At Home: Design duo’s tips on how to survive remodeling

Some married couples work together in business. Some couples remodel together. Jennifer and Steve Clark, heaven help them, do both.

The Clarks, who have been married seven years and have three kids, not only team up to renovate properties, but they also regularly tear up their own living space.

I don’t mean to be discouraging. I’m all for couples collaborating on home improvement. I personally have built or rebuilt three homes with my spouse. Of course, we now live in separate states, so you see how that worked out.

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Written By Marni Jameson

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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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DESIGN LINE: Top 10 Interior Design Mistakes

“When I start working with new clients, I like to see the kinds of interiors they love. But it is equally as important to find out what they hate! I have been writing this column for close to a year now, and I’ve told you all a lot of design advice, but it’s also good to know what to stay away from or simply, what not to do. So here are a few things that make that list.
Don’t buy matching sets of furniture.

This is particularly true in bedroom sets. Never buy a headboard, bureau and two nightstands in a “set” and expect it to look anything less than a Holiday Inn hotel room. Furnishings should complement each other but when the sofa matches the lounge chairs, the room may be so boring that your dinner guests actually do fall asleep.”

Written by Kelly Taylor

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Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

“A 160-square-foot living space may seem like an average, decent size — until you realize it must function as a family room, lounge, dining room and home office. Creating a design that’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing can be a major challenge. In the case of a spatially-challenged, open concept great room, a few design elements are essential to maximize space: multi-purposing, playing with scale and proportion, installing proper lighting, defining the space plan, and delineating several zones within one area. When it comes to living large in cramped quarters, the vintage modern New York City great room of Matt and Jodi Arden showcases small space decorating at its best.

When the couple, both TV executives, relocated to New York’s East Village neighborhood from Atlanta, they decided to leave most of their living room and office furniture behind. Only their dining table and chairs made the trip. Jodi comments, “”Spatially, we couldn’t see any of our old stuff working in the apartment. Why bother schlepping sofas, chairs, area rugs and desks up 10 stories if it may not even fit?”” Instead, the Ardens enlisted the help of a designer friend to guide them in a direction that worked with their personal style and their functional needs.”

Written by Brian Patrick Flynn

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Decorate a Small House

“Whether it is your first apartment or you are an empty nester preparing to downsize, at some point you are likely to live in a smaller place. The trick is figuring out how to make the most of what space you do have. You also want to decorate your small house in a way that expresses your personal style. Smaller homes and apartments provide a great opportunity to create cozy, inviting spaces, if you follow some basic do’s and don’ts. They also give you the opportunity to live smarter, by reducing any unnecessary items that will cause clutter.

The enemy of any small home or apartment is clutter. Having too much stuff around is not only frustrating in a small space, but it will make everything appear even smaller. When decorating a small house, do de-clutter. Start by giving away or recycling anything you haven’t used in the past six months. Now is the time to shed any items that you have never liked as well. Certainly keep something if it has sentimental value or is a treasured keepsake, but understand that you may not have the space to display everything.”

Written by Ginny Gaylor

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