Guest Groups: Shower Curtains Make a Splash

I must admit, I favor a glass enclosure over a shower curtain, but a few homeowners have no other choice except to use a single. If you need to use a shower curtain, then make it a beautiful one! Below are a few of my favorites that are certain to beautify almost any toilet. — Jami from Imagine Design Website

Bed Bath & Beyond

Echo Design™ Jaipur Fabric Shower Curtain – $39.99

Here is just another paisley for you! I can’t help it I have been so attracted to this publish recently. The dim primary colors of this curtain make it quite eye catching, and it would go best with a gentle backdrop — maybe light blue walls with cream cabinetry. For drama, I would accessorize with crimson and coral towels.


UDDGRUND Shower Curtain – $9.99

If you don’t understand yet, my favorite color combination is black and white. Basically anything black and white is going to catch my attention, but what I really like about this curtain is that the design and the pattern aren’t too “in mind” This is quite subtle and beautiful, yet it makes a big impact.


Yhdessa Shower Curtain – $69

What I enjoy about this shower curtain (apart from it being black and white) is that the graphic nature of the daring pattern. It’s not typically something I’d source for my customers, but I appreciate its artistic attributes.


Paisley Shower Curtain

This shower curtain is just sweet. The color palette is soft, and the paisley pattern says nothing but “girlie” to me personally. I would love to find this in a small girl’s bath with soft pink or yellow walls and white cabinetry.


Sechura Shower Curtain – $128

This is such a serene shower curtain. I like the watercolor impact that it’s in its stripes. It’s not too rigid and formal, but has a much more loose and flowing vibe. It would be perfect for a toilet by the shore.

Urban Outfitters

Peacock Shower Curtain – $49

I have had a long time love affair with the peacock, so this guy had to make my listing. I am actually loving the soft color palette of this curtain. It’d be beautiful paired with classic white subway tile as the shower surround. Again, this is just another one for the women.


Standard Tub Shower Curtain Premier Decorator by Maison Boutique – $95

There are a whole lot of chevron curtains out there today, but what I enjoy about this Etsy store is the fact that it supplies a wide array of colors to choose from. Of course, if it were for my house, I would choose the black and white.

Restoration Hardware

Diamond Matelassé Shower Curtain – $89

Following is a more sophisticated, mature selection for a shower curtain choice. The gray diamond pattern is classic and cool, and it will be a great complement to the vast majority of bathrooms.


Vibrant Cornflower Yellow and White Traditions Damask by Home Lush – $119

You can’t ever go wrong with a damask. I love this bright and cheery curtain. I think it would perk up any dull space in a rush. It would be a knockout in a black and white toilet.

West Elm

River Rock Shower Curtain – $39

This is a unique pattern on a shower curtain, and that I enjoy it. It’s very natural with the river stone design. A spa-like environment would be best for this curtain, as the soft blue-green color is quite serene.

Ballard Designs

Monogrammed Classic Shower Curtain – $149

This is one of my favorites. I am loving the black and white and also the simplicity of the wide black band at the base. Plus, anything monogrammed is cool in my book. This might look good in a traditional-style toilet.


Marimekko Kivet Black Shower Curtain – $59.95

Holy cow! Here is a few more black and white to you. Polka dots make me grin. I enjoy this curtain since it’s daring in its pattern, yet it’s not too flashy. It kind of reminds me of Twister. This would be cool in a teenager’s bathroom with vivid pink walls to get a girl and bright blue or green walls to get a boy.


Splish Splash Shower Curtain – $39.95

Very easy, very artsy and extremely hip, this curtain has a sense of humor that I like. It’s unique, which makes me want to utilize it even more.

Pottery Barn

Spring Sparrow Shower Curtain – $49

This shower curtain has a wonderful vintage vibe about it. I adore the colorful birds and the natural green and brown branches. A farmhouse or country-style toilet would be perfect for this curtain.

