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The Classic Decorating Trick That’s Making a Comeback

When it comes to quick ways to completely make over a room—with no remodeling involved—wallpaper easily rises to the top of my list. It’s a transformation you can accomplish in a weekend, and oftentimes, it doesn’t even require professional installatio…

When it comes to quick ways to completely make over a room—with no remodeling involved—wallpaper easily rises to the top of my list. It’s a transformation you can accomplish in a weekend, and oftentimes, it doesn’t even require professional installation. With the range of colors and patterns out there, it’s a great way to bring dimension, layers, and interest to a space.

While the earliest wallpapers (or painted decorative papers) date back to China, not too long after paper itself was invented, its extension, wallpaper borders, are relatively more recent, originating in the 1700s. If you’re unfamiliar with the use of wallpaper borders, they’re essentially thin strips of wallpaper meant to be used as accents instead of complete wall applications. They are typically horizontally oriented and measure between two to eight inches high. Their popularity has ebbed and flowed over time, but they’ve made a marked comeback—and are looking fresher, more modern, and less fussy than their predecessors.

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You Don’t Need to Be an Artist to Paint a Mural in Your Home

Picture this: you’ve just moved into a new home and there are nothing but white walls as far as the eye can see. While all-white interiors are still having a moment, if you’re someone whose aesthetic leans towards color and texture, you’ll likely be it…

Picture this: you’ve just moved into a new home and there are nothing but white walls as far as the eye can see. While all-white interiors are still having a moment, if you’re someone whose aesthetic leans towards color and texture, you’ll likely be itching to layer some of that in—and quick. Enter: the DIY mural.

Whether it’s a living room that could use some personality, a nursery in need of warmth, or a run-down backyard fence that’s calling for an update, murals do the trick every time. You can certainly hire a professional muralist to come in and beautify your space, like Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges—or, as she recommends, you could easily take it on yourself.

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6 Removable Wallpaper Mistakes I’ll Never Make Again

My powder room was begging for an accent wall. I spent hours looking for the perfect removable wallpaper online and landed upon a utterly charming pattern: little owls perched on branches. When the day came to hang the wallpaper, I carefully measured; …

My powder room was begging for an accent wall. I spent hours looking for the perfect removable wallpaper online and landed upon a utterly charming pattern: little owls perched on branches. When the day came to hang the wallpaper, I carefully measured; lined up the patterning; and used one of those wallpaper smoothing tools to get all the bubbles out. It turned out lovely and I went to bed thinking about how beautiful the bathroom looked.

The next morning, I sleepily came downstairs to make breakfast, and realized in horror that the wallpaper had not just fallen right off, it was sticking to itself. Later that day, I managed to repeat the entire process and hung it once again, only to have it fall off hours later. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong.

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17 Father’s Day Gifts, Because It’ll Be Here Soon

I tend to be an early shopper when it comes to gifts and I love searching for the perfect present whether it’s a beautiful coffee table books or something more utilitarian like a great T-shirt or tool. As someone who’s known to have all her Christmas s…

I tend to be an early shopper when it comes to gifts and I love searching for the perfect present whether it's a beautiful coffee table books or something more utilitarian like a great T-shirt or tool. As someone who’s known to have all her Christmas shopping done in October, it’s no surprise that I’m pretty punctual with other holidays, too, especially when it comes to the biggies like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

I realize that not everyone has the same chip I have in my brain that tells me I need to start shopping for my dad like, right now. But given shipping delays due to the pandemic, one month doesn't feel like a long time at all. So whether it’s a busy schedule or you're just overwhelmed with too many options, we've got the best last-minute gift ideas for your dad, grandad, or any father figure right here.

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