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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


Well-chosen lamps go beyond function to add style, ambiance

Your choice of lighting has a huge impact on how your home looks and feels. But how do you choose when the options include everything from retro Edison-style bulbs with …


Homeowners make every square inch count

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room. Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping …


Simple home upgrades can pay off for sellers

Pop quiz: What’s the home-improvement project that comes closest to paying for itself when you sell? Not a snazzy new kitchen or bathroom. A lowly steel front door.


Recycled pulp products find new life as home decor

Many of us dispatch our used paper to a bin, the first step on the way to Recycle Land. These household accumulations of paper and cardboard are just one more …


Handle impromptu guests without stress, even if you only have 30 minutes

Summer is the season of inviting friends over for impromptu barbecues and last-minute, casual get-togethers. That means it’s also the season of cringing when you realize your house is in …


Noguchi lamps have become modern home classics

NEW YORK – The round, white, paper light shades sold at Ikea for $5 are a familiar item in contemporary interior design. But these inexpensive lanterns are knockoffs of light …


For some homeowners a house is a canvas

SEATTLE – It’s hard to miss the enormous 20-foot-wide American flag on the side of Richard Ormbrek’s home. Comprised of around 180 tiles painted with scenes of Americana against a …


Spring brings an array of elegant table dressings

The placemat is a favorite at many dinner tables: The often-whimsical plastic version catches the slip of spaghetti from a youngster’s fork, while a nice cotton placemat elevates the dining …


Style in a small outdoor space

Design magazines and home decorating catalogs tend to feature sprawling backyards with big wooden decks and room for everything from decorative fountains to artificial ponds. But few of us have …


There’s never too much turquoise when it comes to décor

Glamour magazine says few colors are as flattering as turquoise. Anyone can wear it. And the same applies to interiors. Turquoise is a color that complements most any style of …


Designers look to break from bondage of neutrals

AKRON, Ohio – Gray, you tempter. You’ve stirred our passion. You’ve inflamed our desire.


Home redecorations don’t have to break the bank

NEW YORK – With the housing recovery gaining steam, Americans have more incentives to paint up, touch up and otherwise redecorate their homes. But there’s no need to spend willy-nilly. …


Designing with decals: An easy, inexpensive way to go bold

During a recent home remodel, Diane Wright decided the stairway leading to her garage needed some perking up. So she went online and found a wall decal – roosting love …


Season’s décor stands out with fresh spring hues

Fuzzy chicks and cute bunnies are part of the pastel pantheon of Easter décor, and their charm helps define the look of the season. But for those who prefer celebrating …


Artistic vibe touches artwork, dinnerware, textiles

Visiting this spring’s décor previews often felt like exploring an art gallery. There was an artistic vibe to everything from dinnerware to drapery, art photographs to textiles. Manufacturers are now …


New book offers tips to rearrange children’s bedrooms

The conversation often starts with, “Where are your shoes?” For many parents trying to get out the door on time in the morning, a child with a disorganized bedroom can …


Pantone’s color of the year drew mixed reviews from designers

When Pantone announced that emerald green was its color of the year for 2013, reaction among designers and interior consultants was mixed. The company, which creates and matches colors for …


Recycled leather pushes decorative envelope

Love the look of leather? Saddle up.


Winter colors, icy textures inspire designers

It’s cold out there. In much of the country, now’s the time when home serves as a cozy refuge from the ice and snow. We light our fireplaces and wish …


Home retailers predict blue will be this year’s refreshing color

As the new year begins, bringing new colors into our homes can help refresh and recalibrate our spirits. This spring, blues may be just the tonic we need. Many color …


Plywood can give imaginative do-it-yourselfers many options

The home-improvement and design shows make it look easy: Take a simple sheet of inexpensive plywood and presto! In a few minutes, you’ve got a table, a cabinet or a …


Soothing pastels seem to be the choice for the new year

Lemon sorbet and other pastels are the yummy paint colors for the new year Hard times call for soft colors.


Design your own chic, comfy bedding

There are stores full of exquisite bedding. But fancy sheets, duvets and mattresses can sometimes fall short of our wish lists, in style, price, comfort or all three. What if …


Painting interior doors can supply ‘wow’

If you’ve got your décor looking just about right but want that extra “wow” factor, consider painting interior doors. “Address other main features in the room first, and then if …


Designers give tips for maximizing sitting spaces during parties

The joy of home entertaining at the holidays often comes with a challenge: How do you provide enough seating for a roomful of holiday revelers with just a sofa and …