Elegant and Playful in New York

A soothing neutral color palette, luxurious upholstered furniture, and diverse accessories and art specify the design of Sue De Chiara’s house. This magnificent house is located in Westchester County, New York — a suburb of New York City — where De Chiara resides with her husband and three kids.

De Chiara, a design writer and owner of Zhush, hired designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors to redecorate her living area. De Chiara loved the area so much she hired Muse to assist with the pool home, offices, mudroom and master bathroom. “I always say that you can’t design a great space without a great customer, and Sue was fantastic,” Muse says. “She pushed my imagination, and motivated me to greater heights.”


Remodeling the living area involved tripling the size in addition to decorate the space. The living area and its abundance of space was pretty overwhelming, so De Chiara reached out to Muse to get assistance. “She wanted the new layout to work for large groups when entertaining,” Muse says. “But she wanted it to be more intimate enough for regular use.”

Drapery Fabric: Farm Fresh, Robert Allen
Large Pair of Sofas (Fabric): Skye Linen, Osborne & Little
Big Sofa Pillows: Mirella, Echo by Kravet
Painting above Mantel: Amanda Talley


“I think the living area has the ideal balance of sophistication and approachability,” says Muse. The color palette was based off a paint color De Chiara had already picked out for the walls. This neutral backdrop inspired all the textile and accent options.

Slipper Chair Fabric: Ikat Diamond, Kravet
Carpet: Dante Strie, Stark
Interior color: Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand


Muse began with these great cut-velvet pillows in dusty gray-blue and taupe, and worked on the color scheme from there. “For me, fabrics are usually the springboards to my own layouts,” she says.

Lamb pillow cover: West Elm


The mudroom off the main entrance hall was carefully crafted to organize the odds and ends the household collects each day.

Many of the rooms in De Chiara’s house were motivated by the protector magazines she reads voraciously, as well as ideas from friends’ houses and resort rooms she enjoys.

Basket Liner Fabric: Continuum,
Lantern: Sorenson 18 Lantern, Remains


Clear plastic and chrome stools dress up the more customary poolhouse pub. De Chiara and Muse accented the space with an easy white framed mirror and George Nelson Ball Pendant. “The internet is obviously my first step when searching for home decor projects,” says De Chiara. “I am a Google fanatic.”

Barstools: Vapor Stool, CB2
Mirror: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Roman Shade Fabric: Groundworks by Lee Jofa


Muse and De Chiara worked closely with each other to create the perfect house for De Chiara and her family. “The colors, the artwork, and the accessories all convey a very lighthearted approach to decor and fashion generally,” De Chiara says. “I don’t take myself too seriously, and I don’t want my home to.”

The master bathroom is a soothing and elegant space. Muse added a little bit of play by covering the walls with a contemporary wallpaper in a neutral colorway. Isn’t the tub almost begging to be full of a bubble bath? It’s the ideal place to unwind after a week.

Wallpaper: Mimosa, Cole & Son
Garden Stool: Lillian August
Embroidered Towels: Leontine Linens
Cabinet: Cartwright Cabinet, Restoration Hardware


De Chiara’s home office is her favorite room in the home. “It’s little, it’s cozy, and it is the only room that’s really all mine,” she says. Muse made this room more womanly than the rest of the home and played gentle purples and greens to give it a distinctive touch.

Rug: Diamond Sprout, Dash and Albert
Roman Shade Fabric: Ming, Manuel Canovas
Chair Fabric: Petite Zig Zag, China Seas
Negative Table: West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table


De Chiara’s husband’s office is a more decorative area, with wood paneled walls that remember the feel of an old-fashioned library. “It’s really a treasure hunt to create and locate the ideal balance of new and found objects,” says Muse.

Sofa: Custom
Sofa Pillows: Dovecote
Roman Shade: Arlon Check in Camel, Hinson
Coffee Table: Noguchi Table
Carpet: Hexagon House II, Stark
Chair Pillows: Madeline Weinrib

Next: More pictures of this home, accepted by Sue De Chiara.

Zhush LLC

One of those matters that De Chiara enjoys most about her house is the flow of the home as you walk from room to room. Before renovating, she and her husband believed moving, but no additional home had the same open flow as this one.

