Decorating 1622 Ideabooks

Improve Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo
Though somewhat similar in appearance, lucky bamboo is not the same thing as the stuff you may see growing wildly quickly along your neighbor's property line. Lucky bamboo is part of the Dracaena genus, and most of us will...
Case Study: Turn Your Wall Colors Into Art
When lead designer Chelsie Lee started working on this Brooklyn brownstone, she needed color — lots of it. The homeowners loved traveling, pop art and vibrant color palettes, so Lee combined those themes into a bold technique: color-blocked walls. Using...
All the Ways Color Invades Us
Jude Stewart is a journalist and author, specializing in design, color and visual culture. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, and her first book, ROY...
Space-Saving Tips for Your Small Home Office
If you've set up your home office in a spare bedroom, extra closet, basement, laundry room or even tucked under the stairs, you may be looking for ways to make it work harder for you. Read on to see how low shelving, hidden worktops, wall storage and...
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...
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