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The Challenge: We asked two designers to create a dream bathroom featuring stunning tile selections from Fifth and Fir and trendy lighting selections from Union Lighting & Furnishings. Vote for your favorite today for a chance to win a $ 500 gift certificate from Union Lighting & Furnishings!

Kim’s Sophisticated Bathroom Design Board

My ideal bathroom is an oasis of serene sophistication anchored by a showpiece double vanity in glossy black. The quiet gray walls, a bold aloe triptych and timeless jute baskets lend a calming natural touch to the urban cool of the black and white palette. The lattice theme of the natural stone flooring by Fifth and Fir is echoed by a cubist-inspired aged iron chandelier centered over the luxurious lines of the deep white soaker tub. – Click here for more information and sources.

Karla’s Dramatic Bathroom Design Board

This bathroom is fresh and textural with hints of playfulness. You can recreate this look by choosing a graphic, bold tile and highlighting it in one area (like the floor or wall) then choosing softer textural elements such as wood and light colored stone. Remember that lighting really is the jewelry of the space and a hint of black sprinkled in always grounds the room. – Click here for more information and sources.

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In the realm of design and editing tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is king, but it’s also famously complex. For those of us looking to create eye-pleasing designs without a major learning curve, PixTeller Pro is a solid alternative.

PixTeller Pro makes it easy to create professional level content or buff up your social media selfies. Featuring 74,000 pre-made designs, 1.5 million photos, and 100,000 shapes, you can also add a gradient and change your image’s dimensions with the clipping-crop function.

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HANEY Is Seeking Design, Production And Sales Interns In Los Angeles

HANEY is a Los Angeles based ready-to-wear label launched in 2013 by former celebrity stylist and fashion editor, Mary Alice Haney. While studying at Parson’s School of Design in Paris, Mary Alice began her career working for Harper’s Bazaar. She also earned an MFA from the American Film Institute. …

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Sarah’s Industrial Meets Modern Dining Room Design Board

For this design board, I wanted to show a classic industrial look with a modern twist.The Splendour Brick Wall wallpaper from Prime Walls creates that “brick on the wall” era look. I choose a chandelier with a rustic, traditional style and a table with a strong industrial feel and then brought in modern chairs, lux fabrics and gold details to give the room an updated style with plenty of sophistication!

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Negar’s Versatile Powder Room Design Board

A modern look with light flooring and dark frames.

Light and playful, this small powder room takes inspiration from nature for a well-balanced and harmonious design. The design is so versatile that this powder room could be part of a cottage OR a transitional/ semi-traditional home! The console sink with chrome legs is modern take on a traditional piece. Combining that with a clean-line and square profile fixture creates a fresh and timeless design. The modernized vintage-style wall lights and large mirror with shiny chrome trim add sparkle and understated elegance to the space. The Amelie tree trunk wallpaper ties in beautifully with a rustic handmade basket and wild flowers in the vase, adding an organic touch to the space.

For a more eclectic look, choose darker flooring with lighter frames.

The design can be pulled together with reclaimed wood floors for a more eclectic look or bleached herringbone oak floors for a more modern look. You can change your picture frames to fit each look better!

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Indonesia’s first Islamic fashion school teaches modest design

BANDUNG, Indonesia — Indonesia’s first Islamic fashion school is teaching students in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country the usual skills of design, styling and marketing — but with a religion-specific twist. Growing demand for Islamic apparel has produced variations on traditional headscarves and long, flowing dresses for women, while men are targeted with robes or…
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Why the iPhone X notch design looks better than Android copycats

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When Apple first introduced the iPhone X, the design was met with its fair share of controversy. Though everyone appreciated the device’s edgeless display, it was hard for many people to wrap their minds around the unseemly notch. Sure, there was no way for Apple to embed the device’s video and Face ID components underneath the display, but many wondered why Apple simply didn’t choose to hide the notch by making the flaps to the left and right of the image sensor black. Instead, Apple all but instructed developers and users to fully embrace the notch.

A week or two after its release, it became overwhelmingly clear that the uproar surrounding the iPhone X notch was overblown. For a vast majority of users, the notch, though perhaps annoying at first, quickly faded into the background and became a non-factor. Before long, we even started seeing a slew of Android handset manufacturers start to copy the iPhone X design, right down to the notch itself. To this point, just a few weeks ago a photo featuring 20 Android handsets with iPhone X-style notch designs began making the rounds.

