Cara Gibbs

Partial to all things yellow and afflicted with a serious popcorn addiction, Cara—a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, editor and stylist—has never met a vintage chair she didn't like.
57 of the Very Best Small Kitchen Ideas that Have Larger-than-Life Style
So you’ve got a tiny kitchen. Whether it’s in a rental apartment or something to call your own, you might have a foot of counter space, a few kitchen cabinets, and maybe a wall to work with, if you’re lucky. Not a ton of room to get creative, but give us an inch and we’ll give you a mile of small kitchen organization ideas and decorating inspiration.
Nov 28, 2023
Find the Vintage Rugs of Your Dreams at These Online Stores
Vintage hunters everywhere, you're going to want to bookmark this.
Nov 10, 2023
37 Minimalist Living Rooms That Prove Less Doesn't Mean Boring
Just because a room is simple and uncluttered doesn't mean it's a snoozefest. Here are 37 ideas that prove it.
Oct 2, 2023
Our Favorite Places to Buy Christmas Ornaments and Tree Toppers
Cue up the Christmas playlist, it's time to decorate!
Dec 6, 2022
Will Brake for Flea Markets: The Best Spots to Stop & Shop This Summer, Mountain Time Zone Edition
The eclectic array of home, garden and everything-in-between finds you’re bound to score at these flea markets will leave you as high as their elevations. Where: Chandler, Arizona When to visit: Monthly; next up is July 14-17, 10 am to 5 pm Why it’s worth the stop: The whole town of Chandler is buzzing about the city’s newest flea market show.
Oct 13, 2022
Style Makers: 24 Fresh Coffee Table Finds for Every Budget
Time is money, so we already did the shopping for you.
May 5, 2022
Affordable Style: Preppy Dorm (& Budget Bedroom) Design Finds with Ivy League Looks
Prep school may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave it completely behind once you enter your future alma mater. A little leather, plaid and classic silhouettes is all you need to keep the tradition going. 1. USA Art Print at Society6, $20 2. Fish Net Pillow at River Oak Studio, $36 3. Lumberjack Pillow at River Oak Studio, $36 4. Brass Task Lamp at Target, $54.99 5. Heathered Plaid Sheet Set at Pottery Barn, starting at $32.50 6.
Jul 17, 2020
Runners High: The Versatile Rug for Your Home’s Trickiest Spaces
It’s likely there has come a time that you mulled over the purchase of an area rug for the more obvious spots in your house like your living room or bedroom, but what about those other spaces where an 8×10 won’t do the trick? Your hallways and narrow kitchens and bathrooms need some love, too!
Jul 16, 2020
An Enviable Patio Makeover
Have you ever looked at an image of a room and just couldn’t help but smile? That’s exactly the reaction I had when I saw this happy-go-lucky patio makeover. It’s part of the home of Bri Emery from design blog Design Love Fest and every spot my eyed landed on was better than the next. Don’t make me pick my favorite part: the geometric concrete tile floors, all those amazing little seating nooks, the fringe-y umbrella (a DIY!!)…who could choose?
Jun 26, 2019
Can the Mystical Powers of Feng Shui Really Overhaul My Life?
With cold-press juice bars sprouting up on every corner and new iterations of yoga (aerial, water and candle flow) hitting a studio near you, it’s safe to suggest that people are more cognizant than ever about their health, achieving balance and the overall quality of their lives. And, naturally, this holistic-centric health wave is extending itself to our most personal retreats and sanctuaries by way of the ancient Chinese art of placement: Feng Shui.
May 3, 2019
I Tried Feng Shui: Did the Mystical Principles Deliver on Their Promises?
I work from home as a freelance writer/editor in a room that once was my formal dining room, which I transitioned into an office, as I wasn’t content with sitting at my kitchen island on my laptop for hours on end every day. The room is jam-packed with furniture that didn’t quite work anywhere else in my home. That printed floral chair I bought for a corner of my bedroom that didn’t really fit? It’s in my office.
May 3, 2019
30 Need-Them-Now Home Finds Under $30 From H&M Home
We all love H&M for their affordable threads, super-cute jewelry and all around budget-conscious styles, but did you know they also have incredibly gorgeous home décor? This was a recent revelation to me, one that was incredibly welcomed in my life. I’m talking throw pillows and decorative accents under $10, baskets and tabletop under $20, curtain panel pairs under $30—yeah, total no brainer in my book!
