Where I Work: Rebecca Atwood

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This month’s Where I Work visits the Brooklyn studio of Rebecca Atwood, an artist and designer with an ever-expanding arsenal of dreamy textiles, wallpapers, artwork, and a just-launched collection of bedding. Over the years the Cape Code native has been carving out a niche for herself with her soothing surface patterns that are bound to put a smile on your face. Based in Industry City, the rapidly growing creative hub of Brooklyn, her light-filled studio is an endless source of inspiration with samples, swatches, and mood boards and today Atwood takes us inside for a closer look at her space and work process. Take a look. What is your typical work style? I’m definitely a morning person, and I like to get in early. I am trying to be better about blocking out my days for different projects. I find the more organized I am, the more productive and
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We Asked Interior Design Pros to Share Their Best Tips on Small Space Living

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The pros weigh in on how they handle small space living. Image: McGinn Photography

Anyone who’s ever had to deal with a tiny apartment knows that small space living comes with its own set of challenges. It doesn’t mean designing these spaces is impossible. With a little planning and forethought, even the most cramped spaces can become equal parts functional and eye-catching. If you’re dealing with tight square footage and aren’t quite sure where to start, you’re in luck. We asked some interior design pros to share their best tips for designing small spaces. Keep reading to see what they had to say.
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Plan your space carefully before you start buying. Image: Finch London

Think it through

“Make sure to be precise as to the function of the space. Ask yourself questions about how you use the room. For example, do you need storage for kids toys? Is a sectional
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Everything You Need to Know About the Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinet Trend

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Are you ready to get in on the two-toned kitchen cabinet trend? Image: Zoe Wighton Photography

Kitchens have always been at the forefront of interior design trends and for good reason. For most of us, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in our homes, so there’s no reason not to invest in aesthetics. These days, two-toned kitchen cabinets are the look everyone seems to be clamoring over, and all it takes is one look to see why this trend is piquing homeowners’ interest. If you, too, have fallen in love with the two-toned look, you’re in luck. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most common ways people are getting in on this trend. Read them over and decide which one works best for you. At the end of the day, whichever one you choose is guaranteed to bring plenty of visual interest to your home.

The Defining a Style Series: What Is Contemporary Design?

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What features make up contemporary design? Keep reading to find out. Image: Openspace Architecture

Whether you’re new to the world of interior design or have been an aficionado for years, sometimes it can be hard to tell design styles apart. Admittedly, there is a lot of crossover between aesthetics and nowhere is there more crossover than with contemporary design. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly it is that makes a room “contemporary,” you’re not alone. That’s where we come in. This post is dedicated to dissecting the ins and outs of contemporary design. Keep reading to learn which features set this style apart from the crowd, as well as what you can do to create this look within your own home. Believe us when we say there’s a reason why this look has stood the test of time.
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Contemporary design borrows elements from many different design styles. Image: Michael Downes

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Emre Group Offices Come to Life Courtesy of Renda Helin Design & Interiors

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                                <a href="http://www.rendahelin.com/#"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Renda Helin Design &amp; Interiors</a> studied the innovative ethos of the Emre Group and brought it to life in their new corporate offices in Sisli, Istanbul. With construction being a large part of their business, the designers based the concept off of it by bringing an industrial approach throughout and making you feel as though you&#8217;ve walked onto a construction site.
The bold offices span two floors and 200 square meters, which includes an interior courtyard, and a mostly bright yellow and black color scheme. Raw building materials were used, like concrete, brick, iron, epoxy, and mesh metal, further giving nod to their construction background. The conference room was inspired by The LEGO Movie, even painting its motto on the wall – “Grab a hat let’s build something.” That very movie motto has even become Emre Group’s own slogan. The hammers on the wall are each labeled with individual
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The 4 Most Common Living Room Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

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Are you making any common living room mistakes? If so, we have the fixes you need. Image: Susan Hoffman Interior Designs

These days, the living room is one of the most important rooms in the home — and also the breeding ground for some of the most serious interior design mistakes. Luckily, whether the issue is sofas lining the walls or ignoring aesthetics in favor of strict functionality, most of these problems also have a fairly easy fix. If you think you may be guilty of one or two living room mistakes, keep reading. We’ll show you how to identify the issue at hand, explain why it doesn’t work, and teach you how to make the necessary changes to bring your design to the next level. Sometimes small tweaks make all the difference.

Keep an eye on the proportion of your furniture. Image: Thayer Design Studio

Misunderstanding proportion

Proportion is one
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An Imaginative Kindergarten That Will Make Your Kids Love School

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                                A new <a href="http://shanihay.com/products-range/kindergarten-daycare-complex-wholesale-market-tel-aviv/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">kindergarten and daycare complex</a> was recently completed at the former Wholesale Market in Tel Aviv by Yashar Architects. Inside, the complex spans 3,000 square meters of innovative design, bursts of color, and playful vignettes to get the kids excited about school. <a href="http://shanihay.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sarit Shani Hay</a> was behind the inspiring design that had to house six kindergartens for kids aged 3-6 years, and three daycares for babies and toddlers from 3 months to 3 years.
The concept for the design began with the site’s history housing a produce market, hence the reoccurring use of colorful fruits and vegetables. The kindergarten spaces received themes of fruits and veggies, market stalls, and delivery trucks, for imaginative play and learning. Some of the custom-made furniture includes drawers for the kids and padded areas for the toddlers to lounge or read. Photos by Dudi Moskovitz.
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Why You Need to Incorporate Negative Space in Your Design

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Every design needs negative space. Let us show you why. Image: Bjurfors Göteborg

If you’re a regular reader of Freshome, you’ve heard about the virtues of negative space. This seemingly-small move can make a huge difference in your interiors. Keep reading to learn more about why this feature is absolutely crucial, as well as practical tips on how to pull it off in your own home. With just a few small tweaks, you can use this maneuver to open up your designs.
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These spaces are more psychologically pleasing. Image: Terracotta Studio

They’re more pleasing, psychologically speaking

We’ve all experienced the feeling of looking at a room that’s so well put together it takes our breath away. It may seem as though the furniture or the color palette that was chosen is the thing to set this design above the rest. However, we’d argue that the use of negative space is
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A’ Design Awards & Competition 2018 – Call for Entries

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                                The <a href="http://www.adesignaward.com/?utm_source=designmilk&amp;utm_medium=post&amp;utm_campaign=callentries2018"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">A’ Design Award and Competition</a> is open and accepting entries! If you want to nominate your designs, you can now register and upload your design today to know how good your design is: get a complimentary preliminary score.
If you are not familiar with the A’ Design Award and Competition, then here’s a quick overview: A’ Design Award is the world’s leading design award, reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages. Whether you’re just starting out, or have your own studio, A’ Design Award is an fantastic way to get recognition in the industry. The entries are peer-reviewed and voted on by a prestigious jury panel of design professionals, scholars, and media members who follow specific
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