The shot above is of the entryway once you first walk in the home. Silhouettes line the stairwell, and a quirky mix of chinoiserie and zebra cloths accent a little sitting area.

Zhush LLC

This vintage-styled bench sits in the back hallway outside the kitchen. The artwork on the right is by De Chiara’s 11-year-old daughter, and the rest was completed by her grandmother years back.

Zhush LLC

This turquoise and lime green bedroom belongs to De Chiara’s 11-year-old — a job they worked together, and just finished recently.

Zhush LLC

This staircase leads up to a space located over the garage, which holds De Chiara’s home gym along with the Zhush headquarters. The stairs were given a special touch with hand painted amounts along with an easy rope bannister.

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Photography: John Bessler and Sue De Chiara

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Design Mix: Contemporary Cottage

It’s time to update the cottage, so what exactly do you do first? This may be a painful question especially if your ideas about cottage design are stuck in custom.

Your preference is modern. So, again what exactly do you do? The solution is simple: You muster up the guts to go against convention and make what you love.

Blend your attachment for simple forms with organic components. Blend stainless steel with driftwood, woven baskets with modern art — frankly, there are no hard-and-fast rules. To get the ultimate advantage of combining styles, just stay consistent with two layout styles. This ideabook concentrates on the modern cottage that marries ultramodern design with Mother Nature’s bounty. Let’s take a look.

Duncan Consultants

Vaulted ceilings offer ample space to highlight the expansive stacked-stone fireplace and welcome the disturbance of an oversize, hammered-metal pendant lighting. Slipcovered furniture, even though compact, allows the cottage to honor its hot, comfortable roots.

Masterson Studio

Clean lines and a two-toned wood mix modernizes this quaint cottage bedroom. Accessories featuring concentric circles from the modern artwork along with the overhead drum pendant mix with woven baskets in the same shape.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Clapboard cottage walls are calmed by ethereal blue paint and soft neutral squares. Like fine jewelry, the wall sconce and pendant chandelier are showstopping accents. A conventional whirlpool bathtub is replaced with a state-of-the-art soaking bathtub.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Cozy mid-century furnishings provide an update in this seaside living room. Natural elements like driftwood and rock soften the look of the electronics and allows the tv to feel integrated.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Bamboo cabinetry, aluminum tiles, and stainless steel appliances change this cottage from shabby-chic into metro-sleek. Exposed wire track lights provide an artistic contrast to the elegant crystal chandelier over the table.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Boi-glass green countertops take color cues from seaglass, a coastal treasure, and converts natural components into modern forms.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Woven accents in the barstools and roman shades maintain the cottage aesthetic while the shiny metallic pendant lights insert an industrial element reserved for much more modern spaces.

Duncan Consultants

A partial-floating staircase is a remarkable architectural feature in this cottage as makes excellent use of space to get a handy office nook.

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2012 Appliance Trends: Kitchens

When you consider appliances, you probably think of stainless steel and integrated kitchens. That understanding is about to shift. Take a peek at these 2012 trends and you’ll see inspirations much beyond the bulky, pro-style ranges of the previous dozen years.

Ferguson, a significant high-end appliance, fixtures and lighting retailer, was an beneficial resource in producing this Ideabook, sharing their national predictions for 2012. The IMM LivingKitchen series in Cologne, Germany in 2011 was quite beneficial. Many of the products and tendencies I saw there (as a guest of Blanco, a German sink and faucet manufacturer) can make their way to American shores this year.

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Paul Anater

Higher integration will be coming to a kitchen near you. No longer are paneled dishwashers and refrigerators sufficient for the kitchen that is open.

Ovens, microwaves and other wall-mounted appliances are becoming sleeker, more modular and hug their cabinetry more tightly than ever before. This is strikingly evident in this kitchen which Paul Anater, my buddy and fellow traveler to IMM’s LivingKitchen series, shared in their own coverage of this event.

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High-tech design is just another appliance trend for the new year. Not only are manufacturers bringing the functionality of high-tech gadgets , they also are borrowing their streamlined designs.

This Horizon port hood by Zephyr exemplifies this trend. In reality, Apple Computer designer Robert Brunner designed it.

