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Fab Finds

October 18, 2019

Sculpture

When we think about sculpture, Michelangelo or Rodin probably come to mind. In home decor, however, sculptures are a great way to express your style, and display forms that fit your personality.

We are all familiar with the classic styles mentioned above, but sculpture can take on many forms including modern, whimsical or realist styles.

Try adding a whimsical or abstract sculpture to a formal space, or a more serious form in a loose environment. Like an obelisk in a garden, one will beautifully offset the other.

Use sculpture as a focal point in a room or as an accent piece on a table or bookcase. Both are an opportunity to showcase something unique about yourself.. go bold! Michelangelo would be proud.

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October 11, 2019

Woven Light Fixtures

Without a doubt, Oak is back in style. Look out 80’s, oak is making a comeback, but with a new twist. As we know, all styles emerge with just a little something different each time they come back into vogue. In 2020, we will see oxidized oak in furniture and cabinetry. It’s a blackened version of tried and true red or white oak and will provide comfort and grounding that we are all looking for in our space.

This year is all about creating grounding and black oak does just that! It creates a warming effect without overshadowing any other pieces.

The dark wood also carries over to our cherry furniture. Although the red cherry from our past will be switched with a new brown, and less sheen that we remember on our Queen Anne furniture! Simpler lines, less fussy, but still a quiet elegance that never goes out of style.

Check out some of these new pieces!

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October 4, 2019

Woven Light Fixtures

We’re loving the look of modern wooden pendant lights! Natural in color and minimalist in design, they add a beautiful warm texture.

Great as stand-alone statement or grouped together above dining tables, they’re perfect for any space from farmhouse to boho, adding a cozy light and a definite cool factor.

With a chic retro vibe, woven shades and pendants add a relaxed, casual look.  Pair it with natural colors and then ground it all with some industrial black for a modern look, or go beachy with whites, soft blues and greens.. they look great any way you weave it!

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September 27, 2019

The Best Holidays… are the ones you planned for.

How many days till the holidays start? Wow, in less than 100 days the fun begins – making lists, thinking about turkeys, decorations, family, celebrations and buying presents. How many people are coming over and do I have enough seating? Where am I putting the tree? How am I rearranging the house to fit it all in? Yes, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years will be here in a blink and holiday preparations begin.

Is your head spinning yet? Are the holidays the furthest thing from your mind right now? As October rounds the corner, it is now the time to plan and execute the new design. Putting the room plan together and placing the orders for all of the furnishings is fast approaching. Target dates for completion of custom upholstery and beautiful window treatments will soon be here.

The bottom line: If you have been thinking about updating your furniture before the Holidays, now is the time.  Because our furniture is made in American and custom made-to-order, NOW is the time to start planning for guaranteed delivery before the Holidays! Don’t you want an “After” pic like this for YOUR home?

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September 20, 2019

Vinyl furniture!
Remember those vinyl chairs your grandmother used to have in her kitchen? Sticky, shiny plastic. Sure they were easy to keep clean, but did they have to be so fugly?

Welcome to the 21st century. These days vinyl has a chic new name… Vegan Leather. Not plastic-y, not sticky, but as beautiful and durable as the name suggests. Vegan leather comes in an array of colors, textures and is as soft as it’s real deal counterpart. With less of a carbon footprint and definitely less cost, we think grandma would approve!

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September 13, 2019

Curves are Back!
If there is one trend that is set to dominate interiors, it is the curve. The hard straight edges and minimalist boxy shapes are definitely being replaced by softer, cozier lines.

We’ll be seeing this in our sofas, chairs, and even mirrors and lamps. These rounded, and scalloped edges are making their comeback. Some thoughts have been that the world wants a softer, and more of a cocoon feeling at home where we can retreat and feel comfortable, finding refuge from the uncertainty of the outside world.

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August 30, 2019

Hot off the heels of NY Now (an interior design trade show where designers are shown all the latest in industry delights), we were thrilled to find an abundance of bright color and organic materials. What struck us the most tho, was that it was all blended up with a touch of humor and a pinch of weird, which, seems to be the new formula for dynamic design.

If your space needs a sprinkle of spice to make you smile, we’ve got you covered! Check out some of these unexpected finds and let us help you keep things quirky cool in your home.. let the good times roll!

