How to Make a Magnolia Table Garland the Easy Way

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Magnolia is one of my favorite leaves to decorate with during the holidays! I love the way the leaves are a deep waxy green on the front contrasted by its rough cognac tone posterior. When many leaves are placed together you get the perfect mix of texture to dazzle the eyes. Once colors and lights are added to the mix, such as fruits and candles, the outcome is sensational. Below is how to make a Magnolia Table Garland the easy way.

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How To Craft a Last Minute Creepy Room for Halloween in Five Easy Steps

Crafting the perfectly spooky space doesn’t always mean jack-o-lanterns and witches. There are a few steps to creating an eerie feeling room. Below I teach you How To Craft a Last Minute Creepy Room for Halloween in Five Easy Steps.

1. Neutralize your room! Take a look around and clear away any bright colors. Put away color pop accents and drape brightly colored upholstery in white, grey or black sheets or old curtains. Cover bright and happy looking lighting and lamp shades with creepy gauze cloth.

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My Best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe for Fall in 5 Easy Steps

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I entertain a lot! Over and over, I get more requests for this soup each Fall because it’s warming, rich and delicious–and it’s healthy too! So here is My Best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe for Fall in 5 Easy Steps.

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4 Favorite Ways to Create Visual Space

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Whether it is vintage bungalow from 1920s, a contemporary condo with an intimate floor plan, or a cozy home with compartmentalized rooms, small spaces are plentiful and require lots of creativity in order to make them feel expansive and luxurious. These are my 4 favorite ways to create visual space.

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Before & After Kitchen Remodel, Manhattan Beach, CA

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We are so excited to share our most recent Before & After Kitchen Remodel–an updated Cape Cod design in Manhattan Beach, CA. This project is located in the coveted “trees” section of Manhattan and just look how it turned out!

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5 Must Dos For a Successful Kitchen Remodel

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If we are lucky, we might get to design and remodel a kitchen one or two times in our lives. And, with the kitchen being the heart of the home, we need to ensure a durable and timeless kitchen design is achieved before embarking on a build out. Below I share with you the 5 Must Dos For a Successful Kitchen Remodel.

1. Maximize Storage
“More storage” is almost always the first request that I hear from a client when embarking on a kitchen remodel. We must have space to put everything in order to keep a kitchen looking clean and attractive. I suggest selecting cabinetry with new storage technology such as a floor to ceiling pull out style pantry and skinny built-in pullouts for oils and spices. Also be sure to create a smart custom design to maximize all possible storage areas that are unique to your kitchen and floor plan.

Tall Kitchen Pull-Out

Floor to ceiling pantry pull-out creates tones of dry food storage and saves space in the kitchen taking up only 8-15″ of wall space.

2. Bring in Light
The kitchen is a room that must be well lit in all functional areas as well as have elements of drama for an atmospheric feel and beauty. A kitchen requires a layering of natural and simulated lighting elements. Best kitchen lighting plans will contain recessed and spot lights at the perimeters of the plan, pendant lighting over islands and peninsulas, task and under cabinet lighting as well as natural light from windows. I recommend that all lighting be dimmable so that you can create the mood.

Overhead lighting was changed out to LED for optimum brightness and efficiency. Glass door cabinets were equipped with rope lights inside and under cabinets lights were added to give the travertine splash a natural glow. All in all the lighting updates made a significant impact in the kitchen.

Manhattan Beach Kitchen Before Photo

BEFORE The Remodel

3. Opt for High Contrast Selections
Contrast is an integral element of design, however it’s key in the kitchen. Contrasts of shadow, light, and color as well as smooth and patterned textures will create excitement and help direct the eye to the important elements of the room. For example, a black and white kitchen theme with elements of wood and a splash of color is an excellent timeless choice.

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Black, white and yellow are a beautiful in this kitchen–contrasting colors and tones are exciting and bold.

4. Choose Durable and Water Resilient Materials
This seems an obvious one, but still, material choice needs to be a concentrated item of focus when planning a kitchen. For example, wood counters are rich, warm and cost-effective, but they are not recommended for use near a sink. White marble is glamorous but if flaws in the stone overtime will bother your eyes, then it’s not for you. Travertine is a material often used in kitchen design; however it’s porous, absorbs dirt and food and is best kept away from the cook top and prep areas. All materials can be a consideration if you love them, but be sure to consider where they are going and how they will be used. Consult with a designer to ensure the best choices are made.

