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7 Smart Ideas for Decorating the Space Under the Stairs
We love a good nook.
May 26, 2019
Rocking Chairs Are So Much More Than the Rickety, Wooden Versions You Find in Thrift Stores
Rocking chairs are having a comeback, and the new fashion-conscious reimagined pieces will make you crave a rocker of your own. You can choose a wicker option to blend in with your Southwestern living room, or a blue velvet rocking chair to add a luxurious touch to a corner. There are tanned leather chairs that feel distinguished, and mid-century-inspired ones that will giving your room a vintage touch.
Apr 21, 2019
9 Stylish Dining Rooms That Just Might Convince You to Wallpaper
Wallpaper sometimes gets a bad rap, which makes homeowners and renters alike hesitant to try it. Blame it on grandma’s old petunia living room wallpaper, because the stuff doesn’t always inspire confidence. But wallpaper is now used in more contemporary ways—I promise!—and it’s worth taking the plunge. Especially when it comes to the dining room. Make your entertaining all the more special with a thoughtfully patterned area.
Apr 20, 2019
10 Small Living Rooms That Make Space for a Dining Table, Too
It's time to get creative with these tricks that will help you fit a dining area in even the smallest of living spaces.
Apr 12, 2019
9 Bathroom Storage Products to Organize Your Beauty Products Once and for All
It’s fun buying skincare and new lipstick shades, but it’s not fun being avalanched by those bottles each time you open your bathroom cabinet. If you have been trying to keep your products tidy but see them back to their old cluttered mess within a few days, it might be time for some reinforcement. There are a ton of bathroom storage products that will organize your beauty products once and for all.
Apr 7, 2019
10 Ways to Show Your Love of Dogs Through Your Decor
National Puppy Day is March 23, and there’s no love quite like puppy love. Meant to inspire adoption, Saturday is the perfect day to pick up a pup and give it a new forever home. But even if your life doesn’t call for a new canine friend just now, or you already have a small wolf pack of your own, there are plenty of ways to channel your love for dogs into home decor. Don’t worry, there will be no dogs playing poker here!
Mar 23, 2019
Nesting Tables Are the Easiest Way to Add a Layered Look to Your Living Room
Two is always better than one, and the same rule applies to coffee tables. Over the last year, there has been a spike in styled living rooms that have taken the usual formula of one big coffee table and broken it up into two separate pieces. Nesting coffee tables don’t just apply to big living rooms that have the extra square footage for additional tables.
Mar 15, 2019
Line Art Is the Trend Minimalists (and Wannabe Minimalists) Need to Know
It's taking over home design, one line at a time.
Mar 12, 2019
8 Great Sources for Buying Authentic Turkish and Moroccan Rugs on Etsy
When I was in Morocco earlier this month, my favorite thing to do was to get lost in the rug souks. Carpets spilled out the doors and were stacked in technicolor columns, catching the eye with their orange and gold patterns, their peach and juniper shades, their traditional prints and busy weaves. My fingers itched to buy 12 on the spot and worry about how to fit them into my suitcase after—I wanted every inch of my house covered in these rugs.
Dec 30, 2018
These Bathrooms Make the Case for Matching Your Wall Tiles to Your Floor Tiles
There is nothing quite as luxurious as a stylish bathroom, but sometimes it’s hard to design the small space in a way that makes your eyes pop while simultaneously leaving a lasting impression. There are an infinite number of light fixtures and shower curtains you can choose from, but one way to take your bathroom up a design level is to match your wall tiles to your floor tiles. Does it sound intense? Sure, but have faith and hear me out.
Dec 28, 2018
9 Paint Colors to Try If You Have a Small Living Room
For those who have small living rooms, picking out paint colors can be a little tricky. On the one hand, painting the whole room white can open up the walls and make the small room feel a little more airy. On the other hand, limiting yourself to just one stark color can put a cramp on some people’s creativity.
Dec 24, 2018
This May Be the Coolest Holiday Trend We Spotted This Year
Traditional holiday decorators, look away! Your sensibilities will be shocked by this article, where wreaths wrapped in eucalyptus, macrame, and rattan are suggested to pep up your bare walls and doors. But if you’re feeling adventurous this season and want to try on a new style for when it comes to holiday decor, then these new-wave wreaths just might catch your interest.
