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colorful striped staircase runner

Rainbow Staircase Runner

A colorful striped carpet adds color to a stark interior. Winter days in England are thick with gray skies.  Many homeowners counter the mind clouding darkness by painting interiors white, white or white.  Every flat surface in this entry hall is nice and bright – thanks not only to the stark paint choice but the […]

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emerald green goatskin console "bracelet" table in the style of Karl Springer

Color of the Year 2013

It’s official! It’s Emerald, the color of money – just in time. Back many years ago, when I was a food writer at the Chicago Tribune and later at Newsday, I would produce the annual “in and out” list. I loved doing that because it was easy to see how things had changed thoughout the […]

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Early 20th century Russian floral textile

Russian Chintz

A casualty of the Russian Revolution and the Cold War, these vibrantly colored fabrics remain little known even today. I first encountered Russian-made floral, paisley and striped fabrics from the early 20th century on the pages of a magazine. I was immediately drawn to the full blown rose motifs I also adore on Bessarabian (Russo-Romanian) […]

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bedroom with black walls, curtains and accessories by Joy Tribout

Dark Bedrooms

Dark walls make for such dramatic sleeping spaces. I always believed that dark wall colors were best used in small rooms, those in need of visual downsizing, or places with little natural light. But using a “night-life” hue in the bedroom makes real sense considering all the light-blocking strategies we tend to employ in the […]

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deep gray dining room with white ceiling, floor and upholstery plus shamrock green curtains.

Wintery Walls

Gray and white rooms remind me of this stormy season. When it comes to wall color, my instinct is to go with walls that reflect — rather than absorb — natural light. That means colors with light to medium values. Lately, though, as I’ve focused on gray in the kitchen (perhaps as a prelude to […]

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