31 May
Garden Answers
Garden Answers
Kate Karam
The left corner of my desk is a popular spot these days. See, its gardening season, and as a former nursery owner and landscape designer, and currently a Master Gardener, I’m the go-to office guru for all things horticultural, botanical, and outdoor mechanical.That translates daily to someone perching on my desk or sending an email, usually accompanied by a hand-drawn sketch, asking for advice or just general hand-holding. Even after all these years, I...

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30 May
Packing the Perfect Beach Bag
Packing the Perfect Beach Bag
Cynthia Bogart
So many of us are heading to the beach, a lake or a river this summer—anywhere where we can cool down! I used to tend to over pack when taking my crew out for a day of water fun. I mean, what happens if I forget something? Will it ruin our entire day? Will I have to trek all the way back to the parking lot, get into the car and drive to get...

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29 May
Made in the Shade
Made in the Shade
Justin Cave
Right now, with the hot days of summer upon us, is the ideal time to take stock of your backyard, whether you are creating a new landscape or rethinking an existing space, to ensure that you've factored in a shade element. Believe me, as the mercury rises, you'll be glad to have a shady retreat under which to cool off.  Here are some ideas and advice to make sure you have it made in the shade!

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28 May
Memorial Day Menu
Memorial Day Menu
Catie Parrish
A big part of nearly any major holiday is the food, and Memorial Day is no exception. As the unofficial start to summer, cookout favorites—burgers, potato salad, and the like—are classics. I don’t have any big barbecue plans this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m relegated to a boring dinner. This is what’s on my menu: Before my gig with Wayfair, I was a food editor for Better Homes and Gardens and constantly tasted amazing...

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25 May
Mango & Black Bean Salad
Mango & Black Bean Salad
Liren Baker
When the warm winds begin to blow and the green hills of Northern California are at their most brilliant, I find the outdoors irresistible. Neighbors finally emerge from their homes, and on these bluebird mornings, I love seeing the cyclists pedaling down the hilly roads, the runners pounding the pavement. Everyone seems to be training for something around here. For me, I also try to find every excuse possible to be outside, which can be...

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24 May
Accessorizing Your Kitchen
Accessorizing Your Kitchen
Susan Serra
For me, the “accessory layer” can make or break the look of your kitchen. Well, almost—here are a few of my tried-and-true tips to show you how to add the “real” finishing touches to your kitchen beyond hardware and paint. Color My Accessories Begin with the end in mind! Visualize the big picture—the entire kitchen, even surrounding rooms if the kitchen is part of an open floorplan. I like to think of it almost like a math...

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23 May
Organizing Kids’ Spaces
Organizing Kids’ Spaces
Cristin Priest
Do you feel like your kid’s toys are taking over your home? Is there anything more frustrating than cleaning up a kid’s space only to find it turned upside down in minutes? Creating storage solutions in children’s spaces (big or small) is essential to keeping parents sane, and kids happy. Here are some ideas for maximizing storage and having it look stylish too! Think Vertically If you have limited storage space, I strongly encourage investing in vertical...

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22 May
I’m a Striper
I’m a Striper
Katie Bower
I am a self-diagnosed striper. No...not a pole-dancing gal who takes off her clothes (although pregnancy plus Georgia heat makes that a pretty attractive idea)...a striper...one who stripes. She who loves the stripe. The stripe is my friend. I can't help it. I've always been one with the stripe ever since I was young. I even remember the first time my mom bought me a new outfit at Old Navy. It was middle school and clothing...

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21 May
Multi-Color
Multi-Color
Kate Smith
What is it about a grouping of like objects in a variety of hues that delightfully draws our eye? Do you find it almost impossible not to smile when you see something as ordinary as a stand of tin pails all clad in different colors stacked together? I know it makes me grin. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for color. Last week I walked among the hundreds of booths set up at the Brimfield Antique & Collectibles Show, an event...

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18 May
Spring Showers
Spring Showers
Erika Johnson
With lots of engaged friends and impending weddings (punctuated by our own this fall), countless bridal showers dance across the summer months of my iCalendar. I look forward to wedding season for many reasons, but some of my favorites are champagne, macaroons, and pretty presents. I love the delight on my friends’ faces as they open beautifully-wrapped china and bakeware. Wedding registries take the guesswork out of gift-giving, but they sometimes also eliminate the element...

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17 May
Get Grilling With Rubs
Get Grilling With Rubs
Liren Baker
Don’t tell a soul, but I love grilling. Why the secretiveness, you wonder? You may assume that most people love the turn of the season, when warm weather arrives and cooking can be moved outdoors. Yes, of course, this is a huge part of its appeal. But there is something else—I don’t have to cook. Hold on, what? Don’t I love to cook? Isn’t grilling cooking? Yes, and yes. But when we cook outside at my house, the...

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16 May
Lowdown On Lawns
Lowdown On Lawns
Justin Cave
The road to paradise isn't always paved. In fact, it's often covered with weeds and overgrowth! Maintaining your outdoor living space is a must to keep it looking its best. Here are a few tips and some great product picks to get you going!

