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Design Dilemmas: The wall behind the flat screen TV

Design Dilemmas: The wall behind the flat screen TV

Dear Readers, figuring out what to hang on the wall behind, above and around flat screen TV’s has always vexed me. Currently, I have three Chinese screens, which I bought several years ago at the now shuttered Bucktown store Wow and Zen. I like them well enough, but my aesthetic has continued to evolve, and […]

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What glows within?

What glows within?

I’m drawn to the mysterious glow emanating from these homes. What’s happening behind those walls, and how do I score an invitation? I can practically smell the incense, and it’s easy to envision seances, dancing and chanting. In fact, the answer is likely far less exotic, but lighting can make a very powerful statement in […]

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Design Rules: Context is king

Design Rules: Context is king

Last week I wrote about the perplexing array of products in the Neiman Marcus home department, and my friend, KitchenLab and design in a bag‘s Rebekah Zaveloff left a thoughtful comment about the important role context plays in shaping our perception. “I kept thinking, it’s all about how pieces are put together and the context […]

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My dream office (what do you think?)

My dream office (what do you think?)

↔ Tanker desk – The Old Cinema. Eames Executive Chair – Herman Miller . Cast iron wood school table – Get Back Inc. Desk lamp – Barker and Stonehouse. Perpetual calendar – Design Within Reach. Chalk globe – Cathie Filian’s blog. Rare Saul Bass Vertigo movie poster – Ebay. Laptop sleeve – @Work Design. Vintage […]

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Design Rules: Design for all the senses

Design Rules: Design for all the senses

While reading this post, I recommend that you dim the lights, take off your shoes, settle into a comfortable chair and sip your favorite cocktail or beverage. And don’t forget about the music, because creating a splendid environment takes more than optimal furniture layout and killer color coordination. It’s about ambiance, a lesson I first […]

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Design Rules: Follow the Golden Gate (a contemporary classic)

Design Rules: Follow the Golden Gate (a contemporary classic)

Describing a place as touristy conjures up images of senior citizens on tour buses and camera-toting oblivions holding up traffic. The Golden Gate Bridge is definitely touristy. I was the camera idiot, and there were loads of senior citizens and everybody else too. The word ‘throngs’ seems apt. But the landmark’s also spectacular and even […]

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Follow wedding rules for design bliss (Make It Better)

Follow wedding rules for design bliss (Make It Better)

Making your house better can be as easy as saying “I do.”  Read all about it at Make It Better.

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