Decorating 2007 Stories

9 Planning Musts Before You Start a Makeover
I hate seeing costly mistakes in design. But what frustrates me the most is when the homeowner could have planned accordingly to easily prevent the mistake. Sure, mishaps are going to happen. But with proper planning, you’ll likely find that your mistakes...
Family’s New Style Rises in the Aftermath of a Flood
“After you survive a flood, you do kooky things,” says homeowner Janet McMahen; the basement of her home was filled with water and its first floor had more than 9 inches in it after the disastrous June 2013 floods in Alberta, Canada. Once the floodwaters...
Must-Know Furniture: The Wingback Chair
The wingback chair, also known as a wing chair, an easy chair and a grandfather chair, is a late-17th-century piece designed with side wings, also called cheeks. Traditionally ending at the arm, the wings partially enclose the sitter’s upper body to...
Houzz Tour: More Room to Relax in a Michigan Retreat
With four kids and a 70-pound dog, this Chicago family no longer fit in their vacation retreat located a few miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. All the kids had to sleep in one room, and the 13-year-old daughter had simply “had it” with sharing...
Room of the Day: Multifunctional Living Room With Hidden Secrets
When these two young newlyweds bought their first home together, they were ready to ditch their postcollege hodgepodge of combined furniture and start fresh. With just 1,300 square feet to work with, they knew they would need professional help to make...
A Designer Edits — and Adds — for Dramatic Effect
“There is nothing simple about simplicity. … Simplicity is complexity,” writes interior designer Nancy Braithwaite in her new book, Simplicity. For Braithwaite design is all about the difficult task of skillful editing with a well-trained...
Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Addition Makes the Connections
Bill and Christine McCorkell purchased their Edwardian clapboard home in 2010 with the intention of renovating. They and their two kids needed more space, and they built an additional story to accommodate extra bedrooms and bathrooms. But...
My Houzz: A Quaint Chalet Becomes a Charming Family Home
Leaving bright city lights for the quiet starlit woods was the right move for Maude Côté and her fiancé, Remi Bergeron.“My fiancé and I are loyal Montrealers, born and raised,” says Côté, a graphic designer....
My Houzz: A Home Filled With Warm Memories of Travel
An obsession with tulips sent fine-art and documentary photographer Rudi Dundas on a photographic journey from the Hortus Bulborum bulb library in Limmen, the Netherlands, to the Tien Shan mountains in Kazakhstan, where tulips originated. She was in Kazakhstan...
Book to Know: Design Advice in Greg Natale’s ‘The Tailored Interior’
Australian designer Greg Natale creates classic interiors that are sleek, decadent and indulgent to the senses — and now we can all take a leaf out of his book. His latest work, The Tailored Interior, showcases some of his interiors and offers...
My Houzz: Minimalism Takes Shape in a Loft-Inspired Montreal Home
“Putting up drywall alone is actually pretty relaxing,” says Philippe Vincent. He should know. Inspired by his work selling condos, Vincent bought a home with the dream of doing the remodel completely by himself. He designed his home from start to...
Room of the Day: Creativity Takes Flight in a Girls’ Bedroom
When Joanna Glick’s clients wanted to reorder spaces and have their daughters share a room, the designer knew she had to make it good. The new room is on the lower level of the house, and the girls hadn’t shared a space before — a massive sea change...
Cure Your Addiction to ‘Busy’ With a Dreamy Daybed
When life is busy, rushing from task to task can become so normal that when we do have five minutes of unscheduled time to ourselves, it can feel a little uncomfortable. So we quickly fill that space with another task. The glorification of busyness means...
Room of the Day: A White Cocoon for Baby
For this project in Paris, designer Marion Alberge was called upon to work on just the baby’s room, since the rest of the apartment had just been renovated. “I started by applying the same bamboo flooring already present in the other rooms,” Alberge...
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