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I subscribe to the idea that enjoying a cocktail should always feel like special occasion, whether you’re sipping a French 75 at a chic rooftop bar or enjoying a gin and tonic on your back deck. But no matter how much time, effort and premium booze you’ve poured into your glass, it still feels a little funny to sip...
To Chop or Not to Chop?
Even though pillow chopping is often referred to as a trend, it’s a topic that has stirred the design pot for quite a few years and is still alive and well here on Houzz. As a regular Houzz reader, I’ve noticed the debate over chopped pillows in...
Single Design Moves That Make the Whole Bedroom
I’ve been browsing the bedrooms on Houzz looking for rooms where one thing — one imaginative stroke — makes all the difference in the design. It might be an accessory, a paint color or a piece of furniture. But if that one thing weren’t...
Finish Your Look With a Fun Mix of Textiles
I love textiles, because they offer an infinite array of decorating possibilities. While upholstery is a good place to start, the world of textiles is much broader than that. Every spring Mike and I count the days until the opening of the first...
Designs Worth Discovering: Rookwood Pottery Tile
Rookwood pottery is part of my design psyche. I remember going to the Rookwood restaurant in Cincinnati when I was a little girl; we sat in a refurbished giant kiln, which sounds very creepy but was very cool to my...
Have Your Own Red Carpet Moment Anytime
The red carpet has a long history as a symbol of welcome. Back in 458 B.C., Aeschylus wrote about Clytemnestra welcoming Agamemnon’s return from Troy with a crimson path. Rumor has it, Joan Rivers was waiting for him at the end. Today the red...
Single Design Moves That Make All the Difference
Like you, I really enjoy browsing the homes featured on Houzz. There’s always a fresh idea, an important old idea restated or a spectacular new design to revel in. But one of my favorite things to do while I browse is to note the rooms where one thing...
Fill a Blank Wall on a Beer Budget
Have you ever stood in front of a blank wall in your home and broken into a cold sweat thinking about what it might cost to fill it? Perspire no more! Here are some ideas you can do yourself, on a pretty tight budget, to make your walls sing.
Collective Wisdom: Display Ideas for Collections of All Kinds
It was almost 43 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting on the floor in the middle of our first apartment watching my new husband unpack his collections: Japanese netsuke; pre-Columbian (as in, before Christopher Columbus)...
Great New Looks for an Accessory You Already Own
Sometimes the best things are surprisingly simple. A blanket, for example — you probably have one within reach. Besides the fact they keep us warm in winter, blankets are amazingly versatile accessories. I have blankets in almost every room....
Escape the Inheritance Trap: What to Do With Sentimental Pieces
One of the things that makes a home special is the presence of sentimental treasures. Those items — from a framed snapshot to a favorite aunt’s china — make us feel connected to people and experiences long gone. But they can also keep us trapped...
Mix Pillow Patterns Like a Pro: 17 Foolproof Themes
Patterns are a scary thing for many people. But instead of confronting their fears head-on, they settle for a yawn of solids and tawny beiges. This is a sensible solution for large investment pieces like sofas and sectionals. But that doesn’t mean everything...
Celebrating the Great American Quilt
The PBS series Why Quilts Matter gives fascinating insight into the history, art and politics of that most American of crafts, the hand-sewn quilt. The series premise is that “nothing is more central to the history of women than the quilt. It...
Treat Yourself to Spring Blooms in Winter
Forcing bulbs indoors is an easy way to enjoy spring blooms in winter. Almost any spring bulb can be forced indoors. Forcing is a widely used term which means you are fast forwarding their growing cycle to bloom in winter. Paperwhites, also called Narcissus...
10 Reasons to Try a Moroccan Rug
You've seen them staring up at you from the floors of some of your favorite home photos and even in posh modern hotels. Moroccan carpets have become something of an obsession among the design crowd, and if you haven't yet hopped on the bandwagon, here...
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