Decorating 1617 Ideabooks

The Coffee Table Grows Up
The image that the phrase "coffee table" conjures up for me is of a warm, inviting piece around which family and friends gather. Maybe there's a puzzle in progress. Maybe there are actual mugs of steaming coffee. It's a lovely vision. Though as a mother,...
Houzz Tour: 2 Weeks to an Apartment Transformation
Designer Kimba Hills of Santa Monica, California, likes to work fast. Really fast. She spends anywhere from a few weeks to just a few days completely overhauling homes and apartments. "This...
Learn When to Splurge for True Design Happiness
I believe wholeheartedly in practical, functional design that works for a family’s needs. But I also believe that a home should serve emotional needs, too. You know — those things you can't help but love, even when everyone is quick to point out...
Feel Free to Break Some Decorating Rules
One of the primary things I learned while working with interior design clients over four decades is that our mothers seriously warped us — about decorating at least. So many of us get totally tied in knots when it comes to designing...
Pattern Primer: How to Pair Different Prints
I reupholstered my dining room chairs in a fun floral a few weeks ago. I knew what color I wanted (I'm into teal right now), but picking out the pattern was brutal. I have an open living space, so my selection needed to pair well with the stripes, florals...
Lace Brings Grace to Today's Looks
I'm a modern girl at heart. I love my clean lines, bold color and strong accent pieces. But recently I've started to admire a very different route: the romantic and soft look of lace. Clearly, I'm not alone. Lace was all over the runway during New York...
8 Beautiful Nursery Styles From Classic to Whimsical
The excitement of welcoming a newborn home brings most new parents' nesting instincts to life. A nursery's style can reflect the rest of the home or have a theme that truly stands out. Don't be afraid to try something new in a nursery, whether it's...
10 Reasons to Try a Moroccan Rug
You've seen them staring up at you from the floors of some of your favorite home photos and even in posh modern hotels. Moroccan carpets have become something of an obsession among the design crowd, and if you haven't yet hopped on the bandwagon, here...
Dreaming in Color: 8 Eye-Opening Yellow Bedrooms
I tend to associate the color yellow with the sweet corn my hometown, just outside the reach of suburban Chicago, is famous for. It's also the color of one of the first flowers of spring in that part of the country, daffodils, which my mother planted...
12 Home Hot Spots for Holiday Decorating
Time to dust off those boxes in the garage and clean the spiderwebs from the garland stored in the basement. The holidays are upon us. My two youngest boys have holiday radar. As soon as October 1 hits and the air chills at night, they know it's time...
A Dozen Creative Ideas for Decorating Blank Walls
When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be a gallery wall. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it’s nice to break up all...
Origins Revealed: The Orkney Chair Goes From Humble to Haute
There's a chair once made by fishermen and farmers on the remote Orkney Islands (off the coast of Scotland), crafted from whatever materials they could scrape together. Now known as Orkney chairs, today they grace some of the chicest homes around the...
Got Bright Light but Lack Spare Time? Try Ponytail Palm
Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) isn't really a palm but rather a member of the agave succulent family. It's a very unusual-looking plant, with a swollen base and a mop of long, flat leaves. Ponytails are easy to care for...
How to Focus Your Family Room on Family
Family rooms are supposed to promote family togetherness, but most of the time, a television dominates the space, and family members often lie unspeaking, splayed across furniture — or find themselves in another room working on a task alone. It doesn't...
15 Bite-Size Home Projects You Can Tackle in No Time
When your days are filled to the brim, it can be hard to find time to get to all of the decorating and organizing projects you want to finish. But what if you didn't have to carve out an entire morning to tick something off your list? The truth is, we...
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