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Homework Heroes: 7 A+ Ideas for Squeezing in a Study Space
Convinced you don't have room for a dedicated study space for your kiddos? Think again.
Sep 18, 2017
Leather Pulls: The Luxe (Yet Affordable) DIY Design Detail We Love
Updating the hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry as well as your casegoods is the easiest, fastest way to bring a wow factor to your home (whether you’re a renter or owner), and one category of hardware has our attention as of late: Leather pulls. They feel super high-end yet casual at the same time and are a detail that will usually make you do a double-take (like in Scott and Kristan’s relaxed kitchen).
Sep 13, 2017
Out to Lunch: 12 Top-Rated Lunch Boxes & Bags for Kids of All Ages
Ahh, back to school. The heady smells of crisp notebook paper and waxy crayons are in the air, which means it’s time to figure out where your kiddos’ lunch will be served out of when it’s time to put those pencils down and beeline toward the cafeteria. Here, we rounded up 12 top-rated picks for kids of all ages, from of-the-moment-but-really-useful bento boxes to easy-to-carry top-handle bags.
Sep 1, 2017
Black Walls = Instant Grown Up Home (Here’s How to Make Them Work)
White walls seem to be a designer secret weapon: they open up rooms of all sizes (make small rooms seem larger, large rooms appear…even airier) and look incredibly crisp and cool; plus, it’s easy to match your room’s decor to the snowy hue (because, well, white goes with everything). You know what other color is just as easy to work with (even if you might not think so at first glance)? Hint: It’s the complete opposite of white.
Aug 31, 2017
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Joybird
You asked us to test out Joybird's online-only sofas, so we hiked on over to LA and put 17 models through the ringer. Here's what we thought.
Aug 29, 2017
Color Cheat Sheet: The 21 Most Perfect Blue Paint Colors For Your Home
It's a big beautiful world of blue paints out there, and narrowing down the best options is no easy feat. After much deliberation, here are our 21 favorite blue paint colors.
Aug 28, 2017
An Unbelievably Adorable Tiny Trailer Makeover
It doesn’t matter how big or how small (or how mobile) a space is — when it works, it works (better yet if you get to see what it looked like before it got to its currently amazing state). Such is the case with Mandi from Vintage Revivals’ 1973 Bell Travel Trailer makeover: A sad, dated, basically uninhabitable “before” and it’s spot-on jealousy inducing “after”. Hello?!?
Aug 25, 2017
What Colors Go With Orange? Try These Combinations
It's a delicate balance between having it come off interesting and sophisticated in a room rather than over-the-top and shocking.
Aug 24, 2017
A Mouthwatering Look That’ll Make Your Home Feel Like Summer Year-Round
As a renter who loves the look of wallpaper, I’m constantly tempted to try peel-and-stick versions, but the installation (no matter how easy the instructions claim it is) seems like such an ordeal that I’ve avoided temp wallpaper altogether. However, sometimes, something comes along that seems worth the effort, and right now, for me, that’s lemon-motif wallpaper. It might just get me to bite the bullet and curse my way through hanging some in my apartment.
Aug 18, 2017
5 Ways to Decorate Around the TV from Real Homes
If you like art, and are always looking for a way to get more into your home, around your flatscreen is the perfect place to keep building your collection.
Aug 17, 2017
The Floating Shelf That Took Me 5 Minutes (& No Tools) to Install
We kept hearing about these shelves that practically install themselves, so we put one to the test.
Aug 16, 2017
A Boring Rental Bathroom Gets a Totally Reversible Makeover
Ladies and gentlemen, here is what my boring bathroom looked like up until the other day. I’ve lived in my rental for just over two years, and this place looked the same as it did the day I moved in (with the addition of some hand soap, my toothbrush and a toilet paper roll) for far too long. Is it completely offensive? Nah, it’s pretty passable, but boy was it dull.
Aug 15, 2017
It’s About Time: After 3 Years of Beige, My Bland Rental Bathroom Gets a Refresh
I have lived on my own for the last six years, slowly but surely acquiring furniture, art and decor that I really liked, which of course means that along the way, there were empty corners (and rooms) waiting to be filled. Finally, though, my apartment—which I’ve lived in for two years—has gotten to a place where I didn’t wonder if visitors thought I had just moved in. The guest bedroom has curtains (which I sewed and I’m quite proud of!
