Academy Awards 2013 Colors and Textures

The recent Academy Awards awards ceremony had many of the latest trends on display. Exciting color and textures energized the red carpet. Here are some of my favorites. White. Sparkly white was very much in vogue. Some may say the white was a bit unseasonal or a bit bridal…but creativity and movies have always gone hand-in-hand!  The Boston Globe praised the color choice and assembled the photo montage

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Banish Winter Blues with Color

Do you ever get the winter blues during the colder seasons of the year? I know I do. In fact, it’s not all that uncommon. When the weather grows cold and the sky gets obscured by grey clouds, it can be difficult to feel energetic or motivated. One of the reasons we get the winter blues is because of the lack of sunlight and the lack

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Kick Off Your Year with Style

With the holidays over, many people find themselves in a decorating bind. The bright lights and decorations are gone, and many new gifts and household items have been acquired. As such, it can be difficult to keep everything tidy in the wake of the new year. If your resolution is to get (and stay) organized this year, consider taking interior design ideas from me, a trained

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New Year’s Resolutions… For Your House?

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions for their personal lives, but completely forget about their home. After all, your home is a place you spend a majority of your time. If you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions, there are some ways you can keep them and still spruce up your home for 2013 with some simple interior design ideas. Lose Weight (Drop Unnecessary

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5 Ways to Make Use of Your Bedroom Corners

I am always trying to optimize the space that I have in my home. I have found that one of the areas that is often unused are corners. The corners of all rooms, especially the bedrooms, are hidden gems containing plenty of space.There are many ways to use the space that corners provide. Here are five ideas for you to try in your home. Placing a small fireplace in the

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Before You Plan Your Space, Remember these Things

Are you contemplating a new look for your home? You might be super excited about your next project, but before you get underway it is important to keep a few things in mind before implementing the master plan. Here are considerations to take into account when it comes to space. Focus on function. The first question you need to ask about any room you plan to

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Add a Second Kitchen Island to Perform Double Duty

Kitchen islands have gained popularity in the last twenty-years or so. Homeowners are loving the added appeal they give to their kitchen. Islands have been used not only as a prep space, but as a serving area as well, providing additional space for cooking, preparing, and entertaining. According to Better Homes and Gardens, it’s all about location, location, location when considering the placement of your kitchen

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The Rich Colors of Matisse

An exhibition regarding Matisse, now at the Met, explores the artist’s love of color and his process. The artist would often make several versions of the same painting and would have a photographer record his progress, Vogue reported. For example, the painting above, named “The Dream”, was created after a long process. The evolution of the piece is recorded below.   Looking at the images above,

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Emerald is Pantone’s Color of 2013

Each year, color specialists and designers eagerly await Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement. Pantone, a leading color marketing institute, has determined through market research that Emerald will sparkle in 2013. I am so excited to see more of this radiant, luminous green. Emerald is a rich color that makes an impact when it stands alone. But it also harmonizes surprisingly well with many cool and

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Window Treatments – The Finishing Touch

If you want to add a finish finishing touch to any room, make sure you include money in your decorating budget for window treatments.  It’s the perfect way to add color and interest to any space.  Recently I added window treatments to Paula and Dan Milham’s living room and dining room. The transformation was incredible, nothing dresses up a room quite like window treatments. I also

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