It was a tough year here on Earth, but 2020 was a bright spot for space exploration. SpaceX sent its futuristic Starship to new heights, three countries launched Mars missions, and robots grabbed...
In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious...
If you’re looking for respite from this winter’s weather and news, you’ll find plenty of peace and quiet in the spring offerings beginning to show up at home decor retailers.
You’ve probably noticed it in clothing stores: racks and shelves full of high-waisted flares, rib-knit turtlenecks, acid green sweatshirts and disco ball metallics. It’s that ‘70s — and ‘80s —...
NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas.
Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items between Christmas and well into...
Home decor accessories can make great hostess gifts or holiday gifts, but how do you choose something you know the recipient will want?
Unless you're sure of someone's personal style, it...
NEW YORK (AP) — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020....
NEW YORK (AP) — White is snow and Santa’s beard, so why not share the joy by embracing the color in holiday gifts?
The possibilities are endless, from home decor to apparel, bespoke to a...
Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy.
Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hallmark Cards says it plans to close its home decor and gift products business by the end of the year.
The Kansas City-based company said Monday that Hallmark Home...
Hand-crafted is popular these days, and many home decorators are looking for unique textiles and other furnishings that feature the look of hand-drawn art.
In fashion, it's replaced black as the new dress-up color. And it's riding a wave of popularity into home decor, too. What's the buzz about?
If ever a color were to be associated with an emotion (OK, blue, we see you), it's got to be yellow. Upbeat and welcoming, it's a hue that's easy to love. But it can be tricky to use when...
Dorothy Draper once said of her decorating projects, "I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk."
The influential Manhattan interior decorator was known for her exuberant use of color and pattern, such as bold, black-and-white checkerboard, hot pink and crimson, lime green and blue. In her hands, stuffy chintz became flirty and vivacious.
That cheeky sense of fun is all over home decor these days, a counterpoint to the serenity of minimalism and neutral palettes.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The founder of Nell Hill's home store is selling the business she started nearly four decades ago to a Kansas City couple.
What trends will dominate home decorating in 2019?
When we asked interior designers about the colors, fabrics and styles likely to be popular this year, one message came through loud and clear: People are seeking comfort at home.
But rather than casual, farmhouse-style comfort, these designers are seeing a trend toward a sophisticated, elegant comfort achieved through things like warm wall colors, antique wooden items with a patina of age, and rounded corners on furniture.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An online retailer of furniture and home decor says it plans to bring 1,000 jobs to coastal Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Wayfair Inc. plans to build a new facility exceeding 1 million square feet (90,000 sq. meters) in Savannah. About $45 million is expected to be invested in the project within the next five years.
The Boston-based company said new jobs will include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions.
MILAN (AP) — The Roberto Cavalli fashion house is looking for future growth in the home decor and furniture sector, with a new project furnishing a luxury residential building in Bahrain.
CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris said Wednesday that revenues from home furnishings sales have increased to 8 percent from 6 percent in 2016, when the Clessidra private equity fund bought a 89.6-percent stake from founder Roberto Cavalli, who retains the rest. Cavalli's 2017 revenues were 152 million euros.
Booths at this year's gift and decor trade fairs featured lots of deer and reindeer motifs — some specifically for the holidays and others to leave up and enjoy after the festive season is over.
Incorporating the woodland icon into your home decor can be a fun departure from an otherwise luxe and elegant holiday aesthetic.
Amid a seasonal sea of red and green or silver and blue, there's a sweet, alternative palette in holiday decor.
Think of fresh fruits and delectable candies, and you're on the right track — it's an enticing, enchanting array of sugarplum hues that home decorators can have fun with.
ROME (AP) — Archaeologists have found a fresco in an ancient Pompeii bedroom that depicts a sensual scene of the Roman god Jupiter, disguised as a swan, and a legendary queen of Sparta from Greek mythology.
The figure of Leda being impregnated by the god in swan form was a fairly common home decoration theme in Pompeii and Herculaneum, another town destroyed in A.D. 79 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius near present-day Naples.
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart's television shows may soon find a place in someone's home.
The Salem News reports that Beverly, Massachusetts, auction house Kaminski Auctions is selling about 5,000 of Stewart's former studio props.
Innovations in design, materials and manufacturing have had a big impact on home decor — outdoors as well as in.
Besides advances in durability, there's now an expansive range of styles that designers can tap in to.
Luxury is one of them.
Think velvet cushions. Tailored detailing. Rich, soft upholstery. Lacquered or carved artisan-made furniture. And lots of other high-end elements that bring the elegance and sophistication of a richly finished interior to a home's outdoor space.
