Kelsey Marie, Author at Home & Texture
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Kelsey Marie

Writing since February 2024• 565 stories contributed

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Kelsey Marie is a Blavity writer focusing on home decor, design, and travel. She started writing for Travel Noire in 2019 while living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kelsey has contributed over 1,000 pieces on Black-owned businesses, art, culture, and luxury travel. Her work has been seen in several publications, including Travel + Leisure, Forbes, and Her Agenda. A lover of art, fashion, travel, and design, Kelsey Marie is a visual artist who works with fashion brands to style their pieces and create content. Her travels inspire her work. She hopes to visit at least 75% of the world in her lifetime. Kelsey is a Brooklyn native born to Trinidadian parents. She currently resides between Atlanta and Brooklyn. Follow Kelsey @kelseydashmarie on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Donating Etiquette

Donating your gently used home decor items is a fantastic way to declutter your living space while also giving your pieces a new life in someone else’s home. But before...

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Urban Aunt Aesthetic

There are always new trends popping up in the design world. So far this year we’ve seen trends emerge like “Bookshelf Wealth,” which largely become popular thanks to social media....

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Cooking Tips

True foodies know that onions are a must-have in your kitchen for adding a burst of flavor to dishes. These versatile vegetables can transform the simplest ingredients into an incredible...

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Singles Awareness Day

If you’re avoiding Valentine’s Day this year, perhaps Singles Awareness Day will entice you. Celebrated on February 15th, this day is the cheeky flip side to Valentine’s Day. It’s a...

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Food Recycling Bin

If reducing food waste and saving money are part of your New Year’s resolutions this year, it’s not too late to start making meaningful changes. Among the common aspirations like...

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Moving With Plants

Moving can be stressful, especially when trying to transport your belongings to your new home. Among the chaos of packing up our lives, those of us who have embraced the...

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Le Creuset Valentine’s Day Collection

Le Creuset has done it again. The beloved French cookware brand’s Valentine’s Day collection is redefining how we celebrate the day of love in our home. With an array of...

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Space Heaters

The chill of winter can turn the coziest of homes into an ice box. Instead of piling on blankets and trying to stay warm, you can get nice and toasty...

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Kitchen vs. Kitchenette

If you’re a homeowner or in the market for a new home, you’ve probably come across listings with either a kitchen or a kitchenette in the description. But what exactly...

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Home Cooking Tips

If you’re like us, 2024 is the year of remembering we’ve got food at home. However, the only way to fully be successful at this is to spend more time...

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Bedroom Accent Wall Ideas

If your bedroom is starting to bore you, it may be time for an accent wall. Incorporating an accent wall in your home decor is a declaration of your personal...

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Paint Tips

A fresh coat of paint can be the quickest way to transform a space. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or someone who sporadically dabbles in interior painting, chances are you’ve...

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Mattress Tips

We all love a good night’s sleep, and a high-quality mattress can take your slumber from subpar to incredible. But, like all good things, mattresses don’t last forever. Experts at...

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Coffee Ground Hacks

Who knew that the secret ingredient to a cleaner and fresher home could be found right in your coffee machine? Yes, we’re talking about coffee grounds—the underappreciated byproduct of your...

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Kitchen Paint Colors

Does your kitchen need a refresh? The color of your culinary space plays a pivotal role in setting its mood and vibe. A fresh coat of paint can breathe new...

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Bathroom Cleaning Tips

There's no better feeling than walking into a spotlessly clean bathroom to practice self-care after a long day. Bathrooms have become our private sanctuaries, in addition to being a functional...

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Homeowner Resolutions

As the New Year rolls in, it’s not just our personal and professional lives that get a chance for a reset; our homes, too, deserve a fresh start. Often, we...

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Interior Design Aesthetics

As we usher in a new year, many homeowners are looking to give their living spaces a refresh. If you’re in the same boat, you may be contemplating which interior...

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Pantone Color of the Year 2024

As we welcome the fresh beginnings of January 2024, homeowners around the world are looking to rejuvenate their living spaces with new trends and colors. Each year, Pantone’s Color of...

