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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.

We spend a lot of time in bed. A third of our lives, to be exact. But even if you’re clocking eight hours under the covers each night, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting proper sleep. The truth is, our bedrooms have the power to make or break our quality of shut-eye. So to help you get the best snooze possible, we’ve compiled this handy bedroom design guide filled with doctor’s tips, scientifically proven sleep facts, and slumber-inducing secrets from interior designers. Keep It Clean A clean and relaxing bedroom

Imagine being slept on, sweat on, soaked in chemicals and thrown into a hot dryer. Doesn’t sound pretty, huh? Well, such is the life of our bedding. But caring for it properly doesn’t have to be so bad. Whether you’re a culprit of overwashing or underwashing, you’re probably unknowingly damaging your bedding in some way. So we’ve gathered the number one bedding mistakes and how to fix them. After all, we spend more than a third of our lives in bed – better learn how to treat our sheets! LAUNDRY

Image via Article There’s no denying that we love our couches, but how well do we really know them? We know what kinds of sofas we love to curl up on. We know that some are better for conversation than others.  And that long, deep sleeper makes an ideal bed for visiting guests. But with so many shapes and styles out there, how do you pick the perfect one to serve your needs, complement your space and provide a cushion for your inner couch potato? From loveseats to sectionals, this guide to

Beds are the hardest working piece of furniture in the house. They’re where we begin and end our days, where we find comfort after a hard one, and where we hole up when we’re sick or tired. Our beds give us a lot of love, so it’s only fair that we return the favor by making them every morning. We turned to the bedding experts at Parachute to show us how it’s done. Watch our video and read on for tips on making your bed a stylish spot to get the perfect

Pair of Mid Century Slatted Wood Lounge Chairs via 1st Dibs. You just ordered a beautiful wood credenza online. You eagerly await its arrival, believing that once it comes, your living room will finally feel complete. But when you put it together, you notice the middle is already sagging and there’s a scratch on the side. The wood isn’t wood at all but garish laminate or particle board, nothing like the glossy wood image you saw online. When it comes to furniture, online shopping can be our best and worst enemy.

You heard us correctly. Everyone’s favorite affordable furniture giant is making moves to the museum. But this isn’t just any exhibition. The IKEA Museum, which opened June 30 in Älmhult, Sweden, traces the company’s successful history in home décor with seven decades’ worth of designs on display. The main exhibition gives visitors the inside scoop on the story behind the Swedish furniture powerhouse, as well as an exclusive look at some of its best-selling products through the ages—get ready to see the iconic Klippan sofa in all its retro glory.

Do you like being able to find good quality, good looking furniture at decent prices? You can thank Charles Eames for that. What about having a comfortable place to sit at the airport? Eames pioneered that, too. In honor of the legendary architect and designer’s birthday, we’re taking a look at how his vision to “bring the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least,” enhanced the way we live. 1. He invented a molding machine that made mass-production possible. Hello affordable furniture! Before the

It’s the laborer of your living room, exposed to everything from snack spills to weekend guests. You (hopefully) sit on it every day. It anchors one of the most important rooms of the house. But if a sofa by Poltrona Frau and a knock-off from CB2 were placed beside one another, most wouldn’t recognize a visual difference. So why invest in a pricey one? We decided to get the inside scoop. From frame construction to upholstery, foam to feathers, we’re breaking down why a 10k couch costs 10k.  And why you

When it comes to furnishing a space, everyone knows what the bare essentials are — a sofa, a bed, a table. From there you add your storage, your decorative pieces, your art. But do you know your chifferobes from your sideboards, your shoji screens from your girandoles? In honor of Back to School, we’re breaking down design styles, furniture pieces and how-tos.  Our first term: étagère. Read on to find out what they are, where they came from and why you’ll want one in your space.   Origin: Like many of the words we use for