by email 



The No-Rules Approach
to Interior Design
by Christiane Lemieux 



General contractors, home builders, and more ∨

Whether granite countertops, a custom kitchen island, or built-in wine storage are new kitchen musts, discover thousands of kitchen designs to help make your dream come true.
Browse inspiring bedroom design, then outfit your own bed furniture, convertible sleeper sofa ordaybed with designer bedding sets and a decorative pillow.



Style Without Rules

Interior design has been undergoing a shift. The rules for decor are being replaced by a more personal and practical approach as people are taking decorating into their own hands. Now there is a publication that celebrates this movement and encourages everyone to inject their homes with personal touches and whimsy. Christiane Lemieux, founder and creative director of the recognized Dwell Studio, has published her first book UNDECORATE: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design. It's a book for modern dwellers who don't have a lot of time or money to spend decorating their nests, and shows how real life and stunning design can coexist in their home. It's all about “mixing fine antiques with your collection of Cher Barbie dolls; leaving temporary party decorations up for years because they just somehow seem right; wedging antique columns into a suburban house, or parking your cars in the living room,” explains Lemieux. Here's a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous photography inside UNDECORATE — which by the way were taken without a stylist. Enjoy!

Click to read more ...


FANtastic idea

Although necessary for some, ceiling fans are hard to blend in with most decor, at least that's how I feel. So I'm really happy to see how the traditional fan has evolved into a more stylish fixture thanks to this new incarnation that is putting a big grin on my face. The Mistral by Moooi is literally a refreshing idea for this new generation of ceiling fans: the ultimate fusion of a lamp and a fan, enclosed in a cool and exclusive design. I always find it fascinating when two different functions can be combined in unexpected ways. I'm so enamored with the Mistral, especially its bright yellow blades, that I'm actually considering getting one for my bedroom since it already available here in the States. Besides looking awesome, it would make my summer nights a bit cooler.

Click to read more ...


GIVEAWAY: Phone case & Keychain • The Winner

Congratulations to Courtney for being the lucky reader to take home one of these chic leather cases for her phone. As you remember, these cases were born out of the vision and creativity of two talented people who followed their dream to become entrepreneurs. For Courtney, designing custom kitchens would be that dream. CONSOLATION PRIZE: even though you did not win this time, you can still get a 10% discount from their shop when using code THEDESIGNERPAD until May 31.


Seaside Chic

I'm starting to get psyched about my forthcoming summer trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico — 37 days and counting — where I rented a house with my favorite traveling gang to relax, sip on margaritas and have fun. That's why I'm in the mood for everything hot and sunny. Talking about hot, take a look at the gorgeous 5-star Hotel Sezz in the French Riviera. This St. Tropez oasis was designed by Christophe Pillet with exquisite and sophisticated taste. The rooms are almost small houses with private terraces and outdoor showers, and some even have private pools... How chic is that?

Click to read more ...


Living The Adventure

Everyone's dream is to have a place away from home to escape to, and some are lucky enough to have a little castle to do that. At least that's the case of advertising agency owner Morten Angelo and his wife Tina Horstedt, who found their dream holiday retreat in Apulia, a region in southern Italy — praised by fashion designer Giorgio Armani as the country's finest and most authentic area. While looking for the perfect place, the couple immediately fell in love with a home typical to the Alberobello village. Consisting of round, conic-shaped structures, they decided to expand by building a new addition to create a dreamy little castle to call their own. They did a magnificent job in combining the new and the old while preserving the rustic character of the original medieval building. I applaud their decision to keep the decor simple and serene by just adding touches of black and white against that gorgeous sea of limestone. I guess this raises the bar for the concept of having a vacation home. “I don't know if I'm in the Inca Empire, Morocco or where I am. But I'm one hundred percent sure I'm on an adventure,” assures Morten.

Click to read more ...


A Working Playground

Is this a coincidence or what? After reading yesterday news about Skype becoming part of the Microsoft empire, I came across another one of their fantastic and enviable work spaces. Located in an 1846 landmark building (originally a clothing factory-turned brewery), this one happens to be their Stockholm office. The lively and colorful design was steered by Mette Larsson-Wedborn from PS Arkitektur. They used round shapes, fun light fixtures and an array of brighly colored furnishings to reflect Skype's playful spirit. You might also remember their U.S. headquarters in Palo Alto, California, that I featured back in March. After seeing the ingenuity behind  Skype's working environment, I'm convinced there is no excuse for rows of cubicles and boring meeting rooms anymore... wouldn't you say?

Click to read more ...


A Day in The Park

Some of my favorite sources of inspiration for my work are European shelter magazines. I can never get enough of their innovation and I'm always delighted to see how they push the editorial envelope in their editorials. While drooling over the pages of the February/March edition of Maison Française magazine (one of my ultimate faves), I was enamored by these incredibly surreal images by Coco Amardeil. The story features designer furniture and decor to illustrate the trends for Spring 2011. The photo shoot took place in France Miniature, a miniature park tourist attraction in Élancourt, France, featuring scale models of major French landmarks and monuments. I think they were so clever to play with the difference in scale to give the furniture a monumental role over the miniature models.
Great fun!!

Click to read more ...


GIVEAWAY: Phone case & Keychain

Sorry, but entries for this giveaway are no longer accepted. 

I love when people follow their passion and creative soul to become entrepreneurs, as is the case for two trendy Miami architects whose love for fashion inspired them to create this chic collection of cases for smart phones. After their frustration over not finding the right accessory to hold their phone, keys and credit cards all in one, and at a reasonable price, the mother-daughter team of Anabella and Daniella Smith, ventured to design their own line called d.nvlp. Made of 100% printed croc on cow leather, they're the perfect size to carry all of your essentials anywhere you go. Soon, their collection will also include iPad cases, clutches and beach bags. To celebrate the launch of their Etsy page, they're kindly offering my fab readers the chance to win one of their hot creations through this giveaway (the winner will be able to choose one of two cases shown in the picture above). Plus everyone will receive a 10% discount from their shop when using code THEDESIGNERPAD until May 31.

Click to read more ...

Page 1 ... 89 90 91 92 93 ... 123 Older Entries