Breathe New Life Into Your Lazy-Sunday Table

Sundays are low-key, but that doesn’t mean mealtime has to be lackluster. Here are four easy ways to make suppertime more stylish.

Add Style to Lazy Sunday Meals

  1. Select a unified color scheme, be it black and white, pastels, or neutrals. Tip: Take cues from your dining room’s décor.
  2. Create layers – charger, napkin, salad plate, silverware. For an informal look, simply stack it all up at each place setting.
  3. Light candles, but try votives instead of tall tapers. They’re less formal, but they still incorporate soft lighting.
  4. Build a casual centerpiece using natural materials. Sprigs and herbs add texture and surprise.

 

Start your laid-back tablescape at our Spend Sunday at Home: Cooking to Entertaining Boutique on Sunday, March 30, at 11AM ET.

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March 30, 2014

3 Easy, Yet Artful, Home Updates

Infusing something noticeably surprising into a room does not  require an absolute overhaul. In fact, simple changes can make the biggest impact. Here, a few tweaks to try.

Easy and Artful Home Updates

 

Add drama to your windows
Install rods just an inch or two above the window. Then, let those curtains drape low, creating a puddling effect on the floor.

Incorporate extra seating
Store an ottoman or stool under a console. When guests drop by? Pull these out for chic, space-saving seats.

Play with pillow proportions
The fastest way to change up a room’s look: throw pillows. Try mixing oblong or round pieces in with your all-square arrangement.

Start building your creative spaces with The Total Home It List Boutique, opening Saturday, February 8, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 8, 2014

Let’s Redecorate: Pair Neutrals with Color

Neutrals upon neutrals throughout the house can create a serene, made-to-kick-back space. But whether in the form of wall paint or accent pieces, a hint of color will add life to your neutral scheme. Here, three combinations to try.

How to Pair Neutrals & Color in the Home


January 23, 2014

The New Year Home Refresh: Use One Item Multiple Ways

There’s something freeing about the start of a new year. It’s a chance to recharge and reset everything from your diet and exercise habits to your TV intake (so long, Bravo). But few things can have a restorative effective on the psyche like a change of scenery at home. Whether you’ve resolved to make over your entire abode or vowed to update a few key corners, one simple trick can keep that fresh-feeling momentum going long after the ball has dropped.

New Year Home Makeover

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January 1, 2014

Our Gift Pick of the Day: XOXO Throw Pillows

For the couple who loves sweet pillow talk

XOXO Pillows

Personalized World “XOXO” Decorative Pillows
Whether they’re about to move in to their first place together or are just picky about their home’s color palette (you can’t go wrong with neutrals), your closest couple-friends will delight in displaying these playful pillows on their bed or scattering them around on their armchairs and couch. Sending them long distance? Even better. Hugs and kisses included.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #4: Extended holiday returns. Purchase now. Return through January 15.

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November 26, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

The impending change of seasons begs for more than just a wardrobe makeover. Hello, new home décor!

1. What does your bedroom say about you? (It has to say something.)

2. Chic bathrooms. Surprisingly, this isn’t an oxymoron.

3. Don’t tell, but we always put our feet on the living room couch.

4. The foyer is your first chance to make an impression. Make it good.

5. Our favorite part of the dining room? The food. Obviously.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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August 20, 2013

Repurpose Your Clutter with These DIY Ideas

The hardest part of spring cleaning? Disposing of all the stuff I’ve deemed clutter. But in an effort to be a little more DIY-saavy this year (in no small part thanks to Pinterest), I’m challenging myself to come up with crafty ways to reuse old items. Here, some spring DIY inspiration:

Home DIY Ideas

An old drying rack makes for a great, makeshift file organizer. Extra shower hooks? Hang them in the hall closet as bag holders. Save the drawers from that old dresser you’re replacing and mount them for some extra storage space. Replacing jiggling door knobs? Use them (or a rake head) to store and display your jewelry. Even old cans can be mounted as jazzy new storage for utensils.

There are so many possibilities and ways to repurpose those old items. All it takes is a little crafty thinking and some extra effort. (Okay, some skilled handiwork doesn’t hurt, either.)

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2013

5 Personality-Packed Pieces for a Relaxed Home

Because every haven can use some personal touches

For me, the home is so much more than just a place to eat and sleep. It’s where I can unwind in full and regain my sanity after a long, busy day. And that means it needs to be full of personal touches and creature comforts. Call it a result of my upbringing, but I can’t imagine living in a place that feels stiff. Give me a comfy homestead instead of cookie-cutter one any day.

So forget the pages of that catalog. Instead, opt for some of these pieces, sure to pack your home with comfort and personality that’s undeniably yours.

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Our The Stylishly Lived-In Home Boutiques open Wednesday, March 13, at 3PM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 13, 2013

The Mix-and-Match Tablescape

Create a Magazine-Worthy Vignette with Tips from Home Guru Eddie Ross

It’s no secret that our Home Editorial Director, Eddie Ross, knows a thing or two about setting a mean table. Don’t believe us? Just check out this month’s Lonny Magazine, featuring a tablescape for a cozy winter luncheon styled by Eddie himself. The bold color combos show Eddie has mastered the art of mixing and matching – and now, he shares his tips.

Mix & Match Table

Photo credit: Patrick Cline

Embrace a vibrant tablecloth. It’s the simplest way to take something inherited – like generations-old china – and instantly infuse a cool factor.

Look for color in other places. Set out some colored glasses, or add patterned napkins. In January, when things are dreariest, a bright and colorful home adds instant cheer.

Think outside the box. In Eddie’s words, “Sometimes rules are made to be broken. Break up sets up china, use something casual with something formal, play with patterns.” The best mix-and-match successes transform classic pieces into something totally unique.

To get started on a colorful tablescape of your own, check out our Be Bold, Be Bright: The Hue-Happy Table Boutique, open now. And don’t miss Lonny Magazine’s January/February edition for even more color-happy wisdom from Eddie.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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January 16, 2013

Put It in Neutral: The White, Grey, & Natural Home

Three tricks for decorating with subtle hues

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Think neutrals are boring? Think again. With their ability to hold down a room on their own and mix with rich textures and bold colors, these subtle hues are the darlings of the interior design world. Don’t believe me? Just check out these three ways to decorate with anything-but-dull shades:

Mix Texture
For a classic and sophisticated space, layer your neutrals and add depth with different textures – just make sure to stay within the same color family.
Tip: Pair soft and tough fabrics like silk and burlap, then go from there.

Add a Pop of Color
The best part about a neutral room? The simple addition of a bold accent color can instantly breathe new life into your already-existing décor.
Tip: Add bright green throw pillows to a white or beige couch for a fresh look.

Play with Patterns
Bringing in bright color isn’t the only way to liven up a room. Combining contrasting patterns – in the same neutral family – is a surefire way to invigorate your space.
Tip: Mix a traditional floral fabric with a large geometric print.

Our Pick Your Palette: The White, Grey, & Natural Home Boutique opens Friday, January 11, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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January 11, 2013