Decorating

Jul 30

Decorating Dilemma: Christine’s Open Floor Plan

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Decorating an open floor plan

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Jul 29

August – October 2014 Paint Colors

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Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Because we shoot in real homes, we are not always at liberty to paint the walls. In those cases, we have chosen paint colors that best match the wall color in the photo. Please be aware that color may vary due to various light conditions, finish and other factors.  Therefore, it’s always a great idea to test a paint sample on your wall first. We use Benjamin Moore paint, but most paint stores can match any color.

Jul 28

Inside Look: 2014 Palmetto Bluff Idea House with Suzanne Kasler

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SLideahouse_2014_2

Every year, Southern Living pulls together a talented team of designers to build a home from the ground up that exemplifies southern style. The stage was set with the location of the 2014 Idea House: Palmetto Bluff, smack dab in the middle of Carolina Lowcountry. This year’s dream team, Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler and Architect Ken Pursley, was up to the task. Together, they created a lighter, fresher approach to living. The storybook vacation home, surrounded by pine trees and nestled beside a lake, is complete with a back porch that offers unrivaled views of the sunrise. We got together with Suzanne to talk about the design and what inspired her.

Jul 24

The Story of an Antique: Laurent Console

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Producing the Lauren Console

At least once a year we visit Paris for an antique excursion in the famous marchés aux puces, or flea markets. We stroll the vast acres of stalls located on the edge of the city, rummaging through piles of junk and antiques alike — and finding delight in all it. There’s no telling what might catch our eye: the crackled texture of a finish worn with time, the marvelous detail of a framed mirror or the great bones of a classical antique. Without fail, we return home bearing treasures from our trip to fuel our creative fires.

Jul 23

Decorating Dilemma: Liz’s Narrow Living Room

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Decorating solutions for a narrow living room

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Jul 22

Displaying Items in Unconventional Ways

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Displaying dinnerware in bookcases

We have a lot of decorating mantras here at How to Decorate, but one of them has to be that if you’re going to invest in a quality furniture piece, it needs to be able to serve multiple uses in your home. The way you live in your home is bound to evolve. What may have been a spare office could turn into a child’s bedroom, or perhaps a sunroom off the kitchen turns into your dining space. No matter how situations may change in your life, it’s important to have furniture pieces that can evolve with you, moving from room to room and still being functional and beautiful. Because of this, we love showing unconventional ways to use our pieces in the pages of our catalog, like in this dining room where we used our Toulouse Bookcase to display dinnerware!

Jul 18

Reproducing Vintage Fabrics

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Reproducing vintage fabrics for Ballard Designs

You’ve probably heard a few of our stories over the years of finding inspiration in a beautiful antique we’ve uncovered on our travels abroad. It usually involves a piece of furniture, a chandelier or even a botanical study. But this story is a little different. This fall, we’re introducing two new Fabric by the Yard selections based on vintage scraps of fabric we’ve found. Yes, fabric.