About Trend: Get a Leg up With British Tables and Chairs on Design

Perhaps it’s just me, but sometimes everything I look at becomes anthropomorphic. The grille of the car has a certain smile, the teapot spout is tooting to be an elephant and those chairs and tables all seem about to walk off. It is just something about these legs.

The angled legs add life and personality to every one of these simple layouts. Whether legs or four, short or tall, thin or fat, each set of thighs provides added flair to the modern pieces they’re part of. The British are known for their book, and these designs showcase that attribute with no of those stodginess. Now, if you will excuse me, I’d better go catch the side desk running down my hallway.

Note: Bark Furniture and Another Country items are available directly from their sites. Contact Atelier Areti, Assembly Room and Dare Studio via their sites for distribution information.

bark furniture

Beacon Desk – GBP 1,875

Placed against a wall, this desk will give the impression that it is propped precariously, because of its angled front legs — though of course it is really quite hardy.

bark furniture

Acorn Side Table – GBP 395

Its small size and stocky angled legs imply this table name is Baby. It will add just a hint of childhood sitting alongside a more mature couch.

Atelier Areti

Vienna Stool

Wire footrests add visual support to those slim angled legs. The curved top is a stylish addition to anyone’s back end!


Console One – $710

Simplicity reigns in this table. The angled legs give it stability; the very simple form gives it functionality.


Another Chair – $540

There are no frills with this chair, just clean repeating angles to support you where it is put: dinner table, studio or office.

Prudence Nesting Tables – $1,850

The inset of the legs strengthens that beautiful repeating angle on every one of those nesting tables.


Allesley Side Table

These angled legs converge nearly into one form, reaching to support the surface of the table. The tabletop includes an inset linoleum center circle, insulated for your coffee cups.

Dare Studio Katakana Ottoman – GBP 800

These lanky little angled legs support a hefty ottoman cushion — visit that the matching couch and chair in Dare Studio’s web site.

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Readers' Choice: The 10 Most Popular Outdoor Spaces of 2012

From large backyards to miniature balconies, outdoor spaces were a large priority for ers in 2012. While these favorite photos show a diverse range of styles and sizes, each room is outfitted to take advantage of its environment. Fire pits, luxurious lap pools and a great deal of shading gave readers everywhere extra motivation to upgrade their outdoor spaces.

Here are the outdoor images inserted to the many ideabooks in 2012.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

1. Beverly Hills back porch. This serene back porch looks like the ideal place for sipping lemonade on a hot day. When saving this photo, readers noted the exposed stone surrounding the space, and the numerous seating locations.

Margie Grace – Grace Design Associates

2. Shaded seating in California. Sometimes a place in the colour is all you need to enjoy the outside. This curved stone seat looks incredibly comfortable but still blends in with its surroundings.

SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction

3. Outdoor living on the East Coast. This winding walkway via a lawn that is lush brings people to a backyard haven. Leafy landscaping and outdoor lighting are only a couple of the elements ers liked.

Martin Bros.. Contracting, Inc..

4. Straightforward fire pit for Michigan summers. This classic fire pit mimics the form of the octagonal screened porch connected to the home. Traditional Adirondack chairs at a glossy black suit the outside fixtures on the primary residence.

Dumican Mosey Architects

5. Ubermodern at Menlo Park. Merely a pair of sofa seats is needed to appreciate this modern backyard space in California. The contrasting colours — red-orange wood, blue water and blue seats — instantly captured ers’ eyes.

Southview Design

6. Stylish patio in Minnesota. This paver patio and small garden make a great outdoor entertaining space. readers saved this photo for the small-space inspiration and lush landscaping thoughts.

Cross River Design, Inc..

7. European-inspired New Jersey trellis. Just like a spectacle in Provence, the porch outside of this New Jersey farmhouse has a clearly European vibe. The wisteria-draped trellis lets only the right amount of sunlight filter through the plush sofa seats.

TaC studios, architects

8. Pristine lap pool at Atlanta. This lap pool imitates the kind of the adjoining deck beautifully. Its slim shape makes it a fit for many backyards.

Lankford Associates Landscape Architects

9. Secret pathway with a stunning perspective. An easy stone pathway leads to a perfect waterfront view. Fragrant thyme and lovely Siberian irises finish this bright outside space.

Abbott Moon

10. Sunny entertaining in Southern California. Outdoor entertaining is easy with a setup such as this. The simple dining set gets a boost from patterned pillows and rustic lanterns, turning the entire covered porch into an outdoor extension of the home.

