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The founder of DwellStudio shares five tips for the selecting the chicest - and coziest - bed linens out there. By Laura Eckstein
Being that we spend about one-third of our lives asleep, it makes sense to invest in bedding that's not only comfortable, but stands the test of time. But with so many options out there - thread count, fabric make-up, patterns, solids - the decision process can be overwhelming. We got DwellStudio founder and all around bedding expert Christiane Lemieux's tips to help simply the process.
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1. Thread CountRead More »from 5 Expert Tips for Choosing Bed Linens
Thread count isn't an indication of quality anymore. Unless it's an amazing and very expensive fabric, a high thread count is just a numbers game: many companies cheat the numbers with double twist yarns in a cheaper fabric. "Personally, I prefer a 400 single pick percale sheet because of the crisp, cool feel. But if you like a soft, warm, bed, a great stretchy jersey sheet might be your thing, and that's not about thread
It's beloved as comfort food, but this classic dish can hold its own at even the fanciest affairs.
When I moved to New York in the mid-1990s, there were so many hostesses and hosts who gave easy, elegant, fun lunches and dinners. They were well known for their parties, and though varied in their accomplishments and lives, they all seemed to understand the power of simple, chic, crowd-pleasing food: baked potatoes with caviar, crabmeat au gratin, gussied-up grits…even meatloaf.
The host most noted for serving meatloaf was legendary fashion designer Bill Blass. Truth be told, I didn't find his version nearly as delicious as it was famous, though he entertained so well that it couldn't have mattered less.
In the realm of memorable evenings, one of my standouts was a dinner around 1998 at grande dame Casey Ribicoff's Sutton Place apartment. There were 18 guests, and we were dressed to the nines - as was she, always! The waiters passed tiny blinis with a staggering amount ofRead More »from Billionaire's Meatloaf from Alex Hitz
Forget the orange plastic pumpkins and the clutter of faux cobwebs. These decorations are eerily elegant.
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Avoid these! Designers share the color decorating mistakes that make them cringe.Read More »from 10 Common Color Mistakes
1. Ceiling Paint
"I never paint a ceiling dead white because all white paint has a bit of gray in it, and it takes the room down. Paint the ceiling a cream shade." -Athalie Derse
2. Matching Shades
"You never want to match your walls to a color in one of your fabrics. It will be too strong. Find a grayed-out version of the color." -Sallie Giordano
3. Neutral Balance
"The biggest mistake people make when they're trying to be colorful and exciting is to forget that you need to balance it with neutrals - otherwise it ends up looking like a color wheel." -Todd Klein
"Even when I don't use the same colors everywhere, I still like the rooms to feel connected. The bedroom should never feel like it's in a completely different house from the living room - the whole house has to make sense as one." -Mona Ross Berman
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From concrete to quartzite, these countertop ideas transform surfaces into a striking statement.
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With the latest technologies, the windows in your house can offer more than a pretty view. Unfortunately, you'll still have to clean them yourself.window
1. Save the Birds
Every year, millions of birds fly into glass windows. This patterned coating - visible to birds but not humans - prevents that. All you'll see is clear glass. Ornilux Mikado coating, available through architects and contractors. ornilux.com.
2. Power Windows
The next big thing in energy? Coming soon: windows that double as solar generators! SolarWindows are sprayed with an electricity-generating coating that enables them to collect power from the sun and any fluorescent or LED lights inside. newenergytechnologiesinc.com.
3. Growth PotentialRead More »from 7 Smart New Window Technologies
Turn any sunny window into a miniature, year-round farm. This hydroponic system adds nutrients, so even those without a green thumb can have success. You can place one in a narrow spot, or several across a large window. Windowfarms, from $199 for a one-column starter kit.
They say it's the fifth wall, so next time you're thinking about picking out a new color or hanging art, don't forget to look up. Here are five unique ideas that do everything from bringing high ceilings down to size to making a space feel brighter.
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No need to sacrifice good looks for great sound - these speaker systems give you plenty of both.
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