Nora Taylor's Recent Articles
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Before & After: Adding Comfort Without Sacrificing Style
Ashley’s sleek little cushion adds serious style to her already impressive dining room chairs, all while making them a little more welcoming. From Ashley: We have a set of four metal chairs and I like them other than the fact that they are not the most comfortable. I got to thinking that they could be comfortable with a cushion. To stay consistent with my decor, I knew that a slim, modern cushion would look best. I couldn’t find anything that I liked so I decided to try to make some.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Rock-a-Bye Vintage Rocking Chair
An old pro at the vintage rocking chair game, Ashley spotted this gem and knew that with a little TLC it could become something truly special. From Ashley: Over the past two years we have hunted and found vintage rocking chairs for friends (including ourselves!) at least six times. Our friend group has definitely hit the parenting band-wagon. There are a lot of new options out there, but we wanted rocking chairs that could add some character and history to our nurseries.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Stunner of a DIY Home Office Makeover
April turned this beige, catch-all “pool house” space into such a crisp and gorgeous home office it is almost unrecognizable! From April: Hi all! I’m April from Uncookie Cutter. A while back we moved halfway across the country into this crazy house in which every room needs a makeover. One of the reasons we bought this house is that we knew this junky “pool house” would make a great office for my husband, who does the majority of his work from home.
May 3, 2019
Anthro-apologies: 5 Beautiful Things from the New Anthro Home Collection That I Would Inevitably Ruin
The new fall Anthropologie home collection is here and it’s beautiful. As a young urban woman who enjoys traveling and scentscapes, Anthropologie is 100% my jam.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Bang-Up Job on a Boring Built In
When I stumbled across Molly’s cabinet project on her blog Almost Makes Perfect, I was smitten. This is the sort of random, kind of odd design feature that I would complain about but probably just live with, so I was totally inspired by Molly’s gumption in tackling this project. From Molly: For some reason the owner before us had installed this big built in cabinet right in the entryway of the house.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: DIY Modern Dreamy Doors
“Wait…that looks familiar.” Is what you may be thinking at this exact moment and hey, you’re right! This cute lil’ cabinet was the after photo in Molly’s cabinet upgrade. She DIYd her way to a subtle, yet impactful aesthetic upgrade to give her cabinets a cohesive look. From Molly: While I love the storage the multiple built-in cabinets our house came with, I hated the cathedral cabinet doors.
May 3, 2019
Dispatches from Luke’s Cafe From a Girl Who Has Never Seen Gilmore Girls
Early-ish this morning, I made my way to “Luke’s Cafe,” a temporary Gilmore Girls coffee shop-takeover in my neighborhood. Or so they tell me. I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, but I like free coffee and being included so I figured I’d check it out to see what sort of insight the experience would give me to this TV show I’ve somehow missed.
May 3, 2019
8 Great Gifts to Buy the Luke Cage Binge-Watcher in Your Life
Have a pal that basically lost their mind for “Luke Cage” when it dropped? Whether they knocked out all episodes in one intense weekend or savored each episode over a few months, these gifts are sure to warm the cockles of their bulletproof-superhero-loving heart. A Basquiat painting makes an appearance in the show, and this plate is a great way to gift some of the artist’s work beyond a print. Luke Cage is a hero in a hoodie and you can snatch the hoodie worn on the show.
May 3, 2019
Simply Smashing: 8 Gifts for the Great British Bake Off Lover in Your Life
Easily the most charming reality show in the history of television, “The Great British Bake Off” (or Great British Baking Show) has earned plenty of loyal and loving fans. If you happen to know a GBBO fan, be extra nice to them in these uncertain future-of-bake-off times and snatch up one of these Paul and Mary approved (not really) gifts. On your marks, get set, b…uy!
May 3, 2019
A Gilmore Girls Fan & A Newbie Watch The First Episode of A Year in the Life & Here’s What They Thought
It’s no secret that Apartment Therapy MediaGilmore Girls Adrienne: It’s always during the holidays that I feel a mixed bag of longing and emotion. (So unique of me, right?) A loner at heart, I often forego group friendsgiving and crowded family gatherings for solo days enjoying my own company.
