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  • Dream Apartment in Paris magazine
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
      The weather in Lithuania has changed from sunny warm spring to gloom, hail and additional strong cold winds, therefore it’s natural, that the thoughts about something beautiful and light comes to mind. And while that’s what my sub-consciousness keeps looking for, of course the eye catches the same. I found this apartment through a wonderfully helpful tool for many visual artists – Elux website, which shows a lot of wonderful spaces and locations, that can be used for filming, photoshoots or just simply other events.  This apartment is really dreamy, with lots…
  • Master Bedroom Feng Shui

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

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

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

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

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

    Ali Morris
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Launching this week in Milan during the Salone del Mobile, India Mahdavi’s Contemporary Cement Tiles for Bisazza reflect the creative, eclectic, playful and subtly satirical style of the French designer. India Mahdavi ‘s pop- and ‘70s-inspired Contemporary Cement Tiles for Bisazza feature optical graphic motifs in an array of daring color combinations Available in two formats - 20x20cm square or 20x23cm hexagonal – each cement tile is made entirely by hand and painstakingly crafted through a process that lends character to this collection. Mahdavi says of the collection,…
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction by Invision

    Alicita Rodriguez
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Invision, a J+J Flooring Group company, introduces two new noteworthy 24” x 24” modular carpet tiles entitled Fiction and Non-Fiction. The patterns work together to “provide commercial designers the blank slate from which to create the story they envision for a space.” Available in ten colorways, Fiction and Non-Fiction work well in diverse contract markets. Modular Carpet Tiles Feature Multi-Dimensional Linear Patterns Fiction tells “a dramatic tale” with its accents of color. Similar hues in a linear multi-dimensional motif create an ombre effect. Non-Fiction offers “tonal…
  • Stand, Felt and Hat by Norm Architects for Ex.t

    Ali Morris
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    Norm Architects have created a collection of simple, minimalist designs for Italian bathroom brand Ex.t. Norm Architects’ new products for Ex.t include a bathtub, washbasin, a bathroom cabinet and a pendant lamp. Due to be launched at this week’s Salone del Mobile, the minimalist pieces are inspired by Scandinavian design tradition and influenced by the atmosphere of northern landscapes. The ‘Stand’ washbasin and bathtub reinterpret the Modernist style of the 1920s and 30s for the present day, removing any superfluous decoration and reducing the design to its bare…
  • Geometric Style Tiles: Surface Trend

    Ali Morris
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Bold geometry and vibrant color palettes combine to create show-stopping surfaces. Featuring three connecting patterns produced by Antonio Gaudí in 1904, LaSelva’s hexagonal ‘Atlas’ tiles are patterned to match up from every side. Debuted at last year’s London Design Festival, David David’s ‘Carousel’ tiles for Johnson Tile marry traditional Islamic geometrics with modern British production. The design is based on an adaptation of Carousel (2011), the Jameel Prize-nominated artwork by David David co-founder David Saunders. Spanish studio MUT…
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  • 10 Ways to Work Screen Doors, Inside and Out (10 photos)

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Screen doors are great for letting breezes in and keeping bugs out — but they can also do so much more. Gain charm and function with screen doors in unique shapes and sizes, from barn-style screen doors to whole-wall versions, or put one in a less expected spot, like the pantry or nursery.
  • Great Design Plant: Aloe Vera (5 photos)

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Aloe vera is often considered for its medicinal qualities, but it is also a beautiful drought-tolerant plant that makes a great garden addition. Spikes of yellow flowers irresistible to hummingbirds herald the arrival of spring. In addition to its striking flowers, aloe vera needs only deep, infrequent...
  • Shop Houzz: Warm Up Industrial Style With Rustic Wood (52 photos)

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The saying “opposites attract” is often the case in love and most definitely true in pairing certain decorating styles. Think about the edgy, sleek look of industrial pieces paired with the not-shiny, worn look of rustic wood designs. These picks from the Houzz Shop will help you find a match made in...
  • 11 Nominees for the ‘She Shed’ Hall of Fame (22 photos)

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Last month it was pub sheds sweeping the Internet, but this week it’s all about “she sheds.” As I watched the lady lairs pop up on my Facebook news feed this week, I thought about all of the great backyard sanctuaries women have carved out for themselves that we’ve toured over the years. Some are for...
  • Plant a Garden That Can Move With You (11 photos)

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    With lifestyles and professional demands continually evolving, owning or living in a home as a long-term proposition is becoming less of a priority for many. This may seem to make owning or planning for a dream garden difficult and, for renters, not a wise investment.For those of you with a small...
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  • Eclectic Paris Apartment Color Inspiration

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Can we just talk about this very fabulous living room and kitchen for a moment because it made me very happy when I spotted it right before nearly logging off for the night. Damn the internet, always distracting me! But this is just SO GOOD. You can see more over here. Wow. Lots of white punctuated with great color and hello, that glittery eyelash photo, amazing octopus-like ceiling light and jaw-droppingly awesome sofa – c’mon! This is the stuff of dreams! Now let’s talk about this subway tile, seating, mirrored-table and the floors! Oh the floors! Any of this doing it for…
  • Fresh Squeezed Citrus Apple Spritzers

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    I’m into making healthy drinks lately because the weather has been gorgeous and the weekly outdoor markets are finally packed with yummy fruits and vegetables. Yesterday I was so inspired when I found lots of citrus fruits including beautiful pink grapefruits and blood oranges. I immediately bought some, headed home, and started cutting and juicing and came up with a very easy little “cocktail” below, only this one doesn’t have alcohol (though you could add a shot of saffron-infused gin or top with champagne and you’d have a wonderful cocktail for sure!). I…
  • Spring Poppy Berry + Cream Cake Recipe

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Hi, it’s Liz and I’m so glad to be here today because I’d like to take you on a little trip to delicious food for celebrations starting this month on decor8! It feels like spring just took off this weekend where I live after an endless winter (at least it felt endless!), and all of a sudden green is everywhere! People are simply longing for the sun — they’re sitting on benches and on the grass eating their lunch, turning their faces towards the sun. At our market, the stands are filled with the first local plump red strawberries of the season. Isn’t this when you enjoy…
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  • 11 Cool things we found at Milan’s Zona Tortona during design week

    Amandine Dowle
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Read the rest of 11 Cool things we found at Milan’s Zona Tortona during design week Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Alex DeWitte, cottage industry, Formaliz 3D, Fourisalone 2015, Kaleidosvase, Marcolannicelli, Milan Design Week, Milan Design Week 2015, pikaplant, Tortona, Tortona Design Week
  • 14 Radiant lighting designs from Euroluce for Milan Design Week

    Maria Novozhilova
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Read the rest of 14 Radiant lighting designs from Euroluce for Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Arik Levy, Carlesso, Euroluce, Giovanno Barbato, Inarchi, Karim Rashid, LED, Mark Sandler, Massimo Mussapi, Milan Design Week, Milan Furniture Fair, Rho fiera Milano, Sandro Santantonio, Xucla
  • RECIPE: Vegan steamed pak choi parcels with rice and veggies

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Looking for something a little lighter for dinner tonight? These pok choi (aka bok choi aka chinese cabbage) parcels are just the thing. Utterly delicious and healthy, these are also tons of fun to make. Just cook your filling, wrap them up and you will be enjoying your meal in no time flat. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: bok choi, bok choi parcels, bok choi recipes, cabbage parcels, chinese cabbage recipes, Inhabitat recipes, Inhabitots, pak chi, pak choi, pak choi parcels, recipes, rice recipes, vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes
  • Ben van Berkel and United Nude create hoof-like 3D printed shoes for the animal in you

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    For the fashionista who just isn’t satisfied with a 6-inch stiletto comes United Nude’s UNX2, an entirely 3D-printed shoe that will give the ladies the towering hoof-like legs they desire. Created by UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel, the hoof… er,  shoe… is currently showing at the exhibition Re-Inventing the Shoes at the Milan Design Week. All kidding aside, the designers wanted to showcase the mechanics of the human foot using modern technology (and a definitively modern look). “We were particularly interested in the kinds of images the shoe could create,…
  • Innovative ‘The Walk’ workplace keeps you and your creativity moving at Milan Design Week 2015

    Federica Garofalo
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Read the rest of Innovative ‘The Walk’ workplace keeps you and your creativity moving at Milan Design Week 2015 Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: future office, Michele De Lucchi, milan 2015, Milan Design Week, Milan Design Week 2015, milan expo, Milan Furniture Fair, office concepts, Salone del Mobile 2015, Salone Ufficio, The Walk, The Walk by Michele de Lucchi
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  • Private Penthouse in Kazakhstan Celebrating Multisensory Living

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    Berlin-based studio COORDINATION has completed a new private penthouse in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Located on the 30+ floor in the highest and most prominent building of the city, the Esentai Tower, this apartment is aimed to be a place for sensory and intellectual stimulation as well as a refuge for relaxation. The brief was to create a setting purely for leisure, mainly intended for weekend breaks or short stays. Starting with a blank core & shell canvas, the space was equipped with everything necessary for a luxurious multisensory experience celebrating a unique setting.Initially intended…
  • Bungalow-Style Home Added a Playful Extension to Encourage Family Interaction

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    How can you enhance the overall design of a family home in order to encourage socializing? MAKE Architecture created a playful extension for a St Kilda Californian-Style Bungalow in Melbourne, Australia. Imagined more like a favorite café than a common private house, the new project offers welcoming spaces for informal gatherings and entertainment. A decorative timber screen with glass piercings adorns the extruded upper level roof form that also contains the main bedroom.Materials were cleverly employed for their practical building purposes, as well as for interesting visual effects:…
  • Snow Country Retreat Overlooking Whistler Valley in Canada: Hadaway House

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Patkau Architects completed the development of Hadaway House, a charming snow country house overlooking Whistler valley in southwest British Columbia, Canada. The project developers explain how the unconventional shape of the retreat derives from the intersection of two main aspects: “The first is the allowable building footprint and height. The second is the need to shed snow from the roof into appropriate storage areas within the site. The sculptural volume that emerges from this intersection of extruded building footprint and folding snow-shed roof is occupied in a manner that…
  • Chrysalis Childcare Centre Developed Around Mature Trees in Auckland, New Zealand

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:28 am
    Collingridge and Smith Architects completed the design and development of Chrysalis Childcare Centre, a modern project in Auckland, New Zealand. The 800 square-meter site which hosts the project is located in a commercial area. Yet common building was restricted due to the presence of two mature protected trees: “For most developers the trees have been a big problem, but for early childhood they provide a beautiful and symbolic solution. One is an English Oak tree, the other a native Pohutakawa, both of equal size and stature, standing side by side, their branches touching at the heart…
  • Bright Orange Staircase as Focal Point for Casa Blanca Residence in Peru

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    A massive white block excavated to make room for living spaces is seemingly the concept for Casa Blanca Residence in Lima, Peru. Envisioned and implemented by Architect Martin Dulanto Sangalli, the modern home offers an optimized indoor-outdoor connection and plenty of opportunities for socializing and leisure. The “chief actor” of the interior design scheme (also visible from the outside) is a bright orange staircase that sets the tone for a dynamic ambiance.Casa Blanca Residence is structured on three levels: the basement, first floor and the upper terrace: “The basement…
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  • A Meticulous Renovation Turns a Run-Down House Into a Storage-Smart Gem

    Allie Weiss
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    The residence architect Cary Bernstein designed for Scott Croyle and his family is an exercise in hide-and-seek. Clever storage keeps the space clutter-free and lets the structure shine. In the entryway, drawers tuck under the mezzanine, niches hold artwork, and speakers are built in line with the cabinets. Project  Hill House Architect  Cary Bernstein Architect Whether he’s developing a stoolwhose crossbar doubles as a footrest or a cell phone made from one seamless piece of metal, product designer Scott Croyle helps create objects that reflect clever design thinking. For…
  • Geometric Addition Reimagines a Farmhouse-Style Home

    Allie Weiss
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    A couple in Evanston, Illinois, asked John Issa of Perimeter Architects to add on a two-story, 650-square-foot addition to their traditional farmhouse. The new volume is clad in composite slate siding by Inspire Roofing Products; the windows are Pella. Project  Curry Residence Architect  Perimeter Architects The turn-of-the-century charm in Tom and Irene Curry’s farmhouse-style home in Evanston, Illinois, was hard to miss. Original tile enlivened the fireplace, and neighborhood life played out through the front bay window. But after five years in the 1,350-square-foot home, the…
  • The 10 Best-Designed Coffee Shops in San Francisco

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Once the site of an 1859 coal, feed, and carriage barn, Piccino now makes its home in the vibrant and developing Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Behind the unassuming Victorian façade, affectionately known in the neighborhood as the Yellow Building, Sagan Piechota Architecture has created a warm and elegant interior that is decidedly modern. The rustic space features soaring ceilings and exposed rafters, reclaimed oak floors, and sleek communal tables flanked by Eames shell chairs. Sightglass coffee can be enjoyed from the airy main dining room, or the adjacent coffee bar, both…
  • Bus Stations Remodeled With Graphic Flowers

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    When Boston-based artist Catherine Widgery was approached by El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department to create a series of artworks for the Mesa corridor, her first thought was, "How can art even be seen in this environment?" Her solution was to integrate the custom-fabricated metal screens into the architecture of each station to feature oversized images of local flora, such as the Algerian Ivy plant, seen in the image above at the Montecito station.  Image courtesy of Widgery Studio.
  • 5 Light-Filled Dining Rooms

    Allie Weiss
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The dining area in this boldly renovated farmhouse is surrounded by swathes of glass. Since the walls of the structure are angled, the windows were pivoted and installed at unusual angles. Photo by Christopher Testani.
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  • Friday Links

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Mirrored Neon Lights Optical Illusion Matthew McConaughey reacts to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer. That just about sums it up. Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell (2013) Why do knuckles crack? Art: Mira Gojak Jiro Ono and Rene Redzepi Have a Cup of Tea Bouroullecs to present coloured glass furniture range in Milan Konstantin Grcic designs glass furniture with moving parts Animals Licking Windows. It is what it says it is.   Enjoy the weekend.
  • Minim Playing Cards (Black)

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    One deck of Minim Playing Cards is good to have, but two decks are even better. Make the second the all black version, which has the same simple geometric symbols (all reductive variants of the original hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades) as the original white deck. Let’s hope the color variations continue, as sometimes you need several decks to play a game- my vote for the next color option is dark blue, or maybe red? Designed By Joe Doucet Material: Sustainably harvested cardstock and vegetable-based inks Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.25 x .25 inches Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x .75 inches (in box)
  • Honey Pot & Oak Dipper

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Maybe you like your honey in a cute jar or bottle, but there are some of us who would like a honey receptacle to be visually quiet and serviceable, and to preferably reduce any drips that seem unavoidable with plastic bottles and lids. I’m thinking a glass jar is the way to go, and there are two that seem to fit the bill. Above you see the LSA Serve Honey Pot & Oak Dipper. It’s made of mouth-blown glass and has a ridged oak dipper for dispensing. The Honey Jar w/ Silicone Spoon from Blomus (below) is also a glass jar, yet it features a silicone spoon for drizzling. Which one…
  • Coleman Camp Stool

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    We’ve featured the Colman Stool by Greta de Parry before, but this Coleman Camp Stool comes in an adjustable 18-24″ height with a lower price point. So, just in case you’re looking for a smaller side table/stool, this one could be a good option, especially as the solid steel base and concrete top (several colors available) make it appropriate for indoor or outdoor use.
  • 6 Inch Scale Ruler

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you use architectural scales at all in your line of work, you might want to add this 6 Inch Scale Ruler to your bag of tricks. It features measurements from 1/32 of an inch up to 1 inch in a precise yet abstract manner. The absence of numerical lettering will keep your desktop a little less full of visual clutter, which you will probably appreciate even more after staring at drawings all day long. Designer: Pete Oyler / Assembly Design Available in Yellow, Smoke, or Clear.
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  • America’s Largest Design Event, Dwell on Design LA, May 29-31

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

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

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

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

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Wrapping around itself in a series of hard geometric facets, the ICE BED by Who Cares? Design creates a room within a room, with plenty of spaces to stash your stuff. Made entirely from Dupont Corian, the bed has a glossy ultramodern appearance enhanced by strips of built-in LED lights along the frame and countertop. Inspired by glaciers, the ICE BED has an imposing feel, its sheer size calling to mind massive icebergs. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Water Beds, Take Two? Funky ‘Liquid’ Furniture Ideas Toddler Tower: Smooth, Safe…
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  • Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E10 "By The Pricking of My Thumbs"

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

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

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

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

    Linda Merrill
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    I was in NYC last week for the Architectural Digest Home Show (which was crazy crowded on trade/press day).I stayed at The Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side.I've stayed here before and it's a lovely small hotel that is very clean, elegant and comfortable. We got upgraded to a small suite which was very nice. The rooms are pretty small (the bathroom is very tiny) so to have the extra space was great.The first evening in town I headed over to The Press Lounge at the Ink 48 hotel to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Modenus' BlogTour (I went to New Orleans with them two years ago).The views…
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  • Factory tour of Gardner Mattress

    Abbey Koplovitz
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Ever wonder how a mattress is built? Well, I've seen upholstery built, but never a mattress, so I was excited to get an invitation to Gardner Mattress. They make their own, high quality, hand-crafted mattress in Salem, Mass. They make custom sizes, too. Many of my customers have them, and I recommend them often, so the opportunity to see them built was enlightening. The equipment they use was interesting to see. They have their standard mattresses, but they also have the capability to make them to your specifications, a little firmer, a little softer. Or let's say you are 7-feet…
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  • Bling, Copper, and Fur…When in Germany!

