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This Is the Bed of Your Dreams

This Is the Bed of Your Dreams

With clever comfort-boosting features, this smart bed is a game changer for nighttime (and anytime, really).

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Like most people, I’ve always been pretty content with my bed: medium-firm mattress, crisp white sheets, cushy down comforter, and plenty of room even when the kids pile on to watch Survivor. The thought of an adjustable bed had never occurred to me until recently when, at Real Simple, we heard about a new, modern version from Saatva called The Lineal. It moves your mattress so you can get into the most comfortable positions for reading, texting, TV-watching, breakfast in bed, and more.

It is on the pricier side—$1,300 for a full size, and up—but it’s also pretty genius, and a good investment if, like me, your bed has become the perpetual family hangout spot. I took the chance to try one out, and here’s how it works:

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Push a button on the remote to move the head of the bed (say, for a better TV view) or the foot (for a loungey recline). Or move them both. The mattress glides into position and the motor makes barely any noise. If you want to level out the bed later for sleeping, just press “Flat” to return it to its original setup. You can even program the remote to remember your favorite settings.

As a bonus, there’s a Brookstone-like feature too: head, foot, and full-body massage options powered by remote control. It’s not the kneading strength of an actual shiatsu session, of course, but it’s a fun little extra that makes you feel pampered (and a big hit with the kids).

 

Another plus: under-bed lighting. Press a button to subtly illuminate the room at night when you need to find your way to the bathroom, or anytime you’re cleaning to get all the dust bunnies.

The Lineal works with most mattresses that are able to flex, but you can also find mattress options compatible with an adjustable base on Saatvamattress.com. The bottom line: It’s high-quality, easy to operate, and takes lounging to a whole new level—a worth-the-splurge purchase for anyone who’s big on spending time in bed.

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How to Keep Your Garden Thriving All Summer Long

How to Keep Your Garden Thriving All Summer Long

Beat the heat and keep your garden in tip-top shape this season.

Summer can be an exciting month for gardening when you think about everything that’s in season (dahlias, tomatoes, and so much more), but with rising temperatures, scorching sun, and unwelcome pests taking over, your garden may need a little bit more TLC during this time of year. “Dry soil, wilted plants, overgown weeds, and brown grass are common signs of an unhealthy garden,” Danny Watson, The Home Depot garden center associate, says. “Thankfully there are easy ways to combat these problems.” But where do you even start? Watson shared his best advice for summer gardening with us. If you follow these care tips your garden will look lush and vibrant all summer long, which is ideal if you’re planning on hosting a lot of backyard gatherings this year. Don’t worry, it won’t take up too much of your time (or cost too much money), so you can prep and care for your garden and still be able to hit the beach, head out on your road trip, or just enjoy a lazy summer afternoon at home.

1

Be Smart About Watering.

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Photo by Paul Bradbury/Getty Images

While the temperature may be warmer and drier, you don’t have to spend every moment of your free time watering your plants. Watson says it’s all about being smarter about watering. “The typical rule of thumb is to water flowerbeds twice a week with plenty of water,” he says. “This will be more effective than watering the flowerbeds more frequently, with less water.”

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Don’t Water at Night.

It might seem like a good idea to do this task when you get home from work, but think again. “Try avoid watering plants in the evening—the warmth and moisture encourages fungus growth,” he says. “As we head into the hottest part of the summer, try to do your heaviest watering in the morning. Only water in the evening if the plant really needs it.” He also advises against watering in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest as the soil will soak up the water faster, leaving less for the plants to use.

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Feed Your Plants.

“Plants need more than just extra water to endure increasing temperatures and strong sun exposure during the summer months,” Watson says. “Place a 3-inch layer of Earthgro® by Scotts® Mulch in beds and around plantings to help the soil retain moisture and keep plants insulated from high temperatures. It is also important to feed plants throughout the summer season. The LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder from Miracle-Gro attaches directly to your hose and automatically delivers the right amount of food so you do not have to worry about burning your plants.”

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Prune Away.

Keep an eye on your garden and remove any diseased, damaged, or dead debris as they block airflow and growth. “If you notice a plant with dead blooms, cut them back now to ensure it grows healthier next season,” he says. “Light pruning all year encourages steady growth and builds a healthy plant.” You’ll also want to be vigilant about dealing with any weeds, too. Weeds thrive off summer heat and steal nutrients and water from other plants, so catch them before they grow and spread.

5

Combat Pests.

