Decorating 1822 Ideabooks

Folding Designs Make the Most of Your Space
Remember folding tables? Many of us grew up with one in our homes. It had a simple design: Its two leaves could collapse down, leaving just a narrow central worktop, with legs neatly stowed beneath. When folded up, it left masses of space free, but could...
Give That Coffee Table an Extra Shot of Style
I’m always looking for easy, budget-friendly ways to update my decor. Spaces can become stagnant if we don’t tweak them every so often. And my living room is certainly stagnating these days. I’ve had the same amber glass candlesticks and stack of...
Room of the Day: A Walk Through the Redwoods
Anyone who has ever been hiking along the California coast on a foggy day knows that not all forests are the same color. The redwoods near the Pacific Ocean can be shrouded in mist, rendering their needles more muted gray than kelly green. It’s that...
Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Home Office
Even if you don’t work at home, your partner or your best friend probably does. The shift in communications and information technology has created a new work lifestyle that demands a home office. At minimum a home office should have a personal computer,...
Room of the Day: A Garage Makeover That Rocks
Before professional musician Tim Mosher married interior designer Lindsay Pennington, his former hunting cottage in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, was all...
15 Key Pieces for Modern Farmhouse Style
Fresh rustic, comfortable modern, heritage with a twist — modern farmhouse style is all of these things and more. This easy-to-love style takes the best of the past and updates it with a modern eye for simplicity, color and design … and it works no...
14 Fab Black and White Home Projects
You would be hard-pressed to find another color combo quite as effortlessly cool as black and white. Black and white decor, whether in the form of a graphic wallpaper pattern, black and white photography, or something else, can add elegance in an instant....
8 Elegant Ideas for a Stairway Wall
The wall below a flight of stairs can be one of the most awkward spaces in the house. Not only does the slope of the stairs make choosing furnishings for this area difficult, but often the wall is adjacent to a closet door as well. Here are eight...
Room of the Day: A Living Room With Personal, Portable Style
Blye Faust wanted some of Southern California’s relaxed, beachcentric style to migrate north with her when she moved from Santa Barbara to Belvedere, a small island in Marin County, California. She and her family (husband Aaron and a 2-year-old son)...
10 Top Plants to Grow Indoors
Looking for a single ingredient that has the ability to make just about any room look better? It’s a plant. The humble houseplant is well and truly back on trend, and for good reason. A splash of healthy greenery instantly makes a room feel fresh...
Considering Renting to Vacationers? Read This First
As a writer who specializes in interior design and architecture, I look at a lot of properties, and I’m seeing something interesting: Homeowners are remodeling and building with short-term or vacation rentals in mind. I stumbled across...
Bring in Warmth and Character With Reclaimed Wood
Few things warm up a room better than the authentic patina and rich tones of reclaimed wood. Even a simple panel or shelf brings a unique, natural element to a room — and it works whether the room is contemporary or traditional, adding character and...
A Tiny Powder Room Gets a Map-tastic Look
A utility closet, a stack of maps and an open-minded client who loved happy and cheerful design inspired interior designer Tracey Stephens to go map...
Get More From Your Bed (Storage, for Starters)
When choosing a bed, most people are concerned with comfort, size and looks. But storage is another thing to think about. Yes, many beds now provide space in headboards, in footboards and even beneath the bed (drawers, anyone?) in which you can display...
Catching Up With the Queen of Shabby Chic
What started more than two decades ago with a small store selling slipcovered furniture and flea market finds in Santa Monica, California, has blossomed into the enormously popular Shabby Chic style and brand. We caught up with founder Rachel Ashwell...
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