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Introducing a consortium of five divergent Brazilian designers whose original works are united by a common theme: their ...
05/05/2021
5 Brazilian Designers On How Their Heritage Influences Their Work

Introducing a consortium of five divergent Brazilian designers whose original works are united by a common theme: their innate ‘Brazilness.’ It’s an approach that synthesizes the country’s natural beauty and the artisans’ natural creativity in unexpected forms which are firmly rooted in modern design.

Introducing a consortium of five divergent Brazilian designers whose original works are united by a common theme: their innate ‘Brazilness.’

This Mother's Day, consider giving mom a book that will remind her not only how nature has cycles to embrace and accept ...
05/04/2021
8 Floral Books That Are In Bloom This Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, consider giving mom a book that will remind her not only how nature has cycles to embrace and accept just like life, but one that is a welcome accessory on a coffee table or nightstand.

These floral books will give your mother the delight of bouquets and appreciation of flowers all year long.

Uli Weber – the renowned German-born photographer whose dynamic fashion work and revelatory portraits of celebrities and...
05/04/2021
Photographer Uli Weber Finds Ease In His Retreat Under The Italian Sun

Uli Weber – the renowned German-born photographer whose dynamic fashion work and revelatory portraits of celebrities and artists occupy a huge space in our visual consciousness – makes his home in London, but is always on the go. So when it’s time to say basta to all the globetrotting for a bit, Weber heads straight for his palazzo in Puglia.

When it’s time to say basta to all the globetrotting for a bit, photographer Uli Weber heads straight for his palazzo in Puglia.

For moms who love to garden, bake or decorate, look no further for Mother's Day gift inspiration than this guide from as...
04/30/2021
Spoil Mom This Year With These 14 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

For moms who love to garden, bake or decorate, look no further for Mother's Day gift inspiration than this guide from aspire design and home's Market Editor.

For mom's who love to garden, bake or decorate, look no further for Mother's Day gift ideas than this guide from aspire design and home.

It’s not impossible to transform a nondescript, architecturally null LA apartment into something special, but it’s not e...
04/27/2021
Kristi Nelson Projects Both Luxury And Ease In An LA Apartment

It’s not impossible to transform a nondescript, architecturally null LA apartment into something special, but it’s not easy. Especially when your client is dreaming of something out of the 16th arrondissement. Faced with just that task, L.A. designer Kristi Nelson didn’t say “Non.” But she didn’t utter “Pas de problème” either.

It’s not impossible to transform a nondescript, architecturally null LA apartment into something special, but it’s not easy.

🚨Last Chance!🚨Today is the last day to cast your vote for the Best Dressed-Rooms in TV and Film Awards. Our fan favorite...
04/20/2021
Cast Your Vote For The Best-Dressed Rooms In TV And Film Awards

🚨Last Chance!🚨
Today is the last day to cast your vote for the Best Dressed-Rooms in TV and Film Awards. Our fan favorites will be announced later this week, along with the winners as decided by our panel of judges.

Cast your votes here for aspire design and home's inaugural Best Dressed-Rooms in TV and Film Awards celebrating set decorators.

At the risk of relying on a cliché, one has to say, the highly individual Seville studio and residence of artists Daniel...
04/19/2021
For Daniel Maldonado And Luciano Galán, Home Is Where The Art Is

At the risk of relying on a cliché, one has to say, the highly individual Seville studio and residence of artists Daniel Maldonado and Luciano Galán are nothing short of inspired – in the true sense of the word.

The studio and residence of artists Daniel Maldonado and Luciano Galán are nothing short of inspired – in the true sense of the word.

Era-accurate sets are crucial in creating our favorite period dramas and series.The set decorators that we’ve featured h...
04/16/2021
These Set Decorators Hit The Mark With Period Accurate Design Details

Era-accurate sets are crucial in creating our favorite period dramas and series.
The set decorators that we’ve featured here are very skilled at presenting a modern-day approach to design, while turning back the clock so the environments they create feel authentic. It is why this genre continues to not only delight but get big ratings.

It’s not a surprise that some of the most-watched series and movies for 2020 relied on and revolved around period design.

“A Life Well Framed” could be the working title of a biography about the talented Belgian-born artist Katrien Van der Sc...
04/15/2021
Peeking Behind The Curtain Of L.A.’s Voila! Creative Studio

“A Life Well Framed” could be the working title of a biography about the talented Belgian-born artist Katrien Van der Schueren. Soon after opening a small Los Angeles frame shop in the 2000s to showcase her quirky collection of vintage European posters, it grew into a hotbed of art and design known for creating Hollywood stage sets, repurposed furnishings, experimental artwork and innovative lighting.

Voila Creative Studio creates Hollywood stage sets, repurposed furnishings, experimental artwork and innovative lighting.

