5 Home Bars for the Modern Gent

5 Home Bars for the Modern Gent

5 Home Bars for the Modern Gent

All this warm weather puts me in the mood for a cocktail!

 

It’s time to serve them up in style with my personalized list of masculine home bars.  (I may have linked a couple fabulous cocktail recipes, as well, to ensure you are the most popular guy around.)

One. For the Mad Men Lover

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stephaniecohenhome.com Caracole Living Room Natural Walnut Bar Cabinet

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stephaniecohenhome.com Caracole Living Room Natural Walnut Bar Cabinet

 

This modern twist on a midcentury classic is fit for all Mad Men lovers.  Its stylish and functional.  Does it get any better than that?

Two. For the Industrial Type

 

www.houzz.com Arteriors Home Ponce Bar Cart

www.houzz.com Arteriors Home Ponce Bar Cart

 

Simple, modern, and a little edgy – this bar cart is perfect for the masculine minimalist.  Complete with wheels, this mobile bar can be used for any indoor or outdoor occasion you dream up.

Three. For the Small on Space, Large on Style

 

www.atgstores.com Worldwide Home Furnishings 566-940 !nspire Bar Console

www.atgstores.com Worldwide Home Furnishings 566-940 !nspire Bar Console

 

Small in size, but large in character this little mixed material bar is one of my favorites.  With plenty of room for wine and liquor bottles and ample surface area for drink mixing, this little guy is a big winner.

Four. For the Beverage Connoisseur

 

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www.atgstores.com Universal Furniture 414690 Moderne Muse Libations Locker

 

This beverage locker has fabulous storage space and doubles as a focal point for any room it sits in.  It has hanging racks for stem wear, a shelf, surface space to pour and mix, and multiple drawers.  What more could you want out of a home bar?  Free alcohol wouldn’t be a bad addition I guess…

Five. For the History Lover

 

www.houzz.com Moe's Home Orso Bar Table in Natural

www.houzz.com Moe’s Home Orso Bar Table in Natural

 

History buff?  This is the bar table for you.  The table top looks like its been plucked from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood barn.  Its rustic and old and has a story.  If nothing else, this piece is a conversation starter – worth its weight in conversational gold.

Cocktail Time!  Here are a few fun summer drink recipes:

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Horchata

Well there you have it, my favorite bar tables of the moment and a few cocktails to accompany them.  What do you think?  Do you like these?  Would you purchase one for your space?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

As always, if you have interior design inquiries, you can email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com

Happy Cocktail Hour!

5 Ways to Conserve Water in and Around Your Home

5 Ways to Conserve Water in and Around Your Home

It’s summer in Georgia.

It’s hot.  It’s dry.  It’s humid.  And while we don’t have a severe drought occurring like the parched state of California, I think it’s still important to be mindful of water usage. – Not only for your wallet, but for the health of our planet.

Below, I’ve researched 5 ways you can conserve water (and conserve money at the same time).

1. Install a rainwater collection system.

 

It’s true, there are many options to choose from when it comes to a rainwater collection system.  You can spend a lot of money having one installed, or you can get your DIY on and make one yourself.  One thing is for sure though, having extra water at your disposal is ALWAYS a good thing.

DIY 1,100 Gallon Rainwater Harvesting & Collection System by LDSPrepper:

 

2. Purchase WaterSense Certified Products.

 

These EPA approved products are well engineered and designed to be green.  Not only do they conserve water, but they err on the side of conserving energy, as well.  Win, win.

Here are a few examples:

 

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www.homedepot.com Kohler Highline Classic

 

www.homedepot.com Pfister Universal WaterSense 5-Spray 5.1/4 in. Showerhead

www.homedepot.com Pfister Universal WaterSense 5-Spray 5.1/4 in. Showerhead

 

www.homedepot.com American Standard Marquette 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet

www.homedepot.com American Standard Marquette 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet

 

3. Buy a Recirculation Pump

 

The University of California did a study entitled “Estimating Energy and Water Losses in Residential Hot Water Distribution Systems” by James Lutz in which they found:

Residential single family building practice currently ignores the losses of energy and water caused by the poor design of hot water systems. These losses include; the waste of water while waiting for hot water to get to the point of use; the wasted heat as water cools down in the distribution system after a draw; and the energy needed to reheat water that was already heated once before. Average losses of water are estimated to be 6.35 gallons (24.0 L) per day. (This is water that is run down the drain without being used while waiting for hot water.) The amount of wasted hot water has been calculated to be 10.9 gallons (41.3 L) per day. (This is water that was heated, but either is not used or is used after it has cooled off.) A check on the reasonableness of this estimate is made by showing that total residential hot water use averages about 52.6 gallons (199 L) per day. This indicates about 20 percent of average daily hot water is wasted.

