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Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President

by Kate Wagner
Kate Wagner is the founder and editor of McMansion Hell, a web site for people who love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst. Photo: Sam Horine

If I had a dollar for every time I received a request to take on Donald Trump's interior design, I'd have enough to buy coffee for quite a few weeks - no small feat. 

As the Internet's chosen McMansion taxonomist, I have spent a lot of time with tacky. After spending so much time with tacky that my fingers have started to stick together at the mere thought of a grand estate, here is my thesis: 99% of McMansion decor is inspired by people like Donald Trump. As Fran Lebowitz so elegantly put it, "Donald Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person." It's a pretty simple system, really: gold = rich. Columns = rich because banks have columns. Chandeliers = rich because they're big and shiny. You catch my drift. 

We as people have been fascinated by the dwellings of celebrities since the dawn of celebrities, who, back in the day, were usually royalty or the Pope. Donald Trump's Manhattan penthouse apartment is a particularly interesting (and recursive) instance where a celebrity decorates based on the taste of previous celebrities. In this case, King Louis XIV and King Louis XV of 17th and 18th century France. Luckily, the world was spared from the continuation of the heavily ornate Rococo style for a couple centuries thanks to the French Revolution. Then the 80s happened, and Donald Trump came with them. A fun guessing game to play is: Is it the French Palace of Versailles or a Donald Trump apartment?

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My Favorite Organizational Apps that Will Get Every Part of Your Life in Order

by Faith Towers
My Favorite Organizational Apps To Get Every Part of Your Life In Order
Photo:  JComp

Apps are a part of our daily lives in so many ways - they help us get places, work out and they even remind us about appointments. And today I'm here to share even more ways that you can use your phone to organize every aspect of your life. Read on to check out my favorite organizational apps that will help you get your life in order.   

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Not Just For Hipsters: In Defense of Tiny Houses

by Kate Wagner

 

Photo: StudioBuell Photography

As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.

To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.

The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. In America, the vehement reaction to the tiny house is to be expected, as Americans love the cleverness of their design and their roguish mission, but at the same time balk at the idea of having less stuff. Of all the editorials against tiny houses, the most common topic of their ire is the thought of tossing out most of their belongings.

However, those who attack the tiny house movement don't understand that the move to live in smaller dwellings is ultimately a good thing, and that their smug editorials do more harm than good to the cause of living more efficiently, with a smaller environmental footprint.

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Roundup: 15 Best Free Fonts for your Designs

by Stephanie Lee

15 best free fonts for your designs

Over the years, I've managed to gather many good, free fonts that I've hoarded away in my laptop like squirrels hoard nuts. Truth be told, I've got a bit of a font addiction and I'm not ashamed to admit it - after all, they're so useful, how can I resist? 

If you want to expand your font collection, click through for some of my favourites. Trust me, whether you design a little, a lot or almost never, you'll find these come in handy regardless - and best of all, they're free!

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Roundup: My Top 5 All-Time Favorite Designers

by Stephanie Lee
My top 5 favourite inspiring designers - Leah Bartholomew
Photo: Leah Bartholomew

There was a time in my life where if you'd asked me who my favourite artist or designer was, I wouldn't have been able to name a single one. Which is so odd, because nowadays I have a list of favourites as long as my arm whose styles influence me in so many ways, from how I craft, to the way I decorate for parties to how I envisage my dream home will look.

Regardless of whether your not you design or create art yourself, having a list of people whose aesthetics you admire can really help to inspire you at times when you find yourself in a creative rut. Read on to see some of my favourites! 

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How to: Choose the Best Spot for Your Garden

by Green Couch Design

created at: 04/10/2012

When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants,  smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me.

For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. You've heard it said by stereotypical developers that it's all about" Location, Location, Location." In this case, that's very true. The success or failure of your little green friends is quite heavily dependent upon where they sit.   

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This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

by K Emily Bond

created at: 03/13/2012

Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s most up-and-coming box...

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This Month in Green Design: A Home Made from Cars, Stylish Coffee Shops, and an Inflatable House

by K Emily Bond

created at: 02/13/2012

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and brings us a monthly column on the latest in conscious and green design.

I’ve been mulling over the perfect opening for my first in a series of guest posts on green design and thus decided that the very best way for to dig in would be…to say, hello.

Hi.

I’m the Shelter editor at EcoSalon, where we write about a great many things pretty and green. Our aim is to make green...

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Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

by Chris Gardner

created at: 01/10/2012

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."

Watch this excellent video to see the boys in action:   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely

by Chris Gardner
created at: 12/20/2011


created at: 12/20/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome design and lifestyle blogger, as well as master home makeover-er, Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely.

This year, I'm hoping for things to make me, my tech devices, and my home look cute. I have all the books I want, all the fun crafty supplies I could use, and all the things I need, so why not wish for a little bit of cute?   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Faith Durand, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn

by Chris Gardner
created at: 12/15/2011

created at: 12/15/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome the managing editor of our favorite food blog, Apartment Therapy's the Kitchn - Faith Durand.

One of the problems (and delights) of working for an endlessly inspiring site like Apartment Therapy is the stream of new products and beautiful things that I see every day. It makes it both easier and harder to make up my holiday wishlist. On the one hand, I see trends and styles come and go, helping me pass over cheap impulse purchases that I know won't last the test of time. But I also see so many beautiful, hopefully classic things for the home and the kitchen. Here are a few that have stuck with me this year. If Santa is around, I hope he's listening.      

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