This kitchen is set up for years of beauty and function. Designer chose durable granite for main counter tops with a highly cleanable subway tile splash. Wood was set atop island where it could be used for prep or table top service. Floor are coated coated and sealed for easy clean up.

This kitchen is set up for years of beauty and function. Designer chose durable granite for main counter tops with a highly cleanable subway tile splash. Wood was set atop island where it could be used for prep or table top service. Floor are coated coated and sealed for easy clean up.

5. Integrate Your Kitchen Design to Coordinate with the Style of Your Home

Beautiful home designed by Kohler with kitchen design flowing flawlessly into dinging room and then formal living room.

Beautiful home designed by Kohler with kitchen design flowing flawlessly into dinging room and then formal living room.


It can be tempting to create a modern commercial style kitchen with sleek metal and glass elements, but wait—what does the rest of your house look like? Is your home prairie style, craftsman, cape cod, or Spanish? With so many style choices available to us, it is becoming more and more important to make sure that we coordinate our new selections with the existing style of the home and its interior spaces. Designing a kitchen that is too much of a departure from the existing exterior and interior style of the home can actually devalue your property. There are many ways to bring a kitchen up-to-date both functionally and visually and still keep its design cohesive.

 

 

15 Inspiring Thanksgiving Tablescapes

This year we will be hosting our very first Thanksgiving at our home. I will be getting out my grandmother’s bone china and my great grandmother’s crystal and setting a table filled with love and memories. These items will help to create the mood and setting for the feast. The tablescape we create tells our story of Thanksgiving present and past and brings about feelings of gratitude for those around us, our health and the food on the table.  How will you decorate your table this year? What mood will you create for your guests? I have collected 15 Inspiring Thanksgiving Tablescapes to share with you. Which is your favorite?

1. Rustic Charm

Rustic Thanksgiving tablescape

Wood elements, vintage glasses, loads of candles and the fruits of the season feel warm and inviting in this rustic Thanksgiving tablescape.

2. Modern Country

This table setting is inspired by the country style but the centerpiece is simple stunning. I love that each guest can write what they are thankful for and add their thoughts to the tree.

This table setting is country inspired with a stunning centerpiece that echoes the playful chandelier above. A mix of textiles, colors and votive jars gives the table its warmth and I love that each guest can write what they are thankful for and add their thoughts to the tree.

3. Outdoor Thanks

Outside Living thanksgiving Table

Why not eat outside? In Southern California we can enjoy weather in the 70s this time of year–warm sun and just the right amount of breeze. What an amazing way to do Thanksgiving. Here this eclectic tablescape is dressed with the most elegant and lovely things. Antique stemware and the bright white table runners are so elegant. Whimsy is added by the hanging lights which act as a stunning chandelier for the long table. Image from FlowerWildEvents.com

4. Mid-Century

Mid Century Thanksgiving table

Here is the Iroquois Informal Harvest Time table by Ben Seibel 1958. Scandinavian designers and architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by simplicity, functionality and natural shapes. The table setting with its pops of deep colors such as orange, yellow, olive green and chocolate brown carry the Mid-Century theme.

5. Clean and Contemporary

Minimalist Thanksgiving Table Decoration

Here, the design is simple and stays true to the natural forms we see during harvest time. The pumpkins and candles provide most of the decoration. Plates and seating are white and the overall setting is neutral. From http://www.chatelaine.com/home-decor/

6. Bold and Beautiful

Magnoila leaves, candles and persimmons of the season are used to create a long and full centerpiece. Mix and match plates and vivid purple napkins are a fun choice for guests.

7. Coastal Vibe

This Thanksgiving tablescapes recalls the warm theme of coastal design.

This Thanksgiving tablescape recalls the warm theme of coastal design. The wispy willow twigs wrap around the pumpkins, evoking a light and breezy feel. And, the pumpkins themselves appear as though they have been softened by the sun. Clean and bright plates and stemware are beautifully set atop a natural linen cloth. Gorgeous. From Coastalhomeblogspot.com

8. West Indies with Amber Glow

British Colonial Table Setting

Warm amber stemware, dark molasses colored wood, leather seats, nail heads, woven mats and white linen napkins create a beautiful British Colonial style table setting.

