interior design: Classically Current - 04/13/15 01:38 AM
Classically Current
A Houston, Texas Craftsman-Style Home Gets a Makeover
Craftsman homes are inherently classic, displaying great workmanship and simple, elegant designs built with an eye toward comfort, line, and form. The challenge then, when giving a home like this Houston craftsman-style residence a facelift, is to create a space that speaks to the tenants of the architectural style and original design while also going beyond the commonplace.

This week’s article we talk about a Houston home that needed a makeover and received an elegant surprise to their Craftsman home. Hiring the right Interior Design Company to update your home can really … (0 comments)

interior design: Interior Design: Upscale Beach Vibe - 02/03/14 12:34 AM

Designer Amy Lau Creates an
Upscale Beach Aesthetic in a Hamptons Home
Though many of Amy Lau’s clients live in or just outside the city, the Manhattan-based designer has designed several, often second homes for clients in the Hamptons. So when one of her clients tasked her with installing an upscale beach aesthetic in his Bridgehampton manse, Lau’s mind was already spinning with ideas. But it wasn’t until she saw the large, unobstructed views from the 1,700-square-foot home, which sits adjacent to the Bridgehampton Polo Club, that she knew where to draw inspiration. “When you’re looking out these great … (7 comments)

interior design: Dining Design: Spanish Colonial Revival Style - 01/21/14 12:14 AM

A Modern Home with Old-World Ambience
   Sharon Coleman was raised in Southern California and always had a deep love of Spanish-influenced architecture. When she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and decided to make it her permanent home, she wanted to design and build a house that was reminiscent of the homes she grew up with on the West Coast. Coleman and her husband researched styles with dominant Spanish features and found that in early twentieth-century America, George Washington Smith, an architect, was the “father” of the style home they loved—Spanish Colonial Revival. … (4 comments)

interior design: French Eclectic Design - Modern, Yet Classic Living - 12/15/13 11:32 PM

 A North Carolina Designer Teams Up with Her Wardrobe-Stylist Client to Create a Classic, Modern Dining Room
Written by Blake Miller
Photography By Ron Royals
The problem at hand was simple: Catherine Horgan’s dining and living rooms needed a major overhaul. The bungalow, located in the charming Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, was outdated and “stuck in the nineties,” says Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs. “The space needed a facelift.” As a stylist and fashion blogger— her Closet of Style blog covers everything from fashion to beauty and travel— Horgan has an eye for design … (4 comments)

interior design: Kitchen Design: Classic Yet Timelss; Family-Friendly Yet Functional - 11/24/13 11:35 PM

Olga Adler Creates a Classic yet Contemporary Kitchen in a Connecticut Home
Written by Carolyn M. Runyon 
Photography By John Queenan/JMQ Enterprises
 Located in a house in the coastal town of Darien, in a community often referred to as Connecticut’s “Gold Coast,” this kitchen offers a classic and timeless design. “The 1930s Cape Cod home belongs to a busy young family with school-age children, so we tried to create a completely family-oriented environment,” says Olga Adler of Olga Adler Interiors in Westport, Connecticut. “We created kid-friendly spaces, like a snack counter where Mom can set out … (0 comments)

interior design: Real Estate: Traditional with a Modern Twist - 11/18/13 01:07 AM

A Room Reborn
Designer Laura Hay Gives a Gaudy Toronto Kitchen a Facelift
 Written by Ashley Gartland
Photography By Lisa Petrole
When two Toronto homeowners decided to downsize by moving into a 4,400-square-foot residence in west Toronto’s historic Kingsway neighborhood, they found themselves taking ownership of a home with stately Georgian architecture and great bones. Unfortunately, the home’s existing interior design didn’t fit their personal style—especially in the kitchen.
 Though the home was relatively new and the kitchen still in excellent condition at the time of their purchase, the homeowners were put off by a … (4 comments)

interior design: Designing the Perfect Kitchen - 10/21/13 02:20 AM

Double Take
Symmetry Takes the Cake in This Brookville, New York Kitchen 
Written by Ronda Swaney
Photography By Ric Marder Imagery
    Marie Pindus did not like her old kitchen. “It wasn’t pretty,” she says. “The room lacked elegance and luster [and] it was time for a refresh.”  When Pindus decided that her family’s uninspired kitchen needed to go, she brought in a team of design pros to revitalize the space: Carolyn Miller of Carolyn Miller Interiors, John Starck of Showcase Kitchens, and Alan Cooper of Alan Cooper Architects. “I don’t think I could have gotten … (4 comments)

interior design: High Style Living:Go Neutral To Create Casual Yet Sophisticated Spaces - 09/16/13 05:19 AM


