Decor with some history

Scott and I stayed in the coolest place in Berlin. It was in what used to be East Berlin and decorated with some of the communist-era kitsch.

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A picture of the German communist politician, Erich Honecker, who led East Germany from 1971 to the weeks preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, hangs prominently in the lobby. And that’s just where this retro charm begins.

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2014 color of the year

I’m a bit late on telling you all about Pantone’s 2014 color of the year. I think it’s because I have been a little on the fence about it. The color is radiant orchid, a harmony of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones. It brightens moody rooms of hunter or olive green and enlivens neutral territories of gray, beige, and taupe.

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Because I’m not a huge fan of the vivid shade, I was kind of having a problem telling you how I would use it in a room. Don’t get me wrong, I like feminine shades. Remember this post on my blush obsession?

Then I had a dream about this hot color (yes, I dream about interiors!), and I had to show you how I would use it—and love it.

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It’s hip to be square

I loved a lot about Prague, but it’s probably no surprise that one of my favorite things was the Cubism architecture.

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Czech Cubists used sharp points, slicing planes, and crystalline shapes in their works.

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DIY mirror

I could kick myself for not taking a before picture of this DIY mirror. So I am going to ask you to close your eyes and picture the before for me.

I moved to San Diego in 2010 and quickly found one of my favorite weekend hangouts: Kobey’s Swap Meet at the Sports Arena. My first trip there yielded two Asian panels in oversize frames. Picture an old, faded, torn Asian print behind plexiglass where the glass mirror now lives. I paid $30 for the pair!

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A small balcony makeover

It’s the new year. Time for fresh starts, room refreshes and completing projects.

Scott and I were immediately drawn to the potential of the outdoor space when we bought our condo in late 2011. We imagined enjoying sunny days and cool nights relaxing, dining and entertaining in this space.

Outdoor space

I backburnered this project for most of 2012 as I got things inside wallpapered, painted, and furnished and prepared for our October wedding. Poor Scott just wanted to sit outside with his beer and his dog and breathe in the ocean air. So for his Christmas 2012/birthday 2013 (his is February 4) present, I committed to cozying up the balcony for him. And here’s how the small balcony makeover turned out.

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