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Duck Egg Blue, the Friendliest Color Around
There are some shades that stand confidently apart from fashion and resist any attempt to be tied to a specific interior style or look. Duck egg blue is one of them. Equally at home in a country kitchen, an elegant French bedroom or a funky child’s...
Look Up and Dream: 11 Ideas for an Inspired Ceiling
There’s nothing wrong with a white ceiling. White works beautifully with most colors, and it’s an easy way to deal with vast stretches of open space. But sometimes it’s nice to create something special above your head. Drape your ceiling in fabric,...
15 Ways to Enhance Your Cabinets With Grilles
For those who love the idea of clear glass cabinet doors but don’t think their china, books and objects are ready for their close-ups, a grille can be the answer. The metal mesh material allows for peeks through cabinet doors, which adds depth...
How to Bring Beige Walls to Life
There’s no doubt beige walls are classic; but they do have a bit of a reputation for being boring. These seven color pairing ideas should help keep your beige space as energized and full of personality as you are. Related: Houzz...
12 Questions Your Interior Designer Should Ask You
So, you’ve decided to redecorate. And because you know you need help, you’ve also decided to hire a decorator or an interior designer. What do you do next, other than anxiously chew your nails? Designers are almost like psychiatrists, because...
Wake Up Your Woodwork With Black
Yes, it’s dark. Yes, it’s powerful. And yes, you should work some into your home. Black is having a moment — and with good reason. Used on shelving, cabinets, door frames and more, it adds contrast, frames views and brings welcome heft to any scheme....
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...
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