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The Open Concept Living Space

Traditionally, homes in the 1990s were designed with separate rooms, but now the new trend is the open floor plan. In the past, people believed that the more rooms the home had, the more attractive, compartmentalized and functional the home was. Designers and homeowners eventually realized that the open floor plan made spaces appear larger…

14 Paint Colors That Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

These expert-approved hues may be the secret to opening up a minuscule or cramped-feeling room. The right paint color can accomplish a lot — it can flatter everyone in the room, help bring good energy to a space, and even keep you from getting sick. And luckily for small space dwellers, a well-chosen wall hue…

How to Create a Worldly Motif With Neutrals

Designers Leigh Anne Muse and Lili O’Brien​ decorated a warm Spanish Colonial Revival house using only creams and browns. MIMI READ: I’ve only been to Richmond once before, and it seemed chockablock with Georgian houses. Maybe I blinked. Are there lots more of these exotic specimens? LEIGH ANNE MUSE: Not at all. Richmond has many…

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

There’s no shortage of online tutorials about painting furniture. And I’ve used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found issues with a lot of these tutorials — the paint chips, the finishes aren’t smooth, the paint peels — you get the picture. I’ve had to…