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If you drove by this house in Bedford, NY renovated by Alisberg Parker Architects you’d probably expect the interior to be chock full of traditional classics, right? I really do enjoy a home that has a traditional architectural exterior (and interior- notice all thought molding and trim painted over glossy white) paired with really modern furniture. It’s so unexpected. But I alos love that this design team is capable of doing funky traditional decor as well. Related:  Home decor

How to Create a Backyard Movie Screen Watching a favorite movie outdoors is a fun and special warm–weather activity for kids and parents alike. And all it takes are some simple materials — plus a little creativity — to transform your backyard into an outdoor theatre. Setting Up Your Outdoor Screen What you need: 2 thick, white queen–size ironed flat sheets Top pole 1.5" diameter x 10' long Bottom pole 3" diameter x 10' long Rope — 2 different thicknesses Step 1. Start with two queen–size ironed flat sheets. Once your screen is set up, create a casual, comfortable seating arrangement using plush cushions covered in fade–proof fabrics and soft, moisture–resistant pillows. A few simple drinks and snacks are all you need to complete your outdoor theatre.

The Designer Pad - Straight To The HeART I consider myself a very crafty person and love everything handmade. I'm always delighted to see how others use their creativity to transform everyday materials into something unexpected and beautiful. When I stumbled upon these lovely heart pieces in Bloesem I was immediately seduced by them, especially by their sculptural vive.

THOUGHT PATTERNS: Kaleidoscope of Colors I've always leaned towards browns, blacks, creams and earthy colors in home decoration, that's the boring in me. But, I don't know, I'm kind of starting to like bright colors more. Kaleidoscope kind of colors, like turquoise, fuchsia, pink, aqua, violet, yellow, orange... all combined together. I admit that could be a bit retina-searing sometimes, but if expertly put together... it looks something like this... I am absolutely in love with the "Jester" sofa, and the paper lanterns. Even the fruit matches! Wonderful chair covers. And chest and bed covers! I don''t think we've had enough fuchsia and pink yet, so here is more. Striking! Love this blue combined with brown. A total fairy tale. Outdoors too? And on a completely unrelated note... How about this lunch box? Much love and color! xoxoxo {photos via coastal living, mc maison, home sweet home. and I couldn't remember where this lunch box came from, if anybody knows, let me know}

Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors& Blog Archive & House Tour: Warm... 22 Aug And yet another summer weekend flew by, just like that! How was yours? Mine was busy but full of sunshine and good things, just the way summer weekends should be! This lovely home tour from Better Homes & Gardens arrived in my inbox last week and it was love at first sight for me. Isn’t this raw wood hood fan amazing? Industrial touches like the lighting and kitchen stools along with the storage friendly built-in banquette and desk just keep checking all of the boxes on my must-have list! Wouldn’t you love to wake up in this attic bedroom? Better Homes & Gardens Be sure to visit Better Homes & Gardens for even more images from this family friendly renovation.

Splash Of Colors | Lushlee I love white decor in the home for a fresh and clean look. However, when bright colored home furnishings are added and used in the right proportion, they can certainly add charm and personality to any white room! As seen in this Georgian house in Stockwell, from the portfolio of UK-based location agency, Light Locations.

11 Beautiful Home Interior Design Styles Decorating styles have evolved over the centuries in response to the changing tastes of various groups of people. Every style has benefits to the people who will enjoy the home for many years to come. Many styles were born out of previous styles and have evolved into a distinct type of decorating for a certain feel. 1. British look that incorporates all-white interior walls, floors, and ceilings accented with vintage items resting on distressed furniture. 2. An eclectic look is created through a trendy approach called maximalism, which means to make the most of a small space. 3. Noticeable design features include solid colours with contrasting properties against a blank slate of walls and floor. 4. Softer colour contrasts highlight the art on the walls as the visual emphasis. 5. Bulky, comfortable chairs set against the stark lines of tables with metal legs. 6. Wide open rooms are accented with neutral paint colours accented by contrasting furniture. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

DIY: Furniture Makeovers I'm obsessed with making-over old, worn out furniture. It's amazing how almost any old piece can be totally transformed with new paint, hardware and a little imagination! Here are three examples from Ladies Home here to read the entire article. Out-dated side table with stone top transformed into a bright and cheerful accent piece! *First they removed the hardware and stone top, sanded the table all over, and applied a coat of primer. *They cut a length of seagrass wallpaper to fit the inset and topped it with a pane of 1/4-inch glass. Old dresser transformed into a chic sideboard with plenty of storage! *They gave the whole piece a light sanding, a coat of primer, and two coats of semigloss latex paint in a pale blue shade on the outside and a deeper blue inside for contrast. *To dress up the doors, they picked out a pair of modern nickel pulls. *Click here to read the details on how they transformed the inside...

