The Teeny-Tiny Garden Trend We’re Obsessed With

Bottle gardens are pretty much exactly what they sound like: small “gardens” planted inside a sealable bottle or container that are sometimes also referred to as terrariums. The particularly neat thing about bottle gardens is that, if done properly, th…

Bottle gardens are pretty much exactly what they sound like: small “gardens” planted inside a sealable bottle or container that are sometimes also referred to as terrariums. The particularly neat thing about bottle gardens is that, if done properly, they can become self-sustaining ecosystems that require little to no ongoing upkeep.

Choosing the Right Container

The container that you choose for your bottle garden will determine how many plants you can fit inside and the size of the plants that you add. Also keep in mind that the smaller the opening is, the harder it will be for you to get your plants inside the container initially. Ideal bottle garden containers have lids and can be sealed (otherwise you’d be creating an open terrarium which is slightly different!), are made of glass that’s clear versus opaque, and are tall enough that some space is left between the top of the plants and the bottom of the lid.

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How to Nail the Modern Farmhouse Style in Your Kitchen

Despite its humble beginnings, farmhouse design has taken on a life of its own. A style once relied on purely for its practicality and reliance on local materials, it soon caught the eye of homeowners in suburbs and cities alike, thanks in large part t…

Despite its humble beginnings, farmhouse design has taken on a life of its own. A style once relied on purely for its practicality and reliance on local materials, it soon caught the eye of homeowners in suburbs and cities alike, thanks in large part to the popularity of shows like Fixer Upper. Soon, a veritable obsession took hold of the design world that began transforming the interiors of mid-century modern homes, single-story ranches, and even Brooklyn brownstones into a shrine to all things shiplap.

Luckily, we’ve all dialed it back a bit, and the latest iteration of farmhouse design has a much more nuanced approach. In kitchens especially, country kitsch has been replaced by casual luxury for a “farmhouse” style that may actually have the type of appeal it takes to transition from a largely social media-driven trend into a timeless aesthetic.

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Why Brown Is the Bold Neutral Your Walls Need

When it came time to convince my family that I wanted to paint the dining room brown, I decided the word “chocolate” would be my secret weapon. In fact, I had the specifics in mind: I would add that it was the paint equivalent of my favorite Valrhona G…

When it came time to convince my family that I wanted to paint the dining room brown, I decided the word “chocolate” would be my secret weapon. In fact, I had the specifics in mind: I would add that it was the paint equivalent of my favorite Valrhona Guanaja 70 percent, melted with a bit of French butter. Not too dark, not too milky.

What I didn’t tell them was that I’d already found the paint, and that it was arriving via FedEx from Dorset, England, the very next day.

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The Ultimate Laundry Stripping Recipe

I remember the first time “laundry stripping” went viral. I was just out of college, and all of a sudden, my Facebook timeline was filled with videos of people swirling towels around in their bathtubs, leaving behind murky brown water. That was a few y…

I remember the first time “laundry stripping” went viral. I was just out of college, and all of a sudden, my Facebook timeline was filled with videos of people swirling towels around in their bathtubs, leaving behind murky brown water. That was a few years ago, and once again, laundry stripping is all the rage—this time thanks to TikTok!

It’s no secret that #CleaningTikTok loves a good laundry hack, so it was only a matter of time before they got everyone interested in laundry stripping. After all, it’s sooo satisfying to watch all the dirt and grime come out of (seemingly) clean clothes or, in the case of TikTok user @emmast_john’s viral video, used couch covers. Ick! If you’re ready to try the trend out for yourself and see what gunk is hiding in your linens, here’s the best laundry stripping recipe and some insights into the process.

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How to Cope With the Garden Gnome Shortage

Ketchup packets. Tapioca pearls. Garden gnomes. What do all three of these have in common? They are just the latest products experiencing shortages due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. You probably heard about the container vessel that got…

Ketchup packets. Tapioca pearls. Garden gnomes. What do all three of these have in common? They are just the latest products experiencing shortages due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. You probably heard about the container vessel that got stuck in the Suez Canal last month, right? While we were all laughing at memes and wondering how, in the year 2021, a big boat could get stuck and there was absolutely nothing modern technology could do about it, the global supply chain was getting absolutely wrecked. And the ramifications of the Suez Canal blockage have landed where we least expected them: our gardens.

Love them or hate them, garden gnomes are a staple of quirky (creepy?) yards everywhere, as ubiquitous as the hot pink plastic flamingo. Since the coronavirus pandemic started, gardening centers have experienced record sales, and recent reports show they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Between the Suez Canal blockage and unprecedented demands, garden centers in the U.K. have a severe shortage of, yes, garden gnomes. My theory? Cottagecore, the growing aesthetic trend in design and on social media, is to blame. Cottagecore gestures at English countryside houses and charming gardens, and what’s more quaint than a collection of stately garden gnomes?

