Decorating 1751 Ideabooks

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...
11 Ways to Roll With Wallpaper All Over the Home
I meet a lot of people who have reservations about wallpaper. Two of the most common questions I'm asked are: "Isn't wallpaper out of fashion?" and "Isn't wallpaper a lot of maintenance?" My stock answer: no, actually it's just the opposite....
8 Splendidly Redesigned Home Basics We All Use
Have you ever noticed that there are some things around the house that we always expect to look the same — the hose spigot outside, the plug socket, the light switch? But savvy companies are now bringing high design down to the smallest utilitarian...
Aim High With This Tall African Houseplant
Corn dracaena, also called fortune plant (or corn plant for its stalk-like leaves) can reach heights of 6 feet or more indoors, making it striking to use as part of an interior design. It tolerates low light and a bit of neglect, and like most other houseplants,...
Compact Living: Tips and Tricks for Every Room
From multipurpose rooms and smart space planning to flexible, floating and transparent furnishings, our Small Spaces section is brimming with ideas to help you look at your home in new ways. Reimagine a tricky room — or your whole house — with the...
The Size Has It: Play With Proportions to Bring Energy to Rooms
One of the most common misunderstandings that designers have with clients is over the concept of scale. Scale takes the relative sizes of objects and the proportion of materials of a room into account. Playing with scale — mixing objects of different...
Knotty to Nice: Painted Wood Paneling Lightens a Room's Look
My home came with many details that I was thrilled with: crown moldings, large windows, traditional features and hardwood floors galore, to name a few. The dark and dated knotty pine paneling in my spare room was not on that list. Wood...
Color Feast: When to Use Yellow in the Dining Room
Looking to perk up your dining space? Consider a palette that includes a generous helping of yellow. Perhaps because it reminds us of lazy, sunshine-filled days, yellow makes us happy. It's the color of warmth and optimism, perfect for the room where...
Improving a Rental: Great Ideas for the Short and Long Haul
Living in a rental apartment is a temporary thing for some, and if you tend to move every few years, you may not see the value in doing much more than hanging curtains and putting up pictures. But renting has its advantages, and many people do end up...
8 Living Room Layouts for All Tastes
A successful living room layout depends on two factors: room shape and client lifestyle. While some may find a symmetrical space to be perfection, others may prefer the gentle chaos of multiple seating areas. But no matter if your living room is small,...
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