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New Classics: Paul Smith's Swirl Rug
Designer Paul Smith's Swirl has become a signature pattern that's swooshing across everything from bikini bottoms to umbrellas. Now, thanks to a collaboration with The Rug Company, you can find it on the floor as well. The colorful stripes are mixed with...
9 Memorable Menorahs for a Stylish Hanukkah Table
Hanukkah falls on December 8 to 16 this year, which gives you just enough time to find an amazing menorah to celebrate in style. I've been really impressed with the new designs at some of my favorite home design sources, pushing expectations and allowing...
On Trend: Colorful Geometric Accessories Keep Rooms in Shape
Maybe it's the shorter days, but this time of year always has me searching for bright colors to warm up my interiors. Fall trends join in with an emphasis on bold color combinations, typographic elements and lots of geometric patterns, shapes and silhouettes. You...
8 Modern Uses for Classically Beautiful Linen
Linen is one of the oldest kinds of fabric. In ancient Egypt it was used as a symbol of wealth and often as currency. A linen thread was initially used to determine a straight line, which led to the English word "line." And linen has been preferred for...
Trend Alert: Mercury Glass Buffs Up Decor
Many women love a bit of sparkle. Glitter and sequins may fill our wardrobes, and we often go gaga over diamonds and pearls. And our love of shimmer transcends closets and jewelry — we often want some bling in our home decor as well. That's where mercury...
10 Ways to Fix Your Fireplace Up With a Screen Star
Sometimes I take a gander around my house and I notice some humdrum element with fresh eyes. Today it was my boring fireplace screen. It's not even necessary for blocking sparks, as my fireplace is gas, but Miss Bubby (my cat) loves to crawl into the...
Pineapple Motifs Add a Slice of Hospitality
Call me old school, but I've always had a thing for that most classic of home design motifs: the pineapple. This showy fruit has symbolized hospitality for centuries, and for me, seeing a pineapple on a lamp, wallpaper or planter in a home translates...
Everyday Home Must-Haves Beg for a Makeover
What home product designs drive you insane? I know I've been tempted to chuck my cable box, microwave and vacuum cleaner out the window. For Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, the humble thermostat's unattractive and difficult design got under their skin. The...
Give License Plates the Green Light
License plates can have an afterlife as home decor when their official job as vehicle identification has expired. Made of aluminum and sometimes galvanized steel, license plates make great art. Expired plates on websites like eBay and Etsy go for $3 to...
The New Nostalgia: History With a Kick
Design is cyclical, but it's not redundant. We crave nostalgia: It helps root our identity, it reminds us of where we come from and it forms the emotional basis for our material histories. But as much as we love the past, we are creative beasts who need...
Sweater Chic Warms Up Fall Interiors
Sweater season came early to Alabama this year. Most of the time, our September is basically August 2.0: bright, muggy and oppressively hot. This fall, though, we're being treated to a preview of crisp, cool weather, which usually doesn't hit until Halloween....
Ginkgo Motifs Grow on Rooms
Ginkgo trees, with their graceful, fan-shaped leaves, trumpet their presence in the landscape in fall. They take on a brilliant golden hue that blazes against...
New Classics: Tom Dixon's Beat Pendant Lights
India influenced Tom Dixon's series of brass Beat Pendant Lights in more ways than one. Indian cooking pots and water vessels inspired their striking forms, while master craftsmen spin the forms and hand beat the brass in Moradabad,...
Things Are Looking Up for Artistic Floors
Use pattern and color to spice up your floors, and you will never look back. From tile and wood to area rugs galore, there are a host of choices for spicing up the floor. Don't settle for boring surfaces underfoot. Get inspired to make a statement on...
Accessorize a Traditional Dining Room for Charm and Grace
In most traditional houses, the dining room is a separate room. Today's homes tend to have a more open layout, but don't let an open plan put you off traditional style. The dining room is my favorite room in the house to decorate and accessorize....
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