Good Things Come in Small Packages: Gifts Under $10
Secret santas exchanges, office holiday parties, a little token for the the helpful neighbor next door…sometimes something small but special is in order. Here are our 10 picks for ultra inexpensive (all under $10!) goodies that are fun to give and even more fun to receive.
Nov 28, 2013
30 Last-Minute DIY Craft Projects for Thanksgiving Dinner
The title pretty much says it all folks— here are 30 of the best DIY craft projects that you still have lots of time to do. These little things will elevate your Thanksgiving dinner table, so your family and guests will say “Bravo!
Nov 27, 2013
Warm Industrial Style Meets Vintage in an Arizona Condo
Name: Jevon Lake Location: Central Phoenix, Arizona Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Owned When Jevon was hunting for a home five years ago, his agents brought him to a unit in a Mid-century condominium community. The unit was a slow moving project by a local designer, not yet on the market, and Jevon immediately fell in love with it. A deal was struck and Jevon lived in a hotel for about a month, while consulting on the finished design.
Nov 27, 2013
Before & After: Plain-Jane Lampshade Goes One-of-a-Kind With Balsa
Jamie took one look at this plain lamp and imagined a world where it was a cool, woven statement piece. Want to see how this creative chica did it? Jamie says: Balsa wood is a crafting miracle. That’s pretty much all you need for this shady craft. I used 7 strips of balsa wood and painted them with in different shades of watered down brown acrylic paint. I cut the wood with scissors and hot glued it to my plain white shade. It’s that easy! See more DIY goodness at C.R.A.F.T.
Nov 27, 2013
Label Your Leftovers with These Pretty Printables
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Nov 27, 2013
5 Party Games to Break the Ice
Nov 27, 2013
Before & After: Blogger’s Bedroom Turns Chinoiserie Safari Chic
Emily of Chez V joined in the One Room Challenge this year, a semi-annual event where 20 design-oriented bloggers transform a room of their own, from start to finish. Emily threw herself into renovating her master bedroom and, over the course of six weeks, sanded the walls, painted, printed fabric, and shopped for the perfect pieces. See the finished product next… Yes, yes, before you say anything — no, there is nothing wrong the before, it’s lovely, blah, blah, blah.
Nov 26, 2013
Before & After: A Garden Shed Gets Glam
Irina had a few extra things taking up space in her garden so she found a way to transform a boring brown shed, an old bed and an IKEA side table into a wonderful surprise for her daughters. She gave the inside of the shed a coat of white paint and made the side table into an adorable play kitchen by adding silver coasters and knobs. The bed frame transformed into a comfy bench for playroom naps or lounging.
Nov 26, 2013
Kitchen Before & After: A Yellow 1970s Kitchen Gets a Crisp, Clean New Look
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Nov 26, 2013
A Pre-Thanksgiving Tip: Don’t Get the Kitchen Dirty
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Nov 25, 2013
Before & After: A Stylish Bathroom Transformation
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. After: what a difference a little paint makes! The blue walls, with a pattern of little birds and clouds, lend just the right amount of color and whimsy to this previously drab bathroom.
Nov 22, 2013
Antonia and Cinzia’s Calming Casa in Notting Hill
Name: Antonia and Cinzia Nespoli Location: Notting Hill; London, United Kingdom Size: 1,115 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned For Antonia and Cinzia, sisters and Italian transplants to London, the concept of home is an important one. Both have busy careers and hectic social lives, despite being self-described homebodies.
Nov 22, 2013
Before & After: From Scribbles to a Clever Surprise
Mia’s kids scribbled on her microfiber sofa with an extra-strong, “rub a dub” Sharpie which is marketed as, “stays permanent through washing and dry cleaning.” But instead of getting mad (well, she was probably a little mad), she found an easy way to hide the marks, while including a clever nod to the makeover’s inspiration. From smudged scribbles to lyrical script! Now, it looks like a glam accent rather than a messy accident.
Nov 22, 2013
15 Tips and Ideas to Help You Get the Neatest, Most Organized Kitchen Ever
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Nov 22, 2013
10 IKEA Holiday Decorating Ideas to Steal
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Nov 22, 2013
Polly & Dai’s Happy Cornwall Cottage Home
Name: Dai, Polly, Minnie & Rosie Hughes Location: Crackington Haven, North Cornwall Size: 3 bedrooms Years lived in: 3, owned Polly and Dai’s colourful cottage in Cornwall is just a short walk to the rugged cliffs and sandy beach at Crackington Haven. The couple moved to this idyllic spot three years ago when their twin daughters, Minnie and Rosie, were babies.
