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  • Distinct Black&White Exterior Showcased by Minimalist “Framing House” in Japan - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
    3 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Located in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Framing House by Form / Kouichi Kimura Architects is a contemporary Japanese home displaying a minimalist design and a distinct black&white exterior. The owners’ brief required the new building to accommodate an art gallery, along with inviting living spaces. This is how the architects responded to the challenge: “The characteristic passage laid out from the street through the back of the building functions as the line of flow to the habitable space and the gallery. The passage frames the courtyard connected to the back of the house,…
  • 6 Must-Own Modern Furniture Pieces Made in America

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    Allie Weiss
    2 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    CaliforniaBalise pendant by Atelier de Troupe, $3,450 Taking a cue from French midcentury designer Jean Royère, the Los Angeles–made pendant is crafted from glossy powder-coated steel with opal glass diffusers. It stretches 36 inches wide and has a 40-inch drop height.
  • Top 5 Budget Saving DIY Home Decor Items

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    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Here are five home decor items where you can easily get away with saving money and it doesn't look like you cheaped out. Read More
  • 5 Interior Design Rules Worth Breaking

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

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

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

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

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

    Ali Morris
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    German designer Philipp Käfer creates his ‘ReTree’ furniture by mixing colored wood chips with a binding agent before pressing them into a metal mold. Philipp Käfer’s ‘ReTree’ series sees the German designer press chipboard into 3D forms that resemble tree trunks Designed as an alternative to using century-old trees to make furniture, Käfer has used the molding technique to create a series of coffee tables shaped like sliced 100-year-old tree trunks, and an angular shell seat with the same texture imprinted onto its surface. About the designer: Philipp Käfer was…
  • Roi, Fou, and Mat by Christophe Delcourt for Avenue Road

    Alicita Rodriguez
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Meet three new pieces by French designer Christophe Delcourt, Roi, Mat, and Fou. The stools for Avenue Road, the Toronto-based furniture brand, showcase French walnut and leather. Each of the styles features a different shape, executed beautifully in varnished wood, topped with a curved leather seat. The result is luxurious and whimsical. French Walnut Stools with Sumptuous Leather Roi, meaning king, has the most ornate base, which resembles a chess piece. Fou, which translates as crazy, features a mushroom-shaped base with a cutout. Its negative space creates a sense of mystery. Finally, Mat…
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  • Elephants of the Kitchen? What to Know About Concrete Counters (8 photos)

    3 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Concrete countertops are a little like elephants. The obvious similarities are the gray color and heavyweight nature. And when you work with the material for a while, you learn that it has an extremely long memory Concrete lives and ages with us, and preserves memories of our happy cooking...
  • My Houzz: A Creative Home Bursting With Dark Colors (20 photos)

    3 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    “I love darkness, and I love dark interiors,” says Fiona Ellis, and her home in Berkshire County, England, is a testimony to the veracity of that statement. Draped in sumptuous fabrics, atmospheric dark hues and vivid accessories, it is a stunning combination of curiosity cabinet, elegant Gothic manor...
  • Creative Ideas for Small Front Yards (11 photos)

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Whether you live in an urban area or a beach cottage on the coast, if your home is sited close to the street, landscaping the front yard can pose quite a challenge. Let these thoughtfully designed petite front yards inspire you to go beyond the typical lawn-plus-foundation-plantings combo, and find a...
  • Shop Houzz: Give Your Small Space Grand Style (58 photos)

    3 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’re limited on space in a room or your entire home, there’s good news: You don’t have to sacrifice style. Look for modern furniture and accessories that add punch to a small space and pair them with subtle pieces that won’t overwhelm. Then keep clutter at bay and use these tips to make the most...
  • Say Hello to Minion Yellow, Pantone’s Newest (and Happiest) Color (17 photos)

    3 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    What do singer Pharrell Williams, the movie franchise Despicable Me and global color authority Pantone have in common? Well, if you’ve seen the first two films in the series, then you probably know that Williams wrote and sang several...
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  • You’ll Love This: Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

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

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

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Are you looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift with style and heart? You’ll love what I’m about to share from Artifact Uprising, a company specializing in turning your photos into tangible products that truly delivers on all points from quality and price to service, delivery, beauty and truly thoughtful things like photo books, prints, and gifts for your digital photos. Founded in 2012, Artifact Uprising was launched by sisters and professional photographers, Katie Thurmes and Jenna Walker, who spent nearly a decade shooting before deciding it was time to explore the…
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  • Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

    Liz Eve
    3 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: "energy efficiency", "sustainable architecture", 24h architecture, Architecture, Assen Environment Centre, Dutch Eco Architecture, eco design, Forest Architecture, green architecture, Green Building, green design, Green Design Netherlands, natural ventilation, Solar Power, Sustainability Education Netherlands, Sustainable Architecture Holland, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, wicker, wooden architecture, wooden structure
  • Slovenia’s prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

    Lidija Grozdanic
    3 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Read the rest of Slovenia’s prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: 2015 Milan Expo, 2015 world expo, Expo 2015, expo pavilion, milan expo, milan expo 2015, Prefab, prefab wood, Slovenia pavilion, slovenian architects, SoNo Arhitekti, sustainable food, sustainable wood, wooden facade, World Expo, world expo 2015
  • X-TU’s Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

    Kristine Lofgren
    3 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Read the rest of X-TU’s Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: 2015 Milan Expo, 2015 milan world expo, 2015 Milan World Expo Pavilion, 2015 world expo, Adeline Rispal, ALN Atelien Architecture, CMC Ravenna, feeding the world, food, food concerns, France Milan Pavilion, france pavilion, Gardening, milan 2015, Milan Design, milan expo, milan expo 2015, milan world expo, urban gardening, X-TU architects
  • Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves

    Andrew Michler
    3 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Read the rest of Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: ancient cave hotel, Antique furnished hotel, Cappadocia, Cappadocia Cave Hotel, Cappadocia region, cave, cave hotel, cave hotel rooms, cave residence, cave rooms, hotel in a cave, turkey, Turkey cave, Turkey cave hotel, Turkish, yunak, Yunak Evleri, Yunak Evleri Is a 5-Star Hotel Built Into Ancient Caves
  • Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

    Lori Zimmer
    3 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a centrifuge, which enables medical professionals to test for issues like anemia, bone marrow failure and leukemia. The low-tech device was developed to help people living in rural regions across Africa. Read the rest of Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: bicycle centrifuge, bicycle-powered blood tests, bike…
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  • Distinct Black&White Exterior Showcased by Minimalist “Framing House” in Japan

    3 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Located in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Framing House by Form / Kouichi Kimura Architects is a contemporary Japanese home displaying a minimalist design and a distinct black&white exterior. The owners’ brief required the new building to accommodate an art gallery, along with inviting living spaces. This is how the architects responded to the challenge: “The characteristic passage laid out from the street through the back of the building functions as the line of flow to the habitable space and the gallery. The passage frames the courtyard connected to the back of the house,…
  • Slender Lines Framing Mesmerizing Views: Modern Pool House in Brazil

    2 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    With a construction timeline of only 30 days, this modern Pool House in Brazil impresses with its slender lines and welcoming outdoor relaxation spaces. When planning the residence, the architects at Kali Arquitetura decided that “an edge of the prism would be placed in the land border and the three other walls would be large mobile glass walls (sliding doors that allow tight integration with the surroundings).” Since this was a construction needed to be developed in a short period of time, a metallic structure was chosen. This also makes the house lightweight, a positive factor…
  • Half-Sunk Into a Harsh Landscape Overlooking the North Sea: The Dune House

    1 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Located on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands, Dune House by Marc Koehler Architects rises over the harsh terrain, offering views of the North Sea. Its shape is resembled by the architects with that of a wooden diamond, experienced differently as the visual perspective shifts: “The forces of nature prevalent in the environment – the sea, the sunlight and the local wind patterns – determine the design in such a way as if they themselves had sculpted the house. It is above all a very contextual design and for this reason every material was chosen after close examination of…
  • Futuristic Simulated Highlights Defining Apartment on Stubbs Road, Hong Kong

    1 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    Apartment on Stubbs Road is a modern project completed by NC Design & Architecture in Hong Kong, China. The private loft comes with a total surface of 2700 square feet (250 square meters) and features curvilinear walls and simulated highlights. By employing a subtle color palette in grey and white, the designers created a neutral backdrop for the colorful Scandinavian furniture elements. Soft and homogenous illumination coming from the three improvised artificial skylights outlines the original geometry of the apartment.According to the architects, “the residence is structured…
  • Inspiring Visual Break Between Old and New: The Hawthorn Extension in Melbourne

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Chan Architecture completed the Hawthorn Extension, a project consisting of a rear addition to a double fronted Victorian terrace house in Melbourne, Australia. According to the project developers, the main challenge was to design “a new family area without sacrificing too much of the backyard, whilst being respectful of the existing house. The approach was to create a visual break between the old and the new, to clearly delineate the different zones.” A jacuzzi and swimming pool area add a contemporary vibe to the new extension, while offering soothing spaces for family…
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  • Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses

    Allie Weiss
    3 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In North Philadelphia, the Belfield Avenue Townhomes were built to Passive House standards, making the project much more energy-efficient than a conventional building. It is one of several multifamily structures that are being built in cities across the country for moderate-income families.  Image courtesy of Sam Oberter. From the street, there is nothing about the Belfield Avenue Townhomes in North Philadelphia that gives the development away as a subsidized housing project. The modular edifice has a white-and-mint-green facade and solar arrays on the roof, and each of its three town…
  • Sustainability Guided Every Decision at this Town House Remodel in Harlem

    Allie Weiss
    3 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    David Alan Basche, Alysia Reiner, and their six-year-old daughter, Liv, chat in the kitchen, which is defined bya reclaimed spalted maple countertop crafted from a felled 100-year-old specimen sourced by The Hudson Company. The barstools are from Blu Dot.  Project  Harlem House Architect  Hannah Purdy Nicholas Moons Builder  MontesBuild David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner are actors that split their time between New York and Los Angeles, where they each work on films and television (he currently appears on The Exes, she has a recurring role as Fig on Orange Is the New Black).
  • This Japanese-Style Box Home Boasts a Two Story Bookcase

