Leaving a hotel feeling better than when you arrived? Amazing. That’s why we’re obsessed with Westin Hotels & Resorts. Its whole philosophy centers on programs and products that help guests sleep well, eat well, move well, feel well, work well, and play well. But since we can’t all jet off at a moment’s notice, here’s a look at how to achieve serenity at home.

Westin Hotels & Resorts bed with pillowsSleep Well
Nothing restores your mind and body more than sleeping. According to the National Sleep Foundation, these are three of the simplest ways to achieve a better rest:

  1. Stick to a schedule.
  2. Establish a relaxing bedtime ritual.
  3. Sleep on a plush mattress (a.k.a. The Heavenly® Bed).

Westin White Tea Aloe bath products on platterFeel Well
This one is going to be difficult to turn down. All you have to do is unwind. So sink into a warm bath and light a signature White Tea Aloe candle. While you’re there, practice abdominal breathing. Using this technique for only 20 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and stress. Pro tip: A cozy shawl-collar robe is the perfect end to a tranquil soak.

Take steps toward an improved you. Our Westin Store Boutique opened Tuesday, September 1, at 3PM ET.

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September 1, 2015

In search of the perfect print for your friend? Forget raiding racks and racks of frames. Just follow our lead with this art-by-personality guide.

Classic Art PrintFor the lover of classics. A painting with muted tones depicting forever-chic items (e.g. Chanel) will make her walls look as sharp as her closet.

Edgy Art PrintFor the friend with an edge. Choose a design that makes a statement. A bold skull softened by bright flower petals should do the trick.

Travel Art PrintFor the travel junkie. This colorful map bursts away from the ordinary. With its pattern overload, the décor may even serve to inspire her next adventure.

Bold Art PrintFor the powerhouse. Does she do it all – and do it so well? Then a bright style spelling it out will be a welcome addition to her abode.

Of course, you can always just snag a piece to spruce up your own space, too. Our The Oliver Gal Artist Co. Boutique opened Monday, August 10, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 10, 2015

Wedding season is in full bloom, which means you’re probably an expert at catching bouquets by now. Next time around, consider saving – and drying – those flowers to put on display for more than one day.

How to Dry Flowers with Hairspray
What you’ll need:

  • Twine
  • Bottle of aerosol hairspray

 
How to do it:

  1. Tie twine around the stems to keep them together.
  2. Lightly mist each blossom with hairspray.
  3. Hang them upside down in a cool, dark place (like your basement or closet) for two to five days.
  4. Arrange them in a vase. If you’re careful not to break the petals (this can be tricky), the colors and shapes of the flowers will last.

 
The best part about this centerpiece? It’s an easy upcycle. And, well, free.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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August 8, 2015

Enamored with the shabby-chic aesthetic? We get it. Coined by designer Rachel Ashwell in the 80s, the style brings comfy elegance to a whole new level. Let us show you how to recreate the look.

Shabby-Chic Decor

Mute the Hues. For this decorating scheme, white paint and light colors are essential. Refinish old furniture with these shades, then sand them gently for a worn appearance.

Hit the Antique Store. Shop for crystal fixtures and gold accents. If the perfect old-school treasure isn’t within reach, consider a reproduction with worn patina.

Keep It Feminine. Let a curvy-edged, French-inspired mirror sit pretty above a tufted headboard. Oh, and don’t be afraid of a skirted bed – think simple cotton or linens with pleats.

Bring the Outside In. That white outdoor furniture? It will look just as good indoors. Try a garden table as a desk or a wrought-iron chair at the dining-room table.

Our Shabby Chic: Artfully Distressed Décor Boutique opened Friday, August 7, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 7, 2015


Taylor Swift NYC ApartmentWhen she’s not performing sold-out concerts or defining #SquadGoals in hit music videos, Taylor Swift can be found at her $19.9 million Tribeca penthouse. And since we haven’t found our way into the pop star’s It circle (yet), we’re sending major props to InStyle for giving us an insider look.

Taylor Swift NYC Apartment

The 7 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom apartment is a maze of exposed brick, ceiling beams, and warm hues. But its best feature is most definitely the visitors. According to T. Swift’s Instagram, Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid, and Lorde are constant fixtures. Oh, and did we mention Karlie Kloss has her own guest bedroom? Those felines of Tay’s don’t know how lucky they are.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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July 29, 2015

Sure, you’ve seen pastels and metallics before – but not like this. Gone are the sugary-sweet colors and overly opulent shine. These days, pastels are tastefully muted and metallics are refreshingly toned down. Work these five picks into your space to make an on-trend statement.Metallics Pastel Home Decorating

  1. Shimmery Pillows
    A super-quick and easy update. All it takes is a slew of sparkling, iridescent mother-of-pearl seashells to jazz up a pair of pillows – and any spot they come to rest on.
  2. Chic Armchair
    The icy tones of this chair bring a modern vibe to any space (did you see those acrylic legs?!). It’s a total statement piece, so one is enough. But we won’t blame you if you pick up a pair.
  3. Starburst Mirror
    An interior-design classic, this gold-leaf mirror complements just about every color combination there is. Hang it over a bed or seating area to instantly elevate your space.
  4. Aluminum Baskets
    Whether you stack them like an art piece or line them up to serve as storage, these recycled-aluminum baskets are sure to catch the eye.
  5. Pastel Bench
    Is the end of your bed looking lonely? Place this bench right up against it. Accent with pillows and a snuggly throw to get a look that’s right out of the glossies.

