Vicki Bolick bathroom

Designer Vicki Bolick’s bold, blue master bath is anything but cliche

Vicki Bolick enjoys a day of salon pampering as much as the next person, but for her own master bathroom, she nixed the cliche of an all-white retreat.
Backyard after

Why you should hire a designer for home improvement projects

While budget, time, and ability are legitimate constraints on home improvement projects, often it’s a lack of creativity that limits the possibilities. Homeowners’ most common mistake is launching a project without having a full plan in place.
Room Envy

Room Envy: A hallway turned stunning bar

“When partygoers make it into a kitchen, they tend to never leave,” says interior designer Courtney Giles Decker. To route guests elsewhere in her own home, she turned a hallway into a bar, drawing people into a space fully stocked for cocktail hour.
Shelf life

Kitchen cabinets? Or open shelving? We asked an expert for the pros and cons.

Look around: Many of today’s stylish kitchens have swapped out upper cabinets for open shelving. But is it for you? We asked designer Lori May of Lori May Interiors, who’s created an open shelf or two herself, for the pros and cons of the trend.
Jungle jam

Elements of Style: 18 pieces of decor to bring the jungle to your home

This season's best design inspirations brings the wilderness inside.

How to design a home with black and white

Create instant drama with bold black interiors, while a serene white palette is really many colors in one.
Joni Lay children's room

Afraid to commit? Peel-off wallpaper is fun for kids or adults

Living in a rental house didn’t deter design blogger Joni Lay from creating a stylish children’s bedroom.
SwatchPop

SwatchPop is the Dear Abby of decorating advice

Like many homeowners, Jessica McRae loves decorating but sometimes gets in over her head. One night she texted a photo of her bare coffee table to a designer friend. In just a few hours, her pal shot back a simple plan of what to buy and how to arrange it. Problem solved. McRae also realized she’d found a new way to deliver pro decor advice.
Room envy

Room Envy: A green splash flipped this kitchen from plain to bold and funky

Light and understated was never the personality of this loft—or its owner—says interior designer Gina Sims, who amped up this plain kitchen with layers of bold features. Homeowner Cati Teague specified “awesome and green,” which sent Sims on a hunt for the perfect backsplash tile.
Barbara Westbrook

What’s inspiring designer Barbara Westbrook right now

“I didn’t really have a particular room in mind. I was just thinking of summer. I never use chintz, but I love hand-blocked florals like the ones by Galbraith & Paul."

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