The Mortgage that Pays Itself: What You Need to Know to Get Started Hosting on Airbnb
If you have any extra space in your home — a spare bedroom, guest house, a finished garage — chances are you’ve toyed with the idea of listing it on Airbnb. Pros: extra money for bills or savings, a fun way to meet cool people, and not a lot of real work. Cons: the potential for weirdos in your space, property damage, and near-constant mental labor in the form of requests and bookings.
Feb 23, 2018
More Than Just a Tiny House: One Doctor’s Innovative Alternative to Assisted Living
Dr. Bill Thomas has spent the majority of his career trying to improve nursing homes, but now hopes to make it so that people no longer need them, period — by offering scaled-down residences that actually fit the needs of aging seniors. Just, whatever you do, don’t call them tiny homes. The physician turned building developer is the creator of Minka, a prototype 330-square-foot kit home designed and tested for aging seniors.
Feb 23, 2018
Medieval France Actually Had the Perfect Bedroom Solution for a Studio Apartment
In the third chapter of Wuthering Heights”, the narrator, finding himself at the manor house of the same name, describes a room with a curious kind of bed: The whole furniture consisted of a chair, a clothes-press, and a large oak case, with squares cut out near the top resembling coach windows.
Feb 23, 2018
Here’s What’s New on Netflix in March
If your queue is feeling a little stale these days, then look no further. Netflix announced what will be arriving to the streaming service in March, and get ready for some old favorite films, some new seasons of Netflix Originals, and much more. Everything leaving Netflix in March Who doesn’t love a movie about filthy rich teenagers being horrible? This star studded drama hits your queue on March 1. https://www.youtube.
Feb 22, 2018
CB2’s Latest Collaboration Is A SoCal Pool Party We’re All Invited To
Few brands exemplify the relaxed-yet-luxe L.A. vibe like Fred Segal. The SoCal-based retailer, which has outfitted everyone from Farrah Fawcett to David Beckham, is now bringing that same aesthetic into our homes. The first Fred Segal x CB2 collaboration was all about the living room and home office. The most recent collection, released today, is taking it outside. Dubbed the Pool Party Collection, most of the pieces are designed to work either indoors or out.
Feb 22, 2018
If Disney Princesses Lived in Tiny Houses
We love a good castle as much as the next person. But what we love even more is a really good tiny home. So much so that we started to wonder what would happen if we took the grandest castle dwellers of them all—six of Disney’s princesses—and reimagined their lives in modern day smaller spaces. It’s proof that living light can bring about a whole new world of possibilities for adventure in the great wide somewhere. (So, so, so many more puns to come.
Feb 22, 2018
9 Hacks We Discovered Hiding Deep in IKEA’s Website
IKEA might love it when customers hack their products, but I particularly love it when IKEA hacks themselves. I recently dove deep down into their website, and pulled out some of my very favorite decorating and storage projects hiding in there—all of which take their items up a notch or ten. Here’s a way to add a little interest and style to an otherwise functional yet basic IVAR storage system.
Feb 22, 2018
10 Great Finds Under $25 for a Mini Home Refresh
Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. In this particular instance, it’s the little amount of money we can spend on great-looking home items that matters. The affordable picks below we found this week are guaranteed to jazz up your home and life…and put a smile on your face—without busting your budget. A touch of aqua can wake up a mostly neutral room in an instant. This lamp gives you the added bonus of more light, which is always a welcome addition to a space.
Feb 22, 2018
This 187 Square Foot Tiny House Is Built Around a Whiskey Still
Tiny houses can truly run the gamut of style. From prefab basic to completely eclectic to sharp and modern, these homes aren’t letting a lack of square footage put a damper on their style. This tiny home, Honey on the Rock, took the lack of space and a request to use a family heirloom and made a home that is next level beautiful. The team at Carpenter Owl, a Bloomington, Indiana based firm, built the home around a request to incorporate a family’s heirloom whiskey still.
Feb 22, 2018
Before & After: One of The Best $2K Bathroom Makeovers We’ve Ever Seen
Wow. This is one of those makeovers that you can’t believe was done on a budget. The results are so impressive, and the new bathroom looks like a million bucks. We shouldn’t be surprised, however, since Kristine has shared some equally impressive DIY projects in the past, including this gorgeous dresser refresh and jaw-dropping cabinet transformation.
Feb 22, 2018
The Best Cleaning & Decluttering Plan for Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type
Cleaning and organizing strengths and pitfalls for each type, as well as suggestions for how to tackle homekeeping and embrace your unique personality,
Feb 22, 2018
Spring For Some New Sheets (At a Discount) With Target’s Bed & Bath Sale
Has winter taken a toll on your bedding? If you’re looking to spring for a pre-Spring bedroom makeover, now’s your chance to switch it up at a discount. Target has a bed & bath sale running right now, and it’s only good for a short time. There’s a lot of stylish bedding and bath items on sale right now—30 percent off online only (sorry, these deals aren’t in stores).
