As the cold slowly starts settling in, it also starts seeping in — I find places in my home that are extra chilly and not quite as cozy as I want them to be. Here are five easy ways to combat the chill as our days grow shorter.
Growing up we saved and reused tissue paper and bows. A friend's family has been reusing wrapping paper for so long that they have the most amazing vintage and retro paper collection. Now it's my mother-in-law who is so diligent about carefully unwrapping and saving her beautiful papers. Some is so beautiful it feels like such a shame to rip it up and throw it away, right?
You've probably heard it said that you should shut off your hose bibs for the winter season. When the weather dips below freezing, any unprotected water pipes, such as those leading to a hose bib, are susceptible to freezing. When water freezes it expands, and can exert a pressure of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. That's a lot of pressure in a solid pipe with nowhere to go, leading to bursts and costly repairs.
Q: I found my dream apartment and moved in last week. It's at the top of my price range, but what really sold me on it is this AMAZING fully-restored vintage Wedgewood stove. Unfortunately, I awoke my first morning in the new place to my apartment reeking of natural gas. It turns out my favorite part of the apartment—a large part of why I picked the place—has a gas leak. The landlord says that the stove is too expensive to fix and is unwilling to repair it and has offered instead to replace it with a ho-hum used modern stove. My heart is breaking at the thought of losing this stove!!
Q: I recently moved into a small, rented apartment, and one of the major downfalls is the bathroom: specifically, the shower in the bathroom. I have always loved to have long, warming showers, but since moving into the apartment my showers are now quick and not very enjoyable. The bathroom has a clawfoot tub that is unfortunately stained and dingy. No matter what products I use, I can't seem to get it cleaned. Not to mention the drain is encircled by rust and black rings. What can I do to bring back the shine to this forsaken tub?
Tick tock. There's just about two weeks left for Santa's (and your!) presents to make it under the tree on time. We've rounded up all the must know dates from the USPS, UPS, FedEx and Amazon to help keep your gift giving on track - don't let shipping procrastination turn you into an unintended Grinch!
We get it. As the holiday season rolls on, it can feel like we're all supposed to be diving into a constant stream of tinsel-filled parties, big happy family dinners, and presents galore. Well, it's been my experience that some years the holidays are busy and exciting, but some years they're not. They can be awfully bittersweet and sometimes flat out difficult. Whether it's financial strain, family issues, illness, loss of a loved one, or something else getting you down, this season can be tough!
I'm blessed (and cursed) with the luxury of working from home. The cursed part comes in when your significant other has two weeks off over the holidays while you still have to work! (I'm sure the same can be said for having the kiddos off from school or the in-laws in town.) If you find that all the distractions are making it difficult to work, why not tackle one (or all) of these simple house tasks when you're feeling less-than-productive. They might not be fun, but the project will keep you busy and the end result will be satisfying for months to come.
Now that winter's here, my reluctance to get out of bed in the morning has mounted exponentially. It's much easier to snuggle deep into the covers when my alarm goes off, and I'm constantly oversleeping when I know that I should get up. In an attempt to curb this bad habit, I've compiled some tips for making waking up a bit more manageable.
We've talked time and time again about all the little things you can do to make a house feel like a home. You can have warm enveloping lighting, plants for fresh air and fun additions of color, collections and artwork, but that's not what this post is about. This post is about how to make your home feel like a refuge; it doesn't have a single thing to do with your decor or the design of your space and nothing costs a dime - it's all totally, 100% free...