Inspiration

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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How to Incorporate Inspiration from Travel at Home

How to Incorporate Inspiration From Travel at Home

These days, there is a plethora of places to draw design inspiration from: décor magazines, websites, blogs, books, and the ever popular Pinterest. While I love spending my time scrolling or thumbing through styled images and DIYs I’d like to try, the most original inspiration has always come to me through travel.

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How to Incorporate Black into Your Kitchen

Well Done: Using Black in the Kitchen

The thought of using the color black in interior design tends to bring up a lot of questions and preconceived ideas. I’ve had people challenge me on the very idea of black being a color! And black is so often thought of as funereal, gothic, drab, and unwelcoming, that many simply discount it as being hard to live with. The thought of using the color black in kitchen design—in the room that is the heart of the home—is enough to make even the most adventurous people question my judgment. I want to dispel some of those preconceptions by taking a look at some very successful uses of black in the kitchen.

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Get the Look: Cassandra Karinsky’s Bedroom

Get the Look: Cassandra Karinsky's Bedroom

It seems we’re all in love with white walls these days, doesn’t it? Cassandra Karinsky’s bedroom, pictured above, features a neutral palette and white walls, but draws your attention with carefully chosen pieces and plenty of texture. If you’d like to pull off a similar look in your own home, try incorporating some of the items below.

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7 Inspiring Vanities

7 Inspiring Vanities

Sometimes I dream about how it would be to apply my makeup sitting down. Wouldn’t it be lovely?! Instead, I crouch over my sink in poor yellow lighting, hoping that I’m not missing the mark. A makeup vanity is something that lives only inside my dreams. Ideally, it’s a place to sit down and enjoy the process of getting ready. As I consider applying makeup an artistic endeavor, I will call the vanity an easel of sorts. Here are some vanities to inspire some daydreaming, and how to get the look for yourself.

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Underfoot: Using Pattern on the Floor

Underfoot: Using Pattern on the Floor

I always love it when I feel like I’ve just discovered something new. Of course, usually my latest discovery is only new to me and is old hat to many others. But that seldom matters in the long run since I’m still energized by whatever the finding is. Today I’m taking a look at using pattern on the floor—not something that in and of itself is new to me, but I’ve begun to view this as a kind of “secret sauce” of interior design, the extra something that can set a room apart.

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7 Minimal Rustic Interiors

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Though I live in the mountains, my style doesn’t necessarily reflect my environment. That said, I love a touch of rustic décor in a more minimal interior, which means loads of white with a touch of natural wood. That touch of rustic adds a sense of coziness and warmth to what could be a cold space. Here are some of my favorite minimal rustic interiors and how to achieve the look.

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In the Hood: Stylish Kitchen Vent Hoods

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Image: Jon Snyder for Dwell It’s the overused, under-praised kitchen appliance. It can be quietly beautiful or stand out like a sore—and very noisy—thumb. It helps you rid the kitchen of unwanted smells. In my house, it often is what keeps our dog sane, since without it, the smoke detectors might be going off with  Continue Reading »

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The Best Houseplants for Bathrooms

Bringing the Outside In: Plants in the Bathroom

I am all about bringing the outdoors in. It immediately adds a sense of nature and beauty. Sometimes a room can feel boring, and the moment you add a plant, it feels right and complete. Most people don’t think about adding plants to the bathroom. It’s a beautiful thing! Even just one plant, like in the bathroom seen above, can make a huge difference. And not mention it does bring a spa like feel to your bathroom.

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X Marks the Spot: Furniture with “X” Legs

X Marks the Spot: Furniture with “X” Legs

Have you ever had the experience of suddenly becoming aware of—and suddenly seeing a lot of examples of—something new or different, then wondering how you never noticed this “new” thing before? I think most of us have experienced this. It happened to me again recently after seeing an image of a piece of X-leg furniture. Of course, I’ve been aware of the X-leg for years, but that particular design feature had somehow faded into the background and I was not noticing it so much. Then, suddenly, there it was—seemingly everywhere! And I quickly decided that it’s one of my favorite elements, and that we should look at some examples together.

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