From The Kitchn → Look, You Can Use a Pineapple to Make a Pretty Vase!
In addition to a thriving fashion label, Lauren Conrad is co-founder of The Little Market, a growing global shop that focuses on home décor and lifestyle accents. Their new basket collection is sourced from traditional artisans in Senegal, Ghana, and Tanzania.
As a big fan of the chambray shirt, my motto has become why stop at the closet? Defined as a fine lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp, I have been slowly adding this versatile textile into other areas of my home and it does not disappoint. Below you can find 10 lovely chambray linens for the kitchen, including a couple DIYs for the sewers out there.
From The Kitchn → What's the Deal With These Nut-Hugging Bear Cookies?
With our second child's arrival this summer, I was on edge about my older child's preschool drop-offs and how I would manage getting everyone ready on-time in the morning. So we turned to a project that I'd long had tucked away in a corner of my mind:
Some living rooms are for relaxing, others are for socializing, and others still are for dancing and games. Choosing a color for this versatile room can be a challenge. Ranging from light, barely-there hues to some nervier options, here are ten living room paint options that can help you make the most of your space.
When I tell people that I work from home, the first question I always get is, "how do you get anything done?" The truth is that I don't really think about working from home in that context, as I've been doing it for so long. However, there are definitely a few productivity-boosting rules to live by if you're working from home and want to avoid procrastination.
Location: Margaret River, Western Australia
We live in a three bedroom, 1 bathroom small home in Western Australia. Built in the early 90s, with a combined open plan living space we carefully turned the interior brick from icky brown to a creamy white and updated with art, plants and furniture we adore.
Retail stores have been controlling their soundscapes for decades, playing classical music to make you overestimate quality and pop music to make you feel good. EBay commissioned a study to determine how sound affect shopping online as opposed to in-store. Birds chirping, for example, makes you more likely to purchase a barbecue.
Name: Holley, Dining Editor for the Washington Post Express, and Audrey
Location: Mt. Pleasant, Washington DC
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years; renting
One can only imagine the stream of fun ideas and shared secrets that two cool, creative women who are equally inspired by the Anthropologie-meets-Kinfolk aesthetic must dream up. Thankfully, roommates Holley and Audrey were kind enough to let us in on their secrets, and get a glimpse inside all the great DIY projects happening inside their DC home.Open House Tour
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.
Austin had to leave town for five days for work, so I decided to go stay with my parents so that our contractors could have full, round the clock access to make some serious progress (and so I could do an insane amount of laundry, enjoy a daytime nap without hearing a nail gun, and devour home cooked meals like it was my job).
We are always on the lookout for little ways to save money, and regularly share clever tricks and methods to make do with less. All that is well and good, but I keep returning to this one basic way to keep to your budget....
Renovation by: Melanie and George
Location: North Carolina
Last year my husband, George and I decided that we were sick of living paycheck-to-paycheck. We wanted a chance to get out of that lifestyle and a chance for George to pursue his art full-time. So we somehow got the crazy idea to live in an Airstream.
Now you see it, now you don't. This little magic trick is more common with something that's not typically easy to hide: a swimming pool. Still rare but becoming more common, hidden pools come in different varieties: decks (or lawns!) that slide back or fold up, and even floors that drop. A hidden pool costs on average 30% more than a traditional in-ground pool.
Cashmere sweaters are a building block of a great wardrobe, but we tend to automatically think we need to go "classic" (read: solid colors) when purchasing something in a luxury material. That's wise, but now and then its ok to think outside the shopping bag a little and go for a small twist on the classic look. Here are 5 cashmere (and cashmere blend) sweaters in stripes that might tempt you to do just that...
We've been talking about how scent is an overlooked element in creating the perfect, personal interior, whether it's a refreshing bedroom, an uplifting living room, or a cozy den. Now our friends at Glade want to help one lucky reader refresh their home with a special Glade Home Fragrance Prize Pack, including a $300 CB2 gift card!
Q: My daughter's bedroom is in significant need of a makeover. We moved in November of last year and she has been so patient. I'd like to honor her request for a classy Halloween-themed bedroom (sans spiders) with black walls.
If you're like me and you're torn between the look of a bright, white room and a fun, colorful space for your little one, you might be a perfect candidate for the two-tone trend. It's the best of both worlds, and the only thing you need to make it happen is a good roll of painter's tape (and, of course, paint!). Here are ten of my favorite two-tone spaces to jump-start your imagination:
In lieu of hiring movers, we've spent the last two weeks moving all of our possessions from one house to another. A particularly grueling evening of work made me wonder if the money we're saving is worth the toll this move is taking on my knees.
Name: Pearl (6)
Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Shortly after moving in to our house, Katherine Brophy, the Feng Shui Detective, came for a home visit. Following much measurement and calculation, she wrote up our personal charts and gave us a detailed report on which elements were needed around the house to benefit each member of our family. Turns out Pearl needs wood element in her room- represented by blue and green. And so the road to Oz began.