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Houzz Tour: Organic and Natural in an Island Cottage
Mitchell Parker | December 11, 2014 55
Going all natural is part of everyday life for interior designer Carrie McCarthy. She always wears gray, eats mostly organic food and prefers soft, neutral colors in her home. “There’s really no separation from the way I dress, eat or create a home,”...
12 Ways to Beat the Home Decor Blahs
Becky Harris | December 11, 2014 106
Sometimes I feel like my house has a case of the blahs — I look around and realize I’m tired of the same old arrangements. When I was interviewing an interior designer recently, she told me how she always asks her clients’ permission to dig through...
Shop Houzz: Pack a Punch With Pop Art Style
Houzz | December 11, 2014 4
Pop art was first created in America and Britain in the mid-1950s, inspired by consumerism and popular culture. Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Richard Hamilton defined the movement with their bold, simple, everyday images in vibrant...
Room of the Day: New Life for Historic Wallpaper Landscapes
Annie Thornton | December 11, 2014 85
Ann Clark had one reaction after seeing the walls in two rooms of the 200-year-old Providence, Rhode Island, mansion she had been hired to restore: “What are you going to do with that?” The wallpaper was...
A Short History of the Sunburst Mirror
Laura Gaskill | December 11, 2014 36
You can hardly flip a page in a design magazine without coming across one of these gilded creations — but today’s passion for sunburst mirrors is hardly new. With design roots in the Middle Ages and Versailles, the sunburst mirror has a fascinating...
How to Prepare for and Live With a Power Outage
Lisa Frederick | December 10, 2014 112
You probably know the ominous feeling: As a storm or hurricane sweeps through your community, you’re huddled safe at home or in a nearby shelter … and without warning, the lights all flicker and die. You’ve lost power, and experience says it could...
Houzz Tour: Eclectic Down-Home Style in Texas
Becky Harris | December 10, 2014 108
Just because a family home is relaxed and comfortable doesn’t mean it can’t be chic and stylish. This Texas family wanted to make sure their new home had a fresh and eclectic feel and represented their personalities, showcased their art collection...
Have a Festive, Sun-Drenched White Christmas
Amanda O'Sullivan | December 10, 2014 64
Do you dream of having a white Christmas but live in a climate that’s too warm for snow? There’s no reason you can’t embrace your own style. The traditional red and green combination can look out of place when it’s hot outside. But by using fresh...
Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Calliandra Eriophylla
Noelle Johnson | December 10, 2014 3
Pink fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla) pairs the ability to thrive in the hot, dry deserts of the U.S. with delicate, puffy pink flowers. This medium-size shrub takes center stage in spring (and occasionally in fall), when...
You Can Kick That Ugly Filing Cabinet to the Curb
Joanna Tovia | December 10, 2014 42
It doesn’t matter how much time and effort you spend getting the look of your home office just right; if you have an ugly filing cabinet, the whole room tends to sag in disappointment. But it needn’t. Rather than being a bulky eyesore, a filing cabinet...
How to Use Full-Scale Decor to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger
Yanic Simard | December 10, 2014 46
In today’s furniture market, “condo size” (compact) furniture is a common solution for modern small-space living. But I believe you can often achieve the biggest impact, and the most satisfying results, with a less-is-more approach. Rather than...
Shop Houzz: Plan the Perfect Cookie Exchange Party
Houzz | December 10, 2014 6
What could be more festive than whipping up a batch of warm-from-the-oven holiday cookies? Share the love (and the cookies) this holiday season by hosting a cookie exchange party with friends, and come away with a scrumptious assortment of treats to nibble...
How to Artfully Introduce a Watercolor Motif
Jo Leevers | December 9, 2014 32
Watercolor designs have been a popular trend in home decor, their soft fluidity, ombré effects and otherworldly abstraction adding a refreshing note to walls, bedding and accessories. You don’t have to be an art aficionado to channel...
Design Workshop: How the Japanese Porch Makes a Home Feel Larger
Eric Reinholdt | December 9, 2014 26
I’ve written in the past about the essential nature of transitional spaces in a home, which are used to link interior and exterior areas. These spaces have been assigned a variety of names throughout...
Houzz Tour: Seaside Home's Charms Come to Light
Catherine Macaulay | December 9, 2014 39
When interior designer Denny Cartwright happened upon this terraced house near the sea in Whitstable, north Kent, England, she and husband Phil had just finished renovating a four-bedroom detached property and had sworn never to move again. “You fall...
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