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Gifts for Mixologists

With the festive spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to consider gifts for the mixologist or drink enthusiast in your life. Choosing items that will enhance their passion...

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Winter Date Night Ideas

Life gets busy, but no matter how hectic your schedule may be, it’s important to set aside time for your significant other. Date nights serve as a reminder of the...

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Christmas Tree Care

Purchasing a real Christmas tree is a cherished tradition for many during the holiday season. However, it’s important to be aware that these natural beauties can sometimes bring unwanted guests...

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James Hardie Color of the Year

Home exterior design solution and fiber cement home siding company James Hardie recently released its first-ever Color of the Year for exterior siding. The color, Mountain Sage, is a serene...

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Dining Room Rules

The dining room is the area of your home that you may or may not frequent, but when you do, it’s to share a meal with loved ones while creating...

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National Pastry Day Kitchen Items

If you have a sweet tooth and are a sucker for pastries, circle December 9 in bold on your calendar. National Pastry Day is here, and it’s all about baking...

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2023 Advent Calendars

Whether you're ready or not, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. The holiday season is the cozy time of the year when we slip into matching family pajamas, gather...

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Vintage, Antique & Retro Decor

The words “vintage,” “antique,” and “retro” are often used interchangeably, yet they represent vastly different styles and eras. This distinction is crucial for decorators and collectors who seek to create...

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Motherhood Gifts

The arrival of a new baby is a joyful and momentous occasion, and what better way to celebrate the new mom in your life than with a thoughtful gift this...

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Guest Room Must-Haves

Creating an inviting and comfortable guest room speaks volumes about your hospitality. When you put intention into designing a guest room, it transforms from a space for your guests to...

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Shilpi Reddy, Desi Favors Interview

The allure of South Asian decor lies in its vibrant colors, detailed patterns, and a rich blend of cultural symbolism. From the vivid hues of marigold garlands to the intricate...

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Snooze Button

While many of us reach for that extra few minutes of sleep each morning, experts have mixed reviews on whether hitting the snooze button is helpful or harmful. According to...

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Italian Design

Milan: the city of fashion, art, and the epitome of Italian design. It’s here that Stories of Italy, a luxury homeware brand and design studio, crafts its magic. Dario Buratto,...

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Home Chef Gifts

As the holiday season approaches, we tend to spend time indulging in sweet treats, hosting dinner parties, and shopping for gifts for the people we love. Purchasing gifts can be...

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Fairhaven Circle

In the heart of Atlanta, a story of tradition and craftsmanship unfolds through the vibrant offerings of Fairhaven Circle, a home decor brand that embodies the essence of amplifying South...

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Shoe Box Decor

Transforming everyday items into stylish home decor is the design hack you never knew you needed. It’s not just smart; it allows you to tap into creativity and can be...

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Homemade Pizza

Picture this: You’re in your kitchen and the scent of fresh pizza is in the air. Making your own pizza is like bringing a piece of Italy right into your own...

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Fall Decor Trends

If you’re anything like us, you can spend hours scrolling through Pinterest, pinning all of the home decor and design photos that catch your eye. It’s the perfect place to...

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Wall Decor

When it comes to creating a living space that truly feels like home, the power of personalization cannot be overlooked. The little details—like the color palettes and textures we choose—help...

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Amazon Office Chairs

Home offices have become increasingly popular as more homeowners embark on remote and work-from-home careers. A crucial decision you must make when designing your home office is the perfect office...

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First-Time Homeowner Gifts

Becoming a homeowner is a monumental achievement in one’s life. It’s a time representing new beginnings, joy, and endless decorating possibilities. When it comes to gifting the first-time homeowner in...

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Home

Hosting family and friends brings celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend complete and utter joy. Step into their Beverly Hills home, and you'll feel the warmth they've curated through...

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2024 Color of the Year

Paint company Dunn-Edwards has unveiled its 2024 Color of the Year—a tranquil and refined blue shade named Skipping Stones (DET567). The color, which also has undertones of green and gray,...

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Palm Springs Decor

Palm Springs, California—the very name evokes images of sun-kissed landscapes, mid-century modern architecture, and a blend of indoor-outdoor living. This desert town has long been a haven for Hollywood stars,...