    3 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hughes’ collection of 5,000 books is stored on a vertiginous two story bookcase, which takes up the whole of the northern wall of the living room. It’s an ingenious solution to the small-space dwelling that draws the eye up, adding texture and interest to the room without taking up floor space. With its tall silhouette, narrow upper window, and blank face, this house in the Auckland suburb of Waterview could almost be a utility building, were it not covered in cedar weatherboards. Architect Andrew Lister designed the wedge-shaped building for actor Yuri Kinugawa and film producer…
  • 5 Energy Storage Solutions That Will Make Renewables a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

    Allie Weiss
    2 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Compressed-Air Energy StorageWind energy is used to power compressors that inject air at high pressure into large underground chambers. When demand peaks and the wind flags, the pressurized air is released—often with a small amount of natural gas—to power turbines or generators, producing electricity. The first such plant opened in Germany in 1978. For years, dreams of a bright green future fueled by clean sources of renewable energy have been tempered by the inconvenient reality of their intermittency. The sun doesn’t always shine, of course, and the wind doesn’t always blow, making…
  • 6 Must-Own Modern Furniture Pieces Made in America

    Allie Weiss
    2 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    CaliforniaBalise pendant by Atelier de Troupe, $3,450 Taking a cue from French midcentury designer Jean Royère, the Los Angeles–made pendant is crafted from glossy powder-coated steel with opal glass diffusers. It stretches 36 inches wide and has a 40-inch drop height.
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  • Friday Links

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

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

    1 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    The words ‘toothbrush holder’ and ‘cool’ have never belonged in the same sentence, as far as I can tell, but that changes with this particular holder by Cedes Milano. You can also add the word ‘expensive’ into that mix, as it’s not cheap (just warning you). The hinged bottom is chrome plated and it has a tempered glass top with a very small hole to make sure no moisture gets trapped. Does it look cool? Yes. Will it protect your toothbrush? Definitely. Is it a little fussy and a tad pretentious? Maybe. Do you still want it? Don’t be embarrassed…
  • Shapes Mirror: Oblong

    1 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    An oblong reflective surface is set off by a contrasting matte color panel, giving this frameless Shapes Mirror the sort of look you’d get from a geometric art piece. The squared off base tends to suggest a tabletop placement, making it an ideal choice for a vanity or entryway area. Designer: Sylvain Willenz Size: 25″ h x 40″ w x 0.5″ d (64x100x1cm) Material: Mirror and painted wood
  • Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    If your mother likes wine, maybe you could get this “deluxe” Wine Breather Carafe for Mother’s Day next weekend. The updated gold-plated lid makes it special, while the function remains the same as the original Wine Breather. Simply invert a bottle of wine on the carafe for hands-free decanting. After aeration, use the carafe for serving or return the wine to the original bottle. Designed by Norm Architects, Peter Orsig in 2014 Material: Glass; gold-plated stainless steel, plastic and silicone stopper Capacity: 47 oz. Height 8.3″, Diameter 7.9″ Made In Denmark
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  • Black Diamond: Angular Forest Retreat with Minimalist Flair

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

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

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

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

    Trevor Coulson
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Dwell on Design LA, America’s Largest Design Event, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 29-31, celebrating its 10th year. Join 30,000+ attendees at this magnificent 3-day wonderland of modern design that will be sure to amaze, delight and inspire. See thousands of the best modern products across five design zones including Furniture & Accessories, Kitchen & Bath, Design Materials, Dwell Outdoor and more. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Safety Second: Crafty Two-Headed Framing…
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  • Get That Look: The Laird's Bedchamber

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

    Linda Merrill
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    At long last, Lallybroch! In the books and television show, we hear Jamie wax rhapsodic about his home and estate Lallybroch. He hasn't been home in four years and at long last, bedraggled and anxious, he returns with his bride Claire (who was just on trial for witchcraft). The book describes the house as such:"It was larger than I had expected; a handsome three-story manor of harled white stone, windows outlined in the natural grey stone, a high slate roof with multiple chimneys, and several smaller whitewashed buildings clustered about it, like chicks about a hen."Gabaldon, Diana…
  • How flexible is too flexible in design?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Remodelista Team
    3 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    We're kicking off NYCxDesign week as a media sponsor of Bklyn Designs, May 8-10, a juried show of furniture, lighting, textiles, and accessories by the borough's best. Here's an advance look at some of the highlights. Located at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, the fair includes design talks, pop-up shops, and installations. It's free to the trade, students, and media; tickets are $15 for the general public, but Remodelista readers get a $5 discount per ticket with coupon code REMODELISTA5.  Above: Launching at Bklyn Designs, Bolé Road specializes in textiles designed…
  • Current Obsessions: Rustic Charm

    Remodelista Team
    2 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's a look at what we loved this week.  Above: Next week we're headed to Berlin. First stop: Typography legend Erik Spiekermann's apartment. Photograph by Robbie Lawrence.  DIY leather pendant lamp.  Rental report: San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts is looking for a new tenant.  Above: Handmade and hand-dipped.  Bright white kitchen makeover.  Rental cottage in the woods. Above: The most stylish nursery we've seen. Photograph courtesy of Smitten Studio.  How has the American home evolved since the 1970s?  It's hard to go wrong when…
  • The Architect Is In: A Brooklyn Brownstone Transformed, with Respect

    Meredith Swinehart
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When a young family happened upon a neoclassical 1910 Brooklyn brownstone in unusually good shape four years ago, they knew they had found something special. "Even more unusual," says the owner, "it had scarcely been altered in its first 100 years." The brownstone's previous owner purchased the property in 1964 before passing it on to her son, a stenographer who lived in the house until his death in 2011. He entrusted the sale to a neighbor of 25 years, who declared that the ideal inhabitants "would be interested in maintaining or restoring the house as opposed to gut renovating it." The…
  • 12 Minimalist Concealed Kitchens

    Julie Carlson
    1 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    It makes so much sense: kitchens concealed behind accordion doors, sliding doors, cabinet doors—anything it takes to keep the clutter out of sight when space is tight. Here are five we've been admiring recently. Above: The Tivali Kitchen from Dada in Italy is tucked behind folding doors. Above: A minimalist kitchen in an apartment in Cadaques, Spain, designed by Fracesc Rifé Studio. Above: A concealed white kitchen by Boffi. Above: All appliances are concealed behind full-length oak cabinet doors in this kitchen by Danish company Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri. Above: Vertical folding doors in a…
  • The Shingled House DIY: Easy Burlap Shades (for Less Than $20 Each)

    Margot Guralnick
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like us, San Francisco blogger Caitlin Long of The Shingled House regularly turns to Commune Design of Los Angeles for a dose of inspiration. Perusing images on Pinterest from the firm's recent book, Commune: Designed in California, Long noticed window treatments that looked exactly like the upgrade her light-blasted bathroom needed. The hands-on remodeler—Long is a RISD grad in furniture design who blogs about family life and household improvements—whipped up her own burlap version. Start to finish time for three panels: five hours. Total cost per panel: less than…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • Which Side Are You On? Open Spaces or Cozy Nooks (& How to Design for Both)

    3 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Christopher & Sara's Dream Home I hate statements that divide the entire world into two groups of people, but here I am doing it: There are two types of people — those who love the feel of wide, airy, open loft-like homes and those who prefer the comfort of compact, small cozy nooks. Here's how to tell which one you are and how to design your home (or how to fit both styles in one home if you live with a partner who's the opposite). READ MORE »
  • Before & After: Grandpa's Restored Rattan Hanging Chair

    3 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Kirby dug Grandpa's old hanging chair out of the garage, and it had seen better days. A clear gem despite its condition, Kirby put in the work and now it looks better than ever: READ MORE »
  • This Stained Glass Art is Made from Gummy Bears — Design News

    3 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Looking to decorate like a modernist Willy Wonka? Mayice makes art by painting acrylic lightboxes with melted gummy bears. The Madrid design studio sells them for a modest $162. READ MORE »
  • This is the Very Best Way to Experience a Foreign City

    3 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The whole point of travel is to experience something different, right? So why do so many vacations wind up feeling like a marathon sprint through new sights, resulting in many Instagrams but few lasting impressions? Sure, if you are a real trooper, you could see 17 different countries in 15 days, as one enterprising European traveler I knew did. But if you want to do more than just see things, if you want to really know what it's like to be in a strange and different and wonderful place, there is a better way. Call it 'slow travel', call it whatever you like, but as far as I'm concerned it's…
  • Andy and Sam's Sunny & Light Tokyo Flat — House Call

    3 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Name: Andy & Sam Location: Tokyo, Japan After a whirlwind romance and a couple of countries, we decided to leave sunny England and fulfill our dream of living in Japan. It is truly a magical place and we feel so fortunate to call this our home for a while. READ MORE »
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

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

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

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

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
        Top o’the afternoon to you all and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today’s got me feeling very green. Not with envy, just happy with all things kelly, chartreuse, lime, apple and pine. Today’s a great day to give yourself a St. Patty’s break and enjoy some Irish eye candy. It’s also causing a craving to see the beautiful green hills of Ireland. Today on our Facebook page, we joked that you should not visit this sublime spot in County Kerry if you’ve been drinking green beer (do people in Ireland even do that, or is that just a crazy American…
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    Home Design Find

  • Contemporay Intrigue in Mercer Island Courtyard House

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

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Transitional Kitchen by Austin Architects & Building Designers hatch + ulland owen architects Have you always admired the look of farmhouse sinks but wondered if they would fit into a modern setting? Certainly there is an allure to the oversized sinks of yesteryear. The sinks are well beyond the size of most modern sinks today. They were built in a time before running water, when it was necessary to bring in well water from outside. The sinks were made extra large, to reduce the amount of running back and forth between sink and well. Not only that, but these large sized sinks are extra…
  • Delicious Symmetry in Mirrored Pair of Australian Townhouses

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

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    High on our list of places to visit is Japan. With all the amazing designs and just the culture you see online, the allure of Japan is undeniable. We already love Japanese food so we need no convincing to hop on the next plane out of Singapore and head over. Fortunately for us, we have contributors and friends who are generous enough to share bits of their journey with us! Recently, Adinda from Wolves Table headed to Japan and here is a little slice of her trip. It's been two weeks since I came back from a 3 week trip to Japan. And Japan still has its powers over me. During my stay in…
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    2Modern Blog

