Who likes keeping their friends? Me! So what do you do when your friend proudly shows off his new apartment and, well, you don't love it. You won't need to lie if you keep these responses at the ready.
As a renter, sometimes you're fortunate enough to rent a place with built-in character. But in many cases, you're left with blank, rectangular boxes to fill. If you love the look of built-ins, but don't have the option to actually build in, here are some ideas for simulating the look and feel of these architectural features.
I recently made a local move. I asked for recommendations for local movers from my realtor. She could not provide any, but solicited names of reliable movers from her colleagues. I interviewed two movers, and chose one based on my interaction and the glowing recommendation of my realtor's coworker. In short, the move was disastrous. There was much damage to upholstery as well as wood furniture. The packers did a horrendous job.
How many people can you host at once? Two? 10? You're probably counting sofa cushions right now in your head. The reality is, the "right" number of living room seats is different for everyone, and largely dependent on the amount of space you have available. There is one scaleable rule of thumb, however, to help you figure out how many spots you need to have in your living area...
Some people can't get enough of wall-to-wall carpet, and to those people, I say kudos! But for those of us who aren't as enamored but still have to live with it, carpet can be a challenge. If you're stuck with carpet you're not crazy about, here are some suggestions that might make it a little easier to love, or at least live with.
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.
Marriage means picking one special person for the rest of your life—and annoying them endlessly. Even though relationships all have totally different dynamics and personalities, it seems like the same few quarrels come up whenever two people decide to bunk up and move in together. Here are the seven fights we've all had:
Today, as I crawled under the bed to retrieve a pair of socks that had fallen into that netherworld months before and were now covered by a liberal coating of dust, I was reminded of one of the weirdest articles I have ever read in the New York Times.
It’s not about whether or not your baseboards are clean, or if fresh flowers adorn every table surface. There's really only a short list of things that really truly make a difference to your guests. Nail these things down and you guarantee a good visit every time.