05
Dec 18

Be Your Own Designer: 10 Flawless Ways to Lay Out a Living Room

Our living rooms wear a lot of hats: we watch TV, entertain friends, have conversations and spend time reading in them. Sometimes they double as home offices, playrooms for kids or even dining rooms, too. With all these considerations, it can be tricky to decide how best to arrange this area, but thinking about the feeling you’d like the space to convey in combination with how you’ll spend time there is a solid way to start. Here are 10 living room layout ideas to get those creative wheels spinning.

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26
Nov 18

Velvet is the Secret to Adding Extra Warmth to Your Home This Winter

You may not be able to actually drape yourself in velvet (a la George Costanza) at all times, but you can certainly decorate your apartment with it to your heart’s content. Warm and inviting, a touch of velvet is the perfect way to cozy up your home for the colder months ahead. Take a look at some of our favorite picks below.

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24
Nov 18

8 Bohemian Rooms That Mix Patterns the Right Way

Pattern mixing is tricky when it comes to an outfit, let alone a home. You have to understand color, scale, and texture to really make it work. Most designers will tell you to start small with printed accents like pillows and table linens and then work your way up to larger pieces of furniture and rugs. And definitely keep some neutrals in the mix, so it doesn’t feel like you’re living in some psychedelic pattern on pattern on pattern place—unless that’s the look you are going for.

There’s something delightfully bohemian about a room filled with multiple patterns all working together to create a cohesive look. And one thing’s for sure: There are many house tours on this site where the homeowners or renters have a solid pattern game going on. The best way to master the mix is to learn from those who came before you. So let’s go to pattern school.

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24
Nov 18

13 Sustainable Brands That Will Make Your Home Look and Feel Good

No, you’re not the only one who is buying everything non-toxic, locally sourced, and vegan nowadays.

As more reports share how different products and materials wreak havoc on the environment (and our health!), we all want to minimize our carbon footprint. We buy clean beauty and ethically-made clothes, so why should our home decor be any different? Fortunately, there are plenty of awesome design brands that are equally stylish and sustainable.

Below, 13 eco-friendly home brands you should check out. Go ahead, shop your way to a brighter, greener future.

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22
Nov 18

This Trend Will Bring Teddy Bear-Level Coziness to Your Home

Consider faux shearling-style furniture and accessories the athleisure of the home design world. Because there’s nothing cozier and more comfortable than these super soft, knubby materials that are basically meant to mimic a sheep’s fleece. You’ve probably worn these trends before, so why not deck your place out in it too? These days, it’s not a difficult thing to do. I mean, just look at the amazing sofa above by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent for Living Spaces. I’d say the wide availability of shearling-style everything has grown out of our obsession with hygge and all things cozy. Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a now-sold-out shearling chair in her goop x CB2 collection.

Ready to add this look to your space? Check out the stylish buys below.

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21
Nov 18

6 Things Designers Wish You Would Try While Decorating

When we asked top interior designers from coast to coast what trends, colors, or design suggestions they beg clients to get on board with, we ended up with a surprisingly concise and thoughtful list that underscored open-mindedness.

Designers want you to be brave. And no, not so they can run amok with this season’s wildest styles or avant garde furnishings, but in the name of helping you get the most out of your space. Taking a step out of your comfort zone can make your home all the more, well, comfortable. Just listen to the professionals.

So for those dreaming of a home design project, take the leap, lean in and get bold. Without further ado, here are the top six things designers really, really want you to buy into, even though they can be hard sells..

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19
Nov 18

11 Instagram Accounts to Follow If You Love Color

When you’re curled up inside on a gross, snowy day, the last thing you want to see more of is gray. Escape into a wonderful world of color — without leaving your couch. These bold, beautiful Instagram feeds showcase ultra-radiant homes stuffed full of funky, colorful accessories. Neon accent walls? Hot pink furniture? These designers and home lovers do it right. Liven up your life by following these 11 striking feeds.

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16
Nov 18

5 Ways to Make Your Mid-Century Modern Furniture Feel Cool Again

Are you kind of over mid-century modern design? Do you roll your eyes whenever you spot a knock-off Eames dining chair or faux Saarinen tulip table? Do you look at your MCM couch with a tinge of disdain, wishing you could redesign your space?

It’s okay, you’re not alone.

If I’m being totally honest, I too am tired of the MCM madness. Don’t get me wrong, I love the aesthetic; however, the style is becoming too ubiquitous that it no longer feels special. For a while, I thought the best solution to MCM-induced fatigue was maximalist everything: Curvy furniture, bright hues, funky patterns. Turns out, hitting the refresh button on your space doesn’t have to be that extreme.

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14
Nov 18

5 Secrets to Mixing Multiple Wood Finishes

Variation in color, pattern, texture, and style is essential to decorating—it keeps things interesting. When it comes to wood finishes, match-y match-y floors and furniture look staid and flat. It’s also largely impractical for those of us who don’t buy all our stuff in one fell swoop. People are far more likely to cobble together a room over the years, bringing together a mix of inherited, found and purchased items with a variety of finishes. Here are a five secrets to making it all mesh…

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14
Nov 18

The Cutest Under-the-Stair Nooks You'll Want to Copy ASAP

There’s something so cozy about the idea of having a nook under the stairs. It inspires the same kind of feelings as a treehouse, where you can tuck into a hidden corner and spend time reading, daydreaming, or napping. But as it turns out, there are more ways than one to use that dead space underneath your stairs. You can transform it into an extra storage space, 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. Below are under-the-stair nooks you will want to copy ASAP—which would fit best in your own house?

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