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My life in interior design began for one simple reason: as a gateway into people’s homes, and ultimately their hearts. As a celebrity designer, I never imagined I would have the eyes and ears of so many people from around the world. And for that, I am grateful. Forthright and informational, the Mark Brunetz blog is about creating lives worth living in homes worth inhabiting and to prove once and for all that some of the best decorating ideas comes from the minds of real people. To this end, my goal is to share with you what I know best so that you can share with the world what you know best. And if we can laugh at ourselves along the way—all the better. Change your home; change your life. And not necessarily in that order. Welcome!
  • Life is Sweet! An Expose on Chocolate

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Chocolate, Design, Fashion, Food, Home, Interior Design "


    There might be no indulgence more decadent nor more beloved across the world than chocolate. Just the mention of this sweet treat is enough to get mouths watering and make a run to the cabinet chocolate stash (if you don’t have one of those yet, it’s time to make a change).   That being said, there are seemingly infinite delicious foods in the world, so what, exactly, is it about this tasty treat that transcends cultural and regional boundaries like no other? Well, my curiosity got the better of me so I did a lot digging. Turns out, chocolate has a……


  • Kimono You Didn't! How To Spot A Fake

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Design, Fashion, Home, Japan, Kimono "

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    I have a longstanding fascination with kimonos. I love their ornate patterns, their rich, saturated colors, and the effortless way they move and flow on the body. They’re every bit a form of art and they often inspire my designs. In fact, I’ve long been capturing photos of some of my favorites over the years, including during a jaunt to Japan back in 2008.   But as much as I love the look and feel of kimonos, I didn’t know a whole lot about their history. So, I decided to do a little bit of research and, as it turns out, the……


  • Knock Knock, In Style

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Design, Door Knockers, Doors, Home, Interior Design "

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    Let me be the first to say, I’m obsessed with door knockers. Need proof? Check out my Pinterest page Making An Entrance. It’s a photo library of door knockers I’ve photographed in my travels over the past 20 years.   Door knockers are among the oldest exterior accents around—so it makes perfect sense that I give them their designer due.   Dating back thousands of years to Ancient Greece, at the time, unannounced visits were considered a major breach of etiquette, Spartans solved that problem by shouting loudly upon their arrival to someone’s home. Athenians took a more sophisticated approach by enlisting the use……


  • New Year, New You!

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Design, Happiness, Home, Interior Design, Wellness "

    Happy New Year! After a busy season, the hustle and bustle of the holidays has finally come to a close. I love this time of year because it signifies the end of a life chapter while presenting so many possibilities for the future. It’s the perfect time to check in and reflect on the habits and practices that serve us well, and look to new practices we can adopt to make this year the best one yet.  This season of renewal also has me thinking a lot about my home. Of course, this probably comes as no surprise given my chosen profession,……


  • 7 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Home's Color Story

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Designer Tips, Home Colors, Home Decor, Interior Design "

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    When it comes to creating an interior space that uplifts, inspires, and reflects the unique personalities and style sensibilities of those who reside in it, little is more powerful than color. In fact, the hues you choose could very well be the most powerful design tool you have at your disposal.


  • MBD PUNCH LIST! Small Changes That Make A Big Difference

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Commercial Design, Design Ideas, Interior Design "

    Ever scroll social media or open a House Beautiful to find yourself dreaming of perfectly staged décor?  These coveted looks are designed with a lot of thought. Many times the little things are the secret to spaces that define a lifestyle, share a story, or make a lasting impression.  Use your favorite photo as a guide and punch this easy list to create yours…


  • Simple Design Ideas for Everyday Living

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Commercial Design, Design Ideas, Interior Design "

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    The best way to design your house to showcase its strengths while hiding most of its flaws is just to seek expert advice. This can be done during a new house construction or when renovating an old house to make it more appealing to you and your guests.


  • Announcing the new website

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Interior Design "

    I am delighted to announce the launch of my new website!


  • Decorate The World With Love And Joy

    By  Mark Brunetz |   | Posted in " Holiday Decorating, MARK BRUNETZ, MARK BRUNETZ: MY LIFE IN DESIGN "

    The holidays are in full swing! Needless to say, it’s been a busy season of wining and dining, hoping and coping; but above all, loving and laughing. First, I want share some of my holiday decorating tips that made their way into People Magazine’s Special Holiday Issue.


  • Recycling In A Whole New Way


    A friend once told me the best way to create a memory is to do something unforgettable. So here goes…