Design Through the Decades: 1930 to 1940

A monument to Art Deco sails into history, Fallingwater rises, and poise lamps and butterfly chairs take wing

This series looks back at iconic designs from each decade, starting in 1900. This installment covers transportation’s influence on 1930s styles, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and ’30s design objects still popular today.

If the story of a style icon could symbolize the arc of a decade, perhaps that’s what the SS Normandie’s does for the 1930s. The ocean liner embodied the can-do spirit of naval architect Vladimir Yourkevitch, who spent almost 20 years trying to convince people in Russia and France of his design’s superiority. It also exemplified the optimism of the French government, which subsidized its construction despite the U.S. stock market crash of 1929 and the looming worldwide Depression. The Normandie was innovative, big and fast, setting a speed record on its maiden voyage from France to New York in 1935. And until its tragic end, it was dazzling.

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8 Ways to Jazz Up a Neutral Kitchen

See these creative ideas for giving a white, gray or otherwise neutral kitchen more personality

Many of us love a kitchen with a neutral palette — especially if it features cabinets that are white, wood or gray, according to Houzz research. Neutrals are also popular for kitchen countertops and backsplashes, as well as kitchen walls.

But if you find an all-neutral kitchen a bit too plain — or you’ve been living with one for a while and want to spruce it up — there are plenty of ways to add personality to the heart of your home. These eight ideas may get the creative juices flowing. Which one would you like to see in your kitchen?

To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist

Kick spring cleaning into high gear, and troubleshoot cooling and irrigation systems for the warmer months ahead

With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 16 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.

Inspired Ideas for Your Empty-Nest Makeover

See how 10 couples reconfigure their living spaces after their children move out

While children are living at home, it can be hard to fathom a life without little ones (or not-so-little ones) underfoot. So when you do have the house to yourself, it may not be at all clear what to do. Should you keep everything as-is, renovate, downsize — or even upsize? Of course there’s no one right answer — but it makes sense to consider this an opportunity to reflect on what you want from this new chapter in your life and allow your reflections to inform your next step. Read on for 10 inspired examples of how real-life empty nesters approached their homes after the flock took flight, and see if any of their stories spark an idea you can use.

How to Decorate a Small Living Room

Arrange your compact living room to get the comfort, seating options and style you need

Though all small spaces present design challenges, the living room can be especially tricky as it is where you probably spend the most time and entertain guests as well. How do you strike a balance between making the room feel as spacious as possible while also squeezing in extra seating? What furniture should you choose, and where do you put it? These design tips will help you make the most of your space.

New Looks for Cabinets and Countertops Emerging in 2019

Dark colors, wood patterns and thin surfaces are a few of the trends seen at the recent Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

New products and styles for cabinets and countertops were on display at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the industry’s biggest event, held in Las Vegas from Feb. 19 to 21, 2019. Dark tones for cabinets and counters were seen throughout the show, as well as engineered surfaces inspired by natural and industrial materials. Read on to learn about the new trends we spotted at the trade show for the kitchen and bath industries.

How to Decorate a Coffee Table

A coffee table is many things: a place to set your drink, a footrest, somewhere to stash the remote and — of course — a beautiful decorative addition to your living room. Or, at least, it has the potential to be all of these things. Your coffee table can also become a cluttered mess if you aren’t careful, or a drab disappointment if you’re scared to get a little creative. To help you achieve style success, I’ve put together some helpful guidelines with specific situations so you can master the art of decorating a coffee table.

7 Tips for Designing Your Bedroom

Learn how to think about light, layout, circulation and views to get the bedroom of your dreams

Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it’s because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks — particularly in bedrooms.

Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And beds are big and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. But if you’re lucky enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or remodeling an existing bedroom, you can control the other elements and create a space that’s both practical and pretty.

The bedrooms shown here manage that feat with panache. Even if you don’t have a great view, access to the outdoors or plenty of space to work with, the principles they embody and the simplicity they show can inspire your own bedroom design project.