Decorating trends and products

Wood Works Wonders

Scott Frances, ArchitecturalDigest.com

Scott Frances, ArchitecturalDigest.com

As Autumn temps begin their seasonal fall, now’s the perfect time to warm up to wood. After years of all things glass and metal, designers are rediscovering how transforming some touches of timber can be.  (more…)


Rock Stars

Mikkel Vang, ElleDecor.com

Mikkel Vang, ElleDecor.com

Since cave dweller days, we’ve been decorating with stone.  Whether used in its original state or carefully chiseled into custom shapes and sizes, stone delivers beautiful color and texture derived from nature.  Now designers are re-imagining this timeless design element in ways that are fresh, modern and very of the moment. (more…)


The Beauty of Birch

Eminent Interior Design, Houzz.com

Eminent Interior Design, Houzz.com

Birch works. That’s what designers are discovering as they put their spin on one of the most interesting woods in the pile.  More than 50 species of birch trees grow in North America, producing an intriguing wood that varies in color, texture and grain.  Yet birch is more than a pretty face.  (more…)


Fall Trend Alert-Blue and White Gets a Mod Makeover

APArchitects.com

APArchitects.com

When it comes to perfect pairs, there’s nothing quite like blue and white. Calm and crisp, serene and sophisticated–blue and white has teamed up for centuries on everything from Chinese porcelain and English wing chairs to French toile wallpaper and Greek Key bedding.  Now, this classic combo is reinventing itself as the perfect pick for contemporary design, too. Here’s how.  (more…)


Trend Alert: A Modern Twist on Rope

Jason Schmidt, ElleDecor.com

Jason Schmidt, ElleDecor.com

If threads of time exist, they’re likely made of rope.  Cavemen used it for hunting, carrying and climbing. With rope, Egyptian designers moved heavy stones needed for building, then used it to hoist their towering monuments to the sky. In the sixties, designers rode the wave of nautical and beach-inspired style to the absurd, all but wrapped in rope.

Now, this simple, sturdy spin on string is back and delivering rustic texture in contemporary ways. (more…)


Animal House Redux

UniversalStudiosEntertainment.com

UniversalStudiosEntertainment.com

Remember when many of us thought the coolest animal house was more Belushi-inspired than decorator-induced?  (more…)


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