9. Updated Country French

French Thanksgiving Table

Traditional French and French Country styles can be seen in the curved lines of the furniture and the Mediterranean hues in the centerpiece which appear sun-drenched. We love the the playful addition of the pheasant figurines. Image found on www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

10. Bohemian

Bohemian Thanksgiving Table

This room is sumptuous and features a heavily layered look consisting of small patterned fabrics, gilded metals, flower wallpaper and and bold jewel-tones. Moroccan and folk style fabrics are adorning the pillows which are placed all over the banquette. They are oh so Bohemian. The modern Parson style table and mid century dining chairs are the perfect contrast. They give the eyes a place to rest on their clean lines, making for a well balanced composition. Image from MomToob.com

11. Planter Box Style

Rustic Thanksgiving table

Raw, rough hewn wood table and spindle style chairs play up the Rustic style of this beautiful table setting. All types of festive pumpkins and squashes with floral sprigs and lit candles sit happily in a long garden planter box.

12. Fun and Vibrant

The combination of complimentary colors in turquoise, orange, red and green makes for a cheerful tablescape. Vases are filled with beautiful flowers that can be found in the garden making the table design even more welcoming.

The combination of complimentary colors in turquoise, orange, red and green makes for a cheerful tablescape. Vases are filled with beautiful flowers that can be found in the garden making the table design even more welcoming.

13. Harvest Style

A natural feeling tablescape with woven elements and tied grasses.

A natural feeling tablescape with woven elements and freshly harvested and bound grasses.

14. Simple and Fragrant

A tablescape of fragrant oranges, leaves, pine cones surrounding pillar candles-- so simple and lovely.

A tablescape of fragrant oranges, leaves, pine cones surrounding pillar candles– so simple and lovely.

15. Fashionably Fall

This table setting is simple and beautiful. A textured tablecloth sets off the bright white plates and the topiary centerpieces, feathers, and animal print accents bring in the feeling of fall and fashion. By Stephanielynn.com

This table setting is simple and beautiful. A textured tablecloth sets off the bright white plates and the topiary centerpieces, feathers, and animal print accents bring in the feeling of fall and fashion. By Stephanielynn.com

What is your favorite table? Please link your ideas to us by using the comment section below and if you like this post please “Like Us” on Facebook.

5 Best Online Vintage Furniture Stores Near Los Angeles

Let’s face it – One of the best ways to add instant charm to your home is through the careful selection of high impact vintage accents. There is something so special about pieces that have a story to tell. Wether it’s a timeworn finished chair or a quirky instrument of the past, antique accents can be added to most interiors for a great high impact focal point and a fun conversation starter.

The 5 Best Online Vintage Furniture Stores Near Los Angeles are:

Furnishly: The team behind this startup curates listings from all over the web and organizes their findings by City and State. You can also start up a store of your own and sell pieces. I found this awesome vintage tea cart and the seller is in Burbank.

Refurbished Bart Cart

Kamaren’s Favorite Find from Furnishly – This Cool Refurbished Bar Cart for only $90. From Queen B Vintage Studio Store, Burbank.

Chairish: This is a relatively new site and it’s fantastic. Lots of selection and the curators who scout out and approve products for listings all seem to have a great eye. You can buy, and list products and the best thing is that you can choose only to browse Los Angeles listings so pick ups, sans shipping fees are always an option.

fluted and tufted hot pink storage ottoman

Kamaren’s Favorite Pick from Chairsh.com is this fluted and tufted hot pink storage ottoman. $529 or better offer.

Tini: AKA This is Not IKEA — I had a hard time leaving this site. There are so many fun things to browse for from accents to art and furniture and lighting. This site’s pieces are not as polished as some of the other site’s, but it has a true flea market vibe where you can shop and find amazing things, and the prices are great!

Antique Wooden Crates

Kamaren’s Pick from Tini – These rustic storage crates – only $55 each! Add castors to the bottom for mobile storage. We’ve seen similar new products for near $300 a piece.

Super cool vintage pin ball machine "Hi Lo Ace"  for $895.

Honorable mention piece found online at Tini. Super cool vintage pin ball machine “Hi Lo Ace” for $895.

Surfing Cowboys: I LOVE this store! Growing up in Southern California, I would be proud to display many of the finds displayed at Surfing Cowboys in Mar Vista, CA. From old flags and signs to sofas to vintage skate and surfboards one can get lost in time perusing this site. Some of the items have a heavy hitting price tag, but when a designer talks about High Impact Cali Vintage Style, this is it and somethings are visually worth the price!

