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  • Interior Decor Trends to Watch Out for in 2014

    Interior Design Blog
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ready to update a room in your house? We’re noticing some recurring 2014 decor trends and thought we’d share them with you. From splashes of turquoise to brass and gold finishes, there are trends for every taste. Contemporary Family Room by Richmond Interior Designers & Decorators The Spotted Frog Designs via Houzz Turquoise accents. Earlier in the year, we commented on how to use pastels in a modern home design. Now, we’re seeing turquoise accents in particular as they make an appearance on walls, cabinets, and other furnishings and accessories. Merging outdoor and…

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
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  • Giveaway: 10 Copies of Decorate With Flowers, Enter Today!

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Are you ready to win a copy of our new book? We are giving away 10 copies no matter where you live worldwide! But first, hello everyone! I’m a little embarrassed, but I totally forgot that yesterday the new book that Leslie Shewring and I wrote, Decorate With Flowers, released in North America! The wonderful Joy Cho over at Oh Joy! wrote about it on our launch date too, which was such a treat. I’ve been so busy with our baby boy that things just escape my mind at the moment – I’ve been in a baby fog for two months – in fact, today he turned 2 months old and he is…
  • Modern Interplay of Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces: S House in Lima - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    S House by Domenack Arquitectos can be described as a modern interplay of indoor and outdoor living spaces. Located in Lima, Peru, this contemporary 500 square meter retreat is structured on three levels, each more spectacular than the next. According to the project developers, the residence is the result of dealing with three important variables: “satisfying the functional needs of the family, adapting the design to a difficult sloping topography without resorting to complicate and expensive structures, and capturing the views towards a golf course despite the fact that the plot is not…
  • Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

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    Kristine Lofgren
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Cancer is a devastating killer that takes one out of every eight lives on the planet. While cancer treatments have improved over the years, one key to battling the disease is early detection, which has historically been invasive, painful or hit-and-miss. That’s why the latest research from a group of Swiss and Japanese scientists is so exciting: working together, these scientists have created a surprising new way to catch cancer that is as simple as taking a breath. Read the rest of Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath Permalink | Add to | digg…
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  • Milan 2014: e15 Collection

    Ali Morris
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    In Milan German brand e15 debuted its first ever collection of lighting, three products by German designer Jörg Schellmann and a collection of elegant and functional accessories for dining and living.  Consisting of five distinct lighting families that cater to both the residential and contract markets, the e15 lighting collection features enduring designs, quality constructions and energy efficient LED technology. Emitting beautiful atmospheric light, North is a series of simple folded floor, table, pendant and wall lights designed by Hamburg-based design duo eva Marguerre and Marcel…
  • Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

    Ali Morris
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Designerd by Marjan van Aubel, the Current table is a piece of furniture that also functions as a source of energy. The Current table by Marjan van Aubel gathers and harvests energy from daylight to charge appliances. The table’s glass surface contains a Dye Sensitised Solar Cell that, based on photosynthesis, uses the properties of color to create an electrical current. Unlike classic solar cells, these colored cells don’t need direct sunlight and are able to function under diffused light. Developed in collaboration with Solaronix, the Current Table is the first piece of furniture…
  • Milan 2014: Iridescent Glass

    Ali Morris
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Providing a subtle sheen to furniture and lighting designs at this year’s Milan furniture fair, iridescent glass emerged as a major trend. Inspired by the iridescent surface of bubbles, ECAL graduates Joséphine Choquet and Virgile Thévoz presented a range of three mirrors that play with the colors of the prism, changing color according to your viewpoint. Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has created this iridescent coated glass table for Glas Italia. Called Shimmer, the four geometric panels of glass that make up the design create spectacular layers of prismatic color. Dutch duo…
  • Bolon’s Silence Collection Adds Acoustic Damping

    Joseph Starr
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Bolon’s Silence series of carpet tiles answers the age-old question, “if a tree falls in my living room, does anybody hear it?” Such are the sound-damping qualities of this award-winning flooring collection, that you may be tempted to answer in the negative. Silence Skillfully Weaves Function and Flair In fact, Silence first received accolades for its elegant aesthetic and textural appeal. Designed by Marie Eklund for Swedish manufacturer Bolon in order to evoke the “the tranquil beauty and deep forests of our Swedish homeland,” Silence is possessed of an appealing and earthy…
  • Milan 2014: Wonderful Wood

    Ali Morris
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    This year’s Milan furniture fair was full of decorative and inventive wood treatments, processes and finishes. Here are five of our favorites. Made from Douglas fir, the Diptych furniture series by Lex Pott (shown above and top) features geometric cut-out shapes that are made by covering parts of the wood with rubber stickers during the sandblasting process. Pott explains, “You can see the life of the tree in the wood: good summers give a wide annual ring, harsh winters a thin one. By sandblasting you blow away the soft rings of summer, leaving a gap. Within the wood there are…
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  • DIY Project: Fabric Covered Photo Mats

    Megan Pflug
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We all love a good gallery wall but, depending on the artwork, it can sometimes feel a little disjointed. One simple, and super chic solution is to use the same color mat in multiple frames to unify the look. The end result is totally bespoke and it’s simpler than wrapping a gift. I choose to use bright blue linen because it worked with my graphic collection of art. Just keep in mind that the fabric you choose will be very prominent, so pick something that is going to play well in your space. To help keep things simple and budget friendly I used frames that came with pre-cut mats inside.
  • Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger in Morocco

    Amy Azzarito
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re reading this site, we probably have one thing in common (ok, we probably have many things in common): Morocco is at the top of our travel wish list. It has become a must-visit spot for most design enthusiasts and is a major influence on contemporary design. In addition to the already long list of beautiful places to visit in Morocco, there’s a new space to add to your must-see list: Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger. Perched at the top of the Madina (the historical center of Tangier), Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger oozes glamor. First built in the 18th century as a private residence, the…
  • DIY Spring Flower Arrangement by Ashley Woodson Bailey

    Grace Bonney
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    My arrangements always begin with the container. I’m inspired by the vessel and often look for flowers that will fill it perfectly, rather than the other way around. For today’s spring arrangement, I found this trumpted-style aqua vessel at Goodwill for only $5. It’s such a treasure and what an awesomely cheap find! I like to head to the flower market with a color palette in mind. This time my goal was to focus on yellow, apricot, white and cream. For this arrangement I chose apricot tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, pieris japonica and a few foraged white dogwood branches.
  • A Day In The Life of Max Poglia

    Grace Bonney
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Max Poglia is living proof that an artist doesn’t need to be defined by a single label. Whether he’s creating brand designs and signage for restaurants like Buvette and Bedford Post Inn or designing and producing his own line of leather bags, hand-forged knives and blankets, Max is always working on something beautiful. I first came in contact with his work when Julia introduced me to Buvette. She was working on the cookbook and Max was responsible for so much of the lettering, signage and branding that would go into the photography for the book. So I first became a fan of the…
  • Design Icon: Sony Walkman

    Maxwell Tielman
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Design: Sony Walkman Date: 1979 Designer: Nobutoshi Kihara (1926-2011) Country of Origin: Japan Background: Although contemporary people might associate Apple’s iPod with the revolution of portable music, one need look over twenty years earlier for its true origins: The Sony Walkman. Portable music had been available for some time prior to the Walkman’s release, but never in such a distilled, easy-to-use, minimally-designed package—something that literally put music in the palm of your hand. With nary a superfluous design element in sight, the Walkman was a beautiful…
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  • Bathrooms: Create a Statement Cloakroom with Wow Wallpaper (10 photos)

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Dont overlook the cloakroom in your quest for a super-stylish abode its the perfect place to have some fun. Instead of tiles and paint, why not go OTT on some fabulous wallpaper? In fact, these four small walls are the ideal space to hang some brash, bold and brave designs in fantastic...
  • There’s a Party in the Backyard, Says a Houzz Landscaping Survey (7 photos)

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hey, did you see the weather report for this weekend? We should totally have a party in my backyard. Invite everyone you know! Bring comfortable shoes, though, because I dont have chairs, and sitting on the rock-strewn ground kind of hurts. And wear 1,000 SPF sunscreen, because theres...
  • Copper, the Dynamic Topper (9 photos)

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Brass has slowly climbed its way to the top of the design heap over the past few years. But closely on its heels is its cousin, copper. Like burnished brass, copper gives off a glow that can enliven almost any space with its warmth and earthiness. With undertones of rose, orange or red, copper...
  • A Quirky Ontario Cabin Gets a Lighter Touch (14 photos)

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Eccentricity is what gives a space personality, while its history gives it a soul. Although the rooms in this Tiny Beaches, Ontario, log cabin were dark and a bit peculiar when interior decorator Enza Ricco took on their makeover, she treated the homes spirit and eccentricities...
  • Single Design Moves That Can Transform an Entry (11 photos)

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It takes a combination of many design elements to make a room beautiful and welcoming: things like color, scale, furniture, accessories, rugs and lighting. But even when all these things are executed well, there is often one particular thing that really kicks the room up a notch that gives...
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  • Baby Feet Imprint DIY

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

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

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are so many great interior firms in Denmark, which sometimes makes me wonder how those Danes do it in such a small country – there are so many collections! I came across OYOY Living recently, based in Copenhagen, and since I’ve not seen them blogged anywhere yet in my travels, I thought I’d share them with you guys. Check out their product line, simple yet bold. About OYOY, “The name OYOY is inspired by the letters OY, which since 1929 has been written on every Danish aeroplane regardless of where in the world it may be located. The letters indicate that we are a…
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  • Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

    Ana Lisa Alperovich
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to quickly and easily fasten together different parts. The tiny sculptural fitting can be either shipped from their Rotterdam studio, or 3D printed as an open source design. Read the rest of Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: "green furniture", 3d printed, 3D printing, DIY, DIY furniture, furniture…
  • Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

    Yuka Yoneda
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Do you remember the antsy feeling you would get in school while waiting for the recess bell to ring? Luckily, more kids today are spending time outdoors as educators begin to realize the link between connecting with nature and a holistic education. We recently had a chance to talk with Elea Robinson, a founding faculty member of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to learn more about how a nature-based curriculum can help to improve the education and well-being of our kids. Read on for the full interview! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Children, eco friendly school,…
  • Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

    Nicole Jewell
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Read the rest of Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: 320 Licht, art installations, former gas tank, gasometer oberhausen, germany, light and music installation in Germany, light installations, light projection, Rhine, Urbanscreen
  • Susana Soares’ Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer

    Lidija Grozdanic
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    At last year’s Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Portuguese designer Susana Soares presented a device that can detect cancer and other diseases using honey bees. Known for their extraordinary sense of smell, bees can detect airborne molecules in the parts per trillion range and can be trained to recognize certain smells associated with diseases such as lung, skin and pancreatic cancer, as well as tuberculosis. Read the rest of Susana Soares’ Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: bees cancer, bees diagnostics, bees diseases, bees…
  • Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

    Kristine Lofgren
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Cancer is a devastating killer that takes one out of every eight lives on the planet. While cancer treatments have improved over the years, one key to battling the disease is early detection, which has historically been invasive, painful or hit-and-miss. That’s why the latest research from a group of Swiss and Japanese scientists is so exciting: working together, these scientists have created a surprising new way to catch cancer that is as simple as taking a breath. Read the rest of Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath Permalink | Add to | digg…
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  • 60′s Bungalow Completely Transformed Into Modern House in Bruges

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Built on a rectangular plot in the outskirts of Bruges, Belgium, this modern house by CUBYC architects features large canopies which protect the building from overheating. According to the architects, HS Residence replaces a 60′s bungalow: “The existing building was demolished because it did no longer meet the current comfort and energy requirements. The location of the former building dictated the position of the new property.” Offering a succession of different perspectives and experiences, the design of this Belgium retreat is well adapted to the various needs of…
  • 1960s Beach Home Turned into Spectacular Modern A-Frame Residence

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    This striking looking A-Frame Residence is the result of an architecture conversion delivered by New York City-based studio Bromley Caldari Architects. The designers completely renovated the interiors of a 1960s beach home on Fire Island, turning it into a sleek hideout. With a spiral staircase splitting down the middle, four dark and cramped bedrooms, a leaky roof, and a cracked pile foundation, the original building required serious interventions. By adding a new staircase, the layout was positively transformed and functionality took over he entire abode: “On the main level, a…
  • Modern Interplay of Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces: S House in Lima

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    S House by Domenack Arquitectos can be described as a modern interplay of indoor and outdoor living spaces. Located in Lima, Peru, this contemporary 500 square meter retreat is structured on three levels, each more spectacular than the next. According to the project developers, the residence is the result of dealing with three important variables: “satisfying the functional needs of the family, adapting the design to a difficult sloping topography without resorting to complicate and expensive structures, and capturing the views towards a golf course despite the fact that the plot is not…
  • Break-Out and Dining Space in Manchester With Industrial Influences

