Katie Holdefehr

Katie is a fan of all things handmade and nature-made.
6 Reasons Your Plant Has Yellow Leaves, According to Pros
And everything you need to know about how to fix it.
May 24, 2024
These Stylish C Tables Will Make Working From Your Couch So Much Easier
The ultimate furniture piece for modern apartment living.
Feb 5, 2024
29 Galley Kitchens That’ll Inspire You to Make the Most of a Small Space
These spaces might be tight, but they can also be stylish and efficient.
Nov 3, 2023
7 Renter-Friendly Ways To Hang Curtains Without Drilling
You can put away your drill now.
Nov 1, 2023
8 Easy Pumpkin Carving Designs No One Else on Your Block Will Have
Stand out from the crowd with one of these easy DIYs.
Sep 30, 2023
10 Beautiful Colored Glasses Guaranteed to Make You Smile
Drinking glasses may be a standard item in any kitchen, but add some color and personality, and you'll make something so commonplace a true household treat.
Jul 6, 2023
The 4-Step Guide to Renewing Grout (In Order of Increasing Grossness)
Stick a light-colored, porous material between tiles—where spills are likely to settle and mildew is undoubtedly going to grow—and you can bet it’s not going to be a pretty situation. And once stains set in, scrubbing them clean is no one’s idea of a fun afternoon. But the promise of fresh, gleaming grout? It keeps us fighting the good fight.
May 20, 2023
Small Space Ideas from an Iconic 1920s Dutch Design Home
At the edge of the charming Dutch town of Utrecht, nestled between traditional 20th-century homes and a highway overpass, lies a house that’s all planes, lines and pops of primary color. Built in the 1920s by architect Gerrit Rietveld in collaboration with his partner (in both love and design) Truus Schröder-Schräder, the building does for architecture what Mondrian did for art: It pares it down to form and color.
Apr 27, 2023
10 IKEA Storage Hacks for When You Need an Extra Closet
When space is tight and money’s even tighter, IKEA is our happy place. Browsing the $30 wheeled carts and the $10 towel racks (both spotted above), it suddenly seems possible that we can actually afford a stylish, organized home. Even the fact that we have a teeny-tiny closet (or no closet at all…eep!) seems easily fixable. And it is—just follow the lead of the inspiring, IKEA-filled rooms ahead.
Mar 28, 2023
The Dos & Don’ts of Perfectly Matched Paint Touch-Ups
No more scratched, scuffed, or chipped paint!
Oct 25, 2022
Home Sweet Home: Simple Ways to Make Your Kitchen Cozier
The kitchen is often the hub of a home, but it can also tend to feel like a stark, cold space (tile floors and an abundance of stainless steel appliances will do that). Luckily, there are some design tricks to warm up the room, while still keeping this area devoted to cooking and eating clean and healthy. With a few design details and accents that add personality, you can inject the entire room with warmth.
Oct 14, 2022
The Secret to Kitchens & Bathrooms That Will Never Go Out of Style
As Nancy pointed out recently, there are some kitchen design choices that never go out of style — retro SMEG fridges and farmhouse sinks fall firmly in this category. If they’ve been considered stylish and practical for decades, chances are they’ll still be popular a couple decades from now.
Oct 13, 2022
How To Turn Your City Apartment Into a Cozy Ski Chalet in 7 Easy Steps
Full disclosure: I’ve never been skiing, or snowboarding, or so much as stepped foot on a snow-covered mountain range. But I’ve seen “Force Majeure” and have taken a virtual tour of Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home, which basically qualifies me as a pseudo expert on the après-ski aesthetic. To get the look (without actually hitting the slopes), here are some cozy ways to work ski style into your apartment that won’t look totally out of place.
Oct 12, 2022
The No-Soil, Zero-Maintenance Method for Growing Houseplants
We’ve finally found a solution for people who love houseplants but don’t love when their feline roommates treat the fiddle leaf fig like their own personal litter box. Here are 15 herbs and houseplants that can grow hydroponically, meaning they can survive without potting soil, in just a vase full of water. Not only is this dirt-free method pet-friendly and low-maintenance, but it also happens to produce some stunning arrangements.
