BEST DECORATING TRICK FOR THE HOLIDAYS

posted by on 2010.11.23, under Entertaining
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If you’re entertaining then you know what a money pit the holidays can be. Why not try something wild for your holiday party for $29 including s/h. This 20 minute DVD promises to “take you through the entire color spectrum.” Literally.

Color Light DVD by kyouei co ltd, japan

GET THE LOOK: ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND MANSION

posted by on 2010.11.22, under Get the Look
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Nothing screams all-American rock ‘n’ roll like Graceland. This extreme mansion is only second to the White House for most visited private homes in America. So if you’re feeling particularly gaudy and over the top, decorate your home like the King. Let’s look at the TV Room, Elvis’s cozy basement hangout.

 

This room is all about lounging in style. Try a simple wrap around sofa for ultimate relaxation, it doesn’t have to be elaborate because you’ll be smothering it with pillows anyway.

Ikea Karlstad Sectional, $1,177

 

Choose simple throw pillows in alternating colors…

Caravan Cotton 16×16 Throw Pillows from PillowDecor.com, $19.99

 

It wouldn’t be a Graceland room without a mirrored table or two, try this one from Target:

Mirrored Coffee Table, $149.99

 

Add your own personal touch with a collection of vintage televisions found at your local flea market or ebay. Elvis reportedly was inspired for the multiple sets after hearing that President Lyndon Johnson had three sets to keep up with all of the major news networks. What a nifty touch to this room, and you save tons of money on a flatscreen purchase. Bonus!

Vintage Television Set found in the trash, goodwill, ebay, etc…

COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF THE WEEK: BELUGA

posted by on 2010.11.18, under Coffee Table Book of the Week
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A curated set of coffee table books makes a great statement. Art books can bring a drab coffee table to life, double as accent furniture when properly stacked, and entertain those restless guests of yours. Coffee Table Book of the Week is our weekly selection of stylish books to spruce up your home. – FM

This week’s pick is a gorgeous book of photography by Jan Van Cleemput. It’s loaded with scantily clad women, but the porn factor is juxtaposed with creepy aquatic life. Beluga is also a sexy and weird tribute to old-school restaurant design.

Beluga

From Amazon: “A ravishing mixture of exquisite photography with tastebud-dazzling recipes shot in Antwerp’s oldest, kitschiest Chinese restaurant. This unique setting provides the perfect decor for a multicultural range of beautiful models. And chef Wouter Keersmaekers’ Michelin-starred kitchen offers up his stylish Belgian international culinary creations to top off this exotic combination of savory faire. Bon appetit.”

(More NSFW images from this book here!)

COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF THE WEEK: MUTTER MUSEUM HISTORICAL MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHS

posted by on 2010.11.04, under Coffee Table Book of the Week
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A curated set of coffee table books makes a great statement. Art books can bring a drab coffee table to life, double as accent furniture when properly stacked, and entertain those restless guests of yours. Coffee Table Book of the Week is our weekly selection of stylish books to spruce up your home. – FM

In light of last week’s Halloween festivities, the coffee table selection this week is this massive collection of medical oddities meticulously archived by the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

Mutter Museum Historic Medical Photographs

 

From Amazon, “Featured are poignant, aesthetically accomplished works ranging from Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, to the ravages of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century, to pathological anomalies, to psychological disorders…As visual documents of what humans endured in the face of limited medical knowledge, these extraordinary and haunting photographs demonstrate how far medicine has advanced.”

GET THE LOOK: THE NEOVERSAILLES HOME OF HERVE PIERRE (PART 2)

posted by on 2010.11.03, under Get the Look
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The rest of Herve Pierre’s rather large living room focuses on simple furniture and stacks upon stacks of books,  magazines, and framed pictures and prints.

The look can be recreated with simple choices from Overstock – a cozy couch in natural brown, a kilim rug, and an oak stained ladder bookshelf. Then, drape any old table with canvas fabric and go crazy with the drapes for the “neoversailles” touch. Our Hervé is not embarrassed to offset a brilliant red settee with Minnie and Mickey Mouse plushies, and you shouldn’t be either.

Overstock Uptown Collection Mocha Sofa, $417.99

Kilim Hand-woven Silk Rug 6'x 9', $129.99

Oak Leaning Ladder Shelf, $82.99

These well constructed red steel chairs add a New Yorker bare bones pop of color to the decor…

Premium Steel Red Folding Chair, $73.99 Set of Four

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