For the young family who purchased a 1905 Georgian Colonial in Madison, New Jersey, modernizing the peach-hued French-country kitchen (a ’90s addition) meant traveling to the past. “We wanted the kitchen to be truer to the home’s original history, but in a current way,” says designer Jim Dove. “It’s all about practicality when you have four children under age seven.”
If there ever was a cruise ship announcement that deserved a “mic drop,” we’d turn up the volume on this one: Royal Caribbean just announced that it’s building a ship that’s going to be even bigger and grander than its current record holder, Harmony of the Seas. Clearly, the company prides itself on holding this title and isn’t about to let anyone come in and take it.
During a phone call with journalists, Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley told Skift that the company’s new ship, Symphony of the Seas, will be the “latest, greatest, newest, most beautiful baby that’s coming soon.” It’ll debut in April 2018 and will be able to hold 5,494 people . That’s the population of a small town (no big deal).
Bayley also revealed it’ll be “slightly longer,” “a tad wider,” and have a slew of new luxury features.The few we know about include a multi-deck water slide for the kids and a Bionic Bar, where cocktails are made by robots (how very Passengers of them).
The ship is currently being built in a shipyard in France and will sail to the Caribbean and Europe once it’s finished. If you’ve already been to these destinations, don’t worry: These other impressive cruise ships will take you to places all over the world in style.
Single-color, once-dipped Easter eggs are the thing of the past. Opt for celestial marbled effects, transparent watercolor rainbows and endless shades of ombré for the most visually dynamic eggs you’ve ever seen. Trust us, you’re going to want to give a few of these beauties a DIY try.
OK, this one deserves a slow clap. How do you take a dark, drab ’60s living room and turn it into an airy living and dining room dream? Ask Jenna Diermann of Jenna Sue Design Co. She’s in the middle of revealing her fabulous flip of a cottage house in Mi Wuk Village, California, room by room (check out the exterior and the kitchen!), and this one started as a doozy.
It was dark and outdated, and the layout just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to Diermann.
So while using it as a workspace for renovating the rest of the house, Diermann got to work. The plan was to utilize the room as an open living room and dining room. All it took was painting the paneling white and adding recessed lighting to brighten up the space.
Of course, she kept the pretty brick fireplace, but she addd a reclaimed wood mantel and gave it a coat of paint, too.
Then she installed cabinets to match the ones in the kitchen.
And wide plank Pergo flooring.
The first rule of design is: everyone’s taste is different. But interior designers know so much about trends and style that they can’t help but make some judgments (good and bad!) when they enter someone’s home. In case you have a design expert roaming your halls, or if you are just curious how to make your house completely designer-friendly, we put together a list of what professionals actually notice when they walk through the front door.
“Flowers are meant to bring joy,” said Charlie McCormick, the gardener/floral designer whose flower-filled Instagram (@mccormickcharlie) boasts more than 33,000 followers, explaining his love of whimsical blooms and fantastical designs. The native New Zealander, who now resides in Dorset, England, has been potting plants and milling about gardens for as long as he can remember, and he gave us the inside scoop on his go-to flowers, creating the perfect centerpiece and why…
Those fuzzy little bunnies are adorable hopping around your back yard — until they munch on your newly planted veggies and mow down your marigolds. Like it or not, your wild neighbors aren’t selective about what’s yours and what’s theirs. “Your yard and garden are part of a larger system,” says Matt Tarr, associate extension professor and wildlife specialist at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. “They’re a continuum of the habitat around your home.”
While it’s not possible to make your garden completely critter-proof, here are a few ways to minimize the nibbling and live peacefully with hungry animals, big and small:
1 Identify the culprit.
2 Fence it.
3 Choose less tasty plants.
4 Protect new plants.
5 Garden in pots and raised beds.
6 Don’t be too tidy.
7Contain your compost.
8 Scare them away.
9 Try repellants (with fingers crossed).
10 Do a reality check.
By now, you know all about our obsession with Amazon. It just makes shopping and organizing so easy — especially with the help of Amazon Prime. But even though the sheer number of items to choose from is part of the website’s appeal, it can also be quite overwhelming. That’s why we’re so excited about Canopy, a website that sifts through and curates the best decor Amazon has to offer.