Sep 27, 2022
So Long, Popcorn Ceilings: 8 Transformative Overhead Architectural Hacks
So, your rental apartment or newly-built home didn’t come with coffered ceilings or pressed tin tiles? Set your sights above that unsightly popcorn or drop ceilings you’ve been dealt. All eight of these ceiling hacks will lend architectural interest to a boring room—whether you channel intricate European plasterwork or rustic exposed wood beams is entirely up to you. Give the impression of dramatic crown molding with a painted ceiling that extends about a foot down the wall.
Sep 21, 2022
What Are Spider Mites And How Can You Save Your Plants From Them?
So, you’ve noticed some tiny pests creeping on your precious houseplants , leaving little webs and stressing out your once-thriving plant. Here’s the bad news: You may have a case of white spider mites. These buggers reproduce quickly, so the time to take action is NOW to save your favorite green buddies, like your fiddle leaf fig plants and dracaena plants. Here’s the good news: It’s possible to quell a spider mite infestation, but it will require persistence.
May 11, 2022
Try Out These Brilliant Balcony Light Ideas to Illuminate Your Outdoor Space
Nothing beats the feeling of eating dinner out on your balcony or enjoying the company of family on your stylish new patio furniture set. When the warm weather months roll around, you’ll probably feel motivated to whip your patio into shape, whether it’s super small or expansive. Sure, you’ll want to add some weatherproof chair cushions and ceramic planters to your shopping list, but there’s one thing that sets the ambiance like nothing else: lighting.
Apr 8, 2022
18 DIY Desk Ideas to Make Working from Home a Breeze
See what your workspace could look like...
Mar 5, 2022
Hang Out in Style with These 9 Chic Hanging Chairs
Add a touch of boho flair to your home today.
Mar 24, 2021
8 Houseplants that Can Survive Urban Apartments, Low Light and Under-Watering
These plants were born to be city dwellers.
Jan 26, 2021
Get Started Now: 9 Stylish Gifts To Stitch, Knit or Embroider
The projects pair especially well with wine and Netflix.
Sep 2, 2020
5 Small-Space Solutions from a Fabulous Swedish Prefab
When I first took a virtual tour of the charming prefab homes from the Swedish company LEVA Husfabrik, almost every room had an element that made me think, “Hey, I could make that!” Not only did the ideas seem doable, but also beautiful, minimal and supremely functional for small spaces. When you’re debating your next DIY project, scroll through these homes for inspiration, or choose one of the five projects on my wish list.
Jul 18, 2020
The Best Sources for Linen Everything (Napkins, Bedding, and Notebooks, Too!)
During the warm days of summer that always seem to creep into September, no material is more refreshing than naturally crisp linen. To cool you down as this glorious season lingers on, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sources for high-quality linen everything—duvet covers, towels, and notebooks included. Save this list of go-to shops in your design file—these are 8 sources you’re going to want to keep shopping all year long. Why linen, you ask?
Jul 17, 2020
7 Ways to Repurpose a Vintage Dresser (And Gain More Storage in Every Room)
Stylish vintage dressers are a dime a dozen at antique stores and flea markets. I just came back from the Brimfield Antique Show, and let me tell you, those fields were positively brimming with awesome dressers. They seemed so much easier to find than other pieces of furniture, that at one point, I started to wonder why we all don’t just turn one of these dressers into the vanity / kitchen island / tv stand we’re searching for? Turns out, we absolutely can.
Jul 17, 2020
The Renter’s List: What You Should & Shouldn’t Be Spending Big Bucks On
The semi-nomadic life of a renter can make it hard to make a commitment—to furniture, to art, to a real set of knives. And yet, there are some items worth investing in, even if you don’t know where you’ll be living a couple years from now. These are things you’ll want to take with you, even if it means buying some bubble wrap and renting a U-Haul on moving day.
Jul 17, 2020
Find Gifts for the Women You ❤️ : 9 Cute and Quirky Online Shops
What do you get for the girls who’ve got your back 365 days out of the year? The finest money can buy, of course (as long as it’s less than $30, right?). We’ve scoured our favorite online boutiques for special finds under $100, with half priced under $25, that are guaranteed to charm every friend on your list. This quirky and colorful L.A.-based shop is not only geared toward gift-giving, but it also makes picking out a present almost as much fun as getting a present.
