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Paint Your Bed for a Colorful Night’s Sleep
More often than not, bed frames are a neutral color — they have white, black or wood finishes that coordinate with nearly everything but can lack charisma. Instead, consider using a bright color to add personality and vitality to what is presumably...
15 Ways to Ready a Summer Home on the Cheap
So, you bought a vacation home — congratulations! But after saving and scrounging to pull off your dream, it may be that there isn’t much left over for actually furnishing said vacation home and making it, you...
Decorating With Antiques: Tables to Elevate the Everyday
Antiques allow us to incorporate ideas and aesthetics of the past into our modern lives, adding a unique kind of beauty and spirit to the everyday objects we live with. And what could be more everyday and basic than a table? Although the function...
Bicycle-Inspired Decor to Make Your Heart Race
At our house July means watching the Tour de France. We do follow other races throughout the year, but this is the pinnacle event. Admittedly the race, starting July 5 this year, has gone through more than its share...
Americana the Modern Way
Where I grew up in rural New Jersey, rows of 200-year-old homes spend their summers decked in red, white and blue bunting, with folksy craft-art renderings of Uncle Sam keeping it company on the porch. People took pride in the fact that George Washington...
Andirons: From Status Symbols to Style Markers
To James Gallagher, an antiques dealer in North Norwich, New York, a fireplace sans andirons looks naked. “Without them it appears to be a black hole,” he says. Gallagher’s view is understandable, as he’s been selling museum-quality fireplace...
Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors
If you have pets, kids or a clumsy housemate, chances are that durability is a top priority when it comes to choosing finishes in your home. And perhaps no flooring material is as durable as concrete. It is also sustainable and budget-friendly, works...
Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting
I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door...
The Unexpected Color That Goes With Everything
I have just given you a magic wand. Cool, huh? Step outside and wave it over every bit of greenery you see. Say, “Abracadabra — I change you to beige!” Now peruse the result of your handiwork. All the life, vitality, joy and color have vanished,...
Room of the Day: Miami Beach Style for a Virginia Teen Hangout
Kathy Corbet had better things to do with her time than clean up after her teenagers. So she decided to give them a space that was theirs alone to do what they wanted with. The Richmond, Virginia, interior...
Travel Takeaways: Decorating Lessons From a Lavish Paris Hotel
Paris is a designer’s dream. Inspiration oozes from every pore, and beauty lurks around every corner. The Belle Époque is alive and well in the City of Light, and if you care...
8 Dreamy Kids’ Bedroom Ceilings to Stir Imagination
As a child, I’d lie on my canopy bed searching for faces in the wood grain slats above me. As I grew older, I continued to focus my imagination upward, standing on tiptoe on a footstool to stick glow-in-the dark stars to my ceiling (the adhesive would...
Decorating a Cottage? Think Flea Market Style
What do flea markets, thrift stores and antiques shops have in common? You are likely to find the most fabulous stuff buried under piles of blankets or sitting in a dark corner. This is the kind of stuff that brings story and humor and a bit of...
Better Your Bed (and Body) With Bolsters and Neck Rolls
The rule of thumb is that the quantity of accent pillows on a bed shouldn’t exceed the midpoint of the bed’s length. Whereas many hail from “the more, the merrier” school of thought, many others see half a bed of pillows as excessive. But...
8 Ways to Give Your Entryway Summery Goodness
Coming home to a fresh, inspiring entry with signs of summer on display is a great way to downshift from a busy day or week. Embrace that easy, summery feeling the moment you step through the door by making a few adjustments to your entry. Here are eight...
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