Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Beautiful Doors Around the World


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One of our favorite things to look for on Pinterest are beautiful and interesting doors. From ancient carved wooden versions to very contemporary steel and glass models, doors are an element that makes a huge design impact and set the tone for what awaits inside a home and add instant curb appeal. Here is smattering of a few standouts; check out our entire collection of favorites on our Pinterest Board, The Doors.

Ornately carved doors – Thailand knows how to get it right.

When Art Noveau design reigned in Paris, intricate designs didn’t stop on the door itself but continued around the surround and integrated the entry into the rest of the building’s facade. I love this building connects to and has a bit of fun with classical style while pushing avant-garde limits.

Photo by Bruno Morandi

While Moroccan doors can be incredibly ornate, this one is now more about color and the simple arched shape. Of course it does show the decorative value that can be achieved with hardware, even when it’s painted over.

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha for the Los Angeles Times

1972 L.A. had some pretty cool doors – these have a sunburst pattern and are bronze.  bronze, sunburst-patterned front door is original to the house.

By Cambuild (Perth, Australia)

This door punctuates the modern facade with shocking red color, making the point of entrance clear and welcoming, then surprising with the way it pivots open.

Wondering what to do with your existing door that may be a little Plain Jane compared to some of these? It’s incredible what some paint and creativity can do. Why not go for an oversized lion’s head ring doorknocker? Or shock your neighbors with a bold color?

Photo by flickr member Yashvé Pérez

I’m not saying you have to go Pepto pink, but the charm of this door (and bike-as-accent) in Dublin can’t be denied.

Are you considering going brazen with your front door? Please tell us about it in the comments section.


Friday, June 7th, 2013

Easy Ways To Window Box


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Is there anything more charming than a good old fashioned window box full of flowers? Even if it’s just old fashioned flowers like impatiens and geraniums, a window box cannot be beat. Here are a few simple formulas for windowbox success.

Start simple. It doesn’t have to be more than one variety of flower and hell, it doesn’t even have to be attached to the window. Sticks some pink geraniums in a rectangular planter, plop it on the wall or on a table and you’re done. Easy.

Same goes for lavender, or any herb for that matter. Especially if you’re in an apartment and want easy access to basil or rosemary – just plant it in a window box outside the kitchen window.

Go a little patriotic. Red, white and green. Impatiens and begonias look great from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July and may even keep on trucking through Labor Day. BTW, Creeping Jenny is available in some states, though you may have trouble finding it in others as its on the old invasive list. If you want to go super-patriotic, add some bluish-purple salvia or ageratums.

Go for a wildflower look. Lots of greens and dangling vines go great with a rustic garden. Verbena, sweet potato vine and trumpet creeper are good choices that will hang below the box.

Go for it. Once you’re comfortable with designing with window boxes, throw everything you know will work in there. So long as you have the right light, drainage, and check to make sure certain plants won’t become too large for the box, pack ’em in. Additionally, I always like to reassess a box after two weeks to see if it has any blank spots. It’s never too late to fill in with more plants, or replace one that has not fared well.

I love the brightly colored rectangular planters from Loll Designs for getting a window box started. They are great on railings or down the center of an outdoor dining table, and they come in several great sizes and colors.


Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Flickr Faves on Fridays


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Fun Summer Color! I just love this charming scene from flickr member Lillian Day:

Morning sun

Geraniums, a floral pop pillow, a darling bench, some shade, and even the red plastic watering can make this such an inviting stoop.


Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Tivo Alert: Design Public on Curb Appeal

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We hope so — because we don’t. We’ll be featured on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” show this week, which airs 7/20 at 10 PM EST and 8/14 at Noon EST. The episode is called “French-Inspired Feel” and Mark Pellegrino is the host.

You’ll probably see my ugly mug walking Mark through several red seating options, including the Blu Dot Hot Rod Bench, the Vessel Squat bench, and Inhabit Bloks ottomans. You may or may not see everyone else in the office trying to wave at the camera from the background like complete idiots.

Special shout-outs to Heather at Blu Dot, Jennifer at Inhabit, and Courtney at Vessel for getting us the product on short notice in time for the show. We will try to mention you all in our Emmy speeches.

Check your local listings for the exact time and channel.