Category Archives: Design and Decor

Lowe’s Unites Creator Collective And Project Matchmaking Program To Help Us All #FallTogether

Win a chance for an exclusive one-on-one project consultation with a home improvement expert and $500 gift card

From backyard fire pits to pumpkin carvings and festive front porches, fall is a season of rich experiences and traditions. In fact, more than a third of people consider it be their favorite season*. That’s why Lowe’s has assembled the #FallTogether Collective, a diverse and distinguished group of 10 creators, who will work with Lowe’s customers to help them bring their passion for the season to life in their outdoor spaces.


Beginning today, customers can register for the Lowe’s #FallTogether Matchmaker Program on for the chance to be one of 50 matched with one of Lowe’s Collective creators. Each person chosen will receive a virtual consultation, customized project plan and $500 Lowe’s gift card to help infuse the sights, sounds and flavors of fall into their homes. The Collective includes lifestyle creator Sopha Rush, design and DIY expert Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia, and homestead hobbyist and environmental activist Jenny Ong, among others.

“We know that fall is a seasonal favorite for millions of people and there are boundless ways to bring the season home, especially in outdoor spaces,” said Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s executive vice president, chief brand and marketing officer. “By giving our customers access to some of the brightest creative minds in the home improvement space, our hope is to give every household the inspiration and advice they need to take their favorite season into their own hands so we can all fall together.”

Lowe’s will also begin the official countdown to fall today until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, by releasing daily DIY projects on Instagram created by the #FallTogether Collective and other Lowe’s experts.

Whether customers are inspired to enhance their fall curb appeal or add warmth and coziness to their indoor spaces, Lowe’s will also offer a variety of values during the Lowe’s Labor Day Savings Event on Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. It includes:

  • Buy One, Get One Free on Select Tools from Top Brands like Kobalt and Bosch to ensure customers are well-equipped to tackle any fall project.
  • 3 for $10 Sta-Green 1-CF Garden Soil to set the stage for your favorite seasonal flowers (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Up to $500 Off Major Appliances, including select refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and more, to check off all the musts for seamless hosting.
  • 40% Off Levolor Custom Special-Order Blinds & Shades for the smallest details that make the biggest ambient difference.

Join Lowe’s in counting down to fall on Instagram @loweshomeimprovement using #FallTogether and visit for more #FallTogether Collective details starting Monday, Aug. 23.

*Source: Fall is America’s Favorite Season
**Official sweepstakes rules can be found here

A gorgeous front porch for Autumn

While walking along the river I was delighted to see bright orangeoutdoor entertaining and tablescape leaves dance through the air and land on the path in front of me.  As my feet crunched through the drying leaves, I felt a familiar chill run through me.  Autumn is just around the corner.

The air has a tinge of mist in the mornings and it cools quicker in the evenings.  The sun still graces us with its warm rays during the heat of the afternoon and shopping malls and local shop keepers are stocking up on the back to school supplies.  This is the time of year the berry fields are full of people reaping the season’s bounty and kitchens are filled with the aromas of jam cooking and fruit being prepared for canning.

The explosion of color is one of the best things about this time of year and it is an energizing time to begin planning the fall decor.  After all, making your own scarecrow to grace the hay bale on the front porch can take some time.  Choosing the right color of mums, coordinating containers and placing them in the perfect location with your other autumn decorating treasures can be pretty detailed task and if you are a wild decorator like me, creating a bluepring in advance is an absolute necessity.

I have a fascination with black outdoor rockers.  I don’t feel the vignette for fall is complete until it is placed on the porch with the autumn hued mums.  Add the hay bale, get the family together and create a brand new scarecrow for the year. Basil & Salt’s version of the perfect front porch decor.

Choosing the color of mums to accompany your new brilliant scarecrow is always the exhilarating portion.  Mother Nature provides us with such a clever and colorful palette this time of year, it’s time to think about removing brights and pastels to replace them with the gorgeous deeper hues such as browns, oranges, reds, yellows and greens.  Color coordinate the clothing of your scarecrow with the mums and their pots, position the rocker, throw the hay bale out (perhaps two) close to the rocker, place your new exquisite scarecrow in your rocker, standing behind or sitting on the hay, place your mums strategically on and around your porch and perhaps put out some fun and inspiring fall items.  With that in place, phase I for Outdoor Fall Decorating is complete.  What is Phase II?  Why, Halloween of course.


