Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

On March 2, millions of viewers will tune in to the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, some hoping to see their favorite actor or actress win an award, others mainly interested in the gorgeous ball gowns and handsome tuxes. Unfortunately, however, viewers miss the most captivating part of the night – the Governors Ball. While beautiful people, designer dresses and stunning jewelry make up most of the eye-candy during the awards ceremony, it’s the custom-designed light fixtures that steal the show at the Oscars after party. You’ve been to parties, and maybe even a fancy gala or two, but nothing quite compares…

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Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

Biomimicry. The concept has been sort of a hot topic for designers in recent years, but rarely is it discussed or even heard of by consumers. So let’s change that. Biomimicry might be a discipline used in design but it affects consumers too and can dramatically change our future. First of all, what is biomimicry? In basic terms, it is a discipline that focuses on bringing nature inside and using nature as a way of solving human design challenges. You may have noticed the recent trend of nature-inspired products. For example, a chandelier made out of wood or a jute…

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Smart Furnishing Tips for Small Spaces

Smart Furnishing Tips for Small Spaces

Getting the most use out of your small living space can be a daunting task. Smart styling requires finding versatile pieces and using them cleverly. Below are a few furnishing tips that will take your space from cramped to comfortable! Tip 1: Buy transformational pieces. Maximizing your furniture’s functionality is key when working with limited space. Purchase pieces that can be used every day and adjusted appropriately for entertaining or events. For example, an adjustable bar table is the perfect size and height for everyday use as a kitchen or dining table. When entertaining, hydraulically lift the table to a…

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Choose a bathroom sink and faucet finish to match your personality

Choose a bathroom sink and faucet finish to match your personality

Have you considered why you choose one color or style over another? Well, your personality might be to blame. As humans, we do it all the time – we make design choices that reflect our personality traits without even realizing it. And, hey, that’s OK. After all, we’re always looking for ways to express ourselves and not all of us can paint or write poems. So why not use your personality to your advantage? Even a smaller decision like a bathroom sink or faucet finish can be narrowed down by considering your character traits. Bold: polished brass finish, copper You’re…

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5 expert lighting tips to enhance and complete the look of your home

5 expert lighting tips to enhance and complete the look of your home

You may have decorated your space with stylish furniture and stunning artwork, but a bad lighting plan can make your beautiful home feel unwelcoming or harsh. Lighting should be stylish, functional, flattering and convenient all at the same time – and just relying on a ceiling light/fan combo isn’t going to cut it. Illuminate your home and achieve the look you want with these five expert lighting tips. 1. Don’t rely on just one light source: All rooms can benefit from multiple light sources. Use a combination of direct and indirect lighting to create a well-lit room without it feeling…

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Advice from a Designer: How to Solve Accent Lighting Dilemmas

Advice from a Designer: How to Solve Accent Lighting Dilemmas

As an interior design consultant, I am frequently challenged with space planning the ‘occasionally awkward room’. Let’s face it -if it was easy, I’d be out of a job! Placement of windows, flooring, stairs, hallways, doorways, and, something as simple as an electrical outlet, can dictate how a room is laid out. Home dwellers want and need lighting options other than fixed overhead lighting. Accent lighting helps to set different moods in a room. This is achieved by using table lamps and floor lamps, often described as the jewelry of a room. We all know that the magazines retouch the…

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Yes – you can decorate with pink even if you’re an adult

Yes – you can decorate with pink even if you’re an adult

Pink is a great color to use in home decor because it can help create a calm and soothing environment. So why is it that we rarely see people decorate their home with pink? Sure, a person might use a nice flower arrangement, but rarely do you see pink furniture or décor unless it is in the bedroom. The color has gotten a bad rap in interior design and is often thought as being too girly or immature. But you can prove everyone wrong and show just how stylish pink can be with these various items. Throw pillows If you’re still a…

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Six heart-themed decor you can use all year round

Six heart-themed decor you can use all year round

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get inspired by love and fill your home with heart-shaped décor. But you shouldn’t have to put these items away in boxes once the season is over! The perfect heart-themed décor in your home can be displayed all year long! Here are sixideas to get you started.   1. Split heart hook: Sure, a heart-shaped balloon is nice for a couple of days, but then it deflates and is usually just thrown away. This heart-shaped hook is a great way to stay organized, while adding a little love in your home all year round. 2. Heart-shaped…

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Outdoor showers – are they right for you?

Outdoor showers – are they right for you?

Outdoor showers are becoming more and more popular these days, and when the temperature is nice it’s not uncommon for people to bathe in their backyard rather than their bathroom. Outdoor showers are a great way to take your daily routine to the next level and turn it into an exciting and pleasant experience. Even with a busy schedule, an outdoor shower allows you a little time each day to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful blue sky. If you give the idea a chance, you might just realize that an outdoor shower is right for you. Outdoor showers aren’t…

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