Entertaining

The whole fam is gathering around your table this holiday season for a feast like no other. Obviously, you want your place to look impeccable, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on new decorations. Well, the tablescape is the place to start. There’s no need to have the finest china or a set of solid silver candlesticks. With minimal effort, your table decor can make a huge impression. Read on for fool-proof ways to enhance your spread, just in time for the holidays. Add a personal touch

Designed by Brett Foken No one ever said that cooking Thanksgiving dinner would be easy. When the turkey’s roasting and you’re frantically slicing and dicing in a cramped kitchen that feels hotter than the depths of Hell, you may start to think that a test on Astrophysics would have been easier. Now, imagine that you’re preparing that meal in a clean, spacious kitchen, stocked with all the cooking tools in a top chef’s atelier. Sounds better, right? From quaint, farmhouse cookeries to those with lots of pretty counter space, these are the kitchens that

We’ve all had to pay our dues at a rickety old card table, eating Thanksgiving off of paper plates with the other kids (or kids-at-heart). But why should the littles be an afterthought when they bring so much joy to the holiday season? With a few small upgrades, you can make the kids’ table the best table. So we teamed up with Land of Nod to create the Kidsgiving we always wanted.  Tip 1: Instead of resorting to plastic or paper plates, create a kid-sized place setting by using a

Image via Food 52 There’s a lot of things about adult-ing that we’re not too fond of. Like paying seemingly endless bills and being financially responsible about our purchases (most of the time). But the reality is, we are grown-ups and sometimes we have to take on grown-up responsibilities — like hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Master chef or not, when you have to step up to the hot plate and cook, you’re going to need the proper supplies. And these kitchen essentials will not only guarantee that you’re a whiz in

Image via Cookbook Book / Phaidon There are some cookbooks that are meant to be splattered with sauce and paged through till their recipes fall out. And then there are those with glossy spreads of well-photographed meals that are simply too exquisite to mix in with the mess of the kitchen. These types of cookbooks have no place tucked away on cabinet shelves. They belong out in the open, where they can be as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the stomach. These are the coffee table

Image via Remodelista Let’s face it — hosting Thanksgiving is no walk in the park. It requires meticulous planning, preparing an entire buffet’s worth of food, and allowing hordes of guests into your home to eat, drink, and be merry. If you’re not careful, your Thanksgiving festivities can easily turn into a series of food and design disasters. So to help you avoid any meal-making mishaps, we’ve created a week-by-week checklist that will guarantee you’ve got all your grounds covered. We’ve made your list and now it’s your job to

Joy Wilson may have lived in LA, Miami, Vermont and Seattle, but her new adopted home of New Orleans is most certainly her spirit city. Irreverent and revelatory, bold and bawdy and come-as-you-are entertaining, it’s the perfect match for the blogger and cookbook author, known to her fans as Joy the Baker. “Living in New Orleans is like living in a different world. It’s magical, it’s joyous, the pace is much slower, and we’ll celebrate anything, everything, all the time,” she says. Joy bought an early 1900s double shotgun home

Photo via Valencia Lounge Hostel The end of summer may mark the official end of vacation season. But that’s not stopping us from doing some serious fall trip planning (or at least daydreaming!). Thankfully, well-designed hotels don’t have to break the bank. From a boho beauty in Nicaragua to a Sin City glamour den, these are our picks for the world’s most stylishly affordable stays. Graduate Tempe   Tempe, AZ From $143 College campuses may not be synonymous with stylish design, but the super hip new Graduate Hotels chain is aiming to change

Image via Audrey Crewe It’s time to raise a stein (or four) to celebrate Oktoberfest. And these days there’s even more to celebrate, since beer bars from sea to shining sea are seriously upping their style game. From a Scandi-chic tasting room in Brooklyn to a Deco stunner in LA, these are the USA’s most stylish beer bars. Angel City Brewery Los Angeles, CA Housed in a 100-year-old warehouse (where the suspension cables for the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges were both produced), Angel City Brewery has serious design cred with pieces by

Remember piling into the back of the family car, snacks in hand, and heading to an open field for a drive-in movie? Sure, IMAX and 3D films are cool and all, but nothing beats a flick under the stars. To celebrate our two true loves, design and entertaining, we teamed up with experience delivery service Joymode to cross yet another item off of our #summerbucketlist: hosting a backyard movie screening. So break out the popcorn and dust off the old DVD, because we’re sharing our tips on the ultimate al fresco movie experience. Tip #1: Select the ideal backdrop First things first, decide where to

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