Interior design books out this fall document one of the year’s strongest décor trends: color, and loads of it. Designers such as Mark D. Sikes, Markham Roberts, Katie Ridder and James Farmer all show a lively mix of color, pattern and style in their recent projects.

Every page is full of inspiration for your own projects, showing you how to mix and match — or not match at all — and love it.

Dominic Bradbury’s new architecture book, “The Iconic American House,” compiles 50 well-known iconic and innovative homes built in the U.S. since 1902. They’re traditional and modern, and each comes with an interesting story.

Here are six new architecture and design books worth a closer look.

“The Iconic American House,” by Dominic Bradbury

(Thames & Hudson; $65; 320 pp.)

You’ve heard of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and the Annenbergs’ Sunnylands

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Furniture chain EQ3 is the latest newcomer to Norwalk’s SoNo Collection.

Credit: Norman Joshua Photography.

The Winnipeg-based retailer’s fifth U.S. store, EQ3 offers furniture and home décor products, including upholstery, dining, bedroom, office, outdoor and accessories. It also features products from design companies Marimekko, Casper and Humanscale.

“Timelessness is inherent to EQ3’s design DNA,” said EQ3 President Mark Letain, “which is what makes opening a store in Connecticut, a region known for heritage homes and traditional design such a milestone for our brand. Functionality lives at the core of every product, and we’re confident our modern yet classic pieces will fit the Connecticut customer’s interior design needs.”

The 8,000-square-foot store, designed by EQ3’s in-house team, will also offer special trade shopping hours for design specialists to visit EQ3 consultants with or without their clients.

The store will open Oct. 14. Its opening weekend will offer shoppers and exclusive discount code

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Be sure your remodel goes smoothly with our bathroom renovation checklist.
Be sure your remodel goes smoothly with our bathroom renovation checklist. (Shutterstock)

But to make sure the end results are tailored to your needs, you’ll want to do some planning before contacting professional bathroom remodelers. Here’s what to do.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink to a drop-in

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a kitchen filled with furniture and a large window: Star chef and longtime ELLE Decor contributor Daniel Boulud has renovated his country kitchen in Westchester County, New York. It's now the ultimate work space.


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Star chef and longtime ELLE Decor contributor Daniel Boulud has renovated his country kitchen in Westchester County, New York. It’s now the ultimate work space.

My wife, Katherine, and I fell in love with our Bedford, New York, home in spite of, not because of, the kitchen it came with. It was a galley affair, maybe six feet wide—the sort of space where a cook felt exiled. I don’t like to have walls separating me from my family or my guests when I cook, so I knocked them down and created a new, open space, absorbing what used to be a small dining room, a den, and a covered terrace that still has its curtain of wisteria. Our new kitchen is at least three times the size it was before, airy, and full of light.



a kitchen with a stove top oven: Chef Daniel Boulud preps a meal for his family in a Prada sweater, jeans, and loafers.


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Chef Daniel Boulud preps a meal for his family

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We’re spending a lot more time at home than we’ve ever done before so making sure it is just how we want it has become more of a priority.

Whether that’s freshening up the walls, buying new furniture or giving your home a complete makeover – 2020 has certainly been the year for the DIY-ers.

Also emerging from 2020 are the ever-changing home decor trends – accent walls are becoming a thing of the past while darker and bolder colours prove more popular.

Up to date with the latest trends in home decor, And So To Bed sell some of the world’s finest luxury beds, mattresses, bedding and furniture and are not only helping its customer in terms of style, its sleep experts also put a lot of work into helping its customers get a great night’s sleep.

And So To Bed say: “For over 40 years, we have been

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Be sure to take these five steps before contacting a professional bathroom remodeler.
Be sure to take these five steps before contacting a professional bathroom remodeler. (Shutterstock)

But to ensure the results are as you hoped, you’ll want to do some planning ahead of time. Take these five steps before contacting a pro.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink

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FAIRFIELD, CT — When the coronavirus pandemic reached Connecticut in March, it caught Lattice House on unawares.

With no website and all non-essential retailers in Connecticut closed, the Southport shop ended up running the business off its Instagram account. Now, with a little help from the town’s COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program, Lattice House is investing in a website, a digital advertising campaign and an expanded social media presence.

“If there is another shutdown, we’ll be in a much better position,” owner Chris Philip said.

Since Fairfield’s small business grant program started in June, it has committed $188,000 to 52 applicants, including retail establishments, restaurants, salons and more. The program provides direct financial assistance to Fairfield businesses with five or fewer employees that have been affected by the pandemic.

“The vast majority are brick-and-mortar-type businesses,” Community & Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart said.

As of last week, about $62,000 in

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A charred-wood washroom and a monolithic, concrete bathtub feature in this roundup of 10 zen bathrooms that swap traditional white walls for dark, moody hues and tactile materials.



a large tub next to a window: Dark bathroom inside Bathroom of Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge


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Dark bathroom inside Bathroom of Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge



a glass shower door: Dark bathroom inside Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge


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Dark bathroom inside Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge

Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge

Smooth, dark, concrete characterises the walls and monolithic bathtub of this bathroom, which Szczepaniak Astridge designed as part of a house renovation in Camberwell, London.

The bath is screened by stainless steel Crittal windows that enclose a void through the home and is teamed with a bespoke, polished stone sink. According to the studio, the aim was to design a “place to retreat to, to guiltlessly linger and hang out”.

Find out more about Untitled House ›



a sink a mirror and a window: Dark bathroom inside Pioneer Square Loft, USA, by Plum Design and Corey Kingston


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Dark bathroom inside Pioneer Square Loft, USA,

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Imagine opening your window blinds every morning without getting out of bed, or watching all your home’s blinds close automatically when the sun sets. These conveniences are possible when you install smart blinds in your home. Here’s everything you need to know about these innovative window treatments.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window


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What Are Smart Blinds?

Smart blinds are window coverings with a gearbox and a “brain.” They connect to an app on your phone or a remote control through WiFi or Bluetooth. With a tap of the finger or a voice command, you can open or close the blinds no matter where you are.

You can also use the app to schedule when your blinds open or close throughout the day. For example, if your East-facing windows get blinding sun in the morning, you can time it so they close in the mornings and open up in the afternoon.

Smart blinds

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Finland is one of those countries that can get very dark during the winter. And for this reason, we want to make sure that we have the right kind of lamp for lighting up all the things that we need to see. If you’re looking a lamp, then a website such as Nettilamppu will provide you with everything that you need.

It doesn’t matter what kind of lamp you’re looking for, this website will have it for you. With just a few minutes of browsing, and a few clicks, you’re able to find the lamp that you want, and have it delivered to you.

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As some people will tell you, finding the right table lamp can be very beneficial to you.

A table lamp will have several purposes. The first one is that if you want up in the middle of the night, you’ll need a lamp that be … Read More