Tips & Trends - Design

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 notwithstanding. I still associate those watery shades w...   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 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 »

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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