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Guest Groups: A Man Cave a Woman Could Love

We’re in the middle of March Madness around here, which means basketball 24/7. This has me thinking how fine it would be if I could create my husband his own individual cave. Both of these words make most women cringe, but I feel the ideal mix of pieces can be found to design a manly area that even we girls could feel joyful about. Here are 20 “masculine” products I would love to utilize to design a man cave within our house.
— Emily from Emily A. Clarke

Home Decorators Collection

Gordon Tufted Sofa, Blue Leather – $999

A timeless Chesterfield couch in blue for under $1,000? At this cost, it may be fun to organize your room with some of these beauties.


Mustache Quote Printing Typography Poster A3 From handz – $19

Every man cave should have a bit of humor. The mustache craze continues with this adorable poster.


Series 11 Six-Drawer Console by Blu Dot – $1,999

Considering that the TV is normally the focus of any man cave, shouldn’t it have a beautiful console on which to sit (or hang above)? This one is the best union of modern and rustic — and provides ample storage for DVDs, games and whatever else you want to hide out.

Geometric – $249.95

A huge bit of colorful artwork is a fantastic addition to any man cave. It gives you a wonderful color palette to work from and will blend well with more personal momentos, sports posters, etc..

Restoration Hardware

Grand Leather Bean Bag Chair – $845

Yes, bean bag chairs are for grown-ups too! Great for lounging and additional chairs, this one comes at a beautiful worn leather.

Arch Floor Lamp – $399.95

I really like the sleek, modern look of the floor lamp. And, its metallic finish gives it a wonderful industrial feel.

Jayson Home

Natural Cowhide – $795

What says “manly” just like a cowhide rug? It can also add a good deal of texture into a room and looks great layered over a natural area rug.

Vanguard Furniture

Tate Recliner

Isn’t it a requirement that every man cave possess a recliner (or two)? That being the case, this sleek variation would make a lovely — and comfy along with your space.

Ballard Designs

Upholstered Cube – $147

These little cubes are so flexible, and look great in a bold pattern. I would use two or even four to serve as an impromptu cocktail table or as additional seating for the big game.


Axel Round Dining Table – $2,160

I would add a round table for game night, cards, etc.. This one just happens to have a midcentury design with gold legs.


Sven Leather Dining Chair – $1,500

A set of those chairs would be great around a round game table. They are sleek and masculine at the same moment.

Shades of Light

De Vine Wood Ball Chandelier – $479

This light is made of woven twisted vines and is certain to be a fantastic conversation piece. It might add a ton of feel and is certainly not a girly chandelier!

Z Gallerie

Everglades Square Wood Tray 24″ x 24″ – $57.95

This big square menu could be perfect to use for drinks or snacks, particularly sitting on a cocktail ottoman.

Shop Ten 25

Tangerine Ziggy Pillows – $150

Even a man cave deserves a little color. I would add some of those abstract chevron pillows in tangerine.

Restoration Hardware

Fishing Weights – $79

I really like the vintage appeal of those fishing weights. They are perfect as door stops, paper weights or for accessorizing tabletops and bookshelves.

Home Decorators Collection

Cottage Accent Table – $99

End tables are essential for drinks (and remotes). This one is small enough to be tucked into a tight place. Additionally, it is in a fun color and costs less than $100!

Lamps Plus

Cinni Textured Bronze Desk Fan – $319.91

Guys love their fans, and this one has a great deal of vintage charm. It’s a great way to accessorize a console table and keep cool all at one time.

Jayson Home

Sepia Throw, Feather – $250

A striped throw is a good (rather than overly-feminine) method to add pattern to any couch or chair. And, it is going to keep you warm — if he ever invites you to watch TV in his man cave.

Z Gallerie

Faux Deer Antlers – $39.95

These faux deer antlers in silver are perfect for accessorizing your guy’s space. I would use them on a TV console to get a fantastic sculptural element.

Cost Plus World Market

Campaign Desk – $229.99

This casual desk could double as a sofa table and work space. I enjoy the industrial sense that it might add to a masculine space.

