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Bag a French Accent With Grain Sack
All grain sack is not created equal. There's linen and burlap, vintage and vintage-made-yesterday. There are elegant stripes and loud farm-friendly graphics. And, of course, there's overuse and the perfect touch. Personally, I love the stuff....
Guest Picks: Watercolors in the Home
There has been a major trend in using watercolors, paint textures, ombres and dip-dyes in design. I have been seeing it a lot in graphic design, on websites and in paper goods, and also a translation of it into wedding decor. I have been using the techniques...
Pro Photo Styling: Say It With Flowers
Flowers add instant life and color to potentially flat interior design shots. But there's more to styling flowers than simply picking up a bunch from the florist — the difference between a store-bought bouquet plunked into a vase...
Sculpture in the Home: Style or Bust
Have you been trying to figure out what to put on your chest of drawers? Do you want a curated, classical touch for your front entry? Maybe you're just stumped as to what to do with all your bookshelves. The solution: the classical bust sculpture. A...
Old Tools Come in Handy as Decor
The other day I knocked over an old tool, an antique wooden rake that I have propped up in my kitchen, for the umpteenth time. Briefly I considered chucking it into the storage area. When it came down to it, though, I couldn't. It's such an interesting...
Weave Designs from India Into Your Decor
I've never been to India, but I've always been attracted to Indian design. I love the textiles — everything from brilliant saris to muted block prints — and the colors. I love the classical architecture, the garish billboards, the woodwork and the...
Egg-Inspired Designs Hatch in the Home
We may think of Easter as the only time to bring out the eggs. However, it’s possible you’ve had eggs on display year-round without entirely realizing it. Take a look around. Do you have a Jacobsen Egg Chair in your living room? Or perhaps egg sculptures...
Guest Picks: 20 Ways With Agate
Incorporating agate into your home's decor allows you to add a wide variety of color, and may have healing properties as well. Many traditions imbue this beautiful stone with magical protective qualities, including the ability to cure...
Get the Scoop on High-Design Litter Boxes
I love my Maine coon, Miss Bubby (aka Boo Boo, aka My Boo), but dealing with her litter box is truly a labor of love. I'm lucky; it basically has its own room, but it still bugs me. I can't imagine what it's like for cat owners who live in small spaces....
Culture an African Look With Artifacts
I have been collecting African artifacts for about 15 years. My collection started after a trip to Africa in 1997 with my husband. In the lobby of our hotel was a grouping of African artifacts, including masks, textiles and various carved pieces that...
Indoor Gardener: Orchids Bring Beauty to Decor
Orchids were once much less commonplace than they are today and were considered a true luxury. In fact, in Victorian times, the term "orchidelirium" was coined to describe the frenzy of orchid collectors. Today, you can pick up an orchid at Home Depot...
Decorate With Intention: Unbury Your Treasures
Family heirlooms, photographs and other treasures are a meaningful part of any home. They spark conversation, stir up warm memories and offer glimpses into the lives of an older generation. This week we look at creative ways to display these objects,...
Guest Picks: Loving Lacquer
When it comes to adding a punch of whimsical freshness to any room in the house, you can't beat lacquer. From the French word lacre, meaning "a kind of sealing wax," lacquer is a term for a clear or colored hard, durable finish that can vary from...
Decorate With Intention: Great Vision, Small Budget
One of the questions I get asked most often is how to decorate a home you love on a tight budget. After all, it's one thing to create a vision...
Weather a Design Slump With Umbrella Patterns
It's been raining in this part of Northern California, and the forecast is for clouds and showers with a few sunny patches in between. While some love the sound of raindrops falling on their skylights and watching storm clouds gather from the warmth of...
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