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

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I’ve been using as a source for specifying art for client projects and using on client concept boards to convey how art selections will fit into a room setting. I recently had the opportunity to experience a new app from the SwitchArt app. A fun app that allows you to upload images (your pictures) to the app, select to be printed, & easily switch out with a magnetic backing for an ever changing art look. The SwitchArt app from’s line up of mobile apps for art selection and ordering.   One tool that is a great feature on is the ability…
  • A Visit & Experience At Bosch

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

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

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

    Remodelista Team
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Take a look at a few things we're obsessing over this week. Above: After a week of exploring The Indoor-Outdoor Life, we're admiring a house in São Paolo, Brazil, that blurs the lines between architecture and terrain. Photograph by Leonardo Finotti.  Catnip for the design-minded.  The world's most attractive water filter is now a water pitcher.  Above: On our wish list: Made in California woodsy-scented candles in stoneware. Photograph via Fine Life Company. Rugs or photos?  The complete DIY toolkit.  Above: At Salone del Mobile this week in Milan: Louis…
  • Style Counsel: The Return of the Caftan

    Alexa Hotz
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As the weather warms and we collectively pack away our woolens and turtlenecks, it’s time to rethink the summer ensemble. We figure, the less fabric that touches the skin, the better. Enter the caftan, a style of traditional dress worn across North African regions and adapted by Europeans and Americans for its fluid—and merciful—cut. In the late sixties, the caftan emerged as a modern, effortless uniform: Yves Saint Laurent lounged in the Majorelle Garden in a Moroccan version, and Diana Vreeland wore flowing red silk on her chaise at home and as evening wear. The good news: The caftan…
  • Trending on Gardenista: Bring on the Spring with Michelle Obama (and Ikea's Latest, Too)

    Remodelista Team
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Michelle and crew are taking the First Lady's lead and letting the growing season begin. Take a look at their 19 favorite spring DIYs, the new wicker from Ikea, and upholstered outdoor sofas. Also don't miss: the world's best-looking goat barn. Above: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Michelle Obama. Above: Currently Coveting: Ikea's New Wicker Collection for Summer. Above: 10 Easy Pieces: Best Upholstered Outdoor Sofas. Above: Editors' Picks: 19 Favorite Spring DIYs in Our Own Homes. Above: Outbuilding of the Week: An Architect-Designed Barn for Pygmy Goats. Browse Gardenista and the back issues…
  • Nature Conservancy: Vintage-Style Botanical Posters

    Margot Guralnick
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Darwin would approve. João and Raquel, an artist couple in Porto, Portugal, with a collecting bent and a letterpress studio, have begun reproducing their own versions of antique educational wall charts of flora and fauna—much like the one in today's House Call. Their work looks convincingly like the real thing, only it's much more affordable. Above: João and Raquel make watercolor reproductions of original botanical illustrations that they print on canvas and finish with wooden slats (which come included). They sell their work via their Etsy shop Arminho. Their Seaweeds Canvas…
  • Next-to-No-Cost Decorating: At Home with Two Amsterdam Creatives

    Margot Guralnick
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Illustrator Maartje van den Noort and furniture designer Ruben van der Scheer have the haute-bohemian touch. Just about everything in their serene East Amsterdam one-bedroom rental, they either found or made themselves: "We have a classical mirror from the side of the road, crockery I just couldn't leave on the shelves of a secondhand store, thrift shop chests. I think the only new thing in our apartment is an Ikea sofa (from the sale corner)," says Maartje.  Photography by Jeltje Janmaat via House of C. Above: The apartment is in a 1918 building situated above a Protestant church…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • New Yorkers May Actually See the Elusive Rent Freeze — Design News

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    According to the Rent Guidelines Board's annual report this week, landlords only experienced a .5% increase in operating costs last year, the smallest increase since 2002. It's looking like, come June, New Yorkers might see the first rent freeze on stabilized apartments in the Board's 46-year history. Last year, it came close, with a 1% increase for a one-year lease, and a 2.75% increase for a 2-year lease. READ MORE »
  • Mike's Creative 1932 Craftsman Bungalow — House Call

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Name: Mike Location: San Antonio, Texas The house was only the second one I ever looked at and though it needed a lot of work, it spoke to me right away. My dad and I did all the renovation — a complete gut — over the next year and a half. When we weren’t actually working on the house itself I was designing and building furniture for it. By the time we were near completion I was working on designing and building zen/industrial-inspired lighting from re-purposed leftover materials, which actually has become my second business: Lightlink Lighting. READ MORE »
  • Stylishly Store and Display Your Record Collection: Our Best Advice

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    A killer vinyl collection is a thing of pride — and an awesome way to enjoy and listen to music at home. But unlike its more modern digital brother, record collections can take up A LOT of space in a home, as well as need regular maintenance to keep clean and uncluttered. We've gathered our best vinyl advice for your record collections. READ MORE »
  • 5 Blogs from the United Kingdom to Check Out

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    I'm an avid blog reader, and include sites from near and far, and by bloggers both famous and virtually unknown, on my daily must-read list. Since moving to London nine years ago, I've added more and more UK-based blogs to my reader; here are five that I think are worth adding to yours. READ MORE »
  • Sign Up for Tidal & Maybe Get a Call from Jay Z — Design News

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    If you haven't signed up for Tidal— Jay Z's new streaming music service— yet, here's a potential incentive. Exec Vania Schlogel says Jay, Jack White, and other artists have been phoning fans to say thanks for streaming their music. We'll pick up for Beyoncé any day. READ MORE »
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  • iittala on Sale at Design Public

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

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

  • The Tiny and Clever Casa Quebrada

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

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

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

    Susan Kraemer
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Three handsome black steel framed glass gables define a warm family home on an urban street in Auckland, New Zealand. The house features operable black steel vertical shutters on the outside of its windows to modulate both sun and  privacy. The louvres make it possible to close off the facade to the street. The warmth of the morning sun permeates the family breakfast area. The kitchen is the beating heart of this home. It is at the lowest point in the house. On one side, stairs lead up to the boys computer room seen to the left of the fridge. So from the kitchen, one can be sure that…
  • Wrap-Over Pergola Updates a Villa in St Tropez

    Susan Kraemer
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Architects Vincent Coste add an intriguing wrap-around and fold-over pergola to the side of this house in St Tropez, on the coast of France. This pergola creates an upper story walk-around space that shields the original house from the sun, and from sight. Originally a charming, traditional coastal home with the Moorish influence much seen in this region of the south of France… … the walkway now creates a very different facade to the private side of the home. With its new pergola, now the villa is all about the pool. The shade it casts brings welcome relief from the hot St Tropez…
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  • Link Love

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    The Frame for the little exhibitions you create in your own home. The amazing styling possibilities with a great collection of items. Wool felt curtains.. For the little details in your home.. Out with the blacks and greys and in with the yellows, perfect for this heat wave we are experiencing in Singapore. This article has been making it's rounds and it really has a point. A wardrobe full of clothes does not make dressing for work easy, but a uniform definitely does. Healthy chocolate quinoa snack bars? Yes please. Get lost in textures. Final few spots to join us and make some heavenly…
  • Collective Space Amsterdam

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Just down the street from Anecdote, you'll find the multi-label store  Collective Space Amsterdam, with an eclectic mix of everything from home accessories to clothes. The store seems pretty settled but from the sounds of things, they have many plans for the future and we will definitely be checking back in whenever we are in the neighbourhood.  Get to know Collective Space in this super quick "5 things": ONE: "Feel free to step in!" Though the exterior of the store may look intimidating to some, the friendly staff in Collective Space Amsterdam hopes you will come…
  • Milan Salone del Mobile 2015

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Mae Engelgeer  It's that time again.. Time for Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan.. a time where our inboxes are full of invitations and alerts for exhibitions at the most talked about design fair. Here are 5 exhibitions that have caught our eye and of course there are plenty more notable ones that you should definitely visit if you are in Milan. We'll keep you updated with our picks. Though this year we were not able to make it to Milan, our dear friend Anouk from Make History, is participating in Kids Design Week and we want to wish her all the best. She is even acting as our…
  • Canoe Goods

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Open road chair It's no secret that we are big fans of leather handmade products, so we are equally big fans of Canoe, the modern leather goods line handcrafted by Natalie Davis. Canoe has a little something for everyone, from cord organizers to jewelry, and even beautiful furniture and other home accessories. We told you there was something for everyone. If you also want to know how she creates patterns and different styles and textures with leather, Natalie also teaches leather crafting workshops! {1. Hair barettes , 2. Cord keeper ,  3. Luna coaster set , 4. Vortex wallet , 5.
  • Anna Badur

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Though Anna Badur calls herself a designer, we see her more as an artist. In her piece Drawn by Nature, the natural movement of the wind is captured on the cloth as the blue pigments are blown across it. From far it reminds us of the richness of shibori dyeing but on closer inspection, it is a whole different kind of beauty. We can truly say that she is a mixed media artist when looking at her portfolio of work, which includes furniture such as the concrete stool that gives the illusion of a soft texture, wallpapers and even working with ceramics. Some of her work is available in her store…
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  • Knoll Outdoor Sale: 15% Off + Free White Glove Delivery April 17-28 (2Modern)
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Our Knoll Outdoor Sale has arrived just in time for the sunny season ahead. Save 15% on all modern outdoor furniture by Knoll—including Mid-Century modern design classics by Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen, and more recent contemporary outdoor seating, like the lightweight Olivares and Skeleton outdoor chairs—innovative in both visual and material application. Free white glove delivery is included in this sale, which lasts through April 28th. Shop the Knoll Outdoor Sale here >
  • Milan 2015: IO Modern Wall Lamp by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Fontana Arte (2Modern)
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Salone del Mobile Milano, a highlight of the design year, is underway in Italy, and modern lighting brand Fontana Arte has unveiled an exquisite new wall fixture made in collaboration with Swedish design practice Claesso Koivisto Rune. Named for one of Jupitor’s moons, IO features an appropriately moon-shaped aluminum disc that curves in towards the wall, forming a clean and simple contemporary wall lamp that appears suspended in a very nearly celestial manner. IO’s LED light source may be controlled by moving the disc up-and-down or side-to-side, narrowing or widening…
  • Kartell Outdoor Sale: Save 15% April 16 – 27 (2Modern)
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Light and airy is a fitting description of summertime living—and of Kartell, a company that knows something about light and lighthearted modern design. Our Kartell Outdoor Sale features a weighty 15% reduction on all modern outdoor furnishings by Kartell, including its innovative range of lightweight contemporary chairs, tables, sofas, and modern accents. Effortlessly segueing from indoor to outdoor, and just in time for the outdoor entertaining season, our sale starts today, and remains in effect through April 27th. To save 15%, shop the Kartell Outdoor Sale here > 
  • Drops: Modern Wallpaper From Sissy + Marley (2Modern)
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Children’s interior design company Sissy + Marley have introduced a new modern wallpaper motif for spring, and it’s predictably captivating. Best known for their whimsical, tastefully understated kids’ rooms, Sissy + Marley’s Drops wallpaper pattern is both graphically simple and visually engaging, employing a repeat pattern of bold raindrop-shaped icons in signature monochromes. Enchanting and contemporary, the Drops wallpaper range—available in four colorways of neutrals and pink—may just have both kids and parents wishing for rain.  Via Sissy + Marley
  • New 2Modern Brand: Loll Eco-Friendly Modern Outdoor Furnishings (2Modern)
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    New to our modern outdoor offerings this season are the eco-friendly furnishings of Loll Designs, the Minnesota-based studio that has made repurposed materials its stock and trade. Founded by a team of skateboard park designers, Loll’s modern outdoor chairs, tables, storage pieces and accents are mindfully crafted from recycled plastics—whether leftover materials from skateboard ramps, or discarded milk bottle jugs. With an eye towards the streamlined, inventive forms of the Mid Century era, Loll Designs is driven both by esthetics and by the need to keep modern design…
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    Landfair on Furniture

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Organizing Your Kitchen

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

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

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

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

    Michael Landfair
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    By Anna AamoneThe perfect kitchen should look good but it should be also easy to clean and big enough for you to feel comfortable. The countertop is an important element in the design of this room of your home and also essential one, especially when it comes to cooking and cleaning. You need to have enough space to place some of your appliances and different kitchen supplies, as well as designate a certain area which will be big enough for cooking. Keep in mind that the insufficient space will turn the cooking into a tedious task and will also make you feel very uncomfortable in the…
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    Things That Inspire

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

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

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

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

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

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
      And now – to announce a new and very exciting contest – courtesy of a long time sponsor – The Antique Drapery Rod Company!  They are a sponsor because I am a client – and have been for years and years.  Almost every curtain rod I’ve ever used is from their company.   John Fowler – the greatest curtain designer of the 20th century.   He meticulously drew out the details of the swags and jabots of his creations:   Fowler’s sketch and the actual curtain created from it.  Picture courtesy of Little Augury   As you know, in my opinion,…
  • 2008 Or 2015?

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:38 pm
      Back in 2008 I wrote a story about a Houston townhouse that was for sale.  I loved the townhouse – and thought the design was exactly what I would do in the same space, if I were the decorator.  I called it “Lessons From A Townhouse” and went over each detail that the owner had gotten right. (The original story is HERE but for some reason the pictures have disappeared!) Recently I noticed that the townhouse had sold yet again and thought it would be fun to see what the new owners had done with the space and if the townhouse that I so loved in 2008 still looked as good…
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  • Modern Outdoor Showers

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

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

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

    Jane F
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Are celebrity kitchens just like ours? The answer is yes, and why is something of a surprise. When I saw these four celebrity kitchens in Architectural Digest I thought to myself: they re not especially formal, they have a variety of styles, and they were created according to the needs and wishes of the owners. That’s what makes them just like ours. Take the all-white kitchen, with stainless steel accents, [top] in the Greenwich, Connecticut home of Mexican pop star Thalia and her Casablanca Records exec husband Tommy Mottola (Mariah Carey’s ex). With two small children and a love…
  • Dressing Room Closet Must-Haves

    Jane F
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Planning an elegant dressing room closet? See six essential features these have in common. High end closets have expanded way beyond walk-ins. I think of them as dressing room closets because they are, indeed, rooms of their own and places to get dressed rather than merely for clothing storage. The current concept behind a dressing room closet is specialized feature ideas borrowed from high end boutiques. That means everything’s on display and closets are luxurious, with at least six key features. 1. Ample Shoe Shelves. See those stilettos lined up with the heels facing out? [top] Those are…
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  • Nick & Toni’s Brunch

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Woven Wood Shade Feature You’ll Wish You Had

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

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

    Benjamin Serven
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Meet Elena! Elena has been a designer with for the last 5 years, and is a part of the Face2Face team. While Elena may be just one person here at the office, she’s a long standing member of the family, and makes up an important part of who we are as a company. For instance, every pajama day, superhero day, pirate day, crazy hat day, or any other dress-up day, Elena is dressed to the nines in whatever the theme may be. Elena also is one of our resident cat ladies. Long hair cats, short hair cats, or no hair cats, Elena loves them all. In fact, Elena has a whole…
  • 14 Offbeat Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

    Abigail Sawyer
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Whether you have kids, or just want to re-connect with your inner child, dyeing eggs is a wonderful way to celebrate with friends and family. Mix up your typical food coloring dyeing technique with more advanced easter egg ideas. Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs If you want to take a more natural route with this year’s Easter egg decorating or just don’t want to run to the store for food coloring – you can use spices and vegetables to dye your eggs. Via Kaley Ann. Brown + White Easter Eggs Give natural brown eggs pretty patterns with white paint pens. How easy is that! Via…
  • 10 Decor Ideas for Easter + Spring