Next: 8 Ways to Design Up the Man Cave

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Ideabook 911: Enhance a Galley Kitchen

“Can there be a way to make a galley kitchen special?” Asks user Cynd123 about the questions board. The answer is”absolutely!” Just as your kitchen is narrow and long, there is no reason it must feel like a tunnel. While not always perfect for more than 1 chef, galley kitchens are efficient space savers where the job triangle works just fine, and they deserve large style. See how to produce a galley kitchen layout special with artwork, pattern, flooring, lighting and a little shine.

elegueller arquitetos

When there’s a solid wall in the end, make it stand out with wallpaper or tile.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

An even better way to take care of that wall, even if possible, is a floor-to-ceiling perspective outdoors. Note how the route beyond the door appears to be an extension of the galley. If you do not have space for something this big, even just a small window can help.

Gary Hutton Design

Talking of lighting, add a skylight when possible. Note how this glossy planked ceiling reflects the lighting.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

If opening the wall with a door or window outside isn’t feasible, place an eye-catching piece of artwork, like this picture black and white subway sign, in the end of the galley.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

This homeowner had the option of opening one side of the galley to another area, but he didn’t want to sacrifice the upper cupboard storage. To compensate for the absence of natural lighting, he made sure to keep everything reflective and light by means of a glass tile backsplash and lighted cabinets with glass doors.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

If you have sufficient storage space, punch through a galley wall to borrow visual space from another room. This may be via a pass-through hole or a half wall.

Amoroso Design

You might even be able to remove the wall completely and separate the kitchen out of a living or dining area via an island like this one.

Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography

Decide on a floor you adore. Among the pros of a galley kitchen is you won’t need very many square feet of the substance, which means that you can afford to splurge.

Hufft Projects

Adopt the long proportions by highlighting them with a rhythmic rug.

MN Builders

If you’re renovating or building, see if you can produce the galley wide enough for two cooks to match past each other with lots of space to spare.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Don’t control your desire for style; there is no rule that says that a galley kitchen must be stripped and white down. No one will care that space is a little tight when a kitchen is as glossy and glamorous as this particular one.

Schwartz and Architecture

Borrow natural lighting from different rooms. Using open shelves rather than a wall for division on the left side of the kitchen opens up it making it lighter.

Kitchens by Design

Use particular cabinets. All these zebra wood cabinets stand out, and also the lengthy drawer handles emphasize the flat.

Jessica Kelly Design

If you can, max out the storage in your cabinets and forgo as many upper cabinets as you can.

Get some smart ideas for maxing out the space in the cabinets
Get a closer look in the window seat in this kitchen

Isler Homes

A chairs corner is really nice to have at the end of a galley. It allows the chef to have company without people getting in the way.

Isler Homes

Pay particular attention to light and take advantage of light under shelves and cabinets.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Boost the ceiling. Adding height vertically makes this space feel much bigger than it is.

Watch the first question and post a question of your own

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Unusual Fireplaces: Bright Areas for Average Homes

The typical American home tends to lack signifigant architectural detail. Long, straight rooms of white on white with small molding and builder-grade doors may get old. One of the simplest ways to add a punch would be to add a fire feature. The visual impact of a fireplace may enliven a space, and the heat of the fires can create any space comfy.

Check out these fire attributes included in specific ways — you could just be prompted to bring several fires for your next home improvement project.

California Home + Design

A fireplace may liven up an easy white space. Instead of going with a conventional arrangement, try an asymmetrical one. A thick black mantel provides the feature dimension.

Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co..

White isn’t your style? Try out this arrangement with a rustic stone surround and organic wood mantel. It works flawlessly with the angled line of this ceiling.

Samuel H. Williamson Associates

A fireplace is not simply a boon to indoor spaces; it may liven up an exterior as well. This chimney provides a basic ranch shape more character and lends a cottage feel.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Perhaps you don’t need a fireplace inside, however an outdoor fireplace will be perfect. Adding a fireplace instantly creates an outdoor space and may expand your living room.


