Inspiration, in Need of Translation

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I just discovered a really beautiful Swedish home decor mag called Skona Hem. Unfortunately, a subscription through Amazon is (gulp) nearly $200- a year. In terms The Husband will get, that’s like two years of The Economist! Luckily, there is no shortage of chic, bright interior shots on their website, skonahem.com. The site is of [...]

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Listen to Your House

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The Husband and I are big believers in not straying too far from the spirit of the house when decorating or renovating. You’re never going to turn a 900 square foot clapboard cottage into a Versailles manor, and it just looks a little silly if you try to put a full sized plaster statue of [...]

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Under the Influence: Deborah Needleman’s Color Palette

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White walls have never been anything more to me than a metaphor for boredom and lack of creativity. White walls are what people live with in bad apartment complexes and freshman dorms. So when we started to come up with ideas for our house, color dominated. While selecting paint for the living room, I dismissed [...]

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This Paint Battle Has Been Won…

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Item! Using the methods outlined in this post, we’ve solved the living room color crisis. We selected two new colors, and went a lot brighter and more aqua-y on the ceiling, and toned the walls way down with a sophisticated, soft, warm gray. I love the results. Here is that same corner of the room [...]

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A Thought for the Weekend

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I’ve often cited the Joan Didion essay “Many Mansions” from The White Album when asked about my resistance to new construction. Despite having to wade through typical Didion self-aggrandizing text to get to them, the essay features some of the best lines I’ve ever read on the difference between the spirit of old and new [...]

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The Beauty of a Blank Canvas + Decorating Theory by Crocodile Dundee

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Having a new home is a learning process, and we already have a few lessons under our belts. One of the biggest is that to properly choose a paint color for a room, it helps to have a blank canvas. Before we’d even signed the papers on our place, I had paint swatches for the [...]

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Progress! Tearing Apart the Living Room

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Discovery Number One: There are indeed hardwood floors under the carpet! Look! Ok, so we actually made that discovery when I borrowed the house inspectors’ pliers to inconspicuously pull up a corner many weeks ago. But, we’re getting all the carpet and padding up now, and the wood underneath looks pretty good. We’re thrilled. Much [...]

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Chic on the Cheap: Calendar Art

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Repurposing little things that may have been destined for the trash is a great way to add oomph to your home for little or no money. Repurposing things that were cheap in the first place? Even better. Here is a great chance to upcycle something that is literally “so last year.” One of my cheap-o [...]

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The Before Tour – Inside

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Today, you get to see the inside of the house as we saw it on our first tour with the realtor. If you’ve spent any time looking at “before” photos in magazines, you know that the goal is to make the room look as redonkulous as possible prior to the makeover, so these horrible photos [...]

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…And We’re In!

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A full house “before” tour will commence first thing tomorrow. I hope you all like sea foam green. Note how I cleverly used SEO buzz word sequence “full house” to net useless hits from John Stamos fans. You’ll have to go elsewhere for your Uncle Jesse fix, TGIF viewers!

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