Decorating 1963 Stories

Andirons: From Status Symbols to Style Markers
To James Gallagher, an antiques dealer in North Norwich, New York, a fireplace sans andirons looks naked. “Without them it appears to be a black hole,” he says. Gallagher’s view is understandable, as he’s been selling museum-quality fireplace...
Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors
If you have pets, kids or a clumsy housemate, chances are that durability is a top priority when it comes to choosing finishes in your home. And perhaps no flooring material is as durable as concrete. It is also sustainable and budget-friendly, works...
Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting
I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door...
The Unexpected Color That Goes With Everything
I have just given you a magic wand. Cool, huh? Step outside and wave it over every bit of greenery you see. Say, “Abracadabra — I change you to beige!” Now peruse the result of your handiwork. All the life, vitality, joy and color have vanished,...
Room of the Day: Miami Beach Style for a Virginia Teen Hangout
Kathy Corbet had better things to do with her time than clean up after her teenagers. So she decided to give them a space that was theirs alone to do what they wanted with. The Richmond, Virginia, interior...
Travel Takeaways: Decorating Lessons From a Lavish Paris Hotel
Paris is a designer’s dream. Inspiration oozes from every pore, and beauty lurks around every corner. The Belle Époque is alive and well in the City of Light, and if you care...
8 Dreamy Kids’ Bedroom Ceilings to Stir Imagination
As a child, I’d lie on my canopy bed searching for faces in the wood grain slats above me. As I grew older, I continued to focus my imagination upward, standing on tiptoe on a footstool to stick glow-in-the dark stars to my ceiling (the adhesive would...
Decorating a Cottage? Think Flea Market Style
What do flea markets, thrift stores and antiques shops have in common? You are likely to find the most fabulous stuff buried under piles of blankets or sitting in a dark corner. This is the kind of stuff that brings story and humor and a bit of...
Better Your Bed (and Body) With Bolsters and Neck Rolls
The rule of thumb is that the quantity of accent pillows on a bed shouldn’t exceed the midpoint of the bed’s length. Whereas many hail from “the more, the merrier” school of thought, many others see half a bed of pillows as excessive. But...
8 Ways to Give Your Entryway Summery Goodness
Coming home to a fresh, inspiring entry with signs of summer on display is a great way to downshift from a busy day or week. Embrace that easy, summery feeling the moment you step through the door by making a few adjustments to your entry. Here are eight...
What Goes With Red Walls?
Red walls can be bold, vivacious, classic … and hard to decorate around! If you loved the idea of red walls when you painted them but now feel at a loss for what else to put in the room, these decorating ideas are here to help.
How to Pick Out a Coffee Table
A coffee table does a lot of work. It needs to hold books, magazines, drinks, food — even games on game night. You might want to put your feet up on it, or the kids might need a place for coloring. Plus it’s usually smack dab in the middle of the...
Travel Takeaways: Design Inspiration From Japan
I was just 21 and had freshly graduated from college when I moved to Japan to teach English in Sendai. (Yes, the site of 2013’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.) The six months I spent in this rural community were an unforgettable visual experience,...
Face Time: Creative Ideas for Decorating With Portraits
Seaside scenes, landscapes and abstract works all have their place, but portraits have something that other forms of artwork simply don’t. When you look at a portrait, whether it is new or old, painted or photographed, you are seeing a...
See Your Name in Lights
If you have ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights, this is your time. The desire for marquee letters (large letters lit by rows of bulbs) is shining brightly, and it’s not hard to find the style, size and color you want.
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