When it comes to warm-weather decorating, the first thing you might think of is adding new throw pillows to your living room sofa, placing a colorful rug in your entry or swapping out the drab art in your bedroom for a beachy print. While these are all great starting points, there's one important space that you shouldn't overlook — your balcony. Luckily, we've rounded up 20 inspiring balcony ideas that'll help you make the most of your space, furniture choices, accessories and more.
Whether you're a professional designer looking for organization and decorating ideas, or you just got your first sewing machine yesterday, these sewing room ideas will help you create a space that boosts your productivity and stimulates creativity. From wall display examples to storage hacks, check out these sewing room ideas and style tips for non-stop inspiration while you work. This DreamBox shelving system has offers an endless arrangement of compartments, and you can fold it up into a compact piece when you're not using it.
What happens when 20 top designers join forces to decorate a single house? Well, that's the setup for this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, the fourth iteration of the Florida version of one of the design world's most famous show houses. This year, twenty designers from across the country descended on a 4,400-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa, and completely transformed it in under three months. This week, it opened for public tours, with all proceeds benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Not only did this year's designers manage to pull together a comprehensive renovation under COVID-19 restrictions, they created a house full of decorating inspiration and valuable ideas.
In honor of the Veep’s move into her official residence this week, we humbly put forth our top furniture and accessories choices for her home office. Here’s what we know about her taste from her fashion choices: She likes to stick with monochromatic colors, she loves a tailored look, and she prioritizes comfort (we love that she chicly pairs Converse sneakers with a suit!). When it comes to furniture, we propose sophisticated yet functional pieces, only sourcing from the best for our first female vice president, and, coincidentally, more than half of our recommendations were designed by women.
Finally, the world is beginning to open back up again: Slowly but surely, vaccines are being doled out across the country, restaurants and museums are setting up shop, and the weather is getting warmer. So naturally, people are itching to experience the joy of going on vacation once more (Plane tickets! Hotel chocolates! Road trip playlists!). That said, in case we’ve forgotten in the course of this past travel-less year, vacations aren’t without their worries. Leaving your home unattended can be a plenty stressful process of its own variety. From panicking over whether or not you remembered to unplug your hair straightener, to stressing about your dog at home with the sitter, there are plenty of scenarios that can keep you up at night. And the last thing you want to experience on your getaway is an ever-present anxiety about the place you got away from. To put your mind at ease, we pulled together a master list of products that will keep your home safe and secure while you're out of town. From state of the art video doorbell systems to self-operating plant water gauges, these are the goods that'll ensure your home remains in good hands (specifically yours thanks to smartphone-accessible apps) in your absence. Botanium Hydroponic Self-Watering PlanterThis self-watering planter waters every three hours, then drains and recycles the excess so your herbs’ or veggies’ roots stay moist. The tank holds enough water to last for weeks — so you won’t have to worry about your rosemary kicking the bucket during your girls’ trip.Botanium Hydroponic Self-Watering Planter, $, available at Bespoke PostRing Video DoorbellKeep an eye on your front door from anywhere in the world with Ring’s next-gen video doorbell. The WiFi-enabled video doorbell system will alert your phone whenever it detects nearby motion. Ring Ring Video Doorbell 3, $, available at RingMelnor RainCloud Internet Controlled Smart Timer If you need to maintain more than a few indoor houseplants, a smart timer may be worth the investment. This attachment fits most garden hoses, drip systems, soaker hoses, and sprinklers. With the accompanying app you can now control your watering from literally anywhere, so long as you have internet access and a smartphone. Melnor RainCloud Internet Controlled Smart Timer, $, available at Home DepotHoneywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Silver Thermostat You know that panicky moment when you think you may have forgotten to turn off the A/C before leaving home? Invest in a smart thermostat that you can access from your phone or tablet while on the road. It also boasts permanent, temporary, and vacation hold settings so you won’t have to disrupt your auto settings for a weekend getaway. Honeywell Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Silver Thermostat with Wi-Fi Compatibility, $, available at Lowe'sLitter-RobotAsking your neighbor to drop by and feed your cat is one thing, but expecting them to clean the litter box is another. Litter Robot’s self-cleaning litter box sifts out your feline’s waste after each use into a removable tray below. This way, your cat will have a consistently clean box without your sitter ever having to lift a scooper. Litter-Robot Litter-Robot 3 Connect, $, available at Litter RobotRing Indoor CameraSpeaking of cats: An indoor camera is another worthy investment if you're a diehard pet person — especially one as sleek and unobtrusive as this one. With this thing, you can watch your pets sleep all day while you’re experiencing separation anxiety from your hotel pool.Ring Ring Indoor Cam, $, available at RingPetSafe Microchip Cat DoorWhile we’re discussing cat habits, here’s another easy gadget to provide some peace of mind: This cat door syncs up with your pet’s internal microchip, allowing them, and only them, to access to your home. While you’re away, your indoor/outdoor kitty can party in the backyard without any unwanted furry friends following her into your home. PetSafe Microchip Cat Door, $, available at PetsafeLED+ Dusk to Dawn LightbulbsKeep would-be snoopers or intruders at bay with these automatically activated light fixtures. With the built-in sensors, GE’s Dusk to Dawn light bulbs trigger on after dark and switch off once the sun rises. GE Lighting LED+ Dusk to Dawn 100-Watt Lightbulb, $, available at AmazonUltraloq Deadbolt 1-Cylinder Biometric Electronic Lock If you'd rather not dole out spare keys to your pet sitters, housekeepers, family members, and the like, a smart lock grants