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235 Ideabooks by Lisa Frederick
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...
Double Islands Put Pep in Kitchen Prep
With all that extra space for slicing and dicing, dual islands make even unsavory kitchen tasks palatable
I’ve been having a little case of island envy lately — there's no room for one in my 1960s U-shape kitchen. It's usually not a big deal, but there...
9 Monochromatic Rooms That Span the Rainbow
One color can yield infinite interest when it's done right — just hop on over the rainbow with us and see
People often assume that "monochromatic" is a synonym for "monotonous," picturing a bland beige room with little to punch it up. Let's banish that bad rap right now, shall we? A monochromatic room just means that a single color predominates, no matter...
Vintage Fishing Floats Bring a Little Mystery Indoors
These lovely orbs have become a classic sea-conjuring home accent. See how to take them beyond the beach house
Fishing floats, those shimmering balls and cylinders that traditionally were used to keep fishermen's nets and lines at the surface of the water, hint at the mystery and romance of the sea. Glass ones were popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries;...
How to Pull Off Mismatched Nightstands
Despite their differences, night tables with unequal heights, varying colors and even odd-couple styles can get along just fine
Maybe you have a houseful of hand-me-down furniture, or you're a devoted thrift store shopper. Maybe you found a single piece you couldn't resist in the design store. Or maybe you just don't like "matchy-poo" sets (as one design maven I know calls them)....
Paisley Takes a Turn for the Mod
Get ready for a new twist on a traditional favorite, as classic paisley patterns venture into modern and contemporary territory
Paisley, that preppy mainstay of wingback chairs and Ralph Lauren ads, is practically synonymous with traditional decor. But choose the right version, and it feels...