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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Painting Wood Can Dramatically Update a Room

It has been four years since Kristie Barnett, an expert in residential paint color, staging, and decoration, examined why men fear painting wood.

Since then, guys’ attitudes about painting wood hasn’t changed much. Every day paint salespeople hear, “my husband doesn’t like painted wood,” or “why did we put in oak trim if we’re just going to paint it?”

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If you are on the fence about painting wood, the before and after images in this article from The Decorologist might make you change your mind. At the very least, this read is good for a laugh.

Just maybe, this will be the year that you take a fresh coat of paint to that wood-like material in your basement or dated 1970s wood furniture.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

 

Top Decorating/Design Books of 2014

Get ready to be inspired. We’re bringing you our favorite decorating books of the year just in time for the holidays. These books are full of creative ideas that are both attainable and affordable. We hope these books make your shopping list this holiday season!

The Best Decorating Books of the Year

A Woman’s Shed: Spaces for women to create, write, make, grow, think, and escape

by Gill Henz

Artist Gill Henz explores writing spaces, art studios, hideaways, and places of solitude in this perfectly designed book that features sheds of the many women she interviewed.

a womans shed

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The Urban House: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces for City Living

by Ron Broadhurst

An inspirational guide for city slickers and interior design fanatics. The New York Times calls this a “sensory splash of 25 pristine dwellings in cities around the world.” Ron Broadhurst created this essential book that invites us into the homes of some of the most sensational design influencers.

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Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot

by House Beautiful

This books explores how to transform small spaces into something grand – whether a small home, condo or apartment. Beautiful photography showcases different style of home décor, including a Palm Beach maisonette, a Brooklyn bachelor pad, a New York City studio, and an Upstate New York cottage.

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Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design

by Misha de Potestad and Patrice Pascal

This volume illustrates the functional aesthetic of the 1900s during the second industrial revolution. Seating, tables, lighting, curiosities and storage are featured in five chapters that explain the major designs and innovations from the time period.

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Design Bloggers at Home

by Ellie Tennant

Experience the online community of style influencers and trend-setters in this book that is full of unique styling ideas and awe-inspiring homes. This book is filled to the brim with easy do-it-yourself ideas with a bonus chapter on how to create your very own design blog.

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Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson

The host of HGTV’s Sarah 101 and Sarah’s House give us a look at home decorating through full-page design spreads. The designer shows each room while offering home improvement ideas and solutions. Many styles, including classic, modern and country are introduced.

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Country Style: Home Décor and Rustic Crafts from Chandeliers to Coffee Tables, Bedcovers to Bulletin Boards

by Anna Örnberg

If you love bohemian and industrial styles, you’ll love this book. Packed with projects to liven your home with antique decor, vintage art, bed covers, wallpaper, and more.

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~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

Wine Lovers Rejoice!

December is the month color lovers all over the world look forward to. Pantone, with the help of color influences from around the world and the fashion and entertainment industries announces the color of the year.

Released to the media today via The Wall Street Journal

Marsala

 

Marsala… Pantone’s official Color of the Year 2015. Yes, the beautifully soft yet rich wine, with the color to match, will soon be adorning (if it isn’t already) everything from rugs and furnishings, clothing and accessories, to kitchen tile and gadgets. This rich and satisfying hue, with it’s spotty red and brown makes it earthy and fulfilling yet softer than bold.

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So all you colorful people, what do you think?

~melanie