Mackenzie Schmidt, Home + Travel Editor: Artist and designer Anna Bond has adorned everything from stationery and notebooks to Keds sneakers with her beloved watercolor-style florals. Now, she’s expanding to home goods with her first line of rugs and pillows with Loloi. Not only does the launch mark a new medium for Bond, it also significantly expands on her style. The pretty flowers are prevalent in the Les Fleurs collection, but both the Palais and Nairi ranges offer a twist on traditional motifs that is even more intriguing — and adaptable for a less overtly feminine style.
Buy It: Luxembourg Black rug (shown), from $50 for 2’3″ x 3’9″; riflepaperco.com
Megan Stein, Associate Home and Travel Editor: I love a good throw pillow as much as the next girl. But what I love even more is when I can indulge in another accessory for my couch and do some good while I’m at it. Breakout decor brand Wallflower does both, offering wall hangings, textiles, furniture and more all crafted from recycled or reclaimed materials. Top of my shopping cart? This too-cute mug sporting their signature floral logo.
Mackenzie Schmidt, Home + Travel Editor: The lifespan of a typical bouquet is about a week — 10 days if you’re a dedicated water changer. So when I was introduced to La Fleur, whose real roses last an entire year, I was reasonably skeptical. But the test of time, and legions of celeb acolytes — Oprah, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen — prove these glamorous boxed blooms are the genuine thing. The secret is in soaking the buds in a cocktail of preserving oils. The pricing isn’t for the faint of heart (again, see celeb fans), but those who buy cut flowers regularly should do the math. The annual price of their floral habit makes these blooms seem like a necessary luxury.
Buy It: La Fleur Bouquet, from $39 for a single rose (arrangement shown is $499); lafleurbouquets.com
Megan Stein, Associate Home Editor: For someone who isn’t totally sold on the necessity of smart lighting products, this sleek system had me re-thinking my stance. Start by installing the main control pad and any additional extension switches you might need. Then, follow the app’s instructions so it can work with your existing bulbs to create custom lighting scenes you can control with your voice, through your phone or directly on the wall. It’s honestly so simple after setup that even my not-quite-tech-savvy mother can handle it (sorry, Mom).
Buy It: Noon Smart Lighting Starter Kit, $399.99; noonhome.com
Sonal Dutt, Food & Lifestyle Director: In case you haven’t heard, it is COLD on the east coast. Like, 2-degrees, cyclone bomb, I’m-eating-all-the-carbs cold. In anticipation of the deep freeze, I swapped out my regular cotton bed sheets for my two-year-old Boll & Branch flannel sheets—and I never want to leave my bed again. These organic sheets are wonderfully thick, cozy and buttery, without a trace of pilling despite being washed dozens of times. Is it possible they’ve become even softer and warmer as they sat in the closet? Really, it’s like sleeping in a cloud. They’re a little on the pricey side, but when I crawl into that comfy coziness at night I know they’re worth every penny.
UPDATE: The flannel sheets are now sold-out until Fall 2018 (I told you they are amazing), but you can still snag one of their flannel pillowcase sets so at least your head will have a warm spot to hide until spring.
Buy It: Boll & Branch Flannel Pillowcase Set: $55 and up, bollandbranch.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director of Content Strategy: For the past month, I’ve been lustfully eyeing a $3,000 Sputnik chandelier from a famous home decor designer. Of course, that’s an absurd amount of money for me to spend on a light fixture, but some Google searching led me to this much more affordable version, which looks nearly identical (seriously! compare the two!).
Buy It: Cost Plus World Market Brass “Collin” Starburst Chandelier, $249.99; worldmarket.com
Megan Stein, Associate Home Editor: Each of these rocks glasses are truly one-of-a-kind, formed by using the core of a Mediterranean carob tree as the mold. A step up form the average barware, and with the holidays coming up, this would make a super-special gift for the cocktail enthusiast in your life.
Buy It: $88 for 2; lusitano1143.com
Megan Stein, Associate Home Editor: ABC Carpet & Home’s newest additions are the most peaceful thing you can do for your house. “The Poetry Collection” is the drool-worthy decor store’s latest Persian rug line, and is inspired by the 13th century poet, Jalaluddin Rumi. Each overdyed vintage floor covering is truly one-of-a-kind, adding instant character to your rooms. Personally, I’m drawn to this blush beauty — but I’ll nama-stay in any space with these, please!
