Decorating 1762 Ideabooks

How to Use Mirrors for More Light and Style
Mirrors are a decorator's best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room's natural light, enhances views, opens a small space and adds oomph to decor. The key lies in pairing the right mirror with the right location...
Smart Shopper: How to Choose a Dining Chair
In Grandma's day, newlyweds started out their marriages with a matching dining table and chairs. You never had to wonder if the pieces worked together. But the results were so predictable, they induced drowsiness faster than the tryptophan in a...
Feathers for Your Nest
I’ve been watching the backyard-chicken craze play out in my neighborhood for years. I aspire to raise my own hens someday, but in the meantime I’m content chicken sitting for numerous friends, reaping the rewards without the dirty work. While I devour...
Dreaming in Color: 8 Ravishing Red Bedrooms
I'm not a morning person, so I'll take any help I can get for waking up early and feeling motivated to start my day. Bold red is an attention-getting hue, so it's a great color for those who need assistance getting revved up and energized. Keep in mind,...
Easy Reference: Standard Heights for 10 Household Details
I have had hours of meetings throughout the years about the right height for countertops, tables, pendant lights and more. Some heights are standard, while others may be specific to a client's request. Here I'll talk about some of the more common heights...
10 Accessories Worth Buying for Fall and Beyond
Tweaking your decor each season can be a great way to keep your home feeling current and satisfy your urge to nest, without blowing your budget on big-ticket items. The problem? Each year retailers roll out tons of new seasonally inspired decor that begs...
Woodipedia: Is It Cherry or Is It Alder?
Stains have made it very easy to color one type of wood to make it look like another kind. But there are two species of wood that really do look alike in their raw state: cherry and alder. Here's how to tell the difference.
Treasure Hunting at Texas' First Monday Trade Days
First Monday Trade Days began as a local horse and produce trade event more than 150 years ago, but has now developed into a shopper's paradise spanning 100 acres. More than 6,000 vendors offer everything from home furnishings and antique collectibles...
Give Your Home a History by Telling Your Story
Great interior design has nothing to do with the amount of money you spend. It has to do with how well your home tells your story. Successful design inspires curiosity and makes your family and guests feel...
Dare to Decorate With Colorful Upholstery
We all know the merits of choosing neutral hues for big-ticket purchases like upholstered furniture. But what do you do when that beige linen sofa and white slipcovered armchair just aren't doing it for you anymore? Could you, would you, ever fall for...
Turn Up the Party Heat — the Sultry Decorating Secret
Light a candle, and a cold room feels instantly warmer. A bad mood improves. A lovely fragrance arises, and an alluring scene is set. And all that can be accomplished with a single scented candle on any random night. Put a little more effort...
12 Ways to Get the Industrial Look for Less
From the original converted old factories and warehouses that caught the eye of artists and designers looking for cheaper rents, to today's sleek contemporary lofts, industrial style has caught on and stuck. It's more popular than ever and shows no signs...
Smart Shopper: How to Choose a Sofa Bed
Anyone who has spent a restless night on a friend’s fold-out couch will appreciate the importance of a good sleep sofa. Yes, there are comfortable models on the market — you just need to know what to look for when you shop. Here’s a...
Decorating for Fall When It Still Feels Like Summer
If you live in a location with a warm climate year-round, all this chatter about brisk fall weather, fall fashion and fall decor is probably falling...
Mantel Makeover: From Builder's Grade to Live-Edge Wood
“Builder's grade, plain old wood painted in a screaming white shade." This was interior decorator Cathy Zaeske's lament regarding her ho-hum mantel. "It screamed 'wrong' to me since the day we moved in,"...
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