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Is the Internet’s Favorite Fabric Actually Practical?

The textures, weaves, and raw materials that go into producing fabrics are things the everyday consumer might not think too deeply about. The couch is stain-resistant? Great. The curtains don’t fade? Check. This pillow can be machine-washed? Perfect. H…

The textures, weaves, and raw materials that go into producing fabrics are things the everyday consumer might not think too deeply about. The couch is stain-resistant? Great. The curtains don’t fade? Check. This pillow can be machine-washed? Perfect. However, once you’ve tackled a big home project—or even hired an interior designer—you’ll come to find that textiles (as well as where they come from and how they’re made) are a topic of pretty intense passion. The latest in a long line of much-talked-about fabrics is a material called bouclé, and we are seeing it crop up just about everywhere.

While you might not know it by name, I’m willing to bet you’ve seen this cream-toned, ultra-popular fabric before—on curvy couches, cozy pillows, and elegant chairs. It’s highly textured, which is likely why it’s become so favored in the design world as of late—it adds a layer of visual interest to a room or piece that would otherwise be relatively neutral. “Ten years ago, I hated it,” writes designer Emily Henderson, “it always felt dated, very ‘decorator-y’ and ’80s or ’90s. Too curly, too loopy and not what I wanted in any of my designs.” But now Henderson, like many others in the design world, is changing her tune.

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Cottagecore Is Here to Stay—Bring it Home With These Decor Essentials

Spend just five minutes on Instagram or Tiktok (or really, browsing any design site you love) and you’ll probably realize that cottagecore, the semi-new social media trend du jour, isn’t going anywhere. I mean, when Taylor Swift writes not one but two …

Spend just five minutes on Instagram or Tiktok (or really, browsing any design site you love) and you’ll probably realize that cottagecore, the semi-new social media trend du jour, isn’t going anywhere. I mean, when Taylor Swift writes not one but two albums that are pretty much singularly evocative of the vibe, you know it has staying power. And while sure, some examples of cottagecore can veer towards crunchy for some, there's a lot to love about this easygoing, comfortable design trend.

At its essence, cottagecore style is all about casual liveability. Like farmhouse decor before it, you can expect to see an emphasis on simplicity and ease, with nods to the slow pace and uncomplicated aesthetic only country living can bring. To me, it feels like the kind of room you walk into and feel immediately welcomed by, where you can take a load off and stay a while (preferably with a soul-warming cup of coffee in hand).

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The Popular Bookshelf Trend That’s Gone Too Far

I don’t know how I got there, but one minute I was looking for a seagrass laundry basket, and the next minute I was staring at color-coded book sets wrapped in jute twine. Cool cool, I thought… until I looked again, and realized that this was no book…

I don’t know how I got there, but one minute I was looking for a seagrass laundry basket, and the next minute I was staring at color-coded book sets wrapped in jute twine. Cool cool, I thought... until I looked again, and realized that this was no bookstore, and these were less about the books, more about... bundles of "cohesive decor." There was something for every kind of decor, too: Spanish moss (cottagecore!), inky black (moody vibes?), driftwood (midcentury)... even “paper and string”, aka, exposed with spines missing (aimed at the antique lover?).

Books as color-coded decor? Wait, when did that...become a thing?

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6 Timeless Trends That Interior Designers Are Reconsidering in 2021

There’s a certain irony in calling a trend “timeless.” Trends, by nature, come and go, which makes it tough to know which ones cross over into being long-standing and dependable and which ones will disappear. All-over carpeting, for instance, once had …

There’s a certain irony in calling a trend “timeless.” Trends, by nature, come and go, which makes it tough to know which ones cross over into being long-standing and dependable and which ones will disappear. All-over carpeting, for instance, once had its moment, as did mirrored walls. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fan of those. Framed-in bathtubs have been overruled by free-standing ones, and popcorn ceilings have been replaced by smooth surfaces. And yet, there are a handful of designs that have remained popular in recent years, making them appear as timeless as trends can get.

Until the pandemic hit and quarantine put our homes under a microscope.

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Wait, There’s Such a Thing as Anti-Bacterial Paint?

I spend a great deal of time thinking about interior paint—flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, high-gloss—and have amassed quite a collection of half-used cans myself. I also grew up in a house of cabinet-makers and DIYers, and have learned a heck of a lot of …

I spend a great deal of time thinking about interior paint—flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, high-gloss—and have amassed quite a collection of half-used cans myself. I also grew up in a house of cabinet-makers and DIYers, and have learned a heck of a lot of home finishing info along the way. So when a new paint invention comes along—or I’ve just heard of it—you best believe I’m listening up.

Below are some of the paint trends we’ve been hearing all about lately, from sanitizing to highly textured—and you’re going to want to add them to your arsenal.

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