                Designer Lisa Sherry Renovates Two Rooms in Her Own Home to Create One Neutral Living Space    Written by Blake Miller
Photography By Ron Royals      When designer Lisa Sherry and her photographer husband, Ron Royals, moved into their 1920s home in High Point, North Carolina twelve years ago, they knew that it needed a serious overhaul. Like most families who dive into renovations, they initially focused on the most functional spaces of the home; first to be addressed was the outdated kitchen, followed by the bathrooms. It wasn’t until … (2 comments)

interior design: Fashion Forward: Design Your Home According to Your Fashion Style - 09/09/13 02:51 AM
The Luxurious Living Room in This San Francisco Condo Is Part of a Glamorous Floor-to-Ceiling Makeover
Written by Jeanine Matlow
Photography by Lindsay Tella
What celebrities wear on the red carpet has been known to inspire our wardrobes. As Michelle Workman shows, the enticing ensembles can lead to lavish living spaces, too. The designer, and owner of Michelle Workman Interiors in Los Angeles and San Francisco, was able to connect the dots from her client, who has a passion for fashion, and a photo the homeowner chose of actress Julianne Moore sporting an emerald gown and pink … (2 comments)

interior design: Appealing to the Masses: Designing a Homes that Sells - 08/02/13 03:23 AM

No Boundaries
 An Architect Redefines Indoor-Outdoor
Living in the Pacific Northwest
Written by by Carolyn M. Runyon
Photography by Aaron Leitz and Dane Gregory Meyer
When Scott Allen, AIA, of Scott Allen Architecture with offices in Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Washington, designed this magnificent residence, his goal was to create an open, contemporary home that would fit into a neighborhood of more traditional houses and accommodate the casual indoor-outdoor relationship of a Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Allen did just that by using the sloped topography to his advantage in the construction, by allowing inside … (0 comments)

interior design: Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Form a Beautiful Bond on This Victoria, British Columbia Property - 07/15/13 04:17 AM


Inside Out
Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Form a Beautiful Bond
on This Victoria, British Columbia Property
On any given day, Christopher Walker, owner of Christopher Developments in Victoria, British Columbia, wears a lot of hats. For this particular project, a 3,400-square-foot home that sits on a half-acre lot, his design-build firm also developed the land. Walker believes that handling everything under one roof offers more flexibility, especially when it comes to modifications. “I find that enjoyable. With changes, the design evolves,” he says.
Walker describes the style … (0 comments)

interior design: Use Farmhouse Chic to Design or Stage Your Home! - 07/08/13 02:34 AM
 Farmhouse Chic Can Set Your Home Apart
and Offer Cozy Appeal to Buyers when
Staging Your Home For Sale
Farmhouse Chic
Designer Giana Allen Draws Inspiration from Multiple Regions for the Rustic Cabins at Pine Creek Sporting Club

Written by Blake Miller
Photography Courtesy of Pine Creek Sporting Club
For designer Giana Allen, the inspirations for her design work throughout the country stem from her surroundings and experiences: travels to Switzerland and Belgium; summers in New England with family; buying trips to Africa, and hunting weekends in the Florida back country. So when she was … (2 comments)

interior design: a love affair with...BARCELONA: SPANISH CITY WITH QUIRKY SENSE OF HUMOR AND UNIQUE DECOR - 06/05/13 01:28 AM

a love affair with...
    B A R C E L O N A
Visitors take home the city's quirky sense of humor to incorporate in home design and decor; uniqueness adds appeal when selling and staging homes.
Bar-cell-own-ah . . . the name rolls off the tongue. It’s a seductive city that immediately wins over even the most jaded traveler once they hear the locals speak Catalan, which combines the best of the Spanish and French romance languages.
The city’s … (0 comments)

interior design: Casual Formality: Designing and Staging a Home - 06/03/13 02:35 AM


