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MBD: Coming Soon to a Home Near You!

I’m so excited. I’ve been working hard on getting my interior and exterior design business, Megan Blake Design, off the ground and am in final stages of getting all of the print material and website completed. Finally! I hope to present it to you very soon. Stay tuned!

MBD interior design website DC

These Words Ring True.

Need a New Year’s resolution for your home and your design point of view? Here are some famous words to live by:

“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There’s more to life than decorating.” – Albert Hadley

“Have nothing in your house you do not consider to be useful or beautiful.” – William Morris

“The difference between good and great design is intelligence.” – Tibor Kalman

“Design is not for philosophy, it is for life.” – Issey Miyake

The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.” – Albert Hadley

“It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.” – Dorothy Draper

“Beauty is the quality of harmonious relationships. A formula to produce it it does not exist.” – Frank A. Parsons

Remember, color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure.” – Van Day Treux

“Interiors speak! Rooms emphasize whether one exists or lives, and there is a great difference between the two! “ – Van Day Truex

“I believe that architecture and decoration are art forms of the highest order.” – Mariette Himes Gomez

The Lord of the Design Ring.

The design world is excited to learn of the Lord couple and their new Miami, Florida home designed by interior designer Larry Laslo.  It’s so gorgeous I’m sure it would just about make any neighbor want to pop over for some sugar or butter as much as possible. In this recipe for success, shared with us in the November issue of Metropolitan Home Magazine, Laso transforms Courtney and Karen Lord’s pre-office digs into a new urban overnight retreat. Laslo has completed an Aspen home for the couple and likes to incorporate larger then life embellishments into his designs. Leave it to Larry.

Christopher Guy Dining Room Chairs! Love to have breakfast there!

Christopher Guy Dining Room Chairs! Love to have breakfast there!

Larry Laslo and the Lord Couple in their new digs.

Larry Laslo and the Lord Couple in their new digs.

The Bisazza tile mosaic wall and Ann Sacks Suede Collection flooring.

The Bisazza tile mosaic wall and Ann Sacks Suede Collection flooring.

The Bulthaup kitchen begs to have guests and dinner parties!

The Bulthaup kitchen begs to have guests and dinner parties!

Love this Headboard! Christopher Guy bed and lamps by Hinson Lighting

Love this Headboard! Christopher Guy bed and lamps by Hinson Lighting

n the bedroom, a Niba Home cabinet reflects a vintage chair and ottoman.

n the bedroom, a Niba Home cabinet reflects a vintage chair and ottoman.

Crappy & Cramped to Fab & Functional.

Hello apartment, condo, and dorm room dwellers! I often give decoration or design advice to friends, family, and clients who live in cozy spaces in and around Washington, DC. With these living environments come rental policies, cramped quarters and lack of storage – all are often the biggest complaints. Thanks to My Home Ideas for the following helpful tips. Read on for perfect ways to create a truly comfortable , functional, and very happy home!

My cozy living room after recent move-in.

My cozy living room after recent move-in.

  1. Use adhesive hooks. If you can’t use hammers and nails, try hanging your pictures on plastic hooks that come with super-strength adhesive. When you move out, simply pull off the adhesive, and leave the wall intact.
  2. Buy extra closet rods. Apartments aren’t known for their spacious, walk-in closets. In fact, they’re known for tiny ones. Deal with this problem by purchasing an extra adjustable rod to place underneath the existing one.
  3. Rotate knickknacks. Sometimes, what makes a home are the little items we attach to precious memories, and apartments can’t always hold them all. Leave your place simple and uncluttered by rotating these treasures and displaying only a few per month.
  4. Maximize storage. Hide household items by storing them under your bed. You can use bed risers to give your bed some height, and then cover them with a longer bed skirt, making room for boxes, books, and other storage items.
  5. Use a reversible bedspread. To keep your decor fresh and new, try a reversible bedspread. Whenever you get tired of one look, flip it over the next time you make up your bed.
  6. Find multifunctional furniture. Nothing saves space like multifunctional furniture. Whenever you shop for your new apartment, try to find flexible items such as futons, which can serve as both couches and beds.
  7. Try mirror tricks. Opening up a cramped space can require a few illusions. Placing large mirrors around a room can make it appear larger and much more spacious than reality.
  8. Decorate with plywood. Many apartment policies prohibit repainting, so an easy way to add life to your home is to paint or wallpaper large pieces of plywood any color you wish, and then simply lean them against the walls. Just make sure the plywood fits the space.
  9. Let there be light. Some policies won’t allow residents to alter their light fixtures, so if you want more light, you will have to bring it with you when you move in. Find interesting lamps that add charm and personality to your rooms.
  10. Let walls be a canvas. Another solution for bare walls is to cover them up with oversized canvases or posters. Found online or in craft stores, they allow you to drape your apartment in simple, solid colors or in wild, intense designs.
  11. Add color with curtains. Try hanging curtains on your walls, as if you were concealing a nook or extra room. This creates the illusion that the apartment is bigger than it actually is, and it adds a little pizzazz to the decor.
  12. Try wall decals. It might seem a bit elementary, but cling stickers can brighten up a bathroom or kitchen. Home improvement and superstores carry a variety of fun and bright stickers such as flowers, polkadots and chic silouhettes. They can give a room a little whimsy without damaging a surface.
  13. Choose accents wisely. Even if you choose to keep the original wall colors, accents and accessories can easily spruce up your rooms. Add decorative throw pillows, rugs, and lamps that reflect your own personal style and create a homey space without upsetting your landlord.

