Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life.
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When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature — windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces — to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat-screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate: Can you really have more than one focal point?
It’s hard to talk about design trends without mentioning open floor plans, which have officially replaced granite countertops as a national obsession. But what do they mean for renters? These days, many apartment buildings have responded to open-plan demand by slyly combining the kitchen, living room and dining room into one small space.
Q: I’ve begun my almond harvest and have found black substance on the inside of some of them. It is almost like soot. Do you know what it is and is it toxic? Should I wash it off or throw them out?
The other day I dropped off a housewarming gift at a friend’s new house. After an almost yearlong renovation, she and her family were finally moving in.
Dear Heloise: I recently moved to a house with cultured marble counters. How do I take care of them? I don’t want to do anything damaging without knowing. Thanks for your help! — Mark in Wisconsin
“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” — Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), actress
Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant and now dame’s rocket, pinks and roses.
Sassy but soft, coral, the big-girl version of pink, is turning heads and winning hearts in the decorating world. Since the first time I saw a dining room done completely in coral, this sugar-and-spice tone has tugged at my heart.
Q: We recently moved into a new house and need to install a washer and dryer. We have a gas dryer and there is a pipe with a cap on it coming out of the wall. Where do I start?
Midcentury modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st-century following.
Vintage clothes can be inexpensive additions to a wardrobe, but sometimes vintage designer items are very expensive.
The latest trends in home furnishings and décor were on display late last month during the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market, the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the United States. More than 5 million square feet of showrooms featured everything from bedding to floor coverings to upholstery to light fixtures to rugs to decorative accessories to gifts and to pillows — thousand of pillows.
Metal is the one material that can be fashioned into any form and fit beautifully into any décor. It can partner with wood, glass, fabric, leather, stone and tiles to create almost any furniture accessory. It is timeless.
Collectors in the 1950s usually wanted furniture and accessories in earlier styles, or perhaps a piece that represented the family’s background, such as a German stein or English china. But today collectors can see and buy items from all over the world on the Internet, and auctions have become more international.
Dear Heloise: I saw the article in the San Antonio Express-News about not using fabric softeners when washing bath towels. I have been using fabric softener for some time, and I have noticed the problem and wondered why (Heloise: Jim is referring to towels not being absorbent when too much liquid softener is used, or when dryer sheets are used every time). Would future washings without the softeners bring back the towels’ original absorbency, or is there a specific step that must be taken to do so? Or is it too late? — Jim S. in Texas
Civilization has come a long way in the past 10,000 years. To those who follow the latest scientific findings, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy ride going forward.
We hit a spell of cool weather the past few days. Whenever you get this kind of weather during a hot spell, go out and lightly shake your tomato, pepper and eggplants for about 10 seconds each. Tomatoes in particular have trouble setting fruit when temperatures are above 95 F.
All of the bedrooms in your home can look and feel larger and airier, without the enormous task of knocking down walls or undertaking a huge construction job. It just takes a few easy and often inexpensive interior design tricks to make it seem like you have higher ceilings and lots of extra space.
My client and I stood before a massive old pampas grass in her backyard.
The client looked into my eyes with an expression I had seen any number of times before — sort of a mixture of puzzlement and concern — almost bordering on dismay. What could have caused her such anxiety you wonder.
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