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Say Ahoy to Porthole Style at Home
Sometimes standard rectangular mirrors or windows just don’t give your room the feel you were hoping for. In those cases round or oval porthole windows or mirrors might be just what you need. Here’s how to tap into their maritime charm without being...
Room of the Day: Midcentury Modern Meets the 1840s
Philadelphia interior designer Phoebe Schuh thanks the lavender walls for deterring so many prospective buyers from purchasing the 1840s historic home that she snatched up two years...
Perk Up Your Bedding’s Personality
Lauded New York designer Laura Bohn famously said, “I am always looking for a blend of surprise mixed with an invitation to comfort.” She completely echoes my philosophy that mixing in our homes is the key to personal, welcoming, sensational...
Pretty Pink Color Schemes, Subtle to Sensational
“Pink isn’t just a color; it’s an attitude!” — Miley Cyrus “I believe in pink.” — Audrey Hepburn There you have it. From the farthest extremes on the scale of class comes affirmation that if you love pink,...
Lighting That Invites Romance
No one can argue with the candle’s ability to inspire romance. The warm glow it creates is universally flattering; it casts an intimate pool of light that beckons those surrounding it to lean in closer. But there are plenty of other lighting concepts...
My Blue Heaven: New Reasons to Love the Color of Sea and Sky
Blue is a go-to color. Almost everyone likes it, and with good reason. Blue makes us think of the sky, the sea and the heavens. It evokes a sense of trustworthiness, dignity — even royalty. But how did we get this color? As you...
13 Creative Ways With Patterned Wallpaper
With the interest in midcentury modern design extending into a revival of design from the ’60s and now the ’70s, the popularity of patterned and textured wall coverings has exploded. Plain white walls are giving way to birch forests, rambling trellis...
More Top Paint Picks for 2014: New Greens, Blues and Neutrals
In this final installment of our series on top paint companies’ 2014 colors of the year, we look to Valspar, which has divided 24 hues divided into three categories: Zenergy, Time Traveler and Yours Truly. These palettes aim to “restore spirits...
Budget Decorator: 14 Ways to Invigorate Your Home for Spring
Craving a fresh look for your home this spring but don’t want to spend a lot of money? From a giant DIY inspiration board to colorful trim, a repurposed daybed, stenciled stairs and more, these 14 crafty, creative ideas can help you spruce up your space....
Make a Designer-Look Pillow Sham for $15
When I’m feeling bored with my living room or bedroom, the first thing I do is swap out my pillow shams. It’s superfast, and it makes my space feel fresh and new. But while I love designer pillow shams, at $50 and up each, filling a sofa adds up quickly....
10 Design Tips Learned From the Worst Advice Ever
Bad advice is like a stomach flu in a small home. Sooner or later, everyone gets it. But when it comes to bad home design advice, unfortunately it’s not just a 48-hour ordeal — it can drag through a lifetime. Don’t...
15 Ways to Get the English Cottage Look
Love the idea of bringing warm, cozy English cottage style home, but don’t want to break the bank to do it? While you may dream of splurging on a claw-foot bathtub and roll-arm sofa, thankfully (for your wallet) that’s really not necessary....
Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Green From the Great Outdoors
Green is a tremendously vibrant, alive, healthy, nurturing color. The color of forests, spring gardens, fresh produce, herbs, mountains and moss, it is one of the most widely found colors in the world — and because of this, we find it naturally...
4 Cool Paint Colors Touted for 2014 — and How to Use Them
Paint and wall covering manufacturer Farrow & Ball has chosen four key colors for 2014, and they are among my new favorites. Cooking Apple Green, Stiffkey Blue, Purbeck Stone and Mole’s Breath are all fairly cool hues that are interesting and attractive...
Fit to be Tiled: Get Some Pattern on the Floor for Excitement Underfoot
Perhaps the oldest patterns that can be found underfoot are tiles. Prized by the Egyptians, exalted by the Romans and Turks, and popular among the Victorians in their conservatories, tile floors can be an exciting alternative to carpets or wood. There...
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