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Achieving harmony
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"There are no rules anymore," says Washington interior designer David Mitchell. From his Connecticut Avenue office, Mitchell overlooks the bustle of Dupont Circle. His enormous vintage work table is bare, except for a silvery laptop. The underpinnings of rooms-to-be occupy every other available surface. Rolling tubs stashed under tables hold thousands of fabric swatches. Smooth ceramic pots, familiar shapes to Mitchell fans, await transformation into table lamps. A carved wood artifact from America's agricultural past is stationed temporarily atop the mantel, a worn fragment of our collective memory. Such inspired objects only hint at the textures, soothing colors and subtle patterns that Mitchell combines to make fresh, livable interiors. More

Mix modern and traditional styles for this metro chic interior design
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With romantic vintage inspiration and modern chic accents, a new variety of Metro Chic interior design style has been birthed. Homeowners, whether you live in a high-rise Las Vegas condominium or a traditional home in Henderson, Nevada, this design style can be adjusted to fit any architecture. To create this Metro Chic look in your home, simply follow today's tips to include all the necessary design elements. More

Haute couture for furniture
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Couturier Maurizio Galante had the idea of applying hand-embroidered flowers to household objects. Thus was born the "Valentina C" chair, a tubular steel armchair decorated with 120 handmade flowers — a marriage of high fashion and design made entirely in Galante's haute couture atelier in Paris. More

A fresh outlook
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It turns out that you can go home again after all. Or so Ashley Stark, the young scion of the time-honored home furnishings empire that bears her last name, discovered after a two-year search for a Manhattan, N.Y., apartment that ended on the Upper East Side in a landmark Rosario Candela building—the same building where she grew up. “I knew I wanted signature prewar features—good bones and a gracious layout—but as much as I loved my childhood home, I didn’t want to replicate it,” Stark says. That’s a tall order for someone who, as a toddler, padded around the company’s offices with her grandmother and, as a junior-high student, was her mother’s companion on trips to estate sales and auctions, as well as buying forays to Europe. More

Design classics fit for any home decor style
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When you think of high-design interior design, you might automatically associate it with a certain type of home — one made with sleek glass, concrete and metal details. But truthfully, the world of home decor design is far more diverse than that. You don't need an ultra-minimalist home to incorporate design classics. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, or simply make your own creative interpretation of a time-honored design. More

2011 Trends from Furniture Market: Painted furniture
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Throughout the showrooms in High Point, bloggers with Design Lines Limited said they couldn't help but notice the painted furniture pieces. And they weren't what you might expect. Painted furniture can sometimes look coastal, but these pieces took on so many different styles. More

The French Connection
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Chicago has long been a city of Francophiles. More than a century ago the eminent Chicago School architect Daniel H. Burnham was so enamored with the French capital that his famous partially realized urban scheme Plan of Chicago became known as "Paris on the Prairie." And the classicism of Paris's École des Beaux-Arts was a major influence in the 1920s, as developers put up one grand apartment tower after another along the waterfront boulevard Lake Shore Drive. How fitting then that a couple with a full-floor residence in one of those historic buildings would turn to a dashing Paris-based designer, Jean-Louis Deniot, to give them a suitably Gallic renovation. More

Interiors by Martyn Thompson
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Martyn Thompson's photography has featured in some of the best-selling interior books of recent times, including Ilse Crawford's Home is where the heart is. Over the past 20 years he has also been commissioned regularly by publications such as Vogue and Elle Decoration. Now Martyn has just released his own book, Interiors, which showcases some of his favourite house features from leading figures in the design world and the stories that go behind them. More

Rug expert Ben Solemeini
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The London-raised scion of Mansour, a four-generation purveyor of antique rugs, Ben Soleimani knows floor coverings. In 1993, at age 18, he built his family's first United States flagship showroom, in Los Angeles. With the 2005 founding of Mansour Modern, a contemporary couture collection, Solemeini has widened the company's reach, offering high-end modern designs plucked from his own brain and those of bold-name decorators including Michael Smith and Victoria Hagan. More

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