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  • With new elements available on the market today, we can make a simple cabinet function like the fireplace of yore.

    A cozy home is a necessity during an endless winterMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    There appears to be enough cold weather packed into this year to keep us pondering about how to be cozier in our homes, large or small. Thoughts naturally go toward fireplaces as the traditional symbol of residential warmth.

  • When Williams and Gold are in the houseMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, co-founders of Design for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

  • KLM Builders features a palette of warm earth tones in its Sonoma model, a popular ranch plan at Thousand Oaks in Spring Grove.

    Modern kitchen is multipurposeFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The recipe for today’s best kitchen is to create a space where family and friends will love to hang out — because today’s kitchens are for living. The kitchen is no longer just for cooking, but part of a larger kitchen/dining/living space.

  • Moroccan floor poufs. Adding in a few pink accessories freshens a great room or living room for spring. A pink pouf is a practical piece with flair.

    Spring’s rosy glow is sophisticated and surprising Feb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious. Warm pink light can be flattering.

  • Before and after: John Gidding turned dull into dazzling with the renovation of this San Francisco rowhouse. Illustrates DESIGN-QANDA (category l), (c) 2014, The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, February 20, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of John Gidding.)

    Spinning the color wheel with John GiddingFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    John Gidding, HGTV’s “’Curb Appeal” host, was the guest last week on The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

  • Creel and Gow on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of the few Americans stores that fully embrace natural specimens as design elements.

    Interior design moved too far away from the natural world Feb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    We each need something that tips a tastefully decorated room into one that is more layered and interesting. Like this trend or not, you can take it as a reminder to look to the natural world for beauty.

  •  The contemporary styling, colors and patterns from Enchanted Home Pet are designed to be inviting and comfortable for pets while offering aesthetic appeal to their human owners as accent pieces that will look nice in a well-appointed home.

    Pet-owner challenge: Buying new furniture Feb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sydney Masters’ dog Angus has white fur. But he loves to play and dig in the mud, so his paws are often brown. And that was a factor in Masters’ choice of sofa. “We didn’t choose the lovely white sofa that I wanted. No! We chose a rich dark brown leather couch,” said Masters, who shares a Manhattan apartment and a home in France with her husband, who is French, and with Angus, a West Highland terrier. Finding furniture that dogs and cats won’t ruin is a challenge for pet owners. Here are some things to think about when you’re buying furniture, along with some ideas for protecting it from fur, stains and scratches.

  •  Natural light is the focus of this remodeled bedroom. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn replaced small windows with 6-foot-tall French doors that open to a deck, instantly turning what was a lackluster space into a relaxing retreat. To capitalize on the light, Flynn painted the walls and ceiling with a faint shade of blush in an eggshell finish.

    Ask a designer: Creating a multifaceted master bedroom Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    We’re told a well-designed master bedroom should be an oasis of romantic calm. It’s also supposed to be the practical place where you store clothing and get a good night’s sleep, and it may also be where you watch television, pay bills and even set up a home office. That’s a lot to ask of a single room. On the bright side, says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, you have plenty of decorating freedom. “Since bedrooms are all about self-expression and comforts,” he says, “you can break the rules as much as you want.”

  •  An OriShibori tablecloth, runner, place mats and napkins make for a striking table setting. From fabrics to iPhone cases and wallpaper, the ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique of shibori has gone mainstream.

    An ancient dyeing art revamped and revisited Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calfskin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft.

  •  Shibori lamp shades from the Suzusan Luminaires collection.

    Shibori: an ancient art now revamped and revisited Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft.

  •  Can the Murphy bed render the concept of a bedroom obsolete?

    Murphy beds are making the bedroom superfluous Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The long-established trend toward loft-like living means having a bed in the middle of your living space is now considered a lifestyle choice, like an open kitchen or a wall-free bathroom.

  •  Metal flanges available at hardware stores can be used to make an industrial-style bookcase.

    Rough, industrial look is now chic Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Industrial-style furniture has become more popular, and different companies have begun offering variations on the theme: rustic, sturdy shelving units and tables made from planks of wood and plumbing parts. But you can also make your own at a fraction of the cost.

  •  Places to store papers in your home office: left, Russell + Hazel’s acrylic collator, available at See Jane Work; right, the Pilsen Salt Filing Cabinet from Crate &Barrel.

    In the home office, organization is Job 1 Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    As technology has evolved so rapidly in the past 10 years, so has the notion of a home office. We increasingly carry around work and personal files on a handheld device or laptop. But despite this convenience, it still helps to have a designated spot in your home to work.

  • Tips for tackling home organization in 2014 Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nicole Anzia, owner of the professional organizing business Neatnik and a monthly organizing columnist for The Washington Post, was the guest recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

  •  An open-backed modern bookcase can be used to divide rooms or set the perimeter of a library-focused space. Contemporary home libraries utilize room for books or artwork that speak to the aesthetic and spirit of the space.

    Right at home: Personal libraries are retreats Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the advent of tablets, phones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? Not a chance, designers and retailers say. Digital and print books can co-exist, says House Beautiful’s editor in chief Newell Turner. “When there’s an endless river of (digital) content, the words, text and images we choose to print and bind into a physical book will make (it) even more special,” she says. And books, in their variety of shapes and sizes, can be art in their own right, she says.

  • A quality desk is one of the best places to start when designing a home office. Anthropologie’s Silvered Writing Desk has a worn-in glamour and would look especially good against whitewashed brick walls.

    Don’t settle for a ho-hum home office Jan 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Homeowners who go to Lauren Liess, an interior designer and blogger in Great Falls, Va., often have a priority list for decorating that starts with the kitchen and ends with the bedrooms. But Liess says home offices — or desktop spaces in kitchens or bedroom niches — also offer great opportunities to accessorize well and add personality to a home.

  • Speaking Dog, a cast-iron bank made in the late 1800s, has a substantive value. However, an identical piece with the girl in a blue dress can sell for more — $1,500 if in original condition.

    Classic collectibles remain hot this yearJan 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    It is not unexpected that many of the most popular collectibles have been classics for years and remain so. However, the value of these items is relative. When thinking of value, it's not necessarily what price is being asked, but who is doing the asking and who is doing the buying.

  • A guest bedroom by designer Brian Patrick Flynn uses a muted shade of blush on the walls and ceiling. Flynn suggests blush tones will become popular in 2014, but to add a fresh touch, they’ll be paired with masculine tones such as navy blue.

    Interior designers predict 2014 decor trends Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    With a new year come new trends in home design and decorating. Among them: paler walls contrasted with colorful furniture, and plenty of personal expression, design experts say.

  • Grass isn’t the only filler you can use between your steppingstones. Tumbled recycled glass, pebble mosaics, gravel and ornamental ground cover are also creative choices.

    Concrete steppingstones — big look, small cost Jan 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    All over, folks are rethinking their midcentury tract homes, which have become swanky architecture for the new millennium. Study these projects enough and you see that concrete steppingstones have evolved from the low-cost choice to hot stuff.

  • Touches of red appear on the table courtesy of apples hollowed out to hold votive candles and a scale pan holding apples near the back door repeats the tablescape’s motif, while gauzy curtains let in light and gently frame rustic furnishings.

    Antiques enthusiast turns accessorizes her home for winter Jan 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    For Genoa antiques lover Debby Karl, kitchen design is a gray area — and that’s just how she wants it. Having previously painted her 1974-built home’s original cabinets green, she took a more neutral approach when remodeling her kitchen last year. With a warm gray wall color as a starting point, she kept her galley and adjacent eating area’s primitive feel while upgrading its functionality.

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