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CLEAN SLATE How to prep various surfaces for paint

We’ve all been there — you get excited about a new home reno project and before you know it, you’re slathering paint on something before you’ve done the proper prep work. Cleaning whatever surface you plan to paint is a crucial step that shouldn’t be skipped; it helps prevent future chipping and peeling and provides a smoother surface for paint to adhere to.

Here’s a quick guide on how to clean popular types of surfaces before you start the painting process: Walls: Most walls in your home will survive without a deep clean; just wipe down any areas with noticeable stains, dirt or cobwebs with clean warm water and you’re good to go. The kitchen needs a bit more love because of the airborne grease or oil that has likely popped onto your walls or cabinets during meal prep. Here, warm water with some grease-cutting detergent will do the trick. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. If there is mold or mildew, that needs to be taken care of before paint is applied. The best way to do this is by treating it with four parts water and one part household bleach. Use a big sponge to wipe the solution on, let it set for a minute and then rinse with clean water. Ensure you give it ample time to dry.

Metal: Metal surfaces are a bit trickier when rust is involved. If that’s the case, you first need to tackle the rusted areas with a wire brush to try and remove as much of the powdery rust surface as you can, and then prime with a rust-inhibitive primer. Glass: Wash the glass with warm, soapy water to remove any dirt, dust or grimy fingerprints. Then rinse it off and let it dry completely. Next, put a small amount of rubbing alcohol or white vinegar on a paper towel and wipe down the glass to get rid of any remaining soap. Once the glass dries, it is ready for paint.

Furniture: If your furniture is wood, the best thing to use is a woodspecific cleaner to get all the dirt and dust off of it. After allowing time for the cleaner to dry, you can then give your piece a once-over with a rag and some clean water.

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SPACES: Real-home redesigns with wall-to-wall ideas you can use.

“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” ~Kahlil Gibran

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THE MODERN COTTAGE Meet the cabin/home hybrid turning heads in Victoria Beach.

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LBJ’S MOM’S HOUSE A little bit of history and a lot of Southern charm.

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THE FOREVER HOME A traditional and timeless home for a young family to grow old in.

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COLORFUL COMFORT FOR NEW YORK’S NEWEST NOMADS An abode reflective of a hip family’s international influences.

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POWDER ROOMS THAT POP Courageously colorful bathrooms that aim to inspire.

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HOT SPOT: LABOR OF LOVE How Small-Batch maple syrup brewing is making simple sweet again.

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PARTING SHOT: A final bit of inspiration.

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CHOW: Just thinking about it is making us hungry. MAPLE ON MY MIND: Cooking with Mother Nature’s sweetest treat.

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EXPLORER: Pack your sense of adventure and let’s go. ALASKA: “THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD” Channel your wild side and explore nature’s beauty at its rawest.

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e, like most of you, struggle with the feeling that each year is passing by faster than the one before—that no matter how tightly we try to hang onto our time, it races forward indifferently. As we gain responsibilities and shift our priorities, our days tend to fill up much faster than they did during the golden years of recesses and playdates. Recently, this has been troubling us— mostly because of the expression we have all had ingrained into our heads since childhood: time flies when you’re having fun. Time was definitely flying by, but, our allotment of “fun” was almost certainly trending in the opposite direction. As this realization weighed on us, we began probing for a resolution of this paradox. A friend complicated the inquisition further with her insight: “I heard that the reason why time seems to speed up as we get older is because we are doing fewer things for the first time, so we’re actually making fewer memories.” The conjecture held up logically, but what could we do? As we grow up into the world, we don’t always have the opportunity (or energy) to “try something new every day” and however idyllic this sounds in theory, sometimes there is nothing more magical than being immersed in the familiar. Clarity came when we realized that maybe it wasn’t just about the experiences we encounter, but how we encounter them. Maybe what we needed to slow time down was to—dare we say it—live in the moment: a cliché at best, but then again, we have always found clichés to be true. This issue, we wanted to drive home the importance of giving our days the attention and appreciation needed to notice the small, seemingly insignificant details that transform moments into memories; a house into a home; a friend into family. If time is slipping away from us, we need to make sure we are spending it with passionate intent. By which we mean, we should consider our lives as an opportunity for artistic expression, because we believe that the surroundings of your morning shower can make or break your day (for inspiring ideas on how to ensure you make yours, check out “Powder Rooms that Pop” on pg.60). We wanted to underline how imperative togetherness is, featuring spaces that foster these connections, much like the cozy nesting spot on the front porch of LBJ’s Mom’s House (pg.41). We wanted to encourage our readers to enjoy the process as much as the product, a sentiment small batch maple syrup brewing has maintained through centuries of tradition (story on pg.26). We wanted to champion places and spaces that fight against the multi-tasking mentality of the millennium and instead encourage us to recognize the privilege of this planet (a fact simply undeniable after seeing the immense and unprecedented beauty Alaska has to offer on pg.74). Our issue hopefully reminds you to slow down and take time to marvel at even the little things. At the end of the day, this will be our greatest defense against the clock: to stop looking at the time and simply let ourselves lean into whatever we are faced with. This is the hard part. Then, all that’s left is making sure what we are faced with is worth leaning into.

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BEFORE THE FIRST BRUSHSTROKE Your guide to the three Ps: prepping, priming and painting Shortcuts are great for avoiding traffic or beating video games, but not so much for painting. In fact, no matter the size of the painting project, its success really does depend on how much time and effort is put into preparation. There’s simply no way around it.

BEFORE YOU PRIME: PREPARATION TIPS

• Before you begin, move all furniture out of the room. Larger items can be placed in the center of the room and covered with a plastic or canvas drop cloth. • Take down any pictures, wall hangings or removable fixtures as well as the nails holding them up. This is also the time to remove electrical plates and switch covers as well as air vents you don’t want to get paint on. PRO TIP: Put the electrical plates, switch covers and air vents, along with their screws, in plastic bags and mark the bags with the room / wall that they belong to. • Scrape off any loose, flaky paint. Patch any holes and repair any other imperfections with a spackling compound. Allow to dry and then sand down until the surface is smooth. • Clean the walls with a sponge and TSP (Trisodium Phosphate should be used if the walls are greasy, i.e. in the kitchen) or a mild cleaning solution of water and detergent. Rinse the sponge frequently and repeat as necessary. Once dry, go over the surface with a microfiber cloth or a trap-and-lock style duster.

BEFORE YOU PAINT: PRIMING TIPS

Primer is the essential foundation of every paint job. It helps paint to adhere to the surface by making it more “accepting” of the finish coat, it blocks stains and tannins from bleeding through; it penetrates and seals problem substrates; and finally, it improves the color performance and prolongs the durability and smoothness of your paint job. • It is especially important to use primer when painting new wood or surfaces that have never been painted before, or when repainting a surface that is uneven, stripped, or badly deteriorated (sand it down before priming). Prime the walls if a lighter color is being painted over a darker color. Semi-gloss paints need a coat of primer as they tend to absorb unevenly. • Match the primer to the job. Tinting your primer first will give you a head start when painting darker colors and will require fewer finish coats. • Latex paint can, in some cases, be used over oil based paint with proper preparation, and proper selection of primer and finish paints. Ask the experts at PERSPECTIVES, INC. for advice on the correct preparation and products to use. • Lastly, be sure to start painting only after the primer has dried completely. Check the paint can’s instructions to find out how long to wait between coats. PRO TIP: There are 2-in-1 paint and primer products available on the market, but it’s important to note that they work well on alreadypainted surfaces, not never-before-painted surfaces. While they may seem to eliminate a step, 2-in-1 products may require extra coats to give as effective coverage as the traditional primer and paint process. Ask PERSPECTIVES INC. for their advice before purchasing.

• Collect and assemble all of the tools and supplies you’ll need for the job: paint, stir sticks, drop cloths, brushes, rollers and painting tape. • Apply a high quality painter’s tape on trim, baseboards, window and doorframes to protect everything you don’t want to get paint on. • Secure a drop cloth to the floors to protect carpeting, linoleum or hardwood flooring.

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This is the prime season for getting your deck in shape to enjoy the old grass clippings and all the other yard detritus that builds up on your deck over the winter is the first step. Cleaning and re-staining will get your deck ready for you to enjoy and share with friends and family.

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So what is the one thing NOT to do while cleaning your deck? DON’T use a pressure washer to clean your deck! Not to say that you can’t use a pressure washer at all, but use it at low pressure only to rinse off the cleaning agent that you should use. If you use a pressure washer at a high enough pressure to clean off the dirt, mold and mildew, you are probably irretrievably damaging the wood surface.

S O , H OW SHOUL D I C LE A N M Y DECK ? The best way to clean a wood deck is to use a wood cleaner that is specifically designed for that purpose. There are several products available that will clean a deck without causing damage to the wood and surrounding plantings. Defy Wood Cleaner is an oxygen bleach cleaner that is extremely effective at cleaning dirt, oil, mold, algae, and aged stains from wood. Following up with Defy Wood Brightener will neutralize the cleaner, brighten the wood to like new condition and open the pores of the wood to accept a new coat of deck finish.

