The Freshome Gift Guide: Tiny Living and Small Apartment Gifts

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  That special person who lives in a small apartment or studio is one of the hardest to shop for during the holidays. When space is limited or  tiny living is a way of life, you have to be thoughtful of what you’ll bring into a smaller space. If a gift doesn’t serve multiple purposes or isn’t small in scale, it might not be the right choice. Luckily, great things come in small packages! Here’s our tiny living gift guide filled with great small apartment gifts in stores now.

Small Kitchen Gifts

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Look for colorful and multipurpose gifts, like this Nest Set of 9 Kitchen Set by Joseph Joseph. The stackable items include a mixing bowl, a colander, strainer, measuring cups and spoons. Available

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Decorating with Mustard Yellow for a Mid-century Holiday Season

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Want to add an unexpected color to your modern decor? Decorating with mustard yellow may be the answer. The warm, golden tone is a perfect addition to your everyday neutrals like whites, tans and greys. Also known as golden yellow, saffron and maize, the warm, rich hue of yellow adds a fresh pop to your home, especially during the holidays. Check out these ideas and mustard yellow home decor in stores now.

Decorating with mustard yellow in the kitchen and dining room

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Mustard yellow accents include the glass pendants and tiles on the wall. Image: HGTV

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Mustard yellow accents warm up the cool tones of the space. Image: Zac and Zac

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Here Are This Year’s Coolest Picks from Oprah’s Favorite Things

Oprah's favorite things 2017 Oprah’s Favorite Things list is kicking off the 2017 holiday shopping season. For the last 20 years, Oprah has featured gifts that are perfect for friends, family or that special person in your life. This year, she selected 102 items that range from fresh blueberries to a DNA testing kit — and they’re all available for purchase on Amazon. ‘Tis the season for giving, but always remember to treat yourself too!

Here are some of our top picks from Oprah’s Favorite Things:

Ichendorf Tonda and Rings Cruet Set. Handmade in Italy and contemporary in design to showcase your best oil and vinegar.

How about a portable cold brewer for that person who can’t live without an iced coffee? Cold Brew Set by Asobu.

For those who are limited on space and can’t have an authentic wood-fired oven, the BakerStone Original Pizza Oven Kit will turn your barbecue grill into a pizza

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Home for the Holidays: 15 Festive Dining Chairs to Dress Up Your Table

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.   You can probably work with that old dining table this holiday season by adding a festive tablecloth and a cool holiday setting, but your ordinary dining chairs can’t hide. And what will you use for all the extra guests around the table? It’s time for a chair intervention. Quality modern dining chairs that are both comfortable and inviting can be the centerpiece of your dining room set, so don’t skimp.
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The Pike wood dining chair in black by Room and Board adds contrast to all the wood tones in this modern dining room.

Your dining chairs should look good and feel comfortable enough for friends and family to relax in. For the best color impact and most comfort, consider an upholstered dining
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Decorating With Color: Shop Plum and Wine Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Nest

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The latest rich hues of plums, wines and berries are a vibrant way to warm up your neutral space for the holidays. Image: Whiteline Designs

Shop a similar look: Throw Pillows | Rug Plum or wine has many names — aubergine, currant, merlot, deep cranberry, burgundy, eggplant, berry and plum spice. The latest fashionable version is a combo of the darker, traditional colors — with a bright, bold, berry twist. Decorating with color that’s bold and rich is a great way to transform a room fast. Why not try adding these new, sumptuous hues to your space to warm and cozify your nest for the holidays?
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Burgundy and purple take cues from berries and your favorite red wine in the latest hues of wines

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10 Best Apartment Sofas and Small Sectionals to Cozy Up On

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  If lounging is a favorite past time, your small living room space doesn’t have to cramp your style. We’ve got 10 of the best apartment sofas and small sectionals that are stylish, compact and comfortable enough to cozy up on.

1. One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa by Bludot at All Modern

Best Apartment Sofas and Small Sectionals - freshome.com This contemporary sleeper comes in a few color options and converts easily into a queen size mattress for guests — or movie Sundays. 80″ W x 32″ D x 30″ H, $1,600 and up at All Modern

2. Bryce Lounge Sectional Set at PB Teensmall sectionals and small living room sofas - freshome.com

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8 Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas for a Modern, Festive Gathering

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. As we prepare for an exciting Thanksgiving holiday, there’s so much to do and decorate. You’ve probably read about how to make your dining room special with the perfect chairs. You’ve got your favorite side dish recipes lined up. But how will you present your Thanksgiving dinner? Here are eight Thanksgiving table decorating ideas that will rock your table, delight your guests and make your side dishes look (and maybe even taste) better.
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Layer your thanksgiving table with linens, special dishes and a bold centerpiece of fall pumpkins and products down the middle of the table. Image: Tanya Capaldo Interior Design

Thanksgiving table decorating with fresh greens

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Make Your Neighbors Jealous With These 21 Modern Fall Porch Decorating Ideas

It’s time to give your porch a fall makeover to bring in the holiday season. But we’re not talking about just any makeover, we’re talking fresh, unique and most importantly, modern. Steal these fall front porch ideas to ramp up your curb appeal and make your neighbors jealous. You’re welcome!

