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by  houzz interior design ideas

Call me crazy, but I’d give up all the comforts of my bed (supersoft cotton sheets, cozy down comforter and plump pillow-top mattress) for one with a knockout view. I’m know I’d sleep more sweetly if my last waking sight were the twinkling lights of a cityscape or the swaying branches of a tranquil tree. And I’d be happy to awaken to the sun reflecting off the ocean or, for that matter, even a backyard swimming pool.

I don’t expect to achieve this goal soon (or ever). But it’s fun to daydream and to immerse yourself in the fantasy of wraparound windows without worrying about the cost.

Here, then, are some drop-dead gorgeous bedrooms, all designed with a view of the great outdoors.

Although this bedroom overlooking Seattle’s Lake Washington is small, it packs a dramatic design punch. Its wraparound windows afford spectacular views of the placid water and leafy treetops, while its warm plywood ceiling provides a grounding touch of modernism.

Just steps from the slopes, this Aspen, Colorado, sleeping chamber has a warm, rustic look, with its stone wall and vaulted ceiling. The reclaimed-wood ceiling is finished in a natural patina. There’s nothing rustic about the seating, though: a modern Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

This New York penthouse offers sweeping views of the city through its floor-to-ceiling windows. That high up, you shouldn’t have to worry about inquisitive neighbors, but velvet drapes can keep out the sunlight — or moonlight — for a more restful sleep.

There’s not much to distract you from this Cincinnati bedroom’s tree-filled views other than architect Jose Garcia’s use of local wood. The room’s floors and ceilings are fashioned from ash harvested onsite. The columns are white oak, salvaged from a fallen barn in the area, with texture worked in with hand tools.

The perfect perch for movie moguls (or aspiring ones) is this bedroom in the Hollywood Hills overlooking downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. For privacy the architects at Griffin Enright frosted the glass along the bottom of the oversize windows. To do this on existing windows, you can have an opaque film applied in a process that’s similar to tinting auto glass. (For sources search online for “window tinting.”)

There’s no hiding from nature in this house: The architects at Estes/Twombley placed it right in the vast, open marshlands of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This pristine bedroom, with its wall of double-hung windows, offers sweeping views of the tidal rivers and shorebirds foraging for food.

Given its hilly terrain, it’s not surprising to find drop-dead views in San Francisco. This elegant and serene bedroom takes full advantage of its perch in the Russian Hill neighborhood. The polished floors are engineered walnut with a clear finish, and high-end Schott antireflective glass has been used for maximum window clarity.

This glass-walled bedroom looks as though it’s open to the air, giving its owners a panoramic view of the Pacific (albeit not a lot of privacy). Never fear; the windows are actually taller than the ceiling by about 6 inches, providing a recessed pocket for roll-down shades.

Surrounded by established oaks, this master bedroom is truly nestled in the treetops. It occupies the entire third floor of a modern three-story house in Connecticut designed by Nautilus Architects.

This simple bedroom in a house in Montauk, at the far end of New York’s Long Island, features see-forever water views. The window frames, made of long-lasting steel for durability in the salt air, are from Hopes Windows. A simple wicker chaise from Ikea provides a perch for contemplative lounging.

This house was built to showcase the wide-open views of Northern California’s Mount Tamalpais. In the bedroom little gets in the way of the sight lines, other than an iconic Saarinen Womb Chair.

This stunning bedroom with a fireplace sits on a hill above the rocky coastline near Carmel, California. The gorgeous floors are fashioned from Cumaru, a tough and dense wood imported from Brazil that has a wavy, course texture. Because of its density, Cumaru is very resistant to termites and decay, and thus stands up well to the marine climate.

Imagine the sunrises and sunsets that flood this Miami Beach high-rise bedroom. The setting is all about glamour, with marble floors (4-foot-square slabs of Thassos), a cushy chaise and thick white curtains to pull closed when the owners want to shut out the world.

This oceanside bedroom on Long Island provides another perspective for bedside views. Architect David Ling designed these lower slot windows topped by bookcases to frame expansive views of the grass-covered dunes while the owners are lying in bed.

15 Fantastic Reasons to Clear Out the Clutter at Home

15 Fantastic Reasons to Clear Out the Clutter at Home


by John Egan published on Organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter.

Lazy clutter, he says, “is all the stuff that accumulates out of negligence over time.” That stuff includes unopened junk mail, old magazines and unwanted gifts. Bottom line: It’s trash.

Meanwhile, Walsh says, memory clutter “reminds us of some important person or event or achievement in the past—it’s sentimental and often hardest to part with.” Perhaps it’s your grandma’s well-worn quilt or your teenage daughter’s no-longer-played-with dolls.

