• Beach House Rooms for Kids

    Blogger-designer Thomas Jayne at Interior Design has posted a neat look at two of his projects for beach house kids rooms. I must be a kid at heart, because this scene looks pretty good to me! Discover your own inner child in our kids lighting section and kids home decor sections. Photo thanks...
  • Designer Candice Olson Makes a Small Home Big

    Designer Candice Olson knocks down walls and works her magic on the living space of a small, 100-year-old home. Writes Candice, "To bring extra brightness to the room, I put in a beautiful crystal chandelier above the pedestal table, two mini drop pendants in the hallway and a couple of crystal...
  • Get Inspired: An Energy Saving Calabasas Ranch House

    Take a tour of this spectacular, open-plan Calabasas ranch house that was recently profiled in the L.A. Times . The home uses energy-efficient lighting design elements throughout. Says the architect, "An energy-saving lighting control system was installed, with digital technology that allows...
  • Year-End Good Reads

    As 2010 draws to a close, here are some tasty links that we've been enjoying. Have fun reading! Builder magazine profiles three Green-energy homes in the San Francisco Bay area. Among them is the O’Neill Passive House (see photo above) in Sonoma, Calilifornia. Built to the 2006 International...
  • Get Inspired: 2010 Louisiana Idea House

    Get some design inspiration with these beautiful photos from the 2010 Louisiana Idea House in Southern Living magazine. The first thing I noticed is that it has a very traditional look on the outside, but inside it's an artful blend of the traditional, relaxed transitional, and contemporary design...
  • Karim Rashid's Pad

    The Times Online has a photo gallery up about designer Karim Rashid’s Manhattan loft apartment in Chelsea. Poured resin floor, ultra-modern furnishings... Karim Rashid lighting . Hey, how come you never see a TV in these kinds of shots?
  • Get The Look: Organic Style in 5 Steps

    Taking its inspiration from nature, Organic Style is casual and inviting. The décor is warm with motifs derived from plants, trees, stones and animals. 1.Color Palette The color palette tends toward beiges, browns, soft golds and woodland greens that are found in the countryside. 2...
  • Get Inspired: A Little House in Big Sur

    Here's a little sunny inspiration from Coastal Living magazine for your mid-winter blues. This one-bedroom, 1930s cottage was once owned by modern architect Philip Johnson. Updated and restored by its current owner, the little cottage perches above the ocean and has rooms that all open to the outdoors...
  • Celebrity Home: Courteney Cox's Malibu Retreat

    Courteney Cox's Mailbu home was recently featured in Elle Decor -- including a big before and after, and a grand finish. An avid fan of architecture, Cox wanted to become an architect before beginning her path in acting. She had a clear vision for the look of her home. She wanted something “very...
  • Get Inspired: 600 Square Feet of Home

    You don't have to have a large home to live large. This beautiful studio apartment, recently profiled in a New York Times slideshow , proves the point. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it has been meticulously planned out; everyting has a place and fits just so. The tiny kitchen...
  • Candice Olson Adds World Traveller Elegance to a Bedroom

    Designer Candice Olson creates a divine design bedroom space for a couple of world travelling newlyweds. As usual, the result is sophisticated and elegant. I particularly like the use of crystal in the space to add sparkle. The wooden mantel is accented with crystal sconces , while a vintage looking...
  • Elle Decor San Francisco Show House

    From the pages of the SFGate newspaper, I see that Elle Decor has unveiled a new show home full of designer decor and lighting. Article link . Located in San Francisco's St. Francis Wood neighborhood, the home embodies what Elle Decor Editor in Chief Michael Boodro calls the magazine's...
  • Divine Design Bedrooms by Candice Olson

    Found on the HGTV website, 10 divine design bedrooms from designer Candice Olson with amazing before and after transformation photos. As always, her blending of ceiling lighting , decorative table lamps and seating is wonderfully elegant. You might even find some Candice Olson lighting lurking...
  • Get Inspired: An Art Deco Apartment in Baltimore

    Here's a little design inspiration from the shores of Chesapeake Bay. This Art Deco-styled apartment is in Baltimore's Cantoon neighborhood. As profiled in this Baltimore Sun article , the owner and designer based the interiors on the lifestyle idea of a successful bachelor with the desire...
  • Christmas at Meadowbrook Hall

    With Christmas almost upon us, here are some beautiful photos from Meadowbrook Hall to help you get in a holiday mood. Meadow Brook Hall is a Tudor style mansion (OK, more like a castle) in suburban Detroit's Rochester Hills. It now sits on the grounds of Oakland University, but was originally...
  • Jonathan Adler's Home: Bold and Maximalist

    From the pages of The Wall Street Journal , here's a look at designer Jonathan Adler's New York home. If you love color and quirk, you'll feel right at home! In the article , Adler describes his design approach as "maximalist", which may be an understatement. As the article...
  • Get Inspired: Big Style from a Small Home

    This Sunset Magazine photo feature proves that you don't need to have a big home to have big style. The home in question is a tiny, cottage-style 900-square-foot home in Santa Monica. Starting with the 1930s floorplan, owner Julie Hart raised the roof, added new windows and created bright, loft...
  • Remodeling a Sears Catalog House in Indiana

    The Sears company sold tens of thousands of kit homes from the early 1900s to 1940. You'd order it by mail from their catalog, have the raw pieces delivered to you by train, then build it! As detailed in the Indianapolis Star , a couple in Noblesville, Indiana, recently completed a remodel on...
  • 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 (Photo courtesy of Openhomesphotography.com / bs ) . 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...
  • 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...
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