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Decor

Create Wow-Worthy Windows With A DIY Valance

Create Wow-Worthy Windows With A DIY Valance

Thoughtful window treatments are a basic way to add style and panache to a room. Consider a valance at the top of the window that will coordinate with your fabrics–and the room’s color scheme–while adding a finished polish to your windows, especially if your window treatments consist of a basic […]

Crazy for Kitchens & Baths? Follow Us at the Delta Faucet & Brizo Media Event

Crazy for Kitchens & Baths? Follow Us at the Delta Faucet & Brizo Media Event

We’ve been invited to attend Delta Faucet’s media event so this week we’re traveling to Indianapolis to check out the latest from the Delta Faucet Company and receive a thorough rundown of new products from Delta Faucet which also includes their fashion-forward Brizo line and ubiquitous Peerless products. If you’re […]

By The Numbers: Upholstery Charts

By The Numbers: Upholstery Charts

Whether you want to spruce up a chair or breathe new life into a couch, DIY upholstering is a great weekend project that can easily add impact to a room without draining your wallet on a new piece of furniture. Jenny from the Little Green Notebook published several upholstery charts, […]

Belt Tiles Make Sophisticated Flooring A Cinch

Belt Tiles Make Sophisticated Flooring A Cinch

File this one under “What will they think of next?” You’ve heard about using reclaimed wood for floors, but how about accessories? Ting London, the brainchild of designer Inghua Ting, has launched a line of floor tiles made from vintage leather belts. A group of in-house artisans selects belts that […]

Margaret Russell Moves on From ELLE DECOR to Architectural Digest

Margaret Russell Moves on From ELLE DECOR to Architectural Digest

Some big news today in the shelter publishing world. Margaret Russell the long-time (20 years) editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR will be moving to Conde Nast and has taken over the same role at Architectural Digest. She replaces long-time Architectural Digest editor, Paige Rense who has been with the magazine since […]

Giveaway: Design in a Bag

Giveaway: Design in a Bag

We’ll be celebrating kitchen remodels all this month and we’re excited to kick-off this week with a Giveaway from recently profiled, Design in a Bag. Regardless of your design experience or style preference, Design in a Bag offers a wide selection of kits that provide you with a color palette […]

Out-of-the-Box Furniture Finds on Etsy

Out-of-the-Box Furniture Finds on Etsy

We like to say that Etsy is at the center of the handmade universe which was confirmed after getting a behind-the-scenes tour of their office in Brooklyn, NY. They truly celebrate their sellers as nearly 100% of their furniture and decor came from their community of handmade and vintage vendors. […]

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

I can’t stop looking at the pictures of a full apartment renovation that recently appeared in a guest post on one of my favorite blogs, A Brooklyn Limestone In Progress. The contributor, Nicole Cohen, just launched her own blog but stopped over at BL to share a wealth of pictures […]

Use Whitewash Or Pickling To Refresh Hardwood Floors

Use Whitewash Or Pickling To Refresh Hardwood Floors

If you’re eager to alter the color of your hardwood floors but prefer a more classic, timeless hue, consider a gentle alteration using two techniques: whitewashing and pickling. Whitewashing, an ideal treatment for pine floors, brightens wood while allowing the grain to show through, an ideal option if you don’t […]

Mosaic Tiles Add Visual Impact to Bathrooms

Mosaic Tiles Add Visual Impact to Bathrooms

Etsy: Behind the Scenes

Etsy: Behind the Scenes

We just returned from a visit to the handmade center of the universe, Etsy. They recently moved to a fabulous location in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn and built out their own space in a large warehouse loft. In keeping with the do-it-yourself and handmade mantra, they’ve decorated the space […]

Add Color with High Pressure Laminate Panels

Add Color with High Pressure Laminate Panels

When someone asks where you spend most of your time, the garage doesn’t typically rise to the top of the list, does it (well maybe it does – I am writing on a DIY blog)? Anyway, if your answer was no, it didn’t for me either … at least until […]

Designer Portfolios For Room Inspiration

Designer Portfolios For Room Inspiration

A great feature has launched recently on my go-to source for everything decorating, remodeling and DIY – HGTV.com. Their new page called Designer Portfolios has just that – a slew of over 2,000 different rooms from contemporary kitchens to eclectic bedrooms. You can navigate the section by room and then […]

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

As technology and software keeps advancing the sophistication in 3D virtual room planning tools continues to grow. This list will help you find an online design tool that works best for you. All of these are free with so you can start designing your own room immediately and in 3D! […]

Domino Magazine is Back Online

Domino Magazine is Back Online

The shelter publishing space hasn’t been the same since Domino magazine closed last year. But the newly re-launched Brides.com (another Conde Nast publication) has resurrected some Domino content which is now available through their site. View the Domino archives

Dwell on Design 2010: Contemporary and Sustainable

Dwell on Design 2010: Contemporary and Sustainable

This was our first time visiting Dwell on Design which was held at the Los Angeles convention center. It’s billed as the largest design show on the West coast. There were over 200 exhibitors and a ton of discussion panels that focused on design and sustainability. HP also sponsored a […]

Mood Boards Made Simple By OlioBoard

Mood Boards Made Simple By OlioBoard

Ever get stuck on a home decor project? Have problems envisioning a room finished (you know, past the bare drywall and exposed wires)? Or wondering how an out-of-this world color palette might actually work together, but afraid of purchasing and painting your way to disaster? Me too. That’s why I […]

Video Interview with HGTV Designer Libby Langdon

Video Interview with HGTV Designer Libby Langdon

Last week I had the opportunity to do an interview with HGTV designer Libby Langdon and home tech specialist David Gregg. I called in and could watch them answer my questions via a live feed on my computer. There was a slight delay but otherwise it was kinda cool. They […]

Get World Cup Ready

Get World Cup Ready

The world is abuzz literally with World Cup fever. Despite the audio during the opening game that played an annoying buzzing sound emanating from the crowd, the first match started out well as host country South Africa and Mexico played to a highly competitive and entertaining 1-1 draw. If your […]

Discover Treasures for Your Home at Yard Sales

Discover Treasures for Your Home at Yard Sales

How fun is it to scour through someone else’s junk looking for that perfect piece or vintage find? Sometimes you hit the jackpot and uncover a diamond in the rough (how’s that for cliches?). There’s plenty of good junk out there, especially for your home – from decor to furniture […]

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

On a recent trip down the California coast, we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant, a Big Sur family-run institution since 1949. In addition to the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the tasty Ambrosia Burger, I love the architecture. Rowan Maiden, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the unique […]