Changing Lives: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Wondering where we’ve been? Although things have been quiet on the blog front, we’ve been making a lot of noise elsewhere. In addition to working on our significant site updates (coming soon!), we’ve been honored to be working hard to support the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford in their expansion and renovation project, "Where Hope has a Home”.  

More than a warm bed, Ronald McDonald House provides a safe haven for families in need of love and support.

Where Hope has a Home brings together more than 60 designers who are donating their time and considerable expertise to create inviting and functional spaces in the House’s new 52,000 square-foot building extension. Once complete, the expansion will increase the number of family rooms from the current 47 to 123, allowing RMH at Stanford to accommodate more families with children receiving medical treatment in our community. This will allow more families to stay together during their family member's most critical phases of treatment, the impact of which is explained by some of the families here.

We Need You!

For its part, bluGloss is designing a bedroom and a bathroom, styled by our very own Matt O'Dorisio. You can be part of this exciting project by helping offset the cost of materials needed to bring this unique project to life. Make a tax deductible donation here, and know that your support will give the families staying at RMH at Stanford a comforting and safe place to rest, heal, and connect.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Design with confidence,
Team bluGloss

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Matt’s Musings: Seeking Inspiration

Photo credit: Steven Gambrel: Time and Place by Steven Gambrel

I was recently asked where I seek design inspiration; where I go to stay current on the latest trends. The short answer is: everywhere! I’m fortunate to be totally immersed in the design world and so am constantly surrounded by, and soaking up, all things design.

A more practical answer is that there are a handful of design books I love and that I find myself flipping through time and time again for inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites:

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

Suzanne, author of At Home, A Style for Today with Things from the Past, is a good friend and mentor. Her book is for those of you who love The Establishment -- a super traditional style. It's an excellent source for guidance around adding antiques into your design mix and for an overview on finish detail for custom upholstered pieces. It’s a lovely book and even if you didn’t spend the weekend antiquing in the Hamptons, you’ll enjoy it.

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past by Suzanne Rheinstein - Amazon ($39.18)

Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors

I don't have words for the absolute beauty and comprehension of scale and color pallet that this man possesses. This is an epic book; you’ll spend hours pouring over it. I am totally inspired by Axel Vervoordt’s work.

Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors by Armelle Baron and Christian Sarramon - Amazon ($45.58)

Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics: Expert Solutions for Designing the House of Your Dreams

At first glance, you might not notice this book -- but that would be such a shame. It's packed with amazing tips and I recommend it to anyone starting out in design. A great source for interesting furniture placement ideas and color schemes, this is a book I refer to all the time.

Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics: Expert Solutions for Designing the House of Your Dreams by Jeffrey Bilhuber - Amazon ($30.36)

Katie Ridder Rooms

This is a wonderful book full of colorful, whimsical interiors that are somehow still sophisticated. This is my go-to source for kids’ room inspiration and it also has super fun upholstery shapes for custom upholstery pieces.

Katie Ridder Rooms by Heather MacIssac (Author) and Eric Piasecki (Photographer) - Amazon ($39.18)

Steven Gambrel: Time and Place

This book is insane! Steven Gambrel is one of the most amazing designers of our time; this is quickly obvious as you page through his book. It’s a wonderful source for lighting inspiration and furniture placement guidance. Full of moody color pallets and handsome interiors, this book is one of my all-time favorites.

Steven Gambrel: Time and Place by Steven Gambrel - Amazon ($35.84)

These books are beautiful and are themselves, great décor. Place a few on a coffee table or stack them in a bookshelf – they are lovely and inspiring, inside and out. And, this reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

The book you don't read won't help -- Jim Rohn

Glossers, what are your favorite interior design books? Have any changed the way you think about home décor?


Matthew O'Dorisio,
bluGloss Chief Designer

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Great Decor for Any Budget

Thinking about revamping your space, but stopped in your tracks by fear that quality (well-made and fashionable) design will break the bank? Fear no more - we're here to prove that beautiful product is available for any budget (even yours). 

Below, the bluGloss Design Team share their look-alike picks that represent a range of prices. 

The DWR sofa is a brighter, bolder color but both convey the same aesthetic - modern, clean, red. We bet Don Draper would be satisfied with either.

All the Rage - 5 Design Trends That Will Define 2014

Now that we've met the New Year with our resolutions set, onto the next American pasttime: getting ahead. Despite the title, this is not a post about getting ahead of your anger (although some of us could use a little of that). Rather, it is about being in-the-know with regard to upcoming design trends. We looked around, and found a few predictions that have us all a-flutter.

Changing the Face of Interior Design

Design with confidence at www.bluGloss.comPhoto credit: Elle Decor

"Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being." - Albert Hadley

Right. Thanks for the tip Albert.

Go To Bed Sleepyhead

Sleep is the best meditation. ~ Dalai Lama

We recognize those dark circles, those puffy eyes, that look of quiet desperation; we're onto you. You've been working late, rising early and -- though you're a total rock star -- sleep would be oh, so amazing (and no, caffeine does not a good night make). To help you catch those much needed zzzzs, here are some sure ways to get a better night's sleep. 

Q&A With Designer Kathy Kuo

If you haven't already, it is time for you to get to know New York City based designer Kathy Kuo, the visionary behind Kathy Kuo Home.

Photo credit: The Kuotes

bluGloss Bestie Awards

As we close out 2013, the bluGloss Design Team looked back on the sources that gave us design, fashion, or just generic inspiration.

There is so much content out there; it can be tricky to clear through it all and find what continually keeps you coming back for more.

Here's a sampling of what keeps our attention. Take a spin through the blogs below, and see what you think.

Still going strong, Ronda Rice Carman's All The Best is a lifestyle blog that never disappoints:

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Just in time to prolong the gift-receiving high, bluGloss is ecstatic to announce the winners of the 12 Days of Christmas bluGloss giveaway!

What did these 5 people do to win these fabulous prizes? They took all 3 of these steps (and took some of these steps repeatedly):

1.  “Liked” the bluGloss Facebook page and a Facebook post.

2.  Registered at