Although 2013 had a lot of design highlights, it's time to play favorites. Starting with the heart of the home, here are the seven kitchens we loved over the last 12 months. From an unbelievable reno to a perfectly styled celebrity space, these rooms hold the recipe to success. Click through to see the best kitchens of 2013 and how they can inspire you heading into the new year!
Have a few hours to spare? Consider a simple bedroom DIY. Without spending a lot of money, you can revamp your space on the fly with a homemade project that is anything but kitschy. Roll up your sleeves with DIYs like tufted headboards and graphic art — it's time to satisfy your craft fix!
– Additional reporting by Angela Elias
If your bare walls are giving you the blues, Instagram is here to help! We've sifted through the well of hashtags to bring you the best wall decor ideas to get inspired by. Keep reading for fresh ideas and don't forget to hashtag your own home decor-related pics with #casasnap!
— Additional reporting by Molly McGlynn
Swapping out standard furniture for something unexpected can add loads of personality to a boring bedroom, and these upcycled nightstands are prime examples. With an open mind and a discerning eye, you'd be surprised what you can discover while scouting your own home! The ideal nightstand substitute should have a height that works and a level top — though you can place a tray on top of a slightly uneven or textural surface to make it work. See three surprisingly chic nightstand ideas we're dying to steal!
While we wouldn't consider vintage suitcases the most convenient travel accessory, this charming inn uses a stack of them as a nightstand — just think of the storage possibilities!
Designer Annie from Annilygreen used a couple of extra chairs to serve as nightstands in her bedroom. While the chairs have a concave surface that can be tricky in some circumstances, they're perfect for holding her globe-shaped lamps.
Jacquelyn from Lark & Linen transformed a few empty wine crates with some wood stain. We love how they add an element of rustic warmth to her airy bedroom!
There's a reason why you've dreamt of living in your favorite boutique hotel — the polished yet relaxing suites! Interiors maven Emily Henderson has a knack for designing dreamy bedrooms that could rival those found at the hippest hotels. Her winning formula? Combining luxurious details with functionality for a space that feels inspiring but cozy. See the seven stylish upgrades we're loving from her latest bedroom makeover!
- Statement art: We love a good gallery, but anchoring a bed with one large piece of art can create a more polished and less chaotic focal point.
- A haute headboard: Think about the last hotel suite you coveted — it probably had a stunning headboard. If the price tags on your favorite options scare you, try your hand at this tufted headboard tutorial. Another bonus? DIY versions allow you to customize fabric and color choices at a fraction of the cost!
- The perfect pillow formula: While there isn't a set rule for the number of pillows to place on a bed, you can't go wrong with two euros, two standards, and an accent pillow.
- Stylish sconces: Sconces don't always require an electrician's handy work. Save precious nightstand space while scoring style points with these easy DIY sconces that work for renters too!
- Quality sheets: You don't necessarily have to splurge on the quadruple-digit Egyptian cotton set you enjoyed during your last hotel stay. Shop this roundup of the best sheets for every budget to find an upgrade you can enjoy.
- A gorgeous rug: Aside from adding a plush layer, rugs can also introduce visual interest to a space. No need to look for a colossal option — finding a rug that frames your bed by a few feet can make a huge difference.
- A console: There's a reason boutique hotels consider them a necessity. Throw a chair into the mix, and you have an instant vanity or desk that will add more function and style to your space.
Visit Emily Henderson's blog to shop the look of this gorgeous bedroom!
On her new TV show, Daykeover With Libby Langdon, the interior designer gives clients a new design scheme in a single day — hence, the show's title. Featured in the December/January issue of House Beautiful, we're getting an exclusive sneak peek at one of Libby's latest projects, along with some surprising styling tricks she swears by! Trust us, you'll want to take note.
Don’t be afraid to block windows: Low pieces like ottomans won’t block views, even if your windows extend almost to the floor. And lean profiles — such as the Parsons-style console — let light and air pass through.
Go for a large rug in a small space: A large faux-sisal rug makes an area feel welcoming. The indoor/outdoor material is great for the wear-and-tear of a foyer, and the subtle pattern doesn’t compete with the wallcovering.
Keep reading for more transformative tips!
Get ready to pin another property to your Dream Home board, because this New York townhouse will leave you breathless. Listed at $28 million, this 8,300-square-foot West Village stunner has more than just size to offer. Built in 1860, the home was transformed by AD100 architect/designer Steven Harris, packing in plenty of stylish pedigree! Aside from having oodles of charming period details, modern perks like a hydraulic elevator that runs from the basement to the fifth floor, built-in surround sound, a humidification system, and a Japanese soaking tub on the roof terrace make it oh-so livable. Sure, there's the private outdoor space and the five terraces, but let's be real — it's the interiors that really make us swoon. See the spaces in this townhouse we'll be dreaming about tonight!
If you've ever purchased an old wooden dresser from Craigslist for the express purpose of turning it into something fabulous, you're not alone. With a little DIY ingenuity, even the most unattractive dressers can become the focal point of a room. Keep reading for 10 solutions for tricking out dated dressers, and let us know which one inspires you the most!
If you're dreaming of a kitchen renovation but are terrified to take the plunge, this before and after from Manhattan Nest blogger Daniel Kanter should give you hope. Strapped for cash after buying a fixer-upper with a kitchen that scared away most buyers, Daniel knew that he would have to make tough choices when overhauling the kitchen. By forgoing costly new appliances and keeping the existing sink and 60-year-old cabinets (gulp), Daniel had enough elbow grease and supplies to transform the kitchen's biggest eyesores.
In just 10 weeks, he turned a disaster area into a clean, utilitarian space for cooking and entertaining. What exactly did he do? He took down the drop ceiling, patched and prepped, painted everything in sight (including the cabinets and radiator), changed the cabinet hardware, whipped up some new DIY wood plank countertops, indulged in some subway tile, and switched out the lighting. Impressive, eh? We think so!
For more before and after pictures and Daniel's DIY tips, check out his remodeled kitchen reveal!
While they are undeniably beautiful, tropical and exotic flowers are usually shipped thousands of miles to make it to your door. Not only does this create a major impression on your carbon footprint, it often means that the flowers are less than fresh. Instead of relying on tropical beauties, consider some of the domestic options that stick with the natural progression of the seasons.
Choosing flowers local to your area has such an array of benefits. Not only will you support a local florist or farmer, growing flowers naturally attracts wildlife that helps to create a natural balance of pest control for your community. Here are a five of our favorite picks that will bring a beautiful Fall vibe to your next bouquet:
- Coxcomb: It should come as no surprise that we love the crazy-looking coxcomb. Its unique shape and texture bring such interesting dimension to an Autumn arrangement. They look like something that could live under the sea!
- Crab Apples: You may not think to include these little guys in a floral arrangement, but they can add the bright pop of red or yellow your arrangement needs.
- Chrysanthemum: While mums are available all year-round, their actual season is Fall. These jewel-toned beauties have such a beautiful shape.
- Marigold: If you want to add some Autumn flair to an arrangement, these golden and orange blooms scream Fall. While they resemble daisies and carnations, you may not know that marigolds are actually in the sunflower family.
- Zinnias: These bright and cheerful blooms (seen above) come in a variety of colors and go great with a number of other flowers.
- Sunflowers: Sunflowers are a Fall favorite and will brighten up any room you use them in. While the yellow ones are the most common, they come in variety rich tones and shades like burgundy red.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb