It's been called a “catty, bright, addictive alternative to HGTV."
If you’ve already blown through all of Netflix’s new baking show Nailed It, we’ve found the next best thing to binge on while you eagerly await the premiere of season two. According to Decider, The Great Interior Design Challenge is the “catty, bright, addictive alternative to HGTV,” and you can watch the season one of the “scathingly brutal bitch fest” on Netflix right now.
Similar to the way Nailed It brings together hopelessly untalented amateur bakers who hope to win big on the competition, The Great Interior Design Challenge is an annual interior design competition that sends “Britain’s best amateur interior designers” to redecorate people’s homes with equally hilarious and cringeworthy results.
The show follows a simple format. First, the host Tom Dyckhoff shows you a beautiful house with a very specific style of architecture, like Victorian, Art Deco or Medieval.
Rich in organic texture, grasscloth wallpaper is anything but basic. Check out some looks we're loving now.
"I selected chartreuse grasscloth for this project because it provided a visual connection to all the various live plantings of the terraced landscaping beyond," says designer James Rixner of this bright and welcoming kitchen design.
"A beautiful feature of natural grasscloth is its handmade texture. Each panel will have its own texture, and the panels will not [exactly] match one another. This is one of the most striking features of the beautiful material," James says.
From: James Rixner
As you all know—especially if you’ve been following along with our home renovations—I am completely design obsessed. Of course, part of that obsession comes with the job, but to some extent I’ve always had a passion for creating “that perfect space” that I can dwell in comfortably but that also speaks to my creative side. So naturally, the majority of accounts that I follow on social media reflect that!
If you could look at beautifully designed spaces all day like I can, then you’ll want to keep scrolling for 10 inspiring interior design Instagram accounts you need to follow ASAP. You can thank me later…
If your room has these 4 things, you're golden
In the very first sentence of her new book Mad About the House ($25, Pavilion), interiors journalist and blogger Kate Watson-Smyth admits she's not an interior designer by trade. But 15 years of experience writing about the world of design have made her into a decorating guru all the same. And so, her book details the wealth of tips and tricks she's learned, room by room, plus her top 10 design hacks. First up on that list is her decorating mantra: Something new, something old, something black, something gold. What exactly does that mean? In an excerpt from the book (it'll be on shelves in the U.S. in June!), Kate breaks it down for us.
This little mantra came about after I realized that it’s something I tend to do in every room by instinct, and it really works.
Looking for sunroom ideas to transform yours into an in-home oasis that rivals a resort? A sunroom can become an escape from life’s stresses, a haven for true relaxation. Sunrooms are typically spaces with windows or screens on three sides that, as the name suggests, let the sun shine through. Whether you want to shake up your current sunroom or create one from scratch, here are the questions you need to ponder to make sure you get it right.
Question No. 1: How can you optimize your area's sunniness?
Your home’s location—or more correctly, the weather in that location—is the first piece to consider, since it plays a central role in sunroom design. Florida homeowners concentrate on heat and how to avoid sweltering temperatures, while in New Hampshire, the focus is more about avoiding cold, according to interior decor expert Kerry Spears, who has lived in both states.
Spears says Southern homeowners often use plants that enjoy hot and humid climates, brighter colors, and window treatments and blinds to block out the sun. Northern homeowners tend to prefer muted colors and plants that can withstand colder temperatures. They also need to winterize their sunrooms if they want to enjoy them between November and March.
Don't be shy—you need to know if it's the perfect fit!
The process of hiring an interior designer can feel like dating. Is it the right match? Are you on the same page? How do you know if your visions align? All of these are common things to ask yourself before putting down a deposit—and taking a bet—on someone who might very well become a friend for life. But if you’ve never gone through the process of using an interior designer before, and you feel unsure, consider flipping the script and interview them. Don't be shy. Now's the time to figure out what this partnership is actually going to look like. We asked two top designers to give their best advice on how to suss out a good fit from the start. Here are seven questions to ask an interior designer before you hire one.
How do you decide which projects are a good fit for you and your firm?
HIGH POINT, N.C. — According to new research, consumers use their outdoor rooms for just about everything they can do indoors, from using cellphones for calls and games to working on computers, watching TV, eating, exercising and relaxing. Since 70 percent of people agree that they enjoy spending time in their outdoor living space more than inside, it’s only fitting that 2018 furnishing trends fully address the outdoor lifestyle experience.
“Whether enclosed or open-air, outdoor spaces have come into their own as legitimate rooms in the American home,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and executive director of its outdoor division, the International Casual Furnishings Association.
“Today’s outdoor rooms have it all, somewhere to dine, to relax and be entertained, with furnishings that function like they would for any room in the home, and with style and flair that distinctly says out-of-doors.”
Dining tables and chairs are topping people’s outdoor shopping lists this year (followed by lounge chairs, lighting, fire pits, umbrellas and sofas). Leading the list of 2018 spring trends in the dynamic dining category is ultra-comfortable seating and a wide variety of table options in all sizes.
Extra-large dining tables are popular among consumers who entertain groups for alfresco dining. Manufacturers are also offering new selections for small spaces, including dining groups suitable for apartment- and condo-size balconies.
The research also shows that 68 percent of people use their outdoor space at least several times a week in seasonal weather. When people were asked what would encourage them to spend even more time outdoors, topping the list was comfort, followed by spaciousness and style.
