Let’s go back for a second. Or over a hundred years back, actually, to 1903, when Thomas Lee was vacationing in the Adirondacks of Westport, New York. Thomas needed chairs for his summer home, so he chose to design some himself with 11 boards of wood. After countless comfort and durability tests (with family members rating his efforts) the Adirondack chair was born.

Adirondack Chairs

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April 9, 2015

What’s so appealing about a diamond? Its dazzling sparkle, clearly. It’s easy to incorporate some of that light-reflecting allure in your home with cut crystal, etched glass, and mirrored elements. Here are five metallic accents ready to brighten any room in a snap.

Add Some Sparkle

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April 1, 2015

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter. But we’re fast approaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Clocks have sprung forward, and on March 20, the calendar marks the official start of spring. Which means entertaining friends on the patio and curling up out there with a good book is within reach. Here’s how to make that outdoor space an extension of your indoor style.

Outdoor Living Essentials

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March 17, 2015

Never heard of NY NOW? Then you’d best put it on your radar. Every January and August in New York City, the design world (as in 2,800 exhibiting companies) comes together to showcase the latest colors, trends, and innovations for the home. We went. We saw. We conquered. And now, we want to share what we’re currently obsessing over.

NY NOW Blue & White

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February 5, 2015

Welcome to February. January’s resolutions have come, and let’s face it, some have already gone. But if a décor refresh remains an unchecked box on your to-do list, our Living Editorial Director Nancy offers a few themes to incorporate. From rosy hues to canine designs – a nod to the annual Westminster Dog Show – here are the accents we’re loving this month.

Hello, February

Heart Motifs
For hearts that aren’t overly saccharine, try hanging a pop art–inspired print. A bold, two-tone graphic like this one is a surefire way to add visual interest to your walls.

All Things Dog
While you can’t snuggle with them, these adorable silver-plated salt and pepper shakers are looking for a home. We’ll gladly adopt them for our tabletop.

Red and Pink
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, shades of crimson and magenta are bound to appear at every corner. These hot pink and gold Moroccan tea glasses are a romantic touch for your at-home bar.

Find more of our favorites in our Hello, February: This Month’s Top Home Picks Boutique, which opened Monday, February 2, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 2, 2015

The one space we all want, yet often overlook? A magazine-worthy closet. No matter the size, from walk-in to hole-in-the-wall, a few clever tweaks can make yours rival that of Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw. Our Living Editorial Director Nancy shared her top tips with Style Me Pretty, and lucky for you, we have three of them right here. So read up and get to work – that dream closet is just a couple upgrades away.

Editor-Approved Closet Upgrades

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January 27, 2015

Perhaps you recognize Serena & Lily‘s print-happy designs. You’ve spent some time flipping through – and coveting everything in – a catalog or two. Or maybe it’s even your go-to home brand. But do you have any idea how it all began? We’ll tell you.

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Once upon a time in 2003…
Design-savvy Serena Dugan met business maven Lily Kanter. Eight months later, 15 whimsical nursery collections were born.

Celebrity moms? Obsessed.
And so is everyone else. In 2006 the brand is featured – twice – in PEOPLE magazine. By the end of the year, designs are in 600 stores.

Hello, growth spurt.
Grown-up bedding in 2009. Upholstered furniture in 2010. Entertaining musts in 2011. Two retail locations (in San Francisco and the Hamptons). Serena & Lily officially has it all.

Ready to redecorate with confidence? Our Serena & Lily Boutique opens Thursday, January 22, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2015

Pop art sculpture. The desirable Hermès Birkin bag. What happens when these two icons unite? One hot-ticket auction item comes up for grabs.

Jeff Koons Birkin Sculpture

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Artist Jeff Koons customized Birkins and worked them into one-of-a-kind sculptures, which will sell to the highest bidders over the weekend in New York City. But these aren’t your average Birkins (as if such a thing even exists). Notable personalities donated the bags for this project, including Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg.

The winners of these covetable pieces won’t just have new décor for their living rooms – they’ll also be benefiting Project Perpetual, an art philanthropy that supports the United Nations Foundation.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 6, 2014

You know how luxury hotel beds always seem to be the comfiest? It’s because they are – especially when it comes to the mattresses designed just for W Hotels. But it’s not only these mattresses that make W Hotels stand out in the sleep space. It’s the entire atmosphere the hotel creates in each of its properties. And you can experience it every day in your own home. Here’s how.

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1. Mattress: Sleep (every night) on exclusive-to-W-Hotels pillow-top or plush styles.

2. Toppers: Add a cushy mattress pad and featherbed for an extra dose of comfort.

3. Pillows: Pick down, a feather-and-down combo, or down alternative.

4. Bedding: Layer on silky-smooth, wrinkle-resistant sheets and duvets.

5. Robes: Baby terry lining is supersoft – and absorbent post-shower, too.

6. Scented Candles: A crisp citrus blend makes for an aromatic finishing touch.

Start building your own W Hotels bed. Shop The W Hotels Bed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, October 8, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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October 8, 2014

Looking for a place in the Big Apple to rest your head? For a cool $22 million you can buy Sarah Jessica Parker’s 6,800-square-foot Greenwich Village townhouse (last seen in a Vogue.com video tour, spurring apartment envy worldwide). As a refresher, this brownstone is home to seven fireplaces and an oval-shaped, hand-carved stone tub. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to that?

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Rumor has it she bought the property solely for remodeling purposes without ever living there. Even if she didn’t actually call it home, the townhouse still has that unmistakable SJP flair – modern with an eclectic touch. Neutral-hued, art-adorned walls complement the double-paned mahogany windows and, naturally, the space boasts an enviable Carrie Bradshaw-worthy walk-in closet.

Too bad I don’t have a few extra million lying around – or a Mr. Big to buy it for me.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 10, 2014