Nov 21, 2013
Before & After: From Old Armchair to Gorgeous Glider
This space-starved NYC couple is practical about their design choices so when the time came to furnish their first nursery (congrats!), they were horrified at the choice in baby furniture — most of it was insanely expensive and huge. But thanks to some lucky thrifting, great directions from Honey And Fitz and a very handy husband, Alison got the perfect, customized rocker on the cheap!
Nov 21, 2013
Before & After: 20 Inspiring Kitchen Renovations
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Nov 21, 2013
10 IKEA Holiday Decorating Ideas Worth Stealing: 2014 Edition
Ikea stylists are good at showing us common folk how to style our homes in inspirational ways for the holidays. You don’t need to shop at the Swedish giant in order to have a festive and fun household this season. Follow these tips, tricks, and suggestions to do it yourself. TOP ROW: Hang Ornaments on the Wall: Perfect for small spaces, wall-hung “trees” have all the festive feeling without the large footprint.
Nov 20, 2013
Before & After: Danielle Gets a New Nightstand
It was time for Danielle to update her 2-year-old son’s space from baby blue nursery to little boys room. She found this dark brown laminate nightstand on Craigslist for just $10, and knew it had serious potential. She painted the entire surface with Martha Stewart’s Driftwood Gray then used painter’s tape to add the adorable white stripes. Danielle says: I normally remove the old dated hardware when refinishing furniture. But I loved these handles.
Nov 20, 2013
20 Reasons We Love IKEA Kitchens
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Nov 20, 2013
CB’s Quirky & Personal Duplex
Name: CB Owens, NYU grad student in Food Studies, and Catering Sales Manager at ’wichcraft Location: West Village; New York, New York Size: 450 square feet, plus rooftop terrace Years lived in: 4+ years; Rented I first met CB way back in our days as undergraduates at NYU, where “home style” had everything to do with outfoxing the limitations set upon you by countless questionable roommates, inadequate wall space, awkward 80″ bed frames (what the heck were those all about?
Nov 19, 2013
Before & After: This Blah Balcony Goes Bold
Carolyn tells us that she loves her big, bright apartment but the balcony was “a bit rough.” She considered an outdoor rug or tile to cover up the peeling paint, but we think her final solution was a stroke of genius. From Carolyn: I worried about how those other solutions would weather the Canadian winters. In the end I bought a little outdoor paint and cut a stencil for a more permanent solution. I can’t wait to see how this looks after a couple years of wear.
Nov 19, 2013
10 Tips for Being a Great Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
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Nov 19, 2013
Kate’s Restyled Little Lost Gems
Name: Kate Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada I live on the second floor of an older character home in the west end of Toronto. When I moved in, four years ago, the apartment was painted a mishmash of vibrant colors. Going against my instincts to paint the entire space white, starting from a neutral palette, I decided to try to work with what was already there.
Nov 18, 2013
6 Tips for Eating on a Very Tight Budget
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Nov 18, 2013
Before & After: A French Slipper Chair Gets a Little Ooh La La
Maria in Argentina tells us that she recently started restoring furniture, but based on her skills with this slipper chair, we’re wondering if there’s a bit of a language barrier. Did you mean, “I’m a reupholstery genius,” Maria? That’s one sexy slipper! We love the neutral yet textured fabric Maria chose. From Maria: It’s exciting to undress and dress furniture. I like reaching the bones, the roots of a piece.
Nov 18, 2013
A Contemporary Urban Desert Home
Name: Tim Rodgers Location: Canal North; Phoenix, Arizona Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned In 2011, the Meadowbrook Residence, built and designed by Jay Atherton and Cy Keener, was on the cover of Dwell. It received quite a bit of attention from local and national media outlets. The two young architects lived and worked out of the house. The images from Dwell show an incredibly sparse, utilitarian space and aesthetic.
Nov 15, 2013
Andy’s Vintage Industrial Timber Loft
Name: Andy Location: Chicago, IL My brick and timber loft in the West Loop was recently remodeled. My friend helped with the design work. The style is mostly industrial with a bit of MCM in the mix. . Much of the furniture is vintage. Some items were purchased at local shops and fairs and some I came from my family. They’ve been in the dry cleaning business since 1907 and we were able to use items from the original plant. My building is was built in 1910 so it worked out perfectly.
Nov 15, 2013
Countdown to Christmas: 15 Advent Calendars for Every Budget
One year I want to make an advent calendar that my family can use for years to come. This is not that year. But using an advent calendar is a tradition I loved as a child and want to share with my children. Here are 15 of my favorites for sale this year: advent calendars in a variety of sizes, styles, and budgets to suit any home. Each day remove a piece of the vignette from the numbered presents and add it to the fireplace scene.