  • Exclusive Sale: Save 25% on Parvez Taj Contemporary Art, April 30 – May 14 (2Modern)
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    All contemporary art pieces by California artist Parvez Taj are now on sale at a substantial 25% off. The prolific Canadian-born painter and printmaker creates multi-media compositions using graphic motifs from his extensive travels, the natural world, and popular culture—and applies them to a variety of surfaces, including stretched canvas, aluminum, and distressed reclaimed wood. This exclusive 2Modern sale begins today, and lasts through May 14. Shop the 2Modern Parvez Taj Exclusive Sale here >
  • Exuberant Studio Job Archives Wallpaper Display in Angola (2Modern)
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Imagine working in this office! For a design project in the southern African nation of Angola, the interior designers smartly merged floor treatment, wall treatment, and ceiling treatment into a seamless interior with a strong Mid Century bent—thanks to Archives, a highly illustrative modern wallpaper pattern by Antwerp’s Studio Job (see our previous editorial on Studio Job’s Archives wallpaper here) By opting to use Archives’ densely packed ornamentation in an all-over application, the designers turned a simple box of an office into an exuberant extravaganza of…
  • Artful Lighting by Arturo Alvarez (2Modern)
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Contemporary lamps by Spanish artist and designer Arturo Alvarez are recognizable for their highly original, playful shapes—just try not to smile upon encountering the flirty Bety Pendant Light (below) and cascading Tina Pendant Light (above)—and sculptural inventiveness. Alvarez founded his modern design company on the principles of hand crafted design, inventive material applications, and eco-friendly practices—and 2Modern is pleased to include a wide selection of Arturo Alvarez pendant lights, floor lamps, and contemporary chandeliers in our modern lighting offerings. View the…
  • Street Artist JR Creates New York Times Magazine Cover (2Modern)
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine devoted its entire issue to the subject of walking the streets of the ultimate walking city. But it was the magazine’s cover—not so much what was inside it—that had everyone agog, thanks mostly to the French street artist and Ted Prize winner, JR. Famous for his mammoth-sized, black-and-white portraits of people, typically pasted inside urban landscapes, and often visible only from afar, JR also happened to be lately preoccupied with the subject of immigrants and the issue of transience. For the Times cover, JR photographed…
  • Moooi Introduces New Models of Raimond & Heracleum Contemporary Lamps (2Modern)
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Dutch design studio Moooi unveiled two beguiling new versions of the brand’s best selling Raimond and Heracleum lamps at this year’s Salone del Mobile. The Raimond Tensegrity Floor Lamp adds a floor model to the Raimond modern pendant range—named for its designer Raimond Puts—a spherical design comprised of delicate stainless steel bands and studded with tiny LED lights. In the floor version, Raimond’s sparkling globe rests gingerly on a stand made from slender oak sticks, appearing to hover just above it, rather than resting on it. Bertjan Pot and Marcel…
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    Landfair on Furniture

  • Ooh and Aah Over Granite Countertops.

    Michael Landfair
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    For years when we've watched House Hunters International, the couple searching for a house ooh and aah over granite countertops. Those days are over says Ben Keough. "EuroCucina 2014, there was a huge variety of granite alternatives on display. Fromstainless steel to tempered glass, from ceramic to wood... we’ve seen the future of your kitchen, and it’s not granite." Now we have: TEMPERED GLASS - The thick, translucent material is tough and has a pleasant tactility, while still remaining easy to clean. According to company reps, it’s also available in a huge variety of colors.
  • 5 Questions to Ask When Organizing Your Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:19 am
      Today, I would like to introduce a new sponsor and a long-time friend of Cote de Texas - HUFF HARRINGTON!   Huff Harrington recently launched a new web site which features just about everything under the sun:  fine art (their specialty) antiques, furniture, jewelry, accessories, and trips to France!  To celebrate this event, Huff Harrington is offering all Cote de Texas readers a 20% percent discount this week only on all items (fine art excepted.)   So, be sure to look around their virtual shop to take advantage of this generous discount (more details at the…
  • Mother & Daughter, Second Verse

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

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

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

    Jane F
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    The lowly backyard shed goes by many names but having a small, quirky out building is a plus for any home. Small backyard sheds are trending. These may be called she-sheds, bar sheds, she-caves, he-caves, or a writing cabin like the one at the edge of an Ontario, Canada cornfield where author and blogger Ann Voskamp [top] types out her best selling books. Furnished with rugs, a sofa, and a desk, the cabin allows Mrs. Voskamp, who describes herself as a “farmer’s wife,” to work at a remove from her six children. Sheds are may be art studios, potting sheds, garden sheds, cabin…
  • Pullman Beds

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

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

  • What are Faux Wood Shutters Made Of?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Win a Complete Office Makeover-($600 Value) from Shoplet!

    Rima Butto
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Great news! If your office space is in need of a major facelift, you’re in luck. Our friends at (the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies, who also plant a tree for every order placed on their site) are sponsoring an amazing giveaway where 1lucky winner will receive a complete office makeover valued at $600!  The winner will get to choose from an Executive Chic (perfect for the powerhouse professional), Space Saver (ideal for the put-together apartment dweller), or Pretty in Pink office (great for the style-conscious multi-tasker) set that includes a desk, chair,…
  • Pulp Design Studios Urban Chic Seattle Space {Office Tour}

    Rima Butto
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Describe your office space to us: We are an interior design studio with offices in Dallas and Seattle, called Pulp Design Studios. Our Seattle studio is nestled in the historic Ballard neighborhood in Seattle. We’re surrounded by tons of great shops, hip bars, and amazing food. We have a small open studio that’s perfect for our boutique approach to design. It bright and warm with lots of dynamic details! Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from? It’s really about function for us. We prefer to have a neutral clean palette as a backdrop that doesn’t complete with…
  • How to Create an Instagram-Worthy Office Display

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Homes of Distinction Tour 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bridget Beari Flagship Store in Mexico?

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

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

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

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

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Here are some quick photos of my trip to Italy. We flew into Milan and drove to Canale, Alba, Barbaresco, Lucca, Monforte then to Firenze, Orvieto, Montecino, and finally to Roma. It was beautiful and not too many tourists. Bridget Beari "Snapshots of My Trip to Italy" from Bridget Beari Designs on Vimeo.
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    1 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Happy Friday.  Just a few home decor and fashion finds inspired by this pretty picture of the ocean from photographer Stacey Van Berkel.  Love the shades of blue! Happy shopping too!    ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small Open Kitchen Remodel – Before & After

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Love a good kitchen renovation. This kitchen remodel one comes from the home of Norwegian blogger Nina of Stylizimo. Nina took her traditional medium toned wood kitchen and transformed it into a...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Tour Designer Max Azria’s Bel Air Mansion – $85 Million Dollar Listing

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    What costs $85 million in the heart of Los Angeles?  Answer: The BCBG designer Max Azria house.  Located at 10250 W. Sunset Blvd in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, this mansion is on the market...<br/> <br/> [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Old Farmhouse Renovation – Modern Italian Interior Design

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    I do not know why I love the idea of remodeling an old farm or an old barn.  There is some romance and elegance to updating a farm building.  A barn renovation I posted years ago is one of my...<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=""/>
  • Small Apartment Decorating Ideas – Living Room Style

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    More great small apartment decorating ideas today - this time for the living room. Love this well appointed small West Village New York City apartment decorated by Australian design firm Arent &... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business

  • DE | CIDE

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    By Gail Doby, ASID Decide = Choose Sides. A common challenge that designers face is rethinking decisions. On the surface, that might not sound like much of a problem, but what if your “re-decisions” or lack of decisions costs you a lot of money and creates stress? Every time you make a decision and then go back and second guess yourself, you’re probably [...] The post DE | CIDE appeared first on Your Shortcut To A More Profitable & Passion-Filled Interior Design Business.
  • Are Designers ‘Worthy’ Of Being Compensated Well?

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

  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen & Family Room

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. May = Mother’s Day. Sunday, May 10th marks the day we honor our mothers, grandmothers and motherhood. One way to show your love and appreciation for all your mom has done, is to give a thoughtful gift. I’ve rounded up a few I think my own mom would love. mother’s day gift guide product links: 1 // personalized turkish cotton towel 2 // monogrammed bamboo handbag 3 // hexagon vase (extra 40% off spring sale styles & 30% off everything else.
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The striking formal dining room in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase was created by Cecile Starin. In addition to being trained as a fine art painter, graphic illustrator and interior designer, Cecile was a fashion designer for over twenty years. Her extensive experience is most evident in her design projects and most recently in the creation of the showcase’s formal dining space. For the room’s design, Cecile brings a raw, modern twist to the controlled, classical architectural details by incorporating street art into the setting. The noted San Francisco street…
  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 :: Sneak Peek

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a beautiful Elizabethan-style home designed by iconic architect Julia Morgan (notable works include the legendary Hearst Castle and became the first woman to be awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal). The residence located on Jackson street in the prestigious Presidio Heights neighborhood, was completed in 1917 for $20,000 for Abraham Rosenberg, the “Dried Fruit King” and his wife, Alice. In the last few months, thirty-eight Bay Area interior designers have transformed the six bedroom, eight bath home…
  • California Traditional Home Tour

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

  • Friday Inspiration

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

    Trudy Crane
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    This is such a great little apartment in black and white and grey. Small and simple it proves you do not need to spend a ton of money or a big space to have super style. The wonderful wallpaper in the bedroom is the perfect backdrop to the neutral bed and accessories. Can you spot all of the Ikea pieces in the room?  Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Daily Dream Decor by Stadshem
  • pastel edwardian

    Trudy Crane
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
    This pastel beauty is a renovated Edwardian brought to a new life with a sleek and modern look. The light added through skylights and tall windows and the simple decor are so gorgeous! Don't you love the tones of pastel on the walls and through the accessories! With a touch of black to anchor the room it all feels so calm and peaceful .Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, A Delightsome Life Enjoy!Trudyxxvia: Light Locations
  • Steely Blue Decor

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

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

  • Buon Weekend: Take it Outside...