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Libra Decor

Ah, Libra season—born between September 23 and October 22, Libras are drawn to harmony and beauty in every aspect of their lives. Their ruling planet, Venus, is known as the...

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Tile Guide

Whether it’s a bold kitchen backsplash or a sleek bathroom floor, tiles can completely transform spaces in your home. Tiles help to create an ambiance and reflect your personal design...

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Fall Reading Corner

As we fully ease into fall, you might find yourself wanting to spend evenings and weekends curled up, devouring one of the novels on your fall reading list. This season...

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Mixing Patterns

Pattern mixing is more than just a trend—it’s an art form. Mixing patterns can transform a room from ordinary to Pinterest-worthy when executed well. However, mixing patterns can turn your...

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Artwork Tips

Intentional artwork is one of the best ways to upgrade your home’s aesthetic. Each piece tells a story, evokes emotion, and sparks conversation. In the world of home decor, art...

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Schlotzsky’s Sandwich Studio Line

If you’re a sandwich lover, chances are that you’ve heard of Schlotzsky’s. Known for introducing “The Original” sandwich to the world in 1971 from the heart of Austin, Texas, the...

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Prime Day Kitchen Essentials

It’s that time of the year again when savvy shoppers eagerly await the most anticipated online sales event—Amazon Prime Day. Happening on October 10th-11th, this annual shopping extravaganza is the...

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Prime Day TV Deals

Now that the Fourth of July is out of the way, we can completely focus on the shopping event of the summer: Prime Day. Created by Amazon, this two-day savings...

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Messy Homeowners

Messy people and impeccably organized individuals live parallel lives. For those who find comfort in clutter, a mess isn’t a state of disorder but a realm brimming with possibilities. For...

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House Tours, René Daniella

One of the standout features in content creator René Daniella’s Los Angeles home is her “cloffice.” If you missed episode four of Home & Texture’s House Tours season two, Daniella...

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Outdoor Fireplace

Fall is upon us, and as the mornings get crisp and evenings get crisper, there's no better time to extend your living space outdoors. Curating a cozy, inviting outdoor atmosphere...

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Supplement Organization

In our fast-paced society, the quest for balance and wellness is desired now more than ever. Supplements serve as our allies, filling in the nutritional gaps our regular diets may...

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Expert Design Tips

Designing a stylish home that mirrors those dreamy Pinterest boards doesn’t have to equate to draining your wallet. All you need is patience and an eye for detail. Interior design...

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Fall Wine Pairings

Ah, the joys of autumn! The season when the leaves change colors, the air turns crisp, and our taste palates crave the comforting flavors that come with the arrival of...

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Facebook Marketplace

Navigating Facebook Marketplace can be hit or miss, but for the savvy shopper, it’s a treasure hunt for unique items that elevate your home. While the Marketplace can feel like...

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Tracaris Williams Interview

In a sun-drenched loft that overlooks the lively streets of New York City, a vintage orange mid-century chair commands attention among the evolving tapestry of art and self-care. This sanctuary...

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Sleep Hygiene

Life gets busy sometimes, which often means sleep is a backseat to our endless to-do lists. We’ve become a society obsessed with productivity, sometimes at the expense of our well-being....

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Splurge-Worthy Items

Not all purchases are created equal when it comes to curating your dream home. While you’re better off snagging a deal on certain home decor items, there are pieces where...

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Dinner Party Prep

The dining room, for many, serves as the heart of the home. It’s a gathering place where families come together to share meals, celebrate milestones, and craft memories. For designer...

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H&M HOME Furniture

As we usher in the cozy vibes of fall, there’s no better time to refresh your home’s aesthetics. Just in time for the season, exciting news comes for those looking...

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Bamboo Mats

The bathroom is a crucial area in the home. It’s where you start and end your day. It serves as a sanctuary and should be as stylish as it is...

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Paperless Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a way to live more eco-consciously, consider a paperless lifestyle. Going paperless doesn’t just reduce your carbon footprint; it streamlines your home, bringing a sense of...

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Outdoor Furniture Care

And just like that, summer has come to an end, and the chilly temperatures of fall and winter are on the way. Summer nights lounging on your patio with a...

