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Bedroom Window Treatments to Block the Light
I used to live in a house with a bedroom that overlooked the water. People often remarked how wonderful it would be to wake up to that view. I didn’t have the heart to tell them I never did. I like a dark...
10 Ways to Cozy Up the House for Fall
From the first crisp morning and the first leaves that change colors to the first night you need to put an extra blanket on the bed, signs of fall beckon us to spend more time indoors. Satisfy your urge to nest while sparing your wallet with these 10...
Divide and Conquer: How to Furnish a Long, Narrow Room
If the only thing distinguishing your living room from a bowling alley is the lack of red lines and pins, then you know how challenging it can be to decorate a long, narrow space. How do you fill the room without seating people too...
Heads-Up Hues: 10 Bold Ceiling Colors
It's standard operating procedure to paint your walls a color while keeping the ceiling white. We've been told this makes the room feel larger and brighter. While there's no doubt a white ceiling will brighten a room, certain ceiling colors can actually...
Avast! 9 Spaces to Treasure for Talk Like a Pirate Day
For the average landlubber, September 19 may come and go as a rather uneventful day. For others it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a parody holiday started by two guys in Oregon who felt everyone should glorify the days when swashbucklers ruled...
10 Bedroom Design Ideas to Please Him and Her
In many houses, women still do much of the home furnishing and nest feathering. But I find it troubling to see an overly feminine main bedroom that is shared by a couple. Whenever I'm designing a bedroom for a man and a woman, if at first glance I can't...
Designing for Pleasure: Appeal to the Senses at Home
Once a space's function is understood, what it will look like is often the sole factor driving its design — and that's too bad. When we're awake, all of our sensory systems are operating full tilt, picking up information that influences our emotional...
'House Proud' Celebrates Fearless Louisiana Style
Louisiana has always had a unique flavor. When I go there, I feel like I've traveled to another country, one that's a lot more fun than mine. The music, food, art, accents, resilience, partying attitude ... Louisiana's style stands out, and its architecture...
8 Ways to Get Ambient Lighting Just Right
It's common knowledge that we need general, ambient lighting in our homes, but there are things to consider before you get out the ladder. To avoid surprises, it's helpful to understand how your new lighting will look. If you recently swapped out your...
Flights of Fancy: Painted Stair Runners
Stair runners are great at keeping steps quiet and comfortable underfoot, but sometimes they feel a bit formal. Painted stair runners are a great alternative. They create the illusion of a runner but are a lot more casual — and the design options...
Meet a Long-Lasting Houseplant With a Forgiving Heart
Relatively new on the houseplant scene, the Zee Zee plant, or the ZZ plant, zamioculcas zamiifolia, is an exotic yet easygoing houseplant that is forgiving if you forget to water it, can survive in low light and rarely needs fertilizing....
10 Tips for Discovering the Right Palette for You
A palette is one of the first things I notice when I walk into a home. It's an interesting subject because the wrong palette, or combination of colors, can really disrupt a living space, yet the right palette is different for everyone. On almost...
There's a Mouse in the House
Usually the thought of an uninvited little critter makes most of us squirm, but not some homeowners. No, I'm not talking about having a rodent pet. I'm talking about those who rooted for Jerry on Tom and Jerry, those who love Beatrix Potter or...
14 Creative Ways to Hang Art
Art wall feeling a little ho-hum? Try one of these 14 fresh, creative ideas and give your walls a new lease on life. From art that creeps around the corners to unique matting ideas, backdrops and even a pulley system, perhaps one of these art arrangements...
Fashion Week Trends Your Home Will Wear Well
New York Fashion Week feels like it's been going on for a month, but the tents are finally empty, and those of us who didn't have a coveted front-row seat can sift through the thousands of runway shots and analyze the trends American designers have created...
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