The Sofa: To Upholster or Not to Upholster?

Or… maybe the question should be patterned or traditional? I love the look of solo furniture pieces dressed in custom upholstery –  but when it comes to the couch, is it too trendy or completely wonderful?

On the one hand it’s a rather large piece of furniture that might become too dated too quickly, but on the other, it’s the perfect way to liven up a room – and perhaps you’ll be in need of a big change when that dating comes around anyhow.

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I’ve been above and beyond inspired… here are a few of my favorite images {including a few chairs in my suzani print and even a more neutral white sofa from MadebyGirl}.

Speaking of custom upholstery, did you know that dozens of prisons around the country are opening up shops {to stellar reviews, I might add}? Now it’s even more affordable to grab your favorite Thomas Paul fabric and cover that living room love seat.

Image Credits: Anthropologie, DecorPad, Sanity Fair, Lonny, Wisteria

Friday Guest Blog Interview: ABCD Design

Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo {yes, ABCD Design was inspired by her actual initials!} is an artist, designer and stylist based in New York City. Her blog is collection of images, sketches, formal design inspiration and casual ramblings of a diversified designer.

Today, she answers a few of our favorite questions – why the slow home movement is a favorite trend, best design suggestions, and how ‘transitionalism’ defines her style – while sharing a tour of her NYC apartment that might easily double as a spread from House Beautiful {and don’t forget to check in on the renovation project of her new Connecticut country home on her blog}.

Her design philosophy is simple: no matter what design medium you are working with – a painting or sculpture, design of an interior space, an arrangement of flowers, or when styling a beautiful plate of food – one must always follow the same elements of design. In order to create a beautiful product there must be unity, flow, texture, harmonizing color, balance and a focal point to please the eye.

Amy Beth’s education and training is as uniquely diverse as it is design-oriented. She first studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then completed a six-month chef-training program in NYC at the Natural Gourmet Institute and finally earned a Certificate in Floral Design from Parsons School of Art and Design. She has worked in event planning, interior design, window display, and photo styling {whew!}.

But let’s jump right in……

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Summer Fruit Beverages to Keep You Coooool

From Watermelon Basil Margaritas to Bing Cherry Mohitos, Martha Stewart has whipped up a delicious list of fruit-inspired summer recipes for a party, family dinner on the patio or to pack up and take for a picnic. Here are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise above: Watermelon Blaster, Tropical Ginger Punch, Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Lemonade, Cucumber Lemonade, Mint, Cucumber & Vodka Cocktail, Strawberry Lemonade

A little inspiration to help us all beat the heat…

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