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  • Before & After: A 1950s House Gets A Faithful but Modern Update

    Maxwell Tielman
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The midcentury suburban home, at least until recently, has not been given the reverence it mightily deserves. Oftentimes seen as too “new,” too common, or too kitsch for historic consideration, these houses are especially vulnerable to the pitfalls of careless, quick home renovations. When Sarah Brown began her house hunt, she found that—much to her dismay—many of the homes had suffered such fates. “We looked at many houses that had already been ‘flipped’ poorly,” she says, “all the original details removed, hard wood ripped up and replaced with…
  • Art Deco Still Inspires

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Following a premiere at the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris, Art Deco became a flourishing global decorative style epitomizing luxury and glamor. Characterized by lavish ornamentation and bold geometric shapes, Art Deco reflected the decade of prosperity following WWI as rapid industrialization transformed the cultural landscape. Combining Machine Age imagery with traditional craft motifs, this eclectic style was soon reflected in all areas of design, including architecture, fashion, interiors, art, graphics, jewelry and even everyday household…
  • Art Installations in Rome Based on 3D Illusions: Vantage by Aakash Nihalani [Video] - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    By using mixed media on canvas, corrugated plastic and wood, artist Aakash Nihalani created Vantage, an intriguing array of artworks. The “series” consists of site-specific installations within a display gallery, and various permanent and temporary urban installations around Rome, Italy. The 3D illusions are said to evoke the constant crash-encounters between the physical and cerebral dimensions of our existence. Here is more from Aakash Nihalani regarding his work: “Most artists use a canvas in order to paint on a limited surface. like a painter I start with the canvas, but…
  • Spring Citrus Colors: How to Make Orange and Yellow Work

    Interior Design Blog
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Orange and yellow are cheery colors. From bright, basic hues to more muted and earthy versions, you can control the intensity of the energetic qualities you add to your living spaces. Here are some tips on how to make orange and yellow work in your home design: Mediterranean Living Room by Seattle Photographers Matt Varnado – Varnado Photography via Houzz In the bathroom. Why not go bright in the bathroom, especially in hall baths or powder rooms, which can be smaller and more cave-like without added brightness? Yellow walls with yellow and orange tile accents are attractive, clean,…
  • Phone Etiquette – 5 Reasons Why You Need To Set Down Your Phone

    Gates Interior Design
    amanda Gates
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today’s post is brought to you by my brilliant friend, Amy Wray. She and I see I to I on a lot of things, including the abuse of phone use. Here is a terrific article on 5 reasons why people have lost their manners, and how to learn phone etiquette. The lack of manners in… Read more The post Phone Etiquette – 5 Reasons Why You Need To Set Down Your Phone appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
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  • Ripple Light by Poetic Lab for Lobmeyr

    Ali Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Showcased at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan last week, the Ripple light by London-based design studio Poetic Lab features an unevenly shaped and rotating glass diffuser. The unevenly shaped glass diffuser of Poetic Lab’s Ripple Light creates a play of shadow and light on the surrounding walls. Originally showcased as a concept at Spazio Rossanna Orlandi last year, the design was spotted by Viennese chandelier company, Lobmeyr who have now put the piece into production in two sizes. INSERT VIDEO: <iframe…
  • Milan 2014: Marble and Stone

    Ali Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Marble and stone continue to dominate the design industry as the material of choice for luxury furniture and home accessory design. At this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, designers worked with the material in a variety of new and exciting ways. At the Salone Satellite, Swiss design Studio Grande displayed the results of their collaboration with a marble mason’s workshop in Lyon. Inspired by laminated wood panels, the designer’s cut slabs of left over marble into layers, which were then glued together and cut into 6 cm x 6 cm battens. The resulting stone sandwich material has…
  • Healthcare Trend: Wall Mounted Monitors

    Ali Morris
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Wall mounted monitors are an excellent space-saving solution for busy space-squeezed healthcare environments. The slimline Wall-Mounted monitor support from the FX Series by Herman Miller is track-mounted, holds monitors up to 15 pounds and folds within four inches of the wall when not in use. Ideal for education and healthcare hallway environments, the support is equipped with anti-microbial finishes and has integrated wire management system. An attachable CPU support is also available. FLUID™ by Mediamounts Ergonomic Equipment is a wall mounted aluminum workstation that adjusts with…
  • Milan 2014: Casamania 2014 Collection

    Ali Morris
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Celebrating its 30th anniversary at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italian brand Casamania presented twelve new products including tables, chairs, armchairs, a bookcase, sofas and lighting. Every item in Casamania’s 2014 Collection expresses each designer’s style and represents Casamania’s design philosophy. Shown above, La Dina is a solid ash wood chair designed by Luca Nichetto. Conceived as contemporary reinterpretation of a classic Tyrolean chair, La Dina has a sturdy construction with smooth, rounded lines and comes in natural ash,white, pink, black,…
  • Milan 2014: Bouroullec Knit Upholstery Collection for Kvadrat

    Ali Morris
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
      Canal, Gravel and Moraine are three new upholstery fabrics that were launched by Danish brand Kvadrat at last week’s Salone del Mobile.   The Bouroullec Brothers’ Knit upholstery collection for Kvadrat consists of three tactile designs. Constructed using a double jersey knit, the three fabric offer multi-directional stretchability and comfort. The knitted front layer of the textiles is made from fine melange wool and polyester yarns, which combines dark and light fibres. This ensures that they have a sensuous touch and feature a rich play of warm, delicate and…
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  • Coco 66

    Grace Bonney
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve lived in Greenpoint for the better part of ten years now and it’s amazing to see the sort of changes the neighborhood is going through. While some of them are less than desirable and involve giant glass buildings without much character (or affordable housing), some of them are wonderful and involve long-dormant buildings and homes being turned into beautiful spaces. In our Design*Sponge neck-of-the-woods, we’ve seen almost 10 new restaurants open in the course of a year, so many of which have incredible inspiring interiors. The latest hotspot to open happens to be…
  • In The Kitchen With: April Carter’s Spiced Hot Cross Buns

    Kristina Gill
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    A wave of cold has blown over so many places in the northern hemisphere, it’s hard to believe that Easter is on Sunday.  To celebrate, we chose to share a recipe for honey cardamom hot cross buns by British food blogger and cookbook author, April Carter.  Hot cross buns are traditional at Easter in the UK and in Australia, where I first had them.  The recipe only looks long because I asked April to add extra descriptions for those readers who may not be familiar with making hot cross buns, but be assured it is very easy.  We also have a recipe for dried fig and dark chocolate hot cross…
  • After The Jump: Productivity Tips + Ways to Avoid Procrastination

    Grace Bonney
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week’s radio show was a reader request: tips for beating procrastination and being more productive. I think it’s safe to say that all of us struggle with productivity, time-management and procrastination at one point or another. While most of us know how to “get things done” in the deadline sense of the of the word, most us also want to find a way to avoid those last-minute situations and get work done on a schedule that feels calmer and more in control. I used to be a master of procrastination, but lately I feel proud of being able to push through that feeling a…
  • Design Icon: Wonder Bread

    Maxwell Tielman
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Design: Wonder Bread Date: 1921 Country of Origin: United States Manufacturer: Taggart Baking Company Background: You know the phrase “the best thing since sliced bread?” Well, as it so happens, the exact date of this world-changing invention is in relatively recent history. Introduced by Wonder Bread in 1929, the concept of pre-sliced bread encapsulated many of the ideals of the time. The late 20s and early 30s saw the introduction of Modernism to America, largely through the over-the-top ornamentalism of the Art Deco and Moderne movements—it wasn’t so much about…
  • Before & After: A 1950s House Gets A Faithful but Modern Update

    Maxwell Tielman
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The midcentury suburban home, at least until recently, has not been given the reverence it mightily deserves. Oftentimes seen as too “new,” too common, or too kitsch for historic consideration, these houses are especially vulnerable to the pitfalls of careless, quick home renovations. When Sarah Brown began her house hunt, she found that—much to her dismay—many of the homes had suffered such fates. “We looked at many houses that had already been ‘flipped’ poorly,” she says, “all the original details removed, hard wood ripped up and replaced with…
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  • Baby Feet Imprint DIY

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Hello dear friends! I’ve been missing from my blog, I know, but man when you have a baby you just want to cuddle him 24/7! Nothing else seems to exist and time stops. We also had guests from London for four days which was wonderful and definitely kept us very active with the little one. It was such a great visit and made us both so happy that our friends traveled all the way to Hannover just to meet little Aidan and spend time with us (thank you Sania, Mark, Luke and Leila!). Baby Aidan had his first zoo visit (6 hours too!), first subway ride, first bus ride, first museum visit (art at…
  • Giveaway: 10 Copies of Decorate With Flowers, Enter Today!

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Are you ready to win a copy of our new book? We are giving away 10 copies no matter where you live worldwide! But first, hello everyone! I’m a little embarrassed, but I totally forgot that yesterday the new book that Leslie Shewring and I wrote, Decorate With Flowers, released in North America! The wonderful Joy Cho over at Oh Joy! wrote about it on our launch date too, which was such a treat. I’ve been so busy with our baby boy that things just escape my mind at the moment – I’ve been in a baby fog for two months – in fact, today he turned 2 months old and he is…
  • OYOY Living

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are so many great interior firms in Denmark, which sometimes makes me wonder how those Danes do it in such a small country – there are so many collections! I came across OYOY Living recently, based in Copenhagen, and since I’ve not seen them blogged anywhere yet in my travels, I thought I’d share them with you guys. Check out their product line, simple yet bold. About OYOY, “The name OYOY is inspired by the letters OY, which since 1929 has been written on every Danish aeroplane regardless of where in the world it may be located. The letters indicate that we are a…
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

    Yuka Yoneda
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC’s famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat recently had a chance to tour the newly renovated space – click here to sneak a peek for yourself! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: central park, david salama, eco design, emerald green group, farm fresh, green design, jim caiola, katy sparks, LED lighting, local food, local food nyc, nyc local food restaurants, nyc organic restaurants, nyc restaurants, nyc seasonal…
  • A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

    Patrick Toomey-Neri
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Read the rest of A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: biophilia, brera, Clara Rigamonti, eco design, eco furniture, Elisa Cavani, Gran Ru, Manoteca, Milan, milan 2014, Milan Design Week, recycled art, repurposed design, Salone, sustainable design, Sustainable Materials, upcycled, Wilhemiina Kosonen
  • Revolutionary “Superman” Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever

    Beth Buczynski
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Quartz Crystal photo from Shutterstock While most of us are just getting used to the idea of 3D printing, scientists are already working on technological marvels that operate two dimensions deeper. Researchers at the University of Southampton have succeeded in recording and retrieving five dimensional digital data using a quartz crystal. The ‘Superman’ memory crystal is a futuristic storage technique with unprecedented features – including a 360 terabyte per disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited lifetime. Read the rest of…
  • Elliat Rich’s Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

    Youna Angevin-Castro
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you’re passionate about bespoke furniture, you can’t get any more personalized than Elliat Rich‘s Decennia Chair currently on show at Milan Design Week as part of ‘The Other Hemisphere’ exhibition. Rich developed a process for painting the chair that involves several layers of colored paint topped by a textural lime finish. The paint layers are designed to be slow wearing, so that over time the white surface is worn away, exposing the colored pattern beneath. Read the rest of Elliat Rich’s Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away Permalink |…
  • UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai

    Lidija Grozdanic
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Read the rest of UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: art installations, mirror art, mirror installation, reflective installation, RIBA Shanghai Windows Project 2014, UNStudio art, UNStudio installation, Xintiandi installation, Xintiandi Shanghai
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  • How Can Design Describe the Personality of the Owner

    Giuroiu Anton
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are hundreds if not thousands of parameters shaping our design, parameters that from the first glance can describe the personality of the owner inhabiting the design line.  Our existence gravitates around an unique inner factor. Our relationships and our unique qualities, perspective, interpretation and dreams are influence by thousands, millions of parameters and yet all are subdued to that inner factor: our personality. Through our personality we are defined, through it we breath our environments, live our emotions, ups and downs. We unconsciously shape our life around it, subdued to…
  • Sturdy Coat Hook With a Distinctive Industrial Look: Battleship

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Battleship is a sturdy coat hook with a distinctive industrial appearance. Developed by English designer David Cathro of aCathroDESIGN, this modern and sleek functional piece is made from laser cut steel with a high quality semi-gloss powder coated finish. According to the designer, the aim of the project is to impart a modern industrial feel to the room, while still exuding a cozy feel. Here is more from the official description of the project we received: “The hook is shown in a newly refurbished private residential interior. The owners wanted a fresh approach to the interior scheme…
  • Vision of a Dream Home: Xalima Island House by Martin Ferrero Architecture

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    Everyone has an idea of how their perfect house would one day look like. Daniel Martin Ferrero, principal of Martin Ferrero Architecture took his vision to another level and planned Xalima Island House, as “as a poem to the horizon framed by the sea”. The video below transports you to a faraway land, bathed in sun rays and mist, where modern architecture details mix with a fascinating rocky landscape. Xalima Island House is described as architecture dedicated to the senses. The renderings depict a spectacular and opulent modern residence with numerous terraces, where water plays a…
  • A Bohemian Twist for Modern Interiors: The Gradient Bookshelf

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Designer Jordi Lopez from Aguilo Kutarq studio shared the Gradient Bookshelf with us, an original shelving unit fit for minimalist contemporary spaces with a bohemian twist. It is interesting how this simple furniture piece communicates with its environment, adding an intriguing ethereal feel. The displayed ombre effects reminds us a bit of a project we featured on Freshome a while back, entitled Plissee Sideboard and envisioned by Anne Boenisch. The bookcase is the result of combining an innovative structure with common materials and a very straightforward assembly system. Natural plywood…
  • Art Installations in Rome Based on 3D Illusions: Vantage by Aakash Nihalani [Video]

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    By using mixed media on canvas, corrugated plastic and wood, artist Aakash Nihalani created Vantage, an intriguing array of artworks. The “series” consists of site-specific installations within a display gallery, and various permanent and temporary urban installations around Rome, Italy. The 3D illusions are said to evoke the constant crash-encounters between the physical and cerebral dimensions of our existence. Here is more from Aakash Nihalani regarding his work: “Most artists use a canvas in order to paint on a limited surface. like a painter I start with the canvas, but…
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  • How to: Designing for Warm Weather

    Olivia Martin
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    How to: Designing for Warm Weather A layout, strategic window placement, and bright colors can help keep things cool and connected to the outdoors. In architect Benedetta Tagliabue's flat in Barcelona, a lounge area, topped by a barrel ceiling and outfitted with a hammock offers a tantalizingly cozy place to nap. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
  • Best of Milan: Scholten & Baijings's chairs, lights, and tumblers
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Best of Milan: Scholten & Baijings's chairs, lights, and tumblersThe Dutch design duo's newest creations, released during Salone del Mobile 2014. Scholten & Baijings's Iris carafe and tumbler for Verreum. Prolific Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings released an impressive lineup of products at Milan Design Week 2014. The designers’ preference for clean lines and pastel shades ran the gamut, from their playful pendant lights for Moooi and a perforated chair for HAY, to a line of sophisticated glassware for J. Hill's Standard.
  • Soundsystem Built to Look Like a Cubist Minaret

    Patrick Sisson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Soundsystem Built to Look Like a Cubist MinaretA pair of architects working in the United Arab Emirates put a modern spin on minarets. Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy This installation and amplification system, built of wood veneer and aluminum, was inspired by the sound of muezzins and the abstract look of Islamic design. Photo by Juan Roldan Stacked like a cubist version of a custom phonograph, Resonant Surface 01 by architects and designers Christine Yogiaman and Kenneth Tracy looks like a bespoke, steampunk soundsystem. But when you talk to the creators about their…
  • Young Guns 2014
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Young Guns 2014 Published as:  Young Guns Our 2014 class of rising talent includes designers from Bulgaria, South Korea, Portugal, and beyond. This year's installment shows that global design is more accessible than ever before, thanks to technology and fluid borders.
  • Design Classic: Eames House Bird

    Dora Sapunar
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Design Classic: Eames House BirdThe small decorative black bird is considered one of the most famous Eames pieces, even though it wasn't designed by Eames at all. The bird makes an appearance in the Eames living room. The story of the Eames House Bird is less a story of Charles and Ray Eames and more one of Charles and Edna Perdew. This husband and wife team from Henry, Illinois, passed on their gun repair business to their son in the 1930s and dedicated themselves to carving and painting bird decoys for hunters. A simple black bird Perdew carved around 1910 became a highly sought-after model…
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  • Friday Links

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Reinvention of Minimalism and Freunde von Freunden: Joseph Dirand permanent retweet Camilla Barnard’s wonderfully quirky East London studio Two AI Chatbots Talk to Each Other Kids React to Walkmans The World’s Fair Turns 50: See What Everyone Thought 2014 Would Look Like Cerro Negro: Surf Down a Volcano   Enjoy the weekend!
  • Lumio Book Lamp

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    The Lumio looks like a hardcover book, but open it up and you’ve got a sculptural LED light. This compact form makes it easy to take with you, especially as its pleated interior is made of water-resistant Tyvek, so it can even venture outdoors for backyard barbecues or short camping trips. I received a Lumio recently to see it up close (and made a little video) and I was quite impressed with the overall quality- plus, there are so many lighting options you can really put it anywhere. Hang it, lay it on its side or back, or attach it to any metal surface. More info below, or take a look…
  • Cherner® Task Chair

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Did you know about the contentious history of the Cherner Chair? I didn’t, but I’m glad Cherner’s sons revived their father’s designs, and created the variation you see above. Task chairs often look terrible, no matter today’s advanced ergonomic technology, and the simplicity of such classic lines when applied to an office/desk area seating option is enormously appealing. Now that we’ve agreed its aesthetic appeal, someone just needs to test out how comfortable this chair is after a few hours’ work. Designer: Cherner Chair Company Made in U.S.A.
  • Woodbar

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Do you need a wooden paperweight in the shape of a gold bar? Maybe not, but that’ll change once you open your windows and papers go flying everywhere. The intention behind this design is to remind us all about the value of wood; it acts a clever option to hold a stack of paperwork at bay. Designer: Kaspar Hamacher Weight: 0.5 kg
  • B (Balance) lamp series: B35°, B35°L , B30°

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    These concrete and wood lamps by JinSik Kim and YuHun Kim are pretty special; you can position them different ways and group them together in multiples for modular arrangements. There’s the B35° Lamp, the B35°L Lamp, and the B30° Lamo, all of which have polygon shaped bases. Take a look at the images below to see the possibilities of mixing a few together for a stronger statement. Designed by JinSik Kim, YuHun Kim. Material: High-strength Concrete Design Date: 2014 Production Date: 2014 Edition: Open Edition B35° Lamp (Small), $235.00 B35°L Lamp, $375.00 B30° Lamo, $375.00
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  • Modern Concrete London House Sunken Below Street Level

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    When a newlywed couple decided they needed more space for their seven children, they looked no further than the garden behind their Victorian home in Battersea, London. But this is no playhouse or mother-in-law cottage – it’s a modern five-bedroom home sunken into a concrete courtyard to provide a sense of privacy and tranquility. Bringing the two families together without giving up their main home required a creative solution, especially since the couple wanted a two-story dwelling that would still meet local restrictions that prevent overlooking neighboring properties. An…
  • Auto-Balancing Shoe Will Save Seniors From Dangerous Falls

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Falls are a particularly scary problem for elderly people; they can result in injuries that take months to heal. One statistic states that one in three people aged 65 or older in the US has experienced injuries from falls, and the percentage only goes up as people age. Many elderly people are embarrassed to use assistive devices like canes or walkers. Israeli start-up company B-Shoe Technologies has developed a fantastically helpful new shoe technology that would keep seniors from falling. The B-Shoe (or Balancing Shoe) contains sensors and a small motorized mechanism in its bottom. When the…
  • Caffeine Rush: Clever Coffee Mugs Will Never Be Empty

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Die-hard coffee lovers would give almost anything for a never-ending cup of coffee, but since that isn’t possible, Japanese design firm Nendo worked with Starbucks to create the next best thing. Nendo’s never-ending coffee mugs come in three varieties: Americano, Latte, and Caramel Macchiato. The mugs are full even when they are empty thanks to some clever trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) graphics on their bottoms. When turned upside down for drying or storing, the mugs appear to be full of the drink they are named after. According to Nendo, the mugs represent…
  • Traditional Dip-Dyed Porcelain Tiles: Little Pieces of Art

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Watermark tile series from designer Deborah Osburn is a beautiful example of traditional Japanese textile dying techniques. Each tile is hand-formed and slow-fired, then carefully dyed in a traditional Japanese method. Each tile is individual and embodies the name of the series: Watermark. Authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments are used to dip, wash and stain each tile. The series was inspired by Osburn’s experiments with unglazed porcelain tiles and cups of indigo pigment. She placed one end of the tiles into the cups, creating a lovely and natural ombré effect. Each tile…
  • Towers Collect Drinking Water From Thin Air in Ethiopia

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the mountainous regions of Ethiopia, finding drinkable water is a time-consuming and sometimes dangerous task. Women and children often walk for hours each day just to bring potable water home for their families. Even after the dangerous journey, the water they bring back is often contaminated and unsafe to drink. Vittori Lab has devised an ingenious way to make safe, potable water available without the long treks. The Warka Water Towers were inspired by Ethiopia’s indigenous Warka tree, a type of fig tree that symbolizes fertility and generosity. Warka trees are disappearing from…
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  • A traditional New England style home in a surprising location

    Linda Merrill
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Currently on the market is this traditional New England style home designed in 1978 by the famous New England Architecture firm of Royal Barry Wills Associates, Inc.. I'll share at the end of the post where this house is located - as I said, it's a surprising location for such a quintessential New England style.From the map on their website, it's clear that the majority of their work is in the Northeast, with a smattering of locations around the country and other parts of the English speaking world. I wonder if the Australia and Virgin Islands locations are American's abroad looking for a…
  • California Closets partners with Room to Dream Foundation

    Linda Merrill
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Way to go, California Closets!The Room to Dream Foundation is pleased to announce California Closets of New England has agreed to be the official closet provider for the foundation’s room renovation projects. “We are excited to be partnering with California Closets of New England,” says Room to Dream’s founder, Stefan Nathanson. “Every contribution made has allowed us to give back and put smiles on the children and families we serve. Having California Closets donate closets is a tremendous resource that goes directly to our end goal of providing lively but functional rooms…
  • Summer Livin'

    Linda Merrill
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    So, we had an early Spring blizzard here on the Cape.Turns out RoyRoy loves the snow - though he nearly got knocked over by the wind. We still have a lot of icy snow drifts today and when we were walking up my driveway, he suddenly stopped and was kind of huddled in one place, then scooted over to me and literally got on top of my feet. He must have had a piece of ice wedged in his paw. Good thing he only weighs 13 lbs and can easily be scooped up!The current issue of Cape Cod Life magazine was sitting on my coffee table mocking me yesterday... Actually, we won't see trees like this until…
  • My Living Room Plans

    Linda Merrill
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    As I've mentioned, I'll be moving to a new house or apartment at some point later this year and while I have not idea at the moment what kind of space I'll be moving in to, I can't help but start the planning! When I moved the last time, I got rid of a lot of my furniture, keeping only the things that I truly love and matter to me. I figured when the time came, I'd start fresh with some new pieces that were also loved and needed.  I'd like to say that I plan on living a much more "pared down" lifestyle, but that's probably not really true.After all - this is my inspiration:design by…
  • Tiny Houses mean creative living

    Linda Merrill
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    As I contemplate my next move in my life, I expect that I will be living in a pretty small space. And that's ok. I'd rather live in a beautifully appointed smaller home than kick around in an empty McMansion.I'm not talking fairytale cottage small:But something interesting and quirky would be fun:Of course, to comfortably live in such a small space and pack in all the modern amenities takes a good amount of creativity and a whole lot of editing.A lot of tiny houses have ladder-like stairs to second floor lofts, so I appreciate the standard staircase in the photo above. It takes more floor…
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  • Milan Design Week: BLANCO America’s ATTIKA’s Sexy Debut at Acheo Showroom

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Milan is a city renowned for its beautiful, sexy and stylish citizens, and it came as no surprise that BLANCO America  debuted its equally beautiful, sexy and stylish stainless steel ATTIKA kitchen sink in the heart of Milan’s Brera design district.  Surrounded by beautiful people, exquisite culinary delights and the best vinos Italy has produced, the BLANCO Attika made its luxurious and sophisticated entry into Milan Design Week history accompanied by adoring adulation from the international design community invited to the private fete at Acheo’s showroom.Can’t get enough of this…
  • Traditional Blue & White Bedroom and Sitting Room Design

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Adamsleigh Showhouse: Luxurious China Blue & White Bedroom Design by Robert Brown.The post Traditional Blue & White Bedroom and Sitting Room Design appeared first on Decorating Diva.
  • Antiques & Vintage Inspired Ladies’ Powder Room

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Adamsleigh Showhouse: Anita Phipps’ European Antiques Inspired Powder Room.The post Antiques & Vintage Inspired Ladies’ Powder Room appeared first on Decorating Diva.
  • Smart & Sophisticated Storage Solutions from Clever Storage by Kesseboehmer

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    One of the highlights of Milan Design Week was visiting the well-appointed showroom of Clever Storage by Kesseboehmer and taking in the numerous innovative and ergonomic organizational storage solutions for kitchen and bath that they offer. As one who truly appreciates well organized and efficient use of space, I was delighted to see each and every useful and functional Clever Storage product as I opened cabinet door after cabinet door. I think you will agree – take a look at the amazing organization and functionality the Clever Storage products offer  – some are in clear sight such…
  • Secret Gardens: Venetian Garden of Contessa Anna Barnabo

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Venice is a city of sumptuous beauty, rich history and secrets hidden behind elegant palazzo walls. One of those hidden gems of Venice is the exquisite garden at the Cappelo Malipiero Barnabò palazzo on the Grand Canal. The verdantly luscious palazzo Barnabò  garden was designed by the Contessa Anna Barnabò, and has been featured in several garden design books and on film.During our recent visit to Venice the BlogTour Milan team had the privilege of experiencing a private tour of palazzo Barnabò  and its storied garden. The private home and garden tour led by Cristina Gregorin of Slow…
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    Material Girls Blog

  • Kitchen Design Comes Alive!

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
     Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to Traditional Home Magazine! It was such a surprise to be featured in their latest issue! Trad highlighted one of my dearest client’s kitchens  titled, “Stage Presence”- one that allowed me to design “outside of the box”. I am fortunate beyond measure to have amazing clients that become oh-so-much-more- than- that.  We had some serious fun along the way…so much so that project #3 has commenced in Scottsdale, Arizona My client LOVES to entertain and often has 50 people over in a heartbeat! A mother of four, she often hosts…
  • Pretty Pastel Palettes

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    This time of year always ushers in thoughts of flowers budding, flowers blooming, new growth, and warmer weather. Spring has definitely sprung here in Dallas, and it seems that everyone’s homes are beginning to reflect the coming of spring. With Easter right around the corner, it’s definitely time to bring out the pastels! There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous room bathed in beautiful soft hues. Pastel color palettes can have such a wide range of vividness, and pair so beautifully with crystal, mirrored furniture pieces, and antiques as well as new and exciting modern…
  • The Perfect Artist Canvas

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The gorgeous tall ceilings and pristine white brick walls of our Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom are the perfect canvas for showcasing the talented work of Chicago artists and artists nationwide.  We’ve been proud to showcase work in the past of the talented Linc Thelen, Richard Shipps, and Lynn Basa to name a few!   “Jellyfish” and “Grid Study” by Linc Thelen “Evolution” by Linc Thelen We are absolutely honored to be featuring the work of the amazing artist Amy Cannady in our new Spring art exhibition! In Amy’s artwork, tensions and…
  • A Place to Shop and Sell

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    For those of you who don’t know about Viyet, well, I’m about to tell you about it.  Viyet is the design aficionado’s destination to buy and sell timeless furniture and accessories.  Everything is in style, seeing as it’s pre-owned designer furniture and Viyet only takes and then sells the best of the best.   You could call it high end consignment.  Take a look for yourself and see what Viyet has in stock.  You won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and here’s a chance to enter to win a $1500 shopping spree and help them celebrate their anniversary. Could be your…
  • Coming soon to Chicago!