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7 Tips to Get With a New Minimalist Mentality

Years ago, when my kids were small and our home was awash in toys, laundry and newspapers — to mention the top 3 classes of things I discovered overwhelming — from time to time, when I was feeling exhausted and entirely beleaguered, I’d envision our house burning down. I truly wanted to lose only the laundry room, the playroom, a closet or two and several cabinets, but I understood with fire you can’t be so choosy, and that I discovered the idea of a wiped slate intoxicating.

Obviously I was imagining the best house fire, where all the mess was (poof!) Gone and the insurance provider immediately handed us a big, fat check to begin over soberly and responsibly, without Legos and stuffed animals.

This daydreaming came to an abrupt stop after we remodeled our kitchen. We shot it down to the studs and put in new cabinets, counters, appliances and flooring. Next, the first time that I imagined my laundry area swallowed by flames, I assessed myself. The laundry was just down the hallway from my fresh and beautiful kitchen, which I did not wish to lose; I would have to have arranged the old-fashioned manner.

Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

The epiphany

That’s what I’d been trying to do for years. I’d spent so much energy and time into setting my house in order, however that I could only ever get into a certain point before it dropped back into mayhem. But then the response came in a holiday that prompted an epiphany, which changed everything.

Our family had rented a small cottage on Lake Michigan. I kept the place as neat as the snare trap, and it was so simple. Wondering why I realized our life at the cottage was limited to meals, books and clothes. And that was that. I determined this was the way I wanted to live all the time. Regardless of what, I was going to get us down to meals, books and clothes. I was finally going to live William Morris’ maxim, “Have nothing in your house you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

With the help of an organized friend, I started a spree of decluttering and reorganizing, the likes of that our home had never seen. Over the course of several weeks, I went room by room, sorting, throwing away and donating before I’d gone through nearly everything.

And then, in one of life’s little ironies, in the wee hours of June 27, 2010, an arsonist randomly put our house on fire. My husband and I and our three kids were all at home in bed and escaped with the clothes on our backs. I did catch my notebook, because it was right at hand. I didn’t even stop to wear shoes or fetch my handbag, and that I was so thankful to have saved our digital pictures and all my writings.

sarah & bendrix

Our home has been about 2,500 square feet and filled with cherished things, but what I have wept over (my children’s art and writing), what I have longed for (images and videos), exactly what my mind has returned to again and again (more than 30 years of papers and letters) could fit into a little closet with room to spare.

It’s a peculiar experience to have sorted through all my possessions, to have gotten down to exactly what I believed I couldn’t live without, only to get rid of everything and find I managed to live without it all.

I would not wish a house fire on a rat and at the conclusion of the day, it has been strangely freeing. It’s so clear to me that for many, many years, I exchanged peace of mind to items I didn’t truly want and absolutely didn’t need.

How can you define how much is too much?

Bottom line: It’s subjective. If you’ve read the post Clutter vs. Keepers, by Laura Gaskill, or Beautiful Clutter? , by Samantha Schoech, you understand that tastes and comfort needs vary. It actually comes down to what’s too much for you.

Some questions to ask:
Can you really feel overwhelmed?Is organizing and decorate your home a frequent topic, a constant worry?Are you always cleaning, but your home isn’t actually tidy?If you answered yes to any of those aforementioned, you can almost certainly benefit from eliminating some things. Just reading that may bring some anxiety, but if you feel overwhelmed, it is a indication that engaging and starting to consider what you might get rid of would be worth it. And there is going to be stress either manner; you is short term however, another could last forever.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

7 strategies for going minimalist:

1. Begin with the end in mind. Think about how you would like your home to be. Read through the ideabooks you’ve already created and look for topics. Just after you are clear what you are shooting for in case you start to purge.

2. Prepare yourself to feel worse before you feel better. I am sorry, but it is correct, as my afterward 3-year-old explained, when she told me she always loved me but didn’t always enjoy me. When you get rid of things, you’ll focus on what you paid or that you really, really adore an product. You might feel shame about the money you’ve wasted, but holding onto things you do not want or desire is not the answer.

3. Forgive yourself. Once the feelings of pity surface, have a little time to say, “I forgive myself” and then keep going. These feelings will dissipate as you build momentum.

4. Get Assist. Have you got a friend who likes to arrange? Organize a barter. My friend Jane owns a bed-and-breakfast, and that I exchanged helping her there in exchange for her assistance with my purge. My husband, Paul, took over on hauling things away.

5. Give or throw items away. One stall of my own garage was for Goodwill, and another was trash. I have sold a good deal on Craigslist, but when I was doing my hardcore decluttering, I wanted to get rid of things as promptly as possible. In a way it was religious: I have gotten so many bargains over time on Craigslist and at thrift stores, it was a means to resow something I’d reaped.