May 3, 2019
“Everyone Has a First Class”: One Casual Gym-Goer’s Search for Her Workout Soulmate
Hello and welcome to the new year. Let’s talk fitness. Particularly, fitness and resolutions. This year I hit the ground running (lol. But also no, that’s too high impact) by trying out four different types of fitness classes. I wanted to actually find something new that I could maybe stick with for the whole of 2017 and there’s nothing like a New Year’s resolution to push you past the “first class jitters”.
May 3, 2019
Reader Recommended: City-by-City Guide to the Best Local Framing Shops
Listen, framing art can be a real pain. And if you just plunked down a lot of money for a piece you love, the less-crafty among us might be reticent to attempt matting something ourselves. That’s where the pros come in! We asked our wonderful and stylish readers what their favorite local frame shops are and here’s what they said. Scottsdale The Art Department: “They are a really busy frame shop and usually have great prices on select frames because they do so much volume.
May 3, 2019
Danielle Steel’s Desk Is Truly a Sight to Behold
A woman opened the door to her office. Powerful, successful, creative, she seemingly had it all. But something was missing. Love? No, with millions of adoring fans she had that in spades. Family? No, she was a mother of nine, the matriarch of a warm and happy home. She leaned back into her 4 inch high heels and took stock of the room. As she cast her eyes over her writing desk she knew in an instant what she needed. She scrolled through her Rolodex, “yes, artisans?
May 3, 2019
The “Stranger Things” Game Has Arrived to Devour All Your Free Time
Ever since Netflix announced that it is raising its prices, you’ve probably been thinking to yourself, “I’d sure love some free entertainment in my life right now.” Well, your prayers have been answered! There’s a new, totally free Stranger Things game for your phone. In between gearing up for season two and writing the quippiest cease and desist letters around, the Netflix/Stranger Things masterminds came up with this very fun, very nostalgic game.
May 3, 2019
This Wes Anderson Themed Airbnb is a Delight
Are you a quirky aesthete who is currently planning their next vacation? Have we got an Airbnb for you! Hold onto your beanie because Mr. Anderson’s House is a Wes Anderson themed Airbnb in Prince Edward, Canada that you can book right this very moment. Given the sharp set decoration and dreamy color palettes of his work, it’s no surprise that Wes Anderson has inspired his fair share of interiors. The rooms in Mr.
May 3, 2019
All the Lifestyle Advice You’ll Ever Need, Courtesy of Jeff Goldblum
This month, national treasure Jeff Goldblum graces the pages of Gentleman’s Quarterly to talk about life and how to live it well. The 65 year old actor is as charming, hilarious and deeply odd as you would expect. Writer Anna Peele also reached out to some of Goldblum’s friends and co-stars to try and figure out what it is about him that is just so alluring. The piece is terrific and well worth the full read, and Golblum and co.
May 3, 2019
Is This You? Did You Chase Down the Property Brothers? This Has to Be One of You
Ah the Property Brothers. Just two jovial goofs. Two jovial, rich goofs who just want to entertain and enlighten and make dream homes a reality. When not starring in their show or one of its many spin-offs, the bros like to pursue other television endeavors, get married, and log some face time with their fans. While promoting their new book on NPR, the brothers of property shared an incredible story.
May 3, 2019
The Future is Now! A Smart Coffee Cup That Keeps Your Beverages Warm
It’s about to be peak winter Hygge season and I don’t know about you but I’m excited as hell to stay inside and hold a mug with both of my hands. But sometimes the warmth emanating from own two palms is not enough to keep a mug of coffee warm as I slowly sip it throughout the morning. Luckily Ember, a Los Angeles based start-up, is here to solve this very particular, but common annoyance.
May 3, 2019
Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Boost Your WiFi With This Pantry Staple
Weak wifi is one of the more infuriating annoyances of modern life. Whether you work from home or are just an avid Netflix watcher, an internet disruption can totally throw off your plans. A team from Dartmouth College has come up with a surprising (and surprisingly simple) way to boost wifi signals — put a tinfoil hat on your router. Yup.