That’s a lot of wasted water in one day… Imagine what it would add up to in a week, month, or even a year.  A recirculation pump is a great way to reduce this waste.  Some models can even be purchased for as little as $200. Essentially what they do is ensure the water in the hot water line remains hot, so that when you turn on your shower, it’s ready to go.  It eliminates wait time, conserves a considerable amount of water, and saves money.

www.faucetdepot.com Laing E1-BCANRT1W-06 Autocirc Pump with Adjustable Thermostat and Timer

www.faucetdepot.com Laing E1-BCANRT1W-06 Autocirc Pump with Adjustable Thermostat and Timer

 

4. Landscape wisely.

 

As water becomes more scarce, I predict grass will become more and more of an unnecessary luxury.  Why not consider a beautiful rock garden or plants that require little water?  Succulents are a great example of vegetation that are low maintenance and low on water consumption.  This will cut down your time on landscaping and save you money.

Here is a great resource on sustainable landscaping: Sustainable Landscape Design by LandscapingNetwork.com.

5. Be Mindful of Your Water Consumption.

 

You can buy all the high tech products in the world geared at water conservation, but if you don’t stay mindful of how much water you are using, it will all be for naught.  Simple things like turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, placing a bucket under the shower head while you are waiting for hot water (use that water for your yard, dog, cat, etc.), researching and recycling grey water, and filling your sink with water to wash the dishes versus leaving the water running will all cut down on your water usage.  Each drop adds up and each drop conserved will save you money and help save our planet.

This may not be the most fun topic to talk about, but each of us has the power to make a big difference.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a fantastic day and an even better summer!

Summertime Inspiration for Your Interior

Summertime Inspiration for Your Interior

It’s no secret that I love summertime.  There is something so casual and freeing about warm days, watermelon, and lounging by the pool.  This season reminds me that it’s okay to be a kid again.

It seems cruel to keep this season barricaded to the outside when it’s so easy to bring that light, airy feeling inside.  So that brings me to an important question: Is your interior reflecting the casual and free feeling that summertime brings?

If not, no worries.  I have several quick, easy, and inexpensive tips to remedy that very quickly.

Incorporate Light Colors/Bring the Outside In

 

Nothing says summertime like light colors.  Think bright white, shades of blue and purple, soft pastels, yellow… the list goes on and on.  For inspiration, just look at the flowers blooming outside you window and incorporate that natural beauty into your space in the form of pillows, blankets, pictures, accessories, etc.

 

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Throw Pillows, Throw Pillows, Throw Pillows

 

Throw pillows are one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to change up your interior.  With a neutral sofa (think soft grey) you can get away with almost anything.  So why not try some fun, summery pillows?  You’ll be so happy you did.

www.jossandmain.com Astrid Pillow

www.jossandmain.com Astrid Pillow

 

www.jossandmain.com Ilana Pillow

www.jossandmain.com Ilana Pillow

 

www.jossandmain.com Jasper Pillow

www.jossandmain.com Jasper Pillow

 

Add Floral and Citrusy Scents

 

Scent is such a powerful sense.  It can bring back memories, evoke hunger, spur on a certain mood… Incorporate soft, floral and citrusy scents into your space in the summertime and you are certain to bring a touch of the outdoors inside.

www.thymes.com TUPELO LEMONGRASS CANDLE

www.thymes.com TUPELO LEMONGRASS CANDLE

 

www.illumecandles.com NEROLI PETALS CHROMA TIN

www.illumecandles.com NEROLI PETALS CHROMA TIN

 

www.uncommongoods.com

www.uncommongoods.com

 

Incorporate Organic Elements & Textures

 

Fabrics like linen and textures like seagrass automatically exude summer.  They feel light and fresh, so why not incorporate them into your summertime interior design scheme?

www.overstock.com Safavieh Casual Handwoven Sisal Natural / Beige Seagrass Area Rug

www.overstock.com Safavieh Casual Handwoven Sisal Natural / Beige Seagrass Area Rug

 

www.lampsplus.com Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

www.lampsplus.com Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

 

www.westelm.com Stripe Linen Throw

www.westelm.com Stripe Linen Throw

 

Bring in Plants and Fresh Cut Flowers

 

Plants and fresh cut flowers are a great way to bring the outdoors inside year round.  However, the variety available during the summer months is much greater (and usually brighter).  Enjoy all kinds of plants and fresh cut flowers to cheer up your space and bring in some fresh oxygen.

