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Five Nursery Design Tips for First-Time Moms

Five Nursery Design Tips for First-Time Moms

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Tips | 3 comments

Ten days ago, I became an aunt again. (Hurray! Welcome to the world, baby R!) Of course, any new baby in the family is an excuse to think about nurseries, so this seems an appropriate time to share my own experience on the nursery design front. While looking for inspiration for our own two kids’ rooms over the years, I have realized that very few of...

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Perfect symmetry

Perfect symmetry

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Tips | 5 comments

This is the picture that started it all. A minor obsession with symmetry, that is. There’s something about the symmetry of the exposed rafters, the shutters, matching consoles and round mirrors that speaks to me. It’s cool, calm and collected – an effect that’s further enhanced by the all-white palette. Complete order and I love...

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Learning from Vicente Wolf

Learning from Vicente Wolf

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Tips | 3 comments

I read some advice from interior designer Vicente Wolf in a magazine interview the other day. He said that a space should have ‘flow’. “Like water flowing down a river. There might be a little rock here or a little bit of rapids there, but the river never stops flowing”. I take this to mean that the eye should move effortlessly from...

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Doing white right

Doing white right

Posted by on Jan 6, 2010 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Tips | 4 comments

There have been literally thousands of articles written about how to decorate with white. Given that it is the most frequently used – and often deemed safest – color for interiors, why is it so hard to get right? Perhaps it’s precisely because white is so ubiquitous that its risks are under-estimated. I know that when I use white, it...

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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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Stand-out chairs (to sit in)

Stand-out chairs (to sit in)

Posted by on Aug 29, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Tips | 8 comments

Nothing dresses a room quite like a single, stand-out chair. Apart from anything else, it’s a wonderful, relatively inexpensive, way to indulge a different side of your design personality. You can pick a chair in a really bold color or pattern to punch up an all-white room. Or choose an ornate vintage piece to add character to an all-modern space....

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Personalizing the IKEA home

Personalizing the IKEA home

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Shopping, Tips | 1 comment

I like reading Apartment Therapy‘s ‘how to’ posts. Today AT Chicago has a post that’s particularly close to my heart – ‘how to avoid the catalog look at home’. When we moved to the US seven years ago, we first lived in San Diego. We had visited a couple of months prior to scout out rentals and had managed to line up...

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