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13 Creative Ways With Patterned Wallpaper
With the interest in midcentury modern design extending into a revival of design from the ’60s and now the ’70s, the popularity of patterned and textured wall coverings has exploded. Plain white walls are giving way to birch forests, rambling trellis...
More Top Paint Picks for 2014: New Greens, Blues and Neutrals
In this final installment of our series on top paint companies’ 2014 colors of the year, we look to Valspar, which has divided 24 hues divided into three categories: Zenergy, Time Traveler and Yours Truly. These palettes aim to “restore spirits...
Budget Decorator: 14 Ways to Invigorate Your Home for Spring
Craving a fresh look for your home this spring but don’t want to spend a lot of money? From a giant DIY inspiration board to colorful trim, a repurposed daybed, stenciled stairs and more, these 14 crafty, creative ideas can help you spruce up your space....
Make a Designer-Look Pillow Sham for $15
When I’m feeling bored with my living room or bedroom, the first thing I do is swap out my pillow shams. It’s superfast, and it makes my space feel fresh and new. But while I love designer pillow shams, at $50 and up each, filling a sofa adds up quickly....
10 Design Tips Learned From the Worst Advice Ever
Bad advice is like a stomach flu in a small home. Sooner or later, everyone gets it. But when it comes to bad home design advice, unfortunately it’s not just a 48-hour ordeal — it can drag through a lifetime. Don’t...
15 Ways to Get the English Cottage Look
Love the idea of bringing warm, cozy English cottage style home, but don’t want to break the bank to do it? While you may dream of splurging on a claw-foot bathtub and roll-arm sofa, thankfully (for your wallet) that’s really not necessary....
Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Green From the Great Outdoors
Green is a tremendously vibrant, alive, healthy, nurturing color. The color of forests, spring gardens, fresh produce, herbs, mountains and moss, it is one of the most widely found colors in the world — and because of this, we find it naturally...
4 Cool Paint Colors Touted for 2014 — and How to Use Them
Paint and wall covering manufacturer Farrow & Ball has chosen four key colors for 2014, and they are among my new favorites. Cooking Apple Green, Stiffkey Blue, Purbeck Stone and Mole’s Breath are all fairly cool hues that are interesting and attractive...
Fit to be Tiled: Get Some Pattern on the Floor for Excitement Underfoot
Perhaps the oldest patterns that can be found underfoot are tiles. Prized by the Egyptians, exalted by the Romans and Turks, and popular among the Victorians in their conservatories, tile floors can be an exciting alternative to carpets or wood. There...
Downsizing Help: Where to Put Your Overnight Guests
I have seven grandchildren, plus two sons and their wives. When they visit, they bring all the paraphernalia that babies and youngsters and tech-dependent adults need these days. And we live in a 600-square-foot bungalow. Yikes! If your downsizing...
10 Color Combos You Never Thought Would Work
As a budding aesthete, I had the great misfortune of attending a high school whose team colors were blue and orange. It was bad enough seeing this rancid combination on the cheerleaders’ uniforms. But when some color-blind booster decided to paint the...
Get Patterns Down Pat: Working With Patterned Furniture
A little judiciously placed pattern can make all the difference in a room. Whether it’s a chair, an ottoman or a beautifully inlaid chest, patterned furniture can add a spark that totally transforms a space. Pattern doesn’t have to come from...
Room of the Day: Waterside Views Inspire a Soothing Palette
When designing this Marin County, California, living room, Jeff and Tray Schlarb of Green Couch Interior Design looked no further than the view for inspiration. The blues and...
Great New Looks for an Accessory You Already Own
Sometimes the best things are surprisingly simple. A blanket, for example — you probably have one within reach. Besides the fact they keep us warm in winter, blankets are amazingly versatile accessories. I have blankets in almost every room....
Downsizing Help: Color and Scale Ideas for Comfy Compact Spaces
A customer went to one of those pod-storage companies asking to reserve one month of storage for a ReloCube. As everything was being finalized, the customer asked if it would be OK if he and his dog lived in the cube while it was in storage. Now...
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