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The Best Art Deco Household Designs You Can Create in Your Home

The roaring ’20s are back, and with them comes the art deco period once again.  This period, marked by the sleek design and vivid colors with a velvety texture, is one of the most iconic design history parts. Many homeowners are drawing inspiration from the era where a couch can define a room.  Here are the best art deco household designs you can create in your home, without pushing it too far into the past.

Pick An Accent Metal and Stick With It

The 1920s aesthetic is rife with shiny and beautiful surfaces.  To avoid making a room seem too cluttered or busy, stick to only one type of metallic color per room.  You can have a warm gold in your living room, copper in the kitchen, and silver in the bedroom or any other combination of these.  Reflective surfaces were significant because they screamed money in a time where many didn’t have much. You got to admire yourself in the sleek surfaces as you walked by them.

Sleek and Hard Designs

Following through with the last note, sleek and stiff designs are big.  A tall dresser with deep shiny wood and a lacquered surface can fit perfectly, but so could vintage lamps, mirrors, and art.  Look for things that scream luxury without being too flashy.  Try to think of it like camp fashion, nearly pushing the envelope but pulling back just enough that it’s fun and quirky.  Stained glass was significant during the 20s, so don’t be afraid to replace a window or two and cast some colorful light.

Avoid Oranges and Ochres- Embrace Yellow and Peach

Because the 1970s were so inspired by the 1920s, leaning into orange or ochre colors could quickly muddle which era your home is supposed to be based in.  If you love warm colors, go for a cooler red.  If you’re not sure about a piece, and you’ve been considering it for a while, try to research bedrooms, offices, and living rooms in the roaring twenties and see if anything similar matches up with it.

Wallpaper Is A Friend

When I say wallpaper is a friend, I don’t mean farmhouse floral.  Wallpaper was more vivid, like royal blues with gold accents, or deep reds with patterns in a darker red colored into their paper.  Pick a wallpaper that matches the aesthetic you have planned out- or if you don’t have one picked yet, you can choose the wallpaper and then build out from there!  Accent walls weren’t quite a thing, but if you want to modernize it by having a substantial fence through the wallpaper, you can do that.  This house is your home, and being inspired by the 20s doesn’t mean you have to replicate it perfectly!

Dark Hardwood

If you already have dark hardwood floors, then perfect!  Just polish them and make sure they gleam.  If you don’t, though, aim for furniture that replicates that feeling.  Lower side tables and coffee tables made of dark hardwood with metal details can bring through that 1920s flavor.

If you have lighter hardwood floors, and you’d consider staining your floors, you can easily do this over a weekend.  You save money by doing it yourself, but using a professional helps protect you against staining your belongings and ensuring that it gets sealed correctly.  If you do it yourself, make sure to sample the stain’s color first before applying it to your whole floor.  If you’re aiming for dark mahogany and up with light cherry wood, you’ll have to stain the wood all over again.

Embrace the (Almost) Minimal

The classic home we generally think of when trying to conjure up a thought of the 1920s is usually pretty spacious and empty.  Your eyes are drawn to the detail of marble flooring, tall ceilings, beautiful art on every wall.  Unfortunately, we can’t all turn our houses into mansions, so it’s essential to do what you can to embrace minimal while also creating a sense of spaciousness.  If you have shorter ceilings, replicate the feeling of spaciousness by using tall curtains that draw the eye upwards.  Mirrors, a very 1920s decoration, especially when they’re oversized, are a fantastic way to make any room feel larger.

Trim and Borders

Trim and borders need to be ornate as well!  Although some homes did include gold detailing in these, you don’t necessarily need to have a metal finish on them to make it seem spacious.  If you use too much gold, it might make your living room feel like the dining room of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.  Go for ornate and period similar trim and borders around your walls and ceilings; make sure they’re cut to fit and that they suit the aesthetic of the rest of your room. 

