Stories tagged: decorating
Sat., July 15, 2017, 10 a.m.
Upcycled treasures: Put a shine on some of the old junk in your house
Summer is a hard time for me to think about decorating; I mostly turn my focus outside to my garden and porch. But I do use these months to edit …
Sat., June 17, 2017
Making a splash with water-themed decor
Summer for many of us means reconnecting with water – lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some relaxing pool. And that connection isn’t confined just to the …
Sat., May 13, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Ask a Designer: decorating indoors with plants
From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects.
Fri., March 17, 2017
Why some designers genuinely love faux materials
What you lose in integrity, you make up for in savings, and these days, most folks can’t tell the difference.
Sun., March 5, 2017
An argument for the color that makes everybody look (and feel) good
Rose Quartz is a soft light pink that, according to Pantone, fulfills “our yearning for reassurance and security.” If you ask me, it’s just the sort of calming color our …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017
How to bring hotel chic home
In “Hotel Chic at Home” (The Monacelli Press), author Sara Bliss tries to capture the transformative power of travel, and that moment in a stylish hotel when you say to …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m.
Our favorite decor in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery
Pantone selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, based on research that shows everyone just wants a big, deep breath of air. “We don’t all have access to the …
Sat., Dec. 31, 2016
After the holidays: a great time to rethink your decor
The days after the holiday guests have gone home and the decorations have been put away can be clarifying. Suddenly, rooms that have been crowded with people and gifts have …
Sat., Nov. 5, 2016
For a look that’s truly timeless, choose historical paint colors
Every autumn, the major paint brands name colors they think will dominate decorating trends the following year. So far, 2017 looks fancy. There’s Dunn-Edwards’s Honey Glow, Benjamin Moore’s Shadow and …
Sat., Oct. 22, 2016
Matte finishes are a top fall decor trend
Take a look through the fall decor catalogs or browse the aisles of furnishings stores and you’ll see a recurring theme: matte finishes.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 4 p.m.
Museum to Home: Collections inspire design and decor
When you visit a museum exhibit, you might be so taken by an item – a striking textile, say, or a cool artwork – that you’d love to actually own …
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, noon
Mix and match is the modern way to furnish a dining room
When choosing the right dining table and chairs, there are no rigid rules. Think about mixing and matching pieces instead of plunking down money for a perfectly matched set, experts …
Sat., July 16, 2016, noon
Makeover can take stairway to new heights
Staircase areas can be “a great spot to introduce your personal style,” says Brian Patrick Flynn, who designed HGTV’s “Dream Home 2016,” the design network’s annual house giveaway.
Sat., June 18, 2016, 4 p.m.
Decorating tricks to disguise – or highlight – the TV
Television screens just keep getting bigger, which is great if you’re an avid binge-watcher, but not so convenient if you’re trying to decorate a living room or bedroom with one …
Sat., May 28, 2016, noon
How to decorate with antiques and heirlooms
In this age of minimalism and decluttering, the common response to an offer of a family heirloom or antique might be, “I don’t have space,” “It’s not my taste,” or …
Sat., May 14, 2016, 4 p.m.
Home decor goes tropical this summer
If there’s one decor trend that hits summer’s sweet spot, it’s tropical style.
Sat., Jan. 9, 2016
Ideas for a cheerful post-holiday mantel
When January arrives, even Christmas-loving homeowners might be happy to put away Santa and his reindeer. But the post-holiday mantel and fireplace can look strangely bare.
Sun., April 20, 2014
Subtle variations make difference with white
NEW YORK – So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2013
Project solves puzzle of what to do with cards
We all enjoy getting Christmas cards, but what’s the best way to display them? And what do you do with all those beautiful cards at the end of the season? …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2013
Giving front door a color boost makes strong first impression
When Tracy Proctor Williamson bought her house in Larchmont, N.Y., a year ago, it was “just a kind of dark and sad-looking building.” The front door and trim were a …
Sun., Dec. 15, 2013
Tom Kelly: Well-decorated homes appeal to buyers no matter the season
The neighborhood kids all arrived, bundled in holiday scarves and hats, plus patent leather shoes usually reserved for weddings and Sunday Mass at St. Theresa’s. Our old house, a large …
Sun., Dec. 1, 2013
Wide range of colors and styles should broaden holiday design choices
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles. Remember when blue or pastel pink …
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Allow colors to enliven your life
Recent studies show that the colors you use in your home can influence how your food tastes, sharpen your concentration, improve your sleep, and even enliven your sex life. Here’s …
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013
3-D printing expands design possibilities
Looking for that perfect light for your home office? A new chair or coffee table? You might try making it yourself, at home, with just the click of a button. …
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013
Proper care can ensure china, silver, crystal look their best at holidays
Company’s coming. Is your dinnerware ready? With Thanksgiving in sight and the Christmas season hot on its heels, now is a good time to take stock of your fine dinnerware …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
Choosing souvenirs wisely makes them meaningful
There’s a reason the words “tacky” and “souvenirs” are often used together. All too often, we haul things back from vacations with the best of intentions but then display them …
Sun., Nov. 10, 2013
Decorative changes can make spaces inviting
As temperatures drop and daylight is in shorter supply, we fight back: We crank up the heat in our homes and turn on lights earlier and earlier. And yet we …
Sun., Nov. 3, 2013
Rustic, handmade signs make popular decor
Walk into a crafts or home furnishings store today and notice all the signs: rows upon rows of pre-fabricated signs that speak of love, blessings, family and home. There’s the …
Sun., Oct. 13, 2013
Pre-made embellishments can give home a custom look
Phoebe Taylor’s 20-year-old suburban Atlanta ranch house began plain and “builder grade.” A professional decorator, she transformed it with faux wood beams, decorative molding and a gold-spun paint job that …
Sun., Sept. 22, 2013
Eclectic wall displays highlight collections, create interest
Those beautiful summer vacation photos are in a cardboard box. Somewhere. The souvenirs you picked up on that overseas trip years ago are jumbled in a drawer.