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235 Ideabooks by Lisa Frederick
Go Fashion Forward at Home With Dressmaker Details
Focus on sartorial-style fine points with your textiles to give a room tailored grace and a high-end look
I remember being charmed by the term "dressmaker details" the first time I heard an interior designer mention it, way back in the Stone Age of my early career. Like toast points and diamond studs, these fashion-inspired finishing touches...
8 Ways to Live Happily Ever After With a Colorphobe
For color fans, there is no pain like the pain of discovering that your live-in partner is beholden to beige. You long for lavender; she insists on ecru. You beg for burnt orange; khaki is as far as he'll go. What's a couple to do? Fear not...
How to Pick the Right End Tables for Your Sofa
You may want to give your seating accompaniments a standing ovation when you follow these guidelines for choosing the right ones
End tables are like the supporting players to a leading-lady sofa. They rarely get the glory, yet they're vital in their own low-key way. In addition to serving as a landing pad for lamps and a perch for cocktails, they can help to give a space a well-rounded,...
8 Pink and Purple Rooms Sans Sugar Shock
Little-girl dreams find grown-up expression in rooms that work pink and purple into chic and sophisticated palettes
When I was little, I desperately wanted a "princess" bedroom: a giant white iron bed, a flouncy canopy and, most of all, an explosion of pink and purple, right down to the tiebacks on the ruffled curtains. My vision at that age wasn't exactly a study...
Windsor Chairs Join the Mod Squad
Think Windsor chairs are an Early American relic? These new takes put them squarely in the 21st century
What's more traditional than a Windsor chair? Not much ... except when that chair gets a makeover that gives it a fresh, new attitude. Contemporary interpretations of this centuries-old icon retain the distinctive spindles, splayed legs and graceful lines...
Campaign Tables Lead the Charge for Chic
Snagged from military use by home interiors, this classic table has ascended the style ranks and proved its loyalty to versatility
French campaign tables, with their slender lines and accordion-style bases, have such an air of adventure and romance about them. Also known as gueridons, they were originally used during military operations because they were so easy to transport....
Single-Wall Galley Kitchens Catch the 'I'
When it comes to kitchen layouts, certain alphabet letters get all the love. There's the U shape, the L...
Entryway Settees Open the Door to Hospitality
Set a tone of gracious welcome from the get-go with comfortable, cushioned seating for family and guests
I've always loved settees. They're like the Goldilocks of seating: not too big, not too small — just right. And one of my favorite places to see them is in entryways. More so than a chair or bench, they offer an instant invitation to settle in and get...
Felt Gives Rooms the Warm Fuzzies
Snuggle-up softness paired with workhorse sturdiness? It's no wonder felt has moved past crafts and onto interior design's radar
When's the last time you thought about felt as anything other than a crafts material? This soft, nonfraying fabric — made by compressing wool or other fibers together rather than weaving them — is making a name for itself in the home design arena....
Bargello Patterns Embroider Eye-Catching Looks for Rooms
Designers are once again carrying a torch for flame stitch and other needlework patterns, on upholstery, walls and accessories
Bargello, which originated from a style of needlework found on pieces in Italy's medieval Bargello Palace, refers both to a method of embroidery (flat, vertical stitches...
8 Tiny Bathrooms With Big Personalities
Small wonders are challenging to pull off in bathroom design, but these 8 complete baths do it with as much grace as practicality
Thirty or 40 years ago, most houses, even big ones, had a single, modest-size bathroom for the whole family. I've read somewhere that baths back then averaged around 5 by 10 feet — smaller than a lot of area rugs. I know for a fact that my mom and her...
Stripe It Rich With a Strié Finish
Let the striations of this traditional technique bring luxurious depth and richness to your walls, finishes and upholstery fabrics
With its streaky texture and barely there color variations, strié (a term from the French, pronounced stree-AY) is a perennially classic design technique. Although it originated as a way to evoke the look of thick, brushed-on paint tinged by years of...
Houzz Call: Share Your 'Happy Accidents'
My recent ideabook about off-center art sparked some fun comments about "accidental decorating," as one Houzzer dubbed it. Essentially, it's what...
What to Consider Before You Buy Vintage Lighting
Crystal-laden antique lamps and other vintage lighting fixtures may call to your heart, but read this before you plunk down any cash
Vintage lighting is like a fabulous piece of jewelry — it can turn the plainest outfit (or room) into a head turner. Whether your taste leans toward Tiffany table lamps, classic midcentury pendants or art deco wall sconces, aged fixtures also can infuse...
Hey, Slick: Patent Leather Glosses Up the Home
Shiny, happy walls, furniture and accessories are just a drape away when you bring in this polished and effortlessly pleasing material
Few things match the supple, mellow feel of real leather — and the best thing about patent leather is that it doesn't even try. That slick texture and plasticky shine have the unrestrained, indulgent appeal of a childhood pair of Mary Janes. And for...