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Natural Minimalist House Design by Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff architects

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Natural Minimalist House Design by Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff architects

Elegant Home Bathroom Decor


Even though the bathroom is the smallest room in most houses, having beautiful bathroom decor can have an enormous impact on the overall design of your home and how your home feels overall. A well designed and decorated bathroom can add thousands of dollars in value to your home - believe it or not.

Your bathroom offers space for personal convenience and personal pampering before you step out into the real world; after a restful nights sleep. Having lavish bathroom decor isn't just a dream - it's well within your reach. There's lots of home improvement tips out there that will allow you to create a bathroom that meets your taste and your budget.

There are a lot of things to consider when changing your bathroom’s appearance and you need to take your time with this. Selecting fixtures, sinks, toilets, showers and tubs can seem overwhelming if you do not lay out a plan first. There are literally thousands of different remodeling schemes to choose from, all providing innovation and glamour, that you can easily become distracted by the broad selection of products available to you in your redecorating quest.

Elegant Home Bathroom Decor


Even though the bathroom is the smallest room in most houses, having beautiful bathroom decor can have an enormous impact on the overall design of your home and how your home feels overall. A well designed and decorated bathroom can add thousands of dollars in value to your home - believe it or not.

Your bathroom offers space for personal convenience and personal pampering before you step out into the real world; after a restful nights sleep. Having lavish bathroom decor isn't just a dream - it's well within your reach. There's lots of home improvement tips out there that will allow you to create a bathroom that meets your taste and your budget.

There are a lot of things to consider when changing your bathroom’s appearance and you need to take your time with this. Selecting fixtures, sinks, toilets, showers and tubs can seem overwhelming if you do not lay out a plan first. There are literally thousands of different remodeling schemes to choose from, all providing innovation and glamour, that you can easily become distracted by the broad selection of products available to you in your redecorating quest.

Cool Architect Desk for Small Offices

We were looking for an interesting, cool, and most importantly, cheap desk for a small home office and came accross this one. It's similiar to the one at Williams Sonoma but it's less expensive. It's so adorable in person too...

The desk is small (about 60W by 30H), which makes it perfect for a small space. It costs $850 including shipping. It is manufactured by Bailey Street. You can find it here.

Some ideas for items that would help complete the office:


Rug from Mats-The Basics


Flowers Arrangement


Leather Chair


Jonathan Adler Table Lamp


Here are some pictures from Willams Sonoma (love that store!). that shows the desk in room settings:


Cool Architect Desk for Small Offices

We were looking for an interesting, cool, and most importantly, cheap desk for a small home office and came accross this one. It's similiar to the one at Williams Sonoma but it's less expensive. It's so adorable in person too...

The desk is small (about 60W by 30H), which makes it perfect for a small space. It costs $850 including shipping. It is manufactured by Bailey Street. You can find it here.

Some ideas for items that would help complete the office:


Rug from Mats-The Basics


Flowers Arrangement


Leather Chair


Jonathan Adler Table Lamp


Here are some pictures from Willams Sonoma (love that store!). that shows the desk in room settings:


Modern Unique Minimalist House Design

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Modern Unique Minimalist House Design

Classical Interior Kitchen Decorating


Decorating your kitchen can be truly invigorating for you and your kitchen. Your guests will notice the changes you have made and ask how you did it. Many of us spend a large chunk of our days in the kitchen and it is fantastic to have one that looks like it was professionally decorated and organized when you know that you did it all by yourself.


There are so many businesses out there that are creating wonderful products for kitchens with new technology and a wide variety of colors. We no longer have to choose from white, red, green or black. You can have a beautifully decorated kitchen with your appliances matching the interior décor with nearly any color of your choice!

Stainless steel is a great metal that can be added to your kitchen in many forms, and it matches whatever color scheme you choose for your kitchen. Stainless steel is nice, easy to clean and looks magnificent.

Something as easy as reorganizing your kitchen can really make you feel better and make your kitchen look 100% better with minimal changes. Get some good storage boxes, a bread box, place to store vegetables and fruit, and storage for anything else that is out or does not seem to have a place of its own. When everything has its own place and the storage is highly organized in your kitchen it is easier to decorate and more convenient to clean. You will also enjoy your kitchen more just from adding some modern decorative organization tools.

Classical Interior Kitchen Decorating


Decorating your kitchen can be truly invigorating for you and your kitchen. Your guests will notice the changes you have made and ask how you did it. Many of us spend a large chunk of our days in the kitchen and it is fantastic to have one that looks like it was professionally decorated and organized when you know that you did it all by yourself.


There are so many businesses out there that are creating wonderful products for kitchens with new technology and a wide variety of colors. We no longer have to choose from white, red, green or black. You can have a beautifully decorated kitchen with your appliances matching the interior décor with nearly any color of your choice!

