple shots of the green shamrocks I recently brought home, along with a few vintage favourites. I have so much fun vintage-seeking and adding unique touches to my home with antique and natural items. Old crates and boxes and baskets are both organically appealing to the eye and are functional in corralling items in the entry, kitchen, bathroom, or really anywhere.Vintage kitchen tools are lovely too;  they're both useful and decorative. This old peeler is from my Mom. Reclaiming and re-using items from the past is a fun and green…
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    Inmod Modern Furniture Blog

  • Shop Sustainable This Earth Day !

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

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

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

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

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:13 pm
    You may not have a cow to trade for these magic beans, but if you did they would be well worth it. Fatboy has been producing these fabulous bean bags and various accessories for over a decade. They exemplify a brand that is definitely dedicated to a lifestyle design of comfort and style, and we are not complaining!  Comfort for the whole family is the name of the game here, they even have little Grover covered! Their variety of colors, sizes and  shapes of bean bags are quite remarkable, yet, they meet and beat all of your relaxation requirements when you didn’t think it was near…
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    Modenus Interior Design Blog

  • Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour NYC to ICFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Headboards Matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Manage Homes with Open Floor Plans?

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Types of curtains

    4 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    The curtains are essential in any home, and to prevent the passage of light and sun when so desired. You also get the privacy that everyone needs in their home, preventing them from outside can be seen inside, or that the part you want to show display only. They are very functional, and is virtually impossible to go to a home where there are no curtains in any of their stays. A decorative level also play a very important role because they can give that special touch to any room, in a perfect combination and adequate contrast. A very large market that I would summarize below. Venetian Also…
  • Decorate the house with beach style

    4 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Taking advantage is spring and summer is getting closer, DreamyApartment want to offer some tips to get you started to wear every corner of the house with the best of summer. Sun, beach, vacation, terraces … Get ready to fill your home with summer spirit with the help of appropriate furniture and accessories. From colors to prints, textiles and aromas, the summer decoration is characterized by bright, spacious, fresh and very natural touch spaces. Colors As on previous occasions, in DreamyApartment want to remind the importance of colors to decorate. Due to its characteristics, the…
  • Renew your home in this weekend

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Leveraging’s Friday already want to give you some tips to help you renew your home in this weekend. They are easy ideas you can do in two days, you just will involve effort and the expense is not too high (you know I always try to save the maximum and caring nature). Often the simplest design is the one that will most welcome and will make you feel much better when you’re home. With a few tips and tricks will be more than enough. Want to update and renew any of your rooms? You just need a weekend to make it happen. Neutral colors It is important to keep the neutral color palette,…
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    Coastal Decor, Beach, Nautical Decor, DIY Decorating, Crafts, Shopping | Completely Coastal Blog

  • Simple Sea Shell Napkin Rings | Summer Crafts

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

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

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

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

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    These fish net jars just became another Favorite Beach Jar Idea! They look awesome and are so easy to make since a decorative fish net is used. Unlike the Rope Net Bottles which require some knot tying skills! You can use any kind of jar or simple glass vase for this net project. A large vase would look quite stunning! You can also Paint your Jars Blue! Decorative fish net is available in
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  • Today's 10 On-Trend Interior Design Links You'll Love! | #DESIGNREFRESH

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

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

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

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

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m a big believer in reusing existing furnishings—that is…If they are in good condition and can be tweaked or modified to work in a new, fresh design scheme. Such was the case with this not-so-attractive oak pool table with red felt and bags. My client had been living overseas for some years, and it had been left in storage, in pieces. And because it was purchased a while back, the look of the pool table no longer worked with my client’s new, more contemporary design aesthetic and home decor.Here, take a look: So how did we make this beast appear sleek, beautiful, and…
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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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    Apartment Geeks

  • Clever ways to make extra cash on AirBnB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • From Trash to Treasure!

