11 Design Experts on the Power of Art—& Seeing Ourselves in It

An object is often worth more than its material form. It can bring with it cultural echoes, family history, and personal memory. In The Things We Treasure, writers, creatives, and design experts tell us about their most priceless possessions—and the ir…

An object is often worth more than its material form. It can bring with it cultural echoes, family history, and personal memory. In The Things We Treasure, writers, creatives, and design experts tell us about their most priceless possessions—and the irreplaceable stories behind them.


Interior stylist Olaniyi Swarn’s family tree has put down roots in her Chicago-area living room. At least that’s the impression one gets from the collection of old family photos that sit atop the bed of river rock on her coffee table. This “bowl of stories,” as she calls it, always grabs visitors’ attention and is often a conversation starter.

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An Honest Chat About Accessible Design

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination based on mental or physical ability. The act encompasses guidelines for every…

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination based on mental or physical ability. The act encompasses guidelines for everything from inclusive hiring practices to the requirement that public spaces be accessible to those of all abilities. Ramps, handrails, as well as standard sidewalk/door widths, for example, all have their origins in the ADA.

This tentpole anniversary has sparked a renewed interest in accessibility as it relates to interior design, with various publications weighing in on the industry’s shortcomings and successes. Are we doing enough? How can we do better? These are big questions that call for even bigger answers, but the fact that they are even being asked speaks volumes about where the field is headed.

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How to Add Character to Your New-Build Home

It was 2015 and Lea Johnson, founder and lead stylist at Creekwoodhill and IT wizard, sat with her contractor excitedly sketching out a floor plan on a napkin. The chance to build a home for her family of four from scratch in Minneapolis, MN was a rare…

It was 2015 and Lea Johnson, founder and lead stylist at Creekwoodhill and IT wizard, sat with her contractor excitedly sketching out a floor plan on a napkin. The chance to build a home for her family of four from scratch in Minneapolis, MN was a rare one, and she was determined to make the most of it. Laundry room here, kitchen facing this way, staircase winding like so, and the list went on.

Customizing the home to her family’s needs was not the only thing at the forefront of Johnson’s mind throughout the build, though. She also aimed to seamlessly combine the amenities of a brand new home with the character of an older one. Vintage dressers would act as bathroom vanities, backsplashes would come with a backstory, and every light source was going to exude personality.

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7 Affordable, Doable Projects for an (Even) Better Backyard

Hunting down the perfect set of white outdoor pots was proving way more challenging than Amelia Ross expected. “We were walking around the garden section of our local hardware chain, and none of them were right,” she recalls. Some were too pricey, othe…

Hunting down the perfect set of white outdoor pots was proving way more challenging than Amelia Ross expected. “We were walking around the garden section of our local hardware chain, and none of them were right,” she recalls. Some were too pricey, others the right shape but wrong color, and so on. It was time to get creative.

Ross ended up picking out some exterior house paint, snapped up a few terracotta pots in varying sizes and voila. For half the cost of store-bought pots, Ross had created the perfect co-star for the fire pit she and her partner had built to make sheltering in place a little cozier.

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5 Expert Tips for Plant-ifying Your Kitchen

In their latest book Plant Tribe, Igor Josifovic-Kemper and Judith de Graaff whisk readers off to 17 attractive, plant-filled homes across the US, Europe and Brazil. What makes this book so valuable is not just their adept styling of the rooms, but how…

In their latest book Plant Tribe, Igor Josifovic-Kemper and Judith de Graaff whisk readers off to 17 attractive, plant-filled homes across the US, Europe and Brazil. What makes this book so valuable is not just their adept styling of the rooms, but how the capable hands of Igor and Judith transform the spaces into teaching tools. In one part of the book, for instance, the pair uses them to illustrate how plants have the power to affect our well-being. In another, the homes are accompanied by the authors’ insights into the business side of plants.

