8 Best Dog Beds, According to Their Humans

Dog beds are one of the most important things for a happy pup—after treats, of course. They provide comfort, coziness, and orthopedic support (especially for large breeds like Great Danes) so your goodest boys and girls can sleep and lounge in style.

Dog beds are one of the most important things for a happy pup—after treats, of course. They provide comfort, coziness, and orthopedic support (especially for large breeds like Great Danes) so your goodest boys and girls can sleep and lounge in style.

But while treats are mostly universally loved, finding the right dog bed can be a bit of a gamble. You—and your dog—won't know if it's the right size or offers the right amount of support without a few test runs. That's why we turned to our team for their absolute favorite dog beds—some humans even loved the same beds (spoiler: the super-popular Best Friends by Sheri), so you know these are legit.

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11 Ways to Use Peel & Stick Wallpaper—Not Just on the Walls

Wallpapering nearly broke up my parents’ marriage. Yes, that’s right. Applying wallpaper to their home almost broke up a two-kid, three-home, 20-year marriage, because that’s how miserable a task it is. Peel and stick, though? Much less life or death—o…

Wallpapering nearly broke up my parents’ marriage. Yes, that’s right. Applying wallpaper to their home almost broke up a two-kid, three-home, 20-year marriage, because that’s how miserable a task it is. Peel and stick, though? Much less life or death—or, in this case, marriage-ending... What’s even better? You’re not wedded (pardon the pun) to it—it can be endlessly changed around.

Of course, we’ve all likely seen several rental makeovers put peel & stick wallpaper to good use—bright pops of pattern in small bathrooms, half-papered walls in bedrooms, kitchens rendered totally unrecognizable—but given that peel and stick wallpaper is, in essence, just giant pieces of sticker… there are lots more uses to be found.

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17 Summer Candles With Major Vacation Vibes

If you’re a candle fan, you know they’re not just for the colder months of the year. In fact, trying new scents each season is one of the best things about candles. When the weather turns warm, I can’t wait to ditch the beloved pine tree and firewood c…

If you’re a candle fan, you know they're not just for the colder months of the year. In fact, trying new scents each season is one of the best things about candles. When the weather turns warm, I can't wait to ditch the beloved pine tree and firewood candles for brighter, summery options.

The right summer candle can add ambiance and sophistication to any room without cloaking it in heavy, heady scents. Not to mention that they also make for lovely hostess gifts if you're visiting friends and family again—throw in some hand-turned wooden candle sticks and a ceramic match striker for a set anyone would love.

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Low on Natural Light? These 6 Indoor Plants Will Thrive Anyway

Looking for a plant that will survive in your dark bathroom or next to a north-facing window in your home? Or maybe in your basement window? Don’t fret—there are lots of different houseplants that thrive in low-light conditions.

But can a plant surviv…

Looking for a plant that will survive in your dark bathroom or next to a north-facing window in your home? Or maybe in your basement window? Don’t fret—there are lots of different houseplants that thrive in low-light conditions.

But can a plant survive in a totally windowless room? The short answer to this question is... no. There is no living plant that will do well in a room that does not have at least a sliver of natural light, and while some of the plants on this list may be able to survive in artificial light for a short period of time, eventually—unless you give them a spin around your home to get some light every so often—they will die from lack of exposure to sunlight. If you have a windowless room in your home that's crying out for a plant, consider adding grow lights which will help provide a plant with the light that it needs to survive.

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Want to Be a Minimalist? Here’s What No One Tells You.

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space t…

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space that's all you.


I remember the day I began my journey towards minimalism. I had considered the lifestyle for quite a while—each time I had the nagging feeling that I owned too much stuff. To prepare myself, I’d look for inspiration online, and although I was mesmerized by the beautiful, serene spaces I was seeing, I had real concerns about how I’d whittle down my belongings to a hundred items or less. Still, one day in June 2016, I decided the time had come for me to do more than just acknowledge my overconsumption, and actually do something about it.

