The capsule wardrobe thing is officially a movement. Men and women everywhere are purging their closets down to just a few pieces for everyday wear–so what's a guy or gal to do with all those extra t-shirts? Whether it's new or old, in perfect condition or a little tattered, a t-shirt can be the foundation for something else beautiful for your home.
According to the Boston University sustainability department, an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. That means if you shorten your shower by just 2 minutes each day, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons at a time. It really adds up–with major impacts to your wallet and the environment.
Confession time: When I wrote the ultimate IKEA shopping list, the POÄNG chair was mysteriously missing from the bunch. Truthfully, I turned my nose up at this chair for way too long. It was just so quintessentially and so obviously IKEA. But you know what? Every time I see the $100-ish POÄNG in person or in photos, the damn thing always looks amazing.
Removable, peel-and-stick subway tile. The kind you can install over your existing tile in an afternoon, without any special tools or tricks. It sounds like the stuff legends are made of, doesn't it? But it's real, you guys. So real. Check out Smart Tiles.
This little exercise is part game, part advice column. We run through the same question over and over with several different dollar amounts in the hot seat, with the goal of figuring out what is the best investment you can make for your home with that sum of cash–anywhere from $5 to $100. The lesson, of course, is that it doesn't take a lot of dough to make a really happy home.
Leather working is easier than you think. The tools are relatively inexpensive, the tutorials are easy to follow along with, and the finished product always looks upscale, polished and–dare we say–not like a "DIY" at all.
My closet has descended into total chaos. Lazy summer weekends usually end in a mess of tank tops and shorts on the floor, and as the nights get cooler, I start dipping into winter storage boxes for a few sweatshirts and scarves that don't yet have a home in my seasonal wardrobe. If you're like me and need a little nudge to sort your closet, here are 10 projects that help make organizing easy and inexpensive.
I'd like to pretend that working for a design blog has meant that I've always made the best, smartest purchases for my home, but that hasn't always been the case. Here are three really good purchases I've made, and three not so good ones, in hopes that you can learn from my mistakes.
When Kelly hauled this antique armoire home, her husband Dave's initial reaction was less than enthusiastic. But since he wanted a big TV and she wanted a way to enclose it without breaking the bank, Kelly jumped when she spotted this piece on an antiquing trip with her mother, with a price tag of under $200...