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This Secret Can Save You Serious Bucks at Costco
We’ve all been there. We’re riding high on the adrenaline rush of a great Costco deal on tires, vodka, shirts or whatever, feeling like the savviest shopper to ever shop. You log online to see what’s popping over on Costco dot com when you spot the exact same thing on sale for *gasp* way less. But don’t worry, there’s a way to get in on a sale, even if you’ve already purchased it.
May 3, 2019
Mariah Carey’s New California Rental Hits a High Note
Queen of closets and throwing impeccable shade, Mariah Carey (the elusive chanteuse), is renting new luxurious L.A. digs with #demkids. After her 2014 split from Nick Cannon, Mimi has been bouncing from one high profile West Coast rental to another. Word on the Hollywood streets as that she just moved into this peach colored Beverly Hills rental previously occupied by Nicki Minaj.
May 3, 2019
You’ll Never Guess Where Jordan Peele Keeps His Oscar
The uber-talented, multi-hyphenate Jordan Peele took home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out at Sunday’s ceremony, making him the first black filmmaker to win the award and only the fourth to have been nominated. And now he has to answer the age old question: where do you keep your Oscar? Lucky for us, Peele tweeted out the answer to the most pressing question. Well, first he made an A+ joke. This is exactly what it looked like watching my wife give birth. pic.
May 3, 2019
The 10 Things I Hate About You House Is on the Market
“You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you,” which is what you’ll be singing to this house. And for good reason! Not only is it beautiful, it’s also the house featured in classic teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the gorgeous Victorian has plenty to offer up outside of its Hollywood pedigree, but that doesn’t hurt. The five bedroom, four bathroom 5,760 square foot house is on the market for $1.
May 3, 2019
If You Like Bad Design, You’ll Love This Instagram Account
While there’s certainly never any snark about houses around these parts, we can still appreciate it when it’s artfully done. @PleaseHateTheseThings compiles the best bizarro, wackadoo real estate and design photos the internet has to offer, presenting them with just the right amount of sarcasm and wonder. The brainchild of interior designer Dina Holland, the account catalogues all the “absurd, ill conceived & just plain stupid things in home decor” with razor sharp wit.
May 3, 2019
This 3D Printed Tiny House Has Actual Succulents In Its Tiles
Howdy folks! Are you ready to take a look at something that combines all of design internet’s favorite things? It’s a tiny house! That’s 3D printed! And Full! Of! Succulents! Innovative 3D printing studio Emerging Objects built the Cabinet of Curiosities with 4,500 tiles born of a 3D printer. And while the frame of the house itself isn’t 3D printed, the tiles were printed using the company’s Seed Stitch technology, a knitted ceramic wall system.
May 3, 2019
Listen to This Touching Modern Love Episode: “When a Couch is More Than a Couch”
“Were I healthy enough these days, I would be sipping a glass of free wine and running my hands over an exquisite accent pillow in an impossibly hip showroom called something like Space or Lust, while a sales assistant speaks to me of the virtues of aniline versus semi-aniline leather.” And so begins Nina Riggs’ Modern Love piece, When a Couch is More Than a Couch. An essay on love, family, loss, fear and furniture.
May 3, 2019
Tyra Banks Bought a Stunner of a Pacific Palisade Mansion
Star of the hit movie Life Size and creator of little known reality show America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks has reportedly picked up a brand new California property. After selling her gorgeous New York condo last spring, Banks recently purchased this sprawling Pacific Palisades home for $6.995 million. The 6,160 square foot, five bedroom, five and a half bathroom contemporary home boasts sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and amenities fit for a supermodel.
May 3, 2019
A New Service is Here to Help You Become The Ultimate Stylish Plant Parent
Bloomscape, a newly launched startup out of Detroit, wants to help you become the plant parent you’ve always wanted to be. If you’re a beginner who is kind of befuddled about what plants to buy, where to buy them and what to do when you get them into your home, Bloomscape might be for you. If you think you’ve got a pretty good handle on the situation but could use a little moral support and loving advice, Bloomscape might also be for you.
