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 […]

25 Scrumptious Holiday Tablescapes by ers

ers, your beautiful holiday tablescape submissions had my mouth watering in anticipation of Christmas dinner. I’m so impressed with how you understand how to decorate a table. I’m also impressed with your photography skills. Thanks for sharing and styling to everyone. Here is a delicious sampling of the tables users are preparing for the holidays. […]

Thom Filicia Requires On a Fixer-Upper in'American Beauty'

It’s a book that provides excellent pragmatic guidance. But it’s also the ideal book for when you want to lock yourself in the bathroom, conceal from your kids, and look at pretty pictures. — Tina Fey, showcasing Thom Filicia’sAmerican Beauty (Random House, 2012) This is a book about falling in love with a house with […]

Kitchen Counters: the Choice for Affordable Durability, Tile

Tile countertops are loaded in old-world charm or masquerade as luxe stone slabs. Whether you are seeking affordable first-rate durability or you are a DIYer prepared to handle a kitchen makeover, tile countertops could be the ideal area for you. Sara Ingrassia Interiors The fundamentals: Typically either stone or ceramic, tile is adhered in thinset […]

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 […]

8 Artfully Asymmetrical Fireplaces

Fireplaces add design value to any interior area, but those that seem to be more works of art compared to utilitarian components are those that capture our attention. With an range of materials with a sense of balance, scale and harmony can transform any fireplace from drab to bold. Have a look at these asymmetrical […]

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 […]

Sculptural Modern Homes Throw Architecture A Few Curves

According to a statement on its website, Australia’s Dale Jones-Evans Architecture generates “‘multivalent structure’ — structure which incorporates sculptural and painterly space with ecological and contextual performance.” To put it another way, its buildings are influenced by several things, like the way they relate to man-made and natural contexts and the way they integrate sustainable […]

9 Gorgeously Modern Kitchen Fireplaces

Few elements say “dream kitchen” at the way that a fireplace will not. They represent the best in comfort and coziness, and satisfy a primal longing to collect around a hearth. When most people think of kitchen fireplaces, nevertheless, they picture a colossal brick surround with a cavernous firebox that could easily maintain a cast […]

Northern California Gardener's September Checklist

Back in the 1960s, with a baby girl and another on the way, I had a second job working in a nursery on weekends (and needed a third). Every fall we brought out the banner ads calling autumn “California’s second spring” This was not just some kind of bogus advertising slogan, like “Petunias will include […]

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