Sophisticated Dorm Room Design.

Forbes.com and Laurie Sherman give undergrads and parents hope in dressing up the boring box of a dorm room. When thinking about key pieces that will make a huge decorating difference in a teeny sleep/study space, look at the articles’ slideshow and consider graphic bed linens, compact desks, wall mounted lamps, affordable wall art, bold curtains, storage trunks doubling as tables, and some splashes of vintage. I recommend finding recyclable and eco-friendly finds because someday after that degree gets hung, someone is going to ask you to throw away that “old crap”. Reuse and recycle. Good luck with that.

For many, heading off to college means freedom. But dorm rooms are often compared to jail cells, at least when it comes to design. Stiff single beds, clunky, oversized desks and too-tiny closets are common at many universities. But with a little ingenuity, these small spaces can be transformed into stylish sanctuaries. More…

In with the New AND the Old.

I’m a huge fan of “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it”. That rings true for interior decorating. If you like it, then live with it. If its a thorn in your side, then it’s time to transplant it somewhere else. Well, Oprah Winfrey’s readers are learning how to mix the old with the new. Oprah.com shares this with us from her website article The Secret to Mixing Old and New in Your Home

Mix objects and furniture from different eras to create a look that is unique and modern. Get the inspiration you need to do it right! Michael says he found inspiration in the traditional interiors of the late great Sister Parish (Jackie O’s decorator) and “the way her partner, Albert Hadley, would disrupt them with a touch of modernism.” But Tracey gives convention an even more adventurous spin. “It’s really a send-up of an Upper East Side salon,” she says.
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Color unifies objects of different eras. The coral elements that bounce around the room pull together this gilded 18th-century Spanish bench, the ’50s Italian wing chair covered in scrolling Fortuny fabric, and the contemporary window shades in a bold awning stripe.

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Don’t aim for all-out perfection. Objects with patina give spaces an aged, lived-in quality that new items—and even mint-condition antiques—don’t establish. That’s why Michael sought out these “gently tattered” 19th-century Persian rugs. “They prevent the room from feeling overly decorated,” he says. Abstract art tempers traditional furniture. On their own, the leather Chesterfield sofa and black lacquer Louis XVI desk might skew a little staid. Tracey evened out the uptown-downtown tally by hanging silkscreens from postmodernist Yves Klein on the shelves and Phillip Smith’s 1992 painting Before Paris on the windowed wall.

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No matter the aesthetic, intimacy matters. Oversize—or, in this case, grandly proportioned—rooms tend to swallow up furniture. But by delineating two seating areas on either side of this writing table, Tracey imbues each with a salon-like scale. Shine updates a straight-laced paint palette. Tracey turned up the volume of pale blue walls and white woodwork when she bypassed prim eggshell finishes—and even high gloss—and opted instead for a rich, oil-based formulation that emulates the sheen of lacquer.

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Choose one object that links old and new styles. This marble lamp captures the dynamic tension of the entire room—it reads almost Philippe Starck (it’s actually Tony Duquette, c. 1945), but the obelisk base references pure neoclassicism. The strong vertical element also brings variety to a long, horizontal layout.

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Throw the whole thing a curveball. Madcap is the only way to describe these electric-green Wormley for Dunbar sofas. The upholstery color, which doesn’t get repeated elsewhere, magically undercuts the formal furniture arrangement. Balance is good; matching, not so much. Although they convey an underlying (and reassuring) symmetry, the room’s built-in bookshelves steer clear of predictability. This set eats up an entire wall with black cubbies. The other frames a white mantel. The sharp contrast makes each one equal parts refined and kicky.

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Photographs by Annie Schlechter.

New at Powell & Bonnell.

If there is a line of furnishings that I think appeal to a wide array of us design loving fools, Powell & Bonnell is the place. I just received an email informing me of new pieces in the P&B enterprise.

The lines of this bar stool are fantastic. I’m into gold lately, so these leather and steel seating peices are right up my alley. Now if I only had a bar.

Alto Stool

Alto Stool

The Zachary wall sconce is no less extraordinary. In polished or satin nickel with a diffuser choice of crushed glass, marble or onyx, this sleek light demands attention. Its got mine.

Zachary Sconce

Zachary Sconce

While on the topic of lighting, this Powell & Bonnel chandelier surely deserves a home in luxury hotels and the most exquisite residence. Sixteen handmade porcelan diffusers suspend from a 24″ armature and adjustable with steel cables. Hang ten!

Halo Chandelier

Halo Chandelier

Say goodnight and goodmorning to the Hastings Nightstand. There’s not much more relaxing then an organized and soothing bedroom. Enter this oval lacquered  piece with a glass top and satin nickel pulls.

Hastings Nightstand

Hastings Nightstand


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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