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  • Stick to the basics to make holiday decorating joyful Dec 15, 2014 1:11 PM
    Stressed about all you have to do for the holidays? First, realize that each step in your personal holiday journey must be enjoyed or it turns into a “must do.” Limit the amount of decorating.

  • Why loveseats are so lovable Dec 15, 2014 1:08 PM
    Q. Our living room is fairly large but narrow, so the sofa can only go against one wall, which leaves the room open to the entry hall through a wide arch. How can I make it feel self-contained and cozy, not wide-open and breezy?

  • The 1980s are back again: Dhurries are in Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In the 1980s, dhurrie rugs from India, with their bright colors, geometric designs and sturdy flat weaves, were all the rage. Dhurries sort of disappeared in the 1990s, but they’re back.

  • Pantone’s color of the year: Marsala Dec 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Take a look inside that bottle of Marsala wine sitting in your bar you once bought for that Italian chicken recipe. That earthy, reddish-amber color is what Pantone has named its 2015 Color of the Year.

  • Floor pillows are back! Dec 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    It seems that every generation discovers the simple pleasure of the lowly floor pillow. Not only is it fun to flop on the floor, but also large floor pillows often take the place of more bulky pieces of furniture.

  • New twists on a holiday symbol Dec 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind. Each year, however, brings more and more inventive versions of wreaths. Today’s wreath might be a square, star or rectangle. Traditional holiday colors might cede ground to vibrant limes, deep indigo, pale pink or soft cream.

  • Venus Williams serves up interior design Dec 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is what you get when you hire tennis star Venus Williams as your interior decorator: an enthusiastic designer who has traveled the world, drawing inspiration from Moscow to Beijing, but never quite had time to complete formal training.

  • Faux fur, for less hidebound homes Dec 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    What’s that furry thing beneath the dinner plate in the Pottery Barn holiday catalog? It’s a faux-fur place mat, the latest home product to be made of that soft, luxurious fabric.

  • To sleep? Perchance to phone, text and watch TV, too! Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We spend a lot of time in our bedroom. Before we moved, we had plenty of space for a sofa to watch TV and for my home office. However, the bedroom in our new home is only average size. I need help making it work for our lifestyle.

  • How to incorporate a collection into your decor Dec 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    In “Collected. Living With the Things You Love,” Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson present 250 wide-ranging collections, showing how they can become part of a home’s decor.

  • Indoor air pollution is nothing to sneeze at Nov 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My entire family has allergies. We’re renovating a new house and need to use as many nonpolluting products as possible, yet we still want our home to be attractive.

  • Furniture company begins on Facebook Nov 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is a love story that starts with Facebook and ends with a furniture company. Carrie Carleton met Chad Jordan at an IT networking event in 2011 but never got his number. Feeling confident, she did a Facebook search to track him down and send him a message.

  • Homes, holidays and history are a Mount Prospect tradition Nov 30, 2014 7:35 AM
    A hidden gem among Mount Prospect's scores of beautiful vintage neighborhoods will be on display Dec. 5 when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its 27th annual Holiday Housewalk -- Prospect Park and Prospect Highlands subdivisions.

  • From vintage to city chic: holiday decor trends Nov 28, 2014 6:15 AM
    For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles. A look at the trends you'll see at stores.

  • Finding that perfect hostess gift Nov 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    No one wants to show up to a party empty-handed. But when it comes to host or hostess gifts, creativity often gives way to dressing up a bottle of wine. Not this holiday season! We have gift ideas in a range of prices that will help your hosts keep the parties going all year long.

  • Burgundy, metallic decor make strong statement in Geneva couple’s home Dec 23, 2014 3:56 PM
    First pick a red. Scarlet, rose, carmine, brick, fuchsia or raspberry, you want to use the same shade through the house when decorating for Christmas, says Kathleen Newhouse of Geneva — especially if your floor plan is as open as hers.

  • From drab to fab: Room for Living winners announced Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Daily Herald Media Group has named two winners in its Room for Living room makeover contest. The winner, Cindy Krizizke of Schaumburg, wants to add a bit of color into her boring, drab living room, which is stocked with brown, hand-me-down furniture. Our runner-up, Cindi Lamkin of Elgin, wants to yank her living room out of the country phase, but has hit some roadblocks along the way.

  • 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.

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