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

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

Any sleep enthusiast would agree that the bedroom is pretty high up on the list of most important rooms in the house. There’s even scientific proof that a dreamy, well-designed bedroom can contribute to good zzz’s. But alas, there are many spaces we have to think about when designing our homes, and most of us can only allocate a certain amount of money towards each. So where should you spend and where should you save on bedroom furniture? Our designers weigh in on the key elements to consider when creating your

Image via Architectural Digest A dining room table without chairs is like a car without a steering wheel. It’s simply not functional. But if you want your space to look put together, you can’t pair just any old chair and table. Whether you like an industrial vibe in your home or your tastes are more traditional, we’ve hunted down winning dining table and chair combos to suit every style. Plus, they’re affordable. Read on to find your perfect pair! Scandinavian Simplicity Taking cues from clean-lined Nordic style, this pair fuses classic

The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and we’re ready to be outside as often as possible. Unfortunately, not every home comes with a yard, a patio, or even a porch. But if you are lucky enough to have your own outdoor space, now is the time to take advantage of it. So we called upon Laurel & Wolf designer Jennifer Terry, to imagine three outdoor areas that match in style but not in price. To get the budget breakdown on this shabby-chic-meets-contemporary-eclectic patio, read on! RELATED:

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again — interior design is not just for celebrities or your rich auntie from Connecticut. Sure, style comes with a price, but it doesn’t have to be so outrageous that you have to eat top ramen for a few months. At Laurel & Wolf, our designers are well-versed on creating high-style homes that don’t break the bank. So we challenged Catz Divirgilio of Blondiesloft to design the same glam bedroom at three different price points. What did she come up with? Read on to find out! Related: One Room,

We all know that Easter decorations have the tendency to be borderline tacky. Plastic eggs, creepy bunnies and butter lambs are kitschy, but we prefer to spend our cash on more timeless buys. So we tasked interior designers Jamie Clugston and Ashley Paul with a tough feat: Creating a classy Easter brunch table for under $300. They hopped to it, creating chic spreads with florals galore and pastels done right. Read on to shop both of their looks here. Designed by Jamie Clugston The Styleboard: The Design:  We’re smitten with the bird cage-inspired centerpiece paired with seasonal blooms and

via Design Trends Not every house has a library or a breakfast nook, but there is one universal room we all have no matter our style or budget: a bathroom. Bathrooms are the great equalizer, and like it or not, we spend a large chunk of time in them. Remember, you deserve to love every inch of your homes, even the less glamorous parts! Alas, we understand that when it comes to designing a bathroom, you can end up racking up a hefty bill, depleting funds you’d rather spend elsewhere. So

Image via Raoul Textiles Think of all the things you do in your living room: playing board games with the fam, celebrating the holidays with your crew, drinking a much-needed bottle of wine (or three…) after a long day of work. Suffice it to say, your living room is where you, well, live! And as such, it’s crucial that it’s designed to suit both your busy life and killer style. Alas, that’s a lot easier said than done, particularly when designing on a budget. So we decided to pool our network

When we heard that Queen Bey and Jay were about to add two little ones to their musically royal family, we dropped everything and started designing our dream spaces for the little ones. We had James Tabb tackle creating a look that’s all Beyonce, while Kimberly Winthrop imagined a space that’s all Jay-Z. Check out the designs and tell us where you fall. Are you Team Bey or Team Jay? Their Sister’s Nursery Although they haven’t released images of daughter Blue Ivy’s nursery, we do know that Bey purchased one badass crib for her.

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