Stainless steel is a great metal that can be added to your kitchen in many forms, and it matches whatever color scheme you choose for your kitchen. Stainless steel is nice, easy to clean and looks magnificent.

Something as easy as reorganizing your kitchen can really make you feel better and make your kitchen look 100% better with minimal changes. Get some good storage boxes, a bread box, place to store vegetables and fruit, and storage for anything else that is out or does not seem to have a place of its own. When everything has its own place and the storage is highly organized in your kitchen it is easier to decorate and more convenient to clean. You will also enjoy your kitchen more just from adding some modern decorative organization tools.

Rose Anne de Pampelonne

Going through my files I came across Rose Anne de Pampelonne Parisian limestone mansion built in 1900's and redesigned by the designer who is also a baroness. The multi floor mansion that she shares with her bank-president and baron husband Bruno, was featured in Elle Decor a little while ago and has since been in my files because of its eclecticism and use of different hues. Asian antiques and porcelain, indigenous fabrics, sculptural antique fishing baskets hung as art, African mask, velvet and brocade fabric are gracefully combined in harmony layering this sumptuous home.

Above and below images of the gorgeous stunning dinning room




Rose Anne de Pampelonne placed an elegant 1940s relic bed with leafy silvered legs and a neo-Baroque headboard upholstered in silk velvet and brocade in her living room. I love it when designers think completely outside the box.


A table in the courtyard is dressed with an antique saris.

Rose Ann de Pompelonne photographed by Roger Davies.
Enjoy your weekend.

All images from Elle Decor.

Modern Minimalist House Design by DNA 11

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Modern Minimalist House Design by DNA 11

Style Interior Home Decorating Ideas



Interior decorating for quite some time has been a concept or task left to the interior decorator.

But because people nowadays are becoming more and more aware and involved in the interior decorating aspects of their homes, there are many homeowners that are forced into adopting their own interior decorating techniques and processes.

Home or interior decorating, as wrongly perceived by people ages ago, need not be expensive and need not requiring degrees and diplomas in the discipline.

Overall, the idea behind interior decorating is going for the basic or going for the simple. Being interiorly designed and comfortable, a home does not need to be really equipped with the most expensive devices and equipment.

Remember, the basic idea of interior decorating is functionality and usage. It is to be put above all, above the aesthetic and beauty of the home.

Interior decorating of homes can be as simple as one, two, three. Here are some practical and very simple solution on how the interior design of your home could be improved and boosted.

1. Free up spaces. Throw away unnecessary items and equipment. Old equipment that already obsolete or useless should already put to retirement.

2. The storage room is the room for decorations that are not in season or timely. Christmas decors should be kept out it is already March.

Style Interior Home Decorating Ideas



Interior decorating for quite some time has been a concept or task left to the interior decorator.

But because people nowadays are becoming more and more aware and involved in the interior decorating aspects of their homes, there are many homeowners that are forced into adopting their own interior decorating techniques and processes.

Home or interior decorating, as wrongly perceived by people ages ago, need not be expensive and need not requiring degrees and diplomas in the discipline.

Overall, the idea behind interior decorating is going for the basic or going for the simple. Being interiorly designed and comfortable, a home does not need to be really equipped with the most expensive devices and equipment.

Remember, the basic idea of interior decorating is functionality and usage. It is to be put above all, above the aesthetic and beauty of the home.

Interior decorating of homes can be as simple as one, two, three. Here are some practical and very simple solution on how the interior design of your home could be improved and boosted.

1. Free up spaces. Throw away unnecessary items and equipment. Old equipment that already obsolete or useless should already put to retirement.

2. The storage room is the room for decorations that are not in season or timely. Christmas decors should be kept out it is already March.

Refrigerator Door Series Part Two: Matching Single Door Refrigerators Panels with the Kitchen Cabinets

Welcome to my refrigerator door series. This series will consist of several posts showing options for the design of the refrigerator door. My first post of this series focused on hiding refrigerators in a kitchen. Click here to see it.

This post will focus on matching single refrigerator door panels with the cabinet style and cabinet hardware. Depending on the style of the kitchen, I usually like having a refrigerator door panel that matches the cabinets as shown below. What about you?

Scroll on down for ideas and inspiration! 

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Source: Unknown. If you will contact me, I will note it.

^Imagine how different this kitchen would look if the refrigerator door did not match the cabinets.  A stainless refrigerator would totally change the look of this kitchen.

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Source: Trend Magazine  Kitchen Issue Volume 25, No. 10

^Perhaps it is the angle of the photograph but doesn’t the refrigerator above sure looks extra wide? Do you think the lower door actually swings open or does it pull out like a drawer?