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Derek Jae Gallery Wall

We love to be inspired by our Home & Texture fam, but it hits different when you all share that you’re inspired by us, too. Recently, celebrity hairstylist and TV...

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Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie boards have become a beloved hosting staple in millennial homes. Creating a charcuterie board that will have your guests coming back for more is an art form. A charcuterie...

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Butcher Block Countertops

If a kitchen makeover is on your to-do list, choosing the right countertop can be the starting point you never knew you needed. Although granite and marble have been the...

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House Guest

Hosting guests in your home can be a fun experience but can also bring up moments of sensitivity, especially if comments are made about your interior design choices. Your home...

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Fruit Bowls

For the artsy homeowner, a home isn’t just a place to rest your head at night — it’s a visual narrative and a representation of your personal taste and style....

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Laundry Tips

Vinegar is truly an unsung hero of household products. This pantry staple goes beyond cooking and cleaning — it can also level up your laundry game. Vinegar is an eco-friendly...

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Fall Home

The crisp weather and beautiful warm colors of fall are on the horizon. Autumn is the perfect season for infusing a home with coziness. As evenings grow cooler and days...

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Hidden Kitchen

Minimalist aesthetics and sleek designs are popular among homeowners today. As millennial homeowners value functionality and style, concepts like the “hidden kitchen” have become buzzwords. But what exactly is a...

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Dutch Boy’s 2024 Color of the Year

Wellness has become an important addition to home decor and design trends. Homeowners continue to make design choices that improve their daily routines and lives. Homes are more than a...

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Ayesha Selden Tours

If you’re a budding art collector, Ayesha Selden’s home is the blueprint. Selden welcomed us into her home for the first episode of House Tours season two, and her art...

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Kitchen Floors

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many, especially homebodies. It’s a space where flavors come to life and creativity flows — where warm memories are made and...

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Holistic Home

In a world where endless to-do lists and digital distractions dominate our daily lives, finding a sanctuary in our homes has become essential for our overall well-being. Curating an environment...

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Global Decor

Our homes are more than a place to rest our heads at night—they are a sanctuary and canvas. They’re our chance to show off our personal tastes, so why not...

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Celebrity News

In the great words of singer Aaliyah, “And if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again.” That’s exactly what model and entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons...

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HomeGoods Office Items

As summer wraps up and the leaves begin to change, and kids head back to school, there’s a renewed sense of purpose and productivity that comes with the fall season....

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Pet Decor Tips

Our four-legged friends aren’t just pets — they’re family. They shower us with unconditional love, so they deserve a space that is all their own. Creating a cozy corner for...

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Landscaping Design Basics

Having beautiful landscaping can elevate the appearance of your home. Landscape design is the art of creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space that works well with the natural...

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Celebrity News

From the moment actress Angelina Jolie saw the graffiti tribute to iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on the exterior of a New York City building, she knew it was the one....

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Organizing Household Supplies

Cleaning your home is one thing, but ensuring that your supplies are neatly organized and in order is a whole other ordeal. Keeping track of household supplies is essential when...

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Patio Decor Tips

A patio is more than just an outdoor area in your home. It is an extension of your living space, providing a place to entertain, relax, and connect with the...

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Two-Toned Walls

If you’re bored with the walls in your home and are looking for a joyful upgrade that’s easy to accomplish, try two-toned walls. Also known as color blocking, this paint...

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Moving Tips

Moving into a new home is a monumental and exciting time. It can also be challenging to navigate through the nuances of moving out of an old space and into...

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Concrete Patio Stain

If you have a patio, chances are it’s made with poured concrete. You can elevate your patio’s look while protecting it from wear and tear by staining the concrete. Staining...

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Color Drenching

Decorating your home can be a long process, one that involves going back and forth on design choices that accurately represent your personal style. If you’re looking for a simple...

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Trader Joe’s Flowers

Trader Joe’s makes treating yourself to flowers each week an easy task with its budget-friendly array of fresh blooms. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on flower arrangements from a...