Rich and Colorful Extras

Velvet was huge in the 1920s, leaving many to have it on nearly every surface.  If you don’t want to replace your furniture with this fussy fabric, you can easily use it in other ways.  Velvet curtains block out heat and cold while allowing you to darken a room.  Velvet pillows are a pleasingly soft and luxurious feeling.  Go for richer colors with velvet since it compliments the softness of the fabric.  

Rich colors should be used through many of the details.  Stick to one to two bold colors per room.  A red and purple room, or a navy blue and emerald green room can go entirely as long as you choose your pieces carefully and work to ensure they match well together.  

The 1920s were a tumultuous and wild time, much like the 2020s are shaping up to be.  Take the time and care to bring the parts you like with you into your modern home, and you can keep a little bit of the fun of the 1920s alive.

Graham & Brown Announces Wallpaper and Color of 2021

GRAHAM & BROWN ANNOUNCES WALLPAPER AND COLOR OF THE YEAR 2021

Each year, the UK’s leading wallpaper and paint specialists, Graham & Brown, announces its Wallpaper of the Year and Color of the Year. Drawing upon seventy five years of design and manufacturing experience in the field, the in-house design studio identifies key movements in the interiors sector and forecasts the future trends that will shape the Graham & Brown collections for the coming months.

Launching the 2021 collection from its design headquarters in Blackburn in a globally streamed digital showcase, the heritage brand presented Wallpaper of the Year: Timepiece and Color of the Year: Epoch, an expert fusion of archive material and contemporary components.

GRAHAM & BROWN WALLPAPER OF THE YEAR 2021: TIMEPIECE AMETHYST
Full of movement, color, and exuberance, the Graham & Brown Wallpaper of the Year marks the start of the 75 Anniversary celebrations of the brand which will run throughout 2021. Piecing together fragments from the Graham & Brown archive, Timepiece is an amalgamation of prints dating from 1946 to the present day. The result is a bold, innovative wallpaper that represents the essence of the Graham & Brown design philosophy.

Timepiece evokes an environment that is opulent, glamorous, and indulgent. Reminiscent of the lavish blooms and tangled stems of Dutch flower painting, the rich, jewel-toned color palette is enlivened with flashes of sunlit petals and vividly striped tulips. Hyacinth florets form an inviting textural juxtaposition to the large-scale arrangements featuring elegant magnolia blooms.
In addition to the Amethyst colorway, Timepiece is also available in Moonstone and Midnight palettes. For the first time ever the design can also be produced as a made-to-measure bespoke Mural of the Year: Timepiece, highlighting just how far wall covering production has developed from the fixed repeat surface print machines of 1946.

The Wallpaper of the Year and Color of the Year are shining examples Graham & Brown’s perfectly partnered paint and wallpaper offerings. Each wallpaper in the extensive Graham & Brown collection is mirrored by a perfectly matched hero paint color and three coordinating hues for a complimentary full room solution. Complementing the Wallpaper of the Year is the Color of the Year: Epoch, along with partnering shades Spiced Mulberry, Fondue, and Whale Tail.

“Design innovation has always been the driving force and the heartbeat of Graham & Brown throughout the years. The studio team love to delve into the pattern and print archives and discover hidden treasures that we can then reimagine with modern production techniques and new color compositions, presenting a twist on the latest interior trends. A great deal of craftsmanship goes into the making of each archive artwork and we believe that is something to be cherished and celebrated,to be able to breathe new life into this material and let it have a new place within our history is something we love to do.”

-Maryanne Cartwright, Design Studio Manager at Graham & Brown

GRAHAM & BROWN COLOR OF THE YEAR 2021: EPOCH

To complement the Timepiece wallpaper design, Graham & Brown has announced its Color of the Year 2021: Epoch. A directional shade of plum, Epoch pinpoints the richest purple tone in the Timepiece wallpaper and amplifies it, channeling the revelry, regality, and luxury associated with the shade. A calming, cocooning tone, Epoch echoes a wider interior trend which looks to create restful spaces for healthier, happier homes.