Bugs can be abundant in the summer months, so much so that it can be overwhelming. “It is important to know which types of insects you are dealing with and which products to use,” he says. “I recommend Ortho Bug B Gon Insect Killer Granules to rid your lawn of pesky ants, ticks, and spiders. A single application, with thorough watering, helps keep pests from crashing your summer fun for up to three months. For flying insects, such as yellow jackets, Japanese beetles, and wasps, try placing traps, like the RESCUE Reusable Yellow Jacket Trap around your yard, making sure to avoid doors and high traffic areas.”

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Add Some Shade.

“If an area of your yard or garden is exposed to strong sunlight for the majority of the day, find a way to create shade,” Watson says. “You can use a stunt plant, such as a tree or cluster of bamboo to provide shade for your flowerbeds.”

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This Favorite Bedding Brand Just Launched a Baby Line

This Favorite Bedding Brand Just Launched a Baby Line

You’ve decorated your crib, now it’s time to accessorize theirs.

Three years ago, Parachute was born as a bedding brand, and now its family is growing to include a gender-neutral baby collection that celebrates the brand’s core colorways and themes that make for a perfect night’s sleep.

From darling crib sheets with prints featuring mini moons and stars to quilts in hues including blush, fog, and white, the line is a must for mix and matching so you can customize your baby’s room however you’d like.

The collection is made up of seven pieces that are non-toxic and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning that the products are chemical-free so both the earth and your baby are safe and sound. As if things couldn’t get better, everything meets REACH requirements, which stands for “registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals.” Basically, it’s a protocol by the European Union that ensures that manufacturers are held responsible to identify chemicals in their products.

And if you thought the brand’s mission to save the environment stopped there, there’s more. When the package arrives at your doorstep, it’s placed inside a reusable bag made of the same luxe materials as your linens, so you can use it as an upgraded laundry bag or whatever else your heart desires. All the bedding and bath products are crafted with Egyptian and Turkish cotton fibers in family-owned factories in Europe, so you’re getting the highest quality products backed by generations of trusted methods.

Currently, the Venice Beach based company has two storefronts, a hotel, and is sold online. So no matter where you live, the linens of your dreams are within reach.

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Smart Organizing Tricks for a Clutter-Free Closet

Smart Organizing Tricks for a Clutter-Free Closet

How to Hang Pictures Right the First Time

How to Hang Pictures Right the First Time

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Framed paintings and photographs add a splash of color to a room and give it a unique personal touch, but some homeowners are reluctant to tackle the job for fear their walls will end up resembling aged Swiss cheese. With the right hardware and know-how, you can approach your next picture hanging project with confidence.

Finding the Right Location

The first step is to decide where you would like the picture to hang. Recruit a helper to hold the picture on the wall while you evaluate its placement using the following guidelines:

  • The center of the picture should be at eye level, approximately 60” from the floor.
  • Leave at least a 3” to 6” gap between the top of a sofa and the bottom of the picture frame, and 4” to 8” inches from a table top.
  • Treat a grouping of pictures as a single unit.
  • Center the picture or grouping within the available wall space or over the piece of furniture below it.
  • Position pictures away from direct light and high humidity.

Deciding on a location for one picture is fairly simple, but arranging several pieces in a single space can get a bit more complex. The answer is to make paper templates with arrows on them to indicate whether the piece will be hung vertically or horizontally. Tape the templates to the wall, using easy-release painter’s tape, and rearrange them until the grouping is to your liking.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect spot, use a stud finder to identify wall studs and mark their location with Post-it Notes or painter’s tape.

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Marking the Wall

While holding the picture in place, put a strip of painter’s tape on the wall with the bottom edge even with the top of the frame. Mark each end of the frame on the tape then remove the picture.

If the picture will have only one wall hanger, find the width of the frame, divide by two, and measure this distance in from the marks on the painter’s tape. Split any difference between the two marks for the center.

Mark wall at center of painting

For added stability on wide frames, use two hangers that are equidistant from the center point. If the frame has a hanger on each side, measure in from the outside edge of the frame to the center of each hanger and transfer these measurements to the tape.

Next, turn the picture over and measure from the top of the frame to the point the picture will hang. For pictures with a hanging wire and one hanging point, hook the metal end of a tape measure under the center of the wire. Pull up until the wire is taut, and measure up to the top of the frame.

Measure from wire hanger to top of frame

For frames with a wire that will have two hanging points, pull up on the wire at both points simultaneously then measure up to the top of the frame.

