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Home Interior Inspiration: The House of Windor Project

Have you been to The House of Windsor? This amazing concept-house is a project of Veranda, a home interior design website, in collaboration with designer Windsor Smith along with other talented designers (Candace Barnes, Stephen Block, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Peter Dunham, Richard Hallberg, Kathryn M. Ireland, Paul Robbins, Richard Shapiro and Tara Shaw).

The exclusive grand opening was held on June 29th and was attended by industry professionals and celebrities. The house was opened to the public for house tours from July 1-17.  A special VERANDA sale will happen on September 21–24 at OneKingsLane.com where you can buy select items from the The House of Windsor.

For those who were not able to personally come to see the house, VerandaUnveils.com presents a 360-degree video tour where you can actually scan and walk through each room as if you were there.  Here’s a peek:

The House of Windsor living room

The House of Windsor bath

The House of Windsor bedroom

The House of Windsor kitchen

The House of Windsor living room 2

The House of Windsor art room

The House of Windsor master's bedroom

The House of Windsor study room

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Victorian telephone and  vintage label maker

Beautiful Vintage: In Shades of Yellow

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Here are my beautiful vintage picks for this week:
Victorian style 70s phone in yellow with floral and gold accent via
hoot and eye;
Art Deco sugar bowl in sunny yellow with black and white combination via tessiemay;
vintage Astro Label maker gun in mustard yellow with white trigger.Uses standard 3/8”dyno embossing tape and is in great working condition via rainy day story vintage;
A set of vintage Books in zesty shades of yellow via the loose goose:

Twelve Girls in the Garden – Copyright 1957
Inscribed on the back inside cover.
Best Loved Books For Young Readers – Copyright 1968
Webster’s New Standard Dictionary – Copyright 1969
Fondue, Chafing Dish and Casserole Cookery – Copyright 1969
The Limner – Copyright 1975
American Spirit – Copyright 1984 First Edition!

Lauren Gold via Lonny

Home Interior Inspiration: Lauren Gold via Lonny

This is the home of Lauren Gold, a design director at Nate Berkus Associates. She, along Violet- her adorable Lab/Pit-bull,  are featured on the cover of Lonny’s July/August issue.  My favorite pieces from her home includes the Milo Baughman Chrome Tufted Chairs, the Louis XV Style Armchair, and the Victorian Acanthus Mirror.  Here are glimpses from the magazine:

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Bunk Beds

Functional & Decorative: Bunk Beds

Bunk beds are perfect space savers.  With a little imagination, you can utilize every possible corner to make it not just functional, but decorative as well.  I’ve gathered a couple of inspirations online featuring bunk beds that are used creatively.  Take a look:

Consider the theme of the room.  For little girls, pink and floral accents are a favorite while young boys usually like blue, green and sporty stuff.  Add spunk and fun to your children’s room with these playful ideas. Aside from a ladder, you may incorporate a mini-slide for going down.
For big families, wood bunk beds are ideal for maximizing space.  You can combine up to 4 bunks adjacent the wall to free up more flooring space in the room.  You can even use the extra bottom space for storage by including pull-out drawers.

If you don’t have to share the room with anyone, the bunk style is still great to make do with a small room.  I  love this idea of using the bottom space not as a bed but as additional storage and work station simply by adding compartments, storage boxes, and a work table.

If you usually need to accommodate a number of guests in your home, you can make the most out of the guest room by using a double deck bed instead of just one.
Is there unused space in the living room?  Why not add a discreet sleeping area for a guest or two?  Conceal the area by adding a curtain such as this one:
photos via: Houzz
These beds are not just made for two. Notice the pull-out bed near the floor.
And who say’s bunk beds are only for kids? Not all, right?  And if you’re not so keen on using the usual bunky board ladder, you can actually use stairs that double as drawers. Very creative!

Do you use a bunk bed or a regular bed?

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Beautiful Dining Table

Functional & Decorative: Dining Tables

I wish to have a dining room with a wide space because I’d love to move in a large table. A solid wood table would be nice! I also prefer a rectangular one, If space will allow but if I have to work with a smaller room, a square wooden table would be fine.

Expandable dining tables are wonderful for maximizing space and if you need to use the fixture for different purpose.  For example, it can function as a work station during the day and turn into a dining table for the whole family in the evening.  Or if you don’t need a big table for dining, it’s still great to have the option to expand when entertaining guests or when hosting a dinner party.
Below are gorgeous inspirations for dining room tables.  I think bench dining tables are beautiful! I want the lines to be clean and simple, without carvings or anything too complicated.  Notice the mismatched chairs from these photos, too!
photos via: Houzz
What’s your preferred shape or style of a dining table?

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Home Interior Inspiration: Caroline Robert

Home Interior Inspiration: Caroline Robert

Finally got some time to take a look at Lonny’s May/June Issue. As always, I am awestruck with the featured homes. This is the lofty home of Caroline Robert at New Orleans. it is hard for me to imagine myself living in such a grand place but is certainly a pleasure to the eyes.  My favorite is the breakfast nook, with the Lucite chairs and the giant Italian antique chandelier.

On a different note, did you notice that Blogger’s dashboard has changed?  I was taken by surprise when I opened it.  Suddenly, all the tools are not where they used be:)

Mismatched Dining Chairs

Functional & Decorative: Mismatched Dining Chairs

An interior decorating style that I love to incorporate in my home is the use of mismatched dining chairs on purpose. I think it’s a wonderful way to spice-up the overall look of the dining table and it lends a fun, fresh perspective to the room.

What’s great about this decorating technique is that you really don’t have to over-analyze, you just need to consider a few things.
For example, what kind of mismatching would you like to do?  You can choose chairs of different styles of the same color or the same type of upholstery or you may opt for chairs of the same kind in various prints and hues.

The size of the chairs can also be the mismatching factor. Or it can be the material.  You may choose to get a few upholstered dining chairsas well as non-upholstered ones.  Or you can mix traditional chairs with modern pieces.  The key is to find seats that will complement the theme that you’re aiming for.

The height of the chair is another important aspect.  Be sure that all the chairs match the height of your dining table and that you can sit comfortably as you dine.
I think mismatched dining chairs are perfect especially if you’re decorating on a budget.  You mighthave a particular chair in mind but not enough cash to buy all six for your table.  The thing is you cansplurge on one or two chairs that you really love and choose less expensive ones to complete the circle or rectangle or square.
Choosing which dining chairs would look good together doesn’t need to be difficult.  You can start by searching for inspirations online.  There are a lot of fabulous ones I’ve come across.
I’m sure ideas will flow as you take a look at these examples:
Would you like mismatched chairs for your dining room? 
Or do you want your dining chairs to match? 
Which one of these examples did you like most?
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