“Time is an overarching theme that winds its way through each thread of our 2021 Trends Forecast. As the world we live in continues to shift and evolve at an ever-increasing rate, we look toward the future through the lens of nostalgia. We’ve explored how the future has been envisioned throughout history and how time is often considered the most precious commodity of all. Both Timepiece and Epoch contemplate on the passing of time and what can be discovered should we embrace the opportunity to recharge, reflect, and rediscover our history.”

-Paula Taylor, Color & Trends Specialist at Graham & Brown

Abby Hesketh, Product Manager and Paint & Color Specialist at Graham & Brown has shared her expert tips for styling the Graham & Brown Color of the Year: Epoch within the home:

● “Tonal pairings are a great way to make use of rich, expressive shades while still keeping things fairly safe. Epoch works brilliantly when used as a feature wall partnered with lighter hues of lavender and heather – this will soften the impact of the darker color while ensuring that all walls of the room tie together cohesively.

● If drama is your goal, then try pairing Epoch with other equally vivid colors. Partnering Epoch with shades of teal will result in an opulent, peacock-inspired look, while adding pops of peach can shape a playful yet sophisticated space.

● Color-blocking is a creative way to incorporate Epoch into a space. Below you’ll see a super easy geometric design using just three Graham & Brown paints – Epoch, Spiced Mulberry, and B aby Powder; the result is a light and airy feature that would make a fun addition to a kid’s bedroom, playroom, or even a lounge.

● A trend we’ve noticed gathering momentum is pale walls paired with skirting boards and doors painted in a darker shade. This is a great way to highlight the architectural features of a room and adds a cozy element while still building depth and structure as we head into the autumn and winter months. Use Epoch across all the woodwork within a room and pair with either a lighter shade of purple for a sophisticated tonal scheme, or with a mid-grey with warm undertones for lightweight feel.

● Finally, consider creating a drop ceiling effect by using Epoch on the ceiling but then continuing the color down to picture rail height – this is one of my favorite interiors trends and will work well with any of the perfectly partnered Graham & Brown paint shades.”

About Graham & Brown:
For over seventy years, Graham & Brown has inspired people to think differently about their walls through continuous innovation, creativity, and craftsmanship. Founded by two friends – Harold Graham and Henry Brown, the business has been family-run from its Headquarters in Blackburn,Lancashire since 1946. Now the UK’s leading wallpaper manufacturer, Graham & Brown has expanded its collection to include paint, murals, wall art and soft furnishings. Graham & Brown is sold internationally to over seventy-five countries through its divisions in North America, France, Holland, Russia, China and Australia.

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Improve the Structure of Your Home With These Key Hacks

You have a lot to consider when you look to improve your home and make the most of it as an asset. Your home is something you should be looking to make the most of moving forward, and there are a lot of things that play a role in this. One of the major factors you need to keep in mind right now is that you are going to need to improve the structure of the home as much as possible.

Assess the Property

First things first, you need to make sure you assess the property and find out where there might be any issues that need to be addressed. Often with homes, you don’t actually realize there is an issue until it occurs, and once you go looking for one issue, others tend to appear. You also need to make sure that the structure of the home is as sound as possible. Try to come up with ideas that are going to help you assess the home!

Make Changes

No matter how much you love your home, there is a good bet you’re going to want to change parts of it to make you love it more. If there are structural issues, it is even more important to make these changes, as it is something that could make or break your home right now. Focus on taking it to next level. There are a lot of changes you can make that will help with this. 

Bring in Experts

There are plenty of experts you can bring in to help you deal with the structural issues you might face as a homeowner. This is something you need to do right now so that you can take things to the next level. Try to come up with ideas that will help with this, and make sure you are hiring a foundation problem expert to help look after the structural integrity of the home. 

