Interior

How to Mix Styles and Materials in Your Home

Suffice it to say, Jamie Drake loves a healthy mix. “I think that any room that is a snapshot of one moment in time, whether it is 1740 or 2020, is a missed opportunity to think about other ages, places, and cultures,” says the designer. A richer, more timeless space can be conjured through a medley of materials (incorporated through mixing styles and eras)—it’s why Drake is always looking for variety in his designs.



a drawing of a face: Jamie Drake @designerjamiedrake


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Jamie Drake @designerjamiedrake



a living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: There are many ways to create interesting layers.


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There are many ways to create interesting layers.

“Being a designer is akin to being a painter, just in three dimensions,” Drake posits. “And so when I am working on a scheme, I’m always envisioning how things come together and sit next to each other—just as any great painter might be, say, working with a palette of primarily blue and wondering, Where do I put that one

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9 things you should do to your home before fall starts

Yes, lighting pumpkin candles is a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, but there are more important — and not exactly fun — preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider this everything you need to know before your house transitions from hot summer days to cool fall nights and, eventually, freezing temperatures.



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1. Clean, or possibly replace, your gutters.

You’re so used to your gutters working properly — and draining thousands of gallons of water from your roof yearly — that you forget they could use a little TLC. If they’re clogged, you can end up with a flooded interior and damaged exterior. So clean them with a gutter tool or get them professionally done, or if necessary, replace them.

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2. Check for drafts.

Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25 to 30% of heating energy use,

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Why These Iconic Interior Designers Are Still as Relevant as Ever

They say that good design is timeless. The creatives who carry on the legacies of design stars like Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Tony Duquette would be inclined to agree. Decades after these luminaries first left their creative marks on houses, hotels, and more, their influence continues, thanks to successors who are saving and adapting their work today. House Beautiful spoke to Carleton Varney, Eliza Crater Harris, and Hutton Wilkinson to learn what it means to conserve (and reimagine) the creative visions of these design legends.



a room filled with furniture and a fire place: House Beautiful spoke to Carleton Varney, Eliza Crater Harris, and Hutton Wilkinson to learn what it means to conserve (and adapt, when necessary) the remarkable creations and visions of design legends Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Tony Duquette.


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House Beautiful spoke to Carleton Varney, Eliza Crater Harris, and Hutton Wilkinson to learn what it means to conserve (and adapt, when necessary) the remarkable creations and visions of design legends Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Tony Duquette.

Carleton Varney, the President of Dorothy Draper & Company, first met Mrs. Draper shortly after attending graduate school at New York University to

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ORMOND BEACH ‘Wow’ factor Spanish Vienna pool home shines in Plantation Bay

ON THE MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ORMOND BEACH



a large lawn in front of a house: This Spanish Vienna pool home is located in the prestigious Plantation Bay golf community.


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This Spanish Vienna pool home is located in the prestigious Plantation Bay golf community.

This Spanish Vienna pool home has all the bells and whistles – from the striking glass entry door bordered by plantation shutters, to the glistening pool surrounded by pavers.

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Located in the prestigious Plantation Bay golf community, this estate’s “wow” factor is immediately evident when you walk in the circular atrium foyer and are greeted by lovely architectural details, ceramic tile and crown molding that run throughout the nearly 2,300 square feet of interior.

“Entertaining is a breeze in this open-concept floor plan,’’ said Realtor Brenda Bolton. “This home makes you feel complete, but also at peace.”

The layout showcases the living area, with its 11-foot tray ceiling, and the deluxe kitchen, with its huge center island, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, tile backsplash

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An Architect and Designer Couple Converted a Gin Distillery Into Their Family Home



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Leo’s preference toward “considered mismatch” guided her decor decisions throughout the house.

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For their first development collaboration, architect Rupert Scott of Open Practice Architecture and interior designer Leo Wood of Kinder Design decided to create a family home for themselves. The husband-wife duo happened upon a former Victorian gin distillery in Whitechapel, a bustling neighborhood in East London, that proved to be the perfect project. Located just across the street from where they’d been living, the building appeared in an email Rupert received from a commercial real estate agent. “It was this weird warehouse in the car park opposite our house and it just was too good to be true,” Leo admits. “It was a fluke that we found this amazing site.”

