Melissa Epifano

Melissa is a freelance writer who covers home decor, beauty, and fashion. She’s written for MyDomaine, The Spruce, Byrdie, and The Zoe Report. Originally from Oregon, she's currently living in the UK.
17 Genius Ways To Store All Your Bags, According to Pros
Time to clear out The Chair!
Mar 27, 2024
24 Room Divider Ideas to Give Your Space More Function
Create more spaces with one of these genius room divider ideas.
Mar 26, 2024
I Tried the Four-Word Method and It Completely Changed How I Shop for Decor
Design Ideas
It saves money, too.
Mar 13, 2024
17 Fabric Wall Art Ideas That Will Give Your Home an Unexpected Pop of Whimsy
Fabric wall art = instant character
Jan 29, 2024
16 Clever and Creative Ways to Organize Spices
It's the season(ing) for change, so it's time for an organizational system that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Jan 3, 2024
15 Unique Bathroom Wainscoting Ideas to Make Your Space Shine
When it comes to interior decorating, bathrooms sometimes get neglected. Let's change that.
Jan 2, 2024
The Perfect Way to Use Wrapping Paper That’s Too Pretty to Toss
PROJECTS & IMPROVEMENTS
Whether your style is minimalist or maximalist, Scandi or glam, there's an idea here for you.
Dec 13, 2023
22 Cool Retro Bathroom Ideas That Will Work in Your Modern Home
Modern and farmhouse bathrooms have been wildly popular as of late, but if you’re feeling a little burnt out by clean lines, rustic beams, and super sleek materials, a retro bathroom might be a worthy style contender for your home. So forget the shiplap and shiny chrome finishes and instead set your sights on throwback design ideas that’ll make your bathroom unique and vintage-inspired — yet still fitting for a more updated home.
Dec 9, 2023
3 Things to Know Before Buying a Space Heater, According to Pros
Projects & Improvements
Not all heaters work in the same way.
Nov 30, 2023
How to Clean a Plastic Shower Curtain the Right Way
Why replace it when you can revive it?
Nov 29, 2023
9 Ways to Deal with Loud Neighbors — And 5 Ways Not To
Living
Put down the passive-aggressive sticky note.
Oct 15, 2023
14 Unbelievably Cool IKEA TRONES Hacks to Glow Up This Basic Storage Unit
The wall-mounted Trones storage box may be designed to hold shoes — but that doesn't mean you can't put it to work in other ways.
Sep 25, 2023
35 Boho Living Room Ideas You'll Swoon Over
Poufs, plants, and non matchy-matchy furniture are the keys to nailing this style.
Sep 6, 2023
The Best Dorm Bedding for Making Your Space Feel More Like You
The bed is the most important part of the dorm, after all.
Jul 28, 2023
20 Balcony Garden Ideas That Prove Anyone Can Create One—No Green Thumb Required
When we picture a garden, most of us likely imagine a wildly idyllic countryside oasis or a pristine suburban backyard where space is abundant. However, you don’t need to have ample square footage to create a dreamy gardenscape — your home’s balcony will do just fine. Thanks to a little creativity and innovation, balcony gardens can hold more plant life than you may expect.
Jun 21, 2023
These 9 Bed Skirt Alternatives Will Boost the Style—and Conceal the Storage—in Your Bedroom
There are definitely two types of people in the world; the type who can’t imagine a bed looking just right without a bed skirt, and the type who see no need for one. Are you #teambedskirt or no? If not, maybe you’d consider a bed skirt alternative. Think about it: there are plenty of ways to style your bed: there are comforters, duvets, throw pillows, and so much more. But that aesthetic can continue to the floor even if you don’t want to use a bed skirt.
May 26, 2023
13 Bunk Bed Shelf Ideas for Top-Bunk Storage Space
Bunk beds are a great way to have two people share a bedroom, and they’re a great solution for small bedrooms as well. But as spectacular as bunk beds may be, they leave little room for organization. Unlike a regular bed setup, there are limited storage options for bunk beds, making it difficult to keep things like  books, glasses and water bottles next to the bed. Enter the bunk bed shelf.
Apr 13, 2023
These Patio Garden Ideas Will Make You Want to Spend All Your Time Outdoors
Create your own oasis in the tiniest of spaces.
Apr 6, 2023
15 Stylish DIY Loft Bed Ideas of All Sizes to Help You Max Out Your Small Space
Lofting your bed is one of our favorite design ideas for a small bedroom or even a studio apartment. Doing so reduces the amount of space your bed takes up, provides additional living or working space underneath the bed, and introduces lots of storage (in some cases). Lofting a bed could mean finally getting that chic home office setup you’ve been dreaming of or adding a sleeper sofa for weekend guests.
