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My favorite part of decorating the house is bringing in small personal touches that make me smile each time I look at them, or showing off a collection I've grown over time. A great place to do that is the mantel, because nothing is permanent! You can change out a mantel like you would a shelf and make it the centerpiece of a room. Here are some great ideas to welcome spring via your mantel: via theinspiredroom If you are really open for change, painting your mantel and fireplace surround in a warm white is a great way to brighten it up for spring.

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Skypak Have you ever looked at those airline carts pushed around by flight attendants and thought that maybe they’d be useful in your home somehow? That’s what German company Skypak is doing. They’ve recreated those carts for residential and commercial use. They’re entirely customizable from the inside out. You can create just about any configuration to suit your needs – bar cart, beverage trolley, bath caddy, etc. Then, you can customize the outside with whatever design will work best with your interior from flags to artwork to mosaics to 24-karat gold leaf!

a creative mint Hello friends, Sorry I have been missing from this space for so long. I took the summer (and a couple more months) to focus on my family and various other creative projects. I will be back here more regularily now and thought you would enjoy catching up with some of these links. In May my friend Kathy Davis, who is one of the most inspiring and creative women around, posted this interview of my mother and I on her blog that you may enjoy. In June I did this recap of my visit to the New York Stationery Show. moggit Moggitgirls: Wow, Jean Paul Gaultier, you've just designed this suite for 'La Suite ELLE Decoration'! May we say it's very stripe-y?JPG (avec his very accent francais): Mais, oui. It is, as you say, very stripe-y. a n h - m i n h . c o m Hello, October! August and September were busy months on the writing front, with lots of assignments for the SF Chronicle as well as closing Issue No. 13 (!!!) of Anthology. The latter ended up being especially challenging and dragged on a bit longer than Meg and I anticipated. But I won't bother getting into the details because, well, it was super frustrating and I'd rather not rehash.

Colours in Cultures EXTRA: A short photo story about how a version of this image ended up as the 91st and final cover design of our book, Information is Beautiful. Yes, 91 versions!Read on. Share 6.8k belle maison Hello and Happy Friday! Today I'm excited to introduce our newest Premiere Sponsor on Belle Maison: Mattie Luxe, "Where Style Meet the Dinner Table." Andrea Hrcnir is the founder and creative genius behind Mattie Luxe. "Being the mom of three kids, and always using place mats, I felt there was a real need for hip, fun, stylish place mats that weren't just for kids.

ReadyMade: Instructions for Everyday Life Do-it-yourself decorating allows you to customize your home, apartment, condo, or room with DIY accents that transform your space on a budget without completing a full-scale remodel. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, we guide you with instructions, tutorials, and step-by-step photos for indoor and outdoor projects and room makeovers. We have tips, techniques, and tools to get you started on paint projects, the easiest way to freshen up a space or decor item. But it doesn't stop there!

The beautiful apartment of a jewellery designer... A colourful mix of classic design and flea market finds What lovely inspiration :) Whimsical Watercolor Portraits by COLOURlovers Watercolors afford artists the ability to create whimsical portraits, where colors blend together and give the painting increased depth. I believe watercolor art is a powerful way to express emotions, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. These watercolor portraits have a certain strength to them that shines beyond the paper.

Atelier Decor Si tienes poco espacio pero tienes altura… pues, hacia lo alto! ~ Tá sem espaço mas tem altura? Pois vai pra cima! ~ If you have a small space but a great height… then upwards! by Michelle Vasconcelos Vía: Kiev Apartment By Sergey Makhno Located in Kiev, Ukraine, this apartment by designer Sergey Makhno is approximately 538 square feet in size and is done “in the style of deconstruction.” The walls feature unique geometric angles that jut out and give the apartment tons of character. The walls are painted darker shades including blue, green and even black (we like).

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