Logan’s Hammer Building & Renovation

Intuitive touchscreen interfaces will be a significant trend in 2012, according to Ferguson. They have been available in fundamental kind for awhile, but the tablet and smartphone has spread like wildfire to the blower class.

New versions will provide a lot more functionality than just presets, cooking time and mode. Ferguson points to the new Jenn-Air Pro Style Range with recipe memory and recall as one example of this”smart cooker” offerings.

Glenvale Kitchens

Induction cooking has been popular in Europe for quite awhile, but its reintroduction into the U.S. many decades back was slow to catch on. This is likely to be the year it really takes away. There are several reasons why:

• It can decrease your electrical bill and cash-strapped homeowners are taking notice
• Improvements are providing pro-chef level temperature controller
• Their speed is increasingly appealing to time-stressed homeowners
• There is an ever-broadening selection of offerings, such as 30″ and 36″ cooktops, slide-in and free-standing ranges which are easier than ever to operate

Later this year, Gaggenau and Thermador will be releasing brighter cooktops with full surface cooking and placing memory as you proceed your pot and pan from 1 location to another.

Architect Andrew Morrall

Steam cooking, something I fell in love with a few decades ago, will be another significant trend in 2012. Steam ovens have long been popular in big upscale kitchens whose owners value its healthy cooking advantages.

New offerings bring warmth to microwaves, double ovens and even ranges. This dramatically improves the opportunity to design steam cooking into the typical kitchen.

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer

More multi-tasking appliance offerings, similar to this refrigerator/freezer/wine ruler combo, will continue to spike in 2012.

Recent multi-taskers released in 2011 have comprised a built-in fridge with a semi automatic fridge/freezer drawerplus a countertop microwave/steam oven/grill and pro-style range with steam oven. Expect to see more unique and useful combos in 2012.

This is due in part to some value consciousness from homeowners. Interestingly, it’s also due to two contradictory trends: Certainly, the average home is diminishing in size in comparison with the boom-time McMansions and two, the larger, more wealthy homes have a tendency to have big, open”show” kitchens and smaller rear”prep” or”swimmer’s” kitchens. Multi-taskers come in handy for both.

Element Design Group

New venting pretenders will probably cross the Atlantic to American shores this year. Elica, an Italian manufacturer known for whimsical range hoods, is one of the leaders in making these appliances seem like ribbons or sculpture. Neff is a German manufacturer that also generates hoods. The reason hoods such as theirs, and such as Zephyr’s Horizon, are likely to trend next year is that they are ideal for minimalist, open plan kitchens.

Most are slim enough to hide behind the very same panels as the cooktop below. Others just look like something other than a hood reinforcing the room feel to the kitchen.

White will be arriving in sleek modular glass-front appliances later in the new year.

This photograph in last year’s IMM LivingKitchen series in Cologne was part of Miele’s European line. Many of the appliance manufacturers there were showing comparable glossy, glass-fronted whites.

Expect to see these fashions cross the pond after this year. American manufacturers are taking note; based on Ferguson, Whirlpool already has an iPhone-inspired White Ice collection intended for the US market.

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6 Favorite Family-Friendly Homes

Style and child-friendliness are not mutually exclusive. These homeowners have found clever ways to provide spaces for gathering, homework, art, kicking off muddy shoes, corralling jackets and toys and spending some time together as a household. Here are six houses we’ve toured that work for all ages.

Lauren Liess Interiors

1. Pure style in Northern Virginia: Chalkboard paint onto the fridge signifies mom can keep a running grocery list and schedule up high, while tots can draw whatever they like on the underside.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Even more chalkboard paint, this time in green, covers the base of these cupboard doors, while a classic floral wallpaper lion roams on top of it.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Across the room, the big boy bed also serves as a comfy daybed.

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Two Ellie

2. A photographer’s house in Alabama: A fantastic landing place close to the back door is essential when there are two kids under 10 around. This built-in supplies areas such as coats, scarves, mittens, boots, knapsacks and sports equipment.

Two Ellie

The house includes a bright playroom full of toys and soft areas to laze around and read books.