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

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

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

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

    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    I am always inspired by crystal.  I tend toward the more transitional and contemporary but I love the reflective quality, the sparkle and glamour of all crystal chandeliers. Like in lighting, I have a passion for jewelry.  I love to compare notes and be inspired by the movement and sparkle of a piece of jewelry, a statement piece that completes an outfit and commands attention. Cartier Lily Brooch – 1906 – Small Cartier, celebrity and bespoke jeweler, has extraordinary designs.  I love the vintage Lily Brooch designed in 1906 which reminds me of a very contemporary chandelier…
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    Courtney Price

  • Five Spring and Summer Cocktails

    Courtney Price
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    If this article made you thirsty please share it with your friends.
  • Casa Bohemia

    Courtney Price
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    What do you get when you blend Moorish, Spanish, European, American and Mexican influences? Bohemian luxury.
  • Blueberry Muffins Fit for Royalty

    Courtney Price
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    What makes these Blueberry Muffins the best ever? Secret ingredient and recipe here:
  • Dallas Art Fair Highlights

    Courtney Price
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    What's hot this year at the Dallas Art Fair: come take a look at highlights at @huffpostarts -
  • Smoked Salmon Club Tacos

    Courtney Price
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Let's take fish tacos to the level of excellence with this quick + easy recipe:
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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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  • Corian Countertops Pros and Cons

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

    Melina Divani
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    For some, the house should be more than a house—it should be a place that reflects their way of living. In the case of the TRESARCA house by DESIGNLUSH, lavishness is disguised in a cloak of modern taste mixed with industrial design. Unlike other homes, this one is upfront with its image—it boldly flaunts the block building from the minute you enter the yard, where at night one can enjoy the beautiful desert-themed ambiance created by grassy trees and ball-shaped lamps that calmly light your walkway. As you proceed, you will find an open-air lounge of sofas that allow for nothing less…
  • Gorgeous Villa With Impressive Stark White Interiors

    Melina Divani
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Villa Dafni put the “V” in villa. It is a stunning hideaway that fulfills the wildest fantasy of beauty, luxury, aesthetics, wonder, nature, and any other term similar to beatitude you can imagine. It’s simply gorgeous! The serene surroundings overlook the shimmering emerald waters of the sea. The Dafni Villa is a relaxing lavish retreat for tranquil vacations with matchless facilities and services for guest to take pleasure in. This captivating villa imbibes the essence of the environment with its impressive stark white interiors and natural white facades, while also creating a…
  • Cool Contemporary Central London home

    Melina Divani
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    A super one-bedroom property that has been meticulously designed and refurbished to create a cool and contemporary Central London home. The property is positioned on the fourth floor (with lift) of a stucco-fronted building, moments to Hyde Park. Given the elevated position, upon entering you are immediately struck by an abundance of light and far-reaching westerly views above and beyond the rooftops. The accommodation is spacious and well configured comprising a comfortable reception room that is open plan to the bespoke kitchen, a good-sized double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a…
  • Laura Ashley New Spring Summer 2015 Collection

    Melina Divani
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    If you’re a follower of interior trends, you’re going to love the brand new Laura Ashley catalogue. Their latest home collection for Spring Summer 2015 focuses on fresh ideas and original products that are going to transform your home. Check out the collection and discover the inspiration you need.
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    Brabbu | Design Forces

  • Using Marble in Design – A Marbleous Trend

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    What about that title, ah? We kindly stolen that idea from Yatzer. So, talking about this marbleous trend, using marble in design. The trend was conspicuous at many design trade shows, including the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Milan design week and London Design Festival. New and advanced technologies have augmented the number of ways in which designers can create and apply shapes using marble, thereby increasing productivity of and accessibility to marble-based products (albeit, some might argue, at the expense of traditional forms of craftsmanship). The kitchen of a private apartment…
  • M&O Americas – Designer of The Year 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    An essential part of the DNA of M&O, is the award for the Designer of the Year. With the first edition of Maison & Objet Americas in Miami, the M&O Americas board announced the brazillian designer Zanini de Zanine as the Designer of the Year 2015. It is believed that this award is an essential first step in providing a solid cultural context for the inaugural fair that will take place in Miami Beach. SEE ALSO: 2015 DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE WINNERS REVELEAD Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978, Zanini de Zanine stayed in Rio to study industrial design. He is the son of…
  • Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2015 in Review

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    iSaloni 2015 has officially closed its doors and now it’s time to review it, presenting the trends found there. On a total area of 201,700m2, design products were showcased by 2,106 exhibitors and 700 young designers. The fair was visited by 310,840 visitors, and 69% of exhibitors were made up by foreign companies. This year Salone del Mobile says: “Tell the story”. The story refers to creating a pleasant atmosphere and setting up your own ideal of beauty in space. Inspiration can be found everywhere, especially in the arts, people, traveling… SEE ALSO: ISALONI MILAN 2015: CHAIRS AND…
  • Spring High Point Market 2015 – The Highlights in a Nutshell