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August 23, 2019

You’ve been looking forever to find that perfect sofa in just the right color fabric with that comfortable arm style.. you know the one, but you just can’t seem to find it anywhere! Sound familiar? Look no further, this weeks fab find is all about custom furnishings!

Ok, you’ve decided to invest in some new furniture, don’t you want it to be something you really love? Imagine the ability to have pieces that are not only super comfortable but reflect you and your life style. Choosing fabrics and details for custom furnishings is like putting together your favorite outfit. Whether you are tailored and traditional or a true fashionista who loves to show off your latest style, custom upholstery is an amazing way to make it your own!

Hence, this weeks Fab Find… Gorgeous Lighting!  The addition of a fabulous chandelier and/or amazing pendants would completely transform that kitchen from a builders basic to a designer WOW!

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August 16, 2019

Recently, when speaking to an out-of-state friend about their kitchen remodel, she was commenting about the location of the dining table and how she was unhappy with how the builder planned the space. Now as a designer, there are several things wrong with that statement. First and foremost, a builder is not a designer… but I digress.  

I commented that the location of the table may not be the problem. The problem, as we see it, is there was nothing to “ground” the table and maybe she didn’t like it because it was just floating out in space with nothing holding it down.

Hence, this weeks Fab Find… Gorgeous Lighting!  The addition of a fabulous chandelier and/or amazing pendants would completely transform that kitchen from a builders basic to a designer WOW! 

 
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August 9, 2019

We’re talking TALL lamps, not floor lamps, not buffet lamps (although they could be) but really tall lamps.  You want drama?  Tall lamps are your Betty Davis of lamps.  They are perfect in rooms with high ceilings paired with an over-sized piece of art or furniture.  Beautiful and functional, they will spread their light far and wide and frame your focal point with an exclamation point!

Over-sized lamps are an unexpected statement piece not to be overlooked, visit us at 6 North Main street Wallingford and see (look up!) for yourself!

 
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August 2, 2019

We’re talking TALL lamps, not floor lamps, not buffet lamps (although they could be) but really tall lamps.  You want drama?  Tall lamps are your Betty Davis of lamps.  They are perfect in rooms with high ceilings paired with an over-sized piece of art or furniture.  Beautiful and functional, they will spread their light far and wide and frame your focal point with an exclamation point!

Over-sized lamps are an unexpected statement piece not to be overlooked, visit us at 6 North Main street Wallingford and see (look up!) for yourself!

 
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July 19, 2019

We are designing a bedroom for a client who wants glam. Nothing says “glam” like a mirrored dresser or vanity.  Or even silver painted wood. Can’t you just see Marilyn putting on that red lipstick?!

 
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July 12, 2019

Zen Garden – what does it mean to you?  East meets West in these home accessories that bring us reminders of living in peace and balance with nature.  This look evokes a feeling of calm in us , where we create a home that combines nature and nurture to find harmony in our lives.
 
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July 5, 2019

Fourth of July may have passed but if you love the excitement and beauty of fireworks then you’ll love this weeks Fab Find!  

We bring you fireworks for your home!  These beautiful bursts come in everything from light fixtures and mirrors all the way to wall art and wall paper!  Continue the summer vibe and mix these fun patterns with crisp white, and plenty of red, white and blue fabrics and you’ve got yourself one patriotic party! 

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June 28, 2019

‘Tis the season for outdoor fun, picnics and lots of friends!  This weeks fab find is all about celebrating the season with an easy but sophisticated grill menu perfect for your next outdoor soirée. Add your favorite signature cocktail and you’ve got yourself a party that will leave your guest feeling Fabulous!

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FABULOUS GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, honey, soy sauce, and chili sauce. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade for brushing onto shrimp while grilling.

In a large bowl, toss shrimp with remaining marinade. Preheat grill or grill pan and thread shrimp onto skewers. Grill shrimp until pink and opaque, about 3 minutes per side, brushing with reserved 1/4 cup marinade before and after each flip.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with lime wedges.
 
WATERMELON, FETA, MINT SALAD

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper to create a dressing. Place watermelon in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing and chopped mint over the watermelon and toss gently to coat. Pour the crumbled feta into the salad bowl and stir gently to integrate.
 
