7 Pro Tips for Creating and Styling Magazine-Worthy Open Shelves

Open shelves in a Villanova kitchen designed by Ashli Mizell | Photograph by Jason Varney

Open shelves in a Villanova kitchen designed by Ashli Mizell | Photograph by Jason Varney

Let’s be real: Open shelves — trendy though they may be — are fickle friends. On the one hand, they’re awesome looking in their easy, casual simplicity. But on the other hand, man, do they require a lot of thought. And cleaning. Oh, the cleaning.

“If you’re smart about what you put on your shelves — and where you place certain items — they really don’t have to be a constant maintenance issue,” says Rittenhouse-based interior design guru Ashli Mizell. “Open shelves are an opportunity to create a center of interest, show and enjoy things you love, and add tremendous character to a room.”

So, where to begin? Mizell has a seven-step formula that will transform your shelves from ho-hum to wowza in no time. Don’t believe me? Check out photos of her own gorgeous work below.  Read more »

10 Philly Bathrooms You’ll Swoon Over

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I’m about a third of the way through a DIY bathroom renovation at the moment, so you’ll forgive me if all I can think about is a gorgeous finished bathroom to call my own. It’s going fine. Just, you know, slow.

Even though I’ve got a plan in mind, I can’t seem to keep myself from scouring the internet for nuggets of design inspiration. After all, the beauty of a slow DIY re-do is that it’s never too late to swap a paint color, or add a light fixture, or rethink the vanity.

Take a look at these gorgeous Philly-area bathrooms and dream with me. You can even click on the photos to see more angles of the spaces, or other projects by the talented local designers, architects and builders included here. You won’t be disappointed. Read more »

5 Ways to Transform Your Living Room with Almost No Effort

If it’s on your 2017 to-do list to rethink, well, every square inch of your home’s decor, don’t panic. You don’t have to throw everything away and start from scratch. (Although, if you’re still holding on to your college futon, it’s probably time to upgrade.) In fact, you can change the entire look and feel of a room with very little money and almost no effort. Don’t believe me? Here are five easy things I’ve done in my own living room to refresh my style without a total overhaul.  Read more »

This One Paint Job Could Make Your House Sell for $1,400 More

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If you’re thinking of putting your house up for sale (or if it’s been sitting on the market for a hot minute), maybe it’s time to hire a painting crew. A recent study by Zillow Digs goes against pretty much all realtors’ advice ever, revealing that painting your kitchen an unconventional color could actually make it sell for a whole lot more — but not just any color. Read more »

4 Home Design Trends That Are About to Be Huge

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Image via Ligne Roset.

If you haven’t heard, Old City has an amazing home design studio, Millésimé. Walking into the two-story showroom is like waltzing onto the infinitely cooler, European version of an HGTV set. They’ve got ultra-mod lighting fixtures, luxe couches with upholstery to die for, and sleek shelving units that will make you want to want to burn your flimsy IKEA FJÄLKINGE on the spot. Millésimé is the area’s exclusive carrier of Ligne Roset—the full collection is fresh off the boat from France and every bit as chic as you’re imagining.

Jinous Kazemi is the woman with impeccable taste who’s running the show, and we picked her brain on the biggest home design trends that are about to blow up. (She ordered a showroom full of dusty pink and soft blue inventory months and months before Pantone ever named their colors of the year, so I’d take her word for it if I were you.) Read more »

5 Hilariously Snarky Design Blogs That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Plain, Normal House

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Book fireplaces, artsy tableaus, branch hangers. Time to make fun of design! | All images via Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table.

There’s a very specific sort of hate-reading that has nothing to do with checking out your sworn enemy’s Facebook statuses or scrolling through the site of a blogger you love to hate. (I have a friend who hate-reads FashionToast regularly, but insists that she has absolutely no deep-seated affection for author Rumi Neely.)

This hate-reading is targeted to design, specifically the old-hat styling conventions that have become something like the copious-knuckle-rings of the fashion blogosphere. This is my favorite kind of hate-reading, and the sort I do most often, with Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens and the Restoration Hardware catalogs. I scoff at RH’s stupid playroom setups. Who seriously would dare have an all-white nursery strung with Christmas lights? (Me! Me! I would! It’s so gorgeous, like a fairy land of dreams!) 

Ahem. Back to the hate-reading.

PHOTOS: We Got a Sneak Peek at Icon 1616

Last night, the new Icon 1616 luxury apartment building invited G Philly to host an intimate sneak peek at some of its living spaces. I invited a few well-dressed friends, and we sipped wine and champagne, enjoyed some nibbles from Brûlée Catering, and browsed through some of the units, which were staged by local interior designers Floss Barber, Carrie Leskowitz, and Carole Roach. Below, some photos from the evening.



The space will open to the public on for an Interior Design Showcase and Sweeps Open House on Saturday, May 31st. For more information, visit icon1616.com.

Home Design Trends: Wood is the Word

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Roost Home Furnishings excels at recycled wood home decor. Photo: Heaven’s Gate Home & Garden

According to the folks at Houzz.com (imagine every page marked “home decor” on Pinterest plus steroids), wood grain is making a comeback. We’re not talking about your grandparents’ paneled basement. Think: butcher block countertops and upcycled or creatively reused wood furniture. Which ties nicely into the other big trend for 2014: sustainability.

Below, a slideshow of local examples to help you get in on the trend before 2015.

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Interior Design Crash Course: Molding

Which molding do you spot here?

Which kind of molding do you spot here?
Photo credit: Brian Moloney via Flickr.

Ever heard the term “crown molding” and knew it had something to do with home design, but…er, weren’t sure what exactly? You’re not alone, so we figured you’d like to see it for yourself.

Below our picks of the top most popular moldings you’ll find in a home. Read more »

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