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Apr 14

How to Decorate with Stripes

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Decorating with stripes indoors

While it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t love stripes, the bold linear pattern is certainly back in a big way. Thick or thin, vertical or horizontal, in living color or in black and white, stripes are like a magnet for the eyes, becoming an instant focal point. Which is why decorating with stripes can be intimidating. But have no fear. With smart styling, you can add them to your decor without conjuring Beetlejuice. Try out one or more of our tricks below.

Mar 11

Decorating with Classic Details

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Nagwa Seif is an interior designer in Southern California who loves to create spaces with classic details, but with a modern twist. Smitten by this living room space, we asked Nagwa to share a few of her favorite tips here on How to Decorate.

If I were to describe a room designed with drapery, tufting, gilding, crystal, and lace, most of my clients would likely respond with a horrified stare.

Jan 24

Why You’ll Love the New Aged Brass Look

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Just a mention of the word “brass” and most of us will conjure up a mental picture of that shiny, lacquered look from the ’80s. No, the brass finish we’re into is much warmer and mellower, with a go-anywhere kind of attitude. It’s what the brass of decades past may have looked like if it were allowed to patina.

Jan 16

Cozy Up with Textured Accessories

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Textured accessories bring warmth to your home, without adding bulk or clutter

With the holidays long gone but the chill still in the air, we’ve been missing the extra bit of oomph that our decorations brought to the home. To combat this decorating fatigue (plus the chilly temperatures), we’re focusing on textures around the house. Extra throw blankets in knubby woven wools, pillows finished in soft fringe, and woven textures, like a big catch-all basket.

Nov 18

3 Mantel Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

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One mantel styled three ways for the holidays

‘Tis the season for spreading good holiday cheer. Parties abound, and chances are you’re making your own plans for entertaining friends and family during the holidays. Make sure your home is a festive expression of the season, starting with the mantel. It’s easy to transform your fireplace into a stunning and cohesive focal point for the holidays when you decorate with a theme in mind. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve used our three holiday themes to show you how easy it is.

May 29

We’re Into: White Accessories

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The greatest looks this season are bursting with color. Graphic patterns are adorning everything, from floors to walls. And the rich gleam and sculptural interest of brass is back. With so much going on in our interiors, we need a resting space for the eyes. Enter the white accessory.

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Filling in the gaps with bright white accessories creates a rhythm without adding visual clutter. These hi-gloss white objects play off the color in the room beautifully, brightening the overall look, while offering a break for the eyes. And with their lovely organic shapes and textural details, white accessories are far from plain.

We love the look. Do you? Tell us in the comments below.

Feb 15

Tray Chic: 10 Ways to Use a Tray

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“I use trays all the time as a way to organize varied objects without the appearance of clutter.”

–American designer, Thomas O’Brien

Round TrayYou probably have a tray or two sitting in a cabinet, ready and at your service for your next dinner party or breakfast in bed. Instead of stowing your trays, keep them out. Serving trays ­– in any vintage, shape or size – are delightfully versatile and provide chic organization and display for any number of objects. Serve up style around your home with our top 10 list of favorite repurposing ideas for trays.

1. Inspiring Library

If you’re like any of us around the office, you might have a ton of coffee table books lying around your house. Make a coffee table more organized and display your favorite books by stacking them in a tray.

2. Collectible Curator

Whether tucked away on a bookshelf or on display on a side table, trays are the perfect way to show off like objects you love to collect, such as pottery bowls, candlesticks or little jars of sea shells.

3. Instant Bar

Create your own mini-bar. Place a large tray on a luggage rack or buffet and top with glassware, liquor of your choice and your favorite wine. When you’re entertaining, add little dishes with lemon wedges, olives and cherries for garnish.

4. Dresser Storage

A tray’s shallow depth and short sides make it a perfect solution to containing your makeup, jewelry or other toiletries. Use small dishes or jars to categorize like items, such as lipsticks, makeup brushes or earrings.

5. Entry Organizer

Place a tray on a console near your foyer so anything you plunk down when you walk in can be kept tidy, like your wallet, sunglasses, keys, loose change or cell phone.

6. Kitchen Companion

An organized kitchen allows the chef to efficiently maximize her cooking time. Quick in, quick out! Keep cooking essentials within easy reach near the stove: olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper grinder and anything else you need to whip up your favorite meals.

Set of 2 Rectangular Trays7. Impromptu Coffee Table

No coffee table? Use your tray to create a flat surface on your ottoman or sofa so you can set a glass, remote or other items.

8. Daily In-Box

Designate a spot on your desktop or kitchen counter for your tray, so you can quickly corral the endless influx of mail, receipts, school papers, invitations and magazines. Go through your paper pile once a week to deal with bills, RSVPs and other items.

9. Pretty Planter

If you have a green thumb, create a naturally attractive display with potted ivy, herbs, cacti and other succulents. Creating a consolidated display on trays helps bring order and prevents a messy, scattered look. Plus, it makes watering easier.

10. Bedside Table

Place books, reading glasses, TV remote and other items in a tray to bring a feeling of serenity and calm to your place of repose.

Are you inspired? Shop our selection of trays.