We love entertaining this time of year: By the time the November chill sets in, sharing a home-cooked meal with friends is way better than anything that might be going on outside our front door. And if you set a beautiful table, you really, ahem, set the tone for a delicious evening. Want to make your table even more fetching?
When it comes to bathroom design, the focus is more often on function rather than form. But there’s really no reason why your bathroom can’t become one of your most inspiring spaces. We took a look at four beautiful new baths that take inspiration from great eras of design to create a timeless space. Which one best fits your style?
Oh, New Yorkers. We tend to only notice our kitchens when we're starved... for space. I may or may not have once dated a guy whose fridge contained just three items: Coronas, ketchup, and his entire sweater collection. (See #3 to find out what was in his freezer.) And the worst part is... I thought it was brilliant!! If your idea of making dinner is transferring takeout to a real plate, you may want to try some of these best (and worst) kitchen hacks we've seen in NYC.
It’s no secret that multifunctionality is the key to successful small-space living. But every once in a while you come across a new small space solution that leaves you wondering, ‘Why haven’t I already thought of that?!’ Our friends at Sauder shared some of the latest they’ve come across, culled from creative bloggers across the web.
You remember moving to your city, right? Do you remember your first night there? The place you ordered in from three nights in a row because your kitchen was still in boxes? Your first apartment, which was perfect because it was yours?
Heather couldn't believe it, but she was about to hit her 15th anniversary of moving to New York. She lives in a different borough now, and has a husband and two kids, but her love affair with her city has remained a constant through life's many changes. Heather says she'll use any excuse to throw a party, but what better reason than her 15th anniversary of living in New York? We helped her customize her party decor at Shutterfly, and then came over to see her gorgeous party setup, including a very original use for coasters – can you spot them?
Prize: Reverie Sofa in winner's choice of fabric From: EQ3 Value: up to $1,799
If you're a devotee of all things modern, then you probably already know, and love, EQ3. This Canadian brand just opened its second CA location this spring, and just launched eq3.com in the U.S. — but it's been winning over shoppers since 2001 with its contemporary designs for everyday life. (The Herman Miller selection and in-store Marimekko shops don't hurt, either.)
Warm apple cider. Pumpkins. And... Ragweed!! If, like me, your allergies are the most bountiful thing about fall, it may be a good time to investigate whether your vacuum is doing more harm than good. Some vacuums actually stir allergens up from floors and into the air, but the new FreshAir vacuums from Miele are designed with allergy sufferers in mind. Armed with advanced HEPA filters and a sealed airflow system, these mighty machines do all the dirty work while keeping autumnal allergens out of the air.
Remember that time Heather designed a perfect family wall gallery entirely online using Shutterfly's Design-A-Wall Tool? Here's your chance to do the same, or indulge your style sense with hundreds of other personalized products and projects inspired by your own photos. Shutterfly is giving one lucky reader $1,000 to spend on their site! And, with their new suite of interactive design tools, you'll find it easier than ever to design a personalized project that's perfect for your space.
Our Room for Color entries are pouring in, and they're packed with bright ideas. Take Rebecca's "Charging Up — Winding Down" room: We love how she chose a dramatic blue — SW 6228 Refuge from Sherwin-Williams — for her combination office-bar, a room that can look a little moodier because it's not the center of the action. And though color can be a matter of taste, studies do show that blue promotes intellectual calm and focus, which makes it perfect for a workspace.
We pulled some beautiful entries for more tips on making color work for you.
Heather had the perfect place to feature photos of her two daughters. A bright hallway between the girls' rooms, it would help define the 'children's area' of their home, while giving it the personalize feel she was looking for. But Heather wasn't thrilled with the gallery wall she'd created. She wanted to print larger photos on canvas and to include her older daughter's artwork, but she wasn't sure what sizes to get, or how to properly hang them on the wall. We told Heather about Shutterfly's new Design-A-Wall tool, and then watched as she took her gallery wall to the next level. Want to see how it turned out?