Home Design 101

Image via Old Brand New Not everyone was born with the gift of a green thumb, but there’s no denying that plants have a magical way of completing a room. And it’s not just because their vibrant, green fronds look really chic in any home. Houseplants actually improve air quality and are shown to reduce stress. In spring, we’re especially keen on filling our homes with all that is green and growing. So to complement the season, we compiled a list of the hottest houseplants and how to care for them — whether

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 A+B Kasha We’ve explained why traditional design is back, we’ve broken down mid-century modern, and now we’re coming out from under our silken sheets to teach you a lesson about romance. Ok, romantic design. Contrary to popular belief, romantic design isn’t all floral prints and frill. And it’s not just rose petals spread across red satin bedding either. The beauty of the romantic look lies in its versatility. Bits and pieces of the style can be sprinkled into nearly any kind of space, from rustic to contemporary. Curious? Then cue

Living with a significant other isn’t always a walk in the park. Whether you’ve just taken the plunge into cohabitation or you’ve lived together for years, it’s not uncommon to secretly loathe your lover’s design tastes. But if one of you is crazy for color and the other prefers stark, minimal spaces, striking a balance between styles can be difficult. So how can you combine your tastes and create a home that makes you both happy? Read on for our secrets to cohabitation bliss. Make Agreements The key to happy cohabitation

Image via Architectural Digest Traditional style (or “trad” for short) sometimes gets a bad rap. Some people think of it as fussy, stuffy and grandma. Others think, why live in the past when there’s so much great design happening in the present? But the truth is, trad style allows for a lot more experimentation than you might imagine. And in the right hands, it can feel seriously fresh and new. So how much traditional is too much and how do you make it work for you? Well, we’ll break it all down for you.

There was a time when interior design was the sole province of the rich and famous. It was for penthouse apartments, sprawling family estates and mansions in the Hamptons. But for the average person, it was a budget-busting luxury service. Must be nice, we’d think, after a series of failed attempts at picking a paint color. Then, the internet came to the rescue, first serving up inspiration on demand with design blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. After that? Online interior design. For about the cost of what the average American spends per month on coffee, you

Photo via Home Stratosphere There’s nothing quite like that instant ego boost after a good salon visit. Somehow, getting your locks layered with color and your nails perfectly manicured just makes you feel so much more put together. So when it comes to the home, what’s the equivalent to this fresh feeling? A paint job, of course! From decking your walls in uncommon color combos to experimenting with stenciling, see how we’re mixing up more than just paint here! 1. Dress your doors in dual tones: We’ve known about the optical illusion of painting your walls two different tones at the chair rail

There’s no denying that kids do a lot of adorable things. But the plethora of art projects they bring home from school? Well, those can get a little overwhelming. Are we supposed to display them all or store them in a box somewhere? Don’t get us wrong, we’re in full support of fostering our kid’s creative energy, but not everyone’s child is a natural-born Picasso. So how do you show them you’re proud of their work while maintaining the high-style of your home? We collaborated with the experts at Framebridge

Pizza, puppies, and mid-century modern design: some things just never go out of style. And with good reason! We would hate to live in a world without French Bulldog pups or Eames chairs, and luckily it seems we will never have to. The streamlined and sophisticated subtlety of mid-century modern design has proven timeless, moving into American homes in the 1950s where it happily resides to this day. So what exactly is it about mid-century modern style that gives it lasting power? Even Mad Men ended after 7 seasons! We’re taught that all good things must

Small-space living is never easy. But when your bedroom is hardly big enough for your bed, maximizing your minimal space can seem like a near-impossible feat. So how do you make room for your stuff and yourself while still maintaining your style? From letting in natural light to ditching the double nightstands, these space-saving tips will make your petit boudoir feel more like a grand hotel suite. Free Up Floor Space Do you have a heavy bookshelf or two clunky nightstands taking up floor space? The more floor you can see, the

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