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  • 50 Creative Home Organization Ideas - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
    Anna Callaghan
    22 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    If your home always seems to be cluttered and messy, then you’ve got a problem (and would likely benefit from some home organization ideas).Perhaps you have too much stuff, or you don’t have anywhere to put all of your stuff away. Most homes don’t come with all the organizational tools you need, and often you’ll have to get creative and find out what works for both your storage needs and for your space.Start by taking a walk around your house. What types of items are on your floors and counters, or slung on the backs of chairs and across tables? You may have a system of organized…
  • Apparatus Studio Launches 2015 Collection at ICFF

    Ali Morris
    21 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    New York-based design studio Apparatus have introduced two new lighting series, ‘Cylinder’ and ‘Link Porcelain’, as well as a table called ‘Portal’ Launched at ICFF 2015, Apparatus’ new collection comprises two lamps and a table ‘Our aim this year was to shade in the details of the world we imagine our fixtures living in,’ says Gabriel Hendifar, the studio’s co-founder and creative director. ‘Furniture was a logical part of that exploration - creating pieces that feel  modern with a taste of the ancient, and in a robust single…
  • Sound Proof Styling: Contract Trend

    Ali Morris
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    This year’s new launches have included an impressive array of imaginative acoustic panelling that double as striking graphic art works. Following its debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last year, acoustic panelling brand Baux returned to the Scandinavian fair this year with a new collection. Working once again with Stockholm-based Studio Form Us With Love the new tiles, made from a mix of wood, water and cement, create large-scale, nature-inspired patterns across the walls. Manufactured in the deep forest of Småland in Sweden with zero waste, the panels provide natural…
  • Object Lessons: The Nautical Hammock

    Megan Wilson
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Christopher Columbus set out to find Japan in 1492, he might have discovered futons, but instead he found the Bahamas and hammocks. The name came from a word meaning "fish net," and the West Indians made their hammocks out of sisal, suspending them between trees to avoid being bitten by snakes and other creatures that like to chomp on humans and spread disease. Columbus brought several examples back to Europe, and eventually the Royal Navy did away with traditional berths in favor of this new kind of bed. The naval hammock was made of canvas with enough fabric to wrap the sailor in a…
  • What Are Architects Doing In Response To Population Growth - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
    Shelley Little
    25 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The world’s population is growing rapidly, so what are architects doing in response to this? Image Source: Marie Burgos DesignAs this is being typed, the current world population is 7,260,873,955, according to the real time Worldometer. By the time this article is edited and published (assuming four to five days from now), the population will have approximately increased by 316,000 people! Isn’t that amazing!?According to World Population Balance, the current global population is already two to three times higher than the sustainable level.  As a result, we are consuming too many…
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  • Apparatus Studio Launches 2015 Collection at ICFF

    Ali Morris
    21 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    New York-based design studio Apparatus have introduced two new lighting series, ‘Cylinder’ and ‘Link Porcelain’, as well as a table called ‘Portal’ Launched at ICFF 2015, Apparatus’ new collection comprises two lamps and a table ‘Our aim this year was to shade in the details of the world we imagine our fixtures living in,’ says Gabriel Hendifar, the studio’s co-founder and creative director. ‘Furniture was a logical part of that exploration - creating pieces that feel  modern with a taste of the ancient, and in a robust single…
  • The Taper Collection by BIG for Kallista

    Ali Morris
    20 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Launching at this week’s Clerkenwell Design Festival in the UK, the new ‘Taper’ faucets have been designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder and head of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), for American luxury bathroom brand, Kallista. BIG’s first collaboration in the home interiors industry, the Taper Collection is a gracefully minimalist selection of plumbing pieces that take their design cues from the principles of classic Mid-Century Danish design In a style that Ingels describes as ‘a lot of character without excess’, forms are stripped down to…
  • Sound Proof Styling: Contract Trend

    Ali Morris
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    This year’s new launches have included an impressive array of imaginative acoustic panelling that double as striking graphic art works. Following its debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last year, acoustic panelling brand Baux returned to the Scandinavian fair this year with a new collection. Working once again with Stockholm-based Studio Form Us With Love the new tiles, made from a mix of wood, water and cement, create large-scale, nature-inspired patterns across the walls. Manufactured in the deep forest of Småland in Sweden with zero waste, the panels provide natural…
  • Tonella by Note Design Studio for Sancal

    Ali Morris
    19 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Swedish designers Note Design Studio have teamed with Spanish furniture manufacturers Sancal to create a new compact armchair design. Launched last month, the Tonella armchair by Note Design Studio for Sancal has a Marie Antoinette-style seat that is compact enough to fit into the smallest of corners Drawing inspiration from Sancal’s archive of classic, French-style chairs, Note Design Studio’s new ‘Tonella’ armchair is based upon an old dressing-table chair but realized with a much more compact frame. Despite its reduced size it is enormously versatile,…
  • Oblic Table Lamp by Atelier-D

    Alicita Rodriguez
    18 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Montreal-based designer Jonathan Dorthe of Atelier-D introduces his new Oblic Table Lamp. Constructed of contrasting materials, Oblic puts heavy wood against a delicate perforated shade. The result illustrates the power of opposites in the interplay of lightness and weight. Handcrafted Table Lamp Combines Wood and Acrylic Oblic Table Lamp by Atelier-D filters light through a thin piece of acrylic, which creates a warm glow. The substantial wood base is sculptural, and its angle shows off the beauty of the material. The design offers “a unique contemporary look,” explains the designer. For…
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  • Houzz Flip: 94 Dream Bedscapes (94 photos)

    25 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    What backdrop would you choose for the first thing you see when you step into your bedroom — the backdrop for your own perfect slumber? If you haven’t yet set the right stage for the end of your day, take inspiration from this flip book of bedscapes. Click on the first photo to get started (switch...
  • Shop Houzz: Images of Remembrance (55 photos)

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    After the Civil War, Decoration Day was established as a time to decorate with flowers the graves of those who died in war. Years later Decoration Day became Memorial Day, and in 1967 it was declared a federal holiday to honor the military men and women who have died while serving...
  • Fresh Take: 9 Twists on Nautical Style (11 photos)

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pardon the pun, but a lot of nautical-inspired designs really go overboard. You know you’ve seen it — a room that incorporates red, white and blue, nautical flags, multiple sailboat models, anchors, ship wheels on the wall. Unless you’re wearing a...
  • Color of the Week: Mango (8 photos)

    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nothing screams summer quite like the tropical fruits that will be at the peak of their flavor and availability in the coming months. Among my favorites are mangoes, and a big part of the draw for me is their pretty orange color, whether in a fruit salad or a blended drink. I’m taking a cue from...
  • Houzz Tour: Pickle Factory Now an Energy-Wise Live-Work Space (21 photos)

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fine arts photographer and artist Jaime Alvarez was looking for a long-term home that could also function as his studio when he came across this three-story 1880s brick commercial building in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. When Alvarez connected with architect Jeremy Avellino of Bright Common...
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  • Instagram Bootcamp e-course + All New Blogging Your Way

    18 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    I am so super excited to share the rebrand and relaunch of my e-course website, Blogging Your Way and to tell you about our super special TWO WEEK e-course called Instagram Bootcamp. I was even able to buy the url ( and the name became a registered trademark a little over a year ago. I feel good about myself and my business and am very proud of the new site and although we just launched it last night and there are still tweaks, I already love the response we’re getting. The slider images on the site were mostly* photographed by Susanne Irmer and feature friends of…
  • Homes With Heart: Summer Style Handmade Home

    15 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder with another edition of Homes With Heart on decor8. For May, I’m excited to walk you through the charming, eclectic modern home belonging to blogger and maker Ingrid Janssen and her husband that feels so much like a beautiful summer day to me! I just know you’ll love the happy energy this home exudes and all of the pretty that lies within. If ever there was a Home with Heart, this is it. Let’s go… Ingrid is the founder and maker of the wood and crochet line of homewares WOOD & WOOL STOOL. Together with her husband Henk, they were long in search…
  • Dreaming of Summer

    14 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It’s always so nice to come across a new blog or find something in general that just resonates with where your heart has wandered at the present moment. I’m thinking of the coast, flowers, tones of green, blue and peach, interesting floor and wall tiles, linen bedding, pretty cafes but also dining al fresco, fresh healthy and colorful foods, pretty cocktails to sip, clean open spaces and very bright natural light. These things are all so summer-y too. When I ran into the Style And Create tumblr site today, I felt connected to what was posted there in a big way. Here are some…
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • YOD Design Lab’s guest houses disappear into the forest in Ukraine

    Lori Zimmer
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of YOD Design Lab’s guest houses disappear into the forest in Ukraine Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: eco design, green design, mirrored glass, Poltova Ukraine, prefabricated cabin, Relax Park Verholy, stilted house, sustainable design, YOD Design Lab
  • The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    25 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists to access data from spy satellites and submarines in order to study global warming. Prior to the announcement, scientists could study global warming data in extreme detail thanks to a program, called MEDEA — Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis. Now the CIA is shutting down the program, saying that there is no longer a need to study the implications of climate change. Read the rest of The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags:…
  • Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

    Katie Medlock
    25 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Read the rest of Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: 2.8x architects, cockfighting, cockfighting arena, garden, garden makeover, lima, peru, repurposed materials, stone garden
  • Scientists used public images on the web to create amazing time-lapsed photos

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Researchers from Google and the University of Washington are combining their efforts to gather time-stamped and geo-tagged photos from all over the internet to build an amazing mine of time-lapse photography. The team is using photos uploaded from the public of major landmarks and creating these incredible images. Read the rest of Scientists used public images on the web to create amazing time-lapsed photos Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: google timelapse photography, scientists time lapse photos, time lapse images, time lapse…
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

    Penn Johnson
    25 May 2015 | 9:40 am
      It’s been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer’s always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires that last until three in the morning when dad passes out with a beer in his hand. But now that climate change effects are on the rise with all the dinosaurs we’re burning, summer’s a great time to shrink your carbon footprint, eat healthy, and build up that beach bod. Here are 5 ways you can reduce fossil fuel use this…
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  • Seven-Bedroom Residence Exhibiting Lavish Interiors: Water Mill South Estate

    25 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Developed by architect Peter Block in collaboration with designer James Michael Howard, the Water Mill South Estate discovered on Brown Harris Stevens is a sumptuous residence featuring 12,000 sqf living space. The construction boasts a shingle-style exterior, elegant proportions and manicured gardens that ornament a three-acre parcel. The grand foyer has inlaid stone patterned floors which lead into the Stair Hall. This features a custom staircase in a two-story space with a Soanian vaulted ceiling and remarkable skylight. Past the Stair Hall, in the center of the home, is the two-story…
  • What Are Architects Doing In Response To Population Growth

    Shelley Little
    25 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The world’s population is growing rapidly, so what are architects doing in response to this? Image Source: Marie Burgos DesignAs this is being typed, the current world population is 7,260,873,955, according to the real time Worldometer. By the time this article is edited and published (assuming four to five days from now), the population will have approximately increased by 316,000 people! Isn’t that amazing!?According to World Population Balance, the current global population is already two to three times higher than the sustainable level.  As a result, we are consuming too many…
  • Contemporary Extension for Early 1900’s Villa: Matai House in New Zealand

    25 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Parsonson Architects completed the redesign of Matai House, a welcoming family home in Wellington, New Zealand. The early 1900’s villa had a simple layout, with rooms situated on each side of a central hallway and a bathroom area in the back. A better connection between interiors was needed, as well as a larger living space and two more bedrooms for a growing family.Challenged by this brief, the architects decided to divide the house in two living quarters: the old house and the new contemporary extension.As you can see in the photo gallery below, the addition has a well defined…
  • Modern Family Home in California Functioning as a Working Vineyard

    23 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, this modern family home in Windsor, California is built on a a 20-acre plot in the Russian River Valley, known as Retrospect Vineyards. The client’s brief requested a project that would function both as a welcoming family home and as a working vineyard: “Equipment and materials for the vineyard are stored in the adjacent barn, clad in the same Windsor Stone as the main house, and a large parking pad accommodates trucks picking up new harvests. A second driveway separates the commercial activity from the residential, but traffic to and from the…
  • 50 Creative Home Organization Ideas

    Anna Callaghan
    22 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    If your home always seems to be cluttered and messy, then you’ve got a problem (and would likely benefit from some home organization ideas).Perhaps you have too much stuff, or you don’t have anywhere to put all of your stuff away. Most homes don’t come with all the organizational tools you need, and often you’ll have to get creative and find out what works for both your storage needs and for your space.Start by taking a walk around your house. What types of items are on your floors and counters, or slung on the backs of chairs and across tables? You may have a system of organized…
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  • This Woodland Home in Virginia Was Built for Modern, Multigenerational Living

    Luke Hopping
    24 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Located on a sloped wooded site, the 7,500-square-foot Bridge House encompasses two stories and a finished basement. The multigenerational abode by Höweler + Yoon Architecture embraces its sylvan setting through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and generously sized terraces on the first and second stories. Project  Bridge House Architect  Höweler + Yoon Architecture When Song and Sam Chung first arrived in the United States from South Korea, with 90 bucks in their pocket and an uncertain future, they may have had an image of a typical American home in their minds. But whatever that…
  • Abandoned Industrial Compound Becomes a Modern Home Base

    Allie Weiss
    24 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Kiyoko Loh relaxes inside a concrete structure, one of three original buildings that occupied the San Francisco property she and her husband, Elliot Loh, purchased in 2012. Working with architect Todd Davis, the couple decided to cut the bunker-like edifice in half and use it as an outdoor dining area that opens to a courtyard. Project  Loh Residence Architect  Todd Davis Architecture It’s a rainy November morning, and architect Todd Davis is sitting in his San Francisco office reflecting on his relationship with client Elliot Loh. Elliot is a 41-year-old software designer with…
  • In San Francisco, Green Fences Make Great Neighbors

    Luke Hopping
    24 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    For a modern multifamily structure in San Francisco, landscape designer Christopher Radcool Reynolds used palms to create privacy and shade. “The trunks are architectural, like columns, and the fronds offer a lot of movement, which balances the building’s rigidity,” he says. Project  Albion Street Landscape Architect  Kennerly Architecture & Planning Reynolds-Sebastiani In an urban environment, fences areoften a necessity, but they run the risk of taking on an austere, barricade-like appearance. The trick is to provide privacy while allowing light, air, and appealing…
  • Lauded Midcentury City Square Receives a Much-Needed Revitalization

    Luke Hopping
    23 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Mellon Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, underwent a $10-million restoration in 2014. Image courtesy of Ed Massery. Masterminded by the visionary landscape architect John O. Simonds, Mellon Square, in Pittsburgh, emerged in 1955 as the urban oasis downtown denizens sorely needed. Encompassing an entire city block, the 1.37-acre garden was the first to be constructed over a parking garage. “Pittsburgh then was notoriously smoky, gridlocked, and flood-prone,” says Susan Rademacher, a curator at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the organization that spearheaded the land’s recent $10…
  • A Family-Run Company Gracefully Shifts from Aluminum Folding Chairs to High-End Outdoor Furniture

    Allie Weiss
    23 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Alex and Manuel Alorda recline in a canopy designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2009. Image courtesy of Salva López. Pavilion-like shade structures and sofas composed of intricately woven straps are a far cry from the humble aluminum folding chair, but for Kettal, the Barcelona-based outdoor design company, they are borne from the same spirit of innovation and reinvention. When Manuel Alorda founded Kettal in 1964, the first product he sold was one such metal seat. With his son, Alex Alorda, at the helm since 2006, the company has built a collection of technically rigorous and aesthetically…
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  • Friday Links

    22 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Steve Messam creates crimson bridge from 20,000 sheets of paper Now that Mad Men is over, we can enjoy it all over again with Mad Men Integrated, in small snippets at a time. Yes. Recycling Debris into Concrete Lego-Blocks (via unconsumption) Just a reminder, all the best Terrible real estate agent photographs are in one place. UNIVERSUM INCOGNITA : A Primer on the Dark Universe. Warning: might be a tad too esoteric. Elana Herzog’s Wall Panels (via drawdrawdraw) Artist Alexey Kondakov Imagines Figures from Classical Paintings as Part of Contemporary Life Science Just Invented a Simple,…
  • Push Coffee Maker by Muuto

    22 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Mette Duedahl’s Push Coffee Maker is made of a warm grey stoneware in a rounded shape, which seems a little friendlier to touch and hold than the normal glass carafes used in most households. You’ll find the plunger is made of steel, so no worries as to the durability of daily use, and the lid is clear plastic, allowing you to check the progress of the brew. Duedahl’s Coffee Mugs look to be excellent companions to the Push Coffee Maker; I’ll keep my eyes out for a North American retailer. Designer: Mette Duedahl for Muuto Size: 7.75″ h x 4″ dia (20x10cm) Volume: 34…
  • Karui Trays

    22 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Pretty, jewel-tone leather contrasts nicely with the polished brass perimeters of the Karui Trays by Gam Fratesi for Skultuna. “Karui” means “light” and “soft” in Japanese (there, look at that, you learned something), which echoes the minimal feel of the circular shape and soft leather surfaces. Pair a couple up for a vanity or entry area, and try not to gravitate towards them every time you pass by. Designed by Gam Fratesi Polished brass and leather Clean with mild cleanser and soft, dry cloth Made in Sweden by Skultuna Small – 5.5″dia, $134.00…
  • Drink Rocks by Runa Klock

    22 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    Drink rocks aren’t the most appealing idea, mostly because the two words don’t sound like the best of friends. Who wants a rock in their drink? Not me…but, maybe we should be a little more open to the idea, especially because Runa Klock has made this set from soapstone and marble, and each rock has a very appealing geometric shape. Come to think of it, they’re the sort of thing I’d like to set on a bookshelf to see, or on a table to pick up and hold, so why not see if they can cool my drink? “Store the stones in your freezer, and add them to a cocktail…
  • Fine 500 Desk Lamp by FX Ballery

    21 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    How about an ultra thin LED lamp to light your workspace? The Fine 500 Desk Lamp by FX Balléry has a delicate outline yet it packs a punch when it comes to light output. You get 1200 lumen, which equals out to around 75W, with only 15W of energy consumed. Let’s all approvingly nod our heads at that bullet point, and then admire that it has four preset light levels and a “Green mode” option with a sensor that turns on and off depending on movement. The Fine 400 Desk Lamp ($419) is a taller, skinnier version, measuring 17.75 x 13.75 x 5 inches (45 x 35 x 13 cm). Available in matte…
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  • Grecian Getaway: Historic House Renovation Preserves Character

    25 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    A seventeenth-century home on the island of Nisyros in Greece retains its sense of history in this beautiful renovation by Greg Haji Joannides, integrating built-in furniture and smooth, glossy surfaces with the pre-existing rock for a seamless blend of past and present. The Sterna Residence is among a number of structures located within the medieval castle complex of Pantoniki in Emporeios on the ridge of the island, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Stunning Street-Level Loft in a Brick & Concrete Warehouse New Old…
  • Ultra-Compact Cooking: Modular Kitchen for Nomadic Singles

    23 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The average single person living alone doesn’t need an elaborate setup in the kitchen, requiring little more than a mini fridge, sink, a couple burners and some storage. So why not save some space with an ultra-compact kitchen module that contains all of the basics with the smallest footprint possible? This design is smaller than a typical kitchen island, and even features a fold-down dining surface. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Redesigned: 3-Prong Power Cords into Flat & Portable Plugs The Cut: Customizable Kitchen Slides to Suit Your…
  • Grounds for Celebration: Cups + Saucers Made of Recycled Coffee

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Have you ever wondered what happens to all of those used grounds thrown out by coffee shops around the world? Sometimes companies sell or give them away for compost, but most of the time they're just thrown out with the garbage. German designer Julian Lechner invented a brilliant new way to recycle coffee grounds into something that's both beautiful and useful. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Old Red Goes Green: Recycled Wall Brick Built to Save Water Espresso on a Stick? Machine-Free + Fast as Instant Coffee Lumber, Cut & Dried? Wood-Like…
  • Lofty Idea: Clever Micro Apartment Packed with Hidden Storage

    22 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Sliding, stacking, transforming and compacting: the key to making a small space comfortable and functional is versatility, and this micro apartment design by Amsterdam studio Concrete is a great example of how to do it right. Designed for a hotel called Zoku, the space is no larger than an average hotel room, yet accommodates so much more than you’d expect. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Freedom Rooms: Micro Apartments Designed by Prisoners Boxed Bedroom: Monolithic Black Volumes Hide Furniture Tiny Maid’s Apartment in Paris Transformed…
  • Dancing Wood: 2 Lovely Sculptural Bent Wood Seats

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The last thing you might think to do with these bent wood sculptures is sit on them, but that's exactly what designer Bar Lavi built them for. The bent wood stool series consists of two softly flowing wood stools constructed with only a single bolt holding each together. The darker stool was made from a single piece of beech wood. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: This is How We Roll … Out a Radically Unique Chair Design Hybrid Heirloom: Wood & Plastic Fused to Fix a Family Chair Mind-Warping Wood Folding Chair Looks Curved, Packs Flat…
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  • We've Moved! A new website and blog location!

    Linda Merrill
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    I'm thrilled to announce that I have a new website that at long last incorporates my blog! I started my blog here on Blogger in 2005 and 10 years later, I've done nearly 2,000 posts - all of which are now over at their new home.Click here to go to my new homeIf you follow me by RSS feed, you will be able to resign-up in theI hope you'll join me at my new home!If you're looking to create the home of your dreams, contact me to discuss the possibilities!
  • Book Review: Charlotte Moss' GARDEN INSPIRATIONS

    Linda Merrill
    5 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Please click here to be re-directed to this post over on my new blog!© Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss, Rizzoli, New York, 2015Several weeks ago I received Charlotte Moss' latest tome "Garden Inspirations" from Rizzoli, the publisher. This new book sat waiting for me to dive in - and it's quite a deep dive. Charlotte is one of my favorite designers and design inspirations. She does so many things just so well. It's no wonder her gardens are incredible, thoughtful and chock-a-block full of all that makes her so special. As a matter of fact, she's the only guest we had…
  • Get That Look: The Laird's Bedchamber

    Linda Merrill
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Please click here to view all Outlander posts over at my new blog! I thought it would be fun to put together a "Get That Look" based on the Laird's Bedchamber from the Outlander Series.First, some modern looks that have a similar color palette and feel:design by Hackett Holland. photo by Simon Uptondesign by Alex Papachristidis - his own bedroom from his Instagram account. Love, love, love this. And some ideas on how you too can get the look!Please click here to view all Outlander posts over at my new blog! If you're looking to create the home of your dreams, contact me to…
  • Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E12 "The Laird Returns" aka Lallybroch

    Linda Merrill
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Please click here to view all Outlander posts over at my new blog! At long last, Lallybroch! In the books and television show, we hear Jamie wax rhapsodic about his home and estate Lallybroch. He hasn't been home in four years and at long last, bedraggled and anxious, he returns with his bride Claire (who was just on trial for witchcraft). The book describes the house as such:"It was larger than I had expected; a handsome three-story manor of harled white stone, windows outlined in the natural grey stone, a high slate roof with multiple chimneys, and several smaller whitewashed buildings…
  • 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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  • Editor’s Choice: 9 Best of Show Art Miami

    Carmen Natschke
    25 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Few things are more subjective than art and beauty. And even fewer things evoke emotions on the level that art does.  Spanning a broad range of visceral reactions including love, peace, joy, anger, hate and disgust – and sometimes one piece of art can engender a roller-coaster of widely disparate emotions.  We see and feel what we want when exposed to art. ... Read MoreThe post Editor’s Choice: 9 Best of Show Art Miami appeared first on Decorating Diva Interior Inspiration Blog and Style Magazine.
  • Home Decor Discoveries at Maison et Objet Americas 2015

    Carmen Natschke
    22 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    The post Home Decor Discoveries at Maison et Objet Americas 2015 appeared first on Decorating Diva Interior Inspiration Blog and Style Magazine.
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  • Legends of La Cienega: The Parties

    24 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    This year we welcomed the 7th annual Legends of La Cienega to the La Cienega Design Quarter with a host of events and parties. {Fun with friends at the Viyet hosted party during Legends week, left to right: Ginna of Woven Accents, Will of Bright Bazaar, Brooke of Brooke Mason Photography, me, Kam, and Ron} If there’s anything I like most about the annual Legends of La Cienenga, well let’s just say it’s the socializing and parties! It’s a chance to see many friends and it’s by far become the who’s who of the design world. This year brought bloggers and…
  • AOC Wine Dinner Event with Ribera Rueda Wine

    24 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
      I think I have a new favorite restaurant in town and that is A.O.C. LA! Just in the past week I’ve been there for two amazing dinner events! Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing some amazing food pairings and wine from Ribera Rueda Wine, a savory wine from Spain. The food pairings were a series of shared small plates by chef Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. that paired with each next wine selection created an even more flavorful taste sensation. Truly one of the best wine dinner events I’ve ever experienced.   A Spanish influenced selection of starters featured at our…
  • Legends Is Coming!

