Decorating 1915 Stories

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....
Here's How to Steer Clear of 10 Top Design Don'ts
Every home design project is beset with its own design challenges, some of which need a trained professional to help solve. But there are things that I see homeowners do time and time again that land them in a situation where their furnishings and...
Dreaming in Color: 8 Gorgeous Gray Bedrooms
Last week we looked at dramatic black bedrooms, so let's go a few notches lighter this week and explore the many shades of gray for bedrooms. I...
Warm Up to Wood for an Eye-Catching Wall
I know the reputation we Southern Californians have when it comes to cold weather. Our idea of chilly is laughable to most people from the U.S. Midwest and other regions of the world where it gets truly cold in winter. I'm gonna say it anyway, though:...
City View: History Meets Modern Tastes in St. Louis
St. Louis designers want you to know that while their city has a long, rich history, they are not stuck somewhere back in time. "St. Louis is a centuries-old, preindustrial city with impressive layers of architectural history," says Toby Weiss of Mosby...
You Said It: 'Make It Easy on Yourself' and More Houzz Quotables
Each week I try to keep up with all of the new featured ideabooks on Houzz, and often I find myself nodding in agreement, smiling, learning about new concepts and even learning new words. Also, I find myself bookmarking those I know I'll go back to in...
Get Clever With Area Rugs for Warmth and Beauty
It’s sweater weather — my favorite time of year. A well-chosen sweater adds warmth, color, texture and, let's face it, coverage for any underlying imperfections. A rug can do the same for floors. If your home is anything like my pet- and...
11 Tricks to Make a Ceiling Look Higher
A lot of people dream of having high ceilings in their home. But consider this: Rooms with high ceilings are a pain to heat and to circulate air through; they also create challenges for sound and light control and often double the expense of painting,...
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