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One of my very favorite museums is the American Museum of Natural History, and one of my favorite parts of the museum is The Butterfly Conservatory. It’s not for everyone (author Sloane Crosley penned a hilarious account of her days as a reluctant butterfly docent for the museum in I Was Told There’d Be Cake), but I love being surrounded by the morphos and longwings.

butterfly wallLonny Magazine. Photography by Patrick Cline; Interior Design by Celerie Kemble and Anna Burke

Hence, I’m loving this room from the new issue of Lonny. The striking Butterfly People wall art is made from real butterflies that have been encased in acrylic and lucite — after they’ve completed their short natural life-span, the Butterfly People site is quick to point out. I think the colors are so dreamy, and the way the butterflies have been placed gives the piece a real sense of movement. (Of course, if you’re hesitant to use the real thing, you could take Brian Patrick Flynn’s suggestion and pick up some Casart butterfly wall decals.)

What do you think? Do you leap for Lepidoptera like me, or do butterflies just bug you?

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You know that one funny story you tell that friends and family members get a kick out of, so much so that they consistently ask you to recite it or perform it because it brings them joy? I do. Mine is this stupid story about how when I was 17-years-old and working at a toy store for extra Christmas money, a shady couple came into the store, then had a friend distract me while they ran out with about $275 in rubber dinosaurs and marbles. We never caught them, but hey… the joke’s on them. They stole rubber Stegosauruses and cheap marbles.

About three years ago, I swapped this yuletide tale for a design trick I did in my own home and in a restaurant I designed in Midtown, Atlanta. What was the trick? Rubber Pterodactyl and green marble wallpaper. Just kidding. I’m talking about ginormous wall murals, particularly those sporting photographs printed on vinyl. After about three back-to-back projects with clients requesting these, I made it a point to completely stay away from using them for the sake of not becoming a one-trick-pony. Well, since interior design is a business and businesses are all about making money, I recently got over this and started embracing the many fantastic super gigantic wall murals there are to choose from online. Cha-ching! From very big decals to custom photographs more than 11 feet tall, take a look at what I’ve found on the internets. And just for old time’s sake, I even included a dinosaur. But I left out the marbles.

Mega Print

If you are vain and have fallen in love with a particular photograph that captured you from that perfect angle, giving you a super defined chin you like to think that you always have, perhaps you can immortalize yourself on your wall with Megaprint. The company can print your personal photo as a larger than life vinyl mural. If you do this, keep in mind that black and white photos seem to have greater longevity, since they won’t tie you into any specific color scheme until you move.

Mega Print

In addition to photographs, Megaprint can also print large-scale graphics, an excellent way to add some colorful, branded life to your company’s office space.
Butterfly Elements

Casart may be the most brilliant thing since sliced bread…seriously. I hate that saying because when people utter those words, they pretend it’s funny. Kinda like when someone pronounces Target [TAR jay] like they are the first to ever say it like that. Anyway, Casart creates murals, wallpaper and graphics that are, get this, RE-STICKABLE! Ah! This is life-changing for a designer who deals with tons of condos on a regular basis. I love these super-sized butterflies. Just one of these doozies paired with sleek, modern furniture is enough to quickly and affordably fill up a small bedroom.

Blik Scan Forest
Blik Scan Branches

Blik is the very first decal company I ever used back on a TV makeover series I used to design for. They have an enormous range of modern creations for kids and adults. The products come in clear packaging and include burnishers, which are all that’s needed to apply them. Two of their most timeless creations are To Scan A Forest and Branches.

Sissy Little Spinosaurus

Well whaddyaknow? A dinosaur! At least this time, it won’t include the aforementioned kleptomaniac toy store cheaters. Sissylittle carries a few giant-scale dinosaurs that are kiddie enough for the kids but modern enough for their parents to enjoy. Or cool enough for self-proclaimed mature geeks and nerds to decorate with in their apartments. (You know, those Big Bang Theory, long live Pluto types.)

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What’s black and white and elegant all over? How about this English Floral rug by Carini Lang? I love that this needlepoint-inspired motif could have come off as prissy, but the colorway plays with that expectation and goes mod instead. Plus, the palette is so classic, you know it’ll never go out of style.

english floral rug

The rug has a retail value of $6,534, but it could be yours for the price of a $25 raffle ticket to benefit GoodWeave, an organization that’s committed to ending child exploitation in the rug industry. Supporting a good cause with good design? Talk about a double delight!

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Gang, it’s Positive Thinking Day, but let’s face it. All a motivational poster’s likely to “inspire” are some over-the-top eye rolls. This Quote Hook, however, has the potential to put a little spring in your step. (That the name of the product is a grin-worthy pun is an added bonus.)

quote coat hook

It’s pretty and practical, and its little daily affirmation hits you just on your way out the door. Now you won’t forget your hat OR your mantra!

