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Making Multi-Purpose Rooms Work for You

Kitchens aren’t just about cooking these days. In fact, they’re typically the largest and most multi-functional rooms in our homes. But even in the largest homes, kitchens aren’t the only …

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VIDEO: DESIGNER INSIGHT: Barry Dixon on How to Plan Your Room

Some start with a rug, some start with a color… designer Barry Dixon offers this advice for starting to plan your room. Start with a layout and a scaled space …

Ellen's Blog Home & Interior Design Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips

Three Reasons to Bring in the Reinforcements

My sister had a serious storage crisis at her house.  She called me, and working together, we figured out that she could convert her rarely used guest bedroom into a walk-in …

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Interior Design Details that Make the Difference

When I put new countertops in our kitchen, I asked that the marble be honed not just on the top-most surfaces, but under the lip that juts out over the …

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5 Luxury Bath Trends I Love

While we spend most of our interior design dollars on high-traffic rooms, be sure to save a few to invest in more intimate spaces. Taking advantage of today’s luxurious bathroom …

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Designing for the Sexes: The Old Rules Don’t Apply

According to my 15-year-old son, “Real men wear pink.” Colors today aren’t as strongly associated with specific genders as they used to be. Plus, the lines between fashions for men …

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VIDEO: Animal Prints Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Animal prints are in, and they’re bigger and bolder than ever! Bedding made from animal print fabrics looks modern and sophisticated while upholstery covered in animal-patterned fabrics or embossed leather …