Tips & Trends - Design

Decorating with Textures

There are infinite ways to use texture to make spaces inviting, interesting and unique. Choosing the right ones will add dimension to a room and provide a strong element of contrast. It can make furniture pop with personality and complement existing design elements....   Read more »

Nature-Inspired Home Decor

As designers and homeowners reinvent popular decorating trends and draw inspiration from the world around them, more and more homes feature nature-inspired decor. With this design, stylists are given the opportunity to bring natural, organic elements, like dazzling green furniture and intricate textures, into their homes, effortlessly breathing lif...   Read more »

What We Love About Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid-century modern refers to a design movement during the 1940s through 1960s that featured clean lines, open spaces, geometric shapes and soft organic curves all with an integration of new materials in building, furnishings and art....   Read more »

All That Glitters - Adding Sparkle to Your Room

Brighten up your space with a sprinkling of sparkle. Adding light reflecting surfaces like metals, glass, mirrors and crystals to your room adds brightness, dimension and interest to your space. Interior designers equate it to adding jewelry to your ensemble....   Read more »

Mixing Modern and Traditional Styles

People assume that modern and traditional styles are like oil and water – that they will never mix. However with a strategic approach, you can blend the two with ease, creating a room with interest, grace and character....   Read more »

Decorating a Dorm Room

Though both bedrooms and dorm rooms express individuality and provide personal space to relax, there are some differences between the two. For starters, dorm rooms are typically much smaller in size than traditional bedrooms, yet they need to act as an office, kitchen, and living room all in one....   Read more »

Tips for Designing a Room

When decorating, it's important to remember that each room in your home is a reflection of you. To create a space that you'll love living in, equal emphasis should be placed on form and function. Every space should have its own unique mood while a coherent personality is maintained throughout the home....   Read more »

Decorating a Reading Nook

Whether you're a magazine reader, blog surfer or devourer of novels, something good to read and a few uninterrupted hours can make daily stresses just melt away. The best way to loosen up with a good read is to devote a space in your home, even a small one, to a reading nook. From a home library to a single chair in a corner, almost any space can b...   Read more »

Imaginative Design: Themed Kids Bedrooms

Childhood is a magical time and one great way to encourage your kids’ imaginations and inspire their dreams is to create a themed bedroom.  No matter their age or your budget, you can create a room to ignite their interest....   Read more »

The Consummate Wingback Chair

A classic design that’s been around for centuries, the wingback chair has made a comeback in modern homes.  Initially designed in the late 1600s for use by the fireplace, its grand design includes upholstery or leather over a structured tall back with wings (or cheeks), solid covered arms and open base with wood legs.  These were de...   Read more »

Trend Watch: What's Hot In Rugs

What’s new this season in rugs?  Everything from deep, rich colors to a current take on vintage patterns and finishes, here are some exciting new looks to refresh your home by providing a polished finish to your room.  Finding the perfect rug has never been easier with these stunning new choices....   Read more »

Decorating Trends: Ikat Inspired Designs

A traditional artisan technique for creating hand dyed textiles, ikat or ikkat (both pronounced ee-KAHT) is a process where the yarn is tightly tied in small sections to create a resist and then dyed to create the desired pattern before it is woven.  After the dying is complete, the yarn is woven into a textile.  A detailed and intricate ...   Read more »

Bringing It All Together - Furniture, Walls, Rug, And Artwork

Looking for inspiration to create an interesting and cohesive room? Start with one thing that you love and build around it.  Your inspiration can come from any number of places – an area rug, some artwork, the fabric on an accent chair or accent pillow.  Any of these sources are great places to stimulate inspiration....   Read more »

Styling For An Active Family

Who doesn’t want an immaculately styled home, ready for the pages of your favorite design magazine? However, when an active family is inhabiting that home, maintaining a photo-ready look calls for some strategic design decisions. Through deliberate fabric choices, creative storage solutions and selections that fit your lifestyle, even the mos...   Read more »

Storage Suggestions For Every Room

If there’s one thing that most people could use more of, it’s storage space. Luckily, whether you live in a studio apartment or need to maximize a family home, there’s a storage solution for every need. Check out these storage suggestions for every room in your home:...   Read more »

