DESIGN

Take a Seat | How To Choose the Right Bar Stool

Anyone perched atop a stool in the early days of the Roman Empire would have been dubbed “low class.” Back in those days, chair style represented social order. Thrones ...
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Dramatic Lighting | Sconces Add Light, Mood and Drama

While designing a room, elements like paint, furniture, artwork and accessories may do the heavy lifting, but none of these careful selections matters without proper illumination. Lighting is a delicate ...
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Area Rug Inspiration | A Whole New World

There’s a reason why the magic carpet was Aladdin’s vehicle of choice for soaring Princess Jasmine into “a whole new world.” Colorful, intricately woven area rugs can add a sense ...
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2020 Vision | The Colors of the Year

The Color of the Year program was launched 20 years ago at The Pantone Color Institute. Since its first choice of Cerulean in 1999, the program’s brand success in trend ...
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On-Point Holiday Decor | Prelude to Top Trends

To reduce your family’s footprint at holidays and keep it festive, shop locally. Buy a live tree from a sustainable farm and either plant, recycle or convert it to mulch ...
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Splurge vs. Save | Designers Sound Off

WE ASKED SOME OF OUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS ABOUT INVESTMENT FURNITURE. Which pieces deserve a splurge and which can handle a bit of scrimp? Some said to invest in antiques; some ...
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Open a New Window | Plantation Shutters: A Perennial Favorite

PHOTO: JAMES T. DAVIS, HUNTER DOUGLAS SHUTTERS If eyes are the window to the soul, and windows are the soul of the house, then shutters are the lashes that provide ...
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Stanhope Spencer Johnson | Architect of the Renewed American Dream

When I read the fascinating Stanhope, chronologically by Carolyn Gills Frazier, whose research draws from Jones Memorial Library’s Lynchburg Architectural Archive, I discovered that acclaimed and versatile architect Stanhope Spencer ...
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