Ashley Woodson Bailey’s Wallpaper Brings Moody Florals Home

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Floral wallpaper is making its comeback, with Ashley Woodson Bailey leading the charge. Image: AWB

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.   This ain’t your grandma’s floral wallpaper. Florist-turned-photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey has just rolled out a line of garden-inspired wallpapers that toe the line between antiquated and avant-garde. One look at her wallpaper shop will have you feeling all of the moody, soft feels. Finding the perfect high-impact wallpaper just got a whole lot easier. Bailey’s new wallpapers take everything we once loved about wallpaper (the blend of colors, the use of pattern, the visual interest) and mixes in everything we love about modern design (high contrast, large-scale accents, pops of color) to deliver something with wide appeal. So how did Bailey learn to balance the traditional elements of
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5 Concrete Floors That Will Cement Your Love for This Material

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Cement your interior design with one of the hottest flooring trends: concrete floors. Image: Effect Home Builders

The design world is hot for concrete right now. It’s not only one of 2018’s biggest design trends, it’s equal parts sleekness and sturdiness. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to maintain. Need we say more? Just to be safe, we will. Concrete just might be your most eco-friendly flooring option. If there’s already a concrete slab in your home or apartment, all you need to do is have it sanded and sealed. You need only minimal additional materials, meaning your impact on the environment is tiny. What’s more, concrete lasts a long time — we’re talking centuries. That’s why so many homes use it as the base for their flooring. If you want durable, chic flooring that’s easy to keep up, look no further than concrete floors. Here are a few examples
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6 Closet Cleaning Tips to (Finally) Get Your Wardrobe Organized

Imagine: You open up your closet and everything looks neat and tidy. It’s filled with pieces you love, and you can see all of your options for today’s outfits. This isn’t just a scene from “Clueless.” It can be your reality if you’re ready to employ a few closet cleaning tips. We know that cleaning your closet is a major undertaking. It can even be unexpectedly emotional; you might have items you know you don’t need or want but feel you should keep because of their history. We’re here to help you tackle this major chore with confidence. We’ve rounded up six tried-and-true (yes – we’ve tested these ourselves!) closet cleaning tips.
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Of these six closet cleaning tips, flipping hangers is perhaps the most classic example. Image: VSP Interiors

1. Flip your hangers

Do you know which items you wear and which are just taking up space in
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8 Things You Need to Do Before Moving Into Your New Home

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Tackle these eight tasks before moving to start life in your new home worry-free. Image: Chip Webster Architecture

Congratulations! You survived the time- and energy-draining process of buying a home! Now it’s time to enjoy life at your new address. You’re probably looking forward to the clean slate a new house offers. And who can blame you? You get to leave behind the outstanding maintenance chores and un-scrubbed baseboards from your previous property. However, there is a short list of things you should do before moving into your new place. We know that moving is already a hassle, and the last thing you want to do is add more to your plate. If you put these key tasks off, though, you’re ultimately making them harder to tackle in the long run. Knock out these eight to-dos before moving in and you’ll be able to enjoy life in your new home
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West Elm and Steelcase Partner for Better Workspaces

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West Elm and Steelcase have announced a partnership to develop new kinds of workspaces. Image: Steelcase

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. West Elm has long been a go-to choice for anyone who prefers a modern aesthetic. You can find its furniture and textiles in homes across the country. But it isn’t settling for making its mark on the residential domain. It’s now pushing into the commercial space through a new partnership with Steelcase. Steelcase has helped companies build highly functional, highly beautiful offices for over a century. It got its start as a manufacturer of metal office furniture. Today, it has expanded its offerings to include a wide portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services. And it does all of this with sustainability in mind. As two prominent
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The First-Time Renter’s Guide to Apartment Living

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The first-time renter can use this guide for ideal apartment living. Image: Leivars

Congratulations! Moving into your first apartment is a major life step. As a new renter, you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement, mixed with the awareness that life is changing in a big way. If you’re feeling a little daunted, don’t worry: We gathered up four of the most important tips for first-time renters. Follow these and you’ll be loving life in your new space in no time!
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Carve out time to sit down and work on your budget. Image: Ebright Design

First-time renter tip #1: Stay on budget

Getting your own place is a major financial step. It can make you feel either liberated or overwhelmed. The difference between the two is keeping a handle on your spending. To start, don’t sign the lease on a place that costs more than 30% of your take-home pay.
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4 Design Tips From ‘Queer Eye’ Star Bobby Berk

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“Queer Eye” star Bobby Berk is captivating the design world – and Netflix bingers. Image: Builder

