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White House decorator opens furniture gallery
Duke & Duke

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Michael S. Smith, best known as interior decorator for the Obama White House, is far from the traditionalist that his Washington appointment might suggest. A case in point: Duke & Duke, the new gallery for furniture-as-art that Smith and his longtime art collaborator, Maya McLaughlin, recently opened in West Hollywood, Calif. Its first exhibition features the wildly inventive designs of Mattia Bonetti. These materials include automobile paint and the kind of plexiglass used for the windshields of fighter jets. More

An airy oasis
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Proximity to the sea has always had a major influence on Jenny Andrews, so several years ago when the Richmond, Va.-based interior designer renovated and redecorated her home, that love of the water was her inspiration. "Whether it was a pool in the backyard or our vacations in North Carolina, water was always part of my best memories growing up," she says. Though not on a waterfront property, the house was perfectly suited to her mission. "From the front door you can look through the house and see the pool," Andrews explains. More

Gel beds in spotlight
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What's blue, cool and getting ready to make a big splash on retail bedding floors? A wave of gel bedding will be rolling into stores in the months to come, and even more gel beds will be introduced at the next few markets, bedding insiders predict. More

Storyboards bring home decor planning to life
The Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interior design students Chad Krikorian and Rechelle Palacios fiddled with a lamp, mirror and console. They moved around tufted ottomans and a sectional sofa.Th ey laid out wallpaper and paint colors. And they never broke a sweat. More

Carnovsky paper: Wallpaper that changes with the light
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Choosing what color to paint your walls is no small task, and the process doesn't get easier when you decide to go with wallpaper. ... But a new type of wallpaper not only changes colors under certain light, it changes patterns as well. More

The Top 10 occasional tables
ELLE DECOR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether you're hosting friends for drinks or settling into a chair with a good book, a nearby table is always welcome. Since the weightier cocktail table tends to stay put, having a few smaller, nimbler pieces is key: They're free to migrate from seat to seat, room to room, rising to whatever occasion is at hand. "Occasional tables are one of the most important elements in finishing a room," says decorator Timothy Whealon. More

Science and math add up to cool home decor
The Associated Press via The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's something graphically poetic about a blackboard full of math formulas. Laboratory vessels epitomize simple yet elegant purposefulness. And more broadly, many of the sciences — astronomy, geology, chemistry, for example — are filled with elements that can be interwoven into a room's decor for a look that's offbeat and chic. More

Furnishing the master bedroom
Baltimore Sun Chesapeake Home + Living    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The master bedroom is the one room in the house that best expresses our desire to decompress at the end of a hard day. And what better way to unwind and relax than in a luxurious, yet comfortable bed surrounded by décor that stimulates and soothes. More

20 decorating secrets
House Beautiful    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pick your paint colors last, choose mismatched seating, and don't forget the closet lighting. Here are the best tips and tricks that nobody ever tells you about decorating. More

Cabinets give fireplaces storage and symmetry
Statesman Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Creating balance in your home is one of the basic interior design principals. When a room is balanced properly, it can become an enjoyable space. Using symmetry is a simple way to create balance in a traditional space. Decorating with symmetry is creating a mirror image on each side of a central point. An common example would be a fireplace with a decorative feature on each side. More


 
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