Thursday, October 29, 2009

veryone absolutely loves the Mur

We absolutely love the tiles. Linda was able to work with us to make the tiles work and custom fit the design for the space. We get compliments on them all the time!!!
Dot & Jack McElwee June 20
Tjust want to let you know my mural is gorgeous and everyone that sees it says they have never seen one this nice. It is the highlight of my new kitchen and so pleased that it looked as good as the picture. I bordered it with an off white stone rope and surrounded it with 2x3 porcelain that resembles travertine in shades of beige. Thanks again, Wanda Compton August 2009

Linda, I am absolutely delighted with my mural! What a statement it makes and it definitely completes the look. I will be taking pictures and sending them to you as I believe this was the "piece de resistance" ;-). Thanks again and keep creating such beautiful works of art. I am delighted with my purchase. Augusorre Chicago, IL September orre Chicago, IL September

e were EXTREMELY happy wit

e were EXTREMELY happy with the artwork and have gotten nothing but compliments! The process of installing the tiles was made simple with all the precise directions you included. Thank you so much for making this such an easy experience! We hope to meet you in person sometime!
hank you for the beautiful “Tuscany in the Mist” painted accent tiles. These have been installed in my downstairs ½ bath. I themed the bathroom colors around these tiles and it turned out beautiful. The tiles really make a statement. My house is designed around a Tuscan Villa style. Your help to design and alter the pattern of the tiles on the 4 different walls was very helpful. The tiles were delivered and packaged by wall elevation and number making installation very easy. Also the fireplaces accent tiles turned out to be a very cool detail in the Master Bedroom. It was a pleasure ordering from you and I will come back if I develop any other tile or ca

or those who were wondering

or those who were wondering why I chose Red & Black for our Theater. It's because our kitchen is Red & Black and we wanted to keep the theme the same. Although I must say, if the Color of the staining in the theater comes out the way I want it, I may be doing our kitchen over in Wood doors stained the same (Rosenut/Deep cherry).

om and Queens' Bath. Named for

om and Queens' Bath. Named for the many royal guests it has hosted (including queens of the Netherlands, Greece, Norway, and Great Britain), this room is sometimes used by presidents to reward friends and political supporters. Between 1902 and 1963, it was known as the "Rose Room" and was used by Anna Roosevelt (daughter of Theodore Roosevelt) and Emily Carow (Mrs. Roosevelt's sister), among others.
The room has been furnished in Federal style since the Truman renovation. Traditionally, the bed thought to have belonged to Andrew Jackson is used here; it was donated around 1902 and first used in what is today the Lincoln Bedroom. Off an east doorway is a small sitting room used as an office until the West Wing was built. It is furnished in Federal style to match the bedr
[Queens' Bath - Bush 1]
Franklin Roosevelt to Winston Churchill (code-named "Former Naval Person") inviting him to the White House just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (NARA)
Before the 1902 renovation, it was the usual bedroom and office for presidential private secretaries, which meant many male relatives, including sons of presidents. When the president's staff was moved to the new West Wing, this room became a regular bedroom suite. When the White House was gutted and rebuilt during the Truman administration, this room was rebuilt expressly as a guest suite with its own bathroom.
This is the room where Winston Churchill stayed when he visited with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman before and after World War 2. Mamie Eisenhower felt that only queens and similar state guests should stay in the Queens' Bedroom, so she had her son John and his wife Barbara moved to another room.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

hile not the first underwater

hile not the first underwater hotel, the one being built in Istanbul does promise some questionable views. The seven-story hotel is being built in the Istanbul Bosporus Straight, where the visibility underwater is allegedly only 10 feet. So you can forget about any view like that one in the picture! You won't be able to see shit. Well, except th
his is an art piece from a recent exhibit entitled Come Up To My Bedroom at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. An ex-girlfriend of mine used an almost identical trap to capture me. Except I was lured onto the bed with a Wii and a four-pack of chocolate pudding. Little did I know what she had in store for me. Which, incidentally, was the worst year of my life. Sure getting to play the Wii right when it came out was awesome, but her monster hammer* was no
I adore this sofa, and I am usually no fan of hippie dippy fabrics. HB can get any style right, that's
The current issue is all about getting "cozy" right. Who can't use an extra helping of cozy these days? I was happy to see slipcovered sofas in this issue. As you know, I am pro dogs-on-couch, so it as nice to see something washable in a magazine

Even if this isn't your

Even if this isn't your style, isn't this the kind of place you'd show up to for some dilletante-hippie party and (you a little too drunk) would end up flopped on this sofa, candles flickering
Even if this isn't your style, isn't this the kind of place you'd show up to for some dilletante-hippie party and (you a little too drunk) would end up flopped on this sofa, candles flickering everywhere... and suddenly you're kissing on some guy named Benoit?everywhere... and suddenly you're kissing on some guy named Benoit?

My cauliflower is all diseased.

