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Founder & Creator Douglas Calhoun Works Frame Wall Magic for Zillow Porchlight

Incorporating interior design styles with a roommate, partner, or loved one is all about personal touches and pin-pointing a combined interest or aesthetic.  Watch and learn as Interior  Design Expert Douglas Calhoun creates a floor-to-ceiling frame wall for a special couple in Seattle.

Lauren and her fiance are taking a big step, cohabitation! They’re recently engaged and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and odds and ends, but his style. This happy could have a love for food, wine, and entertaining. The two are active and social and we wanted to brighten the space they spend time entertaining in, the dining room. It’s adjacent to a cozy living room with iconic Seattle views of waterfront, sea planes, and neighboring hillside homes. The dining room is also steps away from their kitchen which we took foodie inspiration from. Their love of food and wine was the jumping off point for their frame wall.

You want to create a balance of organic shapes and square corners. Remember it’s a personal story so no need to be to precise, it should look and feel like something you accomplished easily. Sourcing vintage cookbooks, throwback kitchen tools, and metallic shapes like street signs and large lettering made for a great fit. Reframing pages and posters meant varying shapes and sizes creating a gathered look.

Cutting out the shapes with old warping paper or butcher paper and laying them either on the wall itself or on the floors means you rearrange without hammering a single nail. Do your research and look up a few images online for inspiration. Remember, it’s your personal space and style. If your space is more modern line them all up in one dramatic row or if your looking for a more lived in style than go crazy and layer different shapes in whatever format you’d like.

Final touches include a small piece of furniture at the bottom of your frame wall. A chest or bench anchors the whole scene and makes for a lovely spot to set a row of glasses or flower arrangement.

Tabletop Trends for Fall Dinner Parties by way of Zillow.com

Excited to share these trends and entertaining tips for your next Fall dinner party. If it’s a casual lunch, fun dinner party, or holiday potluck I’ve got you set with 2 very cool very different table set ups. Share this video as a cheat sheet if you’ll be co-hosting a cozy dinner soon!


 

Shot thanks to some amazing production sponsors in The Queer Interior studio we put together two really rad tables that combine some classic Fall favorites and fun retro-cabin vibes. Table settings and accents that help to create a cozy vibe are showcased in this video staring yours truly as the host. So funny watching it back for me. It was a great day of shooting and I’m so pleased with the outcome.

Shop these looks! Here are some of the rad folks featured:
Patina Rental: Brass glass candle holders
Foxy and Winston : Tea towels
A&G Merch: Flasks and animal plates
Jill Lindsey: Blankets

Stay tuned because I’ve got move videos coming!
Excited to help you entertain with style!

Vegan Hotdogery Yeah Dawg Needs You! #UPDATED

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Yeah Dawg needs you as a backer on Kickstarter. Head that way and show love! New York City is a hot-dog city and it’s about time we could all be in on the fun! #YeahDawg

UPDATE:

Yeah Dawg has raised over $20,000.00 ! This means they’ve got 12 hours to make their remaining $5,000.00. Tweet them: @YeahDawgVegan  / Facebook them: Yeah Dawg Facebook / A Instagram them: @YeahDawgVegan to help spread the word. These final hours are the most important ! Godspeed you vegan hot dog! 

Y.D is an organic plant based pop up hot dog cart that serves soy and gluten free dawgs along with an assortment of home made fermented krauts, pickled toppings, coconut bacon, and our own cashew mayonnaise. The Y.D is homemade and hand-rolled using a blend of beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds, GF flours, herbs and spices. They are unique because they are the only soy and gluten free dawg to hit the market.  Founder and Chief Marina Benedetto is a mover and shaker in New York and has donated services and been an awesome leader/advocate in the LGBTQ community for decades. Show Marina’s brand some love and make the Yeah Dawg Team’s day!

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They are over half way to their goal and need backers on Kickstarter.com. I’m sharing because I realized my own start-up dreams on Kickstarter for The Queer Interior.com and I know how meaningful it can be to feel so supported. If you can’t donate, don’t. Just share the Kickstarter link on your social media and spread the word.  A post on Facebook or Instagram is super helpful especially in the last 72 hours. They’ve got 3 days left and it’s not over til’ it’s over. Share with your foodie friends and brooklyn peeps and let’s get Marina that money.