Pottery Barn

Matine Toile Shower Curtain – $69

What is an ideabook without some toile? I am loving this timeless pattern and how it comes in three distinct colors. This is just another perfect alternative for this country-style toilet, especially when paired with a claw-foot tub.


Zen Leaf Shower Curtain – $29.99

This is a beautiful shower curtain. The black blended with the gray and white is a sophisticated palette, but then it’s punched up with a pop of crimson. I enjoy that the routine is rather large and takes up most of the panel.


Popular Bath “Sinatra Silver” Shower Curtain – $29.45

Bling Bling! Add some sparkle and pizzazz to a bathroom with this shimmery, silver curtain. I am a fan of anything that sparkles, and this is a real eye catcher. I would keep the rest of the toilet in subdued and silent finishes, just so that you don’t feel like you’re inside a disco ball.

Laura Ashley ‘Yardley’ 72-inch Shower Curtain – $34.99

What is more beautiful than Laura Ashley? For real. This is the best complement to some little girl’s toilet. The soft palette of pink, gray and white is as sweet as a Siamese kitty.

Cost Plus World Market

Grey/Coral Ikat Shower Curtain – $29.99

I just love Ikat. It’s basically my preferred print. There’s just something so tribal and unique about it. This curtain is stylish and beautiful in style. The gray and coral supply good contrast, and you get a lot of bang for your dollar with this curtain.

Urban Outfitters

Romantic Floral Scarf Shower Curtain – $44

Bam! Here is some color for you. I love this shower curtain. I am partial to floral prints, and the bigger and bolder they get, the better they are. This one is pretty and romantic. I’d source this to any bachelorette.

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5 Foolproof Measures for Brand New Fall Tablescapes

Instead of having the same setup of fruit and candles on your dining table this fall, get creative with what you have in your house. You are able to make a fundamental tablescape with fresh produce, flowers (or weeds!)) From your backyard and a kitchen provides. Try out re-creating the autumn arrangement I created here or use it to inspire your own thoughts.

Amy Renea

1. Start with a foundation group. Collect your materials, keeping them easy and centered around one to three colors.

Amy Renea

With this arrangement, I decided on a trio of fall colors — red, yellow and orange.

You don’t have to use everything you gather. Simply because you have it does not mean that it has to be part of the final arrangement. Edit, edit, edit!

Amy Renea

2. Evaluate your natural materials and their limits. Once you’ve got a set of objects that fit your colour scheme, inspect the natural materials to see what they can do and if they have limits. For instance, the bittersweet I used for this arrangement develops in intertwined braids with stems at 90-degree angles.

Amy Renea

What did that mean for the layout? Well, braided spans of bittersweet create a perfect circular wreath, so I used that as my starting point.

Amy Renea

The stems’ 90-degree angles also ordered how I used the plant. I can’t place long stems of bittersweet in vases the way I would do with a normal cut flower, so the plant required to be utilised in another way.

Amy Renea

3. Produce a focused base. I tied my blossom into a wreath, securing the ends with a little twine, and centered it in my table. Under the wreath I put a simple runner which works nicely with the period of the rustic wood plank.

See how to make a easy burlap runner

Amy Renea

The loop shouted out for a round piece to fill its void. An orange pitcher put in the middle started to set the point.

Amy Renea

4. Balance the simple structure of this arrangement. Use any two items in your colour palette to balance out the arrangement. Keep the heights of the items slightly staggered for interest. I created a group of three with the centre pitcher. You’ll want to stick with odd numbers when balancing your tablescape. If your arrangement needs to have staying power for many weeks, stick to kitchen products, ornamental accents or long-lasting winter produce.

Amy Renea

5. Sprinkle! The final measure: Sprinkle your closing colour throughout the arrangement, bulking up different areas to add balance. In this case, I used simple but striking pimiento peppers.