Buy It: ABC Carpet & Home Poetry Vintage Kerman Rug, $7,000; abchome.com
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Before my boyfriend and I moved to our apartment in Brooklyn we got rid of all our old hand-me-down furniture, including two mismatched dressers his mom rescued from a garage sale years ago. Six months and countless battles over closet space later, we still hadn’t found new ones we loved enough until we walked into Restoration Hardware and spotted the “Graydon” style. The sizable five-drawer dresser is covered in a light gray shagreen-embossed leather that looks like stingray hide and has cool brass handles and feet. They’re pricey (we bought two so we each have our own), but the design is classic and goes with any decor, plus not having to fight my boyfriend for drawer space is priceless.
Buy It: Restoration Hardware Grayden 5-Drawer Dresser, $2495; restorationhardware.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director of Content Strategy: I know I’m showing up a bit late to the copper-everything home décor party, but now that I’m here, I’m really whooping it up. H&M has an awesome collection of copper wire accessories, including this oversize basket, all of which are nice and affordable. This will make for a good catchall for clutter—so I can spend less time tidying up … and more time shopping for copper home décor.
Buy It: H&M large metal wire basket, $14.99; hm.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director of Content Strategy: During the day, Kimye and I lead pretty different lives, but at night, we all do the same thing: We sleep on this NIGHT pillow. The recently-launched, celeb-loved product is made of oxygenated memory foam and has a silk case. All of this promises to give you a good night’s rest regardless of the position you sleep in, plus fight bedhead, wrinkles and breakouts. Sure, it’s pricey, but after a week of sleeping on it, I can say that it’s the best pillow I’ve ever owned. That’s something Kanye, Kim and I can agree on.
Buy It: NIGHT Pillow, $150; amazon.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director of Content Strategy: As you might have seen, I recently discovered H&M’s home section. I’m all about their just-added star-print items: everything from affordable dishes to coasters, napkins to curtains. They’re holiday-ish, but not so holiday-ish that it feels like they have to be put away on December 26.
Buy it: H&M Printed Porcelain Plate, $4.99; hm.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director of Content Strategy: Copper in the kitchen (think: range hoods, backsplashes, fixtures, even countertops) has been big this year, and I’m taking a baby step toward the trend and considering swapping out my silverware for copper flatware. I love this modern style and I really love the fact that it’s dishwasher safe, which isn’t the case with some copper cutlery sets out there. I’m justifying the purchase by telling myself it’ll motivate me to eat at home more.
Buy it: Moon Cutlery, in brushed copper, $485 for a 24-piece set; shophorne.com
Catherine Kast, Editor: Long before John Mayer posted the now-infamous Snapchat tutorial on how he hand washes his shirts, I’d been obsessed with The Laundress—learning how to launder my silk items on my own (with the help of their Delicate Wash) has saved me probably thousands of dollars in dry-cleaning bills. Mayer’s love of the brand’s ability to preserve even the most special textiles led him to collaborate on a custom-scented detergent and fabric spray duo with them. The best part about this stuff isn’t that it makes my clothes smell delightfully outdoorsy and fresh, but that 50% of proceeds go to the Montana Land Trust.
Buy it: The Laundress x John Mayer “Out West” Duo, $34; thelaundress.com
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I recently moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn and in the spirit of “adulting,” I’m attempting to properly decorate it, artwork and all. I’ve been scouring Instagram for young artists and I came across Brian Moskin. His signature style is vibrant-colored graphic shapes and patterns on glass which makes for a very cool and contemporary vibe. I can’t wait to purchase a piece and hang it on my wall like a true grown-up.
Buy it: Find more information on brianmoskin.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director, Content Strategy: I live in a New York City rental which, sadly, means no wallpapering, but as soon as I own a place, the first to-do on my list will be: cover a wall with Calico Wallpaper. Whatever you think about wallpaper, this is not it. Calico wallpaper is not stuffy or grandma-y or old-fashioned. They’re known for their handmade marbled designs in gorgeous, high-shine metallics. I’ve never seen anything like it. If you own a wall in this world, I suggest you cover it in Calico. And if you don’t (sigh), consider framing and hanging a panel … or do the next best thing and follow the brand on Instagram.
Buy It: Wabi Cloud Wallpaper, $32/sq. ft.; calicowallpaper.com
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: When I heard that celeb stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott were creating a nursery collection for Pottery Barn, I knew the designs would be so cool that I’d want to buy a few pieces for my own grown-up room. And I was right about the first part. As for the second, all of the stuff that I purchased (including the super-chic black and white printed blanket) is going in an actual nursery since I’m seven months pregnant! Check back here later this fall for a full reveal of the baby’s room.
Buy It: Pottery Barn Kids The Emily & Meritt Printed Baby Blanket, $33.99 – $42.50; potterybarnkids.com
Mackenzie Schmidt, Home Editor: I like to think I’m far braver when it comes to decorating with patterns and prints than my apartment would let on. So when this gorgeous non-pattern pattern from designer favorite Clé tile popped up in my Instagram feed, I knew it was the perfect meeting of Pinterest fantasy and reality. Appropriately named Watermark, the porcelain design by Deborah Osborn looks like dip-dyed parchment paper or Japanese shibori, and that perfect indigo fade reminds me of old school sun prints.
