Celebrate Love with These 20 Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day date night from The Band Wife

Valentine’s Day is a special time of the year, as it gives us a reason to reflect on the power of love. Today’s post is a celebration of all types of love: love for friends, love for family, and yes, romantic love. Whether you’re a part of a couple or you’re happily single, there are many ways to celebrate February 14th, and I’ve always used…

Dramatic Landscape and Ocean Views Shape the Sagaponack Residence

Fabulous contemporary home in Sagaponack with ocean views

The quiet and beautiful neighborhood of Sagaponack in Suffolk County, New York is renowned for its lovely beaches and innumerable ponds and water bodies. This creates a unique and exciting landscape with coastal charm on one side and wetland magic on the other. Acting as a perfect gateway between both ecosystems is the stunning Sagaponack Residence designed by Bates Masi Architects. The exquisite contemporary residence…

Modular Bookcase System Blends Chic Style with Design Flexibility

Combine snazzy contemporary surfaces with warm wooden textures

Organizing a living room and finding that perfect balance between form and function is indeed a lot harder than it sounds. Each living room has its own floor plan and limitations in terms of space, and of course every homeowner has his or her own idea of the ambiance it needs to exude. While some prefer a dynamic entertainment center at the heart of it…

30 Ways to Create a Trendy, Dashing Industrial Dining Room

Gray walls and Tom Dixon pendants add contemporary beauty to the space [Design: Marco Polo Imports]

They say that fashion goes in circles and so does interior design. The last few years have seen a resurgence in styles and trends that have been largely perceived as outdated and boring in the 90s, trends dominated by simple cubes, beige and a turn towards modernity. Styles like Art Deco and midcentury have been revitalized by contemporary designers who have given them an elegant,…

Modern Art Prints by Vontrueba

Golden Pineapple by VonTrueba

When I recently came across the modern art prints of Vontrueba, I was beyond ecstatic. Not only are these geometry-, texture- and materials-influenced prints stunning in themselves, the product photographs/illustrations feature still life-style vignettes that fill me with design inspiration! Kate here, and today I’m shining the spotlight on Vontrueba, a studio founded by a London-based Spanish architect. Check out these stellar selections from three…

Modern Colorado Vacation Home with Enthralling Mountain Views

Gorgeous Colorado vacation home surrounded by snow covered slopes

Moving away from the traditional look of classic ski cabins, contemporary mountain retreats are embracing a whole new design style that seamlessly blends the modern with the rustic. Nestled in the snowy slopes of Colorado, this breathtaking getaway was designed by Morgante Wilson Architects for a family of passionate skiers, and the dwelling brings the comforts of an urban lifestyle to a relaxed, mountainside setting….

Single-Family House in Sydney Charms with Midcentury Modern Flair

Exquisite use of brick wall and contrasting texures in the lovely living space

Turning a 1920s semi-detached house into a modern home that serves the needs of a young family is a task that demands the best possible fusion of aesthetics and ergonomics. Located in Neutral Bay, a harbor-side suburb in Sydney, Australia, this beautiful residence designed by Downie North Architects was completely revamped to create a seamless interface between the outdoors and the interior. The Neutral Bay…

20 Chalkboard Paint Ideas to Transform the Modern Home Office

Chalkboard paint comes in colors beyond black

The last few years have seen a revival in design trends that were shunned away during the 90s as both unnecessary and unappealing. These include a turn towards midcentury modern, the newfound love for wallpaper, grasscloth wallcovering and even the good ol’ chalkboard paint! For a long while, chalkboard paint was relegated to the walls of the kids’ playroom and the kitchen. But few rooms…

Valentine’s Day Treats for Design Lovers

Rose-shaped lights from Urban Outfitters

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and each year I look forward to rounding up a collection of special gift ideas for design lovers! These treats are not just for the love of your life. Share them with friends and family members, or buy something nice for yourself! I spent many a Valentine’s Day as a single woman before I got married, and it’s funny how…

Striped Beauty: Stunning Zebra Rugs & Pillows from Forsyth

Zebra hide rug gives the room an instant focal point

Each winter, we are on the lookout for ways that we can add textural elegance to the interior while turning our home into a warm, cozy retreat. While some of the additions fade away with a change in season, others last for years to come. This year, though, it might be time to invest in a piece that will serve you well across generations and…

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