9 Beautiful Shady Yards Overflow With Lush Plantings

Find out how to mix foliage colors and textures to brighten dark areas and create dynamic shade plantings Whether it’s a woodland garden in dappled light or a north-facing walkway along the side of the house dotted with ferns, shaded landscape areas present opportunities for creating beautiful garden vignettes. Unlike in full-sun gardens, flowers often…

5 Designers on Trends They’re Seeing Now

Designers around the country share the home design materials and colors their clients are asking for. Home design trends seem to spring up from anywhere. Sure, geographic location sometimes dictates what’s popular. After all, what works for a home in Arkansas might not translate to a lakeside home in Washington. But often what’s happening on…

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….

Your Guide to a Contemporary-Style Bathroom

Get the sleek, clean look in your bath with these fixtures, features, palettes and finishing touches. Whether you’re tackling a bathroom remodel with the help of a bathroom designer, an architect or a contractor, being able to pin down your favorite style will help get your project off to a smooth start. If you love an uncluttered, of-the-moment look with…

9 Inspiring Gardens Gain Privacy and Screening With Plants

Boost your privacy outdoors and screen adjacent buildings with planting ideas from these diverse gardens. Whether you’re living with neighbors close by, have less-than-ideal views or are looking for more privacy anywhere in your yard, hedges and screening plants can be major problem solvers. When it comes to choosing the right hedge plant for the…

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,…

14 Bright Ideas for Adding a Little Color to Your Kitchen

Doses of color can go a long way toward rejuvenating a neutral or white kitchen. Looking to add a little color to your kitchen? Whether you’re planning a fresh renovation or just want to add a dash of spice to your existing kitchen, here are several ways you can bring in a new color or…

50 Cool Ideas for Outdoor Showers

Mosaic tiles, lava stone walls and recycled surfboards are among the latest ideas for creative outdoor showers. As days get longer and hotter, the idea of a refreshing shower outside sounds pretty good. If you think you’d like a cool outdoor shower someday, here are 50 stylish designs to inspire you. To see the photos…

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….