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7 Common Decorating Problems Solved

Interior designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, solves 7 design dilemmas.<p>Interior designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, solves design dilemmas in his weekly column, Ask a Designer. …

5 Quick Tips to Update Your Guest Bathroom

People staying over? Follow these tips from Lucy Ackroyd, design manager at linen company Christy.<p><i>Sumptuous towels bring an easy touch of luxury. Supreme Stripe hand towel, bath towel; plain towels; all Christy</i><p>1. Towels with a double-stitched hem are an affordable indulgence.<p>2. In a shared …

Living Rooms

How-To Choose Flooring For Your Home's High-Traffic Zones

Tips for hallways, entries, and stairs.<p>Interior design by Markham Roberts. Photography by Thomas Loof.<p>-Entrances are a high traffic area, so it's important to choose a durable material. Fibers like Sisal or Coir that will cope with the wear and tear.<p>-Bold, colorful stripes are great for elongating …

Before & After: A Closet Becomes a Stylish Home Office

From an overlooked storage spot to a stylish workspace.<p>Think you don't have enough space for a home office? With a little time and a few low-cost finds, cluttered two-by-six-foot closet was transformed into a functional workspace blooming with inspiration.<p>Pretty design elements paired with smart …

The Surprising Way to Buff Wood Floors

Fix those costly dings and scratches with this simple, unexpected product.<p>Maintaining wood floors may be a burden, but believe it or not, you can renew them with a staple most often found in a nursery. Yes, one of the easiest ways to clear up those dings in your hardwood floors is by buffing them …

Cleaning

There's Something in Your Fridge That Can Remove Wall Stains

Have the kids left crayon scribbles on the wall? Get rid of those pesky stains with this surprising trick.<p>If you have the kids, you might experience this dilemma. You want your house to look stylishly decorated, but you also want to make it kid-friendly. Well, this quick trick might help balance …

Would You Do This to Your Closet?

This small, inexpensive change will make a huge difference.<p>Even if you've streamlined your stiletto collection and categorized every last clutch purse, it can still be difficult to give your closet that extra oomph. That's why we're loving the idea of lining your closet walls with wallpaper for an …

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

Before & After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Bright Makeover

Dallas-based interior designer Emily Hewett bestows a dark kitchen with an entirely new identity.<p><b>BEFORE...</b> Oak cabinets and little light made the liveliest space in the home the least appealing. The upper cabinets almost looked dwarfed against the enormous window and the 4 inch square tile …

Color Obsession of the Week: Teal

A vacuum, a pitcher, a side table, and more finds in teal.<p><b>This week's finds:</b><p>1. Metro Collections 100% Wool Area Rug in Peacock by Jaipur, starts $62. burkedecor.com.2. Solid Faux Suede Decorative Pillow in Teal, $20. sears.com.3. Essie Nail Polish in Go Overboard, $9. essie.com.4. Kenmore Intuition …

Coffeemakers

How To Pick the Perfect Pink Paint Color

New York City-based interior designer Elizabeth Bauer Watt breaks down her step-by-step process for selecting the perfect shade of pink paint.<p><b>HouseBeautiful.com: What was the inspiration behind this pink-on-pink space?</b><p><b>Elizabeth Bauer Watt:</b> A sample of deGournay silk that my client and I found while …

How to Clear Your Clutter

The important questions you need to ask when cleaning your closet.<p>If you long for an organized home that makes you truly happy, advice from Lauren Rosenfeld & Dr. Melva Green could help. Consider the following when cleaning out...<p><b>Set Your Intentions:</b> What energy do you want to create in each space …

Minimalism

Would You Rather: Lilacs or Sunflowers?

Which floral arrangement would you choose? Tell us in the comments!<p><i>Want to see more? Tour photo A, from a fanciful Kansas City apartment and photo</i> <i>B , from a Greek Revival farmhouse in New York.</i><p>-------------<p><b>Plus:</b><p>10 Easy Floral Arrangements You Can Do >> Flower Arranging Made Simple >> Fresh Table …

A Natural and Modern Sonoma House

Rugged materials and earthy tones echo the landscape.<p>Rugged materials and earthy tones echo the Sonoma landscape just outside the door of this barn-inspired house designed by Rela Gleason.

