Petra Watson

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Inside Designer Michelle Nussbaumer's East-Meets-West Bedroom

For the Dallas-based designer and owner of the popular showroom Ceylon et Cie, the most personal space in the house is a haven for her — and her four-legged friends. Here, her love of travel, color, and pattern all come together: "I've always loved exotica, especially that mesh of culutres and …

Unexpected Color Combos That Actually Work

Outrageous palettes that aren't for the color-shy.<p>Who said that you can't pair pink with red? Or that purple and orange could look so good? These unique room color schemes and paint ideas aren't for the color-shy, but they sure do make a bold statement.

A Grand and Colorful Chicago Townhouse

Style and substance meet inside a townhouse.<p>Drawing on Chicago's rich architectural history, designer Steven Gambrel infuses a new house with style and substance. Brilliant colors, lush fabrics, and custom and vintage furnishings merge for a grand effect.

8 Ways to Create a Family-Friendly Kitchen

Spaces for cooking and congregating.<p>Create a space for kids and adults to cook, chat, and congregate with these designer tips.

7 Unique Ways Designers Display Books

Whether they've been tucked into nooks and crannies or color coordinated, here are the creative ways that designers store books.<p><b>1. As a staircase in a 640 square-foot apartment.</b>Tour the tiny New York loft by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.<p><b>2. On shelves lined with mirrors, which</b> …

Top Pin of the Day: A Master Bedroom with Amazing Pattern

Today's top pin is a blue master bedroom with plenty of pattern. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>Pattern, pattern everywhere — Persian Pear wallpaper by Joanna Rock envelops the master bedroom in a Lake Michigan house designed by Martin Horner. The Simla sleigh bed from …

11 Ways to Maximize a Small Space

Mirrors and double-duty furniture are your best friends.<p>Whether you live in a cozy studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room or tiny nook in your house, use these small space design ideas to help you decorate.

40 Stylish Kitchen Countertop Ideas You'll Love

A countertop is to a kitchen what a statement necklace is to an outfit — make yours speak to your home's personality.<p>These days, designers have gone way beyond Carrara and Calacatta marble — they'll use just about anything for kitchen and island countertops. With options like limestone, zinc, …

30 Cozy Bedrooms You'll Want to Lounge in All Day

Welcome to the ultimate snuggle zone.<p>Steal these ideas to create a comfortable getaway in your bedroom. You'll never want to leave.

A Rustic Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Clapboard walls and old barn timbers radiate local charm.<p>Fitting right in with other homes in this North Carolina community, a young family enjoys a space that radiates with local charm thanks to clapboard walls, old barn timbers, and an open-air porch.

5 Tips for Hallway Storage

Get your space organized.<p>Make most of a limited space with these simple but effective ways to banish clutter forever.<p><b>Slim Down</b>In a corridor-like entrance, stash shoes or outerwear in a closet, or chest of drawers, that's wide and tall, but not very deep. It will keep the maximum amount of …

15 Unusual Animal Friendships That Will Melt Your Heart

There are some people out there that still believe that animals are just dumb beasts, but the unlikely animal friendships we’ve gathered here will …

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If I'm Bored, You Must Be Bored

<b>By Kristi Law</b><p>The first day of my first year in the Magnet program in 2002, I said to the students, "All right, guys. I want to see what you can do. Take a few minutes and write for me." One of the boys came up and said, "Well, Mrs. Law, I would like to write about a guy who travels to another …

Fermented Foods 101: Why You Need To Be Eating Bacteria

Photo: Courtesy of Fage.<p><i>Foodie Underground, a project curated in part by Anna Brones, explores our relationship with the origin of our eats.</i> …