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    High Point Market was a whirlwind week as usual!! So many amazing new innovations into the world of design and furniture. We purchased a myriad of goodies that will soon be arriving into our  Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom in Chicago! Among those will be some ah-maazing candelabras designed by one of my favorite chic + wonderful pals, Stacy Kunstel, Proprietor of the acclaimed  Dunes and Duchess line and blogger extraordinaire- Stacystyle’s blog. We are so excited to announce that we will be the EXCLUSIVE dealer in Chicago for this fabulous line! The work of photographer…
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  • Editors' Picks: 10 Metallic Sandals for Spring

    Alexa Hotz
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Metallics are an easy route to bold dressing. The slip of a silver heel at the base of a garment is transformative, and its reflective quality is a perfect match for the bright light of spring and summer. We've been taking note of the recent heavy dose of metallic shoes on the market, and, one by one, pairs of copper sandals, gold clogs, and silver pumps have been trickling into the office. Here's the full reveal: Above: Justine has had her PePe Silver Sandals ($185) from Makie from years. "Once again, comfortable, effortless style from Italy. They're great for a summer evening…
  • Enter to Win: Eileen Fisher Eco Giveaway

    Remodelista Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Celebrate Earth Day with Eileen Fisher by entering their #THISISECO Facebook Giveaway now through Sunday, April 20. Eileen Fisher wants to know: What's your eco style? Head to the contest announcement on the Eileen Fisher Facebook page and tell Eileen which of the two pieces below fits your eco style. Once you comment, you will be automatically entered to win a $250 Eileen Fisher gift card and an exclusive eco tote bag. The winner will be announced on the Eileen Fisher Facebook page on April 21. Click here for full Terms & Conditions.   More Stories from Remodelista…
  • 5 Favorites: Bright Metal Lights for Under $125

    Izabella Simmons
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why not add a splash of color with a light fixture? Lately, we've detected a trend in powder-coated and painted-metal lamp designs. Here are five affordable standouts. Above: The Shaded Pendant Lamp comes in mint green, black, white, and brass, and has a cloth twisted cord in black, white, or beige. Choose from hardwired or plugged in with an on-off switch on the cord; $85 from Las Vegas-based OneFortyThree.    Above: Another colorful option from OneFortyThree, the swiveling Swing Lamp is available in eight powder-coated color finishes. It's made in three…
  • An Organizer's Dream: An Art Studio with Color-Coded Built-In Storage

    Meredith Swinehart
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This custom-designed artist's workspace in Tel Aviv is likely to induce envy in anyone who works from home—or, really, anyone who has more than a few papers lying around. The studio is located within the artist's apartment in a 60-year-old concrete building in Tel Aviv. Presented with a long list of storage requirements—the artist wanted to have her daily tools within easy reach, to be able to display some of her work, and to have a place to archive the rest—and unable to expand the 190-square-foot space, Israeli architects Studio Raanan Stern created an inventive…
  • A Fashion Designer's Color-Blocked Cafe in Copenhagen

    Alexa Hotz
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    A good friend of mine recently alerted me to a new cafe masterminded by fashion designer Henrik Vibskov (we both share an affinity for his avant-garde clothing). The cafe is located in Copenhagen's Papirøen (Paper Island), near The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where my friend is studying, and it's the best place for a quick dose caffeine and color inspiration between classes. Den Plettede Gris ("The Spotted Pig") is actually the result of Vibskov leasing a few buildings in Papirøen, one of which is his brand's main studio; a condition of the lease was establishing a…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • Small Bathroom Solution: Mirrored Walls — Inspiration & Ideas

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You've heard it time and time again – mirrors are a great way to reflect the light in a small space, thus increasing the sense of space. It's particularly true for bathrooms, which are often among the smallest, darkest rooms in our homes. READ MORE »
  • 25 DIY Projects for Small Bedrooms

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Small bedrooms can present interesting challenges. Where do I store clothes? How can I fit a lamp on a nightstand that's the size of a postage stamp? Here's a roundup of DIY solutions that store the necessities, get the lighting up on the walls, and add a dash of style to tiny bedrooms. READ MORE »
  • An Old Bridge in Italy to be Converted into Condos — Design News

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    In Italy's Calabria, an old bridge and its aqueducts are getting a modern makeover. The government held a competition to best reuse the structure, and the winning design is an "inverted skyscraper." From the road, you'll descend between the hills to retail and residences. READ MORE »
  • Before & After: A Home Office Goes Pretty and Posh — Professional Project

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Lifestyle blogger Megan of StyleGirlfriend was in desperate need of a funcitonal workspace (and ahem...more back support) in her small Brooklyn apartment, so she teamed up with the designers at HomePolish who used some clever tricks to give her a stylish, multi-purpose space. READ MORE »
  • Design Dozen: 12 Clever Space-Saving Solutions for Small Bedrooms

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A peaceful bedroom spotted on La Maison D'Anna G. If you're dealing with a common small-apartment problem — a bedroom scarcely large enough for a bed, much less anything else — look no further than this list of clever space-saving solutions. These are some of the best ideas we're seen for tucking away all the stuff that tends to accumulate in a bedroom, and ensuring that your sleeping space will be calm and restful. READ MORE »
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

  • Road Trip: Greenville, South Carolina

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    You know how sometimes you’re headed to some town you’ve only seen from an interstate highway (near the Peachoid) for a wedding and your expectations are low? This weekend I traveled to Greenville, South Carolina for a wedding and I could not get over how charming and beautiful that town was. I even ran into John Legend twice – go figure! Once a thriving textile town, Greenville went through a rough patch, but now the downtown area, the west end and the newly developed Swamp Rabbit Trail along the Reedy river are very impressive. Refurbished mills and new construction…
  • Mooning Over Miami II: The Fonts

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:26 pm
    You read that right, by “The Fonts,” I am not coming up with some Kardashian-esque shortening for The Fontainebleau Hotel. Nope, I’m talking fonts. So I promised you some more fun snapshots from Miami. Clearly I’m not much of a photographer, but between the light, the architecture and, ahem, Instagram filters, it’s kind of hard to take an ugly shot there. Though it seems it is hard to take a shot from across the street without capturing a Ryder truck or road construction barrels and tractors. One of my favorite things about Miami is the fun take on art deco…
  • Bringing Modern Style To Your Outdoor Space

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    I know some of you poor readers were recently blanketed with even more snow, but it is time to start planning for spring and summer and perking up your outdoor spaces. Since so many of you prefer modern and contemporary styles, here are some easy ways to bring a more modern aesthetic to your outdoor rooms. Box it in. Square and rectangular planters and benches area an easy way to add clean lines to your patio or porch. Mixing in plants clipped plants with those in their natural forms helps emphasize them as well. Shop modern outdoor accessories Add bright bold modern furniture. You can mix…
  • Mooning Over Miami

    21 Mar 2014 | 12:17 pm
    If you are one of the few who follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed a few Miami pictures showing up in our feed this month. Before, all I ever knew of this city was terrible experiences at the airport en route to places further south, Crockett and Tubbs, and, of course, this: I’m so glad I got past the pushed-up suit sleeves, Real Housewives from hell and David Caruso stereotypes. What a gorgeous city Miami is. We stayed in South Beach at this small-ish swanky joint, The Gale, and were surrounded by fun vintage photos in our room and crisp, shall we say “space-saving”…
  • Last Day to Save on Pablo, Kartell and Vitra
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that if you’ve been considering purchasing from Pablo, Kartell or Vitra, today is the day to pull the trigger. The sale ends at midnight. Warning: The following items and savings may tempt you …. The Vitra New Panton Chair, down to $263.50 from $310. This contemporary classic adds a sleek touch to an eclectic mix, fits in seamlessly with super-modern rooms and slides its way right under a rustic reclaimed wood dining table. It’s glam at a dressing table and perks up a desk. The Kartell Bubble Club Armchair slashed down to $612 from…
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    Home Design Find

  • A Renaissance Piazza – Contemporary Portuguese Minimalism

    Susan Kraemer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Here’s a lovely house in Portugal from Intergaup with the timeless serenity of a Fra Angelico piazza in a Renaissance painting. The design pays homage to traditions that go back to medieval architecture. Traditional materials like the terracotta tile roofline integrate the house into its rural context near Villa Boim. Blending strict traditions with a contemporary architectonic approach results in beautiful and almost surreal spaces. The body of water, the retaining wall and the stair exemplifies the drawing and the purity in the details,. The main house has only one floor in a…
  • Former WWII Arsenal Transforms into a Cosy Mountain Retreat

    Susan Kraemer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    A Swiss arsenal from WWII is transformed by Ralph Germann architectes into a warm and comfortable mountain chalet. Keeping the historic nature of the building with the use of simple materials, like larch, slate, glass, and metal, a cosy mountain cabin retreat is created. The key to the design is an entirely glazed interior box – with full height sliding doors – within the original army building. The glass box makes it possible to entirely open the barn doors outside, while a glass box keeps the interior cosy, while preserving the historic building shell. The generous exterior…
  • An Austere Masterpiece – the Redgen Mathieson Bondi House

    Susan Kraemer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    A three story beachfront house with a pure, elevated facade of glass and marble on Sydney’s glorious Bondi Beach by Redgen Mathieson is squeezed vertically by its narrow infill site but capitalises on views across Icebergs to the beach. It is an elegant house with pure spaces, bold designs, subtly modelled interiors and details that makes the most of its heavenly view and its client’s needs. Three massive sliding glass panels and multi storey sheer white curtains emphasize its austere vertical marble and glass facade. A two storey curtain billows in the marble-cooled breeze off the…
  • Design Dilemma: Alternatives to Marble Countertops

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Fiorella Design No doubt about it, Carrerra marble countertops are gorgeous! Classic and classy, they’re also very high maintenance and easy to stain. That’s because marble is a calcareous stone composed of mostly calcium carbonate. It is extremely sensitive to acidic foods, like lemons, tomato sauce and wine, in addition to acidic cleaning products. So are there  any alternatives where you can get the look of white carrera marble without the maintenance? Here are a few other options: White Granite  …
  • The Sheer Delight of a House Anchored to the Cliff

    Susan Kraemer
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    The Cliff Face House from Fergus Scott Architects and Peter Stutchbury Architecture is named for the sheer face of sandstone anchoring an amazingly original house north of Sydney. It extends out from the sandstone rock face, taking in a tranquil view towards the calm inland waters of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You descend down through the house next to the raw rock face. A gloriously original open air bathroom marries sea views to the rock face. A luminous polycarbonate vaulted roof suffuses the primary living areas with a delicate light. Suspended above that is a separate roof…
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  • Mondays Off

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Haji Lane in Singapore has changed massively since the last time I visited and a few weeks back Irene told me about a great shop she had visited there, so of course I had to take my wednesday off and go see it for myself. Well, she was right! Mondays Off is definitely one of my favorites on the street. Leyna, chief dreamer at Mondays Off, actually popped by Bloesem awhile back and it was so great seeing her again. The store is beautiful both inside and out, don't you agree? That is one beautiful store display! You can find a quirky mix of home and garden merchandize, as well as tons of…
  • Erin is coming to Singapore!!!

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    Dear All… You will just have to bear with me while you read through this somewhat lengthy post..., yes, you are right, quite out of character for me to be this longwinded...but there is so much to tell! Where to start… Often people ask me how it is even possible to make a living writing a blog and I see their jaws drop when I tell them I am actually writing two blogs ... what, how, wait, how do you do that? Well, I could give you some hints and tips but I feel these questions should really be answered by someone that I believe has truly made it BIG online. So I invited Erin Loechner who…
  • Time Out here's some Chocolaad!

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    So this little package with the most delicious chocolate is on it's way to the TimeOut Singapore head office - why? - because they gave us some really nice press coverage in their latest issue. I'm of course thrilled  and as a long time reader of 'TimeOut Anywhere' and understanding I think the kind of content they are after I feel it as a huge compliment they like our space too! To be honest ever since we moved into our space in Tiong Bahru we have been getting so many nice responses from people just visiting and obviously also for the press.  So thank you Singapore for…
  • Castle

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Australian brand Castle definitely makes me smile this Monday morning! Founded in 2008 and based in Sydney.. Castle is all about the cutest teatowels & cushions, comfy bedlinens and unique artwork. Sunny colors and lots of dots & flowers. Hand printed screen prints, embroideries and pretty paintings made by artist and owner Rachel Castle.. c'mon let's have some fun! x Christine – House of C .. shop Castle..Castle stockists
  • Class Alert: Cook. Bake. Shoot

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    *New Bloesem Class: Cook. Bake. Shoot with Elodie Bellegarde We are happy to announce a new class which is all about food styling and photography! Are you passionate about food and wish you could take pictures like these too ... Well here's your chance! Bloesem has invited Elodie Bellegarde to teach our next Bloesem class this May! She is a french food photographer, stylist and writer, who we are lucky enough to have based right here in Singapore. Her work, as well as list of clients, are impressive to say the least. We don't like to name drop but there really are some pretty…
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    2Modern Blog

  • Latin Translation: Panama’s Biomuseo, by Frank Gehry (2Modern)
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Drivers taking the Amador Causeway en route to the Panama Canal may be forgiven for taking their eyes off the road when Frank Gehry’s new Biomuseo comes into view. A raucous extravaganza of color, devoted to showcasing and preserving Panama’s rich biodiversity, Biomuseo is Gehry’s first building in Latin America, strategically located to take advantage of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the canal, and Panama City. And, like Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Biomuseo provides a visual counterpoint to its industrial context, as it sits overlooking the cargo ships…
  • A Joyful Home for the Littlest Patients (2Modern)
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Anyone confused by the term ‘environmental graphics’ need only pay a visit to England’s Royal London Hospital’s Children’s Trauma Center where the creative team at Studio Myerscough has created a graphically joyful environment as a welcome counterpoint to the dreary business of pain and sickness. The British designer Morag Myerscough’s penchant for “strong color, big type, stripes, spots and puzzle-like arrangements of geometrical elements, assembled with an affinity for scale and drama,” was clearly tailor-made for lifting spirits. And in…
  • Hella Jongerius Reinterprets Alvar Aalto for Artek (2Modern)
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A chair designed 70 years ago is getting a very of-the-moment makeover from Hella Jongerius.The prolific Dutch designer is giving Armchair 401, a classic created by Alvar Aalto in 1933, a contemporary makeover via darker wood finishes and ravishing color blocked textilespart of an initial collaboration with Artek on a ‘crisp and tactile collection of classics.’ Introduced at Salone del Mobile in Milan last week, Armchair 401 is only one of several Jongerius ‘reinterpretations’ presented by the Finnish manufacturerbut it’s easily the most visually striking.
  • French Toast: Joseph Dirand’s Parisian Home (2Modern)
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The moment these photos of Joseph’s Dirand’s Paris apartment hit newsstands and computer screens this past weekend, you could almost hear the collective sighs of surrender. Only an architect, it seemsa French architectcould have possibly arrived at this supremely understated, yet utterly delectable brand of elegance. Joseph Dirand is both, of course, and that may explain, at least in part, his seemingly effortless ability to create a home both universally admirable, yet enviably individual. Ornamental architectural details with modernist furnishings; restrained, yet sumptuous;…
  • A Stool, Designed for Feet (2Modern)
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    It’s not often that we come across a task-specific piece of furniture, but Shoe Stool, by designer Koichi Futatsumata is an unusual and fascinating design solution. Compact and stylishand made for the specific purpose of putting on, taking off, and caring for shoesShoe Stool is comprised of seat, foot platform, and storage section for holding shoe-maintenance products. Ever mindful of the stool’s purpose, the designer has given its sleek, solid steel construction a durable trivalent chromate finish, one commonly assigned to tools. No wonder, then, that Futatsumata calls his Shoe…
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    Landfair on Furniture

  • A Crystal Pool Table. Oh My!

    Michael Landfair
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Dad would so love this!
  • A New Series At Houzz: Off The Grid

    Michael Landfair
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?
  • Architect, Designer, Or Do It Yourself?

    Michael Landfair
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Renovating NYC carries an wonderful article by rjdiaz,  Should You Use An Architect, A Designer, or Do It Yourself? Interior designer Gail Green writes, "While previously relying on a professional’s expertise, client’s are now, for the most part, calling the shots. Design is motivated by the client’s desire to get the best possible price without realizing the inherent cost to them. Inherent because cost is not just comprised of the dollars spent, but something much more valuable: talent and expertise."The article is filled with numerous examples of a fool and his money are…
  • Is Solar Power In Your Future?

    Michael Landfair
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Solar power is booming! Spurred by a 60% drop in solar panel costs in the last 2 ½ years, robust government subsidies and a technology that no longer appears experimental to mainstream America, rooftop photovoltaic solar is bursting out everywhere. About 200,000 U.S. homes and businesses added rooftop solar in the past two years alone – about 3 gigawatts of power and enough to replace four or five conventionally-sized coal plants. The U.S. is now generating via solar panels almost 10 gigawatts each year. That’s enough to power 1.5 million average American homes; that’s the equivalent…
  • New Maralunga Sofa

    Michael Landfair
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The history of furniture has always fascinated this writer. I've had articles about Klismos chairs and Chesterfield sofas,m etc., but never a Maralunga sofa. It turns out the Maralunga sofa designed in 1974 was the first upholstered sofa that incorporated movement. It was designed by Cesare Cassina."Legend has it that when Cassina first saw Magistretti’s prototype for the now-iconic 1974 Maralunga sofa, he disliked it so much that he punched it — hard. His frustration split the back of the model, which fell back over itself so that it resembled a headrest."Now, to celebrate the 40th…
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    Things That Inspire

  • Architectural design: Stairs over the door

    Things That Inspire
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    ◊ One of the top pinned images for the month of January was this beautiful entry, designed by J. Randall Powers.  The comment on the pin was ‘so thoughtfully designed’ – and given the number of pins this image received, clearly many agreed. The composition of the space is beautiful, and every piece selected for this space is just right. But something else that caught my eye was the
  • Top pinned images of the month

    Things That Inspire
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    I thoroughly enjoy compiling the top pinned images of the month post, and this month’s post is full of inspiring architecture, interior and landscape images, and many great ideas.  There were so many images that had a high number of pins, so I had to set the bar high and still came up with 40 images.  I hope you enjoy this visual feast!  Sources noted where possible. I didn’t include this
  • Painted brick houses: what color to paint the brick? Real life examples, inspiration pictures, and the colors homeowners and designers use

    Things That Inspire
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    One of the most popular posts I have ever written was about painted brick houses (click here to see post). I receive literally dozens of emails every month about painted brick from people considering painting their brick and looking for advice on the color of paint to use.  So, I thought I would follow up with some images of painted brick houses that I have collected through the years,
  • 2014 Shutze Awards: A Garden and Pool Pavilion by Stan Dixon and John Howard

    Things That Inspire
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:50 am
    On March 8th, The Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture announced the recipients of the 8th annual Philip Trammell Shutze Awards, a recognition of excellence in classical and traditional design.   The Shutze Awards are named for Philip Trammell Shutze, the Atlanta architect whose work is revered internationally; Shutze is known as one of the 20th century’s  most
  • One of a kind estate and antique sale

    Things That Inspire
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:52 pm
    For those of you in the Atlanta area who like to visit estate and antique sales, there is one starting this Friday that you don’t want to miss!  It’s part antique sale (there are some exquisite treasures and very fine pieces), part estate sale (with all sorts of vintage pieces from Palm Beach, Tampa, Atlanta, New Orleans, and all over the Southeast), and part ‘Vide greniers’ (what the French
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  • Ideas From A Talented Interior Designer

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
      I am obsessed with before and after pictures where small, dated and unattractive beach condominiums are turned into chic, beautiful vacation spots.  For years Ben and I rented the ugliest condos at the beach and the entire time we were there I would think of what I would do to update it if we owned it.   I would try to make our rentals more attractive for our stay – I would pack loose slipcovers and bright, trendy pillows.   As soon as we arrived – I would go around the condo and put all the accessories and tacky wall hangings in a back closet.  A few…

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
      Last time we discussed decorating with one fabric.  This house, above,  featured in House Beautiful, was different though – the entire house was decorated in just one fabric – which judging by the comments seemed a bit much to a lot of you. I personally liked the house designed by Justine Cushing, but I’m a fan of one fabric decorating.   Still I did wonder – is it a sign of good design or is it just lazy design?  After all, picking out coordinating fabrics can be tricky and it’s not always easy.  I know when I am deciding on fabrics for a…

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:37 pm
      Last week, we looked at the beautiful living room by Ladye Kay Allen from Dallas.  The slips actually are only for the spring and summer – they are put away in the winter months.   While there are other fabrics besides the Peter Fasano stripe in the room – it is the most dominant fabric.   In addition to the living room, the dining room also has the seasonal slips.   I love this look.  I love one fabric/one print decorating, my own house is filled mostly with white linen slipcovers.  I love the cohesive look to a room or a house when mostly…
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    Atticmag | Kitchens, Bathrooms, Interior Design

  • Exterior Geometry

    Jane F
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A formal garden, or parterre, consists of symmetrical planted beds connected by gravel paths. A French invention, the formal garden has gone in and out of style for more than 400 years. Certainly they are not very modern because an exquisite geometric arrangement like this one near Estoril , Portugal, requires historical skills to establish and maintain. Consider the effort of clipping concentric hedges at two different levels with such elaborate and precise voids with nary a bobble or a dent. To my mind the parterre is perhaps the ultimate forms of decorative landscape design since they are…
  • Linen Closet Looks

    Jane F
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    From a small cupboard to a large open area there are numerous options for organizing linens. Linen storage is one of those do-your-best propositions because houses often lack really ample space for stashing sheets, pillows and extra blankets for every bed, or towels for each bath. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an old house with a walk-in linen closet or a droolworthy linen room with built-in cupboards, almost any armoire, a salvage cabinet or even a bookshelf — can do the job. Putting together a linen closet is a matter of creating available real estate combined with effective,…
  • Shower System Intelligence

    Jane F
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Expanding our powder room to include a shower is at the top of my home-project list. I’ve been brushing up on my shower research and was happy to discover that showers are getting more adventurous. Still, the two long standing types of shower system controls — pressure balance valve and thermostatic mixing valve — continue to be used. So once I decide which system to shop for  it’s easier to choose among the dazzling number of shower system choices available today. The shower is a very expensive purchase and in-the-wall plumbing sets it in cement, so to speak. Right now,…
  • Door Jamboree

    Jane F
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    No instructions needed to create this useful hinged salvage-door screen for the patio. It’s that time of the year when we start to move outside and revive our outdoor spaces. And having a substantial folding screen on a patio or in the yard can be an excellent way to create privacy. Hinging old doors like these makes for a privacy feature that’s high, substantial and also portable. Even if the doors aren’t as salvage-pretty as chippy white ones [top] there’s always a way to add color and texture or even faux-painted architectural details. So the next time I see an old door out on the…
  • Mirror Images

    Jane F
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Mirror tile is making a bit of a comeback. To a certain generation, mirror tile always will have a “disco ball” association but truth is, it can look pretty great in certain spaces. Bathrooms are prime for mirror applications although a designer friend in Chicago used it on his kitchen backsplash to reflect amazing views of Lake Michigan. Even with standard 1-inch mosaic mirror dots there can be interesting variations as the outdoor Disco Kitchen Splash proves. In a Miami powder room [top], architect Joe Serrins created a wrap around integral mirror by running a wide stripe of mirror tile…
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    Young House Love

  • He’s here!

    Sherry Petersik
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    We’re thrilled to introduce the newest member of our family, baby Teddy! On Wednesday, April 16th at 8:51 am, Theodore Freeman Petersik was born wielding a tiny drill weighing in at 8 lbs on the dot and measuring 19.5 inches long. We’re crazy in love with him, including Clara who just can’t stop kissing and snuggling “her baby.” Especially when he whimpers or coos, it becomes her personal mission to soothe him. Teddy was named after my dad’s dad Theodore (who went by Teddy his entire life) and his middle name honors John’s maternal grandfather…
  • Fab Freebie: The Hook Up

    John Petersik
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    HEADS UP! Since baby boy is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, we’re spending some special family time with Clara today. So we’re posting this week’s giveaway early, and hope to stop in later this week (maybe on Thursday?) to officially introduce our little man. But back to the freebie. This week we’re hooking three people from anywhere in the world up with a $500 Target gift card along with a complete set of our hooks (you can see them all here) in the finish of their choosing. I feel like this is the part where I should bust out an Oprah-esque “You get an octopus!
  • How We Roll

    Sherry Petersik
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Psst- We’ve been planning a site redo for, oh, ten months or so, but realized that our impending bundle of joy means we probably won’t get around to it for ten more. So we opted for a mini update (new header, lighter look, bigger photos/content area, simpler sidebar, fewer ads, and a pin it button on photos since a bunch of you requested one). If things look wonky in your browser, refreshing a few times (or clearing the cache/cookies/data) should hopefully solve it! The office ceiling and walls are officially painted, which is good news because we’re at T-minus 48 hours…
  • It’s Bath Time

    John Petersik
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Continuing our showhouse-heavy week of reveals, we’re bringing you a bunch of after photos from three more spaces – the master bathroom, the atrium, and the master closet. We showed you the master bedroom on Tuesday (along with the office and the butler’s pantry) so it only felt natural to continue our virtual tour where we left off. The master bath and closet sit off a corner of the bedroom and are separated by a space that we’ve been lovingly calling the “atrium” (it’s really more of a vestibule) which you can see above on the right side.
  • Adding To Our Week Of Crazy…

    John Petersik
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    To everyone who has said “go rest!” or “we understand if you have to catch your breath after this showhouse marathon and before this baby comes” we are SO APPRECIATIVE of the encouragement. We’re still over there every day shooting each remaining room for afters/source lists and are also hoping to record a video tour for you guys, but we fully intend to cash in on that whole sit-down-and-breathe-for-a-second thing as soon as we finish documenting everything. But amongst the last crazy week of showhouse stuff, another crazy thing happened that we just had to talk…
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  • Balloon Chair by h220430

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Japanese studio h220430 created a chair that seems to be floating in the air, suspended beneath ten helium balloons. Inspired by the 1953 French movie “Le Ballon Rouge“, the leather and steel chair is actually attached to the wall by concealed anchors. Photos by: Ikunori Yamamoto More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Apartment in Saint Germain by Ando Studio

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Ando Studio is a digital imaging agency founded by architect Aziza Oren and interior designers Anna Epstein  and Ety Azougy in 2011. They designed this stylish apartment interior in 2013 for a client in Paris, France. More projects by Ando Studio More projects by Ando Studio Renderings by: Ando Studio More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Hôtel Le Crayon

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Hôtel Le Crayon is a quirky hotel located in Paris, France. The interior is a whirlwind of color, and features original work created by the French artist Julie Gauthron. Photos by: Jacques Lebar More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Blue Penthouse by Dariel Studio

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Blue Penthouse is a hip and stylish residential project completed by Dariel Studio. The home is located in Shanghai, China and covers an area of 4,305 square feet. Photos courtesy of Dariel Studio More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Hôtel Chavanel by Peyroux & Thisy

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:41 pm
    The chic Hôtel Chavanel is located in Paris, France. It was designed by Peyroux & Thisy and completed in 2013. Hôtel Chavanel by Peyroux & Thisy: “The Madeleine quarter is one of the French capital’s historic centres, and a buzzing thoroughfare for shopping Parisian style. This busy district has all this to offer and so much more, for it is also home to the Hôtel Chavanel, in the Rue Tronchet,.. More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
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    The Finishing Touch

  • Save Your Summer with Coolaroo Outdoor Shades

    Abigail Sawyer
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    What Is Coolaroo? Coolaroo shades are known worldwide for keeping patios cool and comfortable without blocking the breeze. The Australian based company developed it’s high tech sun-blocking fabrics out of necessity. The sun-drenched country needed protection from light and heat. How Coolaroo Outdoor Shades Work Coolaroo fabric is made with a combination of monofilament and polymer tape yarns that are patterned in a unique weave. The revolutionary design blocks heat and UV rays while allowing cooling breezes to pass through easily. These materials have been shown to make indoor and…
  • Manly Wall Art That’s Not A Scarface Poster

    Abigail Sawyer
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Man cave decor doesn’t have to be limited to cheezy neon signs, old posters and a La-Z-Boy. We’ve come across some manly wall art ideas that guys will think are awesome, and more design savvy friends and family won’t cringe at. First Up – Fishy Business Many bedeck their walls with big taxidermied sea-dewllers. If you’re not an accomplished deep sea fisherman, you can still get the nautical look with a painted version. We love this marlin painted right on wood planks. We can’t explain why this giant catfish painting makes us so happy. This whiskered guy is…
  • 3 Surprising Ways to Decorate with Pastel Blinds

    Abigail Sawyer
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Don’t call us crazy yet. I bet you never thought you’d find yourself considering bright pastel blinds for your house, but neither did we. recently expanded the color collection for the Designer 2″ Wood Blinds to include dark espresso stains, bamboo slats, and 3 bright pastel paint colors. In the world of window coverings we see a lot of classic neutrals, but with spring in the air we’re ready for something bright and fun. Why Pastel? Pastels are making a huge splash in fashion and home decor. Designers are mixing them with neon, color blocking, or layering…
  • Featured on: Cedar Hill Farmhouse

    Abigail Sawyer
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Do you have a friend who you always turn to for design advice? Some people are born with the style bug, and Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse is certainly one of them. She writes about french country style on her blog, and uses her own home as the most gorgeous example. But it’s Anita’s helpful, you-can-do-it tips that keep people coming back for decor help over and over. French Farmhouse Perfection Even the most novice seamstress would think, “that looks doable” after reading Anita’s step-by-step linen slipcover tutorial. She’ll hold your hand the whole way…
  • How to Mix and Match Window Treatments

    Abigail Sawyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    There’s no better feeling than personalizing a room to make it your own. Whether you’re using color, fabric, art, wall hangings or a combination of all of these things, it’s always rewarding to mix and match — and this month at, it pays too. Save 10% when you order anything from our list of coordinating products — and 15% when you order $595 or more. Shop our big sale in coordinating products or read on to and learn how to layer your windows like a pro. How to Layer Windows… …If You Love Drapes If you want your windows to have visual softness and…
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    The Office Stylist

  • High-Low Workspace— Get the look of this dark, Mid-Century workspace

    The Office Stylist
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whatever your taste, having a put together and great looking workspace doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Even the most stylish of offices can be recreated for a fraction of the cost. Don’t worry about matching everything exactly, it’s more about conveying the vibe of the office than making a carbon copy.  1 | 2... View full post > Related posts: High-Low Workspace— Get the look of this rustic, luxe workspace High-Low Workspace— Get the look of this modern + vintage workspace High-Low Workspace— Get the look of this GLAM exotic black workspace
  • Rough Week at Work? Try a Girls Night in with Trop 50 Rasberry Acai!

