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  • New nostalgia: Home decor with a retro vibe Jun 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    American Retro is a hot design trend. This imagery and decor draws baby boomers back to simpler, more innocent days. Think vintage-style advertising and artwork, lunch-counter dishware, camping motifs, midcentury surf culture. Old bakeries, drive-ins, roadhouses, garages, beach shacks.

  • How to get more privacy in your backyard Jun 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Being able to move outdoors after a long winter is like a vacation in itself. However, backyard bliss can be squashed by a nosy neighbor, subdivision rules, traffic and noise, or an encroaching view. Transitional living spaces and outdoor rooms are hot decorating trends, with people spending big to add kitchens, fireplaces, and complete open-air rooms with weatherproof furnishings. Being in the outdoors also means dealing with bugs, heat, sun, rain and, of course, neighbors.

  • Open and shut case: Choosing and hanging shutters Jun 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say. “Beauty in architecture, as with many objects, often stems from seeing a detail that illustrates its purpose,” Cleary says.

  • Bookcases that combine top-shelf design and utility Jun 26, 2014 12:31 PM
    Take four piles of treasured books, add one bookcase, and you have the formula for turning a mess of a personal library into an artful display. It sounds easy but there are an overwhelming number of bookcase designs out there from which to choose.

  • Ways to make an older home work for today Jun 24, 2014 3:17 PM
    Remodels present more challenges per square foot than new construction. Is this based on statistics? No way. But I have experienced myriad oddities over the course of years working with builders, homeowners and craftsmen on all manner of projects.

  • Italy aims to reintroduce its goods to world market Jun 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    I just got back from Italy with some great new resources. I was invited to a series of business-to-business meetings to encourage “Made in Italy” design.

  • How to get just the right rug underfoot Jun 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    We tracked down Lorna Gross-Bryant, a Bethesda, Maryland-based interior designer whose stylish, bold rug choices caught our eye. Recently honored as one of the top 20 African-American interior designers in the country by design blog Pink Eggshell, Gross-Bryant has been featured in national magazines and participated in several show houses.

  • Kohler brings artists to factory to learn, inspire Jun 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    The Kohler sink in your bathroom may be more of a work of art than you realize. The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired. Three artists have created pieces produced by Kohler Co., and many more have gone on to design for other companies.

  • With dining tables, take the time to get it right Jun 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you are faced with confined space, getting the size of your dining room right is imperative. Don’t be wooed by style if a table is simply too large for your area. Get out your measuring tape!

  • Award-winning designs show what’s hot in the kitchen Jun 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Simple, clean and minimal. Contemporary kitchen design is in for 2014, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s latest style report.

  • How to master the mix of then and now Jun 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    Any interior designer worth his Pantone swatches knows how to manage the marriage of traditional and modern design: It’s all about mastering the mix … about blending styles, cross-referencing colors and patterns, and enjoying the juxtaposition of then and now.

  • Go back in history to define drawing room Jun 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We just toured a designer show house, and I have a question: What is a “drawing room”? This one was done up like an elegant living room, no arts and crafts materials at all. Why “drawing” room?

  • Ask a designer: No color’s too bold for decor Jun 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. But what if you’re a fan of vivid orange, lime green or a luscious shade of lavender? These colors can be tricky to use successfully in decor. But you don’t need to avoid them, says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, creator of the Flynnside Out design blog. Just use them carefully.

  • Right at home: A neoclassical moment in decor Jun 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    If you’re a fan of traditional decor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. Today, Greco-Roman classicism is the basis of many interior décor styles — Louis XV, Regency, Federal and Georgian among them, says New York designer Elaine Griffin. And while it never falls too far off décor’s radar, it’s really enjoying a moment now.

  • Victorian garden style lives on Jun 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Those drawn to 19th-century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements with a Victorian vibe, says Tom Mirabile, a trend watcher for Lifetime Brands. The appeal lies largely in the era’s garden-as-haven aesthetic, he says.

  • Rethinking decorating’s ‘Rule of Three’ May 31, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I am told that three is the magic number in decorating: three ... or five ... any odd number, rather than even numbers of things. Where did this notion come from? Does it really look “wrong” to use even numbers of elements?

  • Right at home: Decor inspired by creepy crawlies May 30, 2014 5:15 AM
    Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature “is the greatest source of visual beauty.” And that includes the creepy crawlies: From snakes’ skins to the intricate physiology of the smallest bug, we can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of creatures that buzz, flit and slither. Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and other small animals as inspiration.

  • Countertops get creative, some as works of art May 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art. Custom-designed by Fu-Tun Cheng of the Berkeley, California-based Cheng Concrete, they feature colors like brick, flowing lines and pictures of nautilus shells. “With concrete there is a lot of room for creativity, to say nothing of color,” says Zuckerman, a retired psychologist. “It gives you flexibility.”

  • Right at home: Nature gets a glam makeover May 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    This year’s design shows, such as NY Now and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, have featured eye-catching pieces by designers and artists who take elements from nature and give them glamorous makeovers. We’re seeing lots of metallic paint, tweaked shapes and polished finishes. The resulting art and furniture pieces can be as stunning as the inspiration from which they’re drawn.

  • Flea-market finds can be home’s showstopper May 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece to make their home more beautiful.

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