2020’s Colors of the Year Come Roaring In

They show up earlier and earlier every year! No, we're not talking about holiday decorations in retail stores, or next year's new-model cars. What we're noticing is how paint manufacturers and color experts have been trying to get the jump on each other by introducing...

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What’s Your Color Profile?

Color is an integral part of every interior design project, often driving the overall design. The right colors can make a room warm and cozy, or soothing and relaxing, or exciting and enervating. The wrong colors can make a room feel somehow “off,” even if it’s not in...

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The Anti-Kondo Approach

Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there who would be perfectly happy if they never again heard the phrase “spark joy”? I’m sure you know what I’m referring to: The question “Does it spark joy?” is the ubiquitous tagline of Japan-based professional organizer...

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Get Your Patio Summer Ready in 3 Easy Steps

We’ve been presenting a lot of ideas lately about sprucing up your outdoor spaces to get ready for summer, but not everyone is ready to tackle a big outdoor project. Never fear! Just follow the three easy steps below, and your uninspired patio or deck will be summer...

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Touring “The New American Remodel”

First let’s get the alphabet soup of acronyms out of the way. The convention that Wendy and I went to in February was actually two shows: the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), combined with the 75th annual International Builder Show (IBS), which is put on by...

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Granite Vs. Quartz Smackdown

Which is Better: Granite or Quartz? Clients often ask us if they should choose granite or quartz for their new countertops, and our answer, as with so many design questions, is, "It depends." It depends on your personal preferences. It depends on your budget. It...

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