Designing and Staging a Home With Elements of Drama and Comfort
A Young Family Enjoys Dramatic
yet Livable Style in Their
Los Angeles Home
Written by Ronda Swaney
Photography by Val Riolo

Though the family who calls this dwelling home lives in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home itself defies the traditional expectations of this wealthy enclave. The decor, executed by West Hollywood–based interior designer Tracie Butler, introduces elements of both drama and comfort. “I wanted to introduce a little bit of crazy,” she says. “We just wanted a touch … (2 comments)

interior design: Sweet Dreams ~ Urban Master Suite Blends Subtle Details, Luxurious Finishes, and Sophisticated Lighting - 05/23/13 02:39 AM
Sweet Dreams
A Pared-Down Urban Master Suite Blends Subtle Details, Luxurious Finishes, and Sophisticated Lighting for Maximum Comfort Both Day and Night
Written by Robyn Roehm Cannon
Photography by Roger Brooks
When a professional couple living in Vancouver, British Columbia, began to look for a new condominium with interiors that suited their taste and physical requirements, they quickly found themselves back on their own doorstep. It soon became obvious that nothing matched their unique location in the heart of the city, or remarkable view of the urban skyline and nearby mountains—and there was no place like their own home.

But … (0 comments)

interior design: Simple in the City...Designing a 216-square-foot Master Bedroom - 05/15/13 02:47 AM
Husband-and-wife design team Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier
have access to countless industry resources but chose to keep
their  personal master bedroom simple and restorative. “The
design goal . . . was to have a serene and pretty room,” says
Miller.  “A  place that would be charming in daylight and
comforting in dimmed light.”
Simple in the City
A Husband-and-Wife Design Team Keep Their Master Bedroom
Free of Technology in Fast-Paced New York City
  Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, husband-and-wife principals at the New York City–based design firm Carrier and Company, … (0 comments)

interior design: Arrange Flowers Like a Pro - 04/19/13 05:01 AM
Arrange Flowers Like a Professional
Written by Robyn Roehm Cannon
  Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet to brighten a room or a dinner table? If you’re like me, you want flowers everywhere in your house but sometimes hesitate to purchase them because of their perceived expense or lasting power.
  We need to rethink that strategy, says Dale Rohman, a florist with more than 40 years of experience in decorating some of the finest homes in the nation. Although Rohman’s clients include many of the most important … (2 comments)

interior design: Hidden Gem...Nestled Along The Atlantic Coastline, Amelia Island Has Been Overshadowed For Far Too Long - 04/17/13 02:51 AM
Hidden Gem   NESTLED ALONG THE ATLANTIC COASTLINE IS A JEWEL OF A CITY THAT'S BEEN OVERSHADOWED FOR FAR TOO LONG   WRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLER       Too often Amelia Island gets overlooked by other well-known Florida beaches. But it’s one that boasts not only thirteen miles of gorgeous beaches and accommodations ranging from oceanfront five-star resorts to manses on some of the country’s top golf courses; it’s also a Florida island chock-full of history. The southernmost of the Sea Islands—a chain of barrier islands that stretches from South Carolina to Florida—Amelia Island is quieter than some of its neighboring … (0 comments)

interior design: Breaking Bread - 11/06/12 05:49 AM

A Century-Old Church Becomes Twelve Sought-After Townhomes in Seattle

Written by Blake Miller Photography by Michael Walmsley Photography
It seems an unlikely fit. A century-old church boasting Classical Revival architectural detailing, soaring Corinthian columns, and massive stained glass coupled with modern technology and sleek, contemporary accents and furnishings. It’s the collision of two wholly different styles, and yet the meeting of the two is seamlessly blended to create a space that is unlike any other in the city of Seattle.
“It’s never easy to blend old with new,” says Brian Runberg, principal architect on the renovation of … (2 comments)

interior design: Shimmer and Shine - 10/19/12 05:57 AM

A Soft Palette Sets a Dreamy Tone for This Distinctive Dining Room
Written by Jeanine MatlowPhotography by David Bagosy
Though Laura Stein, principal and CEO of Toronto-based Laura Stein Interiors, designed the entire first floor of this home and more, there was one exception: the living room, which is on hold until the kids get older. But because the living room, which serves as a temporary play space, is the first room that people see upon entering the home and “is filled with toys,” explains Stein, “they wanted the dining room to be a grown-up space that could seat a … (2 comments)

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