Stay for the slideshow – I hope this inspires you.

Made in Portugal: Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability

Portugal is recognised internationally for the innovation and the talent of its human resources, the result of a strong commitment to research and development, technology, and education and training systems.

Since 2016, Portugal has been the European Union’s fourth-most developed country in terms of innovation, with the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS 2020) listing it as “strongly innovative“. It also boasts the greatest performance improvement in the European Union, taking the “SME innovation” top spot for the second year in a row.

Industry’s growing awareness of the innovation concept, the commitment to talent and the collaboration between scientific and technological organisations have all contributed to Portugal’s growing recognition in the most prestigious rankings and international awards. The factor differentiating companies is their ability to adapt, to maximise technologies in their favour, solving problems and offering disruptive solutions,” says Luís Castro Henriques Chairman & CEO of AICEP.

According to the EIS 2020 report, the strong points in the portuguese innovation system are at the innovation environment level, the attractiveness of the research system and entrepreneurial innovation. Bold solutions have emerged in terms of product innovation, such as self-healing materials and digital transformation, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology.

Businesses in the Home and Building Materials sectors are increasing their investment in R&D departments as knowledge centres and using technology to develop effective and differentiating solutions that contribute to improving the quality of life.

Here are some examples of products that use technologies supported by creativity, innovation and sustainability:

Dyeing cotton fibres with green tea leaf waste is the latest innovation from JF Almeida.

Heating and cooling mattress covers controlled remotely via an app and which have different temperature zones (Lasa).

Intelligent Furniture, with antibacterial components that kill up to 99% of bacteria, are resistant to UV radiation and are manufactured with 100% recyclable raw materials (Nautilus).

High-strength antibacterial toilet cistern control plates that save water and use the ColorADD system are one of the innovative solutions from OLI


Environmentally-friendly tiles made from the soles of shoes and other industrial waste, offering acoustic and thermal advantages and in a unique range of colours and textures: Goma (Flowco).

These and other innovative companies can be visited in the 360º Virtual Showroom or consulted in the directory available at

AICEP – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency is the public entity that promotes the attraction of productive investment, the increase in exports and the internationalization of Portuguese companies and economy through its offices in Portugal and a network of Delegations in more than 50 countries.

SOURCE Made in Portugal

KitchenAid® Illuminates How Inspiration Can Strike At Any Moment With Design-Forward, Limited Edition Stand Mixer

“Light & Shadow” Features Sun-Soaked Sand Tones, Refined Black Metals and Unique Textural Elements

 Shining a spotlight on highly textural, premium design, KitchenAid reveals its most artful appliance to date, the Limited Edition Stand Mixer, Light & Shadow. The design-forward appliance is an ode to the maker, acknowledging that their passion and creativity in the kitchen is not tied to traditional boundaries, but instead driven by inspiring moments throughout each and every day.

Light & Shadow reflects how inspiration can strike at any time, whether day or night, in big or small ways. Through the contrast of light and dark, compelling textures and exceptional styling, the sun-soaked sand tones of the Stand Mixer complement the studded shadowcasting pattern of the ceramic, tactile bowl.

“The design of Light & Shadow reflects the desire to explore and bring your vision to life,” said Jessica McConnell, director, Whirlpool Color, Finish & Material Design. “The dimensional studs on the bowl cast mesmerizing shadows that change with the sun’s rays, reflecting the possibility to make each moment feel special.”

KitchenAid® Illuminates How Inspiration Can Strike At Any Moment With Design-Forward, Limited Edition Stand Mixer

As an appliance leader and color authority, KitchenAid releases Limited Edition appliances to display its advanced color, material and finish. The brand pushes the boundaries of what a stand mixer can do through its ability to evoke emotion and elevate lifestyles. Crafted using genuine materials with rich surface textures, the Light & Shadow Stand Mixer encourages creativity at any moment, earning a spot as a permanent fixture on countertops.