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    So, Spring High Point Market 2015 it’s over. And it’s time to let you know the HPMKT Highlights. Here, you will find the best brands, the best furniture and the best acessories from High Point Market, as chosen by the popular kids aka the style spotters. In a nutshell, the Spring High Point Market 2015 highlights. SEE ALSO: HIGH POINT MARKET 2015 – TOP 10 FURNITURE BRANDS Best Brand High Point Market 2015 It’s a tough decision to make, but afterr all, choosing the best brand from High Point Market, it’s choosing the one that have more chosen pieces by the style…
  • Maison & Objet Americas Preview

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    For the first time Maison & Objet will travel to America and will be held at Miami. Here you will find everything that you need to know about Maison & Objet Americas. The new Maison & Objet Americas show will be launched in Miami Beach on May 12-15, 2015. This brand-new event is designed to provide the sector’s players with a new way of doing business and boosting their profile, as well as bringing together, for the very first time, design and interior professionals from North and Latin America. SEE ALSO: MAISON & OBJET AMERIAS AND OTHE MIAMI DESIGN EVENTS Renowned for its…
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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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  • Must – Have Items for Small Spaces

    Ella Andrews
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Small spaces can often feel cramped and over – filled. Keeping your cosy home neat an organized can be a real pain sometimes. If every time you enter your home and it doesn’t feel right, then you need to revamp. The primary challenge with limited areas is that you need to be practical with your possessions. On the bright side, fewer possessions mean fewer things to worry about. Double – Duty You need to carefully consider each piece of furniture that comes to your home. You are allowed to have only narrow amount of items. The best strategy is to pick furniture that serves more than one…
  • Contemporary Blinds for Cooking Areas

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Many housewives these days like to spend some time in the kitchen where they prepare their favorite meals. But what should they know about privacy? Privacy is something that you need to provide not only for yourself, but also for your entire family. Of course, this doesn’t mean to completely isolate all the members of your family inside the house. Kitchen blinds are the thing you need in case you want to hide from curious eyes. Another great feature of kitchen blinds is that they are able to hide the disturbing sun rays when you are at the kitchen sink, for example. Let’s have a…
  • Ultra-stylish modern outdoor lounge chairs

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    What do you do on weekends? Personally, I like to invite some friends over and throw a little party near the pool outside my house. That’s why I got my outdoor chaise lounges placed in the right position so that everybody can enjoy a long and relaxing afternoon. Do you like it this way, too? Well, then go ahead and find what stands behind the success of choosing the perfect type of outdoor furniture for your home. Outdoor chaise lounges are one of my favorite types of furniture since I am lying and sitting at the same time! Just add your favorite drink and the company you like to spend…
  • Garden and Patio Tables and Chairs

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    I like it when it’s summer time! I can spend many hours with my friends out there in the garden areas near my home. And the outdoor dining sets are something that I wouldn’t be able to create my garden paradise without. What did I do? Well, just bought an outdoor dining table and a set of four chairs, placed them just in front of my house under the pergola and now we have a fantastic place to spend the countless hot summer hours in the evenings with amazing views over the ocean. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? If you are looking for outdoor dining sets you should definitely…
  • Stylish Water Fountains for Living Rooms

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    The indoor areas are not the typical place to have a fountain, I must admit. Well, interior decorators and designers all over the world try to find different ways to break the rules in our homes. Such fantastic example of a breakthrough is the trend of indoor fountains. If you want a personal Zen paradise, this articles is just the right thing for you. Indoor fountains can be in many different sizes and shapes. Today, our collection of interior fountains include mostly the smaller type of fountains with modern and contemporary shapes. Well, yes… there are some antique examples which…
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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

  • 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…
  • Home Remodeling on the Rise as Homeowners Opt to Stay

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Today’s housing and financial markets have seen a significant recovery since 2008, which has increased the demand for multiple home repairs and home improvement services. A part of the increasing demand has to do with the fact that more homeowners are now choosing to upgrade their existing homes to fit their changing needs and lifestyle. They are finding that there’s more risk involved with moving (where they may have to make several compromises), as opposed to staying where they can make their homes exactly how they want them, and without uprooting their families from their schools and…
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  • Kitchen Sets Review

