Do you really know your decorating style?
“I wanted a classic, timeless look for my house,” said the co-founder of a photography company, who was inspired by her travels to Italy and Germany. The renovation works alone cost $120,000. Said Mr Raymond Kua, design manager of The Design Practice: “Homeowners have different expectations now. They don’t just want a place to live in – they want a home that is in line with their own lifestyles.” It can cost anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000 to do up a typical three-room flat, depending on factors like the materials used, and the labour required, said Mr Alvin Ling, design director of The Scientist. Spacious New York-style lofts are all the rage among homeowners now, said Ms Rebeckka Wong, editor of interior design magazine Home & Decor. This comes together with “raw and ‘gritty’ design elements such as exposed electrical tracking and wires, exposed brick walls, and even barn-like doors”.
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Eagan townhouse’s living room gets a makeover
We were looking for a space where people could put their feet up on the coffee table, Swan said. Keller combined a clean-lined sofa, a pair of distinctive chairs, two versatile ottomans and accent tables to create three distinct conversation areas within the large open space. The open floor plan and inviting seating options have changed the way the couple live at home. Before, in the old house, we had a formal living room, but we tended not to end up there, said Vye. It was closed off. Were much more likely to hang out in the living room now. New palette: The living room, which was painted a neutral golden-khaki color with white trim, offered a blank slate for choosing colors. Both of us love color and texture, Swan said.
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Interior designer shows playful spirit
Early adopters of Pinterest and devotees of tutorial-disseminating decor blogs are largely empowered — or sometimes overwhelmed — by this media, Waage said. The magazine still delivers decorating tips and examples, but instead of a few fresh looks every month, tips now include online color choice generators and automatic room planners . Even with a new understanding of the mechanics of decorating, it’s still difficult to orchestrate the room of your dreams, or even realize what it is you like in the first place, she said. So what’s a DIY decorater to do? Be brave enough to try Bravery and experience are what helped self-taught blogger, photographer and decorator Emily Clark handle her home decor.
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A monochromatic palette gives you the freedom to have fun with accessories, she says. Ashton was creative director of furnishings retailer HD Buttercup from 2009 to 2012, and it was a given that objects acquired during her travels to furniture fairs in France, North Carolina, New York and Milan would find their way into her home. And they have: A piece of folk art from the High Point Market and a pair of steel lamps from Maison & Objet are seen in the living room, and a faux Chanel lamp from a Paris flea market illuminates her home office. The strategically placed treasures offer a glimpse of Ashtons unique sense of style, and humor, as every room becomes a journey of discovery. On one living room wall, she has installed an English boarding school narrative with antique mirrors, framed butterflies and, in a nod to her dog Martha, a droll painting of a whippet in a dress.
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