access to your home with just the touch of a few buttons. Through the app, you can change your code at any time and monitor who is coming in and out of your doors. Ultraloq Ultraloq Deadbolt 1-Cylinder Biometric Electronic Lock, $, available at Lowe'sMasterlock Lock BoxAlternatively, a cheaper option is an old-school lock box. Just mount it somewhere outside your home and your guest will be able to access a set of physical keys with a combination code. Master Lock Masterlock Lock Box, $, available at Master LockPupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket Fido might know to not jump up on the couch when you’re around, but even the most well-trained pet can crack when left alone for long periods of time. Cover your bed, couch, or other desired surface with a protective cover while you’re gone. These extra-large throw blankets are even waterproof and machine-washable to combat any accidents your pet may experience.Pup Protector PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket, $, available at PawSentrySafe Fire-Resistant and Water-Resistant Box Safe Disasters happen when you least expect them. And the last thing you want to deal with when coming home from a vacation is a burst pipe or fire damage. Keep your important documents and keepsakes safe from any major accident with a fire- and water-resistant safe. SentrySafe SentrySafe Fire-Resistant and Water-Resistant Box Safe, $, available at WalmartBoxGuard Plastic Package Drop Accidentally order one too many packages before your trip? Prevent porch pirates by hiding all of those Amazon Prime boxes away. Position this package drop box somewhere away from prying eyes and instruct your delivery persons to place your mail inside.Cosco BoxGuard Plastic Package Drop, $, available at WayfairWiFi Smart PlugFor those who like the idea of having total control, buy some smart outlets in bulk. Amazon's WiFi-enabled version will allow you to monitor any and all plugged-in appliances (think: hair curlers and living room lamps) through your Alexa or Google Assistant — or you can simply set each outlet on its own timer. Aoycocr WiFi Smart Plug, $, available at AmazonLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Interior designer Bradley Stephens looked to grand 1920s banks and 18th-century salons in designing a family home for a long-time New York client.
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We were today-years-old when we learned how to reheat rice in the microwave — with an ice cube. That’s right, gone are the days when we merely dropped a couple dollops of cold, cooked rice into a microwave-safe bowl and zapped it for one minute. Nope, now we’ll forever top the rice with an ice […]
Tight, crunchy, and cheesy aren't adjectives we'd ever want to use to describe our hair, but it's exactly what we'd call the updos we wore back in the day. When weddings, graduations, and prom came around, an updo the size of a cornucopia was frequently involved — and so were one million bobby pins and copious amounts of extra-hold hairspray.In hindsight, stiff French rolls and Bumpit buns are hair trends we'd rather not repeat. (Although we wouldn't be surprised if they resurrect thanks to TikTok.) But, like French tips and bedazzled barrettes, updos have been given new life. Now there are so many cute ways to wear your hair up for special occasions — or just because — that won't remind you of your high-school prom photos. We rounded up some inspiration ahead, and most of them won't take a trip to the salon or a can of spritz to recreate.A chic updo on natural hair can be as simple as getting creative with two ponytails. You can tie your hair into chunky twists, pinning them into a figure-eight bun, or twist in braiding hair from the beauty supply store if your hair isn't long enough to mimic this look.Double buns don't have to be side by side. You can stack your buns one on top of the other to create a look that can be worn to formal functions or the office.Sculpted knots not your thing? That's cool. You can toss your natural curls into a side-sweeping pineapple that's both cute and easy to do.This is like your mama's favorite French roll, but way cooler, thanks to wispy pieces of hair left out along the edges and a multicolored hair clip.For the 2018 Emmy Awards, Felicia Leatherwood styled Ryan Michelle Bathe's hair in a twisted updo that we are still obsessed with. Create a similar look by adding twisted braiding hair to your strands for extra length and volume.Celebrity hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew made a regular topknot way cooler by adding a solo braid at the front. She also weaved gold braiding cord through the front and back of Madeleine Mantock's gorgeous style.Instead of creating a classic, side-swept bang, Larry Sims left pieces of hair out of this high topknot to give it an edge.So what if your hair stops at the back of your neck? You can still rock a cute updo by tying two braids (with your own hair or using extensions) around your head and finishing it off with sparkly accessories.Jenny Cho's take on double buns is another look we can get behind. The stylist created a bow-shaped knot on Katherine Langford by strategically tying her ponytail with velvet ribbon.If your curls are tossed up in a faux hawk, pin some pearls along the sides for added elegance.Leave it to Laura Harrier to make a braided bun look this good. You can pull off a similar look by pulling your hair into a tiny bun and pinning a braided extension towards the front of your head.A good updo doesn't always have to come in the form of a bun. You can easily pin two butterfly braids at the nape of your neck and add a statement clip for flair.Creating a slicked-back bun like Scarlett Johansson's is as simple as pulling your hair into a ponytail, twisting it up, and letting the ends peek out.You don't need actual bangs to replicate this effortless updo. Just tie your hair up into a messy bun, leave pieces out toward the front, and use a chic scarf to tie it all together.Thinking of ways to spruce up second-day curls? Roll them into a 90's-inspired beehive like Justine Marjan did for Francis Lola. Bonus points if you add some bedazzled clips to make your style even more on-trend.Super-long locs are the perfect canvas for a creative updo, like this one by Xoannette, co-owner of Nappstar Salon in NYC. Even if you don't have naturally lengthy hair, you can mimic a similar circular style using faux-loc extensions.Leave it to Alicia Keys to make a simple braided bun look like a red-carpet style thanks to cute accents and, well, her effortless swag. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Meet The Breakout Hair-Color Trend Of 2019: Copper30 Instagram-Worthy Hairstyles To Try In AprilThe Messy Updo Is This Spring's Biggest Hair Trend
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