To get ready for summer entertaining season, this month we're sharing a mini-series of pro tips and projects from our guest blogger, party planner extraordinaire and designer David Stark. This week, his idea for a fun one-of-a-kind tray to commemorate a fun event or honored guest.
To get ready for summer entertaining season, this month we're sharing a mini-series of pro tips and projects from our guest blogger, pro party planner extraordinaire and designer David Stark. First up, creating pretty patterned luminaries for your gathering using your computer printer.
On first glance, the events in my new book The Art of the Party are large and extravagant, but the truth is that those events are filled with smart ideas that utilize inexpensive, highly accessible, every day materials that can be lassoed for parties of any scale – even a dinner party for six at home!
Noise pollution is all around us, especially in the major cities of the world. Experiencing this cacophony of sound is often disorienting and fatiguing. From the moment we step out our front door we are bombarded with a cluster of city sounds. Unlike our eyelids, we cannot close our ear canals. But many of us use headphones and earbuds to block out the world, sometimes at unsafe volumes. Knowing how loud is too loud is important to know...
Goodbye, Apartment Therapy. It's almost time for Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis on Bravo. I appreciate you sharing your site today and hope that I haven't bored you with too much design advice.
Tune in to the show tonight, and every Wednesday, at 9/8c on Bravo. It's a good mix of design, craziness, and emotions during our experience moving in with a family for 5 days. Much to each client's dismay, I found that the best way to remodel a home in one week and really assess the situation would be to live with them. While my favorite part was packing my bags and driving home, the before/after reveals at the end of each episode are worth waiting for.
You might even learn a few things about your home. Or your relationship…
Here in the Standard office we've spent the last week surmising that the legalization of gay marriage in New York is going to result in some incredibly fabulous weddings! Let's celebrate by indulging in a little wedding for pretend couple, Matt and Max, in our head.
In case you haven't noticed, the past few years have elevated charcoal tones to their well-deserved rank on the color wheel—it is fair to say that charcoal is The New Neutral. To thank for this ascension, we have the economy, the war and a bunch of other ho-hum relics from the Bush years. As the world becomes a brighter place again we actually won't be straying away from our love of the dreary...we'll just be having more fun with it.
It's true. Our 2007 spending habits are long-confirmed dead. But while we may not be marching down Melrose with armloads of shopping bags, we are opening our wallets and becoming more carefree. As we begin to spend again, I predict that we are going to discover that the next "it" luxury items will be cleverly disguised as things we need...
I am thrilled to begin sharing trend-predictions with you—something we do in Newsreel Trend Predictor, which is a regular section of Standard. Not to toot our own horn, but we are pretty good at it. What happens in the world very much affects what happens in design—and we truly enjoy sharing these connections so you can buy with confidence, knowing what trends will be long-lasting (so you can buy well and buy once) and what will just be a flash-in-the-pan! Let's jump right in with a two major influences that we're talking about in the current issue of the magazine.
Note: Gayla's guest post from last year was so popular that we decided to republish it for everyone who might not have seen it! Thanks again, Gayla!
Just last week a friend and I visited a large greenhouse to stock up on last-minute herbs for the growing season. As we walked the aisles, I felt more than a little guilty, if not mischievous, about the number of times I whispered to put a plant back since I already had it and would happily give her a cutting. When you’re stocking a garden for the growing season, every $3 and $4 savings really adds up quickly!
There's an unsung category of home technologies: consumer medical devices. Whether it be a digital thermometer, blood pressure monitor or one of the myriad of other technologies that keep us happier and healthier between doctor visits, medical devices are common but normally not praised or discussed because of their personal nature. But what if medical concerns are a regular part of your life?