I have a deep respect for tough and rugged materials used in home construction and décor, like Cor-Ten steel. Cor-Ten not only provides a durable—practically indestructible—element anywhere it’s used, it also takes on a vivid patina when exposed to the whims of nature., ensuring that no instance of its use is ever exactly the same.
Wicker has a long and consistently popular history. The woven fiber material, usually made of natural ingredients but now often plastic, was used as early as the ancient Egyptian times. It was found in a number of common objects, like baskets and chairs. The trend lasted through ancient Romae and all the way through the Victorian and Arts and Crafts movements. A fun fact: in the mid 1800s, it was considered to be more sanitary than upholstery. Today it remains a popular material for a number of household products and can add a wonderful patina to any room. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate wicker.
A Behind the Scenes Look at Architectural Digest's Greenroom During the Academy Awards
While millions of people watched Sunday’s Academy Awards from their TV’s, Caesarstone was fortunate enough to have a front row seat. Architectural Digest’s Greenroom at the Oscars, the sacred space backstage where “A” listers await their big entrance, was designed with Caesarstone surfaces.
I think we’ve all experienced it: the random, creative urge to do something with our décor that everyone else will think is insane. The idea to build a kitchen island out of Legos or some other stroke of genius happens, and the next thing you know, you’re sitting with a calculator trying to figure out just how many of the tiny plastic building blocks would it take… And all the while there’s a piece of you wondering if this is really a good idea or not. I say it’s all about showing off your individual style and staying true to yourself, so if Legos are your thing, why not? (Even though others may wonder if you’ve gone off the deep end.)
Paintings and prints are wonderful, but mirrors bring sparkle and shine, along with a sense of depth. I was rearranging the furniture in my home (as one does regularly, right?) and I realized that while I’ve collected several pieces of art that I love, I have very few mirrors. Thus, you are now the beneficiary of my long, window-shopping mirror hunt! Here are several favorites that I came across during my search.
The more I define my interior style, the more I realize that I tend to lean towards French design. There’s something so romantic and ethereal, yet historical about the French aesthetic. In a modern vernacular, the style continues to remain strong with its reverence towards the past and embrace of the present. The following interiors celebrate the distinctive French design and include some tips on how to recreate the look for your space.
As a designer, the biggest request that I get is to help when it comes to styling bookshelves. It can feel like a completely overwhelming task. Where should the books go? Can I display collectables? What about a color scheme? There are plenty of concerns that can arise from this type of project.
For the last year, my family has embarked on a kitchen and mud/laundry room adventure that has turned our house inside out and upside down. Both rooms were part of an addition we’d planned to add to our house ever since we purchased it. The planning, preparing, saving, and working has been both exhausting and exhilarating. We DIYed up to a point then sought help from designers, contractors, and other specialists along the way. The road has been long (although, the whirlwind process all took place in a mere 10 month!), but the result is the kitchen and mud (and laundry) room of our dreams! Here’s a tour of our spaces with all the information we used while planning out the areas.
Sometimes necessity truly is the mother of invention; like when you live in a place where space is at a premium and you have no choice but to maximize your use of what’s available. Other times, inspiration takes hold, leaving you with little in the way of resistance, so you give in to the impulse and take a creative leap to do something different with your home. Either way, if you need to — or simply in the mood for — make good use of the vertical space in your abode, some of these charming, little loft design ideas might come in handy.
There’s nothing more frightening—or exciting, depending on your reaction—than a large empty space with nothing in it. You can do anything and everything, but just where do you start? When I go into such a space, I immediately think about how I would separate each function and give it its own identity. Dividing up a large room is almost the first way to start. Yes, you can do this by building walls, but if you want something less permanent and more adaptable, I suggest beautiful but temporary wall dividers that can also act as décor. Here are some of my favorites options.