May 3, 2019
A New GQ Profile Sheds a Little Light on the World of Wes Anderson
At this point Wes Anderson has basically become design short hand. With things like Accidental Wes Anderson and Wes Anderson themed Airbnbs popping up all over the place, the director has created such an identifiable visual calling card that it’s easy to think it all just sort of …happens. In a new profile over on GQ, members of Anderson’s elite group of frequent collaborators offer some insight into what goes into crafting the worlds he creates with each film.
May 3, 2019
Smoke Detector is Recalled for Failing to Do The One Thing It’s Designed For
Few things are as basic and integral to the safety of a home as the humble smoke detector. Everyone has to have one and you should stay on top of making sure all of the batteries are still good and that you didn’t forget to screw it all the way back in after burning your brussel sprouts. The US Consumer Product Safety Commision recently recalled Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms for failing to detect smoke.
May 3, 2019
This Astrology App Will Help You Figure Out How Compatible You Are With Your Crush
Is it just me or does it seem like astrology is everywhere? Not that I’m mad about it—I check about four different sites every Monday and look forward to our Home Horoscopes every month. I was talking to my friend Emily the other day, a true astrology believer, about getting back into the online dating game when she whipped out an astrology card to check on my compatibility with a guy I’d matched with.
May 3, 2019
Let’s Argue About People Arguing About Closets: The Definitive House Hunters Cliché Bracket
Greetings sports fans, let’s fill out a bracket! Just kidding. I mean, yes let’s fill out a bracket, but one about House Hunters instead. Before March and all of its madness is over, we wanted an opportunity to argue amongst ourselves, talk about HGTV for an endless amount of time and defend our choices for our final four. The internet has been abuzz with alternative brackets, and we thought the HGTV crowd deserved their own.
May 3, 2019
DIY Rustic Cube Shelves
Shannon is here to walk us through one very elegent IKEA hack. If you’re ready and willing to bust out your power tools and commit a few hours to the cause, you will be handsomely rewarded with this gorgeous shelving unit.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Candy Filled Paper Egg
Easter is coming up quickly, and what a cute and unique way to jazz up your Easter basket! Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 20 Minutes Project Cost: The cost of candy Craft paper A pencil Needle & thread Candy for the filling Pens in fun colors Scissors First you have to draw two eggs on your kraft paper. Its best to use a template from the Internet, so that the two eggs are exactly the same size. Now you can get wild. Paint the two eggs as colorfully as you want.
Apr 30, 2019
Shauna’s Beach House Bathroom Makeover
Project by: Shauna Location: Naples, Florida Our beach cottage in Naples, Florida was a dated 1960s, 2600 square foot home that was dying for an extreme makeover. In just under three months we gutted the kitchen, master bathroom, guest bathroom, guest bedroom and home exterior. The before and after photos are pretty incredible, especially the kitchen and master bathroom. This is our vacation “getaway” home so we kept that in mind with budget and design choices.
Apr 30, 2019
Nikki’s No Longer Neglected Home Office
Project by: Nikki G. Location: Cypress, Texas Do you ever find yourself wondering how some people deal with blending their jobs into their real lives? Do baristas refuse to make coffee at home? Or are chefs huge fans of takeout because they are just over it? Nikki offers insight into bringing your work home with you when you’re an interior designer. From Nikki: As a decorator, my own home often gets no love, or at most, leftover love.
Apr 30, 2019
Erin’s Delightful Closet Makeover
Project by: Erin Location: Atlanta, Georgia Even in her busy family home, Erin managed to carve out a space that is completely her own style, creating the perfect in home mini-retreat. From Erin: As a busy mom of 3 boys, I really craved a space that could just ooze femininity. I thought the closet was the perfect place to go totally glam with the decor.
