Decorating 1617 Ideabooks

Color Feast: Yes, You Can Use Blue in the Dining Room
Most of us turn to warm hues — shades of red, gold and tan — when picking a color palette for a dining room. These colors tend to feel...
Styling Basics: 8 Favorite Accessories to Finish Your Space
Wonder what gives a room that really finished look? The key lies in the judicious use of a few favorite accessories. These are the types of objects that decorators and stylists reach for again and again. Read up on eight of the best accessories to give...
12 Antique Store Finds to Nab Now, Place Later
I get asked fairly often where I find the accessories in my projects. More often than not my answer is antique stores. "Antiquing" is my favorite type of hunting — and sometimes my favorite contact sport, as well. Antique stores offer one-of-a-kind...
Tape, the Multipurpose Decorating Wonder
Stop thinking of tape as something to peel off when the paint is dry. Masking, painter's and duct tapes now come in all sorts of killer colors and peppy patterns (seriously, there's even blue lace patterned masking tape!) This very inexpensive hardware...
Budget Decorating: How to Decorate Smart and Slow
Home decorating shows and design magazines go for the quick thrill of instantly transformed spaces, which can certainly be exciting to watch; but for many of us, designing a home is not something that happens overnight. Case in point: It's been four years...
Knot Again! Macrame Is Back
If you were a kid in the '70s, you probably remember your mother — or youself? — going through an intense macrame phase, with houseplants dangling from knotted rope plant hangers throughout the house. While the look of a macrame vest or owl screams...
Rustic Rope Pulls Shipshape Design Together
Rope is one of the most basic, practical materials around. But it also has great decorating potential. Whether it's made from hemp, linen, cotton, coir, jute, straw or sisal, rope offers a near unlimited range of creative possibilities for adding...
The Comfy Lake House Rule Book
I like lake houses that remind me of summer camp – just replace the trumpet wake-up call with the smell of bacon frying, substitute a TempurPedic mattress for the cot and swap in some sangria in lieu of the bug juice. Other than that, I'll take a bunk,...
12 Tips for Living Well in Your Loft or Studio
No matter the size, lofts and studio apartments have more in common than not. Nearly all lofts and studios are short on built-in storage, need furniture scaled just-so, and then of course there is the bed-in-the-living-room to contend with. Read on for...
Got a Design Dilemma? Talk Amongst Yourselves
Judy Marusa’s Rhode Island vacation property was falling down. The structural bearing for the house was collapsing and if she didn’t find someone to address the problem immediately, she would be in trouble. Stuck on the problem, Marusa began browsing...
Mad for Miniatures? Show Us Your Dollhouse
It's no surprise that a 1930s house with chandeliers bedecked with diamonds, emeralds and pearls; murals and paintings by Walt Disney; and 2,000-year-old statues originally cost $500,000 to build (nearly $7 million when adjusted for inflation). What is...
A Glimmer of Gold Leaf Will Make Your Room Shine
Gold-leafing, or gilding, has embellished everything from furniture to picture frames for thousands of years. Today, gold leaf can add a touch of old-world luxury that still feels modern —...
Get Your Edge On: 11 Ideas for Style in the Fast Lane
Let's go back to 1978. Remember in the movie Grease when Olivia Newton-John surprised John Travolta with her edgy look? Which detail helped her pull it off? Was it the black leather jacket with its red lining, her teased hair or the red lipstick? What...
Use Trim to Modernize a Traditional Home — or Vice Versa
In the same way a pair of earrings or the right watch can change the impression we give off with an outfit, a home's trim can give a modern twist to a traditional home or add a cozy, traditional feeling to a more contemporary space. The color, shapes...
Color Feast: When to Use Red in the Dining Room
Although red is a classic hue for a dining room (due to its ability stimulate our appetites and our conversations), a floor-to-ceiling red-clad cave is too intense for most of us. So, how do you get red right? I prefer to use red as an accent color, with...
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