Mismatched Homemade in Heaven

Mismatched Homemade in Heaven

In mismatching I believe. It is almost my motto. Bedroom lays kind of give me the willies. I simply can’t stand anything which looks like it came right out of a catalog or, even worse yet, off the showroom floor. All that matchy-matchy material features a personal touch. And it generally has the personality of a earthworm (meaning blah). I much prefer a space with a great deal of quirky personality, sort of a Maya Ruldoph of chambers. And it’s…

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Reflecting Pools as Liquid Assets

Reflecting Pools as Liquid Assets

The element of water will infuse any landscape with sparkle since the smooth, mirrorlike surface brings pictures of skies, clouds, overhead branches and even architecture to the floor plane. You don’t need a lot of square footage to bring a reflecting pool in to your outdoor space. Actually, a shallow saucer filled with water will reflect whatever’s around it and conjure the exact same visual feeling of a sizable gazing pool. Here are a few of my favorite reflecting pools…

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Decorate With Intention: A Nook of One's Own

Decorate With Intention: A Nook of One's Own

Virginia Woolf announced, “A woman must have money and a room of her own when she is to write fiction.” Whether you are a budding author, designer, artist, or simply needing a calm refuge, you deserve a creative area reserved just for you. Having a special place all to yourself may look to be a luxury, but it does not need to be big or fancy to fit the bill. The purpose is to create an atmosphere which nurtures your…

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Zero-Energy Renovated Victorian in San Francisco

Zero-Energy Renovated Victorian in San Francisco

Even in a town known for its creative alternative energy solutions, this San Francisco home stands out. The customers are an alternative energy industry executive, a commercial photographer and their kid, and also the biggest priority was to make a home that was completely self-sustaining — particularly challenging because the home is a 1904 Victorian. Regardless of the high requirements, principal architect Ross Levy and job builder Karen Anderson of Levy Art & Architecture made a sleek and energy-efficient home…

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Paperback Books Get Another Look

Paperback Books Get Another Look

I will confess: For years, I had been a hardback snob. If a volume which I wanted came only in paperback form, I’d borrow it over and over from the library rather than purchase it for my bookshelves. Favorite paperbacks from my student days, which I could not quite discard, got pushed to an armoire in the guest bedroom — a thoughtful touch for visitors who might long to get a good read, I convinced myself. And I got over…

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Little Garden Strategy: Built-In Seating

Little Garden Strategy: Built-In Seating

We frequently ask how to make the most of a petite space. Bear in mind your space has advantages! Outdoor living spaces need to have a coziness variable, which is much easier to create in a smaller space. One of my favourite design tricks for small spaces is built in seating. Here is the best way to use it for dramatic effect on your cozy space. Kim Rooney Landscape Architecture Define your own territory. Built-in seating might offer architectural design…

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Stunning Rotterdam Renovation

Stunning Rotterdam Renovation

Architecture duo Joost Woertman and Anna Everding snagged this five-story construction in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for only 1 euro. Within a civil initiative to rescue rundown areas of Rotterdam, the status of this exceptional deal was that the severely burned property required to be restored to its former glory. The deal was just too good to turn down, but the whole house, both inside and outside, had a comprehensive facelift. “Everything needed to be redone,” Woertman states. “When you renovate…

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11 Vignettes to Inspire a Clutter-Free Nightstand

11 Vignettes to Inspire a Clutter-Free Nightstand

We all know how easy it is to crawl into bed at the end of a very long day and in our exhaustion, ditch everything out of eye glasses to the paper to our children’ toys on the bedside table. Avoid this clutter and the aggravation that accompanies it by studying this space as an opportunity for design. There is not any demand for anything grandiose; you can use things you’ve. I promise you; if you fashion a loved vignette…

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Guest Groups: Chase Away the After-Holiday Blues

Guest Groups: Chase Away the After-Holiday Blues

I know, most of us visit January and February looming ahead after the holidays and start to panic a little with spring nowhere in sight. Why don’t you bring some of the cheer of the months past with you and straight into the new calendar year? Just because it is cold and snowy doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Hope you enjoy. — Melissa from Melissa Loves Terrain Mophead Hydrangea – $68 This is some thing to remind yourself that…

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9 Ways to Enjoy Your Home Office More

9 Ways to Enjoy Your Home Office More

If you work at home, you understand how important your home office will be to your everyday life. Butjust like any office area, in the home or elsewhere, it’s easy to let major aspects like organization and functionality fall into the wayside during hectic workdays. If you feel like your home office is hitting a rut, it might be time to estimate its present state for the new year. You will need only a simple improvement, such as adding a…

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