Designers Are Obsessed With Pantone’s Bold and Regal Color of the Year. Pantone has done it again: their 2018 color of the year is bold, beautiful, and nothing like the other color predictions we've seen for next year. The company says their pick, Ultra Violet 18-3838, is a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade" and "communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future" — and the design industry agrees. "There’s a hint of fantasy in this color — something almost unreal and fabulist about it, after all, real ultra violet rays are beyond human comprehension – the naked eye can't see them!" says Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, Sophie Donelson. "I like the magic, optimism, and fearlessness it invokes. At home, I’d use it to envelope yourself, royals style – how about a least a mohair throw, it's not quiet a velvet cape, but it'll do!" We bet a plush velvet bench will do the trick, as seen in this dining area.
This Rustic Arizona Kitchen Feels Like a French Countryside Vacation. Bringing together the rustic and the streamlined wasn’t the only balancing act architect Don Ziebell and designer Inga L. Rehmann, of Oz Architects, pulled off in this Provençal-inspired kitchen in a new Scottsdale, Arizona, home. The clients are empty nesters who wanted the kitchen to feel “cozy day-to-day, but spacious when they entertained,” Rehmann says. By tailoring the adjacent morning room and pavilion to accommodate large groups, the kitchen “could stay intimate. It’s the best of both worlds,” the designer says.
Living Room vs. Family Room: Is There a Difference? It can be downright baffling to pin down the difference between two seemingly identical concepts. In the epic clash of living room vs. family room, is there really a clear distinction? As a matter of fact, yes. Just as we discovered when exploring the nuances between modern and contemporary design, there's a lot in a label. While plenty of people use the terms "living room" and "family room" more or less interchangeably, they actually aren't the same thing — larger homes sometimes even have both — and it all comes down to how you use the space.
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