Whether by choice or by circumstance, living alone has a lot of advantages. But perhaps one of the most subtle yet saddest disadvantages is sometimes feeling lonely. And though occasional feelings of loneliness are natural, why feel lonely when you don't have to? There are things you can do to create a home that repels loneliness when you live solo.
We can sometimes stick to the same ol' design script when decorating our homes. The living room becomes a familiar furniture dance of sofa, coffee table, side table, side chair. What if you were to shake up your style — and the side of your sofa — by considering something new and different? Find nine real-world successful side-of-the-sofa ideas to steal for your own living room.
Applying fabric to a wall with liquid starch is a great solution for renters and commitment-phobes alike. A bit time intensive, yes, but the results are just about as good as it gets. And unlike wallpaper, you can take it with you when you move!
We'd never want to live without art, but deciding how and where to hang and display it can be a bit tricky. In a gallery wall? Centered over the dining table? What's too high? What's too low? If you're decorating and at a bit of a loss as to where to place your pieces — or just looking to rejigger your space a bit — take a look at these nine ways to re-think your art.
Maybe there's a room in your house that could use a little extra something. Sure, there's nothing really wrong with it... it just lacks that wow factor. Here are seven things that are guaranteed to add a little pizzaz to even the most somnolent space.
Time to take a spotlight look at a really, really amazing room from our collection of house tours last week. Halle & Jeff outdid themselves with their NYC apartment kitchen. Let's talk about why it works.
The bedroom isn't just a key part of expressing your home's style — it's the room that can set the tone for how you feel the rest of the day. So work a little harder on how you arrange and decorate this area; we've got six key decorating and arranging mistakes to avoid.
Our eat-in nook is in the shape of half a hexagon. And our "temporary" table was a hand-me-down Craigslist loaner from some friends — in the shape of an octagon. I should have known we were destined for each other. When I couldn't find another table that expanded from 48" to 81" like this one did (split-pedestal round tables with these dimensions that aren't several thousand-dollar Stickley tables are nonexistent, let me tell you), I knew the Craigslist one was meant for us. But it needed some love. The first round of refinishing looked almost like a Pinterest fail and I just couldn't live with it. Thankfully the second time — finished over a year later — was the charm. Here's what I learned in the process.
Perhaps you've noticed an influx of a certain type of bathroom over the years; it's sleek, it's trendy and it's often — oddly — mildly Buddhist-themed for some reason. Yes, I'm describing the rise of the spa-style bath. They're not my thing and I'm cool with that.