French Country style is warm, comfortable and easy to live with. And, surprisingly, it works great in an open floor plan. Continue reading
“The key to keeping them beautiful year-round, says designer Janie Molster, is using materials that stand up to salt air.”
She lists ten points and her second point is “Balmy days need good breezes. Even on the water, fans are porch essentials for good air circulation. Choose damp- or wet-rated ceiling fans in hues that blend with the architecture…”
The May 2017 issue of Coastal Living carried the article Coastal Twenty 1997-2017 What’s Classic Now by Betsy Cribb and Ellen McGauley. In it they say; “The coast has its own elements of style – a library of looks woven through the homes that rise up from the shoreline. Here, we’ve celebrated 20 enduring design ideas that define today’s most beautiful beach houses.” Continue reading
Take time to select exterior lighting that really enhances your home.
From the time you pull up to your home, your exterior lighting sets the tone. Modern or Contemporary to Beach, Rustic or Historic styles, your lighting reflects your personal style and taste.
What style is your home? Coordinate with the architecture.
Or add style and flair with the right lighting.
Fire Farm Mesh Collections; Ariel, Aurora, Cone, Crucible, Flute, Femme Fatale, Hazel, Jak, Little Sis, Mani, Splat, Square, Star and Maypole are innovative lighting that incorporate wire-mesh to create integrally lit light sculptures. Continue reading
This months article the best of The Best in House Beautiful, November 2016 recommends:
79. Kitchen Pendants
Statement-making versions are the new paradigm for lighting an island.
There are so many styles to choose from! Continue reading
Hard to believe, but there are styles other than Mid-century Modern. One of my favorite Decorating books is Decorative Style by Kevin McCloud, a set designer turned interior decorator. Continue reading
Go Natural! Summer is the Season for Wicker, Rattan and other natural materials.
The latest issue of House Beautiful July/August 2016 regular item The Best features Natural Wicker and Rattan.
Not just for Summer, these natural materials can add a comfortable, casual style to your home year round.
Check out these ideas! Continue reading
This beautiful dining room (House Beautiful December/January 2014) has hints of Chinoiserie Style with oriental lanterns in front of the mirror on the buffet. The china is a fanciful Oriental landscape and the flatware is gold bamboo.
The lighting is a beautiful traditional crystal chandelier.
There are a lot of options or Oriental, Asian and Chinoiserie Style. Continue reading