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In AD PRO’s monthly Having a Moment column, AD senior design editor Hannah Martin reports as a weathervane for fads big and small, documenting the patterns and home decor trends she’s clocked in the pages of AD and beyond. Here, enjoy a look back at 2023’s most defining moments.
From nostalgic styles making a comeback to innovative responses to how we live today, there were many stand-out moments in the world of interior design this year. Reviewing them retrospectively, the selections sum up the past year’s tentpole memories—from the design fair debuts we’re still thinking about to the interiors that will inspire well into the new year. Before diving into the design forecasts and color predictions for 2024, take a minute to reflect on the home decor trends that ruled interiors this year.
Forget the subtlety of travertine (last year’s surface du jour) or the always-in elegance of snow-white Carrara. This year was all about an eye-popping specimen—strong veining, unusual colors, and (for the ultra-daring) perhaps a graphic mix of both. Surfaces need not blend into the background; they can say something too. Let’s call it personality marble—that essential dose of pattern that can make any interior pop. Take, for instance, the freestanding onyx bar Roman and Williams turned into a showstopping moment in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Montecito living room, or the all-over marble bathroom of Tinder founder Sean Rad and his wife, Lizzie Grover Rad, conjured by designer Jane Hallworth. Consider it a new kind of conversation piece for the home.
“With a rise in midcentury-modern home remodels and an increased nostalgia for retro furnishings, we’re seeing more customers favoring color,” says Alyssa Wilterdink, senior marketing manager at Kohler, which relaunched a duo of vintage hues for its plumbing fixtures in honor of the American manufacturer’s 150th anniversary this year. Designers are indeed leaning in: Virginia Tupker recently ordered custom colored Water Monopoly sinks in pale pink and blue for a family home in Connecticut; color fiend Frances Merrill installed a cobalt blue sink in the powder room of a Cape Ann, Massachusetts, home; and designer Oliver M. Furth opted for a vintage pink toilet from Kohler for artist Mary Wetherford’s midcentury-modern abode in LA.
This year, we witnessed a surge in designers adding color, pattern, and artistic flair to their projects with hand-painted tile. “I’ll tile just about anything,” says interior designer Jessica Jubelirer, who applied the treatment to the hearth, the bathrooms, the baseboards, and, most memorably, inset in the closet doors in a lakeside Wisconsin family home. Meanwhile, in a historic Connecticut family home designed by Virginia Tupker, Delft and Portuguese tiles create a sort of wainscoting in the entryway and bathrooms, as well as fireplace surrounds. In the kitchen of that project, hand-painted tile adds a splash of pattern (drawn from a William Morris motif) as a backsplash. Practical and durable with an artisan flair, hand-painted tile adds visual interest wherever needed. Adds Jubilerer: “Kitchens, bathrooms, and fireplaces can all benefit from its practicality and beauty.”
This spring’s design fair circuit hinted at a return to the industrial minimalism, high-tech style of the ’70s and ’80s—an industrial revolution of the interior, if you will. In April we returned from Milan with notes about a minimalism resurgence, with a particular emphasis on industrial materials. Knoll had reissued some of high-tech star Joe D’Urso’s super-adaptable and sleek low tables from the ’80s. Ledongil Workshop’s experimental lighting and furnishings, on display at Ordet gallery, felt like an elevated take on track lighting. And at Drop City, designer Daisuke Yamamoto showcased a collection of clean-lined chairs made of the most frequently trashed construction material: lightweight gauge steel. Indeed, industrial materials and minimalist silhouettes were the protagonists of this year’s debuts.
“We’re blowing the dust off moire,” says Raffaele Fabrizio, creative director of Dedar, while showing off the Italian fabric house’s newly expanded Amoir Libre textile. Cue the ripple effect. As of late, a handful of brands and interior designers have redirected their gaze to the historic textile that oozes opulence, repackaging it for today’s quiet luxury. Interior designer Sophie Ashby, who recently wrapped a dressing room in a pale pink Dedar moire, praises the home decor trend for its ability to expand space: “When used in the right way it can really enhance a space, enveloping the interior with tactility whilst also subtly playing with light to make smaller spaces—such as dressing rooms or hidden nooks—appear larger.”
Before there was photography, botanists—or anyone wishing to document flora—created detailed illustrations, known as botanical studies, intended to convey the plant’s physical appearance and other qualities. Unsurprisingly, such botanical studies have long been used to decorate. Lately, the botanical studies trend—a longtime hallmark of traditional, even preppy interiors—is blooming anew. In Lauren Dupont’s Connecticut home, designed by Stephen Sills, a pair of antique botanical prints purchased at auction hang in her dressing room, and in her Palm Beach kitchen, Aerin Lauder mounted a grid of floral prints in the service pantry. Sure, there’s nothing innately groundbreaking about florals when it comes to home decor trends, but perhaps that’s just what gives them eternal life.
