To accommodate our large Thanksgiving crowd, we swapped our living and dining room furniture. The switch turned out to be great for daily life too, so it stayed. However, it took a bit of tweaking to make our furniture not look like a bunch of squatters. Can you tell which (free) change made the biggest difference?
It's been about a year since the first edition of our Tablet Stylus Shootout and quite a few things have changed. Many of this latest crop of styli are pressure sensitive and built to complement existing popular apps and take advantage of Bluetooth 4 connectivity. Just as tablets like the iPad have grown up, so have the styli. Today we'll take a look at four of them and list our picks for writing notes, quick sketches, and more complex drawing when tested with a fourth generation iPad.
Discovering that interior designer Kerry Joyce trained in theater design sheds light on what it is about his understated interiors that sets them apart. Set decor is more than ornamental or attractive: effective set design immediately telegraphs the lives of the characters. Transferred to real life, this skill set creates rooms that are not just functional but that reflect and enhance the occupants' lives. No wonder Joyce, who lives in Los Angeles, has been repeatedly singled out by publications such as House Beautiful, Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Vogue and The New York Times.
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is snuggling up with a mug of cocoa or mulled wine and poring over all of the carefully-curated gift guides. Some are pretty, some are practical, some are outrageous — and I love them all. I've never given or requested a gift guide item, but the fun is in the gawking. So without further ado, here's a guide to some of my favorite gift guides.
We're entering the busiest time of the year — the time when our number of checklists grows from the standard to-do and grocery lists, adding on Holiday shopping, cards, and errands leading up to the big day. Taskmaster apps certainly come in handy when getting a proper handle on holiday to-dos, and are helpful all year round as well.
Q: After weeks of sofa shopping, I fell in love with the Jackson chaise-sectional at West Elm (in the picture). But, when I went to purchase it during the West Elm Buy More Save More event (25% off!), I was told that it was discontinued! Now I have renewed my search for the perfect chaise-sectional. I am looking for an apartment-sized sectional (<90"), that has a similar style (tufted back cushions, modern look), is high enough that I can vacuum below it, and with a chaise-section that can be placed on either side of the sofa. I've checked all the big name (and some of the smaller) retailers in Toronto, and have liked the Jackson best. Does anyone know where I can find a sofa like this for less than $1500?
We've talked time and time again about all the little things you can do to make a house feel like a home. You can have warm enveloping lighting, plants for fresh air and fun additions of color, collections and artwork, but that's not what this post is about. This post is about how to make your home feel like a refuge; it doesn't have a single thing to do with your decor or the design of your space and nothing costs a dime - it's all totally, 100% free...
IKEA's Lack table is a DIYer's perfect canvas for unbridled creativity. At just $10, it's easy to justify the expense. If the project doesn't work out, it's a minimal investment. And being constructed of hollow wood and paper, the Lack is easily customized. Check out 10 cool IKEA Lack hacks after the jump…
The words "holiday season" and "holiday stress" can often be seamlessly interchanged right about now. And although there may not be a cure-all for a stress free and relaxing season, there are a few simple things we can do so it doesn't get the best of us.