Think Outside the (Gift) Box: 5 Unique Ways to Give Presents
When it comes to doing gift exchanges, you know the standard options—Secret Santa and White Elephant exchanges are fun ways to celebrate the holidays with friends, coworkers and family, but you’ve probably done them dozens of times. If you’re in want of a more creative way to give gifts this year, here are a few ways you can liven things up a little, while still giving fun, thoughtful gifts to your friends and loved ones.
Dec 1, 2016
Disinfect Your Whole Home with Tea Tree Oil
Dec 1, 2016
Before & After: A “Champagne on a Beer Budget” Glam End Table for Under $10
Rebecca saved this totally unassuming display from the trash and turned it into an unrecognizably stylish addition to her living room. With a little cash, and some ingenuity, she helped this piece make a total 180. From Rebecca: We were throwing away an old gift wrap display at the stationery shop where I work. I took a good look at it and flipped it over, I thought it would make a great addition in my living room.
Dec 1, 2016
10 Beautiful Disposable Dishware Options
Dec 1, 2016
10 Crowd Pleasing Snacks for Last-Minute Guests
(Image credit: Sabra Krock) From Kitchn → 10 Snacks We Love for Last-Minute Guests
Dec 1, 2016
Extended Stay: 7 Unique Ways to Bring the Vibes from Your Best Vacay Home
It can be jarring, to say the least, returning to reality after a glorious vacation. Whether you spent a week sunning yourself on the white sandy beaches of some tropical isle or shredding the powdery slopes at a ski lodge, holding on to your vacation-mind’s sense of zen can seem hopeless once you have to dive back in to to the daily grind.
Dec 1, 2016
An Apartment in Budapest Blending Classic and Contemporary
Name: Szilvia Location: Budapest, Hungary I would like to show you my very first “project”. I designed every inch of the interior of this flat without professional assistance. I usually read blogs, interior design magazines and search for ideas on Pinterest. As a Hungarian lawyer and not an interior designer I am very proud of it! The apartment is located in a classical building in downtown Budapest, 7th district.
Nov 30, 2016
Nine Ways To Take Paper Snowflakes To The Next Level
The thought of making paper snowflakes may remind you of childhood memories of cutting out wonky, misshapen snowflakes only a mother could love. While the concept remains the same, this time around, the look is much more sophisticated— and your improved motor skills will come in handy. Armed with a quick tutorial, some project inspiration and a pair of scissors, you’re ready to snip your way to a winter wonderland.
Nov 30, 2016
10 Stylish Storage Containers for Holiday Leftover Season
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 10 of Our Favorite Storage Containers for Your Leftovers
Nov 30, 2016
7 Things Around the House You Can Fix or Clean With Just Toothpaste
Your toothpaste can do more than just clean and whiten your teeth--it can also help you clean and fix up tons of stuff around your home.
Nov 30, 2016
Getting a Robot Vacuum for the Holidays? Never Forget This Family’s Roomba Poopocalypse
My Facebook feed is a battleground right now, overtaken with competing analyses of the world today, the state of politics in America, and what’s going to happen to us all now. Which is why, when a friend liked this unassuming little anecdote about a late night run-in with a Roomba and some poop, I clicked over for a little respite. Fifteen minutes later I was still laughing. Here’s how Jesse tells it: So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household.
Nov 30, 2016
Where To Buy Next-Level, Out-of-this-World Wrapping Paper
I love a roll of cheap-and-chic craft paper as much as the next budget-conscious gift giver, but sometimes, you just have to pull out the good stuff. When you’re in the market for paper so pretty (or punny) it risks out-shining the gift (or out-laughing the gag gift), these seven sources have you covered. This family-run print shop in Wyckoff, New Jersey, has been producing beautifully patterned gift wrap and stationery since 1974.
Nov 30, 2016
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Video House Tour: Joe’s First Home in Santa Monica
Name: Joe Location: Santa Monica, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 4 years Joe Rothstein, a speech pathologist, decided he was ready to become a homeowner in 2010. He wanted to live in a neighborhood of Los Angeles County that was close to his clients — and, oh yeah, close to the beach. He found a 1,200–square foot home in Santa Monica that didn’t feel right at first, but would go on to become the home that, with a little help, he’d put up a fight for.
Nov 30, 2016
15 Free Things for Art and Design Lovers to Do in NYC
If you live in New York, you don’t need another reminder of how outrageously expensive this city is. But while rent, down payments on a house and living costs are undeniably high, Manhattan and its boroughs attempt to make it up to us by being rich in plenty of 100% free-to-enjoy art, culture and design. From art museums, to craft fairs, to gallery openings, this is how starving artists (and designers!) save in the city.
