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Solar Lily Pads

I saw this on Inhabitat recently and thought this was brilliantly innovative. These Solar Lily Pads, inspired by nature, involve placing large solar panel discs on the surface of the River Clyde. The “lily pad” discs were created by ZM Architecture to aesthetically blend into the river ecology in Glasgow, Scotland. The solar lily pads are equipped with an integrated motor and sensor which allows the discs to rotate toward…

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French Decadence: Le BelleChasse

Hotel Le BelleChasse I just flipped through the June issue of Metropolitan Home, when I landed on this page stopper. Number 49 on the Design 100 list was none other than Hotel Le BelleChasse. This immaculate hotel is located blocks from the Musee d’Orsay. The decor is seemlingly straight out of a Tim Burton movie. Fashion designer, Christian LaCroix, has created such a striking and diverse palette of imagery with…

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Top 5: Green Sports Cars by Inhabitat

Eco-Luxury Driving. I’m pretty happy driving my Toyota Prius. Of course, my perspective is not of one that is a “car aficionado.” Hybrid cars are becoming a much more relevant topic, especially due to higher gas prices and greater concerns for the environment. I tell people all the time that they should consider going with a hybrid, but the main objection I usually get is either price, style, and/or driving…

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The Search for Inspiration

Whether you are decorating a new house or redecorating an old one, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. When customers call our store in search of some guidance, one of the first questions I throw out is, “What kind of colors do you like?”. Most people have some idea of what color they want to focus on, even if they don’t know where to go from there. Wear…

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Store Display: Yellow Wall

Here is our latest store display located on the 3rd floor from our visual design team. The bold yellow color with the Hollywood Glam elements makes for a very striking statement. The Bovary Dining Table has a patterned limestone top with antique brass legs. When there are 15,000 fabrics to work with, it allows you the chance to put up gorgeous drapes wherever you want. The Chandler Leather Sectional in…

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Undercover Decorator: Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore is a pretty good actor! Her body of work is quite diverse and highly acclaimed with four Oscar nominations to prove it. But her most unexpected role might just be “Interior Decorator”. She’s been featured in this month’s Domino magazine. It highlights her working with a very modest $15,000 budget (at least for celebrity). Before and After: Adding punches of color transforms the room from boring to chic.…

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The HF List: High Point 2008: Best of the Rest!

For my final installment, I’d just like to show y’all a few things that really caught my eye. Market is a time when people bring out their best creations. For some companies, that is the new “It” sofa. For others, it is something creative and wacky that they just had to create. But whatever it is, market is a time for showing off. Here are my favorites:I am obsessed with…

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Domino’s Top 10 Interior Decorators: Katie Stassi

Katie Stassi: Domino’s Top 10 Designers in 2008 Katie Stassi was featured in the April issue of Domino as one of the top interior designers to keep your eye on. She also happens to reside in our very own Houston, Texas. Stassi only started her business 3 years ago by just helping some of her friends decorate their homes. Her business took off soon thereafter. She largely credits a higher…

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The HF List: High Point 2008: Best of Occasional Tables

What is there to say about occasional tables? Do they rise to the occasion when they are needed for drink holding? Do they celebrate the occasion during the holidays? Do they occasionally bore you to death? These occasional tables certainly will not. Read on…I think the reason I like so much is it reminds me of an antique fridge my parents have in their living room that is used as…

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How To: Shop For Leather Furniture

I’ll be honest. Shopping for leather can be a daunting task. A leather sofa isn’t just another sofa. It’s an investment. However, if you shop smart, you can enjoy a piece that will last a lifetime. A prime example: my parents have had their leather sofa for over 20 years! While other sofas have come and gone, been recovered, and given to Goodwill, that leather set has stood the test…

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