Color Obsession of the Week: Canary Yellow

Wallpaper, a colander, a lamp, and more finds in canary yellow.<p><b>This week's finds:</b><p>1. Nonwoven paper designed by Eijffinger. brewsterwallcovering.com.2. Industrial Task Table Lamps, $79. westelm.com.3. Benjamin Moore Paint in Sunburst 2023-40. benjaminmoore.com.4. Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers 72-pack …

5 Tips for a Stunning Spring Flower Arrangement

How to create the perfect arrangement this season.<p>What better way to welcome Spring than with flowers? I recently learned how to create the perfect arrangement for Spring with Bronwen Smith, founder of B Floral, a New York City-based floral design company. Since I'm somewhat of a floral design …

The Chicest Way To Disguise Your TV

See your television as an eyesore? Glamorously hide it behind a mirror.<p><i>This mirror opens when it's time to watch...</i><p>A custom mirrored cabinet above a mantel hides a television in this living room designed by Nina Farmer.<p><b>...and closes when it's off.</b><p>Photography by Paul Raeside.

The Best Bookshelves Have This In Common

Give your bookshelves depth and glamour.<p>Deep blue, pale blue, denim blue...whatever the shade, it gives bookshelves depth and glamour. See the rooms that do it so right.

The Bathroom Renovation Checklist

Planning an overhaul? No matter how big or small, start here.<p>Renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming. You have to decide how much you can spend, select the right products, and determine if you're going to change the layout.<p>And that's often <i>before</i> you call a contractor.<p>To ensure that your bathroom …

Home Improvement

Ask a Designer: How Do I Create a Bold Bedroom That's Still a Retreat?

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 creating a bold bedroom that's still a relaxing retreat. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured …

A Young Designer's Idea-Packed Studio Apartment

At home with Amanda Nisbet designer Ali Fuge.<p>After working in public relations for a couple of years post-college, Ali Fuge's heart was leading her in a different direction. "From a young age, I always loved the idea of creating a home," she says. "But I never thought of it as a real career path." …

How To Keep Metal Gleaming

Polish the metals around your home to a radiant shine.<p>Interior design by Julia B. Photography by Kelly Stuart.<p>Go gently and don't be too zealous as vigorous cleaning can wear away the surface if metal is plated rather than solid. Also, remember to try cleaning solutions on a spot that's hidden from …

Cleaning

Would You Rather: Poppies or Orchids?

Which floral arrangement would you choose? Tell us in the comments!<p><i>Want to see more? Tour photo A, from a Malibu house with eclectic color and photo</i> <i>B , from an small, elegant apartment in blue.</i><p>-------------<p><b>Plus:</b><p>10 Easy Floral Arrangements You Can Do >> Flower Arranging Made Simple >> Fresh Table …

Designing a House with Island Spirit

Amanda Lindroth describes how she decorated the ideal island house with open-air rooms, lush greenery, and a healthy dose of blue and white.<p><b>Barbara King: You've lived in a lot of houses in the Bahamas.</b><p><b>Amanda Lindroth:</b> I know. I have house wanderlust! I've owned about 15 homes in the 25 years I've …

Dining Rooms

BEFORE & AFTER: A Cubicle Goes From Blah To Glam

See how one editor banishes her boring desk and makes way for a stylish update.<p>For almost two years, I've gotten the same response when anyone looks at my desk area: "Wow, it's so bare." And it was well, quite sad-looking. So I finally decided it needed an update. Much to my surprise, it took only …

14 Colorful Ideas for Your Bathroom

Don't overlook this space in your house.<p>Don't overlook this space in your house — add some color, whether it's through tile, wallpaper, or even your towels.

THIS Color is Most Hated By Your Brain

The fascinating science behind color.<p>Yellow gets no love from your brain. In a recent Fast Co.Design article, neuroscientist and artist Bevil Conway discussed his research on the neuroscience of color. In one of his studies where he looked at how monkeys respond to color, Conway found that the …

A Shower Like You've Never Seen Before

Indoor-outdoor living is taken to the next level.<p>Feel like showering indoors, or out? In this amazing Los Angeles, California, bathroom, the choice is yours anytime. John De Bastiani takes indoor-outdoor living to the next level.

Interior Design

A Clean House With LESS Time Cleaning

Keep things clean without doing too much extra work.<p><b>1. Use your bath towels more than once.</b><br>Think about it: You use a towel after taking a shower, so it's not that dirty after one use. Provided you always hang it up and let it dry between uses, you can re-use a towel two or three times before you …