Melissa Epifano

Melissa is a freelance writer who covers home decor, beauty, and fashion. She’s written for MyDomaine, The Spruce, Byrdie, and The Zoe Report. Originally from Oregon, she's currently living in the UK.
Stow Away Your Accessories in Style With These Purse Storage Ideas
If your purses typically end up on your dining table or strewn on the floor, it might be time to level up your purse organization! Whether you have just a few purses or 100, knowing how to keep them properly organized will extend their life, which will actually save you money in the long run if your bags are investment items.
May 19, 2023
These 10 Paper Towel Alternatives Might be Your Next Kitchen Cleaning Staple
Bonus: They're stylish, too!
Feb 25, 2023
These Clever Nightstand Ideas Will Save Space and Amplify Style
You only think you don't have room for a nightstand.
Feb 21, 2023
10 Convertible Beds to Try If Normal Beds Are Just Too Boring for You
They're chic, stylish, and space-saving.
Feb 8, 2023
Turn Any Tiny Bathroom Into a Spa With These Small Bathtubs
Because everyone deserves a soaking tub.
Jan 25, 2023
15 Clever and Creative Ways to Organize Spices
It's the season(ing) for change, so it's time for an organizational system that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Jan 23, 2023
The Best Dorm Bedding for Making Your Space Feel More Like You
The bed is the most important part of the dorm, after all.
Aug 9, 2022
Boho Living Room Ideas to Create a Sense of Laid-Back Luxury
If the trendy Scandinavian and Grandmillennial interiors don’t speak to your style, it might be time to lean into your bohemian side. Stepping aside from clean lines, neutral palettes, and pastels opens up a whole new set of doors that will allow you to explore and express your design personality to the fullest.
May 17, 2022
These 9 Bed Skirt Alternatives Will Boost the Style—and Conceal the Storage—in Your Bedroom
There are definitely two types of people in the world; the type who can’t imagine a bed looking just right without a bed skirt, and the type who see no need for one. Are you #teambedskirt or no? If not, maybe you’d consider a bed skirt alternative. Think about it: there are plenty of ways to style your bed: there are comforters, duvets, throw pillows, and so much more. But that aesthetic can continue to the floor even if you don’t want to use a bed skirt.
Apr 15, 2022
10 Cute Kids’ Desks to Make Homework Time and Crafting Way More Fun
These desks are parent- and kid-approved.
Aug 10, 2021
21 Creative Ways to Create Space Using a Room Divider
Whether you have a studio apartment or a five-bedroom home, sometimes there just aren’t walls where you need them to be. But going for a full-on reno is pricey to say the least, or if you’re renting, not an option at all. Room dividers are a great way to break up your space and can also double as décor, even in a small bedroom or small living room. Your options include folding dividers, curtains, large bookcases as room dividers, and more.
Jul 10, 2021
These 15 Fabric Wall Hangings Will Instantly Jazz Up Your Space
Wondering about the wall art that’s totally having a moment right now? Look no further than fabric wall hangings. From macramé to those cute little boho pom poms, fabric wall hangings not only add texture to your walls, but are also super easy to hang (and make!). Textile hangings work in almost any space (think behind the sofa or above the bed), and can be more affordable than framed art, too. And the best thing?
Jul 10, 2021
These 12 Paint Color Apps Will Help You Visualize Your Dream Home
Save yourself the trouble and money of a paint job that's not quite right with these 6 handy-dandy apps.
Jul 8, 2021
9 Sources for Modern, Modular Kitchens
These are some seriously stylish options.
Jun 7, 2021
14 Brilliant Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax Bookcase
Aside from the fact that IKEA makes furnishing a living space quick and easy (well, kind of easy, at least), it has also blessed fans with products that can be personalized on a whim. Those MDF dressers and EKET cabinets may look basic, but with a few helpful hacks, you can turn your IKEA HEMNES (and pretty much every other item from the Swedish chain) into a DIYed masterpiece.
Mar 29, 2021
7 Ways to Completely Rethink Your Window Sills
It's time to rethink this narrow, but mighty, spot.
Mar 28, 2021
10 Chic Black Houses That’ll Make You Want to Come to the Dark Side
Feast your eyes on these deliciously dramatic exteriors.