The sand-colored tonal matte mixer mirrors sand in an hourglass, while the structural, three-dimensional studded bowl reflects and subdues light. Together, the pair mark the passage of time through the marriage of light and shadow, celebrating the many different occasions that bring makers to the kitchen.

Every detail of the limited edition appliance elicits a sense of wonder and curiosity, coming to life even in the most subtle intricacies. The polish from the trimband’s deep metallic finish contrasts the sleek yet subtle hubcover, which has a two-toned finish for a shiny, satin look that mesmerizes like a mirage. Details like these set this ultra-luxe model apart from others.

“Inspiration isn’t bound by time, but rather cultivated by a series of moments,” said Jon Bellante, KitchenAid global marketing director. “Light & Shadow is a reflection of how creativity can arise in the kitchen without warning and manifest itself in the form of a brunch spread for friends, an afternoon snack or a nighttime dinner party — the possibilities are endless.”

The stand mixer is made to stand out as a centerpiece of the kitchen, blurring the line between appliance and art and allowing for a distinctive expression of individuality. Light & Shadow is available with a studded black ceramic bowl, sold exclusively with the Limited Edition Stand Mixer.

The Limited Edition Light & Shadow Stand Mixer is available for purchase on and at select retailers, complete with unique packaging, for MSRP $449.99 (Stainless Steel Bowl option) and $549.99 (Studded Bowl option).

To learn more, visit or follow us on Instagram, @KitchenAidUSA.

Quick Bites: 10 Bath Spaces That Will Inspire You to Create Your Own At-Home Sanctuary

While treating yourself to the spa or a nice massage is a happy occasion, having a dedicated room inside the home to disconnect and rejuvenate is essential. Many could agree there’s nothing more satisfying than unwinding in a hot bath after a long, hectic day, and a well-designed bathroom with a statement bathtub can be the perfect retreat for indulging in some much-needed self-care. 

To give you the inspiration you need to create the relaxation space of your dreams, I have shared several swoon-worthy bath spaces below. From marvelous bathtubs to luxurious materials, these sumptuous bathrooms double as private getaways.

When you’re ready to create your own, visit the following links for shopping and inspiration:

Native Trails
Original BTC
The Fox Group
Bakes & Kropp

House Of Rohl Unveils Key Interior Design Trends For 2021 And Beyond

New data from the brand reveals 73% of respondents with a combined household income of $150K or more want to remodel their homes for guests as the country returns to normalcy

 The House of Rohl®, a portfolio of luxury plumbing brands, today announced new insights highlighting the 2021 trends that are here to stay and what’s next in the world of home renovation and kitchen and bath design. The new research comes at a time when many Americans are returning to normal routines and re-opening their homes up to family and friends.

While this past year saw people spending more time at home than ever before and utilizing their spaces in multiple ways, House of Rohl unveiled a continued interest in home renovations, in particular kitchens and baths. More than one in three (36%) respondents plan to update their kitchen or bathroom(s) this year or early next year, while 44% with a combined household income of at least $150K plan to update one of these rooms.

New key insights further detail three overarching trends that depict how the past year has transformed the way in which consumers are viewing, using and renovating their homes in the months ahead:

Both Home Entertaining and Relaxation are Key Drivers

Americans are excited to welcome people back into their homes, which is driving the continued interest in renovations. In fact, half of respondents want to renovate their homes with guest entertaining in mind, which can take the form of revamped outdoor spaces, additional seating areas and upgraded furniture. This number increases to 73% for respondents with a combined household income of at least $150K.

At the same time, the return to normal routines is also driving the need for a sanctuary, with 70% of respondents wanting their homes to feel like a calming retreat from the busy world. One way respondents look to further inspire relaxation within the home is through the bathroom – half want their bathrooms to feel like a personal spa.

