Decorating 1870 Stories

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 could haunt you for years. How do you figure out what style is right...
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...
Room of the Day: Cherished Objects Personalize a Living Room
“I’m from Louisiana, so I love to tell stories,” says interior designer Lynne Parker. Her life has taken her to many places far from the bayou, including Amsterdam, where she...
Houzz Tour: A New Mediterranean Home Goes Country
Most renovation stories start with a dreary assessment of the house before the remodel. In this case there were no leaky ceilings, dark rooms or cramped spaces to describe. When Jim and Stephanie Stafford purchased this home in Sonoma, California, it...
How to Wow Your Guests With a Dramatic Dining Room
There’s no better room in which to indulge your dramatic decorating fantasies than the dining room, where you can create a space that’s great for entertaining. Whether your dining area is open-plan style and includes the kitchen, or you have the luxury...
Room of the Day: Addressing the Green Piano in the Room
We’ve all heard of the pink elephant in the room, but interior designer Charmean Neithart thought she’d heard her clients wrong when they informed her she’d have...
Falling for Color: 9 Ways With Pumpkin Orange
With Halloween right around the corner I just had to grab the opportunity to give some love to one of my favorite hues: pumpkin orange. The key to working with this intense color is to use it for those items or areas in your home that you wish to call...
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