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The Hub is a break-out and dining space developed by Opus 4 (a design and build interior fit-out company in Manchester, England) for NSG Environmental. NSG- a nuclear waste management specialist – wanted a social ‘Hub,’ an engaging, inspiring space where employees could dine, relax, socialize and hold informal inter-department meetings. The original area was a mezzanine floor used partially for warehouse storage but was largely redundant. The mezzanine floor had to be dismantled, modified and strengthened, then rebuilt in readiness for the fit-out works. Opus 4’s designers worked…
  • Inspiring 15 Sqm Modular Artist’s Studio Ranking High in Functionality

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    How do you imagine the perfect workspace? Israeli architect Ranaan Stern designed and implemented a modular artist’s studio in Tel Aviv exhibiting clever storage solutions. The original looking apartment features 2 desks, 36 drawers, modular storage compartments and pegboard display walls. And if at some point the owners feel tired, they can just bring down the folding bed and come up with new ideas after a soothing nap. Although the exterior seems not to reveal much on the contents of the drawers, everything is perfectly organized: “The artist creates and collects different kinds…
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  • Happy Earth Day! Dwell Store Picks

    Olivia Martin
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Happy Earth Day! Dwell Store PicksConscious consuming might not change everything, but supporting thoughtful designers, using recycled materials, and smart design is a step in the right direction. See our Earth Day picks from the Dwell Store. 4 Slat Adirondack Chair The weather-resistant outdoor chair is made from hardy recycled plastic that won’t blow over in tough weather. Bonus: It has a built-in bottle opener under the right arm. Click to shop all of the Dwell Store's Earth Day Collection.
  • Graphic, Affordable Posters for Apartment Walls
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Graphic, Affordable Posters for Apartment WallsYou don't need an expensive collection to fill your apartment with dynamic art. This "See America" poster, commissioned by Print Collection, is modeled after the posters made by the Works Progress Administration in the 30s to encourage Americans to engage in domestic tourism by visiting National Parks. Buy it here. These graphic posters are dynamic additions to apartment walls—and they're incredibly affordable, too. Whether filled with cheeky sayings, geometric shapes, or abstract animals, these prints are poised to make a statement by a bed,…
  • 8 Surprisingly Sustainable Modern Homes

    Kelsey Keith
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    8 Surprisingly Sustainable Modern HomesHere at Dwell, we love a good form, but only in tandem with function. These ultra-green, sustainable homes prove that a light footprint is possible no matter what the architectural style—the most modern approach of all. The view from this almost-off-the-grid Maine cabin underscores its remote location on one of the outermost islands on the American eastern seaboard. The home sports four solar panels that easily collects a week’s worth of surplus energy when stored in auxiliary batteries. A hot outdoor shower works thanks to an on-demand,…
  • Designer Profile: LucidiPevere

    Kelsey Keith
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Designer Profile: LucidiPevereItalian design duo LucidiPevere made its mark on Milan in 2014 on and offsite at Salone del Internazionale del Mobile; here's a look at the pair's latest and greatest furniture and lighting. Paolo Lucidi (1974) and Luca Pevere (1977) graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in Industrial Design and worked independently before establishing LucidiPevere Design Studio in 2006. They are currently designing across a range of materials and scales for companies like Gebrüder Tonet Vienna, Very Wood, Living Divani, Ligne Roset, Casamania, DeCastelli, Foscarini, Glass…
  • Sophisticated hostel for design-conscious travelers
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Sophisticated hostel for design-conscious travelersThe Generator London brings established design pieces into a playful space. The hostel's bright lounge is lit by criss-crossed cove lights. Cork stools from Vitra and Tacchini Spin ottomans provide seating. Photo by Nikolas Koenig. Hostels often call to mind conditions more similar to a fraternity house than a five-star hotel. But the Generator chain of design-focused hostels has proven that cheap doesn't mean derelict; with eight locations around Europe (and two others in the works in Paris and Rome), the brand has established itself as a…
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    Better Living Through Design

  • Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    What in the world is this thing, you ask? Well, put on a decorator’s/designer’s hat and admit that some speakers are not very pleasing to the eye, and, in fact, a bit of an eyesore at times. If you’d rather a speaker blend in amongst your other items in a bookcase or tabletop milieu, then take a look at the Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio. Maybe it’s not perfect for your interior- or maybe it is- but I think we can all agree we like the idea of improving technology so that it may blend into a room when desired instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.
  • Kaufmann Mercantile Gift Card

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    What?! You haven’t signed up yet to win a gift card ($100) from Kaufmann Mercantile? Time is running out, so get to it. Sign up for emails from both BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile and you’ll be entered to win $100 towards many a great things from the Kaufmann Mercantile shop (or just one special thing). Today’s the last day, so sign up now and then keep your fingers crossed… after you pick out what you’d buy, of course. Sign up for emails from BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile.
  • Triangle Mirrors

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    As is often the case, the question isn’t ‘why do I need a triangle mirror’, the question is ‘why don’t I need a triangle mirror’. After all, you like geometry and you’re decent to look at, right? Hang one (or several) on a wall, or place on any surface for a freestanding reflection. Designed and made by Marvin Freitas. 2 3/4″ solid maple or cherry frame. xsmall:6″, $75.00 small:12″, $100.00 medium:18″, $125.00 large:24″, $150.00
  • Windsor Chair by Chris Specce

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Looking for a modern take on the traditional Windsor chair? Don’t rule out this version designed by Chris Specce, as it takes the quintessential form and eliminates any overly ornate details for a clean and modern look. It’s sturdy, so it’ll stand up to the bumps and scrapes of a high traffic dining room, and the bolder color options further set it apart from its stuffier predecessor. Available in bleached, natural, blue, red, and black stains. Designer: Chris Specce Made in the U.S.A. by MatterMade. Material: Maple 19.5″ W X 20.2″ D X 32.5″ H
  • Kingstown Barstools

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    The Kingstown Barstools from Studio Dunn are just as sleek as they were when they first hit the market a few years ago. Similar to Studio Dunn’s popular Conventry Stool, the barstools combine traditional handmade joinery with contemporary manufacturing methods to create a seating option with incredibly graceful lines. And, as a tip of the hat to their eco-friendly cred, it’s worth mentioning that Studio Dunn works with high-quality domestic timber from sustainable forests. Dimensions: Counter Height 24″ Height, 19″ Width, 19″ Depth Dimensions: Bar Height…
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  • Hamper Turns Into Comfy (But Stinky) Chair When Filled

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you live with a kid or a roommate who just can’t seem to grasp the concept of washing their dirty clothes regularly, the Martino Hamper from designer Brandon Washington could be a fun, cute way to not-so-subtly remind them of their laundry obligation. Designed by Washington as a personal design challenge over the course of 24 hours, the Martino Hamper is a chair – of sorts. The chair is actually a clothing hamper with the back of a dining chair attached to it. The hamper only becomes usable as a chair when it is full of dirty clothing to sit on. For some people this might…
  • Unique Hand-Blown Glass Lamps Look Like Melting Ice

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Glass and ice are made in similar ways: a liquid substance is made into a solid one. The Frozen Lamp series from designer Maxim Velcovsky for lighting company Lasvit puts that similarity on display in a sophisticated set of pendant lights. The hanging lights look like carefully formed ice that is just beginning to melt. The glass looks slightly elongated and liquid, as though it is reaching slowly toward the floor. Each Frozen Lamp is individually hand-blown, making them all like small bespoke works of art. The glassblower must decide on the perfect time to pull the glass from the heat,…
  • Lightweight Backpacking Tent Reduces the Reviled Poles

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Second only to crawling, flying, and flesh-eating beasties, putting the tent together is probably the most annoying part of camping. Tent manufacturer Brooks-Range Mountaineering has introduced a tent line called Tension. The tents are, appropriately enough, held up using tension created by an internal cord system and just a couple of poles. The poles are, of course, the most vexing part of putting together a traditional tent. The Tension tents don’t entirely eliminate the poles, but the annoying pieces are limited to just three crossing the top of the tent to provide structure and…
  • Breathtaking Desert Home Blends Perfectly With Landscape

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Living in the midst of a breathtaking landscape can pose a problem for those who want to live there. Should they build homes that will possibly change the look of the area, or should they try to blend in as much as possible? For this incredible house in Joshua Tree, California, the choice was the latter. The home was conceived and built by architect Ken Kellogg. Construction began in 1988 and did not finish until 1993 – a testament to the thought and care put into the structure’s shape, materials, and impact on the surrounding environment. Using concrete, glass, copper, and steel,…
  • Ingenious Axe Uses Kinetic Energy to Simplify Woodcutting

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Chopping wood is great exercise, but it’s also difficult and incredibly tiring. Luckily, most of us can pick up a bundle of firewood at the supermarket or convenience store. Still, humankind has been waiting centuries for someone to improve on the regular wood-chopping axe, and now Heikki Kärnä, a Finnish inventor, has done just that with the Vipukirves. Vipukirves translates to “lever axe,” which gives a good idea of what this ingenious tool does. It uses not only the power of your muscles and a simple blade to chop wood; it acts as a lever instead of just a wedge. The…
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    Christy's Thrifty Decorating

  • 20 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
         I know.....I know.  Where have I been? I'm still here and still creating all sorts of things.  Mainly, turning junk into something usable.  I got involved with a antiques/gift store two years ago and it has so far worked out pretty good for me.  I rent a small space and sell things that I've created at home.  Lot's of fun, a little extra money and a way for me to channel my creativity.      I spent as much time as possible shopping in thrift stores and finding things that I can "alter" in some way to make it sellable.  It…
  • Painting Brick

    17 Sep 2013 | 6:18 pm
    I didn't know if you could paint brickwork.  My front porch bricks were so faded and old looking, that it just gave the whole front entrance a sad look.  It's looked like this for a few years now.  The sun beats down on those bricks everyday for hours, so time was really showing on them. Let's face it: the front door is the very first thing you see when when you arrive at someone's house. It should look friendly, clean and welcoming-don't ya think?I searched around the Internet for some help, but didn't find much.  So hard could itbe?I took a ride to Home Depot and bought…
  • Repurposing Old Glassware

    21 Aug 2013 | 7:00 pm
    Here are some cute ideas for glassware that you may have hanging around.  It's a great way to use pieces that have lost their use in your home.  In other words, they are random pieces that need a new use and a new purpose.  The whole idea is to find nice plates or bowls that you like and glue them to candlestick holders.Here are some examples:  I found this metal candlestick in the Goodwill.  It was ugly and dark green so I painted it red. Below is a glass bowl that I also purchased in a thrift store.  Total cost: $2.00 for both.  The bowl was clear…
  • The Man In the Moon

    11 Aug 2013 | 4:14 pm
    Sometimes you find something and think to yourself, what can I do with this?  What was it, what does it need and what was it meant to be?  I call this vision.  Looking at a piece of junk and having the vision to repurpose it.I found this candle holder in a thrift store and decided to make it new and different looking.  It was made out of brass and was hollow in the center. I'm not sure what was in the center to begin with, but a piece of colored glass would fill it in nicely.  Also, the candle holder (which is behind the piece) would light up the glass.I sprayed the…
  • 4 Aug 2013 | 6:13 pm

    4 Aug 2013 | 6:13 pm
    I saw this piece in a thrift store and fell in love with it!  It was so unique, very detailed on the legs, and for only 10 bucks: I had to take it home. It needed a good cleaning and some TLC.  The legs were a bit wobbly, so I put some glue into the recessed holes and clamped them for a couple of hours. It also needed a good cleaning, so I actually used the outdoor hose and washed it, letting it dry out in the sunshine. I thought about the color and what to do with it.  The decision was to repaint it red and apply a black glaze.Supplies:wood glue for repairclamps to hold itred…
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  • A traditional New England style home in a surprising location

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

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

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

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

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

  • Milan Design Week: 10 Kitchen and Bath Trends

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Milan was brimming with gorgeous and evocative illustrations of what’s next in interior design trends for kitchen and bath.  Many of the following design trends, I believe, will be strong for the latter portion of 2014 and will be an integral component of bath and kitchen design in 2015 and beyond.1. Model Silhouettes – Thin is In:   Surface materials from Cosentino’s innovative Dekton to  BLANCO’s  Durinox stainless steel integrated counter and sink to reinforced “skinny” ceramics are all examples of the attractive, durable and streamlined silhouettes that were on show…
  • Rich & Warm Golden Brown Dining Room Design

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Adamsleigh Showhouse: Dining Room Design by Jeffery Muse for Baker Furniture.The post Rich & Warm Golden Brown Dining Room Design appeared first on Decorating Diva.
  • Milan Design Week: BLANCO America’s ATTIKA’s Debut at Acheo Showroom

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

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

    Carmen Natschke, Editor, The Decorating Diva, LLC
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Adamsleigh Showhouse: Anita Phipps’ European Antiques Inspired Powder Room.The post Antiques & Vintage Inspired Ladies’ Powder Room appeared first on Decorating Diva.
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    Material Girls Blog

  • Hollywood Heights Home Tour 2014!