Two Ellie

A significant element of family-friendly design is using a place of honor to hang all that wonderful children’s art.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

3. Cozy ranch renovation at vermont: The entry hallway/mudroom you can see peeking through on the right is a fantastic place to ditch snowy garments and mucky boots before entering the house. The formal living area is full of light and soft textures without a too valuable for sticky little fingers.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

The kitchen provides a place for kiddos to keep parents business while they cook dinner. In addition, it is a wonderful place to do assignments.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

An awkward box covering the stairs to the cellar was covered with shelves for books and toys along with also a loft overhead, producing the ultimate secret fort for little ones.

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4. ’50s ranch at Upstate New York: A household of four enjoys this well-organized and fun home. It has great areas tucked all around for being creative, such as this nice table.

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I had to throw this shooter in because of these toys on the floor; remember these? I just realized my love of A-Frames began with that tiny house with the green roof.

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Where would you go first if you’re a tot who desired to get comfy? The VW Bug-ish mattress or even the tipi?

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Lucy McLintic

5. Chic San Francisco 3-story: This house demonstrates that you can design with little ones in your mind without sacrificing style points. This playroom alcove is comfy, present, and offers storage for stashing toys, movies and books.

Lucy McLintic

A bright blue accent wall in this youngster’s bedroom is so fresh and pleasing. Be aware that the major pieces such as the rocker and shelves, and accessories such as the pendant and rug are not babyish or themed. While this child grows up, his chamber will grow with him. It might also easily change into a guest room with a different bed and accessory editing.

Lucy McLintic

Similarly this elegant nursery could grow up in a minute. Reduce the crib as well as the branches and it might serve any function with modern design.

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6. Colorful Victorian beach house in Delaware: This seasonal home is bursting with bright colors. It takes risks and leaves the house fun for everyone.

Echelon Custom Homes

Paradoxically, literally F-U-N, in neon lights.

Echelon Custom Homes

A comfy, pink, girly bedroom with a bay window is ideal for summer sleepovers for the owner’s grandchildren.

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Live Boldly: Not Your Usual Christmas Tree

Christmas décor does not have to be the traditional reds and greens and jingle bells of decades gone by. You do not have to abide by the exact same old designs year after year to observe the traditions of the past. Try colours, new techniques and give your house a holiday appearance that reflects you.

Ditch the classic red and green. Forget the dull decorations. Try something new. Let your tree dwell!

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Inject a little life in your area with wild rainbow colours, white branches and lime-green paintings of miniature trees.

Amy Renea

This year my tree moved from a classy show of strand after strand of white lighting into a menagerie of strands. After finding a free box of coloured twinkle lights last summer, I knew I needed to go a little more bold and mad with my tree this year, and it starts with the twinkle lights. Bring the red and pink and purple and lime!

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Another inspiration for the color theme of the tree was an old blouse which had the best colours and the worst match. A couple of cuts of the scissors, a little hot glue and ribbon, and that I had a selection of fairly sweater-wrapped ornaments. They motivated the purchase of more hot pink and lime green ornaments to create my tree live boldly.


Maybe you want to go a different route and ditch the conventional 3-D tree altogether. Merely run a tree outline and insert your introduction bundles to lines strung between the illusory branches.

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Perhaps a tree seems out of place with the kind of your house. For a modern alternative, try out a cluster of bamboo filled’around with bunches of greenery. Decorate (or not) as you like.

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Maybe you reside in a very small space a conventional tree could overwhelm. Go ahead and ask for a bough in the local tree farm. (I managed to evaluate several boughs at no cost in the cutting station at Lowe’s this year. Just ask first!) A tiny bit of water and some candy treats create the perfect nest for the Christmas Bough Tree.

Holly Marder

Skip the greenery entirely and make a”tree” out of weathered strips of wood to get a shabby-chic color-blocked tree. Accent the appearance with a color-block garland and collection of white owls to get a straightforward, pulled together look.

When crafting your decor A tree shape that is timeless is not your only choice. This dress form in the Atlanta Home Show is a festive option!

Patricia Benson

Love ornaments, but can’t fit them all on the tree? Hang them from the ceiling! Go bold with big ornaments and stagger the heights. If your ornaments are small, be certain you have a mass level to hang or they’ll look absurd. Bear in Mind, be BOLD!

