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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...
12 Easy Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature
Give your living space a big breath of fresh air by decorating for the season using simple, natural materials and nature-inspired colors. From creative ideas for sea glass to fancied-up pressed flowers, decorating with nature is...
The Case for Stationary Draperies
The world of window treatments comes with its own rules, perspectives and even its own language — all of which can be confusing and strangely idiosyncratic. And it doesn’t get easier once you decide to go with draperies, as opposed to shutters or...
Super Domes: Pendant Lights Hit It Big
There’s an elephant in the room in many homes these days — and we aren’t talking about the memory of ill-advised behavior. This metaphorical pachyderm comes in the form of oversize dome lights, fixtures that can measure several feet in diameter...
Room of the Day: As Comfy As a Favorite Pair of Jeans
Having worked on a number of movie sets over the years (My Cousin Vinny and The Legend of Bagger Vance, to name two), designer Julia Starr Sanford knows something about mastering the art of...
Paint Color Ideas: 7 Bright Ways With Yellow and Orange
Yellow and orange are, hands down, the happiest hues of all. They remind us of glowing sunshine, pretty spring flowers and refreshing citrus fruits. They’re attention-grabbing hues best reserved for elements in a room that you want to stand out. If...
Canine Goes Contemporary
You’ve added his daily walks to your routine, and you can always, always take time out for a belly rub. But incorporating your dog into your contemporary or modern decor might be the one of the biggest challenges of pet ownership (besides getting...
13 Low-Commitment Ways to Play With Pattern
Pattern is everywhere. All you need to do is look around. But like a melting snowflake, pattern can be fleeting. Some of the most interesting applications I have found are temporary, and others are downright ephemeral. The most obvious addition...
10 Fun Decorating Projects for Spring
After a long, cold winter, saying that East Coasters are eager for spring would be the understatement of the year. It’s time (hopefully) to stop shoveling, salting and chipping away ice, and start gardening, painting and decorating up a...
What to Know Before You Buy a Sectional
Even though sectionals are a family-friendly alternative to the traditional sofa and love seat, they’re one of the more polarizing elements in room design. People either love them or hate them. Add to that the available configurations and myriad...
Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Lavender From the Great Outdoors
The color of the lavender fields in Provence, France; lilac bushes perfuming the summer night in the southern U.S.; and English gardens bursting with foxgloves — lavender is a color that evokes feelings of peace, serenity and even a bit...
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