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I’ve long been a fan of Madeline Weinrib area rugs and graphic designs. The collections of pillows and fabrics are fun additions – and now they are all coming to LA for a sample sale! Previous celebrated events took place only in NYC but for the first time a west coast sale will be taking place at HD Buttercup from May 7th-10th. A range of products including: Carpets, Pillows, Furniture, Fashion, Fabric by the Yard and Accessories will be included in the sale from 40%-70% off. Additional items included are: one of a kind samples, inspiration materials, off-dye lots merchandise,…
  • 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,…
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  • Westward Ho in Seattle

    Sarah Lonsdale
    25 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Channeling Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic mixed with a dash of vintage yacht club, chef Josh Henderson and designer Matthew Parker of the Huxley Wallace Collective have created Westward, a restaurant and oyster bar on Seattle's Lake Union with views across the water to downtown. The duo relied on a coterie of local designers to finesse the nautical notes.  Abvoe: The 25-feet-bar was created from a slice of a ship and anchors (no pun intended) the restaurant. Created by local art fabricators Electric Coffin, several of the compartments are…
  • The Off-the-Grid Riverside Cabin, Rental Edition

    Margot Guralnick
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    After decamping from London for life in the country, designer-maker Rupert McKelvie established Out of the Valley, his Devon, England, workshop devoted to building sustainable, off-the-grid, "efficient yet aesthetic" cabins. His model design on the banks of the River Teign happens to be available for rent by the night. Photography via Out of the Valley. Above: McKelvie's little cabin in the woods is solar powered and perfectly sized for two. It has a shou sugi ban exterior—read about the Japanese technique in Torched Lumber.  Trained as a classical wood boat builder, 31-year-old…
  • Object Lessons: The Nautical Hammock

    Megan Wilson
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Christopher Columbus set out to find Japan in 1492, he might have discovered futons, but instead he found the Bahamas and hammocks. The name came from a word meaning "fish net," and the West Indians made their hammocks out of sisal, suspending them between trees to avoid being bitten by snakes and other creatures that like to chomp on humans and spread disease. Columbus brought several examples back to Europe, and eventually the Royal Navy did away with traditional berths in favor of this new kind of bed. The naval hammock was made of canvas with enough fabric to wrap the sailor in a…
  • A Boathouse with Royal Connections

    Christine Chang Hanway
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    With a sleight of hand, London architect Alex Cochrane transformed a Victorian boathouse overlooking a lake in Great Windsor Park in Windsor, England—and rumored to have once housed royal pages—into a modern-day writer’s retreat. By its very nature and function, the shape of any boathouse is long and narrow. After completely gutting the interior of this two-story timber structure, Cochrane created an open plan of three interlocking living zones that take full advantage of the structure's shape. Inserting his modern boxlike interventions in the middle of the boathouse, the architect was…
  • Table of Contents: On the Waterfront

    Remodelista Team
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Now that it's unofficially summer, we're heading straight for the water. Join us for a week of nautical chic, hammocks and houseboats included. Above: On-the-lake living in Victoria, Australia (see Thursday's Designer Visit). Photograph by Christine Francis. Monday Above: In Devon, England, this off-the-grid rental cabin overlooks the River Teign. And yes, the furniture is for sale. Take a look in today's Cabins & Cottages post. Tuesday   Above: So out it's in? In Tuesday's Trend Alert, Julie makes a case for the return of the captain's chair. Photograph via Garden Visit: The Little…
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  • Vote Now: Today's Small Cool Entries

    25 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Lauren's Clean Lines Pin it Check out today's new Small Cool Contest entries and be sure to add a "favorite" vote to any and all that you'd like to help send on to the next round. Remember, you can vote once each for as many entries as you'd like throughout this round, so no need to be stingy with your favoriting - share the small cool love! 350 square feet in New York: Sarah's Magical Expanding Apartment 370 square feet in San Francisco: Christina & Luke's Total Transformation| 400 square feet in Minnesota: Rachel's Everything Intentional 480 square feet in DC: Brenda's Sun-Drenched…
  • Jackson's iPad Pad — Small Cool

    25 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Jackson Location: Singapore Singapore Square Feet: 480 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: My apartment layout was conceptualized using an iPad app and I was especially glad that I could fit a bar counter in my tiny kitchen. Platform bed and customized side ledges provided storage with hidden drawers. The contrasting black kitchen was a risk, but it turned out fine as it provided different atmospheres in a very tiny apartment. READ MORE »
  • Supercharge the Season: Setting Summertime Resolutions

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Camilla's Bright Bayside Jewel Pin it The bright light of the spring and summer sun and longer daylight hours always inspire me to open the windows, dust out the corners and tackle my long-term to-do lists around the house. I've made a list of resolutions for this summer and I'm excited to take them on! READ MORE »
  • 10 Must-See Small Cool Spaces: Week Three

    25 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Meghan's Creative Solutions Pin it Here we are, rounding the corner just before the home stretch. We've shared over 130 small cool homes with you so far and still have a few more days of new entries to come. Here are 10 entries that caught the eye of voters this past week; check them (and ALL of the competitors who are looking for votes) out and enjoy the supersized dose of small space inspiration and ideas. Now is the time to explore the big pool of entries and help your favorites in each division make it to the next round with a quick vote. Ready, set...dive in! READ MORE »
  • The Paint Colors in My Home, Ranked: A Colorphobic's One-Year-Later Update

    25 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Pin it A year ago, I wrote Colorphobic: Confessing Paint Prejudices and How To Pick Paint Colors When One of You Hates Colorful Paint, and have been living in a house full of those (mostly) colorful paints ever since. I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I like most of them! Most of them... READ MORE »
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  • Some Easy Swaps and Props for Summer Decor

    22 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    If you’re not going anywhere this weekend, it’s a great time to summer-fy your place. Or for those of you lucky enough to have a cottage or a summer share it’s the prime weekend to open it up and give it a zshush. Here are 10 favorite products that will help you get ready for summer.   1. Lobstahs! Go for that overt sea creature theme, because now is the time. A favorite lobster accessory of mine is the Thomas Paul Lobster Sketch Pillow. 2. Candlelight.  Get ready for some outdoor candlelight. The usual tealight holders won’t keep the breeze from blowing out…
  • 5 Must-Have Elements for The Perfect Outdoor Space

    20 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    For many of us, the pollen is finally clearing, and it’s time to get that outdoor space spiffed up so that we can spend the maximum amount of time outdoors. What makes a great outdoor space? Here are my personal top five: 1. LIFE Even the tiniest of spaces needs plants to enliven it. Surely there is room even on the smallest of balconies for at least a potted plant or two. Consider a trellis, hanging pots or boxes that hang over the railings if you’re short on floor space. Modernica’s mid-century modern pots with stands are one of the chicest modern ways to add life to your…
  • Weekend Trip: 48 Hours in Asheville, North Carolina

    8 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend and I traveled four hours from Atlanta up to the mountains on a mission to see The Biltmore, but we found so much more in this small beautiful city.  I was gobsmacked by the striking patina on this roof as soon as we parked in the Renaissance parking lot. Asheville has it all, from the English tudor style architecture of Biltmore Village to art deco downtown, from charming Arts and Crafts bungalows and Victorian homes to the more industrial thriving River Arts District down by the railroad tracks. Night one, we hit Table. Hmmm, one-word name, some bragging about…
  • Introducing Skargaarden
    7 May 2015 | 8:48 am
      We are proud to announce that Design Public is now carrying Skargaarden, a brand of beautiful furniture that comes to us all the way from Gävle, Sweden. We’re going to tease you with just a few of their stunning pieces.   The pieces shown above are part of Skargaarden’s Häringe Collection.  It’s built to stand up to inclement weather, and the wooden slats are gorgeous teak. Before you get to know them a little better through photos, here’s a bit of their design philosophy: “We like to think of ourselves as part of a tradition that’s truly…
  • Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    5 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    I’m not sure when Americans started making such a big deal about Cinco de Mayo, but I would wager only a few of them have heard of the Battle of Puebla. I hadn’t until I looked it up five minutes ago (Thanks USAToday!) However, that’s OK. We’ll take any excuse to have some fun sipping margaritas while having fun with our friends.  In honor of the day Mexican defeated invaders, we though we’d highlight some other ways Mexico is a big winner. Winners in design of course, because that’s probably why you stopped by this particular blog after all. Beautiful…
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    Home Design Find

  • Glass Box Dining Room Cantilevers Out Towards Cedar Forest

    Susan Kraemer
    21 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    A coastal home in West Vancouver, British Columbia by Splyce Design features an entirely glassed-in box that cantilevers out towards the surrounding forest. The site was long and narrow, and footprint requirements precluded expanding the foundation to the side closer to the forest. So the architect solved the resulting too-narrow footprint by cantilevering several rooms back out to the side. The result is like leaning sideways over the forest floor to capture the water views. The reflective flooring of polished concrete further captures the native creekside vegetation, as if the diners are…
  • Isolated Tropical Villa and Guesthouse on a Brazilian Mountainside

    Susan Kraemer
    18 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    A holiday villa that is more outside than inside is framed in rustic wood beams and barely filled-in walls of earthy golden stucco. The simple tropical vacation home is sited amidst the most breathtaking unspoiled tropical rain forest on a mountainside in Brazil. Despite its extreme isolation, the simple retreat is comfortable and has even a spartan sort of eco-luxury. Sturdy furnishings are simply fashioned of local sustainable timbers. Here, the comforting old staple of rocking chairs on the porch take on a tropical air. Huge hollowed-out bamboo supplies fireside storage. Both TV and fire…
  • Warm Pine in Old Stone Farmhouse Conversion in Spain

    Susan Kraemer
    14 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    This historic farmhouse in rural Cantabria was renovated by Manel Casellas and Mar Puig de la Bellacasa at Barcelona studio 2260mm architects. The original had been extremely dark. The original barn had housed animals on the ground floor, with the owners on two floors above. Because the stone barn collapsed during the renovation, they had to completely rebuild. The new structurally sound framework of wooden columns, beams and staircases provides a warm contrast to the rough stone walls. The old stone barn is filled with fresh young wood. The kitchen, seen here, is on the ground floor, now…
  • Slide-Out Guest Bedrooms Define Odd French Holiday Cottage

    Susan Kraemer
    13 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    An unusual all-black holiday cottage from Atelier Raum in the French Bretagne region quietly but definitively defies local village traditions. A huge skylight brings brilliant light into an all-white interior room, contrasting with the dark exterior. This roof-wide skylight is at the base of a green roof that appears to continue the wooded hillside up another slope. Even stranger, this brilliantly daylit room is dug into the hillside, creating a pair of 45 degree angles with the roof slope. Interestingly, two guest bedrooms can be rolled entirely out of the tiny cottage, and placed facing any…
  • Design Dilemma: Turning a Bedroom into a Closet

    12 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Contemporary Closet by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Amoroso Design Surely it’s a sign of the times when we find ourselves afflicted with far more things than space to store them all. In fact, that’s the case for many of us, who find ourselves overloaded with clothes, shoes, purses, and luggage. We may also happen to have a spare bedroom that remains empty most of the time. What’s the solution? How about turning that spare bedroom into an actual closet? The plusses of this bold move are many. For one, turning an extra room into a walk-in closet can be as…
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  • Urbe

    25 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Urbe is a family of tables, chairs and stools by Italian designer, Pasquale Alison. Inspired by the different cities in Italy, the collection of furniture is characterized by different prints of the Italian cities of Rome, Naples, Milan, Ponza and Capri. The tops of the pieces depict maps of the different cities and come in different colours. Great pieces that help combine our love for furniture and travel! .. Urbe
  • Link Love

    21 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    These candy colours dip dyed baskets.. Enjoy 20 free listings when you join Etsy as a new seller. Celebrate #EtsymeetsSingapore with us!  If you are a fan of all things minimal.. The secret possessions of Frida Kahlo. Shades of grey DIY dream catcher. Colour and pattern inspiration. Marbled posts Xo, The Bloesem Team   
  • 24 hours in Bangkok

    21 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Recently Mei and Zara from the Bloesem Team headed to Bangkok for a super short trip and here's what they got up to.. there's so many things to do and see in Bangkok and so many must-do and must-visit places and things but here's what they got up to with just 24 hours to spare in the beautiful city of Bangkok. 9 AM - Wakey wakey We spent the night at Tenface hotel. Beautiful interiors, friendly and helpful staff. You could not ask for more. Only thing is that if you plan on walking back to the hotel, it is abit away from the main road and gets pretty dark at night. Other than that, we had a…
  • Imaginary Silhouettes

    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It's quite a change of scenery we have had.. working in the new studio with the greenery and the bird chirping, you feel a sense of calm.. paired with pictures from Julie's instagram.. peaceful and serene..  Welcome to the calmer side of life. Happy Hump Day all! #BinstaGood .. Follow Julie on instagram.. Bloesem and Zara S.  on instagram
  • Table for 1: Eenmaal

    18 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Have you ever had a meal in a restaurant alone? It's something that has been touched on pop culture, namely the scene from Friends where Rachel eats alone and the cute doctor thinks she's a freak.. why is that though? The stigma of eating alone is crushed by Eenmaal - the first one-person pop-up restaurant in the world, a great place for a meal and for temporary disconnect.  Having a meal is a very common practise for people to meet up and chat and get to know each other over, but having a meal alone every once in awhile can make for great me-time and also allow you enjoy the food…
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    2Modern Blog

  • Artemide Launches Les Danseuses, Twirling Suspension Lamp (2Modern)
    22 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Italian lighting brand Artemide has introduced a new twirling pendant light that was inspired by the swirl of a flamenco dancer’s gown. Launched in Milan earlier this year, Les Danseuses, designed by Swiss design studio Atelier oï, made its North American debut during New York Design Week, via an exuberant installation at the brand’s Soho store. Les Danseuses, which Atelier oï describes as “a project that involves air and light, emotion and surprise,” lives up to its billing when a small engine mounted on the lamp’s vertical shaft is activated, putting…
  • Versatile Modern Home Office by Splyce Design (2Modern)
    20 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Vancouver design studio Splyce Design managed to create an ingeniously versatile, yet visually spare, home office  for a local client seeking both a formal office and a craft/hobby studio—thanks to a custom made modern storage unit and flexible work surface. Limited to the confines of just 115 sq ft of space, Splyce created 200 cubic feet of floor-to-ceiling storage along the length of one wall, providing ample space for keeping craft and hobby materials corralled and out of sight. A horizontal pocket along the length of the storage piece hides a specially milled wood desktop which…
  • Highlights from New York Design Week 2015 (2Modern)
    19 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    A visit to Moooi’s brand new Manhattan showroom (above) was a highlight of New York Design Week, which featured a slew of city-wide events, including ICFF,  Wanted Design, and Designjunction.  Breakfast at Knoll, with a lecture by Harry Bertoia’s daughter, Celia, was a fittingly inspiring way to end the week. Here, a few more snapshots of our visit to New York, with more to come in the days and weeks ahead. Canada’s Keiou Design Lab, specialists in surface design, exhibited monochromatic, textured modules for walls and ceilings, made from innovative,…
  • Fan Promotion: New Arrivals & Savings on Select Contemporary Fans (2Modern)
    18 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Modern ceiling fans, both elegant and efficient, are tailor-made for the heated days of summer. Our collection of contemporary fans—which include the refined designs of fan technology experts like Fanimation and Matthews Fan Companycool things down stylishly and economically, as do the innovative solutions of Modern Fan, pioneers in the field of mechanically simplified contemporary ceiling fans, like the best-selling Ball Fan, featured above. Proving that eco-sensitivity and design consciousness can co-exist effortlessly, our modern ceiling fans provide aesthetically pleasing,…
  • New York Design Week 2015: Snapshots of Collective Design Fair (2Modern)
    14 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    We’re in New York City this week for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the subsidiary creative events throughout the city that comprise New York Design Week. Yesterday, we attended the Collective Design fair, located on the western edge of Soho, an event which brings together both established and emerging New York City-based practices across various design disciplines. Here, fresh from the 2Modern Instagram feed, a few of the many contemporary design pieces that made us stop and look twice, along with the promise of much more to come in the next few days. Be…
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    Landfair on Furniture

  • Karttell Stuns Me

    Michael Landfair
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I wrote last about the 10 most expensive furniture brands. This morning I received an email with this picture:When I previewed the email, Bev was standing right by me. I saw the breasts and "eros" and thought, "Whoa someone just sent me porn."Like any male, I waited to look until Bev moved to another room.It was an arresting ad from Kartell about the new egg-shaped chair named Ero/s/. They got my attention:
  • Most Expensive Furniture Brands in the World

    Michael Landfair
    16 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Insider Monkey has a list of the ten most expensive furniture brands in the World. The list contained two surprises for me. How about you?#10 - French Heritage - Each chair and tables are crafted to perfection to match up the mood of your home. French Heritage gives you a taste and feel of casual contemporary style. No wonder why they priced a chair for $4,173. Smooth and silky chair.#9 - Christopher Guy furniture offers a wide wild variety of luxurious deals: from headboards to gold-worth sofas, from trendy office furniture to luxy upholstery#8 - Henkel Harris - Mary…
  • Incorporate Interesting Decor for Vacation Getaway Spot

    Michael Landfair
    16 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Photo By ep_stockJennifer Kimrey shares in the Houston Chronicle that"Decorating and furnishing a vacation home can be very different from decorating and furnishing your first home or primary residence.A prevalent trend that has lasted years is decorating your second home to honor its location, but that doesn't mean everything has to be "beachy" everywhere - moderation,please.A great way get more enjoyment out of your second home is upgrading the outdoor areas. Cozy outdoor sitting areas, for example, allow homeowners to extend their indoor living space to the outdoors and have become a…
  • Your Clients Are Getting Younger

    Michael Landfair
    15 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    More than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and this year they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
  • What’s Hot in Outdoor Furniture

    Michael Landfair
    15 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Kim Cook at the The Reporter describes what's hot in outdoor furniture "Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table. "...manufacturers are offering new furniture, textiles and materials that resemble indoor furnishings yet can withstand the elements.What will we see in 2015?Vintage modern and ultra-modern - Watch for midcentury modern styling in outdoor pieces to coordinate with this popular interior style. Luxe looks evoking old Hollywood are also in.Global Style -…
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    Things That Inspire

  • Finally finishing the living room decor

    Things That Inspire
    20 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    It’s hard to believe we have been in our “new” house for three and a half years now! We have slowly but surely worked on the décor since we moved in, with a big project every year. Now, we are finally ready to finish the main floor, including the central room in the house, the living room. I wanted a living room that was at the heart of the house, not tucked to the side. This room
  • 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
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  • Good Reads

    17 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
      There is a new crop of design books just out this month – here are three of my favorites:   The first book is a tribute to the much beloved, late Charles Faudree – interior designer from Oklahoma.  The book was written by his close friend and photographer Jenifer Jordan.   Jordan shot five of Faudree’s design books and a number of his magazine pictorials  - starting with a Christmas story in Traditional Home.  This book is a tribute to Faudree’s memory – Jordan writes lovingly of her friend, telling us of his keen sense of humor, his love of…
  • Two Houses, One Architect

    11 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
      First:   “Outlander-Part II” is almost finished, but, in the meantime, here is a little eye candy for your pleasure!   Remember this beautiful house in Houston that was featured on the cover of Veranda many, many years ago?  At the time, this was one of the first “Houston Look” houses that was featured in a national magazine.   It inspired a look that is still emulated today. The house was designed by Babs Watkins, and this, along with another house she designed on South Boulevard that was also published, helped secure her place as an important…
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  • Basic Outdoor Shower

    Jane F
    24 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    A basic outdoor shower is easy to rig up and the look opens up a natural world of creativity. Two years ago, while visiting our daughter in Michigan, we watched the contractors install a basic outdoor shower on the back deck that leads to the pool. The entire project took most of the morning and by afternoon the little ones were rinsing themselves off after a swim. Adding a basic outdoor shower isn’t as complicated as it looks and it isn’t necessarily expensive either. Apart from the irony of a working shower attached to a tree [top], showers don’t get more basic than this one.……
  • Emerald Green Walls

    Jane F
    19 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Vibrant emerald green made a return to home décor after a long slumber in deco-Siberia. Relaunched as Pantone’s “color of the year,” emerald appeared in a variety of accessories during 2013. But instead of fading away, it’s taking hold as a wall color. Emerald green walls aren’t for everyone — they hit you in the face and there’s no getting away from the intensity. But for those who are adventurous, and have rooms without a great deal of natural light, emerald green walls can work to great effect. It’s a surprise to see how well it looks in a bedroom…
  • Swedish Loft Kitchen

    Jane F
    17 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    A loft kitchen, on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in Sweden, is a dark dazzler. This small compact kitchen combines economies of space often required in apartments with dramatic dark gray walls and cabinets that help it seamlessly blend into the adjacent living space — and enhance it. The kitchen’s palette offers no color — cabinets are plated slate gray, satin black with white marble counters and backsplash. And as kitchens go, this one is dark — very dark. The very deep gray color works, in part, because there is abundant natural light from large dormer…
  • Modern Pink Bathroom

    Jane F
    12 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Eccentric and hip, a modern pink bathroom in Sweden provides a current take on 1980s color. But that’s not all… A stunning duplex apartment on the top floor of a 19th century building in Gothenburg Sweden has a modern pink bathroom with a retro, cotton candy wall color that hasn’t been seen since the 1980s. Sure, we see pink baths in cottage-style homes occasionally and who can forget that bubblegum pink front door in our Eclectic Entrance post? But this same pink master bath also has one of the most surprising features I’ve ever seen — one that is framed by the pastel…
  • Making Sense of Buying Bath Towels

    Jane F
    10 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    I’ve become obsessed with buying bath towels online — shopping is like a home décor treasure hunt. Summer white sales are coming soon. Meanwhile I’m been trying to make sense of buying bath towels online given the huge number of brands, styles and sources that have cropped up since I bought towels five years ago. It’s a whole new world. I’m looking for towels because my current sets began to feel too heavy. For me, it’s time to lighten up. My priorities are: comfort, style, size, price and durability. Comfort to me means a soft “hand” or feel for washcloths and…
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    The Finishing Touch

  • Customer Service FAQ’s: My Cordless Shade Isn’t Long Enough!

    Benjamin Serven
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Here’s the scenario: Your cordless cellular shades arrived at your doorstep in perfect condition, except for one thing. You can pull them down to cover the whole window, but then they bounce back up! You may be worried that your shades were made too short, but don’t fret! In the realm of FAQ’s, we get this question a lot – and it’s super easy to fix. Why is This Happening? More than likely the internal lift cords of your shade are twisted or tight. This issue will often resolve itself with a little time and use. However, we have a few tricks to speed things…
  • 3 Ways Top-Down/Bottom-Up Shades Will Change Your World

    Benjamin Serven
    18 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Ever heard of top-down/bottom-up blinds or shades? It’s our most popular option, but most people still don’t know what they are or how they work. (To make this a little easier to read, I’ll refer to Top-Down/Bottom-Up shades as “TDBU” shades for the rest of the post.)  There are 3 types of top down shades: First the classic Top-Down/Bottom-Up standard lift. Secondly, the Cordless Top-Down/Bottom-Up. And last, but not least, the combination, Trilight Shade. Let’s learn more about them. Standard Top-Down/Bottom-Up Shades TDBU shades are useful in many…
  • Roman Shade Fold Styles – Find the One That’s Right For You!

    Abigail Sawyer
    14 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Roman Shades give windows the softness and style of draperies with less bulk. They’re easy to operate and can give you complete privacy when lowered. When ordering Roman Shades there are several custom options available to you. Today we’re going to take a closer look at Roman Shade Fold Styles and help you find the one that’s right for you and your window type. Roman Shade Fold Styles Soft Fold / Hobbled Roman Shades This traditional style is constructed with loops of fabric all the way down the shade. We love it for formal rooms, or spaces like powder rooms that need…
  • From South Africa to the Blinds.complex – Meet Sharon

    Benjamin Serven
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Sharon is one of the longest standing employees here at She was one of the original “Brainerettes” – the first 2 employees who answered sales calls in 1995 for’s first iteration – Sharon has been serving as an integral member of the team for as long as anyone can remember. Sharon is now Director of Customer Service, and leads the team on a day to day basis to a world class level of service. She has led the team to international recognition in call center excellence for almost 10 years running. Meet Sharon Years at…
  • How Changed My Life – Meet Uche from

    Benjamin Serven
    8 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    We’d like to share one of the most unique stories here at After moving to the United States from Nigeria, Uche has grown tremendously, personally and professionally. She is a part of the live chat team, and has soared to success as one of our top performers every month. Not only has she become a huge asset to our team, but she has truly embraced the core value of Continuous Improvement and has launched a personal business as a clothing designer. Meet Uche Years at 2 years Personal Style: I love all things contemporary. I love neutral…
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    The Office Stylist

  • How to style your space Boho Glam- 3 ways to make the Boho trend work for you

    The Office Stylist
    25 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. So if you follow me on social media or anywhere else, you would not describe me as anything boho. I’m a glam girl through and through BUT this boho trend that’s popping up everywhere can’t be ignored. It’s got a summer feel that’s casual and cute all at the same time. So what do you do if it’s not your style but you want to incorporate it into your space for something different?
  • Ashley Malone’s Bright & Airy Workspace {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    18 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Describe your office space to us: Bright, warm, feminine, creative and modern would be the first words that come to mind! To me it was important to design an office that felt like a living room…a space where you can put your feet up, feel at ease and focus on work. Since we’re a branding company, I have to say that the office also had to reflect our brand and the types of clients we attract. Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from? I really wanted the office to be bright and white, with a touch of pink! I used Pinterest quite a bit to find office…
  • How to think outside the office box: unique ways to decorate your space

    Rima Butto
    13 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Image found here. I’m all for out-of-the-box design ideas, especially when it comes to the office. I personally think that some accessories are simply too fabulous to be hidden away in a closet or bedroom vanity where no one can appreciate them. Take your fanciest pair of heels that you probably only wear twice a year – do they really deserve that kind of sad, solitary confinement? I’m here to say: let your beautiful pieces see the light! Incorporating some non-office office accessories is a great way to show off your personality and admire some of your favorite things that…
  • La Mer Collection’s Colorful and Textural Office {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    11 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Describe your office space to us. Where did the inspiration for your office design come from? My goal for this office space was efficiency and simplicity. I wanted to have a very clean, Scandinavian inspired design space that allowed our gorgeous materials to really shine – not the actual furniture.  I took inspiration from the Marikmekko studios (the Finnish design company known for its original prints and colors) and also some very high end Malibu California residences. My best friend and I worked on the design and we attended a high school founded in the arts and crafts movement…
  • FREE Ebook: Give your Office a Stylish Makeover

    The Office Stylist
    7 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Hello lovely! I am SO excited to share my very first ebook and I’m giving it away for FREE! It’s jam packed with fabulous tips and tricks, 5 ways to upgrade your office style. The great thing is, you can apply these tips to just about any space you want to makeover too. If you’re in need of my help, wish your workspace was prettier or even just need a little bit of inspiration, be sure to click here and download my ebook now.   I’m working on a ton of cool stuff right now from tutorials, checklists, design packages you can download and MUCH more. And in the next…
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    Modern Designer Furniture Blog

  • Kelly SO Suspension light cover.