How does it work? Well, basically each product that lives on Canopy links back to Amazon for purchase. And in a similar way to Pinterest, users can create a profile and collections based on projects of styles. So if you’re on the hunt for a new headboard, but want to be aware of all of your options, you can create a collection with potential purchases before pulling the trigger.
And, sure, you might think this site serves the same purpose as the “search” function on Amazon, but we assure you, it doesn’t. After hunting through Canopy, we can honestly say we’re seeing items for the very first time that we’re thrilled to learn we can buy online and have shipped to our homes in two days flat (for free!). The items below are the some of the products that surprised us the most.
For starters, this copper statement clock ($40, amazon.com) would look just as beautiful solo as it would in a gallery wall.
This light gray dining room arm chair ($162, amazon.com) will elevate your eating space, giving it a mid-century modern design that guests will refuse to believe you found on Amazon.
This clean and simple table ($70, amazon.com) made out of beach wood is classic, but not boring. Just look at the leg of the design for proof.
And even though these chairs ($650, amazon.com) are stackable and can be used inside or outside, they’re also extremely stylish thanks to their plant-like design.
As wildly different as houses can be, they tend to follow a basic script — which architect Mario Romano hopes to rewrite with The Wave House in Venice, CA.
The 5,700-square-foot, 5-bedroom home is modern to its core, with an undulating wave motif that runs not only through the decor, but through the entire shape of the building.
With a design that is reminiscent more of a contemporary art museum than your typical private home, The Wave House is an ode to both art and nature. It’s listed for $6.498 million with F. Ron Smith, Mark Kitching and David Berg of Partners Trust.
“By making it more organic in form,” explained Romano, “it becomes more of a human landscape. That’s what humans do: we build buildings and houses and streets — that’s our jungle, so it should resemble nature.”
Romano accomplishes this goal in part by bringing the outside in — as with the walls, which are etched with wave designs. “The material is an acrylic base, and no viruses, no mold, and no bacteria can grow on it,” noted Romano.
Using high-tech computer numeric controlled (CNC) technology, Romano was able to carve the lines with no repetition and no seams.
Though he’s inspired by the forms of nature, Romano relies on cutting-edge technology — like the CNC machine, which he describes as a “low-level robot” — to translate his visions from dream to reality. “Then you design the programs using parametric design — it’s an emergent trend using technology and robotics and the built environment,” he explained.
As Romano pointed out, “the word flat is not often used as a compliment.” Think about flat hair, or a flat personality. Romano extends this to the average flat, boxy home, which is why he places such an emphasis on curved lines and texture.
One of his favorite aspects of the house is the way it changes constantly depending on the light. “As the light changes throughout the day, anything that has texture to it will change depending on the orientation of the sun, depending on the time of day and year,” he said. “That’s when you get surprises and discoveries that you only get by spending time in the house.”
As a family man himself, Romano designed The Wave House with families — and specifically those who like to entertain — in mind. The expansive yard and swimming pool are obviously big perks, and he purposely put the five bedrooms on the second floor so the first floor could be a separate space for living and entertaining.
Of course, even those without a big family will feel at home here.
Romano said he could also envision an art collector, artist, executive or tech person being drawn to the impressive building. Pretty much anyone “who loves beauty, and someone who likes to entertain — since that’s a key element.”
Declutter: The key to good living lies in decluttering. Give away whatever you don’t need. Old unused items (if they are not used for last six months) in your house need to go. Give them away in charity. Decluttering also means organising your cabinets, wardrobes, workdesk and bookshelves. Allocate space for all the items you require and once that happens you exactly know all your stuff.
Personalise a corner: Tell us who doesn’t want to have a nice, warm and cosy corner? And most of us have drab corners in our house. So, make a little reading nook or put a little breakfast table by the window where you can read your newspaper and enjoy your cuppa. If you have kids, then you can create a bright, lively kids’ corner for reading story books or indulging in some hobbies. Make it more alive by framing bright paper or create your own art work. Get your kids involved in some DIY projects. If you have a bay window sitting area, make it more lively by adding colourful cushions.
Space optimization: Add more space to your interiors whether it’s your living room. bathroom or kitchen. Install glass shelves on the bare well to stack books, coffee mugs or bath accessories (in the washroom). Are we using your balcony or you are just using it for dumping some thing? Turn it into a little green corner and enjoy your share of sunshine in the morning. Even though you don’t have a great view, give it a little makeover and see the difference.