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loridennis3In 1998, Lori Dennis opened her own interior design company, Lori Dennis, Inc.  Her firm specializes in green interior design and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Coastal Living, Women’s Day and many other publications.  We asked her about what distinguishes her style.

1. Which designers influenced you?

Victoria Hagan and Karin Blake — clean lines and modern interiors with warm feelings and regional accessories.

2. What’s your favorite design style?

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Fans of Biltmore Estate can now take home a piece of the great chateau’s opulence and history. Biltmore For Your Home is the exclusive line of products ranging from Biltmore-inspired hardwood flooring to handmade accessories. You can even buy garage doors reminiscent of the carriage doors seen on the estate.

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This week, you have the chance to win artwork featuring furniture used in the Vanderbilts’ home. This Dining Chair print is a historically accurate portrayal of the Biltmore’s seating, while the simplicity and colors give it a modern touch.

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For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, August 9.

This week’s question: Which architectural style fits you best? Old World like the Biltmore? Or sleek like the HGTV Urban Oasis apartment at the W in New York?

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Scot Meacham Wood opened SMW Design in 2001 after working 13 years for Ralph Lauren. When Scot designs a residence, he begins by learning about his clients’ lives. For this home in San Francisco’s tony Presidio Heights neighborhood, Scot worked with bold colors and dramatic furnishings.

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There’s a great reward in creating something with your hands and seeing the finished product. Here are some ideas to jolt your creativity into action.

Start small with dollar bill origami from wide open spaces.

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Or branch out by growing wheat grass to hold seating cards or making a Father’s Day gift package.

If your crafting ideas bob toward outdoor pool time, check out Diary of a Crafty Chica’s floating drink holders.

For the more ambitious crafter, check out DIY Network’s wine label decoupage dresser.

The Worsted Witch shares sweet painted animal silhouettes and a linen mobile.

Roudy Stroudy combines baking, thrifting and partying into a crafty lemon-themed party.

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design-happens_cindy-portrait200x300Cindy Aplanalp works in both commercial and residential design, is a regular design blogger and travels extensively to keep her inspirations fresh. She’s also a single mom who went back to school to study interior design. Learn about Cindy’s mid-life careeer change and her tips for aspiring designers.

1. Tell us a little about you as a designer?

I am a late bloomer in the design world. I’ve always loved design but started out with a business degree and worked in accounting. It took me a while to realize that it wasn’t my calling. I had always helped friends decorate and loved designing my own home, but I didn’t think of it as being a possible job. When I realized a huge life change was coming (a divorce), I knew I needed a way to support myself and my kids. So, just entering my 40′s, I went back to school to get a degree in interior design.

If you have a passion for design, it’s never too late. Aesthetic develops and enriches over time — all of life’s experiences and exposures add to your creative genius. My global travels, raising a family and paying attention to the world around me all add to my value as an interior designer.

2. Which designers influenced you?
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Have you ever designed a room and been stumped when it came to finding the perfect accessories? We’ve got the solution.

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Alluminare specializes in custom lamp shades, pillows, wallpaper and fabric. We’re giving one reader the opportunity to create two lampshades free of charge. The winner will also receive two turquoise lamp bases to go with their custom-designed shades.

For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, August 2.

This week’s question: What accessory or piece of furniture are you looking for to complete a room in your home?

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Garden Guide: New York City Revised Edition (W.W. Norton, 2010) is a concise, well-researched pocket-sized guide for anyone wanting to explore the green spaces of New York. Visitors and New Yorkers alike will benefit from the subway and bus directions, history and detailed points of interest for over 100 gardens. Authors Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry have separated this book from other garden guides by not only including well-known public gardens like Central Park, but also focusing on community gardens and eccentric gems from all five boroughs.

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