Closet Office | I have begun to meet up with several of my 555 residents to document some of their downsizing solutions. It has been so much fun re-connecting with them, touring their homes and having them share their downsizing stories with me. One of my favorite solutions that I have seen is the closet office! In a smaller living quarters, sometimes the office space is the first to go but with a little creativity, one can put that workspace back into the plan! One of my “downsizers” did just that! By lining the space with shelving and inserting a desk top she has given her husband a workstation that didn’t originally fit into their home. Here are some other fabulous closet offices… What do you think? 5 Foods You Have In Your Kitchen That Should Be In Your Hair Baking soda should be in your hair if it has build-up. Let’s make a pact today. You and me. From now on, when we have a beauty issue, we’ll look in the cabinets – first – before we run out and buy an expensive (or even bargain) product to fix us. And, I know, I know … there’s just something a little bit comforting about picking up a bottle of FancySchmancy-Make-You-Fabulous Potion; there’s some weird satisfaction in forking over your hard-earned money to feel hot. But there’s a new and better feeling from fixing it yourself — by rummaging through your kitchen. And don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s easier or less time consuming to snag a product from the shelf. Now, I’m here to get you started with your tresses. When I say “5 Foods You Have In Your Kitchen,” I mean “5 Foods That Are Still Left In My Kitchen,” because my produce drawer is really bare right now. At this point, I figure if I have these 5 things in my kitchen, you SURELY have them in yours. And we’re going to fix your hair. soda

Danish home: Colour land | - embracing stylish art and design Can you believe that the weather these days is just awful? Raining, windy, dull and gray – hello, it’s May outside! Frankly, I refuse to believe that a May day can exist without warm sun and gentle breeze, that’s why I’m feeling like Spring is yet to come. And to hurry things up I’m treating myself and all of you with a gorgeous home tour located in Denmark were colours rock big time. Colours are the new black, enough said. *images via Marie Claire maison Color - Live Like You & Marmalade Interiors If you have followed this blog for a while you might be familiar with my line “Life is too Short for White walls”. Well ironically, or perhaps to test myself (?) the bungalow rental we are in for the next few months has…yes…only WHITE walls. After living with a kaleidoscope of colors in our old house it felt at first refreshing with stark white walls. But walking through our Virginia house (soon no longer ours…) via Skype yesterday and seeing all the pretty colors – I suddenly felt deprived! That’s not t say you can’t create some some cheerful spaces with an all white backdrop. Interior design by Emily Henderson. A great starting point add a– BOLD COLORED COUCH. Via Belle Maison. Add CONTRASTING FURNITURE AND PATTERNS. Adding COLORFUL ART and PILLOWS and BOOKS is another way to bring color and life in to the space. Interior Design by Emily Henderson Hmm…there is something be said about white walls. Let the FLOWERS and SMALL ACCESSORIES add the punch. Interior design by Amber Lewis.

printer Eating 10 hot dogs in 6 minutes and belching the national anthem may impress your friends, but neither of those feats will do much for your body—at least not much good. Instead, why not train yourself to do something that may actually pay off? We're not talking bench presses and interval training (though those do help). You can teach your body to cure itself from everyday health ailments—side stitches, first-date jitters, even hands that have fallen asleep. Just study this list, and the next time your friends challenge you to an ice cream eating contest, chow down: You know how to thaw a brain freeze—and 17 other tricks that'll make everyone think you're the next David Blaine. Do Them Right: To mazimize your workout, good form is a must. Cure a Tickling Throat When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Experience Supersonic Hearing If you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. Overcome Your Most Primal Urge Need to pee? Feel No Pain

Good Life Wednesdays…A Desk Makeover ~ Beach Cottage Before & After | 19 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 15 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 4 4 Buffer 0 19 Flares × Well hello! I hope you are all well and enjoyed Valentine’s? Since my lovely husband forgot, ahem, I decided I might just treat myself anyway…think, white, bed, ruffles & Anthro and you’ll know what I just bought, bring it on baby ;-) Anyway, I am holed up in the study…it is very nearly finished…I have had to wait, for like ever, as my teenager would say, for Frank Spencer, oooops, I mean Mr BC to put some shelves and a mirror up. No I cannot do them myself. Yes I am female physics-wall plugs-power tool-screw challenged. No, I have no interest in learning. Please no power tool benefits emails. So, at the beginning of this study makeover I had visions of a new old vintage desk, indeed, funnily enough, I just happen to have one down in the garage, all vintagey and waiting for some white paint love….but…my old IKEA desk, I kinda love. I mean, yah, that was just what I was after here…. and bob’s your uncle shared at

Dear Italy, I love you... ♥ Мила Италия, обичам те... | 79 Ideas - a blog about decoration, design, decor, fashion, food and other pretty things Have you heard the sentence "Find a beautiful place to get lost"? This exactly happened to one Danish couple. They found a small medieval castle in South Italy and fall in love. The whole story is told by "Skona hem". And I can only say that I adore Italy and I absolutely fell in love with this place. Знаете ли сентенцията "Намери си красиво място и се изгуби в него"? За мен остава единствено да кажа, че аз обожавам Италия и абсолютно обичам това място.