    18 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Neenas Lighting have these stunning lampshade or as Neenas lighting call them "pendants" The Kelly pendants are the newest addition to the Studio Italia Design catalog. These designs play with light and shadows using custom laser-cut openings on the metal diffuser. Kelly is the ultimate in decorative design for traditional and avant-garde spaces. Find out  more here:http://
  • 3 Great Contemporary Tables

    8 Jul 2013 | 9:50 am
    To start off my 3 contemporary table we have the "S64 ROMOLO" by the ultra slick designer at Ponti Terenghi. The simple idea of glass with coloured legs has of course been done many times before but this one really caught my eye. Fixed dining table with coloured glass wood legs. Extralight tranparent cat.p 12mm thick tempered glass with enamelled details. Also available custom-made
  • Et Voilà Design Daniele Lago

    23 Jun 2013 | 9:07 am
    I haven't blogged about Lago before but have come accross them many times of the years. One that caught my eye today was the Et Voila. Designed in 2011 for Lago. It's a great looking storage system. From Lago site: Et Voilà  is a new storage system born from the desire to revise the container paradigm, domestic and otherwise, and introduce new ways for making the most of furniture. A
  • RSS feed is now limited! Keep up to date on twitter instead!

    13 May 2013 | 9:24 am
    I've found out that most of the content on my blog has been copied by 100's of blog and spin into other text or just mixed with other articles to make the blog look real.. So I've just switch off the full feed and added a short feed which is just the headline. It's like if I mention the word "furniture" this post will be taken too.. Basically our feed is just the same as twitter so why not
  • Designers - Fernando and Humberto Campana

    1 May 2013 | 7:14 am
    Brothers FERNANDO AND HUMBERTO CAMPANA are furniture designer from Brazil. As with many of today furniture designer the Campana brothers studied a architectural degree and fell into designing furniture. Many of the designs are chairs and on the most manufactured by Edra which I've blogged about many time see here Here is a picture of the Brothers:  Fernando and Humberto Campana Brothers:
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  • What to See at ICFF 2015

    15 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    Once again, the ICFF trade show is poised to showcase the latest trends and styles of contemporary design across a variety of home and commercial products, including lighting, plumbing, textiles, flooring, accessories, furniture, and more. Over 700 exhibitors are expected at the event, meaning the thousands of visitors will need to pick and choose which products to examine as ICFF provides an overwhelming amount of booths and tables representing various brands. However, with a bit of research into the companies that interest you, one can establish a plan for which booths to see. Here are a…
  • Brands to Behold at Maison&Objet Americas in Miami

    12 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Maison&Objet has been one of Europe’s most exquisite trade shows featuring high end luxury home and commercial furnishings and fixtures for 20 years. Now, they are bringing their flair and style to the Americas with Maison&Objet Miami. Featuring the best quality brands and designer products from around the world, the exhibits on display will be sure to delight and amaze guests. Here are some of the companies that you will definitely want to see in South Florida: THG®-Paris (Hall C – Stand 624-723) – the leading luxury atelier for the bath, with collaborations with prestigious…
  • 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…
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    あたる 占い 無料専門サイト集

  • 魚座 4月占い

    15 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    とてもよく当たると注目されているサイトです。サイト中には恋愛関連の占いが目白押しなので、気になる人の気持ちとか告白して成功する可能性を知りたい人は、ぜひとも利用してみましょう。 占いをするためのファクターがたくさんあることが分かっていますが、誕生日自体は簡単な占いじゃないでしょうか。生まれた日というのは、やっぱり根源的なものがあるはずです。…
  • 4月運勢 占い 無料

    15 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    もしかして、あなたは長年付き合っていた人と別れ、本当に寂しい経験をしているかもしれないですね。そこで是非利用してもらいたいのが復縁占いといったものです。 長年占い師をしている人は、インターネットに酷評されることもあり、それらを見た人もいるかもしれませんね。そこまで酷評されていても続けている占い師さんというのは、それらの占い師自身が優秀であるということではないでしょうか。…
  • 4月 占い

    15 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    恋人として相性ピッタリの2人だとしても、タイミングがずれるとカップルになれないケースもあると言います。復縁占いを活用すると、2人の気持ちとか状況が出来上がっている時期を確認することが可能です。 あなたの求める声を解明してくれるのが無料占いの使命ですから、良かったら抱えているお悩みの回答を、無料占いを利用して入手してみましょう。…
  • 魚座 4月 運勢

    15 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    スチュワーデスを中心に利用者に、「すごくよく当たる人!」と口々に一躍有名になったのは、奇跡の鑑定占い師ともいわれる沖縄の父だと聞きました。 みなさんの「結婚できる可能性はあるの?」または、「自分の旬はいつまでなの?」など、知りたいとは思っても知るのがちょっと恐ろしいことも、迷わず見極める占いを揃えています。…
  • 黒い犬タロット

    15 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    占星術を利用することで、とりあえず恋人との相性や将来のことをチェックして、いずれ訪れるトラブルなどを避けるため、是非とも無料相性占いを利用してみましょう。 時には恋愛占いで、あなたの恋愛が失敗に終わったわけを確かめることができるかもしれませんし、原因を知る、それによって将来への希望が見えてくるに違いありません。…
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    Bridget Beari Design Chat

  • Bridget Beari Color Rule #68

    8 May 2015 | 5:25 am
                    Contrast is the Key to ExpansionPeople always ask me "If I paint that room a dark color then the room will look smaller" or vice versa "Light colors will make it look bigger - right? "  While in general these statements may be true it is really the creation of contrasts or lack of that diminishes or expands a room size. Let's look at examples of this: This foyer has a dark charcoal wall and ceiling with charcoal carpet as a runner on the stairs. While the dark color adds to the drama it is the white contrast…
  • Bridget Beari Flagship Store in Mexico?

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

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

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

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

    23 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Love this rustic kitchen designed by Ryan Brown. The home is in the tony Los Angeles enclave Bel Air and on top of that in one of the most prestigious areas of Bel Air called Stone Canyon. The post...<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=""/>

    21 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Spotted these adorable turquoise blue shutter doors back in March during a Dominican Republic vacation with my best of friend and her family.  Such pretty doors.  Pure white with turquoise blue trim....<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=""/>
  • Decorating with Geometric Shapes

    19 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Bring on the pentagons, hexagons, octagons, triangles and more.  Love the idea of wearing or decorating with geometric shapes.  Who doesn’t love a polygon pop in home decor? Use of the classic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hamptons House Tour – Wainscott Wonder for $20 Million

    18 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Listed at $19,995,000, this home is in Wainscott, an area of East Hampton.  This mansion combines modern, rustic and traditonal in one space.  The 9,700 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9 bathroom home sits...<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=""/>
  • Mid-Century Ranch House Renovation

    15 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    In today’s post, a 1940’s mid century ranch house is updated and gets a “country-industrial” makeover. The 1400 square foot home was transformed from an outdated bungalow into... [[ 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

  • Progress Not Perfection!

    21 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    By Gail Doby, ASID The DSU team has been swamped these last few weeks getting ready for our Interior Design Summit on May 29 & 30, and never is the statement “progress not perfection” more important to keep in mind. There are literally a few thousand details that have to be managed, and though our team is amazing, we can’t get [...] The post Progress Not Perfection! appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
  • What You Resist Is What You Need To Do

    14 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
      By Gail Doby, ASID I’ve shared this concept with my coaching clients when they are stuck. “What you resist is what you need to do.” Usually, the client is stuck at a decision point, and the reason they are stuck is because they are emotionally resisting doing something that they think will be unpleasant, uncomfortable, potentially unsuccessful, or “unfun.” Sometimes we need [...] The post What You Resist Is What You Need To Do appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
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    Simplified Bee

  • Friday Finds :: Memorial Day Sales & Look

    22 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. Can you believe it?! Memorial Day weekend is upon us and that means BBQs, picnics and parades with friends & family. I’ve selected a casual look for the holiday that’s perfect for summer days ahead. 1 linen shirt // 2 crossbody bag // 3 loop scarf // 4 sunglasses // 5 striped slip-on Best yet? These items are all on sale during Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (free shipping & returns) – now through May 31st. Here are some other not to…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Master Bathroom

    20 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Today I’m sharing another fabulous interior design from the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase (open now through May 25th). Located just of the main staircase on the second floor, you’ll find the “En Vogue Salon” designed by Tineke Triggs and her team at Artistic Designs for Living. Inspired by the July 1966 Vogue Magazine cover, the master bathroom and make-up salon are nothing by glamorous. Front and center, Triggs hangs a commissioned photograph by Danielle Mourning (courtesy of Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts). Just below is an oval freestanding tub that sits on…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Teen Girls Bathroom

    18 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    As I mentioned before, the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase  featured lots and lots of beautiful wallcoverings. One space that stood out, was the “Lip Service” teen girl’s bathroom by designers Jennifer Wundrow and Heather Brock of Nest Design Co. The daring kiss-themed wallpaper by Voutsa in crimson, tangerine and blush covered much of the walls. The playful, modern pattern was paired with a classic marble herringbone floor. In addition, the bathroom features strong sculptural pieces including the freestanding cast-iron tub by Kohler and a gorgeous custom inlaid horn…
  • Fresh Picks :: Laundry Room Supplies

    13 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. The chic laundry room design by Evars + Anderson earlier this week had me thinking about the unavoidable task of cleaning, folding and ironing the endless laundry that piles up. Okay, I rarely iron, but seem to be washing and folding clothing several times a week. To brighten up the dreaded task, I’ve rounded up a few fresh, functional and innovative laundry room products to help you get the job done. product links: 1 lemon verbena laundry detergent //…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Laundry Room

    11 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    It’s on many of our wish lists; a fabulous laundry room. Perhaps it’s why the Laundry Room in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase has received so much buzz. Inspired by the colorful butterflies in Christian Lacroix’s Butterfly Parade wallpaper, Evars + Anderson Interior Design transformed a small space into a very chic and functional laundry room. The wallpaper (which has a cool 3D effect) covers the walls and ceiling and grabs your attention first. E+A pairs the whimsical pattern with timeless materials such as polish Nero marble for the countertops and black…
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    lookslikewhite Blog

  • The Renovation

    Trudy Crane
    24 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This 90 year old house In Sweden was left on the market for a long time until one brave couple saw its potential. One year and many layers of wallpaper later they had completed the renovation and to wonderful effect. Thoughtfully done keeping some of the old and adding new where necessary. Simple and stunning...Photos: Anna Kern Enjoy!Trudyxxvia; Bolig
  • Bright White, Beautiful Architecture

    Trudy Crane
    23 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Well it has been a crazy busy week as I went to New York to pick up my daughter from school. She is here in Montreal for the summer and I love having her back home! We have lots of projects in the works and I look forward to showing you soon. Check out the amazing mouldings in this 1902 apartment designed by architect Gustav O. Johansson! Stunning!! Love the styling as well... Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Stadhsem
  • Textured Blue

    Trudy Crane
    16 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Love seeing blue and white... in a home, in clothing, on dishes...anywhere really and these are some great examples of all of these. What is really great is the wonderful texture and depth of these prints in white and beautiful!Hope you are having a good weekend! Found on Found on Found on JCrew A fellow Montreal ceramic artist makes these great dishes available on:Food 52 Found on domainehome.comEnjoy!Trudyxx
  • Dare to Compare: Bedroom and Food Styling

    Trudy Crane
    12 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Another round of comparing home and food styling trends. I really love how the trend of wood in the home has found its way into food accessories such as salad utensils and cheeseboards. This natural look mixed with heavier handmade ceramics is one I love naturally and fits so well with the rustic styling in so many of the homes.   Found on                                                              …
  • Studio Space with Style

    Trudy Crane
    10 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Such a sweet studio space that features the living room in one corner and the bedroom in the opposite corner. A separate kitchen and eating area divide up the space nicely and the big windows in both rooms are so tall and bring in great light making it feel much larger.  I love the mouldings in these old Swedish apartments. Lovely....Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Stadshem
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    Franki Durbin

  • Luxe Accommodations: Sweeping Vistas in the 'Bu

    franki durbin
    25 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    So let's just get this out of the way: I adore Bravo and the wanderlusting, lifestyle enabling, success celebrating nature of its Million Dollar & Real Housewives shows. This week I find I've been missing and longing for the Joshes (both Altman & Flagg) as well as the dreamy California properties they feature. This airbnb listing has me almost realizing my Malibu dreams with this stunning modern residence. This is surely a home Bravo's very own Malibu expert Madison Hildebrand would have personally been familiar with. Yours (or mine) for $900 per night, this…
  • Musings: On Building One Another Up...

    franki durbin
    24 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Sometimes a girl just needs a good pick me up, doesn't she? If you've been reading for a while you'll be happy to know I'm finally serving up special content in a weekly email. These are personal notes where I dish up special thoughts, behind-the-scenes happenings and favorite discoveries. The content will always be inspiring and a bit different from my typical posts. I'm even hoping to shift into creating video content (although I might need a bit of encouragement to do so!) for you special subscribers. Think of this as VIP content delivered right to you inbox. If an inspiring email is…
  • Buon Weekend: Anything is Possible...

    franki durbin
    23 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    I don't know about you, but I'm definitely due for a good weekend. And by good I mean FUN. It's raining and glum here (where are you, Texas sun???) but we'll make the best of it and get creative with our days. I hope you're somewhere fabulous sinking your toes in the sand and warming yourself by a pool with a great book and even better friends. If not, perhaps you'll imagine the possibilities and create a little sunshine of your own. Life is too short to live average days! 
  • Luxe Accommodations: Effortless Luxury on Laguna Beach...

    franki durbin
    22 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    I'm an OC girl at heart. Can't help it. Always will be. I'm not from there but if I could choose anywhere in the US to live, this paradise on earth is surely my jam. Until the movers arrive (and my west coast dreams come true) the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is a sweet cure for my California cravings. It's got everything a summer-loving girl wants: beach yoga, a stunning pool area, beautiful balconies and opulent elegance inside. There's a reason those SoCal brides flock to this property: it is picturesque and perfectly captures the romance of Mediterranean architecture against a backdrop…
  • Beauty: D&G Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch Reveals His Luminous Tips...

    franki durbin
    20 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Can you tell I'm obsessed with makeup and skin care? I'd say a series of deep-diving beauty posts can attest to my dedication to perfecting the art & science of beauty. Today I bring you a VERY special treat. Makeup artist to the stars Christian McCulloch was kind enough to put down his brushes long enough to answer some very detailed questions I posed to him. But before I share his "get glowing" tips I'd love to familiarize you with his work. Do the names Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Rachel Weisz, Shakira, Kate Winslet,…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • ZOKU – A New Type Of Hotel For Traveling Professionals

    Simona Ganea
    25 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    Every hotel has something that makes it stand out. In most cases, it’s the little things that do this. But in some special cases, it’s the whole concept on which the hotel is based that stands out as original and different. A good example would be ZOKU which introduces a new concept in the hotel industry.The first ZOKU property will open in Amsterdam in the fall of 2015. It will offer the services of a hotel and the comfort of a home. The hotel will include 133 ZOKU lofts and 500 square meters of living space for its guests. There are two types of lofts with different layouts but…
  • Unqiue, Beautiful Bedding Color Combinations

    Grace Lynne Fleming
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ignite your bedroom with entirely new bedding that excites and revives! Instead of traditional monochromatic spreads spruce up your personal space by adding various shades, textures and prints. Don’t be shy of adding a bit of your own styles onto the bed. And we’re here to share 20 of the most beautiful bedding color combinations that we could find. Scroll through and mark your favorites!EclecticHow about this beautiful quilt for your eclectically-inspired bedroom? Full of cultural accents, vivacious colors and funky prints, this is sure to brighten your day and your…
  • DIY Pineapple Planter

    Francesca Stone
    22 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s that fantastic time of year when everything starts getting green again. The world becomes a more hopeful place and we start to make summer plans. It’s also the time when prints and designs become much more summery as well. First off we move away from the muted colours of winter and the pastel pop of spring and start injecting bright, bold, vibrant colour onto everything. Nothing says summer like a hot (insert colour here) and don’t we know it.Another way of bringing in the summer early is to use prints. Traditional motifs like flamingos or palm trees are obvious choices and…
  • Tiny Apartment Uses Fabric Curtains To Divide Its Spaces

    Simona Ganea
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Although very small, this apartment located in downtown Singapore has a very charming and airy interior. It consists of two main zones. One is the public area composed on a dining space, a living area and the kitchen. The other is the private zone which contains a bedroom, a bathroom and a utility room.One of the clients’ requests was that the living space have a flexible structure so they can easily convert it into a guest room whenever guests spend the night. Design practice HUE D which was responsible for the project, chose an interesting approach.Instead of building partition walls…
  • Fresh With A Touch Of Cozy – The Garden Bench

    Simona Ganea
    22 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    When you’re sitting in the garden, relaxing, somehow a chair or a daybed just don’t seem quite right. Something else would be better out here. The garden bench is the choice you’re looking for. Simple, casual and versatile, the garden bench can come in a variety of forms and can have a multitude of interesting designs.Most often, garden benches are accompanied by fire pits or outdoor fireplacesThey are complemented by chairs when extra seating is neededA lot of designs are envisioned as extensions or parts of hybrid combinationsSometimes a garden bench is supported by…
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  • Panorama House

    Chelsea Lyle
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M Location, location, location. That’s what they always say, at least, and I’m certainly not one to disagree. When I started looking for the apartment I currently live in, I had a mental list of priorities. On that list included that the apartment must have at least one bedroom—I’m tired of having my bed crammed in a closet sized room and I’m absolutely not about to start eating dinner on it in a studio apartment. My new apartment must also have a decently updated bathroom and kitchen—I do see that “vintage” toilet and simply put: I’m not on board. And of course…
  • Swedish Crowdsourcing Design

    Richard Torres
    24 May 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Studio M It used to be that if you wanted to get someone’s opinion, you would have to go to them directly to get the feedback you were looking for. Since the dawn of the new smartphone era and the now highly available touch screen device in everyone’s hands, feedback is much more frequent and diversified. Swedish architects Tham & Videgård were able to design a house based on the feedback found on a real estate website called Hemnet. What’s surprising to see about the result is that this house looks quite appealing considering it was developed by feedback from over 2 million users.
  • Lighting x Kelly Wearstler

    Jon Peters
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M One of the hottest designers of the moment, Kelly Wearstler, seems to be just about everywhere these days with collaborations from some of the most popular manufacturers right now. Let’s see, Kelly already has a chic collection for Paperless Post, fabulous fabric line for Lee Jofa, a super cool furniture line debuting for EJ Victor and an amazing new lighting collection for Visual Comfort. So long as we’re being honest, I can say that Kelly Wearstler has long been a favorite interior designer of mine while Visual Comfort is an industry leader in modern lighting for the home.
  • Star-Studded Studio Tour

    Jon Peters
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M These office designs are fabulous montages of the movies and the actors that make the magic of the screen come to life. This set comes from a collaboration by Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of design firm LIFE.STYLE. These designers have worked on some of the most recognizable sets from films that have left a staple in our modern culture. Working at an office that appreciates the minute details of being on set through the designs of its furniture passes that appreciation back to the work completed. The lines of these designs inspire creativity because they don’t seem to follow…
  • Must-Have She Sheds

    Jon Peters
    19 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M One of my favorite things right now is something that I found browsing the web on Pinterest: the She Shed. Maybe we can all blame the husbands of housewives who are tired of devoting the basement or a spare bedroom solely to the collegiate memories of their marital counterparts, but I think that we can all agree that the she shed is a much cooler answer to the man cave. Call it a trend or simply a fantasy that people are pinning like crazy, but I honestly feel like the tiny housing movement has taken over. From tricked-out playhouses to offices made from pallet boards, there are a…
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  • Tips to Create A Nicer And More Relaxing Bedroom

    Interior Design Style
    19 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Your bedroom should be the most comfortable space among other rooms in your house. This is where we usually relax and unwind after doing a stressful activity during the day. But sometimes we find if difficult to relax if the space in our bedroom is too small. We also find it quite difficult to decorate and organize our room and to maximize such small space. However, you can still make your bedroom more dreamy and relaxing with these simple tips and ideas. Take a look on these 10 simple tips that could help you maximize the space available in your room to make a more relaxing space. 1.
  • Vintage Style Home Decorating Ideas

    Interior Design Style
    19 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    If you’re looking to give your home a makeover, you may want to consider going vintage. Interior designers are loving the vintage look right now and it’s actually quite simple to incorporate it into the home. Below you’ll discover some of the best vintage home decorating ideas to suit all budgets. Hardwood flooring – Creating a dramatic, classic look If you’re looking to make a dramatic statement, hardwood flooring is a great choice. It helps to create a rustic, antique finish which provides an exceptional vintage design. What makes this idea so worthwhile is the fact that…
  • Why Should You Leave Asbestos Removal to the Professionals?

    Interior Design Style
    19 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    If you have been following the news, you have probably seen all those class action lawsuits levelled against companies (including the US government!) that failed to adequately protect workers against the dangers of asbestos. This is nothing to play around with and can cause a great number of illnesses, some of them fatal. Why do you think those experts sent in with a funny looking, almost alien, Tyvek Suit would wear them? They are anything but fashionable but can save a life. Here is what you need to know about the importance of leaving asbestos removal to professionals. Where You Will…
  • Avoiding a Plumbing Emergency

    Interior Design Style
    9 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The most common plumbing problem that can result in an emergency are clogged drains. There are a few ways you can prevent the escalation and possibly save yourself some money at the same time. Of course, in order to fix a clogged drain you must have the right tools as well as the knowledge to unclog the drain properly or you may make the entire situation worse. If you are not sure how to unclog your drain or you are still having issues once you have tried all the easy ways, you should contact a professional plumber before the situation gets out of control and you have a flood on your…
  • Top 5 OTT interiors

    Interior Design Style
    5 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    It is hard to believe that you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to interior design, but if you’ve ever taken a trip to Aunty Edith’s house of replica plates, you’ll know that it does in fact exist. It can be difficult, walking that fine line between bold and garish and often we see things that have gone a little too far in interior design. However sometimes it can really work in your favour, but it can be difficult to get the right balance. We’ll have a look at five of our favourite design styles that have either managed to really nail it, or may have fallen a…
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  • [Q & A] Top 5 money related questions agents receive from their clients

    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Buying and selling a home leads us to ask a lot of substantial questions, mostly revolving around where and how our money is being spent. Since owning a home is one, if not the most costly aspect of our lives, it’s essential that we understand where every dollar of our hard earned wage is going in times of moving, budgeting and examining financial options. Hugo Ceren, one of our top notch agents at TheRedPin answers the top five money related questions real estate agents receive from their clients. What are ‘closing costs’? The closing costs in a resale property are usually made up of…
  • Solutions for the 5 Worst Things About Moving

    20 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Moving can be frustrating for a variety reasons. For instance, it requires a significant amount of time and money, two things we never seem to have enough of. Below are 5 useful things you can do to help decrease your stress and anxiety levels during the move! 1. Keep aside things that don’t need to move with you Problem Whether you live in a home for 6 months or 5 years, junk is going to accumulate – it’s inevitable. When moving time comes, lugging unnecessary stuff to a new home will only add to the financial burden and unneeded stress to the move. Solution The obvious…
  • On The Danforth Condos – The Ultimate Guide

    19 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    On The Danforth Condos: Project Details The Best Information on On The Danforth Condos from TheRedPin Project Intersection: Woodbine Avenue & Danforth Avenue Address: 2359 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON Developer: DIAM Developments Architecture: onespace Building Type: Condominium Storeys: 10 City: Toronto Get Updated Floor Plans & Pricing On The Danforth Condos Neighbourhood Stats Resale Condos in the Danforth Village & Neighbouring Areas around On The Danforth Condos *Stats are based on TREB’s Condo Market Report for Q1 2015 Average Condo Rentals Prices in the Danforth…
  • [Infographic] How much do homes cost next to the GTA’s best schools?