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

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

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

    franki durbin
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    I had the pleasure of being featured in the spring/summer issue of Ligné Magazine showcasing all manner of jet set chic features and luxurious travel stories. They asked me to share the products I can't live without when I head out on a trip, a topic I'm clearly passionate about (8 years of blog posts can confirm this!) and hold many tips I'm eager to share.  Below are what I shared with the lifestyle magazine as my jet set all-stars. The reality is that most of these products are winners at home, too. I hope you'll discover a few gems to add to your private arsenal for journeys…
  • Current Obsession: The Ultra-Chic Bucket Backpack...

    franki durbin
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I haven't had this much Tory Burch love in a long, long time. It's been maybe 7 years since I was swooning over her every move. I'm not sure what her designers are sipping in the studio, but it must be some mighty fine espresso because these new handbags are completely on point. Witness the ultimate backpack. It looks like a Chanel (no shame in their copycat game as they model their leather-entwined gold chains in a style identical to Coco's signature bags. I've turned my nose up at their other attempts to mimic iconic flap bags (after all, originality is to be prized and…
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    Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

  • Chic DIY Copper Magazine Holder: How to Make this Surprisingly Easy Piece

    Brittney Smart
    1 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    Copper is one of the hottest metals being used in design these days. It’s everywhere, in all rooms, in all amounts. While it might seem a little intimidating to attempt a DIY project using metal, this one is a fast and easy way to get started. Truly, you can start and finish your own custom copper magazine rack in no time at all. As far as DIYs go, this one is very satisfying…especially if your living room is in desperate need of a clean-lined, understated spot to stow away your magazines and other reading materials!DIY Project: Copper & wool felt magazine holder, 20”w x 7”d x…
  • The 4 Essentials of Outdoor Entertaining

    Casey Watkins
    1 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    During the warm weather months, there is nothing better than inviting a lively group of friends into your backyard for some alfresco dining and fun enjoying the balmy evening air. As you’ve been searching for the things that make the perfect outdoor entertainment space, you’ve probably created a long list. Well throw out the list right now. There are only four essentials required for the perfect backyard party.One, you need a patio space. Entertaining on grass can be difficult, especially for your lady acquaintances who wear heels to parties. Two, you need seating space.
  • Sunken Designs Let You Explore The Depths Of Style

    Simona Ganea
    1 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Sunken seating areas are all about comfort. Sunken bathtubs explore the same concept while also taking advantage of the increased privacy they offer. And there are numerous other sunken designs based on similar ideas and properties. We’re down with all these options and we’re going to analyze them all in the a series of specific examples.Sunken seating areas and living rooms.Such a design is often common in modern and contemporary residences with huge open floor plans. It’s a way of delimitating the living space from the rest of the functions by incorporating different floor…
  • A New Type Of Guest Room Design For Viennese Apartments

    Simona Ganea
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Viennese Guest Room is an interesting concept developed by studio heri&sali in 2015. the team designed a series of guest rooms in five small apartments in a building in Vienna, Austria. Their approach is very different from the usual ones.At the center of each guest room is the main and actually single piece of furniture which the designers named the Viennese Guest Bed. This structure combines all the basic functions of a guest room making any other elements unnecessary.At the center is the bed surrounded by a series of multifunctional extensions which can be used as benches, tables…
  • Loft Bed Staircases And Designs With Various Functionalities

    Simona Ganea
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Loft beds may be a little difficult to integrate in a design but they offer more than just extra space. They come with a range of benefits and beautiful features, one of which is the staircase or ladder that lets you reach them. Often ignored, this feature can be the element that puts your decor over the top. Find more inspiring ideas in the examples that follow.Built-in storage.Loft beds are a particularly great choice in the case of the kids’ room. This way the floor space can become an open area and kids have more room to play and have fun. And to make things even better, each step…
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    Design blog from APD Interiors

  • CP Hart bathrooms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jon Peters
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Studio M One of my greatest passions in life is to go out and see the world by traveling to different places with unique cultures and distinctive landmarks. I’ve traveled around most of the United States and Europe, as well as some parts of South America and islands of the Caribbean. Up until recently, Cuba has been a “no go” for Americans dating all the way back to 1962 when JFK enacted an embargo with the island nation after they signed a trade agreement with the Soviet Union. These days, however, it seems as though the travel ban will soon be lifted and Americans will be able to once…
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  • So Pretty Treasury

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Treasury from: Modern Art So Pretty Bright Book Throw Pillow From: DSG $32.66 Arm Chair with Buttons in Linen French Yellow From: DSG $269.02 Dreaming Tree Red From: Art $37.99 Hand Painted Porcelain One Light Table Lamp From: DSG $329.00 Oriental Poppies From: Art $34.99 Pearlized Gold Bottle From: DSG $85.00 Classic Leather Club Chair From: DSG $287.99 12×12 Metal Block Mount w/print From: F2images $75.00 Tripode Floor Lamp From: DSG $1,050.00 Cube Storage Ottoman From: DSG $45.87 Retro-classic White Accent Chairs From: Overstock $150.02 Swirl Square Indoor/Outdoor Pillow From: DSG…
  • 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…
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  • TheRedPin Round Up: April’s top 5 posts!

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

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

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Address: 399 Hillcrest Avenue Neighbourhood: Bayview Village, Toronto Price: $1,688,000 | TheRedPin Rebate: $6,330 Bedrooms: 4| Baths: 4 Square Feet: 3,300 Parking Spots: 2 With its sleek, ultra-modern design, custom interior finishes and ideal location in the heart of Bayview Village, this freehold townhouse has all the makings of a dream home. Winner of the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Merit Award, the house is nestled along a residential tree-lined street that’s just a ten minute walk from the upscale Bayview Village shopping centre and Bayview Station (a 30 minute subway ride…
  • The Bartholomew Condos & Townhomes – The Ultimate Guide

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    The Bartholomew Condos & Townhomes: Project Details The Best Information on The Bartholomew Condos and Townhomes from TheRedPin Project Intersection: Dundas Street East and Regent Street Developer: The Daniels Corporation Building Type: Condominium and Townhomes Architects: Quadrangle Architects Ltd. Storeys: 13 City: Toronto Get Updated Floor Plans & Pricing The Bartholomew Condos & Townhomes Neighbourhood Stats Resale Condos Apartments in Regent Park & Neighbouring Areas around The Bartholomew *Stats are based on TREB’s Condo Market Report for Q1 2015 Average Condo…
  • Tea Garden Condos in Bayview Village – The Ultimate Guide

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Tea Garden Condos: Project Details The Best Information on Tea Garden Condos from TheRedPin Project Intersection: Bayview and Sheppard Address: 2 Teagarden Court, North York, ON M2N 5Z9 Developer: Phantom Developments Building Type: Condominium Storeys: 11 City: Toronto Get Updated Floor Plans & Pricing Tea Garden Condos Neighbourhood Stats Resale Condos in Bayview Village & Neighbouring Areas around Tea Garden Condos *Stats are based on TREB’s Condo Market Report for Q1 2015 Average Condo Rentals Prices in Bayview Village & Neighbouring Areas around Tea Garden Condos *Stats are…
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  • The Sunrise, Finest Oak Wine Barrel Stave Candle Holder 5 or 7 candles, elegantly recycled wood, choose your color by StilNovoDesign

    1 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    69.99 USDOur finely handcrafted candleholders are made from oak wine barrel staves from France.The solid wood of an oak wine barrel has a very distinctive element of charm that is conveyed into every object we create.The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the silhouette of each of our designs.The Sunrise design reminds us of the sun making its appearance over the hills of Tuscany.Every individual barrel carries the signs of its unique history in every stave. As no barrel stave or band is the same, each piece might show natural imperfections, slight variations in color,…
  • Red Armadillo recycled oak wine barrel sauce or appetizers serving tray, Seder plate. Wrought iron legs by StilNovoDesign

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

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

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

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    99.99 USDThis handcrafted wine gift box is perfect to adequately accompany any 750 ml. bottle of exclusive vintage for a very glamorous and striking presentation. The Trousse is one of our three gift boxes original designs. Perfect wine box for wedding ceremonies, it can also be adapted to accommodate multiple bottles, Champagne bottles or custom sizes. Please contact us for details on additional costs.As the rest of our items, The Trousse is entirely made with recycled solid oak from discarded French wine barrels, every stave is individually sanded back to its original wood and creatively…
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  • Easy Peasy Mid-Century Modern Ranch Kitchen Remodel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nina Holst
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Because of all the sun that is shining through our windows, I decided to hang some white curtains in front of the sliding doors that leads out to our terrace, so we can protect the furniture inside. But as you can see, I still haven´t ironed the curtains or cut them in the right length, as I´m not sure if this is the right solution for these windows… At first I liked the “hotel-feeling look” they gave to the living room, but I don´t like shutting the view out, so I´m thinking maybe transparent roller blinds ( like this ) would be a better idea? That way I can take them…
  • Birthday party – 1 year old!

    Nina Holst
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Yesterday we held a birthday party for our adorable little nephew who turned 1 year old, and it was such a wonderful day with lots of people in the house. His parents took care of the food and most of the cakes, and I was the lucky one who took care of the decorating and table setting for 18 people. I had so much fun playing around with the blue and green theme… Here is the little birthday boy, checking out his aunts design/fashion books *smile* Baking is not really “my thing”, but I made some chocolate muffins with cute windmills on for the party… Decorated with the…
  • Global Homes

    Nina Holst
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:54 pm
    //Sponsored post There is something about the furniture from Danish designers and manufactures that I have loved for as long as I can remember. They have that little extra that it is hard to put the finger on. Maybe it is the attention to detail and quality, or maybe it is simply because it is beautiful to look at. One thing is for sure; it will look good in any home. So when one of these Danish manufactures, Carl Hansen & Søn, reached out to me regarding what they call “Global Homes” I was happy to take part of it as I am also curious how these furniture look in homes all over the…
  • 10 favorites – Stylizimo Shop

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

    Nina Holst
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    In case you are in need of something new for the wall, I have a few new paintings for sale in my gallery Personally I think they look much better in real life, so if you want to see them, you can always stop by and have a look. Find more info about the paintings here and here. More up for green? Maybe you like this painting? ( Shipping to Norway only ) Images: Nina Holst
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  • Luxury Home Design: 3 Inspirational Projects

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

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

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

    HD Staff
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    A teenager’s room should be more than a place they can retreat when they don’t want to talk to their parents. It should be a reflection of their personality and a space where they can feel comfortable, safe, and inspired. The rooms in this post are particularly creative in their use of color and other design elements, ultimately creating vibrant spaces where even the most finicky and fickle teenagers would love to hole up. While not all the spaces are bedrooms, they would all be ideal rooms for teens to call their own. The first room from visualizer Pavel Vetrov uses contrasting…
  • 4 Small Studio Apartments Decorated in 4 Different Styles (All Under 50 Square Meters With Floor Plans)

