Home Decor

6 Ideas That Changed How I Decorate My Home

I like my apartment, but the longer I spend in it, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would cover that, anyway), but I’m always in search of easy ideas that don’t require a year-long renovation or all my money to complete. This is where browsing Reddit’s delightfully named subreddit, Amateur Room Porn, has come in handy. As its name might suggest, this page (and its discussions) are for non-design experts with a passion for interior decorating, eager to swap tips and show off what they’ve done with their everyday living situations—primary bedroom facelifts, DIY book nooks, and wall-art attempts. Where the other popular decor subreddit, Room Porn, features more professional-looking homes and larger (like way larger) spaces, Amateur Room Porn is more focused on modest spaces like one-family households or city studios. It’s a reminder that, regardless of…

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How to Layer Rugs—Because Why Stop at One

Rugs might be one of the simplest ways to add an interesting dimension to a room. “Rugs are perfect for defining a space and pulling in texture, pattern, or color to bring everything together,” says designer Nicole Arruda. Layering rugs, one on top of the other, is an even more interesting decor choice, whether you’re placing an accent rug over a larger area rug or covering up that blah wall-to-wall carpeting with a piece that’s much more your style. Layered rugs evoke coziness and warmth, and it’s an especially great idea if you’re someone who likes to switch up your space frequently: “Rugs give you the flexibility to make an easy swap down the road when you’re ready for a change,” adds Arruda. Read More >> …

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What to Do With That Empty Space Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

I did a lot of apartment hopping in my 20s, and while my temporary homes often varied significantly in terms of location and style, most had a few things in common: tiny bathrooms, limited storage space, and a big ol’ gap over the kitchen cabinets. I understand why the latter is often necessary, especially in apartments—if you installed standard-size cabinets flush with the ceiling, there’s no way you’d ever be able to reach inside them—but that didn’t make the gaping space any less awkward. Most of the time, I just let the space above my cabinets go to waste, but there are ways you can make better use of it—as a display for decorations, extra storage space, or a combination of both. The internet has plenty of ideas for decorating above kitchen cabinets, and these are a few of my favorites. Read More >> …

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7 Essentials You Need to Make Your Staycation the Best Vacation

Since I’m not traveling much these days, I’ve started thinking of my summer weekends as staycations.
My usual routine when the weekend rolls in is to laze around on my couch until guilt kicks in, then scramble to fit in a workout, run errands, and heave my many loads of laundry to the laundromat down the street. All good and worthwhile things to do, of course. But when I think of Friday evening as the kick-off to a mini two-day vacation rather than as a weekend that’s always too short, the next 48 hours feel more relaxing and longer. I’ll check out a new restaurant one night, dip into a bookstore the next morning, and even bring coffee and breakfast to the park on Sunday. I’ll also stock the fridge and freezer with summertime treats like watermelon, berries, and ice cream, and when I’m ready for a break, I’ll take an afternoon siesta. Suddenly, my weekend feels…

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11 Outdoor Rugs to Instantly Transform Your Space

Outdoor rugs might sound like nice-to-have decor when compared to a table set-up for all your meals or mosquito repellent for all their meals. But we’d argue that they’re an essential part of any outdoor space. They can make your space feel infinitely cozier and more like an extension of your home—which is what we’d want our decks and patios to feel like anyway. If your outdoor space has seen better days, a good rug can hide a worn-out stain, paint chips, or mysterious food remnants. It’s also much more comfy for bare feet—my wooden deck is beautiful, but comfortable it is not. Read More >> …

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6 Removable Wallpaper Mistakes I’ll Never Make Again

My powder room was begging for an accent wall. I spent hours looking for the perfect removable wallpaper online and landed upon a utterly charming pattern: little owls perched on branches. When the day came to hang the wallpaper, I carefully measured; lined up the patterning; and used one of those wallpaper smoothing tools to get all the bubbles out. It turned out lovely and I went to bed thinking about how beautiful the bathroom looked. The next morning, I sleepily came downstairs to make breakfast, and realized in horror that the wallpaper had not just fallen right off, it was sticking to itself. Later that day, I managed to repeat the entire process and hung it once again, only to have it fall off hours later. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Read More >> …

