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  • 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?

     
  • Glowing recommendations for outdoor lighting Aug 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    If you find yourself in this kind of dark place, don’t despair: We talked to professionals for some simple ideas on outdoor lighting that will make a big, bright impact. First, a few basic rules.

     
  • Ask a designer: Exploring wood’s possibilities Aug 8, 2014 4:01 AM
    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life. So in any house or apartment he occupies, he finds creative ways to decorate with this natural material. To rehab an apartment in Arkansas recently, he covered the dark pine floor with coats of glossy white paint, instantly brightening the room and making it seem larger.

     
  • Wine storage, clever cabinetry top 2014 kitchen trends Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Bold cabinet choices and textures, chic lighting and wine refrigerators are among the top trends for kitchens in 2014.

     
  • Cooking up a color-happy kitchen Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine.

     
  • No bones about it — skulls are making their way Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    It seems the latest trend in interior design is the skull as a motif and decorating theme. Interior design has always been influenced by fashion and art, and the skull emblem is the perfect example.

     
  • 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.

     
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