Sep. 10

 

You Gotta Be in It to Win It: Amanda Nisbet’s Brand New Book, Dazzling Design

by Lynn Byrne

amanda nesbit

Anyone who does up their master bath like the one above has to be fun, vibrant—and, wait for it, DAZZLING! 

This is where Amanda Nisbet lives.  Lucky for us she has collected her designs in a brand new, hot off the presses book, entitled (quite appropriately) Dazzling Design.

Luckier still for you folks is the fact that, as a blogger ambassador for this year’s What’s New What’s Next Conference, Decor Arts Now has one signed copy of this hot, new book to give away to the “luckiest” reader.  Yep, you read that right.  The book will be signed by Amanda.

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Sep. 04

 

Catching Fire: The Rough Luxe Look is Hot for Fall

by Lynn Byrne

Rough Luxe Kitchen

I was in the dark, but my love for chippy, crusty surfaces juxtaposed with something sleek or plush has a name. It’s called Rough Luxe style.  I finally know how to describe what is happening design-wise in my Montauk house.

I am so not out in front when it comes to the name on this one–even though I have been living the look for  some 8 years now. First reported in the Wall Street Journal in 2009, Rough Luxe has a website, a book and even a hotel.

Lobby, the Rough Luxe Hotel in London, England

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Aug. 21

 

BIG FALL TREND: The “Curated Look” And How To Get It

by Lynn Byrne

ellen pelham gallery wall

More exciting news for me and Decor Arts Now!  I have been asked by hgtv.com, along with 9 other design bloggers, to weigh in on fall’s biggest design trends.  I call ‘em as I see ‘em, and this fall everywhere I turn there is talk about “curating” your home.

So what does that mean?

Simply put, it is all surrounding yourself with objects that you love so that your home reflects your unique and personal style.  You can read all about it right here, including tips on how to get the look!  Hint—hanging art salon style on a gallery wall is one good way.

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Aug. 16

 

Seven Fresh Ideas from the Hampton Designer Showhouse

by Lynn Byrne

hampton designer showhouse outside

There are certain commonalities each year at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.  You can count on blue and white, greek keys, a “horse-themed” room and sumptuous outdoor spaces.

This year was no exception.

But you should leave any showhouse worth its salt with design ideas that you have not seen before.  Despite some of the typical features, this year’s showhouse satisfies in this regard.

Here are  seven “fresh” design ideas from the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

1. While we all know that outdoor fabrics now mimic those found indoors, and outdoor curtains are de rigueur, you don’t always see a painting suitable for an outside display, as seen above.

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Aug. 09

 

FALL TREND: Out of Africa

by Lynn Byrne

Africa products

Our global world continues to be a big influence on home décor this fall, especially the saturated colors and bold geometrics found in Africa.

The easiest way to look like a world traveler without leaving your arm chair, is to incorporate brightly colored textiles (think rugs, pillows and table linens) and ceramics in your home. Good sources are Serena & Lily and West Elm.

Want to make a bigger commitment?

Go with some bold wallpaper, like the vibrant patterns offered by Aphrochic, or—open the safety deposit box– Hermes. The famed French design house has just issued jungle themed wallpaper based on a scarf design by Robert Dallet.

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