Home Design 101

Tax season strikes fear into the hearts (and bank accounts) of many. But if you’re lucky, all the pain of pouring over W2s and hunting down deductions will culminate in a nice, big chunk of change. According to IRS filing data, the average American tax return is between $2800-3,000. So what to do with all that cash? No surprise here, we’re planning to spend it on our homes! But instead of splurging on trends that will go out of style, why not invest in improvements that will raise your home’s value over the long

Image via One Kings Lane After years of Cali casual and boho slouchy interiors, Traditionalism is making a graceful comeback, from wingback chairs to chintz to heirloom rugs. The great thing about traditional design is that it’s timeless, sophisticated and perpetually in style. The challenge is making it feel fresh. Whether you live in a prewar apartment that’s begging for an upgrade or simply have a taste for tradition, these neo-trad tricks will set your décor in a fresh direction. Clear the Way for Contemporary Elements Neo-traditional decor feels fresh when contemporary materials

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 stay snug? From thermal curtains

Photo by Mike Baker, styling by Heather Nette King. The only thing scarier than creepy clowns? Hoarders! And pattern overload. And too small sofas. And poorly hung art. But for every chilling décor mistake, there’s a solution to help conquer it. Read on for the most terrifying interior errors and the best ways to fix them… so they don’t haunt your home forever. 1. Matching your decor too closely. It’s a common misconception that having a matching set of chairs, tables, and fabrics will make your space look cohesive. But this kind of

Kids bedrooms aren’t usually noted for their sophisticated style. But it’s not a bad idea to design a room that your kid can grow into rather than one they’ll grow out of within a few years (this means no SpongeBob sheet sets). Laurel & Wolf designer Stacy Graves is a pro at creating bedrooms that appeal to both kid’s and adult’s tastes. So we called upon her to design a boho-chic bedroom at three different price points, that anyone ages eight to eighteen might like. Read on for the budget

Image by Minette Hand for Apartment Therapy It doesn’t matter if you live in a 600-square-foot apartment or a sprawling three-bedroom house. Design eyesores plague nearly all living spaces. Most of us have outlets, cords, and vents that we’d happily banish from our homes. But the unfortunate truth is, we usually have to accept living with them — especially when renting. Thankfully there are ways to conceal these pesky design problems so your eyes don’t have to deal with them. From covering radiators to hiding TVs, these tips will help you

Image via Elle Decoration While design is ever-changing and trends come and go, there are key guidelines in the industry that hold true. So before you break away from the “rules” right away, learn what they are with an open mind. From measuring your home’s dimensions and figuring out a floor plan to avoiding clutter and disarray, here are 10 interior design rules we always follow. Rule #1. Measure Your Domain Before you buy that grand Chesterfield sofa and hefty coffee table, take measurements of your space. Without knowing the exact

It’s no secret that having kids changes EVERYTHING. Besides the fact that you suddenly have to commit a large portion of your time and energy to caring for someone else, you often have to change the way you live. Yes, this means making sacrifices when it comes to your home’s design. (All-white furniture and sharp, glass surfaces probably aren’t the best choices.) But child-proofing your space doesn’t mean you have to give up your sense of style entirely. Whether you’re decorating a nursery or your living room, we’ve got tips to

Photo by Dustin Walker Attention all renters: a home is a home, no matter if you own it or not! And whether you live in a sprawling estate or on your friend’s couch, you deserve to thrive somewhere that’s uniquely yours. While it’s easy to think that decorating your temporary abode is out of the question (or solely up to your landlord), there’s plenty of clever ways to personalize your space and make it home. Since beautifying your rental and losing your security deposit often go hand-in-hand, here’s how you can

Dining rooms. They’re where we host holiday gatherings, have rambling long convos with our friends and fam, and where we throw impromptu dinner parties. They’re the setting for some of our favorite memories. But they can also be one of the priciest rooms to decorate. Thankfully, with a good plan, you can get a space worthy of your favorite dining companions regardless of your budget. So we called upon Laurel & Wolf designer Amy Jacob to design a modern Scandinavian dining room at three different price points. Read on for

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