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Trends - How To Achieve The Eclectic Look

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An eclectic style draws the best and truest from many sources and combines them into a gratifying whole.   Here are three tips to remember when bringing eclectic chic into your home.
1.  Mix styles, periods and materials
2.  Control miscellany with color, arrangements, area rugs and background
3.  Acquire furniture and accessories to express your individuality Related Posts: The Spirit Of The Anonymous Portrait: An Interview with a New Yorker How To Accessorize Your Home Successfully  9 Interiors Trends For 2009 How To Make A Cool Headboard Take A Seat

Yaz And 80s British Synthpop

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Yazoo (1982) Depeche Mode's main songwriter, Vince Clarke, and veteran punk and rock singer Alison Moyet formed Yazoo (Yaz in the US) in 1981. Shortly after, Clarke left Depeche Mode and Yazoo released its debut single 'Only You' B-sided by 'Situation' (1982).  Clarke had written 'Only You' while with Depeche Mode and offered it to them as a parting gift.  DM declined and Yazoo took the single to number two in the UK. If you're a fan of Nina Simone and brooding vocals you may want to acquaint yourself with Yazoo. Rediscover and listen to Yaz's 'Situation' here. Related Posts: yes, you CAN Vancouver Beholdeth Black Mountain Andy Who? Don't Knock The Jazz Flute

9 Toast Worthy Hip Flasks

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9 Jewelry Looks for Men: The Trends The Designers

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Men's jewelry trends for 2009 are tripping back to the raw, earthy days of the late 60s and early 90s. Men's bracelets, in particular, have shown up on the runways of Burberry Prorsum, GUCCI, Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Robert Geller, and Paul Smith. Think Easy Rider meets Reality Bites. Woodstock meets Lollapalooza. Here are 9 trends and their designers. 1. CraeVita

2. Luis Morais
3. MADforyou
4. LBbyJ
5. David Yurman
6. Philip Crangi
7. KLM 8. Selenia 9. Kyanite Related Posts: Men's Hair Style Trends For 2009 Forgotten Trinkets Find High Fashion 9 Toast Worthy Hip Flasks 12 Men's Wear Trends 2009 Men's Leather Jacket Trends For 2009

How To Add Color To Your Home

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1. Fill vases with rich flowers 2. Hang strong unframed artwork 3. Paint vintage mirrors using bright shades 4. Throw in rich pillow shams 5. Color doors
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How To Tie A Skinny Tie

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There are The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie, three of which you should know for your thin ties.





The Four-in-Hand knot is the best way to tie a narrow tie as it has a small knot. A knot favored by James Bond and a recommended tie knot forshort men, the four-in-hand is a small knot with a distinctive elongated, asymmetric shape. I've embedded a Four-in-Hand knot how-to video below or you can view it here.









How To Tie The Four-in-Hand Knot The Small knot or Oriental knot is a simple yet lesser-known thin tie knot. This knot will not self-release, thereby being unfavorable for those who get hot under the collar. It's a symmetric knot that gets bigger as the tie gets thicker. These tie knots work best with loom ties or silk knit narrow ties. How To Tie The Oriental Knot The Half Windsor knot is larger than the Four-in-Hand knot and works best with light and medium we

How To Accessorize Your Home Successfully aka Decorating Without Looking Like A Thrift Shop

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Accessories are a unique addition to your home and should always be objects you love - never choose them solely to go with your furniture.  If you have a collection, display it advantageously by gathering it all in one place for the greatest impact. Arrange the collection so that the repetition of objects is rhythmic and compelling. Here are 5 tips for organizing collections: 1.  Consider the kinship of objects to each other and to the background upon which they will be placed
2.  Anchor the collection by a piece of furniture of equal or greater visual weight beneath them
3.  Make large-scale drawings of your plans or lay them out on the floor before you commit
4.  Treat every wall as a potential artwork
5.  The best things in life are free Related Posts: How To Make A Cool Floor Lamp The Spirit of The Anonymous Portrait 14 Dining Room Ideas How To Exhibit A Chair Collection How To Add Depth To A Small Room

Trends - Thrift Shop Paintings - An Interview With A New Yorker

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With the barrage of social networking, virtual communities and urban densification brought on by the latter 20th century, the comfort of anonymity is developing into a romantic ideology fit for the 21st century.
French artist, Magdalena Gerber, explores anonymity in her work Tellerstories, British creative consultant to Swarovski, Graham Hollick, exhibits his anonymous portraits in his home, American musicians Fleet Foxes, pen lyrics such as Tiger Mountain Peasant Song and New Yorker, Chris Gallagher, shares his collection of anonymous portraits with the world. I discovered Gallagher's collection of anonymous portraits while reading the Brooklyn Flea blog. Being a collector of anonymous pet portraits I was inspired to track him down and explore the lure of anonymity further. The interview that follows transpired over email the week of January 5th 2009. I began by asking Gallagher some background questions which developed into an exploration of stories, spirits and moods that will, …

12 Style Trends for Men

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2009 begins with a brewhaha between mod and grunge that will result in a cordial fusion of the two. A few key trends will carry over from 2008 and even a few from seasons gone by. What we're seeing in the world of fashion, and this includes interiors and music, is a return to what's old is new. A merger of juxtaposing styles that represent the world's changing sensibility.

1. Lightweight silk or wool jersey cardigans
Try Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, LANVIN


2. tapered slim cut blazers and vests - Single or double breat, satin lapel tux jackets
Try Miharayasuhiro, Ann Demeulemeester, or Dolce & Gabbana





3. skinny ties - back with a Four-In-Hand knot Try Neil Barret, Dior Homme, Givenchy 4. colored loafers Try Tod's, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo

5. narrow pants/trousers - carry over but with a shorter hem
Try YSL, Costume National, Jil Sander, Lanvin

6. desert boots
Try Camper, Common Projects, Paul Smith, Fessura

7. vintage inspired leat…