If you can follow these hacks you will find yourself well-placed to make the right changes for your home right now. This is something that is going to improve the property and make it a much safer and more attractive place for you to live. There are a lot of things that play a role in this, and it is so important to try to make the most of this right now. 

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8 Luxurious Design Inspirations For Your Dream Home


Ready to give shape to the dreams you’ve always nurtured about your luxury home? While it’s exciting to design your envisioned living space, the process to achieve the right balance of form and function can be daunting.

Regardless of style, creating a luxury home design calls for special attention to detail, the ability to see the big picture, and a certain degree of cohesiveness. But at the end of the day, your luxury abode should echo your personal flair.

Considering all of these factors, it can be overwhelming to determine home design ideas that can be successfully turned into reality. In this blog post, we’ve handpicked some luxury features that will serve as your guide and inspiration to get started.

  1. Experiment with patterns and neutrals. While neutrals and pastels can add warmth and cosiness to a space, patterns are the way to go if you’re looking to add some drama and depth to your home’s interior. Combining the two in varying ranges and scales is a great way to infuse visual interest in a room.
  2. Go bold in small spaces
    Shades of white and neutral tones are the most common choices when it comes to small spaces. But who said that’s the norm? Go against the grain and opt for brave colours and graphic prints to let small spaces like powder room and narrow walkways come alive.
  3. Let your hallway stand out
    If your colour choices are usually more reserved, step outside of your comfort zone by choosing a bold hue like purple for a hallway. It is unexpected and can be a chic backdrop for showcasing an art collection, as in this design by David Hicks.
  4. Create an aesthetic mudroom
    There’s no doubt about the functionality of a mudroom — it’s a brilliant way to utilise space where your extra belongings and muddy shoes can be dumped before entering the home. Plus, it offers a great opportunity to add extra storage in a busy household. But why go basic when designing one? Using patterned tiles, high-end hooks, and custom cabinets, you can create stylish mudrooms that can be as minimal or as extravagant as you wish!
  5. Design a home office with custom features
    With the growth of home working and popularity of remote working trends, a home office is no longer an afterthought. It’s also no longer a boring space where you simply get your work done. With a bit of imagination along with the creative use of custom décor, storage, and furniture, you can turn it into a luxurious private space that will inspire productivity and elegance.
  6. Let the high-end theatre experience come home
    With a well-designed home theatre, it’s possible to elevate your viewing experience up a notch! Assemble the necessary elements such lighting, visuals, and sound and blend them beautifully with smart design and stunning décor to create your personal ‘den’ for enjoying your favourite movies and shows.
  7. Include mirrors in the mix
    Mirrors are an incredible interior design device that can be used in a range of different ways to reflect light and create an illusion of spaciousness. Particularly, LED mirror, when added to your bathroom and smaller spaces, can effectively ramp up the luxury look and feel.
  8. Make a statement with artwork display
    When it comes to showcasing your artworks, sky is the limit. You might want to practice restrain or indulge in excesses — it all depends of your taste and choice of art. Go about it by placing your collection of artworks and collectibles strategically all over your living space. Or, choose a wall to create a gallery of artworks in minimalist frames. Both treatments work can wonderfully to create a big statement. With these ideas as your guide, take yourself on a journey to build your luxury home that reflects who you are.
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By Armon Hayes

Post quarantine, many global citizens are adapting to the New World Order grand opening. College students, in particular, are navigating this semester, presenting new challenges, and subsequently shaping the future. COVID-19 has not only impacted economics across the board, but education as well.

Bed Bath & Beyond has products, services, and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living. This is a crucial decision that many students will face, so it’s important that Bed Bath & Beyond makes college shopping easier and more convenient with great services and solutions. Bed Bath & Beyond is here to help with essentials, across the country students share faves and recommendations of what they couldn’t live without at school. Check out recommendations HERE.

