Seasons & Occasions

Design by David Jimenez; Photo by Joshua McHugh for Architectural Digest. We all have that little voice in the back of our heads that tells us right from wrong. It reminds us to always say thank you and excuse me, never to chew with our mouths open, and to hold the door for little old ladies. But every now and then, it’s okay to listen to the devil on your shoulder and break a rule or two. Specifically, when it comes to interior design. Forget what you’ve heard about avoiding

Photo via Architectural Digest During football season, America reacquaints themselves with their favorite NFL teams and players. We know their positions and their stats. We might even know how large their salaries are. But what do their lives look like off the field? Pretty freaking gorgeous. We rounded up the best of the best for you scrolling pleasure. If there were a Super Bowl for interior design, these NFL players’ homes would surely be the winners. Hines Ward Considered one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, this

Photo via Decorpad Feeling motivated? Us too. After a brisk jog and a green juice this morning, we meditated, signed up to volunteer more and decided that we were finallllllly going to get around to investing more. Oh and budgeting. And no more impulse shopping. Also, meatless Mondays. Ooh and maybe we’ll clean out the closet. But a few weeks into the new year, our Netflix queue is calling, we’re back to hitting the snooze alarm and who left that pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the fridge?!  Staying motivated

Sure we love gathering our loved ones around us during the holiday season. But gift-shopping, party-planning and holiday hosting can make the holidays way more taxing than relaxing. So how to cut down on the stress? Pour yourself a strong serving of eggnog and start prepping now! Whether the whole fam is coming to your place on Christmas Day or they’re staying for all eight nights of Hannukah, these tips and tricks will ensure that your guests the five-star treatment without turning you into a nut(cracker). Have extra blankets and bedding

Buying a thoughtful present and then chucking it into some old gift bag is like slaving over a souffle and then slopping it onto a paper plate. It just doesn’t have the same effect. So this season we teamed up with photographer Gray Malin to show you how to create picture-perfect gifts. This is our guide to presents with presence. STEP ONE: Pick your paper Start with a good base. Thinner paper rips and crumples more easily, making wrapping difficult. Get a selection of wrapping paper in complimentary colors and patterns along with a

Image via Sony Pictures As far as we’re concerned, the holidays don’t really count until you’ve watched A Christmas Story at least three times. And with the big day just a few weeks away, there’s only so much time to see all the best seasonal flicks. Since we have a tendency to search for design inspo in every movie, we’ve obviously paid special attention to the interiors in our favorite holiday films. And just as expected, they serve up sleigh-loads of decorating ideas. So cue the Christmas playlist and blast

Images via The Kitchen McCabe / Graham Gaunt Pop quiz: What’s the sweetest thing about the holidays? a.) Spending quality time with family. b.) Strutting your stuff in a shiny cocktail dress at the office holiday party. c.) Indulging in a plethora of sweet treats without feeling guilty about it. d.) All of the above. If you’re like us, then you probably answered all of the above, but let’s be real — Santa isn’t the only one who digs Christmas cookies. Becoming reacquainted with dear old friends like Snickerdoodle, Gingerbread and Peppermint

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

We dig the holidays. Like Mariah-on-repeat, cocoa-everyday, all-garland-all-the-time LOVE the holidays. But when our homes start to look like Christmas got a little too drunk at the company party and threw up green and red decor, it may be time to reign in the tinsel. So how do you deck the halls without going full North Pole? We tapped Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb for tips on adding some elegance to the season. Tip #1: Stick with white lights. It doesn’t matter if you decorate with anything else — a string

Images via Beetlejuice, 1988 / My Domaine Picture this: You’re lounging on your sofa one stormy October night, getting into the spooky spirit with a classic horror flick. On the screen, the film’s protagonist creeps warily towards a shadowy doorway. It flies open and you let out a blood-curdling scream. “Wow, they really need to redo those floors!” you say. If you eliminate the scares, you’ll find that some horror movies actually feature thrillingly great set design. You can’t say that the hotel in The Shining isn’t stunning or that Patrick Bateman’s apartment

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