How to Score a Vintage Rug You’ll Love Forever

As thrown around as the word “vintage” is in design, there’ll always be an allure to it. The word hints at a treasure from the past, of course, but it also winks at a certain insider knowledge—the idea that the owner of a purportedly vintage piece has …

As thrown around as the word “vintage” is in design, there’ll always be an allure to it. The word hints at a treasure from the past, of course, but it also winks at a certain insider knowledge—the idea that the owner of a purportedly vintage piece has the scoop on tips not found readily or easily. And that, no matter how often the word gets passed around, is the definition of cool.

“Using vintage pieces is guaranteed to add that one-of-a-kind sparkle to a room,” Decorist designer Megan Wright says. “Having elements in your home—that no one else has—adds a sense of achievement to your decoration. I absolutely love pieces that tell a story and that, as a bonus, are showstoppers.”

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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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18 Dreamy Small Bathrooms So You Can Finally Embrace Your Own

I’m quickly coming up on a decade of apartment living (yes, 10 whole years!), and while the size (and rents) of my apartments have varied, one thing they’ve all had in common is their teeny, tiny bathrooms. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bathroom more t…

I’m quickly coming up on a decade of apartment living (yes, 10 whole years!), and while the size (and rents) of my apartments have varied, one thing they've all had in common is their teeny, tiny bathrooms. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bathroom more than 40-square-feet—and the vast majority of them (including my current one) were windowless.

The upside of small bathrooms, of course, is that they’re a breeze to clean, but they often leave something to be desired by way of character. My bathrooms have always felt incredibly blah since there’s never enough space to add much character, and as such, the bathroom has never, ever been my favorite room. Or maybe it’s been me all along—and a certain...lack of vision?

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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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6 Ideas That Changed How I Decorate My Home

For the record, I like my apartment—but the longer I spend in it, with no change of scenery or sense of variety in sight, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would …

For the record, I like my apartment—but the longer I spend in it, with no change of scenery or sense of variety in sight, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would cover that, anyway), but I’m always in search of ideas to keep the place feeling fresh—ones that don’t require a year-long renovation or a chunk of change to complete.

This is where browsing Reddit’s delightfully named subreddit, Amateur Room Porn, has come in handy. As its name might suggest, this page (and its discussions) are for non-professionals with a passion for interior decoration and design, eager to swap tips and show off what they’ve done with their everyday living situations—master bedroom facelifts, DIY book nooks, and wall-art attempts. In turn they received encouraging pats on the back (“I like the blanket draped over the back, it adds an extra little bit of coziness.”) and helpful advice (“Have fun slowly developing your taste and style. Remember, your favourites will come with time.”) Where the other popular decor subreddit Room Porn features more, let’s say professional-looking modern homes and hybrid indoor-outdoor spaces, Amateur Room Porn is more likely to display modest living rooms or dining nooks in city studios. It’s a reminder that, regardless of means, location, or design knowhow, everyone wants to live somewhere that suits their situation and personality and, frankly, looks nice and feels cozy (“It ain’t much, but it’s mine,” says one poster).

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The Dining Chair Trend We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

One of my weaknesses is being utterly incapable of passing up a good chair—be it on the side of the road, at a flea market, or listed on Facebook Marketplace. I’m overcome by a sense of compulsion to drag it home, or type, “Hi, is this still available?…

One of my weaknesses is being utterly incapable of passing up a good chair—be it on the side of the road, at a flea market, or listed on Facebook Marketplace. I’m overcome by a sense of compulsion to drag it home, or type, “Hi, is this still available?” to the seller. When walking through a yard sale, I turn my inner monologue on repeat:“You don’t need that, you don’t need that.”

If you’re anything like me, and have ended up with a whole lotta chairs, the idea of a dining table with mismatched chairs is likely the most practical conscious design choice you can make. An excuse to sidle a sleek mid-century piece right up next to a bentwood beauty and a chipped farmhouse bench? I’m in. A way to combine found furniture with the trendy new seat you couldn’t resist? This is it.

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11 Kitchen Storage Ideas You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

I’m pretty sure that every home I’ve ever lived in has had a few shortcomings in the kitchen storage department. In my last apartment, the cupboards weren’t large enough to store appliances like my slow cooker, and in my current home, the drawers aren’…

I’m pretty sure that every home I’ve ever lived in has had a few shortcomings in the kitchen storage department. In my last apartment, the cupboards weren’t large enough to store appliances like my slow cooker, and in my current home, the drawers aren’t deep enough to hold utensils like ladles and my trusty potato masher.

I’ve found ways to get around these little storage hiccups—after all, that’s apartment living for you—but wouldn’t it be nice to have a kitchen where every gadget, appliance, and utensil had a dedicated—and convenient—home? I know I’m not alone in this desire, because every time I go on Pinterest, I stumble across at least one (but usually multiple) outside-the-box kitchen features that would together solve all my storage woes. We’re talking hidden drawers, cool compartments, and custom cabinets galore.

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5 Farmhouse Decor Tricks I’m Not Ready to Let Go Of

Farmhouse decor was catapulted into the spotlight several years ago thanks to one of my personal favorite HGTV couples, Chip and Joanna Gaines, but like all good things, this interior design trend seems to have run its course. As sad as it makes me to …

Farmhouse decor was catapulted into the spotlight several years ago thanks to one of my personal favorite HGTV couples, Chip and Joanna Gaines, but like all good things, this interior design trend seems to have run its course. As sad as it makes me to see barnwood accents and distressed furniture disappearing from the shelves of home stores, I know in my heart the decline of this style will make way for new and exciting home trends. That alleviates the sadness a little bit.

However, I’m not completely ready to let go of farmhouse style—not all of it, anyway. It’s been an abiding aesthetic for so long (you could almost call it an era) that while we’re all tiring of shiplap and exposed beams, there are other features of the farmhouse style I wouldn’t mind sticking with.

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13 Any-Season Ideas to Decorate Your Mantel

When you visualize a fireplace mantel, what do you see? For me, it’s a quintessential fall display, complete with pumpkins (and pumpkin-scented candles!), gourds, and dried grass accents. A bright holiday mantel with stockings, ornaments, and frosted e…

When you visualize a fireplace mantel, what do you see? For me, it’s a quintessential fall display, complete with pumpkins (and pumpkin-scented candles!), gourds, and dried grass accents. A bright holiday mantel with stockings, ornaments, and frosted evergreen branches comes a close second.

All that to say, mantels experience their decorated peak in the latter half of the year—but what about the other six months? It wouldn’t be right to leave your mantel bare, but it can also be tricky to put together a cohesive non-seasonal arrangement. If you’re in need of some inspiration for a year-round fireplace mantel display, here are 13 of our favorite ideas. I know I’m bookmarking several of them for the day I (finally) have a mantel of my own!

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This Family’s Downsized Home Goes Big on Style

Influencer and designer Shavonda Gardner is a believer in slow, sustainable design. “Curating a home is a marathon, not a sprint,” is a mantra Shavonda repeats often to her followers and clients, but it’s also how she approaches her own home.

Shavonda…

Influencer and designer Shavonda Gardner is a believer in slow, sustainable design. “Curating a home is a marathon, not a sprint,” is a mantra Shavonda repeats often to her followers and clients, but it’s also how she approaches her own home.

Shavonda and her wife, Naomi, were living in a basic builder house in Sacramento, California when they decided to trade their cookie-cutter home for a smaller place with old-school charm across town. The couple and their two children, Michael and Bryanna, downsized from a 2,400-square-foot house to a 1,200-square-foot cottage.

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