No need to lug stuff from home to school. Students can pick out what they love online or at their local store and pick up at a store near campus to build a personalized workspace, whether students are home or away. From bedding to lighting, and décor, find everything needed to make a space cozy, functional, and authentically “you”! Utilize the Dorm & Apartment Checklists: A favorite resource among students and parents. These checklists have all they need for dorm or apartment life. Get it in-store or purchase online.

Whether it’s building a study-at-home setup or outfitting a new space, as of late, Bed Bath & Beyond outfitted live-work space for 360 Magazine. Gifting included Wamsutta collective comforter, designed with glamping in mind – a tent inspired bed set that’s beyond practical with deep cargo pockets, each at the head to store bedtime necessities. It is army green, which is the perfect neutral and ideal for anyone who enjoys snacks in bed. To complete the set, there are matching pillow shams with ringlet outline details. The awesome extras were two Dawson UGG pillows reminiscent of their iconic footwear and comfort.

They are experts for all thing’s college and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living based on a student’s needs and budget. Save with Bed Bath & College Savings Pass: Get 20% off every purchase. Receive a great value on made-to-last items when shopping with the College Savings Pass! Unlimited use in-store or online through 9/30/20! Sign up HERE.

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CHIA PET × KIDROBOT

What happens when Frank Kozik’s iconic pop art figure the Labbit collides with the classic nostalgia of Ch-ch-ch-chia? A glazed terracotta, mustache wearing, butthole baring, cigarette smokin’, pack-Labbit, of course. Introducing the newest creation by world-renowned artist and Kidrobot Chief Creative Officer, Frank Kozik, the Chia Pet Smorkin Labbit Terracotta Art Figure. Whether it’s on your kitchen windowsill, given prominent placement on your coffee table, or on your bedroom nightstand watching you while you sleep at night, this limited edition Chia Labbit is a must-have home companion that will definitely start some conversations with guests. Plus… It’s a Chia Pet!  Apply the chia seeds (packet provided) and water and your smoking Labbit friend will be lighting up and sprouting in no time!
 

Each figure retails for $29.99. Three limited-edition versions are now available in the USA:

  • Black Edition – Limited edition of 400.  Available for order only on Kidrobot’s website at Kidrobot.com.
  • Orange Edition – Limited edition of 200.  Available for order only on Kidrobot’s website at Kidrobot.com.
  • White Edition – Limited edition of 400.  Available for order at Kidrobot authorized art toy retail stores which can be found with Kidrobot’s Store Locator: https://www.kidrobot.com/apps/store-locator/
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Making Work-From-Home Work with Milo

Over the years, BDI has built its reputation on building office and media furniture designed to complement the way you live — and look good doing it. For many of us adapting to the new normal of working from home, space constraints make it impossible to put together a home office with a full-size desk, office chair and filing cabinets. 

Still, there’s something to be said for getting away from the kitchen table. That’s where a c-table like BDI’s Milo can come in handy. Though small in size, these tables are big on versatility. 

Weighing only 10 pounds, Milo is easy to pick up and move. It effortlessly slides up to or under seating and is always right by your side whenever you need it.

Place it in the living room to enjoy the morning light while you sip your coffee and tackle the first tasks of the day. Then move it to the deck for a change of scenery while you answer emails. Thanks to its durable powdered aluminum construction, it can occasionally go outside.

At the end of the day, Milo plays as hard as it works, serving as the perfect side table to hold remote controls and libations while you binge the latest must-see television series.

For more information on Milo, visit http://www.bdiusa.com/milo

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Santa Monica Mid Century


This Santa Monica Mid Century was designed originally by Fredrick Monhoff in 1949. It was a 3 bedroom 1 bath home, a total of 1200 square feet. It has since received several additions including a green roof now in construction.
 
