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The Best Coffee Table Brands (According to the Experts!)

Choosing the Perfect Coffee Table  Everybody is good at something, but not everyone has an eye for interior design (thank goodness that these are people that we can hire!) Some people may think that a coffee table isn’t too integral to the flow of a room and can sometimes go for the completely wrong height, …

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The 20 Most Incredible Libraries Around the World

While for many people libraries may seem like an outdated institution, they still serve a significant role in our society, as both a public space, and space of archival collection. While you may not even be interested in taking out a book, there are many libraries around the world that are worth visiting just for …

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Before & After: Francesca Grace Transforms a Lackluster Condo into a Maximalist’s Paradise

Designer: Francesca Grace / Francesca Grace Home Photographer: Noel Kleinman Size: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1600 sq. feet Location: West Hollywood, California Before Images After Images Known for her vintage finds, bold color palettes, and maximalist design, HGTV star Francesca Grace transformed this lackluster condo into a vibrant oasis. Prior to the redesign, the condo lacked functionality …

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4 Types of terracotta, what is it and how has it been used throughout history?

What is Terracotta? While it may seem like a pretty straightforward answer, there are many different ways terracotta can be used, and a lot to understand about the material, and where it comes from. Keep reading to discover the history, make-up, origins, and uses of terracotta.  Terracotta is a refractory clay product used for making …

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What kind of wood are pallets made from?

In our modern world of globally-interconnected economic systems, where goods travel the globe to reach consumers, the pallet is a critical and oft-overlooked element of the transportation process. Let’s dive into learning a little more about these structures and what they’re made of. Equally, it might provide a little inspiration for their reuse in places …

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Zaha Hadid’s Most Stunning Buildings Around the World

Zaha Hadid broke boundaries for women in the field of architecture. She designed things the world had never seen before and garnered international recognition.  Iraqi-born British architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs. In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Hadid began her studies at the American University in …

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How New York City’s iconic Central Park was designed and Created.

New York City’s Central Park is perhaps one of the most iconic in the world: a subject of many cultural artifacts, from movies to novels. The entire city circulates around this marvellous green space, but while it may just seem like an untouched natural world, it took a lot of planning.  Central Park was the …

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Who was Buckminster Fuller? What was his influence on Design?

You may have heard his name, or be familiar with his main invention, the Geodesic Dome. If, however, you don’t know much else about Buckminster Fuller, we’re here to give you a complete look at his life, his work, and the genius and beauty that resulted from them.  R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th …

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The history of the Dada movement, and how it influenced architecture today.

The early 20th century was filled with innovations in design and architecture, which stemmed from advances in economy, technology, and society. Dada arose from the turmoil of the First World War, calling for a rejection of authority and a resistance to the powers that caused such worldwide suffering.  What is Dada? Dada or Dadaism was …

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10 of the most Incredible Memphis Movement Design Pieces

What is Memphis Design? Think bold colours, unconventional lines, and a focus on form over function. It was a rejection of everything that came before it, and thereby an invention of something totally new. Keep reading to find out about the history of the movement and it’s most notable designs.  Memphis Design is an influential …

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32 Best Delish Chocolate Dessert Recipes (All Types)

If you ask me what the best dessert would be, I would quickly answer chocolate. Even if it’s a piece of a chocolate bar, I would gladly have it to finish a hearty meal–let alone scrumptious chocolate dessert recipes. Basically, you can find anything you want on this list, as long as it’s chocolate. It …

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Go Bananas for These 32 Party-Ready Banana Dessert Recipes

Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits in the world. They’re also very delicious, so it’s not a problem for many people to have at least one each day. But besides the vitamins and minerals that aid in many various things such as blood sugar levels and weight loss, bananas are also versatile as they …

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Why Were Coasters Invented?

The coaster is a utilitarian and decorative necessity in any bar and home with an interesting history. Whether disposable for commercial use or highly-stylized to match your living room décor, the ‘bar mat’ is an excellent way to protect your wood and add flair to your space. Let’s dive in Coaster Nightmare! You’re at a …

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27 Twice Baked Potatoe Recipes: The Perfect Side Dish

Twice-baked potatoes are the stuff dreams are made of. They’re the best side dish there is, and truth be told, they could be my main course as well (and there, right there, is proof that I might be a little biased towards this dish). But even if you’re not as obsessed with twice-baked potatoes as …

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25 of the Best Interior Design Books

Good interior designing has become the need of the time. Interior design serves both functional and decorative purpose as it helps make the living space aesthetically appealing and ensures it is used to its full purpose. For example, a poorly designed area may have unreasonable space that you may not need. Plus, you may not …

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Craftsman Style Interior Design Guide – What is Craftsman Style?

Welcome to our Craftsman home decor style guide including our gallery featuring all Craftsman interior and exterior designs including kitchens, living rooms, exteriors, bathrooms and more. Related: All interior design styles | All Residential Architectural Styles | Craftsman-Style Living Room Ideas | Craftsman Houses (Architecture) | Craftsman Floor Plans | What Design Features Do Craftsman-Style Homes …

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101 Luxury Interior Design Ideas (Extravagant Collections)

The most expensive home sold in 2017 was in Hong Kong and sold for just under $154 million. I fear that record will be broken in short order as it seems mega mansions are sprouting up in many international cities like Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong and others. Fortunately you don’t have to …

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56 Top Interior Design Websites and Blogs

Welcome to our list of what we consider the best interior design blogs and websites in 2017. We’re proud of Home Stratosphere and love the many emails and messages from readers who love our site, but we know there are many other excellent interior design and architecture websites out there. Related: Home Plans Websites | Best …

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19 Stripped-Down Essential Interior Design Rules (Design 101)

This is one of my favorite posts on this site because it offers a lot of information that’s easy to follow for DIY interior design. Too often interior design is made infinitely complicated; this post will simplify interior design into 19 easy-to-follow rules that will dramatically improve your home’s interior design and decor. If you …

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