Throwback Thursday: How to Place a Rug in a Room

Feb 4, 2016

In the “What topics would you like us cover in the future?” section of our recent blog survey, an astute reader noted, “How to place a rug in a room.” It’s was a forehead-smacking, duh moment. How have we never covered this topic before on an interior design blog? We’re not sure, but we’re happy to report that today we’re correcting the oversight and offering you our favorite rules for the perfect placement of an area rug in the most common rooms of the house. Before you start...

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Wordless Wednesday

Feb 3, 2016

Welcome to (almost) Wordless Wednesday, where we feature an inspiring image each week.    

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How To: Tea Stain Fabric

Feb 2, 2016

  We’re loving all things soft, feminine, and vintage Parisian. The easy elegance, the gauzy ethereality, the mix of light blush and linen tones with richer hues—everything about it speaks to our sense of beauty and whimsy. And while we do love basic whites at this time of year, the vintage look is perhaps most associated with the aged parchment color so prevalent on antique textiles. Today we’re getting that look with a super-easy, budget-friendly DIY for how to tea stain...

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Inspired By: The Ballet & Flesh and Bone

Feb 1, 2016

Living in an area that boasts one of the world’s premier dance festivals, we’ve had an ongoing  romance with the ballet. And when the new ballet-set show Flesh and Bone debuted a couple months back, we couldn’t stop thinking about all the floaty fabrics, rich colors, and throwback simplicity the dance world naturally conjures—and how easily those elements could translate to interior design.       We put together this sophisticated, feminine yet not over-the-top-girly look...

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Easy DIY Sugar and Salt Crafts

Jan 30, 2016

We get it: winter is a beautiful time of year, especially when there’s a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and the trees. (Not so much when there’s a pile of dingy grey snow lining sidewalks and driveways. But we digress.) But it’s also not the most inspirational time of year to be outside, at least not for any length of time. If you love the idea of making something that honors the season, looks pretty and wintry, and is crazy-simple to make, we’ve rounded up the best DIY crafts made...

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How to Layer Whites for the Ultimate Year-Round Bed

Jan 28, 2016

  In the spirit of winter and New Year wiping-the-slate-clean-ness, we’ve been covering one of our most frequently asked topics: how to do white decorating in a way that looks fresh and inspirational, instead of art gallery–cold or sterile. We’ve already discussed popping whites with a hint of pretty pastel, some phenomenally gorgeous all-white bedroom designs, how—and where—to use white rugs, and even art that gives white an unexpected spin. Today we’re focusing on the mother...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jan 27, 2016

Welcome to (almost) Wordless Wednesday, where we feature an inspiring image each week.    

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We’re Crushing on: Vogue’s White Winter Knits

Jan 26, 2016

  Since the cold temps have parked themselves in these parts for a while, we figure we might as well embrace the season with some chill-busting layers. And since piling on the cashmere, wool, and cotton knits in shades of white and ivory isn’t just for home decorating, we’re taking our fashion cues from this October 15 Vogue editorial, “Beyond the Pale,” shot by photographer David Sims (sadly, not available on their website), which feels even more timely as our thermometers make...

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White Rugs: Decorating Do or Don’t?

Jan 25, 2016

  If you joined us for our posts on winter whites with a pastel pop and some seriously fab all-white bedrooms, you might be thinking, Great. Got the white bedding tips down. Now what about my floors? I have lots of questions about white rugs. This post, dear decorating fans, has been written with you in mind. Keep scrolling for our answers to some commonly asked questions about white area rugs.   White rugs are beautiful, but they’re so expensive! What’s the deal with...

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Saturday Six: Dreamy White Bedrooms

Jan 23, 2016

We’ve got—and are happy to embrace—a reputation as color-happy design mavens. But we also love white, which serves a variety of handy purposes in decorating. It’s an antidote to lots of color in summer and fall, so it’s perfect for switching up the look of an otherwise colorful room. White is also the ultimate contrast for popping a hint of hue, so you can make a big statement with one eye-catching color. It has a blank-slate feel that makes a room seem airy, easy, and restful (and...

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Hearty and Healthy Veggie Chili

Jan 22, 2016

It’s officially that time of year when we comb through our recipe stash for the stick-to-your-ribs, one-pot meals. Our criteria: the food has to be warm (sorry, salads), comforting, and satisfying as a dinner, and easy to tote—and reheat—at the office for a quick lunch. This recipe for a veggie-packed, spicy, heart-healthy chili couldn’t be more ideal, which is why we’re putting it on frequent rotation until we can see the ground again.     What we love most about this...

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We’re Crushing on: The Punctured-Canvas Art of Lucio Fontana

Jan 21, 2016

Sometimes the most sophisticated and thought-provoking art comes from the simplest concepts. This is exactly the case with Lucio Fontana (1899–1968), an Argentine-born, Italian-raised painter whose art—based on his theory of spatialism, that matter should be infiltrated by energy in order to generate dimensional, dynamic forms—has us wishing for a wall full of his white and ivory canvases.   Lucio was almost unbelievably prolific in the early to middle part of the twentieth century,...

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