Feb 21, 2018
Before and After: An Endlessly Satisfying $100 Closet Makeover
This is one of the most inspiring types of projects: it was done for approximately $100, it includes a detailed budget breakdown, it is neither glamorous nor thrilling, both the before and the after photos were taken in the same artificial light, and it hugely improved someone’s quality of everyday life. May we all tackle similarly approachable yet satisfying projects! Let’s explore. It’s so much brighter now! Well done, Old House To New Home.
Feb 21, 2018
Mandy Moore’s Pantry Is Organization Goals
We love a good sneak peek inside a celeb’s home via Instagram. If you’ve been following This Is Us star Mandy Moore lately on the ‘gram, you’ve seen an eyeful of her newly renovated pad, and recently, we got a look inside the pantry. While Moore and fiancé Taylor Goldsmith moved in last month, final touches are still in the works on the mid-century space.
Feb 20, 2018
Can’t Tell The Difference Between Amazon Fresh and Prime Now? Now You Don’t Have To
If you’re having trouble remembering the myriad ways Amazon delivers to you, well, they’re about to make it a little easier. The Seattle based retailer seems to be merging Amazon Fresh with Prime Now. The news was reported by Yahoo Finance on Tuesday, while explaining why the online giant cut a bunch of jobs.
Feb 20, 2018
Self-Care Obsessed? Here are 8 Books You Need to Read
If you’re feeling burnt out by your career, sleep deprived and stressed about the future, or even insecure about how your life looks on Instagram, then it’s time to start practicing self-care. It’s a simple lifestyle change that encourages you to prioritize your mental health without taking up an expensive new habit or learning how to become an advanced meditator.
Feb 20, 2018
Condoms to Condos: What Becomes of an Olympic Village Once the Games Are Over?
This week, the Olympic village in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is a bustling community where thousands of the world’s best athletes eat, sleep, and, um, find a way to use more than three dozen condoms apiece. But what happens to an Olympic village once the Games leave town? In Pyeongchang, the Olympic village will first host another round of athletes for the Paralympic Games before being turned into condos — all of which have already sold, according to CityLab.
Feb 20, 2018
Check Out The Full Opalhouse Lookbook, Target’s New Boho Home Collection
Boho babes, rejoice: Target’s newest in-house home decor brand, Opalhouse, launches next week, and we have your first look at all the amazingly colorful pieces you’re going to want to snatch up. The bullseye announced the new brand back in February on their corporate blog .
Feb 20, 2018
Before & After: An Unbelievable Vintage Bathroom Makeunder
The original bathroom in this 1929 house definitely has a a lot going for it: the tile is totally classic with a unique detail (love that teeny horizontal line), a graceful sink with a charming faucet set, a cool ceiling, and fascinating — perhaps too fascinating — wallpaper. The task before the homeowner was making the most of the good bones while removing everything extra (see ya sink skirt!) and damaged. This bathroom is now so soothing and sweet.
Feb 20, 2018
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How to Make Your Bed Like an Instagram Star
The just-so rumpled sheets, the perfectly plump pillows, the A+ color mixing: Is anyone else’s Instagram feed full of the dreamiest beds ever? Before you get too jealous, know that these beds did not wake up like this. (Except for Queen Bey’s. Her bed is obviously perfect at all times.) No, these beds were just styled by folks who know how to turn sleep into chic. Good news: So do we.
Feb 20, 2018
A Natural, Non-toxic & Colorful Clay Home in Colorado
Name: Kim and Kip Golden and two kiddos, Shae (9) and Micah (5) Location: Boulder, Colorado Size: 1600 square feet Years lived in: 7 years, owned We just remodeled our townhome to make it work for our family of four for a long time coming. I am obsessed with a healthy home, and so my most important priority during the remodel was to keep all of our choices as non-toxic and healthy as possible, without compromising our style.
Feb 20, 2018
Here’s How You Should Really Be Cleaning a Cutting Board
Although there’s a lot of room for variation when it comes to how you clean around the house, you can’t escape this one truth: You’re either getting something clean, or you’re not. This distinction is especially important in the kitchen, where cleanliness is not only a matter of taste, but of health and safety, too. That’s why you need to know what techniques will get your cutting boards clean for real.
Feb 20, 2018
A Beautifully Restored Bungalow (and Backyard Studio!) in Los Angeles
L.A. real estate prices are known for their general insanity, so the odds of finding a great property at an incredible value are about the same as the odds of hitting the lottery. That’s what makes this two-bedroom, two-bathroom restored bungalow with a bonus studio space such a winner.