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Have you ever been curious what all of the beautiful homes in the Hollywood Heights area of Dallas look like inside?  Well here is your chance to find out!  Friday April 25th through Sunday, April 27th, the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association in Dallas will be hosting its 23rd annual home tour weekend!  The weekend long tour will start with a candlelight tour of the homes from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, on Friday, and immediately following is a preview auction party with live entertainment at the Dallas Arboretum that states at 7:30pm.  The remainder of the tour will continue on both…
  • Hollywood Heights Home Tour

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Have you ever been curious what all of the beautiful homes in the Hollywood Heights area of Dallas look like inside?  Well here is your chance to find out!  Friday April 25th through Sunday, April 27th, the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association in Dallas will be hosting its 23rd annual home tour weekend!  The weekend long tour will start with a candlelight tour of the homes from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, on Friday, and immediately following is a preview auction party with live entertainment at the Dallas Arboretum that states at 7:30pm.  The remainder of the tour will continue on both…
  • Kitchen Design Comes Alive!

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

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

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The gorgeous tall ceilings and pristine white brick walls of our Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom are the perfect canvas for showcasing the talented work of Chicago artists and artists nationwide.  We’ve been proud to showcase work in the past of the talented Linc Thelen, Richard Shipps, and Lynn Basa to name a few!   “Jellyfish” and “Grid Study” by Linc Thelen “Evolution” by Linc Thelen We are absolutely honored to be featuring the work of the amazing artist Amy Cannady in our new Spring art exhibition! In Amy’s artwork, tensions and…
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  • Remodeling 101: All You Need to Know About VOCs in Paint

    Meredith Swinehart
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    As Remodelista's resident paint palette expert, I've spent a lot of time in the last few months researching paints. If you're like me, you might be a bit confused about Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs) in paint. To get a handle on the issue, I decided to turn to the experts for help decoding all the information that's floating out there. Here's our report on what you need to know about VOCs in paint: Above: I have a lot of extra paint lying around from Remodelista posts on recommended Paint Colors. What are Volatile Organic Compounds, and why are they in paint? VOCs are…
  • Fantastic Plastic: Lamps Made from Recycled Soda Bottles

    Margot Guralnick
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are the containers in your recycling bin talking to you? In the last few years a lot of people have made attempts to give empty bottles a second life. One of the most artful we’ve come across is Alvaro Catalán de Ocón’s PET lamp project. The Barcelona-based designer—a 2004 graduate of Central St. Martin’s school of art in London—came up with the concept of combining traditional wickerwork with castoff plastic bottles. In 2011, Catalán de Ocón unveiled the first PET collection, a series of colorful, hatlike pendant lights fabricated by artisans in Colombia. More recently, in…
  • Handmade in LA: VVoods Bedroom Furniture

    Alexa Hotz
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    LA-based furniture company VVOODS is the work of two design-minded Brits, Gareth Walsh and Helen Cooper, who moved to the city and instantly fell for the aged patina and graining of California old-growth wood. The fascination led them deep into to demolition sites—and a new business. Gareth, a designer and professor at UCLA's Design Media Arts department, and Helen, a textile and surface design artist, started VVOODS (the name is a play on the word "woods" using two V's) from a shared interest in sustainable and local manufacturing. "Domestic manufacturing has a far lighter impact on the…
  • Architect Visit: The Look of Things to Come

    Christine Chang Hanway
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    At first glance, the unconventional shape of the Just K house in Tübingen, Germany, might lead you to assume that we've stumbled upon an architect’s folly . Closer scrutiny of this innovative, zero-energy construction reveals a concerted and thoughtful method to the madness. Designed by architects Björn Martenson, Sonja Nagel, and Jan Theissen of German-based design practice AMUNT, the house was awarded the prestigious AR 2011 House award (not a surprise in this age of conscientious building). Conceived with a passive energy system, sustainable building materials, and a limited…
  • 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Cooking Appliances

    Janet Hall
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Being confined to small cooking quarters doesn't mean being limited to subpar appliances. Yes, we've seen cooks be creative with camping stoves and fireplaces. But if you're living day to day with a tiny kitchen, there's a growing selection of compact cooking appliances that offer big performance in a small package. Here's our roundup. Have a tiny kitchen? Share your experience with cooking appliances in the comments section below.  Reduced-Size Ranges Above: Professional style downsized: the BlueStar Companion Series 24-Inch Freestanding Gas Range in stainless steel has a…
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    Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time

  • Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Ashley & Ryan's Happy History

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Ashley & Ryan's Happy History home, a 318 square foot Teeny Tiny entrant in Small Cool 2013, achieves a cozy yet far from cramped-feeling vibe through strategic editing of decor elements and defining living spaces. READ MORE »
  • 10 Ideas for Dividing Small Spaces

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Small homes afford few ways to configure space, and it's up to you to carve out designated areas that function differently, based on your needs. The goal is to find solutions that are flexible, and don't take up too much valuable space. Here are ten ways to partition off parts of your home: READ MORE »
  • 5 Easy Yet Effective Things to Try When You Can't Sleep

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    It happens to everyone. 1am and you are wide awake. A busy day ahead is looming and the thought of it is only adding to whatever reason(s) you are not happily snoozing away right now. I've been there enough to have discovered a handful of things that work for me and, let's face it, if you are awake when you don't want to be, you've got nothing to lose. They are all simple, low-key, medication-free and worth giving a try... READ MORE »
  • Google Street View Offers a Look Into the Past — Design News

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Starting today, you can use Google Street View to look way back into the past... to 2007. Nevertheless, it's cool to see how areas have changed since then. If you see a clock under a street view image, you can toggle this new feature. READ MORE »
  • My Small Home: Claire's Small Space Solutions

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    My husband and I have lived in the same 600 square foot London flat for four years and each year it seems we start to outgrow one space or another. Here is a year-by-year look at how we have outgrown our space and the solutions we came up with to continue living small. READ MORE »
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

  • Road Trip: Greenville, South Carolina

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

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

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

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

  • Hollywood Glamour of a Malibu Mansion

    Susan Kraemer
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    This glamourous house on the bluffs above Point Dume State Beach in Malibu, California has just come on the market. Impossibly romantic, a view through the window to the sea beyond is mysteriously sealed into a perfectly proportioned frame. Every spot is designed so the endless ocean vistas lull the senses. A perfectly proportioned window is set in a rammed earth wall for a quiet, serene bathing experience. Like a cliffside cave on the sea coast, the master bedroom is bathed in the light of a sun bounced off the endless ocean. A door leads directly from the bedroom to the beach below.
  • Design Dilemma: No more lamenting laminates!

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Contemporary Kitchen by Cincinnati Kitchen & Bath Designers Formica Group Laminate has come a long, long way from the cheesy material we associate with cheap 1960s kitchens. The laminate of yesteryear would crack easily, harbor dirt and grime at joints, and was pretty limited in terms of style and color. Well, times have changed, and today, you can find laminates for every look and every budget. Plastic laminate countertops are actually a wafer-thin finish adhered to a plywood or particleboard substrate. The thin finish is a high-pressure laminate (HPL) made of three layers of material…
  • A Renaissance Piazza – Contemporary Portuguese Minimalism

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Even tough - in my part of the world - spring has kicked in, a super cool blanket is always a yes! Just came across Norwegian brand Røros Tweed and love the diversity of prints and colors on their plaids.. working together with different Scandinavian designers like Anderssen & Voll (also designers for Muuto) makes this happen. Røros Tweed has been around since 1940 and their designs are made of wool from Norwegian sheep.. pure, environmental-friendly and just plain gorgeous! Have a great easter monday! x Christine - House of C   .. Røros Tweed..stockist..catalogue
  • Some things we are thankful for this week

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    We have officially been tried and tested! We found Pauline of Petite Passport wandering on our side of the world and can't thank her enough for the beautiful post she wrote about the Bloesem space in Tiong Bahru, Singapore. The last look wall mirror.. Hey there Claire! Thank you Fellow Fellow for helping us spread the word about Bloesem classes!  These wall mounted candle holders.. What's on? Bloesem class is on Honeycombers that's what. Thank you Honeycombers!  Easter is in the air! Chocolates, bunnies and DIYs are abound. We hear congratulations are in…
  • Mondays Off

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

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

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    So this little package with the most delicious chocolate is on it's way to the TimeOut Singapore head office - why? - because they gave us some really nice press coverage in their latest issue. I'm of course thrilled  and as a long time reader of 'TimeOut Anywhere' and understanding I think the kind of content they are after I feel it as a huge compliment they like our space too! To be honest ever since we moved into our space in Tiong Bahru we have been getting so many nice responses from people just visiting and obviously also for the press.  So thank you Singapore for…
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    2Modern Blog

  • Vivid New Layers from Axo Light (2Modern)
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Italian lighting company Axo Light has just launched an arresting new lamp series called Layers, the latest addition to the company’s Lightecture collection, models tailored specifically to complement both small-scale and large-scale residential and commercial projects. Comprised of 7 different ceiling and pendant designs, Layers features a range of geometric metal skeletons, sheathed in horizontal strips of exquisitely detailed, silken pleated fabric. Available in 10 monochromatic colorways and 2 multicolor variants, the Layers collection is the newest creation of Axo designer Vanessa…
  • Picnic Style: Multi Basket by Norm Architects (2Modern)
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    It may be a little early in the year for a picnic, but that may be beside the point when a picnic basket looks like this. Multi Basket, created by Denmark’s Norm Architects for Danish brand Menu, derives its name from its versatility as general carryall, as well as the additional containers it houses. A clear melding of pure Nordic and Japanese design sensibilities, Multi Basket’s bento box-like design consists of a handsome black outer shell with handle; two immaculately crafted, bamboo-lidded airtight boxes (for holding hot or cold food); and a charcoal grey felt insert for…
  • Switzerland’s Artful Public Toilets (2Modern)
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Lucky Uster, Switzerland. Thanks to Zurich architectural firm Gramazio & Kohler, its citizens get to enjoy public facilities that, far from being purely utilitarian eyesores, may well be mistaken for public art projects. Which, in a sense they are. Gramazio & Kohler set out to devise a highly flexible, easily constructed facade for the city’s public toiletsone that could be applicable to any cityand arrived at an artful solution involving decorative vertical panels compromised of folded aluminum strips. Easily adaptable to needed parameters, the facade’s relief surface of…
  • An Eames Classic, Remade With Needlepoint (2Modern)
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Calling it “a local tattoo applied onto a universal design,” Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón has conceived of a novel way to reinterpret a Mid-Century classic: via the Victorian art of needlepoint. The designer sought a way to transform a globally recognized object into a local, hand-crafted item, and settled upon the Eames Aluminum Chair, manufactured by Vitra, as his object of reinterpretation. Recognizing that the chair’s mesh fabric lent itself beautifully to “a non aggressive and reversible intervention,” Alvara placed the chair in the hands of a…
  • Trending Lightly: Pastels Make a Stand (2Modern)
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Pastels may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but from Copenhagen to Milan, the gentle tones and pale hues previously reserved for baby nurseries and powder rooms have been making their own bold statements. Vivid colors and non-committal neutrals still abound, but designers’ recent inclusions of pale pinks and baby blues, creamy yellows and minty greens can’t be denied. And with spring in full bloom, what better time than now for considering the virtues of lightening up?At the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Jasper Morrison’s Rotary Tray for Vitra debuted in both dusty pink…
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    Landfair on Furniture

  • Two Firms in Oregon Win High Honors

    Michael Landfair
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected winners of the 2014 COTE Top Ten Awards.Two firms in Oregon made the top ten. They are:Bud Clark CommonsLocation: Portland, Oregon Architect: Holst ArchitectureEdith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building ModernizationLocation: Portland, OregonArchitects: SERA Architects in association with Cutler Anderson Architects
  • Two Great Questions To Ask

    Michael Landfair
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I was checking out Renovating NYC and came across this re-post from Raina Cox, an Interior Designer based in Colorado titled "Is your client really ready? 5 questions you need to ask." I've lots of reasons for hiring an interior designer and questions clients should ask. I've even written some myself. This article asks some new questions of a prospective client.“Do you have a realistic budget?” That's a natural!“Are you prepared for the disruption in your life?”“Are you comfortable with how long this will take?” “What do you think this project will do for you?” - Isn't…
  • A Crystal Pool Table. Oh My!

