As the seasons change, we like to play with the decor in our homes. Nothing major, but a few small changes that help our home transition to the colder months. At the same time, we like to change the olfactory way we experience our home, moving away from lavender or honeysuckle and toward vanilla bean, woodsmoke, and bergamot. Getting your home smelling like autumn is a great inspiration for getting it to look and feel as cozy as you want it when the leaves start to fall.
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Our friends at Joybird are giving away custom chairs to two lucky Apartment Therapy readers! Winners will get to choose their favorite chair from Joybird’s extensive collection of mid-century modern designs and make it their own by customizing upholstery and finishes.
We don't usually talk about scent when it comes to designing an interior. But research shows that fragrance has a significant impact on mood, and isn't decorating your home fundamentally about setting a mood? We want some rooms to be calm and relaxing, and others to be warm and lively. We've put together a mood board for an uplifting, charming and flirtatious room, inspired by the scent of red honeysuckle nectar, strawberries and summertime.
Scent is a powerful emotional trigger – but most of us don't think of smell when designing our interiors. Do you remember the particular scent of your grandmother's house? (My Nana's powder blue bathroom somehow smelled of lipstick, while her kitchen smelled like...I don't know, heaven?) How about your summer camp? (Mine was all cedar and pine and a muddy lake.) Your wedding day? (I wore a special perfume for it, but I really mostly remember the scent of hairspray and raindrops! But in a GOOD way). We know we want our own homes to smell like happiness, but how do you pinpoint which fragrance should truly represent your space?
A bedroom is only as good as the sleep you get in it (we think a scientist said that once), so it stands to reason that a great boudoir starts with a great mattress. But what about the room beyond the bed? Beautyrest, makers of the new Beautyrest Black mattress, asked four New York designers and tastemakers just that: When our lives are busier than ever — and it's easier than ever for good sleep to fall by the wayside — how do you create a snoozing sanctuary?
Summer moving season is in full swing, and coming up with a new techorating scheme (yup, techorating = tech + decorating) might be the last thing on your mind during a busy move. But since you’re already switching service contracts and working with a brand new space, moving is actually the perfect time to upgrade your equipment, invest in faster service, and put a new techoration plan into place. Plus, a few small changes can add up to big utility savings in the long run. To make it easy on stressed-out movers, we’ve rounded up our top techorating tips to improve your move.
Looking for a phone that's as beautiful as your decor? You're in luck. VTech had such a great response from their last giveaway that they are giving another lucky reader a colorful prize pack containing the FoneDeco system with a cordless base, four accessory handsets and a handy wireless speaker with speakerphone and Bluetooth functionality—each in the color of your choice.
The last step in expert styling is killer presentation, that dream mix of effortless and next-level that makes a good idea look great. We might have that knack when it comes to mixing textile patterns or assembling a quirk-tastic gallery wall, but it can be hard to know how to show those skills off — especially if your creative talents are more DIY than HTML. Enter Squarespace, our favorite platform for turning bright ideas and hard work into beautiful websites. From blogs to businesses, there's a format for every purpose — I'm building my wedding website on Squarespace right now! — and they're all practically foolproof.
Psst, we have a great secret for hosting your next dinner party: Stop fussing.
The best get-togethers aren't about polishing the silver salad forks or breaking out the fancy dishes everyone's afraid to touch; they're about creating a welcome, relaxed vibe for your favorite people — and that means breaking the entertaining rules that we think we need to follow. That's why we love shopping HomeGoods' entertaining aisles: They're stocked with surprising, unique finds (at killer values!) that make our table feel like, well, our table. Plus, since the stock is ever-changing, it's like a brand new store each time.