If you don’t have a fireplace, you may add a hint of a hearth with a mantelpiece.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Fire has a home in this kitchen via a wood-burning pizza oven. Can there be anything more reassuring than a pepperoni pie baking over open coals?

hatch + ulland owen architects

If a pizza oven is too large of a commitment for you, maybe a conventional fireplace is the best addition to your kitchen and dining room. This fireplace, set behind the dining table, adds interest to the back wall and a homey glow to winter nights.

Built Incorporated

If your appearance is more contemporary, a sleek concrete encircle might be the way to go. This appearance is anything but ordinary.

Alpha Design Group

Here is another surround set to a wall. A gas fireplace lessens the maintenance and cleanup of a conventional fireplace.

However you choose to design the space, a tiny fire or the suggestion of it may incorporate a warm, reassuring touch to your home.

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Mood Indigo: 11 Reasons to Love This Rich Blue

In my fleeting love affairs with color (thanks to the memories, crimson ), there’s one old flame I have never left: indigo. Classic and complicated, it brings a dash of mystique to the comforting familiarity of gloomy. Here are a couple of great ways to coating it into a room.

I could stare at this composition daily. Pure white seems luminous from the soaked indigo walls and floor — it’s an arresting matchup.

Burnham Design

The intricate design with this torso, magnificent both for its color and pattern, seems as though it had been painted with India ink. And the way the image frame brings the color up is a nice touch.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

This living area appears as crisp and tailored as a blue blazer paired with a white shirt. Pale blue from the kitchen really is a nice reflection of its darker counterpart.

Susan Serra

Blue kitchen cabinets always catch my eye, and those have the faded, textured charm of lace. The blue is a nice middle ground between the white cupboards and dark floor.

Moon Design + Build

Here’s another take on an indigo kitchen — this one considerably sleeker and more modern. The glossy cabinets cool down the blue and give it a mod twist.

Nina Jizhar

Splashes of indigo make this calm white bedroom to life. The natural, freeform art permeates the geometric lines and keeps the distance from appearing overly static.

The Lettered Cottage

Wow — this overscale mural is a eye-popper. The room feels like it’s wrapped in a large, cozy indigo cardigan.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

The high-gloss indigo walls are fantastic, but that desk is the crowning touch. The glistening finish comes from auto paint — too cool!

Deep indigo walls make an intense but subtle background for layers of texture in this dining area.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Deep blues and oxblood reds provide a classic color pairing refreshing appeal. I enjoy seeing a sunroom that is not performed in tropical brights or washed-out, beachy colors.

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Decorating Around the World: Easy Living in Australia

It’s mid-winter at New England, and I’m craving the sunshine and wide open space of Australia. Pulling notions from sleek, architect-designed houses and bloggers’ abodes with this personal touch, there is something to tempt every taste.

Come with me on this virtual tour of new, inspired houses from Brisbane to Melbourne, and make sure you wait for the next in this new show when we explore the ingenious apartments of Amsterdam!

Olive & pleasure

This coastal Sanctuary Cove home has a perfect balance of mid-century pieces and new handmade accents. A zing of lemon zest is just the thing to awaken an interior filled with warm woods and white, and a graphic print is always a welcome touch.

Camilla Molders Design

Vibrant aqua paired with red, dark wood and weathered pendant lights makes a bold statement in this Port Melbourne kitchen designed by Camilla Molders. The large windows let in a flood of light in the gardens and invite you to take your meal outside.

Beach Vintage

Take a cue from Brisbane-based blogger Beach Vintage and frame a collection of classic swimming costumes. It’s quirky and charming and would certainly make any guest grin! Or, put your own twist on it by framing whatever private mementos you’ve got available; matchbooks or coasters from holidays would have a graphic allure when framed in a grid.

Sam Crawford Architects

This Sydney home has that indoor-outdoor living thing nailed. French doors leading onto a patio? Check. Cool, modern seating, outdoor fireplace and spacious yard? Check, check and check!

This Melbourne kitchen is a Mid-Century Modern lover’s dream. Eames chairs, a marble-topped Saarinen dining table, and groovy wallpaper that echoes the design of the timeless pendant lighting.

