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Our Return to The Red Carpet | Oscars 2015

Post-Oscars Review

Our return to the red carpet. #oscars2015 #caesarstoneus

Another successful year at the Oscars – congratulations to all the nominees and especially the winners! Although we didn’t take home a tiny statue, we still felt like winners this year. Celebrities schmoozed at the Calacatta Nuvo bar in the Architectural Digest Greenroom, stars dressed in our favorite Caesarstone colors, and we took our Interior Design Style Quiz so many times that we received ALL the Oscar styles!

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Behind The Scene Of The 2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom

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An exclusive look with design firm Commune at the backstage area where A-listers will gather during the 2015 Oscars

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OSCARS SNEAK PEEK | USA TODAY & ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST SHARE GREENROOM DESIGN

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With just under 3 days until the 87th Academy Awards (ABC, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT), it’s no surprise that the buzz is building. Beyond guesses of who will win each category, USA Today and Architectural Digest give Oscar-lovers a sneak peek at the backstage oasis that is the 2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom.

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Our Return to The Red Carpet | Oscars 2015

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We love working with celebrities – they’re natural tastemakers, oozing with style and always choose the highest quality in design. That’s why we can’t wait for the 87th-annual Academy Awards on February 22nd!

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3 Plant Types To Green A Modern Home

3 Plant Types to Green a Modern Home #CaesarstoneUS

In interior design, plants tend to be one of the final touches added to a space—but definitely not the least important. As humans, we have an innate attraction to nature. So plants used thoughtfully in interior design can make us happy, more productive, less anxious, and more creative.

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9 Ways to Display Your Books

9 Ways to Display Your Books

Nothing gets my heart racing more than books on a bookshelf. There’s something so comforting, curious, and beautiful seeing hundreds of books waiting to be read. I like to display books front and center but there are a number of ways to store them to make them easy and accessible. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it.

Above, I love a gold old-fashioned book shelf. These were used in bookstores and libraries to display and hold books temporarily but I love the way they look. The angle of the shelf itself is gorgeous and architectural. This is great if you have plenty of table space.

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Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

No matter how fancy a kitchen is, I always like to see industrial lighting as a part of it. It gives such a solid foundation: hearty, serious, and functional. Though industrial lighting may seem heavy and bulky, it can be lightened up by paying attention to scale or changing the color. Here are some of my favorite ways to use industrial lighting in the kitchen.

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Linens For The Kitchen

Linens For The Kitchen

Each year as we roll into a new year and another January I pause to think and hope that the New Year will be simpler, both in life and in my home. That might mean different things to different people – a more organized schedule, fewer things, less obligations – in fact it means something different to me nearly every year. For 2015, it means going back to basics. Streamlining my wardrobe, choosing quality over quantity, and adding more natural things to my world.

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Bathroom Fireplaces

Bathroom Fireplaces

I used to dismiss things like having a fireplace in the bathroom as needless and frivolous—and then I lived for a year in a 100-year-old house with no central heating. Even here in the south, that was a tough winter. In addition, the only bathroom in the house had only a wonderful old cast iron footed tub—no shower—and on those cold mornings it was not fun bathing. I could have really used a fireplace in that bathroom. Ever since then, I’ve enjoyed seeing how people incorporate fireplaces into bathrooms.

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Chalet Time

Chalet Time

Winter has its pros and cons, don’t you agree? The weather is sometimes awful, the holiday season can be stressful, and then there’s all that food and the extra pounds it brings. On the other hand, it’s the time of year we get to reflect on the previous year and resolve to be or do or have something different in the New Year, the holiday season can be joyful, and then there’s the family chalet to escape to where you can ski off all those extra pounds.

Wait a minute. You mean you don’t have a family chalet to escape to? There’s not a snow-covered mountain cottage where you can enjoy a hot toddy by the fire after a day of skiing and perhaps escaping from other international spies… oh, sorry, I got my interior décor blogging mixed up with my action novel manuscript for a moment there.

Well it should come as no surprise that I don’t have a chalet either, but that won’t stop me from stealing great design ideas from this one I found in the French Alps.

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