Amy Renea

Tell usHow are you going to put in just a little boldness and individuality to your Christmas layouts this season? Are you going to put in a dose of unexpected color? Are you going to make warm sweater-wrapped ornaments? Can you ditch the tree altogether?

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Colors Shine at High Point Market

I really like rich, saturated and luscious color, and I wasn’t disappointed at Fall 2011’s High Point Market. Colours this year are vibrant and bright. Among my favorite colours is purple, leaning toward the plummy tones. I hope you love purple too, because like it or not, here it comes! If purple just isn’t for you, check out these photographs I shot at High Point this fall to determine which colours are sexy and how to combine them.

If you’re interested in some of the furniture, then click the manufacturer links in each caption to search for retailers around you, or check with your beloved interior designer.

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This was one of the very color-saturated screens I saw in the market: rich blossom grasscloth wall covering, paired with citron chairs and a little turquoise thrown in for good measure. Lillian August showroom at Hickory White.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

I adored this purple, upholstered couch with orange, white and black! When using lots of color, using a healthy dose of white and/or black gives the room some definition — somewhat like punctuation. Additionally at Lillian August showroom at Hickory White.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Pantone’s color of this year for 2011 is honeysuckle, and it’s used to remarkable effect with black, white and silver in this showroom vignette. These gorgeous pieces were found at Dorya.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Turquoise was Pantone’s color of this year for 2010, and it’s still going strong. Located at Dorya.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Orange is very popular now. I especially like it in this powerful persimmon shade together with soft turquoise.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Gray is favored as a neutral in colors ranging from soft, silvery grays to profound charcoals. Pair it with sun yellow and you have a fresh, up-to-date look. From Vanguard.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Purple was everywhere and on everything! This magnificent chandelier out of Cyan comes in pink or crimson, but purple is now their very best seller.

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A modern wingback chair from Selva is sumptuous in deep purple cut velvet. This upholstery fabric would work just too on a very traditional piece.

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Warming up to purple, but do not need anything very bright? You might like a more muted colour like this soft, brown purple. It appears particularly sophisticated with gray and silver. From Oly.

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If you are timid about color, then utilizing a strong black and white motif will make it possible for you to add a hit of color in as little or large a dose as you feel comfortable with. A patterned rug, persimmon pillows and a couple of accessories pack lots of color-power into this vignette. Lillian August showroom at Hickory White.

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If glowing orange is too much, you can tone it down into a soft color and blend it with beige and brown for a very warm atmosphere. At Vanguard.

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I could not resist showing you this fairly seat from Taylor King upholstered in a crisp citron color.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

If you enjoyed the first room with its raspberry walls and citron chairs, but you just can not bring yourself to go the complete Monty with all of this color, then this fairly lamp might be just right for you. Notice how the pink liner reflects on the citron base creating a beautiful blend of the two colours. From The Natural Light.

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Double Duty: 14 Smart Design Ideas

Use layout to make your life easier and cheaper. Before planning your house décor and purchasing any new products, take care to rethink your strategy. Why buy two or three things when one can perform multiple tasks? Simplifying is the best decorating idea. If you’re lacking area in your house, cash in your pocket or just would like to be more intelligent about décor, navigate this ideabook for smart design ideas that will motivate you to produce your own décor work double (maybe even triple) duty.


Leave some space on your kitchen counter for an impromptu home office. Pull up a stool and then get to work.

Bonus: You will have the ability to multitask by making sure you don’t burn dinner.

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Need space for a professional? Remove your nightstand and replace it with an elegant desk. You will have space to your publications and a reading lamp in addition to an attractive working space.

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A wooden trellis within the garage door functions as decoration and can help change the driveway into a fancy patio. Secure a large piece of cloth over the trellis and you’re going to have shade for an outdoor soirée.

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This sitting room is cute and smart; the ideal combo. For extra storage, this window seat’s pretty doors hide unsightly items.

Kasey Buick

Turn an unused radiator to some cute bathroom table by adding a piece of marble on top. A neutral shade will hold your light-colored towels and other things discretely.

