Decorating 1838 Ideabooks

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....
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Lighting in Traditional Rooms
There are more types of lighting available than ever today, from both stylistic and functional points of view. When considering which style, material or illumination source to use, remember that good lighting is an absolutely...
Antiques Shopping? Let Love Guide Your Search
Buying antiques is, for me, first and foremost a love affair. And as with any love affair, it isn’t approached with an analytical or clinical detachment, but with emotion … even passion. The patina created on an 18th-century Georgian chest...
Houzz Tour: A Colorful Victorian Gets a Through Line
Victorian architects didn’t build open-plan great rooms. Instead, they enclosed spaces and added hallways. In this Victorian, in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, interior designer Susan Diana Harris still managed to link the rooms; using color,...
The Faces Have It: Large Portraits Go Over Big
Anyone with an infant knows that babies love looking at faces — and the instinct has spawned an entire board book publishing genre with tiny tomes featuring nothing but close-ups of children laughing, crying or smiling. Judging from the interiors below,...
Room of the Day: A Chicago Living Room Puts Boyishness Behind
Although the owner of this Chicago condo graduated from college several years ago, his furniture was still matriculating. “It was a typical bachelor pad,” says Brooke Henton, the owner’s friend and an interior designer. “The room had dark curtains...
Amp Up Your Room With Colorful Lampshades
I have nothing against white or off-white lampshades. They work well in almost any setting and are often just the right thing. But they are almost never the only thing. In the famous words of Al Pacino, “Say hello to my little friend” …...
TGIR: The Case of the Disappearing TV
First of all, TGIR stands for They Got It Right. Here at Houzz it’s our shorthand for a particularly clever interior design or architecture move, and we are thrilled to add something to history’s style lexicon. Today’s TGIR idea is a simple one:...
10 Elegant Home Details
Crave a polished, elegant look befitting a glossy magazine? Tax day has come and gone, and I can’t be alone in feeling a bit pinched, but there are ways to find a look that is within reach, if you shop smart and use a few classic decorator tricks. Here...
Imagination Rules at the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase
A lot has been written about the innovative spirit of San Francisco and its environs this past year. Judging from the 2014 Decorator Showcase, a benefit for University High School in which Bay Area designers...
Tune In to Vintage Radios as Home Decor
More and more I’m spotting something old in new interiors. Antique radios — the kind people once used to enjoy the comic stylings of Fred Burns, Bob Hope and Fanny Brice — seem to be making a comeback.
Copper, the Dynamic Topper
Brass has slowly climbed its way to the top of the design heap over the past few years. But closely on its heels is its cousin, copper. Like burnished brass, copper gives off a glow that can enliven almost any space with its warmth and earthiness. ...
A Quirky Ontario Cabin Gets a Lighter Touch
Eccentricity is what gives a space personality, while its history gives it a soul. Although the rooms in this Tiny Beaches, Ontario, log cabin were dark and a bit peculiar when interior decorator Enza Ricco took on their makeover, she...
Single Design Moves That Can Transform an Entry
It takes a combination of many design elements to make a room beautiful and welcoming: things like color, scale, furniture, accessories, rugs and lighting. But even when all these things are executed well, there is often one particular thing that...
Salvage Style: A DIY Upholstery Project Makes a Grand Entrance
When it’s time to refresh any space in my home, I first take an inventory of furniture, materials and fabric that I have on hand. Even if you don’t have a stockpile of these things to work with, it’s still fairly easy to create stunning pieces from...
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