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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


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Every now and then a company or brand or product comes along that speaks to you. Surely I am not the only one who has experienced this. You see something in a store or online or in a catalog and you inhale sharply and feel a warm sense of recognition because something aesthetically calls your name and claims you as home. For me, there is something about concrete. Sounds weird, right? I assure you it is absolutely real and beautiful. I am obsessed with polished concrete floors and one day dream of owning our own home so I can pour concrete countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. This is not a new obsession but rather one that has stuck with me since I was a small girl laying face down on the concrete surrounding the swimming pool in the summer, staring at the texture and running my fingers along the stamped designs. This love runs deep.

Culinarium is a mecca for the marriage of concrete and home furnishings. Annastasia and Jordan Castro worked for 15 years in the concrete industry with a focus on architectural concrete elements (hello, my dream designers!) and combined their experience with their love for cooking and entertaining. The result is Culinarium, a shop filled with stunning pieces designed for the kitchen that are eco-friendly (sourcing local recycled materials) and practical and 100% American made. If I were to link to my favorite pieces, you would see a list of their entire catalog so do yourself a favor and hop on over to the shop and let them speak to you.

Culinarium is giving away one Classic Salt Cellar in Gray to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, May 29th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Culinarium and tell us: How would you describe your decorating style? Are you classic, modern, eclectic? What are your favorite design elements in your home?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, June 4th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Heidi says:

    Definitely eclectic! It’s like a style fusion in my home 🙂

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    eclectic–mostly modern, but not TOO modern. we have a set of bookcases in our dining room that flank either side of a large window. we use them for chachkies–and i love them. 

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    Anne says:

    I have no design aesthetic, I need serious help! I have been living in a furnished house for two years, so don’t have much stuff of my own, but I inherited two awesome vintage purple lamps that I can’t wait to put in my house.

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    Satya says:

    Eclectic but functional

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    sam says:

    I would have to say mostly classic as many of the pieces in my home are hand-me-downs from my Grandparents. Great Aunts/Uncles – like my dining room set with matching hutch and china closet.  Though there are a few pieces thrown in for fun : ) 

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    cindy says:

    I would describe my style as passionately eclectic. This derives from the fact that I decorate only with items that make my heart skip a beat. My favorite design elements would have to be my kids artwork!

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    ren says:

    our house is eclectic with a distinct childlike bent, despite the fact that we don’t have children. tons of children’s illustration and cartoon art feature in my kitchen, and i love it.

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    Madeline says:

    eclectic… I love vintage finds, but they’re all mixed in with fun things I found while traveling. My fave elements are definitely the pieces that bring back memories- of people I’ve met, or things I’ve eaten, or times when I laughed…

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    Sparrow says:

    I aspire to a modern aesthetic–clean, sharp lines, unusual materials. I have an uncle who is a industrial designer and their home is filled with the most unique pieces and materials. It’s so practical, sharp, and chic. As we move from being just out of school and having whatever furniture/art we could cobble together, I’m excited to start refining and honing this sensibility.

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    Lizzy says:

    I would say I have a classic style with a pop of modern.  I love the mason jar pendants I made along with my cork kitchen floor.

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    Jessica says:

    Comfortable. I want all my guest to feel right at home from the moment they walk in the door.

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    Amy says:

    A mix between classic and modern. Most of our big furniture pieces have been passed down from relatives and leans towards classic but when we buy new things they tend to be more modern. 

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    Jenni says:

    I would say eclectic with a hint of baroque 🙂 I love old victorian style wallpaper patterns and ornate baroque frames (in fact we have an accent wall in our living room covered in an intricate wallpaper pattern and have put up two very large black filagree frames flanking our tv. I  LOVE the impact it makes.
    However, we also have Shepard Fairey prints hanging up in some rooms, custom artwork from very talented family members and other odd original art pieces of things like sugar skulls, astronauts, goats and fingerprints littered throughout. Overall, I like things that make me smile and somehow we find a way to make it all work together (without looking too cluttered and random)

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    Nikki says:

    “rustic, industrial, glamour”  We live in a 40 yr old farmhouse out in the country originally built by my father-in-law and recently refurbished and expanded by my husband.  We’ve used lots of repurposed and refurbished items in construction and in decorating.  Wood floors, exposed trestles and beams, warehouse light fixtures, mosaic tiling for the kitchen and bath, sensual fabrics for the upholstered items and linens, concrete planters and rusty metal in the kitchen garden.  My favorite elements in the house are the antique wavy glass in the window panes, the sleek bronze sculptures that my husband has made, and the rustic china hutch full of the Mexican pottery we got from his grandmother.  

