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9 Ways to Dress a Four-Poster Bed
Affectionately known as the king of beds and the bed of kings, the four-poster is often associated with romance and fairy tales. Its kingly reference is quite accurate, as the four-poster bed was originally created for nobility around the 13th century....
Mix Your Lamp Styles for Major Interest
Poor, dear, neglected lamps. By the time we get to them in the design process, our brains are fried and our budget is exhausted. So we settle for “Any old lamp will do.” Although I’m always saying that lamps are the jewelry of a room, I think some...
15 Ways to Get Your Home in a Summer Mood
The days are lengthening; the nights are warmer — it’s time to start thinking summer. From white curtains billowing in the breeze, sleeping porches, shell collections and wildflowers to fresh juice in the morning...
8 Statement Walls to Make You Swoon
When I dress I like to wear comfortable, basic pieces kicked up by a chunky necklace, a bright skirt or sky-high heels. I tend to approach my home decor the same way, dressing spaces in neutrals livened up by an over-the-top focal point. And yet...
Single Design Moves That Make the Whole Dining Room
It takes many design elements to make a room beautiful and welcoming: things like color, scale, furniture, accessories, rugs and lighting. But in this series, we are discussing how, even when all these things are executed well, there is often one particular...
Decorating With Antiques: The Magic of Ceramics
Although furniture has a profound influence on the ambience, mood and tone of a home, it’s not just big things that matter in interior design. It’s the charm and beauty of little things that impart life to a room, in the same way that jewelry...
The Beauty of Contrast: Traditional Rugs in Contemporary Spaces
Traditional rugs have stood the test of time. Their impeccable craftsmanship and intricate designs enrich a room’s sense of place in history. If your taste in interiors is modern and you come across a traditional rug,...
Decorating With Antiques: Sit Pretty on Settees and Sofas
One of the great things about decorating with antiques is that we get to handle, live with and put to use things from the past. This gives us a sense of connectedness and continuity with our forebears. With antiques, we’re using things in the present...
Room of the Day: Going Moody in the Master Bedroom
When interior designer Lindsay Pennington moved into husband Tim Mosher’s cottage bachelor pad, in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, “the whole house was a man cave,” she says. Together the couple renovated all of the public spaces, the kitchens,...
Houzz Tour: Farm Fresh
Joanna Gaines is juggling more careers than most folks even dream about. A decorator, shop owner, renovator, real estate developer and mother of four, she is also the cohost of a one-hour TV show called Fixer...
11 Ways to Breeze Into Summer With White
Its freshening, lightening effects are welcome year-round, but white really comes into its own in summer. From white curtains billowing in the breeze to white planked walls, white floors and collections all in white, this decorator...
Pro to Pro: Learn Your Client’s Thinking Style
When you’re an interior designer or decorator, it’s not enough to know your client’s tastes. You also have to understand how he or she thinks. Does this individual think from “the part to the whole” or from “the whole to the part”?...
Lessons From Camp: Cottage Inspiration for Home
Tereasa Surratt and husband David Hernandez bought a decrepit summer camp from a group of expatriate Latvian priests. The next step was to spruce the place up. Surratt, the designer behind Tereasa...
Working With Pros: When a Design Plan Is Right for You
Recently I wrote about the benefits of full design services in redesigning a home. Many homeowners, though, want to be more involved in the process and do some of the work themselves, while still...
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