Sure, there are matches, candles, baking soda, and air fresheners, but sometimes there are some lingering odors that just won't go away. We're all friends here, so let's take a second to talk about how to get rid of some of these pesky hangers-on.
When this topic came up as part of our monthly focus on "renters solutions" I jumped at the chance to write about it. I recently had the good fortune of having a washing machine in a unit that I lived in for a few months, and that was a serious luxury. But currently I'm living without a washing machine in my apartment... or anywhere within a city block.
Summer has been heating up, and with it, the requests from the kids for glasses of water. It's a fantastic habit to cultivate, since staying hydrated isn't always an automatic behavior. But the constant dishwashing from multiple cups ("Is that my cup or yours?") is both a nuisance and environmentally unfriendly. That's why this clever hack that personalizes cups and keeps them close to the water source is a great idea for families with little kids.
Last Sunday was the monthly Alameda flea market just outside of San Francisco and we emerged from the day happily clutching our finds and sincerely wishing that we had brought some sunscreen. Here are a few takeaways from the experience.
I've lived in San Francisco for nearly a year and a half and just finally made it down to Haight and Ashbury, in search of inexpensive crystals for a project. I found my treasure trove in a little shop that also boasts a meditation room. Here are a few of the ways that I plan to put my finds to use.
We love spotting studio apartments that prove that having a small(ish) space — and doing all your living in one room — doesn't have to mean sacrificing style. Feast your eyes on the photos of this lovely apartment by designer Tom Delavan, and read on for seven principles that make this small space work — that you can apply to your own small space, too.
The feeling when the vacation is over: you're back at home, and everything is so incredibly familiar that you sometimes find it hard to believe you were ever gone at all. This feeling is the reason I usually try to find a souvenir of some sort when I travel to a new place, something I can lovingly unpack on my return and enjoy for years to come, bringing my memories into sharp focus every time I see it.
We're in the thick of wedding season, and if you happen to be preparing for one of your own you know that all the little costs can really add up. In my search for creative ways to save a little without skimping or taking on yet another project, I stumbled upon two companies I was completely unaware were in the wedding supply business:
We don't want you to apologize about your home so much. Or say "I'm sorry" as soon as guests walk in the door. Trust us — it'll make you enjoy your home more when you're not always saying sorry for its flaws. And there's something else you can clear from your brain to make more room for enjoyment: Don't feel like you owe anyone who comes into your home explanations for the decorating and living choices you've made. Here are ten to consider.