Архив автора: Danielle Blundell

People Are Ditching Their Upper Kitchen Cabinets and I Don’t Think I’m on Board

Upper cabinets are starting to disappear from kitchens, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. It all started with the open-shelving phenomenon, and now, in some cases, it has morphed into this total lack of anything structural above the countertops. On the one hand, it is visually beautiful. You can really go to town with tile—think an uninterrupted, ceiling-high wall of subways or a bold geometric backsplash. But on the other hand, where exactly are you supposed to put your stuff? You have drawers and lower cabinets, of course, but can that possibly be enough storage space when kitchens are meant to house all sorts of cookware, appliances, gadgets and serving pieces? I guess if you’re Marie Kondo, it’s not a problem. But for the undecided amongst us, let’s take a look at some kitchens without upper cabinets to see what might motivate someone to live this way. (далее…)

9 Expert-Approved Ways to Save $$ While Decorating Your Living Room

Decorating isn’t cheap, especially when it comes to shopping for furnishings and finishes that are stylish, durable, and comfortable. Finding all of those qualities in a single piece for a sensible price is a little bit like finding a diamond in the rough, but it’s doable. And if anyone knows how to stretch a dollar, it’s a designer. I mean, no clients are ever mad when their project comes in under budget, right? Designers always have a few tricks up their sleeves, so we asked a few for their go-to money saving moves for the living room. And here they are—straight from the pros themselves. (далее…)

How to Style Your Coffee Table So You Can Actually Still Use It

Styling a coffee table is an opportunity to show your personality to anyone who walks through your doors, either by displaying your prized photos and objects, your favorite books and magazines, or even some fresh flowers and plants. And, of course, you’re going to want a place for things like your TV and speaker remotes here too. Oh, and maybe some space for refreshments? So, it’s easy to go overboard with stuff on this surface. But it’s not inevitable. If you exercise just a little restraint, there are still a number of chic ideas for decorating your coffee table while leaving plenty of room to keep things practical. Here are a few tried-and-true tips for nice tableaux that won’t get in your life’s way. (далее…)

Could This Bedroom Trend Actually Help You Get a Better Night of Sleep?

The one place I’ve been seeing a lot of color lately is in bedrooms, and things are getting dark. Navy and midnight blues, charcoal grays, deep teals, and even black, which is the trickiest to pull off if you don’t get a lot of natural light in your space. But it’s doable. The word on the street is that this trend might actually be beneficial for sleep—either it helps you drift off easily and/or stay asleep longer. And that’s because darkness, or lack of light, is key for melatonin production. (далее…)

12 IKEA Products That Double as Wedding Decor

IKEA isn’t exactly the first place you think of when looking for wedding decor, but I’d argue that that’s actually a good thing for two reasons. First, the price is right, and there’s no «wedding upcharge» there—which is a real phenomenon and exists for everything from cake to candles and beyond with many vendors. Second, much of what IKEA sells doesn’t feel totally specific to a wedding, so you can actually use things again and again. And a lot of times, IKEA is way cheaper than renting and can be donated if you really have no need to keep anything. So I’ve been browsing the website for items I might want to use at my wedding in May, and these are 12 promising options that I’m going to check out IRL soon. (далее…)

The Smartest Ways to Carve Out a Home Office in a Small Space

Sure, it’d be great to have a dedicated home office with ample storage, space for supplies and a proper desk setup—especially if you’re all about that work from home life. Oh, and room for one of those funny engraved desk plates too. But few of us have the square footage for that. And yet, we still need to put in that work. So in order to make it happen, you just have to get creative and try carving out a home office area in one of these clever ways. (далее…)

7 Rooms That Prove a Full Sized Sofa Isn’t the Be-All, End-All of Living Room Design

Alright—what I’m about to say here is going to be very controversial: A successfully decorated living room doesn’t need a full-sized sofa. Boom! Notice I didn’t say seating though. You obviously need that in spades, especially if you want to have people over or entertain. But if your living room just isn’t big enough for a sectional or even a full-sized sofa, don’t force it. Instead find yourself an alternative—a loveseat, an armchair, a settee. You’ll be surprised what might work—even something non-traditional like a chaise, bench or a stack of floor pillows can get the job done. Need some proof? These seven rooms are giving me life right now. (далее…)

Short on Space? These Bedroom Design Ideas Will Be Your Best Friend

We aren’t all blessed with big spacious bedrooms—I know I’m not. But it’s what we do with the space we have that makes all the difference. These strategies will help you live large in your small space without compromising style. Because a bedroom should be more than just a sad little bed and dresser pushed up against the wall. And it can be—if you use a few creative layout and furnishings ideas. These seven should get you started. (далее…)

Short on Space? These Bedroom Design Ideas Will Be Your Best Friend

We aren’t all blessed with big spacious bedrooms—I know I’m not. But it’s what we do with the space we have that makes all the difference. These strategies will help you live large in your small space without compromising style. Because a bedroom should be more than just a sad little bed and dresser pushed up against the wall. And it can be—if you use a few creative layout and furnishings ideas. These seven should get you started. (далее…)

10 Stylish Under-$50 Living Room Finds from Amazon’s Private Labels

Have you looked on Amazon for decor items recently? And I mean really looked. Since launching their private label home goods last year, Amazon’s offerings have really come a long way. Obviously, you can get other brands on the site too. But if you’re looking for something budget friendly that’s a little more under-the-radar, start with the site’s exclusives. Their living room game is particularly strong right now, and I’d be happy to have pretty much any of these sub $50 finds under my roof. (далее…)