Decorating 1828 Ideabooks

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.
Designer Tips for Creating a Better Bedroom
We’ve probably all looked at a particular room in our house and thought there was something missing. That thought can be particularly annoying when you’re looking at your master bedroom. After all, it’s hard to relax when you have the nagging feeling...
Duck Egg Blue, the Friendliest Color Around
There are some shades that stand confidently apart from fashion and resist any attempt to be tied to a specific interior style or look. Duck egg blue is one of them. Equally at home in a country kitchen, an elegant French bedroom or a funky child’s...
Look Up and Dream: 11 Ideas for an Inspired Ceiling
There’s nothing wrong with a white ceiling. White works beautifully with most colors, and it’s an easy way to deal with vast stretches of open space. But sometimes it’s nice to create something special above your head. Drape your ceiling in fabric,...
15 Ways to Enhance Your Cabinets With Grilles
For those who love the idea of clear glass cabinet doors but don’t think their china, books and objects are ready for their close-ups, a grille can be the answer. The metal mesh material allows for peeks through cabinet doors, which adds depth...
How to Bring Beige Walls to Life
There’s no doubt beige walls are classic; but they do have a bit of a reputation for being boring. These seven color pairing ideas should help keep your beige space as energized and full of personality as you are. Related: Houzz...
12 Questions Your Interior Designer Should Ask You
So, you’ve decided to redecorate. And because you know you need help, you’ve also decided to hire a decorator or an interior designer. What do you do next, other than anxiously chew your nails? Designers are almost like psychiatrists, because...
Wake Up Your Woodwork With Black
Yes, it’s dark. Yes, it’s powerful. And yes, you should work some into your home. Black is having a moment — and with good reason. Used on shelving, cabinets, door frames and more, it adds contrast, frames views and brings welcome heft to any scheme....
Turquoise Dreams and Beachy Things
I fell quite unexpectedly in love with turquoise one August day on the pristine white sands of a gorgeous Samoan lagoon. I was lounging in the enervating, sultry heat, watching my grandchildren gambol in the surf, when the shifting hues of the turquoise...
Know Your Sofa Options: Arms, Cushions, Backs and Bases
You’ve decided it’s time for a new sofa, and so off you go to the furniture store, only to be confronted by a confounding array of choices. You probably knew there would be lots of fabrics to choose from, but perhaps you didn’t realize there would...
The Secret to the Perfect Throw Blanket: Watch Your Tone
I like to think of the throw as an adult security blanket. Whether we’re a teeny bit cold or just trying to get cozy, there’s something about curling up with a snuggly-soft throw blanket that makes us feel safe and secure. The neat trick of...
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