May 3, 2019
This Is How Much You Get Paid To Rent Your Home to TV Shows
What would you trade for your home to have a moment of TV fame? Endless roof pizzas? Well, now that the writers at The Real Deal have pulled back the curtain on how much money people actually get paid to rent out their homes to a TV show, you can be a little smarter in your bargaining. While homeowners do have to deal with crews traipsing in and out of their homes for anywhere from a day to a few weeks, they are handsomely rewarded for their time.
May 3, 2019
How Normal Are Your Podcast Habits?
What was your introduction to podcasts? When I was in undergrad, a friend of mine told us we could download This American Life episodes to our phones so we could listen to David Sedaris’ Billie Holiday impression on demand, and our lives were changed. Since then, podcasts have an ubiquitous part of daily life for many, they help pass the time during commutes, chores and busy work. And they’re great! They teach us about so much and build worlds and make us laugh.
May 3, 2019
There’s a New Plant Trend and it’s Ugly as Hell (on Purpose)
Plants! They’re everywhere! Inside, outside, in your bathroom, above your bed. From succulents to lush, romantic bouquets, it seems like there’s a plant trend for everyone. Everyone except maybe the funky-minimalist-with-an-artistic-eye-but-no-patience-for-a-run-to-the-florist. Enter Freakebana, a new “ugly-cool” way of arranging flowers, coined by The Cut‘s Editor In Chief, Stella Bugbee.
May 3, 2019
The Plaza Hotel Is Offering Home Alone 2 Inspired Packages
First Eloise, now Kevin McAllister leaves his mark on the iconic Plaza hotel. The famed hotel is now offering Home Alone 2: Lost in New York inspired packages for the wealthy and nostalgic. As a celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary, the hotel has set up an exhibit, crafted a ’90s inspired menu and even offers up a room package that includes a stay at The Plaza and the opportunity to live out some of the more memorable scenes from the movie (Joe Pesci not included).
May 3, 2019
How Hey Arnold Makes Cartoon City Living Look Realistic
As any ’90s cartoon fan can attest to, Nickelodeon’s beloved football-head hero, Arnold, lived an idealized, but pretty realistic urban life. So how exactly did the show get city living so right? In an interview with City Lab, series creator Craig Bartlett discuss the making of Arnold’s idyllic urban environment. The landscape of the show was largely inspired by Seattle, where Bartlett grew up, and Portland where he attended art school, with pieces of Brooklyn and Chicago.
May 3, 2019
Craft Your Way to Calm: How Pottery and Painting Are Helping People Relieve Stress
It has been a year, so if you find yourself looking for new ways to relax, you’re not alone. Crafting has become a new form of stress relief for many people looking for a way to soothe their anxious souls. While crafting itself is nothing new, it’s use as a therapeutic activity is on the rise. Like adult coloring books before them, pottery, crochet and painting have become new go-tos for stressed out folks looking for new ways to wind down.
May 3, 2019
Gifts to Give the Rightfully Pissed Off Woman In Your Life
So… it’s been some year to be a woman, huh? Nothing new, but it certainly felt relentless. The good news is that angry women were able to accomplish a hell of a lot. The bad news is that society still has a long way to go. We say in the meantime, we all deserve a little swag for making it through 2017. A few things to get out of the way: 1.) If you want your holidays to remain a-political, cool, but it might be time to click away (or leave an angry comment). 2.
May 3, 2019
This Is Exactly How Much Netflix We All Watched In 2017
Netflix has released the data on just how many hours people around the globe spent watching their TV and movies in 2017. In total, Netflix subscribers watched 140 million hours per day or 1 billion hours a week. Honestly, I’m proud of us. They also tallied up which shows we sped through, which ones we watched slowly and polled users to see which shows people watched as a family.
May 3, 2019
Netflix Is Rebooting Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, And Here’s the New Cast
Remember the mid-2000s? The internet was mostly just LiveJournal, 50 Cent ruled the radio waves, and Bravo was an arts channel. All that changed (well just the last thing, actually) with the debut of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Bravo’s big tentpole makeover show. Now the internet is basically everything, 50 Cent is an actor and Queer Eye For the Straight Guy is getting the Netflix revival treatment (Netflix is such a Carson).