6. Break it down. Strategy to give yourself weeks, months to experience your home. I recommend going room by room; this keeps the mess contained along with the project more manageable. Have a day or two to perform a room and then take off some time. Once you declutter a space, you can see if you are in a position to keep it should you need to get rid of more.

7. Ask yourself what you would catch in a fire. In an actual fire, you ought to think of saving only people and creatures, but asking this yourself in the abstract can be a helpful exercise in pointing you into what actually matters. Bonus tip: Do not talk glibly about this to folks who’ve actually endured a fire, or you might be throttled.

The 3 stages of decluttering, simplified:
Sort things into “keep” “provide” and “trash” piles.Put away what you keep.Haul the rest away.Like lots of things in life, “easy” does not necessarily mean “simple,” but breaking the process down into these classes can help you keep focused.

Several weeks after we moved to our new house, the fire alarms went off , again in the wee hours. My notebook was next to my bed, but that I walked past it to gather my kids along with the dog and head directly to your door while Paul investigated. He immediately realized it was a false alarm. Only after did I notice I went directly into evacuation mode and didn’t think of a thing.

Next: 4 Obstacles to Decluttering and How to Beat Them

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10 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You're Traveling

Even if your trip prep record is a mile, taking the time to go through a few additional actions to ensure your property is well cared for can bring a lot of peace of mind. Installing a house security system might be the very first thing you think of, but there are plenty of smaller measures you can take that are equally (or even more) effective in deterring theft.

Here are 10 things you can do to ensure your house is safe and sound, and also you are able to enjoy your trip without worry.

Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

1. Tell neighbors you’ll be away. Even when you rarely talk with your neighbors, then it’s very important to provide them a heads-up when you are leaving town for a week or even longer. If you have a fantastic relationship with a neighbor, think about leaving a copy of your key in case of emergency — or at least your contact information as you’re away and the phone number of someone locally who has a key.

Consider twice, however, before sharing particular details about your trip on social media or via a site. I know plenty of people do, and nothing comes of it, but file this under “Better safe than sorry.”

Susan Teare

2. Use light timers and motion detectors. Giving the impression that your house is occupied is one of the surest ways to discourage theft. Pick up a basic light timer at the hardware store and program your inside lights to flick on for several hours every evening — you can also place the TV to turn on too.

If you don’t have motion-sensitive lights outside (front, side and back), consider installing them until you leave. If you already have them, then make sure the bulbs work until you proceed.

3. Employ a pet sitter or house sitter. Better than creating the appearance of someone staying in the home is someone really remaining in the home. Hiring a pet sitter to stop by once or twice each day is a intelligent choice. Not only will your pet be happier at home than at a kennel, however, your home will be looked after too — most pet sitters will gladly bring in the mail and water several crops.

No pets? Consider doing a swap with a friend or relative in the area — he or she watches your home this moment, and you return the favor later on. Or hire a professional house sitter.

Arrowsmith Forge

4. Lock up. It sounds almost too simple to mention. But really, it’s all too easy to neglect to latch all of those less frequently used doors and windows in the rush to grab a plane. Compose a big note and stick it close to your car keys as a reminder to perform a comprehensive lockup before leaving.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

5. Secure sliding glass. Sliding glass doors and windows require particular care to be really secure. Luckily the fix is an easy one; just cut a wooden pole or thick dowel to fit in the groove of these tracks once the door is closed, and put it in until you leave. This will not stop someone from shattering the glass, but it will make your house a less desirable goal.

Debora carl landscape layout

6. Maintain the look of routines. If you’ll be away for more than a week, see if one of your neighbors can deliver your garbage and recycling bins outside to you and back within the following moment.

Additionally, do not let mail pile up on the porch; have the postal service hold your mail for up to 30 days instead. You can fill out the form online here, and that means you don’t even need to step foot at the post office in this hectic time. Likewise for newspapers — contact your newspaper carrier to suspend service when you are gone.

TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+Builders

7. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed for visibility. Make it more difficult for a person to break in unnoticed by keeping trees and hedges trimmed back. Ideally, all doors and windows should be visible, with little room for a individual to duck down and hide.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

8. Keep this snow or lawn service coming. Not just is it a relief to come home to a shoveled route and tidy lawn, but keeping up a normal amount of maintenance will help give your home a lived-in look as you are gone.

Taste Design Inc

9. Move valuables away from windows. You may choose to leave a few colors open, since it can look rather odd to see a home all closed up if that is not your norm. But, do be mindful of what is visible from those open colors when someone is peering in from the exterior. Laptops, flat-screen TVs and other expensive gear within reach of a window create an easy mark for a smash-and-grab-type burglar.