    Abigail Sawyer
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Spring is here! Welcome in the new season with these DIY spring decor ideas that bring the outdoors in. They’re perfect for Easter and pretty enough to leave out all season long. 1. Hanging Egg Vases Make a pretty window the star of your Easter brunch with hanging egg vases. Glue some ribbon onto a clean eggshell to create a “hanger” and fill with mini arrangements! See how it’s done at Gardenista. 2. Burlap and Moss Bunny Wreath Whether you hang it indoors or out, this bunny wreath will add tons of charm to your space. Find the full tutorial at House By Hoff. 3.
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    The Office Stylist

  • Transform your Garage into a Home Office Haven

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

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

    Rima Butto
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Describe your office space to us. Where did the inspiration for your office design come from? I have always been a big fan of everything Chanel (totally obsessed with everything black and white). I was afraid to paint the black/white striped accent wall because it was so bold. But, it was only paint and I knew that I could always paint over the stripes, if I didn’t like them. However, once the wall was painted, I fell in love with the stripes. Which stores or websites did you go to to purchase your office decor? I shopped online at some of my favorite stores – Z Gallerie,…
  • JMC Holdings’ Industrial-Cool Office by Emporium Design {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Describe your office space to us. Emporium Design: The guys at JMC approached us to design their office space, as big fans of a few of the hospitality places that we had recently designed, particularly those that embrace the materials often seen in industrial themed design: patinaed metal, reclaimed wood, factory style lighting. An office environment is quite different than a hospitality space, so integrating these materials and celebrating the industrial aesthetic, while being sensitive to various program and many ways that the office needs to perform, was a challenge. A custom…
  • Design Dilemma Solved: Conquering the Paper Clutter

    Rima Butto
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
      I got a great question from Sarah who has the popular problem of dealing with paper clutter in the office.   Sarah asks: “My entire office floor is just a sea of paper piles, mine included. How can I implement a stylish organization system that actually lasts?” With the millions of stores dedicated to organizing, you’d think messy papers would be a thing of the past – not so! In fact, it’s probably the worst problem most offices deal with. It starts because there’s never a system of organizing to begin with; so one small pile of paper becomes…
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  • Silicon Valley Style

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

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

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

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

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

  • Homes of Distinction Tour 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Anatomy of a Room - David Collin's Massimo Restaurant London

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

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

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Here are some quick photos of my trip to Italy. We flew into Milan and drove to Canale, Alba, Barbaresco, Lucca, Monforte then to Firenze, Orvieto, Montecino, and finally to Roma. It was beautiful and not too many tourists. Bridget Beari "Snapshots of My Trip to Italy" from Bridget Beari Designs on Vimeo.
  • Anatomy of a Room - Kit Kemp Bedrooms

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

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Well, here we are....  going into a New Year 2015. I've decided that this year will be the year of "Refining." I've become slightly obsessed with details - for myself and my design style. I want to design products and rooms that create interesting dynamics the between objects. It always takes so much time searching for the final details of room to get it just right - artwork and accessories. It's not about going to Home Goods and throwing some cheap stuff around. These are the critical details. Interior of HDG Architecture OfficeIt may be minimal but the details…
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  • New Cococozy Decorative Pillows – Embroidered Collection

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    So excited for the newest COCOCOZY collection of decorative pillows.  This time around I am doing another round of COCOCOZY embroidered pillows with my license partner Peking Handicraft.  We use...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Malibu Home Remodeling Project – Kitchen Framing Video

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Okay...another installment on the Malibu Home Remodeling Project that TE and I have been working on for the last year. This is the house that TE and I are going to live in with his son. This week, TE...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • 8 Best Dresses for Spring & Summer – Fashion Forward

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Ever since I started the COCOCOZY Pillow Collection back in 2011, I became that girl who is not a huge shopper.  The reason for this shopping void is that between my day job as a business executive,...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • 11 Kitchen Sinks – Modern High Design

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Today, the focus is the kitchen and kitchen sinks.  As my guy TE and I work on the full home remodel of the new place in Malibu, I have been dissecting all aspects of every room in a home. We have...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Modern Country Cottage Dining Room – 7 Design Essentials

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Love this modern country cottage dining room designed by Muskako Living up in Canada. This look comes from lake cottage up in Canada and speaks to everything that is quaint country cottage style....<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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    Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business

  • Spend Time Asking the Right Questions

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:36 pm
    By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at DSU I don’t know about you, but I love to read — everything from mysteries and political thrillers to leadership, business and financial books. One of my biggest fears is to run out of books to read! Reading gives one such an opportunity to keep learning and growing — something that I feel is [...] The post Spend Time Asking the Right Questions appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
  • Are You Using The Right Software?

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    By Gail Doby, ASID I’ve been speaking with a lot of designer these days about their “back office,” and in many cases, they are using QuickBooks which is “OK,” but not really designed for our business. Many years ago, I started my business with Quicken, and then went to QuickBooks, then Design Manager, Studio Impact and then Studio IT (the desktop [...] The post Are You Using The Right Software? appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
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    Simplified Bee

  • Friday Find :: Chic Credenzas

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

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

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

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. Have you seen it? The Nate Berkus at Target Spring & Summer 2015 Collection is stunning and now available! The collection includes numerous geometric, natural and gold pieces at very affordable price-points. And just in time for spring cleaning, it also touts great stationary pieces to help keep your desk organized in style! Here are a few items from the collection that caught my eye: product links: 1. faceted lamp // 2 . desktop organizer // 3. brass…
  • Friday Find :: Designer Outdoor Fabrics

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    With warmer weather fast approaching our patios, decks and porches are going to get a lot more use. Here is California, our outside living is an extension of what’s inside and therefore its critical that the design flows from one space to another. In the past, outdoor fabrics have been ho-hum and frankly there hasn’t been much selection. Over the past few years however, I’ve seen a huge uptick in beautiful designer outdoor fabrics. And these chic, yet durable fabrics are great for indoors too. For a client with young children and pets, I recently installed several chairs,…
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    lookslikewhite Blog

  • Converted Barn

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

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

    Trudy Crane
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Pretty apartment on Entrance, a site for buying and selling real estate, with wonderful high ceilings and gorgeous mouldings. The chandeliers in the living room and kitchen are perfect to accent the architectural details of the apartment. Lots of bright white and grey walls keep it light and clean playing off the white and herringbone floors. I could move right in!Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Lifephotos: Jonas Berg via Entrance Enjoy!Trudyxx
  • Pink Revisted

    Trudy Crane
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I am starting to feel that spring is not far off here in Montreal...yes we still have snow on the ground...but this pink is the perfect way to introduce the new season. I am so tired of dark boots, coats, and sweaters!! Loving the way the pink is used in these photos from all out pink bed to a shot of pink in the couch. A rustic pink wall to a pretty spring wool coat...bring it on!Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life…
  • los angeles Cool

    Trudy Crane
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    This great house in LA is featured in Lonny Magazine this month. I love the simplicity and mid century appeal. Super clean lines and a focus on cool art keeps it from feeling cold....So many more photos at Lonny here...Photographed by Coral von Zumwalt Enjoy!Trudyxx
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    Franki Durbin

  • Musings: On Making It Happen...

    franki durbin
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Follow your heart and don't expect anyone else to book those tickets to Thailand, Jaipur or Morocco. That's all on you. Lean in to your desires and step up your game. It's go time! 
  • Entertaining: Chalking It Up to Experience...

    franki durbin
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    While some of us keep expecting the global love affair with chalk to fade away (no pun intended), love of this forgiving medium only seems to be growing stronger. Call it the cafe effect if you will, but hostesses everywhere are having fun discovering myriad uses (and surfaces) for those useful custom identifiers and personalized messages. Put frankly, guests love seeing their name on pretty handwritten cards and savvy entertainers love the flexibility of the last minute menu changes this style of display affords. My secret weapon? Chalk Ink markers with what they call a chisel…
  • Tot Decor: Celebrating the Mighty Twenty...

    franki durbin
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    We've been experiencing quite a few visits from the tooth fairy in our house. She's leaving a trail of magical glitter on my daughter's nightstand and a very special pillow we've added just for this momentous occasion. This sweet little zebra-adorned accessory offers a little pouch for those middle of the night money-for-a-tooth exchanges to go down.As a mommy who values the art of learning, I appreciate that my resident loose tooth princess now tells me casually that her lateral incisors are readying themselves to come out. Mighty Twenty offers handy a Tooth Tracker…
  • Visual Poetry: World's Most Magnificent Sites as Seen By A Drone...

    franki durbin
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Seriously.. I have ONE thing I desperately want at the moment. A drone. I know, I know... controversial at best. Truly, I just want to look at gorgeous houses and green areas, nothing nefarious here. Although, the idea of everyone having ready access to these makes me nervous enough to leave the recreational espionage activities to others. Anyway... seeing the world from a top-down perspective such as the images above is beyond awesome. These photographs are of some of the world's most spectacular "bucket list" sites as seen via high-powered drones equipped with…
  • Recipes: Tangy, Crunchy & Oh, So Good Korean Tacos...

    franki durbin
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    The weather is warming up and, well, it's time to move the cooking and the dining outdoors for the season. If Dallas does one thing really well it's tacos of every variety. I discovered this recipe over on Half-Baked Harvest and can't wait to give ti a try. It does not look particularly healthy, but the photos speak for themselves! I'd have to skip the queso fresco due to my cheese allergy, but aside from that, this is exactly what I'm craving right now. Spicy, tangy, colorful and packed with texture & crunch. CHEF'S TOOLSIngredientsKorean Fried Chicken2 cloves garlic, finely minced…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • DIY Marble Tray: Sophisticated Elegance at Your Fingertips

    Brittney Smart
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Marble is one of those classic materials that happens to be quite trendy right now. Which seems strange to say a classic décor item is trendy, but there it is. One dilemma with incorporating marble into one’s décor might be the cost – marble, luxe as it is, is not inexpensive.But there are definitely ways you can integrate marble pieces that add sophistication and elegance to your space without breaking the bank. This DIY marble serving tray is just such a way. And, bonus, it’s a straightforward and simple DIY that you can quickly complete…and enjoy for a long time afterward.DIY…
  • 20 Gorgeous Cake Stands to Buy or DIY

    Casey Watkins
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
    You can have your platters and serving bowls and mini bowls for dips, but there’s one major piece of serve ware that’s essential for every kitchen and often overlooked: the cake stand. Not only will it serve to display your beautiful cakes for your fancy dinner parties and friend’s baby shower and Mother’s Day, it can act as a cheese plate or even a lovely centerpiece. With all those options available, how can you not own one yourself? Check out these 20 beautiful cake stands that will let you buy or DIY your way to Instagram worthy cakes.Buy…
  • Nhow Hotel Berlin Reflects Changes In The City’s Music Industry

    Liz Eve
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Once a busy industrial port, now the banks of the river Spree east of the Oberbaumbrücke support the big guns of the music industry.  Just steps from the headquarters of Universal Music, architects nps Tchoban Voss created a huge shining cantilever atop the nhow hotel that references the site’s industrial past and provides a reflective cube for musicians to work in. The interior by Karim Rashid immerses guests in a technicolour interpretation of the digital age. Homedit stepped into a bright white electronic music themed lift and rode up to the roof terrace for a new view on…
  • Deck Lighting Ideas That Bring Out The Beauty Of The Space

    Simona Ganea
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Lounging on a chair, having dinner or breakfast outdoors, bathing in the sun and admiring the views are all fun and relaxing activities we’re used to enjoying on the deck and they’re much more pleasant when the décor and the ambiance are right. These deck lighting ideas are meant to improve the overall look and enhance the beauty of this space.When wishing to preserve the simplicity of the deck and its modern design, certain types of lighting are better than others. Inset lights are versatile and here they are combined with up lights to create an intimate ambiance at night.{found…
  • Shipping Container Home Acts Like A Sculpture In The Irish Land

    Simona Ganea
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    In 2014 a new and unconventional construction was added to the beautiful Irish countryside. The residence was designed by Patrick Bradley Architects, a company that operates all across the UK and Ireland designing bespoke structures like this residence.The architects employed a completely new approach for the area, designing the first modern shipping container construction in Northern Ireland. They used 4 containers in total to create two large cantilever forms. The exterior of the residence is covered with dark gray powder-coated expanded metal sheets (used for the upper level) and…
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  • CP Hart bathrooms

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

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

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

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

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

    Studio M
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M It’s that time of year again where designers from all over the world gather in High Point Market to experience the largest residential home furnishings trade show in the United States. What’s so great about High Point Market is that interior design professionals, as well as members of the press, get to see the latest trends and product introductions before the rest of the world. Gold Feathers Wall Art by Phillips Collection Throw Pillows by Pyar&Co. Each season at market, a talented team of tastemakers hailing from all over the country come together to form a panel known as…
  • Pinspirational Wisdom

    Jon Peters
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M It could be said that each of life’s events can fit into one of three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you’re anything like me, a typical day wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t have a little bit of all three. This month has been especially here and there, so I figured I’d share some good ‘ole fashioned inspiration with an anecdote in order to keep our spirits up! Depending on your attitude and outlook on life, even the bad can be turned into a positive. For instance, this past week I was discouraged after meeting with my bank to see how much I’d be…
  • Vertical Gardens

    Chelsea Lyle
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M If you had to pick between living in a rural area or an urban area for the rest of your life, which would you choose? That’s one of those questions during the “What If?” game that stumps me every single time. Don’t get me wrong; I love people watching and bar hopping just as much as the next person, but there’s just something about that fresh air and those luscious green pastures — don’t even get me started! I realized the other day that I have taken up a good quarter of my living room trying to fit as many plants near the main window as possible. Supposedly these…
  • Harmonizing Herringbone

    Jon Peters
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M If you ask me, one of the most charming things that a home can have is original hardwood floors. One of the things that drew me to the 1920’s brick duplex that I live in now was the inherent characteristics that came with living in a historic neighborhood, which appeared to be minimal bathrooms, zero closet space, and original hardwood flooring. You can decide which perk I was most excited to be dealing with on your own time… Whether you’re living in a Parisian apartment with tall ceilings with elaborate architectural details or a Georgian colonial style with worn walnut finish…
  • Picture Perfect Plant Decor

    Richard Torres
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Studio M The only natural things in a room shouldn’t just be the furniture and light but also something that literally breathes in life into any room. These plants help accentuate the glamorous decor around any home and they are actually part of it as well. The vivid greens from the leaves ranging from cactus to palm to ferns are sure to stand out boldly in brightly lit rooms. Each one of the pots of plants becomes part of the form of the room while also providing beneficial function. I like the combination of the plant next to the cheetah-patterned pillow on the chair because of the color…
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  • My New Kitchen Plan

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

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

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

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    window boxes, faux balconiesI adore window boxes and false balconies!!!Adding window boxes filled with flowers can radically change the facade of a building.Beacon Hill in Bostonwindow boxes, faux balconiesI think the window boxes mounted on the second story adds charm to this already pretty home.There is no limit to what you can use.Just fill with flowering plants and mount to a wall, door , or a window.window boxes, faux balconiesThis really says "NYC SPRING"window boxes, faux balconiesFaux BalconyWhat could do more for a structure than a faux balcony? Faux BalconyI have found a…
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  • Top 5 Reasons Why Replacing Windows and Doors Is A Wise Decision To Make

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

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

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

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

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

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    One of Toronto’s most ostentatious homes is hitting the auction block today. Dubbed the Versailles of Toronto, the 27,000 square foot mansion’s exterior, designed by architect Jacques Danel, is a near perfect replica of the iconic French palace. Inside, the residence boasts eight bedrooms and a whopping fourteen bathrooms, coupled with an indoor swimming pool, library and home theatre room. Nestled on a massive 2.4 acre lot, which offers plenty of space for its outdoor olympic-sized pool, the mansion last made headlines in 2013 when it was first auctioned off with a list price…
  • 15 Home Maintenance Tips for a First Time Home Buyer

    Bespoke Maintenance
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Purchasing a new home is always an exciting time in your life. Finding that perfect home, negotiating the price, getting the home inspection done, waiting for the closing date and then finally, moving day! When purchasing a new home, most people like to think that the previous homeowner has taken the best care of their new home. However, in most cases homeowners tend to do some of the maintenance that is required, but like you and me, life ends up getting in the way of doing all that is required, perhaps, a prior commitment to go out with friends or a kid’s events gets in the way. To take…
  • Hot MLS Listings: April 13 – April 17

    TheRedPin Team
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal our Hot MLS listings in the Greater Toronto Area that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! 39 Gibson Rexdale, Mississauga Contact Francis Malboeufto Book a Tour Asking Price: $299,888TheRedPin Rebate: $1,125| Details: 2 Beds, 1 Bath 11 Stirling Milliken Mills East, Markham Contact Rob Mills to Book a Tour Asking Price: $699,888TheRedPin Rebate: $2,625| Details:…
  • The ultimate 12 tips for selling your home