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Proof That Beautiful Soap Dishes *Do* Exist

A few years ago, I was laser-focused on ridding my life of single-use plastics. One of the changes I made was to switch from liquid soaps to bar soap. (If you haven’t come around to bar soap yet, let fellow contributor Chantal Lamers persuade you.) I quickly realized that a soap dish was in order, but when I started shopping, it was challenging to find anything that matched my aesthetics. Instead, many of them were basic, plastic designs—the very material I was trying to avoid—or they were sold as part of a matching set with bathroom accessories like tissue box or toothbrush holders that I didn’t need. I finally found a handmade ceramic one through Etsy. Fast forward to today: It seems like cool soap dishes are everywhere. Etsy is overflowing with modern soap trays (concrete, terrazzo, clay, glass!); major retailers have options beyond the basics (and with no need to purchase a matching suite of…

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4 Surprising (& Very Practical) Uses for Your Cake Stand

If you haven’t noticed yet, cake stands are ubiquitous in interiors photography. If you dropped onto Earth for an intergalactic romp and mined our spaces for anthropologic clues, you might imagine humans subsist solely on cake (well, you might not be totally wrong…). Our love for baked goods notwithstanding, our lifestyles are considerably more diverse. Yet there it is, on every still life table: a lovely mound of flour, butter, and sugar on an ornate pedestal. A cake signals a celebratory occasion, yes, but there’s a more practical explanation: cake stands look damn good. They add dimension to any flat surface, introducing new materials, shapes, and heights—a trifecta ripe for a styling slam dunk. Read More >> …

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Our Favorite Pieces From the Gap Home Collection

As a ‘90s kid who loved fashion growing up, there are few brands as iconic as Gap. I remember when its logo still incorporated a navy blue box and way before it collaborated with designers like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, and most recently, Ye, or the artist formerly known as Kanye. I still have a logoed sweatshirt or two, which would be considered vintage nowadays and likely to sell on Depop for more than what I paid. Gap has had a shaky couple of years, if not decades, with store closures and controversies, all of which is to be expected from such a storied brand trying to find relevancy and footing among newer, more millennial and Gen Z-forward labels and DTC startups. But the brand kept moving forward, expanding into new categories like baby clothes, workout gear, and even fragrances. Anyone remember those? The Dream scent was my jam. Read More >> …

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I Spent 1,764 Days Looking for a Coffee Table

I spent 1,764 days avoiding buying a coffee table. That’s 58 months. Whichever way you slice it, that’s a looong time. A few years ago, when my (now) husband, Phil, and I moved in together, we decided to pool what we owned—and quickly realized we had almost no functional furniture. I had books and cookware, and Phil had many guitars. So, bit by bit, we started acquiring the building blocks of our shared home: a bed, a sofa, a dining table and chairs…then stopped to take a breather. Read More >> …

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How to Care for a Bonsai Tree & Make It Live Forever

If, like me, you’re always on the lookout for fun new plants to add to your home collection, chances are that a bonsai tree has caught your eye at one point or another. These miniature trees are stunning—there’s really no other word for it—but they’re also extremely intimidating for beginners. Bonsais require very particular care, and they’re not very forgiving. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort to shape and cultivate one of these miniature trees, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking plant that can be passed down to future generations. Before you decide if bonsais are right for you, here’s everything you need to know about these cool plants, including where to get one and how you’ll care for it. Read More >> …

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8 Clever Ways to Conceal an Unsightly Wireless Router

Technology, for better or for worse, has become an integral part of every home. TVs, smart hubs, printers, charging cords—it’s everywhere, all the time, and it’s not always pretty. Personally, I prefer to camouflage as much tech as possible. For example, I made a decorative frame for my TV and have it programmed to display landscape art when not in use. The wireless router is no different—I want it hidden. As of now it’s inside a basket that’s also filled with dog toys, which is not ideal. So, I started doing some research about how to better hide it, and thought: why not share my findings? From Our Shop exclusive Neat Method Grid Storage Basket $40–$48 More Options