Nov 15, 2013
5 Modern Punch Bowls For a Holiday Party
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Nov 15, 2013
Dan & Sarah’s Songbird Church House
Name: Dan Horton, audio engineer & Sarah Prowse, kinesiologist Location: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada Size: 7 bedrooms, 5,000 square feet Years lived in: 4 months; owned When kinesiologist Sarah Prowse and audio engineer Dan Horton were ready to take the leap from their rented loft to purchasing their first house together, they discovered that affordable homes in good condition are few and far between in Toronto’s hot real estate market.
Nov 14, 2013
Before & After: Little Tikes Plastic Playhouse Paint Job
We’ve all seen these plastic playhouses that are relatively inexpensive but don’t really wear well with time. In addition, they usually come in colors that shout “this is what we think kids like!” They are so ubiquitous that you can often find them at garage sales or even thrift stores. But whereas you might’ve passed them over before because of their less-than-pleasing aesthetic, this simple makeover might change your mind.
Nov 14, 2013
Nigel Slater’s (Short and Charming) 5 Essentials for the Home Cook
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Nov 14, 2013
Jane’s Heritage-Contemporary in London
Name: Jane of Korla Home Location: London, UK I would call my style heritage-contemporary as I love mixing old and new. I have to have lots of colour in my home as it makes me happy. I don’t stick to any design ethic, I just trust my eye to create a well designed livable space – I have three kids so white everything wouldn’t work! What I really love about my home is my sitting room.
Nov 13, 2013
Indoor Camping Party: Decor, Menu, + Music
The weather’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and cabin fever is imminent. A weekend in the wild would cure what ails you… but the weather’s getting colder, your schedule is jam-packed, and none of the buses or trains go past any decent campsites. Time to invite your similarly-fevered friends over for an indoor camping party, s’mores and a (inevitable) sleepover! The Decor: Sleeping Like A Log Pillows, Think Geek, 16.
Nov 13, 2013
Matt Leyes’ Men’s Grooming Parlor
Name: Matt Leyes, owner and esthetician for The Men’s Grooming Parlor Location: Andersonville; Chicago, Illinois Years lived in: 5 years Matt knew there were men out there who wanted professional grooming services, but didn’t want to end up in a pink robe sitting next to five women in a typical salon waiting room.
Nov 13, 2013
A Unique Small Space Kitchen Island
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Nov 13, 2013
Before & After: Plain Jane Entryway Now Pops with Pattern & Color
Katja’s entryway was pretty, but plain, and needed a good dose of something. Turns out that something was turquoise paint and a lot of graphic pattern. To create the accent wall, Katja first painted it a light turquoise. Then, strips of painter’s tape were placed vertically every 14 inches. Smaller bits were taped at an angle off those stripes, to create the arrow effect. She then painted over the whole thing with a darker turquoise and removed the tape.
Nov 12, 2013
Pros & Cons: Should I Keep a Landline for Emergencies?
Last week’s much debated and nicely reader participated discussion on whether a single mother of a 7-year old child should get rid of her land line sparked some important discoveries – several important points about landline telephones during an emergency were brought to light. Here are some of the great reader comments and important points to keep in mind when using a landline telephone service in an emergency situation at home.
Nov 12, 2013
Before & After: 1920’s House Gets Some Crazy Curb Appeal
Rafal bought and moved into this 1925 house in the spring and, while it was structurally sound, it needed a cosmetic overhaul to really add some curb appeal. From Rafal: I really wanted to clean up the appearance, so we ripped out the old windows and doors and repaired and repainted the stucco and trim. The colour palette chosen ended up with a neutral warm-gray, bright-white trim, and finally accented by a punch of burnt orange for the door.
Nov 12, 2013
Color by Decade: The 50s
What bland optimism. Just look at all those smiling, happy white people. If there was ever a more striving crawl towards generic homogeneity, I’d like to hear about it. And if this utopia was built in the 40s and disintegrated in the 60s, then for a moment it existed — for some — in the calm center of the storm of the world, 1950s America. Let’s look at the colors used to sell this story.
Nov 12, 2013
What Do You Serve an Impromptu Guest?
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Nov 12, 2013
Meg & Steve’s Urban Nest
Name: Meg and Steve Gardner Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 1650 square feet + basement Years lived in: 10.5 years; owned Meg and Steve bought their first house in 2003. Ten years and three kids later, it was time to give the family home a facelift.
Nov 11, 2013
The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You
I’ve been a houseguest before, and there are plenty of things I have wanted to ask of my host that went unspoken in the spirit of gratefulness and generally trying not to be a pain in the chateau. I do want to get invited back, after all. But I’ve also been on the other side of the coin, and I know that any generous host wants their visitors to be happy and comfortable. Here’s the most important thing your guests won’t tell you. Your home is too cold, or maybe too hot.
Nov 11, 2013