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    If you’re looking to put your house on the market, we’ve got you covered with our list of 12 tips for selling your home for the highest price in record time. Image: Mark Moz/Flickr The typical homeowner will spend anywhere between 5 to 7 years (if not longer) before deciding to sell and move onto their next property to either upsize or downsize. In Toronto’s hot housing market that translates to an average of $170,000 tacked on to what you originally paid to nab your home, as property values increase year after year. Yet, while you’re almost guaranteed to see a huge profit…
  • Hot MLS Listings: April 6 – April 10

    TheRedPin Team
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal our Hot MLS listings in the Greater Toronto Area that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! 14 Mccarrick  Northeast Ajax, Pickering Contact Eva Allaire to Book a Tour Asking Price: $635,000TheRedPin Rebate: $2,381| Details: 4 Beds, 3 Baths 1030 King – Apt. 818 Trinity – Niagara, Toronto Contact Steve Massaronito Book a Tour Asking Price:…
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  • The Pagoda, Finest Oak Wine Barrel Stave Candle Holder 5 or 7 candles, elegantly recycled wood, choose your color by StilNovoDesign

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

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

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    185.00 USDOur gorgeous platter makes a magnificent centerpiece, and its versatility allows you to integrate it in your home decor in several creative ways, displaying flowers, crystals, candles, beads, wedding favors, cards or...sushi!This stunning piece can turn into a very elegant and original gift idea as well.All of our finely handcrafted items are made from reclaimed oak wine barrel staves from France.The solid wood of an oak wine barrel has a very distinctive element of charm that is conveyed into every object we create.The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the…
  • Recycled oak wine barrel stave candleholder, Hand Painted scandinavian inspired design, 5 tea lights by StilNovoDesign

    9 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    55.00 USDReady to ship recycled oak wine barrel single stave candleholder, hand painted with our exclusive Kaleidoscope design, inspired by scandinavian style. 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…
  • The Clover, Finest Oak Wine Barrel Stave Candle Holder 5 or 7 candles, elegantly recycled wood, choose your color. by StilNovoDesign

    9 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    69.99 USDOur finely handcrafted candleholders are made from oak wine barrel staves from France.The solid wood of an oak wine barrel has a very distinctive element of charm that is conveyed into every object we create.The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the silhouette of each of our designs.The Clover design is a symbol of good luck, fortune & success.Every individual barrel carries the signs of its unique history in every stave. As no barrel stave or band is the same, each piece might show natural imperfections, slight variations in color, grain & dimensions, all…
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    Sense Of Place - An Architect's Blog For Homeowners Who Care About Good Design

  • Easy Peasy Mid-Century Modern Ranch Kitchen Remodel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour NYC to ICFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nina Holst
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    It´s time to share some BEFORE & AFTER photos of the kitchen in our new house that we are renovating. It has been a long process, but we are very happy with how it has turned out. We wanted a kitchen that would match the rest of the house, and after a lot of research ended up buying JKE Design´s RIVA black oak with no handles . I think black kitchens look stunning, and since we have a lot of windows and kept the rest of the surfaces light, a black kitchen works well. To add warmth to the black and white we chose pine wood flooring, in the same white finish as we have in the living…
  • Tidy start

    Nina Holst
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:23 am
    The Easter holiday is over and we are back home after some great days at the cabin. We came back on Sunday night, so yesterday we used our last day off to declutter our storage room ( which was a mess! ). Getting rid of all the things we don´t need. It´s scary how quickly things pile up, right? Are you good at getting rid of the things that you don´t need/use?   Image: Nina Holst
  • Tilbud på BONYTT

    Nina Holst
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    // Annonse Lange frokoster og late dager foran peisen når man ikke er ute og får fregner på nesa, er god stemning nå i påsken. Bøker og blader er selvsagt også en stor del av kosen, og denne påsken blir jeg inspirert av bolig- og interiørmagasinet BONYTT. BONYTT har nemlig nå et påsketilbud hvor de tilbyr 4 nr av BONYTT + 4 eggeglass fra norske Wik & Walsøe i valgfritt motiv til kun 199,- ( + 49,- i porto ) Tilbudet bestiller du via skjemaet her eller send en SMS til 2205 med ABOBNS1 (dersom du ønsker grå alv) eller ABOBNS2 (om du ønsker motivet med hjort). SMS tjenesten…
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    Interior Design Ideas

  • Wood Slats Add Texture and Warmth to These Homes

    HD Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    It’s not exactly rare to use wood in a home. From hardwood floors to custom shelving, there are so many ways to bring the warmth and natural feeling of wood inside. But the homes featured in this post manage to go above and beyond, highlighting the beauty of natural wood by turning into unique accents through the use of wood slats. While each home uses the slat design in slightly different ways, each time it brings a special, interesting look to the room. The first space comes from designer Eugene Anfilova. Here, the slats are not limited to a single room and instead act as a thread of…
  • This Private Plane is a Luxurious Dream Come True

    HD Staff
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The next time you find yourself crammed in the a middle seat in coach, drinking a tiny bottle of wine in hopes of catching even a few moments of sleep, drift off to images of the life you might have lived: aboard a private Boeing 747-8. These luxury planes are bigger than many of the houses featured on this blog, with 4,786 square feet (444 square meters) of cabin space. The plan in this post was built by Boeing, then finished by Kirkland, Washington-based company Greenpoint Technologies. The final results are nothing to sneeze at with luxury lounges, private bedrooms, and even a full formal…
  • Colorful Kids Rooms with Plenty of Playful Style

    HD Staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Using plenty of color in designing a kid’s room is not exactly reinventing the wheel. But the four rooms featured in this post are a far cry from the standard Playskool primary colors and safety scissors. Not only does each room take full advantage of natural lighting, they use playful patterns and sophisticated design elements to create rooms that are not only kid friendly but also stylish, trendy, and gorgeous. The first room offers a creative option for sharing space. While some homes might have strictly enough space for siblings to have their own space, sharing a room can actually…
  • Golf Course Views and a Striking Exterior Make for a Modern Marvel

    HD Staff
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Living with the view of a golf course is a certain kind of accomplishment. It speaks to luxury, relaxation, and the ability to enjoy the finer things in life. This house on the edge of a golf course in Valencia, Spain, designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, is no different although the way in which it communicates that luxury is quite unique. The elliptical shape of the exterior of the home is immediately striking. While the shape seems to almost mimic and highlight the natural curvature of the earth, at the same time the stark white color gives it an otherworldly effect. Inside, open…
  • 3 Creative Apartment Designs Perfect for Young Families

    HD Staff
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Being new parents is a magical – albeit stressful – time. Sharing the love that you have for your spouse and your child with the world is beautiful. But sharing your space with them isn’t always quite so easy. That’s why we’ve decided to feature these designs that manage to make living in somewhat cramped quarters with your little one (or little ones!) look just as fun and easy as it does on TV. Take a look inside these home and start to realize that giving up the childless life doesn’t have to mean giving up on style. The first apartment, from designer…
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  • Spring Appetizer: Ramp and Mushroom Tart Recipe

    Rehana Akter
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The idea of having a savory tart before having your lunch or dinner seems delectable, right? Saveur has brought a yummy spring appetizer recipe in which the peppery ramps, delicious mushrooms, and cheese are combined together to satisfy your taste buds. Check out the preparation: Spring Appetizer: Ramp and Mushroom Tart Savory spring tart! Image via: Tami Seymour Ingredients 4-6 servings 20 ramps (4 ounces; trimmed) Thinly sliced button mushrooms (10 ounces) Frozen puff pastry (1 sheet; thawed) 1 minced shallot Fresh parmesan (1/2 cup; grated) Thyme leaves (1 teaspoon; finely chopped) Goat…
  • Decorating Ideas for Mother’s Day Brunch

    Joy M
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    If you’re planning a special brunch for Mother’s Day, take inspiration from these decorating ideas and impress your mum. Whether you’re serving tea, lemonade, or wine, there are many ways to make Mother’s Day special and unforgettable. Consider your mum’s style. Does she love classic elegance or prefers retro décor? Keep this in mind as you decorate and you’ll be sure to wow her. Decorating Ideas for Mother’s Day Brunch Make your mum feel special this Mother’s Day Image via: Cake Chooser Table Setting Spring is all about color so incorporate some to your table. Create…
  • Wellness: An Aromatic Foot Massage For Your Mom

    Simran Chhibber
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Do you remember the times when your mom pampered you? The times when you came back from school all tired and worn out, she would keep a glass of fresh lemonade ready for you. A sandwich soon followed and before you would realize she would have already untied your shoelaces, loosened the rubber on your hair and wiped your face clean. So guys, Mother’s Day is around the corner and yes it is PAYBACK time! Well, everything cannot be reciprocated materialistically and certainly not to your mom. So this Mother’s Day, pamper your mother with a foot massage at home and enjoy the big smile on her…
  • Easy Spring Dessert – Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping

    Joy M
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Cheesecake is an all-time favorite. If many people are told to choose between it and other desserts, they will quickly pick it. However, modern cheesecake is filled with fancy embellishments that have made us forget how a real cheesecake tastes. This easy spring dessert takes you back in time. Its only addition is the strawberry topping which is drizzled over the top. To make the cake, follow these directions from Epicurious.  Easy Spring Dessert – Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping Try this delicious strawberry cheesecake recipe Image via: The Healthy Foodie Ingredients For the Crust 5…
  • Mother’s Day Kids Craft – Photo Candle Holder

    Joy M
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    Mother’s Day is almost here and what better way to celebrate your mum than to make her this Mother’s Day kids craft? After all she’s given you, it’s time to show her your love and gratitude with an outstanding gift! A personalized candle holder is a thoughtful gift any mother would be proud to have. It shows your mum how much you care. Wrap the gift well and give it to her along with flowers and a card. Needless to say, she’ll be impressed! Here’s how to make the craft. Mother’s Day Kids Craft – Photo Candle Holder Mum will cherish this gift! Image via: Flipo Wholesale…
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  • Hacking Textiles

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

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

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

    6 Mar 2011 | 9:38 am
    Watch Sherri on The Cake Boss Baby Special! I don’t know about yours, but our family (especially our 10-year-old daughter) is in love with The Cake Boss. Buddy and his passionate fondant-rolling, frosting-piping New Jersey clan have us riveted, hungry and chuckling every week. So as you can imagine, we were over-the-moon excited to learn that our own Nursery and Kid’s Room Design Contributor, Sherri Blum, would be creating a space for Buddy and Lisa’s new baby!! That’s right! Tune in to the one hour Cake Boss Baby Special, tonight Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM…
  • Fun and Funky Side Tables

    5 Mar 2011 | 4:13 pm
    Side tables are functional furniture – a home to your coffee, a table lamp, your ever-lengthening to-do list. But rather then only function, how about choosing a side table that accents your design with a playful shape, a shot of color, on unexpected material? Enjoy these fun and funky choices: West Elm’s Martini Side Table is a like a sweet, little bon-bon for the room, glittering in recyclable aluminum. I’m digging the studded sides, and the storage capacity of Worlds Away’s Nora Side Table in White Lacquer. Add feminine curves with Urban Outfitters Coil Side Table…
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    Gates Interior Design

  • The 5 pieces every dining room needs

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

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

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

    Amanda Gates
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:25 pm
    What is it about the word luxury that appeals to us? Does it personify comfort? Perhaps it guarantees fulfillment and satisfaction because of a premium cost? Actually, the answer is no. Luxury has very little to do with money. In fact, luxury can be defined in many ways, depending on who you ask. To me… Read more The post 13 Ultimate Guest Room Essentials appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • Smart Spring Style

    Amanda Gates
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Ahhh… spring is in the air! It’s like a breath of fresh air… literally. While you’re busy doing your spring cleaning around the house, perhaps even spring cleaning your real life relationships, you are also probably breathing new life into your closet. Maybe you’re consciously aware you’re doing it or maybe you’re oblivious but the… Read more The post Smart Spring Style appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
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    The Decorologist

  • Kitchen Tile Backsplash – Taking It Up to the Ceiling

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

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

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

    Kristie Barnett
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Yesterday I was shopping for a client at HomeGoods and snapped a few photos of all the word art they had in the store.  Obviously, they didn’t get the memo that word and phrase art was “out.” You see, “experts” have been saying word and inspirational phrase art is so “over” for more than a year now. […]
  • Improve Your Performance in the Bedroom (and Be Safer, Too)

    Kristie Barnett
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    A while back, I helped a friend choose new paint colors for her home. The previous color of her bedroom made for a bold and dark space, which isn’t always bad for a bedroom – but it was time for an overall update.   A lighter color palette was in order, and I also suggested […]
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  • Fab Events: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    Fabulistas, are you familiar with the saying, “When it rains it pours”? Well, that saying couldn’t be more true right now here at Robin Baron Design — but, in a GREAT way!... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fab Events: Market Week @ Welspun

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Fabulistas, it’s such a good feeling to be the company of like-minded people!   Last week, during Market Week, I was invited to participate in a Blogger’s Breakfast, at the Welspun... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Design Insider: Man “Caves”

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Fabulistas, today’s man needs a quiet space of his own to ruminate, relax and read. Wikipedia defines a man cave as, “a manspace, a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Design Insider: Glorious Feng Shui Gardens

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Fabulistas, the right garden space can make you feel super-luxe and feng shui is a topic in which I am both highly interested and well-versed. So, why not combine the two? Here in the northeast, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Art: The Bread of Life

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Fabulistas, I ask you is there anything more soul-sustaining than a well-placed objet d’art? I’m always excited about the projects I work on, but this year I’m SUPER excited about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Upcycled Glass Bottle Chandeliers

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

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

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

    Ann Porter, CKD
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    These days we are pretty comfortable with the use of cork for flooring and wall treatments but the notion of a bathroom fixture made from cork is pretty spectacular. GRANORTE, based in Portugal, is a leading sustainable flooring manufacturer and producer of cutting-edge cork products from vessels and tile to lighting and furniture. Initially created to recycle the cork waste from the cork stoppers manufacturing industry, the GRANORTE product portfolio now includes sculpted bathtubs. The latest robotic technology allows GRANORTE to carve beautiful tubs from solid agglomerated cork using a…
  • Wallpaper: Like Light on the Horizon

    Ann Porter, CKD
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    I’m crushing on the Aurora Collection of nonrepeating wallcoverings by Calico Wallpaper. This ephemeral collection features luminescent ombré washes is 16 colorways. Calico Wallpaper was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2013 by creative and life-partners Rachel and Nick Cope. Their process combines artisanal methods from the decorative arts with innovative digital technologies. The result is an entirely customized and non-repeating wall mural. Inspired by horizons at dawn and the phenomena of light, new Aurora papers are meant to immerse viewers in waves and washes of color.
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    Six Different Ways

  • Foodie Friday

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

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

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

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    Years ago, I was looking for something unique to adorn my statement wall in my bedroom. So I took to the internet to see what I might be able to find. My color scheme was a variety of corals, golds, and browns. With the statement wall being a bright coral, I wanted to tone it down a bit. I wanted something that added to the wall, something simple yet elegant.  I couldn’t find a piece of art that I really connected with – more so because it clashed with the many colors I was using. So I thought a wall decal might be fun. I have always loved the idea of having quote wall decals,…
  • Black Beauty

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    A friend of mine recently suggested that she may want to paint her bedroom black. I, for one, am never opposed to black. I think it is sophisticated, smart and sleek. It does not matter if we’re talking about clothing, cars, or walls. The thing is that when you have an abundance of black, or any dark color, it may be overwhelming. Thus, you need to lighten it up with accessories and bright accent pieces. Most people automatically pair black with white, which is elegant. However, bright colors are always a great idea when it comes to complementing black and white.  So we took to the…
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  • Make Art on your Walls

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Sometimes you might wish to decorate your home with more than just a layer of paint. Although carefully selected paint color scheme might do wonders for every room and create a completely new energy flow, sometimes it’s just not enough. People have craved to personalize their places of living since the earliest days. By making pieces of art on your walls, not only will you express your passion but also save money and have fun all the way. Here are some effective and easy-to-make ideas for decoration.   The best thing about these art pieces is that they need not match your furniture.
  • Creating the Ultimate Bathing Experience

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Bathing is becoming a more private experience. Shrinking houses and budgets are making people less interested in whirlpools and hot tubs, and more in solo baths. Even more importantly, solo baths are more important than ever for personal well-being. A disadvantage of always being connected is that we’re rarely alone. A disadvantage of working with our minds is that we’re rarely thinking about our bodies. A bath provides much-needed time alone and present our minds with what we’re feeling in our bodies at that moment. Baths are good for the body and good for the mind. How can we make…
  • High Tech Home Fun

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    In the era of modern technologies and advanced home utility solutions, hi-tech gadgets and devices have become a norm, no longer an option. We have smart air-conditioning, smartphones, smart watches and even smart window blinds – sooner or later, our entire homes will become smart and button-operated whether we like it or not. If you’re one of those who likes the idea of intelligence in household appliances, we have a few amazing devices right here to add a dash of fun to your everyday life. Look into the future: Clever blinds and windows If pulling up your blinds manually is not…
  • Why Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:36 am
    A new year, another remodel. At least that’s the plan for a lot of us; even small redecorations and tweaks can do wonders in terms of brightening up your life, and every year, more and more homeowners take the plunge. The first question most wind up asking: should I do it myself, or hire a pro? DIY projects are increasingly popular these days, and you’ll find more help than ever online. Still, when it comes to a big upgrade, I heavily recommend finding yourself an experienced interior designer. This advice doesn’t really apply to lifelong handymen, but for the rest of us,…
  • Tips to Consider When Planning for Home Renovation

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    Home renovation augments the value of your entire home, and also makes it a more comfy place to reside. You might be planning to sell your home or move to a new place, but the lack of proper planning has put a constraint on that initiative. Whatever the motive may be, you need to have an arrangement before you take part into the factual renovation process. Major home improvement projects like changing your floor tiles, adding a new bathroom, kitchen renovation or building new floors are somewhat complex, unless realized with the help of a skilled person. The service provider who is a…
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  • choosing a kitchen backsplash

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flashback Friday: The Roaring 20’s

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

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

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    City living is often cramped, which might harness your creative endeavours when it comes to home décor and furniture. The good news is you don’t have to compromise design due to limited space. Whether some of us live in spaces that may limit our usage of furniture and decorative pieces, or you just want to organize efficiently in style, we have pieces that will not only help you save space, but do so in a modern way. Storage beds are great for keeping clothes, shoes, or books out of the way. My top pick is the Alameda by Calligaris. Another one of my favorite picks for saving space is…
  • 50’s Flashback Friday

    10 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    I love decade inspired rooms. One of my favorite is a 1950’s diner inspired kitchen. Something about the color combinations, be it the black and white tiled floor with red accents (my personal favorite), or a two tone pastel kitchen, there’s something transcendent about these spaces. It’s almost as if you are taken back into time. We have everything you need to get this look! So put a quarter in the jukebox, it’s time to go to the hop! Suggested Items:   Cleveland Oval Retro Table, $329.00 Diner Stool, colors and prices vary Diner Chair 921, colors and prices vary…
  • We’ll never be royal…or will we?

