This home strikes a solemn tone at first glance, but if we were to go inside, we might be struck by its serenity. Located in Nova Scotia, the home belongs to Eliot and Alexandra Angle. Just looking at the images lowers my blood pressure. Is it visual yoga for you too?
Azure, cobalt, sapphire, navy, powder, midnight, Prussian, electric, indigo, royal, ice, baby, robin's egg, peacock, ultramarine, aquamarine, steel, slate, cyan, Oxford, Cambridge...is there another color in the spectrum with so many synonyms in the thesaurus? One way or another, all seem to be represented
Choosing interesting furnishings is like choosing interesting clothing and accessories, only bigger. The right mix and match of (personally) significant pieces is the new design aesthetic. L.A. designer Alison Blumenfeld recently shared her tips while blogging over at Cocozy.
An interior design enthusiast and remodeling junkie, Meg Ryan is a Curblier at heart. (Even if she doesn't know it.) In the June 2010 issue of Elle Decor, Meg gives us a tour of her Martha Vinyard's home. Meg did use the help of decorator Marsha Russel of Satinwood Ltd, who, according to Marsha was basically a sounding board and procurer. Meg was the visionary. We can get a peek inside Meg's house on Elle Decor's website, but for the full experience, we'll have to spring for a copy of the magazine. However, Meg does share her eminently practical design tips free of charge. Here they are in a nutshell.
Stock wood trim is one of the best kept secrets at the home improvement store. If you've seen the choices of wood molding available but you don't really know how you can use it, check out these design and architectural elements for some DIY inspiration. All you'll need to get started is an inexpensive miter box, some wood glue, nails and a tape measure.
This home in the Hancock Park area of LA has been used for a numerous photography and film shoots. Most recently, it starred as Annette Benning's home in 'Running with Scissors'. The house has five bedrooms, an open floor plan and a pool--complete with a cabana. Sold in 1997 to gossip columnist Janet Charlton, the home was again listed in '07 for just under 3 million. What sets it apart from many homes we've seen is it hasn't been 'seasoned'...
It may look like this smart, pleated bedskirt (dust ruffle) was custom made for this daybed bedding ensemble, but oh no. This simple, single pleated fabric panel is attached with velcro to the front bedspring rail. It can be removed and replaced easily for lots of under the bed storage. KidSmartLiving.com gives you step by step instructions to make a sewn, and a no-sew version of this bedskirt. All you need to get
Here in Curblyland we have been experiencing an inordinate amount of cloudy days lately. And it's gettin' to me. The sad part is now that the days are getting shorter, gray days are turning into long dark nights. Great if you're a nocturnal animal or a vampire. I am neither....yet, but if Antonio Banderas's Armand came knocking, I just might answer. But I digress. Here are some more tips (to add to your arsenal) to help you brighten your home on a cloudy day.
Makes me wonder if Darryl has been getting in touch with his inner designer down in the warehouse. This furniture gives minimalism a whole new meaning. But, oh so NOT comfy. However, I am diggin' the whole minimal thing Swedish Architechtural firm TAF has going on. Can you say "thinking outside the box?"
The website is so chic-ly uber-minimal, it's hard to even discuss their designs. I guess you just have to see design, not explain it.
If you're looking for some design inspiration for your bedroom, just take a look at these 21 images from Home Interiors Zone. They're stylish yet relaxing. They also prove that beige doesn't have to be bland!
Photo Images: THR & Sons
When we built a home years ago my brother suggested some cost cutting carpentry illusions that gave us the look of custom raised wainscoting panels in the dining room and up the stairway. It's fairly commonplace now but at the time, it was a clever construction cost cutting idea.
Photo: Courtesy of ApartmentTherapy
A few weeks back I wrote a post entitled You Can Paint Your Ugly La-Z-Boy. That was before I personally tried the product I was writing about, but now the verdict is in. The product that piqued my curiosity from watching a YouTube video really does work. To see more photos and the test results, Apartment Therapy has
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Lately I've noticed more than a few picture arrangements being hung curiously high on the wall. I'm not sure if this is due to a bona fide trend, or if individuals (close friends and relatives of mine) aren't aware that there are, in fact, some general rules to follow that bring cohesiveness and balance to an arrangement.
Have you read what decorating trends need to go in 2009? Oversized chairs (o.k. I exaggerated above), granite countertops, stainless steel....
Before everyone goes all ORGANIZATION and starts decluttering on January 1st, get a load of these homes and spaces of interesting people and other creative types. We routinely see the tidied up, photography-ready, static, empty room pictures in magazines and blogs, but Todd Selby captures the real life, inspiration-laden environments of the creatively gifted on his website, The Selby.