Fall porch decorating ideas using pumpkins and mums

You’ll notice lots of pumpkins in these fall porch decorating ideas. And that’s because they last for months and work long past Halloween. The same goes for mums. These durable, low-maintenance flowers come in many colors — red, orange and white — to work with your pumpkins. To go modern with your fall porch decorating, add new and different colors to your fall and holiday decor. Mid-century modern-inspired aquas work well, or paint your pumpkins in matte black or white. Trying a new color palette for the holidays is the perfect way to freshen up
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How to Decorate with Orange to Stylishly Warm Up Any Room

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Mandarin, pumpkin spice, sunset, warm persimmon … these are all paint color names for orange. Orange is a contemporary, fun and warm color, but it can be tricky to decorate with — until now. Here are some orange decorating ideas to inspire you! You’ll be an expert on how to decorate with orange to add some contemporary flair and warmth to a room. So, how to get started decorating with orange? First off, you don’t have to spend a fortune or redo your house to add orange. The color works beautifully with earth tones and neutrals such as taupes, beiges and greys. It’s such a vibrant and eye-catching tone that a little can go a long way. You don’t have to commit to
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Mid-Century Modern Small Kitchen Design Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

Mid-century modern has never been more popular. And that’s because homeowners and renters want a modern style that’s also warm and full of personality. Add mid-century modern elements to your small kitchen design ideas to enlarge and brighten your small space and put fun back into cooking!

Small kitchen design ideas and elements

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Cool, modern and with a touch of whimsy, this small kitchen looks larger than its footprint thanks to the high ceilings. Image: HGTV

Let’s review the basics on mid-century design and why it works for a small kitchen:

Pick of the Litter: 40 Modern Pet Products for the Design Fanatic

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.   If you’re a design purist, the everyday dog bowl or cat scratcher doesn’t work in your modernist home. But wait till you see this roundup of some of the most gorgeous and innovative modern pet products. They mix two of your favorite things: good modern design and your favorite furry (or feathered) friend.

Modern pet bowls

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The Pet Lounge Curved Double Diner is made from contemporary white acrylic, $69.

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An Asian zen dining table for kitty by ViviPet, $60, including a spot for fresh catnip.

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This pet wall feeder looks like it floats and can be hung at the best height for your dog or cat. Image: MDeluxe

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Fell Pet makes modern pet products with a colorful twist, like this HiLo Duo

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Your Guide to Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

Heating the home in winter is one of the biggest household expenses. According to the EPA, 42% of the energy we use at home is for heating. While energy costs have risen, the improved energy efficiency of today’s heating systems offset those energy prices. There are plenty of energy-efficient home heating systems available for every budget to help you stay warmer this winter, and save you money in the process. Here’s your guide to the latest energy-efficient home heating systems.

Let’s talk efficiency strategy first

The most important component of an energy-efficient home heating system isn’t the system itself, but how well your home uses the system’s output. Sealing leaks in the doors, windows, walls and floors should be your first priority. Insulation, caulk and weatherstripping may be necessary around windows, doors or other drafty spots. These small steps are worth the investment — they’ll save you money in
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Reese Witherspoon Is Crate and Barrel’s New Ambassador and You’ll Love Her Tabletop Collection

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Crate & Barrel has named actress/producer Reese Witherspoon as its first-ever spokesperson. In a series of commercials that launch nationally October 29, Reese spoofs her “hostess with the mostess” skills in a fun, lighthearted way — with Crate and Barrel products as her co-stars. Reese is no stranger to design. She has her own Southern preppy-chic lifestyle brand, Draper James, and will be selling a small selection of her brand’s holiday-inspired entertaining and tabletop products at Crate and Barrel. “We’re excited to offer a selection of gifts from Reese’s lifestyle brand, Draper James, this holiday season,” said Crate and Barrel President Steve Woodward. “Draper James embodies a fun and vibrant sense of style inspired by gracious Southern living.” Reese founded Draper
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Beauty on a Budget: Above Ground Pool Ideas

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  In an ideal world, we’d all have the proper space and budget to have one of the sublime swimming pools we featured recently. But the reality is, not all of us can. Some homes have soil issues that make digging and excavation impossible. Or perhaps the yard area is small. Quite often, however, an above ground swimming pool is the only solution to overcoming these limitations. We’ve created a list of above ground pool ideas that might be the perfect fit for your backyard.
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Above ground pools with decks are popular in coastal areas where sand makes an underground pool difficult to build. Image:

Above Ground Swimming Pool Pros Include:

Awesome Vintage Campers and Camper Van Decor for Your Next Road Trip

Why not camp out or road trip this summer in one of the coolest vintage campers around? Airstream camper vans are hot and can still be found for a good bargain if you’re willing to put in a little work — and even add some stylish camper van decor. An Airstream looks like a silver bullet and was first introduced in 1936. But it took a good 20 to 30 years before it reached its peak of popularity in the late ’50s and ’60s.

