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The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.
It's a conundrum many parents face: what to do with the steady flow of drawings, paintings, collages and more that children bring home from school and camp? Which are the keepers and — besides sticking them up on the refrigerator with magnets — how can you display them creatively?
In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, for HGTV.com's new digital series HGTV Spring House, interior designer and executive producer Flynn uses the art of layering pattern to pack its master bedroom with classic, feminine appeal. Flynn says the trick to mixing several floral prints successfully is all about a range in scale, claiming one small, one medium and one large pattern will often strike the perfect balance. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/HGTV Spring House/Sarah Dorio)
In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, the interior designer Flynn updated this industrial loft kitchen using floral wallpaper from Graham & Brown with modern scale and colors. Flynn says the trick to using florals in fresh new ways is to choose over-scale botanical fabrics rather than traditional florals with small pattern repeats. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Sarah Dorio)
In this undated photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, the interior designer Flynn designed this Mulholland Drive house in the Hollywood Hills using a style of decorating referred to as "updated traditional" which is known for putting youthful, updated spins on classic floral patterns through a fresh use of color and clean, simple lines, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Sarah Dorio)
In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, the interior designer Flynn uses affordable navy blue prints from Ralph Lauren and John Robshaw to make an otherwise feminine den a bit more gender neutral. To introduce florals into homes occupied by men, Flynn suggests choosing botanicals in masculine colors such as deep blues and muddy greens. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Sarah Dorio)
This photo provided by Pottery Barn Kids, shows the Butterfly Art Cable, a temporary way to display children's art. Interior designers and others encourage parents to find a way to create a rotating gallery in their home for children's art. (AP Photo/Pottery Barn Kids)
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop.
After his company’s acquisition of the former Polar Ice facility in Chandler last month, Coyotes Ice LLC president Mike O’Hearn quickly changed the rink’s name to Ice Den Chandler and promised upgrades.
This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious.
If you are attending the 2014 Amazing Arizona Comic Con, this Jan. 24-26, you might just witness history being made as the coordinators behind this annual event attempt to break three different Guinness world records over the course of the weekend.
Plants and people can't help but feel a bit wan this time of year, but things are brightening up already. Every day the sun is gradually moving higher in the sky, burning with increasing intensity and duration.
I started by shopping, assuming the only way I could have an industrial-style bookcase was by paying a hefty sum for one.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, to deck the halls and to buy presents for family and friends. But, did you know the holidays are also considered by some experts to be a good time to buy or sell a home?
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.
This photo provided by ProjectNursery.com and Liz Carroll Interiors shows a children's theater for putting on plays, puppet shows, and other performances. Interior designers say families are finding more inventive uses for their homes’ extra little rooms, optimistically called “bonus rooms” by real estate agents. So instead of that dust-collecting desk, many families are seeking creative ways to customize these alcoves as game rooms, dressing rooms, small theaters and more. (AP Photo/ProjectNursery.com/Liz Carroll Interiors))
As temperatures drop and daylight is in shorter supply, we fight back: We crank up the heat in our homes and turn on lights earlier and earlier. And yet we also want to keep our heating and electric bills as low as we can.
Home beer and spirit-making have become popular hobbies. Bars and beverage stores feature a growing range of artisanal spirits and craft brews. Cocktail parties are back in vogue.
Along with grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineral-themed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements.
It's not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days.
RICHMOND, Va. — With terrain varying from the mountains to the coast, Virginia offers an array of fall colors for leaf-peepers. But before or after your drive along one of the state's many scenic byways, consider a fix of Southern city living with a visit to the state capital, Richmond. Located along Interstate 95, it's an easy stopping-off point. And whether you like the outdoors, art or history, there's plenty to do here — and you don't have to spend a dime.
Phoebe Taylor's 20-year-old suburban Atlanta ranch house began plain and "builder grade."
Halloween, the holiday built around the twin pleasures of playing dress-up and eating too much candy, is obviously a hit with children.
If you lived in a comfortable home in 17th century France or 19th century England, your chairs might well have been embellished with nail-head trim. It was a clever, decorative way for craftsmen to secure materials to upholstered furniture.