Walsh advises that if you haven’t used an item in the past year, you’re not likely to ever need it. “Take the plunge and get rid of it!” he recommends on

In this infographic, SpareFoot presents 15 reasons to heed Walsh’s advice and cut out the clutter at home.

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The JumpSeat

The JumpSeat


Innovation is defined as the application of a new solution and Ziba, a design and innovative consultancy firm, has done just that. They have created a very interesting and attractive solution to the traditional auditorium seating, which poses space issues as the seats are 12 inches thick when retracted making it difficult to pass easily through the row. After intense research and forward thinking, they found that combining elements of structural engineering and the functionality of the human spine (pretty brilliant) that they were able to create a seat that supports an adult's body weight and disappears when not in use.

The new design is named the JumpSeat, in reference to the fold-down seats traditionally used by crew members on airplanes and trains. Sometimes the most clever designs come from the most unusual places.

Watch the video explanation about how it all works here.

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Source: Expert Talk: Walk on the Wild Side With Animal Art

eclectic family room by Marie Burgos Design Expert Talk: Walk on the Wild Side With Animal Art

by Lawrence Karol

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Animal art isn't just for kids — although, admittedly, one of the examples shown here was created just for them. But from Warhol to wild horses, there are a lot of sophisticated works that can complement the design of almost any room in your home.

Make it pop. This piece was in the owner's private collection and is an original Andy Warhol zebra print. "Because it was such a prized piece, we placed it prominently in the living room and used it as color inspiration, pulling out tones for the pillows and accessories," says designer Gabriel Benroth of Incorporated. "The owner chose this piece for its more subdued colors when compared to the hot pinks and aqua blues of other Warhol zebra prints."

Allow serendipity to strike. "We had a hard time finding the right piece for this room," says designer Dona Rosene. "Initially, the client didn't think the space was that important, and she had a limited budget for it. Then one day she walked into Domain in Fort Worth [Texas] and instantly fell in love with this painting and its size. She says it was an emotional response and bought it within five minutes despite the price."

Rosene's client told her, "It was meant to be that we ended up having a prominent picture of a horse where my daughter eats her breakfast every morning. She was born horse crazy, has been on horses since she was 18 months old, and has been taking riding lessons for over a year now."

Play with sophistication. For this beach house design, Tara Seawright wanted to bring in items the client's two small children could relate to. "It started with a fabric in the living room that had turtles swimming on it — but it was something adults would like too — and animals just started appearing in objects, lamps and artwork," she says.

"But when you walk into the house, it doesn't feel like an animal kingdom. It's more of an unconscious, playful kind of thing, and this piece by Jeffrey Rothstein met all my requirements because it was sophisticated but had fish. It wasn't too literal, and it's a beautiful piece — bright and approachable," she adds.

Climb every mountain. These prints by Joe Andoe were purchased from the Julie Nester Gallery in Utah. Momoko Morton of Naka Designs, who designed this space along with partner Robert Fitzgerald, says, "Our goal was to create a contemporary mountain look using traditional mountain imagery, finishes, textures and colors in an updated way."

She adds, "Our clients, who were Chicago doctors, wanted the space to be modern, crisp and white. But after a number of years of designing in the mountain towns of Colorado, we've learned what people want and expect when they come to visit, and we wanted to be sure our clients' condo/part-time rental property would be highly coveted. So we met in the middle and created a space that is unexpected, luxurious and warm."

The images by Andoe "were a perfect addition to the space," she says, "with the unexpected punch of color in contrast to the cool gray paint and Paul Smith for Maharam headboard fabric."

Pick up a souvenir. For this family room, Jenna Wedemeyer took inspiration from the homeowners. "I love this piece because it's a work the clients bought on a trip to Antwerp [Belgium]," she says. "It's a constant reminder and reflection of their life experiences and not a reflection of me as a designer or something impersonal or store bought. It gives the room its soul."

Create a custom work. "We created three wallpapers with animal prints for three boys' bedrooms," says designer Jarlath Mellett. "Each has a different theme — jungle, ocean, desert — and we took images of animals and then created custom wallpaper by scanning fashion and interior fabric patterns to color in the animals."

He adds, "Each wallpaper is meant to be a piece of timeless art for the kids to grow into and was based on their individual interests. It provides them with a whole world to live in and spark their imagination."

Embrace the elements. These homeowners are nature and animal lovers, and designer Marie Burgos felt it was important to choose art that made them happy and comfortable. This work by Patrick Wright is called "Passing By."

"I use the principles of feng shui in all of my designs regardless of whether I'm adopting a contemporary, eclectic, modern, tropical or rustic look. In order to apply feng shui, I use the bagua, which is an energy map. It gets applied to the floor plan, and I always place the emphasis on using a great open layout for the chi energy to circulate freely. I also utilize the two opposite forces of yin and yang to create balance, and the five natural elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) to create harmony," Burgos says.

