Courtesy of Benjamin MooreVote for your favorite North American communities for their chance at a bright new look
Main Streets across the country will soon get a lot more colorful, thanks to Benjamin Moore's "Main Street Matters" campaign, launched today. Visitors to the new site can vote for their favorite city's Main Street, and the paint manufacturer will reward the top 20 with a vibrant makeover.
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It's an initiative with a substantial team - Benjamin Moore color experts will look to each street's architecture and history to inspire the new hues, local professional painters will work to transform the facades, railings, and more, and the non-profit Make It Right - as well as their founder Brad Pitt - will help spread the word. Of course the first step is still up to you: participants can vote once a day through June 30, though there's no limit to how many times you can campaign for your favorite cities on social media.
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Like breakfast in bed or a first class-ticket, a clean house is the ultimate luxury. While it requires a bit more effort than other indulgences, it's almost always worth the trouble- and thanks to smart companies, it's increasingly easier to accomplish. To wit: Crate & Barrel's newly launched Clean Slate, a curated collection of cleaning and organizing products, ranging from lavender-scented fine fabric wash to chrome-and-wood storage shelves. We asked Sandy Hausner, who guided the launch of the brand, to share her tried-and-true cleaning tips.
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1. Every house needs a great dust brush:Look for one made with a natural fiber-over time it will build up an electrostatic charge that collects dust easily. The hairs should be dense, flexible, and soft, and if you clean it with baby shampoo it'll last forever.
2. A garbage can is an element in your interior too: Think of the style as well as the functionality. Choose a heavyRead More »from 6 Easy Cleaning Tips You Can Use TODAY
- Elle Decor | Fashion – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 2:22 PM EDT
As the costume designer for hit TV show Mad Men, Janie Bryant spends her days creating pitch-perfect costumes for 1960's ad men and their bombshell wives, secretaries, and copywriters-not to mention inspiring leagues of fans to bring a little bit of Betty or Joan into their 2013 wardrobes.
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But at home in the Los Feliz house she shares with husband Peter Yozell, a tour manager, the style is much less period-specific. "I'm influenced by the 1770s and the 1970s," she says, name-checking an eclectic mix of inspirations from Liberace ("I have no fear of anything gilded or gold") to Elvis, a favorite of Yozell's. And then there's the birds: nearly every room in the house has one, whether its embroidered hummingbirds on the bedroom curtains or bold peacock feathers flanking her living room mantel.
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The musician and actor collaborated with stylist and designer Estee Stanley on their new collection, HomeMint. See photos of our favorite pieces and read ELLEDECOR.com's exclusive Q&A. Justin Timberlake and Estee Stanley working on their new collection, HomeMint. Photograph by Peggy Sirota
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For years, Justin Timberlake has moved seamlessly between the movie, music, and fashion industries. But today's announcement of HomeMint, a collection of home goods and art designed and curated by Timberlake and his longtime interior designer, Estee Stanley, brings him into the design world as well. The collection will be available exclusively online at HomeMint.com, to members-who pay a monthly fee of $10 to enjoy discounts and early access to new products-and nonmembers alike.
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The line won't be available to buy until early May, but you can preview the collection and sign up for updates today. To celebrate the new site, Timberlake and Stanley shared images of the pieces from the line and spoke to ELLE DECOR about theRead More »from Justin Timberlake to Design and Curate Home Line
- This picturesque Texas town is the rare American city that has made its lively, multicultural history the foundation of its vibrant present. See ELLE DECOR's Guide to San Antonio:
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Pity the poor employees at the San Antonio tourism office. All anyone can remember about the city is the Alamo, the site of a bloody battle between Texan settlers and the Mexican army that took place in the long-ago year of 1836. But don't let its key role in American history eclipse the fact that San Antonio has recently reinvented itself as a sophisticated, beguiling, and funky city, all the while paying tribute to a rich, complex past.
San Antonio feels like Mexico, visitors say, and they're right. Mexicans settled Texas a full century before the arrival of Anglo-American colonists, and signs of Mexican culture are everywhere, from the vibrant murals on the walls of downtown buildings to restaurants serving updated versions of traditional Mexican cuisine. But SanRead More »from How to Plan a Trip to San Antonio
The colors and patterns our editors loved this year
Gleaming, glittering, and totally glamorous. This precious color adds sparkle to any setting.
Classic haberdashery takes on a handsome new guise. Try a plaid trunk or herringbone pattern tiles to bring the trend home. http://www.elledecor.com/home-shopping/articles/trend-alert-menswear
This untamed pattern, evocative of jet-set glamour, is now turning up in vivid hues and surprising places. Equally chic as a soap dispenser or x-bench, snakeskin can easily add an edge to a room.
A spicy color that has become the design world's latest obsession. It glows as a pendant light, sparkles as a necklace, and brightens up any space.
This classic decorative technique is sending ripples through the design world, surfacing in colorful new guises. Go bold with marbleized wallpaper or try out the trend with stationery.
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Lighting a room can be one of the more challenging aspects of decorating and design-choosing a fixture you love is easier than knowing the difference between a halogen and an LED. The good news: Things are about to get easier. In January, many lighting companies will begin putting "lighting facts" on lightbulb labels. But still, it's important to know what all of that lingo means. Here, a guide to help you figure it all out.
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Are you looking for a bulb for a bathroom sconce or a table lamp in the bedroom? Bathrooms do best with diffused light-a mixture of compact fluorescents and halogen bulbs that give off a low contrast and soft lighting. LED bulbs are good for areas where bright, focused light is necessary-like prep areas of the kitchen. Ask yourself: What kind of light do I want in the room? Then, how can I achieve that mood while using the least amount of
A comprehensive guide to help you shop smart for the bedroom
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With so many choices on the market, shopping for bedding can be an overwhelming experience. We spoke with a few experts to help break it down so you know when to splurge, when to save, and how these decisions will help you get the best night's sleep possible.
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Read labels. Sheets are always labeled with their thread count, a number that refers to the total number of threads per square inch of fabric. For example, sheets with a thread count of 600 have 600 threads in each square inch of fabric.
Thread count does not take the quality of the fabric into account, however, meaning sheets made from burlap could have the same thread count as those manufactured from cashmere.
"Thread count is not a good measure of quality because every manufacturer treats the fabric differently," says Pamela Diaconis, co-owner of Kellijane, an upscale linenRead More »from The Ultimate Guide to Buying Bedding