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    Michelle says:

    I am in the process of buying a house so I can finally figure out what my style is. Who wouldn’t love eclectic? You get the best of all worlds!

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    Kate B says:

    I tend towards stylish functionality. It’s most important to me that something be the correct tool for the job (whether that job is storing rice grains, or propping my feet up), but if it’s gorgeous to boot, then that’s a bonus. In picking out a watering can at a home improvement store last weekend, I bypassed all of the frilly gingham-printed ones that looked hard to carry and went for the one that was going to do the job. Had there been stylish alternatives that also functioned great, though, I would have been all over them.

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    Sydney says:

    My home decorating style continues to prove to be of the eclectic, where-the-hell-did-you-get-that style: an alpaca red blanket, map routes on the walls, vintage books strewn about in their own languages, a broken dresser that became wall art instead. I love the old, the unused, and the rubbish: somethings need to be cherished, even when others don’t see it. 

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    Brittany K says:

    right now, heinz 57 as my nana would say. a mish mosh of everything. hoping that i can get settled soon and find my decor way!

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    Charlene says:

    I call my style contemporary rustic! Natural wood, clean lines

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    Tiffany says:

    I don’t really think about my style when decorating our home. We just bring things into our home that we love and it all happens to fit together so nicely. We like to give things new life, and use things that were made really well so we have a lot of vintage items and lovely “had me downs”. The Culinarium items look like they have that quality about them, heirlooms and “hand me downs” at the beginning of their lives.

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    Emma says:

    Scandinavian. I am drawn to light, airy spaces: tall windows, textured fabrics, golden wood tones and natural materials, all in a profusion of natural light. I don’t consciously think about it but people often step into my home and exclaim “oh you ARE Swedish!” (which I am), yet there is not a single piece of furniture in our home that you could not find in any other North American home. I guess I have decorated this home with my childhood in mind, reindeer hide rugs, concrete candleholders, paint-by-number paintings and all!

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    Amanda J. says:

    Modern with touches of old.

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    Sharon says:

    I am traditional country, I think. I love lots of wood, airy windows, and chenille.

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    jane says:

    i won’t even consider it a design style, but my family’s extremely practical! we kept our own furniture as much as possible and still amazingly managed to decorate according to some sort of individualised theme for each room 🙂

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    Rosy says:

    I don’t know the answer, I’d suppose modern… I do not have a particular kind of furniture in my house. I try to fill my house with elements that touch my heart and feelings: these are design elements to me.

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    Barbara Lyn says:

    I guess you would consider my style a bit eclectic….. I just know what I like when i see it so all the styles I have (Tuscany, modern, antique, beach cottage) seem to welcome one another with open arms and make my home feel welcoming and comfortable.  Please come over and put your feet up!

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    Erin says:

    I’d say I’m fairly eclectic – I like lots of color and pattern, and I don’t like things that are too matchy-matchy. What I would definitely say I am NOT (largely, anyway) is “modern.” Even amidst all the color and pattern and the flea market knick-knacks, etc., the shapes of most of my pieces are far more traditional (but without being baroque).

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    I’m trying to learn my own style and how to decorate, so I’m not sure! I feel like the word eclectic gets thrown around when you’re not sure, so I usually say that. But really, it’s just that nothing in my house matches. But I’m trying to fix that. I really like clean, open floor plans and designs though.

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    Susan F says:

    This is an interesting question  – I just got married last July and have done best at co-mingling my husbands Asian influence home with my eclectic, whimsical art and accessories. Just this past weekend we bought new colorful table linens and serving trays that are ‘our’s – 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I would describe my decorating style as MAKE EVERYTHING YOU CAN!!!  From the outside, it looks like French Shabby Chic.  (I love Amy Butler fabric and I combine it with old refinished and refined pieces.)  I love moving places just so I can sew new curtains…and chair cushions… Also,  I love to refinish old furniture – I’ve learned to do a dozen painting styles and textures, but my new love is recovering old couches (claw feet preferable!), chairs, etc.    Last week I made a coat rack out of tree branches from our yard and some paint.  Yip!  Decorating!!!!