9 ways to go green for St. Patrick’s Day

9 ways to go green for St. Patrick's Day

Americans love to celebrate holidays from other countries -- especially those of countries that are the ancestral homes of many U.S. citizens. St. Patrick's Day may the top of the list of such beloved celebrations. But you don't have to have a grandmother from the Emerald Isle to appreciate this festive holiday. Give your home an Irish touch with these decorating tips: 1. Go green in florals. Sometimes the best greenery is simply that -- … [Read more...]

Decorate your home perfectly pink

Decorate your home perfectly pink

By Kathryn Weber All shades of pink have been finding their way into homes, advertising, and even the Olympic Games. Radiant Orchid, a deep pink with blue tones, is Pantone's makeup Color of the Year for 2014. You could say that pink is red-hot right now. But even pink is not just for little girls anymore, there are limits Do's and don'ts The bubble gum pink of the '60's is passe. Today's pink is more lustrous, with deeper tones … [Read more...]

A shift to neutral adds decorating style power

beige living room

By Kathryn Weber Think that only bold color has the corner on drama and high decorating style? Think again. Neutrals are not only calm and serene options to impact style, but they carry a punch of their own. They're both elegant and relaxed looking -- something that marries well with today's lifestyles. But following a few simple rules will help you keep your neutral design from stalling: TAN IS OUT Today's neutral is not tan. While … [Read more...]

Have yourself a merry little Christmas tree

christmas tree

By Kathryn Weber Years ago, it was always the eccentric aunt who bought a small, spindly Christmas tree. Today, though, small trees have begun to play a bigger role in holiday decorating. Whether it's a live pine or a rosemary bush festooned with ornaments, mini trees can be big on style and presence. A large Christmas tree is a pretty standard element in holiday decorating. But if you've seen all the wonderful small trees now available -- … [Read more...]

Beautify your bathroom with easy updates

Beautify your bathroom with easy updates

By Kathryn Weber Contrary to what you might think, updating and beautifying your bathroom doesn't have to include ripping out plumbing and reconfiguring layouts. Some paint and new accessories may be all it takes to transform your bath into an elegant, spa-like retreat. Opting for some unique items not usually seen in the bathroom can make the difference. MAKE IT LIVABLE The bathroom is no longer simply a perfunctory room for quick … [Read more...]

Power to the pumpkin


By Kathryn Weber Fall marks a time when corner lots, farm markets and grocery store parking lots are stacked with pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving. They're abundant in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes. There's some debate about whether pumpkin is a squash or a gourd, but whatever you call them -- and whether you use them for decorating or eating -- pumpkins are a seasonal favorite. Here are some ideas to make the most … [Read more...]

Do more decorating with drapes

Faux painting

By Kathryn Weber Beyond simply framing a window, drapes offer a wealth of decorating options to add softness, screening and privacy. Drapes can be used in unique ways that bring more panache to your home and cozy up large, open spaces. THE DRAPE DIVIDE The large open spaces in many contemporary homes are enjoyable to be in and give a feeling of spaciousness, but they can lack warmth and coziness. Ask most diners at elegant restaurants … [Read more...]

15 designer secrets you can adapt for your own home

Powder Room

By Kathryn Weber Go to a designer show house or parade of homes and you'll be struck by all sorts of fabulous "why didn't I think of that?" decorating ideas. Designers seem to be able to decorate a room in a way that looks effortless yet chic and pulled together. That's the product of their expertise, but it doesn't mean you can't adapt some of their ideas for your own home. Try on these ideas to give your rooms a designer touch: 1. … [Read more...]

Trim your porch for Halloween

Halloween Home

By Kathryn Weber Instead of just tossing candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween this year, send them home with something to talk about. Using simple props around your home and yard,  you can create a mini haunted house right on the front porch or some spooky surprises on the way there. Set the scene If you have a small porch, it's easy to create a scene that will enchant neighborhood ghosts and goblins. Using a roll of black plastic … [Read more...]

At home with transitional style

Houston 2006 - House 2

By Kathryn Weber If you asked most people what kind of style their home is decorated in, you'd most likely hear "transitional." That's because transitional style lends itself to interpretation. Most homeowners have a home that's acquired, meaning that they've added to their decor with time, and as their budget allowed. But that's not really the best definition of transitional -- one of America's favorite styles today. Strong on … [Read more...]