Favorite Furnishings: Live Edge Furniture

While I enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of design styles, when it comes to furnishings and decor, I tend to prefer things that are clean, simple, and without lots of ornamentation. There is, however, one type of furnishing I absolutely adore that doesn’t fit this mold—live edge furniture. I love the natural, organic shapes of the slabs of wood used to create the furniture. Because the slabs are left in their natural state, each piece ends up being totally unique.

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DecorLydia Haak
10 More Beautiful Blue Kitchens

While they're mainly a functional space, kitchens are a great place to add some personality and pizzazz to your home. As I mentioned in this post, I love colorful kitchens, especially blue ones. Whether it's the cabinets, the tile, or the appliances, kitchens look great with a healthy dose of blue.

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InspirationLydia Haak
Pattern Play: Chevron

I'm a big fan of intricate, detailed patterns, but sometimes simple is better. One of my favorite simple, classic patterns is chevron. It's sometimes used interchangeably with herringbone, but I see them as two distinct patterns. Chevron is more of a continuous zig-zag with each piece of tile or flooring meeting at a point, whereas with herringbone each piece is perpendicular.

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InspirationLydia Haak
Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design

In recent years, sleek, streamlined contemporary interiors have become very popular. Personally, I never got the appeal of that kind of look. I love interiors with personality that really embrace the history and character of the space. Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design does just that. For over 20 years, this Brooklyn-based design firm has been lovingly restoring classic New York brownstones to their former glory. They bring new life to these old buildings while maintaining the historic integrity of the home.

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InspirationLydia Haak
Favorite Furnishings: Bone Inlay Furniture

It's no secret that I love patterns in interiors. Upholstery fabric, window treatments, and rugs are the most common places you see patterns, but what about patterned furniture? Bone inlay, an intricate furniture-making technique, creates beautiful, unique, and intriguing patterns that will make any space feel exotic.

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DecorLydia Haak