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Sometimes my Internet searches feel a bit like kismet. I had just read Kim‘s great post on using flags, buntings, and banners as party decor, and then I was trying to track down a rug, and oh my, won’t you look at what I found. 

imflags rugvia ooh_food on Flickr

Just like buntings lend some whimsy to a party, Hable Construction’s Flags Dhurrie rug lends some whimsy to the floor. Using it as an anchor for a room would be brilliant, since there are so many colors you can pick up and echo with other accents. It’s an obvious choice for a nursery, but I love it in a living room context, as depicted here. Who says grown-ups can’t have a little flag fun, too?

(Oh, BTW, are you looking to step up the surfaces you step on in your own home? You could win a floor from HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw! Go check it out and enter now.)

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A few days ago, I thought I had found the coolest tile floor ever. A few days ago, I might have been wrong. Because I just spied this PLAID TILE FLOOR on Houzz, and my life is forever changed.

plaid tile flooring

Look closely, rub your eyes, squint, and then pinch yourself like I did. I cannot believe this is tile, and not carpet. I also cannot imagine the kind of patience needed to lay down such a work of art. A doff of the cap to you, Andrea May!

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I know some of you out there are not too keen on the whole wallpaper trend, but maybe this darling Ohoy Wallpaper from the newly-launched Fine Little Day shop will change your mind? The story behind the nautical paper is as sweet as the print itself.

ship wallpaper

The scratchy handmade charm comes courtesy of designer Elisabeth Dunker‘s young son, Otto. How brilliant that she recognized the then 8-year-old’s talent and turned his drawings into to-die-for wallpaper and textiles! The seascape would be perfect in a kiddie bedroom, of course, but I think it could make just about any space, dare I say it, shipshape.

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I’m still not over Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper. I know, it’s been done to death in magazines and on blogs, and is like “so 2006,” or whatever, but I don’t even care. There’s a store in my neighborhood that uses it on an accent wall, and I swear I always end up in that store just so I can bask in it. That’s how much I love it. Alas, I’m a renter and wallpaper ain’t cheap, so I kinda gave up the ghost on having some Woods of my own. Until I saw Inhabit’s Timber hanging slats.

timber panels

Bingo! It’s like someone made Woods for renters. I can hang these beauts in my bedroom, guilt-free! Better yet, if I ever move to a large space that needs some definition, I could use the panels as room dividers, too. Now, if only someone would come up with a rental-friendly way for me to tile my kitchen

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I’m not what you’d call a minimalist. In fact, I subscribe to the whole “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing” philosophy when it comes to design. Which is why this Danish home’s funky floor is so appealing to me.

funky bathroom floorBy Heyhome for Bolig, via From Scandinavia With Love

This festival of zig zag and highlighter colors feels like a giant Missoni print translated from textile into tile. The real genius is that everything else is kept simple, so the floor gets to glow against dramatic black cabinets and stark white walls. What do you think? Do you love a bright, bold statement like this on floors? Or does it feel too Saturday Night Fever-ish for you?

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Let me share with you a peek into our minds when it comes to renovating a home, yes? Shortly after our massive kitchen makeover, Ken and I celebrated by doing nothing for an entire weekend. And when I say weekend, I mean eight days. Probably more, really.

Kitchen Backsplash- Erin Loechner

Introducing...our kitchen backsplash!

Renovating is a marathon, and as rewarding as it is, we often find ourselves sitting on the bench like after a long race, catching old re-runs of Murder She Wrote and eating pints of ice cream.

Kitchen Backsplash- Erin Loechner

Our backsplash-less kitchen.

This explains precisely why it’s taken us nearly six months to finish our kitchen, even though we only had one key project to complete: the backsplash. Sure, we’ve been preoccupied with the laundry room, guest bedroom and living room, but in all actuality, we embrace snack breaks and lounging far more than I’d like to admit.

Kitchen Backsplash- Erin Loechner

Look! A backsplash! We chose Modwalls' Lush 3x6 subway tile in Cloud.

Regardless, we finally bit the bullet and tackled the final project on our kitchen to-do list this past weekend. And surprisingly, it was far easier than we’d imagined! Here’s how we made it happen:
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More than any other room, kitchen updates and remodeling projects are most often the most expensive and time consuming. But in just a few days you can transform your kitchen with a brand new, glass-tile backsplash. Hide from the heat wave, enjoy the air-conditioning and end the weekend with a beautiful backsplash at the same time. You’ll be amazed at how easy this project is, too.

