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Happy Holidays!

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From our inflatable tree to you – sending warm holiday wishes!

Happy Thanksgiving! 🍗🍗

Bar carts

The bar cart. Staple of home entertaining, and now so ubiquitous that you can find them in every style and price range.

Is your mobile bar ready for the holidays? Check out the great carts I selected for you – all under $200!

See even more options on my Holiday Entertaining Pinterest board.

LabX + IDF = 😀

Leslie Bamburg & Kassin Laverty

Labexperiment Joins Interior Design Fair!

I am thrilled to announce the addition of Labexperiment to the Interior Design Fair (IDF) family.

What Windows are Wearing This Season

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If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then are your windows are the eyes to your home?  To keep your neighbor’s eyes from looking IN your home, you need window treatments.  But what kind?

We’re here to help with a handy guide!

Back to the Future [Home Edition]

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It’s officially the future. Remember in Back to the Future II, when Marty and Doc traveled 25 years ahead?  They landed in the year… 2015.  So where are our hoverboards and self-tying shoes?  While you’re waiting for those, here are some home products of the future that have already landed in our present.

Happy Holidays!

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Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our clients, vendors and friends who have made this the best year yet for Labexperiment.

And a hearty congratulations to our contest winner…Sarah-Jane!  She’ll have $250 extra in her pocket for holiday fun.  Thanks to all who participated… next time it could be you!

What to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

2af2105f-1b46-4bfc-af7f-9fdb1c9057bfMeditate. Do yoga. Think of why you’re grateful. These are all wonderful things to do to stave off stress over the holidays, but when you find yourself in the midst of being completely overwhelmed, here are some very simple emergency procedures to get you back to your happy place:

Holiday Tip#1: Easy Holiday Decorating

b3322433-e679-408b-9a1f-a516ac05f16aWith all the hustle & bustle of the season, we want to help you make things festive without a lot of effort. Use things you already have around the house to save your money for gifting, and keep it simple for an uncluttered look.

Paris Fashion Week, Fall 2014 Trends: From the Runway to Your Living Room

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A few weeks ago, the City of Lights was awash with the fashion industry’s best of the best, inspiring us to redefine our wardrobes. As fashion and interior design go hand in hand, all of these ideas can be translated from the Paris runways to your living room.

Most Useful Product (M.U.P.)

82b8c963-d64a-4b25-94df-b3bfce391af9We are obsessed with making a space as functional as it can be. Especially in small living quarters, we are always on the lookout for great looking pieces that have more than one use.

Enter the RÅSKOG from IKEA! This is a great example of thoughtful, multifunctional design at an amazing price. It’s small enough to fit into that nook in your kitchen or next to your desk- anywhere where you need just a little more storage. So far, we have thought of using it for art supplies, as a mobile spice rack, a baby-changing station or a drinks cart for a party.

What would you use it for?  Let us know on Facebook!

Out & About in San Francisco this Month

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Every year, San Franciscans wait patiently for what everyone else calls Autumn: our Indian Summer! For a few weeks this time of year we dig out our ‘vacation clothes’, and spend as much time outside as we can. To entice you, we’ve rounded up a few things going on around the city this month:

Plugging in!

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Most of us who live in rentals don’t have the luxury of hanging our own hardwire lighting. Even homeowners not ready to have an electrician over might be limited to installing lighting only where boxes exist. Restrictions to this conundrum include having a limited choice of great looking light fixtures and having to look at the cords all the time. But, never fear! If you consider the cord as part of the fixture, there are lots of stunning plug-in fixtures to choose from and plenty of inspiration as to how hide (or show off) those cords creatively.

Let’s see that floor!

655095e7-6438-4424-ad4d-b52117c98379Especially in a small space, the more floor you can see, the bigger it feels.  As an alternative to heavy bookcases, solid coffee tables and deep desks, consider mounting furniture to the wall, to free up floor space and keep the room airy.  Here are a few ideas to flaunt your floor!

The Coldest Winter I Ever Spent…

7b63f3fb-b691-40ce-a96a-dead37e4efe8Well, Mark Twain sure got it right. Summer in San Francisco is when we get our winter gear out of storage and keep a stash of blankets at the ready. But don’t let the chilly breeze off the bay deter you from enjoying your outdoor space! Here are a few tips on keeping warm in style, whether you enjoy it on a fire escape or roof-top deck:

Summer 2014 Trends: From the Runway to Your Living Room

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As interior designers, we are constantly inspired by every aspect of life. Everything we see and experience becomes part of our personal archives and it’s our job to pass the creativity to you. Fashion and interiors have influenced each other since King Tut was gracing the throne, and the only difference today is that the trends change every 3 months instead of every 300 years. So if you’re looking to keep up with some of the current trends this summer (either in your closet or in your home), here are some great options:

Show Off Your Stuff

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Get Your Garden On

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Interior Design in the Digital Age

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Your Own Personal Light Show

danahemenwayc51825Amp up your home with a piece of art that has an on/off switch. Letting light double up as art is a great way to add color and interest, all while making your art multi-functional!

New Years Resolutions for your Entryway

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Organizing your home is key to relieving the daily stress of work and family, and having a place by the door for your things is a great way to start. Here are some tips for taking control of your entryway, large or small:

Create a Cozy Holiday Home

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Baby, it’s (getting really) cold outside! It’s that time of year when we dig out the mittens and fluffy socks and focus on things that make us feel warm. Get your home prepped for winter, too! By making small changes with things like lighting, color, and texture, your living space can be transformed into a cozy retreat. Here are 4 great ideas to help you create your cozy home this holiday:

Streeeeeeetch Your Design Budget

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Looking at design magazines and blogs, it’s easy to get swept away in inspirational designs, and then get hit in the head with a reality brick when reviewing your own budget. However, we are experienced at the fine art of spending money wisely, so you can get a room or home that looks *amazing* without having to resort to a life of crime.

Here are our tips on what to invest in, and where to find a deal using this modern kitchen design we recently completed as an example:

Keep It Ship-Shape

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Whether you’re decorating your houseboat or your studio apartment, you need to get creative when working with a small space. Look for items that fold away easily, are flexible and easy to move, and have multifunctional uses. Here are 3 great ideas to help you think big in your small space:

Decorating for the Kids

Laura_s_bedChildren’s rooms are fun to decorate. It is important to create a stimulating and creative environment for your child, and decorating the bedroom or playroom are opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone in terms of design. Here are 3 inspired ways to create a cheerful, organized, and safe bedroom for your child:

Chalk It Up

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However, if you don’t want your chalk wall to look like everyone else’s, use these tips:

Make Your Rental Yours

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Here are some great ways to personalize a space that are totally undoable when you move out:

Felt ‘Er Up

IMG_5410Here at Labexperiment we’ve have had an obsession we’re finally ready to share with the public.  It’s with that amazing textile,wool felt!