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…

It’s Greek to Me

Be bold and beautiful. Infuse Greek design in your home decor.

In the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie, one of the past times of family patriarch Gus Portokalos was to verbalize Greek contributions to modern-day life. While democracy, geometry, philosophy and the Olympic games are a few, Greek influence in architecture, art and design are just as great.

Although millennia old, there’s still a lot to love about Greek design today — from its vibrant palette, bold lines, and laid-back vibe.

Here are six ways to bring a Grecian flair to your home decor. Click HERE for the full story….

7 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary

Get a dreamy and relaxing bedroom with these decorating moves

Your bedroom can be more than just a place to sleep. It can also be your inner sanctum, where you begin and end the day by reading, relaxing or just unwinding.

If your bedroom needs more serenity and less drama, try these seven ideas to create the comfortable, restful space you’ve always dreamed of. Click HERE for the full story…

How to Bring More Joy to Your Kitchen

Take the edge off your kitchen with seven ideas to make it more nourishing to the eyes, body and soul

Does your kitchen lack a feel-good vibe? Maybe too many high-tech materials come off a bit austere. Or perhaps the colors or furnishings lack warmth and hospitality.

Don’t worry. Here are seven easy, low-impact ways you can help bring serenity, enjoyment and even a bit of humor into your kitchen.  For the full story, click HERE

 

Hitting the Tropics: The Jungle Look

Disney’s remake of its 1967 movie The Jungle Book is set to debut in mid-April. But the cinema screen isn’t the only place awash with tropical foliage. You might have noticed that lush palms and banana leafs have taken hold in interior décor.

Tropical-themed designs aren’t the new kid on the block. Like the movie, the bold leafy pattern is enjoying its second round in the spotlight.  Don Loper introduced his chic “Martinique” wallpaper pattern in 1942 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and shortly after, Dorothy Draper designed her own take, “Brazilliance“, in her 1948 makeover of the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

Do you like the jungle look, but are worried about it looking hokey in your home? See five ways to make a tropical theme work without going overboard. Click HERE for the full story…

Crush of the Week: Marbled Stripe Pillow by Rebecca Atwood

 

I’m a sucker for swirly patterns. While the only marbled item I own are some multi-colored vintage graniteware bowls we used for popcorn when I was a kid, marble designs make me swoon. This week, I came across this beautiful linen marbled stripe pillow made by artist Rebecca Atwood, making it this week’s Crush of the Week.

Rebecca created the marble design by using India ink in the suminagashi technique (“sumi” means ink and “nagashi” means floating in Japanese). She scanned the paper design into a computer and elongated the pattern to resemble the water of shoreline ripples at low tide. The resulting pattern is then digitally printed onto linen with water-based pigments.

The pillow is dual sided. Named Marbled Stripe Pillow in Lagoon, a solid marble pattern graces one side, while the other is a silver linen with an applique marble stripe. Measuring 12 by 16 inches, it comes with a 25/75 down feather insert.

Rebecca Atwood Designs is based in Brooklyn, NY where she creates an original collection of table linens, textiles and wallpaper.