Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Home Decorating for Men

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Most men are completetely clueless when it comes to home decorating (notice we said most, not all--we've seen some amazing homes decorated by men in our business).

Men tend to like masculine, non-fussy interiors. For this reason, we like Michael Weiss furniture the best. The price range for this line is fair and reasonable, and we particularly like the clean lines.

Here are a few examples of Michael Weiss furniture (made by Vanguard).

We like this modern poster bed for its paneled headboard. It's sleek, modern and warm.

We also like this upholstered leather bed for a more masculine look. The leather/nail heads can be customized. We've done it in black leather with polished nickel nailheads. It looks really slick.

Here are couple of room scenes:

Living Room

Dining Room

Family room/Entertainment Room (we love this bar).

Bedroom Scence (it's not often we see a bed with storage that looks this sleek...)

If you would like more information about this line, send us an email and we'll be happy to help.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Loft Design-Kelly Hoppen

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We love, love modern designs at Inside Avenue. We especially like modern designs that are organic, warm and livable. In our opinion, no one does it better than Kelly Hoppen, an internationally well-known designer from the UK.

Here is a sample of her work from the latest issue of Metropolitan Magazine , using our favorite color scheme, black and white.

A wonderful color combination (note the yellow chair).

How about this for a dining room? Check out the cool chandelier, and again, the use of yellow as an accent color...

This is what makes Kelly Hoppen so good, the creative mixing of furniture style...

How about this for a modern bathroom?

If you like Kelly Hoppen's work, check out her design books at Amazon. They are a great source of inspirations. She also designed a furniture collection for Century Furniture, China for Wedgewood and a bedding line for Sferra.

Loft Decorating

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The trend toward loft living is increasing. We see more lofts being built than ever. Traditionally, lofts were conversions from old factory and warehouses. Recently, however, more builders are building loft-style developments throughout the country from coast to coast.

Lofts are cool, but they are difficult to decorate. Here is a sample of a great loft design from Metropolitan Home Magazine.

Notice the clever use of all neutral colors....

We love the use of yellow as punctuation. Very clever...

See the use of hallway as a functional space...

The kitchen warms up with accessories...

Here are a few lessons we've learned from looking at these photos:

1)Make use of awkward spaces by using built-in bookcases and desks.

2)Use neutral colors if that is your thing, but pump it up with splashes of colors.

3)Use accessories to warm up the space.

4)Don't stick to one type of furniture. Mix it up.

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