11 Ways to Hang Art Without Nails (Hello, Renters)

For people living in a rental, it can be really hard to feel “settled in.” You can’t make any major adjustments to the space—despite how dated the bathroom tile is or how much you hate the blinding light fixtures in the living room—and anything you cho…

For people living in a rental, it can be really hard to feel "settled in." You can't make any major adjustments to the space—despite how dated the bathroom tile is or how much you hate the blinding light fixtures in the living room—and anything you choose to do has to totally be un-doable whenever you move out.

Hanging wall art is one of the easiest ways to make your space feel more lived-in and cozy, but there's just one problem: Spackling is a total hassle. While it's not the most difficult thing you'll have to do when you move out, it's time-consuming and something you'll totally dread when the time comes, so sometimes it's better to just avoid doing it entirely. These options not only leave your wall spackle-free, but they also make your wall art a little easier to change out—perfect for indecisive decorators like myself.

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Love Spotting a Reno Challenge? This Instagram Account Is a Must.

One of my favorite quarantine pastimes is walking around my neighborhood. Though I live in a rather plain 550-square-foot apartment, my little nook of Denver is comprised of red brick Tudors and bungalows built in the ’40s and ’50s. But I’ve noticed an…

One of my favorite quarantine pastimes is walking around my neighborhood. Though I live in a rather plain 550-square-foot apartment, my little nook of Denver is comprised of red brick Tudors and bungalows built in the ’40s and ’50s. But I’ve noticed an increasing and troubling trend: these old structures are being torn down, with brand new homes popping up in their place.

These contemporary homes, defined by boxy shapes that make them look like artsy storage units, are bigger and flashier than the single-story homes that originally lined the streets. But they don’t elicit the same daydream-y feeling I get when strolling past an older house with a quaint porch and overlapping gables.

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How I Turned My Hallway Into a Dining Room

I am utterly devoted to taking dinner in the living room. I turn the TV on, let my meal grow cold by the time I find the perfect show, and hunch over the coffee table to spoon pasta in my mouth, eyes glazed over. It’s not the most refined picture, no, …

I am utterly devoted to taking dinner in the living room. I turn the TV on, let my meal grow cold by the time I find the perfect show, and hunch over the coffee table to spoon pasta in my mouth, eyes glazed over. It’s not the most refined picture, no, but it’s worked quite well for me so far. I think the main reason I’ve never liked sitting at the table to eat by myself is because I’ve never had a kitchen or dining room I loved.

My current “dining room” is really the size of a breakfast nook, and is directly off of my galley kitchen. It’s approximately 5x7’, and since it’s the only way to get from the living room to the bathroom, it functions more as a natural hallway. Being that I’ve never been one to eat at the table unless I really had to, I also never gave this space much thought. A year after moving into this apartment, though, it was ready for my attention.

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How to DIY the Easiest Art From… Leftover Cardboard

The other day I finally mustered the energy to break down and tie up all the cardboard boxes I had acquired over the course of about two months (bear in mind this was also the holiday season!) and I kid you not, my back was aching by the end of it. I m…

The other day I finally mustered the energy to break down and tie up all the cardboard boxes I had acquired over the course of about two months (bear in mind this was also the holiday season!) and I kid you not, my back was aching by the end of it. I made several trips out to the recycling can, identity concealed by my hat, mask, and sunglasses—mortified by the consumption that clearly went on in my home. I scurried back and forth (probably making myself look more suspect) with my bundles of paper and twine, feeling guilty all the while.

Usually, I’ll reuse leftover boxes as floor or table protection while doing a DIY project, and that does help me sleep better at night. However, I recently came across an even better way to repurpose cardboard: art! Yes, art!

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7 Expert-Predicted Home Trends We’ll See in 2021

2020 saw its fair share of home trends, thanks to a surplus of time spent pondering our interiors—quite literally stuck staring at the design choices we might not have thought fully through. The good news is that it compelled people to take creativity …

2020 saw its fair share of home trends, thanks to a surplus of time spent pondering our interiors—quite literally stuck staring at the design choices we might not have thought fully through. The good news is that it compelled people to take creativity to new levels, and really think critically about what they want to get out of their homes.

