From a surfboard that doubles as a coffee table to a canoe mounted from the ceiling, you won't believe some of these creative design ideas.
Surfboard Coffee Table
1. Surfboard Coffee Table
Purchased from a vendor who makes tables out of vintage surfboards and skis, the coffee table in the family room of this Cape Cod beach house gives the room a relaxed, lived-in feel. "Every room should have something that makes you smile," says designer Annie Selke.
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High-Gloss Interior Door
2. High-Gloss Interior Door
The family who lives in this New York house entertains frequently, so designer Pat Healing wanted the dining room to be extra glamorous. "I think of dining rooms as candlelit evening spaces," she says. The door to the butler's pantry is painted an elegant and bold custom high-gloss plum.
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Mirrored Cabinet Doors
3. Mirrored Cabinet Doors
With a mission to transform a small and narrow Brooklyn townhouse into a family home fit for four girls, designer Jonathan Berger corrected the
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Florence Perchuk - who's been designing kitchens for 38 years - shares her expert advice on countertops made of marble, granite, and other types of stone.Read More »from 5 Things You Need to Know About Stone Countertops
spill on counter1. Spills Should Be Wiped Up Immediately
With her years of experience, Perchuk has seen stains from wine, cranberry juice, all citrus juices, salad dressings, vinegars, and coffee. Her advice? "The key is to wipe a spill up as soon as you see it: I can't emphasize that enough. If you don't let the spills sit there, they won't penetrate," she says. "Also, oils are less of a problem, once the stone has been sealed, and kids with sticky fingers are no problem at all."
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2. A Proper Seal Is When Water Beads Form
A supplier should seal the stone a few times as soon as it's installed. "You'll know it's sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface," she says. "Then have it sealed again a year later - that should do the trick." And while you can seal it
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1. Clear Your Thoughts
"I like to keep a little yellow pad and pen next to the bed so that before turning the lights out, I can empty my head onto a to-do list. It keeps me from having racing thoughts all night long like 'Oh God, I've got to call about those lamps being rewired!' or 'I've got to make that dinner reservation!'" -David Kleinberg, interior designer
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2. Stay on a Schedule
"Establish a strict bedtime and awakening time. Expose yourself to bright light in the morning - within 5 minutes of waking, go outside and take a walk for 30 minutes. Avoid any bright light for 2 or 3 hours before bedtime, or exercise within 3 hours. Avoid heavy meals, large amounts of fluid and alcohol - it might help you fall asleep, but it fragments sleep and cuts down on the amount of deep sleep." -Clete Kushida,
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1. Paint Lampshades with Pattern
For a bedroom in this New York apartment, designer Eric Cohler had the lampshades custom-painted to echo the vibrant suzani throw on the bed. On another project, "I had a client with a small lighting budget, and we blew that on two overscale glass lamps from Hollyhock, Suzanne Rheinstein's great shop in LA," he says. "The accompanying shades were anticlimactic, so I painted them with a bold eggplant-colored starburst pattern in a nod to Matisse. Fast and fun."
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2. Liven Up a Room with Textiles
"I was filming a reality show in England and had to live in a Winnebago for over a month! You don't find interiors more standard-issue blah than a mobile home. But I packed some of my collection of old quilts, colorful alpaca throws, pillows, and some pictures in an extra suitcase. By
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1. Girly Pink
In designer Melissa Rufty's New Orleans home, a pink scribble painting by Amanda Talley hangs on floral wallpaper in a girl's bedroom.
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2. Romantic Pink
The master bedroom in this Palm Beach home received a pink-and-white makeover by designer Gary McBournie. "It started with the fabric on the lampshade - a simple, soft shell pink and white linen print," he explains.
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3. Sunny Pink Dining
On the brick patio of a tiny California bungalow, designer Krista Ewart kept the mood fresh and playful to match the decor inside. A white 1960s lawn furniture set is perked up with a pink patterned tablecloth.
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4. Petite Pink Kitchen
The star of the kitchen is the cute pale pink Smeg fridge that Ewart chose. Other touches include pink curtains and artwork.
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1. Arrange Just a Single Bloom
A large flower, like a magnolia, doesn't need any other adornments. It looks stunning all on its own, floating in a low Limoges bowl. (Tip: It's also less expensive to buy one statement-making flower than an entire bouquet.) Interior designer Hal Williamson chose the fragrant flower for his clients who live in New Orleans.
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2. Try a Little Toile
In the home's dining room, Louis XV chairs are upholstered in a toile called Louisiana Purchase. "Each chair depicts different iconic imagery," Hal Williamson says, including St. Louis Cathedral, plantations, and flatboats on the river. The upholstery doesn't match perfectly, but the chairs all still work together.
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3. Know that Blue can Be Romantic Too
There's no need to
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1. Have Plush Dining Room Seating
In this L.A. dining room, designer Peter Dunham fashioned a sprawling yet comfy corner. "A deep banquette in a dining area is dressier and more relaxed than just chairs," he says. He brightened it with six pillows made from a vintage suzani from Design Utopia. Banquette not in the budget? Pull in an armchair from another room or try tossing a few pillows onto the seating.
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2. Kick Back with an Ottoman
"Putting your feet up is like lying in bed," says Dunham, who added a Caucasian carpet ottoman from Hollywood at Home to a slipcovered chair in the master bath.
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3. Sleep on the Right Pillows
"When you're the parents of six children, you absolutely need a retreat," says designer Susan Zises Green, and the
From tiny thumbtacks to a fluffy powder puff, don't miss these Valentine's Day gift ideas in shades of rose, raspberry, and magenta.
1. Elephant Cards
2. Tote Bag
A cute carryall with a personal touch. $20 with free monogram. Ballard Designs.
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5. Washi Tape
Add a touch of pink to stationery, inspiration boards, organizing labels, and more. $8.50 for set of
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From space-age soundstick speakers to to a hub that links your Skype, mobile, and landlines, these innovative products will streamline your workstation.
1. A Desk That Hides Your Mess
Hide your mess in the hidden recess. All of your external drives, chargers, routers, and a power strip can be tucked in a compartment under the desktop - cords can be fed through an opening at the back - freeing up precious surface area for your paperwork. Bluelounge StudioDesk, bluelounge.com.
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2. Storage that's Wireless
Any cord you can eliminate is one fewer to deal with on your desktop and when you travel. The G-Connect is a wireless storage and streaming device for Apple and Android phones and tablets, as well as laptops and desktops. It holds up to 500 GB of content - think of all those bulky HD movie files - which can be accessed via an iPad app or Web browser. It even acts as a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five users. And at less than 10 ounces,Read More »from 7 Innovative Products to Streamline Your Workstation
You'd never know designer Meg Braff was working with a tight budget when she decorated this Palm Beach house for a snappy, 'with it' mom of three. The decorator shares the affordable design ideas she used to stretch her budget.
1. Going with an Inexpensive Carpet.
"The quickest way to blow a budget is on a carpet. Unless you're doing something really special, keep it simple," designer Meg Braff says. She chose affordable sisal for the living room. Starburst mirror from William-Wayne. Sconces from the Brighton Collection. Pouf from West Elm.
2. Upgrading Basic Pieces with Trim.
Braff added a bullion fringe to the sofa to bring in more blue. "You could do the same thing with a sofa off the floor at Crate & Barrel - just add a trim to personalize it," she says. The same idea also elevates plain lampshades or curtains.
3. Opting for Balloon Shades.
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