How the Production Design Race Could Determine Best Picture

Angela R. James

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In the last 20 years, only three Best Picture winners have also won the Oscar for Best Production Design or Art Direction (“The Shape of Water,” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Chicago”). Yet there’s a very good chance that it will happen again this year. That’s because all five production design nominees are so brilliantly effective in their world building, ranging from the period pieces “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” and “Jojo Rabbit,” to the contemporary outlier, “Parasite.”

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Thrifted Finds and Clever Design Hacks Put the Polish on This Old Colonial

Angela R. James

There were a few times over the past two years of renovations that Des Moines-based decorator Ruthie Jackson might have had doubts about buying a 1935 Colonial that needed major updates. Like the time water from the upstairs shower rained through the ceiling onto her toddler son below (who clapped with joy). Or when carpet was lifted to reveal termite-damaged floorboards. Or when the HVAC needed fixing during a hot Iowa summer.

But the home had the ZIP code, floor plan, and architectural detail of her dreams, plus only two other owners in its 80 years. Ruthie, husband Greg, and

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How to Design a Dining Room That’s Uniquely You

Angela R. James
This dining room is light and airy without feeling generic or trying too hard to be trendy.
This dining room is light and airy without feeling generic or trying too hard to be trendy.

Your dining room isn’t just a space for eating. It’s where you come together with family and friends, sharing meals and conversation. Here are some dining room design tips that will help you make your space feel cozy, welcoming, and reflective of who you are.

It is a well-known fact that air ducts may sometimes allow the formation of mould in your office, especially if there are no adequate sub floor vents. Thus, it is important to check your ventilation system regularly

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6 of the Dreamiest Bedroom Design Ideas on Instagram

Angela R. James

Now more than ever, we’re looking to our homes for a sense of calm and serenity—and bedrooms are the ultimate sanctuary. A complete and utter respite from the outside world (or, your office/coffee table), they’re designed specifically for sleep and relaxation. While we’re tempering anxiety on the daily, turning our bedrooms into cozy hideaways is all we want right now.

Of course, there’s an art to designing a perfectly dreamy “bedscape” that’s equal parts stylish and functional. It’s not enough to simply curate an Instagram-friendly space (complete with the coziest sheets and comfiest pillows)—it should provide both mental

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HGTV’s Leanne Ford Is Offering Design Advice on Cameo

Angela R. James

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep most of the country homebound, more and more people are looking to spruce up their spaces—and designers are coming up with creative solutions to help them. Last week, we wrote about designers launching new digital platforms to work with clients—now, one of our favorite designers has turned to an unexpected place to offer up design advice: Cameo, the celebrity video app.

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With a little help from Leanne Ford, your space could look like this! (The designer’s own living room).

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As its name suggests, Cameo offers fans the opportunity

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