Design Unleashed: Best Modern Pet Items From Wayfair’s New Archie & Oscar Line

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. Wayfair has gone to the dogs (and others of our favorite furry friends) with a new exclusive line of pet furniture and accessories. Named Archie & Oscar, it features more than 500 items including gerbil cages, pet outdoor chaise lounges and aquariums that mix modern design with everyday function. No need to hide Boot’s scratching post – Archie & Oscar’s version is worthy of sharing living space with your Noguchi sofa. Archie & Oscar’s products were tested and endorsed by their pet influencers, known as the Wayfair Pet Squad. Here are their picks:

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Nala is a Siamese/Tabby mix and the Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Popular Cat on Instagram” with 3.6 million followers.

Best Baby Glam Pieces From the New PB Modern Baby Line

Fashionistas and design purists, rejoice! PB Modern Baby, Pottery Barn’s anxiously awaited line of high-glamour baby furnishings, is now available online and in select stores. If black and white (instead of pink or baby blue) are what you envision for your baby’s nursery, check out these PB Modern Baby accessories and the line’s five collections:

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Hip Modern collection

A hip mix of retro, mid-century and modern pieces that grow with your baby.
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Glam modern collection

The ultimate in modern glamour featuring velvet, black or white high gloss lacquer pieces and gold brass hardware elements. PB Modern Baby




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Minimal Modern collection

Understated, chic and texture-focused for an urban vibe.




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Natural Modern collection

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Decorating a New Home? Here Are 5 Resolutions You Should Embrace After a Move

The moving process can be pretty work intensive. If you’re selling, staging your home so that someone will fall in love with it and buy it is a job in itself. Then, there’s the task of packing and clearing out your old place. And then there’s the actual move, unpacking and decorating a new home. Many movers feel like they never want to move again, or at least they may want to set up their home differently the next time around. Here are five moving “aha!” moments and the lessons they provide on decorating a new home better and more easily the next time.

1. Some of the stuff you packed (and carried) should have been left behind

The most common realization during the moving process is that you have far more than you thought you did. And honestly, how much of it have you even used recently? Many
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25 Refreshing Outdoor Shower Ideas For An Easy, Breezy Summer

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. Have you ever had a shower outside on a sunny, warm day? It’s a great way to refresh yourself when it’s hot. Plus, if you live near the beach, an outdoor shower makes it easy to rinse the sand off before going indoors. These outdoor shower ideas are an easy project that can add to your patio or yard, enhance the beauty of your landscaping and add value to your home. Adding an outdoor shower is as easy as converting a water hose or spigot into a shower. But that only offers a cold water shower, which may be all you need. Alternately, you can call in a plumber to bring hot water to the spot. Buy one of these ready-to-go outdoor showers and
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Here Are the 10 Most Affordable Cities for Renters in 2018

Zillow has released a report of the most affordable cities for renters. They looked at the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. to zero in on the 10 most affordable cities for 2018. This isn’t a simple list of where you can pay the least amount of rent. Researchers also considered work, income opportunities and population, which add to the quality of life. To make the grade, monthly rent in these cities had to be no more than 30 percent of the average income for the market. Is your city one of the most affordable cities for renters?

1. Philadelphia, PA

Household Income Spent on Rent: 21.9%
Zillow’s Average Monthly Rent Payment: $1,083
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A 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,064 square foot home for rent in Philadelphia for $1,150 per month.

The city of brotherly love welcomes renters with open arms. The universities attract a large student population,
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Here Are 6 Surprising Home Improvements That Will Get You the Most Bang for Your Buck When You Sell

Zillow, the website that values home properties according to local area sales, just released a report on how to add value before selling your home. Their research team looked at the 100 most common terms found in home listings from the last couple of years to identify the trends of what people are looking for in a new home. They looked deeper to find which of these wish list items return the most money for the investment. If you’re thinking granite countertops, wood floors or a new outdoor deck top the list, you might be surprised to read that none of those three are mentioned. In fact, most of the top six home improvements driving profitable sales today are unexpected. And some don’t cost a ton of money to add.

1. A wine refrigerator

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Even a small under-the-counter wine fridge could add thousands of dollars to your home’s sale price.

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Take a Look Inside Ben Affleck’s Plantation House Full of Southern Charm Before It Sells

Ben Affleck is selling his gorgeous southern antebellum Greek-revival Georgia plantation for $8.9 million through Engel & Volkers. It’s nicknamed “The Big House” and here’s why:
  • It’s situated on 87 acres on Hampton Island.
  • The main “Big House” is 6,000 square feet and has several stately fireplaces and 15-foot ceilings.
  • There’s also a 10,000-square-foot guest house for 20 featuring five bedrooms and three master suites.
  • The property includes a cottage.
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The antebellum-style main house has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

Located just 35 miles from Savannah, the historic-looking home is perfectly polished. Here’s a look inside:

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The living room is elegant yet relaxed and inviting, thanks to the slipcovered sofas. The grand fireplace has a mirror hung over it that reflects the centerpiece of the room: the chandelier.

