6 Kitchens With Beautiful Blue Cabinets

The color provides a rich and soothing backdrop for a range of wood tones and metal finishes. Blue is a great color for kitchen cabinets. It’s inviting and complements every tone of wood there is. Blue can read like a neutral, and can support warm brass and stainless steel with equal success. Blacks, browns, whites,…

15 Smart Ideas From Beautifully Organized Pantries

See shelf, bin, drawer and lighting setups that can help keep your food and supplies in good order. The pantry is the workhorse of the kitchen. It helps you when you need to get dinner (or breakfast or lunch) on the table and keeps ingredients fresh and cool. But like all hardworking spaces, it can…

5 Black-and-White Bathrooms With Distinctive Style

Designers stamped this classic color palette with their clients’ personalities. It’s hard to imagine a time when a black-and-white bathroom wasn’t classic. Avocado bathtubs and pink toilets may come and go, but this time-tested, high-contrast look suits everything from traditional older homes to modern industrial-style houses. Here’s how five designers created black-and-white bathrooms to complement…

How to Conquer Kitchen Counter Clutter, Maybe for Good

Figuring out exactly what’s taking over your work surfaces is half the battle. That vast expanse of open kitchen counter probably looked appealing when you first moved in or remodeled. But over time, what you’d hoped would be a wonderful space for baking, homework projects and long chats over wine with friends has become a…

When and How to Use Storage Containers to Organize Your Things

A professional organizer shares tips on how to categorize items and which containers are best for storing things. As a professional home organizer, I have a love-hate relationship with storage containers. My mission is to help my clients create spaces that feel relaxing, function efficiently and reflect their personal style. This almost always involves decluttering….

Decorating Master Class: 10 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Turn your styling errors into successes with these solutions — and the help of a good designer. If you’re scratching your head over why the decor in your home leaves you feeling slightly underwhelmed, a remedy — or at least an improvement — may be just a few moves away. Whether it’s a bland room,…

Your Guide to Traditional Style

See beautiful examples of this refined style and learn how designers achieve the look. Whether you’re shopping for furnishings or sharing your ideas with a designer, having a firm understanding of your favorite style can be a big help. If you love comfortable, refined spaces filled with classic details, traditional style might be your ideal decorating match….

8 Elements of a Farmhouse-Style Bathroom

Go simple, repurposed and vintage for a farmhouse-style bath with the comforts of today. The American “farmhouse bathroom” is a bit of an oxymoron. Most original farmhouses were built at a time when the only bathroom was an outhouse. And when farmhouse owners did eventually bring plumbing inside, they didn’t actually build a bathroom; they…

Your Guide to Modern Style

Discover the furnishings, colors and features that pros use to get the strong, sculptural look born in the 20th century. Whether you’re shopping for furnishings or sharing your ideas with a designer, having a firm understanding of your favorite style can be a big help. If you love sleek, streamlined pieces and clean spaces that keep…