    The Office Stylist
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    We’ve all been there, the bad work week, the impossible meeting, the last day of the week that also left you feeling like you need a year long vacay. As much as rough work weeks suck, there is nothing better than a girls night in to cure your work blues. I love to spend time... View full post > Related posts: Hate Mondays? 12 Yummy Sunday Night Dinner Recipes that Make Monday Easier to Deal With How to Stay Healthy (and Burn Calories!) at Work Perfect Pairing: Strawberry + Goat Chese Platter with Stella Artois Apple Cidre
  • Reader question: How to Have Dark Colors in your Office without it Seeming Gothic

    The Office Stylist
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I LOVE getting questions from my readers on how to have a more stylish and inspiring office space. I believe that EVERYONE can have the workspace they love, without having to hire a designer or fish out thousands of dollars to do so. And now for my reader question! “Hello, I have a office with absolutely... View full post > Related posts: Lighten up that DARK workspace 3 Colors to Paint Your Office if You’re Afraid of Color Colors at the Office: What Color to Use and Where
  • Hate Mondays? 12 Yummy Sunday Night Dinner Recipes that Make Monday Easier to Deal With

    The Office Stylist
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Its Sunday night and you’re sitting around the table (or TV) with family and then all of a sudden it hits you: I’ve got to go to work tomorrow. There is nothing worse than realizing you have a jam packed day on the night you’re supposed to be relaxing and enjoying good food with the... View full post > Related posts: Pets at Work with Red Start your Monday off with a Quote Fall, Client meetings, Christmas decor, Yummy food- September Weekend at a Glance
  • La Petite Peach’s Cape Cod Inspired Home Office Space

    The Office Stylist
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:23 am
    Describe your office space to us Our office actually used to be our garage! I had a vision of opening up the space to allow as much natural light in as possible. Keeping the floor, ceiling, desks and bookshelves off white the office is able to make full use of the natural light. Pairing the... View full post > Related posts: Styled by Noir’s STYLIZED Home Office Space Brownell Travel’s Home Away from Home Office Space Sean’s Home Office
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  • Art Deco Still Inspires

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Following a premiere at the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris, Art Deco became a flourishing global decorative style epitomizing luxury and glamor. Characterized by lavish ornamentation and bold geometric shapes, Art Deco reflected the decade of prosperity following WWI as rapid industrialization transformed the cultural landscape. Combining Machine Age imagery with traditional craft motifs, this eclectic style was soon reflected in all areas of design, including architecture, fashion, interiors, art, graphics, jewelry and even everyday household…
  • Extraordinary Lighting at The Dallas International Lighting Market

    10 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Twice a year lovers of lighting and great design unite at The Dallas International Lighting Market to experience the latest and greatest in all things lighting. And it’s clear why – with more than one million square feet of resources from all major lighting manufacturers, visitors get a truly comprehensive look at new lighting products, technology and more. We recently attended Dallas Market to check out what illuminating lighting trends are on the horizon.The best part about going to Dallas Market is getting to see new designs in person and learning the inspiration behind them. This…
  • Light up the Night Sky in Style

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Environmental concerns regarding light pollution has led many cities, counties and homeowner associations to enact Dark Sky regulations to limit the amount of light going into the night sky. With the advent of Title 24 in California, energy efficient, motion controlled fluorescent and high-efficacy LED lighting have become mandatory for exterior lighting fixtures. However, being energy conscious and a good neighbor doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Here are some ways to responsibly (and stylishly) light up the night sky. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a non-profit…
  • Your Perfect Home Pub

    31 Jan 2014 | 4:44 pm
    As one of the most-watched annual televised events, it’s safe to say that most televisions will be tuned into the Big Game this Sunday. But if the sports bar is too crowded, consider bringing the bar back to you. Perfectly suited for a basement or den, the home bar is the ultimate place to sit back and watch the game or just kick back with friends. Looking to add some style to this fun home space? Here are some stylish designs we love inspired by the local pub. 121 Main – Troy Lighting Evoking the rich legacy of a timeless brewery or local pub, 121 Main is a unique chandelier created…
  • Styleture visits KBIS 2014

    27 Jan 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Viva Las Vegas! This February 4-6, trade professionals, designers, consumers and more will descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Center for KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Showcasing the latest industry products, trends and technologies, KBIS is an inspiring, interactive platform that is guaranteed to be bigger than ever. This year the show will co-locate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show and culminate in Design & Construction Week – one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes. While we…
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    Bridget Beari Design Chat

  • Day 2 Highpoint Furniture Market

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Big patterns with bold colors were on point in a variety of showrooms this Spring at Highpoint! Wesley Hall - dragon printDid I mention the Judy juice cocktail? That was a kicker! Feeling very British in my Red! Speaking of British who couldn't use a real Goldfinger from Noir! I love the City Collection furniture - super stylish! More gold from World's Away! Loved the new Gabby showroom! Almost triple the size from the Fall. Arteriors never disappoints….Palecek's new quill art! Met up again with the Design Tourist - Karen. I even played…
  • First Day at HighpoInt Furniture Market

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The Spring Highpoint Furniture Market has come and gone. It was a busy one - parties and seeing old friends but the best part was the fabulous finds…..There were some new trends that stood out. Here they are…..Wesley Hall - sheep fur with colored legsLinen covered tables with nailheadsI was looking for a tall mirror for the Designer House - this was perfect from Jonathan Charles. Of course we stopped by the pub for a cocktail!                                I loved these art piece for the wallsNatural…
  • Introducing ….. Bridget Beari Papers

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
              Here they are …. Bridget Beari Papers!                               Roux                              Keebet                              Loki                              Wah Wah                   …
  • The last pattern for the Naming Contest!

    12 Mar 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The jack pattern is the final pattern in this collection! There is both a large and small scale pattern so we have 2 names to select! Here are your choices for the large scale: a. Wah Wahb. Ubetchac. Genevieved. PurdyAnd for the small scale: a. Tinker Toyb. Paw Pawc. Winkyd. KeelyThanks everyone who has been voting for these past few weeks. This is the last one so help us out with your votes here on the blog, Facebook or Twitter! Happy Wallpapering…..
  • And the Winner of Pattern #4 is…..

    9 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
                                    ROUX                                 is the winning name! It was another close vote. Here we have shown you a sneak peak of a design scheme we are working on with this new pattern. It is a stunner! There is only one more pattern to name so send your pets names in to be entered in the contest! Happy Wallpapering……
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    18 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Pop - A bold geometric print blue little chair and the bird print create a noteworthy sitting area! (above) Photographer Kelly Stuart co founder of the popular website The Glow has a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Where does a New York socialite and former p.r. maven go to raise a family?  Well in this case Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and her husband Brian moved their 3 children and a few dogs to the very... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    COCOCOZY embroidered pillows in blue (above) I instagrammed a photo of a few COCOCOZY embroidered pillows in blue yesterday. I love these tones and shades of blue.  From a dark midnight blue,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio painted wood floor tiles - new flooring concept! (above)Last week I mentioned my latest exciting new license partnership with Mirth Studio.  This week, I'll go... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    What a fun whirlwind two days at High Point Market in North Carolina. I spent less than 48 hours there showing off new COCOCOZY products to buyers, press and designers!  Best of friend AM came... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Simplified Bee

  • Spring Break

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    This image reminds me of the carefree days of spring break when I was a college student. Although I won’t be sitting on a convertible in a bikini this next week, I will be enjoying a little sun, relaxation and time with my family. I hope you find a little time of the Easter holiday to refresh too. xo cristin *image source unknown, but found on Pinterest The post Spring Break appeared first on Simplified Bee.
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide for My Mom :: #eBayMom Collections

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Although celebrated worldwide for centuries, the first modern Mother’s Day in the United States wasn’t until 1908. Since then the second Sunday of May marks the day we honor our mothers, grandmothers and motherhood. One way to show your love and appreciation for all your mom has done is to give a thoughtful gift. This year in collaboration with eBay, I’ve curated a couple of #eBayMom collections with gift ideas that would be perfect for my own mom. If you haven’t heard of eBay collections, you will have to check them out.
  • Pastel Easter & Spring Inspiration

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    It’s only a few days away, so wanted to pass along some inspiring Easter ideas courtesy of Ikea. A soft pastel color palette is always a great direction for an Easter tablescape. This one created by Ikea features ARV dinnerware in pink and white has a simple and rustic look, but it also expresses a soft touch with the wave-shaped edge. In addition to the setting the table, I also love the idea of hanging seasonal art prints and graphic posters like this message of springtime! A different and nice way to display prints is to use a pant hanger like seen below.  As you transition your…
  • Find Find :: Curated Look with One Kings Lane

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    It’s not always easy to create an eclectic look. Because it’s a style that can’t be pulled from one period style, catalog or manufacture, it can take time. However there is one site that I leverage frequently for clients and personally that allows me to purchase a mix of styles – it’s One Kings Lane. All of the items used in the mood board above were pulled from current sales going on right now at One Kings Lane. That’s right. Now what are you waiting for? Go shopping! happy curating, cristin  *Although One Kings Lane is an affiliate of Simplified Bee, my…
  • New Spring Collection :: Galbraith and Paul

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    As you know, textiles are huge inspiration for me and ‘m particularly smitten for hand block prints. Some of my favorite are created by Philadelphia based, Galbraith and Paul. Their exquisite block printed fabrics and wallpaper are some of the prettiest around. Recently they released their new collection for spring 2014 – lantern, reed, parquet and sakura. They are fresh, pattern rich and you are going to love. It’s hard to pick a favorite isn’t it?! happy decorating, cristin The post New Spring Collection :: Galbraith and Paul appeared first on Simplified Bee.
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    Closet Factory

  • Custom Closet – How Much Does it Cost

    Warren Thompson
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    We get asked this all the time. The truth is, YOU are in control of the price. Closet Factory will first get you organized with a perfect space plan designed around your specific needs. From there, you decide the look and the price of your custom closet.
  • Preparing Walls for Custom Closet

    Warren Thompson
    28 Jan 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Completely optional: If you would like to paint your walls prior to your closet installation Closet Factory provides tips to ensure you get the best results.
  • Adjustable Closet Systems

    Warren Thompson
    15 Jan 2014 | 11:40 am
    One of the most important features of our custom closet systems is the adjustable hanging rods and shelves that can be easily moved up and down. Adjustable rods and shelves also let you easily change the entire closet as your needs change.
  • Interchangeable Options

    Warren Thompson
    15 Jan 2014 | 11:38 am
    Closet Factory’s closet organizers includes a 32 mm system that can be customized so that you can reconfigure your shelves and hanging rods at any time. Our closets are not just beautiful but functional as well.
  • Closet Shelves

    Warren Thompson
    15 Jan 2014 | 11:35 am
    Adjustable closet shelves keep shoes, handbags and folded clothes neat. Pullout shelves and pullout trays help you find items in the back of the shelves and get dressed easier. Shelving options help you maximize your closet space. We offer many types of closet shelves for you to select from. Your closet designer will help you decide what type of shelf will work best for how you store your items. Rolled, folded or flat… we have a solution!
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    lookslikewhite Blog

  • Country Retreat

    Trudy Crane
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
      This is a really super country retreat in South Carolina that two couples bought and renovated with great style. A fun kitchen and with super cool lights that follow a bit of a them throughout the house. I was looking for a new lamp for my bedroom today and came across some lamps with this rope not only around the wire portion of the lamp but also wrapped around the structure of the shade and it was so gorgeous! In fact they had many styles with this sort of treatment that I thought would be a great addition for a more rustic look. I also like the wire and metal coffee tables in the…
  • Living Lightly

    Trudy Crane
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I have an abundance of stuff in my home and I can not seem to change this...I try...really I do..but I just love to collect things and style things and it just accumulates. I wish I could change as I really love the look of the homes I post with great architecture and clean, simple lines in the home. Like this one I am showing you beautiful and each piece that is shown in the home is really perfect in its place and you really see look at each piece.  This is the home of photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen who is also a designer and architect and clearly super…
  • Hamptons Cottage

    Trudy Crane
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    This is such a fresh summer cottage in the Hamptons, very light, bright and relaxed. I love the wood plank walls and the rough hewn beams. Great lighting throughout and big windows keep the indoors bright and allow for a wonderful view of the outdoors. Furnishings are modern and simple mixed with cheery textiles and pops of bright colours....and what about that gorgeous pool! Of course you need that at your summer place! I am working on a video on how to style your coffee table and dressers and I think this one in the living room is well done! What do you think? Linking with Savvy…
  • Garden Entry

    Trudy Crane
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Oh I am feeling spring in the air finally...yes I can actually see the edge of the grass in my front yard... and it has got me thinking about my garden. I can hardly wait to get out and fix up my yard and I have been looking for inspiration on Pinterest. I just love these front door and garden entries...such a old world, romantic feeling to these doorways! I always like to see a punch of colour on a doorways as well...I have a red door...and of course a black door always looks good with every style of home.  Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My…
  • Simply White and Bright

    Trudy Crane
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    So love this home from Domino Magazine with white on white walls, floor and gorgeous! What makes it so great is the the punches of colour throughout this amazing white space. The kitchen is perfect with the big island on wheels and marble backsplash....What about the coffee table in the living room? Really like the way it has been styled with the sheepskin.  I am off to Chicago for a few days this week. If you have any suggestions for great restaurants or places to visit please let me know! Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic…
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    Home Interior Design, Kitchen and Bathroom Designs, Architecture and Decorating Ideas

  • Beautiful Design hallway and corridor

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Homemaking hallway room requires more attention, and many residents of his apartment mistakes. To produce the right atmosphere is to prefer the right materials, colors and accessories. The basic formula is to choose the door in one tint, color, and texture, hence they do not grow out of the inside. Likewise, you should prefer the color and furniture, wardrobe. The corridor should be differentiated from other rooms, and is not worth it to mix with other rooms. Special care should be compensated to the lighting in the corridor, as the corridor is the spot where the light comes in the least due…
  • The right selection of bath mirrors

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    All bathrooms have a must-have accessory – a mirror. A mirror is used not only for use in everyday life, but also for use in the interior of the bathroom. A mirror is a operational target of everyday usage and decoration decor. When using mirrors in the interior is worth collecting that it is a contemplative object. With this visually increase the size of the room. In advance before buying the model should be selected mirrors, and a color that will work good with the vividness of the can. In modern shops a huge choice of contemporary mirrors that you can pick for every preference and…
  • Bright and sweet home

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    This apartment is only 36 square meters, but she looks very good. The interior uses the basic white color with bright decorative accessories and targets. White color blends in with the bright accessories that enliven every corner of the home. Pay attention to the bright kitchen. White kitchen with bright accessories, housewares and banks. Also there is a large amount of live plants, bright crocuses enliven the kitchen. The kitchen delivers a prosperous and beautiful open shelf on which is placed bright tableware: plates, cups, vases, and a variety of brilliant accessories. The interior uses…
  • Bright Spacious Family Apartment

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    For a large family apartment should be roomy, comfy and functional. These apartments represent a two apartments are joined. Flat on the interior is very broad, bright apartments across large number of supplements. The bathroom is spacious, has a range of colors beige shade, sink and shelves in the narrow interior furniture are used to create a more spacious room, next to the bathroom has a shower, which is behind the glass. The sleeping room is roomy, beautiful, practical, and usable. On the wall is a long white cabinet, behind which there is a coatroom. The interior uses bright colors and…
  • Fresh and Bright Apartment

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    The inside of the apartment is made in the style of the studio, used Scandinavian style. The apartment has no divisions, zones are divided via furniture in the interior. The inside of the apartment is only 36 square meters. The flat holds a quite functional and virtual. Bathroom light, uses the classic white tile. In the inside of the bathroom used narrow open shelves. The bathroom does not deliver a big bath, just a shower, which is fenced glass brick that looks good. In the interior of the apartment have a large number of shelves where you can hide all things, clothes, and add-ons. Deep…
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  • Spotless...

    franki durbin
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Oh, happy day! Joe's makes white skinny ankle jeans that repel spots and stains. Yes, yes, yes!! {shop them here}
  • Elevate...

    franki durbin
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Think happy... be happy.
  • Dreaming of Sicily...

    franki durbin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Something in my mind is brewing. New goals, new plans, new endeavors. Among those concrete goals is a mind-blowing family trip abroad. It's time we get these girls on the move, and I can think of no better place to have said minds blown than Italy. My Sicilian husband will be happy to know that I'm interested to visit his family's homeland. It doesn't hurt that Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean (my favorite region on this glorious globe of ours) and (in my quest to appeal his scholarly inclinations) boasts a rich history, colorful culture and (lucky me)…
  • Recharge...

    franki durbin
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    When the Mr. travels I have developed a few rituals. Namely, I clean the house from top to bottom (which is saying something, since I'm already borderline OCD and keep a very neat & tidy home) and then I move on to the girly pampering portion of my ritual: I indulge. At-home spa treatments, scented candles, bubble baths, fresh pedicures, bouquets of flowers, replacing all bedding from top to bottom, music turned up loud and generally letting the full-on girly goodness of my being come out to play. I don't consciously think I'm being less girly when Mr. venti is home, but…
  • Villa...

    franki durbin
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A Tuscan estate with magical gardens and a pedigreed history worthy of note. Who, you ask, is responsible for this Villa Centinale property? You can credit Ned and Marina Lambton, the Earl and Countess of Durham, for infusing the property with that certain "how do I score an invite" version of laid-back luxe. Designed by Carlo Fontana for a nephew of Pope Alexander VII, the house was restored by architect Bolko von Schweinichen and interior designer Camilla Guinness. Needless to say, the stucco, the barrel tile roof and the pool (oh, the pool!) make my knees buckle. What an…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • Vintage Door Knobs And How To Give Them A New Purpose

    Alexandra Belgun
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s been a while since I haven’t seen people who have door knobs in their homes or apartments. To be honest, I really like them and since I was a child I wondered how they functioned. Now their time has passed. Let’s say you still use door knobs, what would you do in this case? Maybe you would replace them, but then what? I always thought that anything broken or old-fashioned can be reused. It’s in my nature! Because I’m always an adept of recycling or repurposing things, I’ve thought about sharing some ideas with you. 1. Use door knobs to create decorative…
  • 12 Air-Purifying Houseplants To Decorate Your Home With

    Simona Ganea
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Plants are very often used in interior décor and we tend to think that’s only due to their beauty and to the fact that they’re green and so they make the space feel more fresh. But there’s another reason why plants were brought indoors in the first place: so they can purify the air.The air inside our homes is usually more polluted than the air outside. Trees and vegetation take care of the purifying process outdoors but we can also use them to improve the air quality indoors as well. 1. The English Ivy (Hedera helix). The English Ivy was listed by NASA scientists as the…
  • The Appeal of Checkerboard Floors

    Brittney Smart
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    There’s something timeless and classic about a checkerboard floor. Despite how it covers the largest open space in a room with a bold geometric pattern, a checkered floor can be both versatile and neutral – lending structure to an airily expansive space and aesthetic appeal to a small, cramped one. Whether the checks are actual tiles or painted (or something else altogether), we’ve certainly taken a liking to a checkerboard floor done right. A checkerboard tile floor breathes life into an all-white Scandinavian style kitchen. Some wood touches bring out the warmth that makes a kitchen…
  • Interesting Layout And Lots Of Smart Features In A Small Swedish Studio

    Simona Ganea
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    Although size is important in the case of any apartment, there are ways to work around the lack of space. The layout can solve the problem and there are also numerous interior design solutions which facilitate comfortable living in a small space. Take this studio apartment for example. It measures only 34 square meters which is barely enough to accommodate a living space and a bedroom. So where do all the functions fit in this space? Well, the sleeping area is on a whole different level. It’s a semi-private space suspended above the entrance. This leaves plenty of room on the ground…
  • The Benefits Of Having A Green Roof

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    A green roof is definitely something different. It’s something not everyone has and not exactly anyone’s first choice when building or remodeling a home. We all know that having a green roof comes with certain advantages but what exactly are we talking about? Let’s analyze the concept. Public Benefits. A green roof presents both public and private benefits. For example, if a certain region has green roofs then that particular area is aesthetically pleasing and can thus attract more investors. But there are also other more practical reasons why a green roof is great to have.
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    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression

  • Easter Sunday Tablescapes

    Jon Peters
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression For grown-ups, Easter is less about hunting for colorful eggs in the yard and more about gathering with friends and family to celebrate. One of the best ways to commemorate the occasion, in my opinion, is with a great meal. Since the holiday basically sits right in the middle of the spring season, I always think that it’s a great time to go all out with the spring décor. Decked out tablescapes and place settings, fragrant fresh flowers and fancy flatware and dishes should all make appearances for an elaborate Easter dinner with loved ones! One of the best…
  • Easter Photo Shoot Ideas

    Jon Peters
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression Easter is quite possibly one of those holidays that I miss the most from my childhood. I feel as though Christmas is a holiday that nobody really grows out of, yet the thought of the Easter bunny and baby chicks seems a bit juvenile these days. However, just because you’ve grown up doesn’t mean you can’t help create some special memories for your loved ones and the children in the family! One special way to commemorate the occasion would be to stage an adorable age-appropriate photo shoot to document each year for your kids or young relatives. Once…
  • Delightful DIY Easter Eggs

    Jon Peters
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression Ah, the wonderful world of Pinterest. From planning the perfect wedding or a delicious dinner, the online community’s massively used pinboard helps to inspire all types of people from around the world. Perhaps my favorite use of Pinterest comes with the holidays. You can literally find magazine-ready crafting ideas, menu options, or photo shoot ideas weeks before each major holiday arrives. Easter has proven itself to be no exception. I’ve found a bevy of beautiful DIY crafts and home décor projects that would make even Martha Stewart green with envy,…
  • New: J.Crew Baby

    Jon Peters
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression I’ve honestly can say that I’ve been a super huge fan of J.Crew since forever. Not only is it simple and stylish, but J.Crew’s clothes seem to be appropriate all of the time. Whether you’re going to a beach party or to a cocktail party, you’ll pretty much be able to find whatever attire the occasion calls for at one of their many locations throughout the country. I can recall from my days folding clothes to make enough money to blow it all on their products with the employee discount (every retailer’s dream) that the company would roll out these…
  • Sleek Sawhorse Desks

    Jon Peters
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression As a graphic design enthusiast and online marketer by trade, it was super important for me to find the perfect desk for working from my home office.  Most of the models that I’d seen and liked were definitely stylish, but what they lacked was ample surface space to really spread out and get creative.  My home can get a little eclectic, but in my office I absolutely appreciate a clean, sleek workspace that has minimal clutter.  I found that the sawhorse style desk was the perfect match for my cordless electronics and clean office design aesthetic. In my…
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    Renée Finberg ' TELLS ALL ' in her blog of her Adventures in Design

  • You Never Get A Second Chance To Make A First Impression -The Nomad Hotel

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    THE NOMAD  HOTELWouldn't this make a fabulous movie set.I think so.I adore this front desk.In a Film, this extraordinary look could be used in several time periods.(maybe I like it so much because the designer used gobs of fabricand fabulous light fixtures)The Nomad HotelThe Nomad HotelThe Nomad HotelImpressive entrance/and 'beginning' for a hotel.No?Remember you Never Get a Second Chance To Make A First ImpressionDivine NYCThe Nomad HotelI would be very comfy hiding out here with a book.The Nomad HotelOut of the city into this darkened refuse.It feels like a great room for a secret…
  • Striped Walls

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:10 am
    This is my favorite striped wall and ceiling effect in this post.It gives the feel of being in a tented cabana.How great is that?And this is totally do-able!!Another striped wall with the ceiling painted as well.The striped walls are painted right over the doors.The door disappears...great!I love the striped walls and the stripe is carried over into the fabric on the upholstery.....just the door striped.Cool idea if you are too chicken to paint an entire room.hehehehLOVE!!An over the top little girls room with pink striped walls.This is a great metal kitchen that has been…
  • Home & - Kitchen Designer of the Year 2014

    22 Mar 2014 | 3:25 am
    Egan WieserI chose this kitchen from his websitebecause I thought it was so unusual.What are your feelings on this kitchen design?Hope all are well out there in Bloggy-VilleXXX'sReneeClick here to see his work. Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her Blog of her Adventures in Design, Boca Raton and Rockport and Camden Maine, All Interior Design Services, Home &  - Kitchen Designer of the Year 2014 , Home &  - Kitchen Designer of the Year 2014 , Home &  - Kitchen Designer of the Year 2014 Renee Finberg ' TELLS ALL ' in her blog of her Adventures in…
  • Trench Coats, Umbrellas & Spring ....PLEASE

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Please we are sick of the winter!!!I am so into the short trench coat/jackets!!Maybe.....I am still making my mind upI most certainly am not !!!!!I am waiting and waiting for spring.Throw me a bone!!!More sun and less freezing temperatures.If only I could see a bud.....some life. Maine is the most beautiful but the last months can be dismal.I suffer from seasonal depression and this winter has been a doozy. But...........when spring breaks....there is hope.Then I KNOW the greatest season approaches,summer in Maine.There is nothing like it anywhere.I am holding on to the…
  • Sebastian Errazuriz's Table And Shelving Unit

    8 Mar 2014 | 3:16 am
    Sebastian Errazuriz has created somethings that are brilliant, whimsical and yes,sophisticated.A real tree for a dining room table base.The tree along with metal bars support the table.Imagine you dinner guests reaction.WOWI love things that are beautiful and unexpected!!!I see French Louis dining chairs upholsteredin zebra at this table.Yeah Baby!And this bookshelf is just what you might need in a room!He also has designed these shelving units tall as a tree might grow,up and around a door jam.Fun! Really Fun.Sebastian's site is HERE Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her Blog of her Adventures in…
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    Interior Design Style Blog

  • Easter Decor Treasury

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Treasury from: DSG Easter Decor Set of 6 Pieces 7″ Natural Twigs Decorative Birds Nest with Eggs From: DSG $46.99 Rabbit, 6-Inch High, Set of 3 From: DSG $28.38 Egg Turquoise Vase(Pack of 6) From: DSG $60.84 Oval Gardening Basket, Wood From: DSG $33.68 Butterfly Meadow Dessert Plates From: Beautiful Home $29.95 Personalized Wood Guest Book Wedding Rustic Journal with Tree of Life and gold Heart From: Kat Design $115.00 Enchanted Butterfly From: The Creators Palette – Art by Melanie $70.00 Signed Allan Ryan Original Hot Sculptured Arts and Crafts Hanging Lamp in Poppies Design…
  • 5 Tips for Unpacking and Organizing Your Things After a Move

    Interior Design Style
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Gearing up for a major move requires a lot of energy and focus on your part. Not only do you have to find a new place to move into and sell your current home, but once you go into escrow you have a limited amount of time (anywhere from 30-90 days, generally) to get all of your ducks in a row for the move, including clearing clutter, packing whatever remains, and moving it to your new digs, either on your own or with the help of friends or professional movers. And no matter how well you plan it out, there are bound to be hassles along the way. So by the time you move into your new place,…
  • 5 Decorative Window Film Installation Tips for Homeowners

    Interior Design Style
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    There are a several reasons why the average homeowner might want to install window film. For one thing it is often easier to install and less expensive than other window treatments, and it can provide you with a measure of privacy while still allowing for filtered natural light to get in. Whereas fabric may mold, wood may warp, and metal may rust, window film is ideal for use in areas that experience moisture such as bathrooms, making it a good alternative to curtains or blinds for privacy. In addition, it’s easy to swap out if you decide to change the look of your space. Since it…
  • Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Home Decor

    Interior Design Style
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Decorating your home allows you to add your personal flare and style to your living spaces. While decor is fun, it can also get expensive if you don’t plan and budget effectively. Often hiring a decorator is also quite expensive. Luckily, you don’t need a professional to transform and update your home significantly on a budget. Here are some great ways to update your home decor that area easy and inexpensive to do. 1. Transform your kitchen without spending anything and without a huge renovation project. Think that sounds outrageously impossible? Think again! One of the best…
  • Safe and Humane DIY Bat Removal Tips for Homeowners

    Interior Design Style
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    We’re pretty sure that it’s a safe assumption to say that no one wants to find a bat in their home. After all, they tend to look like mice with wings and that’s not really anything that we want to have around us. Yet, aside from how seeing a bat might make you feel, were you aware of the fact that they also come with potential health hazards? Technically, the problem is not so much the bats themselves that pose a problem but the fact that they their droppings (known as guano) and urine can be toxic. That’s why, if you do have a bat in your attic (which is where…
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    TheRedPin Pulse

  • 6 Tips to Set Your Home Apart From its Competition and Sell Quickly

    TheRedPin Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Canada’s real estate market is booming, especially in cities like Vancouver and Toronto. In Vancouver alone, February sales increased by 40.8 percent over the same month last year, putting the city in its 10th consecutive month of growth, according to a report released by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s Housing and Economic Outlook. Despite this dramatic rise, the conditions don’t exist for a “bubble burst” scenario, similar to what happened in 2008. However, a small decline in prices and demand is expected nationally, however that doesn’t mean that the selling…
  • Digital Tools that Help Sell Homes

    TheRedPin Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Digital technologies have creeped into every industry out there; even when the company has no ties to technology. It’s impossible to operate your daily life, inside or outside your work life, without connecting to the virtual world. Digital tools have also made a heavy impact on the way business is done, this also includes real estate. How effectively they are being used by all brokerages is another story. However, we can tell you which digital tools work effectively as far as sales and marketing goes in real estate. As mobile, social media, analytics and the cloud help grow businesses…
  • Fulfil Your Dream Living Lifestyle with San Francisco by the Bay 2

    TheRedPin Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
     San Francisco By The Bay 2 1215 Bayly Street, Pickering | Chestnut Hill Developments Register Now! Nothing beats the comfort of living in a place specifically designed to suit you and your family’s needs. If you are looking to purchase a pre-construction property in the Pickering area, then you should consider San Francisco by the Bay 2. San Francisco by the Bay 2 will be built by Chestnut Hill Developments. The property is at Bayly Street and Liverpool Road, close to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trai. It will have 160 units covering a range of 551 Sq. Ft. to 1329 Sq. Ft. The new…
  • 50 Wellesley Residences: A Trend Setter for Condominiums

    TheRedPin Team
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    50 Wellesley Residences 50 Wellesley St. E, Toronto| Plaza Corp Register now! Talk about convenience. With the new condo project by the Plaza Corp, 50 Wellesley Residences (currently in its preconstruction stage) will rise at the heart of Toronto’s most vibrant and stylish districts that include posh shopping and trendy restaurants; just a few blocks away from Yorkville, Queen West, King West, Lawrence Park and a whole lot more! Perks of the Property: Appeals to both urban and suburban crowds Surrounded by beautiful parks and walking paths Just few steps away from the Toronto Eaton…
  • VIP Opportunity: River City 3

    TheRedPin Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    River City 3 Don River Park | Healthy Living Comes to a New Downtown on the Eastside Register Now! Welcome River City 3, following the huge success of phase 1 and phase 2, this time, phase 3 is estimated to be the tallest development in its series. Sitting directly on 18 acres of the Don River Park in Toronto, this area gives easy access to Evergreen Brick Works and the Beaches, yet only 5 minutes to the downtown core. Just like the surrounding area that showcases urban sustainability, River City 3 fits in perfectly to the waterfront revitalization efforts by fusing together innovation with…
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    Etsy Shop for StilNovoDesign

  • Ace, collapsible folding stool or end, side table, recycled oak wine barrel by StilNovoDesign

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    128.00 USDThis versatile piece allows you to use it as a portable folding stool as well as a little end/side table. It is light to transport and easy to store away.Our Ace's top is entirely made with recycled oak from discarded, used wine barrels and set on a collapsible frame that easily folds for convenient storage.Our Ace is a practical little helper that may become handy in any room of the house, conveniently adding an extra seat or serving as a little table whenever needed.Ace is a perfect combination of sturdiness, functionality and inimitable style.This piece features a round…
  • Special, Ready to Ship. Recycled oak wine barrel stave candleholder, Hand Painted design, 5 tea lights, golden oak color by StilNovoDesign

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    55.00 USDReady to ship recycled oak wine barrel single stave candleholder, hand painted with our exclusive Kaleidoscope design. The candleholder top's base is finished in a warm golden oak color, while the underside still shows the red staining left by the red wine previously held in the barrel.Perfect as an original gift idea, or as a very elegant centerpiece for any dining table, fireplace mantel or side table.Measurements are: 28 1/8" X 3 7/8"The candleholder is made to accommodate 5 tea lights candles (included in the price)Our finely handcrafted candleholders are made from…
  • Elf, small oak cabinet bench recycled wine fermentation tanks, shoe storage by StilNovoDesign

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    875.00 USDSmall solid white oak cabinet/ bench made with recycled oak from used wine fermentation casks.Elf is a perfect combination of practicality, comfort and sophistication. This sturdy little cabinet is ideal to accommodate any type of storing and organizing needs and it can be integrated in any room of the house as a unique and handy piece of home décor. The slim slots between the staves allow good aeration of the cabinet, making it particularly suitable for shoes' storing.By using the natural arch of a stave from a hefty fermentation vat, we are able to create this particularly…
  • Liquorish, recycled oak wine barrel stave shot glass sampler, 5 shot glasses by StilNovoDesign

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    79.99 USDLiquorish is a unique shot glass sampler, perfect to serve a selection of spirits/liquors in a very original presentation. Ideal for dinner parties, gatherings and tastings. Its stylish design will harmonize with any interior design, from classical to contemporary.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 into every object we create. The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the silhouette of each of our designs.The red wine…
  • The Platter, Recycled Oak Wine Barrel Staves large plate, centerpiece, Cherry Chocolate color by StilNovoDesign

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    185.00 USDOur gorgeous platter makes a magnificent centerpiece, and its versatility allows you to integrate it in your home decor in several creative ways, displaying flowers, crystals, candles, beads, wedding favors, cards or...sushi!This stunning piece can turn into a very elegant and original gift idea as well.All of our finely handcrafted items are made from reclaimed oak wine barrel staves from France.The solid wood of an oak wine barrel has a very distinctive element of charm that is conveyed into every object we create.The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the…
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    Sense Of Place

  • How To Empty Your Nest (With a Little Help)

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We get to know our clients pretty well over the weeks, months (and sometimes years) of their design and construction projects. They talk with us about their homes; their hopes and dreams; and tell us the stories of their lives.Sometimes, we’re a part of their stories.A few years ago, I was working with a couple designing their retirement home in northeastern Ohio. They’d been imagining this home for years – it was going to be their last, and they wanted it to have everything they’d always dreamed of.Read More >    
  • How To Avoid The Twin Demons Waiting to Sabotage Your Remodeling Project

    12 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two demons wait for unsuspecting homeowners, hoping for their chance to gobble up time and money on new home and remodeling projects.The Ripple Effect lurks quietly in the background. Just like the movements on the pond surface for which it’s named, The Ripple Effect starts out small and grows, expanding until it engulfs the entire project.Project Creep is a silent menace, staying out of sight until it's too late to avoid and putting the whole job at risk.Pebble In The PondThe Ripple Effect is the remodeling budget’s worst enemy and can wreak havoc on small and large projects alike.A…
  • Can Your House Wreck Your Marriage?

