Tips will help flea-market shoppers

Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.

Trend toward smaller homes for thriftier seniors

Catering to baby boomers and seniors who’ve lost savings during the recession, retirement-housing designers and developers are shifting to smaller homes that are more energy efficient and maximize space.

Many ways to cut energy costs when decorating

When decorating our homes, we tend to consider things like beauty and comfort, the durability of pieces we might buy or the image they project. But how many of us stop to consider our energy bills?

Decorating a second home on a budget

Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other cast-offs from the owner’s main living space.

Modern twists on wood furnishings

The two launched Rail Yard Studios in 2010. Using century-old railroad steel and hardwood timber, they make one-of-a-kind chairs, desks, tables and beds. Some of the rails date back as far as 1898.

Home Interiors: It’s not easy being green

For New York color consultant Debra Kling, emerald green’s boldness means it should be used only as an accent. “Emerald might be one of those polarizing colors like purple — you either love it or hate,” she said.

Downsizers: Get the most out of smaller spaces

Often the need to get more use out of a space arises when an elderly parent joins the household or a grown child returns home.

Bedrooms used for multi-purposes

We’re told a well-designed master bedroom should be an oasis of romantic calm. It may also be where you watch television, pay bills and even set up a home office.

Bright ideas for outdoor furniture

Aimee Beatty, in-house stylist at Pier 1, said lively outdoor pieces give people a way to make a statement: “Incorporating pops of color with furniture and accessories adds personality and flare.”

Mixing old and new is a great money-savings idea

You probably didn’t realize, when you put an ornate old picture frame next to the sleek Pottery Barn sofa in your living room, that you had your finger on the pulse of America’s design culture.