Someone Left An Entire House in the Middle of the Street
Have you ever been in a rush and forgotten something? Don’t feel bad, it happens to all of us. You leave your phone on the nightstand or your wallet on the counter. Whenever this happens, you never seem to notice until you’ve already driven 20 minutes away. But have you ever forgotten something major? Like a house? Apparently, one person managed to forget an entire house. A town in Delaware is confused as to what happened, because there was no note left behind.
Jun 30, 2018
Joanna Gaines Just Shared the First Look at Baby Crew’s Nursery
It looks like this littlest member of the Fixer Upper crew is settling in just fine at home. One week after he was born, mom Joanna Gaines has shared a first look at her son Crew’s nursery. And he’s got some great digs! On June 23, 2018, Chip and Joanna Gaines welcomed their fifth child (and third son) together. The little one came a bit earlier than planned. The couple surprised their fans by straying from D names for their sons, as their eldest boys are Drake and Duke.
Jun 30, 2018
Be Neighbors with Ellen and Oprah: Rob Lowe’s Montecito Estate is for Sale
If you have a few million laying around and you really want to have famous neighbors, look no further. Rob Lowe has put his 10-000-square-foot Montecito estate on sale for a cool $47 million. The Georgian-style home was featured on the 2010 cover of Architectural Digest. The home sits on 3.4 acres in California. The actor has resided at the estate since 2005 with his wife and two sons. This isn’t just any regular bit of California real estate, it is a dream come true estate.
Jun 30, 2018
9 Etsy Buys to Completely Transform Your IKEA Furniture
It’s no secret we love IKEA. Maybe not quite as much as this clever bride, but we’re well-versed in IKEA hacks. A little spray paint, yarn, contact paper, or new knobs can turn a standard piece of decor into an eye-catching statement that looks way more expensive than it is. And, lucky for us, tons of Etsy sellers are jumping on the IKEA bandwagon, selling small products that turn IKEA finds into beautiful home decor. Here, some of our favorites.
Jun 30, 2018
You Can Help Save the Environment (and Money) With These Reusable Paper Towels
Do you try your best to be eco-friendly? You recycle everything you can and you even sort your recyclables. You try to avoid plastic straws. You prefer to use regular plates and wash them, rather than use paper plates. But you can’t help but overuse paper towels, right? Did you know that about 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used every day in just the United States? Paper makes up the biggest portion of municipal waste in the U.S.
Jun 30, 2018
The Organizing Accessories Expert Travelers Always Have in Their Suitcase
If you think packing is stressful, it’s probably because you don’t have the tools to make it easy. Take it from me, a converted messy person. I was a slob to the nth degree; where chaos reigned in any room I stepped in. But I quickly learned the only reason that most of my messes happened was because I refused to invest in actual organizing tools, which are literally designed to keep your life tidy. When every item has a home, it’s hard to be messy.
Jun 30, 2018
This Phoenix Rental Reignited a Passion for Interior Design
Name: Ashley Pennington Location: Roosevelt Historic Neighborhood — Phoenix, Arizona Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting I moved into this rental to reignite my passion for interior design. This duplex is in the Historic Roosevelt District of Downtown Phoenix. I was so excited to come in and show myself what I was capable of designing. The home was built in the 1920s, has original floors, windows, cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
Jun 30, 2018
This Is The Wage You Need to Live Alone Anywhere in the U.S.
If you live in a major city and don’t make six-figures, you probably live with one or more roommates. And, of course, you probably wish every day that you could move to the middle of nowhere—where rents are cheap—and live alone. Well, surprise! Those dreams will probably never come true, because apartments throughout the country just aren’t as affordable as you think they are.
Jun 30, 2018
7 Stylish Ways to Repel Bugs at Home
Summer’s all fun and games until you’re practically eaten alive by a swarm of hungry mosquitoes. Bug bites are a total nuisance—nobody wants to be covered in big, itchy bumps—and potentially hazardous to your health. Not to freak you out or anything, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States since 2004.
Jun 30, 2018
The Most Beautiful Kitchen Organizers You Can Buy on Amazon
It’s no secret that we love a smart storage solution. A storage solution that looks smart too? Well, we just lose our minds over that kind of stuff. And so explains our current obsession with YAMAZAKI home. Do you know the brand? The line features all sorts of accessories (including shelf risers, cookbook holders, tool holders, and more) that puts other kitchen organizers to shame.
Jun 30, 2018
4 Amazon Private Labels You Need to Know About (Plus Top-Rated Picks)
You live and die by Amazon. You’ve been a Prime member for years, you know all about that secret $2 section, you head to Amazon Handmade whenever you need a unique gift, and you even give preference to hotels with rooms equipped with Alexa. But did you know Amazon has a whole host of private labels? Amazon launched its first private label in 2009; five years later they slowly launched 11 more; today Amazon has approximately 76 private labels.
