Any good guest knows that the number one rule of attending a holiday party is to never show up empty-handed. A bottle of wine is fine but giving a thoughtful gift that elevates your hostess’s home will show that you appreciate their effort – and guarantee you a return invitation. Read on for our favorite hostess gifts and shop them all in the Laurel & Wolf Holiday Gift Guide. Cutting-Edge Tastes Utility Kitchen Collection, Oil + Vinegar Set, $23.00 / Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board, $47.00 Help them spice up

Image via Homey Oh My Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? It seems like we leaped from Labor Day to the holiday season in two seconds flat. We are now just days away from the big event, and if you’re like us (total procrastinators), your to-do list is getting longer by the minute. If you’re feeling a little panicky, take a deep breath. We’re here to help! Before you scour Pinterest for ideas, take a look at our four simple tips to planning a stress-free Thanksgiving. Do Away With Themed

Let us begin with a disclaimer – you’re allowed to decorate your space however you like, no matter your age. We’re not here to discourage personal style. So, while age is just a number, it does play into the decorating decisions we make. (We probably all look back on those dorm room days and wonder what was going on.) Naturally, our tastes mature as we do. And certain life phases mean different needs when it comes to designing our homes. Think about it – when you’re in your 20s, your

It doesn’t matter if you live in a poorly insulated home or one that’s got all the latest heating technologies. When Old Man Winter comes knocking, his chilling bite seems to chase us everywhere we go. So how can you keep your home cozy without going broke on heating bills? Well, it’s no big secret. Humans have always piled on layers and lined their living areas in heavy fabrics when temps get frigid. But which fabrics work best and how can you most effectively use them to stay snug? From thermal curtains

If you’re not an interior designer, it can be difficult to see a room’s full potential. Say you live in a Dutch Colonial style house — its barn-like architecture might tempt you to decorate with rustic pieces rather than modern. Or if you live in a contemporary space, you’re probably not going to go the traditional route. But with the right decor and some interior design know-how, a room can be completely transformed from what it looked like before. Don’t believe us? Read on to see how we took one bedroom

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