If there's one thing we'll never stop collecting, it's books. But as any avid reader knows, this habit can get messy pretty quickly. One book turns into a small pile and then that pile turns into several precariously leaning towers. And this is especially true for anyone whose collection of books far exceeds the square footage of their home.
Autumn is in full effect-in case you couldn't tell from the leaves changing colors and the abundance of apple picking and pumpkin patch shots popping up on your Instagram feed. All I ask is that you don't let your house miss out on all of that autumnal fun. I'm not saying you need to buy a million gourds or paint your walls orange, but you can definitely take a few cues from nature and the outdoorsy vibe of rustic, fall-friendly destinations.
Take a minute to think about the current status of your bathroom. Could be better, right? If you're anything like us, then yourВ bathroom isn't making the best use of its available space. There isn't enough countertop space for toiletries, drawers for towels, or even aВ spotВ forВ a soap dish. If that's been the case, then you've probably managed to ignore the disarray this whole time.
Of all the rooms in the house, we probably spend the most time in the bathroom (at least in our waking hours). Like the kitchen, it serves a purely functional element, used for cleaning up, relaxing, and, you know, being human. WhenВ it comes to spaces that welcome relaxation andВ elevate our daily routines, we tend to take design notes from spa bathrooms we've visited.
Ikea It's no secret that we have a love affair with IKEA. Not only has the Scandi-giant helped us create a level of organization in our homes that even Marie Kondo would be proud of, but also, with items sitting at an affordable price range, it's helped make our dream abodes that much more attainable.
@Katiehodgesdesign While the right artwork, sofa, and lighting choices will speak volumes in a living room, the real heart of the space is the coffee table. It's where you and your guests gather to catch up, unwind, and rest your drinks (hence the name),
It's not even Halloween, and the holidays are already upon us. You are probably well aware that Christmas lights, menorahs, and Santa Claus cutouts have already landed in pretty much every retail store, and some people are already getting a head start on their holiday shopping. While it's a little too early to start playing Christmas music, it should comes as zero shock that holiday season planning is already in full swing on Pinterest-and has been for months!
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis When we need furniture, and we need it fast, there's no better place to go than IKEA. Its flat-pack system guarantees you can grab and go with whatever you need, from dinner napkins to entire sofas-no lead times or delivery schedules required. But our love for convenience has sometimes trapped us in the originality department-a feeling we know all too well when walking into a friend's apartment and seeing the exact same furniture as in ours.
Painting a dresser is one of those DIYs that looks difficult and impressive, but is actually easy enough that even the least crafty of us can do a great job. The key? Don't rush it. Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to painting a dresser. And while we wouldn't always suggest painting over a beautiful wooden piece of furniture, sometimes the best restoration is one that includes a lovely coat of bright red paint.
The ancient Chinese spatial laws of feng shui have gone full-on mainstream, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Marie Kondo among its enthusiasts. To the uninitiated, feng shui can feel a little esoteric, but if you take the time to dig into the philosophy behind it, you'll find that it's not only based on simple common-sense practices that make our homes healthier and more organized, but it also reveals how connected we are to our homes-and in turn, how they can affect our mood and well-being.
No plant has made quite such an impression in American culture in recent years as pilea peperomioides. Also known as Chinese money plant, coin plant, missionary plant, or pancake plant, this cute, easy-care houseplant with flat, round, succulent leaves has a history of being shared between friends. Long cultivated in China, pilea peperomioides was brought to Europe by a Norwegian missionary in the 1940s-hence some of its many nicknames.
A neutral sofa is a safe bet. They're easy to find. They go with anything. And they serve as a blank canvas, so you can easily swap out accessories as your style changes. But beyond white, beige and gray, there's a whole, colorful world out there just waiting to be experienced. We rounded up a rainbow of real-life inspiration, spanning a variety of design aesthetics.
With age comes wisdom (or at least that's what we're hoping). Even the most polished person has had plenty of youthful transgressions that became teachable moments down the road- cutting your own bangs, falling for the wrong person, or staying out past curfew, to name a few. It's not just you: these learning curves even happen in the design world, we promise.
Steve Granitz / Getty Images Lady Gaga purchased her opulent beachside property in Malibu, California, in 2014 for a casual $22.5 million, according to Realtor.com. It was featured in the Netflix documentary about the singer's life,В Gaga: Five Foot Two, and was the meeting place of Gaga and Bradley Cooper when he offered her the role of the leading lady in the upcoming iteration of A Star Is Born , a recentВ Vogue feature reveals.
Better Homes & Gardens /Justin Coit We may know Hilary Duff for her iconic starring role on Disney's Lizzie McGuire , but if her Los Angeles home is any indication, her talents extend far beyond the silver screen. Duff recently welcomed Better Homes & Gardens into her vibrant abode, which she redecorated with the help of Studio Life.
At the start of the New Year, we all have the sameВ looming to-do on our checklist: The Big Home Organization Project of 2020. It likely feels much more daunting than doable, but like any challenge, you just have to take it bird by bird. Our advice? Start with downsizing theВ clutter. Never mind your organizational chops (or lack thereof), because we've brought in expert organizers/designers Carly Waters and Shira GillВ to get you out of the woods and into your dream space.
Alyssa Rosenheck There's a certain exhilaration that comes with throwing things away and freeing up space in your home. It's not only an aesthetic task-KonMari-ing your space has proven health benefits, too. A UCLA study found that women who live in a cluttered environment are more likely to experience a surge in cortisol, a stress hormone.
Roomers Hotel Munich Most people think of Berlin when planning a trip to Germany. After all, the capital city is rich with World War II history and alive with never-ending nightlife. But there's another German city calling our name, especially in the winter: Munich. Germany's third-largest city is the southernmost urban area in the country, a short drive from the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and the neighboring Bavarian Alps.
When it comes to the shelfie game, there's one move that always wins: a home library. A home library is the ultimate classic touch, adding a chic scholarly appeal to any home. These days, dГ©cor often displaces books on the shelf, but we prefer the idea of getting back to basics. After all, reading never goes out of style; in fact, it's something successful leaders do in their downtime to stay sharp and informed.
The dog days of summer may still be raging on, but with every day that passes we inch closer and closer to the end of 2019 and the start of a whole new decade. And while every new year holds significance, there's something especially exciting about a fresh decade-2020 here we come. So, while Color of the Year announcements are a constant in the world of home decor, the 2020 reveals feel a little extra special.
It's no secret that society has become do-it-yourself obsessed in the last decade. In addition to the HGTV explosion, transforming hosts of popular shows into household names and celebrities, there's also been the influence of social media, where normal-looking people make things like installing tiles, knocking down a wall, or putting up wallpaper look as easy as screwing in a lightbulb.