Apr 30, 2019
James’ Built-In Style Cat Complex
Project by: James Location: Lower East Side — New York, New York My wife and I designed and fabricated a cat duplex for our small NYC apartment. The cat furniture/architecture is comprised of modules that we call the Cat Pole, Cat Bridge, Catwalk and Cat Staircase. Mostly unfinished, natural materials were used throughout for the health of the cats and to fit with the simple look of the rest of the apartment, to which the cat furniture was to appear built-in.
Apr 30, 2019
Harmony Creates a Warm Welcoming Space
Project by: Harmony Weihs/ Design Harmony Location: Sammamish, Washington We love a good stylish entryway, especially when it tells you something about the owners. Harmony created a stylish and personal space for her clients with a few well-chosen and significant items. From Harmony: Our client purchased a new construction home in a large planned community and wanted to stand out from his neighbors.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Wood Planked Ceiling
I have to admit, I’ve never really thought of the ceiling as something you can DIY. Christina proves that you not only can, you can do it beautifully. And while this project may not be for the DIY-faint of heart, it can definitely provide some inspiration. Skill Level: Moderate Time Required: Weekend Cost: $100 2x4s Tongue and groove wood planks Wood stain Crown molding Saw Build a frame on the wall out of 2x4s. Stain the wood planks ahead of time.
Apr 30, 2019
Meghan’s $10 Bathroom Floor Makeover
Project by: Meghan Location: Charleston, South Carolina Our bathroom floor was disgusting. Like, ten year old faux-wood rental apartment sheet vinyl disgusting. Really, the picture does not do it justice AT ALL. I toyed with the idea of putting down vinyl tiles on top (like I did in our kitchen), but the floor is super uneven and I was worried that the humidity would cause the glue to unstick. So, we made peace with it for a year and a half.
Apr 30, 2019
Michael’s Space Saving, Perfect for Entertaining Makeover
Project by: Michael Location: Manhattan, New York I recently purchased my first apartment and wanted to be able to seat up to six people for the occasional dinner party. However, like most New Yorkers, I don’t have space for a large dining table in my apartment. There are plenty of great convertible tables out there, but accommodating six chairs in my living room when the table was not in use presented a real challenge.
Apr 30, 2019
Christina’s “Fun and Light” DIY Bathroom Makeover
Project by: Christina Location: Jackson, Mississippi We had a small leak in our guest bathroom that required a hole to be knocked in the wall in order to access the pipe. I had (at that time) a wonderful idea to just go ahead and redo the entire bathroom to something a little more fun and light.
Apr 30, 2019
Phil and Bowha’s Open and Airy Family Kitchen
Project by: Phil and Bowha Location: Bakersfield, California This beautiful home is located in the Southern California community of Rosedale, which was historically a country town that was founded as a colony of English farmers back in 1891.
Apr 30, 2019
Ashton’s “Workable Canvas”
Project by: Ashton Location: Greenville, South Carolina Ashton and Mike’s 1931 bungalow in downtown Greenville, SC has provided them with a very workable canvas, with its high ceilings, nice flow of light, and charming old house feel.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Kubus Inspired Candleholder
This DIY project is totally impressive if you’re a fan of the Kubus candleholder that inspired it. It’s also pretty impressive even if you’ve never seen a Kubus. For under a day and under $20 you can have a totally gift-able, beautiful candle holder. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 24 Hours Project Cost: Under $15 From Sara: The first time I saw this candleholder I felt instantly in love with it.
Apr 30, 2019
Gary’s Recently Restored 1925 Houseboat in London
Name: Gary Marshall Location: Poplar Dock Marina, London Size: 92 square meters (or just under 1000 square feet) Years lived in: 3 Months Have you ever dreamed of living on a boat? I know I have. But while it sounds romantic, I’ve always been worried about having to live in a too-cramped space or a home filled with too many “nautical” themes. Gary’s houseboat blows any preconceived notions about a houseboat right out of the water! (Pun very intended.
