To many, business trips mean room service, hotel bars and company-paid dinners. Not a bad deal every once in a while. But when you’re jetting off to a different city for work nearly every week, the hotel life can get old fast. Such was the case for Arena Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though Arena’s four-person team of investors live in L.A., their work frequently takes them to the country’s tech capital, where they meet with startup founders and visit various

Photo via Frederickielemoes.be / L.L. Bean When it’s zero degrees Fahrenheit and snowing outside, there’s one thing we can always count on — the puffer coat. Lately, we’ve seen the puffy coat not only stake its claim on snowy streets but also in chic homes, restaurants and bars in the form of couches, banquettes, pillows and more. Though this plush and bulbous furniture style can easily be compared to the puffy coat, it’s better known as channel tufting in interior design terms. And we’ve seen the style reemerge in more ways than one. Whether it’s

We all have some skeletons in our closets. That flirty, Marilyn Monroe-esque dress that suffered the stains of a few too many cosmos at a cocktail party some years back. An old favorite pair of well-worn jeans that haven’t seen anything but the depths of your closet in months. A tennis racket and a set of balls… do you even play tennis? But you’ll take that dress to the cleaner and resurrect that denim and bring those balls to the court at some point, right? If getting ready in the morning

To many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we partake in our morning coffee rituals, fuel our bodies with food, have wine nights with friends and cook dinner with our loved ones. So why shouldn’t it be as beautiful as the meals and memories we make in it? We know that overhauling a kitchen is no easy task. It’s a time-consuming and expensive process. But it doesn’t have to be nearly as messy as that time you decided to make pasta from scratch. When it comes

Image via Nathan + Jac It doesn’t matter if you live in a poorly insulated home or one that’s got all the latest heating technologies. When Old Man Winter comes knocking, his chilling bite seems to chase us everywhere we go. So how can you keep your home cozy without going broke on heating bills? Well, it’s no big secret. Humans have always piled on layers and lined their living areas in heavy fabrics when temps get frigid. But which fabrics work best and how can you most effectively use them to

Image via Elle Sweden Let’s be real — anyone who says they enjoy cleaning is either crazy or lying. But you know what’s worse than cleaning? A filthy house. The unfortunate truth is, no matter how lazy you feel, you’re going to have to put in some dirty work to keep your house clean. So we put together this helpful list of hacks to make your daily chores a little less painful. Clean as you go. Try to get in the habit of picking things up and putting them away as

Image via Laura Kirar for McGuire Fringe. Love it or hate it, it’s a trend that always reemerges in fashion and decor. Originally used for furniture as a way to keep textile trims from unraveling, fringe has itself to many a decor trend, from Victorian lampshades to hippy 60s curtains. This year, we’re expecting to see the trend dancing from the edges of throw pillows, draping itself over lamps, weaving it’s way into upholstery, and even showing up in some unexpected places. From dainty, bell-like tassels to relaxed, boho leather threads, fringe is back

Image via The Design Files In the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin’. Which means all the décor and design inspirations we’ve obsessively pinned over the past 12 months are quickly becoming obsolete. Don’t panic – mid-century furniture and marble surfaces will always have their place, but fads like chevron and macrame have had their moment. From celestial symbols to a modern take on tile, these are the new trends that will replace the old this year. Swans are the new flamingos. We’re all about a little bird decor,

via Architectural Digest, designed by Christina Murphy Whether you’re a strong believer in astrology or you take your horoscope with a grain of salt, it’s hard to deny that the signs of the zodiac usually match our personalities pretty well. And with a new year beginning, many of us are hitting the refresh button and looking to the stars for answers on what’s to come. But no matter what your horoscope reads, nothing will happen unless you put in the work. So why not start in the home? Designing your space

We feel so lucky to have been invited into the homes of some truly special people this year.  So as it draws to a close, we’re looking back on all of the amazing clients and spaces that made 2016 magical. From a country music star’s southern glamour den to a food blogger’s quirky bakeshop to a magazine editor’s new office, these are the makeovers that made our year! A Glam Office for Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko, the recently appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine has style for days. We helped her bring the boldly

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