    19 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Marriage is a complicated thing, what with all that blending of two lives into one.  Differences are resolved, or ignored, or filed away for future reference.But differences there are - and they're often magnified during the process of designing and building a home.  At our office we've seen it all, I think.  Consider these "true" stories:John and CindyThe new, bigger closet he was having built for her would finally allow them to spread out and organize their apparel. His golf shirts wouldn’t be jammed together so tightly that the colors bled. Her skirts wouldn’t be…
  • Where NOT to Build a Room Addition

    5 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    No cats were harmed in the writingof this article (especially this one)It’s been six years since it happened…I like finding creative solutions to tough problems, but this was the one obstacle in twenty-three years of practice that stopped me cold. I’ve tried not to think about it all this time, but - I’m finally ready to talk about it. (deep breath...)Two very nice folks with a lovely condo invited me over to talk about an addition. We had nice chat; they showed me around the place. Read More >    
  • Good Looks? Low Maintenance? Or Both? (A story about HOUSES, not SPOUSES)

    22 Jan 2014 | 4:44 am
    Stone and Siding – Part 1 of a 3-Part SeriesArchitects don’t want you putting fake stuff on the outside of your house – faux wood siding, faux stone, faux trim – just because it’s less expensive than the real thing.We don’t like sacrificing aesthetics or authenticity, when the only benefit is cost savings.Nope. Architects don’t like that.There are trade-offs we’d rather you make when you’re trying to save money –size for size’s sake and artificially-complex design are at the top of my list.But!We make exceptions to the “no-faux” rule now and then…The Fuss Over…
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    Modenus Interior Design Blog

  • BlogTour Milan and how we all became Gessi’s Girls

    Veronika Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    BlogTour has seen its fair share of amazing showrooms and we work with some of the world’s most successful design brands and it might be tempting for us to think that we’ve seen it all. Well, we now know that we haven’t seen it all and at no point was that more apparent than at the showroom tour of Gessi Lab, the Milan based showroom come concept store of the eponymous brand. We’ve featured BlogTour sponsor Gessi products before so this post is not about individual products but rather a journey through the Gessi experience that makes this a lifestyle brand as opposed…
  • Twitter Chat – Best of Eurocucina, Salone Del Mobile and BlogTour Milano

    Veronika Miller
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We truly hope you will join us for a Twitter chat from a BlogTour that was one for the books. Six days of Italian architecture, food, culture and design in and around Salone del Mobile and Eurocucina 2014. Add to that a stellar group of amazing people and you know why some of us got a bit teary (We’re looking at you Leanne Newman) when it was time to say goodbye. Please join us on Tuesday April 15 from 4-5pm EST as BlogTour Milan comes together on Twitter to share a wealth of design and inspiration. Below is what we will talk about and you are, as always, invited to ask questions as…
  • BlogTour Milano – This one may cause travel envy

    Veronika Miller
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    We always do a post about our upcoming BlogTour and BlogTour Milan is no exception. Usually we title the tour “What’s this one all about?” but in this case we can almost dispense with that little formality. Close your eyes and think of Milan and, oh, while you’re at it, leave some room for Venice because we’re going there too. Got it? Italy. Gondolas. Design. Architecture. Food. Wine. Fashion. Really handsome men. Really beautiful women. People on scooters. Very small cars. You get the idea. And what? You still want all the details about BlogTour Milan?
  • BlogTour Sponsor Rutt Cabinetry introduces Ruskin by Rutt

    Veronika Miller
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    AD Home Design Show in New York City was a treasure trove of design by smaller artisans and large brands alike and we were excited to find Rutt Custom Cabinetry reflecting a bit of both. A renowned brand that was founded in 1951 Rutt maintains its focus on superior craftsmanship and carefully considered design elements and stunned with great detail and a story to tell about it’s newest collection, Ruskin by Rutt. Renowned designer Scott Stultz lead the creation of Ruskin by Rutt and says about the new line:  “When designing the Ruskin series we focused not only on history and strong…
  • Twitter Chat: Best of BlogTour NYC and AD Home Design Show 2014

    Veronika Miller
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:41 am
    BlogTour NYC to AD Home Design Show was a whirlwind tour of inspiration and information with our team covering the show all day Thursday and spending two full days (plus a lovely evening) exploring local shops and showrooms and learning from very talented professionals like floral designer Tess Casey, interior design icon Bunny Williams, stylist Raina Kattelson, photographers Susan & Will Brinson as well as Michele Scotto and interior designer and architect Neal Beckstedt. This just in: Miele USA will be announcing its winner of the CM 5200 coffee maker during the chat! To recap the tour…
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    Inspired Designs by Furnitureland South

  • Poppi and Vik’s Extreme Home Makeover

    Cherry Yount
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Poppi and Vik came to me in October and asked for help with the new home they had just purchased in Charlotte, NC. They had recently moved from apartment life and had sold all of their “college” furniture. They wanted their new home, as Poppi said, to “look like something out of a magazine”. Being enthusiastic new homeowners, the first thing they did was paint the rooms to add color to the house. That became our inspiration, as well as our challenge, in finding just the right look in rugs and fabrics that they each liked.  It was evident their style was more transitional with clean…
  • New Show Filmed at Furnitureland South

    Furnitureland South
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Episode One | When a bachelor purchases a new urban loft, he needs to furnish the space for multiple purposes – living, working and entertaining – all on a tight budget. Can our designers make him feel at home? We are very excited to announce the launch of a new show filmed in our store: ‘Space Off’, airing on The Design Network. Each episode, Furnitureland South designers are faced with a new challenge and have just one day to plan their designs, shop, furnish, and style their space. The hosts of ‘Space Off’ are our very own Jeff and Jason Harris,…
  • Over Winter and Ready For Color!

    Kate Zylstra
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but I am over this winter.  Even here in North Carolina we have been hit with snow, ice, and single digit temperatures (wait, I thought I left Chicago to avoid this weather?). In order to cope with the dreary cold, I’m sharing some of my favorite cheerful interiors. Enjoy {and stay warm}! Kate Zylstra | Design Consultant Email: Office: 336.822.3000 ext 2622 | Fax: 336.822.3816 Watch Kate’s Video Bio:
  • The Teal Deal

    Catherine Gardner
    5 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I have always been drawn to the richness of teal, even though my palette typically tends to warmer hues and neutrals, this color can spark up a room or a table setting beautifully.  It has been trending for a while, but it still feels very fresh and vibrant. Teal continues to be used in surprising new ways in home furnishings. Here are just a few new items in teal: The Lucas Chair by Huntington House A bold Jacobean print on this chair gives the classic a jolt of color and a modern twist.  Cannon Stationary Sofa by Bradington Young Talk about the ‘wow factor’;  this sofa pulls…
  • “Leather Be Thy Name”

    Charlie Sheffield
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Leather is one of the most popular, as well as, the most durable of upholstered furniture. It is largely trending in upholstered beds, occasional tables and other accents. Some industry experts even quote leather as being three times “more durable than any fabric”. Leathercraft Color and Ebosed Leather Swatches Is leather the right look or choice for your room? Leather furniture has been used for centuries as a beautiful and timeless alternative to fabric, especially upholstered furniture. I personally love the endless possibilities of the color, look, and feel leather provides when…
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    Stylizimo Blog

  • Easter table setting

    Nina Holst
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    What better way to enjoy Easter than to have friends or family over for dinner and if you are doing just that – maybe you need some inspiration on how you can set the table? This time I have focused on natural hues and used elements like eggs, twigs and bunnies instead of colors like yellow and green, which is very normal for Easter. HOW TO MAKE AN EASTER BUNNY FOR YOUR NAPKINS: Find a drawing of a bunny on the web or draw one yourself. Print it out or draw it on the paper you´d like to use, or use it as a template. Then use a scissor to cut the bunnies out. I hope this gave you some…
  • Easter eggs

    Nina Holst
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 am
    This year´s Easter eggs are up, and as you can see I went for copper and “blue-green” eggs this year. The copper eggs I bought at Verket Interiør a few weeks back, but the other ones are painted with acrylic paint by me. I tried to paint a dip dye effect, but it was actually more difficult than I thought it would be… Anyway this is how they ended up. Have you painted any eggs this year? If you need inspiration, you will find a lot of Easter ideas on under the category Easter. Images: Nina Holst
  • Win a By Lassen kubus bowl!

    Nina Holst
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Did you know that the By Lassen Kubus Bowl is now also available in copper? I think it´s absolutely gorgeous and I love how it stands out like a piece of jewellery. In collaboration with By Lassen, I´m happy to tell you that this copper Kubus Bowl ( value 175 euro ) can be yours. The only things you have to do to enter are: 1. Follow By Lassen on Instagram: @bylassen and Facebook 2. Follow Stylizimo on Instagram @stylizimoblog and Facebook 3. Write me a comment here that you want to win, and that you follow us. This giveaway is only available for people living in Europe. The winner will…
  • For the patio

    Nina Holst
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    1  I  2  I  3  I  4  I  5  I  6  I  7  I  8  I  9 I got a question from one of you if I had any suggestions on how to decorate a balcony/patio. Today´s Friday Favorites is therefore a little moodbord with products suitable for the patio. I hope it will give you a few ideas…You will find much more outdoor furniture on All products above are available in Stylizimo Shop.
  • Easter planning

    Nina Holst
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    Easter is coming up, and it´s time to prepare the decorations. Mostly I use flowers as decoration, but I have to decorate some eggs as well, because it´s so much fun! *smile* How do you decorate for Easter? Image: Nina Holst
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    Interior Design Files

  • Beautiful Romantic Home in the Costa del Sol, Andalusia
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    One of the most beautiful homes in the Costa del Sol is filled with South radiant light and features a living room with arched glass doors and decorated with transparent gauzy curtains and French antique replicas, a dining room with crystal chandelier, several bedrooms, attic master bedroom with sitting area, a kitchen with the views [...]
  • Chic Apartment In Paris
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    This chic Haussmannian apartment in Saint Germain des Prés in Paris was created by the architects of the agency Ando Studio. (via archiboom) Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin [...]
  • Color Burst in Georgian Family Home in Glasgow
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Fiona Douglas, a textile designer, transformed her Georgian maisonette into a colorful family home using a vivid colour scheme and mixing traditional and contemporary pieces in eclectic style. Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It [...]
  • Fabulous Apartment of prop stylist Joanna Lavén in Stockholm
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The beautiful stylish apartment designed by Joanna Lavén, the set & prop stylist, features the combination of period details and classic parquet flooring with modern and mid-century pieces of furniture that fit together perfectly. Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It [...]
  • Beautiful Custom Kitchen Design by Wood Mood
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    From country casual to sleek and modern there’s a few beautidul kitchen designs created by Wood Mood. Whether your color preference is gleaming white or earthy neutrals you’ll find a lot of inspiration and practical ideas from these lovely kitchens. Southampton Kitchen – Inspired by classic Georgian architecture, elegant white cabinetry contrasts with the dark [...]
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    Interior Design Ideas

  • Hilltop Home in Bel Air

    HD Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    This imposing piece of top notch architecture, designed & built by renowned London-based Quinn Architects and Estate Four in 2014, sits on a lush green hill amongst mature trees in Bel Air, California, United States. Its high position in Holmby Hills gives the hugely proportioned property a great panorama of the nearby Hollywood Hills, Naturally framed by greenery, the three-level, glass-encased home feels completely private and peacefully secluded in park-like surrounds. Filling the 16,000 square foot home are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, luxurious living rooms, and a spacious…
  • 30 Unique Home Chess Sets

    HD Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    When accessorizing a home office, library or a stylish coffee table, nothing says sophistication quite like a home chess set. A basic chess set is easy to come by, but what about something a bit more special, something that is as unique as you and your home? This collection of unique chess boards and glamorous pieces offers up some great conversation starters-and some real bank-breakers! A minimalistic home would be well served by these wooden Bauhaus chess pieces.This Wobble chess set offers up a novel and animated approach to the classically reserved game. Each square of the board is curved…
  • Open Layout House Concept By Studio MK27

    HD Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Down at ground level, a large open plan living and dining area spills out onto a sweeping pool deck and lawns, where sun loungers are placed to further the relaxation space. Exterior uplighting creates a cozy glow around the entire property, making it possible to enjoy the exterior spaces into the late evening.Mature trees surround the home.An outdoor lounge is also available for relaxing in the fresh air with guests.The view of the main garden and pool can be enjoyed when looking out from the bedrooms up on the first floor, as well as the elevated garden that is spread over the roof of the…
  • Some Stunningly Beautiful Examples Of Modern Asian Minimalistic Decor

    HD Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    This collection of minimalist Asian interior inspiration, which comes to us courtesy of Fertility Design, features rooms from four separate home designs that whilst not overly complicated, all exhibit eye-catching flair. Each incorporates small pops of inviting color and art collections that make every one of them feel like a welcoming home. Our first modern Asian home looks out onto a courtyard that features a complimenting minimalist design, encased in pale walls that similar to the those of the adjacent interior.Inside, tiny orange accents have been added throughout the swathe of light…
  • Bryan Cranston’s House

    HD Staff
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White in the cult TV drama Breaking Bad–and Hal in the long running comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, has proudly directed the building of his family’s ‘green’ beach house that has been Platinum LEED certified. The Passive House design, the very first of its kind in Ventura County, California, is the result of a team of professionals in architecture, engineering, construction and design that were to fulfil their clients desire not only for superb eco-friendly function, but for beautiful form too. Photovoltaic and water heating solar panels,…
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  • Review: Small Apartment Hacks

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:36 am
    Small apartment living has never been so hip! photo credit: I was asked to review Jenna Mahoney’s book “Small Apartment Hacks.” I am often requested to review books, but this one caught my eye – I am intrigued with the puzzle-solving prowess displayed by savvy renters with a zest for living a fabulous, uncomplicated life! Like most “grown ups” I rented a lot in my younger years. In fact, I used to change apartments just so I could redecorate. I remember the need to balance the freedom of no-strings-attached-living with feeling connected at home. In short, I found the…
  • The Sunday Walk: Finding Shapes in Trees

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:23 am
    Weather permitting, my husband and I walk the dog every Sunday morning. Even though we take the same 2 mile path, we discover new things along the way, such as colors as written about here. With the leaves down the tress bare, we suddenly noticed shapes in the trees, not unlike finding shapes in clouds. So for fun, I thought I’d share my interpretations with you, and maybe you can help me with the last one (wink, wink). Have a restful Sunday everyone! The post The Sunday Walk: Finding Shapes in Trees appeared first on Your home, only better..
  • 9 Post-Holiday Uses for String Lights

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:38 pm
    If you’ve already packed up your holiday decor, chances are you’re missing the glow of your string lights. The warm glow, peaceful aura and let’s face it – they somehow improve our complexion. Good news – no need to deprive yourself of the string light experience the other 11 months of the year. String lights add some fun (and light) in so many creative ways. Here are 9 DIY ways to brighten your home year-round: 1. Bouquet of Flower Lights 2. Easy Uplighting in a Pot 3. Adorn Your Favorite Foliage 4. Illuminate a Wall Feature {This wall hanging represents the 26 angels from my…
  • Containing Clutter with Pretty Trays

    14 Jan 2014 | 5:08 pm
    How 6  pretty trays help me hold it all together. Trays are fun – they create mini-vignettes that bring form and function together. They keep things organized, and look great doing it. Here are just a few real-life ways I’m currently using trays to contain clutter in my own home. {Shopping Tip – I found all of the trays shown in this post at HomeGoods!} In the Kitchen Kitchens are notorious for spreading clutter! Cooking essentials are a frequent offender of clutter. This melamine tray is just the right size to corral frequently used essentials by the stove. The coffee corner…
  • Why I’m Not Making New Year Resolutions

    5 Jan 2014 | 6:18 am
    Resolutions vs. Renewal I’ve been contemplating what a New Year really means. I read posts about resolution goals on blogs and social media, and find myself nodding in agreement with the ambitious goals outlined in pretty fonts with inspiring images. Smart ideas. Motivational aspirations. Plausible plans. But something made me stop short of writing a traditional new years post about resolutions. Fear of failure? Maybe. But I see a new year as an opportunity to assess the past year, and figure out how to get your head in the game for the next year. An attitude adjustment based on…
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  • Easter Vegetarian Dish: Pasta with Asparagus and Portobello Recipe

    Rehana Akter
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Entry #3403, April 18, 2014 A grand Easter meal does not have to have only rich foods stuffed with high calorie ingredients. A carb-packed dish will help you to keep your calorie intake lower. Pasta with asparagus and Portobello is such an Easter vegetarian dish. Filled with fresh veggies and sun-dried tomatoes, it is a complete healthy and full vegetarian meal that is suitable for both veg and non-veg people. Pasta with Asparagus and Portobello Asparagus pasta mushroom recipe Image via: Sweet Bay Dogs Ingredients •    Pre-cooked pasta (3 cups) •    Trimmed and chopped fresh…
  • Backyard Patio Ideas for Spring

    Stella X
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Entry #3402, April 17, 2014 The sun is shining and we all love the outdoors more and more. So it’s about time to give the backyard patio a make-over! Here are some great tips on how to give your backyard patio all what it needs for it to become one of the most used areas of your home in the warmer months ahead. Backyard Patio Ideas for Spring Plants, plants, plants The most important things to have for a beautiful backyard patio are plants. A large variety of flowers, herbs, small trees and greenery is essential to give a natural feel to any backyard, especially so in spring. They will…
  • Affordable Spring Wedding Favors

    Tara Mastroeni
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Entry #3401, April 17, 2014 Staying on budget is one of the biggest challenges facing any couple on their way down the wedding aisle. However, taking a cue from the time of year can make things easier. Not only do seasonal items cost less, but they will fit effortlessly within the theme of your wedding, leaving no one even considering the cost. Affordable spring wedding favors are easier to find than you think. Take a look at these easy ideas that your guests will love! Why not give your guests a mini succulent that also serves as a place setting card? Image via: Moxieq Affordable Spring…
  • Healthy Spring Delight: Steak Salad with Strawberries Recipe

    Tara Mastroeni
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Entry #3400, April 16, 2014 Now that it’s April, strawberry season has begun. Not only is making an effort to eat seasonably healthier, but it leads to tastier results. Take advantage of the fresh fruit with this Steak Salad with Strawberries. Your taste buds and waistline will thank you for a healthy spring recipe that can be thrown together in just a few minutes. Healthy Spring Delight: Steak Salad with Strawberries Steak salad with strawberries Image via: Pinterest Ingredients: For Steak: 2 pounds skirt steak 1 cup balsamic vinegar ½ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon garlic,…
  • Inspiring Ideas for Your Spring Dining Room

    John Chavez
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Entry #3399, April 16, 2014 Your dining room is one of the few areas at home where everyone gathers. It‘s where you share good food and share moments with your loved ones. A lot of wonderful memories are built to last for lifetime. This is why your dining room should have the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Enhancing your dining room may sound tedious and a cut on your budget. However, with proper planning and research, you will find it so simple and economical. You will be amazed how your dining room will make the most of your dining experience even better. Check out these inspiring…
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  • A Warm Welcome

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Brass is back!  If you are looking for a simple way to update the look of your home, try adding a little brass.  Nothing warms a room up like a touch of brass and it’s perfectly ok to mix it up with other metals. Try brass on lighting fixtures.   Or the kitchen sink.     Brass is great for rims and trims.   Brass on the wall may be best of all.   Brass has a way of spreading a little cheer throughout the room. How sweet it is. Brass has been gone way too long.  So welcome back!
  • Why Knot?

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
      Some things have a way of really hanging in there.  Take Macramé for example.  It’s been around since the 13th century.  Arab artisans were the first to begin knotting and weaving yarn into decorative items.  The practice moved throughout Europe and even sailors took it up.  Macramé was quite the rage during the Victorian era, as it was in the 1970’s.  Now it’s back in style and for good reason.  Look at all the things you can do—if you simply tie the knot.     So get a little creative.  Once again, something old has become something new.  And that means,…
  • Down Under

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    Designing a basement?  Here are a few things to keep in mind.     HEAD ROOM Ceiling height is frequently an issue.  If that’s the case, keep the floor joists exposed.  This adds a nice architectural touch and it gives the illusion that the ceiling is higher than it actually is.  Keep the joists and the plane above the same color, otherwise it can have a reverse effect.   WALL TO WALL You have a lot of it in the basement.  Wall space may be at a premium  in the rest of the house but not down here.  There are few windows or doors to break up the vertical planes.  Take…
  • Unordinary Ottomans

    9 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
      Ottomans have come a long way.  They started off as simple footstools.   Now when you put them in a room, they become the center of attention.  How did ottomans get to be so popular?  It helps to get along well with others.  See the photos below, there are many interesting ways that ottomans can be combined with other pieces of furniture.     This is an ottoman that you can find anywhere.  Put a slipcover on it and leave the legs exposed.  It has a way of  leading you on to believe that a very fine piece of furniture is underneath.     Instead of a sofa and…
  • Simply Sweet

    16 Feb 2014 | 2:13 pm
      Want to keep some magic in your home all year long?     Try using Red & White.     The palette is brisk, refreshing, crisp and clean.     Red and white make a dynamic duo.     Don’t be afraid to call them in.     A little red and white go a long way.  See for yourself.  It’s a surefire way to brighten up any room!   [fb_button]
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    Faith Sheridan Interior Design

  • All About You Design, The Trend Today

    Faith Sheridan
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Yes, as I continue to deconstruct #BlogTourNYC 2014 and now High Point Market summaries, it’s officially All About You Design. I saw this at the AD Home Show and especially with Prizer Hoods. The common hood is stainless steel..and there are many to choose from but what about an “all about you design”? Here’s an example: Photo by Valerie Gray Prizer Hoods Of course, this blue is only one of myriad of options from this company. All such options are the magic ingredient in today’s design world as my clients not only select superb quality but make it ‘all…
  • More BlogTourNYC 2014 ~ Part 2

    Faith Sheridan
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    This post is all about BlogTourNYC 2014 Part 2 and the day we visited the Architectural Digest Home Show. Held at Pier 94 this quote describes the show, “A world of design inspiration awaits at the 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. SHOP the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and building products for all your design projects.” Architectural Digest Home Show The annual kick-off event, aptly titled, Mary’s and Mimosas by the founder of Modenus, Veronika Miller started the day. Kick Off Event AD Home Show I was able to see some social…
  • Priority Email from Modenus

    Faith Sheridan
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:25 am
    So the sender, Veronika Miller, caught my attention immediately with her email from Modenus. The question? Could I attend #BlogTourNYC. This I knew is a pinch me moment. With this post I start a recap of an exciting 6 days in the Big Apple with an even more exciting group of bloggers who, like me, received a priority email from Modenus. WestEdge Design LA kicked off Day 1 with a trip to NYC’s floral district and a private session with Tess Casey. What a lovable story-teller she is. Quoting Harry Keaney,  ”to describe her as a florist misses the mark. Rather, she’s an artist,…
  • Some Tips When You Downsize

    Faith Sheridan
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Some Tips When You Downsize A downsize often reduces your house footprint by 50%.  That’s a lot of stuff. As I work in condominiums and second homes with clients, I have tips I always share. So here are a few important ones if you are in downsize mode.     1. Select or reuse multi-purpose furniture A secretary provides great storage, can serve as a home office surface for your laptop or a flatscreen and is vertical rather than horizontal. And equally important, it is an attractive piece of furniture.  This my personal favorite so I mention it instant classic and showpiece.
  • How to Complement Ethnic Design for Clients

    Faith Sheridan
    6 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    How to Complement Ethnic Design for Clients My clients collect Southwest art, rugs and pottery showing a love of ethnic design. And trend reports suggest ethnic designs are popular.  They live in an Arts and Crafts home and also enjoy transitional design. So my challenge is to blend and enhance the collection as we furnish the living and dining rooms. From the Pendleton Collection This is the dining room rug from the Pendleton Reserve Collection which draws from Pendleton and other historic blanket designs. Shades of terra cotta, ivory and deep blue define the Navajo pattern. In keeping…
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    Gates Interior Design

  • Fabulously not so single – How to master your bedroom for love

    amanda Gates
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    There are nine areas in Feng Shui to boost our environments. In order for feng shui to work, you must live with intention to garner an exceptional life, but intention takes focus and awareness, something many of us lack due to our hectic, workaholic, addictions we call “being productive”. Considering all the great options, nine in total, there is always two areas… Read more The post Fabulously not so single – How to master your bedroom for love appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • Phone Etiquette – 5 Reasons Why You Need To Set Down Your Phone

    amanda Gates
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today’s post is brought to you by my brilliant friend, Amy Wray. She and I see I to I on a lot of things, including the abuse of phone use. Here is a terrific article on 5 reasons why people have lost their manners, and how to learn phone etiquette. The lack of manners in… Read more The post Phone Etiquette – 5 Reasons Why You Need To Set Down Your Phone appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • How To Achieve A Slower Pace And Step Out Of The Glorified Rat Race

    amanda Gates
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    In this day and age everything moves at lightning speed. With social media quick on the tails of every story, nothing is sacred, and everything is news – even Kim Kardashian splashing Vogue is suddenly news worthy. Why? Who knows, but it keeps us glued to our phones, iPads, computers and everything in between, afraid… Read more The post How To Achieve A Slower Pace And Step Out Of The Glorified Rat Race appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • Maria Killam – True Colour Expert

    amanda Gates
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Maria Killam – True Colour Expert Maria Killam is an internationally sought after colour expert with a no-nonsense approach to color advise. She is a design blogger, author, trainer, decorator and stylist who is passionate about all things colour and design. Her blog, Colour Me Happy not only showcases her vast knowledge of all things color but also… Read more The post Maria Killam – True Colour Expert appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • How To Get Up When You Are Feeling Down

    amanda Gates
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    How To Get Up When You Are Feeling Down As I continue to grow in my spiritual awareness I am reminded how important it is to reflect my light onto others. A true spiritual path means that we all must witness the suffering of others and witness the darkness in the world, in an effort to create… Read more The post How To Get Up When You Are Feeling Down appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
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    The Decorologist | Paint Color Consultant | Home Staging

  • Exciting Updates and Progressing Projects

    Kristie Barnett
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Another busy week when I’ve barely had time to write!  This week included a Speed Staging that was pretty dramatic. speed staging in Brentwood, TN   I should have some before/afters to share with you soon.  It’s always fun for me to work with the Allen Team at Brentwood Area Homes – we are like […]
  • Creating Ambiance in the Kitchen

    Kristie Barnett
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I found a pair of mid-century lamps last week at a Barn Sale here in Nashville that I couldn’t pass up.  I bought them without knowing whether or not they worked, so I set them up in the kitchen to test them with light bulbs.   quick photo with my cell phone  Thankfully, they didn’t […]
  • Modifying Furniture

