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5 Reasons You Should Take a Solo Adventure at Least Once

Spontaneity is <i>not</i> overrated. Solitude isn’t either — and it can be <i>real</i> hard to come by when you’re living with roommates or your S.O. <i>and</i> working in an office full of colleagues. That’s why, with the excitement of summer comin’ in hot, it’s high time you feed your wanderlust by traveling alone. So …

Social Media

The New Safety App for Women

In the age of Snapchat, Angry Birds, and Candy Crush, why did no one think of this sooner?<p>It reads like a <i>Law & Order: SVU</i> episode, but it's true: A year ago, a friend of mine left her two roommates at a bar to walk the three blocks home to their apartment in a yuppie Boston neighborhood. She wanted …

Readers' Real Home Makeover Ideas

Reader-tested tips to update a room.<p>We asked you to post ideas for transforming a room on House Beautiful's Facebook page. Here are some favorites.

5 Tips for Choosing Bed Linens

The founder of DwellStudio shares five tips for the selecting the chicest — and coziest — bed linens out there.<p>Being that we spend about one-third of our lives asleep, it makes sense to invest in bedding that's not only comfortable, but stands the test of time. But with so many options out there — …

8 Cleaning Tricks for Keeping Your Kitchen Spotless

Tackle this much-used room's toughest spots with surprising everyday items (like salt and ketchup).<p>Tackle the tough spots on your countertops, floors, and pots with surprising everyday items (like salt and ketchup).

45 Classic Library Design Ideas

See the most stylish ways to stack treasured reads.<p>Whether your home is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, we've got the ultimate book-curation inspiration.

Would You Do This to Your Closet?

This small, inexpensive change will make a huge difference.<p>Even if you've streamlined your stiletto collection and categorized every last clutch purse, it can still be difficult to give your closet that extra oomph. That's why we're loving the idea of lining your closet walls with wallpaper for an …

How to Clear Your Clutter

The important questions you need to ask when cleaning your closet.<p>If you long for an organized home that makes you truly happy, advice from Lauren Rosenfeld & Dr. Melva Green could help. Consider the following when cleaning out...<p><b>Set Your Intentions:</b> What energy do you want to create in each space …

Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week:Unexpecting Lighting Combos, Wallpaper Ideas, and More

From unexpected lighting pairings to new wallpaper ideas, here's our weekly roundup of the shelter blogosphere.<p><b>This week's favorite links:</b><p>An Unexpected and Perfect Lighting Combination. coco+kelley<p>Tips to Get Ready for Spring. Powell Brower<p>New Ways to Decorate With Wallpaper. POPSUGAR Home<p>Stylish …

Ask a Designer: How Do I Decorate a Small Kitchen?

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is decorating a small kitchen. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future installment.<p><b>Q: "I</b> …

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

The Cleaning Product Swaps You Should Never Make

Not all cleaning products are multipurpose.<p>When you run out of a certain product, there's often another one that can get the job done. For example, you can use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on your laundry as a stain remover, and baking soda works great as a sink and faucet cleanser. But there …

10 Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher

The things you didn't know you could put in the dishwasher.<p>Your dishwasher has been holding out on you. Sure, "dishes" are in the name, but this machine can clean so much more.<p><b>1. Kitchen exhaust filter</b>Avoid getting messy, gunky oil buildup on your filter by cleaning it in the dishwasher once a …

3 Quick & Easy Kitchen Storage Tips

Things can get chaotic quickly when there are too many cooks in the kitchen and not enough space.<p><i>Interior design by Beth Martell and Enda Donagher. Photography by Trevor Tondro.</i><p>A new, or old, bookcase can serve just as well as a dresser for holding china, cutlery and linens. Be sure not to overload …

Kitchens

22 Easy Decorating Ideas to Make Over a Room in a Day

It's as easy as changing up your coffee table decor.<p>A little wallpaper, paint, or a few colorful accents can make such a big difference in your home. You can tackle each of these ideas in one day, even though the results will look like it took so much longer to pull off.

Ask a Designer: How Do I Get Bedroom Lighting Right?

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is about bedroom lighting. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future installment.<p><b>Q: "Do you</b> …

10 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen

Unique ways to give your space a bold look.<p>Switch out your sink for a colorful one, order some bold appliances, or give your backsplash a bright look.

Brilliant Ways to Set Your Spring Table

Refresh your table with these ideas.<p>Ready for spring? Start by refreshing your table with crisp linens, potted blooms, and a pop of bright colors.

30 Dreamy Kitchen Paint Colors and Ideas

You know, your walls don't have to be white.<p>Punch up those cabinets with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out …

Interior Design

The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's …

An Intimate Apartment in Rome

Inside a quaint space in the Eternal City.<p>American designer Patrick Gallagher finds a fresh source of creativity in the Eternal City. His apartment in the fabled Palazzo Taverna has a cozy and intimate atmosphere with antique Italian furnishings and warm colors.

10 Clever Ways to Conceal Clutter

Beautiful on the outside, functional on the inside.<p>Beautiful on the outside, functional on the inside.

How To Turn Your Console Table Into a Makeshift Bar

Can't spare space for a fully-stocked bar? When guests are en route, set-up spirits on a living room or hallway-based console table.<p><b>1.</b> Place a tray on top of the table to hold bottles. <b>2.</b> Line-up glasses beside the spirits. <b>3.</b> Fill an ice bucket (or a bowl) with ice. <b>4.</b> Also, fill a small bowl with …

Proof That Chinoiserie Wallpaper Is Timeless

What happens when you clash hand-painted walls with contemporary furnishings? Pure chicness.<p>Interior design by David Kaihoi. Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.<p>Interior design by Ruthie Sommers. Photography by Victoria Pearson.<p>Interior design by Miles Redd. Photography by James Merrell.<p><i>------</i><p><i>More from</i> …

A Cheerful Lake Forest, Illinois, House With a Preppy Palette

Preppy hues like green and pink never go out of style.<p>As this cheerful Lake Forest house proves, preppy hues like green and pink never go out of style. Interior designer Ruthie Sommers injected a lot of color into this house to provide her client with instant happiness.

The Bathroom Renovation Checklist

Planning an overhaul? No matter how big or small, start here.<p>Renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming. You have to decide how much you can spend, select the right products, and determine if you're going to change the layout.<p>And that's often <i>before</i> you call a contractor.<p>To ensure that your bathroom …

The Best Bookshelves Have This In Common

Give your bookshelves depth and glamour.<p>Deep blue, pale blue, denim blue...whatever the shade, it gives bookshelves depth and glamour. See the rooms that do it so right.

Interior Design

Top Pin of the Day: A Breakfast Room With an Old-World Feeling

Today's top pin is a breakfast room filled with antiques. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>In her Victorian house, designer Annie Brahler found the breakfast room's antique china cabinet and caned chairs in Holland. Belgian linen filters the sun; Rachel Ashwell pendants …

Interior Design

5 Tips for a Stunning Spring Flower Arrangement

How to create the perfect arrangement this season.<p>What better way to welcome Spring than with flowers? I recently learned how to create the perfect arrangement for Spring with Bronwen Smith, founder of B Floral, a New York City-based floral design company. Since I'm somewhat of a floral design …

Decorations