Feb 19, 2018
Apple Employees Are Reportedly Walking Into Glass Walls
Working for one of the world’s biggest tech companies comes with benefits, but apparently, also hazards. Apple employees are reportedly knocking their noggins by walking into glass walls. Apple’s new Cupertino, California campus opened last year, with the centerpiece being a ring-shaped building featuring lots of glass for that open minimal feel the company is famous for.
Feb 19, 2018
If You Love An Old Fixer Upper, This Instagram Is For You
Some people are just old house people. Never content to live in a cookie cutter new build, creaky floors and dated wallpaper are selling points. If period details and the promise of a lot of elbow grease are for you, then this Instagram account is your new (old) favorite thing. Cheap Old Houses is an Instagram account created by the team at Circa, a magazine, community, and listing platform for people who love historic homes.
Feb 19, 2018
Before and After: A Dramatic “Renovation Free” Kitchen Redo
Although Charlotte says, “A full kitchen renovation was never in our budget,” you’ll be astounded by the changed appearance of this “renovation-free” kitchen. With a few clever moves and a lot of paint, it went from super ’70s to marvelously modern. Check out what it looks like now… Wow! This makeover was done by Charlotte of At Charlotte’s House, and the most dramatic changes were the painting of the cabinets and walls (au revoir, chartreuse!
Feb 19, 2018
Why You Should Never Throw Away Silica Gel Packets
Those tiny little packs of dessicant that come in your new pack of shoes or your vitamins have many uses around your home. Anywhere that moisture is a problem, silica gel packets can help alleviate the issue. Keep them stored in an airtight container away from pets and children (they are a choking hazard) and whip them out in the following scenarios. Keep vitamins from moisture damage.
Feb 19, 2018
A Glamazonian 1934 Craftsman Bungalow in Connecticut
Name: Jessica Brigham, her husband, Christopher, two dog-like cats, Marla & Sylvester, and their doofy mutt, Murphy Location: New Haven, Connecticut Size: 2,100 square feet Years lived in: 4.5 years, owned I’m from New York and I met my California-bred hubby, Chris, here in New Haven, Connecticut.
Feb 19, 2018
This Stunning Arctic Circle Hotel Is Also Energy Positive
Taking energy efficiency to the next level appears to be the goal of this “energy positive” hotel that’s set to be constructed within the Arctic Circle. Design firm Snøhetta teamed up with a few other Norwegian companies to create a vision for the hotel that’s energetic output will surpass the resources it consumes over the span of its 60-year lifetime.
Feb 18, 2018
The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Living Room Under $100
Amp up your space for very little money.
Feb 18, 2018
Artistic Inspiration: Michaelangelo’s Tuscan Villa Is For Sale
If you’ve ever wanted to live like a Renaissance master, now is your chance. Michaelangelo’s 16th century Tuscan villa is on the market for a cool €7.5 million (about $9.3 million). The sculptor of David and painter of the Sistine Chapel bought the Chianti farmhouse in 1549, while he was working on the design and construction of St. Peter’s Basilica for the Vatican. The famed artist was 74 at the time, and the property comes with the original deed signed by him.
Feb 18, 2018
30 Ways to Remake the IKEA MOPPE Mini Storage Chest
The MOPPE is one of IKEA’s most popular products, and it’s not hard to see why: it offers six storage compartments for $16.99, it’s made of attractive minimal birch plywood, it’s eminently stainable and paintable, and its drawers can be reversed to hide the opening notches. As one featured DIYer put it, it’s a perfect craft victim. Here are 30 ways to make the MOPPE — freshly available after a much-lamented hiatus — your own.
Feb 18, 2018
Twitter Is Entrenched In a Debate About Toothbrushes
It’s something we do every day, but who knew it could be so controversial? This week, Twitter got into a debate on toothbrushing habits, and we want to know where you stand. According to Mashable, it all started with one tweet asking whether people put the toothpaste on first or wet the brush first. Let’s just say that no matter which pattern people follow, they are very convinced that they are in the right, and everyone else is wrong.
Feb 18, 2018
We’re Floored: Amazon Has a Huge Deal on Rugs Today
Looking to upgrade underfoot? We have great news for you. Amazon’s Deal of the Day today is for rugs, and there are some serious savings to be had. It’s President’s Day weekend, and that means there are a ton of home sales to take advantage of, especially on big purchases like sofas and rugs. And in the latter category, Amazon doesn’t disappoint; most 5′ by 8′ rugs and smaller are under $100 today.
Feb 18, 2018
Dead Battery? How to Jump Start a Car Like a Pro
This is one of those adult skills that's really helpful to know: here's your complete guide.
Feb 17, 2018
9 Secret Shortcuts of People Who Are Good at Everyday Math
Crunching numbers quickly can give you answers to pressing real-life questions such as, "Is this shirt a good deal?" or "How much should I tip my Uber driver?"
Feb 17, 2018
Are These Design Don’ts Killing Your Love Vibe?
