Archive for August, 2009

Reflect on This: Digital Photographs on Metal

Reflect on This: Digital Photographs on Metal Art-lover Ginger King wanted to create a new option in wall art for her home and for others. “Original artwork is typically very pricey, and I wanted a unique, sophisticated way to display my personal photos,” said King.

She’s done that with Impel Ink, a new service that prints your photos on fine art metals, rather than traditional surfaces. The satin silver and satin gold [...] Read more »

A New Breed of Fabric Designer

A New Breed of Fabric Designer A Conversation with Liz Scott

Our posts about fabric design are in demand with the Design Junkies. And we received great feedback about Liz Scott’s designs in the piece showcasing her chair makeover.

You’ll recall that Liz prints her original designs through Spoonflower, and sells her fabric at her Etsy shop, Wonderfluff.

I got with Liz recently to learn more about her, and the inspiration and process [...] Read more »

Naked Wood: A Natural Trend in Home Furnishings

Naked Wood: A Natural Trend in Home Furnishings by Leona Gaita

Today we are once again joined by Leona Gaita, HomeWorkshop.com Interior Design Expert and Contributor. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance.

There’s something afoot… An organic new trend… I wonder if the FCC knows about it! I wonder if your grandmother would approve! Wood furniture that’s [...] Read more »

$20 Flea Market Quest — Challenge # 16

$20 Flea Market Quest — Challenge # 16 Ready for a treasure hunt Design Junkies?

We soaked up some fab flea-market shopping tips when we explored the Rose Bowl with keen-dude-of-design Kenneth Brown. If you haven’t seen it, check out the video here.

It’s time to apply that knowledge on your own shopping trip. Here’s your assignment….

Show us the decor your can score for twenty bucks at your local flea market . For [...] Read more »

Kenneth Brown Shops the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Kenneth Brown Shops the Rose Bowl Flea Market Let’s spend a Design Junkie’s dream day together in Pasadena, California as we scour a world-class marketplace for decorator finds with one of the planet’s top designers. Watch and learn from Kenneth Brown, acclaimed interior designer and host of HGTV’s reDesign as he shops the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market.

We get up with the sun and comb the Rose Bowl with Kenneth, a member [...] Read more »

Designer Rods — Unexpected Color for the Bath

Designer Rods — Unexpected Color for the Bath The bath is a perfect spot for a surprising pop of color and whimsy. Case in point: Designer Rods. Beach addict and obsessive beach-glass hunter, Nancy Boughton, created the prismatic accessories to display her growing beach glass collection.

“As an interior designer, I have a special fondness for unique, distinctive and innovative accessories that make a home come alive,” says Nancy. “Beach glass is one of [...] Read more »

Makeover — Amanda’s “Mushroom Chair”

Makeover — Amanda’s “Mushroom Chair” by Amanda Reass

Today come into the garden, kick back with a cold beverage and enjoy the story of the “Mushroom Chair,” a Makeover project from Design Junkie Amanda Reass of Columbus, Ohio.

Last October my fiancé and I moved into the house that my grandparents had lived in for 30+ years. We didn’t mind taking on the task of painting and updating the décor in exchange [...] Read more »

Decorating to Go — Books

Decorating to Go — Books How often do things deliver more than promised? This book does. Billed as a volume to help you decorate temporary digs like rentals, dorms and such, Robin Bernard and Adrienne Nappi’s Decorating to Go, Easy Ways to Feather Your Temporary Nest (Creative Homeowner, 2009) is a dynamite little book for renters and homeowners alike.

Its pages are teeming with design and decorating concepts and DIY [...] Read more »

Daring Decor — Challenge # 15

Daring Decor — Challenge # 15 Today’s Challenge is about stepping out of your decorating comfort zone. Have you done it? I’m a colorholic, but still unsure sometimes about adding certain elements. A while back I was putting together a lounging corner in our master bedroom.

It was coming together fine with most of the pieces I chose:

Double, sage velvet chaise — a splurge since much of our house is furnished [...] Read more »

Makeover — Lamp with Decorative Paper Shade

Makeover — Lamp with Decorative Paper Shade by Diana Durkes

Get your DIY on as furniture makeover and upcycler specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago.

This month’s makeover is a favorite of mine for adding fresh color or a new layer of pattern to a room. It’s also a great way to use the beautiful printed [...] Read more »

Where to Find Glass Accessories

Where to Find Glass Accessories Don’t forget your local floral supply store as a source for glass vases and containers that will add sparkle and color to your rooms.

On our recent Pasadena trip, we explored the gargantuan Stats Floral that covers nearly a city block of South Raymond Avenue, across from the Castle Green. There we found these gorgeous glass pieces.

A shop like this often has vases that are [...] Read more »

Area Rugs Uses, Sizes and Tips

Area Rugs Uses, Sizes and Tips by GraceAnn Simoni

Once again, today we are joined by Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares with us budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.

With all the hardwood, laminate, tile, cork and other eco–friendly flooring being installed in homes, I thought now would be a good time to talk about area [...] Read more »

BevShots — Pour Me Some Artwork

BevShots — Pour Me Some Artwork Mark my words Design Junkies. This is the next big thing in wall art.

How does your favorite beer, wine, cocktail or cola become striking artwork? When scientists crystallize it and photograph it through a microscope.

International Brews

BevShots.com, a brand new online business offering customizable wall art based on your favorite beverage, calls it “an intoxicating blend of art and science, their vibrant colors and [...] Read more »

Create a Color Scheme — Challenge # 14

Create a Color Scheme — Challenge # 14 Get out those colored pencils, paints, bits of paper and fabric. Like a grownup excuse to play with crayons Design Junkies, this will be wicked good fun.

Here’s your blank canvas, begging for some personality:

We’ve been learning about color. So today our community of hue hounds will create color schemes for this sitting area. We’ll play not only with color, but with texture and pattern too. [...] Read more »

Pasadena Green

Pasadena Green We had a ball tooling around Pasadena, California this weekend, savoring the sunshine, the food and the magnificent architecture. The city of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl is blessed with abundant, awesome design.

Photographs by Lisa Gillis

My cousin Larry Martin (aka ‘Mr. Pasadena’) served as stellar tour guide, showing us all the sights. We rode, walked, munched, drank and talked. Loving Pasadena. [...] Read more »

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