L.A. Interior Designers Celebrate New Christofle Silver Pop-Up

“Million Dollar Decorator” Mary McDonald and several designers come out to the studio space for a collaboration between the iconic French silver brand and antique dealer JF Chen.

The night of June 13 proved to be a perfect blend of classic and modern as Los Angeles’s elite design community celebrated the collaboration between world-renowned French silver company Christofle, founded in 1830, and famed furniture dealer JF Chen, in their intimate creation, pop-up shop Studio Christofle, tucked away on Melrose Place.

Written By Vanessa Kogevinas

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6 Color Ideas We’re Tired Of Seeing In Home Design (PHOTOS)

“Choosing colors for our homes is a difficult task, don’t get us wrong. Sometimes we’re so scared to make a commitment to a hue, we end up going with a safe and, dare we say, boring combination. Other times, we may lean too heavily on trends we see in magazines or on TV that our spaces become, well, cliché. You know what we’re talking about: Those rooms that end up looking more like ads than spaces that reflect the people that live there.

Scroll through and let us know if you’d agree with the six color palettes we’re tired of seeing in design.”

Written by Shana Ecker

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Home Style: 15-minute summer mantels

Celebrate the season by giving your mantel a 15-minute summer makeover. Your mantel display is the eye-catching focal point of the room, so trick it up for the season. But don’t spend much time. Light and breezy — and super-simple — is the name of the game when it comes to summer decorating. That way, you can get outside and enjoy the sun! Here are three simple but stunning mantel displays to inspire you this summer.
– Soft and serene, an asymmetrical display can be intriguing yet delightfully simple. We started by creating a strong visual element on the left side. Pillar candlesticks were the perfect pick. They bring in arresting height, yet because they are clear glass, they don’t overwhelm. Together, the three of them make a statement.

Written by  Mary Carol Garrity

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Taking inspirational interior design to the great outdoors

“The sun has finally been shining this week, sparking a dash for the patio and barbecue.

And if you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, it deserves as much attention as your indoor rooms.

A survey by Lloyds TSB Insurance has found that over the last year Britons spent £14 billion turning their gardens into luxury havens. Our holiday budgets may still be tight, which is all the more reason to make the most of the summer at home.

The survey found that furniture, hot tubs and summerhouses are increasing in popularity while sales of plants declined.”

Written by Derbyshire Times

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Weekend DIY Ideas: 10 Painting Projects That Will Refresh Your Home In A Snap (PHOTOS)

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to help make a house look as good as new. (And that goes for our walls, furniture, and mailboxes, too!) With summer underway, there’s no reason why we can’t roll up our sleeves and get to work. To help you get started, we put together a roundup of ten weekend DIY ideas that involve a roller or brush. Between stenciling an entire room or coating the front porch in a pretty pale blue, our slideshow below has several surefire ways to refresh your home from top to bottom.

Written by Rain Embuscado

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Steps to a decorated staircase

“(CNN) — There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with a staircase.

It’s a home’s conduit and connector. It ushers life along, makes a grand impression on visitors and serves as the backdrop for family memories
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“”It’s where my daughter took pictures for her first daddy-daughter dance,”” said Anisa Darnell, part of the Milk and Honey Home decorator team from Roswell, Georgia. Her home’s staircase is also special to her because her grandfather posed with her daughter for a snapshot there before he passed away.”

Written by Ann Hoevel

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13 Hot Startups With Inspired Office Design

“Startup culture became known for several things over the years: hoodies, ping pong, beer consumption and really awesome offices. Amazing offices became a perk of startup life, perhaps thanks to the litany of amenities at the Googleplex.

But even if you’re not Google, you can foster a certain vibe and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed space. And the good news is, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We spoke with 13 startups and got the scoop on their approach to design, where they stocked up on decor and what they love most about the space. After speaking with these companies, it’s clear that the essentials for a startup office are: Writable walls, an open, lofty and well lit space, plush sofas for lounging, cleverly named meeting rooms, custom art, a homage to the city, DIY projects and of course, a kegerator.”

Written by Lauren Drell

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Career: Interior Designer

“A Day in the life of a Interior Designer
An interior designer is responsible for the interior design, decoration, and functionality of a client’s space, whether the space is commercial, industrial, or residential. Interior designers work closely with architects and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both. The position is a combination of engineer and artist, and it takes a unique type of mind to handle both of those concepts well. Interior designers have to be good with more than color, fabric, and furniture; interior designers must know materials, have budgeting skills, communicate well, and oversee the ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. They also have to know about electrical capacity, safety, and construction. This broader range of required knowledge distinguishes them from interior decorators. Interior designers have to be able to work with contractors and clients alike, planning and implementing all aesthetic and functional decisions, from faucet handles to miles of carpeting —and all this usually must be done within a fixed budget. Interior designers are hired for their expertise in a variety of styles and approaches, not merely their own personal vision. Therefore, they have to be able to balance their own tastes and their clients’ tastes—and be willing to put their clients’ tastes first. This requirement can be frustrating at first for many who enter the profession. Interior designers are often asked to begin their planning before construction of a space is finished; this means that they must be good at scheduling and comfortable reading blueprints. This element of the job comes as a surprise to many new interior designers, who expect to have less of an administrative and technical role and more of a role in influencing the overall feel and appearance of a space. Those who thrive in the industry say this ability to balance the practical with the aesthetic is crucial to being a successful interior designer. Interior design is hard work, but those who do it well find the work very satisfying.”

Written by The Princeton Review

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What is Interior Design?

“Interior design is a profession that combines creativity, technical knowledge, and business skills. Interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are safe, functional, attractive, and meet the needs of the people using the space.

Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually so that it can be communicated to the client. They must also know about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to make the space come together. In addition, interior designers must understand the structural requirements of their plans, the health and safety issues, building codes, and many other technical aspects. ”

Written by New York School of Interior Design

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5 Career Paths In Interior Design

“There are many career paths in interior design that you can venture into. As long as you are happy and accomplished, it does not matter what type of designer you are.

5 Career Paths In Interior Design

Two things can provide a massive jump start to your interior design career. You will be expected to have obtained an interior design bachelors degree and be accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). After that, the world is yours. Here are five interior design career choices to consider:”

Written by Devney Walsh

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