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Art of Design: Floored

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Since the beginning of time, the history of civilization has been reflected in the type of flooring materials used for interior spaces. It has been a long time since floors were just composed of packed sod and sand, or the old adobe clay covered the floors of most housing. Today's homes come in a variety of flooring materials.

In Ancient Rome, ...Read more

Art of Design: Holiday Decor

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The first couple of days in December, I always promise myself to not overdo it with gifts and the holiday decorations. But one way or another I end up overdoing everything. Decorating for the holidays, no matter what faith or religion you practice, is invigorating and gives one a renewed sense of excitement and optimism for the time spent with ...Read more

Art of Design: The Hotel Experience

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I often travel to New York City, and I have recently started the search for a small pied-a-terre to lessen the frenetic and loathsome lines at the hotel check-in. In between going to seasonal home furnishings and accessories shows and yearly designer showcase, I am always left with the desire to have New York feel more like home. So it gives me ...Read more

Art of Design: Books and Books and More Books

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Regardless of today's technological revolution, there is no comparison between a tablet or e-reader and a book. Books provide a sensation and look that can't be beat. Well-known author Jorge Luis Borges once said, " I cannot sleep unless I'm surrounded by books." While it's true that some books can put you to sleep, books are also know to add ...Read more

Art of Design: What Are You Hiding?

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The decorative folding screen has become a common interior furnishing that is both functional and aesthetically impactful. It is believed screens were original to China, although in 17th century northern European interiors they were quite popular to shield drafts and give privacy to the usual one-room households and bathing chambers. French ...Read more

Art of Design: Curating Your Collection

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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 organizes them by sizes 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: Under-Cover

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My mother always nagged to make my bed. Her reasoning was that starting the day with a well-made bed was also the start of an organized day and mind. I'm still on the fence about these statements...but I do agree that from an aesthetic point of view, it is always nice to try and make your bed, as it is especially nice to walk into a bedroom to ...Read more

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