Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Now and Zen

Add some Far Eastern flavor to your favorite rooms with Asian decor.

Simplicity. Depth. Drama. Nature. They’re more than spirituality buzz words; they’re also the signature elements of Asian decor. Many Asian-style interiors play to the Japanese concept of sabi (a philosophy attuned to chic simplicity) with clean lines and minimal ornamentation, while organic elements like greenery in clay pots and bamboo mats provide naturalistic texture contrasts.

 

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Office Space

Be your own boss with these studious and sharp home office offerings.

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.”

 

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Light-Headed

Make your home glow with exterior lighting accents

“So much architecture in the Southwest flows from the inside out, so you have to look at outdoor lighting as an extension of the interior of the house,” says Sue Calvin, managing partner at Scottsdale interior design firm Wiseman and Gale.

 

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Oh, What a Frill

Add some panache to your pad with these awesome home accessories

“Every room needs a slap in the face,” according to Geoffrey Ross, co-owner of New York-based Dransfield and Ross home furnishings. But if your D.I.Y. decor style runs slightly less pugilistic than knocking out walls and wrestling carpet away from concrete, you could play makeover instead and adorn your home with awesome accessories that upgrade the aesthetic of your rooms and express your personality – not so much a slap in the face as a dab of glitter on the cheeks.

 

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Techno Chef

LG Smart ThinQ Fridge
With 30.7 cubic feet of space, an alarm that sounds if the door’s left open more than 60 seconds, and multiple shelves and crispers, this refrigerator offers just about everything, including device-to-device connectivity and Smart ThinQ technology. $3,500. Available at Best Buy stores, bestbuy.com/LGAppliances

Get cooking with these amazing appliances and futuristic foodie tools.

 

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Flue Shots

Be hearth-healthy with these inviting and innovative fireplaces.

Fireplaces are hot in every sense of the word. But they’d be even hotter and smokier if not for the efforts of a 17th century Bohemian prince, a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, and a Founding Father of the United States. In 1678, Prince Rupert (nephew of Charles I) improved fireplace airflow by raising the grate; in the 18th century, Count Rumford designed tall, shallow fireboxes to improve ventilation, and Benjamin Franklin developed a convection chamber to more evenly distribute heat.

 

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Pet Project


Make changes fur the better to boost your rooms’ pet-friendly quotient.

Late British veterinary surgeon James Herriot said, “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort,” while 19th century social reformer Henry Ward Beecher opined, “The dog is the god of frolic.” So it stands to reason that a pet owner’s home should have at least one room that’s both plush and playful.

 

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