If you're stuck with a non-functioning fireplace, forgo the stacked books and candles in favor of rustic logs that give your room a nice warm feeling. Before you start imagining all the spiders that might be crawling in and out of your living room, we're going to let you in on something: they're not real!
This is my son, age 5, practicing cello by Lake Michigan, a few blocks from our home. What I love about this picture is not that it looks like he’s got some mad skills (full disclosure: he’s playing "Hot Cross Buns", not Bach, and he’s not about to fall into the lake, though it kind of looks that way). This picture reminds me how invigorating this experience was for him, and to keep thinking outside the box when it comes to engaging in learning and practicing.
Name: Dan Bailey Type of Project: Kitchen remodel Location: East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts Type of building: 2nd Floor Condo in a Greek-Revival Row House
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The original pine floors in my condo are far from perfect. But all of the little nicks and scratches and nail holes and color variations in the floorboards tell a story. I feel like the history of the building is written in these floors. So I was a little apprehensive about having the floors refinished – I was worried that a thorough sanding and a few coats of polyurethane might erase some of this historical character. At the same time, the floors desperately needed to be refinished. There were some deep gouges and the finish had worn down to bare wood in places, not to mention the very real risk of getting a splinter while walking around with bare feet. And the newly uncovered and patched kitchen floor was dusty and completely unfinished.
When I was growing up, my family strung our tree with retro Christmas lights from the 1960s, left over from my mother's childhood. They're now mostly blown out, but I love the shape and colors so much we've never tossed them. Here are a few ideas for re-using old Christmas lights, as well as those still shining brightly.
This is Mattie's old bathroom, pre Style Cure. Even though she was a little off of the usual Cure schedule, due to some conflicts with work and potty training, it doesn't make her results any less impressive. The best part? The budget for her entire bathroom redo was a low low $49.
The folks over at Paper N Stitch, Katie's Pencil Box, and Snow & Graham must have had a mind meld, because they each independently came up with the same DIY craft idea for wall decor that is easy and cheap to make, AND can be reused year after year. Want to see what they did to fill these blank walls?
For most people, the laundry room is something unsightly they're happy to hide behind a closet door or in the back of the garage. But there are others who—by choice or by chance — opt to show off their laundry machines in a mudroom or (looking at you, kitchen laundry renters) some other high-traffic area of the home. If that's the case in your home, this simple and temporary polka-dotted and striped machine makeover is for you.