May 3, 2019
Bloc Blinds: Keep Your Window Decorating Options Wide Open
When it comes to dressing your windows, draperies and curtains often seem to steal all of the attention, while blinds, their more structured cousin, always seem to play second fiddle. So we’re calling out one blind brand that’s rewriting the rules when it comes window coverings: Bloc Blinds. Based in Northern Ireland, Bloc Blinds is the innovative design house that, since their inception, has continually shattered everything we thought we knew about the conventional world of blinds.
May 3, 2019
Styling Tricks for Round Coffee Tables
Recently, we shared our expert tips on how to style a coffee table. The table we used specifically, though, was rectangular, and some readers chimed in to request help with how to arrange a round coffee table. Though most of the same principles apply no matter what shape you’re working with, I’ve rounded up takeaways and inspiration for round tables. This tabletop shows off the power of divide and conquer (that is, dividing the table in two, and conquering each side!).
May 3, 2019
The Sofa Color That Works With (Just About) Any Decor
The sofa is arguably the most important piece of furniture in your home (based solely on the amount of time you spend on it). It’s where you binge watch episodes of Broad City and Game of Thrones; where you collapse after a long day of work; and where you curl up with a good book on an obligation-free weekend.
May 3, 2019
The High-Design Book Trend You’re About to See Everywhere
Designing with books is no novel concept. We’ve all explored the many ways chic reads can enhance a rooms aesthetic. From coffee tablescapes and color-blocked bookshelves to color-coded and clever ombré displays, books have proven to be the finishing touches and cozy details that make a house a home.
May 3, 2019
Unexpected Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper
Here are some of our favorite clever tricks.
Jun 14, 2018
These Mugs are Works of Art
That first cup of delicious morning coffee; that afternoon latte; a late night cup of tea [insert long blissfully happy sigh]—arguably the best part of your day, right? It’s those beautiful moments of peace, in the midst of emails and back-to-back meetings, and there’s just you and your caffeine (or decaf) du jour.
May 14, 2018
Bland Bathroom Got You Down? 10 Super Stylish Picks to Get Excited About
Obviously, there are set number of standard fixtures that you’ll find in your bathroom—you’ve got your toilet, your sink, faucets, and shower-slash-tub (if it’s not a powder room)—but when you’re not in control of what those look like (say, you’re a renter or not in any place financially to undergo a renovation), it might feel like your design destiny is bleak.
Mar 29, 2018
34 Big Ideas for Small Living Rooms That Will Make the Most of Your Space
Because small is beautiful, too.
Jan 17, 2018
The Mirror Shape That Works Everywhere (We Promise)
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what mirror shape works for all? Well, since you asked, it’s the round mirror! Most furniture silhouettes are boxy, so a circle is the perfect form to break up all those straight lines. They’re great for entryways, dining rooms, bedrooms and even bathrooms. Here are some of our absolute favorites across a range of budgets: This mirror is a favorite among style bloggers and decorators alike.
Oct 5, 2017
Decor Match Maker: 10 Coffee & Side Table Pairings That Just Plain Work
If your sofa is the protagonist of your living room, your coffee and side tables are the necessary supporting cast — pivotal details to making the whole space gel. But pairing these elements can sometimes feel a little tricky. Do the wood tones have to match? Do the metal finishes have to be the same? Do I have to buy a pre-selected set at my local furniture depot (or picks from the same collection) just to get something that coordinates? No!
Sep 24, 2017
The Brooklyn Apartment Where Style & Function Are Equally Weighed
We’ve all heard it before: small but mighty, tiny house = big style. But, in this petite stunner it was all about lifestyle taking precedence over every design decision, which left this city dweller even foregoing a conventional sofa. The Williamsburg apartment belonging to Sarah Ashley Schiear, chef and founder of Salt House, is a strong lesson in style and function conveyed in just 635 square feet.
Jul 24, 2017
Why It Works: A Truly Tiny But Incredibly Stylish West Village Home
Every so often, there comes along a home that just has it all figured out. This is one of those homes. Lee Lenox’s “Diamond in the Sky” rental is just 350 square feet but somehow it manages to make me want to give up my three-bedroom ranch home because it’s a testament that you don’t need a lot of space to have an utterly gorgeous home.