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For this particular project, designer Erinn Valencich chose opaque glass tiles, but you can choose any kind of glass tile you want. After prepping the walls and doing a dry layout to double-check tile positioning, you’re ready for the easy-breezy installation process. My favorite part of this project is the freedom you have to choose your tilework and design. Create a horizontal stacked bond design like Erinn, or try a horizontal running bond pattern.

You can find the complete materials list and step-by-step instructions to this backsplash project at HGTV.com. Plus, get additional tips with this installing a glass tile backsplash video.

Come back afterwards, and let us know how your high-end, DIY backsplash turned out.

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Do you suffer from flooring envy? Perhaps you bought a house, like me, where for some unknown reason the previous owners installed different hardwoods in different rooms for no logical reason. Or maybe some person in your family (who shall not be named) spilled nail polish/wine/nail polish remover/mustard/you name it on the carpet you’ve been meaning to replace. Others of us strategically place slippers by the side of the bed during the winter because our search for the ideal area rug so far has been a bust, and those floors are sooo cold at six in the morning. We…we are the ones who, when we visit another person’s home, notice gorgeous flooring with great longing. We marvel at the glow of hardwoods. (Yes, they can glow.) We desire a barefoot run across our host’s welcoming carpet. We experience awe at how one area rug has the power of an instant makeover.

Well, there’s no more need to suffer from flooring envy. Thanks to HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw, a variety of stylish designer flooring options now available nationwide at authorized Shaw retailers. I spent some time online window shopping the new HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection, and here’s what I fell in love with instantly:

CARPET
Carpet Flooring by ShawCarpet is all about elegant colors, patterns and textures that fill a home with warm, welcoming feelings as well as durable, stain resistant comfort that encourages relaxed living.

AREA RUGS
Area Rugs by ShawWhether you’re looking for an instant makeover or a seasonal change, area rugs have the power to transform a room. Make a big or subtle design statement with your choice of color and pattern.

HARDWOOD
Hardwood Flooring by ShawHardwoods bring distinction to a home and a natural touch that can be enjoyed for decades.

LAMINATE
Laminate Flooring by ShawLaminate offers active families a variety of stylish and affordable looks that stand up to everyday wear and tear.

Visit www.hgtvhome.com and let us know… are you inspired by the new HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection? Will you finally install those new hardwoods? Add wow to your living room or bedroom with a new area rug?

Tell us in the comments below.

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As much as I am a fan of the clean look of concrete floors (and poured concrete surfaces of all types), I admit that it can look pretty cold and stark at times.

milled concrete floors

But design studio Transparent House warmed the look up by milling soft vines and flowers into the concrete and the result is so much more congenial. The options for what can be carved into the concrete are nearly limitless. Add to that the variety of finishes that can used on concrete and you’ve just opened up a whole new world of options for these practical floors.

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This week at HGTV Design Happens, we’re gettin’ out the paintbrushes.

I don’t know about you, but I usually spend every moment of my weekends enjoying time outside. I want to take in all the sunshine and Vitamin D I possibly can in those two precious days. Plus, cool summer evenings are the perfect time for grilling and entertaining outdoors. So, why not reflect the energy and vibrancy of the season by updating your outdoor space with a chic painted area rug. This cool projects is from designer/feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn.

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This low-maintenance DIY decorating idea is perfect for homes with messy little ones or for those who like to host frequent get-togethers. Clean up can be done in a snap; grab the broom, sweep off the crumbs and you’re done. And what makes this project even better is that it’s ideal for those of us who absolutely cannot paint or draw a straight line. Let the edges of the deck planks be your guide.

Don’t forget to share your finished project with us! Did you go with a lively orange? Or maybe something a little more neutral like chocolate brown? We’d love to see or hear about your creation.

Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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Renters, finicky decorators and change artists rejoice! Temporary wallpaper is here to service all of your non-committal decorating needs. Three former set decorators joined forces to form Tempaper Designs, as an answer to the lack of high-style repositionable wallpaper on the market. (Who has time to put up and take down traditional wallpaper over and over again on a movie set?) I’m loving their modern designs and classic motifs done up in funky color combos. I tested out a sample of Gio, and you really just stick it on, peel it off!

Temporary Wallpaper

We want you to give the easy on, easy off wallpaper trend a try with a full roll of Tempaper’s popular Edie design in Spanish Moss. Answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, March 7, for a chance to win this stylish duo.

This week’s question: What would you cover first with a full roll or multiple rolls of temporary wallpaper?

Click for official rules.

