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Bring Back the Stone Age: How To Take the Marble Trend to the Next Level

One of the hottest new trends in the world of wallcoverings is marble-print wallpaper. These swirly, fantastical papers range from more abstract, marbleized patterns to ones that are almost indistinguishable from actual stone. Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on, marble wallpaper is a great way to bring a touch of luxury — and a little scope for the imagination — to your home. Here are some of our favorite patterns.

(Image credit: Murals Wallpaper)

(Image credit: Murals Wallpaper)

(Image credit: Murals Wallpaper)

Murals Wallpaper

Murals Wallpaper offers a huge selection of marble wallpaper — 27 different patterns, three of which are pictured above. Their wallpapers come in black marble and pink marble and more abstracted marbleized patterns — pretty much any pattern you can imagine. These are murals, and not traditional rolled wallpaper: you specify the dimensions, and the paper will be printed to match the size of your wall.

  • Type: Paste to wall
  • Washable: Wipe clean
  • Price: Starting at $29.17/square meter
  • Samples: Available upon request

(Image credit: Clever Spaces)

Marble Wallpaper by Ferm Living

This delicately veined gray-and-white pattern, resembling Carrara, would be lovely in a minimal space.

  • Type: Paste to wall
  • Washable: N/A
  • Price: $115 for a 21″ x 33′ roll
  • Samples: $5

(Image credit: Area Environments)

Area Environments

Area Environments makes three different blue-and-gold marbleized papers: Dispersing (pictured above), Moments and Seeing from a Distance. Each is more swirly and fantastical than the last, perfect for making a really, really big statement. (That’s Dispersing in the office pictured up top.) These are also murals, printed to match the size of your wall.

  • Type: Paste to wall. Also available in linen and canvas substrates.
  • Washable: N/A
  • Price: Varies depending on the size of the mural
  • Samples: 8″ x 10″ samples for $3, 16″ x 24″ samples for $15

(Image credit: Calico Wallpaper)

Calico Wallpaper

The folks at Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper were way out ahead of the trend towards marble wallpaper, and their designs are still some of my favorites. Their original collection includes the marbleized paper pictured above, and their Inverted Spaces collection, featured in a couple of the rooms in the slideshow up top, has swirly, gold-and-silver touched patterns that resemble stone but also conjure up images of the heavens. These are also murals, available in custom sizes.

  • Type: Paste to wall
  • Washable: N/A
  • Price: $32/square foot
  • Samples: 8″ x 10″ samples for $10

(Image credit: Livettes)

Marble Wallpaper by Livettes

I like the almost scribbly effect of this marble-look wallpaper — plus it’s available as a removable paper, which is perfect for renters, or just those hesitant to commit.

  • Type: Self-adhesive (removable) or paste to wall (traditional)
  • Washable: Yes
  • Price: Starting at $36 for a 19″ x 48″ piece
  • Samples: Starting at $7




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You Need Some of Zaha Hadid’s Last Furniture Collection

When Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in March, it shocked the design world. Not only because the 65-year-old architect, the author of some of the past century’s most alluring buildings and the first woman to win the industry’s prestigious Pritzker prize, was far too young, and too important, to go in such a common way. But also because she left behind a raft of unfinished work, from Manhattan skyscrapers just under construction to a collection of furniture, called UltraStellar, commissioned by the David Gill Gallery in London.

The collection, a mix of walnut, leather, and glass woven into her signature alien-like curved forms, was eventually completed by her studio — her final, posthumous contribution to the world of industrial design, and a fitting farewell to an icon. Take a look at the full range below.



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How to Decorate a Modern Coffee Table

Coffee tables are often the centerpiece of the living room. We arrange seating around the coffee table. We use it to hold essentials such as books and drink coasters. It becomes an impromptu appetizer buffet when it’s time to entertain. So why is it easy to get stuck when it comes to decorating the modern coffee table? Perhaps it’s because sleek, carefully curated spaces demand the thoughtful placement of decor. Our advice: have fun with it. Not to mention, sometimes less is more. Keep reading for helpful tips and eye-catching examples of modern coffee table style!

Less Is More

When in doubt, leave it out. This simple phrase can be a guiding principle as you style your modern coffee table. And even if your coffee table is made of stone, remember that nothing is set in stone when it comes to coffee table decor! You can always add and take away items as needed. Start simple with one large statement, such as a dish filled with seashells:

Dish of shells on a modern coffee table
Dish of shells on a modern coffee table (Image by Alex Ion /

RELATED: How to Style a Coffee Table

Sometimes our first instinct is to cover large surfaces with an array of items. Yet lots of “stuff” can make even the largest of spaces seem cluttered. Try leaving a portion of your coffee table exposed for a clean look:

Minimal coffee table decor
Minimal coffee table decor (Image by Alex Ion /

Tempted to display your entire vase collection? Start with just one. You may decide that one is all it takes!

