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Ask A Designer: How To Modernize A Kitchen That Is Stuck In The Past

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her tips for refreshing a kitchen with a light palette and open shelves. Question: I’d like to spray my lower cabinets white and swap out my uppers for open shelving. How do I make this look good? — K.S., Calgary Answer: Having…

Dining Room

Ask A Designer: How To Add Interest With Built-In Bookcases

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for making an awkward living-dining room more polished. Question: The angled wall in my living room has me stumped, and I’m not sure what to put on my bare walls. Could you help me with furniture and lighting? — T.M.,…

Decorating & Design

Ask A Designer: How To Decorate A Front Entry In A Timeless Style

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for making a welcoming first impression. Question: I’d like to decorate my hand-me-down-filled entryway in a classic look. What would you suggest? — Z.S., Vernon, B.C. Answer: Start by brightening up the space with a warm white paint. Or,…

Dining Room

Ask A Designer: How To Wake Up A Tired Dining Room

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for refreshing a dining room without changing the furniture. Question: I’d like to pull my dining room together and give it some style, but I want to keep my furniture. Where do I start? — B.B., Montreal Answer: The good…

Decorating & Design

Ask A Designer: How To Warm Up A Dated Fireplace

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for giving a drab fireplace a modern makeover. Question: We’re moving into a new home that has a fireplace with decorative niches on one side of the wall. Could you recommend a mantel style and help us furnish the space?…

Living Rooms

Ask A Designer: How To Transform A Living Room With Shades Of Blue

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for bringing a dated living room into the present with a cool-toned palette. Question: I’d like to update my living room, but I’m not sure where to begin. Please help! — L.J., La Salle, Ontario. Answer: I love that…

Decorating Advice

Ask A Designer: How To Freshen Up A Dark & Dated Bedroom

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for redecorating a bedroom in cool shades of blue. Question: I’m redoing my bedroom with a fresh look. I like aqua blues and teal, and I only need to keep the headboard, which was custom made. What do you suggest?…

Decorating Advice

Ask A Designer: How To Decorate A Petite Living Room

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for decorating a compact living room with an awkward layout. Question: I have a very small living room with doorways and windows on every wall. We use this space for lounging and watching television, but the layout is awkward. Please…

Decorating Advice

Ask A Designer: How To Create A Beachy, Open-Concept Cottage

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for designing an eclectic cottage with seaside flair. Question: I’ve been decorating my new open-concept cottage and have purchased a modern sofa, dining table and reupholstered chairs. How can I pull the look together? — J.T., Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba.

Decorating Advice

Ask A Designer: How To Create A Fresh & Inviting Dining Room

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for designing an inviting dining room. Question: I want my dining room to be inviting and to have comfortable seating. I’m looking to change the furniture, lighting and wall color. I love white, blue and grey tones — what do…

Decorating Advice

Solve Your Biggest Design Dilemmas With Ask A Designer™

House & Home‘s Stacy Begg is here to help solve your design dilemmas. Each month we select one question to answer. Whether you’re tackling a kitchen design conundrum during a renovation, or just want to know how to best arrange your living room furniture, we’ve got the sound advice you need…

Decorating & Design

5 Designers Share Their Style Predictions For 2019

Out with Millennial Pink, in with… ? To find out what looks we’ll suddenly see everywhere in 2019, H&H executive editor Kimberley Brown reached out to designers for their New Year’s decorating plans and predictions. Their answers promise mindful yet daring decorating everyone will love.

Decorating & Design

Ask A Designer: How To Design A Bedroom With A Bold Rug

In this Ask A Designer column, Joel Bray shares his ideas for decorating a bedroom anchored by a striking rug. Question: The large Bokhara rug in our bedroom is quite overwhelming and I’m not sure how to incorporate it into the decor. What color scheme, nightstands and lighting do you…

Bathrooms

How To Make A Dramatic Floral Mural Work In Your Bathroom

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares tips on balancing a bathroom’s dark and dramatic mural.  Question: I’ve installed a dark floral mural in my bathroom and need advice on how to finish the look. The house is new, so the vanity has to stay! — R.P., Niagara Falls…

Decorating & Design

Considering An Accent Wall? Get A Designer’s Advice

For a new spin on the accent wall, Joel Bray’s advice is to look up. Question: What color should I choose for an accent wall in my apartment, and how should I finish off the decorating? The light is cold and the floor is a bit orangey. –…