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the 2/26/16 deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

WHAT IF I HAV E M O RE QUES T ION S? The staff at Perspectives can help guide you to the right products and procedures to get your deck ready and beautiful for the outdoor season.Check our website for rebate sale dates on quality deck finishes including ProLuxe.

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UP TO PAR A beginners guide to repainting ceilings

Even if you haven’t been dancing on the ceiling, there’s a good chance it will still need a fresh coat of paint every few years. Painting a ceiling isn’t much different than painting a wall, but there are a few things you can do to make the job easier and faster. Take a peek at the steps below for our favorite tips and tricks. Prep: Don’t forget to put down a drop cloth — painting ceilings can be a very messy job, so it’s wise to plan ahead and make sure you have something to cover the floor and furniture. Also, consider wearing a hat; you’ll be happy you did later on when you don’t have to spend the night washing paint out of your hair. Tape: If you’re not planning on painting the walls, you can tape around the edges of the ceiling for a nice, clean line. Then you can cut in using a 2-inch sash brush and a smaller cup of your paint (one that is easier to hold going up and down a ladder than the full can) and begin to stroke away from the edge and work the paint back toward the tape, painting a few inches onto the ceiling and feathering the edge. Roll: Now it’s time to rock ’n’ roll — emphasis on the roll. For smooth ceilings use a low nap roller cover, but for textured ceilings or the more dramatic popcorn ceilings, you’ll need a roller sleeve with a deeper nap which will hold more paint to get into those grooves. Paint: Attach the roller to an extension pole and start painting from the corner of the ceiling nearest to a window, so you can see where you have already painted (the light will reflect onto the wet paint). Roll in the direction of the light source and not across it. Don’t press too hard on the roller — that may cause some splatters and drips — and be sure to roll slowly as you get closer to the walls to avoid hitting them. Keep your roller loaded up with paint. When you have to re-load, start up again in an unpainted area of the ceiling and work toward the wet area. Do the whole ceiling in one session so that it dries evenly and wait until the first coat is completely dry before adding a second.

IN OVER YOUR HEAD WHEN IT COMES TO PAINTING CEILINGS? TAKE A TRIP TO PERSPECTIVES INC. FOR ALL THE INFORMATION AND SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED TO GET THE TOP OF YOUR ROOM IN TIP-TOP SHAPE.

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1. Paint and stain lines carried: Coronado, California, Richards, Lenmar, Insl-X, Sikkens ProLuxe, Cabot, Defy, One Time, Zar, Minwax, Waterlox, Rustoleum. 2. Specialty products carried: Flame Control intumescent fire retardant paint; Giani and Daich Coatings countertop paint; Garage Guard and RockSolid garage and basement floor coatings. 3. Specialty services: Ability to load paint, including lacquer, into spray cans; custom color matching of paints and stains at no extra charge; large inventory on hand and quick restocking of fast-moving inventory; Super Strength Trillion colorants from California Paints for rich, deep colors that cover in 1 or 2 coats – even those tricky reds! 4. Extensive computer records of all purchases are kept indefinitely for future reference; job names and even room names can be recorded and tracked to ensure the proper color is used on subsequent repaints. 5. Huge database of competitor colors (over 18,000 formulas) is kept up to date, with new color matches added daily. 6. Staff has over 150 years of combined knowledge working with paint and related items; we will answer your questions or find the answer. 7. Specialty paints including Modern Masters metallic, Chalked paint from Rustoleum, magnetic surface paint, dry erase paint.

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1. Huge selection of brushes, roller covers, trays and tray liners, pots, buckets, extension poles, hand tools and lots of “gadgets” that make your job easier but that you won’t find at the “Big Box.” 2. Complete line of abrasives and finishes for both professional and DIY floor finisher. Abrasives from Norton for most of the popular sizes of sanding equipment, including belts, edge paper and screens, SandDollar sanding screens, driver pads. 3. Complete line of Woodwise wood fillers in colors and wood tones; Abatron Wood Epox and Liquid Wood restoration products. 4. Equipment for rent: pressure washers, paint sprayers, wallpaper steamers, surface cleaners, floor sander. 5. Sales and service for Graco, Titan, Spray Tech, MiT-M, ASM. Dedicated shop with large inventory of replacement parts and factory authorized service. 6. Extensive line of quality caulks including Big Stretch, Lexel, NP-1, Momentive. We can also make custom color caulk to match practically any color of paint.

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A vibrant, welcoming front door turns your home into the new kid on the block Let’s address your address. By that we mean taking a good, long look at how your house appears from the street. If you believe the exterior is in need of a refresh, there’s an easy and inexpensive DIY project that really packs a punch: giving your front door a facelift! No matter the color, your front door is more than a transition from the outdoors in. That’s why choosing a bright shade of “hello” elevates the appearance of your home and makes a bold statement amidst everyday surroundings. Paint your front door and get ready for the neighborhood to take notice. YOU WILL NEED: • Painter’s tape • Sponge • Fine grit sandpaper • Paintable filler • Good quality paint brushes • High-density foam rollers • 1 quart adhesion primer • 1 quart satin or semi-gloss exterior paint see “Choosing a Sheen”

Choose moderate and dry weather for painting. You’ll have to keep your door open for a few hours, so pick a day when the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. Avoid windy days because of all the dust and debris swirling in the air. You should also have a temporary replacement to protect your house while you are completing this project. A heavy tarp, an existing storm door or even a large piece of plywood will deter insects, birds and other unwanted visitors. STEP 1: Remove the door and all of the hardware (wedge a screwdriver in the joints between the hinges and the hinge pin, then tap lightly with a hammer until the hinge pins come loose). Rest the door on a pair of sawhorses outside. Remove any remaining hardware, such as the door handle. STEP 2: Wipe the door clean, then scrape off any blistered or peeling paint. Use sandpaper until the surface feels smooth.

PERSPECTIVES INC. CARRIES Modern Masters, Never-Fade Front Door Paint.

The Never-Fade technology ensures that your front door will be as vibrant as the first day it was painted. Two-coat application, quick-dry formula and satin finish allows you to paint and close your door the same day. Colors are carefully selected utilizing the latest in color trends and home design from around the world. Visit PERSPECTIVES INC. and select the right color to express yourself!

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If there are cracks in the door, repair them by working small amounts of paintable filler in with a putty knife. Let it dry and then sand until smooth. Before priming, wipe away the extra dust with a damp cloth. STEP 3: Use painter’s tape to protect and cover anything you want to keep clean and free of paint, such as glass accents or windows. STEP 4: Priming prevents the door from absorbing moisture, smooths out the texture and keeps the paint from seeping in to the wood so don’t skip this step. Apply a coat of primer with a foam roller or a wide paintbrush. Be sure to cover the front and all the side edges. STEP 5: Once the primer is dry, it’s time to paint in this order: 1) Bevels, 2) Panels, 3) Center stile, 4) Rails, 5) Outer stiles. One common question is how to paint edges. When a door is painted two colors on either side, the two side edges get a different color. The hinged edge gets the exterior color when the door swings in. If the door swings out, the side with the knob gets the exterior color. STEP 6: Apply a second coat of paint for a smooth finish and truer color. Once the door is completely dry (it will no longer be tacky to the touch), the hardware can be reattached and the door reinstalled.

DOORSTEP PALETTES MADE TO POP • R  ed – Feng Shui’s bold symbol of happiness, strength and positive energy. • B  lack – The ultimate contrast color is as dramatic as it is elegant. • T  urquoise – Romantic Tiffany-inspired color against an otherwise all-white exterior. • L ime Green – Greens, even lime green, pick up natural colors from the surrounding landscape. • Y  ellow – An irresistibly sunny entryway hints at a home’s warm energy

CHOOSING A SHEEN The sheen describes the glossiness of your paint’s finish. For doors, choose a satin, semi-gloss or high gloss paint. Satins are more lustrous and have a greater warmth and depth than flat paints. Semi-gloss are slightly glossy, sleek and radiant, offer good stain resistance and are easy to clean. High-gloss paint is the shiniest because it has the highest light-reflective characteristics.


HER E A R E A FEW OF T HE QUEST IO NS TH AT W E HAVE A NS W ERED FOR OUR CUSTOM ERS: Q: WHAT IS T HE DIFFERENC E BET WEE N A T RADIT IO NAL S HUT T E R AN D A PLAN TAT IO N S HUT T ER?

A: Traditional shutters or “cafe height” shutters are normally found on kitchen windows. They are widely used on small windows because the shutters’ 1-1/4” louvers and 3/4” thick shutter frame operate well within small window frames. Plantation shutters were originally designed with wide louvers to protect homes from the Southern elements. These shutters allow views to the outside when open, yet provide privacy when closed. Plantation shutters provide thermal efficiency to large glass windows but can also add a homey touch to any interior.