Apr 6, 2023
14 Brilliant Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax Bookcase
Aside from the fact that IKEA makes furnishing a living space quick and easy (well, kind of easy, at least), it has also blessed fans with products that can be personalized on a whim. Those MDF dressers and EKET cabinets may look basic, but with a few helpful hacks, you can turn your IKEA HEMNES (and pretty much every other item from the Swedish chain) into a DIYed masterpiece.
Feb 26, 2023
These 10 Paper Towel Alternatives Might be Your Next Kitchen Cleaning Staple
Bonus: They're stylish, too!
Feb 25, 2023
These Clever Nightstand Ideas Will Save Space and Amplify Style
You only think you don't have room for a nightstand.
Feb 21, 2023
10 Convertible Beds to Try If Normal Beds Are Just Too Boring for You
Shopping
They're chic, stylish, and space-saving.
Feb 8, 2023
Turn Any Tiny Bathroom Into a Spa With These Small Bathtubs
Shopping
Because everyone deserves a soaking tub.
Jan 25, 2023
These 12 Paint Color Apps Will Help You Visualize Your Dream Home
Save yourself the trouble and money of a paint job that's not quite right with these 6 handy-dandy apps.
Jan 10, 2023
The 14 Best DIY Project Websites of 2023
Other than keeping a houseplant alive and well, the instant satisfaction from completing a DIY project can’t be beat. Sure, it feels great to purchase a new side table or have floors installed. But it’s not the same as stepping back and looking at the masterpiece you created all on your own—whether it’s painted wood furniture or shelving you hung yourself.
Jan 10, 2023
11 Ways to Score Free Furniture (So You Can Save for That Investment Piece!)
Life
It’s tough to beat a $0 price tag.
Dec 8, 2022
26 Brilliant Christmas Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces
If you love decorating for the holidays but don't have a ton of room, these ideas for getting festive with a small footprint might just be the answer.
Oct 26, 2022
19 Secrets for Getting Good Lighting in Every Spot Around Your Home
Nothing makes or breaks a room quite like lighting. It changes the mood, sets the ambiance, and can help define spaces like living and dining rooms or nooks and kitchens, particularly in open-concept layouts. Plus, why settle for bad lighting when the fun, functional options out there are endless? If you think about it, your bedroom can become a whole different space when you customize it with the perfect reading lamp for staying up to finish that novel.
Oct 13, 2022
Window Sill Extender Ideas for Maximizing Every Inch of Space
Windowsills are usually nothing more than a space for plants or forgotten tchotchkes, but they provide plenty of opportunity, especially if you can find a way to make them larger. Windowsill extenders may sound like a funky contraption, but they enable you to make more out of the smallest ledges.This can be as simple as scooting a bench or shelf in front of a window or extending your space outside through the use of a window flower box.
Sep 28, 2022
How to Use an Air Conditioner Economically and Save on Your Electric Bill
There are plenty of ways you can get creative when it comes to staying cool and saving money.  But when the heat of summer truly hits, sometimes your best bet is cranking up the AC. Learning how to save money with your air conditioner can help you keep your cool physically and budget-wise. While it certainly costs a bit more than your usual ice fan hack, things like closing off vents and rearranging furniture are effective and still pretty easy on the wallet.
Sep 20, 2022
15 Chic Black Houses That’ll Make You Want to Come to the Dark Side
Feast your eyes on these deliciously dramatic exteriors.
Sep 19, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About How to Grow Indoor Grass
Out of all the cool houseplants, useful herbs, and indoor trees available, grass isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you’re looking to fill your indoor spaces with living greenery. But even though this type of plant is usually related to backyards and landscaping, grass makes for a great indoor container garden option that can be both decorative and useful and is quite easy to grow.
Sep 14, 2022
Don’t Sweat: This DIY Ice Fan Tutorial Will Keep You Cool All Summer
Stuck without air conditioning again this season? No problem. While you may think you’re doomed when sweltering temperatures hit, if you have a fan and a freezer, you’ve got yourself a DIY cooling machine.
Sep 9, 2022
The 23 Best Indoor Garden Ideas for Bringing the Great Outdoors Inside
Yes, you can even cultivate trees in your living room.
Aug 12, 2022
10 Modern Sheds to Level Up Your Backyard
When it comes to backyard sheds, you might have noticed that they’ve gotten a major upgrade over the years. For the most part, modern sheds have replaced the cobwebby shacks packed with rusty garden tools and dirt-caked floors. Today, a backyard shed is just as likely to double as a chic office space or tiny home for an in-law as it is a place to house your tractor. We’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful modern sheds to help you start creating your own dream backyard.
Jun 14, 2022