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  • Inspired by science fiction and science fact, customizes preserved insect specimens, such as this dragonfly, with antique watch parts and mechanical components.

    Right at home: Decor inspired by creepy crawliesMay 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature “is the greatest source of visual beauty.” And that includes the creepy crawlies: From snakes’ skins to the intricate physiology of the smallest bug, we can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of creatures that buzz, flit and slither. Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and other small animals as inspiration.

  • Although these countertops are designer-crafted, skilled DIY-types can make simpler versions themselves.

    Countertops get creative, some as works of artMay 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art. Custom-designed by Fu-Tun Cheng of the Berkeley, California-based Cheng Concrete, they feature colors like brick, flowing lines and pictures of nautilus shells. “With concrete there is a lot of room for creativity, to say nothing of color,” says Zuckerman, a retired psychologist. “It gives you flexibility.”

  • Heavy aluminum is cast into antler shapes to form the legs of an intriguing and sophisticated side table from Z Gallerie.

    Right at home: Nature gets a glam makeoverMay 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    This year’s design shows, such as NY Now and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, have featured eye-catching pieces by designers and artists who take elements from nature and give them glamorous makeovers. We’re seeing lots of metallic paint, tweaked shapes and polished finishes. The resulting art and furniture pieces can be as stunning as the inspiration from which they’re drawn.

  • Designer Brian Patrick Flynn furnished this Atlanta loft strictly using vintage seating found at flea markets. Flynn suggests paying no attention to the existing upholstery, instead focusing solely on the lines of each piece.

    Flea-market finds can be home’s showstopper May 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece to make their home more beautiful.

  • Guidelines for a cleanr homeMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jolie Kerr, author of “My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha,” was the guest recently on Post staff writer Jura Koncius’ Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

  • Dinnerware can elevate any meal and carries with it years of nostalgia. From top to bottom: 1-Anthrolpologie’s Old-Havana Dinnerware; 2-Charlotte Street Dinner Plate; 3-Vera Wang’s Gilded Weave; 4-Oscar de la Renta’s Pavilion Dinner Plate; 5-Jasper Conran’s Gold-Banded Plate.

    The fashion plates of dinnerwareMay 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    There are some things that stand above trends. Take dinnerware, which is usually collected and passed on to future generations. It elevates any meal — even pizza — and carries with it years of nostalgia. And if a quality pattern or design goes out of style, you can trust that it’s only temporary.

  • A Greek key pattern is both graphic and timeless, symbolizing unity and eternity.

    For a Greece-inspired getaway, try a minimalist approachMay 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    In Greece, perspective has shifted toward a pared-down aesthetic that champions a less-is-more philosophy. This revamped take on Greek design is still founded on timeless elements the culture has become renowned for. But it now also exhibits a restrained effortlessness that’s easier to incorporate into existing design schemes.

  • The bedroom is a natural starting point for creating a peaceful space.

    An oasis of your ownMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    An oasis for peace and quiet is essential to the well-being of each and every one of us. We all need a private area for private moments.

  • Small apartments or tiny cottages often lack an entry foyer, so those living in confined arrangements need to create their own version.

    How to create your own entry foyerMay 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    What can you do when you have no proper entry to your home? One of the negatives to living in a small space is that you often lose features common in larger homes.

  • “Found You There” by Sandra Dieckmann, printed on a rug ($79 for 4-by-6-foot). The rug is available at Society 6, a website that helps artists promote their work.

    Society6 website helps artists create home goodsMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Art is not just for hanging on your wall. An online marketplace, Society6, launched a line of area rugs in April — the newest addition to the art website’s growing collection of home goods.

  • Foyer staircase walls are a good place for accent wallpaper, as are powder rooms, foyers, dining room walls.

    Use wallpaper efficiently as an alternative to paintApr 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wallpaper can be an efficient and effective way to spruce up a house without taking up any space. Wall coverings have been around for hundreds of years, but admiration waxes and wanes with each decade.

  • The Pucci fashion house teamed up with the Bisazza ceramic makers to create splashy wall mosaics featuring archival Pucci patterns. The collaboration was born out of friendship between Laudomia Pucci and Rossella Bisazza, women who have taken over the historic Italian brands founded by their fathers.

    Invention loves collaboration at Milan showApr 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events. This collaboration yielded the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture.

  • This room is painted with several different shades of white, with a warmer white on the wall inset to punctuate the classic trim detail and add to the formal feel of the space.

    White walls? The trick is choosing the right whiteApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from. Many have familiar yet poetic names that conjure up ever-so-slightly different hues: cream, pearl, vanilla, snow, chalk, ivory, jasmine, bone. But the closer you look, the more confusing the choices are.

  • Make a small terrace into a new and wonderful space for relaxing or entertaining.

    Update your living space with a small balcony makeoverApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    If your apartment or condo has a small terrace, the warm weather of spring and summer should ignite you to make the most of that great spot for entertaining (even if you just have space for two!)

  • The master bathroom has a tub that’s easy to get in and out of, as well as a separate shower; the room is large enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair if needed in the future. Illustrates HOME-SENIORS (category l), by Wendy A. Jordan, special to The Washington Post. Moved Monday, March 24, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey.)

    Aging gracefully in your homeApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite their active lifestyle, when the McSweenys built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the design.

  • A grand staircase and open layout has a great impact on guests when they enter a new home.

    First impressions are important to builders, homeownersApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A home’s entrance — like a warm embrace — greets guests and welcomes them inside. Builders know the importance of what first meets the eye, whether it’s grand, opulent, rustic or unique.

  • A carefully composed wall arrangement is a key decorative element in a relaxed, inviting dining room.

    Go hang! Here’s howApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I need help arranging pictures to hang on the wall. There are four the same size and a big one that has a different frame. Is it OK to hang them together anyway? And how high should I hang them?

  • The color gray is beginning to come into its own in the decorating world.

    Fifty shades of beige and grayApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ask any designer which colors are the most basic and adaptable to any decoration scheme, and you're likely to hear beige and gray. These colors are tried and true base colors that allow other colors to shine.

  • How to add an extra roomApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I need some additional living space for my family and for an apartment in which my parents will live someday. I was thinking of adding a room above my two-car garage. Is this a feasible project, and how should I design it?

  • When you buy in bulk, you’ll need plastic storage containers with airtight sealable lids.

    How to organize a bulk-item storage areaApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    When you shop at discount warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, you likely come home with enormous products — 24-count paper towel packs, laundry detergent jugs larger than your smallest child and cases of canned goods — and all of these oversized items need to be stored somewhere in your home.

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