A Beach Cottage

This porch in Sydney is indeed warm, it makes me want to kick off my shoes and settle in with a heap of new design magazines and an icy drink.

Here is a very simple look to recreate in the home: collect a few classic furniture locates (leaving a few with Engineered timber and giving other pieces a lick of white paint), toss in a few striped cushions plus a row of Ikea lanterns, and you’re set!

A Beach Cottage

The beachy vibe continues into the bedroom of the Sydney home, with classic trunks painted white standing at as a bedside table, a linen-covered director’s seat, and old fashioned bedstead. Fresh flowers in a pitcher include a hint of color and create a welcoming mood.

Sam Crawford Architects

Sydney-based architect Sam Crawford created a sense of free flowing movement between inside and outside by installing a wall of windows and large open door in this home. And I really like the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with library ladder; what a great use of vertical space!

Sam Crawford Architects

An opinion of the same home at the day shows how the space flows effortlessly from 1 end to another. The big, open area keeps from feeling at all cold through the usage of chunky wooden beams, warm tones in the concrete flooring, and aged brick on the exterior.

Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens of Sydney is a creative landscape design company, and if you’re looking for outdoor inspiration, their portfolio is a great place to start. Note how they’ve replicated the color in the flowers in the foreground in the striped cushions of their outdoor armchair above. I know I’ll be maintaining this tip in mind whilst updating my porch this spring!

Sweet William

Paula Mills resides in a sunny Melbourne home full of thrifty locates and handmade flair. I really like the quirky mix inside this dining area; in the classic table and seats to the eclectic artwork display, it’s inviting and creative.

Every area in blogger and designer Vivian Mansour’s Sydney home is covetable, but I am drawn to her kitchen first and foremost. The open plan, large windows, and beautiful tile function create a clean, spacious feel, while the only wallpaper accent adds a more lively note.

Olive & pleasure

Julie of the beautiful website Olive & Joy is a new mother and internet shop owner. I’m completely smitten with Julie’s home, which is located on the coast in Sanctuary Cove.

Her style runs towards blank Mid-Century Modern discovers and graphic artwork, all kept within a rather strict color palette of black and white, charcoal and orange yellowish. I really like the classic bus roll hung on the wall !

Olive & pleasure

That attracts our excursion of Aussie style into a close, but I would really like to hear from you.

Tell us: That was your favorite space? What do you think of when you think of Australian style? Did you find any ideas here you would like to use in your home?

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Get Organized: A Place For Your Pets' Stuff

Owning a pet is like having a child. OK, it is not exactly the same, however you still have to consider training, feeding, and washing themtaking them to go to the toilet and the doctor; and playing together. Not to mention all the stuff — it is amazing how quickly a pet’s stuff may add up. However, by purging unnecessary items and dividing things up according to action, you may keep your pet’s belongings tidy and readily accessible.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

1. Put aside a place for ingestion. A home for your pet’s food gives him a routine and helps keep prospective mess confined to a single area. This custom made solution is excellent because it prevents food from tipping over and dry food from slipping out all over the ground.


Dog Candles – $35

As an alternative to built-ins, look into skid-free pet bowls and a big plastic mat. Look for a little nook where your pet can eat in peaceout of the main traffic areas.

Artisan Kitchens Inc..

Keep food and treats tidy by setting aside an organized place to maintain dry food clean. This customized setup includes three drawers for snacks and meals directly above the feeding area. This is a beautiful solution to a messy problem, however a large airtight plastic container close to your pet’s feeding area is going to do the trick just fine.

Keep your pet’s food directly next to the feeding place. The less you have to bag their meals tote around the home, the less mess you’ll generate.

Casa Greer

2. Locate a place for their accessories and toys. Type through your pet supplies using basic organizational strategies. Toss what is broken or beyond repair, and donate unused toys to a friend. Torn leashes, tired brushes and died drugs ought to be thrown away, also.

Select a way to keep everything stored. Keep the leashes you use most frequently hanging from the door for easy access. Store toys in a bin where you generally play with your pet.