Awesome c1930s surf board.

Kamaren’s Pick from Surfing Cowboys – Awesome c1930s surf board. $1200 Just knowing that there were guys out there surfing around the time of speakeasies and the great depression makes me so happy!

Ruby Lane: Okay, so they are not truly local, but their head quarters are in San Francisco and they ship products from all over the US and shipping prices seem to be pretty good. I bought a 3 piece porcelain art deco mantle piece set while browsing – the collection was around $40 and the shipping was $15 from South Carolina. So, not bad! Ruby Lane is one of the largest aggregator sites that posts antiques from over 2,000 sellers, and their focus is on traditional, “Antiques Roadshow” style items.

Pair of 19th Century French Antiques Benches

Kamaren’s favorite find from Ruby Lane – this Pair of 19th Century French Antique Benches. So hard to find benches in this size – just 8″ deep and 18″ high – perfect for end of bed, entry or hall. $1580, but you can make a better offer. These benches were actually used in France, c. 1890. Made of solid walnut.

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

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The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping–spring is here! It’s time to clean and refresh your home by way of the wonderful tradition of Spring Cleaning.  I enjoy this time of year as it allows us to let in more light, fresh air and make the house function at its best and brightest for the warm weather seasons to come. Below are some of my favorite tips on where to start and how to get the job done:

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

1. Organize Your Closet First

Take some time to focus on cleaning out your closet.  Go through your closet and remove and box up your winter clothes to be stored, then bring out your warmer weather wear. While you’re at it, if you have clothing or accessories which you haven’t worn for at least two years, pack those items up and donate to charity or sell them.

Hanging your clothes–I prefer a closet that is organized by like item. Start with tanks and sleeveless items, then short sleeve, long sleeve and jackets, followed by pants, skirts, shorts and dresses–all hung from left to right. Organizing the clothes by color can also be appealing but you’ll need to decide which way works best for you to make your routine easier–you can also do both–organize by like item and then by color within each category.

Garments in this closet are grouped by similar item, making for easy viewing.

Garments in this closet are grouped by similar item, making for easy viewing.

Make use of the shelves and wall space within your closet-– I like to roll my leisure wear such as tanks, sweats and sweatshirts, and place them in a basket on the shelf below my hanging items. I do the same for scarves, belts, shawls, wraps, etc.  This enables you to free up space on the rod. The wall is a great place to hang bags, purses and hats. Get creative in order to see what works best for you.

Tip: If you need to save space (AKA fit more clothes in your closet) try  switching out your hangers for my favorite felt variety. These felt hangers can typically be picked up at stores like Ross and Marshall’s. They allow for about 20% more clothing to fit in the closet when compared to the thicker wood style hangers.

These felt hangers save loads of space in the closet so that you can fit more clothes. Displaying tags on the bar allows you to stay organized.

These felt hangers save loads of space in the closet so that you can fit more clothes. Displaying tags on the bar allows you to stay organized.

After your closet is organized, vacuum the floor and walls to prevent bugs from finding a home in your closet.

Jewelry hanger.

Get jewelry out and in the open so that you can see what you have. Use a frame and wrap it with twine. Hang earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

2. De-Clutter Your Rooms

Grab a large bag, or container. Start in the room of your choice and scan the floor, surfaces of furniture, book shelves, counters, and even look under the objects in the room for items that do not belong there. Place the items in your container and repeat in each room of the house. Now, put all the items away where they belong.

For more on how to de-clutter your rooms check out this site–I found its tips to be helpful: http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/how-to-declutter.html

Tools for de-cluttering your rooms.

Tools for de-cluttering your rooms.

 

3. Thoroughly Clean All Horizontal Surfaces

Dust, vacuum, and mop all horizontal surfaces. Check to make sure that you are using the proper cleaners on your woods, counter tops, tiles, etc. Also be sure to wear your cleaning cloves. There are many great products out there. I prefer the following:

Wood Floors: Vacuum and then lightly damp mop with a solution of water and one cap full of Murphy’s Oil Soap. Follow the directions on the bottle.

Tile: Look for a cleaner that has neutral pH. You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Use a mop on the tile and a soft brush on grout.

