For One-of-a-Kind Artwork, Just Frame Textiles

I’m of the belief that one can never have too many pieces of wall art—my own home is filled with prints, beautiful abstracts, and funky portraits—but one thing I’ve learned over the years is that traditional prints and paintings, while lovely, are not …

I’m of the belief that one can never have too many pieces of wall art—my own home is filled with prints, beautiful abstracts, and funky portraits—but one thing I’ve learned over the years is that traditional prints and paintings, while lovely, are not the only kind of artwork worth celebrating.

Recently, I’ve become majorly obsessed with framed textiles, and I love incorporating these throughout my home. I’ve enjoyed displaying everything from scarves to fabric remnants to cloth cocktail napkins, and that’s just the beginning! Still not sold? Sentimental T-shirts, special rugs, and pocket squares also make for ideal textiles to pop into a frame. In her own home, blogger Jacinda Boneau chose to feature a vibrant rug she picked up during her travels to Jordan.

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3 Clever IKEA Storage Hacks You Have to See to Believe

Every one of us has had a piece of IKEA furniture at some point, right? It’s the starter furniture of all starter furniture, and even sometimes (as evidenced by manifold designers highly recommending its couches), finisher furniture. The best part abou…

Every one of us has had a piece of IKEA furniture at some point, right? It’s the starter furniture of all starter furniture, and even sometimes (as evidenced by manifold designers highly recommending its couches), finisher furniture. The best part about IKEA is that the designs are notoriously simple—clean lines, Scandinavian sensibility, and pared back color schemes—which leaves ample room for personalization.

Drew Scott, of the wildly popular design and DIY Youtube channel, Lone Fox, is especially known for his innovative and unique takes on IKEA furniture and decor, transforming them (with a bit of patience and know-how) into totally custom, sophisticated pieces that look plucked from a much higher-end retailer.

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The Popular DIY Trend I Tried in My Kitchen—& What I Learned

Back in November of 2020, after a few months of thinking and rethinking what we needed from our city, community, and home (and calculating how much we had paid out in rent over the past few years), my partner and I started looking for places that offer…

Back in November of 2020, after a few months of thinking and rethinking what we needed from our city, community, and home (and calculating how much we had paid out in rent over the past few years), my partner and I started looking for places that offered a cheaper cost of living.

We found a ranch home in Yucca Valley, built in 1971, with a monthly payment that was less than half of what we were paying in Brooklyn. The caveat: popcorn ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone facade fireplace, three defunct jacuzzi tubs, and a lot of shag carpet. Over the last few months, we’ve been slowly tinkering, making this house feel like home (the adventures for which you can follow @cool.rancho)—and the first project I took on was the kitchen cabinets.

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No Nightstand, No Problem—Here are 5 Better Alternatives

It’s no secret that furnishing an entire apartment is daunting and involves extensive decision making—and while it may be tempting to load up your shopping cart at a mass market retailer and call it a day, don’t settle! With a bit of creativity, you ca…

It’s no secret that furnishing an entire apartment is daunting and involves extensive decision making—and while it may be tempting to load up your shopping cart at a mass market retailer and call it a day, don’t settle! With a bit of creativity, you can make your space look totally one of a kind. How, exactly? Opting for a bedside table that’s a bit off the beaten path is a great place to start. In fact, you may be able to put together the perfect nightstand setup using pieces you already own—read on for our five favorite alternatives to traditional bedside tables to get started.


1. Trunks

Photo by Roxanne Kwiecinski

Trunks—whether vintage or contemporary—make for excellent bedside tables, as they’re full of storage potential and style. Keep off-season quilts and sheet sets inside, or simply use a trunk to hold extra books, magazines, or anything else that needs a proper home (we won’t judge). Have a couple of trunks that would look lovely placed together? Go ahead and stack them up, as blogger Roxanne Kwiecinski did in her space.

