Decorating 1956 Stories

My Houzz: Light Emerges in a Dark Victorian House
When Beth Dadswell and her family moved into their Victorian semidetached house in West Dulwich, in southeast London, in 2011, they were excited about living in a historic building again. They were leaving behind a 1960s house they had renovated themselves....
12 Inspiring Ways to Decorate a Mantelpiece
The mantelpiece is an integral part of all but the most contemporary fireplaces, and for centuries we have been using this built-in shelf as a place to show off treasured items. In the past a clock in the middle flanked by porcelain dogs or matching candlesticks...
9 Reasons to Buy a Painting
There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 10 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood...
A Designer’s 8 Go-to Decor Pieces
As a designer, there are certain pieces that I return to time and time again in my life and work that I know will instantly enhance any space, no matter what the style is. If I’m ever stumped — or a client is stumped — I always know I can count...
Houzz Tour: Easy, Breezy Home Lets the Light Shine In
Foodies fIock from all over Sydney to enjoy the cafés and restaurants in and around the trendy suburb of Alexandria, and architect Elaine Richardson loves that the suburb is so close to the city but is dotted with parks and family friendly....
Fresh Take: 13 New Ways With Animal Prints
Playing free association with animal prints can bring to mind the jungle room at Graceland, Heather Locklear’s sheets on Melrose Place or the fashion choices of Snooki from Jersey Shore. But what designers know is that animal prints can...
5 Classic Shaker Designs for the Contemporary Home
Shakers viewed simplicity and careful work as a form of prayer, which led to the design of beautifully pared-down furniture, revered to this day by modern and traditional design lovers alike. Officially called the United Society of Believers in Christ’s...
DIY Spirit Reinvents an Industrial Home
After living for six years in his downtown Edmonton loft, in the Canadian province of Alberta, this homeowner was ready for a change. He liked the industrial nature of the space — soaring ceilings, raw redbrick walls, exposed ducting and conduit —...
Going Bold With Just Enough Color
If I could write this ideabook in color, I probably would. Color almost always captures the mood, the personality and the energy of the space you are creating, and even more that of the creator. You can tell a lot about people from the way they dress,...
Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look
I love switching things up at home and experimenting with decorating styles, but like most of us, my decorating budget does not allow for purchases made on a whim. Instead of spending money (and cluttering up my home with more stuff), when I want a change...
Arrange a Gift Floral Bouquet Like a Pro
Whether you’re attending a holiday dinner party or want to give flowers to a loved one, putting together a professional-quality bouquet yourself is simpler than it seems. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico Greenhouses...
From Coat Closet to Mudroom for Less Than $300
Walking into their split-level 1958 Seattle home always created a bottleneck for the NyQuist family. Kristen, Steven and their three kids — Elliot (age 8), Clio (6) and Shepherd (4) — would often get stuck on a 5-foot by 3-foot landing,...
8 Ways to Decorate a Center Table
Whether placed in a grand foyer, tucked in the corner of a compact entry or serving double duty as a reading spot and dining table, you can count on a center table to bring a gracious note to the home. Here are eight ways to decorate this classic piece....
12 Farmhouse Touches That Bring Homeyness to a Kitchen
The overdone ruffles and plethora of hens in 1980s-style “kountry kitchens” may be out, but farmhouse details in the kitchen will always be in style. Even in the most contemporary kitchens, tiny details derived from the farmhouse ideal add charm and...
Decorating 101: The ABCs of Arranging Vignettes
In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home. A vignette is a harmonious tableau made from...
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