Much like spaces indoors, outdoor rooms are leaning more toward mixing rather than matching, both in individual pieces and in groups of pieces. Manufacturers are offering pieces that incorporate several different elements such as aluminum, wicker and teak, as well as groups that pair, for example, wicker seating with iron and wood tables.
On the color spectrum, after years of brown as a dominant color, shades of gray are increasingly peeking through as a more popular finish. For more information see www.ahfa.us.
By Karl D. Forth
As Louisvillians drive down Third Street and St. James Court in Old Louisville, they might wonder what it would be like to step inside many of the centuries-old mansions that line the street.
Well, we took the guess work out for you loyal readers and toured three of the most historic — and elaborate — homes on the block, known in the Victorian Era as "Millionaire's Row."
The inaugural Old Louisville Mansions Tour includes many more of the homes in the neighborhood from noon to 6 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. Until then, we'll disclose several of the secrets of the extraordinary and mysterious neighborhood streets.
Samuel Grabfelder Mansion, 1442 South Third Street
This home, built in 1896, was once an apartment building, but when it was purchased in 1973 by the Handy family it was restored into its original Beaux Arts-style single family home.
The main room has period coffered ceilings, intricate woodwork and mahogany oak paneling. The light fixtures are gilded gold over brass and are all original to the home. The mantle place is surrounded by green onyx on flooring that is a Y-patterned parquet, all original.
The ladies' parlor is a French Renaissance style with sconces with hanging cherubs, a Greek Key inlay in the flooring and a decorative painted ceiling. The gold sconces are the epitome of "high-end luxury," said Shawn Williams, executive director of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
In the men's parlor, the Handy family added a leather ceiling to complement the Tiffany stained glass over the onyx fireplace and carved woodworking. The room is styled as a music room with a baby grand piano.
The oval dining room has a built-in sideboard with mahogany inlays, paneling around the windows and beehive lighting in the decorative ceiling. The staircase, with a landing that includes a large stained glass window, was added by the Handy family when they made the apartments into one home.
The bedrooms upstairs have intricate details including deep crown molding, original heavy sliding doors, birdseye maple on the door frames and detailed ceilings.
Conrad-Caldwell House, 1402 St. James Court
The Conrad-Caldwell House, which is Richardsonian Romanesque-style, was once called "Conrad's Castle," according to Executive Director Kate Meador.
The home is known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, elaborate archways and stone designs. There are seven types of hardwoods and magnificent stained glass windows, too, which was original to entrepreneur Theophile Conrad's home.
Conrad's home was made from many local materials including tile from Valparaiso, Indiana and Bedford Limestone also from Indiana. There are at least 120 fleur de lis in the home, according to Meador, as an ode to Conrad's French heritage and Louisville's affinity for the culture.
The Conrad-Caldwell House is now a museum that opened in 1987. It was restored to the Edwardian Age, with many period items from the early 1900s when William E. Caldwell's family inhabited the home. Caldwell built onto the home, increasing the living space footprint from four bedrooms to seven.
Now, tours consistently go through the museum, which also holds archives and events such as weddings, almost every hour.
Century Court, 1355 South Third Street
Bill Gilbert's neoclassical home might be the funkiest home you see on the tour, with a large collection of Asian art, a stuffed peacock and a bathroom devoted to Egyptian history.
When you walk into the home, the sweeping staircase will immediately catch your eye as will the arched stained glass at the center of the landing. The entryway has a masterfully painted gold leaf border that was done by Gilbert himself.
The home was used as the Red Cross Headquarters until Gilbert moved into the home in 1995, so he and others scraped out carpet, took out ceiling tiles and added flashy chandeliers to replace the fluorescent lighting.
They did leave, however, the original detailed fireplaces with Renaissance detailing surrounding marble, original hardwood floors and deep framed doors. The library, which is also the music room, features a pump organ and 1700s-era chairs.
"The home is our taste," Gilbert, who loves to entertain, said. "It just feels right when people are around."
An upstairs bedroom holds hundreds of accumulated Asian artworks with bookshelves leading to an Egyptian themed bathroom, complete with a sarcophagus that doubles as a medicine cabinet, a handmade canopy over the shower and an authentic hieroglyphic that's thousands of years old.
(As you leave, don't forget to check out the taxidermy peacock hanging out on the banister telling you goodbye.)
Who knows what else you'll find on the Old Louisville Mansions Tour. All your burning questions about "Millionaire's Row" will be answered next weekend as the tour opens up some of the most iconic Louisville homes.
By Taylor M. Riley
Undersized baths often lack in storage what they do in space, but these clever tips prove even the most petite powder rooms can have plenty of places to stash the essentials.
Even in a space with wow-factor wallpaper, the right fabric can add that extra dash of magic. And in a windowless bath, a custom vanity skirt is the answer. It hides the not-so-pretty bathroom essentials while leaving the rest of your powder room pretty as can be.
First posted the week after Maloof passed away in 2009, as a tribute to him and a meditation on craftsmanship. The thoughts resonate again with the passing in January of Wendell Castle—another link in the chain.
"The hand of man touches the world itself, lays hold of it and transforms it...The artist, carving wood, hammering metal, kneading clay, keeps alive for us man’s own dim past, something without which we could not exist...In the artist’s studio are to be found the hand’s trials, experiments, and divinations, the age-old memories of the human race which has not forgotten the privilege of working with its hands." — Henri Focillon, from "The Life of Forms in Art" (1942)