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You’re Probably Buying the Wrong Light Bulb—Here’s Why

Ever swap out a light bulb at home only to realize its light appears completely different from the rest of the home? You’re not alone. When my husband and I moved into our apartment two years ago, it came with recessed lights—some of them I wanted to keep (like in our kitchen), others I wanted to convert to more attractive flush mount fixtures (hallways and bathrooms) and pendant lights (kitchen island). But once I installed all of them and added bulbs, to my horror, the light they cast just didn’t seem to match. Read More >> …

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A Guide to Feng Shui in the Kitchen, Courtesy of TikTok’s Favorite Architect

“How do you furnish a 7 sq-ft room?” In a 30-second TikTok video, architect Cliff Tan, also known as @dearmodern, uses tiny furniture figurines to propose a solution. With over 35.4 million views, it’s safe to assume that many were grappling with a similar question—or just curious to see his response. Read More >> …

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15 Terrazzo Decor Pieces That Prove the Material Is Here To Stay

My affair with terrazzo began in a tile store in Paris last November. In search of flooring that had the elegance of marble but a little less cold (and generally, less expensive), a large, creamy slab of terrazzo with bright chips in sage, gold, charcoal, and terracotta caught my eye. So elementary-school chic! Color me a millennial, but I was instantly hooked. From the Italian word for “terrace,” terrazzo is a composite material made with irregular-shaped pieces of marble, quartz, granite, or glass, all combined together with a neutral binder. A sustainable option from the outset, it was created by 16th-century Venetian artisans to repurpose marble pieces leftover from the production of marble slabs. Read More >> …

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7 Kitchen Trends We’ll Be Seeing Everywhere in 2022

There’s a good reason why many people refer to kitchens as the heart of the home. Sure, they get a lot of foot traffic daily—from family dinners and intimate date nights to post-school study sessions—but more than that, they act as a microcosm for our daily lives, routine, and outlook. The forms our kitchens take—and the way they morph year over a year—says a lot more about us than just what color we’re loving lately. They reflect back on our priorities, our struggles, and our goals, both for our homes and our lives. For that reason, the expert-driven trends below for 2022 are really more than just trends. Granted, there are a few mixed in just for the pretty factor they provide but the majority of these new kitchen upgrades are a prime example of our collective shifting priorities amid life in a pandemic. From the return of color—and a reinvigoration of a positive perspective—to the…

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8 Vibrant, Soothing & Unexpected Bathroom Paint Colors to Try

Here comes the real winter (you know, January to March) where everything starts to feel just a little bit… blah. You might be feeling the same blah about your space, and are looking for a simple (and affordable!) refresh. Well, you’ve come to the right place. One of our go-to solutions for giving a home a quicker-than-anything makeover? Painting the walls, of course—specifically the bathroom walls. Yet there are so many directions one can go in when it comes to making over this space; practically any color is fair game. If you’re trying to determine the perfect hue to use in your loo (ha!), we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite bathroom paint color picks below and asked interior designers to weigh in on their top choices, too. Read More >> …

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52 Products Our Community Loved (As Much as We Did) This Year

A big part of my job (okay, like 75 percent) involves learning about new products and brands, and sharing them with all of you. But as much as I love introducing our community to new things, I actually enjoy learning from you all much more. Whether it be through reader comments, recipe contests, holiday gift swaps, and even our FiveTwo line, we’re always looking to our readers to tell us what they like (or really don’t like), what they want to see more of, and what they might want to see less of. That’s why we’re taking a look back at the most popular products that you all bought and loved in 2021, like more than 300 sets of Brooklinen’s crisp percale sheets and 700 Scrub Daddy sponges. This year, we learned that everyone was rolling up their sleeves to give every inch of their space a deep clean, reimagining their spaces to be more functional…

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The Predictions Are In: 12 Home Decor Trends We’ll See in 2022