“We know that many people took time to update their personal spaces while at home this past year, and this new data allows us to further shed light onto the importance of the home sanctuary,” said Eveline Simard, principal industrial designer for House of Rohl. “While we look forward to gatherings, we still want to return to that escape. This is true even in the bathroom. At House of Rohl, we craft exquisite collections with relaxation in mind. From our iconic Victoria + Albert® freestanding tubs to our newly released Reflet™ Bath Collection from Riobel®, which was designed to mimic the movement of water, our products effectively create the spa environment at home.”

Homeowners Are Willing to Invest in an Elevated Experience

Not only do Americans want to renovate their homes for guests, but 57% of respondents also agreed that spending more time at home has shown them the value of an elevated home experience. Because of this, 1 in 2 said they have identified areas for home improvement, and 47% are willing to spend more money on home renovation than they would have in the past to achieve a lavish home environment.

“As consumers spent time indoors, they have experienced firsthand the importance of the home and are now willing to transform their space to reflect a need for a more stylized residence,” said Simard. “The motivation to renovate in this manner, and with a higher budget, likely means we will be seeing consumers choose higher quality materials, enlist the help of an interior designer or opt for luxury brands.”  

A Lasting Impact on Style

The tumultuous times of the last year have had a lasting impact on style preferences, with a few key microtrends here to stay as many continue to update their homes:

  • Personalized Style: A majority (58%) of respondents agree that more recently, they want their kitchen and bathrooms to showcase their personal style, and 63% are more likely to select bathroom fixtures if they can personalize them.  
  • Soothing Colors: Nearly two thirds (61%) of respondents agree that they want to bring more warm and relaxing colors into their spaces to help inspire relaxation.
  • Biophilic Approach to Design: To further strengthen the connection to nature in their homes, nearly half (45%) of respondents stated that they have prioritized bringing outdoor elements into their home spaces.  
  • Chic Sanitization: Fifty-three percent would consider purchasing motion-activated or hands-free faucet options to help reduce the spread of germs, which highlights consumer need for health and wellness properties. This increases to more than three-quarters (76%) for respondents with a combined household income of at least $150K.

House of Rohl conducted its interior design survey between May 25 – May 28, 2021, with a sample of 1,016 U.S. respondents.  

About House of Rohl.
The House of Rohl is a portfolio of luxury decorative plumbing brands curated from around the world: Riobel®, Perrin & Rowe®, Shaws®, Victoria + Albert® and ROHL®. Each has a unique story that connects craft, place of origin and specialized techniques that deliver timeless design. Together they bring a richness of heritage, innovation and design to your kitchen and bath. The House of Rohl and its portfolio of brands are part of Fortune Brands’ Global Plumbing Group, a division of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.  (NYSE: FBHS).

RTA Outdoor Living Introduces Innovative New MOKS (Modular Outdoor Kitchen System)

Summer is on its way and we are ready for backyard gatherings, family get togethers and cooking outdoors. One of the largest redesign trends this year is the backyard oasis and that includes the outdoor kitchen.

MOKS (Modular Outdoor Kitchen System). MOKS is a complete, ready-to-assemble outdoor kitchen that allows consumers to choose from various design layouts in one of six colors, then order, receive, assemble and ready for use all in just a week.

The cabinet panels and countertops are lighter weight and a key feature of the design are the interlocking channels, allowing for intuitive and quick assembly. Panels slide together and lock, providing optimal structural integrity and rigidity once the base unit is complete. 60 minutes, a screwdriver and two people are all you’ll need. Take a look here.

“To the millions of at-home chefs searching for a complete outdoor kitchen that is easy to order, assemble, and use ASAP, RTA understands your frustration at the lack of options. No one should have to compromise on superior quality or design for a quick-fix solution,” says Josh Brown, president of RTA Outdoor Living. “While most other outdoor kitchens take months to ship, due to major delays and backorders, RTA’s MOKS kitchens ship within a week, giving you outdoor-rated durability, a sleek, modern look and more time to enjoy it all summer long.”

How to Customize the MOKS Outdoor Kitchen

  1. Choose from a variety of layouts – including seven-foot and six-foot options in straight or “L” shaped configuration.
  2. Multiple appliance options – gas grills, double access doors, refrigerator, storage, pull out trash, sink and more.
  3. Select a cabinet color – Jet Black, Pure White, Navy Marine, Rubbed Bronze, Nordic Gray or Steel Gray.
  4. Upgraded key features are available.