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DIY Stain Remover

Spilling coffee, or anything for that matter, on your favorite item of clothing can be downright depressing. Most of the time we throw our stained garments in the washer, crossing...

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Japanese Design

Japanese interior design is known and loved for its minimalism, tranquility, cleanliness, and focus on natural elements. Creating a home that is inspired by Japanese design encourages you to relax,...

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At-Home Brunch

Why spend hundreds of dollars on brunch this summer when you can have a leisurely at-home brunch for half the cost? Enjoying brunch from the comfort of your home allows...

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Outdated Decor

Home decor pieces have the power to completely transform a space or date it. If your home design is based around trendy items, chances are that in a few years,...

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Low Ceilings

You can make almost anything in your home, including low ceilings, appear larger with the right tips and tricks. Low ceilings can often make your space feel cramped and confined....

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Summer Home Sale

Summer is the perfect time to give your home a refresh. This season is all about vibrant colors and patterns, lightweight linens, and pieces that evoke relaxation and fun. If...

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Celebrity News

Pharrell Williams knows that there is no limit when it comes to creativity. The famed producer, musical artist, and all-around creative is not only the new men’s creative director at...

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Microwave Cleaning

Thoroughly cleaning your microwave is crucial when ensuring your kitchen is pristine. Regularly taking the time to clean your microwave helps maintain a hygienic and odor-free environment in your kitchen....

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Rattan Mirrors

When it comes to getting your home ready for the summer, incorporating natural elements and textures creates a refreshing and tranquil atmosphere. A rattan mirror is one decor item that...

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Pool Tips

If you’re a homeowner with a pool, preparing your space for summer can feel like a huge undertaking. Diving into your backyard oasis and enjoying the cool, refreshing water after...

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Outdoor Wall Decor

As the official start of summer approaches, chances are you’ll be spending a significant amount of time in your outdoor space. Decorating your patio and outdoor area is a must...

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Caribbean-American Interior Designers

June marks the start of summer in the United States and, fittingly, Caribbean American Heritage Month. This month we celebrate Caribbean Americans’ vibrant culture, rich heritage, and incredible contributions to...

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Gardening Tips

When looking for a home, one of the first things homebuyers observe is the front yard. If you’re selling your home, it’s important to focus not only on the condition...

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Consumer Tips

You may want to start checking your receipts if you’re an avid Target and Walmart shopper. The mega-retailers have added surcharges that can fly under shoppers’ radars if you don’t...

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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is the perfect time to show love and appreciation for the special man in your life. It’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate his personal space — the...

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Front Door Decor

Your home’s front door is the gateway to your safe space and sanctuary. It’s often the first thing people notice when approaching your abode. Decorating your front door is a...

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Linen Organization

When your linen closet is in order, you’ll feel like your whole life is in order. Organizing your linen closet is a great way to bring functionality and harmony to...

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Memorial Day Sale

A trip down the aisles of Target should be added to your weekend plans. The popular retailer is having a Memorial Day Summer Kickoff Sale, and we can barely contain...

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Summer Essentials

Ready or not — summer is approaching. The days are getting longer, the weather is becoming warmer, and it’s the perfect time to refresh your home to complement the season....

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Industry News

Peloton’s founder and former executive chairman John Foley has a goal to change the rug industry with his new venture Ernesta. Foley shook up the fitness industry with Peloton, an...

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Small Spaces

Rules are meant to be broken, or at least in the world of designing your home, they are. Curating your home to be a reflection of yourself is personal. It takes...

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Travel Tips

Peak adulthood is preparing your home before leaving for vacation. Few things feel better than coming home to a clean house after being gone for a while. Summer is quickly...

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Unique Coffee Tables

Your home’s interior is a chance to display your personality, tastes, and experiences without having to say a word. When choosing pieces for your home, you should choose unique ones...

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Outdoor Furniture

The season of warmth, leisure, and fun is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to prepare your outdoor space. Take the entertainment outside this season and host family and friends...

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IKEA Collection

IKEA just gave us a new reason to spend the day strolling through its aisles. The store, known for its sleek Scandinavian design and do-it-yourself approach, is celebrating traditional craftsmanship...