RTA Studio Residential Architects

10. Ask a person to check in every now and then. If you don’t have a home sitter (or especially conscientious neighbors), ask someone you know to at least drive by every now and again to ensure everything is OK. Give this friend a secret so he or she can throw any packages or flyers from the porch within the doorway. Remember, even if you have the postal service hold your email, you might still receive packages from other carriers.

And if you reside in a cold area, it’s a good idea to have a friend come by to flush toilets and operate the taps every now and again to check for and prevent freezing pipes.

More: How to use technology to Receive stolen valuables back

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How to Get That Earthy-Chic Look

What is earthy chic? It’s a bright space full of wood and neutral tones. It’s modern and tasty, but not cold. It depends upon sunlight and lots of white and the beauty of the natural world.

The five components for creating an earthy-chic room include:

1. Exposed wood. It can be beams, walls, flooring or details, but it always shows that the grain. And also a pure edge is much better.
2. Natural lighting. Big windows with minimal coverings. Outside is frequently as vital as indoors in an earthy chic room.
3. Neutral colours. Whites, grays, browns and tans, all of them light and reflective.
4. Clean lines and no clutter. Earthy chic is all about showing off the materials, not the collections.
5. Where there are patterns, they are ancient and traditional. Navajo blankets, ikats, suzanis, Indian block prints or African fabrics.

Much like any design style, this appearance is open to interpretation and character. Here are 14 beautiful models of earthy chic.

Jagoda Architecture

A strip of horizontal wood paneling gives this space interest, warmth and major design cachet. And notice the windows no coverings.

Robert Young Architects

This one has everything: white walls, natural lighting, clean lines and big windows. But it would be just another empty modern space it it were not for the wall paneled in weathered grey wood.

Woodmeister Master Builders

This modern eclectic room gets its earthy-chic vibe from the driftwood mantel and all that white.

Jennie Hunt

Where there are knickknacks, they are natural: timber, pods, bones, stones, fishes and shells.

Cornerstone Architects

An accent wall of horizontal wood gives this spare, bright and neutral room a cozy modern cottage vibe.

Risinger Homes

Earthy elegant can be more traditional, also. The neutral, earth-tone palette functions beautifully with a couple ornate pieces and a traditional design.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

This fantastic room is hot and modern, created earthy with exposed wood beams, a neutral palette and all that organic lighting.

Jute Interior Design

This is modern farmhouse style with an earthy-chic flair. Every material used in here is organic. And what’s set off beautifully by the vanilla-white walls.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Shade is not verboten within an earthy-chic room. It just has to be a colour you might readily see in character, such as lavender.

Blackband Design

A cozy, multipatterned space with lots of wood and white. It has depth and lots of character, but it’s totally earthy chic.

This huge modern bedroom has all the ideal stuff, including a cowhide area rug. What could be more earthy than an animal skin?

Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Ltd.. Architects

This sauna-like bathroom is spare and clean and seems like a spa.

Buttrick Wong Architects

Touches of timber within an otherwise white and geometric bathroom add interest. The beautiful organic line of natural-edge timber is always one of a kind.


A concentrate on the outside and natural lighting. This opinion is almost like a mural.

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Show Us Your Thanksgiving Table Decor!

All right, ers, today that the U.S. election insanity is over we can concentrate on things that are more fun, like decorating our Thanksgiving tables. For me, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the goofy pilgrim and turkey candles we’ve put on the table and never lit for decades.

What about you personally? What kind of traditions do you take out on Thanksgiving? Have you got chosen heirlooms or goofy candles, too? Have you picked up new ideas you’re going to be trying this year? Have you got a great chance of your handiwork from this past year?

Post your best Thanksgiving table photo from the Remarks section at the end of this narrative. Whether it’s the centerpiece you’re most proud of, a display on the buffet, or your full tablescape, we would like to watch it.

Tucker & Marks

Utilizing solid colors and light linens allows the beautiful glassware take the show.

Protea pin cushion blossoms in tiny vases decorate each place setting, and succulents bring their sculptural shapes to the centerpiece.

Jennifer Grey Color Specialist & Interiors Design

A Thanksgiving centerpiece does not have to be in bloom. Here, a classic pewter tray and mercury glass figures surrounded by pinecones twists traditions.

Paul Moon Design

If tablecloths are not something, placemats and a table runner are options that protect your table while adding color and feel to the setting.

Inform us Will you be going conventional, minimalist, or someplace in between this year? Share a picture of your best Thanksgiving tabletop decorating idea from the Remarks section below. Your photo could end up on our homepage!

