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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
This Weekend: Make Your Outdoor Space An Oasis
The best thing about warmer weather is the opportunity to greatly expand your living space. Instead of huddling inside like you did this winter, emerge from your four walls and head outside. Think patios, front stoop, porches, decks or backyards. Now’s a great time to make them feel fresh and new again, primed for maximum enjoyment all summer long.
Apr 30, 2019
Do Modern Tablecloths Even Exist?
Q: Hi! I have been searching high and low for cool, modern tablecloth options. I know tablecloths are basically just out of style right now. Many people have gorgeous dining tables and want to show them off. I have my great-aunt’s teak dining table, which often doubles as a work station, and a one-year-old. Guess who is winning?
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
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
Before & After: A Rental Property Adds Curb Appeal (On Your Advice)
It’s been two years since readers gave Laura advice about increasing the curb appeal of her rental property and she’s back with an update. Her plan was to make the lawn healthier and add some shrubs. She was also considering painting the shutters or siding and asked readers to help decide what color might go nicely with the yellow. So, let’s find out how this house looks now and which advice Laura ran with!
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
Is There A Way To Firm Up A Soft Mattress?
Q: Dear Apartment Therapy readers, I have a great mattress that I love but that my boyfriend can’t stand to sleep in (not a joke).
Apr 30, 2019
A Wonderfully Easy & Quick Kitchen Cabinet Pull DIY
An easy way to dress up any kitchen is to switch out the dated drawer and cabinet pulls. With so many options out there it can be hard to narrow down the search (and it can be easy to spend much more than initially planned). But have you ever thought of making them yourself? Sarah did just that! After painting her rental’s super basic kitchen cabinets a dark moody color (Behr’s Submarine Grey) she installed her DIY leather pulls and took her bland stock kitchen to a whole new level.
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: A Surefire Way To Make This Summer The Sweetest
You are just on the brink of summer, poised to enjoy warm, carefree days with a bonus: extra hours of sunlight! This weekend, ensure the next couple of months are everything you want them to be. Think ahead and make a list of all the ways you want to let go, explore, and have fun. It’s a commitment you’re making to yourself. Head Outdoors: Summer is for getting a healthy dose of fresh air.
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
Do It Yourself: An Easy, Affordable & Super Stylish Upgrade for the $40 IKEA Nolmyra Chair
The Ikea Nolmyra has so much potential. Great lines, perfect scale, cool bent plywood legs. But with that stock gray mesh cover, it’s a like a sexy foot stuck in a dirty running shoe. You can easily upgrade it, though. Just toss a $12 Gurli throw into your Ikea cart, and we’ll show you how to give this cool little lounge chair a whole new look. Gurli throw (or 1.
Apr 30, 2019
Make These Fabric Clay Planters For All Your Cute Cacti
Lately, I’ve got the unshakeable urge to fill my home with plants. So, in order to accommodate my new green friends, I’ve molded up some clay planters that mimic the look of fabric for a cool sculptural effect. And just for good measure, I’ve added a contrasting lining to really help the clay fabric folds pop around the perimeter of the planter. Look complicated? Not in the least. Just roll out the clay; then drape it and bake it.
Apr 30, 2019
Totally Tubular Floppy Disk Coasters
Whenever I come across a bunch of floppy disks or diskettes I usually just laugh, make an Oregon Trail reference and throw them away. Luckily Sara is much more creative than I. When she came across a bunch of diskettes, inspiration struck and she found a fun way to give them a second life. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 48 hours (including drying time) Project Cost: $15 From Sara: Who is in for a flashback to the past?
Apr 30, 2019
How Can I Protect Stairway Walls from Heavy Traffic?
Q: My husband and I have just purchased our first house, and we are very excited to finally have a space in our basement to dedicate to music. As a musician, he frequently brings guitars, amps, and other large equipment back and forth to gigs and rehearsals. In the past, he has rented practice spaces, which are always covered in gouges on the walls, corners, and doors—an inevitable cost of musicians constantly hauling large heavy things.
