Keep a file of your favorite samples and inspirational images even if you can’t afford a makeover yet, or haven’t found the home of your dreams. This homeowner/designer kept all the fabric samples that she loved in a bag until she found the right home to settle in. She'd also been acquiring updated yet traditional pieces for just the kind of collected look she liked. 

Adding a splash of color to any room livens up a space. But before you select a color, consider the function of the room and how the color makes you feel. If you're a morning person, painting your bedroom a bright magenta may help you start the day with energy, but if you can't face the morning without a strong cup of coffee, a soothing shade of blue may be best. Learn more about choosing a color scheme.
I used to have low ceilings. I bought track-style rods that hung from the ceiling and my curtains were on the clips she mentions in the article, making the curtains a couple inches off the ceiling. I also extended the track maybe 4 inches to each side to give the curtains a place to bunch up when I wanted to have a full window view/light. I had two tracks with sheers in back and heavier curtains in front. The extra space on the sides gave a place for all that fabric bulk to go. I may have even extended further… Read more »

A stacked fieldstone fireplace takes center stage in this family room. Rather than just a sheer wall of stone, the exposed chimney is designed with a central recess for artwork, along with tapered edges on either side, to keep it from appearing too overpowering. Sconces mounted directly to the stone are an attractive way to shed plenty of light on the antique timber mantel.


Steven Gambrel, one of America's top-tier interior designers, recently had a chance to consider the question. Although he lives and often works in the most urbane precincts of Manhattan, Steven grew up in Virginia and still has ties there. When the owners of a Middleburg horse farm asked him to convert one of their barns into a place for large, casual parties and just hanging out and watching TV, he took it on with relish—his first barn, and on home turf.
Crisp whites combined with punches of bright colors immediately transport you to the coast. In this living room, aqua accents in the pillows, throw, and rug mimic the ocean’s dazzling blues, and the pops of bright orange are inspired by the magnificent hues of the setting sun. Whitewashed horizontal shiplap planking evokes the feel of old Gulf-front beach houses.
I’m a little late to the party, but I just recently started watching the first season of Queer Eye on Netflix. The ladies of the OGT Team (who I lovingly refer to as “my girls”) have been telling me to watch it for months. But life tends to get in the way, as you know, so I just hadn’t gotten around to it. But I finally sat down and started it, and I’m so glad that I did! I had been warned that Queer Eye would probably make me cry (I’m a notorious crybaby), but I had no idea just how positive and uplifting the show would be as a whole! I’m head-over-heels for the Fab Five, and I feel like I’ve already picked up some useful tips and tricks from them!

Speaking of which, the Fab Five’s resident design guru Bobby Berk has a great decor tip that I think is so smart. It addresses what must be one of the most common decor mistakes that people make! And when I talk about “decor mistakes,” I’m not talking about questionable color schemes or about having an odd taste in wall art. I’m talking about those small decor choices that end up having an unintended and negative effect on the room as a whole. These sorts of mistakes are so easy to make, because you may not even know what the issue is in the first place! And the decor mistake I want to talk about today fits that description perfectly.
Every house should be a warm haven, a place where we throw off the cares of the world and relax with family and friends. From the kitchen where we launch our busy days to the bedrooms where we close our eyes at night and dream, we want each space to reflect our personal tastes and sensibilities. But we desire that our rooms be comfortable and practical. Pulling all the components together is a tall order, and yet it's also wonderfully rewarding. Use the home decorating tips we've provided here as inspiration, and create the kinds of rooms your loved ones will want to hurry home to enjoy.
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