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Our Best Advice in 2019: Design, Entertaining and Shopping

December 30, 2019

Pro Tips for Keeping Your Rugs Looking New

Stains, indents and dirt—oh my! The trio of unavoidable dilemmas that every rug owner faces. But fear not! We’ve tapped the experts at Patterson Flynn Martin for all their tips and tricks on how to avert even the worst of carpet crises.

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Decorating With Plates 101

When artfully arranged, a thoughtfully curated selection of humble, utilitarian objects such as plates can be as compelling and refreshing as a pedigreed work of art.

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Entertaining With Elizabeth Mayhew

The interior designer and lifestyle guru is known for her epic party-throwing skills, whether it’s an intimate fete or a full-on blowout. “Entertaining is like theater,” she says, “it’s a play you’re putting on for your friends. As in a live performance, things don’t always go as planned, but no one remembers that—they only remember the good stuff.”

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Rita Konig’s Guest Room Essentials

According to the interior designer, “A beautiful guest bedroom makes you feel welcome and taken care of.” The goal is to create a space where guests actually want to hang out and relax. Here’s her list of the basics that every guest room needs.

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George Gallery Cameron Wilder

An Interior Designer’s Guide to Shopping Around Charleston, SC

“I love when clients have collections, because it makes the house a home,” Tammy Connor says. But when that isn’t the case, you’d never know it. Her warm, inviting interiors have the timeless charm of objects casually collected across lifetimes and passed down from generation to the next. So we asked: where does she source objects to get the look?

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The door of Florence de Dampierre’s 1870s home in Litchfield, CT is in Benjamin Moore apple green.

The Pros’ Favorite Front Door Paint Colors

They say first impressions make lasting impressions and there’s no better way to make a great one than by painting your front door a snazzy hue. Here, a few design gurus share their go-to gateway colors.

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Designing a Little Nook With Big Impact

New York-based architect Randy Correll is an expert on carving out the perfect little space to do just one thing: eat, read, write or relax. A quick look through his sparkling portfolio (he is partner at Robert A. M. Stern Architects) reveals countless nooks, and no two are the same. So we picked a few of our favorites and asked Correll for his top tips to create tiny areas with big impact.

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13 Wallpaper Ideas We Love

With over 2,000 patterns to choose from, Schumacher’s wallpaper portfolio spans everything from delightful chinoiserie designs to romantic florals and versatile stripes. And to make it easy and fun to shop, the brand just released Volume 3 of The Schumacher Library of Wallcoverings. The book opens with creative ideas for installing wallpaper. Click to see them all online now!

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Inside Noah J. & Co., an Atlanta boutique recommended by Anna Wooten Loggins. Courtesy of Holt Interiors

Where to Shop in Georgia and Alabama, According to Designers We Trust

Despite signature styles that are wildly their own, interior designers Fran Keenan, Anna Wooten Loggins and James Farmer have a lot in common: creative and influential grandmothers, a love for family heirlooms and fashion—childhoods steeped in the ever-elusive, totally irresistible style of the south. Here, the three Georgia- and Alabama-based talents share their secret weapons for creating timeless spaces: their local sources.

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Moygashel: inspired by the green of a field after a rain, in a village in Northern Ireland.

Very British Recipes and Household Tips (and Paint Colors)

How to brew the perfect pot of tea. A recipe for candied orange peel. Tips for polishing the silver. Rita Konig and Plain English share very British tips and recipes with us—inspired by the colors of their new color collection released earlier this year.

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How to Create Jenni Kayne’s Go-To, Homemade Party Favors

In the fashion designer’s own words, her new book, Pacific Natural, “is a glimpse into how I make every occasion, big or small, a special one.” One of her go-to party components is handcrafted party favors, and she shared her recipes with us.

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Gil Schafer’s Favorite Sources

For the renowned architect, infusing a bit of history into new spaces is the key to creating a welcoming and lived-in feel. And in his own home in Maine, a growing assortment of mid-century pottery takes pride of place. Here, the self-proclaimed “glorified hoarder” shares with us his go-to sources for antique vessels—and so much more.

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The Power of Paint—and Enduring Colonial Style

Color trends come and go, but the rich, classic palette of our forefathers has undeniable staying power. Combined in contemporary ways, these colonial-inspired hues take on a decidedly 21st-century edge for a look that’s soulful, nostalgic and fresh all at once.

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Timothy Corrigan on Mixing Patterns With Panache

The interior designer isn’t afraid of making strong but subtle—and expertly layered—statements. It’s something you can’t help but notice within the pages of his new book, The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today. Each space draws you in for a closer look. Also on display is Corrigan’s talent for mixing patterns with panache. So we had to ask: How does he do it?

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Curtains in Schumacher's Jahanara Carpet fabric, fschumacher.com; throw pillow in Schumacher's Persephone fabric, fschumacher.com; Blue and White Marbled Cachepot, William-Wayne & Co., william-wayne.com; Cammei Lamp Base, Fornasetti, fornasetti.com; vintage brass Raindrops Tree by C. Jeré; Southern Belle Sofa, Bunny Williams Home, bunnywilliamshome.com. Melanie Acevedo

Where Starrett Ringbom Buys Accessories

The interior designer knows a thing or two about glamorously modern accessories. So we asked her for a list of her favorite places to shop for bits and bobs for the home.

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“One Hundred Rooms to Know and Love”
by Schumacher

The creative team at Schumacher has compiled 100 to-die-for rooms by some of today’s most brilliant designers into a slender and attractive cloth-bound volume.

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