Apr 30, 2019
This Handmade Modern Bean-Bag Toss Set Is Perfect For Summer
Summer is quickly approaching (thank goodness) and with it lots of outdoor time. If you’re looking for a fun summer activity that doesn’t involve running (just me?) but fuels healthy competition, bean-bag toss is a great option.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Paper Hydrangeas
These lovely DIY paper flowers are a fun way to add spring flair to your home or make a charming housewarming gift! Skill Level: Moderate Time Required: 1 hour per flower Project Cost: $5 From Michelle: Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers with their high petal counts and large scalloped leaves. Used as fillers or as centerpieces, they are eye-catching and beautiful.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Paint The Giant Wall Portrait Your Pet Deserves
Ok, you don’t have to paint a portrait of your pet. You can extend it to family members or partners or whomever, but look at how cute that portrait is. Claire’s tutorial is super simple, all you need is an app, a willing subject and some paint!
Apr 30, 2019
Charles Bares the Brick of a Brooklyn Home
Project by: Charles Wachtel of CW Property Group Location: Bed Stuy — Brooklyn, New York I am a former entertainment attorney, now on a mission to make clear that a house “flip” does not need to be a four letter word. I treat each renovation as my own home, and to that end, I build spec houses that I hope introduce a level of quality in both the design and the execution that people are generally unaccustomed to seeing in a developer-built renovation.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Cloud Light
We’re card carrying members of the string light appreciation society and Therese’s fun and inventive DIY is a great way to add another whimsical light source to your home. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: Around $10 LED Lighting Chain Metal Wire Hanger Pliers To get the frame for my cloud I bent a metal wire hanger in the cloud shape I wanted. You’ll need some strength and patience to finish this step.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Upgrade Your Vintage Suitcase to a Side Table
I found a gorgeous mustardy yellow vintage suitcase, which I upcycled into a fabulous side table. Not only that, I added extra character to the case with some vintage luggage labels. You can download these vintage luggage labels on my blog for free. This vintage suitcase looks great either as a bedside table or a coffee table. It’s also really useful for storage of stuff like magazines.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Outdoor Wood Bench
This is a little labor intensive, but the result is beautiful. If you’re interested in a bit of a challenge and want to revamp your outdoor space on a budget, give this gorgeous bench a try!
Apr 30, 2019
Hop To It! Make These Bunny Bookends This Weekend
If you’re looking for a last minute Mother’s Day project or just a cute way to add a little spring to your shelf, look no further! Jessie walks us through this easy and adorable project.
Apr 30, 2019
Nada’s Dreamy Bedroom Makeover
Project by: Nada Location: Doha, Qatar I can finally bring to you a long overdue room tour, my own bedroom! I promised awhile back that I would share before and afters from my own home one room at a time, and I’ve already shared Farida’s nursery, my 15 month old daughter, and this is the second room tour that I want to share. My husband and I started looking at the design of the bedroom before our wedding, more than two years ago.
Apr 30, 2019
Making a Chandelier and Making Over A Room
Project by: Patchi Location: Norfolk, Virginia We have been talking about this chandelier for such a long time. It has probably been two years since we decided we needed/wanted it, until the time we hung it up last a few Sundays ago. It turns out I have some very talented and artistic men in my family. One of them being my brother-in-law, Rique, owner and co-founder of Tomada. Tomada is a company that specializes in unique, modern, and eclectic lighting.
Apr 30, 2019
Make Your Own Crystal Resin Collage Tray
This lovely little tray can do double duty of both helping you organize your space while jazzing it up. It’s also totally customizable, so follow Cassie’s instructions to make it your own! Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 2 hours active time, 24 hours to cure Project Cost: $50 From Cassie: I am in the middle of redecorating my bedroom, and one of the major upgrades I will be adding is a vanity area.