The “Queer Eye” reboot has taken the world by storm. Whether it’s women fawning over Antoni Porowski or social media living for the next sassy statement from Jonathan Van Ness, the internet is abuzz with news about the Fab Five. Meanwhile, the show’s resident design expert, Bobby Berk, is quietly transforming entire homes in just a few days’ time. Clearly, Berk is no stranger to the way good design can rejuvenate a space – and the person living in it. If you want to bring some of that transformation into your own home or apartment, check out these four design tips from Bobby Berk.
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Give any room a fresh feel with textured walls. Image: Bobby Berk Home

Wake up your walls

It’s tempting to adopt a set-it-and-forget-it mentality with our walls. You paint them,
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Patterned Tile: What the Portuguese Can Teach Us About Style

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Look to the Portuguese for patterned tile that transforms a room. Image: CTI Kitchens

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.  During any renovation or new build, the designer – or design-minded property owner – is tasked with balancing functionality and style. Choices present themselves at every turn. Will you prioritize form or function? Blending your vision with the realities of a space is a major undertaking. If you’re in the thick of this process and feel overwhelmed, we’ve got good news. Patterned tile can deliver both high impact and high function. Your days of deliberating are over! The patterned tile revival in the US leans into Mediterranean culture. If you’re looking for inspiration to turn a simple stretch of tile into a permanent art piece, go straight to the
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Floor Your Guests With These 2018 Rug Trends

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These 2018 rug trends can help you pick the perfect addition to your floor. Image: Allison Lind Interiors

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. Perhaps it was the Dude who said it best: A rug can really tie a room together. Laying down a single piece of fabric has the potential to completely transform a space. Rugs can take a room from cavernous to cozy, from disconnected to designed. Every decorator knows just how important a rug can be. Think of it as a huge piece of art. That being said, it’s also something you’re going to walk on – and have to look at – every day. You want a rug that is visually interesting but won’t overwhelm a room. Picking the perfect rug can be quite the challenge.
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Palm Springs: Your Hot Spot for Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid-century modern is a trend that’s here to stay. You can thank “Mad Men” or our parents’ hand-me-downs, but either way, this style has taken up residence in homes across America. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Palm Springs. In fact, in Palm Springs, mid-century modern styling isn’t a return to anything; it’s honoring a style that never really left. Palm Springs has historically attracted a huge range of stars, from Frank Sinatra to Liberace. And who can blame them for choosing this spot? The warm weather, palm-lined streets and myriad of pools make it quintessential Southern California. Although it’s been decades since the Rat Pack called it home, Palm Springs still embodies that nostalgic mid-century glamour. Today, the area celebrates its fashionable heritage in a number of ways, from flat-roofed homes to Modernism Week in the fall. If you’re looking for some of the best mid-century architecture
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How To: Incorporate Surfboards in Home Decor

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Are you ready to catch the wave of surfboards in home decor? Image: Starr Sanford Design

Americans have always had a love of surf culture. We associate it with cool people and a laid-back lifestyle. Surfers are famed for soaking up days in the sunshine, setting their own schedules and pursuing their passion for the ocean. What’s not to love? The surf culture hype is nothing new – but its introduction into interior design is. Now, everywhere we look, we’re seeing surfboards in home decor. Whether you love or scoff at this new trend, there’s undeniable proof that it can work. When done right, using surfboards in home decor can give a room a laid-back air. Surfboard decor is ideal for homes with a beachy vibe or for modern structures seeking a little playfulness in certain areas. Ready to see how this trend works in practice? Here are some samples of
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Our Top 5 Prime Day Smart Home Picks

Prime Day isn’t over yet! You’ve probably had some fun poking around all of the great deals on furniture, textiles and home decor on Amazon. All of the easy-on-the-eyes pictures – and even easier-on-the-wallet prices – make it tempting to spend your savings stocking up on home goods. However, don’t miss out on the great tech deals just because it’s not as fun to window-shop them. This is the year to make your house into a smart home, and Prime Day has just the deals to help you do it. Whether your home is fully fitted with the latest tech or you’ve been hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, there are some key Prime Day smart home deals you shouldn’t skip. Most people who’ve eschewed smart home tech have done so because of the historically high price of getting started. Amazon is changing that, thanks in part to its deals today.
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The Best Prime Day 2018 Home Deals

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 been making the most of Prime Day 2018? We’ve had quite a few hours now to get our Prime Day feet under us. You may have made some impulse purchases – no judgment here. With everything so steeply discounted, it’s hard not to click that enticing yellow “Add to Cart” button. You shouldn’t let today pass you by, though; there are many more sale items available that you’ll be sincerely glad to own a few weeks from now. We’ve gathered up some of the best Prime Day 2018 home deals. Use this list to score big before the day’s deals are done.

Prime Day 2018 home deals: furniture

Prime Day is a lot like Black Friday. The deals on low-dollar items
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Prime Day 2018: The Best Home Deals From Amazon’s Big Day

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 is here! Image: Amazon

It’s here! Prime Day is basically Christmas for online shoppers who live for two-day shipping. It starts today at 3 p.m. ET, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get in on some great deals. Amazon is already rolling out discounts and stocking its digital shelves with a huge range of products.