May 3, 2019
Here Are All the TV Shows That Were Cancelled in 2017
While the frenzy around it has cooled slightly, we are still very much living in The Golden Age of Television, aka Peak TV. And while I look forward to telling my robot grandchildren that I lived through the years when they put The Good Place on air, there is a downside to living in such a content-rich time, and that is having to say goodbye to some of our favorite (and not so favorite) shows.
May 3, 2019
Here’s Why Everyone Should Have an ‘Antilibrary’
Now is the time when year-end book lists abound, hardcovers are gifted at family holidays, and your favorite writer announces that they’ve got something in store for 2018. But even if it feels like there are too many books and never enough time, that could actually be a good thing. “Antilibraries”, those collections of books we own but never get to, can keep us intellectually curious and humble.
May 3, 2019
Don’t Fall For This Fake FedEx Scam
There’s a new scam in town, just in time for the holidays. A bunch of online scrooges are trying to get onto your computer through particularly nefarious means. They’re sending out emails that appear to be from FedEx, notifying the recipient of delivery problems. FedEx is warning people not to open emails with the subject line “FedEx: Delivery Problems Notification.” The email contains a link that if clicked will infect the users computer with a virus.
May 3, 2019
Would You Use a Scale That Didn’t Tell You Your Actual Weight?
If you’ve ever tried to lose weigh,t you are probably familiar with the conventional wisdom of weighing yourself regularly. Some programs recommend weighing one’s self once a week; others every single day. It can be a frustrating process with the numbers going up or down depending on water retention, time of day and all sorts of little things that can make an already emotional experience slightly harder.
May 3, 2019
Swedish Death Cleaning is the Most 2017 Trend of the 2017 Trends
The Internet loves a good decluttering trend: We’ve long extolled the value of KonMari-ing your stuff, for instance, keeping only the things that “Spark Joy” and discarding the rest. But this year the latest big thing in cleaning and organizing philosophies has taken a decidedly darker tone: Swedish Death Cleaning.
May 3, 2019
The Smartest, Sleekest and Weirdest Crowdfunded Projects of 2017
We saw a lot of interesting and fun things hit the market this year, and we saw a whole host of interesting things hit the almost-market on Kickstarter. We decided to take a look back at all the innovative and independent options that wanted us to clean better, sleep better and drink better in 2017. After a new study came out to tell us that our towels are basically never, ever clean, these Kickstarter towels started looking mighty, mighty good.
May 3, 2019
These Nurseries Inspired by Famous Children’s Authors Belong In a Storybook
Here’s something fun; Budget Direct put together a series of imagined and extravagant nurseries inspired by writers. Now we’re certainly not suggesting you should run out to give your nursery a full Dr. Seuss makeover, because these rooms are certainly extra, but it is certainly fun to see how the trademark style of all of these authors translates into the rooms. They do offer suggestions for elements from each photo that could be pulled into a real nursery for a whimsical look.
May 3, 2019
This Tiny Countertop Dishwasher is a Small Space Dweller’s Dream
Many a renter has dreamt of a dishwasher while sticking their hands into soapy water, scrubbing a stubborn pot. And while there are many benefits of a portable dishwasher, some kitchens just don’t have the space. Earlier this week at CES, Heatworks announced Tetra, a compact, smart and energy efficient dishwasher here to offer some sweet dishwashing relief for the dishwasher-less among us.
May 3, 2019
Inside the Versace Mansion, The Setting For The Latest Season of American Crime Story
Did you watch Ryan Murphy’s newest TV extravaganza, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, this week? The show, which follows the events leading up to and aftermath of Gianni Versace’s murder, features an all-star cast and Versace’s actual mansion. Now a luxury hotel, the Miami enclave of the designer is basically a character on the show.
May 3, 2019
Levitating Glasses Exist, Because The World Is Magical
Feeling a little bored with your regular place settings? Wish your decor could be a little bit Harry Potter, a little bit Minority Report? Want to make sure your plants are getting 360 degree sunlight? Levitating X is here to make all your gravity defying decor dreams come true. Using a chargeable base and a little bit of magic (aka technology) the company offers up a variety of cups, plates, sculptures and plants that levitate and spin.