    18 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    There are a few things that drive home buyers to double (or triple) their commute times, expand their budgets or even consider moving houses in the first place. Living next to a top school is the number one driver. With so much attention paid to schools, it’s no wonder why buying in the best school districts has long been a rule of thumb in real estate and for families with children. With that in mind, we looked at the highest ranking public schools across the GTA, as rated by the Fraser Institute, and calculated home prices within each of their boundaries. See our findings below!
  • [Infographic] 7 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Faster

    14 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    If you’re looking to sell your house, it’s likely you’ve got two things on your mind – how can I sell as fast as possible for the most money? With that in mind, we covered the top 7 tips that will help you do just that!  To keep up with real estate tips, Subscribe to TheRedPin Newsletter The post [Infographic] 7 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Faster appeared first on TheRedPin Pulse.
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  • Petals, recycled oak wine barrel stave candle holder, 3 crystal holders, one of a kind, Ready to Ship by StilNovoDesign

    21 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    75.99 USDPetals is a delicate and elegant candleholder, made using a single oak stave recycled from used french wine barrels, complete of 3 crystal flower candle holders. This piece is a one of a kind and ready to ship.Petals will look exquisite as an elegant centerpiece for a dining table, fireplace mantel or side table and it will make a very unique and stylish housewarming gift, holiday, Valentine's, Mother's day or birthday present.The red wine previously held in the barrel stains the underside of the stave conferring its particular character to it, while the top is finished with…
  • Cream Caramel tray large platter recycled oak wine barrel staves, solid antique brass handles by StilNovoDesign

    20 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    215.00 USDOur extra large platter turns into a magnificent centerpiece and its versatility allows you to either integrate it in your decor in a number of creative ways -displaying flowers, crystals, candles, beads, wedding favors, cards, etc- or to use it as an original, stunning serving tray. Our spectacular Cream Caramel makes a very elegant and original gift idea as well.While Cream Caramel’s top is still slightly stained by the wine previously held in the barrel, the rest is finished with a natural oak color to preserve and to show the natural features and beautiful grain of the aged…
  • Hand Painted Finest Oak Wine Barrel Stave Candle Holder, 5 candles, RECYCLED wood, Evergreen by StilNovoDesign

    20 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    95.00 USDThis candleholder is made an even more 'one of a kind' piece by the exquisite hand painted motif that adds to its charm and delicate sophistication. Every pattern is exclusive.The Evergreen design adds a lively and romantic green motif to the whole piece.Our 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.Every individual…
  • Eiffel, barstool recycled oak wine barrel high stool by StilNovoDesign

    17 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    575.00 USDStil Novo Design’s gorgeous interpretation of the classic bar stool is entirely made with recycled oak and galvanized steel hoop ‘rescued’ from discarded French wine barrels.Our Eiffel is a stunning high stool that can easily be integrated in any room of the house as a distinctive piece of home décor; its unique height makes it an ideal addition to living rooms, party spaces, bedrooms and entries, besides the traditional kitchen isle.Eiffel is a perfect combination of sturdiness, functionality and inimitable style.By using the natural arch of a barrel stave and the curviness…
  • Green Bits keychain, Alhambra, recycled reclaimed oak wine barrel stave, hand painted, one of a kind by StilNovoDesign

    17 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    12.50 USDEvery bit counts…In our effort to recycle our material to the very last bit, we have created this fun key chain, using morsels of solid white oak from reclaimed wine barrel tops and staves.One side is ornamented with an exquisite hand painted motif, while the other is stained with the red wine previously held in the barrels.It’s complete of silver plated key chains with swivel connectors.All of our finely handcrafted items 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 in every object…
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  • Are You Thinking About Building An "Open Floor Plan" House? Here's What You Need To Know

    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    My new-home clients sometimes talk about a home design with “good flow”; or more often, an “open” or “open concept” floor plan.“Open concept” sounds like a new idea, but is it?  What is an open floor plan, anyway?==========The first American homes were built in the 18th century, when home design was restricted by technology and fashion.  Fashion, because the only building traditions the colonists had were the ones they brought with them from Europe. Technology, because 18th century homes didn’t have central heating (it wasn’t widespread in America until the early…
  • Are pantries and windows taking the place of upper cabinets in kitchens?

    17 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    A great take on kitchen design from Jim Weiker, Home and Garden Editor at the Columbus Dispatch: expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio Architects to arrange a meeting or an online consultation.
  • Farmhouse Remodel Part II (Sneak Peek!)

    7 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    A few years ago I was asked to redesign the interior of a farmhouse in Granville, Ohio (see photos here), knowing that there would eventually be an opportunity to redesign the outside.  Now the outside's nearly done, and I can't wait to get out there and photograph it later this summer.Until then, here's a sneak peek at the before-during-and-after:Need expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio Architects to arrange a meeting or an online consultation.
  • 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…
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  • Arteriors at Legends of La Cienaga with Windsor Smith

    Mikala Ewald
    18 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    One of the most anticipated design events in the United States, Legends of La Cienaga is a 3-day celebration of design that brings together VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, decor, art, fashion, and architecture for receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, book signings and personal appearances.This year, 62 talented designers from around the country transformed […] The post Arteriors at Legends of La Cienaga with Windsor Smith appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • Arteriors at High Point Market

    Mikala Ewald
    6 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Every Spring and Fall, we debut close to 300 new products at High Point Market. Although the development process begins 12 months prior, and we have reviewed, revised, and photographed the items, this is when we get to see how it all comes together. The Visual Merchandising team arrives 3 weeks before the show begins […] The post Arteriors at High Point Market appeared first on Arteriors Blog.
  • The Pop Pavilion by Robert Passal at Design on a Dime 2015

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

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

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

    Nina Holst
    25 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    Hearing creative people´s stories is very inspiring, and maybe that´s why I loved last years DESIGN TALK in Bergen so much! Hearing all those outstanding people sharing their stories truly give you a boost. That´s why I want to share with you that it´s happening again this year, and you should´t miss it! This year’s theme is “SALUT TO CRAFTERS AND MAKERS” conveyed through storytelling, and the keywords for the event this year are honesty, personal, real, balance, tradition, handmade, substance, and craftsmanship… There will be some really interesting contributors this…
  • 10 hot news from Stylizimo Shop

    Nina Holst
    22 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    1  I  2  I  3  I  4  I  5  I  6  I  7  I  8  I  9  I  10   We now have a lot of hot news in Stylizimo Shop, and there is a lot to add to the wishlist! Highest up on my wishlist though, is the PH 3½-2½ in copper ( nr. 2 ). It´s the prettiest lamp I have even seen! Do you spot anything you like? Find all these hotties and more at Stylizimo Shop!   Collage: Nina Holst    
  • A purple beauty

    Nina Holst
    21 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    My interest in flowers and plants is growing bigger and bigger, and it’s almost as I burst of happiness when I find a beautiful new plant for my home. Like this purple Oxalis triangularis for example – it put a smile on my face every time I see it… Images: Nina Holst

    Nina Holst
    17 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Out of curiosity to see how their furniture looks in homes all over the world, Carl Hansen & Søn has launched a campaign they call Global Homes. With this campaign people are invited to share how they use the design classics in their own home, and together create a story on a global level how the furniture is used in different types of looks and spaces. Imagine the CH25 in an Asian home, a Scandinavian home or an Arab home. It’s going to be fun to see! But there is more than just contributing to the story!   WIN A WISHBONE CHAIR Yes, that’s right. Carl Hansen &…
  • Happy Birthday Norway

    Nina Holst
    16 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I want to congratulate all Norwegians with the Constitution day today! I hope you will have a nice celebration!   Image: Nina Holst  
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  • 3 Designs by Love Design: A Mad Men Inspired Take

    25 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Chinese design firm Love Design offers modern designs with a nostalgic twist. With plenty of clean lines, warm tones, and luxurious materials, there’s something both new and familiar about the way they approach interiors. We’re taking a look inside three different apartments, each with its own style, but still the same vintage-inspired feel that runs throughout. Totally memorable, we couldn’t help but connect each of these three apartments to Mad Men. Our first tour takes us into what we’d imagine as a suite fit for the ambitious and creative Peggy. This space, at…
  • 25 Modern Living Rooms with Cool, Clean Lines

    HD Staff
    22 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    A living room needs to be a place where families can kick their feet up. Where they can convene, entertain, and enjoy each other. But for those people who pride themselves on design, it also needs to be able to tie a home together. In these 25 living rooms, modern concepts take precedence with sleek sofas and towering windows creating a heart for these homes. A stunning view is an enviable feature in this sleek living room, where even the ceiling opens up into the sky. With an open floor plan, the slightest color shift can mean everything. Here, a beige sofa distinguishes the living area from…
  • 5 Penthouses From 5 Different Parts Of The World

    HD Staff
    21 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    The first penthouse in this post is from the Ukraine. The modern two story space is steeped in cozy decadence. Overstuffed chairs and ottomans demand relaxation of the body while simple, clean design calms the mind as well. The lofted bedroom area is particularly comfortable, using its comparatively minimal area to create a nest that’s ideal for sleeping or intimate conversation. In the U.S. home, the modern penthouse design tends further towards minimalism as personified in the elegant spiral staircase that wraps around a concrete pole. Materials like concrete and metal give a nod to…
  • Eco-Friendly House in Mexico Does Not Sacrifice Style

    HD Staff
    20 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    When you are able to live in beautiful surroundings, you want to be sure that your lifestyle is not diminishing those surroundings for generations to come. In the tropical, gorgeous area of Tulum, Mexico, the New York-based architects from Specht Harpman were able to create a home that celebrates its environment and works with – rather than against – the climate. The house, known as Casa Xixim, is truly a testament to the future of eco-friendly design (or ‘ecoluxe’ as the case may be). It uses natural air flow and architectural ingenuity to keep the home comfortable…
  • Three Dark Colored Loft Apartments with Exposed Brick Walls

    HD Staff
    19 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    This is certainly not the first time we have explored the variety and creativity of loft living on this blog. The increased emphasis on urban spaces that are both practical and beautiful, with the added benefit of using lofts that have been repurposed from a former life, makes loft living that much more appealing. The three apartments in this post have that barely industrial loft style running through them, and each uses dark colors to create a space that is just a little bit brooding. Exposed brick is the final commonality that puts these lofts into that same creative, somewhat European,…
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  • Happy Beach Bikes in Key West

    10 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    It’s Mother’s Day, and Mamma got a brand new bike! For some reason, beach bikes have always been romantic to me. Perhaps I envision myself as Rachel McAdams with Owen Wilson riding those adorable beach bikes in the movie Wedding Crashers. (Note that my bike fantasy does not include hills). During my last vacation to the Florida Keys, I found myself snapping as many photos of bikes as I did beautiful homes. It’s a way of life down there. Bikes on the porch were as much a beautiful accessory as a mode of transportation. Bikes had parties. And intimate dates. Taxi anyone? So…
  • Key West Curb Appeal

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

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

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

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

    Rehana Akter
    24 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Pairing grilled seafood with fresh summer produce is possibly the best combination for a healthy dinner on a warm summer night. The grilled shrimp with quinoa salad recipe from My Recipes comes with protein sources like shrimps quinoa, and chickpeas with a hint of honey, lime juice, and garlic – simply delectable. Healthy Dinner: Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad Delicious & healthy! Image via: Bustle Ingredients 4 servings 24 large peeled and deveined shrimps (nearly 1 pound) Uncooked quinoa (3/4 cup) Canned organic chickpeas (1/2 cup; rinsed and drained) Peeled avocado (1/2 cup; diced)…
  • Memorial Day Dessert: Ice Cream Roll Recipe

    Anchal Bhatia
    24 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    For many, Memorial Day is not just a day to remember those who gave their lives while serving the nation, but it’s also an unofficial kick-off to the summer season. So, why not combine the two and celebrate by serving this delicious Memorial Day dessert? This ice cream roll recipe is just what you need when you want to serve a treat that is both distinctive in its taste and appearance. Memorial Day Dessert: Ice Cream Roll Choose your own ice cream flavor to fill the cake roll Image via: Wilton Total time: Preparation 30 minutes + Baking 15 minutes +freezing Yields: 12 servings Ingredients 4…
  • Summer Decor: Adding Pops of Color to Your Neutral Room

    Joy M
    24 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    Some people prefer to decorate their homes with neutral shades because they are safe options. However, every home needs color – no exceptions. Strategically placed furniture pieces, accessories, and even artwork can make a home feel warm and welcoming. If introducing color to your home makes you nervous, take inspiration from these summer decor ideas. You’ll discover that your home did need some color after all. Summer Decor: Adding Pops of Color to Your Neutral Room How will you boost color into your neutral room? Image via: Country Home Pick the Right Color Scheme Choosing a color…
  • Easy Summer Dessert – Strawberry Chantilly Recipe

    Joy M
    21 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    An incredible frozen dessert perfect for summer, Strawberry Chantilly is loved by everyone. It is ideal for cookouts, potlucks, and hot summer get-togethers. You can make it days ahead and put it in the freezer. The mousse filling rests on a cookie crust providing the perfect blend of soft and crunchy. To make this easy summer dessert, follow these instructions from All Recipes. Easy Summer Dessert – Strawberry Chantilly Recipe Perfect for summer! Image via: My Vega Ingredients 1 cup of flour 1 cup of white sugar ½ cup of butter ¼ cup of brown sugar ½ cups of walnuts (chopped) 1 tsp of…
  • Summer Weddings: Thoughtful Wedding Favors

    Simran Chhibber
    21 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    Weddings are occasions that are remembered for a really long time and thoughtful wedding favors make them all the more memorable. I am sure, many a times you must have run into conversations where weddings from long back were being discussed with special emphasis on the gorgeous wedding favors. Well, now that your wedding is around the corner why not make it even more memorable with beautiful wedding favors. Our today’s post lends you some ideas for the same and since it’s summers so our ideas are tuned to the season. Summer Weddings: Thoughtful Wedding Favors Wedding Favors For Men…
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  • The Modern Quilt Movement

    25 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Quilts aren’t only calico triangles and hexagons anymore. Interested in quilting since I was a teen, I’ve always especially favored the bold, graphic color play of Amish designs. Having created some art wall quilts myself, I appreciate the effort and artwork involved in making any quilt. But early on, I felt as though we needed an updated idea of the quilt as art. Though beautiful, I wasn’t drawn to most traditional designs, and fabrics awash in tiny floral motifs. Then I went to my first quilt show, and found a few kindred souls. There they were–quilts as art, with a…
  • Contemporary Embroidery Exhibit

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

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

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

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

  • Garden Party

    20 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit: House Beautiful, Layla Grayce Escalate your average barbecue by adding unique decor and swanky treats—guaranteed to create the backyard bash of the season! Here are a few pro tips to get your party on: Find chic invitations that include a fun dress code like sundresses and Kentucky Derby-style hats (yay!) Who doesn’t love to dress up? Assemble an array of artisan hors d’oeuvres arranged beautifully on the John Acrylic Serving Tray. Summer recipes focused around watermelon, cucumber, and fresh tomatoes make for festive treats. Serve up style with…
  • The Editor’s Guide to: Mixing Prints

    13 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Photo Credits: Dimples and Tangles, Life On Virginia Street We’re noticing a pattern. Literally. Almost every time we see lust-worthy interior design photos (check out some of our favorites on our Pinterest!), you can almost guarantee an eclectic blend of prints in jazzy colorways and unique styles. Straight from the editor’s desk, founder Wendy Estes drops in to share her industry insight on one of the trickiest tactics in interior design: mixing prints. Mix your prints effortlessly by choosing a theme that represents you. This nautical mix would be the perfect pairing for a maritime…
  • Top 10 Spring Essentials

    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    1. Bandhini Homewear Design Butterfly Linen Cream Throw Pillow 2. Redford House Swedish Poster Bed Frame 3. Pigeon & Poodle Andria Aqua Square Waste Basket 4. Kendra Scott Rae Iridescent White Necklace 5. Pigeon & Poodle Lille Gold Bowl Set of 2 6. Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Annabelle Grey Indoor/Outdoor Rug 7. Palecek Coco Ruffle Mirror 8. Aidan Gray Lighting Bourdeilles Chandelier 9. Pom Pom at Home Heritage Taupe Dishware Collection 10. Paris Clock Book Set of 10 Spring’s coming in haute at Layla Grayce with new arrivals in on-trend hues and styles.
  • That ‘70s style

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

    5 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Brenna N.! Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes…
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    Gates Interior Design

  • The tools every entrepreneur needs to build an empire from home

    Amanda Gates
    24 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Today’s guest is Barbara Viteri, CEO and owner of Viteri Style Management. She is one of THE leading advisers in the interior design industry for productivity and business management. Barbara will put it to you straight with unfiltered opinions, and no bull shit. Her specialty is helping boutique businesses, mainly design firms, get their companies profitable and organized.… Read more The post The tools every entrepreneur needs to build an empire from home appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • Best Graduation Gifts for 2015

    Amanda Gates
    21 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
      Graduation gifts are a delicate matter. Often times, us boring adults, who have “been there and done that,” try to offer up goods that we think are nice little gifts to send them off into the world. Problem is, most grads shove them in a junk drawer and never use them. I remember when I graduated… Read more The post Best Graduation Gifts for 2015 appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • 7 healing crystals to boost your garden

    Amanda Gates
    18 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Crystals are natural stones produced by the earth over thousands of years. Most people think of chandeliers, wedding goblets or bowls when they hear the word crystal but healing crystals are all around us in agate, mineral and rock form. In fact, some places like New Mexico and Arizona have known energy vortexes, caused by meteorites… Read more The post 7 healing crystals to boost your garden appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • 7 design tips to improve your laundry room

    Amanda Gates
    14 May 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Laundry rooms are often the last source for design inspiration, and few homeowner’s put effort into making them special. But talk to any mom with a house full of kids, pets, and various other “life” happenings, and they will tell you that they do some serious laundry; meaning they spend a good part of their day,… Read more The post 7 design tips to improve your laundry room appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • How to improve your feng shui

    Amanda Gates
    11 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Interior design and feng shui are intrinsic tools to create balance and harmony in your home. When your space feels as good as it looks, your mood is lifted, you feel lighter and grace is easier to achieve. Everything just seems to work, and a slower pace sets in – like taking in a long, deep breath.… Read more The post How to improve your feng shui appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
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    The Decorologist

  • Making a Library Nook Out of a Storage Space

    Kristie Barnett
    25 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    For the last 14 years, there’s been a sliver of a room upstairs that I have used to store crafts, projects, and party supplies. Melanie G Photography This was the room at its best – for a pro photo shoot of my entire house. Believe me, most of the time the floor was barely visible. […]
  • 3 Things You Should Know about Real Estate Staging

    Kristie Barnett
    20 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    In our May Expert Psychological Stager™ certification course, we packed a whole lotta learning in the 3-day intensive training. With a limited amount of time to spend with my students, I try to share the most important information about real estate staging that I have learned over the last eleven years of staging hundreds and […]
  • A Family Room Makeover: Child-Friendly and High Style

    Kristie Barnett
    15 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Do you have small children and think there’s no hope for your family room until they are grown? That doesn’t have to be the case . . .   This family moved into a new home last year, and since that time I’ve helped them choose some paint colors, decorate their “formal” living room and […]
  • Putting a Fresh Face on a Dated Sofa – A Simple Home Staging Trick You Can Use!

    Kristie Barnett
    11 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Last week I had the honor of training a group of incredible women who are now certified Expert Psychological Stagers™. They came from as far away as Arizona and Minnesota to spend three very intense days in Nashville learning the ropes of home staging, culminating in a hands-on staging of a home about to go […]
  • The Right Pillows for a Leather Sofa

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

  • Translating Trends: 2015 Trends in Paint and Wall Treatments

    21 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    Fabulistas, guess who has been featured in the USA Today Home Magazine — I’ll give you ONE guess! In the article, “Broad Strokes”, from the Spring 2015 issue, I discuss 2015... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fab Events: Building Your Brand with ASID

    18 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    hFabulistas, if you missed the “Building Your Brand with ASID” on May 11th at Samuel & Sons, you missed a stellar event! Myself (I moderated), Arlene Angard, Drew McGukin and James... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Through My Eyes: Sharing the Good Times

    14 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Fabulistas, you know I think life is great under everyday circumstances. But, life really is sweet when you can have fun with your family, clients and vendors alike! Here are some candid snaps taken... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fab Events: How to Bring Your Business to the Next Level

    11 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Please join me this Thursday, May 14th @ 11:00am in the de Le Cuona showroom where I will be on a panel with Alan Tanksley and Allen Frechter speaking about “How to Bring Your Business to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Me + Open House TV = YAY!

    6 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Fabulistas, of course I’ll have more details with you in the VERY near future, but for right now, I’ll say these three words: Me OpenHouseTV YAY! Here are some “behind the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Memorial Day

    Ann Porter, CKD
    21 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    In Observance of Memorial Day we honor the brave men and women who serve our country and those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. “It is tragic that young lives must be sacrificed, that great sums must be spent for the instruments of war, when the work of peace awaits man’s accomplishment in every land. America today–as in past years–is prepared to join in that work with any nation whose devotion is to peace with its neighbors, and a better life for its people. ” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 1966 The National Moment…
  • New Smaller Free-Standing Tubs

    Ann Porter, CKD
    17 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    This weekend Wetsyle, a Montreal-based manufacturer of premium bath furnishings, is introducing their new W2 brand  at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). “W2 is a new brand of products that is simplified in design, shape and fabrication. It is available at a more modest price point to reach a broader audience of people passionate about beautiful design.” – Mark Wolinsky, Wetstyle president The W2 brand will include 3 free-standing tubs, 2 of which are designed to fit within the footprint of a traditional soaking tub alcove 60″ long x 30″…
  • Interlocking Floating Porcelain Floors

    Ann Porter, CKD
    13 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Interlocking porcelain floors are not new but they seem to pop up more in conversations in regards to tiles that look like planks of wood these days. Floating porcelain tile flooring systems are designed to enable the installer to achieve professional results quickly and cost effectively. Advantages of  floating porcelain floors include sound deadening, the option to  conveniently install the tile over existing hard surfaces and they are reusable. The disadvantages of floating porcelain floors includes being limited to using flexible grout in the predetermined joint width, the…
  • Decoded: What the Laundry Symbols on your Clothes Mean

    Ann Porter, CKD
    10 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Understanding the hieroglyphics (pictograms) on the care tags of your garments will allow you to wear your clothes longer and save you money. Washing The wash tub symbol gives directions for machine washing. Sometimes a dot will be used to indicated temperature. Other times you may see a temperature in Celsius. One dot – 30C is cold wash (65 to 85F), two dots – 40C (105F) is warm wash, three dots – 60C is hot wash (140F). Canadian tags might have as many as 6 dots or 95C (200F) for diapers or heavy-duty white linens. A line under the symbol indicates a milder cycle for…
  • Tesla Motors Announces Home Battery Energy Storage

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

  • Lovely Lofts

    12 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Recently, I made some room in one of the smaller rooms in my home. This room was previously used as an office, a closet, a spare bedroom, a craft room, a mini library…and the list goes on. More recently, we have been hosting a number of family friends. So, the room is going to serve as a guest bedroom again. While we absolutely need to utilize this room for guests, it also needs to retain some of the space that we used it for previously. So what has to go? NOTHING.  Here are six different lovely lofts that will serve to maximize the usage of your guest room! 1.  The computer desk, media…
  • Fun with Photography

    6 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    May is a month of celebration of many things, Mother’s Day especially. An observation of the art of Photography is also celebrated this month. I have always loved looking at photographs, old and new – whether they are portraits, landscapes, or wedding photographs – they truly hold a thousand words. Actually, they hold more. Check out six different ways to incorporate photography into your home décor in some very unique ways. Perfect Mother’s Day gifts as well! 1. Canvas – I love this idea – it is a photograph of a bride’s bouquet from her wedding day. The couple had it…
  • Cinco different ways to decorate in Mayo

    5 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    So it’s Cinco de Mayo! Grab a frothy margarita and take a seat. Here are five different ways (I know, it’s supposed to be six but I had to!) to decorate your home with a touch of Mexico! Try one or all, I am so in love with the bright colors and mixture of prints and patterns – there is really no way this could go wrong! Mexican style is heavily influenced by Spanish, Native American -specifically Aztec and Mayan among many others cultures. A lot of the concepts, traditions, colors and customs were passed down and melded into what we now call modern Mexico. 1. Colorful…
  • Food Inspired Rooms

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

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

  • Choosing the right paver for your backyard

    22 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Let’s face it, nothing beautifies a backyard like a curvaceous a paver-covered walkway. Sure, you have to cut and manicure the lawn periodically, and trim the hedges and prune the rose bushes to keep everything looking fabulous, but your feet will come into contact with the walkway that snakes its way through your backyard every day. Therefore, choosing the right paver for your backyard is extremely important, as most of the materials used in their design are meant to be permanent. The elegance and durability of brick Bricks are indeed a durable and time-tested material whose rugged…
  • Covering the 6 Spheres of Home Décor

    21 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Everyone loves to have a well-furnished home but a number of factors have to be considered when decorating homes with the desired furniture. To make this activity easy, one should consider 6 spheres of home décor and accordingly pick out from the amazing choices so that your home is furnished with the right items. Being one of the fastest growing cities in India, one may find many furniture stores in Noida but to get the best variety of furniture for your home and to make it worth all your efforts and investments, one needs to explore the different options available when engaged in home…
  • How To Plan The Best Hot Tub Party

    20 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
    If you’ve looked into affordable swim spas and decided that investing in a hot tub was the right choice, then you’re probably already thinking about planning the best hot tub party. Hot tub parties are the best way to enjoy your new investment with some of your friends or family members. Plus, unlike a pool party, you can throw one whether the weather is hot or cold. Here are some tips on how to plan the best hot tub party. Decide How Many People Different hot tubs can accommodate different amounts of people. If you have a smaller hot tub, then you’ll want to keep your guest…
  • Customize your kitchen with the latest kitchen appliances

    20 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Spring is here and you might be considering some changes in your kitchen. Perhaps you may be considering redecorating or having a new kitchen installed. You may just want to customise your kitchen with the latest kitchen appliances. If this is so you may want to know more about modern kitchen appliances that have recently come onto the UK market. Below are some designer Kitchen appliances to tempt you with:   Quooker Boiling Water Tap Systems Your new kitchen will not be right without a Quooker tap. These taps are different and immediately dispense boiling water from a tank beneath the…
  • Bar Stools can add Seating and Design to any Entertainment Room or Home Bar

    20 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Breakfast bar stools are among the most stylish items of furniture you can add to your home, and outside of the traditional “essentials” they are probably one of the most useful and practical types of furniture as well.   Whether they’re sat beside a home bar or just providing space for a few extra sitters in an entertainment room, bar stools can prove a valuable addition to your home while also enhancing its look and atmosphere. A Home Bar A home bar is a great asset for people who entertain a lot. It will provide a unique and attractive feature in an entertainment…
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  • 5 budget ways to refresh your bathroom

    Kelly Anderson
    23 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Oh bathrooms - such small rooms that cause such big headaches for a lot of homeowners. Bathrooms need to function well so that day-day is made easy, and ideally be beautiful at the same time. But to be both practical and stylish means making a lot of decisions on finishes, storage and lighting, and many times people just don't know where to start so don't start at all.I'm here to say that bathroom updates can be made easy and effective - even on a small budget. Here are just five easy ways you can refresh your bathroom without it becoming a huge renovation.1. Update your lighting and mirror…
  • my plant gang (or how to organize your plants)