In the bedroom, gone are the piles of decorative pillows and fussy, overstuffed duvets. Back is a simple coverlet that is perfectly happy not to take center stage. You know this super-simple look: a flat coverlet is laid across the bed, folded down a little at the top, and then back over a pair of standard pillows. “It always felt a bit traditional and almost religious,” says Colin King, the stylist and longtime AD contributor, who favors the minimalist bed. “It’s clean and tidy, simple but elegant. It gives the room the feeling you want your bedroom to have—serenity.” The back-to-basics look has been spotted in a restored Brooklyn Heights apartment by Augusta Hoffman, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s California bedroom designed by Jake Arnold, and Andre Mellone’s Manhattan sleeping quarters too.
In Germany and Austria between 1815 and 1850, when the Napoleonic wars had ended and a burgeoning middle class emerged, a new style of furniture was created to suit their needs: streamlined versions of more opulent Empire furniture, characterized by strong lines, warm local woods, and simplified shapes—though, notably, not totally stripped of ornament. Biedermeier furniture, as it would later be named, has regained appeal in contemporary interiors for its chameleon qualities. It brings a calculated hit of classicism to a cool, minimalist interior, but it can deliver streamlined modernity to one that is layered and super decorated. These days, says Campbell-Rey’s Charlotte Rey, it’s all about the mix: “It is important to not be afraid to mix them with color and other periods. Perhaps you place a Memphis Milano lamp on top of a Biedermeier sideboard? Being too respectful can make it feel overly polite.”
Now that we’ve been working from home for a while, everyone has more or less figured out what works. But there are still a few basic pieces of Zoom etiquette that people need to master.
Whether you’re hosting a video call or attending one, here are some Zoom etiquette tips to keep you from being “that guy” on your calls.
Be mindful of the background noise on your end. Things you might have grown accustomed to and don’t notice are noisy and distracting for those on a Zoom call with you.
Think about appliances that are running, like the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, and fans and HVAC units can make noticeable noise. Consider either turning them off or moving well away from them during your call.
And one of the most obvious, yet overlooked, pieces of advice is to close the door while on a call. If you’re working where other people live or work, a closed door is a respectful signal to not bother you and keep noises from outside the room from being heard.
What’s going on behind you during calls? Can others see cars passing by the street through your front window or the sink full of dirty dishes in your kitchen? Your visible background can say a lot about you and leaves an impression on Zoom calls. Try to keep a neutral background when possible and keep it clean so you don’t show off your messes.
Zoom does offer virtual background options, but unless you’re desperate, try not to use it all the time. Virtual backgrounds are fun and quirky at times, but they can create distrust or seem improper if overused. It’s alright to use them in an emergency when you’ve got a couch full of laundry behind you, but if it’s not necessary, it’s best to let everyone see you in your work environment at home.
As a word of warning, it’s appropriate to show everyone where you’re working in your home, but do it with caution! Yes, your bed is comfortable, but do you really want people seeing your bedroom? Instead, try setting up your camera in such a way that it doesn’t look like you’re lounging in your bedroom, like positioning yourself so only a wall is visible.
Especially when working in a small space, lighting is challenging. An overhead light can create harsh or awkward shadows on your face. Natural light always shows up best through your webcam, but if you don’t have natural light that adequately highlights your face, you might want to consider alternative options like a ring light.
It’s important to have a specific office area in your home in general, but it’s especially helpful for taking calls. It can help you minimize distractions and avoid potential mishaps.
If you’re always taking calls from the same spot, you’ll know what parts of your house show in the background, how to minimize noise and adjust lighting and keep messes and distracting items out of the way. Or, if you have a pet, consider having a bed next to your Zoom location, so they know there’s a place for them and won’t jump into your lap mid-call.
When you’re at home and have your closet only steps away, it’s tempting to change into comfortable clothes for work. When on camera, it’s best to have slightly more professional attire. This doesn’t mean you need to wear a suit and tie or a dress, but it’s best to put on something other than your sweats and an old hoodie. Try setting timers a few minutes before calls so you know when to change.
And just because people are only seeing the top half of your body doesn’t mean you should skip the pants — we all know that some Zoomers are flying fast and loose with pants, which is a dangerous game to play. If for some reason you do need to stand up or move during your meeting, you don’t want everyone seeing your unmentionables in a professional environment.
Zoom’s chat function is a great tool for sending comments while other people are speaking and for sharing links. Sometimes, these comments are important or someone is sharing a link to a document you need to view. Check the chat throughout your meeting so you aren’t completely lost and others don’t think you weren’t paying attention.
Even if there’s no background noise where you’re working, mute yourself when you’re not speaking. Unexpected things happen, like a doorbell ringing or noise you’re unaware of.
While it’s nice to show everyone your face, turning off your camera is sometimes appropriate. If you’re getting up from your desk to grab something from another room, turn off your video. Seeing someone get up and leave for a minute may cause others to wonder what’s going on, and it can distract from the actual meeting at hand.
Or, if you’re moving yourself during the call from one room to another, you should also turn off your video. Your coworkers don’t need to feel like they’re on a roller coaster or traveling through hyperspace while you’re walking through your home.
Finally, turn off the camera if you’re eating, even if it’s just a quick snack. It’s poor Zoom etiquette and, frankly, gross to others if you’re eating while on a call.