SUMMER COUSCOUS SALAD 

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup of Israeli couscous
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 veggie bouillon cube – roughly chopped up
  • 1/4 red bell pepper – finely diced
  • 1/2 cucumber – peeled and seeded – finely diced
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes – sliced in half
  • 2 tbs red onion – minced
  • 1 handful of parsley – minced
  • 10 olives – roughly chopped
  • 2 oz of feta – diced
  • 3 tbs olive oil plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey – a small squeeze
  • 8 twists of black pepper from a pepper mill
  • A pinch of salt
 
  1. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and add one tsp of olive oil. Once the oil is warm – about 30 seconds – add Israeli couscous and stir for a minute or two until Israeli couscous is slightly toasted.
  2. When couscous is toasted – add 1 cup of water and chopped up bouillon cube. Be careful, the pan is hot and the water will probably instantly come to a boil, pour carefully so it doesn’t splash up.
  3. Turn heat down to low and simmer couscous for the amount of time on package instructions.
  4. While couscous is cooking, dice red pepper and cucumber – you want the dice to be roughly the same size for both. Add to a large bowl.
  5. Next, slice cherry tomatoes in half and add to the other vegetables in the bowl.
  6. Mince parsley and red onion. Add to the vegetables in the bowl.
  7. Roughly chop olives and add to the bowl.
  8. Dice feta cheese and set a side.
  9. Whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, black pepper and salt together.
  10. When Israeli couscous is ready, add to a fine mesh sieve and rinse so that the couscous cools. Shake the fine mesh sieve thoroughly so that the couscous is fairly dry.
  11. Add Israeli couscous to the bowl of vegetables. Add the dressing and toss to combine.
  12. Add feta cheese to couscous and vegetables and toss gently to combine.
ENJOY!

June 21, 2019

Wallflowers
Normally you’d picture the pretty girl standing alone at the dance.. but not these Wallflowers, they are the life of the party!

These colorful ceramics make a unique art installation and a great statement when hung by itself or in multiples.   

We hung ours with the addition of some sculptural branches creating a whimsical display that is all about fun!
 
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June 14, 2019

Looking for a truly unique area rug for your home? Carpet tiles may be the answer for you!

With carpet tiles you can design the perfect rug using a mix and match approach. Mix colors, patterns and textures to create a rug that’s as individual as you are.

Tiles can be cut to create different patterns and color blocked for the perfect palette like we’ve done in this office design we’re presently working on. For more on this project visit our latest project page “Corporate with a little zip!

Let us help you explore carpet tiles and create a custom look in your next interior design project!

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June 7, 2019

You have found us! Your source for all things fabulous is right here smack dab in the center of Connecticut… it’s DESIGN HOUSE INTERIORS of Course!

Look no further then DHI for everything gorgeous in your home including Designer Furnishings, Lighting, Area Rugs, Custom Window Treatments, Remodeling Services and so much more!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and join the Fabulous Life!

And please remember to visit us tomorrow Saturday June 7th at Torrison Stone & Garden to learn more about how we can help you make your outdoor spaces the most loved room in the house!
422 Main St, Durham, CT 06422

Live how you Love, Love How you Live!

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May 31, 2019

Do you think everything has to be exactly the same to match? Not if Design House Interiors creates it! Check out this wall, bed, and nightstand in a neutral monochromatic design with accents of brighter color in only the accessories. By selecting pieces in the same color but that are from different collections, with a variety of textures and lightness values the space comes alive without being boring. By painting the old dark wood panelling on the walls this entire room goes from dark, dreary, and old to light, bright, and fabulous!

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May 24, 2019

If your gray walls are giving you the blahs, perk them up with some happy decor. An oversized canvas of colorful art will fill a neutral room with a much needed dose of fun and excitement. Choose a bright floral for a traditional room or something abstract for an eclectic space. Pull some color out and use it in throw pillows, ceramics and other accessories to pull your new look together

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May 17, 2019

This ain’t your Grandma’s vinyl floor!