Amy Renea

Whether you would like to look for a tablescape, a mantel arrangement or a beautifully loaded wheelbarrow by the front door, these basic steps can help you get your arrangement correctly:

• Stick to one to three colors
• Feature natural materials
• Produce a centre
• Balance the structure’s visual weight and colour

Inform us What is your go-to fall centerpiece? Share a photo in the Remarks!

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Fix: How to Patch a Drywall Hole

Homes, even beautifully designed ones, receive their fair share of abuse through the years. Unsightly holes from fix jobs gone wrong, rough and tumble children or those pesky doorknobs can detract from your beautiful home you’ve created. While seemingly daunting, many small- to medium-size holes require little time to fix, and the repair could be done by the many novice handyman (or woman) — getting the home back into become the envy of the cube.

Meg Padgett

BEFORE: This 2-inch divot out of a wayward hammer stroke was in a visible place just beneath the mounting hardware of ourMoen Glenshire Pivoting Mirrorand in desperate need of being patched. Here’s how you can fix holes in your drywall, just like we did.

Meg Padgett

AFTER: You would never know there was a gap next to the mirror’s components.


• Self-adhesive wall patch
• Spackle or nonshrink drywall joint compound
• Wide putty knife
• Sanding block
• Metal shears

Meg Padgett

Smooth the surface, removing any chunks of shingles. Then clean and dry the area.

Remove the self-adhesive wall patch out of the package, measure the hole and cut on the patch to size or into the form of the pit. Cut the mesh along with the thin galvanized steel plate individually. The steel plate needs to be slightly bigger than the gap, and the mesh needs to be slightly bigger than the steel plate.

Place the patch over the hole and smooth the net onto the surface of the wall. Worried that the patch will create a bulge in the wallsocket? The slim patch is unnoticeable after proper feathering of this spackle or joint compound. Feathering refers to the action of tapering the fix from the top center into the wall around it with a wide putty knife.

Notice: Larger holes often need to be patched with drywall, which might require additional support behind it, like a 2-by-4. The drywall ought to be trimmed to fit snugly inside the pit. Tape and sand the seam to finish. For smaller holes you’ll be able to bypass the patch and only fill the gap with spackle.

Meg Padgett

Apply a thin, even coat of joint compound or spackle into the patched hole by holding the broad putty knife at about a 30-degree angle and pulling it toward you. Feather the spackle or combined compound out from the center to the exterior.

Permit the spackle or combined compound dry completely before proceeding.

Meg Padgett

Once the area is dry, sand it until everything is smooth and apply another coat or spackle or joint compound. Repeat until the patched area is totally covered and no longer detectable.

Meg Padgett

After the final coat of joint compound or spackle has dried, sand the surface and wash it clean. If necessary, apply texture into the wall for a seamless finish. Homax Spray Texture dries fast and makes the procedure practically error proof with customizations for the size and policy.

Eventually, prime and paint the surface.

Notice: Depending on your sheen of paint, then you might need to paint the whole wall rather than just the freshly patched region. Low-sheen paint usually rolls up better than higher-sheen paint, whereas fresh coats of shiny paint tend to be shinier than the original, making the fix much more noticeable.

Meg Padgett

Together with our gap patched, our bathroom is back to being Street of Dreams grade — or at the very least worthy of a trip from the in-laws.

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A Family Home Grows and Gets a New Face

‘I give a lot of the aesthetic credit to my clients. They put their heart and souls into this job,” says residential designer Leigha Heydt. They added 705 square feet, redesigned the floor plan and altered all the prominent architectural attributes, Heydt states. “When they discovered this home, it was an obsolete, modern lodge-style home with two bedrooms and 2 baths which had not been updated since the 1980s. They purchased the home planning to enlarge it and change it into something they loved; they wanted a comfortable but beautiful family home.”

at a Glance
Who lives here: A family with 3 children and a fourth on how
Location: Mill Valley, California
Size: 2,700 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths

Heydt Designs

Heydt clarifies the new style of the home as with Craftsman shingle style and Spanish colonial influences outdoors, with modern elements inside.