    HD Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    The size of an apartment might dictate how many people can comfortably live there, or how big a sofa can be, but it does not have to dictate the interior style. The four apartments in this post definitely show that, with each firmly situated in its own style while still making full use of its area – each of which measures under 50 square meters (538 square feet). From a Scandinavian style industrial loft to a wild and wonderful clock themed studio, these apartments take beautiful risks with the area they have, resulting in unique and comfortable homes. The first space is just 49.8…
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  • Key West Curb Appeal

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

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

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

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

    24 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Feeling over-busy? Why not serve a romantic Italian dinner at home, and skip the driving, parking, babysitting and expense of going out! I surprised my husband with an impromptu fireside dinner (in the basement, no less) on a random Thursday night. I was inspired by a challenge from Michael Angelo’s to prepare their frozen entrees in a fun way. And fun it was! In addition to providing the dinners, they threw in some chocolates, wine charms, bottle opener, Italian game Scopa and the movie ‘Roman Holiday.’ I’ll show you how I put it together, and one lucky reader will…
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  • Spring Dessert: Apricot and Pear Cake Recipe

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

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

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

    Joy M
    1 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Looking for something special to give your wife or mom on Mother’s Day? This is it! Kleenex flowers are easy to make and will keep your kids busy for hours. Small kids like to make new things and what better way to pique their interest than with this Mother’s Day DIY project? Even young kids who are too small to make them can still help out with the project. Follow these instructions to make the flowers with your curious kids. Mother’s Day DIY Project – Kleenex Flowers Craft Pretty as a picture! Image via: The Mother Huddle Supplies Tissues (For extra-fluffy flowers, use 3…
  • Mothers Day Dessert: Strawberry Corn Cakes Recipe

    Joy M
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Does your mom have a sweet tooth? Make her these delectable delicacies and satisfy her sweet tooth – and everyone else’s. Treat her to breakfast in bed on her special day and create wonderful memories. Mother’s Day only comes once in a year so go all out this year. Use this simple recipe from Food Network to make this Mother’s Day dessert. Mothers Day Dessert: Strawberry Corn Cakes The ultimate indulgence! Image via: Lite House Foods Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients Cooking spray ¼ cup of all-purpose flour ¾ cup of heavy cream 1 cup of…
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  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

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

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

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

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

    27 Apr 2012 | 2:02 pm
    Salivating for a feast of design? The tables are set and the pillows are plumped for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012, opening this weekend. More than 30 talented West Coast designers have breathtakingly transformed the historic and stately mansion at 2020 Jackson Street, for this 35th annual Showcase—a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. I was privy to a peek the other day, and I came away impressed and filled with inspiration. Many spaces are memorable, but I found myself reflecting on the creative and cozy eating areas. (It was…
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  • That ‘70s style

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to boost your creativity with Feng Shui

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

    Amanda Gates
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Country Living Fair, Nashville TN | The Country Living Fair officially kicked off in Nashville, this past weekend, April 24-26 for the first time ever! The CL fair offered unique shopping booths featuring more than 150 vendors selling antiques, gifts, home décor, jewelry, clothing, food and more. Mike Wolfe, Star of HISTORY’s “American Pickers” and Brent Ridge… Read more The post Country Living Fair, Nashville TN appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • 15 ways to feng shui yourself to sleep and out of insomnia

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

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

  • The 2015 Floral Trend and What’s Blooming at My House

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

    Kristie Barnett
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Despite the threat of storms, this weekend ended up being warm and dry for the Country Living Fair in Nashville! yee-haw, y’all I was included in a meet-up of Nashville influencers in the home/garden industry sponsored by Forest Home Media, so I had a bunch of fun people to hang out with! the Nashville Influencers […]
  • I’m Hooking You Up to Save More Money on Unique Home Decor!

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

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

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

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Fabulistas, if you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that my team and I have been working OVER TIME making this year’s #DOAD2015 the best of all the three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Design Insider: How to Upgrade a Kitchen Without Demolition

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Fabulistas, nothing beats a good kitchen remodel. I mean truly — it’s the hearth of the home. It’s where we congregate to snack, discuss our days and have a cup of tea when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Media: Traditional Home Magazine

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

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

    Ann Porter, CKD
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Google-owned Nest Labs can keep you more connected with your home thanks to the many new third-party devices added to its “Works with Nest”  Program. The  Works with Nest program originally launched with consumer brands including Whirlpool, Jawbone and LED bulb-maker LIFX. According to Nest Labs senior product manager Greg Hu, the company’s goal is to keep the interactions between his company’s products and those in the Works with Nest program simple. Works with Nest is more than just an on/off switch. It’s about making your house a more thoughtful and…
  • Happy Earth Day 2015!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Professional Floor Sanding done Right

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

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    The question whether landlords should furnish their rental property or not is confounding the landlords for long decades. The solution is concealed between the two competing objectives: increasing income, whilst minimizing the costs and efforts. Undoubtedly, bringing more furniture will boost the rent a landlord should achieve on rental property- where in other way third option is more probable in some cases. However, before landlords decide to invest in furniture, they must consider the aggravation involved with furnishing a rental property. As per the experts review- a part-furnished…
  • 5 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options For Those Looking to Go Green

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    Did you know that what your feet stand on could impact your carbon footprint? Homeowners today have many options available for environmentally friendly flooring. Some are made of recycled or sustainable materials and others from renewable resources, and all of them contain little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can become a gas at room temperature, thereby providing better indoor air quality. Let’s take a look at your new flooring: Cork Cork comes to us from the Mediterranean Quercus suber, or cork oak, tree. Harvesters take care to only strip the bark so that the body of the…
  • 4 Things You Need For the Perfect Outdoor Home Bar By Stephanie Bertha

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    You might have a place to sit outside and sip drinks with your friends, but do you have a true  outdoor home bar?    The outdoor bar is a second living room, and when it’s done right, it’s the place where  everyone wants to be. Here are the four things you need to create the perfect outdoor bar at  your home: The bar, of course  Ideally, you’ll have a bar with electricity and a sink. Unless you really know what you’re doing, …
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  • simple no-cost home office update

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

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

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

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

    Kelly Anderson
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Happy first week of Spring! I'm so sorry to my family and friends on the East Coast who are still neck-deep in snow, but it's been beautiful here in southern Ontario and it feels like it's time for Spring cleaning. Your Spring cleaning is more likely with a shovel than a broom? Well, perhaps a little de-cluttering and refreshing indoors will help you feel a little cheerier!I started my Spring refresh this weekend by organizing and cleaning out some closets, and thought I'd pass along my top 5 tips to make Spring cleaning easier. If you do just these 5 things over one or two weekends, it will…
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    3 May 2015 | 7:35 am
  • Flashback Friday: The 1900’s

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

    1 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
  • Dining Like a Deity

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

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
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    Modenus Interior Design Blog

  • Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour NYC to ICFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Interior Design Rules Worth Breaking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340

    Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340 Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet — Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, Read More... The post Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340 appeared first on Nazmiyal Blog About Antique Rugs, Vintage Rugs and Interior Design.
  • Wednesday Wishlist: Lovely Vintage Art Nouveau Rug by Wilton 48330

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

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

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

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

  • How to Manage Homes with Open Floor Plans?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nice Decorating Ideas for holiday homes

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Having a summer holiday homes is certainly a privilege that many can not tell. Although it is an extra expense each month for bills that causes although not alive anyone during the year inside, there are many people who are lucky enough to afford it, something that will enable them to enjoy the summer months in a quiet and a great relax. Normally holiday homes are often located in remote areas of the city, in the mountains, on the beach in areas where people go to seek tranquility to disconnect from the stress of everyday life in the city. To forget some of the year and enjoy the summer…
  • Stylish Floating Bed Design Ideas

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    A few days ago I wrote an article on rollaway beds, and today I want to focus on floating beds, one of the most important trends in recent years as far as decor in the bedroom is concerned. As you can tell by its name, they are floating beds, not by magic but because they are anchored to the wall instead of relying on legs to the ground. Lie on a floating bed is wonderful, as it gives you an incredible feeling of floating in the air. Once the evidence is difficult to find one in which you feel better, it’s indescribable. Well, today I would like to tell you about this type of bed in…
  • Decorate spaces with high ceilings

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    High ceilings can have great advantages, but many people do not like the increased feeling of coldness that give shelter and because it makes them more “empty” as well as for logistical reasons, such as when changing a bulb. However, with proper decoration and patterns in composition, a house with high ceilings may result in a neat, spacious and beautiful space, with great potential. If this is the case in your home, start by painting the walls a light color, for example, cakes or beige, but you can bet on reserve to a single wall a darker tone. It is essential that the paint is…
  • Zara Home Kids Catalog Spring-Summer 2015

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

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

  • DIY Coastal & Nautical Coasters | Summer Crafts

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

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

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The owner of this bright white coastal style home likes to hit Antique Fairs, Flea Markets and Consignment Stores to find things with character and always tries to infuse a little whimsy when designing. You find beachy blue accents throughout the home and plenty of Shell Decor. The coastal foyer area includes Shell Wall Art, a Coral on a Stand and Starfish. A colorful mix of Pillows,
  • Simple Sea Shell Napkin Rings | Summer Crafts

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

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bright blue represents the sea and the sky. It's a color with a wide open feel. It's the color most used in beach, coastal and nautical decor. So take out the brush and paint it bright blue! Here are some of my favorite blue painted home decor ideas! Blue painted bottles by Flea Market Trixie. Three colors of spray paint where use to create this graduating look. Bring the summer sea to your
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  • Details Unveiled In Story Of 100-Year Old Apartment's Edgy Remodel

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

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Such a cute couple! ;-) So, I promised you the backstory behind this incredible DIY remodel, didn’t I?Once I saw Deborah Peterson Milne's before and after pics (she and her husband did the remodel), I had to find out more about how they pulled off such a remarkable transformation. I bet you wondered the same when you saw them, too.So, as someone who never skips an opportunity to pick a fellow remodeler's brain... I questioned Deborah about all the hows and whys, and...She revealed her thoughts on all of them!Enjoy ;-) My Interview w/ Designer Deborah Peterson…
  • BEFORE & AFTER: A 100-Year Old Scottish Flat Receives An Edgy Remodel!

