I Love This $59 Throw Blanket from Target So Much That I Bought Two

I Love This $59 Throw Blanket from Target So Much That I Bought Two

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To know me is to know cozy season is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love re-watching classic romance movies and cuddling on the couch with my dogs and my boyfriend. So every year, as the temperatures drop, I pull out a box with all my seasonal essentials — including my favorite throw blankets. Last fall, I discovered a new favorite blanket from Target, and it’s too good not to share because they’re still available this year.

Often times, throw blankets can be pretty modest in size and not always big enough to share. They’re usually just big enough for one person and perfect for a quick nap. Let me tell you though, in my house, all four of us (including my two dogs!) like to lay out on the couch together so the typical blanket just won’t cut it. One of the best things about this blanket from Target is that it’s huge. That’s probably because it’s technically a bed blanket. It comes in two sizes, Full/Queen and King, but honestly either would work. I have the Full/Queen sized blanket, and all four of us are comfortable cuddling underneath it for hours on end.

On top of the generous sizes available, these blankets also come in an assortment of soft, pretty neutral tones like sage green, clay, and natural beige. I have actually two of these blankets: one is neatly folded and laid across my bed for decorative purposes. The other is always readily available on the sofa, and it’s equally as good looking as it is functional. If you aren’t already sold, these blankets are also machine washable, so you can use yours as much as you like. If you’re looking for a nice blanket but have a lower budget, Target also has some decent ones for just $10. If Target is your go-to for things like candles and decor, go ahead and add these blankets to your list, too. You won’t be disappointed.

Savannah West

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Savannah is a master binge-watcher and home cook. When she’s not testing new recipes or re-watching Gossip Girl, you can find her on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a news producer turned lifestyle blogger and professional homebody. She has a bachelors in journalism from Clark Atlanta University, a certification in Digital Storytelling and is earning her Master’s degree from Harvard University. Savannah believes every day is a good day and there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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The Surprising Place to Put a Vanity Mirror That Upped My Storage Game

The Surprising Place to Put a Vanity Mirror That Upped My Storage Game

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When you live in a small apartment, you learn how to maximize every square inch of storage space available, and along the way, you may even find innovating new storage solutions that completely change the way you look at storage for good. Before moving into a studio apartment a couple of months back, I began mapping out my space, working out the best way to keep my things organized, specifically my beauty items. In a dream world, I’d have a mirrored vanity in my bathroom the size of a wall so that it could house everything in one place, but like Mick Jagger says, “You can’t always get what you want,” … or can you? After giving it some thought, I realized that while I didn’t have space for another vanity in my bathroom, I couldn’t say the same about my bedroom.

As I was planning out my sleeping space, I found I had an awkward spot on the wall and decided a mirror could do the trick. So I thought to myself, “why not make it a mirrored vanity?” After all, the first thing anyone tells you when it comes to small-space living is that vertical storage is everything, and this was my chance to put that advice to good use. So began my hunt for the perfect vanity mirror, and I’ll be honest it — it wasn’t easy. As one would expect, most bathroom vanity mirrors look like they belong, well, in the bathroom, so finding one that would vibe with my aesthetic while remaining in my price range took some searching. Thankfully, Overstock had the perfect solution: the Fine Fixtures Greenpoint Medicine Cabinet.

When I saw this vanity, I knew I had found “the one.” The first thing that stuck out to me about this cabinet was its chic, modern design. Available in a crisp white or wood grain finish, this is one of the most stylish vanities I’ve ever seen. Unlike most bathroom vanities, this one has a clean-lined exposed shelf below the cabinet to keep certain products on display for easy access. As soon as I saw this feature, I knew that this is where I’d be showing off my pretty perfume bottles. And as far as the inside goes, this roomy vanity opens up to reveal three additional shelves with deep storage and more than enough room to keep all of my makeup, potions, and lotions neat and out of sight. Not to mention, it really completed my space better than any regular mirror ever could have.

Coming in at just under $200, this vanity isn’t the cheapest on the market, but it may just be one of the best (and most stylish) investments I’ve made for my space. Aside from being a great storage solution, it’s also a really fun conversation starter — almost everyone who’s seen it has said something along the lines of, “I would’ve never thought of putting that in a bedroom!” or “I may need to do something like this in my space now, too!” What can I say, we’re all just solution seekers at the end of the day, no?