 

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Well there you have it!  My quick, easy, and inexpensive tips on how to bring summertime into your interior.  What do you think?  Will you utilize these tips?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com

I hope you have a fantastic summer!

Tips & Tricks: How to Quick Clean Your House (1 Hour or Less)

How to quick clean your house

 

Summer has arrived.

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to welcome (with open arms) flow-y dresses, open-toed shoes, and relaxing Saturdays by the pool.  I am also looking forward to hosting a few summer get togethers.  Whether it’s a casual backyard barbecue, a more formal candle lit cocktail hour, or you just want a tidy abode for your eyes only, here are some essential tips on how to quickly clean your house.

The mantra: the faster you get the cleaning done, the more time you can spend having fun.

Put in your ear phones, pull up your favorite play list, and get moving (fast -because you only have an hour).

Focus on the rooms/spaces your guests will see first (up to 6 areas).

 

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When doing a quick cleaning, its important you utilize your time well.  Choose the areas that your guests will see, or the areas that need to be cleaned the most.  Its amazing how much you can get done in a short amount of time when you prioritize.

Set a timer for 10 minutes (10 minutes for each space).

 

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Allot 10 minutes for each prioritized space (10 minutes per space x 6 spaces = one hour of time).  If you want to get really, really, strategic, do something like this:

Living room or bedroom:

  • 3 minutes for picking up/straightening up
  • 3 minutes for dusting/wiping down
  • 4 minutes for a quick vacuum or sweep

Bathroom:

  • 2 minutes for tidying
  • 1 minute for cleaning toilet
  • 2 minutes for wiping down shower/tub
  • 1 minute for wiping down counter
  • 1 minute for cleaning mirror
  • 3 minutes for sweeping and cleaning the floor

Kitchen:

  • 2 minutes for loading the dishwasher
  • 2 minutes for putting away loose items
  • 2 minutes for wiping down counters
  • 4 minutes for sweeping and cleaning the floor

 

Create a peaceful ambience.

 

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Light some fragrant candles, put on some feel good music, open the curtains and switch on your lovely lamps – create the ambience you want for your space.  Whether you are having a get together with friends and family or you are just hanging out by yourself, creating a relaxing ambience for your home makes all the difference.  And with your house freshly cleaned, you will be able to enjoy it more thoroughly.

Enjoy.

 

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Whether you are hosting a party or simply hanging out solo in your home, it’s important that you enjoy your space.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos, busyness, and worries of the world, but home should be the one place on this planet that you can leave those troubles behind.

Author Michael Pollan said, “When chopping onions, just chop onions.” – Meaning, be in the moment.  Try and wrangle your thoughts to be present and prevent them from running all over the place and spiking anxiety.  You deserve to relax.

In conclusion, a clean home is a relaxing & restful home.  I hope these tips will help you get the cleaning part over faster, so you can get to enjoying your space and life more.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a fabulous day!

Design Defined: Harvest Table

Harvest Table

 

Harvest Table:

 

A harvest table is a narrow rectangular table that has hinged drop leaves.

The design of this table makes it highly functional in small spaces, as even when the drop leaves are down, there is still a considerable amount of usable surface area.

Here are a few examples of a harvest table:

www.lofty.com Danish Teak Drop Leaf Harvest Table, ca. 1950, attributed to Borge Mogensen (Danish, 1914-1972)

www.lofty.com Danish Teak Drop Leaf Harvest Table, ca. 1950, attributed to Borge Mogensen (Danish, 1914-1972)

 

www.houzz.com Cara Table

www.houzz.com Cara Table

 

www.homeclick.com Hooker Furniture 5004-85001 Wakefield Drop Leaf Table

www.homeclick.com Hooker Furniture 5004-85001 Wakefield Drop Leaf Table

 

Do you like harvest tables?  Do you have one in your home?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

5 Bed Frames Fit For Your Master Suite

5 Bed Frames Fit For Your Master Suite

Your master suite should be your sanctuary, oasis, sacred space – that one place you go to escape from the busyness of the world.  There are a variety of ways to achieve this other worldly ambience:

wall color/wall paper

accessories

lighting

artwork

linens

and… furniture.  Specifically, the bed frame.

