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5 Home Upgrades That Don't Add Value

Trulia gives us the lowdown on home upgrades that might not be worth the investment! Myth: All upgrades will add net value to your home. Fact: You'll never recoup the full cost of many types of upgrades. You're welcome to make any upgrade to your own home, for the sake of your own enjoyment. Show More Summary

How to Decorate Your Mantel For Every Occasion

Adorning your mantel can be a total pain. What do you put on that tiny little shelf? And should you hang something above it? The questions are endless, and we don't blame you for asking them. Luckily, this guide will help you decorate your mantel for every thinkable occasion.

Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014 Contest

I was so honored to have been asked to be a judge for the Apartment Therapy Room For Color 2014 contest sponsored in part by Sherwin Williams. There were so many colorful entries. It was also so great when I saw that Janel over at AT put together a post announcing my participation (read it […]

Your Luffa Sponge Paved the Way to Modern 3D Acoustic Tiles

What do you get when you mix a natural material used in a new way with a conscious choice of saving the eco-system? You get that distinctive feeling of being part of the solution, instead of the problem. Brazilian born designer Mauricio...Show More Summary

Get the Look of This Scandal Star's SoCal Home

According to Scandal star Katie Lowes, it was love at first sight... or open house, rather. "I freakin' knew it in my gut that this was my house," says Katie. We may know her as the junior lawyer with a knack for problem-solving on the hit ABC show, but her charming SoCal home proves that she's equally equipped at solving design dilemmas. Show More Summary

Announcing the Room for Color 2014 Winners!

And so, another colorful contest draws to a close. After a month filled with rooms from around the globe, thousands and thousands of votes and big buckets of inspiration, you've chosen the winners. The voters have spoken... READ MOR...

A Gallery of Cozy Cottage Interiors

As the weather gets colder, I find myself more and more drawn to cozy, intimate interiors — the kind with dark walls and beamed ceilings that practically beg you to curl up under a fluffy throw and lose yourself in a book. Here, forShow More Summary

Wavy Apartment Building With Cantilevered Balcony Spaces

This French housing unit is equipped with wavy balconies that extend the living space and create a fascinating visual effect from outside.

Turquoise Beaded Chandeliers: High & DIY

In a room of otherwise warm colors, this turquoise beaded chandelier by Marjorie Skouras stands out in its cool, vibrant hue. It's a gorgeous look that sent me in search of other turquoise beaded lighting. Here's what I came up with: READ MORE »

Sourcing Your Sheets: The Journey of Brooklinen — SEPTEMBER MAKER TALK

Mark Fulop is the co-founder of Brooklinen, a direct-to-consumer bedding company that is solving the problem of finding great bedding. Frustrated and unable to find high quality sheets at an affordable price, Fulop knew there had to be a better way. Show More Summary

Xavier's Modern Woodsy Nursery — My Room

Name: Xavier (18 months) Location: Vancouver, Canada The inspiration for this room stems from nature - Xavier is at his happiest exploring outside and I wanted to find a way to bring the outdoors in, while maintaining a soft, neutral and relaxed aesthetic. READ MORE »

There's Now a Downton Abbey App — Design News

It's only a few months until the show returns Stateside, but what if you need a Downton Abbey fix right now? Good news, a haughty quip or sly jab is just a tap away. Downtonisms, a soundboard app, features more than 160 memorable lines from the series. READ MORE »

Clothes Versus Closet: Does Your Home Dictate the Size of Your Wardrobe?

In other words, does the size of your closet determine how many clothes you keep/buy/give away? Does a studio apartment mean having an ultra-efficient capsule wardrobe, or do you just store your sweaters in the oven? READ MORE »

What's Your Price For a Quality Sofa?? — Reader Surveys

We're really curious to see what you all consider a fair price for a quality sofa, one that you'd think about, save for and otherwise consider a nice addition to your home. NOT a temporary fix or a crazy splurge because you just got a huge raise. READ MORE »

Why You Should Intentionally "Get it Wrong" — Wired

Recently Scott Dadich wrote a fascinating piece for Wired in which he argued that "getting it wrong" is not a bad thing. In fact, the way he sees it, it's the only way forward. Writing about technological design, he suggests "that intentional wrongness could yield strangely pleasing results," a concept that could just as easily apply to interior design. READ MORE »

How To Measure Sticky Ingredients (With Less Mess) — The Kitchn

From The Kitchn ? The Best Way to Measure Sticky Ingredients More Accurately (and With Less Mess) READ MORE »

5 Fun DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas

Fall has been the season of celebrations. I've been crafting more cards and wrap than usual, which means extra fun for me. Here are five gift wrap ideas I recently pinned for future inspiration: READ MORE »

Stephanie's Scandinavian Style Home by the Sea — House Call

Name: Stephanie Location: Point Dume -Malibu, California My husband and I decided to relocate to Malibu, California a year ago so that our young children could grow up close to the ocean. Having spent a lot of time in Sweden as a child, I have developed a strong affinity for nordic design. Show More Summary

Matisse Cut Outs Exhibit Opens at MoMA Next Week — Design News

Henri Matisse's 1940s cut-outs will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit, which opens Monday, includes about 100 of the paper masterpieces, making it the largest presentation of the works. They will be on display through February 8. READ MORE »

25 Creative Alphabet Wall Displays

An ABCs print or poster is a popular piece of nursery decor, but some parents really go all out when it comes to displaying those essential 26 letters. Here are 25 creative examples, from wood and cardboard letters to decals to string art and much more. READ MORE »

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