Apr 30, 2019
Erin & Ken’s Backyard: Small Projects, Big Impact
Name: Erin & Ken Type of Project: Backyard Redesign Location:Upper Tangletown — Minneapolis, Minnesota Type of building: 1930s Tudor-Style Duplex The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step-by-step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. This weekend, Ken and I checked off a series of small projects in the backyard. First up, we hung the new main door on the garage.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Create Pretty Curtain Rods in Under an Hour for Less Than $100
Brandon and Morgan, a couple who live in a sweet house in Asheville, North Carolina, decided to make their own curtain rods after discovering how limited the options were at their local hardware stores. They wanted an attractive, simple (and of course, cheap) curtain rod for each of the windows in their home so when Morgan came across copper plumber’s piping, she knew she had found a solution. The project can be done in an under an hour and for under $80 (that’s for 4-5 curtain rods!
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: Simple Ways To Soothe Yourself To Sleep This Summer
Long summer days spent out in the sun really do a number on you — leaving your body drained, dehydrated, maybe a little sunburnt, and dare I say cranky? Stay irritated too long and you’ll wind up tossing and turning, instead of sleeping soundly, at night. Here’s how to revive yourself and reclaim your rest. Soothe Your Skin: This season is hard on the skin. If you’re feeling the burn, whip up some DIY lip balms, and lotions.
Apr 30, 2019
How To (Seriously!) Upgrade a Basic $40 IKEA FJELLSE Twin to a Beautiful Cane Bed
Serena & Lily IKEA FJELLSE Bed (I only had space for a single, but go for the queen!) Molding of your choosing (I used two of these from Home Depot) Set of IKEA VÄSENTLIG Curtain Finials White Spray Paint Set of Table Legs (I used these from Lowe’s) 2 Tee Nuts (make sure the thread size matches your table legs) 24″ Open Cane Webbing Wood Glue Saw Hammer Clamps Staplegun 1. Spray paint all the pieces before you get started. 2.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Make a Simple, Modern Screen to Hide the Ugly Stuff in Your Backyard
Central air conditioning can be a lifesaver for keeping our homes cool in the summer months, but the look of the air conditioning units themselves leave much to be desired when it comes to backyard ambience. With our home being a duplex, my husband, Ken, and I had double-trouble air conditioner units located next to our backyard patio, and we needed to find a solution for hiding them in plain sight without interfering with their efficiency.
Apr 30, 2019
Wishing for a Colorful Smeg Fridge? Here’s How To Paint a Vintage Refrigerator Instead
Everyone loves the look of a vintage refrigerator — especially a colorful model. If you’re really lucky, you bring home a brand new Smeg, or Big Chill for your kitchen. But if you’re a purist, or on a slimmer budget, you make your dream of a colorful vintage refrigerator come true for much, much less by rolling up your sleeves and doin’ it yourself.
Apr 30, 2019
Turn Any Fabric Into a Triple Threat: DIY Blanket, Beach Towel & Wrap
With so many amazing outdoor activities during the warm seasons, this all-purpose fabric towel is a handy (and handsome) accessory to keep stashed away in your car or scooter bucket. Impromptu cliff diving excursion? No prob, you’ve got a great towel/cover up. Picnic in the park over your lunch break? Bust out the blanket!
Apr 30, 2019
A Bright and Cheery Farmhouse Kitchen Update For Under $20
Project by: Ashlea Location: Red Deer — Alberta, Canada We purchased a 1940s farmhouse complete with just about original everything. While our little home was big on charm, it was also big on orange, lacquered wood trim, doors, floors and cabinets. Our dated kitchen cabinets were cute, but the swan and fruit basket decals weren’t quite our thing.
Apr 30, 2019
A Simple & Stylish DIY IKEA Coffee Table Upgrade
If you’re looking to spice up your Lack coffee table, but not quite at I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-IKEA hack level, Elinor’s simple and stylish upgrade might be for you!
Apr 30, 2019
Build Your Own Sleek & Sophisticated Wall Sconce
This is so gorgeous it’s hard to believe it’s DIY. If you’re looking for a project that’s a bit of a challenge with a big, glamorous pay off, let Cheryl be your guide! Skill Level: Moderate Time Required: 30 minutes Project Cost: $90 From Cheryl: This is a DIY brass and black sconce that I used for my kitchen. I added swivels to it so it can move up and down as well as tilt to get the exact right angle of light I need.
