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A Living Room with a View
One thing people sometimes forget to take into consideration when designing their interiors are their exteriors. If you are lucky enough to have a home that is surrounded by lush vegetation, a vast lake, crashing waves or tall trees this should be celebrated and incorporated into your design. Often...
Sep 25, 2015
6 Small Living Room Design Tips
Just because your living room is on the small side doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Here are some small living room design tips to help your small room be big on style: Color You don't have to stick to a neutral color palette just because your living room is small. Use bright...
Jul 29, 2015
Designing with Bright, Fun Pops of Color
Designing with pops of color makes me a happier person. I love mixing color and pattern whenever possible. I also appreciate a lovely minimalist space with monochromatic drama, but at the end of the day, give me some color, add in a splash of pattern and top it off with a touch of texture and you've...
Jul 10, 2015
Interior Design Inspiration from Fall Fashion
It's fun to pull Fall fashion style from interior design inspirations. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, including Pumpkin Spice Lattes (naturally), cool weather, and layered fall fashions. Give me a scarf and jacket and I'm a happy girl! I love fall interior design for the same...
Oct 21, 2014
Get the Look: A Traditional Living Room with Pops of Color
Fellow DC blogger Lindsay Souza of The Pursuit of Style recently had her Capitol Hill home featured on Glitter Guide. Her cheery space could not be ignored — her traditional living room in classic creams and navys features pops of color in bright pinks and reds. Her bright space is perfectly decorated...
Oct 21, 2013
Pillows and Throws: Transform Your Sofa
How would you like to transform your sofa? Pillows and throws are an easy and inexpensive was to achieve a new look in your living room or den. As most designers will tell you, it's wise to choose a neutral-colored sofa so that you can update your rooms at a moment's notice and as trends change...
Aug 22, 2013
Get the Look of Designer David Jimenez - Part 2
After falling in love with a two-bedroom apartment in the Sophian on Warwick Boulevard in Kansas City, designer David Jimenez underwent a seven-month renovation of his new digs. Recently featured in Architectural Digest, Jimenez's living space feels grand and expensive, yet he also manages to...
Jun 17, 2013
A Brief History of the Sofa
Interesting article in the New York Times suggests the French have given us more than just delicious fries and steak au poivre . The book “The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual — And the Modern Home Began”, by Joan DeJean, reveals how a gradual shift in living arrangements...
Sep 2, 2009
My Favorite New Home Decor Products
Who would have guessed that a lighting store would carry furniture and home decor products as well? I am always scavenging through the catalog to find just the right table lamp or chandelier, but I have to remind myself that I can also source a bar cart, headboard, or a great rug. Lamps Plus is really...
Sep 9, 2011
One Slipcover Sofa: Two Holiday Looks
Sometimes it’s not about adding an inflatable Santa but creating a holiday look that compliments an existing interior design scheme. I love taking a basic, like a classic off white slipcover sofa, and making it look custom as well as designer done. Timeless home decorating is about using things...
Dec 19, 2012
Interior Design Inspiration From Winter Fashion
As a designer, I'm always keeping my eyes open for interior design inspiration. Sometimes I find it in obvious places - blogs and magazines, for example. Other times it's more subtle - a metallic rainbow-hued oil spot on the sidewalk, or the intricate pattern on a city map. And sometimes - someone's...
Dec 16, 2011
Top Five Sofas from Lamps Plus!
Sofas always have a say in the tone and style of a room. Is it overstuffed and casual, or lean and formal? Is it a confident color, or a calm neutral? No matter what your taste may be, sofas are an essential part of every home. They are the stars of living rooms, family rooms, dens and lounges. Here...
Jun 22, 2011
Inspiring Yacht Interiors
It has been so hot recently that all I can do is dream of lazy days on the water. As long as I am dreaming, let’s go big with inspiring yacht interiors to tempt even the very rich. Boats are great fun, but give me the big guns. Coolers filled with beer and windless afternoons on the Mississippi...
Jul 26, 2011
E Interior Design with Coddington Design
Named one of House Beautiful’s Top 20 young interior designers, Melanie Coddington is the founder of Coddington Design , a boutique firm with studios in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Taylor Tanimoto is the senior designer in the Los Angeles studio. Known for their feminine-but-streamlined “...
Dec 13, 2011
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