Aug 14, 2017
The One That Got Away: The Vintage Buy I Didn’t Make That Still Haunts Me
Most people have a tale of “the one that got away.” For some, it might be a previous relationship that ended abruptly, or maybe a solemn story of unrequited love. But for me, it was a set of vintage chairs; Marcel Breuer Cesca caned dining chairs to be exact. Reliving the memory of the fateful day where I idiotically let these slip through my grip is painful, but it’s a saga worth telling, if only to help those that come after me never make a similar mistake.
Aug 8, 2017
5 Ways to Make Your Tiny Bedroom Special (& Functional)
Melissa Morgan has rented this 380-square-foot apartment near Silicon Valley for four years. That’s four years of trying to figure out how best to arrange a tiny floor plan in a stylish way, and frankly, we think she nailed it. Her home manages to feel incredibly special, particularly her bedroom. Here’s how she did it (and what you can learn from Melissa’s design choices).
Aug 3, 2017
It’s Time to Fall In Love With the Canopy Bed Again
As a little girl, I always dreamed (literally and figuratively) of having a canopy bed. The ceilings in my childhood bedroom weren’t super tall, so the four-poster just wasn’t in my destiny, unfortunately, and I eventually moved on from my adoration of the stately furnishing. But now, as a grown up (living in an apartment with vaulted ceilings), I wish I had stumbled upon the images that follow before buying my fully upholstered wingback bed.
Jul 28, 2017
Test Your Shopping Savvy: Can You Spot the Steal?
Many moons ago, it was quite easy to spot the difference (at least from afar) between high-end furniture and decor, and less-quality “bargain” pieces, but today? Not so much. Pick up any shelter magazine and you’re likely to see plenty of homes with a mix of high and low, IKEA and 1stdibs. In my own home, my Crate & Barrel sofa (which was a splurge for me!) sits next to a side table from Target I picked up on sale for less than $30.
Jul 28, 2017
15 Great Online Sources For Buying Fabric
Have a chair that's been sitting around waiting for you to reupholster it? Want to cook up some new pillows for your sofa or bed? Well, we've got just the source guide for you.
Jul 27, 2017
Why It Works: A Pattern-Packed “More is More” Bedroom
As the bedroom is a place in which you want to be lulled to sleep, its design is typically tackled in ways that could be described as “soothing” and “serene”. Soft colors and delicate patterns are the norm for a “sophisticated” retreat. But what if you want something with more pizazz? A room that’ll get you excited about the day the second you peel your eyes open?
Jul 26, 2017
Why Purple Is the Most Underrated Color for Interiors (& What Shades to Pair It With)
Not long ago, we proclaimed that blue was the most popular color for the home. But if we had to take a guess as to what might be the most underrated?
Jul 25, 2017
Totally Floored: The Best Rugs We Found This Week Under $100
It’s a wide world of shopping out there on the web, filled with a lot of great and not-so-great rugs but things can get pricey fast. If you’re on the market for a new floor covering to jazz up your bedroom, entry way, living room and beyond, here are 12 of those great options…for under $100. You’ll find rugs of all sizes here. These are not all 5’x8’s, because we didn’t want to judge a rug by its measurements.
Jul 23, 2017
Test Lab: I Tested a Bed Fan (& I’ll Never Spend a Hot Summer Night Without It)
If this test lab review of the BedJet had a CliffsNotes version, it would be: I liked it a lot and I didn’t lose any limbs. But for a more complete assessment, read on. Once upon a time lived a born-and-bred Florida girl who was HOT. Not wanting to crank up her A/C in July (in South Florida) to an acceptable temperature at night (an action that would likely bankrupt her), she sought out alternative ways to stay cool while she slept.
Jul 23, 2017
Cowhide Rugs: 9 Rooms That’ll Turn Any Skeptic Into a Believer
Cowhide rugs tend to be a bit of a polarizing home design item. People either love them or hate them, but regardless of how you feel about them stylistically, you can’t deny that they are incredibly versatile decor. For one, they are nearly indestructible and can take a serious beating. Plus, it’s really hard to stain a natural cowhide—as long as you’re quick to clean up messes.
Jul 21, 2017
How to Make Pink Work in Your Home (Without the ’80s Flashbacks)
We get it: pink gets a bad rap for something it did many, many moons ago. It’s time to forgive and forget the horror that was ’80s pink, because the sweet hue can totally feel alive, modern, fresh and pretty. These rooms are rockin’ pink, and the palettes they inspire, you can try for yourself! Designer Emily Henderson shared this bedroom makeover that feels like a sweet, sweet dream. This room is all about that super hush hush blush.
