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house decorating & home décor ideas

  • Organize your clutter/"Organize the chaos"/Photo: Home Talk

    Stylish ways to organize the chaos

    Busy lives call for easy tricks to organizing the craziness around us. To help make your life a little bit easier, we found 10 stylish ways to keep your home neat and tidy.

  • DIY paper garland

    5 crafty paper lanterns to create quickly

    Let your individuality shine with stunning personalized paper lantern projects that will add a pop of fun in your home.

  • Stunning bathroom makeover

    7 stunning bathroom makeovers

    Because the bathroom isn’t the first thing visitors see, it often falls to the bottom of the DIY to-do list. But a bathroom shouldn’t stay out of sight and out of mind, because it is one of the most-used areas of any home. With a little tender love and care, even the most shameful space can be transformed into a spa-like retreat. Upgrades can be as easy as changing the paint color or switching up mirrors or other accents, or as complex as replacing vanities and renovating showers. We’ve found 7 before-and-after bathroom makeovers sure to inspire you to take the plunge with your own project.

  • DIY closet storage idea

    10 'zero dollar' storage hacks

    Closets are built with doors for a reason: They’re meant to hide stuff. Still, these essential storage spots are some of the most-used spaces in any home—so why not make them as appealing and user-friendly as possible? Outfitted with colorful fixtures and smart tools, an organized closet, dresser, or craft room can be a thing of beauty. Even better, it can be pulled together on the tightest of budgets. Here are 10 ways to conquer clutter by repurposing items you may already have on hand, such as cardboard boxes and coat hangers. Put these simple no-cost DIY tricks to work in storage spaces from the front hall to the master bedroom—then go ahead and leave the doors wide open!

  • AD's August issue.

    Laura and George W. Bush’s secluded Texas ranch

    At their magnificent 1,600-acre Crawford retreat, once known as the Western White House, Laura and George W. Bush live the green life in a house that is tailored for easygoing indoor-outdoor enjoyment

  • Outdoor rug

    12 outdoor pieces worthy of bringing inside

    With the lines blurring between outdoor and indoor decor, now's the time to get creative with your boundaries. By using your outdoor pieces indoors, you can add unique and unexpected style. Even better, you'll get your money's worth using these items year-round! Keep reading to see and shop a dozen of our favorites.

  • Hand-dipped indigo pillow from Etsy

    Summer Etsy finds to act on now

    Although browsing Etsy can be overwhelming, it's a great resource for home decor. After a lot of clicking and a few recommendations, we've come across shops deemed to be our Summer favorites. Among our latest picks include hand-dipped fabrics and custom pieces worthy of a splurge. Shop our finds, and link to your favorite Etsy shops in the comments below!

  • Degré by Eric Chevallier for Domeau&Pérès. AFP Photo, ©Jean-Etienne Portail // Degré by Eric Chevallier for Domeau&Pérès. AFP Photo, ©Jean-Etienne Portail (Degré by Eric Chevallier for Domeau&Pérès. AFP Photo, ©Jean-Etienne Portail)
  • Light walls

    Fabulous tricks for decorating small spaces

    Home décor that allows you to feel at ease in your personal space is always important, especially if there isn't much home to décor in the first place. If you live in a metropolitan city like New York, Los Angeles, or London, the trade up for close proximity to breathtaking cultural destinations and the best in nouvelle and traditional ethnic cuisine is often even closer quarters. However, just because the competitive market for affordable housing necessitates certain compromises when it comes to square footage, doesn't mean we have to sacrifice personal style when decorating small spaces. We posed our decorating issue to our favorite interior design guru, founder of Brooklyn based interior design store, Items of Interest, Susie Kurkowski. From paint techniques to lighting fixtures to furniture guidelines, here are Kurkowski's top 10 go-to design tricks for small spaces.

  • Basket Lamp by Nendo. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Nendo: photo by Akihiro Yoshida // Basket Lamp by Nendo. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Nendo: photo by Akihiro Yoshida (Basket Lamp by Nendo. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Nendo: photo by Akihiro Yoshida)

    Nendo turns traditional Japanese cooking utensils into contemporary lampshades

    Designers use utensils that have been around for centuries to create new design.

  • Zaha Hadid has become the first-ever woman to win the Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award for her creation, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects // Zaha Hadid has become the first-ever woman to win the Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award for her creation, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects (Zaha Hadid has become the first-ever woman to win the Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award for her creation, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects)

    Zaha Hadid first woman to win Design of the Year award

    Architect Zaha Hadid's structure called "intoxicatingly beautiful."

  • Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica ©Photos by Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair // Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica ©Photos by Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair (Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica ©Photos by Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair)

    Lamps reflect the weather outside

    The new invention is currently in the prototype stage.

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