Monday, October 20, 2014

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Natural Beauty

Sustainability gets a makeover with recycled, upcycled and unearthed treasures.

Gone are the days of hemp pillowcases and rattan papasans. Modern, eco-minded design professionals have progressed beyond patchouli, with options for every aesthetic and household need. They're not blindly "going green" – they want their pieces to be stylish as well as sustainable.

 

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Global Fusion

Take a trip aroundworld with wander lust décor.

Lounge on an antique French settee, eat macarons and plan picnics on the banks of the Seine. Peer up at the soft glow emanating in geometric patterns from cinnamon-hued bronze lamps in a Middle Eastern oasis. Retire to a canopied bed draped with a jewel-toned paisley quilt from Jaipur.

 

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Bling It On

PHM0214Flash-1-3aIce your pad with sparkle and sheen.

Last year, “bling-bling” celebrated the 10th anniversary of its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary – a decade of decadence. Channel that celebration of conspicuous consumption in your home decor, but in small splashes. Think Beyoncé, not Flavor Flav.

“A little bit of bling is a nice thing, but... a little too much is a bit much,” says Gabrielle Roeckelein, interior designer and president of Park Avenue Design in Scottsdale. “Metallics are very hot right now. The fashion industry has it and our furnishings follow the fashion, normally.”

 

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Table(au)

Set the scene as you set the table for holiday merriment.

The holiday table can go one of two ways: setting for a convivial meal with warm, engaging conversation and true connection, or arena for fractured-family bickering and arguments about politics. Nudge it toward the former by crafting a beautiful and inviting tablescape.

 

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Hoe Down

How does your home garden grow? With these plants and accessories.

What do Kangaroo Paw, Bat-Faced Cuphea, Old Man’s Beard, and Devil’s Backbone have in common? No, they’re not characters in a nursery rhyme or ingredients in a witches’ brew – at least, any known witches’ brew. They’re all types of desert foliage. More importantly, they’re all types of desert foliage generally available at the Desert Botanical Garden’s Bi-Annual Plant Sale, held in March and October.

 

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Take a Cue

Get the gear for your home game room, then play on.

When your friends are calling shots on the billiards table in your home, they may not be thinking about the fragility of their surroundings – especially if they’re already five martinis in on a Friday night. That’s why space should be the foremost consideration when designing a home game room, according to Sherry Hauser, ASID, of Valley-based Hauser Designs (hauserdesigns.com).

 

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When Pigments Fly

Paint your pad to suit your moods with these colorful design tips and products.

 

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