Jun 29, 2018
You’ll Swoon Over This Small DC Rowhouse’s Exposed Brick & Beams
Name: Sarah Lyon and her roommate Carrie Location: Dupont Circle — Washington, DC Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: Almost a year My roommate, Carrie, and I found our place on Craigslist after doing an extensive search of rowhouse apartments in DC. We were about ready to give up when we found what was truly a hidden gem—a place that was affordable, had equal-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms, and even came with a roof deck. We snagged it right away!
Jun 29, 2018
What Does “Starter Home” Really Mean?
Looking to purchase your first home? Find out what this popular real estate term really means, and how to pick the best one for your needs.
Jun 29, 2018
Fourth Of July Sales: Our Picks For The Best Deals
It’s almost America’s 242nd birthday, and the good news is that you get the gifts. With July 4th landing on a Wednesday, retailers are making sure their sales start early this year. We’re rounding up the best deals across the internet, so that you don’t have to.
Jun 29, 2018
11 Things You Should Never Ever Do at an Open House
Open houses can be exciting, no matter whether you’re actively house-hunting or just a nosy Nellie. These events offer a pressure-free (okay, mostly pressure-free) way to scout out any homes on your radar—and maybe even find your dream space. But staying on your best behavior at an open house is paramount: After all, the seller’s agent is right there. Act like a loon and they’ll pass on the memo to their client, who may decide not to accept your offer.
Jun 29, 2018
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Before & After: The Paint Project That Adds Depth to Your Kitchen
Yes, it defies conventional wisdom, but stay with us...
Jun 29, 2018
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The Most Common Mistakes When Starting a Reno (and How to Avoid Them)
If you’ve ever ended a Fixer Upper binge convinced you can definitely make over your kitchen and shiplap your bedroom this weekend, then you know that renovations are rarely what they seem. Whether you’re calling in contractors or just refreshing paint, there are perennial pitfalls that cost time, money, and frustration. These common mistakes could cost you—or you could read on and avoid them now. (We suggest option B.
Jun 29, 2018
The $30 Item That Has Transformed My Home
My home, as it is for many, is my respite from the rest of the world. It’s the thing I come home to pretty much every night, and it’s important that it be a safe haven and damn cozy. But because I live in a small studio, I try to keep things interesting by switching out items to create new moments of interest.
Jun 28, 2018
Dalmatian Print is Trending and We’re 101% on Board
If the classic Disney cartoon 101 Dalmatians is what first comes to mind when you hear the term “Dalmatian print,” you might want to rethink your stance. This classic polka dot print variation has been a favorite in design circles the past few years—and will make a bold, fun impact in your home (just check out that removable wallpaper from Etsy, above). Read on to check out our other favorite Dalmatian items below.
Jun 28, 2018
9 Everyday Items So Pretty You’ll Actually Want to Display Them
If the idea of putting your favorite items away every day seems like an exercise in futility, you’ll be thrilled to realize it’s not at all necessary. We’ve scoured the internet to find usable, practical, and showcase-worthy items that you’ll actually want to leave out. Take a look at our favorite pieces below and pick one (or two!) to complement your own decor. Forget the Nag Champa procured at the corner bodega.
Jun 28, 2018
These Sites Sell Gorgeous (and Affordable!) Large-Scale Art
Because sometimes size does matter.
Jun 28, 2018
What a 2020 Recession Would Mean for Your Home Buying Dreams
We spoke with real estate and home financing experts to get the full picture.
Jun 28, 2018
Kraftmaid Has a Secret Outlet That Sells Kitchen Cabinets for Cheap
We're talking deep, deep discounts... but are you cut out for the experience?
Jun 28, 2018
A Minimal California Home Features All Your Modern Furniture Design Crushes
Name: Alle Fister and Don Popkes Location: Playa Del Rey, California Size: 4,500 square feet Years lived in: 6 years, owned Alle Fister—owner of Bollare, a communications firm that works with well-known beauty and fashion brands—met Don Popkes 10 years ago. Six and a half years ago the couple got married and bought this house, their first home and a total fixer upper.
Jun 28, 2018
Bamboo Decor is The Trend You Need to Try This Summer
If you’ve noticed that bamboo decor is just about everywhere these days, you wouldn’t be wrong. This Eastern trend has gained traction in the past several years and the thirst isn’t slowing down. Aside from adorning everything from furniture to lamps, bamboo details are also inspiring tableware, mirrors, wallpaper (see above!), and tchotchkes as well. Take a look at some of our favorite shopping picks below.
