Archive for January, 2010

Home Organizing Starts with Editing

Home Organizing Starts with Editing by GraceAnn Simoni

Here’s some great home organizing advice and a dash of “how to” motivation from Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along??? Like most of you I resolved to become more organized. My office is [...] Read more »

Fashion4Home Furniture Launches in U.S.

Fashion4Home Furniture Launches in U.S. Social Furniture — It’s Here!

Yesterday marked the U.S. launch of Berlin, Germany’s Fashion4Home, and the stateside beginning of “social furniture.”

One of Fashion4Home’s exclusive designers, Logan Komorowski, with a model from his line of furniture from sustainable bamboo.

Sure, Fashion4Home is an online-only furniture retailer that says it offers products at “50-70% less than traditional retail prices,” but that’s not the coolest thing about it.

Here it is: [...] Read more »

The Well-Dressed Home — Books

The Well-Dressed Home — Books Here’s the deal. You can put an outfit together, right? So why not apply some of that knowhow when it comes to outfitting your home?

That’s Annette Tatum’s approach in The Well-Dressed Home, Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style (Clarkson Potter, 2009). Here’s Tatum’s theory: You’ve taken the time to choose styles, colors and textures you love for your clothes. Use that inspiration you have [...] Read more »

Makeover — Eastlake Parlor Chair

Makeover — Eastlake Parlor Chair by Diana Durkes

Wahoo! It’s time again for chair sorcery from our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago.

What to do with a challenging, homely chair?

Years ago, this one may have occupied pride of place in the parlor. It emulates the Eastlake style, a late 1800’s [...] Read more »

Wrapping It Up In Style

Wrapping It Up In Style You know those ‘Wish I’d thought of that’ moments? I had one the other day when I read Kate Smith’s blog post over at Live in Full Color.

Kate wrote an excellent wrap-up to my and Sonu’s online special event, ten with “What I Learned from Ten Experts in Ten Days.”

We must be on the same wavelength, because Kate—a renowned color educator and also our expert [...] Read more »

Imageglow Design Challenge

Imageglow Design Challenge Challenge Update: You have chosen the Imageglow Design Challenge Winner — Read the results at the announcement post. Then please do scroll down here and see all 385 of the wonderful designs that you submitted from all over the world. Amazing stuff.

Put on your artist hats, Design Junkies — this one’s going to be brilliant.

Ever want to create an original design for a beautiful [...] Read more »

Of Fearlessness and Life

Of Fearlessness and Life Artist Profile — Roz

Two people can look at the same work of art and see something quite different. This I know; but it really hit home when I discovered the work of a woman named Roz.

Her kids inspired Roz (a.k.a. Rosilyn Young) to paint the first of her “Leap” series of oils-on-canvas. “I think it was watching my own children jumping around, so full of [...] Read more »

Giving Our Gifts to Others

Giving Our Gifts to Others Over the last ten days during our special event, ten, Sonu of Living in Color With Sonu and I have had an incredible time sharing with you the gift of wonderful design advice and tips from our talented experts. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all our experts for helping us take on 2010 in style:

Jamie Drake, Interior Designer to Michael Bloomberg and Madonna

Judith Miller, [...] Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Give Back!

New Year’s Resolution: Give Back! Design Expert: You!

Today we bring home our conversation about fantastic New Year’s Resolutions with what may be the most important of all—to Give Back. My partner in putting together ten, Sonu (from Living in Color with Sonu) and I talked about how giving back can mean giving of your time, your talents, or your money. Later, we’ll share what we are doing to give back [...] Read more »

Resolve to Expand Your Horizons!

Resolve to Expand Your Horizons! Design Expert: Michael Green

Being in Northern California, I really do need to learn more about wine. To Wine & Spirits Expert and Educator, Michael Green, finding a fine wine can be a parallel journey to finding good design.

Gourmet Magazine’s Wine & Spirits consultant for 19 years, Michael’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject is vast. Visit Living in Color With Sonu to watch Michael’s lively [...] Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Make Time for Family and Friends!

New Year’s Resolution: Make Time for Family and Friends! Design Expert: Jenn Sbranti

Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti, Editor-in-Chief of the hip party planning resource, Hostess with the Mostess®, shares with us—in her own words—how to create memorable times with those closest to us, as we Make Time for Family and Friends in the

New Year….

“The idea of “making time for family and friends” seems like something that should be a no-brainer, right? Certainly it’s a different [...] Read more »

Resolve to Learn More!

Resolve to Learn More! Design Expert: Kate Smith

Color educator and trend forecaster Kate Smith’s passion is color. She blends color theory and psychology for her students and her readers, encouraging them to have fun with color.

Kate looks to the New Year as an opportunity to Learn More. Visit Living in Color With Sonu to read Kate’s tips on learning to use color with confidence, and expand your knowledge in [...] Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Be More Green and Save Green!

New Year’s Resolution: Be More Green and Save Green! Design Expert: Kelly Van Patter

An awarding-winning Production Designer for television shows such as Survivor and The Apprentice, Kelly Van Patter is passionate about making smart choices for our planet and our pocketbooks.

Kelly is focusing her efforts on green design for the entertainment industry, residential construction and interior design; she shares her knowledge and advice with us in Be More Green and Save Green.

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Resolve to Exercise More!

Resolve to Exercise More! Design Expert: Ramona Braganza

Hollywood’s Personal Trainer, Ramona Braganza helps her clients make fitness a way

of life.

Visit Living in Color With Sonu to read Ramona’s advice on how to Exercise More in the New Year, no matter how little time or space you have in your life.

Here’s today’s bonus: Download your own copy of Ramona’s Ten Tips on creating a comfortable and motivating space that sets [...] Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Improve Your Relationship!

New Year’s Resolution: Improve Your Relationship! Design Expert: Kenneth Brown

One of Los Angeles’ most sought-after interior designers, Kenneth Brown has a remarkable gift for creating sophisticated and welcoming sanctuaries. His design firm works for numerous high-profile clients, including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Mia Hamm.

Believing that well-planned, beautiful spaces nourish and support us, Kenneth Brown shows us how you can use good design to Improve Your Relationship.

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