Dec 21, 2018
There Are 6 Types of Smart Shoppers—Which One Are You?
While I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love a good bargain, the truth is that savvy shoppers come in all sorts of varieties when it comes to coupon clipping and deal sifting. Some of us are dedicated to dig until we find that perfect deal, while others think a 10-percent-off coupon in the mail is good enough for the bottom dollar.
Dec 12, 2018
11 Free or Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Airline Experience
Gone are the golden days of flying, when you would wear your best clothes onboard to eat a steak dinner served on white linen “tables”—while the flight attendant mixed up martinis in the back. But just because the flight experience has changed doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. There are a couple of sneaky ways to try to get out of economy and behind the blue curtain into first class the next time you fly.
Nov 21, 2018
The Cutest Under-the-Stair Nooks You’ll Want to Copy ASAP
You can transform this space into a extra storage, change it into an open library, or even carve out a mini home office if you don't have the extra room in the house.
Nov 13, 2018
A Clever Way Organize Your Closet with $1 Shower Curtain Rings
Shower rings aren’t just for your bathroom anymore—the affordable hooks can also be used inside your bedroom as a clever organizing hack for your accessories. If you have a basket of scarves, then you know that the struggle is real when it comes to organizing them. When they’re thrown into a drawer or jumbled on a shelf, it’s hard to remember what you own.
Nov 11, 2018
8 Geometric Side Tables That Make a Bold Statement
If you feel like your room is missing a certain artistic touch, then it’s time to bring out the sculptures. But rather than getting actual busts or little figurines, help bring in that missing creative flair with end tables. Swap out your simple wooden pieces for geometric side tables that look like they belong in an art installation or museum.
Nov 5, 2018
This Is the Best Drawer Organizer You Can Buy for $35
There are two types of chefs in the kitchen: One that has their measuring cups tumbling with their kitchen shears and graters all in one drawer, and one that needs every tool in its own specific, neat home. If you can cook a beef bourguignon while blindly rooting around a drawer for a peeler and cutting board then good on you.
Nov 1, 2018
Proof That When It Comes to Wall Art, Sometimes More Is More
The old adage is to take off at least one accessory before leaving the house, but that doesn’t ring true when it comes to house decor. When it comes to art in your home, sometime more is really more. Floor-to-ceiling gallery walls not only bring a touch of color and busy-ness into a room, but it also lets you flex your creative muscles, allows you to bring character into the space, and lets you show your personality through the paintings and prints you choose. So why not layer up on it?
Oct 30, 2018
6 Small Spaces That Totally Nail Bohemian Style
You don’t need a huge house in order to have fun with bohemian themes. The style looks just as beatnik and free spirited in a studio apartment or small outdoor porch as it does in a sprawling home. One could even make the case that those bohemian accents help a small space feel even more cozy, what with boho’s reliance on layered rugs, fur throws, and intricately woven wall tapestries.
Oct 26, 2018
The Cult-Favorite $30 Planter That’s Perfect for Small Spaces
If you have a studio or one-bedroom apartment, then you know firsthand that there isn’t much room to turn around in. You have to be savvy with your space—where your coffee table acts as a makeshift storage chest, the sides of cabinets are tricked out with space-creating shelves, and every inch of the room is stacked and layered to help you feel like you have more room than you actual do. Which is why adding in plants to a not-so-big apartment can be tricky.
Oct 16, 2018
7 Bold Bohemian Rooms Maximalists Will Love
Bohemian looks have always been trendy, but not many people go full-blown flower-child in their homes. If you’re a true maximalist at heart and love going full steam with a trend, then you will love the maximalist bohemian aesthetic. Utilizing bold, look-at-me wallpaper prints, a dizzying array of clashing patterns, saturated colors, and layered textures, just about every detail in the space competes for your attention.
Sep 24, 2018
Proof That Black Rooms Don’t Have to Be Gloomy
The color might have the reputation of being gloomy and moody, but when done right it's anything but depressing.
