Archive for 'Design'

Second home dream designs turn into reality

Second home dream designs turn into reality

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub What is your fantasy for a second home, maybe a summer place? Would it be luxurious yet minimal like the Delano hotel in South Beach or the W in Fort Lauderdale? Would [...]

Home improvements that pay off at resale time

Home improvements that pay off at resale time

By Emily J. Minor You want a chickee hut, do you? You know, the real thing, built by someone who knows what they’re doing, with a nifty little charging station and a ceiling fan and maybe [...]

Selecting fabrics to give a home a lush look

Selecting fabrics to give a home a lush look

It’s a game interior designers know well. They play with a variety of fabrics to obtain a sophisticated environment. The best know how to mix patterns and colors without the design appearing jumbled. We asked four [...]

Contemporary design reigns at LaRue

Contemporary design reigns at LaRue

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Tim Maynard and Rod LaRue were meant to be business partners. The friends shared a love for the furniture business in Michigan that continues in South Florida. LaRue came down first and [...]

How three South Florida interior designers make their own dreams come true at home

How three South Florida interior designers make their own dreams come true at home

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Many of us envy designers. We wish we could have their access to beautiful home furnishings from around the world and cash in on their trade discount. How do they decorate their [...]

15 ways to refresh home (without renovation)

15 ways to refresh home (without renovation)

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Did you make a New Year’s resolution to refresh your home? If you haven’t begun, it’s time. Our suggestions can revitalize everything from your bedroom to your closet. Many of these ideas [...]

How designers set a romantic bedroom mood

How designers set a romantic bedroom mood

  It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day for a bedroom to give off proper romantic vibes. Increase your home’s sex appeal with fabric-draped beds, soft lighting, candles, mirrored furniture, soothing colors and, above all, a hidden [...]

Foyers that make great first impressions

Foyers that make great first impressions

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub Take a critical look at your foyer. Is it a repository for keys, mail, backpacks? Or is it a stylish space that gives your guests a preview of coming interior attractions? The [...]

Creating stylish design at home, for all ages

Creating stylish design at home, for all ages

From PRIME, a special issue of City & Shore Magazine By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub None of us wants to be reminded that we are getting older. Baby Boomers, now in their 50s and 60s, once declared [...]

South Florida designers bringing world home

South Florida designers bringing world home

South Florida homeowners are bringing the world home By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub A black-lacquer Chinese chest with mother-of-pearl inlay. An antique carved teak wall from Thailand. African masks. Sepia-toned photographs from colonial India. Welcome to Global [...]