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At Home: Dinner party prompts dining room refresh | Lifestyle

The prospect of hosting a fancy dinner party at my house filled my heart with panic and my redecorating engine with jet fuel. I had been wanting to update my dining room. Suddenly, I had an incentive and a deadline.

“You start seeing everything they don’t even notice,” said my neighbor, trying to calm my nerves.

“I’m more worried they’ll see everything I don’t notice,” I said.

Aren’t we all a little house blind?

The dinner party wasn’t my idea. A few months ago, my friend, who is also a friend of the arts, hatched the plan to auction off

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35 Open Floor Plan Decorating Ideas Designers Love for Great Flow

Open floor plans are a staple in many homes, and for good reason. Rather than a closed floor plan with walls and doors separating each space, an open floor plan removes the barriers between two or more rooms, creating the appearance of a bigger space with a better flow of traffic.

These types of layouts also allow more natural light to travel through the home, provide flexibility with decorating, and make spaces more multifunctional.

To make the best use of the space, read on for 35 open floor plan ideas that you can try in your own home.

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The mistakes our team of home design experts always avoid in a small home office

The very worst mistakes to avoid in a small home office can have a big impact on productivity and comfort, others are more aesthetic but can be equally detrimental to your mood. Whether you are working from home full time, or just need a dedicated space for squaring away life admin, there are a few common home office design mistakes to avoid that are particularly relevant to small home office ideas.

Not making the most of clever storage solutions is one of the worst mistakes you can make when renovating a bijou workspace. ‘Clever storage is crucial in small

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This designer’s genius ideas to make your home appeal to all your senses will change how you decorate forever

 a modern dining room in neutral tones

a modern dining room in neutral tones

Whether you’re looking for inspiration online, or flicking through a glossy interiors magazine, the way we consume interior design content makes it largely a visual medium. However, when you’re actually experiencing your home, it’s about so much more than sight alone.

Touch, hearing, smell – they all have a role in how our brains decipher a space and how our homes make us feel. It’s an idea that’s the backbone of an interiors movement often referred to as sensory design. ‘A sensory approach to interior design combines materials, colors, fragrances and sounds to

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Do modern designs and comforts work in historic homes? This Seattle residence says a definite yes

 living room with blue chairs and two white sofas with windows on two sides

living room with blue chairs and two white sofas with windows on two sides

This Mediterranean Revival home was built in 1910 and although the house has been updated a number of times since then, its layout and aesthetic were very much rooted in the past. This historic property was just waiting to be brought up to date.

Luckily the home’s new owners had an ambitious vision that was to put it among the world’s best homes, equipping it with modern systems, while remaining good stewards of the historic residence, by restoring it to its original condition true to

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9 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like a Modern Resort

Newport Beach designer Raili Clasen shares her go-to ideas for making your home feel like a vacation.

<p>David Land</p>

Want to bring the relaxing feel of a vacation home with you? We asked Newport Beach interior designer Raili Clasen to share her favorite tips for making your home feel like a modern resort. The former surf industry executive turned coastal designer is sharing her insights for blending indoor and outdoor living, dining alfresco, and adding thoughtful touches, like a poolside shower for a quick post-dip rinse. With her advice, your family and friends may be booking their next getaway at your house.

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7 Brilliant Decorating Ideas Spotted in Designer Showhouses This Season

Designer showhouses offer an insightful peek at the next big trends, as well as the decorating ideas that are enchanting professionals right now. Within their walls, participants devise interiors that stretch imaginations and push creative boundaries. As blank slates and with little, if any, direction, these untouched spaces foretell what’s to come in design in the immediate future and beyond. 

As we hit the halfway mark through 2023’s showhouse register, decorating ideas are already overflowing. Whether rooms foregrounded form and function or slathered on the whimsy and charm, here are seven of the most memorable spaces we’ve seen.

Kitchen by

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45 Rustic Decorating Ideas to Add Charm and Character to Your Home

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CsbYLrNro7Q/">@house_of_7feathers</a> / Instagram</p>

Warm wood elements, weathered linens, and vintage accents with a story—who doesn’t love a rustic-inspired space? If you love rustic style but are struggling to find the perfect way to incorporate accents into your home, you’ll undoubtedly want to look at these stunning rooms full of delightful decor.

Whether you’re in the market for stylish storage solutions, cozy bedding, chic tabletop pieces, or something else entirely, you’ll draw plenty of inspiration from the vignettes featured below.

Fill a Vase With Fresh Blooms

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A vase full of cheerful blooms is a must in any rustic home. Vases can be placed practically

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10 Book Decor Ideas for Any Bibliophile

<p><a href=&quot;https://www.marypattondesign.com/&quot;>Mary Patton Design</a></p>

Books make for excellent decor and will never go out of style, even as we move further into a digital era. If your home is filled with novels, coffee table books, cookbooks, and everything in between, you may be wondering how to best display all of these texts from room to room in a way that doesn’t look cluttered or repetitive. The good news is that it turns out that books can shine in almost any room of the home, and there are so many different ways to display them. Whether your dining room buffet could use some extra

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Should your trim match your wall color? Experts reveal 6 color tips that can lead to decorating success

 Should your trim match your wall color? Green living room, blue dining room, yellow dining room.

Should your trim match your wall color? Green living room, blue dining room, yellow dining room.

There is so much to consider when painting a room, from color, finish and paint placement, and when it comes down to deciding whether your trim should match your wall color, are there any specific rules to follow?

We have spoken with a collection of paint experts who share their advice on choosing the right colors for your trim, and how enhancing this often-overlooked architectural detail with paint ideas, can create a more unique and stylish design.

Overall, our experts are in agreement

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