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When to Paint Your Home Yellow

Thinking of creating your home’s exterior shade evoke summertime and sun? Then consider yellowish. Which range from earth and soft toned to more electrical and brash, yellow serves a home’s exterior well. Whether they’re set off by winter snow and gray skies or summer’s green landscape and blue skies, yellowish houses make their existence known.

I discover that the color yellow is best employed for traditional-style houses. In the more ocher yellows of stuccoed exteriors on Tuscan villas into the bright, almost neon palette of several 19th-century exteriors, yellow keeps a house warm, cheerful and welcoming.

So let’s leave whitened to those many logical and platonic of dwelling designs, such as colonial and modernist, and research utilizing some yellow.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

Bright, contrasting trim accentuates a yellowish exterior so the eye can dance around, picking up information here and there.

Gaulhofer Windows

A yellow body functions for a house. Add some burnt oranges and classic reds, and you will have the makings of a warm and inviting outside. Yellow also functions as a nice match to green landscaping.

Yellow, a vibrant color to start with, gets more energy when combined with contrasting trim colors. Dark brown stains for wood doors and windows as well as accents in bright blues or greens will enliven the outside.

Siemasko + Verbridge

Yellow also works well when the house has a conventional form while incorporating more contemporary and minimalist details. A soft yellowish makes large masses of simple, nearly Monopoly-like forms appear less stiff.

RTA Studio Residential Architects

Yellow is also an superb option for a board and batten home. Reminiscent of farmhouses and a rural landscape, yellowish gives the home some stature and definition while still being homey and inviting.

Cobb Architects

A really wonderful color palette for the tropics is a gentle yellow home set against a lush green landscape and glowing, painterly skies. In reality, tropical lighting enriches the yellow, turning the color almost golden.

Knight Architects LLC

Colors may also be used to break up and scale down the overall size of a house. The mixture of a soft yellow body, white trim and dark accents keeps this massive home from being overwhelming.

David Gauld Architect

And yellowish, especially in its more color that is electrical, can be a great deal of fun. While this may not be the color of choice for a very large residence, it can surely get the job done well on a bigger, more two-dimensional construction.

Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc..

While yellow is not the preferred option of modernism, there are instances in which it’s the correct color. (Yes, there are exceptions that prove the rule) So in the right setting and with the right material options, such as wood and stucco with large expanses of glass, a gentle, more earth-toneCan we get yellowish is highly appropriate.

Show us Do you have a yellow home? Please share your photograph below!

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Trifid Foot

Just like a three-toed paw, a trifid ft has animal-like toes, or lobes, and is found at the base of many standard furniture pieces. “Tri” means”three,” hence the trifid foot has three split or clefted areas. Feet on furniture turned into a favorite 18th-century style attribute.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Furniture from the Queen Anne or Chippendale style generally has trifid feet or some variation of it.

Susan Corry Design

A trifid foot is also called a drake foot, since it is much like the foot of a man duck.

D.schmunk interior design services

The claw foot foot of Victorian baths are variations of trifid feet. Claw and ball, Dutch and bun feet are other variations.

Farinelli Construction, Inc..

Cabriole legs have been curving legs atop trifid feet.

Susan Corry Design

The arms of this upholstered seat have a trifid detail.

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20 Fantasyland Dining Room Designs That Delight

Although a lot people don’t use our dining rooms frequently (I am more of a sofa and coffee table gal myself), the area still wants to be bold and exciting. For October’s Serving Up Style 2012 fundraising event in Portland, Oregon, 20 designers generated spaces which practically kick you off the sofa. By a hot air balloon into a Lego sculpture into a reinvented retro design, over-the-top elements figured in every one of those inspirational dining rooms.

Tell us Which of those spaces is your favorite? Let us know by voting for the People’s Choice winner. The deadline is seven p.m. Pacific Standard Time, October 7, 2012. (Click on the first photo to see a slideshow.)

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

La Vie Bohéme
Design team: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

An exaggerated chevron design made of sticky notes, lighting fixtures fashioned from water bottles, and a Lego rhino head offset a sleek Saarinen table in this dining room. Inspired by a contemporary and affordable spin on the bohemian way of life, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design made a sudden space that will feel at home in Paris’ ninth arrondissement.

Suggested menu: Tandoori fish taco with curried potato and peas samosa.

Abode Design

Boho Artistry
Design team: Rejuvenation and Abode Layout

Inspired by the forward thinking of the 1960s, this design team developed a space that could host your favorite Mad Men. Curated having an imaginary world traveler and artist as its owner, the room’s gallery wall and treasures (such as the blue classic Blenko table lamps) provide it personal and diverse taste.

