Check out this cute holiday centerpiece - and cute party activity. From Libby Langdon, the designer says these wine charms can be made using medium size hoop earrings with small kids beads and the hoops placed at the base of the wine glass stem so everyone knows whose glass it is by the different charm dangling. It is a pretty presentation and interactive!
Langdon is a highly successful designer as well as an actress and entertainer with some of her recipes having been featured in Bon Appetite Magazine. For more entertaining, food ideas and party secrets, go to her website Food And Entertainment Ideas.
Rhode Island Design Job
Her challenge was combining modern taste with traditional style, mixing existing pieces with new furniture and creating a warm, inviting, functional home for a very busy family.
Langdon states that the family loves to entertain so she used lots of outdoor black wicker furniture to create an outdoor living space for them on their big terraces; the cushions are a mix of rich neutrals that will be luxurious but weather resistant. In their formal living room the designer used a creamy palette and incorporated ebony items from the Hickory White "Skyloft" collection to keep the look modern and elegant. Their family room was reworked providing more "lounge space" for everyone and adding little bits of color here and there to keep it comfortable and uncluttered.
About Interior Designer Libby Langdon:
Libby Langdon is an interior designer and expert commentator on HGTV’s hit show “Small Space, Big Style.” She offers insights, techniques and tips to help viewers make the most of their own small space. Previously, Libby hosted and was the lead designer on the FOX makeover TV show, “Design Invasion.”
Libby founded “Libby Interiors” in 2003 and has completed numerous commercial and residential design projects all over the country.
Libby Langdon has a just recently released book, "Small Space Solutions," and is available from Amazon.Com.
Libby Interiors is included in our Directory of Designers, under New York. If you are in need of an interior designer, check it out.
Bathrooms are typically smaller spaces and that makes them great canvases for unleashing creativity. You can go bold using great paint colors or alternatively, enjoy subtle tones; you can emphasize textures such as rough-hewen granite and smooth marble or choose to enliven with color through decorative tiles and tiled-framed mirrors.
But bathrooms are also much-used rooms and a practical approach is necessary. In the Oriental style bathroom above, there is a beautiful and well placed storage cabinet, a floor basket which holds neatly rolled extra towels and the decorative wall hook adds to this bathroom's ability to function well. It feels like it works; it feels good.
I am so over the towel racks with their exquisitely-folded stacks of towels. It is a tired look and just not user friendly. I would encourage you to choose great style but choose a look that works.
Following are some storage ideas for extra towels and toiletries that have style and are friendly and have high-functioning approaches.
Helen Ballard Weeks who's work area is shown above is the founder and creative force behind the Atlanta-based Ballard Designs . Weeks says she cherishes her office and it is a revolving work site which resonates with salvage finds, ribbons, paintings, masks, fabrics, and urns that inspire her collections.
Beautiful work areas are like stylish nests for us to work. Beautiful work spaces spur creativity. If you are considering establishing a home work space a few initial decisions will help assure that it is productive.
A work space needs to be inviting and it also needs to be efficient. Deciding what furniture and equipment you'll need and where to locate this space is important - you'll want it to blend into your surroundings without allowing it to be swallowed up. If you plan to use modern technology and storage, that may not fit in with your classic style home interiors.
Plan for the following:
* Lighting (light the desk with a directional task light and sufficient general light elsewhere in the work area; avoid positioning the computer or lighting so that there is glare on the screen)* Computer * Printer * Phone/Fax * Stereo * Heater/electric fan * Desk * Comfortable and ergonomic chair * Storage * Work tools (stationery, pens and pencils, diskettes, reference books, phone directory, calendar, bulletin board, work samples, trash can and paper recyclying bin)
Before Sheila Bridges was known as the designer to former President Bill Clinton, she was (just) working with bankers, music moguls and movie producers and for years her living room and dining room table areas served as her office. Over time, still in her home she turned a storage room previously packed with inventory into an office and this antique painted Provencal desk started her design scheme.
In this new workplace, Bridges reports that when clients or friends visited she would turn her cane-backed desk chair to face the day bed. Otherwise, for serious solo work, she plugged in her laptop and worked at this antique desk.
