Dabney Frake

Dabney is a Southern-born, New England-raised, current Midwesterner. Her dog Grim is part terrier, part basset hound, part dust mop.
Can't Determine What Colors Go With Light Pink? Try These 12 Perfect Pairings
Light pink never looked so grown up.
Feb 8, 2024
What No One Tells You About Those Cute Little Heart-Shaped Plants
Plants & Yard
They're a majorly cute Valentine's Day gift, but there's one thing you should know.
Feb 2, 2024
12 of the Best Drop Leaf Tables for Flexible Dining in Your Small Space
Designing your studio apartment is about to get way easier.
Nov 9, 2023
How to Clean a Humidifier Using Only Vinegar
Vinegar is your best friend when it comes to cleaning this.
Oct 16, 2023
How to Clean a Humidifier Using Only Vinegar
Vinegar is your best friend when it comes to cleaning this.
Oct 16, 2023
Mystic Chic: Decorations & Favors
A mystical theme calls to mind fortune tellers on a boardwalk, tarot readings, and the spectacle of discovery. For the party decorations, we used deep jewel tones that are colorful and rich, with yards of fabric in competing patterns. → The Kitchn threw a Halloween Party, too. Check it out: A Spooky Colorful Halloween Party Just like rooms, parties need a large focal point – a statement piece that makes a huge impact.
Oct 4, 2023
Fortune Finding Fun: Party Games & Activities
Maxwell and Ursula planned a series of activities for their recent Halloween party, and both kids and adults joined in on the fun. They included a visit from a real fortune teller (at least the kids thought so), a simple craft, and a twist on a classic Halloween game. → The Kitchn threw a Halloween Party, too. Check it out: A Spooky Colorful Halloween Party Maxwell enlisted a friend to the play the part of a fortune teller or palm reader.
Oct 4, 2023
15 IKEA PAX Hacks That'll Solve All Your Storage Issues
Get a custom closet at a non-custom price.
Oct 2, 2023
Everything You Need to Know About Hanging Curtains Like a Pro
This project transforms your space — if you do it right, that is. Here's what you need to know.
Sep 30, 2023
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs, the Pests You Might Spot at Home in Fall
These pests get their name for a good reason. Here's what to do if you spot one.
Aug 31, 2023
I Finally Figured Out What Those Tiny Red Bugs That Pop Up Periodically Are
You know them by their size (smaller than a pinhead) and their color (bright red). But what exactly are these tiny red bugs?
Aug 10, 2023
The House Centipede: Get Rid of Them, or Let Them Be?
Here's what you need to know.
Aug 1, 2023
How To Throw a Fun & Fabulous Oscar Party
Oscar night is a movie buff’s high holiday, and gathering a bunch of people together to toast a bunch of great films, gawk at the celebrities, and — yes, break down the fashion, dress by beautiful (and sometimes awful) dress — is such a great way to mark the yearly occasion. It’s a perfect storm of pop culture and the arts, and deserves a full juicy evening to celebrate.
Jul 25, 2023
6 Clever Ways to Convert Your Closet into a Bedroom
There are plenty of ways to make the most of limited space with lots of clever conversions, like alcove beds to IKEA furniture hacks, and of course, a closet-turned-bedroom. Using a sizable closet as an additional sleeping space is a budget-friendly way to squeeze more life out of your existing space, even if it’s small. Take a look at these ideas to help you to eke out a bit more room, and create cozy sleeping nooks in the process.
May 27, 2023
How To Clean Your Mattress
Rest easy on your clean mattress.
May 20, 2023
12 Easy DIY Tips and Tricks for Hanging Pictures, Frames & Artwork
Here are 12 easy ways to make the un-fun process of hanging artwork a little bit more tolerable. Follow these tips and tricks and you might just spare your fingers some physical pain, or skip the mental frustration that comes from drilling holes in the wrong place the first time around. Read these, and live wiser my friends: 1. This goes in the “how to figure out where to stick the nail” folder, and it’s a good one from Fabulous Home Blog. 2.
Mar 30, 2023
7 Clever Ways to Make Cheap Appliances Look So Much Better
Big boxy white fridge bringing you down?
Mar 27, 2023
6 Brilliant Ways to Make the Most of a Narrow Bedroom
There’s small and then there is narrow. A narrow bedroom can be difficult to work with as this space traditionally calls for multiple pieces of furniture, such as nightstands on both sides of a bed and a dresser or armoire that may be difficult to squeeze in comfortably. This shape of room can also be difficult to work with design-wise as extra-long walls on two sides can feel endless and may lack visual interest.
Feb 17, 2023
You’ve Been Using Command Strips All Wrong
Avoid these six very common mistakes.
Jan 2, 2023
Don’t Make These Mistakes When Arranging Your Living Room
Have you ever felt that a room was just "off" somehow, but you just couldn't place what it was?
Nov 17, 2022
7 Houseplants You Can’t Kill by Overwatering
There are some plants that actually want soil that never dries out.
Nov 11, 2022
This Weekend: Mindlessly Refresh Your Living Room For Free
This is one of those chores that experts say to do once a year or so, and maybe even more frequently if you have kids and/or pets. It’s not hard, and requires almost no brain power, so your mind is free to gather wool while you work. And once this weekend’s project is done, your entire room will feel brand new again. First, Vacuum: Before you do the deep cleaning, do a pass with your vacuum first, getting rid of surface dirt.
Oct 13, 2022
This Weekend: Contend With (& Conquer) Your Bathroom Storage
Some storage spots are easier to ignore than others which means house clutter tends to accumulate and linger there far longer than it should. We give those spots the side eye (and ourselves a mental reprimand) every time we walk by, but we often need a nudge to actually deal with the trouble spot. Consider this post a friendly little prod in the direction of your bathroom sink, and all the stuff currently hiding beneath it.
