Designer Lookbook: Brooke Wagner Design's Beachfront Beauty

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Located in the beachfront neighborhood Corona del Mar Village in Newport Beach, CA , this contemporary three-story home takes inspiration from its seaside setting with a color palette of soothing neutrals and blues paired with natural finishes. Designed by Christopher Brandon with Brandon Architects and built by Patterson Custom Homes , the spec home was purchased early in the construction … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Urban Dwellings' Breezy Maine Remodel

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Only one thing really mattered to the young family who tapped Urban Dwellings , a New England design firm, to upgrade their late-1960s ranch house: killer views of the water. “They were living in a house that was very dated, and views were blocked at all possible points,” recalls founder and lead designer Tracy Davis, who spent eight months on … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Marc-Michaels Creates Stylish Minimalism

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The team at Marc-Michaels Interior Design knows how to create stunning spaces – even when the objective is to keep the space simple. Senior Marc-Michaels designers Jessica Lee and Rachel Ortiz share the elements they used to give this new construction, mid-century modern-inspired Florida residence a minimalist feel without sacrificing style. A neutral palette The owner and builder of this home had a … Read More

Textiles, Plants and Fringe: How to Go Full-on Bohemian in Your Home

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It seems like every other magazine and catalog I’ve received is touting “new bohemian” style; I haven’t seen those words used so much since Edie Brickell & New Bohemians topped the charts with “What I Am” in 1988. Even the most buttoned-up brands like Great Britain’s Burberry and usually all-American Ralph Lauren celebrated boho-spirit throwbacks in new ways. Some hear … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Ryan White's Los Feliz Modern Makeover

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The mission was simple: Transform a run-down 1930s Los Feliz, CA craftsman into a modern-day dream home fit for a young family. Los Angeles interior designer Ryan White was up for the challenge, especially because he agreed with developers Jamie Davis and Jonathan Nash of W One Properties that the house should retain its old-fashioned charm. The design team: Jonathan Nash, Ryan … Read More

Spectacular Solariums and Sun Rooms Let in the Light

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Sun rooms, solariums, skylights – oh my! While the terminology can be confusing, these rooms designed to offer indoor sunbathing have similar qualities, and are great for any type of home environment. If your climate doesn’t offer year-round sun, you can still enjoy the outdoors by adding a sun room or solarium addition to your space. What’s the difference? A … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Kari Whitman Uses Metal to Create a High-Style Look

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Designer to the stars Kari Whitman is having a love affair with metal. She uses it in her own homes, and she takes it to the homes of her clients, who include Hollywood A-listers like Jessica Alba, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas and Kristen Bell. “What I love is that [metal] seems very timeless,” Whitman says. “You can put it anywhere, … Read More

Get Rich Quick: Decorating With Jewel Tones

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While we still love a neutral color palette and subtle accents, the design world is going crazy over rich jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, and fuchsia. Jewel tones are most often used as accents to a neutral color palette  in the form of an accent wall, a few throw pillows on the couch, or a brightly colored picture frame. In … Read More

How to Create a Floor Plan Before You Move Into Your New Home

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It is essential to create a floor plan for your new home BEFORE you move. Designing a floor plan is a to-do that is frequently overlooked. Not only is it the step that saves you money on moving day, it also transforms a new house into your new home. If you have a plan for where each piece of furniture … Read More

5 Ways to Show Your Home Some Love

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Editor’s note:  Love is in the air. Why not part with tradition and observe Valentine’s Day in a way that also involves your home?  After all, home is where the heart is. Sure, you could make reservations. But maybe the ultimate in romance is a candlelit evening at home. And those long-stemmed red roses have their appeal, but what about … Read More