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A DESIGN CLASSIC: THE WHITE SOFA

The white sofa is a design classic that has made a statement throughout time. Today’s white sofas are relaxed, and family-friendly pieces for the home.

6 Design Lessons from Neuehouse

Erykah Badu has been a DJ at some of their parties, Estelle has sung there, Shantell Martin drew on the walls, and Kate Middleton attended a party there. We’re talking about Neuehouse, one the coolest spots in New York. Part co-working office, event space, and cool hang pad, one step into Neuehouse and you immediately feel at home. Architect and Designer David Rockwell has crafted an innovative interior that is functional, and so very stylish. Filled with classic, tailored furnishings, rustic details, a cool collection of art, and layers of global objects, we thought it would be great to distill some of the key takeaways from the design of a space that is equal parts work and play. Click through the slideshow for 6 design lessons from Neuehouse.

Sources: Zandlicious, Fragrance, New York Observer, Architizer, Interior Design

A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer’s Portfolio

In my life, photography has come to fill a number of different roles. It is my passion, certainly; my hobby and my preferred form of artistic expression. As a professional, I have to have a portfolio of my work. Putting together a strong portfolio can be a good first step to determining what your initial area will be. And while I will always have a diverse portfolio of work, I have learned the value of being able to distill a consistent voice out of my work for presentation.

Interior design photographer Patrick Cline shares portfolio tips.

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

Patrick Cline is the Founder of UPLO and a contributor for AphroChic on About.com. Read his full article, Interior Angle with Patrick Cline: Starting Your Portfolio, here. 

These Homes Prove That Wood And Metal Are The Perfect Combination

The combination of wood and metallic accents is one of my favorites right now. Metallic accents add that sense of high drama to a space in the form of chandeliers, industrial accents, and details on furniture. And raw, organic wood adds a cool rustic touch that can bring even the most luxurious space back down to earth. The end result is a combination that’s beautifully suited for today’s modern home where luxe and a casual aesthetic can easily go hand-in-hand.

See more of my favorite wood and metallic accessories for the home on Houzz.

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Minimalist Interiors

So many times modern design can leave people feeling completely empty, with rooms that you can’t identify with, or that you can’t imagine anyone living in. The Shoot Factory, on the other hand, does the exact opposite. This full-service location agency that provides locations for TV, film, and photo shoots (I know I have seen a couple of these homes in Living Etc.), presents homes that are modern in their appeal with unique and fully lived-in identities. In every photo on their website, I can imagine myself living in that particular home, sleeping in the bed, eating at the table, sitting by the fireplace. When you look at a photo you can almost sense the family that lives there – feeling like maybe someone just got up from that chair in the corner, or that the bed was just recently made. Every element is inspiring, and sometimes the lack of elements is just as inspirational. Clear, beautiful rooms that make you feel immediately comfortable and at home. If I could I would pick up tomorrow, move to the U.K. (it’s been a dream for quite some time) and get a job staging beautiful soulful homes at the Shoot Factory, but until that time, I will continue to be inspired by the beautiful homes that they showcase.