Stories by Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Couples can blend homes, decor, experts say

For couples setting up a new home together, it's a challenge: how to merge two sets of stuff and two decorating styles into one space they both can love.
By Melissa Rayworth

Friday, April 1, 2016

Convert extra bedroom to a large walk-in closet

Longing for a bigger closet? Remember that rooms in your home don't have to be used the way they were originally intended.
By Melissa Rayworth

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A variety of apps can help keep families in touch and on task

We hear a lot about families spending too much time distracted by digital devices. But screens do have some family-friendly benefits.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Americans abroad celebrate holidays by tweaking tradition

In our global world, you can easily buy a Thanksgiving turkey for roasting in Dubai or Beijing or Tokyo.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Worn-out hardwood floor? Give it a fresh coat of paint

Worn and faded hardwood floors can drag down the look of a room. But having scuffed floors sanded down and re-stained can be expensive and messy. One alternative that's gaining popularity: ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Designers share tips for making room seem larger

As the weather gets colder and we come indoors, it's easy to wish your indoor space had some of the open, airy feeling of the outdoors.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Decorate using pieces from the past

Every home tells a story. Some only whisper it through a handful of clues: a wedding photo on a fireplace mantle, perhaps, and maybe a few framed photos scattered around a living room.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Designers embrace 'the new feminine' decor

A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstripes. Sophisticated shades of gray were ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Remodeling kitchen on budget is possible

Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Decorators share tips on holiday trees with panache

For generations, the choice was simple: 1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrestle it into a tree stand at home and hope it won't fall over. Or, 2. Put up an artificial tree ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Kids who stick with stamp collecting are rewarded

Even avid collectors will tell you: Stamp collecting is not the flashiest hobby. It isn't trendy. It doesn't speed past you at the breakneck pace of a video game or offer the manic energy of a ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Using light touch can ease outdoor decorating for fall

In the northern U.S., nature does most of the work of outdoor decorating by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two and the look is complete. In the rest ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Be flexible on decor for tweens

Decorating a baby's room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a "tween-age" child is more complicated. It's a great place to give growing adolescents some creative freedom.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Moving? How to choose the right school

Janine Boldrin Gwinn has become an experienced house-hunter. Seven times, this Army wife has managed to move her family from one place in the U.S. to another, improving the process a little more ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Long-distance caregiving requires planning

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Don't be afraid to go bold at home, designers say

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing. But what if you’re a fan of vivid orange, lime green ...
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Outdoor dining reaches new level

For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an "outdoor kitchen.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Ask a Designer: 2014 decor trends

With a new year comes new trends in home design and decorating. Among them: paler walls contrasted with colorful furniture and plenty of personal expression, design experts say.
By Melissa Rayworth

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Kids banding together for craft craze

The current craze for kids - Rainbow Loom bands and their many knockoffs - has been surprising parents and child development experts since it broke out last summer and fall.
By Melissa Rayworth

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Cure decorating doldrums with fresh ideas

The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn't mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
By Melissa Rayworth
 
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