The Living Room Trends That Will Be Huge in 2023
Will 2023 be the year of daybeds? As 2022 comes to a close (we know, we can't believe it either), we're already looking ahead at what's next for the design world. And, as one of the central gathering spaces in any house, the living room is at the heart of our focus. 2022 proved to be the year of bold wallpaper, warm woods, and a resurgence of antiques—all of which are still going strong. But what's on the other side of the calendar? Well, we spoke with designers and pored over recent projects to get a sense of what we'll be seeing more of in the year to come. The good news? The prognosis is great, with warmth, style, and details galore. Read on to learn what to expect. (Want more trends? Here's what we foresee for colors, kitchens, kitchen cabinets, and more).
Fun-Filled Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Have you ever had Irish potato candy? Believe it or not, you don’t have to be Irish to get in on the fun on St. Patrick’s Day! Though the holiday is distinctly Irish in origin, Irish immigrants brought it to America and now it is celebrated across the country in city and town-wide parades, pub crawls, and spectacles. Even if you’re not located near a major St. Patrick’s Day event, there are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day traditions you can embrace to make the holiday your own with friends and family. First off: St. Patrick’s Day foods. From Guinness Beef stew to Irish coffee drinks to corned beef hash, there are so many delicious drinks and dishes to cook up at home! Then, of course, there’s the crafting. Whether you’re seasoned creators or just in the beginning stages of DIY, our favorite St. Patrick’s day crafts offer something for everyone, from tissue paper four-leaf clovers to paper shamrock wreaths to hang on the front door. Looking for something more low-key? Head off in search of that elusive four-leaf clover, settle in on the couch for an Irish movie marathon, or, if all else fails, don your best green shirt and drink a green beer :) No matter what your plans may be come March 17th, there are plenty of fun-filled St. Patrick’s day traditions, symbols, foods and activities to help you celebrate the true meaning of the holiday. And you’ll find 18 of our favorites right here!
Queen Mary's Most Iconic Tiara Moments
A brief history of the legendary jewelry collector's famous diadems, including the crown that Queen Camilla will wear for the coronation in May. Update, February 14, 2023: Buckingham Palace announced this morning that Queen Consort Camilla will wear Queen Mary's crown, set with the Cullinan diamonds, for her upcoming coronation in May, marking the first time since the 18th century that a consort is recycling a crown worn by a predecessor rather than commissioning her own. Given the times we are in now, with the spending habits of the monarchy more scrutinized than ever before, it's not surprising Camilla chose to dip into the archives for her ceremonial jewel, though many expected her to wear the Queen Mother's 1937 crown. Avoiding the controversy that surrounds the Koh-i-Noor diamond, which currently shines center stage on this piece, may have been a strong factor in the decision. Given Queen Camilla's own well-documented embrace of showstopping jewelry moments, this is a nice homage to Queen Mary, arguably one of the most legendary jewelry collectors in royal history. In light of this news, we are resurfacing this compilation, from 2021, of Mary's most iconic tiara moments. Queen Mary was a formidable woman in many respects. As consort to King George V, she helped him lead Britain through World War I and its aftermath, and was an invaluable aide and adviser to her husband throughout his 26-year reign. When he died in 1936, Mary remained a loyal protector of the monarchy for the rest of her life, serving as Queen Mother to King George VI until his own untimely death in 1952, and living long enough to witness her granddaughter Elizabeth's accession to the throne (Mary died in March 1953, just ten weeks before the coronation). She was also one hell of a jewelry collector. "No one can wear jewels as she can," wrote Prince Christopher of Greece in his 1938 memoirs. "I think she could cover herself from head to foot with them and yet never look over laden as other women would do. On her they become only a part of her personality..." Mary commissioned some of the royal family's most iconic assets, from the Diamond Fringe Tiara worn by three generations of Windsor women on their wedding days, to the emerald choker so beloved by Princess Diana. She had an impeccable eye for Russian bijoux and loved an estate sale, which is how she got her hands on Grand Duchess Vladimir's eponymous tiara, and pretty much the entire sapphire collection of Empress Marie Feodorovna. She received fabulous gifts, too, like the colossal 158-carat Cullinan III & IV diamond brooch—which the current monarch lovingly refers to as "Granny's Chips." And she kept a firm grip on her family's jewelry legacy. When the Cambridge Emeralds, which were won at a charity raffle by her grandmother Princess Augusta, ended up in the hands of her brother's mistress, Mary promptly intervened and retrieved them. Were it not for such quick thinking, the Windsor vaults would be devoid of such treasures as the Delhi Durbar suite, or even the emeralds that often replace the pearls on Queen Elizabeth's favorite Vladimir Tiara. To pay tribute to this most legendary of jewelry connoisseurs, we begin at the top: with her tiaras. Below, a brief compendium of Queen Mary's diadems, from long lost beauties to enduring classics.