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Secrets to Steal from an Interior Stylist’s Chic Home

Blogger and freelance stylist Ruth Matthews shares her beautifully designed London home with her husband Dan and son Ted. Each room is filled with an array of vintage and modern furniture, textured woods, clever art, energetic patterns and bold color. But it’s how she’s deftly arranged her home — each room and the vignettes within — that deserves extra attention. Ruth says she has “an eye that lives for color, pattern and patina,” and her home is full of smart styling ideas to steal.

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Posted on Jul 28, 2017

Make It Special: 7 Simple Ways to Customize a Rental Kitchen

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These easy ideas for decorating your rental kitchen won’t require whipping out a paintbrush when it’s time to move out. Decals that detach with a tug, rugs that roll up and follow you to your next home, and hardware that detaches with a few twists of a screwdriver let you design a custom kitchen—without upsetting your landlord.

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Posted on Jul 28, 2017

It’s Time to Fall In Love With the Canopy Bed Again

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As a little girl, I always dreamed (literally and figuratively) of having a canopy bed. The ceilings in my childhood bedroom weren’t super tall, so the four-poster just wasn’t in my destiny, unfortunately, and I eventually moved on from my adoration of the stately furnishing. But now, as a grown up (living in an apartment with vaulted ceilings), I wish I had stumbled upon the images that follow before buying my fully upholstered wingback bed.

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Posted on Jul 28, 2017

Simple GIFs That Show How to Harness the Power of the (Color) Pop — GIF Magic

It’s one of the most overused, annoying phrases in design writing: the “pop of color.” But this expression endures because using small, potent pops of color in a room is truly powerful. You can make a room look bold, dramatic and vibrant, without having to coat every square inch of a room in color. Need proof? Here are some GIFS that showcase the magic of the color pop (and the four most effective ways you can wield this design power).

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Nancy Meyers’ Film Kitchens, Ranked

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Writer, Director and Producer Nancy Meyers has said that her set design “sometimes” overshadows her work “a little bit.” That’s one way to put it. If you want to witness wacky rich people fall in love, sure, go to Nancy. But what really sticks with you from a Meyers film is the sickening, aspirational feeling that maybe one day you, too, could own a kitchen made mostly of expensive pans, croissants, and light. Brew some tea from homemade peppermint you grew in your yard, then curl up on one of your four couches as I revisit my favorite Meyers’ kitchens.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

8 Times Vintage Textiles Completely Made the Room

Vintage (and vintage looking) textiles are all the rage right now. Used as upholstery, on walls, floors, windows or accessories, they can add that much-needed dose of color, texture and pattern to a space. But what if your style veers more modern and crisp than global and eclectic? Fear not, you can still rock this trend—here are examples of spaces that rock vintage right.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Stylish Solutions for Awkward Spaces You’re Not Sure How to Tackle

Tight corners, the space under your stairs, the tops of cabinets—these awkward spaces are the great equalizers of design. We all deal with some or all of these things in our homes no matter what our budgets look like. Money may certainly give you more decorating options, but sometimes ingenuity is really all it takes to conquer these tricky areas. Here are some ideas to help you tackle your “dead zones”.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Why It Works: A Pattern-Packed “More is More” Bedroom — Why It Works

As the bedroom is a place in which you want to be lulled to sleep, its design is typically tackled in ways that could be described as “soothing” and “serene”. Soft colors and delicate patterns are the norm for a “sophisticated” retreat. But what if you want something with more pizazz? A room that’ll get you excited about the day the second you peel your eyes open? Well, follow along as we outline how to get a room full of personality without things getting crazy.

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Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Rethink Your Neutral Stance: 10 Perfect Patterned Sofas

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Forget your grandma’s old-fashioned chintz couch, a modern patterned sofa can work wonders for your home. When properly styled, brightly upholstered seating can make an artful centerpiece in a room—no hammer or nails necessary. To prove our point, we’ve gathered 10 beautiful, print-covered sofas for your perusal (and inspiration). From polka dots to kaleidoscopic prints, scroll ahead for some gorgeous graphic sofas that will seriously make you reconsider your opinion of patterned upholstery.

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Posted on Jul 26, 2017

The Most Underrated Color for Interiors (& How To Make It Work) — Palette Pleaser

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Not long ago, we proclaimed that blue was the most popular color in home decor. But if we had to take a guess as to what might be the most underrated? Well…that would be purple.

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Posted on Jul 25, 2017

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