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    Heavy is the head that wears the crown, or so they say. Let’s take their word for it, and live in a home fit for a King & Queen without the duties and obligations. Modern furniture is definitely our forte, however, we offer beautiful modern pieces that will make any home look regal.  We offer a plethora of beautiful furniture, some of my favorite pieces are Victorian influenced or are reminiscent of the Renaissance period.  Whether you are looking to accommodate a feast, searching for a new throne, or decorating your sleeping chambers, we have pieces that will make you want to…
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  • Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour NYC to ICFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shopping for Coffee Tables

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

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

    Linnore Gonzales
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Spring is the perfect time to reevaluate your home’s color giving it the makeover it deserves. As you browse this year’s color palettes to make your decision, you may discover that a radiating impressionistic style is all the rage. Here are 7 color palettes to consider from highly esteemed companies that know their hues. 1. Pantone’s “En Plein Air” Pantone’s 2015 fashion color report "En Plein Air" refers to the outdoors captured on canvas as it relates to a sense of well-being. Look to the color spectrum’s cool side embracing natural neutrals, restrained brights and soft…
  • What's Underfoot? 4 Flooring Trends Worth Trying

    Linnore Gonzales
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    It’s easy for flooring to be overlooked in the grand scheme of interior design (if you’re not working with a professional, that is). Some homeowners are willing to settle for the wall-to-wall carpet that their home already has, or invest in other décor options that they think will tie their room together, or consider flooring only as an afterthought and make haphazard choices about what’s right for a space. The real story, however, is that your choice of flooring can make all the difference in a room, creating a harmonious, settled section of square footage. Some flooring options are…
  • Child-Friendly Decor Updates

    Linnore Gonzales
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    When children become part of your family, life changes in every way, and décor is certainly no exception. But you can work around the unsightly baby gates (and perhaps invest in far more handsome options). Family-friendly décor is an achievable, attractive interior design option because, hey, your home still deserves to look good even if it’s overrun by toys. A Dedicated Play Space The difficulty with kids and their toys is that many homes can turn into one giant playroom with toys taking up space everywhere. So, first things first – designate a playroom. Even if kid goodies seep out of…
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    Bathroom Remodelling Tips

  • Bathroom Tile Ideas for Your Fresh Bathroom

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The right Bathroom tile can improve the looks of your Bathroom. The glazy water resistant bathroom tiles can be cost as cheap as a dollar for a square feet or as expensive as you want. You can pick the smaller one or larger one (12" square) according your bathroom.Here are the few bathroom tiles selected by us. You can one among them for your renovated bathroom.Glass Mosaic Italian tilePorclain Bathroom tilesBlack Marble -bathroom tiles.We will update this post with more bathroom tile ideas. If you found something interesting, you can comment on this blog post.
  • Regrouting su cuarto de baño del azulejo puede ahorrar mucho dinero y hacer que su ducha Look nuevo otra vez

    14 Jan 2014 | 9:19 am
    Regrouting su cuarto de baño del azulejo puede ahorrar mucho dinero y hacer que su ducha Look nuevo otra vez El moho, el moho y la suciedad. Todos hemos visto en nuestra ducha baldosín en algún momento u otro. Cuando lejía o lechada limpio no hace el truco, la mayoría de las personas entran en pánico y algunos pueden pensar que rasga todo y reemplazar la pieza, así como la bañera. La respuesta es contratar un servicio de regrouting. Regrouters pueden hacer su ducha sorround parece nuevo otra vez, a una fracción del precio que le costaría reemplazar todo. Mediante el uso de una…
  • How to Choose The Best Bathroom Tiles

    12 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    When constructing a bathroom or renovating it, the initial and primary thing that strikes your mind will be the tiling of the bathroom. Tiles matter a lot as they transform the entire look of the bathroom.Bathroom tiles ought to be so beautiful they offer a pleasant as well as an elegant look to the bathroom. However, beauty and looks just isn't the only real thing that should be considered. A person must also take value resilience, durability, hygiene and resistance quality when deciding on the tiles.When choosing a bathroom tile, one common thing to consider is the sized the tile. Normally…
  • Things to Consider When Designing a Bathroom

    20 May 2012 | 4:17 am
    The bathroom is well known to become one of minimal priorities when decorating a home's interior. Most people would first work on designing a full time income room, bedroom, or kitchen. Some would end up with a fully furnished and stylish family area but lacking in style and functionality in their bathrooms. When you try to think about it, a bathroom is certainly one of the most important elements of the house. Here we spend the majority of our time getting ready and grooming ourselves. Thus, it matters that it is made with function, comfort, and aesthetics in mind.  1.Consider the…
  • Bathroom Decoration With Bathroom Cabinets

    30 Mar 2012 | 12:15 pm
    Is your bathroom daunting you? Don't worry, every discontent of yours will disciple within a fraction of second with bathroom cabinets. You do not have to stray from shop to shop, as bathroom cabinets are obtainable in Internet in places you could possibly get huge choice of cabinets in accordance with your desire and wish. You can brows the online bathroom stores that will cater a wide selection of bathroom cabinets best match to your preferences.If your bathrooms could get animated and your bathroom being a mark of reverence that may splash your personality, then it becomes advisable to…
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  • Spring Inspiration

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

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

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

    Holly La Porte
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Cheers to the new year!  There’s nothing like starting the year off fresh and clean, and pendant lighting is an easy way to brighten your space! Warm metallic colors are a continuing trend into 2015, so here we round up
  • How to ‘Get Lit’ for the New Year

    Holly La Porte
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    It’s no secret that here at we are experts at lighting up a place, but in terms of libations, well, we quite enjoy that kind of getting lit as well!  And in the spirit of ringing in the new
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    Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design

  • Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug 48342

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

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

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

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a Beautiful Antique Persian Heriz Rug. Antique Persian Heriz Rug– Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out Read More... The post Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Heriz Rug with Garden Design 48376 appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
  • Wednesday Wishlist: Gorgeous Blue Vintage Moroccan Rug 48351

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a lovely blue vintage Moroccan rug. Vintage Moroccan Rug– Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Wednesday Read More... The post Wednesday Wishlist: Gorgeous Blue Vintage Moroccan Rug 48351 appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
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    Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore » Blog | Leading Architects Bangalore

  • 3 Trendy Luxurious Villa Design Options

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

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

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

    8 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Front Elevation of a House is an important aspect of a house plan. Constructing the front elevation requires a well planned and well designed architecture. A good looking front elevation can have huge benefits; right from enhancing the beauty to property value. Here are few tips on how to enhance the front elevation of house. Choose Arches and Pillars Continue Reading The post Beautification Of Front Elevation appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
  • Wonderful Kota Flooring for Duplex Homes

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    #ArchitectsBangaloreSalemCoimbatore Need to give natural and contemporary flooring for your duplex house plans? Kota stone is an excellent option for you. They are not very eco-friendly, but are suited to a variety of conditions. Why Kota Floorings? Originating from the Kota region, the stone has a pleasant greenish blue colour will suit almost all interiors in your duplex house plans. Continue Reading The post Wonderful Kota Flooring for Duplex Homes appeared first on Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore.
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    Interior Design And Happy Home Living

  • Zara Home Kids Catalog Spring-Summer 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Relaxed Nautical Style Home of Designer Tara Dennis

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

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    These fish net jars just became another Favorite Beach Jar Idea! They look awesome and are so easy to make since a decorative fish net is used. Unlike the Rope Net Bottles which require some knot tying skills! You can use any kind of jar or simple glass vase for this net project. A large vase would look quite stunning! You can also Paint your Jars Blue! Decorative fish net is available in
  • Coastal & Nautical Mirrors | 9 Favorites

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    I love mirrors. Big and small. A large coastal or nautical mirror can hang as a statement piece over the sofa or mantel, while smaller mirrors can bring interest to a narrower wall space, impress as a grouping or be integrated into an eclectic Gallery Wall. Mirrors bring light and dimension to a space, and these mirrors also celebrate the coast and the sea. Here are some favorite coastal
  • DIY Driftwood Sphere

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Crate & Barrel's driftwood spheres have inspired this creative DIY project. A great knock off! The inspiration pieces from Crate & Barrel. No longer available. This is the DIY version of a driftwood sphere. Looks great, doesn't it? Here's how it's done. With a beach ball and hot glue! I love this project. For all the details, head over to Creative in Chicago! Driftwood sphere from
  • Top Backyard and Garden Decor Ideas for Coastal Style Living

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here are my top backyard ideas for coastal style living! These backyard ideas are fun, creative, whimsical, and sandy. Backyard Fire Pit that makes you feel like you're gathered around a beach bonfire. For more beach paradise backyard ideas, click here! A boat in the backyard. As you can see, there are many awesome uses for a boat in the backyard. Featured here. Beach Hut Garden Shed
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    BLOG - DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston

  • BEFORE & AFTER: Once Dated & Drab, This Bedroom Now Feels Like A Boutique Hotel Room!

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

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

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    One thing I can’t wait to do in my kitchen remodel — yes, MY remodel — is…Install a unique door at the pantry.I’ve planned it all out…In my kitchen, my remodel-to-be, I’ve relocated my pantry to a wall that’s more prominently situated in my kitchen. And because my kitchen is wide-open to my living room, that door will make a major design statement for the space, and my home, in general.Although I’m a huge fan of pantries built into cabinetry and I do that often when clients have long, wide pantries, however when there IS depth and space in the floor plan for a walk-in…
  • Today's 10 On-Trend Interior Design Links You'll Love! | #DESIGNREFRESH

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello Design Lovers!Today I’m at Kristen’s wedding! Kristen, one of my team members, is getting married in Galveston, and we’re looking forward to attending her beautiful wedding so we can wish her all our best throughout her bright future to come. Kristen planned so much of the wedding herself!The flowers, the decor… all of it beautiful! I even recommended she start a blog about how to plan a wedding on a budget. And my other team member, Jitka… she’s also helping manage the crafting and organization of the wedding. I love watching her and Kristen have so much…
  • Bathroom Window Won't Make Room For Your Vanity's Mirror? Do This:

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Interior Designer: Carla Aston When I was working on this bathroom remodel, we had a window that we couldn’t move... It had recently been replaced, and the homeowner wasn’t in the mood to relocate it. Also, they didn’t want to mess with the brick on the outside of the house, no matter how the placement affected the layout. And to tell you the truth…I don’t blame them.So what did we do? We worked around it! Here's how: The window turned out to be a perfect spot for the seated vanity.The natural light pouring in during the day was spectacular! To accent the window,…
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  • dutch old master paintings at sothebys

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

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

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

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

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

  • Clever ways to make extra cash on AirBnB

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

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

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

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

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    Photo credit: As a homeowner, your home security is totally up to you. You can install security systems, put up flood and motion detecting lights, set up video surveillance, anything you want! You can do as much or as little as feels comfortable. When you live in an apartment, though…not so much. Apartment dwellers, you can\’t rip out their windows and install security glass. You can\’t wire in alarms or change the lighting (much). You definitely can\’t set up video surveillance in the hallway. It can often feel like you are totally at the mercy of your…
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  • MK Tresmer Oy model 194 and 294 owl bank | Palaset | Finland

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

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

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

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Nosco Plastics, Inc. (often abbreviated as NOSCO) was the plastics molding division of National Organ Supply Company.  The division was created in 1934 to make plastic parts for electric organsand was located in Pennsylvania.  Beginning in 1948, NOSCO employed a new screw injection molding process that was used to manufacture huge quantities of cheap, small plastic toys.  These toys, called “slum” were used as party favors, drink markers, carnival merchandise, and Cracker Jack prizes. According to plastic toy historian and author Bill Hanlon, the Don Manning Studio was…
  • PVC curved pipe clock | Steve Diskin | Tik-Tek Engineering, Kirsch Hamilton and Associates, Inc. | Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States | 1980

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Here is a PVC curved pipe desk clock by Steve Diskin of Tik-Tek Engineering for Kirsch Hamilton and Associates from 1980.  The clock measures 8” in height and 5” across.  The clock runs on a single C size battery.  The clock is definitely reminiscent of some Italian designs (like the Cronotime) that have the face set on a curved, tubular base and modern split-circle faces like these wall clocks by Krups in red, green, and blue.  Still, this clock is has the unique and characteristic styling of Diskin/Tik-Tek (like the Nova). Perhaps the frequency of split-circles in…
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    New York Interior Design Blog

  • Black Walls

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

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

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

    5 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Throw pillows on a sofa, chair or bed are akin to adding the right jewelry to complete an outfit.  They complete a room and can add panache to any space!  Below are some images that inspire us and show just what the right fluffy pillow can do for a room! In the room below, designed by Architects Anat Stoles and Spring Harmoni, the throw pillows do an amazing job of complementing the space without overpowering it.  We love how the manner in which the yellow green pillows reiterate the fabric used to upholster the funky chair, while the other pillows add some necessary pattern and…
  • Rave Reviews over Red!