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

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

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

  • The Easter Cross of Flowers

    Things That Inspire
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    My church (Peachtree Road United Methodist) has a wonderful Easter tradition, the Easter Cross of Flowers. Everyone is invited to bring flowers and branches to transform a cross on the front lawn into a beautiful symbol of the Resurrection.  I wrote about it a few years ago, and ever since then I receive about a dozen emails each year asking about this tradition and how exactly the cross is
  • Architectural design: Stairs over the door

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

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

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

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
      If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love Houston interior designers  - they are the ones who inspired me all those years ago and still do today.  They are ones who make me feel so insecure, but at the same time, give me the confidence to design.   They are the ones who introduced me to English Country House design and then led me back toward French design.  Somewhere along the way we added Belgian Luxe and Swedish into the mix.  You know their names – they know their names.  I’m sure they are sick of me constantly…
  • Ideas From A Talented Interior Designer

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

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

  • Kitchen Banquette Sofas

    Jane F
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sofas are moving into the kitchen to make dining spaces more informal and comfortable. Don’t you agree that a couch in the banquette style is an especially logical choice for flexible seating at a dining table? It’s a change from all-kitchen kitchens. A banquette sofa is distinguished from a built-in banquette by the presence of legs and the lack of arms. A sofa without arms makes it easy to slide in without having to move the table. Three kitchens in different parts of the world illustrate the versatility of the style and it’s suitability for kitchens, whether the table is used…
  • Letting the TV Hang Out

    Jane F
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    For a long time we’ve shown strategies for hiding TVs. So it feels like the moment to switch that up. With the TV expanded to mural size, designers have accepted it as a necessary element of decor as well as a focal point on the wall. More and more that’s what I’m seeing and it seems like the most modern approach. With many of us living informally, rooms tend to be multipurpose so it’s often difficult to determine whether the TV is in the living room or in a media room — and why should it even matter? One young designer, Ukranian Sergey Makhno, puts huge TVs in every…
  • Exterior Geometry

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

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

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

  • Fab Freebie: Art Show

    John Petersik
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve been so thankful to have a few fantastic artists loan or donate their work to help fill the many blank walls in our Homearama Showhouse to benefit Habitat For Humanity. And we wanted to pay some of that forward to a lucky reader (from anywhere in the world!) so they can fill up some walls in their own home. First up is $250 to Help Ink, whose graphic posters, notecards, notebooks, and wood-mounted prints not only send a little inspirational boost your way, they also send $1 for every $5 spent on their site to a charity of your choosing. We also have Richmond-based painter Lindsay…
  • Listy VonListerstein

    Sherry Petersik
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    I’m not going to lie. These days this is pretty much all I want to do (add Burger, Clara, and John in there and I’m even more mooney-eyed and kissy-faced). But to everyone who requested an updated Listy post, I finally got ‘er done. We last shared our to-do list in November, so this check-in is well overdue – and I figured it could make us feel somewhat accomplished just to look at all the stuff we’ve crossed off since then. Picture me making Zoro-esque slicing sound effects with every slash (Teddy thought it was hilarious). These posts were born when people…
  • Sealing The Deal

    John Petersik
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Thanks for all the kind words on Teddy’s arrival last week. We’re home now and settling into life as parents to a newborn again (anyone have tips for getting one to sleep between the hours of 10pm and 4am?), so we’ll definitely be on a lighter schedule, but one project that we rushed to check off the to-do list around 48 hours before Teddy was born was finally sealing our kitchen’s recently Ardexed counters. We’ve shared a few other “how to seal” tutorials (like this one about de-hazing & sealing tile, this one about sealing grout, and this one…
  • He’s here!

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

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    HS Residence is a modern home located in Flanders, Belgium. It was designed by CUBYC architects in 2013. HS Residence by CUBYC architects: “The house is built on a rectangular plot on in the outskirts of Bruges. The existing bungalow from the 60s was demolished because it did not longer meet the current comfort en energy requirements. As the existing bungalow of the sixties did not longer meet the current.. More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Writer’s Shed by Weston Surman & Deane Architecture

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:46 am
    Writer’s Shed is a project completed by Weston Surman & Deane Architecture. It consists of a writing space for an author and illustrator based in London, England. Writer’s Shed by Weston Surman & Deane Architecture: “Weston Surman & Deane Architecture were commissioned by an author and illustrator to design and build a studio space in Hackney, East London. The design sought to satisfy the client’s need for a functional workspace,.. More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Garage Of The Bears by Openbox Architects

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    Thai architectural firm Openbox Architects has designed the Garage Of The Bears. Completed in 2013, this 2,476 square foot unique garage space was designed to house the owner’s interesting collections and to include a living room space and wine cellar. It is located in Bangkok, Thailand. Garage Of The Bears by Openbox Architects: “One of our regular clients, a young entrepreneur called us about a project on a small piece.. More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • e + m 53 by estudoquarto_studiostanza

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    e + m 53 is a project completed by estudoquarto_studiostanza. It is located in Brescia, Italy. Photos by: Marcio Tolotti More… Go to Source (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
  • Top 10 Face Products

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hello Makeup Geeks! Today I am going to share with you my top 10 favorite skin care products. For anyone who follows me, you know how important my skin care routine is to me. I have extremely sensitive skin and now that I am in my 30′s I’ve decided to age as gracefully as possible. :-)  I’ve tested so many skin care items, some good, and others not so much. So here’s what I’ve found to be the top 10 skin care products! 1.  NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex – The NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex is made to improve the overall moisture in your skin, as it…
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    The Finishing Touch

  • 10 Most Hideous Windows on the Planet

    Abigail Sawyer
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    We’ve seen some rough “before” photos in our day, but these ugly windows take the cake. All images via Ugly House Photos. 1. OCD Vertical Blinds If someone doesn’t fix that one slat we might go crazy. 2. Shine On You’d think curtains would keep you from being blinded by the light. 3. Let’s Meet in the Middle This artful swoop is the perfect distraction from filthy, nasty walls. 4. Always Invest in a Good Curtain Rod High quality drapes just won’t look right with cheap hardware. And snakes hung on the wall are always a good choice. 5. Foiled Again…
  • Save Your Summer with Coolaroo Outdoor Shades

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

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

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

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

  • My Style Session with Lauren Messiah

    The Office Stylist
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    I recently had another style session/fitting with my good friend Lauren Messiah, who also happens to be a super talented (and fabulous!) personal stylist. Every year around this time, she gives my wardrobe and look an overhaul and a much needed update. This time, she captures and shares the process over on her blog but... View full post > Related posts: Life at Work with Fashion Stylist, Lauren Messiah Editor’s Note: Do you Care What you Look Like at Work? Victoria Beckham’s Office Style
  • High-Low Workspace— Get the look of this dark, Mid-Century workspace

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

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

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

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

  • Our Highpoint Market Video!

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Bridget Beari goes to High point 2014 from Bridget Beari Designs on Vimeo.
  • Meet the One and Only.... Bridget Beari!

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Come to Palette this Friday the 25th from 1-5 and meet me, Bridget Beari! We will be discussing paint and debuting the new wallpaper collection. Drinks, snacks, raffles, and giveaways all afternoon so stop by. If you need help with paint colors, I'll be there to guide you in your selection of Bridget Beari Colors! 200 colors to choose from in the line! Don't forget to watch us on Channel 6 at 8:30 Wednesday 23rd morning on Virginia Living Today with Rhome Magazine. We will be talking about paint rules and tips! Happy Painting.......
  • Day 2 Highpoint Furniture Market

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

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
              Here they are …. Bridget Beari Papers!                               Roux                              Keebet                              Loki                              Wah Wah                   …
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    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    A multimillion dollar fixer upper apartment of sorts. Located at arguably the best corner of real estate in the country - Central Park South and 5th Avenue - is a unique opportunity to combine two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Two small apartments in Sweden for sale...two very different use of stripes in their very small kitchens. I like a small kitchen with a feature wall.  If done right, can certainly add a nice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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    The Pop - A bold geometric print blue little chair and the bird print create a noteworthy sitting area! (above) Photographer Kelly Stuart co founder of the popular website The Glow has a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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

  • Spring Break

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

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

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

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

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

  • Custom Closet – How Much Does it Cost

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiration in White: Industrial Lighting

    Trudy Crane
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I was looking for a new light for my bedroom and I came across a great store with the most incredible industrial lighting. Really large vintage lamps that you would find in an old barn or warehouse. As I was looking through Pinterest tonight I saw the same kind of lighting in many kitchens and dining rooms. I just love the look and the impact of these large lights, usually in pairs, in stainless, grey and of course black. They give a great edge to any kitchen or dining room and work with many styles but are really perfect in a modern look....and off the subject of lights...what about that…
  • Modern Bungalow

    Trudy Crane
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    This is one gorgeous bungalow from Rue Magazine! Love the shot of purple and green in the living room and the mix of wood and white. The clapboard walls against that amazing wood floor are simply beautiful....but the outdoor patio and pool are the best! Oh I can not wait to get outside and into our pool! So dreaming of warmer weather! Have a great weekend!  Photography: Heather Wilson Architects Linking with Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, Common Ground Do Enjoy! Trudy xx via: Rue Magazine  Photography: Heather…
  • Country Retreat

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

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

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

  • Beautiful Design hallway and corridor

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

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

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

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

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

    franki durbin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    The body sits, the mind wanders. Mine is taking a stroll through the French Riviera today...
  • Crema...

    franki durbin
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We had guests in over town over Easter weekend. Seeing Texas through their eyes was amazing. We live within just three or four miles of longhorn steer, buffalo and horses. Not on farmland, mind you, but on the grounds of corporate headquarters nearby. It's just one of the fascinating aspects of life in Dallas. Livestock aside, what they loved even more was our array of kitchen accoutrements. We don't just like coffee… we love it. While my husband prepared them buttered coffee in the morning, I delighted them with cappuccino and espresso during the day. The thrill, of course, is seeing…
  • Whisper...

    franki durbin
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    What I love about spring dressing is the feeling of weightlessness. Easy looks that seem to pull themselves together. Softly hued pieces with breezy fit and a carefree vibe. A touch of blush, a hint of color. Clothing that whispers your arrival in hushed tones. It's time. Time to tuck away the winter staples and peel away the layers. Spring is all about fuss-free outfits that exude an air of ease and sophistication. GET THE LOOK Turn on your JavaScript to view content
  • Fresh...

    franki durbin
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ahhhhh... Saturday morning. How I've longed for these next two days. Do what it takes to create joy in your life and the lives of others this weekend. You deserve to be happy and excited about life! {.}
  • Spotless...

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

  • Black and White Décor Brought Together By Bits Of Yellow

    Simona Ganea
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    At the heart of any décor are the same simple elements and colors which, when combined, result in unique and spectacular designs. Black and white and the two most basic and simple colors but this doesn’t mean that they can’t create a stunning and interesting décor. It’s exactly what this apartment in Poland shows us, designed by Kasia Orwat. This apartment has a very limited color palette. Black and white take the center stage but the occasional yellow and green details take it over the top. But even though the contrasts are strong, pure white and black elements are quite…
  • Cobalt Blue & Why Home Decor Loves It

    Brittney Smart
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Cobalt blue. It’s that mysteriously energizing shade between indigo and royal blue that is everywhere these days. What is it about this color that makes it work so well in various styles and spaces? Its versatility makes cobalt as at home in luxe, sophisticated spaces as in kids’ rooms; in large whole-room doses or a tiny punch of color on a shelf. Let’s check out how cobalt blue effectively and stylistically impacts home décor in a variety of ways. A cobalt blue tufted sofa looks right at home in an edgy, contemporary living room. It simultaneously brightens up and enhances the brick…
  • DIY Typographic Pillows

    Anne Pilon
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Pillow cases are generally pretty boring. That’s fine sometimes, but if you’re looking to add a little bit of graphic interest to your bedding, adding some type to your pillow cases can be a great option. Here’s an easy tutorial to help you easily customize your cases with the words and designs of your choice. DIY typographic pillows supplies: cotton pillow cases printer printer paper cotton fabric scissors iron-on adhesive iron Step 1: Create a design The first step in this project is to come up with a word or phrase to include on your pillows. The ones pictured in this…
  • How To Creatively Use Chalkboard Paint Around The House

    Simona Ganea
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Blackboards or chalkboard walls are very versatile and can be used functionally but also for decorative purposes. You can integrate them in every room of the house even take them outdoors. Use them for writing messages on, notes, recipes, grocery lists, draw something beautiful on them or let the kids doodle and have fun with them. Wherever you decide to have such a feature, there are numerous different ways in which to use it and we have compiled a list of examples and ideas for you to take a look at. At the entryway. A framed blackboard can make a lovely decoration for your home’s…
  • Nature-Inspired Beauty – How To Use River Stones In DIY Projects

    Simona Ganea
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    River stones are so versatile and there are so many beautiful things you can do with them, from decorations to garden landscaping. What makes these stones so beautiful is the fact that they’re smooth and shaped by the water. Also, they have the perfect dimensions for a variety of lovely projects. For example: Succulent Planter. Make a beautiful succulent planter and bring spring into your home, even if the plants aren’t real. You’ll need faux succulent plants, a flower pot or bowl, paint and river stones. Have fun with the project but remember that simplicity is often more…
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    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression

