Energize a traditional room, or add a pop of color and pattern anywhere you want it.
As colorful as candied fruit, it will cheer up any space. Flat-woven cotton, 3'5" x 5'5", in Tutti Frutti, $325. madelineweinrib.com.
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Beachy and casual--you'll want to set sail. Flat-woven PVC, 6' x 9', in Navy/Ivory, $265, by Thom Filicia for Safavieh. hsn.com/HBmarketplace.
Like modern art for the floor. Flat-woven wool, 6'6" x 9' 8", in Model Medina 1, $3,352. nanimarquina.com.
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The varying shades of green - all taken from a sprig of thyme - give this rug wonderful depth. Flat-woven cotton, 4' x 6', $104. dashandalbert.com.
Vertical? Horizontal? You can have it both ways. And we fell for the Tuscan palette. Hand-hooked cotton and jute, 6' x 9;', in Harvest, $2,940. ralphlaurenhome.com.
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A well-designed kitchen has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you're redecorating or totally remodeling, here are the best ideas for small spaces.Read More »from 7 Space-Saving Tricks for Small Kitchens
white kitchen1. Mirrors Work Magic
A mirrored backsplash in this shabby-chic Manhattan apartment gives the illusion of more space. "The kitchen opens up to the living room on one side and the family room, where we eat and watch TV, on the other," says designer Faye Cone. "The idea was that it should be an extension of both these spaces."
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2. Think Upward
Home Depot designer Emily O'Keefe added cabinetry with period charm to this small kitchen. "Since space was tight, I went up, stacking the cabinets," she says. "The ceilings are 11 feet high, but not every cabinet touches the ceiling - that way they look more like furniture."
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3. Choose Chairs Without Arms
Designer Suzanne Kasler reinvents the eat-in kitchen by mixing formal Louis XV-style dining
From the use of bold and bright pattern to walls painted in zesty colors, these joyful designs will make your home happier.Read More »from 10 Cheery, Colorful Rooms
1. Welcoming Entry
A strong color-Benjamin Moore's Fresno-keeps the mudroom of this New Jersey home by designer Mona Ross Berman alive. Bright accessories and a yellow light fixture add warmth to the room. The anchor pillow is by Jonathan Adler.
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2. Mix of Patterns
For a Wisconsin lake cottage, designer Carleton Varney mixed pattern gaily and deftly. The sofa is covered in Lysette Reverse in magenta from China Seas, with pillows in pink-and-white Lysette and green-and-white Lysette. The walls are painted Farrow & Ball's Calamine.
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3. Lively Red Accents
Red chairs and a wall accessory add the perfect amount of punch to this white dining room in Bridgehampton, New York by design consultant Ellen O'Neill. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Linen White. Red chairs from Design Within Reach. Curtain
- House Beautiful Magazine | Shine Food – Fri, Aug 17, 2012 12:35 PM EDT
If cooking a prime cut of beef in a cocoon of salt sounds a tad crazy to you, hang on. You'll be amazed at the result. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton shares her recipe.
I've been packing foods in salt crusts for years now, and I never tire of the pleasure of the process, nor the savoriness. My first foray with a salt crust gave all of us at the table the thrill of an archaeological dig when we cracked it open and unearthed perfectly cooked, and seasoned, little new potatoes. I have since cooked birds, beasts, and beets this way, and have had memorable successes with pork roast, chicken, sea bass, and celery root.
As salt crusts go, this one is the most primitive; it's just salt dampened with water. You simply brown the meat, bury it in the moist salt, and bake. The salt forms an airtight shell, sealing in the juices and letting the pure and clean flavor of this prime cut of beef remain unobscured.
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Color has the power to heal your spirit: It can be soothing, healing, and make you feel reborn. In shades of soft green, blue, and pink, professional interior designers share their favorite feel-good colors.Read More »from 10 Soothing Paint Colors
"There's something in the color blue that triggers a relaxation response. It makes me feel as if I'm floating in a boat, looking up at the sky. Everything about it speaks of a gentle, tranquil, Zen state of mind. This is not an aloof blue. It's a blue that gathers you in." -Leatrice Eiseman. Paint by Pantone.
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There's a softness to this cream, with a touch of red, that attracts me. That bit of warmth makes it more uplifting. It's like a blossom in spring. I would do it in a bedroom with olive, navy, or eggplant. It's gentle and clean and optimistic - a fresh way of being Zen." -Brett Beldock. Paint by Pantone.
