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12 Rooms That Revel in Bohemian Opulence
That glamorous, well-traveled bohemian look that featured mightily in the fall 2012 runway shows is perfectly suited for translation to interiors. A bit more aristocratic than the boho vintage or boho modern look, bohemian opulence requires an irreverent...
Elements of Contemporary Coastal Style
Contemporary coastal style is defined by clean lines and natural materials and textures — so go bold but stick to simple lines and basic finishes. Create a neutral backdrop with smooth steel, timber and woven materials. Add interest with statement art...
Color Breezes Into Cottage Style
The last time I wrote a piece on cottage style, I emphasized the importance of keeping the colors light and airy in order to stay true to the aesthetic. And while that...
Traditional Living Room Accessories for a Refined Style
The living room is arguably one of the most versatile rooms in the house. It serves as the place where the family comes together, where you entertain friends, read a book, watch a movie, chat and relax. In old British country houses, there was often a...
Show Your Resourceful Side With Vintage Coastal Style
Soft pastels, bleached wood, faded linens, gauzy muslins, found objects and distressed paint finishes all define the vintage coastal look. This style is resourceful — nothing is discarded. Instead, new ways are found to use worn or mismatched items....
Materials to Steer Your Style Into Classic Coastal
Classic coastal style has a pared-down simplicity that can be achieved very easily. The most important thing to remember is that this is a classic look, so avoid driftwood hearts or shell garlands. This is all about sophistication — clean lines and...
How to Bring Yankee Style to a Home Anywhere
Yankee style is not simply a regional thing (although it does originate in New England); it's more a state of mind. It's simple, upright, hardworking, no-nonsense, maybe even a little flinty. Shaker furniture is the ultimate Yankee aesthetic: spare, beautiful,...
Elements of Classic Coastal Style
What is classic coastal style? Think French Riviera meets the Hamptons. The look is sophisticated: crisp linens, perfectly painted beadboard, bold stripes and a distinct palette of whites, neutrals, blues, charcoal and black. Classic coastal style uses...
How to Get That Modern Scandinavian Look
I just spent three weeks in Sweden and Denmark, where good design is woven into the DNA of the culture. But while we may be familiar with the famous names of Scandinavian design, there is still the question of putting a room together. How do we achieve...
Get the Look: British Colonial Style
"The sun never sets on the British Empire" is the oft-repeated quotation used when trying to explain British colonial style. In a nutshell, the style is a result of English citizens traveling the world during the empire's heyday, bringing with them typically...
Rouse Your Rooms With China Chic Flair
It's an exciting time for design in China. With a rapidly expanding wealthy class and a newly revived appreciation for its rich aesthetic heritage, China has emerged on the international interior design scene, yielding exciting new ideas and approaches...
5 Modern Vintage Design Lessons From Emily Chalmers
Before upcycling, thrift store diving and sorting through Grandma's linen closet became hip, London interior stylist Emily Chalmers had her finger on the pulse of all things vintage. She's always loved...
Secrets of a Quintessential English Home
Anglomania rears its head every so often, and we are in one of those moments. Case in point: the London Summer Olympics filling our screens. And of course, Downton...
Is Belgian Style the New Shabby Chic?
If you're finding shabby chic a little too shabby and not so chic lately, you may be ready to take a trip to Belgium. Belgian style has the soft comfort, light feeling and worn finishes but presents them more selectively. The style is a balancing act...
City View: Phoenix Style Blooms in the Desert
Spanish colonial revival design is still a big part of design in Phoenix, Arizona, but design here is becoming more contemporary, full of unexpected color and more in tune with the desert landscape. "The...
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