Roll Call: Why Trendy But Tricky Grasscloth Wallpaper Is Worth It

via Emerald Hills Interiors

Get the ins and outs of beautiful, hand-woven natural grasscloth wallpaper

A staple in the 1960s and ’70s, grasscloth wallpaper has lately become a hot commodity. A natural material, it’s one of the most versatile decor items, complementing almost any style from tropical to rustic, traditional to modern. But despite its good looks, grasscloth is a “fussy baby” in the big family of wallcoverings. It is delicate and isn’t exactly a breeze to install — but it’s worth it when done right. If you’re considering grasscloth, here’s what you need to know.

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Room of the Day: Cool Grays Replace Beige in a Glam Space

A West Hollywood living room goes from drab to fab to match the lively personality of its owner

After buying a white linen chesterfield sofa in hopes of solving a too-bland vibe and awkward layout in the living room of her West Hollywood townhouse, this homeowner quickly realized she needed expert advice. She hired Lucie Ayres to help turn the room into something upbeat, glamorous and fit for mixing a few cocktails during parties with friends.

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Kitchen of the Week: Updated Colonial Style in Creamy White

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A kitchen in a once-neglected house gets an elegant and roomy overhaul for a growing family

Paul and Danielle O’Connor grew up outside Philadelphia and met in their late twenties. After marrying and having children, they found their small starter home bursting at the seams. They spent two years searching for a bigger home before landing the traditional stone Colonial-style house they’d always dreamed of owning.

But after sitting vacant for many years, the house needed a full head-to-toe renovation before the O’Connors could move in. Here they share details on how they overhauled the kitchen with modern features and a creamy white look while respecting the history of the house.

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See How Wallpaper Can Transform a Room

 Aside from adding pattern and color, wallpaper can also take hold of our senses and change how we view our spaces

It’s well-known that wallpaper can spice up a room with pattern, but it also has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Depending on the design or even materials that go into making it, wallpaper can alter how we perceive spaciousness, light levels and movement. It can create a sense of cohesiveness — or isolation — in a room.

To me, good interior design is an art form. That’s why I studied both subjects, and earned degrees in fine art and interior design, deepening my understanding of how color, pattern, texture and form work together in interior spaces. And that’s why I believe you can use wallpaper to work wonders in any room. Click HERE to find out how…

Houzz Tour: Brooklyn Townhouse Goes From Fixer to Fantastic

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A designer renovates her family’s 19th-century New York home in an impeccable mix of traditional and modern style

Armed with vision and strong nerves, designer Alison Jennison saw past the faded green paint, wood paneling and fiber ceiling panels like many people had in elementary school to realize the full potential of this three-story Brooklyn townhouse. Her efforts peeled back the decades-old features to reveal hidden charm, to which she applied hip modern furnishings.

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Staged for Success: The Case for Hiring a Home Stager

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Before listing your home, tap into the talents of a home stager. You may sell your home faster and at a bigger profit

Home staging has become an increasingly formidable force in helping people sell their homes more quickly and for more money. Its overall goal is to help prospective home buyers emotionally connect with a space, hopefully leading to an offer to buy.

Home staging isn’t limited to just high-end properties. It has become a norm for homes at all price points. While staging may seem like an additional hassle and expense, the investment can pay off. Here’s a guide to home staging, including the benefits, process and reasons to stage your home if you’re considering a move.

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Room of the Day: Custom Storage & Furnishings Rock Soho Living Room

via Megan Grehl Design

A space-savvy cabinet, bench and shelving unit near the entry help a busy New York family stay organized

Danielle and Stephen Krupa love all the fast-paced activity that New York City has to offer, especially the live music. The living room of their Soho loft needed to better accommodate their family’s get-up-and-go lifestyle. Originally built in 1895, the once-commercial fourth-story loft was converted to residential space in 2001. After they bought it, the Krupas undertook a major renovation with Stephen’s sister, architect Julia Krupa.

The addition of two daughters to their family created the need for more and better-designed storage near the entry. They also wanted to update some of the living room’s stylistic elements. Designer Megan Grehl maximized the space’s storage while keeping the look in line with the Krupas’ fun-loving “rocker” aesthetic.

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Room of the Day: Ferraris, Fossils and Bubbles Inspire a Bath Update

A pink 1950s bathroom decimated by black mold is brought back to life with color and loads of artistic touches designed by the homeowner

Psychologist Jan Ferris knows what she likes and what rubs her the wrong way. She disliked her 1954 pink bathroom, but it wasn’t until two difficult life events struck — the death of her father and a leak that destroyed her bathroom — that she decided to finally tackle some upgrades. Ferris tapped into her former practice as an artist and embraced her love of color to create a cheerful new bathroom that also helped her heal.

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Room of the Day: See a 30-Day Makeover of a Manhattan Living Room

This rental unit in a newly renovated Garment District building gets dressed for success in a New York minute

While still under construction, a new condo building in a prime location caught the eye of a financial executive and his 25-year-old daughter. Close to his work and full of light, a brand-new condo in New York’s Garment District was too much to pass up, so he jumped at the chance to rent a unit.

But the all-white open-plan living room needed some life pumped into it before the family could move in the following month. Pressed for time, designer Rose Praino of YDC Design worked to find in-stock furnishings and accessories to reflect the father and daughter’s different interests, personalities and needs.

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A Spacious New Home Marries Classic and Contemporary Design

In Houston, large rooms with high ceilings are decorated with custom furnishings in a neutral palette

Few places offer space to spread out like Texas. This Houston couple took full advantage of that with a spacious new home built in the city’s famed museum district. Classic-meets-contemporary materials and furnishings fill large rooms, giving the stately home an intimate feel. Meanwhile, large windows and an inset porch off the kitchen offer deep connections to the outdoors.

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