Apr 30, 2019
Jessie’s “Deck That Pinterest Built” For Under $1300
Project by: Jessie Location: Hopkins, Minnesota Jessie’s deck is just effortlessly cool. A nice balance of greenery, sleek furniture and recycled wood, it’s practically party perfect. Congrats on the deck Jessie, we’re ready to come over anytime. From Jessie: The spot, as you can see, used to be a neglected yard waste dump just outside our back door. The deck we had was useless and poorly installed.
Apr 30, 2019
Carrie’s Moroccan Inspired Los Angeles Patio
Name: Carrie Location: Windsor Square — Los Angeles, California When we first toured our apartment, the patio looked like a prison yard. The paint was dirty and peeling, the floor was inexplicably covered in commercial kitchen mats, and the view was a tangle of power lines looming over the ugly backsides of three neighboring apartment buildings. (And don’t get me started on the flattened toilet boxes one neighbor used for curtains!
Apr 30, 2019
Tom & Mindy’s Sonoma County Farmhouse Fixer-Upper
Project by: Tom & Mindy Location: Santa Rosa, California We spent much of our 30s looking at, bidding on, and losing offers on fixer farmhouse properties in Sonoma County. We were ecstatic when an offer of ours was finally accepted for a short sale property, which was supposed to close on my 40th birthday, which I thought was a very good omen!
Apr 30, 2019
An (Almost) Antique Mirror Makeover
Project by: Kim Location: Bryan, Texas There is a built-in hutch in our dining room with a gorgeous soapstone surface…and then a painted wood backsplash. YUCK. I wanted to glam the space up a bit and chose to make a stunning damask antique mirror backsplash. I used a cut to fit mirror piece and Amy Howard at Home’s Antique Mirror Solutions and damask stencil to get the look.
Apr 30, 2019
A Clean and Simple Office Nook
Project by: Isabel Location: Madrid, Spain As working from home becomes more common, so does the problem of carving out office space. Isabel saw opportunity to create an office in her living room that would give her her own workspace while allowing her to spend time with her family. From Isabel: This project is about renovating my small work corner at home. I work at home daily but don’t have a room for it, so I like to work in the living room to share some time with my family.
Apr 30, 2019
An Easy Way to Spruce Up Your Garbage Can
I have to admit, I’ve never once looked at my trashcan as a design opportunity. Now, thanks to Claire, I’m so ready to bring some pattern to my kitchen. Take it away Claire! From Claire: Over the last few years wallpaper has come back in fashion and there are tons of fantastic designs out there. Wallpaper is not just for walls, you can decorate loads of things with it. As many great design houses produce their own wallpapers it can be cheap way of getting that designer look.
Apr 30, 2019
Make Your Own Resin Agate Coasters
From A. Wagner: I’m absolutely in love with agate slices. My great aunt had a huge collection of them in a beautiful display case and I spent hours looking at them as a kid. Yes, hours. I was a little quirky, yes, but the beautiful swirls of color and speckles of glimmering crystals were mesmerizing. Now that they’re everywhere and mostly as coasters, I want them! All of them! But that would be crazy and also really, really expensive.
Apr 30, 2019
A Moody & Bohemian Kids Room Makeover for 2k
Project by: Mila Location: Culver City, California I renovated my kids’ room in six weeks and spent around $2,000. The room was completely redone. I just kept the dresser and some art that I had been collecting for years from estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets. I wanted to have an eclectic, bohemian and colorful space with a moody vibe. My inspiration was a nursery photo I found on Pinterest. The wallpaper was an important starting point and it took me a while to find it.
Apr 30, 2019
A “Nice Enough” Patio Gets a Warm, Wood Upgrade
Project by: Anne-Claire Location: Rockville, Maryland Our back patio was nice enough when we moved in. It was made of flag stones, had a fun round shape and was surrounded by plants and trees. But after almost two years in the house, we felt that a wood deck would look warmer and more inviting. So this spring while my parents were visiting from France, my dad helped us build one. He’s a very good DIYer and had already built a deck for their own home.
Apr 30, 2019