Ready for a day at the beach? Coastal Cool is the style equivalent of salty sea air and bright July sunshine. Blue and white dominate the color palette, and nautical elements and scavenged shoreline treasures mix with natural woods. Summer vacation is around the corner, and here's your décor inspiration:
Yesterday, we kicked off a quiz which posed the question, "If you were to come across these four items priced equally at a flea market this weekend, which would you choose as the best potential investment?" Ready to see if your American antique spotting eye is right on?
Whether you're a school nerd (like me) or an aspiring designer eager to learn more about design history, these ten Quick History posts, all related to American design and designers, are sure to teach you something you didn't know. (And, make perfect cocktail chatter for your weekend festivities).
The tenth anniversary Small Cool contest has been one of the best ones yet! In one month, we got the chance to visit 189 homes around the globe and our fabulous community cast over 50,000 votes of confidence to the designs put forth by these small space dwellers. It's never easy to narrow it down to just two final choices (US and International) but your two top picks are fabulous and will reign supreme as the Smallest, Coolest homes of 2014...
You don't need a pole or a porch to share your American pride. The stars & stripes look great in any room — in a kitchen, a closet, or even a hallway. Check out these patriotic pics from our House Tours:
Here are four antiques, and while they are clearly very different items, they have much in common. All are large pieces of furniture, were made in America, in good condition and sold at auction in the past couple of years. They also have one other really BIG variance - and that is in value (as determined by their selling price). If you were to come across these four priced equally at a flea market this weekend, which would you choose as the best potential investment?
"American style" architecture might first bring to mind Victorian, Ranch, Cape Cod or Prairie styles, but for city folk the brownstone stands out as perhaps the best representative of urban housing, especially in the Northeast. With the help of the Cosby family and Carrie Bradshaw, the brownstone has been cemented into the popular imagination of what city living looks like.
America's cities are full of former factories and warehouses that have been converted to living spaces. Urban Chic celebrates the expansive, open rooms, architectural detail, and creative solutions of lofty living. Check out how industrial edge meets graphic elements in the inspiration below:
Next on the American Décor Style tour is Southwest Heat, a desert-inspired mix of Native American, Mexican, and cowboy cool, balanced by rustic woods and warm hues. Check out House Tour inspiration, shop the look, and get tips from our archives:
In a hundred years, much of how we live has changed. Our design, color, and taste preferences are no exception. From stiff and pale to bright and plush, the past century of style has seen both extremes and everything in between. Let's look back on American decor by decade: