In the dark and despairing days before the internet, embarking on a DIY project meant lots of weekend visits to home supply showrooms in hopes of finding materials that fit both style and budget. Luckily, the building supply chain has evolved for the better, and sites like BuildDirect.com offer a more direct link to manufacturers for big discounts on home renovation supplies. Have you been putting off a project because you're short on time or money? BuildDirect helps you save on both, so your design dreams could be closer than you think.
A bed isn't just a mattress and box springs—it's a good night's rest before a big interview, a place for Sunday morning snuggling, and an impromptu trampoline for early-rising little ones. Italian bedding pioneer Flou keeps all these things in mind when designing its luxurious, innovative sleep systems. From bedbases to mattresses and even duvets, Flou has been turning cutting-edge technology into snooze button-quality sleep for over 30 years.
Prize: 40 sq. ft. of your favorite mosaic tile From: Mission Stone and Tile Value: $1,200
Get your trowels ready: Mission Stone and Tile, the premier online source for luxury tile, stone, and mosaics, is giving away 40 sq. ft. of gorgeous mosaic tile to one lucky reader! Five of Mission's most dazzling designs are being showcased for this contest, just pick your favorite and enter to win it!
UPDATE: HEX APPEAL WHITE was our reader favorite! Now through the end of November 2013, you can find Hex Appeal White marked down to $9.99/pc (normally $15.99!) at Mission Stone and Tile!
If the newfound nip in the air makes you want to freshen up your abode, look no further than Bloomingdale's. Whether you're looking to give your dining room a sleek update or lend your living room some modern charm, Bloomingdale's will have you entertaining in style—at unbelievable prices. Their Spend More and Save More Sale starts today and only goes through Monday, so get shopping!
We all know that a divinely decorated room can make us instantly happy—and that a lackluster one can seriously bum us out. Yet when HomeGoods surveyed 1,000 folks about how decor affects their moods, a whopping 54% hadn't made the decor changes they want because they feared they'd break the bank. Ready to smile?
HomeGoods used the survey data to create six awesome Happy Home Decor Resolutions—small, inexpensive changes with big impacts that will have you whistling a happy tune in no time. For instance, 50% of folks had at least one room that felt incomplete, despite being fully furnished. The best way to cross the finish line? Choose decor touches that reflect your personal style. The more "you" a room is, the more "done" it feels.
Prizes: Two winners will each receive a Cree LED Bulb prize package worth $350 PLUS a $250 The Home Depot gift certificate. From:Cree Value: $600 per prize
How many companies does it take to change the light bulb? Just one. Cree is a top innovator in LED lighting and they've struck gold with their newest warm-glowing, affordable LED light bulbs now available at The Home Depot® and through creebulb.com.
This year's Room for Color contest, sponsored by Chip It!™by Sherwin-Williams, is notable for the boundless array of different palettes. So much variety! We love seeing readers' personal styles shine through their use of colors in so many creative ways. And though each entry is unique, some trends are becoming apparent. Here are some trends we've spotted—let us know what we missed in the comments!
Introducing Homeware, a new online-only upstart intent on changing the way we buy and live with furniture. Launching the business with sixteen chair designs, a plethora of fabrics, and cute accent pillows to match, Homeware lets you design your chair online, get swatches to make sure you're in love first, and then order your semi-custom find to be delivered directly to your door. To celebrate the launch, Homeware is giving away three of their chic chairs to three lucky fans! Click here to enter!
Home lighting is getting exciting. Light bulbs have evolved more in the past five years than in the century-plus since the very first incandescents were introduced. LEDs are revolutionizing home lighting by offering even greater energy efficiency than CFLs combined with the warm glow of traditional incandescents. We’ve partnered with LED pioneer Cree® to bring you up to speed on new LED bulbs and the best ways to use them.
So maybe you didn't make it on that European vacation this summer. No matter: Crate and Barrel is bringing the continent to you with the new Paola Navone Collection. The tableware has all the sophisticated yet effortless style you'd expect from the legendary Italian designer: whimsical accents, thoughtful pops of color and shapes that are timeless with a twist. (See: the sculpturally scalloped platters above.)
With colors and textures evoking an idyllic Mediterranean summer, these pieces will set your table for one memorable dinner party after another. La dolce vita indeed.