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Red is the color of attraction!  It is the color of passion and romance as well.  Right now it is the pantone color of the year as well!  Today we will share a few of our favorite red picks trending in design right now! First up is the Mosaico Extra Large Pendant by Illuminata Art Glass Design.  The design on this glass pendant is stunning and we love the interesting shapes and shadows that the reflected light casts on the wall! Mosaico Extra Large Pendant by Illuminata Art Glass Design Wow–is this not a sexy red sofa?  Designed and sold by Rapport Furniture, the sinuous lines are…
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    Courtney Price

  • Blueberry Muffins Fit for Royalty

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

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

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

    Courtney Price
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Imagination is more important than knowledge.
  • India Hicks: Island Style

    Courtney Price
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Do you ever have those days where you just want to shut it all down and move to an island? If the answer is yes, here is a book for you.
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    Inhabit Blog

  • 10 Conservatories to Sigh for in Scotland

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

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Are you looking for some innovative ideas about how to hang pictures in home? If so, then you must remain aware of the fact that hanging pictures in a room is not that easy. There are a lot of people... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Renovating Your House: Switching Old for New

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Whether you’re looking to sell in the coming months, or you just want a refresh, renovating and decorating your home can be a fun and enjoyable process. Many people will throw away all of their old... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Simple storage solutions for small spaces can effectively be used for stacking things orderly without having to just pile them up and keep wondering about the clutter. Most of us like to get a lot of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 31 Best Fitted Wardrobes

    Melina Divani
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    Fitted wardrobes are frequently considered outdated. In some people’s minds, the image of an old closet, dusty, and filled with spider webs is envisioned, but in reality, this is not the case. Today’s fitted wardrobes come with modern, sophisticated options and huge benefits as well. The biggest benefit is the additional space created. Since they are normally floor to ceiling, extra storage is installed while not taking away from the room s décor. Fitting a sliding door wardrobe into an alcove in a space is a fantastic way to utilize a frequently wasted area in a home. A sliding door…
  • Classic Provence Style House in Modern Sweden

    Melina Divani
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    With inspiration drawn from the owner’s love of France and French Architecture, this home located on the famed lake Skiren. With architecture and design features reminiscent of centuries past, the builders were mindful of the unique needs of residents. Located within a comfortable commute to all the modern amenities of Stockholm, this home suits commuters and vacationers alike. Guests of this home enjoy the serene location on the water where they feel in-tune with nature from the sweeping views from the home’s many large windows and patios. Built in a style reminiscent of early…
  • Modern Home With A Family Feel

    Melina Divani
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    The bare essentials are arranged beautifully in this laid back modern home. It radiates a family ambiance with exquisite style and taste. Elegantly designed both inside and out, this residence is the epitome of practicality mixed with fine furnishings and accents complemented by a neutral theme. The rooms are expansive with long hanging folded drapes, transfixed to resemble the beauty of ancient times in a modern day setting. Quality pieces are what make this home so beautifully subtle but impressive. Furniture, as with any home decor theme, creates the foundation for any room. Chaise lounge…
  • White Interior Pinched With Color

    Melina Divani
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Pure, pristine, and always stylish, white makes a dramatic impact that never goes wrong. Many people think that a house filled with white luster will appear boring; however, if you want to add a stunning, fresh, new, airy feel to your interior design, white is the way to go, and this home carries it off flawlessly. The rooms carry the exquisite white theme throughout the space while adding intriguing accents along the way with splashes of color. The overall effect is merged with neutral accents and combined with textures that subtly bring out the essence of the theme in this wonderfully…
  • Modest and Neutral Yet Cosy and Inviting NY Apartment

    Melina Divani
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Modest and neutral, yet cosy and inviting, this space is a welcome departure from your conventional rental apartment.  The whole scheme is pared back but it does not skimp on either character or individuality thanks to a variety of cohesive pieces.  A combination of a mellow monochromatic palette, repurposed items (low stools fashioned from old cable reels), with wood and metal accents, inject a warm and simple elegance to the space.  The art work (black and white prints, white and gold ceramics, and the large handwritten wooden frame) are all custom creations by The New Design Project.
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    Brabbu | Design Forces

  • High Point Market 2015 – First Style Spotters choices

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    For many of us, High Point Market 2015 spring edition it means a welcome turn toward warmer weather, and for all of us, spring brings new fashions, styles, and home decor trends – and they’ll all be waiting for us at Spring Market. Today was the first day of an intense week that is coming and to get in the right frame of mind for this Home Furnishing trade show event of the new season, BRABBU shows you what are 2015 Style Spotters first picks. So sit back, relax, and enjoy High Point Market 2015 spring edition! The invitation stills up, to visit us at IH 112/IHFC Commerce floor 1.
  • High Point Market 2015: BRABBU Behind the scenes

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Following the success at AD Show 2015 in New York, BRABBU is getting ready for one more design agenda furniture fair at North Carolina, where the largest industry trade show in the world will open its door from 18th until 23rd of April. High Point Market 2015 has been recognized as the leading home furnishings market in the world, which explains why it is known as “The World’s Home for Home Furnishings”. Meet us at IH 112/IHFC Commerce floor1! So, once again, BRABBU and its partners brands Boca do Lobo, Delightfull, Koket and Miyabi Casa, couldn’t miss the chance to bring the…
  • High Point Market 2015: Designer’s Guide II

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    As we promised, we’re now bringing you the second part of the official designer’s guide for the spring edition of High Point Market 2015. Please, feel free to visit the first part of High Point Market 2015 – Designer’s Guide here. So, let’s start the second part of this guide to ger the best fron High Point MKT. How to make the most of your exhibitor meetings You’ve created a stellar Market schedule: appointments at key showrooms, insightful educational events and dinners with friends and new acquaintances. Although the meals and seminars are familiar, you’re…
  • High Point Market 2015: Designer’s Guide I

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    The Spring Edition of High Point Market 2015 starts today. If you’re in rush, with no specific idea of what you should do or see in High Point Market, we bring you here a Designer’s Guide Market. Here you will find the part I. The part II of the High Point Market Designer’s Guide will be released soon. Planning your trip   High Point Market lasts six days, and although most buyers don’t stay the entire time, you do need to plan enough time to be productive. “If I had to pick a minimum number of days, I would say three, but preferably four,” said Lisa Mende,…

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Leslie Hendrix Wood is one of nine style spotters of High Point Market 2015 and so, we have to bring you the reasons which makes this specialist in interior decor a style spotter. Focused gracious living, timeless design and family traditions, Leslie is a practicing luxury interior designer in Midland, Texas. Her well known lifestyle and design blog, Hadley Court, has received major national awards, including Best New Design Blog at the prestigious Design Bloggers Conference in 2013 and 1 of the Top 25 Home Design Blogs To Follow in 2014 by Trip Advisors’ vacation rental sister site,…
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    Home Decor + Home Lighting Blog

  • New Lights: Dazzling Chandeliers

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

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

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

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

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Whether you’re headed to the beach or bringing coastal-inspired style to your home in the city,  you can easily show off your stylish and fun side with decorative accessories and accents. Today, we’re sharing ideas from the beach and ocean–ranging from vintage looks to elegant coastal cool. We hope you enjoy!       Add a touch of vintage beachy fun with this weathered wood sign. It’s the perfect beginning for a room with coastal style.     A transitional piece of wall art with a charming vintage feel, this colorful take on beach umbrellas will…
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  • Contemporary Blinds for Cooking Areas

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

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

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

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:56 am
    One of the greatest things about hot weather is that we can spend many hours outside in the garden areas. Either in the front lawn or the backyard, we should not only think about the patio furniture. Garden decorations are an outstanding way to bring some freshness in your outdoor areas so let’s have a look at this beautiful garden sculptures that we have collected today. Garden sculptures – what types are they? Typically, we can define two major groups of outdoor sculptures. These are the human figurines, the animal sculptures and the abstract pieces of art which represent strange…
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • The Demand for Green Home Remodeling Products is on the Rise

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

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    The style and elegance of Trend products have come to life at the residence of Trend Group CEO, Andrea Di Giuseppe and his wife, Frederica Bisazza, Image and Communications Manager of the company – in the exclusive South Beach area of Miami Beach, Florida. Remodeling their prominent apartment at Portofino Tower, Andrea and Frederica began an exciting challenge of incorporating Italian-style with the refined elegance and sophistication of Trend products. The result is nothing short of magnificent, as they transformed their home into a showcase of luxury and grandeur using all Trend products…
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  • Insulated Tote Bags Review

    Vidya Sudarsan
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Share on Tumblr In today’s post, I’m glad to share my review on two amazing insulated bags. Both bags are perfect to keep food cold or warm for up to 4 hours. Insulated Cooler Tote Bag by DHD Culinary is roomy, and can fit in groceries or food for a picnic. It is not too [...] The post Insulated Tote Bags Review appeared first on Related posts: Ready to School – Insulated Lunch Bag And Water Bottle Review Victoos Reusable Nut Bags Review Sumo – Gaint Bean Bags! Kitchen Tools Review
  • Yoga Practice At Home

    Vidya Sudarsan
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Share on Tumblr In today’s post, I’m glad to share my review on a beautiful yoga mat, an online yoga class, and some photographs that will get you thinking about starting your yoga routine at your own home. World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of a person. It’s easy [...] The post Yoga Practice At Home appeared first on Related posts: Yoga and Meditation Rooms Home Gym Ideas Yoga and Meditation Room Decor Buddha Statues At Home
  • Stunning Strips On Walls

    Vidya Sudarsan
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Share on Tumblr Patterned stripes are so versatile that you can blend them into any type of stylish room. The only problem with picking stripes is that there are too many options available. They come in vertical or horizontal styles; thick or thin widths; light or dark colors; mild or bold hues. No matter what style you choose, [...] The post Stunning Strips On Walls appeared first on Related posts: Ombré Walls Understanding Stripes 60:30:10 Rule in Designing Earthy Brick Walls
  • iPhone 6 Battery Case Review

    Vidya Sudarsan
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    Share on Tumblr We all realize that smartphone battery usage is subjective to the signal strength in the location you are in, apps that you’re using and that are running in the background, and so on. We have only limited control on saving the battery power. You could pretty much stop all the apps and [...] The post iPhone 6 Battery Case Review appeared first on Related posts: Gadgets You Will Love – iPhone 6 Battery Case iPhone 6 Wallet Leather Case Review Instantly Framed iPhone App Review Gadgets You Will Love – PowerSkin
  • Perfect Lunchbox for Sandwiches – Review & A Giveaway

    Vidya Sudarsan
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Share on Tumblr It’s not easy to pack a nutritious sandwich without it getting soggy. Cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and alfalfa sprouts are bound make the sandwich wet in a few hours. The ingenious design of this sandwich box allows you to separate the bread from rest of the ingredients. You would have to make it fresh [...] The post Perfect Lunchbox for Sandwiches – Review & A Giveaway appeared first on Related posts: Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift – Monterey Meringues Knife Sharpener For Ceramic/Steel Review & A Giveaway Travel…
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    Modern Interior Design & Furniture - Decoist

  • 20 Trendy Ideas for a Home Office with Skylights

    Sherry Nothingam
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Winter might be well behind us, but we could still do with a cheerful flood of natural lighting illuminating our home and driving away darkness all day long. Windows are obviously the preferred option to get this done, and large sliding glass doors are quickly becoming equally popular. But there is another ace in the pack that brings a stream of light from the heavens directly indoors and does so in inimitable style. Of course, we are talking about delightful skylights that seem to pop up as life savers when architects are faced with a gloomy conundrum. And today it is the turn of home…
  • Headwaters Camp Cabin: Idyllic Retreat Enchants with Scenic Splendor

    Sherry Nothingam
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    If anyone said that you would not find a log cabin in the world that could match the nostalgic charm, the picture-perfect beauty and the tranquil elegance of the Headwaters Camp Cabin in Montana, it would be incredibly hard to argue. This mesmerizing lakeside escape crafted with immaculate care by Dan Joseph Architects is located in Big Sky, and its rustic beauty coupled with modern comfort transport you into a world that stands in stark contrast with the rush of daily urban life. Spread across 1,800 square feet, the cabin comes with 5 cozy bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, along with the living…
  • Heritage Home in Melbourne Charms with a Curvy Contemporary Extension

    Sherry Nothingam
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A modern extension in the rear seems to be one of the most popular ways of giving heritage homes a new lease on life and adding to their existing living space. This is precisely the approach that LSA Architects took in the case of this exquisite home in Melbourne as they turned the backyard into a breezy and bustling social hub for the family. Yet there is a wonderful twist in the tale, as the architects added an oak-lined curvy structure that steals the show and gives the residence a touch of playful charm. It’s no wonder then that it is dubbed the Curva House!The smart addition was…
  • 8 Useful Closet Hacks to Tidy Up Your Wardrobe on the Cheap

    Yuka Yoneda
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    If you’re starting to put your winter gear away to make room for your warm weather clothing, why not give your closet a bit of an overhaul while you’re at it? While you could choose to splurge on a pricey wardrobe organization system, there are actually quite a few surprisingly small ways to tidy up your garments and accessories without paying an arm and a leg. Read on for our roundup of mini closet makeover ideas that will make getting ready in the morning so much easier.Lineup those Shoes in Style!Does your shoe collection put Imelda Marcos’s to shame? Here’s a way…
  • Sensational Serveware for Spring

    Kate Simmons
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:10 am
    There’s something about spring that brings out the urge to entertain. Luckily a range of exciting serveware pieces awaits us! From two-in-one serving dishes to trays that take modern design to a new level, today’s featured finds are unique in all the right ways. Read on for a glimpse at tabletop decor that’s every bit as artistic as it is functional… [serveware below from CB2]Tableware from CB2Serving TraysLet’s begin with trays, as they have the power to stylishly reign everything in. For a serving tray that’s a true conversation piece, check out Grip by…
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    Leovan Design

  • Spring Gardening Tips

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dazzling Sea Glass Mosaics From New Ravenna

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

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

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

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

    Decor Girl
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    From classic to modern, we've found five pieces and/or collections of stylish outdoor furniture we are hot to get our hands on for summer. Read More
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    Just Wood Flooring Blog

  • Hardwood flooring factsheet: Oak

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

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

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

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

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

  • Multi-Generational Trillium Home by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Welcome to another collection by a fantastic contemporary designer. We’re pleased to present the Trillium by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design! While the current homeowners of this 2014 Street of Dreams home are a young family, one of their highest priorities for the home was to ensure that it was a home that multiple generations could feel comfortable in. The family planned to grow and age in the home, and made provisions for their aging bodies. All of the main living spaces of the home are on the ground floor, including the living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast nook, and…
  • Naturally Modern Lake Champlain Chalet By Boom Town

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    Welcome to our gallery focusing on the naturally modern Lake Champlain chalet, a new home design by Boom Town. This angular chalet is located near Lake Champlain, a few meters away from the American border in the center of the Philipsburg Bird Sanctuary. The landscape is composed of two plateaus separated by a 10 meter sheer cliff, with gently sloping access to the lake; a rare privilege for this area. The natural gradation offers a wonderful sight line to the west, facing the vast lake. The building itself is a three story wooden cottage, standing like an observation post in the…
  • 27 Garden and Backyard Retaining Wall Ideas and Terraced Gardens

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring a selection of the most luxurious and beautiful terrace gardens with retaining walls. Terrace gardens date back to ancient times, and are still a beautiful but rarely seen luxury in modern times. Contemporary terrace gardens and retaining walls tend to be much smaller and modest in most residential landscaping designs, and while some are works of masonry, others are simply stacked stones or concrete steps. The majority of the terraces and retaining walls you’ll see in this collection can be found in nearly any suburban neighborhood. Many contemporary…
  • Stately New Canaan East Coast Remodel by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring another fantastic home by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. Looking at the exterior, a sense of awe and wonder at the sprawling, stately Portland home strikes the viewer. The home doesn’t just look enormous, it has spacious, open rooms, including bars, great rooms, a study,  a mudroom, and many other gorgeous and functional amenities that make this home a one of a kind space perfect for family life and entertaining. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design had previously designed the interior of the owner’s vacation home, so when it came time to…
  • 13 Wine Cellar Ceiling Ideas by Canadian Specialty Ceilings

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring a series of wine cellars with unique ceilings designed by Canadian Specialty Ceilings. Wine cellars are a luxury storage rooms that can be built either above ground or below it. “Wine cellar” typically refers to one built below ground, while those built above are called “wine rooms” or “wine closets.” These storage rooms are built especially to hold wine or liquor bottles in a place with a relatively controlled temperature and humidity level. Since wine is a natural beverage that can spoil in the heat, these storage rooms…
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    The Grey Home

  • Rectangular or rounded tubs ?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Furniture Facelifts: Re-Upholstering Magic!

