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Readers' Choice: The Best 20 Home Providers of 2011

With more people working from home in 2011, finding room for a house office turned into a necessity. Smart solutions for multi-purpose spaces, little spaces, and approaches to incorporate storage were in the very top of ers’ priority lists. While there are a few fantasy offices in the combination, all of them have easy-to-accomplish decorating Read more about Readers' Choice: The Best 20 Home Providers of 2011[…]

Pattern Play: Mix Prints to Get a Traditional-Modern Look

Mixing patterns can be hard enough without having to combine different design styles too. Sticking to 4 basic steps in choosing patterns can facilitate the confusion. With this particular pattern play I wanted to show you how you can combine a traditional pattern with modern prints. I think this selection of stripes, geometrics, polka dots Read more about Pattern Play: Mix Prints to Get a Traditional-Modern Look[…]

Tastemaker: Meet Reiko Kaneko's Modern China

British designer Reiko Kaneko functions with a very traditional English substance — bone china. Normally reserved for good table settings or higher society tea parties, Kaneko uses bone china in more playful and regular applications. Coffee mugs, eggcups, and even shot glasses are all carefully molded from this delicate substance. Her minimalist design has a Read more about Tastemaker: Meet Reiko Kaneko's Modern China[…]

Homeowner's Workbook

You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collecting inspiring kitchen photos. Some decide they need more space. Others simply want to upgrade their present kitchen. Homeowners may find themselves in this exploration period for Read more about Homeowner's Workbook[…]

Defining Your Style: Only Love

Sometimes when you’re trying to define your style, you’re tempted to say you’re”contemporary” or”diverse” or”jagged Victorian with a touch of mid-century contemporary with a penchant for greens and golds.” But then you see a really amazing Feng Shui design and you wonder if you should tack that on to the definition of the”style.” Well, I Read more about Defining Your Style: Only Love[…]

Kitchen of the Week: Old Meets New in the Northwest

This eclectic Washington kitchen gets most of its inspiration from the clients’ much-loved past residence. Though they were moving into a brand-new home, the clients wanted to integrate salvaged bits in their initial Tudor-style house. Designers at Seattle’s NB Design Group utilized modern materials in a clean design to offset the older elements, making a Read more about Kitchen of the Week: Old Meets New in the Northwest[…]

Kitchen of the Week: Modern and Bright at 90 Square Feet

When you have a small kitchen, it’s simple to start moaning and groaning about it. Steve Justrich, on the other hand, celebrates the shortage of footage of his kitchen. “My doctrine isn’t to have to walk more than three steps between appliances and counters, and have every thing within a fully extended arm’s reach,” he Read more about Kitchen of the Week: Modern and Bright at 90 Square Feet[…]