Linen Isn’t Just For Beds—These Furniture Pieces Prove It

News flash: Linen is for far more than just towels and duvet covers (though don’t get me wrong, I love a good linen sheet set, too). Recently, I’ve majorly been lusting over linen furniture, which retailers are introducing in the form of lamps, nightst…

News flash: Linen is for far more than just towels and duvet covers (though don’t get me wrong, I love a good linen sheet set, too). Recently, I’ve majorly been lusting over linen furniture, which retailers are introducing in the form of lamps, nightstands, dressers, and more. All I can say is: Bring. It. On.

In a sea of standard wood and white pieces, linen stands out and adds so much textured personality to any space, despite being neutral in color. Whether your style leans boho, grandmillennial, or California cool, you’ll be able to effortlessly incorporate a linen piece or two into your home. And the pros agree with my take. “Linen is a versatile material that can be styled in both formal and casual settings, and is beloved for its classic texture that never goes out of style,” says Maiden Home founder Nidhi Kapur.

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Stuck With Uncomfy Furniture? Here Are 5 Ways to Fix It.

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe op…

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe option for buying furniture. While it’s certainly convenient to pick out a new living room set from the comfort of your computer (and current living room set), there’s undeniably a risk involved when you can’t check it out in a storeroom first. Namely, you could end up with a whole room’s worth of furniture that isn’t as comfortable as you hoped, despite all the reviews you pored through first.

It bears mentioning that, obviously, you can always return the offending items if they’re not up to your standards. But, if you’re set on making do with what you have, here are a few tips to get started. And, if all else fails, there’s always the floor.

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Did You Know Your Cane Furniture Needs to be Moisturized?

Add a piece, or a set, of cane furniture to any room and the atmosphere instantly relaxes. Your proximity to the nearest beach dwindles, your vacation days increase (and inch closer), sunshine glimmers in the forecast. Barefooted-ness becomes a regular…

Add a piece, or a set, of cane furniture to any room and the atmosphere instantly relaxes. Your proximity to the nearest beach dwindles, your vacation days increase (and inch closer), sunshine glimmers in the forecast. Barefooted-ness becomes a regular consideration. Ice cream for dinner. I'm not kidding. Have you tried it?

The plants used to make woven, natural-fiber furniture take many shapes, but two of the most common materials used are rattan and cane. Often confused and used interchangeably, rattan and cane are different applications of a similar material. Rattan includes over 600 different species of solid timber vine (different from a material like bamboo, which is hollow), native to tropical forests. Cane, on the other hand, is actually a specific part of rattan, which is removed from the thorny outer skin of the plant. It’s naturally very light in color, somewhat shiny, and far less porous than other parts of rattan—making it exceptional at repelling liquid spills.

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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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8 Modular Furniture Brands That Will Fit Any Space—Literally

Modular furniture is a lifesaver no matter if you live in a one-bedroom (that’s really a studio with wobbly plywood pretending to be a wall) or a sprawling estate with a pool house. Think of it as Build-A-Bear for furniture like sofas, bookshelves, and…

Modular furniture is a lifesaver no matter if you live in a one-bedroom (that’s really a studio with wobbly plywood pretending to be a wall) or a sprawling estate with a pool house. Think of it as Build-A-Bear for furniture like sofas, bookshelves, and even bed frames.

As someone who’s had to carry (and pivot) a traditional couch up four flights of cramped stairs and sell a too-big bed frame that wouldn’t fit into her next space, modular furniture is a million times easier to assemble, disassemble, and transport. It’s also something that grows with your space. You can pick up a cozy loveseat now and then add another seat later, or get a media console for your TV now and then tack on a coordinating bookshelf for your souvenirs later.

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9 Comfy Sofas Under $500—Yes, Really!

I put off buying a sofa for years partly because I didn’t have much space, but mostly because I didn’t have the budget. Not everyone can afford a $2,000+ sofa—I certainly don’t. Buying a sofa was an insurmountable financial hurdle, so I just made do wi…

I put off buying a sofa for years partly because I didn’t have much space, but mostly because I didn’t have the budget. Not everyone can afford a $2,000+ sofa—I certainly don’t. Buying a sofa was an insurmountable financial hurdle, so I just made do without, offering guests a seat on one of my stackable plywood stools and working from my bed.

