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Downsizing at home: Less really can be more

Downsizing at home: Less really can be more

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub  Yvonne and Tony Conza were living the good life with three residences – 10 acres in Woodstock, N.Y., an apartment in Manhattan and a home in Miami Beach. They loved them all [...]

Ideas to take home from Designer Show House

Ideas to take home from Designer Show House

Designer show houses are some of the best places for inspiration. Some require hiring a designer to duplicate the look. Others are simple tricks that anyone can duplicate. Here are six great ideas that I discovered [...]

Trends in Contemporary home decor, design

Trends in Contemporary home decor, design

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Contemporary design doesn’t have to be cold or stark. Decorate your home with furniture that looks modern but features clean lines, texture and a mix of materials.   Tweet [...]

Wallpaper unrolls a comeback in home design

Wallpaper unrolls a comeback in home design

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Faux finishes were the stars of wall covering for several years. Granite was the undisputed ruler of the countertops. But times have changed. Wallpaper, once absent from designer show houses and magazines, [...]

Fantastic new designer faux finishes

Fantastic new designer faux finishes

Want the look of marble, granite or wood without the maintenance? Technology has helped manufacturers of porcelain tile and quartz to produce fabulous fakes for your walls, floors and countertops. The secret is ink-jet imaging. By [...]

Taking Style points from designer Steven G

Taking Style points from designer Steven G

  By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Steven Gurowitz, better known as Steven G, took the road less traveled to become a designer. Instead of studying at a design school, 19-year-old Gurowitz began cleaning and polishing furniture for [...]

Metal burnishes decor with high-tech vibe

Metal burnishes decor with high-tech vibe

  Metal motifs can bring a bit of bling to your home or add a high-tech vibe. The options include everything from a Fleur-de-lis mirrored credenza with metallic finish to a dining table with a base [...]

Easy being green: New interior color choices

Easy being green: New interior color choices

South Florida homes cry out for color on the walls. We have the sea, the sand and year-round tropical greenery visible through windows and sliding glass doors. We have plenty of year-round sunlight to allow us [...]

Lighting solutions for high ceiling spaces

Lighting solutions for high ceiling spaces

The high ceilings of our homes present challenges because we need to find ways to bring such soaring heights down to human size.   One of the best ways to do this is to install ceiling pendants [...]

How to decorate tabletops for the holidays

How to decorate tabletops for the holidays

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub There’s no better time to start thinking about how your table presents for entertaining. Thanksgiving will soon usher in the holiday season that gives food and drink top priority. We have searched [...]