What is Prime Day?

If you haven’t already heard, Prime Day is a big deal in the online shopping world. It’s the biggest sale of the year for Amazon, arguably the top player in e-commerce. It offers Black Friday-esque deals on a huge range of products. Essentially, if you were planning on buying something from Amazon, now’s the time. Prime Day continues through tomorrow, July 17. It’s 36 hours of sweet deals from the store that sells just about everything. Keep in mind that not all Prime
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5 Ways Baskets Can Revolutionize Your Pantry Organization

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Baskets change the game in pantry organization. Image: Cummings Architects

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’ve seen them: pictures of beautiful pantries, their shelves lined with clearly labeled glass jars and neatly arranged bins. They seem to repel dust and disorganization. If your pantry doesn’t look like that, you’re not alone. Keeping your pantry in top shape is a challenge – especially if you actually use it. Whether you’re a master chef or newbie in the kitchen, your pantry will be in a constant state of flux. With so much coming in and going out, how do you keep things in order? The answer might be simpler than you think. Look at those pretty pantry pictures again. What do they all have in common? Baskets. They might be
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Beyond the Terra Cotta Pot: CB2’s Modern Planter Line

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CB2’s modern planter line includes interesting shapes in classic colors, like these Zen planters.

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.  We’re loving the houseplant trend. What’s better than surrounding yourself with lush, affordable decor that will only get more impressive with time and will help keep your air clean? It’s no surprise that plants are in style. Whether you’re just starting to test your green thumb or have a veritable jungle at home, CB2’s modern planter line has something for you. Its sleek new planters will help you transform your home garden into a work of art. If you’re still using terra cotta pots for all of your plants, CB2’s here to upgrade you. Its unique planters deliver clean lines, classic colors (that aren’t earthen brown!) and a
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3 Smart Home Upgrades That Will Save You Money

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These three key smart home upgrades will help you cut energy costs. Image: Honeywell Home

The future is now. We’re developing flying, self-piloting cars to taxi us around. We have multiple digital assistants ready to serve us at a moment’s notice. Virtual reality is becoming commonplace. With technology driving so much innovation, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing gadgets trickle into our homes. Smart home upgrades are on the rise. But how do you know what’s hype and what’s actually helpful? Of course, it at least partially depends on your needs and preferences. You may want to keep $16,000 in your pocket and fold your own laundry, for example. We can’t give you a hard-and-fast rule to decide what home tech is worth the purchase price. We can, however, point you toward some smart home technology that will accomplish something we can all agree is good: saving money. Here’s
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5 Outdoor Entertaining Tips to Amp Up Your Summer Parties

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Prep for summer fun with these outdoor entertaining tips. Image: Apex Pools

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.  ‘Tis the season to start moving your gatherings outdoors. As temperatures warm and the daylight hours lengthen, it becomes easier – and more fun – to host parties in your yard. Easier doesn’t necessarily mean easy, though. Hosting your friends al fresco comes with its fair share of challenges. The good news is that with a little preparation, an outdoor party can be extremely low-maintenance. Getting everyone together outside lends a relaxed air. Expectations are lower, the natural beauty of your yard does most of the decorating work and if things get really messy, a hose handles cleanup. Are you ready to take advantage of the summer season and move
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Fourth of July Party Decor Ideas to Help You Let Freedom Ring

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Be free from worry with these easy Fourth of July party decor ideas. Image: Flower Garden Girl

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.  The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate freedom and enjoy the liberties given to us by our democratic society. The only problem is that if you’re the one hosting your Independence Day shindig, you probably don’t feel independent from stress. Hosting the Fourth shouldn’t be a hassle, though. We’ve gathered up some ideas to help you get inspired and get excited about hosting an easy, fun party. Here are five simple (but stylish!) Fourth of July party decor ideas that will add a wow factor to your celebration.
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A flag tapestry is a high-impact way to decorate an entire room. Image: Patrick Ahearn

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Move Over, Millennial Pink. Melodramatic Purple Is Here

 
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Melodramatic purple adds sophistication and visual interest to any space. Image: Elad Gonen

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.  Millennial pink has had its day. The warm shade shaped a number of decor trends in 2017. 2017 is over, though, and the new year is bringing hot new hues. One of the hottest is actually a cool, calming color. If you haven’t already been exposed to melodramatic purple, let us introduce you. This color started its climb to the top just recently. The name “melodramatic purple” came into the spotlight in August of last year, when Lorde stepped onto the red carpet in a dress of this color. Now, it’s cropping up as a go-to shade for fashionistas and interior decorators. Why? Melodramatic purple replaces the youthful vibes of
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