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10 Ideas for Decorating Your Porch this Halloween
Writing this post made me realize that after over a decade in studio apartments, I actually have a porch that I could actually decorate for Halloween! Perhaps a combination of giant eyeballs and spider egg sacs, with some glowing orbs for good measure? 1. Spider Web from Janice & Jacob’s Home of Magical Curiosities Use your macramé skills for good (spooky spider web) instead of evil (hanging plant holder), like Janice did! 2.
May 4, 2019
Can You Spot It? 10 Nearly Unrecognizable IKEA Hacks
To pull off a truly spectacular IKEA hack, you need tools, talent and an unflappable vision. You need to be able to look at a footstool and see a shelving unit. Can you tell what IKEA products inspired each of these nearly unrecognizable hacks? Workspace shelving from Dutch magazine vtwonen, made from a FROSTA stool. This table was crafted from an ANTONIUS laundry hamper by The Clever Bunny.
May 4, 2019
Design School Case Study: Sample Room Layouts for Ashley’s Living Room
So the comments around Ashley’s makeover were… spirited, to say the least. A lot of you all had things to say about the floorplan, and this is your shot at diving into the options in more depth. When the furniture arrived, we re-arranged things a few times to see what might work, fiddling until I felt we had the best possible option… As a refresher, here’s Ashley’s living room as a 3D model.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: An Adorable Air Conditioner (You Read That Right)
When we bought our house two years ago, I was very excited about the thought of having a windowless air conditioner in the bedroom to keep us cool throughout the summer. However, I soon realized that an in wall a/c unit was very hard to hide, especially since it’s the first thing you see when you enter the room.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A “Fun and Flirty” Club Chair
Fabric is simply clothing for your furniture. Take time to create unique, one of a kind pieces that are a reflection of who you are and how you live! We took an “old and dirty” club chair, cleaned it up, reupholstered and made it “fun and flirty”! When we wear clothing, sometimes we dress casual, fancy, or sporty. This chair was created with a working woman’s apartment in mind. Someone who has traditional values while living an adventurous and colorful life.
May 4, 2019
Say Goodbye to Dated Track Lighting With This Easy & Clever DIY
There’s no denying that lighting is a vitally important aspect of any space, yet it’s often the most overlooked. Once you flip the switch to illuminate your interior, it’s easy to get distracted by all the other things that need tending to, and lighting falls by the wayside. When visiting Lauren and Danny’s Mount Washington home, we were reminded that, whether you rent or own, you can take control of your own lighting situation.
May 4, 2019
You CAN Do It Yourself: Easier-Than-You-Realize Repairs to Try this Year
You should always call someone for help with a repair that feels too dangerous for your set of tools and knowledge. However, there are a lot of repairs that can be done around the home that don’t need a professional. This year, resolve to try one of these easier-than-you-realize repairs around the house. You might surprise yourself!
May 4, 2019
Crystal Cut Glass Decanters: Not Just For Bar Carts Anymore
You might think that decorative cut glass would look dated and completely out of sync with most modern decor. Like china place settings, lead crystal is often given as wedding gifts or inherited from relatives, and seems like a relic of a different time. Or does it? Here are several ideas that use bar decanters in fresh new ways. In the lead image above, notice the table lamp made from a cut glass decanter, seen in this Scandinavian home from Skona Hem.
May 4, 2019
Why Yes, I Do Want Free Art: Favorites from the New York Public Library Digital Collection
Good news. The New York Public Library has just added hi-res versions of tens of thousands of its public domain digital holdings and they invite you to use them however you like. Print and frame them for your walls, work them into homemade party invitations, basically, use and remix them to your heart’s content. Here are a few of my favorites: A vibrant blue cyanotype would be striking to frame for your wall.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Guest Room with the Comforts of a Hotel
I think when most people move into a new home, decorating the guest room probably isn’t their first priority—but that wasn’t so in this case. Emily, owner of Cheerfully Made, recently moved with her family into a big, four-bedroom in the small town of Almonte, Ontario, and while the extra space was amazing and the house was in great shape, it was stuck in a time warp. And what was the first room Emily attacked? The guest room.