In 2013, homeowners Elaine and David contacted Abeer Sweis wanting to expand square footage to meet the needs of their growing family, and to make updates. Sweis designed a new wing that provides two additional bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den, using leftover space for a laundry room and pantry. Sweis also expanded the dining area and renovated the main living space with the exception of the original brick fireplace.

There were four specific elements driving the design: indoor/outdoor living, utilizing natural light, having an open floor plan with continuity of space and views, and the use of modern materials that fit seamlessly into the midcentury architecture.

Indoor-outdoor flow both to the patio and the den on the other side was created with the use of folding doors and large windows, and by carrying the tile from the interior living space out to the patio and spa area. The hall, typically simply a circulation space, became one of their favorite rooms in the house. It ties together the spaces in the new addition and accentuates the intersection of the angles existing and new.

The clients lived in the home during this phase of construction.

The north wing of the home is undergoing renovation now in construction. An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) will replace the existing one-car garage and guest room. The challenge was to add more square footage without sacrificing the outdoor living space. Although built with contemporary innovations, the green roof design of the accessory structure compliments the original home.

“Abeer, Jeff and their team did an amazing job expanding and renovating our mid-century modern architectural home. The design process was a true partnership-Abeer listened to our needs and incorporated our preferences, while executing an incredible design vision for our home. We enjoyed the process very much. Jeff did an exceptional job leading the construction process. Every detail was addressed and the end product is truly amazing. Every aspect of our new home meets our needs, both in terms of form and function. We highly recommend [them] and would hire them again without reservation.” – David + Elaine 

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3 Important Points You Need To Ace Your Dream Home Design

On average, American home buyers spend 124 hours browsing for a house that would be a good fit for them. Hence, it’s no wonder people just want to get a custom home built instead of going through the time-consuming process of finding a good pre-made house that meets their needs. So, how do you get started on the process? If you’re looking to build your own custom home, it’s important to ace these three points to achieve the best results. 

Find a Good Building Contractor

Finding the home builder that’s right for you can be a bit of a mission, as home builders can vary in terms of experience, specialization, and of course, pricing. To get a good handle on the average amount of cash you’d need to put forward, get quotes from multiple contractors. However, that isn’t all you’d need to do to determine the right builder for the job.

You’d also need to background-check the contractors that you’re eyeing. This is to verify their experience and qualifications, as well as if they specialize in the biggest parts of your home design. It’s also important to get to know the builders themselves, to gauge if they’re trustworthy enough to be transparent about expenses and project time frames. 

Renting Construction Equipment

Costs for custom home building average at around $200 per square foot. This includes everything from materials and building tools to personnel. Building contractors have enough basic tools and some heavy equipment to begin construction, but most projects would need even heavier or more specialized equipment to complete the job up to specifications. Such equipment includes heavy-duty concrete mixer trucks and dump trucks and an aerial equipment rental fleet

When renting such equipment, it’s important to look at the rental options that equipment rental services offer and see if they match up with your needs and budget. For example, it may turn out that your building project would need a certain piece of equipment for a shorter or longer time than expected. In that event, flexible rental options that only charge per day are ideal. 

Perfecting the Future-Proof Design

Many custom-built homes follow current-day aesthetic trends rather than practical designs, and so their homes quickly become obsolete when it comes to catching up with future circumstances. As an example, many custom homes were made to facilitate the life of a bachelor or a young couple, with little consideration for when the owners marry or start a family. All too often that results in homeowners selling their homes because it is no longer compatible with their new lifestyle.

To avoid such an outcome, it’s important to find an experienced architect or designer. You would need to coordinate closely with them to get advice on how to incorporate features to your build in anticipation for the future, as well as recommendations on practical industry trends. The right architect can not only future-proof your home and fill it with plenty of quality-of-life features, but will also prevent you from spending extra on renovations in the long run.

Custom houses provide aspiring homeowners with tailor-made solutions that production homes just can’t provide most of the time. While it may seem that custom houses take a lot more effort, you need only get the above points down to a T to achieve the house of your dreams.