Decorating 1617 Ideabooks

9 Ways to Style That Credenza
A smart storage option for the living room, media center or dining room, a credenza also provides the perfect opportunity to show off your sense of style with artful accessories. And when you have company coming, a polished display can make your home...
The Great Unsung Storyteller in a Room
An older gentleman was walking along a path one day when he encountered a frog. The frog said to him, “Sir, if you will pick me up and kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess.” The man bent down and picked up the frog, and then put it...
8 Creative Home Backdrops for Holiday Photos
Sure, you could make the trek to the mall or a local photo studio, but if you feel like taking things into your own hands this year, we have nine fun, easy and creative ideas for taking holiday pictures at home. Enlist a friend to help (offer cookies...
Flower Power: Pick Your Palette From Posies
Fall is a riot of color here in Northern California’s Wine Country. Majestic purple grapes nestle amidst verdant vines that have transitioned from green to brilliant red, bright yellow and even deep burgundy. The rosebushes that border each vineyard...
Make a Traditional Fresh Holiday Wreath the Easy Way
Whether on a front door or above a mantel, few things convey the holidays better than a fresh wreath. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico’s Florist breaks down the process of making a wreath of mixed greenery into eight...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Guest Room Touches Anyone Can Do
Don’t let perfectly styled rooms give you the blues. Steal ideas from them instead. In this series we’re fighting off Acute Houzz Envy by ransacking beautiful rooms for easy and free (or very inexpensive) ideas we can use in our own homes. Since...
A Contractor's Secrets to Hanging Holiday Decor
Whether you're looking for a spot to put up your Christmas wreath for a week or need something more permanent, hanging decor on the exterior or interior of your home can be tricky sometimes. Where you're hanging it makes all the difference. Here are a...
How to Commission Custom Upholstered Furniture
If you can’t find that perfect furnishing to complete a room’s design, commissioning an upholstered piece is an optimal way to solve size, comfort and aesthetic issues. But before you rush out to purchase that fabric you’ve been eyeing, you need...
Easy Ways to Hide Your Home's Flaws
Like it or not, most of us do not live in picture-perfect homes with gorgeous kitchens and baths, gleaming wood floors and vast windows that open to stellar views. Take the little California bungalow that Mike and I share. It has some — well, one or...
Treat Yourself to Spring Blooms in Winter
Forcing bulbs indoors is an easy way to enjoy spring blooms in winter. Almost any spring bulb can be forced indoors. Forcing is a widely used term which means you are fast forwarding their growing cycle to bloom in winter. Paperwhites, also called Narcissus...
Does Your Home Make You Happy?
Want your kids to hang out at home? Wish you hosted more dinner parties? Need to rekindle the romance with your spouse? Designing your home to fulfill your emotional needs is no different than designing it to fulfill your practical...
Dreaming in Color: 5 Fab Not-Beige Bedroom Neutrals
Let me start off by saying that I am in no way looking to bash beige. There are many beautiful shades of the neutral hue that are appropriate and look fantastic...
Spare Room? Lucky You. Here are 12 Fresh Ways to Use It
Let’s say you have an extra room in your house and you’re not sure what to do with it. Talk about a champagne problem! It does happen, though. Whether you have a rarely used dining room, the kids are now grown and gone, or you just ended up with a...
Radiator Covers Like You've Never Seen
Radiators, covered or not, are notorious for being space-hogging interior eyesores. Thankfully, inventive designers and savvy homeowners are becoming increasingly adept at transforming these bulky yet necessary components into stylish pieces that blend...
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