Renovation Detail: The Knee Brace

As a style enthusiast, I love details which are heavy on form and function. The triangular knee brace perfectly embodies both. A knee brace (also known as a gable or eave bracket) is a diagonal support set between two right-angle airplanes to strengthen their relationship. You’ll often find knee braces on Craftsman homes with gable […]

Sourcebook: Rustic Style

Rustic design is all about taking inspiration in the past, meaning raw forests, farmhouse styles and natural textures. Take ideas from barn fixtures and the countryside; even checking out nation real estate sales and salvage shops could cause some great finds. You are going to be feeling that the log cabin vibe in no time. […]

Modern Icons: Pierre Paulin Chairs

An orange piece, a pumpkin, a ribbon and a tongue. These four things have something in common: They all served as inspiration for sculptural chairs designed by Pierre Paulin (1927–2009). Their contours and volumes are futuristic using a midcentury modern soul. Some appear to be cut out of strong volumes; others look like upholstered origami; […]

Design Calendar: April 12–May 3, 2012

Get inspired by the works of some of country’s finest artisans at the Smithsonian Craft Show at D.C. or the stylings of high decorators at a West Coast show house. Or head to Santa Barbara, California, to celebrate Cliff May’s innovative ranch houses. Read on for information about these events and much more things to […]

Block-Printed Textiles Add Good Style

Recently it feels as if you can not turn your mind without finding a trend alert or a fabric line inspired by block printing. This ancient Indian method has been around for centuries, however the trend gives us another chance to check at several methods of using hand-blocked fabric. Galbraith & Paul Hand-Blocked Fabric, Galbraith […]

Pendant Lighting 101

Pendants — lights that hang from a ceiling through cords, chains or poles — are crucial to some well-layered lighting plan. Not only do they channel task lighting where it is needed, but they also offer you a prime opportunity to set a decorative flourish. Consider these pointers when installing and choosing pendants in your […]

Motley to Modern in the Hollywood Hills

“I will trade you four partitions for four beams.” OK, that’s not precisely what Margaret Griffin of Griffin Enright Architects said to the owners of the home — but it was a wonderful tradeoff nonetheless. The 2,000-square-foot home was laid out just like many other postwar homes. “It was a string of highly compartmentalized rooms […]

Renovation Detail: The Kitchen Laundry Room

After purchasing our house from an elderly couple who’d moved the laundry area from the basement to the kitchen, I was unsure how I’d feel about washing my unmentionables and sautéing veggies at the exact same area. But after 14 months at our house I can honestly say I’m hooked! It is so convenient. I’ve […]

Master Bedrooms That Require Command

The master bedroom has its name for a reason. So rather than relegating yours to afterthought status, utilize the designer tips below to make one which is commanding in its beauty and style. A few of the techniques (leftovers, anyone?) May surprise you. Dayna Katlin Interiors 1. Mix, don’t match. When selecting furniture for your […]

Architect's Toolbox: Aim High Interior Railings

Stairs, balconies, porches and much more all have railings to protect people and to make it easier to climb a stair or to lean when taking in an opinion. These are the practical needs of an interior home rail. And building codes will dictate the minimum standards for the way the railing is to accomplish […]

French Farmhouse Style in Pennsylvania

A Number of you may know Marian Parsons Because the supertalented girl behind Miss Mustard Seed. Thanks to her smart do-it-yourself touches and flair for French farmhouse style, Parsons has produced a lovely and inviting space for herself, her husband and both sons. Mustard Seed Interiors The home was constructed in 1948, and also a […]