May 3, 2019
How To Test for Lead Paint in Your Home
Lead paint is nasty stuff. If you live in a home built before 1978, it’s very likely that layers of lead paint lurk on the windowsills, trim around the doorway, or walls. Not knowing if you have it in your home is scary — especially if you are pregnant or have children — so it’s worth finding out. Inexpensive kits are widely available, and testing is easy, so fork over the $10, be the responsible human you are, and put your mind to ease.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Budget-Friendly Modern Entrance Makeover
The front entrance can be a tricky space to make over. It usually is not very big, has limited options, and needs to be really functional. And if you have an open-concept home, you have to make sure the entry works with the look of the whole space. Lidy and Joel from Hello Lidy had already tackled most of their open-plan, split-level house and were not happy with the view of their dated front entrance from their newly made-over living room.
May 3, 2019
How to Write Your Own Wedding Ceremony
The best weddings are the truly personal ones. And while there are a million and one ways to put your unique stamp on the day, there’s nothing quite as important–in a really kind of big, existential sense–as the words you hear, speak and share during your wedding ceremony. And I’m not just talking about the vows–you can script the whole show from beginning to end if you want to.
May 3, 2019
What To Do Next if Your Lead Paint Test is Positive
If you got a sweet deal on a fixer-upper that was built before 1978, chances are you’re going come across lead paint somewhere in the house. Beautifully painted window trim that tests positive for lead paint isn’t necessarily the end of the world — but it quickly becomes a problem when the paint starts to deteriorate and chips or flakes away. So if you happen to have a flaky window sill you’re suspicious of, give it a quick test and don’t fear the results.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Pretty (And Practical!) Laundry Room Upgrade
The laundry room is a humble space, but it’s also a hardworking one. And if you’re going to spend time in there washing your clothes, shouldn’t it be a place you enjoy? Mandi from Vintage Revivals recently shared the transformation of her laundry room, which went from a boring, standard-issue builder grade space with not much going for it to a very lovely (and very efficient) space where anyone would love to wash clothes.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Garage Leftover Gets a New Life
It’s hard not to romanticize the meet-cute between Sofia and her now stunning bar. Just an average, overlooked workbench is collecting dust all on its lonesome, until it finally found that special someone who came along and claimed it. From Sofia: I found this workbench under mounds of dusty boxes in the cellar at my mum’s house.
May 3, 2019
Before & Afters by the Dozen: 12 Amazing Vintage Chair Makeovers
You walk into a thrift store, flea market, or garage sale, and there it is: a fab vintage chair for a steal. Sure it needs a little work, but it has amazing bones. Have you been there before? I have, many times. If you like a good DIY challenge, scoop up that chair!
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Teeny-Tiny DIY Dorm Desk
College living is chock full of design challenges (small spaces, random roommates, a general sense of impermanence) so I’m always impressed when people commit to living their best dorm lives. Roxanne came up with a pretty ingenious way to carve out a workstation for her daughter, seemingly out of nowhere. From Roxanne: My daughter needed a study area in her tiny dorm room. With no floor space available I had to get creative. Working with only 2 feet of wall space, I added a fold down desk.
May 3, 2019
How To Hack Sliding Doors for IKEA BILLY Bookcases
I thought I’d already found the best example of a BILLY hack already —these built-ins from Gwen of Makerista, which we posted early last year. Then this project came to my attention, and I’ve made room in my heart for two loves instead of just one. Kristina of Ich Designer created a series of these sliding doors for her BILLY bookcases. They move on casters with the help of a u-shaped channel she affixed to the front of the shelves. IKEA bar pulls complete the job.
May 3, 2019
Be A 10-Minute Pro: The Best Flower Arranging Tricks We Know
Be a floral pro in ten minutes.
May 3, 2019
Before & After Makeover, Multiplied: One Balcony Refresh at Four Different Budgets
Long-time Apartment Therapy readers might remember a little renovation diary series about The World’s Ugliest Condo — the affectionate title for my in-laws’ second home in Florida before I redid it for them several years ago. At the time, I shared the entire renovation process, but the one area we didn’t touch was the outdoor space. Until now. The outdoor space was originally just so blah. And tan. And then more tan. Followed up by some tan.