From Catherine the Great's opulent and textural bedroom to Queen Elizabeth's unexpectedly toned-down suite, we're taking...
04/15/2021
Vote For Best Bedroom Design In Aspire's Best-Dressed Rooms In TV And Film Awards - aspire design and home

From Catherine the Great's opulent and textural bedroom to Queen Elizabeth's unexpectedly toned-down suite, we're taking a look at our favorite bedroom designs from recent TV series and films.

Photo Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Netflix. Would you want to share a bed with Hugh Grant? Well, maybe not in HBO’s murder mystery The Undoing (No spoilers, of course). Seeing the bedroom designs of our favorite characters gives us an inside look at their personal lives and sometimes, even some ins...

With "Nomadland" sweeping the British Academy of Film and Television Awards this past week, what better time to highligh...
04/14/2021
Big Design Comes In Small Packages In These TV Shows And Films

With "Nomadland" sweeping the British Academy of Film and Television Awards this past week, what better time to highlight the set decorators who have managed to pack big impactful design choices into small spaces.
Vote for your favorite “Best Use of Small Space” in aspire’s Best-Dressed Rooms in TV and Films Awards:

What better time to highlight the set decorators who have managed to pack big impactful design choices into small spaces.

From Bauhaus to our house, designer Laureen Rossouw creates a visual feast with classic 20th-century furniture, authenti...
04/13/2021
A Covetable Midcentury Home Receives A Sensitive Renovation

From Bauhaus to our house, designer Laureen Rossouw creates a visual feast with classic 20th-century furniture, authentic design objects and special artworks that fill the interiors of her Cape Town home.

Homeowner and interior designer Laureen Rossouw and her husband Koos were about to move out of their old apartment, when she spotted a picture of a dilapidated house with classic Bauhaus lines in the newspaper. She was smitten. “I immediately phoned Koos to tell him I had found my dream house. Whe...

While the viewer often doesn’t think about such time-consuming details, filming any scene outdoors and in public places ...
04/09/2021
See How These TV Shows And Films Use Public Spaces To Their Design Advantage

While the viewer often doesn’t think about such time-consuming details, filming any scene outdoors and in public places requires nail-biting negotiations. But the ready-made architectural details of buildings’ exteriors, as well as landmarks people easily recognize, are essential for rooting the narrative of many shows and films.
Take a look at the nominees for “Best Use of Public Space” in our “Best Dressed Rooms in TV and Films Awards,” and be sure to vote for your favorite.

Take a look at the nominees for "Best Use of Public Space" in our "Best Dressed Rooms in TV and Films Awards," and vote for your favorite.

While we may not have been able to travel in the past year, we certainly watched our favorite characters navigate drama,...
04/08/2021
Vote For “Best Hotel Rooms” In ASPIRE's Best-Dressed Rooms In TV And Film Awards

While we may not have been able to travel in the past year, we certainly watched our favorite characters navigate drama, love, angst, happiness in exotic and interesting locales.
Take a look at the nominees for "Best Hotel Rooms" for our Best-Dressed Rooms in TV and Film Awards, and vote for your favorites here:

So what did our judges consider the best hotel rooms to visit virtually in our favorite films and series? Here are the nominations.

Known for her modern aesthetic, Magel enjoys combining fine finishes that interplay with organic elements, natural mater...
04/08/2021
Tamara Magel Adds A Modern Touch To An East Hampton Home

Known for her modern aesthetic, Magel enjoys combining fine finishes that interplay with organic elements, natural materials and artisanal detail.

The only thing left for this newly renovated East Hampton vacation home was the signature modern touch of designer Tamara Magel.

It’s the long-simmering skirmish between purity of form and decorated livability. Architects frequently see their spaces...
04/07/2021
Inside A Greenwich Village Penthouse With Exterior And Interior Views

It’s the long-simmering skirmish between purity of form and decorated livability. Architects frequently see their spaces as large-scale sculptures; Designers have been known to effuse over window treatments and throw around phrases such as “comfortable elegance” and “couture details.” Architect Alexander Gorlin and interior designer Bachman Clem acknowledge this classic clash.

When Alexander Gorlin purchased a 13th-floor Greenwich Village penthouse some years ago, he initially decided to decorate it himself.

