If you’re in the mood for a little DIY project this weekend, why not try this idea from Apartment Therapy? You can either hit up your local architectural salvage or an estate sale for vintage door knobs. Then with a little bit of paint (or you can leave them plain), they can be transformed into clever hooks for coats, jewelry, […]
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If you’re ending the season with a stack of mateless mittens, turn them into art for your entry way or mud room. Simply cut pieces of felt to fit inside plain frames, and glue your mittens in the middle. You can also use mateless mittens to store sunglasses. How do you put them to use?
Just in time for Valentine’s Day IKEA has updated their ever-popular Expedit bookcase line to include this bright red lacquered version. I love color as much as the next girl, but I think this statement making bookcase might be a bit too much for me, it would help if I could see it in a room. Tell me what you […]
Like a few people I know, I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day or many of the gifts that one would normally get on that day. I don’t love chocolate and none of my favorite flowers are available in February. But this year I found a real soft and sweet treat that would make any V-day scrooge (who happens […]
Looking for an easy way to update your decor? Try painting your staircase, specifically the stair risers. This little change can reinvigorate your home without a lot of effort (or mess). Just tread lightly while the paint dries. Is this something you’d try in your home? See more easy paint makeovers here.
Elegant table settings are a quick and easy way to dress up your Christmas decor. Start with a theme or color palate, and incorporate it into everything from the tablecloth and napkins to the place card. Adding a personalized touch like individually wrapped gifts at each place takes a holiday table to new festive heights and is sure to be a winner among […]
When coming up with Christmas decorating ideas, I often focus on the tree and the mantle, but flower-filled vases can also have tremendous visual impact. For a truly captivating display, think beyond the traditional holiday plants like poinsettias and holly. Arrange a centerpiece of in-season flowers in one bold (and festive) color. Photo Credit: Steve Giralt What do you use […]
There is something special about trees decked with all sorts of family mementos and ornaments from Christmases past, but sometimes a mishmash of ornaments can get overwhelming. So instead, think about coming up with a theme for your tree. Whether it be a particular color, pattern, or something sentimental, focusing on one element can keep tree-trimming simplified. For example, this […]
There is a museum fairly close to my house—the Bartow-Pell Museum—that always does fun kid stuff for Christmas. Last year our youngest and I went to see a puppet show; this year there was a storyteller dressed in period costume and (even better because there were gumdrops involved) make-your-own gingerbread men. But I had another reason to visit: Real Simple […]
There’s a whole subset of scientists out there who study how the environment around us influences how much we eat. From the color of the walls at a restaurant (red and orange boost hunger) to the size of bowls and plates (bigger ones lead to overeating) to whether or not more variety or less variety causes you to consume more […]