May 3, 2019
Smart & Sneaky Storage Solutions: Outdoor Project Ideas
Small outdoor spaces suffer the same fate as indoor rooms— where to put all the clutter? Outdoor furniture cushions, lamps, and pillows all need a place to live when you’re not using them. The answer is one the most important rules of small spaces: furniture that serves two purposes at once. Amy of Hertoolbelt posted free plans for these wooden reclining chaise lounges over on Remodelaholic. They’re hollow which means they’re perfect for storage inside.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: From Super Blank Slate to Charming Nursery
For some people, a totally blank slate of a room is just plain intimidating. For Jolie, it’s a joy. See how she built a lovely little nursery in a room that was in need of some serious charm. From Jolie: When my sister-in-law and I first started off on this renovation journey, I don’t think we realized what we were getting ourselves into!
May 3, 2019
Well-Preserved: Fresh Flowers that Dry Beautifully
Cut flowers offer a lovely, if ephemeral and short-lived pleasure—while fresh, that is. Preserved flowers keep on giving, and several fresh picks that can be found in markets now have a gorgeous extended life when dried. The long-lasting, low-maintenance loveliness these preserved blooms offer might sway those looking for the never-ending flower. Here’s a guide to five varieties with decidedly current appeal and timeless potential.
May 3, 2019
A Catio is the Coolest Thing You Never Knew Your Cat Needed
Here’s something to add to the list of awesome things you can build for your cat: a catio. It’s a portmanteau of cat + patio, and it’s an enclosed outdoor space that lets your cat enjoy the great outdoors, without the attendant risks. If you’ve got the DIY itch, here a few inspiring projects to get you started. Your neighbors may look askance at your new outdoor room, but your cats will be happy, and that’s what matters.
May 3, 2019
10 DIY Furniture & Decor Projects You Can Make for Your Wedding (Then Use at Home Later)
Going the DIY route isn’t always worth the time, effort and cost of materials. But if you can get multiple uses out of your project – like, say, as a ceremony backdrop at your wedding, then as a hanging behind the bed in your apartment – it makes taking on that project just a little (ok, a lot) more worthwhile. There’s a wealth of ideas for wedding DIY projects on Pinterest and across the web, but we gathered ten particularly beautiful and useful ones here.
May 3, 2019
How to Build a Long Wood Floating Shelf (That Won’t Sag in the Middle)
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! Floating shelves are fantastic, and I knew I wanted one above the tub in my new bathroom. We searched high and low for a floating shelf that not only looked good, but could hold a lot of weight without sagging —especially because the wall is pretty long.
May 3, 2019
Make This Modern Geometric Puppy Bed for Just $30
The star of Tanika & Brian’s chic and modern NYC apartment? That just might be Tansy the dog and the cozy geometric cubby she calls home in their space. It’s a handmade piece that you can slap together in a weekend and take home to your own fuzzy family. Amid cries of “Ooh” and “Ahh” and “Where can I get that?,” reader reldihs pointed out in the comments of Brian and Tanika’s tour that this cubby looked a lot like a DIY project by Ben Uyeda.
May 3, 2019
16 Simple & Chic DIY Cake Toppers for Weddings, Parties or Everyday
Like the wedding cake itself, a cake topper is something you definitely don’t need to throw a wedding. But here’s the thing: If you do it right (that is, cheaply and without a lot of hassle) a peppy little topper is the perfect way to accessorize your wedding cake – or a birthday cake or a cake for mom for mother’s day.
May 3, 2019
Before You Commit: What You Need To Know About DIY Wedding Flowers
Wedding planning is a multi-layered process with many decisions. Searching for ways to save is crucial for smaller wedding budgets, but a lot of couples go the DIY route without fully understanding how much time, energy and money it actually requires. Take flowers. Hiring professional florists is often expensive —especially painful when line items (like catering) already take up a huge chunk of the wedding budget.
May 3, 2019
Insanely Creative Things People Have Made from IKEA Bed Slats
What can you make from IKEA’s most utilitarian offering, you ask? Well what can’t you make? The SULTAN LADE bed slats are a $10 take home add-on that make IKEA’s platform beds feasible without a boxspring, but they’re also simply just a bunch of raw pieces of lumber stapled together to a polyester cord.
May 3, 2019
15 Times Cross-Stitch Was Actually Incredibly Cool
This is not your grandma’s cross-stitch. These projects take the art form of stitching tiny X’s with thread and turn it on its head. Giant painted cross-stitch wall murals, stitched sterling silver bangles, an embroidered IKEA stool – trust me, there’s a lot more to this craft than alphabet samplers. Greet your guests with a cross-stitched welcome sign.
