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Designers embrace home décor options offered by shimmer

We all know how the right necklace or earrings can dress up an outfit. In much the same way, a little bit of luster can dress up a room.


Home furnishings can transform even the tiniest homes

High-rise uptown condos and strands of suburban apartment communities continue to be built, proof that bigger is not better for everyone. And home furnishing companies are catering to this expanding …


Animal-themed décor will make kids’ rooms roar

Kids are often enthralled with the wild kingdom, so it’s fun to do their rooms with animal-themed décor. And you can think beyond the standard kitty-cat wall border or dino …


Designers embrace nautical trends

BALTIMORE – With so many home mortgages underwater, perhaps it’s little wonder that interior designers have found inspiration in the murky depths of the sea. Let’s call it turning a …


Ceilings often get the silent treatment by designers

Ceilings are the Rodney Dangerfield of homes. They get no respect. But there are plenty of easy ways to make over this oft-overlooked area, from the quirky charm of Victorian-era, …


Designers putting fun in kitchens with retro, whimsical flair

Kitchens have become so serious. All that granite, dark wood and stainless steel. The heart of the home these days is more like a sleek and severe shrine to haute …


From upholstery to accessories, leather perfect across home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Whether it resembles a well-traveled saddle or a buttery smooth burst of cherry red or lime green, leather furniture is classic and strong. As upholstery, leather …


Cheerful yet comforting, yellow works well with mix of styles

Winter won’t be over for a couple more months, but already the sun is climbing a little higher in the sky, and feeling a little warmer. Early spring catalogs and …


Book explores intersection of color and cultural history

Why was Parrish blue the “in” color of the 1910s? What was with those 1950s pink bathrooms? Remember the 1970s’ “Harvest Gold” kitchen appliances? A new book, “Pantone: The 20th …


Taking on winter with stylish, sturdy floors

As the season of snow boots and slush arrives in much of the country, entryway floors will take a beating. The spot where we enter our homes – and welcome …


Designers suggest restraint when incorporating purple in décor

Home furnishing catalogs and decor magazines tell us that purple is all the rage, and top designers have been filling clients’ homes with everything from purple wallpaper and furniture to …


Solar-powered lights top intriguing ideas for home

As you decorate and shop for gifts this holiday season, check out these options: Solar-powered rock star: The rock spotlight is an energy-efficient way to brighten up your nighttime garden. …


Contemporary holiday home décor emphasizes natural elements

There’s nothing quite like a winter walk through snowy woods. This holiday season, trend watchers are encouraging us to bring some of those evocative, forest-y elements home to decorate our …


Lace on pace for comeback as décor trend

No longer reserved for the tops of old ladies’ sofas or for dresser-top doilies, lace is making its way back into homes as a decor trend. The key to making …


Decorating for holidays? Start early

We’ve arrived at the brief calm before the happy storm of holiday celebrating begins. We may be thinking about the gorgeous decorating we’ll do and the great parties we’ll throw, …


Dress up your home – and yourself – for Halloween

Dressing up’s the name of the game on Halloween, but it’s just as much fun to dress up the front of the house. With some imagination and a mix of …


Carpet makes a comeback

After years of being ripped out and kicked to the curb, carpet is making a comeback. And not just the neutral-toned carpets of recent years, but ones that are boldly …


Designers offer advice for being bold

Striped staircases and lavender walls? They’re not just for high-profile designers anymore. Home-decorating TV shows and glossy shelter magazines have many homeowners embracing the bold, unexpected use of color that …


Right mix of décor can maximize sunlight in darkest rooms

It’s a request that designers hear constantly: Bring more sunshine into my home. Whatever a person’s taste, “I think almost everybody wants to maximize the light in their living space,” …


After long winter, it’s time to spruce up indoor/outdoor spaces

It’s been a long, hard winter in much of the country: towering snowdrifts, icy roads, freak hailstorms. For many of us, spring can’t come fast enough, and with it the …


For years, interior designers have made decisions based on doors

It’s a design opportunity that’s easily missed: Even the most stylishly decorated rooms often have bland wooden doors with cheap hardware. High-end designers have always made doors a priority, says …


Designers look to ceilings for creative opportunities

Things are finally looking up for ceilings. As we’re staying put in our homes, the fifth wall is getting attention. For decades, ceilings have been ignored blank canvases and missed …


Give your guests comforts of home

When Laura Barnett’s daughter comes to visit, the Chicago mother has to improvise a guest room. Barnett sets her daughter up in a corner of the living room and clears …


Many younger people tweak holiday table with more stylish designs

For much of America, Thanksgiving is one celebration not to be messed with. Those who try to jettison the candied yams or who forget grandma’s gravy boat might have the …


Owners of older homes are knocking down walls to create flexibility

If your home was built within the last decade, odds are it was designed with an open plan. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the family room, and few walls separate …


Designers’ main advice: Don’t be afraid to try

One of the best ways to express your personality and add flair to your home is to incorporate a mix of patterns into the décor. Whether you like florals, stripes, …


Mom Caves can provide private space for pursuits

Roxanne Jacoby has a guest room in her Pennsylvania home that no guest has ever slept in. It’s really her Mom Cave. Outfitted with mementos and comfort items, it’s the …


Designer for stars: Your house should be dream home

The first time Cheryl Tiegs and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard met, they sat on folding chairs inside the fixer-upper she’d just bought. It came with sticky aluminum doors, small louvered windows and …


Avoid high cost of fabulous bathroom with right colors, materials

Five years ago, the ideal master bathroom was supposed to be large and lavish, with a huge Jacuzzi tub and a mile-long marble vanity. Times have changed, of course, and …


Downsizing often causes daunting design challenges

It’s a constant battle: Small versus big. Less or more? Having just downsized to the smallest apartment I have ever lived in, I was intrigued by the idea of small …