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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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Confessions

Confessions

Posted by on Oct 3, 2009 in Awards | 6 comments

It’s been a while since I was here. I’ll explain later, but I’ve been rather preoccupied lately, so I’ve been neglecting the blog. Thanks to everyone who stuck around so patiently! I really appreciate it and promise to be a better blogger from now on! And thanks also to two very generous bloggers who bestowed awards on Four Walls and...

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Style and the City: Paris

Style and the City: Paris

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009 in Style and the City | 22 comments

One of the things I like most about blogging is seeing how different bloggers around the world are inspired by their local surroundings. When you read the design blogs, you get a flavor of the interiors of the South, the Mid West, Canada, and maybe even the English countryside, the Australian coast or the Italian hills. While I love catching up on the...

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New series tomorrow

New series tomorrow

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009 in Style and the City | 5 comments

Look out for the start of a new series tomorrow: ‘Style and the City’. I’m going to be interviewing bloggers on the styles that characterize their favorite cities. I won’t give away too much about my first interviewee, except to say that she’s been to lots of cities and has impeccable taste so you won’t want to miss what...

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Zebra rug for the living room

Zebra rug for the living room

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 5 comments

Encouraged by the success of the zigzag rug in our playroom/little sitting room, I’ve finally chosen a rug for our living room. I went for the Zebra rug from West Elm in espresso and ivory. It’s a little smaller than I would have liked but, as standard sizes go, it’s not too bad. The room really needed some pattern and something dark to...

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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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