Home and Garden

Technology Gives Ceramics a Second Wind

The ceramic tile industry is being revolutionized. What you’ll soon see in stores are products that blend 3-D digital printing technology, century-old manufacturing techniques and skilled artistry. Digital printing technology allows manufacturers to produce ceramics...

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What’s Trending in Home Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important elements of a home. The right lighting creates an inviting environment and sets the scene for entertaining guests, while largely impacting the functionality and perceived value of your home. Statement light fixtures have the...

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Floorcloths of Vinyl or Canvas are Versatile and Inexpensive

I’ve recently rediscovered floorcloths, a refreshing alternative for dressing up your flooring. Let’s face it, there are just some places that aren’t suitable for standard fiber-based rugs. Floorcloths are about as vintage as you can get for a good reason: They are...

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A Home Library That’s Easy on the Eyes

I’ve always been a book person. I love the way books feel when I hold them, how they look stacked neatly on a coffee table and the orderly beauty of rows and rows of books on a shelf. Over the years, my books have grown into a library. They remind me of all the...

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Attention to Detail is What a Stylist Knows Best

Most designers and consumers prefer pieces with a history and a story. They add panache to spaces and reveal so much about who lives here. Anyone can go into a furniture store and purchase an entire room where all the pieces have been preselected. But it takes time to...

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Create Mix-an-Match Dining Room

Your dining rooms can become boring, unused spaces if you’re not careful. Too many of us seem to think having a formal dining room means it has to be furnished with traditional, matching furniture. Well, keep your dining room, but relax the style so it gets some...

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Sliding Doors Expand the Concept of the Open Floor Plan

Wide-open floor plans are a trend that has endured for a decade. Removing walls and opening up our rooms removes visual and physical clutter. Now we are expanding this concept even more by removing doors to pantries, laundry rooms and even bathrooms. Making multiple...

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8 Simple Guidelines for Choosing Exterior Colors

Think back to avocado green kitchen appliances. Did shivers just go down your back or did you get a pang of nostalgia? No doubt, color can evoke a visceral response, whether for interior or exterior decorating, clothes, makeup or cars. It makes a first impression,...

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Contemporary Style, Technology are Trends for 2015

I was one of more than 125,000 housing industry professionals who packed the Design & Construction Week shows in Las Vegas last week. I logged more miles than I care to recall during my four-day marathon. Still, I only managed to tour the Las Vegas Furniture Show, the...

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Rethinking The Decor Of Your Child’s Room

I spend a lot of time reviewing photos of all types of rooms – some good, some bad. If I had to identify one group of rooms that generally fall into the bad category, it would have to be children’s rooms. Why is it that everyone thinks you have to paint the walls some...

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Look For Storage Space Outside Your Closets

When the topic is storage, most people will tell you they’d like to have more of it. That’s especially true for those living in urban housing, which typically has fewer and smaller closets. There are ways to get around the cramped closets and the clutter. One solution...

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Planning A Responsible Kitchen Update

If you are dreaming of a new kitchen, you have probably spent time online looking at the latest design ideas. Sites such as Pinterest and Houzz are wonderful for gathering ideas, discovering new color trends and creating a wish book of ideas. But a well-designed...

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