Easy to Assemble and Built to Last

  • Designed for all-weather durability, no matter the climate or region.
  • Marine-grade composite cabinets are lighter weight and structurally sound.
  • Outdoor-rated solid surface countertops are made from advance composite material that fuses natural minerals and resin, creating a homogeneous and nonporous surface area.
  • Cabinet and countertop materials are also UV-resistant to color fade.
  • Engineered to withstand extreme heat, humidity, salty air, freeze-thaw conditions, extreme cold, snow and rain.
  • They will not warp, rot or crack.
All MOKS outdoor kitchens are built with high-quality materials, designed for all-weather durability, no matter the climate or region

Both the cabinets and countertops are low-maintenance—easy to wipe clean, and scratch and stain resistant. Solid surface countertops are also certified hygienic to the standard of commercial kitchens, for any germ concerns, and feature GreenGuard® Gold certification for environmental performance.

The Coyote grill and appliances are all 304 stainless steel—inside and out—and engineered for superior durability and longevity to match the outdoor kitchen unit.

RTA (ready-to-assemble) Outdoor Living was born from a desire to empower homeowners to create ideal outdoor spaces that encourage gathering and human connection. Our outdoor living features, manufactured in the heartland of America—Cambridge City, Indiana—achieve this purpose. At its core, RTA’s product line is a simplified alternative to outdoor masonry. Through this approach, we avoid the high costs associated with building outdoor kitchens from scratch. Our easy-to-install options make the luxury of an outdoor grill island attainable to everyone.  More information is available here.

Take a Virtual Tour through a Million Dollar Apartment Project in New York

Essential Home’s NEW Virtual Project through the Eyes of its Project Manager, a Conversation with Sara Magno

DelightFULL and Essential present the first luxury design project from their unique virtual houses’ series made to inspire all of the world’s interior design lovers in this new reality that we are living in.

The ultimate Million Dollar Apartment Project in New York is a clear representation of the ideal residential design that captures the best of one of the most famous design capitals in the world.

Showcasing the potential of the mid-century modern style in soothing a trendy color palette, this unique virtual residential project designed by DelightFULL and Essential Home’s team shows a different approach to the bright colorful world that the brands are associated with.

We had the opportunity to interview Sara Magno, head project manager of the fabulous Million Dollar Apartment Project, to learn more about the concept of this dreamy New York-style design, as well as some exclusive details on the behind-the-scenes. One thing is for sure, the final result is a very comfortable home fit for the busy lifestyle of the city that never sleeps.

Project Manager, Sara Magno and Bruno Pinto, Digital Creator

1. Tell us about the beginning of your journey in the design world? How did the love for design emerge?

Ever since I was young, I’ve loved visiting museums, studying art history and I will begin painting soon. I have designed my own clothes, and when I began traveling solo, I would visit different cultures to understand the architecture and the interior spaces of each country which are so different and well adapted. The colors, textures, landscapes, always fascinated me and in these past five years, while working I have developed my skills in these different areas of design; editorial, graphic, product, and now interior spaces.

2. Why DelightFULL and Essential Home?

Two amazing brands that embrace my work and allow me to grow up with them! In the past 5 years, I traveled the world with a different vision thankfully to DelightFULL and Essential Home. Understanding the customer needs, the space integration, the product trends, new textiles, materials, functionally with comfort, crafting everything hand by hand carefully for each piece be unique – a life statement that I’m addicted to, creating everything with time, passion, and worldwide renown in the end.

3. We know that the mid-century modern style is usually associated with bright color palettes and combinations, but for you what is the essence of this unique design approach?

DelightFULL and Essential Home preserves the references of design between the ’40s to ’80s, the forms, the materials, the atmosphere reinterpreted for nowadays. For me, this essence is when we finish a project or room, and we feel it like ours, we feel it that we lived there, a Deja Vu. Recreating a space history with our products keeps memories in people’s heart, this is our unique design approach, create pieces that allow souls to feel alive with their past references.