    Kelly Anderson
    20 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Have you visited Urban Jungle Bloggers yet? It's a wonderful site with lots of inspiring images of plants in homes around the world. It's quite amazing to see how plants have been embraced as a decorative and healthy addition to homes small and large.This month the Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge is to "Show your Plant Gang." So I've gathered up my nine little green friends to hang out altogether on my favourite old bench near the patio door that gets lots of sun. This little exercise turned out to be a great way to organize my urban jungle - I needed to re-pot a couple and decide which ones…
  • easy organizing: top ways to use vessels

    Kelly Anderson
    17 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Is the stuff in your home overflowing and preventing you from having a serene, joyful and stress-free home? Invest in vessels.A vessel, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is any hollow container. One of my favourite vessels for storage is a recycled glass jar - I use them for practically everything from food to tea to craft supplies to buttons to laundry detergent to soaps to office supplies. They're great because you can easily see what's in them and when you need to stock up again. And they're easy to come by  - just recycle them from soup or sauces, or pick a few up at the local…
  • simple no-cost home office update

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

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

  • Designer Dorms

    22 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
  • 10 Living Rooms to Lust After

    21 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Here’s a round-up of some LUXURIOUS spaces with touches of Mid Century style –Need more living room inspo? follow us on pinterest and enable our interiors obsession… Found on Found on Found on Found on Found on Found on Found on Found on Found on Found on Share
  • Get the Look : Modern Dining Room

    21 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    This design forward dining room combines industrial textures with feminine touches– the black bertoia style chairs are a great contrast in weight and color against the base of the visually dense dining table.  try this look with white-washed walls and accenting with the products below.  Femke & Renaud / Photo © Frederik Vercruysse. Source: Deodat Oval Dining Table Bertoia Side Chair in Black  Cross Pillow  Coda Candle Holder  Share
  • Get the Look : Chic Studio Apartment

    20 May 2015 | 11:16 am
  • The Perfect Pair

    19 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
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  • Sneak Peek of Project Laundry Room

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Ways to Feather the Bachelorette Nest

    Linnore Gonzales
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The bachelor pad may be a common term in popular culture, but what about the self-made woman? Bachelorette pads are just as ubiquitous, and it’s time to help women represent who they are through their interior design choices. First things first, the idea of a bachelorette needn’t bring to mind pink and sparkles – not that there’s anything wrong with that – but merely a sophisticated version of femininity from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Here are 10 ways to feather the bachelorette nest so it’s uniquely, completely you. 1. Personalize It Monograms aren’t only for married…
  • Home Gym: Simply Functional or a Design Power House

    Linnore Gonzales
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    You have decided to design a home gym. You may think you don’t need much – just a corner where you can lay out a mat and use a few hand weights. You may be correct, but we urge you to take a closer look at your space. By paying attention to the details of design, you can create a space that is much more than a lonely functional corner. Instead, create an area that encourages you to workout, push yourself harder, and stay motivated – now that’s some serious design power. Here are 8 tips to a beautifully designed home gym that’s ready for action: 1. Make Space to Move Whether…
  • Living with Lacquer: How to Incorporate Serious Shine Into Your Home

    Linnore Gonzales
    14 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Imagine a 1950s-era soda shoppe with gleaming black-and-white checkered floors, glossy table tops, and shiny chairs. That’s a lot of lacquer (and maybe a little Lucite), but there’s a far more sophisticated – and less diner-centric – way to incorporate lacquer into your home’s décor. Today’s incarnations of lacquer can add depth, elegance, and light to your home. And, if you want, an air of mystique. Traditionally, lacquer is a clear protective finish, typically used for wood. It dries to a hard, durable finish which makes it great for high-traffic areas, though keep in mind that…
  • The Dirty Side of Design: Toilets and Toilet Paper Placement

    Linnore Gonzales
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Taking on a bathroom remodel is a big project. Today, we are going to focus on one critical element of this remodel, the toilet. Why is it important? Because creating a flawless bathroom look requires perfect toilet placement and there are many features to consider as you make this decision. You are likely to have professionals help you with the technical stuff such as water supply positioning and installation, but let’s explore what you should consider as you determine your toilet’s perfect location and how it fits into a beautiful bathroom design. Wall-Mount versus Floor-Mount We all…
  • 10 Interior Design Rules for Your First Place

    Linnore Gonzales
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re fresh out of the dorm or fresh out of your parents’ home, you finally have a place of your own. No one can dictate the number of nail holes you put in the wall or the colors you choose to paint those walls (except maybe your landlord). The point is, you finally have the freedom to arrange and design your space as you please. Where to begin? 1. Take Your Time It can be incredibly tempting to want to completely furnish and decorate your new place the moment you have the keys in hand. Pause for a moment. Go ahead and live in a spartan environment for a few weeks until you…
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    Nazmiyal Collection » Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design

  • Hamptons Style: 10 Tips to Make Your Home Feel Like a Chic Beach Retreat

    J. Nazmiyal
    22 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Hamptons Beach Style by Nazmiyal Collection Hamptons Beach Style -- Happy Memorial Day Weekend from Nazmiyal Collection! We hope that many of you will be celebrating the warmer days with friends. Nothing beats a seashore retreat for Memorial Day weekend, but vacations always go by so quickly! With that in mind, we came up with some interior design tips to make your home feel more like a beach bungalow all year long. Have you ever found yourself looking enviously at someone who lives in a chic Hamptons style beach retreat? The popular Hampton Beach style combines the best of classic and…
  • Wednesday Wishlist: Vintage Swedish Kilim 48429

    J. Nazmiyal
    20 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    This Week's Wednesday Wishlist Rug is Vintage Swedish Kilim 48429 Vintage Swedish Kilim 48429 -- 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 Wednesday Wishlist Pinterest board! Vintage Swedish Kilim 48429 - Click Photo for details This week's Wednesday Wishlist rug is a wonderful vintage Swedish kilim, composed in warm neutral tones with a rhythmic…
  • Art Review: Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans at MoMA

    J. Nazmiyal
    19 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Andy Warhol's Soup Cans at MoMA, On View Now Through Oct. 18, 2015 In 1962, a commercial illustrator and an aspiring artist named Andy Warhol held his first solo painting exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. Today, that exhibition is remembered for two reasons: first, a series of 32 paintings of Campbell's soup cans was exhibited for the first time, which marked the beginning of the rise of Warhol as the foremost artist of his time; and second, it is remembered as the first exhibition of what would later be labeled "pop art". Andy Warhol "Soup Cans" at MoMA Campbell's Soup…
  • Moroccan Berber Tribes: Rug Making History & Traditions

    J. Nazmiyal
    15 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    The History of Moroccan Berber Carpet Weaving Moroccan Berber Carpet Weaving History -- The Berber people of North Africa have a long and illustrious tradition of making fine hand-woven rugs and carpets. The Berbers, who also call themselves Amazigh, or Imazighen in plural form, are descended from pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa who are known to have lived in the region since prehistoric times. Today, they are found in scattered communities across much of the region, including Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Niger, Mali and Mauretania. 19th Century Photograph of a Moroccan Berber…
  • The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold, by Picasso

    J. Nazmiyal
    14 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Picasso Painting Breaks Record for Most Expensive Artwork Sold -- The art world achieved a new record on Monday night, as the painting Women of Algiers (Version O) by Pablo Picasso sold at Auction for $179 million at Christie's in New York. Women of Algiers (Version O) by Picasso While the auctioneers at Christie's expected the piece to reach the $140 million mark, they were astounded when competing bids from several patrons drove the painting's value past the previous world record holder, Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucien Freud, which had sold for $142.4 million in 2013. Experts at…
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    Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore » Blog | Leading Architects Bangalore

  • 5 Hottest Fresh Architecture Trends in 2014

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

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

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

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

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

    13 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    HMD Online Interior Designer - design for everyone! Since 2006 Homemade Design has helped thousands of clients in all 50 states through the design and decorating process, and we would love to help you! We offer an a la carte menu of services that allows our clients to select and pay for the services that they need. We love it when our clients are vested in the process, and love to do a bit of the work themselves! We hope that these FAQ’s will help you discover the services you may need. Please contact us with any questions – we’d love to hear about your project! Q: I LOVE…
  • Types of Window Coverings

    19 Sep 2013 | 11:25 am
    HMD Online Interior Designer - design for everyone! Perfectly pleated panels and swags as long as the eye can see — oh, the joys of so many types of window coverings! In this post we’ll explore types of window coverings including valences, blinds, panels and shutters that can add quick and stylish personality to your home. According to HGTV’s “Top 10 Window Treatment Trends,” one of the most popular window coverings is the all-natural woven shade in matchstick and bamboo. It diffuses light for privacy, while still allowing you to see the great outdoors.    …
  • How To Select An Appropriately Sized Area Rug

    10 Sep 2013 | 11:41 am
    HMD Online Interior Designer - design for everyone! Area rugs are fun, fantastic and fabulous, especially when you find the one that is just right for you and for your space.  This how-to guide will provide some helpful instruction on choosing an appropriately sized area rug for your dining room or bedroom.   Sizing the Living Room Area Rug One of the leading reasons for the return of an area rug is that the wrong size was selected in the first place.  With so much variety of space and scale and size available for a living room choosing  an appropriate sized area rug can take a little…
  • Decorative Vinyl Floor Cloths

    28 Aug 2013 | 1:34 pm
    HMD Online Interior Designer - design for everyone! Decorative Vinyl Floor Cloths From JUST $42 We saw these innovative and absurdly affordable vinyl floor cloths on sale at one of America’s Best home decor retailers, Pura Vida Home Decor. These wonderful designs are printed on durable, certified non-slip, lay flat vinyl flooring that may be used indoors as well as outdoors.  Each pattern has different color combinations and all are available in different sizes, including runners. Use them in kitchens, hallways, entry areas, game rooms, basements, patios, decks, any high traffic area…
  • How To Create A Masculine Color Palette

    24 Aug 2013 | 6:32 am
    HMD Online Interior Designer - design for everyone! You’re a responsible gentleman looking for a masculine color palette that still shares a hint of cool dude.  You may have your own place or your own space in the place you share with that someone special who normally calls the interior design shots. Either way you need to decorate it, but walk the line between playful bachelor pad and dirty dude shack.   Let’s stay classy, America. The key to transforming your flat  using a Masculine Color Palette lies in getting the cohesive mix of color, pattern and texture.  Then, you…
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    Coastal Decor, Beach, Nautical Decor, DIY Decorating, Crafts, Shopping | Completely Coastal Blog

  • Coastal Decor Memorial Weekend Sale

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Take advantage of discounts on coastal decor during this Memorial weekend! Here's what's on sale at Completely Coastal Partner stores. Use the code FREEDOM at checkout for 20% off Lemondaisy Designs. Adorable Coastal Napkins, pillows and more! At Caron's Beach House everything is 10% off for Memorial Weekend with coupon code: MEMOCEAN. Indoor/Outdoor Coastal and Nautical Rugs are their
  • Shore Bird Decor

    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I'm spending the summer on Florida's West Coast and have been seeing quite a few shore birds, such as little sand pipers, tall herons, pelicans, as well as Black Skimmers nesting in the sand at Lido Key (Sarasota). So I'm thrilled that I found some lovely shore bird decor at Completely Coastal partner stores. Take a look! A group of Sand Pipers on a stand. Shore Bird Mugs by Kim Rody, fired
  • Coastal Beach Paint Craft Projects by Decoart

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Decoart, manufacturer of acrylic paints made in the USA, has a series of coastal beach paint craft projects that I adore. They give detailed instructions, and the pattern for each paint craft is downloadable for free. Take a look! Seahorse Terracotta Pot with chalky finish paint. For another cute idea using stencils, click here. The pattern for these Beach Glass Jars and the glass vase
  • Top DIY Coastal Beach Candle Lanterns | Summer Crafts

    15 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    What can possibly bring more ambiance and romance to your outdoor summer space and Alfresco dining table than beachy candle lanterns. So here are some of the best DIY coastal beach candle lanterns! All part of the series Coastal & Nautical Summer Crafts for Tabletop Decorating and Entertaining. Lanterns also remind me of the glow of a lighthouse! Large Candle Lanterns with Rope inspired by
  • Coastal Master Bedroom Makeover in Ocean Hues

    13 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Interior designer Courtney Fernan shares a coastal master bedroom makeover, using soft neutral colors, ocean hues and splashes of Coral. The brighter colors add just the right amount of energy to the space, Courtney explains. The walls are Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore, and the striped walls add coastal charm. The white paint color is Clear Moon by Behr. Most items used in this coastal
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  • Cream & White — Will This Color Combination Ever Be Able To Coexist?

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Can it — can the color cream go with the color white?There's a very fine line here. Most people don't think this works. Most of the time, you're sort of forced to pick. Do you want your white to be creamy or do you want your white to be bright white, with no color? Because pairing these two together in the same space can sometimes look off.You KNOW how many shades of white, cream, and many other neutrals there are out there. Want to know how I know besides doing what I do everyday for a living?Order something online.Order something online that says the color is white and see…
  • Today's 10 On-Trend Interior Design Links You'll Love! | #DESIGNREFRESH

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tell me something…Are you an interior designer, someone who — when visiting sites such as DESIGNED — enjoys reading industry-related commentary?Or…Do you consider yourself more of a design enthusiast, someone who's interested in reading about interior design tips, tricks, and how-tos that you can apply to your home yourself?I ask because I'm wanting to fine-tune my blog content, as well as the types of design services I offer here on DESIGNED.Even though understanding your audience is something they teach in blogging 101, sometimes us bloggers get so wrapped up in the process of…
  • INTERIOR DESIGNERS: If You're Not Designing For Baby Boomers, You're Losing Money | Here's Why:

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Image source: Do you think this is old-fashioned style design?Let me tell you… This is anything but. Why? Because...Baby boomers, otherwise known as empty-nesters, are currently the hottest demographic looking for good design.And the reason why:Because they have disposable income. That's why. RELATED: Two boomers design & construct the apartment of their dreams!  MUST-SEE: A Lovely, Garden-Inspired Bathroom Blossoms Out Of A Small Space Although they do want to be smart with their purchases... This demographic is eager to spend their money…
  • How To Make Ugly Cabinets Look Great!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Okay, so I already know what you’re going to say:You should paint them! Well guess what…You’re right — you should paint these! But...We can make them look even better if we spend a bit more money.That’s right — we can make dated, bulky, unwanted, ugly cabinets look great by simply adding a bit more. They’ll surprise you with their new, refreshed look. I promise! Here’s the culprit:Those cabinets. My client did not like them — not one bit. She didn’t like the oak, the shiny finish, or the bulky mouldings (especially the ones at the bottom of…
  • BEFORE & AFTER: The Extraordinary Remodel Of An Ordinary 'Builder' Home!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m really excited to share a project reveal of mine with you today!This project is special to me because I really do love the style and feel of this space, and I so love the complete transformation we were able to achieve.This home went from being a very typical builder home — you know, it's nice...yet still very traditional and typical of the homes around here — to a cleaner, sleeker aesthetic; one that truly reflects my client’s taste and style. (I recently shared their pool table redo in this post.) After all, if you remodel, and you go to all the trouble and expense to…
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    Design The Life You Want To Live

  • Life lately: Do you know what rhymes with Friday? Vodka

    Lynne Knowlton
    15 May 2015 | 9:33 am
      What have you been up to, chicken poo?  I’ve missed you.  Wait.  I’m a poet and I didn’t know it.  Ugh.  Should I just throat punch MYSELF? What have I been up to lately?!!   I’ve been getting it on with my … Read More!
  • How to make gorgy gorgeous curtain rods. It’s no laughing matter. Okay, it is.

    Lynne Knowlton
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    Have you always thought that most curtain rods are meh? Are your curtain rods worse than bad? Maybe negative good? *Looks around nervously. Chews thumb.* Does a curtain rod price tag make your face do this? ---> @!!$ ? Well, cupcake... that's all about to change. Here's 6 steps to a gorgeous curtain rod and brackets! Wave bye bye to your fugly curtain rods Read More!
  • Why Blogging is Like Walking a Tightrope Buck Naked

    Lynne Knowlton
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Learning how to be a top drawer, fearlessly authentic, back of the bus, kickass blogger can be a cluster-you-know-what-er of mixed emotions, raw talent and hard work while simultaneously tapping your head, rubbing your belly and sticking to what you do best. Read More!
  • Why we love video AND want to punch it in the face

    Lynne Knowlton
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Humongous. Yeah. That's the size of my announcement today, so you better sit yourself down. Todays post is a wild mix of 10 epic tips for a kickass life AND a music video. The music video was filmed here on our property and in the treehouse! If you love video, music and treehouses ~ you can skip to the end of this post and have a watch. Then come on back. I'll wait for you. xx Read More!
  • THE BEST OF ETSY: Etsy will knock your socks off and knit you new ones…

    Lynne Knowlton
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
        It’s THAT good.  Etsy is my besty.  Etsy makes me wetsy.  Etsy is all about what’s nexty.  Etsy is an off the hook artists’ nook.   Etsy sucks. Said no one ever. Can you tell that I asked my pals on Facebook for an Etsy blog … Read More!
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    the modern sybarite

  • modern lacquer furniture in decor

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    My friends at Flair have designed and commissioned a wonderfully fresh collection of modern lacquer furniture and accessories for their Flair Home Collection New York store. For those not in the know, Flair has a fantastic and dreamy showplace in … Continue reading →This post modern lacquer furniture in decor first appeared on
  • vintage viennese design with class: otto prutscher

    13 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    When I think of vintage Viennese design, I immediately think of Josef Hoffman and the Jugenstil and Secessionist Movements that flourished in Vienna during the opening years of the twentieth century. To me – while certainly an era of creative … Continue reading →This post vintage viennese design with class: otto prutscher first appeared on
  • artistic furniture made in the usa

    6 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Artistic furniture is exactly what one expects from someone trained in the art of sculpture, and that’s what the talented Steven Haulenbeek delivers. There’s a beautiful rustic quality to his work – refined elegance and impeccably crafted furniture and accessories … Continue reading →This post artistic furniture made in the usa first appeared on
  • 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
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  • Torre wall rack valet | Andries and Hiroko van Onck | Inipress for Magis | Italy

    21 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Andries van Onck was born in Amsterdam in 1928. Amongst his early teachers were Gerrit Thomas Rietveld from the Dutch De Stijl group; later he studied in Ulm at the Hochschule für Gestaltung with Tomas Maldonado, Walter Zeischegg, and Max Bill. In 1959 he started as a designer at Olivetti in Italy as an assistant to Ettore Sottsass.  In 1965 he opened his own studio in Milan, where his wife, Hiroko Takeda. later joined him. The pair has created products in many different sectors, including household appliances, furniture, machine tools and electronic equipment.  Andries van Onck…
  • X-Rated watch (model GB406) | Swatch AG | Biel, Switzerland | 1987

    14 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    The name “Swatch” is a portmanteau of “second” and “watch” that was coined by Nichole Lopez.  The Swatch watch was introduced with the idea of watches being casual, fun, and relatively disposable accessories. Swatch began development in the early 1980s under the leadership of the then CEO of ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA SA Swiss Watch Manufacturer), Ernst Thomke with a small team of watch engineers led by Elmar Mock and Jacques Müller. Swatch was originally intended to re-capture entry level market share lost by Swiss manufacturers during the “quartz crisis”…
  • rocket cocktail shaker | Sterilite Corporation, United Plastics Corporation

    2 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Here is a vintage, space age (obviously!) cocktail shaker marked Steri-lite and United Plastics Corporation.  The rocket has a yellow top, a red body, and yellow base.  The rocket base features four fins and is free standing.  The shaker measures 9” in height and has a hinged cap at its capsule top that is used to pour out your drinks. eBay item 191487719506 sold January 26, 2015 at 3:07PM (United States).  Six bidders placed 15 bids on the cocktail shaker.  The shaker sold for $67.66 plus $6.00 shipping. The rocket is marked on the bottom: Steri-lite (in script),…
  • 3084A, 3084B, 3084C, 3084D, 3085, and 3085A vases | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1969

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

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

  • 6 Mistakes You’re Making When Hanging Curtains

    24 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Today we would like to share a fabulous article from House Beautiful, written by Sarah Yang, regarding the mistakes many people make when hanging their curtains.  We hope you find this helpful! 1. Not Measuring Correctly The first thing you should do is measure your windows and make adjustments depending on how you want to hang the window treatments. It will save you another trip to the store if your curtains and rods are the right size. Proper Drapery Treatments in House Beautiful Magazine 2. Hanging Curtains Too Low Hang curtain rods and draperies at the ceiling to make the room feel…
  • Spotlight on Bitangra Furniture

    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    We recently stumbled upon the creations from Bitangra, a company that is fabricating incredible furniture that are truly works of art!  We would like to share a few of our favorite picks with you. This first is this incredible Jinga Dining Table, fabricated of golden brass and acrylic, this table was inspired by a well-known game with intersecting cubes.  We love this table! Bitangra Jinga Dining Table The Rupture Center Table blends an Indian Green Marble Top with an aluminum tube base.  We love the random quality of the base and the intentioned voids created in the design. Bitangra…
  • Osborne and Little Ormond Collection

    17 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Today we would like to share with you the new Ormond Collection of Fabrics at Osborne and Little.  This collection is named after the castles of Ireland.  The color palette consists of a combination of linen and ivory tones that contrast with aqua, fawn, peacock, chartreuse, taupe, grey, navy and coral. The sweet little vignette below showcases a variety of fabrics from the collection in different neutral values of gray.  The textiles look just sumptuous! Osborne and Little – Ormond Fabrics We are also loving the beautiful blue hues in the collection.  Available in stripes and…
  • Chroma Wood Panels

    13 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Another great design find!!!  We recently received information on this really cool new line of Chroma Wood Panels from Architectural Systems, Inc.  Using an ancient Japanese method for preserving and antiquing wood, the products are available in a wide range of hues.  This company uses three different wood species for their product line:  Cypress, Redwood, and Yellow Pine.  The wood is available in random lengths and can be used indoors or outdoors!  What a treat for the deck this summer! In the application below the bar was outfitted with the Natural finish.  We love the…
  • Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

    10 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Mirrors can have an enormous impact on a room.  Whether the use is strictly decorative, reflecting a fabulous view, or used in lieu of artwork, a mirror can actually making a space feel larger and brighter.  Mirrors multi-purpose and do much more than allow you to check how you look before you leave for work!  We have gathered a few stunners for your viewing pleasure! Check out this beautiful Venetian mirror in the foyer below.  The frame reflects light from every angle, making the space bright, all while looking stunningly beautiful! Mirror in Foyer We love utilizing floor mirrors.
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  • Great Interior Design by Jute

    Melina Divani
    24 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Jute lends a keen eye to interior projects, engaging sensibility right along with your style. Whether commissioning art, specifying a side chair, or moving walls and windows, Jute makes your space as pleasing in looks as it is to your life. Jute in nature, it’s known for strength and versatility. So too is Jute design. With backgrounds in art, antiques and architecture, we weave unique furnishings and finishes into living spaces without fuss or clutter. At Jute, we believe great design is not about our style. It’s about the best version of yours.
  • Beautifully Restored 1884 Caviar Warehouse

    Melina Divani
    24 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Beautiful Tibeca Loft by Andrew Franz. In an 1884 warehouse, the top floor and roof of are reconceived as a residence with open entertaining zones and a fluid connection to the outdoors. A relocated mezzanine allows for direct access to the roof terrace above, and features an interior courtyard with a retractable glass roof showering the loft below with natural light. Embracing the building’s industrial past, a visual discourse between new and old is devised through insertions of modern materials along with restored or reclaimed materials.
  • Concrete Ultra Modern Apartment In Rio de Janeiro

    Melina Divani
    22 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    MM House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed by Studio RO+CA. The apartment of a young man at the 30s, it is located in the heart of Ipanema, a rich neighborhood in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The starting point and the main idea for the development of the project was to create a space, where the owner could invite his friends and to throw parties, in a space of 120 square meters. From the beginning, we wanted to give a contemporary, modern and urban air in this house. A young New Yorker style, “high low”.  All is about concrete! It is prevalent throughout the project,…
  • An Airy Apartment In A Converted Church

    Melina Divani
    22 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    An airy, multi-level apartment in a converted church by LABLstudio, with clean lines and bold colors that highlight the architectural elements. LABLstudio is dedicated to creating original interiors and products designed to bring functionality and beauty to any space.
  • A Californian Beach House-Inspired Hangout In London

    Melina Divani
    22 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Hally’s, a delicatessen located in south West London area Parsons Green functions as a casual daytime eatery as well as an evening destination. Inspired by Californian beach cafes, Alexander Waterworth interiors created a tranquil, playful and fun interior space. White washed walls and limed scaffold boards add to its fresh look. Bright yellow industrial bar stools and dip dyed raw bentwood chairs are used to implement colour and ikat cushions add to the homely feel of the space. Hally’s was opened in June 2013 by Anna Halliday and husband Philip Beatty who wanted to bring simple,…
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  • 20th century best designers: Ilmari Tapiovaara

    25 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Tapiovaara, who died in 1999, originally trained as an interior architect and later became a prolific designer whose ideas focused on democratic design during Finland’s post-war era. It’s his work that we will approach in our rubric of the 20th century best designers. RELATED HISTORY: 20TH CENTURY BEST DESIGNERS: ISAMU NOGUCHI “Tapiovaara wanted good design for everyone,” says Jukka Savolainen. “He did Ikea before Ikea, good quality pieces at an affordable price – the same kind of packaging and mass production ideas as Ikea has done.” Although never gaining…
  • BRABBU Design Inspiration: Different Cultures, The Same Smiles