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From painting in light colors to putting a sink outside the bathroom, here are 10 clever decorating ideas and tips for small spaces.Read More »from Top 10 Designer Secrets for Small Spaces
1. Choose a Light Palette
For his 1,450-square-foot California cottage, designer Stephen Shubel created the feeling of more space by selecting a warm "French vanilla" color scheme. The walls and ceilings were originally dark redwood, and the floors were oak. "The first thing I did was paint everything white to open it up and make it feel better," he says. Interior columns create the effect of an enfilade toward the balcony, glimpsed between curtains.
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2. Place a Table Lamp on the Kitchen Counter
"Having a lamp on the counter makes the room more intimate," Shubel says. "And when you live in a house this size, you want the kitchen to be more than just utilitarian." Giallo Siena marble counters, an antique gilded lamp, and a pilastered Edwardian china cabinet exude intimate elegance. The photo is by Maryann
- House Beautiful Magazine | At Home – Thu, Aug 9, 2012 11:28 AM EDT
From elephants to Winnie-the-Pooh, these are sure to cheer up a child's room - or the child in you.Read More »from Adorable Wallpaper for Kids' Rooms (That Adults Will Love Too!)
Quentin Blake translates the zany humor of his classic children's books into wallpaper. Paper in Color 05. osborneandlittle.com
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A surreal print that brings a touch of nature and an abundance of whimsy to the room. Paper in Tapioca. growhousegrow.com
This little piggy got made into a stylish, damask-style design. Paper in Sunny Valley, by Flat Vernacular. studiofournyc.com
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Blue elephants in green boots? Bound to fire a kid's imagination. Nonwoven paper in Blue/White, by Marimekko. newwall.com
Funny monkeys are sure to inspire laughter--and a few antics. Paper in Murray's Blue, by Brett Design. starkcarpet.com
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You may not be a professional athlete in the 2012 Olympics, but you can still go for the gold with these winning home accessories.Add a little swank to your bar.
Animal Key Ring
Adopt an animal from this brass menagerie to help keep your keys from running wild.
Eza Animal Brass Keychains, $98 each. tortoiselife.com
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Double Old Fashioned Glasses
Platinum Safari Drinkware (also comes in high ball glasses), $43 each. vietri.com
Ralph Lauren Carthage Lamp
This vintage-looking lamp will brighten up any study. It's a different take on the classic desk lamp.Ralph Lauren Carthage Lamp, $870. ralphlaurenhome.com
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Brass bibelots with a job to do. What fun to slice envelopes with one of those tails!
Jonathan Adler Brass Peacock and Squirrel Letter Openers, $98 each. jonathanadler.com
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An extra perch, a little table, a secret hiding place. From modern to traditional designs, it's the furniture piece that does it all.Read More »from 9 Storage Ottomans that Stash Your Stuff
1. Ikat Corner
Fitting into any corner, this piece is a great solution for tight spaces. 19" W x 19" D x 19½" H, by Sandy Wilson. wayfair.com.
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Take a walk on the wild side. The perfect size for an end table, or wheel it over to wherever you need a seat. 18½" square x 17¾" H. centuryfurniture.com.
3. Castered Tufted
Sturdy and sizable, it could double as a coffee table. 42½" W x 24½" D x 20½" H. ballarddesigns.com.
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4. Hemlock Kilim
A casual kilim print with a matching pouf tucked inside. 18" cube, comes with matching 16" pouf (not shown). kathykuohome.com.
5. Grace Oval
Designed by Nathan Turner, this two-toned beauty is customizable to suit your color palette. 36" W x 22" D x 19" H. eliteleather.com.
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These bedrooms are all light, airy, and romantic - perfect for warm nights!
bed with ornate headboard1. Pops of Pattern
"I typically try to use one pattern in each room that has all the colors in the room," designer Jay Jeffers says. "It's a great trick because in a bedroom it could be as big as a comforter or as small as a pillow." The centerpiece in this Sonoma bedroom is the 19th-century Italian headboard, upholstered in Osborne & Little's Tamara.But how do you know when you have too many patterns? "It's like women and accessories. Put them all on, then take one off and you're good."
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2. Breezy and Relaxed
The willowy canopy and Fabricut's Strondak curtains give the master bedroom of a Georgia beach house an airy and tranquil but secluded and intimate feel. "Most people love a canopy bed, and sleeping under all that white voile is dreamy," designer Jim Howard says.
3. Sensuous Fabrics
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