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Holly Becker, the mind behind decor8, shared some of her bedding favorites from Anthropologie as well as tips for layering linens.

Here are a few of her tips:

  • Use patterns that coordinate somehow, working off of the same color palette.
  • For your first layer, incorporate either a solid or a small, understated print into the mix for a foundation.
  • For the next layer go for a favorite, perhaps something floral or geometric. Make sure you have at least one coordinating color from your foundation pattern in this layer.  Look for a mid to large size pattern.
  • For the third layer, this is where you’ll play with scale a little.  Look for a pattern that complements your second layer but on a smaller scale.

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from the architects :: “The hardest thing we struggle with,” Matthew Elliott says, “is how to capture the sort of character that an old house has just because it’s old. There’s a certain feel to those houses, and it comes down to the details—door hardware, types of windows. They must be right, click in and make the place look like something other than just a new house.”

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Garden designer Alex Smith created a backyard oasis for this Atlanta family.  The stacked stone fireplace is the focal point and the new grill porch extends the home’s living space.  To see more of this beautiful home visit

With guests passing through for the holidays, we’re all looking for quick and easy solutions to create a more festive atmosphere around our homes.  Here are just a few ideas from apartment therapy that are easy on the budget and can last all year long.  The first room features a lovely Sophie Conran pitcher that can be used to display flowers or serve a delicious holiday beverage.

Bison stoneware ceramics are beautiful, handcrafted, and durable.  They are produced with modern designs and materials by artisans using experience and knowledge accumulated over the millenia.  Their new shop recently opened in Sydney, Australia.  Unfortunately, their online shop won’t open until January.  To see more of their gorgeous pieces visit or

We are living in a world that has changed dramatically in a matter of months. We have gone from excess to austerity. Connectivity has reached new levels, and headlines from around the world have reshaped the human perspective. What does this mean, in bricks and mortar? It means both a strong preference toward things that are familiar – classicism in architecture and a preference for authenticity – and the emergence of design themes reflective of the times. This forum, and accompanying annual publication Perspectives, explores these themes, which have been interpreted as they relate to stone by Charles Luck in collaboration with industry analysts.

RedSky Gallery is presenting a collaborative glass exhibit from STARworks Glass Lab of Star, NC. Functional as well as sculptural work by Nickolaus Fruin, Eddie Bernard, Suzanne Ririe and Stephen W. Protheroe will be shown. The exhibition opens with a reception on the evening of Friday, January 8th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at RedSky Gallery, 1244 East Blvd, in Dilworth.  The show runs through February 9th.

STARworks Glass Lab opened on October 30, 2008 at the Central Park NC annual meeting. The Glass Lab was started based on a partnership between STARworks, Center for Creative Enterprise and Wet Dog Glass. Central Park NC Executive Director, Nancy Gottovi, and Wet Dog founders, Eddie and Angela Bernard wanted to bring a fully operational glass studio to the area, which would in turn help build a budding glass community. The artists featured in the exhibition use STARworks Glass Lab on a regular basis.

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Eames Molded Plasic Armchair
Tondern Dining Table

from Coastal Living :: The next big thing in architecture is right-size living. That means using money-saving, environmentally sound materials to build a smaller but savvier house in which no square inch is squandered yet luxuries still abound.  The 2009 Idea Cottage shows you how to achieve high style in a compact space.  To read more click here.

from Veranda :: Crab Orchard stone laced with dwarf mondo grass solved a shady, mucky problem in Sharon McHale’s Atlanta garden.  Below, stepping stones offer a decorative, substantial surface.

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