Suggested menu: Meatloaf, peas and Jell-o salad.

Diane Keaton Interiors

Breakfast in Bed
Design team: Diane Keaton Interiors

When designer Diane Keaton found a sizable, soothing beachfront photo to fill this space’s doorway (at left), she didn’t see it accompanying a normal dining table and chairs. Instead she envisioned a romantic breakfast in bed, using a door opening into a clear view of the beach.

Suggested menu: Champagne, fresh fruit, croissants.

Jason Ball Interiors, LLC

RetrØ 12: Yesterday Once More
Design team: Jason Ball Interiors

This design team based this chamber on the query, What will 1970s design look like when the ’70s took place today? Using today’s stuff, technologies and design fashions, Jason Ball Interiors reinterpreted the expression of a 1970s dining room. A classic console outfitted with an LCD TV, a stereo console having an iPod dock and wood paneling unite to recreate a retro look for a modern family.

Suggested menu: A family breakfast to begin the day off right.

CoCo Designs

A Penny for Your Thoughts
Design team: CoCo Designs

Part abstract painting, part bold dining room, Coco Designs utilized the tiled outside of the Museo Soumayo in Mexico City as inspiration for this particular half wall tiled with pennies. The remaining portion of the design facilities around the painting of a lady, resulting in a room which can thankfully host guests with a daring sense of style.

Suggested menu: Filet mignon, an aged cognac and a badly decadent dessert.

Urban I.D. Interior Design Services

Dinner at Tiffany’s
Design team: Urban I.D.

Though Holly Golightly dreamed of a luxurious life in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she regularly resorted to eating her simple breakfast in front of Tiffany’s. Urban I.D. made an elegant dining room — complete with an Audrey Hepburn portrait — which will fulfill all Holly’s dreams.

Suggested menu: Anything from herb-crusted pork with sautéed veggies and flambé, to weekday meals of pasta and salad.

Ida York Interior Design

Where to Next?
Design team: Ida York Interior Design

Envisioned as a luxury hot air balloon basket, this space permits guests to envision themselves eating a picnic meal in a starry sky. Luxurious components put together by Ida York Interior Design communicate this theme, such as wicker chairs instead of a picnic basket and an animal hide to substitute the blanket.

Suggested menu: A picnic meal of exotic cheese and fresh fruits paired with the wines that are perfect.

J. Myers & Associates

Smell, Sip, Smile …
Design team: J. Myers & Associates

For most food and wine lovers, the ultimate meal would happen at a beautiful winery. J. Myers & Associates used that experience as the beginning point for this particular room, considering how a fantastic winemaker preps the food while the guests see, sip wine and respect the vineyard view.

Suggested menu: A seasonal and local farm-to-table meal.

Interiors by Blackwood

Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?
Design team: Interiors by Blackwood

Named after a publication the designer had when she was young, this chamber brings magical castle ruins to life, complete with a starlit picnic feast and clouds of delicate artificial butterflies.

Suggested menu: French bread, fine meats, cheeses, fruit and wine or champagne.

Art Institute of Portland

An Appetite for Wonder
Design team: The Art Institute of Portland’s Interior Design Program, supplied by Ikea Portland

A host in this room are more likely to serve cake compared to steak for dinner. The team from the Art Institute of Portland designed it as a child’s fort under the table. An additional version of fuzzy grown-up legs sits just to the right of the room. A swing serves as the head of the desk, while plush blankets and sheepskins make it possible for children to eat around the ground.

Suggested menu: Cake for dinner. Or some other food item that is fun to play with, such as mashed potatoes.

Modurne Fine Furnishings & Funktional Interiors

Jane + Tarzan’s Hollywood Retreat
Design team: Modurne Fine Furnishings + Funktional Interiors

After finding an amazing leopard and zebra tea collection, Modurne Fine Furnishings wanted a room to match. A sophisticated “Hollywoodland” glamorous version of Jane and Tarzan seemed to fit the bill. Black and white chevron-painted floors and walls function as a contemporary interpretation of a zebra print, while a custom “Hollywoodland” print generates the ideal view.

Suggested menu: Steak tartare and bananas flambé.

Terrance Mason Interiors

Lost & Crowned
Design team: Terrance Mason Interiors

Terrance Mason found himself intrigued by the concept of objects with past lives and their related stories, and designed this decadent dining room round the one-of-a-kind classic wooden cog chandelier. Old papers serve as custom wallpaper, giving the space a storied sense.

