Whether you forgot an important date or just need a last-minute gift, finding flowers on short notice can often lead to cellophane wrapped roses at the corner store or major "rush" fees from a delivery service. In the Bay Area, Bloom That has a solution to keep you out of both the doghouse and the poorhouse without sacrificing style.
The holidays are a time for personal, heartfelt gifts, and for Apartment Therapy readers, what's more personal and heartfelt than the home? Here are ten handmade gifts designed for that special homebody in your life.
Name:Laure Joliet Location: Los Angeles, CA Your pet's name?: Hazel
When did Hazel come into your life?: My mom gave me Hazel for my 30th birthday in the summer of 2009. She happened to be born on the day I had to put my cat Coco down. She also happened to be Coco's granddaughter. It was fate, and Hazel's arrival helped relieve the devastation I had felt having to say goodbye to Coco.
There's no end in sight for washi tape projects you can do around the house. And why would there be? Washi tape is easy, pretty, removable, and repositionable, making it a DIY perfect for even the clumsiest of crafters. Here, gold washi tape glams up black column candles for an elegant tabletop.
Here's another great DIY decorating idea, using these sculptural tabletop spheres from West Elm as inspiration. Shelley at Crazy Wonderful tried her hand at making something similar and, after a failed attempt or two, found a technique that approximates the original. See how she did it, after the jump.
Who needs a traditional alarm clock anymore? Seriously? I haven't used mine in years and my smart phone is not prone to sudden power outages. I was going to get rid of mind, but then I got nostalgic: alarm clocks might just be a relic from the past worth holding onto.
When did he/she come into your life?: We brought Penny, a Belgian Malinois, home in January of 2013 when she was just 3 months old, adopted from a friend of ours. We weren't looking for a Malinois specifically, but the more research we did the more we realized that she would really fit into our lives. Malinois are a high-drive working breed that need a job or task to do, and working from our own office, we knew we could give her the time for training and activities.
Maybe it’s getting older and experiencing life's unexpected ebbs and flows, but I've really come to appreciate the niceties of home; a rich cup of coffee every morning, great music when I’m cooking, a soft pillow to rest my head. And it’s a crew of inexpensive tools and items, the little workhorses, that really make a world of difference.
Scandinavian magazine Allt I Hemmet recently featured this laundry room, submitted by one of their readers. Far from exciting, Anna-Lena's space was devoid of color and personality, not to mention cramped. With Allt I Hemmet's help, the laundry room got a good cleaning itself, and came out on the other side with a sparkling new personality.