Light the Fuse

Western and eastern civilizations have begun to merge several cultural design techniques, and the result is called fusion The word “fusion” is the word du jour in design at the moment. It’s become quite the hot topic and is more often than not overused, but it is a true reflection of the international flavor and

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Eclectic Avenue

This playful, personal home design style shakes up conventions and bridges the gap between different looks There’s a method to the madness of eclecticism – a design style that combines many types of styles to a room leaving it inviting and appealing – forget the all encompassing same look. Styling a room with different furniture,

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Mood Space

Combining forms and shapes to create the right atmosphere We’ve explored the concept of line in a previous column, and the elements of form and shape are closely related: shape is a closed line, two-dimensional, while form is its 3-D equivalent. As you might expect, the emotional responses evoked b shape and form are related as

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Sweet Notes

Maintaining harmony in the home If you’ve ever sung in a choir, you know that it only takes one off-key voice to throw the whole thing off. You may not be able to identify a source of the sour note, but your ears will certainly feel the resulting discomfort. On the other hand, the result

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Green with envy

Accentuate the positive Popular wisdom and grandmothers the world over will tell you that you can do your eyes or your lips, but not both; better yet, that you should choose your best feature and accentuate that. For the uninitiated, we’re talking makeup here. Finishing school adages aside, this is advice that you can take

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Opposites Attract: mix and match interior design styles

In this month’s design column we look at how to mix and match interior design styles and make it all work. The principle of contrast probably makes you think of color, and that’s a natural place to start – black and white or complementary color palettes are classic sources of contrast. However, you can also

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Design advice: Don’t trip at home

Balance in design is very much like balance in life. It’s a bit of a cliché, but I can’t possibly begin without mentioning the staggering feats of equilibrium we see every day: a mound of teetering boxes minimally fastened by a bit of rope to a motorbike that carries them; huge panes of glass standing vertically

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Light Reading

Creative lighting solutions can transform your home in many ways Here’s a little secret about light: it’s one of the most difficult elements to get right without any training. Color, pattern, line and texture — all of these are elements that you can, at the very least, observe and experiment with in your space. Light

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A Bold Understatement

While George Constanza may think it a good idea to drape himself in velvet, the same is not true for your home. Gone are the days where a matching set of wood furniture, polished to the point of reflection, was the height of class. The most welcoming and dynamic spaces are characterized by a mix of

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A Colorful Guy

Why you need to know Roy G. Biv when choosing a color scheme for your home… Color is a great place to start in exploring your personal design tastes, because our reactions to it tend to be instinctual and very personal. Start by letting go of any preconceived ideas about color. Forget what you may

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