Blog by Beebe Cline

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A Loft Space Filled With Character

October 31st, 2014
This Boston loft started life as a chocolate factory, so perhaps it is fitting that designer Steven Santosuosso of Homepolish was asked to make something sweet out of a few key ingredients. “This was the first home they owned together,” he says of his clients. “They brought a few elements from their individual places and asked me to help define their new style for the new home.” ...

Going Bold With Just Enough Color

October 30th, 2014
If I could write this ideabook in color, I probably would. Color almost always captures the mood, the personality and the energy of the space you are creating, and even more that of the creator. You can tell a lot about people from the way they dress, the color of their shoes or the print on their shirt. A house is no different — color both inside and outside the home will provid ...

Ming Pao Gold Pages ad copy Oct 30th 2014

October 29th, 2014

What’s the Right Way to Hang Roller Shades?

October 29th, 2014
While hanging toilet paper over or under will always be a matter of personal preference, plenty of practical reasons contribute to the ways to hang roller shades. Is blocking light more important? Appearance? Here’s what to know to help you decide.

How to Dress Your Daybed

October 28th, 2014
A daybed is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture, working equally well as a bed, a sofa, a napping spot or an extra seat. A daybed can also prove to be a bit confusing to dress — do you make it like a bed, get a special daybed cover or just throw a bunch of pillows on it? How to dress your daybed depends on what sort of daybed you have, plus how you typically use it.

Your November Garden Checklist

October 27th, 2014
The colors of late fall are inspired by the landscape: flaxen grasses, scarlet maples and sedum. Here in California I'm just starting to see the ginkgos go gold and native grapevines turn rust. Sidewalks are littered with the leaves of London plane trees.

Though November in the U.S. is marked by giant turkeys at the centers of dining tables, college football and perhaps the thrill of s ...

Size Up the Right Area Rug for Your Room

October 26th, 2014
One of the main purposes of a rug is to help define a space. When choosing one, you’ll be considering the floor space you have, what furniture you want on and around it and the connection and balance between the two. Some typical rug sizes are: 4 by 6 or 5 by 7 feet (standard), 6 by 9 ft. (large) and 8 by 10 or 9 by 12 ft. (extra large), but often you can have a rug custom size ...

All the Possibilities: 4 Homes at the Edge of the Earth

October 25th, 2014
When confronted with a design brief and an undeveloped site, architects often look to the edges of that site for inspiration and meaningful architectural solutions. These boundaries, both real and imagined, are exciting places in which to build. The boundary often gives rise to the form of the building, its materials and even how it’s structured.

The following projects explore the ...

Simple Pleasures: Your Home Is Your Château

October 24th, 2014
Savoring a good life should start at home, but it’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking our homes are not grand enough, clean enough or beautiful enough to celebrate them as they are. In her recently published book, At Home With Madame Chic, Jennifer L. Scott quotes French style icon Inès de la Fressange: a “Parisian’s apartment is her château.” These words stopped me in ...

12 Farmhouse Touches That Bring Homeyness to a Kitchen

October 23rd, 2014
The overdone ruffles and plethora of hens in 1980s-style “kountry kitchens” may be out, but farmhouse details in the kitchen will always be in style. Even in the most contemporary kitchens, tiny details derived from the farmhouse ideal add charm and personality. These elements, derived from real farmhouse kitchens, barns and country stores, conjure a relaxed feeling from a simp ...
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