Seasonal Update: Refresh Your Space For Spring

Winter doldrums got you down?  Can’t wait for longer days and with loads more sunshine?  Now is the perfect time to start refreshing your space for spring....   Read more »

Decorating For March Madness

Celebrate the Madness throughout your home … from TV room to the kids’ bedrooms, break out your college colors and proudly display the logo of your favorite team!...   Read more »

Outdoor Living

The advent of new fabrics and treatments that resist mold and mildew as well as eliminating fading from UV rays has allowed outside living to become a true extension of the rest of your home....   Read more »

Furnishing Ideas For Extra Storage Throughout Your Home

With our hectic lives and busy households, keeping all of our stuff organized at home is a constant challenge.  But adding extra storage around your home is a great way to win the battle against clutter....   Read more »

Creating Interest With Accent Tables

Looking for a way to add interest to your living room?  Want to create a designer look but don’t know where to start?  One easy way to create a custom feel in your home is to pull together unique and individual pieces of furniture for a tailor made look....   Read more »

Industrial Flair - Adding Unique Accents To Any Room

Though it’s all around us, many people don’t know what is meant by the term Industrial Style in furnishings and interior design.   Industrial Style refers to exposed building materials that are often concealed in construction, reminiscent of an open unfinished warehouse look in building design.  For furnishings the style ...   Read more »

Color Of The Year: Greenery

Pantone (the color people) have canvased the marketplace and the zeitgeist to determine that the color of the year for 2017 is a fresh shade of green they’ve termed Greenery....   Read more »

Loveseat - a Sofa Built for Two

Originally designed in the late 1600’s as a wide chair to accommodate a woman and her voluminous dresses (including skirts, hoops and slips of the day), by the 1800’s and 1900’s the term loveseat or courting chair became prevalent and began to be used as a seating arrangement for two....   Read more »

What We Love About: Accent Cabinets

Tall or short, wide or narrow, accent cabinets (and accent chests) are versatile additions to any home.  Have an empty wall, bare corner or unfilled nook?  Need a place to store small household items, toys or family games?  Looking to add a little extra personality to your living space?  An accent cabinet can fill all of these n...   Read more »

Design Ideas for a Loft Space

Many open concept homes are designed with a spacious landing area at the top of the stairs called a loft.  Lofts by nature are open to the rest of the house and to varying degrees usually part of the flow of the hallway to other rooms.  Because it’s not really a room, many wonder what exactly to do with the space – we say, don...   Read more »

Design Tips for the Teen Room

As your kid enters his or her teen years, they will probably want to change their bedroom to reflect their stage in life.  While their room will still be a place to sleep and dress, but now instead of using it for nap time and playing with toys, they will need a place to study and crave a place to relax on their own.  To transform your ch...   Read more »

Inspired Entryways

As the transition into and out of your home, the best entryways are both welcoming and functional.  Make sure your entryway is both by outfitting it with these great finds:...   Read more »

All About Pillows

While many people view them as small detail, a few throw pillows can actually transform a room. These simple accents may bring in new hues or highlight existing ones, make bold statements or add quiet warmth. They brighten up solid-colored couches and add visual interest to beds, breakfast nooks, and chairs. More than anything, however, pillows add...   Read more »

Lighting Tips

Lighting plays a huge role in decorating and making a space uniquely your own. When it comes to home furnishings, the right lighting acts as the finishing touches on a room, so it is important to understand how to use lights to your advantage. Floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces are essential in any beautifully decorated home....   Read more »

Decorating Small Spaces in Your Home

Decorating small spaces doesn't have to be a headache. Some overall rules to keep in mind include choosing lighter colors and simpler pieces. Paler hues, such as white, cream, and gray, refract light for an overall brighter look and make rooms appear larger. Darker colors, like burgundy, chocolate, or teal, can be introduced in accent pieces and wa...   Read more »

The Repurposed Dining Room

Some of the formality of past generations has lost its meaning in today’s households. Many of us have a formal dining room that we never (or nearly never) use.  Perhaps you have plenty of room in your eat in kitchen or great room that includes space for a daily dining table, yet you have the bones of a house with space provided for a for...   Read more »

