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

So here’s what happened—you pulled off an elaborate Thanksgiving gathering, and even though your guests left wildly impressed, you were a little spent. A month later, you didn’t learn from your mistake and decided to invite everyone back to ring in the New Year. Expectations are high. Your energy, however, is low. It doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, with a bit of smart planning—plus a hard-and-fast goal for doing things with as little effort as possible—you might get to kick back and relax the day away. Here’s your

There is nothing shy about Chef Kris Yenbamroong. His restaurants are a riot of color, his dishes are fiery and bold, and he met his now wife on a night that ended in a bar brawl. But, like in the Thai cuisine he’s famous for, fire and spice flame out without the balance of other flavors. In the case of his curries, that’s tangy lime, sweet coconut milk and bright aromatics. In the case of Yenbamroong, it’s wife Sarah St. Lifer. “We’re coming from completely different places, but you don’t

Bar carts are an entertaining essential. Whether you are hosting guests in your living room, dining room, or patio, a bar cart will travel with you to complement the scene. It’s a great decorative piece for any room that will always impress guests. BEFORE We started with a contemporary chrome bar cart with mirrored trays that we bought at Z Gallerie. We thought it would be a fun challenge to turn it from glam to gallant! AFTER With a chalkboard sign, decorative accessories, and all of the alcohol essentials, this masculine bar cart is ready to

Laurel & Wolf’s first annual holiday party was this weekend and we hosted it in our back patio. We chose “lumberjack” as the theme of the party to go along with our holiday card (check back here on December 25 to see it!) See how we transformed our patio for the party – it’s beautiful! BEFORE This is what our courtyard looks like during the day. We love how green and charming it is, but we knew it would need some major sprucing up for our holiday party. AFTER The completed look

We’ve scoured Pinterest for the best DIY holiday entertaining projects so that you don’t have to! You’ll definitely have a hoppin’ holiday party with these DIYs, and on any budget! DECORATIONS Metallic Bow Wreath Repurpose all of your extra stick-on bows to create this modern take on a wreath! They can be hung inside or outside. Instructions here. Painted Pine Cone Place Card Holders  Hosting guests for a seated meal? These are perfect for place card holders. You can also use them as food labels if you’re just doing appetizers!

With Thanksgiving only one week away (how did that happen?!), it’s time to make sure you have all of the necessary pieces to make your day run smoothly. From guest room essentials to dining table decorations to kitchen supplies, here are some of the most important things you don’t want to forget for the big day! Guest Room Toiletries for your overnight guests are a must, like this Burt’s Bees Essentials Set. $9 on Amazon Fresh seasonal towels are a nice added touch, and these hand towels are perfect! $16.50 from Pottery Barn And of