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Grey Is Wilko’s Best-Selling Paint Colour For The Home

Grey is Wilko’s best-selling paint colour for the home, the retailer has revealed.

As part of its 90th anniversary, Wilko analysed sales of its paint range from the last 20 years in order to gain insight into how trends have evolved over time. While grey unsurprisingly came out on top (with the Grey Whisper shade taking prime position), the research also found a rising interest in millennial pink, bright citrus yellow and festive red tones.

Wilko’s findings also discovered that much-loved 90s home makeover show, Changing Rooms, saw Brits embrace magnolia and cream, while the grey hues we see in homes today ride off the back of social media celebrities — notably the queen of clean, Mrs Hinch.

Wilko explains: ‘The popularity of interior Instagrammers is heavily influential when it comes to how we style our homes, and the popularity of grey paint could be the latest example of the

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How to Start an Interior Design Brand Right at Home

You can start an interior design brand all on your own, right from your own home. You could want to be a buyer, decorator, or start a lifestyle magazine. Anything that relates to interior design and décor will benefit from you first proving yourself in the most basic of all locations: your home.

If you can transform your home and make it look incredible, then you can have a say as a designer or as a lifestyle journalist. If you can wow people right at home, then the implication is that you can wow them in their own homes. It’s a great marketing tactic and a good way to launch your brand and even find new clients:

 

Follow Similar Brands That are Succeeding in What You Want to Do

It’s okay to not know where to begin because the first step when starting your own business or brand is to

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Metro Detroit woman turns passion for interior design into successful business

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Regina Donald, with Trans-Style Interiors, LLC, formed her unique style early on. From her childhood bedroom to her first apartment, she turned her passion for interior design into a successful West Bloomfield Township business.

“I believe that every home should be a place of peace,” Donald said.

Building Trans-Style Interiors into a powerhouse hasn’t been easy.

Once Donald got her foot in the door, she noticed Black men designers were getting more business than Black women. She wanted to change that and started networking with other interior designers who were Black women.

Donald’s clients live all over the country. Robert and Beverly Allen have worked with Donald for years. She decorated their Metro Detroit home, as well as their home in Las Vegas.

“She creates a space that is very personal to you,” Beverly Allen said. “She works with you to design a workspace that

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How to Paint With Silver Interior Wall Paint | Home Guides

Dramatic silver paint gives walls a reflective quality, creating the illusion of increased space and light in any room. The process of applying metallic paint is similar to most other interior paint applications, but an extra undercoat of black paint and overcoat of metallic glaze can lower the silver’s intensity while increasing the metallic look and hiding lap lines. Because metallic paints have a tendency to show brush lines, it is best to use foam brushes and rollers or a paint sprayer to avoid them.

Wash the wall with a solution of 2 tablespoons dish soap to a gallon of warm water, using a sponge or rag. This will eliminate grease and dirt that could prevent paint from adhering to the wall.

Scrape off paint drips from the old paint with a putty knife. Sand the wall lightly to create a smooth and rough surface. Wipe away dust with a

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How to Build a Round Interior Soffit | Home Guides

Interior soffits typically enclose the space above kitchen cabinets or hide main drainpipes in basements. They can also be adapted to provide an intriguing, rarely seen architectural detail for the ceiling of a Northern California-style home theater or living room. A round ceiling soffit can add a sense of drama and contribute to the value of your property.

Cut a 4-by-8-foot sheet of 3/8-inch plywood into two 4-by-4 sheets with a circular saw or table saw. Lay a half sheet of the plywood on a flat work surface. Mark the center point of the 4-by-4-foot sheet with an “X” using a carpenter’s pencil. Hammer a nail into this “X” so that most of the nail projects above the sheet. Measure and mark on the plywood another single “X” with a circle around it to indicate the radius desired for the plywood support for your soffit, up to 2 feet from

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