As a result, we’ve seen the resurgence of 80s silhouettes, an increase in accent walls, a focus on the “CottageCore” aesthetic, and more. What will 2021 bring, you ask? Well, we checked in with Pinterest, home improvement site Houzz, and interior design service Modsy to see what the top design trend predictions will be in the coming year.

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All the Ways You’re *Not* Using That Sheepskin Rug (But Should)

If you’re considering a sheepskin rug purchase… just go for it. Animal furs (real and faux) have been used to cozy up homes for as long as humans have roamed the planet—and are great for providing extra warmth on a bed, act as seating, and instantly co…

If you’re considering a sheepskin rug purchase… just go for it. Animal furs (real and faux) have been used to cozy up homes for as long as humans have roamed the planet—and are great for providing extra warmth on a bed, act as seating, and instantly convey an intimate vibe. Especially now when the weather is quickly cooling down, and we’re likely going to be spending a lot more time inside (again), making your home as inviting as possible will help assuage the winter blues.

About a year ago, I ordered a faux sheepskin rug for my living room, and absolutely loved it. It added whimsy to a space that otherwise felt somewhat traditional, and perfectly sectioned off a reading nook within a larger room. Sadly, the faux fur isn’t really able to be cleaned, and I’m left wishing I just invested in the real deal, since there are so many places in my apartment that would benefit from a little hygge.

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You (Yes, You!) Can Reupholster a Chair at Home

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 wi…

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 guides us through stripping a chair down to its bones and reupholstering it, right in your living room.


Have an heirloom chair that’s been sitting in your garage for years, and that you’ve been itching to reupholster? Find a mid-century armchair while vintage-shopping and want to swap out the fabric to suit your décor—but unsure where to start? With falling temperatures and shorter days forcing us (further) indoors, this could well be the perfect time to take on that upholstery project you’ve been shying away from.

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A Renter-Friendly Hack to Upgrade *Any* Mirror

I’m not sure what it was about the 80s and 90s that made homeowners and contractors decide that mirrored walls and closets were cool. Sure, they’re functional—no need to scour the web for an affordable floor mirror—but they make a blank wall or door pr…

I’m not sure what it was about the 80s and 90s that made homeowners and contractors decide that mirrored walls and closets were cool. Sure, they’re functional—no need to scour the web for an affordable floor mirror—but they make a blank wall or door pretty much dead space. If you own said mirrored wall, you obviously have free reign to rip it out, but as a renter, I sadly don’t have this liberty.

In my bedroom, I have not one, but two (I know, big time luxury) mirrored closets directly next to each other, and it’s just… way too much mirror. I knew upon moving in that I’d want to remove at least one door, so the one with built-in shelves is now free from its mirrored cage (the door has since been shoved into the hall closet to be reattached when I move out).

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The Very Best Paints to Revamp Your Cabinets, Right This Way

Painting your cabinets, whether they’re in the kitchen, bathroom, or somewhere else, is a totally doable—I repeat, totally doable—DIY project. If you’ve ever painted a wall (or even if you haven’t!) you can paint cabinets. The trick? Put in the proper …

Painting your cabinets, whether they’re in the kitchen, bathroom, or somewhere else, is a totally doable—I repeat, totally doable—DIY project. If you’ve ever painted a wall (or even if you haven’t!) you can paint cabinets. The trick? Put in the proper prep work, and choose the right paint.

I recently interviewed my dad (who’s been a woodworker and cabinet-maker all his life) for a knock-down, drag-out guide to repainting kitchen cabinets, and while professional cabinet-makers use a two-part catalyzed paint finish (which requires a whole host of supplies like a sprayer and paint booth, plus plenty of experience), it is possible to get a quality result on your own.

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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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