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Oushak rugs are elegant and incredibly soft, and work well with a range of styles — is it any wonder they are a favorite of decorators? Here’s how to identify these beautiful carpets and where they come from.
Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look
I love switching things up at home and experimenting with decorating styles, but like most of us, my decorating budget does not allow for purchases made on a whim. Instead of spending money (and cluttering up my home with more stuff), when I want a change...
Decorating 101: The ABCs of Arranging Vignettes
In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home. A vignette is a harmonious tableau made from...
Dandelions Pop Up in Home Décor
In my part of the world, there are a few dandelions left that have gone to seed. If I’m walking alone, I go past them without a thought. But when I’m with my preschool-aged child, each fuzzy orb holds the promise of a wish and must be plucked, examined...
Give That Coffee Table an Extra Shot of Style
I’m always looking for easy, budget-friendly ways to update my decor. Spaces can become stagnant if we don’t tweak them every so often. And my living room is certainly stagnating these days. I’ve had the same amber glass candlesticks and stack of...
9 Reasons to Pick a Patterned Lampshade
Nothing transforms a room like great lighting. And nothing transforms a light fixture like a pretty patterned shade. Add extra sizzle to your lamp and your space — and solve some common design dilemmas — with these tips.
Eye-Catching Centerpieces Beyond Flowers and Fruit
Fruit and flowers are centerpiece classics, but chances are, your pleasing arrangement could sit on your neighbor’s table and look equally at home. Want something a little different? Look to your dining room decor for inspiration,...
The Secret to the Perfect Throw Blanket: Watch Your Tone
I like to think of the throw as an adult security blanket. Whether we’re a teeny bit cold or just trying to get cozy, there’s something about curling up with a snuggly-soft throw blanket that makes us feel safe and secure. The neat trick of...
Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting
I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door...
Decorating With Antiques: Evoke a Fanciful Past With Bamboo
Rudyard Kipling’s famous quotation, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” never proved to be less true than during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Orient captivated the West in the form of chinoiserie design....
Rooster Decorating Worth Crowing About
Once upon a time, I had the great joy of keeping chickens. And roosters. (After all, we wanted fertile eggs and happy hens.) Cogburn was our lead rooster. He had a red comb, with a maize-colored neck that flowed into gold, milk chocolate and then deep...
8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff
I’m a firm believer that details make the difference in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to beautifully designed homes, the same details that take a space from ho-hum to stunning are often overlooked because of how subtle they are. In...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Rugs in Traditional Spaces
Modern rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and are suitable for every area of the house, including hallways and staircases. When introduced into a traditional or rustic setting, they can add vibrancy, a touch of the unexpected and a striking counterpoint....
The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own
How many times have you been sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other, and you needed the simplest thing: a little side table that was just the right size so you could put down your cup and turn the page?...
Decorating With Antiques: Silver’s Legacy
One reason people love to decorate with antiques is because of the memories they evoke — and antique silver objects are among the most evocative treasures we possess. Whether handed down from generation to generation or purchased new, they become one...
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