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3 Easy Gardening Hacks to Get You Ready for Spring

3 Easy Gardening Hacks to Get You Ready for Spring

Shoe Organizer as Vertical Garden

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Photo by Travis Rathbone

Love the idea of an herb garden, but just don’t have the room? Maximize your vertical space by hanging a shoe organizer on a sunny fence, shed, or porch door. First poke small holes in the bottom of each pocket for drainage and then fill with herbs or other small plants. Bonus: When you water your plants from the top row, the overflow water will drip into the plants below.


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Ice Cream Cone as Seed Starter

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Have a couple sugar cones that have gone stale in the cabinet? Repurpose them as seedling starters. Just fill a cone with soil and your favorite seeds. “This works best for seedlings that grow within a few weeks,” says Heather Rhoades of the gardening website gardeningknowhow.com. The reason why this summer treat vessel works so well? It’s biodegradable, making replanting easy.


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Wine Bottle as Self-Watering Planter

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Rinse out a wine bottle and fill it with water. Replace the cork and hammer a nail through it to create a small hole. Remove the nail and place the neck of the bottle in the soil at a slight angle. Water will drip out and hydrate your plant once the soil dries around it. (Will water a medium-size plant for your entire one-week vacation.)

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5 Mini Decorating Moves for a Boring Home Office

5 Mini Decorating Moves for a Boring Home Office

See how a designer transformed Broadway and TV star Sutton Foster’s home office in just five easy steps.

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A home office can easily become a neglected space. Since it’s not usually a place to entertain guests or hang out, people tend to keep the home office bare and focus their decorating efforts on other spaces, like the living room, dining room, or family room—which was the case with the home office in actress Sutton Foster’s New York City apartment.

So Foster enlisted the help of interior designer Mike Harrison and HomeGoods to give the office more personality and style. “Functionality doesn’t mean lack of style,” Harrison says. “One of the great advantages of this space was that there was so much natural light with a stunning view, so the interest is already built into one entire wall. Another great plus was that the three pieces of existing furniture were beautiful, quality pieces so my job was just to marry the function with the style of the space and execute a clear vision for the room.”

Foster, who wanted the space to be neutral but not boring, says Harrison’s updates make the new office “come to life.” And it was all done with some inexpensive styling tricks you can use to give your own space a makeover. Here, Harrison’s tips:

1. Bring in Color.
Your favorite, eye-catching colors can make a space feel unique and more relaxed. “For this room in particular, it was important to Sutton that it be a place of inspiration for her husband, who is a professional writer,” Harrison says. “She wanted a space full of interest with a sophisticated whimsy. I wanted to achieve this through a layered neutral palette, with an occasional pop of color.”

2. Add Accessories.
“When personalizing an office space on a budget, try to remember that a little goes a long way,” he says. “One new desk lamp or one new rug can really transform a room. Also, it’s important to remember that even if a room needs to function as an office, it is still an extension of your home. It doesn’t need to be stale and corporate, so inject personal touches like framed pictures, special objects, and artwork.” In Foster’s office, Harrison added a geometric rug, abstract art, patterned pillows, plants, and unexpected lighting.

3. Play With Scale.
Often, your home office might be a small nook or a tiny room, so it’s important to maximize every inch of space. “When dealing with smaller spaces remember that scale is important,” Harrison says. “I used a great mirrored end table to serve as a coffee table instead. I also found a clean, white leather desk chair that brightened up the space to juxtapose the dark wood in the furniture.”

4. Organize With Style.
Keep the clutter contained. “Since the office is a highly functional room, organization is key,” he says. “Let the organizational supplies that you use exhibit the room’s style.” And, luckily, you can easily find inexpensive office supplies that pack a lot of color and flair—think metallic notebooks and pens, acrylic boxes and pencil cups, and colorful tape dispensers and staplers.

5. “Fake” an Office.
Don’t have a designated office? Don’t worry: You can still create a working space wherever you have a little bit of extra space. “Create room for a small desk in your living area, bedroom, or even dining area,” Harrison says. “You can add floating shelves above it to house office supplies and display decorative objects.” Ta-da, an office nook.

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8 Ways to a Makeover With Mirrors

Brighten and expand your interiors with a touch of imagination — and a mirror or two

 

Give your interiors an instant makeover without having to knock down walls. There’s a much easier way to enhance your space and make it look larger while adding tonnes of personality to it. Simply add a mirror! No longer just restricted to your vanity table, a mirror can be creatively placed to upgrade every room from your hallway to your kitchen. We show you how.

