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The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Is No Longer Granite

It seems like just yesterday I was bemoaning the ubiquity of granite, hoping and praying it would go the way of the dodo bird and I'd never have to …

Home Improvement

9 Genius Hiding Places for All Your Valuables

Just in case you haven’t had your fill of troubling news lately, try this: Today’s thieves are smarter—and more brazen—than ever. More than half of …

Hacking

West Elm Pulls The "Absolute Worst" Sofa From Stores, Offers Refunds

West Elm has temporarily discontinued the Peggy couch after a damning article in The Awl.<p>"Why does this one couch suck so much?" asked writer Anna Hezel at <i>The Awl</i>. Sixteen-hundred words later, we never get an answer as to why West Elm’s budget Peggy sofa, which was prone to lose buttons or outright …

Home Decorating

Modern house cantilevers over stone wall in England

Two long concrete planes make up the floor and roof<p>Any modern house with long planes and windows-as-walls never fails to entice, and this cantilevering bungalow—two other catch words we can’t pass up—is certainly no exception.<p>Designed by Hampshire, U.K.-based Ström Architects for a retired couple, …

Modern Architecture

19 Cozy, Chunky Couches For Anyone Who's Sick Of Mid-Century Modern

Bye, Peggy.<p>If you’re a millennial or simply a fan of “Mad Men,” the odds that you own a mid-century modern style sofa are high.<p>You may even own a Peggy, the popular mid-century number West Elm recently pulled from its website after a piece titled “Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So …

Interior Design

Pick the Perfect Paint Sheen for Every Room

There's a lot more to choosing an interior paint than picking a color. Not only do you have to consider the hues of the furniture and flooring; the …

Interior Design

Joanna Gaines Says You Don’t Need a Fixer Upper to Have Old-House Charm

Get Joanna's signature style, no renovation required.<p>If you’ve ever tuned into an episode of <i>Fixer Upper</i> on HGTV, you know that Chip and Joanna Gaines …

Renovations

Meet the Etsy-Meets-IKEA Online Store I'm Obsessed With

Each time I've stopped in at Tictail, a home goods and clothing shop in NYC's Lower East Side, I've marveled at the curated selection of cute, quirky …

Home Decorating

5 ideas for making a small patio a whole lot more special

A small patio can be a hugely stylish addition to your home, if you decorate and accessorize it well! Far from just being a wasted outdoor space, …

Interior Design

7 Tips for Creating a More Sustainable Home

You don’t have to spend a fortune to create an eco-friendly space.<p>Eco-design has developed somewhat of an elitist reputation, but the truth of the …

Home Improvement

eBay now sells vintage furniture and decor curated by Chairish

Oh boy<p>Vintage lovers take note: the granddaddy of e-commerce eBay has launched a dedicated store for Chairish, the popular site and app for buying and selling pre-loved furniture, decor, and art.<p>As it turns out, <i>a lot</i> of people are already buying home goods on eBay (according to the company’s data …

Home Decorating

8 Secrets Every HomeGoods Shopper Should Know

Grab that tape measure and these tips before your next trip.<p>HomeGoods is a magical, mystical place. New deliveries arrive every week (maybe even more …

Home Decorating

How To Turn Your Bedroom Into Your Favorite Escape

There's no shame in admitting that you look forward to sleep. Speaking as someone constantly surrounded by traffic noise, a packed schedule, and a …

Bedrooms

9 Ways to Organize a Bedroom With No (or Very Small) Closets

Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes—including ones with little to no storage space. Good news: With a little imagination, you can turn your …

Bedrooms

Top 5 Home Renos for Your Money

<b>Siding</b> ($4–$21 per square foot) - Recoup: 87%<br>The return on siding is high because of its relative cost to the value of your home and its ability to …

Home Improvement

On the House: 'We Can Buy Your Home As Is,' the letter says, but be careful

The letter arrived in Robin Roberts' mailbox innocently enough late last year. The envelope bore her name and her address. Neatly folded inside was a …

Business

Rattan furniture doubles ‘as functional art.’ Here are a designer’s favorite items.

Sarah Sherman Samuel, a Los Angeles-based designer, blogger and art director, is always on the hunt for furniture that can double as “functional art.”<p>Woven rattan pieces are a safe bet for her. “I love bringing natural materials into a space, and the pliability of the material means you can get …

Home Decorating

Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-a-Day Drugs

Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade …

Health Care

3 Smart Lessons to Steal from This Pantry Makeover

Designers like to joke that the master bedroom is usually the least loved (or least decorated) room in a house, but I'd like to give that nomination …

Home Decorating

High-Tech Kitchen Helpers That Save Time and Effort

In recent years, controls on kitchen appliances have become a bit, well, out of control. Consider the range. Regardless of brand, 20 years ago making …

Consumer Reports

About.com launches The Spruce, a standalone site for Home Decor and Food

In its continued effort to divide and conquer, About.com is launching yet another standalone media brand in the form of The Spruce, a site dedicated to home improvement and food.<p>The new site brings over more than 50,000 pieces of content covering home decor/design, food and recipes, gardening, …

3 Gorgeous Statement Wall Art Ideas to Adorn Those Empty Walls

One of the most difficult (not to mention, most expensive) decorating tasks you have to face when designing a new apartment is how to fill those big, …

Crafting

Hairpin Leg Furniture – Stylish Since The 40’s And Still Going Strong

Everyone knows what hairpin legs are these days and, even if you don’t, the name is really suggestive so you can probably guess what it’s all about. …

Furniture

How to Decorate Your Home Like a Tokyo Apartment

The Greater Tokyo Area is an extremely vast metropolis—the most populous metropolitan area in the world, to be exact—jam-packed with people of …

Home Decorating

The Classic Pattern That's Having A Moment Right Now

The zigzag pattern known as herringbone has been around for a long time, but right now it's enjoying a moment of particular popularity. The pattern, …

Interior Design

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50 Tips and Ideas For a Successful Man Cave Decor

Home Decorating

A "Once Cookie Cutter Home" Full of Art & Personality

<b>Name:</b> Elena <b><br>Location:</b> Sunset Hills — Lawrence, Kansas<p>Elena's "cookie cutter" home in Kansas looks anything but. Full of calming blues and grays the …

Interior Design

The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: A Real-Life Rental Before & After in Philadelphia

It's a funny thing what happens when you move into a new home. All of a sudden, the furniture pieces that worked so well for you in your previous …

Interior Design

Tour: Color, Light & Life in a Puerto Rican Home

<b>Name:</b> Sylvia De Marco <b><br>Location:</b> Ocean Park — San Juan, Puerto Rico <b><br>Size:</b> 2,500 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> Rented 2 years<p><i>Live a Great Story</i>. The front …

Home Decorating

Small Space Love: Elizabeth's Well-Edited Home

<b>Renter:</b> Elizabeth Andersen <b><br>Lives in:</b> Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY <b><br>How Small Is Her Space:</b> 500 square feet <b><br>Objects of Desire:</b> Windsor Modular Desk<p>I'm a …

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