Fabrics: Take measures to clean the upholstery and bedding on the house.

Counter tops: For stone counters look for a “natural stone” cleaning product.

Don’t forget to clean the lights and ceiling fans free of dust and buggies.

4. Clean the Walls and Vertical Surfaces

Dust the fronts of all your furniture pieces in the home. Clean the fronts of your appliances and polish your stainless steel. Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to freshen up your painted walls.

Check your window treatments for dust and stains—follow the manufacturer’s recommended method to clean them.

For a great breakdown of how to clean a home properly, I found this post very helpful:

Vintage Cleaning Add

Love this cute vintage cleaning add. A clean house IS the sign of a good life.

5. Wash the Windows or Get Them Washed

In my family, we have always used a solution of white vinegar and warm water in a bucket, a sponge, a squeegee and old newspapers (in that order) to wash the windows. The vinegar is fantastic for cutting the dirt and grime that accumulate over time. Once you have massaged the sponge around on the window a bit, use the squeegee to get the majority of the water off the window and then use old newspaper, instead of towels or paper towels, to absorb to rest of the water. The windows will shine like diamonds. The vinegar also cuts right through pet gunk too, such as nose and mouth smears and paw marks.

A simple solution of  vinegar and warm water is a fantastic cleaner to use on windows to get them sparkling clean.

A simple solution of vinegar and warm water is a fantastic cleaner to use on windows to get them sparkling clean.

Use old newspaper to clean your windows. It works wonderful!

Use old newspaper to clean your windows. It works wonderful!

6. Yard and Patio Clean Up

Spring is a great time to get the outdoors ready for entertaining.

  • Rake, sweep and clean the yard and patio free of leaves.
  • Weed the garden and lawn and then rake around plants and trees to freshen up the dirt and make the garden look happy!
  • Spray the patios down and water the gardens and grass.
  • Do any needed landscaping repairs to the lawn, shrubbery, and plants.
  • Check your exterior doors and windows or fences to see if they need attention. Touching up the paint or stain on fences is a great way to make the outdoor areas feel new again.
  • Don’t forget to clean the BBQ and the grill!

Outdoor cleaning projects can be fun and it’s always great to involve the whole family. With a little effort this spring, your outdoor areas will be ready to entertain throughout the summer.

Nice clean backyard and patio ready to entertain guests. Image found on Pinterest.

Nice clean backyard and patio ready to entertain guests. Image found on Pinterest.

7. A Well Organized and Useful Garage– Isn’t this everyone’s dream?

It may be a little overwhelming, but chances are your garage could use some help this spring. You can do this in steps and phases. First, take a look at the boxes and bins you are storing. Can any of the contents or even the whole box be taken over to Goodwill. Do you know of someone who could currently use items that you may not ever use again?

If looking at the old boxes in the garage is uninspirational to you, then try purchasing some new containers. As you transfer sports equipment, Christmas decorations, or whatever your family hides in your garage space into the new containers you will surely find things that you can do without. Be diligent in tossing out things that you haven’t used in years. It can be hard at first to let go of things, but once you let them go, you’ll feel so good! For more tips on organizing the garage check out this HGTV post.

 

A very well organized garage.

A very well organized garage with lots of storage space and well used walls. Image found on Pinterest.com from BetterHomesandGardens.

7 Best Ways to Update Your Home in 2014

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We have made our way through the winter season and Spring is upon us. I have had a chance to take a look back at the last several months of furniture and accessory product releases, top design market trends and news and have come up with the 7 Best Ways to Update Your Home in 2014–I share them with you below.

1. Make Bold Choices

Whether you are buying a new sofa or changing the paint in a room–make bold choices. Choose black instead of grey, or navy instead of a soft blue. Check out the 2014 Pantone colors and see the colors that top industry designers and trend setters are picking now. Choose bold colors that are classic for a timeless and striking look.

Gorgeous floating navy cabinet. Image found on Pinterest.

Gorgeous floating navy cabinet. Image found on Pinterest.

 

Space Case Design Concept Rendering of a Dining Room in Manhattan Beach

Our own rendering of a new built-in formal dining room where we have chosen a bold blue velvet for the fabric on the tufted seat back.

