The New York Times recently went shopping with New York-based interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud for items that create a feeling of warmth at home during these chilly Winter days. Named Designer of the Year at the recent Gold Key Awards for hospitality design, she knows a thing or two about making people feel at home. So using some of her recommended materials as a jumping-off point (earthy elements, wood, fur, rich colors), I thought I'd round up a few items that'll help you warm up your own home. Take a look.
The New York Times recently "went shopping" with former Sex and the City executive story editor and co-author of He's Just Not That Into You Liz Tuccillo, asking her to share her cocooning essentials for her annual New Year's Eve dinner party. As it turns out, the lady knows a thing or two about design, as well as dudes. So I thought I'd share some of her picks for creating cozy party on the eve of the new decade, as well as some of my own.
The New York Times article Living in a Design Time Capsule discusses those homes "that have gone untouched for decades and give visitors the sensation of being in a décor-warp." I've seen many of these in my day, including those of several friends and family members. One Su Casa member even shared photos of her parents' plastic slipcovered sofa with me.
Naturally, these design time capsule dwellers tend to be from an older generation; I recently visited an estate sale of a woman's home that was straight up 1955 — olive green sofa and all. But it's not unusual for people to be living with their parents' hand-me-downs, or 50- or 60-year-olds still living with the décor from their days as bright young things.
Do you know anyone living in such a design time capsule? Are you? Your parents? What's the worst décor-warp you've seen? Have you seen any untouched homes that somehow still look relevant and à la mode? Tell me by commenting below!
Over the course of the past two years, graphic designer Russell Lewis and his girlfriend, design assistant Gemma Ahern, renovated their 1200-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. Located in Leigh-on-Sea, a village an hour outside of London, the apartment was overhauled for £6,500, or $10,300. You can check out their entire apartment in this New York Times slideshow. The couple beautifully mixed high and low accents and objects, which definitely helped to keep costs down, but they used some other smart ideas as well. To get the secrets of their cheap decorating success, read on.
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