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Sustainable Brand

Sustainability has become a hot topic in recent years, with consumers prioritizing spending dollars on eco-friendly brands. Major retailers are taking notice and doing their part to launch sustainable collections...

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Reupholstering

Thrifting furniture is a great way to find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home without sacrificing your bank account. They can often add an eclectic flair to your home’s interior....

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Shoe Organizer Ideas

There’s no such thing as having too many shoes, or at least that’s what we try to tell ourselves. As our shoe collection grows, keeping things organized becomes increasingly more...

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Home Collaborations

Get your wallets ready because a new collaboration just hit the shelves. This time it’s with Sweet July by Ayesha Curry and Pottery Barn. Launched in 2019 by entrepreneur, chef,...

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Washable Rugs

A beautiful rug has the power to add the finishing touch to a room, bringing together all of the room’s colors, textures, and patterns. They also are great for defining...

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Modern Kitchen

Similar to humans, home design is constantly evolving. What was popular in the early 2010s is slowly phasing out, and we’re ushering in a new era of leaning into our...

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Duplex Living

As home ownership prices rise and interest rates soar, Millennials are looking for more cost-effective options. As a result, duplex homes are becoming popular, especially in urban areas like New...

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Drying Racks

Your clothing is a representation of who you are. Many people use clothing as armor and to artistically express ourselves. It’s important to keep your threads in tip-top shape. One...

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Carmeon Hamilton

Memphis-based designer Carmeon Hamilton is no stranger to being on screen. From being the winner of HGTV’s “Design Star: Next Gen,” the star of “Reno My Rental,” and the star...

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Bedroom Essentials

Your bedroom is your most personal room in the house. It’s a place where you go to rest at night, dream about the future and feel at ease. To fully...

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Parisian Design

Paris has been a city romanticized by millennials for years and with good reason. The city of love, art, and fashion is filled with stunning architecture, renowned art museums and...

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Hygge Home

We can all learn a thing or two about how other countries incorporate their culture into home design. In recent years, millennials have been experiencing extreme burnout as a result...

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Wayfair Celebrates Black Makers

Searching for Black designers and makers on Wayfair just got easier. The mega online home furnishing retailer launched its Celebrate Black Makers initiative in February. This initiative makes it easier...

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts can be challenging, especially when you’re shopping for a mama that seems to have everything or has an eclectic style. If you need help finding...

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Banana Republic Home Collection

Banana Republic has been making a comeback for the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. The store that may have been a staple workwear store in...

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Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent

There’s no better feeling than laying in freshly washed sheets or slipping on warm pajamas after they come out of the dryer. Doing laundry is an essential part of our...

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Best Luxury Robes

Slipping into a luxurious robe after a long day is one of the best feelings in the world. If you need rest and rejuvenation after a busy work week, disconnect...

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Wellness Design Trend

Your home is your sanctuary. You go to it after a long day to feel safe, seen and appreciated. Designers are catching on to the importance of implementing wellness in...

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Black Women Interior Designers

Only two percent of interior designers in the United States are Black. That's according to recent data by Zippia, a job search company. Yet Black women have made significant contributions...

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Rock The Block Black Designers

If you’ve always wondered what goes into renovating a home, HGTV’s “Rock The Block” is back with its biggest season ever. This year features the largest budgets and houses in...

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Best Organizers Home

Spring is approaching, and with it comes the therapeutic task of spring cleaning. A new season is a chance to take inventory of what you have and clear out items...

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Kitchen Appliances

The pandemic showed us the importance of having a great kitchen. I mean, food is a necessity in life, so why not have the proper tools in your kitchen to...

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child’s playroom black-owned toys

Supporting Black-owned businesses is our priority all throughout the year, not just during Black History Month. Whether through professional services, clothing, food, home decor, or more, supporting Black business owners...

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Best Presidents’ Day Items

Another holiday is approaching, and with it comes sales. Presidents’ Day is a federal American holiday originally recognizing George Washington’s birthday. The holiday is celebrated annually on the third Monday...

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Office Remodeling Ideas

Looking for some great home office remodeling ideas? Home & Texture's got you covered! Working from home has become the norm over the past three years. Although it’s convenient to...

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