Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

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 […] 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. You’d […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 »

Drum Chandies — DIY Ornament #18

Drum Chandies — DIY Ornament #18 Today, for Day #18 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments we treat our trees to interior design-inspired glitz. Don’t you just love a glam chandelier? In my opinion, there is not much that makes as beautiful a statement in a space. And you can find one that complements just about any decor. Tops on my wish list lately are chic, contemporary drum shades that […] Read more »

Damask Flourishes — DIY Ornament #17

Damask Flourishes — DIY Ornament #17 There’s nothing more elegant than a feminine flourish. That’s one of the reasons why damask textiles are a design classic. A great damask can add glamour and graphic impact at the same time. When in doubt – damask. So for Day #17 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments we add swirly, damask flourishes to our glass ornament balls. And it seems this year I’m […] Read more »

Tresa’s Stuffed Hot Cocoa Ornament – DIY Ornament #16

Tresa’s Stuffed Hot Cocoa Ornament – DIY Ornament #16 Time for a treat on Day #16 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments. Most of our 30 Days’ ornaments are original creations for But when I spotted Tresa Edmund’s cozy Christmas confection, I knew I had to share a cup with you. I love the warmth of the wool felt, the calming color combination, and the funky dollop of whipped cream. And especially […] Read more »

Bargain Photo Frame Ornament — DIY Ornament #15

Bargain Photo Frame Ornament — DIY Ornament #15 Everybody wants great design for a steal. For Day #15 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments, we have a thrifty solution. Like me, if you’ve shopped for nice-looking photo frame ornaments, you’ll find the least expensive are still a few dollars apiece. The cost adds up if you want to send your offsprings’ adorable mugs to the grandparents and all the aunts and uncles. […] Read more »

Mackintosh-Inspired Trees — DIY Ornament #14

Mackintosh-Inspired Trees — DIY Ornament #14 It’s time for another design influence, on Day #14 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments. This time we turn to the Arts and Crafts movement. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a notable designer of the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. One of his most recognizable motifs is his geometric “Mackintosh Rose.” I love the simple, tumbling layers of the Mackintosh Rose, and decided […] Read more »

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