Feb 2, 2021
Before and After: This Blah Kitchen's Stunning Redo Is Full of Smart Style Hacks
The "after" is completely unrecognizable, in the best way possible.
Feb 1, 2021
Before and After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a Big, Open Feel — Without Losing Walls
It's amazing what a few basic swaps can do.
Jan 30, 2021
Before and After: This Glam $1,400 Bathroom Redo is All About the Drama
The wallpaper! The mirror! The architectural details! This upgrade is 100% luxe.
Jan 28, 2021
Before and After: This Tiny Bath Gets a Big Refresh with Paint, Paper, and More
Since her home was built in 2019, the fixtures were all new — but the finishes were just... dull.
Jan 26, 2021
Before and After: $130 and 6 Paint Colors Make a Dreary Fence Museum-Worthy
It went from blah to bold, and only took about two days.
Jan 15, 2021
Light Up Your Kids’ Workspaces With These Desk Lamps
What’s a work space without proper lighting? While you may have your desk tricked out with a sleek modern lamp, it’s worth considering the light your kids are working with, too, when it comes to their crafts and homework. Lighting can make a huge difference—not just with visibility—but in setting the proper atmosphere, whether you’d like it to be relaxing or studious.
Jan 2, 2021
Make Those Mid-Day Naps a Reality With These Cozy Daybeds
When it comes to being efficient, multipurpose pieces of furniture, daybeds are the unsung heroes of the home decor world. Not only do they provide a place to nap, read, or watch a movie, but they also can transform into sleeping spots that are far superior to regular couches when need be. Many daybeds can be extended—yes, some even unfold into king-size beds!—and others provide ample storage space or can even serve as eye candy in a room beyond their sheer functionality.
Dec 24, 2020
How to Style a Malm Fireplace and Make Your Retro Dreams Come True
Next to wood paneling, shag carpets, and avocado appliances, you’ve got Malm fireplaces in line for being one of the ’60s and ’70s most iconic home furnishings. Shaped more like a vehicle from “The Jetsons” than a house-warming mechanism, Malm fireplaces aren’t an imitation or a brand trying to copy the vintage vibe so many of us are now pining after again—no—they’re the real deal.
Dec 23, 2020
Here’s What to Know About the Differences Between Convection and Radiant Space Heaters
When you’re sitting at home, wrapped under 40 blankets in efforts to keep the electric bill down, knowing the difference between types of heaters is probably the least of your concerns. But rather than resorting to wearing your puffer coat indoors, understanding what space heater is best will allow you to pick the best one for your situation and may even cut back on your monthly expenses.
Dec 23, 2020
10 Origami Ornaments for Cute DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
Looking to get crafty? Here are 10 cool origami projects you can hang on your tree, use to make garland, or deck out your mantel.
Dec 15, 2020
Before and After: A Weed-Filled Corner Becomes a Dreamy Patio Hangout for $1,400
This patio is a smart transformation for an unused space.
Dec 8, 2020
Before and After: A Dreary Wallpapered Bathroom Gets a Fresh Scandi-Style Redo
The "after" is unrecognizable.
Dec 6, 2020
Before and After: A White-on-White Bathroom Gets a Five-Star-Hotel Redo
The results are downright dreamy.
Nov 29, 2020
23 Brilliant Christmas Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces
If you love decorating for the holidays but don't have a ton of room, these ideas for getting festive with a small footprint might just be the answer.
Nov 24, 2020
Rose Gold and Pink-Toned Trees to Help You Switch Up Your Traditional Christmas Palette
A sophisticated and modern way to spread holiday cheer throughout your space.
Nov 23, 2020
Before and After: A Lively Under-$140 Refresh for a Dated, Dingy Bathroom
A cave-like space becomes bright and welcoming.
Nov 18, 2020
10 Postcard Displays That Make Your Best Memories Permanent
Postcards are one of the best ways to remember experiences, and they’re not just good for sending. Some are so chic that they deserve to double as decor and not for just lining your junk drawer either. If your postcard displays are usually nothing more than magnets on refrigerators or messy piles on your desk, you’re probably in need of some fresh design inspiration.
Nov 16, 2020
Before and After: This $250 Pantry Redo Is Peak Organization Goals
The sight of this ultra-organized pantry is downright blissful.
Nov 15, 2020