Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category

05/16/13

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Throughout the past years, there has been an upswing in the use of natural materials, a decline in the use of plastics, and by association, a desire for realistic finishes. This can be seen in fashion in the appeal of matte nail polish and messy hairstyles. In the interior scene, it has shown most clearly in a profusion of matte accessories like those by Jonathan Adler and honed stone countertops. But as is the nature of trends, once the pendulum has swung in one direction for long enough, its opposite becomes desirable once again.

And so it is that the high-gloss lacquer finish has once again started to appear on the scene. This is not the shiny granite counter and plastic of the 80s, but a measured amount of gloss, tempered by materials that have limited reflection; upholstery that ranges from cottons to velvets, paint that includes both flat areas and lacquers. I’m not talking about a single glossy accessory, but high-gloss paints on walls, shiny cabinets or sparkling reflective floors or ceilings, something to make a strong impact. And how can you give this trend a try in your own home? Try using a high-gloss finish for that colored accent wall, or add a lacquered furniture piece to heighten the shine factor in your favorite room. Just don’t forget to balance it out with some non-reflective surfaces, they make that gloss really shine!

How are you adding shine to your home?

(above) Gloss and Matte Paint Job

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Shiny Metal Ceiling + Reflective Floor

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Lacquered Doors

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Black Gloss Paint + Shiny White Floors

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Shiny Black Wood Floor

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

05/02/13

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There’s something about dots that just makes me happy. Perhaps it’s thinking of the sweetness of a retro polka-dot dress, or maybe the fact that it’s a rounded shape with no sharp intrusive edges. Or maybe it’s the repetition that really gets to me. No matter the reason, injecting a bit of dottiness into your home decor might give it the shot in the arm it needs.

Polka dots are most easily brought into the home with accessories. A duvet cover, lamp or pillow makes an easy way to dottify your space without getting into it full force. But if you want to go all the way, a wall full of dots in one or many colors can make a huge impact. Or use multiples of items like plates or round hooks to give that polka-dot effect while adding some texture and perhaps a little bit of extra hanging. Confine your dots to a piece of artwork or just go completely dotty!

(above) Duvet Cover

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Multicolor + Wooden Hooks

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Black and White

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Dot Art + Large Gold Circles

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Irregular Spacing

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

04/18/13

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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with brick. Raw and new, old and whitewashed, painted, used. It has such texture and feeling. Whether used as a floor or on the wall, brick is a wonderful warm material for the home. Perhaps you don’t like the orangey tone of a standard brick? Try grey or cream-colored ones. Or just paint it over – but be sure to let the shape of the brick and the lines of the mortar show through!

Wishing you lived in an old loft with that exposed industrial look? Try adding brick to an end wall! Just be sure that the wall doesn’t continue past a window or door and your makeover can be seen as not original. Or have you found a brick wall under old wallboard? Take it off! Let those beautiful bricks shine through.

(above) Herringbone Brick Floor

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Used Brick in Kitchen + Partial Plaster over Brick

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Painted Brick Bedwall

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Dark Brick Flooring

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Dark Painted Brick Wall + Used Brick Corner

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.