WA N T N E W W I NDOW T R EATM E N T S F OR T H E W IN D OWS I N Y OU R H OM E O R OF F IC E ?

The staff at Perspectives can help you select from a multitude of options, from simple aluminum mini-blinds to a complete makeover with vertical or horizontal blinds in wood or faux wood, draperies, swags, jabots, valances… well, you get the idea. The options are limited only by your imagination (and your budget: we can work with you to satisfy both!). Currently, the most popular options are top down/bottom up and cordless operation. Top down/bottom up is a great option for areas where you like to have a blind open but still maintain privacy. The blind can be lowered from the top to allow light to come in, but you can still have the privacy of the lower section being closed. Cordless operation greatly enhances safety, especially when children or even pets are present.

As with motorization, many window treatments can be produced without visible cords, enhancing the appearance of installation as well as providing a safer environment. On the technical side, most window treatments that are operated manually can be motorized for convenience and safety. Power is provided by long-lasting battery packs, or in many cases, by hardwiring into the existing electrical system. Motorization is particularly useful on tall window installations where manual operation is impractical or impossible. Plus, it’s pretty cool to be able to control your window treatments with a remote that can be programmed to raise or lower all the blinds at once, or even control a single window at a time! We have a newly-redecorated Design Center that showcases many of the products that we can provide: blinds, shutters, roller shades, valances, etc. We have an entire area dedicated to fabric samples for window treatments and also fabrics for interior and exterior upholstery. We can provide services to reupholster practically anything to renew and extend the life of your furniture.

Q: WHAT IS O PAC IT Y AS APPLIED T O BLIN DS ?

A: Most fabrics used in blinds have an opacity rating, which is an indication of how much light the fabric will allow to pass through. Fabrics are available from sheer, that will allow nearly all light to pass through the fabric, to completely opaque, which is usually referred to as “room darkening.” Room darkening blinds are used in areas such as theater rooms to provide the proper atmosphere for viewing movies.

Q: WHAT IS T HE WARRAN T Y O N BLIND S AN D S HUT T ERS ?

A: Although the details vary depending on the manufacturer and the type of product, most companies have a warranty that covers the mechanical parts of blinds and shutters under a limited lifetime warranty. Wear parts such as strings and tapes are usually covered for a certain amount of time, usually 5-7 years from the purchase date. Fading, chipping and cracking are also covered for a limited time; again, details vary depending on the product.

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CURTAIN CALL Choosing window treatments that are as pretty as they are purposeful

Drapery can not only accent windows and frame a beautiful view, they can complete the look of a room by bringing the décor together. Choosing the right style of curtains starts with the three Fs: FASHION: Color depends on whether you want the curtains to blend in with the décor or really pop. For a subtle look, choose fabrics in the same tone or a shade or two darker than the wall color; for a bold accent, go for a contrasting look. Patterns and prints can really add pizzazz to a room. If you have patterned furniture or an elaborate rug, choose a solid. A small, neutral print can bring texture to a room while a large graphic print that ties in to the color scheme brings décor to life.

FUNCTION: If you crave more privacy or cooler, darker quarters, select lined curtains – which will also protect the fabric from sun, act as an insulator and help the fabric fall more luxuriously. If you prefer more natural light to filter through, then decorative, unlined curtains will work just fine. Keep in mind that sunlight can fade curtains, especially those in brighter colors.

LENGTH & WIDTH Ready-made curtain panels come in lengths from 63 to 144 inches. • 63-inch curtains usually sit at or just below the sill. • 84-inch curtains sit at or just above the floor. • 96-inch curtains or longer can be pooled on the floor for a more dramatic appearance. To know which length you need, measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod, then round up. Keep in mind that the fabric should make contact with the floor, as too-short curtains look odd like a nerd in short pants! To achieve a “drapey” look when closed, the combined width of the panels should be at least two times the width of the window. Pleated panels have fullness built in, so their width can match the span of the window.

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FABRIC: Texture and weight matters. Too heavy, and the drapes may not fold crisply when drawn; too light and they may not fall well. Also consider the mood of the space. Heavier fabrics appear formal; silky rayon blends and sateen curtains are practical. Billowy cotton and cotton blends work well in most décor, while linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are four-season favorites since they tend to hang best.

MOUNTING & HANGING Professionals rely on two rules to maximize the window and accentuate the space. 1. Higher Than the Frame: To create the illusion of a taller window, it is common to mount the curtain rod above the frame, about halfway between the frame and ceiling molding. Account for the extra fabric you’ll need when measuring drapery length from the floor up. 2. Wider Than the Frame: To make the window appear grander or to reveal pretty molding details, extend the curtain rod beyond each side of the frame. This also lets more light in when the drapes are open. Remember to adjust your width measurement.

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This charcoal tone with notes of navy is a rich shade that draws you in and immerses you in whatever room it covers. It dominates while inviting lighter colors to enhance its depth, lending a sense of expansiveness to any space. The subtle navy undertones pull mystery from this sophisticated gray and allow it to pair effortlessly with wooden hues. It’s no wonder Ivy Row Design opted for Abyss in the master bedroom: sleeping surrounded by this shade would have you thinking you’re under the midnight sky.

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The owner of this home’s favorite descriptor for this Texan ranch is “zen”, and this is no doubt a result of the dreamy and creamy green that dominates this space. The color calms and comforts, relaxes and refreshes, automatically inducing the tranquility that is such a crucial aspect in any home. This rich color achieves all of this in introverted fashion, providing the perfect backdrop for recharging and reconnecting.

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Easy and breezy, just like the West Coast city it’s named after, this stunningly subtle blue-gray hue is enough to induce the sweetest of dreams. Seattle Gray is the color equivalent of cloud-nine, seducing with a sense of slowing time, especially when paired with crisp-white finishes as done in this master suite. It’s time we stopped associating gray with boring and started appreciating what it lends to the color canon!

The slightest variations can sometimes reimagine even timeless colors. Baby blue borrows a slight greenish tint and reappears newly energized as the moody but lively Woodlawn Blue. This shade can be compelling on the walls or be used as a backdrop for accessories (such as on a bookshelf, as pictured here), allowing them to pop with its understated delicacy and refined elegance. However you choose to use it, this zesty twist is on its way to becoming one of our favorite tried-and-true blues.

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D I Y D OORM AT There is something to be said for a really great doormat. It sets the tone for your visitors, sends you off on your way out the door in the morning, and welcomes you home at night — not to mention its important function of trapping dirt and debris before it has the chance to be tracked inside. Crafting your own DIY Doormat is a fun, affordable, and accessible way of exercising your creativity, and it might even buy you a few extra seconds when you’re scrambling to answer the door (because your guests will be admiring your new doorstep accessory, of course). No need to roll out the welcome wagon with this DIY — your customized doormat is sure to increase your porch chops! 22

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TOP IMAGE: Gather all your supplies before beginning your project. You won’t want to be running around hunting for things; preparation is key. MIDDLE IMAGE: Take your time and cut each letter out carefully. Remember you are removing printed portions of your text and anything white needs to stay in place as part of your stencil. BOTTOM IMAGE: Multiple coats will be necessary to ensure the paint gets into all the nooks and crannies of the mat. Apply gentle pressure to work the paint down into the fibres and let dry between coats for a better build up of the paint.


H O WTO STEP ONE: Decide what you’d like your doormat to say. Remember that you’ll be using an X-Acto knife to slice around the edges of whatever you choose, so we recommend you keep it short and sweet. Use any program similar to Microsoft Word, set your page template to landscape, and select a font and size for your phrase or image. Once you’ve printed your template (hint: this will probably take up several pages, depending on your selection), set it off to the side. STEP TWO: Take your double-sided carpet tape and secure it horizontally onto one side of your blank doormat. Try to overlap the tape slightly to ensure no paint will get where you don’t want it to go! STEP THREE: Lay your template over your taped-up mat and experiment with where you would like it to be: In the center? Off to one corner? It’s entirely up to you! Feel free to use a tape measure to ensure symmetry if needed. Once you’ve settled on the perfect spot,

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remove the top layer of the carpet tape to reveal the sticky side up and adhere your stencil. Secure the edges of the stencil with painter’s tape. STEP FOUR: You may now begin to cut out your letters with your X-Acto knife. Remember: slow and steady wins the race! Be cautious and patient, especially when it comes to any tight corners! • Once your template is cut out, re-check your tape and ensure nothing has moved or loosened while you were cutting out your template. STEP FIVE: You’re ready to start painting! Using your sponge brush, dip the tip into the paint and begin brushing along the open areas. Gentle pressure will be needed to push the paint into the pile of the rug. You will have to apply several coats — just keep going until you’re pleased with the opacity of the letters. STEP SIX: Remove all the tape, allow to dry overnight and enjoy your new welcome mat!