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15 May
The Ellen Dream House: Before and After
The Ellen Dream House: Before and After
Kristine Kennedy
Yesterday I introduced you to our latest design challenge—The Ellen Dream House—and the process leading up to presenting the inspiring Lisa Jarmon with her newly furnished spaces. Today I want to share some before and after pictures illustrating the decorating strategies we used on the Houston, Texas house. Here are our five top design ideas you can steal for your own home … 1. Be bold with color. In Lisa’s house we made color the star with...

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14 May
Ellen House: Behind the Scenes
Ellen House: Behind the Scenes
Kristine Kennedy
How would I define “whirlwind”? Designing a house for Ellen DeGeneres’ super-fan (and frequent Ellen Show guest) Lisa Jarmon—in six weeks. Lisa and her four kids, ages 4 to 17, had their dreams come true when they were chosen by Ellen to receive a new home. What Lisa didn’t know was that it would be completely furnished (down to the clothespins in the laundry room) by Wayfair. See the entire Ellen Dream Home HERE! Sounds simple,...

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11 May
10 Great (Online) Home Design Magazines
10 Great (Online) Home Design Magazines
Cynthia Bogart
I've lost count of how many of my favorite home decorating newstand magazines have been shuttered in the past few years. But, are magazines disappearing or simply being reinvented online? As we watched one magazine after another close due to the high costs of production and postage, the internet was becoming much stronger, and all of a sudden bloggers, who had previously been considered rambling amateurs, were creating amazing blogs and websites. Bloggers weren't taking the place of magazines—instead they were delivering information in a more...

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10 May
Get a Stylishly Organized Desk Drawer
Get a Stylishly Organized Desk Drawer
Cristin Priest
My desk drawers can quickly evolve into junk drawers if I don't have a system in place for handling the clutter. But, the good news is that organizing a desk drawer is actually quite easy—in fact, whether organizing a drawer that holds odds and ends, cosmetics or office supplies, the process is pretty much the same. Here are some simple tricks I use to organize a desk drawer: 1. Purge: First, take all the contents out of the...

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09 May
Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day
Matthew Mead
If there is one thing I know about Mother's Day, it's that this is one of the most important days of the year (ask any florist or restaurant host). I've been gifting items for this holiday for over 30 years and am the on-speed-dial advisor to my children, father, and siblings with ideas for honoring the Mom in their lives. As the act of giving is truly about thought and effort I try to hone in on Mom's...

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08 May
Swedish Style
Swedish Style
Kate Smith
In a play on Henry Ford's famous quote, "Any color as long as it's black" it is often said that Swedes like "any color as long as its blue." But there is so much more to the colors of Sweden than just a single hue. The colors and airy style of Swedish decorating have been strongly influenced by two styles: 18th-century neoclassical decor known as the Gustavian style and Swedish Country Style, which was strongly influenced by Carl...

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07 May
Built for Speed
Built for Speed
Susan Serra
So, you need a microwave. Believe it or not, siting this everyday appliance can be one of the biggest challenges in the kitchen design process. Finding easy and ergonomic access for a microwave AND an aesthetically pleasing location are sometimes at war with one another! When you want to heat up food quickly, it's likely you also want efficiency as part of the process. Conventional wisdom says that placing the microwave close to the refrigerator allows you to...

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06 May
Scene and Heard: Editor Event
Scene and Heard: Editor Event
Kristine Kennedy
We recently headed to NYC to host an event for top editors from women’s, family, and shelter magazines—Elle, Instyle, and Food Network Magazine to name a few. We recreated a ‘house’ whose rooms were filled with a wonderful selection of Wayfair’s zillion things home. While we had these style-setters in hand, we asked them where they glean their inspirations to fill those glossy pages of their magazines. These delightful answers might surprise you (and...

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04 May
High Points of High Point
High Points of High Point
Kate Karam
I am suffering from Stendahl Syndrome. That rarest of maladies afflicting those who are simply overwhelmed by beauty. What has caused this condition? Could it be the four days of wandering three- square miles of glamorous showrooms in High Point, N.C., filled with the newest and most jaw-dropping home furnishings?  The sensory overload of stroking (literally, I think) miles of luxurious fabrics?  The eco-chic offerings that filled me with a sense of wonder at such...

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03 May
A Well-Rounded Room
A Well-Rounded Room
Katie Rosenfeld
Our houses are essentially boxes in boxes, so every room needs a few well-rounded curves to add softness and grace. Shapely furniture creates a visual break from the harsh geometric lines of walls and the sofas, beds, buffets, and chests that dominate your rooms. Curvilinear pieces can be problem solvers in tricky spots like corners or between a sofa and chair. In tight spaces (like a hallway) a demilune or half circle table saves space and...

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02 May
Way to Play
Way to Play
Katie Bower
Our goal for the next twelve months is to create a play space for Will. He's gotta help build it of course. He's two, now; learn to swing a hammer already, kid.  One of the main reasons we bought a house with land is that we want our kids playing in the backyard, getting dirty, and realizing that there is more to life than the Disney Channel. Living out here in the country makes it...

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01 May
Design Crush
Design Crush
Erika Johnson
My first middle school crush began with a note.  “Do you like me? Circle YES or NO.”  I still have the note and came far too close to scanning it for your entertainment.  When I saw my very cute crush in the halls, my heart raced to the tempo of my favorite 90s pop song and my cheeks flushed to a painfully obvious magenta.  Sound familiar? As I grew older, I fine-tuned the art of...

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