Sarah M. Vazquez

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Sarah writes about all things shopping for Apartment Therapy, helping you find the best deals and the best products for you and your home. A Brooklyn-born Jersey Girl, she loves a good playlist, a good bagel, and her family (but not necessarily in that order).

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Here’s One Easy Way to Make Your Gallery Wall Art a Little More Interesting

Here’s One Easy Way to Make Your Gallery Wall Art a Little More Interesting

Gallery walls aren’t going anywhere, and, frankly, I’m not surprised. Sourcing unique pieces can be fun, especially if you like the thrill of the hunt, and there are plenty of tips and tricks for hanging art to make bare walls feel like a reflection of your personality. Truly, no two gallery walls ever really look the same, but sometimes, you see an art hanging idea so unique that it just stops you in your tracks. That was the case for me when I was scrolling through pictures of Charles Busch’s apartment. His home showcased a new, cool way to display framed art that could make your gallery wall — or any wall in your home — a bit more interesting, and it’s a relatively cheap and easy idea to execute.

Busch is a playwright, actor, director, novelist, and drag legend. So it tracks that his apartment in New York City’s West Village is stylish, full of character, and, of course, art. “Every few years, when I’m experiencing writer’s block and unable to get my real work done, I find myself turning to crafts,” Busch says. His best pieces of advice when it comes to decorating? Don’t be afraid of making bold design choices.

One such choice he made in his home is using picture frame molding to level up his artwork displays. In the hallway outside of his bedroom, your eye might first go to the funky patterned floral wall paper. What’s even more eye-catching though is the bright orange molding around the gold-framed print he’s hung. He’s essentially framed a frame — without extra glass but with a fairly wide black mat as a border — to make the wall look even fuller and fancier than before.

It’s hard to tell whether he fashioned the frame out of picture molding himself, since his space looks like it does have lots of custom trimwork. Of course, you can go the DIY route to create this kind of trim to set off a special piece of art or a few pictures in your gallery wall. If you want a low-cost, renter-friendly way to recreate this look though, all you have to do is buy a large, inexpensive picture frame or piece of framed art from a thrift or craft store that’s significantly bigger than the artwork that’s going to be your focal point. Then, remove the glass, backing, and art from the larger frame, so that there’s nothing left but the frame itself. Choose your method of mounting it to the wall (nails or command strips are probably the best renter solutions), then hang your framed focal artwork inside of it. Considering adding a “mat” the way Busch did for even more drama (you could paint one or use contact paper).

Hanging art in your home is a great way to showcase your personal style and tell the story of your life. “I’m pleased that my apartment can be viewed as a complete expression of my personality,” Busch says. “After a study of each room, you would know just about everything important about me.” This double-framing technique is a unique way to emphasis the artwork and photos you love most.

Savannah West

Home Assistant Editor

Savannah is a master binge-watcher and home cook. When she’s not testing new recipes or re-watching Gossip Girl, you can find her on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a news producer turned lifestyle blogger and professional homebody. She has a bachelors in journalism from Clark Atlanta University, a certification in Digital Storytelling and is earning her Master’s degree from Harvard University. Savannah believes every day is a good day and there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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A Drink Table Is Just What It Sounds Like & You Probably Need One

A Drink Table Is Just What It Sounds Like & You Probably Need One

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I’ve been seeing a lot of these small drink tables lately, and I think they’re so cute, and so clever, and so perfect for small spaces (or really just anywhere you have a tight corner that won’t fit a traditional table). The best part? Many of these tables measure only a few inches in diameter — aka just big enough to hold a single glass. Because sometimes all you really need a side table to do is hold your coffee (or your wine). These tables do that, and they do it beautifully. Below, shop 10 of our favorite drink tables that come loaded with style from retailers like West Elm, AllModern, Overstock, and more.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting. 

Nancy Mitchell

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As a Senior Writer at Apartment Therapy, Nancy splits her time among looking at beautiful pictures, writing about design, and photographing stylish apartments in and around NYC. It’s not a bad gig.