Coffee table with a sleek vase
Coffee table with a sleek vase (Image by Alex Ion /

For those who prefer a bountiful yet tidy look, try placing one bloom-filled vase on your coffee table. The look is abundant yet contemporary, especially if you choose interesting flowers for your arrangement!

Floral arrangement on a coffee table by Montbel
Floral arrangement on a coffee table by Montbel (Image by Alex Ion /

Mellow Tones

If a grouping of items interests you and you’re determined to keep the look low-key, try taking a mellow approach. Choose items in understated tones, such as soft blue. You can also opt for a monochromatic feel by sticking to objects in the same color family.

Coffee table decor in mellow tones
Coffee table decor in mellow tones (Image by Alex Ion /

…or items of the very same color or material!

Monochromatic coffee table decor
Monochromatic coffee table decor (Image by Alex Ion /

A trio of vases makes a lovely yet calm statement on the low coffee table below. The dual-toned surface of the smallest vase creates just the right amount of drama. More on adding drama in the next section!

Trio of vases on a low coffee table
Trio of vases on a low coffee table (Image by Alex Ion /

A tone-on-tone strategy is unexpected. By matching the decor to the color of the coffee table, items stand out simply because the concept is interesting. Plus, the look is anything but cluttered, as both decor and table make a unified statement.

Monochromatic coffee table style
Monochromatic coffee table style (Image by Alex Ion /

Transparent glass is another way to go, whether the glass is colorful or clear. Try filling a clear container with sculptural objects (or one artful item) for an alluring centerpiece:

Coffee table featuring sculptural decor
Coffee table featuring sculptural decor (Image by Alex Ion /

If a grouping interests you, it never hurts to keep the colors neutral. Gray, black, beige and brass are a great place to start. Sometimes all it takes is greenery to add a dose of natural color.

Coffee table decor in understated shades
Coffee table decor in understated shades (Image by Alex Ion /

Creating Drama

So understated isn’t your style? Adding drama just might be the way to go. Even when it comes to bold statements, sometimes less is more. Especially when the focal point is this interesting:

Coffee table with sculptural artwork
Coffee table with sculptural artwork (Image by Alex Ion /

RELATED: Trendy Coffee Table Ideas For The Modern Minimalist

Large sculptural items are the perfect choice for modern coffee tables. Bonus points if you showcase a centerpiece that’s delightfully unexpected!

Coffee table with a sculptural elephant
Coffee table with a sculptural elephant (Image by Alex Ion /

A grouping of items gets a big dose of drama by varying the height of the items on display. Below we see a collection of interesting, elegant items, including a trio of striking black vases:

Dramatic coffee table decor
Dramatic coffee table decor (Image by Alex Ion /

Don’t forget about the power of one large vase containing sculptural flowers. We’re fans of calla lilies:

Calla lilies add drama and height to a low coffee table
Calla lilies add drama and height to a low coffee table (Image by Alex Ion /

Last but not least, instead of focusing on a cluster of items, you can add drama by grouping a cluster of tables, especially if the tables are slightly different heights. Since more is more when it comes to the tables below, clean-lined vases are all that’s needed to top them!

Vary the height of your coffee table decor
Vary the height of your coffee table decor (Image by Alex Ion /

We hope today’s post inspired you with a range of options. Don’t be afraid to go bold! Have fun and adjust the arrangement as needed. Happy decorating!



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20 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong in the Kitchen Your Entire Life

Are you scrambling eggs, making chocolate chip cookies, and measuring pasta the right way? It might not seem obvious, but there are plenty of basic things you could be doing the “wrong” way in the kitchen. These 20 hacks will make you a serious cooking pro if you’re not already. Keep reading to learn every cooking shortcut and tip that will save you time, stress, and sanity in the kitchen.

Storing Lemons

You can say goodbye to moldy lemons in your fridge thanks to this ingenious hack for keeping them fresh for up to three months. All you need is a bowl of water.

Roasting Potatoes

The best roasted potatoes are boiled in salted water and roasted in the oven for a perfectly soft interior and supercrunchy exterior. The other secret ingredient — whole-grain mustard — takes their flavor to the next level.