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n the deep woods straddling the Northeastern Canadian/American border, just as winter’s last vestiges begin their recession and spring starts to steal itself into focus, the world’s maple syrup farmers trek out into the bush to begin their brief but intense harvest. A small portion of these farmers have embraced the traditional values central to the antiquated craft, opting to brew their share of the liquid gold the oldfashioned way. These sugar shack operators’ secret to success is that they know that nature does the bulk of the work when it comes to transforming their sap into the sweet treat we love to slather over our breakfasts. Retaining relatively small-scale production without the help of industrialized machinery is no small feat; one gallon of maple syrup requires 40 gallons of sap boiled down over several days. The small-batch brewers have chosen to take the road less travelled in a noble effort to avoid the sacrificial shortcuts large-scale production often necessitates, like the vacuum lines of commercial producers which can have harmful impacts on the environment. These farmers combine their commitment to creating the purest possible product with a fierce ethical obligation to the conservation of nature. The story that these primarily family-owned businesses tell through their shared vision is a story that balances hard work and humility; a reminder of the value of simplicity and the virtue of patience. It is stories like this that resonate in our fast-paced society- a society that is often quick to forget a vital lesson that nature generously and steadfastly reminds us of: there is beauty in the process. As the food industry shifts to accommodate more conscientious consumers, it is no longer an anomaly to encounter attempts at disentangling the long and elusive road from resources to retailer, but small batch maple syrup breweries have the concept of conscious sourcing embedded in their brand. With tools like social media, it is easy for owners and operators to practice transparency in the way they conduct business and production, fostering a connection with the consumers as well as personalizing their brand. The closer we can be to the production of our goods, the better we can feel about consuming them.

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Similarly, the more we know about the companies we support, the better we can feel about exercising our purchasing power in their favor. One company, Cosman and Webb, integrates the history that informs the practice of sap collection, aligning their methodology with the indigenous peoples of northeastern North America, who were the first to discover the potential of sugar maple sap. The company’s organic certification is central to their image, boasting on their company website: “Unchanged by time, we sustainably tap delicious, organic maple syrup in a traditional sugar bush.” These assurances do more than ease anxieties over the impact of toxic chemicals and pesticides on bodies and the environment—their commitment to authenticity procures syrup with distinct flavor. Graeme Foers, owner and founder of “Tapped Out Small Batch” claims “a smoky, full-bodied, thicker consistency” differentiates the small batch mode of production from commercial vendors. This difference derives from the meticulous care put into the craft, but also from an approach that considers the endeavor to be a collaboration with nature rather than an exploration of it.” This sense of revere for the environment is both refreshing and inspiring in a period of overindustrialization and increasingly profitdriven business practice. The process of maple syrup production begins during the lingering winter months when the temperature drops below zero during the night and tips above during the day. This repeated cycle of freezing and thawing creates the exact conditions necessary for the sugar maples to be ‘tapped’ (a small hole is drilled into the bark), allowing the sap to flow. Once spring takes full swing and trees begin to bud, the sap becomes too bitter to be boiled into syrup. This means their harvest (its length and productivity) is highly dependent on weather conditions, which is perhaps an integral aspect of the consistently genuine respect for nature evident in the philosophies of these businesses. They depend on the perfect conspiracy of several environmental factors to make a living; they have endured the despair and disappointment of winters where their harvest ends abruptly due to an unexpected heat wave, but they have


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also experienced the serendipitous joy of extended seasons that produce record setting crops. These small batch brewers consider their sugar maples to be the homes of diverse ecosystems, and they are careful to disrupt those habitats as little as possible. Graeme Foers of Tapped Out vows he “only takes what the tree will naturally offer”. The inkling of rustic charm that attaches itself to this tried-and-true tradition proves it has substantial merit lurking beneath its wholesome appeal. These dedicated sugar maple brewers prove that there is a way to turn a profit and create valuable goods without taking shortcuts along the way. They demonstrate the oft-repeated and oft-overlooked sentiment: you can’t rush perfection. The labor-intensive task of collecting and transforming sap into syrup brings nature’s abundance into focus, fostering a keen sense of interconnectedness that inspires us not only to trust in the process, but to relish in it.

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THE MODERN COTTAGE A space with all the function of a home and all the attitude of the cottage; Ivy Row Design captured the laid-back lifestyle and aesthetic of the lake and provides the perfect ambiance for entertaining with maximum functionality, creating an ideal playground for adults and children alike. Text: Carlee Baigrie Design: Ivy Row Design Photography: Sarayah Moffat & Ivy Row Design

Wooden stools add a pop of warmth against this cool navy, complimenting the kitchen countertops. A white subway-tiled back-splash keeps counter space looking clean and crisp.

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A neutral colored textured rug like this one relaxes and brightens this room with its beachy sensibility, helping to cement the cabin's overall aesthetic as a home-cabin hybrid.

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estled on a peninsula extending out from the southeastern shores of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba lies the small rural municipality of Victoria Beach, a popular summer destination for the prairie region’s cottage goers. Established in 1910, the RM of Victoria Beach has been praised for its pristine beaches, family-friendly atmosphere, and off-the-grid mentality. During peak season, car-traffic is prohibited: if you want to stop in at Einfield’s famous bakery to try one of their delectable dream-cookies, you better hop on your beater-bike (a selling feature for family residents with young children who are wary of traffic)! This is the context of Ivy Row Design's latest project, a space that brings the amenities of city life to the coziness of lake life. Jocelyn and Kate of Ivy Row Design called the clients, a young family of four, their “dream clients” due to their hands-off approach and trusting personalities. This trust enabled the designers to take certain stylistic risks that paid off in the big picture. By the time the designers got involved, the space had already been given its predominantly modern architectural bones, and it was up to Ivy Row Design to fill the home with an aesthetic that made sense within the borders of this beachy haven. Kate and Jocelyn experimented with bold material choices to ensure the space reflected the character of the town it inhabits. Their mission with this space was to bring the outdoors inside as much as possible. This inspiration came about very organically in response to the jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling windows in the room, which showcase the deep emerald green of the mature trees that line the property, with streams of sunlight illuminating the living room where the trees will permit. “We didn’t want to compete with that” Jocelyn adds, reminiscing over the stunning view. Choosing materials and colors that call to natural elements was one avenue taken to ensure the modern build maintained an easygoing atmosphere. The shiplap in the bathroom, typically used in exterior settings (painted a deep mesmerizing navy blue) brings the cottage sensibility into focus. Where cottage design concepts often overuse wood to achieve the rustic aesthetic, Ivy Row Design utilizes it sparingly to frame their neutral tones, drawing clean lines that add warmth and depth to the space. The one request these clients did have when communicating their vision to Jocelyn and Kate was their need for this to be a user-freindly and comfortable space. With young children, they needed it to be equal parts function and style. “We have our own kids, which is a huge help when it comes to making

A deep navy blue painted over shiplap in the bathroom helps to bring the cabin's modern structure down to earth while wooden furniture beacons to the outdoors.

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A loft offers a safe place for kids to play (within earshot) while adults entertain below. Hiding within plain sight are various storage areas for toys and other items for quick clean-ups.

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a space work for young families” Jocelyn shared, adding that her experience as a mother has enabled her to curate a wide repertoire of tricks for creating kid-friendly spaces. Jocelyn shares that for the clients, “it was all about creating that adult space where you can have your friends over and you can entertain but the kids can also be there too”. Kate elaborated, contesting the myth that having

tiny humans automatically precludes the possibility of ‘having nice things’. Their personal experience as parents helps them create spaces that work with kids instead of against them: “its sometimes just a matter of picking those pieces where you can store the toys, or having baskets around, but the basket is really nice. It’s all kind of a balancing act”.


Adding simple and elegant accessories like this table's centerpiece was another way that Ivy Row Design paid tribute to the great outdoors while maintaining its composed but casual allure.

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Rustic touches like these painted paddles hung above the headboard (which pair nicely with the Hudson's Bay blanket peaking from the bottom of the image) keep this lake house from feeling too modernized while offering a touch of character.

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Despite its modern-looking exterior, the designers created a space imbued with all the rustic charm one would expect from this summertime getaway town. Whether entertaining or just laying low with loved ones, this space masters the art of easy living and pairs it with a meticulously crafted beachy aesthetic that will act as the perfect background for memories to be made in their new home away from home.


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A generously sized porch ornamented with a nostalgiainducing swing and rocking chairs sends vines crawling up lattice to the balcony situated above. Summer nights spent here are sure to make the highlight reel of memories.

