Decorating 1867 Stories

The Cure for Houzz Envy: Dining Room Touches Anyone Can Do
One unfortunate side effect of spending a lot of time on Houzz is Acute Houzz Envy, but if you’re suffering from it, we’ve found the antidote. Together we’re going to turn this envy on its head, by swiping ideas from well-appointed rooms and plotting...
Meet the Quick-Change Artists of Interior Design
My sons have an ongoing and insatiable fascination with the Swiss Army knife and all of its mysterious doodads and thingamajigs. So I find it incongruous that they roll their eyes and groan whenever I wax eloquent about my favorite types of furnishing:...
8 Ways to Decorate With Love and Meaning
Instantly make your home feel more personal and inspired by decorating your walls with reminders of the places and people you love. From typographic creations to shadow boxes and old-school map displays, finding or creating unique and meaningful wall...
Case Study: The Fearless Approach to Bold Color
Interior designer Kristy Kropat's favorite color is orange — and raspberry, and lime green and teal. Basically, she loves all bright colors, and that adoration of bold hues (and disdain...
Luxurious Holiday Table Settings for Less
A memorable get-together is made of wonderful moments with meaningful people in an inviting atmosphere. The holidays are a wonderful time for this — they provide the perfect excuse to gather with loved ones. And how better to celebrate the season...
Have You Heard the Hues? 15 Colors You May Not Know About
You never know when you might need to pump up your vocabulary. With the holidays fast approaching, you might soon find yourself in a friendly game of Scrabble or having cocktail conversation at some swanky party. Why not impress your friends and random...
Swoonworthy Rooms: Blissing Out in a Nantucket Bedroom
With views of water on three sides and a milky palette that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud, this Nantucket, Massachusetts, bedroom is my idea of island bliss. While the room owes a debt to that old...
Ditch the Rules but Keep Some Tools
My recent ideabook Feel Free to Break Some Decorating Rules was almost the death of my smart phone. The poor thing positively...
See a Seattle-Area Home Steeped in Graciousness
In the movie My Cousin Vinny, Marisa Tomei created one of the most memorable moments in cinematic history when she stomped her foot and shouted, "My biological clock is ticking!" I have the same kind of moment...
You Said It: 'If You Do Nothing Else ... Clean Your Gutters,' and More
Rounding up just a fraction of all the great quotations I read on Houzz each week is such a joy. It gives me an excuse to carefully read all the stories and file them away for future inspiration and help around my own home. Houzz stories this week reminded...
How to Work With Awkward Windows
It's hard to say where the world's off-center windows come from. Often they're the result of a moved or added partition wall during a renovation. Others were designed that way. But many homeowners who inherit this asymmetrical setup have trouble designing...
Budget Decorator: Easy Holiday Decorations
Looking for a few simple ways to make your home feel festive for the holidays? Skip the pricey ready-made holiday decor in favor of natural materials, white twinkle lights and a handful of basic items from the kitchen and craft store. Read...
Bulletproof Decorating: Upholstery That Stands Up to Anything
The Flintstones had it easy. When all your furniture is made of rock, you never have to worry about food spills or the pet dinosaur leaving a calling card on the couch. While few of us would be willing to...
6 Ways to Warm Up Your Home With Accessories
Winter’s shorter days and colder nights mean the holidays are nearly here, bringing friends and family together to fill our homes with love and laughter. Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests or just curling up on the couch alone with a...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Kitchen Touches Anyone Can Do
“Those people are rich, and my home will never look like that." I see this comment a lot, and I can hear your defeated sighs as I read them. As someone who is on Houzz looking at beautiful homes for at least eight hours a day, I feel your pain....
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