In 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?
Decorating with maps beautifies a room and also reminds a person of where she’s going or where she’s been. Check out these ideas for decorating with your favorite destinations.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Cindy 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?
Chairs, love seats and lounges can set a space apart and bring a style together.
Have you ever designed a room and been stumped when it came to finding the perfect accessories? We’ve got the solution.
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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