2. Choose Stylized and Artful Patterns

Flowers and traditional damask prints have always been in, but the hot new thing is the stylized version of these patterns. Think back to the 20s, when Art Deco designers such as Renee Macintosh stylized the flower into something sculptural. These floral patterns are gorgeous and graphic. They strike the eye with vigor. Also, look for patterns that have an artistic flair. Maybe it’s a watercolor painted shell pattern or an enlarged and cropped version of a traditional damask print. These artful and stylized versions of patterns will give your space a more custom curated and higher-end look.

Bedroom with Stylized Damask Accent Pillow

Atlanta interior designer Nancy Warren uses a backdrop of cream and black to set off pops of the hot new Pantone color tangerine tango. Photo credit: Emily Followill

3. Lose a bit of the Lawn to Something more Sculptural

Want to update your curb appeal and lower your water bill? Great! Then choose to lose a bit of your front lawn to something beautiful and sculptural such as a well designed area of paver stones or even a carved out trail of decomposed granite to replace the traditional lawn path. Also, stop by your local nursery to discuss your options for a native ground-cover plant. Often times ground-covers can be more creatively landscaped and will require much less water than a traditional grass lawn.

Cement paver stones create a hexagon pattern patio in the lawn. Photo by Conde Nast found on Pinterest.

Cement paver stones create a hexagon shaped patio in the lawn. Photo by Conde Nast found on Pinterest.

 

Clean California landscaped front yard with decomposed granite in place of traditional lawn.

Clean California landscaped front yard with decomposed granite in place of traditional lawn.

4. Choose Wallpaper Instead of Paint to Create Rich and Luxurious Spaces

Wallpaper is back, and truthfully for top designers it was never out. However, wallpaper has made its way back into the mainstream, but this time, instead of using it in every room of the house, we are incorporating it into niches and nooks for a punch of texture or play on pattern. We are using it for Wow Factor in the design of small spaces and powder rooms. Paint gives us a saturation of color, but its flat –2 D. Wallpaper accents here and there will give you an eye popping 3D effect. They are a must if you seek a more rich and sumptuous feeling environment.

Cheerful kitchen incorporates a wall of lattice style paper.

Cheerful kitchen incorporates a wall of paper with a beautiful lattice effect. Design by Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC. Image found on Pinterest.

5. Incorporate Both of Your Styles into the Home

When it comes to a family home redesign, I’m sure that most design and build professionals will agree, that 9 times out of 10, it’s the lady of the house that works with us on decor approvals and the decorative aspects of the home. However, this is changing. We are seeing more and more, that men want to be involved in the decor process. They want a touch of their style in the home too. This is a fantastic happening as it allows us to create a well balanced home design with both rich masculine and soft feminine traits which essentially aids us in achieving the most timeless of looks.

Our new concept rendering for a beautiful Manhattan Beach kitchen which features a well balanced, masculine and feminine design approach. The rich grey, honed, American Mist countertops are set atop both white cabinets and a contrasting wood grain island. The backsplash will be Calacutta Paonazzo white marble slab and will add a polished elegance to the mix.

Our new concept rendering for a beautiful Manhattan Beach kitchen which features a well balanced, masculine and feminine design approach. The rich grey, honed, American Mist countertops are set atop bright white cabinets and a rich, contrasting, wood grain island. The backsplash will be Calacutta Paonazzo white marble slab and will add a polished elegance to the mix.

Well balanced loft design. Image from on Pinterest.com

Well balanced loft design. Image from on Pinterest.com


6. Replace a standard wall outlet with a U Socket

The new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices that can be charged via USB. This includes iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles, iPads and other mobile computers. The U-Socket also has a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged which prevents electrical vampire drain–another step toward a greener planet!

USocket can be found at FastMac.com - This in wall image of USocket was found on Pinterest.

USocket can be found at FastMac.com – This in wall image of USocket was found on Pinterest.

7. Choose Light Toned Woods

For nearly a decade, the traditional dark tones of mahogany and cherry dominated the wood and furniture markets. In the past several years, we have seen light toned woods emerge and become more and more in demand. This year, we are further witnessing the lightening up of the main material choices of the home. Wood cabinets and flooring as well as tile and stone options are soft and muted and to contrast that, it is the accents that are deep, bold and rich. The softer and lighter feeling woods are wonderful as they can make a room feel expansive and bright.

Light Wood Table and Bold green Chairs

Dining room by Nate Berkus found at www.dustjacket-attic.com