Oct 13, 2022
This Weekend: Don’t Forget These Manageable Micro Zones
Are you just about to start your annual spring cleaning, poised to attack and refresh your entire home? We applaud your efforts! But if that’s not you, that’s okay too. Whether part of a bigger spring clean or on their own, concentrating on a few areas that are totally do-able, but equally worthy of attention this weekend will be worth it. Remember, it’s not about perfection. It’s about progress.
Oct 13, 2022
6 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Look Infinitely Bigger
You might not be able to change a lot of things in your small kitchen, but you can do the next best thing: give the illusion of larger, more open, space. Breathe better, and move about with ease, with these six suggestions: Low Contrast Color: Keep everything in the same color family, with minor variation. Light colors, or all white helps too. In the kitchen above, the cabinets and appliances blend in with the walls, and things feel more spacious than they actually are.
Oct 13, 2022
This Weekend: How Long Has It Been Since You Cleaned These Three Things?
There are the things you clean regularly, and then there are the things…you don’t. Sometimes it’s because you dread it, and something it’s because they just don’t need attention all that often. Either way, it’s got to get done sometime, and this weekend might be the perfect time. Consider this your friendly nudge and reminder.
Oct 13, 2022
This Weekend: Curb Your Home’s Worst Clutter Culprit
Even the cleanest and most organized homes can get cluttered and super overwhelming fast. Because there’s one thing that piles up faster than a shopping cart in the final minutes of Supermarket Sweep. Unless you’re ready, and keep on top of it every single day, you’ll soon be buried under a suffocating mountain of stuff. This weekend, take the time to conquer this particular mess, and feel lighter almost immediately. Tame the Mail Mountain: Has your mail taken over your life?
Oct 13, 2022
8 Ways to Avoid A Rent Increase This Year
Landlords always have to balance the need to raise rent (to keep up with the rising costs of owning a building), with the need to keep apartments rented and vacancy rates down. This usually means that, whenever possible, they love keeping good tenants from year to year, and avoiding the time, hassle, uncertainty, and expense of finding new ones. Here’s what you can do to tip the scales in your favor, avoid a rental increase, and happily sign your lease for another year. 1.
Oct 13, 2022
You Live Where?: 8 Unlikely Homes from Our House Tours
Think you have what it takes to create a comfortable living space in a re-purposed structure? It requires vision for what’s possible, and custom solutions for carving out space. If weird is in the eye of the beholder, these eight tours have us seeing beautiful, interesting homes in strange places. Chris and Kristen live afloat on a boat, and appear to love it. Can you guess what Dan & Sarah’s house used to be? I think you can.
Oct 12, 2022
5 Redecorating Steps for the Recently Consciously Uncoupled
Breakups are hard. It doesn’t matter if you were the dumper or the dumpee, if you hyperventilate at the thought of your ex, or if you are firmly resigned. Either way, if you once lived as a couple, you now need to dismantle the evidence of the home you worked to create together. At times the process might be soul-crushing. Other times there are practical considerations. And ultimately, there’s a new glorious opportunity. Here are five steps to regroup at home: 1.
Oct 12, 2022
This Weekend: Even If You’re Busy, It’s Time To Pile It On
Okay, so it’s the weekend and you’ve been busy — probably the last thing you feel like doing is cleaning and bringing in heavier bedding. We totally get it — but a clean bedroom and freshly layered bed create a domino effect whose benefits multiply. You’ll sleep better, and feel better getting up in the morning. All it takes is a little effort this weekend and you’ll be ready to reap the rewards. Go Clean Your Room!
Oct 11, 2022
This Weekend: Make a Few Minor Home Adjustments To Save Major Money
Streamline your home’s energy usage wherever you can? It’s a no brainer, for both your personal finances and for the common good. Simply unplug the vampire appliances sucking you dry, make little tweaks to your mindset, and get your home up to snuff. Just a few little improvements can really bring your numbers down and increase savings over time. Assess Your Home’s Situation: Get a handle on your home’s energy use, and identify what’s needlessly using up resources.
Oct 11, 2022
This Weekend: Tame These Tiny Troublemakers & Stop Swatting This Spring
Insects get antsy this season, bugging out over the warmer weather, and emerge from their winter hideouts eager for spring. You’re more apt to share space as they move around and seek out new homes for the season. Instead of warily eyeing them (bracing yourself for a sting or bite), stake your claim and prevent creepy crawlies from winning your turf war.
Oct 11, 2022
This Weekend: Replenish & Organize Your Supply of Household Cleaners
Spring cleaning is just around the corner. Rather than rallying the mental and physical energy to gather tools and make cleaners right before you start the actual cleaning, get everything ready to go beforehand and stored in the smart and sensible place. Having your supplies organized feels great and makes one less hurdle for you to climb before getting started.
Oct 11, 2022
This Weekend: Deal With These Three Trouble Spots in Your Kitchen
Even if you clean up every time you cook, there will always be food bits and residue — think crumbs and grease — that are pesky pros at working their dirty ways into every crevice and cranny in your kitchen, not to mention clinging stubbornly to surfaces. Even if things look clean overall, there are certain spots that are easily forgotten in the day to day. Zero in on these three spots and choose one (or more) to tackle this weekend.
Oct 11, 2022
This Weekend: Practice This Money-Saving Mindset & Reap Rewards for Years
We regularly share clever hacks and methods to make do with less. All that is well and good, but I keep returning to this one basic, everyday way to save hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars in the kitchen. And it’s so very simple. Clean Your Cookware: Help return your pots and pans to their former glory with these tips and techniques.
Sep 27, 2022