Sunday, April 25, 2010

Classic Comfy

What a fantastic sofa ... in a classic modern fabric. Looking comfy, stylish and sophisticated with its trendy floral accents, the new Forum modular sofa by Linea Italia will create a beautiful statement in a modern or transitional living space. This fabric is a real treat for the eye. Also available in leather or microfiber, and supported by a wooden frame, the Forum sofas are comfortable to boot. Multiple compositions can be obtained using straight and angular modules that are hold together by retractable metal hooks hidden underneath. There is also a pouf that can be added to this fabulous ensemble. Sitting low to the ground, the Forum’s angular dimensions allow it to fit perfectly into any space, whether it’s in the middle of the room or nudged up against a corner.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beaching It

Outdoors and indoors freely commingle at this California beach house — so much so that it's almost as if the residents had let the breathtaking natural environment colonize thier Santa Barbara home, situated on a spectacular sliver of land clasped between the ocean and a tidal bird sanctuary. A bowl of sand dollars on the entry table greets guests. A rough-cut limestone coffee table is strewn with fine flotsam: an African shell necklace, shell-encrusted bowls, terra-cotta doves and eroded stone spheres. And the multitude of pelicans, curlews, sanderlings and herons that poke and wade and idle outside in the marsh appear to have found new niches inside, represented by a growing collection of avian sculptures and figures that nestle on tables, shelves and books.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flower Power

Orange Poppy Flower Power, Coral Poppy Flower Power and Yellow Poppy Flower Power are but three designs in a veritable garden of floral print chairs by the aptly named company, Floral Art. These modern decorative chairs combine color and print in an interesting way, making them as great to look at as they are to sit on. The high-gloss, wood-finish frame holds a clear Lucite backrest with a flower floating at its center – beautiful from front and back! Custom upholstery adds a level of luxury that only comes with high-end furniture.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

The warm, pleasant weather of spring just begs to be enjoyed. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of this season meant for entertaining.

Light Up the Night

Don’t settle for harsh overhead floodlights. Use glass hurricanes to hold tabletop candles so the wind doesn’t blow them out, and position torches around the edges of the party to create a perimeter and cast dramatic shadows

Color Talk

Go for color. Use bright color like melon, fuschia and lemon-yellow to pop against the green. The inclination to use green botanical prints in a garden setting is a natural one, but they will disappear when surrounded by shrubs and plantings.

Trash Talk

Don’t forget to place an attractive trash can nearby to prevent trash from piling up on the table. And make sure it starts out empty!

Sun Salutations

If your party is a daytime event, be sure to provide shade, even if it means renting a tent. There’s nothing worse than watching your guests turn lobster-red before dessert.

Bug It

If you’re not averse to chemicals, spray your terrace or patio with insecticide before the party. For a green approach, plant marigolds around the patio, which are a natural bug deterrent.

Work Surface

Bring an extra table or teacart outdoors. You always need more table surface than you can predict for extra glasses or hors d’oeuvres.

Scents and Sensibility

Plant fragrant blossoms around your terrace, which will release their heady scent at dusk. A few recommendations: Eleagnus, jasmine, mock orange and passion vine.

Light a Fire

Invest in a fire pit and you won’t be able to make your guests go indoors. The mesmerizing effect of the fire works as well outdoors as in and can save your party from a chilly night.

Hot Tunes

Play warm-weather music like salsa or reggae. These tunes were meant to be enjoyed outdoors.

I hope you enjoyed My Houzz Ideas

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Swing Time

Swing Time

The large veranda on the front porch is the perfect spot for a large daybed swing. Hung with rope and fastened to actual boat cleats, the swing is filled with plenty of pillows and 1940s-inspired barkcloth-covered cushions.

Layering textures and colors gives this outside sitting area a living room feel. Plenty of seating and added accents -- such as a sea grass rug, floor lamps, and balloon vases -- make this a desirable place to relax.

Pieces of furniture are strategically scattered on the porches and breezeway for flexible lounging options. Located off the breezeway (between the screened porch and dining patio) is a beach house staple: the outdoor shower.

