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Coastal Design Comes Home For Summer 2017

Coastal design without the kitsch. More light, hand-finished natural woods, less faux sea-glass octopus mosaics. True coastal style is clean, light, natural, and timeless. Far from the chic monochrome high rises of America's urban centers, coastal design elicits feelings of past family vacations on Cape Cod. A Simple and Timeless Marthas Vineyard Bedroom Showcases Classic Coastal Design Marthas Vineyard Interior Design Whethor curling up by the fire on an overstuffed linen couch with your collection of Thoreau poetry, or stomping in from the beach and kicking off your flip flops with a trail of sand behind you- great coastal design wants to be lived in and on, to be used and enjoyed for generations.  While Hammers & Heels is best...

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14 Geometric Furniture & Decor Finds That Take The Hexagon Trend To The Next Level

Interior design trends for 2017 are all about traditional, warm spaces pushing back against the chic minimalist aesthetics that have risen to prominence over the last decade internationally. Think warm reclaimed woods, lush green hues, farmhouse vibes, and mixed patterns just to name a few.  In the never ending battle for dominance between modernist and traditional aesthetics in interior design and decor trends, the humble hexagon and other geometric motifs hold a special place all thier own. Moving beyond the traditional tiled backsplashes and other two dimensional geometrically patterned elements in interior design, the hexagon is now jumping off the wall into decor and furniture design and is poised to spread into every area of the home.  This year expect to see...

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15 Easy Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Every Interior Design Project

Great design is all about making smart choices. While selecting the right design elements may help you achieve your desired aesthetic; it has also become increasingly important to consider the environment while making these key decisions.From choosing a finish that will help you breath a little easier to making sure your lumber wasn't illegally clear-cut from a protected rain forest- Eco-friendly alternatives abound. Our guide to Easy Eco-Alternatives for Every Interior Design Project will help you navigate an at times confusing Eco Design industry, and prove that not all "Eco-Friendly" products are created equal.  1. FINISHES Say no to toxic fumes. (Source) HARMFUL OPTION: Lacquer and Oil Based Finishes Lacquers contain chemicals that are harmful to your health if ingested, inhaled, or come into contact...

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21 Interior Design Trends for 2016

The do's and don'ts of design are always evolving.  In the design field the advent of new technologies offer creators and designers a steady stream of new materials and methods to experiment with. Shifting values will inevitably shock the hardcore traditionalist. Operating within a modern global market allows ideas and innovation to circulate around the world at the speed of light. 2016 will be a big year for green and bold design but also the rebirth of a few classic styles. Here is our list of design trends to look for in 2016: 1. Quality Craftsmanship Over Quantity  "Buy Local" and "Buy Hand Made" are not passing fads in design. Now more then ever- understanding sourcing practices are vital if you want quality and sustainability. In a generation where...

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What no one told you about buying a sofa

With so many options available how can you possibly know what makes a piece of furniture quality? Disposable furniture  seems cheaper, but  that $300 sofa l only lasts 2 years, while a  $3,000 couch will last you a lifetime. Lets pull out the old calculator on this one -  $300 x 20 replacements and that $300 sofa will cost you $6,000. So how do you know what makes a good sofa? Well, we’ll tell you.   THE FRAME Good: Corner blocks. All interior corners should have blocks for added strength. They should be glued and screwed into the frame, levitating blocks aren’t as sturdy as one may think. Good: Glued, dowelled and screwed joints. Most people don’t actually realize the...

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