Trellis Trend: How Celebrities Amp Up Their Homes with the Pattern


Trellis patterns are a go-to in many style-setters’ homes, including those of celebs like Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba & Nate Berkus. Check out how these stars incorporate the print into their homes and see how to get a similar look:

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford’s airy Malibu Ranch living room feels contemporary, yet comfortable. Despite the many modern aspects like the bold geometric pillows & Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs, the spot still feels homey thanks to traditional elements. The trellis drapery plays like a liaison between the garden-like outdoor space and indoor area, tying to two locations together seamlessly.

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba hits a mid-century eclectic note in her Beverly Hills living room that features a metallic trellis wallpaper. The paper’s subtle metallic hue casts a lovely glow on the room, and when you get up close…

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Homes for the future unveiled at BRE Innovation Park

Architecture, Design & Innovation

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance recently launched two new demonstration projects on the BRE Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig, a mini-demonstration community of homes and buildings on the former steel works site that is tapping into our country’s legacy of world changing invention and innovation.


During her visit the Minister opened the newly constructed Refurbished House, a recreation of the “four in a block” home which demonstrates a range of innovative retrofit solutions for some of the most energy inefficient homes across the UK.

The project, which has been delivered by BRE Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Historic Scotland and was constructed by local builders Cruden will enable a robust assessment to be made on the most cost effective solutions of fabric upgrades for this building style, for walls, windows, roofs and services. Findings can then be applied to 265,000 dwellings in…

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Freedom for inclusive design as Ideal Standard launches new DDA range

Architecture, Design & Innovation

Expanding its hugely successful Concept range, Ideal Standard, a leader in innovative and design-driven bathroom solutions, has unveiled its latest breakthrough: Concept Freedom. The new range of accessible bathroom products aims to include less abled customers, rather than alienate them, through a collection of ceramics, brassware and showers that are well-designed, elegant and functional.

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The range incorporates products that allow the specifier to create fully Part M compliant ensuites, demonstrating how wheelchair accessible bathrooms can be as contemporary and beautiful as conventional bathrooms. This new solution has been developed to meet the needs of the less abled, in conjunction with occupational therapists, whilst maintaining the design integrity of Robin Levien’s Concept suite.

Until recently many accessible bathrooms were designed for their functionality rather than their looks. As a result, customers have developed a perception that accessible bathrooms, whilst functional, lack aesthetic design credentials – often causing them to…

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Iconic Wallpapers: 4 Fresh Ways to Use the Most Popular Patterns on the Market


There are patterns that are trendy, and then there are patterns that are so well-loved that they withstand the test of time. Check out these four wallpapers that have reached iconic status due to their popularity throughout the years, plus fresh ideas on how to use them in your home.

Hicks Hexagon

Designed by David Hicks, one of the most famous decorators of the ‘60s, Hicks Hexagon has been a staple in contemporary homes for years. For an out of the (ice)box look, try using it on your fridge! See a full step-by-step process from Aunt Peaches, who covered her refrigerator with the pattern.

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One of the most recognized wallpapers of all time, Scalamandre’s Zebras pattern was commissioned in 1945 by Gino Circiello, owner of the popular former…

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Star Style: Inside the Homes of Celeb Dads


In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we’re touring the homes of celebrity dads. Check them out:

Ben Stiller

Actor Ben Stiller, a man who has played in both movies for adults and kids (think Disney’s Heavy Weights, 1995), shares his Spanish Revival style home with his kids and wife, Christine Taylor. His living room provides a great place to curl up and read a book on the Dunbar velvet sofas with textured pillows.

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Will Ferrell

Funny man Will Ferrell often has us rolling on the floor with his childish improv jokes, but this “Anchorman is serious about his decor. The New York loft, shared with his wife and three sons, is a midcentury-modern vision that combines style, quirk and comfort. Robert Indiana serigraphs and a bronze sphere by Hervé Van der…

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4 Guy-Friendly Decorating Ideas


If you’ve been suffering the constant battle of the sexes when it comes to decorating your home, we’ve got four ideas that will make both you and your man happy:

Use a Black & White Color Scheme

Black & white falls in neutral territory–it’s both masculine & chic at the same time. Meet in the middle with a black & white themed room that incorporates an abstract check or plaid pattern.

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Display the TV in Style

When it comes right down to it, you have to think about the practicality of a room, and if the man in your life likes to watch TV, you should work it into the room well. You don’t necessarily have to make it the focal point, but decorate around it purposefully. We like how the TV in this…

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4 Quick Ways to Update Your Home’s Decor for Summer


Summer is almost here, and after the winter we’ve had, we’re all ready for some fun in the sun! Get your home summer-ready, too, with these 4 easy updates:

Switch to Sheers

Switch out your heavy drapery for something light, neutral and sheer. When the windows are open, the curtains will gently float in the breeze, creating that easy summer ambiance. If you have an open space that gets a lot of direct sunlight, consider separating the area with a sheer divider curtain instead.

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Brighten Up

A few well-placed pillows in watermelon, tangerine or aqua hues will instantly “cabana-ify” your living area. “Pillows really should be considered as home accessories that can be changed as the seasons do,” says designer Jonathan Adler

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Fire Pits 101


It’s easy to enjoy your backyard deck on a sunny Sunday afternoon in 75 degree weather, but how about at dusk when the sun and temperature goes down? It’s times like these that a backyard fire pit would come in handy. Consider building one during a backyard renovation or when you have a gas line installed. While those are both great design ideas to consider during a landscape project, don’t feel like those are the only available options in order to get a little flame into your yard. 

Should I buy a gas fire pit?

Gas fire pits are quickly becoming one of the most common options for outdoor fire pits. They are more environmentally friendly since they don’t release smoke into the atmosphere as is the case with traditional wood burning fire pits. Not only is this beneficial to overall air quality, but it also makes the outdoor experience…

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Cable, Power, & Cord Management 101


There’s nothing more unsightly and frustrating than seeing a perfectly arranged desk and home office with a mess of cords and cables sprawled around the floor. Whether it’s a laptop, computer, cell phone or iPod, everything these days seems to need to be plugged in — and there are plenty of cords to show for it. 

How do you tackle this mess of home electronics? It’s time to get organized at home, with the smallest things getting resolved and tidied up first — in comes cord and cable management systems to save the day. 

Corral cords and cables.

For cords and cables that are used infrequently or need to be easily portable, consider cable spools or corrals to keep them organized and accessible for the next time you need them. There is nothing worse than rummaging around for a digital camera connector just to see that it has been shoved…

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