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Argyle Chic Crosses From Clothes into the Home

Quick: What comes to mind when you think of the term “argyle”? You probably pictured woolen jeans, Scottish golfing sweaters and New England prep schools. But this cherished pattern, essentially crisscrossing lines that overlap tiers of diamonds, has claimed a spot in home interiors too. Now’s interpretation of argyle has less in common with knitting […]

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Tortoiseshell Reveals Its Range

Tortoiseshell generally gets lumped in with the preppy trends of the ’80s, like Ray-Ban Wayfarers and prim headbands. However, this timeless material seems surprisingly fresh in today’s interiors. Although true tortoiseshell, which comes from hawksbill turtles, has been prohibited to protect those creatures, fake variations and faux finishes approximate the expression of the actual deal. […]

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City View: Phoenix Style Blooms in the Desert

Spanish colonial revival layout is still a big part of style from Phoenix, Arizona, but layout this is getting more modern, filled with unexpected color and more in tune with the desert scenery. “The hardest misconception that we face as architects in Phoenix is that the desert is a harsh, unfriendly environment which needs to […]

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Splatter Patterns Let Loose in Decor

The ’80s have been slipping up on us. Trends like colour blocking and neon hues have reemerged from the archives, and paint-splattered products are back with a vengeance. Back in the day, stylish individualists would set themselves apart from splattering paint all over jeans or coats; today we are seeing with this Pollock-inspired trend on […]

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Decorate With Intention: Tablescapes Rooms

Tablescapes give a room that finished look, improving your space and making the most of your belongings. Creating tablescapes, that are basically intentional arrangements of items on flat surfaces, is something all decorators listen to, but they can feel mystifying and out of reach to the rest of us. Here we examine what goes into […]

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Weekend Project: Reinvent a Wine Crate

Sometimes a large DIY project just isn’t what the day requires. Should you want a quick DIY fix, look no further than an affordable wine cage. Imagine what you can do using a neat little box that may have traveled from abroad and smells of walnut. Here are the steps that led me. The trepidation. […]

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Design Calendar: Feb. 4-24, 2012

If your weekend plans do not involve watching the Super Bowl, then there are plenty of alternatives available for you to get off the sofa and get inspired. Visit the National Building Museum and see how 18th-century designers imagined the D.C. structure landscape. Or go onto a self-guided walking tour of Indianapolis and learn about […]

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Quick Update: Wonderful Black Lampshades

Sometimes, you need a tiny black. Think about a bright and crisp whitened space. A black accent here or there will help to maintain the space from looking too visionary. Check out these rooms where a black lampshade (or two) adds some drama — and looks both contemporary and chic. I am warming up to […]

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Graffiti as Décor: Street Art Comes Home

On the lookout for a radical improvement to your property? Contemplate graffiti. Its unconventional colour ensembles and pop-art vibes will spring up off your house’s walls. As graffiti’s popularity as an art form inside the house develops, people are hiring graffiti artists to make colorful murals inside their rooms and/or framing graffiti images to place […]

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