    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hello beautiful people! We all know that after tomorrow we all are going to be saying hello (thank god) to our weekend. But before that, what do you think about design inspiration and world cultures have to do with brabbu design inspiration? RELATED HISTORY: GAMBIA, ONE THE HOT 2015 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS VIETNAM Well, you shoul know by now that BRABBU is an interior design brand that really has strong roots in nature and of course, diversified culture. BRABBU’s design team really try to portrait the savageness, wildness and freedom that humans should all breathe in, and it does that…
  • B&B Italia Decorates The Excelsior Hotel Gallia

    22 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    Today BRABBU Blog lets you know of the latest hotel project decorated with contract furniture from the internationally acclaimed interior design brand B&B Italia. The project was in The  Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a prestigious and historic hotel in Milan. RELATED HISTORY: EXPERIMENTAL RESIDENTIAL PROJECT ZHUKOVKA 49 COUNTS WITH BRABBU’S DESIGNS  The intervention of B&B Italia Contract Division, according to the project by Studio Marco Piva, concerned the public areas on the underground and ground floors, the first, sixth, seventh and eighth floors, as well as the Katara suite…
  • Top 10 Stylish Poker Rooms

    21 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    While you can hold your weekly card game at any table in your home, having a dedicated poker room is a dream come true for poker enthusiasts. But even if you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, coming up with the right design for your poker room isn’t always easy. The key is to combine comfort and style so you and your guests feel like you’ve stepped into the elegant poker room at your favorite casino. See below our selection of the best poker rooms: RELATED HISTORY: STYLISH LIVING ROOM FURNITURE FROM THE BEST LUXURY BRANDS This Dallas poker room plays up the classic…
  • Gambia, one of the hottest 2015 travel destinations

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hello sweet follower! So, today is Wednesday and as we are so closed to weekend, I decided to speak aboit Gambia as one the most wanted 2015 travel destinations. There is a lot to spread out regarding Gambia experience, and as I am going on vacation next week, what better time to do so? RELATED HISTORY: WILDEST DESTINATIONS YOU MUST TRAVEL TO Gambia, is the smallest country in Africa. Thisparadise is an enchanted hotspot populated with light and amuzing beaches. Wildlife, vibrant culture makes us wish to be part of it’s natural history and, perhaps, reborn there. The country’s charms…
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  • 8 Great Ways to Update Outdoor Living Spaces

    21 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Have lots of plans for outdoor entertaining this summer? Perhaps the family is looking forward to enjoying time in the backyard ? Are you planning to update your outdoor living spaces to ensure that friends and family alike will find you’ve created a beautiful and comfortable environment. Is it time for new dining chairs? If brilliant color is what you’re looking for, consider Zuo Modern Silvermine Bay outdoor dining chairs in brilliant painted steel. If you desire a more neutral color on your dining chairs, the Zuo Modern Township outdoor dining chair might better suit your…
  • 8 Cool Bathroom Ideas to Love

    14 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Today, we’re sharing a few of the many cool bathroom ideas recently discovered on Pinterest. No matter your style aesthetic, we think you’ll be delighted with these clever bathroom ideas. Enjoy! For a touch of coastal style, add seaglass colored bottles, a shell or two and a carved seabird to a pale blue bath. Pops of yellow are always beautiful in a vintage black and white bath. And elephant portraits–we love them in any room. Silver legs are perfect on a claw foot tub. A flowing white shower curtain makes for a romantic look in the vintage bath. With a slight retro modern…
  • Home Color Inspiration: Pretty Pastels

    7 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    At the front door and throughout the home, pastels can easily become the main attraction. Though pale and soft in tone, pastels can have a big impact on our home decor. Pastels can help us create happy, relaxed spaces in which to live. An all-white interior can be made even more beautiful by home accessories in pale turquoise. A foyer is brought to life with pale blue walls and an antique settee upholstered in a lovely sand cotton. Pastels are marvelous on the pillows and the unframed artwork. Pastels have transformed this white living room anchored by a fabulous rug underfoot. Pastels and…
  • Wall Art for Great Gallery Walls

    5 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Our most recent post was filled with ideas for using gallery walls to create visual interest. Today, we’re excited to share some of our fabulous wall art that’s perfect for inclusion in a beautiful gallery wall. We’ve pulled together framed wall decor recently discovered on Arcadian Home in a wide range of themes and styles. Here are ten favorites: Malanta Knowles City Views is a collection of four irresistible squares. We are fascinated by the color and play of shadows in these prints. Uttermost Paris Scenes is a lovely transitional picture set that’s ideal for…
  • 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…
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  • Neon Home Decor Ideas

    Ella Andrews
    25 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Interior design may vary greatly from place to place, depending on the tastes of the owners, the architects and interior designers, but in the end the trends may also include a creative use of neon as decorations. Most interior designers will advise to use neon in smaller environments, such as bathrooms, kids rooms and so on. You can still use them in a number of situations, such as kitchens and living rooms as well, but it all depends on how you approach the subject. Neon lights happen to be a pretty bold statement, so you will need to consider whether some rooms will be fitting for this…
  • Vintage Chairs from the 50s with a French Touch

    22 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    One of the greatest things happened in furniture in the last century are the vintage chairs that come from the 50s. This is the period between 1950 and 1960 years which is generally characterized by today’s designers as the period of mid-century modern furniture and interior design style. Many famous designers created their outstanding vintage chairs in that time frame. And now, we want to display some of them because they are awesome! Ok, if you buy a vintage chair now, how can you fit it in your modern home? Our designers told us that this won’t be a big problem! Vintage chairs…
  • 16 Bathroom Suites with Jaw-Dropping Effect

    22 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    The modern bathroom is a great place to be. I have one of these outstanding contemporary bathroom suites and I simply like going for a long bath, enjoying the great look of this private room in my house. Well, typically I do not have a lot of time for fun, but every time when I steal a minute or two from my heavy business schedule, I go to the bathroom suite and relax. A lot. But what is so special about bathroom suites and actually, what are their major elements. What do we call a suite? Let’s reveal the secrets and bring some light on the topic for those who want to create their own…
  • 18 Bath Caddy, Rack and Tray Ideas for Creative Bathrooms

    19 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    Hello, creative minds! Are you ready to dive deep into the world of creative bath caddy ideas? Well you will see not only bad caddy examples here, but also some really astonishing trays and racks that are ready to be used in your own bathtub. You like spending some time in the bathtub, don’t you? For example, I like to sit there and relax. I like to play my favorite chillout radio and dunk into the tub. I like to dream about future, about the sweet moments that I had during my day. Well, a glass of wine is always welcomed in this romantic and relaxing atmosphere as well as a small…
  • Backyard Designs and Garden Ideas for Outdoor Areas

    19 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    Swimming pools, lounge areas, backyard sheds, patio furniture and hot summer days! This is why I love backyards. And now, I am going to show you some amazing backyard designs that I believe will grab your heart and hopefully, they will light the sparkle of inspiration, thus giving birth of some certain ideas that you can apply at your own home. Backyards designs are various in many terms. Some people like swimming pools while others prefer to only have this low-cut grass with pavestone paths and pebbles besides. This is great! Well, swimming pools occupy a lot of space so if you really lack…
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  • Go Green for Spring: Top 10 Indoor Plants

    Annie Talajkowski
    20 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
    When it comes to home decor, one of the best accessories you can choose for your space is a plant. Fresh plants bring energy to a room, purify the air and add beauty. And if gardening isn’t your thing, there are plenty of houseplants to choose from that require little maintenance on your end. So what are you waiting for? Spring is finally here and while the rising temperature is helping us to feel refreshed and rejuvenated outdoors, you can bring that same energy into your home with any of these 10 indoor plants. 1. English ivy This elegant plant has a charming look and adds timeless…
  • Our 50 Shades of Gray

    Milosz Pekala
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    You’re not bound to one shade of grey. Whip any room into shape with one of these pieces. Soon you’ll have a spankin’ new room full of favorites. You don’t have to be Christian Grey to afford everything you see below. Match your favorite shade number to the products below. Let’s play.   Pin this. We promise it won’t hurt a bit. The post Our 50 Shades of Gray appeared first on Bright Ideas by
  • Top Outdoor Design Trends for 2015

    Annie Talajkowski
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    With patio season in sight, we asked top designers, architects, and outdoor living aficionados to weigh in on what’s hot in outdoor living spaces for 2015. After speaking with over 20 experts in the industry, we’ve come to the conclusion that the trend this year is two-fold. The first movement revolves around outdoor living and entertaining, while the second trend encompasses the eco-friendly craze that is sweeping the nation. Take a peak and check out our expert round-up for designer tips, tricks and inspiration for your outdoor living needs! THE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINER Whether…
  • Mom Cave

    Doug Kaid
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    With the Super Bowl on our minds, you are probably seeing a lot of talk about how to build a better man cave. In fact, we did one in this very space last week. But in the interest of equal opportunity escapism, we knew it was time to think outside the cave to a more beautiful, more elegant place. We’re talking about a spot more notable for heart and its art than the size of the big screen on the wall. Enter the Mom Cave. That’s right, a little nook where pretty is appreciated. Tell your man to cave down the street with his buddies. Here are a few simple pieces to help you put…
  • Feel Happy in Your Home This Year

    Wendy Weinert
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    We are officially well into the new year – a time to “start over” and make changes to one’s lifestyle. There are a lot of different resolutions we make to better ourselves each year, but ultimately, we just want to be happy. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of tips and suggestions to find happiness at home. Try a couple or try them all, and see if they make a difference for you! Embrace your style You can have a professional interior designer redecorate your entire home, but that doesn’t mean you’ll  be happy with the new setup. Decorate each room…
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • Kitchen Organization Hacks You Can’t Live Without

    21 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    The word “hack” is thought of in a bad way most of the time – from lousy professional service to illegally getting into a computer’s system. A lesser known (but more positive) definition of “hack” is “a clever solution to a tricky problem.” That’s the topic of this week’s Granite Transformations blog – a few creative “hacks” that are clever solutions to any tricky kitchen organization projects you may have going on. Getting Organized… We begin with basic organization. Most of us, at one time or another, take our kitchen space for granted. Everything we need is just…
  • The Hottest Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

    18 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Granite Transformations tours the kitchen for this week’s blog. If you are wondering about what kitchen design ideas and services are out there, then relax (maybe even at your kitchen table), and read on. What makes the kitchen setting in the spring season actually enjoyable is that we can cook and bake at a more leisurely pace, as opposed to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, where we rush around with the pressure of having many dishes prepared (piping hot) all at once. And, as it is spring, this is a time of year when people tend to consider updating or replacing their kitchen. If you…
  • Tremendous 2015 Bathroom Design Trends

    12 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Spring is officially in full swing, and that yearly ritual known as “Spring Cleaning” is being practiced far and wide. This is the time of year for change; for getting rid of the old and making way for the new. This desire for change takes home improvement projects into account as well. For this week, the professionals here at Granite Transformations will offer several topics that we’ve collected on bathroom upgrades. So, the question for this week’s blog is: “Bathroom makeover, anyone?” Since late last year, there has been speculation as to what the most popular bathroom design…
  • Pamper Your Mom This Mother’s Day with These Special Gift Ideas

    6 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, show Mom your love and appreciation by giving her the day off and treating her to a day she’ll never forget. For the best Mother’s Day idea for your Mom, first give some thought of what you think she would want most. What would make her feel special? Here are a few fun and easy ideas to let your mom know how much she means to you: Brunch or Dinner at Home. Giving Mom a break from the kitchen is one of the most appreciated gestures you can do for her. Restaurants are notorious for being overcrowded on Mother’s Day and the dining experience is…
  • Granite Transformations Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

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

    Vidya Sudarsan
    23 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Share on Tumblr How often do you come across archways inside homes?  I’ve seen a few styles in Spanish, Indian and Moorish homes, but they can also fit perfectly in other types of spaces. It’s relatively easy to create an archway, but squares and rectangles are much more common in traditional homes. Even though archways are [...] The post Eye Candy – Arch Design appeared first on Related posts: Eclectic Style Interior Design Architectural details Kelly-Moore Paints Design Center Garage Workbench Design Ideas
  • Pekoe Tree Travel Tea Tumbler Review

    Vidya Sudarsan
    23 May 2015 | 12:43 am
    Share on Tumblr Today’s review is about a travel tea tumbler that has replaced my black travel mug! I have been enjoying hot tea in this tumbler and I’m totally impressed with how my tea stays warm for up to two full hours. It is sleek and stylish and comes with a neon green sleeve [...] The post Pekoe Tree Travel Tea Tumbler Review appeared first on Related posts: Francois et Mimi 50oz Glass French Press Review Ready to School – Insulated Lunch Bag And Water Bottle Review Travel Essentials And A Giveaway Ozeri’s Wine Bottle Opener Reveiw
  • Set Of Three Silicone Spatulas Review

    Vidya Sudarsan
    21 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Share on Tumblr Food grade silicone has quickly found its way into our kitchens in different forms. I’ve been reading about this man-made polymer and it clearly has better qualities than plastic. It does not leach harmful chemicals into food, does not grow bacteria, and has the ability to handle the high heat. Best of [...] The post Set Of Three Silicone Spatulas Review appeared first on Related posts: GrillFella BBQ Wok & Silicone Heat Resistant Gloves Review Silicone Wine Glasses Baking Tools Review Insulated Tote Bags Review
  • Unique Backpacks By NokHoo

    Vidya Sudarsan
    15 May 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Share on Tumblr I’m extremely excited to introduce you to the functional, stylish, and durable NokHoo backpacks! NokHoo bags are designed and created by Nicole Roberts, a Textile and Product Designer, who started this company while searching for a perfectly accessible and beautiful backpack. She ended up creating her very own unique product to fit [...] The post Unique Backpacks By NokHoo appeared first on Related posts: Unique Bookshelves Smart Tea Infuser by Drinkkler Review Ready to School – Insulated Lunch Bag And Water Bottle Review Insulated Tote Bags…
  • Beach Style Decor

    Vidya Sudarsan
    12 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Share on Tumblr Are you ready to see some breezy beach style decor? I grew up close to a beach and we would walk down there every once a while to watch the sunset. And, this style is something I’ve introduced in small doses in my own home, and we totally love it. It’s the [...] The post Beach Style Decor appeared first on Related posts: Cottage Style Decor Style Your Open Shelves Picnic Style Dining Tables The Spanish Style
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  • 7 Large Homes—with a Small Footprint

    Starre Vartan
    25 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    If you like spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings, and sizable spaces to throw parties in, you’re probably not into the tiny house movement. But just because you want some lofty rooms doesn’t mean you don’t have ethical and environmental concerns about a home’s impact on the land. The more land a home sits on, the more stress it places on the local landscape, displacing flora and fauna.You have a few options: You could build underground (which would definitely save you on energy bills), or go the treehouse route. But another smart way to significantly reduce a home’s…
  • Easy Wall Decorating Ideas for Renters

    Kate Simmons
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you live in a rental but dream of personalizing your walls, don’t fret. There are many ways to put a stamp on your space without making permanent changes. The wall decorating ideas below are easy to accomplish, and they won’t leave a mark. Make a big statement, change it up as you like, and most importantly, remove the evidence without a trace when your lease is up! Ready for a closer look?…Washi TapeOne of today’s most popular craft supplies, washi tape is colorful, easy to work with, and easy to remove! This washi tape statement wall from Brit + Co. was created…
  • 15 Sliding Barn Doors That Bring Rustic Beauty to the Bathroom

    Sherry Nothingam
    22 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    When was the last time you took a really close look at the doors in your house? Most of us tend to think only about the functionality of doors, and while it does take precedence, there is also an aesthetic aspect that is often overlooked. From colorful front doors to lovely French doors that create dreamy dining spaces and lead into stunning backyards, the last few years have seen doors making plenty of noise in the decorating world. Today we take a look at the latest entrant in this lineup – the sliding barn door.You don’t have to embrace rustic or farmhouse styles completely to add a…
  • 8 Purrfect Cat Houses for Your Favorite Feline Friend

    Yuka Yoneda
    22 May 2015 | 4:31 am
    Is your favorite feline friend in the market for some real estate? There are quite a few options to choose from nowadays that extend past your run-of-the-mill cat condo, and many of them are actually nicer than human houses! From personal kitty treehouses to cat trailer homes, check out all of our top picks for feline abodes.Air Up There!Save yourself from having to call the fire department by getting your curious kitty his or her own PetTreeHouse built around a real tree. These arborial abodes will satisfy your cat’s need to climb in the comfort and safety of your own home.Talk about…
  • Shopping for a Freestanding Outdoor Umbrella

    Kate Simmons
    22 May 2015 | 1:24 am
    If you’ve ever priced freestanding umbrellas for your yard, you probably know they’re not cheap. There ARE affordable options, even for under $100, but are they durable? When shopping for a freestanding outdoor umbrella, it’s important to acknowledge your budget, the needs of your outdoor space, and the true reason you’re buying the item in the first place. If you’re looking for some extra shade in the backyard and you don’t mind folding up your umbrella ahead of a windy storm, a bargain purchase just might work. Yet if the sky is the limit, why would you…
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    Leovan Design

  • Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    8 May 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Eco-friendly, sustainable, and environmentally friendly gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle, decreases negative environmental effects on the planet, and reduces your environmental footprint. Here are some eco-friendly gardening tips to use in your garden: Design a garden that fits your environment, climate, and location by planting plants that are native to your region. Native
  • 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
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    Decor Girl

  • Memorial Day: RememberIng Those Who Fought

    Decor Girl
    23 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    On Memorial Day I celebrate a relative who fought in the Civil War, was in Gettysburg and made a difference. Read More
  • Like Wood? Maybe You Should Stik It!

    Decor Girl
    19 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Create amazing real wood surfaces without the frustration and mess of hammer, nails, or a great big saw. This is a great DIY product to transform a room. Read More
  • What Is An Interior Trend To Embrace?

    Decor Girl
    12 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Learn what makes an interior trend real or a fake and what trends are worth your money. Read More
  • Do You Live In The Modern House Of Stuff?

    Decor Girl
    5 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    I'd like to encourage you to move on from a modern house full of stuff and into a modern home of interior beauty and peace. Declutter and downsize to interior bliss. Read More
  • Not Funny: 7 Wall Color Mistakes To Avoid

    Decor Girl
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Here's a list of the seven common wall color mistakes to avoid. Unfortunately the funny photos are real and from homes currently offered for sale, yikes! Read More
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  • Hardwood flooring factsheet: Beech

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Enchanting and Delicate Urban Romance Project by Contour Interior Design

    25 May 2015 | 2:06 am
    Welcome to our featured gallery shining a spotlight on another beautiful Contour Interior Design home. The Houston-based design firm delivered a design fit for a queen in their Urban Romance project, which features a master bedroom and formal dining room decked out in luxurious textures and colors. The royal atmosphere of this home is enhanced by the use of multiple shades of purple, as the color has long been associated with royalty. However, the home’s design isn’t based entirely in tradition. Much of the furniture and accents are contemporary, creating a dichotomy between…
  • Eco-Friendly Hawthorne Residence Project by Chan Architecture

    25 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring this Eco-Friendly Modern Hawthorn Residence Project by Chan Architecture. Here, we find a home that underwent a renovation in 2014. The themes don’t constrict themselves to an exclusively modern aesthetic, or focus strictly on empty spaces and sweeping angles. Rather, the design allows itself to breathe. The choice to use predominately natural textures around the house lends a softness to the space, such as plywood for the ceiling, linen curtains and blackbutt flooring, a hardwood more commonly used for framing. The kitchen restrains itself from owning too…
  • Incredible Dutch Smart W.I.N.D. House by UnStudio

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring a fantastic single family smart home in Noord-Holland, The Netherlands, designed by UnStudio. The W.I.N.D house, as it’s called, is a smart home that incorporates integrated sustainable solutions and home automatic. The design focuses on being flexible and integrating both the heavily wooded area to the rear of the home and the wide-open expanse to the front. The home is located on the outskirts of a small Dutch village close to the sea, and all the main living areas have gorgeous panoramic views of the landscape. One of the truly beautiful and unique…
  • Impressively Remodeled Home In the Avenues Project by Butler Armsden Architecture

    22 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring this impressively remodeled Home in the Avenues Project by Butler Armsden Architecture. Located on 16th Avenue within the hustle and bustle that is San Francisco, this home’s owners needed enough room to accommodate themselves and their three children, but didn’t want to move from their beloved, historical home. The answer came in the form of a drastic remodeling. Their 1908 home underwent a transformation from 3,452 square-feet of living space to 4,612 square-feet, which was made possible be re-imagining the attic as a master bedroom and bathroom area.
  • Striking Stubbs Road Project by NC Design and Architecture

    22 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring the Striking Stubbs Road Project by NC Design and Architecture. This contemporary residence by Hong Kong Architecture firm NC Design and Architecture pulls out all the stops.  With a creamy gray neutral palette, splashes of bold color, and featuring a spacious open design scheme, this project is on the cutting edge of modern design. The circular open floor plan encompasses the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Each room is accentuated with white light, bringing a cohesive elegance to this gorgeous home. Unique features are disguised in…
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    The Interior Design Advocate

  • 2 Tips for Lower Cost Dining Room Furniture

    Donna Hoffman
    14 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Donna Hoffman on... Need dining room furniture, but can’t afford the quality you want? Here are 2 great ideas for keeping your budget down when buying dining room furniture. Let me know what you think of these tips. We’d love to hear your comments or questions! The post 2 Tips for Lower Cost Dining Room Furniture appeared first on The Interior Design Advocate.
  • Design Giggles – Who Put the “FU” in Furniture?

    Donna Hoffman
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on...   About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so you can get fabulous results when decorating your own home, or hiring the right contractors.” The results are people get that more beautiful home,…
  • How to Recut an Ugly Sofa

    Donna Hoffman
    7 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... So listen, I’m the girl who was very nicely asked to stay out of a wood shop in college and was told, not once but twice and in two different sewing workrooms, “Thanks but no thanks. Please look but don’t touch.” My talent is clearly in designing things, not in the actual “making” of things. So in this blog post, what I want you to know is not HOW to recut a sofa physically, but that you CAN recut a sofa, with a talented upholstery professional. This blog will be the saving grace for you if you inherited a chair or sofa that is truly ugly, yet one that you hold…
  • Design Giggles: Furniture Order Hotline

    Donna Hoffman
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on...   About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so you can get fabulous results when decorating your own home, or hiring the right contractors.” The results are people get that more beautiful home,…
  • How to Get Rid of Home Envy

    Donna Hoffman
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Ever walk into a friend’s or acquaintance’s home and say to yourself, “This house is gorgeous! Why don’t I have that?” Envy no more! Here are some great tips to get the home you want.     About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people…
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    Chic California

  • How to Turn a Galvanized Bucket into a Vintage Olive Bucket

    6 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    How to Turn a Galvanized Bucket into a Vintage Olive Bucket Everytime I walk into Target, I pay a fine. You know what I mean. You go in for one thing and leave with $200 worth of stuff you “need”. Most often you even forget to buy the thing you actually needed. I promise myself {Read More...} The post How to Turn a Galvanized Bucket into a Vintage Olive Bucket appeared first on Chic California.
  • Designer Insights With Chic California

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

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

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

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

    25 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Warrix is a residential project completed by Bonadies Architect. The home is located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Photos courtesy of Bonadies ArchitectMore...
  • Wahroonga House by Darren Campbell Architect

    25 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    Wahroonga House is a private residence designed by Darren Campbell Architect. Completed in 2010, the home is located in Wahroonga, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Wahroonga House by Darren Campbell Architect: “Located in the leafy northern Sydney suburb of Wahroonga the house presents as a single storey to the street and is accessed via a walkway bridge through a stand of native gum trees. The site falls away from the..More...
  • TV House by Pazgersh architecture + Design & Michal Keinan Sinai

    25 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    TV House is a project completed jointly by Pazgersh architecture + Design & Michal Keinan Sinai. The home is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, and was finished in 2015. TV House by Pazgersh architecture + Design & Michal Keinan Sinai: “Concrete Construction, aluminum window frames, wooden parquet floors, wooden teak deck, metal staircase handrails, stucco coating and teak louver panels. In planning the villa, the main design concept was designing..More...
  • Difficult Run Residence by Robert M. Gurney Architect

    24 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Difficult Run Residence is a project completed by Robert M. Gurney Architect It is located in McLean, Virginia, USA. Difficult Run Residence by Robert M. Gurney Architect: “Located in Mclean, Virginia, this project is sited on a seven acre, steeply sloping, wooded lot bordering a stream and parkland trail, known as Difficult Run. The scope of work involved a complete renovation of an existing house, a substantial addition to the..More...
  • Modern Palazzo by Mood Works

    24 May 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Modern Palazzo is a stunning private home located in Warsaw, Poland. The home, with its elegant and luminous interior, was designed by Mood Works. Photos courtesy of Mood WorksMore...
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  • Modernist Brutalism of the Row Concrete at Maison Le Cap

    25 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Do you like the light romantic spirit of the French Mediterranean coast, the freshness and elegance of the minimalistic approach towards the decor and the cozy merger between the natural elements of the architectural construct and the surrounding landscape? If you do, this project of Pascal Grasso Architectures will capture and mesmerize you like it did us. Harmoniously nested between the steep slopes and the typical for the region vegetation the construction of this house consist of rectangular cubes in modernistic style that combine with ingenuity natural elements of the surrounding mineral…
  • Magnetika Wall System – a New Way to Furnish a Bathroom

    25 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Wall system – a new way to furnish a bathroom was designed by Ferruccio Tasinato. It is a metal panel for the wall called Magnetika Bathroom by Ronda Design. Read the rest of Magnetika Wall System – a New Way to Furnish a Bathroom originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Pizzikotto by Andrea Langhi Design

    22 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Sustainable interior design for a new fast pizza restaurant? Turns out it is not only possible but very attractive too. Artistic and dynamic urban ambiance created and decorated almost entirely by reused materials, adorns the small town of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Read the rest of Pizzikotto by Andrea Langhi Design originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Lary & Zoe’s House by Z-Axis Design

    22 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Lary & Zoe’s House is a project of modern urban dwelling in 66sqm space in Taichung, Taiwan designed by young designers of Z-Axis Design. Read the rest of Lary & Zoe’s House by Z-Axis Design originally posted on © - 2015.
  • How to Turn Small Urban Space into Stylish City Dwelling

    21 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    How to turn a relatively small urban space, with limited budget nonetheless, into stylish, elegant and comfortable city dwelling? A question that haunts most of us. The Lithuanian design studio Normundas Vilkas has accepted this Vilnius apartment project challenge and turned it into playful compositions with functional and minimalistic hints. The apartment possesses a panoramic city view, and that is emphasized by the spacious, light and bright inner premise dеcor. Read the rest of How to Turn Small Urban Space into Stylish City Dwelling originally posted on ©…
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  • A new trend: see-through furniture enjoys a revival

    23 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    According to an interesting article in see-through furniture enjoys a revival and that shows our need for transparency. " April’s Salone del Mobile, the Milan furniture... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Modern Luxury - ICFF (16-19 May)

    20 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    ...seems to be more timeless than modern :) Obviously iconic designs will continue to fascinate us even decades after their creation. Like this one: the D.154.2 armchairThis is a rendition by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Laundry Room helpers

    19 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    Even housekeeping duties — like cleaning, folding and ironing — can be performed with pleasure and in a stimulating envireonment :) Especially if you elevate these mundane weekly duties with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WordPlay at London’s Clerkenwell Design Week

    18 May 2015 | 2:26 am
    This is an outdoor display of typography design by Clerkenwell-based company Monotype - "bringing type to life and celebrating its influence on our world." sourceI like very much this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NYCxDesign 2015 - a glimpse

    14 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    New York City celebrates design this May  from 8th till 19th citywide. NYCxDesign brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Howkapow Blog

  • Most Pinned This Week!