This home doesn’t have much of a garden, so the owners treat their front yard like a garden. There is a patio off the kitchen to the right.

Before Photo

BEFORE: This is your front facade before the redesign; its massing seemed disjointed, as did the obsolete architectural components.

Heydt Designs

This entry foyer, the full family space, part of the living area and the breakfast nook are a part of the new addition to the first floor.

Heydt Designs

The foyer includes a side and a casual side, which offers a spot for sitting, removing one’s shoes and stashing them under the window seat — a smart design movement for a family with young children.

Heydt Designs

The relaxed, light floors throughout the home are an engineered, prefinished product by Navarre; the top layer is actual bamboo. The colour is called Montauban.

Heydt Designs

Heydt Designs

An over-the-mantel TV is concealed by an antiqued mirrored cabinet. Its panes offer a link to the curved windows used on the house’s facade.

Heydt Designs

Zoning regulations prohibited a picture window which Heydt had initially intended for the wall in which the hutch is, therefore inside designer Benjamin Dhong created the concept of the blue and white accent wall. “It was a great alternative as a desperately desired focal point,” states Heydt.

Dining room pendant: Goodman Hanging Lamp by Thomas O’Brien

Heydt Designs

While Heydt designed the design of these appliances, the corner as well as the windows, the spouse, her mother-in-law (a kitchen designer who lived on the East Coast) and interior designer Dhong and layout adviser Matthew MacCaul Turner chose it from there.

An oversized necklace brings the attention to the middle of the space, lending balance. Cabinet-front panels camouflage the fridge, while bright yellowish industrial counter stools add sunny color.

Heydt Designs

The spouse picked the elegant Calacatta Oro marble countertops. “She’s great flavor, and that made a massive difference with the project,” states Heydt.

A white subway tile backpsplash and glass-front cupboard doors reflect the light and brighten the windowless wall of the kitchen.

Pendant mild: Victorian Hotel Pendant, Restoration Hardware

Heydt Designs

The built-in breakfast nook enjoys a lot of natural light, thanks to the expansive windows and transoms. There is storage beneath the banquette.

The kitchen conveniently opens to front patio, in which the family loves to enjoy meals al fresco.

Heydt Designs

This cozy family room demonstrates that comfortable rooms should not be vast. Smart custom cabinetry and media storage store things from looking cluttered.

The area opens to front porch, a part of Heydt’s careful placement of chambers in relation to the outdoor spaces. “The link to the landscape was quite intentional. The site is quite beautiful, with large, old-growth redwood trees. We wanted to be certain that you feature the house’s connection to the site via the use of strategically placed windows and glass French doors,” states Heydt. Therefore, the family room opens to the front porch, the kitchen opens to the patio, and the bedrooms have private balconies that love views of the top parts of the yard.

Heydt Designs

A jewel box of a powder room joys having a blue faux-bois wall covering and also a perspective outside instead of a mirror. A Chinese garden blossom and smoky foo dogs include Far Eastern flair.

Heydt Designs

The upstairs hall is an ideal example of the new and old combinations seen throughout the home. It features a traditional console table, a classic architectural element, a contemporary drum shade and crisp white walls.

“The present upstairs bedrooms needed vaulted ceilings with triangular windows in the upper parts of the gables,” states Heydt. “Since we eliminated the triangular windows for style reasons, we replaced them with curved windows to finish the look of the new aesthetic. We still wanted windows up there, and circular windows tend to look the very best in a triangular space.”

Heydt Designs

Another dynamic wallpaper accent adds a jolt of vivid colour without overpowering the girls’ bedroom. The space is a brand new mixture of Victorian and contemporary pieces, such as painted Victorian twin beds plus a Swedish contemporary wicker pendant.

Heydt Designs

“We added the balcony to the girls’ space to complement the master bedroom patio and also to make an outdoor architectural element within the breakfast nook,” states Heydt.