Nov 30, 2016
How One Frugal Shopper Created a Lovely Home on a Limited Budget
Tavia’s inviting home doesn’t sport any one specific style, and yet it perfectly shows off her personality. It’s full of well-made furniture and quirky accessories. It’s the kind of space you’d instantly be comfortable in. Her home is impressive for all the reasons listed above, but it’s also admirable because Tavia didn’t spend a ton of money. She crafted this warm, lived-in home thanks to the frugal powers of thrifting.
Nov 30, 2016
Why One Writer is Done Traveling for the Holidays
(Image credit: 20th Century Fox) From Kitchn → Why I’m Never Traveling for the Holidays Again
Nov 30, 2016
How Do You Gracefully Get Out of Plans? (When You’re Overbooked or Just Really Don’t Want to Go)
Because sometimes you're overbooked or just don't want to go.
Nov 29, 2016
Can We Move Into This Gingerbread House?
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → This Is the Most Extravagant Gingerbread House You’ve Ever Seen
Nov 29, 2016
BuJo Curious? The Things to Know About Bullet Journaling Before You Get Started
Bullet journals (or BuJos for short) are definitely having a moment right now. Everywhere you look—Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest—there’s bullet journal fever. If the cult-favorite organizational system has piqued your curiosity but you are not quite sure if it’s for you, we’re walking you through a few key things you need to know before you decide to BuJo or not to BuJo. First off, don’t let the word journal fool you.
Nov 29, 2016
What I’ve Learned About Christmas Trees (& Life) From Dolly Parton
I’m a life-long Dolly Parton fan and recently went to her concert here in St Louis. As always, she charmed me with her humor and humility, and her unapologetic “what you see is what you get” attitude, combined with love and acceptance for others. She’s brassy in the best possible way, and the queen of one-liners. Here are some of my favorite Dolly quotes from over the years, peppered with a bunch of Christmas trees that would make her proud.
Nov 29, 2016
DIY Orange Pomanders for the Holidays
Nov 29, 2016
Life Coach Tips On: How To Add More Hygge to Your Home & Life
Bonnie Rasmussen‘s profession and passion as a life coach is all about increasing her clients’ “well-being, performance, resilience and resourcefulness.” It’s not surprising in the slightest, then that her UK home is a stunning space that increases the well-being of all that live in and visit it. Having grown up in Denmark (and an obvious expert at crafting soothing, stylish spaces), I asked Bonnie to share what the Danish word “hygge” means to her.
Nov 29, 2016
5 Super Stylish Finds for Your Sink
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → The Best Dish Soap Bottle & 4 More Fun Finds for Your Sink
Nov 29, 2016
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Throw a Holiday Party in Under 24 Hours
By mid-November, our Saturday nights are booked until 2017. It’s wonderful, but also overwhelming. So, we love to pull out an entirely different trick this time of year: the midweek party. We know what you’re thinking: There is nothing festive about a Wednesday. All the more reason to throw a low-key Christmas fete! Just keep the emphasis on the “low-key.” You don’t need to deep clean your house or cover every surface with tinsel for a chill afterwork holiday hang.
Nov 29, 2016
An Apartment Full of Historical Charm, DIY Projects and Perfectly Blended Style
Name: Teri Location: Arlington, Virginia Our condo building was built in the 1930s and has beautiful architecture and detail. It was actually marked a historical building this year! I was very attracted to the charm throughout the whole space. The working wood fireplace wasn’t so bad either! When re-designing our home, my inspiration was mostly my relationship. Before my boyfriend Patrick moved in, my apartment was very youthful and feminine.
Nov 28, 2016
This Designer Trick Will Make Any Small Space Look Larger
Try this over the weekend.
Nov 28, 2016
10 Gifts for Coffee’s Number One Fan
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 10 Gifts for the Coffee-Obsessed
Nov 28, 2016
8 Dark, Moody Kitchens with a Little Drama
Nov 28, 2016
Retailers to the Rescue: Your Guide to a Headache-Free Holiday
It’s indisputably the best time of the year—the season for spending time with loved ones, giving to those who are in need, and, of course, festive decorating and fêting. The latter part, well, it can sometimes creep up on you and throw some unwanted stress your way, particularly if you want everything to be just right.
Nov 28, 2016
Getting the Dirt on Dirty Coffee Mugs
(Image credit: jakkapan) shutterstock From Kitchn → Is It Really OK to Not Wash Your Coffee Cup?
Nov 28, 2016
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4 Home Decorating Tips You (and Your Pet) Will Love
Any pet owner will tell you that there’s nothing like having a furry friend around the house. But even the best-trained animal can be hard on your home, so it’s important to make smart but stylish decorating choices that meet your needs and theirs. Here are four easy tips you can apply to make sure that your décor is pet purrfect. 1. Pick a material you can trust. Not all upholstery is created equal.