Sep 22, 2018
10 of The Most Stylish Treehouses You Can Rent This Fall
With fall fast approaching, it’s time for a getaway during which you can get cozy underneath blankets, light a fire in a hearth, and reach for some apple cider, all while enjoying the changing leaves and crisp air. And what better place to experience all of that than inside a treehouse? Don’t worry, these aren’t the treehouses of your childhood, complete with hand-me-down pillow poufs and tacked-on band posters.
Sep 19, 2018
11 Small Space Closet Designs We Can’t Get Enough Of
Having little to no closet space is every renter’s nightmare—if you don’t have a proper place to store your clothes there’s always the fear they will eventually take your bed hostage or end up piled all over the floor. While the possibility of a permanently cluttered bedroom is a real fear, there are plenty of creative and innovative ways that you can carve out extra clothing storage.
Aug 3, 2018
5 Woven Baskets That Do Double Duty as Decor and Storage
Woven baskets are a chic, inexpensive way to bring storage and decor into a room, but they also have a tendency to be a little on the basic side. If you’ve grown bored with your stacks of wicker planters and straw storage boxes, breathe new life into them with a few easy DIYs. From cheerful pom poms, to Moroccan inspired tassels, to colorful acrylic patterns, there’s a slew of ways you can style these plain pieces to make them feel more like statement accents.
Aug 2, 2018
10 Great Budget Sources for Buying Plants Online
Get your plant shopping done from the comfort of your home.
Jul 31, 2018
9 Laundry Rooms as Beautiful as They are Efficient
Laundry rooms have the tendency to become one of those rooms that we just forget about when it comes to remodeling or redecorating. After a while your mind just stops registering that it’s a space that still rocks ’80s linoleum flooring and dingy white paint, and you get accustomed to closing the door and practicing “out of sight, out of mind.” But when you have a beautifully decorated laundry room, the space quickly becomes an area you don’t mind being in.
Jul 25, 2018
How To Work Summer’s Tassel Trend Into Your Own Home
Tassels have been slowly taking over home decor Instagram accounts and magazine spreads, showing up everywhere from the ends of area rugs to the edges of blankets, and from door handles to tiered chandeliers. And the bolder and bigger you go, the more of a transformation it can create in your room. To give you some ideas for introducing the tassel trend into your own space, ahead are inspiring home decor ideas, along with product suggestions and DIY tutorials. Get ready to get your fringe on.
Jul 19, 2018
10 Stylish Ways to Add Texture to Your Wall
There’s no faster way to bring interest to a room than with texture—but there’s no reason to limit that design trick to fur rugs or velvet sofas. While an artfully placed knit throw on an armchair makes a space feel more “finished,” and a sheepskin rug underneath a planter lend sophistication, those same principals can now be applied to walls. There are plenty of genius ways to add texture to your walls, but be warned: they may not be for the faint of heart.
Jul 14, 2018
These Living Rooms Make Us Want Matching Sofas
You don’t see matching couches like you used to. The trend seems to have taken a dated turn and gone the way of Tuscan kitchens and popcorn ceilings: as in, it disappeared. But the matchy-matchy look is having something of a resurgence, with some homes and apartments either creating order in eclectic and busy spaces by displaying matching sofas, or adding an airy, minimalist vibe to the living room by sticking to the same style, just multiplied by two.
Jul 12, 2018
These 10 Patios Will Make You Want to Paint Your Floors
Patios are a tricky thing to upkeep, what with them being outside in the elements all year long. If you took the time to thoughtfully decorate your outdoor space, then you’ve probably noticed a few of the most common pet peeves that homeowners face. Rugs get sun bleached and crack from the intense summer heat, concrete gets dingy and grimy from alternating rains, and a bare floor slab has a tendency to make the space feel unfinished or in-progress. But what’s a person to do?
Jul 5, 2018
The Modern Way to Decorate With Terrazzo
What once was old is new again, and nothing proves that more than the recent resurgence of the retro terrazzo trend. It was a classic staple during the ’70s, when everything from floors to kitchen countertops was covered in the stone material with its confetti-like chips.
Jul 4, 2018
The Organizing Accessories Expert Travelers Always Have in Their Suitcase
If you think packing is stressful, it’s probably because you don’t have the tools to make it easy. Take it from me, a converted messy person. I was a slob to the nth degree; where chaos reigned in any room I stepped in. But I quickly learned the only reason that most of my messes happened was because I refused to invest in actual organizing tools, which are literally designed to keep your life tidy. When every item has a home, it’s hard to be messy.
