At Home with Herringbone Patterns

This eye-catching design is having a moment Its familiar broken zigzag is something you’ve probably seen before in a tweed suit or jacket, calling to mind the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Chanel. From fashion to home design, this elegant pattern—expressed in a range of materials—makes a big impact. Below, eight homeowners make herringbone their own. A peek of oak…

Inside my Skincare Shelfie

My every day makeup bag is a hot mess. But when it comes to my skincare stash, I’m incredibly meticulous about organizing my complexion perfectors. From day and night creams to perfecting skin tints, here’s a peek into my skincare shelfie. // Turn on your JavaScript to view content Top: Darphin Hydraskin Rich Cream Tula…

A Studio Co-op Renovated for Two

A long-distance relationship blooms, from start to reno punch list Kim and Ian were both far from home when a chance encounter in Spain brought them together. When the couple decided to close the distance between them—the Pacific ocean!—they found a studio apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The previous tenant had lived in the…

A Moody Bath for a Getaway Home

A Long Island bath goes classic yet modern Project: Redesign the first-floor bath in Riverhead, NY Before: Brooklyn couple Nate and Michelle bought their 2,010-square-foot-house in Riverhead, NY, as a rural getaway. The home was perfect in many ways, but the bathrooms left a lot to be desired. After building an ensuite bath for the upstairs…

Converting a Basement into a Living Space

Here’s what you need to know to elevate your lower level Cristiana’s spacious basement for lounging and laundry Flipping your dark (and maybe damp) basement into an actual living space can add a lot of square footage, not to mention value, to your home. Almost all existing basements have a good shot at turning into a…

My Favorite Makeup Brushes for Eyes & Face

I’m very quick to share the latest beauty products I’m using but I rarely talk about my favorite makeup brushes. I’ve rotated through quite a few makeup brushes but if there’s anything I learned from testing so many beauty tools it’s this: invest in brushes you’ll use often and save on everything else. Before I…

5 Couples Renovate for the First Time—Together

When happily-ever-after meets home renovation Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’ve owned a home before, taking the plunge and moving in with your partner is both thrilling and terrifying. Throw a renovation into the mix and suddenly the notion of a shared space that’s both personal and reflective of you as a couple can seem impossible—especially…

A Greenwich Village Loft Gets a Makeover

A flexible, sunny space makes a happy home—and a good investment It was brimming with potential: a corner, prewar loft on a main street in Greenwich Village. The apartment took full advantage of its southern and western exposures with oversized, industrial windows that wrapped around two sides of the loft. Much of the space was…

Valentine’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas

Guys, this isn’t Christmas. Whether you’re married, in a relationship or single, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to celebrate YOU. Sure, you can do something nice for your significant other and/or someone special in your life… but you should also do something nice for yourself. Personally, I love to treat myself to beauty products…

How Do Architects Renovate Their Own Home?

The best-laid plans call for the right contractors When it’s time to work on the most personal project of all—renovating your own home—more and more architects are coming to Sweeten to help them find the right general contractor (we’re flattered). Whether dealing with a tight budget or deadline, navigating a tricky insurance situation, or embarking upon long-awaited plans…

Spring Handbag Wish List

Interrupting your regularly scheduled beauty posts with another obsession of mine—handbags. I told myself last year I was all “bagged out” after I splurged on my black leather Gucci Marmont flap. I know I don’t need more bags but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy lusting after more purses I wish I could own. Spring…

Empty Nesters Turn a Rental into a Cozy Home

Downscaling translates into a more functional apartment For 18 years, home for JoAnn and Brian was a 6-bedroom, 4,800-square-foot Colonial in Chesterfield, New Jersey. As they neared retirement, however, they decided that they wanted to move to Manhattan—a lifelong desire. Their daughter was living in New York City, and the couple already owned an investment property in…