7 Affordable Essentials That Make Any Summer Dinner Feel Like a Party

We’ve teamed up with Walmart to transform your summer gatherings, one affordable dinner at a time. Order online or via their app to shop your go-to groceries, reusable tableware, and other household items, then select delivery or pickup for a seamless …

We’ve teamed up with Walmart to transform your summer gatherings, one affordable dinner at a time. Order online or via their app to shop your go-to groceries, reusable tableware, and other household items, then select delivery or pickup for a seamless shopping experience.


Without a doubt, one of my favorite things to do is host family and friends. I love creating menus to make sure everyone has something they’ll like, setting the table so guests feel welcome, and adding small, special touches that require minimal effort on my part (and don’t break the bank). Especially now that summer is in full swing, we have guests filtering in and out of the apartment, so I like to keep certain items on hand to ensure we always have food to serve and accessories to make a last-minute party.

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The Best Types of Paint for Your Furniture (& Your Style)

Everyone from DIYers to A-list interior designers agrees that painting furniture is one of the most transformative DIY makeovers out there. And while plain wooden furniture will always be a classic choice, there’s something intrinsically palette-pleasi…

Everyone from DIYers to A-list interior designers agrees that painting furniture is one of the most transformative DIY makeovers out there. And while plain wooden furniture will always be a classic choice, there’s something intrinsically palette-pleasing about a classic silhouette in a soft neutral or a hand-me-down that’s seen better days and has been revitalized with a burst of bright color.

The only issue? Picking the right paint isn’t as straightforward as it seems (on the other hand, getting stuck with the wrong one is easier than you think). And then there’s all the sanding, multiple paint coats and finishing coats... But let’s start with selecting the right paints for the job. We reached out to a few experts to get their top picks for different styles whether that's farmhouse, classic, or bohemian. Which would you go for?

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The Best Charcoal Grills for Your Next Cookout

I remember it like it was yesterday: My fiancé (then boyfriend) and I went to the Poconos with some friends a few years ago. Since our rental house had a charcoal grill, someone started to barbecue some steaks—and they were delicious. Charred on the ou…

I remember it like it was yesterday: My fiancé (then boyfriend) and I went to the Poconos with some friends a few years ago. Since our rental house had a charcoal grill, someone started to barbecue some steaks—and they were delicious. Charred on the outside, but juicy inside? Yes, please. “Charcoal grills make everything better,” my fiancé said as the group scrounged for seconds. Turns out, he’s not the only one who recognizes the power of the charcoal grill; this option is a must-have among grilling enthusiasts and pitmasters alike.

If you aren’t a grill master, the mere thought of a charcoal setup might seem a little intimidating. After all, you can’t regulate the heat as quickly as with a gas grill. “People cite convenience as the reason to use a gas grill,” says Andrea Chesman, author of The Vegetarian Grill. “But once I learned how to dependably light charcoal using cardboard egg cartons for kindling and a chimney, I knew I could have a hot fire in 30 minutes, which is generally the time needed to prep all the ingredients.”

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For These Intrepid Gardeners, Every Seed Counts

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

“Badenjan Sesame” eggpl…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


“Badenjan Sesame” eggplant from Kandahar; black Hungarian' hot pepper from Kiskenfelegyhaza, Hungary; tomato from Isfahan, Iran—combing through the seed catalog on the Experimental Farm Network website is like getting a crash course in genetic seed diversity. Since its inception in 2013, EFN has been on a mission to preserve and expand biodiversity in crops. Nathan Kleinman and Dusty Hinzco, who first met via the Occupy Wall Street movement, co-founded the nonprofit cooperative to facilitate collaboration in plant breeding. For them, seeds aren’t just a way to put food on the table, they support displaced communities, promote food justice, and ensure a better future for all.

