Decorating 1812 Ideabooks

Objects of Desire: New Takes on the Tufted Sofa
With its low back, stately curved arms and deep tufting, the classic chesterfield sofa is as aristocratic as its namesake. Legend has it that the idea for the piece was conceived in 18th-century England for the Earl of Chesterfield, who was somewhat of...
Decorating With Antiques: Evoke a Fanciful Past With Bamboo
Rudyard Kipling’s famous quotation, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” never proved to be less true than during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Orient captivated the West in the form of chinoiserie design....
The Best of My Houzz: 20 Beloved Collections Artfully Displayed
Collections tell us a lot about a person, and there’s a story behind each one. Here’s a peek 20 of our favorite collections from My Houzz, our series featuring one-of-a-kind...
7 Supermodel Homes and Why Creatives Rent Them
Although Cindi Osborn struggles to pin down exactly what makes a private home the perfect setting for photo shoots, she knows a winner when she sees one. “It has to have that elusive quality of ‘just rightness,’” she says. Osborn, a onetime...
Rooster Decorating Worth Crowing About
Once upon a time, I had the great joy of keeping chickens. And roosters. (After all, we wanted fertile eggs and happy hens.) Cogburn was our lead rooster. He had a red comb, with a maize-colored neck that flowed into gold, milk chocolate and then deep...
11 Ways to Wake Up a Traditional Room
My family’s heritage is in the furniture manufacturing industry, so I can’t deny being drawn to traditional style. But being a designer in modern times, I’ve come to love modern style as well. In fact, I’ve come to learn that traditional interiors...
8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff
I’m a firm believer that details make the difference in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to beautifully designed homes, the same details that take a space from ho-hum to stunning are often overlooked because of how subtle they are. In...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Rugs in Traditional Spaces
Modern rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and are suitable for every area of the house, including hallways and staircases. When introduced into a traditional or rustic setting, they can add vibrancy, a touch of the unexpected and a striking counterpoint....
The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own
How many times have you been sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other, and you needed the simplest thing: a little side table that was just the right size so you could put down your cup and turn the page?...
What Goes With a Striped Sofa?
A striped sofa can be a welcome change from basic solid colors. But when your sofa is striped, what do you put with it? Do you play it safe with solids or go out on a limb with other...
Houzz Tour: Artistry and Illusion Season a Baton Rouge Townhouse
“Wow, what a great old house!” visitors often exclaim when they see Ty Larkins’ home for the first time. Larkins can’t help but smile. While the structure resembles the kind of Greek...
The Rainbow Connection
June is Gay Pride Month. And whether you live in West Hollywood or West Virginia, chances are that you’ll start seeing rainbow flags round every corner as joyous celebrants take to the streets. To be honest, I’ve never been crazy about rainbows...
Bank on Branches for Beautiful Furniture
My husband and I made an ill-considered and somewhat disastrous move from the city to the country when we were 45 and going through a midlife crisis. The only happy things about it were the chickens in our backyard and the abundance of fabulous twigs...
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