Inspiration Album

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Black chair foot stool and fireplace

Years lived in: 6 months - owns the Airstream, rents the land. After seeing Matthew Hoffmann's Before and After makeover of his retro Airstream railer, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph it for a full tour. A licensed architect, founder of HofArc, he was able to reconfigure the original bones of this space while refurbishing it, and restoring some of the original charm.....

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Above are two of the 4,600 pieces of high resolution artwork available for download right now, part of The Getty museum's free Open Content Program. Alongside the pair of Jan van Huysum floral still lifes, Titian, Renoir, CĂ©zanne, Gauguin and countless other famous artists' works are available to use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.... Visitors to the Getty Search Gateway's Open Content Images can browse through the growing collection of 4,600 images, and further filter their search according to parameters such as art type, topics, by artist, and by location portrayed. Upon downloading, you'll only be asked whether you're downloading the image for personal or professional use, and whether the image is being used by a private individual, non-profit, or for-profit organization. I downloaded a digital copy of Pietro Paolini's painting, Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes, and found the transfer fast; the total file size was 22.7 MB jpeg at 4,885 x 2824 resolution once opened, a resolution fine enough to print out using a capable archival quality inkjet printer for printing on art stock or inkjet compatible canvas for framing. Tip: Take your chosen file(s) over to Kinko's and use one of their large format printers and you've got an instant wall-sized reproduction piece for about $47..

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Noorieke's home is a mix of whites, creams and grays. With the help of some amazing chandeliers making each room have a focal point, Noorieke has created a cozy winter retreat that we'd like to call home. This chandelier which joins the kitchen and the living room makes a statement. Because Noorieke's color palette is soft and cozy, this sparkly light source makes the room glow. An accented wall covered in iridescent wallpaper carries the luminous 'Glow' quality into the living room. A few tea lights and a fluffy rug help make this space warm and cozy. Noorieke tells us that she has since said goodbye to the black television in the corner of the room. A salon style photograph grouping of prints add an extra layer of comfy.

Wall with art pieces

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Fireplace

Here's a color combo you don't often see much of anymore - white appliances against a natural birch palette. Especially in a day in age where everyone wants that stainless steel, it's a refreshing take on traditional modern that we can definitely dig. Of course, that's not to rag on anyone who appreciates that moody stainless steel look. Combined with natural light and some of my favorite tech gadgets.... Tivoli Radio One. White is certainly not out this year - if anything, we might start seeing its mean comeback.

Living room yellow sofa

Name: Veena Location: New York, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: Living in a two bedroom apartment converted into three in New York City doesn’t leave a lot of common living area to display and store items. Although my room is small, I get a lot of utility out of the space - a place to rest, a place to store, and a place to display artwork and other objects I love.

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Tall lamp and dishes on the wall

Why I use color: I use neutral colors for the walls and floors in my modern minimal space to offset the beautiful views outside. The large windows brings the outside in, so I picked bright splashes of color and shapes to 'Pop' off the neutral backgrounds. The tall ceilings feel palatial; The colored furnishings ground you, are inviting and add a feeling of warmth. Get sample bottles of paint and paint a 2 foot square area on your wall before you make your decision. Mix and match colors that you think would never go together... they will! Benjamin Moore Color Samples come in small bottles so you can try any color you'd like.

Living room bird wall stickers

Purple was our favorite color growing up, and we still have a decent soft spot for it. Recently we came across these two kitchens designed around the royal hue, and we're struck by how versatile it is, coordinating with gray for a modern look, and brown for a warmer feel. The kitchen can also be a particularly good place to play with color, since it's near to, but often still separate from the main area of a house or apartment.

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Sculptural lamps create instant drama, especially when placed on or near the floor. Lighting placed low provides great ambiance at a party, creating a soft light that reflects off freshly cleaned floors. These Castore Lamps would create an interesting focal point, grouped together on a low table. These Luau Portable Lamps could be used outside or indoors. The lamp uses replaceable LEDs that last 6-10 hours. These birch lamps are meant to create 'a forest of light.' The shade is made from silk and printed with a birch bark pattern. They're small, but they would look great lined up along a low ledge. Birch lamps come in a set of 3, available at Lekker for $450. Links to Other Sculptural Lamps: Gus Design Group Lightbox, $293 at Design Public.

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We've now seen this in a few places, and it continues to blow us away. While the smaller Noguchi lamps can be ubiquitous, this big, big ceiling one is rare and creates an amazing overscale feeling to a room.... Large, light and not quite round, it hovers in space almost like a big thought overhead. This one gets pricey, but for the right room, we think it's worth it.

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We were tipped off to Nancy Bauch's White Forest Pottery by a friend who said that walking into her studio was like walking into another world. We haven't been there, but her website and her pottery makes this seem very possible. These are special pieces that define the intersection of simplicity and beauty. This is what she says.... In addition to using natural elements, she actively strives to simulate the imperfection and impermanence of nature itself. Each hand-made piece reflects the philosophy of 'Wabi sabi' an aesthetic that honors the beauty of imperfection. Her work is a reflection to the variability that is nature, and just as no two snowflakes are alike, so too are each of her pieces unique in their beauty. Most of the pieces are made of porcelain and range from bowls to cups to mugs to tiny vases to bells. Most are also white, though there is a bit of color in there on occasion.

Purple couch

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Chair and reading lamp

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