3. Give them a special sleeping place. I really don’t know about you, but fur is the thing that plagues my pet-friendly house more than anything else. It has definitely been a challenge to figure out what zones my kitty ought to be allowed into, and also the best way to instruct him to stay away from our red sofa. In case you have the space, a fantastic solution for this is to build-in a bed for your dog or cat. Animals love secure, snug spots in this way.

Crypton Doodle Dog Bed, Persimmon, Moderate – $130

In case a build-in bed is not a choice, a vibrant and lavish dog bed should do the trick. Tuck it away in a quiet place where your puppy remains near you when you’re at the kitchen or family room, however is outside of this instant traffic area.

Niche Interiors

Perhaps they have already staked their claim in your favorite window seat. Removable, washable pillow covers keep things looking neat.

Native American Teepee – $24

A silent sleeping place gives your pet a safe and secure place to see if things are chaotic. My kitty loves to encounter his small cubby when we have folks over — it allows him watch the action without being part of it.

This contemporary teepee is the best place for your furry friend to snuggle up and hide during the day. And it is such a cute design, you won’t have a problem showing it in a principal area.

4. Keep track of the necessities. Keep your pet’s records in one secure place. Adoption and vet files, medical documents, and everything else ought to be stored with the rest of your important paperwork.

Keep creature medicines, flea remedies, and bathing materials in a place away from pets and kids. Even some normal pet shampoos may be toxic, so keep them out of reach.

Klopf Architecture

5. Solve the litter box dilemma. For cat owners, even figuring out where to place the litter box may be logistical headache. No one wants to know what is happening in there while they’re eating or watching TV. A lot of cat owners choose to put the litter box in a laundry room or a guest toilet, where folks don’t devote a great deal of time. Just remember that it ought to be within an low-traffic area where your cat could be lonely. Keep a broom, plastic baggies, additional litter and a scoop in there for easy cleanup.


ModKat Litter Box – $188

Even though a built-in cubby for a litter box is perfect, it is not realistic for everyone. This contemporary litter box solution is a fantastic method to contain the mess without having to deal with a clunky and hideous contraption. Who would have thought”attractive” and”litter box” could belong in exactly the same sentence?

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Readers' Choice: The Best 20 Patios of 2011

From desert landscapes to foggy mountains to lakeside cottages, the very best terrace photographs this year reveal the varied locations that users call home. And while ers were about modern and contemporary patios this year, stunning traditional and diverse outdoor areas also rose up in the ranks.

Have a look the 20 hottest patio photographs uploaded to in 2011. Which one you prefer?

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Arterra Landscape Architects

1. ers loved the casual contemporary look of the outdoor terrace. The fireplace is partially surrounded by a built-in seat with added light fittings, and cold slate tile contrasts with the terra cotta walls.

Sullivan Design Studio

2. The wall encircling this outdoor patio made this picture worth bookmarking for several users. ers were inspired by the built in planters and each one of the seating this functional wall supplied.

Ana Williamson Architect

3. Putting an outdoor dining area outside of a kitchen and indoor dining area is the best way to transition your home in the inside to the outdoors. ers loved the simple setup and the beautiful shade given by the wisteria on the arbor.

Prideaux Design

4. This desert terrace is anything but bare. The combination of succulents and rock make the room feel complete and refreshing. users spared this distance for the great modern furniture, the most vibrant ceramic planters along with the pops of orange and blue throughout the plan.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

5. The blend of materials in this picture caught the eye of modern-landscape-loving ers. The redwood and steel arbor and lively greenery warm the all-concrete terrace.


6. Ipe — a tropical timber — has been used in a lot of patios around this past year. Users loved the red tone of the timber in this terrace and the maze-like texture of these gardens surrounding the space.

Notting Hill Gardens | Design Build Construction

7. This lush rear patio area is the best location for outdoor entertaining. The numerous seating areas can hold several groups of individuals. users loved the vines on the walls, and the blend of the brick and the slate tiles.

Scot Meacham Wood Design

8. If you’re attempting to find out the perfect method to maintain an impromptu outdoor dinner party, use this designer’s alternative as inspiration. Chic white and black fabrics always look fresh and clean, and will dress up even the most casual outdoor space.