Over the past 18 months, many of our homes have received more love, care, attention, and introspection than in the last five years combined. And who could blame us? Time hunkering down indoors meant we all naturally turned our attention to our interior surroundings, sussing out once and for all what works for our lifestyles and what reflects our personalities best in our homes. Because of all this TLC, we’ve seen a surplus of home decor and design trends cycle in and out over the past year or so—some picking up steam and becoming full-blown phenomena (we’re looking at you, dramatic marble), while others are just on the cusp, waiting to catch fire with homeowners. From Our Shop Estelle Hand-blown Colored Rocks Glasses (Set of 2) $85

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My Family’s Traditional-ish Approach to Decorating for Christmas

Decorating for Christmas with my family is a big deal. It’s a drop-everything, plan-your-month-around-it, kind of deal. It didn’t matter if college finals were happening or how cold it was outside or if there was yet another Harry Potter movie marathon on TV. The first weekend of December is always reserved for cutting down and decorating our Christmas tree, hanging lights, sticking vintage Rudolph and Charlie Brown window clings on every glass surface, and filling a wooden manger with religious (and not-so-religious) figurines. Every family has their own way of decorating for the holidays. They have their preferences of white or colored lights. Some stick to sentimental ornaments, while others may prefer a set of matching glass balls, but every family cherishes their own traditions the most, and I’m no different. Here’s how my family does it: Read More >> …

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Amazon Just Put Its Huge & Beloved Boho Rug On Sale For 64% Off & Expected Us Not To Notice

A cute and actually big rug that’s under $135? Are we being punked? …

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The 14 Types of Christmas Trees You’ll Find on the Farm

Before you go out and buy—or cut—your own Christmas tree, you no doubt have an idea about how big a tree (height and diameter) you can fit in your space. Size, however, is not the only criterion to consider. How much are you planning to decorate the tree? Are the ornaments lightweight or heavy? Are the needles soft enough so they don’t create a hazard for kids and pets? Do you want a tree that exudes a strong fragrance that spreads through your home? And finally, how well will the tree retain its needles? This will help you narrow down the type of tree to look for. Most Christmas trees sold in the United States are firs, but in the south, pines are also common because they can grow in warmer climate zones. If you are living in a hot climate, pines might be the only locally grown Christmas trees available. Read More >> …

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Christmas Tree Alternatives So Good You Won’t Miss the Real Thing

Maybe you live in a small home. Maybe you’ve just moved and want to do a bit of decor without sourcing a big tree. Maybe you’re just tired of lugging the boxes out of the attic and want to do a pared-down version of Christmas this year. Maybe still you don’t celebrate Christmas, but want to pay homage to the season. Whatever the case may be, cut yourself some slack! Christmas trees are lovely, but there are plenty of other ways to get in the holiday spirit without chopping down a Douglas fir and dragging it home. Below, find our 10 favorite Christmas tree alternatives, from hanging garlands to a photo collages. Read More >> …

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The 3 Very Best Ways to String Lights on a Christmas Tree

I firmly believe the holidays shouldn’t be stressful—after all, aren’t they supposed to be the happiest time of the year? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and I know I’m not alone in feeling stress bubble to the surface once the calendar flips to December. Here’s the thing, though—those typical holiday touchpoints (hosting, gifting, a busy social calendar) aren’t actually what works me up. Entertaining a crowd doesn’t stress me out—a true Enneagram Two, acts of service are my love language and I enjoy going all-out when hosting friends and family. The same goes for gifting; I try my best to be a thoughtful gift-giver and keep a running note on my iPhone throughout the year with ideas I can rely on come holiday season. So what really has me feeling that holiday stress? Stringing my Christmas tree with lights—not to mention the dread of having to wrestle them off a dry, dead tree at the…

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32 Best Artificial Christmas Trees That Bring the Holiday Cheer

For many families, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the holiday season. We’re all got different ceremonies for lighting it, traditions around decorating it with ornaments, and rituals for placing perfectly wrapped presents beneath its branches. While plenty still cherish the wintry smell of real spruce, pine, or fir trees, others are taking the artificial route—which definitely eliminate the mess left by a real one. The debate about which is more sustainable is still up in the air, but if you invest in an artificial tree that you use year after year, you won’t be in the wrong. Plus, it’s a one-time expense, rather than an annual one. Read More >> …

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