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Guest Picks: 20 Ways With Agate

Adding agate in your home’s decor allows you to bring a wide variety of colour, and may have healing properties as well. Many customs imbue this gorgeous stone with magic protective attributes, including the capability to cure the stings of scorpions and the bites of snakes, soothe the brain, stop contagion, still thunder and lightning, promote eloquence and secure the favor of the powerful. I mostly love the organic beauty these slices of stone bring to the home. — Jami from Imagine Design Blog

Emporium

Eclipse Agate Chandelier

This chandelier combines a sleek, modern look with a raw, earthy vibe. I love the delicate lines of the piece. It would look great in many different dining settings.

Matthew Studios

Quinn

Oh, hello lover! This is one good looking table. It’s unique, the perfect size to get just a small side table and that colour is stunning!

STUDIO BIJOUX

Agate Rug, Amethyst

Can you like this flooring jewel? It’s really a stunning carpet from Studio Bijoux. This is bold and beautiful rather than for the person who is afraid of colour.

Vivre

Agate Napkin Rings – $65

I really like these agate napkin rings add a touch of natural elegance into the tabletop. I enjoy the blue agate paired with the freezing glass ring. You can design a chic tablescape using these as inspiration.

Vivre

Agate Coasters – $60

Supposedly, these agate coasters possess supernatural powers that protect and bring pleasant dreams. Sign me up! I will try them, not just for protection, but to bring some stunning sparks of colour throughout my home.

Anthropologie

Agate Slice Knob – $14

How pretty is that this agate piece knob? This would be the perfect addition to any dainty dresser or nightstand. It also comes in a cream colour, but I really like this bright blue.

Jayson Home

Agate Cheese Plates – $60

These aren’t the most colorful agates, but they are entirely sophisticated. They’d work well for serving a tasty cheese plate. I totally love the raw, earthiness of those.

UncommonGoods

Agate Cheese Spreaders – $60

Here is a few more agate that will help you serve your cheese up. Not only are they naturally amazing, they’re virtually indestructible!

Paper Mojo

Agate Marbled Paper, Pink And Black

This agate decorative paper is handmade in Bangladesh and will be perfect to add to an acrylic tray onto your coffee table or as a pad in a frame. Pink + gray + black = perfection.

West Elm

Agate Silk Pillow Cover – $34

Who says all agates are rock hard? This silk pillow cover is something I would really like to see in my guest bedroom. It’s modern and I really like the complementary colour scheme.

Eduardo Garza

Fuschia Lucite Box – $595

Whoa! If color is what you enjoy, then colour is exactly what you get here within this ideabook. Consider this brilliant fuchsia. Store your treasures inside this oil box or only keep it on display by itself. This really is that accessory that will make your guests say, “Ooooh!”

Craig Van Den Brulle

Willy Daro Bronze And Agate Lamp

This is one stunning lamp. This would really look just right in my living room along with all the chocolates, creams and caramels happening. I would really like to see it lit with a warm, soft glow.

A+R

Agate Candle Holders – $110

This set of candleholders is one polished agate split in half. Each set from this shop is exceptional, because they’re made from stones found in character.

A+R

Tigela Agate Bowl – $60

These beauties are carved from character and oozing with colour. They are perfect for serving snacks or putting in your dresser to maintain earrings or rings.

Concetto

Concetto Semi Precious Blue Agate Stone Surfaces

This really is a blue agate slab from Caesarstone. They advocate it for conference or meeting rooms where people gather to emphasise as seemingly it “can lead to intensely original thinking” I’m loving this! Natural cut stone to improve creativity — I need a desk made from the stuff.

tuell + reynolds

Santiago Sconce

This set of agate sconces is the perfect addition to light up any space. I imagine them at an entryway (to ward off bad spirits) or maybe in an office or library setting (to stir the creative juices). I’m sure these have a gorgeous soft glow when lit.

Etsy

Lee Jofa Groundworks Kelly Wearstler Agate, Grey With Blue By houseofpemberley – $109

This really is a 20-inch throw pillow out of Etsy. It’s made from Kelly Wearstler’s Agate fabric. They also have a few different colors to choose from. I really like this as it is a picture interpretation of an agate — a bit more bold and modern.

Taylor Llorente

Unusual Hand Sculptured Bronze And Agate Cocktail Tables – $42,832.13

Examine this set! These small stunners are hand-sculpted and very pricey. They are one of a kind, although they’ve a high price tag. The sculptural base is bronze.

