Decorating 1823 Ideabooks

Decorating With Antiques: Armoires, the Versatile Beauties
Built-in closets are a rather newfangled idea. Although they could occasionally be found in colonial America, they didn’t come into common use until after World War II. Nowadays they’re viewed as a basic necessity, like indoor plumbing, and it can...
Working With Pros: When to Choose Full Design Services
Decorating a house can be a daunting project, even for devout DIYers. Most homeowners would love the help of a skilled professional, but many misconceptions about what interior designers do — and what they cost — prevent people from seeking guidance....
9 Stylist Tricks for a Decorator Look
The impeccable style of rooms featured on Houzz and elsewhere can seem unattainable even for those of us with lovely, well-organized homes. But many stylist tricks don’t require much effort or money. Try these nine simple ideas to make your home ready...
Mosaic Tile Designs That’ll Thrill You to Bits
Dating back to 5,000 years ago, mosaic tiles are one of the world’s oldest art forms. Few other creations in human history have enjoyed that kind of aesthetic longevity. And mosaic tile continues to be an integral part of our homes, parks and public...
Stencil Your Ceiling for a Luxurious Look
The next time you walk into a room, look up. You will probably see a sea of white. But you could go big, bold and graphic with a stenciled ceiling. I have often used white ceilings in my own designs to reflect light into a space or temper the color used...
Antiques Shopping for the Fun of It
The purpose of the antiques hunt, for me, is decoration and function — not pedigree. I am definitely not a purist. I’m not that famous collector of Early American furniture who just paid several million dollars for a Philadelphia highboy. But I’m...
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....
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