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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 the throw is that it tends to lend those qualities to a room even when...
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...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Rugs in Traditional Spaces
Modern rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and are suitable for every area of the house, including hallways and staircases. When introduced into a traditional or rustic setting, they can add vibrancy, a touch of the unexpected and a striking counterpoint....
The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own
How many times have you been sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other, and you needed the simplest thing: a little side table that was just the right size so you could put down your cup and turn the page?...
Decorating With Antiques: Silver’s Legacy
One reason people love to decorate with antiques is because of the memories they evoke — and antique silver objects are among the most evocative treasures we possess. Whether handed down from generation to generation or purchased new, they become one...
Table + Lamp: 10 Perfect Pairings
Having enough of the right kinds of table lamps can make a room feel instantly cozier and more welcoming. But sometimes figuring out which table lamp to put on which table can be tricky —...
Mix Your Lamp Styles for Major Interest
Poor, dear, neglected lamps. By the time we get to them in the design process, our brains are fried and our budget is exhausted. So we settle for “Any old lamp will do.” Although I’m always saying that lamps are the jewelry of a room, I think some...
Stoneware Crocks Strike a Chord
In a recent Houzz ideabook I wrote about egg baskets, and I wasn’t surprised when one image garnered more attention than the others. It shows a shelf-lined pantry with a beautiful display of egg...
The Beauty of Contrast: Traditional Rugs in Contemporary Spaces
Traditional rugs have stood the test of time. Their impeccable craftsmanship and intricate designs enrich a room’s sense of place in history. If your taste in interiors is modern and you come across a traditional rug,...
Make a Custom Nautical Mirror for Less Than $30
I love the simplicity of captain’s mirrors, with their extra-special hanging detail. And, surprise, making your own is easier than you might think. For a few hours of your time and less than $30, you can make your own captain’s mirror. Here’s how....
Antiques Shopping for the Fun of It
The purpose of the antiques hunt, for me, is decoration and function — not pedigree. I am definitely not a purist. I’m not that famous collector of Early American furniture who just paid several million dollars for a Philadelphia highboy. But I’m...
How to Find Great Antiques Near You
Much of the fun of buying, owning, decorating and living with antiques is in the thrill of the hunt. The “need” for a new chair, or end table, or addition to my teapot collection doesn’t have to be too pressing to send my wife and me out on a new...
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