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Holiday wish list

Holiday wish list

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

Is it too late to ask Santa to bestow some (one?) of the following rooms on me? (No real content here, just a few of my favorite rooms from the year as pure Christmas eye candy. Enjoy.) Credits: 1 – Adrian Wilson via Slipcover Your Life; 2 – Sprinkelbug; 3 – Peacock Feathers; 4 – Graham Atkins Hughes; 5 – Pure Style...

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Fairytale decor

Fairytale decor

Posted by on Dec 23, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

The holidays are a magical time and, for the interiors-obsessed among us, an excuse to bring out the sparkle and indulge all our decorating whims without fear of going OTT. Now that I have children (well, one), we’ve started to make decorating the house a fun festive tradition in itself. So far we’ve decorated the tree, hung the wreath, wrapped...

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Anna French wallpaper

Anna French wallpaper

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 12 comments

If you’ve read this blog for a while, then you’ll know I have a ‘thing’ about wallpaper. I’m drawn to the idea that, with a few dollars and a couple of hours’ work, I too could have trailing florals, rich chinoiserie, dramatic geometrics or sumptuous metallics on my walls. Trouble is, very little of these tempting...

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Un-bachelor pads

Un-bachelor pads

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Tips | 6 comments

I recently received an email from a reader who wanted to issue me a challenge: find some images and ideas to inspire the decoration of a house for three 21-year-old guys. Always up for a challenge, I decided to give it a try. As soon as I started hunting, I could see the quandry for men interested in design, especially younger guys and those renting or...

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Decorating with black

Decorating with black

Posted by on Nov 1, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 5 comments

I know black walls have been a design trend for at least a year. But it still takes courage and conviction to decorate with black. I still can’t get over the fact I chose two black-framed mirrors for our house – I thought I was being so bold! But I’ve come to realize that there are some lower-commitment ways to decorate with black. If you...

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Fall fireplaces

Fall fireplaces

Posted by on Oct 25, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 8 comments

Winter is definitely approaching us here in San Francisco. The skies are still blue and we’re enjoying some sunny weekends, but the unmistakable signs of Fall are here too. Leaves on the ground, pumpkins in the store, chilly mornings and, of course, more fog. We’re getting prepared this year with a few minor renovations. The first off the block...

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Glamorous chandeliers

Glamorous chandeliers

Posted by on Oct 7, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 8 comments

I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for chandeliers. I mean the great big, jaw-dropping, sparkly, bejewelled variety. The type that, even if you could afford them, you’re unlikely to have the kind of house that would suit them. I spent the first two years of living in this house planning to get one for our dining room, only to settle on the...

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Surprising brights

Surprising brights

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Photographers | 4 comments

When it comes to colors, my design aesthetic is lying somewhere, bruised and battered, in the no man’s land between cool neutrals and wild brights. Trying to accommodate both tastes is rather exhausting. But I’ve found some solace in the portfolio of photographer James Merrell, whose work shows brights being introduced into otherwise neutral...

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