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HTC U12+ hands-on preview: See-through design, pressure-sensitive sides, serious specs

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At the very least, HTC won’t be accused of jumping on any bandwagons when it comes to the design of its 2018 flagship smartphone. Confusing called the HTC U12+ (there is no U12), the newest phone from HTC doesn’t really stand out. Although HTC has upped the size from 5.8 inches to 6 inches, the phone retains both a forehead and a chin, unlike many of the all-screen phones that its rivals have introduced (i.e. the iPhone X).

That said, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the U12+, which allows HTC to offer a slightly larger screen-to-body ratio, and dual cameras can be found on the front and back. So while it doesn’t look quite as modern as its competition, it won’t totally stand out in the crowd… for better or worse.

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DESIGN 411 with Designer Christine Da Costa

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QUESTIONS A DESIGNER OR DECORATOR MAY ASK AT THE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

When planning a home renovation or decorating project, the first step is an in-home consultation with an interior designer or decorator. To ensure this meeting goes smoothly, here are a few questions you should be prepared to answer.

DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

  • What space are you considering a redesign or renovation for?
  • What is your ideal timeline?
  • What is your budget?
  • What do you like most and least about the space?
  • How do you want this room to feel or look when renovated?
  • Are there specific activities or functions you need or want this room to do?

PREFERENCES AND PERSONALITY

  • What family members reside in the home now or in the near future?
  • Do you plan on living in this home/condo for a short time or long term?
  • Do you have furniture pieces that you would like to keep?
  • What design style do you prefer?
  • What is your personal style?
  • What colors do you wear or gravitate to?

These questions will help the designer better understand your goals and objectives for the project. Clear communication will go a long way toward ensuring your vision is achieved on time and on budget. – Text by Christine Da Costa

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Fine art or daring design? 13 must-see new galleries and museums in Europe

Gallery launches and long-awaited reopenings of some of Europe’s famous museums are taking place at many great city-break destinations this year

A vast new – and, as the name suggests, block-shaped – building on Copenhagen’s harbour, the Blox complex is scheduled to open later this spring and house everything from homes to restaurants and an outdoor space for cultural events. Blox will also be the new home of the Danish Architecture Centre, which will host exhibitions on urban development, architecture and design.
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The Design Challenge: We asked two designers to create a modern space using popular pieces from the SwitzerCultCreative design collections.

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Kim Bartley’s Miami Meets Mid-Century Dining Room

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This dining room emanates a Miami meets mid-century vibe. The black and white palm wallpaper packs a punch with it’s modern tropical design. The dining room table and chairs sit perfectly atop a dark heirloom disintegrated rug. Add some sparkle with a mirror and slim framed chandelier for a space that boasts an edgy look. Click here for more details!

Trish Knight’s Luxurious Living Room for Entertaining

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Every design has a starting point and this room was inspired by the walnut credenza, created by Sholto Design Studio to hold a cocktail bar, wine rack and turn table. White walls and Carrara marble paired with warm camel and gray tones, luxurious textures and layered lighting create a relaxing mood for this living space. Click here for more details!

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This new iPhone X clone gives us some clues about the OnePlus 6’s design

OnePlus 6 vs. iPhone X

In case you haven’t noticed, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the iPhone X clones, as countless Asian-based Android device-makers have already unveiled, or plan to soon launch, smartphones that have all-screen-with-notch designs.

Oppo, a major smartphone seller in China, but one not everybody is familiar with, just unveiled the Oppo R15, its first iPhone X clone. What’s so special about this phone? Well, we expect the OnePlus 6 to look a lot like the iPhone X, but also like this particular Oppo creation.

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Small Space Design Tips

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Design expert Tina Marie Singh of Lionsgate Design shares her favorite small space design tips with Canadian Home Trends Magazine (As Seen In Condo/New Build 2018).

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USE COLOR WISELY – Keep it light, especially when using a dark flooring material. Dark colors make a space feel a lot smaller but a light wall color will make the space feel open and airy.

HANG TALL CURTAINS – Place a drapery rod really close to the ceiling to make the ceiling appear higher.

ADD A MIRROR – A full-body mirror adds dimension and makes any small space appear much larger.

PULL FURNITURE AWAY FROM WALLS – Leaving a few inches between the wall and the back of your sofa, will make your living room look more open.

BRING IN A PLANT – Greenery makes even the smallest spaces feel fresher and lighter. If you don’t have room on the floor, try a hanging plant.

