Contributed by Debbie Travis

House to Home: Living walls bring beauty of nature to interior spaces

We don’t question the feeling of well-being that comes with taking a walk in the woods or sitting in the garden under a tree. It’s instinctive. Being surrounded by the natural world helps us to relax, breathe and become more connected with our senses and feelings. Plants fulfill an ancient, profound need. Love of living … Read More »

June 17th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Today’s outdoor furnishings, lighting offer flexible style

Q. This summer, we want to reinvent our large property, which backs onto a lake, to accommodate more outdoor entertaining. A traditional setting with a modern edge is what we like. Any ideas are appreciated. A. You are fortunate to have lots of room to spread out and enjoy life under the sun and stars. … Read More »

June 10th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Tips for successfully decorating with a dark color palette

There are a few bold decorating steps that take an adventurous spirit and a decidedly personal sense of style to execute. One example is moving to a dark palette — layering walls, floors and ceilings in deep, rich hues and including furnishings that share the same shadowy nature. It’s daring, but it also presents an … Read More »

June 3rd, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Choose home-improvement projects wisely when selling

Q. We plan to put our home on the market this fall and would like some tips on how to get the house ready. Is it smart to fix up the exterior, as well as the interior? We are happy to put in the work ourselves. A. When you are planning to sell, keep in … Read More »

May 27th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Designer adds crafty touches to enhance garden space

The season of outdoor living is upon us, and what a thrill it is to be back in the garden again. That garden can be located almost anywhere, from the largest plot of land to the smallest apartment balcony. Creating an outdoor oasis is one of my favorite projects. It’s an ongoing project, too, as … Read More »

May 20th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Transform digital photos into artistic memories

Q. I am determined to print a few of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken with my phone so I can make a gallery and enjoy them. Have you any new ideas about framing photographs and how to arrange a gallery? A. What a good idea! We have all taken literally hundreds of photos now … Read More »

May 13th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Upcoming royal wedding inspires floral fancies

For many of us, the highly anticipated royal wedding for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is an exciting, historic occasion that we look forward to reading about. We know it’s going to be quite the event. You may be planning your own party with friends, maybe to watch the royal nuptials. Why not give your … Read More »

May 6th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Wonderfully weird — Artistic inspiration shines in Austin homes

The most poignant lines of the author David Neff’s dedication in Weird Homes: The People and Places That Keep Austin Strangely Wonderful, the book that he and his wife, Chelle Neff, have so lovingly created, is their mission statement that “the book is dedicated to all the affordable housing groups/nonprofits we invest in.” Their story … Read More »

April 30th, 2018 at 9:05 am

House to Home: Glamorous accessories add sophistication to rustic setting

Q. We are planning a special wedding anniversary for our parents, celebrating 50 amazing years. It will be at our family cottage. Do you have any ideas to make the decor look spectacular in a very woodsy setting? Thanks for your great tips. A. This is a very special event, and I imagine your parents … Read More »

April 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Brick wall can provide stunning backdrop for home decor

I hear from many readers who have moved into a loft or otherwise transformed space and are puzzled by what to do with solid brick interior walls. Such walls convey an aged, rustic style that can feel dark and gloomy — but that does not have to be the case. In fact, a brick wall … Read More »

April 15th, 2018 at 6:00 am