Layered Lighting for Comfort and Ambiance

Lamps serve dual purpose – both form and function.  They help illuminate the space while adding a pop of color, texture or shimmer to your room.  When shopping, notice the form of the lamp - many lamps have a sculptural, vase-like art appeal, bases and shades can add texture or color.  But before you select a lamp, think about ...   Read more »

Kids and Pets – Designing a Family-Friendly Family Room

Kids and pets live in a space with a different kind of vigor than adults. There is often free-spirited rambunctiousness, joie de verve, and of course messes. Whether it is thundering feet running through the house, wagging tails or tufts of shed fur, delicate surfaces and fragile accessories just don’t make sense. Here are some tips and ideas...   Read more »

Making it Work – Two Kids in One Bedroom

Young kids don’t feel the same compelling need for privacy that teens and adults do. And many adults will fondly remember younger years spent bunking with their siblings. There are many benefits of kids sharing a room:...   Read more »

Hosting Guests for the Holidays

Holiday time is often time to for visits from friends and family. If your house is big enough to have extra rooms, then you likely have a furnished guest bedroom ready and waiting for out-of-towners. However, many of us successfully host guests in the family room or office with a pull-out sleeper sofa. Either way, with a little preparation and fore...   Read more »

Design For Entertaining – Creating A Space That Works Well For Social Events

What makes a party memorable? Of course it is the people, time spent together, food, drinks, and music, but don’t overlook the fact that a big part enjoying each other’s company depends upon how accommodating the space is. Whether you are designing your room to be continually ready for entertaining or rearranging your home for a special...   Read more »

The Right Place for Homework

Finding the right place for your child to do homework is a great way to start them off on the road to success. Ideally, you are looking for a calm, quiet, uncluttered, well-lit space that has easy access to the supplies your young student needs....   Read more »

Decorating with Mirrors

Mirrors can be a fabulous addition to virtually any room around your home. They are a classic and often inexpensive way to enhance a space, here are some of the many reasons we love them:...   Read more »

Creating a Playroom

To create a playroom, first think about your child and how they will use the space. As they grow, the playroom will need to continue to offer a place to learn, express themselves and have fun. Depending on the space in your home, a playroom can be a room of its own, or simply cozy corner of the family room. It is designed as a place where a kid can...   Read more »

Decorating a Vacation Home

Vacation homes are all about escape and relaxation. Some families prefer the recreation afforded by being near water, choosing beach houses and lake cottages. Others favor the solitude of secluded spots like mountain cabins or desert ranches....   Read more »

Decorating a Gender-Neutral Nursery

Painting a baby's room pink or blue is a thing of the past. Instead, today's parents are opting for more gender-neutral nursery designs. Whether it's because the gender is a surprise or you just want to buck tradition, each nursery should be as unique as your little bundle of joy. Use an array of gender-neutral nursery ideas, featuring bright color...   Read more »

Eco-Friendly Decor Ideas: Decorating with Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Decor

The concept of going green has saturated the public consciousness, extending even to the furnishings we put in our homes. You might wonder, what exactly is eco-friendly furniture and how can I incorporate it into my decor? Luckily, there are more options than you might think....   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget - Retro Modern Style

Retro modern furniture blends mid-century and 21st century aesthetics. The style focuses on contemporary patterns, natural materials, and muted colors, such as beige, aqua, gray, burnt orange, and cream. These concepts are integrated into pieces featuring clean lines and gentle curves, and the result is often furniture with a futuristic feel, like ...   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget - Minimalist Style

Once dismissed as simply decor for college students, the minimalist look is actually based on a philosophy many find beneficial. Minimalism uses the bare essentials for modern living in a pared down and sophisticated way, preferring simplicity to ornateness and quality to abundance....   Read more »

Sliding into Home: A Look at Guy Style

You’ve seen it before — women talking about a boyfriend. Bubbling with excitement, she raves about her kind, handsome and bright new man. When her friend asks about his apartment, however, the mood and smile fade. “… bachelor pad,” she whispers. Mr. Wonderful has a blemish, and it resembles a big, brown easy chair in ...   Read more »

