Name: Rebecca Rosenfelt & Michael Yamartino Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Years hosting on Airbnb: 6 years
When Rebecca and Michael were apartment hunting, they never saw themselves in a big modern lofty space. So when they first saw this light-flooded Bernal Heights home, they couldn't picture themselves living there. But then they fell in love with the bright and airy space, and they realized they could personalize the apartment to suit them. Sure enough, their mix of traditional and eclectic furnishings are a surprisingly perfect fit for the contemporary space. Their home is clean and simple, but also cozy and welcoming, for the couple and for their many Airbnb guests.
Maybe it's a birthday or the first day of a new job. Maybe it's just Tuesday. No matter what, everyone loves a spontaneous little love fest. Here are ten pint-sized projects to tackle today so you can surprise a friend, roommate, partner, or your kids with a fun gift or gesture. Chances are you've already got everything you need to get one of these done — time to check the junk drawer!
Now that sunshine and warmth have arrived, it's time to start hosting BBQs, parties, and outdoor hangouts. If you're looking for some activities to jumpstart your gatherings, here are ten DIY ideas that will liven up any lawn.
We all work so hard to make our homes beautiful, relaxing spaces where we can host our friends and family. So what if I told you that by merely uttering one little word, you could derail all the positive, beautiful attributes of your home in the eyes of your guests? Please, lovelies, never say this!
You have just moved to a new place. "When are you having a housewarming party?" well-intentioned friends and associates ask. "Never!" you cry inwardly, because never is exactly when your new space will be ready for inspection by all your nearest and dearest. Trust me, I have been there. And I have a few reasons why never cannot happen soon enough, and why right now is exactly the right time to entertain your friends in your less-than-perfect new space.
The key word for a budget wedding is prioritize. Decide what to splurge on — I suggest a great photographer and delicious food — and cut back on everything else. So when it comes to decorating your (probably already amazing) venue, opt for DIY projects that are easy to pull off.
You might not throw five-course sit down dinner parties, but you’re still social and want to invite people to join you and just hang out. There are plenty of ways to entertain casually, without the need to grill yourself on seating etiquette, prep for days, and give yourself hives from the prospect of hosting. Here are five things to hack in a few minutes, that still make a quick get-together feel special, without going whole hog.
Chances are, you've heard of Marie Kondo by now. Her bookThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, seems to be everywhere these days. If you haven't heard of Kondo's philosophy, in a nutshell, it promotes cleansing your life of all the things that don't give you joy. In the spirit of spring cleaning, my friends and I recently had a Marie Kondo party to collectively motivate ourselves to clean out, tidy up, and share some joy.
It can be a challenge to host more people than your guest room can handle. Instead of turning on your No Vacancy light, consider some creative options to offer your friends and family when your guest room is full to capacity.