Apr 30, 2019
A Simple & Sassy Stencil Project
Do your cushions need a little extra pizzazz? Looking for a fun weekend project? Claire is back with another terrific DIY project, perfect for adding some pretty to your patio. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 30 minutes Project Cost: $20 From Claire: It is so easy to update some plain cushions into something rather fabulous with just a bit of paint and some paper doilies. I loved this craft. It was so easy to do. My favorite kind of craft; cheap, fun and little effort for great results.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Hack a $10 IKEA MELODI Pendant Lamp
IKEA’s MELODI pendant lamp is a really great blank slate — there are a million ways to tweak and hack one to make it yours. Weave the plastic shade with natural round reed get a contrasting mix of materials that’s both organic and modern. IKEA MELODI Pendant Lamp Natural Round Reed Scotch Tape Spray Paint (optional) Tools Drill & Bits X-Acto Knife Measuring Tape Pen 1. Wrap the tape measure around the diameter of the lamp and put an odd number of pen marks on the shade.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Make a Knotted Macramé Glass Bottle Cover
Bottles covered in macramé, or knotted rope, are an old school craft — the result reads either nautical or Bohemian. The netting’s an easy way to add texture and decorative pattern to a surface, and it works particularly well with glass bottles and tall vases. Learn how to do it here, and then start knotting! IKEA 365+ Glass Carafe Twine Scissors 1. Tie a circle of twine around the top of the glass bottle.
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: Give Your Home a Fresher Feel With This Mindless But Must-Do Task
The saying that nothing is certain except for death and taxes should be revised to dust and taxes. Because, no matter what you do, it’s a constant. It’s from dirt coming through open doors and windows, pollen, air conditioner vents, insects — you name it. The best you can do is wipe it down, and minimize the surfaces it will cling to in the future. Seek & Destroy: Find all the places where dust lingers and take care of it quickly and efficiently.
Apr 30, 2019
Build Your Own Bullet Planter
Do you want to add more plant life to your space while scratching your DIY itch? If you’re more of a handy-man and less of a green thumb, Ashley’s project is a great way to add a personal touch to your indoor garden.
Apr 30, 2019
How to Make a Vintage-Style Felt Message Board For Under $25
making a comeback 9″ x 11″ frame that has an interior depth of at least ¾” and spring-loaded backing clips on the back of the frame. I used this picture frame. 36″ x 12″ piece of black felt 1″ White plastic letters Pencil Scissors Ruler or T-Square Hot glue gun Mitre or circular saw Qty 18 – 3/16″ thick square balsa wood dowels, 24″ long 1.
Apr 30, 2019
Boost Your Bedroom from Boring to Brilliant: 10 Budget DIYs that Look Luxe
If your bedroom’s feeling a little blah, but it’s just not in the budget to splurge on new pieces, stop and take a home inventory. Look around your bedroom, the attic, your storage unit. Maybe that table runner would be put to better use as a pillow, or two flat sheets can be sewn into that duvet you’ve been dreaming of. Let these projects by brilliant home bloggers inspire you to see the hidden potential in what you already own—then make it happen with some DIY magic.
Apr 30, 2019
Someone Meticulously Carved a Map of Westeros Onto This Table
Here we have a perfectly ordinary drop leaf dining table. You’ve seen its ilk at thrift stores, and maybe one is in your home right now. This particular one, however, has been totally transformed by a talented Game of Thrones fan into something you might see in The Red Keep. Get the look: How amazing does that look?? It could basically be used by Daenerys to take the Iron Throne. The step-by-step was posted to Imgur yesterday by smife0, whose brother updated the table.
Apr 30, 2019
Home Office Hacks: Sneaky Strategies For Hiding A Clunky Printer
Does anyone else feel like printer design is stuck in the 90s (and not in a cool crop-top-with-mom-jeans way)? While we’re still holding out for a designer edition hoverboard/printer all-in-one to use at our standing desk, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your overbearing hunk of plastic from being the focal point of your workspace.
Apr 30, 2019
Make a Splash With a DIY Wallpaper Backsplash
If you love a good backsplash and want to bring some DIY flair to your kitchen but are a little tile averse, Claire has a fun solution for you! Skill Level: Moderate Time Required: 2-3 Hours Project Cost: $150-$200 Harlequin Wallpaper – Palmetto Demoiselle about 1/3 roll Wallpaper adhesive 5.5mm thick hardwood ply cut to size of backsplash (can be done in store) 4mm toughened low iron glass which we got cut to size at the store.
Apr 30, 2019
How to Spruce Up an Ugly Permanent Bookshelf?