Buy It: Watermark Tile, in indigo, $12.25 per piece; cletile.com
Zoë Ruderman, Executive Director of Content Strategy: I recently noticed the Home section of hm.com and went down a rabbit hole. I came across so much stuff that remind me of pieces I’ve seen in really high-end home boutiques. Think: lots of gold-accented accessories, industrial-chic décor and bold linens. I’ve currently mulling over about a dozen things (fine, like 20 things), but at the top of my wish list is a set of these pillow covers.
Buy it: Color-block cushion cover, $6.99; hm.com
Megan Stein, Associate Home Editor: As summer comes to a close, I like to add a few cozier elements to my home to prepare for when the hibernation season really kicks in. These geometric candleholders are so fun for dinner parties, or for a little ambience during a Sunday-night Netflix binge. Plus, the gilded finish is really elegant.
Buy It: Kinetic Geo Candelabra, $48; anthropologie.com
Mackenzie C. Schmidt, Home Editor: Land of Nod’s offerings may be intended for the preschool set, but there’s no reason these super bright acrylic storage cubes can’t go in a grown-up office. I love the unexpected neon hues for adding a much-needed pop to the gray and beige world of office furnit.
Buy it: Square Away Acrylic Cube Shelves by Land of Nod, $21.25, landofnod.com
Megan Stein, Associate Home Editor: A little green can go a long way when livening up a desk or tabletop. I’m partial to this golden-hued pot from Urban Outfitters that’s perfect for a low-maintenance plant — or for desk supplies if you’re like me and suffer from a bout of brown thumb.
Buy It: Mod Metal Planter by Urban Outfitters, $10; urbanoutfitters.com
MCS: The classic, weighty design and rose gold–hued handle of these Anthropologie scissors make me wish I had a more glamorous use for them than cutting the tags out of clothes and hacking open particularly feisty chip bags. If you have a home office, these will be its crown jewel.
Buy it: Rose-Handled Scissors, $20, anthropologie.com
MCS: My Poppin obsession has been years in the making. Their rainbow-hued designs make office staples downright joyful. (Who’d have thought a tape dispenser could brighten my day?) The only issue is choosing what color will define your desk. Poppin call this hue navy, but I’d say it leans toward a super-saturated cobalt, aka per-fect.
Buy it: Navy Starter Desk Set, $40, poppin.com
MS: Artwork is essential for brightening up any room, and for me, inexpensive artwork is even better. This colorful print from Minted is a personal fav because it instantly adds panache to a boring wall or work area for an energized space (no coffee necessary).
Buy It: Composition 4 by Jaime Derringer, starting at $21; minted.com
MCS: It may not be museum quality, but I trust this modern art–inspired balloon pup to elevate — and lend a little irreverence to — my very bland deskscape. He gets bonus points for helping corral loose change for the vending machine on late nights at the office!
Buy it: Silver Dog Balloon Money Bank, $32.99, amazon.com
MS: Although this would be a great going-away gift for a college student looking to dress up their dorm room, I’d also display it near my desk to keep sticky notes in plain site. Either way, this gold memo holder does the trick in style. Reminders have never looked so chic.
Buy It: Cross Reference Gold Memo Holder, $24.95; cb2.com
MCS: If you, like me, have an appreciation for pretty paper products you’ve long been aware that Post-it Notes come in a gorgeous spectrum of colors beyond classic yellow. But the range of fun dispensers, including this cute Polaroid inspired one, makes them worthy of a spot outside your desk drawer.
Buy it: Pop-up Note Camera Dispenser, $7.99, post-it.com for retailers.
MS: Take note! This cute color-blocked journal is a great way to keep track of all those to-dos now that the school year is back in full force. And I can’t help but love the personalized detail.
Buy It: Initial Notebook, $16; katespade.com
MS: Task lamps are the easiest way to add ambience and style without going overboard. I love this brass version that fits snugly in tons of spaces, whether it’s on a nightstand or a side table. Plus, who doesn’t love a gilded finish?
Buy It: Threshold Brass task lamp, $44.99; target.com
MS: I’m a sucker for a fun floral print, so this oversize calendar immediately caught my eye. Yes, it works fine for planning fall 2016, but it also does double-duty, as you can reuse the patterned paper to wrap gifts, do a DIY or even frame a square and display on your gallery wall. Pretty and practical: Now that’s something I can get behind.
Buy It: Paper Source Wrapping Paper Calendar 2016-2017, $34.95; papersource.com
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