  • Watercolor Home Interiors

    Jon Peters
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression It seems to me as though each year around springtime, the year’s top emerging trends really tend to become apparent. If you think about it, most people really were disappointed when Emerald Green was unveiled by Pantone as 2013’s Color of the Year, as was Radiant Orchid in 2014, yet it’s funny to me how things come full circle and people being to latch on and learn to love what’s new and becoming in style. One major trend that I’ve noticed that has been popping up everywhere, especially this spring, is watercolor-inspired home décor. This cool color…
  • Modern Cabin Homes

    Jon Peters
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression Some of my fondest memories thus far have been the times that I’ve spent in the mountains of North Carolina.  As much as I love to socialize and be in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of being in town, I definitely love to unplug and get away from everything from time to time with a couple of friends and my dogs.  Cabins are great because they’re quaint and cozy.  I’d prefer a low-key, rustic cabin to an uptight or pretentious mountain country club chalet any day.  I love a cabin with character, but I’ve definitely seen my share of overly…
  • Highlights at Bernhardt

    Jon Peters
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Interior Design Blogs| Mpression We’re all still pouring over all of the new introductions being made available from the top furniture manufacturers in America that were unveiled to the interior design world earlier this month at High Point Market. A favorite showroom of my boss and Studio M principal designer Michelle Jennings Wiebe was Bernhardt, and after seeing their showroom in person I can totally see why! To begin with, Bernhardt’s showroom was absolutely stunning!  After having seen many furniture showrooms in High Point that marketed themselves to the masses, following trends…
  • Easter Tablescapes

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

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

  • An Artists Retreat In Bolinas California

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    I was watching a expose on a community in California called Bolinas.When I googled images for Bolinas California up popped this artists retreat.I was wow'd out by the interiors so I have posted the home in Bolinas.I found out who the designer was and it was a mother daughter team from Truckee Nevada.Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe?I have. My Dad had 2 restaurants on the Lake.It is amazing there....the area truly is kissed by G-d.Well, Truckee Nevada is right outside of Tahoe....on the way to Reno.Truckee is the town where this mother daughter team have their design…
  • Late Snow In Maine

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    It seems as though summer will never come.We have had temps in the 20's all week.The Mainer's assure me that this has been a horrible winter and that it is a rare one as well.In March I was really wondering if I could tolerate these Maine winters.But alas......the memory of summer,and the hope of a Maine summer keeps me going.Yes.Summer in Maine is that magical.I love every day of it.ArcadiaThe lilacs will soon arrive.The deep green will arrive.And my favorite summer flower.....the poppy will come too!!! Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her Blog of her Adventures in Design, Boca Raton…
  • You Never Get A Second Chance To Make A First Impression -The Nomad Hotel

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

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

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

  • Easter Decor Treasury

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

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

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

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

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

  • April Showers Bring May Flowers …And Hot VIP Properties for Sale

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Curious to know where Toronto’s best VIP properties are hiding? Do you want to get first access to these opportunities before the throng of other homebuyers and investors? We can help. If you’re like most people who are trying to either buy or invest in a home this spring, you’ll have to be ready to jump on great opportunities when you see them. TheRedPin experts have knowledge and access to some of the hottest homes on sale that will go fast, if you don’t act fast. There’s no time like the present to invest in a home, especially when we’re offering you insider’s access. Here…
  • Oggi Boutique Townhomes in Pictures

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
     Oggi Boutique Townhomes 5289 Highway 7, Vaughan | Duca Developments  Register Now! Oggi Towns will consist of about 180 stacked condo townhomes at Highway 7 and Kipling. Prices will start at $240,000 which is very competitive for new builds in the area. The townhomes are close to shops such as Longos, Costco, IKEA, Canadian Tire etc. and you’d be about 35 minutes away from downtown Toronto. Check out the video and some of the renderings and register today to get priority access to Oggi Boutique Townhomes:           View Larger Map Project details: Development…
  • 6 Tips to Set Your Home Apart From its Competition and Sell Quickly

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

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

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

  • The Temple, charming little zen stool, recycled wine barrel staves of solid French white oak by StilNovoDesign

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    89.99 USDOur little Temple stool is entirely made of recycled oak wood from French wine barrels.Although it was conceived as a footstool for classical guitar players, it has been often used by our customers as a child's stool, plant stand, meditation stool, side mini-table, or to cleverly place it under the feet when seated at the computer for an extended period of time, in order to guarantee better posture and support.We find that it can easily be integrated in any room of the house as a distinctive and versatile piece of home decor.The top and the sides are stained with the red wine…
  • Cervantes wine barrel Chandelier recycled oak staves and hoop pendant light, ceiling lamp by StilNovoDesign

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    845.00 USDOur stunning Cervantes chandelier is made with reclaimed oak wine barrel’s staves and metal hoop, all recycled from discarded French barrels, reinvented into this elegant and unique pendant ceiling light. Cervantes’ 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 to the silhouette, but still show the original groove of each barrel’s plank. The metal hoop is painted with a satin…
  • Ace, collapsible folding stool or end, side table, recycled oak wine barrel by StilNovoDesign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Florence von Pelet
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    BlogTour is always treated to fabulous showroom visits, product sneak peeks, dinners, luncheons and more from sponsors. However, sponsor Miele USA utterly spoiled BlogTour NYC with an engaging photography class and Q&A with professional team House of Brinson,a sneak peek at new products and a sensational dinner crafted by rising chef Cedric Vongerichten and his team. Miele USA invited BlogTour NYC to their modern showroom in the A & D Building in New York City along with guest speakers William Brinson and wife Susan Brinson of House of Brinson. Photographer William Brinson and art…
  • Twitter Chat – Best of Eurocucina, Salone Del Mobile and BlogTour Milano

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

    Florence von Pelet
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    BlogTour NYC was an exciting escapade of design, with an added inside view on floral design and photography. First time sponsor Prizer Hoods continued the zeal for design with their latest collections, customized options and fabulous color and finishes. We were thrilled to meet with designer and host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover, Kim Lewis as she shared her design inspiration for all new Prizer hoods brimming with vibrance, color and character. Architectural designer Kim Lewis invited bloggers into her creative process and vision of her Prizer Hoods booth design. Kim Lewis delivered an…
  • BlogTour Milano – This one may cause travel envy

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

  • Poppi and Vik’s Extreme Home Makeover

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

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

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

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

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

    Nina Holst
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    There is a new exciting event coming up in Bergen this fall, and I want to highlight it here on my blog, so you don´t miss out on this important event! Bergen Design Story wants to become the leading meeting place for Interior Design by gathering participants and engaging contributors for an exciting day with various Design Talks. They are welcoming designers, stylists, photographers, architects, manufacturers, trend researchers, editors, creators, advertisers and bloggers and anyone else who is interested in interior design. This year´s  theme will be ” The honest rom” and…
  • The best things in life are free

    Nina Holst
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    One of the things I like about spring and summer is that I can pick flowers outside. It´s not only a blissful thing to do, but I save a lot of money too. These are my latest catch – pure happiness in a vase! Images: Nina Holst  
  • Copper copper copper

    Nina Holst
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    It´s only one day left of Easter and I hope you all have enjoyed the holiday. I certainly have, as we have had incredibly nice weather – it´s almost like summer has arrived! Anyway, it´s time to reveal the winner of the fabulous copper Kubus bowl from By Lassen… The  lucky winner is Karina from Austria. Congratulations! I´ll send you an email so I can get your address. Thank you to everybody for participating. I have a new giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned!Enjoy the rest of the day.   Images: Nina Holst  
  • Easter table setting

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

    Nina Holst
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 am
    This year´s Easter eggs are up, and as you can see I went for copper and “blue-green” eggs this year. The copper eggs I bought at Verket Interiør a few weeks back, but the other ones are painted with acrylic paint by me. I tried to paint a dip dye effect, but it was actually more difficult than I thought it would be… Anyway this is how they ended up. Have you painted any eggs this year? If you need inspiration, you will find a lot of Easter ideas on under the category Easter. Images: Nina Holst
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  • Beautiful Garden in Tuscany by del Buono Gazerwitz landscape architects
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    London-based del Buono Gazerwitz landscape architects, an established, busy practice, founded in 2000, has been working on some most prestigious gardens and estates throughout Europe and Britain, the United States and the Caribbean. The practice participated in several competitions and were shortlisted in 2001 by English Heritage for their ‘Contemporary Heritage Gardens’ Competition and in [...]
  • Cozy Apartment with mezzanine in Sweden
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Located on the top of a building in the center of Gothenburg, Sweden, this small apartment (36 sq m) features some delicious details as an open floor plan, a mezzanine with skylights and enough space for a bed and a desk and a lot of storage space. Pin It Pin It Pin It [...]
  • Stunning exotic vacation home with Moroccan decor in Italy
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    London-based fashion designer Liza Bruce and husband Nicholas Alvis Vega found a neglected concrete bungalow located on the balmy Adriatic coast in the region of Puglia, Italy, about 15 years ago. The major restorations followed and now it’s a tranquil beach house for the couple who also owns homes in Morocco, India and London. [...]
  • Villa Wienberg in Denmark
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    This villa was created by the Danish firm Wienberg Architects, they reconstructed an old 1940s cottage and created a modern and cozy family home with timber-lined walls and polished concrete floors. The house was awarded the City of Aarhus Architecture Prize in 2008. Pin It Pin It Pin It [...]
  • Beautiful Romantic Home in the Costa del Sol, Andalusia
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    One of the most beautiful homes in the Costa del Sol is filled with South radiant light and features a living room with arched glass doors and decorated with transparent gauzy curtains and French antique replicas, a dining room with crystal chandelier, several bedrooms, attic master bedroom with sitting area, a kitchen with the views [...]
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  • Two Chic Apartments with Adaptable Home Style

    HD Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    These two modern apartments, designed by Home Designing readers Chih Wei & Vicky, from Taiwan, feature crisp furniture selections, deluxe marbled bathrooms, and streamlined entertainment walls that would look great in all different kinds of home styles and sizes. The first living room we come to is decorated in subtle shades of gray, a gentle yet modern neutral that would be a sympathetic décor choice for a home built in any period. This particular example is a contemporary scheme with crisp L shaped sofa design, low-line coffee table and an entertainment wall that offers a recess for a…
  • Home by the Sea

    HD Staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Perched on the cliff top peninsula between Milford and Castor Bay, on the North island of New Zealand, is the stylish Casa Del Mar, ‘The Home by the Sea’. With 180 degrees of stunning views, this modern home has a positively enviable location that resides in utter peace, away from the hubbub of the busy city that decorates part of the panorama. Within the grounds of the house itself, which was designed by architect Richard Priest, a gorgeous infinity pool is surrounded by extensive sun patios, and bridged by an elegant glass walled stairwell that joins the two sides of the…
  • Space Saving Beds & Bedrooms

    HD Staff
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    There are several different approaches in creating an ingenious space saving bed for a home of modest proportions. The most straight-forward designs involve clever positioning of the bed, creating a slumber spot in a space that you would not normally consider using for this purpose–or otherwise. One example of simple space repurposing would be to utilize the unused area under a staircase, like this cozy double bed set up. The custom made platform bed fits snugly into the under-stair alcove, and the design also incorporates under-bed and over-bed storage that runs straight into the side of…
  • Hilltop Home in Bel Air

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

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

    Rehana Akter
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Entry #3410, April 23, 2014 We all love Mother’s Day to show how much we care for her and how much we love her for what she has been doing for you throughout your life. Giving your mother a homemade gift is probably the best way to display that love. A sweet and easy kid’s craft for Mother’s Day can be making a coaster and serving her coffee on it in the Mother’s Day morning. Your Mom or Grandma will surely love the thought put into this sweet gift. Kids’ Mother’s Day Craft: Homemade Ceramic Tile Coasters Mother’s Day kid’s craft – tile coasters Image…
  • Spring DIY: How to Add Decorative Fringe to Upholstery

    Rehana Akter
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Spring is the time to refurbish your home so that the interiors can also catch the joyous spirit permeating the nature outside. A few quick but transformative spring DIY projects will be enough for your home to make it ready for the rest of the season.   Spring DIY: How to Add Decorative Fringe to Upholstery Adding decorative fringe to a chair is easy Image via: Trims are slowly shaking off their traditional reputation and making their way into the modern interior schemes. You can give the upholstery pieces of your home a new look with just a few yards of fringe and a…
  • How to Perfectly Home Stage Your Kids’ Room

