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Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating...
Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating...
Decorating 101: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Once you’ve figured out what you want your home to look like, the big question is: Should you decorate it yourself or hire a professional? Or...
Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?
You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s...
How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them
You might love color; you might hate it. Beige could be the most used color in your apartment, or a stack of gray paint chips could make you cringe. No matter how you feel about color, there are endless ways to use it to make over a space, create a mood...
10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers
This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don't have any...
8 Things Interior Designers Want You to Know
Have you been dreaming of hiring an interior designer? Wondering if hiring a designer is right for you, or just want to know more about what the process is really like? We asked two Best of Houzz interior designers, Kate O’Hara of Martha...
Custom Draperies 101
I'm the biggest $@!#%& snob when it comes to dressing windows. My rule of thumb: Leave those panes bare until you're ready to drop some cash on the real deal. Pre-fab panels can sometimes turn out pretty nice, but most of the time they become a wrinkled,...
How to Savor Your Beautifully Imperfect Home
As someone who looks at a great deal of photos of beautifully designed homes every day, I know how the pangs of design cravings have the potential to overwhelm. Even three years after moving into our first home, my to-do and to-buy list is still a mile...
Color of the Week: Spring Blossom Yellow
It seems appropriate to kick off this new series with a color that signals growth and renewal. Spring blossom yellows are soft yellows that have a pinch of green in them. They’re the colors of the first flower buds to come popping out of the freshly...
Room of the Day: A Living Room Designed for Conversation
After her husband passed away, Penelope Draganic and her son, Sam (age 16), and daughter, Vivi (9), moved from their larger home to a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath bungalow in Belvedere, a scenic community in Marin County, California,...
10 Rise-and-Shine Color Combos for Breakfast Nooks
The breakfast nook — it’s where you settle in with your first cup of coffee, wait for your toast to toast and read the paper on a Saturday morning. Shouldn’t it look as cheerful as you hope to be after downing your cuppa? From paint color ideas...
9 Dark Wall Colors to Suit Your Mood
I wish I had a dollar for every time I describe something as “light and airy.” I love a light and airy space. Most people love a light and airy space. They commission designers to create light and airy out of dark and musty. A large percentage of...
Why Design Loves a Mirror
Mirrors date back to ancient times when shiny metals and still pools of water were used to see one’s own image. However, mirrors are more than shards of glass that reflect the image in front. Designers long ago discovered the wonderful properties of...
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