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

We all have that friend with the stunning house and a knack for hosting summer’s most memorable nights. So this year, make sure to show your appreciation with a standout thank-you gift. Here are a few ways to wow, whether you’re crashing for just a night or the whole weekend.

Best Hostess Gifts

The Overnighter

  • Bring a treat from your hometown – think local beer or baked goods that aren’t available where you’re headed. Pack the brews in a monogrammed tote or take along a cake stand for the sweet eats.
  • Give your host an item that suits the guest room for future visitors to admire, like a carafe, coffee-table book, or scented candle.

 

Best Hostess Gifts

The Weekender

  • Come bearing a collection of entertaining musts: a personalized carryall complete with snacks, a cheese board, wine, wineglasses, and a favorite board game. Then, kick-start the fun.
  • Post-trip, send a framed photo from the weekend. Memories? Coming right up.

 
Equip your arsenal with these picks and more in our Gifts Under $30: Never Show Up Empty Handed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, July 1, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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July 1, 2015

Few things are more fun than being invited to a friend’s patio for a summer BBQ. Spirits are high, and the glasses of wine? Let’s just say they’re getting refilled. So when your red wobbles onto the tablecloth, don’t stress. The answer to your problem is likely right in the pantry.

How to Remove Wine Stain
Grab the artificial sweetener, and try this:

  1. Open and sprinkle a packet over the stain. For maximum absorption, let it sit throughout the rest of the BBQ.
  2. Within 24 hours of scraping the sweetener off, rinse the tablecloth in cold water.
  3. Launder as usual. (Pro tip: Swap out the artificial sweetener for distilled white vinegar if the cloth is cotton, a cotton blend, or permanent-press.)

 
And hey, if the stain just won’t quit, there’s always another checkered cloth to be found.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2015

Only a few weeks after introducing a “Shop Now” button, our favorite photo-sharing app has already released an update. Sorry, no trendy new filters made the cut, but finding cool new people, places, and things? Well, that just got a whole lot easier.

Instagram Update

Places Search
This improved search bar lets you find photos by location. (Hello, daydreams of Italy.)

Trending Tags
A bit of a Twitter copycat, this section showcases trending tags and places in real time. 

Explore Posts
Hop over to this feature to spot everything en vogue – from people to places and beyond.

So get to it and update that app. The explorer in you will definitely appreciate it.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2015

Our obsession with fizzy water knows no bounds, so naturally we turned to SodaStream to bring that love together with another: refreshing summer cocktails. Turns out, this Pink Lemonade White Wine Sparkle recipe is super-easy to make – and too good not to share.

Sodastream blog cocktail recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle of SodaStream Pink Lemonade flavored sparkling water
  • 1 liter cold water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup gin
  • Lemon wedges


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prep the flavored water: Fizz the cold water with your SodaStream soda maker, then flavor that fizzy water with SodaStream Pink Lemonade sparkling drink mix.
  2. In a carafe, mix the flavored sparkling water with your wine and gin.
  3. Add the lemon wedges and ice.
  4. Give it all a mix and enjoy cold.

 
Go on, make your water more exciting. Our SodaStream Boutique opens Friday, June 19, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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June 19, 2015

Instagram. iCal. We look at our phones all day, so why not make them pretty? Fortunately, these websites offer free (as in zero dollars) wallpapers worth staring at. Just point, click, and download for an instant makeover.

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Wonder Forest
For us, summer spells strawberries. Bonus points if they’re garnishing a champagne glass. This foodie-friendly print is cheerful and in season, and it may even remind you to eat your fruits and veggies.
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June 18, 2015