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L BJ ' S MOM'S HOUSE Set along the Blanco river surrounded by lush greenery, this Texas Ranch house channels its notable past to provide a soothing second home for the owner’s close-knit family. Its earth-tones and local materials bring an unrefined texture of warmth, comfort, and soul to this monumental building. Text: Carlee Baigrie Design: Fisher Interiors Photography: Ryann Ford

A neutral color palette and an abundance of natural light allow the warmth of the oiled white oak hardwood flooring, custom-made floating cabinets and media stand to shine the main floor living area. The ideal spot for aninafter-dinner drink while the sun sets over the river or morning coffee with the Sunday crossword.

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The designers drew inspiration from the landscape where the home is situated: muted colors blend with the natural textures and elements in the room. Ample seating allows for maximum comfort and conversation simultaneously.

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hen Jennifer Fisher, the designer, got involved with LBJ’s Home, she knew it was paramount that this property’s significant heritage not only be preserved, but celebrated. The home receives its historic status from its original owners, John Wilson Baines and Ruth Ament Huffman, who later became the grandparents of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. The couple purchased the home from an Irish Craftsman who built it for the mere cost of one thousand dollars. Its name, “Amenthall”, is a tribute to Ruth’s middle name. J. Fisher Interiors was required to maintain the exterior of the building due to its historical status, so their main mission was to saturate the interior with as much spectacular southern charm as the structure could manage. As a longtime friend of the client (Jennifer divulged that the most difficult part about working together was getting a word in), Fisher knew how important it was to ensure the home had ample space for their big and growing family to congregate. The family’s relatives all grew up in the Houston area, and, with several generations all with busy schedules to coordinate, they rely on this space for quality time; Jennifer knew “this [would be] a house that would be entertained in constantly”. The home was to serve as a meeting place for their loved ones to celebrate their family’s storied past, vibrant present, and promising future. The roots of this

property run deep, and it was up to the designers to ensure their work stemmed from a devotion to those roots. Because the house was originally built in 1883, a time when the importing of raw materials was relatively limited, the original structure was made from local materials exclusively. In an effort to maintain this authenticity, they utilized local materials like quarried limestone for the restoration, and furnishings were crafted from local Texan mesquite, adding warmth to the subdued color pallet of the home. The kitchen’s corner bench, which operates as a resting place for those fortunate enough to be exempt from cooking-duty, is a prime example of the impact of these selections. Jennifer shares “this is a place for conversation”, and having the extra seating space allows everyone to participate as meals are brought to life. Fisher calls the kitchen the heart and soul of the home, where family and friends gather to listen to music or talk over a smooth glass of cabernet. The home owners' favorite word to describe this space is “zen”, and that’s certainly the sense one gets from this restoration project. The home sits about 50 yards from the Blanco river, which can be heard trickling upstream from the home’s balcony, providing ample cuddle spots with symmetrical day beds sitting on either side of the door. Directly below this cozy outdoor living space sits a front porch of similar form and function: a pair of rocking chairs


Opposite: Inuit art from the homeowners’ personal collection creates a stylish story. Above right: The powder room continues the Scandinavian design with black millwork and white quartz counters, adding more artwork as well as gold trim for sparkle and interest. Right: A major facelift was given to the grand staircase just off the foyer to create more floor space. White risers with matching white oak treads make the sleek bbeams stand-out

Minimal walls allow for maximum mingling among the many house-guests that visit this family's vacation home. Fun prints like the black-and-white checkered fabric of the chairs The custom island, made from quarter sawn excite the neutral and tranquil pallette of the white oak, provides extra storage space as home without disrupting it. well as a handy spot for working, serving or gathering while entertaining.

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add a touch of antiquated beauty. This rustic retreat offers tranquility and peace, a welcomed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life where family can take precedence. The designers knew it was crucial to create a space that fostered togetherness and relaxation, and one of the ways they executed this was through color, opting for predominantly subdued tones that soothe while incorporating bolder earth tones with expert subtlety. The property surrounding the home is lined thick with mature trees, and with the river trickling nearby, Jenifer knew she wanted the home to encapsulate this peaceful atmosphere, stating “we wanted the inside to be as refreshing as the outside�. J Fisher Interiors' design pays tribute to the home’s history, and encourages it to expand upon itself, inviting new memories and stories. This home revels in the joy of family and honors its remarkable heritage. It reminds us of the simple yet substantial stillness of being at home and at peace with the ones you love the most in the world. Above: A lightly accessorized floating wooden shelf anchors a white washed fireplace, drawing out the other warmer tones in the room. Simple, elegant, and comfortable. Left: Unique pieces like this teal dresser breathe an air of intrigue into the softer pallette of the home's overall feel. These small eclectic elements bring significant character to the space.

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A timeless blend of neutrals and pastels conspire to create a classic take on the perfect family home that will no doubt be fostering memories and moments for years to come.

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This bright and spacious common room combines kitchen, living room, and dining room with expert cohesion to create a functional meeting place for the whole family. Pops of color energize the neutral pallette.

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Baby blues and dreamy creams showcase the home's exceptional natural light while effortless symmetry provides the perfect nesting place to relax and unwind after a long day.

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arger-than-life windows send thick streams of sunlight beaming into the open-concept living space of the corner lot home on Parkwood Road, illuminating the classically breath-taking design by Martha O’Hara Interiors. Their work on a young family’s “forever home” showcases the property’s natural lighting with pride and offers tranquility with its predominantly cream-colored canvas, which is splattered intermittently with bursts of personality in the form of bold prints and pops of color. The Parkwood Road project’s clients wanted a home that could grow with them. As a young family, they wanted their house to have the room to evolve and take the shape of their busy lifestyles and rapidly growing children, but it needed to be a space that fostered the sort of togetherness that they wanted to instill in their new family. The designer, Carrie Ellington, is a personal friend of the clients and has been lucky enough to witness firsthand the home’s functionality in an everyday context. Carrie shares that the clients are still living in the corner lot, and with a new addition to the family as well: “Every time I go there she says ‘I still absolutely love everything [O’Hara Interiors] did Above: This home's open concept layout lets everyone be a part of the action while yellow accessories act as accents throughout, energizing the home's traditional style. Below: In the formal living room, throw pillows take turns adding texture and vibrancy to the room, while french doors crowned with transom windows ensure the space is alive with sunlight. FA L L 2 018

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Top left: Bold and vibrant wallpaper is a welcomed way of experimenting with funn patterns and rich colors. Above: The dining room is a place for conversation; a place where families come together, no matter how crazy their schedules are. No one will be skipping meal time with a view like this!

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in this house’” adding “that’s a great end goal”. Indeed, the space has a sense of timelessness that lends itself generally to the futurity that the growing family wanted to achieve. One of the reasons for the resounding success of this project was the fact that the design team was involved from day one: “We helped pick all of the selections for the tile and the floor, the carpet… any interior selections”, enabling them to ensure they had an ideal landscape to mold their design to. When asked about their clients' personal taste, Carrie reveals that they were very involved in the decision-making processes: “they were pretty traditional in their style…. But they definitely had ideas to share and we collaborated really well together”. For Carrie, this cooperative dynamic is crucial to creating a project of this caliber: “that collaboration and putting that trust in us can make all the difference in the world”. Elaborating further, she asserts “A lot of people don’t know how to bring what they want to life, but we do… by listening to someone and understanding what they need…. When you’re able to do that for someone, it's huge” even when it comes down to the small details like picking the right chair. The home’s most compelling feature is its expansive open-concept living space, which Carrie calls “the hub” of the home. Kitchen, dining room, and living room merge into one with seamless ease, inviting the quality time and sense of collectiveness that was so important for both the designers and the clients to communicate. Carrie states “it’s where the action happens”, after reflecting on the evenings she’s spent visiting the clients' home. It’s the ideal zone for adults to entertain while kids can stay within sight. Equally eye-catching is the home’s remarkable master bedroom. Here, symmetrical bookcases stun with subtle idiosyncrasies that keep the space from feeling too contrived. The neutral palette of the home makes way for muted blues, which cascade themselves over the ceiling and wall, casting a refreshing wave of beach-side ambiance. Overall, this home is a classic and beautiful take on the traditional family home. The openconcept living space will ensure their family has room to create lasting memories together and its tranquil designs will offer them comfort and peace when they need reprieve. It is undoubtedly a house that will grow with their family and serve nobly as their “forever home”.


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These travel lovers needed a place to rest their wandering spirits and to bring their worldly tastes home with them. The result is a bright and bubbly home with sophisticated elegance; a stunning space to display international treasures that could make a home-body out of even the fiercest wanderlust-er.