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Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Pool House Nestled in Rural Bengal

An outhouse extension of an ancestral home doubles as a recreational space and more

 

Once the land was purchased on both sides of their ancestral home, the clients wanted to build an extension to the house. Abin Design Studio (ADS) was brought on board to give shape to the (fitness enthusiast) client’s brief – to design a contemporary and luxurious pool house that included a swimming pool, gymnasium, open lawns and guest entertainment areas. And it all had to be built keeping the principles of vastu in mind.

“Beauty in simplicity and in careful, laborious, hand-crafted detailing is the most interesting aspect of the project,” says Abin Chaudhuri, a firm believer that architecture is a form of artistic expression. Abin Design Studio built this pool house in the span of two years.

That’s interesting: This new block connects to the ancestral home via bridges.

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5 Ways to Recreate the Tropics in Your Home Decor

Bring in the fabulous rush of flowers, foliage and island colours to recreate the tropics in your home

 

If lounging on the beach is your idea of a fun holiday, you needn’t dream longingly of the sun, sand, coconut palms and blue sea whilst parked in your urban home. Create a tropical island within your own residence to live out your vacation. Scatter images of leafy fronds, bold flowers and brilliant butterflies … go for a riotous colour palette that brings alive the hues of the tossing blue waves of the ocean, waving green palms, lazy golden beaches and smiling colourful blossoms. Here is how to bring into your home decor the vibrancy of the tropics.

Expert inputs from interior designers Sulaxmi Laud and Reshma Chhabria

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6 Ways to Let Your Kitchen Sizzle With Steel

Read how steel can be used in different ways to amp up your kitchen space

 

Steel is a versatile metal that fits seamlessly into a classic or a modular kitchen layout. Design purists use it in backsplashes, sinks, countertops, cabinetry, and more. You can embrace it in combination with wood, other metals or just on its own. Low on maintenance and high on aesthetic appeal, budget-friendly and durable steel checks all the right boxes for transforming your kitchen.
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7 Interesting Vintage Pieces You Can Now Buy On eBay’s New Chairish Store

7 Interesting Vintage Pieces You Can Now Buy On eBay’s New Chairish Store

They’re just a few of the goodies from the site’s new marketplace.

eBay is giving home decor enthusiasts a new reason to celebrate: The e-commerce site recently teamed up with Chairish, whose mobile app already makes it easy for design lovers to buy and sell vintage and pre-loved furniture, decor and art.

But with a new marketplace on eBay featuring more than 100 items exclusively curated by the experts at Chairish, vintage decor enthusiasts now have another outlet to search for standout pieces, from lamps and lighting to rugs and home accents.

By the close of 2016, a home decor item was purchased on eBay every 9 seconds in the United States via mobile, according to the site. The new Chairish store is a welcome addition to eBay’s Home & Garden portfolio, not to mention it’s easily accessible on eBay’s mobile experience, as well.

“eBay’s new Chairish store allows our vast audience of decor enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase sought-after design staples of today and yesterday,” said Alyssa Steele , divisional merchandising manager for Home & Garden at eBay, in a statement.

Ready to go shopping? Scroll on to see just a few of the one-of-a-kind vintage gems available now on eBay.

1 EH Sherman “Happenstance” Painting
Courtesy of Chairish

This painting ($83) was made with watercolors, ink and acrylic, and is an original by artist EH Sherman, complete with the artist’s signature.

2 Modern Berry Book Wall
Courtesy of Chairish

A vibrant set of magenta, lavender and grape books ($338) are the perfect touch to any stylish office. The set of 50 books includes a diverse variety of literary works, ranging from 1970 to present.

3 Moroccan Kilim Boucherouite Rug
Courtesy of Chairish

This alluring Kilim Boucherouite flat-weave rug ($460) is a true work of art. The Berber women who weave these together by hand use recycled remnants of fabric.

4 1961 Date Matched Telephone
Courtesy of Chairish

Make a chic statement with this Model 500 “Western Electric” telephone ($159). Besides, who doesn’t want to live out their 60s dreams with a bubblegum telephone?

5 Brass Vase
Courtesy of Chairish

With the world’s current obsession for gold accent decor, this vintage Dutch sculptural brass vase ($109) is a necessity for every stylish office.

6 Turquoise Square Ottoman
Courtesy of Chairish

Ditch the plain ottoman for one with pattern and color, like this African strip-loomed Ikat ottoman ($367). It features a handy zipped bottom as well as removable inserts for cleaning.

