Decorating 1762 Ideabooks

Slow Design: Today's 'Wabi-Sabi' Helps Us Savor the Moment
I've been examining the parallels between modern Western design and wabi-sabi, the ancient Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and aged. We saw how the philosophy paralleled the Shaker...
Get a Tropical Splash With a Bird's Nest Fern
Bird's nest ferns have lower humidity requirements than most ferns, grow best in low or medium indirect light, and will even tolerate small pots and soil that's been allowed to dry out. Put one where its broad, sword-shaped leaves can capture...
Contrast and Conquer
Did you ever wonder why some interiors look fabulous and others simply look ... flat? It's not enough to have a great collection of furniture in a room. It's also important to have a variety of textures — to contrast flat finishes...
The Case for In-Between Colors
Quick — what color are your walls? If you answered with a single word — say, "blue" or "yellow" — perhaps your walls could use a little chromatic intervention. I've always been a fan of in-between colors — those indescribable...
Schoolhouse Style Rocks in the Kitchen
Remember sitting in class way back when, staring at the clock in anticipation of the school day's being over? Bet you weren't looking around the classroom for design ideas then. It's fun to wax nostalgic for those studious days. Take some inspiration...
Color Feast: When to Use Green in the Dining Room
You may have been told at some point not to use cooler colors — greens, blues and purples — in a dining room because they are thought to...
5 Favorite Granites for Gorgeous Kitchen Countertops
Selecting a countertop material for your kitchen remodel or new build is a big decision. I often encounter clients with a mental block when it comes to making a decision on the numerous considerations, like color and edge detail. Additionally, once...
12 Home Furnishings for People on the Move
How do you make a space look and feel permanent, even when you know you may be moving on? And what about solutions to decorating and storage woes that don't involve springing for built-ins you would only need to leave behind? If you don't plan...
8 Ways to Express Your Art Nouveau Style
Although short lived, the art nouveau movement still leaves an imprint on design today. From the late 19th century until the early 20th century, artists and designers developed this style of architecture, decorative arts and fashion, incorporating sweeping,...
Finding the 'Wabi-Sabi' in Midcentury Modern Design
In this series I’m examining the parallels between modern Western design and wabi-sabi, the ancient Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and aged. Purists may see this as disloyal to the philosophy’s...
Go Crazy With Your Decorating — You'll Fit Right In
Go bonkers. This year, it’s totally OK. In fact, it’s a trend. With people no longer as nomadic as they were before the recession (buying and selling and buying), they want their homes to reflect who they are. Before, the moving around meant...
6 Ways to Get a Decorated Room You'll Both Love
I recently wrote about blending two disparate interior design styles, like traditional and modern, to help couples develop a style...
Fun Kitchen Helper: The Classic, Practical Chalkboard
Chalkboards and their dust were overthrown from the classroom long ago by dry-erase boards. While those whiteboards may be cleaner to use, they don't hold a candle to their counterparts' old-school aesthetic. Chalkboards have become a big trend in home...
Design It Like a Man: Tips for Single Guys Planning a Bedroom
I’m always curious about gender differences when it comes to design. Being a man, I’m particularly on the lookout for styles that appeal to masculine tastes. But basically it’s a means with no end, because it’s impossible — and impractical...
Color Feast: When to Use Black in the Dining Room
White interiors are more popular than ever, but I'm going to make a pitch for often-overlooked black as a feature color in your dining room. Injecting a generous swath of black is an easy way to add drama and elegance to a space. But before you clad your...
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