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  • Six big ideas for small spaces Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you live in cramped quarters — even if it’s a trendy apartment in a great neighborhood — sometimes it can feel like the walls are closing in. But a few low-cost decorating upgrades can lift any small space from dreary to fab.

  • Author specializes in ‘eco-elegant’ homes Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Trudy Dujardin, interior designer and author of “Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior,” joined The Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius recently on the newspaper’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

  • Arranging holiday tables need not be stressful Nov 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    At home, your choices are set by the furniture you have. And every holiday when you have more guests than dining spaces, your conundrum begins.

  • Stylists show you how to create festive holiday vignettes Nov 21, 2014 11:38 AM
    It's the most wonderful time of the year — especially for decorators! From trees, wreaths and garlands to Santas, snowmen and angels, holiday icons are coming out of storage for what many of us consider the biggest decorating event of the year. To help you go above and beyond the usual festoons, Country Sampler stylists Sally-Jo Enstad, Debbie Plantery and Nancy Borsodi share their best ideas for crafting dynamic displays.

  • Just sew, you know? A conversation’s thread Nov 16, 2014 4:01 AM
    Nicole Morgenthau, owner of Finch Sewing Studio in downtown Leesburg, Va., joined Post staff writer Jura Koncius last week on our Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

  • Burgundy, golds stepping into limelight for holiday decor Nov 16, 2014 6:45 AM
    When it comes to celebrating the holidays, most people tend to gravitate toward decorating the way their parents did. It tends to be a time of the year when traditions really matter and according to Laurie Kane, owner of Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington, most parents want to recreate for their own children the magical sights and sounds that they themselves experienced as children.

  • Tough little LEDs are brilliantly illuminating more home appliances Nov 16, 2014 7:00 AM
    Open that refrigerator door in the showroom. The odds are high that LED lights will brighten its interior. And LED lights aren’t illuminating only refrigerators. Outdoor barbecue grills, oven ranges and even toilet seats.

  • Claiming a tiny but tasteful dining nook Nov 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I grew up in a house with a breakfast nook and would kill to have one in our new house. The problem is space.

  • Designer Erin Gates on how to find your style Nov 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Designer and writer Erin Gates, 35, lives in a white clapboard Colonial in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband, two dogs and a leopard-print stair runner. Gates pens the popular blog Elements of Style.

  • Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights Nov 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    Clark Griswold would be proud. Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays. Think lasers. Think smartphones. And hundreds, if not millions, of color choices.

  • Area rugs offer versatility and give bang for the buck Nov 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Many homeowners are buying larger area rugs when they are choosing the warm, comforable feel of textile floor coverings, leaving just a hint of the lovely floors beneath.

  • My unliveable space Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    I am living in a house built in the 1950s, which my husband grew up in and inherited when his parents passed. He thought everything was “good enough” just the way it was.

  • Paneling everywhere Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    I just purchased this converted rural schoolhouse this summer. It has the original brick and flooring in the main room.

  • Child-friendly makeover Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    We moved into our house five years ago and have updated almost every room in our 40 year old house. The only room left is the living room which is quite a big task.

  • Lost antiques can (almost) be found again Nov 9, 2014 7:15 AM
    Q. How can I give our new house some Old World charm? I grew up with antiques (sadly lost in a fire) and my husband grew up in an orphanage. It seems important for us to establish/re-establish family roots for ourselves. How should we begin?

  • Camouflage craze finds its way into home decor Nov 8, 2014 6:45 AM
    You can run, but you can't hide ... or can you? The latest trend in fashion, accessories and home decor fabrics are inspired by war. Camouflage is everywhere in the trendy windows of Milan furniture stores. Everything from pants to lampshades to fine cabinetry has adopted the olive, tan and brown patterned prints.

  • How clotheshorses can rein in wardrobes Nov 8, 2014 7:00 AM
    Urban life and high fashion seem to go together. But the closet space that typically comes with most city apartments is laughable and calls for creative, outside-the-box solutions.

  • Ask a designer: Making your clutter into decor Nov 6, 2014 6:25 AM
    Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops. Just as fashion accessories can have a big impact on an outfit, the items you display on shelves and tables can have a powerful effect on the style of any room. Yet we often pay little attention to these spaces.

  • The bare brown room Nov 10, 2014 3:05 PM
    This is the room we have guests sit in and I just find it depressing. There is no color. I would love paintings, colored items etc, but it’s just not on the list of things to buy for the family.

  • Cozy interior design for the colder months Nov 2, 2014 6:45 AM
    For fall and winter decor, pull out the wool, velvet, faux fur and cashmere. These luxurious materials — in drapes, rugs, throws and more — will make a home look warm and elegant.

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