In their mind’s eye, the picture that your child just handed over is THE BEST thing they have ever created… along with the last ninety-seven pictures you already have stuck to your refrigerator. So that they can be proud and you can open the fridge without 13 papers flying off, today we are talking all about displaying children’s art. Displaying your child’s art does a lot to boost their creative drive. When they see something that they created on display it encourages them to create more.
Introducing Jillian Harris as our new guest on Ask an Expert
If Jillian Harris knows one thing about design, it’s how to create spaces that are bright, airy, and full of personality. The Vancouver based celebrity interior designer’s knack for transforming uninspired rooms into stunning spaces isn’t just limited to her projects on TV, à la Love It or List It Vancouver and Extreme Makeover Home Edition—Harris consistently delivers classic looks that are inviting conversation starters. Through her firm, Jillian Harris Design Inc., the tastemaker crafts spaces that are confident and polished, while remaining personable and stylish.
Dave Hime gives advice on how to balance masculine and feminine design influences
Dave Hime gives advice on how to incorporate masculine and industrial designs into your home. Learn how to balance different personalities in one space.
Though I am not a parent yet, I imagine a tough part of raising multiple kids is creating harmonious shared sleeping spaces. A well-designed space can certainly aid in achieving this harmony. If there are different genders involved, then the thought behind the design becomes even more important. Of course, you want both the boy and girl to express their natural selves, and to not stifle the other child. But how do we do that?! The following are some tips that I have for creating a harmonious unisex bedroom.
Let’s try a little experiment. If I say “mid-century modern lighting,” what’s the first thing you think of? Is it the sparkly and vivacious Sputnik lamp? Or is it one of the cerebral and understated Nelson bubble lamps? Maybe it’s neither and you’ve gone off to somewhere I haven’t thought of (if that’s the case, please leave a comment and let me know!). No matter what leapt to mind, you’ve just successfully figured out how to show your personality through lighting.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby exemplifies the age of the roaring 20s. Baz Lurhman’s recent film adaption takes Fitzgerald’s basic premise and tacks on modern-day visual elements that symbolize ideas from the story. For example, he transforms what should be an authentic art deco set into a more decadent version of the times by using globs of crystal chandeliers, piles of sweets that spill from the tables, and over the top costumes.
The transition from child to tween to full on teenager is a tough one. Fortunately, taking a child’s room design from something juvenile to something that is swoon worthy is not as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips to get you started.
If the spaces edited by San Francisco-based Grant K. Gibson Interior Design Inc. were a city, that city would be an unparalleled mix of South Beach cool, New England sophistication and NYC chic. The firm takes a fresh, whimsical approach to their superb designs, resulting in carefully curated spaces that are stylish, personable, and above all, livable. Take a closer look at some of our favorite designs by the Grant K. Gibson Interior Design Inc., where laidback elegance and customized eclecticism go tit for tat.
While researching this post, I quickly discovered that I’m not the only one who’s noticed the GOAT trend. GOAT, of course, is the popular acronym for Muhammad Ali’s moniker, “Greatest Of All Time.” It seems Ali is just as popular on the wall as in the ring – black and white portraits of the legendary boxer are popping up everywhere. You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to get on board with this strikingly sophisticated trend!
Collector. The word has connotations, doesn’t it? How do you know the difference between someone who is truly collecting things for a reason, or someone that is actually a hoarder? My answer: look at how the stuff is displayed and you can easily see the difference. But then, my philosophy is also that anything—and I do mean absolutely anything, from books to beads to blankets—can be collected. As I write this, I just have to look next to my monitor to see my own small desktop collection of antique wrenches. They’re each in an individual stand (not thrown in a pile on my desk), so it’s a proper collection. Let’s look at some other proper collections and see how they’re done.