Stories by Kim Cook

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

Tiny tiles becoming big trend

Blending art, architecture and design, mosaic tile is one of the oldest forms of wall and floor covering.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dorm Decor Hacks: Fun ideas to add flair to the basic box

Moving into a dorm is one of college life's most exciting milestones; it's the first time many kids are living away from the comfy confines of home. But the thrill can wane when the dormitory door ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Premium pet foods gain popularity

Imagine a warm, fragrant entree of oven-baked chicken with whole-grain brown rice, steamed yellow squash and pan-wilted spinach. Or slow-roasted leg of lamb with pearl barley, broccoli and crispy ...
By Kim Cook

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Art pieces can bring drama, design to outdoor spaces

If you came across any of Barbara Sanderson's work in a garden, you might think you'd stepped into Alice's Wonderland. The Seattle-based glass blower crafts flowers, arbors, lights and fountains ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, March 12, 2016

'Spring cleaning' is a chance to update decor

For some people, spring cleaning entails not much more than a good shake of the carpets. For others, it's an excuse to update room décor.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Create a bathroom, vanity style to fit your needs

What makes a great bathroom, one perfect for prepping and primping? A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities - the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel.
By Kim Cook

Spice up kitchen by adding black

The kitchen's often a room to experiment with decor. Over the years we've seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, greige and white take their turn as favored hues. But now, black is back.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

Add a special touch to gifts with decorated papers

Why settle for run-of-the-mill holiday gift wrapping when there are dozens of wonderful papers available?
By Kim Cook

Add some holiday sparkle to your home decor with glittery, metallic accents

Even if you practice restraint in your everyday home decor, you might be inclined toward a bit of sizzle and sparkle when the holidays roll around.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Many months of merry: the wide range of subscription gifts

Suffering from a pre-holiday "what to give" headache? The prescription might be a subscription. Subscription gifts, one of the hottest retail trends, literally keep on giving: New installments ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Holiday cards can have an artful edge

Christmas and seasonal greeting cards have long been an artistic niche that inspires illustrators and designers.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Silver screen can be party theme

Need some bright ideas for a Halloween party? Look no further than the klieg lights of Hollywood.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Right at Home: New rugs bring flair to the floor

On the interior décor stage, rugs are often quiet, supporting players to high-profile furnishings. But sometimes they take the spotlight, and the furniture provides a front-row seat to the show.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

Kids' books offer bedroom inspiration

Using children's books as inspiration for bedrooms and playrooms is one way to introduce a child to literature. It also can be just a fun, imaginative way to decorate.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Right at Home: How to decorate when you move a lot

Millennials - people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s - are a mobile generation. Only about 24 percent of the total population, they make up more than 40 percent of movers ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

If you've lived with your kitchen for awhile, chances are you've got drawers full of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you hate.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Designers mix modern with dash of Marsala

Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home decor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying.
By Kim Cook

Hot colors for home can be pastel to noir

For 2015, the hot colors in home decor range from yummy ice cream pastels to a few deep, saturated hues. The pastels include blush, sky blue, vanilla, lilac and pale peach, hues traditionally ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Consider something they can eat up, use up or burn up

The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't really want more stuff? Small space dwellers ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Want to make home festive? Mix things up

For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles.
By Kim Cook
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