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm so excited and so privileged to be the first to share this breathtaking before and after done by my blog friend, Deborah Peterson Milne.Deb and her husband live in Scotland and recently renovated their dull, drab, ordinary flat into a space that's now...Dark, moody, eclectic, personal, homey, edgy, and risky...all at once! The flat’s bold statements brilliantly complement their equally bold tastes in style, as well as...The tastes of everyone who recently toured it—because, you see, they're selling it. That's right, they've recently been hosting countless…
  • Today's 10 On-Trend Interior Design Links You'll Love! | #DESIGNREFRESH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vanity Lights

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

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

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The weather is getting warmer and people are busy booking their summer vacations.  While the destination is always important, some people would rather have the full experience from the get-go and the flight can be the beginning of the experience and just as luxurious.  We would like to share with you a few of our favorite first class cabins!  They truly are first class in design! If you are lucky enough to book a private suite on Singapore Air, you can choose a suite with two beds, a single bed, or just a cozy arm chair and all come fully loaded with your own entertainment console.  This…
  • From Trash to Treasure!

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

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

  • The Most Frequently Worn and Replaced Parts of Your Home

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    No matter how new or rehabbed your home may be, it’s only a matter of time before parts of it start to break, crack, and crumble on your watch. It’s important to have an idea ahead of time where... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bring Floral Scents into Your Home

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    There are few other things that can instantly freshen up your home (and your mood!) quite like the rich, uplifting aroma of a flower bouquet. Nowadays you can achieve this miraculous effect even in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beautiful and Efficient Kitchen Design and Layout Ideas

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Whether you are looking for easy access to whatever you may need in your kitchen or you just like the freedom that a large kitchen allows you, modern kitchen spaces offer simple and efficient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Conservatories to Sigh for in Scotland

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

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

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

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

    Melina Divani
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Rebuilt as a hamlet of ancient wood faithful to the traditional Savoyard style, this magnificent Chalet is located on the Chaudanne slopes. True ode to idleness, the terraces and balcony, oriented to the South, offer a unique and unobstructed panorama on the valley slopes. Step through the door of the SHL Lodge and let yourself go into the voluptuousness of the place and the kind gestures of your hosts. Our Butler will make the Chalet your home for the duration of your stay: room arrangement, daily cleaning, skiing equipment and lift passes booking, planning and organization of…
  • Beach Home Decor Ideas

    Melina Divani
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    THE BEACH CREATE THIS LOOK OR JUST SIMPLY BE INSPIRED… The beauty of OKA‘s pieces lies within their versatility, and this is always a key consideration when hand-picking a new collection. People often move and they want their furniture to travel with them. The furniture in their beach house will look equally good in a city just by changing the accessories; here, we’ve used colours of sand, sea and driftwood to reflect the coastal location. LIVING ROOM A combination of natural wood furniture and neutral sofas keeps things simple and speak to the coastal location. We…
  • An Old Farm In The French Countryside Turned Into A Fresh Paradise

    Melina Divani
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Isabel Lopez-Quesada’s beautifully renovated old farm in n the French countryside, near Biarritz, boasts high ceilings, crisp white walls and wide open spaces which are perfect for entertaining guests. From the outside, the house, which offers free levels of living space, offers a variety of charming features such as barn style windows, picturesque balconies, large wooden doors and exposed brick work, the latter of which visible on the corners of the property. The main lounge, feels light and airy as it’s decorated in neutral tones such as beige, brown and white. However in tying…
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    Brabbu | Design Forces

  • Top 10 Perfect Bedroom Color Schemes

    3 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Imagine this: you already picked up your favorite bedroom furniture and your perfect bedroom accessories, but now you’re kind of stuck between the color scheme which you will use to make your bedroom decor looks perfect. Don’t worry pal! We’re here to help! Finding the perfect color scheme for your bedroom is always a fun but puzzling task. You can end up with many uncertainties and fear of not making the right color choice. It’s not just about picking the colors you like but the ones that go along together. We have made a nice top 10 selection of some of our favorite…
  • Top 10 Buildings Showing the Future of Architecture

    3 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Here you will find a compilation, selected by the architect Marc Kushner, where he  compiled an architectural cabinet of wonders to celebrate the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow. We’re entering a new age in architecture — one where we expect our buildings to deliver far more than just shelter. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and re-purposed materials. Here are 10 buildings showing the future of architecture, including…
  • M&O: Americas Speeches, Discussions and Workshops with the best of interior design

    2 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Maison & Objet Americas which will have its first edition from May 12-15, will gather the best of interior design world and promises to be one of the most remarkable trade shows of the year. During Maison & Objet Americas, which will take place at Miami Beach Convention Center, a series of speeches, discussions and workshops will be one of the major interesting things of the new miami design show. Named Interior Design & Lifestyle Summit, this talk series will gather the design expert and design lovers on engaging discussions.Listeners will have the opportunity to decode the major…
  • Top 30 Famous Chairs of the Last Decades

    2 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Celebrating its 30 birthday, Azure Magazine released a list of the top 30 most famous chairs of the last decades. An incredible source of knowledge and beauty on design, that BRABBU team now wants to share with you. This is the first part, of a 3 part article, each one will have 10 of the top 30 famous chairs of the last decades. Have a look! RELATED HISTORY: MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2015 – THE ARMCHAIR OF A THOUSAND EYES 1 Miss Blanche by Shiro Kuramata (1988) One rarely sees a piece of furniture that strives to embody a work of literature. Shiro Kuramata named his acrylic resin and plastic…
  • ICFF NYC 2015: The Designs on the Spotlight

    1 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    A visit through the ICFF NYC 2015 website and you discover the designs on the spotlight for this year design show. With a selection of 9 brands that will be exhibiting at ICFF NYC 2015, the ICFF board chosen the designs below to be on the spotlight. RELATED HISTORY: ICFF NYC FAIR 2015 – THE EDITORS AWARDS Pablo Designs – UMA Sound Lantern – Light that can transform any environment Pablo’s designs have been propelled to the forefront of American contemporary lighting by an uncompromising devotion to simplicity and utility. By fusing the highest technical sensibilities with…
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    Home Decor + Home Lighting Blog

  • Use Gallery Walls to Create Visual Interest

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Want to bring a blank wall to life? Try creating visual interest with a gallery wall infused with your own personal style. Favorite photographs, botanical prints, colorful and whimsical artwork–you choose what makes you happy and hang a perfect and totally unique gallery wall. Here are some ideas to get you started: Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes. Here, botanical prints in identical frames with white matting are hung in an three rows of four above a foyer console table. Did you take note of the unexpected blue velvet pumpkins? This gallery wall is hung in an intriguing…
  • New Lights: Dazzling Chandeliers

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    Today we would like to feature an interesting part of the furniture that not many people pay attention to. These are the church chairs. And despite their function to provide sitting space in churches, they can be used for many other things! This is something new for you? Go on reading! Ok, so what is the most interesting thing about church chairs and where they can be applied? I believe that many event organizers already know the answer. These are the events like conferences or exhibitions. Believe it or not, but the chairs used for this purpose are just the same as those used in churches.
  • Contemporary Office Tables for Meeting Rooms

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    Many people work in large modern offices these days. And as a person who share the same business atmosphere like us, agree that one of the most important places in the office is the conference room. This is the area where your business partners receive their impression about the business you do. If you have problems in the meeting room, you’d better not invite anyone until you fix everything. And if you don’t have one of those outstanding conference room tables, then it’s time to but one. So, what is so special about conference room tables? I must say that a good table can…
  • Protect Your Garden Furniture with These Ideas

    28 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    Summer is coming and many of use take the patio furniture in the outdoor areas around the house. But what should we have in mind when it comes to bad weather? We’d better be prepared with patio furniture covers. Why? Go on and read our tips. So, why should one need patio furniture covers for his garden chairs, tables, sofas and other types of furniture? The answer is very simple! Because the covers can keep the items safe from water and other bad conditions that can harm the structure or surface of the furniture. Of course, there are some pieces made of solid wood with polished top that…
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    Home Decor Tips

  • Tips For Picking Ideal Paint Colours For Your Home

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    For many people, choosing a paint colour for a single room can be a challenge – how on earth do you go about choosing a palette for your entire house? To help the process go a little smoother, we have compiled some of our favourite tips and hints for choosing the ideal colours. In no
  • 5 Tips To Decorate Your Outdoor Space

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    Many homeowners are choosing to take advantage of the warmer weather by enjoying their outdoor areas, from the swimming pool to the patio. A dull or overgrown outdoor space, however, is not going to appear very inviting to your guests. We have shared 5 of our favourite tips to help you decorate your space and
  • Thinking Of Replacing Your Kitchen Tiles? Try Subway Tiles

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Do you find cracks and worn out tiles in your kitchen? Are you looking for better tiles for your kitchen that will help in easy cleaning of backsplashes? If you are looking for the above, then you have landed on the right page. Just like many of the areas in your kitchen today, the backsplash
  • What To Avoid In Your Home Décor For 2014

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

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

  • Granite Transformations Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Quartz counters are man-made materials, created from quartz and other stones (including granite or glass), along with resins to bind it together. Additionally, there are pigments added for color. All of these ingredients create an extremely durable surface that naturally resists scratches, stains, abrasions and dents (not to mention being nontoxic, nonporous and nonallergenic). While quartz is virtually indestructible, its natural counterparts (such as granite, marble or soapstone) can crack or chip easily. Most quartz products come with lifetime warranties. Check out the lifetime warranty…
  • The Demand for Green Home Remodeling Products is on the Rise

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Vidya Sudarsan
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    Share on Tumblr What’s on your ceiling? My ceiling is white, plain, and quite boring! One of my design goals is to transform it into one that makes a statement, but for now, I’ll just enjoy looking at these amazing rooms. I hope these amazing rooms inspire you to start thinking about your ceiling as a part of your [...] The post Decorating A Ceiling appeared first on Related posts: Modern Ceiling Fans Decorating with Houseplants Ceilings – Your 5th Wall! Decorating a Studio Apartment
  • Ozeri’s Wine Bottle Opener Reveiw

