• Interior Design Wow Factor for Winter

    For me, interior design wow factor for winter is all about transporting back to my magical childhood in Boulder, Colorado. I long ago did away with the traditional red and green and love to create a mix of wintery silvers, blues and browns. It's chic, it's elegant and with a bit of the outdoors...
  • Feng Shui and Lighting

    Shelly Sparks is a wonderful designer who has been studying, teaching and practicing Feng Shui and landscape design for over 13 years. She believes that applying this traditional wisdom to modern life can bring healing, harmony and prosperity to a client's homes, businesses and gardens. Shelly...
  • How to Create a Dorm Room Worth Showing Off!

    For teens headed off to college, one of the first things on your back-to-school list is choosing furniture and accessories. The challenge here is doing something fun and functional with a those teeny-tiny rooms. We found some great tips in this article from the Montreal Gazette titled " Dorm Decorating...
  • Saving Money with an Energy Audit

    National Public Radio reporter Richard Harris asked an energy auditor from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy to visit his 100-year-old Maryland home to show him what he could do to cut back on his electricity use. One of his observations is that the simple things add up over time...
  • Design Obsession - Black and White

    Hello, my name is Lesley and I have a confession - I'm obsessed with black and white home decor. I've been in love with zebra prints since my wild days as a teenager with a zebra bedspread and lime green walls. Bold black and white damask prints excite me. Heck, even the color scheme for my own...
  • Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year is Tangerine Tango!

    Orange you happy to hear the news? (Sorry, couldn't resist a little pun.) Pantone has just announced Tangerine Tango as the 2012 Color of the Year! This warm and vibrant shade, full of optimism and energy, is set to make a big impact in the world of interior design. "There's the element...
  • Update Old Lamps with a New Finial

    Looking to get a little extra life out of your existing table lamps? Add a new lamp shade on top, or try updating the look of the lamp shade finial . The finial is the crowning ornamental detail at the top of the shade, and adding a new design can totally remake the look of a lamp. It's also a...
  • Home Accessories for a Scandinavian Style Christmas

    Last year I visited Copenhagen during the holiday season. Already smitten with Danish furniture and lighting design, the trip cemented my obsession with Scandinavian style, especially in wintertime. Early sunsets make for long dark days, hence the practice of washing everything in white and light. Unlike...
  • Essential Organizational Tool: The Clipboard

    If there was ever an overlooked key to stylish organization, it’s the humble but incredibly versatile clipboard. They come in an endless variety of sizes, colors and materials and are easily painted or covered with papers or fabrics with graphic punch. Best of all, they’re inexpensive and...
  • Designer Wish List: Most Wanted Furniture and Home Decor

    Do you keep a list of your most wanted furniture and home decor pieces? You know what I mean - those items that you're secretly wishing for? Or maybe not-so-secretly dropping hints about wanting? Whether it's a folder filled with magazine tear sheets, an inspiration board on Pinterest, or a mental...
  • Oscar Fashion Inspiring Interiors

    Since the first Academy Award Show in 1929, Oscar fashion has been documented, dissected and desired. Gorgeous ladies in unattainably beautiful couture gowns will forever have us "normal folk" swooning. With award season kicking off this weekend with the Golden Globes and triumphantly ending...
  • 4 Pink and Navy Rooms Done Right

    Sometimes you see a room, or an outfit, and think, "I never would have put those colors together." I admit to not having been a huge fan of pink and navy rooms, but it's definitely grown on me. When done right of course. The secret, judging from these spaces, is to maintain relatively straight...
  • Mini-Chandeliers Bring Maxi Style

    The hot trend of the moment? Mini-chandeliers! The look makes a great accent for smaller seating areas or dining rooms or anywhere you need to make a big style statement. Designers are also using them to create extra sparkle over bedroom nightstands. Used in this way the they eliminate the need...
  • How to Measure a Lampshade

    Have you ever wondered how to measure a lampshade? We're going to de-mistify it for you! Naturally, I love lampshades because they're an easy and inexpensive way to update your decor. But buying one can be a bit confusing if you're not familiar with the terminology. If you've ever wondered...
  • Creative Home Office Ideas

    Sadly, summer is over which means time to get back to work. Why not inspire yourself by carving out a creative home office? Ideas are abound to update the look of some often overlooked spaces. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a dedicated office or craft room, with some creativity and ingenuity...
  • The 4 Types of Lighting Dimmers

    The average home has 24 or so light switches (I've got 20 in my house), yet only 60% of homes use dimmers on one or more switches. The great thing about dimmers is that they are a simple way to lower energy costs (by 10% or more) and extend the life of your light bulbs (up to 30 times!) They are...
  • Favorite Home Decor Trends for Fall

    It's always exciting to see what home decor trends become popular each season. (Maybe it's just me? I am kind of a design dork. No matter what your taste, there's sure to be a style you can embrace to update your home while also keeping true to your own tastes. The Modern Industrial style...
  • New Looks with Lamp Shade Slipcovers

    Looking for a fast and easy upgrade for your existing lamp shade? Try these new lamp shade slipcovers. Just slip them over your existing shade, cinch up the drawstrings, arrange the folds and you're done. You can trim the ties or create a festive bow with them as you wish. Use the slipcover...
  • Sound Retreat in Turbulent Times

    Running water has long been thought to have soothing effect on mood. It's all-natural, auditory therapy. In these turbulent times nature is a balm for the soul. A wall fountain in the bedroom takes on additional appeal. Especially with the dry indoor air of winter and the impending bustle of December...
  • A Town or Country Christmas?

    Will we ever reconcile the notion of town and country? We did it with peanut butter and jelly, not to mention ham and cheese. Sandwiches aside, people tend to favor one or the other when it comes to their lifestyle which carries over into designing for the holidays. So, which do you prefer, a Town or...
  • Lighting Your Home Theater

    bobvila.com has a how-to article on setting up a home theater. With the impending switch to high-definition and flat screens, living rooms are doing double-duty as home theaters. Our very own Michael Berman has a whole paragraph of tips for lighting home theaters. To easily get more adjustability...
  • Get The Look: Organic Style in 5 Steps

    Taking its inspiration from nature, Organic Style is casual and inviting. The décor is warm with motifs derived from plants, trees, stones and animals. 1.Color Palette The color palette tends toward beiges, browns, soft golds and woodland greens that are found in the countryside. 2...
  • A Procrastinator's Guide to Simple Holiday Decorating

    Maybe you’ve been really busy, or suddenly discover your missing holiday spirit in a child’s heart-felt card. In any event, it’s never to late to bring a bit of the holidays into you home. Here's our guide to simple holiday decorating: Don’t bother stressing over a full...
  • Ceiling Decorating Ideas

    Did you know that ceilings are the new walls? It's almost 2013..... the year of the ceiling. So when you think about decorating a room in the new year.....just look up! I have decorated ceilings before. I've added decorative ceiling medallions and painted ceilings and added moldings...
  • Tips for Saving Money on a Home Remodel

    Reader's Digest recently posted 10 tips for saving money on your home remodel. In addition to good advice like installing energy efficient features and planning ahead for future upgrades, we like tip #10: 10. Order over the Internet Can't find a nice-looking low-voltage light fixture at a...
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