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"The most essential part of designing your home is that you create a home that truly represents you...or the person you aspire to be."
Lori Fradella
Source: apartmenttherapy.com

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mixing Styles

Take a look at this apartment featured on Depot Rotterdam. The apartment has been decorated using modern furniture and traditional accessories in vibrant colors. Lots of patterns, bold colors and different textures makes this small apartment into a welcoming and sophisticated space. All images via Depot Rotterdam.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Streamlined and sophisticated, modern style is the forward-thinking relative of contemporary. The cabinets in this kitchen, with their unadorned doors, chrome hardware and flush setting, show their contemporary parentage, but the straight lines and matte cabinet finish is all modern. 

Design Tip: Keep the look fresh by adding a geometric glass tile backsplash for color. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Modern Entryway

In this entryway, a high book shelf system makes use of a blank space that needed to be filled with a point of interest. A rolling ladder was added just for fun. The walls are covered in a stone from Walker Zanger and the floors are walnut. The pendant fixture adds just the right touch to set a more modern mood, and the carpet brings in some texture and breaks up the wood flooring. The sconces are from Holly Hunt.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Green Kitchen

Eat Your Greens

In most room settings, green is known for being a cool, soothing color that can easily bring comfort and calmness. The crisp, apple-green hue and natural wood ceiling planks mesh beautifully with the sleek, stainless steel cabinetry and appliances while still maintaining an organic look and feel around the room. Image courtesy of St. Charles Cabinetry

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Intimate Landscaping

Architects: StudioFour
Location: The Ridge Road, Moonah Links Golf Course, Fingal
Project Year: 2012

Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Via: Arch Daily

My favorite part in the design of this house is the way it connects with the landscape. Even if you are sitting inside you can feel the beautiful surroundings. 

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Brown and White Minimalist

The main theme of the house was to fashion the owner's many collectibles.  In order to maintain a clean and spacious area, the house has been decorated in a minimalist style. The living room houses a modern sofa and table, while the use of glass cubes suspended on the wall is carried onto the dining room. Via Ong On

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wedding Etiquette

Are you starting to plan your wedding and have many questions about what is right or wrong when choosing your bridesmaid and your wedding colors? Brides Magazine asked experts some tough bridal party questions, from what a junior bridesmaid dress should look like, to just how many bridesmaids you should have. Visit Brides.com for more wedding ideas.
Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz
Via: Brides.com

Should Maid-of-Honor Wear the Same Dress as the Bridesmaids?

Traditionally, the maid-of-honor dress should differ slightly from the other girls' so that she's recognized as your number one attendant. That doesn't mean you should put her in a black cocktail number while the rest of the maids wear flowing lavender gowns—the difference should be subtle, like a distinctive neckline or sleeve, or a complementary color. Another option is to have her carry a different bouquet—lusher than the other girls', or monochromatic instead of multicolored.

When are you supposed to ask people to be attendants?
Ideally within a month or two of the engagement, but there are no set rules. You'll first need to figure out how large a bridal party you want, which is often determined by the size of your event. (If you're having only 40 guests, 10 attendants will look off-balance.) Whatever your approach, be sure to ask everyone around the same time, especially if would-be members of the party are in the same social circles.

Photo: Melissa Musgrove Photography
Via: Brides.com

How old should a flower girl be?
Generally, child attendants should be between the ages of four and seven. Children younger than four, unless extremely grown-up for their age, don't take direction (or deal with 150 strangers staring at them) very well. You stand a good chance of getting a shy flower girl who refuses to walk down the aisle or a ring bearer who ditches the pillow at the first pew. Kids older than seven feel a little too grown up to be taking on these roles; give them the more adult jobs of junior bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Is the bride expected to pay for all of her bridesmaids' wedding-day hair and makeup sessions?
Is it extremely important to you that all of your bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done professionally? If so, you should foot the bill. Understand that it's a considerable financial commitment these days to be a bridesmaid: Each has to shell out money for a dress, shoes, shower and wedding gifts, the bridal shower itself, the bachelorette party and sometimes a plane ticket and lodging. Professional hair and makeup jobs could add another $100 to $200 to their tally. Pay for the pampering yourself and consider it their bridesmaids' gift.
Photo: Corbin Gurkin
Via: Brides.com

Is it all right to have two maids of honor?
Of course! It's your party, and you can have as many maids of honor as you want. But you'll want to set your dynamic duo off in a special way. You might have them wear slightly different dresses from the rest of your bevy of bridesmaids. This could mean a different color, different style or the same color and style with a shorter or longer hem line. Or simply have the two of them march down the aisle together—this way there's no mistaking that they both hold the top slot in the wedding party. If you're having a bridal-party dance at the reception, instruct the best man to take a turn around the dance floor with both girls (separately, of course). Finally, ask your two main maids to give a joint speech at the reception. And don't forget to give your photographer the heads up on this great photo op.
Photo: Patricia Lyons
Via: Brides.com

