interior design

Home Interior Inspiration: Anne Burke

Anne Burke, is a designer at Kemble Interiors and this is her bohemian-inspired home as featured in the March/April issue of Lonnymag.  I love that wallpaper and the eclectic mix of elements: wooden chests, modern art, a rustic sofa, accents of gold, flowers and various print.

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Home Interior Inspiration: Inexpensive and Unconventional Headboards

Loving these fun, easy-to-make, inexpensive, and unconventional headboard ideas from BHG. Click here to see all thirty-two headboards. Here are a few of my favorites:

window panel headboardsTwo single window panels were up-cycled and embellished with fabric to create a not-so-typical headboard.

vintage feed sack headboardThis headboard is covered with a large vintage feed sack stabled at the back of a plywood.

large picture frames headboardThree large photo frames from the thrift shop is turned into a headboard by removing the glass and framing an inexpensive fabric.

fireplace screen headboardGuess what these were!  A fireplace screen that’s been repainted and finished with a sealant, attached to the wall.

curtain headboardAttach curtain panels the wall and choose a curtain to hung! Instant headboard!

plain wood headboardA plain piece of plywood is sanded, stained, and sealed to create a modern headboard.

painted headboardDid you say you’re an artist? Paint your own headboard with a stencil or just your imagination!

Which of these DIY headboard inspirations would you like to try?

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Rue Magazine Celebrates Its First Year Anniversary

Rue is celebrating its first year with a special anniversary issue. Check out the editors’ personal picks on fashion and interior design. And follow them as they explore the best places to shop in Minneapolis. For this issue, interior designers Virgina Toledo and Jessica Geller face up to the challenge of designing a bachelor’s pad from Manhattan.

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It also features the homes of interior designer Leah Ball Steen; HGTV designer and Target’s style expert for home, Sabrina Soto; and Rue’s very own editor-in-chief, Crystal Gentilello’s new apartment in San Francisco. Oh and did I say I love the 14-page fashion editorial?

Congratulations to the editors and the team behind RUEmag. More power and happy first year anniversary!

Crystal Gentilello's SF apartment

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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 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, 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

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The House of Windsor art room

The House of Windsor master's bedroom

The House of Windsor study room

kitchen inspiration

Kitchen Remodeling Tips On A Budget

Want to remodel your kitchen but with limited cash? Here are top ten kitchen remodeling tips that will fit your budget.

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1. Be inspired. Look for inspirations online or in magazines. You don’t have to copy the exact same look and you can use cheaper materials than what was used in the model. But it will help you stay focused on one theme.

2. Repaint walls and old cabinets. Give your kitchen an instant make over by changing the wall colors. If you’re not sure what color works best for your kitchen, try to match it with your inspiration. Don’t be afraid to use colors that you never tried before. You can also ask the marketing supervisor of a home furnishing store for ideas or suggestions.

3. Complement. Find hues that complement your walls to paint your cabinets and shelves. If your cabinet has glass doors, why not try painting the inside of the cabinet with a color that will serve as graceful backdrop?

4. Explore Contrast. Creating a contrast can dramatically change the look of a space. Use the color wheel to discover hues that complement and contrast each other. Experiment by placing two different colors side by side and try out different combinations and see which one appeals to you most.

5. A Place for Everything. Put things in their proper places and arrange them according to their function. Place items that you often use in an area that you can easily reach and stack things that are seldom used in the upper shelves or cabinets. Use different kinds of storage that add appeal to your kitchen like fruit bowls and baskets. Just remember not to overdo it as to make your kitchen look cluttered.

6. Accentuate. Use pieces that have interesting shapes and use them to add warmth to your kitchen. If you have a collection of China or ceramic tea sets, place them on the shelves. Make sure there’s enough space in the area so the shelves do not look rigid or messy. Use plants, pots and greens to add freshness and vibrancy to your kitchen ambiance.

7. Change your sink. If your sink is old and stained, replace it with a new one. Stainless steel kitchen sinks will give your kitchen a clean and new look even if you do not change tiles and counter tops. Replacing your faucet will also make a big difference.

8. Add Texture. Adding texture to your countertops is also a cost-effective way to remodel your kitchen. It will give your space a new look even if you don’t redo the entire area. Try mixing different materials like granite, marble and wood to create texture.

9. Light up the room. Lighting fixtures with unique designs and shapes will certainly add elegance to any kitchen. Pendant lights and sconces will not only lighten up the kitchen but add a beautiful glow as well.

10. Clean and Polish. Give your kitchen a complete make over by cleaning up. Make your cabinets, drawers, stoves, countertops, ceiling and floors squeaky clean and your kitchen will surely be brighter and more inviting.

Do you have kitchen remodeling tips to share?  We’d love to hear it! Leave a comment :)


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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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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:)