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Country Style Soothes the Soul
Take cues from country living for a design style that feels as easy, free and open as a Midwestern plain
"design style that feels as easy, free and open as a Midwestern plain... ne of the classic signs that your country style has been done right is the feeling... home in the country. The problem with true country living is that land is expensive... country to the riverside and everything in between, these homes will inspire your own... The second picture, the one with the bathtub, I am green with envy. How cool would..."
Lay of the Landscape: Tropical Garden Style
Create a vacation paradise in your backyard even if temperatures sometimes dip with these guidelines for tropical-style gardens
"live on the edges of these climates, places like the American South or Pacific Northwest... throughout the summer and bring indoors over the winter. Fortunately, many of our favorite... easy. The plants that define "tropical" — palms, bougainvillea, bromeliads, orchids... handle the cold while looking like they were imported directly from a tropical jungle... should find the time to discover what the names of all the plants and flowers I have...."
Give This Style the Old College Try
"evoke the collegiate aesthetic at home, from subtle to seriously fanatical... '60s, The Official Preppy Handbook and the movie Animal House. The reality at age... crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to change, football season is in full swing... kidding, the dorm was called Balz. Yup, pronounced like you think.) However, the Balz... collegiate style stem from a romantic ideal of brick Ivy League dorm rooms of the 1950s..."
New Southern Style for the Kitchen
Gracious tradition is alive and well, bless its heart, but Southern kitchens are welcoming in modern updates too
"believes the South is in the midst of a renaissance. “Southern decor has transformed... leading the trend of mixing styles. We’re becoming more and more eclectic.” Here... deep, but the new South allows for creative liberties that are sure to suit any style... you’re in the mood for dumplings or dim sum. While there are a few ingredients that are... incorporate the hallmarks of Southern decor into any kitchen...."
Pick the Right Paint Finish to Fit Your Style
The question of finish may be as crucial as color. See which of these 9 varieties suits your space — and budget
"The question of finish may be as crucial as color. See which of these 9 varieties... impact on the look and feel of your room. Read on to get the rundown on nine of the most... more, the choices are endless — and the decision you make can have a profound impact... your style. But what about the finish of your walls? From velvety matte to high... Applying the wax at the end was fun and easy. I also like the faint smell of the wax..."
Regional Style: The Jersey Shore
"hair, the Jersey shore is a happening hotbed of colorful seaside design... about the houses. Forget the amazing seafood and boat rides on the bay. Forget... Forget the boardwalk and frozen custard. I want to walk the sidewalks and ogle the scores... and down the tiny towns along the shoreline. Join me as we check out the seaside beauties... down to "the Shore," and you'll most likely be greeted by salt spray in your hair, summer..."
Pick the Right Drapery Top for Your Room's Style
From rod pockets to goblet pleats, the headings of your curtains speak volumes about your attention to detail
"pleats, the headings of your curtains speak volumes about your attention to detail... look the same, take a closer look at the top of each. The heading of a window treatment... individual style — sometimes more than the fabric itself does. From elaborate to unpretentious... heading styles speak volumes about attention to detail. Check out some favorites below... The panels in the back-tab ripple fold picture are yummy! And the room's not bad..."
Learn the Lingo of Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles
Understand door types, materials and cabinet face construction to make the right choice when you shop
"to make the right choice when you shop... a big style statement in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms, and the doors, drawer... about the basic types and why some cost more than others, I visited Canyon Creek... overlay, and the drawers to the right are full overlay. Pull out the drawers and the drawer... Obviously, the inset door/drawer design hides the edge bellow the plane of the cabinet... for each style is exactly the same size. The only difference is that the drawer fronts..."
Guest Picks: The Artfully Styled Kitchen
"Upgrade the Look of Your Kitchen... linger at the dinner table long after the last bite has gone. — Kelly Serra from The... into the most vibrant room of the home. Scour your bookshelves and closets for... The kitchen has long been an afterthought when it comes to accessorizing and decorating... quite the opposite, it is truly eye opening how adding a few simple treasured items... move into the kitchen and freshen up your look. Bring in colorful artwork and sentimental..."
Lay of the Landscape: English-Style Gardens
"designed in the early 1700s as a reaction to the formality of the latter. The goal was... is it the French-style garden set in a strict geometric pattern. In fact, the first... define the basic elements of an English garden, the style itself has grown and changed... basics of the style can be applied even to the smallest garden.... represents the landscape of the English Isles and much of North America. This is not..."
Lay of the Landscape: Mediterranean Garden Style
Earthy, lush and warmly welcoming, a Mediterranean garden can thrive in any warm-climate landscape with a few adaptations
"courtyard, the vibrant colors found in the homes bordering the Adriatic and Aegean seas... either in the center of the space or on the wall. Nothing says Mediterranean like terra-cotta... Finishing the Look The final touches include water features, pots and other accessories... This style also allows you great flexibility, whether you want the look of a classic... furniture styles work well in these spaces, but be sure the pieces are strong enough..."
Basement of the Week: Mediterranean Wine Cellar Style in Michigan
Drop in on a converted basement that evokes an old-world feel with its new kitchen, dining room and media room
"old-world style. Once a yucky concrete wasteland, the basement is now a favorite spot... wanted the walk down into her condominium's basement to take her far away — all the... Europe. "The owner wanted to create a cozy Mediterranean wine cellar look," says Lisa... separate the spaces, and warm neutrals, tiles that resemble tumbled stone and Venetian... with both the person sitting at the stool as well as the person standing behind the counter..."
The Perfect Kid-Friendly, Storage-Happy, Style-Loving Seating Solution
Turn a corner into do-it-all kitchen seating with a customizable banquette, and let the comfy-cozy mealtimes begin
"and let the comfy-cozy mealtimes begin... The banquette, made popular in the diner era, has made its way into the home kitchen... might be the perfect solution to any issue a child can throw at it.... seating for the corner to the right in the picture below. The corner is about 6x6 after... figured out the height of the seating needed to be about 19" (the height of most standard... idea why the picture cut off. Link here (under the picture) to the picture I was trying..."
Home Style: Enhance the Lines You Have
Make the most of your home's best features by extending lines, reinforcing shapes and continuing curves
"Make the most of your home's best features by extending lines, reinforcing shapes... emphasizing the inherent beauty is always the first matter of business. Instead of trying... analyzing the intrinsic positives of your site and house. Enhancing the lines, character... home is the first step to a well-designed space. Some homes are blessed with strong... where the sun scorches the grass all summer? (4) Decided if you are the person who..."
Schoolhouse Style Rocks in the Kitchen
Which class-y idea suits your kitchen best? a) a vintage clock; b) storage lockers; c) chalkboard counters; d) all of the above
"staring at the clock in anticipation of the school day's being over? Bet you weren't looking... around the classroom for design ideas then. It's fun to wax nostalgic for those... from the classroom for your kitchen below — we promise there won't be a test at... LOVE the lockers. May I ask the price range for them? I see some on eBay in the... not in the pic too. Jenn love the barstools in the 3rd picture. Where did you..."