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rad and Kendra of Color Theory Boston are quick to describe their NY Larchmont project as a collaboration with the clients, attributing their shared vision to nearly identical stylistic preferences, and it is evident from the bold colors and prints that permeate the home that this synthesis of taste is one of daring proportions. Color Theory had worked previously with the clients on a brownstone project in the Boston metro area, and, after what was intended to be a brief series of emails inquiring about wallpaper manufacturers, the clients quickly decided to bring Brad and Kendra back on board for a second time. Despite the distance that separated them (the couple’s latest real estate purchase was in New York and Color Theory is based out of Boston), they managed to create a stunning space together that reflected the clients' diverse and vibrant family. It was this exceptional energy that seemed to project itself from the clients’ personalities that Color Theory was most inspired by when they began working on this project. Brad and Kendra describe their clients as youthful and spirited people with an insatiable love of travel. They wanted to create a space that authentically incorporated their international influences but still afforded them the tranquility and comfort of a home — a relaxing space to rest their wandering spirits that concentrated their worldly experiences. Color Theory Luxurious fabrics and rich colors mingle to create a space filled with depth. Bold pieces like the velvet sofa and floating fireplace help to generate the homes' unique and distinct personality.

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worked hard to ensure this nomadic characteristic shone through in their design by generating a curated disposition that allowed them to showcase the family’s memorabilia from various trips around the globe. Kendra ruminated on the eclectic inclination of the home, citing the Paris Market as a key influencer in bringing this collection to a cohesive state: “I wanted it to leave the impression that there were treasures hiding behind every corner”. There are several architectural features as well that render this home so unique, like the two floating fireplaces suspended from the ceilings, or the shelving case that moves to reveal a secret room functioning as a “bat cave” for the clients’ son- a feature exemplary of this space’s playful nature. Because both the client and designers are so fearless in their stylistic sensibilities, the home is endowed with a diverse array of prints and fierce punches of color. Brad and Kendra discussed the task of managing this visual variety through the scale of their selections to ensure they prevented it from feeling too overwhelming, explaining “particularly in the rooms that are sort of print heavy, it’s just about balancing the scale of those prints…. Above: A cozy breakfast nook sports cushions with neon prints while a neutral canvas keeps the space airy and bright. White walls allow for maximum experimentation with color and texture.

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An oversized vase draws attention toward a stunning floral centerpiece while glass shelving provides another opportunity to put treasured items from the family's international travels on display. Transparent features are unobtrusive and increase natural lighting.

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Left: Delicate pieces like this woven hanging chair add to the whimsical nature of the room. The recurring teal-blue utilized in varying tones and patterns make the room feel congruent, yet relaxed. Below: Touches of lush greenery increase the outdoor appeal of this stunning sunroom while circular shapes of the coffee and end table soften out the squatted structure of the chairs.

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That contrast is really where the balance comes in�. This is most evident in the girl’s room: the animated wallpaper featuring large cartoon birds that appear as if they have escaped off the page of a storybook is tamed by fabrics with smaller-scaled prints. The unexpected juxtaposition between the sizes and shapes prevent these elements from competing against one another and help to fuse them together. The basement game room is where playfulness takes center stage, magnetizing with metallics while a shimmering geometric wallpaper beacons to the chrome of the room’s centerpiece: a 1946 Centennial Brunswick pool table from New York City that the client had purchased for her husband as a gift. The designers wanted the rest of the room to gesture towards the glamourous era that produced this unique piece, ensuring the materials and textures mirrored the luxury of mid-century city life. These bold and reflective materials and textures mix together to bring this bustling room into a vision of dazzling excess. Nothing brings a family together like game night, and what better than having an entire room dedicated to this fun-filled tradition? Here prints and textures are free to be as wild as the most competitive of the clan!

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Despite offering a plethora of colors and quirky features, the home excites instead of overwhelms; it achieves character and comfort. The complexity and continuity operate simultaneously to generate a beautiful display of the family’s vibrant and diverse personalities. The result is an electric array of color and spirit that incorporates the family’s experiences abroad and their willingness to experiment and take aesthetic risks; a home that manages to encapsulate the essence of this family’s unique charm. Above: This home is stacked with fun features like this grey bookcase, which doubles as a secret door revealing behind it a private room for the client's son. Left: A balanced bookshelf allows you to store your favorite stories and titles amongst your most cherished treasures. The perfect opportunity to showcase ornamental items without wasting precious storage space.

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Powder Rooms that Pop! Design by: Jasmin Reese Interiors, Photography by: Rose Yuen

These bathrooms use color in innovative and inspiring ways, daringly utilizing bold prints, patterns, and paints in unexpected forms that are sure to have you starting your day with a spring in your step while adding a burst of energy to your home.

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showers; they act as a momentary solace for a weary dinner guest, or a waterpark for our little ones at bathtime. It’s been estimated that the average person spends a grand total of nearly two and a half years over a lifetime in their bathroom, so why not make it a space that doubles as an optimally functioning clean-up station AND a brilliant showcase of style? Check out some of the most colorful of the crème de la crème; we hope they’ll inspire you to pamper your powder room too!

Bottom Left: Design by: CM Natural Designs, Photography by: Chipper Hatter

Top Right: Design by: CM Natural Designs, Photography by: Chipper Hatter

Above: Colorful doesn’t have to mean chaotic! In this eclectic bathroom by CM Natural Designs, they opted to use a busy, whimsical, and colorful wallpaper to provide a burst of energy, while the black half-wall beneath prevents the print from overwhelming the room. The circular mirror overlaps this break in the wall, binding the two tones together. Gold accents, like the sink and shower fixtures, bring sophistication and class to the room’s motif, while the molding along the wall and paneled shower divider provide structure. Left: Sometimes the best place to look for color inspiration is right outside our doors and under our feet! This room stuns with a sustainable living moss wall, providing an eye-catching focal point for a glossy white canvas. The wall thrives on the moisture generated during showers/baths and adds a breath of fresh air (literally!) to this otherwise pristine space. The subway tile and subtle accents of gold create a polished and minimalistic aesthetic, while the contrast of the contained green vegetation offers dimension and playfulness.

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Left: Fun and playful wallpaper is an excellent way to spice up the spirit of any space. The bathroom is a perfect place to experiment with bold prints because of its relative isolation from the rest of the home. Here, the busy pattern on the walls is grounded by dark cabinets, simple accessories, and tile flooring. A contrasting hand towel serves as a second pop of color, accenting the baby blue of the wallpaper perfectly and increasing the bubbly nature of the room. A fun and fabulous way of playing with print and color that will have your kids counting down ‘til bath time! Below: This bright bath also features floor-to-ceiling wallpaper without being over-bearing. The fantastic thing about a busy wallpaper is that there are endless possibilities to play with the range of color presented in the pattern. The sink cabinet anchors the room and creates cohesion by drawing its color from the coral in the wallcovering, while the gold light and sink fixtures highlight the gold strokes in the pattern. This vivid burst of energy is contained by white baseboards and a thick window frame, allowing the flirtatious nature of the room to retain a mature feel.

Opposite, bottom: Vibrantly colored and animated floral wallpaper refreshes this immaculately white room, making it feel energized instead of teetering into hospital hallway territory (eeek fluorescents!). This space feels clean, lively, and fresh—exactly how a bathroom should. Subtle touches like a green house plant (aloevera, pictured here, is unbelievably low-maintenance) break up the bottom half of the room and add some variety. The clean lines of the mirror and sink tame the wild print of the wallpaper and add structure.

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Bottom Right: Design by: Bradshaw Design, Photography by: Misha Hettie

Opposite, top right: Think pink! This perky powder room uses a bubblegum pink paint with a white glossy half wall. Rose gold accents, like the radiant mirror above the sink provide glamour and luxury to the relatively small room. A frilled and flirty white shower curtain adds texture and dovetails nicely with the feminine theme already established. The perfect room to pamper yourself in, sing in the shower, or to remind yourself (in Elle Woods’ voice—of course) that whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.

Top Left: Design by: Daleet Spector Design

Opposite, top left: Cream colored walls and flooring make room for quirky colors to shine. Having a muted base is an excellent way to experiment with bold colors. It can also be an opportunity to repurpose older furniture by adding a fresh coat of paint and making it look brand new again. This bathroom battles stark angles as if it were a breeze, utilizing a feature wall filled with subway tile colored a warm yellow. Contrasting this is a teal-painted cabinet, accented by matching towels. Simple, elegant, modern, and energetic. Did we mention how jealous we are of the skylight streaming sunlight into that soaker tub?


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Top Left: Design by: Renewal Design-Build; Top Right: Design by: Wills Design Associates


Left: This stunning half-bath boasts a dreamy and muted pastel colored wallcovering with a romantic floral print. Here, our pop of color comes from a simple touch: magenta flowers paired with a matching hand towel. Gold accent colors bring a glamourous feel to the delicate texture of the room (how adorable is the bird statue perched on the window sill!), while the oval shape of the mirror extracts attention from the room's narrowness. A little slice of heaven and the ideal enclave for a moment of solitude in the midst of a busy day.

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Bottom Left: Design by: Urbanism Designs

Above: Neutrals don’t have to be boring! A simple pop of color from cabinets or accessories can go a long way in keeping a room exciting. Here, a bright yellow greets the sophisticated and modern aesthetic of the room, bringing significant personality with it and brightening up the otherwise predominantly charcoal coloring of the room. Industrial styled lighting hangs, calling to the metal frame of the shower divider and the matching mirrors hung above the sink, while rustic wooden flooring ties the look together and adds warmth.

