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Discover innovative and creative design ideas to transform your home. Learn what is trending and the basics of interior design.

Five Steps to Successful Room Design: The Basics of Interior Design

A well-balanced design
Have you ever looked through a decorating magazine and noticed how the rooms just seem to work?  These rooms stand out in all their well-designed glory and you aspire to have rooms just like those in the magazines.  There are basic principles involved when designing a space that make a certain room work functionally and aesthetically.  To really understand...

Ideas for French Country Interior Design

French country interior design is rustic, feminine and chic. French country interior design ideas can easily be incorporated in a modern home. It is very easy to picture a French country style interior in the famous chateaus of France but they can also be adopted to modern houses when one is looking for a clean and uncluttered effect. In...

Tropical Style for Paradise at Home

Lazy days spent dozing in the sun, balmy breezes stirring the palm fronds outside your window and fruity drinks served with colorful miniature umbrellas.  You can bring a tropical getaway to your home with this easy, breezy style. Designing your space with a tropical theme can be achieved two ways.  If you want a more toned-down natural interior, use a...

Toile de Jouy Tells a Story in Your Home

Fresh green toile charms this bedroom
Toile is a classic style of fabric that has been around since the 1760’s, when it originated in France.  Noted for its monochromatic color on a white background, toile tells a story.  Originally printed with pastoral scenes, toile now comes in versatile patterns and colors.  It is also available in wallcoverings.  Here are a few ways to incorporate toile...

Designer Focus: Jamie Drake

Interior Designer Jamie Drake
Interior designer Jamie Drake is no stranger to color.  His interiors vibrate with energy and personality.  He uses color fearlessly and intuitively to connect the spaces he designs.  He merges traditional style with contemporary in a seamless blend.  He describes his style as "confident, bold, nuanced and witty" (source: House Beautiful).  Take a moment to immerse yourself in some...

How to Enjoy the Open Floor Plan

Bright and fresh open living area
The open floor plan takes down walls and opens up rooms.  It is fresh, modern and versatile.  Open floor plans create a flow that is harmonious and convenient.  This style of home enables its residents to entertain with ease.  Here are ways to enjoy the open floor plan. Modern and spacious interiors are appealing for many reasons.  Open spaces break down...

Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Safari Decorating

Wild, warm and wonderful.  A safari decorating theme captures the essence of these words and turns a room into an oasis with warm, rich woods, colorful textiles, woven accents and a bit of mystery.  Do you dream of the wild Serengeti, where lions roar and wildebeests thunder across the plains?  Bring those dreams home with furnishings, textiles and accessories that...

Decorating with Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall…an appealing decorative element for all.  Decorating with mirrors expands and brightens an interior space.  There are numerous ways to decorate with mirrors and hanging one on the wall is just the beginning. Large mirrors are generally seen hung over the fireplace or over the buffet in the dining room.  These add glamour and traditional style...

Low-Slung, Low-Profile Interior Design

Low profile furnishings
Low-slung, low-profile interior design presents a modern aesthetic that is casual and simple.  Low to the floor furniture and bedding is part Asian-inspired and part bohemian.  It is a style that is unique and creates a design profile that is an appealing break from the norm.  Balanced and well-proportioned, low-profile design is fresh and engaging. Low profile modular seating offers...

High Contrast, High Style – Decorating in Black & White

Modern, sleek and stylish, decorating a room in black and white can define a space and provide a great backdrop for unique pieces.  Black and white rooms can be dramatic or low key.  Another color can be added to the mix for a refreshing take on the scheme. Decorating a room in black and white doesn’t have to be flat. ...

Beautiful and Private Home Libraries

Home libraries aren’t only a feature of luxury homes with rooms to space. With so much advancement in technology, more of us are relying on reading at home as a private escape from busy lifestyles. From entire floors to single shelves, you can turn any space into your own private reading area. A purpose built library that takes up an entire...

Top 12 Living Rooms by Candice Olson

Designer Candice Olson mixes comfy furnishings with elegant textiles and color schemes to create family rooms that define the meaning of lived-in luxury.

Waterfall Kitchen Countertops

Open kitchen with waterfall countertops
Waterfall kitchen countertops are a growing trend in interior design.  Made of sleek stone surfaces such as marble, granite and quartz as well as beautiful wood, the addition of a waterfall countertop in the kitchen creates a seamless profile that suits the modern aesthetic. Waterfall countertops add a refined look to the modern kitchen.  Often of beautiful stone such as granite, marble and...

20 Unique Repurposed Lighting Fixtures

Lighting fixture repurposed from wine glasses
It's all about recycling, upcycling and repurposing in today's decorative world, in an age when "what's old is new again" is the mantra.  Let's take a look at ways to upcycle ordinary objects into works of functional art.  Here are 20 unique repurposed lighting fixtures to add a statement piece to your home. The kitchen is the perfect place to start...

How to Create a Colorful and Eclectic Home Office

Eclectic and colorful home office
There are many ways to tackle the design of a home office.  You could set up the standard desk with a few cabinets and a bookshelf perhaps, or you could create a space that is uniquely yours and shines with personality.  Let's explore home offices that are brimming with style and learn tips on how to create a colorful and eclectic home...

The Chic and Elegant Chinoiserie Style

Chinoiserie is a style of decorating with Chinese influence.  It is most recognized by Chinese motifs, often including flowers and birds.  This highly decorative style flooded into the European market in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Furniture makers created artistic pieces with Chinese motifs.  Fabrics, wallpaper, and accessories were abundant with the theme.  Chinoiserie is a beautiful style of...

Home Office Design Tips for Her

Create a more feminine home office with bright colors and statement lighting
The home office is a functional space that should be well organized and adaptable to different activities.  But just because a home office is designed specifically for the purpose of work, does not mean that it can’t be styled to fit the person who will occupy the space.  The woman’s home office can be designed for aesthetic comfort as...

10 Creative Uses for the Basement

Multi-purpose basement space
The home basement offers so many options for types of living spaces.  If you are fortunate enough to have a basement in your home, give it a purpose.  Transform this space into an area that best serves your needs and lifestyle.  Turn this dark, lonely spot into an entertainment room, a home theater, or anything you may desire.  Here are ten...
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