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I was feeling a little “edgy” today and decided to search for some “punk rock” influenced pieces.

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I love the look of leather, bold contrast in color, exaggerated tufting, and studded pieces- this definitely defines “edgy” to me!

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What do you think?

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When it comes time for you to select a countertop and eventually a backsplash for your kitchen, there are several things you need to consider before committing!

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Most people love the look of a granite countertop and real estate agents will argue that they increase the resale value of one’s home (take it from me, Taylor my boyfriend is a broker AND a contractor!).  However, granite can also be a somewhat personal thing for some people because there is so much color and texture variation and it is such a permanent fixture and focal point in the home.

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Some alternatives (but definitely not all) to a granite countertop is quartz, or dare I say it, Formica.  Quartz and Formica countertops come in several solid finishes which eliminates the textural preference  (or not) of granite.  These also leave open the option to use a patterned backsplash if desired.  Please take it from me, a patterned backsplash never works with a granite counter top!  More in this later…

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So, when selecting a countertop it is important to ask yourself one question, “how timeless will this be?”  It is easy to change paint and artwork, but very costly to change the countertop if in, say, 10 years you think it looks “dated”.

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Here is a great short quiz I found on Better Homes and Gardens to help you figure out what the best material is for your use! http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/countertop-material-finder/

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In the end, if you are not sure what to do, keep it simple and neutral!  Or contact me and I will help you create the kitchen or bath that works.

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As the 2012 London Summer Olympics come to a close this weekend, I felt it appropriate to honor the athletes who brought us home the gold…in my own way!

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Before I head out to London this evening, I want to leave you with this… see you after the 4th!

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The Greek Key motif, a classic and historical motif.  Its geometric and modern, and it can be use in formal or casual designs.  Its so versitile!

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I recently I have been incorporating a lot of geometric patterns into some of my designs, maybe because several of my newer clients are younger and prefer a more modern vibe over traditional?  Or maybe these projects are more casual than formal?  But I have also used this element in formal living rooms- So is there a way to define the Greek Key?

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Anyway, a Greek Key pattern is a fun way to spice up room,take a look:

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What is your favorite use of this fun pattern?

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The Chevron is a very bold pattern that can make a really strong impact on a room.  A Chevron (also spelt Cheveron) is an inverted “V” shaped pattern typically seen in repetition.

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This pattern can sometimes be difficult to work with and isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly one to try to play around with!

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If you don’t want to commit to incorporating it into your design completely, you can always bring the pattern in by using accents like pillows, blankets, rugs, and other smaller pieces that are easy to change out.

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One of my favorite (and most subtle) ways  to use the Chevron is in a tile backsplash or a wood flooring.  Remember that the lighter the pattern, the less intense it will be as well.

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Okay, Okay, just a few more that I love…

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I think it is so important to have the right amount of lighting in every room.  For me, this means, task lighting, direct, indirect, and accent lighting.  A little Design 101 for everybody:

pendant-lighting diagram

Anyway, now that we have that covered, lighting doesn’t have to be boring… check out these unique, fun, and colorful ways to brighten a space.

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This is just too cute.

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Love the candy colors, so freash!  Source: Foundry, Moooi Rabbit Lamp

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This is so elegant.

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Here are some pictures of unique light fixtures I have taken from several different restaurants that I found in my phone today-

This was taken at Guarapo in Arlington, VA

This was also taken at Guarapo in Arlington, VA

This was taken at a restaurant in Reston Town Center, I can't remember which one though!

In the picture below, I just love the massive scale of the pendant hanging in the restaurant at the hotel, its so dramatic!

This was taken at the Sofitel Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL at Christmas time.

So below are some pictures I took when I was in Italy last April…

this was in a park in Florence

beautiful chandelier outside of a hotel in Rome

wall sconce outside of St.Peter's Cathedral in Rome

hand blown glass in Venice

hand blown glass in Venice

hand blown Merano glass in Venice

How do you brighten your home?

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