Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

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 the other [...] Read more »

Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss

Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss Watch Sherri on The Cake Boss Baby Special!

I don’t know about yours, but our family (especially our 10-year-old daughter) is in love with The Cake Boss. Buddy and his passionate fondant-rolling, frosting-piping New Jersey clan have us riveted, hungry and chuckling every week.

So as you can imagine, we were over-the-moon excited to learn that our own Nursery and Kid’s Room Design Contributor, Sherri Blum, [...] 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, glittering in [...] 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 be like a mini [...] 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 concern.

We [...] Read more »

Trend Alert — Rockin’ Decor

Trend Alert — Rockin’ Decor As studded-up shoes stomp down the fashion runways, watch for more ways to out

your inner rocker with your home accents.

Side-studded Faux Suede Decorative Pillow at Overstock.

Spot-On Studded Leather Boxes

Studs and nailheads are leaping off edges, moving from trim to the featured decoration. And the pyramid stud—formerly punking only leather cuffs and collars—is going mainstream.

Pyramid Studded Mirror at Lamps Plus

Pyramid-Studded Rory Faux Suede Pillow [...] Read more »

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery A traditional handicraft can add warmth and character to a space. A graphic Amish quilt suspended as a headboard, a braided rag rug anchoring the coffee table, Grandma’s crocheted, zig-zag throw draped over the arm of a club chair.

Or colorful, textural crewel embroidery.

As a young girl, I spent many an evening cranking out chain and satin stitches, and flocks of french knots. [...] 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 »

Nursery Trends for 2011

Nursery Trends for 2011 by Sherri Blum

Here’s the latest decor forecast for the little ones’ rooms, from our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door.

Happy New Year! Besides recovering from the holiday madness festivities, the beginning of each year usually means I’ll be interviewed by several Web sites, [...] Read more »

Design Your New Year

Design Your New Year Happy 2011!

The New Year is a fantastic time for us all to step back, take a breath, and take stock of where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. After a week under the weather, I am doing just that.

I thought you’d like to re-visit (or perhaps visit for the first time) some wonderful resolution advice from ten design experts. So dive into the [...] Read more »

A New Year’s Eve Celebration of Winter

A New Year’s Eve Celebration of Winter Winter storms are making a frequent appearance this year. For New Year’s Eve, why not celebrate the beauty of the season? We are once again hosting a New Year’s Eve party that embraces the chilly weather.

Not black-tie affairs, our gatherings are family friendly, with kiddos and adults alike welcoming the new year together. (Remember when you were a kid, and you were allowed to [...] Read more »

Take a Little Walk with Me

Take a Little Walk with Me Even this Design Junkie knows there is more to life than design (hard to believe, I know.)

So I hope during these holidays, you are able to enjoy time with your loved ones, and to get out and explore some of the great things your neighborhood has to offer.

In our neck of the woods is a small puddle known as Lake Tahoe; I thought [...] Read more »

Pip’s Crocheted Christmas Baubles – DIY Ornament #21

Pip’s Crocheted Christmas Baubles – DIY Ornament #21 When I spied Australian Pip Lincolne’s crochet-clothed glass baubles – I knew you’d eat them up. Pip was thrilled to share–yay!–so dig in and enjoy Day #21 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments.

The blend of warm, colorful yarns against the shiny glass is striking. Such a play of textures. It’s a nostalgic flashback for me, to the granny squares I learned to crochet [...] Read more »

Jute Ornament Balls – DIY Ornament #20

Jute Ornament Balls – DIY Ornament #20 Today’s ornament for 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments is swirling in texture and earthy goodness. If you are doing up your tree with wired-on pinecones, nuts-in-the-shell, strung cranberries and clipped-on bird ornaments, here’s the perfect complement.

It’s truly a snap to create, and a fantastic way to recycle tired, old ornament balls. Let’s

get wrappin’….

Materials and Tools:

Glass ornament balls – new or (better yet) used glass [...] Read more »

Painted Canvas Snowflakes — DIY Ornament #19

Painted Canvas Snowflakes — DIY Ornament #19 For Day #19 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments I promised a colorful twist on a classic holiday decoration.

Don’t you just love crafting paper snowflakes? The surprise-factor of revealing the design always gets me. But I don’t like their temporary nature. Our flakes rarely survive the taping, kid tugging and kitten swatting, to become part of next year’s decor. I wondered how I [...] Read more »

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