Webber + Studio, Architects

This really is a relaxing area ideal for reading; all it requires to transform into a cozy dining area is a dining table.

Leonard Grant Architecture

A storage bench provides a place to sit and save things directly in the entryway. After you walk into the door you can sit, remove your shoes and jacket, and have somewhere to hide it all.

Amy Lambert Lee

This nursery’s mirrored chest doubles as a tasteful changing table.

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This fire pit can double as a desk if a cover is placed on top. Any insure hardy enough to hold books or drinks will do.

Take your veggies from the fridge and display them off. Apples, oranges and lemons are particularly suitable for this; get creative and use anything vibrant.

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Separate space, shop items and decorate at precisely the exact same time with a room divider such as this one.

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Add playfulness to your kid’s bedroom with a super-fun slide. I wish I’d had one of these when I was little.

Solar panels provide shade and a modern twist to this entrance. It’s a genius idea if your entry orientation is proper.

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This room divider works as a headboard and a storage unit, including practicality to a cozy room.

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Kitchen of the Week: Modern, Colorful and Creative

Bright colors, streamlined cabinetry, and creative touches combine within this kitchen built to get an artistic Maryland family. The owners have four kids and love to entertain, so the distance had to have the ability to accommodate that. Architect and designer Mark Melonas of LUKE WORKS also confronted the challenge of casting an older home to match the couple’s distinctive style.

Working with interior designer Sarah Reed, Melonas doubled the kitchen area, took out the old cabinetry and appliances, and additional contemporary replacements and the couple’s personal touches. “It is really rare that a kitchen is this private,” says Melonas. “These clients plan on staying here a very long time, so they desired it to be specific.”

Mark Melonas LUKE WORKS

Red accent shade was among the few things that the clients insisted on. The island is made of bamboo plywood, confronted with a exceptional resin panel.

Resin confront: 3-form Varia Eco-Resin, Highland pattern
Refrigerator: KitchenAid built-in 42″ French Door

Mark Melonas LUKE WORKS

The kitchen is a big and open space with a great deal of wall space, so Melonas indicated a painted mural. He showed the owners that the job of Michael Owen, who did the Baltimore Love Project. They fell in love with his work and contacted him to get a customized painting. “His job is magnificent,” says Melonas. “He covered all their kitchen walls within an amazing abstracted conglomeration of those cities they have lived”

The cabinetry was custom made by Melonas and LUKE WORKS. The very simple and frameless cabinets are domestic maple. Doors and drawer fronts are vertical-grain caramel bamboo.

Cabinetry: Teragren Bamboo
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Mark Melonas LUKE WORKS

Melonas and LUKE WORKS created the countertops with their custom concrete aggregate. The main counters are a combination colored with recycled ceramic and crushed mirror, giving them a light sparkle. The wooden bar is strong 1-1/2 inch caramel bamboo, while the island ring is custom-dyed “lukecrete.”

For a different red accent, the couple had a red bowl produced by glass artist Anthony Corradetti for the depression in the island circle.

Backsplash: AKDO glass ring mosaics at Mojave
Range: KitchenAid Even-Heat Griddle

Mark Melonas LUKE WORKS

Deciding on the lighting, colors, and materials to get this area was an organic process for both Melonas and Reed. The blend of custom work, bold lighting, pops of color — and of course the unbelievable wall mural — led to a really kitchen.

Sink: Domain Name Industries Stratus
Pendants: Corbett Vertigo Pendant
Red pendants: ET2

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Directly from the Runway: Pink and Orange

So, summer is on its way out here from the U.S., and autumn is on its way in. I, for one, am not prepared to let the warm times proceed. But thanks to New York Fashion Week, which is going on as we speak, I will jump over autumn and winter entirely and look straight in trends for spring 2012. I must say, I enjoy what I am seeing.

A popular trend is the mixture of oranges and reds with pink. Oranges and reds are omnipresent fall colors, and many people like to inject several subtle energies into the seasons in their decor. This season, why not just take a cue from fashion’s top dogs and incorporate a jolt of pink for your mix of autumnal colors? You can rest assured that the color combo is going to keep you warm and merry through the dark days of winter, (unless you love winter and do not locate the times dim), and it is going to still be fresh and on-trend come spring!