Here are some helpful links so you can learn more! Feel free to pass any of these along to your followers, friends, and coworkers because every $1 counts! 

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Village Voice spent a day working for Yeah Dawg.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.44.54 PMWatch Marina as interviewed by Brooklyn Independent Media talk about the brands goals in philanthropy and taste!

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Check out the reaction of New Yorkers trying these banging’ dawgs through a NY CITY LENS. (Spoiler: THEY LOVED THEM.)

 

 

Boss Bird Makes A Nest Upstairs, Nekisia Davis on her Apartment Renovation

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Early Bird Granola is an established granola brand proudly built by the hard working and lovely Nekisia Davis. Maybe it’s her southern sensibilities or her die-hard love for a coast, but her brand and home have found a comfortable corner in friendly Red Hook Brooklyn to call home. She worked wonders converting a 1200 square foot office space above her commercial kitchen by maximizing the room with an open floor plan.  The exposed beam supports, fire engine red functioning sprinklers, and a mad pink wall are brave and awesome choices.

The Queer Interior team styled out a corner of Nekisia’s apartment in pieces and accessories from A&G Merch, a furniture store in Williamsburg Brooklyn, to help us imagine how her newly renovated space would play host to actual furniture. We were there on an afternoon that some of her team were finishing up work on the windows and kitchen. I was happy to indulge superstition and smudge the space with sage, making sure to reach every corner.

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The Queer Interior: What was your biggest challenge during the renovation?

Nekisia Davis: The biggest challenge was definitely waiting to see the final. I’m an I-want-it-now kind of girl, so it was torture. Veruca Salt-style but way less demanding and bratty.

Q.I: Do you have a favorite addition from the renovating?

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N.D: It’s the commercial stove we put in. My contractor said it’s an insane stove for residential and I pushed to keep it, so they had to built a concrete sleeve around it covered in stainless steel to keep the heat in so it won’t light my cabinets and entire kitchen on fire. WORTH IT.

We used a lot of IKEA, which I actually always do (which surprises people). You have to go in there with a good eye. Also we fetched some barn wood from upstate for all the shelving, and stole some rad knobs for the kitchen from our designer Di Needham. She kept us sane during the whole process. Renovation is no joke, and I’m very aware that ours was a miniscule project in the grand scheme.

Q.I:  You lucked into the amazing quality of these floors. What’s their story?

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N.D: The floors were original and we had no idea they were even under there until we started knocking down walls. We had new floors spec’d out and those were beautiful as well, but I’m so happy to be able to reuse what came with the building. And they definitely tell a story, there are random nails all over that have sunk deep into the wood, areas where the coloring varies dramatically…these floors were WORKED on back in the day and I love seeing the story there.

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Q.I: What were your style inspirations for the renovation? Was there any one thing you had to have?

N.D: My style inspiration was a combination of COLOR, Los Angeles, and Blance Devereaux’s bedroom. I’m not sure that the result points specifically to any of those, but that’s where my head was.

Q.I: Is it so weird to live above your commercial kitchen? Has it changed your relationship with the business you run?

N.D: It is SO LOVELY to live right above work. I stumble downstairs in some acceptable version of pyjamas with a cup of coffee in the mornings and am very lucky to be able to do that. On the other hand, I occasionally stumble down late night (different kind of stumbling this time) to steal some ricotta or yogurt from the walk-in (shout out Salvatore Bklyn and White Moustache yogurt, my small batch partners in crime), and might run into someone doing midnight yogurt production. I am sometimes fully clothed, sometimes not.

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*Our Style Inspiration Corner made possible by A&G Merch was so rad. Check out their site to purchase!

It was awesome to style out the corner with help from the talented folks at A&G Merch and they’re shop and sponsorship made this feature possible. Here are the links to all the lovely small and large moving pieces of our inspiration corner made even more inspiring by Nekisia’s pink wall! –

Teal Stool Paper Mache BirdEmbroidered Fox Pillow

Carmichael Chair Domino Reader Side-table shoplookThat fox pillow is adorable!