Nov 28, 2016
This Budget Buy Is The Only Holiday Decoration You Really Need
The holidays are here, and if the more traditional combos of red and green or blue and silver aren’t your ideal color schemes, you can still add some festivity to your decor by taking it in a more neutral, simple-chic direction. One way to do that is with strands of simple white lights. If you still want a bit of color, natural elements like greenery and branches are the perfect complement to twinkling lights.
Nov 27, 2016
These Brutalist Sandcastles Are Temporary Masterpieces
If you’re jonesing for a beach day, look no further than than sculptor Calvin Seibert’s flickr account. His collection of impressive sandcastles will wow anyone, whether you’re a fan of Brutalism or not. Far from your typical turreted castle, the modern geometric structures take on shapes you don’t often see made out of sand. Check out what Seibert has to say about his creations: Nature will always be against you and time is always running out.
Nov 27, 2016
This App Lets You Play the Lotto (But You’re Actually Saving Instead)
Typically, saving money and lottery tickets don’t go hand in hand (unless you count the loss of savings due to lottery ticket purchases), but a new app called Long Game hopes to develop more of a positive association between the two.
Nov 27, 2016
Over-the-Top Decorating Ideas for the Hardcore Holiday Enthusiast
Sometimes, more is more. For many, one of those times is Christmas, and all the decorating opportunities the holiday brings with it. If you’re more of a maximalist than a minimalist when it comes to decking your halls, feast your eyes on the following ideas— they’re a little OTT, but in the best way possible. Above: Why decorate one tree when you can trim six trees?
Nov 27, 2016
This Charming Swedish Apartment Has a (Genius) Hidden Surprise
The Swedes certainly know how to do small spaces. Case in point: this small but stylish apartment, whose living room cupboard conceals a clever surprise. This little apartment has two cupboards in the living room, one of which opens up to reveal the world’s coziest little bedroom. It’s private, tucked away, and, I would imagine, very warm and snug on a Nordic winter night.
Nov 26, 2016
A Bright & Unique Labor of Love in Florida
Name: Isabel Location: Emerald Hills — Hollywood, Florida My name is Isabel and I’m so excited to be writing this right now! My husband and I bought this 1600 square foot town home two years ago and trust me when I say IT DID NOT LOOK LIKE THIS! The house had been abandoned for two years when we first came to see it, and even though there were piles of trash, and roaches that belonged in Jurassic Park, I immediately fell in love with it.
Nov 26, 2016
Pack Less When You Travel: How To Do “Laundry” On the Go
The quickest way to overstuff your suitcase? Packing too many clothes. Just because you won’t have access to a washer and dryer or time to visit a laundromat while you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to pack a new outfit for each day. Doing laundry on the go is actually pretty simple, so long as you pack smart and have the right supplies.
Nov 26, 2016
9 Scent & Container Combos for DIY Candles
From Apartment Therapy → Your New Winter Hobby: Custom Candle & Container Combos
Nov 26, 2016
Here’s Proof That Sleeping in Your Living Room Can Actually Be Stylish
As part of our quest to bring you the most interesting, unusual, and inspiring small spaces, allow us to present this incredibly stylish, high-ceilinged Italian apartment—that also happens to be a studio. It’s outfitted in that funky, eclectic-yet-streamlined European way that I’m convinced is the Next Big Thing— proof that sleeping in the living room doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. The studio, located in Milan, is the former home of designer Pietro Russo.
Nov 25, 2016
A Colorful Studio in San Francisco
Name: Adrianne Location: Lower Pacific Heights — San Francisco, California I was drawn to the apartment’s natural light and vintage touches, such as the 1926 ironing board that’s in the kitchen wall, or the onion shaped cutouts in the doorways and pass-through window. I was apprehensive to downsize at first – but once I started, I found myself surrounded by my most meaningful things and suddenly it became personal rather than visual.
Nov 25, 2016
Design Evolution: Two Rounds of Reno for a Coronado Cottage
Karyn and Jessica’s beach bungalow is an ever-evolving small space. This is what Karyn had to say in 2013: I had just moved to the island of Coronado and had the perfect bungalow apartment in mind. I envisioned something small but homey with a comfortable outdoor area. The universe must have been on my side because not two minutes after making my wish list I found the perfect studio apartment. Being a designer has its perks, especially after walking into this place.
Nov 25, 2016
A Charming & Unexpected Way to Keep a Grocery List
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → A Smarter, Cuter Way to Post Your Grocery List
Nov 25, 2016