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5 Classic Design Rules to Absolutely Never Break

The problem with cutting corners is that 50% of the time it works while the remaining half makes up for all that time and money you saved and then …

Home Decorating

The Art-Hanging Mistakes We Keep Seeing Over and Over

Though I'm a firm believe in the power of doing whatever you damn well want—and in fact applaud design rule breakers—sometimes design "mistakes" …

Remodeling 101: Moroccan Tadelakt Plaster Finish

We’ve long admired the glossy, seamless walls of traditional Moroccan hammam baths, but knew little about the age-old <i>tadelakt</i> technique used to get …

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

Modern home in London works magic on an awkward lot

A little architectural ingenuity went a long way in replacing an old garage with this sunny abode<p>The site was unconventional: a long, skinny lot wedged between back gardens and a 16-car garage in West London. Zoning prevented anything taller than a single story, and it wouldn’t be possible to have …

Shakin' Stevens Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This compact double fronted Victorian workers cottage in set within a gritty one way street in Richmond …

15 Interior Design Charts That Will Make You Feel Like a Professional Decorator

Because not everyone knows the difference between Windsor and Ladder Back.<p>You don't need to be an interior designer to know all the handy little secrets the pros know —just pin and reference these charts to sharpen your decorating skills. Guests won't have a clue that you didn't pay big bucks for …

Rug Buying Tips

When buying an area rug, most people start with the rug measurements available in a store – maybe from a catalog, or online – and try to imagine how …

Houses

8 Room Design Tricks Interior Decorators Would Never Tell You for Free

Learn interior decorators’ foolproof design formulas to make your living spaces a little more beautiful.<p>To accent your couch, place two …

Time for a Few Finishing Touches: Hang Artwork or Bust Out a Little Holiday Decor

<b>Help for those of us hanging artwork...</b><p>A good guideline from one of our perennially popular posts:<p><i>Hang your art at 57" on center. "On center" means</i> …

Holiday Decorating

Why You Should Use The Golden Ratio In Your Decor

We’ve all heard of the golden ratio. Most likely, it’s filed away with all the rest of your memories from your college art class or you read about in …

Ask a Designer: How Do I Choose a Rug?

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is about choosing rugs for any room. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future</b> …

The Right Way to Hang Art & Not Screw It Up

I have always loved art and thought that it was the most personal part of any home, but I never knew how to make it all look good on the wall. Then a …

Museums

Isolagiorno: A Layout Ideal For Small Spaces

• 1 |<p>Put simply, Isolagiorno is a dual sided sofa-one side for lounging, the other side for use as a dining bench-plus a matching dining table with …

Unique Home Parading an Inverted Floor Plan for Informal Socialization

Hiding its modernity in plain sight, this exquisite residence in Singapore unveils a spacious, minimalist and inviting interior design. Imagined by …

The 8 Decorating Mistakes You May Not Even Realize You're Making

When you're a designer blogger and you look at pictures of interiors all day, every day, you start to get a feel for what works — and what doesn't. …

Home Decorating

11 Tricks to Make a Ceiling Look Higher See all 11 here: http://bit.ly/17LZI6Y

Tag: Kitchens

Remodeling 101: 6 Things to Know About Lava Stone Countertops in Every Hue<p>by Janet Hall<p>Kitchen of the Week: A Serene Space in Pale Blue at Casa …

The 10 Essential Home Measurements You Should Know

These numbers will guide you in virtually any buying decision, from paint to furniture.<p>How much paint do you need? How high do you hang that chandelier? Get your measurements right with this indispensable guide that has all the numbers you'll need.<p><b>1. Dining Room Table</b><p>A 36-inch-wide rectangular …

Remodeling 101: How to Build the Perfect Flush Recessed Baseboard

Who doesn’t love a good insider tip? We do, so our ears perked up when Jeff Sherman of Delson or Sherman Architects mentioned his trade secret for …

How To Choose a Sofa: 50 Designer Tips

Everything you need to know.<p>Everything you need to know about sofas in one place. Experts such as Windsor Smith, Barbara Barry, and Steven Gambrel share how deep a sofa should be, which style goes with which, how to select pattern, and more.