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Source: archilovers, Architect: Oziel Contreras

Quickie: Float like a Dragonfly

This bathroom sink design from Casa URO, Monterrey, Mexico, just blows my mind. I love the faucet and mirror combination that takes the pipes away from down below and makes the plumbing part of the structure and style. The worn river rocks are...

Source: HomeDSGN, Design:  Angelina Alexeeva

Quickie: Patience is Virtual

This lovely bathroom is completely virtual–it’s a rendering created by the talented Angelina Alexeeva. The asymmetry creates such beautiful movement in this design. I’m entranced by the contrasting textures between the walls, drapery, and fixtures. The organic and modern lines, from the wizened tree...

Source: 1stdibs

Sweet Medicine

I love Chinese apothecary cabinets. I think it’s because they are rustic, hold ingredients for healing, and look at all the drawers. They’ve made their way into popular decor (although you can still find antiques), and have been adapted into media centers, consoles,...

Source: HGTV, Design: Gail Wainwright

Quickie: Clean Body, Peaceful Mind

In honor of May being “Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month,” I’m going to feature Asian-inspired design in the coming weeks. The clean lines of the sink, with minimal decoration, is more reminiscent of Japanese design than Chinese, which tends towards the elaborate (rococo would...

Source: Northworks

Quickie: Smoothing It

Cabins and barns are creaky, drafty, splintery things–but some elbow grease and an eye for design can transform them into rustic retreats. The contrast of the fixtures, sink, and tub (shiny, smooth, and white) with the wood (stained, textured, and organic) makes my...

Source: Lonny, Design: Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger, Photography: Oly, Book: Decorate Fearlessly by Susanna Salk

Quickie: Mural Ambiguity

I confess, I grew up with wallpaper. And I didn’t like it. The resurgence of wallpaper worried me (do I have to live through that trend again?), but I’ve been finding myself won over more and more by the new take...

Source: Alvhem Brokerage and Interiors

Brown Thumb Gardening on a Balcony

If you would like to have a garden but don’t think you have the space or green thumb, think again. Gardens can be small and low maintenance, like the balcony (container) garden in the above photograph. You can place your plant, straight...

Source: Martha Stewart, Design, Styling, & Photography:

A Little Nookie

Four things make a great reading nook: Comfortable seating. Whether it’s an armchair, daybed, or a tree branch, make sure you can get comfortable so you can enter into your book without physical distractions. Pillows and blankets help. Excellent lighting. Both...

Source: Ignant, Photography: Ana Santl

Roam If You Want To

Recently, I’ve been surprised by why the blog for Roamers Berlin hasn’t been getting more attention. I mean, their pictures are gorgeous, both of the food and the interior.  (I’m just going to focus on the interior.) So check out the photograph above....

Source: Home Adore, Architecture: Aamer Architects

Quickie: Between a Rock and a Wet Place

The masculine, dark palette and use of modern materials contrasts with the organic greenery outside the floor-to-ceiling corner window, creating an Asian sensibility that deserves contemplation. That rock, an asymmetrical intrusion into the rectilinear boundaries of the home, is pure genius....

Source: The Marion House Book, Design: Emma Reddington

Quickie: Kilim Me Softly

I am in love with design blog, The Marion House Book. Ms. Reddington’s bedroom, which resides in a Victorian, changes with the seasons in Toronto. Currently, she has decorated her bed with kilim pillows and textiles from her travels. It’s wonderful...

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Welcome to My Parlor

As I prepare to take my psychotherapy licensing exams, my dreams of having a wonderfully designed and decorated office takes up a lot of head space. I cannot duplicate the glorious wall in The King’s Speech, not without buying an office building first,...

Source: Lonny, Callie Jenschke of Scout Designs

Four Ways to Make Your Bed

Making our beds is often one of the first chores we learn to do, and as adults, we either do it or we don’t (no need for confessions). If you do it, you just do it like you’ve always done it...

Source: Stadshem

Quickie: The Doors of Perception

If eyes are the windows to the soul, perhaps doorways are the handshakes of a house. A threshold is an opportunity to frame the experience a person is going to have upon entering a home, bedroom, kitchen, office, or any space....

Source: ArchiExpo, Fireplace Design: Rigoletto Acqua

Quickie: Quest for Fire

Fireplaces, especially in urban areas, are love-hate relationships. Love the fire, hate the pollution! With Rigoletto Acqua‘s electric fireplace (using a scant 205 watts), you can save the relationship and nurture the love. And how about the design of this living...