Thursday, 29 May 2014

Bathroom: Crisp Blue and White

This bathroom's classic color
palette is accented with traditional-style hardware in sparkling chrome. A DIY project ties the look together—inexpensive blue craft-store ribbon trims the edges of wall sconces to match the towels and shower curtain.

Living Room

an upgraded living room done cottage-style

Ideas, projects, upgrades, and step-by-step instructions for creating a cozy great room, living room, library, and more

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

House Crashing: The Whole Show

Upstairs there were sliding barn doors that fooled me into thinking they had lots of metal trim (only when I touched them did I realize that gray “steel” is just painted wood).

Monday, 12 May 2014

Living Room Design Ideas

Living Room Focal PointsDecorating a living room has never been easier with inspiration from these gorgeous spaces. Discover living room color ideas and smart living room decor tips that will make your space beautiful and livable.

Let fireplaces and panoramas take center stage. Paint walls white or in a neutral colorcued by views outside the windows. Carry the wall color to furniture arranged in a way that promotes conversation and allows guests to enjoy flickering flames in the hearth as well as window-framed vistas. Anchor the grouping with a prettily patterned area rug; carry the rug's hues upward via accent pillows boasting organic motifs.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Decorating with Wood Walls

Wood-clad walls, whether stained, painted, or unfinished, add layers of richness and warmth that bring cocoonlike dimension to any size room. Though welcome additions to most designs, wood walls present a few challenges when it's time to decorate a space. The boards introduce an enveloping, repetitive pattern that needs to be considered when choosing fabrics and arranging furniture. When wood walls are high in impact or dark in tone, keep fabric motifs simple, furniture arrangements orderly, and accessories restrained to balance the board-after-board wood wall configuration. Woods, such as mahogany, walnut, or cherry, can darken a room in an unflattering way; you'll need to brighten the room's shadowy qualities with light and breezy upholstery fabrics, silvery finishes, and furnishings with airy silhouettes. Conversely, white-painted, naturally stained boards, and midtone woods showcase vivid upholstery fabrics, black finishes and accessories, and traditional and modern furniture lines. Though style is always a matter of personal taste, consider the following strategies to help you determine what works best with your wood walls. 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Kitchen Cabinets in White

Versatile Cabinet OptionsWhite cabinetry is a classic choice for a kitchen. Providing a neutral backdrop, white cabinets can be left alone or dressed up with colorful art and accessories.