Clay Construction Inc..

9. The great thing about this outdoor patio is it’s fantastic for any time of year. While it’s clearly well-suited for summertime, the fireplace, covered terrace and covered outdoor kitchen make it a cozy refuge on cold winter nights.

Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture

10. ers were drawn to the blank linear shape of the concrete and timber outdoor dining area.

Cohn + Associates

11. This luxurious patio has just about everything you’d need in an outdoor space. Even a TV, covered living room and outdoor terrace are visible in this shot. users loved the drapes along the longer walls in this outdoor room — it is a great way to retain heat in the winter or block the sun through a daytime picture.

Metamorphysis Home Staging Services

12. The winding form of the built-in seat made it bookmark-worthy for most users. Users especially loved the tropical and warm feel the fearless terra-cotta colour on the cushions gave the cold concrete seat.

Andre laurent

13. The straightforward design of the outdoor patio follows the”less is more” mindset. The lines of this roof and the deck lead your eye on the other end of the home, and make the space seem longer. ers loved the sliding glass doors and the blending of the inside and the outdoors.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

14. The sculptural fence in this shot has an wonderful effect with this outdoor terrace. The lighting generates its own layout on the fence. It is daring enough that no additional decor is necessary.

Arterra Landscape Architects

15. ers loved the contrast between the granite countertop and the red Ipe wood with this kitchen. This photograph was bookmarked for layout inspiration — that the kitchen has plenty of space for cooking, serving drinks and eating a complete meal.

Sandy Koepke

16. Rich, lus, and exotic are a few of the very first words that come to mind when viewing this magical outdoor hideaway. Users loved the diverse mish-mash of lanterns, foliage and fabrics.

Cornerstone Architects

17. It is difficult to say what is more striking about this beautiful terrace — the view or the stunning structure of this terrace itself. ers loved the exposed wood ceiling and beams, along with the elegant interior-like expression of the fireplace and the kitchen chimney.

Baysix Design

18. Everything about this long and narrow outdoor terrace in Mexico is rather fabulous, but observant ers spared this picture for the exceptional bamboo flooring therapy. The beautiful colours on the outdoor pillows were another favourite feature, as were the wonderful outdoor lanterns near each column.

Studio William Hefner

19. These built in chairs are a excellent way to make use of any and all space in a walled-in terrace. Instead of staying far from the walls, this designer embraced them! The corner space turned into a comfy sitting room.

Kaufman Homes, Inc..

20. users loved the wise utilization of a sectional couch in this room. The L-shaped couch offers ample seating and retains the room comfy.

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Pattern Play: Subtle Southwest Style

I’m really loving all of the Southwestern influences I have been visiting in interiors and fashion this past year. Many times I get asked how to achieve certain looks without always making them a theme. By playing with stripes and colours I managed to get a look to illustrate that for you. As you can see, I didn’t actually use any actual Southwestern patterns. You’ll see no arrowheads or bison in this pattern play!

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Here is how I used my blueprint mixing rules of thumb to produce for this palette:

1. Decide on a beginning print. I began with the stripe. It gave me a fantastic way to pull my colours in, and the texture reminded me of a tapestry or a poncho.

2. Build the colour palette. With this stripe, I managed to pull in terra cotta, teal, beige and beige. Good colours to provide us our Southwestern feel.

3. Vary the design. Earlier, I pointed out I didn’t really use a typical Southwestern print. Instead, I used an Ikat which isn’t traditionally Southwestern but rather it provides me a similar feel. I then mixed in a tweed pattern that included a manly touch and an oval patterned chenille that read more contemporary to me. The conventional faux silk diamond pattern included yet another layer of texture with twine to layout the contour.

4. Limit the size of the pattern. The Ikat is my big blueprint, the stripe, diamond and tweed are my medium patterns and the oval chenille is my own small pattern.

Tip: You can mix in more medium-sized patterns than you can small and big.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Here’s a closer look at the mixture of textures happening. Next, more on the individual fabrics I used to get this look.