    Joy M
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Entry #3407, April 21, 2014 Home staging goes beyond cleaning and decorating. It’s about creating certain moods. It makes your house look brighter, warmer, and bigger and makes homebuyers want to buy it. When looking to sell your home, stage every room and not just the main ones. Even your child’s bedroom has to be in tiptop shape. If you are limited for ideas, here’s how to do it. How to Perfectly Home Stage Your Kids’ Room Clutter free kid’s room Image via: BHG Decluttering your Kids’ Room If you haven’t rented a storage unit yet, it is time to. Pack up your…
  • Easy Appetizer: No-Knead Beer Bread with Cheesy Dip

    Tara Mastroeni
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    If you need an appetizer that is super simple but looks like a million bucks, look no further than homemade bread and dip. Contrary to popular belief, even beginner cooks have the skills to bake bread from scratch and most recipes use basic ingredients. In particular, this beer bread offers savory rustic flavors that pair well with the creamy cheese dip. Your guests will be raving about this appetizer and only you will know how easy it was.  Easy Appetizer: No-Knead Beer Bread with Cheesy Dip No Knead Beer Bread Recipe Image Via: HalfBaked Prep Time: 14 hours Active Time: 1 hour…
  • Fresh Spring Dessert: Fruit and Buttermilk Tart Recipe

    Anchal Bhatia
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Entry #3406, April 21, 2014 When it’s time to entertain, individual tarts can lend a little bit of wow factor without being too much fuss. If you are hosting a luncheon this spring or summer, try this buttermilk tart recipe to make impressive desserts. With fresh fruit topping, this spring dessert is simply irresistible. Fresh Spring Dessert: Fruit and Buttermilk Tart Fresh fruit tart dessert Image via: Dough Messtic Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes Yields: 8 servings Ingredients 2/3 cup sugar 1 and half cups buttermilk ¼ cup all purpose flour 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste 1…
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  • A Warm Welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cauliflower Leek Fritters With Butter Lettuce

    amanda Gates
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    A few weeks ago David and I were watching Shark Tank and two gentlemen came on pitching their new company, Plated. The idea is that all of the ingredients are shipped to your house and all you have to do is cook it. You can choose an individual meal or sign-up for a monthly membership. Last… Read more The post Cauliflower Leek Fritters With Butter Lettuce appeared first on Gates Interior Design.
  • Fabulously not so single – How to master your bedroom for love

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

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

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

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

    Kristie Barnett
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently decided I needed to make a few changes in my office.  I can’t say this is anything unusual for me, especially because I am organizationally-impaired.  My office and my prop room are the two most difficult areas of my home to keep looking sharp, because they both require constant reorganization.  wire tiered basket […]
  • A Little Southern Hospitality

    Kristie Barnett
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    I shared design trends and paint colors from HGTV’s Smart Home 2014 that I toured a few weeks ago, and today I am sharing the dinner party I hosted for the southern bloggers who came to Nashville for the exclusive blogger tour. To say, “I hosted the dinner” makes me sound a bit more generous […]
  • Exciting Updates and Progressing Projects

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! Tomorrow’s the big day! Housing Works’ Design on a Dime is finally here. I’m so excited! All of my hard work and donations from my incredibly generous vendors have come... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday’s Trends: Burl Wood

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! Design always creates wonderful opportunities to celebrate what may be perceived as imperfections. Burl wood, one of my favorite trends right now, does just that. This abnormal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOAD Vendor Spotlight: A. Rudin

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello Fabulistas! A. Rudin! I know I’ll always find the perfect piece from this showroom, whether it’s upholstery, casegoods, art, or accessories, this is one of my absolute favorite companies. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Kravet Fabrics, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils

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

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

    Ann Porter
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    Fenix NTM ‘Nanotech Matt’ surface recently debuted in many trendsetting kitchen and furniture manufacturers displays at Salone del Mobile in Milan. Fenix NTM is a thermo-laminate with unique properties, produced in Italy by Arpa Industriale with the aid of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the branch of applied science that involves controlling materials, at an infinitesimal level: from 1 – 100 millionths of a millimetre. This type of process has only been available for a few decades, but it is already transforming the world we live in, even the furniture sector. The core structure…
  • Happy Easter

    Ann Porter, CKD
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Kitchen Studio of Naples would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Easter decorated with peace, love, joys of spring, and this season’s blessings. Filed under: Misc. Tagged: Happy Easter
  • Kinetic Lighting Control and All White Bulbs for Philips Hue

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

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

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

  • Happy Earth Day!

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    The earth provides us with everything we need. From the air we breathe, the water we drink to the food we eat and the land we reside on. Earth has given us all of herself and deserves to be treated with respect and care. It is not everyday we do the absolute best we can to lessen our carbon footprint, but for one day, today, let’s pay homage to our beautiful planet. Happy Earth Day!
  • Have a Happy & Healthy Easter Weekend!

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

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

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

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

    Kelly Anderson
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Happy Earth Day everyone. I hope we can all find a few moments today to decide to do something now, and throughout the year, to steward this beautiful planet we live on. Whether it's plugging electronics into power bars and switching them off when not in use, growing plants and vegetables on our balconies and yards, or helping to clean up our neighborhoods and trails, let's take some time to get outdoors, breath the fresh air, and do our part. Enjoy the week! 
  • simple Easter table

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

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

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

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

  • Happy #EarthDay!

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s all about our Earth today! For those of you who may not know, #EarthDay is primarily about educating all of those around the world about keeping the Earth a beautiful and clean place for all of us to live, breathe and enjoy. For many of us, we were taught all throughout school about keeping our environment clean and safe. Now we celebrate #EarthDay by spending time in nature and taking in all of the Earth’s beauty. If you have any time to spare today, take a walk outside, go for a hike, ride your bike through the woods or a beautiful park. It’s a gorgeous day, take…
  • Did You Know?

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Did you know in Ancient Egypt they had color therapy rooms to help treat emotional and physical ailments? Today, you can also use color to create a certain sensation and evoke a particular feeling in a room. Let us know the color and we’ll give you an answer!
  • An Elegant Pop of Pink

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

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

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

  • Style Guide: Casual Modern Dining

    Cymax Stores
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The popularity of the open concept home demands a dining area that looks great from all angles.     Eurostyle Tosca Dining Table in White   Eurostyle has designed this wonderfully simple dining table that plays with geometric design. The dual-rectangle base is both modern and yet casually refined. Complement this casual look with the right dining chairs. Eurostyle’s Carmine chair in gray is a great option. The chrome lends itself to the modern side, yet the parsons chair style is quite casual.     Eurostyle Carmine Side Chair in Gray   Continue this play on…
  • Style Guide: Modern White Living Room

    Cymax Stores
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    White is a versatile color and a popular choice for the contemporary home. Give your living room a makeover with this cool white modern room design – perfect for the townhome or penthouse apartment.     Eurostyle Erik Sofa Bed in White/Stainless Steel   Eurostyle’s Erik sofa bed is a great place to start. The stainless steel blends quite beautifully with white upholstery. If you have the room, go for a pair of sofas or try one Erik sofa with a pair of lounge chairs.     Eurostyle Pietro Lounge Chair in White Leather   A pair of these lounge chairs by…
  • Style Guide: Kids Outdoor Play Area

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

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

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

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

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

    Florence von Pelet
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    BlogTour is always treated to fabulous showroom visits, product sneak peeks, dinners, luncheons and more from sponsors. However, sponsor Miele USA utterly spoiled BlogTour NYC with an engaging photography class and Q&A with professional team House of Brinson,a sneak peek at new products and a sensational dinner crafted by rising chef Cedric Vongerichten and his team. Miele USA invited BlogTour NYC to their modern showroom in the A & D Building in New York City along with guest speakers William Brinson and wife Susan Brinson of House of Brinson. Photographer William Brinson and art…
  • Twitter Chat – Best of Eurocucina, Salone Del Mobile and BlogTour Milano

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

    Florence von Pelet
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    BlogTour NYC was an exciting escapade of design, with an added inside view on floral design and photography. First time sponsor Prizer Hoods continued the zeal for design with their latest collections, customized options and fabulous color and finishes. We were thrilled to meet with designer and host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover, Kim Lewis as she shared her design inspiration for all new Prizer hoods brimming with vibrance, color and character. Architectural designer Kim Lewis invited bloggers into her creative process and vision of her Prizer Hoods booth design. Kim Lewis delivered an…
  • BlogTour Milano – This one may cause travel envy

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’ve always said you’re either a white wall person or you’re not. And in general, there isn’t much overlap between the two. At my last house, I met a neighbor once who started telling me about how much work he had to do to his house when he moved in, like painting all the walls because Can you believe every wall was white?! He hadn’t been in my house yet so he didn’t know that I had all the walls painted white when we bought it. It never occurred to him that some people actually prefer white walls and I know that a lot of people feel the same way- that…
  • Goodbye, Gray Kitchen + A Possible (Temporary) Lighting Option

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

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

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

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

  • Wallpaper Tips and Tricks

    Linnore Gonzales
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wallpaper has taken on a new life in the recent years offering decorators selections of textured surfaces that can boldly transform a room by means in which flat paint simply doesn’t compare. Effects are virtually limitless with the use of conventional paper and vinyl as well as wall coverings of metallics, fabrics, cork and grass cloth. If you are looking to change the look of your space adding dimension in just a few hours and without radical alterations such as new furniture investments, take a look at our 5 tips and tricks to selecting and using wallpaper. 1. Embrace Prints Geometric…
  • 5 Organizing Tips That Will Have You Breathing a Sigh of Spring Relief

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

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

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

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

  • Moving into Modern: The Nursery

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

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

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

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

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

    Holly La Porte
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
      We’re spreading the light on the links that inspired us for Earth Day this year.  Tell us, what inspires you to #spreadthelight this Earth Day?!? “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it
  • Product Update

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

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

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

    5 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sometimes opposites really do attract. That is certainly the case when it comes to mixing a fresh and refined style with the comfort of rustic details. Traditional Dining Room by Greenville Interior Designers & Decorators Linda McDougald Design | Postcard
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  • Curious Mid Century Home in The Berkeley Hills

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oprah On A Beautiful Aubusson Rug From Nazmiyal Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oana Singa
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Veranda; Puglia, Italy. Interior by Liza Bruce Photo via Elle Decor magazineAn unpretentious and relaxed space where the mix of textures (rattan cushions, metal table, textile in the floor covering), and mix of whimsical and simple patterns (dots on the cushions and folk pattern on the rug) brings interest and energy.***
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    Architects In Bangalore | Interior Designers In Bangalore » Blog | Leading Architects Bangalore

  • Customizable Modern Duplex Houses – Good Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • DIY Jellyfish Lamps

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Jellyfish have roamed the seas for over 500 million years and they almost have an out of this word quality to them. Their mysterious translucency and glow is captured in these jellyfish lamps! These are two kinds of DIY jellyfish lamps. One made with white plastic bowls, the other made with paper lanterns. And how perfect are jellyfish lamps for a summer party! Beautiful! The basic
  • Lush Living with Tropical Living Room Decor

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If your dream getaway is a tropical island, why wait? Create the essence of it in your home. These tropical living rooms feel like a permanent vacation, and make it easy to relax. The rooms are filled with lush greens and tropical colors, grass textures, bamboo and other warm materials. A fun cozy tropical living room with a palm leaf theme by Kemble Interiors. A great tropical vibe is
  • Coastal & Nautical Melamine Plates & Dinnerware for Outdoor Entertaining

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

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

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since I'm vegan, if I paint anything for Easter, it's faux eggs or shells. And I found some shells that capture the spirit of Easter beautifully! But first let's look at some gorgeous and creative coastal and nautical Easter eggs! These are colored Easter eggs with small coastal and nautical stickers on them that I spotted on Skipper Bags Facebook Page. Then at Pleasure in Simple Things I
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  • How to avoid going overboard with your interior's design

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve been a bit guilty of this myself, so I sympathize with others who have a tendency to take things a little too far.And by “too far” I mean: going too far in one direction, with budget and/or style, with a single space in your home, all the while kind of forgetting all that needs to be done in other areas of the house.My husband accused me of this when I ripped out my upstairs bathroom.And, well, he was probably right.However, I have an excuse:I do this. I do interior design all day and sometimes at night too. I dream design all the time and I will allow myself a few transgressions,…
  • Mom's 70s Gold Chair Is Staying Alive w/a Reupholstered Modern Look

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    before after One thing that telegraphs an old style in a piece of furniture most is: scale.You can really tell something is old if it’s small. Or has small details. Or small patterns. Chairs and sofas sat lower to the ground and had flatter styled cushions with smaller skirts and more fussy details. Then, of course, they also had those arm covers that never stayed in place. :-/I guess people were smaller 30-100 years ago, so why wouldn’t their furniture be too?Today, we like large, overstuffed, comfy seating with large, graphic patterns and simple details. Things are less busy and, well,…
  • #DESIGNREFRESH: Design Links You'll Love!

