Patio furniture gets invited inside
The Wall Street Journal
Patio furniture is becoming so stylish and comfortable that people are bringing it indoors. Working with high-tech fabrics and some of the world's leading designers, manufacturers are turning out sofas, easy chairs, tables and even carpets that can work in your backyard or your living room — flexible furnishings for home designs that increasingly blur indoor and outdoor space.
Million dollar decorator: Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Lawrence Bullard has a decidedly global sensibility, but this London-bred designer is pure Hollywood. As a boy he passed time rearranging furniture in his sister's dollhouse and buying and
selling antique bits. But when it was time to pursue a profession, Bullard saw himself on the silver screen and headed West to pursue his dream. He got a few bit parts here and there, but his career took a turn when a producer of a film he'd worked on asked him to decorate the new offices at The Hollywood Film Works production company after seeing his flea-market treasures-filled home. Soon after Lawrence Bullard was reinventing supermodel Cheryl Tiegs' Bel Air bungalow, a job that was featured
in Elle Decor.
Creating a Bohemian dining room
Interior Design Pro
Bohemian style is popular in both fashion and home decor. The style carries a carefree and eclectic lifestyle that is not stuck on stringent decorating rules. To recreate the playful aesthetic, see a rounded up four design elements that define Bohemain style.
Direct marketing and other small business wonders
Small Business Trends
Direct marketing is only one of the many tools available to your small business today. But gaining the knowledge and experience to use these tools effectively is another matter. Check out Josh Grillo's
video on evaluating the pros and cons of your next direct marketing campaign then move on to some other tips and resources that can help you run your business more effectively than ever.
Sheila Bridges: Designing woman
Sheila Bridges is the founder and CEO of one of the most prominent interior design firms in the United States. Named "America's Best Interior Designer" by both
Time magazine and CNN, she is perhaps best known for having designed the Harlem offices of former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Her signature style combines a firm grounding in the traditional with her wide-ranging taste for contemporary art and design — an enticing mix that has attracted high-profile clients ranging from Sean Combs and author Tom Clancy to Princeton and Columbia universities.
Bespoke decorative leather for interiors by
Designed for the high-end luxury interiors market, Genevieve Bennett's bespoke sculpted leather is created
using cutting edge techniques, innovative pattern making, beautiful materials and excellent craftsmanship. Top quality leather is embossed, engraved, inlaid, printed and sculpted and can be used to make decorative wall panels, flooring, upholstery or furniture.
7 ways to create a memorable customer experience with social media
There’s bad news and good news about the way consumers interact with brands on social media. The bad news? When customers complain on social media, those complaints can tarnish your brand’s
name for a wide audience faster than ever. The good news? Just as complaints travel at light speed thanks to social media, so do compliments.
A house that flows into the outdoors
The New York Times
After Hurricane Wilma nearly destroyed her home, Kathy Houtz rebuilt it, and upgraded substantially from the "cinderblock bunker from the 1960s" it once was. The new pool area, designed by Debra Yates, includes a slotlike "sheer descent" fountain above the hot tub. On the wall is one of Yates's abstract paintings (rendered in exterior house paint on marine plywood). A seating area opposite it is furnished with a sofa by Frank Gehry
from Design Within Reach and Panton chairs from Vitra.