Decorating 1810 Ideabooks

Great Ways to Dress a Bay Window
Bay, box and bow windows are desirable, worthwhile and sought-after architectural elements. But once you own one, how are you going to dress it? That dilemma can quickly turn a point of pride into a source of frustration.
What to Know Before Buying Bar Stools
It’s hard to imagine any kitchen without some sort of bar stool. Bar stools have become positively ubiquitous — and for good reason. They allow family, friends and even strangers to join...
The Best Uses for a Bay Window
The bay window is a blessing and a curse. If you have one, you might not know what to do with it. If you don’t have one, you dream of all the things you could do with it. No matter which group you fall into, these ideas for either utilizing...
The Dumbest Decorating Decisions I’ve Ever Made
Remember those old commercials in which the actor said, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”? I’m not an interior designer, but I play one on the Internet. Well, that’s not really...
Make a Gorgeous (Cheap!) Pillow Using Vintage Clothes
If you can sew a straight line, you can easily and inexpensively create the most interesting throw pillows from vintage clothes on your sewing machine. The most brilliant thing is that you can use the existing closures like buttons or zippers as your...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Family Room Touches Anyone Can Do
The family room is where you unwind, play, chat, enjoy the fire and have dinner in front of a movie on the weekends. It’s also the room that often becomes a messy afterthought compared with other rooms. If you’re feeling blah about...
Revive Your Room’s Look in Just 5 Steps
It’s a common issue — your room doesn’t feel terrible, just flat or not quite pulled together, and you’re not sure how to fix it. If this sounds...
Every Room Needs a Little Bit of Black
The main reason a little black dress is so important in any woman’s wardrobe is that it is black. Black goes with anything, is always classy, is never out of style and oh-so-seductively hints of power. In this case what’s true in...
Room of the Day: Rustic Meets Eclectic in a Mountain Cottage
While this Asheville, North Carolina, home could have gone in more of a rough-hewn-mountain-home direction — full-trunk tree timbers, antlers, maybe some boulders — the homeowner, who’s more of a gardening and MacKenzie-Childs...
Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Yellow From the Great Outdoors
From the pure joy of summer sunlight to the rich saffron hue of a Buddhist monk’s robes, yellow is a color that cheers the heart. And it’s endless in variety, from the deliciously subtle (butter, honey, straw) to the unapologetically bold (lemon,...
Simple Pleasures: Put Pen to Paper
Do you remember the last handwritten note you received? I’m willing to bet you do (even if it was some time ago), because even a few handwritten lines tend to feel so much...
Welcome Yellow Around Your Home for an Instant Lift
Yellow is the color of daffodils and tulips, of sunshine and baby chicks, of lemons and canaries. It can be full of vim and vigor, or softly mellow and serene. Yellow can be as classic as a little black dress, as energizing as the first day of spring...
12 Deadly Decorating Sins
During my 25 years as a designer, I have compiled a list of habits I’ve observed in the decorating and design world. Habits that I believe need to be broken. Many of these may have begun as good intentions — but we all know where that path leads! I’ve...
Budget Decorator: Let’s Go Thrifting
Looking to refresh your home for spring? Take a detour from the big-box stores and head to the nearest flea market, junk shop or yard sale instead. With creativity and some elbow grease, you can furnish and decorate a home that looks uniquely...
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