Design For The Season

Image via Avante Press, City Christmas Cards The magic of twinkling lights, the crisp scent of pine, prized ornaments hung for all to see. And the presents underneath aren’t so bad either. Christmas trees are among the most magical of holiday traditions. And we’ve got everything you need to do your tannenbaum right. From picking the perfect pine to tree skirts and trimming, this is our ultimate guide to Christmas trees. Step One: Find Your Tree First, determine what type of tree will work best for you. We’re partial to Fraser

Photo by Roger Davies, designed by Miles Redd  for Architectural Digest Blistering sun, sweat, heat — the dog days of summer are upon us. During these last muggy weeks of the season, the only activity we can even begin to wrap our head around is relaxing by a big body of water. But hauling ourselves through the sand at the beach doesn’t sound so appealing anymore. Thankfully, we still have pools — our saving grace on 95-degree days. And when they come with a pool house, that’s even better. If you want

Photo via Hunter Fans It’s officially the dog days of summer, people! Our makeup is melting, our hair is frizzy and our clothes are more than a little rumpled. And to add insult to injury, the one thing standing between us and sweet, cool relief also happens to be one of the world’s ugliest decor items in the world. Fans! Why must an item of such functional beauty be such a design eye sore?  Who can save us? Well, it turns out more than a few designers are on the case. We

Above image from West Elm Whether you’re prepping your kids for their first day of school or heading off to college yourself, back to school season means it’s time to put forth your best organizational effort. But even you aren’t enrolled in classes, it doesn’t hurt to get into the hard-working, school spirit. From marbleized weekly planners to adorable pencil sets, these chic, modern desk essentials get an A+ for style. Put a Cork in It What’s one of the simplest, least expensive ways to get your desk organized? A corkboard.

There’s no better way to embrace the great outdoors than to sleep there. But you’ve gotta contend with finding a campsite, schlepping your gear, cooking your chow. If you want nature with a side of creature comforts, we’d suggest sticking close to home, like really close to home. For today’s installment of our Summer Bucket List, we put together this guide to glamping in your own backyard! Video: See our glamping set-up come to life! Pitch a tent (or a teepee! Or a yurt!) The more comfortable the structure, the more you’ll use

One of the great wonders of NYC is that you can get pretty much anything you want at pretty much any hour: Need a vintage 1930s ballgown at 2 am? Easy! An Ethiopian feast delivered to your door? Sure! But the one thing that can be hard to come by is an outdoor space to call your own. So the folks at the W Hotel asked us to help them change that. We teamed up to transform the Extreme Wow Suite at New York’s W Hotel into an urban glamping adventure. Now through

Photos: Hannah Lemholt Photography / John Bessler Think way back to the end of spring, when summer was just beginning to show its sweet, temperate face. It was a 70-degree day in May, the kind that makes you want to lay outside in a field of daisies with a book you can’t put down. You thought to yourself, I’m definitely going to catch up on my reading this summer, and began to create a list of books. Or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you only got as far as the thought. But

Photo: J.Mak Hospitality Some people pick their vacations based on food, nature, or culture. We love all of those things, but we like them with a serious side of style. So we’ve rounded up our nine favorite design hotels around the world. Whether you’re looking for big style in the Big Easy or modernism in Morocco, these chic stays will inspire a serious case of wanderlust… or maybe even a home renovation. Henry Howard Hotel, New Orleans, LA Get a taste of New Orleans’ jazzy spirit at the Henry Howard Hotel. Transformed from townhouses

In the summertime, drinking outdoors is an art. And we’re here to help you master it, along with all of the other warm weather activities on our Summer Bucket List (you can print the list here). Each time you complete a goal, check it off and by the end of the summer, you’ll be an ice cream expert, a pool party connoisseur, a professional picnicker, a mixology master, and more. But, back to the bar! Whether you’re having people over for after-work drinks or you’re simply relaxing outside on a sunny

It’s 95 degrees in the shade. You can’t wait to get home and take up residence in your hammock. But what to do for dinner when the thought of firing up the grill (or the stove or any heat source really) makes you want to weep?  We’ve got two words for you: Ice. Cream. Summer is the perfect excuse to reawaken the joys of childhood. That’s why we launched our Summer Bucket List (print out the list here), lining up a season’s worth of fun, from perfect picnics to pool parties. But it doesn’t

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