Jul 15, 2017
10 Beautiful (& Handmade!) Etsy Finds for Your Kitchen
Though we can totally see the appeal of mass-produced goods (easy to come by, usually pretty affordable), no space is really complete without a dash of the handmade. The character that an artisanal product lends to an interior far and beyond outdoes anything you can find at a big box store. Hence, why we love Etsy and all its indie makers, particularly those making goods for the kitchen.
Jul 14, 2017
The Best Furniture We Found This Week Under $100
Filling your home with furniture you love takes time (and money). We’re all for holding out for as long as necessary to invest in quality items meant to last decades (if not generations), but sometimes, there are bits and pieces that are totally okay to pick up quickly to fill a need. Throwing a shindig in the next few weeks and need a stylish way to serve up happy hour? Have an empty corner in need of a little reading chair? Looking for added storage for your rental bathroom?
Jul 13, 2017
Today Only: 5 Don’t Miss Items from Target’s Huge Bed & Bath Sale
In perhaps their answer to Amazon Prime Day (which has over 100K deals to shop—though check out our top picks for the home here), Target is offering flash sales today and tomorrow on select categories (check them all out on this landing page). One deal in particular that has us pumped: Since Summer is a great time to refresh your sheets, towels and the like, the Bullseye is doing us all a solid by offering 40% off today only (and online only) for all their bed and bath items!
Jul 11, 2017
Pillow Talk: 6 Ways to Style Decorative Bed Pillows
The way you make your bed up can say a lot about your decor style. Like to keep it simple and no-fuss? Neatly stack the pillows you sleep on, smooth out your linens and turn down your top sheet and bedspread. You’re done. However, if you prefer something with a little more decoration, we’ve created six simple set ups you can copy at home in your own bedroom. Check them out! A quick note on the bed size.
Jul 9, 2017
Step Up Your Storage: My Favorite Way to Organize Blankets & Throws (& More!)
Anytime I can share a completely stylish way to store everyday items, I jump at the opportunity. Though certainly not a novel idea, using a simple rung ladder (either vintage or modern) is actually one of my favorite ways to organize blankets and throws in a living room or bedroom. They take up hardly any floor space the way a basket can, and turn your soft goods into decor all their own.
Jul 8, 2017
The Top-Rated Sheets at Have Us Second Guessing Everything We Thought We Felt About Sheets
I once heard a designer (whose name I cannot remember) say something that stuck with me. The exact phrasing escapes me, but the gist was that you should be investing your money in the items that you touch daily. The closer to your skin, the more you should consider spending. It makes total sense, as these are the things in your home you likely use more than anything. And sheets are one of those items.
Jul 6, 2017
The Renter-Friendly Secret Weapon That Solved My Small Kitchen Storage Woes
Plus, it's super renter-friendly.
Jul 3, 2017
Make It Beautiful: How To Style the Perfect Entry Table
The entry in your home is a lot of things: it’s the first taste of sweet freedom when returning from a hard day’s work; it’s your landing zone for odds and ends like keys, mail and dog leashes; it’s where you do your “Did I remember everything?” check before heading out the door. Oh yeah, and the foyer is the only space that absolutely every guest sees of your abode, no matter how far you let them venture in.
Jun 29, 2017
Guess What? Bed Bath & Beyond Also Sells Some Stylish Furniture
When you’re on the hunt for a new blender, or drawer organizers, or that bacon bowl maker you saw on TV, you grab your expired 20% off coupons, and you head on over to Bed Bath & Beyond. The big box store is a sure bet for sheets, towels, and humidifiers, but it’s not necessarily the first place you think of if you’re on the hunt for a new coffee or sofa. Well, this post is about to change your mind about all of that, because guess what?
Jun 28, 2017
Awesome Color Palettes to Try if You Love The Color Green
These seven combinations are fresh and will make you want to revamp your room ASAP.
Jun 28, 2017
Design Delivered: 9 Stylish Decor Sources Available on Amazon
Earlier this month, we reported that next year, you’ll likely be able to purchase all your IKEA needs without leaving the comforts of your Amazon home page. But until then, don’t forget that there are plenty of other great home decor and organizing brands to shop on the online mega marketplace.
Jun 26, 2017
Pop, Fizz, Clink: You’re 5 Simple Steps Away From a Perfectly Styled Bar
Whether you’re working with a proper cart or just a makeshift surface, styling a bar area can be tricky. There’s a fine line between being totally casual, just throwing together your liquors, tools and glasses, and being overly fussy/overthinking the styling. Here, we give you the keys to putting together a cocktail corner that feels tightly edited, functional yet still incredibly beautiful.