Measuring wire to top of frame for double wall hangers

For pictures with D-rings or sawtooth hangers, hook the tape over the top of the frame and measure down to the spot where the wall hanger will be attached.

Transfer the hanger location on the wall by measuring down from the bottom edge of the painter’s tape.

Measuring wall to frame hanger location

Then use a level to make sure it is plumb with the mark on the strip of tape.

Use level to measure down to hanger location

Choosing Hardware

In order to select the right hardware to hang your picture, you need to know:

  • The approximate weight of the picture.
  • The type of hanging hardware on the frame.
  • The wall material.
  • If the wall hanger will be attached to a stud.

Types of wall hanging hardware

There are a number of hardware options for hanging pictures, with the label on the package usually giving the maximum weight each one is designed to hold. To find the weight of the picture, weigh yourself on a bathroom scale while holding the picture then subtract your weight from it.

Traditional metal picture hooks work well for lightweight frames fitted with wire while screws or nails are a better choice for sawtooth and D-rings hangers.

Standard wall picture hanger hardware

If the hanging hardware will attach to a wall stud or solid wood paneling, just about any hanger suitable for the frame and rated for the weight of the picture will do. If the picture is heavy and a stud isn’t present, you’ll need to use a wall anchor on drywall or plaster walls. Self-tapping threaded anchors are suitable for attaching all but the heaviest pictures to drywall.

Anchors that spread out behind the wall—such as toggle or molly bolts—provide the most holding power and help keep plaster from cracking.

Wire hanger picture hanging hardware

The latest innovation in picture hanging hardware is a thin curved spring steel wire sold under brand names such as Heavy Duty Wall Hanger, Hercules Hook, and Monkey Hook.

To use, simply twist the sharpened point through the drywall and push the wire into the wall cavity until it locks in place.

Wire hangers will only work where there’s not a stud or other obstruction in the wall. They are quick to install and remove, leaving a very small hole that is easy to spackle and paint over.

Installing Hardware

Keep in mind that the spot marked on the wall and the location you attach the hanger may differ since the hook often extends down from the nail or screw that holds it. To make sure you get it right, position the lowest point of the hook at the mark before attaching the hardware to the wall.

While you can nail or screw directly into drywall, always drill a pilot hole first in plaster to prevent cracking. Brick and concrete walls require drilling a hole with a special masonry bit then either hammering in a masonry nail or using a plastic anchor and screw.

Hang Picture

To prevent your picture from marring the wall and keep it hanging level, apply self-adhesive rubber bumpers to the bottom corners on the back of the frame before hanging. After suspending the picture on the hanger, remove the strip of tape, and use a level to check your work.

Source: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/hanging-pictures-right-the-first-time/

5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks

5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks

Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly is much more than a haphazard task. Here are five favorite tips for taking a one-hole approach to hanging a picture on the wall.

How to Hang a Picture

1. Don’t eyeball it! If you’re hanging multiple pieces of artwork, you need to figure out how they’ll work together before you start making holes. My recommendation is to make a template. Use newsprint or butcher paper to create true-scale templates of your frames, then use painter’s tape to figure out the best arrangement. Young House Love has a great walkthrough of the technique.

2. Don’t use nails—well, not JUST nails. I know every one of you has hung a picture using a simple brad nail. I’ll even admit there are several in my own home hung this way. But they are the pictures most likely to fall off the wall or require regular straightening. A single nail hammered into drywall is not stable enough to support much weight, so invest in the right hardware. My go-to options are self-tapping threaded anchors and screws, which provide a wider balance point without using wire. I’ve  also used steel, hooked wire hangers to great success.

5 Picture Hanging Tips

3. Use math—really! If you purposefully stagger art so nobody can tell that your frames are not straight, fear not. A little math will enable to hang series of perfectly spaced art works. I shared my favorite technique on the ReadyMade blog. You can just plug your dimensions into the calculator and be good to go (no fancy equations required).

Tips for Hanging Pictures

4.  The best-ever picture hanging tip. Kristen from Celebrate Everyday with Me dubs this trick “the best ever”, and I think she might be right. I’ve seen all kinds of methods for marking a hole on the wall before drilling, but this one tip renders the rest unnecessary. The idea is to create a portable hanger on which to suspend your picture, so that measuring and marking drill holes becomes significantly easier. So brilliant, you should make two!