    Cat How
    21 May 2015 | 1:35 am
    Every week we aim to bring you an image we’ve found that our followers over on Pinterest have taken a particular shine to. This week: Cross Stitch Street Craft by Les Duez’Bro… #textilegraffitti #mostpinned The post Most Pinned This Week! appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Colour Palette Edit: 006

    Cat How
    20 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 006 appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Our New Bitossi Plate Range!

    Rog How
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am We love colour over at Howkapow… but we also love white too. The best, clearly, is a combination of both! Our new Bitossi plate range combine all these elements: shop our Bitossi Plate Range here! The post Our New Bitossi Plate Range! appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • For The Love Of… Staplers!

    Cat How
    13 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    1. Iguana Stapler by Anthropologie / 2. Pacman Stapler by Amazon / 3. Wooden Hippo Stapler by Switch Blade and Cookie (Etsy) / 4. Eleppi Staplers by Eleppi / 5. Grasshopper Stapler by Anthropologie / 6. Dalmatian Stapler by Anthropologie / 7. Chrome Plated Vintage Style Stapler in Orange by One Kings Lane / 8. Wooden Stapler by Urban Outfitters – chosen by Kayleigh Evans The post For The Love Of… Staplers! appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Win A Holiday at The Straw Cottage!

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

    24 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    “Momo grill” is a small and cosy restaurant right in a centre of Klaipėda in Lithuania. This place offers a simple but professional menu.  So the interior represents this chef‘s idea of food culture . The space, designed by interior designer, graphic designer and photographer Ramūnas Manikas creates a modern, democratic atmosphere, that also is a clean place for chefs creations. In order to create o non-binding place, there was formed an open kitchen so when the restaurant is open you can see the kitchen staff working. For wall finishing designer used white glazed tiles, that…
  • Apartment in Paris by spamroom + LEAinvent

    24 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    The 19th Century 100 sqm family sized apartment in the 7th Arrondissement (Rue de Lille) of Paris has been newly refurbished to suit the needs of a Parisian based fashion designer and african art collector. The space, although primarily a private residence was conceived to be a social space where the designer could potentially host intimate industry events associated with her profession. The aim was to create two distinct areas: the first one more public, with living room, cooking space and guest bathroom and the second one more private, housing a master bedroom with dressing room, a guest…
  • Cliffs Impasse by Ziegler Antonin

    22 May 2015 | 8:55 am
      Parisian architect  added the 60-square-metre reading room to an old stone house in Senneville-sur-Fécamp, a region on the coast of the English Channel in northern France. Antonin Ziegler   created this extension of a rural home located right at the seafront. The space works as a garage, library and study. The occupants feel cramped and not isolated enough. They desired a place where they can read, write, and dream. So Antonin Ziegler  was commissioned to design the extension – named Cliffs Impasse after the property’s clifftop location – to provide a home for the…
  • Going White with Norm Architects

    17 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    With a grey clouded outside, there comes the urge to stay in a place filled with lots of natural light and simply colored with the lightest white. Some don’t like their place to be as minimal as possible, with little color and not a lot of cozy corners. I can’ t be precise but I saw one architect, who said that minimal style is joy for the eye, but it’s not suited for living. I, personally, agree to this statement, because I feel the same way. White and neutral simplistic homes and apartments are the most pleasant for my aesthetic, yet I’m not sure If I would feel…
  • Entrecôte in South Yarra, Melbourne

    16 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Entrecôte in South Yarra, Melbourne Entrecôte, Parisian steakhouse and bar is located in Melbourne, Australia. The first Entrecôte for Australia was originally planned as a one year pop-up. As a result, Flack Studio was challenged to develop creative ideas from the existing features, paint and by recycling the previous fit-out. The idea was to make a tongue-in-cheek play on a typical Parisian bistro, and acknowledge restaurant‘s caretaker role of an iconic building, long-treasured by the South Yarra neighborhood. Occupying a High Victorian stand-alone terrace, the two-store venue’s…
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  • 10 Cool Bedrooms with Rustic Sliding Barn Doors

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    25 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    For everyone who strives to attain the charm of a farmhouse bedroom the sliding barn doors are just the perfect fit. The sliding barn doors will give your bedroom a new, rustic and cool touch and it will totally bring the aesthetic appearance to a whole new level. The rustic charm of the sliding barn The post 10 Cool Bedrooms with Rustic Sliding Barn Doors appeared first on Related posts: 8 Awe Inspiring Bedrooms with Ocean View 8 Farmhouse Inspired Bedroom Designs 13 Rustic Bedroom Design Ideas
  • 12 Shabby Chic Living Room Designs To Inspire

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    23 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Shabby Chic style is a bland of neutral, most often white color scheme, natural materials and chic decorative finish, this style tends to reflect ultra relaxed and distressed ambiance with a classy and feminine glare. In case you want to attain a chic outlook in your living room, but you still want to keep the The post 12 Shabby Chic Living Room Designs To Inspire appeared first on Related posts: Feminine Feel in 11 Bold Living Room Designs 8 Living Room Designs with Delightful Feminine Charm 10 Super Chic Living Room Interior Design Ideas
  • 10 Beautiful Bathroom Designs With Glamorous Chandelier

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    21 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Most often when people strive to create a neat and fresh bathroom they go over the top and choose only bathroom- appropriate materials which results with too sterile and cold appearance in the interior. To avoid that mistake we advice you to go bold and bring classy element in the bathroom such as a chandelier. The post 10 Beautiful Bathroom Designs With Glamorous Chandelier appeared first on Related posts: 10 Charming Purple Bathroom Design Ideas 15 Beautiful Bathroom Interior Design Ideas 10 Beautiful Walk In Shower Design Ideas
  • Types of Modular Kitchen Designs
    19 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Modular kitchens have been rising in popularity due to the extensive functionality and design flexibility they provide. Kitchen furnishing includes an array of elements including closets, racks, drawers,cabinets, tables, chairs, counter tops and many more. Only a modular kitchen design allows for all pervasive features put into a single room. Modular kitchens allow more floor The post Types of Modular Kitchen Designs appeared first on Related posts: Redesign your Kitchen with a Modular Kitchen 10 Amazing Mediterranean Kitchen Interior Design Ideas 9 Super-Cool Kitchen…
  • Redesign your Kitchen with a Modular Kitchen
    19 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Kitchens are no more the sole place for cooking now. In most of the houses, kitchens are joined with the dining area. Whether you enjoy your meals with your family or have guests at home, this is the area where all kinds of meetings take place. Thus, it is obvious that the kitchen needs to The post Redesign your Kitchen with a Modular Kitchen appeared first on Related posts: Types of Modular Kitchen Designs 9 Super-Cool Kitchen Designs with Chalkboard Wall 9 Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas To Inspire
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    Lights Online Blog

  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – May 22

    Emma Harger
    22 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    This week at Lights Online, we looked at stylish ceiling fans for indoor and outdoor applications, since it’s gonna just keep getting hotter and you’ll want to be comfortable! Before we all head off to enjoy the Memorial Day long weekend, let’s enjoy 10 design inspirations spanning the globe! Alt Club from Freshome This very cool space is Alt Club in Romania, a members-only club for people in the IT and digital industries. It features a study, bar area, movie theater and game room, allowing people to network, hang out and unwind. To join Alt Club, prospective members need…
  • Great Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans

    Emma Harger
    20 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    As the weather warms up, it’s time to think about adding or replacing ceiling fans to help keep you cool in style. Outdoor spaces are an especially great place to add ceiling fans so that the spaces become more usable and relaxing, even when it’s very hot outside! We rounded up some really stylish ceiling fans for indoor and outdoor use, so no matter what style you like or how big your space is, we’ll help you find your new favorite ceiling fan. Many people think ceiling fans look unappealing, but maybe fans like the Kichler Eads can help disprove that. This fan is…
  • New on Lights Online: Kalco

    Emma Harger
    15 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    In addition to Allegri Crystal, we have also added Allegri’s parent company, Kalco! Our Kalco selection spans many different decor styles and includes lighting for every need–as well as home decor and furniture, too. Kalco draws its design inspirations from all over the world, as you will see in this roundup of intriguing fixtures. Note that the fixtures shown are generally part of a larger collection with other options such as different sizes and applications. Solana 6-light chandelier with frosted inner glass shades, clear outer glass shades and hand-wrought iron frames that…
  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – May 15

    Emma Harger
    15 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Hey, it’s Friday! Even though I got back from my vacation on Wednesday, I do have 10 great design inspirations to offer you today so you can begin the weekend in style. Also, it’s your last chance to help us win an industry award! Voting for Residential Lighting’s Social Media Star award ends May 18 and all you need to do is hit like on this post. We appreciate your votes! Dot for Lumina from Dezeen No, this isn’t a UFO, but doesn’t it kind of look like one? This is Dot, designed by Foster + Partners for Lumina. Its sleek style features two discs–the larger…
  • New on Lights Online: Allegri Crystal

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

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

    Sandy Henderson
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
     Prestige Mills Pueblo SisalIt’s everywhere! Just pick up a decorating magazine Stark Carpet calls is Natura, but it is the […] The post Prestige Mills Pueblo Diamond Sisal – The Little Black Dress of Sisal! appeared first on Rug Rats .
  • Custom Logo Rugs for Entrances, Walls, Floors and Gifts

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

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

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

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

  • Why SEO Doesn’t Work For You (Hint: It’s You)

    Alycia Wicker
    20 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Iron & Magnolia Before I even give you the SEO tips for interior designers that actually work, we need to talk. Using keywords to boost your interior design website SEO isn’t something that you just wing. Like did you try it for a hot minute? It’s not like you can just “try” SEO. The most common comment I’ve […] Continue Reading... The post Why SEO Doesn’t Work For You (Hint: It’s You) appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • The 5 Best Interior Design Blog Lies You Actually Believe

    Alycia Wicker
    19 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Iron & Magnolia Maybe you think that you’ll never have the BEST interior design blog, so why even bother? I mean there’s like a bazillion interior design blogs out there and it’s not like we need another one. Wrong! We need more awesome interior design blogs. There are a lot of boring ass blogs out there. And beyond […] Continue Reading... The post The 5 Best Interior Design Blog Lies You Actually Believe appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Home Office Inspiration

    Alycia Wicker
    18 May 2015 | 6:58 am
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  • 3 Tips To Sharing A Home Office Space With Your Spouse & Keep The Love

    Sherine Faggett
    15 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Iron & Magnolia So you might be a person who loves your private space. You even love the fact that you don’t have to venture out of your home to go to work, so you stay in your pj’s all day and make magic. And then one day poof!!! You now have to share your work space with […] Continue Reading... The post 3 Tips To Sharing A Home Office Space With Your Spouse & Keep The Love appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Interior Design Email Templates Help You Get More Business

    Alycia Wicker
    14 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Iron & Magnolia I’m obsessed with saving time wherever I can. And if I can shave a hour off my day with email templates, I will. So one awesome way to save time is to use interior design email templates for all sorts of things in your business. But most importantly? Reviews. Interior Design Email Templates: Perfect For […] Continue Reading... The post Interior Design Email Templates Help You Get More Business appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • Kitchen Organization Hacks You Can’t Live Without

    21 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    The word “hack” is thought of in a bad way most of the time – from lousy professional service to illegally getting into a computer’s system. A lesser known (but more positive) definition of “hack” is “a clever solution to a tricky problem.” That’s the topic of this week’s Granite Transformations blog – a few creative “hacks” that are clever solutions to any tricky kitchen organization projects you may have going on. Getting Organized… We begin with basic organization. Most of us, at one time or another, take our kitchen space for granted. Everything we need is just…
  • The Hottest Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

    18 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Granite Transformations tours the kitchen for this week’s blog. If you are wondering about what kitchen design ideas and services are out there, then relax (maybe even at your kitchen table), and read on. What makes the kitchen setting in the spring season actually enjoyable is that we can cook and bake at a more leisurely pace, as opposed to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, where we rush around with the pressure of having many dishes prepared (piping hot) all at once. And, as it is spring, this is a time of year when people tend to consider updating or replacing their kitchen. If you…
  • Tremendous 2015 Bathroom Design Trends

    12 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Spring is officially in full swing, and that yearly ritual known as “Spring Cleaning” is being practiced far and wide. This is the time of year for change; for getting rid of the old and making way for the new. This desire for change takes home improvement projects into account as well. For this week, the professionals here at Granite Transformations will offer several topics that we’ve collected on bathroom upgrades. So, the question for this week’s blog is: “Bathroom makeover, anyone?” Since late last year, there has been speculation as to what the most popular bathroom design…
  • Pamper Your Mom This Mother’s Day with These Special Gift Ideas

    6 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, show Mom your love and appreciation by giving her the day off and treating her to a day she’ll never forget. For the best Mother’s Day idea for your Mom, first give some thought of what you think she would want most. What would make her feel special? Here are a few fun and easy ideas to let your mom know how much she means to you: Brunch or Dinner at Home. Giving Mom a break from the kitchen is one of the most appreciated gestures you can do for her. Restaurants are notorious for being overcrowded on Mother’s Day and the dining experience is…
  • Granite Transformations Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

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

    Kimberly Edwards
    22 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    “South Of France Casual Entertaining Is Bringing The Indoors Outside To Your Sunny Porch” “Warm & Inviting With Country French Classic Touches, Definitely The Heart Of This Home” “French Country Decor Is About Mixing The Outdoor Elements With Subtle Textures And Traditional Classics”  [ “Country Chic In Pink With Traditional & Rustic Blended Charmingly!” “Cool & Contemporary Meets Shabby Chic With A French Twist” “Keep It Simple With Added Pops Of Color For Fun!” “Classic Touches Are Mixed With…
  • “South Of France Outdoor Inspirations”

    Kimberly Edwards
    14 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    “Dreamy Balcony For Having Your Morning Coffee Or Tea! This Could Be Created In Your Own Space! Loved The Arbor With Climbing Wisteria For That Intimate Feeling!” “The French Really Know How To Create A Charm Filled Outdoor Living Space! So Inviting! “I Want This Look And Feeling For My Courtyard! Matte Galvanized Tub Repurposed As A Planter, Is The Star Of This French Garden” “Who Could Resist The Feeling Of This Secret Garden Paradise? Pure Heaven! This Is What I Dream About!” “Dreaming Of Your Summer In The South Of France? I Think This Says…
  • “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.
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    Kitchen Solvers Franchise » Blog

  • How the Housing Market Can Add Value to Your Kitchen Remodeling Franchise

    11 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    For those on the inside of the Kitchen Solvers home refinishing franchise, business has been booming lately! In fact, it has been booming for a long time – over forty years to be exact! While other industry players come and go, Kitchen Solvers just keeps on growing. Other companies might looked at our franchise team and wonder why the business powers-that-be seem to favor Kitchen Solvers. For Kitchen Solvers specifically, that answer lies in the fact that we are a full-service home refinishing franchise suite, helping home owners with everything from the first design draft to the final…
  • Exploring the True Value of Kitchen Solvers Kitchen Remodeling Franchise

    6 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The true value of Kitchen Solvers home improvement franchise is in their proven reputation. This should be obvious – it is evidenced by a forty-plus year legacy spent leaving home owners wowed by their kitchen and bathroom remodeling results, at a very affordable price. But why are one company’s reputation and proven results so highly-valued in such a well-populated industry? Surely there are other options out there? The shrinking accountability of the Internet Era Frankly, as we move deeper into the Internet age of information accessibility, it seems as though we are moving deeper…
  • Why Hiring a Cabinet Refacing Business for your Remodel Makes Sense

    5 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    We are currently entering what many pop culture commentators would call a post-reality TV era, but it seems like nobody told this to the flood of reality TV shows still cluttering up the airwaves. Among them, home remodeling reality TV shows might be the most damaging kinds out there. In a classic case of monkey-see, monkey-do, thousands of inspired amateur re-modelers have gotten themselves into remodeling messes after TV taught them that swinging a hammer and sawing planks apart is all it really takes. When it comes to kitchen, bathroom, or cabinet-centric home remodeling, you really should…
  • Ever Thought About What Type of Kitchen Would Suit Your Needs

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

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

    Shruti Verma
    24 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Blue is a tricky colour to work with when it comes to residential interior design. Blue is a cooling colour that when used well can make a room feel cool but if used incorrectly can give the room a clinical or sad tone. To use blue in your interior design colour scheme it should be paired with complementary warm colours to get a balanced finish.   Using Blue in Living Room Designs From navy blue to teal, a blue colour scheme can give living room designs calm, clean and classic appeal. Apart from upholstery on furniture, curtains and floor coverings, blue can also be a part of your living…
  • Top 5 Beach Themed Interior Design Weekend Projects

    Shruti Verma
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Sun and sand always go together so it is inevitable for us to turn towards the beach for désign inspiration in these summer months. A house by the beach is something many of us wish for but even if you’re home is an apartment on the 23rd floor of a sky scraper in Mumbai or a bungalow in land locked Bangalore, you can always bring the beach home with a few DIY projects. Bring out the sea shells you collected from the beaches of Goa and let’s get started.   Candles Beautiful to look at, easy to make Image courtesy: artistneelima Sea shells are very versatile and can…
  • Interior Design Tips for a Weekend Home away from Mumbai

    Shruti Verma
    19 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Space is usually the biggest constraint when it comes to residential interior design in cities like Mumbai and Bangalore. This makes designing the interiors of a farmhouse or weekend home like those in Alibaug so much more fun since these project spaces are usually quite large. Interior design for farmhouses or vacation homes tends to be informal spaces that encourage lounging around and relaxation. If we had to design a farmhouse in Alibaug here’s what we would do.   Open Floor Plan Awas by Amit Bapat When it comes to weekend homes, the lesser the number of walls, the better it…
  • Home Interior Design with the Spirit of Goa

    Shruti Verma
    17 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Come summer and everyone’s pack a suitcase and booked a ticket to Goa. Along with a tan and sand in your shoes, there are a few things you should bring back with you to give your home décor a Goan touch. With bits of summer Goa reflecting in your home interior design, the calming yet holiday spirit of the state will always seem within reach.   Mother of Pearl Chandeliers Light up your decor Image credit: walldecorsource An exquisite mother of pearl chandelier will make not only a beautiful statement piece above your dining table but can also fit into your interior design…
  • Product Focus: Perfect Planters for your Balcony Design

    Shruti Verma
    14 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    With bungalows turning into sky scrapers, having your own garden is now mostly restricted to a few potted plants on the balcony. Thus it becomes essential to choose the right kind of planter. Planters are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials.   The first thing to consider when buying planters for your outdoors is the material it is made of. Budget is not the only parameter to choosing the ideal planter for your home; also keep in mind the lifespan of the planter and the overall style of your space.   Terracotta Earthen elegance Image…
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    Interiors by Jacquin

  • Artist Spotlight with

    25 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Today I'm pleased to introduce an exciting segment featuring, a London-based online fine art vendor selling artwork from around the world.  This website has the most extensive collection of fine art, available for purchase globally including the United States. This multi-part Artfinder collaboration will showcase 3 Artfinder artists over the
  • Bloggers at Home: Nicole Regan

    22 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today we have a great interview with Nicole Regan of the awesome Chicago blog Cedar & Rush!  I'm originally from Chicago, so I've been especially excited about this week's feature  You'll enjoy this cozy home tour along with Nicole's expert tips for a fun outing in Chicago! Jacquin: Hi Nicole!  Thanks for this interview!  Please introduce yourself for the wonderful readers out there.
  • Let's Talk About Stripes!

    20 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Let's talk about STRIPES!  Stripes are quite versatile, especially when paired with the right accessories. And you don't have to be limited to vertical stripes, either.  Stripes can read contemporary like in the Australian designer Greg Natale's room below, or look traditional and even nautical. Let's explore! Greg Natale Design, The Design Chaser I really enjoy the Bohemian look
  • A Global Recipe: Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs

    18 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    Today I'm pleased to formally introduce the amazingly talented Brooke Fedigan of Be Fed Again blog as the new Food Contributor for Interiors by Jacquin.  Brooke will share one of her many well-executed recipes with us once a month.  So, since you'll be hearing a lot more from Brooke, I thought it would be proper to give her a full introduction!  Be Fed Again blog features home renovation
  • Client Sneak Peek - Family Room

    14 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Happy Friday! With so many exciting blog posts lately, I haven't had a chance to share some of the behind the scenes of what I'm working on.  Today I thought I'd show you a family room design that I currently have in the works.   This particular project is one of my remote, e-design clients.  I kept the color palette serene with splashes of saturated color.  I also feature a gorgeous mirrored
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    Mosaik Design » Mosaik Design | Beautifully updating Portland homes

  • 5 Kitchen Upgrades with the Most Bang for Your Buck

    Erin Davis
    1 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    “Show me the kitchen!” Ever burst into an open house and shouted this? OK, you were probably a bit more restrained, but most of us feel this way. After all, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms to home buyers. If a house looks great but has an outdated kitchen, buyers won’t […]
  • The Best Paint Colors for Every Room in the House

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

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

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

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

    20 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    [OH! AQUA] Can you hear the lessons of the river? Have you ever thought of stopping to listen to the river?  In his novel, Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss poet and novelist, tells us that the river represents life. His story is based on the young Siddhartha (who became the Buddha) who leaves his family […]
  • SATURN from dusk till dawn! When else?

    13 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    SATURN from dusk till dawn! When else? May is a good time to see planets in the night sky and in the middle of the month it will seem as if you can reach out and touch the rings of the planet Saturn. Since Galileo Galilei discovered them with his telescope in 1610 they have […]
  • How safe and remarkable is your lighting?

    6 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    [VULCANONE] How safe and remarkable is your lighting? How safe is nature’s lighting, its spectacular volcanoes? Are they all bad news? The Calbuco volcano in Chile has erupted for the third time in just over a week (as at end April 2015) after lying dormant for some forty years or so. People living in towns […]
  • Lighting is like an ice-cream cone – enjoy it one lick at a time

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Lighting is like an ice-cream cone – enjoy it one lick at a time How do you think about lighting; do you regard it as simple functionality, lighting up or dimming down? Lighting needs to serve a purpose, or it is simply a waste of electricity. Lighting, like flowers, transforms a home, business or care […]
  • Have you let your garden insurance go to pot?

