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One Small Thing to Do Today for a Better Home All Year Long
Focus on what’s doable and realistic.
Mar 9, 2022
How You Can Help the People of Ukraine Right Now
Here are a few of the organizations providing immediate and critical assistance to Ukrainians.
Mar 7, 2022
Here’s How I Created a Spectacular $50 Rainbow Mural in My Daughter’s Room
It’s not as hard as you might think — and it makes a huge impact.
Mar 7, 2022
Childhood Memory: Jud & The Fish
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Mar 7, 2022
Before and After: Can A Pantry be Called Dreamy? This One Can.
A pro organizer gives her pantry a more minimalistic look.
Mar 6, 2022
The Vacuum Duo This Dad of 3 Can’t Stop Raving About
These investments were an absolute game-changer in our small apartment.
Mar 6, 2022
Before and After: A Dark, Cluttered Basement Gets a Bright Makeover for the Whole Family
The basement is now home to a TV and gaming area, a ping-pong zone, a workout corner, and a utility room.
Mar 5, 2022
The Adorable Containers My 3-Year-Old Niece (and I) Love
Less waste, more convenience.
Mar 4, 2022
5 Essential Things to Clean This Spring
Because your kitchen needs a little springtime TLC.
Mar 2, 2022
These Large-Scale, Show-stopping Family Portraits Only Cost $5 to Create
And they take only minutes to DIY!
Mar 1, 2022
Yes, You Can Find Budget- and Kid-Friendly Vintage Picks — Here’s How
I know; it seems unlikely that a gorgeous antique is also kid-friendly. But I’m here to tell you that it is indeed possible.
Feb 28, 2022
10 of the Coolest Car Beds That’ll Have Your Little One Racing Off to Sleep
We’re really loving the Lightning McQueen bed!
Feb 28, 2022
Before and After: A $20 Yard Sale Dresser Gets Two Fabulous Redos
Solid pieces of furniture like this one can be made over again and again.
Feb 28, 2022
Ask Maxwell: What’s the Biggest Design Mistake You’ve Ever Made?
What’s the biggest kid-related design mistake you’ve ever made in your home?RebeccaDear Rebecca,I NEVER make mistakes! Hahahaha. Of course I do, but I often think about mistakes as something that I quickly address, learn from and then move on. So, in this way, mistakes are par for the course and necessary. However, if I were to think back and pass one one…. Hmmmmm….
Feb 28, 2022
10 Cozy Kids’ Comforters for Every Style
*immediately adds Marvel set to cart*
Feb 26, 2022
My Abuelita Shares 16 of Her Best Home and Kitchen Hacks
You won't believe they actually work!
Feb 25, 2022
15 Fun Kids’ Loft Beds That Help Make the Most of Their Space
We don’t know who’s going to love them more, you or your little one!
Feb 24, 2022
6 Forgotten Tools and Appliances You Need to Clean ASAP
You’d be forgiven for thinking several items around your home are self-cleaning. Items like your soap dispenser and dishwasher are literally used for cleaning… with soap… so how can they themselves get dirty? Welp, they can. 
Feb 22, 2022
7 Genius Organizing Tricks These Grandmas Rely On
Including a tip on making a pantry out of nothing.
Feb 22, 2022
This Family’s Gorgeous Brownstone Is Full of Calming Textiles
Becca Crawford, who works at textiles and decor brand St. Frank, fell for the high ceilings and charming pre-war details of this Brooklyn Brownstone; it's the perfect canvas for her enviable collection of gorgeous textiles.
Feb 21, 2022
These Two Siblings’ Rooms are Too Magical for Words
A nautical room with a lighthouse feel and a safari-themed space with a starry ceiling.
Feb 21, 2022
Ask Maxwell: Your Best Ideas for Easy Book Storage?
My daughter loves reading, but her books are overflowing! Do you have any suggestions on good book organization solutions for kids?JonDear Jon,You’ve got a good problem there to solve. I also know what it’s like when your kid loves books, but tends to treat them like empty candy-bar wrappers that get thrown on the floor after use.
Feb 21, 2022
4 TikTok Cleaning Hacks That Really Worked
Some of them were game-changers. Some of the hacks worked... with caveats. Others? Well, let’s just say they didn’t measure up to the hype.
Feb 20, 2022
How Our Family of Five Zoned Our 96-Square-Foot Kitchen for Efficiency
It doesn’t take long, but it saves us so. Much. Time. (Plus, kitchen-zoning teaches kids to be independent, which is the gift that keeps on giving!)
Feb 20, 2022
Before & After: A 1960s Kitchen and Dining Room Gets a Marvelous Mid-Century-Style Makeover — and Bonus Coffee/Wine Bar
The reno makes everything look bigger and brighter, but still has mid-century charm fitting of a mid-century house.
