Decorating 1838 Stories

Bring in Warmth and Character With Reclaimed Wood
Few things warm up a room better than the authentic patina and rich tones of reclaimed wood. Even a simple panel or shelf brings a unique, natural element to a room — and it works whether the room is contemporary or traditional, adding character and...
A Tiny Powder Room Gets a Map-tastic Look
A utility closet, a stack of maps and an open-minded client who loved happy and cheerful design inspired interior designer Tracey Stephens to go map...
Get More From Your Bed (Storage, for Starters)
When choosing a bed, most people are concerned with comfort, size and looks. But storage is another thing to think about. Yes, many beds now provide space in headboards, in footboards and even beneath the bed (drawers, anyone?) in which you can display...
Catching Up With the Queen of Shabby Chic
What started more than two decades ago with a small store selling slipcovered furniture and flea market finds in Santa Monica, California, has blossomed into the enormously popular Shabby Chic style and brand. We caught up with founder Rachel Ashwell...
Yes, You Can Use Brick in the Kitchen
Houzzers, I get the feeling from some Comments sections that many of you are afraid of using brick in the kitchen, and that’s a shame. Brick can lend a wonderful historic look, warm up a kitchen or make you feel like you’re in an urban loft. On the...
Chevron, Herringbone, Flame Stitch: What’s the Difference?
Chevron, herringbone, flame stitch — they all zig and zag, but which is which? Here you’ll find out how to easily spot the differences among these three popular patterns.
So Your Style Is: American Gothic
In 1930 artist Grant Wood was tooling around Eldon, Iowa, looking for inspiration when he stumbled upon the Gothic-style farmhouse that was then known as the Dibble House. Legend has it that Wood, an Iowan himself, sketched the home on the back of an...
What Goes With Wood Cabinets?
While painted cabinets have surged in popularity, unpainted cabinets made of real wood, either stained or left natural, are a luxury that will always work. But since wood cabinets come in so many tones that lend their own color to the mix, it can be tricky...
Rethinking the Master Bedroom
For some time now, it’s been the norm in new construction to include an enormous master suite in the plans. Is it a blessing, or is it just overboard? The answer is, there is no cookie cutter answer — it depends on you. Zeroing in on what...
Room of the Day: Color Cheers Up a California Living Room
Moving from a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco to a four-bedroom, three-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in the suburbs was an exciting upgrade for this young professional couple. They just wished their new living room reflected that cheerful tone. With...
Room of the Day: Editing and Evolving in Philadelphia
When a family of four moved into this Philadelphia home, they had about 15 years’ worth of furniture and accessories, and a lot of it simply did not work in their new house. “The move made them realize that they had grown and their style had changed,”...
Raw Appeal: 9 Wonderful Ways With Natural Wood
Judging by the design events this year, including London’s Clerkenwell Design Week back in May, natural materials such as wood are still very much in vogue, with a move toward leaving timber in as...
Branches and Twigs for More Than Just Decor
Twigs are a favorite design element of mine. They can be squiggly or straight, rustic or severe, white or dark. So it’s no surprise that they’re effective for way more than just furniture. Take a gander at some of the inventive ways that twigs...
Reboot Your Child’s Room for Back-to-School Time
Whether your child is just entering preschool or starting senior year, a new school year is a transition worth marking. Giving his or her room a reboot is one way to honor the growth your child has made and set an inspiring tone for the year ahead. Some...
9 Reasons to Pick a Patterned Lampshade
Nothing transforms a room like great lighting. And nothing transforms a light fixture like a pretty patterned shade. Add extra sizzle to your lamp and your space — and solve some common design dilemmas — with these tips.
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