Decorating 1622 Ideabooks

Bring in da Funk: How Humble Touches Give a Home Soul
Two months after moving into my new home, I stood back to survey the decor. It wasn’t working. At first I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I’d purchased new furniture and new window treatments, and hung my art....
New Strategies for Hiding the TV
TV placement has become a lot more discreet since the days of the bulky set with rabbit ears. Nowadays people are hiding their flat-panel screens in walls, ceilings or consoles. And while antennae and Pong (Lord, I'm really showing my age here!)...
Furniture Clinic: End the Curse of Slouchy Couch Cushions
With cold weather and holiday entertaining just around the corner, our attention often turns to our home interiors. Take a good look at your furniture from the perspective of a guest: How do things really look? A few easy updates can make a big difference...
Dreaming in Color: 8 Beautiful Black Bedrooms
We've covered all the colors of the rainbow in our series on bedroom color, so let's turn to black this week. Adding black to your bedroom via an accent wall or as a background...
12 Ideas to Make a Great Entrance
You get only one chance to make a first impression. That old saying applies to houses as well as people. It doesn't matter if your house is big or small; the entry can set the tone for the full house experience. I may be guilty of being too emotional...
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...
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