A Home That Honors Black History in New Orleans

Adjacent to the statement couch (pink, velvet, and tufted), and underneath a crystal chandelier, sit a pair of movie theater seats. They’re a faded shade of sunshine and they fold up neatly, a grounding element in an otherwise happy-swanky room. K.V. H…

Adjacent to the statement couch (pink, velvet, and tufted), and underneath a crystal chandelier, sit a pair of movie theater seats. They're a faded shade of sunshine and they fold up neatly, a grounding element in an otherwise happy-swanky room. K.V. Harper, the owner and designer of this home, was looking for a church pew when she found them on eBay. "I wanted a piece that would nod to the history of Louisiana, with an understanding of where we are now," she says.

Salvaged from a segregated theater, the antique seats were exactly the sort of relic she wanted to reclaim in her New Orleans home, which is nestled in one of the oldest Black neighborhoods in America.

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9 Types of Indoor Fruit Trees You Can Grow in Your Living Room

There are decorative house plants and then there are edible plants that you tend to in a tiny kitchen garden. But what about in between?

If you’re looking for an indoor plant that’s both decorative and edible, look to the world of fruit trees! While m…

There are decorative house plants and then there are edible plants that you tend to in a tiny kitchen garden. But what about in between?

If you're looking for an indoor plant that's both decorative and edible, look to the world of fruit trees! While many grow to be enormous in the wild and are native to perpetually sunny conditions, there are a number of dwarf plants that will do just fine—and even fruit—in a big pot in your living room. We asked for a vote of confidence from Bloomscape's Plant Mom, Joyce Mast, who is equipped with 40 years of plant knowledge—and a healthy dose of intuition. "It is very possible to grow fruit trees indoors! But it is best to purchase the dwarf varieties (for size) and the most mature trees (faster fruiting times) available," she says.

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55 Impossibly Easy, Slightly Lazy, 100% Reliable Summer Dinner Recipes

Dragging open a can of anchovies. Cubing cold, snappy vegetables to toss in a mustard jar vinaigrette. Spooning anything at all onto toast, with pepper and cheese and salt. There’s something wonderfully languid about making summer dinners, the kind th…

Dragging open a can of anchovies. Cubing cold, snappy vegetables to toss in a mustard jar vinaigrette. Spooning anything at all onto toast, with pepper and cheese and salt. There's something wonderfully languid about making summer dinners, the kind that come half-prepped right from the produce bag (or, okay, pasta box).

The best are not just easy, but also quick—even unnervingly so. "Didn't I just open the fridge?" you'll say to yourself, sitting down to Brie-cloaked noodles and tomatoes. Or skillet-grilled fish tacos. Or the undeniable genius of a salad made from cornbread.

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How to Make the Best Chicken Wings for a Crowd

Chicken wings have got a bad reputation for hanging around sketchy bars. It’s time to intervene. Because you can make chicken wings that are crispy and tender, that are doused in homemade hot sauce butter or your favorite spices, that are actually addi…

Chicken wings have got a bad reputation for hanging around sketchy bars. It's time to intervene. Because you can make chicken wings that are crispy and tender, that are doused in homemade hot sauce butter or your favorite spices, that are actually addictive and not at all dubious.

Our test kitchen director, Josh Cohen, shares his go-to method when making chicken wings for a crowd: He dry-brine-spice-rubs the night before, and slides them into the oven while "refreshing everyone's drink." Baking them on a foil-lined sheet keeps cleanup minimal, and his make-ahead blender BBQ sauce has guests saying, "Frank's who?"

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How to Tie *Much* Better Bows (& 3 Great Ribbons to Use)

While working as a gift wrapper during high school, I was taught to dress up a present with serious discipline (there was a training period!). Creasing every corner of the paper, folding and taping so that the ends of the paper lined up exactly with th…

While working as a gift wrapper during high school, I was taught to dress up a present with serious discipline (there was a training period!). Creasing every corner of the paper, folding and taping so that the ends of the paper lined up exactly with the edges of the box—they might as well have been snapping at the wrapping team with whistles! The ribbons we used were all silk, which made for peppy round bows like curlers.

But when it came to bows, we went wild—wild, I tell you—by doubling the colors and looping loops so huge we went through multiple spools in a day. What did I learn, besides that there are easier ways to earn a buck and that silk ribbon is expensive? Silk ribbon wants to be springy, and there is a best way to tie it.

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Gift Wrapping 101: How to Wrap a Box with Invisible Seams

I might have mentioned this once or several dozen times over the past few weeks of working our holiday pop-up, but I used to gift wrap as my job. I started out at a fancy menswear store, eventually graduating to an art gallery/home furnishings store—bo…

I might have mentioned this once or several dozen times over the past few weeks of working our holiday pop-up, but I used to gift wrap as my job. I started out at a fancy menswear store, eventually graduating to an art gallery/home furnishings store—both of which were excruciatingly fun experiences. (Please hold autograph requests until the end of this post.)

Photo by Linda Xiao

But what did I learn besides how to tie a fluffy bow of ribbon?

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