Archive for June, 2010

BEMZ Slipcovers Now in Designers Guild Patterns

BEMZ Slipcovers Now in Designers Guild Patterns Transform IKEA Seating in Tricia Guild Style Tiring of that plain-vanilla IKEA armchair? Or when the neighbors come for dinner, does that pasta stain make you shuffle your dining chairs? Check out the slipcovers from Stockholm, Sweden-based BEMZ, which are designed to fit most IKEA chairs and sofas – even discontinued models. And now, you can adorn your furniture with the innovative patterns of Designers […] Read more »

Upholstered Furniture as Art

Upholstered Furniture as Art Designing and remaking upholstered furniture, and combining it well in a space, is an art. Designer Heather Hilliard is brilliant at it, as evidenced by her living room design for this year’s Marin Designer’s Showcase. Photographs by Michele Lee Willson Photography A classical room with grand proportions, Hilliard wanted it to feel “luxurious and refined but understated” and to function well for both formal entertaining […] Read more »

Liz Scott Fabrics Coming from Moda

Liz Scott Fabrics Coming from Moda Short and sa-weet today. Friend of, fabric designer Liz Scott, wrote me this week with great news. Moda fabrics has picked up Liz’s Sugar Pop collection, and the fabrics will be available in stores this December! Liz Scott Sugar Pop collection for Moda in cool colorways. As you may recall, Liz has had great success designing her own patterns, having fabric printed at Spoonflower, […] Read more »

Your Own Work

Your Own Work We love artists and designers here at Absolutely smitten with them. And so we believe strongly in artistic integrity and intellectual property rights. When we run our fabulous Design Challenges, we ask that you submit work that is your own. And we include rules to that effect. For our recently completed Alluminare Design Challenge, and before the declared winner’s design went into production, we […] Read more »

Chat with Interior Designers Live this Thursday

Chat with Interior Designers Live this Thursday Twitter #IDzinechat Thursday, June 24, 8 pm Eastern Design Junkies, wouldn’t you love to pose your decorating questions to a panel of professional Interior Designers, and get answers, for free? (We’re talking gobs of talented design professionals—from across the nation and the world—some you may even recognize from your TV screen!)   Interior Designers, what if you could spend an hour and get the pulse […] Read more »

Alluminare Design Challenge Winner

Alluminare Design Challenge Winner & World Class Designer Here at, we’ve been swimming in home decor patterns for weeks. And now, thanks to your votes, one design floated to the top of the pond.* Congratulations to Billy Hobbs. Rogers, Arkansas, USA! His mod, fluid design has the versatility to make it a great home decor pattern. Our Lead Design Judge and home design icon, Christopher Lowell, said this […] Read more »

Kenneth Brown Opens Retail Store

Kenneth Brown Opens Retail Store A Top Designer’s Laboratory I never thought about the value that having a retail space can add to a designers work. Sure, the designer might pocket a bit of profit, and his customers score tastefully chosen floor lamps and side chairs. But there’s more to it. Our friend and top interior designer, Kenneth Brown, just opened his first retail store. You’ll find Kenneth Brown Home […] Read more »

Lettering in Decor and Design

Lettering in Decor and Design by Regina Garay Let’s put the alphabet to creative use, with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her artistry and inspiration at Fauxology. — In the midst of creating a warm space for themselves, many homeowners decide to bring in a more personal touch with lettering designs.  These can include important quotes, the family crest or monograms.  […] Read more »

Set a Stylish July 4th Table

Set a Stylish July 4th Table From the Archives: Deck out your Independence Day table with flair, when you whip up a batch of our Patriotic Peeps Placemats – personalized for the family!   It’s a fun DIY project! Click here for complete instructions. Read more »

Alluminare Design Challenge — Top Ten & Voting with Christopher Lowell!

Alluminare Design Challenge — Top Ten & Voting with Christopher Lowell! You have chosen Alluminare’s new World Class Designer! Read the announcement here. And don’t miss our Lead Design Judge, Christopher Lowell’s, excellent commentary, his insightful tips for choosing patterns for home decor, and view the beautiful designs created by our finalists below. Hello everybody. I’m so pleased to have been asked by to be the lead designer for this terrific competition. I hope it […] Read more »

Pimp My Desk Challenge

Pimp My Desk Challenge In our neck of the woods at Lake Tahoe, Memorial Day Weekend is prime yard sale time. Is it the same where you live? Each year I look forward to driving through the neighborhoods, seeing what’s tucked under the towering pines and firs, and snapping up bargains. This time, our oldest daughter — nine years old — was up early, and pumped to go on […] Read more »

Garden Color Schemes — Favorite Planting Color Combinations

Garden Color Schemes — Favorite Planting Color Combinations by Steve & Cathy Lambert Today we fill our nursery carts with color, guided by our Garden and Landscape Design Experts and Contributors Steve and Cathy Lambert. Steve and Cathy share great advice (and dazzling photographs) to help you plan your garden color scheme. — Last month we discussed garden color schemes – choosing harmonious or contrasting color combinations for your landscape. As promised, this […] Read more »

Breakfast Room — An Afterthought No More

Breakfast Room — An Afterthought No More By Angela Min Today our new Kitchen and Bath Design Expert and Contributor—Angela Min—joins us! Happily, the pencil is being tossed only over the kitchen island, as Angela is taking over writing duties for her design co-conspirator at The Kitchen Designer, Susan Serra, CKD. — Breakfast rooms are often the afterthought of the kitchen, a “leftover” space often neglected by both homeowners and designers alike. […] Read more »

Christopher Lowell Lead Design Judge for our Alluminare Design Challenge

Christopher Lowell Lead Design Judge for our Alluminare Design Challenge Artists and designers from around the globe worked hard to create 475 amazing original patterns for’s Alluminare Design Challenge. Light fixtures, wallpaper and pillows are anxiously awaiting their new designer looks. So we wanted only the best when it came to our judging team. We wanted a team leader who lives and breathes interior design and art, with successful signature lines of home decor […] Read more »

Home Library Design — Books in Your Decor

Home Library Design — Books in Your Decor I learned about the most fascinating design niche recently, when—through trusty Twitter— I met Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books. Thatcher specializes in the design of home libraries for homeowners and designers around the country. We’re not talking the cabinetry here – we’re talking the books. I asked Thatcher a few questions and I think you’ll enjoy his answers. He’s given me volumes of ideas for […] Read more »

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