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Difficult Houses Aug. 31, 2019

The Art of Design

Our homes sometimes fight us — or rather, we fight our houses — in our quest to find the... Read More

Winning the Game Aug. 03, 2019

The Art of Design

Talk about a game night these days and it will lead to visions of groups of kids addictively playing... Read More

La Vie Boheme Jul. 13, 2019

The Art of Design

There is always a new term in the world of interior design that inspires new trends and yet another ... Read More

Bedrooms for Rest and Relaxation Jul. 06, 2019

The Art of Design

Believe it or not, master bedrooms, not living rooms, are the most troublesome rooms to decorate for... Read More

Tasteful Taxidermy May. 25, 2019

The Art of Design

I can remember entering my in-laws den in Virginia nearly 20 years ago, and I was aghast at the many... Read More

Is Your Home Getting Too Smart for You? May. 18, 2019

The Art of Design

Sometimes I think we are living in the futuristic era of the Jetsons. At other times, it's George Or... Read More

Replace a Shower Mixing Valve With a New One May. 02, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: Whenever one of the kids flushes a toilet while I am showering, the water gets very hot.... Read More

Fashionable Hardware Apr. 27, 2019

The Art of Design

I remember not so long ago when a home renovation required changing all your hardware to "update" th... Read More

Build a House With Universal Design for All Ages Mar. 28, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: My husband and I are in our 50s. We want to build a house which we can stay in as we age... Read More

'Home' Mar. 16, 2019

The Art of Design

What does "home" mean to you? Selecting an interior designer to help with the design of your home is... Read More

Is an Open Kitchen Really for You? Jan. 05, 2019

The Art of Design

Everyone says they love a large, open kitchen they can entertain in. But is that really a practical ... Read More

Interior Close-Up Jan. 28, 2017

The Art of Design

Like the work of the novelist, setting up a house involves telling a story. The space you inhabit is... Read More

Turn Anywhere Into Home Oct. 22, 2016

The Art of Design

No matter where I have lived or traveled — whether it's Miami, Florence, Rome or Paris —... Read More

Choose the Proper Paintbrush for the Job Mar. 24, 2016

Here's How

Dear James: I am getting ready to paint my children's bedrooms. I went to the home center and there ... Read More

A 'Mashed-Up Mix' of Styles Mar. 17, 2014

Decor Score

Q: We like a mix of contemporary and traditional styles, heavier on the contemporary. This works nic... Read More

Hot for Cool Contemporary Bath Design Jan. 13, 2014

Decor Score

Q: We are planning his and hers baths in our new house. I know what I want — old-fashioned ton... Read More