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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

Art of Design: Consulting With a Designer?

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Once in a while someone will call or drop by our office to coyly ask how we work. Most folks think of interior designers as a luxury expense, and I'm sure there are some designers that are uber expensive, but most are not. Most designers are working professionals, just like you, that work for a living and are conscious of budgets and expenses. ...Read more

Art of Design: Dressing Your Windows

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Dressing your windows can dramatically change the look and even the size of a room. There are many ways to dress a window. The most popular style is using side panels. Side panels frame the window opening regardless of size.

Drapery adds layers, which designers love. Drapes that are extra long and rest on the floor lend drama and can emphasize ...Read more

Art of Design: Paint is the Best Decorating Tool

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Have you ever come up with a decorating idea for your home and then been able to see it through completion? If you have, certainly you are have experienced that sensation of satisfaction, the sheer pleasure derived from the process of change. For most, the interior walls of a home are the largest areas one will ever have to work with to express ...Read more

Art of Design: Organizing Your Home

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Well-decorated rooms depend on a sharp sense of order, but living in a clutter-free environment requires a mastery of organization. Stylish staging can combat the "Ooh, I've got too much stuff!" shriek. Making life look glamorous and carefree is everything but. So here a few tips to make your things looks more like the staff at Buckingham's or ...Read more

Art of Design: Rearranging Your Room

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If you've ever wondered where you should start when rearranging a room, or whether there is a correct or incorrect way of placing furniture in a room, then hopefully this article can help provide you with some direction. Because each room varies in size, type of activity and number of occupants, not all rules will apply, but this article ...Read more

Art of Design: Is a Decorated Look for Everyone?

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If I had a dollar for every time a client has asked me to make their home look like a page out of a decorating magazine, I'd be a very lucky man. In fact, most designers would confess an earnest desire that every project could turn out so. On the other hand, few of us, myself included, can live on a magazine set. While it is nice to walk through...Read more

Art of Design: Bathroom Makeover

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How many times do you go into your bathroom and say to yourself "this bathroom needs a makeover"? You may be afraid of the costs of doing a head to toe bathroom renovation, but there may be small improvements that can be done within a budget that will make every visit to the "throne" a little bit nicer.

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Personally, I adore an all-white ...Read more

Art of Design: Traveling is the Best Source of Inspiration

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Traveling is the best source of inspiration for almost any design project. Great designers know how to "borrow" an idea from one place and transform it into something quite fresh and new.

When travelling throughout the country and around the world, it is almost impossible to notice that certain colors are a kin to certain places. For example, ...Read more

Art of Design: Renovation Tips

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Converting an old house into a luxurious dwelling that includes everything that you have always imagined is -- without a doubt -- a most satisfactory feat. Of course, to launch into this adventure, one must have very clear ideas, an infinite source of imagination and a predetermined budget, which you will surely surpass. Renovations are among ...Read more

Art of Design: Backyards, Balconies and Front Porches

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With warmer weather, everyone at one point or another desires to be poolside under an umbrella, or in a balcony or terrace on a chaise lounge with a refreshing beverage in hand. There is a whole lot of outdoor furniture in the market, and tons of stylish toys that can make your backyard the place to be this summer.

First, consider any space you...Read more

 

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