Tips & Trends - Design

Cottagecore Decor

There’s been buzz about a new trend called CottageCore, many are wondering what exactly it’s all about. If the term is new to you, here’s the scoop. It revolves around a wholesome, pastoral aesthetic based on the romantic ideal of natural, rural life.  Including a focus on self-sufficiency, there has been a recent resurgence ...   Read more »

Trendy vs Classic Furniture Pieces

We all have that quintessential ‘House Goals’ Pinterest Board, our carefully curated collection of ever-changing trends and personal styles. But when it comes time for a major room update, these same inspirational pictures often backfire. Ultra-trendy rooms go out of style, and for the average person, updating your space every few years...   Read more »

Backyard Basics: Outdoor Rooms

Feeling a little confined within the four walls of your house, apartment or condo? Expand your horizons by creating livable space in your back yard, patio, porch or balcony. As the weather turns warmer and daylight hours lengthen, this is the perfect time to set up your outdoor living or dining room....   Read more »

Ideas for Refreshing your Space

As nations of people pull back from their hectic lives in light of the worldwide novel coronavirus pandemic, they turn inward to stay safe and healthy. Billions of people anticipate spending more time at home. This is the perfect time to refresh your space to brighten your day and lift your mood. You don’t have to start from scratch; it won&r...   Read more »

Incorporating Modern Farmhouse Decor

Modest and welcoming, modern farmhouse decor is a wonderful choice for those who want a casual vibe. This approach features natural materials, sturdy construction, and a rugged sensibility. Whether you want a farmhouse living room, dining room, or kitchen, it ought to be a lived-in gathering place for family and friends....   Read more »

What Is Transitional Style?

Transitional design blends classic and modern decor through color, texture, shape and scale while avoiding the extremes of both styles. In other words, you'll steer clear of the more ornate aspects of traditional furniture and the austerity of some contemporary pieces in favor of a layout that's chic, timeless and comfortable....   Read more »

Decorating With Traditional Furniture

Instantly recognizable, traditional homes blend elegance and comfort for a timeless aesthetic. From color choice and textiles to accents and layouts, these classic motifs offer a flawless combination of sophistication and luxury....   Read more »

How to Choose the Right Shabby Chic Furniture

Informal yet elegant, shabby chic design blends several different types of decor to create a cozy atmosphere. Pastel color schemes, vintage accents and ornate traditional furnishings with weathered finishes are all key components of this look....   Read more »

Decorating with Scandinavian Style Furniture

Sometimes design is all about finding the beauty in everyday things. Scandinavian style, with its commitment to simple and functional decor, is a prime example. What makes these charming, slightly rustic spaces so open, airy, and welcoming is their attention to doing more with less....   Read more »

Incorporating Minimalist Design

When it comes to minimalist interior design, less is always more. This style seeks to draw attention to the simple beauty of your space and each piece of decor by minimizing clutter. The fewer distractions in the room, the more you can appreciate what's actually there....   Read more »

How to Decorate a Rustic Home

When most people think of rustic style, their minds usually conjure up a cozy log cabin in the woods or a home filled with antique farmhouse decor. Although these are good examples, there are many different ways to incorporate rustic elements into your design by bringing the raw beauty of nature indoors....   Read more »

Choosing Mid-Century Modern Furniture

When you picture mid-century modern design, words like "retro," "mod," and "vintage" may come to mind. That's probably because this style originated in the mid-twentieth century, and remains popular to this day. Mid-century furniture combines elements of minimalism with futuristic flourishes, showcasing geometric curves, daring hues, and wood finis...   Read more »

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial design is all about our connections to the places we live. Bold but elegant, organic yet engineered, this style mixes modern and rustic vibes to surround you with a rich history. Treasured antiques, salvage finds, and new favorites all have a role in these visually striking yet highly functional homes....   Read more »