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Do me a favor, and look up at your ceiling—thanks. Now let me politely ask “WHY THE HELL DID YOU JUST LEAVE YOUR DRYWALL CEILING BLANK BUT PAINT YOUR DRYWALLED WALLS A COLOR?” No, I’m not yelling, I just don’t really understand. White drywall ceilings are fantastic when (a) they’re part of an all-white-aesthetic (b) the ceilings are coffered or (c) they’re clad with beadboard or tongue-and-groove wood painted out white or (d) you’re broke and can’t afford another gallon of $26 paint.

Easy DIY Ceiling Medallion by Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage

Sure, this is totally subjective; however, as someone who gets paid to improve people’s homes, I can attest firsthand that it’s an easy way to give a room new identity, play up its assets or tone down its shortcomings. Here’s a few ceiling design ideas for different levels of DIY. Hey, you spend hours picking paint colors, taping off trim, then rolling eggshell enamel on your walls; it’s only fair you pay some attention to their upstairs neighbor. Right?

Painted Ceiling Tiles

Armstrong Residential Ceilings offers a huge assortment of ceiling tiles for spaces with unfortunate but necessary drop-ceilings. In basements, or as I like to call them, “terrace levels,” drop-ceilings allow instant access to leaky pipes or damaged wiring. Sure, the grids can be torn out, then drywall can go up; however, that’s a major headache and if you can’t do it yourself, it’s also major cost. Simply swap out unsightly foam tiles for “Raised Panel” tiles which can be left in their matte white finish to help bounce light around or they can be customized with paint. In this basement’s bedroom, my team updated the ceiling in about four hours; the only tool needed was a utility knife to cut the end pieces to size. Once installed, we sprayed the ceiling and the walls the same shade of dove grey. This is a great project for people with beginner DIY skills.

Easy, Medium & Hard Ceiling Projects

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a huge fan of wallpaper. Wallpaper designs from Elli Popp, Samantha Hahn and Oh Joy, aren’t conventional and bring personal style and expression to your walls. What could be more fun!

Elli Popp just launched a new collection of patterns all about interesting curiosities on a floral Victorian-style background, “Victoria’s Curiosity Medley.” I love the humor and whimsy in each piece, and the fact that each print can be mixed and matched to present a unique story.

A Bash or Do

Skeletons in the Closet

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Growing up, I recall many borderline-offensive kitchens and/or dining rooms covered in cheap, nausea-inducing wallpaper. Perhaps that’s why my generation, kids who went to high school in the mid-1990’s, consider decorating with wallcovering so despicable. Well, it’s time to SNAP OUT OF IT [Cher slaps Nicolas]! There’s only so much one can do with eggshell enamel until the need for texture, sheen and pattern come into play.

For interior designers, wallcovering hasn’t really ever gone out of style. Sure, to the general public, it may have disappeared for 15 years; however, any high-end designer home created in the past decade is certain to have a few rooms sporting a variety of options from grasscloth to toile. If you’re borderline-interested in the possibility of wallpaper for your own home, here’s a few options sure to get your design mojo flowing. Now, as far as wallpaper BORDERS are concerned, let’s just go ahead and completely erase those from history. The world will be a better place.

Graham & Brown www.grahambrown.com
Hands down, the best source for wallpaper online. The UK-based company offers collections from huge designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Amy Butler and Barbara Hulanicki. Sure, their products are amazing; however, their prices will leave your jaw on the floor too.

“Fountain” by Amy Butler

Wallpaper is Cool Again

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Face it; we’ve all been there. The early morning alarm buzzes, you pad into the bathroom to take a shower and eek! you’re greeted with cold floors. What? I’m not the only one?

I suppose there’s more to radiant floor heating than the luxurious benefit of having warm-to-the-touch tile (like energy savings due to convection and increased return on investment) but to be honest, Husband and I installed it for the sheer purpose of pampering our tootsies. A small price to pay and a simple installation process that will skyrocket the average bathroom into serious spa-like territory; the other stuff is just a nice bonus.

Flooring Can Be Fun!

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Celebrated paint purveyor, Farrow & Ball have revisited the elegance of 18th-century motifs with their new wallpaper collection, The Baroque Papers. Block-printed in the firm’s 21 colorways, you are sure to find one that suits.

Farrow & Ball is one of the highest quality paint companies in the world. They’ve been making paint in England, one batch at a time, since 1946 and remain one of a few companies making a full range of traditional and modern paint finishes. And so it comes as no surprise, that their extraordinary collection of artisanal wallpapers made using real Farrow & Ball paint is just as carefully crafted. Each double roll is 21″ wide and costs $230. Visit Farrow & Ball to view the entire collection, as well as see each paper paired with various colors of paint. Fabulous!

If It’s Not Baroque…

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