Sleep Outside: 2 Beds, 2 Chaises and a Papasan!
Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

2011 May 24

From my post on Apartment Therapy Re-Nest…

If you’ve never taken a nap outdoors, you have to try it. It’s so relaxing, I’m convinced it’s good for the soul. There’s something to be said for sleeping with the combination of warm sun and gentle breeze. It seems to unravel all the stress of the day. If you’ve been thinking about stretching your legs outside, this outdoor furniture is made of long-lasting materials like steel, natural wicker and teak, making it both handsome and eco-friendly. Read more for details.

Eco-Friendly Decor Books: Small Spaces, Retail & More!
Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

2011 May 19
From my post on Apartment Therapy Re-Nest…
It’s so nice seeing an growing number of eco-friendly decor books being published! Here are four that caught my eye. I’m especially excited about Green Retail Design. Retail design, you say? Yes. There’s a lot of hidden potential for home design in retail. Things like how to organize your belongings in closets, garages, attics, etc. And think of the display possibilities for your collections or wall decor. I’m also excited about the book, Small Eco Homes. Efficient, beautiful and eco. That says it all. Read more for details.

DIY Inspiration: Party & Wedding Decorations
Lamps Plus

2011 May 19
by Angie

From my post on Lamps Plus…

Your wedding will very likely be the biggest party you’ll ever throw.  Add a bit of creativity — and rein in your pocketbook — by making your own decorations.  You’ll be surprised.  Most of the time, it’s as easy as buying an ordinary glass vase. See more…

Outdoor Spaces that May Surprise You
Lamps Plus

2011 May 19

From my post on Lamps Plus…

Take a vacation by stepping into your own backyard.  With the right paint scheme, seating and accessories, you can feel transported to a resort vacation.  Don’t worry … This is achievable even for small spaces, modest budgets and black thumbs.  See more…

Nine Eco-Friendly Wedding or Party Decorations: Inspire!
Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

2011 May 17

From my post on Apartment Therapy Re-Nest…

Decorations can be a dilemma for the eco-conscious. On one hand you want to create a festive atmosphere for your party or wedding. On the other hand, you don’t want to leave a graveyard of party decorations when it’s all over. Here are nine inspirational party decorations that’ll please both your heart and mind. Best of all, many of the supplies are things are everyday things you already own. See more…

Five Faves: 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase
Lamps Plus

2011 May 11

From my post on Lamps Plus…

It’s Spring and time for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2011.  I love viewing showcases because no matter what your budget is, there is always inspiration and creativity that can be drawn from them.  With a bit of elbow grease, a budget version can capture the same vibe of an inspiration room.  That said, here are my 5 favorite rooms from this year’s showcase.  See more…

Keri Russell Loves Understated Neutrals
Lamps Plus

2011 May 6

From my post on Lamps Plus…

Keri Russell’s home is relaxed and elegantly understated.  She told Elle Decor,

“With so much wood in the equation, it could have turned into a cliché of farmhouse chic,” she says, “so I stuck with a neutral palette, kept it spare, and worked in as many textures as I could without straying into girly territory.”

Her home’s simple beauty is a far cry from the modest set of Felicity‘s dorm room, and the garish mansion in her last project, Running WildeSee more…

DIY It: Wood Grain Everywhere!
Lamps Plus

2011 May 4
by Angie

From my post on Lamps Plus…

DIY projects using wood grain are highly gratifying.  It’s always attractive, blends easily into existing decor, and is very versatile.  Print these images at home and run wild with them.

Try these quick fun projects:

  • Use cover or writing stock to create cards and stationery.
  • For coasters, use heavy-duty card stock.  Cut your coasters either round or square, wood knots or wood grain, for different looks.
  • Use a sheet of wood grain printed paper instead of matte board to frame photos in metal frames (wooden frames would be redundant).  Or simply frame prints of different wood grains and hang as wall decor.

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Palatial Style Modernized!
Lamps Plus

2011 April 29

From my post on Lamps Plus…

Incorporating palatial elements adds touches of glamour to your home without making it feel overly ornate.  As beautiful as Buckingham Palace is, most people wouldn’t want to live there.  Only birthrights and inheritances can force people to move in.

Enter modern glamour.  It’s cleaner, more usable, but still has the essential elements that make it palatial.  Elements like shine, symmetry, large scale, repetition and last but not least, excellent quality.  The room featured above is a great example of how tasteful elements of palatial style make a home both accessible and beautiful.  See more…

Buckingham Palace’s Home Decor: Prince William & Kate Middleton
Lamps Plus

2011 April 27

From my post on Lamps Plus…

The English monarchy is the most famous in the world, and Prince William and Kate Middleton are a new breed of royalty for the 21st century.  It’ll be interesting to see what influence they’ll have on Buckingham’s style.  If Middleton’s revamped vows are any indication of what’s to come in the palace, then I’m all eyes and ears!  She did away with the famously traditional “obey” thy husband and swapped it out for the modern “keep” thy husband.  Nice.

The young royal couple will one day face the daunting task of making Buckingham feel homey — merging its magnanimous tradition and history with their young taste.  If ghosts are real, they have some powerful predecessors to please, as they change the carpets and wall colors.  Will the Green Drawing Room soon be turquoise?  Monarchs of past centuries may roll in their graves.

Here are some of Buckingham Palace’s best rooms.  See more…