5 Totally Doable Decor Swaps to Refresh Your Home

The advent of a new year often brings with it a desire—even enthusiasm—for a necessary refresh. While I think we can all acknowledge that it’s just a date on the calendar and improvement can come in many forms and during many months of the year, I can’…

The advent of a new year often brings with it a desire—even enthusiasm—for a necessary refresh. While I think we can all acknowledge that it’s just a date on the calendar and improvement can come in many forms and during many months of the year, I can’t help but also be drawn to the idea of a refresh for 2021.

Like many people, I’m skipping resolutions this year (can we all agree to just not put that on ourselves?), but I am game for a few easy-to-pull-off ideas to help make my home feel fresh and new—all without a lot of time or money.

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The Piece of Decor Your Kitchen Is Calling For

It’s practically undeniable at this point that kitchens are the beating heart of our homes. They’re where we gather to make delicious food, deepen our relationships, and forge new memories (not to mention hold 3 p.m. corporate brainstorms and 11 a.m. a…

It’s practically undeniable at this point that kitchens are the beating heart of our homes. They’re where we gather to make delicious food, deepen our relationships, and forge new memories (not to mention hold 3 p.m. corporate brainstorms and 11 a.m. art class). The fluidity of these spaces is of paramount importance: You have to have enough room to seat the whole family, a table that doubles as an eat/work zone, enough gizmos and gadgets to help you take on all the additional home cooking... the list goes on. But for as functional—and beautiful—as many of our kitchens are, are they truly reflective of our homes, and our style? I’d venture a guess and say maybe not.

Ask any designer and they’ll tell you the biggest impact you can make in a space is often with art. Not only does it help tie a room together, but it’s a great way for homeowners to imbue their dwellings with their unique taste and point of view. Yet, oftentimes, the kitchen is the last place we add decor layers like artwork.

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The Color Trends for 2021 Are Here—& They’re Bringing the Reset We Need

In a year that’s been marred by its share of gloom, one of the things I found myself looking forward to (even more than usual) were the Color of the Year announcements from the design world. That’s not to say that I rush to stock up on every paint sele…

In a year that’s been marred by its share of gloom, one of the things I found myself looking forward to (even more than usual) were the Color of the Year announcements from the design world. That’s not to say that I rush to stock up on every paint select each year—in fact, sometimes they can be a bit baffling (we all remember Pantone’s Ultra Violet from 2018, right?). But there’s much to love about them: the fresh perspective they bring, the anticipatory excitement they drum up for the new year, and the reboot they herald.

The need to make our lives at home as rich as possible is more evident than ever, and the 2021 Colors of the Year do their bit for our relaxing, happy, energizing, cluttered, chaotic, calming, well-loved spaces. Based off of these shades alone, I predict a brighter and happier 2021. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Yes, Virtual Holiday Gatherings *Can* Be Fun. Here’s How.

Jokes were cracked, garlic bread was burned (quite the tradition in our household), turkey was roasted and my grandma bossed my Mom around in the kitchen. In many ways, this Thanksgiving was a mirror image of years passed, with one exception—a big ol’ …

Jokes were cracked, garlic bread was burned (quite the tradition in our household), turkey was roasted and my grandma bossed my Mom around in the kitchen. In many ways, this Thanksgiving was a mirror image of years passed, with one exception—a big ol’ computer on the table where our loved ones should be. We made the best of it, but like many others, our family was acutely aware of everything we were missing.

With the holiday season looming, the word Zoom is sure to be top-of-mind for everybody that's considering how they’re going to host in what has been a most unexpected year. And while a virtual video platform is a great way to get in face-time with those you love and miss, there’s only so much “togetherness” that can be forged through a screen. Luckily, a video call is not your only option when it comes to maintaining meaningful connections this holiday season. From gift exchanges and matching outfits to easy eats and distanced hangouts, we’ve rounded up eight fun ways to unite with your friends and family these next few months—whether you’re five minutes down the road or five states away.

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The Lighting Trick Your Kitchen Is Missing

I have big-time Nancy Meyers aspirations for my home. There’s just something about all the interiors featured in her films (think: Something’s Gotta Give, The Intern, Father of the Bride, et al)—they feel collected and lived-in and cozy, while still bo…

I have big-time Nancy Meyers aspirations for my home. There’s just something about all the interiors featured in her films (think: Something’s Gotta Give, The Intern, Father of the Bride, et al)—they feel collected and lived-in and cozy, while still boasting a thoughtful, design-forward aesthetic. Architectural Digest even wrote an article on the psychology behind the Nancy Meyers dream home, so clearly I’m not the only one here.

But I digress—I got on this topic for a reason, and that reason is kitchen lamps. According to my research (consisting of many purely indulgent, non-scientific viewings of The Holiday and It’s Complicated) rule #247 when it comes to achieving that Nancy Meyers vibe comes in the form of ambient lighting—and lots of it. There’s nothing like a soft, slightly-yellowed glow to make your home—and any room in it—feel totally welcoming and warm. And in no place is it more difficult to achieve that vibe than in your kitchen, where harsh top lighting or single pendants over the island reign supreme.

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7 Not-Your-Grandma’s Quilts to Cozy Up With This Winter

Growing up, quilts were a mainstay in my grandma’s house. As soon as the cold weather hit, my Sitto, as we call her (Arabic for grandmother), would break out piles upon piles of plush quilts, layering them over every available surface in her home, from…

Growing up, quilts were a mainstay in my grandma’s house. As soon as the cold weather hit, my Sitto, as we call her (Arabic for grandmother), would break out piles upon piles of plush quilts, layering them over every available surface in her home, from the foot of the bed, to the arms of the couch, and my grandfather’s signature lounge chair. To me, they became synonymous with the type of comfort only a grandparent can bring—a (literal) blanket of warmth enveloping my childhood and one I eagerly sought to carry into my own home as an adult.

But, as cozy as Sitto’s quilts were, stylish they were not. I’m not even sure who made them—it definitely wasn’t her, so rest easy knowing I’m not putting my sweet grandmother on blast over the internet. Like you probably imagine when I say the world “quilt,” hers were a hodge-podge of fabrics and patterns, evoking more a craft-fair vibe than young-city-dweller (hi, that’s me!). Luckily, on my quest to imbue my own home with that childhood comfort, I discovered something refreshing—quilts are cool now, you guys.

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How to Create a Cabinet of Curiosities

Things just seem to find their way into my home. Likely excuse, I know—but I promise it’s a valid one. Between my love for decor and travel, and my job as a writer and stylist, I’m always on the lookout for knickknacks packed with personality or object…

Things just seem to find their way into my home. Likely excuse, I know—but I promise it’s a valid one. Between my love for decor and travel, and my job as a writer and stylist, I’m always on the lookout for knickknacks packed with personality or objects seeped in sentimental value. I’m also someone who prefers to be surrounded by my “things” instead of hiding them away in the hopes of someday finding the perfect spot for them. Let’s call it organized chaos.

But here’s the thing: I live in New York City. Apartment dwelling means square footage is at a premium—I don't exactly have too many spare walls or surfaces to find a special home for each of my treasures. The solution? A curio cabinet.

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