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J.Crew did not mess around for Spring 2012. Certainly, the doctrine is NO FEAR. This bedroom is channeling the identical feeling, with two bright colors working in concert to create an exciting composition. Tossing in a fantastic pattern at a high-volume color will rejuvenate a space in no time!

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As though it were directly out of the jazzy Peter Som outfit, this living room design, utilizes orange and pink colors as a baseline, whereas blue, yellow, green and natural tones produce a gorgeous palette which will never become stale.

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Much like this look from Vivienne Tam, one bright color takes centre stage, though other tones are muted in comparison. A similar look is simple to achieve without costing too much. It’s all about accessories within this space, from framed images to new flowers to a snappy lamp and doodads on the console.

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While pinks, reds and oranges are inherently bold, taming them with classic silhouettes and just the ideal amount of pattern and sheen is going to bring about a tailored look, like this one from Christian Siriano. Shots of soft pink and bold orange give this living space an unexpected and much-appreciated jolt of excitement without sacrificing any of the sophistication. Well done!

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Here is another illustration of refinery through boldness. This bedroom displays the designer’s control of composition of color, hue, texture and pattern.

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Orange + pink = perfect ikat pillow.


The introduction of one great pattern has the capability to change any space. This pillow, in addition to that small painting on the ground, are subtle developments, but they make a large effect on the overall design.

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Wild colors can be tamed with patterns and textures to achieve a highly sophisticated space, such as this bedroom, in which the colors pop, but the tailored bits and varying textures lead to a really sharp vignette. The unstoppable Marc Jacobs makes it seem effortless in this look from his Spring 2012 set, in which a tailored jacket brings a part of classic refinement for this adventurous outfit.


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Ok, one more cushion. This is why they work so well: If you are not certain about introducing this kind of saucy color blend, take baby steps using a toss pillow or two. They are a super low-cost, low-committment way to experiment with injecting new color ideas that can easily be eliminated if you decide they are not for you.

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8 Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Home

The 2018 hurricane season is already here. There’s water damage Glendale being carried out as a result of the massive damage experienced on homes that in Florida, Naples and Marco Island as a result of hurricanes. Whether you choose to stay in your house or leave your property when there’s a hurricane, there are several things that you should do so you can minimize the damage.

Here are 8 things that you can do, especially if you are planning to stay in your house during a hurricane.

Add Power Surge Protection

You are likely to experience power surges during a storm which can damage your electronic devices. Use a power surge protector to minimize chances of this happening. You can opt to have power strips which have built-in surge protectors installed in your electrical panel.

Cover Your AC Unit

Use a cover that has been approved by the manufacturer of your AC to cover the unit during a storm. This will protect it from damage from flying debris.

Protect Windows and Doors

Make sure that you have enough plywood stock to use during hurricanes to cover up your doors and windows. You can also use shutters.

Since shutters can be expensive, use them in a few strategically located doors or windows. Ensure that the shutters can be easily removed in case you need to leave your house fast in an emergency situation.

Seal Leaky Windows and Doors

Water can find its way into your house through leaks in doors and windows. This can lead to mold growth on your property. Therefore, seal up cracks and open places, especially during water damage restoration Glendale AZ.

Clear Your Compound

Clear away or tie down everything outside the house that can fly around during a hurricane and damage your property. Cut down or trim any low hanging branches and loose shrubs and trees.

Clear Gutters and Downspouts

A clogged gutter or downspout can lead to overflowing water that will get pooled around the house. This can do massive damage to the foundation and structure of your house and make it hard for water damage restoration Glendale to be done. Unclog any blockages and ensure that water flows freely through the gutters and downspouts at all times.

Check the Foundation of Your Home

When water starts seeping into concrete foundations it can lead to lots of problems, like the foundation cracking, shifting or even starting to sink underground. That is why you should spot signs of a cracking foundation as soon as possible. This includes cracks on walls and on floors, sagging floors, a musty odor and a wet crawl space after the rain.

Get Homeowners Insurance with Hurricane Protection

Read your homeowner’s insurance and make sure that it covers both hurricane and flooding damage. Add a hurricane policy very early because your cover will not be effective for the first 30 days after your application.