A DIY Patio Upgrade That’s Perfect for Cooler Weather

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or smal…

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or small, rented or owned.


As a mom of three young boys, I basically live outdoors. When they’re not digging holes in search of worms, they’re playing their version of soccer, or climbing everything in sight—they’d sleep in the backyard if we let them. As a result, we spend the majority of our days in the summer, fall, and spring outside.

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A Perfectly Patterned Wall—No Wallpaper Necessary

With help from our sponsor BEHR® Paint—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we’re showing you how to turn any blank wall …

With help from our sponsor BEHR® Paint—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we're showing you how to turn any blank wall into a stenciled wonder.


I’m always looking for ways to liven up the lackluster white walls in my apartment, so I’ve tried a little bit of everything when it comes to covering them—some have been more successful than others.

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How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

I absolutely adore my apartment, and often joke that I’d like to live there for the rest of my life. The bathroom used to be my one big bone of contention upon moving in, but I’ve since updated it to be much less visually arresting. I have, of course, …

I absolutely adore my apartment, and often joke that I’d like to live there for the rest of my life. The bathroom used to be my one big bone of contention upon moving in, but I've since updated it to be much less visually arresting. I have, of course, begun fixating on smaller, less offensive features in my home, because why be content when you can drive yourself delirious with projects, right?

Currently, my never-satisfied gaze has settled upon my kitchen cabinets, which are a perfectly serviceable Colonial-style (raised center panels with a cathedral arch) oak, finished with a warm stain and shiny varnish. I’d rather them be closer to Shaker style—which is not really within the realm of rental possibility—but would settle for a nice coat of matte paint, should my landlord allow it.

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A Weekend-Friendly Project for Your Plain, Old Wood Furniture

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. To make your upgrades even easier, check out the BEHR® Exp…

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. To make your upgrades even easier, check out the BEHR® Express kit, which has all the tools you'll need, plus an expertly curated color palette.


I once found a small dresser in the alleyway outside of my apartment building in near-perfect condition. Three drawers, no scratches or stains, and the perfect height for it to be a nightstand.

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How a Bold Design Move Transformed This 120-Year-Old House

In 1896, a corporate attorney and his wife, an artist, broke ground on a home in Chicago’s Oak Park neighborhood. At 3,500 square feet, the two-story plot would come to boast all of the era’s most beloved accents: hearty crown molding, brass door handl…

In 1896, a corporate attorney and his wife, an artist, broke ground on a home in Chicago’s Oak Park neighborhood. At 3,500 square feet, the two-story plot would come to boast all of the era’s most beloved accents: hearty crown molding, brass door handles and ornate window casings. It was fashionable to say the least.

Over 120 years later the current homeowners are, in a strange twist of fate, another artist and attorney duo, BASH Party Goods' Angela Wator and Jeramy Webb. The pair weren’t in the market for a home when they first came across the listing online, but their two young daughters were growing up fast, and their apartment seemed to be shrinking by the day.

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3 Things to Consider Before Painting a Large Room—& Which Colors to Choose

It’s true that cramped rooms are tough to design. This is a fact that is far too familiar in the age of tiny homes and large rents. But in the last few years, plenty of information about how to maximize square footage has been provided so that even the…

It’s true that cramped rooms are tough to design. This is a fact that is far too familiar in the age of tiny homes and large rents. But in the last few years, plenty of information about how to maximize square footage has been provided so that even the smallest quarters can eventually become functional. The same probably couldn’t be said about people with the opposite problem: Too much space, and not a clue about what to do with it.

While those in smaller homes might dream of more room to call their own, those who have it might consider this issue to be more confusing than convenient. How do you design for a large space, especially one that has high ceilings? To answer this question, it’s best to start with the right paint color, since this is key to creating a desired effect.

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Benjamin Moore’s Color of 2020 Is Here—& We’re So Into It

It’s pretty wild to think that in just a little over two months, we’ll be starting a whole new decade—or, depending on how you like to observe time, witnessing an all-new “Roaring 20s.”

Marking the occasion, Benjamin Moore has announced its Color of t…

It’s pretty wild to think that in just a little over two months, we’ll be starting a whole new decade—or, depending on how you like to observe time, witnessing an all-new “Roaring 20s.”

Marking the occasion, Benjamin Moore has announced its Color of the Year 2020, “a soft, rosy hue blooming with potential” called First Light. I'll be be honest, to me it looks rather like a certain pale shade of pink that you and I might call “millennial pink.” To be even more honest, as someone’s whose first order of business after closing on my first apartment was to paint both my living room and bedroom pale pink, I’m completely on board.

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How to Create a Custom Color Palette for Your Home, According to an Expert

As a home decor enthusiast, there are few things more appealing in life than an empty room. With no paint, and no furniture, it’s a real opportunity to decorate from scratch. What a dream!

Whether you’re decorating (or redecorating) a room or an entir…

As a home decor enthusiast, there are few things more appealing in life than an empty room. With no paint, and no furniture, it’s a real opportunity to decorate from scratch. What a dream!

Whether you’re decorating (or redecorating) a room or an entire home, one of the best places to start is to decide on a color palette. And sure, you could go on Pinterest and pick one, but what if you created a personal color palette that’s 100% you? Wouldn’t that be so much more fun?

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The Color of Fall 2019 Is Here—& We’re Obsessed

As we reluctantly part ways with summer and begin to brace ourselves for the colder, darker months we know so well, we return to our autumnal habits. We sip hot lattes and hearty soups; we coordinate our time outdoors with the amber glow of a sleepier …

As we reluctantly part ways with summer and begin to brace ourselves for the colder, darker months we know so well, we return to our autumnal habits. We sip hot lattes and hearty soups; we coordinate our time outdoors with the amber glow of a sleepier sun; we loaf around the house while cloaked in a cozy blanket. We are creatures of warmth, and during this time of year, we cling to it like there’s no tomorrow.

No surprise, then, that we’re grabbing onto orange—a color that mimics nature’s October palette and evokes just that: warmth.

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A ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’ Paint Hack for Making Small Rooms Look Big

Interior designers Jesse DeSanti and Lauren Svenstrup share the same advice when it comes to painting small spaces, and it’s a tip that also feels like permission: Color outside the lines.

“Ditch the white trim and paint everything the same color,” Sv…

Interior designers Jesse DeSanti and Lauren Svenstrup share the same advice when it comes to painting small spaces, and it’s a tip that also feels like permission: Color outside the lines.

“Ditch the white trim and paint everything the same color,” Svenstrup says. “If you want your space to feel larger and more cohesive, then you need to make those lines disappear.”

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