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Elegant Office Unit With Secret Opening Mechanism: Storage Kit Shkatulka

Thursday, 25 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Storage kit Shkatulka is inspired from a Russian “secret box”, a special unit for jewellery and precious items with a trick opening mechanism. The unconventional office project was planned in a Russian hut where the designers at Dopludo had a chance to reinterpret historical heritage and recreate archetypal household items with a modern twist. Lesha […]

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Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E7: The Wedding

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 SURROUNDINGS --



So, in this week's Outlander, we finally get to the episode all Outlander book fans have been waiting for. The wedding! It's an arranged marriage, basically forced upon Claire, in order to make her Scottish and protect her from the evil British Army Captain Randall. (Meanwhile, she still has a 20th century husband whom she loves).  This is a complicated tale of lost love and new beginnings, the potential for death and dismemberment around every corner and 18th century customs and superstitions meeting 20th century budding feminism. It's not a simple romance (where we'd have had bodices ripping by the end of the first episode) and things aren't always as they first appeared. The episode itself is quite simple: Claire and Jamie get married and how that was pulled off, and, what they each did during the day to prepare. Claire drinks - a lot - while Jamie and his cohort see to the details of obtaining the dress, the groom's family tartan, the ring, the church, the priest and by the end, gawping ear-witnesses to the consummation so that everything is all legal. Certainly, things are turned on their heads as the groom does all the work (and comes to the union a virgin) while the bride is drowning her sorrows trying to forget her troubles.

All that said, a dramatic wedding always has great costume potential and this one did not disappoint. Costume designer Terry Dresbach and her team truly created a showstopping masterpiece for Claire's dress. Terry's blog offers a lot of back story, how they made the dress (3000 hours of work!), historical references and more.  One of the most notable aspects of the Outlander books is the detail that author Diana Gabaldon gets into. Every physical detail of the characters and their clothes was described. Eagle-eyed readers are looking out for the smallest details and some have been very vocal with their disappointment if even a hair is not the right shade or texture, or that actress Caitroina Balfe's (Claire) eyes are blue and not the perfect shade of "sherry" colored eyes described so often in the book.

So, for the production team to bring its own creativity to the table, they are potentially pissing off the rabid fan base. It's kind of like designing for the most picky client in the world (times thousands) who wants everything exactly so and nothing less will do.  This is not to dis the fans (I am one, after all) - it's just that the author created a million monsters with her attention to detail.

Anyway, there's not much to the set decor. It's set in a wayside inn somewhere and while there's some pretty atmosphere, the accommodations are, as they would have been, pretty basic. It's all about Claire and Jamie getting to know one another, and of course,  their costumes.


Claire's gown features silver metal embroidered acorns and leaves falling to the ground. They used real metal strips, not metallic embroidery yard, and painted a patina on them. Again, if costume design is of interest, check out Terry Dresbach's blog.

The costumes themselves are so detailed and glorious that it's easy enough to use them as inspirations for beautiful interior details:



This Anthropologie bedding reminded me of the sleeves on the dress.


This palette with its mix of grays and sheer fabrics, rough woods and a little sparkle captures the essence of the dress.


And perhaps a little more sparkle. Note: they used shaved mica to create a sparkle in the dress. Also note, Season 2 of the series will bring us to the Court of Louis XV in France - so we'll certainly finally have some wonderful interiors as well as costumes!


I thought the shirring of the fabric underneath the canopy reminded me of the structure and gathers of the skirt.



And now, for a few moment's with our bridegroom, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.  In the book, his borrowed clothes were bright red.  For the series, they decided to have Jamie want to wear his own clan tartan, which was created for the show to be related, though not the same, as the muted MacKenzie clan tartan. Up until this point, Jamie has been a "simple" young man (he's only 23) - an ex-mercenary soldier,  a stable hand and a MacKenzie clan relative with a price on his head. Claire doesn't even know is real last name until the wedding because he's in hiding from the British. So, it initially seems that Claire is marrying "down" - someone younger, less experienced and not as sophisticated. His education was briefly referenced a few episodes back, but they have intentionally kept his true depths a little hidden. In fact, the character speaks several languages, including Latin and Greek, was educated in Paris, and is surprisingly sophisticated. He's Claire's match and his wedding cloths had to symbolize his true status - though he is poor, he is technically Laird of his own estate and had a deep seeded sense of honor and chivalry that would make most women swoon. 

And, speaking of swoon-worthy - not so much the stable hand here:


As for inspiring interiors - two names came immediate to mind: Ralph Lauren and my friend and fellow decorator and blogger Scot Meacham Wood:




Scot Meacham Wood's living room (aka Tartan Scot)



Note: all links and credits to above images here


Only one more episode before the mid-season hiatus of the show, to return in January, along with Downton Abbey and Mad Men. There are lots of sad faces out here in tv land!






How Architects Design For An Aging Population

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

The growth in the number of adults  65 years and older will double over the next 25 years. This statistic creates a demographic that is unprecedented in America’s history, as stated in The State of Aging and Health in America. What happens when 20% of the population is elderly? What are the consequences of this […]

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Fancy and useful

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- Lemon On-the-Go Glass Water BottleTriple Dish Serving SetSilver Plated Breakfast Spoon SetCloud Keyholder  GirlyGoGarter Red Pocketed GarterTrio Herb Pot by SagaformNest Futon...