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

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

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

    Donna Hoffman
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Is celebrity furniture worth the cost? Would you buy a sofa endorsed by a celebrity? The Interior Design Advocate explains it all for you.     About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so…
  • Interior Decorating After a Divorce

    Donna Hoffman
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Whether you are moving out into your own place for the first time – or the first time in a long time (divorce) – here are some words of Interior Design Advocate wisdom to help you smooth the path. Keep your sofa small – 72” is an easy size to move from place to place, but it’s still considered full size because it seats three (called an apartment sofa). Invest in quality IF you can. These are the things you’ll love for a long time and keep with you even longer.  Even if it means splurging on one item…do it. Invest in only things you really, really like.
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    Chic California

  • 25 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Vintage Home & Garden Lover

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

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

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

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

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Shelf Makeover and How to Apply New Oil Wax What’s the deal with these two? I mean, I feel like these two might be the school yard bully twins. They are in need of an attitude adjustment for sure. Something softer, kinder and a little more friendly would suit them just fine. I started the {Read More...} The post Milk Paint Shelf Makeover and Oil Wax Tutorial appeared first on Chic California.
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  • Winona House by 25:8 Research + Design

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    Winona House is a private home located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and completed in 2012. The 1,800-square-foot home was designed by 25:8 Research + Design. Winona House by 25:8 Research + Design: “Background: Located in Westboro, an urban neighbourhood close to the Ottawa river, the house sits on the site of one of the original cottages built in the early 1900s when the area was still used for logging. When..More...
  • Rye 4 by Pleysier Perkins

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    Rye 4 is a private residence designed by Pleysier Perkins. It was finished in 2012, and is located in Rye, a seaside resort town in Australia. Rye 4 by Pleysier Perkins: “Appearing like a marooned container atop a sand dune from the street, the full extent of this house is only revealed as one descends down to the main deck and entry. The fundamental form of the building is simple..More...
  • Aireys House by Byrne Architects

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    Aireys House is a residential project completed by Byrne Architects. It is located on the Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia. Aireys House by Byrne Architects: “Aireys Inlet is a small coastal village known and loved for its quiet casual nature, a counterpoint to the higher density development creeping along the coastline from Torquay. For this project we were fortunate enough to have a site high on the cliff line with spectacular..More...
  • Posten Residence by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Posten Residence is a private contemporary home designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture. It is located in Asheville, a city in North Carolina, USA. Posten Residence by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture: “The home is situated along the top of a gently sloping ridge in the property, which minimized the impact to the site but maximized views and solar orientation. The home’s simple L-shape provides a natural division of exterior public..More...
  • Butterton by LLI Design

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    Butterton is a private residence designed by LLI Design. The stylish contemporary home is located in London, England. Butterton by LLI Design: “LLI Design have recently completed a total redesign of the ground floor of a newly built (c. 5 year old) detached house in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. The clients, a young professional couple with 2 children, wanted a modern look that wasn’t cold and clinical, they wanted their home..More...
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  • Research Laboratory Space Interior by Diamond Schmitt Architects

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Diamond Schmitt Architects has designed a research laboratory space for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) at the MaRS West Tower in Toronto. The project includes new flexible wet and dry laboratories for genomics and informatics research and a statement staircase, by EeStairs, to inspire interaction among staff. Read the rest of Research Laboratory Space Interior by Diamond Schmitt Architects originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Functional Apartment Space in Tel Aviv With Cheerful Colors

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Contemporary and functional apartment space in Tel Aviv with cheerful colors and intriguing segments. This collaboration project between Amir Navon – Studio 6B, Maayan Zusman and Moran Ben Ami possesses playful spirit, strong colorful character and tender elegance that comes from the combination between light and shape, plants and modern materials, lines and textures -all mixed in artful amalgam.  The glass structures, space – cubicles, rotating windows, transparent walls and shining surfaces dominate the decor and create smooth and dynamic ambiance. The bespoke cabinets, build in…
  • New Trendy Restaurant & Bar by CAA

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    The new “post-modernistic” creation of CAA becomes yet another reason why the Chinese architectural scene is established as one of the trend-setting destinations.  This Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar with its dynamic contemporary design is successfully combining the traditional Chinese “bamboo weaving” elements with western “Arch” structure. The smooth curves of the wooden beams are cleverly juxtaposed by the graphic cubical pattern of the floor tiles. The late 80’s disco furniture (the leather upholstered, half-circle benches) and the futuristic, elegant shapes of the white…
  • Retina by Lithos Design

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    Lithos Design, with its experimental work Retina, is taking part in the Digital Lithic Design exhibition curated by Raffaello Galiotto for leading Italian companies in stone material processing. Retina, designed by Raffaello Galiotto in his dual role as designer and curator, is a shaped and perforated modular panel that is distinguished by a captivating three-dimensional appeal and can be applied as a decorative partition, achieved thanks to the use of diamond wire cutting without any manual contribution and in a fully environmentally-friendly way. Read the rest of Retina by Lithos Design…
  • Contemporary Concept of Beograd Hotel by CRAFT

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    The contemporary concept of this Beograd hotel is elegantly entwined with its historical past and represents the artistic take of the architects from CRAFT with refined approach and dynamic visual presence. Turning the “Old Mill” into a 4 Star hotel the designers combined the original qualities and layout of the cultural monument with new materials – experimenting with shapes, colors and textures and achieving in this way the creation of a space with unique character and unforgettable features. The enchanted entwinement of past and future starts form the facade of the building –…
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  • Today's Inspiration from Milan Salone 2015

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

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    The Loop Chair by Markus Johansson "Patricia Urquiola photographed among her furnishings for Agape and Coedition: the Lariana bath by Agape, made of white Cristalplant®, and Coedition’s Luna... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A lot of inspiration coming from Milan

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Missoni SIAMESE Eco plastic chair, design by Karim Rashid The Huma chair for Expormim: Huma, the chair that predicts happinessHuma is a legendary bird. It is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Salone 2015 Starts Today

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    And Trendoffice continues to publish all the interesting news that appear within the event. Next finds: Fun kids furniture by COSE DA BOCIAWESTERN Armchair by insidherland.comQuite simple,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Milan Design Week starts tomorrow

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    Have a look at some more new designs that are to be launched there: DIWANI CHAIR by Ahmed ElHusseiny of AE SuperlabPatricia Urquiola - Zant for Very Wood LED 'clay desk light' by maarten... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Urban Jungle Bloggers: Spring Styling With Plants

    Sarah @ Mocha
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Spring is such an uplifting time of year. After the cold, dark months of hibernation, it is a season bursting with optimism. The days get longer and sunnier; and suddenly the buds on the trees erupt into dazzling white and pink blossoms. This month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic is all about spring styling with plants. Could there be a more perfect time to add some greenery to your home? If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may already know that I particularly love both Mediterranean and Scandinavian design. Especially when the two styles are blended together. While…
  • Dreamy Outdoor Fireplaces

    Sarah @ Mocha
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    With spring just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to the idea of the warm sunny days ahead. In the winter we try to bring a taste of the outside in with plants, greenery and other touches of nature. Whereas in the summer, when we spend more time outdoors, we do the opposite. We bring some of the inside out. What I really like is the Mediterranean style of turning outdoor spaces into an extension of the home. More than merely taking a couple of chairs out, the garden or terrace becomes an outdoor living room.  And the space is carefully considered with…
  • Design Tips: What To Do If Your Room Doesn’t Have A View?

    Sarah @ Mocha
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I recently wrote about why we are attracted to a room with a view. But what do you do if your room doesn’t have a good view? If you live in a built-up urban environment, this is an all too common problem. And one I can relate to. The first home my husband and I moved into was a little flat above shops. We had a view of a car park and dustbins on one side, and a view of the main road and petrol station on the other. Quite grim, as I’m sure you’ll agree. When the view outside your window isn’t a very appealing one, one design trick is to draw attention away from the…
  • Urban Jungle Bloggers: Hanging Planters For Succulents

    Sarah @ Mocha
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    When you think of hanging planters, you usually picture large, lush trailing plants, cascading down from hanging baskets. So I had a bit of a dilemma with this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic: hanging planters. You see, I do have a couple of trailing plants. But right now they are quite tiny, and wouldn’t make much of an impact on their own. Here is my Seddum Burrito succulent. As you can see, it is very small. Although, this is what it could look like eventually … But when I got thinking further about how to approach this month’s post, I realised that a hanging…
  • Biophilic Design: Why Do We Find A Room With A View So Appealing?

    Sarah @ Mocha
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If I was to ask you to list the main criteria you would like for your dream home, what would they be? I’m guessing that high up on your wish list might be for your home to be situated in a location with a breathtaking view. (Perhaps by the sea, in the mountains, countryside or in a forest.) And to be able to enjoy the scenery with a panoramic vista of it through your windows. We are all attracted to rooms that have an amazing view. Hotel rooms with the best view are usually the most desired ones. And when it comes to buying a home, it’s that old story – location, location,…
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    Howkapow Blog

  • Colour Palette Edit: 004

    Cat How
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
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  • Colour Palette Edit: 003

    Cat How
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
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  • Colour Palette Edit: 002

    Cat How
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
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  • Post Your Prize on Instagram!

    Rog How
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Oo my we love our Instagram over at Howkapow! All those filters make us giddy with possibility! This week we’re giving you the chance to win a product from our shop, simply by posting a pic of it on your Instagram feed with the hashtag #postyourprize. The competition will run for a week and a winner will be announced on Friday April 17th. Be in it to win it and head over to Howkapow to browse what you would most love to be delivered straight to your door… then pop over on Instagram and tell everyone about it! Good luck, folks! x The post Post Your Prize on Instagram! appeared…
  • LoveLane Children’s Costumes!

    Cat How
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    LoveLane was founded in 2006, in Savannah, Georgia, by graphic designer turned screen printing textile designer, Lane Huerta. Lane produces innovative children’s clothing that she makes by hand and sells from her online Etsy shop. Her work is colourful, whimsical and focuses on make-believe – in particular, superhero capes, hats and cuffs in various bright primary colours; all handmade from either natural duck canvas or utility grade cotton and all printed with eco friendly inks. She is inspired by the “quirkiness of everyday life”, however, her love for kitsch themes, vintage…
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  • Hostel Golly±Bossy By Studio Up

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

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Sultry, modern, luxurious and elegant are the key words that describe this loft in Paris. It was designed by talented Studio KO architects for the Parisian businessman. The apartment’s concrete shell is layered with a dark and sultry palette, bringing masculinity, rich colors, plushness and multilayered luxury to this sublime interior. Space is characterized by an abundance of expressive textures and eclectic elements, which create highly desirable effect. Furniture is a combination of Paris flea market finds and custom designed pieces that bring a sense of well-rounded character and…
  • Tiny Loft Space Apartment

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    Finding a spacious apartment in the middle of big city can be way too hard or way too expensive for almost any of us. Therefore usually, you end up choosing between the place, or the space. Some choose space and decide, that commuting is not that big of deal, but those, who choose the place, well there’s a different story. The apartment we’re featuring today is the tiny loft type, with a great example, how to plan and fit everything into a small space. The most important thing here is the ability to make a tiny space feel stylish, cozy, but not too compressed and…
  • Dream Apartment in Paris

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
      The weather in Lithuania has changed from sunny warm spring to gloom, hail and additional strong cold winds, therefore it’s natural, that the thoughts about something beautiful and light comes to mind. And while that’s what my sub-consciousness keeps looking for, of course the eye catches the same. I found this apartment through a wonderfully helpful tool for many visual artists – Elux website, which shows a lot of wonderful spaces and locations, that can be used for filming, photoshoots or just simply other events.  This apartment is really dreamy, with lots…
  • 30 Coffee Table design ideas

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    With their many uses, coffee tables have become a must-have living room accessory. A coffee table is a place to serve drinks, stock magazines and small items. Because of its central placement, it easily becomes a focal point in any room, so you want to be sure it fits your space. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to find one that’s just right. Are you looking for storage? Want a shape that fits your space perfectly? Take a look at these coffee tables and maybe these ideas will help you to choose the right one for You!    
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  • 8 Farmhouse Themed Dining Room Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Remember the joyful mornings spent in the countryside farmhouse, dining in an authentic interior eating fresh cottage cheese and bread, it is a truthful tranquil feeling, right? – If you are as well mesmerized and hypnotized by the utterly relaxed ambiance of the farmhouse dining room, you are on the right place to be. The The post 8 Farmhouse Themed Dining Room Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 10 Ikea Dining Room Design Ideas for 2015 9 Reclaimed Wood Dining Table Design Ideas 10 Amazing Minimalist Dining Room Design Ideas
  • 10 Bedroom Benches Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Bedroom bench is a classy and perfect addition to the bed, it doubles the functionality and aesthetic feel of the interior. The bedroom bench is placed on the foot of the bed and depending on the style and shape it can really stand out in the room and work as an accent furniture.  Bedroom bench The post 10 Bedroom Benches Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 13 Super Chic Tufted Headbord Design Ideas for Modern Bedroom 11 Magnificent Attic Bedroom Design Ideas 10 Fierce Black Bedroom Interior Design Ideas
  • 9 Kitchen Accent Pendant Lighting Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Kitchen lighting solution is immensely important and the top of the priority list since the kitchen is the main working area in the house and should be quality illuminated. However, if you want to emerge dramatic and modern lighting design, you are on the right place to be. Kitchen accent lighting can be found in The post 9 Kitchen Accent Pendant Lighting Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 13 Cool Pendant Lighting Design Trends for 2015 7 Textural Pendant Design Ideas for Advanced Lighting in your home 10 Classy Chic Kitchen Ideas with Brass Accent
  • 8 Farmhouse Inspired Bedroom Designs

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you adore the cozy, warm nights that you spent in the countryside farmhouse in the rustic, charming bedroom, then we have an idea for you. Why don’t you create a farmhouse theme in your own bedroom and feel every day like you are waking up in the country side. The farmhouse bedroom looks utterly The post 8 Farmhouse Inspired Bedroom Designs appeared first on Related posts: 8 Farmhouse Kitchen Design Ideas 15 Cozy and Chic Chalet Bedroom Designs 10 Bedroom Interior with Roof Beam Design Ideas
  • 8 Farmhouse Kitchen Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Farmhouse is selected as the style of the year for the kitchen interior, so if you are into trends and you are appealed by the rustic, natural charm of this loose interior style, you are on the right place to be. Farmhouse kitchen characterize with open space a lot of natural elements such as exposed The post 8 Farmhouse Kitchen Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 12 Rustic Scandinavian Kitchen Design Ideas 10 Charming Country Kitchen Interior Design Ideas 16 White Kitchen Design Ideas For Serene Inspiration
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    Lights Online Blog

  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – April 17

    Emma Harger
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    This week on Lights Online, we took a look at the glam new Quoizel Platinum collection, continued our Stylish Under $100 series with lamps and helped demystify the different parts of the Lighting Facts label. We also collected tons of great design inspirations and are excited to showcase 10 of them right here. Note that due to expos like Salone del Mobile being held right now, there is so much more that we don’t have time to focus on here, so check out our Stunning Lighting pinboard too. Wakē Alarm from LED Inside This little light, Wakē Alarm, features an infrared sensor and a swivel…
  • Quoizel Platinum: 12 Eye-Catching New Lights

    Emma Harger
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    We recently asked Scott Connell, Quoizel’s director of retail business development, about his favorite new introduction to Quoizel‘s wide-ranging lineup. “One of our favorites would have to be our exciting new Platinum product line,” he said. “Platinum is an exciting new platform of contemporary designs that the consumer may not have expected from Quoizel in the past. Platinum is fun, dramatic and dazzling all rolled into one–and we are just getting started!” Fun, dramatic and dazzling sounds pretty good to me. Platinum recently became part of Lights…
  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – April 10

    Emma Harger
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    We had a great week over here at Lights Online! On Tuesday, we guest hosted #ColorChat and showcased a great selection of colorful lighting. We also got some input about the past, present and future of lighting from Quoizel and wrapped up our collaboration with Inspired LED by looking at lighting for the great outdoors. This week, a lot of my design inspirations links focus on how LED lighting continues to change the world around us, but there are also spotlights on some really cool spaces like park pavilions, airport terminals, hotels and libraries! magdas Hotel from Design Milk This is…
  • Outdoor Lighting Ideas with Inspired LED

    Emma Harger
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    This is the fourth and final part of the collaboration between Lights Online and Inspired LED! (Previously, we looked at kitchen lighting ideas, living room lighting ideas and bathroom lighting ideas.) Now we’re going to spotlight some smart and eye-catching ideas for lighting the great outdoors using light fixtures you can find from Lights Online and Inspired LED. The possibilities for outdoor lighting are nearly endless and depend mainly on what kind of outdoor spaces you need to illuminate. Do you spend a lot of time in an outdoor living area? Do you want to brighten up your landscape?
  • An Interview with Scott Connell of Quoizel

    Emma Harger
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Quoizel is one of our favorite lighting brands here at Lights Online. They offer a huge variety of lights for any room and any style, including a wide selection of timeless Tiffany lights. We wanted to learn more about the brand, so we went right to the source. Scott Connell, Quoizel’s director of retail business development, kindly answered our questions. Quoizel has been an industry stalwart since the 1930s. In that time, there have been countless trends and styles that have come and gone. How does a company like yours maintain focus – and thrive – in such a fluid…
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    Rug Rats

  • Guidelines for Creating Custom Logo Mats

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

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

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

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

    Sandy Henderson
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Custom made logo mats not just look good, but they will also give your business or facility that Class A […] The post Custom Logo Mats will Promote Your Image appeared first on Rug Rats .
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    Iron & Magnolia

  • What Your Interior Design Credentials Aren’t Telling Your Clients

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

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

    Alycia Wicker
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Iron & Magnolia Copper Kitchen Inspiration The post Copper Kitchen appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Designing a contemporary Scandinavian kitchen

    Alycia Wicker
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Iron & Magnolia How do you want to use your kitchen and who else needs to use it? If you are single, your needs are probably very different from the ones of a mother of 3 children. Make sure all the choices support your way of life. For example, I know a bachelor who decided to get rid […] The post Designing a contemporary Scandinavian kitchen appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • It’s All ‘Bout that Kitchen, ‘bout that Kitchen, ’bout that Kitchen (innards that is)

    Alycia Wicker
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    Iron & Magnolia Kitchen Storage Is Where It’s At What if you had all your spices in one location and you could see the labels in a glance? What if all the pots (and their lids!) where neatly tucked in a drawer and (gasp) you could grab them in a flash? What if you had bins to properly […] The post It’s All ‘Bout that Kitchen, ‘bout that Kitchen, ’bout that Kitchen (innards that is) appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • The Demand for Green Home Remodeling Products is on the Rise