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Reclaimed brick adds a historical feel to the home.

The open, airy kitchen has a relaxed feel. Large armoires and an island provide

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How Much House Can I Afford? Here’s a Breakdown by State and Major City

Are you planning a move or a relocation? You probably have questions like, “How much house can I afford? or “Should I rent or buy?” We’ve taken data from websites like Zillow, How Much and Unison to break it down for you. First off, these figures were calculated by taking data from Zillow about each state’s median home sale price and deducting a 10% down payment. The remaining amount was dropped into a mortgage calculator with an interest rate of 5%. And according to How Much, “Financial advisors commonly recommend the total cost of housing take up no more than 30% of gross income (the amount before taxes, retirement savings, etc.).” Following that sensible rule, they worked out what your annual salary should be to own a home.

Here’s the answer to “How much house can I afford?” and the salary you’ll need to make
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Check out Oprah’s New Orcas Island Getaway

Variety has done some super sleuthing to discover that Oprah Winfrey just spent $8.275 million on a private estate on Orcas Island, Washington. Orcas Island is between Seattle and Vancouver in the San Juan Islands archipelago. Oprah’s new compound, named Madroneagle Estate by the seller, features two waterfront parcels totaling 43 acres and 3,000 feet of shoreline.
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Views from her property of the eastern part of the island.

Here is part of Oprah’s private shoreline.

Check out Oprah’s new getaway:

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There are several structures including a tea house (shown on the left), the main house featuring four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms (shown on the right), a large barn with a gym, a woodworking studio and yoga studio and a large guest house on the cliff overlooking the bay.

Rustic craftsman in style, the three-story main residence is 7,303 square feet of oasis. Stone facing, rustic timber accents and

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The New Pottery Barn Modern Baby Line Is Perfect for the Glam Fam

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.  Black lacquer, gold hardware, lucite, Scandinavian wood. These are some of the baby nursery materials you’ll be seeing when the Pottery Barn Modern Baby Line goes live at PotteryBarnKids.com and Pottery Barn Kids stores in mid-July.  The fresh, new baby line is high-style, designed for the modern glam fam(ily) looking for something upscale and chic.
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A sneak peek at the new Pottery Barn Modern Baby line.

Home design style preferences have evolved over time, with modern design taking the lead over more traditional styles. Pottery Barn’s new Modern Baby line is a perfectly curated collection that meets the needs of today’s new parents who want something more urban and elegant for their little one. The collection will come in five nursery aesthetics,
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New Apartment Decorating Ideas to Set Up Your Place from Scratch (And On A Budget)

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.  Moving into your very first apartment is big. So is the to-do list, especially if you’re decorating from scratch — and on a budget. Decorating a new apartment requires a little pre-planning. These apartment decorating ideas come with a basic shopping list to get you started. The list focuses on the elements in each room that create the biggest bang for your budget. When moving into a new apartment, your first task is to choose two spaces you want to prioritize first. The living room and bedroom are likely the two most important spaces in your place. They may also be the two rooms that require the most investment. Regardless of which rooms you want to tackle first, visualize how you’ll be using
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Get Ready to See the New Color of the Year Everywhere

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 may not be familiar with the company PPG, but you’ve probably felt its influence. It manufactures paint and finishes for the construction, consumer home improvement, industrial and automotive markets. Glidden, Olympic and Dulux are just a few of its consumer paint brands covering 70 countries. So when PPG announces its Color of the Year (like it just did for 2019), the world listens. PPG’s official Color of the Year for 2019 is Night Watch: a deep, rich green. PPG chose the hue by hosting an annual color workshop. Twenty PPG “global color stylists” from the home paint, aerospace, automotive and consumer electronics industries met to analyze the latest fashion runway and lifestyle trends that are most likely to resonate with society.

Keep It Cool with These 16 Gorgeous Modern Ceiling Fans

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.  Though traditionally they’ve been eyesores, a ceiling fan is one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep your room cool. Luckily, things have changed: These 16 gorgeous modern ceiling fans manage to keep it cool and look cool, too. The best part? They’re reasonably priced, falling between $250 and $800.

1. Raven LED Ceiling Fan by Rejuvenation, $500

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If you’re in the mood for a showstopper, the Raven has you covered. It’s large and dramatic, with eight blades and a 72-inch diameter spread. The size alone is enough to get a room downright breezy, but there are 31 available speeds to keep things at the perfect temperature. Image: Rejuvenation

2. Cranbrook Mint Ceiling Fan by Hunter, $249

Pottery Barn Says Hello to Hello Kitty with a Stylish New Line for Teens at Heart

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.  Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kimora Lee Simmons and Katy Perry are all Hello Kitty fanatics. And they’re not alone. Hello Kitty may be 43 years old, but she’s still a favorite of teens – and teens at heart. And now you can add a modern touch of Hello Kitty to your home through PBteen.
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A lifestyle shot of the latest Pottery Barn Hello Kitty collaboration for PBTeen. All images courtesy of PBteen.