One of the most versatile products to come along in the remodeling marketplace in recent years is the new luxury vinyl plank flooring. Designed with the look of a wood floor or stone tile, this material is beautiful, durable and waterproof, flexible, economical and it can be installed floating over an old floor or glued down right on to concrete or sub floor. What makes this material so special for designers is that now in spaces where wood floor and delicate natural stone have been a “no-no” we can now expand our aesthetic. Luxury vinyl plank such as “Luxe” by Armstrong Floors is so authentic looking you would never know it’s not the real deal. No more limits on designing around limited choices. Now in any busy family home kitchen with pets and kids, any potentially damp area such as a basement or lower level of home, slab-built homes with concrete sub floors, steamy bathrooms and even mudrooms – we can have the amazing look we want without sacrificing durability and easy care.

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May 10, 2019

At Design House Interiors we love to design beautiful, functional indoor spaces, but did you know we design beautiful, functional exterior spaces too?! Design House Interiors is now partnering with Torrison Stone & Garden (www.torrisonstone.com) offering outdoor design and furnishings.

Visit our “Outdoor Living” page on our website to see some of our latest outdoor designs.

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May 3, 2019

“Loving our clients with an appreciation for the elements of wood and stone”. Bringing nature into the home gives our designs a serene and organic feel.
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April 26, 2019

Corporate with a little zip!
Stay with us for more as it all comes together.
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April 19, 2019

As the weather gets warmer, we all expand our living to the outdoors. Well, to truly get that “Resort” feel in your outdoor living space, you need a bar cart. Since they have wheels, you can relocate it wherever you like. It’s a perfect poolside summer addition to hold those frosty margaritas, then move it back indoors when dinner is served. Happy Spring!
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April 12, 2019

It is ALWAYS the details that make the difference. As we welcome Spring, windows tend to be the first thing cleaned. Go one step further and install these gorgeous finials, with new window treatments, of course.
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April 5, 2019

This week, my Friday find started with our own studio wall. I am so inspired when I look at our floral decal. It’s a bit of tranquil beauty and, it becomes a statement when paired with a darker gray wall.
It is even more of a statement in a bedroom where the scale of the decal is the focus of the room.
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March 29, 2019

Now that we are also doing exterior design, I came across these very cool outdoor ceramic pieces. Very functional! They can be used as a foot stool, a chair or a table. They are easily moved, can be tucked away, are weather resistance and very colorful. Absolutely love them!
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March 22, 2019

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary.  Specifically your bed.  Your place to relax, unwind, get a good night’s sleep or just zen-out, if needed.  Our client wanted bedroom colors that were serene, reflected outdoors, were not pastel and worked with their existing headboard.  This groupings of materials and colors drew me in.  The combination of the greens and blues was perfect.  The pillows offered stripes, patterns and textures that all lived harmoniously on the quilt.  And, it complimented the dark wood headboard of the bed.  Soft sheets, warm blankets, accent pillows and a warm glass of milk or chilled glass of wine and you are good to go. 
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March 15, 2019

While searching for a dresser “with style” , I came across this beautiful two tone wood dresser,
What really captured my attention were the silver hoop pulls.  Loved the sleekness of the piece, the light wood trim that compliments so many floor coverings, accented by the unexpected silver pulls.  
And, a bonus, the client loves orange and the piece worked so well with her existing pieces.  It was a perfect fit.  
Contact DHI for your perfect fit . . . 
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March 8, 2019

Pillows bring a visual softness, texture and warmth to your home that is absolutely necessary to get that cozy, lived-in look that most of us want to achive within our homes! Us designers are really serious about our pillows, can you tell?
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March 1, 2019

While sourcing for a hip Scandinavian style space, we came across these amazingly affordable indoor/outdoor rugs!
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February 22, 2019

Gallery Walls

I love to design gallery walls for our client’s spaces.  With so many choices, it truly shows the personality of the owners and defines the home.  Think of the totally different feel a wall of family photos framed in silver on a full wall gives versus vintage valentines framed around a window or door.  And mixed elements can be used.  Photos, children’s drawings, favorite cards.  It can all work.  And the space – full wall, unusual location, even the drama of a floor to ceiling gallery.  Then, there is the framing to consider or, in some cases, the lack of them. Your framing choice can make the wall formal or whimsical.  And, finally the placement.  I’d like to say it comes easy, but it doesn’t.  It’s like a puzzle that you move around A LOT until you get the feeling you wanted it to portray.  Once it’s installed, you will always see something new in it that makes you smile.