If we whispered that Nescafe was our cottage 'wood stain' of choice, would you rush to put the kettle on? Confused? Well don't be. But coffee -- as wood stain? Bizarre as it sounds, it's not quite the unusual proposition you might initially think.
There will always be a place for tasteful taxidermy in a rustic space -- a skull, a pair of antlers -- but ditch decoupage, glitter, or paper mache animal heads. They're fun and trendy now, but when have you ever seen a pink glittered deer in the wild?
And now it's time to tackle the first task: paint!
If you've taken the Design Valentine quiz, you've been matched with an iconic designer who makes your heart sing. Ready to take the plunge and invest in some designer home decor created by your Valentine?
Lighten up, for God's sake. Give your house a break. It's a basic decorating principle: good lighting will make or break your project. Set mood incorrectly, and you'll forever languish in under- or over-lit spaces.
My boyfriend (and now legally married boyfriend) Joey and I just bought our first house in the Los Angeles area. I'm very excited to share with you the first episode of OMG We Bought A House! -- a series Joey and I are doing about buying, renovating, moving in and decorating our first home.
It's all very well being inspired by Thailand and adding Asian influences via sand-coloured walls (rather than actual sand on the floor) or adding medieval tapestry cushions (rather than create a Robin Hood fortress) but you have to ensure you don't go too far.
Colin and Justin cast a queer eye for the straight guy by encouraging Canadian dudes to make design decisions and create the perfect man cave. Every dude, regardless of station, needs a special place unto which he -- YOU -- can retreat. Whether somewhere to disappear in solitude, or a sharing place to watch hockey, doesn't every super hero need a secret lair?
What's your favourite colour? Red? Green? Pink? Well, if certain academics are to be believed, you're already predisposed, from the moment of conception, to enjoying particular tones. Genetic programming aside, here's a peek at what colour can actually do for your psyche and some advice, to boot, on how to use colour to get the best from your environment.
Taking your visions and inspirations from abstract to a more tangible concept will help you understand what works with what and, most importantly, how they holistically create your space and style.
Don't go overboard with too many garlands everywhere -- remember it's Christmas time, NOT camouflage time! As is often the case, less is more, so spend time and money on a well dressed tree or some tasteful accessories that will enhance your existing décor rather than compete with it.
The ecommerce paradigm, which changed during the Internet boom of the 1990s, has accelerated the past five years with social media. Today, it's gainin...
Whether evil exists is open to debate but, in a design context, it's certainly prevalent. And it's a determined force -- each time we arrange an exorcism by paintbrush, dodgy decor returns in another guise, in another room, in another house.
Some of our best friends, you see, are straight. And some of them, we should report, are very stylish. The following epistle, therefore, is simply a quick fix master class for those who feel their style gene is somewhat compromised. Think of us as wing men. Fabulous -- if often fey -- fixers.
And how she figured it out the hard way.
Traveling the world is great, but bringing your experience into your home may not be.