Design Dilemma

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3 Important Things to Know BEFORE You Install Zellige Tile

In a recent article, Remodelista proclaimed zellige tile to be “the trendiest tile of 2019.” I usually don’t care about trends. I like timeless, and zellige is anything BUT trendy. The laborious art of making these luminous, variegated tiles has been passed from generation to generation in Morocco by master craftsmen called maâlems. To make …

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Custom Window Treatments Put Icing on the Cake of This Client's DIY Kitchen

Design Dilemma: How Custom Window Treatments Made This Client’s DIY Kitchen Shine

In addition to full-house and whole room decoration jobs, now and then I’ll help a client with smaller jobs — smaller but no less satisfying! Projects such as these may include color plans, E-design plans (where I specify items clients can buy through retail sources according to their own timeline), window treatments, and custom upholstery. …

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A Window Treatment Trick That Will Save You Money (and Still Look Good): Roman Valances

  Firstly, I’m sorry I’m so late this morning. Between backup work leftover from the holidays, our family getting hit by the stomach flu, a midweek post on vintage furniture, and yet another snow day — I just didn’t have a post ready until I sat down this morning well after the time my posts …

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Pillow Talk: How Many Decorative Pillows Do You *Really* Need on Your Bed?

The answer to that question is long and circuitous. When Erin Gates’ book The Elements of Style first came out in 2014, I gobbled it up like only a decorator-trapped-in-a-frustrated-musician/at-home-nursing-mom-of-infant-and-a-kid-with-challenges’ body could. The book includes a chapter called “Love and Throw Pillows” in which, in addition to talking about bedroom style, Erin discusses how she and her husband …

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