We’ve all had someone inadvertently show a confidential or personal message in a Zoom meeting, whether it was via notifications or poor planning when sharing their screen.
If you’re showing your screen to others on a call, make sure the screen you share is free from messaging platforms or other irrelevant windows. It’s also smart to mute your notifications while screen sharing, too. If you have difficulty remembering to turn off your notifications, try installing something like Muzzle that will silence your notifications for you when you share a screen.
Many of us are using more than one monitor and are on a zoom call while viewing other documents on different screens. Even if what you’re viewing on another screen is relevant to the meeting, it’s better to look into the camera so people know you’re actively present in the meeting and not distracted.
Do a quick test of your audio and video before your meeting starts. It only takes a minute or two and can help you avoid awkward moments of realizing you have a mess behind you or wasting time at the beginning of the call to figure out why the sound isn’t working.
Zoom has a few reactions you can use when you don’t want to unmute yourself or make too much noise. These are emojis that you can click that will show on your video window for a few seconds. It’s much easier when you have a large meeting to show you understand something by giving a visual “thumbs up,” rather than verbally saying “I got it” and everyone wondering who said what.
In your Zoom settings, you can set it to display on two windows. This is especially helpful for meetings where people are sharing a screen because you can see the gallery view for people’s faces, as well as a screen share. That means no more scrolling through everyone on the top or side of the screen during calls!
One of the greatest benefits of using Zoom for meetings is that you can record entire meetings and refer back to them later or send them to people who couldn’t attend. But, before you hit the button to record, make sure you’ve asked those in the meeting if it’s OK. Chances are, everyone will be fine with it, but it’s still good Zoom etiquette to ask so that others are aware.
When the weather is good, it’s nice to take calls from outside. When you’re working from your balcony or patio, be aware of your noise level as neighbors might have opened windows to let fresh air in and they can hear you. This is bothersome to the neighbors who are trying to work or take calls themselves, and it could give away information about your company that shouldn’t be shared.
You should also monitor the noise in your background. It’s relaxing to hear birds chirping or feel a breeze, but it’s annoying to everyone else on your Zoom call.
Whether you’re in a conference room, business center or other shared common space, take precautions and be considerate of those around you. That means practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and being as quiet as possible — including when using the printer and coffee machine. No one wants to be interrupted in their meeting by someone printing out a 100-page document nearby.
Most of us have had something unexpected happen during a Zoom call — and that’s OK! The great part about this pandemic is that it has shown us we’re all human. Even the CEO of the big company is dealing with pets, unexpected doorbells or visits from their little ones while they’re working. Life happens.
That being said, it’s still a work environment and we want to avoid being too unprofessional. Be conscious of Zoom etiquette and you’ll (hopefully) avoid being the distraction during calls!
Curling up with a good book, watching your favorite comfort show, or enjoying a cup of tea are all infinitely more enjoyable when surrounded by cozy home decor. These pieces set the mood for your entire experience, which is why investing in some good home pieces might be on your mind. Not sure where to start? These stylish, yet comfortable picks will get you started, and they’re all under $50.
When shopping for cozy home decor, opt for pieces that’ll add texture and warmth to your space. That means looking for items with soft materials, rustic elements, and pleasant colors, including warm lighting, moody wall decor, and throw pillows. And you can find all these winter essentials within Amazon’s Get Cozy section starting at $12. Plus, many of these pretty pieces are from popular brands at Amazon, like Sweet Water Decor, Bedsure, and Creative Co-Op.
One simple and easy way to instantly give your living room a cozy feel is by incorporating a fleece blanket, like this fuzzy Bedsure throw. Its soft feel and ribbed design fits right in with the quaint aesthetic you’re looking for, while adding a pop of color to an otherwise bare sofa. The Amazon best-seller is loved by more than 1,300 shoppers who say it looks luxurious, has a soft exterior, and keeps them warm during the winter. The throw is available in 27 colors and styles, and is currently on sale.
Modern farmhouse decor is a popular, cozy style with warm wood details, vintage-like accents, and neutral colors. And if you’re looking for that appearance on your walls, consider this country-esque picture set that’s under $25. The set brings six paintings that feature calming landscapes and come in various sizes, making it perfect for a gallery wall. While the artwork is unframed, they’re in classic 8-inch by 10-inch and 11-inch by 14-inch prints, allowing you to customize the paintings with wood, gold, or black frames.
Not only will lighting do wonders for a dark space, but it’ll also provide a nice glow, especially with an Edison-style bulb. These brushed black wall sconces will add an industrial twist to your cozy decor and break up all the beiges and grays already in your space. The sconces have brass accents on the customizable arm, which has a knob to angle the light shade 180 degrees. Shoppers installed these sconces in their living room as well as the foyer, bedroom, and kitchen.
These are just a few cozy living room staples on Amazon. Scroll through the list below for more stylish picks or head over to the Winter Home Finds hub for even more options.
