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Art of Design: Wallpaper for Walls and More

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Wallpaper goes in and out of fashion as much as the length of women's hemlines. I happen to like wallpaper, as it helps dress a room. Rooms look a bit more finished when the walls are covered in beautifully colored wallcoverings. Wallpaper brings another layer that can be in the form of a pattern, large or small, or a texture that makes an ...Read more

Art of Design: What Makes a Great Vacation Home?

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No matter where in the world you are or where you wish you were, the idea of a vacation is a great idea. Wanderlust -- the desire to travel -- is quite appealing to most individuals. Many opt to book hotel rooms for trips from Paris to Timbuktu. Some choose this lodging style because everything is done for you: meals, sightseeing tickets and ...Read more

Art of Design: Dining in the Time of COVID-19

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If any good has come from COVID-19, it's the fact that many homeowners have rekindled the love of being home, cooking and nesting, even if at the request of a stay-at-home order. Cooking and dining at home has led to the rediscovery of the dining room. This inevitable global experience has taught us to rethink our homes and to not overlook any ...Read more

Art of Design: Summertime

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There is nothing that says summer better than to be in touch with nature: going to the beach, swimming in a lake or planting flower beds. Most of us love the casual comfort, color and charm of a garden setting. It is easy to transform your home into a garden oasis with a few simple design moves. It is even easier to refresh your home with a few ...Read more

Art of Design: Good Things in Small Packages

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The saying goes that "Good things come in small packages." That is true when it comes to perfume and jewelry, but in regard to real estate, it's something completely different. Everyone always wants more space, but it is amazing to compare what is considered adequate living space is different places around the world.

In the United States, an ...Read more

Art of Design: Some Commonsense Advice for Your Home

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Your home is not a museum, so mix your styles freely. If you layer a space with color, texture and an array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life and feel personal. Accessories are an affordable way to make sure a space doesn't get locked into one period or thematic look.

While we are on the conversation of mixing, all-...Read more

Art of Design: Stoned

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Before you get carried away, it's not that kind of "stoned" that I am talking about. Lately, in the homes of several friends, I've noticed semiprecious stones laying around their coffee tables, in a bowl or near a window with a small votive candle lit next to it. At first, I thought: "Oh, my friends are getting New Age-y on me. The next thing I ...Read more

Art of Design: That Old Black Magic

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Like the lyrics to the song "That Old Black Magic," black rooms have me under their spell. Lately, it seems that black has assumed the role of the new neutral color for interiors. White, beige, gray and greige rooms step aside to make room for a dark, bold change. Classic rooms have always known the allure of black accents, both in traditional ...Read more

Art of Design: Inspired Design

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Often when I design rooms in show houses or the lobby of a condo or hotel, the viewing public always asks questions that make you truly think about the design process. Besides asking questions about where I find my furnishings or the particulars of a certain fabric, people always ask about what inspired the room. Inspiration can come from ...Read more

Art of Design: Midlife Real Estate Crisis

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I bet my realtor is going to roll his eyes when he reads this. After child-rearing, being single again and empty-nesting for a bit, I decided I needed to downsize and to give up the calm of the golf course for the verve of living in the city. So, after surviving a triple bypass, a brush with the dreaded coronavirus and three months of ...Read more

Art of Design: Yours, Mine, Ours

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The one thing some of us have learned recently is how to navigate being with your significant other 24/7. Second to sharing a bed, sharing a bathroom is the most intimate experience two people can have. Bathrooms are spaces that host many activities, from physiological to hygienic to hours of gazing and asking, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall ..." ...Read more

Art of Design: Are You Ready for a Mini Makeover?

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So, after months of adhering to strict quarantine standards, by now, you've probably spent more time in your home than you have in years. This has probably given you time to peruse every nook and cranny of your home and find the flaws and shortcomings your home may have. So, here are some tips for a quick mini makeover that will make you happier...Read more

Art of Design: A Stress-Free Home

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Caves were the first form of shelter known to man. Humans have always sought shelter to feel safe and protected. This need for a home and shelter is considered a primal necessity, and homes should be considered the most sacred place, as they affect where and how we eat, relax, sleep and interact with friends and family. Therefore, creating a ...Read more



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