Understanding French Country Decor

If you prefer a cozy look with a touch of elegance, consider French country decor. Homes in this style mix the opulence of traditional French design with natural elements, a subdued color palette, and airy fabrics to create a graceful yet lived-in appearance. Clean lines and plush furnishings combine to make these spaces warm and appealing....   Read more »

Eclectic Style and Decor for Your Home

Eclectic home decor layers contrasting textures, shapes, styles, and colors to create a sophisticated arrangement. Nothing matches, yet the decorator's expert curation unites every piece as if by magic. While it may seem like design voodoo, achieving this look is much simpler than you might think....   Read more »

Embracing Coastal Decor

If you love seaside vacations and the crash of ocean waves, coastal design may be the perfect fit. This style showcases open layouts, chic color schemes, and nature-inspired accents. The result is a space that's soothing, breezy, and clean....   Read more »

Interior Design 101: Contemporary Home Decor

If you prefer a look that's understated and chic, contemporary design may be the right choice for you. Versatile in range and elegant in its simplicity, this style values clean lines, sleek shapes, and simple form. All of these factors add up to a space that is simultaneously comfortable and sophisticated....   Read more »

Make a Statement with Oversized Wall Art

While some modest pieces of wall decor are designed to add subtle nuance to a space, oversized artwork commands immediate attention. Whether in bright colors or muted tones, including artwork that is sized 48" or larger in your room creates a presence in your space that can show off your personality, style aesthetic or color scheme in a unique and ...   Read more »

Trend Watch: French Script

Call it Parisian flair, Old World elegance or provincial appeal. More and more gorgeous finds are popping up with French phrases elegantly scrawled across them. From wall art to ottomans, toss pillows to club chairs, this transcendent look is at once charming and sophisticated....   Read more »

Trend Watch: Dramatic Beds

Whether you are looking for the height of elegance or the epitome of cozy comfort, adding a dramatic bed to your master suite transforms your space to an indulgent oasis that you will look forward to returning to every evening. In styles ranging from traditional to minimalist-modern dramatic beds are getting more attention in today’s on-trend...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Geometric Patterns

Trellis, latticework, quatrefoil, and Moroccan tile motifs make a huge impact on interior design. These engaging patterns have a geometric quality that creates a bold statement, yet they are graceful enough to take the edge off of stark spaces....   Read more »

Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Fresh and expressive without any sense of overbearing … the 2019 color of the year as determined by the Pantone Color Institute is Living Coral. This color will enliven any space while still imbuing a relaxed feel....   Read more »

Embellishing with Americana

Both heartwarming and inviting, Americana decor celebrates tradition while adding refreshing touches to today’s homes.  Beautifully incorporating into a wide range of interior decor styles from country farmhouse to industrial and vintage to modern, embracing Americana accents and embellishments creates unique spaces that are irresistibly...   Read more »

Three Easy Ways to Add Instant Outdoor Ambiance

Set the stage for festive parties, romantic evenings, or relaxing weekends in your back yard by creating unparalleled ambiance with one or more of these simple outdoor additions: Lighting, Fountains, and Fire....   Read more »

Trend Watch: Vintage Edison Bulb Lighting

The newest trend in lighting showcases the authentic beauty of the earliest light bulbs. Replicas of the Edison Bulb are fully or partially exposed, displaying their glowing wound filaments. These unique pieces provide a nostalgic charm, contemporary vibe, or an industrial feel....   Read more »

What We Love About: Bombe Chests

Distinct with their delightfully curvy lines, these exquisite accent pieces originated in 1700’s Parisian design.  With a plump, bulging shape they gain their name for the French term for bomb. Bombe chests are also referred to as bombay chests, though this alternate name can lead to confusion as it is not in reference to the city of Bom...   Read more »

Decorating a Bookcase

Whether built-in or freestanding, bookshelves and bookcases offer endless opportunities to add personal touches to your home decor. While the shelves themselves can add to your modern or traditional decor, the collection of books, objects and keepsakes you choose to place on them can elevate your home’s individual style....   Read more »