 

7 Dani Schafer Acrylic Painting
Courtesy of Chairish

In 2015, Wisconsin-based artist Dani Schafer created this expressive acrylic painting, titled “What Was True” ($182) on a hand-stretched canvas.

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Interior Color Tips For The Neutral-Obsessed

Interior Color Tips For The Neutral-Obsessed

Bold doesn’t have to be overpowering.

There’s nothing wrong with erring towards beiges and greys at home, but the right amount of risk-taking color can take a room from safely chic to completely memorable. This move doesn’t even require committing to a bold red wall or a jewel-toned couch; smaller decorations, like a patterned ceramic bowl or a textured throw, can add just the right amount of pop. Color play can also be found in less obvious palette combinations, like melding cool blue accents with warm woodwork, or playing up a heavily neutral space with art that boasts energetic hues. Here, Elena Frampton, creative director of New York-based interior design firm Frampton Co, tells us how to bring color into our spaces, even for the most neutral-obsessed.

1 Balance Warm and Cool

“Spaces often go too chilly or too earthy. We love to play with cool and warm tones to achieve a sense of balance. We installed warm millwork to anchor the space and offset it with cool blue and lavender accents.”

2 Tempered Extras

Spartan Shop vases, $130, spartan-shop.com; D. Bryant Archie blanket, $660, shop.dbryantarchie.com.

3 Add Texture Through Wall and Floor Materials

“Texture brings depth and interest to neutral spaces, so you get the quietness without the boredom. Rugs are the perfect way to bring in texture for a layered look. Architecturally, stone and tile in various finishes like matte or polished create shadows and texture.”

4 Tactile Effect

The Rug Company ‘Cobra’ rug, $177 per sq. ft., therugcompany.com; Heath Ceramic tiles, prices upon request, heathceramics.com.

5 Install Large Scale Art

“The introduction of art is a chance to infuse color and personality into a neutral palette. Think large scale photography, paintings or even mixed media. When it comes to statement pieces, go big to go home.”

6 Statement Pieces

Kim Foster Gallery: Moon Beom, price upon request, kimfostergallery.com; Maria de la O Garrido, ‘Untitled II,’ $430, upriseart.com; Lindo NG Collective Studio, price upon request, upriseart.com.

7 Let There Be Light

“Sculptural lighting in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors enlivens and activates a neutral space. Mixing lamps with sconces and chandeliers not only provides a nice light quality but also brings the je ne sais quoi. Don’t forget room corners, which often end up feeling dark. Create a moment out of an otherwise forgettable square foot.”

8 Shine Bright

Sciolari chrome and brass chandelier, $5,500, lobelmodern.com; Workstead industrial chandelier, $2,150, workstead.com.

9 Bring In Pattern Through Accessories

“Dressing your space, like yourself, is transformed by a few finishing touches. Think about adding bold patterns through accessories. Pair unlikely objects in vignettes to create a story about your collections. Ceramics, bowls, trays, pillows and throw blankets offer pattern opportunity. Most importantly, don’t worry, get attached or be too exacting. Move things around every once and a while – it’s not a museum, it’s your home.”

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10 Playful Ceramics

Matthew Ward Studio ceramic bowls, prices upon request, matthewwardstudio.com.

11 Inject the Color Camel

“Our real neutral obsession is the color camel. It provides richness to a monochromatic palette without drawing too much attention. Its adaptability to several color palettes make pieces upholstered in it timeless. Whether you are introducing it through textiles, leather or various stains of wood–camel will translate well.”

 
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You Can Now Shop Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home Line At Bed Bath & Beyond

You Can Now Shop Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home Line At Bed Bath & Beyond

You’re going to love all the pretty printed rugs and pillows.

If you love all things Joanna Gaines and “Fixer Upper,” then get excited: Her Magnolia Home Collection is now available at Bed Bath & Beyond, online and in select stores around the country.

Gaines recently launched her designer collection online at Pier 1, but now there’s one more mass retailer selling her lovely printed pillows and rugs — which is good news if you can’t make the trek down to Waco to visit Magnolia Market.

The Magnolia Home pieces available at Bed Bath & Beyond are similar to the ones being offered at Pier 1 — so expect vintage-looking pillows, rugs and throws in muted hues of ivory, gray, burnt orange and navy plus an eclectic mix of patterns and textures.

The collection is similar in price to the items offered at Pier 1, with the pillows starting at $69 and the rugs starting at $99

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Before the collection’s launch at Pier 1 and now Bed Bath & Beyond, fans were only able to get a limited amount of Magnolia Market items on the store’s website. But now it’s easier than ever to fill your house with “Fixer Upper”-style farmhouse decor.