7 Lessons We’re Applying from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

7 Lessons We’re Applying from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

When cleaning expert Marie Kondo published The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing back in 2014, she inspired countless readers to “spark joy” in their lives via her signature KonMari method. So, when Netflix launched an original series based on her tried-and-true techniques, we binge-watched it accordingly. In honor of spring cleaning, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips from the organizational guru herself. What is the KonMari Method? Kondo’s #1 New York Times bestselling book outlines her KonMari approach to cleaning, which focuses on eliminating items throughout your home that don’t spark joy...

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How to Save Space in a Small Living Space

How to Save Space in a Small Living Space

With minimalism on the rise and more people making the move to downsize, smaller homes, apartments and condos continue to gain momentum in the real estate market. Sure, having a cozy little living space sounds like a dream, but where do you put all of your stuff? You can only downsize so much before you're down to the bare essentials, but even that can be hard to fit into a 600- to 700-square-foot apartment. But don't let that deter you from the charm of a home with less square footage than you're used to or from choosing to downsize to...

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How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

Summertime and ceiling fans are practically inseparable with the arrival of warm weather. Unfortunately the same can be said for ceiling fans and dust bunnies. Like all other appliances around your home, ceiling fans require regular cleaning and maintenance. If you don't wipe down your fan on a routine basis, the accumulation of dirt and dust will eventually affect your fan's performance. A regular cleaning schedule and the right set of tools is all you need to ensure that your ceiling fan will be able to do its job and able to do its job well. Why You Need to...

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Four Lighting Trends You Can’t Miss

Four Lighting Trends You Can’t Miss

Lightovation 2019 showed the best and brightest in the world of lighting design, presenting the styles poised to make the biggest waves over the coming year. As the largest residential lighting show in North America, Lightovation attracts thousands of lighting buyers to Dallas, Texas each January and June where attendees are introduced to upcoming trends in lighting. The latest trends cross through all aesthetics and themes, offering something for every taste and setting. While plenty of lighting innovations hit the showroom floor, here are four that have heads turning and people talking in 2019: The Modern Farmhouse Style What do...

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Wallpaper Is Back In: Here’s Why

Wallpaper Is Back In: Here’s Why

Designers, homeowners and apartment dwellers have long turned their noses up at wallpaper for walls. For some, wallpaper conjures up images of gaudy, flocked flowers and “me too” designs that offered little in the way of uniqueness or individualism. “Wallpaper earned its bad reputation years ago because of its 1980’s extreme overuse and difficulty to remove,” says Leslie Bowman, the founder and design director of The Design Bar. Bowman was recently awarded the coveted ARTS Award and named one of Chicago’s top 30 interior designers by PowerHouse SMART. “Wallpaper has a long history in home decor and is more likely...

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The Best Bathroom Mirrors and Vanities for Applying Makeup

The Best Bathroom Mirrors and Vanities for Applying Makeup

Don’t let poor lighting mess with your good looks. At Bellacor, we offer a wide variety of bathroom mirrors and vanities specifically designed to help you apply your makeup like a pro. From portable styles with powerful magnification to the brilliant illumination of LEDs, our makeup mirrors will get you out the door looking and feeling your best. Which Makeup Mirror is Right for You? The most important consideration to keep in mind when shopping for a new makeup mirror is illumination. After all, sub par lighting can lead to makeup gaffes like mismatched foundation, blotchy blending, and harsh lines....

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7 Mistakes People Make When Applying Wallpaper

7 Mistakes People Make When Applying Wallpaper

DIY'ing your wallpaper may seem like a big commitment or a job better left to professionals, but taking a few minutes to avoid mistakes will save you a lot of time and money if you decide to take on the project yourself. Above all else, always order a sample before buying the full amount so you can be confident in your color choice. Colors and designs will look differently on a computer or phone screen than it will in your actual home. You need to test the color and pattern with your flooring, the amount of natural light in the...

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The Look We’re Loving Lately: Botanical Decor

The Look We’re Loving Lately: Botanical Decor

You’ve seen those beautiful home photos with indoor jungles or corners of greenery in every room. Or maybe you’ve read a few articles about how plants help to purify the air in your home. Either way, it's no secret, botanical decor is in right now. With the variety of plant types, sizes, and decor options, you can easily incorporate this hot trend into your home – with or without live plants! Planters and Plants: The Easiest Way to Go Botanical The most obvious way to bring a botanical look into your home is to place living plants throughout. Succulents and...

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Wall Sconces for Every Room

Wall Sconces for Every Room

Well-chosen wall sconces can add essential ambient light and beauty to your indoor spaces. If your entryway has limited floor space, a pair of wall sconces will add the necessary light to your family's daily comings-and-goings. Dimmer sconces in the bedroom emit a subtle, before-slumber glow. Bellacor has the best selection of sconces – perfect for any room in your home. Here's a room-by-room tour of our distinctive wall sconces – uniquely styled to up the vibe and add sparkle to any space – indoors or out. Foyer & Entryway Wall Sconces What better way to make a glowing first...

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10 Pieces of Hooker Furniture We’re Adding to Our Wish List Right Now

10 Pieces of Hooker Furniture We’re Adding to Our Wish List Right Now

It's no secret that Hooker Furniture has been a reputable player in the home furnishings industry; with well over 90 years of experience built into its illustrious history, Hooker has been inspiring homeowners and retailers with continuous stylish and curated collections since 1925. And for good reason, too—we're borderline obsessed with their furniture; from the living room to the bedroom, the Hooker collection offers something for everyone no matter what price point they are shopping at. Here are a few of the pieces we've had our eye on lately: 1. Curiosity Blue Credenza The Curiosity Blue Credenza is a jewel-toned...

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