The bed frame is the equivalent of the main dish in your multi course meal.  With out it, you’ll be left with a pretty empty space, or continuing on with the metaphor in the previous sentence, hungry.  Neither of which signify oasis, sanctuary, sacred space… So, that’s why I’ve compiled a list of 5 bed frames, tailored to 5 very different design styles to help you get started.

 

For the Mid Century Modern Lover:

 

www.bakerfurniture.com PULLMAN BED (KING) by BILL SOFIELD

www.bakerfurniture.com PULLMAN BED (KING)
by BILL SOFIELD

 

Are you a Mad Men lover?  Do you love a good 60’s era throwback?  Then this bed frame is for you.  I love the combination of wood and fabric.  It creates a modern look without being too cold.

 

For the Glamorous, Hollywood Regency style Lover:

 

www.bernhardt.com Soho Luxe Upholstered Bed

www.bernhardt.com Soho Luxe Upholstered Bed

 

Are you a lover of the finer things in life?  Obsessed with film and the glamour of Hollywood?  Then this bed frame is for you!  It exudes luxury and is so big that it’s a force to be reckoned with – just like a classic Hollywood star.

 

For the Downtown Loft Lover:

 

www.hickorypark.com Legacy Classic 5610-5006 Metalworks Metal Bed King

www.hickorypark.com Legacy Classic 5610-5006 Metalworks Metal Bed King

 

Are you a city slicker?  A lover of industrial elements?  Then this bed frame is calling your name.  Its masculine and edgy and perfect for a bachelor pad or downtown loft with exposed brick.  Bonus: because its metal, it will last forever!

 

For the Transitional/Traditional with a Twist Lover:

 

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www.stanleyfurniture.com Coastal Living Retreat-Breach Inlet Bed in Heron Grey Honeycomb

 

Are you a traditionalist who wants to branch out?  A book lover who spends every evening with your nose between pages?  This bed frame is beckoning you.  It’s soft and comfortable.  While it’s shape is fairly traditional, the fabric and color make it feel contemporary.  This inlet bed reminds me of a Diane Keaton movie with a perfectly decorated interior set design.

 

For the Contemporary Style Lover:

 

www.mgbwhome.com SLOCOM PLATFORM BED

www.mgbwhome.com SLOCOM PLATFORM BED

 

Are you a lover of luxury?  Contemporary styles and shapes?  If yes, then this bed frame has your name all over it. It will elevate any master suite to a 5-star-hotel-penthouse-level.  It’s that good!  Its simple, yet interesting.  To me, the epitome of great style.


Congratulations! You are now one step closer to creating the sanctuary-oasis-sacred-space of your dreams.  You deserve to have a space in your home that you absolutely love – invest in the pieces that excite you until you have achieved that level of satisfaction.  It is totally worth it.

Have interior design questions?  Please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Design Defined: Flax

Flax

Flax:

 

Flax is the plant from which linen is made.

Linen is a fabric commonly used for furniture, pillows, clothing, and shoes.

Here is a short video about the flax plant:

How Linen Is Made by KravetInc:

Now that you know how flax is harvested, here are a few pictures of where linen can be used in your space:

www.potterybarn.com EMERY LINEN/COTTON GROMMET DRAPE

www.potterybarn.com EMERY LINEN/COTTON GROMMET DRAPE

 

www.potterybarn.com BELGIAN FLAX LINEN FLANGE PILLOW COVER

www.potterybarn.com BELGIAN FLAX LINEN FLANGE PILLOW COVER

www.potterybarn.com CHESTERFIELD UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIR in Linen, Oatmeal

www.potterybarn.com CHESTERFIELD UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIR in Linen, Oatmeal

 

Linen is not particularly soft, however, it is very light, and it provides great texture in your space.  I love adding linen pillows to living rooms as they create a laid back, beach-y kind of feel.

What do you think?  Do you have a flax plant or enjoy the benefits of linen in your space or wardrobe?  I would love to hear from you.

As always, for interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a smart, stylish day!

Design Defined: Drop Front

Drop Front

 

Drop Front:

 

A drop front is the hinged front of an upright desk that drops down to provide a surface for writing.