I originally saw this home/workshop in Apartment Therapy, featuring residents Tricia and Peter of San Francisco in their 600 sf place. (They've since moved but I liked the examples of home/workplace storage ideas. )
If you are in need of an interior designer, our Directory of Designers can help you locate a professional in your area. Working with an interior designer helps assure you get the look you desire while helping eliminate costly mistakes.
- the bricks, feel their roughness
- the edge points of the elk rack holding the knubby towel
- the glass of the windows, its span, feel its width
- the sole chair, its curves and its decorative carving
I love this - but it is a whole different look, a whole different world. Unexpectedly I find the Far East. Unexpectedly again - check out the cement flooring and half wall. I believe the counter is cement also but with a glossy finish. It is coolness ..... it is serenity ..... its zen!
This bathroom is for the self of me that yearns for that sensual touch of Oriential, that spa-type self of me. This is for the self of me that loves simplicity and loves se - re - ni - ty. Yes .... I am seeing that self and I could translate and learn the spirit of the Orient. This minimalism look is good for the spirit.
Leave it to Veranda Magazine to throw a chic event at a nice Beverly Hills house. Greystone Mansion is a 45,000 sf, 55-room, Tudor-style house that sits on 16 acres and was the site of Veranda's first California Show House.
Nathan Turner is listed in our Directory of Designers listed geographically, his shop is located in Los Angeles.
Shot on Location
All of Me
Death Becomes Her
Gilmore Girls (The Chilton Academy)
I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That) (music video)
It's Like That (Music Video)
MacGyver (Season 1 Episode 12)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Benjamin Gates and Abigail Chase's mansion. Seen when Conner, Abigail's date, drives her up to the front door, filmed in the courtyard of the Mansion)
The Disorderly Orderly
The Puppet Masters
Stripes (Outside Courtyard)
There Will Be Blood
It's Like That(Mariah Carey song) (Music Video)
We Belong Together (Music Video)
The Witches of Eastwick
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My lovely loft was located in the William Brown Building, U.S. National Register of Historic Places, states,
of the last remaining commercial buildings of significant Romanesque Revival architectural style in Rockford, Illinois. About this historical monument, the
I moved into this old bank building (built in 1891-92) which now hosted 30 loft-style apartments and a first floor anchored by commercial/retail space.
Those apartments, with their high reaching 11' tall walls overlooked Rock River. (I was on the fifth floor.) My kitchen pantry was a huge, old bank vault. Is that cool or what! I found it extraordinary.
Here are photos and narrative about the decorating of my loft (you gotta' get you one!)
I love art and artwork, I mix up my art placing contemporary impressionist pieces next to classic oil paintings and antique pieces.
The photo at right shows the opposing wall, made up of a grouping of various artworks and objects including a precious antique wall-mounted grandfather's clock. The high-reaching top pieces provide needed elevation, and the two antique, French Provencial side chairs (being of smaller scale individually) each gain more presence when grouped with the nestling table.
This is a small table grouping, I like the mix of texture of the wooden duck decoy, the books (which also give my grouping height), the small pillow and the floral wreath.
At left, another table top grouping or vignette. When displaying objects, groupings of three or five work particularly well and are visually stronger than a group of two or four. It is also pleasing to the eye to vary the height of your objects. (Keep in mind that books are an easy, interesting way to create a platform for smaller objects.)
At right, another small vignette, this one includes hanging plates as art. Note that there are five items: two hanging plates, a vase, an elevated book and books. It is a beautiful still life, pleasing to the eye.
Presenting Grilled Peaches Bonus Recipe In Honor Of The 'Rockford Peaches'
In case you were not aware, the Rockford Peaches
were a women's professional baseball team who played from 1943 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional baseball League representing Rockford, Illinois. The Rockford Peaches were also featured in the 1992 film "A League Of Their Own."
Grilled Peaches Bonus Recipe
Yield: Serves Four
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ripe peaches, cut in half, pits removed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium.
In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.
Brush cut side of peaches lightly with butter.
Place peaches cut-side down on grill and cook until grill marks appear, approx. 3 - 4 minutes. Brush peaches bottoms lightly with remaining butter and turn peaches over. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture over cut side of peaches. Cover grill and cook until sugar has melted and caramelized and peaches are easily pierced with a sharp paring knife, approx. 3 to 6 minutes longer.
Serve immediately, with ice cream, if desired.
Credit: My Recipes Grilled Peaches Bonus Recipe