The Safest Conversation Starters for Any Social Situation
Meeting new people should be a fun experience, but making small talk feels more like a chore than anything. Going to parties, seeing distant family over the holidays, talking to new people at bars—they all can become daunting and super emotionally draining after a while. Sometimes it’s so hard to know what to say, you just don’t want to say anything.
Dec 8, 2016
Before and After: A Bright & Friendly Kitchen Emerges From Two Small Rooms
When Kate and Emilio purchased their Spanish Revival house, the kitchen was small and broken up into two separate rooms — an awkwardly long mudroom/pantry and an inefficiently small and dated kitchen. The cabinets and countertops were installed right in front of the windows, and there was little workspace between the range and sink.
Dec 8, 2016
This Is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017
It’s December, and the holiday season is officially here. But for color lovers, today is a holiday in and of itself: the day Pantone announces their Color of the Year for 2017. In 2016, they surprised us all and gave us two hues: Serenity and Rose Quartz. Is there a new pair this year? Or are we back to one color to rule them all?
Dec 8, 2016
5 Tips for Besting Red Wine Stains
(Image credit: Mariyana Misaleva/Shutterstock) From Kitchn → 5 Things to Know About Red Wine Stains
Dec 8, 2016
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Party Planning, in Black and White
You’ve sent out the Facebook invitation. You’ve come up with a theme. Now you have to actually host the holiday party. Eek! Hold on, though. You can boil any party down to three manageable ingredients. Broken down like this, good party architecture is nowhere near as overwhelming as when taken as a whole. Just scale each component according to the size, length, and vibe you’re going for. To illustrate our premise, we created an elegant, modern holiday in black-and-white.
Dec 8, 2016
Wine Gifts Dos and Don’ts
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 5 Wine Gifts You Should Never Give (and 5 to Get Instead)
Dec 7, 2016
21 Winter-Friendly First Date Tips
Winter may not feel like the best time to leave the house and meet new people, but these first-date tips and ideas can help.
Dec 7, 2016
Terrible at Remembering Names? Steal These Habits from People Who Are Memory Masters
How awesome do you feel when you run into someone you met once, a while ago, and they greet you by name? How awesome would it be to be that person who makes others feel that sort of “you matter” euphoria? Whether the reasons are business or personal, knowing someone’s name goes a long way in forging a lasting relationship. Here’s how to do it. So if someone says, “Hello, I’m Daytona,” you say, “Nice to you meet you, Daytona, I’m so-and-so.
Dec 7, 2016
Before & After: A Total Kitchen Refresh for $500
From Apartment Therapy → Before & After: A Fresh Kitchen Makeover For Under $500
Dec 7, 2016
Before & After: A Living Room Gets a Clear Style Vision
When Amanda moved into her boyfriend’s home, she brought the furniture from her college apartment along with her: a bunch of mismatched hand-me-downs that didn’t fit the new house. After a year of making no progress, Amanda came up with a new plan and transformed their random living room into a dreamy escape that feels like home.
Dec 7, 2016
10 Gifts to Give Breakfast’s Biggest Fan
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 10 Gifts to Make Breakfast Better
Dec 7, 2016
Simplify Your Gift Giving This Year with Four Words
Despite what it might feel like to a five-year-old, we know that the holidays are about more than just exchanging presents. If you’d like to instill that important lesson in your own family—or maybe just simplify your gift-giving this season with a clever little game that can also help save some money—we’ve got a gameplan for you. Instead of going hog wild at the mall this year, implement this four-word rubric to guide your gifting: Want, Wear, Need, Read.
Dec 7, 2016
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Make a Festive (and Functional) Gift Wrapping Station
If you’re anything like us, this is the time of year when your inner crafter comes out of hibernation. Without fail, every surface is suddenly covered in stickers, grosgrain ribbon, baker’s twine and 12 different varieties of pretty paper. This year, we finally figured out a way to sort through the random supplies, decorate an out-of-the-way corner, and elevate our gift-wrap game in one go.
Dec 7, 2016
5 Bathroom Cabinet Storage Hacks You Need to Try
When you have a tiny bathroom in your home, you know that how you use your space is of the utmost importance. Unless you’re clever about how you arrange things and where you store your products, your bathroom can quickly become an out-of-hand mess. And even the nicest, sleekest, most-organized bathrooms can have a dirty little secret—a messy cabinet under the sink.
