Decorating 1831 Ideabooks

Face Time: Creative Ideas for Decorating With Portraits
Seaside scenes, landscapes and abstract works all have their place, but portraits have something that other forms of artwork simply don’t. When you look at a portrait, whether it is new or old, painted or photographed, you are seeing a...
See Your Name in Lights
If you have ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights, this is your time. The desire for marquee letters (large letters lit by rows of bulbs) is shining brightly, and it’s not hard to find the style, size and color you want.
8 Ways to Bring Summer Fun Indoors
Have a room in your home that doesn’t get much use? Instead of letting it languish, consider giving that underused dining room, guest room or basement a makeover to turn it into a space you will use and love all summer and beyond. Whether...
Objects of Desire: New Ways With the Classic Chaise
Thinking of chaise longues calls to mind images of bygone days: Joan Crawford lounging in a silk robe and marabou bedroom slippers or Grandma with her book, a blanket tucked under her chin. For these reasons it never occurred to me to include a chaise...
The Beauty of Contrast: Global Furnishings in Modern Spaces
Mixing modern design with ethnic furnishings may not be an obvious choice, but when you look at the history of modern design, you’ll see a strong link between the two. Many influential architects and designers of the early 20th century, including
Color Fix: Energize Your Room With a Colorful Club Chair
When it comes to our home, my husband is allergic to color. While the source of his color aversion is a mystery, I think he’s (wisely) worried mostly about investing in a rug or a piece of furniture that he’ll tire of. To him color belongs on pillows,...
Dial Into Old Phones for Decor With Character
For Paul Wiltfong, dealing with vintage telephones has been a nearly lifelong affair, so he easily understands why people want to add them to their homes. “Pay phones were once an everyday part of life,” says Wiltfong, a vintage phone collector, dealer...
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...
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