    Vidya Sudarsan
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Share on Tumblr I’m excited to say that I was recently invited to review Ozeri’s “Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter”. I took the opportunity to do so right away, and here’s what I have to say about this wine bottle opener. Ozeri’s automatic opener makes opening wine bottles a snap. And, as one [...] The post Ozeri’s Wine Bottle Opener Reveiw appeared first on Related posts: EverKitchen – 2 in 1 Lemon Squeezer & Cap Opener Review Silicone Wine Glasses Beautiful Memories via Distinctive…
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    Modern Interior Design & Furniture - Decoist

  • How to Design a Picture-Perfect Powder Room

    Sherry Nothingam
    1 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    There are some rooms in the house that we design and decorate for our own pleasure and other spaces where ‘hosting guests’ becomes a consideration. The powder room might be pretty small in its size (we have seen some really petite ones over the years), but it can end up making the biggest impact when it comes to impressing your guests! Creating a remarkable, functional and trendy powder room is a lot easier than you think, and the results will be well worth the time spent.Gorgeous powder room in ravishing blue [Design: Jeff King & Company]A smart powder room is one that combines form…
  • Small, Ingenious Apartment in Poland Draped in Eclectic Exuberance

    Sherry Nothingam
    1 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    The world would be a pretty drab and boring place if we all had the same taste in decorating, and we adore the odd curveball that moves away from the mundane. Located in Krakow, Poland, this small apartment takes a very different approach to decorating and style when compared to other such homes with limited space. Part of the historic Lubicz brewery complex which has been revamped and given a new lease on life, the 46-square-meter apartment uses an intriguing blend of bold colors, textures and patterns to shape a truly exceptional home.If you thought that small apartments were limited in…
  • Nerd Out in These Stunning, Award-Winning Libraries

    Starre Vartan
    1 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Libraries (and to an extent, bookshops) are any avid reader’s second home. But they can also be much more than stacks of books—they can be community learning centers, Internet hubs, safe places for kids to go after school, workspaces for freelancers, and non-commercial venues for older folks to gather.To celebrate the new, more varied functionality of libraries, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) recently awarded the 2015 Library Building Awards to those buildings that exemplified this trend:Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s…
  • 10 Backyard Getaways with Landscape Lighting

    Kate Simmons
    1 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    Has it already been a long day? How about a long week?! Kate here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready for the weekend and needing to unwind. Let me transport you to the perfect backyard getaway, complete with landscape lighting that adds drama and flair to the modern outdoor space! Rather than focusing on the technicalities of landscape lighting, this post is all about inspiring you with the magic of highlighting a tropical tree, a privacy partition, or a special water feature. Ready for a closer look?…Standout FeaturesDoes your yard have one or two standout…
  • 9 Ways to Decorate the Dining Room with Eye-Catching Wallpaper

    Sherry Nothingam
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Whether it is adding color, pattern, style or texture, there are few easier ways of transforming the ambiance of an interior than wallpaper. The last few years have seen a surge in wallpaper patterns, and all those who shunned it in the 90s and worked super-hard in trying to scrub wallpaper off of their bedroom and living room walls are once again shopping for new patterns! While we will not call it a full-blown revival, wallpaper sure ranks high on the trends chart in 2015. Adding it to the dining room is one of the easiest ways to get in on the wallpaper bandwagon before trying it out in…
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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

  • Not Funny: 7 Wall Color Mistakes To Avoid

    Decor Girl
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Here's a list of the seven common wall color mistakes to avoid. Unfortunately the funny photos are real and from homes currently offered for sale, yikes! Read More
  • Top 5 Budget Saving DIY Home Decor Items

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

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

    Decor Girl
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Make this the year you refresh your dining tables with a #NoPaperNapkins policy. Easy colorful cotton napkins from Hen House Linens are #swoonworthy! Read More
  • 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
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    The Sofa & Chair Company Blog | Interior Design Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Harrison Drive Home With Room To Grow by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

    1 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    Welcome to this fantastic gallery featuring a beautiful home by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. The owners of this house are a young couple just beginning to plan their family, so they wanted a comfortable home that would accommodate that growing family. The home had recently had a kitchen remodel, and much of the home had also been updated with new windows. The real task was to personalize the space for the family and create an interior design that would make the best use out of the open concept dining room and living room. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design chose family-friendly…
  • 32 Beautiful Bathrooms with Dark Floors

    1 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Welcome to our gallery highlighting a plethora of richly detailed bathrooms with dark floors. We wanted to focus on a particular strain of bathroom design that doesn’t often get a lot of attention. Dark flooring can create a rich contrast or surprising impression for a well appointed bathroom. When standard white tiling goes out the window and the inverse color is chosen, a new visual experiences opens up. With dark flooring, the rest of the bathroom has the opportunity to shine in contrast, with often bright and detailed wall textures, unique cabinetry and fixtures, and occasionally a…
  • 10 Fantastic Rooms with Flex Trim by Canadian Specialty Ceilings

    1 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to our gallery featuring another fantastic home solution by Canadian Specialty Ceilings. Crown molding is a great way to add architectural detail to a new home, but traditional wood molding is incredibly difficult to get smooth edges with, and hiring the right person to get the look you want just right can be prohibitively expensive. Some manufacturers are offering crown molding in plastics, which are less expensive and easier to install on your own, but can look cheap and ruin the effect. Canadian Specialty Ceilings offers a product known as Flex Trim, which allows homeowners to…
  • Bright And Bold Utopia Project By Strang Architecture

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
      Welcome to our gallery highlighting the bright and bold Utopia home, designed by Strang Architecture. Located in the lush environment of Coconut Grove, Florida, this project was designed as a serious home for a serious art collector. The white backdrop truly acts as a canvas, and the home itself is truly a work of art built for works of art. Its clean, bright, open design scheme is inviting and is perfect for showcasing This home is a striking, light-filled gallery set amidst the temperate landscape. The calm and minimalistic spaces provide an appropriate atmosphere for the owner’s…
  • Contemporary Orchard Way Project By Mcleod Bovell

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
      Welcome to our gallery focusing on the gorgeous, contemporary Orchard Way project, a home designed by Mcleod Bovell. This 7,300 square foot, single-family home was built from architectural concrete, limestone, Afrormosia hardwood, and composite panel construction. A slotted vertical stair core is the primary figure in the project, cutting North and South through the house. The stair develops key landscape connections at each level while linking the primary family spaces together as tightly as possible. Immediacy of connection and provision of amenity for college-aged children were…
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    The Interior Design Advocate

  • Design Giggles: Furniture Order Hotline

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

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

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

    Donna Hoffman
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donna Hoffman on... Need help giving your room an easy quick facelift? Use flowers!   About Donna Hoffman, The Interior Design Advocate™ Author of the popular home design system, The Decorating Genius System – 7 Simple Steps to a Great Interior, Donna is the country’s foremost consumer advocates in interior design in addition to being an award winning designer herself. “Using my design systems and strategies, I help people eliminate “decorating struggles, frustration and spending mistakes” so you can get fabulous results when decorating your own home, or hiring the right…
  • Furniture Facelifts: Re-Upholstering Magic!

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

  • Designer Insights With Chic California

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

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

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

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

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

    3 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    EPV is a private residence located in Xuân Quan, Văn Giang, Hưng Yên, Vietnam. The 1,722-square-foot home was designed by AHL architects associates. EPV by AHL architects associates: “EPV is a semi-detached house located in Ecopark Green Urban Area, Vietnam. Ecopark is known as a new green urban area with a lot of ancient trees, low building density and the house seems to be hided behind the trees. Client want..More...
  • Grosvenor Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects

    3 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Grosvenor Street is a private home located in Auckland, New Zealand. The spacious home was designed by Dorrington Atcheson Architects in 2012. Grosvenor Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects: “This bungalow, in the city-fringe suburb of Grey Lynn, had been renovated over the years in familiar fashion – with a series of ad hoc lean-tos that made the interiors a labyrinth of dark, awkward spaces. The practicality of an original bungalow..More...
  • A House by 08023 Architecture + Design + Ideas

    3 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    A House is a private home located in Badalona, Spain. The -square-foot home was designed by 08023 Architecture + Design + Ideas in 2013. A House by 08023 Architecture + Design + Ideas: “Tailored to its users and their activities, allows invest each euro in what you really need, the most economical way of making architecture. A basic housing in detail but rich in light, space and life. The house..More...
  • 3×10 House by DD concept

    3 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    3×10 House is a residential project completed by DD concept. The 1,184-square-foot home is located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 3×10 House by DD concept: “The house is a well conceived small sized residence located in HCM city where the building is the highest in South Vietnam. The challenges of the design carefully considered the conflicts between the need for privacy and a desire for an internal / external..More...
  • Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls by Corpo Atelier

    2 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls is a private residence designed by Corpo Atelier. Located in Sernancelhe, Portugal, the home was completed in 2014. Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls by Corpo Atelier: “Four thick stone walls are the remaining elements of an ancient rural house. Like a box open to the sky, these walls enclose a volume that is no longer divided in two levels, but presents its real volumetric potential...More...
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  • Pineapples Print by Rainer

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

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    This is a project of reconstruction of an old hotel – Sosna, in Tatranska Strba in Slovakia by Tomas Belica – Tolicci design studio. The client´s goal was to design a contemporary interior with modern furnishing features in contrast with the raw features of the nature to highlight the natural elements of Slovakia. Read the rest of Hotel Sosna by Tolicci Design Studio originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Charming Space with Modern Scandinavian Furniture

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Modern, spacious and bright by a light apartment, designed by NC Design & Architecture, that will fascinate you. The project is remarkable because of designer furniture, built around a wall cabinets and holes in the ceiling that light sparks. Tidy, spacious and charming space on Stubbs Road in Hong Kong Read the rest of Charming Space with Modern Scandinavian Furniture originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Warm Smoothly Curved Space

    28 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Who else if not the Spanish will create this warm, smoothly curved space, with a sensual presence of light wood and an intriguing reference to the 70ths interior design? The project of Antonio Macia Mateu architects consists in redesigning and refurbishing a ground floor of a house situated on a hillside near the sea. Read the rest of Warm Smoothly Curved Space originally posted on © - 2015.
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  • A flexible furniture system for compact living

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

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

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    lorilangille.blogspot.comDid you start planning your outdoor room? Look at some of my suggestions for cmfortable living outdoors this summer: Harmonia Living Acapulco Lounge Chair Harmonia... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A lot of marble and copper

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

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

  • Win A Holiday at The Straw Cottage!

