Decorating 1966 Stories

Turquoise Dreams and Beachy Things
I fell quite unexpectedly in love with turquoise one August day on the pristine white sands of a gorgeous Samoan lagoon. I was lounging in the enervating, sultry heat, watching my grandchildren gambol in the surf, when the shifting hues of the turquoise...
Know Your Sofa Options: Arms, Cushions, Backs and Bases
You’ve decided it’s time for a new sofa, and so off you go to the furniture store, only to be confronted by a confounding array of choices. You probably knew there would be lots of fabrics to choose from, but perhaps you didn’t realize there would...
The Secret to the Perfect Throw Blanket: Watch Your Tone
I like to think of the throw as an adult security blanket. Whether we’re a teeny bit cold or just trying to get cozy, there’s something about curling up with a snuggly-soft throw blanket that makes us feel safe and secure. The neat trick of...
11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black
A few months ago I saw a quote from a designer espousing the beauty of black doors. I had never thought about painting my doors black before. But then, up until a few months ago, I had never considered painting my ceilings black, either. Then I...
Room of the Day: Newlyweds Embrace a Colorful New Look
Interior designer Jennifer Reynolds had to work hard to sell a recent groom on letting chartreuse into his life. Her newlywed clients were decorating their...
Seating in the Round: An Old Idea That’s Still Fresh Today
When we hear the words “sofa” or “couch,” most of us immediately picture a long, straight piece of upholstered furniture with several cushions. There are lots of variables, to be sure: square or rounded arms, straight back or camel back, exposed...
8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves
Floating shelves — those that attach to the wall without visible brackets — are sleek, chic and so versatile. From filling a tricky nook to customizing a workspace, floating shelves are an underrated workhorse all around the house. Here are eight...
How to Choose the Right Sofa Cushion
You’ve had that sofa or chair for 20 years, and an objective, honest look at it said it had to go! The seat is sagging, the cushions are lumpy, the upholstery is shredding, and the cat prefers it to the litter box. So you went shopping, naively...
Room of the Day: Playing Up Color in a California Lounge
Who wants to hang out at the mall? Not these teens. They relax with their friends in a colorful former family room off the entrance of their parents’ updated Danville, California, ranch home. Designer Kristin Rowell and her team from ScavulloDesign...
10 Ways to Hide That Air Conditioner
Ductless mini-split air conditioners are popping up all over the place as an energy-efficient alternative to central air conditioning systems. Why? Because you can individually control zones of your house, so you don’t waste energy cooling a room you’re...
How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right
Like a blank page or canvas, an empty room can be either an opportunity or a challenge. With so many ways to fill it, how do you know where to start? I've taken some of the basic rules of furniture arrangement and distilled them...
6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
Having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates,...
10 Ways to Bring Palm Beach Fun to Your Pad
Take one part midcentury modern, one part old Hollywood and two parts preppy. Shake well and garnish with a dash of pure colorful kitsch. Sound refreshing? Here are 10 ways to snag a little of the fun, party-ready style of Palm Beach, Florida, for your...
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