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?
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?
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.
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Introductory Terms and Rules. These official sweepstakes rules (the “Official Rules”) govern all aspects of the Shutterfly Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”). The Sweepstakes will consist of one drawing. At the drawing, one entrant will be chosen to receive the prize to be awarded. Please note, as set forth in the Official Rules, that the Sweepstakes may be terminated before the final drawing is held. Apartment Therapy, LLC (“Apartment Therapy”) is the sponsor and contest administrator of the Sweepstakes and is solely responsible for enforcing the Official Rules and for awarding the prize. The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law or where the conduct of the Sweepstakes requires registration or the presentment of any bond before any state or local regulatory authority.
Eligibility. The Sweepstakes is open to any person who is at least 18 years of age and of the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence, who is a legal resident of the United States, who has access to an active email account and who is a registered user of the Apartment Therapy website (an “Entrant”). To become a registered user of the Apartment Therapy website, please visit http://community.apartmenttherapy.com/signup. Employees of Apartment Therapy and Shutterfly (the “Prize Provider”), and their respective parent entities, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, distributors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the "Sweepstakes Entities"), and their immediate families (spouse, domestic partner, parent, legal guardian, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same households, whether or not related are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.
How to Enter the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will start at 10:15 a.m. eastern standard time (“EST”) on October 14, 2014, and will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 21, 2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of Apartment Therapy, including the interpretation of the Official Rules and its exercise of discretion, which will be final and binding in all respects. There is one (1) method of entry for this Sweepstakes:
Online Entry: To enter the sweepstakes, during the Sweepstakes Period, visit http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/win-1000-to-spend-... and follow the instructions to enter. Each Entrant will be asked to submit an official entry form, which may include, among other things, his/her full name, address, email address, gender, date of birth and related registration information as prompted. Entrant must complete and submit the entry form with all required information during the Sweepstakes Period to be eligible. Information collected from entrant via the entry form will only be used for direct marketing purposes if Entrant consents to use in such manner. Any requested opt-in consent is not required to enter the Sweepstakes and will not increase your chances of winning. Entrants may enter the Sweepstakes only once during the Sweepstakes Period. Duplicate entries will be discarded. Entries generated by a script, computer programs, macro, programmed, robotic or other automated means are void and will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Apartment Therapy’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. For purposes of this Sweepstakes, an on-line entry is “received” when Apartment Therapy’s servers record the entry information. Proof of sending (such as an automated computer receipt confirming entry or “thanks for entering” message) does not constitute proof of actual receipt of an entry for purposes of this Sweepstakes. Apartment Therapy’s database clock will be the official time keeper for the Sweepstakes. Illegible and/or incomplete entries and entries submitted by Entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirement (including all requirements with respect to age and residence) are void. Those who do not follow all of the instructions, provide the required information in the entry form or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions by Apartment Therapy may be disqualified.
Winner Selection and Prize Claiming. No later thanOctober 24, 2014, one Entrant will be chosen at random from all entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Apartment Therapy will have complete discretion over interpretation of the Official Rules, of administration of the Sweepstakes and of selection of the winner. Decisions of Apartment Therapy as to the selection of the winner will be final. An email will be sent to the potential winner informing him/her of his/her prize. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an email. To claim the prize, the winner must (a) provide proof of winner’s age, residency and legal status and (b) sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (an “Affidavit/Release”) in the form provided by Apartment Therapy, as well as any other documents that may be required by Apartment Therapy, all of which must be received fully-executed within five (5) business days of notification. If a potential winner fails to provide the required proof and Affidavit/Release within the time period required under the Official Rules, then Apartment Therapy will select an alternate potential winner who must comply with the Official Rules to receive the prize. Apartment Therapy is not responsible for false, incorrect, changed, incomplete or illegible contact information. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and selection of an alternative winner.
Prize and Approximate Retail Value. A total of one (1) prize will be awarded in this Sweepstakes. The winner of the Sweepstakes will receive a $1,000 shopping credit at Shutterfly.com. The Approximate Retail Value (“AVR”) of the prize is $1,000.00. The decision of Apartment Therapy as to the eligibility of Entrants and as to the awarding of the prize shall be final. Apartment Therapy is solely responsible for these decisions; Shutterfly, in its capacity as the entity supplying the prize, shall have no responsibility or liability for these decisions whatsoever. The prize will be sent to the winner at the address he/she provides. Prizes may not be assigned to third parties. Apartment Therapy is not responsible for delays in delivery of the prize. The winner shall bear all risk of loss to the prize after it has been processed for delivery. Apartment Therapy is not under any obligation to provide the winner with any other substitute prize. Apartment Therapy reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value without notice. The winner will be solely responsible for all Federal, state and local taxes, registration fees, license fees and other costs associated with winning a prize.
List of Sweepstakes Winners/Official Rules. For results of the Sweepstakes and/or a copy of these Official Rules, please send a hand-printed, self-addressed and stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, LLC, 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1204, New York, New York 10012, Attn.: Sponsored Giveaway. Please indicate which sweepstakes results or official rules you are requesting. A winner’s list may also be posted on ApartmentTherapy.com. Requests must be received no later than thirty (30) business days following the last day of the Sweepstakes Period.
General Provisions. By entering the Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Official Rules, or in the Sweepstakes itself, and agrees to be bound by the Official Rules and by all decisions of Apartment Therapy, which decisions will be binding and final in all respects. Apartment Therapy may modify or suspend all or any portion of the Official Rules by posting a notice on the Apartment Therapy website. Any delay or failure by Apartment Therapy to seek enforcement of any term of the Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of any such provision of the Official Rules. The Sweepstakes Entities shall not be responsible for entries that are late, destroyed, incomplete, lost, misdirected, forged, damaged, mutilated, tampered with or that are otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provision will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as originally planned, Apartment Therapy, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweepstakes or any portion(s) thereof. All applicable Federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations shall apply to the Sweepstakes.
Any attempt by a person to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil law. Should such an attempt be made, Apartment Therapy reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law and to disqualify such person from the Sweepstakes.
Arbitration and Choice of Law. Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office located in New York City; (ii) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (iii) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will an Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and each Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than such Entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes), and Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of contestants and Apartment Therapy in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York without regard to New York choice of law rules.
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.
After a recent hotel check-in, I tried what I thought was a light switch, and was taken aback when instead the floor to ceiling shades automatically swept open with perfect grace, exposing a majestic city view and bathing the room in natural light. What a simple, luxurious detail – I had to have it for my home! Thankfully, with Hunter Douglas motorized shades from Décorview, this home tech upgrade is no longer just for hotel rooms or the super-rich.