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Source: Kitchen Ideas That Work a book by Beth Veillette 

^The black hardware on this refrigerator door as well as on the cabinets is a great accessory to this bead board look. I like the appearance of having four drawers below the single door  though there are only two drawers. I do not have a photo of the entire layout of this kitchen but it seems to me that the door handle on this refrigerator should be on the right giving you a counter to place items you have taken out of the refrigerator or plan to put in. Though there is one problem with the door handle being on the right which would be the short wall to the left. It would prevent the door from opening more than 90 degrees. A refrigerator door needs to be able to swing open more than 90 degrees in order to clear the door shelves when removing the drawers and shelves.

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Source: The New Smart Approach to Kitchen Design a book by Susan Maney

^Another example of the beadboard look is shown above. The island in this photo blocks the view of the entire refrigerator. I wonder if there is a drawer at the bottom of this refrigerator or if the door goes top to bottom?  What do you think?

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Source: Great Kitchen Ideas a book 

^I like how the painted panel on this refrigerator matches the kitchen cabinets. However, I wish the cabinet hardware would have been used on the refrigerator.  What do you think?

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Source: Beautiful Kitchens Magazine Winter 2009

^I like how this refrigerator tucks in next to the brick wall. The panels are a great compliment to the kitchen cabinets.

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Source: Kitchen Ideas That Work a book by Beth Veillette 

^Above is an attractive kitchen wall unit with the refrigerator blending right in.

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Source: Kitchen Ideas That Work a book by Beth Veillette

^One thing that struck me in the photo above was the use of three different hardware styles. The drawers differed from the cabinet doors and the refrigerator door was yet a third style.  I feel the refrigerator door hardware is a bit small and would not be all that comfortable gripping.  What do you think?

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Source: House Beautiful Magazine March 2010

^Yet another beadboard style panel. I especially like the matching hardware with the refrigerator hardware being appropriately a larger size than the cabinet hardware.

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Source: Beautiful Kitchens Magazine Spring 2010

^I ran across this magazine photo yesterday. It would have fit nicely in the first post of this series due to the refrigerator being hidden or disappearing.  I wanted to share it with you so I added it here. 

Without actually seeing the entire kitchen, what I do see in this magazine photo is a bit busy. You have upper cabinet doors lined with a print fabric. The cabinet drawers are a different color than the lower cabinet doors. There is natural wood that has been stained behind the open shelves. The island is a distressed black painted finish. The floor is natural stone pieces that vary. There is something on the other side of the island that appears to be a natural stained wood.  On top of all of that, you have distressed wooden beams in the ceiling. What do you think?

Blessings. …susan

PS My next  post in this series will feature double refrigerator doors. Do check back.

nesting newbies

You may already know about nesting newbies but if in the remote case you don't, then you should know that nesting newbies is a digital shelter magazine with great sources of inspiration and ideas about cooking, entertaining and decorating. The overall message is that cooking, entertaining, and stylish decorating can be easy, fun, and affordable. Chef Lea McIntosh shares her expertise and original recipes in each issue. Their winter 2010 issue is already available featuring great designers such as the fantastic California based designer Jay Jeffers.

Gil Mendez for Dining by Design 2010 in San Francisco

Jay Jeffers studio

House Design with European Style

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House Design with European Style

Cisco Brothers



A couple of months ago I walked into ABC home looking for a sofa or anything else that would catch my eye. I found the cutest sofa with perfect proportions that happened to be comfortable as well. When I inquired about it I was told it was manufactured by Cisco Brothers. I remembered reading about the company somewhere. At first I thought of re-upholstering it but after all the food, water, milk that have spilled on it and after cleaning it with a wet cloth without leaving a stain of course I changed my mind. It doesn't show clearly in this picture but the color is not that bad and I can make it work. The back of the sofa is curvy and it's the first thing you notice as you come up the entrance so I am planning to upholster it in a graphic fabric.
Cisco Brothers is a very respectable Furniture Company located in Los Angeles and its owner is from Jalisco, Mexico. He started working part-time for a small shop disassembling sofas while in High School and discovered his love for furniture making. In his twenties he and his wife were making custom furniture for neighbors out of his garage and Cisco Brothers was created. In not an easy business to succeed in Cisco Pinedo developed his furniture with superior craftsmanship, cutting-edge style, and unparalleled value. In 2006, The company moved exclusively to FSC Pure certified woods on upholstered furniture, using reclaimed hardwoods for a collection of stunning case goods and the use of water based glues and environmentally friendly detergents to wash all fabrics. Today, Cisco Home has six retail showrooms including a gallery at ABC Home Furnishings in NYC and the acclaimed LA Design Center in South Central Los Angeles.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Minimalist House

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The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Minimalist House

Drafting Table


While I draw on a regular table there is this stunning drafting table available at Urban Archaeology, just a little bit out of my price range with a tag of $19,500. Anyone interested?

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