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  • Ask a designer: Tween bedroom’s a balancing act Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    Decorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a “tween-age” child is more complicated. It’s a great place to give growing adolescents some creative freedom. But will they reject at age 12 the color palette and furniture they begged for when they were 10?

  • Tiny powder room can make a big impression Sep 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    Very often, the powder room bath is the tiniest room in your house. Yet this traditionally minimal space can become one of your most alluring attributes, no matter how small.

  • Is your interior design depressing you? Sep 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    From time to time, at a cocktail party or when visiting a friend, someone will corner me and confess to me that they are depressed. As if I were a member of the clergy, they whisper in sotto voce that they believe their decorating is making them sick.

  • Decorating 'rules' have gone out the window Sep 13, 2014 6:30 AM
    Q. We have a lot of space in our new loft. A lot! What are the rules about arranging furniture? And what about colors? Everything we have is slick, modern, beige-ish (and boring).

  • Exterior decorating: Updating with paints, trims Sep 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal. Just be sure to consider the home’s style, age and location. “The style of the house drives the type of materials you might add,” said architect Carolyn Dias of Lampert Dias Architects in San Clemente, California. “A cottage can’t be transformed to a Spanish Colonial.”

  • This fall’s home decor is an ensemble production Sep 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    There was an era when experts said to pick just one, but now we can mix and match or go all in. Each season brings updated versions of successful pieces, plus an interesting array of new looks.

  • Fall a good time to pump up the yard with water features Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    As summer wanes we start thinking about ways to enhance our garden next year. It's hard to beat a water feature for bringing relaxation and beauty or maybe even excitement. From fountains to swimming pools, koi ponds and waterfalls, water creates music and color.

  • No man cave for Mr. My Way Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. OK, maybe I should hire a professional (as my friends keep telling me), but I know the look I want for my own digs: sharp, clean, sophisticated — the way I think I dress — and fit for a 27-year-old guy. What I do need is some ideas about color and lamps, and things like that.

  • 25 tips to make your home better Aug 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    When decorating a home, some design sense may come intuitively, some from your family home, some from perusing magazines, and other tips may have been acquired through endless hours of viewing home decor shows on TV. While many can afford to hire a designer, many others that cannot. Here are some tips to help you out.

  • Decorating touches help retreats sparkle Aug 31, 2014 6:01 AM
    From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

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