Cutting a Lime

Cutting a lime in half barely gives you any juice . . . and that’s because that’s not the proper way to cut it.

Scrambling Eggs

Protein, including eggs, hates heat. If you’ve always ended up with overcooked and rubbery scrambled eggs, you’re probably cooking them too quickly at too high a heat. Low and slow is the only way to go for soft, custardy scrambled eggs.

Making Peanut Butter Cookies

You only need four ingredients (peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla) for perfect peanut butter cookies.

Draining Pasta

Almost every time you make pasta, you should save about half a cup of the pasta water before pouring the rest down the drain. The salty, starchy liquid that the pasta cooked in becomes a crucial part to achieving a silky, cohesive sauce in most pasta dishes like carbonara, cacio e pepe, and garlic white wine pasta.

Wasting Spoiled Wine

Don’t toss your spoiled bottle of wine! You can easily save it by swirling a (clean) penny around in a glass of the wine.

Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re not adding salt to the top of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, you’re doing it wrong. A sprinkling of good-quality flake salt completely transforms the flavor of chocolate chip cookies and immediately elevates them.

Making Fettuccine Alfredo

One-pot fettuccine alfredo might actually change your life. There’s no need to make the cheese sauce in a separate pan when the pasta can be cooked in the liquid for maximum flavor and easy cleanup.

Filling Your Muffin Tin

A spring-loaded ice cream scoop will be your key to evenly portioned cookies and cupcakes.

Making Mashed Potatoes

Since you’re already adding heavy cream and butter to your mashed potatoes, you should actually be cooking the potatoes in the cream and butter. Chef Tyler Florence’s mashed potatoes will convince you there’s no other way to make them.

Cooking Bacon

Sizzling bacon on the stovetop only results in greasy splatters and painful burns. You should roast bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with foil so that the bacon cooks evenly and the cleanup is effortless.

Forgoing Lemon Zest When You Don’t Have a Microplane

Don’t have a Microplane? Get citrus zest anyway by peeling the skin and chopping it up.

Making Burgers

You’ll never buy ground beef again once you learn how to make burgers from sirloin tips rather than ground chuck. The flavor and texture are far superior to store-bought ground beef.

Mincing Garlic

Peeling and mincing garlic is one of the most tedious kitchen tasks, and knocking it out with your Microplane is so much easier and more efficient.

Complicating Chicken

All you need for the best-ever oven-baked chicken is salt — seriously.

Measuring Spaghetti

Perfectly measuring spaghetti can be stressful — it’s easy to end up with too much or too little. Turns out the secret to a perfect portion of spaghetti lies in the kitchen tool you’re already using to make it.

Making PB&J Sandwiches

Who says eating peanut butter and jelly for lunch as an adult is unacceptable? You can elevate the classic sandwich by using a combination of creamy and crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, strawberries, bananas, marshmallow fluff, jelly, and honey.

Making Quesadillas

Eating quesadillas is messy. Make them dip-friendly and a lot more fun to eat by making quesadilla roll-ups instead of flat quesadillas.

Tossing Eggs After They Go Bad

If you’re not going to finish all your eggs before they go bad, freeze them! Fresh eggs will last about five weeks in the fridge but up to six months in the freezer. The simplest way to freeze eggs is by dividing them in a muffin tin. Freeze until they are solid, transfer to a resealable freezer-safe plastic bag, and store until you’re ready to use.


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10 homes with clever storage solutions on Dezeen’s Pinterest boards

Pegboard display walls and a partition made up of maze-like shelving are just some of the clever storage solutions squeezed into the small homes and tiny apartments that feature in this week’s Pinterest roundup.


PV2 by Lucas y Hernández-Gil

A partition wall incorporating a maze-like set of shelves separates the dining and living spaces of this light-filled Madrid apartment by Spanish studio Lucas y Hernández-Gil.

Find out more about PV2 ›


Home Office in Florence by Silvia Allori

Pegged holes in the walls provide modular bookshelves in this home and workspace that Silvia Allori designed for herself. The Florence apartment also features wall panels that fold down to form a dining-room table.

Find out more about Home Office in Florence ›


Apartment renovation by Catseye

Bespoke joinery creates room dividers that double up as a wardrobe for this Sydney studio apartment renovated by local design firm Catseye Bay.

Find out more about this apartment renovation ›


Gibson Gardens by Emil Eve Architects

Architect couple Emma and Ross Perkin used plywood to create bespoke storage solutions inside this tiny London flat, allowing them to showcase books, toys and cooking ingredients.