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

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

    DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    You remember what they used to look like... Something your mother had done by her “decorator”. OR maybe in the 80s or 90s you did something similar in jewel tones or gold? Jumbo welts, Dupioni silk, tapestry toppers with tassels, big voluminous skirts with puddling, and possibly some bullion fringe?  Perhaps something she copied out of an old magazine? Skirted tables have a much leaner look these days and I love it.Tape trim is in. I love tape trim, and we try to use it as much as we can. It adds just the right amount of detailing without being too fussy. It takes on a more…
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  • Round Up Post – November 2013

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interior Decor Trends to Watch Out for in 2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ready to update a room in your house? We’re noticing some recurring 2014 decor trends and thought we’d share them with you. From splashes of turquoise to brass and gold finishes, there are trends for every taste. Contemporary Family Room by Richmond Interior Designers & Decorators The Spotted Frog Designs via Houzz Turquoise accents. Earlier in the year, we commented on how to use pastels in a modern home design. Now, we’re seeing turquoise accents in particular as they make an appearance on walls, cabinets, and other furnishings and accessories. Merging outdoor and…
  • Spring Citrus Colors: How to Make Orange and Yellow Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lynne Knowlton
    21 Feb 2014 | 6:56 am
        Things had been going pretty swell so far on the bloggy, wouldn’t you agree?  We laugh. We do fun stuff.  We hang out.  It’s like we just get each other.  I like it.  You are all that, and … Read More!
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  • modern vibes in the work of a brooklyn furniture designer

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Only in his early 30s, cabinetmaker and Brooklyn furniture designer Asher Israelow is already making waves in the world of original contemporary furniture.  Focusing on small batches, this eco friendly craftsman uses only ethically and locally sourced materials to create … Continue reading → This post modern vibes in the work of a brooklyn furniture designer first appeared on richard rabel: interiors + art
  • hotel inspired decor: the Vieques W in Puerto Rico

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

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Do you live in a tiny apartment? You’re looking for more space, but have no ideas? When it comes to living in a tiny house we have to get creative. Here are some awesome ideas where to put a bed in a tiny space! 1.Bed With Metal Frame Great way to open up a small place – hang your bed from a ceiling! Just imagine how much space this bed can save if you have no bedroom to put your bed in. It hangs from the ceiling, so it frees up a lot of space on the floor for other things. Like this extremely small television. Source 2. The Living Cube This is not just a simple bed! It’s a…
  • 13 Amazing Beds fit for A King/Queen

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Bed is definitely everyone’s favorite place in the apartment. It’s the place where we rest, sleep, dream… It has to be comfortable and cozy, and everything else is just a bonus. Here comes 13 amazing beds that are definitely made for a king! 1. The Bird’s Nest Bed Listen to this! The Bird’s Nest Bed can accommodate up to 16 people at once! Can you believe that? Perfect bed for a pajama party! The bed is fashioned in three different sizes, all currently available by request. Source 2. Amazing Dream Bed I bet a lot of people would trade anything for just a night in…
  • Having a small apartment – you don’t have to hold back on stylish furniture

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    With the price of housing set to rise again this year, many of us are facing downsizing to smaller apartments. Although this may not be appealing to everyone, the advantages of choosing a smaller home are great. You will save on rent or mortgage payments, you will save on your monthly energy bills, ultimately giving you more money to spend on furnishings. Furnishings bring about their own issues in small spaces; it can be confusing to figure out how to get the most from your space. Don’t worry there are many clever and surprising things you can do to keep your space clutter free. Look for…
  • 9 Awesome Frames for Your Flatscreen TV

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    If you want to impress your guests, then you should think about a custom TV frame. It looks good, interesting and creative. There are so many possibilities you can choose from. Here are just some of them! Get inspired! 1. Barn Wood and Hardware Frame This amazing tv frame is completely hand-built! It’s made from reclaimed wood and barn-door hardware and it would look awesome around your flat TV. You have to admit that it’s really powerful! Source 2. Artsy TV Frame Your flat screen TV can also be an artwork! Forget the other framed artwork and simply frame your flatscreen.
  • 8 Alternative Ways to Organize Clothing

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    If you are looking for some new and cool ways to storage your clothing, then you don’t have to look more. Here are some interesting and unique ideas that will definitely tickle your mind! 1. Bike Clothes Hanger A bike doesn’t have to be a disturbing element in your flat but rather a modern urban interior decoration hanging from your wall! Here is a great way to repurpose your old bike. Use it as a clothes hanger! It looks interesting and you can bet that everyone will be amazed by your creativity! Source 2. Industrial Garment Rack Cart This industrial garment rack cart is…
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  • Ball O’Tissue tissue dispenser | Joel and Nancy Aronie | Aronie Galleries, United States of America | 1979, 2010 | UPDATE

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    This is an update to my post of December 10, 2012, the Ball O’Tissue tissue dispenser.  Here is an original orange dispenser with weight, instructions, and original box. ball o’tissue is the new award-winning designer dispenser that enhances every room in the home or office.  It’s not only practical but it’s fun for adults and children alike.  The perfectly weighted sphere with a roly-poly action always stays right side up and dispenses one tissue at a time.
  • Programma Vastill planter | Gianni Celada | Vastill, Italy | 1970s | UPDATE

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Here is an update to my post of June 8, 2009.  It is the Programma planter by Gianni Celada for Vastill in black.  The earlier post is for the planter in yellow.  This is an uncommonly encountered item.  eBay item 171192891807, Buy It Now €150 (Italy).
  • Astrolite Products salt and pepper shaker | Ritts Co., L.A. | Various designers | ca. 1970s

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Astrolite Products by Ritts Co. is well known for their designs in acrylic (Lucite).  Click for a brief history of Ritts Company and Astrolite Products.  Here is a kitchen and dining product, a salt and pepper shaker that tips one way for salt, the other for pepper. The shaker measures 6” tall by 2-1/2” across at the bottom.  eBay item 151234838038 Buy It Now or Best Offer (United States).  
  • Lucite nut cracker | Madrid, Spain

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

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

  • No Drilling Required!

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I am a Designer, not a GC and not a handyman!  While my husband is very handy and can do almost anything around our home, many of our clients are not, so when I came across this fabulous new company called No Drilling Required, I was intriguedThey offer bath accessories that require absolutely no drilling into your bathroom tile!  This is revolutionary! Purchasing bath accessories that you can remove and replace without damaging the tile underneath is absolutely incredible!!  They offer a multitude of bathroom fixtures including towel rings, towel bars, magnify mirrors, hand shower bars…
  • Iridescence in Design

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love both iridescent and ombre textures and patterns.  They are all the rage this season both on the runway and in our interiors.  You can use iridescence in a small way for a bit of pop or employ this tactic it in a big way for impact! Throw pillows are a great place to start because if you happen to get tired of it in your design scheme you just replace the pillow with a different one!  Check out the pop of iridescence below in the vignette designed by The Belmont Group. Iridescent Pillow in Design by Belmont Design Group Shimmery iridescent tiles are available in a variety of…
  • DIFFA’s Dining By Design 2014

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

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

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

  • It’s Cocktail Time Over at Huffington Post

    Courtney Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Easter weekend has officially launched brunch and outdoor entertaining season!  Come join me over at Huffington Post today to get my top five cocktail recommendations to serve your guests. It’s time to take the party outside – in style!  Invite your friends, share the cocktail recipes, come join me over at Huffington Post~ CheersRelated posts: Come See Me over at Huffington Post Design Bloggers Conference Highlights in Huffington Post Home Champagne Cocktail
  • Decorate Fearlessly

    Courtney Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    Remember all those "rules" of interior design? Dispose of them ASAP. Get a copy of Susanna Salk's Decorate Fearlessly and create your dream home:Related posts: Interiors Now D&AD2013 – The Nobel Prizes for Creative Industries Game Changers- The Evolution of Advertising
  • NOMAD- Convenient Charging on the Go

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

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

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

  • Choose a Tricky and Neutral Wall Color for Your Room – The Taupe

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Look through a recent home catalogue and you will find Taupe. Take some time to check out the latest fashions in home decor, and you find Taupe again. The brownish grey color is the darling of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Practical Outdoor Dining Furniture Ideas

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

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

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Dining tables and chairs are an integral part of your kitchen and yet play an important role when it comes to enhancing the overall look of the kitchen. A relaxing dinner is not only in the culinary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Interior Design Ideas, Home Designs, Bedroom, Living Room Designs

  • Georgian House With An Unusual Richness and Intensity of Colour

    Melina Divani
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    For those of us who cannot help but fall head over heels for a traditional, large Georgian house with lavish Victorian-styled interior, there is nothing that could possibly improve the state of this house designed by SHH. If you’ve ever imagined if a room can instantly prompt a track of classical music to begin playing in your head, the rooms of this home affirm this—extravagant, antique furniture populate the spaces, while generous amounts of gold in window frames and even curtains ensure nothing short of spectacular brilliance. Undoubtedly, this home is not for the faint-hearted:…
  • Modern Minimalism At Its Finest

    Melina Divani
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    For the modern fellow who enjoys a minimalist lifestyle while appreciating modern sleekness, this is an utter dream house. Complete with wooden floors, cozy nooks and a beautiful kitchen, this place is best suited for those who can only find elegance in simplicity. On the first floor, we find a stunningly beautiful kitchen, one bedroom (another can be found upstairs), dining area, bathroom, and even a secluded office space. Red wooden flooring keeps the space looking relaxed and clean, while the abundant use of lights and white allow for sharp angles and edges such as those of the kitchen…
  • Stunning Modern Designed Home

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

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

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

  • Add inspiring Art ideas to your Living Room

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    When attending to international fairs (isaloni, Maison et Objet Paris, IMM, ICFF…) or even reading an interior decoration/lifestyle magazine, your mind starts some kind of snapshot, to achieve an idea to make your living room, one space that inhales inspiration and minimalist concept. So, you’re thinking… “Can i have useful art ideas for my living room?“ Today BRABBU will give you ideas in how your living room plan can be permanently changed , adding some inspiring trend that can for sure stand out and do its job, as durable living room trend. You’re about…
  • 8 ideas in how to create an Easter Home decoration 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Decorative Accessories: Pretty Pillows

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top Summer Internship Opportunities for Designers 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    So one of my friends asked me about internship opportunities this summer for designers as it is just right time to look for spending summer being paid and doing what you really dream after graduating. Internships are great way of getting hired as employers have better understanding of your skills. Keep coming each week for latest internship opportunities. So here goes the list:   1. Open Lab Istanbul Graduate Intern – Graphics Design Intel – Turkey-Turkey, Istanbul Job Description: This is for an intern position for the `Open Lab Istanbul` inside Intel Turkey. We are looking for…
  • Top 5 Gadgets for Designers

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Today I am going to talk about top 5 gadgets for designer, which can really help you in your design process one way or another. It may not be necessary for you to buy them but get inspiration to develop something similar or better realize what alternatives are available to make things better and easy for you. Thanks to thegadgetflow for compiling wonderful list of gadgets. 1. Amazon Dash Amazon Dash is your own personal shopping assistant who takes notes and never forgets anything. You just pick up the dash like a microphone and speak into it, or scan the item you want to buy. Dash can…
  • Upcoming Design Competitions 2014

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

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

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

  • Four Optical Illusions to Make a Small Kitchen Seem Bigger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Spotlighting - Blog for
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every bride is different and what might be considered the perfect gift for one girl might be returned by another. How to find the perfect gift for the blushing bride-to-be in your life comes down to one thing: her personality. Here are ideas to get you inspired. Bellacor Number: 820548 The “always think before you jump” friend or relative You know the type. The one person who never does anything spontaneous and always has a plan. She’s practical, but that’s why you love her. The best gift for a practical bride is something she needs. If she doesn’t have a registry, don’t be afraid…
  • You Don’t have to be a Professional Interior Designer..

    Spotlighting - Blog for
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever gotten into the mind of a designer and learned about their creative process? Although I am not a formally educated interior designer, I believe we are all designers in our own right. To quote myself, “Style is about reflecting your personality in a way in which your home – your environment rises up to greet you.” Recently, I was invited to provide my opinion as a guest for Terry’s blinds.  What a privilege to be offered to share my perspective with! As I was preparing the content for the post, I reviewed some of the other guests posts that were listed…
  • 5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo credit: Infra Milk Wallpaper isn’t just for the walls anymore. Check out these unique ways for using wallpaper and see which ideas work in your own home! Ceilings Who says your ceiling has to be painted white? Go for an unconventional look by sticking a bold sheet of wallpaper on the ceiling instead. To keep the look from overwhelming your space, use solid colors for the walls. Photo credit: Etsy Furniture Use wallpaper to dress up your furniture! You can cover a bedside table or bookshelf with your favorite design or use wallpaper to create an interesting tabletop. If you have a…
  • 3 tips for dealing with small closet space

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

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

  • What To Avoid In Your Home Décor For 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2014 KW Home & Garden Show

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

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

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

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

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

  • Things to Avoid in Creating a Kitchen Design You’ll Love for Years

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Today’s trends can soon be tomorrow’s faux pas, so doing your homework when it comes to making the right design choices in your kitchen remodel is critical to creating a timeless, classic look. The last thing you want is to spend your money on improvements that will be considered yesterday’s news and outdated within a year or two. Here are some of the top trending tips to avoid, thus ensuring that your remodel will look beautiful and contemporary for years to come: • Colorful Appliances – Opt for stainless steel appliances. The latest trend with appliance manufacturers is to sell…
  • Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for a Spring Makeover

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

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

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

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

  • Why We Love Rocking Chairs?

