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

Our friends at What’s Up Moms, (the number one parenting network on YouTube), called us recently with an urgent request. They had an empty new space in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles that required design help, but they needed it done in six days, in time for their upcoming shoot. We love a challenge, so our team quickly got to work, taking their color palette and inspiration in mind. We decided not to reveal the completed space to co-founders Meg Resnikoff and Elle Walker until a few hours

Whether you moved into a small studio close to your parents or relocated to the city of your dreams, living on your own can be intimidating. As soon as you sign your name on the dotted line of your lease or mortgage (eek!), an inescapable weight of responsibility can set it. But before you lose your cool and panic sets in, remember: a home of your own is a real moment to celebrate! So, pop the Champagne and congratulate yourself on this major accomplishment. To make this transition a little

Image via Natalie Kraiem Let’s see if you can relate to this all too familiar scene: After a long day at work, you collapse into bed, only to watch your mattress fall into the floor. Your exhaustion is immediately replaced with frustration. But it doesn’t have to be! Skip the pity party and treat yourself to a bedroom makeover that gives you the sanctuary you deserve. From investing in a quality mattress to fostering a soothing atmosphere with soft lighting, here’s how you can upgrade your bedroom into a room

If you only make one New Year’s resolution, make it a commitment to creating a home you love to come home to. Not sure where to begin? That’s where Laurel & Wolf comes in. We specialize in easy, fun and affordable home transformations. To get your design juices flowing, we partnered with one of our go-to designers, Gwendolyn Gibbish, to show how little details and new statement pieces can refresh your space in a big way.  As you can see, we started with a pretty blank canvas. We knew we

If you’re not an interior designer, it can be difficult to see a room’s full potential. Say you live in a Dutch Colonial style house — its barn-like architecture might tempt you to decorate with rustic pieces rather than modern. Or if you live in a contemporary space, you’re probably not going to go the traditional route. But with the right decor and some interior design know-how, a room can be completely transformed from what it looked like before. Don’t believe us? Read on to see how we took one bedroom

After five years on the hit ABC show Scandal, actress Katie Lowes is saying goodbye to her role as Quinn Perkins and prepping for her biggest one yet. She’s been doing her research, changing her wardrobe and bonding with costar Adam Shapiro. Their new gig? Parents. Ahead of the baby’s arrival, Katie and Adam decided to bid farewell to their funky Hollywood Hills bungalow in favor of a more family friendly home. But the change wasn’t easy. “The night before we moved in, I was crying. There’s something about when

Back-to-school season is kind of like an unofficial new year. Though most adults don’t get a lengthy summer break to reset, it’s a good time to prioritize career goals and reorient ourselves before a fresh season begins. Whether you’re starting a new job or continuing on your current path, there are small things you may be overlooking that can help you achieve your work goals. To show you how it’s done, we paid a visit to our friends at The Zoe Report to style three team members’ desks with their individual

For many, working from home is a constant battle between household distractions and actually getting work done. But for Ashley Villa, an attorney-turned-entrepreneur, home is where projects see completion. After leaving her in-house legal job in 2015, Ashley launched her own talent management company, Rare Global, which offers digital media contracts, strategic relationships, and brand management to high-profile YouTube stars. Her most recent endeavor? Designing a new domain to function as both her company’s office and her personal living space. “I currently run my talent management agency from home, and

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

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