THROW IN SOME METALLICS – A shimmery lamp, light fixture, or object will have a similar effect as a mirror.

INVEST IN DUAL PURPOSE FURNITURE – Look for multiple uses in everything you buy. An ottoman is cozy, but one with hidden storage is even better.

OPT FOR AIRY PIECES – Instead of a solid-wood coffee table, choose a see-through acrylic one or a table with an open base.

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Design Tips for a Small Kitchen

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small kitchenWhen built with functionality in mind, a small kitchen can have the most amazing potential to feel endearing, charming, and perfectly compact. However, this isn’t always the case! Most times, functionality comes as an afterthought so a small kitchen can feel or seem claustrophobic and cluttered. So today, we’re going to help you make the most of your small kitchen and show you how to take advantage of this small but necessary space in your house!

1. Light Cabinets & Walls – Selecting light & bright colors like white, cream or soft beige for the color of your kitchen cabinets will help the space to feel bigger and more open. If you’re looking to add some color to your small kitchen why not add light accent walls or statement pieces like we incorporated into this kitchen?

2. Disguise Storage as Décor – One of the best ways to make your kitchen look & feel bigger is to eliminate clutter. The centre island of this kitchen houses a hidden dishwasher opposite the sink and much needed extra post and pans storage.

3. Opt for Open Shelving – De-cluttering can prove to be difficult when you don’t have adequate cabinet space. So why not opt for open shelving? Hang open shelves on the wall, however you must be sure to keep them tidy! A shallow plate rack over the bench seating in this kitchen adds to the charm of the space and provides extra storage for their good dishes! It serves as both storage and a decorative way to display kitchenware everyday!

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Broadway By Design: Scott Pask and Sarah Laux Bring THE BAND’S VISIT from Page to Stage

In Broadway by Design, BroadwayWorld is shining a spotlight on the stellar designs of this Broadway season, show by show. Today, we continue the series with Scott Pask and Sarah Laux, who acted as scenic and costume designers for Broadway’s moving new musical, The Band’s Visit.
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Woz explains the one aspect of the iPhone X design he can’t stand

iPhone X Complaints

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — a bona fide legend in Silicon Valley — has never been afraid to give the masses his unfiltered opinion on all things tech related. And though Woz made his name and fortune developing both the Apple I and Apple II decades ago, he has never been shy about calling out Apple whenever it thinks it veers too far off course.

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5 Essential Survival Tips for Home & Design Shows


Attending home and design shows can be simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting! There’s something to be said about embarking on a brand new renovation project, and home shows present the perfect opportunity to both pull design inspiration, and gain some much needed insight from industry insiders coming from a wide array of specialties!

On the other hand, while it may seem as though it can only be helpful to have leading experts at your fingertips, home shows can also result in a little bit of information overload!

We know you’ve been there. Coffee in one hand and tradeshow ticket in the other, while sheepishly overlooking the somewhat daunting convention centre, lined with a seemingly endless row of booths upon booths.

Trust us… we get it… and we know it can be enough to make your head spin!

So to help alleviate the stress that may come as a by-product of attending these types of events, we’re sharing 5 simple tips to help you navigate home and design shows!

After all, they’re meant to BRING you clarity… not confusion!

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Online graphic design startup Canva is now worth $1 billion

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Canva is Australia’s first unicorn of 2018, after raising $ 40 million (AUD$ 50.9 million) to push the design startup’s value over $ 1 billion.

Now available in 190 countries, with over 10 million users, the online design and publishing platform was launched in 2012 by CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins — now the youngest female entrepreneur to have reached unicorn status. 

“It’s still extremely early days for us yet, and we feel like we’ve done one percent of what we believe is possible but it’s quite exciting to get to this point in time, and it’s been a huge journey,” Perkins told Mashable. Read more…

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Broadway By Design: Beowulf Boritt and Natasha Katz Bring METEOR SHOWER from Page to Stage

In Broadway by Design, BroadwayWorld is shining a spotlight on the stellar designs of this Broadway season, show by show. Today, we continue the series with Beowulf Boritt and Natasha Katz, who acted as scenic and lighting designers for Broadway’s absurd new comedy, Meteor Shower.
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Renders show the Galaxy S9’s ‘confirmed’ design

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The Galaxy S9 will be nearly identical to its predecessor, many distinct reports claim. The only thing Samsung is fixing next year, regarding design, is the fingerprint sensor position. That’s something Galaxy S8 and Note 8 buyers criticized, and Samsung supposedly heard everyone.