Jun 30, 2018
Is Red and Blue the New Design Power Couple?
Red and blue is mostly reserved for summer cookouts, Fourth of July table spreads, or kitschy beach houses full of sand and white rattan, but that’s all about to change. Blue and red is the newest design power couple, but you don’t have to have an Americana aesthetic to pull it off in your own home. The reason it’s rising to the top of designers’ portfolios and pinners’ decor boards is because of how versatile it is: the pairing has range.
May 23, 2018
These Urban Pools Will Make You Crave Summer
As the temperatures rise and we start breaking out the short-shorts and Popsicle sticks, it’s time to start thinking about pools. We don’t mean your local public pool with its plastic lounge chairs and sizzling hot concrete, though. This year, we’re dreaming about jade tiles, infinity designs, retro kidney shapes, and designer patio furniture in impressive city environments. From Chicago to Havana, below are some of the world’s most creative urban pools.
May 21, 2018
28 Ways to Use Those Magical String Lights
They are not just for your outdoor patio (though they are beautiful there too).
May 11, 2018
Here Are Some Lovely Ways to Decorate With Purple
And here's how to decorate it at home.
May 10, 2018
These Gorgeous Kitchen Paint Ideas Will Breathe Life Into Your Cooking Space
White is nowhere to be found.
May 4, 2018
21 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas and Inspirations
'Tis the season for cooking—and dining—alfresco.
Apr 14, 2018
Millennials Have Replaced Baby Boomers as the New Power Spenders
Over the years, millennials have gotten a bad rep for being a group of kids who spend their paychecks on avocados rather than real estate, but that’s not actually the case. They still might buy a lot of avocados, sure, but in fewer than three years the oldest millennials will be turning 40, meaning a portion of that generation is entering middle age and their prime spending years.
Apr 3, 2018
The Charming L.A. Home of ‘This Is Us’ Star Susan Kelechi Watson
You might know Susan Kelechi Watson from her role as Beth from the constant-sob-inducing show This Is Us, or recognize her as Janet, the ex-wife from Louie. But there’s more to Susan than her impeccable acting skills—she also has an amazing Los Angeles apartment that’s chock-full of personality. Her home feels welcoming, airy, and full of color and fun.
Mar 28, 2018
Stop Passing Up These 10 Treasures at Goodwill
If you’re not a seasoned thrifter, Goodwill can be a little intimidating. Filled with buzzing fluorescent lights, broken panini presses, laminated filing cabinets, and bouquets of plastic flowers that seem straight off of the Golden Girls set, it can be a little hard to see the potential wedged in between all the garage-sale junk. But it’s there! You just need to squint and know what you’re looking for.
Mar 26, 2018
10 Wacky But Brilliant Vintage Appliances They Should Just Go Ahead & Reinvent For Today
No matter how many decades pass, there are certain appliances that stick around. Washing machines were a godsend that released us from hours of hand-washing, fridges changed the game for cooking (and preserving), dishwashers saved households from being torn apart over fights about dirty dishes, and radios brought music into the kitchen. But along the way, those appliances have changed and updated — and sometimes those upgrades yielded some hilarious and fascinating results.
Mar 17, 2018
29 White Kitchens That Are Anything But Bland & Basic
If you've convinced yourself that white kitchen cabinetry is totally boring and #basic, check these out.
Mar 2, 2018
8 Paint Colors That Always Work for a Small Bedroom, According to Designers
Fake a larger room through the magic of paint, people!
Mar 1, 2018
Here are the Best Paint Colors for Your Small Bathroom
Sure, a bright white is a common go-to, but there are other hues that look fantastic.
Feb 16, 2018
7 “Old Fashioned” Decor Ideas That Are Actually Super Chic
Blue and white ginger jars have always had a special place in decorators’ (and grandma’s) hearts, but Chinoiserie has had a massive boom in searches on Pinterest lately, meaning it’s going mainstream. And that spike is only part of a much larger trend of old, antique, and retro aesthetics coming back into vogue. Not only are ginger jars having a moment, but so are sputnik lamps, velvet upholstery, and rattan pieces, among many others.
Jan 7, 2018