Feb 20, 2022
A Maximalist Colorado Home’s Bedroom Has an Unforgettable Yellow Ceiling
When Shar and her husband and kids moved into their forever home in Colorado, she was excited to go BOLD with color. "My personality definitely shines through my decor style," she says. "The boldness and vigor and sauciness."
Feb 18, 2022
After 11 Worldwide Moves, This Family Has Finally Found Their Forever Home
After spending years in rental homes that had to be neutral, Maggie Overby isn't holding back in this her forever home. She's adding lots of layers of pattern, color, and DIYs.
Feb 17, 2022
Before & After: This Bland Kitchen Gets an Incredible Purple Makeover
The "after" feels like a breath of fresh air.
Feb 16, 2022
A Family of Five Transforms a Rental NYC Apartment into a Beautiful Home
And how they live their best lives in NYC.
Feb 15, 2022
Before and After: A $700 Project Doubles This Family’s Laundry Room’s Storage
Aside from being ultra practical, this redo is gorgeous to boot.
Feb 14, 2022
Ask Maxwell: What’s the Single Best Thing You Bought for Your Home Recently?
What was the single best thing you bought for your home recently?TaraDear Tara,I’m a shopaholic and LOVE to constantly upgrade and improve my home, so I’m going to give a short list of TEN THINGS I’ve purchased recently that I really, really love: 1. KnifeAid – I’ve discovered an easy way to keep my knives sharp (since I never ever sharpened them before and they are always dull), but sending them in the mail to Knife Aid.
Feb 14, 2022
The Best Paint Colors for Kids’ Rooms, According to Designers
From dramatic onyx to the most calming neutral around, these are the colors we want to bookmark for our kids' spaces.
Feb 13, 2022
Before and After: It Only Took 2 Days to Give This Camper Room a Brand-New Spin
The teeny space just needed a little pick-me-up.
Feb 13, 2022
Before & After: This Totally Brilliant $1,000 IKEA Hack Transformed This Family’s Dingy Garage
The easy DIY project makes the family's entryway way more functional for them.
Feb 12, 2022
My Sicilian Grandmother’s Genius “Party First, Clean Later” Philosophy
As I’ve entered my thirties and begun hosting friends of my own, I have adopted my grandmother's cleaning method that I remembered from childhood.
Feb 12, 2022
Nancy Meyers Films and Found Antiques Inspired this Southern Family Home
The mission: infuse character through thoughtful layers, heirloom furnishings, and curated artwork.
Feb 12, 2022
Before and After: A Schoolbus Becomes a Tiny Home, Thanks to This Mother-Daughter Duo
Lisa Donahue and her daughter, Megan Donahue, started Live Simply Buses as a tribute to their brother and son Michael who passed away at the age of 15.
Feb 6, 2022
The Genius Teacher’s Cleaning Hack That Makes Kids Actually Want to Help Pick Up
We call it the "Magic Trash" strategy — but it's more like a fresh game they can't get enough of.
Feb 6, 2022
7 Things These Grandmas Say You Should Do When Cleaning Your Kitchen
It's tried-and-true kitchen wisdom!
Feb 5, 2022
Before and After: A Kid’s Playroom Goes from Drab to Proper British Fab
There may even be an iconic red phone booth involved.
Feb 5, 2022
15 Stylish Bunk Beds That Make Bedtime Twice as Fun
Yes, there’s one with a slide!
Feb 4, 2022
LEGO’s Newest Collection Actually Has Stackable Storage Solutions for the Home
Fill your home with LEGO furniture.
Feb 3, 2022
9 Kids’ Closet Organizers We Love For Better Organization in 2022
Say goodbye to messy closets for good!
Feb 1, 2022
Before and After: An Outdated San Francisco Apartment Got a Totally Gorgeous Redo That Made it Unrecognizable
When she and her husband first bought it, Kara Haren's apartment had cranberry painted walls, a kitchen that hadn't been touched in 20 years, and flimsy and cracked windows. In the six years they've lived there, they have renovated each room to feel special and specific to them.
Feb 1, 2022
8 Life-Changing Tips for Bringing a Baby into a Small Space
Babies may be small, but they take up a lot of space. Here are some hacks from pro organizers.
Jan 31, 2022
An Easy and Unexpected Fix for Lingering Kitchen Smells
My kitchen has never smelled better.
Jan 31, 2022
Childhood Memory: All Summer Long – 1975
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Jan 31, 2022
What Does It Really Mean to Have a Healthy Family Home?
From air quality down to organizing your home for rituals, these experts share their best advice for creating a healthy family home.