Top Right: Design by: Robert Nebelon Architecture

Color doesn’t always have to come from a paint can! There are a million creative ways of crafting a powder room that pops. Here are a few ways you can achieve some of these looks: Accents & Accessories: This is a great way to go if you’re a little hesitant to branch out into the riches of the rainbow because they can be easily switched out for a totally transformed look while making a big impact on your space. This can be as simple as colorful hand-towels or a vase of flowers in a bright hue. The options are limitless (and usually fairly inexpensive, too)! Cabinetry: A sink cabinet does wonders to anchor a space and can add an extra spark of personality. Try this in a bold and brilliant shade to balance a neutral-dominated space. Wallpaper: Bathrooms are a wonderful place to experiment with interesting patterns and prints that you might be a little hesitant to try in heavier-traffic rooms because they are relatively contained. Even a smaller strip of a wallcovering can make a huge difference, especially in a smaller space. Repurposing with paint: Have an old piece of furniture that is lacking its luster? Re-imbue its magic with a new shade and add character and color simultaneously to any space. This is a fabulous and efficient way of maximizing your budget and clearing out some garage space, but it can also change the entire atmosphere of a room.


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Prosciutto Wrapped Figs: A great appetizer for entertaining. The goat cheese cuts the sweetness of the syrup and the figs perfectly, letting the flavors harmonize while the prosciutto adds a hint of saltiness.

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Whether you're contributing to the Thanksgiving spread or creating the perfect snack for your next Netflix binge, this surprising sweet treat will do the trick to liven up your next culinary endeavor (or adventure, depending on your level of expertise). You've loved showering your pancakes and waffles in it for years, but you may not have considered the delicious potential of nature's finest liquid gold.

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Maple Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa: This recipe makes eating brain food a breeze. Rich and flavorful, with complex notes of sweet and savory. Pistachios add crunch to this colorful dish.

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PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED FIGS 12 fresh figs 12 slices prosciutto 4.5 oz goat cheese 1 cup maple syrup Remove stems from figs and cut into quarters (halves if the figs are smaller) Cut prosciutto into 1 inch strips and set aside Take one of the fig pieces with a dollop of goat cheese and wrap a strip of prosciutto around the fig Bring maple syrup to a gentle boil and remove from stove Place all wrapped figs on a serving dish and drizzle with heated maple syrup MAPLE GLAZED SALMON 1 2.5lb salmon fillet MARINADE 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp whole grain mustard 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp dried tarragon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper

Maple glazed salmon

Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl until combined Place salmon in a sealable bag and add marinade Refrigerate for up to 6 hours Preheat oven to 425oF Remove salmon from marinade, place in oven-proof dish and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until salmon is cooked through Top: Maple Glazed Salmon: A tasty twist on a classic dish. Sweet and smoky maple notes mingle with a hint of vinegar and other spices, bringing out a rich and robust flavor that is sure to leave your taste buds happy. Simple, easy, and delicious.

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Maple Apple Bread Pudding with Blueberries: This dessert stuns with its delicious take on bread pudding. Maple syrup cuts the white sugar content and adds a bolder flavor of sweetness, while blueberries add new dimension to this classic dish. Add a dollop of whipped cream for full effect.

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MAPLE ROASTED VEGETABLES AND QUINOA QUINOA 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 1 tsp salt Add quinoa, water and salt to a pot Bring to a boil over medium heat, once at a boil reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until water is absorbed Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes VEGETABLES Medium sweet potato cut into 1/2 inch pieces 12 Brussels sprouts, stems removed and cut into half 1/2 head cauliflower, broken into smaller pieces 3-4 shallots, peeled and quartered 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped TOPPINGS 1/4 cup crushed pistachios 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 lemon, cut into wedges MARINADE 4 tbsp maple syrup 3 tbsp olive oil 1tsp thyme ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper Mix maple syrup, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper (marinade) in a large bowl Add all of the vegetables and toss to coat with marinade and let sit for 15 minutes Preheat oven to 425oF

Spread vegetables out on a roasting pan, making sure not to overcrowd (as they won’t brown up if they are too close)

MAPLE APPLE BREAD PUDDING WITH BLUEBERRIES

Roast for 20-25 minutes turning halfway through

2 apples peeled and diced 3 tbsp butter 5 eggs 1 cup full cream 1 cup milk 1 cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 tbsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 12 slices day old Italian or French bread cut into 1” cubes 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

Spread cooked quinoa on large serving dish, place roasted vegetables on top and finish with a drizzling of maple syrup, crushed pistachios and lemon wedges on the side MAPLE CANDIED BACON 3 tbsp maple syrup 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 tsp pepper ½ tsp cayenne pepper 1lb thick cut bacon Preheat oven to 375oF Mix all ingredients except bacon into a medium sized bowl Add slices of bacon while making sure to coat both sides of each strip Place bacon on a greased wire rack over a foiled roasting pan (this helps with clean up) Bake at 375oF for 20 minutes, flip and cook for another 10-15 minutes until crisp Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, remove from rack to prevent sticking.

Melt butter in a pan and sauté apple until soft, set aside and cool In a large bowl combine all ingredients except bread and blueberries and mix well Add bread cubes and blueberries to bowl and mix well to absorb liquid Put in fridge and let sit for 15 minutes Transfer to a 9x12 greased baking dish Bake at 350oF for 30-40 minutes. Top with ice cream or for more maple flavor fold 3 tbsp of maple syrup into whipped cream Brian Johnson spends his free time experimenting with flavors. Although he loves being adventurous with food, this selftaught cooking enthusiast truly appreciates a simple meal made of fresh ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Brian enjoys making soul-satisfying meals for his family and community of friends who happily clean their plates then ask, "When are you opening your own restaurant?" While that dream may someday be in the works, Brian's recipes continue to transform his kitchen into a chefowned eatery that gives his wife and three children the best table in the house.

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Maple Candied Bacon: Just when you think bacon couldn’t get any better, they throw the words maple and candy before it. The bacon brings out the smokiness in the maple syrup. While the maple syrup adds a layer of sweetness to this breakfast staple.

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Mountain peaks tower over crystal-clear waters, casting their reflection over a ripple-less surface.

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From the dizzying mountain tops to the vast and seemingly infinite stretches of arctic tundra, Alaska is a land of mystical magnetism. Perhaps its enduring allure can be attributed to its relative inaccessibility—it holds a certain feeling of farness, of a land untouched and out of reach. Though its landscape may be diverse and its climate extreme at times, Alaska holds tremendous beauty for those daring enough to make the journey.

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E X P LO R E A L A S K A ' S S TO R I E D PA S T A N D V I B R A N T P R E S E N T.

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Historians believe Alaska has been inhabited by humans since as early as 10,000 BCE, having crossed over the Bering Land Bridge which extended from Siberia. Together, these migrant groups form the Seven Nations of Alaska First Nations People, each with distinct cultural belief systems, languages, and histories. These histories are widely celebrated throughout the region and play an integral role in the land’s storied past and vibrant present. You can learn more in places such as The Museum of the North, which moved into its new location at the University of Alaska in 2005 and showcases various artifacts and exhibits that outline and honor Alaska’s unique and rich cultural heritage. Much later, in 1784, Russians (led by a man named Vitus Bering— the namesake for the infamously harsh and tumultuous Bering Straight) arrived in Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island. He then began establishing settlements, only to sell the land mass to the United

States in 1867 after financial troubles in the Russian government. The acquisition was highly criticized at the time due to many believing the land was inhospitable and devoid of resources. Gold was later found in 1890, initiating a wave of settlers and prospectors. The state remained relatively remote until Alaska’s tourism industry took off after World War II, during which time two Aleutian Islands, Kiska and Attu, were occupied by Japanese troops. American soldiers returned from battle commending the land’s natural beauty, initiating its status as a tourist destination. With the rising importance of tourism to Alaska’s economy (the state now receives nearly double its population in visitors with 1.4 million tourists each year), environmental conservation became a chief priority. In 1980, 53.7 million acres of the Alaskan landscape was added to the National Wildlife Refuge System, securing Alaska with two thirds of the total land mass dedicated to United States’ National Parks.