4. Talking about one of your most recent projects, the beautiful minimalistic virtual house project called “MILLION DOLLAR MODERN APARTMENT IN NEW YORK”, what was the main message you were trying to pass with this design?

We understand that we need to expose a different vision of mid-century modern style reinterpreted again, keeping with calm tones, creating a bright space that gives customers the feeling of a familiar home. DelightFULL lamps are juice and fun and we try to keep this one the junior room, but also give them a classic touch in the rest of the house, keeping the white, the nickels allow these lamps to fit any different era, more “straight” (Laughs). Essential Home products are colorful and feminine, reinterpreted in this house with pastel tones, white and grey shades, they seem more clear with allowing us to create a house where the products can camouflage with the walls, with the floor, being there waiting for the family to use them and to embrace each room.

5. Creating a unique house project in the virtual world can be quite challenging? What were the biggest obstacles that you and your team had to face?

Yes, very challenging. Working virtually requires an aesthetic vision for each detail, carefully adapted for any screen, trying to be real. In real projects, we visit the place, we feel the rooms, we select the textures and colors feeling them, and mix them in the space This was our biggest obstacle, create an ambiance with colors, textures, and lighting that feels more real as possible.

6. What are the biggest focal points when designing this luxurious home design?

The biggest focal points are that in each room all the pieces combine between them, all the shapes carefully adapted to their place and in the end, the final atmosphere brings that sense of calm and serenity. We study each product and position to create this sense of harmony and space living.

7. Want to give us a little tour through the house?

(Laughs) Yes! Let’s go! Starting for the entryway we keep it simple for the family to get in and feel the serenity inside that they can’t feel outside in NY streets with noise and different cultures. The kitchen, dining room, and living room, are an open space to experience this family area and promote more relations. When we get inside the private rooms, like the bedrooms, one of them was created for a junior boy that needs to keep dreaming and playing, so we integrate different products and we create a DelightFULL graphic wall lamp to be fun and young. When we step into the master bedroom with a feminine touch, but most importantly, we feel that it is private, comfortable, intimated, that was our goal again, create the most realistic experience in a virtual house where any family can feel that is theirs home.

8. What is your favorite part of the entire process of design?

My favorite part of the process of the design is the mood boards! I love to create them, understand the harmony between each piece, select colors and materials, and it was quite a challenge to do it just for a virtual experience!

9. Were you trying to incorporate any popular design trends in interior design?

Of course! The first trend for this year is Abstract Minimalism. Since the pandemic started, people need to feel protected in their homes and calming colors and lights are perfect to vibrate this theme. We also try to concentrate on compositions sometimes, with radial symmetry in some decor and art that we used.

10. How would you and your team describe this fabulous project in three words?

Fresh, Familiar, and Minimalism.

11. Do you think that these virtual house projects are going to be a new impact on the design world?

I have no doubts about that. Designers are living in a new era where traveling is different, be in the office, in showrooms, selecting materials and textiles in stores, visit design fairs! Everything changed, we need to keep with our work in virtual meetings, give virtual advice, so for me it is natural that we grow up with the virtual experience with our professionals keeping virtually reinterpreting the experiences to keep inspirations and design alive.

12. What are going to be the next BIG steps for DelightFULL and Essential Home? Can you tell us more about your expectations for the future?

Well, we have many surprises coming this year! Related to virtual houses, we are creating an interior designers network that in partnership with us will create these virtual houses signed by them projected with our products. I can give you a name, Masquespacio designers very very soon will launch a virtual project with us! As for product design, we are also creating more capsule collections as we created in the past year with Studiopepe and Carlo Donati, worldwide designers like Karim Rashid from NYC! This designer’s network with DelightFULL and Essential Home will create a new way to explore the design world and the relations between design cultures.

Welcome To The Soothing New York City Apartment Project Let’s look inside!

This amazing mid-century house tour by DelightFULL and Essential Home is going to show you the versatility of this unique design style, besides that Bright and bold vision that we are used to seeing. The new luxurious New York City apartment focuses on functionality and modern design in neutral tones to create an effortlessly chic look.

