10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Know by Heart
Is your cleaning mantra “When in doubt, douse it in bleach”? While you might feel confident your house is sanitary and squeaky clean, you can’t always trust that your health isn’t suffering—the problem with many household chemical cleaners is that they’re actually toxic to your health. Instead, you might want to try borrowing a greener, cleaner recipe from your grandmother.
Dec 16, 2016
A California Ranch Home That Takes Style Inspo From Valley of the Dolls
Name: David Location: Verdugo Woodlands — Glendale, California We bought our 1962 Ranch-style house in 2012. We were only the third owners. We were immediately drawn to the privacy, and great flow of the 2,600 square foot, two bedroom, three bath house which was built for entertaining. All the entertaining spaces open to the kidney shaped swimming pool and patio. The house hadn’t been redecorated since 1975.
Dec 16, 2016
The Sanity Saving Power of Saying No This Holiday Season
(Image credit: Erin Wengrovius) From Kitchn → The Power of Saying No
Dec 16, 2016
Look We Love: This is the New Scandinavian
If you make a habit of following design blogs, then you’re probably quite familiar with the look that a lot of Scandinavian interiors have: white walls, light floors, minimal furnishings, neutral tones. But lately, the Scandinavians, ever the design innovators, have been shaking things up a little, with new textures, new shapes, and even a little bit of color. This is the New Scandinavian look, with all the design cred of the old, plus a little something extra.
Dec 16, 2016
Excess Baggage: What to Ditch When Your Bags Are Overweight
You may have packed lightly and organized on the way to your destination, but it never fails: excess baggage follows you home from vacation like a lost puppy. You invested time in finding all those sand dollars, and there was this perfect little gift in the window of the most adorable shop ever, begging to be taken home to Mom. Now, these perfect little gifts laugh mischievously as you stare at your suitcase in dismay. But that’s not the only problem. Your bags are overweight.
Dec 16, 2016
Before & After: Dining Room Mural Makeover for “Elegance on a Budget”
We’ve seen Natalie’s 19th century home before and this time she’s tackling her dining room. Not happy to just strip the floors and replace the chandelier, she put her artistic talents to good use and painted something gorgeous on the walls. From Natalie: My husband and I bought a circa 1870s house in Pittsburgh nearly three years ago. The house has a wonderful lived-in feeling and great bones, but it needed an infusion of style.
Dec 16, 2016
Tiny House Fever Hits the Olympics
Finding a place to crash during the Olympics may not be the easiest task, unless you happen to be part of the games or know someone in the host city who’s willing to let you couch surf for the duration of the festivities. Does either of those scenarios apply to you? If so, congratulations, you lucky son of a gun (and yes, we are totally jealous).
Dec 16, 2016
The Secret to a Full & Fabulous Christmas Tree Look
Dan and Yves live in a gorgeous home in Chelsea that they’ve created a chic, farmhouse-style vibe in. They’ve done a great job decorating their small space for the holidays, and their Christmas tree is the crowning piece of decorating glory, a truly full and fabulous tree. Yves and Dan describe how they decorated the Christmas tree in their small but chic Chelsea rental: We always decorate our tree in layers.
Dec 16, 2016
10 Gifts for the Best Baker in Your Life
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 10 Gifts for the Cook Who Loves to Bake
Dec 16, 2016
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Heat Up the Party (Without Overheating the House)
Everyone wants to throw the hottest holiday party — just not literally. But between the oven crammed with deliciousness, the party guests filling your living room, and the heat cranked up against the snow outside, things can get toasty this time of year. Never fear: Whether you’re serving a feast for 12 or ringing in the New Year with 30 of your nearest and dearest, we’ve got one simple trick for keeping your house the perfect temp.
Dec 16, 2016