Where Designers Score Quality Artwork—Without Breaking the Bank

By the time a room starts to come together, a lot of decisions have already been made. There’s the back-and-forth of what paint color to choose, whether or not the floors need some attention, and how you’re handling window treatments. A discussion that…

By the time a room starts to come together, a lot of decisions have already been made. There’s the back-and-forth of what paint color to choose, whether or not the floors need some attention, and how you’re handling window treatments. A discussion that decides whether a sectional is best is a given, as well as what texture the rug should be. And when all of the big-ticket items are finally in place, there’s the rearranging of furniture here and there (and back again), to ensure that the room has an ideal flow. So it’s no wonder that when artwork is considered as the exclamation points of a design, blank walls are usually met with question marks.

Art has a reputation for being expensive and subjective, which makes the idea of finding the right pieces overwhelming. But the truth is, it’s possible to find quality artwork without spending a ton of money, and no one else has to like it but you (unless your home is also a museum). “My goal is to find artwork that speaks to my clients,” designer Gina Gutierrez says. “When it comes to fitting in the space, I like to make sure that the piece harmonizes with our color story and meets the energy of the room: vibrant, moody, soft, or even natural.”

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11 Absurdly Large Halloween Decorations (Including the 12-Foot Skeleton)

When it comes to Halloween decor, you either go big or go home—literally. And while it might sound strange to think about pumpkins and skeletons in the middle of summer, given how the pandemic has seemingly slowed time and there’s a general feeling of …

When it comes to Halloween decor, you either go big or go home—literally. And while it might sound strange to think about pumpkins and skeletons in the middle of summer, given how the pandemic has seemingly slowed time and there’s a general feeling of restlessness in the air, thinking about over-the-top Halloween decor is keeping us going at the moment—especially when that viral 12-foot skeleton is back.

Why would you ever want a regular human-sized skeleton instead of a towering 12-foot skeleton complete with a burning pumpkin head? Or tiny critters when you can drape a 16-foot wide web with house-sized spiders around your space?

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Everything They *Don’t* Tell You About Jute Rugs

My apartment has several different kinds of rugs: a Persian-style area rug from The Home Depot in the living room, a vintage Turkish rug I sourced on Etsy (a prized possession) in my bedroom, a flatweave, tasseled number that serves as a bath mat in th…

My apartment has several different kinds of rugs: a Persian-style area rug from The Home Depot in the living room, a vintage Turkish rug I sourced on Etsy (a prized possession) in my bedroom, a flatweave, tasseled number that serves as a bath mat in the bathroom, and a gray, woven jute rug in the dining room.

If you'd asked me which of these rugs I thought might be the highest maintenance before I bought them, I probably would have guessed the vintage Turkish one. But nope, that rug is sturdy, which makes sense, as it’s in fabulous condition despite its 50+ year age. The most challenging of them all is actually... the jute rug.

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The Best Bedsheets for Every Type of Sleeper

Bedsheets are the most important part of any bed—yes, even more important than your mattress.

Sure, the right mattress is important because you spend about a third of your life sleeping (which doesn’t include all the time scrolling through TikTok in b…

Bedsheets are the most important part of any bed—yes, even more important than your mattress.

Sure, the right mattress is important because you spend about a third of your life sleeping (which doesn’t include all the time scrolling through TikTok in bed), but the right set of sheets can either send you into perfect slumber or suffocate you like a sauna.

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Need Design Inspo? These 5 Services Will Help Reimagine Your Space

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


One of the things I wish I did more of in my rental apartments was reimagine how my space could be more useful and pretty. I mean, have you seen my colleague Caroline Mullen’s apartment?

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A One-Bedroom Brooklyn Rental Gets a Space-Saving Transformation

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


Annie was my friend before she was my client.

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Burrow’s Clever Modular Couches Are Majorly on Sale

For the past three years, I’ve recommended my Burrow Nomad couch to anyone who’s willing to listen. It’s a simple black full-grain leather couch with a removable lounging chaise and ottoman, and it’s withstood a move, dogs with sharp claws, and kids wi…

For the past three years, I’ve recommended my Burrow Nomad couch to anyone who’s willing to listen. It’s a simple black full-grain leather couch with a removable lounging chaise and ottoman, and it’s withstood a move, dogs with sharp claws, and kids with lots of energy. It’s something I’d pay top dollar for (full disclosure: I tested the couch for free some years ago as a writer specializing in home and kitchen gear), and right now, it’s on major sale.

Now through July 11 at 11:59 PST, you can save up to $600 at Burrow. Take 10% off any purchase up to $1,899, or save anywhere from $200 to $600 on your entire purchase—the larger your order, the larger the discount. The direct-to-consumer furniture brand only has a sale this big a few times a year, so if you’ve been waiting for the perfect couch or side table, now’s your chance. The discounts are automatically applied at checkout as long as you hit the thresholds, and there’s free shipping, too.

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How to Nail the Modern Farmhouse Style in Your Kitchen

Despite its humble beginnings, farmhouse design has taken on a life of its own. A style once relied on purely for its practicality and reliance on local materials, it soon caught the eye of homeowners in suburbs and cities alike, thanks in large part t…

Despite its humble beginnings, farmhouse design has taken on a life of its own. A style once relied on purely for its practicality and reliance on local materials, it soon caught the eye of homeowners in suburbs and cities alike, thanks in large part to the popularity of shows like Fixer Upper. Soon, a veritable obsession took hold of the design world that began transforming the interiors of mid-century modern homes, single-story ranches, and even Brooklyn brownstones into a shrine to all things shiplap.

Luckily, we’ve all dialed it back a bit, and the latest iteration of farmhouse design has a much more nuanced approach. In kitchens especially, country kitsch has been replaced by casual luxury for a “farmhouse” style that may actually have the type of appeal it takes to transition from a largely social media-driven trend into a timeless aesthetic.

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Made Upgrades to Your Rental? Here’s How to Undo Them All.

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


When I moved to New York at the age of 24, it was my first time living away from home and on my own. I tentatively set about making my rental apartment feel like mine with a little peel-and-stick vinyl here and some art on the walls there. But in each of the four subsequent apartments, and I got more skilled, my customizations got more daring—everything from painting walls to putting up elaborate shelving systems. One thing remained constant, however: I always got my security deposit back in full.

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5 Colors You’re Probably Not Using in Your Home—But Should

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wit…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her tips for transforming a balcony.


Whether you prefer a neutral color palette or want to throw a rainbow over your home, the colors you pick for your space have a big impact on decor—but also mood and energy. The good news? There are absolutely no rules when it comes to which colors you pick (we’re team helpful guidance over here, not team prescriptive direction).

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