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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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floor to ceiling vibrant yellow bed canopy fabric by Sandra Loveland Bragdon

Dream in Color

An unembellished floor to ceiling canopy is made special by the fabric selection. What might be viewed as an elaborate treatment for a pre-teen is actually quite good insurance. The design has a playful edge due to the vivid color choice, but it’s one that will carry forward through young adult and beyond as a […]

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sample board showing copper penny patina

Tiling with Pennies

Decorating on a dime… with pennies. Copper has always been the favorite metal when it comes to warmth.  Those looking for that warm feeling and who want to save money on tile are using real pennies for flooring and more.  The floor of this rustic bathroom is covered in pennies.  While it was done by […]

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