Suggested menu: A luxurious meal of pheasant, lobsters and anything else that is decadent

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

The Fine Art of Dining
Design team: Pangaea Interior Design

Pangea Interior Design combined painting, sculpture, food and lighting as a representation of the fusion of the arts, emphasizing that art isn’t just what ends up in a museum. The colour palette, design and tablescape all ring back into one of those designer’s own acrylic paintings on the far wall.

Suggested menu: An Oregon pinot noir, grilled salmon with a cherry decrease, mashed potatoes and toasted hazelnuts. For dessert chocolate truffles.


Sustainable Lifescape: Changing the Conversation, Artful Living Without Extra
Design team: LooptWorks

True to its Portland origins, LooptWorks designed a dining room that reflects preservation by using upcycled, reclaimed or salvaged materials. While the team wanted to define the room with partitions, they didn’t wish to squander gutters, so they found utilized drywall from demolished jobs.

Suggested menu: Field-to-table fresh, organic, healthy and flavorful food. Everything should be seasonal, renewable and from local farmer’s markets.

Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design

Merry Marry!
Design team: Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design

Imagine an impromptu proposal near the peak of a Ferris wheel — how do you want to observe afterward? This scene ordered the design for designer Wendy O’Brien’s dining room. The team went with a Victorian-chic colour scheme and mimicked the motion of carnival rides with carousel horses in varying heights.

Suggested menu: A toast with Dom Perignon and a primary course of poached salmon with mousseline sauce and pineapple and lobster croquettes, followed with a swirled cotton candies and chocolate wedding cake with buttercream frosting for dessert.

JQ Design

Beyond Nourishment
Design team: JQ Jonquil-Design

JQ Jonquil-Design infused this dining room with tree-inspired shapes in a variety of materials. With a chandelier as the headboard, the room’s decor reflects in the windows, doors and mirror, enhancing each bit’s visual impact.

Suggested menu: Mint juleps with quartz-crystal-shaped ice cubes, and a meal made out of all-fresh produce.

Digs inside & outside

Michaelmas: The Fall Festival of St. Michael
Design team: digs indoors & out

As fans of Jane Austen’s work, the designers at digs indoors & out created a room which would honor the writer’s references to the festival of St. Michael and the arrival of the fall harvest. After finding the slightly spooky infant doll sconces and bold orange velvet chairs, the team featured their love of all things orange, comfy and fall related into this area.

Suggested menu: A conventional Michaelmas feast of roast goose, wild carrots, fresh baked bread and punch.

Stated Interior Design

Once Upon a Time …
Design team: stated Interior Design

Rustic and dark, this room’s design investigates the bizarre world of children’s fairy tales. Dark and dreamy portraits by Portland photographer Kim Campbell set the tone, while a rustic table setting and dinnerware communicate the forest settings of youth tales.

Suggested menu: Straightforward roasted chicken, potatoes, fresh green salad, bread and a bottle of French wine. For dessert, a rustic apple tart.

The Room Stylers, LLC

Nature’s Sky Box: Where City Chic Meets Rural Rustic
Design team: The Room Stylers with Anne Runde Interiors and Everyday Styling

This style team needed their space to catch the essence of what makes Portland a Fantastic place to live. Repurposed pallet boards and reclaimed decking replicate a dedication to green dwelling, veggies from the designers’ gardens signify a love of local foods, and a tasteful mirror on a mural of the Portland skyline highlights the city’s urban nightlife.

Suggested menu: Hazelnut-crusted Dungeness crabcakes with grilled root vegetables, garden greens with fresh raspberry puree and butternut squash soup, and poached pears Moonstruck dark chocolate.

Dyer Studio Inc..

Annica: The Buddhist Concept of Impermanence
Design team: Stephanie Dyer Interior + Product Layout with Harding Construction

The saturated blue hues, gold accents and angled walls in this stunning space cover tribute to the designer’s reflection on life’s impermanence — an element of Buddhism that is comforted her through tough times. Deep blues represent despair, whilst gold represents hope. The poufs and low chairs floor the blurred visual lines between the ground and the low table, while a well-dressed mannequin reflects the more couture side of the room.

Suggested menu: A searchable seasonal menu based on sudden flavor pairings and many communal dishes which promote parties to consume together.

Event info: Serving Up Design is a fundraising event and design showcase at the Yearly Portland Fall Home & Garden Show. Proceeds benefit Molly’s Fund Struggling Lupus.

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Transparency Guides That a Woodland Home

Two quite detail-oriented clients dwelt in this midcentury modern house for decades, contemplating how they’d love to remodel, completing a comprehensive search for an architect and mentally preparing for the huge job.

