Editor’s Choice: 9 Best of Show Art Miami

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

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Few things are more subjective than art and beauty. And even fewer things evoke emotions on the level that art does.   One piece of art can engender a broad range of emotions spanning the spectrum from love, peace, and joy to anger, hate and disgust. And there are times in which a singular artwork can set off a roller-coaster of widely … Read More

Creative Cafe // Architecture Photographer Paul Clemence

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

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I’m inspired by light and space, both are intrinsic to the others appreciation. Whether you are capturing a texture, a pattern, an interior or a detail, it’s all about the inter-play of both light and space. Light informs space, space embraces light. Design and Architecture photography attracts me because they offer infinite possibilities of exploration of space. Which is also true of Nature, … Read More

2015 Outdoor Home Fashion Inspired by Runway Style

Carmen NatschkeAesthetic Appeal: Beauty & Fashion, Decor by X

2015 Home Fashion Trend: All about the lace runway fashion to home fashion trends review high point market spring 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Drew and Jonathan Scott, the designing and real estate selling  twin-brother team known for their hit Home and Garden Television (HGTV) show “Property Brothers,” can now add outdoor furniture and decor designers to their impressive resumes. According to Jonathan Scott, the inspiration for creating the Scott Living collection was “to mirror our personal design philosophies. That style, luxury and function may … Read More

2015 Home Fashion Trends Reflect Edgy Runway Style

Carmen NatschkeAesthetic Appeal: Beauty & Fashion, Decor by X

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Furniture and decor manufacturer Marge Carson’s 2015 spring High Point Furniture and Design Market introductions included several sophisticated fashion-inspired pieces that translate high style inspiration from the world’s runways into home fashion that marries cosmopolitan style with traditional heritage. While skillfully balancing refined, luxurious elegance alongside an edgy, industrial vibe that exudes fashion references to Rock, Punk and Heavy Metal,  Marge Carson offers a … Read More

Design Dreaming: A Paris Apartment in the Artsy Enclave of Montmartre.

Carmen NatschkeArchitectural Angles, Glamorous Gallavanting

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Famous for its artist enclave, Montmatre is the ideal location for dreamers and creatives. And, what could be dreamier than owning an apartment, seeped in rich architectural and design history, sitting atop a glorious hill looking down upon the city of lights, Paris? Craving more design inspiration? View more inspiring photos in my Instagram gallery ⇒ 00000

Creative Cafe // Design & Architecture Photographer Ken Hayden

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration


I’m inspired by shadows and light, nature, abstract form and the work of my two idols, Julius Shulman and Horst P. Horst. Design and Architecture photography attracts me because I’ve always loved architecture but after spending a decade in a relationship with a successful London designer, I became obsessed with interior design as well.  When I decided to pursue photography to … Read More

Obsessed with Beautiful Furniture Design: BoConcept’s “The Guest”

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

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In yet another successful and entertaining short film “The Guest” starring iconic Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, BoConcept has shown the nearly obsessive allure of beautiful contemporary furniture. Watching the film I was reminded of how I and my design friends act when in the presence of gorgeous furniture and decor. Really, nothing else exists to us when we find beautiful … Read More

14 Stylish Wall and Floor Tiles from Peronda Group

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style

Contemporary fashion inspired floor and wall tiles from Spanish ceramics firm, Peronda. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

A virtual walk-through of the gorgeous, and fashion inspired showroom of luxury, Spanish tile maker, Peronda Group. These were my favorite design finds from their showroom in Castellon and their Cevisama booth in beautiful Valencia. Fashion Lab: Peronda’s “Harmony” Brand Peronda Group teamed up with celebrated Spanish fashion designer, Juan Vidal to develop “Candela” a beautiful, romantic collection of wall and … Read More

Elinno Finland: Tablewares & Decorations at Ambiente 2015

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Blue Peony dining tableware at Finalnd based Elinno. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Enchanting and beautiful, a modern-day fairy tale greeted me in the Elinno exhibit at the 2015 Ambiente design fair.  Drawn in by the timeless, elegant allure of Scandinavian design with distinct threads of traditional Chinese heritage woven throughout the romantic patterns on the dishes, I found myself giddy with delight at discovering this nearly hidden gem. The Elinno booth sat in a … Read More

Cobalt Designs – Contemporary Decorative Metalworking

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Hammered copper light pendants from India based design firm Cobalt Designs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

One of the shining stars of Ambiente Talents’ Loft was the young designer Valay Gada -who deftly translates centuries old traditions into fresh, contemporary interpretations that pay homage to Nature’s organic shapes and structures. Armed with degrees in Fashion and Accessory Design, and English Literature coupled with his strong interest in art, Valay launched Cobalt Designs in 2012. His unique and artful approach … Read More

IKEA’s Clever Tribute to Everyday Household Heroes that Make Life Better

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

IKEA WAll Hook #everydayhero campaign. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

As in the past, IKEA has proven itself quite skillful at showcasing the extraordinary cast of household characters that make our everyday lives that much better – items like clothes hangers, supple bath mats, toilet paper dispensers, soap dishes, wall hooks, toilet cleaning brushes and so much more. We take these simple, yet effective tools for granted. Every day we use them … Read More

Bright Collaboration: Peronda & MUT Design Introduce Neon “Scales” Ceramics

Carmen NatschkeTo the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Peronda & MUT Design "Scales" Porcelain Wall Tiles with Neon Color Edges. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Triggering memories of the late 80s’ fluorescent and neon inspired fashion and beauty craze, the ceramic wall tiles, “Scales,” a collaborative design project between luxury Spanish tile-maker Peronda’s Fashion Lab Harmony brand and edgy design studio MUT wowed the crowds at Cevisama 2015. The design motivation for this intriguing, innovative and artful ceramic tile collection was to replicate the striking luminescence … Read More

Thibaut’s Resort Collection: Fresh, Vibrant Colorful Decorative Fabric & Wallpaper

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

Thibaut chinoiserie inspired wallpaper and Brighton sofa covered in upholstery in South Sea fabric with pink fabric bench white bamboo legs | The Decorating Diva, LLC

I just love Thibaut’s Resort collection of distinctively designed wallpapers, fabrics and upholstered fine furniture pieces – all dressed up in delectable colors bursting with delicious vibrancy. The Resort collection, made up of a range of fresh, breezy, summer inspired colors from perfect pinks to amazing aqua to sunshine-infused yellows, tangerine orange and freshly cut grass greens, is a veritable … Read More

Ceracasa Ceramica Showroom Tour: Cevisama 2015

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style

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Ceracasa Ceramica’s exhibit at the Cevisama 2015 show offered a stylish mix of traditional tile motifs re-interpreted in a fresh, young and contemporary fashion. Add to that style mix a healthy dose of product innovation as evidenced by Ceracasa’s BionicTile line of architectural ceramics for building facades which goes significantly beyond form and the standard expectation of utility to providing a product that affords health and … Read More

Scandinavian Inspired Furniture: EQ3 Furniture Showroom Tour

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style, Spotlight: Decor & Furniture

EQ3 Scandinavian Design Inspired Furniture. 220 elm HPMKT fall 2014 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Heavily influenced by  the “Soft Modernism” design philosophy made famous by Mid-Century Scandinavian designers, EQ3’s urban loft inspired furniture and decor offerings possess a casual and inviting streamlined appeal as well as an even more appealing price point that makes it the ideal modern furniture and decor solution for those who appreciate Scandinavian-inspired style, but want to avoid breaking the … Read More