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Our Best Home and Design Stories of the Year


December 29, 2017 Editors Picks By

365 days is a lot of time to seek out stories on adventure, gear and everything in between. Here’s a look back at the best stories our home writers tackled over the course of 2017 — from smart bulbs to low-light houseplants.

Why New York’s Top Restaurants All Use the Same Dinnerware
Why New York’s Top Restaurants All Use the Same Dinnerware

They've been proven in restaurant kitchens. Now, Jono Pandolfi's handmade dishes are coming to your dinner table.

The Story Behind the $2,500 Japanese Armchair in Apple’s New Cafe
The Story Behind the $2,500 Japanese Armchair in Apple’s New Cafe

There are a million and one amazing design details inside Apple's new campus. One of our favorites sits in the new cafe.

Three Low-Effort Houseplants to Combat Winter Blues
Three Low-Effort Houseplants to Combat Winter Blues

Choose the wrong houseplant and routine maintenance becomes a chore — especially in the winter, when dark days compound with busy travel schedules.

Life Hack: For a Calm and Cozy Bedroom, Switch Your Light Bulb
Life Hack: For a Calm and Cozy Bedroom, Switch Your Light Bulb

Overexposure to LEDs can knock the body’s circadian rhythm out of sync. These amber-colored bulbs, however, improve overall well-being.

Three Design Studios Reinventing One of America’s Most Timeless Furniture Styles
Three Design Studios Reinventing One of America’s Most Timeless Furniture Styles

Original minimalist designs have never really gone out of style.

5 Magazine Racks to De-Clutter Your Living Room
5 Magazine Racks to De-Clutter Your Living Room

Clear your coffee table and curate a better-looking living room.

Ikea Cabinets Are the Secret to an Affordable Designer Kitchen
Ikea Cabinets Are the Secret to an Affordable Designer Kitchen

As renowned architects look to democratize their work, Ikea hacking goes high-end.

Mid-Century Furniture Hype Nearly Drove Brazilian Rosewood to Extinction
Mid-Century Furniture Hype Nearly Drove Brazilian Rosewood to Extinction

Rarity, coupled with the cachet of authentic Danish modern designs, makes Brazilian rosewood furniture one of today’s most coveted grails.

The Best Products of 2017

A look back at the year in gear. From superlative whiskey to sustainable denim, these were the best products released in 2017. Explore the Series