Vivre

Agate Clocks – $85

Sprinkle some color around your home with a potpourri of brightly colored agate clocks. Be sure to place one in your nightstand to keep those good dreams coming!

High Street Market

Agate Bookends – $49.50

These silver foliage agate bookends would dress up any shelf. I really like this colour combination; silver and peacock blue perform nicely together and make any space instantly glamorous.

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Eclectic DIY Décor, Texas Style

Blogger Dana Frieling made her home to tell a story about her loved ones. “A stranger could walk into our house and immediately start to know us,” she states. “Natural elements show our love for the outdoors, and personal artwork shows the gifts of my dad and our daughter.”

DIY answers were often the best way to get what she desired and remain within her budget. See how she personalized her home with everything from an ambitious midcentury-style wall paneling to a faux arbor in her kid’s room.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Dana Frieling, her husband and two children
Location: Round Rock, Texas
Size: 3,000 square feet; 5 bedrooms
That’s intriguing: The DIY dining area wall installation comes with a midcentury-inspired diamond layout created from 1×4 boards.

Dana Frieling Interiors

Black spray painted frames above the fireplace hold scrapbook paper at a pattern Frieling loves. To get a 3-D effect, she installed the mirror with L shaped brackets.

Dana Frieling Interiors

A leather sofa, an industrial coffee table plus a cowhide rug signify Frieling’s rustic design. The special piece against the wall was a tithing booth at an old churchnow the household uses it for storage and as a prayer box. Art on the gallery wall is a combo of Frieling’s father’s pencil drawings and various prints.

Couch: Rooms To Go; coffee table: Pottery Barn; cowhide rug; Overstock.com

Dana Frieling Interiors

“I enjoy the challenge of the hunt,” Frieling states. “I shop at places like Marshalls, T.J.Maxx and Salvation Army.” She made the picture curtains using discount fabric.

Dana Frieling Interiors

DIY wood paneling and a cute chevron pattern transformed this formerly awkward corner right to an integrated TV center. “It’s fun to have something really different that can not be purchased in a shop,” Frieling states.

Read about how exactly she upgraded this built-in here.

Dana Frieling Interiors

The entryway is Frieling’s preferred area. “The curved walls which create the rotunda are somewhat unexpected and help to make it dramatic,” she states. Stripes, which Frieling painted, exaggerate the curves.

Wall paint: Senora Gray, Benjamin Moore and Early Morning Mist, Behr; rug: The Rugstore; table: Pottery Barn; spectacle: Charlotte’s

Dana Frieling Interiors

An amazing breakfast nook in the kitchen gets a dab of midcentury-modern design with DIY wood paneling, made by Frieling and her husband. The twosome carefully measured bits of walnut strips, attached them to the wall and painted the entire thing in the exact same gray hue from the entryway. See how they did it.

Interior paint: Senora Gray, Benjamin Moore; table and chairs: The Dump

Dana Frieling Interiors

Frieling installed a few subtle wall shelves to hold rows of dainty vases and prints at the dining area. An elaborate chandelier and picture floral chairs give the room a fun and feminine touch.

Table: Four Hands; bamboo tray: Tuesday Morning; chandelier: Z Gallerie

Dana Frieling Interiors

The curved countertop in the kitchen serves as the perfect spot for after-school weekend and snacks lunches. Frieling stayed to the exact same neutral palette, accessorizing with brighter shades for the table and chairs at the eat-in nook.

Countertops: Taylor Morrison; color under pub: Bayleaf, Benjamin Moore; pub stools: Star Furniture

Dana Frieling Interiors

Frieling went cooler and brighter as it came to her two kids’ spaces. The heavy freezer playroom feels grown-up but can also be lively with a vibrant arts and crafts screen.

Wall paint: Restless Sea, Behr; pillows: Burlington Coat Factory

Dana Frieling Interiors

In the master bedroom, a conventional framework gets dressed with mirrored side tables and zebra-patterned ottomans that the family’s pugs find comfy.

Interior color: Stamped Concrete, Sherwin-Williams; bed framework: Drexel Heritage; side tables: Bombay

Dana Frieling Interiors

Frieling just finished redesigning her daughter’s room. While she wanted the room to function with the remainder of the house and for years ahead, she carefully considered her daughter’s passions while designing the distance.

