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  • Designer Sandra Nunnerley: ‘There are no rules. . . . Mix it up.’ Feb 22, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. My home has a room designated as my husband’s office. We really don’t have any art up. We have an ocean blue wall color. Any suggestions on art pieces to use? How about photos? Black-and-white vs. color?

  • Home electronics must act, and look, the coolest Feb 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Once upon a time, home technology — alarm systems, vacuums and the like — was pretty much all about function. Then along came Apple, and now consumers demand that their smoke detectors and thermostats look as slick as their laptops and phones. There’s been a “waterfall effect,” says Washington interior designer Anna Matthews.

  • Japan’s Taisho Period inspired urns Feb 22, 2015 5:01 AM
    Q. I am enclosing a photo of two “cookie jars” or urns that have been in my family for over 60 years. I recently read your column featuring Satsuma vases, and mine are similar to those.

  • Dual-use furnishings can be elegant, functional Feb 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    When sensible furnishings are discussed, one could get the hint that you might be sacrificing style and panache for function. Gratefully, that is not the case!

  • Humble mudroom a necessity during snowy winters Feb 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    There may not be a room in America more adored at this moment than the humble mudroom. Many older homes in regions where snow falls have been built with at least one such space, either at the back of the house or near a front entry.

  • Tall and handsome dressers for small places Feb 20, 2015 12:01 AM
    Dressers, which are often the catch-all for socks, pajamas and off-duty garb such as jeans and T-shirts, are just as important as closets.

  • Don’t give up on finding replacements for mother’s china Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. I have enclosed a picture of a piece of my mother’s china. Several years ago, my daughter-in-law sent a picture of it to a china replacement firm, and they were not able to identify the pattern.

  • Kitchens double as party hot spots Feb 16, 2015 1:01 AM
    Since prehistoric times, the hearth of a dwelling has been the most important feature in the home. Fire produced warmth for cold climates and also heat so food could be prepared.

  • American style varies, but is easy to incorporate into any home Feb 15, 2015 1:00 AM
    It's easy to list the food, fashion and music that are quintessentially American — apple pie, blue jeans, Elvis. However, when talk turns to architecture and interior design, what qualifies as “American” gets a little more confusing.

  • Fish serving set is a catch Feb 9, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. I have enclosed a picture of an antique sterling silver knife and fork fish set. They each have either ivory or bone handles and are in very good condition.

  • Winner now has a room she can show off to guests Feb 8, 2015 6:00 AM
    Cinday Krizike of Schaumburg, the grand prize winner of the 2014 Room for Living contest, shows off her new living room, which she now calls her favorite room in the house.

  • Technology downsizes the home office Feb 8, 2015 7:00 AM
    These days, desks look more and more like simple tables. Any old one will do. Long gone are the days of Rolodex files, huge computer terminals and stacks of slots for paper flow.

  • Figural napkin rings were a Victorian innovation Feb 5, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. Enclosed is a photo of a silver napkin ring that I bought while traveling through West Virginia.

  • Three themes, or shades, for 2015 Feb 1, 2015 6:00 AM
    Design experts say there are three hot color themes for 2015: Renaissance, pastel and bright retro. Not just a single color, these color palettes are worth considering, too, whether it’s for paint, fabric or furnishings.

  • Owners of older homes are remodeling again Feb 1, 2015 6:00 AM
    According to my own community, remodeling is making a bit of a comeback. Some of this could be due to a long period of deferred maintenance during the Great Recession and some is likely due to a welcome change in the economic climate for the housing industry.

  • Tiny house trend can spark ideas Jan 29, 2015 6:00 AM
    Tiny houses are becoming fashionable as both retreats and environmentally responsible lifestyle statements. I have been watching a variety of TV shows about families living off the grid and it reminded me to re-examine some of the hottest concepts for a getaway home.

  • Mystery of grandmother's plate finally solved Jan 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. Enclosed is a photo of a plate decorated with a scene of “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” I inherited it from my grandmother Julia, who died in 1963 at the age of 99. She loved this plate, and I know nothing about it or where it came from.

  • Architectural embellishments add a bit of awe to decor Jan 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    Any room is just but four walls with a ceiling and a floor. What makes a room remarkable are the details. Just about every room in the world can be awe-inspiring — it all depends on what treatments and embellishments the room has or could have.

  • Art of ‘undecorating’ allows us to purge the unnecessary Jan 22, 2015 6:00 AM
    Even as the new year begins, I promise my family and myself that I will not bring another piece of furniture into the house. All of a sudden, I glimpse at a garage sale sign, the car screeches to a halt, and I just can’t resist the temptation of a find.

  • Companies update a centuries-old idea Jan 18, 2015 12:01 AM
    One of the hottest space dividing concepts is actually older than dirt. Room dividers have been used since the 7th century in ancient China and the Japanese began using lighter, more portable room dividers for tea ceremonies, religious events and outdoor processions around the same time.

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