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GRAY: THE NEW BEIGE

Gray is mystery. It’s kittens, it’s Wall Street, it’s London fog, it’s black pearls. Gray is, quite simply, magic.  Gray has become the new beige, with landlords painting surfaces they used to coat in horrible semi-gloss putty color, now a stately, tasteful, very pale gray, echoing the “industrial” trend for unpainted plaster gray or cement walls. All these tricks were an effort by landlords to avoid the yellowing effect, over time, of pristine white walls. They don’t want to have...

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The Psychology of Home

BOOK REVIEW:  SNOOP, What Your Stuff Says About You  The decorating clues that reveal our most personal selves. “Essentially, what your home does is distill a very long history of behaviors and choices,” explains Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas in his entertaining book Snoop: What Your Stuff Tells About You.   Gosling outlines five major areas of the psyche which are served--and revealed--by the way we create our homes. In Gosling’s view, our private spaces are...

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SEVEN HABITS FOR A CLUTTER-FREE HOME

Too often, we think of de-cluttering our homes as a ruthless triage of ridding ourselves of any and everything that does not have an immediate use. During such a purge, we might actually cast off things we like or even cherish, all in the interest of minimalist living, a lifestyle which has recently gotten a huge amount of play in books and blogs. But this scorched earth approach is not necessary. We find, on the contrary, that de-cluttering requires not...

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INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT: 5 DECORATING TIPS FOR EACH

Our home is our castle, goes the adage. But before decorating that castle, we need to consider the personality of the king or queen who reigns there. Is he/she an outgoing personality given to display and entertainment, or one that sees home as above all a place of refuge and privacy in a frenetic world? When it comes to interior decoration as an expression of personality, many of us are of two minds. The first is our extrovert mind, the...

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Laura Decorates

  The Client: Laura, age 35, divorced; entrepreneur.  Favorite color: Silver.  Inspiration: Yves Saint-Laurent.  Challenge: Living with another person.  Favorite food: Fried chicken with mac and cheese, collard greens with neckbones, black-eyed peas and candied yams.  Favorite artist: Ai Wei Wei   Favorite quote: We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us.      Marcel Proust   Favorite Design source:...

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