Issue: March 08, 2013   (Archive)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   

Stenciled statement
Stenciling has gotten sassy. No longer is the craft limited to fusty designs and Colonial borders. Today's stenciling is bigger, bolder and fashionably fresh. "It's become more of a decorator statement," said Jane Gauss, a stenciling expert who has written multiple books on the subject.



Snuggle under covers
In some countries , employees are given "duvet days" - so they can just take time off when they don't feel like working. Obviously this is not going to work with stingy Hong Kong bosses but there's no stopping you from having a bit of fun, right?

Sinking in
If you haven't looked at kitchen sinks in a few years, you might be surprised. Kim Kubicki certainly was when she recently remodeled her kitchen. "We had a double-basin cast-iron sink before," says Kubicki, a financial product analyst who is a baking enthusiast. Her husband, Steve Kubicki, does most of the cooking. "That sink had problems."

Ideas spring up
Love airy loft living? Or the cozier Hamptons style? Or perhaps you're more of an old Hollywood glamour kind of person? Indigo Living's latest spring range allows you to give free rein to your personality with nine collections that reflect interior design trends around the world.

Heart warmers
Forgotten to get a Valentine's Day gift? Don't panic. We have some suggestions for you.

Banner of love
While Valentine's Day is typically celebrated with the exchange of cards, flowers or candy, it is easy to create a Cupid-worthy ambience with handmade decor.

Saddle up!
Leather is charging into home decor - going beyond couches, chairs and table tops. It is upholstering walls and covering floors, and manufactured materials made from recycled leather are broadening the design possibilities even further.

Floored by vinyl
Luxury vinyl flooring? Really? Yes - but these products definitely are not the shiny orange sheet that covered your mom's kitchen floor, or the old peel-and-stick school hall tiles. Modern luxury vinyl is a broad category that includes wood- and stone-look products with colors and textures good enough to fool the eye.

Tough as glass
The challenge: bring light to a dark, cramped first-floor sitting room. It's a common problem. Steve Levey's solution, however, was anything but. The artist and interior designer brightened the room by installing a partial glass floor in the home office directly above to serve as an internal skylight.

Soft option
Hard times call for soft colors. Although Pantone recently proclaimed emerald its gem of 2013, US paint companies chose soothing pastels as their go-to hues for the new year. For Sherwin-Williams it's aloe, a minty green with a 1950s vibe. Benjamin Moore selected lemon sorbet, a citrus shade slightly brighter than cream that also has a nostalgic look.

Lucky red pots
Cook up a storm during the Lunar New Year in auspicious red Le Creuset cookware. From now until February 17, all products from the French brand will be selling at 30 percent off.



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