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334 Ideabooks by Lisa Frederick
Sweater Chic Warms Up Fall Interiors
Knits have escaped the drawer and are making themselves comfy all around the home, on pillows, throws, poufs and more
Sweater season came early to Alabama this year. Most of the time, our September is basically August 2.0: bright, muggy and oppressively hot. This fall, though, we're being treated to a preview of crisp, cool weather, which usually doesn't hit until Halloween....
Displaying Kitchen Supplies — Hot or Not?
Do some kitchens just beg for a cozy row of canisters and gear for all to see? Have a look and let us know what you think
Early in my magazine editing days, I read an interview with a local designer that I've never forgotten. Asked about the latest kitchen trends, the designer insisted that homeowners had moved beyond such outdated practices as storing canisters and utensil...
Painted window frames
Ginkgo Motifs Grow on Rooms
Simple and shapely, ginkgo leaves bring a graceful, natural note to wallpaper, fabrics and furnishings
Ginkgo trees, with their graceful, fan-shaped leaves, trumpet their presence in the landscape in fall. They take on a brilliant golden hue that blazes against...
Design Terms Demystified
Humble Ticking Stripes Make Decor Proud
Simple and unpretentious, ticking dresses down ornate furniture and adds casual elegance to rooms of any style
Ticking is the graphic equivalent of a grilled cheese sandwich: humble, comfortable and always satisfying. Like gingham and toile,...
Kitchen Countertops 101: Choosing a Surface Material
Whether you're remodeling a kitchen, building one from scratch or just ready to give yours a face-lift, countertops are a central part of the look....
How to Keep the Sparkle in Your Mirrored Furniture
Your romance with mirrored pieces doesn't have to fade over time, when you schedule regular dates to fight fingerprints, dust and flaws
Mirrored furniture gives a space irresistible sass, sophistication and high-wattage shine. But those visual fireworks come with a tradeoff: If you don't stay on top of care and maintenance, mirrored pieces will go from glam to grimy before you know it....
Upgrade Your Front Entry the Budget-Friendly Way
Freshen your facade and create an air of welcome from the get-go with these tips and affordable finds
Although the outside front entry is one of the most important spots in a home to keep in tip-top shape, it also tends to be one of the most neglected. Many of us don't even use the front door on a regular basis. If you're like me, you head inside straight...
Color Breezes Into Cottage Style
Expand the possibilities beyond lightness and air with saturated hues that take a bright approach to the cottage look
The last time I wrote a piece on cottage style, I emphasized the importance of keeping the colors light and airy in order to stay true to the aesthetic. And while that...
How to Work With a Childproofer
As anyone who's spent time with tots can tell you, kids have a way of courting disaster, especially around their own homes. They're curious, they're on the go, and if there's a danger — from inadequate stair...
Short Café Curtains Are Long on Style
More casual than full-length curtains, these abbreviated window treatments offer privacy without obscuring light and views
You don't often see café curtains in interiors these days, but they used to be everywhere — or at least that's how it seemed when I was a kid. Fortunately, they appear to be inching back on the radar. Lately I've spotted café curtains in the most...