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Travelling northward, the complex land formations and thick boreal forests dissipate, softening into the low-elevation Taiga Forest. Here, you’ll find Denali National Park; the perfect place to reflect on the immense grandeur of this earth and to contemplate your own place within it. The six million acres of wild land also contains North America’s tallest peak, Denali (recently re-named from Mount McKinley), summiting at a bewildering 30,310 feet above sea level. If

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you’re travelling to Janeau, the state capital, stop by the Mendenhall Glacier, which stretches an awe-inspiring thirteen miles and is the most accessible out of the thirty-eight glaciers in the region. Its worldclass visitor center contains interactive and informative exhibits and is an excellent place to observe and understand the persistent threat that climate change poses to our natural world. Despite all that Alaska has to offer, its population sits at a mere 710, 231 (recorded in 2010). Its climate is fierce and unforgiving, the landscape is jagged and difficult to terrain. And still, people travel from all over the world to experience its remarkable and unprecedented beauty. Visitors often report an otherworldly sensation when immersed in the landscape; it is the sort of majestic scenery that requires reminders that you are, indeed, on Earth. Eowyn Ivey (an Alaskan born writer) aptly described her homeland as “the bright edge of the world”. There is adventure gleaming in this corner of the Earth: in the northern lights beaconing from the sky, calling out in invitation. Will you answer?

ILLUSTRATION, OLIVIA HEBERT

From the moment you touch down in Anchorage (the most populous city in Alaska, located in the southeastern region), the charming and rustic appeal of this location will steal its way into your heart. Be sure to check out one of the town’s local farmers markets for all sorts of memorabilia (and produce, depending on the season you visit). There are plenty of kitschy Alaskan delicacies to try, like salmon quesadillas (don’t knock it ‘til you try it!) or their famous and festive reindeer sausage. Before trekking out too far from the metropolis of Anchorage, be sure to give yourself the chance to take in the diversity of the landscape and the expansive shoreline in Chugach State Park.


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MATANUSKA RIVER Surrounded by the valley of the same name concentrated with

fractures as it dips below mountain peaks, a prolonged twilight lingers over the landscape, gleaming off of the snow and ice. A breathtaking and

cottonwood, balsam poplar, spruce, and birch trees, this river trickles its freezing whitewater downstream 75 miles from Matanuska Glacier to

awe-inspiring spectacle of light.

Knik Arm of Cook Inlet, where it finds the sea.

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MANDENHALL GLACIER Just twelve miles from Juneau, the state’s capital, exists a

remarkable coalition of ancient ice. A wonderful spot for Alaskan views of epic proportions. The visitor center offers kayaking, guided tours, and hiking trails for the adventurous!

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CHUGACH STATE PARK The fourth largest state park in the United States, and the

most biologically diverse and wildlife-rich habitat existing in such close proximity to a major city (Anchorage). Chugach State Park contains a diverse range of land formations, from alpine tundra to marine waters, with 45 different species of mammals.

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS If you haven’t had the privilege of seeing the brilliant array

of neon colors electrify the sky with their midnight dance, Alaska is the perfect place to do. Photos fall short in communicating their beauty.

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DENALI NATIONAL PARK Experience Alaska’s remarkable array of landscape and be

blown away by spectacular views of the Alaskan Range (containing Mount Denali) while exploring Taiga forests, meadows, sculpted valleys, and moraines—just a few features of the park’s six million acres.

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TREE TOP WALK IN KETCHIKAN

Adventure through the Alaskan canopy and get an exclusive view while being immersed in the rainforest’s diverse ecosystem.

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TRACY ARM FJORD WATERFALL The marvel of Mother Nature is on full display at Tracy Arm

Fjord Waterfall, where glaciers release their melted portions in epic force into mesmerizingly crystalline blue-green water.

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APENGLOW (AT MIDNIGHT) During the long daylight season when midnight sun shines in

referred to as such by locals) because of its predilection for berry-picking, Gustavus is a small fishing village that will give you an authentic Alaskan experience.

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RESSURECTION BAY This destination received its name after soldiers were forced

to retreat into the bay's calmer waters to wait out a deadly storm, which finally broke on Easter Sunday. A spectular view awaits if you're able to visit by boat.

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WHALE WATCHING A highly recommended pastime for visitors, wherever you

are in the region. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the grandeur of these majestic creatures up close and personal.

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SEWARD This town is named after William H. Seward, the Secretary

of State who negotiated the purchase of the landmass in 1867. Moderate temperatures due to its location keep this city a popular tourist destination.

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You've heard it a million times before: knowledge is power. The sharpest tool in the box is always the one that's best read. Whether you're an "Interior Design for Dummies" DIY-er or an evolving expert in the field, these titles are sure to equip you with tips of the trade that'll make your next project a little less intimidating and hopefully bring you a little laughter and inspiration along the way.

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01 Styled: Secrets for

Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

02 The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have

03 The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

04 The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details

emily henderson

melissa michaels

nathan williams

christiane lemieux

Emily Henderson offers a toolbox full of tricks to transform rooms from drab to fab. Emily helps you find your own personal style preferences (a convenient quiz greets you within the first few pages) and then unpacks how to best use your individual style persona to create spaces that work for you and your budget. Emily is resourceful in her method and meticulous in her commitment to detail. She has an eye for repurposing the vintage, and if you’re looking for a way to utilize that funky thrift shop find or antique heirloom, Emily Henderson is your gal and Styled is your guide.

Celebrated blogger, Melissa Michaels, invites readers into her expertly curated home to share her wealth of décor knowledge with the rest of us. Accessible and aesthetically pleasing, her book traces room-by-room through her Seattle Craftsman Home, while offering helpful tips and suggestions. These helpful hints range from full on remodel to subtle shifts with big impact, and they are delivered with all the wit and charm that readers of her blog “The Inspired Room” fell in love with. Michael’s message is clear: love the home you’re in; and she offers plenty of potential pathways to get there.

Nathan Williams has scoured the globe to prove that comfort and class do go hand in hand. His design book, The Kinfolk Home, covers a lot of ground by featuring homes all across the world that have perfected the art of easy living, complete with pristine décor. The stunning images are the most compelling aspect of the book, capturing expertly curated homes with a minimalistic aesthetic. Warning: This book will give you severe home envy!

Chistiane Lemieux’s book could have made it on this list based on its cover art alone (this one is likely to make your coffee table stack). Fortunately, its contents cash the cheque its cover writes. Lemeuix emphasizes the importance of having a sturdy foundation for your designs, and discusses why furniture should be considered a crucial aspect of your home’s structure. The Finer Things incorporates international insights from experts on everything from wallpaper to accessories in hopes of educating and empowering readers to create environments that make luxury accessible.

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05 Elements of Style:

Designing a Home & a Life

06 The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful

07 Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

08 Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating

erin gates

myquillyn smith

joanna gaines

lauren liess

Erin Gates lets us learn from her mistakes (even experts make mistakes!) in a helpful edition to the book titled “10 Renovation Lessons”. Gates breaks down the often overwhelming task of redecorating into bite size pieces, demystifying the art of style and helping you find your own along the way. Her book offers a range of ideas, making it easily applicable to everyone from studio apartment renters to home owners. The book is splattered with Erin’s personal insights and anecdotes that help bring the pages down to earth and render their content relatable. All in all, a must-have on your bookshelf!

Myquillyn Smith got her start as a blogger of the popular page “The Nester”. For Smith, creating a home is also about creating a lifestyle; she encourages her readers to take a similar approach in their design endeavors, advocating for the acceptance of imperfections and taking risks in order to build a home that is reflective of and functional for its owner(s). Life is messy, and sometimes (okay- often) so are our homes. Learning to let go of the neverceded desire for order in chaos is exhaustive, so Smith instead suggests we simply manufacture a functional chaos that doubles as a stylish backdrop to our busy lives.

You may recognize Joanna Gaines as a TV personality and one half of the design duo/ adorable married couple from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”. Joanna Gaines’ solo book deal takes all her familiar soul and wit along with her keen eye for style and space to the page, gifting us with an enjoyable and easygoing guide to creating spaces that reflect our personalities and function for our families. For Gaines, the magic lies in the little things—the small details that act as reminders of our stories and conspire to make a house a home—and Gaines gives you all the advice you need to curate a home that is as expressive as it is comfortable. *To be released on November 6th, 2018.

Lauren Liess’ signature style is all about collaborating with nature to create inviting interiors, and she articulates this style with energy and passion in her first book, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating. Her designs are heavily inspired by the great outdoors, utilizing textures and colors derived from the natural world. She breaks down the often overwhelming task of designing a home to a science; making elements like lighting, color, and furniture easier to manage. But her scientific design methodology is far from artistically lacking— her spaces achieve mood and aesthetic to rival even the most breathtaking of prairie sunsets.


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Adding house plants is sure to liven up any space with color and vibrancy while adding depth to the room's design dynamic. A cute patterened pot is another opportunity to bring additional prints and colors into the room, or add cohesion by coordinating with the existing components. Welcoming the outdoors into our homes can also have health benefits, as they clean the air we breathe. This specific plant may even bring you wealth. The Pilea, a.k.a The Chinese Money Plant, is said to bring good fortune and abundance to its owner.

Texture is a crucial aspect of designing a space with depth, but it is often best pronounced using solid colors, as demonstrated here. This allows the eye to focus on the space as a whole instead of overwhelming by doing too much in a concentrated area.

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