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The Year That Changed Outdoor Living Forever

For the past year-plus, the outdoors has been our saving grace. It’s where we went to find peace in the uncertainty of our “new normal”; where restaurants turned to survive, ushering patrons around heat lamps and into personal igloos; where weary front…

For the past year-plus, the outdoors has been our saving grace. It’s where we went to find peace in the uncertainty of our “new normal”; where restaurants turned to survive, ushering patrons around heat lamps and into personal igloos; where weary frontline workers found respite from overwhelmed schools and hospitals. With that embracing of it as a safe haven has come a newfound respect for it, a reinvigorated valuing of the five yards or five acres we call our backyards.

“The pandemic undoubtedly surfaced an appreciation for our yards like we’ve never seen before,” says Allison Messner, CEO and co-founder of Yardzen, an online landscape design service that provides clients with virtual renderings of their dream outdoor space, then connects them with the local pros that can make it happen. “Our yards have become the space to do essentially everything we also do inside—dine, cook, entertain, work, play, and relax.”

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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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A DIY Ottoman Makeover—With a Twist

As a designer, the question I’m asked most often is where I get my inspiration. And the answer is: from as many sources as possible—from fashion to food, music, and cinema. But some of my favorite inspirations have come from decorative objects I’ve acq…

As a designer, the question I’m asked most often is where I get my inspiration. And the answer is: from as many sources as possible—from fashion to food, music, and cinema. But some of my favorite inspirations have come from decorative objects I’ve acquired from local markets on my travels: Spanish tiles sourced from Valencia, brightly woven textiles bought at tiny shops in the side streets of Mexico City, and beaded necklaces from the beaches of Thailand. I love spotting the little details on some of these objects that I now have at home, and using those to spark ideas.

Over the past few years, I’ve been collecting mini woven baskets from bazaars as far as Spain and Thailand, and have wanted to design a piece of furniture around them. Well, actually one basket in particular—bought from a market in Brooklyn and made by a Ghanian weaver—that boasts a glorious color combination of deep yellow and teal. A few weeks ago, I came upon the perfect vessel for the project: an old ottoman in need of some love and repair.

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14 Memorial Day Sales for Every Room in the House

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and with it, one of the biggest shopping holidays with major sales on… just about everything. Some of the best deals we’re seeing are on furniture, home decor, and sleep, aka everything you’ve been wa…

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and with it, one of the biggest shopping holidays with major sales on... just about everything. Some of the best deals we’re seeing are on furniture, home decor, and sleep, aka everything you’ve been wanting for every room in your house.

In case you find some free time this weekend between al fresco dining (safely!) and a DIY project or many, here are the best sales that your space—and wallet—will love.

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen Island—Beyond a Bowl of Fruit

Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes: They’re a valuable food prep station, serve as a dining space, and provide a home for appliances that don’t fit on the countertop. But by no means does that mean that they can’t be aesthetically pleasing while also serving these other functions. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite ideas for kitchen island decor—no matter your style, you’re sure to find inspiration.


1. Vintage Touches

Photo by Will Taylor

The kitchen island at Will Taylor’s beach house makes for a cozy dining space but also looks elegant with the addition of classic decorative items, such as a framed picture and brass candlestick. Decor doesn’t need to be loud or overwhelming to make a stylish statement. Sometimes, as demonstrated here, less is more.

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Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes: They’re a valuable food prep station, serve as a dining space, and provide a home for appliances that don’t fit on the countertop. But by no means does that mean that they can’t be aesthetically pleasing while also serving these other functions. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite ideas for kitchen island decor—no matter your style, you’re sure to find inspiration.


1. Vintage Touches

Photo by Will Taylor

The kitchen island at Will Taylor’s beach house makes for a cozy dining space but also looks elegant with the addition of classic decorative items, such as a framed picture and brass candlestick. Decor doesn’t need to be loud or overwhelming to make a stylish statement. Sometimes, as demonstrated here, less is more.

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