One particular section of note, the book’s “Room-by-Room Guide,” shows readers how they can keep plants thriving throughout their houses, including in the unusually-tricky kitchen. This spot presents a unique challenge because of its daily changes in temperature and moisture levels, sometimes shoddy natural light and its abundance of appliances (which can affect air flow and quality). Lucky for you, Igor and Judith have put together a quick guide to kitchen plant care that takes all of this into account. If you don’t have a green thumb (yet), do not fear. These tips are aimed at beginners, so follow along below, and you, too, can have a kitchen filled with happy plants.

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11 Design Experts Share Their Favorite Spot at Home

Interior Designer Mikel Welch is not one to sit still. Hosting his Quibi show Murder House Flip, decorating stunning homes for clients, and designing green rooms for celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and former First Lady Michelle Obama keep him on the mo…

Interior Designer Mikel Welch is not one to sit still. Hosting his Quibi show Murder House Flip, decorating stunning homes for clients, and designing green rooms for celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and former First Lady Michelle Obama keep him on the move. A few months ago, however, Mikel, just like most of us, had to switch up his routine and work from home.

Mikel says this time at home has given him a newfound appreciation for the calming qualities of one space in particular: his living room. It features lush textiles, a giant barn door and other rustic touches reminiscent of Sag Harbor, NY, his favorite vacation destination. Whether enjoying his morning cup of coffee on the sofa or wrapping up the day binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, the living room helps Mikel feel like he is being swept away—if just for a few relaxing moments.

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Black Is the New Neutral Your Kitchen’s Been Waiting For

Back in January, we asked some of our favorite tastemakers to predict this year’s biggest kitchen cabinetry trends. Designer Aly Velji, in particular, sang the praises of a dramatic option: black cabinetry. “Paired with brass accents and natural materi…

Back in January, we asked some of our favorite tastemakers to predict this year’s biggest kitchen cabinetry trends. Designer Aly Velji, in particular, sang the praises of a dramatic option: black cabinetry. “Paired with brass accents and natural materials like marbles, they really do make such a gorgeous statement,” he told us.

Today we are following up with Aly, a few other designers and several homeowners who have flooded their kitchens with not only black cabinets but black walls and accessories as well. How do they keep the color from overwhelming the space? Are black cabinets hard to keep clean? Scroll down for a little real talk and some tips on how to pull off the look in your own cooking space.

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A Nifty Trick to Create a Bedroom in a Studio Apartment

Hats off to you, studio apartment dwellers. You seemingly create storage out of thin air, hack every inch of your space and always have the rest of us saying, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?!” The 650-square-foot studio of PROjECT founder and designe…

Hats off to you, studio apartment dwellers. You seemingly create storage out of thin air, hack every inch of your space and always have the rest of us saying, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?!” The 650-square-foot studio of PROjECT founder and designer Aimee Wertepny, however, changes the game. Her space is a great example of using a monochrome palette to make a small apartment shine. Even better though, she is on to a clever trick to make it even roomier.

Wertepny has used her bed to divide the studio into two areas. By using her bed and sofa, back to back, to create a wall, she’s essentially turned her studio into a one-bedroom apartment.

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Goodbye, Gallery Wall—Here Are 5 Fresh Ways to Display Art

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and brining it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

Ther…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We're taking our love for all things home and brining it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


There I was last fall, alone in our hallway, juggling a hammer, level, painter’s tape, and a ruler; all the tools needed to create a gallery wall. I wasn’t sure how many pieces would actually end up displayed, though. Why? Because getting each one to hang equidistant from the next in a perfect line (like all the displays I was seeing online) was tedious!

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A Brief History of the Dining Chair You’re Seeing Everywhere

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

For…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


For the past few months, my partner and I have been redesigning our kitchen. We’ve spent countless hours picking out a backsplash, choosing a new faucet, conceptualizing lighting designs, and combing through every single marble handle out there in order to find the set with the very best veining.

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