Inspiration

Polished vs. Matte

This month is all about achieving a sophisticated polished look, but a touch of matte should never be underestimated. When it comes to choosing between the two, both come out on top. The truth is (more…)

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J. Kent Martin

The author and activist, Maya Angelou’s words give us a measure of confidence regarding creativity.  She assures us, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” That is a relief to those of us that have long anticipated J. Kent Martin’s Home Collection.  Call us crazy, selfish or just impatient, (more…)

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Small Spaces We Love

Some of the best thought out designs are small spaces. As designers, our job is to listen to a space and turn it into a beautiful, yet functional environment. Sometimes limitations on space make this more challenging, but when done just right, the outcome (more…)

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Fashion’s Biggest Birthday Month

August is a month full of birthdays for some of the biggest icons in fashion. Not only have these people redefined what elegance is, they have become symbols of it. From Coco Chanel’s redefinition of femininity, to Tom Ford’s undeniable contributions to rethinking of what masculine means, then Iris Apfel’s daring looks, each of these birthday beauties have more in common than the month they were born, they all dared to be completely (more…)

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Creating the Collected Look in 3 Steps

A home is a reflection of the person living there. It’s not just a home, it’s a story that tells the uniqueness of our tastes and styles. Think about this, what do your favorite photos of rooms have in common? They all appear to have been collected – put together and evolved over time. Great rooms aren’t collected overnight. Or (more…)

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The Art of Collecting People

I come from a huge extended family. Big and boisterous, warm and caring, we were taught to open our hearts to others. My father is not only the head of our immediate family– but is the elder of a large religious community. He collected people. Interacting with all kinds of folks, (more…)

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Editors Note Collect

“It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting than to have been born a millionaire. “ Robert Louis Stevenson Hmmm…I don’t know about that one. Collector vs. millionaire? Oh well. If it’s any consolation, a million dollars isn’t what it once was. I find collecting to be the most rewarding, egocentric, (more…)

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Hunt and Gather with Nathan

Some of us are hunters. Some of us are gatherers.  If you are lucky enough to be a collector, you enjoy being a bit of both. There is something unmistakable in our human psyche that makes us want to search, research, dig, and dive and dream of our next discovery. Half of “the high” is in the pursuit.  But, then of course actually taking possession of the prize is pretty buzz worthy too. (more…)

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Pool Houses That Will Inspire You

Pool houses make the best use of what would otherwise be a simple storage shed, however the added functionality is not always thought through before design and execution. This is not the case with these pool houses, each of which features a thoughtful benefit that fits the needs of the owner. We hope you will be inspired by each unique pool house, a building that is often not given due consideration.[/vc_column_text] For a bit of inspiration consider this open-air pavilion [...]

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