Decorating 1759 Ideabooks

Working With Pros: When a Design Plan Is Right for You
Recently I wrote about the benefits of full design services in redesigning a home. Many homeowners, though, want to be more involved in the process and do some of the work themselves, while still...
No Need to Shrink From Violet
My father-in-law was filming a television commercial in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace some years ago. It was an uncharacteristically hot day in London, but the shoot called for the queen’s guards to be marching energetically in full regalia —...
Room of the Day: Serene Glamour Suits a Master Bedroom
This master bedroom had a ’90s dusty rose, fusty floral theme. Knowing her clients were big travelers who appreciated a relaxing hotel suite feel, interior designer Susan Glick came up with a modernized luxe design. While the room serves as a serene...
Houzz Survey Results: Remodeling Likely to Trump Selling in 2014
Cautiously confident. That’s the general feeling of the nearly 200,000 registered Houzz users who participated in a recent survey about residential remodeling, building and decorating activity. Fifty-three percent of...
A Handy Guide to English Antiques
Have you ever been shopping for antiques and the dealer said something like, “This is a very special Georgian chest of drawers”? Perhaps you nodded knowingly, but wondered to yourself, “Who is this Georgia guy, and why did he have a lot of furniture...
Room of the Day: Romancing a Maine Dining Room
When Gail Landry bought her 1870s farmhouse in Buxton, Maine, three years ago, it had been in the same family for nearly a century. Given the outdated paper on the walls, linoleum “area rugs” on the floor and fussy sheers on the windows, it looked...
A Made-Over Living Room Preens Like a Peacock
When interior decorator Nicole White first met Athalia and Sam, parents of two girls, Emerson and Noa, they were in the middle of moving. All she really had to go on was...
10 Ways to Bring Sumptuous Texture to Modern Rooms
When we think of rich, opulent rooms, we often think of baroque spaces festooned in heavy fabrics and gilded to the nines. But even breezy, contemporary spaces can feel sumptuous thanks to a plush rug or combed paint. In short: It’s all about texture....
Novel Ways With Bedroom Books
A natural part of leisure time at home, books and bedrooms have been companions for years. Wordsworth penned poetry in bed. Proust, late in life, wrote in his brass bed. Truman Capote once claimed, “I am a completely horizontal writer.” And Twain,...
Decorating With Antiques: Armoires, the Versatile Beauties
Built-in closets are a rather newfangled idea. Although they could occasionally be found in colonial America, they didn’t come into common use until after World War II. Nowadays they’re viewed as a basic necessity, like indoor plumbing, and it can...
Working With Pros: When to Choose Full Design Services
Decorating a house can be a daunting project, even for devout DIYers. Most homeowners would love the help of a skilled professional, but many misconceptions about what interior designers do — and what they cost — prevent people from seeking guidance....
9 Stylist Tricks for a Decorator Look
The impeccable style of rooms featured on Houzz and elsewhere can seem unattainable even for those of us with lovely, well-organized homes. But many stylist tricks don’t require much effort or money. Try these nine simple ideas to make your home ready...
Mosaic Tile Designs That’ll Thrill You to Bits
Dating back to 5,000 years ago, mosaic tiles are one of the world’s oldest art forms. Few other creations in human history have enjoyed that kind of aesthetic longevity. And mosaic tile continues to be an integral part of our homes, parks and public...
Stencil Your Ceiling for a Luxurious Look
The next time you walk into a room, look up. You will probably see a sea of white. But you could go big, bold and graphic with a stenciled ceiling. I have often used white ceilings in my own designs to reflect light into a space or temper the color used...
Antiques Shopping for the Fun of It
The purpose of the antiques hunt, for me, is decoration and function — not pedigree. I am definitely not a purist. I’m not that famous collector of Early American furniture who just paid several million dollars for a Philadelphia highboy. But I’m...
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