    Kristie Barnett
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You guys know I like to think outside the box when it comes to decorating, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to do to make a piece of furniture more functional (and cute, of course).  This is a table I’ve had for 20 years – I’ve been told it’s about 100 years old, but […]
  • Front Door Friday – Spring Edition

    Kristie Barnett
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I’m so ready for Spring to be here and stay here.  Spring is the perfect time to spruce up the outside of our homes, plant a few annuals, and maybe even repaint the front door.    via Pinterest  So I decided to do another Front Door Friday – this time a Spring Edition on Friday, […]
  • The Paint Colors of the HGTV Smart Home 2014

    Kristie Barnett
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Touring designer showcase homes can give you insight into what colors are being used in high-end new builds.  Since I was fortunate enough to get an exclusive invitation to the HGTV Smart Home 2014 in Nashville last week, I thought I’d share all the paint colors used in this beautiful, high-tech home. HGTV Smart Home […]
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    Robin Baron

  • DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Kravet Fabrics, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! Housings Works’ Design on a Dime is around the corner and it’s going to be packed with wonderful style and decor. Today’s featured vendors are a part of a company... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Armani Casa, Frette, Phoenix Ltd., TGC Contracting

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! With Housing Works’ Design on a Dime less than a week away, here are today’s top vendors for me to share with you. They’ve all been generous enough to donate their merchandise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Currey and Company

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! I can’t believe it, but Housing Works’ Design on a Dime is next week! I’m very excited for this special event and I hope to see you there. Today’s featured vendor is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stunning Views: Top Picks for Verandas

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! The season has me thinking about how I can spend as much time as possible outdoors. There’s more than the park or patio. Verandas create an excellent way to experience the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Through My Eyes: Recap of My TV Show Appearance on Better Connecticut

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! I’m so excited to have appeared on another TV show. This talk show segment for the show Better Connecticut was all about how to accessorize your home. Accessories are the best, most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    KitchAnn Style

  • Kinetic Lighting Control and All White Bulbs for Philips Hue

    Ann Porter
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Philips’ hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and the hue tap, a clever little switch which makes controlling your favorite Hue light scenes even easier. And, since it’s kinetic-powered no batteries are needed. The new hue tap is built on Philips’ hue wireless lighting system, which has grown from the original iOS app-enabled, color-changing LED bulbs to an ecosystem of smart lighting accessories. The tap is the first official product from Philips to bring hue lighting control out of the app and into the physical world.
  • Classtone

    Ann Porter
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    TheSize keeps up with current trends and introduces a new collection to their innovative Neolith compact surfacing line called Classtone. Inspired by the timeless look of marble, Classtone blends the classicism and elegance of marble with their revolutionary Neolith Digital Design (NDD) technology. Estatuario The Classtone Collection was presented at Cersaie 2013 and KBIS 2014 this past February and introduced a new sizing format, 3,200 x 1,500 mm with a thickness of 12 mm. Marfil Rigorously realistic marble-like Pulpis, Marfil, Estatuario and Marquina comprise the Classtone line. The new…
  • SMEG Launches Stylish Small Appliances

    Ann Porter
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Smeg, the family-owned Italian brand started by Vittorio Bertazzoni the elder in 1947 has branched out from its major appliances core into the  world of small domestic appliances. Faithful to the style of the company, Smeg’s new collection of small appliances harkens back to the era of  the 50′s with stylish appeal. Created by Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti of Milan-based design house deepdesign, the small appliance collection features curved lines, Smeg lettering, and comes in a palate of colors taken from the 1950’s. There are two toasters, two kettles, a…
  • Caesarstone ‘Islands’

    Ann Porter
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Following a preview at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, Caesarstone will present a further exploration of ‘Islands’ at Fuori Salone 2014, Milan with an interactive installation focusing on food and dining within the domestic environment. For this latest collaborative endeavour, the brand has teamed up with London-based design studio Raw-Edges - founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay – to create a collection of seven living islands that offer both a new take on the materials and an innovative interpretation of the domestic space. Islands marks a playful shift in…
  • Miele Generation 6000

    Ann Porter
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Even if the Miele Booth at EuroCucina 2014 didn’t have tempting aromas of gourmet food coming from two show kitchens, I still expect it to be a popular exhibit. The company is set to unveil new design features offering the ultimate in appliance individuality.  According to Gernot Trettenbrein, Managing Director of the Domestic Appliances International business unit, this bold move is a step away from “off-the-shelf products.” Discerning lovers of fine kitchens are simply bound to be inspired by the new design features – such as M-touch controls, and…
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    Six Different Ways

  • Have a Happy & Healthy Easter Weekend!

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
  • The Glamour Bench by Sunpan

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Add a glimmer of luxurious style to your foyer, living room or bedroom décor with the Glamour Bench by Sunpan. At first glance this bench appears as a classic button tufted furnishing in a transitional or traditional style, but when you look a little more closely, you will notice the legs of this bench are tapered and made of transparent acrylic, giving it that modern elegance we all know and absolutely love! Additionally, it is offered in a variety of eclectic and contemporary colors such as purple, teal or mushroom (grayish champagne). It also comes in subtler colors such as gray and black…
  • Rustic Rocker: The Pant Rocker by Shiner

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Imagine it is a warm, spring day, the sun is shining above and the birds are singing softly. You are casually relaxing on your front porch, sipping a cool cup of ice tea. The aroma of fresh blooming flowers tickles your nose. A light breeze passes by and brushes against your face and neck. You gently rock back and forth in your comfortable new rocker. The Pant Rocker by Shiner is a contemporary take on a classic rocking chair. Made in the USA and eco-friendly, it is crafted from high-quality recycled hardwoods and steel. It is customizable with your choice of walnut, cherry, calico, pine or…
  • The Ripple Armchair by Zuo Modern

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Ripple Armchair by Zuo Modern is lovely to look at and probably even better to relax on! The design is quite intriguing with different shades of green and white ribbon-like panels that flow along its center. The cushioned panels create a wave-like, ripple effect that is not only visually interesting but also massages the body as you lounge on it. It is upholstered in sleek and supple leatherette which is soft against the skin and very easy to clean. The chair is supported by a chromed solid steel double-sled base for extra strength and an added touch of shine.This chair would look…
  • The Multi-Functional Embrace Table by Offi

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I love versatile and functional furniture that can serve many different purposes! The Embrace Table by Offi is one of those pieces, with the ability to configure into a contemporary storage unit, stylish magazine rack, creative laptop table, modern bench or as a desk for children all-in-one ultra-modern design! It is made from elegantly molded plywood which can easily be manipulated into whichever use you intend for it. It comes as two pieces that “embrace” one another by fitting them together like puzzle pieces or they can be used separately. It can be placed in a variety of settings and…
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  • simple Easter table

    Kelly Anderson
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Have a simple, natural and fun Easter weekend everyone. 
  • room of the week: small space bathroom

    Kelly Anderson
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This bathroom in the renovated Austrailian home of architects Kate Fitzpatrick and Ben Stibbard is contemporary with natural elements and great functionality. The floating vanity doesn't take up a lot of visual space, yet provides lots of closed storage. I love that they created a double vanity but used only one sink, thereby creating more counter space and also not purchasing two sinks! The wooden counter, which carries all the way around the exterior of the cabinet is very modern with a natural touch. Oversized slate tiles add the feeling of space, and all white walls, including a…
  • top 10 handmade easter eggs

    Kelly Anderson
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favourite times of year was just before Easter when I spent a weekend at my Nana's making Easter eggs. So I swoon over the many creative designs that are posted online these days. These have made my top ten for this year. silk-dyed eggsdecal eggsUkranian wax art eggscolourful naturally dyed eggsmarbelized nail polish eggestwine-wrapped eggsdoily stenciled eggsombre eggsnatural leaf print eggsdecopaged book eggsFor international egg design inspiration, check out last year's post. 
  • green your home this Spring

    Kelly Anderson
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Nothing refreshes a space more than adding living plants and greenery. Even in a small home, there's always room. But don't take my word for it, here's proof. recycled newspaper pots viaviaviasourceviaviaviaviavia
  • refreshing our mindfulness

    Kelly Anderson
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    sourceOh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the yearRobert Frost
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    Inmod Modern Furniture Blog

  • An Elegant Pop of Pink

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    White furniture always looks classy in any living space, but modern white furniture looks even classier. The clean lines, the bright white upholstery and the chrome accents give this living room just the look it needs. Amongst the white sofa, accent chair and coffee table sits a sleek, bright pink lounge chair that accents this space so well. Pink can be overdone in any space, but this is just the right amount, adding quite an elegant pop of pink.
  • What’s New: Saloom

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Say “Hello!” to Saloom! We recently added this beautiful high quality, hand-crafted line of furniture to Inmod, and we know you’re going to love and want every piece of furniture that they make once you see it. These modern pieces were designed by New England artisans, Linda and Peter Saloom, to bring bold style that also fits your everyday needs. Made in the USA from high quality materials, you know that any buffet, dining table, chair or stool that you purchase will be exactly what you expect upon delivery – a solid, long-lasting, stylish piece of furniture. Find all…
  • Modern Planter for the Modern Gardener

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ok, maybe I’m a little excited for spring, but shouldn’t we all be excited at this point? This winter was long and cold with empty branches and the ground covered in snow, so I think I have the right to be excited for the spring. Finally warm weather and flowers! Speaking of flowers, I can’t wait to start gardening and growing some flowers and herbs. Now, I really don’t have the room for a full garden, but the Wallter Wall Planter is the perfect solution to this problem. The sleek, modern design allows you to get your gardening fix in with style while also utilizing…
  • Decorate the Table for Spring

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Purple, yellow, green, pink, blue… all colors that are closely associated with the spring season. I think winter has finally pushed itself out of the area for good and we’re heading right on into spring. Do you decorate your home for spring? Even the littlest decoration can make your home and your mood a little brighter for the new season. Decorating the dining table is the perfect way to introduce spring colors into your home. Grab a bundle of flowers, a vase, some pebbles or shells and water for an easy spring centerpiece for the table. Feeling more ambitious? Take a look at…
  • Small Balcony, Lots of Style for Spring & Summer

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s time to put that patio furniture back outside and get ready for the warm weather and outdoor entertaining! Whether you have a big backyard with a patio or a small balcony, there are so many possibilities for outdoor decorating. Have a small balcony in a high-rise in the city? Don’t worry one bit! This small balcony is decorated with custom-built bench seating with multiple outdoor pillows, small outdoor side tables and various flowers and plants. So if you think you can’t do anything with a small outdoor space, here’s proof that you can make that small space just…
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    Furniture and Design Ideas

  • Style Guide: Kids Outdoor Play Area

    Cymax Stores
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    When the weather starts to grow more favorable, we begin to spend more time outdoors. Create a kids outdoor play area for your child in the backyard to keep them busy while you are doing your garden work. Although they can be helpful, it’s smart to give them their own area to play in.       Teamson Kids Sunny Safari Outdoor Bench   The jungle motif bench from Teamson is a fun pick that will spark that adventurous side.     ZUO Phante Modern Kids Plastic Chair in Pink   Add in an elephant or two such as this one by ZUO in pink or green to enhance the…
  • Style Guide: Doubled Up Twin Bedroom

    Cymax Stores
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
      Twin girls can prove to be a strong design challenge, especially if you are limited in space. A great start for a twin bedroom in saving space is to find the right bunk bed. The Sanibel collection by Homelegance offers a great casual cottage design with a modern twist. The overlay is an arched diamond design, giving the bunks a hint of femininity. There is also a trundle that you can buy separate for a little extra sleeping space when they have friends over. To individualize the bunks, try painting the overlays in their favorite color.     Homelegance Sanibel Twin Over Twin…
  • Style Guide: Contemporary Home Bar

    Cymax Stores
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
      Every bachelor pad needs a trendy place to entertain the guys on game day. Whether you are a single guy who loves to entertain guests or you are just looking to upgrade your current make-shift bar, a contemporary home bar is the perfect stylish set-up.     Chintaly Furniture Broadway Bar in Black   Chintaly’s Broadway bar has a hip metropolitan feel. Add few contemporary Coaster bar stools for that their classic cool looks and comfort.     Coaster Contemporary Adjustable Chrome Bar Stool in Cream   Tuck Prepac’s floating wine rack along the…
  • Style Guide: Toddler Bed Transition

    Cymax Stores
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
      Your little one has figured out how to climb out of the crib. That means it is time to transition your child into a big kid bed. A twin size bed seems overly large for such a small child, so it makes more sense to start off with the transition size: the toddler bed. You can still use the crib mattress for that familiarity, but you can make everything more big-kid friendly.     KidKraft Slatted Toddler Cot in Blueberry   KidKraft has a fabulous little bed for boys and girls in a deep blueberry shade. This bed sits nice and low to the ground, making it easier for your…
  • Style Guide: Antique Neutral Kids Bedroom

    Cymax Stores
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
      Create a simple antique look that works quite well for any kids bedroom. The Provincetown collection from South Shore is a very versatile line. tick with the complete set for a young boy’s room. This will create a rustic feel to the room with a classy blue finish.     South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Captain’s Bed Frame Only in Antique Blue Finish     South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Headboard in Antique Blue     South Shore Summer Breeze Nightstand in Antique Blue   For the young girl in the home, try a mix and match approach. Stick with the…
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    Modenus Interior Design Blog

  • BlogTour Milan and how we all became Gessi’s Girls

    Veronika Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    BlogTour has seen its fair share of amazing showrooms and we work with some of the world’s most successful design brands and it might be tempting for us to think that we’ve seen it all. Well, we now know that we haven’t seen it all and at no point was that more apparent than at the showroom tour of Gessi Lab, the Milan based showroom come concept store of the eponymous brand. We’ve featured BlogTour sponsor Gessi products before so this post is not about individual products but rather a journey through the Gessi experience that makes this a lifestyle brand as opposed…
  • Twitter Chat – Best of Eurocucina, Salone Del Mobile and BlogTour Milano

    Veronika Miller
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We truly hope you will join us for a Twitter chat from a BlogTour that was one for the books. Six days of Italian architecture, food, culture and design in and around Salone del Mobile and Eurocucina 2014. Add to that a stellar group of amazing people and you know why some of us got a bit teary (We’re looking at you Leanne Newman) when it was time to say goodbye. Please join us on Tuesday April 15 from 4-5pm EST as BlogTour Milan comes together on Twitter to share a wealth of design and inspiration. Below is what we will talk about and you are, as always, invited to ask questions as…
  • BlogTour Milano – This one may cause travel envy

    Veronika Miller
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    We always do a post about our upcoming BlogTour and BlogTour Milan is no exception. Usually we title the tour “What’s this one all about?” but in this case we can almost dispense with that little formality. Close your eyes and think of Milan and, oh, while you’re at it, leave some room for Venice because we’re going there too. Got it? Italy. Gondolas. Design. Architecture. Food. Wine. Fashion. Really handsome men. Really beautiful women. People on scooters. Very small cars. You get the idea. And what? You still want all the details about BlogTour Milan?
  • BlogTour Sponsor Rutt Cabinetry introduces Ruskin by Rutt

    Veronika Miller
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    AD Home Design Show in New York City was a treasure trove of design by smaller artisans and large brands alike and we were excited to find Rutt Custom Cabinetry reflecting a bit of both. A renowned brand that was founded in 1951 Rutt maintains its focus on superior craftsmanship and carefully considered design elements and stunned with great detail and a story to tell about it’s newest collection, Ruskin by Rutt. Renowned designer Scott Stultz lead the creation of Ruskin by Rutt and says about the new line:  “When designing the Ruskin series we focused not only on history and strong…
  • Twitter Chat: Best of BlogTour NYC and AD Home Design Show 2014

    Veronika Miller
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:41 am
    BlogTour NYC to AD Home Design Show was a whirlwind tour of inspiration and information with our team covering the show all day Thursday and spending two full days (plus a lovely evening) exploring local shops and showrooms and learning from very talented professionals like floral designer Tess Casey, interior design icon Bunny Williams, stylist Raina Kattelson, photographers Susan & Will Brinson as well as Michele Scotto and interior designer and architect Neal Beckstedt. This just in: Miele USA will be announcing its winner of the CM 5200 coffee maker during the chat! To recap the tour…
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  • Goodbye, Gray Kitchen + A Possible (Temporary) Lighting Option

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Spring break is over and it’s back to reality. And that reality currently looks like this at my house….. YIKES. I’ve loved our gray kitchen but as I mentioned in this post, I’ve been dying to lighten things up on that side of the house and….. I’m actually doing it! As you can see, the painters are here. It’s in the process of going all white! #soexciting I’m still on the hunt for the perfect lights for the island and I’m considering just plain paper lanterns if the search takes much longer. You know I’m a big fan of paper lanterns.
  • Spring Break

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Greetings from London, friends! I’ve been here on spring break and it hasn’t been pouring the entire time (for once) so I’m a happy camper. Regular blogging will resume next week so I will see you then. In the meantime, I’m on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) and Twitter (@FromTheRightBnk) if you want to follow along. Bye for now! (Photo: FROM THE RIGHT BANK) © 2009-2014 FROM THE RIGHT BANK. All rights reserved. Republishing is strictly prohibited.
  • Lately…..

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few snapshots of life around here….. My favorite thing about spring is spring flowers and how cheerful they make the house feel. I was so pleased to be quoted and to have this photo published over at Country Living (as well as Veranda and Elle Decor)….. I’ve also been spending a little time in the kitchen. (Emphasis on the little.) This quinoa and Tuscan kale salad is my favorite lunch these days. (I know. The two most annoying ingredients in the world right now but it’s really good, I promise.) Recipe here. When we get the rare lazy Sunday morning at home,…
  • Zebra Wallpaper + Gold Ceiling Are Happening in Project Hallway

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems like all I’ve been talking about lately is Project Hallway and well, that’s probably because that is all I’ve been talking about. Usually I’m thinking about a million projects at once but I’ve been singularly focused on the hallway for some reason. It’s actually a much more productive way to work but I think it can get a little boring for you (and me) after a while. Well, it’s about to get a lot more exciting because decisions have been made! Very fun decisions, too, I might add. First, I’ve decided on the wallpaper. Scalamandre…
  • Project Hallway: Blue Ceiling

    19 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is one last piece of the wallpaper/paint puzzle for Project Hallway and that is the ceiling. I’m 99% sure I’m going to paint it a light blue like in these examples. I’ve blogged about this house before but I still love it and especially how Ruthie Sommers used blue ceilings throughout parts of it….. I just love her style. A couple more examples….. I’ve always liked blue ceilings but this shade of blue also happens to be what is on my dining room and master bedroom walls and I like the idea of that continuity. I’m considering using the same blue…
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    Interior Design Tips for the Busy Professional

  • 5 Organizing Tips That Will Have You Breathing a Sigh of Spring Relief

    Linnore Gonzales
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Spring cleaning is not a new concept. As the weather warms up we open windows to let in the fresh air, wipe away all the dust bunnies and create a renewed sense of energy as we welcome bright sunny days into our home. Since you will already have your cleaning gloves, on, spring is the perfect time to dive into those organizational projects you have been putting off. Here are 5 of our favorite tips for organizing during spring time to regain control of your home and create an enjoyable environment that helps life run smoothly. 1. Create a Spring-Cleaning Bucket or Caddy As you move around your…
  • Inspired Room of the Month: The White Kitchen

    Linnore Gonzales
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fad colors will come and go, but white will always look fresh, clean and beautiful. This month we are inspired by the white kitchen. It is not only perfectly classic with the ability to stand the test of time, but it creates a neutral setting that is comfortable for anyone to live in while providing an appealing work environment. Photo: Houzz Let’s take a deeper look into why we love this design so much. Open Space White walls and white cabinets create the perception of a big, airy room making any small or narrow kitchen feel much larger. Capture the essence of reflection as both natural…
  • Incorporating Your Everyday Items into Your Home’s Decor

    Linnore Gonzales
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You may love a neat and tidy home decorated in the latest styles and trends, but we are going to get realistic today. Your home is where you live and all of your daily necessities cannot possibly be tucked neatly away, out of sight, all of the time especially if you are inhabiting an apartment or house challenged by limited space and storage. Instead of worrying about tucking every day-to-day item away in a drawer or behind a door, embrace your necessities and incorporate them into your already well-planned and beautiful decor. Not only will you find these items easier to access, but many of…
  • 7 Must Have Decor Staples for Every Home

    Linnore Gonzales
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every home’s decor deserves a beautiful and versatile foundation. Think classic, sturdy and functional furnishings that can handle stylish accessories. Smart decisions on foundation pieces will keep future regret limited and provide the perfect backdrop for your seasonal decorating changes. Take a peek below at our 7 core decor staples that should grace every home. 1. A Sofa Your sofa will be one of the prime purchases for your home in regards to both money and time devoted to selecting this piece. It will be well worth your time and effort when you find the perfect piece of quality…
  • How to Get Inspired to Decorate

    Linnore Gonzales
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You know when it is time to refresh the living room, give the bedroom a pick-me-up or redecorate for better storage in the bathroom, but in between the tasks of our everyday lives sometimes it is hard to work in the mere planning for redecorating much less actually getting it done. There are other times when we are just stumped for a new design concept. We don’t care for our current decor, but have no idea where to begin to change it, leaving the space in the same drab design for far too long. One of the best cures for your mental design block is to simply move your current furnishings and…
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    Girly Modern

  • Moving into Modern: The Nursery

    Melanie Coddington
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Dear Reader(s), Here I am!  Thank you so much for sticking with me through my lackadaisical blogging.  While my love for design is as strong as ever, the latest addition to my life has a monopoly on my free time (hence the nursery post!).  I post more frequently on Facebook so be sure to catch up with us there.  If you are new to the blog, check out my post on my Girly Modern Cottage or my project for the Anchor Distillery Tasting Room to get a sense of things I love. xoxo Melanie Moving into Modern: The Nursery We are having a bit of a baby boom here at Coddington Design!  My senior…
  • Moving Into Modern: How I Remodeled My Kitchen in Six Weeks

    Melanie Coddington
    15 Dec 2013 | 7:52 pm
    After Before Ready for some radical honesty?  My remodel is taking longer than expected and costing more than I planned. Despite bringing my heavyweight design skills, my professionally developed bossy demeanor, and my blatant obsession for interiors, I was simply not prepared for the level of detail management, scheduling, planning and general sense of mid-level panic that accompanied this project.  This is quite typical and what everyone tells you to expect, but I kept telling myself certainly my remodel will be different. Kitchens are the heart of a home and one of my favorite rooms to…
  • Moving Into Modern: The Kitchen

    Melanie Coddington
    13 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    Remodeling is not for the faint of heart.  As I write this, I am 7.75 months pregnant waiting for my contractor, one of the three (!) plumbers, and the electrician to show up.  This kitchen must be done before Thanksgiving or else the world ends.  I mean, we take our food holidays seriously around here!  At Coddington Design, we have guided our clients through major remodels.  We always advise them to MOVE OUT OF THE HOUSE during a remodel, which they are happy to do.  Unfortunately I’m not in a position to follow my own advice so we have turned our dining room into a makeshift…
  • Moving into Modern: My New House

    Melanie Coddington
    5 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Since my last post I’ve been busy: buying a home, selling a home, cooking a baby (due in late Dec) and remodeling and redesigning the new house! My old house was an adorable Edwardian Cottage (cottage in real estate lingo = tiny) with quaint period details and tons of charm. My new house is mid-century, built in 1948 by a gentleman who enjoyed dark wood paneling and, according to my contractor, using LOTS of nails. We (meaning myself and my lovely wife) fell in love with the tree lined street, the friendly neighbors and the great schools. We LIKED the house, it fit our budget, and it…
  • Saying Goodbye to a Girly Modern Cottage

    Melanie Coddington
    6 Aug 2013 | 8:56 pm
    [Confidential to my readers: I’m constantly giving unsolicited advice to my assistant, Adrienne.  Little gems like “never get a dog. They ruin carpets, throw up, and make you shell out $800 so the vet can tell you your dog has a tummy ache.”   Similarly, I constantly tell anyone who will listen “never start a blog.”  Basically, you spend hours dispensing free advice, agonizing over the perfect photo or turn of phrase and as soon as you post, the blazing speed of the interwebs makes it a day late.  No one could say I post too often (or even regularly) but this last absence has…
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  • Product Update

    Holly La Porte
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
  • Annual DIY Lampshade Challenge

    Holly La Porte
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s the time of year again where we host our Annual DIY Lampshade Challenge! invited twelve bloggers that will compete in injecting their own unique style on a solid white cloth drum shade.  We provided each contestant with a
  • It’s all in the ‘Copper’ Details

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    Copper (and metallic) accents are a design style not to be missed. Metallics are currently a popular trend in interior design, and it is easy to see why. Copper was prominent in home decor in the past, but is making a
  • Refined Rustic Lighting

    5 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sometimes opposites really do attract. That is certainly the case when it comes to mixing a fresh and refined style with the comfort of rustic details. Traditional Dining Room by Greenville Interior Designers & Decorators Linda McDougald Design | Postcard
  • Styling your dining room with light

    9 Jan 2014 | 5:49 am
    Dining rooms are no longer just for entertaining purposes. Dining rooms are a social area of the home. Good lighting is important to make the room comfortable for friends and family alike. These rooms require multiple lighting options for the
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  • Curious Mid Century Home in The Berkeley Hills

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    If there’s a classic style that really never gets old, it’s got to be Mid-Century Modernism. With suburbia being one of the birthplaces of the design, this particular space in the Berkeley Hills has seen an overhaul and a facelift that really breathes new life into the clean bones of this post-war style home. YamaMar Design helmed the project, with bright whites and pops of bold color really take over to showcase the aesthetic of the interior. Stark contrasts between the floors and walls provide an anchor for the stone facade fireplace, great linear furnishings and…
  • Geometric Deer Head Bookshelf Design

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Incorporating animals of any kind is our favorite things to do– whether it’s an outfit, an interior or a party theme. having furry critters, Amazon wildlife or an exotic bird pop up in decor can be a great thing, and it certainly rings true for this modernized, geometric bookshelf. ‘Deer’ by Finnish brand BeDesign is one of our favorites for obvious reasons. Made in different sizes and with the option of wood or metal, ‘Deer’ is a great choice to hang on the wall and display otherwise ‘boring’ objects (ie. books). This deer’s head would…
  • Stunning Elevated Beach Pole Home in Australia

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    There are few homes that sit off of the edge of cliffs the way this Australian residence does, and F2 Architecture created a beautiful base and walkway leading up to this square shaped holiday home. The panoramic views created by the location of the residence are unparalleled, and the Fairhaven beach directly below creates the perfect backdrop. Though it’s not your average ‘party’ house, this rentable space has one bedroom and boasts contemporary fixtures, modern finishes and some classic style furnishings. Art isn’t really needed in a space like this, with glazing…
  • Translucent Energy Efficient East Coast Home

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Energy efficiency and all of its perks typically comes in a brand new, shiny wrapped package. But for a unique little 19th century residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, sustainability is a wonderful characteristic on top of the new futuristic look this renovated home possesses. The simple shaped architecture of the space is transformed by translucent plastic panels for an exterior facade with insulated backing applied to keep the house warm in those frigid months of the year. The interior space is still a beautiful work of art, but classic wood beams and original elements to keep the overall…
  • Glass Tower House in New York

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Contemporary home structures don’t typically amaze us, but for this particular home in Upstate New York, the built space is a unique shape that really grabs the eye. The glass facade home is stacked like an alphabet letter, cantilevered out over a singular tower with only two metal supports to hold up the rest of the home. The interior of the tower house by Gluck+ is pretty clean and minimalistic in nature with yellow and green accents within the natural wood tones, white and black main colors. The glass facade on all of the long sides of the structure make for gorgeous, unparalleled…
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    Interior Design Blog By Nazmiyal

  • Oprah On A Beautiful Aubusson Rug From Nazmiyal Collection

    J. Nazmiyal
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Nazmiyal’s Aubusson Rug Featured on the cover of Oprah’s O Magazine Oprah, laying down on a beautiful Aubusson rug from Nazmiyal, is featured on the cover of the May Issue of O Magazine. In all her grace and beauty, wearing a purple gown, this iconic media mogul conducted her entire interview while laying down on Read More... The post Oprah On A Beautiful Aubusson Rug From Nazmiyal Collection appeared first on Interior Design Blog By Nazmiyal.
  • Roman and Williams Featured in New York Times with Antique Carpets From Nazmiyal

    J. Nazmiyal
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Roman and Williams Incorporate Antique Carpets From Nazmiyal in Their Park Slope Brownstone Project of Tracy Martin and Vince Clarke Today, the New York Times published an article titled “It’s Mourning in America” which features the work of renowned interior design firm Roman and Williams. This wonderful project features a number of antique carpets from our Read More... The post Roman and Williams Featured in New York Times with Antique Carpets From Nazmiyal appeared first on Interior Design Blog By Nazmiyal.
  • Omar Khayyam By Nazmiyal Antique Carpets

    J. Nazmiyal
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Omar Khayyam The Rubaiyat and Rugs Omar Khayyam is the rock star of Persian literature and poetry. The writer, mathematician, philosopher and astronomer was one of the greatest minds of his time and his works remain influential today. This Persian Renaissance man was born on May 18, 1048, in the city of Nishapur, which is Read More... The post Omar Khayyam By Nazmiyal Antique Carpets appeared first on Interior Design Blog By Nazmiyal.
  • Persian New Year: Happy Norooz From Nazmiyal Antique Carpets

    J. Nazmiyal
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
    Happy Norooz – Persian New Year! Happy Norooz (Persian New Year) from all of us at: Nazmiyal Antique Carpets! Norooz, also phonetically translated to Nowruz, is one of Persia’s most distinctive and delightful holidays. The name literally means “new day,” but it’s celebrated as the definitive New Year. This vibrant celebration takes place during the vernal Read More... The post Persian New Year: Happy Norooz From Nazmiyal Antique Carpets appeared first on Interior Design Blog By Nazmiyal.
  • Nazmiyal Is Proud To Be The Provider of the Antique Rug in the Dining Room of the Official Residence of the Vice President