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The Best Grills, According to Pros & Pitmasters

Whether you live somewhere warm and sunny year-round or are looking to make the most of your summer, I think we can all agree that a grill is one of the most (if not the most) prized outdoor essentials. Sure, you can try to re-create the deliciousness …

Whether you live somewhere warm and sunny year-round or are looking to make the most of your summer, I think we can all agree that a grill is one of the most (if not the most) prized outdoor essentials. Sure, you can try to re-create the deliciousness inside with a grill pan, but your veggies, chicken, and hot dogs just won’t have that same char factor. (Unless you want to trigger your smoke detector—trust me, I’ve been there.) While a grill is an undeniable must-have, finding the best one for your space, budget, and arsenal of recipes can be overwhelming.

That’s why we tapped six grilling experts to share their favorites. As chefs, authors, pitmasters, and bloggers, these pros don’t look at grilling as just a fun pastime; it’s an art. Not only do they use their grills for just about everything (pizzas, steaks, veggies—you name it, they grill it), but they also know that the smallest features can set a grill apart from the rest. Go ahead, take a look at their go-to options. And once you’ve found the model that matches your needs, don’t forget to pick up some smokin’ grill accessories.

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The Best July 4th Sales You Can Shop Right Now

If you didn’t get a chance to shop the major Memorial Day sales last month, you’re in luck—the July 4th sales we’re seeing are even better. There are tons of great deals and discounts on furniture, bedding, and decor (some even up to 70 percent off), a…

If you didn’t get a chance to shop the major Memorial Day sales last month, you’re in luck—the July 4th sales we’re seeing are even better. There are tons of great deals and discounts on furniture, bedding, and decor (some even up to 70 percent off), and many of them have already started ahead of the holiday.

This means you can actually enjoy the long weekend instead of scrolling through endless sales. In fact, we curated the best early July 4th sales so you can check out in oh, about five minutes, and then focus on planning out your holiday menu.

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How Plant Stylist Vionna Wai Designed a Serene, Oh-So Green Rooftop Space

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers.

Unlike my mother, I simply was not born with the gift of…

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers.


Unlike my mother, I simply was not born with the gift of a green thumb. For her, tending to our backyard garden and caring for countless house plants comes naturally; for me, keeping an unfussy philodendron alive is quite the accomplishment.

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On Growing the Beautiful, Flavorful Curry Leaf Plant

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

It was an especially co…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


It was an especially cold and sunless April in Chicago this year when Margaret Pak brought home her young curry leaf plant, so she decided to take it into the bathroom a few times when she showered to mimic the tropical air it’s used to (in India and Southern Asia), based on a tip from a local nursery.

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The Front Yard Design Trend That Puts Friendliness First

A couple years ago, outdoor spaces were largely a “nice to have” on home wishlists. Sure, it would be lovely to clink glasses on a balcony, or spill out onto the patio on a summer night, but other features often won out. Most of us have come to realize…

A couple years ago, outdoor spaces were largely a “nice to have” on home wishlists. Sure, it would be lovely to clink glasses on a balcony, or spill out onto the patio on a summer night, but other features often won out. Most of us have come to realize that an outdoor space—particularly one that’s attached to your house—can be hugely impactful on mental health, our ability to socialize, and creating a home base that really ticks all the most important boxes.

It’s no wonder, then, that landscape and outdoor design firms have been inundated with projects, transforming once-neglected yards into oases for relaxing, gathering with loved ones, and simply living in—much like we do inside our homes. While chatting about this idea of creating outdoor living spaces with Kevin Lenhart, ​​landscape architect and design director at Yardzen, he mentioned that “social front yards,” were an emerging trend among their clients—and I was intrigued.

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How to Make a Small Living Room Work Extra, Extra Hard

No Space Too Small is a column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experience…

No Space Too Small is a column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk to how to manage everyday clutter.


I’ve lived in eight different apartments since I arrived in New York City more than twenty years ago, and they’ve all been variations of small, tiny, miniscule, or petite. In one studio, my bedroom, living room, dining space, and kitchen were all crammed into less than 200 square feet. Through it all, I’ve learned how to make small living spaces serve multiple functions—without feeling cramped.

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