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Builder-Grade to Zen Retreat: A DIY Bathroom Makeover

In the spring of 2020, avid DIYer Jenny Flynn and her husband, Bryson, moved into a 1970s fixer-upper in American Fork, UT and have since made swift work of bringing it up to date. Think: monochrome paintings, seating that swerves, and a crisp neutral …

In the spring of 2020, avid DIYer Jenny Flynn and her husband, Bryson, moved into a 1970s fixer-upper in American Fork, UT and have since made swift work of bringing it up to date. Think: monochrome paintings, seating that swerves, and a crisp neutral color palette. There isn’t a room that hasn’t been altered: “My main goal was to create a space that I felt myself in,” says Flynn. Her latest undertaking? The main bathroom which, prior to a two-month long renovation, was chockablock with dated and poorly made fixtures, including an impractically tiny sink and toilet. “[They] felt like they belonged in a dollhouse,” Flynn jokes.

By doing the work herself and keeping the plumbing in place, Flynn was able to recast the uninviting room as a luxurious and calming retreat for just $1,600, the bulk of which she spent on fixtures–a brushed brass faucet joins a sinuous Gio Ponti inspired mirror, non-slip tile, and, of course, a human-sized sink and commode. Even more impressive than the savings is how Earth-first some of the fresh additions are, notably the vanity and paint. “Being environmentally friendly is important to me because little changes I make to be more sustainable can reduce my carbon footprint,” Flynn explains.

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Made Upgrades to Your Rental? Here’s How to Undo Them All.

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


When I moved to New York at the age of 24, it was my first time living away from home and on my own. I tentatively set about making my rental apartment feel like mine with a little peel-and-stick vinyl here and some art on the walls there. But in each of the four subsequent apartments, and I got more skilled, my customizations got more daring—everything from painting walls to putting up elaborate shelving systems. One thing remained constant, however: I always got my security deposit back in full.

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I Found My Dream Apartment—Then I Looked Under the Sink

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


The story of how we landed this apartment is pretty bonkers—even for New York. It was a dreamy pre-war charmer on the top floor of a fern-green turreted building, a block from the park, balanced like an elephant over the brightly-twirling ball of a popular Italian restaurant downstairs. You could smell the garlic and anchovies through the floorboards and the South-facing window light was blinding. It was the one. After three months and 50-odd viewings, we found ourselves signing a lease. We ordered bookshelves. And right after, we learned that there was an industrial-grade exhaust fan over our roof that roared every day for eight solid hours. As it turned out, it shook the walls so violently you could get a foot massage simply by standing in the center of the master bedroom.

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In this 450-Square-Foot Apartment, the Kitchen Is Three Rooms in One

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


Carly Fuller’s 450-square-foot NYC apartment is a testament to all the big, small, and medium upgrades you can make to a rental space. In the home she shares with her fiancé, Martin (in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan), she’s done at least 50 different upgrades to make it feel completely personalized—and quite frankly, look nothing like the original space.

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7 Wine Bottle DIYs for When You Finish That Summer Rosé

We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks—a certified B-Corp known for their food-friendly wines made in Oregon—to highlight creative ways to repurpose their 2020 Rosé and Riesling bottles after the last glass has been poured.

Does anyone else feel a twing…

We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks—a certified B-Corp known for their food-friendly wines made in Oregon—to highlight creative ways to repurpose their 2020 Rosé and Riesling bottles after the last glass has been poured.


Does anyone else feel a twinge of regret whenever you put a glass jar or bottle in the recycling bin? It seems like each time, a little voice in the back of my head pops up and says, “But just think of what you could make!” It’s easier parting with bottles that are nondescript, but when I come across a bottle with an interesting shape, color, or design my mind starts whirring with ideas of how it could be repurposed.

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12 Upgrades You Can Make (& Get Away With) In Your Rental

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


I am passionate about making rentals feel just as decorated and designed as any owned home. I am constantly redecorating my apartment, asking my landlord if I can make updates, and generally (I think) improving the value of the place. By documenting much of this on social media, my hope is to instill some confidence in others that they, too, can make changes and updates to their spaces—without having to worry about getting their security deposits withheld.

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