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All-American Side Dishes: What to bring to a Fourth of July BBQ

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Soon we’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July in the United States, and though one certainly doesn’t need a holiday to throw a sensational barbecue, it never hurts to have a special excuse. Tossing things on the grill is great (and here is a great round-up of interesting toppings to make those hot dogs extra special); but let’s face it: cookouts are all about the sides! We’ve searched high and low and discovered great spins on your favorite all-American classics.

Spread the checked tablecloths, get the fireworks ready, and dig in!

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Themed Kids’ Rooms: A Do or A Don’t?

Themed Kids' Rooms: A Do or a Don't?

by Anna Smith of Annabode + Co.

Designing a kid’s room or nursery presents its own set of rewards and challenges—for one thing, you get to have more fun! But there’s also the problem of infusing your child’s personality into the space. How do you do it? How far do you go? If they want lime green walls (like I did once), do you give in or put your foot down? Most of us want our child’s room to feel fun, young, and playful, which can really get your creative juices flowing when it comes to decor. However, my biggest concern when designing for clients is making sure the room will grow with their child.

Which brings me to: themed kids’ rooms. These kinds of spaces have never been my thing—the way I see it, we don’t decorate any other rooms in our homes that way, so why do we do it in our kiddos’ spaces? Heavily themed bedrooms and nurseries will work for a few years at best, but then your little one will move on from their love of horses, or airplanes, or bugs, and both of you will get tired of it. Plus, changing out all the theme-y items down the road means more time and more money spent.

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Jumpers, Rompers, and Onesies

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I never know what to call them, but I can’t stop reaching for them. The one-piece is officially my favorite: It’s a comfortable, fun alternative to the summer dress. It’s an unfussy item to pack for when you need to get dressed up.

Truth: I just bought another one today in Stockholm.

Here are some others I’d happily bring home right now…

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