Decorating 1830 Ideabooks

Fall Decorating Ideas From a Designer to the Stars
Fall can be an awkward season to decorate for: The weather's not nice enough to keep the paper lanterns out, but it's too early to put up the Christmas lights. Instead of reaching into the grab bag at your nearest crafts store, take this advice from designer...
Brew a Café Look at Home
Do you daydream about spending hours in European cafés or have a serious local coffeehouse habit? While I don't think anything will ever top the chance espresso I had in a Tuscan hill town when my friends and I were lost, I had a heavy local coffee shop...
Woodipedia: Maple Is a Marvel Around the House
Why choose maple for furniture, cabinetry, flooring or paneling? "It's strong, it's durable, and price-wise it's in the ballpark with all the other wood," says Anthony Fortner, a woodworking professor at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. Because...
Edit Keepsakes With Confidence — What to Let Go and What to Keep
Do you know how much space your keepsakes take up? If you had to leave your home quickly, could you locate your most treasured (nonliving) possessions within a few minutes? And what about the family members who will one day inherit all of this stuff:...
8 High-Impact Places for Accent Colors
Accent colors make all the difference in a home's palette, adding dimension and visual interest. Your favorite accent colors can take center stage, while others fade into the background, but both are important. Use accent colors to emphasize...
A Sports Bar in the Family Room
Unique design always begins with a dilemma. Sherry and Keith Gregor's was twofold. For one, they’d spent 10 years trying to figure out just what to do with their 500-square-foot family room....
Chaise, Divan, Daybed, Settee: What's the Difference?
Looking for an elegant, versatile piece of furniture to seat one or two? You may be in need of a chaise ... or a settee, divan or daybed. Below we'll sort out the differences between these popular furniture pieces, plus discuss a few others you may encounter...
Tile Goes High Tech at Italy's Big Expo
More than 900 companies from 33 countries around the world descend on Bologna, Italy, every year to showcase their ceramics and bathroom products at the CERSAIE, the International Exhibition of Ceramic...
10 Reasons to Love Lemony Hues
A friendlier and more versatile hue, you'll never meet. Working with every style, in every season, and solving decorating dilemmas left and right, yellow is something of a superhero in the color world. Here are 10 reasons yellow deserves a place in your...
Show Some Skin: Leather Accents Lend a Subtle Edge
I love leather shoes and leather purses, but when it comes to leather in my house, I can handle only so much. In the 10 years I've been a decorator, I've installed only two leather sectionals — and that's because the clients specifically requested them....
Rocking Chairs and Gliders for the Nursery and Beyond
Could it be that the nursery is one of the more difficult rooms to design and organize? New parents are so excited about expecting that "they love everything they see," says Pasadena, California, interior designer Amy Peltier. They often find it challenging...
Live in Harmony: 3 Types of Balance in Design
Ever wondered why some rooms make you anxious and uncomfortable and others give you an instant feeling of calm and control? The key is finding the right balance. Balance is a vital design principle that will make a space inviting and harmonious. There...
14 Steps to a Perfectly Polished Bedroom
Have you been putting off finishing your bedroom? Had it with procrastination, and just need a push to get the decorating job done? Then you've come to the right place. The following 14 steps will walk you through the decorating process from start to...
How to Decorate When You're Starting Out or Starting Over
Few things in life are as daunting as decorating your first home. With so many options available and so many decisions to make, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Many of us just retreat into the familiar or the expected, leaving a trail of disappointment...
How to Work With a High Ceiling
First of all, consider yourself lucky. Many homeowners would be thrilled to have a decorating dilemma like high ceilings. But I get it. Rooms with enough headroom for an ogre require special attention (as if they didn't already get enough). Sure,...
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