Jun 28, 2018
Anthropologie Finally Got Decorative Measuring Spoons Right
If there’s one thing Anthropologie is known for, its beautiful boho-chic housewares. The store is filled with gorgeous ceramic bowls, gilded pitchers and candlesticks, carved wooden bowls, and hand-painted measuring spoons. I love it all. It’s my go-to locale for housewarming and birthday gifts, but one thing I could never bring myself to take home were those decorative floral measuring spoons—they just aren’t practical.
Jun 28, 2018
Traveling For the 4th? Here’s How To Beat The Holiday Traffic
It’s officially summer and America’s birthday is on the way. With the Fourth of July approaching, Google Maps is encouraging everyone stay in good spirits by providing traffic reports for 25 major U.S cities to help us navigate through the huge holiday crowds. In my hometown of Washington, DC, traffic on the Fourth is extremely intense because of the yearly fireworks show held on the National Mall.
Jun 28, 2018
A Long Island City Condo Is Now a Warm and Welcoming Home
Name: Sharon and Dan and pup Ruby Location: Long Island City – Queens, New York Size: 1,020 square feet Years lived in: 7 months, owned We’ve been living in our condo for about seven months! We moved here from Manhattan because we wanted more space to grow a family (we’re expecting a baby girl at the end of August!). Our condo is just over 1,000 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, dine-in kitchen, dining room, and in-unit washer/dryer.
Jun 28, 2018
What “Move-In Ready” Actually Means
According to the following four real estate professionals, there are several acceptable interpretations of this phrase.
Jun 27, 2018
One Way You Might Be Sabotaging Your Own Vacation
Besides the relaxation and change of pace offered by a vacation while it’s happening, an additional benefit of taking time off is being primed to appreciate and enjoy your own home, routines, and everyday life again. Nothing kills this buzz more, though, than returning to a home that slams you with unpleasant demands the minute you walk in the door.
Jun 27, 2018
A Perfectly Imperfect, Colorful New Zealand Home
Name: Amanda Holland, Mike Brunel, daughters Millicent and Eva Location: Wellington, New Zealand Size: 230 square metres (approximately 2,476 square feet) Years Lived In: 11 years, owned Interior stylist and design/lifestyle store owner Amanda Holland (of Small Acorns) lives in Wellington with her husband and their two daughters Milly and Eva. The couple bought this home 11 years ago when it was really run down and had no one living in it for two years.
Jun 27, 2018
When Your Country Scores a Perfect 10 in Life Quality, This Is What Home Looks Like
A long-standing refuge for multicultural immigrants and maple syrup connoisseurs, alike; Canada, oh Canada, was just named the second best country to live in by US News & World Report, and the first for overall quality of life. High-ranking in categories across the board, and with a largely beloved prime minister in power, to boot–Canada is justifiably full of happy residents.
Jun 27, 2018
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Tour a 400-Square-Foot Tiny House That Got a Big Color Makeover
Name: Shaina and Michael, and Keiko Location: Stanardsville, VA Size: 400 square feet When Shaina and Michael decided to downsize, they knew the perfect tiny house to call home: the darling property that was originally built to house Shaina’s grandfather’s medical practice! The couple edited their possessions down to the essentials (beloved local art, items with emotional resonance, family heirlooms) and said hello to simpler living.
Jun 27, 2018
Wayfair is Having a Huge 4th of July Sale—These Are Our Top Picks
Wayfair‘s at it again! We weren’t sure if they’d be able to top last week’s major summer clearance event, but their Fourth of July sale just might have it beat. The online furniture store is offering discounts up to 75% on some of their biggest categories. We’re talking mattresses up to 70% off, outdoor furniture up to 65% off, and area rugs starting at $39.99.
Jun 27, 2018
Wallpaper Made by Kids and a Hidden TV in a Bold Brooklyn Reno
Name: David Shade, wife Lindsay Key and two small children, Zev, almost four, and Frieda, a year and a half. Location: Bed Stuy, Brooklyn Size: 2,100 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned Lindsay and I have an interior design firm, Key + Shade, on the third floor of our home. We love to cook, eat, entertain, make art, and garden. I am a bit of a neat freak and we never have enough storage, so we built closets and cabinetry to clear the clutter.
Jun 27, 2018
You’re 10 Days Away from a Chore-Free Summer!
Just whisper the word “summer” to a kid, and you’ll put on a musical in their minds. A vibrant scene where school is out, ice cream trucks are singing, and there’s veritas in the very idea that playing with a garden hose is a perfectly acceptable agenda for an entire afternoon. The mental stage production doesn’t quite have the same simple magic for an adult. Because when you’re grown, life doesn’t stop for summer.