Picture Hanging Tips

5. Use a sticky note to capture dust. Since hanging artwork is usually a task done in a finished room, it can create drywall, plaster, or concrete dust on your carpet, floors, or furniture. So just use this little tip: Add a simple, folded Post-It underneath your marked hole to collect most of the dust made from your pilot hole. Genius, right?

DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/picture-hanging-tips/#.WWW3rBWGPIU

Living Room Color Schemes

Living Room Color Schemes

Wall Colors impart a beautiful effect in your every room if choose perfectly. But sometimes the excessive use of bold paint colors on walls makes your living room disturbing and you can get irritated with the bold paint color. So it is better to choose paint colors by knowing their effects on your living environment and body.When you are going to choose paint color, then always consider the amount of sunlight entering into your living room. The paint colors also depend on the style of your room.

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Living Room

Neutral paint colors for living room are always calm and elegant, so a palette of white, cream, taupe, grey and brown is a classic option for a living room that has to please everyone. Select any of paint color themes such as monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triad, split-complementary, warm, cool or neutral colors. You can apply paint colors that will highlight your living room color design. Go through the article to know the latest paint color trends for walls to update your living room.

Apply Color Magic to Your Living Room

Living Room- Green Color Paint

Green color imparts a fresh feel to your living room. You can make your living room relaxing by using green paint colors. It is better to use light hues of green color so that you feel comfortable in your living room. If you use a little amount of white or yellow color with green color paint, then it will give a dashing look to your living room. If you are a true lover of natural beauty, then you can add some fresh plants or flowers to accentuate your living room. Add wood furniture pieces to enhance the look of your living room interior.

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(Green Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Yellow Color Paint

Yellow color offers a welcoming look to the living room. When you apply yellow color paint in the living room, then it will give a haunting look to the interior theme. You can also apply yellow paint color in poorly lit foyers or dark hallways. You can try a medley of yellow and violet color which will give a superb contrast, but use one color as a dominating color and the other as an accent.

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(Yellow Color Scheme for Living Room)

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(Yellow Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Blue Color Paint

For a cool and refreshing look, you can choose blue color paint. If you apply blue, red and yellow triadic color paint, then it will create a wonderful atmosphere in your living room. For a different feeling, you can use a tint of blue color paint with white color.

Blue Color Paint in Living Room

(Blue Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Brown Color Paint

Brown color paint gives a classy look to your living room. Mostly furniture such as wood furniture etc. comes in deep brown color. You can match this scheme with a dark green wall paper for a different look. The hues of brown and green paint get match with the natural wood accents. The contrast color paint looks pleasing to eyes.

Brown Color Paint in Living Room

(Brown Color paint for Living Room)

Living Room- Red Color Paint

If you want to add luxurious feeling to your living room, the red color paint works better. Red color paint gives you energy to do work throughout the day. But use red color paint either on one or two walls of your living room. If you use too much red color in your room, then you will definitely get feel restless after sometime. A combination of red and green color paint or green and black color paint looks fantastic but use one color as a dominating color and the other as an accent.

Red Color Paint in Living Room

(Red Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Neutral Color Paint

Neutral color paint is extensively used in the various living room designs. You can better display your artwork, wall paintings and any type of wall décor on neutral color scheme in an effective way. You can mix any color paint with the neutral color scheme to offer your living room a sophisticated look.

Neutral Color Scheme for Living Room

(Neutral Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Grey Color Paint

For a modern and sober look, you can use grey color paint. Grey color is dull as well as cold. But for a different look, you can combine two or more colors paint from your living room scheme. Being a neutral color, you can combine grey color paint with almost any colors. You can try greyish yellow or red color paint to perk up the look of your living room interior. If you opt for simple furniture and accessories, then the modest grey color paint offers a graceful and sophisticated look to the living room.

Grey Color Paint in Living Room

(Grey Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Orange Color Paint

Orange color gives a warm feeling to your living room. But it is more friendly and welcoming color as compared to the red color. Orange color paint will absolutely add interest and zest to your living room design.

