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  • Keep pets in mind with these home renovations Jul 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    As pet ownership hits an all-time high, pet-friendly remodeling has gone far beyond the basic doggy door. It now includes features like dog-washing stations and customized kitty litter cabinets.

  • Ask a Designer: Finding beauty in subtlety Jul 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated. Understated style “rides the fine line between too sparse and too cold,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, creator of the FlynnsideOut design blog. “A lack of objects makes a room feel unfinished, and a lack of color can also read of lifeless.” But finding the right, subtle balance can be worth it. Although bold decorating has been in the spotlight for a while, a more neutral room, if well-designed, “will never become tired,” Flynn says.

  • Make your room pop with the right area rug Jul 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    There is hardly a room that doesn’t need an area rug. It is that item that puts a finishing touch on any room. Rugs can turn a room that seems not quite finished into a space that has that WOW factor.

  • Stylish storage ideas for shelves and cabinets Jul 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Open storage in any room can be both practical and dazzling fun. Granted, you need to exercise a sort of discipline when you intend to expose stored things to public view in your home, but it is possible to create attractive arrangements that serve a purpose.

  • How to remodel a kitchen for $5,400 Jul 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Laurie Parman envisioned the type of home she ultimately wanted. It would be a fixer-upper, much smaller than the 3,500-square-foot Algonquin home where she reared her five children.

  • Seven sure signs it’s time to remodel Jul 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    When it comes to diving into a home remodeling project, homeowners take their time. Often, a long, long time. Procrastination seems to come with the territory.

  • Screening out the curious Jul 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We have a little porch just off the living room of our new house. The trouble is, this is a new development, and the neighbors’ houses are really close. What can we do for some privacy in the meantime?

  • How to choose an outdoor rug Jul 25, 2014 10:49 PM
    The good news about outdoor rugs? They’re pretty much foolproof. Thanks to synthetic fibers, such as polypropylene, and acrylic and U.V. inhibitors, they resist moisture, stains and fading. And at a cost of $100 to $400, they’re less costly than their pampered indoor cousins.

  • Right at home: Tips for living in a small space Jul 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Take Meg Volk, a New York-based producer and photographer who at 22 is a seasoned veteran of the tiny-home trenches: She’s on her third, under-300-square-foot studio apartment. Find vertical space; think small and light; and when in doubt, do without, she advises.

  • Stylists offer easy ways to perk up your porch Jul 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    With beautiful design elements such as a bluestone floor and a ceiling painted light blue in the Southern tradition, the wide, welcoming porch serves as an outdoor room and a gateway to the ample entryway just inside the front door.

  • Icelandic design branches out Jul 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Being a small, sparsely populated island nudged up against the edge of the Arctic Circle hasn’t stopped Iceland from nurturing a rich and varied design industry.

  • Better chemistry takes us back to nature Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We have a small, underused patio outside our bedroom. This is the first time I’ve ever lived in a house, because I grew up in apartments, and I need advice on how to “furnish” this space.

  • Think of luxury as a trial run for affordable goods Jul 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    People all over the world — those who can afford it — want the best of the best for their home. But just what is it that they consider luxury? Every day there is something newer and better in technology, and in some cities, there is always a taller, nicer building to call home. Defining luxury is hard to do.

  • Show your USA spirit with these delightful displays Jul 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Easy to find and inexpensive, red, white and blue bandannas provide plenty of decorative bang for your buck. For example, use colorful hankies to fashion boy-howdy bases for topiaries.

  • 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.

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