Q: My new apartment has this weird bookshelf that is bolted into the ground in a nook in the hallway. My landlady said she can’t remove it because it is protecting piping (you can see the pipes on the left side). The bookshelf is also attached to the oblong white shelf above it. What can I do to make this look less awkward and more attractive?
Apr 30, 2019
A One-Size-Fits-All DIY Project That’ll Keep Your Kitchen Drawer Organized Forever
We all know that the kitchen tool drawer can get messy fast. Housing everything from uni-tasking gadgets to everyday workhorses like cooking spoons, it’s easy for them to become a tangled jumble. And since we all have different items and drawers, there’s no one organizational solution that will work for everyone. Or is there? The answer is to build your own drawer inserts. You can customize them to fit both your exact drawer dimensions and your specific needs.
Apr 30, 2019
Find Your Beach (Towel)
Hurry! Yes, you could totally make this next year or make it and take it on vacation, but let’s celebrate the last few weeks of summer and really dig our heels into the sand and make the most of the long days, hot weather and beach trips! Tei is here to walk you through making your own shibori beach towel in under two hours for just about $10.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Moss Wreath
This gorgeous wreath perfectly straddles summer and fall, and is super easy to make. Set aside one hour and you can have earthy and welcoming door decor! Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: $25-30 (if you already have a glue gun) From Caitlin: An inspiring DIY wreath project you can enjoy anytime of year from the photographer and stylist, Caitlin Atkinson, and author of Plant Craft: 30 Projects that Add Natural Style to your Home.
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: Do The Proper Prep & Avoid a Shock To This System
If we humans dread the end of summer, think about how poor plants feel. People get coats and sweaters to arm against the elements, but they rely on us to keep them safe and happy. You’ve done a good job all season, but leave them outside too long after Labor Day, or bring them inside without proper prep, and it’s a shock to their little systems. It’s not often that we say it’s a matter of life and death, but this is one of those times.
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: Don’t Let This One Thing Slip Through The Cracks
I know, I KNOW. I hate to even bring it up. But soon it will be winter, your joints and dry skin will hurt, and you’d rather cozy up in bed instead of fiddle with your drafty windows and doors. Take advantage on this transition period by prepping your home for the cold to come. You’ve totally got this! If You’re a Renter: Even if you’re not responsible for the building itself, you can still amp up your home’s efficiency and reduce your own heating bills this winter.
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: Don’t Let Your Summer Hard Work Go To Waste
During the summer we garden, landscape and spend a great deal of effort maintaining our outdoor living spaces. When the leaves start to fall, there are just a few more things to do before we are free of our outdoor maintenance routine for the winter. You’re almost there! Take Care of the Living: Protect the time and energy you put in this year and prevent having to start completely over next year, by ensuring disease and frost don’t get the better of your green pals outside.
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: A Surefire Way To Make Thanksgiving Less Stressy
Who here wants a less crazy Thanksgiving? One where you feel happiness instead of panic, and calm instead of chaotic? A Thanksgiving “plan of attack” doesn’t exactly sound festive right now, but it does help eliminate a lot of hectic elements that sneak up on you when you’re not prepared. Take some action now and don’t get stressy or stabby around your friends and family the day of the big meal.
Apr 30, 2019
Dozens of Thanksgiving Crafts for a Fabulously Festive Feast
With the days getting cooler and shorter, now is the perfect time to hunker down inside with some spiced—ahem, spiked—cider and get started on some Thanksgiving crafting. These 40 projects, from turkey leg balloons and pine cone drink stirrers to pie slice garlands and gold-leafed wishbones, will infuse your home and table with warmth and cheer.
Apr 30, 2019
No More Ugly Radiators: How To Buy (or DIY!) Your Way Around an Eyesore
While you may be grateful for it in the middle of a cold winter, an ugly heater can be an eyesore that you get tired of having to decorate around. Peeling or chipping paint, the wrong color or shape, or an awkward location can all make a radiator your least favorite piece of your home. Even if you don’t have a problem with how it looks, it may just be taking up valuable real estate that could be put to better use. But, don’t despair!