Serene and Opulent Green

I'm not too crazy about lime-yellow-chartreuse greens, although, like the spiffy new VW Beetle, they have their place in a lighthearted sort of way. Some folks find yellow-green upbeat and energizing; others, like me, find it edgy and jumpy. I'm not big on pastel greens either, Martha Stewart notwith- standing. I still associate those watery shades...   Read more »

Mission Style: Solid and Simple

There’s something about Mission furniture that speaks strongly to the American sense of style. This early 20th century look has made a huge comeback in the last few years, perhaps because of its integrity and unpretentious dignity....   Read more »

Casual & Contemporary: The Many Paths to Modern Design

It’s very possible that the modern leather sofa you buy today will someday be found in the same category as your great-grandfather’s antique Chippendale settee. Not because they resemble each other in any way, but because they were both products of an era of innovative design in home furnishings....   Read more »

Open the Door to Feng Shui

Love your environment as part of you and it will embrace you with universal peace in return. This is feng shui in its purity....   Read more »

Victorian Style: More is More

Interior design always swings between extremes: simple or opulent, delicate or bulky, straight or rounded. It’s been going on like that for centuries, and we’re currently in an era of “less is more.” We’ve become conditioned to prefer the pared-down, the sleek – but the bravest among us isn’t afraid to admi...   Read more »

Decorating with Yellow and Orange

Mention yellow and you probably think first of bright, crayon yellow. Think orange and you get, well, an orange. Because these youthful, high-impact colors have such strong emotional appeal, you might be concerned they lack sophistication or carry too much intensity for home decor. But this pair, nestled right next to each other on the color wheel,...   Read more »

Seeing Colors: Decorating with Red

Red is vital, ambitious, and audacious, a passionate color with intense symbolism. Think of the true love of a red rose, the speed and sex appeal of a racing car, the urgency of a fire engine, the danger of a red alert, the rage of seeing red, or the honor of a red carpet....   Read more »

Purple Passion: Decorating with Purple

Purple can be traced back to the ancient Mediterranean, where the deep violet dye was extracted from the murex sea mussel. This expensive process produced one of the only colorfast dyes of the time, making purple a status limited to the wealthy. The Roman Emperor wore the color to symbolize the god Jupiter, and some shades of purple were strictly r...   Read more »

Understanding Wood Veneers

If you’ve been shopping for wood furniture, you may have been told that solid wood is better than veneers…or vice versa. In fact, solid wood and veneers are both good things. Knowing how they differ helps you evaluate what’s best for your home and your lifestyle, instead of guessing and hoping for the best. So let’s start w...   Read more »

Decorating with Blue

Interior designer and author Sharon Hanby-Robie has an interesting take on color preferences. She maintains there are two groups of people – those who prefer blue and those who go for the green. She believes that roughly 70% of us are in the blue group, including the majority of men....   Read more »

Color Theory & Home Decor

Before you choose wallpaper, buy upholstery, or open a gallon of paint, take a moment to review a little about color theory. Even just the basics — how colors blend or clash and the effects that different combinations have — can help you avoid costly decorating errors and rooms that just don’t please....   Read more »

Find the Perfect Sofa Shape for You

When shopping for a sofa, you should always think about the fabric, quality, and the size. But here’s something you might not think about: the shape of your sofa. Before researching sofas, it’s important to know what to search for – and what style you like or will work with your room. There are so many different sofa shapes, and v...   Read more »

Talking Tufted Furniture

Tufted furniture – it’s a classic furniture style that has never quite gone away. Tufting happens during the upholstery process when layers of fabric are pulled inward (often with a button) to create the tuft, giving off a “buttoned-up” look. Tufted furniture originated in historic France and England (around the 1300s-1400s)...   Read more »

3 Furniture Tips For Small-Scale Living

Many homes call for smaller-scale furniture — Chicago and New York apartments, historic houses in New England, vacation condos in Florida, etc. — but that doesn’t mean the design aesthetic has to be small, too. Small space design is all about making the space feel larger. In general, furniture that is simply styled, low and lean w...   Read more »

Presidential Designs: The Decor and Furniture in the Oval Office

Decorating the Oval Office isn’t all that different from decorating your own home. While the shape of the room and nature of the business conducted there make it more complicated and high-profile than your own home office, the space still needs to be functional and the décor should reflect the inhabitant....   Read more »

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