Featuring 9 different rooms, each one with its own concept and personality, this marvelous home project has its soothing signature style that transmits a sense of calmness and luxury through design excellence.  Every single detail is carefully put together to provide a comfortable modern home where every interior design enthusiast can take a break from the busy lifestyle of the city that never sleeps. Are you ready to be inspired? Let’s get started!

Living Room

Featuring a trendy open concept for easy access to the kitchen area (which is great for entertaining occasions), the main living room design was created in an iconic neutral color palette with a few metallic details in the unique lighting pieces and bespoke furniture designs. Essential Home’s unique Sherman Sofa, with its rich velvety texture, was the perfect complement for the luxurious Botti Diamond suspension by DelightFULL, a unique lighting design that is considered to be the statement art déco piece of the entire look.

Dining Room

The dining room area is the perfect space in this new luxury New York City apartment to enjoy those special moments with your friends and family.  Following the same neutral and sophisticated lines of the living ara, the dining room decor is all about Comfort meets style. The Ezra dining table is complemented with 4 beautiful Isadora dining chairs from Essential Home’s new collection with Studiopepe, however is the iconic Galiano suspension piece by DelightFULL that lights up space and elevates it to a new level.


The office area went from being an unappreciated part of any home decor project to one of the most important rooms in the house due to the current home working reality. The luxurious New York City apartment shows a functional and stylish office where the Virginia armchair by Studiopepe and Essential Home and DelightFULL’s fabulous Turner table lamp takes the lead.

Master Bedroom

Keeping the trendy neutral color palette, the master bedroom design of this luxury apartment project leaves the light Brown and beige tones and replaces them with the popular grey and white shades, one of the most promising color combinations of the season. The Sophia bed by Essential Home was the perfect fit to be the centerpiece of this bedroom project since provides style, comfort, and personality through great design. This unique piece was complemented with the brand’s unique Kahn nightstands, and two white classic table lamps design called Miles by DelightFULL. Like any other master bedroom design, this luxurious space also features a high-end social space and a big functional walk-in closet.

Kids Bedroom

As we enter the kids’ bedroom are we can see a different and exciting take on the neutral palette concept that flows in the interior design of this luxurious New York City apartment by DelightFULL and Essential Home. The Bright and fun touch, which makes this bedroom design perfect for the little ones, is given by the fun marquee lighting pieces from DelightFULL’s graphic collection. Whether it is in the sleeping bedroom área or playroom space, these unique lighting pieces were the perfect fun complement to Essential Home’s sophisticated modern products, such as (for example) the Florence center table and stool.


DelightFULL – Design Unique Lamps

A fresh reinterpretation of mid-century lighting design. We revive design and inspirational art from the 40s to 70s, bringing to you fresh classic lamps with the progress of colors and materials of modern décor.

Our mid-century spirit can be suitable for any project customizing any piece that you need. We promise you a full experience of the mid-century world, through iconic design around trendsetting places. Today, with a solid structure and factory to provide you with the best you can get, we have solutions for short lead time projects

Sprucing up the outdoors for spring

Your front porch and flower garden are the first things your guests see when they arrive. Make sure they are gorgeous!

IMG_5775I don’t have a lot of space in my backyard, which limits my gardening to containers. As I began working on my patio garden blueprint, I headed outdoors to take stock of my garden containers. I needed to weed out the old, dead plants and check for cracks or breakage of my pots after our freezing northwest winter weather.

My back patio was in a deplorable state. Moss and general “grunginess” had taken over my herb and floral containers. It’s not something I probably would have spent too much time worrying over, but the hard freezes this year and taken a toll on a couple of my terra cotta’s, so I headed out to Lowe’s to purchase new ones. When I returned home with them and set them beside my seasoned pots, the contrast was too noticeable to walk away from. Cleaner, rags and a hose in hand, I went to work.

