Archive for May, 2009

Kitchen Makeover Tool

Kitchen Makeover Tool Want to have some fun planning your new kitchen? Test out cabinet styles and colors, plop in some different appliances and slap up a new backsplash? Let loose and create your virtual kitchen with remodeling franchise Kitchen Tune Up’s New Design Tool. I spent an enjoyable hour playing around with the tool the other night. Here’s my virtual kitchen before: And here’s my after. What […] Read more »

Where Women Create — Books

Where Women Create — Books What would your dream studio look like? Would you build a backyard cottage and place your easel by the window overlooking your perennial beds? Would you carve out a corner of your city loft and fill it with industrial storage and a weathered wood work table? Would you sketch designs at the same desk as you craft your projects? I find artists studios fascinating. Maybe […] Read more »

Bring on Summer at the Beach

Bring on Summer at the Beach As summer blows closer, enjoy a little light browsing in beachy aquas, silvery greys and seashell whites. The flip-flops and lemonade are just around the corner. Cottage and Bungalow’s 40″ Facing Mermaids Clockwise from above left: West Elm’s Origami Shells, and from Seaside Inspired, their Beach Stone Placemats, Nautilus Shell Plates, and their Coral Candelabra. Cottage Home Maine’s custom-made Aqua Trestle Table: Seaside Inspired’s Embroidered […] Read more »

A Voyage of Discovery

A Voyage of Discovery Artist Profile — Connie Rohman Today we meet award-winning fiber artist Connie Rohman, and we travel through the lines of her art quilts and of her life. Connie says her work “is influenced by the landscape of her childhood, both interior and exterior.” Born in a tiny community in the Kootenay Lake Valley in southern British Columbia, Canada, Connie says, “I grew up in an […] Read more »

Mercury Glass Sampler

Mercury Glass Sampler The glint of Mercury Glass is catching my eye as I travel around the Web and elsewhere. Originally created as a “poor man’s silver,” shimmery accessories made from Mercury Glass are back in vogue. According to Wikipedia, “Mercury glass is the common term for silvered glass… that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury […] Read more »

Tie One On — Challenge # 8

Tie One On — Challenge # 8 Let’s have fun with something that I bet you’ll find nearby. Does your husband, significant other, boyfriend, brother, or do you have a heap of old neckties stashed in the closet? My hubby has a mountain of seriously stylin’ ties. He looked hot when we “Vogue’d” with Madonna and U couldn’t touch him when it was Hammertime. Alas the 90’s are no more yet the […] Read more »

Antique Glass Repurposed

Antique Glass Repurposed A few more gems sparkled for us at Omega Too. Northern California architect Tim Leefeldt crafts these petite pendant fixtures from antique glass electrical insulators and Omega Too’s proprietor Mark Bell adds glow to old Mason jars. The little lights shine with personality. What else could you make for your home from glass insulators or Mason jars? Read more »

Sneak Peek — Angelo Surmelis Furniture

Sneak Peek — Angelo Surmelis Furniture A speedy sneak peek for you today at Angelo Surmelis’ Furniture line that will launch this summer. Many of you know Angelo as the spirited and warm host of HGTV’s Rate My Space. I know this self-named Design Geek will get on well with us Design Junkies. Angelo’s collection of about 30 upholstered pieces is dubbed angleo:HOME, MODERN CLASSICS, and includes his Spencer sofa featured […] Read more »

A Forest of Handmade Art for Your Home

A Forest of Handmade Art for Your Home Get ready to click that mouse; it’s an Etsy shopping day today. Inspired by the forest around me, I found you some wonderful tree-themed handicrafts that will help you beautify your home environment. Enjoy! I adore the graphic simplicity of Modernality’s Branch Pillow Covers. And Day Dreem Designs’ Etched Wine Glasses are indeed dreamy. Kainkain’s aqua on chocolate Borneo Tree Pillow is vivid and fresh. […] Read more »

Mixing Window Coverings — Designer Advice

Mixing Window Coverings — Designer Advice Today it’s time for some advice on window treatments. I visited with Doreen Leong, longtime designer and proprieter of Leong Interiors, a San Francisco Bay Area soft home furnishings and window coverings design and fabrication studio. We talked about a challenge many people have, successfully mixing hard and soft Window coverings. Window coverings fall into two categories. Hard window coverings are anything not made of […] Read more »

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