Philadelphia, often fondly called “Philly,” is a city steeped in the rich tapestry of American history and culture. As the largest city in Pennsylvania and one of the most iconic cities in the United States, Philadelphia offers a unique blend of historical significance, cultural vibrancy, diverse culinary experiences and robust economic sectors. Plus, homes in Philadelphia are often surprisingly affordable when compared to similar-sized cities in the Northeast.
But what is Philadelphia known for? This article explores the various facets that make Philadelphia a remarkable and distinctive city.
Philadelphia holds a special place in the halls of American history. It was here, in Independence Hall, that the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted, making the city a pivotal location during the American Revolution. The Liberty Bell, with its famous crack, symbolizes freedom and has been a longstanding symbol of American independence. These historical landmarks draw numerous visitors each year, eager to glimpse the birthplace of modern democracy.
Economically, Philadelphia is a powerhouse with diverse industries driving its growth. The city is a hub for healthcare and education, with world-renowned institutions like the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University headquartered here. The presence of these institutions not only contributes to the city’s economy but also makes it a center for medical research and innovation.
Additionally, Philadelphia’s strategic location on the Eastern seaboard makes it an important player in logistics, manufacturing and trade. The Port of Philadelphia is a vital component of this, facilitating international trade and commerce. The city’s economy is also bolstered by a robust service sector, including finance, law and information technology.
No discussion of Philadelphia is complete without mentioning its iconic culinary scene. The Philly cheesesteak, a long roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed beef and melted cheese, is synonymous with the city. Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are among the most famous spots to try this local delicacy. Beyond cheesesteaks, Philadelphia’s food landscape is diverse, featuring everything from high-end dining experiences to a vibrant street food culture, with influences from Italian, Irish and African American cuisines, among others.
Philadelphia is a melting pot of cultures, evident in its neighborhoods, festivals and daily life. Places like Chinatown, Little Italy and the African American Museum in Philadelphia showcase the city’s rich cultural tapestry. The city is known for its “Brotherly Love” and “Sisterly Affection,” a sentiment stemming from its Quaker roots that promotes tolerance and inclusivity.
The city’s arts and entertainment scene is vibrant and diverse. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to thousands of works from across the globe, is an iconic institution, not just for its vast collections but also for the famous “Rocky Steps” leading to its entrance. The city’s love for music is evident in its jazz, soul and hip-hop scenes, with venues like the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Mann Center hosting performances throughout the year.
Philadelphia is also a city of murals – with more than 4,000 murals adorning the city’s buildings, it’s like an open-air art gallery, showcasing the work of local and international artists. These murals often reflect the city’s history, culture and social issues, adding color and conversation to its urban landscape.
Philadelphia’s sports culture is fervent and loyal. Home to teams like the Eagles (NFL), the Phillies (MLB), the 76ers (NBA) and the Flyers (NHL), the city lives and breathes sports. The passionate fan base is known for its fervor and dedication, making attending a live game an electrifying experience.
Philadelphia is a center for education and research, boasting several top universities and colleges. Institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University are not only significant employers in the city but also contribute to the intellectual and cultural richness of Philadelphia. These institutions attract students and researchers from all over the world, adding to the city’s diverse demographic.
Tourism plays a significant role in Philadelphia’s economy. Attractions such as the Philadelphia Zoo, the oldest zoo in the United States, and the Franklin Institute, a leader in science and technology education, draw families and curious minds alike. The historic district, featuring the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, is a pilgrimage site for those interested in American history.
Philadelphia’s neighborhoods each have their own character and charm. From the historic cobblestone streets of Old City to the vibrant murals in Fishtown and the bustling markets of Reading Terminal Market, there’s a diverse array of experiences to be had in the city’s various districts. These neighborhoods are not just residential areas but are hubs of cultural, culinary and social activity.
Philadelphia is a city with a rich history, a vibrant culture and a bright future. It’s a place where the past and present converge, creating a unique urban experience. From the echoes of liberty ringing through its historic landmarks to the sizzling grills of its famous cheesesteak joints, from the hallowed halls of its universities to the passionate cheers of its sports stadiums, Philadelphia is a city that thrives on diversity, innovation, and brotherly love.
Whether you’re drawn to its historical significance, culinary delights, cultural richness or economic opportunities, Philadelphia offers a dynamic and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. Browse available apartments or homes in Philadelphia to experience brotherly love for yourself in a place of your own.
In 2024, the world of design is evolving — the 2023 design trends that once seemed evergreen are proving themselves out of fashion fast. Designers are leading a creative revolution, saying goodbye to certain decor trends that have been around for too long. Let’s explore the shifts and innovations that will redefine our living spaces this year.
The subdued palette that dominated 2023 is now experiencing a sense of saturation. While these neutrals are timeless, their overuse, especially within the realm of minimalism, has rendered them somewhat uninspiring. Consider infusing vitality into your color scheme with bold and saturated hues. Also, explore the rich spectrum of nature-inspired tones to breathe life into your living spaces. Jewel tones also contrast beautifully against most gray wall colors and add more personality.