Vintage Airstream photo. Image: Airstream

Enthusiasts have been collecting these vintage campers for some time now and refurbishing the interiors to function for the 21st century. Nowadays, camper vans are used for “glamping,” as mobile offices, a guest house in the backyard or even an Airbnb rental. Those who love the tiny house movement will appreciate the vibe of these tiny homes on wheels. Here are
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30 Back-to-School Homework Spaces and Study Room Ideas You’ll Love

If you’re having trouble getting your kids to do homework, check out these cool study room ideas. Maybe all you need to kick-start your kid’s study habits is a change of scenery! A back-to-school homework space that’s quiet for focus, colorful for inspiration and organized to reduce distractions would make homework time a pleasure for most kids. Regardless of the size of the space or room, you can create an awesome and affordable kids’ homework space. Best of all, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen are running a month-long sale in July to help you create the coolest back-to-school homework spaces ever.
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Frosted glass sliding doors separate the living room from the homework area for a quiet, distraction-free space. Image: Sarah Jefferys Design

When planning a homework space, remember these five important elements:

1. Color: Wallpaper or paint a wall or the shelf openings in a bold and invigorating color.
2. Furniture: A small

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New Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit Gives You a Free Look Inside His Designs

SC Johnson announced the opening of a new Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit of his architecture and furniture. Organized with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, it covers most of Wisconsin’s “Frank Lloyd Wright Trail” of buildings and includes 26 miniature scale models of his best work. The new exhibit, On the Wright Trail, is located at SC Johnson’s Fortaleza Hall at its corporate headquarters in Racine. Third-generation SC Johnson leader H.F. Johnson Jr. commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 to build the new corporate headquarters, which started a long relationship between the two. Wright designed several buildings and a home for Johnson Jr. which can be toured for free by the public on select days.
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Lloyd Wright, left, and Johnson Jr. Image: SC Johnson

The new exhibition is part of the company’s campus tour available Thursdays through Sundays. The one-and-a-half hour tour covers:

Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall, where the new exhibit is located

New Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit Gives You a Free Look Inside His Designs

SC Johnson announced the opening of a new Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit of his architecture and furniture. Organized with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, it covers most of Wisconsin’s “Frank Lloyd Wright Trail” of buildings and includes 26 miniature scale models of his best work. The new exhibit, On the Wright Trail, is located at SC Johnson’s Fortaleza Hall at its corporate headquarters in Racine. Third-generation SC Johnson leader H.F. Johnson Jr. commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 to build the new corporate headquarters, which started a long relationship between the two. Wright designed several buildings and a home for Johnson Jr. which can be toured for free by the public on select days.
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Lloyd Wright, left, and Johnson Jr. Image: SC Johnson

The new exhibition is part of the company’s campus tour available Thursdays through Sundays. The one-and-a-half hour tour covers:

Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall, where the new exhibit is located

Black is Back as the 2018 Color of the Year

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and industrial materials, announced its 2018 Paint Color of the Year: Black Flame. Some might think that black is the absence of color, but when you look at this winning shade, you’ll notice the new black has deep indigo undertones.
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A closer view of PPG’s Black Flame color swatch. Image: PPG

When PPG announces its Paint Color of the Year, you’re bound to see it everywhere — from tiles and apparel to the next NASA rocket. According to the 134-year-old company, they enlist “more than 20 color stylists from around the world, who specialize in industries such as consumer electronics, architectural, automotive and aerospace” to select the paint color.  And those 20 different color experts unanimously
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33 of the Best Tree House Ideas Ever for Grown Kids

You’ll feel a little tree house envy when you see this round up of the best (and wildest) modern tree house ideas around. And if you’ve got tree house plans in the works already, take a look at some of these incredible designs first. Enjoy!

1. Mirrored Black Box Tree House

Image: Baumraum

2. Oasis in a National Park

3. Tokyo Suburb Tea House Among the Cherry Trees

Image: Shuya Sato

4. Philly Backyard Contemporary Tree House Ideas

5. Large Mid-Century Los Angeles Tree House and Workspace

6. Mini Tree House Pods for Relaxing

Image: Dedon

7. Tree House Featuring a Frightening Swing Over the Abyss

8. Glass Tree House That Doubles as Art

9. Modern Seattle Tree House With Bridge Access

10. Avant-Garde Tree House Design

Image: Baumraum

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