May 3, 2019
The Very Best Outdoor Bars & Dining DIY Projects for Small Spaces
Think you don’t have room for a bar, dining nook, or food prep station in your small outdoor space? Think again. These DIY tables, bars, and carts fold flush to the wall, wheel inside, and make use of plain ole’ efficient design—turning the dream of al fresco dining into a reality for small space dwellers. When open, this Murphy bar offers plenty of shelf space for cutting boards, bottles, and glasses, plus, a dining table for two.
May 3, 2019
DIY Summer Soothers: 12 Masks, Mists & Balms to Make Yourself
Summer sun and warm breezes can be fabulous things, but they can also be damaging to your skin, lips, and hair. Protect yourself with deliciously scented sunscreens and balms, refresh yourself with invigorating facial mists, and recover from an accidental overdose of sun with easy and all-natural DIY remedies.
May 3, 2019
Transform Everything You Own with the Magic of Flower Bombing
It’s summer, and flowers are suddenly appearing everywhere, not just in nature, but also in DIY projects all over the internet. Flower bombing — covering things in faux (or real!) flowers, is the latest trend, and it’s a great way to get a huge impact while spending not a lot of money. Read on to find out how you can transform pretty much anything own with the magic of flowers.
May 3, 2019
Wardrobe Makeovers: How To Restyle Your Jeans & Denim for Summer
While I’m not the type of person to cut off all her jeans on the first hot day of the year—I only have two pairs, after all—I can’t help but appreciate the inherent summery-ness of a well-done pair of cutoffs. This summer, transform old jeans, horribly out-of-date jean skirts, and denim yardage into pieces you’ll be rocking all season long.
May 3, 2019
This Must Be The Place: 11 House Number DIY Ideas
Add some curb appeal and get those numbers noticed.
May 3, 2019
Outdoor Upgrades: Totally Clever & Cool Backyard Hacks To Tackle This Summer
If you’re looking for clever ways to update your backyard or patio, without dipping into your ice cream budget, these projects are right in line with your priorities. They add seating, storage and decor for very little cash. Above, VT Wonen combined buckets and wood to make cheap and plentiful seating for outside. Add some spray paint and felt to some grapevine string lights for a welcome addition to your outdoor wall. From Drawn to DIY.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Snug as a Bug in a Rug Closet Nursery
While preparing for their first baby, Kelsey and Matt found themselves getting creative with their closet space. One armoire, a few DIY projects and four months later, they have an adorable and cozy nursery all set for their daughter. From Kelsey: With the upcoming arrival of our first baby, my husband Matt and I wanted to create a special nursery in our one bedroom rental home in Topanga Canyon, California.
May 3, 2019
From the Thrift Store to Your Garden: Low-Cost Outdoor Project Ideas
There’s really no need to spend big bucks on garden decor. Look around the house or scour places like Goodwill and flea markets for common items you can turn into planters, feeders, furniture, and decorations on the cheap. Above, this mid-century modern style bird bath from The Red Jet was created with the legs of one of those round plywood decorators tables and an inexpensive bowl —both of which are easily found at Goodwill.
May 3, 2019
A Rental “Ravioli Light” Gets a $10, 10-Minute IKEA Hack Makeover
This is my children’s small bedroom. The semi-flush mount ceiling light (which reminds me of a ravioli) is an improvement over our last apartment’s “boob light”, but is still boring and screams “builder grade.” Someday I might replace the whole fixture but in the meantime I was looking for a quick, cheap improvement that didn’t require turning off the circuit breaker. I found it…at IKEA of course.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Ashley’s Vintage Refrigerator Goes From Beast to Beauty
I’ve always been a huge fan of 1950s style kitchens, and was lucky enough to score a tiny vintage refrigerator from a few years ago. The small size made it a bit of a challenge (we had to be very cognizant while grocery shopping!) so, when we added a member to the family this year, we also decided it was time to upgrade to a bigger refrigerator.
