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Here’s How to Give Your Christmas Tree a Modern Twist

The base of a Christmas tree presents a bit of a design conundrum. The traditional kind of tree, which one finds in the wild, is anchored into the ground by roots, and ends in a trunk, a very elegant design. A Christmas tree, whether real or artificial, must be held upright by supports at the base, which are effective but unsightly. How do you keep from exposing this structure to the world, and ruining the illusion that a tree has somehow sprouted unbidden in your living room? Traditionally the solution was a tree skirt, but lately I’ve been seeing more and more people choose another alternative that is equally elegant, and less expected: the tree basket.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

13 Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

If you love decorating for the holidays, but the idea of fitting an 8-foot tree in your tiny apartment seems more fantastic than a visit from Santa, these ideas for holiday decorations with a small footprint might be just the thing.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas That Will Take 10 Minutes or Less

When you’re elbow deep in mashed sweet potatoes and poultry cavities, the last thing you have time to do is elaborately decorate for Thanksgiving. After all, literally the very next day, everyone is on to Christmas, so putting a ton of effort into styling your home for turkey day always seems like a bit of a loss. That said, should you still want to spruce things up a bit and set a mean seasonal table—and have about 10 minutes to do so—here are 10 ideas to try.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2017

A Touch of This Electric Color Makes the Room, Every Time — Currently Obsesssed

There are some colors that you see and think, oh, that’s pretty. And then there are some colors that you see and you just have to look at them. For me, cobalt blue is that color. I just can’t help but want to drink in the electric hue. Every time I see it in a space, even if it’s just a little bit, it totally makes the room for me. Maybe for you, too. Check out these nine spaces (and 10 shoppable products) and decide for yourself.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2017

The 10 Best Holiday Decorating Ideas from the IKEA Catalog

Every year, IKEA puts out a holiday catalog that not only showcases its new products for the season, but also features innovative (and affordable!) ways to dress up your home for the season. We’ve scoured this year’s press materials for ideas you can easily replicate at home. Some are unusual, some are beautiful, and some are just plain smart. Here are 10 of our favorites.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

You Know You’ve Thought About It: How to Become an HGTV Star

Whether they’re interior designers, stylists, contractors or realtors, HGTV personalities really are at the top of their game. And though it might feel like it to you, the faces you see on the network definitely didn’t get there overnight. If you’ve ever thought about what it takes to make it to HGTV stardom, read on, because we found out.

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Decorating Black Holes: The 7 Most Easily Forgotten Spots

There are plenty of spots in our homes that we all know to decorate—blank walls, console tables, the area over the couch—and then there are those tiny areas that we tend to ignore. Especially if you live in a small space, you won’t want to miss these seven opportunities to sneak a little more art, plants and personality into your living quarters.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

5 Fail-Proof Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Every once in a while, I get to visit a truly grand home in which every piece is obviously there on purpose, nothing is cobbled together, and there are no placeholders. I love these homes—especially because I love their residents—and have tried to find ways to incorporate what makes them work into my own decidedly more humble abodes. Here are five ways to fake fanciness, without looking cheap.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Stunning International Homes That Make Us Want to Move, Immediately

Chances are, many of the Instagram accounts (and blogs) that you follow are from the United States. However, there’s a whole world of interior design waiting to inspire you, literally. Broadening your decor horizons helps refresh your eye, introduces you to new talent and bold new ideas. Take a look at some of the favorite spaces we’ve found in our internet travels.

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Posted on Nov 11, 2017

Master the 5-Minute Refresh: 5 Free Things to Do to Make Any Room Look Nicer

Even on the longest, most brutal days, every one of us can take five minutes to make a room look a bit better. Whether you’ve got guests coming over and forgot to clean, or you just want a nicer looking home because you deserve one (or want a nicer looking home but mostly want to do nothing this weekend), you can make a surprisingly big impact with just five minutes. Here are five things you can do very quickly that won’t cost a dime to do.

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Posted on Nov 11, 2017

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