Contrary to popular opinion neutrals aren’t necessarily boring. Vibrant colors have their place but sometimes the peaceful calmness of a neutrally decorated home is the ideal environment for renewing one’s spirit and offers a needed contrast to all the external noise in one’s life. The home featured in this post is the New York apartment of San Francisco-based designer Douglas Durkin. His use of texture and various finishes adds interest to his Manhattan pied-a-terre.
In the April issue of House Beautiful I came across what I thought was a beautifully designed kitchen by designer Annette English that I wanted to share. What makes this kitchen great is the interplay of layered, well-chosen details including the following as sited in the article:
- Moroccan Tile
- Distinctive Hood
- Contrasting Trim
- Different Counters
- Plenty of Storage
So today is April 15th aka Tax Day and as promised it is also the day to announce my taxing decision resulting from the previously requested feedback regarding the direction of the level of content of future inspirational posts. The photo selected for this post provides a hint. This beautiful conservatory illustrates the fact that a picture paints a thousand words. As such I’m going to attempt to conserve the number of words I use in future posts so as not to overwhelm those who prefer their content short and sweet. The good news for those who have a thirst for knowledge is that I plan to provide a more content rich experience including video and/or webinar content. Stay tuned for additional details coming soon!
For quite some time a classic white kitchen has been the leading choice for many homes. But for some it has become passé and probably accounts for the latest trend towards painted kitchen cabinets in other colors that range from conservative neutrals to bolder more saturated colors. When it comes to making a decision there are many factors that one may want to take under consideration. Color choices are a personal decision based on individual likes and dislikes. What might be beautiful for one person might be intolerable for another. So the question becomes, is this a long term decision that you are least likely to tire of or is this a short term decision that you plan to revisit and update after a few years?
It’s not a well kept secret that I’m not exactly a winter lover and for those who know me well it would be of no surprise that I love garden tours. So within the last two weeks I took advantage of the opportunity to attend a presentation by designer Charlotte Moss entitled “25 Years of Creating a Garden and Influences Along the Way.” I must say it was a nice winter diversion that I very much enjoyed just three days prior to the first day of spring’s snow. The designer will be releasing her latest book “Garden Inspirations” next month so attendees got a sneak preview of numerous photos she shared of her East Hampton garden 25 year labor of love.
How cool is this!
In the previous post the focus was on the dining room and continuing with this post I wanted to share with you 3 tips suggested by House Beautiful in an article on 15 Ways to Make a Statement in Your Dining Room. Check out the full article for 12 additional ways to ensure that your dining room makes a statement which may potentially draw more guests into this alternative gathering space.
With kitchens being the center of action where most people tend to gravitate when entertaining, the dining room seems to have fallen out of favor. I was recently perusing the Southern Living website and came across some inspirational decorating ideas for dining rooms that I decided to highlight for this post which I thought made for a nice alternative gathering post for family and friends. Continue reading
So at the kickoff of the New Year in my first post of 2015 I solicited feedback on ways that I could improve the content of what I had hoped would be a source of inspiration for you the readers. And I did get feedback that I am currently considering. One suggestion that I received is that the postings have way too much content and should be more to the point. I have to admit blogging is something new for me and I didn’t really follow any guidelines. I didn’t do any research on the topic or focus on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques or Google analytics for that matter I just wrote from the heart on a topic that I have had a lifelong passion for, which may or may not be reflected in the quality of the content. Continue reading
I have always had a love for residential real estate and at one time I was a licensed realtor. One of the things that I learned is often times buyers find it very difficult to envision a home’s potential when looking at an empty room. This is why vacant homes are generally much more difficult to sale. It’s very difficult to fall in love with a home at first sight when your first impression of it, looks very cold and uninviting. This may even be true for a renter who has found an apartment with the perfect location but can’t imagine how they should furnish it to make it look like more than a temporary home.