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Fresh Take: 13 Great Ways to Say Yes to Plaid
When I hear “plaid,” my mind immediately conjures up L.L. Bean flannel shirts, Scottish tartan kilts and very traditional rooms. Plaid patterns adorn dark libraries full of leather-bound books, offices that smell of rich mahogany, hunting cabins,...
Rugs Find Their Place on the Wall
There are many reasons to hang a rug on the wall — including the need for large art, preservation (rare rugs are for places where you do not dare to tread) and texture (there’s nothing two dimensional about a rug). Whatever the motivation, relocating...
What Goes With Purple Walls?
It’s easy to fall for a rich plum paint color — this hue can be warm, welcoming and sophisticated, and it works in nearly any room. Because purple is made by mixing red and blue, it can read as either cool or warm, which makes it a surprisingly versatile...
At Home With Art: Suspended Sculptures Heighten the Possibilities
When it comes to different types of art, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for sculpture. There is something about three-dimensional art that inspires me and moves me in a way that two-dimensional paintings don’t. But I’ve noticed that...
Houzz Tour: A Live-Work Space With a Heavenly Heritage
When interior designer Gianna Camilotti set eyes on this converted historic church in Chingford, Essex, a suburb of London, it was love at first sight. It had undergone a sympathetic conversion in 2005, leaving Camilotti with a gleaming white space in...
Otomi, Suzani, Kantha, Ikat: What’s the Difference?
Each of these global textile traditions has a loyal following among decorators, but which is which? If you want to bump up your textile IQ, check out this short course on otomi, suzani, kantha, and ikat — and learn how to identify each one, once and...
Your Easiest Fall Decorating Ever
Fill a basket with a range of pumpkins and gourds from the market or pumpkin patch, and you'll have everything you need to welcome fall holidays with style. Then, when Thanksgiving rolls around, you can turn any edibles among your decorations into pumpkin...
Room of the Day: A Piece of Manhattan Inspires a Brooklyn Apartment
From the towering trees of the forest to the solid mountains and the infinite expanse of the ocean, nature influences designers and homeowners. We frame views, choose colors and build homes to honor these anonymous masterpieces. Engineered constructions,...
Kilim, Flokati, Beni Ourain, Boucherouite: What’s the Difference?
From flat weave to shaggy, all natural or a riot of colors, these rugs are all hot with decorators — but which is which? If you’re on the hunt for a new rug, this mini guide to four types of popular rugs is here to help.
Houzz Tour: A Fresh Pacific Northwest Take on Midcentury Modern
“Wanting to spend time in your vacation home even in bad weather — that’s the litmus test,” says interior designer Ian McLeod. These homeowners are so thrilled with the renovation of their 1968 home in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, they head...
10 Tips for a College Apartment That Says ‘Home’
Your home should support you, help you relax at the end of a busy day and, when you’re a student, keep you going through long study sessions. But when it’s your very first apartment we’re talking about, creating a space that feels like home can...
How to Get Curves in All the Right Spaces
Curves can soften a living zone, draw the eye to a certain feature or focal point, and visually lengthen an area. When used well, they can enhance the flow of a room and be used to define different spaces. They can also...
Chinese Altar Tables Set a Soulful Tone at Home
When it comes to foundation pieces, few things are as timeless and useful as the console. Its long, lean lines and minimal depth help make the most of space-constrained rooms. To add a touch of intrigue, consider using a Chinese altar table...
So Your Style Is: The Doctor Is In
It’s not that people enjoy reminders of the optometrist’s or doctor’s office, but salvaged medical equipment and symbols can give a room a strong dose of industrial style. These items tend to be streamlined, utilitarian and sturdy. Plus, they spark...
Dream Spaces: Home Offices You’d Be Delighted to Work In
With technology making the workplace more flexible than ever, more of us are working from home offices. This has its perks. You don’t have to struggle with parking or public transport, and you can have your lunch break whenever you want. The downside...
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