Dec 6, 2016
Before & After: A Gorgeous Mid-Century Bathroom Makeover
Debra’s home had gorgeous mid-century bones, and her renovations made the most of them. With some stunning tile and beautiful pictures, she turned her bathroom into a breathtaking beauty. From Debra: We recently finished renovating two of our mid-century home’s bathrooms. Since they are adjacent to one another, my first inclination was to combine them into one large space.
Dec 6, 2016
How a Minimalist & a Maximalist Share Space & Deal with Stuff & Style
Sharing a space is difficult in any circumstance. But when you and your partner are on opposite ends of the “stuff spectrum” — when one person is minimally minded and one person loves an eclectic look, combining stuff in a small space is a challenge.
Dec 6, 2016
35 Food Related Questions We Have About Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → 35 Questions We Have After Watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Dec 6, 2016
Before & After: A Dining Room Dream Come True for Under $100
Courtney found her ideal furniture at a thrift store, but it needed a little work. Combine DIY skills and a very generous birthday present, and you get a very cool dream come true. From Courtney: I’ve always loved and coveted two kinds of tables: a formica table and a pedestal table. As luck would have it, I found both on the same day at a thrift store.
Dec 5, 2016
How to Handle Cheer Pressure: Your Guide to Gracefully Scrooging Out for the Holidays
For some people, the holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year—but for others, January 1st can’t come soon enough. There are tons of reasons why you might not want to celebrate—maybe you just don’t like the holidays, maybe you’ve got social anxiety and the pressure of attending party after party is too much, or maybe you need to take time to focus on your mental health for other reasons.
Dec 5, 2016
16 Hilariously Relatable Tweets About Cleaning
Even if you’re generally good at keeping up with your household chores, we can all agree on one thing: Sometimes cleaning really just, well…sucks. There’s nothing worse than when the dishes pile up or you suddenly realize you’re out of clean clothes, and as zen as dusting and vacuuming can be, they’re not exactly at the top of your fun activities list.
Dec 5, 2016
3 Tips for Adding More Wow To Your Holiday Table
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → 3 Smart Tips for Setting a More Beautiful Holiday Table
Dec 5, 2016
Sleep Mode: Where to Buy Matching PJs for the Whole Family (& Grownup Onesies, if that’s Your Thing)
Sleepwear is a many-splendored thing. On top of being a great last-minute gift idea, a solid set of pajamas is guaranteed to keep you (and your loved ones) comfy and warm all winter long. Luckily, the Internet likes jammies just as much as we do, and while most loungewear on the market deserves some time to shine, we thought it would be fun to focus on two of our current faves: adult onesies and matching family sets.
Dec 5, 2016
An Austin Ranch Home With a Garage-Turned Kitchen
Name: Julia Location: Austin, Texas We have lived in this classic 1963 ranch home in South Austin for 10 years, slowly remodeling over time. Just before our son was born a little over two years ago we made a big push to realize our long held dream of converting the old garage into the kitchen- but retaining a garage door. Combined with a deck and fenced-in yard in the front, this has made a great indoor/ outdoor space that is perfect for family and entertaining alike!
Dec 5, 2016
A Fun & Festive Way to Display Your Holiday Cards
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → Steal This Smart Way to Display Your Holiday Cards
Dec 5, 2016
14 Simple But Beautiful Ideas for a Magical Minimal Holiday
Kate Middleton may choose to cover her home in tinsel and flashing lights for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If your taste leans towards the more minimal, but you still want your home to have that festive touch, we have 14 ideas for simple but beautiful Christmas decor ideas that will please even the most exacting decorator. Above: A simple garland of magnolia leaves is an eye-catching addition to this modern living room from Charleston Mag.
Dec 4, 2016
The Surprising Thing You Should Pay Attention to Next Time You Thrift
We’ve shared thrift shopping tips before, like How to Leave a Thrift Store and Love What You Bought, Unexpected Items to Look for When Thrift Shopping, The Art of Getting the Best Deal When You Thrift Shop and even Thrifting Secrets from Someone Whose Home Looks Like a Million Bucks. But before you head off to your next shopping trip, listen to this one last piece of advice from master thrifter Tavia (of A Lovely Minneapolis Home Full of Thrifted Buys & Frugal Finds).