The once-revitalizing checkered pattern in home decor has become a victim of its own popularity. We have to say the same for the once-popular chevron print that found its way onto rugs, walls and decor items, too. Instead of continuing with this trend, opt for textural fabrics like natural linen. This shift provides a refreshing departure from the ubiquitous checkered aesthetic while maintaining a touch of vintage charm.
The meticulous coordination of every element in a space, a hallmark of 2023, is now on the wane. Beyond the significant investment of time and money, overly coordinated decor tends to create impersonal and somewhat sterile living environments. Embrace maximalism, which encourages an eclectic and personalized approach. It injects warmth and character, transforming spaces into inviting havens. While we can’t really say that minimalism itself is out, the aesthetic’s leaning toward over-coordination is.
Hiding personal touches within homes, a trend of 2023, is giving way to a more authentic and open expression of individuality. In 2024, the focus is on showcasing personal style, memories and uniqueness through decor. Consider creating a gallery wall that tells your story with pride. This departure from impersonal spaces contributes to a more emotionally resonant and visually captivating living environment.
While plants undoubtedly enhance interiors, the misconception of universal gardening expertise can lead to the neglect of these green companions. Instead of overestimating our green thumbs, we recommend taking an honest assessment of how much plant care you can handle. Start small with low-maintenance plants like succulents, gradually incorporating them into your decor for a harmonious and vibrant atmosphere.
The dominance of style over comfort in 2023 is evolving. The realization that a truly inviting living space should prioritize comfort and functionality is gaining traction. Investing in multifunctional furniture is a key shift, ensuring that pieces look good while enhancing the overall living experience. This move towards comfort signifies a departure from purely aesthetic-driven choices.
The inclination to chase trends is losing ground to a preference for timeless design elements, such as the transitional design style. The recognition that trendy pieces can quickly make a space feel outdated and impersonal is driving a shift towards enduring choices. Embrace mid-century modern design, sustainable pieces and neutral rugs for a timeless and enduring aesthetic.
Gold, as a timeless element, remains in vogue, but the gaudy and flashy manifestations are making way for more subdued and sophisticated design choices. The desire for a balanced and refined atmosphere has prompted a departure from the excessive use of brassy gold pieces everywhere — instead choosing a more burnished gold look. Opt for timeless and versatile gold accents that contribute to an elegant and harmonious living space.
As we bid farewell to our once-beloved 2023 design trends, there’s a resounding call to embrace designs that have a striking impact. Vibrant color choices, daring patterns and eye-catching focal points are becoming central to creating memorable aesthetics.
This movement invites individuals to step into the role of interior designers, breaking free from the mundane and infusing spaces with a daring, expressive approach. The power of bold statements is set to elevate our living spaces and leave a lasting impression in the unfolding narrative of 2024.
If you’re still on the quest for a new living space, explore the available apartments and homes for rent. It’s an opportunity to infuse your creative touch and turn your dream rental into a personalized haven.
Outfitting a new place with pictures and paintings can get expensive, but nowadays, there are plenty of cheap wall art options for your apartment that are inexpensive yet chic.
Once you’ve found the perfect apartment to rent, signed the lease and moved in, the fun part of decorating your new home can begin. If you’re wondering where to buy art for an apartment, we’ve put together a list of 25 places to find cheap wall art online. Browse these galleries or peruse in person and find cheap wall art for your apartment that’ll give it personality and color.
One day, you may be able to afford an original painting by your favorite artist, but until then, there are lots of places to find cheap wall art that’ll spice up your apartment without breaking the bank. Here are some places to consider when looking for art for your apartment.
Etsy is an online marketplace where vendors can sell their arts, crafts and vintage supplies directly to buyers. While you’ll have to search and filter through lots of options, Etsy has a huge collection of art available and is a great place to browse when looking for cheap wall art.
Your local thrift shop is a great place to start when looking for art for apartments. Because of the nature of thrift shops where products are constantly being donated, each time you go to the local thrift shop, you’ll find different art available for purchase at an inexpensive price point. Thrift shops will offer a wide range of art genres and you’ll never know what you’re going to find when you walk in. This makes it a fun place to check out frequently and see what you’ll stumble upon
Like thrift shops, local yard and estate sales are great places to go and browse for cheap wall art. You don’t know what you’re going to find, but it is a fun surprise when you find something unexpected that you love.
Looking for something vintage and antique to decorate your apartment with? Antique stores can offer one-of-a-kind pieces of art that’ll make your apartment stand out from other homes. Antique art hunting requires patience, but when you find a fabulous piece of art, the hunt is worth it.
Society 6 is a website for independent artists to showcase their work. Here, you’ll find a variety of art options — from paper prints to framed art to tapestries — to buy and decorate your apartment with.
Who doesn’t love going on a Target run? Whether you’re looking for cheap wall art online or looking to wander the aisles, Target offers a variety of art that’ll work when decorating anything from a nursery to the living room in your apartment.
Bed Bath and Beyond is another big-box store that offers a little bit of everything, including cheap wall art. Here you can purchase framed art or canvas prints that’ll look high-quality hanging in your home but won’t cost the same as a gallery piece would.