Jul 17, 2020
Where to Sell, Donate & Recycle Clothes You KonMari’d Out of Your Closet
If the New Year has you on a KonMari decluttering kick, you’ll most likely greet 2017 with half a closet’s worth of clothing castoffs. Rather than toss those rejects right into the landfill, here’s how to turn them into cash, let them do some good in the world, or give them a second life in a recycled fashion line. If your clothes are in good shape and you wouldn’t mind making a couple extra bucks (or $100) off of them, turn to these sites and secondhand stores.
Jul 16, 2020
Surefire Ways to Kill a Houseplant in 10 Days or Less
Plants are fickle. They’re hot, they’re cold, then they’re dying of thirst, and now they’re drowning. And they never communicate their needs clearly—they just expect you to guess. To decode all the finicky things your plant is trying to tell you, but can’t seem to find the words, we’ve decoded their top ten complaints. Time to air grievances. 1. Using the wrong potting soil.
Jul 16, 2020
The Ultimate Decluttering Guide: 130 Things to Get Rid of in the New Year
If the prospect of a shiny new year has you wanting to jump back onboard the KonMari-method decluttering train (à la Emily Gilmore in the Netflix “Gilmore Girls” revival), you’re in good company. The start of 2017 has us reimagining our homes as minimalist sanctuaries, filled only with joy-sparking essentials.
Jul 16, 2020
5 “Future Heirloom” Investment Pieces that are Worth Every Penny
There are plenty of home goods that are fine to buy cheap (I put shower curtains and bathmats in that category), and then there are those worth shelling out some cash for. These are investment pieces that will travel with you from home to home, and that could one day be given to a loved one. Here are our picks for 5 items you’ll love using every single day, and that you’ll look forward to owning for years to come.
Jul 16, 2020
Up Your Energy: Simple Workspace Feng Shui Principles to Try Today
When you’re busy working, it can be easy to let your workspace fall into a rut—I mean, who has time to redecorate their desk when they’re preparing for next week’s presentation? But because your work environment affects how energized you feel, taking a few minutes right now to optimize your workspace may just make your whole week more productive. Want to try it? Read through these five ways to improve and organize your desk according to feng shui—then get to work!
Jul 15, 2020
Top Ten: Best Cordless Power Drills (for Your Dad…or You!)
Whether you’re looking for a cordless drill for Dad, for your summer projects, or for a recent grad’s first grown-up home, June—when hardware and department stores have Father’s Day sales—is a great time to buy this household necessity. To snag the best deals, watch the circulars for price drops right before and after Father’s Day (June 19th this year).
Jul 15, 2020
Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Mom Will Seriously Love
Just because Mother’s Day is only a day away (May 8th!) doesn’t mean that all of the best gifts have already been snatched up. Some of the most memorable presents don’t necessarily come in a box, making them ideal for those moments when procrastination leaves you with no time to run to the store, let alone commission a personalized Etsy find.
May 5, 2020
5 Easy Scandi-Inspired Holiday Projects for a Cozy, Happy Home
What’s our formula for the coziest, happiest winter ever? Inspired by the Danish concept of hygge, we made some easy DIY decorations that embrace minimalism, natural elements and warm flickering candlelight. These five seasonal DIYs can be put together in minutes—and will make any size space feel festive.
Apr 14, 2020
Frugal Framing Ideas: Easy Ways to Revamp Thrift Store Finds
Framing art is notoriously expensive, no matter if you’re ordering a custom frame online or picking up a standard-size one from your local store. But if you have a little imagination (and some gold leaf lying around), revamping vintage frames is an affordable way to give your art a good home. Pull out the spray paint and unroll the wrapping paper, these vintage frame refreshes will inspire you to build yet another gallery wall.
Apr 14, 2020
Prints Charming: 14 Truly Fabulous Online Sources for Affordable Photography
When you’re on the hunt for affordable art, some of the best sources to scout are the galleries and thrift stores right in your neighborhood. But if you don’t live near a thriving art scene, or just prefer armchair shopping to gallery hopping, these online photo-focused print shops make buying art a snap. Why photography? As a general rule, inexpensive, yet high-quality photography prints tend to be easier to find than affordable, masterful paintings.
Apr 2, 2020