Archive | October, 2012
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Hidden Ideas for Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands that include handy hidden features. No matter the size of the kitchen, convenience is key and space is always at a premium.  Squeezing in “one more thing” can end up looking a mess, but with a little customization, a kitchen island can provide convenience and still look good.  The island ends are often […]

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plate rack with transferware platters installed above a fireplace from A Living Space by Kit Kemp

A Living Space

Meet British hotel designer Kit Kemp via a new book full of color, objects and luxe ideas. As we seek comfort and small luxuries wherever we go, hotel design and home decor are moving closer together. That makes the work of a designer like Kit Kemp and her new book A Living Space (Hardie Grant […]

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Tartan’s in the House

Classic plaid inspires upholstery, wallpaper and even tile. Before you yawn and think “too preppy,” “too Ralph” or “too retro” take another look at the modern ways dark tartans (official Scottish clan patterns) and other plaids are being used. As unexpected as it is stunning, the plaid accent wall in a contemporary Swedish bedroom [top] […]

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set of four round glass plates featuring regally dressed animals from Creative Co-op

Gift Ideas 2

More gift giving suggestions for the holidays. My quest to get a head start began last week with Sustainable Gift Ideas.  Like many, I’m on the look out year round for items I think family and friends will enjoy receiving.  DD2 recently purchased the larger two of these lined metal baskets to use as children’s […]

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Interior Firewood Storage

Creative ideas that keep firewood handy inside. Winter is on its way, which means cozy fireside evenings are ahead.  Nothing beats a real fire, but many install natural gas logs to avoid unsightly firewood storage.  These examples are better than a plain basket or small stack on the floor, and each add uniqueness to their […]

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