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  • Art of ‘undecorating’ allows us to purge the unnecessary Jan 22, 2015 6:00 AM
    Even as the new year begins, I promise my family and myself that I will not bring another piece of furniture into the house. All of a sudden, I glimpse at a garage sale sign, the car screeches to a halt, and I just can’t resist the temptation of a find.

     
  • Companies update a centuries-old idea Jan 18, 2015 12:01 AM
    One of the hottest space dividing concepts is actually older than dirt. Room dividers have been used since the 7th century in ancient China and the Japanese began using lighter, more portable room dividers for tea ceremonies, religious events and outdoor processions around the same time.

     
  • Right at home: Decorating with bicycle parts Jan 16, 2015 6:01 AM
    Bikes have become part of hipster culture. While the rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky seats and vintage baskets, there are also those who see more than the sum of two wheels, a frame and a seat. Designers and artists are creating furnishings and art that give bicycles a whole new way to roll down Cool Street.

     
  • Little deviations spice up a small kitchen Jan 11, 2015 7:00 AM
    Try to insert a few modest deviations in small kitchens for spice. That’s right, even if you only have 10 lineal feet of upper cabinets, you can afford a few unique twists in the name of design excellence.

     
  • Tile is still in vogue, especially as decoration Jan 10, 2015 6:45 AM
    Tiling often is associated only with bathrooms and kitchens, but why not living room, dining rooms and hallways? Throughout the Mediterranean, tiles have been used for decoration since before the time of Christ.

     
  • Hottest country collectibles range from antique kitchenware to wrought iron wares Jan 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Thanks to a never-ending supply of subjects to choose from — toys, art, furniture, workaday items and more — collecting is one of America’s grand passions. With such a wide variety of objects, this favorite pastime draws people from all walks of life.

     
  • Creating a defined space in an open floor plan Jan 9, 2015 5:45 AM
    If you need to create defined spaces in an open floor plan, the easiest solution is a room screen or tall shelving unit. Both have benefits: Decorative screens bring privacy and style to a dull space, and shelving units provide extra storage.

     
  • Umbrella trick adds a bit of whimsy to sitting area Jan 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. I still have the column I clipped a long time ago where you suggested using a market umbrella and table inside a loft to create the illusion of a separate dining room.

     
  • Right at Home: Feathers soar as a decor trend Jan 6, 2015 5:45 AM
    When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures and woodsy hues? The natural beauty and extraordinary variety of bird feathers have made them a decor trend. The motif really took flight last fall in both fashion and home, and feathers are now emerging in spring decor collections, too.

     
  • How to use the 2015 Color of the Year Jan 4, 2015 12:01 AM
    It’s fun to begin the New Year with the projected colors of the year. More interesting to me is to learn the philosophy behind why the powers that be think the public will accept the palette.

     
  • Waking up a breakfast room Jan 2, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. We have a tiny room off the kitchen that used to be the butler’s pantry. I’d like to turn it into a breakfast nook, but there are three windows, not much wall space, and just about enough room for a center table.

     
  • Living in and decorating a 100-year-old Craftsman Dec 31, 2014 6:01 AM
    My love of 100-year-old California Craftsman bungalows — those low-slung, early 20th-century Arts and Crafts-era homes known for their clean, horizontal lines and sturdy woodwork — runs long and deep. I grew up in one in Hollywood, outfitted with dark, wooden, built-in cabinets and exposed beams. Why do I appreciate them? One word: uniqueness. Each traditional Craftsman house is different, with its own personality.

     
  • Divide and define spaces in smaller homes Dec 29, 2014 5:15 AM
    It is tricky to create “rooms” in one, open space. Lots of people like wide open spaces, but functions still need to be clarified.

     
  • Scientists seek a better Christmas tree Dec 26, 2014 4:03 PM
    Consumers consistently cite messiness as one of the most common reasons they don’t have a real tree, says the National Christmas Tree Association.Keeping a tree well-watered goes a long way toward minimizing the needle problem. But beyond that, scientists are trying to find ways to make trees less messy and keep them fresh through the holidays.

     
  • Need a little Christmas? This house has a lot! Dec 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    Authors Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan, a mother/daughter team, celebrate the season in two colorful volumes called “Christmas at Historic Houses.” There's no better time than the holidays to visit a historic home, they say.

     
  • A look at one woman’s collection of more than 500 Santas Dec 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Linda Schielke’s parents loved Christmas. It’s no surprise that she loves the holiday as well. Schielke, wife of Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, expresses her love of the season through her extensive collection of Santas, which now numbers more than 500.

     
  • Functional tinware makes an elegant addition Dec 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Tinware, which glistens softly due to the slightly uneven texture of the cast surface, gives a refreshingly cool and dazzling impression.Tin is said to be the most expensive household metal after gold and silver.

     
  • Designers more prominently display TVs Dec 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    No longer something to hide in a bulky piece of furniture, televisions in the modern home have been elevated to a position of near reverence. The TV has transitioned into the modern hearth.

     
  • No room for a Christmas tree? Embrace the unexpected Dec 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    When traditional Christmas decor is out of the question (in other words, if your apartment hardly holds your luggage, let alone a Colorado blue spruce), designers and retailers say there’s no reason to feel bound to the classics. Instead, try embracing kitschy decor in the interest of keeping things festive, personal and fun.

     
  • To see, yet not to be seen Dec 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We loved the picture window in the master bath of our new house — that’s one reason we bought it. We now realize our neighbors can look right in. We hate to give up the view from the tub, but what to do about that big window?

     
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