    J. Nazmiyal
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Dining Room of the Official Residence of the Vice President The Antique Sultanabad Rug, Persia, Late 19th Century is an exuberant allover design of swaying, leafy vines and palmettes in shades of ivory and soft apricot repeats in perfect symmetry across the soft blue field of this impressive antique Sultanabad carpet. The vinescroll border is fine and wispy, Read More... The post Nazmiyal Is Proud To Be The Provider of the Antique Rug in the Dining Room of the Official Residence of the Vice President appeared first on Interior Design Blog By Nazmiyal.
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  • Furniture Club Vase Lighting Clearance Sale

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Prices from S$150 to S$250. Visit us at No.1 Genting Lane Level 1. The post Furniture Club Vase Lighting Clearance Sale appeared first on MyPlace.Sg.
  • Goodrich Global Presents Best of Luxe 2013

    28 Oct 2013 | 8:09 pm
    Fashion icon Coco Chanel once said: “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress”. The same could be said with interior design, where black in the right amount can lift the sense of glamour and style. Goodrich Global presents its Best of Luxe, pairing black with patterns, finishes and colours to create the perfect pairings that exude luxe sophistication. We pick our favourites. The Ornamentals collection is the latest from the BN collection, taking inspiration from lace and hand embroidery. It features baroque style damask, simple textures and vintage prints with…
  • Achieving Your Dream Kitchen With The Right Appliances

    25 Oct 2013 | 5:05 am
    Your kitchen is the hub of your home and it should be a reflection of your personality; it must make cooking within the space a pleasure. Choosing the right kitchen appliances is very important, for it is these items that will make life so much easier for you, and will transform your kitchen into an efficient and delightful workspace. Cooking Style Before you choose your appliances, write down your favourite cooking styles. Do you do a lot of baking? Then a good oven should be your priority. Do you like to grill and barbeque? Maybe choosing a countertop grill should be one of your options. If…
  • Dream Interiors introduces Living Divani, Porro and Luceplan

    25 Sep 2013 | 6:00 pm
    For those hunting for designer furniture, make a stop at Dream Interiors. The luxury furniture retailer has unveiled new additions to its stable of brands. They are European brands Living Divani, Porro and Luceplan. Porro revisits traditions and technologies to create furniture that feature new forms and functions. A collection of 50 pieces has been put together within three systems, offering consumers a new way of living and resting. With Porro’s art director, designer Piero Lissoni at the helm, Porro has released new systems to create elegant and functional living spaces. For innovative…
  • 8 Questions With Chef Stephan Zoisl from My Private Chef

    24 Sep 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Austrian chef Stephan Zoisl is a chef on hire with My Private Chef, which has since collaborated with Gaggenau to form My Private Pantry. The busy chef takes time out to tell us about life at home. 1. What’s your home like? I moved last year away from central town area to Bishan. My wife owns an HDB flat in Bishan. It’s very close to the new Bishan Park. So after the birth of our son, we decided to get out of town to enjoy the quiet surroundings there. The interior design is simple and nice, with a mix of different decors and of course an Expedit rack from Ikea. In general, though, we…
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  • Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, and Almost Maine

    Oana Singa
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    I enjoyed a few great experiences in the past few weeks, together with my husband and our 8 year old daughter:- two art exhibitions: Henri Matisse at the Legion of Honor,and- Georgia O'Keeffe at the De Young,and- 'Almost Maine' a live theater performance at Altarena Playhouse."Henri Matisse" exhibition at the Legion of Honor is not a very large, more exactly it's an intimate exhibition that features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes of the artist's work.Although the time spent in there was short, nevertheless the immersion in the Matisse's world was great.Visit at the Legion of Honor to see…
  • Bright Yellow-Green and Pink in a Family Room in Ohio, USA

    Oana Singa
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Family Room; Ohio, USA. Interior by Betty Murdock.Interior photo via Traditional HomeFamily Room; Ohio, USA. Interior by Betty Murdock.Interior photo via Traditional HomeMix of bright saturated yellow-green and pink (that makes me think of the cheerful colors of India), solid wall color, a dose of large contemporary pattern, and everything against white classic architectural details (crown molding, fireplace, ...), and classic furniture pieces.Contrasts, playful, happy, vibrant, yet not kitsch. And, obviously, not for everyone.***
  • Bedroom with Large White Tufted Headboard in New York

    Oana Singa
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Bedroom, New York. Interior by Cristina Azario.Interior by Veranda magazineThe large, white, tufted headboard adds not 'a touch' of drama, but a whole lot of drama - a bombastic gesture that cheapens the space. And the stacks of pillows ... perhaps the idea was to try to go on the vertical and to compensate the height of the 'majestic' headboard but they look silly, a combination of fussy traditional.***
  • Bedroom Makeover in Big Bear California

    Oana Singa
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Bedroom Makeover - Before.Interior photo via Elle Decor magazineBedroom MakeoverInterior photo via Elle Decor magazineBedroom MakeoverInterior photo via Elle Decor magazineThis is a makeover - a space that appeared on the TV show American Dream Builders. The space looks more civilized, but I wouldn't say less cramped - the wardrobe has been replaced by a large bed.Also, very interesting to place both a regular bed and a bunker bed in the same room ... but perhaps after the remodeling a whole family, parents and children, need to sleep in that space.Quite surprising: no one has thought of…
  • Veranda in Puglia, Italy

    Oana Singa
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Veranda; Puglia, Italy. Interior by Liza Bruce Photo via Elle Decor magazineAn unpretentious and relaxed space where the mix of textures (rattan cushions, metal table, textile in the floor covering), and mix of whimsical and simple patterns (dots on the cushions and folk pattern on the rug) brings interest and energy.***
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  • Customizable Modern Duplex Houses – Good Options

    Architects Bangalore
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Presently trending, duplex homes are in high demand as they can be designed in a number of ways. And thus, have become a natural choice for many people in India. Discuss your requirements with the architect, and you will be amazed at the various options possible. Duplex homes thus designed are not only affordable, they offer you the owner a Continue Reading The post Customizable Modern Duplex Houses – Good Options appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • 2014 Interior Designs Trend – Radiant Orchid

    Architects Bangalore
    24 Jan 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Change is the only constant in life – a universally proven theory applicable in all walks of life. Like every other industry, interior design industry too has witnessed immense changes over the years. Trends in India have always varied due to diversity factor. In-fact until recently, each region had its own distinctive style. But in last few years Interior design Continue Reading The post 2014 Interior Designs Trend – Radiant Orchid appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • Evaluating 3 Bedroom House Plans In Bangalore?

    Architects Bangalore
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:44 am
    In an urban landscape like that of Bangalore, when you starting considering new house plans, the most important thing to decide is – number of bedrooms. You start considering your existing family size, your current needs in terms of social and physical engagements and your future needs. Leading Architects Bangalore: Get Free Quote & Take Free Site Visit | Call +(91)-(80)-26612520 Continue Reading The post Evaluating 3 Bedroom House Plans In Bangalore? appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • 5 Planning Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Dream Home

    4 Jan 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Building a home can be one of the most exciting processes in anyone’s life, but there are some mistakes you’ll want to avoid making. So before committing to your home building plan, you may want to get second opinions and learn more about the changes you’re making. 1. Don’t price your home out of the market If your home modifications Continue Reading The post 5 Planning Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Dream Home appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • New Technologies For 2 Storey Energy Efficient Houses

    Architects Bangalore
    3 Dec 2013 | 11:02 pm
    Living in a double storied house has many benefits such as offering more space to live in on same piece of land, or allowing for more privacy as your living areas and bedroom areas are in different floors, etc. Due to these benefits more and more families are choosing to live in independent two storey houses. However, the higher energy Continue Reading The post New Technologies For 2 Storey Energy Efficient Houses appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
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  • Ideas for Decorating a bedroom

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Well today I will clearly explain how we make an elegant decor in a master bedroom, so read carefully. For that, it is very important that you mention some ideas for decorating a master bedroom, are ideas that will help create a super atmosphere. Many people think that only serves a bedroom to rest, as this is a mistake, because nowadays the bedroom is considered one of the most intimate spaces. That is why you must make a decoration thinking and personality of the just married couple, so they are responsible for choosing the type of decoration. With all these ideas for decorating a master…
  • How to Use Decorative Paintings for decoration

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    To decorate your house with boxes we must first define the type of box you’ll use, as they use a picture of high artistic quality is not the same as using small boxes that bring memories of your trips and pictures with sentimental reasons or meaningful special for each of us. Use a picture with a high artistic value. If in your house we have a picture of high artistic quality must know I locate giving prominence it deserves. Since in this case the box is high quality artistic decoration determine who else you have in the room. It’s like when you go to mount an exhibition in the…
  • How to Decorate a Kids Room?

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    To ensure the welfare of your little son is very important to have a well decorated children’s room. Order to make a proper decoration in your child’s room, it is advisable to keep in mind four factors: aesthetics, safety, space and flexibility that we have. Taking into account the above factors help us select the right decoration for small room. Instructions: 1. To paint the walls of the room you should use soft colors and colors that give confidence. The pale pastel colors are perfect for transmitting tranquility in a room and can be used for girls or boys. For that, you should…
  • What are the Best Garden Furniture?

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    What are the Best Garden Furniture. Garden furniture to be resistant to different environmental temperatures, especially in the hot sun, rain and the calm of the morning is recommended. The furnishings allow you to comfortably enjoy your garden, especially in summer and spring. Then leave some very important tips, so you know I choose the best furniture for your garden, so you manage to turn your backyard into a paradise. Currently you can find many garden furniture of different materials, different colors, different types and different styles. And every piece of furniture has a specific…
  • Beds decoration for Babies

    7 Feb 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This time I’ll talk about some tips for decorating bedrooms for babies, so I pay close attention and read this interesting article. Absolutely all babies should have a stylish, comfortable, relaxing and warm bedroom that should be decorated according to sex. The bedroom of a baby should be a special space where you can relax, enjoy beautiful where moments of his childhood and should also be a very safe place. To decorate a bedroom chair is very easy, you just have to choose a decoration you like, you like best furniture and decorative accessories that fascinate you. Decorating a…
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  • Coastal & Nautical Melamine Plates & Dinnerware for Outdoor Entertaining

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dive into the warm weather with coastal and nautical melamine plates and dinnerware! They're great for outdoor entertaining and to bring to a Beach Picnic! This colorful mix of deep-sea creatures comes from Pottery Barn. They always have some cool stuff for the summer. JC Penney's Nautical Collection of plates, bowls and trays. Not melamine, but still plastic and super durable is this
  • 20 Top Favorite Coastal Outdoor Living Ideas for Porch & Garden

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Without a doubt, the best thing about warmer temperatures is outdoor living, enjoying nature and the air. Whether a garden or a porch, these coastal outdoor living ideas help you create a getaway space that feels like a vacation. This is a round up of top favorite ideas that range from buoys, to blue porch floors, to creative water features. Enjoy the outdoors! Decorate your garden fence with
  • Coastal & Nautical Easter Eggs & Easter Shells

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since I'm vegan, if I paint anything for Easter, it's faux eggs or shells. And I found some shells that capture the spirit of Easter beautifully! But first let's look at some gorgeous and creative coastal and nautical Easter eggs! These are colored Easter eggs with small coastal and nautical stickers on them that I spotted on Skipper Bags Facebook Page. Then at Pleasure in Simple Things I
  • Awesome Porch & Garden Planters with a Coastal and Nautical Theme

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here's a round up of some really awesome and creative garden planter ideas with a coastal and nautical theme. Surfboard included! Who would have thought that a chair makes such a fabulous garden planter, especially when all embellished with seashells that you found on the beach. Featured here. A broken concrete urn was repaired with large shells. Now it's a fabulous seashell planter that
  • Partner Store News -Coastal Contest, Giveaway, Sales and more

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Enter Caron's Beach House April Pinterest Contest for a chance to win a 5 x 8 Coastal Area Rug from Surya (value up to $700). This is the Grand Prize! But that's not all. The 2nd prize drawing is Two Sets of Etched Starfish Martini Glasses (value $106.00), and the 3rd prize drawing is a beautiful White Faux Coral Branch Sculpture! Sign up with Island Creek Designs for a chance to win one of
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  • #DESIGNREFRESH: Design Links You'll Love!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    DESIGN REFRESH THE NEWSLETTER Subscribe for exclusive, bi-weekly interior design ideas, insights, and inspirations! Email Address Subscribe Thank you! Happy long Easter weekend, peeps! (Pun intended ;-)Do you have company coming over this weekend? Perhaps you need a few tips for your Easter table, or some ideas on how to display those beautiful spring branches indoors? If so, I have a few links to share today that might help inspire you, in addition to DESIGN REFRESH's regular rundown of the past two weeks of my articles and galleries. ON DESIGNED @ DESIGNED: FOR THE IMPACT THEY BRING, TWO…
  • DESIGNED w/a Consultation: Carla Aston's NEW Interior Design Service-Offering

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I’m introducing a new interior design service:DESIGNED w/a Consultation!Well, I suppose I can't claim these consultations to be "new" because I've been doing them in some form or another for years. I guess it just feels new because I’ve never formalized the offering with a proper framework.Lately I’ve been getting more calls than usual for a one time consultation-type service, making the need for me to outline exactly what the DESIGNED w/a Consultation offer entails more necessary than ever.Curious to know exactly what my new service-offering is all about?Click the…
  • Today's Table Skirts Have a More Tailored Look Than Those of Yesteryear

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    You remember what they used to look like... Something your mother had done by her “decorator”. OR maybe in the 80s or 90s you did something similar in jewel tones or gold? Jumbo welts, Dupioni silk, tapestry toppers with tassels, big voluminous skirts with puddling, and possibly some bullion fringe?  Perhaps something she copied out of an old magazine? Skirted tables have a much leaner look these days and I love it.Tape trim is in. I love tape trim, and we try to use it as much as we can. It adds just the right amount of detailing without being too fussy. It takes on a more…
  • For The Impact They Bring, Two Story Draperies Are Totally Worth It. Here's Why:

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here in our neck of the The Woodlands...We have lots of homes with two story living rooms that sell at all types of price points. It’s a popular way of building around here and, of course, it gives a lofty, open feeling that most people love.Many times people are perplexed at what to do with such volumes of space. I’ve written about some of these solutions here.One particular solution is doing long drapery panels, like I used in this project in a two story space: INTERIOR DESIGNER > carla aston Recently I’ve been collecting some images of how successful this can be at creating a…
  • What’s right with this project?

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I think this is one of the key ways that any design can go beyond expectations, and beyond just being “good design’:Honing in on the unique qualities of any given space and learning how to accentuate them, celebrate them, and capitalize on them to make a design truly soar is what separates the average from the great — the “well done” from the “WOW”.It’s the feeling you get when you know everything has fallen into its natural place. It’s how it was supposed to be, to the point that you can’t even remember how it was before. DESIGNED by: Paige Sumblin Schnell & Anna Kay…
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  • Round Up Post – November 2013

    29 Mar 2014 | 12:37 am
    Monthly Round up November 2013And am back with my monthly round-up post for November 2013. If you haven’t read all these interesting topics which I had shared earlier, here’s a post to sum it up. Just click on the links provided right below the images which says “Quick link”.As you scroll down you’ll find some of the interesting topics which will help you to do your home yourself. Starting with this “paint with out mess” post, which is quite an interesting and valuable topic we must know more about. Go on and explore more….First Timers –…
  • Dressing Your Home with Sarees

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:01 am
    Draping Your Home with an Indian SareeSounds fun, right? Hello all you lovely readers out there…welcome back. It’s been so long chatting with you. So sorry for coming back here so late. Well, am here today with a very bright and happening idea of decorating your home with some lovely sarees you own. Should I say that today’s post completely belongs to ladies reading this! Recommended post for you: Things To Try with Leftover Pieces of ClothNo matter we have an overflowing wardrobe with clothes, still we have nothing to wear aha…am sure same is the case with you too. I…
  • Versatile Tribal Textile – Suzani

    26 Feb 2014 | 5:16 am
    Decorative & Glorious Suzanis for YouYou must have got the idea from the title about what are we going to discuss in this post. Yes, it’s full of the lovely decorative and very famous statement piece  “suzani”. Yes, suzani is a form of tribal embroidered (needle work) textile which enriches the look of cotton, silk or any other fabric worked on in today’s era.Some of the common stitches which are used in souzani includes chain stick, back-stitch, running , satin…etc. etc. with cotton & silk thread.You can read more about different types of stitches in…
  • Why Didn’t I Think of These

    21 Feb 2014 | 5:36 am
    Using the Space DownwardYou must check: # 50 Staircase Design – Going TrendyHave you ever thought of using the space right below the staircase? Why not? Well, there are so many ways you can make use of “that” ignored space and today am going to share your some of those brilliant ways to do so.In fact, I too have used the area below my staircase to make an emergency toilet. Emergency!!! You know what I mean… and actually it’s so useful not only in the case of sudden nature’s call when the other toilet is engaged but also a smart way to make proper utilization…
  • You Got To See This – Exposed Brick Walls

    17 Feb 2014 | 7:07 am
    Modern and Rustic Brick WallsHola people! Today am going to share an interesting interior accent feature for the fashionista in you. Real or faux the exposed brick wall gives a very rustic and modern look to your home. I came across this style a couple of years back but got a chance to share it with you today.Well the good news is, whether you have an exposed wall or not you can still have faux bricks to get this effect.You might have read my post on Industrial interior and this look completely supports the industrial decor as well. In fact, no matter whatever style of interior you choose for…
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  • Spring Citrus Colors: How to Make Orange and Yellow Work

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Orange and yellow are cheery colors. From bright, basic hues to more muted and earthy versions, you can control the intensity of the energetic qualities you add to your living spaces. Here are some tips on how to make orange and yellow work in your home design: Mediterranean Living Room by Seattle Photographers Matt Varnado – Varnado Photography via Houzz In the bathroom. Why not go bright in the bathroom, especially in hall baths or powder rooms, which can be smaller and more cave-like without added brightness? Yellow walls with yellow and orange tile accents are attractive, clean,…
  • Enjoying the Spring Weather? Ideas for an Outdoor Chaise

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Chaise lounges (chaise longues in their native French) are instrumental in creating a comfortable outdoor living space. Unlike upright armchairs, they allow you to recline in a more relaxed position while providing full-body support. Contemporary Pool via Houzz There are a multitude of chaise lounge styles to choose from but we have our favorites. The following examples can augment any outdoor design: Surf and Turf. We usually think of lounging poolside, but the modern trend towards sunning ledges – ideal for those with kids – can provide the best of both worlds. Inserting your…
  • Like Vintage Style? Here’s How to Make It Happen

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Are you a fan of the vintage look? You can create a comfortable and stylish interior design using vintage style in any room of your house. This article, featuring the home of musician Mark Pickerel, shows how a vintage design can come to life. Eclectic Spaces by Seattle Photographers Kimberley Bryan via Houzz Start with what you have. If you live in an older home, consider how existing architectural features can be re-vamped to enhance your vintage style. In the case of this home, the tiles around the fireplace as well as the sconces were original. A little cleaning and polishing, and they…
  • How to Avoid Some Common Interior Decorating Mistakes

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Experts often say that making mistakes is the best way to learn — but it’s a lot easier to learn from others’ mistakes than to make your own! Here is a look at four common interior design mistakes to avoid as you design or remodel your home. Traditional Living Room by Milwaukee Architects & Designers Mitch Wise Design,Inc. via Houzz Over-Matching Just because you chose the color blue for your carpet in the living room does not mean that you have to choose blue for every other item in that room, too! Over-matching is a common interior design mistake that’s pretty…
  • Hot Bathroom Trends to Look for In 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Bathroom design trends are always changing, and if you want your home to look modern and stylish, it’s important to keep up with them! Here’s a look at three different bathroom design trends that are hot in 2014, and some ways that you can incorporate them into your decor. Source: Shell Decor The Coastal Look What better place for the beachy look than in the bathroom? Not only is the beach look in this season, but it’s a lot more rustic than in the past. Incorporating natural coastal features like driftwood and seashells is very in style. Try framing your mirror in a…
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  • Find What Makes You Feel Good & Get in the Spirit of Spring

    Rebecca Pogonitz
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Yes, I am an interior designer. But I’m also a transformer and re-inventor. How so? I love to create change, both within myself and the spaces I create with my clients. I regard the process of designing a space in the same way as designing one’s life. Why? Because you can’t design a living space that is going to bring you peace, comfort, and warm energy, without understanding what your needs are – not only externally, but INTERNALLY. My clients contact me for a multitude of reasons, but it all boils down to one thing — they are on the brink of making a change in their life…
  • GoGo Answers the Call for HGTV’s Brother vs Brother

    Rebecca Pogonitz
    2 Oct 2013 | 2:00 am
    Image credits: GoGo Design Group recently had another extremely fun adventure at the HGTV Brother vs. Brother Chicago Casting Call!   Showing up at the Chicago Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue with application and photos in tow, I was able to snag three or so minutes with a Chicago casting agent and introduce myself to the HGTV world.  Much to my delight, I got a call back three hours later for a camera interview, and scheduled it for the next day. Back at the Westin I had the incredible opportunity to sit in front of the rolling camera and speak all…
  • CAI Design’s Chair Contest Entered

    Rebecca Pogonitz
    30 Sep 2013 | 9:07 am
    A good challenge always keeps us on top of our game and Gogo Design Group had the privilege to take on another one recently as part of the Palecek & Kravet Inspiration Chair Contest.    We were one of six design firms nominated by CAI Designs to compete. The Challenge:  create your own inspired chair using in stock Kravet fabric and any Palecek furniture finishes. Setting out to the Kravet Showroom, I had my vision and chomping at the bit dove into the fabrics.  Thinking color and texture are what’s going to make my chair sing, I selected a creamy and soft faux fur fabric for the…
  • Don’t Give Up On The Process, Believe In It

    Rebecca Pogonitz
    7 Sep 2013 | 1:00 pm
    It’s so easy to give up on our personal goals whether it’s losing weight, exercising more, traveling more, or tackling that next home improvement project, etc.  It’s hard enough to take the plunge to set a goal, let alone achieve it.   But did you ever notice that we are prone to give up when the going gets tough?  As easy as it is to set a goal, it’s even easier to give up on it or ourselves.  About five years ago my light ignited and my journey to self-discovery was set in motion when I initiated my weight loss “program”.  I wish I could bottle and sell or at least give…
  • Think Out-Of-The Box For Creating Interior Design Improvements

    Rebecca Pogonitz
    18 Jul 2013 | 12:56 pm
    Recently a couple came to me and expressed the urge to make a change and increase the warm energy in their home.  I say increase because their home already feels incredibly warm.  As soon as you enter you are washed with warmth and positive energy.  All is orderly, each item and piece of furniture placed thoughtfully throughout and reflective of their lifestyle and personal aesthetic.  The color palette does exactly as it should – envelop you with comfort.  One of the owners is an artist in his spare time and his engaging work is displayed in certain areas.   His other half is a…
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  • Hello AMAZING, let’s hold hands & snoop through my house.

    Lynne Knowlton
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
      HOME  TOUR  !!   Today, we are touring my house.  Okay, I’ve seen it.  Now it’s your turn. *snicker*  At the end of this tour, you may be inspired to DIY.  Or drink.  Or binge-watch LOST on Netflix. One … Read More!
  • Barn Wedding + Cupcakes + Treehouse = INSPIRED

    Lynne Knowlton
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
              I love a blog post title that just comes right out and smacks you in the face with a promise.  Well this is it.  I promise to show you :   Barn wedding + cupcakes … Read More!
  • How to blog when you’re blogstipated

    Lynne Knowlton
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
        Burned out?  Have you ever practiced the art of un-working?  Are you a blogger?  Have you stepped away from your blog and unblogged?  Unplugged?  Did you hit the road, Jack?  Sometimes it is necessary to step back and … Read More!
  • Knit A Chunky Wool Blanket. It Will Keep You From Unravelling …

    Lynne Knowlton
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:57 am
        Would you lurve to knit a chunky wool blanket?  Good.  Me too.  I knew I liked you. This blanket can keep you from unravelling, one stitch at a time.   Whaaaa ?!     You don’t want to … Read More!
  • It’s a Dog Life – Excuse the Drool

    Lynne Knowlton
    21 Feb 2014 | 6:56 am
        Things had been going pretty swell so far on the bloggy, wouldn’t you agree?  We laugh. We do fun stuff.  We hang out.  It’s like we just get each other.  I like it.  You are all that, and … Read More!
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  • hotel inspired decor: the Vieques W in Puerto Rico

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we continue with our hotel inspired decor series and heading to the chic and delightful contemporary design hotel W Retreat & Spa on the island of Vieques just off the coast of the main island of Puerto Rico.  In … Continue reading → This post hotel inspired decor: the Vieques W in Puerto Rico first appeared on richard rabel: interiors + art
  • Chic Hand Carved Wooden Bowls and Objects for the Home

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is a certain je ne sais quoi to the hand carved wooden bowls of self-taught English woodcarver Nic Webb who is making a splash in the design world with his bowls, vessels and spoons. Working primarily with green wood … Continue reading → This post Chic Hand Carved Wooden Bowls and Objects for the Home first appeared on richard rabel: interiors + art
  • flying under the radar: canadian abstract art

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Abstraction dominated the art world in the years following the Second World War.  It was a move away from surrealist and post impressionist art and is best exemplified by the works of some of my favorite artists including Jackson Pollock … Continue reading → This post flying under the radar: canadian abstract art first appeared on richard rabel: interiors + art
  • setting a chic dinner table – christofle silver knife rests

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Knife rests are a wonderful practical invention whose sole purpose is to keep greasy and messy knife blades off your good tablecloth.  You place one at each place setting with the knife blades resting on them.  The French must be … Continue reading → This post setting a chic dinner table – christofle silver knife rests first appeared on richard rabel: interiors + art
  • going to high point market? – make a detour to the furniture library

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Much like the Design Library I wrote about several months back, the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library located in High Point, North Carolina, should be on every designer and decorators must-see (and use) list.  Founded in 1970 by Sandy and Bernice … Continue reading → This post going to high point market? – make a detour to the furniture library first appeared on richard rabel: interiors + art
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  • 8 Alternative Ways to Organize Clothing

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    If you are looking for some new and cool ways to storage your clothing, then you don’t have to look more. Here are some interesting and unique ideas that will definitely tickle your mind! 1. Bike Clothes Hanger A bike doesn’t have to be a disturbing element in your flat but rather a modern urban interior decoration hanging from your wall! Here is a great way to repurpose your old bike. Use it as a clothes hanger! It looks interesting and you can bet that everyone will be amazed by your creativity! Source 2. Industrial Garment Rack Cart This industrial garment rack cart is…
  • 14 Mind-Blowing Entertainment Dens

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    We all dream about our perfect kitchen, bedroom, bathroom… In one word: perfect home. When we think about our perfect home we all have some special (you may say crazy) ideas! On these pictures you will see some of that crazy (but genius) ideas! Who wouldn’t like to have such a cool rooms in their own home?? We all love to unwind when we get home, and these rooms are perfect for that! 1. Attic Home Theater Turn your attic into something great! This room looks so cozy! It’s a perfect place to lay down with your special one, turn on some romantic movie… And who knows what…
  • Design tips on a budget – how to furnish your home on the cheap

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Photo credit: Cash – it’s so difficult to get enough of, isn’t it? You work your socks off – not literally, unless you work in some sort of sock removal factory, which you don’t because those don’t exist – then you’ve got to pay your bills before you can even have a good time with your well-earned dough. But, even if cash is difficult to come by, you can glam up your home in a number of cost-effective ways. So, once those bills are paid off, you won’t have to splash out too much with some of these cost-light design tips. Make your floors look a treat Carpeting can…
  • 11 Amazing ways to display Succulents

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Succulents have been really popular lately. There is nothing weird about that. They are just so beautiful and the best thing about them is that they are almost indestructible. There are so many interesting leaf forms and plants shapes you can choose from. They will look awesome wherever you put them, but here’s a little help. We came up with eleven amazing ways to display succulents! Hope you like it. 1. Vertical Wall Planter This wonderful wall planter will look good in any home. It’s simple to make and it’s just a perfect way to display your succulents so everyone can see…
  • 17 Most Amazing Baths on Earth

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    After a hard day at work, there is nothing more relaxing than a long warm bath. That is the best way to release stress from your system! Just look at these most amazing baths on Earth. Who wouldn’t like to relax in one of them!? If you ever win a lottery, I am sure one of these baths will be your number one choice for your new home! 1. House of Would / Elii You have to admit that this is one of the coolest baths you’ve ever seen. Come on, it even has a slide! Perfect to relax and have fun at the same time! Sunken bath tubs are just the best! Source 2. Japanese Style Spa Bathtub…
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  • Lucite nut cracker | Madrid, Spain

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    I thought the last nut cracker was pretty good.  This one is absolutely stunning!  It is also made of thick, chunky, transparent Lucite.  It is the one on the left in the picture above. The nutcracker comes in two parts.  The base (on the right) is a solid cube 2-1/4” on a side, attached to a 3/4 inch diameter threaded screw that is 2-1/4” long.  For strength, this piece looks to have been cast as a single part. Where the nut gets cracked (on the left) is also a cube, 2-1/4” on a side.  There is a circular opening, 1-5/8” in diameter and 2” deep, milled…
  • Lucite nutcracker

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Here is a Lucite (acrylic) nutcracker, and it’s one of the best, most  modern looking nutcrackers I’ve ever seen!  Simply designed with clean lines, it is made of transparent acrylic.  Where there are screw threads, it has a matte finish. The base of the nut cracker is just under 3” by 3” by 1” depth.  There is a large, 1-1/2” diameter circular opening to allow insertion of a nut and a threaded hole in the top to allow for the cracking. Through this threaded hole is placed a 1/2” diameter screw, 3” in total length, also made of Lucite.  The flared…
  • Dish Doctor dishrack | Marc Newson | Magis, Italy | 1998 | UPDATE

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Dish Doctor dishrack by Marc Newson for Magis is stylish and functional, especially in kitchens where there isn’t a dishwasher (and hence, a dish dryer).  Here is an update to my post of October 14, 2009.  This example of the Dish Doctor is made in solid blue. The imprint, on the bottom of the Dish Doctor.     The Dish Doctor comes in two pieces.  The top piece has prongs on which the dishes rest and drainage holes through the bottom.  The bottom piece is what the water drains into.  Above, clockwise from top:  top view, bottom view, top piece…
  • Hivo van Teal sculpture

    14 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    This colossal sculpture by Hivo G. Van Teal is made up of ten pointed sections that rise from a diamond base, all in transparent Lucite.  The sculpture measures 18” by 18” by 14”. eBay item 310879156728 ended February 28, 2014 at 18:47:50 PST (United States).  5 bidders placed 85 bids and the sculpture sold for $200 plus $26.99 shipping.    Here is a variation on this sculpture that is a similar size but has eight spires instead of ten.  All in transparent Lucite.  The sculpture measures 18” by 18” by 13”. eBay item 121292371029, Buy It Now (United…
  • 22 and 23 vase | Jacques Bedat | Georg Jensen, France

    12 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    Collection of white semicircular vases by Jacques Bedat for Georg Jensen.  Four make a full circle.  Marked “déposé” and either “22” or “23”, signed Jacques Bedat, and “made in france”.   There is a small white rectangular “GEORG JENSEN” sticker on each. eBay item 111252590268 sold January 13, 2014 at 17:49:58 PST for $24.99 plus shipping.  One bidder placed one bid.
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    New York Interior Design Blog

  • DIFFA’s Dining By Design 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    DIFFA, which stands for Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS, is an amazing charity that grants funds to other organizations to help in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  DIFFA’s Dining by Design is a wonderful annual event that is held on the first night of the Architectural Digest Home Show at the Piers.  Designers from all over the world come together and create fabulous, out of the box dining table designs to raise money for a great cause.  Below are some of the highlights from this year’s event.  This year, I was honored to be a member of the ASID Distinguished judges…
  • Zak + Fox Collaborates with Apparatus to Create a Stunning Wall Covering Creation!