May 3, 2019
Here’s the Secret To Looking & Feeling Cool All Summer: Updo DIY Ideas
No matter how many times I see magazine articles demo’ing how to achieve flowing beach-y waves, I still just throw my hair up into a style that keeps my neck from becoming a sweaty, sticky mess. (Minnesota’s more than 10,000 lakes are basically just beautiful, relaxing, humidity factories!) Any effort I make to create curl wand magic instantly becomes completely pointless as soon as I step outside.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: The “Hospital Ward” Guest Room Makeover
This is what my guest room looked like 6 months after moving into my new home eight years ago, and this is how it’s looked every since. White walls, metal twin bed with a wool camp blanket, and a former doctor’s table helped the room earn its nickname as “the hospital ward.” This month I swapped out the bed, which led to a lighting project, which led to wallpaper and soon the room was pretty much redone.
May 3, 2019
Ta-Da! Give Basic Wire Baskets a Colorful Makeover
When it comes to taming my ever-growing collection of stuff, there’s really nothing simpler or more useful than a wire basket. To be honest, I have five (is that too many??) in my bedroom alone. And while I love how functional they are for stashing everything from notebooks to ribbons, they can start to feel a little utilitarian.
May 3, 2019
How to Give a $4 IKEA Pillow a Palm-Patterned Makeover
Pin this brilliant project and save it for a sunny day: Brush an inexpensive IKEA pillow cover with solar-activated dye, lay some leaves on top, and watch in wonder as the sun’s rays turn the white pillow an eye-popping orange. Of-the-moment palm patterns and new dyes in modern colors make this a fresh take on the classic blue sun print. And the best part? The look on your friends’ faces when you tell them you made it yourself.
May 3, 2019
Buh-Bye Cable Box: Sneaky Ways to Hide All Evidence of Electronics
There should be a medical or scientific term for that visceral aversion to seeing cords and ugly electronic boxes (something on par with trypophobia for example). Getting rid of them is an endless quest as fraught with difficulty as getting tickets to see Hamilton with Lin-Manual Miranda in the lead role. Figure out how to cover up those unattractive bits— and improve the look of your home in the meantime —and you’ve truly mastered the art of organization and storage.
May 3, 2019
Believe It or Not: 10 Surprisingly Stylish Beanbag Chairs
Beanbag chairs: that dream of childhood, that nightmare of adulthood. So comfortable, and yet…so ugly. Or at least, so you once thought. When I did a little research into the current state of beanbag chairs I was surprised to find that they had evolved considerably from the vinyl monstrosities of my youth. We’ve rounded up 10 stylish beanbags that you might actually want to have in your house.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: From Stuck in the Mud to “Smart Looking Study Piece”
Round of applause for Chelsea and her terrific eye! While taking her Mom out for her birthday (awww) Chelsea picked up this diamond in the rough and took it home for a little TLC, and boy did it pay off! From Chelsea: This piece was sitting outside in the muddy lawn of an antique shop this past Spring when I took my Mom out for her birthday. I had no intention of making a purchase of my own but couldn’t pass this soggy piece by without wondering what it could be if it were restored.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Adding Comfort Without Sacrificing Style
Ashley’s sleek little cushion adds serious style to her already impressive dining room chairs, all while making them a little more welcoming. From Ashley: We have a set of four metal chairs and I like them other than the fact that they are not the most comfortable. I got to thinking that they could be comfortable with a cushion. To stay consistent with my decor, I knew that a slim, modern cushion would look best. I couldn’t find anything that I liked so I decided to try to make some.
May 3, 2019
A So-Good-It’s-Like-Magic Technique to Bring New Life to Old Textiles
Don’t throw out your faded or stained napkins, rugs, or quilts just yet—give them a new lease on life by overdyeing them. Here’s how it works: Mix up a big batch of dye, then dunk old textiles to camouflage stains and brighten faded fabrics. Roll up your sleeves, grab the biggest plastic bin you can find, and get ready to turn outdated items into colorful, modern pieces. What is overdyeing? Just as the name suggests, overdyeing is the process of dyeing over already-dyed fabric.
May 3, 2019
Loving Leather for Fall? Easy DIY Accessory Projects
Years of back-to-school shopping programmed me to crave new accessories each fall season. Here are 15 quick and cheap leather accessories that you can make in bulk while binging the newest season of the perpetually foggy and chilly Peaky Blinders. And for my fellow vegans, all of these can be made using faux leather! This sweet and subtle bracelet requires only a 1″x8″ piece of leather or pleather and 1 yard of cord, so it’s cheap as well as quick.
