London Designer Says Art Should Be Focal Point of a Home

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Sophie Ashby founded her own London-based interior design firm in 2014, at just 24 years old.

Ms. Ashby who grew up between Cape Town, South Africa, and the U.K., began her career as an apprentice to Victoria Fairfax, and then went on to head up the interiors team at small creative agency Spring & Mercer in London.

Studio Ashby Ltd. was born as Ms. Ashby got her first client, and within weeks, that swelled to three. What started as a one-woman company run largely out of coffee shops has grown to a team of 12, with a studio in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood.

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Studio Ashby’s roster projects include a Grade II* listed Edwardian and Art & Crafts home on Hyde Park (where author JM Barrie wrote “Peter Pan”), a

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The best interior design tool is a notebook

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Once in a while, designers emerge to challenge the ideas about how we live and how we could live. They are ready to experiment with an idea, some that are quite beautiful and some that can even take your breath away.

The greatest fault of some designers and homeowners is the follow through. Many times, it is just not there. Some interior designers have earned the profession a reputation of being lackadaisical or unreliable. Some of this can be excused because designers can be so busy that things fall through the cracks, but other designers don’t think that way. … They just can’t.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

For all you DIYers and homemakers, I’m going to give you the ultimate design tip. Invest in a notebook. It doesn’t matter if it’s a spiral-bound or book-bound type. For your purposes, it can be a three-ring binder with loose-leaf paper. The best design tool is a

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Christian Liaigre, Minimalist Interior Designer, Dies at 77

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Mr. Liaigre was born on Aug. 10, 1943, in La Rochelle, France. His father was a veterinarian, and his grandfather, for whom he worked for a decade after attending the École des Beaux-Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, bred horses.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Comte-Liaigre; their son, Leonard; and a granddaughter. His daughter, Virginie, died last year.

Mr. Liaigre’s design roots were French Modernism, Asian furniture, African art and riding hardware — bridles, saddles and stirrups. Many compared him to Jean-Michel Frank, the early French minimalist, but “with less ennui,” as Mitchell Owens, the decorative arts editor at Architectural Digest, said in an interview.

“Liaigre’s work had a butchness to it,” he added. “It was very male and very architectural.”

Decades earlier, Mr. Owens had interviewed Mr. Liaigre about how his upbringing had influenced his work He recapped the interview on Instagram:

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Interior design tricks that brought calm to a chaotic open floor plan

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Marta and Scott Dragos built their Winchester home with an open floor plan. Not just because that’s how today’s families live, but because Scott, a former NFL player, is a pretty big guy. “We eliminated walls so my husband wouldn’t feel like he was living in a dollhouse,” Marta says.

However, with three young children and a puppy, the first floor felt chaotic. Everyone congregated in the great room, and the television was often left on during meals at the adjacent dining table. Meanwhile the formal living room sat empty, and never mind the mess in the playroom, which was the first thing people saw when they walked in. “The synergies of the rooms were off and not suited to our life,” Marta says.

Enter Liza Kugeler and Laura Ogden of Realm Interiors, who reconfigured and redecorated. Not only did they bring order to the home, they incorporated Marta’s stylish

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Interior designer Jeff Andrews unveils his own home project in L.A.

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Interior designer-to-the-stars Jeff Andrews and his partner, Emmy-winning casting director Ken Miller, have put their home in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles on the market for $2.35 million.

As one might expect, the 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival has received a complete makeover at the hands of Andrews. Subdued hues, fabric wallpaper and eye-catching fixtures are among curated details of note. Dark hardwood floors unify the 2,334-square-foot floor plan.

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Beyond the arched entry are formal living and dining rooms, an updated country-vibe kitchen, a breakfast room, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. A paneled den sits at the end of a long hallway and has a brick fireplace and a wet bar.

French doors lead outside, where succulents and other drought-tolerant landscaping surround a tiled patio. Also on the property is a two-car garage.

Andrews has worked on the homes of such stars as Kaley Cuoco, Kourtney

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Elevate Your Interior Spaces With Design Tips From Sustainable Decor Brand, Pom Pom at Home

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Cozy nights at home have taken on new meaning with the pandemic. Now that summer is coming to an end and life indoors will become the norm, what better time to invest in décor that will elevate your space and have you loving it even more? 

Enter Pom Pom at Home, a super chic, family-owned, sustainable home décor brand known for their ‘lived-in elegance’ aesthetic. 

“When we started, a textile brand with this ‘lived-in’ elegant look wasn’t readily available, so I had to create it myself.  Most other textile companies at the time were very formal,” CEO and Creative Director, Hilde Leiaghat tells me. “Whereas, we curate the designs for our brand with a sense of calm and comfort in mind. Everything has to FEEL good. The touch and hand feel are truly what sell our products.”

Pom Pom at

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The Volkswagen ID.4’s Interior Is Happily Uncluttered

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There’s probably no good reason the upcoming all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 (the one that will be sold here) doesn’t have a bench seat, and I wish center screens were a little more mobile, but otherwise, I like the minimalism of VW’s design. It is, very happily (to me) not too busy, in new images released today by Volkswagen.

It also fits somewhat with what the car will look like on the outside: it looks very electric, and it certainly looks modern, but it also isn’t going out of its way to impress.

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As you can see, there will be two screens, one for the driver that will presumably display a speedometer and readings, and another for both driver and passenger that will presumably have navigation and most other infotainment bell and whistle modern cars have. (VW has not said what just yet.)

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Re-design your home’s interior with a professional

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – We know that the world is a bit different now than we are used to, but it’s also important to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. We all want to feel our best and be confident in the way we look. Plexaderm has helped people across the country make their under-eye bags, lines and wrinkles visibly disappear in under 10 minutes, giving you the opportunity to make yourself look great and feel even better, regardless of your age.

We have Melinda here with us to talk about how you can look good AND feel good when things around us are changing.

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10 ways to optimize home office and the biggest mistakes to avoid

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  • Amie T. Keener is a registered interior designer and associate at Gensler.
  • Many people may have set up their home offices not expecting to be there for the long haul, but it’s becoming increasingly clear we may be home for several more months.
  • Now you may be scrambling to create a better home office.
  • But before you do so, pay attention to these possible pitfalls, especially when ordering furniture online.
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Like many others, I initially thought we would be working from home just a couple of weeks.

I set up a bar height bistro table in the corner of the living room as my desk space. But, as the weeks passed, I moved my desk to the other side of the room to face out the window to take in nature, and occasionally, I’ll see a hummingbird quickly dashing around the yard.  

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CL3 unveils interior design for Intercontinental Chongqing Raffles City

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a group of palm trees: Intercontinental Chongqing Raffles City by CL3


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Intercontinental Chongqing Raffles City by CL3

Sailing and nautical aesthetics informed CL3’s interiors for the Intercontinental hotel in the Raffles City Chongqing complex in China, which includes guest rooms that draw on the design of yacht cabins.

Intercontinental Chongqing Raffles City is located in the Raffles City Chongqing development, which features a “horizontal skyscraper,” the Crystal skybridge that connects four 250-metre tall skyscrapers.

The hotel’s location in the city’s Chaotianmen area, where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers meet, was the starting point for the designers.

“The project has a geographical and historical significance by being where the ancient emperor sent his fleet to meet the people,” CL3  said.



a glass door: Intercontinental Chongqing Raffles City by CL3


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Intercontinental Chongqing Raffles City by CL3

This nautical past not only informed the design of the eight streamlined skyscrapers that make up the Raffles City Chongqing complex, which features sail-like screens, it was also

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