Heydt Designs

The guest bath is clean and modern. Boston Library Lights are an unexpected and clever choice for bathroom lighting.

Tip: A vanity on a base like this one or attached to the wall may make a modest bathroom feel much more spacious.

Heydt Designs

The bedroom is based upon the cathedral ceiling’s beam. It also has a private balcony which overlooks the front yard.

“The rooms are extremely streamlined, but the home feels more spacious than it actually is due to the tall, vaulted ceilings, both the windows and the glass doors,” states Heydt.

Heydt Designs

The master bedroom, master bath, kids’ bath and guest bath were a part of the new addition upstairs. The vaulted ceiling, natural light and soft hues of the master bath make it look much larger than it actually is.

Heydt Designs

The space combines elegant finishes and streamlined accessories with the occasional antique, like the dressing table chair along with the urn, and having the eclectic Moravian star pendant light. The result is one each parent of four children deserves, a relaxing and serene area.

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On Trend: 10 Ways to Dip Dye

Would you love traditional lines and classic shapes, but still want a dash of something unexpected? The fashion is for you. Taking last year’s zest for multipurpose ombre treatments to a subtler place, dip-dyed furnishings and accessories bring a tiny dash (or dip) Of the unexpected to the standard types we love.

Vertigo Home LLC

UM Project Milking Stool – $375

Keep the dip-dyed fashion bright and refreshing with those milk stools — wouldn’t they be adorable around a snowy parson’s table in a children’s playroom?


Windsor Love Seat – $1,498

This might be the most upgraded piece of Shaker-style furniture you will ever find. A loveseat such as this would bring a fresh breath of sea-salty air to a modern beach bungalow.



The ease of the side table causes it to be versatile — sidle it next to your bed or an armchair, and you have got fashionably convenient storage as well as a room for coffee.

Take your favorite table, dining table, stools or chairs and create your own dip-dyed look with a favorite paint colour, as revealed on Design Sponge.

Ashes & Milk

White Dipped Spoons – $10

With an extra layer of dip-dyed protection, all these wooden spoons deserve pride of place in your counters, or hung on a wall to display their beauty and their function.

Dip-dyed effects are most striking when combining a bright colour and a pure material — such as these raw timber blocks. What a striking conversation piece at the end of your couch.

Dip Dye Salad Bowls – $56

Bring two trends together at once: a pop of a dash of dip yarn. Add these dipped bowls to a tablescape of whites and neutrals to stand out in the crowd.

Organic Blue Dip-Dye Bag – $68

Even your accessories can add a punch of colour that is simple. Keep this bag in the entrance for quick trips to the store. When it’s not being used, it appears stunning sitting near an entry table.

Design Within Reach

Midas Collection Glasses – $50

Prefer the Midas touch when it comes to accessories? Add some decadence to every meal using a gold-dipped vase gracing your table. Keep it from going over the top by filling it with a very simple arrangement of wild flowers or daisies.

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Dip-Dye Linen Cotton Blend Duvet Cover – $111

It’s difficult to find modern bedding that is not overwhelmed with patterns or even crying with colours. This subdued dip-dyed set from West Elm exudes the calming influence of a warm, cozy night.

DIY Project:
See the way to dip-decorate a terrarium

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Modern, Staggered Montreal House

This multilevel family home designed by architect Natalie Dionne is unlike its neighbors in lots of ways. For starters, the floors in the home are staggered on either side of a central atrium that divides the home into two components: front and rear. The skeletal foundation linking the levels is also exceptional: It’s a staircase which exudes natural walnut and steel and causes a terrace on the upper floor and a mezzanine level. The resulting home is sleek and cool, energized and heated by a top-floor skylight that matches every degree with natural light.

in a Glance

Who lives here: A creative couple who work in theater, film and television, and their kids
Location: Montreal, Canada
Size: 3,229 square feet