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

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

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

    Vidya Sudarsan
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Share on Tumblr In today’s post, I’m glad to share my honest opinion on small yet powerful products for the home. You will find my review on a LED nightlight, KeySmart keychain, and a car shade. I hope you find this information useful. Apart from looking sleek and modern, the LED Designer nightlight is energy-efficient and [...] The post Small Yet Powerful Home Products appeared first on Related posts: ThinkEco² Rustic Handmade Products Moorbi — Sustainable Products For All! It’s a Small World – Chisel & Mouse Aquariums at Home
  • Food Art

    Vidya Sudarsan
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Share on Tumblr I’ve an adorable collection of food art for you! These wonderful work of art are created from simple food items that we consume on a daily basis. I don’t think most of us pause to admire what we eat unless it is brilliantly presented to us. Fruits and vegetables come in several hues, [...] The post Food Art appeared first on Related posts: Smart Kitchen Storage – Food Storage Carousel
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    Modern Interior Design & Furniture - Decoist

  • 16 Stunning Inspirations That Bring Home Mesmerizing Malachite!

    Sherry Nothingam
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Remember the time when Emerald was dubbed the hottest hue around and almost everyone you knew and their friends were desperate to find decor in this brilliant shade of green? Well, the emerald craze might have tapered off a bit in the last few seasons, but there’s been a revival of a mineral that was left behind by the 90s and its beige. Malachite is a mineral that combines dazzling color with amazing pattern to create show-stopping focal points in any room it adorns. And whether it is the real deal or a clever imitation, malachite manages to steal the show every single…
  • Black House Blues: Exquisite Forest Home Mixes Style with Soulful Melodies

    Sherry Nothingam
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    How big a role does music really play in your life? While many of us spend endless hours hooked to our iPods, most of our decorating choices influenced by music probably end with a few posters, a guitar on the wall or a piano in the living room. But a couple in complete love with Blues decided that their entire house would be shaped by this obsession, and the Black House Blues is a result of that undying love! Crafted by Studija Archispektras, the gorgeous modern home is located in a tiny village called Kulautuva in Lithuania and is surrounded by a lush green forest. Yet, it is the home’s…
  • Nifty Warehouse Conversion in London Wraps Modernity in Rich Heritage

    Sherry Nothingam
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Adaptive reuse of structures is a trend that is here to stay, and many homeowners across the world are quickly starting to understand the many benefits that it offers. This beautiful and innovative Shoreditch Warehouse conversion in London is another example of such creative reuse that not only reduces cost and wastage of materials, but pays a befitting tribute to the rich heritage of the structure and the neighborhood in which it sits. Turned into an elegant modern family home by Chris Dyson Architects, the revamped warehouse proudly displays its striking brick walls along with curated decor…
  • 8 Airy Homes with Giant Glass Walls That Open to Courtyards

    Yuka Yoneda
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    In theater, the term “breaking the fourth wall” refers to when a character ignores the invisible barrier between the stage and the audience to address showgoers directly, creating a whole new world of possibilities for the storyline. In architecture, opening up an opaque wall and replacing it with retractable glass can have much the same effect, especially when an outdoor oasis lies in wait on the other side. From a sprawling tropical paradise to a perfectly petite enclosed garden, read on for eight airy homes that expand onto gorgeous courtyards.A Dramatic Style StatementThis…
  • The Best DIY Projects for Spring

    Kate Simmons
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    This roundup has been in the works for awhile, as we at Decoist love getting inspired by the creativity of other design bloggers as much as we enjoy creating our own DIY projects. With a warm breeze in the air, now is the time to enjoy refreshing afternoons outdoors, and we can’t think of a better way to pass the time than crafting. Here are some of our favorite new projects from this spring, complete with helpful links should you choose to take a closer look…Planters and Other ContainersDIY projects involving planters, baskets, trays and other containers are often the perfect…
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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

  • Top 5 Budget Saving DIY Home Decor Items

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

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

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

    Decor Girl
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Spring means brunch-time so here is one of our breakfast favorites which can be dressed up for Easter with a sweet or savory twist. Read More
  • Are You Guilty Of The #1 Homeowner Mistake?

