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22 Ideabooks by classic•casual•home
Guest Picks: Spring Clean and Make Your Laundry Room Special
Most laundry rooms are heavily used yet frequently neglected, design wise, parts of the house. While you are in spring cleaning mode (or even if you aren’t), remember to pull your dryer out from the wall and clean behind it, including the air hose...
Guest Picks: Create a Masculine Bedroom With Nautical Touches
A recent client of mine wanted to surprise her son, who is away at law school, with a bedroom makeover for when he comes home on breaks. He loves the water and sailing, so I came up with this nautical theme for his room. I think the design also works...
Guest Picks: Upgrades to Make Your Rental Home Your Own
Just because your rental home may not be permanent, it doesn’t mean you can’t add warmth, personality and style! This ideabook is a collection of some worthwhile suggestions for your living room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. These investments,...
Guest Picks: Tiptoe Through the Lavender
Lavender, lilac, orchid, amethyst — these soft purple colors have recently been popping up in cutting-edge design projects all over the world. The key to keeping this color fresh is to use restraint and inject lots of white and other neutrals. I am...
Guest Picks: Take Your Foyer Traditional
Start your home off on a traditional note with a foyer filled with elegant furnishings and accessories
Having a lovely foyer can make entering your home a joy. Below are examples of friends' foyers along with suggestions to achieve the look. Fresh summer flowers or fruit, a lovely mirror to expand and reflect light, and a convenient place to put your...
Guest Picks: Plan a Fresh, Turquoise-Blue Patio Party
I am planning an early summer dinner party out on the patio using turquoise and white. I'll have signature cocktails and appetizers, then grill something easy. It will all be very relaxed and casual. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your own! —...
Guest Picks: Freshen Your Furniture With Slipcovers
Make a clean break with fussy, unwashable fabrics. These slipcovered furniture pieces let you keep things spotless with little effort
If you have children or pets, like to change the look of your interiors often or enjoy eating on the sofa, you might want to consider adding slipcovered furniture to your home. Done in machine-washable fabric, they're...
Guest Picks: Slumber in Serenity in a Naturally Elegant Bedroom
Resolve to sleep restfully this year in a soothing bedroom awash in neutral colors and luxurious fabrics
Why not make it your goal this year to create a peaceful- and natural-feeling master bedroom? You can accomplish this by eliminating clutter and adding pale shades of blue, warm gray or sand on the walls. Incorporate your family heirlooms or flea market...
Guest Picks: Cozy Up Your Cottage
Here are 20 beautiful ways to make your home a cozy retreat for the winter. Indulge yourself and your friends during the colder months. Many of these items would also make great gifts. — Mary Ann from classic•casual•home...
Guest Picks: Monogrammed Accessories for the Home
How about a thoughtful gift for someone or a little splurge for yourself? Here are some personalized ideas to help you feel indulged from the moment you enter your home at night, to when you have a drink, prepare your dinner and rest your head. Many...
Guest Picks: Smart, Stylish Desks
Desks are versatile. In the office, guest room, foyer or child's room, there is a desk for everyone and every space. As a makeup vanity, study space or letter-writing/bill-paying station, the desks below deliver flair in several price ranges. —...
Guest Picks: 20 Ingredients for a Classic French Kitchen
During the years we lived in Paris, I was fortunate to take weekly classes with local chefs at Le Cordon Bleu. The French keep simple, uncluttered kitchens and use the best, freshest ingredients. Here are some fun, useful and inexpensive ideas to give...
Guest Picks: Calm and Soothing Baths
Take time out for yourself with the ritual of a peaceful bath in a lovely surrounding. These are my suggestions for an experience that will soothe all of your senses and leave you feeling pampered in your own home. — Mary Ann from
Guest Picks: 20 Timeless Exterior Lighting Ideas
With the nights getting longer, showcasing your home with exterior lighting is important. Some of the fixtures below were used in the remodel of our 1950s Southern California beach cottage, but they would also work in other environments: farmhouse, cabin,...