On top of placing the sensor in a central location on the back, Samsung is also adding a secondary rear camera. But that’s only if you’re willing to spend more money for the Galaxy S9+ model. You know, like Apple is doing it.

With that in mind, check out the following render, which shows the “confirmed” design of the Galaxy S9.

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Crystal’s Modern Classic Kitchen Design Board

 

My partner and I are currently in the planning process of our first new home build so dreaming up a custom kitchen is quite a timely assignment! This dream board pulls together some of my favorite’s right now: colorful cabinetry, gold accents and just a touch of whimsy.

The centerpiece of this kitchen is a beautiful island with a white, waterfall countertop and Genova large format porcelain tiles accenting the front for an elegant detail. I choose a wide rail shaker style cabinet door for a clean, modern look in a timeless style and added  satin brass hardware. For the backsplash, I went with a White Malojica Glossy Wall Tile from the Ames Tile Trends Collection that is both subtle and glamorous at the same time.  Flooring is a 8″ x 48″ Brown Wood Porcelain Tile; the dark color brings a rich warmth to the space.

To complete the look, I picked a faucet, light fixture and accessories with gold detailing and interesting details for a look that is both classic and trendy, with plenty of glam.

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Kellogg’s Changing Corn Pops Box After Its Design Was Branded Racist on Social Media

Kellogg’s has apologized after its design was branded racially insensitive.

The famous food brand was called out on Twitter by Hugo Awards-nominated author Saladin Ahmed, who noticed a concerning aspect of the Corn Pops cereal box design while having breakfast with his son.

“hey @KelloggsUS why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism,” Ahmed, 42, tweeted on Tuesday morning.

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Ahmed tweeted again, writing, “yes its a tiny thing, but when you see your kid staring at this over breakfast and realize millions of other kids are doing the same…”

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The company responded a few hours later, tweeting at Ahmed, “Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend – we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores soon.”

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Ahmed was appreciative, tweeting, “genuinely appreciate the rapid response.”

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As well as featuring the only brown corn pop as a janitor, the rest of the artwork shows lighter Corn Pops shopping, skateboarding, playing in an arcade and splashing about in a fountain.

Kelloggs told USA TODAY in a statement that the company respects all people while being committed to diversity.

“We take feedback very seriously, and it was never our intention to offend anyone,” spokesman Kris Charles said. “We apologize sincerely.”

He said the design of the cereal boxes had been updated and will appear on store shelves soon.

Ahmed is the current writer of Marvel Comics’ Black Bolt series as well as the author of the 2012 fantasy novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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5 Design Trends for Bathrooms in 2018

The bathroom may not seem like the most exciting part of the home but there are a number of reasons why this space deserves consideration. You will spend a great deal of time in this space. It is often the first room you visit in the morning and the last spot you visit before heading to bed. The bathroom is also one of the rooms in your home that can have major impact on resell value of your home should you decide to move down the road. We asked the experts at Andros Kitchen & Bath to share some of the hottest design trends you should consider for your bathroom and this is what they had to say.

Floating Vanities

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As bathrooms continue to transform from function rooms to luxurious spaces to relax and unwind, they are also increasing in size. Homeowners want a larger space so they don’t feel cramp within the bathroom. With space at a premium, there are a few tricks you can use to help make even a small bathroom feel large and one very popular trick is the floating vanity. This clean, modern look leaves the floor open which creates the illusion of more space. Other popular tricks include oversized mirrors and large floor tiles.

TIP: If your not in love with the floating vanity look, consider a vanity with open legs. This creates a more structured look but maintains the open floor space for a more spacious feel.

Luxury Bathing

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Bath tubs gave way to stunning, state of the art showers in past years but new designs and technologies are bringing them back to the forefront of bathroom design once again. New designs offer much more style then their previous counterparts, allowing much more flexibility in design as well. Island baths and freestanding tubs are a popular choice, becoming a showpiece within the space. Larger soaker tubs are a popular choice as bathrooms increasingly become a place to relax and retreat from the stress of the day.

TIP: If you love the look of a freestanding tub but don’t have the space, simply mount the tub closer to the wall! This gives you the sophisticated style of a freestanding tub even in a smaller bathroom.

Shower Details

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Much like bath tubs, showers are also becoming more luxurious and relaxing. Stand along showers with glass doors and even glass walls are very popular as they create a much more open feel to a bathroom. Customized details like benches, built in shower caddies and custom tile work are also a great choice. Technology within the shower is also a popular trend; from LED lighting, rainfall showerheads and built in speakers to automated water control and shower jets.