FullSizeRenderEarlier this year Mean Green had asked me to be one of the ambassadors for their brand. I had not previously tried the product and they sent me an assortment to test. The patio furniture sat out in the snow and was covered in a light green layer of dirt and moss. Every accessory, container, planter and piece of garden and patio furniture received a scrubbing and we are ready for barbecue activity. I love this product and it made my backyard patio garden gorgeous again.

Spring cleaning generally seems to be an indoor activity. While we tackle windows, cabinets and clean out dusty closets, our outdoors needs a good scrubbing as well to get ready for backyard cookout activities and evening cocktails on the front porch. While I was out checking my pots, I had also noticed my front and back doors were loaded with dirt. They received a good scrubbing as well.

IMG_5777Additional things to consider while cleaning the outdoors for spring and summer:

  • Clean out last year’s growth from the flower beds and turn over the dirt. Even if you aren’t ready to plant, this freshens up the yard.
  • Containers are a great way to add spots of color and are easy to move around the yard as needed. Set in cut florals or plant flowers already in bloom for instant beauty.
  • More ideas below!


Please Note: We did receive product and yes, this is a sponsored post written by Karie Engels. While we do publish posts that are sponsored, this site will not ever represent or write about a product we do not believe in and we proudly represent Mean Green as one of their product Ambassadors.


Anne Neilson Home: Combining The Beauty Of Fine Art And Faith With A Commitment To Philanthropy

September 2017  •  basil & salt 

A-Z scripture cards_300dpiIf you strive to make your home an inspiring space, you know that every piece serves a purpose. No matter the season, decorate your home with decor that expresses passion and meaning by combining the beauty of fine art with an inspiring faith and commitment to philanthropy.  Anne Neilson Home is a true reflection of designer Anne’s own passion and purpose.

Starting her artistic career with a successful pottery business, Anne Herring Neilson created Herring Designs, Inc. With a brief interlude spent focusing on her growing family, she rekindled her passion for art by painting in oils. Quickly becoming nationally known for her ethereal Angel Series paintings, these pieces are inspiring reflections of her faith and flair for color and light.

Collectors Edition Lucite Sleeve Self-publishing an inspirational coffee table book, Angels In Our Midst, in 2012, Neilson went on to sell over 30,000 copies to date. Continuing her journey of giving back through art, she published a second book, Strokes of Compassion, and more recently released Angels: The Collector’s Edition, the largest coffee table book to date, showcasing her most-loved content from Angels In Our Midst. Due to the high demand for her original oils and books, Neilson has successfully expanded her collection to include note cards, scripture cards, journals, prints and luxury candles.

Painting with purpose and passion, Neilson finds meaning in giving back to others less fortunate. Contributing to local, national, and international organizations with proceeds from her art shows, books, and products going into the community, Neilson is committed to bettering the world – one design at a time.

Decorate your home with some of the stylish, meaningful pieces from Anne Neilson Home:

  • Angels: The Collector’s EditionThe newest coffee table treasure from Anne Neilson, this beneficial book includes the largest collection of stories and fine art images to date. Featuring the most beloved content from Angels In Our Midst PLUS an additional 154 pages filled with art and stories, this piece is dedicated to helping organizations across the country in fighting the effects of homelessness and chronic poverty. Discover stories from critically acclaimed music artists including Matthew West,Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, and Audio Adrenaline.
  • 100 Days of Scripture CardsKept in a gorgeous lucite box, these scripture cards are divine. Featuring the signature and inspiring Angel Series paintings along with a scripture verse, each box contains 100, 4 x 4 inch cards with an Angel image on one side and a scripture verse on the other. Perfect daily reminders to find faith, hope and encouragement, they make wonderful gifts as well!
  • Luxury CandlesWind down after a long day with the wonderful, serene scents of Anne Neilson Home’s luxury candles. Offering nine hand poured, luxury soy candles, each comes in a box featuring one of Anne’s fine art angels, selected to match the fragrance, and nestled in a hand blown glass. Available candles include Luminous, Still Waters, Simply Serene, New Beginnings, Embrace, Garden Gate, Dwelling Place, Hidden Glory, and Daybreak and NEW Believe fragrance of fir, eucalyptus, oak moss and vanilla!  

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