• 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

    The photo above is from a New York Times article about redecorating a bachelor pad apartment with new table lamps , area rugs and more. The project originated with a message on the Times website offering to help people with small decorating budgets. The owner of the apartment reached out with the...
  • A Parisian Bachelor Pad with Mirrors

    Designer Olivier Gagnere and his brightly decorated Parisian apartment are captured in a new online profile by Elle Decor . What's the one thing that many of the rooms share? Big, oversized wall mirrors ! Mirrors are the ideal way to make a small space feel larger, plus they help reflect...
  • 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...
  • House Tour: Jennifer Lopez's Hollywood Glamour Home

    Jennifer Lopez may have been crying when it came time to send contestant Chris Medina packing on an "American Idol" episode, but she shouldn't be crying when she heads home. This tour of J. Lo's home was spotted in the pages of Veranda magazine . Sophisticated and relaxing, it shines...
  • A Mod Basement from Candice Olson

    Designer Candice Olson turns an icy basement into a stylish contemporary family room. Read about it in the Seattle Times . Find your own "divine design" in our collection of Candice Olson lighting . Post Update 12-1-11: If you enjoy reading about Candice Olson you may like our designer interview...
  • 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? Post Update 2-1-12: Sorry, but it looks like this...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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