They discovered Nils Finne, an architect who enjoys taking advantage of the technology available in Seattle to create complex details for his layouts. Finne is a believer in sustainable design, especially “rightsizing,” as well as in creating a design that will endure the test of time and utilizing natural light. The resulting collaboration is a home that respects the first structure, adopts its coastal setting, functions for its residents’ lifestyle and is at the same time warm and modern.

at a Glance
Location: Lake Forest, Washington (about 25 miles from Seattle)
Size: 2 bedrooms, two baths
Year redesign completed: 2010

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One of the main aims was to make transparency between the inside and the 4-acre wooded parcel around it. “Natural light is critical to my projects,” states Finne. “Especially here in the Pacific Northwest, natural light is a valuable commodity.” New windows, a new front door and a row of clerestory windows allow in as much light as possible.

Before Photo

BEFORE: Here is the same view as from the previous photo, before the renovation. “We really had a larger extent when we began the job than we wound up completing,” states Finne. “Originally, we needed a distinct garage/guest room structure from the plans, but when forced to choose due to budget limitations, they chose high levels of craftsmanship and details over having more house.” The present carport was enhanced and included, and the initial footprint didn’t gain an inch.

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Finne eliminated a powder room to start the entryway.

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“I wanted the front door to serve as a visual stopping thing,” states Finne. He designed a woven-like pattern from Douglas fir and satin-edge glass. The doorway’s intricate details foreshadow what is inside.

“I couldn’t dream of crafting all these details without the complex, cutting edge fabricators and machine stores which are characteristic of Seattle,” he states. Finne dubs his strategy “crafted modernism — the enrichment of a modernist aesthetic with highly personal, crafted substances and items.”

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“I frequently push my clients to provide up space by combining rooms,” states Finne. “For example, having a family room where everyone hangs out and a formal living room no one ever uses is a waste of space”

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A well-concealed TV signifies the living area and the family room no longer have to be separate spaces. Finne designed this custom made cabinet with flat doors which slide back to show the plasma display and a very long vertical part on the left to maintain a speaker.

The timber dividers have a scoop-carved pattern Finne designed that has been implemented with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. The pattern is repeated creating persistence.

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Architectural details throughout the house include cherry cabinets, stained Douglas fir window trim, first hemlock ceilings and fir beams. Weathered steel covers the wall on the left side. “It is kind of a homemade Cor-Ten,” states Finne, laughing. “We let it rust outside and saved some cash.”

Finne designed the chandelier over the dining table with 33-inch tubes of cut glass.

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Built-in storage saves space in the dining area. The carved wood details continue along these drawers; Finne was cautious to use the pattern in the ideal dosage. “The pattern is 12 inches high. I love to integrate large, flat surfaces to give relief,” he states. From the dining area, he used resin panels.

Before Photo

BEFORE: The first kitchen was filled with hot timber, but it felt dark and cramped.

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Is the terrazzo. As opposed to trying to match it exactly, Finne added a darker terrazzo for contrast. Further down the hallway he used a mottled concrete flooring stained to resemble the original terrazzo.

Finne also designed the stools, which unite hard-edged wrought iron steel with handwoven rush seats.

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Finne enlisted a local glass studio to kiln-fire shards of Starphire glass into a 1-inch-thick breakfast bar. Starphire is a new low-iron glass the less iron, the less of a green hue glass has.

“The glass has a Milky Way–such as wispy pattern for it,” states Finne. “The glass becomes magical when you turn on the uplights.”

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The master suite proceeds the feeling of transparency between the house and the forests.

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“I wanted bathing to feel quite au naturel, full of light, almost primeval … as if you’re bathing outside in the forests,” he states.

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Finne’s scooped wood pattern reappears on the cantilevered vanity. The floors and countertops are limestone, the shower door is Starphire glass along with the pendant lights are all by Bruck.

Go ahead and do a double take at this photo; will you tell where the mirrors over the vanity end and the glass begins?

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Lake Forest Park Renovation

If looking at the master bath pictures made you be worried about peeping Toms, don’t worry. A 1/4-inch-thick custom made metal valence camouflages the toilet window’s extensive shades. “I am always interested in taking a cold, industrial material such as steel and employing cutting-edge technologies to transform it into something organic,” Finne states. “This pattern is lyrical and fragile; the steel is no longer industrial and cold”

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A sliding patterned glass panel divides the master bedroom from the hallway. Finne drew the pattern freehand with a pen, then digitized it and had it transfered into a film for its glass. The pattern is thickest at the bottom and lightens up as it moves higher.

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The glass panels allow the room to receive natural light from different areas of the house while still closing it off. Finne additionally added fir into the ceilings which were not covered in timber.

The completed renovations maintain the soul of their first structure living while strengthening a poetic connection between the home and its particular environment.

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