Remember the icky paneling everyone seemed to have in their homes in the 1960s and 1970s? Well, if you think paneling is still like that, take a look at some of these more current rooms featuring the modern version. Including everything from the look of a luxury chalet to the tailored minimalism that comes with combining wood and steel paneling, I think you’ll be inspired to re-think paneling as an option.
There are many ways to bring the outside in: using nature-inspired artwork and accessories; comfortable furniture and textiles; or even an abundance of plant life. But this vacation home, redesigned by Franco-Argentine Luis Laplace, provides a modern and minimalist approach to living with the outdoors. Set along the rocky coast of Ibiza, here are 6 ways this home ensures that nature remains front and center.
Although I don’t have children of my own yet, I’ve learned a lot about how to have a kid friendly home from designing for several couples who have young children. These jobs always have a different focus than my other projects: a design that keeps the house looking clean and stylish even though everything needs withstand being jumped on, spilt on and knocked over.
I love Mother’s day gifting. I think it’s because I usually think of something that I want and then just give it to my mother. I’m so thoughtful, right? Well, we’re lucky in that we have similar tastes. I decided to create a wish list of things that I would love for my home right now, but would fit much more nicely in the home of my mother for the big day.
In my recent post on unusual art, I included the above image of two bedrooms incorporating large-scale prints as art pieces. At the time, I knew I wanted to revisit these two rooms for a post about showing personality with headboards. Now’s the time to explore upping the wow factor in the bedroom by reviewing some headboard ideas—like using large art pieces as an extension of your everyday look to make something new.
Weave Some Magic
Konnichiwa friends. I am Mandi the Thrift Store ninja and I am here to teach you my thrifting ways. Thrifting can be a little intimidating if you are a newbie. I mean, there are a few facts that just cannot be overlooked. 1. Thrift stores smell weird. I don’t know why, but they always do. 2. You are buying someone else’s cast offs, crap they no longer want for lack of a better term. 3. There is just SO much stuff. How do you know what has potential and what is not awesome? This is what we are going to talk about today (because I cant really do anything about the smell.)
I like to make up new words to describe how I view certain types of interior décor, and I have one for just this situation: “glamasculine”. That’s what I call the great combination of glamorous and masculine in a space. I think of it as one of those tasty treats—like when you combine peanut butter and chocolate—and today I’m going to give you some of the tricks behind creating it yourself.
To me, there is something so soul-satisfying about topiaries. Maybe it’s the fact that they bring the beauty of the earth inside, even when it’s cold and snowing outside. I particularly love the shape of the traditional globe on the stick. After a bit of research, I found out that, in fact, topiaries are any perennial plant that is clipped from the foliage of trees, twigs, and shrubs to form a shape. Once upon a time, I worked at an interior design firm where the main designer designed a 12’ squirrel topiary. I thought he was nuts. In the most awesome of ways. And from that day on, I wanted a 12’ squirrel topiary. Here are my favorite ways to use topiaries as decorating devices:
I came up with a zillion funny ways to start this post. Want to hear a few? I’m not horsing around. This is a trend you can ride into the sunset. Saddle up trend-setters.
Let me start out by saying that I actually am afraid of horses. They are just so big, and well, big. But sometimes you find projects that keep you up at night out of inspiration instead of nightmarish fear.
While horses may not be the animal of the moment like birds were a couple of years ago or foxes are right now, they are making their rounds in very inspiring ways and making people wonder, could “Put a Horse on It” be the next big trend?
Despite our best intentions, design choices can sometimes leave a room looking a little flat. Yes, everything “matches,” the furniture is comfy, and the arrangement is functional. You may have even followed expert advice to a T in hopes of recreating a room that’s magazine-worthy. Yet… something is missing.
My solution for this home decor malaise? Dissonance, “a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements.” It’s the curious touch of eclecticism that immediately elevates a design. Some naturally mix a range of styles, but if you need a little push, here are three surefire projects to enliven your space.