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Zak + Fox has Collaborated with Apparatus to create a stunning wall covering creation called Strata Study.  This wall covering was inspired by the layering patterns that are found in rocks and wood.  The result is this fabulous product featuring a large bold pattern! Zak + Fox Strata Study Wall Covering You will be happy to know that this new wall covering comes in three beautiful colorways and custom colors are also an option! Zak + Fox Strata Study Wall Coverings Let us know if this inspires you by leaving a comment below! Click here to tell us what you think of this stunning wall…
  • Knock, Knock–Who’s There?

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Knock, knock — Who’s there?  Beautiful bold doorknobs, that’s who!  Dering Hall has compiled a collection of stunning designer doorknobs that will add character to any door!  Today we would like to share a few of our favorites with you. The first is this gorgeous doorknob from SA Baxter!  We are loving this 3 dimensional motif inset into the face of this knob.  We use this showroom for our luxury clients and everything they fabricate, and the attention to detail is superb. SA Baxter DK 4025 Door Knob Next up is this wonderful creation by  Collier Webb.  It is featured…
  • A Clean Slate!

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Slate is now trending in both kitchens and baths!  From sleek and modern, to rustic and traditional and everything in between.  There are so many different options to choose from! Check out the linear slate tiles in this sleek and contemporary kitchen designed by La Leicht below.  The slate and the wood really add warmth to this otherwise chilly white space. Slate Kitchen Tile in Kichen Designed by LA Leicht The kitchen below designed by Clinkston Architects showcases slate in the form of a subway tile backsplash installation.  This is such a clean and beautiful look.  The grey slate…
  • Black and White Bathrooms

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Contrast which is the juxtaposition of dissimilar elements, is one of the most interesting principles in Interior Design.  Black and white are opposites and provide fabulous contrast and will definitely make  a statement in a space.  Below we have collected some great black and white bathroom designs that will have you craving a renovation! This stunning black and white bathroom was designed by Fresco Interiors!  This is a very contemporary spin on the theme.  A white basket weave tile sits behind this large monolithic soaker tub, while two white leather upholstered benches flank the…
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    Courtney Price Design

  • NOMAD- Convenient Charging on the Go

    Courtney Price
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    the world's smallest, most portable USB cables - reviewed today- awesome! Related posts: Music Lovers and Conference Calling Business Travelers, Here is a Gadget for You: Are We Tired of Cord and Remote Control Clutter? iPad Wall Mount Options
  • Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Tate Modern

    Courtney Price
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    A groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works, opening at The Tate Modern this week: Related posts: Happy Birthday Matisse! Parisian Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West- at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Watermelon Salad

    Courtney Price
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Have you planned your Easter Brunch menu? Here is an easy crowd pleaser: Related posts: Beautiful Layered Salads Easy to Make Food Presentation Peach Ice Cream
  • Dwell With Dignity

    Courtney Price
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Cheers to beautiful living and helping others: Related posts: Come See Me over at Huffington Post Design Bloggers Conference Highlights in Huffington Post Home Come See Me over at Huff Post Home for some Outdoor Design Talk!
  • Dallas Art Fair 2014

    Courtney Price
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Get an advanced look at the Dallas Art Fair 2014 Related posts: Eric Zener Show Shop Dallas: Mecox Gardens for Interior Design Inspiration Blue Print – Dallas Interior Design Shopping
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    Inhabit Blog

  • Practical Outdoor Dining Furniture Ideas

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    The outdoor furniture for dining has to be selected with utmost care. The upholstery for home needs is to be placed inside the four walls and under the roof. In case of the outdoor dining furniture,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Choose the Right Drawing Room Sofas

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
    There are boundless options for anything and everything when it comes to decorating your home. The same is applicable to the drawing room sofas. Until you enter into the showroom, you might think... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Add to the Elegance to Your Kitchen with Luxury Kitchen Tiles

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Every home has a unique character. What you do to the interiors of your home reflects your personal character and this fits well to your kitchen too. Kitchen worktops, dining furniture and the hobs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sleek and Stylish Modern Dining Room Tables

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Dining tables and chairs are an integral part of your kitchen and yet play an important role when it comes to enhancing the overall look of the kitchen. A relaxing dinner is not only in the culinary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Must-have Kitchen Countertops for Your Interiors

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Picking the kitchen countertops is not an easy task as too many options leave the homeowners confused. The kitchen countertops must look good and also should add to the charm of the ambiance while... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Interior Design Ideas, Home Designs, Bedroom, Living Room Designs

  • Stunning Modern Designed Home

    Melina Divani
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Modern design is trending like crazy these days, and people whose main focus is the functionality of their home go crazy for houses like this one designed by Yo Dezeen. The ultra-clean look of modern-interiors make cleaning and entertaining a breeze; stress free, clutter free. What more could you ask for with a living room which provides amazing calming and relaxing features, as you sit on your couch soaking in the fresh breeze from your elegant french-door patio?The earthy overtones blended by harmonious green foliage can make anyone feel like they are living in Eden. The beautiful…
  • Class and Elegant Living

    Melina Divani
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    A classic interior illuminated with the beauty of the past and present is what you will find in this marvelously decorated home. If you’ve ever pondered the idea of living in a domicile with an elegant interior incorporating gentle intricacies on ceilings and windows, coupled with elegantly designed furniture draped in velvety smooth fabrics, this is the home to fulfill your dreams. Sensible splendor united with hidden delicacies makes this home a wanderlust of interior discovery. You will have the feeling of eternity in a physical realm of beauty. For instance, magnificent high ceilings…
  • 20 Best Multi Colored Spring Bedding Sets

    Melina Divani
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    Spring is here and it’s hard not to get excited when the new-season bedding collections start popping up in shops.  Forget neutrals, a splash of color can revive your bedroom. Get inspired by this collection of 20 Best Multi-Colored Spring Bedding Sets. 1. Lotus Flower Jewel Coloured Floral Bedding Set by Designers Guild Wonderful jewel coloured flowers sit on an elegant soft ground. A delicate patina of brushed gold gives an effect of vintage luxury. The reverse is a beautiful repeat of a stylized lotus flower. 2. “Sunbeam” Bed Linens Cheery “Sunbeam”…
  • Astonishing Classic English Kitchens

    Melina Divani
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Martin Moore & Company provides beautiful, modern colonial kitchens that are only suited to the most grandeur of Western houses. The most fundamental element in all of their kitchens is natural light, and lots of it—white-framed windows and large, floor-to-ceiling glass doors facing outside gardens appear to be their signature look. Yet if that is not readily available, this kitchen designer brand offers other alternatives that will be just as effective in inducing feelings of comfort and happiness. The ceilings and walls, for example, are in a soft white or very light color to help…
  • 35 Irresistible Bathroom Ideas With Freestanding Bathtub

    Melina Divani
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Freestanding bathtubs are quickly becoming a staple of the modern bathroom. Their utility as a centerpiece for a contemporary or antique style bathroom has made them more desirable in recent years. Their versatility will allow you to exhibit a unique twist on your own bathroom. Here are a few ways that you can design your bathroom with your freestanding tub in mind. 1. Create your own spa: Having a freestanding tub in the middle of your bathroom gives the room a feeling of centrality and serenity. By having tapered steps and a flat top on the tub, your everyday bath can quickly turn into a…
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    Brabbu | Design Forces

  • 8 ideas in how to create an Easter Home decoration 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    With Easter knocking on our doors and windows, it’s time to gather new fresh ideas, and trying something different of other years…like the title says “Easter Home decoration 2014″ ! But, what if, BRABBU could help you with some ideas, that you can take it and do it yourself (DIY)? Like other holidays, Easter embraces tags for “festive holiday”, where creativity is more than likely to be your best help to plan a great Home Decoration. We can guarantee you, either your friends, family and foremost the kids, will have a quality time in your home with this…
  • Geodesis, scents for home at iSaloni 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    And it’s over, one more journey at iSaloni, or Salone del Mobile di Milano. Our team already arrived at home, all with big smiles and great expectations for what coming in the next 8 months. Don’t miss our next adventure, at ICFF (more information incoming). But today, is a day where BRABBU want to thanks, to all visitors that  took a few minutes to visit us, and specially to one of our isaloni 2014 partners, Geodesis-Home Fragrances. From day one, even when the exhibition wasn’t started, BRABBU and Geodesis were linked through the desire to give to all visitors a journey…
  • Licor Beirão our partner in iSaloni

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    This year BRABBU had a special partner for iSaloni. The best Liquors of Portugal and very appreciated in all world.   Licor Beirão is currently produced in Quinta do Meiral, in Lousã (district of Coimbra, in Portugal). With more than 12 hectares, some of the plants and aromatic seeds are produced here allowing greater quality control. The remaining ingredients are brought from distant zones like India, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Turkey, among others They website is very fun and with a lot of good information just like tip’s. How to drink Licor Beirão. Our favorite it’s…
  • Worldwide bike tours you should do before you die

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    There are a lot of things you really need to do before you die. What about bike tours? But not a normal bike tour a Worldwide bike tour. Can you imagine the things you will see? The cultures you will meet. It’s a perfect plan right? You and your bike worldwilde. The best part? We will give you tips of fantastic food! Blue Ridge - Tucked away in Virginia’s vineyard-dotted farmland awaits a land of gastronomic pleasure. After a gourmet breakfast, head out to the region’s wineries, and return to a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Some tours include an evening at The Inn at Little…
  • Brabbu highlights at High Point Market 2014 Spring edition

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    You probably know that for the past few days, North Carolina bloomed for Spring ’14 High Point Market,  which is the world’s largest home furnishings trade show where buyers, designers, editors and industry trend experts come to check out the latest in home. It happens twice. yearly in Spring and Fall and is kind of Fashion Week for design industry. In this trip, BRABBU went there to deliver a fresh colorfull collection… A you might know BRABBU is all about global culture inspirations, fusion between urban and contemporary, emphasizing modern and exotic sustainable design pieces…
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    Home Decor + Home Lighting Blog

  • Decorative Accessories: Pretty Pillows

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Pillows, pillows and more pillows. Some of us never get enough of these easy breezy decorative accessories. They offer limitless possibilities for quickly updating a space that’s a bit tired with a case of leftover wintertime blues. Whether you want to add a single new pillow that’s captured your attention or it’s time to make a clean sweep and bring in a whole new collection for summer, throw pillows are a quick design fix. Here are some of our favorites from Arcadian Home. Enjoy! Coastal chic pillows often come in watery blue hues, but these four beauties evoke thoughts of…
  • Styling Shelves with a Twist

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Ready to give your shelves a makeover and add a little something something to bring them to life, even make them stand out as the focal point of your room? Sure, there are a few rules we like to follow that help keep things in balance and headed in the right design direction, but sometimes you just want to step away and come back with a new idea to give your shelves a boost, make them more fun. Maybe it’s time for styling those shelves with a twist. Let’s give it a try. When you’re out and about visiting brick and mortar shops around town, you might find clever ideas for…
  • Update Your Outdoor Spaces for Spring and Summer

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Since our recent post about adding color to outdoor spaces, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about updating outdoor rooms just in time for the warm and sunny weather that the new season brings. Here are some of our top picks for beautiful and functional ways to bring new life to outdoor living areas. Enjoy! New chairs that do double duty for dining and lounging are a great way to update an outdoor space with or without the pool. Have a covered patio with a large dining area that’s just begging for a new look? Consider adding an outdoor chandelier over the table for an instant…
  • How to Add Color to Outdoor Spaces

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    Are you as anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine as we are? And yes, we know you’re already thinking about how to create or update outdoor living spaces so you can enjoy the spring and summer days ahead in your own backyard. Whether you have only a tiny balcony, small terrace, modest patio or a large backyard with all sorts of outdoor “rooms” to decorate, color can be the key to bringing to life inviting and irresistible open-air living spaces. With a charming blue, black and gray background, this inviting screened-in porch shows just how easy it is to…
  • Turquoise & Pink in Springtime Decor

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    Hello, Spring! We’re so glad you’re here. It’s time to celebrate the arrival of the new season and we’re thinking turquoise and pink. One of the ever-popular color combinations that has stood the test of time and seems here to stay, this lovely duo looks fresh and stylish when set against a pristine white background. For your springtime decor inspiration, here’s our take on this brilliant color pairing. Please enjoy! The super talented folks at Thibaut inspired our nod to turquoise and pink in springtime decor with this fabulous room setting. It shows off one of…
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    66 Owls

  • Upcoming Design Competitions 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Today, I am going to post about upcoming competitions as I myself aim to compete in few of them in coming months and would encourage you to do so too. So here we the top two competitions with deadlines in April 2014. Keep coming for more opportunities 1. 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship The RIBA is inviting applications from architecture students at RIBA/CAA-validated schools around the world for the 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of towns or cities.
  • See what you can do with your Christmas lights!

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Since spring is around and you try to get rid of all that winter and Christmas decoration stuff, don’t think about giving away those Christmas light or throw them inside deep corners of store room. Let me share some amazing ideas for using those Christmas light in other seasons to keep your surroundings beautiful. Making a Chandelier All that you need to create one of these light fixtures are some twinkling holiday lights, a wire cooling rack and excess fabric. Twinkling lights can be purchased directly at and instructions for assembling your chandelier can be…
  • Vietnam Culture Symbols and Color Meanings

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    So coming back to learn about cultural understanding of different countries or regions for inspiration and learning, today I am going to share about important cultural symbols and elements of design as well as meanings associated to different colours in Vietnam. The Dragon. The Dragon (“Long”) is a fabulous beast which the Vietnamese mythology represents with the head of a camel, horns of a deer, eyes of a fish, ears of a buffalo, body and neck of a snake, scales of a carp, claws of an eagle, and feet of a tiger. A long barb hangs on each side of its mouth, and a precious stone…
  • Top 5 Shops for designers in Tallinn, Estonia

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    So today, we talk about shopping for designers in wonderful town of Tallinn in Estonia. I selected top 5 shops for designers from where you can buy stuff for your inspiration based on local culture. If you have your favourite then don’t hesitate to contact me to get it featured next time. 1. Sfäär Store In a sense, Sfäär has given the whole restaurant business a spin of its own. Combining food with shopping can seem like too broad a scope, but they’ve made it work. Like the wine bar downstairs, the Sfäär store prides itself on a carefully assembled selection of brands.
  • Upcoming Design Competition: ADC Young Guns 12

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hope you all having great time and making most of your skills. So today i thought about giving you an opportunity to show your skills at this upcoming event “ADC Young Guns 12″. ADC Young Guns 12 The ADC Young Guns 12 (YG12) will be open for entries from February 13, 2014. The competition is open to professionals, 30 years or under. ADC Young Guns is the industry’s only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today’s vanguard of young creatives, and is open to both ADC members and nonmembers. Last year’s competition…
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    Kitchens by Mike Taylor

  • Four Optical Illusions to Make a Small Kitchen Seem Bigger

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    We can’t all be blessed with acres of kitchen space, but even the smallest kitchen can be made more user and family friendly. Whether you’re thinking of updating or redecorating or you just want to get more control over your space, these tips will help clarify what (and what not) to do with a small area.   Avoid Pendant lighting They may be fashionable, but pendant lights don’t fit well in a small kitchen. Hanging down from the ceiling, they cut into the visual space at head height. Go instead for recessed ceiling lighting to create bright light while retaining an uncluttered…
  • Childproofing Your Kitchen for Durability and Safety

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    You can’t keep kids out of the kitchen, so keeping them safe is the next best thing.   Being the hub of the home, the kitchen needs to work for all members of the family, including the very smallest. Child safety might not be first on your list of necessities when planning kitchen improvements, but future-proofing across the generations builds extra longevity into a design. Here are a few ideas to incorporate into your kitchen planning either for your own kids or your grandchildren.   Kitchen Cabinets, Above and Below Kitchen worktops take quite a beating over the course of…
  • 3 Exciting Colour Schemes for Beautiful Kitchens

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Choosing designs and layouts are only the beginning when designing a new kitchen. Every tiny detail has to be worked on before completion, and for most people choosing the colour scheme is one of the most exciting parts of creating a beautiful kitchen. Some people go for the latest fashions while others choose colours purely based on what they like. Either is fine, as long as you bear in mind the future use of the kitchen. Do you plan on staying in your home for years to come?  If so, go ahead with a colour scheme that’s purely for your own enjoyment. Be as funky and original as you…
  • 4 Ways a New Kitchen Will Transform Your Life

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    As the heartbeat of your home, a modern, new, kitchen can transform your life and bring everyone closer together. You often read about how a new kitchen improves your home and makes it more saleable, but what about how a new kitchen improves your life and makes it more live-able? You only have to consider what life would be like without a kitchen to get some insight into how important kitchens are. Not just for convenience, but as the heartbeat of the home; the central place that nourishes both practically and metaphorically. Without a kitchen, a home would hardly even be a house. Here then,…
  • This ONE Kitchen Design Mistake Will Turn Your Hair Grey

    10 Feb 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Great Interior Design Challenge – important lessons for all go-it-alone designers.   Did you watch The Great Interior Design Challenge? It was fun seeing what the amateur designers created for their ‘clients’,  but week after week they all struggled with one thing. Did you spot it? For those who didn’t see the programme, here’s a quick summary: Amateur interior designers were assigned the task of updating one room in a house. They all had the same kind of room in the same type of property, be it living room, bedroom or kitchen. They then had 48 hours over 3 days to…
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  • Vintage Chanel

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    - eclectic modern vintage designThe Chanel name may be ubiquitous with high fashion today, but delve a little deeper into its origins to reveal the brand’s true impact. Coco Chanel pioneered a look wholly original and groundbreaking. By introducing more casual silhouettes and fabrics into her collections, she liberated women from otherwise constraining fashions.  She was among the first […]The post Vintage Chanel appeared first on .
  • Hollywood Luxe: Designer Anouska Hempel

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    - eclectic modern vintage designAnouska Hempel’s transition from Hollywood actress to Interior Designer proved an effortless one. One look at her chic, opulent, yet eclectic designs reveals a refined eye and carefully curated aesthetic aptly suited for the world’s most luxurious environs. A talent one is born with, not learned. A sophisticated vision so special her talents are coveted […]The post Hollywood Luxe: Designer Anouska Hempel appeared first on .
  • English Cottage Decor: Vintage Traditional

    2 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    - eclectic modern vintage designNever overlook potential sources of inspiration. A well-produced TV series can turn into an unexpected design source. Take one of my favorites, Masterpiece Mystery’s Inspector Lewis. Season seven’s episode featured an incredibly charming and quaint bungalow in the English countryside, filled with well-worn leather furniture, books upon books, and the most amazing wall paper – […]The post English Cottage Decor: Vintage Traditional appeared first on .
  • Perfect Pairings: Creative Duos

    14 Feb 2014 | 7:59 am
    - eclectic modern vintage designFor Valentine’s Day, the magic number is two. But let’s look beyond the conventional application of this ‘holiday’ to spotlight truly powerful pairings, whether romantic, creative muse, or a mutually appreciation for each other’s genius. Such pairings are particularly striking when each brings to the table such different – and monumental – expertise in seemingly […]The post Perfect Pairings: Creative Duos appeared first on .
  • Photographer Clifford Coffin: Art Meets Elegance

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:27 pm
    - eclectic modern vintage designFashion photography is an art form unto itself. And today’s photographers find continued inspiration and guidance from one of the greats: Clifford Coffin. Chief among Vogue Magazine’s illustrious roster of acclaimed fashion photogs, Coffin set the pace for fashion layouts in the 1940s and 1950s. With laser focus, sometimes overwhelming drive, and an expert eye, […]The post Photographer Clifford Coffin: Art Meets Elegance appeared first on .
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  • 3 tips for dealing with small closet space

    Spotlighting - Blog for
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The dreaded small closet – nobody likes having one, but many homeowners unfortunately do. Small closets can make organizing a bedroom more difficult and you may wind up suffering from a cluttered room as a result. If your small closet space is causing you stress, here are three tips for making it work. Photo credit: BHG 1. Maximize your closet space Your closet might be small, but there are ways you can maximize your storage space and make it appear bigger. If you don’t have enough room to hang up all of your clothes, install a second rod either below or behind the first one depending on…
  • Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal with it.

    Spotlighting - Blog for
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    After spending weeks browsing different options, you’ve finally chosen the perfect chair for your living room. Or so you thought. Now that you’ve actually put it in your living room, the chair doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. Regretting a new furniture purchase is a common occurrence and many people immediately want to return the item. The best solution, however, for dealing with regret is a bit surprising: wait for the feeling to pass. How many times have you gotten a haircut and at first were unsure about the new style, but eventually you grew to love it? The same situation often…
  • Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

    Spotlighting - Blog for
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kitchens are meant to be highly functional spaces, but a bad room design can make it difficult for you to use the space effectively. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, be sure to keep these important tips in mind during every stage of the process. Photo credit: Savvyhomeblog Storage: Kitchens are typically used to store food, cookware and tableware, which means you’ll need adequate storage space to prevent the room from becoming cluttered. Consider how you will use each cupboard and drawer before you remodel to ensure that every item will have a home. You might also want to look for…
  • Hosting the Perfect Summer Garden Party

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    11 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Parties are a great way to make new friends, have some good laughs, and live in the moment. My favorite place to host a party is right in my back yard. Gardens add a special element to an event that you simply can’t get anywhere else. The mixture of being outside, breathing fresh air, and enjoying the scenery has a magical feeling that is indescribable. If you are itching to escape the walls of your home and share the green things you’ve grown, then it’s time to throw your very own garden party. Here are ten ways to host it and make it a success. Photo courtesy of Andrew Rollinger…
  • 5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

    Spotlighting - Blog for
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo credit: The Design Files An effective work space is attractive, organized and comfortable. Whether you work from home every day or just occasionally on nights and weekends, your home office should be designed to boost productivity. Avoid these five home office decorating blunders when setting up your space so you can work from home without getting distracted or uncomfortable. 1. Choosing a stylish, but uncomfortable chair If you plant to sit in your office chair for hours during the day, it’s necessary to choose a chair that is not only attractive, but also offers comfort. Look for an…
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    Home Decor Tips

  • What To Avoid In Your Home Décor For 2014

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

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

    27 Feb 2014 | 10:48 pm
    When choosing curtains, one factor that many people pay little attention to is the fabric’s fire resistance. Choosing a flame retardant material can be extremely useful in the event of an emergency, especially because a window could be the only means of escape from the home. The next time you are shopping for curtains, make
  • Get An Indoor Jungle Gym This Winter

    20 Jan 2014 | 2:02 am
    Who can forget hanging from monkey bars or the metal dome climber? Both swing sets and jungle gyms have greatly advanced since the first jungle gym was invented in 1920 by Sebastian Hinton. His first patent appealed to the “monkey instinct”; claiming the benefits of climbing as exercise and play for children. The design and
  • Patent Landscaping Analysis: What are the Key Steps?

    18 Dec 2013 | 8:11 pm
    To those of us who are neither patent strategists nor analysts, the term patent landscaping can be confusing. To put it simply, patent landscaping is a complete and thorough process of analyzing gathered data related to a specific technology domain. If done properly, patent landscaping can provide competitive intelligence regarding future business insights and IP
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    Monarch Home & Garden Studio

  • 2014 KW Home & Garden Show

    Monarch Home and Garden
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth this past weekend. We hope you’re just as excited for Spring as we are! Filed under: Furniture & Accessories, Interior Design, Landscape Design Tagged: design, Home-Show, Monarch Home & Garden Studio, Monarch Landscape, Tulips, Water Feature
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Monarch Home and Garden
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am
    Filed under: Furniture & Accessories, Thoughts Tagged: design, Landscaping, Monarch Home & Garden Studio, Monarch Landscape, Patio Furniture, St. Paddy's Day
  • Monarch Thoughts: Good to try new things…

    Monarch Home and Garden
    14 Jan 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Filed under: Thoughts Tagged: Home Renovation, Monarch Home & Garden, Monarch Landscape
  • Monarch Thoughts: It didn’t look that good in the ’70′s …

    Monarch Home and Garden
    6 Jan 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Filed under: Furniture & Accessories, Interior Design, Thoughts Tagged: Home Renovation, interior design, Monarch Home & Garden Studio
  • Monarch Thoughts: Need a professional …

    Monarch Home and Garden
    25 Nov 2013 | 9:30 am
    Filed under: Interior Design, Landscape Design, Thoughts Tagged: Home Renovation, Monarch Home & Garden, Monarch Landscape, Professional, Remodel
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    Kitchen & Bath Design Blog | Granite Transformations

  • Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for a Spring Makeover

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Spring. We wait for it all year. It’s a time to brush off the winter blues and start planning a ‘rejuvenation vacation.’ As you may have heard, homeowners across the country are opting for ‘staycations,’ as families find the joy of family time in the comfort of their own homes. Most of us would agree that our kitchens are the ‘heart’ of our homes. It is a place where our families gather and memories are made. Now is the perfect time to treat your kitchen to a spring makeover with new granite countertops. Or, consider giving your cabinets a facelift with a beautiful new look –…
  • Recipe of the Month | Easter Cake

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    With spring upon us and the Easter Bunny right on our tails, the time has come for coloring eggs, digging out the Easter baskets and planning our holiday menus. Granite Transformationsoffers a fun dessert idea to share with you that is sure to bring smiles to your table. Check out this fun Easter dessert recipe that your kids will love! The easiest way to make this adorable lamb cake is to bake it in a two-piece aluminum mold and use your favorite pound cake recipe or one right out of the box! This cute Easter Lamb Cake recipe is a fun dessert to prepare for the coming Easter Holiday—feel…
  • New Year, New Kitchen

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a new year and a new beginning for your home. As we’ve discussed previously, your kitchen is one of the easiest rooms to renovate—and most likely to give you more bang for your buck. Start the year right by planning your own kitchen overhaul, and consider these four ideas to make the space stand out.   1. Change the Aesthetic Starting out, ask yourself what kind of feeling does your kitchen currently gives you and your guests? Maybe you’ve created a warm, friendly room that encourages relaxation and socializing. Or you could have a kitchen with a more modern edge,…
  • Surprise Your Sweetie with These Home Improvement Gifts

    14 Feb 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you’re like most people, finding a unique and heartfelt gift for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day can cause a little anxiety. So, set aside the flowers, box of candy and don’t make those reservations just yet, because we’ve got some great tips on how to ensure this year’s gift will be remembered for years to come.   Being with the person you love is no different than being in a home you love. And there are few things more exciting to a relationship, or a home, than taking something that’s already good and making it even better. Granite Transformations can take your…
  • 5 Tips to Help You Find Your Personal Style

    12 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re thinking about redecorating but you don’t know where to start, it’s helpful to find your personal style. Your home says a lot about who you are—from the way you arrange furniture to the color of your walls, every piece is a personal choice. Figuring out which designs suit you is the best place to start, and by aligning your aesthetic and your personality, you’re more likely to enjoy your home.   1. Browse Magazines We’ve all flipped through home decorating magazines and been impressed with the designs. But when you see a finished room, it’s difficult to figure out…
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    Interior Design Blog | Interior and Exterior Design Ideas

  • $200 Paypal Group Giveaway

    Vidya Sudarsan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I've teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter for a chance to win!!Be sure to stop by and meet all of the ladies that helped make this group giveaway possible.Rhea et cetera / Sew Crafty Angel / Vodka Infused Lemonade / God's Growing GardenLovely You / Try It On Me / Mouse in the Kitchen / Far From Normal Cuddlebug Cuties Interior Design Principles TERMS AND CONDITIONS!The Life of the Party group giveaway begins at 12:00AM EST on April 17th, 2014 and will…
  • Bravo TV's Southern Charm

    Vidya Sudarsan
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    I was hand picked by Sverve an online company that helps users unleash their social verve, to watch Southern Charm and write about it. I have never had the patience to watch reality shows - I prefer 007 anytime! In spite of my biased views, I watched this show. To my own surprise, I ended up pausing it continuously to enjoy the Southern Charm. The decor, settings, and beautiful buildings of Charleston caught my eye right away. I feel like taking a family trip down there...The main characters in the show are six aristocratic singles whose lives are filled with drama! I was amused by the…
  • Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party

    Vidya Sudarsan
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Tweet #wakeupwednesdaylinky                Welcome to the 12th week of  Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 27 Blogs  -  1 Party&  GiveawayWe are so excited to have you all party with us.Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.Last week we had  308 awesome linkups!    Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time! The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs! Your…
  • Art In The Office