    Decor Girl
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    All to often a homeowner misses their opportunity to make their home more functional and unique. Have you make the homeowner's #1 mistake? Read More(Visited 5 time, 1 visit today)
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    Just Wood Flooring Blog

  • 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…
  • 5 ways to add value to your home

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:55 am
    If you’re looking to sell your home, it is natural for you to want to try to maximise its value. Property should be seen as a long term investment, and you should be doing everything you can to make sure that if you do decide to sell, you will get the best price possible for your home. With that in mind, here are 5 steps you can take to increase the value of your home.   1) Install double glazing In a time of rising energy bills, double glazing is seen as a major advantage and even sometimes a deal breaker for people looking to purchase a new home. If you can’t fit double…
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    The Grey Home

  • Rectangular or rounded tubs ?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Design Giggles: Furniture Delivery Woes

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

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

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

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

    Donna Hoffman
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Is celebrity furniture worth the cost? Would you buy a sofa endorsed by a celebrity? The Interior Design Advocate explains it all for you.     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…
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    Chic California

  • Mother’s Day Craft in a SNAP

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

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

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

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

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    19 Creative Uses For Tea Bag A few weeks ago I shared with you a DIY Restoration Hardware hack on how to make your own “aged” books using tea bags. If you missed it you can see it here. I aged a few more books over the past few weeks to use around my house. You {Read More...} The post 19 Creative Uses for Tea Bags appeared first on Chic California.
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  • Villa Peppinella by Domenico De Palo

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Villa Peppinella is a private residence designed by Domenico De Palo in 2011. Located in Puglia, Italy, the interior has a sleek and elegant design. Photos courtesy of Domenico De PaloMore...
  • House in Trakai by AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:18 am
    House in Trakai is a residential project completed by AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI. The home, surrounded by lush forests, is located in Trakai, Lithuania. House in Trakai by AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI: “Lithuanian nation tightly associates the idea of a country-house with outdoor toilets, no commodities, old furniture not fit even for a shed of a kitchen garden, a muddy pond and small crooked self-grown carrots. We tried to have a fresh look at..More...
  • La Fatte by White Interior Design

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:17 am
    La Fatte is a residential project completed by the Taiwanese firm White Interior Design. The interior is stylish, with a few accent pieces to add character. Photos courtesy of White Interior DesignMore...
  • House in Vilnius by Aketuri Architektai

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    House in Vilnius is a private home designed by Aketuri Architektai in 2013. The home is located in Vilnius, Lithuania. House in Vilnius by Aketuri Architektai: “A house that is integrated into a densely urbanised slope of a historic Vilnius suburban area dictates a new quality and aesthetics. The structure comes in contrast with it‘s surrounding architecture – wooden wreckage from the begining of the 20th century and gigantic residential..More...
  • Piedmont by Homepolish

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    Piedmont is a project completed by Homepolish interior Designer Jason Wong. The home is located in Piedmont, a town just outside of San Francisco, California, USA. Piedmont by Homepolish: “This gut renovation took place just outside of San Francisco, CA in a town called Piedmont. Homepolish Interior Designer Jason Wong worked from top to bottom in assisting this California family in building the home of their dreams. Of the design,..More...
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  • River and Stream – New Seating Furniture for Indoor and Outdoor by Kreoo

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Fresh and simple, nothing too fancy but stylish and with contemporary features this project of Australian apartment developer Orchard Piper in collaboration with architect and interior designer from Jolson and Eckersley Garden Architecture has the emanation of serene and welcoming bay. The contemporary curves of the building facade surrounded by the tree canopies host ten modern residences each with provided seamless float to the outside. Read the rest of Fresh and Simple Ground-floor Residence in South Yarra, Melbourne originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Beautiful Harmony of Colours and Textures at Charlotte Lancelot Poufs

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    SILAÏ is the new collection from Belgian designer Charlotte Lancelot for GAN, GANDIA BLASCO’s Indoor brand. SILAI means “stitch” in the Indian language and represents a reinterpretation of petit point embroidery. Read the rest of Beautiful Harmony of Colours and Textures at Charlotte Lancelot Poufs originally posted on © - 2015.
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  • A lot of marble and copper

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

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

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

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    Bold sofa by Urquiola - a little disapointing, but interesting Bisazza has extended its handmade 'Cementiles' line with a new '70s-inspired collection by French designer India Mahdhavi source:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Howkapow Blog

  • Reytan Jewellery

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

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

    Cat How
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 003 appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Our Autumn & Winter 2014 Photoshoots!

