Archive for the ‘Furniture’ Category

Curate a Lively Dining Room Mix

Curate a Lively Dining Room Mix Sometimes a no-brainer is nice. Like my fit-and-flare navy cotton frock with its matching skinny belt. Or if I’m going to get the fries with my protein-style burger at In-N-Out (one glance through the window at the hypnotic potato-julienning aerobics, and it’s a given). And even a set of matching bed linens can be just fine. Or NOT. Maybe it’s the drummer in my head, […] 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 »

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 »

Introducing Secondhand Shabby — Diana’s Ebook!

Introducing Secondhand Shabby — Diana’s Ebook! Our Contributors here at are a talented tribe of design doers, and I am amazed daily at their creations. Excitement abounds today as I announce that our maven of makeovers and wrangler of reuse has published her first Ebook!! Diana Durkes put her sandpaper, paintbrush, camera and keyboard into overdrive, and Secondhand Shabby, her 90-page downloadable Ebook is here!! Inside, Diana demonstrates how to: […] Read more »

Patio Chairs Metamorphosis

Patio Chairs Metamorphosis Some makeovers are pure genius. Like this pair of forlorn patio chairs that Jen at Fresh Crush transformed. Take a peek. Before: After: Is fan-tab-u-loso a word??? This project is a lesson in looking at a piece of furniture with the attitude of ‘What can it be?’ rather than focusing on ‘What is it?’ Jen looked beyond the patio persona, and made her chairs living-room […] Read more »

Pasha Armchair — Love it or Leave it?

Pasha Armchair — Love it or Leave it? It’s time again for your gut reaction to a design. Peek through the Pasha armchair from Italy’s Pedrali, designed by Claudio Dondoli & Marco Pocci. Shades of Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair—but with a winged persona—Pasha comes in transparent, black, white, and smoked, glossy-finished polycarbonate. Both indoor and outdoor versions are offered, as is an upholstered cushion for added comfort. Does this chair work for you? […] 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 »

Antique Show — Remnants of the Past

Antique Show — Remnants of the Past by Mari Robeson Today we travel along with Mari Robeson, as she finds design inspiration at an antiques show. Mari—Interior Design expert and Contributor—takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home. This is not your grandmother’s antique show! One of my favorite things about being Interior Designer is that I’m always working with […] Read more »

Crowdsourced Furniture from Stylefactory

Crowdsourced Furniture from Stylefactory The idea of crowdsourced design makes so much sense. What is that? It’s where a community has a say in what products a company produces and sells. It’s interactive, engaging, and a smart way to do business. And another player in the U.S. home furnishings market is now doing just that. Stylefactory is offering original designer furniture and accessories, like this Cantilever Sofa by Noah […] Read more »

Nursery Chest DIY Makeover

Nursery Chest DIY Makeover by Diana Durkes Here’s an original project idea for baby’s nursery. It’s DIY time, with furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving. I came upon this sweet cupboard at a house sale last month. It was a lesser piece among a houseful of pretty, practical antiques. Many had sold, but […] Read more »

A Second Life

A Second Life Artist Profile — Evan Brennan Sometimes getting off the main road can lead you to a new calling. That’s how it was for photographer Evan Brennan. A former sales rep for an eyewear company, Evan racked up the mileage trekking throughout North and South Carolina. “I always hated taking the interstates so I would routinely take alternate roads, those roads that used to connect towns […] Read more »

Makeover — ‘Victoria’ the Dressing Table

Makeover — ‘Victoria’ the Dressing Table by Lia Fagan Interior Designer Lia Fagan is back – and another castoff piece of furniture is the better for it. Enjoy Lia’s guest post, and the transformed Deco diva, ‘Victoria’. I rescued Victoria from a local reuse centre…rows upon rows of withered souls just looking to be brought back to life. “My, you’re a long way from the salon.” She was in great shape […] Read more »

Duffy London Runner & Swing Tables

Duffy London Runner & Swing Tables I love it when designers stretch the limits of what is possible – and when designs exude a sense of fun. So when I found these Duffy London tables, I just had to share. Duffy is debuting its Runner Table this month at London Design week. With the novel concept of using ‘runners’ as its structure, the table blends thin steel legs with a substantial […] Read more »

Makeover — ‘Stella’ the Wardrobe

Makeover — ‘Stella’ the Wardrobe by Lia Fagan Here’s makeover motivation for the weekend, from my new Canadian friend, Interior Designer Lia Fagan. (I seem to make lots of Canadian friends—must be the hockey gusto.) Lia can spy neglected furniture cowering in the corner of any second-hand store; and she has the beauty kit to give it new life – literally. Enjoy this guest post from Lia, where she introduces […] Read more »

How to Designate a Homework Place

How to Designate a Homework Place by GraceAnn Simoni It’s that time again parents; and here’s some great advice to set your kids up for success, from 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. — The kids are going back in school and the homework is starting. […] Read more »

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