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Dorm design dilemma

Kim wrote us hoping we could help her with a design dilemma: "I am a uni student living on campus. My uni room is quite large and easily fits a king sized bed, a bar fridge, a bedside table and two tables. I am looking for an ethnic and minimal look (if that even exists). The walls are the real ugly dorm room walls. I have tried covering two of them up with pictures but am left with one really large blank wall. Any more pictures will definitively defeat the minimal look I'm going for. Any suggestions?? The room currently has a burgundy Thai bedspread with silk cushions, Turkish carpet and a Moroccan inspired lantern. Any help is appreciated!!"

Kim - your room sounds gorgeous so far! I have a couple of suggestions for you - an ornate wood mirror, carved wooden panels, a fab piece of fabric simply tacked up, or a big (but flat) tropical plant. Below are some photos of ethnic bedrooms and a couple living rooms for inspiration. We'd love to see photos of the room once completed!

Gaelle Le BoulicautGaelle Le Boulicaut
PointClickHomeindigo design
Selina LakeCanadian House and Home
Muriel BrandoliniHeather Cameron
Gaelle Le BoulicautHouse of Pictures
Living at HomeDomino
Johnny BouchierMarie Claire Maison


Buck House blues

Are you addicted to 1stdibs like I am? I wait eagerly each week for my "fix". My favourite dealer? Buck House. Deborah Buck is an artist and designer. Her Madison Ave, New York gallery is artfully crammed with treasures that make my heart sing. Her ability to source beautiful objects is uncanny and the vignettes she creates in her shop are akin to creating paintings. Am I gushing? Can't help it because I'd live in her gallery if I could. Her "sense" of blue is amazing. Enough ... enjoy the pictures.

Images from Buck House


The fuse is lit

Danielle Mac Innes is the creative force behind Fuse Interiors. Just named as Best Newcomer at Ireland's Interior Design 2008 her style is fun, funky and fabulous! Danielle kindly sent us these pictures of one of her latest projects and I don't know about you but I'm packing my bags to move in. Irish houses are not known for their great interior design (think net curtains, wallpaper boarders and loud wall to wall carpet) but with Danielle on the scene I can see things changing rapidly. Check out the rest of her portfolio here.


Homes in Atlanta

While perusing the internet, I found many photos of lovely homes in Atlanta, from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine. I adore the first photo (I love any room with a faux zebra rug - so glam)...and the second...and the third...the fourth too...



Daphne wrote us with an interesting and common problem: "So, I have a happy dilemma, but a dilemma nonetheless. The BF and I are taking the plunge, and he's in the process of moving in with me now. He's pretty content to let me handle the decor, but I want him to feel like he lives here, too. So ... rock posters? I need to see some inspiring photos of ways to keep a bedroom looking sophisticated and elegant with rock poster. Yikes. So far, I am thinking of painting room light gray and framing the posters with carved wood frames painted glossy black. Maybe it will be dramatic. Any ideas?"

For starters your idea is a good one. But I love grey walls and anything in a glossy black frame. Maybe these rock posters you have to deal with aren't as bad as some of us may be imagining. But based on the fact that we don't know what they look like, I have a couple of ideas and a bunch of photos that might help. I don't think you can go wrong painting the walls dark, which would go with the hard edge of a rock poster, or you can glam it up using flocked wallpaper. If you don't want to go dark, then just funk up the room with fun colours and textures, and make it a quirky, eclectic space where you'd expect the unexpected (like a rock poster...in a bedroom). A thin black frame is classic and would work as well as a wooden glossy black one too, or if the posters turn out to have some good colours you can use as accents in the room, maybe thin coloured frames, like yellow or red. P.S. I could only find one photo with a rock poster featured. :)

Kenneth BrownStyle at Home
Elle DecorationPeter Rüssman
Alison SpearWayne Vincent
Jeff AndrewsNgoc Minh Ngo
Greg NataleHouse to Home