Archive for the ‘Color’ Category

The Modern Quilt Movement

The Modern Quilt Movement Quilts aren’t only calico triangles and hexagons anymore. Interested in quilting since I was a teen, I’ve always especially favored the bold, graphic color play of Amish designs. Having created some art wall quilts myself, I appreciate the effort and artwork involved in making any quilt. But early on, I felt as though we needed an updated idea of the quilt as art. Though beautiful, […] Read more »

Want Color or Life Inspiration? Take a Walk

Want Color or Life Inspiration? Take a Walk It is mind-blowing the color palettes you’ll find in nature. Think that’s a daring combo in the fabric you just found? Go outside and I bet you’ll see something even more fearless. I regularly hike the hills surrounding our local reservoir, with camera (or at least iPhone) in my pack. (Okay and some pepper spray in case the local coyotes get too friendly.) A bird […] Read more »

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012 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 […] Read more »

Fun and Funky Side Tables

Fun and Funky Side Tables 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, […] Read more »

Stylish Entertaining

Stylish Entertaining 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 […] Read more »

February, Feng Shui & Valentine’s Day

February, Feng Shui & Valentine’s Day 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 […] Read more »

Lexi’s Paint Chip Dresser — Makeover

Lexi’s Paint Chip Dresser — Makeover 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 »

30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments

30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments 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: Texture Color Sparkle Spunk We’ll look to current design trends and we’ll include […] Read more »

Long Sleeves Rug — Love it or Leave it?

Long Sleeves Rug — Love it or Leave it? 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. Click on images to see more detail. Do the rugs make you feel warm and cozy all over? Tell us what you think. Read more »

Creative Tablescapes — Fun Table Decor to Inspire

Creative Tablescapes — Fun Table Decor to Inspire 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 […] Read more »

Kids Growth Chart — Finally! A Modern Art Version

Kids Growth Chart — Finally! A Modern Art Version 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 […] Read more »

Beauty in the Disposable

Beauty in the Disposable 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. Click on images to see more detail. All images used with permission of, and Copyright Virginia Fleck.   HomeWorkshop (HW): Was art important […] Read more »

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010 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 […] Read more »

The Best Color Ever Challenge Results

The Best Color Ever Challenge Results 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 […] Read more »

Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery

Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery 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 […] Read more »

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