When it comes to the holidays, I’m often more excited, and dutiful, about putting up decorations than taking them down. After all, decorating is fun. Un-decorating? Well, not so much. This makes me a natural candidate for décor that works year-round. And what works better for Halloween and beyond than an occasional human skull? Appropriately spooky and always on trend, accessorizing with skulls is a design ‘do’ for those who dare![Read more…] about Ghoulish Glamour: Decorating with Skulls
As the earth awakens each spring, it’s hard to resist rounding up nature’s loveliness in bunches and bouquets. From multicolored rows of tulips to pale pink cherry blossoms overhead, spring flowers are a beautiful reminder of the season.
While images of intricate arrangements make their way around the Internet, those with more modern sensibilities may be at a loss. Don’t fret! Spring flowers needn’t be busy or ornate. Try these tips to create arrangements perfect for the modern or minimalist home.
Though one of the country’s oldest cities, Philly has become a mecca for modern design. In fact, it was Dwell Magazine that led me to this latest design inspiration — Lokal Fishtown. Lokal is a boutique hotel chain offering innovative experiences and uncommon interiors. For their new Fishtown location, Lokal enlisted design firm True Hand Society to transform 6 apartment-style rooms (aptly named “Jawns”) into modern getaways with a distinctly Philly vibe.
Fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, rejoice! Now you too can experience Joanna Gaines’ laidback, family-friendly style in your own space. She recently launched a home collection in collaboration with lifestyle brand Anthropologie. In keeping with the brand’s aesthetic, the overall vibe leans boho. But even this modern-lover found a few favorites (The chunky Camille rug would be a dream underfoot).
When planning their newly constructed townhouse, these Baltimore homeowners envisioned a stylish kitchen infused with character — not cookie-cutter finishes. They achieved their dreams with the help of designer Bria Hammel. Bria mixed gray cabinetry, satin-brass hardware, and Nuvolato marble to create a glamorous kitchen perfect for entertaining. At 225 square feet, it makes use of every inch with separate zones for cooking and mingling and storage up to the ceiling.
You may have heard of the phenomenal Bethann Hardison. As one of the first African-American supermodels, her life has been one filled with fashion, travel, and celebrity. This amazing past is displayed prominently throughout her home. Religious figures from Mexico share space with a print gifted by Andy Warhol himself. Benches from Thailand sit beneath artwork by David Bowie and Keith Haring. If these walls could talk, they’d tell a story of fashion icon and advocate living her best life.
Let’s face it. Philadelphia can be drab at times. Gray skies. Gray buildings. You want a gritty backdrop for a psychological thriller? Set it in Philly. So if you’re longing for a change of pace, a colorful home may be just the remedy.
Owners of small homes, rejoice! This renovation proves that with some imagination and design skills (professional is best), you can maximize every square inch. Here, designer Marcie Reid transformed an underutilized corner of her living room into the perfect powder room. She packed both form and function into this tiny footprint, and thanks to clever design choices, you’d never know this bath wasn’t supposed to be there. These before and after pics will undoubtedly inspire you to rethink your space!