Dec 4, 2016
Dirty Desks: Cleaning Hacks for Your Cubicle
Whether you work in a tiny cubicle, the corner of your bedroom, a spacious corner office or a fully customized home workspace, your desk is likely a source of both stress and germs. Okay, forget “likely.” We’ll leave as a “maybe,” but your desk is “definitely” a source of germs. You probably have a routine for cleaning your home and a rough idea of when things need to be washed or scrubbed. But your workspace?
Dec 4, 2016
10 Out-of-the-Box Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays
From Apartment Therapy → Out-of-the-Box Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays
Dec 4, 2016
What To Know BEFORE You Go Cut Down A Christmas Tree
Taking a trip to a Christmas tree farm is kind of magical. It usually marks the beginning of the holiday season — the event that gives the go-ahead to start drinking egg nog and adding whisky to your weekend pancake syrup. To have the best possible experience, check out a few of our tried and true tips for cutting down a Christmas tree. View the tree from all sides, look for bald spots (bald spots can be okay as long as you’re not viewing the tree at home from all sides).
Dec 3, 2016
Light Up Your Holiday Table
(Image credit: Terrain) From Kitchn → A Bright Idea for Your Holiday Table
Dec 3, 2016
A Clean, Minimalist London Flat
Name: Silvia Location: London, England I am an Italian Architect living in London, with a passion for interior design and calm minimal interior spaces. For years I worked for a top Italian Minimalist Architect, so when my boyfriend and I bought this two bed flat in North London one year ago, I wanted to create a minimal and calm interior, without being too cold. The flat has been decorated and styled on a low budget by us, with a Nordic and Italian touch.
Dec 2, 2016
A 100-Year-Old Grandma Offers Up Her Best Cooking Tips
(Image credit: Kitchn Video) From Kitchn → Grandma Knows Best: A 100-Year-Old Offers Her Best Cooking Tips
Dec 2, 2016
There’s a Cat Yoga Class & It’s Purrfect
Now you can get your Marjaiasana judged by an expert: An animal shelter in Georgia offers a yoga class with their adoptable cats. The class came about after Lisa Johns, a manager at the Good Mews cat shelter in Marietta, and Lisa Bass, a volunteer who happens to be a yoga instructor saw a video of people bringing cats to a yoga studio for a class. Bass thought that bringing people to the cats would be easier (and less cleanup), and so the shelter started hosting cat yoga.
Dec 2, 2016
Futuristic Footwear: 9 Designs that Prove Shoes are Getting Smarter
As footwear goes, it’s safe to say that Heelys are basically The Flintstones of futuristic shoes (sorry, but roller shoes are so last decade). While we would just as soon continue wearing shoes strictly for coverage, orthopedic comfort and simple style, the tech-heavy trend of futuristic shoes is so intriguing, it’s difficult to ignore. From Marty McFly to ones that warm your toes, here are nine shoes that have paved the path toward the future of footwear.
Dec 2, 2016
Stylish Ways to Store All Your Pots & Pans
From Apartment Therapy → Short on Space?
Dec 2, 2016
This Browser Extension Suggests More Ethical Ways to Shop
Searching online for a company that offers quality products and also aligns with your personal values can oftentimes be an arduous task. It’s tempting to abandon the quest for that pair of eco-friendly jeans from a brand that contributes to saving the whales and manufactures durable denim that perfectly matches your new jacket, but the free browser extension DoneGood is here to relieve online shoppers of ethics-driven angst. According to Co.
Dec 2, 2016
Sleep in the Stacked Barn! Learn Guitar from Maroon 5!
You may have been reading the updates on the building of the Stacked Barn here, but in an effort to shamelessly support my daughter’s school I’m giving it away for one weekend after it’s finished. You too, could make history and sleep in the soon-to-be-iconic Stacked Barn. Or, should you prefer, you could have a guitar lesson from the iconic James Valentine of Maroon 5 fame.
Dec 1, 2016
A Historic Bungalow Apartment With a Special Connection to the Silver Screen
Name: Catherine Location: Santa Barbara, California Charlie Chaplin is a big deal to me, so you can imagine the thrill when I was told that the 1920s bungalow apartment complex I moved into was built for his cast and crew to stay in during the filming of his own, as well as, other silent movies of that era. The architectural integrity is still intact; including ample built-ins, a small vanity room, and now sealed off hatches, like the dumbwaiter in the kitchen.
Dec 1, 2016
Gift These DIY Apple Cider Caramels
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → Sweet Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Apple Cider Caramels
Dec 1, 2016