TIP: A built-in seat not only gives your shower a more luxurious look but it also provides safe seating for young children or elderly family members. Consider taking advantage of the space used to create the seat to build in extra storage space as well.

Statement Fixtures

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The trend in bathrooms today is very clean lines with minimal decorating for a spa-like feel. Instead of accenting the space with decor pieces, homeowners are choosing statement fixtures that add a decorative touch to the space all on their own. This may include elegant lighting, decorative hardware, unique faucets and sinks and the like.

TIP: Choose pieces that are elegant and timeless to ensure the design will remain something you love for years to come.

Unique Tile Details

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Stemming from the trend toward statement fixtures, another area where homeowners are choosing to add design elements into their bathrooms is through the tile work. While decorative tile isn’t new in bathrooms, today’s intricate designs create unique patterns and styles by mixing various tiles together in a decorative fashion.

TIP: This trend is also something that can help you stay within budget! If you love a particular tile but it is out of your price range, use it as an accent tile with a less expensive tile. This compromise allows you to stay within budget without sacrificing the style you love!

 

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Jack’s Luxurious Custom Kitchen Design Board

Have you ever wondered how top kitchen designers would style a dream kitchen of their own? Jack Creasy, Senior Designer at Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry recently shared some of his  must-have design choices for the perfect custom kitchen!

Jack’s Design Choices Explained:

1. Waterstone Faucet in Specialty Satin Gold Finish

I love the Quality and Finish of the Waterstone faucets; the perfect compliment to the detailed craftsmanship of a Bloomsbury Kitchen. They also come in 30 different finishes and have all the coordinating accessories to make the perfect faucet suite for your kitchen!

2. Schaub Atherton Collection Hardware in Hammered Satin Brass

The detail and proportions of this hardware are a perfect pairing with the clean, classic, English furniture style of our Bloomsbury framed inset cabinetry. I especially like the Hammered Cup Pull & Knobs for an added level of detail with an organic twist.

3. Walnut Wood

Whether it’s a walnut herringbone wood countertop or walnut butler’s serving trays or a walnut island, the warmth and richness of this wood creates a perfectly inviting space. Distressed for a more rustic vibe or pristine to set a more formal & elegant tone

4. A Marble Ledge or Shelf to Display Art

With so many hard surfaces in the kitchen, it’s nice to break it up a bit with some artwork, decorative finds & layers of lighting (sconces, pendants, etc.). A marble ledge or shelf provides the perfect opportunity to do so, while keeping these treasured finds up off the work surface and out of harm’s way.

You can find more inspiration from the talented team at Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry on our Facebook page!

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Layout & Design Tips for Your Small Studio

Unsurprisingly, decorating a studio comes with its own unique set of challenges and limitations, compared to decorating its multi-room counterpart. While you want to establish areas throughout your studio, you also want to take advantage of the open layout and allocate those areas in a way that won’t restrict air, light, and traffic flow.  Here are some tips we think are worth considering. 

 

Establish Areas 

There are many ways to create sections in your studio, without the presence of walls. Think: curtains, furniture, decorative panels, raised flooring, or even plant life, if you do desire. The most important area you want to create is the bedroom portion. Finding a way to differentiate your bedroom from the rest of your condo will immediately ease your living-in-one-room woes. 

 

Furnish Smart 

It’s a common misconception that a small condo warrants small furniture; this can in fact backfire and end up making your space look busy and cluttered. Large furniture, as well as multipurpose furniture, is your best bet.  

 

The Power of See-through 

Speaking of furniture well-suited to a small studio, the use of transparent furniture can have similar light, air, and traffic flow encouraging qualities as having no furniture. Essentially, all of the function,  without any of the visual bulk that usually goes hand in hand with traditional furniture. 

 

Light Generously 

This one may seem a little obvious, but it’s important enough to mention anyways. Think: abundant LED lighting, light paint colors, (which will reflect light rather than absorb it), and clean, unobstructed windows. 

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Exterior Design Tips

The exterior of your home holds a fair amount of clout in terms of curb appeal and regardless of whether or not you have plans to sell, the way your home looks from the outside tends to inadvertently influence the opinion of the home as a whole. Ensure your home is giving off reputable vibes with these four tips.  

