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Simple and beautiful :: Neutral Rooms from Apartment Therapy
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On a rustic lane on the edge of a village near Philadelphia, Lauren Sara happened upon a stone house covered with vines, weeds and so many creepy-crawly things that it looked like a giant terrarium. To Sara, it was a magical encounter, like something out of a children’s book, and underneath all that green disorder she saw something beautiful. And as she looked around at the surrounding woods and meadows, she saw everything she wanted: space, quiet and a barn for her horses.  To learn more about this gorgeous home visit architecturaldigest.com.

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In the first room, contemporary furnishings mix with timeworn artwork. On the bed, a plethora of pillows and a down comforter bring comfy contrast to the bed’s sharp edges. Above the headboard, a ledge allows for a unique display of artwork. Swing-arm sconces provide convenient lighting for a bedtime read while freeing up night-table space.

In the last room, beige tones are offset with rich wood and bold blue pillows, while a mahogany divider grounds the bed and partitions off the sitting room.  Not only does this partition wall separate the sitting area from the bed area, it also functions as an oversized headboard for the bed.

For more contemporary bedroom ideas visit bhg.com.

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A quote from Ina: “I like to keep it simple. Really, I’m a modernist at heart. I like clean lines and clean colors. I was very influenced by a woman named Nicole de Vesian. I met her through a friend whose house and garden she designed. She worked in just four materials — stone, linen, leather, and wood. I have a little envelope of articles about her.”

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Kitchen: A Bosch dishwasher, a Liebherr refrigerator, and a Sub-Zero freezer are tucked beneath the countertop, made of Petit Granit, a Belgian stone. The goosenecked Easton Classic faucet makes it easy to fill large pots, and Garten likes the polished nickel finish because it looks like old silver.

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Master Bathroom: In the master bath, Calacatta marble sets off the Exeter pedestal sink and the Crystal Rectangular tilting mirror, both by Waterworks.

For additional information about Ina’s city pad visit housebeautiful.com.

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Tile Your Backsplash

Transform your kitchen with a new backsplash. This easy (really!) DIY project will add sophistication to your space. Consider small tiles on a mesh backing for the easiest installation.

Create a Custom Shelf

This simple shelf can be made in just a few hours to finish off an entryway, bathroom, or bedroom. You just need a few supplies and basic woodworking skills.

Big Impact with a Little Fabric

If you love your lamp base but the shade needs help, give it a facelift with a modern fabric. Working with a drum shade allows you to use almost any textile; a tapered shade looks best with a small overall print or a solid fabric that doesn’t require a pattern match.

Redo Your Mantel

Mantels can be tricky to decorate. But in an hour or two you can give your mantel a new look. Here a collection of old books is casually stacked, giving the mantel character. Small accessories provide an interesting contrast to the book collection.

For more easy weekend decorating projects visit bhg.com.

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AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS: ANDY BRAITMAN

Exhibition Runs November 13 through December 31, 2009

RedSky Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of oil paintings by Andy Braitman. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday evening November 13th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at RedSky Gallery, 1244 East Blvd, in Dilworth.  The exhibition runs through December 31st.

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In his latest exhibit, Andy Braitman introduces an exciting new technique best described as progressive realism.  Andy strives to allow his vision of the subject to determine how he paints. He uses paint, brushstroke and light to interpret the way he see the fields, streams and trees in his landscapes.  This vision dictates how much paint he uses and how much control he imposes on his brushstrokes.

Andy’s work has been featured in galleries and in one-man and group shows in Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta, Millburn, N.J., Washington, D.C., Noorbeek, Holland, and Rio de Janiero and Curitba, Brazil.  He was chosen by Nancy Reagan as one of America’s Leading Artists, along with other notable artists such as Frank Stella and Andrew Wyeth, and asked to contribute a decorated Easter egg to the White House. The egg is now on display in the Smithsonian Institute. He was selected to participate in the prestigious Maryland Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Charles Museum of Art in Baltimore.   Andy has also been an Artist in Residence for Prince Georges County, Maryland and for Edgecombe and Mitchell Counties in North Carolina. In those roles he has been guest lecturer at area colleges, conducted workshops, judged art competitions, and participated in public art projects.

RedSky Gallery features original works on paper and canvas, sculpture, ceramic, glass, studio furniture, art-to-wear, jewelry, and more. Over 500 regional and national artists are represented at three gallery locations in Dilworth, Blakeney Town Centre in South Charlotte and the EpiCentre in Uptown.  For more information about the gallery, please visit redskygallery.com.

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An arc of water adds a feminine curve to the hard lines of the entry, and softens the masculinity of stone and steel. Natural materials add sensuous textures and colors to the kitchen.  For additional information about this Pennsylvania home visit housebeautiful.com.

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High Point

Follow Heather from Habitually Chic as she tours the showrooms of the High Point Furniture Market.

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler’s Inspired Interior

Thomas O’Brien’s American Vintage Modern Casually Elegant Collection

BN6E5lInnovation. Craftsmanship. Engineering. The greatest challenge for any designer is to produce an idea that breaks new ground in all three categories simultaneously. It is this peak of expression that results in enduring, classic design. Creating new classics for the 21st century is the challenge that Green Design Furniture embraces.

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Dirk Denison couldn’t help but be inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German-born architect whose masterworks include the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The home’s central courtyard resembles Mies’s glass and steel Farnsworth House—turned inside out.  To continue reading click here.

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