Contributed by Debbie Travis

House to Home: New book helps readers organize home on a dime

Does this scenario sound familiar? You have had a hectic day with too many items on your to-do list. You arrive home wanting nothing more than to sit and unwind. However, the general clutter in the living room, the breakfast dishes in the sink, the unmade bed and the clothes on the floor transform your … Read More »

February 18th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Pretty in pink — Blushing hues ideal for home decor

Q. For years, I have steered away from fleshy beige-pink walls that were all the rage and were painted throughout the house when I was growing up. Maybe it’s because the whole house gave off a kind of “blah but cool” aura. Lately I have been drawn to pink, though. It started with a pretty … Read More »

February 11th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Balance between trends, personal preference creates happy environment

There are oh so many decisions to make when embarking on a decorating project. In many cases, it’s the number of options that trip us up and confound us until we simply put off making any decision at all. There are the ubiquitous color questions. Then should we paint or paper? What’s on trend? Do … Read More »

February 5th, 2018 at 10:28 am

House to Home: Black and light — Jet black adds sophistication to lighting

One of the many perks of writing a column is being given the opportunity to share what’s new and exciting in the home and lifestyle world. The digital age has sped up changes in all facets of our lives. It’s not just computers and phones. How furnishings are designed and built, the wildly imaginative execution … Read More »

January 28th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Painted floor mats serve as decorative accents indoors, out

Q. A long time ago, someone in my neighborhood made painted floor cloths, I think out of linoleum. I cannot find anything in the library about this craft. What can you tell me? And do you know of any books that could teach me how to make them? A. Your question is very timely. I … Read More »

January 21st, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Designer takes a look back at paint-finish trends

For more than 20 years, I have been happily ensconced in the busy life of making television shows and writing about decorating and design. One of my favorite roles has been as a syndicated columnist, writing the House to Home columns weekly, along with my longtime writing partner Barb Dingle. These columns are syndicated, which … Read More »

January 14th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: 2018 could be the gilded age for paint finishes, accents

We hear a lot about what’s going to be, or is, the color of the year. It becomes a guide to choosing a fresh decorating palette. Paint colors, popular fabric shades, even furnishings follow what’s hot on the fashion runways. Of course, the annual switch in color and design trends drives retail. What’s new is … Read More »

January 7th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Sneak peek — Enjoy a preview of 2018’s decorating trends

I always look forward to previews of what’s new and trending for the coming year. It’s exhilarating to survey the latest in paint colors and wallcoverings, get a fresh take on pattern shapes and sizes, and see how decorative cladding — including tile and stone — is being utilized. This year’s splendid array offers something … Read More »

January 2nd, 2018 at 7:46 am

House to Home: Dining-room furniture sets stage for making memories

Q. We have graduated from our first tiny apartment to a house that has a dining room. What should we look for in a dining table? Is this what you would call a splurge item? Thanks for your help. A. Dining rooms are very special places because sharing meals with family and friends is one … Read More »

December 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Custom-crafted shelving adds pizzazz to any space

For those who crave a custom approach to decorating, there are plenty of opportunities for creating something as simple as a unique shelving system. If you have a spot that would benefit from some extra display space, why not design your own version? Dress up laminate boards, or use medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that’s been cut … Read More »

December 18th, 2017 at 8:19 am