These versatile and multifunctional pieces are great for homes short on space.

Here are a few examples:

www.potterybarn.com LUDLOW TRUNK WITH STAND SECRETARY DESK

www.potterybarn.com LUDLOW TRUNK WITH STAND SECRETARY DESK

 

www.1stdibs.com Mid-Century Modern Borge Mogensen Style Danish Teak Drop Front Desk

www.1stdibs.com Mid-Century Modern Borge Mogensen Style Danish Teak Drop Front Desk

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Wentworth Secretary Desk

www.crateandbarrel.com Wentworth Secretary Desk

 

I think drop front desks are great.  What do you think?  Do you like them?  Would you have one in your home?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Spring is All Around Us: Modern Artwork to Liven Up Your Space

Spring is All Around Us- Modern Artwork to Liven Up Your Space

The cold weather is lifting, we’re starting to trade our winter boots for sandals, and we can almost taste the freshly cut watermelon at a summer barbecue with friends.

Are you ready to usher in the warm weather?  I know I am.  I also know that as the seasons change, I tend to change my interior, as well.  Switching it up can be a really good thing.  It’s so fun to come home after a day of work to a fresh space that feels in tune with the season surrounding it.

New throw pillows?  New throw blankets?  Maybe a change of dish ware to something a little more lively?  Yes, yes, and YES.  But today, I’m going to be sharing some inspiring artwork that reminds me of the lovely months between April and September.

Here are some of my favorite modern artwork finds to liven up your space:

 

1.

Papier-Mache Wall Art from West Elm

 

www.westelm.com Papier-Mache Wall Art - Geo Panel

www.westelm.com Papier-Mache Wall Art – Geo Panel

 

Bright and clean.  Textural.  This geometric artwork is perfectly on trend and so fresh.  It would go with virtually any color palette and it provides a very interesting focal point for your space.  I picture this in a downtown, bachelor pad loft.

2.

The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek on iCanvas.com

 

www.icanvas.com The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek

www.icanvas.com The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek

 

This piece feels very stark and simple to me while still being feminine.  It could go seamlessly in multiple spaces: a single family home, a female executive’s office, a single guy’s dining room…  This art is the perfect example of less is more.

3.

Hush by Vinn Wong on iCanvas.com

 

www.icanvas.com Hush by Vinn Wong

www.icanvas.com Hush by
Vinn Wong

 

This abstract piece would fit perfectly with a black, white, and gray color palette.  It would add the perfect punch of color.  I picture this in the contemporary living room of a single family home.  It provides just enough visual interest without being over powering.

4.

Deep Water Current – Glass Coat at Z Gallerie

 

www.zgallerie.com Deep Water Current - Glass Coat

www.zgallerie.com Deep Water Current – Glass Coat

 

I love the color variation in this piece – different shades of blue against a white background.  The glass coating also makes it really shiny and reflective.  This art work would easily brighten up any space.  It’s incredibly versatile and I could picture it pretty much anywhere, though I would love to see it in a fairly monotone space.  Maybe white walls and a white sofa with this centered above…

5.

WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS at Pottery Barn

 

www.potterybarn.com WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS

www.potterybarn.com WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS

 

What exemplifies freedom (the summer months) better than an unbridled horse?  I love the simplicity and depth of this photo.  It’s another piece so versatile it could fit virtually anywhere.  I would love to see this in a modern master suite on a feature wall.


 

As coffee is to cream, so is artwork to your space – an essential pairing.  I hope you enjoyed viewing the pieces above as much as I enjoyed finding them for you.

What do you think?  Do you like this modern artwork?  I would love to hear from you!

As always, for interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Happy Spring!

Design Defined: Anodize

Anodize

 

Anodize:

To anodize means to use a chemical process where a coating is etched onto metal.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about anodizing,

“The process is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear, and provides better adhesion for paint primers and glues than does bare metal. Anodic films can also be used for a number of cosmetic effects, either with thick porous coatings that can absorb dyes or with thin transparent coatings that add interference effects to reflected light.”

Here is an example of anodizing in action:

Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion) by engineer guy:

Pretty neat, isn’t it?  I didn’t fully understand anodizing until researching this blog post.  I don’t think I’ll ever look at my phone or laptop the same way.

What do you think?  Are you enjoying/learning from these Design Defined posts?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a good day!