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Yeah, we regret it, too.

Marie Kondo’s take-no-prisoners take on minimalism spread like clutter-scorching wildfire through New Yorkers’ homes a few years ago. “Does it spark joy?” was a question we asked more than ,”So which subway line’s out of action today?”

“A lot of it was about the need to control your environment, the idea that there might be a path to some sort of smooth existence,” said designer Chris Stevens of Tipper Studio, “That’s why New Yorkers were so susceptible to this. Please, we’re always doing 15 things at once.”

Now, though, interior design has sloughed off those minimalist shackles, thanks to trends like trinket-heavy Clutter Core and comfy, overstuffed Coastal Grandma.

Put simply, maximalism is back.

Kondo's former disciples are having second thoughts.
Kondo’s former disciples are having second thoughts.
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“People want to capital-D decorate now, because they’ve spent all this time working from home, and saw that Marie Kondo thing stripped out all the character,” explained Hugh Long, breakout TikTok interior designer and a champion of “more is more.”

“They want to add things to their space because they’re there all the time. People assume organization is a key goal for your home, but it has to be done in tandem with decoration,” Long said.

As a result, of course, that Kondo-inspired makeover of your home has morphed into interior design’s answer to a drunken tramp stamp inking — a regret-filled choice, made in haste, and seemingly impossible to undo. 

Fret not, though, if you’re stuck with an empty home that’s equally clutter and joy-free.

Interior of Chris Stevens on a couch.
New Yorkers are control-freaks, says Chris Stevens, and are therefore susceptible to Kondo’s minimalist doctrine.
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We have some solutions from a few New York-based interior talents, all of them are unabashedly maximalist champions; think of their advice as the decorative answer to lasering away that late-night bad decision.

“Marie Kondo was about cleansing yourself into nothing,” said Martin Brudnizki, the glamor-prone designer who helmed the interiors of Cane Mare and the Beekman hotel, among others. “So to fix it, start with the walls, and look at what you do with them. Every room needs light, so hang some mirrors — they can be small, slivers even — and then put some lights on them, a sconce or a standard lamp in front of them.”

They’ll sparkle and twinkle, adding energy and interest to an interior without effort.

Side by side of Martin Brudnizki and Marie Kondo
Designer Martin Brudnizki (left) says Marie Kondo (right) wants you to cleanse yourself into nothingness.
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Fill what’s left of the walls with what Kati Curtis, of the namesake studio, calls “a riot of beauty” — that’s a salon wall of art, where pieces jostle for space and crowd together, offering the perfect clash of color.

“It tells people who you are and where you’ve been, what’s important to you. I know people are afraid to do it, but honestly, you can’t go wrong,” he said.

Curtis said an instant additional fix is putting storage on show: Think a coat-stand by the door instead of a closet which hides every jacket or scarf.

The same is true in the kitchen — take off doors to showcase plates and bowls, upending them so they stand in racks facing outwards, so they’re both more decorative and easier to access.

Forget appliance garages, too. Curtis points to crave-worthy collabs between Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana on small appliances, for instance, which are intended to be displayed rather than squirreled away. Buy a luxury toaster and leave it on the counter — ornamental and useful, both.

Hopefully, you didn’t jettison every item Kondo’s rules rendered joyless.

“Kondo says to put things in boxes within boxes, and you can never really find things that way,” Curtis added.

“Kondo says to put things in boxes within boxes, and you can never really find things that way.”

Katie Curtis, designer

And if you did indeed stash stuff in storage boxes, now’s the time to retrieve a few choice tchotchkes. Fill one or two surfaces with them: a table, perhaps, or a shelf. The key when arranging this display is theming: think of an idea, or concept, that connects all the items you’re showcasing.

“They just all have a relationship with each other — you shouldn’t have to explain what that is, either, as it should just be clear,” said interior designer John Barman.

Brudnizki puts it more simply — think of yourself as a real estate agent who’ll be showing the space later.

“Can you tell a story as you walk around the space with people? Imagine that,” he said.

Interior of a room by John Barman.
John Barman likes to group objects by a common theme.
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Interior of a living room with bookshelves and a fireplace.
Stevens wants your bookcases to be “bursting.”
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If in doubt with your doodads, skew towards oversize vases and the like.

“Don’t get too much into little, teeny-tiny things because unless you’re really on top of it, it will fly away from you,” said Stevens.

Long offers a simple formula to make shelves feel full but not overstuffed: books should occupy 60% of space, decorative items 30% and keep 10% empty.

“Without a bit of open space, it doesn’t feel like you can breathe,” he said.

Interior of a light-filled living room.
Hugh Long likes open space.
Joseph Barajas & Hugh Long
A mirrored wall interior shot.
Virtually double your art collection with a well-placed mirror.
Joseph Barajas & Hugh Long

But what if you did junk every precious collection in a fit of Marie-inspired madness?

The easiest and cheapest way to replenish is a trip to a local antique mall or junkstore. Sift the stock there, Long says, and you’ll find collections someone else has already assembled and that you can adopt, wholesale.

“It looks like you’ve done it over time, when actually, someone else has done it over time — and for you. If you just buy random junk, it can start to look like you’re living in a storage unit.”

Long also says that it’s easy to avoid re-cluttering a home as you de-Kondo it if you change the way you shop. Instead, practice mindfully acquiring. Stick with Etsy and the like if you’re browsing online, but never buy anything new from your computer. If you have to get up and go out to a brick-and-mortar store, it’s an effort, a gesture and a quest — and it’ll keep you from overbuying.

“The essence of this is that people are spending so much more time at home, and they’re looking at it so differently. You don’t want to live in a white cell.”

Martin Brudnizki

Kondo famously schooled her groupies that any more than 30 books were redundant, but these designers dismiss that idea as bunkum; it’s time to stack your shelves again — or fill the floor.

“Your bookshelf should be bursting, but I have so many books in my house they become side tables,” said Stevens.

Piled high, coffee table tomes become actual tables themselves for a guest to use — coasters only, please — and also grab a title or two to flick through when one piques their interest. With hardbacks, consider removing the paper jackets which might get frayed or fade.

“Once you do that, it cleans everything up and makes it beautiful to have the books on display,” said Curtis.

Whatever you do, forget the snobbish, Kondo-inspired rules that less is more, or stuff is bad. It’s OK to surround yourself with beautiful things.

“The essence of this is that people are spending so much more time at home, and they’re looking at it so differently,” shrugged Brudnizki, “You don’t want to live in a white cell.”


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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