    Rog How
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Call us nostalgic, but we were looking through our scrollers the other day and we felt it had been too long since we shared them with you! We love getting creative in the studio (we dedicate afternoons at the end of the week to snapping and styling our shoots) and try and experiment with new colours, formats and styles. Here are some of our scrollers from our Autumn & Winter 2014 Collection… which one is your favourite? The post Our Autumn & Winter 2014 Photoshoots! appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Colour Palette Edit: 002

    Cat How
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 002 appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
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  • Exclusive restaurant in Antwerp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Colors brings ease and lively ambiance in the interior, and regarding the fact that the dining room should be an ecstatic and vibrant place when you have your meals the colorful setting is just perfect. Add as much as you can color in your dining room, and you will attain a dashingly aesthetic place with The post 10 Contemporary Colorful Dining Room Designs appeared first on Related posts: 10 Cool Dining Room Designs With a Chalkboard Wall Geometric Wallpaper in 8 Bold Dining Room Designs 12 Bold High Contrast Dining Room Design Ideas
  • 10 Ottoman Coffee Table Design Ideas For The Living Room

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    Ottomans have a major aesthetic role in the interior, the provide the living room with comfort, work as a great focal point and can truly boost up the visuals of the place. Usually ottomans are used for leaning your legs and getting extra comfort in the living room. However, little that you know is that The post 10 Ottoman Coffee Table Design Ideas For The Living Room appeared first on Related posts: 10 Contemporary Coffee Table Design Ideas for Living Room Interior 10 Amazing Pink Living Room Interior Design Ideas 10 Super Chic Living Room Interior Design Ideas
  • 9 Unicorn Inspired Bedroom For GIrls

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who knows how the obsession with Unicorns begun, but however it is widely spread worldwide and every girl or adult women are enchanted by this fictional animal. Of course, is undeniable fact that unicorns are awe-inspiring, mesmerizing and just dashingly beautiful. So, if would be a cool idea to integrate this incredibly beautiful animal as The post 9 Unicorn Inspired Bedroom For GIrls appeared first on Related posts: Best 8 Luxurious Decor Ideas for Girls Bedroom 10 Princess Themed Girl’s Bedroom Design Ideas 15 Stylish Pink Girl’s Bedroom Interior Design Ideas
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    Lights Online Blog

  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – April 24

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

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

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

    Emma Harger
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Because it’s almost time for Earth Day, I wanted to spotlight some beautiful uses of LED lighting. There’s a lot to love about LED: it saves you energy (and money), it lights your home well and its slender design means that lighting manufacturers can create more artful fixtures that really make you rethink how lights can look. I chose 7 of my favorites, but also built a Houzz ideabook with many other artful LED lighting choices because there is just so much eye candy to see! Corbett Lighting Spellbound Pendant: This gorgeous design has me feeling spellbound! The bold, overlapping…
  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – April 17

    Emma Harger
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    This week on Lights Online, we took a look at the glam new Quoizel Platinum collection, continued our Stylish Under $100 series with lamps and helped demystify the different parts of the Lighting Facts label. We also collected tons of great design inspirations and are excited to showcase 10 of them right here. Note that due to expos like Salone del Mobile being held right now, there is so much more that we don’t have time to focus on here, so check out our Stunning Lighting pinboard too. Wakē Alarm from LED Inside This little light, Wakē Alarm, features an infrared sensor and a swivel…
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    Rug Rats

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Tips To Demystify Instagram For Interior Designers

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

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

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

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

    Alycia Wicker
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Iron & Magnolia Copper Kitchen Inspiration The post Copper Kitchen appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • 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…
  • Home Remodeling on the Rise as Homeowners Opt to Stay

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Today’s housing and financial markets have seen a significant recovery since 2008, which has increased the demand for multiple home repairs and home improvement services. A part of the increasing demand has to do with the fact that more homeowners are now choosing to upgrade their existing homes to fit their changing needs and lifestyle. They are finding that there’s more risk involved with moving (where they may have to make several compromises), as opposed to staying where they can make their homes exactly how they want them, and without uprooting their families from their schools and…
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    Barnlight Originals Blog

  • How the Lighting of Your House Directly Affects Your Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Get More out of Less Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why “To The Trade” Pricing Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shruti Verma
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Colours have a language of their own and understanding it is the first step to giving your interior design project a harmonious ambience. Pastels are the easiest colours to incorporate into a bedroom colour scheme but when understood and used properly, even bright reds and cool blues can find a place in your bedroom design.   Red For a Bright and Vibrant Bedroom Image courtesy: homedesigndaily Red is associated with energy, passion and love. The intensity of energy given out by red makes it a colour that should be used sparingly in bedrooms. Red pairs well with neutral colours and can be…
  • Top 10 Space Saving Dressing Table Design Ideas

