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Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether...
Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating can be a challenging task, filled with costly decisions whose outcomes...
Decorating 101: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Once you’ve figured out what you want your home to look like, the big question is: Should you decorate it yourself or hire a professional? Or...
Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?
You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s...
How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them
You might love color; you might hate it. Beige could be the most used color in your apartment, or a stack of gray paint chips could make you cringe. No matter how you feel about color, there are endless ways to use it to make over a space, create a mood...
10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers
This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don't have any...
8 Things Interior Designers Want You to Know
Have you been dreaming of hiring an interior designer? Wondering if hiring a designer is right for you, or just want to know more about what the process is really like? We asked two Best of Houzz interior designers, Kate O’Hara of Martha...
Custom Draperies 101
I'm the biggest $@!#%& snob when it comes to dressing windows. My rule of thumb: Leave those panes bare until you're ready to drop some cash on the real deal. Pre-fab panels can sometimes turn out pretty nice, but most of the time they become a wrinkled,...
How to Savor Your Beautifully Imperfect Home
As someone who looks at a great deal of photos of beautifully designed homes every day, I know how the pangs of design cravings have the potential to overwhelm. Even three years after moving into our first home, my to-do and to-buy list is still a mile...
Slipcover Magic: Casual, Washable and Fresh for the Season
If you think of slipcovers as belonging only in a Shabby Chic-style pad, complete with cabbage rose prints and ruffles, it may be time to take another look. Slipcovers have so much to offer — from family...
Clever Storage for That All-Important Spare Room
Guest rooms typically are hybrid areas, absorbing many functions — bedroom, office, den — in a small space. They’re also great places to squeeze in extra storage. Built-in cabinets can house a visitor’s overnight wardrobe and also be an out-of-season...
Room of the Day: Layers of Exotic Textiles Enrich a White Room
Kooky can be a good thing; you just have to know how to work with it. While this 1930s Craftsman-style house in Santa Monica Canyon, California, had good bones, it had dark and had kind of a “kooky layout,” according to interior designer Amber Lewis....
Pattern Focus: Buffalo Check
Traditional buffalo check, also known as buffalo plaid, is a heavy woven fabric made of intersecting blocks of red and black. Popularized by tales of Paul Bunyan and Wild West cowboys, buffalo check has a cheery appeal and many applications in the...
How to Bring the Beauty of Reclaimed Wood to the Bath
Reclaimed wood has never been more popular, making its way from basement bars all the way up to elegant master bathrooms. Used on flooring, vanities, accent walls, mirror frames and even tub surrounds, this material adds warmth and rich texture....
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