We are in the dog days of summer, and I have been dreaming of all things cool. After recently reminiscing about fun summers spent in a Maine cabin with pretty lace curtains, I spent a particularly hot afternoon searching for some new lace inspiration from our house tour archives.
It's a tough question nearly every renter will ask themselves before signing a lease: "Is this a fair price?" With rent prices rising dramatically across the country the last few years, it can be especially difficult to definitively answer the question.
I just returned from a week-long camping trip with family and loved every minute of it. I've lived in cities for the last five years, meaning I'm more likely to sleep through garbage pickup and late night revelers than the sounds of nature, but I grew up taking frequent camping trips.
Most conventional advice recommends keeping work outside of the bedroom to boost calm and serenity within a sleeping space. But apparently most conventional advice givers have never had to make it all work with just 550 square feet. The bedroom-plus-office combo has always been a solid solution for tight quarters, and here's one more tip to keep a dual duty bedroom comfortable.
Most power strips offer wall mounting slots on the back, but lining them up exactly before drilling can prove a sweat-inducing, profanity eliciting task. Here's an easy way to mount a variety of items with pin-point accuracy using a scanner and printer...
My house is on a busy street, a north-south thoroughfare with no signals to slow people down. Cars rush by from dawn to dusk as drivers hustle to and from work and errands. It's noisy and annoying, no doubt about it. I'd rather live where strollers and dogs are the main traffic, but honestly, it's not that bad.
If you're traveling with a baby or toddler (or both) in tow, it's likely that you're packing extra bags for diapers, snacks, games... whew! The list can add up fast. So before you start packing yet another bag full of baby-proofing accessories, consider taking just one thing to make your home away from home safer for little ones (and it weighs just a few ounces):
The key to being a great host is anticipating your guests' needs. I always make sure to have three things ready before the arrival of guests: clean sheets, plenty of snacks, and my wi-fi password written down on a notepad in the guest room. The latter is a modern day convenience any host should graciously offer to overnight guests and it turns out there's an even easier (and more secure) way to make guests feel at-home and connected.