The Earth is awash in garbage, and designers of home decor are looking at ways to reuse the waste. Among the many clever ideas emerging are tiles made out of blue jeans, and furniture made out of bottles.
Detritus from timber and agriculture is being reborn as building and design materials. Sea algae is being used to create dyes and fabrics.
The biggest trend in decor may be that there isn't a big seasonal shift in style any more. In an era of democratic design, there's a relaxed approach to home decorating that has put the notion of "in" or "out" on a back burner. We can decorate our homes more freely.
There are furnishings, palettes and materials in the spotlight, to be sure. But we're more inclined to decorate in a personal and emotional way, making home a happy refuge in an uncertain world.
When Melissa Smuzynski learned that she was expecting, she wanted a nursery that reflected her family's love of travel. But when she and her husband, Damon Lane, went shopping for appropriate decor a few years ago, they didn't find much.
When the Pantone Color Institute recently announced its color of the year for 2018, the vibrant "Ultra Violet," it might have seemed a natural fit for fashion and cosmetics.
"Ultra Violet is a color that's almost like a neutral in fashion now," says New York-based interior designer Brett Beldock. "Every newscaster you see is wearing a purple tie."
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Living in a state where it can snow anytime between October and April, I don't often wish snow would stick around even longer. But I can't deny that it can be pretty, so I decided to test a few ways of making long-lasting faux snowballs to decorate my home for the holidays and beyond.
While it seems like white, gray and other cool neutrals have taken over many shelter magazines and blogs in the past few seasons, there's starting to be little rise in temperature.
Here and there, dollops of hothouse pink, sultry red and sunset orange are showing up in decorative accessories, rugs and upholstery.
Misty Yeomans, PPG's color marketing manager for Glidden paint, says a recent company survey found that red is one of the most popular paint colors. That may be because of its range.
There's a lot of home decorating advice out there on how to create the perfect kitchen. But what goes into designing a truly great dining room?
As the holiday entertaining season approaches, it's worth re-examining the dining area. In homes that have formal dining rooms, they often serve double-duty as homework headquarters, libraries or home offices. These rooms are a decorating challenge, especially if they're directly in view of the front door.
Midcentury and 1970s-'80s motifs are strong players on the home decor stage, and that includes holiday decor too. These retro styles have a different kind of energy than traditional, nostalgic, holiday decor does.
No deep and evocative snowy forests here; no minimalist yet rustic urban farmhouses or hygge-inducing fairy lights.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When mother-daughter team Patience Pickner and Chelsea Tracy opened a home decor store near downtown Sioux Falls earlier this year, their goal was to provide a unique experience for buying home decor.
And one way to sell customers on that experience was to help them make the decor themselves.
Films , TV shows and stories, including the current hits "It" and "American Horror Story," have long imagined a dark side to circuses and side shows. No surprise then that they're a theme for Halloween decorations.
Vintage imagery of clowns, beasts, scary rides and carnival denizens provide inspiration for seasonal home decor and parties.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes dubbed a British Martha Stewart, Chrissie Rucker — with her own home goods empire and cultish following — has brought her monochrome aesthetic to Fifth Avenue.
She is opening The White Company stores in the United States (another store is slated to open in November in Short Hills, New Jersey) after the success of a U.S.-focused online store. She offers clothes, home decor and other items mostly in shades of white.
Desha Peacock believes that everyone should have their own space at home where they can do the work that brings them joy.
The author of "Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford: The Sweet Spot Guide to Home Decor" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014) is out with a new book that focuses on creative workspaces.
KIMBALL, Mich. (AP) — A tiny backyard art studio recently opened to the public in Kimball Township.
Talking Willow Studios aims to offer artistic home decor pieces and jewelry that is different, unusual and a little bit mystical.
Luana Hengemuehle, 56, of Kimball, has been a working artist since 2004 and has always had a goal of opening her own little studio to work and sell her pieces out of.
It's gotten easier to have a house full of pets without sacrificing the home decor you want.
Interior designer Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV's "Design Star" and a dog person, says new technology has led to a variety of stylish AND pet-friendly home-furnishing options.
WACO, Texas (AP) — HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines say the historic former Waco cafe that they bought last year will be called the Magnolia Table and serve breakfast, lunch and brunch.
The stars of the TV show "Fixer Upper" say they hope to reopen what had been the Elite Cafe by the end of 2017. Joanna Gaines, in a recent blog , wrote that she has many great memories from family Sunday brunches at the Elite Cafe.
Summer for many of us means reconnecting with water — lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some relaxing pool.
And that connection isn't confined just to the outdoors, either. Watery hues and motifs are all over home decor.
"Water imagery adds a beautiful dimension to a room," says designer Ohara Gaetano-Davies of Laguna Beach, California.