The Shade Sail: Summer’s Most Useful Quick Fix (10 photos)

Whatever its size and orientation, your yard can benefit from a shade sail. Perfect for making a colorful focal feature of a dining or lounging patio, this fabric shade, pulled taut and generally attached to three or four support points, will protect you from the elements, prying eyes and the sun. Extend...

What to Do With Your Fireplace Alcoves (10 photos)

It’s tempting to jam your fireplace alcoves with built-in shelves and cabinets, and then pack them with books, photos, toys and paperwork. But if you have the clutter under control, you can use your alcoves much more creatively. Here are just a few ways to make the most of them.

Turn to the Wall for Space-Saving Storage (10 photos)

Storage: You can’t live without it. But storage furniture that sits on the floor, such as chests and bookcases, has a space-stealing footprint that lessens its effectiveness. With these clever wall-focused solutions to common dilemmas, however, you can have your storage and floor space too.

10 Ways to Bring Back Retro Green (10 photos)

Soft, natural colors are having quite the style moment, harking back to the 1970s, when all things earthy were in. One of the easiest of these hues to work with is green, in shades like sage, forest and even — gasp! — avocado. (Yes, the green that characterized the decade’s bathrooms is in the...

How Tiny Tiles Can Elevate Your Bathroom’s Style (10 photos)

For a bathroom to stay fashionable, it’s usually a good idea to stick to tiles that are classic and fairly neutral. But that doesn’t mean they have to be boring: Small-scale hexagonal tiles add texture, pattern and even a touch of glamour. Penny tiles, their softer-edged sister, can give a similar effect...