Apr 30, 2019
Make All-Natural, Great Smelling Orange Pomanders for the Holidays
Looking to add a festive vibe to your home, without all the glitter and lights? Orange pomander balls are quite possibly the quickest and best all-natural, great smelling, non-gaudy decoration you can make this holiday season. And according to our ancestors of yore, they ward off bad spirits and bring strength and fortune —a holiday bonus. Make them around Thanksgiving and, if dried correctly, they’ll last through the entire holiday season, and maybe even longer.
Apr 30, 2019
A No-Fuss Holiday Decoration that Lasts Forever & Doesn’t Take Up Space
Remember the fabric Christmas tree that IKEA used to sell? Yeah, they don’t carry those any longer. Which is such a shame, because not only do these types of wall hangings last forever, but they are also great for small spaces because: a) they don’t have a footprint; and b) they are small and easy to store after the holidays are over. You can try searching for an old one on eBay, or you can easily make your own custom version that’s just as lovely as the original.
Apr 30, 2019
A Truck Bed Goes From Garage To Guest Room
Project by: Dona Location: Shelter Island, New York My husband’s hoarding habit paid off. Once I learned that the bed of a truck is the same size as a queen mattress we took his rusting 1965 Chevrolet truck and turned it into a guest bed! We worked on this project together, it required sawing the cab (now it’s the headboard) in half; sawing the tailgate off the truck body; wire brushing the rust off , etc. We carried the pieces into the house where we put the truck together again.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Make Edible Christmas Ornament Treats for Birds & Wildlife
If you love making Christmas cookies, add in a batch of edible ornaments for wildlife this season. Hang them outside on a tree outside your window and watch your outdoor space become a resting spot – and holiday dinner table – for birds and squirrels.
Apr 30, 2019
These 5 DIYs Show the World How Spoiled Your Pet Is
Sure, all your friends know you consider your pet your child. But just in case your phone background, frequent group text photo updates, and targeted ads for all-natural, human-grade pet food and tiny sweaters didn’t give it away, why not make it extra obvious? Put some extra effort into cultivating the perfect pet-parent lifestyle with these DIY projects.
Apr 30, 2019
Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas For the Truly Uninspired & Lazy
By the time Thanksgiving dinner is over, I’m already spent. Which makes the quick pivot into Christmas a particularly tiresome prospect —especially because that holiday is, in turn, followed closely by New Year’s Eve and our huge annual party. Being wedged in between those two other major holidays means that poor Christmas gets a little neglected in our household — which is why these quick, easy decorating ideas are really appealing.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY a Deal: Make Your Own $329 Agate Accent Table for Under $60
There’s a particularly gorgeous $329 accent table at CB2 right now that I can’t buy because I should really pay the mortgage this month, so I made a super easy DIY version. Sure, it doesn’t come close to the cast aluminum bamboo-shaped legs of the original, but did I mention it was cheap and easy? The top is inspired by blue agate, and if you sit far enough across the room while you drink your gin and tonic, the legs resemble something like bamboo.
Apr 30, 2019
There’s Still Time! A Quick & Easy Idea to Decorate Your Tree for Less Than $4
Is it really only two weeks left until Christmas? It seems as though there’s an endless list of things to be done — decorating the house, buying presents, ordering the turkey…no wonder they say Christmas is the most expensive time of the year! Having said this, I absolutely love Christmas! And decorating the Christmas tree is our favorite thing to do.
Apr 30, 2019
Magic for Modern Life: An All-Natural Antidote to Negative Vibes at Home
If your home is feeling a bit stale, here’s a way to freshen it up and move forward with positive intentions. Burning herbs and flowers is a customizable twist on the incense you might remember from college. Choose your favorite blend of organic materials—based on their individual scents and properties—and create your own unique aromatherapy.
Apr 30, 2019
Help! What Stain Should We Use on Our Dining Table?
Q: Hi! We acquired these Jens Risom C275 dining chairs while thrifting in L.A. several years ago (oh how I miss thrifting there!). They looked amazing with our white circular dining table, but now need a larger table. Also, our space is tight so our round table just doesn’t work for us anymore. My husband made us this dining table, and we are stuck on what stain to use. We briefly considered painting it white, but we felt that would take away from the handmade quality of it.
Apr 30, 2019
What Can I Do About the Noisy Water Pipes in My Bedroom Wall?
Q: I live on the sixth floor of an eight floor apartment building. My bedroom is sandwiched between two pipe locations – on one wall, the bathroom pipes for the two units directly above mine. On the other wall, the pipes for the neighboring unit, and their two upstairs neighbors. The way the room is set up with doors, windows and a radiator, the only places for my bed are on those pipe walls – and the best place is by the neighbor-wall.
