Decorating 1762 Ideabooks

How Low Should Your Drapes Go?
I am asked again and again, "How long should full-length drapes be?" People want to know if their drapes should puddle, break at the floor or hover just above it. These variations are left over from a time before central heating and air conditioning,...
Why Your Room Wants a Small Chair
One of my favorite designers is Charles Faudree in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I especially appreciate how almost every room he designs includes a small-scale — sometimes even child-size — chair. For our 41st wedding...
'Dracula' Silk Wallpapers Prove a Feast for the Eyes
I have been ogling the sumptuous sets of NBC's new series, Dracula, almost as much as I've been ogling Jonathan Rhys Meyers every week. Featuring hand-painted...
20 Ideas for a Hip and Creative Kids' Room
The days when ducky wallpaper borders and cartoon character sheets were the only decor possibilities for children's rooms are (thankfully) long gone. From unique floor and wall coverings to stylish storage and organizing ideas, cool beds and DIY projects,...
Bring in da Funk: How Humble Touches Give a Home Soul
Two months after moving into my new home, I stood back to survey the decor. It wasn’t working. At first I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I’d purchased new furniture and new window treatments, and hung my art....
Furniture Clinic: End the Curse of Slouchy Couch Cushions
With cold weather and holiday entertaining just around the corner, our attention often turns to our home interiors. Take a good look at your furniture from the perspective of a guest: How do things really look? A few easy updates can make a big difference...
New Strategies for Hiding the TV
TV placement has become a lot more discreet since the days of the bulky set with rabbit ears. Nowadays people are hiding their flat-panel screens in walls, ceilings or consoles. And while antennae and Pong (Lord, I'm really showing my age here!)...
Dreaming in Color: 8 Beautiful Black Bedrooms
We've covered all the colors of the rainbow in our series on bedroom color, so let's turn to black this week. Adding black to your bedroom via an accent wall or as a background...
12 Ideas to Make a Great Entrance
You get only one chance to make a first impression. That old saying applies to houses as well as people. It doesn't matter if your house is big or small; the entry can set the tone for the full house experience. I may be guilty of being too emotional...
The Coffee Table Grows Up
The image that the phrase "coffee table" conjures up for me is of a warm, inviting piece around which family and friends gather. Maybe there's a puzzle in progress. Maybe there are actual mugs of steaming coffee. It's a lovely vision. Though as a mother,...
Houzz Tour: 2 Weeks to an Apartment Transformation
Designer Kimba Hills of Santa Monica, California, likes to work fast. Really fast. She spends anywhere from a few weeks to just a few days completely overhauling homes and apartments. "This...
Learn When to Splurge for True Design Happiness
I believe wholeheartedly in practical, functional design that works for a family’s needs. But I also believe that a home should serve emotional needs, too. You know — those things you can't help but love, even when everyone is quick to point out...
Feel Free to Break Some Decorating Rules
One of the primary things I learned while working with interior design clients over four decades is that our mothers seriously warped us — about decorating at least. So many of us get totally tied in knots when it comes to designing...
Pattern Primer: How to Pair Different Prints
I reupholstered my dining room chairs in a fun floral a few weeks ago. I knew what color I wanted (I'm into teal right now), but picking out the pattern was brutal. I have an open living space, so my selection needed to pair well with the stripes, florals...
Lace Brings Grace to Today's Looks
I'm a modern girl at heart. I love my clean lines, bold color and strong accent pieces. But recently I've started to admire a very different route: the romantic and soft look of lace. Clearly, I'm not alone. Lace was all over the runway during New York...
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