Located directly off the indoor living and dining areas, the large upper balcony can be used for dining and lounging. Because the railing is high, the bar-height table and chairs maximize viewing potential and allow glimpses of treetops and the Gulf.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lighted Patio Umbrella

Illuminate the night with this bright idea – a lighted patio umbrella. These LED umbrellas by Punt Mobles are a must-have for the entertainer who likes to take it outside. Just in time for the warm weather, the Po'light umbrella makes a wonderful focal point on your patio or deck, by the pool or in the yard. Measuring 200 cm high and 180 cm in diameter, this lighted umbrella features a central mast with an internal LED system, topped by a circular, waterproof umbrella while at the base, a metal foot stylishly conceals the electrical connections.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dining Styles

Enlist your dining room to serve double duty. Select a table and chairs that are casual enough for everyday activities - breakfast, shell sorting, or putting together puzzles - but can be easily dressed up for entertaining.

In this funky dining spot, various styles and time periods are unified by a neutral palette. The mixture of looks and interesting pieces creates a quirky but comfortable dining nook.

Dazzle dinner guests with a silver-and-sage tableau that embraces both old and new. Whimsical print napkins, colorful ribbon, and a low flower arrangement bring color and interest to the space while still letting guests chat.

 A high-gloss finish makes these dark brown walls especially dramatic. Light-colored fabrics and ceiling color balance the rich, chocolate walls.
Two of the dining room chairs are slip-covered in a washable fabric -- great for four active boys.
 A traditional chair rail and wainscot are painted a crisp white and provide a tailored backdrop for the more casual burlap window shades, slipcovered chairs, and rustic farm table. Traditional, rustic, and vintage mix together seamlessly.
 Large timbers and rustic yet elegant furniture bring nature inside. Burnt reds and oranges evoke traditional mountain style.
A piazza is a must-have room in a Charleston home, and a deep-set space like this one allows indoor furnishings to appear outdoors. Seating arrangement is the focal point of this space as it allows everyone to gather comfortably. Potted plants and flowers help bridge the indoor areas with the outdoor ones.

Friday, April 9, 2010

High Tech Bathing

The Eclipse Television Mirror embeds an LCD TV behind a two-way bathroom mirror. When the TV is off, you can't see it at all. Turn it on using the included remote and voil! Watch "American Idol" while flossing.

The 15-inch TV Mirror starts at $1,326; add another $150 to $300 for the 20-inch unit.

Tired of turning the tap on and off? This "intelligent faucet" from iHouse uses facial recognition to recognize you automatically and adjust the water temperature and flow to your tastes.

The touchscreen lets you access e-mail, weather forecasts, and your daily schedule while bathing.

This sleek body scale records your weight, fat mass and body mass index (BMI), and uploads the info to the Internet via Wi-Fi. You can chart weight variations over time via Web browser or a free iPhone app.

It's a social scale too, capable of routing your body analysis data to online communities like Facebook or Twitter — if you dare. Price: $168.

Are you a sun-worshipper with no time for a tanning salon or the great outdoors? This $11,000 tanning shower allows you to bronze your skin as you wash. Switch on specific tanning lamps to target particularly pale areas where the sun never shines. Yes, your buttocks will be sublime.

The Japanese are the undisputed masters of toilet tech, and nowhere is their potty prowess more evident than in the Toto Neorest 550, a luxury john that plays sound effects, such as a babbling brook or waves crashing on a beach, to mask your body's natural cacophony. Its lid opens and closes automatically, and the device even has a programmable nightlight.

Price: $5,460 to $6,280. Now that's one luxurious loo.

Uber-hip designer Karim Rashid has designed this all-in-one TV-tub unit for the Saturn Bath Company of Korea.

Soak your troubles away in this modernistic, white oval tub while catching up on "Real Housewives" of, well, wherever. The LCD TV is waterproof, naturally. I'll bet Zoolander owns one.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Floating Umbrella

Space and Freedom- This cantilevered umbrella floats freely outside of your field of vision. Amalfi can be closed easily with our quality rope winch and crank. Secure is secure with the self locking gear- holds the shade tight at every position. This robust shade is made of 60×60 mm aluminum with a wall thickness of 4 mm. The Amalfi can be free standing or wall mount attached. Over 100 Dickson-Constant Fabric selections, 110 Powder Coated finishes and additional accessories are available. Customize your square or octagonal shade up to 13’2”.

I personally own the one pictured above and love it!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Italian Bathrooms

Here are some bathroom designs from Eban featuring dark stained bathroom furnishings. This furniture unit comes from their Maddalena line combining the elements of a sink, mirror and storage into one modular unit.