It used to be that your books said something about you. Today, that may not always be the case. Books are evolving as a decorating statement for their looks, not for their content.
Geometric shapes have meaning beyond math class: Circles represent harmony, triangles indicate power, squares are about stability and order. Keep these meanings in mind when you decorate — or feel free to forget about them if you just happen to like a certain hexagon-patterned pillow and couldn’t care less about the shape’s symbolism. Your home will still have an up-to-the-minute look, which is the point.
When it comes to decorating the walls in their home, most people’s go-to is a painting, print or photograph. But there’s a whole world of other good-looking wall hangings you might like. If you want to mix it up a bit, consider some of these non-artwork wall accents.
As the Gershwin tune goes, “it’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Only it’s not so easy when you’re trying to relax in the backyard and the sun’s rays beat down mercilessly on your skin, refreshments and patio or deck surfaces. That’s when you need to take cover in the cool shadows — if you have a means of making shade, that is.
Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room. “They really soften and furnish a space much more than most people imagine,” says interior designer Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles. Yet she often has to reassure people that drapes, curtains or other window treatments don’t have to be fussy. “It can be tailored, simple panels done in great fabrics and the simplest of hardware,” she says.
Original works can be found around every corner, inside and out. But you won't see any landscape paintings in her collection. “I want to be in the landscape,’’ she says.
We love looking at houses of all types. So, on Saturday we're headed to the Midtown Living Tour from noon to 5 p.m.
Keeping key spaces in and around your home neat and organized is no easy task — just take a peek inside a typical child’s bedroom, storage closet or garage for proof.
Want to make a classy and creative statement on your walls that others won’t regard as “off the wall”? Think wainscoting, a paneling tactic that can add elegance and esthetic charm to virtually any living space, say the experts.
While stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops receive most of the admiration in a kitchen design, cabinets have become look-at-me stars, too. Modernizing them can change a kitchen’s personality or vibe.
Three years ago, with a daughter off at college, Susan Thomas and husband Steve Hutchinson found themselves ready to downsize and re-establish something left behind in New York more than 13 years earlier.
Nebraskans like the fabrics in their homes to be long-lasting as well as sophisticated. As a textile store owner with seven grandchildren and three dogs, Sharron Roncka Haas understands.
It’s easy to identify true art collectors, says Sharron Roncka Haas. Just look under their bed. That’s where she stashes her still-unframed treasures. She’s not sure quite how many are hidden there, but it’s a sizable collection. “It’s not hitting the mattress,’’ she says, laughing.
An injection of tangerine and teal saved a family room from a severe case of the drearies. “It was a very dark room,” recalls interior designer Beth Settles of Interior Joan & Associates.
Renovation enthusiast Mary Jane Truemper splits evenings and weekends between her primary Federal-style home in Memorial Park and a farmhouse getaway in Saunders County. Both are works in progress.
Throws and pillows have such a (well-deserved) reputation for adding pops of color and style to a living room. And nothing’s better than cozying up to a cashmere or faux fur throw with a soft pillow supporting your back while binge-watching Netflix.
When you walk up to your front door, is it dirty? Dingy? In need of repair? Does it scream “go away” instead of “welcome”? Give your front door a well-deserved face-lift by repainting it.
On a recent trip to London, I spent a morning wandering the antiquity galleries of the British Museum and was reminded -- as I always am -- that so many patterns and designs we use today are actually as old as time.
In the world of home design, there’s no dirtier word than passé. It’s a term that signifies something is past its prime and destined for the dustbin of décor history (or at least for a few years until it probably comes back in vogue).
Oh, the possibilities. If you can’t find the perfect sofa for your living room or lamp for your bedside table, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. Grab your phone or laptop and keep scrolling through the growing number of online home furnishing retailers, and you are likely to find it.
Walnut, hickory, white oak, elm and pine. Name a fine hardwood, and you’re certain to find it in Don and Debbie Nelson’s Elkhorn home. Located off a winding gravel road overlooking a private lake with a sandy beach, their rustic residence boasts soaring wooden ceiling beams, an open staircase, gleaming flooring, custom cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture.
Josh Temple of "House Crashers" fame talks about his HGTV and DIY Network gigs, his current renovation project and the visit he'll make to Boys Town between his Omaha Home Show appearances April 6-8.
Big, bold flower petal prints are everywhere in today’s homes. But how can you incorporate roses and tulips into your home design without it looking like a garden exploded in your living room? Here are some tips.
One of the perks of working from home is the ability to roll out of bed on your own clock and get down to business in a bathrobe, if you so desire. But another major perk is the opportunity to create a workspace that’s as conducive to comfort as it is productivity — an efficient yet expressive area that’s the antithesis of that cold, cramped cubicle some poor soul is occupying right now in a company building somewhere.
Imagine visiting a museum where none of the paintings and pictures on display had frames. You’d likely think that the art felt naked, vulnerable and incomplete — and for good reason. Truth is, a quality frame both protects and completes the image, making it appear valuable, important and unique.
It’s one of the most important and intimate rooms in your entire home. It can make a big first impression on visitors and be instrumental in helping you feel clean and refreshed. But it can also quickly turn into an eyesore due to clutter, dirt, mold and outdated components. So maybe it’s time to give a little TLC to your bathroom.
Many of us work in open-plan offices where our allotted cubicles are small but our own, so to speak. We personalize them with baubles that mean little to others but a lot to us. A colleague, for instance, has a little blue glass dolphin that reminds her of a sun-drenched vacation on the Greek island of Paros. Another has a snow globe of San Francisco, a city where he used to work. There are pictures of his kids, then small, now grown.
Decluttering the house, organizing photos and toys -- all worthy endeavors to tackle in 2018. Here are tips on how to make those resolutions come true.
When Amy Haney walked into her newly redecorated family room, she was awed by what a big difference a few design changes could make. "It made me love our house again," says Haney, who called on local decorator Kristi Margiotta to transform the main room in the family's 8-year-old home. Margiotta breathed new life into the Old World-style room by adding a fresh coat of paint along with new furnishings, lighting, pillows and window coverings.
Prevention is the best medicine with your house, as well as your body. “We go for our annual checkups to our doctor and dentist, so why not do it for our home?” said Mike Holmes, host of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes.”
We are nearly a month into the new year, and you may be thinking about what updates to make in your home this year. The design world is here to help with a list of styles that will be big in 2018.