May 3, 2019
Binge Watching May Be Ruining Your Sleep, According to Science
Hey, pals. It pains me to break it to you, but I’ve got some bad news about our new national pastime: binge watching. Yes, it is still more enjoyable than most of the plans you could possibly make during winter, but it—like so many of the other simple joys that make life worth living—can be hazardous to your health if not employed with a certain amount of moderation.
May 3, 2019
Meet The Superstars of Sunday’s Kitten Bowl
Greetings, fellow cat people! I’m assuming since you clicked on this article you are, in fact, a cat person (but not that cat person). Our most treasured of sporting events is a mere four days away. That’s right, Kitten Bowl V is right around the corner airing on Sunday, February 4 on The Hallmark Channel. https://www.youtube.
May 3, 2019
These Driverless Cars Will Deliver The Grocery Store To You
Did you grow up with a Schwan man? A jovial sounding person who would drive a truck up your street so you could pick out pre-prep meals, frozen veggies and the like? I didn’t and was always exceedingly jealous of that whole situation. But we live in the future now, and thanks to Robomart, soon I’ll be able to have the Schwan man experience, minus the human man. Founder Ali Ahmed hopes that Robomart will be the next step in the on-demand grocery store delivery game.
May 3, 2019
Moving Beyond Gaming and Retail, AR Is Big News for News
Last week, The New York Times announced that it is bringing augmented reality to its readers—or more specifically, its smartphone app users. This marks a big step in the world of AR as an everyday news tool, but if the technology seems familiar, it’s because of the big AR furniture-retailer boom of 2017. What is AR, exactly?
May 3, 2019
In The Future, Your Home May be Made Out of…Mushrooms?
We hear a lot of buzz about what the future of a particular type of home design will look like. Sleek, plugged in and tech forward, the sexy smart home of the future is on its way. But what scientific advances will we make in the world of affordable housing? Christopher Maurer of Redhouse Studio, an architecture and humanitarian design firm, is investigating just that.
May 3, 2019
Plant Parents Will Love This Brazilian Home Designed Around a Tropical Garden
This stunner of a modern home seamlessly blends indoors and out with a sleek elegance that delights and surprises. Architect David Guerra designed this concrete and glass oasis for clients in Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. Located on a hillside with stunning views, the ground floor of the home is designed with sliding glass doors to create a sense of unity with nature.
May 3, 2019
Sam’s Club Just Announced Free Shipping
In order to keep up with the grocery delivering Joneses, Sam’s Club announced that it will offer free shipping on many of its items. With Amazon Prime and Costco already offering delivery, Sam’s Club has restructured its membership programs to remain competitive with the retail giants. The company, which is owned by Walmart, simplified their membership program in a couple of ways.
May 3, 2019
The Italian Villa From Call Me By Your Name Is For Sale
The 16th century Italian villa from the Academy Award nominated Call Me By Your Name is for sale. Almost a character unto itself, the sprawling and beautifully preserved home provided the perfect background for the coming of age story. “I had known that house for many years; I even dreamed of buying that house,” Director Luca Guadagnino told Architectural Digest.
May 3, 2019
One Couple Shows What It’s Like To Baby Proof a Tiny House
When Robert and Samantha Garlow of Shedsistance designed and built their tiny home in the woods of Yakima, Washington, they created a super cool small space with an impressive amount of room for all of their outdoor gear. Fast forward a few months and they have to make room for another form of adventure: parenthood. The couple spent about $30,000 building the 24-foot long, eight-foot-six-inch-wide, 13-foot-five-inch-tall home.
May 3, 2019
Do You Have More Bad Days Than the Average American?
Did you have a bad day recently (have you heard Bad Day recently)? How many would you say are bad out of 365? A new study says that this is how many the average American has each year. A survey commissioned by Freeletics, a fitness app, says that the average American has 60 bad days a year. That’s 60 spilled coffee down your shirt, missed your train, got a flat tire, heard some bad news, remembered all of your student loans, saw your ex get married days to reckon with.
May 3, 2019