• Reclaimed Wood Decor Ideas

    In decorating there is an ongoing cycle. Everything old becomes new once again. Sometimes even literally. Like reclaimed wood decor. Maybe it's the patina and colors and textures. Maybe it's because the idea of creating something beautiful out of something headed for the trash is...
  • Finding Your Perfect Bedroom Style

    Today, let's talk about bedroom style. We can always count on Emily Henderson to create beautiful spaces that inspire us and challenge us to think about what our space is really capable of. Taking on a bedroom, she shows us the versatility of the space and the ease that goes into creating any mood...
  • Get Inspired: A Motel Goes Contemporary Condo

    It may seem weird to call an old motel room home, but you have to love the relaxed, contemporary style of this motel room turned Hamptons summer home. As profiled in a New York Times story , the motel, built in the 1950s, was converted into condos in 1980. A New York real estate developer and his...
  • Beachside Log Cabin?!

    The Venice cottage of a famous muralist is the subject this unique Home Tour from the LA Times . The resident is an artist whose work can be seen above. This bedroom is actually a converted garage where the walls have been painted to resemble fake wood paneling. The result is doubly romantic because...
  • Zen Harmony

    Take a look at this pictorial series of a home listed in the San Francisco area. The house was designed in joint effort by an architect and a zen priest. I'm not sure what a "zen priest" is but his involvement did make me curious to see the house. You can find out more about him here...
  • Get Creative with Daybeds and Ottomans

    As found in the pages of the SFGate.com , the editors of Houzz gathered together some interesting pictures of stylish daybeds. As the article states, "There are lots of...styles available that look more like pieces of furniture, and many are still suitable for sleeping." The daybed offers...
  • 2011 HGTV Dream Home

    Welcome to 2011 and Happy New Year! To get you started, HGTV has unveiled their newest dream home . Located in the mountain ski resort town of Stowe, Vermont, the plan of the home was inspired by the nineteenth-century resort architecture in the area. Despite the rustic lodge style, the home has many...
  • Korean Design Style in a Queens Apartment

    Check out this New York Times article about a pair of Korean American designers who have created a cool and sophisticated oasis of style in their Jackson Heights, Queens, apartment. "The apartment has a distinctly Korean atmosphere...During the couple’s Korean wedding trip, they bought...
  • A Midcentury Catskills Cabin

    A cabin owner raised the roof and knocked down the walls to transform her old fishing cottage into a cool mid-century retreat. “I didn’t want it to be too country,” she says. “I didn’t want the farm bells and all the rustic old watering cans lying around. I have friends...
  • Diane Keaton's Spanish Revival Home

    California Home+Design has an inside look at Diane Keaton's renovated home in Beverly Hills. Full of traditional fixtures , wrought iron accents and beautiful woodwork, the home is a wonderful example of L.A.'s Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. Built back in the1920's...
  • Contemporary in Indy

    Clean, contemporary style works no matter where you live. Check out this photo gallery from the Indianapolis Star about a minimalist home. We particular like the contemporary bar stools and the modern lighting . Post Update 3-22-12: We're sorry, but the photos of this home are no longer available...
  • Get Inspired: A Modern, Minimal House

    Spotted on Oprah.com , this contemporary house in New Jersey is home to a family of four. I love how clean and sparse it is, but I think I have too much stuff to live like this! Highlights include the the wood slab dining room table under a contemporary crystal fixture (up top) and the bath space...
  • Home Office Workstation Photo Gallery

    Design site Houzz has posted a new group of home office workstation photos that offer a bunch of decorating ideas. The one trait all the photos share is that they appear to cleverly utilize otherwise wasted nooks and corners. Also, they all look, to my eye, to need lighting! There are lots of opportiunites...
  • Getting Creative with Track Lighting

    This reader submission over at Lifehacker caught my eye -- I've never seen a track type ceiling light used on the wall before! This is a creative application that really spices up the look while also providing excellent task lighting. Click through to the post at Lifehacker to read more about this...
  • Decorating a 520 Square Foot House

    I enjoyed a recent pictorial on Design*Sponge of a teeny, tiny house in Culver City, CA. It's just 520 square feet. I'll bet many of you have one room in your house that's bigger!! Takes me back to one of my first apartments ..... Decorating small spaces takes lots of creativity, flexibility...
  • Get Inspired: A Phoenix Modern Home

    Here's some modern architectural eye-candy for your Friday. Spotted on the Curbed blog's House of the Day feature, this 1,600-square-foot home in Phoenix's North Mountain neighborhood has a 2-bed, 2-bath layout. I'm loving the distinctive, two-story exterior profile. The interior...
  • Baumer's Footwear -- Design Your Own Lighting for Retail

    Baumer's Footwear , a retailer in Tennessee, recently remodeled their store. With the idea of creating a colorful space for the children's section, they turned to the Lamps Plus Design Your Own custom lighting tool . After painting a long wall with a cheerful collection of bright colors, they...
  • Robert Sonneman Designer Lighting in a Studio Condo

    As seen in this Apartment Therapy blog post , a Washington DC studio condo shines with bold colors and decor accessories. Owner Janelle writes that, "One of my running friends, Blair Riggs, is a designer who helped me maximize space through an excellent furniture layout. Blair also encouraged...
  • Ideas for Decorating with String Lights

    String lights are not just for Christmas decorating. They create perfect mood lighting for outdoor summer parties. They can also work well in everyday interiors. What about accenting a floor mirror with string lights? Don't have recessed lighting in your dining room? Hanging string lights from...
  • The Best Homes in the West

    Sunset Magazine has posted a photo gallery of their Sunset-AIA Western Home Awards winners. Among the things they share is a blurring of the boundries between the indoor and outdoor spaces, and energy efficient lighting and design. Photo is of the Opie-Burleigh itHouse , in Three Rivers, California...
  • French Style in Toronto

    Want French style, but live 3,700 miles away in Toronto? As seen in this Style At Home article , mere distance didn't stop homeowners Laurent Papaix and David Toto. They redecorated their vintage home with French style, mixing rustic motifs and traditional tables with more modern accents, drawing...
  • Yo, Vanilla Ice Is a Home Renovator!

    Rapper Vanilla Ice is back, but not in the way you might think! He has a new home renovation show called (not surprisingly) The Vanilla Ice Project. It airs on the DIY Network every Thursday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). From Ice Ice Baby in the early 1990s, Mr. Ice, aka Robert Van Winkle, moved to buying property...
  • Top 10 CA Modern Magazine Kitchen Finalists

    For a little kitchen inspiration, check out CA Modern magazine and their top-10 contemporary kitchen design finalists. Open, contemporary floor plans, functional counter tops, and beautiful kitchen lighting are common elements in all the designs. I could be happy in any of these! View them all...
  • Best Home Decor Design Books of 2010

    Here's another year-end roundup of some of the home decor books the have inspired and enlightened us this year. They are listed in no particular order, so pick and choose as you will. Look for these at your favorite local bookstore! Los Angeles-based decorator Mary McDonald is known for her swank...
  • Beach Bungalow Inspiration

    Need some sunny inspiration on a cold winter's day? Check out this Venice beach bungalow renovation project recently profiled in the L.A. Times . We love the open space, the warm colors, and the unobtrusive recessed lighting . The contemporary pendant light adds some visual pop to the area...
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