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Models in these photographs (shot before the family moved in) remind us that the home belongs to a family with teenage kids, that will easily belly around the island counter table and love the informality of pub stool dining. The swanlike commercial tap is the centerpiece — and hardest-working part — of the contemporary kitchen.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors shape an easy connection between outdoor and indoor living spaces; they also ensure that light floods the distance, giving the polished concrete floors a gorgeous sheen. Flush cabinetry communicates the walls.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

This photograph shows the house’s staggered layout. A magenta Fatboy beanbag gives a rare splash of colour in an otherwise neutral interior palette.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Black molded Eames seats with contrasting wood thighs cast dramatic shadows. The black-on-black dining area installation against the white and gray room reflects the sleek spirit of the remainder of the home.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

The steel used in the window and door frames, the table foundations as well as the outside facade is carried out in a staircase which links each degree.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Art fills what would otherwise be white space. The art compels us to look up to the skylight, the focal point of this vertical plane.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

The staircase mixes steel and walnut. The contrast of espresso and ebony tones is gorgeous, with the steps resembles art installations.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Wide sliding doors expand the bedroom space, allowing light to enter and adding a lot of intrigue to the expansive opposing walls.

Here, the sliding door partially divides the bedroom (at left of image) from the hallway. When the doors are closed, the distance allows for privacy and contemplation.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

When the doors are closed, the bedroom is totally separated from the outside. One of the other sliding doors in the hallway opens up into a bathroom as polished and contemporary as the dwelling spaces.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Partially windows provide plenty of privacy in the bath. The vanity mirror slides, showing more storage space for toiletries and daily requirements.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

The house’s rear entrance is as unassuming and contemporary as the interiors. It’s marked with a marine-grade plywood alcove stained an espresso colour and appears to escape in the home.

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Design Calendar

See what’s new and trending, from tabletop goods to nursery furnishings, at the New York International Gift Fair. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a few art or architecture history? Our roundup of events below has some thing for you.

Inform us What are you doing to get inspired in August? Tell us in the Comments below.

EXHIBIT –Through September 23, 2012
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts

Best known for star portraits, Annie Leibovitz has turned her lens on a different kind of photography: magnificent landscapes of well-known areas like Niagara Falls and Yosemite, and the silent insides related to iconic characters such as Virginia Woolf and Elvis Presley.

Hours: Sunday–Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday–Friday, 9 a.m.–8 pm
Price: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 5 and under, army (with valid ID) free

EXHIBIT — August 9–September 16, 2012
Xavier Veilhan’s Architectones
Neutra VDL Research House, Los Angeles

Already a pilgrimage site for contemporary architecture lovers, the Neutra VDL Resarch House will become an even bigger attraction for Angelenos this month with the opening of a site-specific installation by French artist Xavier Veilhan. The display features monochrome sculptures and items from the backyard to the rooftop pool, and a soundtrack written by Nicolas Godin of Air.

Through an evening reception on August 8, Veilhan will announce that the exhibit’s debut with a airplane carrying out a blank, abstract monochrome banner above the Silverlake Reservoir.

Hours: Thursday–Friday, 3–8 pm, Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: $10 Saturdays, when there are docent-led architecture tours of the home. $10 is also the proposed donation on additional days.

Alexandra Von Furstenberg

Bloomin’ Vase – $268

TRADE SHOW — August 18–23, 2012
New York International Gift Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City

Millions of buyers and commerce professionals descend upon the Javits center twice a year to browse the latest home, lifestyle and gift goods. The summer show will include the Gourmet Housewares Show in addition to a selection of trade conventions.

Hours: 9 a.m.–6 pm every day; 5 p.m. near on Tuesday, August 21
Price: Free with advance registration. Open to the trade only.

