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  • 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.

  • Fashionable accessories the next frontier for outdoor living spaces Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    Outdoor living spaces are nothing new. But the idea of families or a solitary figure kicking back on a tufted sofa in the great outdoors, propped up against implausibly weatherproof bouclé throw pillows in the glow of a lamp with a fabric shade — that’s fairly new.

  • Designing a bathroom, or two, for marital bliss Jul 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Next to sharing a bed, sharing a bathroom is the most intimate experience two people can have. Bathrooms host activities ranging from the physiological to those of personal hygiene. While many couples do not mind sharing space, others cannot abide by a “yours, mine, ours” space concept. Different organizational habits have a lot to do with disagreements about bathrooms between people who otherwise love each other.

  • It’s rather fashionable to hide things under the mattress Jul 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Restoration Hardware’s catalogs might be getting bigger, but its furniture is shrinking. Among the many limitations of living in a smaller home or apartment is the lack of storage options. To accommodate, retailers are capitalizing on a piece previously relegated to children’s rooms and college dorms: the storage bed.

  • Landlord-friendly ways to unleash your imagination Jul 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We are grad students renting a nondescript little house for a year. I’ve always loved decorating, but my artsy hands are tied. Maybe you have some suggestions that won’t compromise our security deposit?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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