Decorating 1759 Ideabooks

8 Nooks and Crannies That Can Wow
Tiny spaces are the perfect places to go a little wild with decorating. With closets, halls, pantries and other nooks, the design risk is minimal, but the impact can be huge. Plus, microdesign can be cost effective too. Have a favorite fabric, but...
From Queasy Colors to Killer Tables: Your Worst Decorating Mistakes
I recently wrote an article for Houzz in which I acknowledged the dumbest decorating decisions I’d ever made. More than 300 of you responded...
21 Creative Ways With Load-Bearing Columns
The eternal struggle between design and engineering often leaves us with conundrums. It’s easy to glide through the home design process in almost a dreamlike trance, imagining a spacious open floor plan with big, sweeping views that flow from room to...
How to Find Great Antiques Near You
Much of the fun of buying, owning, decorating and living with antiques is in the thrill of the hunt. The “need” for a new chair, or end table, or addition to my teapot collection doesn’t have to be too pressing to send my wife and me out on a new...
No Entry Hall? Create the Illusion of One
Many of us have a front door that opens unceremoniously and without any apology directly into the living area. While this certainly saves on square footage, it does not give us much opportunity for a proper entry. So how can you create entry ambience?...
It’s Meant to Be: 10 Ways With Blue and White
Blue and white are meant to be together — just think of blue skies with white, puffy clouds, or white-capped ocean waves. Whether your style leans toward classic American country,...
Decorating With Antiques: Chests, Dressers and Buffets
The wonderful thing about decorating with antiques is that they add instant history and soul to a home. There’s something especially human about an object that was made by hand, or that has survived the ravages of time intact. I wonder about...
It’s Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You
Cue the John Williams music in your head. A long time ago in a galaxy far far … well, actually in California in 1977, George Lucas made the first of three amazing movies without CGI or a fraction of the other special effects available today....
An Expat’s Guide to Making a Home Away From Home
Around the world about 230 million people are living outside their home country, myself included, according to data gathered by Feedbacq, an international movers directory company. If expatriates were a nation, we’d be the fifth largest in the world....
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Lighting in Traditional Rooms
There are more types of lighting available than ever today, from both stylistic and functional points of view. When considering which style, material or illumination source to use, remember that good lighting is an absolutely...
Antiques Shopping? Let Love Guide Your Search
Buying antiques is, for me, first and foremost a love affair. And as with any love affair, it isn’t approached with an analytical or clinical detachment, but with emotion … even passion. The patina created on an 18th-century Georgian chest...
Houzz Tour: A Colorful Victorian Gets a Through Line
Victorian architects didn’t build open-plan great rooms. Instead, they enclosed spaces and added hallways. In this Victorian, in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, interior designer Susan Diana Harris still managed to link the rooms; using color,...
The Faces Have It: Large Portraits Go Over Big
Anyone with an infant knows that babies love looking at faces — and the instinct has spawned an entire board book publishing genre with tiny tomes featuring nothing but close-ups of children laughing, crying or smiling. Judging from the interiors below,...
Room of the Day: A Chicago Living Room Puts Boyishness Behind
Although the owner of this Chicago condo graduated from college several years ago, his furniture was still matriculating. “It was a typical bachelor pad,” says Brooke Henton, the owner’s friend and an interior designer. “The room had dark curtains...
Amp Up Your Room With Colorful Lampshades
I have nothing against white or off-white lampshades. They work well in almost any setting and are often just the right thing. But they are almost never the only thing. In the famous words of Al Pacino, “Say hello to my little friend” …...
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