My email has been out of control for a number of years. I use multiple inboxes in gmail to manage it, and I've tried numerous strategies to organize and maintain it on a daily basis, but the fact remains.... I am snowed under by email and feel awful about it. Even my friends joke that if they want to reach me they shouldn't email. As someone who dislikes clutter and is considered an expert on home related design questions, this is my own Waterloo. So it was a nice surprise this past week when I when I discovered my email solution.
Are you panic-stricken instead of pleased when friends stop by unannounced? Would you like to be the talk of the town for being able to throw a fabulous soiree at a moment's notice? Don't fret! The biggest secret to a successful impromptu party is to be prepared in advance with a well-stocked pantry!
When my then-boyfriend and I purchased a 400 square foot apartment almost ten years ago, I cried the night we moved in. It wasn't in great shape and even though we had a renovation slated, I feared we had made a huge mistake. Jump ahead two years and we had survived the live-in renovation, tied the knot, and were loving life in the "new" apartment. Here's what we did to keep our relationships strong throughout the renovation:
It seems there's a phase in every renovation where it feels like the project is never going to end. It's when you're in deep and have already committed many resources, yet nothing is complete, and you're beginning to doubt that it ever will be. What to do?
The easiest way to add color to a room is by painting the walls. But how do you infuse a room with color if you're not allowed to paint? Of course, there are many solutions — from decorative accessories and art to pillows and throws — but the biggest impact can probably be seen by introducing a vibrant rug. Lets see how these (mostly) neutral rooms get transformed by a colorful rug!
As a follow up to my last post with lots of inspiration for how to use decals, removable wallpaper, washi tape, and contact paper, I've created a shopping guide so you can have some fun making it happen in your own space.
Whether you're a renter, a non-committal type of person, or have growing kids that like to change their minds often, there are plenty of reasons to explore the option of temporary wall decor. It can also be very affordable, depending on which route you go and how creative you get. Here are ten examples of how you can use decals, removable wallpaper, washi tape, or contact paper in your space.
I don't remember where I read it or exactly when I read it, but it had to be well over five years ago. Nevertheless, that one little sentence of advice is still stuck in my head to this day. It went something like, "if your room doesn't feel finished, add a touch of black". It's such a simple suggestion, easy for any novice to try out, and it got me thinking. What other tricks do the pros have up their sleeves? Here are a few design and decorating tips from the pros that could easily be the missing piece of the puzzle to rounding off your unfinished room.
I moved five times in the past nine years: for college (twice), graduate school, and also for work. I once even moved out of a place I loved because my landlord needed to move back in. Among other things, all this moving has taught me that no two homes' windows are alike, and a new space (or the urge to freshen a current one) can mean a costly adventure in window treatment world. (It's putting it mildly to say I was sticker shocked when I discovered the price of 118" drapes.) With a little DIY spirit, and a free weekend, there are tons of ways to create your own, cost-effective window treatments. Here are ten tutorials to get you started!
We fill our rooms with furniture, throw pillows, blankets, books, art, light fixtures, hardware, and miscellaneous decorative objects. That's a whole lot of look, but the perfect rug can bring it all together...