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

    Cat How
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    The post Colour Palette Edit: 005 appeared first on Howkapow Blog.
  • Our Spring 2015 Howkapow Photoshoots!

    Rog How
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    2015 has seen us bring you beautiful new products every week! With so many lovely pieces to choose from it can sometimes be difficult to work out what sort of scroller we are after, but we generally try to get a good mix of products from across the shop – a little homeware, a little kitchenware and a little jewellery. The scrollers below are a perfect example of this. We have started to include more hand-drawn elements into the scrollers to add interest and depth, often picking up on key design features in the products themselves. We try to keep things simple but strong and stylish and…
  • Yo! Statement Buggy!

    Cat How
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    A few weeks back, kids company Cosatto got in touch to see if we wanted to try out their new Yo All Star Pushchair. At 10 months, our baby son Rolo was in need of a good, lightweight buggy so we thought we’d give it a whirl. The cheerful, starry design and bold colour palette really appealed to us, and we weren’t disappointed when the pushchair arrived. Neat and compact, the bowed red frame makes it sturdy – as well as quirky. We haven’t seen many buggy’s with this feature as well as the rock’n'roll pattern, and got a lot of compliments on it whilst…
  • Reytan Jewellery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Purple is the most charming and soulful color that most likely reflects loose, perky and relaxing ambiance. Purple color is also great for boosting the classy, splendid and luxurious mood in the interior. If you want to apply a charming and classy setting in the bathroom, think about this beautiful and serene color shade. Purple The post 10 Charming Purple Bathroom Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 10 Yellow Bathroom Ideas For Cozy and Refreshing Interior 7 Charming Farmhouse Bathroom Design Ideas 10 Fresh Beach Inspired Bathroom Interior Design Ideas
  • 11 Dramatic Gold and Black Interior Design Ideas

    Aleksandra Andonovska
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Dark and dramatic color scheme is not a first choice for everyone, but is surely a main choice for everyone who strive to create totally bold and unique ambiance in their home. Gold and black work perfectly together in creating a dramatic, opulent and classy ambiance in the interior. Black creates fierce and sensual mood The post 11 Dramatic Gold and Black Interior Design Ideas appeared first on Related posts: 15 Amazing Black and White Interior Design Ideas 10 Bold Black Bathroom Interior Design Ideas 10 Dramatic Industrial Dining Room Interior Design Ideas
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    Lights Online Blog

  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – May 1

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

    Emma Harger
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    If you want to find your very own serene, relaxing space within your very own home, you might want to consider creating that space in the bathroom. Why? Because you can close it off from the rest of the world! For an extra boost of serenity, look to Zen style for inspiration. I participated in a discussion of this very topic for #kbtribechat on Twitter, with–of course–a special focus on Zen bathroom lighting ideas. Houzz provides wonderful photos of Zen baths in action and I’ll talk about ways to get the lighting looks in your home! Now breathe in deep…aaaaaand exhale.
  • Design Inspirations: 10 Links You’ll Love – April 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Soft Pink Home Office

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

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

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

    Alycia Wicker
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Iron & Magnolia The Retro Home Office The post Retro Home Office appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
  • Clever Home Office Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

    Alycia Wicker
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Iron & Magnolia Article by Julie Jamison Let’s face it, nowadays not many of us have the luxury of a dedicated office space. Lord knows I wish I sure did, but with 4 kids, all of the rooms in my house are taken! Don’t let limited space stop you from creating a home office. All you need to […] The post Clever Home Office Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces appeared first on Iron & Magnolia.
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    Granite Transformations Blog

  • Granite Transformations Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Quartz counters are man-made materials, created from quartz and other stones (including granite or glass), along with resins to bind it together. Additionally, there are pigments added for color. All of these ingredients create an extremely durable surface that naturally resists scratches, stains, abrasions and dents (not to mention being nontoxic, nonporous and nonallergenic). While quartz is virtually indestructible, its natural counterparts (such as granite, marble or soapstone) can crack or chip easily. Most quartz products come with lifetime warranties. Check out the lifetime warranty…
  • The Demand for Green Home Remodeling Products is on the Rise

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

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

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

  • How the Lighting of Your House Directly Affects Your Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Get More out of Less Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why “To The Trade” Pricing Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shruti Verma
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Sometimes, just a glimpse of a cool green garden outdoors can counter the burning heat of summer. Landscape design is the process of turning your outdoor space into a practical and aesthetic space that complements your beautiful residential interiors. The basic elements of landscape design such as scale, balance, colour texture etc are all interconnected and give your outdoors the Wow factor.   Unity Patterns and repetition are key ways of binding together a landscape Image courtesy: landscapesofflorida The first step towards landscaping your garden design is to decide a theme for the…
  • Bedroom Furniture: 7 Styles Of Dream Beds

    Shruti Verma
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The bed is the centerpiece of every bedroom design. In most cases the bedroom décor depends on the style of bed frame. To help you decorate your bedroom here are the top seven bed styles.   Four Poster The bed that says drama Image courtesy: furniturebrands Four poster beds add drama to a bedroom design. A four poster bed is named so because of the four vertical columns arising from the four corner of the bed. These type of bedroom furniture usually have a classical appeal to them and feature ornate columns that taper towards the top. Four poster beds take up a lot of visual space in a…
  • Rajasthan by Decor – Interior Decoration Ideas

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

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

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

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

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    To start off the week I've rounded up a few interesting articles and blog posts from across the web.  You'll definitely want to check these out!  There is a little something for everyone here.  The Ladies Who Brunch feature is especially great, as it features local gems to dine at for brunch along with fabulously styled outfits from chic style bloggers.  In the photo above
  • Dreaming of the Perfect Sunroom Conservatory

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

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

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Four important statistics that companies/brands in Singapore should be aware of when in it comes to the buying behavior of their target audience . Infographic from OOm, a Singapore SEO agency.
  • Why Finding A Niche Can Be The Best Investment For Any Business In Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    [Plaza] How do you think outside the box? So often we build barriers around ourselves, we build walls to keep others out, and feel safe and protected within. We feel we have to stay within the confines of what others expect of us. And then we wonder why we do not have what it is […]
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  • 30 Classic, Unique and Baffling Whiskey Cocktails Worth Trying Tonight

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

    Eric Pangburn
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
      Best Grills 2015 – Unless you’re planning on moving to the North Pole any time soon, you may as well come to terms with the fact that summer is coming–and fast. This one is bound to be a scorcher, with expected record highs and plenty of humidity to ensure that you stay nice and toasty–not to mention sticky!–all throughout. Thankfully, there’s a lot to look forward to like afternoons at the beach, balmy evening breezes, tall cold drinks, and backyard barbecues! Of course, in order to show off your grill skills to the utmost–or conceal their total lack…
  • Best Man Cave Theme Ideas [ Part 2 ]

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      Top 10 man cave Theme ideas of 2015 When we publsihed out first part of our best man cave theme idea series lots of you sent over some amazing pictures. Join us our our quest to find the best man cave theme that is perfect for your dude living lifestyle. Without further ado here is another top 10 man cave Theme ideas of 2015 Tiki themed man cave     Still have fond memories of those glorious few days you spent on the Pacific islands? A tiki themed man cave could be just the thing! Polynesian-inspired prints may help you tie the look together, but you will of course want to…
  • Stuff Guys Like – Best of the Web Roundup – Earth Day Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nanine Clement
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    A decorative dining room with textiles now become such as a new trend decoration. The performance of the dining room will be warmer and it’s good for the atmosphere of the dining room since we all do know that a dining room is a room where we can gathering with the whole family and get a conversation each other. Now, the function of the dining room is turn to be a place for gathering and socialize so it will be a must to decorate with a harmful and good looking theme. The artistic textile decor ideas that we will see in these following landscape of the dining room is uses the similar…
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  • My 10 Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    The latest trend to sweep the world of interior design is a rather beautiful one. Minimalist bohemianism is a gorgeous, eclectic mix of stark Scandinavian chic combined with colourful, quirky key pieces to create a modern and stylish look. If you’re hoping to recreate this look in your own living room, we’ve rounded up some great ideas and tips. Now all you need to do is plan your next house party, so you can show off your swanky new space! Neutral background 1. Start with neutral walls For a minimalist bohemian space to work, you’ll really need neutral walls, preferably white, so the…
  • 15 Things You Should Never Have in Your Flat after University

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

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

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

  • Plan Your Summer Staycation

    City Furniture
    1 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]As the official start of summer draws near, why not make 2015 the year of the staycation?[/dropcap]
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    City Furniture
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]Feeling the pressure to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift? This year, we suggest you trade in the bathrobe and flowers for a unique find from our curated gift guide.[/dropcap]
  • Clean Skies Ahead

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

    City Furniture
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    [dropcap custom_class="normal"]When it comes to home design, everyone deserves that one piece that adds luxury and personality to your space.[/dropcap]
  • 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]
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    Blog - Tammy Randall Wood, ASID - Interior Design Calabasas | Malibu | Encino

  • High Point Furniture Show - Spring 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Memphis Style

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Worst Mistakes in Home Decoration

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Third Thing You Should Do For a Successful Home Office Design

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    If you work from home and your office looks like this:   You may want to rethink your priorities. Setting up a couple of tables and plopping your office equipment on it just doesn’t say successful entrepreneur or executive. What your office looks like has an effect on how you see yourself, how others see you, and your general well-being. I’m not saying that you need to make everything so comfortable that you are constantly yearning for a nap. What I am saying is that you need to make your office look the way you want your business or work-life to be: successful. Before today,…
  • The Second Thing You MUST Do For a Successful Home Office Design

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

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

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

  • Up to snuff

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2B Group / Lipinka

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

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

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

    2 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Located in Marseilles, France. This house for young family was designed by Maurice Padovani. Maurice Padovani “Located by the beaches of the Prado in Marseilles, this former smallholding flanked by a stable was renovated in three steps. At the very end of the nineties, the young family setting up on the first floor gladly agreed to the two children sharing the same room for a time. The volume is then entirely freed from all its partitions and false-ceilings thus revealing a rich and space-structuring framework. Behind the complexity of the assemblings of beams and joists, the…
  • AUXAU – Atelier D’architecture / Uccle House

    1 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Located in Uccle, Belgium and completed in 2011. This amazing transformation and extension of a house was designed by AUXAU – atelier d’architecture. Photography by F. de Ribaucourt
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