Decorating

This Rustic Cottage Will Surely Decrease Your Stress Levels

By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer The living room windows in this British Columbia house open wide to invite the outdoors in. We all instinctively know that being close to nature can decrease our stress levels and improve our moods. This rustic cottage, designed by its owner, April Tidey, is a case in point.   The color palette is purposely […]

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Yellow Walls, Red Chandelier, & Green Chairs: Bright Colors Energize This Lakefront Home

By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer What is it about bright colors? I feel like a magpie, incapable of turning away and drawn helplessly toward the sparkle. On the coast, the same hues seem richer and even more magnetic, as if they get souped-up power from the blue skies and water views beyond. The right combination of colors always energizes […]

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Natural Decor Captures the Magical Spirit of Beach Houses

By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer I’ve found that the simplest, least complicated design elements are often the most soothing. This glass vase contains nothing more than two green palm fronds, and yet it completely captures my attention.   Arranged on a side table along with a leather-bound book and a decorative object, the grouping forms a beautiful still life. This […]

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“Glamping” in East Hampton With Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan

Yurt: [noun] 1) a circular domed tent of fabric or animal hide stretched over a collapsible lattice framework 2) an ultra-chic outdoor guest room, and clever solution for small beach cottages that are big on style but short on space.   In our April issue, which just arrived on newsstands, Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan welcomes us into his East Hampton […]

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Green with Envy Over These Fresh Finds

St. Patrick’s Day is here, and our favorite way to celebrate? While the parades and socializing are top-notch, we’re welcoming the holiday with a green refresh in home furnishings. Vivid color and great design are things that everyone who’s thinking green today can appreciate.   Sometimes, you just need a statement chair to really add some character. We’d love to see this one in […]

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A Lime Green Guest Room Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

If you have a favorite bright color, but aren’t sure where to use it in your home, follow the sunlight. This South Florida guest room, which appeared in our March color story (“Color Crush,” on newsstands now), is a glowing example: interior designer Franco Biscardi of Brady Design tells us he used the room’s abundant natural light to temper the strong, almost neon hue. […]

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Two MORE Ways to Create Barefoot Coastal Style

Today’s post is by Michigan-based design duo Gwen DeBruyn and Amber Burger of Bayberry Cottage, designers of the Saugatuck home (“In Living Color”) featured in our February issue.  In yesterday’s post, we showed you a few of our favorite items for helping infuse laid-back coastal style into your home. Here are a few more pretty and practical ideas we love.   We’ve found that pillows […]

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Three Great Ways to Create Barefoot Coastal Style

Today’s post is by Michigan-based design duo Gwen DeBruyn and Amber Burger of Bayberry Cottage, designers of the Saugatuck home (“In Living Color”) featured in our February issue.  What inspires so many of us about coastal design is achieving that casual, effortless look—the barefoot ease of summer days, whether we spend them on sugar-white beaches or relaxing on our screened porches. Incorporating […]

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A Cottage Living Room That Will Wake Up Your World

By homes editor Ellen McGauley All of our editors look forward to the March issue. Every year, we use this early-spring issue to focus on brilliant uses of color, fresh approaches to lighting up our nests. Orange walls and pink pillows? Yes. Riots of pattern? Double yes! This year, some of our hottest hues came from a south Florida guest cottage designed […]

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Durability in Beach House Design is a Must… And It Can Be Super-Chic

Today’s post is by guest blogger and West Coast-based designer Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner Miller, who designed the Montecito home (Bright Bounty) in our February issue.  I’ve found it’s well worth it choose materials and fabrics that last, and you don’t have to sacrifice your chic factor. Take a look at this Newport Beach vacation home we designed for […]

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