Although December and January aren't considered the prime time for weddings, we're starting to disagree. Between the foliage, colors, and readily available holiday decor, Winter is starting to look like the perfect season to get hitched. If you're not convinced, here are several ideas that can be adapted to any budget — not to mention, leave you inspired!
Although we absolutely love all the bright colors and decor of the holidays, this reading nook brings us back to a classic combination: black and white. Sure, these two colors are often written off as minimal, but when done right, they are anything but. The room of Meg G, a POPSUGAR Home reader, provided the perfect example. While we love the mix of patterns and textures, our favorite part of this space has to be those black French doors!
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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!
- Want to bring personality into your room? Use layers! — House Beautiful
- How to regift without anyone ever noticing — HuffPost Home
- A Brooklyn building gets a face-lift; it's absolutely stunning — Grey and Scout
- 50+ colorful and inspiring kitchens — The Nest
- Fun fact: $35 million will buy you New Jersey's most expensive home — Curbed
- Tour the office worthy of an NYC fashion maven — Domino
- This home is not your average, ordinary ski cabin . . . it's better — Houzz
If your gift list has a person with cool, effortless style, impress her with modern design. Between the geographic lines and clean finishes, these minimalist accents are anything but boring. Whether you opt for a polished vase or a contemporary ornament, these affordable picks are sure to impress the design-lover on your shopping list!Shop the entire gift list after the break!
- 23 bedroom tricks you need to try — Real Simple
- Yup, this is the world's largest gingerbread house! — Curbed
- All the reasons why we should be at Basel this week — Architectural Digest
- Meet a San Francisco designer and her colorful aesthetic — Domaine
- Listen up! Your guide to holiday entertaining — House Beautiful
- Get inspired by these stunning gift-wrap ideas — Inside & Out
- 8 things interior designers want you to know — Houzz
Between the gorgeous rooms and amazing products, Pinterest is already a design lover's go-to! If you follow a few top designers, the inspiration is literally endless. That's exactly how we feel following designers like Emily Henderson and Kelly Wearstler each and every time we log into Pinterest. It wasn't easy, but we narrowed down our favorites into a must-follow list for anyone passionate about home and design. Click through to follow our top 10 designers and learn exactly why we repin them so much!
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Not only do good things come in small packages, they come with good design and affordable prices. Keeping style, stockings, and savings in mind, we found a few trinkets that are sure to delight. Rather than giving the standard gift card or box of chocolates, turn to design favorites like a small candle or hand-printed tea towels for last-minute stocking stuffers. With 12 to choose from, you can mix and match a few or settle on a favorite that is sure to impress!
- It's safe to say this Florida home is perfection — Curbed
- We're loving these finds for small apartments — Houzz
- Dining room ideas you'll want to copy (take note!) — Real Simple
- Here is everything you need for an elegant Christmas — Country Living
- If you love layers, then this California home is your dream — House Beautiful
- Fresh vs. fake: how to choose the right Christmas tree — Sunset
- Some like it hot! Secrets to creating a sexy bedroom — The Nest
- Stairway to heaven? These 20 staircases are cooler than cool — Design Milk
Updating your home can be a huge undertaking and cost a lot of money, but it doesn't have to be! For under $100, simple updates like a coat of paint, cabinet hardware, or even a new rug can make a big impact without a big budget. Whether you're looking to update your kitchen or outdoor space, consider these affordable essentials — no contractor or plumber needed!
With the right combination of style and function, getting your dream closet is possible. Keeping the basics (and a few details) in mind, here is a list of 10 things every enviable closet must have. From lighting down to a personal touch, it's these elements that will evoke a leisurely and celebratory idea of dressing that most of us only dream of having. If you're still unsure how it's possible, keep reading! And don't worry — these tips hold true to any closet, no matter the size!
- Own organization: First things first, to get the closet of your dreams, you must get organized. Toss anything that you no longer need, and be sure everything has a place (and remains in that place!). Keep clothes that you wear often in reach, and store seasonal items out of sight.
- Make lighting a priority: Since no one wants to accidentally confuse navy with black, lighting is vital to a closet. It can also be a great way to add personality. Try a vibrant chandelier or a statement lamp.
- Add storage: In closets of any size, storage is important. Instead of choosing plastic bins, consider options with a bit more style like wicker baskets. Since closets have little to no room for furniture, use storage to add color and texture.
- Include a personal touch: If you're a fashion lover, your closet could be the best spot in your house. Although it's a small space, hanging art or adding a few photos will make the space yours and one you'll never want to leave.
- Take a seat: Having a place to lace up those shoes is important! Even if it's a small pouf, it will make getting ready in the morning easier. A small piece of furniture will help your closet look and feel more like a room.
- Mirrors are a must: Having a (full-length) mirror is a must! If you're short on space, trying hanging one on the back of your door or cabinets. Sliding mirrors are also a great way to save space.
- Hang it up: While they seem minor, hangers are important for a streamlined look. Switching out miscellaneous hangers for a matching set will give your closet a sleek, boutique feel. These Platinum Huggable Hangers ($10 each) are similar to the hangers Whitney Port uses in her closet!
- Color code: If you're serious about a truly chic closet, taking the time to color code your clothes will pay off. Not only will it be visually appealing, it will make finding the perfect outfit a breeze.
- Add height: If you don't have a large walk-in closet, go up! Shelves will work wonders, especially for bulky items like shoes and purses.
