• Contemporary in Indy

    HomeFinder: Mark and Sibylle Jennett - More The Indianapolis Star Galleries View this gallery at The Indianapolis Star: HomeFinder: Mark and Sibylle Jennett Clean, contemporary style works no matter where you live. Check out this photo gallery from the Indianapolis Star about a minimalist home...
  • 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 and...
  • An Elegant Home Makeover in Louisville

    As profiled in this Louisville Courier-Journal article , a home in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville gets a decorating makeover. It now sparkles with vibrant color, functional fabrics and whimsical accent pieces. What we used to call the front room (maybe this is only used in the Midwest...
  • Los Angeles Interior Designer Showhouse Preview

    Seven innovative Los Angeles interior designers collaborated on the first ever Small Space, Big Style showhouse sponsored by California Home + Design magazine , and we've got an exclusive showhouse preview for you! The stunning showhouse, located in downtown Hollywood, doesn't open to the public...
  • Get Inspired: A Denver Home Goes From Ranch to Villa

    This beautiful photo slideshow in Elle Decor documents how Denver designer Mikhail Dantes turned the bones of a 1950s ranch home into a modern villa. Says the designer: "I’m a big fan of the Bauhaus era and love International Style. Basically I wanted a home with few rooms, high ceilings...
  • Met Home of the Month December 2009

    Metropolitan Home magazine may be no more, having ceased publication with the December '09 issue (see this New York Times obit), but you can still roam their online site. You'll find loads of interesting articles and pictorials on contemporary style lighting and metro chic modern decor . ...
  • A Divine Design Kitchen

    Designer Candice Olson takes on a dated kitchen and gives it a divine makeover. We especially like the pair of antique style chandeliers and ceiling medallions . Read about it in the Minneapolis Star Tribune : Divine Design: Kitchen now reflects personal style . Photo thanks to the Minneapolis...
  • An Obsession with Seating

    Here's an interesting New York Times article about design entrepreneur George M. Beylerian and his mania for collecting chairs. All types of chairs and seating , apparently, from miniature chairs - he has over 1,000 of them - to antique traditional chairs , contemporary chairs by Philippe Starck...
  • A Bachelor Pad Grows Up

    Photo is from a New York Times article about redecorating a bachelor pad apartment with new table lamps , area rugs and more: From Bachelor Pad to an Adult's Home, for $8000 . Photo thanks to the New York Times .
  • A Parisian Bachelor Pad with Mirrors

    Designer Olivier Gagnere and his brightly decorated Parisian apartment are captured in this online profile by Elle Decor . One thing many of the rooms share? Big, oversized wall mirrors ! See more: A Paris Apartment Packed With Color Photo thanks to Elle Decor .
  • Finalists Chosen in Facebook Holiday Photo Contest

    Voting wrapped up on Christmas for our 2010 Holiday Cheer Photo Contest over on Facebook. We got tons of great pics and lots of fun comments, too. Next week, we'll reveal the prize winners! The top 10 vote-getters made the finals, and we'll be choosing the winners from this group of finalists...
  • High End Design, Close to Home

    I know this may come as a shock, but I rather enjoy a beautiful, expensive looking home. As a result, shopping is a key component to making your house come to life. The trick is to make this an easy task and knowing how to create a high-end design, close to home. That said, I challenged myself to recreate...
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