Contributed by Debbie Travis

House to Home: Discover the luxury of today’s grasscloth wall coverings

I learn so much from beautiful hotels around the world. I am lucky to be able to travel a great deal, and I’m always inspired by the creativity in the places I stay. This spring, I celebrated my birthday at the Mandarin hotel in Bangkok (www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok). Wherever they are situated in the world, the Mandarin … Read More »

November 19th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Fabric-covered headboard adds luxury to guest room

Q. My children have grown, and I am now redecorating one of their rooms for a guest bedroom. I’m looking for some ideas to make it a bit different, stylish, comfortable — maybe with some glamour, but not over the top. I like your do-it-yourself projects. Have you one for me? A. Now is your … Read More »

November 12th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Antiquing technique gives old furniture new life

I was asked by a friend for some help fixing up her tiny country cabin. Its location was glorious, sitting by a pristine lake. However, the cabin was dreary, dark and dull. We transformed it all, including secondhand furniture from the thrift store, mostly using white paint. The kitchen wall came alive with a cheerful … Read More »

November 5th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Living in tight quarters calls for creative solutions

Q. I’ve just moved into a tiny condo — 500 square feet — and I’m not sure what furniture to buy. There’s a small bedroom and a bathroom with a shower, no tub. The kitchen runs against one wall with floor-to-ceiling windows on the opposite wall. Any help is appreciated. A. I have just spent … Read More »

October 30th, 2017 at 11:29 am

House to Home: Design workspace to foster imagination, creativity

We all have the ability to be creative. That creativity might lie in the imagination. You may have the ability to formulate fresh ideas that lead to a captivating story or have the power and dexterity to paint or sculpt; or you might possess the mental agility to design furniture and buildings. Our senses share … Read More »

October 22nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Painted facing transforms plain fireplace into focal point

Q. We have just moved into a new-build home. Our living-room fireplace is very plain, ultramodern and does not suit our more traditional style. Can you suggest how we can decorate it on a slim budget? We want to warm up our new home before the holidays. Thanks for your help. A. The fireplace is … Read More »

October 15th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Creative repurposing brings new life to cast-offs

One of my very favorite pastimes is repurposing. I’m a scavenger — I wander with eyes wide open through a yard or a field filled with people’s discarded furniture, odd lengths of cast-off wood, piles of stone salvaged from centuries-old buildings, used windows, homeless doors. I’m looking for items that can be brought back to … Read More »

October 8th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Concrete beauty — To create your own designer mosaic tiles, follow these steps

Q. I am remodeling the master bath in my townhouse, and I would like to replicate the custom bath you created on one of your TV shows. The bathtub was part of the shower, deep and small. You used cement on the walls to create mosaic tiles. Ready-made tubs don’t fit through my doorways, and … Read More »

October 2nd, 2017 at 8:29 am

House to Home: Inspired interior decor encompasses best of both worlds

When it’s time to make plans for decorating, whether it’s a small room or an entire home, begin by dreaming about what motivates you. There is a world of inspiration available today. Internet sites, magazines and specialty books show every style, from traditional to trendy. Traveling offers insight into what delights you, makes you comfortable … Read More »

September 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Step by step — Transform staircase into painted showpiece

Q. What are your thoughts about painting staircases? We live in the country and don’t wear shoes in the house, so I don’t think chipping or excessive wear on the paint will be a concern. Also, what’s the best way to go about the project if the stairs have to remain in use during the … Read More »

September 17th, 2017 at 6:00 am