Find out more about Gibson Gardens ›


Space-saving Modular Studio for an Artist by Raanan Stern

Two desks, pegboard display walls and a folding bed are contained inside this 15-square metre artist’s studio built by Israeli architect Ranaan Stern.

Find out more about Space-saving Modular Studio ›


Plywood Trio Apartment by Buj+Colón Arquitectos

Cupboards and bookshelves are built into a plywood staircase that also frames a doorway in this Madrid apartment by Buj+Colón Arquitectos. Pockets of space underneath each of the treads can also be used to display books and magazines.

Find out more about Plywood Trio Apartment ›


Toy Management House by Austin Maynard Architects

This remodelled Melbourne house by Austin Maynard Architects features a ground floor that lifts up to reveal a huge toy box, providing storage space for the occupant’s young son.

Find out more about Toy Management House ›


Artists’ Studio by Ruetemple

Plywood partitions also function as shelves in this Moscow studio and home for an artist, separating the working area from the living space, and keeping art supplies tidied away.

Find out more about Artists’ Studio ›


Mendelkern by David Lebenthal Architects

This Tel Aviv house that architect David Lebenthal designed for himself and his family features a staircase flanked by steel rods, which support welded shelves displaying plants and ceramics.

Find out more about Mendelkern ›



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The boiling hot days of summer are upon us meaning plenty of outdoor time. Hopefully some of that time includes a bit of relaxing and reflecting as you try to stay cool. There’s no better way to spend summertime downtime than sitting in a swing and letting the breeze gently sway you back and forth. Here are ten spaces we wish were ours because we’d love to relax there and swing all summer long.

  1. Designer Jonathan Adler and his partner Simon Doonan, an author and creative in his own right, own a getaway house on New York’s Shelter Island. The colorful abode, a one-story house and pool pavilion designed by Gray Organschi Architecture, has a seventies California feel that was created by the homeowners themselves, including this relaxing poolside retreat with a chair swing. Photo courtesy of Allan Maldonado
  2. This minimalist home outside of Antwerp was designed by AIDarchitecten with a simple black swing hanging underneath its covered patio. Photo courtesy of AIDarchitecten
  3. Kube Architecture’s Casa Abierta is designed around a courtyard, which allowed for open, light-filled spaces that expand to the outdoors. A deck off the kitchen provides an additional eating place and plenty of room to relax, especially in the casual hanging chair. Photo courtesy of Paul Burk
  4. AssemblageSTUDIO designed the tresARCA house in Las Vegas, Nevada with plenty of outdoor space, some of which is covered to beat the heat. One of those sections is an outdoor living room that has a swinging sofa and embedded strips of fire for chilly nights. Photo courtesy of Bill Timmerman and Zack Hussain
  5. Studio 19, a student program at Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology, designed the Onemana Holiday Home in a coastal town on New Zealand’s North Island on a sloped plot of land. Working with the students allowed the couple to afford a custom-built home, which was built on-campus over the course of 12 months. The outdoor deck, which includes a wicker chair swing, is level to the home’s floor making it a natural extension of the interior. Photo courtesy of Simon Devitt
  6. Located in São Paulo, Brazil, this serene outdoor space is part of the Aigai Spa, which was designed by figueroa.arq, but it could just as easily be someone’s home. The elongated pool runs the length of the patio and at one end hangs a multicolored swinging chair. Photo courtesy of Leonardo Finotti
  7. CP Harbour House is a vacation home outside of Toronto designed by MJ | Architecture with a large, bed-like swing hanging on the tree-surrounded deck. Photo courtesy of Lorne Bridgman
  8. Nicole Hollis designed this contemporary home in Hawaii for a couple who were Southern California natives that fell for the coast of Kona long ago. The home boasts indoor/outdoor living that’s complete with a relaxing bench swing to enjoy the Hawaiian breeze. Photo courtesy of Laure Joliet
  9. This duplex in Tel Aviv was designed by Toledano + architects and it proves that even though it’s not a house on the ground floor, you can still have an outdoor space. This one has a roof deck with a wooden pergola holding the simple swing. Photo courtesy of Oded Smadar
  10. Famed producer and writer of hit TV show Girls, Jenni Konner and her partner Richard Shepard, hired architect Barbara Bestor, of Bestor Architecture, to reimagine their 1963, 2,500 square foot residence in the Hollywood Hills. Michelle Frier was in charge of the landscape, which includes native plants and an Egg swing by Patricia Urquila for Kettal to sit back and enjoy the nature surrounding it. Photo courtesy of Matthew Williams