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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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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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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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Come Fly With Me: Using Airport Seating at Home

Come Fly With Me: Using Airport Seating at Home

When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.

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Trend Tracker: Rose Gold

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The rose gold trend is everywhere at the moment and it’s no wonder; metallics are always a great way to add a little shine and interest to your home. The pink undertones of rose gold bring a dose of warmth to any room. It can also act as a neutral, allowing you to mix and match with whatever colors are already present. Because it’s so chic, rose gold can go with everything from traditional to modern aesthetics, and the great thing is that a little goes a long way.

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4 Fun Floor Lamps

Fun Floor Lamps

It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.

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Get the Look: Zoe Murphy’s Dining Room

Get the Look: Zoe Murphy's Dining Room

The dining room of Zoe Murphy is simple, comprised of just a few key pieces, and yet it has tremendous impact. The iconic Eames dowel chairs are instantly recognizable and lend a certain design cache, and they look fresh paired with a modern table and oversized green pendant lamp. White walls recede into the background, letting the furniture shine, and the palette is restrained with just the green for a real shot of color. To achieve a similar look in your own home, try incorporating the items below!

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Free Your Sink: In Praise of the Freestanding Bathroom Sink

Free Your Sink: In Praise of the Freestanding Bathroom Sink

There are some tried and true conventions of (mostly American) residential design and building that I sometimes wonder about. One of those is the real need for two sinks in a master bathroom—but I’m not at all certain I’m ready to take on all of the comments should I start that conversation. So I’ll go with taking a swipe at another tradition: the built-in sink. Does every bathroom really need a vanity in which to house the sink? I think not, and these examples show why.

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Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

We are all receiving constant impressions from our environments—it’s one of those things you’re not usually consciously aware of—but it is happening nonetheless. Because of this, good interior design will help support your daily existence in ways beyond providing a pleasing space—ways that might largely remain a mystery to you. Today I’d like to take a look at some of the benefits of including square shapes in your décor.

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