Category Archives: Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Great City Sized Kitchen!

I love this kitchen recently featured on Houzz!  It’s a great example of what can be done with a small space in the city.

In old condo buildings in DC, you often see a small kitchen paired with a small adjoining dining space.

For anyone who has ever wondered what to do with such a space, don’t miss this great example!

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Eye Candy: A Charming Family Home!

Ever wonder want to do with your grandfather’s old chair or your great aunt’s artwork?

Check out how this couple made perfect use of family heirlooms to create a warm and inviting dream home, featured recently on Houzz!

Words to decorate by from owner Enid Brock:  “I wanted every room to be cozy, with a sunny corner where you could sit with a book, or a place to warm your toes in front of the fire.”

She was inspired by A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander.

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Eye Candy: Dream Away!

Need a little escape this Monday morning?  Check out these beautiful dream houses on Houzz!

If you could buy any one of them, which would it be?

I think I like the rowhouse, being a city dweller.  But the water settings are pretty spectacular!

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Eye Candy: San Francisco Victorian!

The infamous San Francisco Victorian – you’ve seen it in architecture books, tourism photos, of course on that endearing family drama Party of Five.

A recent Houzz feature finally takes us inside!  Check out this lovingly restored San Francisco Victorian.  If you love Victorians, this is for you!

I’m partial to the front parlor.  What do others like?

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Eye Candy: What’s your favorite home style?

Check out these different home and decorating styles featured on Houzz recently.  If you like any of these, don’t miss the great pics!  Or if you’re just curious what these styles look like…

Mid-Century Modern:  for all the lovers of Mad Men.

Victorian: check out the beautiful exterior paint colors.

Craftsman:  illustrates many elements of the Craftsman style, but in particular the tapered column.  And for more, check out their Craftsman kitchen feature.

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Eye Candy: NYC Penthouse!

Check out this NYC penthouse featured recently on Houzz!

They definitely pulled off a modern look while still making it look so warm and inviting, as the author points out.

Would love to watch some March Madness in that living room!

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Eye Candy: “Open Concept” in Pittsburgh

Very popular today is the “open concept” floor plan.  I think it has some pros and cons, but I’ll save those for another post.

Because regardless of how you feel about “open,” you won’t want to miss this dramatic and architecturally fascinating Pittsburgh home, featured recently in the New York Times.

The couple desired, and architect Eric Fisher achieved, privacy in an open and glassy structure by setting the home above, out, and over the factory they own – creating a highly unique structure with breathtaking views.

Don’t miss the photos – would love to hear what you think!

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Eye Candy: Renovated Townhouse in Chicago!

Nothing like a little eye candy to get the week going!

Check out this beautiful renovated townhouse in Lincoln Park Chicago featured on Houzz.

I love the mix of old and new. And the varying shades of gray are very soothing.

What do you all think?

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Eye Candy: Estate in Aix-en-Provence!

Today’s installment of Eye Candy takes us to Southern France!  Check out this gorgeous estate featured in WSJ’s House of the Day.  Here’s what I see:

– Beautiful use of neutrals – notice how much depth a room can have simply with creams, tans, and greys.

– Mix of materials – check out use of wood on the beams and floors, metal in the art, and soft upholstery on the furniture and curtains.

– Pretty lines in the dining room – note the geometric pattern in the chairs, floor, windows, and rug.

– Love chandeliers – see the sparkle they add to the dining room and bedroom.

– Outside comes in – again, see how the design carries the outside colors in.

I’m so inspired by these pretty neutrals, I think I’ll do a post tomorrow on my favorite neutral paint colors – stay tuned!

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Eye Candy: It’s good for you!

I’d like to introduce my readers to the concept of eye candy!

The best way to train your design eye is to look at pictures of houses and rooms.   It’s fun and good for you.  See what catches your eye, figure out why it resonates with you, then try it somewhere in your house.

Let’s start with the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day.  This is a great source of eye candy. In particular, they recently featured an apartment in London.

Here’s what caught my eye in the London apartment:

Color is in the accessories – the blue hydrangeas, the colorful artwork.  Too often we think the color has to be on the walls.

Black and white theme is carried from the outside to the inside – having the inside of your house reflect the outside creates consistency and there’s a certain comfort in that.

Lots of rich layering – the couches have multiple pillows and one has an afghan; the bed has four layers of pillows and a throw at the foot.

– Mirrors expand the space – I’m not a huge fan of too many mirrors, but it works in this space.   Old city apartments aren’t huge and yet the room looks airy and expansive.

Crystal chandeliers add glamour – and with the mirrors, a lot of bling.  You can’t go wrong with a pretty chandelier.

Let me know what you see!  And stay tuned for our next installment of eye candy.

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