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I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time....
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...
12 Tried and True Paint Colors for Your Walls
Some people know what general paint color they want but struggle with envisioning the exact shade. Others are just scared to commit to color because they're not sure what works best with their furniture. One of the points about paint I like to make with...
Bulletproof Decorating: Upholstery That Stands Up to Anything
The Flintstones had it easy. When all your furniture is made of rock, you never have to worry about food spills or the pet dinosaur leaving a calling card on the couch. While few of us would be willing to...
Easy, Beautiful, Cheap: Managing the 3 Points of Home Projects
Fast, good, cheap: You can pick two, but you can't have them all. That is the basic gist of the classic project management wisdom, and it works pretty consistently for home projects, too — although since we are talking about decorating, I've taken the...
11 Reasons to Paint Your Ceiling Black
I grew up believing that ceilings had to be white — or, at the very least, a paler version of the wall color. Black ceilings? It sounded like something only a rebellious teenager would do. But after perusing some of the ebony-colored...
The Enduring Appeal of the Egg Basket
On Easter Sunday candy-colored baskets will be out in full force. But as anyone who raises chickens knows, these are the distant, tarted-up cousins of the real egg baskets — the sort that people use for daily egg gathering. Vintage egg...
Fireplaces That Catch the Eye
Remember that polar vortex that swept across much of the U.S. earlier this year? Even in California, it left us thinking about basic needs: food, water and warmth. However, wouldn’t it be nice if those had a touch of luxe? Maybe a nice bowl of soup....
Simple Pleasures: Digging in the Attic
A rainy spring day when you can’t dig in your garden is the perfect opportunity to dig for buried treasure in the attic instead. Brew...
Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated
In popular design shows in which designers compete against one another, “safe” is usually code for “boring” — it’s all about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. But your home is not a design contest; it’s real life....
How to Choose the Right Window Shades
Although the lines of distinction are not that clear, for simplicity’s sake it’s safe to say that shades are the warm, fuzzy version of blinds. Whereas blinds are made of hard substances, like wood and aluminum, shades are made of soft materials,...
Bling Where It’s Least Expected
Anyone who’s ever gone fishing with a flashy lure or held a baby while wearing blingy earrings knows that shiny things are attractive. There’s a magnetic draw to them. In fact, recent...
12 Warm-Weather Makeover Ideas for the Bedroom
The longer, warmer days of spring and summer beg for a lighter touch in the bedroom and guest quarters. Pack up the thick duvets and woolen blankets and set out something fresher and prettier —...
21 Free Ways to Give Your Home Some Love
When spring hits some people dive right into the garden. But considering this is Houzz, I suspect I am not alone in feeling the urge to redecorate as soon as the sun starts to peek out. To break the shopping habit (and spare my bank account), I have gathered...
Top It Off: Wallpapered Ceilings Take the Eye High
Wallpaper’s moment may indeed be over — because it’s starting to look more like a wallpaper decade. What might have appeared to be a fleeting love affair seems as if it may be here to stay. And just when you thought you’d seen wallpaper installed...
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