Jun 24, 2017
Outrageously Gorgeous Wallpapered Rooms On Instagram This Week
I have a nightly routine of sitting on the sofa after dinner (before I carry on with tidying up, reading, or whatnot) and catching up on my Instagram feed from the day. Likely I’m not alone here, nor am I alone, surely, when it comes to oohing and ahhing over gorgeous interiors, bookmarking as I go, but then quickly forgetting what I saved.
Jun 23, 2017
Ladies & Gentleman, Anthropologie is Having a Huge Sale
Oh the majesty that is Anthropologie. The second you walk through the doors of that magical retail land, it is like the intoxicating scent of the 27 candles they have burning at any given moment puts you under a spell. It makes you think “sure, I should totally spend $98.50 on this artisanal mug, because it was made by a real person…with their hands. I’m supporting the arts!” Oh…that’s just me? Well, either way, guess what?
Jun 22, 2017
Holy Grail Status: The Best Dry Shampoo I’ve Ever Used
My hair is pretty middle of the road: mostly straight, mostly healthy yet pretty greasy (the latter problem has led me to be a perpetual daily washer). My hair is so oil-prone that if I wash it in the morning, it’s weighed down and slightly slick by the time my S.O. and I are trying to figure out dinner. I’ve tried a whole slew of shampoos, conditioners and treatments aimed at solving my greasy hair issues.
Jun 21, 2017
Killer Color Palettes To Try if You Love Blue
Want to know what colors work best with blue? Here are five unexpected (& killer!) palettes to try.
Jun 21, 2017
10 Affordable “Undercover” Favorites at IKEA Right Now
It’s no secret IKEA is an amazing resource for thrifty furnishings and home decor. The robust super store has everything you could need to set up your home, though many items are incredibly recognizable. Sometimes, you just want something that looks nice, but doesn’t scream “I got this at IKEA!!!” Hold on to your hacked-FRAKTA hats, and discover our favorite 10 undercover home decor items to pick up right now at the Swedish retailer.
Jun 20, 2017
Color Cheat Sheet: The 15 Most Perfect Gray Paint Colors
It's easy to second guess yourself when it comes to picking paint. Let us help guide your way to picking your near gray wall color.
Jun 20, 2017
Revive Your Bedroom Style: 11 Cotton Sheet Sets in Fresh, Modern Prints
Summertime is the perfect shift in the year (and weather) to give your bedroom a little refresh, and one of the fastest ways to do that is by injecting a little fun via your bedding. Ditch the solid sheets in place of crisp, modern prints to perk up a tired, overly relaxed bed. Here are 11 of our current favorites… I have a similar set of these sheets from Target and they feel crisp yet buttery soft under my skin when heading to bed, plus the pockets are deep enough for my thick mattress.
Jun 19, 2017
Here’s How to Style the Nightstand of Your Dreams
Those who are constantly tinkering with their home decor will know that the poor, poor bedroom is often left for last. Hidden behind doors, it’s easy to put off giving this space the attention it needs, but I promise, it doesn’t take much to get it in tip-top, show-off-to-guests shape.
Jun 17, 2017
Best of the Season: 18 of Our Favorite Summer Picks from Target
Weather-wise, it may feel like summer practically year-round in some parts of the country (::cough:: South Florida ::cough::), but that carefree summer feeling doesn’t really set in (no matter where you are), until at least Memorial Day. Now that we’re in unofficial-official summer territory, we’re itching to bring some sunshine into our homes via fun and poppy decor.
Jun 13, 2017
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Interior Define
With a slogan like "Beautiful design. Customized by you. Accessibly priced." the values of Interior Define are music to our design-loving ears.
Jun 12, 2017
Make It Beautiful: How To Style the Perfect Coffee Table
Styling in home decor is – honestly – very subjective. What works for one person’s design aesthetic and lifestyle may not come even remotely close to what someone else might prefer. However, study a slew of shelter magazines, Instagram accounts and top-pinned images (some you’ve likely saved yourself), and you’ll start to see some similarities, which begin to unlock the secrets to fool-proof styling, no matter what the individual aesthetic.
Jun 11, 2017
What Happens When Fashion’s Biggest Magazine & Beauty’s Biggest Box Service Join Forces?
For 125 years, Vogue has been the fashion magazine, setting and breaking trends as the ultimate authority on all things style. Over its century-plus of being published, it has spawned books and movies (some official like “The September Issue”—and some unofficial—::cough:: “The Devil Wears Prada” ::cough::), and launched the careers of many well-known faces.
Jun 9, 2017