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

    Eric Pangburn
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    As a form of sousveillance, Russia has implemented onboard cameras known as dashcams. Dashcams mounted on rearview mirrors or dashboards became popular methods of proving insurance fraud and showing police corruption. These cameras provide video documentation of accidents and just plain ridiculous happenings. To read more about dashcams head over to Wikipedia   Cartoons Gone Bad     It’s hard to understand who threw the first punch, but what we do know is that watching four cartoon characters beat a man in an angry rage is hilarious.   The angry driver speeds and pulls…
  • Dudeliving On The Comfort Of Living

    Eric Pangburn
    20 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    We are sharing #TheIndisposables in our life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. A lot of men are conditioned not to expect comfort. After all, we are the providers, the hunters, and the hardy pioneers, and comfort is not only an unnecessary luxury–it can actually be a hindrance in many situations. And yet, comfort is something that we all inherently seek. Whether to take us back to our childhoods or simply to provide some respite from a harsh and uncaring world, we do get our share of comfort from time to time. Interestingly enough, comfort can take on many…
  • 10 Grill Cheese Sandwhiches, each Equaling a Unique Version of Perfection

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Best Grill Cheese Sandwich Recipes of 2015 Comfort foods come in many forms, but perhaps one of the all time favorites around the world is the grilled cheese sandwich. This traditional treat is one of those entrees’ that is often altered according to taste and terrain. Favored ingredients alter according to what is available in the area, with diners changing up varieties of cheese, bread, and other optional additives. For the versatility and taste bud pleasure of all, we have decided to feature 10 variations of grill cheese sandwiches, each equaling a complete unique version of perfection:…
  • The Coolest Cooler Around This Summer

    Eric Pangburn
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
      When a cooler raises $13.3 million in a Kickstarter campaign, you start to wonder. What’s so special about this cooler? The Coolest cooler is a far cry from the standard ice chest we are all used to. Does it keep all our beverages ice cold? Oh yes, it definitely does and so much more. You can even keep your perishables in there and be rest assured that they won’t spoil. Craving for frozen drinks? Quickly make a cocktail with the Coolest’ 18v battery powered blender. A single charge can make up to 6 gallons of frozen juice. The blender can be access without letting warm air into…
  • Dude Living – Best Quotes to Live by

    13 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Best Dude Living Style Quotes to Live by   1) “Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life”.   2) “Just Remember: The people that say, “your dreams are impossible ” have already quit on theirs.” – Grant Cardone     3) “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later” – Richard Branson     4) “For every minute that you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness”   5) “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do…
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  • Spring-Inspired Stairs that are a breath of fresh air

    Nanine Clement
    22 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    The spring season is upon us and there’s nothing like a bit of color and airy design to brighten up the home along with the warm weather: here are the latest exquisite staircases of the year that mix style and function. The staircase is an integral part of the interior design process. No longer just a mechanism to connect two floors, it can be the focal point, the ultimate design statement that pulls together the entire look of a room. For practical and well-made staircases that make their presence known, nobody understands it better than Italian stair designer and manufacturer, Fontanot.
  • Garden Window for Kitchen Design Ideas

    Nanine Clement
    20 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Garden window was booming in the ‘80s which is featuring glass structure with sloping roof and structure to place plants. This design allows more sunlight to the interior and a perfect place to put plants and other decorative ornaments. These day, the garden window are getting popular again and here are garden window ideas with all contemporary and modern touch. Majority people put plants into their garden window. Despite of its green or colorful look that refresh the mood, soften the ambience and fresh, plants are just suitable. Plants also good to get sunlight and its like mutualism…
  • Luxurious Master Bedroom with Sofitel Bedding Inspirations

    Nanine Clement
    12 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Bedding is a vital needs in home decoration. Thing that what a home should be, resting and relaxing. Style and characteristic are personal, each people has its own personality that could express in the form of decoration. Luxury is a compilation of comfort, function, style, status and value. Somehow, philosopher said, luxury is another form of something that we don’t have before, quality time, comfort and quiet place, and other personal orientation. Luxury bedding could use white or plain monochrome colors, high quality material, suitable and balance. This bedding is dominant in white color…
  • Eco Friendly Material for Contemporary Interior Designs

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

    Nanine Clement
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Masculine touch tend to decorate with bachelor pads, minimal and futuristic theme. Yet masculine touch is more than that. It needs warmth, elegance and diversity of styles and themes. Its actually easier than feminine touch, this is because of masculine more flexible. Begins from let the outdoors inside and unusual ideas. All about freedom and comfort are masculine. Here are a few inspirations of rooms with masculine touch. Bring the outdoors inside and create the complements. Keep the rooms in dark hues, simple linings and break out the monotony. Simple cutted and multipurpose furnishings…
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  • My 10 Favourites Rugs By Urban Outfitters

    18 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Rugs. Not the most exciting of topics one might think but I find that a rug easily adds design and colour to a room. Urban Outfitters currently sells some really great looking rugs with geometric patterns. So, here is my top 10. The Zig Zag. This one features stitched edges and super on-trend zig zag pattern in black and white. I reckon that this rug would look great on white floors or natural coloured carpet. The Chevron. If you’re feeling a bit more colour but yet want to stay with neutral tones as an overall concept, then this could be the one for you. I like the chevron pattern…
  • DIY Hack – IKEA PS 2014 Pattern Transfer

    5 May 2015 | 12:00 am
      I like the pattern of the IKEA PS 2014 mirror so much that I not only own the same bedding and but I actually transferred it to my bedroom furniture. If you want to try this little DIY hack at home then here is what you’ll need… Budget: £1  Time: 15-20min   Skills level: DIY novice Materials: different coloured electric tape (I used green, red, white and yellow; they came in a 12-pack for £1 from B&M ), a pair of normal stationary scissors, a dry cloth or plastic card, e.g. your driver’s license. Step 1. Prepare your work surface. Wipe any dirt or dust…
  • My 10 Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture

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

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

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

    19 May 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Water is an element that emanates peacefulness and calmness into everything surrounding it. This is probably the reason why many people are attracted to water bodies. People who love the beaches often times think of getting this soothing element right into their homes to exude exotic peacefulness right into their heaven. And mind you, a [...] The post 50 Soothing Indoor Water Features For Your Home appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 20 Refreshing Home Decorating Ideas For Spring

    12 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Spring is a time for new beginnings and what better way time to redecorate your homes then in spring. A burst of color, blooming floral patterns and a few zesty ideas can transform your homes from mundane to bright and welcoming. We present to you home decorating ideas which are easy to incorporate. Whether you [...] The post 20 Refreshing Home Decorating Ideas For Spring appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 45 Smart and Clever Corner Decoration Ideas For Your Home

    5 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Corners are those spaces in our homes that are lonely and make us feel overwhelmed by its barrenness. Often times these corners become a difficult space to fill in or decorate in sync with the theme of your room. Even architects and interior designers are sometimes baffled by those odd corners in your home and [...] The post 45 Smart and Clever Corner Decoration Ideas For Your Home appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
  • 50 Modern Round Dining Table Design Ideas

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

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

  • The Flower Forgiveness Quiz

    20 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Need to apologize? Take our quiz for a light-hearted suggestion on how to express the appropriate level of remorse. The post The Flower Forgiveness Quiz appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • The 15 Best Botanical Gardens in Florida

    18 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    With so many botanical gardens in Florida, we wanted to find the best of those gardens to make the planning of your next visit that much easier. The post The 15 Best Botanical Gardens in Florida appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • How to Press Flowers

    Erica Daniels
    13 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Most people want to hold on to items with sentimental value, even flowers. Whether they were a gift from a coworker, friend, for Mother’s Day … Read More The post How to Press Flowers appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • Spotlight on Peonies: Limited-Edition Blooms

    11 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    Here's everything you could want to know about the beautiful, fluffy peony, and what makes them so special. The post Spotlight on Peonies: Limited-Edition Blooms appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • Top 10 Gifts for a Total Taurus

    8 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    Here's our list of the perfect gifts for your favorite fiery Taurus. The post Top 10 Gifts for a Total Taurus appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
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    SofaSofa Blog

  • 9 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good Naturally

    22 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Please forgive the personnel question but what does your home smell like right now? If the answer is dirty laundry, a lingering whiff of pets, or last night’s dinner, then you’re not alone – trust me, we’ve all been there. With the busy pace of everyday life, often the scent of our home can be overlooked. But as our sense of smell can have such an impact on our mood, spending a little time creating a delicious scent can have a fantastic effect! Here, I’ve gathered together my personal favourite natural scents for the home, with a few quick tips on how to recreate them yourself, and…
  • How to Decorate a White Sofa

    15 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Think your sofa needs to be a bold colour to be interesting? Think again. These eight room ideas will provide ample inspiration for decorating a white sofa – and trust me, it goes much further than simply adding a coloured throw! Ascot Despite its neutral colour, our Ascot sofa offers enough interest to forgo coloured scatter cushions or throws. The swirling embossed design makes the rolled arms and overall traditional design feel modern, and the large, deep cushions are incredibly inviting and cosy. To contrast the feeling of luxury encapsulated in the sofa, the rest of the furniture in…
  • The Lazy Person's Guide to a Tidy Home: Quick Cleaning Tricks for People Who Hate to Clean

    8 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Some people derive a sense of satisfaction and pleasure from a long day spent cleaning. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people.  In my view, toothbrushes are meant for teeth, not grouting. I have a friend who actually buys toothbrushes with the express purpose of using them to clean her bathroom tiles. The mind boggles. However, just because I’m a self-confessed lazy so-and-so doesn’t mean that I can’t keep my home tidy without undergoing a personality transplant. As long as you follow a few tips and learn a few tricks, you can clean smart too – and still have plenty of time…
  • 7 Home Regrets You Don't Want to Have in 10 Years

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

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

  • Humans of City Furniture- Meet Ravi

    20 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Humans of City Furniture: Meet Ravi, Repair Team Leader and former professional cricket player for Trinidad and Tobago. After a slipped disc forced him into early retirement, Ravi set out on a new career. Following the advice of his father and stepfather, Ravi came to America and moved every obstacle that came his way. He Continue Reading
  • Associate Favorite’s

    City Furniture
    19 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]With every style of furniture gracing our showroom floors, ever wonder which pieces our associates covet?[/dropcap]
  • Every Home Needs a Sleeper Sofa

    City Furniture
    12 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]So it’s no secret that we love furniture, but recently we were tasked with picking the one item that no home should ever be without.[/dropcap]
  • Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipe

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

    City Furniture
    1 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]As the official start of summer draws near, why not make 2015 the year of the staycation?[/dropcap]
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    Cool Basement

  • Roundup – This Weeks Best Furniture & Home Decor Deals

    16 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Looking to update your home decor? Been waiting on a great deal before buying new furniture? Check out our picks for this weeks hottest deals featuring great savings on bar stools, shelving units, bedroom decor, and curtains. This Weeks Best Furniture & Home Decor Deals Amazon – Sandusky Heavy Duty Chrome Shelving Unit 24″ W x 30″ H x 14″ Depth 42% off Amazon – 47% off Set of 2 Roundhill Black Leather Swivel Bar Stools Office Max – Buy 2 Get 1 Free OD Brand Color File and Hanging Folders Office Depot – Save up to $170 on Selected Furniture Items…
  • Roundup – The Best Furniture Deals of the Week

    11 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    The Best Furniture Deals of the Week Looking for some great furniture deals? Check out our picks for this weeks best furniture deals. Amazon – 47% off set of 2 Roundhill adjustable barstools Amazon – 62% off Space seating with black eco leather seat managers chair Amazon – 62% off Rubbermaid 3 shelf closet helper Lush Decor – Extra 30% Off on Quilted Sleeping Bags through 05/17 Lush Decor – Extra 40% Off Sale Price on Sheer Curtains through 05/30 Sit 4 Life – Herman Miller Sale – 15% Off + Free Shipping & No Sales Tax through 05/19 One Kings Lane…
  • 9 Amazingly Simple DIY Basement Wall Art Ideas

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Simple & Inexpensive DIY Basement Wall Art Ideas So you’ve got yourself a big old basement that needs decorating. It’s a bit overwhelming to say the least. Trying to design such a large space can be daunting. It’s hard to imagine such a wide open blank space feeling warm and inviting – like it’s truly yours. Luckily there’s some easy DIY solutions for your walls that are cheap and easily customizable. Transform your dull and dreary basement into a truly personalized space with some of these DIY basement wall art ideas. Paint a room white, and you have a…
  • 13 Inspirational Basement Office Designs

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Basements Are a Great Place for a Home Office Having your own basement home office can be one of the best investments you can make. Being able to get all of your work done in a comfy, quiet place full of distractions is an easy way to increase your productivity. If you work from home and have clients over it’s an excellent way to keep your work and home life truly separate. If you’re anything like me you spend an awful lot of time thinking about making improvements around your home. Owning your own home gives you the freedom to make your own design choices. If you want to make a…
  • Industrial DIY Projects For Your Basement

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Industrial DIY Projects For Your Basement Budgets can be a concern when it comes to designing any room, let alone your whole basement. The industrial look is popular right now; for basements it goes great with exposed beams. If you’d like to save a couple bucks and give your basement some nice industrial flair try out one of these DIY projects. Industrial DIY Shelving Units Industrial DIY shelving Make some industrial themed DIY shelves for your basement. Everyone needs more storage space, add a little bit of extra design to your room by adding some shelves. Full instructions and…
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    Blog - Tammy Randall Wood, ASID - Interior Design Calabasas | Malibu | Encino

  • Mastering the Remodel

    Tammy Randall Wood
    23 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    There is nothing more fun (for many of us) than the pursuit of creating the perfect nest. The longing to come home to a space that reflects our tastes and serves our needs is one of the most fundamental of desires. Most will agree that developing a space which allows us to express ourselves and make life run smoothly is a worthwhile endeavor.  At the same time, our homes are the single largest investment most of us will ever make, so how we approach fixing up and feathering our nests can equate to serious business.If you are a homeowner, then you know that furnishings are the icing on…
  • High Point Furniture Show - Spring 2015

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

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

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

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

  • A Day of Remembering

    25 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Today we remember those who gave their lives in military service to our country. As Americans, we are grateful for their sacrifice. We could not enjoy the freedoms that we have today without it. As you go about your day, please take a moment to say a prayer for the families of those who have fallen fighting for our freedom.
  • Master The Art of the Feng Shui Command Position With These Tips

    14 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    I recently wrote about what things you need to consider before you begin to design your home office here, here, and here. (All of these things can be applied to your office at work as well.) I have one more consideration for you now that you are ready to begin designing your office space. It has to do with space planning, or where you will put your desk. In Feng Shui, the placement of your work desk is critical to the success of your business or career. The placement even has a name – The Command Position. Sounds great, right? These tips are also helpful if you just want to know the…
  • The Downton Abbey Guide to Color

    11 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    In searching for color palette ideas for your home, I thought I might share some from one of my favorite shows. Downton Abbey. The show is popular not only for it’s dramatic storyline, but also for the beautiful interiors of Highclere Castle where it is filmed. Now you can have a bit of the English manor in your home through color. Here is an image of the impressive façade of Highclere Castle and some colors inspired by it: All of the colors mentioned are from the Benjamin Moore Affinity Colors Collection. You don’t have to use all of these colors in your paint. For example,…
  • Why Your Work Environment is Critical to Your Success

    7 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    In keeping with my thoughts on how your surroundings (and your home office) have an effect on you, I am sharing a post with gracious permission from Kat Loterzo, author of “Superwoman Success Smackdown” and all around ass-kicking business woman. you can click on the title of her book to get a copy, or you can click on the title below to read the post on her site if you like. I love reading her stuff. It’s very motivational and right on target as you will see… Create an Environment for Your Ultimate Success Do you ever find yourself wondering why you can’t seem to…
  • Four Colorful Ideas for Painting Your Cottage Style Home

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

  • 05 AM Arquitectura / Terraced House

    25 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Located Girona, Spain. This house on the edge of a small village was designed by 05 AM Arquitectura. 05 AM Arquitectura “This terraced house is located in a long and narrow plot situated on the edge of a small village. The house has a contrast with both open sides, to the north the old village with narrow streets of stone. And to the south the garden, the pool, the sun and the landscape. Access is possible through the two facades at different levels, but is usually done with the car through the south facade. The house has a sunken level in the middles of the ground floor to have a…
  • Scheema / AP17 Apartment C

    25 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    Located in Paris and completed in 2014. This apartment with only 35 square meter was designed by Scheema. Scheema “The project concerns the rehabilitation and extension of an apartment located in Paris. The existing area of ​​30 sqm is completely redesigned and supplemented by additional space housed in the attic. The project idea is to structure the interior space by functional tapes in volume. They include storage space and make every identifiable entity of the dwelling. The first functional strip is inserted between the entrance area and living room. It incorporates storage…
  • Surman Weston / Writer’s Shed

    25 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Located in Hackney, London and completed in 2013. This fairy tale hut was designed by Surman Weston. Surman Weston “The design responds to the client’s passion for children’s literature and mythologies. The space is conceived as a haven in the city; a fairy-tale hut at the bottom of the garden where the client can retreat and immerse himself in his work. Externally, the glowing cedar facade, shingle cladding, log store and chimney all play a part in creating this world. Inside, a large north-facing skylight floods the workspace with natural light. On the gable wall, a bookcase…
  • PKMN Archictures / All I Own House

    24 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Located in Madrid, Spain and completed in 2014. This small housing community was designed by PKMN Archictures. PKMN Archictures “All I Own House materialises the interior of Yolanda’s house through her personal belongings. But these objects, such as Yolanda, would never stand still, they move around with her, accompanying her way through the day; early in the morning all the books wake up and place themselves together with all the clothing stuff, bed disappears and, just as Yolanda is having a coffee, books and clothes move fast approaching the kitchen area in order to make room for…
  • Raanan Stern Architecture Design / Apartment 75

    23 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Located in Tel Aviv, Israel and completed in 2015. This 75 square meter apartment was designed perfectly by Raanan Stern Architecture Design. Photos courtesy of Raanan Stern Architecture Design.
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    Flat 15

  • Ask An Expert: Interior Trends Of 2015

    20 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Even though Spring is in full swing, Summer is literally just around the corner.  As the seasons change, so do interior trends and I am always interested in the latest in decor styles.  Today on the blog, we are featuring a very talented Manhattan interior designer  Ashley Darryl.  Ashley is sharing with us her favorite interior trends for the Spring and Summer seasons.  Ashley’s interiors are a beautiful mix of eclectic, vintage and classic design (with a twist).  I love her attitude of using timeless neutrals as a base for decorating and then adding color, texture and pattern…
  • The Jumbo Float: This Summer’s Must Have Pool Decor

    17 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This summer it seems that the best accessory you can bring to the beach or pool is a jumbo colorful float.  These floats are fun, carefree and kind of hilarious….a must have for your next pool party.  Check out this season’s most quirky trend and if you are looking for something of a decor accent for your pool…look no further. v THE FLAMINGO FLOAT This is definintely the year for the color pink and nothing screams retro summer like having a giant flamingo float chillaxing in your pool.  A perfect accent piece for your next pool party. v THE “FOOD” FLOAT  It…
  • People & Their Spaces: Street Meets Chic

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Interior: Art Deco Inspired Flat in South Croydon, England | Sarah Akwisombe | Interior Designer, Stylist & Blogger Every inch of interior designer and blogger Sarah Akwisombe’s home is unique. From her bold choices of wall color and pattern, to the distinct art deco design influences and perfect vintage pieces, each design element reflects Sarah’s eclectic style and taste.  Taking her style inspiration from things like mid-century modern design, the art deco era, hip hop and even cult movies, it’s no wonder that Sarah’s home is a perfect combination of…
  • The 5 Best Candles To Upcycle & How To Style Them At Home

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Some candle jars are designed so lovely that I like to keep them around long after they are finished burning.  I use my upcycled jars styled differently in various rooms of the house and I love the extra element of design that they can easily give to a room.  I also like the fact that I am re-using what I already own, instead of getting rid of a candle and then going out separately and buying glass storage jars.  Below I have shared my 5 favorite candles that I like to upcycle and the best places in your home to style these chic re-used jars.   1. Dressing Table: Use your upcycled…
  • Gold Decor You Need At Home This Spring

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A friend of mine who recently moved and is decorating her home told me that she was confused about what accent pieces to buy for her bookshelves in particular.  For me, gold accents are still high up on my list for styling the home and as the seasons change I always love to add a piece (or two) to my collection.  Here are a few of my very favorite brass decor accents for just about every room of the house.   v SHOP THIS POST: Bottle Opener / Tea Light Holder / Gold Hello Object /  Serving Spoons / Dinner Plate / Jumbo Gold Paperclips / Hexagon Vase / Brass Pineapple / Geometric…
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    Little Piece Of Me

  • Garage floor ideas

    22 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    One of the determining factors for the selection of suitable floor for the garage is the purpose of  usage. You can choose cheap or expensive flooring. If it will be used like a storage of various items then concrete is a choice and at the same time cheap option. It is easy to clean and lasts several years. Shortage of this material is that is not suitable if the garage is used like a workshop. Another options is painting of the floor. You can paint the floor  in the color that you want, with standard color for concrete or epoxy coating. Epoxy floors are resistant on oil, gasoline,…
  • Irresistible Charm of bed hanging from ceiling

    21 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Bed hanging from ceiling represents a very unusual piece of furniture. Hanging bed is not a new idea in interior decoration, but it certainly brings a breath of modern, extravagant, creative and playful in each bedroom. Styles, materials and methods of attachment may vary, but the common to all is that they are a charming solution that serves as an element of decoration, which also saves space. Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source The post Irresistible Charm of bed hanging from ceiling appeared first on Little…
  • What to do with old tires

    18 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Unfortunately, old tires usually end up in the landfill. We believe that you wondered what to do with old tires. They are the perfect material for recycling. Everyone’s familiar with swing of tires, but there’s so much that can be done from old tires. I believe that you have them, so why not try some of these ideas. Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source The post What to do with old tires appeared first on Little Piece Of Me.
  • Diy kitchen improvements ideas on a budget

    15 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    The kitchen is usually part of the house, which is mostly used. Several times a day we gather in the kitchen to prepare food, eat and discuss various things. Well organized space can significantly improve and facilitate our work in the kitchen.  For your inspiration we’ve gathered several kitchen improvements ideas that will help you to get additional space and more combinations for the layout of kitchen equipment. Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source Image source The post Diy kitchen improvements ideas on a…
  • Beautiful rose gardens

    13 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    If you’re a proud garden owner, you’re aware of the cost and effort required to design a beautiful landscape. What makes a beautiful garden? Let’s name the elements of good garden design: Lines: curved, straight,horizontal, and vertical. Lines in the garden is one of the most important and useful design element. Lines lead the eye no matter which types it is. Light: What could be more impressive than early morning or evening in the garden, when plants shine on warm backlighting! Light can be natural or artificial. It is easy to add lighting system to extend your garden…
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  • Various Interior Design Ideas for Your Business Place
    25 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Have you noticed, nowadays almost all brick-and-mortar businesses have a different and unique design. The reason for this is because interesting design attracts more customers compared to mundane ones. This is the undeniable proof that Interior Design plays a very important part in today’s business. Based on researches that has been conducted by experts, interior design plays a big part in determining what type of customers will come in to your store and how much customers agreed to spend. For example, if the place looks and feels high-class, then the products or services that it…
  • 3 Interior Design Tips to Decorate Your Boutique Store
    18 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
      Are you an owner of a Boutique Store? If yes, then consider yourself lucky when you read this article. Why, you asked? Simple, it’s because boutiques are one of the few businesses today where you still have Brick-and-Mortar Store as an effective selling method. Unlike many other kind of businesses where they can just see and order from home, to buy clothes, people prefer to come to the store personally and try the clothes themselves. Now, the problem is, how to attract people’s attention so they will choose our boutique over many other similar stores? The answer is :…
  • 5 Interior Design Principles for Business
    6 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    There is only one goal in every designer’s mind when they create an interior design for a shop. That goal is to attract as many customers as they can, and influence them enough so the customers are willing to part with their cash. As of right now, there are many ways to do interior design for a retail shop, but according to our more than 20 years of experience in doing various types of interior design for shops, no matter what the design is, when you want your interior design to be able to attract customers, it has to have these 5 Important Design Principles for a Shop :   1.
  • Interior Design Tips – Good Designs for Small Space
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
      Ever been confused on how to make Interior Design for small spaces? Don’t worry, we have a solution for that. Own a small retail shop means you have to be strategic about the placement of your merchandise. We have several affordable ways on how to do Interior Design for small places based on our experiences:   1. Give Unique Design and Color to a Wall   Painting one wall with different color is an effective way to make the space look larger and attracting customers in your shop. When you choose to paint it, use a bold color to display the effect, otherwise this…
  • Interior Design Tips – 6 Steps to Design Your Retail Shop
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
      Have you ever wonder why is your competitor’s store is always full of customers while yours are empty even though you both sell same products? It’s all because your competitors use an interior designer that know these tricks more than yours. That’s why today, we’re going to share some tips about one of the things that created the difference mentioned above. Interior Design has many forms, one of them is retail design. There are a lot of ways on how to do interior design for retail and shops, but there are also a few common things in the design that…
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  • Bed, Bath, & Beyond: Guest Bedroom Inspiration

    Hailey Lutich
    25 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    Friends will flock, family will stay. Put this guest bedroom inspiration to use and your home will be the place everyone wants to vacay! Having guests in town has always been one of my favorite things. I always get excited when chances to be the greatest hostess ever present themselves, and giving friends and family a place to stay while they vacay is the perfect opportunity to do so. Of course, it would be a lot easier to throw a blanket on the couch and say “here ya go!”, but it’s not nearly as rewarding for you or the company you’re keeping! Besides, if I would much rather sleep in…
  • The Keep Calm & Carry On Home Decor Personality

    Alexa Mendoza
    22 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    What’s your home decor personality? According to Myers Briggs, there are 16 personality types. Today, we’re covering the Diplomats and their home decor preferences! Hooray for part 2 of our Myers Briggs Home Decor series! Previously, we covered the home decor preferences of the personality types that possess the “NT” trait aka the Analysts. For all of you out there bummed that I didn’t cover your personality type, not to worry because soon (maybe even today) I may be covering the category your personality type falls into! So, just a refresher, here are the four categories the 16…
  • Get All Wrapped Up In Wrapping Paper

    Hailey Lutich
    20 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Half the fun of giving or receiving a present is the presentation. Check out these innovative wrapping paper ideas that are easy on the eyes & the wallet! Holidays. Birthdays. Housewarmings. Weddings. Showers. There is always a reason to give gifts, even if that reason might be that there isn’t one! What I’m saying is that although this may not be something we do every day, it is something that we do several (if not more) times a year. A little backwards logic for ya: I have recently become more interested in how to wrap a present rather than the present itself. The sentiment that…
  • C’est Chic! Let’s Explore the World of Parisian Fashion

    Alexa Mendoza
    18 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Want to venture out of the mundane monotony of your closet? Why not explore Parisian fashion? Here are some tips that will rock your world!  Ah France, how you’ve won my heart! You’re exquisitely lovely when it comes to food, interior design, and oh, your fashion! No wonder there’s no bigger compliment than ‘Parisian chic.’ In all honesty, Parisians have rightfully earned admiration when it comes to their fashion sense because where else in the world do the streets look like a live fashion show? (New York is a possible contender!) It’s like women in Paris always wake up on…
  • Got Wood? A Beginner’s Guide to Hardwood Flooring

    Phylicia Taylor
    15 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    From species, to hardness, to color, there are endless options to choose from! It’s no wonder hardwood flooring continues to grow in popularity around the world. Hardwood floors seem to be all the rage nowadays. Instead of carpet, many interior designers are using hardwood as a design staple. If you’re interested in getting hardwood flooring, already have it, or are simply curious and want to learn more, then my beginner's guide to hardwood flooring might just prove to be useful! There are two things to consider when thinking about hardwood floors: species and hardness. Hardness is…
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