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Texas treasure
Elle Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the corner of two sunbaked streets in San Antonio, decorator Gwynn Griffith has created her own rich, personal refuge in a late-19th-century brick edifice that hardily withstands the Texas heat. Inside, the temperature is cool, and the rooms give new meaning to the word "collected." With great passion, Griffith has juxtaposed antique cabinets, a Pop Art "hand"chair, a French chaise lounge, African stools, and Mexican plaster lions — all within walls that pulsate with color. More

Movie sets find their way home
The Journal Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It happens "a lot." Someone walks into s'Wonderful Interiors, the quirky furniture and fabric store Dennis Floyd owns with partner Terence Bartholomew in Fort Wayne's Covington Plaza in Indiana, and names a movie or TV show. "I want that," the customer will say, referring to, say, a chandelier from "True Blood" or a mod-patterned chair fabric from "Cougar Town." More

Isn't it bucolic
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Authenticity might just have one last gasp in 2012 before marketers club it to death. But even if the back-to-basics appeal of eating slow food and buying hand-wrought items wears off, there'll always be the joys of "a simple country house." The best rustic retreats feel like they grew from the ground — perfectly charming, relaxing and complete. Creating that effect, however, can be an even bigger challenge than handling those lumps in the almost-retired mattresses and the drafts that bedevil vintage rooms. More

Mini apartment hides maximum customization, function
Dornob    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although most of us can agree that a home is a static assortment of rooms with a semi-permanent arrangement of furniture and fixtures, there is no reason this definition has to be unflinchingly strict. What about those of us who live in impossibly tiny spaces? Shouldn’t we all be allowed to make our homes conform to our own needs and wants? More

Make my book case beautiful
My Design Guide via InteriorDesignPro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So many people struggle with making a large bookshelf or built-in both functional and fashionable. Coincidentally, we are working on another master bedroom design, that's is going to include a large and luxurious one. This article takes a look at these designers insights on bookcase beautification. More

Back to the future
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Jenny and Trey Laird first set foot in the Manhattan, N.Y., townhouse that would become their family's primary residence, they found it little changed from the 1870s, when the handsome four-story property was constructed a few blocks from Gracie Mansion by the Astor family, then preeminent real-estate developers. Marble fireplaces were intact, as were hefty moldings. However, the presence of hundreds of teddy bears — the previous owner was a granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt — lent it a Miss Havisham aspect. More

Business Rx: What to watch this year for small business
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The fortunes of small business are not solely tied to the local markets in which they operate, but are also affected by national and global events. Keeping a watchful eye on the big picture is key to remaining nimble in such uncertain economic times. If you are starting a small business or continuing with an ongoing business venture this year, here are the areas to keep your eye on in 2012. More

Luxurious furniture for a luxurious lifestyle that benefits all
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These days, luxury living means you always are on the prowl for the latest in artisan interior design. Unlike the past patterns of style that focused on the look of one particular country or time period, today's exquisite interiors are popping up in the form of regional styles. More

Modern wood stairs design by Marretti
Trendir via InteriorDesignPro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Offering a creative combination of wood, glass, steel and even lighting, these modern wood stairs designed by Italian company Marretti are an instant showpiece that takes your interiors to new heights pun intended. The Compon stairs is an illuminated addition to the home literally. More

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