Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had a fun-filled, restful holiday season. Now that your guests are gone, the decorations are packed away, and you’re not out battling all those crazy holiday shoppers, I bet you have a lot of time on your hands and empty space to fill – or perhaps you’re having the opposite problem and have no place to put your stacks of presents!
If 2013 has you itching to complete a project in your home, look no further: we have plenty of beautiful designs to get you inspired no matter what room or budget you have in mind.
For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Take this year to treat your kitchen to a makeover, whether it’s a small project like repainting your cabinets or doing a complete remodel job. Don’t forget to give your dining room some love in 2013, too!
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While tons of people obsess over certain Hollywood A-Listers, I find myself weak in the knees for the unsung heroes of glamour — shelter magazine photographers. My obsession is somewhat justified, because, unless you’re going to barge into the home of my latest client, you’re most likely going to see my work (and hire me) through the work of these photographers. And interiors shoots are kinda fascinating. Not in an OMG-look-what-Suri-Cruise-is-wearing-on-the-playground type way. More like in a WOW-that’s-how-the-Egyptians-made-the-Pyramids kinda way. So prepare to be amazed, like one of those TV specials, as I reveal…secrets of shelter magazine photographers.
After this post, when looking at interior photos, you’ll not only appreciate the work it took to create them, you’ll — like I do — notice the curious absence of everyday things like corners. And toilets. And if you do see them, you’ll know that someone either made a major faux pas or deliberately embraced the photographer’s “kiss of death.”
I could keep typing, but, instead, I’m going to let the professionals do the talking since (a) I find myself irritating after two paragraphs (b) this is all about photographers anyway (c) I have a photo shoot in an hour, and if I don’t leave now, someone else will snatch the peonies, and I’ll be left with Alstroemeria.
EMILY JENKINS FOLLOWILL Photographer
Foyer: Neely Design Associates, Brian Watford ID | Living Room: Liza Bryan Interiors
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Hey, Rate My Space fans! I’m referring specifically to the online forum that features nearly 500,000 photos and videos from all over the world. Talk about a design mecca with a true sense of commuity.
Rooms and exteriors from Rate My Space continue to catch the eyes of HGTV.com editors, and we want to make sure you know that we are featuring more and more of your work in photo galleries, articles and blog posts on the site. So, keep uploading those great spaces, and you may see your photo featured on HGTV.com. We especially love seeing before-and-afters and reading all the juicy design details behind the space. And please include an idea of how much your space cost, especially if you managed to create a masterpiece on a tight budget.
This colorful loft by RMS user Matt 99 is featured in Excellent Examples of Color From Rate My Space.
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If there’s one room in your house that you can pull off glamorous, sexy AND stylish, it’s in the bedroom. I was reminded of this last night while I was propped up in bed watching the 81st annual Academy Awards. Watching the Oscars is a ritual, but it’s usually in a party setting with a small group of friends. This year, nursing a cold, I was forced to take in the grandeur holed up in bed with a box of Kleenex and a jug of orange juice. (sigh) But then, when my husband arrived home and snuggled up beside me to watch the final awards, I took another assessment of the situation. In the low lamplight, on our comfy bed, against our soothing, mint green walls and the flicker of a single candle, I thought, “how glamorous, how sexy.” I’m glad we made the design of our master bedroom a priority. We are almost finished. Last night’s Oscars inspired me to finish the job.
For those of you who are putting off updating or renovating your bedroom for other home projects, I challenge you to get back to the bedroom! Need some inspiration? Check out these 12 Stylish, Sexy Bedrooms.
This Dream Home bedroom is truly dreamy.
A final note about last night’s Oscars: they did not disappoint. I was wowed by the stage design at the Kodak Theatre. Inspired by 1940s supper club, the musicians were up on stage in an elaborate bandstand instead of down in the pit. The entire stage sparkled behind a curtain of 100,000 Swarovski crystals – gorgeous!
- The stage at the 81st annual Academy Awards was designed by David Rockwell, the architect who designed Kodak Theatre.
Now, if only I can figure out how to incorporate the look of Swarvoski crystals into my master bedroom. Any ideas? Do you have a sexy bedroom? Please share.