We've got a "Best-Dressed Rooms" double feature today!First up, who needs gallery visits when you've got these spectacul...
04/02/2021

We've got a "Best-Dressed Rooms" double feature today!
First up, who needs gallery visits when you've got these spectacular TV series? Vote for your favorite of the finalists for Best Artwork Display: https://aspiremetro.com/bdr-artwork-display/
Then, take a look at how set decorators are cleverly dispersing desk lamps, floor lights, overhead lights, dimmers, and varying bulb wattage to cast your vote for Best Ambiance Lighting: https://aspiremetro.com/bdr-lighting/

We've got a "Best-Dressed Rooms" double feature today!
First up, who needs gallery visits when you've got these spectacular TV series? Vote for your favorite of the finalists for Best Artwork Display: https://aspiremetro.com/bdr-artwork-display/
Then, take a look at how set decorators are cleverly dispersing desk lamps, floor lights, overhead lights, dimmers, and varying bulb wattage to cast your vote for Best Ambiance Lighting: https://aspiremetro.com/bdr-lighting/

Located in one of Philadelphia’s most storied neighborhoods, a chic Rittenhouse Square condominium received a glamorous ...
04/01/2021
Creating A Sense Of Refinement In Historic Rittenhouse Square

Located in one of Philadelphia’s most storied neighborhoods, a chic Rittenhouse Square condominium received a glamorous makeover from Glenna Stone Interior Design Interior Design. Take a look inside:

Located in one of Philadelphia’s most storied neighborhoods, a chic Rittenhouse Square condominium received a glamorous makeover.

Nothing brings the design community together like a showhouse. And while our events looked different this year in the wa...
03/31/2021

Nothing brings the design community together like a showhouse. And while our events looked different this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community persevered and created an abundance of world-class design destinations in support of some very worthy causes.

We know that many were not able to actually view the houses in person this past year, and that’s why we’ve created this tribute issue devoted to the remarkable people who created these remarkable places.

From the East coast to the West, seven exceptional showhouses can be viewed in our very first ASPIRE Showhouse Magazine. Get your copy today: https://issuu.com/store/publishers/aspirenj/issues/sho_-_mag_-_vol1_-_cover_to_cover_pdf_-_low_res_si

Nothing brings the design community together like a showhouse. And while our events looked different this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community persevered and created an abundance of world-class design destinations in support of some very worthy causes.

We know that many were not able to actually view the houses in person this past year, and that’s why we’ve created this tribute issue devoted to the remarkable people who created these remarkable places.

From the East coast to the West, seven exceptional showhouses can be viewed in our very first ASPIRE Showhouse Magazine. Get your copy today: https://issuu.com/store/publishers/aspirenj/issues/sho_-_mag_-_vol1_-_cover_to_cover_pdf_-_low_res_si

For more of our Editors’ favorite brands and products, be sure to grab your copy of the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine ...
03/31/2021
Editors' Picks: 9 Goods That Are Inspiring Us This Spring

For more of our Editors’ favorite brands and products, be sure to grab your copy of the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine spring 2021 issue, out now.

For more of our Editors' favorite brands and products, be sure to grab your copy of the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME spring 2021 issue, out now.

With not one but two brands; KAREN J REVIS Studio and REVISionary Prints; Karen J Revis explores a vast array of art for...
03/31/2021
Faces Of Art: Karen J Revis' Artwork Explores Her Life Experience

With not one but two brands; KAREN J REVIS Studio and REVISionary Prints; Karen J Revis explores a vast array of art forms from visually dynamic, textural abstract works to explorations of her life experience growing up in an all-Black community in the ’60s.
Check out the latest in the "Faces of Art" series from Michiel Perry here:

In the heart of Harlem, there is a studio with a vast array of tools and color owned by painter, printmaker, and papermaker Karen J Revis.

It is the ability of flowers to soothe and comfort and simultaneously congratulate and express a range of emotions that ...
03/26/2021
ASPIRE's "Best-Dressed Rooms In TV And Film Awards" Honors Floral Design

It is the ability of flowers to soothe and comfort and simultaneously congratulate and express a range of emotions that make them so useful and why we are so happy to celebrate the artists who create the floral scenes that enhance any film set.
Vote for your favorite floral design for ASPIRE's Best-Dressed Rooms in TV and Film Awards now:

Up until this moment, there has never been an awards show that recognized the contributions of floral design to a film or TV set.

“This house shows that when you don’t have a big budget you can still execute gratifying architecture,” proclaims Bartek...
03/23/2021
This Three-Cornered Home Tips The Scales Of Equitability

“This house shows that when you don’t have a big budget you can still execute gratifying architecture,” proclaims Bartek Bajon, principal at PL.architekci, a firm he and his architect wife oversee. “This type of architecture is not contemporary; it is how we live.”

It's appropriate that the Triangular Rectangle home is shaping not just a holistic lifestyle of the owners, but also of Poznan, Poland

Known as “the refined designer’s source for textiles” Sylvie Johnson’s weaving and winding of textiles can be found thro...
03/22/2021
Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Sylvie Johnson

Known as “the refined designer’s source for textiles” Sylvie Johnson’s weaving and winding of textiles can be found throughout the world.
Get to know the product designer in this week's #MakerMonday!

Some of us are born into a career, others have that sudden epiphany that guides them into one. For Sylvie Johnson, the latter is the case.

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