Allie M. Harper

Allie M. Harper is a writer living in Philadelphia. She has an unhealthy obsession with antique Persian rugs and anything that even resembles the color mint.
33 Window Treatment Ideas to Transform Any Space
Consider this a window of opportunity to get it right.
Sep 7, 2023
12 Modern Round Coffee Tables That Work With Any Space (and Budget)
Warning: Dangerously stunning curves ahead.
Mar 31, 2023
These Modern Menorahs Are Super-Stylish Must-Haves for Hanukkah
"Finding the perfect menorah for your home and family is so, so personal."
Nov 24, 2021
The Do-Everything Piece to Make the Most of Your Entryway
For years, I’ve racked my brain trying to figure out how to organize the shoes that my husband and I take off when we walk through our front door; the ones that never quite make it back into the bedroom closet where they actually belong. I don’t want them just hanging out and piling up, but I’ve never wanted a regular shoe rack by our entrance either.
Jul 17, 2020
Setting Up House: Stylish Wedding Registry Essentials For Every Room In Your Home
There’s an episode of Sex and the City called “A Woman’s Right to Shoes.” In it, Carrie Bradshaw announces her marriage to herself and registers for a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes (I know it sounds quite ridiculous, but it makes sense in the context of the story, I promise). I wasn’t married when it first aired—but I remember thinking what a genius idea it was.
May 3, 2019
Planning A Wedding? Make Your Life Easier with All-in-One Gift Registries
I’m not a person who has had my wedding mapped out since I was a little girl. So when it came time to plan my recent nuptials, I didn’t really know where to begin. Sure, there were lots of virtual visits to Etsy and Pinterest for table numbers, bridesmaid gifts, décor ideas, hair and makeup. But what about the gift registry? Where do we register and what do we register for?
May 3, 2019
Low/Medium/High: 11 Super Stylish Outdoor Lounge Chairs
Not everyone has a pool in their backyard or the room for a full-blown chaise, but we all still want to be able to sit outside and enjoy the summer sun, right? Luckily, there’s a plethora of super chic and adorable lounge and club chairs meant just for the outdoors that will have you sitting pretty without sacrificing space.
May 3, 2019
How to Un-Boring Your Nightstand
It doesn’t take much to turn around a bedroom that you feel you don’t have the energy or funds to fully tackle. Simple bedding (white is always a winner) goes a long way to freshen things up, and a nicely styled nightstand picks up where linens leave off. Here are some fresh ideas for sprucing up your nightstand, pulled from our House Tours. As noted in this past post about the benefits of fresh cuts, “living with flowers can provide a boost of energy, happiness and enthusiasm.
Apr 30, 2019
Design Dare: We Challenged Designers to Make These Tricky Decor Items Work
To someone like me—a person who has an appreciation for design but lacks the vision—the task seemed impossible. We asked three designers to take four items given to them in a “secret basket” that they might never have chosen on their own and turn them into a cohesive design that spoke to their signature style.
Aug 17, 2017
Not Your Grandma’s Rattan: The Bed We’re Loving Right Now
And if your grandma has a bed like this, then she's pretty okay in our book.
Aug 5, 2017
At First Blush: Ideas for Decorating With Pale Pink
Want to see the world through rose-colored glasses? Take a peek at these beautiful blushing interiors.
May 8, 2017
In Living Color: 5 Modern Ways to Decorate Your Home With Blue
Having the blues isn’t always a bad thing. Just look at these awesome interiors. From Picasso’s Blue Period and Yves Klein’s invention of International Klein Blue to the modern-day fascination with indigo-dyed shibori fabrics and a revived appreciation for Chinese ginger jars, blue has proven to be a classic color that will never go out of style.
May 6, 2017
(Gender) Neutral Ground: A Design Expert On Decorating a Bathroom to Please Everyone
Showering, shaving, putting on makeup, removing makeup, brushing teeth, trimming beards—we spend a lot of our days in the bathroom. With all that time spent there, it should be a place where you feel comfortable and happy. It’s a room that should reflect your personality and aesthetic, but when two people share the same bathroom, it might be hard to keep them both happy if they have opposing styles.
May 2, 2017
This Bold, Eye-Popping English Home is for Color Lovers
Project by: Jessica Preston of colour+ shape Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom Jessica Preston’s design firm is called colour + shape. And she’s not kidding. She turned a 1960s Cambridge, England bungalow into a vibrant, contemporary showpiece exploding with color and personality.
Feb 14, 2017
My (Design Polar Opposite) Husband and I Survived Decorating Our Home
When I first met my husband and would visit him at his apartment, it felt like I was hanging out in a college dorm room. He was very neat and tidy and everything had its place (thank goodness), but we were surrounded by “Kill Bill” movie posters and the bedspread reminded me of Zack Morris’ from “Saved By The Bell” circa 1992. When we decided to move in together, I wondered how this worked.
Jan 30, 2017
Is Renting Art the New Way to Buy Art?
I once bought a painting that seemed to be everything I had been looking for in a long search for art to hang above my sofa. I specifically wanted a blue-and-purple watercolor and was overjoyed when I found just the piece. But when I brought it home, in the different light of my living room, against the color of my walls, suddenly the blue and purple weren’t the right shade of blue and purple, and the large painting wasn’t as oversized as it should have been for the space.
Dec 28, 2016
How To Decorate for Christmas With Only a Trip to the Grocery Store
Sure, there’s the requisite nativity scene, the ornaments that have been passed down from your great-grandparents, and the Griswold family inspired display of twinkling lights outside. But sometimes all you need is a trip to the grocery store to deck out your house for the holidays (especially if you’ve been procrastinating putting anything up!).
Dec 21, 2016
A London Bachelor Pad Gets a Warm, Modern Makeover
Project by: Katy Stevenson Bretton of Katy SB Design Location: London, United Kingdom When a bachelor musician approached Katy Stevenson Bretton of Katy SB Design to transform his East London home into a warm, inviting retreat, it was music to the designer’s ears. Playing off the bones of the house, she incorporated industrial nods throughout, seen in brick walls and Edison bulb light fixtures.
Dec 18, 2016
Retailers to the Rescue: Your Guide to a Headache-Free Holiday
It’s indisputably the best time of the year—the season for spending time with loved ones, giving to those who are in need, and, of course, festive decorating and fêting. The latter part, well, it can sometimes creep up on you and throw some unwanted stress your way, particularly if you want everything to be just right.
Nov 28, 2016
Color Palettes to Make “Shadow” (Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year) Work in Your Home
In case you missed it, Benjamin Moore announced its Color of the Year for 2017. Shadow 2117-30, a deep purple that can lean more toward a smokey charcoal or a lighter violet depending on the light, came out on top for the paint brand. In honor of the celebrated hue, we’ve put together four different palettes that work with a deep, rich purple so that, no matter your taste, you’ll be tempted to incorporate the in-style shade somewhere in your home.
Nov 15, 2016
An Actor’s Modern New York Apartment Gets Warmed Up
Project by: Carrie McCall of CKM Home Design Location: New York, New York Springtime in Central Park year-round? Yes, please! Good thing Carrie McCall of CKM Home Design figured out how to give one homeowner just that with a large-scale cherry blossom mural right next to a floor-to-ceiling window.
Nov 9, 2016