Martha Stewart Living: A Traditional New Jersey Home Gets A Whimsical Makeover

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A Traditional New Jersey Home Gets a Whimsical Makeover

From the patterned textiles to the collection of colorful abstract art—not to mention the craft room and kitchen baking corner designed with a tween daughter in mind—interior designer Jess Cooney's latest project is a playful oasis with thoughtful consideration put into every detail.

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Architectural Digest: A Rare Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome House Gets a Bright and Modern Makeover

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The design possibilities for a geodesic dome are almost endless. The open floor plan means you can insert or remove walls almost anywhere—a dome home needs no interior framing. On the flip side, this means a major challenge in figuring out the spatial layout. Where do you even begin in a rounded vault?

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A Massachusetts Farmhouse So Quaint You’ll Want to Move to the Countryside

When Jess Cooney’s clients first discovered their dream farmhouse in Monterey, Massachusetts, they were instantly awed by the home’s 1700s charm and beautiful wide-plank floors. Little did they know that all that old-world character would soon be lost to an unforeseen electrical fire.

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The Best Sisal, Jute, and Abaca Rugs, According to Interior Designers

Rugs made of natural fibers like sisal and jute can be a great way to give any space a “tropical, or beachy” feel, according to Porter Hovey of Hovey Design. But they’re not just attractive because of their ability to make any room Hamptons-esque — Hovey also notes that rugs like this are also more environmentally friendly, too. “With growing numbers of people fully embracing plant-based lifestyles, they’re really the best option year-round.”

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Fixes for your Tragic Rental Bathroom that Don't Involve Construction

The cramped, poorly lit caves that pass for bathrooms in many rental apartments seem to exist in a different universe from the minimalistic, spalike oases that populate Instagram. But there are ways to make your bathroom less tragic that don’t involve making it larger or installing a window.

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9 Decorating Mistakes That Date Your Home

If you took the advice of 1990s interior-design TV shows and painted yourself an “accent wall,” you might want to get out the rollers and brushes—at least according to roughly 10% of the 50-odd designers we surveyed about passe decorating trends, the sort of thing that makes an interior look sadly long in the tooth.

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KID FRIENDLY DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

With Summer upon us, kids are spending more and more time at home. With this in mind, we recently chatted with interior design experts regarding their ultimate decor ideas and tips for designing kid–friendly spaces. Below, they share what’s new, as well as the best colors, patterns, materials, and more to incorporate or leave out. If you have little ones (or big ones!) the kid friendly decorating tips will help you keep them in mind.

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The Best-Dressed Windows and How to Get Them

Hanging curtains or shades can have a transformative effect on a room, adding warmth and style to a drab space or hiding unfortunate views out the window. You can even create the illusion that you have more space than you really do by exaggerating the appearance of ceiling height.

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Designing Your Next Home for Hosting Summer Guests

Second homes are as much an investment in creating great multigenerational family vacations as they are in real estate. In both cases, you truly get back what you put into them. As her home base in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is filled with examples of the right and wrong ways to outfit one’s second home, interior designer Jess Cooney advises second home owners on how to build right.

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3 DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR BUSINESS TIPS

As a digital publication we show the success of design and the professionals in the business. It can seem glamorous, uncomplicated and exciting. But the reality is that the work of interior design can require many developed skills beyond just being creative. It takes equal parts vision to business acumen. We talked to 3 of the industry’s top designers (Kate Lester, Jess Cooney, and Maureen Stevens) to ask them questions about their business and trajectory as professionals. Hint: this article can help seasoned designers and those looking to enter the field alike.

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How To Brighten Up Your Home For Summer For Those Who Didn't Get Around To It This Spring

"If you like a clean palette and don’t want to add much color or pattern, adding in a standing plant in a woven basket will give you both the pop of the fresh green tree as well as the texture of a woven basket that can warm up a space without overwhelming it," says Jess Cooney of New England's Jess Cooney Interiors. Besides plant and planters, you can shop decorative details in materials like sisal, jute, wood, and bamboo to get this effect.

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