Frieling gave a simple desk chair a new coat of blue-green paint, and a bare wall got a makeover with blue paint and cork circles to get a vibrant and trendy bulletin board.

Wall paint: Rhino, Behr; desk: World Market; desk chair: Pottery Barn (repainted)

Dana Frieling Interiors

Mother and daughter worked together to get a theme that would be enjoyable and private. Frieling’s daughter loves being outside and playing with animals, so they took their theme from character. An”arbor” of artificial greenery hovers above the bed, and a hammock becomes the perfect reading spot. Nature-inspired artwork and bedding round out the appearance.

Hammock: Bonanza.com; bedding: West Elm

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Stucco Smooths Modern Home Exteriors

The Museum of Modern Art’s 1932 exhibition “The International Style: Architecture Since 1922,” curated from Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, set aside societal ideals and promoted modern architecture as a fashion. Now-familiar elements like horizontal ribbon windows, flat roofs and planar, unadorned walls prevailed in the primarily European examples gathered for the exhibit and companion book.

Planar walls were often accomplished using a little deception: Walls of brick or some other substance were often whitewashed or covered with stucco and painted white. This gave the buildings that the appearance of machinelike precision, but they were nearer to conventional techniques of production than the industrial, assembly-line products (cars, boats) which lots of the architects loved and emulated.

Architects have many more materials in their disposal today to achieve the clean lines of modern architecture, but stucco still finds a place, especially in climates conducive to it, for example California or the desert Southwest. Nevertheless the homogeneity of last century’s International fashion is eschewed in favor of modern forms balanced with vernacular considerations, for example climate, perspectives and color. Stucco is often also used alongside other materials on the outside surface.

Kanner Architects – CLOSED

To begin with, a home that follows the global style. This one-story residence in Malibu, California, by Kanner Architects is almost completely covered in stucco painted white. An entrance canopy juts into the ideal side of this photo, but the sun otherwise strikes the outside walls directly to light a collection of exterior spaces. What’s more, the wood window frames at a trim-free opening stick out in the white composition.

HMH Architecture + Interiors

This home in Colorado uses stucco for the majority of the exterior walls, in addition to a solid wall which defines the front of the property. But notice the rock wall which bisects the home; this wall continues inside to become an “art wall.” It takes on further importance by being of a different substance and color compared to white stucco walls.

TRG Architects

A similar type of idea can be seen within this award winning, ecofriendly house: Two stucco volumes are split by a space that’s further contrasted from the former by a wood cladding. The same wood is apparent in the space on each side of this stucco.

Given that stucco is basically plaster for outside uses, it’s therefore the perfect canvas for color. White may be ordinary, according to historical precedents in modern structure, but homes that respond to local issues — notably climate and the impacts of the sun — may benefit from some type of color. This home in San Francisco has grey walls with variation that shows the method by which in which the plasterer troweled the surface.

Architects Magnus

Here is another home where the variation on the outside gives the layout a particular character. It seems to work well with wood, a substance that his its own natural variations.

Griffin Enright Architects

The dark grey of the stucco exterior creates an imposing presence on the road.

Nick Mehl Architecture

Based on a number of variables — climate, backup structure, form — stucco can be implemented without control joints. This home is covered in various materials, such as Ipe wood (bottom left) and HardiePanel siding (centre), but notice how the stucco in the very top left and in the ideal uses vertical and horizontal control joints to divide the expansive walls, bringing the scale closer to another surfaces. The traces relate to the windows, a way of anchoring them to the stucco, rather than having them appear to float.

Neiman Taber Architects

More control joints can be seen in this Pacific Northwest home. Though each opening is unique, the horizontal and vertical lines show that an underlying grid is in the office.

Janof Architecture

The control joints on front elevation of the house fortify the difference between the small windows and the larger ones to the best. The joints create a kind of abstract composition about the wall.

West Architecture Studio

Look closely at the stucco expanse to the left of the bluestone box: Vertical and horizontal control joints are based on the square window, a different tactic than the prior illustrations.

Arcanum Architecture

This traditionally styled single-family residence near San Francisco uses stucco to provide clean surfaces and lines, instilling some modernism to the conventional form.

Randall Mars Architects

This massive residence overlooking the Potomac River is articulated in five interlocking pavilions. Stucco is a way to tame the composition, which could be unwieldy with the several roofs, chimneys and openings.