May 3, 2019
Art of the Scarf: Give Yourself a Mini Makeover With This Must-Have DIY
Autumn is that dreamy time of year in which you, like the titular characters on Gilmore Girls, can wear scarves for fashion and comfort rather than survival. Here are a dozen DIY knit, no-sew, hand-painted, faux fur, and pom-pommed scarves that will keep you looking and feeling fabulous all early fall—and some are even cozy enough to carry you into the winter.
May 3, 2019
When Getting Older Is the Best Thing That Will Ever Happen To You
It may only be matter of time until wall-to-wall Tuscan faux plaster makes a comeback (Olive Gardens everywhere rejoice). Until then, we prefer these easy, natural-looking antiquing methods to give new furniture an aged look that doesn’t feel dated. Speed up the “Aging” Process: Sturdy materials like wood and brass look great with age (we think humans do too). Get creative by envisioning your furniture’s past lives and layering a variety of finishing techniques.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Rock-a-Bye Vintage Rocking Chair
An old pro at the vintage rocking chair game, Ashley spotted this gem and knew that with a little TLC it could become something truly special. From Ashley: Over the past two years we have hunted and found vintage rocking chairs for friends (including ourselves!) at least six times. Our friend group has definitely hit the parenting band-wagon. There are a lot of new options out there, but we wanted rocking chairs that could add some character and history to our nurseries.
May 3, 2019
Have a Chic Weekend: 12 Quick & Easy Custom Clutches to Make Yourself
Oh, how I love a good clutch! I have a vintage collection given to me by a friend over the past decade and 50¢ thrift store favorites that I don’t have to worry about treating too gently. So, you’d think I wouldn’t need every single one of these DIY confetti-filled, fringed, tasseled, and pom pom-ed clutches… but I definitely do.
May 3, 2019
5 DIY Ways to Transform Your Fitness Tracker
Wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and UP by Jawbone can change your life in high-tech ways, from encouraging lots of steps and tracking your sleep to sending calendar alerts directly to your wrist. Thanks to their tech-y designs, however, they don’t generally come dressed properly for your chic arm party.
May 3, 2019
Beyond the Holidays: How To Keep Poinsettias Healthy & Happy
Ubiquitous during the holiday season, many of us find ourselves with poinsettias without ever buying one. With proper care, they can provide your home or office with vibrant winter foliage for several weeks. And although we may consider poinsettias to be “Christmas plants,” they can actually be grown perennially, if you’re up for the challenge. (Just check out how cool the ones in the photo from the Flower Council of Holland look above!
May 3, 2019
Way More Chic Than Shabby: You’ve Never Seen Chalk Paint Like This Before
Chalk paint may be the undisputed champ of aged, vintage-style furniture, but this matte medium is actually incredibly versatile, and can be used to revamp pieces in a wide range of styles. From mid-century modern apartments to artsy bohemian interiors, this easy-to-use, environmentally-friendly paint is showing up everywhere. Find inspiration in the projects that follow, then learn everything you’ll need to know about mixing up homemade chalk paint.
May 3, 2019
Get a Lift: DIY Ways to Change the Height of Vintage Furniture
Have you ever found a beautiful vintage or antique piece of furniture, fallen in love, then experienced soul crushing disappointment because it was the wrong height to work with your other furniture? Sometimes, in order to make imperfect pieces fit perfectly in your home, they just need a little boost. Above, Meg Made makes custom metal bases for vintage furniture, or you can have her refinish one for you.
May 3, 2019
Closet Door Makeovers That Look Like a Million Bucks
These closet makeovers look expensive and difficult to pull off, but are actually extremely easy. In addition to being gorgeous, most are also affordable, and super renter-friendly. Here are nine ways to get your storage style in line with the rest of your decor…. Above, this closet is a major improvement, both inside and out. Room for Tuesday both did a massive purge and re-organization effort, and then finished the space off with newly framed doors and agate pulls for added style.
May 3, 2019
Sick & Surreal Nail Art For An OTT Halloween Costume
Halloween is a night to go all out. Willingly suspend your disbelief for the evening with some eerie and utterly entrancing nail art, then pair it with equally surreal fascinators and makeup for a complete costume. Even if you’re a novice with finger polish, these designs are within reach. Venus Flytrap Nails: Nothing is more captivating and creepy than a carnivorous plant.
