DIY Your Own Summer Twister Board

DIY summer twister game
Memorial Day is over (so bitter sweet), but that means that it's officially time for outdoor parties and entertaining! Have some fun at your next backyard shindig with a fun game or activity! Put your own twist on the classic Twister game but creating your own board and spinner with bright and bold summer colors.... read more

10 Must-Haves for a Stylish Summer Kitchen

Whether you’re redecorating after a renovation or just looking to spruce up your space, here are ten accents you need for a well-styled kitchen.

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Tray Chic

Trays are great for grouping smaller items like salt cellars, pepper shakers and cooking oils.

SHOP NOW: Lobster tray, $119,

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8 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up Buying Your First House

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Congrats! You’re ready to buy your first home. While the process is fun and exciting, we know it can also be a little nerve-racking. Don’t worry--everything that goes through your head is perfectly normal. In fact, we’ve got a few gifs that will prepare you for what you’re about to experience. Enjoy! 1. You’ve got... read more

3 Ways to Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party

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Once you are in a serious relationship, you are contractually obligated to participate in a minimum number of couples-only brunches and dinner parties per annum. But then I assume you knew this already. The upside is that, who doesn’t like a good brunch or dinner party? The downside is, especially when it comes to dinner... read more

This is the Recipe for a Lost Weekend

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Sometimes you just need to loose yourself mid-week and imbibe in a cocktail that takes you a few days back to the weekend... you know, when you were relaxed? We tapped one of our favorite New York eateries, The Leadbelly, in Manhattan's Lower East Side, for their remedy to a grueling week. The... read more

6 Pretty Ways to Style Your Mantel When It’s Not the Holidays

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The mantel is not always the easiest thing to deal with. It's right in the middle of the room, and, aside from holidays, there's just no clear indication of how you should decorate it. Restyling the mantel is a simple and genius way to freshen up a living space if you've got an idea for how to... read more

Quiz: Are You Ready For a Baby?

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Think you’re ready for a turn-your-world-upside-down, life-changing commitment that is a baby? Answer the following questions to see if you truly are! 1. Why do you want a baby? A. My partner and I have been fighting a lot and I think this would bring us closer together. B. There’s something missing in our relationship,... read more

Tips for Dealing with a Messy Partner

I’ll admit it, whenever I’m in a relationship, I’m probably the messy one. I don’t mean to be. In fact, I’m actually quite a fan of living in a clean house, it’s just that when the time comes to properly tidy up, my mind tends to drift to other things. Luckily I live in New... read more

5 Wall Hangings To Jazz Up Your Space

Wall hangings are back with better designs and colors--no more '70s era muted browns and pea greens, people! They make perfect pieces for decorating that blank wall of yours. There are so many artists out there that have mastered the weaving technique it's almost daunting to find the perfect one. We figured we'd help you... read more

5 Classy Gifts to Bring to a Housewarming (That AREN’T Wine)

Let’s face it: when it comes to housewarming gifts, wine is so passé (besides, someone else is sure to bring it!). While we love that signature bottle as much as the next person, we at nousDECOR thought it’d be fun to start thinking afresh about what to get your lovely new neighbors for their official reception into their new residence. Here are five new ideas to try for welcoming your hosts to the neighborhood, or helping old friends make their new house a home.

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1. Fresh bread from a local bakery*

Since they've just moved in, they'll be likely to have very little food on hand, which makes a new loaf the perfect moving-in snack (and will go with that cheeseboard and wine they may have gotten from other guests). Plus, you'll get to introduce them to your favorite bakery in town—an excellent way to welcome them to the neighborhood and make their new, unfamiliar surroundings feel a bit more like home. *Unless they are gluten-free, in which case we suggest a nice olive oil from a specialty shop.

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