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

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    The style and elegance of Trend products have come to life at the residence of Trend Group CEO, Andrea Di Giuseppe and his wife, Frederica Bisazza, Image and Communications Manager of the company – in the exclusive South Beach area of Miami Beach, Florida. Remodeling their prominent apartment at Portofino Tower, Andrea and Frederica began an exciting challenge of incorporating Italian-style with the refined elegance and sophistication of Trend products. The result is nothing short of magnificent, as they transformed their home into a showcase of luxury and grandeur using all Trend products…
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    Barnlight Originals Blog

  • 5 Reasons to Put Dock Lights on Your Wishlist

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

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

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

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

    Alexandra C.
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    We’ve been thrilled at the response we’ve received since asking our customers for photos of their Barnlight Originals in action! As a special shout out, we wanted to feature some of them in a blog post. Scroll down to see what other homeowners have done with their barn lights. Get get inspired and send us a photo or two of your own to “Our lights turned out wonderful! Thank you for making such a great product.” — Sarah “I love my barn light original.” — Amanda  Carolyn turned her barn light into a nightlight…
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  • “Pacific Grove Antiques” Spring Treasures

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

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

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

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

    Kimberly Edwards
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:26 am
    “Enchanting Vintage Collection Displayed With Lacey Pink Camellias, What A Charming Valentine’s Day Centerpiece!” “Romance Is In The Air! Pink Camellias & Glitter Create This Magical Setting For This Vintage Hand Painted Pair!” “Gracious & Elegant Dresden Figurine, Looking So At Home Under The Camellias. I Think She’s Waiting For Her Afternoon Tea To Be Served!” “My Sweet Charming English Lord, Waiting For His True Love In The Country Gardens” “Valentine’s Day Is Calling! This Precious Figurine Is So Enchanting,…
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    MyBedFrames: Blog

  • Surprising Facts About How Animals Sleep (Infographic)

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Everyone deserves a bit of luxury, and with the average person spending almost a third of their life asleep, it makes sense to transform your bedroom into the ultimate luxurious retreat. When we think of luxury, we think of grandeur, splendour and money. Isn’t luxurious interior design expensive? Well, no, it doesn’t have to be. Read on and discover how to transform your bedroom into a luxurious boudoir – you’ll be surprised how easy (and cheap) it can be… 1. Pick a Colour Scheme There’s two different ways to approach the luxury bedroom trend. Either opt for neutral lux or rich,…
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    Home Staging Resource Blog - Certification for Home Stagers Training

  • Why “To The Trade” Pricing Matters

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Reasons Why a Home Improvement Franchise is a Great Business Start-Up Opportunity

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

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

    8 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
      Kitchen Solvers franchise represents one of the best opportunities that a cabinet making business start-up can come across. Kitchen Solvers’ training will equip you with all of the skills to complement your existing woodworking expertise, arming you with knowledge in marketing and business management. Furthermore, Kitchen Solvers will help you circumvent the pitfalls of the start-up construction paradigm, allowing you to start making money soon after you start instead of sitting out and awaiting your turn. Read on to learn two main reasons why a Kitchen Solvers franchise is right for…
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Ideas by Kitchen Solvers Franchise Company

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
      It looked impossible only a few years ago, but it seems that the housing market is gaining momentum, and people are finally starting to trust their realtors with their family’s capital again in their active hunt for a dream home. When compiling a list of a home’s pros and cons, the state of the kitchen and bathroom is often a make-or-break factor that separates dream homes from drab homes. However, don’t despair! Kitchen Solvers kitchen and bathroom franchise can help transform unideal rooms into the perfect pragmatic retreat, so that you can keep that perfect Victorian…
  • An Inside Look at Kitchen Remodeling

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
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  • Colours And What They Mean To Your Bedroom Design

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

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

    Shruti Verma
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The cold winds of winter have blown away and in some parts of India we’re already simmering in the summer heat. It’s time to put away the heavy winter drapes and liven up your bedroom decor to greet the sun.   A Floral Burst Stay bright stay cheerful Image courtesy: pacotorres Summers are meant to be bright and cheerful and the best way to make a room cheerful is with a few flowers. Floral Decals on a wall or on wardrobe fronts can instantly give your bedroom a burst of spring flavor. Another way to add a floral element to your bedroom decor is to use floral prints in your window…
  • 5 DIY Rugs To Complement Your Bedroom Decor

    Shruti Verma
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Large or small, circular or rectangular, rugs make a big style statement that bind bedroom decor together. Good rugs can be quite expensive to buy so here are a few design ideas for rugs you can create yourself.   The Pom-Pom Rug Multi-coloured or monotoned: the possibilities are endless Image courtesy: poppytalk Pom-poms are reminiscent of woolen winter caps but that shouldn’t limit it to just one season. What you’ll need for your pom-pom rug is a large gridded cross-stitch canvas sized as big as the rug you want to make, lots of different coloured wool and cardboard. The image…
  • Must Have Furniture Pieces for the Perfect Bedroom

    Shruti Verma
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Your bedroom interior design and decor needs more than a few cushion covers to take it from a basic bedroom to a fabulous one. Apart from a bed and bedside tables here are a few key bedroom furniture pieces that every bedroom calls for.   Armchairs Make your bedroom comfortable Image courtesy: allfurniturestores Drinking your morning cup of coffee, reading the newspaper, slipping your shoes off after a long day… for all of these and more your bedroom needs a comfortable armchair as part of its décor. Recliners, rocking chairs or wing chairs with a foot stool are ideal for large…
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  • Balance in Interior Design: Playful and Chic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloggers at Home - The Series

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

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

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    These dreamy dining rooms will leave you wanting to dine in perfection!  Thankfully, we all can!  Decor makes all the difference!   Image via Pinterest, Britta Nickel I am loving these stunning violet dining chairs!  Adding a pop of color with your dining room seating is a bold decision that will really pay off.  Create a unique experience for your visitors when hosting by adding your
  • Kitchen Essentials for the Healthy Cook

    11 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    I'm pleased to feature the amazingly talented food blogger Christine Arel of No Gojis, No Glory on the blog today! Christine and I connected after I saw this awesome Yahoo article featuring Christine as the Yahoo Blogger of the Week.  Let me just tell you, there will be no question why she was selected when you see the recipes she shares on her blog.  All of her dishes are so bright, fresh, and
  • Lovely Lacquer, Glamorous Gloss

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    Anthropologie's NEW Lacquer Collection! 1. Lacquered Rectangular Coffee Table (mint) 2. Floating Lacquered Coffee Table (yellow) 3. Lacquered Side Table (coral) 4. Lacquered Bar Cabinet (mint) After seeing Anthropologie's new lacquer collection this week, I was inspired to explore all of the chic looks designers have created using lacquer.  And after a lacquer-refresher, I'm reminded
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  • Why Finding A Niche Can Be The Best Investment For Any Business In Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 30 Ways The Barcelona Chair can Change Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    [New York] When did you last sing to yourself? Or do you have a little inner voice that nags you, questions your abilities, wondering about the neighbours, “Ooh, careful, what they’ll think…” That little voice is not so little and indeed is mighty powerful and holds us back from doing what we know we want […]
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  • Top 10 Men’s Fashion Sites That Will Change Your Life in 2015

    Eric Pangburn
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Top 10 Men’s Style Web Sites That Will Make Sense of Bewildering World of Men’s Fashion Whether you are a certified fashionista or you have trouble finding a pair of matching socks, you–like all of us–could use a bit of fashion advice from time to time. The good news is that there are numerous blogs out there that can help you make sense of the sometimes bewildering world of men’s fashion, offering everything from timeless style fundamentals to up to-the-minute fashion tips. If you find yourself just a little bit overwhelmed by current fashion trends or you are just in…
  • Optical Illusionary 3D Art Puts the Art Back in 3D

    Eric Pangburn
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Optical Illusionary 3D Art   Photo Credit – We have all seen 3D art in movies and cartoons, such as the renowned children’s film, Frozen.  Decades ago, animated films were actually hand drawn by artists, using pen, ink and paint. Today’s animations are created from 2D/3D art programs, which tend to be a bit expensive for anyone with less than a six figure income.  Ironically, fancy programs are not needed for some talented artists who are putting 3D art back on the paper, like the animation artists of yesteryear, with a few twists. These…
  • Best Man Cave Theme Ideas – [ Part 1 ]

    Eric Pangburn
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
      DudeLiving’s Ultimate List of Man Cave Themes & Man Cave Ideas – [ Part 1 ] So you’re ready to create that ultimate “man cave” aka finished basement (treehouse, pub shed, or garage conversion) the first step is coming up with that perfect man cave theme that best fits your personality. What’s the Dude Living focal point? What’s the environment that you are trying to create? What features will stand out? The fun part of it all is truly designing and planning for your man cave style. Themed spaces, are a must these days and continues to be a growing…
  • Stuff Guys Like – Best of the Web Roundup

    Eric Pangburn
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
      It’s A Wrap – Dude living brings you some of the best of this weeks that we have found.  If we missed anyone or anything noteworthy please make sure to hit us up on Twitter and let us know. Enjoy!   Spring Rolltop Release, “In time for Spring Break or a Spring hike, we’ve restocked our Archival Roll Top in waxed twill and canvas duck. Slightly larger than our Rucksack, the Roll Top is great for students, bicyclists, motorcyclists and anyone else who regularly faces the elements.” via       Ten Habits of Highly Stylish…
  • 7 Must-Haves For Men This Spring

    Eric Pangburn
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
     We are sharing #TheIndisposables in our life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars.   7 Spring Must Haves For Men Spring is upon us, and now is as good a time as any to pick up some cool new items appropriate to the season! Whether it is a piece of clothing, a gadget, or a recreational toy, adding something to your collection of cool guy stuff is a great way to mark the arrival of spring. Here are some suggestions for cool items you can add to your very own private spring line!   Men’s GHST S/S Top /MR3134a $69.95   This fetching top is just…
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  • Weeks four & five: the end is near

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nanine Clement
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    Beautiful bedroom bench – Designing is about blending essential of elements into one balance and creating something new. Its needs precision, skill and creativity. Small bedroom are tend to save space for more leg room. Larger bedroom need an entirely different attraction or decorative. Overall, balance is the key of decorating. Today, we concern on bedroom bench. Believe or not, its affect into the style of the bench directly, the room indirectly. Here are beautiful of bedroom bench. This mid century modern and classic themed bench has four wooden legs. The legs have curvy artistic…
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    CLI Blog | Blogging. Lifestyle. Interior Design. Meow!

  • My favourite magazines (by independent publishers)

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

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

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

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

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    March has come around so quickly. Time for a new playlist! Here is to coming home when it’s still light outside, wardrobe changes, normal non-thermal leggings, Easter chocolate eggs and blooming daffodils. Time to leave the sofa and get back out there. I hope this playlist will encourage you to do so. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below & let me know how you liked this playlist.
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    Ultimate Home Ideas » Ultimate Home Ideas

  • 45 Cool Bathroom Decorating Ideas

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

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

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

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Twins have always been an area of interest. It is always wonderful to see two identical human beings around us. I’m guessing it’s just that much more fun for their parents to come up with creative bedroom decorative ideas for their twins. And it would especially take a creative chunk out of them if they [...] The post 51 Stunning Twin Girl Bedroom Ideas appeared first on Ultimate Home Ideas.
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    ProFlowers Blog

  • 80 Mother’s Day Quotes to Show Mom You Care

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

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    Kale can be stunning in in a well-styled bouquet! Watch our video and learn how to style this unique arrangement. The post Three Ways to Style Kale appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • 5 Ways to Make Flower Pots Pop

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:12 am
    These 5 DIY projects will take your spring garden to the next level and give your flower pots an updated and totally chic look. The post 5 Ways to Make Flower Pots Pop appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • 10 Favorite Blooms For Mom

    3 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    We've listed our top 10 favorites that should be included in a Mother's Day bouquet this year. Is your mom's favorite flower on this list? The post 10 Favorite Blooms For Mom appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
  • Counter Chic

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    . Inspired by our spring line, here are three counter-top vignette styles for the chef, baker and coffee connoisseur. The post Counter Chic appeared first on ProFlowers Blog.
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    Boogie's Boutique

  • The Bust | A Nod to Classical Style

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

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

    Boogie's Boutique
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    I came across this stunning Chateau and was impressed with its flamboyant mix of fine furnishings and impressive decorative art. According to its website, the ‘Chateau de la Goujeonnerie’ overlooks 18 acres of land and was built in 1872 by the architect, Arsene Charier. The site noted that the owners (Les Trois Garcons) acquired the Chateau in 2006 in a derelict state and have since restored it with 21st Century comforts. I find the décor to be quite striking yet classical, although some may describe it as eclectic and whimsical. The Chateau can be rented and would be perfect for the…
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  • Adding Some Futuristic Accessories with DIY 3D Designs

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

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

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

    Lavernia Aubry
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    The girly pink decorating ideas are not only for girl or woman. If we quite brave, we can put a pink decoration for our boys room. It can be such as a big challenge for us if we want to apply a pink decoration in a boy room since is not a common decoration, right? […]
  • The House looks Natural with Bamboo and Rattan Decor

    Lavernia Aubry
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    Wicker furniture is come away and by another trend for home living space furniture. Whole of the following bamboo and rattan decoration will let us know which one is the latest design of the wicker furniture. We do can try to see the suitable one for our home living space, right? Well, some of years […]
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    SofaSofa Blog

  • 18 Tips to Style Your Sofa Seasonally

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

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

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

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

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you’re like me, you will have genuinely felt that your parents were nuts for enforcing such silly rules while you were growing up – but now you understand their logic. Any of these sound familiar? 1. No shoes in the house Photo credit: gurmit singh The sheer lunacy of taking off our shoes at the door, when all we’re going to do is dash across the room, grab something, and dash back again to go back outside, was maddening as a child. If you were like me, you’d also protest that your shoes were clean (even when they were clearly caked in mud). I’ll admit, I sometimes break this…
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    Odds & End Tables

  • Splurge Worthy: The Landon Bed

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

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

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

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

    City Furniture
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]Drawing on 1940s French influence with a modern flair, our newly arrived Jet Set collection is your design passport to the luxe lifestyle.[/dropcap]
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    Blog - Tammy Randall Wood, ASID - Interior Design Calabasas | Malibu | Encino

  • Balancing Past and Present

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

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

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

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

    Tammy Randall Wood
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    I believe in noble spaces -- not necessarily fancy spaces, but noble spaces. Spaces that help us, well, be noble. A version of our higher selves, if you will. Spaces that assist us in our daily routines to be more organized, inspired, and productive. Spaces that allow us to gather as friends and family and nurture our own spirits as well as the ones we love. And last but not least, I believe in spaces that allow us to grow and learn. It might sound a bit esoteric, as we are only discussing interior design, but sometimes it’s helpful to consider the big picture or purpose and then work…
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    The France & Søn blog

  • The Memphis Style

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Mistakes in Jane Lockhart's The Peyton Project

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

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    How to decorate skylights?In this article we are going to discuss how to correctly fill in the attic window without destroying aesthetics created by architects and at the same time preventing any unwanted light from outside from entering the room. Additional Accessories  The location of the Windows on the angle requires the use of a variety of additional accessories like holders, curtain rods, handrails, grabs and more. They allow to bind any window dressing to the realities of the architectural environment in which to place the decoration. Here you can use any design curtains, even the…
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    The Diva's Home

  • Nine Neutral but Delicious Backsplash Tiles for Your Kitchen

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

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

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

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Are you tired of your kitchen décor? Has spending so much time inside this winter made you want to change everything, but your budget says “NO!” I have six quick and easy fixes for your kitchen that will make it feel like a whole new space for minimal cost and effort. 1. Swap out your cabinet pulls. You can easily add new hardware to your cabinets that will update and/or change the look of your kitchen. Go more modern or stick with a traditional vibe. Gilded Bronze Knob and Pull by Amerock   2. Add color with new curtains, fabric, or hand towels. Just a little color in the…
  • A Little Diva Glam for Your Home Decor

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Now that I’ve given you pointers on how and how not to use leopard print in your home decorating, (Do’s and Don’ts of Using Leopard Print in Your Home Decorating) I found an article in the April 2015 issue of House and Home that might interest you. Here are a few ideas from More or Less by Jennifer Koper than just the animal print to glam up your home and make you feel like a Hollywood starlet. (You’ll have to get the magazine to see her examples) 1. Warm metals – Not the in your face shine of past trends, but the warmer glow of sand cast or wire-brushed aluminum or…
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    Blog - La Chasse | The Hunt

  • Up to snuff

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

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

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

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

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