    Vidya Sudarsan
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Art is joyful; it immediately makes a person happy and sets a positive tone. In office environments, art makes the employees and visitors feel welcome. It also shows company's interest in creating a fun environment to work.Some of us practically live at work, so a blank wall is too boring to look at all day. Studies have even shown that bright colors, known as 'high energy colors', are stimulating to the brain.  In fact, "Light is the only energy human eye can see, and we see it in the form of color." Each of us has an innate attraction to certain colors, and it has an impact in our…
  • A Colorful Party

    Vidya Sudarsan
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I'm amazed by what can be done with colorful tissue paper! The possibilities for unique creations with these supplies are truly endless. For my next party, I'm going to put on my DIY hat and create vibrant paper flowers to impress my guests. I'm totally in mood for a fiesta with chips and dip, Old El Paso enchilada's, margarita's, etc.,  Spring is here and it is time to celebrate!via: karaspartyideasvia: blog.amyatlas.comvia: pinterestvia: pinterestvia: partiesbykaci.comvia: colourgiggles.wordpress.comvia:…
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    Tony's Textiles Blog

  • Tony’s Hotpot Recipe

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    Now, we know this hotpot might not be quite as good as Betty’s but we still think it tastes pretty good. Have a try yourself with our Tony’s Lancashire Hotpot Recipe and cooking guide…. Ingredients 4–6 best-end or middle-neck lamb or mutton cutlets 400g diced lamb or mutton neck fillet or shoulder Flour, sugar, salt and pepper, to dust 3 large floury potatoes, (maris piper) 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked 1 bay leaf 2 onions, sliced 500ml lamb stock 20g butter, melted, plus extra to grease To get started with this hotpot, preheat the oven to 170C, the next step is to dust the meat…
  • Coronation Street infographic

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
  • Spruce up for Spring

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:54 am
    It’s official, we’ve seen our first glimpses of sunshine this year – it looks like we’re well on the way to the warmer months, folks!  Step away from those winter comforts … hot water bottles, throws and endless cups of tea and treat your home to a spring clean to give your home a fresh, new vibe! We thought we’d share some of our top tips with you to spruce up your home as we step out of winter! We’re sure you’ve all heard of giving your home a spring clean, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new to create a new vibe in your home. Getting rid of the old You might…
  • Pastel Colours

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:51 am
    Pastels are the latest design trend for 2014; they are perfect for spring – which is finally here! The chalky delicate shades add a fresh touch to any room and really add brightness to dark areas. The pastel shades are great for a vintage and a modern room, which should fit in with most interiors. Here are some great ideas to add some pastel shades to your house. Instead of dramatically changing your room, add accessories with pastel colours. For example, a few cushions, a throw, some storage or even the toaster in your kitchen. Keeping your base colours neutral and adding a pop of pastel…
  • New Egyptian Cotton Towels

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:47 am
    Cheery colours can help to brighten up our day, so why not add an injection of colour into your bathroom, with our new Egyptian cotton towels. Now, you might be thinking about buying some new towels but feel baffled by all the varieties available. Our new range are Egyptian cotton which is described as the ‘king of cottons’  due to its long, silky fibres, making it very soft and extremely absorbent. The gorgeous Egyptian cotton towels come in a variety of colours and sizes including: Black, red, baby blue, chocolate, grey, purple, beige, cream and white. Face Cloth – 30 x 30cm…
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    The Decor Lounge | The Decor Lounge

  • Getting ZaZoo’d with David and Jodie

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    When looking for unique home furnishings, high style accessories or that special gift, ZaZoo’d is the place for you! Let one of their professional team members assist in selecting that perfect piece of furniture, a unique gift for that special someone or collaborate with you to renovate an entire space.(pictured above from GO Home Ltd., vintage-inspired home accessories: Black Mercury Glass, Numerology Wine Glasses S/12, Coastal Napkin Rings and White Rope Chiller on top of the Anchor Tray.) They have a style all their own…vintage industrial chic meets coastal high design. Many of…
  • Trend Report from Highpoint Market

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    High Point Market 2014 is a wrap! GO Home Ltd. premiered a plethora of new vintage-inspired home decor along with some very modern home furnishings. The new Be Seated™ customer upholstery line is now available for order on their website. This versatile collection, features a variety of frames and sizes, kid-friendly and stain resistant fabrics, and nailhead embellishments — all in three weeks lead time given the fabric is in stock. To access the Be Seated Collection online, simply select from the top menu Collections > Be Seated, or Categories > Accent Furniture > Custom…
  • Perforated Furniture

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Touted as one of the top 5 biggest trends from the recent Maison & Object 2014 show in Paris, perforated home accessories and vintage-inspired decor is a must-have. (pictured above GO Home Ltd.’s Four Drawer Industrial Bin Unit and Two Drawer Industrial Bin Unit.) Retailing for $10,750, Kelly Wearstler’s perforated console table is for those with more discretionary tastes and higher -end budgets. Below Kelly’s table are Ron Ton lamps by artists Edward Van Vliet.
  • Art on Symmes

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The American Art Gallery, Art On Symmes, opened it’s 3,000 square foot facility in 2002. They have been providing the  Cincinnati Tri-State area with high quality, eclectic artwork ever since. With over 400 American and Fair Trade Artists represented in the store, they continue to bring in the best selection of handmade gifts and home decor in the area. Their customers are primarily woman who want something that’s different and artistic and range in age from 30-65. It’s an indoor art fair everyday! Contact them at, or you can follow them…
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    11 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
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  • Milan Design Week 2014 | In Pictures

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    It’s that time again, when design aficionados, specialist buyers and press flock to Milan for Milan Design Week. Editor of The Longest Stay, Sherry Roberts, is working dilligently in discovering and sourcing the finest in furniture and fittings. Rich earthy colours appear to be popular, as does the trend of monochrome marrying reddish tones and hues conveying sand and sea, as well as muted greys brightened up with colourful accessories. Prevalent also is the sixties trend of eliptical shapes in furniture.  
  • Haus of Gaga

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    The Longest Stay's intern Fabio Crispim is obessed with all things Lady Gaga. Fabio reveals all about why he adores Lady Gaga's eccentric yet alluring style and how everyone can incorporate a little bit of Gaga into their home...   “That’s Gaga!” I screamed at my colleagues pointing at an image on the silver laptop. By now they’re used to my freak-outs and the endless chatter about the woman I call Gaga. She’s now a household name, she’s an icon and she reigns over pop music. From her outrageous outfits to sensational performances, Lady…
  • GIVEAWAY - Don't Forget Mother's Day This Sunday

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:11 am
      WIN this gorgeous pair of emerald wine goblets by answering the following question: How many times does this product (in any colour) appear in the cover story in our spring magazine? Leave your answer in the comment box below. This divine set by Gurasu is handmade from the finest crystal with beautiful deep cut lines that will add an instant splash of colour to your glassware collection. Best of all, your prize is packaged in a luxurious presentation box, making it the ideal gift for mum. The Giveaway closes at 23:00 on the 27th of March when a winner will be chosen at random. We…
  • The Colony Club Part Deux

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Not only has the sun come out and finally it feels like spring has finally sprung, but last night we found ourselves in product heaven with one of our wonderful new brands and an intriguing up & coming designer-maker, Moroso and Craig Narramore. We had a very lovely shindig under the atmospheric lighting of The Colony Club (again! – their staff are so lovely and helpful we came back for more) with fresh white wine spritzers and canapés. It was the perfect opportunity for some very important people to connect with our designers and our founder & CEO Sherry Roberts.
  • Guest Blog: How to Choose the Right Living Room Furniture

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sofa specialist Alice Watson from Colorado tells us how to choose the right living room furniture and why quality matters… Buying furniture is never an easy task. Whether you’re furnishing a one-bedroom apartment or a six-bedroom house, it’s always difficult to choose the right piece. Many people are afraid that certain items might not work together, however you shouldn’t be discouraged. Finding the right living room furniture is not impossible. You’ll just have to put in some time and effort to find the perfect piece… Here are some of my top tips -…
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    Modern Interior Design & Furniture - Decoist

  • Tranquil Treehouse Cabin In Canada Offers A Getaway Concealed By Nature!

    Sherry Nothingam
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    How would you like your own treehouse in the woods that offers some of the best possible views and is hidden away from any prying eyes? Former software professional and architect Joel Allen built the Hemloft right under some of the most expensive mountain homes in all of Canada. Located in the backwoods of Whistler, British Columbia this egg-shaped delight soon became a perfect refuge for a man who wanted to find retirement while in his mid 20s! Crafted completely by hand and sporting an entryway that does look amazing, it truly is an ‘escape’ in every sense of the word. Shaped like an…
  • Smart Guide To Help Choose The Perfect Sofa

    Sherry Nothingam
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sometimes we spend so much time on the little intricate details of the house that we often tend to overlook the bigger, more significant aspects. Picking the right sofa is one of those. With so many endless options on offer, choosing a couch that perfectly fits your needs can be both overwhelming and confusing. Shopping for a new sofa is more about understanding your own needs rather than trying to find out the best possible deal. There is definitely no one solution fits all and you can save yourself both time and money by making smart choices that will shape your home for decades to come!
  • Bright And Beautiful Urban Renovation Unites Two Apartments Into One

    Sherry Nothingam
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Stylish modern renovations often throw up the most ingenious design solutions as they have to work around existing restrictions. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown district, the Abbott Street Renovation is one such project that aims to give a young family additional living space. Combining two existing apartments to create one large home, Splyce Design used elevated tile floors and a creative floor plan to give the new and larger apartment a fresh and cozy appeal. The interior of the apartment is largely clad in white, with the newly installed tile floors and the wooden canopy…
  • Add A Touch Of Comfort And Style To Your Interior With A DIY Stool

    Kate Simmons
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s post is inspired by a cat. A grey tabby, to be exact! Yes, my Kitty Dearest suffered a little injury to his torso last month and found himself unable to jump up onto the furniture the way he once could (shhh–don’t tell anyone we allow our cat on the furniture). What’s a kitty mama to do? I fashioned an impromptu step stool for him, of course. It’s nothing fancy–actually, it’s the small plastic bin we use to store his cat food. What was supposed to be an extra feature in the living room for no more than a few days has turned into a permanent…
  • Sensational Sheer Curtains Balance Privacy With Contemporary Panache

    Sherry Nothingam
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There are many design trends that are finding their feet once again thanks to popularity of open floor plans and breezy modern interiors that look to combine form and function. Sheer curtains are one such trend that has once again found a new lease of life in the last few years. The reasons for the renewed fame of these classics obviously go beyond mere visual elegance that they offer. Combining adequate privacy and unabated views, they are quickly becoming the most preferred choices in master bedrooms with the most spectacular ocean and forest views. by Domæn Exquisite and contemporary at…
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    Leovan Design

  • Feng Shui in Interior Design

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:46 am
    Feng shui is the art of organizing spaces to increase positive energy or Chi in our environment. Feng shui pronounced "fung shway" originated in China. Feng shui means wind and water in Chinese. To create a healthy, wealthy, and balanced interior design environment you should use the five feng shui elements of nature (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal) in different combinations and form
  • Eclectic Interior Design Style

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:31 am
    Eclectic interior design style is a mixture of styles, textures, colors, and style periods in the same room design. Eclectic designs create an atmosphere that is charming, unique, irregular, creative, and fun because they combine at least two different styles in the same room.  Line, mass, texture, color, and form are the five basic principles to keep in mind when designing and
  • Traditional Interior Design Style

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    4 Feb 2014 | 2:38 pm
    A traditional design style feels comfortable for any age group. It makes a space feel timeless, calm, and classic. This style is quite flexible and can be mixed with other interior design styles to create a unique look. It is luxurious comfort. Traditional and formal design styles have some similar characteristics; the two styles use symmetrical and vertical lines in the design layout. The
  • Nursery Design Safety Tips

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    20 Jan 2014 | 6:40 am
    Safety is first when you are designing a nursery room for your baby. Here are some tips for designing a safe baby nursery room: Finish designing, renovating, and painting your nursery at least eight weeks before the baby is expected to arrive. This will allow the room to air out and be free of any odors.  Review and inspect all nursery furniture and products before buying them; safety
  • Nursery Design Ideas

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    3 Jan 2014 | 7:18 am
    Are you planning to design a baby nursery room? Start by designing a baby environment that is calm, functional, comfortable, and organized.  Here are some tips for designing and decorating a baby nursery room: Choose a room that is close to your bedroom so you don’t have to walk far at night. Design your baby’s room with a style that is harmonious with the design style of your home.
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    Industrial Vintage Style

  • Retro Tripod Floor Lamps

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:57 am
     Check out these 3 stunning examples of retro tripod floor lamps to light up your home or office.   Nautical inspired retro floor lamp available in a range of colour options. This on-trend lamp adds contemporary feel to your space whilst also being a versatile and usable lighting feature. With height adjustment on all legs and main lamp stem, this lamp will easily fit any space. Wooden lacquered finish and available in black white or blue, you could also obviously customise further with your own choice of shade. This nautical inspired floor lamp is now avaialble for only £99! And is…
  • Tree Coat Stand Anyone?

    21 Jan 2014 | 2:08 am
    Check out these funky tree coat stands! Add some style to your hallway, home or office!   1. Wooden Tree Coat Stand Fun tree or cactus shaped coat stand. Great for a kids bedroom, office space, or just to add some funk to your hallway a fine example of a tree coat stand. 2. Unique Vintage Style Coat Stand An interesting vintage style stand with 4 hooks for coats and clothes. With walnut veneer. Inspired by mid-century style . 3. Stand With Multi-coloured Acrylic Pegs Funky multi-coloured peg style stand. 4. ‘Sticks’ Modern Coat Rack Abstract design with 5 flip down hooks for…
  • Industrial Pallet Coffee Table

    19 Dec 2013 | 5:28 am
    On-trend industrial pallet coffee table – add an interesting talking point to your lounge. These industrial pallet coffee tables are sure to be the talking point of your lounge! Made from reclaimed recycled shipping pallets, these tables are all unique with their individual stampings and markings which tell the story of their life. The pallet really is a ready-made table, with it’s slatted top and interior space which is ideal for storing books and newspapers. As the tables re-use old pallets, they are very eco friendly as very little new material is needed to convert them. These…
  • Give the gift of vintage cushions – Check these designs out.

    5 Dec 2013 | 6:43 am
    Who doesn’t love cushions?! Especially vintage cushions! Great as a gift or as a treat for yourself.   1. Hare Cushion Embroidered hare cushion in a sketchbook style. Great for anyone who loves the great outdoors or the classic children’s cartoons and stories. Rustic earthy tones to bring some of the outdoors indoors. Made here in the UK. 2. Antlers Cushion For anyone with a love of the great outdoors, or into fashion. These minimal abstract silhouette cushions are always ‘in’. Made here in the UK. 3. Skull Cushion Add some rock & roll to your interior. This…
  • Hassle-free chic minimal retro sofa bed.

    2 Dec 2013 | 9:21 am
      Super cool retro sofa bed for instant additional accommodation for your guests. Industrial Vintage Style recommends the minimal Yoko Sofa bed. This is a really cool solution to accommodate the extra guests over the festive season. Ideal for smaller set-ups, this versatile retro sofa bed simply folds back to form a flat bed for 1 or 2 people. No need for messing around with sprung action fold outs or fiddly mechanisms. A contemporary take on a retro style sofa. The fixed cushions also add to the hassle-free nature of this sofa bed. The sprung cushions are finished with hard-wearing but…
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    Decor Girl

  • What Is In and Out for Kitchen & Bath Trends

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    The NKBA is committed to identifying current trends in kitchens & baths, as their trend spotter, Lisa M. Smith has compiled a useful list of what is in and out. Read More
  • Interior Trends From Milan: The Good, Bad and Yes, Please

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In keeping with tradition our first post after a trade show always covers the good and the bad interior products.   How boring or typical would it be to only cover the “look at the great stuff” type of post? … Read More
  • Snapshot of The Textures of Milan

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Texture is still on trend for interiors in design. BlogTourMilan editors capture inspiration from all around Milan and iSalone. Read More
  • Vintage Mercedes 540K The Supercharged Supercar

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Introduced in 1936 the Mercedes-Benz 540K was advertised as the fastest car in the world. In the 1930's a supercharged luxury car made speed comfortable. Read More
  • Get The Travel Bug From The Top Travel Posts

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    From American road trips to be achy holidays to european destinations these top travel posts will give you the inspiration to travel. Read More
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    The Sofa & Chair Company Blog | Interior Design Ideas

  • Presenting Da Vinci Week

    Suzy Bloomfield
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    Da Vinci is a triumph of form and function; fusing contemporary chic with decadent comfort. The sofa sits upon chromium plated sled legs for a bold and striking look, juxtaposed by the generous bolster cushions and sumptuous feather and down padding. A must have piece for design purists; footstools, armchairs and corner units are also available. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci - 1452 - 1519The archetypal ‘Renaissance Man’,…
  • Feng Shui Tips for Home

    Suzy Bloomfield
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    The ancient Chinese art of feng shui has been practiced for over 3,500 years. Often used as a guideline for sound interior design practices, correct feng shui techniques enable you to achieve harmony between yourself and your environment.While the arrival of Easter may denote the consumption of copious amounts of chocolate, it also stands for new beginnings, reorganisation and maybe even revisiting those neglected New Year’s resolutions. Easter also hails the very best time to spruce up your home with a feng shui spring clean; reinvigorating your interiors and infusing them with fresh,…
  • Mothers Day Breakfast in Bed

    Suzy Bloomfield
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:23 am
    This Sunday is Mother’s Day and with it the chance to honour mothers everywhere with gifts, cards and kind words to let her know just how important she is.Why not kick-start the day with the ultimate Mother’s Day treat; breakfast in bed. A well-deserved breakfast from the comfort of a splendid bed can be the ideal way to show mum that she means the world to you.Featured here is some of our luxury bedroom furniture  and a selection from our fabulous homeware products; the perfect way to spoil mum in style.  Breakfast in the lap of sheer luxury... Featured Products:Ivory Alpaca…
  • The Origins of the Chesterfield

    Suzy Bloomfield
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:43 am
    A living room legend; signifying heritage, fine craftsmanship and quintessential British-ness; the Chesterfield has remained one of the celebrated icons of the furniture world since the early 1800s. Our Club Chesterfield in classic brown leather A firm fixture in every English gentleman’s country manor house and the gold standard in quality handcraftsmanship, the Chesterfield has served as the basis for many a curvaceous, deep buttoned and lavishly detailed designer sofa. It is said that one can’t reinvent the wheel, however the Chesterfield has provided furniture designers with ample…
  • Spring Gleam

    Suzy Bloomfield
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    Featured: The Windsor So spring has sprung, and along with it the launch of our long awaited Spring/Summer collection; featuring luxurious deep buttoned sofas and ottomans, stylish occasional chairs and curvaceous loveaseats.This collection combines British design heritage and artisan craftsmanship with sheer opulence, creating interiors that are both iconic and timeless.  Featured: The Lloyd Get the Look!To complete this season's look you will need just the right combination of elegant homeware and soft furnishings; offsetting the chic contours and intricate details with a touch of…
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    Home Stratosphere

  • 58 Custom Luxury Master Bedroom Designs

    HS Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Welcome to one of our premiere luxury master bedroom galleries. The bedrooms featured here vary significantly in size, layout, color scheme, cost and consequently appearance. Some are ultra modern with little furniture while other bedrooms use up much of the space with design details such as wall art, plants, rugs, drapes and more. While researching and putting this post together, one thing struck me and that’s how you can significantly improve a bedroom’s design without spending a great deal of money. This gallery features many smaller bedrooms that are the size found in many…
  • 64 Deluxe Kitchen Islands that are the Star of the Kitchen

    HS Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    In many kitchens, the island is the star.  This gallery of 60 incredible kitchen designs features kitchens in which the island is truly the jewel of the room.  These aren’t a wood box in the center of the space as a functional addition; instead the islands are both highly functional and enhance the overall design. Kitchen island design and function can vary.  With respect to design, they vary as much as kitchen cabinets, which is a great deal.  More specifically, islands can match the overall design or offer a contrasting design element such as a white island in a natural wood…
  • 100 Spectacular Backyard Swimming Pool Designs

    HS Editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Welcome to our second backyard swimming pool designs gallery.  You can view our first gallery of 61 backyard swimming pools here. As a kid, I loved nothing more than swimming in pools.  We didn’t have one, but we biked to the local rec center that did have an outdoor pool.  I spent days and days in pools and loved every minute of it.  Even now as an adult, I love pools and almost always choose a hotel with a pool. Interestingly, most pools built today don’t have the features they did when I was a kid (1980′s), specifically diving boards and slides.  I suspect they are…
  • Lake Lugano House Design by JM Architecture (Photos)

    HS Editor
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Lake Lugano House by JM Architecture is an example of a small, energy efficient home that is very aesthetically pleasing and unique. Situated on a hill, the property has an unobstructed view of Lake Lugano.  The home has 2 levels.  There’s the above-ground glass pavilion (see above and below).  Due to the sloping property, the lower level also has plenty of light (see the bedroom image from outside below). The upper pavilion contains the kitchen, living and dining room and storage space.  Below are the bedrooms, bathrooms and garage. Notice how the exterior closely resembles the…
  • 75 Formal & Casual Living Room Interior Design Ideas

    HS Editor
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Welcome to our gallery of 77 formal and casual living room designs. In recent years, living room design has moved toward a more casual and comfortable style and away from the stuffy “drawing room” designs of past centuries.  In fact, in many homes (big and small), the living room serves as both the entertaining space for guests as well as the family room. Our gallery, while it includes living rooms on the formal side, you’ll notice that while these rooms are more often than not from luxury homes, they’re designed to be used regularly, are inviting and comfortable.
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    The Grey Home

  • Clever tips #17 - Iron board holder

    Soufiane Nab
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    I was browsing some ideas for storing or hanging/holding an iron board holder since it takes too much space when you do not hold it with its materials. and found out this clever idea for an iron board holder. this gadget could save you too much space and give well organization for pressing clothes area. The product can be found on Amazon ( see the link above ) with ( i think ) a reasonable price! Have a nice weekend followers. : )Product link
  • Small Ukrainian apartment reconstruction project

    Soufiane Nab
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    The project of the day is a chic interior design project and not too expensive for a reconstruction of a residential house. The design of this small apartment knew how to deal of the low budget and the space of the apartment. the result is just amazing. What captured my eyes the most is that low-level bedroom: I always liked low-level bed/living rooms for their look and their comfort. Again for the bathroom, the space was well managed and the design is just perfect, one thing i didn't like personally was the glass for the bathroom front, it lacks of some privacy but maybe due to the…
  • Interior color combinations #4 - Tan/blue

    Soufiane Nab
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    This is the fourth part of the interior color combinations. We started this series of blog entries a while ago to talk/ discuss different color schemes and combinations you can choose. Choosing a color is an ambivalent choice to make sometimes and the main goal of this series of posts is to help you pick you color schemes for your house whatever the room and the area is. The combinations we are discovering/discussing today is : Tan / blue or light blue. First impression i have when i see this combination of colors is a feeling of serenity, tranquility. It reminds me somehow of the…
  • Choosing a color for painting interior walls#1 : Navy

    Soufiane Nab
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hello,Wall painting was/is/will always be a big/hard ? choice to make. That's why i'm starting these series to discuss with you wall painting choices. This is the first one of them and i chose... Navy. When choosing a color for wall painting some of us prefer not to risk and take a racy color and stay basic choosing grey, white or beige. I love those, but some times being different has some charm and some originality. OK, Let's talk about this color : We all agree that's a deep dark color but if when it comes to choosing this color in our interiors, it gives what ? Personally, I…
  • Organizing and storing cleaning supplies/materials

    Soufiane Nab
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:17 am
    Hello, I hope you're having a great day. It's sunny here today !Storing cleaning supplies is a tough task sometimes due to the space those supplies and materials take in kitchen or wherever they're stored. In general, kitchens always need space and some clever ways for storing the supplies and materials used in its activity.  One of the popular spots for storing cleaning supplies is the space under the kitchen sink(5 and 7). it's a great spot for storing cleaning materials, paper towels, etc...Also, around the sink it's great to have a space for storing sponges and dishcloths when…
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    The Interior Design Advocate

  • Smart Consumer Guide to Natural Kitchen Countertops

    Alison Oxman
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hey, you Houzz crashers and Pinterest pinners, heads up here. Before you lust after another kitchen image while preparing for your upcoming kitchen renovation, here’s a smart consumer countertop primer so you’ll select the right countertop and never again stare blankly at stone samples thinking, “What the #$*&@?” Step one. Think back to that science class in 7th grade when you learned about the earth’s crust, igneous rock and…snore… Well, the good news is that this is “Smart Design Consumer” class so the only geology lesson you need is this: The closer to the earth’s…
  • Finding an Interior Designer – Is There Less Choice Than Before?

    Alison Oxman
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    NO matter where you live, no matter WHO you are, finding the right interior designer is mission critical.  An Ideal Designer can save you from the costly ashes of a “textbook bad” design experience or result. But here’s the rub:  There are fewer interior designers out there than there used to be. The economic rattle of 2008 was not kind to the interior design industry. The bottom line according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that 23.2% of interior designers left the industry between May of 2008 & May of 2011. Is this good news or bad news for the design consumer? I see only…
  • Decorating Is Like Sex

    Alison Oxman
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    You know, recently, I got a lot of fun comments back after a post I did in which I joked that Design is a lot like sex.  People had fun with that – but I’ve got to tell you, the more I thought about it afterwards, the more true it really seemed to be to me!  (Does that make me a nut?) So – for April Fools Day fun, To my Decorating Lovers and Designing Minds everywhere, here are some key Pearls of Decorating Wisdom that also fall under the observation that Decorating really is a lot like Sex. 1)    Practice Makes Perfect. 2)    It can get messy. 3)    Technique counts.
  • The Problem for DIY Decorators

    Alison Oxman
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    I love DIYers. Most of my friends and family are DIY-ers. A lot of clients come to my design practice after first trying a stint as a DIYer, though I suppose because they threw in the towel and came to us, they’re not technically DIYers. Nonetheless, DIYers are great! They love design. They are interested in design as an art, as a sport and as a hobby. They love beautiful things. And they are a confident lot! The only problem is that for some DIYers, that confidence can turn into over confidence which in turn can end in a project fold when things just didn’t turn out as expected or they…
  • Avoiding Unexpected Charges on Your Renovation Invoice

    Alison Oxman
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Beyond finding termites in your walls when you are gutting your kitchen, there is one other headache I want to avoid on your upcoming construction or renovation project:  Surprise overage charges at the end of your kitchen renovation, bath remodel or new build.  It’s the worst and I’ve been there myself. Years ago, before I was a professional designer, we had a pretty large deck built for about $14,000. We’re talking 16+ years ago, which is why that cost was only supposed to be $14,000 for something this size (those were the days!). We loved the builder. He really liked us. It was all…
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    Chic California

  • Be. You. Tiful Link Party #16

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    It’s time to party!!! Thanks for stopping by to link up your AWESOMENESS!! We’re excited to see what you’ve been up to! Maybe I Will | Chic California | The Happy Gal | Fry Sauce & Grits We want to see what inspires you! We have come together to bring you a link party that is all about sharing those inspirational {Read More...}
  • Transformation Tuesday: How to Distress Painted Furniture and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    How to Distress Painted Furniture Last week I shared with you a tutorial on How to Paint Furniture Fast with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If you missed it you can check it out here.  This week I want to share with you how I distressed the same thrift store buffet I was working on last week. {Read More...}
  • Inspired Design Monday: DIY Glass Glitter Easter Eggs

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    German Glass Glitter Easter Eggs Do you have a ton of these plastic eggs around your house? It seems I buy a new bag every year for Easter and I have accumulated way too many!  Last week I shared with you my Easter decor here and you saw some of these German Glass Glitter Easter Eggs {Read More...}
  • Be.YOU.tiful Link Party #15

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s time to party!!! Thanks for stopping by to link up your AWESOMENESS!! We’re excited to see what you’ve been up to! Maybe I Will | Chic California | The Happy Gal | Fry Sauce & Grits We want to see what inspires you! We have come together to bring you a link party that {Read More...}
  • Whatnot Wednesday: How to Make a Moss and Glass Glitter Banner

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    How to Make a Moss and Glass Glitter Banner On Monday I gave you a mini tour of my house with some of my Easter decorations. One of  the things that I made for this Easter season was a Moss and German Glass Glitter Easter banner.  I wanted to share with you how you can {Read More...}
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  • Scandinavian Design: Stunning loft with unique floor plan

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    This stunning loft is located on Burgårdsgatan, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Originally built in 1914, the apartment covers an area of 635 square feet. It is currently for sale for around $557,000. Buy it now! Photos courtesy of StadshemMore...
  • La Maison au bord de l’eau by Charlotte Perriand & Louis Vuitton

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    La Maison au bord de l’eau was a home designed by Charlotte Perriand 1934, and finally built by Louis Vuitton for a Design Miami 2013 satellite exhibition. It is located in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, with a fresh and elegant interior, and with its feet firmly planted in the sand of the adjacent beach. Photos courtesy of Louis VuittonMore...
  • Confluence House by Incorporated Architecture & Design

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    Confluence House is a project designed by Incorporated Architecture & Design. This single-story home is located in Harlemville, New York, USA, and was completed in 2013. Confluence House by Incorporated Architecture & Design: “The Confluence House joins the endless house series adding yet another variation. A more modest scale than the Texas Hill Road residence but grander than Sixteen Doors residence, the home is the primary residence for a young..More...
  • Casa VR by Elías Rizo Arquitectos

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Casa VR is a private residence designed by Elías Rizo Arquitectos in 2013. This contemporary home is located in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico, and sits on a 58,125 square foot lot. Casa VR by Elías Rizo Arquitectos: “Casa VR, located in a secluded area near the town of Tapalpa, is an exercise in clarity and functionality. The program is arranged on four quadrants, which are defined by the intersection of two..More...
  • Mid-Century Modern Residence by AB design studio

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    This mid-century modern residence is located in Santa Barbara, California, USA. Originally built in the 1950′s, it was re-designed by AB design studio in 2006. Photos courtesy of AB design studioMore...
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