Don't knock it 'til you try it, the saying goes, and in this case it applies. While some of the things I'm suggesting might sound a bit nutty (and too meticulous) they're tricks that work, and hey, isn't that really the bottom line?
Squeaky Edible Clean. Wooden kitchen tools and utensils as well as butcher blocks are priceless, but they can get really worn down and lifeless without regular cleaning and care. Cheaper butcher blocks (ie. IKEA) which I've had many of, particularly need constant refinishing to keep them looking fantastic (which they totally can - see this post here: How To Resurface Your Butcher Block Quickly and Well). I keep a bottle of food safe wood oil under my sink at all times and my go-to picks are below. However, I've just discovered this super premium and MUCH more natural wood oil above by furniture expert Christophe Pourny. Check it out and then head below. Got a suggestion? Comment away...
It's taken years for me to come around to the idea that a home isn't any less of a home because it's rented. Five years, actually — that's how long I've lived in my white-walled, cookie-cutter apartment. But now that I'm finally comfortable hanging shelves and buying furniture to fit my space, my husband and I have our sights set on buying our first house next summer. That's why all of our recent apartment projects have focused on "forever upgrades"— we're investing only in the things we can replace in our rental today and still take with us to a new home.
Do you feel that something isn't quite right in your room? It might just be that you're missing something. Sure, you have all the right elements but if you're facing these home dilemmas, add these specific fixes to get your decor back on track.
There are a lot of things to celebrate in the summer. Whether you're throwing (or attending) Fourth of July celebrations later this weekend or you are staring at a ton of party and wedding invitations on your fridge right now, read through these dos and don'ts of successful summer celebrating. You might find yourself enjoying the art of entertaining more and getting more out of the gatherings you attend!