- Babble.com | Decorating Guide | Fri, May 25, 2012 3:19 PM EDT | CommentsYou've probably heard of feng shui before. But I'm guessing there's a good chance, that while intriguing, it's always seemed a little too complicated to pay much attention to, right? You're not alone. So what's the feng shui hype all about? Based on ancient Eastern philosophies, feng shui is a series of guidelines intended to help create a sense of harmony and balance to promote positive energy within your surroundings. The principles can be pretty complex, but I think all of us can agree that we'd love for our homes to feel more restful and at peace. Luckily, it's a cinch to start working simple feng shui practices into your life - so I'm sharing a handful of little ways to feng shui your home! And, I promise, it really is easy.
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Place the bed within view of the door and windows, close off the closet and bathroom, and avoid hanging anything heavy above or over the bed. Placing three or nine bright plants...Read More »
- House Beautiful Magazine | Decorating Guide | Tue, May 29, 2012 5:20 PM EDT | Comments
From a retro Southern look to classic French style, these five films have cinema style worth stealing....Read More »
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1. It's Complicated
Since Something's Gotta Give, director Nancy Meyers's films have become celebrated for their gorgeous kitchens. In her most recent film, It's Complicated, the at-home California kitchen of successful bakery owner Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) manages to feel both chef-like and comfortable. It features open shelves displaying monochrome dishware, a pair of industrial-style lighting fixtures above a marble-topped island, and a sunny window shelf with fresh potted herbs.
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2. Father of the Bride
Starring Diane Keaton as Nina Banks and Steve Martin as George Banks in a remake of this classic film, the couple's traditional Colonial home was a hit with design-minded viewers. The kitchen features Windsor chairs around a farm-style table, butcher-block countertops, and glass-fronted upper cabin
- House Beautiful Magazine | Decorating Guide | Thu, May 24, 2012 10:01 AM EDT | Comments
These kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here they share what not to do when remodeling.1. Being Boring
"The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that's warm, inviting, and personal," designer Mick De Giulio says. "Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It's not just about the cabinets and countertops - the whole room has to sing." Adhering to that principle, he updated an Illinois kitchen in a former barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel.
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2. Cabinets That Fall Short of the Ceiling
"They collect dust and un-needed accessories," designer Joan Schindler says. In this Connecticut kitchen, cabinets are full height and create the maximum amount of storage, while glass fronts keeps the space feeling airy. The panes are restoration glass, which is uneven....Read More »
- Babble.com | Decorating Guide | Fri, May 18, 2012 6:01 PM EDT | Comments
...Read More »Spring weather is so unpredictable that it's still a little early to be out in the yard or balcony working for some of us. So why not start summer-izing inside? It's one of my favorite spring pastimes, seriously. Brightening up a space with new colors and accessories is a complete pick-me-up after a long dark winter. Paint some stairs bright colors, add new cushions, move the bedroom downstairs or, if you're lucky, onto the porch.
7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Summer
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1. Decorate with Summer Cushions
Decorate with Summer Cushions
Add some summer-themed textiles to the mix! From florals to whimsical illustrations, light summery textiles bring the garden indoors.
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2. Relocate your Bedroom
Relocate your Bedroom
Set up a sleeping area downstairs or in a closed-in porch for those hotter nights. Using a daybed makes the transition easier from day to night.
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3. Accessorize with Yel
Accessorize with Yellow
- Babble.com | Decorating Guide | Mon, May 21, 2012 2:46 PM EDT | CommentsI have been wanting to add a fun ladder to my daughter Kenzie's room. What do you think about building a personal jungle gym to your kid's space? OK, maybe not a full-fledged park, but adding a couple of decorative (and practical bars) will put some fun in the room. Here are 6 cool ladders for kids rooms you can get inspiration from.
7 cool ladders for kids rooms!White-Out
A super cute room and a fun ladder on the left.
With all the mess to deal with at home from crayons to spilled paint, tucking your kids to bed in an all-white room can be refreshing.
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How cute is this yellow ladder in this kids space?
Replicate the morning's rays with a yellow ladder in your kid's room. Just make sure they know when supper is ready!Double the Fun
Fun space with bunk beds and these great ladders.
It's rare to see ladders hanging from the ceiling and nailed to the floor--this ought to push you up in the ranks for best interior design in your neighborhood!
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What a fun room! And ladder on the bunk beds!
Sometimes the simple things in life are better. Add a ladder against a bed and use the to...Read More »
PICK OF THE DAY
When you begin to tackle your springtime and Easter decorating, an excellent place to start is with your mantel! But before you spring for those store-bought decorations, why not tap into your creative side and embellish this piece of your home with a few personalized pieces you already have lying around? If you're not sure how to start, I've got a roundup of easy-to-mimic mantels that are sure to inspire. Click through for 7 simple ways to brighten up your mantel for spring! - By Jacinda Boneau