Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’ve always had one at the center of your festivities, here’s how to get the most from your holiday tree.
1. Be sure it’s fresh.
If you’re shopping for a real tree, you’ll want to choose one that was harvested recently. The needles should be green and should flex when you bend them. In ...Read more
As temperatures outside drop, it’s time to bring some warmth back into your home. Making your home a cozy refuge can be a fun, easy seasonal task that keeps you feeling warmer and brighter all winter long.
1. Focus on the hearth.
As temperatures dip lower, bring your focus inward by rearranging your furniture. If you have a fireplace, pull ...Read more
When dressing up a room, don’t look to the furniture or the walls — look to the floor! Sometimes a rug is all you need. A rug can be the defining feature of a room or it can blend in and serve a function. No matter your reason for wanting a rug, there are a lot of questions to consider before buying an area rug. Read our all-encompassing ...Read more
In an ideal world, all of us would keep spotless houses — all of the time. But since that isn’t a reality, most of us settle for next best: a thorough clean the day before guests arrive, during which you organize clutter and scrub each room until it’s gleaming. No time for that? Roll up your sleeves: This is your strategic guide to getting...Read more
Does any room get quite as cluttered as the living room? This much-used, much-loved multipurpose room seems to have a clutter problem that’s in a class of its own — somehow the discarded socks, abandoned toys, half-read books, crumpled magazines, forgotten phone chargers and more collect in this shared space, and cleaning it all up seems ...Read more
Walking into a bathroom that’s serene, beautiful, well-organized and just the way you like it is a great way to start the day — so it’s no wonder that many of us have redecorating the bathroom on our list of to-dos. So what’s stopping us? Budget, for the most part. Bathroom renovations can be expensive. Make the redesign work hard for ...Read more
If your interior design style includes an abundance of clean lines or a cool palette with lots of white, black and gray, you might end up with a room that feels a little on the chilly side. Don’t worry, you don’t need to crank up the thermostat!
Instead, these easy decorating tricks can make your home look and feel warmer. From introducing ...Read more
We’re all familiar with the cyclical process of closet cleaning: It fills up with piles of clothing and shoes and accessories we don’t wear and forget we even own, we let it grow out of control for a year (or two), then we spend an intense 48 hours trying to wrangle it back into order. And the process begins again.
But what if there was a ...Read more
Keeping up with household chores can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you think. So, what’s the secret?
Perpetually tidy homes are often the product of a few good habits. Life gets messy, and that’s why it’s important to remember that cleaning is an ongoing process — it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Picking up...Read more
Many, many things have been written about how to create the perfect gallery wall. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret: There’s no such thing as the perfect gallery wall. Sure, there are general guidelines you can follow to help with the process, but don’t get too strung up on the rules. Consider these gentle suggestions ...Read more
Is your messy house stressing you out? Conquer the chaos with these organization tips for common sources of clutter in every room.
1. Laundry room
Space is often limited in this area, so it’s important to keep supplies well-organized. Make the most of your square footage by using wall space for storage. For instance, install a long bank of ...Read more
Think you don’t have the time or money to redecorate your entire house for fall? Don’t stress: There are plenty of ways to add a cozy autumn theme without a big design budget. It’s all about the accessories and colors; even small changes can make a big difference. Try a few of these ideas to decorate your house this fall.
1. Switch out ...Read more