Freshen up your space. Our Now Trending: Modern Pastels & Metallics at Home Boutique opened Wednesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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July 29, 2015

Your Pinterest boards are populated with impossibly cool SoHo lofts. But the real estate? Not exactly in your possession. And it doesn’t have to be. Just incorporate a few industrial-chic pieces to bring downtown style to you. Here are five picks to get you started.Urban Loft Style

  1. Leather Chair
    Cigar-brown leather plus sleek stainless steel puts a contemporary spin on the classic utilitarian accent chair. If your guests weren’t so polite, they’d fight over who gets to sit in it.
  2. Metal Bar Cart
    Casters give this bar cart a cool utilitarian feel. The fact that it’s also silver and mirrored? Let’s call that a glam bonus. Just load it up with spirits and you’ve got yourself a mobile drink station.
  3. Industrial End Table
    Mimic the exposed systems of converted lofts with a piece that could have been salvaged from a warehouse. This wood and iron end table totally fits the bill. Just pretty it up with a potted plant.
  4. Pendant Lights
    Sure, lighting helps you see, but it should also be seen. Sleek mouth-blown glass makes a statement, day or night. Grab multiples to hang over a kitchen island or dining table.
  5. Natural-Fiber Rug
    A super-versatile, neutral-hued jute weave works to dress up hardwood (or concrete) on its own or as an anchor for layers. To really get the urban loft feel, pile a Moroccan-style rug or two right on top.

Start redecorating. Our The Urban Loft: Inspired by Manhattan Boutique opened Tuesday, July 21, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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July 21, 2015

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly SimsWe’ve long looked to Molly Sims for her trendy know-how – remember her gig on House of Style? As it turns out, this supermodel, mom, and author is as into cotton as we are. And it only makes sense given her easy, Cali-cool aesthetic. Nothing says no-fuss, West Coast style more than airy looks that wear without a worry. To kick off our shared love for The Fabric of Our Lives®, Molly has pulled together her top picks, from fashion to home goods.

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly Sims“Cotton pants are a summer essential – they’re super breathable, so staying cool is a breeze.”

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly Sims“Dressing my two little ones is all about ease. Stylish cotton outfits you can pop in the wash? Sold.”

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly Sims“I love using a pop of color to liven things up. Experimenting with trends takes a tablescape from basic to ooh-la-la.”

Stay tuned for more from Molly over the next few months. In the meantime check out these and the rest of her faves in our Cotton Favorites Hand-Chosen by Molly Sims Boutique, which opens on Monday, July 13, at 3PM ET.

July 13, 2015

When the temps rise, it’s tempting to kick off the covers in favor of just a thin sheet. But don’t let your lack of A/C keep you from having a hotel-grade bed-scape. Choose breathable 100% cotton, and let us take it from there.

Dreamy Bed How-To

  1. Start with the basics. A mattress cover will extend the life of your mattress and keep your fitted sheet from sliding off.
  2. Stay cool with crisp, breathable percale. Lay down your flat sheet, followed by a light, cotton blanket. Tuck them both in tightly and turn down at the top.
  3. Fold a duvet in thirds. Keep your comforter gathered at the foot of the bed for cooler nights – plus, it adds a bit of texture to the overall look.
  4. Finish with pillows. Two sleepers, two shams, and a few front-facing throw pillows should do it. (But let us just say there’s no such thing as too many.)

Need to stock up? Our Luxe & Low Sale: Bedding Edition Boutique opened today at 11AM ET.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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July 7, 2015

This Fourth of July, declare your independence from those chocolate-chip cookies you bring to every cookout and brighten up the party with these super-patriotic (and super-simple) chocolate-covered strawberries.

4th of July Strawberries
Taste and Tell says you can make these all-American after-dinner treats without a recipe, but we figured we’d break it down for you.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, washed and dried
  • White chocolate
  • Blue sugar or sprinkles

 
Instructions:

  1. Put the chocolate in a bowl and heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir the chocolate until it’s smooth.
  3. If the chocolate hasn’t completely melted, keep microwaving it for 30-second intervals, stirring after each time.
  4. Take a strawberry and dip it in the melted chocolate, then in the sugar.
  5. Place the dipped strawberry on a sheet of waxed paper to cool.

 
Once all the berries are dipped and the chocolate has hardened, arrange them on a platter and watch them disappear before you can light a sparkler.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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July 2, 2015