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Art of Design: Accessorize Like a Pro

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My first collection or attempt at displaying items as a child was boxes, made of any material -- cardboard, wood or plastic. I would organize them by size and stack them in all sorts of arrangements. Now that I think of it, this was probably my first foray into architecture and interior design.

Accessorizing is one of the most fun aspects of ...Read more

Art of Design: Mature, Modern Pads

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Furnishing your home can be a lifelong endeavor. Some of us search and rummage through flea markets, antique shops and yard sales for the perfect pieces. The find is the reward -- and one that defines the tone of our homes. We all want homes that reflect our lifestyle and success, and amassing large collections of art and furniture is part of ...Read more

Art of Design: Designer on Skates?

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Designers are larger than life! This is what the general population of the

world believes. It might seem a bit pretentious, but really, this is what most ordinary folks think. It is not uncommon for designers to get that frantic phone call...

"My sister-in-law is coming next week. Can you redecorate our guest bedroom suite?" or "My law firm ...Read more

Art of Design: Home for the Holidays

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As the holidays start to run upon us, it is a wonderful time to contemplate and appreciate your home. No matter if your rent or own your home, it's that special place which reflects you and chronicles the history of your life. Time to reflect may bring thoughts of the home you grew up in or the home you wish you were in. Homes come in all shapes...Read more

Art of Design: Bright Breakfast and Dining Nooks

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Your kitchen's dimensions and layout of and number of diners are the starting point to get the right plan for your breakfast or dining nook. These spaces are usually adjacent to the kitchen or in the kitchen itself. Nooks are a special part of your home and can be full of charm -- and quite functional as well.

When a kitchen has a long and ...Read more

Art of Design: Understanding the Beauty of the Imperfect

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There are occasions when everything indicates that something should get worse but it gets better. Just like an aged bomber jacket or a worn pair of blue jeans with strategic holes, in interior decoration, you have a worn leather sofa, an oft-scrubbed table or a seemingly gray teak bench that could have been left outside to weather. This is ...Read more

Art of Design: Fit for a Queen

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Perhaps you remember the scene in the "Sex and the City" movie where Mr. Big shows Carrie the wardrobe and dressing room of their penthouse. Carry nearly faints and says, "Darling, I'm home!" I am one of those people who place a big emphasis on closets and dressing rooms and how they are fitted. A tricked-out closet can make anyone feel quite ...Read more

Art of Design: If Walls Could Talk

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If walls could talk, what would they say?

Walls are the most important components of a room. They define your space and contain all the decorations that one may dream up.

Walls contribute much of the visual interest of a room; that is why it is so important to choose a successful decorative solution. Color, a wainscoting or a molding can help ...Read more

Art of Design: Bathrooms Revisited

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Bathrooms Revisited

Aside from kitchens, bathrooms are the rooms that take the hardest use and can become dated in just a few years. Many of you may disagree and say, "Oh, it's just a functional part of the house, Mr. Decorator! Leave it alone." My answer to that quip is that 30 to 40 percent of the value of your home comes from the design and ...Read more

Art of Design: Family Rooms

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Historically, the first family rooms appeared in floor plans about 50 to 60 years ago. This room was a bit different in character from others. Less formal than a living room, the family room was to encourage family connection and conversation. The family room made its first appearance as an appendage of the kitchen, the heart of a home. At the ...Read more

Art of Design: A Paler Shade of Gray

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Over the last five to 10 year years, designers and homeowners have seen a shift in the go-to neutral color for walls and in interior design more broadly. The color has shifted from beige to linen white and now to various shades of gray. A pale shade of gray works well not only for walls but for flooring, fabrics and home accessories, too.

The ...Read more

Art of Design: Styling 101

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It's the smallest details the make the difference between average interior design and something outstanding. Over the years, I have developed preferences and tried-and-true methods for styling an interior space, whether just for fun or for a photo shoot. Here are my best tips:

Begin styling your room from the corners and work your way to the ...Read more


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