Following trends can be dangerous in home décor, where rooms are designed to last decades, not months. But while we tread carefully when it comes to decorating with trends in our homes, we can't deny the fact that it can sometimes be hard to resist the temptation of adding a handmade ceramic here or a hanging planter there, especially when that's what we're seeing across Instagram and magazines everywhere. So what's the secret to decorating with trends?
It's not every day that an interior designer gets to go back and design the same home twice, but in the case of Gideon Mendelson, it was a marriage that prompted the redesign of a space he had created a few years prior. "I designed the apartment for the husband before he met his wife," says Mendelson of the 3-bedroom, 3-bath high rise on New York City's Upper West Side. "It was a great experience. He was very open to the design process and excited about our ideas.
It's easy to identify colors schemes we love or don't love when looking at a finished room. But when staring at a wall of paint swatches at a hardware store, it can be a little harder to envision what's best for our room—rendering most of us to revert to the simplest of fallbacks: pure white. Don't get us wrong; there's absolutely nothing wrong with a white living room (see below), but paint-swatch paralysis is a real thing that often stops us from being a little more daring in our spaces.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".