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Whimsical Shingled Lights

Whimsical Shingled Lights

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 1 comment

I’m always inspired by the ingenuity of lighting fixture designs. A lamp or pendant light is like art and can make or break a space. But these Roofer lights by Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian are so cute and versatile that they’d work in both grand and modest spaces alike. The green is great fun (imagine it with brass accents or against a fresh...

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How to create a calming home

How to create a calming home

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 in Decorating, Design | 3 comments

As you can probably tell from my lack of posts recently, life around here is a bit hectic. Birthday parties, babies, schools, travel and lots and lots of work – frankly I’m amazed we’re keeping it together. It’s at times like this that I crave a home that is an oasis of calm. Of course, that’s not easy when you’re slowing...

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All-time favorites: ceiling lights

All-time favorites: ceiling lights

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 6 comments

Do you keep mental lists of favorite and iconic design pieces? You know, those items that, one day, you’ll have in your dream home? Maybe you’ve even treated yourself to a few of them. But, if you’re like me, the list seems to grow endlessly. So I’m going to try and keep track of them by posting my all-time favorite lists here. First...

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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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All that glitters

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

I’m in the mood for sparkly interiors, it seems. If it’s shiny or shimmery, glittering or glistening, iridescent or pearlescent, lustrous or luminous, metallic or crystal, gilded or burnished, mirrored or sequinned – I want it! So, for anyone else with my magpie tendencies, enjoy this collection of rooms that sparkle with metallic...

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Restful interiors from Polly Eltes

Restful interiors from Polly Eltes

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

If you’re a fan of LivingEtc, you may recognize the work of photographer Polly Eltes. I was introduced to her photos through Modern Girl Style. Some of the photos were definitely familiar from the pages of the British interior design magazine. Her portfolio is full of calming, inspirational interiors. I like the use of dramatic and bold pieces, and...

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Hurray, finished the dining room

Hurray, finished the dining room

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 4 comments

As I mentioned here, I’ve been revamping our dining room. Nothing major, mind you. Just a few tweaks here and there to finish the space. I’ve finally finished it and have some photos to share. It’s not an easy room to photograph so forgive the amateurish attempts. But you get the gist. So, what did we do? Well, we replaced the Seventies...

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Movie interiors: Frost/Nixon

Movie interiors: Frost/Nixon

Posted by on Apr 26, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Movie interiors | 2 comments

I watched Frost/Nixon last night and was surprised to discover some great interiors in the movie. A lot of attention has been given to how faithfully the set designers were able to replicate certain interiors, especially that of the house where the famous interviews took place. But, what I hadn’t appreciated until reading about the making of the...

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