Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Making the Design Leap of Faith

Happy leap year day!

With today being a leap year day, I was inspired to think about designs that seem to rely on a leap of faith. Whether good or bad, these designs are captivating & cause a second glance.

Sculptures in the home can be a compelling accessory with texture and personality. These branches certainly do all three
The designer and client was likely aiming to conserve visual space while making a contemporary impact with this glass staircase
the Art Nouveau staircase
This room has a serious wow factor that has made it popular on Houzz It has a floor that looks down to the basement wine cellar
Walls filled with artwork and photographs make for focal points that truly personalize a space
No need to accessorize a fireplace with artwork when the fireplace is a piece of art itself
u ever considered a waterfall in place of ur sink faucets- The designer had a unique vision here, and I think it works
A shower smack dab in the center of the bathroom is definitely a design leap of faith even if a clear enclosure ensures that it doesnt visually impede the flow
Marrying a waterfall and a table kills two birds with one stone, particularly handy if you’re short on space
The NHOW Hotel in Berlin went the extra mile to catch guests attention with bold color choices.
unusual seating captivates you as you walk into this room
photo via a lovely being blog

Do you think these designs were fascinating or should the designers have looked more carefully before they leaped?

peace & love,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

DesignCandy's 1st Year Anniversary!

photo via MadeByGirl

Well, today marks the 1st anniversary of DesignCandy! I can't believe it has already been a year. It went by so fast, but I enjoyed every tasty minute of it!

I am so excited you all have followed me the past year, Thank you from the bottom of my sweet little heart! I know it has been a learning experience for me & this will only get more sweeter with time, kind of like a good bottle of wine!

So to celebrate this anniversary, I am doing a giveaway! One special reader will get
something to celebrate any yummy occasion (see below), plus another surprise treat!
Cupcake Memo Pad by Perptual Kid
You ask how do I get this fun little treat & the surprise treat? Just comment on any of my posts with your address at the end & then share my post you commented on either Twitter (RT @designdolci), Facebook, or Pinterest! The deadline is March 23rd, 2012, so you better snag the treats up before all the sugar is gone!

Again, thank you to all my delightful followers & any other reader that has ever enjoyed a candy!

peace & love,

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

All You Need Is Love

Happy Love Day!

I just wanted to share some love with everyone today! Enjoy these yummy treats I have found and maybe they will inspire you to share some love today! :-)

Do any of you have special things you do for either your sweetheart or kids? I always remember building my valentine box for school with my parents & getting flowers in the morning when I woke up! What did you guys do this year?

peace & love,

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Designing for Couples: Tips for a Cozy & Content Home

With Valentine's Day coming up I wanted to give some great tips on decorating your space with your other half!

Embroidered sheets from West Elm
Rarely does a couple completely agree on design style & finding a happy medium elements. I am lucky that my other half & I have the same taste when it comes to design. He lets me do the decorating...seeing as it's my job he can't really put up a fuss can he?

However, with other couples the solutions could be purely aesthetic, such as mixing hard lines with soft accents, & others are just practical. Supplying plenty of separate storage, generously proportioned upholstery, & minimizing the impact of flat screens are just a few well-used solutions to keeping a happy home!

Tuxedo Arm Sectional from Restoration Hardware
Sectionals are perfect for lounging with your significant other...without the need to fight for optimum comfort.

photo via pinterest
photo via hautemamasfaves tumblr
photo via decor8 blog

 A neutral color palette with yummy pops of color & clean lined furniture is a winning combo -- not too feminine or masculine. Integrating wood tones or textured fabrics will help the space feel cozy.

photo via pinterest
Tastefully incorporate your man's hobby by hanging one piece rather creating a theme room. I have managed to keep my boyfriend's band posters to a minimum of two!
Most people say you should mix modern upholstery (for him) with accessories that add warmth & character (for her), such as patterned rugs, baskets, & throw pillows with pops of color. However, I love more modern furniture than my boyfriend so luckily it works out!

Look for deep sofas (38 - 45") like this one above from Vibieffe for top-notch movie cuddling.

photo via pinterest
His and Hers nightstands are a MUST! They provide ample room for books and many water glasses, James loves to leave his water cups everywhere! Two bedside lamps also allow for greater flexibility if one person wants to stay up and finish a chapter in a book.

photos via Apartment Therapy
You can have a decent sized TV in the living room without overwhelming the space. Integrate your flat screen into built-ins, or use an armoire to hide it when not in use.

photo via pinterest

Separate clothing storage will help maintain a harmonious bedroom! Plus, it keeps each other accountable for their own messy closet!

I hope this has inspiried or helped you to create a fun space for all! Have a great Valentine's day with your loved ones!!

peace & love,