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High Point Furniture Market: A Designer’s Haven High Point Furniture Market: A Designer’s Haven

Tips for consumers on trends and those all-important finishing touches
By Sandra Meineke
For years the biannual High Point Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, has been populated primarily by furniture manufacturers and dealers with a …

Houston Home Trends Houston Home Trends

How local builders are accommodating owners’ wishes
By Jennifer Miko
House hunters are busy searching the Houston area, but what are they really looking for? Builders know the competition is fierce, so they need to stay current …

Furniture and Accessory Trends Furniture and Accessory Trends

By Sandra Meineke
There are no trends in furniture and home décor anymore. Or, everything is a trend, depending on what list, blog or design book you read. Basically, anything goes.
Design leaders at High Point Market …

Provocative ‘Tangerine Tango’ is Tops for 2012 Provocative ‘Tangerine Tango’ is Tops for 2012

By Sandra Meineke

The Color of the Year is not just for fashion; it adds pizzazz to home decor too
When Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2012, Tangerine Tango, the Associated Press raved, “The …

Stop Throwing Money Out The Window Stop Throwing Money Out The Window

 
Save on utility costs and increase the value of your home
By Angela C. Crissman
One of the smartest and most cost-effective ways to save on your monthly electric bill is to replace the windows on your …

Five Ways to Create a Happier Home Five Ways to Create a Happier Home

Welcome guests, family and friends with these easy tips
From the legendary June Cleaver of Leave it to Beaver and Bree Hodge of Desperate Housewives to stay-at-home dad Cameron from Modern Family, they all seem to know …

Hot New Trends in Bath Upgrades Hot New Trends in Bath Upgrades

New-on-the-market fixtures and finishes can change the look of kitchens, too
Starting any home project can be stressful, especially when undertaking those projects in the most-used rooms of the house, like the kitchen and bathroom. From …

Kitchens to Build a Dream On Kitchens to Build a Dream On

2011 NKBA WINNERS PROVE DESIGN DREAMS ARE POSSIBLE
A200-year-old home with a prize-winning kitchen? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But, thanks to the skills of a talented designer, it’s a reality. Chris Novak Berry’s rustic-to-refined design …

Don’t Be Afraid: If You Like It, Try It Use these designer tricks to transform your home Don’t Be Afraid: If You Like It, Try It Use these designer tricks to transform your home

Ever watch those TV design shows and wonder how to replicate the look in your own home? It’s easy to incorporate designer tricks into your space, no matter the style or existing decor. Focus on …

What’s Hot And What’s Not An Early Peek At Trends In Fall Fabrics And Accessories What’s Hot And What’s Not An Early Peek At Trends In Fall Fabrics And Accessories

Whether you’re reupholstering a chair or brightening a room with accent pieces, you can do it with style just by paying attention to a few simple industry trends.
We tapped into our sources at High Point …

Wallpaper: In or Out? Wallpaper: In or Out?

Wallcoverings can change the look of a room in an instant
By Sandra Meineke
As the real estate market continues to be sluggish across the country, homeowners who might have downsized or up-sized are choosing instead to …

2011 Bath Design Competition 2011 Bath Design Competition

The Japanese people take their baths seriously — a trait that shower-loving Americans could take a lesson from.
The Japanese bath experience amounts to much more than simply washing off.  Many Japanese people view sitting in …

Look For Changes In Kitchen And Bath Designs In 2011 Look For Changes In Kitchen And Bath Designs In 2011

The results of a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association on design trends for 2011 suggest there will be some changes in kitchen and bath styles  this year. Below are 10 kitchen trends …

Flip Flop Your Living Areas Flip Flop Your Living Areas

While Houstonians are outside in the spring weather this month trying to salvage outdoor living areas after an unusually cold winter, more than 80,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors representing 106 countries will be indoors in …

Is a New Sofa in Your Future? Is a New Sofa in Your Future?

Know what to look for before you start shopping around
Need a new sofa? Take your decorator’s advice and buy the best one you can afford. But, don’t forget to make comfort a priority, too. …

Bye, Bye, Flat Walls; Hello “Wow”Brighten rooms with walls that serve as eye-catching art Bye, Bye, Flat Walls; Hello “Wow”Brighten rooms with walls that serve as eye-catching art

Kiss the flat, matte wall goodbye. Wallpapers and paint are being replaced with amazing new surface materials that make wall coverings more like a piece of art. The latest looks are rich, textured coverings in …

Choosing Wall Colors that Flow Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room Choosing Wall Colors that Flow Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room

“What I find most interesting about color is the very positive effect it has on mood. It can make you feel relaxed, nurtured or whimsical,” says color consultant Kate Smith, owner of Sensational Color and …

Bathroom Renaissance Add pizzazz and personal style with decorative fixtures Bathroom Renaissance Add pizzazz and personal style with decorative fixtures

Turning water on has never been so fun! The latest bathroom faucet designs offer many choices among modern, Asian-inspired, transitional, traditional and creative styles. You can save water and create a special mood just by …

New Generation of Appliances Offer Convenience, Conservation and Cleanliness New Generation of Appliances Offer Convenience, Conservation and Cleanliness

Shop around before you buy
Creating a healthy home environment is one of the hottest topics today. Another is reducing the carbon footprint, and a third is cocooning. The healthy home can be defined as a …

Accentuate and Accessorize Accentuate and Accessorize

Adding interest and color to your home increases its value —
for you and for any future buyers
Getting ready to put your home on the market? Or, just want to perk things up for your own …

Juxtaposed and eclectic, Yin and Yang – It’s all about home design Juxtaposed and eclectic, Yin and Yang –  It’s all about home design

If you like it, use it; there’s no right or wrong in furniture choices this year
A renewed interest by homeowners in upgrading their homes is expected to have a positive effect on the furniture market …

It’s A Red Story. And blue and green, grey and orange, purple too! It’s A Red Story. And blue and green, grey and orange, purple too!

More and more celebrity de­signers are entering the home interiors market with their own brands of fabrics, furniture and accessories, so don’t be surprised this fall to see home interior and clothing fabrics drawing inspiration …