Randall Mars Architects

Up close it’s apparent that the stucco walls are not independently; poured-in-place concrete walls are interspersed among the pavilions.

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

This last example shows the potential of color, harking back to Mexican architect Luis Barragån, in place of the European architects who Hitchcock and Johnson promoted. A stucco wall defines a border of the property, and acting as a background for a number of sculptures. It’s carefully composed to be viewed from this terrace.

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Up close, it’s clear how nicely the earthy orange-brown wall functions in it context. It hovers between blues and greens: between the green grass and blue sky, and instead the leaves over and reflecting pool below.

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Technology from embedded lights into ink-jet printing was behind some of the most fascinating offerings in the 2012 Cevisama tile expo in Valencia, Spain. Not to be outdone, three-dimensional tiles wowed with their architectural aspects and discovered new, creative uses.

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Here you see technology integrated into tile with LEDs, which are long lasting, energy efficient and versatile. This Natucer combination would work well in kitchens, bathrooms, even home theatres.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

This TV mounted onto a crochet wall facade by Tau hides sophisticated capabilities. Using a system such as this from S3 to get Tau, you can control your websites, audio, lighting, heat and air filter via touch sensors installed from the tile.

Photo by Kenn Busch

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

Using ink-jet methods to render a client’s artwork onto tile lets Ceracasa to create nearly infinite designs. This custom look was originally created for industrial architecture.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

This Natucer arrangement looks like basic tile right? It is really a mix of glistening indoor tiles and exterior tiles using a slip-resistant finish. Thanks to excellent digital technologies, they seem almost identical. The combination is excellent for creating a mixed indoor-outdoor space.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

I really like the 3D trend that was widely seen at Cevisama. The powerful dimensionality in this wall design from Natucer is.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

You could consider this dimensional tile steroids! Here it serves as a space divider. Shallower versions of the same shapes, too by Natucer, can function as shower niches.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

Here, Natucer reveals what it could do with 3D for furniture, with bamboo tile as table legs. Dimensionality gives tile an entirely new location in the house, bounded only by your creativity and distance.

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2012 Design Forecast: Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Lemony yellows were all over the runways when spring style collections surfaced — and since the interior design world is not far behind, start looking for these joyful hues to begin showing up in houses next year. Their sunny character is just the right antidote to tumultuous times. They could overpower a distance when used too broadly, however, so a little goes a very long way. Here is a baker’s dozen tips for adding a spritz of citrus into your surroundings.

Elad Gonen

Dining seats upholstered in yellow just glow. The colour elevates an extremely compact, subtle room and accounts the dark tones.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

A grid of art is a just-enough hit of colour. Wide black and mats eyeglasses stop the yellow from dominating an otherwise restful dining room.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

For a soda of lemon yellow, you can not do better than the source. A bowl of brilliant fruit, set off with a stack of carefully selected novels, provides an affordable dash of colour in a neutral kitchen.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

Kelly green, one of glowing yellow’s natural spouses, is another huge trend for spring. This pillow pairing seems as happy and fresh as a daffodil.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

If you have ever wondered just how much difference a painted ceiling could make, simply cover that part of the photograph with your thumb for a moment. Isn’t it amazing how much life the space loses without a crowning touch of yellow?

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

For me, the flanges on these curtains are the high point of the space. It would have been easy to leave the yellow accents into the cushions and seats, but taking it up the draperies energizes the layout.

Just Grove

This bargain mirror from a chain store obtained a coat of paint which highlights its showy scrollwork — a creative way to give yellow a test run. And you’d get a mood increase each time you peeked in your reflection.

Just Perfect!

The lemon-color throw across the foot of the bed adds a cheerful high note.

Each time that I believe I have seen it all when it comes to inexpensive wall art, someone has another surprise for me. These plaster ceiling medallions, painted pale lemon, have the same collective effect as a screen of dishware or mirrors.

Michelle Hinckley

Evidence that glowing color sometimes works best in small packages: an eye-catching tray which corrals night-table requirements.

Beckwith Interiors

It is not for commitment-phobes, however this lemon-yellow countertop is a refreshing alternative to natural stone or neutral laminate.

Rethink Design Studio

Yellow can be a tough colour for baths, since it doesn’t always make skin tones look good in the mirror. This can be a more palatable way to work it in: a painted vanity table and seat, echoed by the tubside stool.

Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

Do not forget flower power! A bunch of tulips waving in the coffee table adds depth into the blues in this living room.

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