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A Party Checklist for Design Lovers

Festive party front porch from A Beautiful Mess

Thanksgiving is two days away! Whether you’re hosting Turkey Day or preparing for the ultimate party in any season, this checklist is for you. What you won’t find in today’s post is a detailed collection of recipes. What you WILL find is a simple list of tasks that will give your party, gathering or event a designer look. It all begins with a clean home,…

DIY: Add Shimmer to Your Holiday Home Decor with Homemade Gold Mason Jars

Mason Jars - Holiday Decor Ideas

Has anyone ever told you that you “clean up nice”? Though the phrase leaves something to be desired grammatically, it’s generally a compliment, and one that’s actually very appropriate when describing mason jars. Whether you’re in Brooklyn or Berlin, you’ve probably seen these hipsterish receptacles being used as rustic vases or cups — heck, the New York Times even published an entire article about their…

How to Bring Caribbean Style Home

Caribbean color in a vibrant interior

There’s something so beautiful and tranquil about interior design that evokes the feel of the Caribbean. While it’s impossible to boil this rich style down to a handful of key elements, today’s post showcases a few features that can infuse your home with a celebration of the sea, lush plant life and timeless elegance. From unforgettable hues and crisp textiles to tropical greenery and wooden…

Modern Private Residence in Taiwan Overlooking a National Park

Wishbone chairs at the contemporary kitchen sialnd and breakfast bar

Waking up each morning to the sight of a lush green canopy and the early morning frenzy of birds just outside the window is indeed a great way to start the day. The Unbound private residence nestled in the gorgeous Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan promises all this and a whole lot more as it brings the outdoors inside. Designed by J.C. Architecture, this elegant…

Classic Seattle Lakefront House gets a Bookish Modern Twist!

Floor-to-ceiling floding glass doors with stainless steel frame

It was just a few days ago that we were talking about the possible revival of Tudor style and how modern designers are giving these classic homes a contemporary makeover without actually altering their distinct silhouettes. Today we have another beauty that perfectly exemplifies this seamless blend between old world charm and modern aesthetics. Overlooking Lake Washington, this Seattle home has all the trademark traits…

23 Bedrooms That Bring Home the Romance of Red

Fabulous use of texture in the red bedroom [Design: Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors]

When it comes to infusing a space with vivacious energy and a touch of romance, few colors come close to red. It is a great way to showcase an architectural feature, give it prominence and elevate a space that is filled with boring neutrals. Yet when it comes to adding this brilliant color to our bedrooms, we often find ourselves hesitant, and fearful that the…

10 Rooms with an Indoor Water Feature

Indoor water wall with dramatic flair

Maybe it’s all those years of admiring mall and hotel lobby architecture, but I’ve always been a fan of indoor water features! There’s something very grand about them, and they bring a vacation vibe to any room they inhabit. Speaking of indoor water feature locations, what do you think are the most popular spots for these special flourishes? Living rooms and entryways are definitely top…

Twin Visions: Dashing NYC Studio Apartment Gets Two Glamorous Makeovers!

Smart fxitures and natural light give the home a serene ambiance

How many different ways can you think of decorating your own home? While we might alter hues and styles ever so slightly once in a while, it is not very often that the same home is decorated in a delightfully different manner with a few smart changes. This studio apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City has been designed in two different…

20 Living Rooms with the Textural Beauty of Grasscloth

Innovative use of orange in the living room [Design: Willey Design]

In our quest for the right living room color and the perfect patterns to bring it alive, we often ignore another very important facet of interior design that can play a huge role in shaping a perfect home. Texture is as important as color in creating a beautifully balanced and exquisite living room. In fact, you can use just a couple of simple neutral shades,…

Living Room Wall Units with Snazzy Compositional Freedom

Beautiful Day System of shelves and storage units for the living room

In the world of contemporary design and decor, adaptability and versatility are the two key elements that always come up trumps. Sure, one still needs that perfect blend of form and function to create an unforgettable, inviting interior. But designers are increasingly moving away from traditional furnishings and turning toward flexible, modular units to get this job done. The exclusive Day Collection offered by Alf…




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