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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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Searching for a cool toddler bed

Searching for a cool toddler bed

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

My toddler is now old enough (and more than big enough) to move out of his crib into a bed. I’ve been hunting around for a modern white toddler bed that isn’t too expensive. From what I gather, you can never tell whether your child will actually stay in the bed you choose (even though he says he’s into the idea). And even once they are...

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Defining San Francisco’s design style

Defining San Francisco’s design style

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, San Francisco Design, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

San Francisco is one of the most distinctive cities in the world, architecturally speaking. And I don’t think I’m biased just because I live here. The famed ‘Painted Ladies‘ – those pastel-hued gingerbread Victorians – are as much part of  San Francisco’s personality as the cable cars and Golden Gate Bridge. But,...

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Decor trend: plates as art

Decor trend: plates as art

Posted by on Apr 11, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Design memes, Houses | 0 comments

Is it me or am I seeing displays of wall-mounted plates everywhere? I actually really like the effect, although it does remind me of an English country kitchen. It seems the trick is to use a mix of different styles and colors and avoid too formulaic a lay-out. The examples below almost look like clouds – the effect is quirky vintage rather than...

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Not-so-moody blues

Not-so-moody blues

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Houses | 0 comments

Today the sky is a particularly luminous shade of blue. Nothing is more likely to put me in a good mood than a bright blue summer sky (even if it is only April). Who said blue was sad? And to prove the point, I scoured the Internet (while sitting outside on the patio, of course) for examples of the perfect, fresh, happy blue. This is decorator Dawn...

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