Art of Design / Home & Consumer

Art of Design: Party Kitchen

Since prehistoric times, the hearth of a dwelling has been the most important feature in the home. Fire produced warmth for cold climates and also heat so that food could be prepared. Although much has evolved from cave to home, not much has ...

Art of Design: Architectural Embellishments

Any room is just but four walls with a ceiling and a floor. What makes a room remarkable are the details. Just about every room in the world can be awe-inspiring -- it all depends on what treatments and embellishments the room has or could have. ...

Art of Design: The Opposite of Decorating

I am so confused! Even as the new year begins, I promise my family and myself that I will not bring another piece of furniture into the house. All of a sudden, I glimpse at a garage sale sign, the car screeches to a halt, and I just can't resist ...

Art of Design: A Comfortable Home for Everyone

A comfortable home environment will relax you the minute you step inside. Great designs should always place comfort as the ultimate commodity. Of course, it should also look good. But what good is that if your room's interior design is stressful. ...

Art of Design: Country Houses

For many, living in country houses is as common as living in any city. For some it might be a second home or the dream of a retreat from urban life. As with any home, a country house can encompass all family activities or just serve as a backdrop ...

Art of Design: Holiday Tables

As the leaves start to fall and we get the first cool breezes of autumn, my mailbox is flooded with questions regarding entertaining, etiquette and decoration. Many of us wait for these yearly holidays to start projects around the home or do a ...