Orange Color Paint in Living Room

(Orange Living Room Color Scheme)

Add More Color on walls with Amazing Ideas

  • You can paint one wall of your living room with a bold color and make this wall the focal point of the room. If you choose any contrast color for the rest walls of the room, then it will give a tempting look to your living room.
  • Avoid monotonous atmosphere of the living room by adding a few notes of energetic colors such as green or cobalt blue if you are using white color for decorating whole room.
  • Use energetic colors for furniture if you want to paint your living room with single soft tone such as off white.
  • Paint one wall with indigo, dragonfly green or scarlet color paint and use the same shade on a few accessories like flower pots or cushions to create a sense of continuity.
  • Never apply dark colors of paint for small rooms as they make the rooms look smaller.
  • Use soft color to make the space look larger.
  • You can create a serene and tranquil atmosphere by applying soft tones of blue with white, beige and ochre shades.
  • For a new look, you can add fresh flowers and plants to your living room.
  • Paint your ceiling with white color paint to maximize the sense of light and space.
  • Special lighting effects can change the entire atmosphere of your living room.
  • You can choose a table lamp with stained glass lampshade for providing an astonishing look.
  • To complement your living room style, you can place a large mirror with golden or silver metallic frame and try to match it with the rest color scheme.
  • If you are using your living room for multiple uses, then keep the overall effect neutral and add luxurious accessories when you want to make more of a splash.

Source: http://www.gharexpert.com/tips/articles/Interiors/1455/Living-Room-1455-Living-Room-Color-Schemes_0

Bunk bed built for kids in attic of home!

Kbunk1ids enjoy having unique areas to play in or even a small area to call “home”.  A modified bunk bed custom-built in the attic/loft of this contemporary home would be the envy of any child, while still serving a functional secondary purpose via storage space for books, games, and other items.

In lieu of a bottom bed of the bunk, a play area instead occupies this space and gives the child offers plenty of open space for creative fun.

The bunk bed’s ladder splits the open space into two separate areas. One side is meant for fun while the other is meant for doing homework and keeping up with his or her studies.

Even myself, as an adult, find myself envious of this uniquely built attic bunk bed. I imagine children would have a blast sleeping, playing, and studying in this attic or loft  creation!

 

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Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/a-bunk-bed-built-for-kids-in-attic-of-home/

50 shades of grey: inside top blogger Kate Watson-Smyth’s London home

50 shades of grey: inside top blogger Kate Watson-Smyth’s London home

The living room is wall colour is Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe and the fireplace is painted in Railings. The Haresfield velvet sofa is from Sofas & Stuff. Pink and red accents warm the space. 
The living room is wall colour is Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe and the fireplace is painted in Railings. The Haresfield velvet sofa is from Sofas & Stuff. Pink and red accents warm the space.  CREDIT: PAUL CRAIG 

Think grey is boring? Allow Kate Watson-Smyth, British blogger par excellence and grey evangelist, to change your mind. Her five-bedroomed 1860s terraced house in north London is a symphony of serene grey shades and she has some fascinating theories about why it’s the defining neutral of our times (of which more later). Indeed, she’s so keen on the colour that she wrote a book about using it in your home, entitled Shades of Grey

Kate, a former newspaper reporter, shares her home with husband Adam (a high-flyer in PR), teenage sons Isaac and Noah, and Enid the cat (grey, of course). From here she runs her award-winning website, Mad About The House, which was crowned Vuelio’s No.1 UK Interiors Blog last year. Kate also has more than 36,000 Instagram followers. Here, she tells us about her space.

The back half of the living room houses an impressive library. The MDF bookcases were made by a builder and painted. Quirky accents include a Zebo rug from Alternative Flooring.
The back half of the living room houses an impressive library. The MDF bookcases were made by a builder and painted. Quirky accents include a Zebo rug from Alternative Flooring. CREDIT: PAUL CRAIG

What was the house like when you moved in? It was the worst house on the street. It was divided into two rental flats. The downstairs had been empty for over a year – there was a hole in the floorboards that I fell into every single day for six months. We moved into the top two floors while the builders did the ground floor, then played Tetris with the bedrooms as they were done one by one.

The Ikea kitchen units 
have new painted MDF fronts. The leather handles are 
from Superfront  (superfront.com) 
The Ikea kitchen units have new painted MDF fronts. The leather handles are from Superfront 

How would you describe your decorating style? I call it urban glamour. I like things to be a little rough and ready but in luxurious materials – antique velvet chairs set against dark grey walls and metallic accents.  What is it that you love so much about grey? It’s the perfect neutral and it makes all other colours look great. It works just as well in a modern space as it does on panelling in a more traditional room.

There are many theories about why it has become the colour of our time – one is that magnolia (the previous defining neutral) looked great under the warm glow from a tungsten bulb, but terrible under the cool, white light of an LED or compact fluorescent. Grey is much better with modern lighting. It’s good for the cool blue daylight of our northern hemisphere, too.