May 3, 2019
10-Minute How-To: Giant Eyeball Halloween Costume
All eyes will be on you when you walk into the Halloween party wearing this oversized peeper. Inexpensive supplies—a styrofoam ball, some felt, card stock, and a fascinator base—mean that the total cost of this costume comes to less than 20 bucks. Add a dramatic lip using makeup you already own and nail art using polishes from your stash, and you’ve got yourself the cheapest-chicest costume in the room.
May 3, 2019
Turn a Dog Sweater Into a Cute Costume in Under 2 Minutes
To accentuate our puppy model Cash’s best features, we created a costume that’s all eyes and tongue. Taking cues from Picasso and Dali, a mish-mash of googly eyes and lip stickers form a Surrealist-style dog sweater. If you have some hot glue on hand, you can whip up this ensemble just minutes before the Halloween parade. Black dog sweater, such as the Flex Fleece Dog Hoodie from American Apparel, $28 Googly eyes, Michaels has a huge selection Patches and stickers from Ban.
May 3, 2019
So Clutch: Captivating Venus Flytrap Nails
Our Surrealist take on witches’ claws, these Venus flytrap nails are every bit as dangerous, but thanks to sparkle polish and rhinestones, are 10 times prettier. These designs were dreamed up by extraordinary nail artist Mei Kawajiri (don’t miss her Instagram for even more OTT styles), but don’t worry nail art novices, our video tutorial and step-by-step instructions put this look totally within your grasp.
May 3, 2019
Eye-Popping Nail Art You Have to See to Believe
All eyes will be on your nails when you walk into the Halloween party with this peeper-painted manicure. The detailed designs above were hand-painted by nail artist Mei Kawajiri, but even if you’ve never attempted anything beyond a solid coat before, our how-to video will show you how to replicate the look without even batting a lash. White nail polish Black acrylic paint, by Golden, $7 for 1 oz.
May 3, 2019
5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Moving Plants Indoors For The Season
Now that it’s officially fall, it’s probably about time to bring your green friends inside for the season. I’m talking about the houseplants you put outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. But if you’ve ever gone on a tropical vacation during the winter, then flown home to snow, you’ll realize that sudden changes in climate and temperature can be shocking.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Bang-Up Job on a Boring Built In
When I stumbled across Molly’s cabinet project on her blog Almost Makes Perfect, I was smitten. This is the sort of random, kind of odd design feature that I would complain about but probably just live with, so I was totally inspired by Molly’s gumption in tackling this project. From Molly: For some reason the owner before us had installed this big built in cabinet right in the entryway of the house.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: DIY Modern Dreamy Doors
“Wait…that looks familiar.” Is what you may be thinking at this exact moment and hey, you’re right! This cute lil’ cabinet was the after photo in Molly’s cabinet upgrade. She DIYd her way to a subtle, yet impactful aesthetic upgrade to give her cabinets a cohesive look. From Molly: While I love the storage the multiple built-in cabinets our house came with, I hated the cathedral cabinet doors.
May 3, 2019
Emily Henderson Tested Temporary Window Film So You Don’t Have To
Last April, Emily Henderson needed a privacy solution for her rental studio space and wound up covering individual panes with a variety of window films — which not only added fun pattern and color to the space — but also added a helpful and modern-looking window treatment. We followed up with her to hear how it’s doing months later, and whether she thought it was worth doing in the first place.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Bang Up Job On A Budget-Friendly Floor
Sam hated her kitchen, but she and her husband couldn’t afford to make real changes to it. Being on a budget meant they had to prioritize and focus on the floor — her least favorite part of the room. From Sam: I really really hated our kitchen, but we basically couldn’t afford to make real changes to it because each change begets another change and the whole thing really needs more work than were personally willing/able to put into this house and at this time.
May 3, 2019
Fashion Hacks: 9 Simple Ways to Customize Your Clothing
The new year is finally here and so are the latest trends. And while it’s fun to embrace all of the new cold-weather clothes, it can still be tough to set yourself apart from the rest of the fashion-savvy pack. That’s why it pays to find ways to personalize your wardrobe without sacrificing your style (or budget). With a little time and creativity, you can turn your basic apparel into an exclusive wardrobe that’s unique to you.
May 3, 2019