say ‘no’ to solid sofas

Most people automatically assume that a sofa should be a solid neutral color. It's often the largest element in the room -- a neutral fabric prevents it from overwhelming the space. When upholstered in a boldly patterned fabric, a sofa becomes a dramatic focal point. Start with a piece with simple, clean lines and a …

a home for living in

Stylist, editor, and designer, Sarah Alba, had her home featured in Apartment Therapy. It is a lovely example of how a family can live comfortably and stylishly on a budget. She uses affordable furnishings from some of my favorite national retailers -- Crate&Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, West Elm, and Serena & Lily -- but mixes different styles together so …