KRAVET VARI – $55.30

This Ikat includes a sublte wood grained pattern in its own beige backdrop, giving it a much more rustic edge — another fantastic way to achieve a Southwestern sense without that theme.

I would love to see these used on an accent chair or even throw pillows.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Lee Jofa-Beehive colour: Mallard – $123.64

The teal color in this cloth was gorgeous, and the chenille added a touch of softness and shine to an otherwise largely flat-sheened cloth palette.

This heavyweight cloth would wear nicely in an ottoman.

Interior Mall

Lassen – Lassen Tawny – Carole Fabric – $33.90

I would use this lightweight synthetic silk as draperies or as a throw pillow that would be put in a lighter traffic place. It is always fantastic to interline silk or lighter weight materials to assist them hang more attractively.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Kravet-26281 colour: 616 – $39.90

This tweed could be used to get a seat, or if you were daring enough, even a sofa. Its smaller pattern would make a wonderful background for some of our larger patterns on throw pillows.

Interior Mall

Grandview Stripe – Grandview Stripe Adobe – Carole Fabric – $49.80

The stripe would make great pillow or upholstered item, as it has such a thick texture.

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A Pretty Backyard Dinner Party

The holidays are quite busy already with all of the hustle and bustle that goes on, that planning a party in addition to this could be quite intimidating. The best way to get through a party during the holidays is go simple. Simplicity goes a long way during this time of year when everywhere you go is already decked out with Christmas decorations whenever summer ends.

To help with simplicity, I used things already around my home, though I did go buy several spools of glittery ribbon and yarn to hang, and I kept the menu simple. It was also important to keep the gathering place together, so that everybody could sit down near each other and just enjoy one another’s company. Company is the thing that makes a party a party after all! Plus, add a few twinkle lights and candlelight and everybody is in the mood to celebrate! Can not you agree?

Until: Our garden. Some metal lawn chairs for seating and a classic picnic table surrounded by metal folding chairs.

Following: Taking a large space and creating and styling areas to make it feel more romantic and fancy enough for a dinner party.

The distance was divided into three areas for the dinner party: the food station, dessert corner, and dining table. Each region had a bit of styling and decoration to add more charm and to distinguish each and every one. I used a classic metal garden table and brought out a comfy chair for coziness.

For seats, I brought out more classic cafe chairs from inside the home as well as a long seat that would help provide ample seating for your guests. It’s very good to have a seat around for purposes such as this.

I brought out our dining table and lined it up with the outdoor to table to make you really long table.

1 long table, mismatched chairs, pretty flowers, simple place settings would be the perfect makings for a wonderful dinner party!

Benches help supply more seating when it’s necessary. Mixing benches with chairs give it a nice eclectic mix.

For the tablecloth, I used an extra large flat bed sheet. It covered both long sides of the table nicely to the ground. For the table runner, I just used some burlap.

Burlap was utilized for the table runner and mismatch plates located at the thrift shop gave everything a one of a kind feel.

The party favors were miniature pops I made and place on every plate, wrapped up in a little fabric scrap, and also added a little tag cut from kraft paper.

Mismatched dishes and mason jars which may be found at thrift stores are so ideal for dinner parties!

I desired a wintry feel, so for flowers I just got a bunch of baby’s breath and place them together in large mason jars. I also just collected the candles I’d scattered around my home, set them on two plates and it added the excess pizzazz I needed on the dinner tables. Soft light adds such a wonderful ambiance.

With the holidays around the corner, I wanted a few sparkle, so I found a few gold and pink glittery type ribbons and yarn at the local craft store and cut bits. I had my husband take a 8′ dowel, drill holes at each end, then string it up into the wires we had moving round the top.

Soft candles include such a sweet mood to the party.

The party favors were miniature pies that I made and place on every plate, wrapped up in a little fabric scrap, and added a little tag cut from kraft paper. I utilized my recipe which I made for HGTV:

Twinkle lights, a little bit of sparkle, pretty flowers, and gentle candlelight make a dinner party somewhat more fancy!