Trend Watch: Concrete Accents

At once contemporary and rustic, concrete accents have been making their way into interior design pieces. This fresh new look adds fabulous dimension to chic spaces looking for a style boost....   Read more »

Decorating with Mixed Wood Finishes

If you don’t buy all of your wood furniture at the same time in a matching set, it’s nearly impossible to perfectly match the finishes. The addition of wood floors and other built-in details further complicates the issue. The good news is that mixing wood finishes can create interest, depth and definition in any space....   Read more »

Creating an Outdoor Oasis

Expand your horizons by creating inviting, usable outdoor rooms that beckon you and your family to take a breath of fresh air and enjoy your back yard, patio or deck. Whether for big family barbeques, lazy afternoon poolside lounging or dining under the stars, outfitting your outdoor space takes slightly different considerations than indoor rooms....   Read more »

Backyard Basics: Outdoor Rugs

Having a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living spaces is what furnishing your back yard is all about. Outdoor rugs create open-air rooms that allow you to fully capitalize on your alfresco areas and expand the way you live. More than simply catching dirt to prevent it from being tracked indoors, outdoor rugs delineate spaces while adding colo...   Read more »

Distinctive Daybeds

Daybeds have been long cherished for their versatility and well-appointed aesthetic. With a history tracing back to Ancient Egypt, daybeds were prized pieces affording comfort and relaxation. Functioning as sofa or lounge by day and a bed by night, today’s daybeds turn a kid’s room into an ultimate teen hang-out, a cramped studio apartm...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Reclaimed Wood and Rustic Wood Finishes

Rustic and chic, reclaimed wood furniture is a style trend that will endure according to designers. Don’t think for a second that these pieces will weigh your home down with a heavy, old-barn look – unless that’s the look you are going for. Featuring refined styling and mixed materials, rustic pieces can be used to create a comple...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Plush and Shaggy Faux Fur Accents

What’s not to love about the fun, unabashed punctuations of shaggy faux fur accents that are popping up in today’s stylish living rooms, dens, and bedrooms?...   Read more »

Coastal Inspired: Seaside and Nautical Decor

For those who are lucky enough to reside beachside or those who like to surround themselves with a relaxed reminder of distant crashing waves and seagull calls, there is a lot to love about coastal casual decor....   Read more »

How to Decorate a Kitchen

Whether they are keeping the chef company, sharing a meal at the counter bar or just relaxing with a cup of coffee, people naturally gather in the kitchen. Yet, strangely, this room is often the last space we consider when it comes to home decor....   Read more »

Designing a Pet-Friendly Room

Investing in a pet-friendly space keeps your furry friend happy and maintains the look of your decor. With a few simple changes to any spare room, you can create a clean, functional and fun area for cats or dogs that will help contain their chaos. Use these pet room ideas to kick off the decorating process.When shopping for pet-friendly furniture c...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Mixed Materials and Finishes

Mixed materials can describe anything from a contemporary lamp crafted of marble, brass, and canvas to a rustic wood coffee table with slate tiles and scrolling iron legs. On a larger scale, it refers to the way you pull together an individual collection of furnishings with a mixture of finishes and materials that complement rather than match each ...   Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 the 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 »

Mixing Colors and Patterns - Why Do These Rooms Work?

Interior designers mix patterns and colors to create dynamic, vibrant rooms.  But the concept can be intimidating to the novice home decorator.  Here we take a look at a few designer rooms and explore what makes them work....   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’t let...   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 child’s ...   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 »

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 vivre, 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 a time 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 foret...   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 »

Design For Entertainment – How To Fit A TV Into Your Living Room

While a few households have the luxury of a media room designed just for television viewing, the vast majority of us use the multipurpose living area in our living room or family room for our TV time. Because we do so many different things in these rooms, we want to find a balance of having the TV accessible and to be comfortable watching, while it...   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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 varia...   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 »

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 »