My cauliflower is all diseased... bugs are eating the leaves.
Him: Fuck that. Grow nachos
Can you even imaging how great that would be??? Yes. GROW NACHOS. I need to get on that shit.
In other news, every time Groove Armada comes on Itunes, Rickey (my dog) leaves the room. I think that means he has better taste than me. But that doesn't stop me from loving Superstylin'. (Yes, click there. Gets good at 0

We wanted to update our kitchen

We wanted to update our kitchen to get rid of the rustic, cabin-like feel of the knotty pine cabinetry. We priced new cabinets and it was way out of our budget of $10k. We painted the cabinets, added glass in some doors for a custom look, replaced the laminate counters with quartz, laid a tumbled stone backsplash, added a new deep stainless steel sink, as well as all new stainless appliances. The project took a little over a month to complete since we did everything our selves. We came in under budget at only $8k,
ur kitchen AFTER. Painted cabinets to a chocolate, added glass in a few of the doors for a more custom look, tiled the backsplash with tumbled stone and bought all new stainless appliances.
HGTV enlists some of today's hottest interior designers to count down the worst decorating crimes in American homes. Are you a culprit?

STRIPES TEEN BEDDING TO SWOON OVER! black and white polka dot bedding set comforter GO HERE FOR MORE! A funky, high contrast black, white and hot

A funky, high contrast black, white and hot pink bedding collection would be the ultimate fantasy of any teen girl! Feature all the sophisticated, high fashion motifs from spike heels to red hot pink lips on the pillows. Other decorations include high performance sports cars and svelte fashion models ready for the runway covered in sparkles, glitter and loads of glam.
love the way that the pink and black polka dots and stripes contrast and pop. You might think that this design would be a little too wild to work for decorating a girl's bedroom, even a teenager's bedroom needs a few tranquil elements but black and white striped pillow shams, bed skirts and accent pillows will tone it down to a low level of excitement that the color scheme will have a fancy French flair.

I can use my romantically inclined imagination to see some Eiffel Tower or other scenery found only in Paris used to decorate the walls for the ulimate in luxury and atmosphere! Perhaps some pictures of black and white polka dot fashion accessories with pink accents would really set off the bedding!


OO! If that didn’t scare you, maybe the idea of arranging your girl’s room around a set of orange bedding might send your teeth chattering. The mere mention of selecting decor based on this color generally sends the weak of heart running for the hills and frankly I don’t get it. There is so much that can be done with an orange comforter and it is such a warm and friendly color.

If you are a holiday decorator, you may have landed here looking for a Halloween themed comforter set. Sorry to disappoint you but the purpose of this article is to convince my visitors that orange bedding and the holiday that celebrates with Trick or Treating do not necessarily march in lockstep.

The multi-colored changing leaves on the trees might draw my attention to various and sundry shades of orange in fall of the year because my habit is to study nature to get tips on workable color combinations and orange, red and brown is a winner especially with some bright yellow thrown in for good measure. But when spring rolls around I’m just as likely to jump in and try a set of orange and white or lively pink and orange bedding.

The bottom line is that no matter who says that orange is not flattering to a lady’s complexion; it is a beautiful color in a teenage girl’s bedroom. Cool things down with turquoise or neutralize the color scheme with white or dove gray but please don’t run from orange.
act, some of the bed in a bag sets should come with a warning label that this is not a color scheme for sissies. However if you use caution hot pink and orange just might set your bedroom up to be so stunning that makes your friend’s jaw drop when you open that door. For brave souls, a bright and bold set of polka dot bedding in pink and orange may be something worthy of consideration.

Just to be clear, pink and orange polka dot bedding is not the only pattern that will have this desired effect. Orange and white polka dots or pink and orange stripes are just as visually stimulating. In fact, if you wanted to throw in a few lime green or teal blue polka dots in the print I would be totally on board with the idea. When it comes to color my opinion is the more the merrier within reason, of course.

After you find that funky, pink and orange bedding you need to take it down a notch when decorating the rest of the bedroom. Ease up on the color with your wall paint ideas and experiment with a neutral color that will clear the stage for your comforter to shine. I’m not suggesting that you have to settle for painting the walls white although that might be cool when decorated with some painted polka dots or polka dot decals. I’m just saying that you don’t want too much color especially if it’s going to overpower that cool pink and orange bedding set.

Here are some ideas for accent colors that will be best to use as a background for your pink and orange comforter. For the walls, pale yellow, light orange or even white would be nice. My favorite accent colors that you can scatter with around the room with your choice of decorations like pillows and area rugs are teal blue, purple and lovely lime green.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

my opinion girls pur

my opinion girls purple and green bedding is perfect! However, there is nothing at all inappropriate about mixing it up with other colors so long as they are edgy and do nothing to diminish the decorative impact of the initial color scheme, right? Certainly orange, electric blue and black are all very modern colors that should appeal to a teenage girl, right? Well, keep reading and you will see there are times when my assumptions get me in trouble!

That is certainly the idea that I was operating under when I included a bright and bold set of bedding with all of the wild colors that I mentioned on my design board to present to a young girl (tween or early teenage years) who had casually mentioned the possibility of a purple and lime green color scheme for her bedroom.