Twinkle lights, a little bit of sparkle, pretty flowers, and gentle candlelight make a dinner party somewhat more fancy!

Just a little nook for desserts. Varied heights include more visual attention. Try stacking cake dishes on novels.

Use novels and cake stands to add some sort in height. This was how we exhibited our dessert table.

Adding old shutters to cover up a dull outdoor wall provides more visual attention and a aged long wooden table is the best thing to maintain all of the food.

It was an Italian dinner featuring two kinds of pastas, chicken, and three distinct sauces. All were put properly to keep the food clean and had simple labels which were cut from kraft paper and I just wrote the title and set it in the front of its corresponding dish.

The long table is where everybody dined. There was another little place that houses all of the food and another little corner just for desserts. It was our own mini little restaurant. To hang the ribbon for decoration, then I had my husband take a 8′ dowel, drill holes at each end, then string it up into the cables we had going round the top.

The large space felt much cozier using the different areas and it made the whole dinner feel a bit more fancy rather than just your normal garden party. And needless to say, it’s somewhat more cold of a year, so an outdoor heat lamp kept all of the guest warm and comfy despite the autumn glow!

Twinkle lights are just absolutely necessary for fairly backyard dinners!

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Tastemakers: Object Creative

The husband-and-wife team behind Seattle-based Object Creative believes regular activities do not need to be boring. Jonah and Mac Griffith’s philosophy is to deliver the extraordinary into regular living, and also to provide users of their products with a little bit of comedy. Object Creative’s designs certainly pay tribute to this perspective. Their goods are simple, lively, and decidedly distinct. Since Jonah has experience in houseware design and Mac’s experience is in environmental design and softgoods, each of their designs functions easily and easily.

Tea by Object Creative

The sleek lines of this ├╝ber modern tea kettle were inspired by the smooth, aerodynamic shapes of marine transport. A blend of ceramic, wood, and stainless steel, this pot makes the simple act of warm water just a little more elegant.

Q: How did you get started in product design? What’s it about house design that inspires you?

A: We both grew up in DIY households, fixing up our own houses, and finally continuing to study industrial design at college. We have our very own fixer-upper where we enjoy spending time working on house projects — we are finding our inspiration in our very own house.

Address by Object Creative – $21

The bold style of these modern address numbers come from their ease. Keep them subtle and sophisticated in an oxidized iron, or add some pleasure to the front of your residence in a daring green or blue.

Q: What sort of changes do you see occurring in product design now?

A: We believe companies and consumers are beginning to realize every product has an effect, and product design is reacting by using substances in a real way. Today we see far more products showcasing craftsmanship at a level of mass production.


Modern, sleek, and subtle, this stepladder’s design is intended to be used away from the closet. Its daring construction of lacquered maple makes it a piece you automatically want to show off.

Q: Exactly what are you attempting to convey with your layouts?

A: There are many products that we live with and accept just as they are familiar. Our design work concentrates on reconsidering these everyday products in an attempt to discover something new.

Redoor by Object Creative

The Redoor is made from reclaimed and repurposed traditional house doors. Object Creative then uses a CNC router to reduce designs and patterns to these solid wood doorways, which are painted with a lacquered color.

Q: How has your work evolved since you started? How can you see it growing in the future?

A: Hopefully our layouts are smarter today. Among the exciting pieces of product design is not understanding what you’ll be working on in the future, but always knowing that there are more issues that will need to get solved.

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Once you find the light that filters from the woven metal shade of the Galaxy Floor Lamp, the lamp’s name is reasonable. The lamp’s oxide metallic shade allows the light to flicker out in soft specks, mimicking the expression of the night sky.

Q: What are some of your favorite new design trends?

A: We adore people are designing smaller distances, and we love seeing all kinds of new DIY projects.

Q: What are some of the new favorite product lines?

A: Linus Bikes, and Le Creuset — old is new again!

Q: What designers (both past and present) are you inspired ?

A: In the past — Eva Zeisel, and Charles and Ray Eames. Currently — Marc Newson.

More Tastemakers:
Asaf Weinbroom
Daniel Schofield
Jared Rusten

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