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8 Qualities of Great Interior Design
Like art, interior design speaks to each of us differently. For me great design comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone, mixing paints, textures and fabrics in unique ways. But for others great design is about simplicity, clean lines and modern...
Local Color: Tobacco Baskets Pack In Southeastern Style
The tobacco industry doesn't generally conjure up the most positive images, but one byproduct is showing up in stunning home images: antique tobacco baskets. Once purely functional objects used to haul tobacco leaves to and from the market, these...
9 Tips for Managing Your Own Decorating Project
If you love interior design and want to tackle a decorating project on your own, goodness knows there are resources available to help you do everything under the sun. But somehow, despite our best intentions DIY home decorating projects often get waylaid...
Give Your Porch Some Rustic Fall Style
Fall is here, and with it a new season of activity as a prelude to the holidays. If you can find a free afternoon, spend just a few hours sprucing up your porch or patio with seasonal spirit before your trick-or-treaters arrive.
Simple Pleasures: Indulging in Teatime
Plump cushions, dainty tea trays filled with all manner of treats and, of course, wonderfully hot, strong tea ... what's not to love? If you don't already have teatime at your house, this daily tradition is worth adopting. From the poshest tea service...
Case Study: Wallpaper in Just About Every Room
Wallpaper lovers, rejoice! Your beloved paper wall coverings have reentered mainstream decor with a vengeance. Wall coverings are nearly as versatile as paint today, and your favorite designs can now be found on accent walls in supersleek...
8 Ways to Include the Kids in Your Design
Like many of you, I'm a parent who would love a beautifully designed, pristine interior without the mess, clutter and chocolate fingerprints. It's tempting to shove all the kids' stuff in a separate room, out of sight. But there are benefits to giving...
15 Fall Decorating Ideas From Great Country Homes
You don't need to have a family estate in the country to steal a few style tips from these casually elegant homes. Rich in heritage and brimming with handsome good looks, country house style is more about mood, colors and textures than the flash of a...
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...
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