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That’s right, mixing colors and patterns is all the rage and at the moment the design combination of choice is stripes and polka dots and one of the most stylish color combos would have to be iridescent purple and lime green. The shade of purple that you prefer can range from light lavender so pale as to hardly suggest the slightest hint of color to a deep purple so dark that the light has to be peseall decals are made of paper and backed with low tack adhesive allowing ease of repositioning decals without damaging paint. Includes 2 sheets of decalavaneseall decals are made of paper and backed with low tack adhesive allowing ease of repositioning decals without damaging paint. Includes 2 sheets of decal

n is purple polka

n is purple polka dot bedding green? Well, the word is that reactive dyes that were used to give this bold, beautiful comforter set its deep, rich design are reputed to be very healthy, in fact more so than the all-purpose dyes that are more commonly used. This type of dye is not only reported to be healthier, but softer and longer lasting. Which as we know is a good thing for bedding destined to become part of the d├ęcor in a teenage girl’s room where spilled drinks, makeup and even occasional circles of nail polish can send the bedding set to the laundry on a regular basis.

I just recommended the set of purple polka dot bedding in the pictures to a client for her daughter’s dorm room so I have not had a chance to inspect it to see if the look and feel backs up the claims made by the manufacturer. But if the initial reaction of not only the mother in the household that I am working on but her two girls is any indication, I will more than likely have not one but two sets of this cute purple b

The biggest decorating mistake

ese are all questions that I’m asked by moms when their daughters go crazy over a purple and black zebra print bedding set. Mothers want their tweens and teens to take part and have a say in the decisions made in decorating their rooms. But, they are not experienced enough to know how to accessorize and coordinate patterns that will allow the girls to design an attractive room based on the bedspread they choose.

The biggest decorating mistake that could be made is to buy up lots of zebra print decorations thinking that’s what is needed to go with the purple zebra bedding set. That many stripes in one small bedroom are enough to make you dizzy.

The comforter, dust ruffle and pillows in the purple zebra bedding require a solid color wall and accessories so that the decor doesn’t conflict with the striped print. For a sophisticated look, ebony wood, black lacquer and ceramics are an excellent choice.

Younger teenage girls might prefer funky over chic. If that’s the case, vinyl wall flowers in a 60s retro style might work. Refer to the pictures for decorating ideas. Purple flowers with bold, black polka dot centers stay in keeping with your color scheme but the shapes are sufficiently removed from the striped pattern in the purple zebra bedding set to provide contrast rather than confusion.

somebody tell me why purpl

somebody tell me why purple dorm bedding is scarce as an old hen’s teeth? Well, this old hen has just about had it after spending the best part of a day on the prowl for some purple twin bedding with extra long sheets.

Not only must the comforter set and the sheets have to be in what I consider to be a rather odd size, but this teenage girl is on a mission to have “THE” dorm room that all the college coeds are talking about. During our initial meeting where I jot down notes on my client’s color preference and style she said that she did not care if I used a particular theme or color scheme when decorating her dorm room so long as it was something new, exciting and not the boring old stuff that she had in her bedroom at home.

This statement gave me pause because I was aware of the fact that her mother had spent a fortune on this teenage girl’s bedding and bedroom decorations to celebrate her senior year in high school. Not about to let her breeze out of the room leaving me under that kind of pressure, with a long suffering look I begged her to please give me a few ideas to work with

d gardens differ from

ird gardens differ from other flower gardens in the plants they contain, rather than the manner in which you plant them. The bottom line is this: You have complete freedom of choice on how you arrange the flowers in your beds. Your overall style, either formal or informal, will dictate how the flowers are planted. Adopt a layered planting with

ome, just off the foyer

ome, just off the foyer or entry. This makes it a more ‘public’ room to greet guests without revealing the more private living spaces in the home.

A fireplace, entertainment center with large screen television or large picture window(s) with spectacular view will most often serve as the primary focal point in a living room or sitting room. It is critical to situate and arrange the room around your focal point as it becomes the starting point when arranging furnishings and design elements.

If your living room does not feature an architectural focal point you can create one by adding a feature such as custom built-in cabinetry and display shelving, a large screen TV or dramatic artwork. A secondary or supporting focal point can be distinguishe

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corate your living room, famil

ecorate your living room, family room or den, even your bedroom, kitchen or bath in one day, using the furnishings you already own. Knowing how to properly arrange your furniture is a key element to creating a room that is cozy, functional and inviting. It's not that difficult once you know the design concepts and principles that interior designers have used for decades to create stunning arrangements in decorating magazines and books.

There are many elements that must be taken into account: color, balance, flow and rhythm, just to mention four. All of the various concepts, however, must be coordinated together to create a cohesive unit that keeps the functionality of the room as well as enhancing it's beauty. Most rooms, particularly larger rooms, can easily be arranged in many different ways, all equally appropriate. So don't think that your room can only be done one way.

Furniture manufacturers tell us that furniture should be moved to different locations periodically so that the sunlight doesn't unduly damage the wood or fabric on one side or another. By rotating your furniture periodically to a different place in