Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

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 »

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 »

How to Arrange a Dining Room for Holiday Guests

How to Arrange a Dining Room for Holiday Guests by GraceAnn Simoni Here’s some great advice for the upcoming holidays, 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. And so it begins…. Can you believe it? Thanksgiving—the first big Holiday of the season—is right around the corner. I love this […] 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 »

Hardscaping Ideas to Enhance Your Garden

Hardscaping Ideas to Enhance Your Garden by Steve & Cathy Lambert Fall is a great time to plan landscape improvements. Let’s learn about an often overlooked area, with our Garden and Landscape Design Experts and Contributors Steve and Cathy Lambert. Steve and Cathy share with us great advice for creating beautiful gardens and outdoor living spaces. Choosing the Right Hardscape Materials Photographs by Steve Lambert and copyright Garden Lights Landscape and […] 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 »

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 »

10 DIY Window Treatments — Quick & Inexpensive

10 DIY Window Treatments — Quick & Inexpensive Now that we are spending more of our days indoors, it’s time to focus on DIY projects to freshen our decor, like these quick and fun, DIY window treatments that I rounded up for you. These are simple, low-cost ideas, many featuring creative reuse or recycling. Enjoy! 1. A Beautiful Scarf—yours, your Grandma’s or one you pick up from the thrift store—can make a graceful […] 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 »

Recycled Art and Cubism

Recycled Art and Cubism Artist Profile — Enno de Kroon The next two artists you’ll meet here at, transform recycled materials into stellar artwork. Click on images to see more detail. All images used with permission of, and Copyright Enno de Kroon. Today, it’s artist Enno de Kroon from The Netherlands, whose Eggcubism is—in a word—brilliant. By painting on the challenging canvas of recycled egg crates, he plays […] Read more »

The Lollipop Shop’s Bench 10

The Lollipop Shop’s Bench 10 Well-thought-out public spaces are inspiring. Even something as humble as a bench—in the hands of a good designer—can be striking and functional. This colorful, woven effect is fantastic – don’t you think? That was the idea, when The Lollipop Shop in Old Spitalfields Market, challenged top furniture designers to create innovative public benches, as part of this year’s London Design Festival. These are just a […] Read more »

Venetian Plaster Demystified

Venetian Plaster Demystified 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 […] 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 »

To Excite and Soothe

To Excite and Soothe 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 »

Finding Yourself Through Design

Finding Yourself Through Design Is it possible to discover the true you, with a new bedroom design? Interior Designer Kristi Dinner helped her client do just that. Photographs by Emily Minton-Redfield The Denver, Colorado designer considers listening the most important thing an interior designer can do. Dinner—who spent several years in Hollywood doing set design for ‘pretend’ homeowners—appreciates creating a space for the real thing. “We would get so […] Read more »

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