In their new book, Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune Into the Real You, Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro of Energy Muse offer up a variety of rituals to help you root, restore and revive. And while most of the book focuses on crystal rituals, they do include a quick primer on how to make sure your bedroom isn’t killing your love vibes. If you’re looking for more romance in your life, you should be mindful of these feng shui “love killers” in your life.
Feb 17, 2018
Before and After: The $100 Closet-Turned-Mudroom Makeover
Other than the John Malkovich/Narnia door in the back, this was a totally ordinary closet. Thanks to a clever vision, some spatial strategizing, and a bunch of affordable accessories from IKEA and Target, this closet is now a super-handy mini-mudroom — and the whole makeover cost less than $100. For such a small space — just 3’x3.75′ — this room now contains an enormous amount of super-smart storage.
Feb 17, 2018
A New Swedish Fitness Trend Combines Jogging and Picking Up Trash
Scandinavians have come up with a pretty awesome way to simultaneously whip the body and the planet into shape with an increasingly popular fitness trend referred to as plogging. A combination of the Swedish verbs for “to jog” and “to pick,” plogging is a cardio-boosting combo of jogging and picking up litter.
Feb 17, 2018
Don’t Miss These: 9 Stores with the Best President’s Day Decor Sales
If you’ve been in the market for virtually anything home related, you’re bound to score an amazing deal—or two—this President’s Day weekend. We put our deal-finding goggles on and uncovered some pretty epic sales that may even rival those found on Black Friday. Check out our selections below, and expect to save some major coin! Literally hundreds of home finds are yours for the choosing on Etsy this holiday weekend.
Feb 17, 2018
The President’s Day Sofa Sales To Shop This Weekend
How are you planning on celebrating President’s Day? (Besides listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, of course.) If you’re lucky, you’ll have Monday off. But unlike most other three-day weekends, there aren’t President’s Day get-togethers or traditions. Unless you count the not-so-official tradition of shopping online sales. Which, thankfully, is something we can all do, even if you don’t get Monday off.
Feb 16, 2018
These 9 Stores Have the Best Return Policies
Oh, the joys of online shopping. Not only can you bypass crazy long checkout lines and cramped dressing rooms, you get all the stuff you ordered delivered straight to your front door. The only drawback: Returning items that don’t work for you can be trickier when the post office gets involved. That’s why it pays to know ahead of time which stores have stellar return policies, so you can have a totally worry-free online shopping experience.
Feb 16, 2018
Disney Fans Are Going to Flip Over Their New Homewares Store
Big news, Disney fans: now you can deck out your whole house, courtesy of the mouse. That’s right, a new store dedicated exclusively to housewares has opened at Disneyland in Southern California. Located in the Downtown Disney District, Disney Home sells (you guessed it) Disney-themed home goods from glassware to linens, kitchen accessories and more, according to a Disney Parks blog post about the opening. The curated assortment will also change seasonally.
Feb 16, 2018
Is Skinny the New Tiny? This Super-Slim $1.4M Brownstone Fits Into a ‘Growing’ Trend
With urban real estate by the foot at an ever-increasing premium, building or renovating “gap houses” — super-slim buildings designed to fit into the narrow egress between two more historic structures — are a growing trend around the globe, like this $1.4 million townhouse in London that’s only 91 inches wide.
Feb 16, 2018
Before & After: One Big Change to a Dreamy New York Apartment
In another real estate market, you might take a pass on that otherwise perfect place with one or two not so great features. But not in New York. When, after almost a year of searching, Gall and Ingrid found this stunning Upper East Side apartment, they knew they were onto something good — even though the kitchen left a little bit to be desired. Look at those bay windows! There were three in the living room, and one in each of the two bedrooms.
Feb 16, 2018
Want to Predict The Hot New Neighborhood? Follow The Dogs
By analyzing every single dog registration in New York City between 2012 and 2016, a new report by the New York Times claims that in order to understand urban real estate trends these days — which neighborhoods are poppin’ versus which may have begun to bottom out — all we need to do is “follow Fido.
Feb 16, 2018
Common Household Items You Didn’t Know Had Reset Buttons
Is there anything more gratifying than a reset button? When your cell phone is acting finicky, you reset it and suddenly the world returns to normal, right? Turns out there are a bunch of household items that have one, and knowing a problem can be fixed by pushing a button — instead of shouting and swearing, or worse, calling customer service or a repair service —might just save your sanity. Some of these will be quite familiar, but there are a few that you might not know about.
Feb 16, 2018
Are Interest Rates Rising? What Can I Do?
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the real estate market recently, you’ve probably heard a few rumours about rising interest rates flying around. We’re sad to say that what you’ve been hearing is true — but that doesn’t mean you should give up hope on your dreams of becoming a homeowner. Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening with interest rates today — and what you can do to stay competitive.
Feb 16, 2018