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Guest Picks: Great Toys Beyond the Big-Box Stores
Make your little one feel extra special with a game, doll or craft kit not everyone on the block has
I’m a toy designer, and when it comes to finding great toys for my daughter, it turns out that I’m really picky. Though there are some great things at Target these days, I tend to seek out handmade or European toys that usually appear in specialty...
Guest Picks: Lots of Bones About It
Decorating for Halloween is always a struggle for me. I just don't like the standard decor options found at the big-box stores. I want something special. Luckily, this year skulls have become such a hot trend in decor and fashion. You can practically...
Guest Picks: Abstract Art to Colorize Kids' Rooms
I know what you're thinking: There is not a single animal, vehicle, toy or recognizable thing in any of these beautiful pieces of art. OK, maybe some flower-ish shapes and one heart, but that's about it. I promise, there's a reason: Bright colors, beautiful...
Guest Picks: Go Play Outside!
It's time to go out to your garage and take stock. Are you prepped for summer fun? Maybe it's time to upgrade an existing bike or toy, or maybe your kids have reached a new stage and new gear is needed. Either way, I know some of these amazing finds are...
Warm Up the Home Office With a Fine Wooden Desk
Let corporate settings keep their steely formality. These wooden desks for a home office celebrate natural beauty in all its glory
Looking to create a more personal home office? Step away from the big-box office supply store. You do not need a replica of your day-job setup in your home office, no matter how professional you want it to feel. Use your home office to showcase...
On Trend: 9 Captivating Lights to Energize a Room
Sometimes a lamp needs to be more than just a lamp. Paging through your average catalog or browsing a home store tends to yield the same results: average table lamp, floor lamp or ceiling fixture. But designers have taken notice and are providing...
On Trend: Bring Spring Indoors With Nature-Inspired Furnishings
Energize your home with patterns, materials and colors borrowed from the outdoors, no matter what the weather is doing
I start to crave nature like a kid craves candy in spring. I think we're all ready to start spending some time with the brighter side of nature. For those of us still stuck inside thanks to dreary weather, the natural materials and nature-inspired forms...
12 Vegetable Peelers to Make Quick Work of Your Garden Bounty
Steel yourself: These ergonomic and modern-looking tools bear little resemblance to the one-note peelers of the past
I'm already dreaming about gardens and what I can plant this year. At our house a garden means an abundance of vegetables. Part of preparing for the summer harvest means finding just the right tools to prep those veggies for dinnertime. We definitely...
Great Cover-Ups: 8 Outdoor Canopies and Shades
Lounge as long as you like without getting baked, with one of these sun-screening structures for your backyard, deck or patio
When spring arrives it's time to dream about the perfect outdoor space, one that can host both big-time barbecues and quiet afternoons with your favorite summer read. No matter what purpose you want your outdoor room to serve, consider topping a portion...
On Trend: 10 Hammers That Nail Great Design
Beautifully finished home projects are easier with beautifully designed tools — and the ones here hammer it home
Whatever project I'm working on, I've found I enjoy it more — and am more likely to finish the tedious steps within that project — if the tools I use work well and are pleasing to look at. There's something about a quality tool that makes everything...
On Trend: You'll Flip for These Double-Duty Furniture Designs
Multiply your options in a small space with chairs and art that become tables, a sofa that becomes a bed and more
Many homeowners today are working hard to reduce the amount of space they need. For some it's through better organization; for others it's a smaller house — but plenty of people just want to live more simply. Are you looking for a way to save some space?...
On Trend: Max Out Function With Double-Use Seats and Sleepers
Have your seating with a side of storage or just maximize your options with these versatile chairs, beds and furniture systems
I'm starting to think about moving to a new house later this year, and I'm already feeling both invigorated and overwhelmed by all the possible design choices and furniture upgrades — the decisions feel endless! Slowly I'm realizing that doubling up...
On Trend: 2-in-1 Furnishings for Small-Space Living
You'll be a convert to furniture that transforms when you see these chair-tables, unfolding wonders and more
For city folk, condo owners and apartment dwellers, space is often at a premium. And when you're living in a smaller space, it becomes even more important that the things you own have a purpose — or more than one. Each of these designs works...
On Trend: Discover International Furniture Gems in Jewel Tones
Show off a bright chair, sofa or cabinet — pieces like these mean a shot of color for your room and an uptick in energy for you
Sometimes shades of gray just won't cut it, and a couple of bright throw pillows aren't enough. Sometimes you have to take color by the horns and hang on for the ride. Not for the faint of heart, these bright colors come from all over the world to make...
On Trend: Cut It Out With Norwegian Seating
You may find these nipped-out chairs extra full of modern style and comfort, thanks to their savvy designs
Do you look around your home and think things look too heavy? Or maybe you've succumbed to the McMansion bigger-is-better trend. My first instinct in winter is to cut out the extra flotsam and jetsam and really start fresh. With the new year especially,...