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8 Furniture Arranging Mistakes Sabotaging Your Home

Pick the wrong spots and you won’t be able to move freely through your space. Arranging furniture is about creating a natural flow in your …

Artistic design ideas for your home

Ah, home – that loving and safe place to rush off to at the end of every work day; where we’re known, loved, and accepted simply for being …

Living Rooms

Grand designs for a flat fee: These six sites will help you decorate your home

Interior designer might sound like a job ready-made for a rom-com heroine, but it’s a profession you can earn credentials for and that is a crucial …

Secrets to Effortless Style from Stunning Spanish Homes

Colorful patterned tile floors, tons of plants and gorgeous natural light—I have been in awe of the stunning Spanish homes we've featured on …

21 Recommendations For Anyone Who Wants To Read Books And Chill

On the agenda this weekend: 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚<p>It's summer. You have visions of beaches, ice-cold beverages, and three-day weekends rolling around in your brain. Sure, maybe winter is the season to Netflix and chill. But the months of June, July and August? 'Tis the time to read books and chill.<p>The …

The Countries Where Your Vacation Dollars Will Go Farthest

Stretching your vacation budget by finding cheap places to travel is great, but if you have a particular spot in mind, this index shows you how to …

Inflation

10 Travel Sites That’ll Help You Plan an Unforgettable Vacation

Remember back in January when you promised yourself to travel more this year? Well, it’s officially summer, and there’s no better time to head to the beach or take a family road trip. And while you may not have the ideal vacation length (eight days!) lined up, <i>any</i> amount of time you have to explore …

Summer reads include local favorites and national hits

NEW YORK (AP) — When customers at Indigo Books in Johns Island, South Carolina, ask for a good beach read, Mary Alice Monroe's "A Lowcountry Wedding" is an obvious choice. Not only does Monroe live nearby, her book is set along the South Carolina coast.<p>"It's a surefire hit," says Indigo owner Linda …

Books

The books that critics say you should read this summer

There’s a new wave of books coming out now in time for summer reading for those of us in the northern hemisphere, with a mix of familiar names and debut authors who are worth paying attention to. Annie Proulx, Stephen King, and Dave Eggers are among the veterans releasing new works. And Emma Cline …

Books

Real Life Design: Adventurous Yet Affordable Decor Choices

Even if you don't have a lot of money in your budget, you can fit a lot of bold into your home. We've gathered up examples of real life decor choices …

11 Books That Kept Us Up at Night

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

​5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway)

If you scroll through any of our most-admired house tours, you're likely to spot two things: pets and plants. Caught on camera, they appear to be …

How to Create a Faux Marble Countertop Using Concrete

One of the most obvious places to get a major bang-for-your-buck in a bathroom update is the countertop. However, this can also be an expensive …

Home Improvement

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22 Summer 2016 Books You Won’t Want To Miss

Soak up these family dramas, advice column collections and near-future hijinks.<p>This summer, in addition to the obvious 2016 warm-weather pastime of drinking watermelon water while listening to “Lemonade,” we’re looking forward to reading new books! Because, although we are big proponents of couch …

19 books that librarians say changed their lives

Who better to take book advice from than a librarian?<p>In a recent blog post, the librarians of the New York Public Library revealed the books they're most thankful for.<p>The NYPL team rounded up the 19 books that made them laugh, cry, and everything in between.<p>The list includes something for everyone, …

Make a Fold-Out, Space-Saving Tool Storage Cabinet for Your Garage or Workshop

Every workshop needs a solid tools storage system. If you can DIY it and customize it, all the better. This fold-out pegboard shelving system packs a …

6 Ways To Revive A Nearly Dead Houseplant

Don't give up hope just yet!<p>Nothing livens up a room more than the green leaves and colorful petals of a houseplant. But anyone who's owned one also knows that it's seriously depressing watching said plant shrink, turn brown, and die a slow painful death. Before you give up, try these tricks that …

Plants

New Home Decor Plant Trend: The Pothos Plant

A recent <i>New York Times</i> article highlighted the current "it" plant of the home design world: the fiddle-leaf fig plant. Dark green leaves and height …

Get a Full Body Kettlebell Workout With These Exercises

Kettlebells are a fun alternative to dumbbells, and their unique shape allows you to do some things that aren’t practical with other kinds of …

Before and After: A White-and-Gray Kitchen Renovation

<i>For Architectural Digest,by Jennifer Fernandez.</i><p>Manhattan has a reputation for small homes and even smaller kitchens. But when one Brooklyn family decided to renovate theirs, it wasn't a lack of space that proved challenging. "The homeowners wanted to keep the walls free of upper cabinets," says …

11 houseplants it is almost impossible for even the laziest gardener to kill

Fancy having a little piece of the outdoors on your windowsill, or some gorgeous plants on the centre of your coffee table?<p>Some of us don't really have green fingers - it's easy to forget to water and seeing your proudly purchased plant turn to crumbly brown fronds can be very depressing.<p>Here's a …

The Best Low-Maintenance, Pet-Friendly Houseplants

As much as I love plants, I’ve never had many for two reasons: I’m terrible at keeping them alive and I have pets. A lot of plants are either toxic …

Ten books to read in May

From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.

Books

Why You Might Want to Start Taking Fish Oil

Finding ways to make antidepressants more effective could help the millions of people who take them for depression. Now early research suggests …

Clean and Extend the Life of Sandpaper With an Old Tennis Shoe

The sandpaper on belt sanders, orbital sanders, and other powered sanders can get gunked up with sawdust and become less effective unless you clean …

My Favorite Online Fabric Resources For Home Decor Fabrics

I’ve had a few people specifically request this post lately, so I want to share my favorite online fabric resources specifically for home decor …

You Can Do Better Than a Fiddle Leaf Fig

Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> reported on how the fiddle leaf fig—a glossy-leafed, non-fruit bearing evergreen that can grow to 40 feet in its native West African conditions—has become ubiquitous as a houseplant (it only grows to be more like 5 to 10 feet in an apartment). So frequently is the …

The Questions to Ask When Picking Plants for Your Garden

We’ve told you how to pick the right plants for your office and for your bathroom at home. Here are a few factors to consider in picking the right …