If you were to rank your home-decorating projects, chances are “get new bedding” is low down on your list. We often sacrifice the style in the private spaces in our homes because they are out of the public eye. But think about this: Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and it’s up to your bedding ensemble to set the tone for this all-important space. I’ve found that remaking your bed with a new ensemble completely transforms the look of the entire room.
Marika Meyer, an interior designer, has been featured in HGTV, Home & Design and Luxe magazines, as well as on Martha Stewart Living Radio. She joined Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius recently for an online chat to talk about how to freshen your home for summer. Here is an edited excerpt:
Every weekday morning — and sometimes on the weekend, too — men and women are jarred awake by alarm clocks, writes Tracy Rogers in HomeStyle.
Waking up this way — whether it’s to a caustic beep or tunes blaring on the radio — is a way of life. For most, it is an unwelcome necessity, but some new clocks offer features that could make waking up less alarming.
High-tech is in, and that includes high-tech alarm clocks. Today, sleepers can wake up to the soothing sounds of ocean waves, their favorite ’80s hits or just a gentle buzz. There are alarm clocks that will charge your cellphone, others that will shake sleepers out of a sound slumber and even one that simulates daybreak to wake sleepers “naturally.”
I’ve been asked to write about design challenges. To be honest, each project has its own design challenge. That is one of the reasons I love this profession — the challenge.
Sometimes the emotion of making a décor change in a home can be difficult for one of the family members. It can add a big challenge to my efforts in resolving a client’s desire for some sort of change in a particular room if one such family member — perhaps a spouse — is involved in the final decision.
Written By MARYANN FISHER, Decorating Den Interiors
A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways.
Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other cast-offs from the owner’s main living space.
But, say interior designers, a bit of creativity can transform a small vacation home into the perfect haven — a place to combine family heirlooms, funky flea-market purchases and a few new pieces, with style and on a budget.
Kate Moss has a completely unique personal style that frequently inspires us to try new looks. But what we haven’t noticed, until recently, is her flair for color. Her ensembles frequently get us thinking about new color combinations for our outfits…and interiors. When the golden goddess wore one of her favorite combos, black and white, it had us rethinking that classic duo. A little bit of gold (or bronze) with black and white is something very special.
Even better, the black and white scheme also works with other colors (like deep teal and red), making it incredibly easy to find products that fit this decor. And it also allows mix and mingle your metals in the form of all your home accessories. Click through the slideshow below inspired by Kate Moss, to prove how this color palette can work for you.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with the color blue. Cobalt? Be still my beating heart. Robin’s egg? Divine. Turquoise? Makes me swoon. But when it comes to navy, I have a personal weakness that borders on obsession.
Navy has it all. It’s a no-fail neutral that looks perfect paired with practically everything, from white and cream to coral and citron. It gracefully sets off every finish in your decor.
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Victorian or Colonial revival? Modern or contemporary?
Even if you’re just curious, knowing the style of a home can be helpful for buying, selling, remodeling or decorating.
Deborah Burns, executive director of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, said many homes have easily identifiable styles — a Colonial has a symmetrical facade, a small portico and a center hall, and a bungalow has a central roof dormer and a foundation made with patterned concrete blocks. But she also cautions that not all resources offer the correct information, and not all homes have a set style. It’s hardest to pin down suburban homes, she said.
As the shelter industry looks forward to fall 2013, home decor trends are embracing a range of aesthetics while focusing, in principle, on issues of smart, sustainable growth. With a selection of new designs launching specifically for the fall season, EuroStyleLighting.com announces the top four things consumers can expect in modern lighting and home decor.
“This year we’re seeing the general acceptance of principles that leaders in the design community have long embraced—chief among them are a commitment to innovation and beauty,” explains Cori Magee, In-house Design Expert with Euro Style Lighting.
In the first of two posts, Toronto-based home re-designer Beth Hirshfeld of Thrive By Design delved into the ways good design can support safe, independent Aging in Place. In this post, the Certified Aging in Place Specialist gets into more practical detail — the when, what and how.
Why use interior design rather than simply hire a handyman to install a grab bar, widen a door, and take on other projects as needed?
An effective design requires a comprehensive and strategic approach rather than just sporadic updates.