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One For You, One For Me: 2016 Autumn Essentials Gift Guide

Autumn is here! Summer is great, but let's get real- Autumn is the best. This season we are all about luxurious wool throw blankets, soft French linen mornings in bed with a steaming hot coffee, long decadent baths, and candle-lit dinners. Our Autumn Essentials gift guide lets you treat yourself AND your loved ones to the best that this season has to offer. All fairtrade or USA handmade, organic, green products.  1. 100% Organic Beeswax candles, set of 4. $14.99 Buy Here 2. Handmade Matte Porcelain salad (or soup!) bowl, $19 Buy Here 3. USA Made French Linen Sheets, $87 Buy Here 4. USA Made French Linen Throw Pillow, $30 Buy Here 5. Fairtrade, Handmade Chunky Crocheted Knit Throw, $160 Buy Here...

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How to Layout and Choose Living Room Lighting

 In our LIGHT RIGHT: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE 3 KINDS OF LIGHTS blog post, we introduced you to the three major kinds of lighting: General, task, and accent. While the general taxonomy remains the same, each room in your house will require different considerations for specific functions, types of traffic, and aesthetics. Your living room is the most visited room, second only to the kitchen, in your home. Follow our guide with 3 sample living room layouts for choosing general, task, and accent lighting to achieve the perfect lighting plan for your living room.   TYPES OF LIGHT: Sheer pendants and chandeliers as a rule of thumb Recessed or track lighting. Wall sconces and other vertical lights that illuminate the...

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Designers You Should Know: MAS Design

For the inaugural edition of our Designers You Should Know series, we wanted to showcase a design house we have had the pleasure of working with on a number of projects. Partners Carol & Dawn of MAS Design have cultivated a unique aesthetic and a successful brand in the Bay Area.  MAS Design partners, Dawn Carlson & Carol Perry.Photo by Jen Siska WHO/WHAT IS MAS DESIGN? MAS (Mood and Space) Design is an interior design firm in the Bay Area, California. What we try to create in our work is a mashup of space and style. We believe that your space should be an expression of who you are, and our focus is creating sophisticated spaces that allow our clients to live, relax and...

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Light Right: A Comprehensive Guide to the 3 Kinds of Lights

For some DIYers lighting can seem like a last step, an afterthought to a design project. “Just stick a lamp in the corner and voila!” On the contrary! Most designers will tell you that lighting is one of the most important design elements in any space, the jewelry of the room. You may have coordinated the wall color with your vintage area rugs perfectly, but if you can’t see any of it- no one will ever know. The key to a well-lit design is knowing the different types of lighting and understanding how to combine these in your space. A good lighting plan for your space will combine general, task, and accent lighting. General and task lighting will lend their...

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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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