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Use pattern mixing to discover design personality

Our homes are sacred places where we restore and reinvigorate ourselves. I’ve found that for a home to fill you to the brim, it needs to be a place where you feel fully yourself. They key to creating a haven is to thoughtfully decorate so your spaces reflect your unique personality, passions and lifestyle.

When is a ‘tuffet’ just a footstool?

Nursery rhymes may not make sense to the 21st-century child. What’s the tuffet that Little Miss Muffet sat on when the first copies of the rhyme appeared in England in 1553? A chair, a stool, a plant, a stone or maybe a small animal?

Shagreen adds pebbly texture to many items

My long-held fascination with a rare and exotic finish began some years ago on my first trip to Asia. Tokyo was my initial stop and it was glorious and exciting despite the intense July heat and humidity — a condition that the local population described as “sah-oona” (sauna). And believe me, it was.