Lydia Mack

Lydia Mack is a freelance writer and author of the book "I Put Pants On for This." Her work has been published by VICE, HelloGiggles, On Our Moon, and more. She has been a sweatpants loyalist and homebody since before it was cool, and frequently forgets that she just made a cup of tea. You can find her on Instagram and at
47 Last-Minute Gifts That Still Feel Special
Procrastinators unite!
Dec 12, 2023
38 Gifts That Are Easy to Mail
Here's a list of easy to mail gifts that you can just pop into a box or padded mailer and send it on its way.
Nov 30, 2023
Before and After: A Dirty, Stained Bathroom Gets a Colorful $78 Revamp
The project took one weekend to complete and includes a crafty personal touch.
Sep 20, 2021
Before & After: A Historic Home’s Run-Down Kitchen Gets Its Vintage Charm Back
This ambitious overhaul took seven months and came with a $185,000 price tag.
Sep 19, 2021
Before & After: A Mismatched Kitchen Gets a Chic, All-White Revamp for $25,000
The original kitchen was an incohesive mash-up of black granite countertops, poorly painted white cabinets, brushed nickel hardware, and several shades of beige.
Sep 17, 2021
Before & After: A Dark Walk-In Closet Becomes a Dreamy Home Office for $3,000
It all comes together with the perfect pink peel-and-stick wallpaper.
Sep 16, 2021
Before & After: A Vintage Kitchen Gets a Glam Redo Without Losing Its Charm
The ambitious project took two and a half months to complete.
Sep 15, 2021
Before & After: A Dingy Bathroom Becomes a Serene Mini Spa for $1,000
Like many great renovation projects, this one started with a fresh coat of white paint.
Sep 13, 2021
Before & After: Open Shelving Transforms Kitchen in a Sophisticated $5,000 Redo
The project came to life little by little over the course of six months.
Sep 12, 2021
Before & After: Sage Cabinets and a Clever Accent Wall Transform a Blah Bathroom
Four days of work and $265 turn this drab, dated bathroom into a happy and bright place to start the day.
Sep 10, 2021
Before & After: A Dark Living Room Is Transformed Thanks to White Paint
A gorgeous fireplace gets a glam, modern refresh to tie the whole room together.
Sep 9, 2021
Before & After: Cool Blue Hues and Beloved Family Photos Transform Drab Bedroom
Cherished collections of milk glass and old photos add meaning and character to this revamped master bedroom.
Sep 8, 2021
Before and After: A $300, One-Afternoon Redo Peps up This Boring 1982 Bathroom
This speedy redo shows how you can work smarter, not harder.
Aug 13, 2021
H&M Home’s New Spring Collection Is Full of Natural Textures and Casual Vibes
The French countryside is coming to you.
Feb 4, 2021
Before and After: A Luxe $450 Bedroom Redo Looks 10 Times as Expensive
A highlight: the new DIY headboard, made for just $53.
Jan 6, 2021
Before and After: A $2,000 Redo Turned a Dated Camper into a Mobile Dream Home
It's still only just 280 square feet, but feels so much bigger.
Jan 5, 2021
This Prefab Cabin Is Like Three Houses In One
To glamp or not to glamp, that is the question.
Jan 2, 2021
This Artist’s “Great Wave Off Kanagawa” Recreation is Made of 50,000 Lego Pieces
This takes LEGO art to a whole new level.
Jan 2, 2021
Before and After: An "Unusable" Backyard Turned Year-Round Outdoor Sanctuary
It's "almost like gaining a new room to the house," the homeowner says.
Jan 1, 2021
Cat Trees, But Make It Fashion
They're meowtains of fun.
Jan 1, 2021
This Vertical Tiny House Has a Bathtub with a View of the Treetops
All the functionality of a townhouse, but tiny.
Jan 1, 2021
Mornings Are Gonna Be a Thousand Times Better with the New SMEG x Lavazza Coffee Maker
Gonna be so awake on your next Zoom call.
Jan 1, 2021
This $10 Snowflake Multi Tool Is Like Having a Full Toolkit Whenever You Need It
And it also happens to be super cute.
Dec 29, 2020
IKEA Is Hiring for Your Dream Job–But There’s a Catch
Sorry, no grown-ups allowed.
Dec 29, 2020
This Suction Cup Lamp Lets You Read Your Favorite Books From Anywhere
No more dirty looks from the person sitting next to you.
Dec 29, 2020
This 195-Square-Foot Tiny Home on Wheels is Powered by the Sun
For life on the road and off the grid.
Dec 28, 2020
This Expandable Desktop Bookshelf Will Declutter Your Desk Once and For All
Because an organized desk is a relaxing desk.
Dec 28, 2020
This Balanced Rock Art Instagram Is the Moment of Zen We All Need Right Now
Relaxation is just a click away.
Dec 28, 2020
Before and After: A Drab Entryway Gets a Colorful, Welcoming Transformation
It went from so-so to smile-inducing.
Dec 18, 2020
Before and After: An Heirloom-Filled Bedroom's Redo Preserves Its Vintage Charm
It's a fresh look, but still feels cozy and lived-in.
Dec 17, 2020
Before and After: A Dark, Dated Bathroom Goes Bright—No Windows Required
A few smart changes make this bathroom look way bigger and brighter.
Dec 16, 2020
Before and After: A 1920s House Gets a New Kitchen Worthy of Its Vintage Charm
The classic look of the new kitchen makes it feel timeless.
Dec 15, 2020
Before and After: A $500 Boho Bathroom Refresh with Ideas Starting at Just $5
This bathroom is full of smart design hacks.
Dec 13, 2020
Joanna Gaines Dropped a New Kitchen Collection Just in Time for Holiday Baking
Whether you’re baking nostalgic holiday treats to send to your loved ones, or cooking up comfort food so you can curl up under your weighted blanket and watch “Home Alone” for the tenth time this week (no? Just me?), you’ll want to set yourself up for success with the right tools.
Dec 3, 2020
This App Calculates Your Carbon Footprint and Lets You Offset It from Your Phone
All those flights, train rides, and Uber rides really add up.
Nov 27, 2020