But thankfully, there are affordable sofas that ring in under $500—which is what I’d spend on comfy furniture that’ll last a good few years, and maybe a move or two, before getting a forever couch. To prove that theory, we sleuthed the Internet for comfy couches, cozy loveseats, and versatile sleepers that won't break the bank.

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15 Very Pretty Amazon Home Goods That Won’t Break the Bank

As a serial renter—I must be on my tenth apartment by now—I’m always itching for new pieces of furniture and decor to “complete” the space. And while I’m fully willing to invest in certain pieces I know I’ll keep for the long haul, when it comes to space-specific finishings (hi, pendant lights that won’t look right in my next place) or swanky-looking statement pieces to offset my more classic, timeless items, I’m all about turning to Amazon for affordable finds.

Yes, Amazon. There are lots of awesome home products on the site. No matter your style, you can find expensive-looking decorations for wallet-friendly prices—and they just might make it into your permanent collection. Here are a few of my favorites for every room of the house (psst: all are under $150!).

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As a serial renter—I must be on my tenth apartment by now—I’m always itching for new pieces of furniture and decor to “complete” the space. And while I’m fully willing to invest in certain pieces I know I’ll keep for the long haul, when it comes to space-specific finishings (hi, pendant lights that won’t look right in my next place) or swanky-looking statement pieces to offset my more classic, timeless items, I’m all about turning to Amazon for affordable finds.

Yes, Amazon. There are lots of awesome home products on the site. No matter your style, you can find expensive-looking decorations for wallet-friendly prices—and they just might make it into your permanent collection. Here are a few of my favorites for every room of the house (psst: all are under $150!).

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9 Pieces From Anthropologie’s New Fall Collection We’re Adding to Our Dream House

The arrival of autumn brings so many amazing things with it. Sweater weather, pumpkin desserts, football season … and new fall collections from all our favorite stores, including Anthropologie.

Anthropologie’s home section is full of so many unique it…

The arrival of autumn brings so many amazing things with it. Sweater weather, pumpkin desserts, football season … and new fall collections from all our favorite stores, including Anthropologie.

Anthropologie’s home section is full of so many unique items for every room of the house. The vibe is chic and eclectic with a touch of bohemian—it’s the perfect place to find that statement piece you’ve been searching for.

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9 Couches That Your Cat Won’t Immediately Destroy

I love my cat dearly, but why does he insist on decimating my furniture?

I’ve spent a small fortune on scratching posts over the years, but my cat finds it so much more satisfying to sink his claws into the corner of my couch or headboard. For several…

I love my cat dearly, but why does he insist on decimating my furniture?

I’ve spent a small fortune on scratching posts over the years, but my cat finds it so much more satisfying to sink his claws into the corner of my couch or headboard. For several years I had a sleeper sofa from IKEA that he absolutely destroyed with his near-constant clawing—no amount of yelling, pleading, or claw trimming yielded results.

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15 Dining Chairs to Fit Any Budget, Any Home

When I moved into my new apartment, I didn’t know what kind of couch I wanted or which rug to order. I had no lights or shades or layout in mind. I didn’t know if I wanted to change the paint color. But I knew, oddly enough, which dining chairs I had t…

When I moved into my new apartment, I didn’t know what kind of couch I wanted or which rug to order. I had no lights or shades or layout in mind. I didn't know if I wanted to change the paint color. But I knew, oddly enough, which dining chairs I had to have. I’d spotted them through a restaurant window on a cold night in Stockholm: petite spindle-back designs, simple but jet-black and bold.

I found them online and ordered them the day I signed the lease. (They were, of course, from Ikea.) Seven months later, I still love them: They’re the only black items in a room of pale and white tones, and the contrast alone makes the whole space more interesting. (Especially since I still haven’t hung anything on the walls.)

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