Salivating for a feast of design? The tables are set and the pillows are plumped for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012, opening this weekend.
More than 30 talented West Coast designers have breathtakingly transformed the historic and stately mansion at 2020 Jackson Street, for this 35th annual Showcase—a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program.
I was privy to a peek the other [...] Read more »
Side tables are functional furniture – a home to your coffee, a table lamp, your ever-lengthening to-do list. But rather then only function, how about choosing a side table that accents your design with a playful shape, a shot of color, on unexpected material?
Enjoy these fun and funky choices:
West Elm’s Martini Side Table is a like a sweet, little bon-bon for the room, glittering in [...] Read more »
Posted in Color
on March 5th, 2011
by Mari Robeson
Everyday can be special, when you welcome friends and family around your table.
Mari Robeson—Interior Design expert and Contributor—helps us do so with style and function. Mari takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.
I love entertaining. The way you set your table and present your entrees can be like a mini [...] Read more »
by GraceAnn Simoni
Let’s give ourselves a sweet design treat, with Contributor GraceAnn Simoni. An 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.
Are you aware that you will spend 1/3 of your life on average sleeping? Your environment for sleeping should be of great concern.
We [...] Read more »
Posted in Bedroom
on February 10th, 2011
So simple, yet effective.
When I found Lexi Adams’ dresser transformation, I pounded my forehead – why didn’t I think to do that? Here’s the Before and After and the scoop on the fresh look this Brooklyn, NY photographer got with a little paint, elbow grease, and good advice from Dad.
HomeWorkshop (HW): Are you a design-diva, big into DIY and decorating, or was this [...] Read more »
Our DIY Special Event, 30 days of DIY Designer Ornaments launches today! For the next 30 days visit us each day for a new, easy ornament project.
We’re not talking candy canes and snowmen here –
but simply stylish confections to deck your tree in design.
Your tree will have it all:
We’ll look to current design trends and we’ll include a healthy dose of sentiment. Some [...] Read more »
Today I want your gut reaction to a design. This time, its Gan-Rugs’ Long Sleeves Rug. From the Mangas carpet collection designed by Patricia Urquiola. Long Sleeves and its sister rugs shown here feature stripes of varied texture and color.
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Do the rugs make you feel warm and cozy all over? Tell us what you think. Read more »
by Susan Serra, CKD
Yesterday we learned the basics of How to Set a Table. Today its right brain time, when our Kitchen Design Expert and Contributor, Susan Serra, CKD shares some fantastic tabletop decor. Known to many as “The Kitchen Designer” for her popular blog, Susan is an award-winning Certified Kitchen Designer, with a national clientele.
While a kitchen designer may not be the best one [...] Read more »
Haute Height Chart™ Now Available in My Shop!
Loved it the moment Jessa ZG showed me a photo. Her pop-art creation for tracking little one’s growth is Clean, Colorful, Contemporary. Not just a growth chart, but a work of art. To be sure the product was good enough for you, I borrowed a sample, and gave it the two-year-old test.
Aah, our model-in-the-making in front of [...] Read more »
Artist Profile — Virginia Fleck
I promised you another master of recycled art, and that Virginia Fleck is. Through her artist’s eye and craftperson’s hands, the commonplace and oft-discarded becomes mesmerizing and kaleidoscopic. Visit with Virginia, and I know you’ll be inspired.
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All images used with permission of, and Copyright Virginia Fleck.
HomeWorkshop (HW): Was art important to you when you were [...] Read more »
by Leona Gaita
Today from New York, Leona Gaita—Interior Design Expert and Contributor—visits a tradition in design and fundraising. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice, to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010—a fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, and this year a fall event—is chock full of original and inspiring [...] Read more »
A Classic Takes It
We asked for your stories of the best color you ever painted something, and wouldn’t it make sense that the Challenge winner used a classic beauty?
Yup. Debbie Perkins’—first furniture makeover ever, painted in a rich, punctuating black—just won the Challenge! Here’s her makeover photo and comments:
“I’m new to painting, but I found some cheap end tables in the classified ads that [...] Read more »
Posted in Challenge Results
on October 22nd, 2010
by Sherri Blum
Today our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum shares her advice for readying a beautiful baby’s room, that will work for either gender.
With all of the modern medical advances available today that allow a couple to find out the sex of their baby in advance, I’ve found more and more clients deciding to wait and find out on delivery [...] Read more »
Posted in Baby
on October 14th, 2010
by Regina Garay
Let’s get the low-down on a high-style finish, with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her artistry and inspiration at Fauxology.
Venetian Plaster is a technique that has been around for hundreds of years — but there are many misconceptions about it, especially for those who are trying it on their own. Here’s the scoop….
Here are [...] Read more »
Posted in Art / Craft
on October 6th, 2010
Artist Profile — Sharon Cummings
The moment I spied artist Sharon Cummings paintings, I needed to know her philosophy about color.
“Colors are never bold enough for me…never bright enough…and there aren’t enough of them,” she said. “I go for ‘impact’. I use color to draw attention and create a ‘feeling’.”
I was captivated by the lively works in her mosaic, Labor of Love series, [...] Read more »