Apr 30, 2019
Where Can We Find Our Organic Modern Dream Bed?
Q: We’re shopping for a new bed and hoping to make it more of an investment piece (not that we have a ton of money, but in the $2,500 or lower range). I love natural wood in interesting shapes, but have realized after staying in hotels how much I like having an upholstered headboard.
Apr 30, 2019
Advice on Covering My Cabinets With Contact Paper?
Q: I Have just moved in to a new home and would love to change the kitchen but do not have the budget for it just now. I have been reading lots about contact paper and self adhesive vinyls but I’m not sure whether this would work on my cupboards because of their uneven surface? Also, has anybody used it on their work surface to great success? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 30, 2019
Etsy Just Made Finding Craft Supplies So Much Easier
Okay, crafters: we have some news that will knock your (hand-knitted) socks off. Etsy just launched Etsy Studio, a new marketplace designed to make it much easier to shop for craft and project supplies. Etsy Studio is the first brand new marketplace the company has built since Etsy.com debuted in 2005.
Apr 30, 2019
A Bonkers Beautiful IKEA Built-In Hack
I feel fairly confidant in my ability to spot an IKEA hack, but this project had me doing a double take. Christina’s project is not a casual, pick up and craft DIY, but it’s so perfectly executed that we had to share!
Apr 30, 2019
You Can Now See How That Vintage Piece Looks In Your Home Before You Buy
Despite taking measurements or creating mood boards, sometimes it’s still tough to imagine how an item will look at home until you get it in the space. Thankfully, technology can help. Today, vintage resale marketplace Chairish announced that their app will now have an augmented reality feature that puts pieces right in your room. The feature helps both shoppers and designers working with clients answer the age-old dilemma, “will this work in my space?
Apr 30, 2019
Before & After: Mid-Century Style Dining Chairs Get the “Green”light for a Makeover
Eric’s Eames chairs were sitting stylishly in his dinning room for years, complimenting a blue cloth on his old table. After picking up a Saarinen style table and ditching the cloth, he found himself missing the pop of color. Rather than cover up that lovely marble table top, he found a fresh and inexpensive solution. From Eric: Sometimes, buying a new piece a furniture can make other pieces in the room feel mismatched.
Apr 30, 2019
9 Ways Paint Can Modernize an Outdated Bathroom
At the mercy of tile trends and ever-changing hardware styles, bathrooms that aren’t updated often (who can afford a yearly renovation?) can look outdated very quickly. One of the most affordable ways to help this room race against the clock without outpacing your budget is to let inexpensive paint lead the way. Some color on a vintage tub or a swipe of paint on an old vanity will give an older bathroom its sparkle back.
Apr 30, 2019
Your Bed Called: It’s Missing a Bench (So Here Are 9 Favorites Under $250)
As I was doing a little research on the end-of-bed bench for this roundup, I stumbled upon the most perfect explanation from designer and blogger Emily Henderson of why, if you have the room, everyone should have one. “Having the right bench is like having a nice belt – it’s not something you want to spend money on, but you need it. Every day when you get dressed, you grab for it, feel it missing, and wish you had one.
Apr 30, 2019
A Solar Eclipse Experience For Everyone: DIY Wall Sconce Using HEAT Trivets
Whether you’re in a prime location to see the solar eclipse or not, this easy wall sconce is a sight to see, and it doesn’t require any protective eye wear. This project is the perfect way to add layers and depth to your home lighting (can anyone say hygge?!). To top it off, it requires absolutely no wiring, and no outlet. Count me in. With the simple push of a button (or remote) you can enjoy your own “eclipse of the home” for far beyond 2 minutes and 40.1 seconds.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Make a Clever & Easy DIY Copper Room Divider
“A big design challenge in my studio apartment was finding a way to separate my ‘bedroom’ area from my living area,” explains Emily Krutz, who lives in this small but functional 400-square-foot Chicago apartment. “A bookshelf wall acts as the main divider between the two spaces, but I still wasn’t crazy about walking into my apartment and having my bed be right there.” (13) 1 ft. x 1/2 in. copper rods (I had them cut to length at Home Depot) (4) 1/2 in.
Apr 30, 2019