Category Archives: Inspiration

Before and After! Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

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With a little work, a lot of effort and some smart DIY skills, designer Sarah Dorsey completely transformed her new home’s entryway into a light and bright space. Keep reading for her full entryway makeover!

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What was once a cramped, awkward room is now a wonderful welcome into a beautiful home. Take a look at her entryway makeover and before and after photos, below.

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Before: Clunky wooden beams on the walls and ceiling made the room feel much smaller than it actually is.

After: As a lover of natural wood grain, Dorsey was torn about whether or not to paint the space. But after some debate, she ended up painting all of the wood beams white, and didn’t look back.

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Dorsey tore up the old tile and put in a new herringbone gray marble tile to elevate the room’s feel. We love the custom built-ins at the end of the room too! Perfect for storage, and our Wire Cubby Baskets help keep often-used items tidy.

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Dorsey put her DIY skills to the test and put together a gallery wall of her own art, along with our Metal Silver Letters.

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A DIY coat rack and our Collapsible Baskets provide an easy place to drop off coats, bags and umbrellas as soon as people walk in the door.

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Dorsey’s DIY mirror (Amazing, right?) sits over a handy wall shelf with our Eleana Recycled Bud Vases for a last minute freshen-up before heading out.

See Sarah’s full post here.

Home We Love: Eclectic Living Room with a Bohemian Twist

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Eclectic style is anything but easy — it requires just as much balance, symmetry and harmony as more traditional spaces, but with a dash of quirky charm. That’s why we love this bright, beautiful and eclectic living room from Lonny Magazine

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Wood furnishings, brass accents, artworks, and a lofty fiddle-leaf fig tree combine in an unexpectedly cohesive, multipurpose space. What makes it work? A disciplined mix of colors and shapes. Read more about this living room and the rest of this bohemian-style house here.

Home We Love: A Chandelier You Won’t Want to Miss

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There are a lot of amazing things going on in this beautiful kitchen from Lonny Magazine — but in our opinion, there are only three words that should describe this space: Spanish. Galleon. Chandelier.

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The crisp black and white palette of this modern country kitchen in Sag Harbor, New York only draws attention to the bold and unexpected chandelier hanging from the ceiling. It’s a daring choice, but the space’s clean lines and simple color palette help to pull it off.

Read more about this space here. 

In the Spotlight: Erin Gates from Elements of Style

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This season, we asked interior designer, stylist and blogger Erin Gates to share her expert tips and tricks for bringing bright colors, bold patterns and rich textures into our homes. Erin Gates is the founder and principal designer of Boston-based Erin Gates Design, and the author and editor behind the popular design blog, Elements of Style. From large homes in the suburbs to small condos in the city, she knows what it takes to design gorgeous spaces that blend new and old, high and low, and modern and traditional.

Be sure to check out her first book, due out October 7, 2014. Read on for some of our favorite bits from Erin’s interview, and snaps from her design portfolio.

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Q: What’s your favorite new hue for this fall? A: After a long, long love affair with grey, I feel like tans and taupes will be back. I’m doing my new master bedroom in tan and white instead of grey and white and it feels revolutionary for me!

Q: What’s one of your favorite ways to use texture? A: I absolutely love using grasscloth on walls — it works perfectly with traditional or modern style.

Q: What are your tips for mixing patterns? A: You need to consider the pattern type and make sure you aren’t combining too many of the same- a good balance is to mix a geometric with an organic pattern (florals, for example) and then a very small scale print or a solid. Putting two geometrics together looks too busy and harsh in my book.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

This month I can’t wait to … Complete the addition on our house — it’s been a long time coming!

The item at the top of my current wishlist is … A huge, pale, faded Oushak style rug for my bedroom.

Favorite fellow blogger … Emily Henderson is both funny and fantastically talented.

Interior design icon … I think Steven Gambrel is a genius. He can decorate my house anytime.

Most prized possession … My dogs. I’d do just about anything for them.

Signature cocktail … A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio in summer or Cabernet Sauvignon every other season!

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Home We Love: A Small Bedroom with Big Style from Lonny Magazine

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Small spaces can have big style! That’s we we love this bedroom from Lonny Magazine — bold splashes of leopard and pink, multilayered art on the wall and floor and clever mirrors in the built-in dresser expand this room’s visual space and style.

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The effect is sophisticated and feminine without being the least bit fussy — a perfect fit for the chic Manhattanite who lives here.

See the full story here.

Home We Love: Cooking with Glamour in a Gold, Black and White Kitchen

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Today’s kitchens are more than just cooking spaces. Unlike the kitchens of the past, the modern kitchen is a dining room, bar, homework space and entertaining area combined. But even though it’s one of the hardest working rooms in the house, that doesn’t mean it can’t be glamorous!

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This stunning kitchen from Lonny Magazine proves our point. Showstopping Lucite and gold light fixtures take center stage against a bold black and white palette.

Read more about this kitchen here.

Trend! Metallic Accents: Gold, Silver & Brass

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Trend alert! We’ve spotted glints and glimpses of metallic accents in the home. These hints of glamour add warmth and sparkle to any interior. Take a look at our top picks from the season, below!

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1. Gilt Charger/ 2. Vince Accent Stool/ 3. PB Gilt Frames/ 4. Lily Task Lamp/ 5. Decorative Star Mirror/  6. Theroux Mirror/ 7. Celia Jewelry Box/ 8. Meredith Brass Lantern/ 9. Perfect Shot Jewelry Hanger