- Work with what you've got: Last but certainly not least, work with have you have! Even if you don't have Christina Aguilera's closet, you can create a space that is truly you and one that will let your fashionable side shine.
Since holiday entertaining starts now and lasts well into the new year, why not make the most of it? To get your money's worth out of each place setting, we found four key elements suitable for any occasion. From the centerpiece to the table linens, here is what you need to host an array of seasonal dinners now and later!
DinnerwareNow: To incorporate color, leave your white dishes alone, and opt for this olive place setting ($385, originally $428). It's great for both rustic and more formal tablescapes too.
Later: No need to put this dishware away after Thanksgiving. Pair with red linens and a few poinsettias for a seasonal dinner that is sure to impress.
CenterpieceNow: While a centerpiece is key to any occasion, it can get pricey. Keep it affordable by purchasing these glass hurricanes ($29-$59) that look stunning filled with Fall foliage.
Later: Gold can do no wrong, especially in December. Set a cozy scene during dinner by adding candles to create a soft glow around the room.
FlatwareNow: Holiday entertaining doesn't just call for any ordinary flatware. For a special touch to Fall feasts, bust out the gold flatware ($42-$170). It looks great against Autumn tones and will really make your place setting stand out.
Later: Gold flatware for holiday entertaining adds a glamorous touch that is right on trend. It's a great option if you're looking for a standout piece to pair with holiday colors like reds and greens.
LinensNow: Linens like this burlap table runner ($15) are a great way to bring texture to a table, especially when layered over a patterned tablecloth.
Later: Use this runner during the Winter by styling it with pinecones and branches for a natural setting.
- 28 holiday wreaths that will create a warm welcome — Sunset
- Creative office ideas that will make you want to work from home — Real Simple
- How to turn your favorite color into a trendy room — Domaine
- Simplicity: the design resolution you must try — Glo
- Tour the boutique that brings Parisian chic to Boston — Architectural Digest
- The handmade textiles we can't stop obsessing over — Design Milk
- 6 rooms that give hotels a run for their money — Elle Decor
- Light up your kitchen with a majestic touch — HuffPost Home
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 gift giving has you stumped — especially for the friend who seems to have it all — you're in luck! We've found some of the best design-savvy gifts that won't bend your budget. Whether it be a sleek vase or a gilded datebook, these picks will satiate anyone with an appetite for design!
If there's one thing that gets a bad rap in design, it's the studio apartment. Often a rental with very little in the way of space, studios must do it all without room to spare. While it is a tall order, we found a place that does it just right. Tucked away in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this studio is just as relaxing as it is energizing. Keeping rental restrictions and their client Jamie's laid-back style in mind, designers Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin of LABLstudio created an urban oasis filled with ideas that anyone would sacrifice square footage for.
Mixing earthy and glamorous touches, this "hidden gem" evolved into a room suitable for sleeping, living, and entertaining. Getting creative with the space, Boswell and Levin incorporated unexpected pops of color using removable wallpaper and made sure every piece served a variety of purposes. The result proves that size isn't everything! Keep reading for a full studio tour and Lindsay and Ali's favorite tricks for decking out a small space.
OK, you've been voted to host Thanksgiving . . . now what? Breathe, set the table, and get ready to impress. To start, consider any one of these five table-setting ideas that are 100 percent doable. Try going glam (without going over the top) with metallics, or take it outdoors (weather permitting!). Keep the details in mind and an eye on what's cooking, and you'll have an unforgettable holiday meal!
1. Go Glam With Metallics
For a table that is glamorous — without being tacky — take note from the above. Start with a centerpiece that mixes and matches metallic candlestick holders (you can make your own using spray paint). Then, consider dinnerware that has a hint of metallic, like these copper-rimmed dishes. Finally, painted metallic pumpkins displayed in clear dessert bowls add a picture-perfect touch.
2. Stick With Simplicity
This year, keep it simple. For the place setting, pair white dishes with organic linen napkins and minimal glassware. Create visual excitement by switching out a traditional fabric runner for a magnolia-leaf garland. Top off each plate with a single magnolia flower. Basic white candles add a subtle ambiance.
3. Keep It Casual
Although Thanksgiving only happens once a year, it's OK to keep it casual. In fact, the above inspiration is perfect for a Friendsgiving! To achieve this look, make the most of the outdoors. Hang string lights and use seasonal flowers to create an effortless runner. As for the seating? Don't worry about it. Ask friends to bring pillows and blankets for a picnic vibe. For easy cleanup, use chic, disposable bamboo plates. If the weather is not permitting, a similar atmosphere can be styled indoors . . . just use a coffee table and pillows!
Aside from getting a head start on your holiday shopping, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales provide the perfect excuse to redecorate! Many of our favorite retailers are offering major discounts. To make your postfood-coma shopping spree a breeze, we've gathered all of the details (plus our favorite picks!) from each sale. So start clicking; these sales deserve to be bookmarked.
Ask a design lover to bring a white elephant gift, and you should expect the wacky but not the tacky. At this popular holiday party of sorts, guests draw numbers to determine a random exchange of tchotchke gifts. Since we know you're a high-style lover with a sense of humor, these tongue-in-cheek gifts should be right up your alley. Let the games begin!
Bohemian style is all about bold patterns, bright prints, and vibrant colors — all elements we think make a great gift. If you know a haute hippie or a lover of eclectic design, we found just the way to suit her style. Without heading to a flea market or searching Etsy, these earthy accents, whimsical prints, and patterned textures are perfect for your free-spirited friends.