Interior Design

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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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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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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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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16 Kitchen Storage Ideas You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner

I bought my first home at the beginning of the year—an amazing farmhouse that’s more than 100 years old—and while I absolutely love all the character in its wavy window panes and original hardwood floors, there’s one thing I’m less than thrilled about…the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong: it’s totally functional and gets the job done, but the room definitely lacks modern conveniences and efficient storage. For instance, the shelves in the cupboards are fixed at a too-short height that can’t fit bottles of olive oil, and the old-fashioned drawers don’t have gliders, so they’re always getting stuck. So naturally, I’m planning a number of upgrades to the space (some ASAP and others further down the road) and relying heavily on the help of Pinterest. Read More >> …

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15 Modern Decor Ideas to Welcome Fall Into Your Home

Even if you’re not ready to let go of summer, fall is right around the corner. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to decorate for the season while sipping on a good, old-fashioned pumpkin spice latte and busting out my favorite cozy sweaters. However, if you’ve been on the hunt for sophisticated autumnal decor but are coming up short, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite modern fall home decor setups that are super simple to replicate in your own space. Best of all: there are absolutely no cursive “gather” signs or plastic pumpkins here—we promise. Read More >> …

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A DIY Plant Stand That’s… Hiding in the Recycling Bin

Recently, I came across this photo of a lovely little Scandinavian-inspired planter. It was perfect to house the various clippings and pieces taken from my larger pothos, which had since outgrown its original pot. While I was tempted to immediately find one for purchase, I also knew I could make it with supplies I had lying around. And while I was at it: why not add legs! Granted, I do have quite the collection of DIY materials, but the star of this show is actually something quite unexpected. While rummaging through my apartment for something to affix wood dowels to, I stopped in my tracks at the recycling bin—last night’s red sauce remnants would make the perfect little plant holder. The sides of the can are straight (perfect for gluing onto), and the bottom is easily poked to create drainage holes. Winner! Read More >> …

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6 Timeless Trends That Interior Designers Are Reconsidering in 2021

There’s a certain irony in calling a trend “timeless.” Trends, by nature, come and go, which makes it tough to know which ones cross over into being long-standing and dependable and which ones will disappear. All-over carpeting, for instance, once had its moment, as did mirrored walls. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fan of those. Framed-in bathtubs have been overruled by free-standing ones, and popcorn ceilings have been replaced by smooth surfaces. And yet, there are a handful of designs that have remained popular in recent years, making them appear as timeless as trends can get. Until the pandemic hit and quarantine put our homes under a microscope. Read More >> …

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Century House Reno: Amanda & Timmie Roll Up Their Sleeves

The beach house was built just before the turn of the 20th century, back when the Hamptons were mostly potato fields and pitch pines. William Dwight Whitney, a Sanskrit scholar and linguist, constructed the house with proceeds from his 10-volume Century Dictionary, published in 1889. For this reason, it became known as “Century House” generations ago—and we call it that to this day. My husband Tad’s family, and an evolving generational tidal flow, have owned the house since 1915, but even as bankers have built gilded fortresses all around it, the Friends have staunchly resisted the temptation to sell. Instead, they’ve doubled down on keeping the house intact. Read More >> …

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Love Spotting a Reno Challenge? This Instagram Account Is a Must.

One of my favorite quarantine pastimes is walking around my neighborhood. Though I live in a rather plain 550-square-foot apartment, my little nook of Denver is comprised of red brick Tudors and bungalows built in the ’40s and ’50s. But I’ve noticed an increasing and troubling trend: these old structures are being torn down, with brand new homes popping up in their place. These contemporary homes, defined by boxy shapes that make them look like artsy storage units, are bigger and flashier than the single-story homes that originally lined the streets. But they don’t elicit the same daydream-y feeling I get when strolling past an older house with a quaint porch and overlapping gables. Read More >> …

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You (Yes, You!) Can Reupholster a Chair at Home

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she guides us through stripping a chair down to its bones and reupholstering it, right in your living room. Have an heirloom chair that’s been sitting in your garage for years, and that you’ve been itching to reupholster? Find a mid-century armchair while vintage-shopping and want to swap out the fabric to suit your décor—but unsure where to start? With falling temperatures and shorter days forcing us (further) indoors, this could well be the perfect time to take on that upholstery project you’ve been shying away from. Read More >> …

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7 Not-Your-Grandma’s Quilts to Cozy Up With This Winter

Growing up, quilts were a mainstay in my grandma’s house. As soon as the cold weather hit, my Sitto, as we call her (Arabic for grandmother), would break out piles upon piles of plush quilts, layering them over every available surface in her home, from the foot of the bed, to the arms of the couch, and my grandfather’s signature lounge chair. To me, they became synonymous with the type of comfort only a grandparent can bring—a (literal) blanket of warmth enveloping my childhood and one I eagerly sought to carry into my own home as an adult. But, as cozy as Sitto’s quilts were, stylish they were not. I’m not even sure who made them—it definitely wasn’t her, so rest easy knowing I’m not putting my sweet grandmother on blast over the internet. Like you probably imagine when I say the world “quilt,” hers were a hodge-podge of fabrics and patterns, evoking more a craft-fair…

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The Pillow Styling Trend That Has Got to Go

I am by no means immune to passing trends. I routinely fall for things that persist on my Pinterest feed, and there are quite a few items in my home that I stare at with regret, because I fell, headfirst, into the trap of a fad. Like many, I did away with all things nickel and chrome in favor of brass and copper, I’m a sucker for neutral-on-neutral tones, and I cannot stop filling all manner of vessels with dried florals. That said, actively disliking some of these decor and styling trends kind of comes with the territory, so it’s really no surprise that I have opinions on… pillow chopping. That’s right, pillow chopping. Read More >> …

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I’ve Spent 110 Days Trying to Pick a Rug—Send Help

One hundred and ten days: That’s how long I’ve been deliberating over a rug for my living room. Right now, I have three options in my cart on one site, seven in my virtual basket on another, and eight on my wish list from a third retailer. There are 19 products pinned to my “Rugs” Pinboard. All the while, in reality, my living room floor remains woefully bare. This is not a new phenomenon for me: With every design decision, however small, comes much anxiety and even more indecision. I lived in my last apartment for three years before I hung anything on the walls. I moved out after five years without ever acting on my plans to install shelves in the kitchen to make the space more efficient. When I moved to my current place, it took me weeks (and dozens of samples) to choose a paint color for my new wardrobe; after I finished…

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5 Things I’ve Learnt About Interiors

I’ve had a bit of a eureka moment with my house. After a year of dithering and not quite feeling confident about what I wanted to do with it, I feel as though I’ve finally found my furnishing and decorating…
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Weekly Window Shop: The Best Pink Beds

[This post contains one affiliate link marked *] I know that it’s entirely possible that pink velvet is going to be one of those fleeting trends that disappears into the interiors ether as quickly as it arrived, but please humour…
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How To Hide Your Telly…

Bane of my house-decorating life, televisions. I like to watch them (my evenings are dominated by Netflix box-sets) but I hate the look of them. I hate them on their stupid perspex stands, I hate them when they are plonked…
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A Wine Prodigy’s Favorite Under-$15 Bottle & a Peek Into Her Light-Filled Home

Welcome to My Life at Home, where we slow down for just a minute to share a glimpse into the lives of food lovers we’d love to get to know better. Kick off your shoes and get comfy! Hello, Victoria! Photo by Gary He These days, it’s hard to imagine a summer without free-flowing rosé at the ready; but this pink-hued wine didn’t always enjoy its current popularity. Sommelier Victoria James sought to explain the journey of one of the world’s most misunderstood wines in her debut book, Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, coursing its history from ancient Greece to the mainstream #yeswayrosé perch it enjoys today. Read More >> …

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How to Make Your Home Feel Fresh with Classic Vintage

This past weekend I received seven emails from my father, each titled either “Art” or “Art?” and each containing an attached photo of a framed piece of art (or art?) from my childhood. “If you want them, they’re yours,” he told me over the phone. “If not, they’re going to the auction house.” The auction house? Who would want these, I thought. Who would pay money for the painting of a steam ship that lived for years in the upstairs hallway or the photograph of fish drying on a rack that hung beside it? This art had meaning to me, of course—each piece evokes a different story and memory from my childhood—but the idea that a stranger would want these somehow baffled me. And then I looked around my apartment and realized that the objects I live most closely with and have come to feel so fond of, the things that I have collected over the…

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