Interior design ideas: Open all hours – in pictures

A tiny house with tumbledown outbuildings has been turned into a modern home filled with mid-century design.

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Written By Fiona Reid

Home Design Tips: How to Make Your Second Home Perfect for You

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.

“Second homes are all about the three f’s: family, friends and flea markets,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions. “There are really no rules, but the one thing to keep in mind is that second homes are the best place to showcase your personality by filling them with one-of-a-kind pieces packed with sentiment and history.”

Written By Associated Press

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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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Simple fixes transform, improve home’s design

“In suburbs across America, traditional townhouses and developments come standard. But let’s say your taste swings more contemporary, or your house dates to the ’80s, is brass-infused and needs an update. One of the best places to start redecorating is the foyer.

“I think an entry should set the tone of the house,” said designer Raji Radhakrishnan of Raji RM & Associates in Washington. You want it to “hint at what’s to come inside.”

If your entry hints that you’re boring and tired, don’t despair. Designer Regan Billingsley offers this advice: “Updating an entry can be as simple as painting or changing light fixtures, rugs and accessories.””

Written by Lindsey M. Roberts

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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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10 home decor don’ts

“Whether you’re a diva, a country girl or a beach bum, it’s important to make your personality shine through in your living space.

But let’s be honest: Achieving your ideal look isn’t as easy as it appears on some television design shows. Those hosts are professional decorators. But regular people? We make mistakes.

Part of the problem is that many of us start the decorating process without mapping out a strategy.

“”If you don’t have a plan, your style can go off in another direction or you’ll buy things that don’t fit the room,”” says interior designer Taniya Nayak of HGTV’s Billion Dollar Block and Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible. “”You go all mish-mash and spend a lot more money than you need to.”””

Written by USA TODAY

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