Decor Score / Home & Consumer

Decor Score: Umbrella Trick Lets Humor Reign

Q: I still have the column I clipped a long time ago where you suggested using a market umbrella and table inside a loft to create the illusion of a separate dining room.

I have been wishing for a loft ever since! I've heard a rumor that you won'...

Decor Score: Waking Up a Breakfast Room

Q: We have a tiny room off the kitchen that used to be the butler's pantry. I'd like to turn it into a breakfast nook, but there are three windows, not much wall space, and just about enough room for a center table and chairs. What to do with ...

Decor Score: To See and Not Be Seen

Q: We loved the picture window in the master bath of our new house -- that's one reason we bought it. We didn't know it was a problem until after we moved in and realized our neighbors could look right in. We hate to give up the view from the tub,...

Decor Score: Why Loveseats Are So Lovable

Q: Our living room is fairly large but narrow, so the sofa can only go against one wall, which leaves the room open to the entry hall through a wide arch. How can I make it feel self-contained and cozy, not wide-open and breezy?

A: It's all about...