Are there any other things you use over and over? I seem to buy a lot of chopping boards. I have no idea why. They are useful, affordable and feel like a little gift-to-self  if you’re not near a handy shoe shop.

What’s your favourite room in the house?It’s usually the last room I decorated, so at the moment it’s the bathroom. It’s big – because it used to be a bedroom – so it feels like a real treat to be in there. The twin basins are said to be the secret to a happy marriage, but mainly I love the dark walls and vintage furniture, which contrasts so well with the white suite.

What’s your prized possession? My gold palm-tree light from Rockett St George. It’s 6ft tall and magnificent.

Kate converted a bedroom into this spacious en suite bathroom.
Kate converted a bedroom into this spacious en suite bathroom.CREDIT: PAUL CRAIG

What’s the easiest way to update a room? Apart from paint, changing the lights and adding a large pendant can make  a big difference. Or swap white plastic light switches for brass or Perspex. Always consider the touch points.

Where do you get inspiration? I spend far too much time looking for stuff on the internet, but I always think a restaurant loo is a good source of inspiration, too – they will often use bold patterns and great tiles to make an impact in a small space.

The bedroom wallpaper is Neisha Crosland’s Hollywood Grape (neishacrosland.com). 
The bedroom wallpaper is Neisha Crosland’s Hollywood Grape.  CREDIT: PAUL CRAIG 

What’s a typical work day like for you? The truly wonderful thing is that there is no typical day. I might have a meeting with a company to discuss a possible collaboration on the blog, or I might be styling and shooting products in my house as well as writing posts. I also run an interior consulting business, so I often have clients to visit or call. My office is in our converted loft, but I tend to work at the kitchen table.

What do you think the next big homes trend will be?  I think millennial pink will be with us for a while longer, but it’s going to get darker and dirtier and morph into  a burnt orange or rust shade. The 1970s are coming for  us, too – what starts on the catwalk inevitably ends up on  the cushions.

The desk in Kate's attic office the desk is made from a length of reclaimed laboratory worktop from Retrouvius, held up with builders’ brackets normally used in chimneys. 
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/home/50-shades-grey-inside-top-blogger-kate-watson-smythes-london/

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New Home Collections Make Everything Old New Again

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New Home Collections Make Everything Old New Again

Chat with Jeffrey Bilhuber about interior design and brace yourself for some seriously peppy—and always deeply informed—proselytizing. The dashing Manhattan-based tastemaker to the stars (Iman, Mariska Hargitay) explains that his responsibility to his profession is to “move history forward and forge a new identity out of the old. It’s about revving up what’s classic in the American style canon and making it relevant for right now,” he continues. “Adding horsepower to history: That’s very appealing to me.”

Bilhuber’s four new collections, the first in a meteoric career that was launched in the 1980s, embody that fast-forward philosophy. His furniture and accessories for Henredon, which debuts in April, take inspired liberties with everything from eminent Victoriana (a rescaled slipper chair perches on gilded spiral feet) to a neoclassical commode owned by society swan Lee Radziwill.

“She’s one of my career’s remarkable influencers,” Bilhuber says, also citing, among other idiosyncratic American aesthetes, the oil heiress Millicent Rogers and the style diva Pauline de Rothschild. “They all found their own voice and created themselves in full.”

Bilhuber’s Tibetan and flatweave carpet collections for Elson & Co., another April introduction, riff on the geometry of American quilts (think Gloria Vanderbilt’s funky patchwork bedroom) and the eccentricities of Colonial-era mochaware. The results, chic yet spirited, remind Bilhuber of a conversation he had with couturier Hubert de Givenchy, an early client, who said, “France gave us refinement, and America gave us the sportif.”

Coming next year will be a porcelain dinner service created for de Gournay, the eminent wallpaper studio, on which garden flowers are drizzled with gold graffiti—inspired by what Bilhuber calls artist Nancy Lorenz’s “irreverent vandalization” of the gardenesque de Gournay paper in his Manhattan apartment.

“All these designs are modern-day interpretations of what we’ve always been seduced by but didn’t want to return to,” Bilhuber says. And, he stresses, though the products were conceived for the mass market, their point of view is absolutely custom. “Everything runs on a parallel track with my residential projects,” the AD100 decorator says. “They’re not two separate conversations.”

Source: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/jeffrey-bilhubers-new-home-collections-make-everything-old-new-again