"Animal art is a way to integrate a natural element in a stylish way. In this case, the horses, which are a noble animal with great energy, bring a spirit of openness and freedom," she adds. "In this family room, I opened the wall on either side to make the space flow better but wanted to keep the original brick wall for more texture and authenticity. The horses give this room life and a unique character."

Supersize it. "It’s important to me to show each homeowner’s personality in an interior," says designer Kimball Starr. "For this client, his cats are his family, so I wanted to honor that by giving them prominence. I had their portraits photographed and supersized and then displayed their faces where he can enjoy them every day."
Be sure to have fun. Here's another room by Kimbell Starr that’s actually in her own home. "Those bristle-brush animals would sit on my desk and always make me smile," she says. "So I decided to display them as if they were museum pieces. I named the donkey Donkatella and the pig Spork, and wrote their names on the wall, the way a museum would display genus and species of an animal, but in my own modernized, lighthearted way."

Danish artist Pernille Snedker Hansen

I’ve seen rather creative ways to transform hardwood floors, but Danish artist Pernille Snedker Hansen takes unique floor treatments to a whole new level with Marbelous Wood.

The technique of marbling, which is defined as the art of floating paints on a thickened liquid or water, patterning a design, and making a contact print, is an ancient art form. But, there is nothing ancient about Hansen’s process. Her use of vibrant colors is a spectacular twist on this traditional design approach.

Her contemporary design company, snedker°studio, has developed innovative surfaces for home design since 2009. Hansen describes her creativity as a challenge to change the way we look and experience the surfaces around us. Her main goal is to encourage people to enjoy the the details in unexpected materials.

I, for one, definitely enjoy the details of this unique flooring.

Click here to watch a video of Pernille Snedker Hansen’s process to create the Marbelous Wood.


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Stair style

Stairs are taking on a whole new look. Whether you prefer soft carpet to hardwood or bold color over muted elegance, the design appeal of stairs have come a long way.

Check out some of the options available. Hopefully you will see a style that will really let your stairs shine.


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Last week I was featured in a newsletter distributed by, a site which provides an online platform for artists and interior design specialists to connect with their buyers, clients and future patrons. I wanted to share the newsletter since I think it is incredibly well done. It captures and engages readers with an image from my portfolio, details about my education and concept, along with a mood board of the pieces I used to create the design. Plus, I am excited to have landed in inboxes across the globe.

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Spotlight on Sectionals

For years the sectional sofa has mostly been treated as a functional piece due to its ample and comfortable seating. Lately, though, I have noticed a budding trend of fashionable fabrics, vibrant hues and exceptional embellishments, letting the sectional be the star of the show.

In the right space these sofas can provide function while accentuating the overall design style. In fact, a living room from one of my favorite design projects popped up on recently in an article titled “Living Room with White Sectional,” which inspired this post.

The Tribeca penthouse (pictured above) was a dream to design. With its stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, warm wood floors and loads of natural sunlight, it was simple to incorporate the fundamental Feng Shui principles to create the perfect energy flow. I filled the space with clean lines, straight and curvy shapes, vibrant colors, modern art and a mix of metal and glass. The sectional is certainly a highlight with the colorful blue, white, silver and lavender  silk and velvet pillows.

Here are a few more sectionals that pack a punch.

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Bold Pattern: Chevron

The inverted V-shaped pattern of the Chevron has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks used the geometric pattern on pottery and the military uses it to indicate rank or level of service. But over the past few years, the Chevron has recreated itself in the design and fashion industry. It has taken on a new energy with varying widths, courageous colors and fearless placement.

Lucky for us, there are both subtle and explosive ways to include this incredible pattern in your home. As seen in the examples below, those who are daring in the world of design grab a bright color, such as teal, and splash the Chevron across the tile on a kitchen wall. While others use a reversed gray and white execution to create a soft yet powerful dramatic floor. And for those looking to grab attention with the trend but don’t want a permanent design feature, simple accessories offer the power of the design without the commitment.

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Modern Wallpapers

Wallpaper today has punch with bright colors and bold patterns. New designs are popping up every day giving consumers multiple options that fit their design wavelength. Utilizing these graphic wall-coverings on one wall creates an exciting focal point in any room.

When the owners of a 4-level loft in Gramercy Park requested a modern eclectic look, I chose a vintage inspired wallpaper to create a funky atmosphere in their music studio. It was just the right touch for this young artistic couple.

Wallpaper Republic has several collections similar in design to what I used in the Gramercy Park remodel. They focus on collaborating with world-class artists and designers to bring a series of collections that are extremely creative. They even allow customization of any design to make it perfect for your home.

Since there are endless options, it is easy to find the exact print to make you grin.

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