EXHIBIT — August 20–October 27, 2012
Palladio Virtuel
Yale School of Architecture Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

A exhibition examining 20 villas designed throughout the Life Span of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio walks off the 2012–2013 season at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery. Since the culmination of 10 decades of analysis by Peter Eisenman, New York architect and Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at Yale, the exhibit’s models and renderings propose a different way of studying the 16th-century architect’s work.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 pm; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 pm; closed Sunday
Price: Free

WALKING TOUR — August 4, 2012
Summer Tour: Vernacular and High-Style Classical Masterpieces
Deerfield, Massachusetts

Enjoy a day traveling and sketching buildings from the beautifully preserved village of Deerfield, Massachusetts. The guided walking tour begins with visits to restored museum houses from the national intervals, and also the second part explores dormitories and classrooms from the early 20th century.

Hosted by the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the tour will be led by Bill Flynt (architectural conservator, Historic Deerfield) and Aaron Helfand.

Hours:1–6 p.m.
Price: $25 ICAA members and employees of professional member companies; $35 general public. Transportation and meals are not included.
Register online

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How to Accent a Neutral Space With Color

Whether you have beige, white, grey or vibrant walls in the room, there is always an area for accent colours. Accent color is. Whether it takes the kind of accessories, fabrics, fixtures or even 1 wall, it’s definitely the simplest way to add character to a room.

Adding accent hues also is a great way to experiment with different color combinations and allow you to bring in those bold tones you’ve been dying to try but might be afraid to utilize.

Elizabeth Dinkel

Color pairs: Accent color can also arrive in twos. In this kitchen, bright yellow and celadon add a fun, casual feel to the space.

Melissa McLay Interiors

Neutral accents: accent colours do not always need to be bold — go for neutrals, also. In this gorgeous blue area, chocolate brown plays a critical part as an accent colour. It defines and finishes this window shade while at the same time tying the chair cushions and pillow into the entire look.

RLH Studio

Easy upgrades: within this white bedroom, coral toss cushions add a spark. Pillows are easy to switch out when you are experimenting with different accent colours or any time you would like to change with the seasons.

Design Manifest

Surprise wall: Many homeowners like the idea of owning an accent wall, since it’s a practical approach to introduce a stunning color without overdoing it. An unexpected color like electric blue (this one is Brilliant Blue from Olympic Paints) can energize and energize your distance.

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Accent seats: Painted furniture is a chic way to add an accent color. For the entire effect, add accessories in the exact same shade. This makes harmony in the space.

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Art: In a neutral space, art can add just enough color to capture the eye. A gallery wall using similar or identical bits will reinforce an enjoyable accent color — in this case, yellow.

Emily Ruddo

Connecting colours: In an open floor plan, an accent color can connect different regions of your home. Upholstery is a superb way to accomplish this. I love these dining chairs have a solid cloth while the wing seat conveys a pattern.

Balancing acts: Even a room painted using a vivid hue can benefit from an accent color. Here, cool green seats balance the brilliant wall color (Bold Orange from Ralph Lauren Paint) and tone down things a little.

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Architect's Toolbox — Trim Wraps Up Design for Rooms

The way the inside of a house gets trimmed out contributes greatly to the overall nature of that house. In many ways, a well thought-out trim design can turn a drab and plain vanilla inside to something complex and rich, in addition to architecturally dynamic.

Among the most intriguing methods to use trim is because a connective element to connect together the elements within a distance and to fortify the area’s architecture. So when placing out trim, a few architects and other designers will often look for ways to use trim to connect windows, doors, soffits etc. and to use trim to set up datum points or spring lines where other features arise. The trim becomes a sort of ribbon which holds the wrap paper in place.

In these examples, the trim, whether painted or stained, is usually flat and easy. The profile of the trim is much less important than the way the trim travels around the room creating relations and framing elements.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Trim installed just like this creates the illusion that the wall is nothing more than a screen which can be moved. It is not surprising that this type of trim installation gained awareness and popularity in the late 19th century, when Japanese buildings started to become known in the West.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

The door to the left and the windows on the right are attached and held in place with the ribbon of trim. There’s something to be said for intellectual rigor used to set up all the measurements in order that each element is connected and uses the same reference points.