Art.com is a great place to start when you’re looking for art for your apartment. This website offers thousands of pieces — from classics artists like Van Gogh and Picasso to unknown artists selling flowers or signs — Art.com is a great place to browse as you’ll find almost anything your heart desires.
Rifle Paper Co. is a brand that features whimsical designs and sweet florals on a variety of products. From paper prints to licensed products, check out Rifle Paper Co. offers a nice selection of art to hang in your apartment.
Wayfair is where to look when you’re searching for anything from furniture to art to match. If you don’t know what style of art you like, Wayfair is a great place to start because you can match it to your furniture style.
Do you like to support local artists from around the world? If so, Artfinder.com is a great place to find cheap wall art online. You can find styles that you like and feel good about supporting local artists at the same time. Also, lots of times you’ll find art on sale, which is always a perk.
Minted.com offers limited edition prints, meaning the prints won’t always be available for purchase. If you like unique art at a stellar price point, check out Minted.com when browsing for cheap wall art online.
If you’re in the mood to browse online at endless options, Overstock.com is the place for you. This online gallery offers thousands of options and you’re bound to find a piece of art (or two) that are great for your new apartment.
Christmas Tree Shops offers so much more than holiday art. If you’re looking for canvas art that’ll look upscale and elegant in your home, this is a great website or store to check out.
Circle Graphics is a digital printing company and art vendor that can help you decorate your home with art or photos. Looking for art? Great. Looking to print your own photos on canvas? You can do that, too!
Home Goods is another place to browse online and in-store to find both cheap wall art and decorative elements for your apartment.
Great Big Canvas is another online art gallery that allows you to search by subject, color, size or room. This is a great way to filter your art options and find the perfect piece for every wall in your apartment.
If you want an original piece of art but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars, Abstract Art Gallery is a great place to find abstract-style art for under $500. Check out this site if you’re looking for an original piece for your apartment.
Paper Source is a boutique paper store that sells print art and fine paper that can easily be styled into wall art. Find a piece of paper or pattern that you love, buy a frame to match and voila, you’ve got yourself a cheap piece of wall art. This is a great option because you can easily swap the art out seasonally and have new art regularly.
Looking for something a little more hipster? Check out Urban Outfitters art and decor section and you’ll find a wide selection of posters, prints and frames to decorate your apartment with.
iCanvas offers people a large selection of options to find cheap wall art online. You can purchase prints that feature iconic movie and TV scenes, abstract art or classics.
If you’re the type of person who wants to spend money on one beautiful piece of art that is a statement piece, Uprise Art is a great source to check out. With art for under $800, you can get a wonderful piece of art that’ll last you forever.
Vertical Gallery is a digital art gallery where people can browse and see a variety of artists month over month. This is a fun way to purchase cheap wall art because the collections change and provide you with new options.
Big Lots offers art and home decor for inexpensive prices. This is a great place to start looking for art if you aren’t sure about your style and don’t want to invest in an expensive piece yet. You can purchase a few pieces of art, see what you like, and then commit to a more expensive piece down the road.
Last but not least is Dollar Tree. If you’re looking for cheap wall art, try Dollar Tree. You can get prints for literally one dollar and outfit the entire apartment wall-to-wall if you want.
Whether you’re looking for one statement piece of art or multiple pieces you can swap out seasonally, there are plenty of places to find cheap wall art. These 25 places are a great place to start when looking for places to buy art for your apartment.
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We’re not usually ones to forecast a year’s biggest home decor trends, but we have a good feeling about this one. Faux Olive Tree plants are in. Yes, you read that right. Looking for a plant that requires little-to-no maintenance that will spruce up that drab corner of your favorite room? Look no further. We tracked down the perfect Faux Olive Tree at Walmart, and it’s at a majorly discounted price.
If you’re still not wholly sold on the idea that Faux Olive Trees are in, then take personal blogger Julia Arceri’s word for it. In a July 2022, post, Arceri showed off her home and showcased some Olive Trees in the background of her living room. We were all about how perfectly these trees accentuated her room and add a pop of color. Like what you see? You can add the tree to your cart via THIS LINK.
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In the ever-evolving world of design, trends come and go, shaping the aesthetic landscape of our living spaces. As we step into the new year, designers find themselves at the forefront of a creative revolution, ready to bid farewell to certain decor trends and colors that have adorned homes for too long. We’re delving into the dynamic realm of interior design, exploring the shifts, evolutions and innovative styles that are set to redefine our living spaces in this year.
Join us on a journey through the anticipated transformations as designers eagerly embrace the wave of change, bidding adieu to familiar motifs to make room for fresh and inspiring design aesthetics.
This year has introduced numerous exciting decor ideas to the design realm, yet amidst the innovative concepts, some interior design trends seem overdone. While it’s crucial to honor individual style preferences, there’s a sense of anticipation for a fresh wave of inspiration in the coming year. Embracing your favorite decor pieces is encouraged, but for those eager for a change or seeking new home design ideas, here’s a selection of trends that might benefit from taking a step back.
The muted greys and beiges that dominated 2023 design trends now feel overplayed. While these neutrals will never necessarily go out of style, they’re used too much especially due to the large influence of minimalism.
