The AphroChic teams is so thrilled to be the new editors of the Interior Decorating section on About.com. At the end of our first week we've had a great time introducing you to some of our new features like Color Crush and Design Geek. Now we're even more excited to welcome you to our very first Sunday Gazette column. Every week we search the design blogosphere looking for the features, tips and house tours that inspire. And on Sundays we bring you this weekly gazette of our favorite imagery and designs from around the web. Here you can find Instagram photos that we love, beautiful blog posts, and the best design that we discover each week. It's our weekly dose of Sunday inspiration to carry you into the week ahead. Read more >
AphroChic takes you into the history behind your favorite global design trends. Learn all about the Boucherouite rugs of Morocco's nomadic Berber tribes, the things that make them special and the best places to find them. Read the article>
Basements can be the hardest part of a house to decorate. They tend to be dark, gloomy and sometimes damp. Too often they become dumping ground for old furniture and other things you don't want seen on the upper floors. But with the right light, colors and attention to detail a basement can become just as beautiful as any other room in the house. Whether it functions as a rec room, an office, a bedroom or an entire apartment, make sure you put the appropriate thought into your basement and make it a space people will actually want to spend time in! Here are some tips on how to decorate a basement.
Do you live in a basement? I don't anymore, but I used to. Where I live it's a pretty safe bet that at some point you're going to live in a basement. Whether it's your first apartment, or you're trying to save money (rental prices are crazy where I live!) basements can be great homes for single people, couples just starting out, or larger families who can't afford other alternatives. Despite their reputation of being dark and gloomy I firmly believe you can make them light, bright and perfectly comfortable. Check out these examples from the HGTV show Income Property to see what I mean. As far as I'm concerned, they're a lot nicer than some of the above-ground apartments I've seen!
Do you have a home office? If so, you should think carefully about what color you paint it. "There are always distractions when working from home, yet studies show that while some colours divert from tasks at hand, others can significantly increase a person's productivity, concentration and motivation," says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints.
I'm always on the lookout for eco-friendly products and I was delighted this week to learn about CIL Paints' new ultra-low VOC paint. According to Marketing Communications Manager, Alison Goldman, " The paint itself has no VOCs, and is tinted using new low-VOC colourants, making the final product one of the most environmentally-friendly paint options on the market." This is good news! I long for the day when all paint companies make the switch and no longer sell products containing harsh chemicals - better for your home, better for your health, better for us all.
When I worked in high-end home decor retail it always struck me how worried my clients were about things looking just right. They were so concerned that their houses look "perfect" that they forgot to have fun. They did their research and consulted designers, but the one thing they lacked was passion. For me it's so important that my home be a place where I'm comfortable, happy and surrounded by things I love. I want it to look nice, but nice according to my rules, not anyone else's. I may have some funny-looking things, but each and every piece I own means something to me. I have fun with my decor, and that's something my former clients didn't seem to have. I encourage everyone - no matter how big or small your home, and no matter how much money you have - to decorate with passion. Create a space you love and you'll be happier for it.
Spring = painting projects. It's the way it's always been and it's likely the way it will always be. Whether it's painting the walls, some furniture, a home's exterior or something else altogether, the return of warm weather makes people want to lighten, brighten, and freshen with paint. In response to this phenomenon Sherwin-Williams has launched National Painting Week. Check their site every day this week for a fun new painting project, suggested colors, and a great project from a design blogger. And check out some of our projects too!