Beam Me Up: Exposed Rafter Ceilings

Beam Me Up: Exposed Rafter Ceilings

Design and Image: Jeffrey Alan Marks, “Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home by Jeffrey Alan Marks”, Rizzoli New York, 2013 I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering if they put the wrong name on the author line of this post, aren’t you? How that little image of the person who wrote this could possibly  Continue Reading »

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Get the Look: Minnie Mortimer’s Library / Dining Room

Get the Look: Minnie Mortimer’s Library / Dining Room

Image: Vogue, Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank The room above in Minnie Mortimer’s home beautifully does double duty as a library and a dining room. The choice was practical (too many books, not enough storage), as well as aesthetic (a wall of books is beautiful!). You can get a similar look by lining your walls in  Continue Reading »

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Graffiti It: Graffiti as Wall Decoration

Graffiti It: Graffiti as Wall Decoration

Trends come and go; that’s why they’re called trends. Art is subjective—in the eye of the beholder, if you will—and that’s one of the great things about art: you’re either affected by something or you’re not. One person’s spray-painted abomination is another person’s perfect expression of self. So, when an artistic genre – like graffiti – becomes an interior design trend you can count on lines being drawn and people taking sides.

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8 Ways to Decorate with Garlands

8 Ways to Decorate with Garlands

No longer just for parties, garlands can add polish, sophistication, whimsy and fun to your home. But it’s all in the application! Some garlands read temporary while others may stay for the long haul, depending on the materials and purpose. Some of my favorite garland applications are a temporary floral piece on a doorway like the top image, or a more long-term garland like the ones below. Read on to see some beautiful and inspiring garland ideas for your home.

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How to Add Interest with Graphic Wallpaper

How to Add Interest with Graphic Wallpaper

Wallpaper is definitely one of those trends that has an ebb and flow. Lucky for us it’s on the up and up once again and there are countless looks and styles ready and waiting to add new interest to our homes. The thing is that today’s wall coverings aren’t your grandmother’s – in fact they’re not even last decade’s. They’re fresh, eclectic, and full of personal style that you can design an entire room around.

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How to Use Fashion as Art in the Bedroom

Using Fashion as Art in Your Home

Fashion and interior design go hand in hand. Both worlds overlap more than we know or think. As a designer, I am always looking to the fashion world for ideas on fabrics, colors and patterns. Color palettes are important, and there is no better way to view a color pattern than in a clothing ensemble. So if fashion is that important, why not use it as a form of décor?

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Trend Tracker: Mint Green Interior Accents

Trend Tracker: Mint Green Interior Accents

When I lived in Copenhagen, I fell in love with the minimalist, mid-century modern interior style, though it often felt a bit too colorless for me. I need tons of color in my life. A bit after I moved there I started to notice a fun trend that helped alleviate the lack of color: mint floors. These new mint floors still kept to the minimal aesthetic, while warming up the space and creating a refreshing palette. The color mint has been en vogue for a few years now but I’d gladly have it stay for a very long time. Here are some of my favorite interiors that use mint green as a focal point.

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Creative Ways to Use Decorative Bulbs

Creative Ways to Use Decorative Light Bulbs

Now and then I’ll see a photo on some site or other that shows something interior design related that I think is so AWESOME and I CAN’T WAIT to try it myself. Recently I saw a terrific kitchen renovation online that had lighting consisting of simple sockets hanging from black cords; what made them AMAZING was the decorative bulbs used with the plain fixtures. Those bulbs made all the difference in the world and I COULDN’T WAIT to give that a whirl in my own home. (Okay, I’ll stop with the yelling; you just need to know how exited I get some times about this stuff.) Problem was, I didn’t have any fixtures that would lend themselves to the extra cool factor of using decorative bulbs. So, as usual, I decided I wanted to post about it so that all of you could benefit from my excitement, even if I can’t.

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Back to School Projects to Make for the Home

6 Back to School Projects

Sadly, back to school time is approaching, which means… back to school shopping! Hooray! In addition to an updated wardrobe, back to school preparation should consist of anticipating your needs within your living space to best fit your academic necessities. This might consist of a special writing station or electronic dock to charge your electronics. There are a number of projects that you can make yourself to fulfill your organizing and studying needs. Here is a collection of some of my favorites, from the simplest of projects to the more complex.

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9 Graphic Prints for the Kitchen

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The kitchen is one of the least utilized spaces when it comes to wall decor, namely straight-up art! After spending time to make sure the furniture, the appliances, and the cabinets and counters are just so, spend a little more and think about how to make all of that free vertical space work for you. Hanging a few affordable art pieces can help you carry the mood you want that much further into the design of the space.

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