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Sculptural Chair Design Adding Cheerfulness to Modern Interior Schemes

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

The mere sight of this sculptural chair design by Italian product manufacturer Binome inspires cheerfulness and a loose approach to sober modern-life aspects. We love the colorful swing-ring look, as well as its chubby, almost humorous character. The Acari chair proudly displays a  resin rubber base, fiberglass cloth cushions and oak-wood legs. Well rounded and smooth, […]

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Extravagant Star Wars House With Control Room For A Jedi

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Referencing the cult saga Star Wars, South Korean architectural bureau Moon Hoon Land designed and implemented Star Wars House, a futuristic building with a flashy character. Its name and design are driven from the the childhood dream of the owner- that of someday becoming an astronaut. The irregular-shaped dwelling is located in a calm suburb […]

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Bungalow Makeover in Quebec With Large Openings: Lausanne House Project

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Lausanne House project is the architectural equivalent of bungalow renovation in Quebec, Canada. Opting for a sober and elegant exterior, Hatem+D Architecture installed a cover of pale grey wood at the level of the main block and a mixture of fibrocement and black bricks. A second floor was added, which accommodates three large bedrooms. According to […]

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Box-Shaped Japanese Home With Spectacular Views of Omura Bay: Y7-House

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Displaying a highly minimalist architecture approach, Y7-House by Architect Show is located in a scenic landscape in Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The rectangular box-shaped residence takes advantage of a hillside position, ensuring extensive views over Omura Bay. Elevated on a concrete base, the structure is intended to have a minimum impact on the environment. This […]

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Life Saving Technology Helps Workers Escape Burning Skyscrapers [Video]

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Residents and workers in skyscrapers and other tall buildings are often trapped in case of a fire. The newly developed Evacuator offers a last resort, allowing them to slowly and safely descend on a steel cable outside of the building. Worldwide the device can save thousands of lives, from residents in tall buildings to mechanics […]

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Floating Wood Furniture and Other Home Objects

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE --  We have seen the Levitating lamp which we can even buy today and have it in our homes: Floating Lamp by Crealev Also several levitating beds and other really or seemingly floating...

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Striking Home Extension Creatively Enhancing a Pavilion-Type Residence in Belgium

Monday, 22 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

House AND is the result of an inspiring home extension implemented by adn Architectures in Anderlues, Belgium. The residence is one of the many pavilion type homes widely produced in Belgium. According to the architects, the flip-side to the standardization of these houses is a reduction in quality, both in terms of both space and […]

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How To Make Your Roof Last For Decades

Monday, 22 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

  The knowledge that you get to come home to a roof over your head is one of the most rewarding parts of being a homeowner. The knowledge that you’ll eventually have to replace that roof, however, is often one of the most daunting. With roof replacement costs averaging nearly $34,500, according to the 2014 […]

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Scandinavian One-Room Apartment Exuding Great Taste and Peaceful Living

Monday, 22 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Open the door to this lovely Scandinavian one-room apartment in the center of Gothenburg and you will soon realize there is something special about how it feels. Despite a relatively small surface of 50 square meters, this is a dream home for anyone in search of a quiet and elegant place to live. Because of […]

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Handcrafted Walnut Para Hammock Inducing Relaxation and Daydreaming

Monday, 22 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

From time to time, we like to integrate a relaxation-inducing post on Freshome, to help you remember to unwind. Designed by Chaffee Graham of 4th Period Woodshop, the Para Hammock is a highly welcoming, tension-relieving furniture piece. The unconventional swing is made using over 700 pieces of Walnut that are all connected in an integrated […]

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Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado

Sunday, 21 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Conceived as a threshold between the city and the mountain park, the massive Syncline House developed by Arch11 near Boulder, Colorado is a modern living retreat. The residence was especially envisioned for an entrepreneurial and professional rock climbing couple who simply wanted a place where they could leave the city behind. Throughout the planning process, […]

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Fairy tale whimsical bedding for your kids

Saturday, 20 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- They will make the bed a loved place for your kids - for dreaming and even unusual activities! Look for yourself: Washable Doodle Duvet Cover Doodle duvet is printed to look like a giant piece...

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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest

Saturday, 20 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and airplanes. These fun sleeping solutions provide kids with more than just a place to rest their heads as they also double up as play […]

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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas

Saturday, 20 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

This stylish open-plan apartment envisioned and implemented by J.C. Architecture is located in a busy area of ??the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Tea-Art project is situated on the third floor of a large building, overlooking a park. The atmosphere of calm and comfort is ensured  through a neutral color palette and items of furniture made […]

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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel

Friday, 19 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

This Modern Ranch in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a spacious home with abundant natural light and a great indoor/outdoor feel. Built by Kenihan Development, the residence accommodates three  bedrooms and two bathrooms and is currently listed for sale at $1,199,000. As you step inside, you will be greeted by stylish […]

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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials

Friday, 19 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the real definition may be lost at times. Merriam Webster dictionary refers to the meaning of sustainable as, able to be used without being used up or destroyed; methods that do not completely use up or […]

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Hot Buys - Overstock Sale

Friday, 19 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- Time to save on hot items for your home and yourself! Use the Overstock Sale and save up to 55% on indoor and outdoor! Belham Living Milano Wall Wine Rack - Walnut - Sale...

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