What makes this collection so fab is its understated, minimalist take. All 21 pieces flow, thanks to their black, white and metallic color theme, which is perfectly on trend.

The new Pottery Barn Hello Kitty collab is super kawaii and you’re going to love it. Here are our favorite items:












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Get Your Joanna Gaines Magnolia Home Farmhouse Decor at Pier 1 Imports

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Chip and Joanna Gaines have been busy! Besides their show and design projects, they’ve launched a Hearth and Home line at Target. What’s more, their popular Waco, TX retail store, Magnolia Home, sells limited edition and one-of-a-kind farmhouse decor pieces. Until now, only a few select items could be ordered off of the store’s Magnolia Market website.

However, farmhouse decor lovers, no need to road trip to Waco to shop. You can now get Magnolia Home furniture, rugs and other home accents at Pier 1.

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Joanna Gaines showcases some of her favorite farmhouse decor pieces of Magnolia Home for Pier 1 Imports.

The collection includes furniture and accessories focusing on warm, cozy textures and soft colors like whites, ivories, pinks and blues. Pier

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Check Out Amazon’s Furniture Lines for Farmhouse and Modern Design Fans

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. Amazon has its pulse on furniture design trends. And the proof is in its bespoke Amazon furniture lines, created for two of the hottest design styles today: farmhouse and modern. According to Amazon, its farmhouse furniture line, Stone & Beam, “brings family-inspired, casual comfort home.” The mid-priced quality pieces range from furniture to bedding to an excellent selection of lighting. The modern-style Rivet home line is a combination of “Mid-Century and industrial Modern design to bring you beautiful, affordable pieces for your ever-evolving lifestyle.” It’s even got a small-space living collection for studio and tiny house dwellers.
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A selection of items from Amazon’s new modern furniture line, Rivet.

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25 Tumblr-Worthy Ways to Decorate with String Lights All Year Round

If you’re space-challenged, you may not have the luxury of storing holiday decorations during the off-season. However, it’s possible to repurpose some of those items; one easy way is to decorate with string lights. String lights can cast a lovely warm glow in a dark corner or stand in as a candle replacement. And since many LED string lights are powered by batteries, there’s little hassle in hanging them up on the wall. Here are 25 Tumblr-worthy ways people have found to decorate with string lights.

Adorn a large, empty wall

Often, a large wall requires special wall art or a series of canvases or prints in a gallery-style setting. That said, another way to give that large wall new life is by creating a glowing installation with string lights.
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Mesh string lights designed for wrapping around trees come pre-strung in a geometric pattern, making them easy to hang.

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Taylor Swift Is a Secret House Flipper. Check Out Her Mid-Century Modern Listing

Taylor Swift may be vocal about her love life in her music, but she keeps things quiet when it comes to house flipping. She’s been buying and selling Beverly Hills homes since 2011. According to the Los Angeles Times, she sold that house off-market for $4 million (for a half million dollar profit). This current listing is down the street from her first house. The mid-century modern four-bedroom bungalow is listed at $2.95 million. She paid $1.77 million for it in April 2012 and used it as a guest house for visiting friends. Lucky friends, too — here’s what their “guest quarters” look like:
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Tropical palms and bamboo add privacy to the pool area of Taylor Swift’s bungalow.

All rooms open to outdoor living overlook the pool and the garden.

Taylor Swift’s poolside deck feels like a treehouse.

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All of the bedrooms are spacious, like this master suite.

Get Ready for Summer With These 15 Modern and Fun Pool Floats

It was a long winter and it’s time to reward yourself with a little sun and pool time. Don’t just go for an ordinary poolside day, adorn yourself with the perfect accessory! Here’s a roundup of fun pool floats that make a day at the beach (or pool) memorable.

1. Mermaid tail

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Kicking your feet up? Why not your mermaid tail, too? Cool pool float by Jasonwell, available at Amazon, $24.

2-3. Angels have all the fun

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Cool pool float designer FUNBOY created the Lips Float, $79, and the Angel Wings, $128, for Instagram-worthy floating.

4. An inflatable pool float for modern art lovers

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The famous Balloon Dog sculpture by Jeff Koons is now a floating sculpture, brought to a pool near you by Target, $36.

5. Poolside sweetheart

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Simple but to the point, Bando‘s translucent pink heart, $24, stands out from the blue colors

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Have an Endless Summer With These 35 Beach House Decor 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.  Want to infuse your home with a little bit of beach chic for the summer (or year round)? Wait until you see these 35 beach house decor ideas. You can bring a little bit of coastal living into your home or apartment, even if you’re not beach-adjacent, with just a few tweaks! Here’s how:

Add some nautical stripe beach house decor

A blue and white stripe is a fresh beach house decor idea. Here are some ways to add a coastal living stripe to your space:
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Add a beach-style striped throw to your bed or sofa. Image: Julia Sperling

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For a coastal chic living room, add a large and bold woven striped rug. Image: Elle Decor