Style Rules: Effortlessly Casual but not Shabby

Mar 30, 2018, 0 comment

Sprezzatura is the Italian word we’re going to use to define what this post is about. Sprezzatura describes achieving elegance with no apparent effort.  When it comes to home interiors, living space is for living.  Plastic on the living room furniture is the most extreme expression of discomf

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Design Trend – When Royal Meets Rustic

Mar 20, 2018, 0 comment

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, the Royals of the world lived in far more rustic contexts than those they do today.  But just one example of the longstanding Royal affection for rustic locales is Queen Elizabeth of England’s for Balmoral Castle. When at Balmoral, Her Majesty is know

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Nothing Succeeds Like Excess – 2018 is the Year of Maximalism

Mar 15, 2018, 0 comment

“Moderation is a fatal thing.  Nothing succeeds like excess.” Oscar Wilde Lush, sensual and rich, Maximalist design is the antidote to years of minimalism.  For some time now, the design world has counseled sparsely furnished and decorated interiors, with blindingly white walls as the backdr

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Defining Design – Bachelor Pad

Mar 10, 2018, 0 comment

The term “bachelor pad” has a long history of depicting young, single male life as an endless party, peopled by other boisterous bachelors and a bevy of scantily clad women. For many decades, the ideal bachelor pad has been typified by James Bond movies, Hugh Hefner’s lavishly decadent pers

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Modern Furniture Design Trends – from the 70s

Mar 05, 2018, 0 comment

The 1970s represent a distinct shift in 20th Century design sensibilities.  In the wake of the Hippie movement, men took off their neckties, opting for leisure suits in pastel colors replete with patch pockets and flared trousers. The mainstream responded to counter-culture by co-opting and elab

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