 

The Importance of Symmetry 

Though it isn’t always apparent, the appeal of things that are aesthetically inclined are often closely tied to how symmetrical it is. This rings true for clothing, facial structure, and architecture. When it comes to home design, symmetry and visual balance are key, and these can be achieved by placement of windows, doors, landscaping, and color choice. 

 

Coordinated Colors 

Not sure where to start when it comes to exterior paint? A safe bet is to take a trip to your neighborhood hardware store and take a look at a bunch of neutral hue paint chips. Once you find a chip you like, select three hues that are a few shades apart. Use one as the dominant exterior paint, one for trim, and one for accenting features.   

 

An Enviable Entryway 

Depending on its placement, your front entryway provides a focal point to your home and should be decorated as so. Using paint, shrubbery, and unique hardware and lighting to emphasis your front entryway enforces this sense of a focal point and can vastly improve the aesthetic appeal of your entire home. Consider choosing a hue that contrasts with the rest of your exterior paint (and if you’re looking for something subtler, never underestimate the impact of stark white). 

 

The Magic is in the Lighting 

Choosing lighting nowadays is a feat on it’s own, given the diverse and customizable selection available to consumers. If you’re stuck on how to light the exterior of your home, a safe bet is to simply match or mimic the style of your home. If your home is traditional looking, consider decorative sconces in a weathered metal; if your home is contemporary and is comprised of clean lines and angles, ensured your lighting choices follow suit.

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Boss Office Makeover: 5 Design Essentials To Increase Productivity

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So what’s design got to do with it—everything. For all of the bosses who work from a home office, it can be both rewarding and challenging. Rewarding because you own your time, manage your own hours, and get to avoid cubicle quarantine for 8-plus hour days, but perhaps challenging because if your work environment doesn’t support a design that’s conducive for productivity, you may find yourself sitting on the dock of the bay watching too many tides (hours) roll away.

Al and Dereky Hagler own and operate D&A Designs L.L.C., an award-winning, full-service home improvement and remodeling company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro. Dereky offers a unique edge in interior design by providing innovative solutions that lead to an experience that achieves results. D&A is widely known for their philanthropy and paying-it-forward philosophy by providing surprise home makeovers for veterans and victims of fires.

We recently caught up with Dereky to talk about how entrepreneurs can take design ideas and upgrade their work environment to increase productivity.

 

(Image: Dereky Hagler Photo Credit: Jackie Hicks Photography)

 

 

Tranquility

 

Choose a neutral dominant color. Let’s face it. Work can sometimes be stressful even at home but if you choose a palette for a wall color such as a calming gray or a soothing blue then you can create a relaxed, productive atmosphere. I recommend using Gray Matters by Sherwin-Williams, Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore or Reflecting Pool by Sherwin-Williams.

 

Clarity

 

Let’s be crystal clear, clutter creates confusion and robs you of clarity. Make sure your office is functional with lots of storage. In addition to a desk, purchase a built in credenza or a storage closet. You may have business correspondence, conference materials, contract paperwork, or must-keep printouts, and what better way to organize and store your important documents so you know exactly where they are when you need to refer to them.

 

Inspiration

 

Create a wall of fame. This is the perfect space to display your accomplishments, awards, trophies, plaques or certificates. Go to IKEA and get decorative frames to place them in. If you have none, no problem, go online and purchase your favorite inspirational posters and frame them. Success breeds success and you’ll need to be reminded to “keep going” for tough days when you have a wall of fame.

 

Connection

 

In your makeover, be sure to include furniture such as additional chairs for guests. When you run a business out of your home, be prepared by making your guests (potential or existing clients and customers) feel welcome. Additional seating in your office brings a professional edge and a constant reminder that business is about connection, conversation, and collaboration.

 

Creativity

 

Decorative desks and chairs offer functionality as well as style. Don’t trivialize your work space, you can still personalize or customize it in excellence and character. Remember, you are spending a WHOLE lot of time here—so allow this space to inspire you to deliver at your highest productivity. You want your office to not only be a reflection of your brand, but a visionary space of success. Wayfair is a great source to look for decorative desks and Home Goods is a wonderful spot for decorative functional chairs.

 

Here’s a recent segment on Fox5DC on designing a functional space for any home office.

To learn more about D&A Designs L.L.C., visit www.Facebook.com/D&ADesignsLLC  Office: 202-355-2003. Dereky has appeared as a regular guest contributor on FOX, ABC, and CBS network affiliates D & A Designs’ award-winning work.

 

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