Jul 14, 2017
The Eclectic & Inviting Kitchen That Keeps Us Coming Back For More
The design of a kitchen can sometimes feel a bit monotonous, and while we love a white kitchen (with white cabinetry and white tiles), we admit that it can feel sterile and totally “safe”. But, every now and then we come across a space that truly captivates and keeps your eye entertained and hungry for more. Enter the Buenos Aires kitchen of Argentinian journalist Carina Michelli.
Jun 29, 2017
Small On Space, Big On Style: 4 Lessons from a 450-Square-Foot Greenwich Village Apartment
Jennie Cohen’s Personally, I’m less of a neutral girl and more of a play your bold card type. But what’s most intriguing about this space is that it really marries neutrality with personalized style statements. The icy (almost white) blue—Benjamin Moore’s Lily White—that cloaks the walls acts as a supportive backdrop for those pure whites that pop off its hushed hue.
Jun 21, 2017
The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom
So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match?
Jun 16, 2017
Pro Designers On the Most Common Decorating Mistakes (and How To Fix Them)
Navigating the waters of home decorating can sometimes be a little choppy. You may find yourself often asking “am I doing this right?” with every decision you embark on. And though most of the time, you’re doing just fine, other times, well…someone with a trained eye (and tons of experience) could easily call out some potential pitfalls.
May 30, 2017
Modern Slipcovers: An Underrated Secret Weapon of Design
Slipcovers have earned themselves a reputation as being shabby chic traditionalists, but to the contrary, these transformative beauties are proving to also have a modern side. These days, slipcovers are sporting more modern, simple silhouettes to accommodate in-demand contemporary furniture lines—the result is a fresh upholstered piece that embodies that cozy-modern vibe that’s been sweeping the design world right off its feet.
May 8, 2017
Renters Solutions: Get the Wallpaper Look Without the Commitment
We promise there are way cooler options available now than the cheesy inspirational quotes your mom has plastered across her walls.
Apr 26, 2017
3 Completely Perfect Color Combinations We Don’t See Nearly Enough
For when you're ready to break up with those safe bet, go-to color combinations you see everywhere.
Apr 22, 2017
Style Makers: Chandeliers & Pendant Lighting (for Every Style!)
Have you been thinking about refreshing your lighting? Designers are always referring to chandeliers and pendants as the jewelry in any space, and they are right. Fresh fixtures are the perfect way to ramp up ( and vamp up!) any room. We’ve taken the liberty of pulling together some really great looks for a variety of tastes. From classical crystal chandeliers to blown-glass pendants, traditional fixtures offer a touch of glam without being too overt.
Mar 12, 2017
Vacation Every Day: Where to Buy Tropical Leaf-Print Wallpapers
Tropical prints like banana and palm tree leaves, monster plants and beyond have been hotter than the climates they normally reside in over the past year, and are still going strong. These leafy motifs make a space eternally happy, playful and perfect for daydreaming about lounging on the beach all day, even in the dead of winter. Be made in the shade with these 11 picks and sources.
Feb 2, 2017
Inside the Designer’s Mind: Get to Know This Brooklyn-Based House Tour Contributor and Textile Designer Extraordinaire
Textiles are pretty powerful—they can completely transform a space by infusing freshness and interest wherever they’re applied. For uber-cool textile designer Nasozi Kakembo (who also happens to be one of our super talented House Tour contributors), it turns out they can be life-changing in other ways, too. Her array of handmade textiles from her xNasozi brand combine artistry with philanthropy in one fell swoop.
Jan 17, 2017
Inside the Designer’s Mind: Hand Drawn Insights from a Graphic Artist
Getting a peek into the creative surroundings of one of your favorite artists is a special treat. Here, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse into the world of Renee Griffith of the naturally thoughtful paper goods brand Heartswell.
Jan 15, 2017
Clash Course 101: How To Set a Mix-and-Match Table
I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly committing to hosting the holidays or big events, while completely ignoring the fact that, when it comes to dinnerware, I’m extremely underprepared. Something just happens to me in that moment where I get swept away with the anticipation of a great evening surrounded by family and friends and I subconsciously fail to recognize that in no way, shape or form do I have twenty-plus matching settings of any kind of dinner, stem or flatware.
Nov 16, 2016