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  • Having 'a style' is out of style Aug 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. A woman I met at a bridal luncheon asked me in what “style” we are going to decorate our apartment. I only know I don't want my mother's style — strictly traditional (and boring). She's already offering some family antiques. What should I do?

  • A dining room table that won’t cramp your style Aug 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s hard to talk about design trends without mentioning open floor plans, which have officially replaced granite countertops as a national obsession. But what do they mean for renters? These days, many apartment buildings have responded to open-plan demand by slyly combining the kitchen, living room and dining room into one small space.

  • Home decor taking on new facets Aug 28, 2014 6:23 AM
    Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor. For those who feel that the whole bold, geometric-pattern thing is nearing overexposure, faceted furniture and prints make sense, according to New York designer Elaine Griffin. “Purer and streamlined, the faceted silhouette is the stylistic descendent of geometrics — think geometrics deconstructed,” she says.

  • Designing parents turn dorm rooms into dream spaces Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    So much stuff, so little style. The dream dorm room was just not happening. Five years ago, Karen and Amanda Zuckerman hit the malls and big-box stores to decorate Amanda’s freshman dorm at Washington University in St. Louis. The offerings were ... well, underwhelming. The mother and daughter cobbled together a cute-enough room, then did what any creative, enterprising family would do: They founded Dormify, an online dorm design business.

  • When windows dare to go bare Aug 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. Our living room is two stories high, with windows up to the ceiling. We like the light, but we’re in a new development and feel overexposed to our neighbors. Is it OK if we only curtain the lower window?

  • Students learn to meld styles when they move off campus Aug 21, 2014 5:56 AM
    For college kids who move off campus, learning to accommodate to the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina who are moving into a new townhouse with a third friend. While they’d all been living together for a year already in a dorm, they wanted some organization and style help with their new college living arrangement. Here are some typical problem areas, with advice from two designers on how to solve them.

  • Fall decor does a Scottish fling Aug 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland.

  • Matching? A decorating idea that died of boredom Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q. When we remodel our kitchen, is it OK to mix cabinet woods and colors? I want white- or cream-painted cabinets and an eat-on island. Can I choose a different wood or color for it?

  • Design comes from the heart, not the wallet Aug 18, 2014 2:06 PM
    How can something as instinctive as the need to create your own nest or space be so unimportant to so many people?

  • Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch Aug 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art décor plays well off the vintage vibe and yet also makes contemporary furnishings, well, pop.

  • Glowing recommendations for outdoor lighting Aug 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    If you find yourself in this kind of dark place, don’t despair: We talked to professionals for some simple ideas on outdoor lighting that will make a big, bright impact. First, a few basic rules.

  • Ask a designer: Exploring wood’s possibilities Aug 8, 2014 4:01 AM
    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life. So in any house or apartment he occupies, he finds creative ways to decorate with this natural material. To rehab an apartment in Arkansas recently, he covered the dark pine floor with coats of glossy white paint, instantly brightening the room and making it seem larger.

  • Wine storage, clever cabinetry top 2014 kitchen trends Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Bold cabinet choices and textures, chic lighting and wine refrigerators are among the top trends for kitchens in 2014.

  • Cooking up a color-happy kitchen Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine.

  • No bones about it — skulls are making their way Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    It seems the latest trend in interior design is the skull as a motif and decorating theme. Interior design has always been influenced by fashion and art, and the skull emblem is the perfect example.

  • Back to school brings dorm-room dilemmas Jul 31, 2014 6:15 AM
    Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. The student leaving home for the first time can experience anxiety mixed with excitement. Most dorm rooms are empty shells that are purposely designed to adapt to any color scheme. At the very least, students are encouraged to participate in the selection of new furnishings. Resist the impulse to decorate your child's room.

  • Artisan couple forges ahead together Jul 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Johannah Willsey’s first mosaic was on a trivet forged by her husband. That first creation was the beginning of a “collaborative process,” Willsey said. Whether it’s running their business or home schooling their two children, Willsey and her husband, Kyle Lucia, work as a team. The artists are the co-owners and founders of Phoenix Handcraft, a Richmond, Virginia-based studio where Lucia and Willsey create handmade furniture, railings, frames and more.

  • What style of contemporary design are you dreaming of? Jul 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    I am always asked what exactly is contemporary design. Is it interiors that incorporate shiny chrome accents, black leather couches and spinning disco balls? Perhaps ... Is it an interior filled with abstract art? Maybe ...

  • Too much space? Divide to conquer Jul 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. Our great room really lives up to the name — it’s nearly 30 feet long and 20 feet wide. How should we arrange the furniture in such a large space?

  • The best backyard lighting schemes start with a plan Jul 26, 2014 6:15 AM
    Outdoor living spaces require lighting for functionality and safety. Most homeowners, though, arrive at a lighting showroom with a long shopping list and bigger dreams.

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