Peek Inside a French Country Kitchen Inspired by the Seasons

Kitchens have always been my favorite room in a home. I grew up in the US, but my oldest childhood memories take me back to summer vacations spent in our family’s mountain farmhouse tucked away in the Pyrenees. The house, especially at mealtime, was al…

Kitchens have always been my favorite room in a home. I grew up in the US, but my oldest childhood memories take me back to summer vacations spent in our family’s mountain farmhouse tucked away in the Pyrenees. The house, especially at mealtime, was always filled with people—neighbors, friends from nearby villages, and lost hikers. There were often as many as 20 people gathered around the table, sharing locally-sourced ingredients that we’d cook over an open wood fire. Everyone took part in the meal, whether by suggesting a recipe, setting the table, or foraging wild flowers and branches to decorate the space.

Memories from those summer days have made me who I am today—they are also why our kitchen is the heart of our family life today.

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How to Create a Cabinet of Curiosities

Things just seem to find their way into my home. Likely excuse, I know—but I promise it’s a valid one. Between my love for decor and travel, and my job as a writer and stylist, I’m always on the lookout for knickknacks packed with personality or object…

Things just seem to find their way into my home. Likely excuse, I know—but I promise it’s a valid one. Between my love for decor and travel, and my job as a writer and stylist, I’m always on the lookout for knickknacks packed with personality or objects seeped in sentimental value. I’m also someone who prefers to be surrounded by my “things” instead of hiding them away in the hopes of someday finding the perfect spot for them. Let’s call it organized chaos.

But here’s the thing: I live in New York City. Apartment dwelling means square footage is at a premium—I don't exactly have too many spare walls or surfaces to find a special home for each of my treasures. The solution? A curio cabinet.

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A Clever Trick for Shiplap-ing Your Walls

I look back fondly on the first days of the Fixer Upper craze—recording the episodes with my parents to replay later when we were in need of a feel-good family show; reveling in the complete overhauls they accomplished; and gushing about Chip and Jo Ga…

I look back fondly on the first days of the Fixer Upper craze—recording the episodes with my parents to replay later when we were in need of a feel-good family show; reveling in the complete overhauls they accomplished; and gushing about Chip and Jo Gaines with anyone who listened.

After all, in 2014, it felt like all anyone (with the remotest interest in home design) could talk about: “Aren’t they just the most talented? Don’t you love the modern farmhouse look?” Four years later, I even weaseled my way into a chance to interview them—and as it turned out, the couple were just as charming in person as they were in my clung-to fantasies.

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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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2020’s Best Interior Design Books Put Comfort & Creativity First

Design has always been about the power of imagination. But this year, when being indoors made it much easier to take stock of what our spaces could be, design has taken on a certain level of much-needed hope. While the outside world might continue to b…

Design has always been about the power of imagination. But this year, when being indoors made it much easier to take stock of what our spaces could be, design has taken on a certain level of much-needed hope. While the outside world might continue to be trying, with some effort, our homes (aka, our inner worlds) can be spaces full of comfort, calm, and inspiration. At least that’s the sentiment we felt as we gathered together our favorite interior design books of 2020.

These 12 titles feature well-known blogger and designer names alongside up-and-comers, and small footprint homes next to more expansive spaces. They detail useful tidbits on layering pieces in a living room and also describe the intricate histories behind those objects. And whether they rev up dreams of a renovation or simply remind you of the cabinet that could use your attention, they aim to inspire readers who want to make a home that fulfills them, now and in the years to come.

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Finding Comfort in a 400-Square-Foot Home—As a Family of 5

In Our World, Before & After, we’re asking our favorite culture writers, cooks, and home/design experts to describe how life will be different after COVID-19—with essays on cooking and being at home, the new ways and foods we’ll eat, plus travel gu…

In Our World, Before & After, we're asking our favorite culture writers, cooks, and home/design experts to describe how life will be different after COVID-19—with essays on cooking and being at home, the new ways and foods we’ll eat, plus travel guides (both real and imagined).


My family has long lived and worked in a small space. Since the onset of the pandemic in our region, I’ve been relieved that the walls haven’t closed in on us. While our worlds have shrunk, our beloved tiny home, thankfully, has not.

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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 Space-Saving Ideas I Learned From Staying in a Tiny House

I have always loved buying stuff. Around my apartment are little tchotchkes, too many floral dresses, throw pillows, and ceramic dishes to serve eight people even though I don’t own a dining table. All of that is stuffed into one room; I live in a stud…

I have always loved buying stuff. Around my apartment are little tchotchkes, too many floral dresses, throw pillows, and ceramic dishes to serve eight people even though I don’t own a dining table. All of that is stuffed into one room; I live in a studio apartment in New York City.

Yet I somehow make it all work, mostly because I am smart about squirreling everything away into an organized chaos of bins, shelving, and carts, all tucked away behind closed doors. I thought I had a good organizational process...until I stayed in a tiny house.

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So—What’s the Difference Between Wicker, Rattan & Cane?

It’s no secret that natural, woven textures have been dominating home decor trends in the last few years. My Instagram and Pinterest feeds are absolutely flooded with chairs, baskets, lamps, even art made from plant fibers—and my own home has several o…

It’s no secret that natural, woven textures have been dominating home decor trends in the last few years. My Instagram and Pinterest feeds are absolutely flooded with chairs, baskets, lamps, even art made from plant fibers—and my own home has several of these on display. While some of them are made specifically from material like sisal rope (from a species of agave plant) or seagrass, the most common terms used when referring to these kinds of pieces are: wicker, rattan, and cane.

These three terms are often used interchangeably, so you wouldn’t be alone if you thought they were the same. But they aren't. It can be particularly confusing to parse out the differences, especially when confronted with the slew of mislabeled items on the market, but we’re here to help. Below, we outline the major differences, and highlight some of our favorite examples of each.

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9 Tricks to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight

During quarantine, I’ve been nostalgic for the movie nights of years past. Now, watching a movie just means closing email tabs at the end of the day and opening up another tab for Netflix. But back in the day, a movie night was a thing. It was an event…

During quarantine, I’ve been nostalgic for the movie nights of years past. Now, watching a movie just means closing email tabs at the end of the day and opening up another tab for Netflix. But back in the day, a movie night was a thing. It was an event. It required some intentionality and planning: driving to the movie store on a Friday night, carefully selecting one (or three), then driving home, grabbing the popcorn, putting the VHS in the VCR (rewinding it all the way to the beginning, if the people who had it before you weren’t kind enough to do it!), then picking a spot on the couch and settling in for the next two hours. There was excitement around it. It makes me want to bring back Blockbuster.

For now, I’ve transitioned from unceremoniously watching on my tiny laptop screen to streaming movies on a regular TV screen for more of a movie-night event. The only problem? I don’t exactly love the look of a TV in the living room (or bedroom, for that matter). And having it visible all the time makes yet another screen more central to our daily life indoors. The solution? Covering it up—attractively—when it’s not in use.

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