These tones lack personality and can result in a space that feels uninspired and monotonous. Instead of defaulting to the safety of muted greys and beiges, consider injecting some life into your color palette. Experiment with bolder hues or explore the vast spectrum of nature-inspired tones.
Trend to try instead: Bold hues and saturated colors.
This year, the checkered pattern in home decor has become somewhat overdone, largely due to the influence of social media influencers who fervently promoted its use. While the pattern itself exudes cool retro vibes, its widespread presence in design circles has created a feeling of saturation. The once-refreshing nod to vintage aesthetics has now reached a point where the checkered pattern has a chequered past.
Trend to try instead: Textural fabrics over patterned ones like natural linen.
The 2023 trend of overly coordinated decor is on the way out, and for good reasons. The meticulous matching of every element in a space, from furniture to accessories, not only demands a significant investment of both money and time but also tends to make homes feel somewhat impersonal. The pursuit of perfection in coordination often results in spaces that lack warmth and character found in a more eclectic and personalized approach.
Trend to try instead: Maximalism.
Speaking of impersonal spaces, hiding personal decor should be left to the old 2023 design trends. In the evolving world of interior decor, the idea of hiding personal touches within a home is becoming passé. Instead, there’s a rising inclination toward showcasing personal style, memories and individuality through decor. As we embrace the transition into 2024, the mantra is to let your space reflect your personality openly and tell your story with pride and authenticity.
Trend to try instead: Embracing eclectic and personal decor, like a gallery wall.
Plants elevate rooms to the next level, bringing color and vibrancy that transforms the atmosphere effortlessly. Natural materials also tend to work well with plants in the interior design world, making plants a fun element to design around. While plants undeniably enhance the appeal of interiors, the misconception that everyone possesses expert-level gardening skills can lead to the neglect of these green companions.
Instead of letting overconfidence overshadow the joy of incorporating plants into your decor, we recommend a more mindful approach to their care and placement. Starting small and adding on is the best way to incorporate plants into decor in the year ahead.
Trend to try instead: Succulents and other low-maintenance plants.
Will 2024 be the year we finally prioritize comfort and practicality over style when it comes to furniture? The 2023 design trends favoring style over comfort have overstayed their welcome, and there’s a growing realization that a truly inviting and functional living space should prioritize comfortability. Investing in pieces that not only look good but also provide a cozy and functional experience can transform the way we interact with our living environments.
Opposing trend we love: Multifunctional furniture.
It’s time to rethink the whole trendy versus timeless design trend. Last year, we saw a ton of trendy pieces taking over interior design trends, like curvy and rounded furniture, sculptural ceramic vases and knot and arch pieces.
But here’s the problem – being too enamored with what’s ‘in’ can make your space feel outdated and impersonal. Acrylic plastic furniture might be modern, but it’s not immune to becoming yesterday’s news. Leave chasing the latest trends behind and focus on picking pieces that feel timeless and can stand the test of time.
Timeless trends we love: mid-century modern design, sustainable design pieces and neutral rugs.
Before you clutch your gold-set pearls, understand that gold itself will never truly be out of style. The flashy nature of gaudy gold furnishings tends to clash with the timeless, contemporary trend of clean lines and simple elegance.
People are now gravitating towards timeless and versatile pieces that contribute to a balanced and harmonious living space, which doesn’t involve the overuse of gaudy gold. The desire for a more relaxed and refined atmosphere has led to the decline of gold in favor of more subdued and sophisticated design choices.
We can’t talk about 2023 design trends we want to see retired without touching on an aesthetic we hope to see carried into the new year. Our favorite design trend from last year, which we’re rooting for in the new year, is the emphasis on bold statements. Whether it’s vibrant color choices, daring patterns or eye-catching focal points, the idea of making a statement in design has added a refreshing dynamic to spaces.
Big statements inject personality, spark conversations and create memorable aesthetics. From statement furniture pieces to accent walls that demand attention, this movement invites us to become an interior designer ourselves, break free from the mundane and embrace a more daring, expressive approach to design. Let’s continue celebrating the power of bold statements to elevate our living spaces and make a lasting impression in 2024.
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When people think of the most affordable neighborhoods in Chicago, they don’t always think being close to the lakefront is an option.
In Chicago, most of the pricier rent districts are those closer to the Loop. This means it’s entirely possible to find an apartment in Chicago that’s affordable, safe and close to plenty of nightlife and entertainment options for less than $2,000 a month.
Here are 10 of the most affordable neighborhoods in Chicago, depending on the type of amenities you like within your community.
Logan Square’s identity has changed so much within the past 10 years. Once a sleepy neighborhood with a large immigrant population, this community is now teeming with young, hip Chicagoans that don’t want to pay top dollar for a home in the nearby neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Bucktown.
Logan Square is also still home to plenty of immigrant families who’ve been living in the neighborhood for years, giving it a true neighborhood feel. Rental rates here are quickly rising, but you can still get more space for your buck and be near the picturesque Logan and Kedzie boulevards.