Jun 27, 2018
Questions We All Ask Ourselves: Should You Switch Duvets in the Summer?
Summer-proofing your home happens like clockwork. Once the temperature rises, you add an air conditioning unit and screens to your windows, trade in your woodsy candle for a beachier scent, and swap out your flannel sheets for some lightweight linen ones. But, if we’re being honest, we never know what to do with our duvets. On the one hand, duvets are comfortable and a great extra layer for when your AC is on full blast.
Jun 26, 2018
9 Weird Ways Clothes Hangers Can Solve Your Life’s Problems
They aren't just for closets.
Jun 26, 2018
Spooky Sale Alert: Own This California Ghost Town For $925K
When it comes to this property for sale, ‘fraidy cats need not apply: A California ghost town is on the market, and as it turns out, living amongst Casper and company will cost you close to a cool mill. According to Real Simple, the former mining town of Cerro Gordo, or Fat Hill, currently sits on the market at an asking price of $925,000.
Jun 26, 2018
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This Tiny House Got a Big Color Makeover
Shaina and Michael love their 400-square-foot life but wanted to turn their tiny home into something truly special.
Jun 26, 2018
A Small & Stylish Seattle Home Uses Every Inch of Space Wisely
Name: Mona Tavakoli, Beau Ritten, and cats Minnow and Sushi Location: Central District — Seattle, Washington Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting Make your way up the stairs to Mona and Beau’s converted top-floor apartment in the heart of the Emerald City, and you can feel the eclectic vibes seeping into the landing. The elongated cat statue staring at you on your way in could be playing a large part. Needless to say, their pad is very cool.
Jun 26, 2018
These Are The Cheapest Weekends To Travel This Summer
Planning a vacation with more than four people is always a headache, right? A relaxing girlfriends getaway to Turks and Caicos somehow turns into a huge web of commotion as everyone attempts to coordinate dates, costs, etc. Well, it looks like the days of major group chat chaos are behind us, as KAYAK has introduced Trip Huddle, a planning tool that helps ease the early stress of vacationing for the head planner-in-charge amongst your group of friends.
Jun 26, 2018
The 10 Questions Everyone Forgets to Ask at an Open House
The open house circuit can feel stressful and intimidating. You’re filing in and out of strangers’ homes and apartments, hoping this one might be the one. But how can you know? Luckily, those agents—you know, the ones manning the cookie tables, holding piles of business cards—can answer all your burning questions. You just need to know which ones to ask. Here, the top 10 questions to ask at an open house to help determine whether or not the space is right for you.
Jun 26, 2018
Before and After: This Closet Makeover Was Completed in Two Days
As closets go, this one seemed so organized as it was: There are even labeled compartments for different sizes of batteries. The After will probably just be slightly fancier labels on slightly fancier bins, right? We were so wrong, y’all, because look how amazing this closet looks now. If this were my closet, I would try to find a way to jam a chair in there so I could hang out in such a perfectly organized space. The wallpaper is delightful (and removable!
Jun 26, 2018
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See How the Right Chair Totally Completes a Room
Often it just takes one item to make a space really sing, and seating is one of our favorite ways to accomplish this. The right chair offers so many design solutions: Color and functionality, plus a healthy dose of whatever your personal style is, whether it’s mid-century or boho or something else. Need a little inspo? Take a cue from these Instagram influencers who took statement seating from the modern design pros at Industry West and personalized it for their own homes.
Jun 26, 2018
An Art Director’s Brooklyn Abode Is a Hip Half Loft, Half Studio
Name: Taiyo Kitagawa and Lebowski the cat Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, NY Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 10 months, renting I grew up in Fuji, Japan and moved to Switzerland when I was 9 years old. I moved to the USA for college, so my apartment contains design influences from around the world. I’m an art director now and my personal style comes through in the space, from the art on the walls to knickknacks.
Jun 26, 2018
One Smart Thing You Should Always Do After Washing the Dishes
Let me begin with a caveat: I do not always do the dishes straight away. I do try to, because I think it’s always easier to just deal with the mess instead of letting it pile up. Why not put that coffee mug in the dishwasher or give that chef’s knife a quick rinse and dry and put it safely back on my magnetic strip? The alternative is that I don’t do those things and I just leave it all out on the counter.
Jun 26, 2018
Food Blogger Gaby Dalkin’s Seattle Home Is Perfect for Entertaining
Name: Gaby Dalkin Location: Lower Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, owned “I love the Seattle house!” I had just wrapped up shooting food blogger Gaby Dalkin’s lower Queen Anne townhome when she let out that statement with a serene smile.
Jun 25, 2018