Sarah Susanka, FAIA

Taking one place, say the top of the windows, then drawing a line from there all around the room, gives a logic and rationale to the placing of different characteristics above and below online. Now the upper cabinets and port hood have a reasonable place to be.

Sarah Susanka, FAIA

And soffits become deliberate rather than afterthoughts because we must conceal the pipes and the ducts.

Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

Using trim to connect and bind elements works just as well in a massive space as in smaller, more intimate rooms. By establishing a reference point and then placing windows , more trim, railings etc.. below this, the enormity of the distance is reduced.

Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

Surely these ribbons of trim can connect the first floor to the second floor, so elements are attached horizontally in addition to vertically.

Mark Brand Architecture

As stated earlier, this use of trim has a distinctly Japanese quality. Walls are made to feel much less structural and load bearing and much more light and movable. However, the American strategy was less rigorous than required by the Japanese tatami.

Taliesin Preservation, Inc..

Surely it was this strategy to trim which Frank Lloyd Wright reveled in. And in Wright’s work it had been the intricacy of the trim that created for an architecturally rich inside. So rather than simply a continuous ribbon, the trim line could vanish to a rock mass, popping out the other hand as it turned a corner.

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Design Guide: Bistro Chairs

If you’re searching for stylish dining chairs, take a virtual trip more than Western bistros and cafés. The bistro chairs made there were ruling this category for at least 150 decades. We’ve featured articles on a few of our favorites before, but I thought I would make it easy and lasso them into a single group so you can select a favorite. If you can not narrow it down to a single, that is just fine; every one of these styles is so flexible that just about any combined and matched collection is smashing.

Schranghamer Design Group, LLC

Bentwood chairs. Produced by Michael Thonet back in the 1850s, these chairs predominate as the granddaddies of bistro chairs. Their gorgeous curves and sturdy performance make them a house and restaurant staple that never goes out of style. There are many different iterations of the bentwood chair, some by Thonet along with an array of imitations. The one you see above is the Bentwood Chair with Arch Brace.

Ben Herzog

This variant on the original bentwood chair is the Era seat. Reproductions can be found in natural wood and also in an array of vivid colors. It is available with a caned or solid seat.

Brian Watford Interiors

These farmhouse-style café chairs were motivated by Thonet’s original A150 Bentwood Chair. Williams-Sonoma includes a similar seat called the Bosquet Side Chair, and Ballard Designs offers the Constance Chair.

Dreamy Whites

Classic folding French bistro chairs are portable and light, and will fold up for storage or be carried out to the terrace or garden easily. Blogger Maria of Dreamy Whites utilizes them as the ideal seating to match with her Scandinavian/shabby chic aesthetic.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

If you hanker for modern over shabby chic, don’t dismiss this style of bistro seat. Chartreuse provides these folding bistro chairs all of the modern design they need to fit in at a modern farmhouse.

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Summerour Architects

The armchair version is a sturdier and more comfortable version, and it has rustic French farm appeal. These chairs (available at have a similar look.

The Marais A Chair. Produced by French metalworker Xavier Pauchard back in the 1930s, this seat’s classic industrial style has never been popular.

BiglarKinyan Design Planning Inc..

While the galvanized metal in gunmetal grey has big industrial allure, the vivid colors it comes in are extremely appealing.

Boor Bridges Architecture

The Praque seat. This industrial seat brings in more flair, with a few extra curves plus a lighter shape.

Scot Eckley, Inc..

Let’s pause for a tiny folding bistro/Marais mashup. The mixture of wood and metal ties this dining room together beautifully.

Woven French bistro chairs. Observe the chairs in their natural habitat, on the sidewalks of Collioure, France.

Studio William Hefner

Once woven from Nile river reeds, the chairs are most commonly composed of rattan and rilsan today.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

These chairs work well in traditional, transitional, eclectic, modern and modern spaces. In fact, all the chairs I have listed have this fantastic versatility.

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