Decorating 1612 Ideabooks

Design Mystery: Why Do Pineapples Sprout Up in Home Design?
History says Christopher Columbus launched the pineapple into widespread popularity when he “discovered” it on his second trip to the New World. He and his crew allegedly found the prickly fruit placed beside tribal cooking pots in Guadeloupe. The...
12 Hot Ideas for Fireplace Facing
I love a good fireplace. If you are a member of the always-cold club, you know what I’m talking about. Sitting in front of a roaring fire is my idea of cozy. Whether you love the smell and crackle of a wood-burning fireplace or the ease of a gas-burning...
Mix Pillow Patterns Like a Pro: 17 Foolproof Themes
Patterns are a scary thing for many people. But instead of confronting their fears head-on, they settle for a yawn of solids and tawny beiges. This is a sensible solution for large investment pieces like sofas and sectionals. But that doesn’t mean everything...
Milo Baughman: The Cary Grant of Furniture Design
If you’re looking to inject a bit of Hollywood-style glamour into your home, you might want to add a piece or two by Milo Baughman, the hugely popular American designer whose affordable...
How to Design a Family Photo Wall
In the digital photo age, not only do most of us have cameras on us at all times, but we have printers that can turn them from pixels into paper. There’s been no formal study I can find, but it only stands to reason that people have more photographs...
My Houzz: From Underused Dining Room to Family Hangout
Ten years after Enid and Jim Brock built their hillside home in Santa Cruz, California, the couple realized that a great idea doesn’t always translate into a great room. Enid wanted the dining room...
My Houzz: DIY Details Add Personality to a Dutch Home
According to Mirjam Vetter, everything becomes prettier with a layer of chalk paint. Vetter is an avid collector of secondhand goods, and loves to transform mundane or found objects into small treasures. She rummages...
Tame the Toy Chaos: Bin Storage for All
Kids collect toys like a magnet picks up metal shavings. If you don’t stay on top of them, not only will Barbie’s Dreamhouse be a mess, but so will yours. The good news is that, with a few simple moves, organizing the stuff of a kid’s world can...
Set the Right Mood With the Right Lines
You may not think twice about the shape of the legs on your living room coffee table or the swirls on the wallpaper in your front hall, but research indicates you should. That’s because humans have different responses to curvy lines and straight ones....
Best Ways to Use Exclusive Plum, Sherwin-Williams’ Color of 2014
As 2013 winds down, our attention is shifting to the new year and what’s in store for 2014. I always look forward to the various Color of the Year pronouncements made around this time. Last week we looked at Pantone’s selection, Radiant...
Photos of 2013: The Most Popular Industrial Spaces
Warehouses, factories, mills — these might not sound like cozy spaces, but homeowners and designers are converting these buildings into modern homes with great fanfare. But make no mistake: These aren’t the kinds of places you’d expect...
Organized Chic: 15 Stylish Ways With Trays
I think of a tray as one of those things in a home that has a lot of stories to tell. A tray has been around; it has seen most rooms in a house. It has lots of experience with meeting utilitarian demands as well as aesthetic ones. Trays have many different...
The Single Easiest Trick for Serial Redecorators
If you decorate your own home, you probably fall into one of two main categories. You might be the type who paints a room, installs new flooring or carpeting, then adds furniture and accessories and hangs draperies, art and a mirror or two. When you’re...
The Best Chalkboard Wall Art on Houzz
The popularity of chalkboard paint has hit an all-time high, which means your chalkboard wall must stand out from the pack. It’s no longer enough to have a photo showing useful things like a neat grocery list or family schedule in neat penmanship, or...
Shop Your Garden for Easy Holiday Decorations
If your hands are so tied up with Santa’s shopping list and dinner plans this year that you’ve put festive decorations on the back burner, there’s no need to make a last-minute trip to the craft store. Just turn to your garden’s bounty of branches...
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