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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 in every possible way, now it’s migrating north — as in, to the...
10 Ways to Shake Up a Room With Circles and Stripes
It’s easy for decorating traditionalists to be intimidated by the unfamiliar. If an eclectic room strikes you as haphazard, and the term “mixology” makes your head spin more than a Long Island iced tea, don’t fret! Mixing circles and stripes is...
Why It's OK to Hate Your New Custom Sofa
It took you days, weeks, even months (OK, years) to decide on your new sofa or chair. You took the fabric swatch home to make sure it worked. You carefully measured. Perhaps your interior designer approved your purchase. But when the delivery...
15 Ways to Create Drama With Light Fixtures
Not only do lamps and light fixtures help set the mood of a space with their light, but they do the same with their appearance. Color, scale, repetition and composition are all important factors to consider when choosing light fixtures. Whether you are...
13 Low-Commitment Ways to Play With Pattern
Pattern is everywhere. All you need to do is look around. But like a melting snowflake, pattern can be fleeting. Some of the most interesting applications I have found are temporary, and others are downright ephemeral. The most obvious addition...
Go for the Bold: 14 Great Ideas for Patterned Upholstery
Let’s face it: Most of us are afraid of using pattern of any kind on large upholstered furniture. I suppose it’s understandable, since we’ve been told over and over that investment pieces should remain neutral so it’s easier to change our decor...
Finish Your Look With a Fun Mix of Textiles
I love textiles, because they offer an infinite array of decorating possibilities. While upholstery is a good place to start, the world of textiles is much broader than that. Every spring Mike and I count the days until the opening of the first...
Get a Wallpaper Look With a Hand-Painted Touch
I love to draw inspiration from anywhere I can. A while back I came across the Ashbury Mosaic tile by Walker Zanger. I loved the...
12 Great Decorative Alternatives to Curtains
One way to add pattern to a room is at the windows. This is typically done with fabric, whether it’s voluminous swaths of drapery or tailored, functional shades. Both are excellent options, but there are other possibilities as well. The windows...
Perk Up Your Bedding’s Personality
Lauded New York designer Laura Bohn famously said, “I am always looking for a blend of surprise mixed with an invitation to comfort.” She completely echoes my philosophy that mixing in our homes is the key to personal, welcoming, sensational...
12 Ideas for a Knockout Kitchen
Bored with plain white subway tile and “greige” walls? Tired of making design choices based on what you think a future buyer might want? These 12 ideas prove that kitchens don’t need to be cookie cutter —...
13 Creative Ways With Patterned Wallpaper
With the interest in midcentury modern design extending into a revival of design from the ’60s and now the ’70s, the popularity of patterned and textured wall coverings has exploded. Plain white walls are giving way to birch forests, rambling trellis...
Houzz Tour: Turning Tradition on Its Head in Vermont
Interior designer Steven Favreau’s favorite compliment on the Chelsea, Vermont, home he created for himself and husband Gary Decad sums it all up. “A woman visited, and after looking...
Fit to be Tiled: Get Some Pattern on the Floor for Excitement Underfoot
Perhaps the oldest patterns that can be found underfoot are tiles. Prized by the Egyptians, exalted by the Romans and Turks, and popular among the Victorians in their conservatories, tile floors can be an exciting alternative to carpets or wood. There...
Get Patterns Down Pat: Working With Patterned Furniture
A little judiciously placed pattern can make all the difference in a room. Whether it’s a chair, an ottoman or a beautifully inlaid chest, patterned furniture can add a spark that totally transforms a space. Pattern doesn’t have to come from...
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