Category Archives: Decorating Guides

Collect With Confidence: An Art-Buying Guide for Beginners

Starting an assortment of artwork that speaks to you personally is a worthy goal, but it might appear out of reach … and more than a bit confusing. Where do you start? What’s the distinction between an original work, a limited-edition print and a poster? Where do you shop for art — especially in the […]

Vintage Fishing Floats Bring a Little Mystery Indoors

Fishing floats, these shimmering balls and cylinders that have been used to keep fishermen’s lines and leaves in the surface of the water, tip at the mystery and romance of the sea. Glass ones were popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries; people have since given way to modern materials such as aluminum and […]

Best 10 Stylist Secrets Revealed

It happens to the best of us. Even specialist designers get stuck at times when placing the last touches on a layout job. We have a second, stand back from our work and hassle with this detail and one till everything is perfect — in our eyes. Homeowners are often thrilled with the results long […]

Professional Chat: Walk on the Wild Side With Animal Art

Animal art isn’t just for children — though, admittedly, one of those examples shown here was created just for them. However from Warhol to wild horses, there are a great deal of sophisticated functions that can complement the design of almost any room in your home. Incorporated Make it pop up. This piece was in […]

Cornice

Cornice is a word that applies to any molding that creates a boxlike frame around a ceiling, a window, either furniture or a roofline. Jeannie Balsam Interiors This cornice tops a closet with easy crown molding. Landmark Builders The cornice with this window may conceal a roller blind or even a Roman shade. Stephens Fine […]

5 Homes That Spotlight Art

Among my favorite things about cruising tours and photos is becoming a glimpse of some spectacular personal art collections. Some have pieces worth countless have treasures found at flea markets, some were made by the homeowners, while some others were made by friends and family members. However homeowners have collected their artwork, the collections generally […]

Nontoxic Paint 101

If it has to do with finishes and paints, “nontoxic” identifies people that have little to barely traceable quantities of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs — poisonous compounds found in conventional paints that may be released into the air for years after the paint has dried. VOCs have been known to cause respiratory problems like […]

Details Make a Big Statement

When designing a house, the big choices usually stress out us the most. Should we tear that wall down? Is this the best floor for the whole house? Will that sofa be the ideal statement piece for your entryway? But small things can have a large impact too. From cabinet pulls to accessories, details can […]

Modern Icons: The Fantastic Geometry of David Hicks

David Hicks was a mythical U.K. designer who designed everything out of the background in Richard Nixon’s bowling alley to the Prince of Wales’ flat in Windsor Castle (his daughter India was a bridesmaid in Charles and Diana’s wedding). When leafing through his designs, many of them look familiar. This is because he was a […]

Wicker Design: To Cutting Edge bungalow

Excellent wicker…what would you connect with this particular word? Sipping on tea that is sweet in the summertime? Coastal appeal? An elephant-shaped side table? A round, ultra modern day bed? It seems this stuff works with each fashion, whether transitional, modern, conventional or contemporary. Colour or whatever form, wicker adds character to your room. Warning: […]