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Art of Design: Market Madness

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Summertime is synonymous with outdoor plans and good weather -- sitting at a sidewalk cafe, the atmosphere of the streets, neighborhood block parties, endless evenings that can stretch out into the night, long walks in your neighborhood and downtown barhopping from one place to another. But summer is also synonymous with open-air markets, ...Read more

La Vie Bohème

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There is always a new term in the world of interior design that inspires new trends and yet another approach to design. The latest buzzword is "boho" or "boho chic." "Boho" is a term used to define things that are unconventional and artistic; however, understanding the meaning of the root of this term can help you achieve your own distinctive ...Read more

Art of Design: Bedrooms for Rest and Relaxation

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Believe it or not, master bedrooms, not living rooms, are the most troublesome rooms to decorate for most homeowners. While the desire to make the room attractive and design-worthy is on the top of the list, comfort and personal needs are sometimes at odds with some aesthetic considerations. There are so many things to consider: the furniture ...Read more

Art of Design: The Hope of Sustainable Design

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Today more than ever, people are concerned about the environment. Every day, they demand construction and goods and services that are made ethically, socially conscious and environmentally sustainable. Architects, designers and manufacturers with visions of the future are responding with creativity and innovation to demonstrate that design can ...Read more

Art of Design: Flipping Out

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I tell you, one of these days, I am going to burst. Why does my housekeeper think she is an interior designer? As a matter of fact, as I reflect a bit on the past, most of my previous housekeepers have moved my whole house around. Why? I guess they all thought they were auditioning for Zoila Chavez's job on Bravo's "Flipping Out."

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Art of Design: Colors of Pride

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June officially marks the beginning of summer, but it is also the time of year when gay pride is celebrated around the world. There is hardly any other field where the LGBTQ community has made a larger impact than the interior design world. Our community is replete with all the stereotypical characters that are usually associated with this ...Read more

Art of Design: Stylish First Space

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Summertime is a time of change. For some, it marks the start of vacations. For others, it's the time for transition from college to real life. It is also the time for weddings and new beginnings. Celebrating a milestone occasion may also bring with it a new home. Perhaps it is your first dwelling where you are living alone, or it may be the ...Read more

Art of Design: Colorful or Full of Color?

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So often during the summer months or during holidays, we take vacations to visit family or to faraway places to get a bit of respite from work, school or from life in general. On any outing, you might visit a restaurant, a hotel lobby, museum or historic home that inspires you and gives you the desire to redecorate or to paint the walls of your ...Read more

Art of Design: Tasteful Taxidermy

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I can remember entering my in-laws den in Virginia nearly 20 years ago, and I was aghast at the many antlers that hung in the den walls. Of course, I was informed with great pride from my father-in-law that this was only some of the ones that his wife would allow him to hang from his lifelong hunting in the woods. He then proceeded to tell me ...Read more

Art of Design: Is Your Home Getting Too Smart for You?

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Sometimes I think we are living in the futuristic era of the Jetsons. At other times, it's George Orwell's "1984." A recent online search for an office coffee maker literally put me over the edge. I like all the fancy coffee concoctions made by hipster handlebar mustachioed baristas as much as anyone. Of course, I love the foamy cream with the ...Read more

Art of Design: Organize and Simplify, or A Great Summer Purge

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Your surroundings, believe it or not, can have a profound impact on your outlook and performance. Much like a spring-cleaning or a fall dusting, a summertime cleaning and organizing of your surroundings can aid in giving your life a sense of calm and perspective. To start this healing process, all you need to do is choose one room. Do not ...Read more

Art of Design: Details Everywhere

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Accessorizing a home is what makes it personal ... your home. Adding that final layer will make generic store-bought furniture seem special and show off your style. In any accessorizing situation, success or failure is measured by the attention to detail or lack thereof. Pay attention to the following tried-and-true tips that will make ...Read more

Art of Design: Fashionable Hardware

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I remember not so long ago when a home renovation required changing all your hardware to "update" the home's look. Just when you thought you had rid yourself of brass hardware of the gilded '90s decade, or the satin nickel finish of the millennial, new finishes and redesigns of the old came to the marketplace. This will both dazzle and confuse ...Read more


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