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Decorating 1885 Stories

Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating can be a challenging task, filled with costly decisions whose outcomes could haunt you for years. How do you figure out what style is right...
Decorating 101: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Once you’ve figured out what you want your home to look like, the big question is: Should you decorate it yourself or hire a professional? Or...
Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?
You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s...
How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them
You might love color; you might hate it. Beige could be the most used color in your apartment, or a stack of gray paint chips could make you cringe. No matter how you feel about color, there are endless ways to use it to make over a space, create a mood...
10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers
This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don't have any...
8 Things Interior Designers Want You to Know
Have you been dreaming of hiring an interior designer? Wondering if hiring a designer is right for you, or just want to know more about what the process is really like? We asked two Best of Houzz interior designers, Kate O’Hara of Martha...
Custom Draperies 101
I'm the biggest $@!#%& snob when it comes to dressing windows. My rule of thumb: Leave those panes bare until you're ready to drop some cash on the real deal. Pre-fab panels can sometimes turn out pretty nice, but most of the time they become a wrinkled,...
How to Savor Your Beautifully Imperfect Home
As someone who looks at a great deal of photos of beautifully designed homes every day, I know how the pangs of design cravings have the potential to overwhelm. Even three years after moving into our first home, my to-do and to-buy list is still a mile...
How to Dress Your Daybed
A daybed is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture, working equally well as a bed, a sofa, a napping spot or an extra seat. A daybed can also prove to be a bit confusing to dress — do you make it like a bed, get a special daybed cover or just throw...
Size Up the Right Area Rug for Your Room
One of the main purposes of a rug is to help define a space. When choosing one, you’ll be considering the floor space you have, what furniture you want on and around it and the connection and balance between the two. Some typical rug sizes are: 4 by...
Add Gorgeous Sparkle With Rock Quartz Crystal
Though it’s the most common mineral found on Earth, there is something about crystal in its raw state that is so luxurious. Whether this semiprecious gem is hanging from a chandelier, decorating a mantel or taking a table...
What’s the Right Way to Hang Roller Shades?
While hanging toilet paper over or under will always be a matter of personal preference, plenty of practical reasons contribute to the ways to...
Room of the Day: Something for Everyone in a Seattle Family Room
Long commutes to Seattle were eating up time that the members of this family of four would have preferred to spend together. So they made a life-changing decision to trade home size for location, moving to a much smaller house in a walkable neighborhood...