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When it comes to the bedroom, a lot of thought usually goes into choosing the perfect nightstand. So it always surprises me when homeowners then proceed to clutter those precious bedside tabletops with the typical pair of matching...
A Short History of the Sunburst Mirror
You can hardly flip a page in a design magazine without coming across one of these gilded creations — but today’s passion for sunburst mirrors is hardly new. With design roots in the Middle Ages and Versailles, the sunburst mirror has a fascinating...
9 Fresh Ways to Use Classic Blue and White Ceramics
Blue and white ceramics are classic and elegant and go with a surprisingly wide range of styles, from traditional to eclectic modern. Whether you’ve been collecting for years or just picked up a piece...
Try a Handmade Oushak Rug for Warm Spice Tones and Softness Underfoot
Oushak rugs are elegant and incredibly soft, and work well with a range of styles — is it any wonder they are a favorite of decorators? Here’s how to identify these beautiful carpets and where they come from.
Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look
I love switching things up at home and experimenting with decorating styles, but like most of us, my decorating budget does not allow for purchases made on a whim. Instead of spending money (and cluttering up my home with more stuff), when I want a change...
Decorating 101: The ABCs of Arranging Vignettes
In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home. A vignette is a harmonious tableau made from...
Dandelions Pop Up in Home Décor
In my part of the world, there are a few dandelions left that have gone to seed. If I’m walking alone, I go past them without a thought. But when I’m with my preschool-aged child, each fuzzy orb holds the promise of a wish and must be plucked, examined...
Give That Coffee Table an Extra Shot of Style
I’m always looking for easy, budget-friendly ways to update my decor. Spaces can become stagnant if we don’t tweak them every so often. And my living room is certainly stagnating these days. I’ve had the same amber glass candlesticks and stack of...
9 Reasons to Pick a Patterned Lampshade
Nothing transforms a room like great lighting. And nothing transforms a light fixture like a pretty patterned shade. Add extra sizzle to your lamp and your space — and solve some common design dilemmas — with these tips.
Eye-Catching Centerpieces Beyond Flowers and Fruit
Fruit and flowers are centerpiece classics, but chances are, your pleasing arrangement could sit on your neighbor’s table and look equally at home. Want something a little different? Look to your dining room decor for inspiration,...
The Secret to the Perfect Throw Blanket: Watch Your Tone
I like to think of the throw as an adult security blanket. Whether we’re a teeny bit cold or just trying to get cozy, there’s something about curling up with a snuggly-soft throw blanket that makes us feel safe and secure. The neat trick of...
Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting
I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door...
Decorating With Antiques: Evoke a Fanciful Past With Bamboo
Rudyard Kipling’s famous quotation, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” never proved to be less true than during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Orient captivated the West in the form of chinoiserie design....
Rooster Decorating Worth Crowing About
Once upon a time, I had the great joy of keeping chickens. And roosters. (After all, we wanted fertile eggs and happy hens.) Cogburn was our lead rooster. He had a red comb, with a maize-colored neck that flowed into gold, milk chocolate and then deep...
8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff
I’m a firm believer that details make the difference in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to beautifully designed homes, the same details that take a space from ho-hum to stunning are often overlooked because of how subtle they are. In...
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