    Shruti Verma
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    No bedroom is complete without a dressing table. Dressing tables or vanity tables as they were earlier known can be found in a number of styles to complement every style of bedroom decor. One of the commandments of residential interior design today is to use spaces optimally. Here are our top ten space saving dressing table design ideas in varied styles.   1. The Trunk Inspired Dressing Table When you need things out of sight yet close at hand Image courtesy: treehugger   2. The Modern Dressing Table When you need a dressing table that’s modern and space saving Image courtesy:…
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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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  • Dreaming of the Perfect Sunroom Conservatory

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

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

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

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

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    These dreamy dining rooms will leave you wanting to dine in perfection!  Thankfully, we all can!  Decor makes all the difference!   Image via Pinterest, Britta Nickel I am loving these stunning violet dining chairs!  Adding a pop of color with your dining room seating is a bold decision that will really pay off.  Create a unique experience for your visitors when hosting by adding your
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  • Why Finding A Niche Can Be The Best Investment For Any Business In Singapore

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

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

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

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:22 am
    The maritimelanes of the worldare watery corridors of commerce that serve as the lifeblood of the global economy due to the amount of goods transported along these imaginary roads in the sea. They can be wide ocean channels, a strait connecting important countries, or canals where ships can leave one ocean and enter another. Below are four of important shipping lanes around the globe.1. Strait of Magellan. This strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans but is said to be difficult to navigate because of the unpredictable winds and currents as…
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  • The Best Paint Colors for Every Room in the House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    [LED DMX] We can’t control nature. Can we control lighting? We often take lighting for granted; we have become so used to lavish and high octane stage and television productions with an aurora borealis of multi constantly changing lighting colours and designs that it is mesmerising to stop and think how it all happens. Many […]
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  • Stuff Guys Like – Best of the Web Roundup – Earth Day Edition

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

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

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

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

    Eric Pangburn
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Top 10 Men’s Style Web Sites That Will Make Sense of Bewildering World of Men’s Fashion Whether you are a certified fashionista or you have trouble finding a pair of matching socks, you–like all of us–could use a bit of fashion advice from time to time. The good news is that there are numerous blogs out there that can help you make sense of the sometimes bewildering world of men’s fashion, offering everything from timeless style fundamentals to up to-the-minute fashion tips. If you find yourself just a little bit overwhelmed by current fashion trends or you are just 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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  • Selection of Matching Furniture for The Masculine Living Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    When I look at trends my favourite part has always been looking at the colours used in the next season. In spring you usually get pastels which intensify towards summer and then turn into warmer shades in autumn; my favourite time of the year. And so when I came across Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2015, I thought that this might be an interesting piece to share on my blog. Stormy Weather. This sky grey colour reminiscent of a stormy day feels cool and luxurious at the same time. I love the hints of blue in this shade. Oak Buff. In line with autumnal warm tones, this colour…
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    Ultimate Home Ideas » 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.
  • Inspiration: Sophisticated and Stylish Nurseries

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

  • 3 Unique Wedding Bouquet Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Bust | A Nod to Classical Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lavernia Aubry
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    The modern dentist clinic design out here is try to break up the old school style of a dentist clinic. Here, we will see both of modern and minimalist become the main decoration and it’s not scare the user or of this clinic. Probably some of us didn’t believe that this building is a dentist […]
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    SofaSofa Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Clean Skies Ahead

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

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

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

    City Furniture
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]On the day dedicated to pranks and fun, we’re getting in the spirit with true City Furniture style—by celebrating furniture with tricks.[/dropcap]
  • Celeb Home Look for Less: Sophia Vergara

    City Furniture
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]Want to score the sultry vibe of Sophia Vergara’s home? We recreated the bombshell look for less using our very own City Furniture pieces.[/dropcap]
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    The France & Søn blog

  • The Memphis Style

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Worst Mistakes in Home Decoration

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Second Thing You MUST Do For a Successful Home Office Design

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

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

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

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

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Easter has come and Spring is finally here! I’m sorry to those of you who still have snow, but South Texas really doesn’t have winter. Just “not Summer”. Here are some of my most popular posts on color to get you in the mood: Can’t Choose a Paint Color to Save Your Life? You only have every color of the rainbow and then some to choose from. What’s the problem?   Paint Color Trends for 2015 from Benjamin Moore If you want to find something new or be the trendsetter among your friends why not try a color other than gray?   Six Ways You Can Kill With…
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  • 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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