What does the wedding party actually do?
The honor attendant is usually a close friend or family member who not only organizes and hosts a shower for the bride, but also helps her get ready on the wedding day. She wears a dress that she usually pays for, which matches or coordinates with the other bridesmaids, and she sometimes carries a slightly more elaborate bouquet than the other attendants.
The bridesmaids are select friends and family, who are usually about the same age of the bride. They attend pre-wedding parties and also help out with some wedding preparations. They wear matching or coordinating dresses (usually paid for themselves) to the ceremony and are customarily given a gift by the bride as a token of appreciation.
The best man is often the groom's best friend or a close family member. His formalwear matches the ushers' and he pays the rental fees himself. He hosts the bachelor party, holds the ring during the ceremony and leads the other men in the well-wishing.
Ushers are also close in age to the groom. They are usually chosen by the groom, and their primary function is seating guests at the wedding. They each wear and pay for matching formal wear, and the groom usually gives each man a present as a thank-you for participating in the wedding.
Children between the ages of 9 and 14 are best suited for the duties of candle-lighters, junior bridesmaids or junior ushers. These attendants wear coordinating dresses or formal wear. Flower girls are usually family members, or a friend's child between the ages of three and nine, and they carry a small bouquet or basket down the aisle in the ceremony. The ring bearer is often a boy, but the duty can certainly be carried out by a little girl as well. Boys under age four wear an Eton suit or may be dressed in a similar fashion to the ushers. Parents pay for their children's attire when asked to be in a wedding, unless otherwise notified by the bride or groom.
Photo: Alea Moore Photography
Via: Brides.com

I would like each of my bridesmaids to wear a different color, but I don't want them to clash. How can I make this work? What should I do about flowers? The groomsmen?
The key to pulling off a multicolored bridal party is unity, meaning your bridesmaids should all wear dresses made of the same material in a similar tone. If you're opting for jewel colors, choose shades like emerald green, sapphire blue and plum—all of which look good together. If pastels are your passion, try dusty rose, pale gray and sage. Flowers should coordinate with each dress, meaning each bouquet should be a different color. But unless you want your party to look like a dance troupe, don't play mix-and-match with the guys. Have them go with a uniform look—navy suits, black tuxedos or white tie.

Photo: Corbin Gurkin
Via: Brides.com
Photo: Lane Dittoe
Via: Brides.com

In order to make things easier for my bridesmaids, I told them they could wear any dress they wanted, as long as it was lilac. Now I'm having second thoughts—will it look too much like a hodgepodge?
It might. While we applaud your gesture, having attendants attire themselves can be tricky. "You may find that you don't like what they've selected," says Cristina DeMarco, senior buyer at Bridal Reflections, a New York salon. "And if they're picking different designers and materials, you'll end up with multiple shades of lilac."
To give your ladies a say in what they wear—while monitoring their choices—visit a bridal salon with a large inventory of attendants' gowns, and choose a dress that can be ordered in several styles. This way, each maid can select the silhouette that best suits her body—halter, strapless, V-neck—and fashion harmony will still prevail. "It's a win-win situation," says DeMarco. "Your bridesmaids will be happy and they'll all look beautiful."
Photo: Brinton Studios
Via: Brides.com
For our head table, we'd like to sit at a regular round table with the bridal party, but what do we do with their dates?
Ten minutes, tops. That's the amount of time you and your husband will probably spend at the head table before leaving to mingle with other guests. So may I suggest another shape—long, rectangular, and large enough to accommodate everyone? If you do insist on a regular round, you should seat their dates at a table close to yours, so your best friends can enjoy your wedding reception, too.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


If you are wanting a new look on a wall behind a sofa or console or wanting to make your fireplace wall look different take a look at the new Stikwood Adhesive Wood Paneling offered by West Elm. Be creative and maybe combine two or more finishes for a more custom look.

Rich grains. Stikwood Adhesive Panels instantly transform walls, back splashes, headboards and more. Available in an array of woods and finishes, they can be cut to fit your individual space and hung in a few simple steps

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Dominant white color is emphasized with green and brown in this spacious living and dining room combination. The many patterns and different shades of green and brown used in the pillows and table linens make this space an inviting area to relax and entertain friends. Via Bosthlm

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Pretty Printed Table Runners for Weddings

As featured on Bravo Bride
Thank you Bravo Bride!



Fab Finds: Pretty Printed Table Runners


Chiqui & Ita
Here are some pretty printed table runners you Bravo Brides will love! We found these colorful wedding decorations from Chiqui & Ita Modern Table Linens on Etsy. Chiqui & Ita brings energetic patterns, colors, and textures to enliven your table. Decorate your tables with trendy patterns like chevron and refreshing colors like turquoise. Take a look below for a few of our favoritetable linen designs.

1. Chevron

Yes, we admit it – we love chevron print (see our previous chevron posts here and here). Jazz up your table with some zig-zag stripes – the print of the season. Also comes in yellow, orange, pink, turquoise and grey.
Chiqui & Ita

2. Glamis Oasis

This print is similar to chevron but in fun colors including teal, orange, ivory, citron, green, yellow and turquoise. “Glamis Oasis” is fun for tropical or fiesta wedding themes!
Chiqui & Ita

3. Embrace

Chiqui & Ita
Sunny yellow symbolizes joy, so start your beautiful marriage with this delightful table runner. “Embrace” is a chic yet timeless print for your wedding, then use it again in your home.

4. Geo Turquoise

Chiqui & Ita
Add an instant splash of refined design to your wedding reception with this beautiful table runner. With fresh colors and a chic geometric design, it instantly evokes good food and charm.

5. Geometric Orange

Chiqui & Ita
Similar to the look of high-end designer linens,you can get this for way less! This bold and modern geometric cotton runner will for sure be a conversational piece among your friends and family.

6. Rosa Dossett

Chiqui & Ita

Here’s a lovely abstract floral print runner with colors including medium grey, turquoise and orange on a natural background. 

Liven up your wedding tables with bold and fresh table runners. Etsy shop Chiqui & Ita sells fresh and timeless designs in a rainbow of colors. All linens can be made to custom size. Purchase any of these runners on Etsy and check out the rest of their table linen collection.

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