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4 Man Caves Dad Would Love for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day approaching, why not post about something our Dads can enjoy too? These Man Caves we found on Houzz would inspire any man to renovate his home. Here’s a Few of Our Favorites: This definition of a Man Cave is quite literal. This Batman-themed media room would be a favorite for any Batman aficionado or movie-lover. Blackout shades are a MUST in a TV-watching room like this. Just like Batman, your Dad needs some high-tech gadgets in his Bat Cave like the Motorized Cellular Shades that he can control with the push of a button. This room may be a Man Cave, but it sure has style. The elegant flooring and rich hues create a stunning look. Any guy would…

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5 Great Award-Winning Innovations from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

We attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2013 (KBIS), and were among 40,000 others, previewing the latest innovations that are happening in these important rooms in the home.       Here are 5 new products that we loved that won awards for their beauty and function: The Brizo Odin Faucet with SmartTouch™ technology   The Winelogic Wine Rack that stores your wine inside a standard-sized cabinet   The Kohler Moxie™ Acoustic Showerhead with Wireless Speaker   The Glasatti Decorative Shower Door Pull in Tempered Glass   The Better Living 18” Extendable Squeegee for frameless shower enclosures   See more Design Trends from around the world with our home fashion expert on the street, Karin: Fantasy Windows on Display…

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FAB 4 – Pinterest Wallpaper Style!

Bring wallpaper to life with these Pinterest - FAB 4 – Wallpaper finds: I am always having fun browsing through the thousands of different Pinterest images, but especially liked these Pinterest Wallpaper ideas.  Check out 4 creative ideas to turn any boring room into a simply fabulous one! Wallpaper and Wood I fell in love with this wallpaper idea – perfect for any wood project: table, bench, chairs, floors, even picture frames!  Old or new, pick out your favorite pattern (I love the floral in the picture below) and sandpaper it down to create your unique look.  Create a vintage feel by using old wallpaper – and whats great is if you recycle the paper, its Green too! Dress up your Dresser…

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Blog We Love: House Made Home

r May 7, 2013 | B Design Links, DIY Projects

We’d like to introduce you to an blog we love, House Made Home.  It follows the adventures of Tyesha and her family as they transform their humble abode one DIY project at a time. On a quest to get her home beyond builder’s grade and into the custom arena, she’s constantly making little tweaks here and there. Tyesha’s spot-on style, and inspired creations make her blog one we come back all the time for DIY inspiration.   Here are a few of our favorites from House Made Home: These gold striped curtain panels look stunning with sunlight shining from behind, and they were made from drop cloths!   Just like hanging curtains a few inches above the molding makes windows…

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Design Help From Your Smartphone – 5 DIY Apps

r April 30, 2013 | B Design Links, DIY Projects

Smartphones are capable of doing so much these days, so it is no surprise they can act as your personal Design Consultant as well!  Check out the following DIY Apps to see how you can get started on your next project - its just a touch away! 1.  ColorSmart by BEHR Ever try and paint your walls the same color as your favorite new throw blanket?  Well thanks to this App, matching colors has never been so easy.  Take a photo of the item you are trying to match, and then, just like that, ColorSmart by BEHR will help you find a paint color that works.  Use the Store Locator to help find a store near you. 2. iHandy Level Forgot to buy…

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Fantasy Windows on Display at The International Window Coverings Expo in New Orleans

The International Window Coverings Expo, an annual industry event, took place last week  in New Orleans.  Industry executives, suppliers, designers and retailers from around the world were in attendance.  New products were on display, and experts presented seminars. One of the highlights was the showcase sponsored by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy, where professionals were challenged to design a vignette with none of the real-world constraints such as cost, existing décor, or client preferences… they were even able to sketch their own window!   Take a look at the fantasy window treatments that these creative pros dreamed up when they were told “anything goes”:   Left:  “Black Swan” by Debra Martin of Debra Martin Designs and Sheri Stouffer of Finishing…

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Smeg: Colorful, Retro Fridges to Obsess Over

Since the 1950s, Italian appliance brand Smeg has been bringing well made ranges, hoods, dishwashers, and ovens to the world, along with it’s iconic candy colored retro refrigerators. They have been on the cutting edge of kitchen technology for years and continue to lead the way while staying true to their classic Italian style. Read on to see our favorite ways to style our current design obsession, Smeg fridges:   Smeg + Eclectic Mismatched decor dresses down these Leave It To Beaver-esque fridges. With patchwork elements and rustic treasures, a Smeg can trade in the pearls and circle skirt for a more relaxed look. Smeg + Retro Why not stick with what mama gave you and go full 50s flashback?…

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Blog We Love: Dude Mom

r April 16, 2013 | B Design Links

Amanda Rodriguez is the hilariously sharp-tongued blogger behind Dude Mom. She gives awesome insights into real-life parenting, adorable mommy outfits on a budget and tips for how to be awesome, but we keep coming back for her hilarious writing. She’s like that crazy funny friend that you wish you could follow around all day just to hear what they say. She describes her site saying, “Dude Mom is a humor, lifestyle blog written by the best mom in the world. In her free time she enjoys losing weight easily, looking like a soap star the moment she rolls out of bed, and riding around town on her unicorn. Also, she may be slightly delusional.”   Formerly Parenting By Dummies, she has…

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Holy Living – Churches Turned Into Homes

r April 10, 2013 | B Design Links, Home Decor

  We shared this 19th century Wisconsin church on Facebook a few weeks ago. Architect Kurt Melander rescued this dilapidated Lutheran church and transformed into a modern home complete with a painting studio inside of the oculus window. Homes with ecclesiastical roots are sweeping the architecture world. Innovative designers are finding ways to retain the history of the house of worship while creating a modern and functional living space. Here are a few of our favorite churches turned into homes from around the world.   Anglican Church Turned Sleek Contemporary Home This 1892 Anglican Church in Melbourne, Australia was transformed into an open living space with with gorgeous decor elements and a swimming pool surrounded with crystal clear glass walls. Some…

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A Blog We Love: Design Thoughts

Do you have a friend whose home is crazy fabulous, but she seems to magically make it all happen for pennies on the dollar? That’s Kim Salter. Kim started her blog, Design Thoughts when she was working as an Interior Designer in New York, and a new mom to a her son Liam. Her family has since relocated to Nashville where she’s writing about the woes of personalizing a rental property with the world’s smallest closet.   Oh, What Paint Can Do! Kim’s taste is spot on, and she makes risky colors like bright chartreuse seem surprisingly easy to work with. Check out the makeover she gave to her entry way niche with just a coat of paint, and her ikea-cabinet-to-bar-cart…

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