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Why Dimmer Switches are Your Best Friends

If you’re struggling to find the perfect lighting options for a room in your home, consider the difference installing a dimmer switch might make. For rooms that need overhead light, say the kitchen, it can be incredibly helpful to have the lights on full blast while you’re preparing a meal, but lower them when you’re eating dinner at the kitchen […]

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Use Scrap Wallpaper to Create Book Covers

If you’ve recently redecorated and have leftover wallpaper (get great wallpaper inspiration here), here’s an easy project for using those scraps. Use them to cover a handful of books on your shelves. It will give your bookcase a cleaner, more organized look. Personally, I’d cover a lot of my reference books which don’t necessarily have the best design, and which […]

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The Most Inspiring Kitchens of the Year via Casa Sugar

I love collecting ideas for my dream kitchen (really emphasizing the word dream here!) In fact, I regularly dig through images on blogs, design sites, and Pinterest, pinning pictures that I find and/or committing them to memory. While I was cruising around different sites, I stumbled across a list that our friends over at Casa Sugar have pulled together of […]

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DIY Holiday Decor: Pomanders

Does anyone else remember making pomanders as a kid? I know we made them at least a couple of years while I was in elementary school. They are such a simple and fragrant decoration for the holidays, and the last forever—well almost forever. Kelly, over at Design Crush has the step-by-step (basically just sticking cloves into an orange), but she gives […]

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Smart or Silly: Scentsicles

Do you have an artificial tree this year? We’ve already told you about a simple way to mimic the smell of a fresh cut tree, but there may be an even easier way fake the scent.

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How Much Garland Should You Buy?

If you love the look of garlands on a Christmas tree, but are concerned about having enough to wrap your conifer from top to bottom keep the number nine in mind. On average for every foot of tree, you’ll need 9 feet of garland to wrap it fully. So that means a 5-foot tree will take 45 feet of garland, […]

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Now Available from Birchbox—Home Goods

Have you jumped on the subscription box bandwagon? (We covered 8 of our favorite gifts of the month here.) Birchbox is one of the companies that has been around the longest (and gotten a lot of buzz), and now, in time for the holidays, they are launching a fun “pop up shop” with a home and entertaining box. The home […]

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Make Inexpensive Wall Art With Fabric

If you’re looking for an easy way to update your space, consider this trick for creating a custom piece of wall art. Simply take a piece of patterned fabric that you like and use it to cover a pre-stretched artist’s canvas. Use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the canvas. It’s takes a few minutes to assemble and […]

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An Easy Way to Hang Small Items

If you’re attempting to hang something small like a surge protector or a small picture frame on your wall. Use this trick from American Woodworker to make sure you drill in the right spot. Simply photo copy the back of the piece you are hanging, and tape it to the wall where you want to hang it. That way you’ll get […]

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