Carol Cook, decorating her Ventura, California, home for the Fourth of July is almost as important as decking the halls in December. In fact, her decor celebrates American exuberance all year long. "I love red, white and blue," she enthuses. If you are looking for ways to add broad stripes and bright stars to your home this July, consider these spirited ideas:
From hard-to-find green graniteware to a family heirloom vintage bench with original green paint, it's no coincidence that rooms in Rowann and Hugh Wilkerson's Lilburn, Georgia, home all have at least one or two green accessories. "If an antique is green, it usually comes home with me," Rowann admits. Weaving a verdant pop of a favorite color throughout your interior decor is a personal signature and adds continuity to disparate spaces. Rowann offers the following tips for choosing and working with a signature color.
Erin Boles, a seasoned pro in the art of upcycling, loves finding new uses for old things in her Doylestown, Pennsylvania, home. “I never look at something for what it is or what it’s supposed to be,” she says. “I think of what it could become or how I can use it.” Here are five tips for incorporating salvaged materials into your home:
Walking into Bridgett Swindle's Greenbrier, Tennessee, home is like stepping back in time -- and not just to 2002 when she and her husband finished building their antiques-filled sanctuary. How does she make her 21st-century house feel like a Colonial primitive paradise? Here are five of her best ideas:
Discover ways to coordinate your holiday decor all through the house.
As Melanie Curl of Bolivar, Missouri, has learned, accumulating vintage kitchen utensils and cutlery isn’t the hard part of creating a theme. After all, they tend to be small and relatively inexpensive. But they’re also oddly shaped and often unwieldy, which makes displaying them a challenge. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination:
Vintage goods can give your home a unique, lighthearted appeal. Here are some of Arlington Heights, Illinois, homeowner Stacey Remiker’s tips for decorating with these items:
Working with a neutral palette is anything but boring when you choose accents with quiet colors and bold textures. Here are some of Susan Taggart's best tips for decorating with shades of white:
Blend reproductions with period antiques to create a decor-driven lifestyle.