Jan 31, 2022
I Tried This Miracle Soap That Promises to Remove All Stains — Here’s How It Went
It's my go-to for stains — and keeping my hands super soft — from now on.
Jan 30, 2022
Before and After: A Just-Fine Spare Room Becomes a Tropical Boho Nursery
The redo turned a "meh" sleep space into a dreamy retreat.
Jan 29, 2022
The One Thing I Learned NOT to Do from My Mom
This is a classic example of “Do as I say, not as I do" — but I've also got some solutions to try.
Jan 28, 2022
10 Adorable Flannel Sheets That’ll Keep Your Little One Warm All Winter Long
They’ll be snug as a bug in these sheets!
Jan 27, 2022
This Artist’s New Orleans Family Home is Full of Brilliant Scandinavian Details
When artist Josie Azuma and her husband bought this house in 2015, it was in rough shape and too small. They renovated it to be a larger, light-filled, and functional home for their family.
Jan 27, 2022
Before and After: A Blah Basement Turns into a Whimsical Playroom with These 10 Designer Tips
Design entrepreneur Elizabeth Rees shares her tips for transforming a dingy basement into a beautiful playroom.
Jan 25, 2022
This Family’s 184-Year-Old Home is Full of Farmhouse Charm
Sade and William's house was built in 1837 and had been well maintained when they bought it three years ago; they've added their personality through a little cosmetic work, including paint and refinishing the floors.
Jan 25, 2022
8 Budget-Friendly Decorating Lessons I Learned from My Mother
Some big-impact strategies here — as well as simple little ones you can employ today!
Jan 24, 2022
Ask Maxwell: Great Ideas for New Parent Gifts
What are your thoughts on the best things to bring new parents? I struggle with helpful gifts they’ll actually want!AmandaDear Amanda,I have a very strong opinion on this one, so forgive me if it’s not within the majority’s view. Outside of close family, who often help out a new parents with purchasing the basic things you need to transform your home into a nursery, etc., I feel that the last thing they need is more toys, doo-dads, cute clothes, and clutter for their home.
Jan 24, 2022
This Dramatic Dublin Home Has a Super Tiny Nursery
Because Hayley Ward's period home in Dublin has historic charm, she was drawn to a dark, bold color palette.
Jan 23, 2022
A 1950s Bungalow with Super Cool Retro Beach Vibes
This New Jersey bungalow has original built-in shelves, a "Wes Anderson bathroom," and wood paneling galore.
Jan 22, 2022
The 3 Best Colors to Paint Your Kitchen, According to Real Estate Pros
These resale-friendly hues come highly recommended.
Jan 21, 2022
6 Bedroom Design Tips to Borrow from the Country’s Best Luxury Hotels
They're easy to recreate at home.
Jan 20, 2022
12 Stylish Kids’ Trundle Beds for Double the Fun
Because what’s more fun than a magical two-in-one?
Jan 19, 2022
10 Surprising Ways to Use Dawn Dish Soap — Beyond Washing Dishes
Use it to clean your shower, degrease cabinets, unclog drains, and more!
Jan 19, 2022
9 New Living Room Trends That Will Dominate This Year
According to designers!
Jan 18, 2022
These Are the 7 Trends That Will Rule the Home This Year
From kid-focused kitchen design to grown-up escape zones, there’s something for everyone in the family home of tomorrow.
Jan 17, 2022
8 DIY Cold Remedies My Abuelita Swears By (You Probably Already Have the Ingredients in Your Kitchen)
Whose ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.
Jan 17, 2022
Ask Maxwell: How Do I Entertain the Kids, Find Fun Things to do and Just Reinvigorate as a Parent?
I live with my husband and three young children in the northwest corner of the state of Arkansas. The kids fill our days with parenting responsibilities: school, extracurricular activities, meals, and bedtime. On the weekends, I look for parks, libraries, and other places of interest. But I’ve run out of ideas and am just bored with where I live. Add in the pandemic and my mid-40s slump and I’m mind-numbingly bored. Plus our weather changes day to day!
Jan 17, 2022
Before & After: An $11 Refresh Makes This Second-hand Canopy Bed Look Much More Expensive
Plus: tips on shopping Facebook Marketplace on a budget and simple furniture redo tricks.
Jan 16, 2022
Before and After: A Cave-Like Kitchen Gets a Chef-Quality Upgrade with IKEA Cabinets
With IKEA cabinets, Semihandmade fronts, and a $100 "marble" backsplash hack.
Jan 16, 2022
Should You Have Plants in a Kid’s Room? One Expert Weighs In.
You'll be surprised at some of the safety concerns here.
Jan 12, 2022
5 Tips for Creating Great Kids’ Rooms from a Design Editor
And tips on navigating decorating kid's rooms!
Jan 4, 2022