Inspiration

Win a Collection of Great Home Cleaning Products

Thymes, a creative fragrance collaborative based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recently launched a new line of cleaning products called Mandarin Coriander, just in time for the spring cleaning season. And if you’re willing to share your household cleaning secrets and tips on its site, you could take the new products for a test drive. The company isRead more

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How Feng Shui Can Transform Your Life

If you’re interested in feng shui and plan to renovate your kitchen try to find out where it falls within the bagwa to determine which area of your life will be affected by the changes you’ll make. If it’s in the career section, for example, chances are as you transform your kitchen your career will transform, too. It’s alsoRead more

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Creative Curtain Idea

A talented photographer and designer, Jennifer Levy is known for her imaginative problem-solving ideas. Take this clean, crisp curtain idea she came up with to cover the glass door leading to the terrace of her Brooklyn brownstone, for example. By installing a curved track and floor-length cotton panel along the ceiling in front of the doorRead more

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Trends in Residential Stonework

Last week representatives from Charles Luck, the Virginia-based supplier of exquisite stones from all over the world, were in town and shared their thoughts on the kinds of stonework we’ll be seeing in residential settings over the next couple of years. They see new economic realities leading to a new way of thinking, living, and working—andRead more

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English Author Mary Gilliatt on English Style

Just before the holidays we had the good fortune to spend some time with our friend Mary Gilliatt, a talented English decorator and the author of more than 40 books on decorating and design. She told us a charming story about her second book called English Style in Interior Decoration, which was first published in the U.S. byRead more

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips

We have no shortage of friends—both male and female—who are fanatics when it comes to keeping a clean house. One of them is New York real estate agent Pavan Uttam, who us a few of his household cleaning ideas: I am a self-proclaimed clean freak. My son’s au pair tells people that I am the most uptight manRead more

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Forcing Forsythia

Mid-winter blues starting to get to you? Our friend Megan Fulweiler just sent us another post with one of her techniques for beating them—forcing flowers. Here’s what she wrote: To combat winter blues, I long ago began a tradition. As soon as the holiday decorations are safely stored away, I grab my garden clippers and head outdoors.Read more

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Doggie Decor: Pet-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Interested in some pet-friendly decorating ideas? Our friend Megan Fulweiler, a design author and journalist based in Rhode Island, has lots of them. She recently sent us this post on a few easy-care decorating solutions she’s deployed in her own home to accommodate her family’s pup. She also included a few decor tips for canine lovers fromRead more

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Fresh Colors to Watch For in 2011

As one year comes to a close, it’s always fun to start imagining possibilities for the next. Like music, movies and haircuts, one of the most distinctive markers of an era is color. Wanting a glimpse of the hues we’re most likely to see in homes across America in 2011, we talked with interior designer and Benjamin MooreRead more

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Affordable Handmade Ornaments

If you haven’t decorated your Christmas tree yet—or even if you have and it needs some finishing touches—then consider visiting West Elm, which is having a sale on its handmade ornaments from all over the world. The charming handcrafted felt balls (below) are made with New Zealand wool by women artisans who live in a villageRead more

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