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Travel Takeaways: Design Inspiration From the South Pacific
If you are somewhat hazy about exactly where Samoa is, you are not alone. When I told my older brother that Mike and I were going to spend three weeks there, he said, with deep concern in his voice, “Aren’t there pirates there?” Uh, that...
Room of the Day: From Dark Basement to Bright Master Suite
There’s not much sexiness to a concrete retaining wall. But with a few clever design moves, you can certainly dress one up enough to turn a few heads. That’s what the homeowners of this two-level San Francisco hillside house did when faced with an...
Casual Coastal Style Done 6 Ways
Whether you adore the classic maritime look of New England, the warm and spirited U.S. South, British seaside nostalgia or something else entirely, the coastal style in all its variations is easy, breezy, casual and fun. What’s not to love? See if one...
Stick to Branches for Naturally Beautiful Lighting
I am smitten when it comes to twigs and branches. I simply love using them in homes. They bring a natural beauty and integrity to an interior that can’t be matched by any other ingredient.
What Goes With Leather Furniture?
Leather chairs, sofas and ottomans tend to be big, comfy and classic — no wonder they’re a popular choice for living room furniture. But too much bulky leather upholstery can make a space look dark, heavy or just … boring. Wondering what to put...
Paint Your Bed for a Colorful Night’s Sleep
More often than not, bed frames are a neutral color — they have white, black or wood finishes that coordinate with nearly everything but can lack charisma. Instead, consider using a bright color to add personality and vitality to what is presumably...
15 Ways to Ready a Summer Home on the Cheap
So, you bought a vacation home — congratulations! But after saving and scrounging to pull off your dream, it may be that there isn’t much left over for actually furnishing said vacation home and making it, you...
Decorating With Antiques: Tables to Elevate the Everyday
Antiques allow us to incorporate ideas and aesthetics of the past into our modern lives, adding a unique kind of beauty and spirit to the everyday objects we live with. And what could be more everyday and basic than a table? Although the function...
Bicycle-Inspired Decor to Make Your Heart Race
At our house July means watching the Tour de France. We do follow other races throughout the year, but this is the pinnacle event. Admittedly the race, starting July 5 this year, has gone through more than its share...
Americana the Modern Way
Where I grew up in rural New Jersey, rows of 200-year-old homes spend their summers decked in red, white and blue bunting, with folksy craft-art renderings of Uncle Sam keeping it company on the porch. People took pride in the fact that George Washington...
Andirons: From Status Symbols to Style Markers
To James Gallagher, an antiques dealer in North Norwich, New York, a fireplace sans andirons looks naked. “Without them it appears to be a black hole,” he says. Gallagher’s view is understandable, as he’s been selling museum-quality fireplace...
Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors
If you have pets, kids or a clumsy housemate, chances are that durability is a top priority when it comes to choosing finishes in your home. And perhaps no flooring material is as durable as concrete. It is also sustainable and budget-friendly, works...
Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting
I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door...
The Unexpected Color That Goes With Everything
I have just given you a magic wand. Cool, huh? Step outside and wave it over every bit of greenery you see. Say, “Abracadabra — I change you to beige!” Now peruse the result of your handiwork. All the life, vitality, joy and color have vanished,...
Room of the Day: Miami Beach Style for a Virginia Teen Hangout
Kathy Corbet had better things to do with her time than clean up after her teenagers. So she decided to give them a space that was theirs alone to do what they wanted with. The Richmond, Virginia, interior...
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