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How to Use Mirrors for More Light and Style
Mirrors are a decorator's best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room's natural light, enhances views, opens a small space and adds oomph to decor. The key lies in pairing the right mirror with the right location...
Treasure Hunting at Texas' First Monday Trade Days
First Monday Trade Days began as a local horse and produce trade event more than 150 years ago, but has now developed into a shopper's paradise spanning 100 acres. More than 6,000 vendors offer everything from home furnishings and antique collectibles...
Restyle a Vase or Two for Fall
Vases are wonderful tools for designing the perfect table. They are available in any shape, size and color, and can provide sculptural beauty, with or without flowers. When fall is in full force and the holidays on the horizon, it’s time...
Antique Sewing Machines: Tailor Made for Nostalgic Decor
My maternal grandmother, Nana, would have been 100 years old this year if she were still with us. She was a master carpet sewer until the late 1960s. A few years after retiring from the trade, she started having grandchildren, and her lifelong sewing...
Local Color: Tobacco Baskets Pack In Southeastern Style
The tobacco industry doesn't generally conjure up the most positive images, but one byproduct is showing up in stunning home images: antique tobacco baskets. Once purely functional objects used to haul tobacco leaves to and from the market, these...
Edit Keepsakes With Confidence — What to Let Go and What to Keep
Do you know how much space your keepsakes take up? If you had to leave your home quickly, could you locate your most treasured (nonliving) possessions within a few minutes? And what about the family members who will one day inherit all of this stuff:...
How to Combine Area Rugs in an Open Floor Plan
Cattle are meant to roam free. Furniture? Not so much. Without something to contain it, furniture can end up feeling ... adrift. This is especially true in an open floor plan, where there aren’t...
Little Luxuries: Get Ready for Your Close-up With Lighted Mirrors
How much bathroom lighting do you need? Where do you place it? Should it go above the mirror or on either side? There are plenty of options to consider, but one often goes unnoticed: the lighted vanity mirror. Most of these mirrors have two...
How to Choose a Lampshade
So you've picked out a beautiful new table lamp for your home. But how much thought did you give to the shade? The right lampshade can transform a humdrum base into something exquisite, while the wrong shade can make even the most stunning lamp look...
Treasure Hunting at the Brimfield Antiques Fair
Whether you're a serious collector or just like the thrill of a hunt, the Brimfield antiques fair in Massachusetts is a must-visit. The largest outdoor antiques show in the Northeast, stretching 1 mile down Route 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, it started...
Why You Should Forget About the Usual Coffee Table
Being bound to the singular coffee table is a rule worth breaking. Instead of fussing over a table that takes up all your floor space, or trying to decide which side tables will work with your coffee table, think in multiples. Incorporating two, three,...
Styling Basics: 8 Favorite Accessories to Finish Your Space
Wonder what gives a room that really finished look? The key lies in the judicious use of a few favorite accessories. These are the types of objects that decorators and stylists reach for again and again. Read up on eight of the best accessories to give...
Budget Decorating: How to Decorate Smart and Slow
Home decorating shows and design magazines go for the quick thrill of instantly transformed spaces, which can certainly be exciting to watch; but for many of us, designing a home is not something that happens overnight. Case in point: It's been four years...
Big Shells Offer a Sea of Decorating Possibilities
Giant shells are very stylish and can be used for a slew of decorating needs around the house. I can't think of any other piece that can so easily be a bowl, vase or bathroom sink or an elegant stand-alone piece. Whether you're using a resin shell or...
Toy With Dollhouses for Grown-up Decorating Charm
Confession: I'm a grown woman, and I love dollhouses. This may be on account of an unfulfilled childhood dream, or maybe because I'm an architectural history buff, and many miniature houses are attractive and approachable examples of period architecture....
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