Room of the Day: Custom-Look Kitchen on a Budget

An artistic New York City family enlists the help of a skillful designer to create a customized built-in appearance using Ikea cabinets

Brooklyn residents Bosco Sodi and Lucia Corredor liked the clean lines, no-frills nature and budget-friendliness of Ikea kitchens. But the artistic couple were a bit turned off by the thought of going with a cookie-cutter solution in their new home.

Seeking a European style with lots of storage, they sought out designer Jennifer Levy to create a customized built-in look for their open-plan kitchen. To top it off, Levy modified Ikea butcher block countertop pieces to form a waterfall-edge breakfast bar. Click HERE for the full story…

Get Shipshape with a Coastal Look Without Going Overboard

Ask people which season they look forward to the most and most will say summer. If you’re able to enjoy the seaside or a nearby lake, count yourself lucky. If you’re not close to the coast, or just can’t get enough of it, you might want to bring some of that beachy feel inside your home.

While coastal-themed décor isn’t hard to find, it is easy to overdo it.

Here are 5 ways to catch the coastal look without going overboard.  Click HERE for the full story…

 

A California Kitchen Boots Out Beige

A down-and-out kitchen catches the joy wave and turns up the fun for a social family of 5

These homeowners aren’t fans of bland. After moving from the Midwest to embrace the laid-back vibe of the West Coast, the frequent entertainers wanted to bring spunk to their neutral kitchen.

Now new white cabinets and counters keep the room light, while vibrant yellow window trim, funky hardware and custom tile in retro colors jazz it up. Click HERE for the full story…

The Importance of Trying Before Buying

Seeing my current perfume bottle is on its last sips, I recently stopped in a Jo Malone store to sample some of their fragrances. After testing several selections on paper test strips, I narrowed two to try on my skin. Even as the scent evolves completely from paper to skin, the clerk also told me to “live with it” for a few hours and see which one I prefer at the end of the day. It was prudent to wait before buying because what I thought was my second choice ended up being my favorite — by far.

While body fragrance and interior design might seem unrelated on the surface, one commonality came to mind – the importance of trying before buying.

Most of us have made a décor mistake or two…a sofa fabric color that was a bit off-kilter, or a hulking bookcase that didn’t look that big in the store. If only we could go back in time and approach decision-making process more carefully.

Here are three decor areas that can easily benefit from a trial run. Read the full story HERE

Living Large in a Small Living Room

Just because your living room is short on square footage, it doesn’t need to suffer in the style category. In fact, a small living room has some advantages, like requiring less heat and air conditioning…And with fewer furnishings to buy, you can focus your search on higher quality pieces.

While using mirrors and light-colored schemes are a couple of well-known tricks to make rooms feel more spacious, you might not be aware of some less familiar ones.

Here are six ways to live large with less living space. Click HERE for the full story.

A Craftsman Living Room Goes From Dim to Delightful

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A Craftsman-style living room gets lightened up, giving a family of five some space to gather and play

The dark living room of this 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow didn’t reflect the vibrancy of its family. The owners’ three kids have a “running circuit” that begins in the kitchen and courses through the living room. And while the space needed to give the little ones room to play during Minnesota winters, it also needed to provide the family with a comfortable seating area in which to gather.

So, as part of a whole house renovation, homeowner and designer Nicole Botsman tackled the living room first, with a goal of turning it into a bright and fun family hangout. Click HERE for the full story…

Victorian Dining Room Keeps It Formal Yet Fresh

A Queen Anne home gets a renovated dining room with traditional detailing and loads of charm

This Queen Anne home certainly hadn’t been treated like a queen. A series of bad renovations had stripped away her beauty and left her looking washed-out. After a thorough renovation, she’s regained some of her stateliness, especially in the dramatic dining room, which respects the home’s Victorian architecture while feeling fresh and updated.

A 2015 special project featured on This Old House TV called the “Belmont Victorian”, read the full story on the dining room transformation HERE.

 

Hang Loose: 3 Ways to Defy Restraint in Your Home Decor

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If you think your design eye might need a kick in the pants, here’s three ways to loosen up your décor.

We’re taught from a young age to praise orderliness and balance. Staying within the lines of a coloring book is preferred to careening outside. Skies are blue and grass is green. You get the picture.

While regimented systems make sense in many aspects of life (like traffic rules) they can also become overly predictable and limiting in others. Interior design is a good example.

Staying within an aesthetic norm can feel comforting, but it might not highlight your personality or allow you to fully grow to appreciate new ideas. Click HERE for the full story…

 

Crush of the Week: Outside the Box Wallpaper by Porter Teleo

This week seems to have revolved around all things “big”. A big snowstorm hit Denver; a big rainstorm floods Houston; and (like it or not) big wins for presidential candidates at the New York caucus. Here’s another, certainly happier one — Porter Teleo’s Outside the Box wallpaper. It’s this week’s Crush of the Week!

Inspired by artist Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings, Porter Teleo’s rendition on handmade Japanese paper is boxy and bold. Artist Kelly Porter and interior designer Bridgett Cochran, the duo behind the Porter Teleo line say, “Through the use of simple shapes and unexpected color combinations the pattern explores the elements of balance, depth and composition.  The result is a large scaled statement for the boldest of spaces.”

Aside from an adventurous spirit, you’ll also need a relatively high floor-to-ceiling dimension to make Outside the Box work for your space — at least ten or eleven feet, like shown above.

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The minimum order is three rolls, but here is an illustration showing how the patterning of five rolls will play out.

On the left is “Geranium”, my favorite of three colorways. On the right, artist Kelly Porter hand paints the design using rich pigmented inks onto the paper. The inks are multi-layered and added in various levels opacity and at different stages of drying, resulting in a surface that appears multi-dimensional. The paper background color remains consistent.

Porter Teleo also has several other wallpaper patterns as well as a bespoke hand-painted fabric line. Check the rest of their collection here!

8 Budget-Friendly Ways to ‘Fun Up’ Your Patio

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Amp up the charm, comfort and personality of your outdoor patio space with drapery, lighting and more!

Is your outdoor space more drab than fab but you don’t have the inclination (or budget) for a big makeover? Whether your space is big or small, here are eight easy-on-the-wallet ways to make your patio design more alluring and comfortable. Click HERE for the full story…