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Designing for Pleasure: Appeal to the Senses at Home
Once a space's function is understood, what it will look like is often the sole factor driving its design — and that's too bad. When we're awake, all of our sensory systems are operating full tilt, picking up information that influences our emotional...
'House Proud' Celebrates Fearless Louisiana Style
Louisiana has always had a unique flavor. When I go there, I feel like I've traveled to another country, one that's a lot more fun than mine. The music, food, art, accents, resilience, partying attitude ... Louisiana's style stands out, and its architecture...
8 Ways to Get Ambient Lighting Just Right
It's common knowledge that we need general, ambient lighting in our homes, but there are things to consider before you get out the ladder. To avoid surprises, it's helpful to understand how your new lighting will look. If you recently swapped out your...
Flights of Fancy: Painted Stair Runners
Stair runners are great at keeping steps quiet and comfortable underfoot, but sometimes they feel a bit formal. Painted stair runners are a great alternative. They create the illusion of a runner but are a lot more casual — and the design options...
Meet a Long-Lasting Houseplant With a Forgiving Heart
Relatively new on the houseplant scene, the Zee Zee plant, or the ZZ plant, zamioculcas zamiifolia, is an exotic yet easygoing houseplant that is forgiving if you forget to water it, can survive in low light and rarely needs fertilizing....
10 Tips for Discovering the Right Palette for You
A palette is one of the first things I notice when I walk into a home. It's an interesting subject because the wrong palette, or combination of colors, can really disrupt a living space, yet the right palette is different for everyone. On almost...
There's a Mouse in the House
Usually the thought of an uninvited little critter makes most of us squirm, but not some homeowners. No, I'm not talking about having a rodent pet. I'm talking about those who rooted for Jerry on Tom and Jerry, those who love Beatrix Potter or...
14 Creative Ways to Hang Art
Art wall feeling a little ho-hum? Try one of these 14 fresh, creative ideas and give your walls a new lease on life. From art that creeps around the corners to unique matting ideas, backdrops and even a pulley system, perhaps one of these art arrangements...
Fashion Week Trends Your Home Will Wear Well
New York Fashion Week feels like it's been going on for a month, but the tents are finally empty, and those of us who didn't have a coveted front-row seat can sift through the thousands of runway shots and analyze the trends American designers have created...
How to Combine Area Rugs in an Open Floor Plan
Cattle are meant to roam free. Furniture? Not so much. Without something to contain it, furniture can end up feeling ... adrift. This is especially true in an open floor plan, where there aren’t...
How to Dip Your Toe Into Retro
Decorating with objects from the past pays homage to earlier eras and helps us appreciate what came before. Here are 10 one-off ideas that offer a splash of the past to any room in the house without over-committing the space (or overwhelming a housemate)....
Designing for Pleasure: A Safe and Sound Perch
Thinking like a chipmunk is crucial if you're trying to create a place where humans will feel safe and calm. Not used to being in chipmunk mode? A little practice is all you'll need. Chipmunks are...
10 Things Decorators Want You to Know About What They Do
Are you curious about what decorators do? Ever wonder where those fees go, what they do all day or how they come up with fresh ideas? Read on for answers from three professional interior decorators who offer their take on the job, working with clients...
What Chihuahuas Can Teach Us About Interior Design
I have two Chihuahua mixes and, well, they rule. They fit in just about anywhere. And I do mean anywhere — in a purse, burrowed under the covers or curled up amazingly on the smallest pillow you've ever seen. But Chihuahuas have another hidden...
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