Logan Square is serviced by Chicago’s Blue Line, giving residents easy access to all of the city’s neighborhoods. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) also services the area with a variety of bus routes, making transit a breeze. However, residents rarely need to leave the neighborhood unless they want to do so, as there are plenty of nightlife options, restaurants, shops and amenities within Logan Square.
Just north of Logan Square and three stops away on the Blue Line is Irving Park. Much of this neighborhood’s charm lies in its beautiful homes and suburban-like setting.
Although it’s still distinctly urban, Irving Park has a much quieter feel than some adjacent areas. If you’re looking for pretty tree-lined streets, old houses and a community vibe, Irving Park is a good option to consider.
In addition to the area’s Blue Line and bus access, Irving Park offers direct access to Interstates 90 and 94, so those who need to drive to get to work will want to consider this convenient option. It’s also home to two Metra lines within Old Irving Park, making it even more convenient for those who want to live in the city sans car but not in the heart of the Loop.
Avondale is having a moment right now. That said, while you can expect to spend more than $2,000 on rent in some parts of Avondale, you can absolutely find less pricey apartments that still make it among the cheapest neighborhoods in Chicago.
Newer businesses, including music venue/coffee bar Sleeping Village, bowling alley Avondale Bowl and newly-opened membership-based Guild Row, have welcomed those who want entertainment options without having to deal with the crowds or parking issues.
Like many neighborhoods throughout the city, gentrification is taking hold and causing rent to increase. Humboldt Park is no exception. You’ll know you’re in this West Side neighborhood when you pass under the large Puerto Rican flag metal sculpture or notice the large Humboldt Park swan boats in the park’s lagoon.
Today, you can hear a bunch of men congregating at the corner of the park, chatting and catching up on the day’s events while a young couple walks along the sidewalk with a stroller in tow.
Pilsen is probably one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Chicago. Its bright and large wall murals can be found along the main streets but also within the neighborhood as single-family homes and apartment buildings use their walls as canvases.
Once a haven for artists seeking low rent and large loft spaces, the area has been slowly gentrifying. Renters have been attracted to its location, just a few miles from downtown, as well as lower rents than other parts of the city.
Pilsen also offers access to employment, entertainment and nightlife options throughout the South Loop, Little Italy, Chinatown and University Village (which is home to the University of Illinois at Chicago). It’s definitely one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Chicago near the Loop. Regardless of the influx of new residents, Pilsen is still home to a proud and rich Latino culture.
Those looking to live on the north side of the city don’t have a ton of budget-friendly options, but Uptown is a great option for those who want to be close to neighborhoods like Lakeview, Wrigleyville and Andersonville without wanting to shell out a ton of cash.
Uptown’s locale is its main draw, as is its access to Lake Michigan and the northern areas of Lincoln Park (we mean the park, not the neighborhood of the same name).
Many Chicago residents might refer to New Chinatown as basically the intersection of Argyle Street and Broadway Avenue, or “Asia on Argyle,” within the northern end of the Uptown neighborhood. Part of the Uptown community, “Argyle Street,” as the locals reference it, is home to some of the best pho and other Vietnamese cuisine in the city. Within a few blocks are dozens of Southeast Asian restaurants and businesses — mostly Vietnamese offerings, along with Chinese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai.
On Thursday nights during the summer, Argyle Street hosts its popular Argyle Night Market, where you can sample food from local restaurants while enjoying live cultural and musical performances.
The childhood home of former First Lady Michelle Obama, South Shore offers easy access to Lake Michigan, Rainbow Beach and Stony Island Arts Bank — an art gallery, media archive, gorgeous library and community center.
Another perk is that it’s within walking distance to the South Shore Cultural Center, which includes a 65-acre park with a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, culinary center, nature center and a variety of cultural programming and classes.
If living in a really diverse neighborhood appeals to you, complete with businesses that cater to a number of ethnic groups, Albany Park might be the perfect neighborhood for you — it’s also among the cheapest neighborhoods in Chicago.
It’s not uncommon to walk along Montrose Avenue, Lawrence Avenue or Kedzie Avenue, the main streets in Albany Park, and pass restaurants selling everything from freshly-made pitas (Sanabel Bakery on Kedzie Avenue) to sweets and Middle Eastern groceries and staples (Dukan International Food Market, right off the Kedzie Brown Line stop) or serving delicious food at restaurants such as Afghan Kabob on Montrose Avenue or Noon-o-Kabab on Kedzie Avenue.
Rogers Park is another diverse neighborhood, not unlike Albany Park. According to Choose Chicago, more than 40 languages are spoken in this area. Large apartment complexes and three-flats can be found between single-family homes, and there’s a mix of established families with transient neighbors thanks to Loyola University’s campus. It’s also among the cheapest neighborhoods on Chicago’s far north side.
If you’re new to Chicago and looking for the cheapest neighborhoods, take the time to do some research and talk to those who live in the areas you’re considering. There are many ways you can do that now without knocking on doors. Social media platforms often have neighborhood group pages where you can let people know you’re considering a move to the area and would love to know what they like or don’t like about their neighborhood. You’d be surprised how honest people are when talking about their communities.