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Happy Weekend

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deny designs via sfgirlbybay, mi casa


Kitchens I Love

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left: hare & klein, right: yvonne wilhelmsen via desire to inspire


Interview with Andrew Howard

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“For me, success cannot be measured monetarily.  Success is being happy at work and home, always doing the right thing, and being able to attract great clients that are enjoyable to work with.”

Andrew Howard

Thirteen years ago, Andrew Howard walked into a design store for an interview and walked out with a job that would change his life. That day was the beginning of a thrilling journey. Andrew Howard’s bright, bold, light and stylish interiors has first grabbed my attention in 2013 when he was named by House Beautiful and Traditional Home as one of the Top Young Designers in America. I’m happy to talk with the talented designer today. I do hope you’ll join me. We are going to sunny Florida to chat about decorating, daily routine and some of Andrew’s favorite things. Are you ready?

What does a happy day in the life of Andrew Howard look like?

A great day for me involves spending time with family and not thinking about work.

Do you have a daily routine?

I try not to. I like to mix it up and always am trying to do things in a better way. The things that I did yesterday can always be improved on so I am always looking to do things better and more efficiently.

What inspired you to get into design?

Two of my four parents are designers so that was a big influence.

Is there a designer who has influenced you?

Jim and Phoebe Howard – without a doubt – have been my biggest influences.

What is the biggest decoration mistake you see people make?

Rugs that are too small for their rooms and hanging art too high.

What do you suggest people do to transform their homes?

The quickest way is painting a room a color that may be a bit outside of your comfort zone.

What do you love to do when you aren’t designing?

Hang with my wife and two sons, play golf, and running (I am an avid runner, although it may not look like it!)

What are your favorite books?

Anything by Pat Conroy, Mark Hampton on Decorating, and Jeffrey Bilhuber Design Basics.

Do you have a favorite movie?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Goonies, and Back to the Future.

What are your favorite places in Florida?

Jacksonville and Palm Beach.

What does success mean to you?

Success for me cannot be measured monetarily.  I think success is being happy at work and home, always doing the right thing, and being able to attract great clients that are enjoyable to work with.

What are the most important design elements?

A room that allows for good conversation and great laughs shared amongst friends and family is always a success in my book.

photos: Andrew Howard Interior Design


My First eBook

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Jetzt kann ich das Geheimnis endlich lüften: Mein eBook – 50 Interviews mit den besten Designern und Architekten der Welt – erscheint im Juni. Das letzte Interview – das Interview mit Jonathan Adler – steht kurz bevor. Vielen Dank für eure Unterstützung. Ich hoffe, die Interviews gefallen euch. Liebe Grüße und ein sonniges Wochenende!

I am VERY excited to announce that I will be publishing my first ebook in June. It will consist of 50 interviews with designers and architects. When I first started Design Elements in 2010, I never dreamt that some years later I’ll be interviewing the best designers in the world. The last, 50th interview for the ebook will be with Jonathan Adler next week. I hope you enjoy the interviews as much as I did.


Small Apartment in Sweden

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Ein Blick nach Schweden in diese fantastische 49m²-Wohnung. Design: the one and only Fantastic Frank.

A look inside a fantastic 49m² apartment in Sweden designed by the one and only Fantastic Frank.

Fantastic Frank


Blogger’s Home in Houston

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Ein Blick nach Houston in die Wohnung von Ashley Rose – die Bloggerin hinter Sugar and Cloth. Sonnigen Wochenstart!

A look inside the lovely home of Ashley Rose – the blogger at one of my fave blogs Sugar and Cloth. Happy new week!

the every girl


Mein Buch… Liebe pro m2

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Jetzt ist es endlich soweit: Mein Buch hat ein Cover! Und einen Titel: “Liebe pro m2“. Das Buch ist jetzt bei Amazon vorbestellbar. Ich freue mich riesig, dass es im September erscheint. Danke an das tolle DVA-Team. Danke an euch alle, dass ihr Design Elements liest und meine Leidenschaft teilt. Mein Traum wurde wahr. Ein neues E-Book von mir erscheint auch bald. Aber dazu mehr nächste Woche…

My book, “Love per ft2“, comes out in September! I’m so happy. The book cover is finally out in the world and it’s on amazon. You can pre-order a copy here.  Heartfelt thanks to my book publisher DVA Random House. Thank you to all of you for sharing my passion for interior design. My dream came true. My heart is full. A new ebook of mine will be out at the end of June. Stay tuned for more details next week…



Home Offices I Love

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design sponge, the every girl


Designer’s Home in Australia

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Ein Blick nach Australien in das Zuhause der Grafikdesignerin und Inhaberin des Labels  Beneath the Sun Leah Bartholomew.

A look inside the home of freelance graphic designer and owner of the homewares label Beneath the Sun Leah Bartholomew.

the design files via my attic


Book Love

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