    Vidya Sudarsan
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I think we can all agree on this - a rocking motion immediately comforts our mind and body. A few moments on a rocking chair are both pleasing and rejuvenating. To a mother, singing a lullaby on a rocking chair is a cherished memory that can never be erased. Similarly, to the elderly, rocking is the most relaxing passing time. These feel so different from recliners and sofa's.. one has to experience the sensation - I bet we have all somewhere!I couldn't resist sharing historical photographs of rocking chairs on porches. In the modern era, these have taken various shapes, colors and textures…
  • Wednesday Linky 27 Blogs Party!

    Vidya Sudarsan
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tweet #wakeupwednesdaylinky                Welcome to the 13th week of  Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 27 Blogs  -  1 Party&  GiveawayWe are so excited to have you all party with us.Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.Last week we had  333 awesome linkups!    Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time! The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs! Your…
  • $200 Paypal Group Giveaway

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

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

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

  • Tony’s Hotpot Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

  • Getting ZaZoo’d with David and Jodie

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

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

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

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The American Art Gallery, Art On Symmes, opened it’s 3,000 square foot facility in 2002. They have been providing the  Cincinnati Tri-State area with high quality, eclectic artwork ever since. With over 400 American and Fair Trade Artists represented in the store, they continue to bring in the best selection of handmade gifts and home decor in the area. Their customers are primarily woman who want something that’s different and artistic and range in age from 30-65. It’s an indoor art fair everyday! Contact them at, or you can follow them…
  • Links We Love 04.11.14

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Easter Planning Tile Trends 2014 Top Pinned Images of the Month
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    Blog with Interior Designer News and Furniture News

  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    William Shakespeare is 450 years of age today and if you’re looking to celebrate the birthday of one who has achieved literary immortality, you might consider these options:   1. Observe a fancy-dress parade and a horse-drawn cake in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon. Later, enjoy celebratory fireworks in the town, with Shakespeare’s famous visage lighting up the night sky in tribute to the Bard’s work and influence.  2. Watch a Shakespeare production! The Globe Theatre’s outdoor season commences today, with a production of Hamlet…
  • Milan Design Week 2014 | In Pictures

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

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

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

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

  • Exquisite Minimalist Dining Room Ideas For The Posh Modern Home

    Sherry Nothingam
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    With the advent of the open floor plans, the traditional dining room has taken a bit of a backseat in most modern homes. No longer do we have one separate room for dining purpose and often the experience is clubbed with the living room or the kitchen, to make it far more convenient and fun. But with this change in design approach also comes a necessity to shape the dining space as an extension of the living area itself. From style to color scheme, modern dining rooms borrow heavily from the spaces that surround them. by splyce design While designing a minimalist living room is a challenge in…
  • Multifunctional Dock Lamp Blends Sustainability With Warm Wooden Tones

    Sherry Nothingam
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Having trouble finding your keys, wallet and smartphone just as you are getting ready to leave for work? If you are like some of us lazy folk, then you will eventually find yourself either searching for a few minutes before you get a handle on those keys or will come back to get the mobile that you just forgot! Versatile, stylish and ergonomic, TimberHarmony will put an end to all your hassles. This cool lamp dock is all about bringing together those simple organizational needs of all your basic stuff and it does so with dazzling elegance! TimberHarmony seems like a perfect fit for the urban…
  • 10 DIY Wall Art Projects For The Outdoors

    Kate Simmons
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have you been spending time outdoors this spring? I’ve been doing my share of gardening and lounging in the beautiful weather. In fact, the more time I spend outside, the more I realize just how much my yard could benefit from some strategic DIY projects. Earlier this month, I shared some little improvements I completed to start getting my outdoor space ready for spring. And then on Monday, I wrote about DIY projects created with cinder blocks–researching the post inspired me to create my own cinder block bench for the front patio (I’ll share the details soon). Now that my…
  • Modern Italian Kitchen Designs: Pedini at Eurocucina 2014

    Sherry Nothingam
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Milan International Furniture Fair is indeed one-of-a-kind and the experience can be well and truly overwhelming, for those who hit these stands for the very first time. Eurocucina 2014 is one amazing, little corner of this grand gala that is dedicated to the celebration of kitchen design and it has thrown up some of the most astounding creations we have encountered at the Milan Fair. Topping this list is the gorgeous array of ‘vintage – modern’ kitchens from Pedini that steal the show with their sophisticated design and warm, inviting ambiance. The Arts & Crafts Series of…
  • Luxury Bedding Concept Celebrated at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost [Review]

    Ada Teicu
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    Bringing Parisian romance and hospitality to each of their locations, Sofitel Hotels compose a harmonious travel map across the globe. I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost this April and take part in celebrating Clementine Pautrot, the winner of Sofitel and Wallpaper* international MyBed™ design competition. How MyBed™ turned into My Dream Trip On April 4th 2014, I boarded the plane to Munich to see the young French designer’s perspective on the MyBed™ universe. Even if the plane was called back for half an hour due to “technical difficulties” –…
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    Decor Girl

  • A BLANCO SteelArt Sink: When Quality Matters In The Kitchen

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Quality stainless steel matters in the kitchen which makes a Blanco SteelArt® sink a superior choice. Read More
  • Dekton: A New Surface Material To Rock Your World

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Get to know the revolutionary new surface material for your home. Dekton is a new interior/exterior surface for countertops, flooring, cladding & more. Read More
  • Classic Cars Sport Springtime Colors

    Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl)
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Vintage and classic cars burst with color and personality. In honor of spring here are a number of classic cars, Bugattis, Ferrari and more in spring colors. Read More
  • What Is In and Out for Kitchen & Bath Trends

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

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

  • 10 Tips For A Great Mother's Day

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 11th and while we were trying to come up with some ideas on how you can have a great Mother's Day, we stumbled across this quick 80 second video that will give you some ideas and a chuckle!
  • DIY Valentine's Day Gifts to Melt Her Heart

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Low on budget? Don't want to be like every other bozo this Valentine's Day with a box of chocolates and roses? Then make your own gifts this Valentine's Day! Save some money and win her over with these simple DIY gift ideas that anyone can do. Continue reading →
  • 5 Pieces of Furniture You've Never Heard Of, But Wish You Had

    23 Jan 2014 | 4:11 pm
    When people see multifunction furniture for the first time, it's always a surprise.The stuff you can find out there at the moment is truly amazing, design and technology have come a long way. Most multifunctional pieces are space saving, so they're perfect for smaller spaces like dorms and apartments. We've hand selected 5 of the most interesting pieces we think everyone is going to want. The Ottoman Bed BoConcept's Xtra Footstool Who would've thought you can turn an Ottoman into a full sized single bed? The simple design hides it's multifunction capability very well. Perfect for friends or…
  • 8 Ways to Style Your Home

    4 Dec 2013 | 7:33 pm
    Can you tell the difference between a contemporary styled room to a modern living room? It's quite difficult if you're not familiar with the different ways you can style your home. We're a little spoilt here in the 21st century because we've got all these different options when it comes to style and decorating. We'll run through 15 styles that will inspire you to transform your living space.   Contemporary via Continue reading →
  • 3 Fun & Easy Ideas For You this Christmas

    27 Nov 2013 | 4:36 pm
    There's only 3 more weeks until Christmas holidays and it can be a hectic time for all. So we searched the web for some fun yet easy ideas that you can do at home to make it extra special this year. 1. Rein-beer To start off you'll need rootbeer (or any beer really, the darker the bottle the better) and wrap brown pipe cleaners around the tops of the bottles. Twist smaller pieces around to make antlers. Then hot glue on googly eyes and red pom poms on. Too easy! This makes for a great gift for the men in the house. Continue reading →
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    The Sofa & Chair Company Blog | Interior Design Ideas

  • Presenting Da Vinci Week

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

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

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

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

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

  • 45 Luxury Foyer Designs that Creates a Grand Entrance

    HS Editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Welcome to our extensive gallery of luxury home foyers.  This is our second gallery on foyers… given our first gallery (see our first foyer gallery here) was such a big hit, we decided to do a second gallery. It’s not easy deciding how much space to designate for a foyer.  On the hand, the space isn’t very function like a kitchen or living room.  On the other hand, the front entrance of your home is the first impression your home offers to visitors. Of course if you have a $10 million dollar design or custom build budget, you can pretty much create a cathedral… but…
  • 126 Luxury Dining Rooms (Formal, Informal, Big & Cozy)

    HS Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Welcome to our massive dining rooms interior design gallery featuring dining room designs of all types – from large to cozy to bright to dark and everything in between. Whether your dining room is in a large open concept home or you have a distinct formal dining room space, in my opinion one of the most important features is chair selection. Dinners can last for hours which means you and your guests are seated in one place for hours so comfort is key. While large, cushioned chairs (I like arms as well) do take up more space, they make for a much better dining experience. Other…
  • 126 Luxury Dining Rooms (Part 2)

    HS Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Welcome to Part 2 of our luxury dining rooms gallery.  Click here to return to part 1. Example of a dining room with parquet flooring, white walls and white ceiling. 1990′s designed dining room with red walls, wood flooring, wood and glass dining table and pink dining chairs. Contemporary home with bright dining room in off-white color scheme. Dining furniture is wood and the light interior design continued with light wood flooring. Large dining room that seats 22 people with white and black floor. Dining room in upscale home. Room is in a semi-circular shape with oval tray ceiling.
  • 58 Custom Luxury Master Bedroom Designs

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

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

  • Clever tips #17 - Iron board holder

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

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

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

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

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

  • Smart Consumer Guide to Natural Kitchen Countertops

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

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

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

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

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

  • DIY Lemon and Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Have you started using Coconut Oil yet? If not you have to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon. It’s so good for your body, inside and out.  I keep one near my kitchen sink to banish stinky hands from chopping onions or garlic and I keep a stash to give as gifts to my family {Read More...}
  • Vintage Find Friday: The Old Lucketts Store

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    I have had the best week. We are just heading home from Spring Break. No tropical beaches for us this year. Instead we did a trip to see my sister and nieces in Washington D.C. We spent a lot of this week just hanging out. I’m sure we could have killed ourselves trying to get {Read More...}
  • Be. You. Tiful Link Party #16

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    San Cayetano Residence is a home designed by DesignBuild Collaborative. Located in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, it covers an area of 2,300 square feet. San Cayetano Residence by DesignBuild Collaborative: “The surrounding landscape for the residence can be characterized by undulating bedrock formations with jutting, oxidized outcroppings. The site is remote and elevated above the desert below. It is a dry grassland with oaks, mesquites, seasonal wildflowers, and is..More...
  • Canal house by KEMPE&

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Canal House is a private residence designed by KEMPE&. Located in Haarlem, The Netherlands, the home was originally built a century ago, and was refurbished with a contemporary interior that is elegant and bright. Canal house by KEMPE&: “In the old city center of Haarlem (The Netherlands) lies this more than 100 year old canal house with picturesque courtyard which has a view of a 200 year old church tower...More...
  • 2LB House by Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    2LB House is a private residence located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was designed by Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes and completed in 2014. 2LB House by Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes: “The plot is located at the edge of a rural village, in a suburb of Geneva, quite close to the city center. A family with two children who loves Brazilian architecture wanted to build there a new house. The sloping site faces south..More...
  • Mosh House by Foong + Sormann

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Mosh House is a residential project completed by Foong + Sormann in 2011. Located in Elwood, Victoria, Australia, the interior is elegant and with glass walls that allow an abundant supply of natural light to flow through. Mosh House by Foong + Sormann: “The extension to the Mosh House is an assembly of simple forms designed to embrace the outdoors. The spirit that we wanted to instil was the fun..More...
  • Wilden Street House by Shaun Lockyer Architects

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Australian architectural firm Shaun Lockyer Architects has designed the Wilden Street House. Built in 2012, this modern, 4,166 square foot home in Paddington, Australia, boasts admirable craftsmanship. Wilden Street House by Shaun Lockyer Architects: “The Wilden Street house is a progressive and ambitious transformation of a derelict pre-war cottage on a gorgeous site in Paddington, Brisbane. Despite the steep landscape, the house nestles into the site offering complete privacy and..More...
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